Monthly Archives: August 2007

Flash Fires Aug 6-8, 2007

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Er..Elvis has left the building

EU Considers Retaliatory Online Registration

In response to a new US security law that makes flying to America less convenient for Europeans, the EU is mulling a similar regulation. Visa-free travel may be replaced by a ‘visa lite’ regime among friendly nations. …

The US law, which President George W. Bush approved last week, belongs to a wide-ranging security bill set in motion after the events of September 11. Travelers from countries which cooperate with the US in the visa-waiver program — mostly Western European nations, including 15 of the 27 EU member states — will be asked to register online and fill out questionnaires as many as two days before departure. The questions include trip itineraries and planned personal or professional meetings. The passengers will then need clearance from the US government before they board a plane.

I’ll fax this to the Guardian ASAP

Land Rush for Rich People

Ethanol Is Feeding Hot Market for Farmland

The craze for corn to feed the demand for ethanol as a renewable energy source has been a bonanza for many farmers in the American Midwest. But with the demand has come a skyrocketing of real estate prices that threaten to keep smaller and newer farmers from joining the party.

So called Farmers are said to be using their Farm subsidy checks to purchase these lands for the purpose raising the price of food, under the guise of creating a sustainable fuel supply, in lieu of continued opposition to solyent green.

I guess the old saw grass saw has seen it’s last mention.

US Developes Ultimate Precsion Bombs

Washinghands PC

The Pentangle has announced the deployment of it’s super duper double top secret with a shhhh Ultimate Precision Ordinance. Acording to General Abbaddon the new weapon contains highly sophisticated shrapnel that avoids hitting women, children and small farm animals when dropped by pilots from two to a hundred and two thousand feet.

We are a Christian nation, pResident Bushco said, and so we are deploying these weapons in the name of God for the sake of the Christ.

“During the course of the operation, the assault force and the overhead aerial support observed a vehicle and large group of armed men on foot attempting an assault on the ground forces,” according to the statement.

It said air support was called and US aircraft killed an estimated 30 militants.

The military statement was issued after the Associated Press quoted Iraqi police as saying nine civilians, including two women, had been killed in the US operation in Sadr City.

A military spokesman said there had been women and children in the area during the raid, but denied any had died.

And then the band played on.

And Then There Was One

US uneasy as Britain plans for early Iraq withdrawal

The Bush administration is becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of an imminent British withdrawal from southern Iraq and would prefer UK troops to remain for another year or two. …

The Bush administration – focused on the north, west and central Iraq and the “surge” strategy that has seen 30,000 extra US troops deployed – has until recently ignored the south, content to leave it to the British. Now, however, it is beginning to pay attention to the region, amid the realisation that what has been portrayed as a success story is turning sour.

The UK government no longer claims Basra is a success but denies it is a failure, with British troops forced to abandon Basra city for the shelter of the airport.

As per this post and Col. Langes observations, and of course Johnny Cash’s song, Folsom Prison,

I see the train a’comin’
it’s rolling down the track
headed for the train wreck
in the so called war in Iraq.

Meanwhile back at the ranchero arbusto del Iraqueros, …

Berlin, Germany 1938

Welcome to America Pretty close in many ways,

Somewhere in central Los Angeles, about 20 miles from LAX airport, there is a nondescript building housing a detention facility for foreigners who have violated US immigration and customs laws. I was driven there around 11pm on May 3, my hands painfully handcuffed behind my back as I sat crammed in one of several small, locked cages inside a security van. I saw glimpses of night-time urban LA through the metal bars as we drove, and shadowy figures of armed security officers when we arrived, two of whom took me inside. The handcuffs came off just before I was locked in a cell behind a thick glass wall and a heavy door. No bed, no chair, only two steel benches about a foot wide. There was a toilet in full view of anyone passing by, and of the video camera watching my every move. No pillow or blanket. A permanent fluorescent light and a television in one corner of the ceiling. It stayed on all night, tuned into a shopping channel. … As it turned out, I was to spend 26 hours in detention. My crime: I had flown in earlier that day to research an innocuous freelance assignment for the Guardian, but did not have a journalist’s visa.

