Well, it's not quite paradise, since the Kennedy Compound is a little closer than I'd like, but it's awfully nice. A quick look at a story or two.
- I mentioned earlier that the SCOTUS should not have fairly explicitly advised that the Geneva Conventions, based on Common Article 3 of Convention III, should apply to captured Al Qaeda. The terrorists do not qualify as legal combatants based on Common Article 4, and in reading the Conventions it is fairly clear that the intent is that both should apply for the combatants to be covered. Now we see the problem.
The military has announced that even Al Qaeda operatives will be treated according to the convention (even though they don't qualify under the convention) in light of the Hamdan decision. Meanwhile, the savages who captured two soldiers a short time ago have released video demonstrating their ... ahem ... adherence to the same civilized laws of war. (warning: very graphic)
It seems inconceivably but quite obvious that the justices in the majority failed to read both Article 3 and Article 4 in Geneva Convention III before issuing the majority opinion in Hamdan . While I haven't read the entire opinion (I am on vacation, after all), I haven't seen reference to Article 4 in discussion of the opinion.
Ralph Peters says "Kill, Don't Capture." It's the only course that makes sense, really.
- Boston's "Big Dig" was an enormous public works project designed to bury a north-south highway through the city while expanding it. There were huge cost overruns; the tunnels leak; there was scandal and corruption; there was bad concrete. Now the sky is falling, or rather the ceiling in the tunnels.
This is, to be sure, a huge project, and certainly it requires tremendous expertise and tremendous engineering and a boatload of money to get it done. But there have been other major projects that went off with fewer hitches. The World Trade Center Towers in New York, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel- Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, none had this many problems. Was it Bechtel, the unions, the government money treated like a keg with an endless tap, or was it just Massachusetts? More from Jay Tea.
And if we can make the responsible parties drive through the tunnels every day. In convertibles. Slowly.
- Bob Novak has been released by Patrick Fitzgerald to talk about the Plame 'outing', and mirabile dictu, it seems to be not the conspiracy to 'out' a CIA agent and harm national security that many on the left have postulated. Story here, summary here, analysis here.
For comedic value, Tom Maguire discusses five journalism deans wringing their hands more over the Valerie Plame 'outing' than over the Times2 disclosure of anti-terrorism programs. Lord have mercy!