Wednesday, May 19, 2004

From this new website from an Iraqi;

Hello every one ,these are couple of questions ,hope you could answer us back.
1. why it toke you so long to remove saddam, you could finish this job in 1991.
2. Why did you ABANDON the Iraqi people in 1991, and will we do it again? .
Some people here love to here you answers.

It is a striking thing to see this question posed in such a straightforward manner. I remeber seeing the refugees of the Kurds fleeing from where ever they were fleeing thinking why aren't we helping these people. I was horrified we encouraged them to revlot and then let Saddam slaughter them. I can't remember what the Dems and GOP was saying back then, the President, the media, the liberals and conservatives. What a horrible incident. That memory remains burned inside my head.

From this Christopher Hitchens article in Slate;

I remember a debate I had with Michael Moore—the newly crowned king of the Cannes Film Festival—at the more modest location of the Telluride Film Festival in 2002. Ridiculing the Bush administration's policy, he shouted that it had gone into Afghanistan to get Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar. "Mission NOT accomplished!" he added, to roars of easy applause. I asked myself then, and I repeat the question now: Would the antiwar camp have approved the measures necessary to ensure those goals? If they will the end, will they will the means? Would they taunt that lawyer in Tampa, as they taunt the supporters of regime change, with living a quiet life at home while others die in the field? Isn't the refusal to take out the leaders of al-Qaida a bit of a distraction from the struggle against al-Qaida?

Hitchens gets on my nerves sometimes, others he is dead on. I hate to admit it but right here I think he hits the mark.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

from SitG

The handover to a sovereign Iraqi government with a constitution and elections is proceeding apace. People there are generally glad we came, but would prefer that we leave now so they can run their own country thankyouverymuch.

prove this assertion...

There are people who are happy we did what we did. Especially the kurds, although they were pretty leary of us coming in to begin with since (a) we let them down the first time and (b)things were okay pre invasion and didn't want things to change. But I think your assertion that MOST is inaccurate.

Truth be told Jeff I think you're projecting your own beliefs on to these people. Your news sources seem biased.

So all in all things are going according to plan.

Oh really?

DONALD RUMSFELD: I don't know that we've got time here to run through all of the things that one would have wished were different. But, obviously, we did a great deal of planning for things that did not go wrong. They may not have gone wrong because of the planning and because of the work that was done in anticipation. Conversely, if someone had said, "Would you, a year ago, have expected you would be where you are at the present time?" Obviously one would not have said that -- one would not have described where we are. And is it possible to have described it? I don't know. Maybe someone could have.

SPOKESMAN: I want to make sure I understand what you're saying. Are you conceding that you didn't anticipate that the level of violence that's going on in Iraq now, the level of the insurgency, the fact that you're taking more casualties now than you were a year ago when you were still in major combat, are you conceding that you didn't anticipate that?

DONALD RUMSFELD: I am saying that if you had said to me a year ago, "describe the situation you'll be in today one year later," I don't know many people who would have described it. I would not have described it the way it happens to be today.

"I guess if you asked me a year ago, I would have expected that the word 'occupation' and the negative aspects of that would not have been assigned to us to the extent it has been," Rumsfeld said.

Damn PBS that liberal commie news source for reporting exactly what Rummy said....

wake up already

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Eric Idle's one man rebellion in MP3 format. God bless you Monty Python!

T shirt contest to make Kerry cool

link found on suburban guerrilla

chicago pic

Greatest Jeneration- conservative website.

Neptunus Blog - blog from San Diego, leans conservative.

kaus busted


Columbus Ohio affiliate - you fucking cowards and shills for the President!

Kaus is totally losing it.

Salon article entitled evolution

War in Iraq: Not a Humanitarian Intervention

OPTOMISM in 1929 - clearly this problem has happened in the past and is hapening again. Not our economic situation, but the war. Good times are just around the corner.

Whiskey Bar post about George Soros on November 11, 2003. Entitled "Soros and the Thought Police", The man who broke the Bank of England now says he's out to break the Bush administration.

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Radio Free Hartford

Hexic Deluxe Game

Arab Nationalists, Nazi-Germany and the Holocaust: an unlucky contemporaneity


feministe blog

Anybody But Bush from a commie? at this blog named Randomwalks

Mark Rupert at Syracuse, the Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Hate America Firsters, I posted something on this post.

U.S. rushed post-Saddam planning

The End of Empire
by William Greider

Daily Holwer

SF Weekly

Friday, May 14, 2004

Gotten off the site Conservatives for Kerry;

"Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that is currently there. ... How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? ... I think to have American military forces engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion."

-- Dick Cheney, April 1991

The Neoconomists - The Bush administration's other revolutionaries. By Daniel Altman, Posted Monday, May 10, 2004, at 11:17 AM PT

Engadget blog

Neptunus - political sad biego blog

Blame everybody but the perps.

like the stainless steel background on the blog

News regarding Air America Radio

As much as I like Randi Rhoades, @ 2004.05.14 say that under Clinton the Rich and the Poor got richer. While there were positive things during the Clinton Administration there were still people suffereing as far as poverty. Should I say something?

how to fix something from cartalk

I don't know if I am outraged, but I am disgusted in the complete abandonment of conservative principles. The most recent editorial in the WSJ complains about the do-gooders at the Red Cross for saying something about the prison torture. They seem to be upset about the Red Cross violating their "scrupolous adherence to confidentiality agreements"

Since the WSJ charges for content, I'm just going to retype by hand a segment of their most recent editorial, entitled Red Double Cross (Page A12, 05.14.2004);

"...confidentiality has gotten the ICRC remarkable access and- as countless prisoners over the years have testified- has improved conditions for detainees of regimes not known for brooking public criticism. The ICRC held it's tongue even as it worked in nazi Germany and during the 23-year mission in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

"So it's a more than a little disconcerting and politically suspicious, that a report now leaks, criticizing the United States, of all countries. We'd take ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger's protest that he was 'profoundly distrubed' by the leak a bit more seriously if his organization had not rushed to confirm the authenticity of the document and then hold a press conference about it."

