Monthly Archives: May 2007

MoveOn Wusses Out on The War

Boils down to ‘if the Democrats keep the war going and let the GOP screw themselves they have better chance of winning in 2008′”

If MoveOn were serious about ending the war, now would be an opportune moment to mobilize its millions of members and make it finally happen. Instead, its current strategy is dead weight, aimed more at fooling its members into thinking they are pushing forward when in fact they are merely lighting candles. So why has MoveOn begun to blow hot and cold at the very moment when the political winds are seemingly blowing in favor of a speedy U.S. withdrawal? … The answer boils down to some breathtakingly cynical political calculations by the leadership of the Democratic Party, with which MoveOn has aligned itself…. When politicians and advocacy groups like MoveOn play anti-war games of political theater while effectively collaborating with the war’s continuation, they merely add one more deception to the layers of lies in which this war has been wrapped.

Fitzgerald Was Zooming Toward Cheney’s Treason

“Special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald has made it clearer than ever that he was hot on the trail of a coordinated campaign to out CIA agent Valerie Plame until that line of investigation was cut off by the repeated lies from Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.”

Our New $1.2 Billion/Year Embassy in Iraq

But we’re not an occupying force:

Construction of the U.S. embassy in Iraq, set to open in September, is projected to cost $592 million, with a staff of 1,000 people and operating costs totaling $1.2 billion a year.

Come on Democrats. You are being handed the fucking playbook.

While Americans will be living in posh quarters, the citizens of Baghdad are forced to survive with just 5.6 hours of electricity a day. Baghdad was also recently rated the world’s worst city in which to live.

DARPA Plans Aircraft That Flies 5 Years Non-Stop

That’s where we’ll put the prisons!

They announced the VULTURE program last week which is an initiative to develop an airborne platform that is heavier-than-air and can remain aloft for 5 continuous years, this announcement is to potential offerors (or companies interested in contracting for some of the R&D). This would be an exploratory development program with the overall goal to develop and demonstrate the ability to deliver and maintain an airborne payload on station for an uninterrupted period exceeding 5 years.

Richard Dawkins Aims at the Left

After giving fundies a good thrashing:

He told a packed Hay Festival audience that although the threat from creationists and the religious right is well-documented, science is also under threat from the other end of the political spectrum: “I think we face an equal but much more sinister challenge from the left, in the shape of cultural relativism – the view that scientific truth is only one kind of truth and it is not to be especially privileged.”

Andrew Bacevich on a Father’s Grief

Andrew Bacevich (author of American Empire and The New American Militarism) on the recent loss of his son in Iraq:
I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose. We Were Both Doing Our Duty.


After my son’s death, my state’s senators, Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, telephoned to express their condolences. Stephen F. Lynch, our congressman, attended my son’s wake. Kerry was present for the funeral Mass. My family and I greatly appreciated such gestures. But when I suggested to each of them the necessity of ending the war, I got the brushoff. More accurately, after ever so briefly pretending to listen, each treated me to a convoluted explanation that said in essence: Don’t blame me.

Memorial Day orators will say that a G.I.’s life is priceless. Don’t believe it. I know what value the U.S. government assigns to a soldier’s life: I’ve been handed the check. It’s roughly what the Yankees will pay Roger Clemens per inning once he starts pitching next month.

Cindy Sheehan Gives Up

Epic:

when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the “left” started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of “right or left”, but “right and wrong.”

Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

I Want Ron Paul vs Mike Gravel

Here’s Gravel on CNN doing his best not to reach through the camera and cockpunch Rick Sanchez: and Ron Paul has the nuts to flush ‘they hate our freedom’ down the toilet – again trying not to cockkick Rick Sanchez:

Iraq War Roundup

Much falling out from Reddit.com:

Young officers leaving army at alarming rate after initial commitments met:

Suddenly every holiday is about the military

WaPo to report that Blackwater mercenary forces opened fire on Iraq forces.

Cheney wipes his ass with the Geneva Conventions in his address to West Point grads.

4 year old boy beaten to death by his mom’s boyfriend. Mom’s in Iraq.

Doug Feith really is one of the stupidest people in the world.

HuffPost gauges The View blowout as a barometer of what’s happening on the real side of TV screens across the country.

(Former Chief of Staff) Andrew Card booed at presentation of honorary degree at UMass.

Bush says he always listens to his generals and always reads the intelligence. That means he read the scenario that ousting Saddam Hussein would create a “significant risk” of sectarian strife, encourage al-Qaida attacks and open the way for Iranian interference.

Congress’s Iraq Bill really was blackmail to control the oil reserves: If the Iraqi Parliament refuses to pass the privatization legislation, Congress will withhold US reconstruction funds that were promised to the Iraqis to rebuild what the United States has destroyed there. The privatization law, written by American oil company consultants hired by the Bush administration, would leave control with the Iraq National Oil Company for only 17 of the 80 known oil fields.

Heckuva job assholes.