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Moscow Update: Strong Words From Medvedev

Via Ria Novosti:
. . .Medvedev laid a wreath at the spot on the Lubyanka station platform where the doors of the second carriage opened and the first bomber detonated her explosives, killing at least 24 people. The president said those behind the terrorist attacks would be tracked down and eliminated. “These are simply beasts, and regardless of their motives, what they did is a crime by any legal or moral standard,” Medvedev told reporters on hand for the occasion. “I have no doubts whatsoever that we will find them and eliminate all of them,” he said, adding that everyone involved in the November bombing of the Nevsky Express had been killed. Twenty-seven passengers died in that attack, the first major terrorist incident beyond Russia’s North Caucasus since 2004.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Amatuer Video, Accounts Of The Attack

Via New York Times:
Updated | 1:40 p.m. In the immediate aftermath of bombings at two Moscow subway stations on Monday morning, video and photographs were posted online by commuters in the Russian capital showing some of the damage and the evacuations that followed. Particularly graphic and disturbing images of people killed by one of the bombs were posted on the Russian Web site and included in this video report uploaded to YouTube by Russia Today, an English-language satellite channel financed by the Russian government.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

You Know What The World Needs? Another Godzilla Movie. . .

Via Variety:
Legendary Pictures is going ahead with “Godzilla” and will co-produce and co-finance with Warner Bros. for release in 2012. Legendary announced Monday it has obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan’s Toho, which will release the pic in Japan.
Global warming will no doubt be the cause of Godzilla's rampage, no? - Greg Pollowitz

Poll: Support For Closing Gitmo Falls 12% In Past Year

Via CNN:
Washington (CNN) – Attitudes about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have changed dramatically since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national poll. Support for closing the facility has dropped 12 points over the past 14 months, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates. Shortly before Obama’s inauguration, 51 percent of Americans said they thought the facility in Cuba should be closed. Now that number is down to 39 percent, and six in ten believe the United States should continue to operate Guantanamo. The poll, released Sunday, suggests independent voters are contributing to the 12 point overall drop.
2010 motto: it's the independents, stupid? - Greg Pollowitz

Korean War Era Mine Suspected In Sinking Of South Korean Naval Ship

Via Telegraph:
A mine dating back to the 1950-53 Korean War might have been responsible for the sinking of a South Korean naval patrol ship last weekend, according to the country’s defence minister. His explanation came as hopes of finding 46 missing South Korean alive faded further after navy divers finally reached the upturned hull of the sunken ship but reported no signs of life within. The 1,200-tonne corvett Cheonan sank on Friday night in the Yellow Sea along a disputed sea border with North Korea, sparking fears that Pyongyang had attacked the ship and temporarily sending shares lower in New York.
Military readers: does this make sense to you? I have doubts. - Greg Pollowitz

Updated: RNC Spent Money At Strip Clubs?

Via KLO / The Corner:
I asked an RNC spokesman about the story — specifically the charge that money was spent at Voyeur West Hollywood. The spokesman said: “We are investigating the expenditure in question. The story willfully and erroneously suggests that the expenditure in question was one belonging to the chairman. This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer. The chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable. Good reporting would make that distinction crystal clear. The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate.” Further, the spokesman gives the indication that there’s more to the plane story — or, rather, less to it — than the piece suggests and insists that “Steele’s expenses” are not always “Steele’s expenses” but finance and fundraising expenses.
No matter what the investigation reveals, one has to wonder what's going on at the RNC. - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: NYC, DC Subways On Alert

Via AP:
NEW YORK — Major transit agencies beefed up security as a precaution Monday following the suicide bombing in Moscow’s subway system. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority had a “heightened security presence,” said spokesman Kevin Ortiz. He declined further comment. The agency is in charge of New York City buses and subways, as well as suburban trains, and bridges and tunnels. In Washington, D.C., Metro police were conducting random inspections of stations and rail yards. Metro Transit Police’s acting head, Jeri Lee, said Monday that the agency was doing “what we can to be as secure as possible.”
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

54% Favor Repeal Of Health Care Bill

Via Rasmussen Reports:
One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation’s likely voters still favor repealing the new law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% oppose repeal. Those figures are virtually unchanged from last week. They include 44% who Strongly Favor repeal and 34% who Strongly Oppose it.
See you in November. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: List Of Past Moscow Subway Attacks

Via AP:
Past bombings on the Moscow subway system: Aug. 31, 2004: Female suicide bomber blows herself up outside the Rizhskaya station, killing 10 people. A little-known Islamic group supporting Chechen rebels claims responsibility. The woman’s identity was never confirmed. Feb. 6, 2004: A suicide bomber from the North Caucasus sets off explosives during morning rush hour on a train traveling between the Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya stations, killing more than 40 people and wounding more than 100. Feb. 5, 2001: Explosives placed under a bench on the platform of the Belorusskaya station go off, wounding 15 people. Jan. 1, 1998: Homemade bomb explodes in vestibule of Tretyakovskaya station, wounding three people. June 11, 1996: Homemade bomb explodes on train in tunnel between the Tulskaya and Nagatinskaya stations, killing four people.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Portion Size And The ‘Last Supper’

Via Los Angeles Times:
The Christian faith holds several acts of “super-sizing” to be miracles accomplished by Jesus Christ — a handful of fish and loaves of bread expanded to feed thousands; a wedding feast running low on wine suddenly awash in the stuff. Now a new study of portion expansion puts Jesus once more at the center. In a bid to uncover the roots of super-sized American fare, a pair of sibling scholars has turned to an unusual source: 52 artists’ renderings of the New Testament’s Last Supper. Their findings, published online Tuesday in the International Journal of Obesity, indicate that serving sizes have been marching heavenward for 1,000 years.
Still trying to figure out if there's a point in the study, however. - Greg Pollowitz

RNC Spent Money At Strip Clubs?