This is a hoot. Imagine if they were from a non-ally, or worse yet, imagine it happened to a CNNer at Heathrow. Hard to imagine because it only happens in totalitarian countries, countries that are afraid of the people.

Now, why is our government afraid of the people? I mean are they paranoid, guilty, or does someone just hate it for no good reasons. Before answering the questions, may I see your papers Komrade?

Oh Aren’t They Clever Boys

Notes on the Failure in Iraq:

We do not see clearly.

In Basra the British have been defeated by the local interests of the several Iraqi Shia factions and their militias. Their assumption that southern Iraq was a reproduction of the counter-insurgency environment of Ireland has been proven wrong. The Shia militias are far stronger and more virulently anti-Western than “the boys” ever were. The depth of popular support for these militias is overwhelming. Those who are taking the Crystolian path of rejoicing in the success of the “surge” in central Iraq have little to say of how the US is going to cope with the British loss of southern Iraq to Shia militia control….

This, for all you very serious people, and reporters of the MSM, is the supply lines to US Forces in Baghdad.

In this situation of competition among Fadhila, the Maliki government, Dawa (to the extent that it is separate from Maliki), the Sadrists, and ISCI (SCIRI), Iran is doing well in a skilled game of playing off one group against another to ensure that there will not be a clear victor. This should be seen as reflective of a realistic analysis of Iranian state interests. In an idealized world Iran would seek only the victory of the Shia community without regard for its own future ability to manipulate the situation, but, this is not an idealized world. This is the other of the two worlds, the one in which countries still exist and have interests.

I think Mr. Lang is trying to inform people of some salient facts here, those people I assume that actually care about using facts to base decisions on, and not some eco-ideo- illogical BS used for reporting, or distorting, depending on ones ties to the government or paperclips.

Hey General Petraeus, Wake Me When September Ends

Whoops!! Hold the presses. It wasn’t 14,030 weapons. It was 190,000 assault rifles. And who was in charge of this fucked up effort? General David Petraeus. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler reported this weekend that:

The United States has spent $19.2 billion trying to develop Iraqi security forces since 2003, the GAO said, including at least $2.8 billion to buy and deliver equipment. But the GAO said weapons distribution was haphazard and rushed and failed to follow established procedures, particularly from 2004 to 2005, when security training was led by Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands all U.S. forces in Iraq.

So the man who ignored the death squads and the ethnic cleansing is now the guy who armed the insurgents? All that is left to learn is how the good General managed to convince AQinM to attack the Sunni Tribesmen and so cause them to ally themselves with American forces against themselves, which I suppose will be a story saved for the good General’s book and co written with a modern reporter of the MSM, because it really will be approaching propaganda levels even the generals can’t match.

Anyway, read the comments too.

And in an effort to be Broderlishiously bi-partisham correct, Murtha crawfishes on Open and Honest government.

For those of you wonder why the blogging has been so light and sporadic, I don’t do organized crime blogging, which is pretty much what the MSM and government collusion’s are amounting to.

On the bright side, this is not a system needing over thrown, but just lime thrown on its’ carcass to keep these maggots from becoming flies.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007

Mr. Silber Blogs

Blinded by the Story: Liberals and Progressives as Political Creationists

Please note — and I underscore this point at least five times for emphasis — that I absolutely do not include those individuals who so tirelessly work for Democratic electoral victory among those Americans who truly value liberty or peace. The criminal who currently resides in the White House and his fellow gang members may have taken the lead in destroying the remnants of our freedoms — but they were supported and enabled every step of the way by the “opposition” party. From the Patriot Act, through both Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, and on to the monstrous Military Commissions Act, the Democrats offered enthusiastic support for the metastasizing authoritarian state or, when they meekly attempted to slow the tide, they fought in the manner of a skeletally thin imitation of a human being, about to fall over and finally expire due to a fatal lack of moral and spiritual nourishment.

