Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Prez is right

President Bush said, a few days ago, that the news media is not conveying a true story of the situation in Iraq. He suggested that readers go beyond the mainstream media and read blogs to find out what is really happening in that country.

I did. President Bush is right. While the media is telling us that things in Iraq are bad, they are not telling us the entire truth. The truth is that things in Iraq are really, really bad.

Go read it yourself. Start with Riverbend. If you have the time I would suggest that you go back in the blog archives and start at the very beginning of her postings. Follow the history of her family as it experieces hope, as Suddam is unseated and then apprehention and now despair.

If Riverbend isn't your cup of tea, then go here and choose your reading from other Iraqi bloggers.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Oh My God, They're Going To Kill Kenny!

Great Leader is looking like a fool over the ports deal - The Democrats are gaining points in the area of national security. Do something, quick!
OK. Here it is.

Danger, Danger! Alert Status Orange!
"FBI warns of threat to college basketball tournament
Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:04 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI warned U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday that an extremist message board suggested carrying out suicide bombings at U.S. college basketball tournament sites but emphasized there was no evidence of a specific threat."

Fool me once, Mr. President, shame on you. Fool me twice? Shame on me.

The Long War

A great big heartfelt thanks to Crooks and Liars. They have posted "The Long War", a bit done by The Colbert Report (it follows The Daily Show on Comedy Central every night).

"The Long War" has to be one of the most right on pieces done by Colbert. I most highly recommend it. Watch it here.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Sheiks Royally Pissed At Port Delay - Threaten Retaliation

UPDATE: Rawstory is reporting that Dubai is withdrawing from the ports deal in the face of overwhelming opposition from the American people. More details as they become available...

Now back to my original posting:

From The Hill

"Dubai is threatening retaliation against American strategic and commercial interests if Washington blocks its $6.8 billion takeover of operations at several U.S. ports."

he emirate let it be known that it is preparing to hit back hard if necessary.

A source close to the deal said members of Dubai’s royal family are furious at the hostility both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have shown toward the deal.

“They’re saying, ‘All we’ve done for you guys, all our purchases, we’ll stop it, we’ll just yank it,’” the source said."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

All Your Ports Are Belong To Us

(with two updates)
From an article in the Washington Post:

"DP World officials suggested yesterday that within days, Peninsular & Oriental's operations will belong to them, no matter what Congress does."

With all due respect folks, you might have been wise to consider a different choice of words there. What's the future hold? Lemmee see. (holding hands up to forehead) It's coming to me, yes, it's coming to me, I can see -- I can very clearly see a bunch of really pissed Americans kicking your sorry butts all the way back to Dubai.

And another thing. You DP World folks might just want to consider using a spokesperson named Jim Smith or something. Anything but Sultan Bin Sulayem. Somehow I think that name doesn't do much to reassure us that our ports are going to be in good hands.

Update #1: One of the questions that has been constantly asked is why Bush is pushing so hard for this deal.

From Dissident Voice (I highly recommend clicking on and reading the entire article)

United Arab Emirates is located at the center of an oil-dependent world. This tiny state forms the promontory that juts out into the famed Straits of Hormuz through which 40% of the world’s oil passes every day. Across the narrow straights sits Iran, the next victim on the list of “axis of evil” nations. Any attack on Iran will require that military forces quickly deploy to Dubai to forestall the closing of the straits and the subsequent devastation that would occur to world oil supplies and financial markets.

This is the critical point that is being intentionally concealed by America’s diversionary media. This is the reason that President Bush continues to force the Dubai port plan even though 70% of the American people and Congress resoundingly oppose it.

The importance of UAE as a staging area for future hostilities cannot be overstated. No military strategy can hope to succeed without first establishing a beachhead across the straits in Iran so that the danger of blowing up oil tankers and blocking passage is removed. This tells us that plans for an attack may be on track for late March as originally threatened by Israel.

