Wherever Hugo — There You Are

OK, here’s a good one via the Western Hemisphere Policy Watch blog:

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Tom Shannon… alludes to ties that the Little Man from Caracas has to terror states Cuba and Iran. This latest row or war of words with the Little Man from Caracas brings no new items to the table. Read the article.

there is even a rubicon involved in the potential quagmire:

We crossed the cooperation rubicon with Venezuela and Cuba years ago. We would be less “worried,” a term used by Shannon with the Times, and more focused on doing something to rid the hemisphere of these two political anachronisms before their meddling with terror groups and states leads to another attack on the U.S. or U.S. interests in the Americas.

Considering the president’s lame defense of domestic wiretapping yesterday — “What I have told the American people is, we’ll protect them against an al Qaeda attack, and we’ll do so within the law” — you can expect to hear allegations that Chavez has Qaeda ties or, in other words, sides with the shadowy force of “Evil.”

Matthew Yglesias has opened a conversation on the matter at TPMCafe.

Bear Eats Monkey

Visitors to the Beekse Bergen Safari Park outside of Amsterdam may or may not have been hallucinating this weekend, but dozens were around to witness a Barbary macaque monkey being slaughtered and devoured by Sloth bears.

Here’s a .pdf photoessay of of the incident (in Dutch).

The b-sphere is humming with nearly 1000 posts on the “bear eats monkey” tip, including several posts shouting out to the excessively bear-fearing (sign petition) Stephen Colbert (threat-down vids). Stick around for any late-breaking monkey-munching news…

Border Pac-Man

“We will construct high-tech fences in urban corridors, and build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas. We will employ motion sensors infrared cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles…

“catch and release….” [link]

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…[W]e have enough Guard forces to win the war on terror, to respond to natural disasters and to help secure our border.