Why, I do believe Mr. Silber has a point here. There is a distinction between Democrats and the Democratic Party to be made, but the difficulty in American politics is to place the heads of the two family syndicates between the blades of the two party scissors. This is what Unity 08 purports to be doing, while saving the headless torsos for the Frankensteinian heads of their own choosing.

The Democrats and their wholly-owned subsidiary (and one occasionally wonders if and to what extent they are compensated, financially and/or in terms of promised “influence,” for their diligent and conscientious efforts), the much-lauded liberal-progressive “netroots” — which is to say, bloggers of the kind represented by Atrios, Digby and their fellow travelers on this road leading straight to hell — make much of the authoritarian approach and style of the current “conservative” movement. To be sure, today’s conservatives manifest certain distinctive characteristics (which I have discussed in some detail myself, as in this post about David Brooks and one of his intellectual forebears, Joseph de Maistre). But in terms of the most critical fundamental principles, there is no difference whatsoever between the Republicans and the Democrats as institutions of power in the U.S. political system as it has developed over the last hundred years.

Now Mr. Silber hits a nerve with me, although it is somewhere along the calf. I have never noted either one to support this sort of government power, and since they weren’t around when the blogs weren’t around I have no way of telling exactly what they think about this problem, nor the solution to it, which solutions can also be said to be lacking from Silber et al of the Libertarian persuasions.

In fact one of the biggest drawbacks of the political discourse now, besides the MSM, is the lack of any way out of the vortex of the Rubicon. Democracy and rule of law can only be made to work when all the laws are enforced and adjudicated equally by all three branches of the government. This is and has hardly been the case from the founding of the Republic to begin with, and the seeds of destruction planted in that revolution are coming to fruition in our own times. We are a nation of children of the Founding Father’s hypocrisy, and so we have the strains of enlightened idealism and pragmatic convienience at our disposal to use against one another without ever presuming that they should apply or be applied to our ownselves.

We might be ruled by the mob within Washington Dc, or we may ruled by the mob without, but we shall never be governed by the current system established under the Constitution. Until we all understand that the Founding Fathers were wrong and the Constitution has failed to deliver on it’s objective of government by the people for the people, we shall not come to a solution of the problem Mr. Silber might articulate, yet not resolve.

That this may appear to be radical in its’ assertion is only so if one were to notice that no other science has failed to advance itself in two hundred and fifty years but that of political science in America. We may either cut some new pants from new cloth or continue to strive to fit into the short pants of our youth, as noted by Mr. Jefferson himself, but we should not be amazed or disheartened by the fact that we have people constantly becoming aware of the rivet in the crotch of those pants when standing near the fire of human government.

That being the case, then we have no alternative other than to use the tools of free speech to convince the voters to unelect the mob of DC through the ballot box, or a Constitutional convention that redefines American democracy from the ground up. I see neither of these things happening in the faint hearts of that once brave people.

via Antiwar

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There’s No Time Like No Time Aug 1- 5, 2007

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Michelle Malkin & Matt Drudge Enlist in US Armed Forces, Volunteer for Iraq

Demand to speak in uniform at YearlyKos 2008This is an interesting post for the hell bound for glory crowd.

Being a Viet Nam era veteran, and first class fuck up while I was in the Navy, (being as having one’s hair parted in the middle was taken as a sign of pre military drug abuse, and given the civilian bust prior to entering the armed forces,) I pretty much try to avoid what the active duty should or shouldn’t do beyond following the Geneva conventions in a war zone.

Just FWIW, credibility, honesty, frankness, openess in a close minded world, telling it like it is, or was, I continued to smoke weed for many years after repeateded NIS investigations of same, on various bases, Imperial Beach and Miramar being the primary ones, which education lead to a bust free civilian after life, excluding various public intoxications and one DWI, but came too late to convince me to visit the NDRC at NAS Miramar, except to pass by the barracks from whence I absconded with the marijuana plants later found in the first floor latrine sinks, sticking up from the drains, of VF 121 during a barracks inspection in the summer or fall of 1973, (which dating is a sure sign of long term loss of short term memory I suppose.)

