November 20th, 2007

yellow_elephant

Are We There Yet???

I was reminded in my mind, after having an amusing chat about the film Redacted, that there was that story, that story that was so interesting and neat, by... And I had to ask. It was by Bruce Sterling, it is We See Thing Differently.

Given the current market event sequencing.... Hum...

Ok, so yes, prior to our successful air campaign against Iraq back in 1991, they had nearly a 90% literacy rate. Then we helped them achieve a 50% Literacy Rate, as we maintained both the very successful random air campaign, and the economic sanctions. Which of course has helped us breed more of THEM over there.

Hum, if you do not have a picture book guide to how the occupying forces will signal that one has to deal with the check point, in a country with 50% illiterate, who can not read the arabic, let alone, american lettering, and no one has validated what the actual hand signals are suppose to mean... is it any surprise that only 3% of those killed at checkpoints in Iraq in the first year, were, well, uh, insurgents...

Now don't get me wrong, but the so called "Coalition Provisional Authority", which was lawfully required to be the Occupying Power, was the so called civilian leadership cut out between the problems and the rest of the civilian leadership CONUS. What if they FAILED to comprehend their actual obligations???

What if a central part of the ongoing failure in Iraq has been the failure of the so called Civilian Component of the process, that thought that this was going to be just one more welfare state hand out, where they could be the next Brownie, doing a Heck Of A Job, with, well, no actual personal responsibility to deliver on the goods....

Thank GOD we got us that 'war stuff' so that we can go on being more at war than ever before....

And it is not really like anyone has to worry, since it is not like any of the dead really matter!!!! I mean that has to be one of the most comical parts of Baba O'Reilly's Rant - he is all upset about how bad evil liberal hollywood folks want to show pictures of dead american troops.... And what is it that is actually the real show at the end of Redacted???

Dead Unarmed Women and Children, as well as other civilians.

But I guess in Baba O'Reilly Land it doesn't really matter, since THEY are all THEM, you know, not like Baba O'Reilly or his kind. Since well, they are in the rear with the beer, rather than following their rhetorical posturing into and engagement with reality.....

What if there is MORE than one way We See Thing Differently???

What if the Pro-War Crowd had to live near their rhetorical posturing....

You know, be able to differenciate between dead civilian and dead troops...

Hum, maybe even be able to think about the consequences of their actions - and well, gosh the actions of their civilian representations, and their so called positons....
yellow_elephant

Seriously Stoopid Process Models!!!!

Hello!!! NONE of them were Gay!!! So Get Over It!!!
A House subcommittee grilled the federal and state commanders in charge of handling the oil spill in San Francisco Bay and, unhappy with the responses, announced Monday they would seek a new probe by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security.

The subcommittee members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, were particularly concerned when they heard that the National Transportation Safety Board investigation could take a year. It is imperative, they said, that problems with the emergency response be identified immediately so solutions can be found before the next disaster.

"I wasn't satisfied with the answers or the path that we were on," Pelosi said after the three-hour hearing in the Presidio held by the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

[ cf Legislators to seek Homeland Security probe of spill ]
Hello!!!

WAKE UP FRUIT BATS!!!!

The Department of Homeland Security is for protecting us from the Gay HomoZeXuals who are trying to destroy our white christian america!!! It is not their responsiblity to maintain the livability of persons who do not live in god's elect enclaves, that are free From the Gay HomoZeXual Pirate Zombie Canadianist Onslaught!!!!

I mean, what will it take congress to understand that we are in a time of Transfering the tax liabilities unto the unborn baby jesus, and not about trying to take care of any special interest group that is trying to make a living as working class members of the small business community, that is the fishing industry, and all of those jobs that are tied up in having open beaches and wharfside areas, free from the globby GOO of oil that should have made it to the refinery so that starving Corporate Executives would be able to let Muffy and Buffy go on happy holidays to beachs where there are none of the dangerous toxic chemicals, and are also clear of the growing Gay HomoZeXual Threat!!!

I mean folks really have to put things back into their actual perspectives, and none of that shilly shally left coast wimp liberal San Francisco Whining about the importance of solid economic issues... Clearly if the Unborn Baby Jesus had meant that there were economic issues in this matter, then there would have been a clearly obvious divine sign as to whom the Gay HomoZeXuals were, and why we had to stop them with more tax cuts as required by Faith Based Economics!!!

