Monthly Archives: November 2004

War Crimes Suit Filed in Germany Charges Rumsfeld and Tenet

It’s a war crimes trifecta today – here’s part 2:

In a historic effort to hold high-ranking U.S. officials accountable for brutal acts of torture including the widely publicized abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib, on Tuesday November 30, 2004, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and four Iraqi citizens filed a criminal complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office at the Karlsruhe Court, Karlsruhe, Germany. Under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, suspected war criminals may be prosecuted irrespective of where they are located.

Part 3: Meanwhile, Bush visits Canada

What they have actually done in Canada is say that because Bush is president, he can’t actually be prosecuted right now in Canada until he’s out of office, but that he should be barred from entering Canada because alleged war criminals, people who violate humanitarian law…

And a Pentagon report concludes: They Hate Our Policies, Not Our Freedom.

How to Solve the Outsourcing Problem

I got it all figured out:

  1. Continue to prevent any sort of legislation that helps inform consumers of the enormous amount of debt they have and prevent any sort of caps on credit card fees.
  2. Remove protections for individuals that file for bankruptcy.
  3. More and more people drive themselves into debt and attempt to file bankruptcy.
  4. Bankruptcy filings are thrown out and the people are thrown into debtor’s prison.
  5. Private prison companies have built an entire network of debtor’s prisons to receive these deadbeats. This way any sort of abuse is kept under strategic non-disclosure agreements, free from FOIA requests.
  6. Debtor’s prisoners become forced laborers to bring manufacturing jobs back overseas. They are exempt from any sort of minimum wage.
  7. Profit!!! Profit for the large manufacturing corporations that are allied with the prisons. Profit for the private prison corporations. Profit for the companies that use the cheap labor.

Eventually these prisons start outsourcing service sector jobs to allow fast food companies as well as homemakers to take advanatge of this inexpensive, discounted, made-in-America labor.

Xy McX

Your assignment for this week is to use an expression of the structure:

(x + “y”) + (“Mc” + x).

as in:

Trolly McTroll (just used on The Daily Show)
Snarky McSnark (seen on Metafilter)
Shiney McShine (Simpsons)

You can also add an ‘-a-lot’ suffix to the first word as in:

Snarky McSnark-a-lot

A third suffix is ‘-pants’ as in:

Ranty Mc Rantypants (seen on Metafilter)

A final variation is to deviate from the Mc prefix and go with Von as in

Ranty Von Rantypants.

Wrong Month

Is anyone else mistaking the post-Thanksgiving-to-December-1st-lull with the Christmas-to-New-Year’s lull? I keep doing that thinking Let’s not do too much this week since it’s the holidays after all. WTF?

Why the Ukraine Election Was Stolen

From Post Modern Clog:

You have to understand the situation in Ukraine. The country is run by a series of oligarchic clans that actually found their beginnings in the Soviet Union, and then grew fabulously rich during the early days of “privatization”. Do you start to see how life works here? This isn’t about a few stolen votes. It’s about an entire system of fine control over the political, social and economic life of the people. Economics and politics are incestuously fused here in a way that is difficult to imagine for those in the West.

My other favorite quote is they interrupt a post to say:

I’m grabbing the kids and taking them downtown to see history today.

More Ukraine blogs:

Orange Ukraine

Tulip Girl

Congress May Cut Aid Over International Criminal Court Jursidiction

The US Congress has launched a fresh attack on the international criminal court at The Hague, threatening to cut off development aid to countries who refuse to guarantee immunity from prosecution for Americans at the tribunal. Washington claims that 96 countries have signed immunity pacts, although some have been kept secret at the request of signatories concerned about the popular reaction at home. Meanwhile, 97 countries have ratified the ICC treaty.

That would be our culture of accountability at work.

25 Federal Employees Ready for 9/11 Grand Jury (Currently Rumor)

Sibel Edmonds – an FBI whistleblower that was silenced by John Ashcroft – is back with 24 federal employees from the several departments.

We the undersigned, who have worked within various government agencies (FBI, CIA, FAA, DIA, Customs) responsible for national security and public safety, call upon you in Congress to include the voices of those with firsthand knowledge and expertise in the important issues at hand. We stand ready to do our part.