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Attorney General John Aschroft is in town today, to do a little business on the terrorism front. Here’s the lead courtesy of the AP:

NEW YORK – A radical Muslim cleric was arrested Thursday in London, accused in a U.S. indictment of trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon while providing aid to both al-Qaida and the Taliban, officials said. …

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, also is charged in the 11-count indictment with hostage-taking and conspiracy in connection with a December 1998 incident that left four tourists dead in Yemen. …

According to the indictment, Mustafa tried to establish the terrorist camp in Bly, Ore., between October 1999 and early 2000. He was also charged with specifically providing material support to al-Qaida and the Taliban to foment jihad, or holy war, in Afghanistan

Bly, Oregon is nowhere terribly interesting. But it is remote. The actual town is one of those places where at most you’ll stop for gas. It has a k-8 school, three stores, a post office, three churches and a gas station…that’s about it. Turns out this isn’t the first time it has figured in an American military conflict.

Its last moment of notoriety came when it was bombed by the Japanese — yes the Japanese — during World War II. Seems Japan had this idea for causing huge forest fires in the American West and floated hydrogen ballons with bombs attached to them. On May 5th, 1945, one of those ballons landed outside Bly. A group of kids found it, and started to mess around with it. The bomb went off and six people, five of them children, died. Here’s a first-hand account by a Forest Service Ranger who arrived on the scene after the explosion. From what he says, these six deaths were the only fatalities in the war caused by enemy action within the borders of the 48 contiguous states. Here’s more on that incident with more info on the wider Japanese effort to bomb America with balloons.

So back to the current war. Consider this phrase:

Blest by the blood of martyrs, Land of the setting sun

Where would you imagine something like that would appear? Perhaps something written to attract Al-Qaeda recruits, or a new diatribe by some Muslim crackpot with nothing better to do that dream up new and creative ways to kill people he’s never met. No. In fact that phrase, irony of ironies, appears in the second verse of the Oregon State Song.

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May 27th, 2004 at 9:49 am

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We’re back.

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The change finally came through. Arik.org is back on the grid as of now.

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May 20th, 2004 at 5:43 pm

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Now into day 6, or 10 or something

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This is very upsetting. I still don’t use of my arik.org domain. It is now something like 10 days since I started the transfer process. This to me smacks of some stupid bureacracy getting in my way. Somehow I just know its ICANN’s fault.

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May 19th, 2004 at 4:47 pm

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A quick explanation of what’s going on

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The domain arik.org is on ice. After hosting it for several years with Earthlink, I’m now centralizing all the domains I own with a single hosting provider, 1and1.com. The transition is complete for all the domains except arik.org. This means until the various bits of the Internet bureacracy get my domain registration and hosting transfer complete, which could take as long as ten days, everything about my Internet existence is going to be in a weird state of flux. I myself am rather flummoxed by the whole affair. The further complicating fact is that Blogger.com doesn’t seem to like sending data to the new host via ftp. I’m either going to have to perform some kind of sacrifies to the Gods of Blogger to get them to help me out, or really stand on my ear with my ISP to get them to investigate further. The new hosting provider’s level of support as yet is not encouraging. Meanwhile my digital identity is floating in peices.

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May 8th, 2004 at 8:09 pm

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Testing.

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May 8th, 2004 at 4:10 pm

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