So remember, Vote BushCheney2008, or the Terrorists and their Gay HomoZeXual Fellow Travellors with their Reality Based Economics will continue to threaten to destroy our White Christian America!!!
yellow_elephant

Amusing Moments in Epistemology...

Ah yes, one of my friends asserted:
Be that as it may, I am in complete agreement with Berkowitz on the following point: Hatred tends to obscure reason. The issue is not whether any of us like or dislike Bush or to what degree we may have these feelings, but rather to what degree we let those irrational feelings cloud our judgment, good sense, and impartiality. 'Tis something to bear in mind...
( email about The Insanity of Bush Hatred )
which on it's surface is mostly reasonable.

But what will it take for these great true believers to grow the courage of their convictions and rant about, well,
The Insanity of Blind Loyalty To Great Leader Based Upon The Argument From Intelligent Design
- and hence attempt to do more than marginalize any dissent against folly!!!!

What adds the special value here is that these same fruitBats are unwilling to follow the "logic" of all of their arguments, as a conjealing mass of Turkey Fat, and openly support BushCheney2008, since of course, we are a nation that is at least as at war as when the Clintons were in office, and we all understand that the second attack on the world trade center must have been some sort of extra special wake up call that the nation was still at least as much as at war as it had been prior to the 2nd attack on the world trade center. Thus it clearly follows that in a time of being at least as much as at war as the prior time, that the president acquires at least the extra special powers that are consistent with a president who is in a time of being at least as at war as before!!! Thus since these extra special powers allow all sorts of extra special authority above and beyond the constitution of the united states of america, because the nation is at least as much at war as before, then why would anyone expect that the 22nd Ammendment were any more in force as any of the other ammenements, or any of the traditions of constitutional law, that must be set aside in a time of being at least as much at war as before, so as to not stab the troops in the back!!! Since being at least as at war as before, there are the needs to have the clear and compelling logic of the consistency of command, and since the democrats got that have FDR for more than two mere terms, then of course that means that in all fairness the GOP should be allowed to have at least one, if not more, presidents in the current, at least as much as at war as before, rule for more terms than FDR got, or it would just not be fair!!!!

And if the NeoConClownCarCrew has been anything, it has been about the IMPORTANCE OF FAIRNESS!!!! and how the courts must protect us from the sort who would sleep under bridges, since, well, the law prevents the Unpleasant, as well as the proper, from sleeping under bridges, hence, anyone who will not support BushCheney2008 are stabing our troops in the back as traitors engaged in the treason of not supporting the current manifestation of being at least as at war as the nation had been under the clintons, because those types are unreasonable and are not at all nice, and want to force people to sleep under bridges like Trolls!!!

Clearly if we are allowed to torture some more folks, some of whom might know something, about at least something, then this will stop those who Oppose BushCheney2008, and this torturing of folks is always allowed in a time of being at least as at war as before, since, well, without torturing, the folks who sleep under the bridge might rise up to take away our beds!!! Thus the problem with bad people is that they allow their irrational hatred to over ride the well formed irrational arguments that are patriotically and loyally put forward by people who are no longer victimized by mere reasonability!!! Thus those who oppose Great leader remain the sick minded types who need to be institutionalized until they understand that reasoning has no place in a time of being at least as much at war as before, because we must have More Tax Cuts or the scary things that come out at night from under the bridges will return and once again destroy the world trade center as they did on the first and second attacks on the world trade center!!!!

But do the pro-bridge faction of liberalism care about the GRAVE THREAT that bridges cause all true americans? That they must decide which is more important!!! Winning the at least as much as at war as before, or their irrational and insane fetish for bridges!!!!

Clearly IF you are not voting BushCheney2008 then you are in bed with the troll under the bridge in some irrational sexual preversion because you do not accept that we are at least as much at war as we have always been before!!!!

So yes. The day I hear some wanker sober up and argue that mere blind loyalty in great leader is a not so gooder appraoch, because of it's actual abandonment of reasoning, I may be able to take seriously the concern of some of these folks, that they are not merely fearful of the troll under the bridge...

Even worse, when they notice that it is known as the 'bridge of the nose' and that means that there could well be trolls under that too.....
yellow_elephant

Today In Law Court Post Surrealism....

Hey Kids, should we be allowed to use "State Secrets" when playing with Fraud Gambolling??? I mean this tasty bit is fresh in from Uncle jakeinhartsel where he was amused by
The country's top intelligence officer has joined the fray in a civil fraud case against former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio and four other former company officials.
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In documents from a separate criminal case, Nacchio suggested that the NSA sought phone, Internet and other customer records from Qwest in early 2001. When he refused to hand over the information, the agency retaliated by not granting lucrative contracts to the Denver-based company, he claimed.