Tip of the hat to commenter EnoughAlready at AmericaBLOG

Update #2

Last night while discussing this issue with others on AmericaBLOG , I made this observation:

" It's only resonating with "voters" in polls because of pure racism - plain and simple."

I don't think that's it, Rich. My gut feeling is that this ports deal is the first time that most of us in this country have had to face the fact that while we were busy watching American Idol or worrying about whether Tom and Dick or Ann and Sue could get married, the whole damn country has been sold out from under us.

There is racism to the point that it is much easier to imagine Arabs being "foreigners" than the English or other folks who dress and talk more like we do. But it's not really racism that we hearing. It's a primal scream of frustration. We thought that we owned our country and have just discovered that we were really just leasing it, and our lease is up.
"But the fact that such acquisitions are even being considered points to the larger problem of increasing foreign ownership. As it stands, China, Denmark, Japan, South Korea and Singapore have control over terminals in 36 American port cities. And now we're going to add the United Arab Emirates to that list? The strong reaction to the ports deal speaks to a growing dissatisfaction among Americans at the level of foreign ownership, outsourcing and illegal immigration in our country..."

She also laid the blame where it belongs, not only on Bush, but also on those before him

"Much like previous administrations, the president is simply making the world safe for transnational corporations. It's no coincidence that former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are out pushing the Dubai deal. Administration after administration has brought America to the point it's at today, where everything is for sale to the highest bidder. When President George H.W. Bush introduced the concept of a "new world order," it was a harbinger of things to come.

We have entered the era of transnationalism, otherwise known as globalism, and it is sweeping away national identity in favor of an international marketplace. America is becoming nothing more than a hub for the exchange of money, goods and cheap workers. Concern over this issue spans the political spectrum, including the anti-globalization forces on the left and the protectionists on the right. Each faction is opposed to the outcome, for different reasons.

Many of Bush's constituents have awakened to this reality, and the rumblings of discontent have greatly increased. Adding to a series of disappointments since Bush's re-election in 2004, the ports deal may turn out to be the last straw.

The honeymoon is definitely over."

Friday, March 03, 2006

Bite Me

Source: justinsomnia.org/2005/09/question-intolerance

Lawyers for ex-gay group issue cease and desist letter over this parody. Go read the details here at Pam's House Blend.

Democrats Face New Threat

The Democrat Party learned today that they face a new, far reaching threat. According to a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll due to be released today of those polled, when asked who they would likely vote for in November, 53% picked Democrats, 39% Republicans.

The poll has caused a flurry of activity among Democratic leaders. None would respond on record for this article, but several privately told this reporter that those in charge of the party would be meeting today to develop a stratagy to insure the party would not gain any votes as a result of Bush's waning popularity. One leader, speaking off the record said that "We are fully committed to remain as the opposition party. Nothing will keep us from our goal of being #2."

The truth behind the truthiness

HYDERABAD, India Mar 3, 2006 (AP)— With U.S.-India relations at their highest mark in six decades, President Bush said Friday Americans should see the rapidly growing nation as a land of opportunity instead of a threat.

"There's all sorts of brush here that needs to be cleared!" The U.S. president declared joyfully.

Iraq: Worst Case Scenerio Now Has It's Own Worst Case Scenerio

Remember just a few short months ago when a halfway realistic forcast of the Iraq situtation somehow got released to the American public? The one, quickly dismissed by the White House, that listed the worst case scenerio as Iraq sinking into civil war?

A Reuters article this morning examines what may lay ahead for the U.S. military if the current slide toward civil war in that country continues.

"If full-scale civil war erupts -- and Iraq appears to be awfully close to that at this point -- even 134,000 troops could be in a highly vulnerable position, especially when you consider how many true combat troops we have there," said Ted Carpenter, defence analyst with the Cato Institute in Washington.

Many U.S. troops in Iraq are supply and logistics personnel. British and Australian combat troops are not expected to make much difference should a bloody free-for-all erupt.