It's a sad day in this country when Conservatives get in a huffy about a scandal on their watch, and their only retort is that they demand that this nation be held up to the same standards as Nazi Germany or Saddan Hussein's regime. Really fucking sad...

Thursday, May 13, 2004

here it is Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

The Right's Abu Ghraib Denial - Is the liberal outrage really worse than the torture? By Timothy Noah
Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at 3:52 PM PT

Nix the Pix! - 60 II made the wrong call; let's not repeat it. By Mickey Kaus Updated Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at 3:11 AM PT

From this article -
"There's only one thing to do here, folks, and that's achieve victory over people who have targeted us for loooong, long time, well over 15, 20 years. It's the only way to deal with this, and that's why obsessing about a single incident or two of so-called abuse in a prison is nothing more than a giant distraction and could up being something that will really ties [sic] our hands and handcuffs us in what the real objective is here, which is the preservation of our way of life and our country."

When was that photo of Rummy taken with Saddam? Obviously Rush is blowing his facts, but it might be nice to hold it against Rush in saying Rummy was aiding the enemy back then... whose the traitor now?

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Somehow I think if I wore this shirt an offended Christian would beat me up....

FCC Swamped With Oprah Indecency Complaints.

Stern, Kimmel fans attack Winfrey teen sex show

Scott Ritter interview in Time Magazine, from Sept. 2002

Fighting Bob

Heartbreak Cartel - Ten billion reasons why Iraq shouldn't rejoin OPEC.
By Michael Kinsley, Posted Thursday, September 25, 2003, at 12:23 PM PT

George Must Go

What the Club For Growth really is.

The Last Refuge BY JAMES TARANTO, Friday, September 26, 2003 3:34 p.m. EDT;

Democrats spend an awful lot of time talking about patriotism. For a generation--since becoming the anti-Vietnam War party, really--Dems have been on the defensive on the topic. When a Republican criticizes a Democrat's position on a matter pertaining to national security or policies involving patriotic symbols, the Democrat usually protests: Stop questioning my patriotism! But we're hard-pressed to think of any example in which a Republican politician has actually called a Democrat unpatriotic.

I read this article the other day. It's about how if the United States continues to pursue its own agenda with complete unilaterlist attitude, we could seriously hurt ourselves economically. It's rather disturbing, although by no means a surprise. I have frequently wondered how long the US, or more specifically the more conservative elements of this nation, can think we can have it both ways for as long as we want.

While I don't like the direction this country is going in (the direction our [not really elected] President is steering us towards), what bothers me isn't the direction itself. It isn't the methods which he uses. What bothers me is the total oblivious attitude to which so many of Dubya and his politcal cronies take and the consequences they have.

It has been said that the GOP has always been more organized and therefore more effective. Being well funded is definitely a factor but as much as I hate to admit this there is another factor - Conservatives have more discipline- on the whole, not necessarily applicable from every single . their disipline. I would generally agree.

I can't help but think about Michael Moore's book "Dude where's my country" in reference to a thought about how every liberal has got a conservative in their family, he's the guy who never loses his keys. Liberals, for all their idealism and creativity on the whole usually lack a little discipline maybe?

Well, the GOP organization may be better organized, but their supporters are lacking in the both the organization and IQ department;

Heinz has apparently received about 150 calls this month along from consumers vowing to boycott Heinz products. The company has also received calls from customers claiming to buy more.

This website is calling for a boycott of all Heinz products.

I could understand this movement. After all prochoice groups have called for the protest of Coors and Snapple because of their contributions to Pro Life causes. Except in this case there is a small detail that the idots who are calling for a protest of Heinz stuff -

A look at the company's campaign donations shows a preference for Republicans. In the past six years, the Heinz company's political action committee gave more than $64,000 to GOP candidates, nearly three times the amount given to Democrats. It contributed $5,000 to Bush's campaign.

About all I could find in the ringing air of support from Heinz for Kerry is this -

It has shunned the Kerry campaign, but the PAC gave $5,000 to the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Heinz Co. proving to be an election-year benefit for President Bush

Boycott Heinz and boycott liberalism? This guy is a dumbass.

Americans Against Socialism - cuz it's such a serious threat to our nation as opposed to say, I dunno, our realtionship with Saudia Arabia which is afforder by capitalism.

Heinz has apparently received about 150 calls this month along from consumers vowing to boycott Heinz products. The company has also received calls from customers claiming to buy more.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

"Double standard in public life hurts Catholic credibility" article refutting drawing the moral parallel between the Death Penalty and Abortion.

I like Father McGreely's editorial regarding politics and the Catholic Church much better. If you want to make a case about aobrtion is not the equivalent I'll give you that. As much as I disagree with the Death Penalty it would not be so bad if the US judicial system followed some of the biblical guidelines in which capital punishment is properly handled - things like requiring at bear minimum 2 eyewitnesses and barring circumstantial evidense.

Of course I'd like to see some fool try to work themselves out of a box regarding the most recent foray in Iraq. This war is based on a series of lies. How many people are dead because of this most recent military action, and how many Christians will figure out a way to justify what has gone on even though an estimated 10,000+ are dead? While some of them played a role in mainting this Baathist regime, plenty are innocent. What is the excuse for this one?

I've never liked the idea of abortion, but there are a lot of things that the law enables. Just because I don't like the effects a law produces does not mean I want to see that law struck down.