12 arrested from Northwest airlines flight in the Netherlands

Via CNN:

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (CNN) — Twelve passengers were in custody Wednesday after a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Mumbai, India, returned to Amsterdam with a fighter jet escort, Dutch police said.

They have not been formally charged, police said. But an airport policeman said authorities have enough information to hold the 12 for at least three days.

Flight 42 returned to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport “after several passengers displayed behavior of concern,” Northwest Airlines said in a written statement.

In a recording of communications between the pilot and air traffic controllers circulated among Dutch media, the pilot is asked if he wants fire trucks on the runway when he lands, The Associated Press reported.

“No, sir,” he replied, according to the AP.

Some of the passengers pulled out cell phones during the flight and appeared to be trying to pass the cell phones to other passengers, a U.S. government official said.

Rob at Say Anything is on top of this developing story.

Are there possible terror connections? Stay tuned …

Thurs. PM Update: Dutch minister: Plane return not terror related

Linkie winkie

I wanted to take a moment to call attention to a few great blogs on my blogroll who I believe deserve a lot more attention than they get. There are so many outstanding writers out there who (IMO) should rank much higher in the TTLB Eco-system than they are. Their traffic may be in the double digits, or it may be in the low thousands but in the very humble opinion of this blogstress, their traffic should be much higher. As it stands, the political blogosphere (as I noted in my prior post) is a very crowded place, and it’s hard to stand out in a field of so many. Here are, in no particular order, bloggers who stand out to me (for what it’s worth):

Ed Driscoll: First, his cool blog design alone makes visiting his blog worth it, but it’s the content that will keep you coming back. He’s smart, he’s witty, he’s talented, and his blogposts are not confined to one particular subject – not only that, but he has the ability to write succinctly about a topic without going on for several pages (unlike some people I know. Ahem). Read more about Ed here.

California Conservative: Cal may very well hate me now, as I haven’t guest posted there since, oh, forever ago but that won’t stop me from giving high praise to one of my favorite left coast bloggers. And I’m not just saying that because he was kind enough to ask me to blog there last year. Not only does he write well, but he’s got a stellar cast of blog contributors there who are never at a loss for subject matter. Another great thing about Cal’s blog is the he doesn’t just focus on national issues, but issues that are important to the state of California as well – I think it’s important to take the time to cover issues important to your state as well as nationally and it’s something I know I need to work on doing, because – as they say -everything starts locally. Read more about what the California Conservative blog is all about here.

— Dana R. Pico at Common Sense Political Thought: Frequent readers of this blog know Dana mainly from his sometimes spirited participation in the comments section here at the ST blog, but he also shines at his own blog. With writing as good as his (not to mention well-researched) it is simply criminal that he does not have tons more readers than he does now. I’ve been proud to see him get some recognition at the popular Red State blog, and hope that it continues. Read more about Pico and co. here.

Amy Proctor: Probably the most underrated female blogger in the blogosphere. Scroll through some posts there and you’ll see why I say that. I first found out about Amy’s blog when I started contributing to the California Conserative blog, of which she is also a contributor. Go here to find out more about Amy.

Kobayashi Maru: Deep thinker, well read, and always insightful. Who is KM? This page will tell you.

— Greg Tinti at The Political Pit Bull: Some of you may have noticed that I have frequently linked to Greg this week – that’s because he’s always on the ball, is another blogger who writes succinctly about the important topics of the day, and he lightens up the atmosphere at his blog by blogging about non-political things from time to time, which I think is important. Greg was a guest blogger this summer at Outside The Beltway, which is a high compliment in and of itself. If Greg has an “about me” page, I don’t see it, but if what he writes is any indication, he’s a guy most of us would buy a beer if we ever met in a social setting.

— Brian at Iowa Voice: I have repeatedly said that Brian, who has been a longtime friendly supporter of this blog, is the most underrated blogger in the blogosphere and I maintain that today. Brian blogs from (obviously) Iowa and rumor has it that he’s not too popular with liberal bloggers in his home state, which should tell you something :) Brian’s “about” page is located here.