My bad.

Further more and therefore I also used one semester of GI Bill for college, and also visited the VA for alchoholism one time. After talking with the many people there that actually deserved and needed the facility more than I ever could or would I never returned, nor do I have any intentions of doing so, nor do I plan on using any other benefits I aquired from that waste of their and my time. Currently I am eight years without a drink, and either eight days or months away from imbibing the herb, last tasted eight days or months ago, depending on the circumstances and people involved.

Anyway I wish Michelle and Matt the best in their new careers.

The American Cowards

I know after my last post here I went off a little bit at Spencer Ackerman’s blog, which kinda of negates what I said here last. But I intend to keep my thoughts to myself for awhile, knowing that the domestic spying apparatchik’s are busy being busy doing what they do, which is wasting their time and the taxpayers money trolling the American communication system looking for really really ignorant terrorists.

I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that AQ is not using electronic communications except for the website propaganda messages of that leadership to our own MSM, which is constantly trolling for a ratings and advertising maker story. Those fucker’s are sooo weak.

I think it is important to understand how they do communicate, and given the level of America’s “intelligence” electronic surveillance being so well publicized around the globe, and knowing that the current bill just passed by the cowards of the House and Senate is to keep track of domestic political developments, it is important to convey some Joe citoyen understanding of just how stupid it is to think that AQ is as stupid as the President, Congress, McConnell, and the NSA think we are, by making the cowards in the MSM think they are using electronic communication methods to convey the next big shebang.

While it is possible that electronic networks would be used, the thing we have to do is put ourselves in their shoes, which given Clinton’s failed cruise missile strike against UBL in the 90’s alerted AQ to Echelon and Tempest and other bullshit programs that do everything but parse facts from fiction.

So how would you do it? Think slang, think dialects, think human to human to human to human communications. Think face to face, with some of those faces being in diplomatic or military positions, ala Pollard etc, who meet face to face with facilitators. But telephones? Three chances of that being used, slim, fat, and no fucking chance.

What I think is going on and there is wide latitude for being wrong of course, but let me shoot like hell and holler anyway, is the creeping need for the government of the business, for the business, by the business, to keep up to date on what everyone else is doing. In short, if one were to tell someone else all of their business plans they don’t really have any business, so the big boys are snarfing it. It’s along the lines of pinching ideas for your blog off of mine, and some of you know exactly what I mean don’t cha? Only this is being done on a massive scale and has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. And that is the crux and bones of it.

This little Adolf with our modern technology, and this corporatism’s bill, not UBLs.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

War Whore Review

Novak Leaking More Secrets Well what disinformation have we from little Robbie Novak?

Turkey has a well-trained, well-equipped army of 250,000 near the [Iraqi] border, facing some 4,000 PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] fighters hiding in the mountains of northern Iraq.

Hmmm, well what have we here;

Mizgîn preceded her answers with the following disclaimer:

“I have written PKK as “PKK” in the replies, because PKK does not exist as a party anymore. It is an ideological school. Neither is it or PJAK synonymous with KONGRA-GEL. KONGRA-GEL is an organization under the overall umbrella of KCK (Koma Civakên Kurdistan–roughly, Confederation of Kurdistan Societies), under which everything else falls, including HPG, the armed wing which is the successor of PKK’s ARGK. If you see statements from the leadership at Qendil, you will see that it’s coming from KCK. So the leadership at Qendil is in charge of more than just HPG or PJAK (including its armed wing, the HAK)”.

By reading and understanding the two points of view you come to realize that the government is shoveling BS as fast as they can shovel it to ignorant columnist who reshovel the BS as enlightend news from on high.

After thinking about it for a little bit, I don’t even see why I would inform the three letter boys of what I’m thinking. So this is it.

