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Archive for January, 2007

Note to Bush: This is why we loathe you

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Young Marine Dies Of PTSD – And Neglect

Jonathan Schulze was a United States Marine.

He died earlier this month at the age of 25 — not in Iraq, but back home, in Minnesota.

He died of wounds received during his seven-month tour of duty in Iraq, wounds different from the ones that earned Schulze two purple hearts. This young man died of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, of wounds to the soul and not the flesh. He died because the government that was there to send him far away to fight in 2004 wasn’t there for him when he got home.

You see, its not that we “hate America”. We hate the policies of George Bush. He has money to pay bonuses to Halliburton, excuse energy companies from taxes or paying the royalites they owe, but he doesn’t have money to fund the Veterans Administration, or to buy and maintain the equipment he sends his “heroes” off to war with.

So to all the keyboard commandos and Hannitys of the world- this is why we loathe the pretender in chief. He’s a spineless, corrupt hypocrite- who kills people for profit. Fuck him, and fuck all of you, too. We’ll get our country back-despite you.

When music hurts

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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 Albert Ayler’s Holy Ghost. This is heavy sledding.

Duh, DoD

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Pentagon halts sale of F-14 parts

The Pentagon said Tuesday it had stopped selling surplus F-14 parts, announcing the step after congressional criticism of security weaknesses that had given buyers for countries including Iran access to the aircraft parts and other valuable gear. The decision comes as a Democratic senator moves to cut off all Pentagon sales of surplus F-14 parts, saying the military’s marketing of the spares “defies common sense” in light of their importance to Iran.

Gee, wonder why it takes a democratic congressman to end such a stupid practice? What the hell was the GOP doing for the last 6 years? Oh yeah. Enabling war crimes and making Eisenhower’s warning come true, I forgot.

The news we’ve been waiting to hear…

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

 Cannabis drug may help fight obesity
LONDON (Reuters) – Human trials of an experimental treatment for obesity derived from cannabis, which is commonly associated with stimulating hunger, are scheduled to begin in the second half of this year, Britain’s GW Pharmaceuticals Plc announced Tuesday. Several other companies, such as Sanofi-Aventis, which is investigating Acomplia, are working on new drugs that will switch off the brain circuits that make people hungry when they smoke cannabis.

Hey, need any testing done?

Tweet!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Pretty cool, what you can see out a window:

 

Wayne Williams evidence to get DNA testing

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

ATLANTA — State lawyers have agreed to allow DNA testing of dog hair that was used to convict Wayne Williams, who has been blamed for the murders of two dozen children and young men in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

…During his original trial, dog hairs found on most victims were consistent with hairs removed from the Williams’ family dog. During the trial, witnesses testified they saw Williams with the victims even though most of the case against him was based on analysis of fiber and hair evidence found in Williams’ car and his parents’ home, where he lived.

“The good news is they’ve agreed to DNA testing,” Martin said. “We just want to see what the testing shows and we’ll argue about what it means later. It’s odd that they should claim the dog hair evidence doesn’t make any difference when they made such a big deal about it at trial.”

I was a high school student during the days of Atlanta’s “Missing and Murdered” children ordeal. I remember not being scared, since I didn’t meet the profile of the victims, but it was a stressful time in the city. I read a lot about the case, including the now out of print The List, which was written by an former FBI investigator, who argued that Williams was blamed for crimes he never committed, because the task force overseeing the case saw a chance to clear old crimes by linking them to a serial killer. It will be interesting to see what DNA evidence will bring. Georgia recently released a man held 21 years after being falsely convicted of rape, thanks to the Innocence Project.

9/11 and history

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

IMAGINE THAT on 9/11, six hours after the assault on the twin towers and the Pentagon, terrorists had carried out a second wave of attacks on the United States, taking an additional 3,000 lives. Imagine that six hours after that, there had been yet another wave. Now imagine that the attacks had continued, every six hours, for another four years, until nearly 20 million Americans were dead. This is roughly what the Soviet Union suffered during World War II, and contemplating these numbers may help put in perspective what the United States has so far experienced during the war against terrorism.It also raises several questions. Has the American reaction to the attacks in fact been a massive overreaction? Is the widespread belief that 9/11 plunged us into one of the deadliest struggles of our time simply wrong? If we did overreact, why did we do so? Does history provide any insight?

This won’t play well with the “clash of civilizations” crew, but it raises several good points. Did we overreact? Of course we did, since we’ve spent billions upon billions of dollars- dollars we don’t actually have- to fight two wars against nations that didn’t attack us on 9/11, while the person who supposedly ordered the “surprise” attack walks around free. We inflamed anti-American feelings globally, squandered whatever goodwill the attacks brought us, and increased the level of terrorism world-wide. Not to mention the pillaging of our national identity, taking us from a nation under the rule of law to a nation under the rule of one- a tyranny.

Continue reading Was 9/11 Really That Bad?

True cost of oil

Monday, January 29th, 2007

At $60 barrel, the US is paying approximately $290 billion per year for imported oil.  Plus the security tax.  That tax includes deployments and operations beyond the Iraqi theatre.  However, based on the public estimates that Iraq cost $100 billion last year , it would appear the US economy pays 30% more for oil as anyone else.  Put another way, China pays $60 per barrel of imported crude oil.  Adding the cost of oil security, America pays more than $90 for the same barrel of oil.  Even the United States cannot keep this up forever.
 

Sobering look at the true cost of our Iraqi misadventure.

Halliburton: 385mil to build detention camps

Monday, January 29th, 2007

KBR awarded Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M

 

58% say “Just make it stop”

Monday, January 29th, 2007

The president’s approval ratings are at their lowest point in the poll’s history—30 percent—and more than half the country (58 percent) say they wish the Bush presidency were simply over

Oh, if only it were so easy. Click our heels Dorothy-style, and the evil warlord and his scowling minions would simply pack up and go home. Alas, this is of course not to be. But ponder on the fact that over half the country wants him gone- and this without significant investigations into the entire rotten, corrupt, criminal, treasonous Bush presidency. This same poll says that 64% take Congress to task for not being assertive enough in challenging the Bush administration’s conduct of the war. One does wonder what is holding the Dems back, now that the “100 Hours” has passed.

What have you done to end the war?