Thursday, November 30, 2006

To Serve And Protect My Ass!


The United Nations has investigated 319 peacekeeping personnel for sexual abuse since 2004 and disciplined 179 soldiers, civilians and police but exploitation of minors and the poor persists, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday,

Sexual abuse charges have surfaced for decades in U.N. peacekeeping missions and among civilian and other humanitarian staff. But the world body has seriously pursued offenders only in the past two years after reports of widespread abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the world body has 17,000 troops.

"It has been clear we have redoubled our efforts in that regard to prevent these acts from happening, to discipline those who are responsible and to try to bring assistance to the victims," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

"We have been making progress on these issues but we obviously have a ways to go," he added.

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Feed Them Once, Feed Them Twice, Feed Them Chicken Soup With Rice

Hey, whatever works!
Odalys Ibarra has lived in the same home - a decrepit, two-bedroom brick house that she shares with 10 others - her entire life.

Yet these days, on her walk home up the steep slope of El Valle, one of the poorest neighborhoods in this capital city, she passes a free medical clinic staffed with Cuban doctors, a supermarket that sells discounted rice and tomato sauce, and a state-funded kitchen that prepares and gives out free meat stew and cookies - programs called "missions" that are the cornerstone of President Hugo Chávez's domestic policy.

While Mr. Chávez's strident anti-Americanism has caused ripples abroad - calling President Bush the devil and supporting leftist candidates and leaders throughout Latin America, as well as befriending Iran and North Korea - those with the power to vote him into another six-year term this Sunday care more about his social missions than his international mediations.

After eight years at the helm of Venezuela - having withstood a coup attempt, a national oil strike led by his opponents, and a recall referendum in 2004 that he easily won - Mr. Chávez is poised to prevail in the 2006 presidential election on Sunday. The latest state-funded poll by the US firm Evans/ McDonough puts him 19 points ahead of his only opponent, Manuel Rosales, a career politician and governor of the oil-rich western state of Zulia.

Venezuelans are bitterly divided over Chávez's ideology, but they can agree on one thing: Many will vote for him Sunday because the billions he has poured into literacy programs, free food, and doctor visits have proved a potent enticement.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Awww, Suki Suki Now!

He's a cruisin' for a brusin'!
The White House invited newly elected Senate and House members to a “private reception” after the election, and George W. Bush really charmed Jim Webb. According to The Hill, Bush asked Webb how his son was doing in Iraq; Jimmy Webb Jr. is serving in the Marine Corps. Senator-elect Webb said he’d like to see his son get home safely. “I didn’t ask you that,” Bush shot back. “I asked how he’s doing.”

Sources tell The Hill that Webb was so furious he could barely keep himself from slugging Dubya in the face, but he bravely made it through the dinner without violence. Webb’s office will only say that he had a “private conversation” with Bush.

The Post says Webb refused to have his picture taken with Bush and even refused to stand in the receiving line. Here’s the paper’s version of the exchange:

“How’s your boy?” Bush asked, referring to Webb’s son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.

“That’s not what I asked you,” Bush said. “How’s your boy?”

“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.

I, the person who cannot even watch cartoon characters fight, am hoping someone gets footage of the moment when someone finally knocks the livin' piss out of George W. Bush.


At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Dianne said...

I like Mr. Webb! Bush's nerve astounds me sometimes!


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No Unconditional Love Here

This is creepy and it just sucks!

"When I got out of the plane in Greensboro in the US state of North Carolina, I would never have expected my host family to welcome me at the airport, wielding a Bible, and saying, 'Child, our Lord sent you half-way around the world to bring you to us.' At that moment I just wanted to turn round and run back to the plane.

Things began to go wrong as soon as I arrived in my new home in Winston-Salem, where I was to spend my year abroad. For example, every Monday my host family would gather around the kitchen table to talk about sex. My host parents hadn't had sex for the last 17 years because -- so they told me -- they were devoting their lives to God. They also wanted to know whether I drank alcohol. I admitted that I liked beer and wine. They told me I had the devil in my heart.

My host parents treated me like a five-year-old. They gave me lollipops. They woke me every Sunday morning at 6:15 a.m., saying 'Michael, it's time to go to church.' I hated that sentence. When I didn't want to go to church one morning, because I had hardly slept, they didn't allow me to have any coffee.

One day I was talking to my host parents about my mother, who is separated from my father. They were appalled -- my mother's heart was just as possessed by the devil as mine, they exclaimed. God wanted her to stay with her husband, they said.

