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  • Treo 700W: Seriously, make some (free) app recommendations!
    ... and a Cisco(-compatible) VPN client would be nice!

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  • Canada : Conservatives win! ... not a blowout, but a step in the right direction
    ... CQ liveblogged, reacted
  • WVa : New mine safetey laws approved ... location devices, oxygen, hotline
  • Weather : Cold snap kills 100s in (Eastern) Europe ... prayers & condolences
  • Energy : Ukraine admits to withholding natural gas from Europe

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  • Islamofascism : Preemtpive strike against Iran "all but inevitable"
    ... A strike on Iran, a why we should try talking more first?
    ... Iran says sanctions will result in war!
    ... Saddam's trial in chaos? ... judge replaced again, trial delayed
    ... 'The war against the war on terrorism' ... "selected, not elected" indeed!
    ... Let's talk about the Caliphate, shall we?
    ... Priceless, indeed! (.WMV) ... found via SugarButtons
  • NSAgate : Nothing wrong with the "Terrorist Surveillance Program"
  • Plamegate : Scooter returns fire ... with subopenas ... of journalists
  • Military Tech : UAVs going mainstream ... DoD making the world a better place, again
  • Abortion : 33 years of murder, in review ... "put the law on an inevitable collision course with science"
  • Computing : Vista to get a "real" firewall ... time to uninstall ZoneAlarm?
    ... RIM even closer to BIG TROUBLE ... BlackBerry down?
    ... "8088 Corruption" - 30fps on a 4.77MHz PC! ... yes, I said MHz! +Color! +Sound!
    ... 1000s of misc "hacks" ... how to make stuff do stuff
    ... Think "Universal Translator"
  • Internet : GoogleNews, no longer beta! ... was beta for 1219 days!
    ... Jeanson James Ancheta busted, fined + goes to jail for botnet-based advertising
    ... Ballpoint pen antenna for your WiFi ... much more portalbe than the Pringles cantenna!
  • Gaming : Dilbert, on your phone? ... not 'til this fall
  • Left : They do have a platform - death
  • Nanotech : Solar-powered 4-stroke nanommotor
  • Space : Self-healing spaceships! ... think skin :)
    ... The shuttle is a deathtrap?
  • GeoPolitics : World's 10 Worst Dictators
  • Family : Contrary to some, boys not falling so far behind ... and not for the reasons they believe (hint : divorce)
  • Health : 30m of excercise the best cure for depression ... duh?
    ... Thoughts on geniuses ... "Scientific advances emerge from social, economic and political conditions"
    ... 'How to Do What You Love' ... interesting
    ... "Women like joky men, while men like women who laugh at their jokes" ... duh?
    ... Stressed mommies make girl babies?
  • Economics : Ameriquest -$325M ... "predatory lending"
  • Automotive Industry : More on Ford ... cuts to reach ~30k (more!) by 2012!
  • TV : "American Idol is Homophobic"? ... joke at end :)

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  • Computing : Next Apples will run Windows
  • NSAgate : Why you are being spied on
  • Islamofascism : OBL releases clay tablets
    ... Fluffy, the trained attack Maltese
    ... 'Suicide bombers' life insurance premiums soaring'
    ... OBL's book club ... and Vows to crush Oprah
  • Economics : US Govt holds "Going out of business" sale ... our prices are INSANE!
  • NYC : Running of the Rats ... and Jack Russell terriers
  • Election08 : Frank tries to woo Condi
  • Flash : NinjaMan
  • Celebrity(ies) : Young Chuck Norris, the video ... bad music, bad fight scenes ... all funny
  • TV : "The Countdown To The Best Lists Of All Time" ... just a show concept, and linkfest