Things That Glow In the Dark

Almost Funny, funny stuff,

Contract
Employee Arrested in Security Breach at Nuke Site

Nuclear Weapons Follies:

Major Security and Safety Failures of the Nuclear Weapons Complex since Wen Ho Lee

July, 2007 – Los Alamos lab worker with “highest possible security clearance” arrested in cocaine drug bust. July 6, 2007. SOURCE: AP

June, 2007 – Los Alamos board member sends highly classified email message unsecured, compromising “the most serious breach of U.S. national security. SOURCE: Time Magazine

May, 2007 – POGO notifies DOE Secretary Bodman that Pantex nuclear weapons plant has roughly 200 security officers protecting its facility during a union strike even though it normally has 537. SOURCE: POGO

October 20, 2006 – Los Alamos National Laboratory classified information found in a meth lab drug bust in a trailer park. The incident, in part, causes the resignation of National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Linton Brooks in January, 2007. The DOE IG finds that the Lab still lacks adequate safeguards for approving clearances and handling classified information, despite years of foibles. SOURCES: POGO, the House Energy Commerce Committee, and Time Magazine

June, 2006 – NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks informs Congress that computer hackers got access to detailed personal information, including Social Security numbers for about 1,500 DOE contract workers in September, 2005. Yet neither the workers whose personal information was compromised, nor the DOE’s cyber-security head were notified about the incident. SOURCE: AP

May, 2006 — A former Los Alamos employee files suit, saying “she was forced to resign from the lab in January because she refused to keep quiet about a work accident that damaged her lungs.” SOURCE: Albuquerque Journal

Living in a Winter Wonderland.

Earmark Reforms My Ass

Democrats Caving on Earmark Reform

Here’s the view below of one Senate aide who has reviewed the new negotiated language (pdf) of the bill. In our own analysis, Section 521 4(a) through 4(c) appear to allow Committees to avoid having to disclose earmarks to the public at least 48 hours prior to vote on the bill. Section 521 12 allows earmark rules to be waived by “joint agreement of the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the Senate.” After all, there’s nothing more bi-partisan than bringing home the bacon!

— Beth Daley

The more things change…

Bio-Fools

The great biofuel fraud By F William Engdahl

That bowl of Kellogg’s cornflakes on the breakfast table or the portion of pasta or corn tortillas, cheese or meat on the dinner table is going to rise in price over the coming months as sure as the sun rises in the East. Welcome to the new world food-price shock, conveniently timed to accompany the current world oil-price shock.

Curiously, it’s ominously similar in many respects to the early 1970s when prices for oil and food both exploded by several hundred percent in a matter of months. That mid-1970s price explosion led the late US president Richard Nixon to ask his old pal Arthur Burns, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, to find a way to alter the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation data to take attention away from the rising prices.

The result then was the now-commonplace publication of the absurd “core inflation” CPI numbers – sans oil and food.

Well no wonder, the shoes aren’t in the basket.

Pretend It Isn’t Happening – That’s the Ticket

Slaving away for Uncle Sam By David Isenberg

WASHINGTON – In the past few years there have been numerous stories about unscrupulous contractors hiring people from low-wage Asian countries such as the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan for work in Iraq and then exploiting them with low pay, unsafe conditions, seized passports, cramped housing, and poor food, medical care and safety gear. But generally these were stories about people hired by private contractors working for other private corporations But new accusations are changing that. Disturbing reports have surfaced about the nearly 900 laborers being used to build the new multimillion-dollar US Embassy in Baghdad and the conditions under which they work.

You can send me dead flowers in the morning,
send me dead flowers by the mail,

If The Shoe Fits

And we all wear shoes.

The News and Information Scam

This is a pretty good post, IMHO, because it highlights a lot of the underlying problems developing within the MSM that I’m not even sure they are aware of, and ought to be.

