Saturday, August 9, 2008
And if, two years later, continued protection required moving the archives to the U.S., that should have been a job for the U.S. National Archives in a formal agreement with the new government of Iraq, not a deal between Makiya's foundation and a private American institution. Private individuals and organizations simply do not have the legal standing to gather up governmental records and ship them out of the country.The hell they don't under the current admin. It's every weasel-dicked mofo for hisse'f, & devil take the hindmost. Once more of us on the left begin to internalize this attitude ( You can bet your booties that The Editor here is only biding his time, 'cause that attitude is well entrenched w/ him) the rabid weasels had better start watching their pasty-white asses, 'cause there's much revenge to be had & much justice to be administered.
If the Hoover Institution continues to refuse the Iraqi government's demand for return of the archives, the U.S. government, which improperly gave Makiya permission to collect and remove the documents, ought to insist that those records belong to the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government. It's up to the Iraqis to decide what to do with them.Yeah, like the Iraqis are supposed to have any control over our colony. Where's that cheap oil & the money from it, by the way? Are they holding out on us? Better not be!
Friday, August 8, 2008
In May 2008, Joshua Kucera said South Ossetia is "perhaps the closest you can get today to experiencing the old Soviet Union, as well as a good place to get the flavor of a good old-fashioned, Cold-War-style proxy war between the United States and Russia." His dispatch from Tskhinvali is reprinted here.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Georgia of driving people from their homes. “We are receiving reports that a policy of ethnic cleansing was being conducted in villages in South Ossetia, the number of refugees is climbing, the panic is growing, people are trying to save their lives,” he said. Georgia has allied itself with the West and is pushing for membership in NATO, a bid strongly backed by the Bush administration. It lies at the heart of a region emerging as a vital energy transit route. World distracted by Olympics? The fighting broke out when much of the world’s attention was focused on the start of the Olympic Games and many leaders were on their way to Beijing. Saakashvili, who insists his government’s military action was provoked, noted the timing in an interview with CNN. “Most decision makers have gone for the holidays,” he said. “Brilliant moment to attack a small country.”Sounds smart to us. Looks like it's working, because Bush & Pito Putin met earlier today, w/ little success on Bush's part.
BEIJING - President Bush blended political messages for China and Russia with high fives and hugs for American athletes Friday as the first U.S. president to attend an Olympics abroad. Before settling in for the opening hoopla of fireworks and acrobats, Bush took another swipe at China's human rights record and spoke with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about fighting in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Russia sent tanks in after Georgian troops launched a military offensive Friday to retake control of South Ossetia.Bush and Putin discussed the situation at a luncheonfor world leaders hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao, said Gordon Johndroe, a Bush spokesman, without giving details. Bush talked a little louder in Thailand, but it is well known what size stick he carries.
What are the risks of a wider regional conflict?, The risks here are great. With casualties to Russia’s peacekeeping force and attacks on Georgian territory beyond the conflict zone, we are already seeing the potential for this to spin into a larger, Russian-Georgian conflict. In addition, many of Russia’s unstable Caucus [sic] regions — Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan — are nearby and could see a spillover of violence into their regional conflicts.Putin (or his figurehead, Medvedev) sound about as smart as G. W(orst) Bush, & his little pals, don't they? Just go stumbling into a smaller, weaker country, don't plan for anything beyond the day after tomorrow (if that far) & then act really surprised when things don't go just as you didn't plan. We wonder if any of these other "unstable Caucasus regions" have any left over/behind Soviet nukes?
There are already more Chinese living in Nigeria than there were Britons during the height of the empire. In similar hubs in cities from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Dakar and Casablanca, the decade-long project known playfully as "ChinAfrica" is exploding the old economic order.Yikes. We lose again.
Bilateral friendships have bloomed along with African pagodas, as 48 of the 53 African governments have broadened or initiated ties with China's juggernaut economy. Angola has become China's No. 1 source for imported oil, having surpassed Saudi Arabia in 2006. Sudan is also a leading energy partner. Mozambique and Zambia provide timber and copper. As China seeks to play in the Middle East, Egypt is an essential political ally, while in eastern Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia are important hubs for commerce and foreign relations.
China's expanding footprint across Africa has raised hackles, both on the continent and in the West. China's indifference to human rights, labor and environmental standards—a tense component of many Western business agreements—is proudly ignored on the continent. And China has displayed a brash willingness to cozy up to and deal with despotic and corrupt governments—chief among them, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe and the genocidal regime in Khartoum.[...] Most of the world wants to know how China does it, says David Shinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, who is writing a book on Sino-African relations. The formula, he says, is simple: "One, they take greater business risk, and two, they don't attach the political conditions that the West tends to impose." Indeed, China's remarkable control of its private sector is a clear advantage when it comes to partnerships with less economically sophisticated nations. Eight hundred Chinese companies have set up shop in Africa, and some giants, like Sinopec and Chongqing Telecom in addition to Huawei, have at times operated at a short-term loss (underwritten, naturally, by the Chinese government). [...] It's easy to see why detractors call this deal the "Chinese Takeout." They fear that resource-rich nations like the DRC will industrialize, expand and develop economically—and only then realize that brokers sold the farm for beans in 2008. Already, all but 13 of the nations in Africa are running trade deficits with China. To move from the pocket of imperialists to the pocket of a rights-averse patron state is hardly a step forward for the young governments of the continent. But, as Shinn notes, "I'm not sure that the DRC had much choice…. For a deal this big, it was either go with China or take an arrangement that would have had so many conditions attached to it, it would have been unacceptable."
