Thursday, August 31, 2006

CBS Does this, what else? Thor's Day Rant

KC and CBS
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
hen CBS, a mighty mainstream news organisation, can cheat like this, what else might it cheat at?

Well, maybe its Dan Rather has aready answered that for us.

(Via Drudge Report)

I'm curious to know what the negligent Rather resigned from after promoting a falsified document denigrating the incumbent US President. I see too much of him, and too little of Katie Couric.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Avoiding Humiliation Woden'sday Rant

kyra phillips
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
CNN journist accidentally takes live mic to toilet while President Bush is making a speech.

She said nice things about her husband, but maybe that was all ****

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bedouin IDF Tuesday's Rant

Bedouin IDF
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Bedouin solders of the Israeli Defence Force

Proof, in case one were needed, that Israel is in fact a great modern state

Monday, August 28, 2006

Monday's Rant

Turkish Model
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
A beautiful girl who is a model aspirant. She is ethinically Turkish. Islamo-Fascists are using the airwaves and Arab Culture excuse to claim her life is threatend for the aspiration.

Nothing that followed the great works of Mohammed is in the Koran..

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Natural Fire 2006: A success for EAC and U.S. militaries, local communities

Kenyan Soldier
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Omar Villarreal

NGINYANG, Kenya - Natural Fire 2006, the largest combined exercise between East African Community nations and the United States, has officially come to an end. However the memories, friendships and commitment to continue helping those in need lives on in the hearts and minds of all of those who participated.

“The exercise was a success,” said Kenyan Brig. Gen. L.M. Nogondi, Natural Fire commanding general. “The commitment of the men and women involved has allowed four nations to gather, work together and achieve what was meant to be achieved…cooperative humanitarianism.”

The combined exercise, which involved military personnel from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the U.S., focused on military-to-military training on how to respond to natural disasters. Real world medical, veterinary and engineering civil action programs were completed simultaneously in rural areas of each EAC country as well {Click on image for photo details}

U.S., Afghan, Pakistan senior NCOs meet for first time

NCO's meet
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Tech. Sgt. Matt Summers Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs

KABUL, Afghanistan – Senior enlisted leaders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States met for the first time this week to share insights between their respective armed forces and future interoperability.

“Building a relationship between these forces is essential,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Wood, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan command sergeant major, the top U.S. NCO in the country.

Wood said he thought it was important to create an enduring engagement plan because the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan is important not only to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, but also to the overall campaign in support of the war on terror.

The meeting, linked to the U.S. Central Command’s Theater Security Cooperation program, coincided with the 18th Tripartite Commission meeting, made up of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Coalition forces in Afghanistan, and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. {Click on image for photo details}

Seabees help flood victims with temporary shelter

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By MCC (DV) Robert Palomares

DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia – Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) began assembling tents with the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) Aug. 19 to house some of the approximately 6,000 people left without homes because of recent floods here.

An estimated 250 people are confirmed dead and another 300 are still missing as a result of the four-meter-high wall of water that crashed through the city of Dire Dawa Aug. 6.

The 6,000 displaced people are currently sheltered in schools throughout the city.

The Seabees are part of a cooperative effort, which includes the ENDF, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to help the local government provide shelter and other assistance to the flood victims. {Click on image for photo details}

In Babil, uniting for peace

A Sheik in Babil
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Cpl. Michael Molinaro
2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

FOB KALSU, Iraq – “He who kills a person without reason is like he who kills all humanity.” – from the Holy Koran.

Seeking a unified province free from terrorism and factional violence, leaders of Iraqi groups in Babil came together Aug. 20 in al-Hillah to reconcile and denounce the attacks that have plagued the country.

Iraqi security forces leadership, representatives of the Iraqi national government, local government officials, civic leaders, tribal sheiks and religious leaders joined together at the Iraqi Police academy convention hall to map out a strategic plan to shape a peaceful future for Babil.

“This was Iraqi generated, Iraqi led,” said Col. John Tully, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, an invited guest of the ISF leadership. “They are clearly trying to come to grips with the issues their society is facing.”