RM: This is getting, I think, to the really big issue here, the really big story. Because this is not just about media consolidation. It’s not just about supporting Republican candidates or conservative policies. The big issue here is, and the big agenda here, I think, is to just make news worse. To undermine the idea of a discoverable truth about information that can be researched, and conveyed and believed in. When you bill the work of Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly as news, when you call that the Fox News channel, you’re degrading the very idea of news. You’re making news something that should be questioned alongside propaganda or opinion….

It reminds me of a pincher movement with Rupert of Mordor discrediting the idea that news can be distinguished from propaganda while the MSM know tows to the “official” party line of the “conservative” movement and “Republican” government, that is itself not much more accurate than FOX or propaganda. There is simply no other explanation for the coverage of Whitewater and the Clinton’s and what we have seen the last six and half years and probably will for the next year and half with an administration that uses incompetence as a dodge for illegality.

The major cable, and network news divisions, and world class papers like the WaPo and NYT are cutting off their own noses to spite their own faces, and little peeps are left to wonder WTF?!

I would suggest all the thin skins in the media take some time and think about this situation a little bit. There is no power without trust. This may be ok for a Cheney Bush agenda but how does this equate to the much ballyhoed patriotism and inspirationals of the last six years of broadcasting. I don’t think I’m asking anyone in the media for common decency either, although that would be nice, but how about some common sense?

Pushed Back

I pushed the last post back into the draft column because it was mostly bile, and for whatever it’s worth getting it out of my system, it’s not worth it to push it into yours. My bad.

So When Do We Get To Domestic Spying?

You know there is a great deal of stupidity, masquerading as ignorance when it comes to the domestic spying on political opponents. There is no way everyone in the press or government has forgotten J. Edgar Hoover, operation Paper Clip (john), or half a dozen other freak out the dog behaviors because we are very sneaky people BS.

The sad thing is that this is what is going on, and a lot of people who should know better do, but won’t admit to it for various reasons, the most likely being the idea that they are are in on some sort of dirty little secret they can twitter about like a bunch of jr high school punks.

Of course none of them have the balls to come and do a face to face, or as the pResident likes to term it mano y mano, which makes it seem even more childish than jr high school, and reveals these people for the pussies that they are. No wonder they’re afraid of the Jihadists and other boogeymen, they haven’t got any balls.

Total Don’t Recall

Short version of former adminstration officials on the Tillman case. Starting to remind me of the people who voted for these people.

So you think we have crazy President
Well let me tell you something…
I just don’t know why
I just don’t know why anymore.

Think Quiet Riot.

Ther’s No Time Like No Time July 30-31, 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

As Goes Senate Bill 1 (SB-1)

So Go Them All

Lobbying reform has been one of the top priorities in the new, Democratic Congress — in fact it was the first bill introduced, S. 1, in the Senate. But a funny thing happened on the way to actually passing that reform. Although it passed the Senate on January 18th, by a vote of 96-2 (Coburn and Hatch, if you’re wondering), and a reform bill passed the House on May 24th by a vote of 396-22 (1 present — Hulshof, if you’re wondering), no further movement on the bill has been possible. Why not? Because Republicans in the Senate have filibustered the motion to go to conference.

I put the yada yada first this time, did you notice?

This has of course been getting a lot of attention in the Unity oh eats, er 08, movement and probably emboldens the, “do nothing Congress,” remarks of the pResident and a host of other hosts who are decrying I tell ya, decrying, the inability of Congress to get any legislation passed.

I still wonder at the ability of those who aver that the federal government that cannot function and defend the borders from nefarious Mexican farm laborers, stop lead painted trains from China on time, or move a trailer with a bag ice into New Orleans given two years to do so, all under a conservative pResident, can somehow manage to fight two wars half way around the world at ten times the estimated costs of the very responsible and conservative estimators.

These guys ought to run banks.

Victory Through Bow Ties

I used to think I watched too much TV, but last night I was watching Tucker when this occurred, which of course wasn’t on another network, and had two Democratic consultants, or as they are known there abouts, Democratic concern trolls.

