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Friday, April 14, 2006

Home Sweet Home
by Lee

If you’re gonna be a bear, be a grizzly.

The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq’s turbulent future.

The new U.S. Embassy also seems as cloaked in secrecy as the ministate in Rome.

“We can’t talk about it. Security reasons,” Roberta Rossi, a spokeswoman at the current embassy, said when asked for information about the project.

Oooh, cloaked in secrecy!  Just like everything else the eeeeeevil Bushitler does, right liberal media?

The embassy complex — 21 buildings on 104 acres, according to a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report — is taking shape on riverside parkland in the fortified “Green Zone,” just east of al-Samoud, a former palace of Saddam Hussein’s, and across the road from the building where the ex-dictator is now on trial.

The Republican Palace, where U.S. Embassy functions are temporarily housed in cubicles among the chandelier-hung rooms, is less than a mile away in the 4-square-mile zone, an enclave of American and Iraqi government offices and lodgings ringed by miles of concrete barriers.

The 5,500 Americans and Iraqis working at the embassy, almost half listed as security, are far more numerous than at any other U.S. mission worldwide. They rarely venture out into the “Red Zone,” that is, violence-torn Iraq.

Hmmm.  They never venture out into the Red Zone.  In that respect, they’re exactly like the western press.

This huge American contingent at the center of power has drawn criticism.

“The presence of a massive U.S. embassy — by far the largest in the world — co-located in the Green Zone with the Iraqi government is seen by Iraqis as an indication of who actually exercises power in their country,” the International Crisis Group, a European-based research group, said in one of its periodic reports on Iraq.

I think that’s the whole idea.  We need to show these fucks exactly who is in power there, and it ain’t some ragtag bunch of camel herders.  And how telling that they managed to find some left-wing European jackoffs who would complain about it.

Given the proclivity the people have had there for responding to a strong, dominant leader for the past, oh, few thousand years or so, I don’t see anything wrong with a huge, impenetrable fortress declaring “I am America the Great and Terrible.”

Posted by Lee on 04/14/06 at 04:10 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

Check this out.  It seems that perhaps South Park might not be as offensive to poor, helpless Muslims as we might have thought.  Some regional airline called Air Arabia (not to be confused with the left-wing radio network) is using characters that are a direct rip off of the South Park gang.  Reload the front page and you’ll see two or three different designs.

Personally, I think South Park fans should riot and destroy things, since an infidel Arab company has defiled the sacred images of Kyle and Stan.

Posted by Lee on 04/14/06 at 09:08 AM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Fox and the Hen House
by Lee

Wow.  The UN just writes its own jokes sometimes.

United Nations Commission on Disarmament on Tuesday elected Iran as deputy for Asian nations.

The UN Commission opened its annual meeting on Monday which will work until April 28.

The UN Commission on Disarmament which is subsidiary organ of the General Assembly will review disarmament and international security.

The Commission could not reach unanimity in the past two year owing to US objection to put disarmament on the agenda of the specialized commission and adopt an action plan for enforcing disarmament at international level.

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states have pushed for the agenda of disarmament and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the current annual meeting.

NAM member states issued a statement on the first day of the annual meeting calling on nuclear states to respect their commitments of demolishing their nuclear arms.

They also called on Israel to sign up to NPT and give access to all its nuclear sites for monitoring by UN nuclear agency.

I love the Israel line at the end.  It’s always about the Jews, isn’t it?

Posted by Lee on 04/14/06 at 09:00 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Holy Mackerel
by Lee

Oh yeah, this is going to go over well.

“Color of the Cross,” a Nu-Lite Entertainment production, is an independent, biblically charged religious biopic based on the last 48 hours of Christ’s life and stands to be the most controversial depiction of Jesus to date. In this gripping, two-hour epic, Jesus is portrayed as a black Jew. This retelling of the biblical story from a black perspective seeks to repair the anti-Semitism that has been associated with the story of Christ.

The inclusion of Black Jews during Passover in the film makes a clear statement toward the shared history of African and the Middle Eastern cultures without being offensive. Unlike “Passion of the Christ,” “Color of the Cross” chose not to focus on the bloody torture of Christ’s crucifixion. Instead the film focuses on the human pain and suffering that Christ, the Disciples, and Christ’s family endured. “Color of the Cross” reaches across a cultural divide to inspire and challenge its viewers intellectually.

