Military madness 3/19/06

The disastrous consequences of George Bush's War on Iraq span virtually every aspect of modern life. A trillion dollar price tag. The destruction of America's moral standing in the world. And a professional military that is divided, demoralized and disgusted. While it is difficult to get good data about the opinions of active duty men and women - they are forbidden by law and discouraged in practice to criticize US policy - it is easy to see that there is growing disaffection among the ranks.


Myrtle beach online is reporting that protests in Fayetteville marking the Iraq war anniversary were more whimper than bang. This is probably as it should be. Protesters should be able to march in their own towns, but if at all possible they should avoid the appearance of blaming troops for our Government's war. And that might mean not protesting in Fayetteville, a town symbolic of the military in North Carolina.

Protesting foreign policy on the Army's doorstep is a lot like trying to get your Letter to the Editor published by giving it to the paperboy.

Sunday News Roundup

From The Washington Post: Lobbyists in Washington are already planning ways around new rules. Members of Congress running unopposed still spending large. French take to the streets to protest job descrimination. Haven't they heard of blogs? I just don't trust Rummy on his opinion of the war, do you?

From The New York Times: Torture of detainees by U.S. forces more widespread than first believed. Republicans in Congress add private pension plans to their growing pile of fuck ups.
Illinois primary elections are on Tuesday. Is it liberals or women the extremists don't want on the Supreme Court?

More news below the fold...

A Skunk By Any Other Name

Did you hear? The National Association of Scholars is asking the US Department of Education to strip the American Bar Association of its law school accrediting role. George Leef has this whole big thing about it up over at the Pope Center website. The beef is over diversity, which is a sticky wicket I'll avoid for now. I'll just add to the discussion something that George conveniently left out: the National Association of Scholars is a right-wing organization.

I know, the big puffy name "National Association of Scholars" sounds very reputable, and there are some very bright folks on their board of advisors, but they are nearly all far to the right of anything like the mainstream. It's a special-interest group.

Alleged Thief a "Helms Family" Favorite Son

Claude Allen, the former domestic policy advisor for President Bush and former staffer for Jesse Helms, was arrested recently on charges of theft. He allegedly purchased items ranging from $2.50 to $525 and after placing them in his car, returned to the store with his receipt and picked another off the shelf to return and receive a refund.

Republicans would have a field day if any other man stole items in this way. No excuse would be good enough because being poor, hungry or having been raised in a crime-ridden public housing neighborhood simply isn't an excuse. Having an addiction, illness or being homeless or cold, isn't a good enough excuse either.

More on the flip side

The cost of war

Nothing conceptual here. Just another disastrous economic fact to report. Dear Leader's war on terror is now costing $9.8 billion per month. That's right. Nearly $10 billion a month.

Best current predictions for the total cost? One fucking trillion dollars.

Scott Wallsten, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, put the direct cost to the United States at $212 billion as of last September and estimates a "global cost" of $500 billion to date with another $500 billion possible, with most of the total borne by the United States.


Sorry. Someone had to do it.

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The Stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!"

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."


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