Cavalier X: My friend Cav is one of those rare bloggers who posts only a few times a month but makes them well worth the wait. He’s so well-written that G. Gordon Liddy himself interviewed Cav last October (if I remember correctly, the issue was global warming). If you listen to the interview, you’ll note that it’s Cav who sounds like the host, because he’s the one who is controlling the flow of the convo – that’s a sign of someone who has a strong grasp of the topic matter who doesn’t miss a beat when he gets on a roll. I should note that I have a soft spot for Mr. X because he was the first blogger I know of who linked to me during my early blogging days when I had my blogspot address when the title of my blog was “Prezeedential Aspirations” – don’t know what he saw in my blog in the early days (check the ST 2003 archives and you’ll see what I mean) but I appreciate his longtime support nevertheless. But soft spot or not, Cav is a guy who you should take notice of. On his homepage there is a place where you can subscribe to be on his mailing list – that alerts you to new posts. If you like what you see there, I encourage you to sign up for the new posts email alerts. They are worth it. No “about” page for Cav, but what you don’t learn about him from reading his posts you can find out by checking the comments sections of various posts here.

Blog For All: Click here for a little insight into who Lawhawk is, and what he likes to blog about. Top notch stuff there, and I’m trying to overlook the fact that he’s a Yankees fan :>

There are more, but that’s the short list for now.

To my readers: If you like what you read at any of them, please bookmark the ones you like or add them to your blogroll and visit often. If you’ve been visiting this blog any length of time, you know I would not recommend your visiting a blog that I didn’t think was worth the click.

To fellow bloggers: I know how incredibly frustrating it can be when you feel like you’re giving your blog 110%, doing all the right things, tracking back like crazy, etc, only to see it passed over or go unrecognized in favor of a more well-known blogger. I’m not a ‘well-known blogger’ by any stretch, but I have seen my visits increase alot in the last year, so I guess I’m doing something right, and I hope my posting this brings a little more traffic in the direction of the bloggers I linked above.

Ok, so now that you’ve seen the linkie(s), here’s the winkie:


Friday’s Hot Air Vent with Jeff Goldstein

This week’s guest Vents over at Hot Air have been fun to watch, and the male rightie blogosphere has been enjoying them in more ways than one, judging by the comments section to today’s Vent (with realVerse‘s Bethany) and Monday’s Vent with NC’s own Mary Katharine Ham.

Jeff Goldstein (who everyone who frequently visits this blog knows is someone I consider the ‘best of the best‘ in the very crowded political blogosphere, where it’s difficult to stand out) will be doing a guest-Vent episode on Friday. Since all of the Vent attention this week has gone to the cool ladies who have guest-Vented, I thought I’d give a little promo of my own (for what it’s worth) as a reminder for other Goldstein fans that he’s going to be guest-Venting Friday so make sure to check it out.

I’m sure for the rightie ladies in the blogosphere, the Vent will be as visually pleasing as it is intellectually stimulating. So at last, there will be some ‘eye candy balance’ at Hot Air, too ;)

Update 3:07 PM: Speaking of Goldstein, here’s the latest on what’s going on legally with his psycho stalker Deb Frisch. (Thanks once again to Greg Tinti)

Carolina FreedomNet 2006

Hot off the presses! Here are the details of the upcoming NC conservative blogger conference I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

Yours truly will not merely be in attendance, but will also on one of the panels. Will be my first blog conference and obviously my first panel. I’m a bit nervous, but as you see from the details page I’ll be in good company, so that should help calm the jitters a bit.

As a reminder, Scott Johnson from Powerline will be the keynote speaker. So what are you waiting for? Make your reservations now :)

Two great Townhall columns

Having a bit of a busy morning, but wanted to post the links to a couple of columns I had a chance to scan today that I recommend as must-reads:

Michael Medved: Why the world hates America. Here’s a snippet:

The disease of America Hatred now has reached pandemic proportions in many corners of the globe, spreading far beyond the predictably hopeless fever swamps of Islamic militants, French intellectuals, or Latin American demagogues. In fact, many citizens within the USA itself energetically embrace the basic assumptions of America Hatred, perceiving their country as an unequivocally negative force on the world scene.

