I have been without access to a working computer for much of the last month, so it was a shock, getting back to the lethal emptiness of our political discourse as represented by the utter and complete pap spewed by our Sunday gasbags. Read more about Sunday Gasbaggery: This Week, Like Every Other Week
Not so small. Or cheap. But it is large:
â€œEmbassy Baghdadâ€ will dwarf new U.S. embassies elsewhere, projects that typically cover 10 acres. The embassyâ€™s 104 acres is six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York, and two-thirds the acreage of Washingtonâ€™s National Mall.
We could do a post a day along the lines of this post. This won't surprise you, but it is so widespread I think it's worth posting. Contrast and compare:
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O! The Humanity! cries one wingnut blogger. Who will tend to Rove's delicate ears?
In the January 2007 edition of The Scene (www.scenenewspaper.com), Representative Dr. Steve Kagen, M.D. (Democrat-Appleton) had some interesting things to say about his recent meetings in Washington, D.C. According to The Scene, Kagen confronted Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove in one of The White Houseâ€™s restrooms. Holding the bathroom door closed, Kagen told Rove, â€œYouâ€™re in The White House and you think (sic) your safe, huh? You recognize me? My nameâ€™s Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass.â€ At another point The Scene reports Kagen told Vice President Cheney, â€œMr. Vice President, thank you for your service to the nation and thank you so much for coming to Green Bay and campaigning against me. I couldnâ€™t have won without your help.â€
Deep into an updated Army manual, the deletion of 10 words has left some national security experts wondering whether government lawyers are again asserting the executive branchâ€™s right to wiretap Americans without a court warrant.
"Wondering"?!? I'm not wondering. Are you? And while we're at it: Read more about New Army manual encourages illegal warrantless surveillance by ignoring FISA
The presidentBush gets it,â€ said a senior administration official involved in the planning. â€œHe knows public opinion is not going to change until those images on the evening news improve.â€
Well, Bush "gets it" for some definition of "gets it."
Say, maybe that's the reason for only sending 20,000 when everybody says that number is far too small (even though it's all we've got). Read more about Just shoot me
Digby's got a great metaphor:
What this shows though is yet another agency that's been infiltrated by wingnut sharks who just mindlessly circle, biting off pieces of their agenda, programmed to just keep killing and eating no matter what. ... Keep circling and eating, circling and eating.
So, keeping the metaphor rolling, what's a good recipe for shark? Read more about Anyone got a recipe for Republican shark?
I started to translate the news from Arabic late this afternoon - I do have other things to do, and this was the first report to hit my screen. Increasingly frequently I want to scream as I do this and I'm not publishing anything else tonight I'm simply too revolted.
1. Maysan: A Teenager and Two Children Die Scavenging For Copper
Five people were killed today by exploding ordinance from previous wars in two separate incidents. Read more about Iraqi children: Picking garbage, killed dismantling ordnance, or sold into brothels
In Federal Way, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, in a region of America that is perceived to be Liberal, the school board has a poorly worded policy that is preventing the showing of "An Inconvenient Truth" in classrooms! From the Seattle Post Intelligencer: Read more about Equivilation in action: "Al Gore does not belong in school", says father of seven!
This story from Harpers is the single most terrifying writing I have ever read in my life.
We keep trying to explain away American fundamentalism. Those of us not engaged personally or emotionally in the biggest political and cultural movement of our timesâ€”those on the sidelines of historyâ€”keep trying to come up with theories with which to discredit the evident allure of this punishing yet oddly comforting idea of a deity, this strange god.
It's long, so set aside some time. This will require your full attention and some mental--and moral--strength to plow through to the end. Having some strong drink to hand is entirely up to you, but i really recommend you remove from immediate access all firearms or other objects and utensils potentially usable for self-harm. Read more about Welcome to ChristianistLand
These are the main security incidents reported this evening from Iraq by the Independent Iraqi News Agency Aswat Al Iraq translated and summarised from Arabic. Additionally I can now have confirmation from the team members resident in Iraq of the reports from Baghdad yesterday that the American army of occupation in Iraq is completing it's preparations to besiege and assault Sadr city. Given their record of disregard for the lives of civilians during such operations all of us expect massive civilian casualties. In this context it is worth noting that both Generals Odierno and Petraeus have overseen such operations during their previous terms in Iraq.
Baghdad: Sadr City: American Preparations for Siege And Assault Confirmed
The reports yesterday in the Iraqi media such as the one below from WNA that American Army of occupation troops are attempting to encircle seal off Sadr city have now been confirmed by all the Gorilla's Guides team members resident in Baghdad separately:
Eyewitnesses said that a joint American Iraqi forces imposed a security barricade on the Sadr City since early morning today, Tuesday.
The witnesses said to Iraqi National News Agency that the joint forces closed tight on the movement of incoming and outgoing of the city and demanded departures to leave their cars and to head out of the city on foot.
Joint forces did not explain the reason for these sudden measures.
The Sadr City, which is considered the stronghold of the Mahdi Army loyal to the Shiite leader Muqtada AL-Sadr, has in the past weeks witnessed a raid in search of gunmen believed to be the work of sectarian violence in Baghdad
Mohammed, Ali, Laith, and Omar all have now all confirmed this and similar reports separately by mail. Read more about News From Iraq Night of January 12th 2007 Translated And Summarised From Arabic