The meeting was orchestrated by Maj. Gen. Qais Hamza, Babil provincial police chief, to bring representatives of every facet of Babil culture to the conference and provide them a forum to speak. It was hoped the meeting would signify the commencement of a new era in the region and the beginning of the end of terrorism in southern Iraq, said a sheik in attendance {Click on image for photo details}

Latest western Anbar recruiting drive nets 500-plus Iraqi volunteers for police forces

Police Recruiting
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq Press Release

CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq – More than 500 Iraqi men were screened and accepted for service as police officers in their local communities during a three-day recruiting/screening drive in Iraq’s western Al Anbar Province recently.

U.S. Marines screened thousands of applicants Aug. 11-14, 2006, in various regions along the western Euphrates River valley, to include the border city of Al Qa’im, Haditha, and Baghdadi – a small town just miles east of this sprawling U.S. air base.

The three-day event was the most successful recruiting/screening drive for U.S. and Iraqi forces in this region to date, according to Maj. Lowell Rector, officer-in-charge of the police transition team for Regimental Combat Team 7.

Police transition teams are teams of U.S. service members who mentor, train and oversee the establishment of Iraqi police forces throughout the province. {Click on image for details}

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Weekend Rant

Antony Loewenstein
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Pictured is a left wing writer who has abused family to promote islamofascist propaganda. His work includes the book "My Israel Question"

Friday, August 25, 2006

A Reporter on Language, by Frank Devine

Frank Devine
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
It's a pity US President George W. Bush spoke of Islamic fascists in connection with the failed plot to booby-trap passenger aircraft heading for the US from London.

Islamo-fascist is catchier: it's only one word, is easier to say and holds promise of developing the acronym IF (pronounced eye eff). We may even borrow from communism's epithet bank and refer to Islamo-fascist hyenas.
Al-Jazeera devoted an hour to discussing Bush's use of his phrase. Viewers who called in said they were infuriated. Tough. Bloggers have disputed the legitimacy of connecting Islam and fascism.

Personally, I consider Islamo-fascist among the most useful of the present neologisms, acceptably accurate in its portrayal of our enemies and filling an awkward gap in English vocabulary.

Daily Rant Friday

Taj Mahal
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Once a great religion, capable of inspiring majestic art, Islam is now captured by those who claim such greatness impossible. We aren't fighting against mere stupidity, we are fighting for a glorious future, The nay sayers claim western values have diminished Islam. In fact, Islam is better than that. Islam needs to assert itself over those frauds who would diminish it with terrorist apologia.
Taj Mahal
"Like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time” - Tagore

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Daily Rant, Thursday

Ambulance Missile Fraud
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Pictured is an ambulance Hezbolah got a lot of media attention over. It was claimed Israeli missiles had hit an ambulance convoy, killing occupants. Turns out that the picture was staged. The events never happened.
The Weasel posts a lot elsewhere. From today those posts will be collected and placed in line. Linked where possible. The Weasel is cooperating with DDB on this issue.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Airmen Risk Lives to make Mission Happen

Air Mission
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Spc. Carina M. Garcia 345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The mission they have is challenging, critical, grueling and worst of all, treacherous. Yet for more than two years now Airmen have been driving convoys for the Army on some of the most dangerous roads in the world.

From this sprawling Army camp to the border of Southern Iraq, all the way to the most Northern reaches of a country roughly the size of California, members of the 586th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron put their lives on the line every day for the mission.

These 300 plus hard-charging, combat Airmen of the 586th ELRS are assigned to one of two medium truck detachments – the 70th MTD or the 424th MTD.

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Squelch Violence in Baghdad

US Iraq Cooperation
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Story by Sgt. Jeff Lowry 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BAGHDAD — Iraqi and Coalition forces joined this week to squelch the violence in Ameriya, a key neighborhood in west Baghdad, as part of a city-wide operation known as Amaliya Ma’an ila Al-Amam or Operation Together Forward.

“The purpose was to eliminate terrorists and death squads in and around Ameriya,” said Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Abdul Jaleel in a press conference Wednesday.

Jaleel is the commander of 1st Brigade, 6th Iraq Army Division. The unit took the lead in a recent sweep of the town with the U.S. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division as support.

The Iraqi and Coalition forces searched about 6,000 houses and buildings in the Ameriya neighborhood, said Jaleel. The local citizens requested the market area be secured first.

Influx of Iraqi police in small Euphrates River town means more security, less insurgent activity

Iraqi Police
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Sgt. Roe F. Seigle 1st Marine Division

BAGHDADI, Iraq — After 30 recent graduates from the Iraqi police academy came to Baghdadi, Iraq, residents in this Saddam-era military housing complex are expressing interest in joining the police force because they are noticing a decrease in insurgent activity.