Monday's filing states that Nacchio, former Qwest president Afshin Mohebbi, former chief financial officer Robert Woodruff and former accountant James Kozlowski intend to seek information related to classified and potential contracts with intelligence agencies.

They, along with former accountant Frank Noyes, are accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of fraudulently booking $3 billion in revenue from 1999 to 2002. Qwest later restated much of that revenue.

"Much of the information defendants seek is classified because its disclosure would cause serious, and in some instances, exceptionally grave harm to national security," Justice Department attorneys wrote.

The attorneys specifically noted in their filing an unclassified contract called "Groundbreaker," which was the NSA's effort to outsource certain information-technology work. Nacchio has contended that the NSA made its request for customer records at a meeting he had with the agency to discuss Groundbreaker.

[ cf Nacchio: Use of state secrets fought
The nation's top intelligence officer files a notice that says disclosure of government contracts could harm the U.S.
(emphasis mine) ]
Hum... which out sourcing problem here???

Ah yes, is the problem here that unlike in prior times of being more at war than ever before there were clear rules of engagement about what parts of the criminal conduct could be outsourced, and what had to absolutely stay 'in house' - you know, for reasons of national security....

Yes, I am also willing to entertain 'grey mailing' charges here - but that would mean that the freaks who want to play that card, were, uh, willing to make the process of 'grey mailing' harder to create, by making the underlying criminal conduct harder for the government to engage in!!!!

But that would of course mean limiting the government to being lawful good, and well, restoring the dignity to the unified executive, that can only be done, by mandating that all the true patriotic americans vote BushCheney2008, to keep those Evil Liberals who are merely motivated by blind greed, and not by personal loyalty to Great Leader, from being their Evil Liberalistical Market Economics to bear on the process of providing a market based price for graft and corruption.

Are YOU dong your part to stop graft and corruption by Voting BushCheney2008?

Or are you on the side of the Satanists who irrationally fail to accept total blind loyalty to Great Leader!!!

Besides if the unborn baby jesus had meant you to get a no-bid contract, then that too would be a biblically literal interpretation of the divination of whom ever we tortured last....
yellow_elephant

Some Jokes Are Funnier Than Others....

as one of my evil liberal friends note, somethings just have to survive the laugh test, and some just do not:
“The reason I lodged the appeal,” he said again, “is because I have been detained without trial for 8 years, 6 months and 10 days already.”

This detention, most of it in a military jail before the special tribunal was created last year with the assistance of the United Nations, was the basis for the assertion by his lawyer, Kar Savuth, that his human rights had been violated, “even if he was not beaten or tortured.”

A ripple of laughter ran through the Cambodian spectators, who were watching the proceedings on giant screens in an auditorium next to the cramped pretrial chamber.

“This is Cambodian style, they laugh,” said Kek Galabru, the founder of Licadho, a major local human rights group. “It’s too much for them because they know that when he was torturing Cambodians there was no talk about the human rights of the victims. Even me, when I hear that, I laugh.”

At least 14,000 people were tortured under Duch’s orders at Tuol Sleng prison, also known as S-21, and sent to the killing fields. Only a handful are known to have survived.
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Converted in 1996 by American evangelical missionaries, Duch has become a born-again Christian, apparently ready to confess his sins. When he was discovered in 1999 by journalists he admitted at length to ordering and taking part in atrocities. Comparing himself to St. Paul, he told the journalists, “After my experience in life I decided I must give my spirit to God.”

[ cf Khmer Rouge Figure Appears in Open Court ]
For those who may not be old enough, they may need to return back to the day....

When the Evil God Hating America Bashing North Vietnamese Army invaded Peace Loving Kampuchea, to impose the brutal and vindictive, Stalinist Hegomony upon our most favored friends in the Khmer Rouge, who were of course the cause celebre of our most favored trading partner China.... So yes, some of the long and ugly political wanking that ran through the fun of watching the american government 'back' the Pol Pot Regime, who were the lawful UN Seat Holders, has been a part of the crisis here...

So that we are clear, I have no argument with the appeal that Duch makes, since it is well within the standards of a free society and must be respected as such. That it is comedic in the context is a safer way of addressing that there SHOULD be clear and compelling distinctions between those who support the destruction of the rule of law, and those seeking to improve that process and refine it for the freedom and justice for all!

