Expect to hear a lot about American Samoa in the coming weeks in light of the passage of the minimum wage bill. For instance, this exchange between Barney Frank and Patrick McHenry. Read more about Watchword of the Day: American Samoa
The day after President Bush outlined his new plan for Iraq to a national television audience, he came to this Army training base in southwest Georgia to pitch it to the soldiers who will have to implement it on the battlefield and to their families.
...took a shot at Democrats who say the United States must bring some troops home within four to six months.
"I believe these individuals... have a responsibility to tell us what they believe are the consequences of withdrawal in Iraq," he said. "If we walk away from Iraq, we'll be back, possibly in the context of a wider war in the world's most volatile region."
That does sound like a big responsibility. Unlike, say, being one of Operation Pandora's biggest cheerleaders. Read more about The new era of everyone else's responsibility
Let's just put this myth to rest: living conditions in Iraq suck, and are getting worse. They aren't even as 'good' as under Saddam:
By Ali al-Mawsawi
Azzaman, January 10, 2007
There is no electricity in Baghdad and the city of nearly 6 million people spends its nights in total darkness.
The Ministry of Electricity says the total outage is the result of sabotage in which power lines feeding Baghdad were knocked out.
Another Heather MOTD. Peggy Noonan today in the Wall Street Journal:
[The Democrats seemed] wholly unserious in their thoughts and approach. When Nancy Pelosi showed up at the White House Wednesday to talk with the president it was obvious she'd spent a lot of time thinking about . . . what to wear. She wrapped herself in a rich red shawl. Dick Morris said it looked like a straitjacket. I thought she looked like a particularly colorful mummy.
Technology is cool. The reason this sort of project is important: even an idiot can see, and no longer deny, the disparity of our "justice" system. They even came up with a catchy meme: the million dollar block. Who knew there was such a gold mine in Harlem? Read more about The Real Red State America
Via Defense Tech, I came across this detailed report on the tactics and weaponry of the future, and I was interested. The guys at DT love their toys, and despite mocking the rhetoric a bit, generally approved Turse's review of developing military technologies. But I found myself thinking about the Surge, and the failures of Iraq.
Turse identifies a new (old?) direction in military planning: containing the urban superslum.
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He's a fucking addict, remember? His solutions are always to increase the amount of whatever it is that isn't working: booze, coke, oil, sex, god, soldiers--increase the number of whatever he was into and somehow what had failed to bring him to climax before would now make a drug party the whole family could love. Think of Bush as our very first truly post-post-modern junkie President. Read more about Would You Trust This Man With 20,000 More Lives?
Pravda on the Potomac's demoted Froomkin. He used to be at the top of the "Today's Editorials, Opinions, Columns" dropdown. Now he's all the way down in No Man's Land at the very bottom, where you've got to scroll to get to him.
WaPo management: If Froomkin's traffic drops, it's because you buried the link to his column where nobody can fucking find it. Read more about And speaking of the sin of good judgment...
In my most cynical moments (pretty much every waking or sleepless hour lately) I suspect that the reason many A-list progressive bloggers have not come out strongly in support of blocking funds for the escalation (and other measures that would actually stop the War) is that they are scared of the DFH meme. They know the meme is bullshit, but they fear it's awesome power over the American Public. They're scared that if the Dems do put an end the carnage in Iraq, they will be blamed for "losing the war", Americans will buy this and will therefore vote Republican in 2008. Read more about Irrational Fear of the Dirty Hippies Meme
I know itâ€™s scary isnâ€™t it. The Surge Theory.
With the Islamic Courts smashed, the most organized and dedicated fighting force in the country is gone. But not completely, most members of the Islamic courts are still around, and will revive the organization in the next few months. They will be opposed by a stronger Transitional Government.