Marines with the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, or “America’s Battalion”, are combating the insurgency with local police officers – who recently received “much needed” new gear to get the job done – pistols, protective vests, rifles and batons to use while patrolling the city’s streets.

Soon they will receive radios and police cars, said Maj. Eric Kelly, 36, the commanding officer of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment – the U.S. military unit which provides security here and mentors the city’s local police and soldiers. {Click on image for photo details}

9th Navy Construction Regiment Prepares for Turnover

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Daniel Sanford

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The 9th Navy Construction Regiment (NCR), the first reserve regimental headquarters to be deployed to Iraq under its own pennant, is due to rotate out of country within the next few weeks.

Over the course of its six-month deployment to Camp Fallujah, the 9th NCR provided command and control of four military engineering units, including Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 25 and 40, the 9th Engineering Support Battalion and the 46th Engineering Combat Battalion.

"We've done projects throughout the Al-Anbar Province that are very diverse," said Navy Cmdr. Mark Bellis, 9th NCR's operations officer. "We created and built more than 40 combat outposts, rehabilitated more than 20 Iraqi police stations, repaired more than 650 road craters, and drilled two water wells that provide fresh water to Iraqi security forces camps.

"We've also done some maintenance all over the Al-Anbar Province, such as repairing concrete on runways and repairing electrical and water systems, both on and off base." {Click on image for photo details}

Medical teams educate, treat villagers

Medical Aid
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Sgt. Nina J. Ramon
345th Mobile Pubic Affairs Detachment

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces, to include the Bagram Cooperative Medical Assistance team and New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction team, conducted a joint medical civil action program July 22 to 29 in the Panjab and Waras districts of Bamyan Province.

During the visits to the Tarapass and Petabjoy valley systems, the combined team stopped at local medical centers before traveling to schools to provide medical support to villagers.

The medical centers visited included Panjab District Hospital, the biggest hospital in the area, and the Shinya Ashkarat Clinic of Basic Health Care.

“We provide training best needed for problems and concerns in the area,” said Army Maj. Anthony Littrell, CMA director from Samford, N.C. “The area is inaccessible nine months out of the year due to harsh weather conditions. Because of this, non-urgent cases can be treated at individual homes by community health workers.” {Click on image for photo details}

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

If NYT Editors Were Editors in 1943

If NYT Editors
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising An Over-Reaction
European Leaders Blame Jews For Disproportionate Response

League of Nations Anti Bias Panel Accuse Jews of Racism
Jews Caught on Tape While Racially Targetting Nazis

Zionists Have No Exit Strategy in Europe

Jewish Resistance Shatters Hopes For A Peaceful Final Solution
How Could Both Sides Have Blundered So Badly?

Goebbels: Zionists Must Be Held Accountable For War Crimes
Many Believe That The Charismatic National Socialist Workers Party Spokesman Speaks For All Europeans

Peace Vigil Calls For A Cease Fire

Jewish Over Reaction May Cause Grave Humanitarian Crisis

Poll: Public Opinion Shifts Towards Gestapo

Culture Shock: American Knee Jerk Support of Jews Irritates Cultured Europeans

UN Endorsed Murder 5

Bassem Malah3
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Bassem Malah committed no crime.

A Palestinian mother, whose house was bulldozed after her son was a suicide bomber, abuses the dead body of Bassem Malah.

UN Endorsed Murder 4

Bassem Malah5
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Bassem Malah committed no crime.

He was lynched by those endorsed by the UN to run Palestine.

UN Endorsed Murder 3

Bassem Malah 2
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Bassem Malah comitted no crime.

He was shot as an Israeli collaborator by a Palestinian mob led by Al Aqsa Martyr Brigade

UN Endorsed Murder 2

Bassem Malah
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Bassem Malah comitted no crime.

He was attacked by a Palestinian mob, led by Al Aqsa Martyrs, who are represented by media endorsed Fatah.

UN Endorsed Murder

Bassem Malah4
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Bassem Malah comitted no crime.

He was an Israeli Arab.

22 years old.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

CENTCOM’s top NCO praises Afghanistan

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
11 August 2006
By Spc. Carina M. Garcia
345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. Central Command’s top enlisted leader visited Afghanistan from Aug. 5 to 8 and praised the country for its progress in rebuilding and reconstructing, and developing its armed forces over the past five years.