John Tirman, director of MIT’s prestigious Center for International Studies, recently wrote a book called “100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World.” When questioned on my radio show, he refused to dismiss the notion that humanity might have been better off if Europeans had never settled North America in the first place – in other words, if the USA as we know it had never come into existence.


Tony Blankley: Are Bush’s critics right?. Snippet:

We are all aware of the dangerous Middle East conditions the United States faces today after five and half years of President Bush’s leadership. So let’s consider what the world might well look like if, in his remaining two and a half years, he were to follow the recommendations of his critics.

First: America out of Iraq by the end of 2007.

We warn the Iraqis to get off their duffs and prepare to be in charge by Dec. 31, 2007. We depart (leaving a couple of divisions in a desert base somewhere in Kuwait — per John Murtha’s over-the-horizon strategy). The Iraqi military and police are still not able to manage. Full-scale civil war breaks out. The Iranians enter to give help to the Shias. The Egyptians, Saudis and other Sunni states lend a hand to help the Iraqi Sunnis. The Kurds declare an independent Kurdistan. The Turks go to war against the Kurds after Kurdish PKK terrorists hit the Turks yet again. The Sunnis try to take a piece of Kurdish oil resources near Kirkuk. The Shia workers, who dominate Saudi’s southern oil fields, attack Saudi pipelines in solidarity with Iranian Shia-led fighting in Iraq. Kuwait demands our two divisions immediately leave, as it is arousing the hostility of its population. Qatar makes the same demand, for the same reason, of our naval base. The United States complies.

Check ’em out and discuss in the comments section. I’ll return as soon as I get a free minute today.

Joining in the blogburst for Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig

They’re still missing – no Palestinian or Hezbollah terrorist outfits have claimed responsibility.

Here’s praying for their safe return.

Malkin started the blogburst – here’s the link to her post on the story.

Weds. AM Update and Bump: The kidnappers have identified themselves.

Weds. AM Update II: Greg Tinti has the 90 second video shown on Fox this morning of Centanni and Wiig. Mary Katharine Ham has a partial transcript from the tape. (Hat tip: Kim Priestap at Wizbang)

Weds. PM Update: Jules Crittenden nails it – again: Asking for it: why terrorism vs. Fox TV is not news

(Original posting date and time: 8/22/06 at 9:06 AM)

Do you think John Mark Karr killed JonBenet?

(Scroll to the bottom for the Weds. AM Update)

He’s awaiting his hearing today.

I’m skeptical that he murdered her, and think (like many) that the reason he’s doing this is because he gets some perverse kick out of being associated with the case (considering he was obsessed with it for years) – what better way to be associated with the case than to ‘confess’ to her murder?

If you think he really didn’t do it, what reasons do you think were behind his ‘confession‘? I know the reason I’ve given is one a lot of others feel too, but I’m sure there are people out there who are speculating that there may be other reasons he’s doing it.

(Thanks to ST reader CavalierX for inspiring me to blog about this this morning – a little birdy told me he may have a post coming up on this very question …)

More: Did you know that at least one person out there seems to believe that JonBenet’s killer is the President? It’s because of the “occupation”, you see. (Hat tip: Allah)

When all else fails: BLAME BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weds. AM Update and Bump: As promised, check out ST reader Cavalier X’s post on this: Is Karr ‘Gaming’ the System?

(Original posting date and time: 8/22/06 at 9:23 AM)

Weds open thread – and talent show ;)

Maybe we can get a ‘talent show’ theme going in this thread today. Just came across this video at YouTube of a guy who was able to match up all the color sides of a Rubik’s Cube in 25 seconds … with one hand:


Not earthshattering, I know, but still cool.

Now, with that in mind, how about naming your special talent? Almost everyone has one. Just one request: keep it clean, please. There are some hidden ‘talents’ (or maybe not so hidden!) that your blogstress does not want to know about ;)

ST blog factoid: My Sitemeter reached 300,000 in early June. The majority of those 300K visits came between June of last year and June of this year. Looks like it will be ticking up to 400,000 this weekend, which means in less than 2 months I’ve had a sharp increase (in comparison to the last year) in daily visits. Thanks, ya’ll!