Saturday, December 3, 2005

Mao Tse Bu$hCo's "Great Leap Forward" Into the Abyss

Justin Raimondo's latest column points to parallels between the neoconman-in-chief's "Victory Plan" and Chairman Mao's "Great Leap Forward", suggesting that there is a similar psychology behind both and ominously enough similarly disastrous fates.

Who's in charge of Scooter Libby's defense fund?

A former Bu$hCo ambassador to Italy, and the dark force behind STRAIGHT, Inc., which can best be described as a gulag designed to torture troubled teens. I suppose it isn't terribly surprising that a pro-torture president would keep company with other pro-torture types.

Mercenary Murderers in Iraq: The Story Continues

Turns out that Aegis Defense Services isn't the only security firm that employs mercenaries to kill Iraqi civilians. We can now add Triple Canopy Inc. (an American firm) to the list. Sickening.

"War on Christmas" as Thinly Veiled Jew-Baiting

That's what Steve Gilliard is saying, and he gives us a compare-contrast between Henry Ford (one of the more notorious of the American anti-semites of the early 20th century) and folks like FauxNews' John Gibson and Bill O'Reilly and The Catholic League's William Donohue (the more blatant Jew-bater of the bunch). Sort of stuff that makes the hair on the back of one's neck stand up.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

A passing thought

A "victory strategy" has to include a solid idea of where you're going and the means by which you will get there. Hell via handbasket does not count.

Update: as I'm still fighting a sinus infection (though thanks to antibiotics, I'm gaining the upper hand), I'm not in much of a mood to say a whole lot. I thought Eli over at Left I managed to articulate my disgust at both Junior Caligula's "victory strategy" and the John Kerry non-rebuttal rebuttal. Bush simply wouldn't know the truth if it bit him in the ass. Kerry gets so lost in his efforts at nuance that whatever train of thought he might have had gets entirely derailed. These people really do deserve each other - too bad they shaft the rest of us in the process.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Say Hello To

Don't Bomb Us - a blog set up by al-Jazeera staffers.

Since California Is An Occasional Home-Away-From-Home

I enjoy reading that Der Gropenfuhrer's "special election" went even worse for him than at first glance. Apparently, the one thing that wasn't counted on was voter turnout:
so the numbers keep coming in, and factoring in the late returns, the results are quietly astounding. the biggest story is turnout. in each of the other two special elections (that is, elections featuring ballot measures but no candidates) in california over the past two decades, turnout was roughly 37 percent. schwarzenegger’s consultants assumed that this time around, inasmuch as turnout has been steadily declining in state and out over the past four decades, they could count on 36 percent of voters actually bothering to participate. the consultants for the unions who ran the campaigns against schwarzenegger’s measures figured that they had to boost turnout at least to 41 percent. in the days before the election, the office of secretary of state bruce mcpherson figured that perhaps 42 percent of voters would cast ballots, and that was the figure most commonly cited on election day itself.

and they were all wrong. as the count proceeded this past weekend, the percentage of california voters who cast ballots was up to 47.3 percent. when the count’s all done — the county registrars have to wrap it up by december 8 — that figure may be close to 48 percent, 11 points higher than each of the two preceding specials...

it’s also a testament to the scope and efficacy of the campaign the unions ran to pull their voters — and not just union members, but black, latino and progressive voters more generally — to the polls. in l.a. county, not only was the turnout surprisingly high, but the margins against arnold’s measures were huge. as of this weekend, proposition 74, extending the probationary period for teachers, was losing by 22.8 percent among l.a. county voters; proposition 75, curtailing unions’ ability to wage election campaigns, was trailing by 23.2 percent; proposition 76, limiting funding on schools and giving the governor unilateral power to cut spending, was down by 35.6 percent; and proposition 77, establishing a mid-decade reapportionment, was behind by 32 percent.

Via Skippy.

Iraq Death Toll as Football Score

From the Washington Whispers column in US News and World Report:
In the Body Count War: U.S. Wins 25-1

Frustrated GOP lawmakers are desperate for President Bush to do more to show how troops are winning the war in Iraq, and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence has an idea: Tell how many insurgents the U.S. troops are killing, not just the American death toll. "This is football season," says the Republican, who takes time to mourn with constituents who lose family members in combat. "People want to know if we're winning or losing . . . what's the score." Fresh from a trip to Iraq, Pence says he knows the score: just over 2,000 Americans dead, compared with 50,000 to 60,000 enemy combatants.

I'm going to take a guess that Rep. Pence (R-IN) defines "enemy combatant" as any Iraqi who has (or more appropriately, had) a pulse and who happened to be in the path of shrapnel from a depleted uranium tipped bomb, white phosphorous, NK77 (aka Napalm Lite - "wastes great, more killing"), or just run of the mill shells from automatic firearms. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that a fair number of those killed were moms, grandparents, kids, etc. who got iced just for being there.

Something I'll keep in mind the next time I have the misfortune of seeing yet another round of photos of charred and mangled infants from this godforsaken excuse of a war.

Hat tip to Barry Welsh at BooMan Tribune.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Mercenary War Porn

Let's just call it what it is. The latest to appear in a London newspaper, under the title, 'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers:

A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.

[...]

In one of the videoed attacks, a Mercedes is fired on at a distance of several hundred yards before it crashes in to a civilian taxi. In the last clip, a white civilian car is raked with machine gun fire as it approaches an unidentified security company vehicle. Bullets can be seen hitting the vehicle before it comes to a slow stop.

[...]

The video first appeared on the website www.aegisIraq.co.uk. The website states: "This site does not belong to Aegis Defence Ltd, it belongs to the men on the ground who are the heart and soul of the company." The clips have been removed.

'Heart and soul' of the company indeed. Crooks and Liars has the video here. So what's next? Another round of mercenaries "contractors" killed by an angry mob of Iraqis, followed by righteous indignation from the right-wing in the US and UK, subsequently followed by a bombing of some Iraqi community with napalm lite and white phosphorous? One has to wonder.

This is the "heart and soul" of occupation. Humans living in the occupied area become little more than game to be hunted.