Up next for Nu-Lite entertainment, a remake of Roots starring Ben Affleck as Kunte Kinte.

Posted by Lee on 04/13/06 at 10:53 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

You Get Your Balls To the Wall
by Lee

Oh man, I am so going to see this over the weekend.  Metal up your ass!!

Posted by Lee on 04/13/06 at 02:43 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Bush Decline
by Lee

Over at TNR Ryan Lizza lists what Bush can do to save his presidency.  I agree with all of them, and I also agree that Bush won’t do any of them.  However, this paragraph struck me as being particularly insightful.

The takeaway of every recent poll is that the war in Iraq is the root of Bush’s political collapse. I suspect that many Americans who have recently turned against the war did so for reasons very different than liberals who opposed it from day one. The centrist revolt against the war in Iraq is caused by shame. Americans are angry at Bush not for toppling Saddam without U.N. permission, but for turning Iraq into a symbol of humiliation for the United States. The analogy is not so much LBJ and Vietnam, but Carter and the hostage crisis. It’s not the neo-imperialism. It’s the embarrassing incompetence.

This is something I’ve been saying for quite some time now.  We had a stellar opportunity in Iraq to go in, exercise American military might, and begin to fight the cancer that is militant Islamic fascism.  Unfortunately, do to a series of blunders and piss-poor planning on the part of the administration, we find ourselves in the situation we are today, where an operation that should have taken two or three years is going to take ten years or more. 

This is probably the biggest thing that has soured me on Bush.  It’s not Bush the man or Bush’s ideas, it’s Bush as a leader.  The guy is just totally fucking incompetent.  Conversely, Bill Clinton was a man who had few ideas or goals I agreed with, but as a president and a leader, Clinton was vastly superior to Bush.  It’s just so sad that, at a time when the GOP was ascendent in American politics and had the momentum of a freight train, the reins were handed to someone as totally unprepared for them as George W. Bush.

As I’ve said before, I wish McCain had become president.  He’s a better man and would have made a better leader.

Posted by Lee on 04/13/06 at 10:31 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Hot Piece of Iraqi Ass
by Lee

The Religion of Peace™ doesn’t like beauty contests, either.

Iraq’s newly crowned beauty queen, Tamar Goregian, has decided to step down—just four days after her election, making this the shortest reign in the pageant’s 60-year history.

On April 9, the 23-year-old, who was the first Armenian Iraqi to win the Miss Iraq pageant, announced her resignation after receiving threats by a group of religious extremists who referred to her as “the queen of infidels” for participating in the contest.

The pageant director said: “I respect her decision. The country is undergoing rough times, and we understand her desire to protect herself and her family.”

This was the first time since the U.S.-led war against Iraq that the pageant was held on Iraqi soil. The last time this pageant was held here was in 2002. Since then, Iraqi exiles had been forced to hold the contest in Kenya where a wealthy Iraqi businessman funded the event.

You can say what you like about Christian fundamentalists, but ain’t none of them threatening to execute Miss USA.

Posted by Lee on 04/13/06 at 08:59 AM in The Religion of Peace™  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Same Old Song and Dance
by Lee

Ugh.  What a complete douchebag.

Dave Chappelle says in a new interview that he had several reasons for walking away from his cult-fave “Chappelle’s Show”—and a deal worth more than $50 million.

His decision to leave the Comedy Central series last May led fans and industry executives to question his motives, and his sanity.

But in a 10-page spread in the Esquire magazine arriving Saturday, he says he closed “Chappelle” for reasons cultural, professional and personal.

Culturally: “The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that’s familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?”

Professionally: “I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn’t necessarily feel like I wanted.”

Personally: “The thing about show business is that, in a way, it forces dysfunctional relationships in people.”

Yeah, it’s always whitey, isn’t it?  Why not go to BET?  That’s a black station, run by black people.  The CEO of Time Warner is black.  Or is blaming whitey just a convenient excuse for Dave Chappelle not being able to handle the pressure?

Posted by Lee on 04/13/06 at 08:56 AM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Heads In the Sand
by Lee

I just watched tonight’s South Park episode.  Absolutely their best politically-themed episode, and they made some great digs at Family Guy.  Fucking priceless stuff.