The military could try to stiffen the resolve of Iraqi forces to maintain government authority, by shipping in another U.S. division of about 20,000 troops or by inserting special forces.

But that scenario assumes U.S.-trained Iraqi troops and police would remain loyal in a crisis to the national government, rather than to religious leaders or the sectarian or ethnic militias to which many of them once belonged.

In the worst case, U.S. troops could be forced to withdraw, leaving Shi'ite and Sunni Arab Iraqis at each others' throats and other conflicts possibly ripping the country apart. "You could be confronting situations where there would be full-scale firefights between rival factions," Carpenter said.

"If those divisions explode into massive violence, the U.S. is in a hopeless situation."

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Drink The Kool Aid And Repeat After Me: The World Is Safer Now That We Have Toppled Suddam. The World ...

From the AP:

"A civil war in Iraq could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East, pitting the region's rival Islamic sects against each other, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said in an unusually frank assessment Tuesday.

"If chaos were to descend upon Iraq or the forces of democracy were to be defeated in that country ... this would have implications for the rest of the Middle East region and, indeed, the world," Negroponte said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global threats."


"At the Senate hearing, Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, painted a similarly stark picture of Afghanistan.

While the government has made progress in disarming private militias, Maples said, his agency estimates that violence from the Taliban and other anti-coalition groups in Afghanistan increased 20 percent last year.

"Insurgents now represent a greater threat to the expansion of Afghan government authority than at any point since late 2001, and will be active this spring," Maples said in his written statement.

Afghan insurgents increased their suicide attacks almost fourfold and more than doubled their use of improvised explosive devices, he said."

And it has cost us just how many billions of dollars and how many lives and broken bodies to get to this point?

"Bush Confident Bin Laden Will Be Captured"

Really. That was the headline that greeted me this morning. After spewing my coffee (Pam's House Blend, of course) halfway across the room, I scrolled down. Has Vice President Cheney been sent off, trusty shotgun in hand, to bag the elusive bearded bad one? Have we finally turned the corner on incompetence? Naw. Bush has just found a bunch of uneducated folks in one of the poorest regions of the world and figured that they just might fall for his bull. As for the actual progress on the hunt for Bin Laden - hey, we can't comment on an ongoing investigation.

First Amendment - Few Know Or Care About Outdated, Obsolete Document

A recent study, reported on by the AP, found that Americans know little about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment, of course, was written in 1789 and remained in effect until November 2001 when President Bush, under the authority granted to him by himself, cancelled its provisions.

Of the 1,000 people surveyed only one could name the five freedoms protected by the amendment. 20% of those surveyed thought that the right to own a pet was included.

I would go on about this, but then again, who really gives a shit about the Bill Of Rights anyway?

Military Disputes Troop Poll - Claims Their Poll Shows 98% Support Bush Policies

Well, actually they haven't come out with it yet. But you and I both know they will soon. It's just kind of difficult for the Green Zone Command to get their spin up to speed right now as the hallway between the copywriter's room and the press room is impassible due to heavy insurgent and sectarian fighting.

Blind Justice

Early Sunday morning Oakland, CA police were called to investigate reports of shots fired in an industrial area of that city. Police claim that officers were dispatched and could find nothing.

Monday morning, over 30 hours later, workers at neighborhood businesses, returning from their weekends, got curious about the bullet riddled car parked on the street. When they looked inside they found a woman, suffering gun shots in the face and the leg, clinging to life.

Oops. No donuts for a week for those cops.

Oh How Sweet It Is

From The Washington Post

"Yet at the White House, aides were decidedly downbeat, making dark jokes about the latest political trajectory and the Murphy's Law quality of life in the West Wing these days -- what can go wrong will go wrong. At least, some consoled themselves, Bush (at a 34% approval rating) beat out Vice President Cheney, who was viewed favorably by just 18 percent in the CBS survey."