Just a month away from the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Curtis L. Brownhill toured bases in Afghanistan and talked to deployed troops while here.

Brownhill is a principal advisor to Gen. John Abizaid, CENTCOM commander, on all matters concerning joint and combined integration, utilization and sustainment for more than 230,000 U.S. and Coalition forces serving in 27 countries. {Click on image for photo details}

Humanitarian Aid Reaches Lebanon

Humanitarian Aid
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
9 August 2006
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. W. Watkins
BEIRUT, Lebanon - U.S. Navy High Speed Vessel Two Swift (HSV 2) delivered more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Beirut, Lebanon.

More than $2 million of relief was donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and, with the help of the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO), was immediately disbursed to approximately 20,000 needy Lebanese citizens.

Diana Sufian, an independent project coordinator, brought the IRO and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints together for the coordinated relief effort.

“We’re true humanitarians,” said Sufian. “We’re reaching out feeding the children who are hungry.” Sufian expressed her gratitude for the U.S. Navy’s support and interest in delivering the supplies.

“I want to put America’s face on this,” said Sufian. “I want the whole world to see that America cares, and see what these brave men and women in uniform are doing out here.” {Click on image for details}

TF Warrior brings medical aid to Afghan villages

Medical Aid
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
7 August 2006
By Capt. Lawrence Sekajipo
2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment
ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Coalition and Afghan doctors conducted a three-day village medical outreach operation in July, offering much needed medical aid to various villages in Northern Deh Chopan District, Zabul province.

The 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, out of Fort Polk, La., together with a medical and veterinary team from the 94th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Echo Company also out of Fort Polk, conducted the VMO.

Security for this operation was provided by the Afghan National Army and Creek Company, TF Warrior combat team.

The medical team treated approximately 450 Afghans in Larzab and 160 in Baylough. The veterinarian team treated nearly 430 farm animals and distributed de-worming medication to all of them. It has been known that animals in this area are susceptible to worms, which could cause a serious threat if not controlled. {Click on image for photo details}

The Glass is Half-Full

General Casey
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
6 August 2006
By Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
Commander, Multi-National Force – Iraq

This week Iraqis celebrated another significant advance toward their sovereign democracy. Today the 4th Iraqi Army Division assumed responsibility for operations from the American 101st Airborne Division. Half the Iraqi Army divisions are now in the lead for planning and controlling security operations in Iraq.

Although Iraqis still suffer horrendous brutality at the hands of death squads and terrorists, the strategic glass in Iraq is half-full. Now, after decades of dictatorship and oppression, Iraqis mark another milestone on their march to freedom and security self-reliance.

Despite the efforts of those who would wrest newfound freedom from their grasp, the Iraqi people and their security forces continue to press inexorably forward. As Iraqi security forces stand up, their Coalition partners can stand down. Indeed, 4th Division’s assumption of responsibility for controlling counterinsurgency operations releases some Coalition forces to support operations elsewhere in the nation. {Click on image for photo details}

Iraqi Soldiers Thankful for Coalition Support

Soldier Training
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
August 7, 2006
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika
133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

TIKRIT — Coalition forces joined with their Iraqi army counterparts to do something all Soldiers like to do, fire weapons.

Weapons firing was held for newly enlisted Iraqi soldiers, “the jundhi,” at Forward Operating Base Dagger and was planned and conducted solely by the Iraqi army.

“We mainly just provided them with a little input,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Barrick of the 101st Airborne Division. “We were there more as observers than anything.” {Click on image for photo details}

Friday, August 11, 2006

Flaws in Rivercat

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
A report into the January crash of RiverCat Betty Cuthbert found there are still serious flaws in ferry maintenance, radio communications and crew training within Sydney Ferries, Shadow Minister for Transport Barry O’Farrell said today.

The Betty Cuthbert lost control and struck a moored motorboat called BYO on 11 January 2006.

“The Labor Government has failed to address the systemic problems plaguing Sydney Ferries resulting in a never-ending series of crashes and accident reports,” Mr O’Farrell said.

Poor Public Transport Forces Car Use

Auto Bus
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Shadow Minister for Transport Barry O’Farrell said today families in NSW were being forced to use their cars because the Iemma Labor Government had cut train and bus services.

“The good news is that higher petrol prices have led to more people looking for public transport alternatives,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“The bad news is Labor continues to reduce the public transport options available,” he said.

