Who’s On The Offensive?

While the ISAF has delayed its much publicized Kandahar offensive, once again, the Taliban aren’t waiting around on the defensive. The Taliban continue to attack the ISAF, and they’re attacking them where they live, in broad daylight.

Afghan Taliban attacks NATO airfield, wounding two troops

Afghan Taliban-linked militants launched a bold daytime attack on a NATO airfield outside the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, setting off a car bomb and firing light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in a battle that killed at least eight militants and wounded two coalition personnel.

The attack comes at a delicate time for the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF), just days before US General David Petraeus arrives to assume command after the ouster of US General Stanley McChrystal for insubordination. Coalition casualties are also climbing: as The Christian Science Monitor reported, June has been the deadliest month of the nine-year war for coalition troops, with 101 soldiers killed.

Wednesday’s battle began when a car bomb went off at the entrance to Jalalabad airfield, 78 miles east of the Afghan capital of Kabul near the border with Pakistan. The explosion was followed by a 30-minute gun battle with militants, says the Associated Press. Eight attackers were killed and two coalition personnel were wounded, including one Afghan soldier and one international soldier.

The New York Times reports that the attack was similar in style to the attack on Bagram Air Base in May, when a suicide bomber driving a car detonated his explosives at a gate to the base, clearing the way for Taliban fighters to enter the complex.

The BBC reports that militants attacked the Jalalabad base from multiple directions in what it calls “a commando-style raid,” a more sophisticated tactic that the Taliban has increasingly relied on to deliver heavier civilian and military casualties.

See also:
US, Afghans repel attack against major base
NATO Forces Repel Taliban Attack on Airbase
Eight Taliban fighters killed in failed raid on Nato base
Taliban suicide bombers launch attack on Afghanistan super base
Taliban suicide bombers attack NATO base in Afghanistan
Taliban Attack NATO Base in Eastern Afghanistan
Taliban attack Afghan airfield
Taliban attack Afghanistan Nato base near Jalalabad
When Taliban Attack

Although, so far, the Taliban haven’t been able to cause any substantial damage or casualties or successfully breach the perimeter of any of the major ISAF bases that they’ve brazenly attacked recently, they have shown sophistication in planning the attacks and they’ve been extremely persistent. All it will take is for the Taliban to breach the perimeter of just one of these bases and get their militants inside to cause a lot of mayhem and score a huge propaganda victory, along the lines of the Viet Cong getting inside the wall of the U.S. embassy in Saigon during the Tet Offensive. Tactically, it was nothing, strategically, it meant everything, in terms of propaganda.

/all I can say is that it’s a good thing that the Taliban don’t have access to any air power, they’re giving our coalition forces enough trouble on the ground

In Your Face Obama And Reid!

After billions of dollars spent and decades of study and construction of the Yucca Mountain Repository, while nuclear waste has literally been piling up at nuclear power plants across the country, the Obama administration and Harry Reid conspired to abruptly pull the plug on the project, just as it was getting set to start receiving waste. Why? Because Democrats don’t like nuclear power (or electricity generation in general, for that matter) and if there’s nowhere to permanently store the nuclear waste, there won’t be any new nuclear power plants built. Well guess what? The battle for Yucca Mountain isn’t over yet.

Panel Blocks Move to Scrap Yucca Site

Federal regulators on Tuesday denied a request by the Obama administration to withdraw an application for the first national nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

A three-judge Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel said that Energy Secretary Steven Chu doesn’t have the power to withdraw the application because 1982 law “does not give the secretary the discretion to substitute his policy for the one established by Congress.”

The administration said in March that it would withdraw the application. The move marked a victory for Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D., Nev.), who has made killing the Yucca Mountain project a priority. Mr. Reid is running for re-election this year in a tough race.

The Energy Department’s application to develop Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository has been pending with the NRC since June 2008, when the Bush administration applied for the license.

Utility operators had expressed concern at the Energy Department’s decision to withdraw the permit application, saying that without progress toward developing a permanent nuclear-waste storage facility some states could refuse to permit new nuclear power plants.

The nuclear industry has contributed about $10 billion to a fund to develop a permanent national waste facility.

See also:
NRC panel: Nuclear waste dump process continues
Energy Dept. Cannot Drop Nuclear Waste Plan
Panel’s decision keeps Yucca Mountain alive
DOE can’t scrap Yucca plans, panel says
RJtv YUCCA MOUNTAIN: NOT DEAD YET
Yucca Mountain: Nuclear Waste in Nevada
Eureka County, Nevada — Yucca Mountain.org
Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
The Democrat War On Electricity

Of course, the Obama administration won’t take no for an answer and will continue to try and sabatoge the Yucca Mountain Repository because nuclear power is bad. Let’s just hope we can get Yucca Mountain open, so that we can move all the nuclear waste from all across the country to a centralized storage facility, for safety and security reasons, and then maybe we could actually build some new nuclear power plants, like we already should have been doing for the last thirty years.