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Another Surprise (If You've Been Living Under A Rock for the Last Seven Yrs.; If You're a Bush Supporter/Believer, That's Only To Be Expected
The author writes that Bush’s action is “one of the greatest lies in modern American political history” and suggests it is a crime of greater impact than Watergate. But the White House is denying the allegations, calling the book “absurd” and charging that Suskind practices “gutter journalism.”The author is a "Pulitzer Prize winner." Isn't "Pulitzer" a Jew name too? If it isn't, it should be.
Suskind quotes Rob Richer, the CIA’s Near East division head, as saying that the White House simply ignored the Habbush report and informed British intelligence that they no longer wanted Habbush as an informant.Yep, his trigger finger was itchy from the git-go. And he took his shot when Bin Laden gave him an opening. Bush might as well have taken his itchy trigger finger & personally shot all four thousand plus dead Americans, as well as the thousands more wounded or maimed for life, not to mention the millions of dead, maimed, & internally or externally displaced Iraqis. Except that he's a bully & a coward. Vincent Bugliosi is right. Not that you'll find any reference to his book anywhere in the Media of Mass Deception.
“Bush wanted to go to war in Iraq from the very first days he was in office. Nothing was going to stop that,” Richer is quoted in the book.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Commit hit & run, die in agony. It's called justice. This time justice is meted out to Catholic columnist Robert Novak, whose sins were not limited to hit & run. Remember when he stormed off the set of a CNN program, & said dirty words besides? It's as if he's had a tumor pressing on vital parts of his brain for quite some time, destroying whatever parts of his humanity & decency that Catholicism didn't get to. Well, we won't have
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Political columnist Robert Novak, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor a week ago, said on Monday his prognosis was "dire" and announced his immediate retirement.Anyone as rabid as he should have been checked for brain tumors twice a month, at least since his column started appearing & it could have been determined that his brain wasn't working so well.
"The details are being worked out with the doctors this week, but the tentative plan is for radiation and chemotherapy," the 77-year-old writer said on the Web site of the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper that is home to his column.
MSNBC claims that the victim of his hit & run was homeless. We'll guess His Majesty, the Prince of Darkness, didn't feel it was worth stopping for someone who wouldn't be able to sue him. We'd like to see him taken from his death bed & hauled into civil court while convulsing because his brain was being shoved into a corner of his skull by an ever-growing tumor. And we'd like to see the allegedly homeless victim be set up for life by Novak's estate.
Vicious, hateful, sentiments like that lead us directly to
Weasel Number Two (meant in every possible sense of the phrase) because that's the kind of shock value crap he deals in:
Mikey Weiner's lawsuit for copyright infringement against CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations, & since when is a religion supposed to have specific relations w/ a nation-state? Next we'll have a council on American-Leprechaun Relations, we suppose.) for an obviously "fair use" of a transcription of Weiner's radio program in an attempt to dredge funds from people stupid enough to believe that a seventh century rug-merchant named Muhammad was not a paranoid delusional schizophrenic hearing voices, but was receiving the hot poop on how to live from an invisible man in the sky, was thrown out of federal court last Fri. (Fri. being the Islamic "holy day," we suppose Mr. Weiner sees some conspiracy in that.)
Savage sued the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, for copyright infringement and racketeering late last year, claiming the group violated his rights by using a segment of his "Savage Nation" show in a letter-writing campaign to get advertisers to boycott the program. In the broadcast used by CAIR, Savage also called the Muslim holy book "a throwback document"
he called the Quran a "book of hate."
While Just Another Blog™ is in complete agreement w/ both of those incendiary statements, we hold that all religious books are filled w/ hate, & are certainly "throwbacks." Perhaps the silly Savage isn't aware that both the Torah & the New Testament are significantly older than the Muslim "Holy Book," therefore even greater throwbacks. (And they should all be thrown back, if you follow our drift.)
The biggest weasel action is this (Maybe Mikey should have been Numero Uno.):
In an interview with The Associated Press after he filed the lawsuit in December, Savage said he was referring to Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his violent brand of Islamic extremism in the broadcast, not about the religion in general.
Yes. we certainly heard a lot of qualifying, "only Ahmadinejad" in those statements.
Savage's attorney, Daniel Horowitz, told the San Francisco Chronicle he plans to file a new racketeering suit.
Mr. Savage Weiner, please, continue to beat your head against the wall, until it's as fugged up as Mr. Novak's. Thank you.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Stampedes at temples are not uncommon in India where thousands of people gather to pray during festivals. In 2005, about 265 pilgrims were killed in a stampede near a temple in the western state of Maharashtra.And about how many die in the hajj to Mecca each yr.? Not that we're complaining. The more dead believers, the better the world, in our not in the least humble opinion.
The United States, for instance, is on the verge of a potentially historic election, but it is the small shifts of fortune and accident that brought us to this pass. Of all the people blamed for the Iraq war and the failures of the Bush administration, the name of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rarely comes up. But maybe it should. Selig has held his job since 1992, but for several years he was technically the acting commissioner, a team owner merely caretaking the job while searching for a permanent replacement. George W. Bush, then part-owner of the Texas Rangers, was candid about his interest in the position. Selig dithered, Bush gave up and soon decided that politics might be a good alternative career.So if that old fool of a car dealer from Milwaukee had made up his mind, one way or another, we might not have had to suffer through the Worst Presidency Ever™, thousands of Americans might be alive or not permanently damaged, as well as hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, & the steroids mess in beisbol might have been avoided as well. Shit. Fuck you, Bud Selig!! Elements of Style©: Another noun turned into a fucking verb. "Caretaking" our ass.