China Chastises U.S.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry yesterday told the U.S. government not to interfere with a Chinese-controlled company’s bid to buy a California energy giant, triggering objections from American officials and lawmakers who oppose the deal.

The China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) submitted an $18.5 billion offer last week for Unocal Corp., the ninth-largest oil and gas company in the United States.

“If we have a statute on the books, [is the Chinese Foreign Ministry] telling us not to enforce it?” Mr. Mulloy said.

Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also objected to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman’s comments.

“The Chinese government should divest itself of the shares in CNOOC and conduct free and open elections in China in the next six months — elections where anyone can run and they don’t have to run as a member of the Communist Party. Let’s elect a totally free Chinese government, and let’s have the government divest itself of that stock, and then we’ll talk,” said Mr. Barton, who wrote President Bush last week to express his opposition to CNOOC’s bid.

That’s right, you are lucky we have normal relations with you at all. Can you believe the gall??

Their Losses…

From Iraq The Model:

Now after you have probably listened to our losses through the media, I’d like to carry the news of their lossesââ¦I hate to parrot what others say.

It’s not only us who bleed, they’re bleeding too end even more profusely and obviously the media has a purpose behind focusing on our losses while mentioning the terrorists losses in the inner pages or in many cases pretending that they donââât exist.

Iraqi and multinational forces are still scoring victories over terrorists and here on this blog, we’d like to summarize the victories of the latest 48 hours:


Problems Other Than The Middle East?

The AP reminds us that the Middle East is not the only place with problems. How about the Caribbean?

ARUBA: Attorney general says no physical evidence that U.S. teen murdered

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Daily killings and kidnappings, dismally low voter registration and logistical snags are hurting efforts to hold free elections in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Thursday against permitting Cuban-Americans to visit their families in Cuba more frequently and for retaining a trade embargo that has been in place since 1960.

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) – A former social affairs minister who faced sexual molestation charges two years ago was elected Parliament chairman Thursday, prompting complaints from within the ruling party coalition.

Pirates Hijack Ship Carrying U.N. Food Aid to Somalia

I bet you didn’t think there were real life pirates anymore huh?

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Pirates seized a ship carrying U.N. food aid to tsunami victims in Somalia when it was delivering its cargo, the World Food Program said Thursday.

Piracy along the Somalia coast is common – several ships a month are attacked, if not actually hijacked, with valuables stolen and crews held for ransom. This is the first time the United Nations has reported a ship hijacked by Somali pirates.

World Food Program officials have contacted clan elders to negotiate the release of the ship and its cargo and crew, the statement said.

11-Nation Internet Piracy Crackdown

It seems the U.S. is tired of copyright infringement.

WASHINGTON âââ The government announced Thursday an 11-nation crackdown on Internet piracy organizations responsible for stealing copies of the latest “Star Wars” film and other movies, games and software programs worth at least $50 million.

FBI agents and investigators in the other nations conducted 90 searches, starting Wednesday, arresting four people, seizing hundreds of computers and shutting down at least eight major online distribution servers for pirated works.

The Justice Department “is striking at the top of the copyright piracy supply chain âââ a distribution chain that provides the vast majority of illegal digital content now available online,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said.

Called Operation Site Down, the crackdown involved undercover FBI operations run out of Chicago, San Francisco and Charlotte, N.C., and included help from authorities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Those arrested were Chirayu Patel, 23, of Fremont, Calif.; David Fish, 24, of Watertown, Conn.; Nate Lovell, 22, of Boulder, Colo.; and William Veyna, 34, of Chatworth, Calif. The four were charged with violating federal copyright protection laws. All are alleged to be members of “warez” groups, a kind of underground Internet co-op that is set up to trade in copyrighted materials.


Ya know, none of us deserves a free ride. These people worked hard to make a product that they deserve to get paid for by us.

Update: Afghan Helocopter Crash

I said I would keep you updated so here it is:

From an AP article:

KABUL, Afghanistan âââ The U.S. military confirmed Thursday that all 16 service members aboard a special forces helicopter died when it crashed into a mountain ravine earlier this week, apparently after being shot down.

The remains of those killed were being recovered at the site in eastern Afghanistan where the MH-47 (search) chopper went down Tuesday. The helicopter crashed while ferrying reinforcements to a battle against the insurgents, the military said in a statement.

The military reported earlier that 17 people were on board but revised that figure to 16 later Thursday.

“At this point, we have recovered all 16 bodies of those service men who were onboard the MH-47 helicopter that crashed on Tuesday,” Lt. Gen. James Conway (search), director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter.

On Wednesday, U.S. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace (search) said investigators believed the helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, but they were “not 100 percent sure.”

Our condolences go out to our brave troops and their families.

Previous related article:
U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes During Afghan Counterterror Operations

Brady Center Holds Fundraiser in French Embassy

The Brady Center, an anti-gun group, is putting on Art Buschwald’s 80th Birthday and fundraiser in the French Embassy! You heard me right, and check out the Senators and Congressmen given “Honorary Committee” status.

What’s the matter Brady no one but the French will have you? hehe.

Hillary Clinton? Look who she is aligning herself with, the Liberals in Congress! She maybe running towards the middle but she can’t hide from us!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 âââ 6:30PM

Embassy of France
Washington, DC

Seated Dinner and Tribute
Black Tie

Sponsorships: $1,000 to $50,000
Tickets: $250

For more information, contact Linda Roth Platt at
or 202.289.5799
Honorary Birthday Committee

Dr. Sue Bailey
Russell Baker
Robert B. Barnett
Dave Barry
Ben Bradlee
Jim and Sarah Brady
The Honorable Ann Brown and Don Brown
William Cohen
Kenneth and Maria Cuomo Cole
Walter Cronkite
The Honorable Mario Cuomo
Ralph and Lou Hill Davidson
Roscoe Dellums
The Honorable John Glenn
Christie Hefner
Ethel Kennedy
Victoria Reggie Kennedy
Leora Mora
Kyra Phillips
Mark Russell
William Safire
Patricia Schroeder
Bonnie Nelson Schwartz
Mark Shields
Carly Simon
Marisa and Kenneth Starr
George Stevens, Jr.
William and Rose Styron
Ralph and Nancy Taylor
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Calvin Trillin
Garry Trudeau
Jack Valenti
Diana Walker
Mike Wallace

Congressional Honorary Birthday

Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator Byron Dorgan
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Tim Johnson
Senator Edward Kennedy
Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Carl Levin
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Jack Reed

Representative Tammy Baldwin
Representative Earl Blumenauer
Representative Sherrod Brown
Representative Lois Capps
Representative Ben Cardin
Representative Rosa Delauro
Representative Rahm Emanuel
Representative Eliot Engel
Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Representative Betty McCollum
Representative James P. Moran
Representative Jerrod Nadler
Representative Loretta Sanchez
Representative Christopher Shays
Representative Chris Van Hollen

Quite the crew, make sure you remember if your representative is on the list.