August 28th, 2007

yellow_elephant

So who was in charge????

I guess we are all pleased to learn
A military court Tuesday acquitted an Army officer of failing to control U.S. soldiers who abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but it found him guilty of disobeying an order not to discuss the abuse investigation.

Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was the only officer and the last of 12 defendants to go to trial in the 2003 Abu Ghraib scandal that embarrassed the Pentagon and shocked the Muslim world.
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The defense countered that Jordan was outside the command chain and therefore not responsible for the military intelligence soldiers who interrogated detainees and the military police who guarded them.

"There is no evidence of a failure to train and supervise, no evidence of failure to ensure compliance," Maj. Kris Poppe said in his closing for the defense.

Eleven enlisted soldiers have been convicted of crimes in connection the Abu Ghraib scandal. The longest sentence, 10 years, was given to former Cpl. Charles Graner Jr., of Uniontown, Pa., in January 2005. Lynndie England, who was an MP reservist from Fort Ashby, W. Va., and the most recognizable face from the Abu Ghraib photos, was sentenced to three years.

[ cf Split Verdict for Officer at Abu Ghraib ]
Hum....

Which chain of command were the enlisted personnel in???

Or is that the real problem here, there was, and is, no one in charge. No One who is accountable. No One who is responsible.... We're all just on the boat going up river.....

Col Kurtz, which Col Kurtz...

Or worse yet, are we just the Photojournalists, just snapping the Holiday Snaps....

Thank God Al Qaeda doesn't Surf....
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Why DO we have such a lame Evil Liberal Media MeatPuppet Konspirakii....

I mean, I presume you caugh the Evil Show Last Night as the Demonic Cosmic Zombie tried to eat up the moon??? But fortunately Dubya, armed with his Zel Miller Lazer Death Ray Sword flew up into the sky and did battle with the Evil Zombie and once again rescued america from the Iranianists and their Gay HomoZeXual Zombie Pirate Canadianist and their Moon Eating Galaxtic Zombies...

But why is it that the Evil Liberal Media MeatPuppets keep covering up all of the gooder news.
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Who Put The Dubya Back Into Treasuries???

Happy Gooder Economic News Kiddies!!!!

The T-Bills are flipping up on the Notes and Bonds....

Which should help bernanke a bit with something like defending the american dollar from sinking any more than it has done of late. But this also doesn't bode well for the 10 year doing the great growth that folks will want it to do so that the Collapse of the Housing Market will make affordable housing the old fashion way by making the price of a house associable with the real world that real people live in, and not some MTV 'Reality Realated Activities Programme'....
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Can The Christianists Be Far Away????

Granted, now that they all know that Romney cavorts with convicted preverts, as we all learned of the torrid and turgid background of HORROR in light of the Recent Senatorial Oppsie, we get the Happy News out of Turkey
A former Islamist was elected president of Turkey on Tuesday, breaking an 84-year grip on power by the secular establishment, and ushering a new Islamic middle class from Turkey's heartland into the center of the staunchly secular state.

Lawmakers approved Abdullah Gul, a 56-year-old economist, with 339 votes, far above the simple majority required in the 550-member Parliament. Two other candidates won another 83 votes. The party of the secular establishment boycotted the voting.

The vote ended several months of political standoff that began when the Turkish secular establishment and military panicked at the nomination of Gul, and blocked his candidacy in May, forcing a national election last month.

But Gul's party, Justice and Development, refused to back down, and his success Tuesday marks the first time in Turkish history that a party had prevailed against the military.
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"The boundaries have been expanded in favor of civilian democracy."
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The merchant class Gul comes from was kept out of power by the elite, and its backer, the military, which has ousted four elected governments since 1960.

[ cf New Turkish president breaks 84-year grip of secularists ]
Peace, Bliss, and Happineff!!!!!

Hey kids, what if we were to Free America from the Repression of the Evil Liberal Secularists.....

Ah how wonderful it would be no longer under the Iron Jack Boot of Hitlary and her Rad Femi Surf Nazi's and their Eco Terrorist Fellow Travelors!!!
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Talk About the Black Robed Judicial Tyranny of God Hating America Bashing....

The girl was taken into custody when her mother attempted suicide after moving to the US. Her father, Rafael Izquierdo, wants her to return to Cuba.

