Iraqis voted on their Constitution yesterday. The voting appeared to go fairly well with not much happening to distract people from participating. It’s estimated that 15.5 million Iraqis headed to the polls to cast their simple “yes” or “no” ballot.
The Political Teen has a video explaining what the requirements are for the Constitution to pass. Apparently the New York Times and the Washington Post printed some pretty conflicting articles about the iraq constitution vote. The Moderate Voice has more on that. The votes are still being counted though, it’s stupid to speculate when it could be weeks before all the votes are tallied. I feel like speculating too though I guess, so I speculate the Constitution will pass. The Sunnis were opposed to the poll in January, sounds like some of them have been brought around and at least participated, maybe even voted yes.
Terrorism Unveiled has some pictures. Wizbang also has some pretty good pictures and takes note of the total lack of violence across Iraq yesterday. WonderWoman (A North American Patriot) is left speechless and is very excited about the voter turnout and what that turnout should mean to our troops who are fighting to give these people freedom.
Other bloggers touting this milestone in Iraq:
Iraq The Model (obviously)
Protein Wisdom has a great roundup.
Blogs for Bush
Clarity and Resolve
The Fourth Rail
Chechen gunmen attacked various government buildings including a school in the Russian city of Nalchik. President Putin has sealed the city off and given shoot-to-kill orders for anyone who they deem to be a threat. Here’s a bit from the BBC:
Militants have staged mass raids on government and police buildings in a provincial capital in Russia, leaving dozens dead and many more injured.
Authorities say that 61 rebels have been killed, but 12 police and 12 civilians also died in the assault on Nalchik in Kabardino-Balkaria province.
Officials say militants are holding hostages at a police station in the city, which has been sealed off.
Militants from nearby Chechnya are believed to be behind the attacks.
A pro-rebel website said a group known as the Caucasus Front had claimed the attack.
The raid is the latest in a series of disturbances that have been destabilising Russia’s North Caucasus for more than a year.
Doesn’t sound like a good situation at all. The good thing: 59 of the terrorists were killed and 17 were arrested, as of this writing anyway. Along with that, 12 police and 12 civilians have supposedly been killed, with 116 civilians being admitted to the hospital.
Other coverage coming from:
Clarity and Resolve
In The Bullpen
Gateway Pundit (great overall roundup)
The Jawa Report
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
President George W. Bush said “I take responsiblity” for failures in the response to Katrina. Here’s a quote from the AP article.
President Bush said Tuesday that “I take responsibility” for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government’s ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.
“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government,” Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq.
Yah, he came out and took responsibility. That takes serious balls. Wonderful job Mr. President, I commend you. Don’t expect the left to stop attacking you, they probably won’t even acknowledge that you accepted responsibility. It’s just how they are.
I don’t feel that Bush should have taken responsibility though. If anyone should, it should be Governor Blanco. She needed the 24 hours to make a decision. Had Bush gone over her head people would have been bitching about the federal government imposing on the rights of the state governments. It’s a lose-lose situation no matter what for President Bush. This should make for some interesting posts throughout the blogsphere later on…
Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom is also saddened by Bush’s statements and notes that peopel on the left are “fucking insane”. Well put.
Others covering include Dan at Riehl World View, Mark in Mexico, Of The Mind, and Rob Port of Say Anything.
The Jawa Report has news of Arthur Chrenkoff retiring from his blogging career. Chrenkoff ran the super popular pro-war “Chrenkoff” blog.
Chrenkoff made his last post this morning. One of Arthurs most popular items was his “Good News from Iraq” postings. In light of Chrenkoff leaving the blogosphere, a new blog has popped up that will take over covering good news from Iraq. The blog, Good News from the Front, will be filling the void. Looks like they’re already doing a nice job.
Chrenkoff the man will be greatly missed within the blogosphere but his reasoning for doing so is solid. He’s moving his professional career forward, not something you can really do in the blogosphere. He’s done so much in terms of bringing to light all the good our troops have done in Iraq and in the war on terror in general.
Others covering: Outside The Beltway, Decision ’08, The Coalition of the Swilling, California Conservative, and Mudville Gazette.
I’ve been hella busy lately. Hence the lack of posting since the weekend. Since time is short, I’ll direct you over to The Jawa Report where Howie has put together a nice summary of news events today. Covering everything from Iraq to Katrina to Able Danger. And a mention of cops (the popo) looting in areas affected by Katrina. Sorry, but that’s just wrong. Those dirty little piggies.