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From Steven Den Beste: Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God's Vengeance

"God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us," [a government employee] said.

Hopefully, this mouthpiece for Saddam will feel the full weight of America's might in a few weeks time.

Meanwhile, these idiots and these horrid excuse for humans just keep hammering more nails in the coffin of the far left.

And Damian has already found the Zionist them running amok.

John Moore has saved the NEXRAD loop from this morning.

More scientific explanations at Samizdata

Jack adds a personal note to the tragedy - heartbreaking post.

Glenn has an ongoing collection of news and links.




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Instapundit reported a couple of Canucks feel this is because of American arrogance.

To dream and turn dreams into reality is arrogance.

What does that say about Canuckistan?

Steve has done an excellent job compiling biographies on the crew as a tribute:

My small thoughts:


You want to get depressed? Take a look at all the profiteering over on Ebay, I blogged about it, couldn't avoid using a mess of foul language to describe the people involved.

Hmmm, if the best Allah can do to get back at us is destroy a Space Shuttle, he's pretty impotent. The Iraqis ought to be more concerned about the military forces aligning against them around their country than a peaceful, scientific shuttle mission.

But then again, no one ever said the Iraqis were very smart.

Andy, No, they aren't... and I should have read this post before posting the Iraqi link in the previous post... oops (got it off a forum site).
Not that I didn't expect the Iraqis to react that way. I've been doing some stealth hunting today, and most of the arabic jihadi sites have the same take. "Allah murdered innocents just for us". Blech.
Wish I could speak Arabic well enough to ask: if their Allah could do that... why didn't he help them in Afghanistan.

That is so stupid. God did not cause this disaster.

tarring all of Canada with the same brush because of what "a couple of Canucks" said doesn't say much for you, Sandy.

The crap about the Iraqis reminds me of the spewing morons who blamed the floods in 1982 and the earthquake in 1989 as God's vengeance on San Francisco for its tolerance of gays. To which we replied that God must have some lousy aim, since it was the areas around Frisco that got hit worst.

And will someone please remind me why it's illegal to hunt down those indymedia shitheads and beat them senseless? Other than the redundancy, I mean?

My son-in-law is Canadian and I love him like my own son. Shortly after the incident he and Libby called to commiserate about it. He is a scientist in training and understands what the space program is, our greatest hope for something better for mankind.

That said, the statements of many spokesmen for Canada were arrogant and snide. To that portion of the world's population (not to single out Canada as we have more than a few right here in the USA) who seem incapable of grieving this loss without trying to find a reason to piss on our country, I say:

F**K YOU! I hope you break out in a thousand assholes and die of the drizzling sh*ts.

Our failures are grand because we attempt great things.

In the words of Teddy Roosevelt...

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

These men and women died building a ladder off this peach-pit of a planet and their names will be remembered long after Jean Cretin is a minor footnote.


Why is it that moderate/GOP leaning blogs are more open (i.e., they link to many blogs w/o ideology leanings and do not ban people) but more leftist-leaning blogs only link to leftist blogs and generally ban any thought that is against Democratic Party? What does this mean? I am unable to synthesis.

It's pretty simple Voter. In general (and there are always exceptions) the position on the extreme left is so indefensible that any questioning of it is seen as an attack.

Instead of trying to defend it you'll usually get banned, or streams of profanity. The really funny ones are the ones who post links to validate what they say, and the links go to web sites that are even battier than the poster.

I'm going to put up a web site stating that the world is hexagonal, so that anyone who wants to validate the theory can point to it as if it makes a difference.

Its a very sad event - my sympathy goes to the friends and families of those effected.

Do you think that maybe people are losing a little perspective? I mean this week there was 7 killed in a plane crash in East Timor, 8 killed in a train crash in Australia and 40 or so killed in a train crash in Zimbabwe... Why are some stories reported so widely and others are not? I guess its a bit different - but I wonder if the media and blog community might be blowing it a little out of proportion? Just an observation...maybe I'm wrong....?