I don’t watch enough of ol Tucker to really comment on his work, at least since he quit showing up on Sunday mornings in his Paul Simons bow ties, but since when has that ever been an issue?

At any rate he reminds me of half a bottle of Glen Beck.

Oh yeah, the yada yada.

The Other Side of the Iraqi Coin

While a soccer game can and has changed the mood of the American people, (always without manipulation of the press, always,) who have celebrated Iraqis celebrating the winning of the Asian Cup, the facts on the ground remain the same;

1. The slowing of body counts in Baghdad is not a consequence of less sectarian strife; instead, the effectiveness of the death squads and ethnic/sectarian cleansing has reduced the number of targets.

2. Moqtada al Sadr’s control of police and intelligence organs is pretty extensive. He’s biding his time and smartly avoiding a direct confrontation with US forces. There is zero evidence that Moqtada is backing down or backing away.

3. The Sunni controlled forces are doing a better job of defending their sectors. That is true. But Al Qaeda is not the main threat and never has been. But the units in charge in the Sunni sectors out west are not ready and willing to join arm-in-arm with Shia units and work for the benefit of Iraq.

It can and does go down hill from there if you read the post.

I would surmise that there are many battles won by tactical, and even some with strategic brilliance, but for the most part wars appear to be won by those who make the fewest miscalculations on the battle fronts, or Murphy’s Law. I’m pretty sure that makes me a bad general, but a good anti war activist.

I can’t help but note how many people are not antiwar, just anti this or that war, depending on their best guess as to the outcome of that war and their chances of being in someones line of fire, forgetting I suppose, that the people that get whacked have lost the war no matter the outcome of the conflict.

The rest of us may be wounded by words, or the political activities of the powerful, or the black bagging of the intelligence and media creeps, but so long as there is life there is hope, which war removes irrevocably from the dead.

I may be parsing the words to tightly, but anyone who isn’t antiwar is insane.

Your Liberal Media at Work

For those of you who never passed through Houston and saw Marvin Zindler then you missed a real trip. He is one of the first muck rakers I can remember. One of the former reporters for KPRC in Houston was Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, (R-TX,) whom Marvin showed the ropes to at the Sherrifs office where he was employeed at the time. I think in the end there is no liberal media, just a media with liberals and conservative working for them, excepting for one national media outfit.

Robin Roberts, You Can Do It!

It is a scary proposition to face cancer of any sort, but you can and will beat this thing. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. May God bless you and keep you.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Learning to Love the Surge

For all the ballyhooing about Petraeus’ surge report, there won’t be any withdrawal any time soon so don’t expect one.

I for one can’t imagine why we even put up with the pretense any more, if some of you did, as it has been noted by Atrios about a zillion times, there isn’t going to be any withdrawal as long as Bush is in office.

Nor will there be any impeachments, accountability that counts, nor any other functions performed by this government that would even approach accountability to the people. The mob doesn’t work that way folks.

Things may be looking up for the Iraqi soccer team, and I for one wish the Iraqi’s would get their act together and do the Rodney King thing, so Mr. Bush could declare victory and bring the troops home. After five years we can be thankful I suppose that the military of the US is finally showing signs of making progress with the counter insurgency that is approximately, oh, about five years old. Kumbaya.

The real deal is the CYAing going on, which is of course a necessary exercise for the wise men and women that got us into this mess, or perhaps more apropos, it took a village of idiots, whom must now quote the latest manufactured intelligence to remind everyone how serious intelligent the idiots are.

The surge has given the War Party a new breathe of fresh wind to blow against the antiwar parties, because our rhetoric is somehow at fault for all the ills and dangers internally to our society and government, and not at all the responsibility of those who initiated the war and used politics as bludgeon against the opposition. I tend to want to believe them since they keep reassuring me that they are the grown ups and very serious people that shouldn’t be called tools.