Railcorp Harrassment

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Hezbollah? Or, as the ABC suggests, is this just Lebanese children at play?
An independent inquiry into RailCorp’s handling of allegations that a Transit Officer harassed a 15 year old girl was essential if commuter confidence was to be maintained, Shadow Minister for Transport Barry O’Farrell said today.

“The public need to be assured that RailCorp is dealing with any allegation of harassment, or misconduct in a timely and transparent manner,” Mr O’Farrell said.

AP Caption Blames Jews

Gaza Girl
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
AP correctly captioned this photo
"A Relative carries the body of Rajaa Abu Shaban, 5, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006. On Thursday, doctors said that the 5-year-old Palestinian girl initially believed to have been killed by an Israeli military strike Wednesday apparently died after sustaining head injuries during a fall from a swing in the same area shortly before the strike.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)"
A day after it blamed Israel ..

The Passing of a Discoverer

James Van Allen
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
This gentle man, seen at an office, possibly Iowa University, where he worked, has passed away, aged 91.

A designer of instruments, Van Allen made those which detected the radiation belts that surround the Earth, and bear his name.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

MEDCAP Brings Healthcare and Medication to Thousands in need in Coastal Kenya

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By U.S. Air Force Capt. Martin Gerst,
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

MANDA BAY, Kenya - A team of doctors, medical and civil affairs professionals, from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa recently completed a two-week medical civic action program here that visited four villages and treated more than 3,300 patients.

The team worked with local medical officials and non-governmental agencies, providing over $44,000 worth of medications and treatments to the residents of Mpeketoni, Faza, Bargoni, Mokowe and their surrounding communities. All medication was purchased locally and surplus medications were distributed among the clinics that participated. {Clickon image for photo details}

New hospital to treat detainees, Soldiers

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
MNF-I Article

CAMP CROPPER, Iraq — A medical task force responsible for providing health care to both detainees and Soldiers opened a new hospital near Baghdad International Airport July 30.

Fresh from New Orleans, where the unit provided Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in October 2005, the 21st Combat Support Hospital from Fort Hood, Texas arrived in Iraq in May. The medics first set up shop at Abu Ghraib then moved medical equipment, supplies and patient records to the new Camp Cropper Theater Internment Facility here earlier this month {Clickon image for details of photo}

U.S. Marines train with French Marines in Horn of Africa desert

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By U.S. Air Force Capt. Martin Gerst
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - 25 U.S. Marines and 1 Navy corpsman recently completed a 10-day desert training course conducted by a French Marine regiment from a neighboring camp.

Marines from the 4th Provisional Security Company here were invited by the 5th French Marine Regiment at Briere de L’Isle Barracks to participate in the course.

The goal of the course is to learn basic survival and combat skills in a desert environment. For this type of exercise Djibouti makes a superb training ground, said French Marine Capt. Michel Ladan, chief of the Desert Training School. The training teaches “simple things like eating, drinking, orienting with GPS, medical evacuation, and fighting in the desert environment,” he said. {Click on image for details of photo}

Coalition Forces Visit Orphanage to Lift Spirits

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Story by Spc. L.C. Campbell
138th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

MOSUL, Iraq – Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited an orphanage in Mosul, Iraq July 10, bringing gifts for the children.

During a regular patrol through the city, 3rd Plt. stopped at a local orphanage to drop off soccer balls and other gifts that were donated. Some of the donations came from Forward Operating Base Marez and other donations were made by individuals back in the states

“Our interpreter found out about the orphanage, and started asking people about where it was,” said 2nd Lt. Steven Stock, platoon leader, 3rd Plt, Co C, 2nd Bn., 1st Inf. Rgt., 172nd SBCT. “When we found the orphanage there was approximately 43 kids of all age groups.” {Click on image for photo details}

Iraqi Cadre to Begin Training Enlisted

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Story by Sgt. Rachel Brune
101st Airborne Division

Q-WEST BASE COMPLEX, Iraq — The latest cycle of Iraqi troops graduated from the Iraqi Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy here, about 45 miles south of Mosul on July 25.

The class was the last of a series taught by U.S. instructors from the 11th Field Artillery Regiment.