I would recommend to folks Crimes of War 2.0 as well as the Crimes of War organization. Since the former will help so many folks who did not grow up on FM 27-10 ( in pdf from afsc.army.mil ) as a part of their base readings on 'the laws of land warfare'. ( you may also want to scope out Military Law References from loc.gov ) and then start to wonder which way SHOULD americans be heading in terms of their discussions about the so called laws of land warfare?

Should we be striving for a unified theory?

Or the exemption based system in which the Divine Rights as passed out by Great Leader, helps the rest of the world understand that WE really do see things differently, that we no longer recognize any rule of law but the law of Great Leader!!!

We may someday want to know that the rule of law is still useful.

I can understand for those who are planning to join whatever Stasi will be when 'they' over run america, that it is not like they have to worry about any of this 'treatment of prisoners' - since, it is not like they will ever be the GI's on the ground who get trapped, like the russians did in 1941. Ah yes, and the love and mercy that was offered them, since the russians were no longer 'signators' to the geneva convention, so it was OK to just string bobwire and leave those not really POW's on the inside to find as best they could...

Besides, in these times of being almost as if we were at least as much as at war as before, it is not like any americans would really be upset that any American GI's would be tossed into concentration camps rather than being sent to POW Camps...

Would this be a bad time to remind folks
Although the first prisoners at Majdanek were Russian Prisoners of War, who were transferred from a barbed wire enclosure at Chelm, the camp soon became a detention center for Jews after the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" was planned at the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942. Mass transports of Jews began arriving at the Majdanek camp, beginning in April 1942, during the same time period that Auschwitz was also being converted to an extermination camp for Jews.

Among the inmates, according to the Museum guidebook, were a few American Prisoners of War.

[ cf Majdanek Death Camp ]
Things are tough all over.

So before anyone hops on that to run away with their ideology, do first read Victims of Yalta, by Nikolai Tolstoy and maybe, gosh, golly, who knows, maybe we can get serious about what DO we as people really want in the way of dealing with both a Theory of Peace, but also a theory of what human rights might mean.....

And yes, for the whiners, try to remember that the phrase
We hold these truths to be self evident...
IS either an assertion to a universiality of nature, above and beyond the mere nationalism of which political leaders one had to pay off, or the founding fathers were far CREEPIER than we should be so impolite to talk about in polite, and proper, society.

We can only hope that at some day, we will be able to get both Peace And Freedom, as well as Justice for all...

Some folks may want to make sure that they are not stabbing the troops in the back by taking dangerously popular, but totally wacky posuer posturing on why we can not have law in these at least as at war as before times....
yellow_elephant

But will they restore our god given right to RPG's and AAA and ATGM's?

Ok, so yes, the liberal gun grabbing NRA whiners may feel warm and safe that the Founding Father's really meant to protect their personal choice in sports, but will they really be interested in the technical bits?
The Supreme Court agreed today to consider an issue that has divided politicians, constitutional scholars and ordinary citizens for decades: whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual right to “keep and bear arms.”

The justices agreed to hear an appeal from the District of Columbia, whose gun-control law — one of the strictest in the nation — was struck down by the lower federal courts earlier this year. The case will probably be argued in the spring.
...
The Second Amendment, surely one of the most disputed passages in the United States Constitution and one whose punctuation is not always rendered consistently, states this in its entirety: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Supreme Court has never directly addressed the basic meaning of that passage. When it last considered a Second Amendment case, in 1939, it addressed a somewhat peripheral question, holding that a sawed-off shotgun was not one of the “arms” that the Founding Fathers had in mind.

[ cf Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Gun Control Case ]
I mean, who can actually live without a nicely armed cache of RPG's, AAA, ( which will need variable fuzed ordnance ) and the fun loving family friendly nothing says loving like an ATGM!!!!

Or is this just more of the same old whining liberal assault on our white christian america by the same evil black robed judicial tyrannts engaged in excessive judicial legislation from the bench who are not going to allow the civil court prosecution of the traitors who engage in unamericanism by not openly embracing the true freedom of BushCheney2008, and want to allow the mere mortal law of men to be raised above the divine will!!

Oh yes, and they do not support the extra special rights that the unborn baby jesus gives to Great Leader!!!

So why does anyone care what those evil rat bastard radical hard left wing wankers say about gun control when the bible is clear that Jesus meant for everyone to have the Christian RPG's that bring the holy explosions unto the sinners and unbelievers!!!