/it would probably also help to vote Democrats out of office this coming November, so they can no longer obstruct a rational U.S. energy policy

The Religion Of No Fun Strikes Again

It’s Summer, time for boys and girls to go to camp and have fun! Um, sorry, no, fun is against Islam.

UN summer camp in Gaza vandalised

A group of armed men has vandalised a UN summer camp in the Gaza Strip, the second such attack in just over one month.

The attackers destroyed tents, toys, a plastic swimming pool and set much of the camp’s equipment on fire on Monday.

John Ging, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, called it a “cowardly act,” and vowed to rebuild the camp quickly.

“This is another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza, and further evidence, if that were needed, of the urgency to change the situation on the ground,” Ging said.

The United Nations runs a network of summer camps for some 250,000 children in Gaza, which include games, sports and human rights lessons.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is UNRWA’s largest competitor, running a network of camps for roughly 100,000 children

. . .

The attacks have been widely attributed to extremist groups in Gaza that view the camps as religiously unacceptable, because boys and girls mingle freely.

See also:
Gaza gunmen ‘set fire to UN summer camp for children’
Gunmen set fire to second UN summer camp in Gaza
UN slams attack on Gaza summer camp
Militants attack U.N.-sponsored summer camp in Gaza
Gaza U.N. summer camp vandalized
Vandals Set Fire to U.N. Children’s Camp in Gaza
UN Summer Camp in Gaza Set on Fire
Rival Hamas, UN summer camps compete over children
Teach Your Children Well

There’s something seriously [expletive deleted] up about a religion that doesn’t allow children to have fun.

/is it any wonder that Muslim children grow up to hate Jews and Infidels and that their highest possible calling in life is to blow themselves up as a “martyr”?

Weekly Watch List

LULU
BIDU
MELI
AAPL
VRX
ISRG
SHOO
CTSH
HLF
NETL
LFT

Additions:
LFT

Subtractions:
CPLA
LVS

Last week all the major indexes lost ground. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 both dropped 3.7%, the NYSE composite slid 3.2%, and the Dow dipped 2.9%. By Thursday, this negative action caused the IBD outlook to roll over to “uptrend under pressure”. Buy stocks at your own risk.

Four watch list stocks are possible buy candidates this week, .LULU, BIDU, AAPL and CTSH. However, with the market uptrend under pressure, proceed with caution. LULU, trading at $41.06, found support at its 10 week line and is in buy range up to $48.81. BIDU, trading at $75.10, also found support at its 10 week line and is in buy range up to $81.86. AAPL is trading at $266.70 and is still within 5% of a $266.04 buy point. CTSH is trading at $52.58 and has formed a cup with high handle base, with a $54.91 buy point.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

Building Organs From Scratch

They’re getting really close now, this is exciting stuff.

Growing lungs in a lab: researchers move closer to goal

Now two research groups have made major strides in attacking the problem. One has successfully engineered a lung that can sustain a living rat and the other has created a lung-mimicking device for toxicology studies that acts more like a real lung than any earlier efforts, the groups reported Thursday in the journal Science.

One report brings closer the day when artificial lungs might be grown for human transplants; the other offers a method for testing the effects of toxic chemicals on lungs that is cheaper and more humane than animal tests and more reliable than ones done in test tubes, scientists said.

In work colleagues described as daring, a team led by Dr. Laura Niklason at Yale University grew rat lungs almost from scratch.

Because lungs are so complicated, the group used a scaffold-based approach — they took lungs from adult rats and dissolved away all the cells, leaving behind a fibrous lung “skeleton.”

They seeded these scaffolds with lung cells from newborn rats and — through careful coaxing that included incubation in a “lung bioreactor” that mimicked the fetal lung environment — produced what appeared to be functional lungs.

They then implanted the lungs into four live rats and showed that the engineered lungs were 95% as efficient as natural ones.

The same methodology had been used to successfully create beating rat and pig hearts in 2008 — although in those cases, the organs were never transplanted into living animals.

“It’s exciting to see that it’s not just about [the] heart; it works in other organs and tissues too,” said Doris Taylor of the University of Minnesota, who conducted the pioneering heart work. “It really reinforces the belief that these scaffolds are smart. They know how to tell cells what to do, where to go and how to behave.”

There are still kinks in the process: A few hours after rats received the lungs, tiny blood clots began to form, probably because of bare spots on the scaffold. “It’s pointed out to us what worked, but it’s also pointed out to us what needs to be made better,” Niklason said.