The latest Iraqi NCOs will now return to their units as trained leaders, while Iraqi cadre at the academy prepare to take full responsibility for future training here. {Click on image for photo details}

Hezbollah Cartoon

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Once upon a time, a peaceful child care worker and conceptual artist was polishing his innocent garden sculpture, "The spirit of Compromise," when he was attacked by an american made Israeli atomic bomb, narrowly missing a group of independant Iranian peace activists and journalists.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Media Assault on Jews 2

Reuters fake of Beirut
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Notice how the pattern repeats in the cloud at the top?

That’s not the only thing that repeats:


Media Assault on Jews

he top red square is just a copy/paste of the lower.

The photo has been doctored, quite badly


Saturday, August 05, 2006

Hezbollah Claims Kills

Hezbollah Captures 2
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Hezbollah claimed to have killed five Israeli soldiers today. The Weasel consulted with the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and various news sources. Apparently, it wasn't Hezbollah, but Lebanese women and children ..

Friday, August 04, 2006

OECD Survey of Australian Economy

Data Protection Map
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
The 2006 Economic Survey of Australia released by the OECD today provides a strong endorsement of the Government's economic management and Australia's economic performance.

The OECD Survey notes that Australia’s “recent macroeconomic performance continues to be impressive” and that “living standards have steadily improved since the beginning of the 1990s and now surpass all G7 countries except the United States”.

Speech by Minister for Health Ageing

Health Ageing
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
A Press Club address is a rare chance to tell hundreds of thousands of TV viewers what the Government has done, what the Government is doing and what the Government plans to do next. It’s also an opportunity to explain the thinking behind the Government’s decisions to an audience which understands politics.

Almost every opinion poll rates health as the public’s most important issue. Health stories are a media staple yet, compared to (say) workplace relations, health attracts little philosophical controversy. The political argument is usually over funding (which, almost by definition, is never enough) or capacity for human error (to which all systems are prone). It’s instructive (and for the Commonwealth Government somewhat reassuring) that proposals to change the health system, rather than keep it essentially as it is, are the ones that generate the most political controversy. In health, people want problems solved. They don’t want systems changed unless, of course, there’s something fundamentally wrong with them, which is not currently the case with the health services for which the Commonwealth has principal responsibility.

Smith Admits Beazley Blunder On Pledge To Abolish AWAs

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Labor’s Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Stephen Smith has today conceded Kim Beazley’s pledge to abolish AWAs was a blunder.

Joining the efforts of West Australian Premier Alan Carpenter, Mr Smith is now also trying to appease the mining industry by privately acknowledging its need for AWAs, according to the Australian Financial Review (2/8/06).

We know Mr Smith was not consulted about Kim Beazley’s pledged to abolish AWAs.

pensioners hit by ALP booking fee

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Labor’s new pensioner booking fee has slashed the number of pensioners using CountryLink services by 20% while raising more than $1 million in its first three months of operation, Shadow Minister for Transport Barry O’Farrell said today.

“In its first three months, this new tax introduced by Labor on 1 March, has raised more than $1 million for the Iemma Labor Government,” Mr O’Farrell said.

More Manly Ferry

NSW Liberal Leader Peter Debnam, Shadow Minister for Transport Barry O'Farrell and Liberal Candidate for Manly Mike Baird today announced a Liberal Government would purchase an additional, modern large-capacity ferry for use on the Manly to Circular Quay route.

"This additional ferry will significantly increase the frequency of services between Manly and Circular Quay from the current 30 minute intervals," Mr Debnam said.

NSW Economy, Nothing to Celebrate in Poor Report Card

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Twelve months of Iemma and twelve years of Labor leaves nothing to celebrate as families, businesses and job-seekers battle Labor's high taxes, big bureaucracy, and the dead NSW economy, Shadow Minister for Finance Peta Seaton said today.

Morris Iemma and Michael Costa have compounded Bob Carr’s economic mismanagement with a steady stream of bad tax and management decisions, all of which avoid dealing with the rampant over-expenditure, bureaucratic growth, waste and paralysis identified by the Stokes Vertigan Audit in February.

Promise to Halve Waiting Ends in Increase Wait for 10230

waiting room
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
NSW Liberal Leader Peter Debnam said today the community would see through another Labor lie on hospital waiting lists, with the truth there are 10,230 more people waiting for surgery than when Labor was elected on a promise to halve waiting lists.

“Labor has increased waiting lists, not reduced them, and as Health Minister and now as Premier, Morris Iemma has been central to the problem,” Mr Debnam said.