Then, seeing as we were already on the topic of God's will, the religious zealots finally brought up a subject which had clearly been on their minds for a long time: They wanted me to help them set up a Fundamentalist Baptist church in my home country of Poland. It was God's will, they said. They tried to slip the topic casually into conversation, but it really shocked me -- I realized that was the only reason they had welcomed me into their family.

Fundies are straight up crazy and as manipulative as the devil. I hope this kid learns to laugh about this and isn't scarred for life.


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Let Jesus Worry About The Poor

That's what the the Christian Coalition seems to be saying. Really! The poor and those worried about leaving a clean, safe place for their grandchildren just need to pray more. The "church" needs to concern itself with things of a sexual nature:
"The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.
The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.
'These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about,' said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.
Hunter announced his decision not to take the job during an organization board meeting Nov. 21. A statement issued by the group said Hunter left because of 'differences in philosophy and vision.' Hunter said he was not asked to leave.
'They pretty much said, 'These issues are fine, but they're not our issues, that's not our base,'' Hunter said.
His resignation is the latest setback for the once-powerful group.
The Christian Coalition, founded in 1989 by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, became one of the nation's most powerful conservative groups during the 1990s, but it has faced complaints in recent years about its finances, leadership and plans to veer into nontraditional policy areas. The group claims more than 2 million members."

This is down right pitiful!


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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Whoa! Chuck Hagel Says Bail!

It may very well end up being Bush and Barney because I think this is the beginning of the end of loyal Republican support.

There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq. These terms do not reflect the reality of what is going to happen there. The future of Iraq was always going to be determined by the Iraqis -- not the Americans.

Iraq is not a prize to be won or lost. It is part of the ongoing global struggle against instability, brutality, intolerance, extremism and terrorism. There will be no military victory or military solution for Iraq. Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger made this point last weekend.

The time for more U.S. troops in Iraq has passed. We do not have more troops to send and, even if we did, they would not bring a resolution to Iraq. Militaries are built to fight and win wars, not bind together failing nations. We are once again learning a very hard lesson in foreign affairs: America cannot impose a democracy on any nation -- regardless of our noble purpose.

We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam. Honorable intentions are not policies and plans. Iraq belongs to the 25 million Iraqis who live there. They will decide their fate and form of government ...


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Iraq is out of control! How on earth is the government supposed to put out some call and tell everyone to stop fighting and play nice?

A U.N. envoy urged Iraq's government on Saturday to halt a slide into civil war and stop the "cancer" of sectarianism from destroying the country, warning that the carnage of this week could tear Iraq apart.

The U.N.'s special representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, said car bombs on Thursday that killed more than 200 people in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad and "blind acts of revenge" were part of a vicious cycle of sectarian violence "tearing apart the very political and social fabric of Iraq".

"No country could tolerate such a cancer in its body politic," Qazi said in a statement.

Here's a clue: it's already is a civil war. The government never really was in charge. They cannot "stop the violence."


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Friday, November 24, 2006

Postcards From Iraq

This from Juan Cole:
How bad the situation is in Iraq is suggested by this email I just got from a professional who used to be in Iraq but now is in a nearby country:
' It is desperate in Iraq, worse then ever and there is no end in sight. I had lunch with [a former high ranking medical educator in Iraq] two days ago. [He]noted that Iraq no longer has neuro-surgeons, no cardiac surgeons, few pediatric doctors - they are all gone, killed or fled to neighboring countries like him. He was given seven days to get out or be killed. He is one of the lucky ones. He and his family have an opportunity for a new life in the US. But what about all the others. Where are they to go?

Another friend, a Sunni sheikh of the Shammar tribe noted to me that thousands of former officers are prepared to assault the G[reen] Z[one]. It is no longer a matter of can they do it, they are only mulling over the timing. The breach of the Green Zone security the other day was a test of their ability to get in, and not a real attempt at a coup, though it is reported as such. Every Iraqi I talk to says unambiguously that the resistance attached to the former regime would take out the Shiite militias with barely a fight, but that the resistance will not commit wholesale revenge against the Shiite population. They just want to get rid of the "carpet baggers" from Iran. '


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Damned If You Do ...

This is another bad sign. The creepiest guy in Iraq is flexing his power and has told the Prime Minister of Iraq NOT to meet with Bush next week.

Faleh Hasan Shanshal, a political aide of Moqtadr al-Sadr, said on Friday: "We have asked al-Maliki to cancel his meeting with Bush as there is no reason to meet the criminal who is behind terrorism in Iraq.

