According to Archbishop Ussher…

As we noted last year:

In 1650, the Irish Archbishop, James Ussher, published his computations that the world was created on Sunday, October 23rd, 4004 B.C., beginning at sunset of the 22nd. [Errors in quoting Bishop Ussher]

So this is the big 6010th birthday! Woo Hoo! (note: I miscalculated last year because I apparently was not paying sufficient attention. The equation would not be 4004+2007. Rather it would be 4004+2007-1 because there is no year 0 [zero].) Pesky Gregorian calendar…

Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Loses Funding []

Well, it would seem that Semir Osmanagić is at, at least, a temporary impass… [via the archaeologymod list] (and yes, we have spoken of this before)

Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Loses Funding
The hills in Visoko are a natural formation and not pyramids, as Semir Osmanagic wishes to present them, says Bosnian Culture Minister.
Tatjana Ljubić and Ivona Barić []

The Ministry of Culture of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to put an end to the funding of the project “Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun.” Opinions on the subject as well as on the pyramid phenomenon are so divided in Bosnia that some public persons, who have denied the existence of pyramids, said that they would set themselves on fire if those were really proven to pyramids. [emphasis added — ed. 🙂 ]

Numerous politicans have given support to the research in Visoko, formerly a royal town. Experts have protested and the people find all this interesting.

However, Culture Minister Gavrilo Grahovac decided to shut down the source of funding, at least this one, because this was not a serious archaeological research. The credibility of the people who collaborated on the project was “unreliable” and they have published their findings that were kept away from the experts.

The scientific research team has proved that the hill Visocica is a natural geological formation and its relief is the consequence of natural tectonic movement. [more]

Osmanagić, or “the Bosnian Indiana Jones as they call him, has accused his detractors of having spent the last year amending the law and increasing the protected zones on the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun 98 times and making excavations on the pyramid impossible.”

They plot against me! The fools of conventional science who sit in their ivory towers and suppress the truth the people know is true! I have the truth… (wait, is this thing on? do you think I should start over?)

POTUS Chest Thumping

Georgie Anne Geyer writes this about 43 while musing on the Palestinian refugee camp at Nahr el-Bared:

The White House sees terrorists as born, not created by history, bearing the mark of Cain, not the mark of circumstance. There is a scarlet “T” written on their foreheads at birth and the only answer is to destroy them. This kind of thinking, of course, relieves the thinker of any responsibility for the presence of the insurgent-terrorist-whatever in our innocent midst.

What’s more, there is not much real give in the administration’s policies. True, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other American diplomats met Memorial Day weekend with the Iranians in Baghdad (a good first move but limited, since the Iranians have most of the power because of our incredible stupidity in Iraq). But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.” [“A Spreading Terror” Dallas News]

“Our country’s destiny” in Iraq. We are so screwed.

Ron Paul Explains Cause and Effect to Hannity…

Go have a look at the YouTube of Paul’s precious moments with Hannity.

The real debate was the post-debate debate between cuddly libertarian Ron Paul and titular head of the War Party, Sean Hannity. Pressed to elaborate on a series of what were, compared to the rest of the evening’s inanities, uncharacteristically lucid and sensible statements about the origins of the September 11 attacks and the folly of our response, Paul quite simply kicked Hannity’s cute little ass up one side and down the other. Fleeing to the comfort of tried and true talking points, Hannity babbled about the moral imperative of doing something when evil stuff is happening. Paul, who frankly looked as if he didn’t know who Hannity was, let alone why he was being interviewed by him, calmly tried to explain that by Hannity’s logic, the U.S. has an enormous amount of invading to do in virtually every corner of the globe. And Paul also noted that Hannity’s sainted hero, Ronald Reagan, “stood by while Saddam gassed the Kurds” — and in fact had sold him the gas. A soundly whipped Hannity, exposed for the mere carnival barker that he is, could only blurt “We didn’t cause 9-11,” and unfortunately the segment ended before Hannity broke down in tears. Good teevee. [Las Vegas Gleaner]

That was the only bearable thing in a painful couple of hours.

Various Items from Glenn Greenwald

This caught my eye at Salon this morning…

Various Items Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory []
Speaking of the ability of Bush followers to deny reality, this weekend’s proclamation from John Hinderaker might have earned a place in the already crowded Hinderaker pantheon of jaw-droppingly delusional tributes to the Leader’s Greatness — alongside his prior claims that Bush is a “man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius,” that we have “an amazing record of progress” in Iraq, and that George Bush is “our Churchill … taking a firm stand against the great evil of our time.” This weekend Hinderaker said:

The truth is that the Bush administration has been extraordinarily scandal-free. Not a single instance of corruption has been unearthed.

“Extraordinarily scandal-free.” “Not a single instance of corruption.”

and then it just happened…

Halliburton Says It’s Done in Iran [NYTimes]

That’s right, Halliburton was working in Iran for the state-run National Iranian Oil Company.

Halliburton Says It’s Done in Iran

The Halliburton Company said yesterday that its subsidiary that does business in Iran had completed all its commitments and was no longer working in the country.

(…) Halliburton has said that its operations in Iran, handled through a Dubai office, were legal because they were isolated from American operations and management.

“Halliburton’s prior business in Iran was clearly permissible under applicable laws and regulations,” the company reiterated in the statement yesterday.

But it’s OK and not what you might think ’cause it was through Halliburton’s office in Dubai. (The company reiterated.) Unbelievable.

[later:] Or are they just alerting the Administration that the monies are all in and it’s SHOW TIME!

links for 2006-12-19

News You Can Use

Brit kicks KFed to the curb. Finally, there has been so nothing going on for the last couple of weeks.

After two years, Britney has had enough –
Britney Spears abruptly filed for divorce Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences with husband Kevin Federline just two months after the birth of their second child.

Spears, 24, filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court a day after a surprise appearance on a late-night TV chat show, showing off a new hair cut, a black mini dress and looking sexier than she has for years.

What? Is there something else going on?