See also:
Breakthrough: Lab Lungs Live and Breathe
Mouse Lungs Grown From Stem Cells At U Of M
Scientists Build a Rat Lung
Breathing lungs, straight from the lab
N.E. researchers create functioning lung tissue
UTMB grows lungs from ‘skeletons’
Engineered Mouse Lungs Function Well in Laboratory Study
Scientists make progress in growing new human lungs
Building Living, Breathing Lungs In The Lab
Breakthrough In Lung Transplant Biomedicine
Lung-on-a-chip points to alternative to animal tests
A Chip Takes Its First Breath

/as Glenn Reynolds would say, faster please

Kim Jong-il Was Eight Years Old

It was sixty years ago today, when his daddy, Kim Il Sung, started a war that has yet to end.


The forever war

Vietnam used to claim that dubious title. Now it’s Afghanistan. But the surprise communist invasion 60 years ago today began a Korean war that eventually saw an armistice but still no peace treaty.

Indeed, since major fighting stopped in 1953, more than 90 Americans and 300 South Korean soldiers have been killed in clashes along the DMZ barbed wire between North and South Korea — in addition to the 46 ROK sailors killed by a North Korean torpedo in March.

That summer of 1950 tested America’s commitment to the cause of freedom as never before, not even in World War II. There was no Pearl Harbor, and no American interests at stake in Korea but one: that other peoples should never be enslaved against their will.

The Soviet-backed invasion came just five years after V-J Day. It was the first serious test of America’s post-World War II strength of will and its new strategy of containing communism. Would America step up to protect an impoverished nation so far from any vital shore? Many feared the Truman administration, with its attention focused on Europe, would not.

They were wrong. President Harry Truman got off a plane in Washington and immediately agreed to swift action to save South Korea. He had been thinking about Hitler and Mussolini on the plane, Truman said; this time, the totalitarians would not get away with it. America would send in troops at once.

The problem was, there were no troops — or very few. In 1945, America had spent $50 billion on defense, in 1950 $5 billion. Its 8.25 million-strong military had shrunk to less than 600,000, most of them still in Europe. The Eighth Army’s four undermanned, underequipped divisions would somehow have to stem the massive communist tide, as Gen. Walton Walker fed his troops in piecemeal.

See also:
S Korea marks 60th anniversary of Korean War
Tensions ripple through Korean peninsula on 60th anniversary of war
North Korea ratchets up tension as South marks 60th anniversary of war
South Korea Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Korean War
Not forgotten: Korean War veterans remember on the 60th anniversary
60th anniversary to start of Korean War gets gala memorial celebration
Korean War veterans mark 60th anniversary
Korean vets remember 60th anniversary
60th Anniversary Of The Start Of Korean War Remembered
Korean War National Museum
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Korean War

Technically, we’re still at war, there was only a ceasefire, South Korea never signed the Korean Armistice Agreement. So, the South Koreans live in freedom while the North lives in oppressive darkness.

/when will the North be free and Korea finally reunited?

Flyin’ Fish Land Near Lake Michigan

I’m an expert carp fisherman, caught over a hundred of ‘em in one day once. It’s the best, pound for pound, fishing you’ll ever experience, they fight like hell. But I must confess, I ain’t never seen or caught a carp that flies. However, they seem to be getting closer to where I live in Minnesota.

Asian carp found beyond Lake Michigan electric barrier

Wildlife officials in Illinois reported this week that a 20-pound bighead Asian carp has been caught just six miles from Lake Michigan. The fish was caught beyond an electric barrier designed to keep the species out of the Great Lakes.

According to Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) officials, the catch marks the first time an Asian carp has been found beyond the Calumet River electric barrier.

Wildlife officials have fighting the species from entering the Great Lakes for several years, as Asian carp pose serious threats to the ecosystem. Asian Carp are voracious eaters and can quickly change the scope of the Great Lakes underwater landscape. Able to eat their body weight in a day, Asian carp feed so rapidly, they could legitimately starve out populations of trout, whitefish and other commercially beneficial fish, DNR officials said.

Asian carp are also skittish fish and known to soar out of the water when startled. Several anglers have reported being injured by random carp darting through the air.

See also:
Asian Carp: They’re Getting Near and Why That’s Bad News
Asian carp creeps into Lake Calumet
Mich. legislators urge quick action after Asian carp find
Asian Carp’s Spread Spurs New Calls to Close Locks
Asian Carp Discovery Re-Ignites Controversy
Asian Carp All Up in the Great Lakes
Retired professor says there’s no stopping Asian carp
Alien Invasion: Asian Carp Breach Great Lakes Barrier
Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

Leave it to the liberal idiots at NPR to suggest that we can eat our way out of the problem.

/um, no thanks, you naive liberals go right ahead and eat ‘em all up, I’ve seen enough carp up close to know that they ain’t good eatin’ by any stretch of the imagination

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