This Day in Blogging History: Terrorists suck at terrorism; Piercable fleshtoy; Dean campaign spawns campaigning software

One year ago today
Terrorists suck: The best US intelligence puts the whole al Qaeda weapons of mass destruction R&D budget at US$4,000; that Americans who are "radicalized" and brought to terrorism training camps return disgusted and disillusioned and determined to put future recruits off (and then get arrested anyway); that Iraqis were so alienated from loony al Qaeda fighters that bin Laden proposed renaming the group; and that terrorists who are busted are basically dolts, fools, bumblers and delusional loonies.

Five years ago today
Freaky, fleshy concept toy that you can pierce: They require minimal maintenance, can be stored in state of forced hibernation in standard refrigerators, and are customizable with different body, skin and hair selections and through tanning, tattooing and piercing.

Ten years ago today
Dean campaign spawns open source project: The Dean campaign's grassroots organizing effort has spawned an open-source software project aimed at producing code for running grassroots organizing efforts.