We do indeed live in interesting times, since in former times the custom was for the victors to write the history, and now, alas, the losers are doing so even as we speak. Again I think this has to do with a self esteem issue for those who were so self assured and righteous five years ago, now having fallen flat on their faces in such high profile public places, are of necessity scape goating we uns for having the temerity of being correct. I suppose that should be tolerable since I was right, and don’t have the red face of the pontificators of superior Americana.

Along the way of course we have been regaled with the spectacle of the illustrious leadership ignoring the Constitution, playing fast with the rules, and corruption being exposed on the scale of World War II without a whisper of outrage from any of the responsible people, since, as noted, that isn’t how the mob works.

Over The Moon Shot & Other Tricks for Cows

I write this post with some trepidation of going overly negative on the the three letter folks, being the MSM this time, given the parameters of allowable news in America, which is the government spins out what it wishes people to hear, and the corporations cut staffs and salaries to the point that no one is looking into the veracity of the spin which could become a unified theory of propaganda propagation’s.

For those two readers finding this, I noted that Friday Sunday on Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room Late Edition that neither Blunt nor Harmon would answer the question about cheese being used for political purposes by the Department of Homeland Security, which both answered by covering it with piles of manure about this that and the other yada yada, we are being so Broderefficly Bi-partisanshippy anti-terroristically wonder breadfully yours, but failing to answer the question after two or three efforts by Wolf. (Who thinks these things up anyway, Homeland Security sounds so contrived, and given the inevitable next terrorist explosion, stupid. No wonder it involved cheese.)

So, short of Wolf grabbing the peoples Representatives by the cajones and squeezing the Gitmo out of them, there is no way a reporter can actually do their job as I perceive their job being. This may very well be the reason why reporters just read the press releases from the various governments and so we the people are duly informed of the propaganda and not the facts, which one would imagine allows the government employees and elected officials to carry on with business as usual without any interference from the democratic or republican formulations of their charters. That stuff is so, so, not overclass friendly anyway.

Given the sheeples tendencies to dislike all Congress creeps but their own, this attitude will not change given a little collusion from friendlies in the media, which is basically how things are set up now. So I don’t see me going off on the MSM as it is too generic a term and there are specific wankers that are obviously tools of their friends in high places. This too is probably attributable to basic human nature on some reporters and pundits, having been given a little tidbit once and awhile, to reciprocate, when it comes to something along the lines of the super double top secret with a little cover up of a personal nature.

On the other hand the game of politics is the game of politics, and so Larry King is going to have the kinder, gentler Dick, head of OVP on for some tough questions, and answers to others, we have become accustomed to from that medium and those people. I suppose along with Rove’s, “it’s the corruption stupid,” meme, we are seeing the rehabilitation of the Republican’t Party lines of a kinder gentler fascism, although not as kind and gentle to the little people as the Demorats kind and gentle fascism. But we are all at the service of the state, and the state is what it tells the reporters to tell we the people what it is, because the people basically want to believe in something. So this will have to do.

In that regard, then, we are no longer a free people, enslved as we are to peer pressure and the economic manipulations that liberty has bestowed on those with it, leaving the people with no way of obtaining either knowledge of themselves or the world inwhich they live with another way out. This is the danger of the internet in particular and the blogs in real particular, because there is no authority over them from the peer or economic networks, unless the individual blogger wishes there to be so. I choose not to be so. That is why you come here and read this stuff.

Still, I don’t see any reason for calling stupid people stupid as it adds nothing and detracts much from what those people are already saying anyway. Listening to O’Reilly I can hardly imagine that my American born of an American mother father would listen to his BS more than once, before concluding he had other things to do than listen to that moron. I should be so wise.

It is because we have sunk to this low that the President can go on national television and declare to the world that people that bomb and kill innocent people are evil, and can’t be negotiated with, even as his own war planes and those of the American proxies are busy doing the same thing, without even raising an eyebrow among reporters or audience. But then again, it is a perfect example to use for conveying the reality of the situation, that being, if the President doesn’t even listen to himself speak then why should I? There is a question reporters ought to ask themselves as well.