Monthly Archives: July 2006

Israelites go home

Admittedly this is a picture of Tel Aviv residents protesting their nation’s militant actions against Lebanon and gathering to offer a prayer for peace.   On another level, is it also a picture of fair-skinned westerners on a Middle Eastern … Continue reading

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A prayer for Fidel Castro and the Cuban people

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Mel Gibson in vino veritas

Was Mel Gibson speaking his mind when he was pulled over for drunk driving? No doubt he was. In Vino Veritas. It wouldn’t be in Latin if it weren’t true. Discounting some of the vociferous hyperbole owed to his drunken … Continue reading

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Middle East sibling rivalry no holds barred

Can I explain the current cataclysm in Lebanon? The media doesn’t want to do it. Unfortunately for them, it’s becoming a simpler story at each denouement. Here’s an interesting overview: Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land. And here’s a chronology … Continue reading

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What happens after you drink the Kool-aid

Drinking the Kool-aid is an interesting illustration, a cliche to lampoon those who do not question what their leaders tell them.   To drink Kool-aid at all seems stupid enough, but do we forget Jonestown, Guyana and what was in … Continue reading

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Hezbolla is HizbAllah

Hizb’Allah means the Party of God. The party of Allah. The allegiance to god is clear in the spelling Hizb’Allah. This is the way Moslems spell it, this is how al-Jazeera spells it. Even Hizballah or Hezballah is more clear. … Continue reading

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Medical malreporting

I heard a report the other day about the new medicare prescription drug benefit choices and the donut hole trap for for many seniors. Weak as the various plans are, several of them have lapses of coverage. You’re covered for … Continue reading

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Israel promises to retaliate 10 to 1

In the days when Hitler occupied Europe, the Nazis had a problem with insurgency. At that time it was called the resistance. Resistance fighters, usually ordinary civilians, conducted espionage, acts of sabotage and executions of collaborators or Germans when they … Continue reading

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Cheyenne Mountain Pier 13

This is a building located over two thousand miles from any major body of water. It’s known that the US Navy conducts strategic command operations in the Rocky Mountains, usually in association with NORAD. This might be where they dock … Continue reading

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Syntax

Does less have one fewer syllable than fewer or one less? Is it shrink-wrapped or shrunk-wrap?

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Reframing Iraq War My Bad

Bill Clinton, speaking in support of Neocon Democrat Joe Lieberman, attempted to bridge the gap by saying, “It doesn’t matter whether one supported the Iraq war or not, the question is what do we do now?” We’re hearing that kind … Continue reading

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Inured to war crime.

In a recent harder-than-usual puff piece report, the Stars and Stripes described a day of hunting insurgents in Fallujah.   Nevermind that Fallujah was supposed to have been pacified, razed to the ground more precisely, and barricaded to such an … Continue reading

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Shit hits fan writ American War Crime

US servicemen are escaping charges of murder in court because they can claim they were following orders. Actually, their official Rules Of Engagement: “Kill all military age males.”   Kill all military age males?! That’s an actual ROE? That’s a … Continue reading

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Shit hits fan writ in Hebrew

Israel is delivering a lot of shit into the fan, and the US is shoveling to resupply them as fast as we can. The world wants an immediate cease-fire but the US objects because we say Hizb’Allah [Hezbollah] will not … Continue reading

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Shit hits fan writ large

It’s a hot summer this year, isn’t it? Record-breaking temperatures on this continent and others. Record number of wild fires. Is this global warming? Can’t blame it on an isolated El Nino this time. Polar ice is melting and finally … Continue reading

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Tree rings for skeptics of science

Whenever there is talk about the age of mankind, or the solar system, or the universe, a friend of mine delights in adding, “IN THEORY.” If the calculations denote an earthly past beyond the scale of a Creationist’s 7,000 year … Continue reading

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Bush the yapping idiot

In Al Gore’s film AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, much is made of Gore’s new found demeanor. Yes he’s a lot smoother and passionate. It helps that the camera captures him more intimately, and that he had directorial control over how he … Continue reading

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Chain emails and Saint George

About this time each year for some reason, a certain friend of mine gets into a panic and passes on chain emails in renewed hope that she will come into money. Last year she sent everyone the It-Really-Works-Bill-Gates-Will-Pay-You-$275K email. A … Continue reading

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Impeachment prospects

The problem with impeachment is that Republicans control the houses which possess the power to initiate articles of impeachment. There are a number of offenses for which Bush could be run out of office, there are 4 or 17 listed … Continue reading

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World Trade Center vs. Silent Partner

WORLD TRADE CENTER, Oliver Stone’s sentimental take on 9/11 heroism comes out this summer. I have nothing against a story which describes the travails of two New York City cops and their families caught up in the World Trade Center … Continue reading

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Zidane is not a son of a Harki

Harki is Algerian for collaborator. Zenedine Zindane has publically refutted the accusation before.   “Zizou” Zidane could not even speak the word on TV when asked what taunt had provoked his now infamous headbutt in the last ten minutes of … Continue reading

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Fawcett hole-in-the-head

Of what good is another pro-war politician, be he a Republican or a Democrat? Colorado Springs congressional candidate Jay Fawcett is a revolving-door military contractor who is unapologetic about what the US is doing in Iraq. We’ve already got plenty … Continue reading

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G-8 souvenir t-shirt

Complimentary t-shirt souvenirs for each world leader photographed next to Bush.

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Who are the unlawful combatants?

Who are the combatants fighting an illegal war? It’s US. The entire of the world, not including the Murdoch NewsCorp empire of Britain, Australia and the US, have declared the Iraq War to have been an illegal act of agression. … Continue reading

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What can be done?

Knee-jerk patriots accuse critics of US actions of having nothing to suggest by way of alternatives. Indeed pseudo-rivals like the Democrats aren’t speaking any differently than the GOP. But the answers have been out there and they are quite simple. … Continue reading

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