Posted by Lee on 04/13/06 at 01:16 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Firing Rummy
by Lee

I’ve been saying it for a year or so now, and I’m not alone.  Rumsfeld must go.

The retired commander of key forces in Iraq called yesterday for Donald H. Rumsfeld to step down, joining several other former top military commanders who have harshly criticized the defense secretary’s authoritarian style for making the military’s job more difficult.

“I think we need a fresh start” at the top of the Pentagon, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005, said in an interview. “We need leadership up there that respects the military as they expect the military to respect them. And that leadership needs to understand teamwork.”

Batiste noted that many of his peers feel the same way. “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense,” he said earlier yesterday on CNN.

Batiste’s comments resonate especially within the Army: It is widely known there that he was offered a promotion to three-star rank to return to Iraq and be the No. 2 U.S. military officer there but he declined because he no longer wished to serve under Rumsfeld. Also, before going to Iraq, he worked at the highest level of the Pentagon, serving as the senior military assistant to Paul D. Wolfowitz, then the deputy secretary of defense.

Batiste said he believes that the administration’s handling of the Iraq war has violated fundamental military principles, such as unity of command and unity of effort. In other interviews, Batiste has said he thinks the violation of another military principle—ensuring there are enough forces—helped create the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal by putting too much responsibility on incompetent officers and undertrained troops.

If Bush has any integrity as president he’ll ask for, and accept, Rumsfeld’s resignation.  As soon as possible, before Rummy alienates every senior person in the Pentagon.  I think he’s done a lot of good as far as modernizing the military, but other than that he causes more harm than good.  He’s got to go.

Posted by Lee on 04/12/06 at 10:34 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Fun On Campus
by Lee

According to liberals, this is hate speech and should be banned on campus.

Ruth Malhotra went to court last month for the right to be intolerant.

Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she’s a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation.

Malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. So she’s demanding that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.

With her lawsuit, the 22-year-old student joins a growing campaign to force public schools, state colleges and private workplaces to eliminate policies protecting gays and lesbians from harassment. The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality, anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open their membership to all.

According to liberals, this is a perfectly acceptable example of free speech.

Four military recruiters hastily fled a job fair Tuesday morning at UC Santa Cruz after a raucous crowd of student protesters blocked an entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up information tables.

Members of Students Against War, who organized the counter-recruiting protest, loudly chanted “Don’t come back. Don’t come back” as the recruiters left the hilltop campus, escorted by several university police officers.

“The situation had degraded to the point where there was a possibility of injury to either a student or law enforcement officer. We certainly didn’t want that to happen,’’ said Capt. Will Griffin, one of the Army recruiters.

Interesting.  Gay people are a class to be protected against even the whiff of scorn, but military recruiters can be threatened with physical violence and that’s just peachy.  Fucking liberals, I swear to God.

Posted by Lee on 04/12/06 at 01:47 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Science Trumps Superstition, Again
by Lee

Hot on the heels of the half fish/half reptile thing from the other day, we now see just the latest discovery to show just how monumentally full of shit creationism and intelligent design actually are.

The latest fossil unearthed from a human ancestral hot spot in Africa allows scientists to link together the most complete chain of human evolution so far.

The 4.2 million-year-old fossil discovered in northeastern Ethiopia helps scientists fill in the gaps of how human ancestors made the giant leap from one species to another.

That’s because the newest fossil, the species Australopithecus anamensis, was found in the region of the Middle Awash—where seven other human-like species spanning nearly 6 million years and three major phases of human development were previously discovered.

“We just found the chain of evolution, the continuity through time,” study co-author and Ethiopian anthropologist Berhane Asfaw said in a phone interview from Addis Ababa. “One form evolved to another. This is evidence of evolution in one place through time.”

You know, I almost feel sorry for the bastards.  Almost.

Posted by Lee on 04/12/06 at 01:44 PM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

60 Years of Nothing
by Lee

Let’s hear it for the world’s most useless court.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague, the UN’s highest legal body, marks its 60th anniversary Wednesday.

The world court has been a judicial forum for disputes between states since the end of World War II.

Court supporters say it is growing as a voice of impartial justice. Critics say it is powerless to impose its will.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will address the judges, Dutch royalty and diplomats at the ceremony marking the court’s anniversary.

It comes as the International Court of Justice hears one of its most important cases.

Bosnia has charged Serbia with the genocide of Muslims during the Bosnian war, and is seeking compensation that could amount to billions of dollars.

