October 2nd, 2008


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As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

First one that comes to mind is Brown v. Board of Education. I'm pretty sure this was a landmark case involving segregation in schools.

Truthfully, I'm not engaged with the supreme court decisions. Then again, I'm not running for a major political office.

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Sleepy today... if I was home, I'd nap in the warm sun with my pooch. But I'm not, and it's making work difficult.

Good evening plans in place: I'm going over to theophania_79's place to watch the debate and throw popcorn at the screen, and I think I might get dinner as a part of the whole package. Sounds like a good night to me.

And her kitties seem to like me. Probaby because I bring them catnip, play with them and pet them. They seem to respond to that. Then again, I probably would too.
pirate marmot


Yarr, mateys! Avast and behold the tales of modern piracy...

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A Somali pirate spokesman says his group will not release a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship loaded with arms for less than $20 million.

Sugule Ali told the Associated Press on Thursday the pirates would "never" reduce the ransom of the Ukrainian freighter loaded with 33 Soviet-designed tanks and other weapons. The MV Faina was seized last Thursday and is now anchored off the coast of central Somalia.

The pirates have been negotiating with the ship's owners. There are 20 crew aboard the ship.

Ali warned that any attempt at deception or commando raids on the ship would be met with repercussions.

Amused as I am by pirates having spokesmen and demanding ransom as opposed to drinking wenches, I have to consider the logistics of comandeering a vessel with cased and munition-free weapons on board. And maintaining the demand for a $20M ransom while the Russian Navy is standing by to blow you the fuck out of the water. Offhand, I'd say it's a pretty untenable position.

Then again, I don't make my living by boarding cargo ships and taking them over.

They've had the ship for a week now. Apparently, there has been some success among pirates in getting ransom for ships and crew after about a month.

Personally, I think that there should be a multinational contingent of stealth ships packed with ninjas sent into the waters in that area to combat the pirates.