Florida officials argue she should stay with her wealthy foster parents, former baseball agent Joe Cubas and his wife.

The case has evoked memories of the highly publicised custody saga of Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez.

[ cf Cuba custody case before US court ]
Once More we see the Dark And Sinister Family Crushing Christian Persecuting Hand of Janet Reno as she goes Radically INSANE with the destruction of our white christian america simply because of her Gay HomoZeXual Zombie Pirate Canadianist Agenda!!!

CAN THERE BE ANY DOUBT!!!! That we must privatize Zombie Hunting to keep america safe???
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Those Damn Liberal WitchHunting God Hating America Bashers.....

Or something like that.... Now remind me again, who have been the traditional witch hunters???
"Let me be clear: I am not gay and never have been," said Craig, who has aligned himself with conservative groups who oppose gay rights.

With his wife by his side, Craig said he is the victim of a "witch hunt" conducted by the Idaho Statesman newspaper.

In pleading guilty, I overreacted in Minneapolis, because of the stress of the Idaho Statesman's investigation and the rumors it has fueled around Idaho," he said. "Again, that overreaction was a mistake, and I apologize for my misjudgment."

He added: "I should not have kept this arrest to myself, and should have told my family and friends about it. I wasn't eager to share this failure, but I should have done so anyway."

[ cf Craig: I did nothing 'inappropriate' in airport bathroom ]
Oh yeah....

I mean how "so Superman Returns" does a guy have to be, that, uh, he is not willing to come out of the closet to his family and friends about being persecuted in an Airport.... during the age of transferring the tax liability unto the unborn as a part of the Most Holy Of All Crusades ....

Oh dear.... PLEASE!!!! Mommy MAKE THE BAD MAN GO AWAY????

Can it be that this is really a queer cry to allow his inner Miss American Championship Contestant COME On Down!!!!

Or Out, or which ever...
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Snippets of InterOffice Warfare

A part of the Openning Salvo:
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5. Obviously some kind of reliable locking mechanism is a good thing to avoid repeating the many race condition issues we had in the past.

6. At some point it probably does make good sense to convert everything to a single storage methodology. I realize this contradicts my opening. I'm on drugs and can't sleep, so blow me.
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And as a part of the retaliation we have
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My core concern is not to make a leap to PostGres, unless we come up with a good argument to go there. Nor even for a singular data storage model - rather that we start working out what needs to be done and in which part of the process.

I personal feel no individual need to take the IndexHash out behind the building and
CLUB IT FLAT LIKE THE CUTE BABY SEAL IT IS!!!
Before ripping it's heart out and revitalizing my Vitamin B Complex with a fresh infusion.... Since that way would allow us to fully deprecate the Hash/StoredHash dope smoker's festival psychosis wing of the source code.
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DO NOT try this at home kids!!!!

These are Paid Professionals using the latest in Saskatcheuan Salmon Skin Safety Equipment!!!!
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And They Said Irony Was Dead....

On the heels of whether or not we have actually heard the last of war crimes trials related to the incidents at Abu Ghraib, never mind the still on going set of war crimes trials about other incidents of mishandling information containers that has lead to the loss of the container, we get the Joke of the week Whiner:
Yahoo has taken center stage in the legal, moral and ethical debate surrounding the accommodations that many companies are making to China's government in order to do business there. The search giant claims a U.S. court has no jurisdiction in the case of a Chinese man who was jailed and allegedly tortured for political reasons after Yahoo turned over his identifying information.
[ cf Yahoo: Torture Case Has No Place in American Courts ]
Got the Money Shot all over you there???

Or What???

Ah yes, how american it is to know that we are no longer quite as upset about how the torturing of dissidents was once considered an actually not-good thing, rising almost to the level of "very seriously injurous to the decorum" if not out and out right tacky....

But we are SOOOO Past all that now....

Ok, there is also the ongoing comedy that there is an actual debate on who should be the next Attorney General!!!! Now that AG AG has shown that merely being too cool for school is not enough to stay safe.

But do we REALLY need to have an Attorney General??? I mean seriously? What would this person do? It is clearly not like american law should be the law in america - so why not leave the office vacant and save the tax payer all of the pork that normally has to be doled out to fill the place with Opo Researchers who do not have the professional chops to get real jobs in the adult world....

I would anyone in america notice any change in which Gays were Outing Themselves in Which Airports???