But the court has no powers of enforcement. Countries such as Iran and the United States have ignored its rulings in the past.

Ah, the BBC.  They have to lump Iran and the US in the same sentence, don’t they?  See, there’s this little problem which most Europeans don’t understand.  It’s the concept that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed.  In other words, power is not imposed from above, it is granted from below.  Therefore, unless the United States (or any other nation) agrees to be bound by the rulings of this ridiculous court, then the court has absolutely no power whatsoever.

The World Court.  Celebrating 60 years of total uselessness.  But it makes UN diplomats go all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it?

Posted by Lee on 04/12/06 at 08:28 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

A Tale of Two Dans
by Lee

Your government at work.

A Marine reservist returning home after eight months in Iraq was told he couldn’t board a plane to Minneapolis because his name appeared on a watch list as a possible terrorist.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Brown, who was in uniform and returning from the war Tuesday with 26 other Marine military police reservists, was delayed briefly in Los Angeles until the issue was cleared up.

The other reservists arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as scheduled, but instead of immediately meeting their families, they waited on a bus for Brown.

“We don’t leave anybody behind,” 1st Sgt. Drew Benson said. “We start together, and we finish together.”

Now, the author of the DaVinci Code is named Dan Brown.  He was in the news recently after traveling to the UK to testify in a lawsuit over his book, a suit he subsequently won.  Since he has the same name, how did he not end up getting detained?  Either the TSA didn’t do its job properly then, or it isn’t doing its job properly now.

Detaining a Marine.  These are the people who are supposed to protect us from terrorists.  We’re doomed.

Posted by Lee on 04/12/06 at 08:04 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Truth Comes Out
by Lee

Tonly Blair’s Labour government has finally admitted what everyone in America has known for years.  The Kyoto Treaty has been a dismal failure, and controlling greenhouse gases will require destroying the economy.

Four senior ministers today made one of the most embarrassing admissions of the Labour Government’s nine years in office - that the official policy for fighting climate change has failed.

Yet, as they did so, a group of MPs will offer a different way forward in the struggle to combat global warming, one which they think is the only alternative. It will mean turning established principles of British economic life upside down. It will mean sacrifices from everyone. Therefore, they say, it will have to be taken out of politics.

In The Independent today, their leader, Colin Challen, the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, sets out the case for abandoning the “business as usual” pursuit of economic growth, which has been the basis of Western economic policy for two hundred years. Instead, he says, we must concentrate our efforts on putting a limit on the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power stations and motor vehicles that are causing the atmosphere to warm.

To do this, Mr Challen and his colleagues believe, carbon will have to be rationed, for companies, individuals and, eventually, for countries. And only a full cross-party consensus would allow such a departure to be implemented without being destroyed by the political process.

Today, the group announces a climate change inquiry, inviting evidence from any interested parties, and readers of The Independent are invited to join in the debate. We will forward your responses to the committee.

The idea represents a radical rethink. Today the case for it will be dramatically illustrated as the Government admits that its Climate Change Programme Review, on which it has spent more than a year, will not deliver its key global warming target ­ to cut CO2 emissions to 20 per cent less than 1990 levels by 2010.

But wait, there’s more!

Yet the failure holds no mysteries for Mr Challen, the Labour MP for Morley and Rothwell. He points out that the Government’s policies, which are well-meant, are indeed lowering the carbon intensity of the economy. But the phenomenon of economic growth means that there are more and more plants, and the cuts are swamped by the growth. It is that growth which must be addressed.

“No amount of economic growth is going to pay for the cost of the damage caused by a new and unstable climate,” he said.

He says that the pursuit of growth, which essentially has not changed since Victorian times, is misleading, and the terms need to be redefined. Instead, we need a different policy which looks at how much carbon we can afford to emit. Some scientists think we should stabilise global atmospheric CO2 concentrations at between 450-550 parts per million to avoid dangerous climate change. Concentrations currently stand at just more than 380ppm, but are rising all the time.

“Domestically, we will need to introduce carbon rationing,” he said. “Individuals would get an allowance each year, which would gradually come down.”

There you have it, folks, in black and white.  If you like your standard of living, there’s no way to maintain it and meet these ridiculous emissions targets.

Posted by Lee on 04/11/06 at 11:59 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink
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