Archive for May, 2006

  Light Blogging for a While

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 08May06.

I won’t be posting much around here through about the 20th. Finished up my schools in Newport on Friday and am in transit to Japan with the family (with some stops to see family on the way).

  Fox Shows Signs of Sanity

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 05May06.

Mexican President Vicente Fox had a moment of sanity today.

President Vicente Fox vetoed a controversial bill last night that would have permitted the possession of small quantities of drugs, sending the measure back to Congress after mounting criticism from the United States that his administration was backing away from drug enforcement.

Fox refused to sign the bill in hopes of eliminating “any doubt that in our country the possession and consumption of drugs are and will continue being crimes.”

Although he did not mention the United States in a statement that his office released last night, Fox’s careful wording seemed aimed at concerns raised by U.S. officials over the past few days about Mexico’s commitment to fight the drug cartels that smuggle billions of dollars of narcotics across the border.

“The Mexican government will have to deepen the fight against drug trafficking,” Fox said. “In no way is it promoting the use of drugs. The objective of the bill is to attack with all the weight of the law the trafficking of narcotics, in particular small-scale trafficking.”

Maybe they’re further from becoming the genuine national security threat I thought. But then, there’s still that pesky illegal immigration problem.

  10,000th Visitor Requests Permission to Come Aboard

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 04May06.

Visitor number 10,000 walked up the brow of The Yankee Sailor at 1506 hours zulu time from in Italy and took a tour.

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by, come back soon and don’t forget to tell your friends about the Sailor.

By the way, I showed the eldest Agent of Chaos – HyperBoy, who’s now six – the new site and he’s given me the best compliment yet: “coooool, guns!”

Open posted in Mudville and Castle Argghhh !

  Moussaoui Martyrdom Postponed

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 04May06.

A federal jury decided today not to sentence Zacarias Moussaoui to death .

After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government’s appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Three jurors said Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you already know I agree . I have been skeptical of how involved Moussaoui was in the actual plotting, because, though better educated he has never struck me as being much brighter than Richard “the Shoe Bomber” Reid.” History may tell, but I’m not going to wait with bated breath for an answer.

So now, we don’t have to read his name in the news for the next decade as appeals play out, and he gets to rot in prison and die an ignoble death (preferably from pork products), rather than getting “rewarded” with martyrdom. Welcome to inglorious anonymity, prisoner number TBD.

Smash has different ideas .

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