Via Daily Caller:
. . .Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.
There's no party like the Republican party cause the Republican party don't stop! - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: At Least 37 Dead, 100+ Injured

Via New York Times:
“The terrorist acts were carried out by two female terrorist bombers,” said Moscow’s mayor, Yuri M. Luzhkov. “They happened at a time when there would be the maximum number of victims.” Mr. Luzhkov said 23 people were killed in the first explosion, at the Lubyanka station, and 12 people were killed 40 minutes later at the Park Kultury station. At least two others died later. More than 100 people were injured.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Obama Condemns Attacks

Via The Hill:
President Barack Obama condemned on Monday terrorist attacks in Moscow, which have reportedly killed dozens. The president, traveling back overnight from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, said the U.S. stands with Russia after female suicide bombers set off twin suicide bombs on Moscow’s subway system. “I send my deepest condolences to the people of Russia after the terrible loss of life and injuries resulting from the bombings on the Moscow Metro,” Obama said in a statement. “The American people stand united with the people of Russia in opposition to violent extremism and heinous terrorist attacks that demonstrate such disregard for human life, and we condemn these outrageous acts.”
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Chechen Separatists Claim Moscow Attacks

Via CNN:
Moscow attacks – A Web site associated with Chechen separatists has claimed responsibility for attacks on the Moscow underground which killed at least 35 people on Monday. Female suicide bombers detonated explosions that rocked two subway stations in central Moscow.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Medvedev Vows to Battle Terrorists ‘Without Compromise’

Via Wall Street Journal:
Russia will continue to battle terrorists “without compromise,” President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday, hours after a pair of suicide attacks ripped through Moscow’s metro, killing at least 37 people. “We will continue operations against terrorists, without compromise and to the end,” Mr. Medvedev said at an emergency government meeting. Russia’s security services must not allow the suicide bombings that ripped through Moscow’s metro to “destabilize” the country and stoking ethnic hatred within society, Mr. Medvedev said
I would think that once those responsible are caught, they'll be begging for a one-way ticket to Gitmo. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Why Chechens Are Suspected

Via BBC:
Islamist radicals from the North Caucasus are nearly always at the top of the list of suspects when a bomb causes death and destruction in Russia. All the more so, when the attack is carried out by female suicide bombers. Guerrillas fighting to separate the republic of Chechnya from Russia adopted the suicide bombing tactic for the first time in 2000. In 2002, women were members of the group that held a Moscow theatre audience hostage, until the building was gassed and stormed by security forces, with huge loss of life.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: 35 Dead In Twin Suicide Bombings

Via Washington Post:
MOSCOW — Two suicide bombers, possibly women, set off explosions in separate subway stations in central Moscow during the morning rush hour Monday, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 60 others in what officials said was the deadliest and most sophisticated terrorist attack in the Russian capital in six years. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to provide full aid to the victims and their families and to tighten security at airports and railways. “We must consider this problem on a national scale,” he said. “Obviously, we have not done enough.”
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Female Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens In Moscow Subway Blast

Via New York Times:
MOSCOW — Female suicide bombers set off huge explosions during rush hour Monday morning in two subway stations in central Moscow, officials said, killing at least 35 people and raising fears that the Muslim insurgency in southern Russia was once again being brought to the country’s heart. The first attack occurred as commuters were exiting a packed train at the Lubyanka station, which is located near the headquarters of the F.S.B., the successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B. Officials said they suspected that the attack there was intended as a message to the security services, which have helped lead the crackdown on Islamic extremism in Chechnya and other parts of the Caucasus region in southern Russia.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Good Poll News For Crist - In 2012

Via Taegan Goddard:
A new Mason-Dixon poll shows Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D) popularity has fallen 18 points since his re-election in 2006, dropping to 36% overall. A possible reason is Nelson’s support for health care reform which is very unpopular among the state’s large population of retirees. Said pollster Brad Coker: “The only saving grace for Bill Nelson is that his election is in 2012 and some of the anger might die down by then.” In hypothetical matches for his 2012 re-election campaign, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) trounced Nelson, 50% to 35% and Gov. Charlie Crist (R), who is running for the Senate this year, leads him by 47% to 37%.
Well, it's good news for Crist unless Jeb runs. Please run, Jeb. Please! - Greg Pollowitz

Inside A Pakistani Terror School

Via New York Daily News:
Pakistani terror camps are teaching children the three R’s: reading, ‘riting and rage. Taliban suicide schools dotting the Af-Pak tribal belt leave no child behind in the deadly lessons. Graduates don’t go to college – they blow themselves to bits in Afghanistan to find paradise. Since 2005, when the Haqqani Taliban introduced suicide bombings in the Afghan war, kids have become a messenger of choice. The suicide schools aren’t new, but the processes of recruiting, training and operations are detailed in a grim new report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.
Scary stuff. - Greg Pollowitz


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