When is an enemy combatant not an enemy combatant? Quite frequently, apparently.
The Pentagon called them "among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth," sweeping them up after Sept. 11 and hauling them in chains to a U.S. military prison in southeastern Cuba.
Since then, hundreds of the men have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to other countries, many of them for "continued detention."
And then set free.
Why would that be? Read more about Guantanam-error
The Smirking Chimp has a story you need to read. The Army is broke. Despite a military budget of circa half a trillion bucks per year, plus innumerable billions of "supplementals" and off budget appropriations...they are out of money. Read this before you evaluate whether any of these "surge of new troops to Iraq" stories are steaming piles of fecal matter:
Read more about The Army, It is Broke
Judith Regan, the firebrand editor who stirred up decade-old passions last month with her plans for a book and television interview with O. J. Simpson, was fired late Friday by HarperCollins, the publishing company that oversaw her book business.
Christianists at Wright-Patterson AFB fuck non-Christians' careers, use prayer as a decision-making aid
It's the abuse of power, stupid.
From personal testimonials in the Compliance Report (PDF) at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation:
I worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for just over a year as a civilian contractor. This is what I experienced:
You will enjoy this. A lot. It occurs to me, serious and unfunny person that I am, that it makes a lot of sense for our side, and those Powers That Be in the Party in particular, reach out to media professionals. This is a slick, catchy, easy to remember, low cost, funny way of making a point. Surely only the most dour and constipated with religion and "moral values" would fail to laugh. You can read more about the people who made it here.
Hat tip to reader Peggy Ann. Luv ya, kitten! Read more about FCC:FU!
NPR has a Friday news dump story up that everyone should pay attention to. Especially if you own stock in a certain pharmaceutical company. The short version: if I were a lawyer, I'd be rushing to court right now with the class action papers, because a life of wealth and ease would come shortly after that.
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The prophet Isaiah wrote: "Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales...Before Him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by Him as worthless and less than nothing." (Isaiah 40:15-16). That doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for those who claim America is a "Christian nation."
Ah, the pleasures of a Texas Christmas.
Particularly one that comes in time to miss OMIGAWD WATTABARGAIN LASTMINUTE SHOPPING Madness ... some merchants in the Carolinas are approaching their county officials for a temporary injunction against the blue laws, as having to stay shut until after church on Christmas Eve may cut into their last-minute loot. Read more about In search of Epiphany ...
The New York Times confirms it: Senator Tim Johnson is responsive to touch, to the sound of his wife's voice, and he has been able to respond cogently to suggested actions, like taking his wife's hand. Read more about Senator Johnson Responsive; Harry Reid Plays It Just Right
Condi says no to Iran, Syria, ISG:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday rejected a bipartisan panel's recommendation that the United States seek the help of Syria and Iran in Iraq, saying the "compensation" required by any deal might be too high. She argued that neither country should need incentives to foster stability in Iraq.
25,000. Think about that for a minute. And remember: given the numbers estimated by actual scientists who are not sycophantic journalists or career concerned military people which suggest we've been lied to abuot the actual Iraqi body count, it's probable that the US casualty numbers have been lowballed as well. Read more about Another Milestone in Iraq Our Media Completely Ignores
Chertoff better not eat in any black-owned restaurants in NOLA. Really, the arrogance of these people is stunning at times. It wouldn't surprise me if some overworked, low-level FEMA employee just shot him, the next time he got out of a
taxpayer funded hookermobile car.
Read more about World's Tallest Man to Pull Chertoff Out of Lieberman's Ass
Fellow Blogger, would you appear before a military tribunal? Christ. Good on truthout for standing up for their rights. Go listen to the whole thing. Spooky. The good news: the christianistfascits are worried about bloggers if they are taking this kind of action against them.
"Be they terrorists or elected officials" indeed. I salute you, Lt. Watada. Read more about Army Goes After Truthout