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  • Guard the Borders : (missed it yesterday :( )
    Last week, those of us who keep an eye on border issues noticed that several mainstream media sources had featured articles about the regular Mexican military incursions over our borders and into our country. This is nothing new, as the Border Patrol has documented hundreds of such illegal incursions by an armed Mexican military over the past decade, and our government has done nothing to curb these incursions. In fact, it seems our government has looked the other way. While I'm relieved that this information is getting out into the mainstream, I have little confidence that our governement will actually do its job and secure our borders. Some confrontations between the Mexican military troops and our own Border Patrol agents have become violent as Mexican soldiers have fired their weapons at the Border Patrol. It's a mystery why our government refuses to acknowledge these hostile invasions. They surely know about it, and the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. has gone so far as to publicly deny that the Mexican soldiers are hostile, but rather there to "patrol for illegal border jumpers". Contrary to that public statement, however, most of the Mexican military troops on the border are moonlighting as security escorts for drug smuggling gangs the coyotes who are running large groups of illegals across the border.
    T.J. Bonner, a 27-year Border Patrol veteran who heads the National Border Patrol Council [said], "Intrusions by the Mexican military to protect drug loads happen all the time and represent a significant threat to the agents. "Why else would they be in the area, firing at federal agents in the United States? There is no other explanation," said Mr. Bonner, whose organization represents all 10,000 of the nonsupervisory Border Patrol agents. He also challenged reports that Mexican military units had crossed mistakenly into the United States, saying, "Every country's military has a [global positioning system] nowadays, including the Mexicans. "If the border is so poorly marked, why don't the thousands of Border Patrol agents working 24/7 along it ever seem to get lost, and none of us have been issued a GPS," he said. Attacks on Border Patrol agents in the past few years have been attributed to current or former Mexican military personnel. U.S. law-enforcement officials have long thought that current and former Mexican soldiers are being paid to protect drug shipments bound for the United States. Several agents said the attacks have escalated in the past two years as U.S. security efforts on the border have increased -- including the July shooting of two agents in an ambush near Nogales, Ariz., by assailants in black commando-type clothing, who fired more than 50 rounds. Authorities said the gunmen used military-style cover-and-concealment tactics to escape back into Mexico. No one has been arrested.
    Without any federal commitment to secure our borders, the Minutemen, a volunteer citizen's group, has performed an invaluable civic service in patrolling our borders to document and verify the location of illegal border crossers. They, too, have encountered Mexican soldiers on the WRONG side of the border. The video clip below comes directly from the Arizona Minutemen who told the Mexican soldiers, when confronted, they were there as "media" to document the border situation. It is incredibly important to note that there is no reason why American citizens should EVER be required to justify their lawful activities on American soil to a FOREIGN military presence. That is anathema to our rights as American citizens!

    (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) January 20, 2006 – The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps ("MCDC") announced the release today of video footage of an incursion by a unit of the Mexican army across the U.S. border in Arizona.Chris Simcox and a group of Civil Defense Corps volunteers encountered a squad of approximately eight armed Mexican soldiers about 500 yards inside American territory. The Mexican soldiers started running back through the brush to Mexico when they realized they had been spotted. The video shows a uniformed Mexican soldier climbing through a barbed wire fence on American soil to return to the Mexican side of the border as he races to catch up with the other Mexican soldiers who had also climbed back through the fence as they retreated back into their country. A group of armed Mexican soldiers then returned to the barbed wire fence (on American soil) and confronted Simcox and the volunteers. A discussion in Spanish ensued, with the agitated soldier 'in charge' saying the Americans had no business being there. Simcox and the volunteers did not budge. The Mexican soldiers left and drove off. Judging from earlier activity observed at the ranch that morning, Simcox is of the belief that a trafficking operation had been disrupted by the volunteers. The footage, filmed in 2004, was sent to then Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. His office did not respond. The video has remained in the Minuteman video archive and is being released in response to recent news reports that over 200 cross-border incursions by the Mexican army have been documented since 1996.

    This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we're going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to euphoricrealitynet at gmail dot com.

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  • Sources / Bloggie Linkfests: Basil!!

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