Friday, April 28, 2006

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore - Iran, Again
Hi, broken record here. Paid attention to Iran lately?

The international response is going about as expected. We want the UN to take action. Russia and China warn the UN not to antagonize Iran. Iran has blown off the UN - before the UN has even done anything.

So much for the international community.

And Iran has or is about to acquire missiles capable of hitting Europe. And has promised to share its nuclear technology.

For more reading, consider:
Mark Steyn, "Facing Down Iran."
Matthias K√ľntzel, "Ahmadinejad's Demons."
The Weekly Standard on Iran's offer to share.

A Clarification
I did make it back from Cleveland - but not until Wednesday. Thanks to the vagaries of air traffic control, I got an unplanned overnight stay in Chicago. (I had an hour and a half to make my connecting flight home. My plane from Cleveland, through a combination of arrival delays, terminal delays, and general stupidity, left Clevelan when it was supposed to arrive in Chicago. I finally got to Chicago a half-hour after my plane had left.) That was inconvenient.

What was annoying was United Airlines in Chicago. Consider this - Chicago O'Hare International Airport, either the or one of the busiest airports in the world depending on who you ask. It is probably the definition of a 24/7 operation. It is a major hub for United Airlines.

But United sends all their luggage room people home at 8PM. My flight from Cleveland finally got to Chicago at... 8PM. So my bags stayed overnight at the airport.

Coupled with the fact that I am a big... okay, fat... okay, really fat guy, and I tend to get hot and uncomfortable in airline seats...

I would just like to apologize to the woman who had to sit next to me on my flight home the Wednesday morning. I really did bathe that morning, honest.

P.S. This was not me. And fortunately the officer involved looks like he will recover.

Recommended Reading
Victor Davis Hanson, "Our Orphaned Middle East Policy."

James S. Robbins writes on the Zarqawi tape.

Jay Nordlinger writes on blaming the usual suspects and the conflation of facism and Communism - and much more.

From Human Events Online: "The Ten Most Harmful Government Programs." Notice how many have a constitutional justification for existance.

United 93 opens today. Rich Lowry and Alston Ramsey comment.

Thought of the Week
"Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan."
John F. Kennedy

Churchill Quote of the Week
"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
Winston Churchill


At 10:29 AM, Blogger Reach Upward said...

Glad you made it back from Ohio, even if it took a long time. Just remember that just as overly selfish unions and weak-knee corporate boards brought us high-cost, low-qality American cars and now a seriously ill domestic auto industry, these same elements brought you your baggage fiasco.

While unions exist to protect the workers, investing in the future prospects of the industries in which its workers are employed is part of protecting workers. Unions have too frequently been the spoiled brats that want everything right now. Corporate boards have too often acted the role of the over-indulgent parent, letting the unions have their way in the interest of getting some peace. Both sides have been intensely short sighted.

This model has neither served consumers, industries, nor the country well. These unions and industries deserve the troubles they have today. We need the government to get out of the way and let competitors do their stuff. Although this creates discomfort, it will create a more healthy situation in the long run.

At 6:48 AM, Blogger Maine Man said...

Tyler, I feel your pain. I've tried to avoid O'hare since I ghot stuck there for 32 hours last year. I think it's ontime rating is only about 70%.


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