...The deal of the century, as it came to be known, took three years to complete. But when it was finally signed by Prince Sultan, the Saudi defence minister, on the Caribbean island of Bermuda in 1988 it provided British Aerospace with a stream of revenue worth around $2bn (Â£1.02bn) a year, with a current total that stands at more than $40bn.
Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and perhaps the most important figure in the acceptance of soul and R&B music by the mass audience, passed away today at age 83. He slipped and fell while attending a Rolling Stones concert in New York on October 29, the injuries eventually causing him to fall into a coma from which he never awoke. Read more about Ahmet Ertegun
I keep hearing about a "surge" of troops into Iraq (God knows why they're thinking of this, except either to evade accountability, or create or chaos, or rake in more billions, or all three--but that's another post).
But, I'm also hearing that all we've got is, like, 20,000 troops at the outside. WTF?
I mean, 10 million Russian military deaths on the Eastern Front in World War II, and these delusional nimrods are calling 20,000 deaths a fucking surge? What's wrong with these people? Read more about "Surge"
- Former congressman Ciro Rodriguez's victory in a House runoff election Tuesday in Texas not only allowed Democrats to pick up their 30th seat of the 2006 elections but served as a final rebuke to one of the architects of the Republican House majority: Tom DeLay.
Speaker-designate [Sweet! 23 days ...] Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will create a new congressional panel to examine the administration's intelligence budget and to make sure the money is being spent properly.
Prepare to be creeped out:
Rick Lisko hunts deer with a bow but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers â€” and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs. "It was definitely a freak of nature," Lisko said. "I guess it's a real rarity."
UPDATE: NPR reported on Thursday's "All Things Considered" that Tim Johnson is responding to touch and to spoken language, appropriately. That doesn't tell us a whole lot, but I close friend of mine suffered a huge intracranial bleed when she was only 41, and she was in a comma for several weeks before she even woke up.
In comments, Tinfoil Hat Boy reminds me that as long as Senator Johnson is still alive, his absence in January will not in any way jeopardize the Democrats being in control of the Senate, since even without him they have 50 votes to the Republicans 49.
Read more about Latest Update: Senator Johnson In Critical but Stable Condition After Surgery
Somalia. Now, I know they don't have oil or anything like that, but let's face it: this is a classic case of how Bush's war has sowed the seeds of future conflict, all because our leaders are too trapped in their own mythology about "Islamofascism." There was a chance for diplomacy and international aid to quell the Islamacist rise to power, and we blew it. Read more about Meet the Next Afghanistan
Sure, it was a giant humongous image of Mr. P-Niss--those crazy, lovable Brits--but what next? The Moonie wire service:
STOCKTON-ON-TEES, England, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Pranksters drew a willy on the roof of a top British prep school that was so big it could be seen from space -- and, in fact, was found on Google Earth.
Excellent! Clearly these British lads have no soy in their diet! Read more about Google to "consider" removing "offensive material" from Google Earth