"We will suspend our membership in parliament and the cabinet if he goes ahead."

Nuri al-Maliki, the Shia prime minister, is scheduled to meet with George Bush, the US president, in Jordan on November 29.

"This is a sign of an alliance between Saddamists, takfiris (Sunni extremists) and the occupation forces," the statement said.

al-Maliki definitely has a hard choice on his hands. I just don't think that either choice will be to his advantage.


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Oh Boo Hoo! Poor Baby!

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have spent the better part of 6 years trashing, maligning and insulting Nations, friends and foes who don't agree with their every move. Now folks feel bad because Bush treated Rumsfeld and Cheney the way they've all treated everyone else?

Donald Rumsfeld, one week after his sacking as secretary of defense, was treated as a conquering hero, accorded one standing ovation after another at the conservative American Spectator magazine's annual dinner in Washington. The enthusiasm may have indicated less total support for Rumsfeld's six-year record at the Pentagon than resentment over the way President Bush fired him.

Rumsfeld had recovered his usual aplomb as he basked in the Spectator's glow. But the day after the election he had seemed devastated -- the familiar confident grin gone and his voice breaking. According to administration officials, only three or four people knew he would be fired -- and Rumsfeld was not one of them. His fellow presidential appointees, including some who did not applaud Rumsfeld's performance in office, were taken aback by his treatment.

In the two weeks since the election, I have asked a wide assortment of Republican notables their opinion of the Rumsfeld sacking. Only one went on the record: Rep. Duncan Hunter, the House Armed Services Committee chairman. A rare undeviating supporter of Rumsfeld, Hunter told me that "it was a mistake for him to resign." The others, less supportive of Rumsfeld, said they were "appalled" -- the most common descriptive word -- by the president's performance.

Puleese! Cry me an Amazon River.


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Worse, Not Better

When the violence is reaching levels worst than when we first invaded. Can we call it a civil war yet?

A series of coordinated car bombings and mortar attacks in Baghdad’s Sadr City killed at least 157 161 people and injured 257 (source: AP). Shiite militia members responded to the attacks with their own mortar barrage on the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, making this one of the most violent days in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.


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These People Are Insane!

There's no other explanation for why they would protest at the funeral of children who were killed in that bus accident in Huntsville, AL.


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The Death Of Education

This is just sad and given the escalation in violence in recent days, these young ladies have every reason to be concerned.

Maha Nidal's voice is tinged with bitterness and sorrow as she looks around the campus courtyard at her fellow students milling around. The sight is a blend of Iraq's various religious sects --some girls in headscarves, others looking like they walked out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

"The future? The future is a dream. We only live in the now. There is no future," the 21-year-old student says.

This university, with its sprawling green campus, once was abuzz with activity. Now it is covered in the layer of grime and dust that seems to blanket all of Baghdad.

Like most of the students at Baghdad University, Maha lives in fear. But now, after the mass kidnapping at the Ministry of Higher Education this week, she lives not only in fear of the violence, but in fear of losing the one thing that will determine her future -- her education. (Watch Maha describe the lack of hope Iraqi students have -- 2:17 Video)

When she heard that the education ministry was thinking of shutting down the university, her world -- already shattered -- crumbled.

"You can't imagine what we felt, I saw our future destroyed," she says. "How do you know that a future of a country ... has been destroyed? It's when there is no justice, no security, and no education, if you reach the stage of no studies and no education. And when you lose that, that's it, the people are finished.

"There is no future."

With frustration reverberating in her voice, her cousin, 19-year-old Afraa adds, "Each day it just gets worse. Like last year we had maybe 50 percent hope, but now nothing, it's zero percent. There is nothing that is happening that makes us think, yes, they [the government] are doing something."

The two girls live in the same home now. Afraa's family fled sectarian violence in a violent western Baghdad neighborhood and moved in with Maha's family. The two girls are like many here, hungry for an education, showing up each day despite the risks and their families' protests, and hoping that their classes will be in session.

Maha, in her headscarf, is the more conservative of the two, but the more talkative. She says that sometimes she is simply just overcome with anger.

"I want to continue on to get my masters," she says. "I have good grades; I am in the top 10 of my class, but now what am I supposed to do?"

The university is all that these girls and others have left. The streets outside are petrifying. They don't go out, even the simplest thing like walking in the street, grabbing a cup of coffee with friends, shopping, the things that most university students do without a thought in other parts of the world, are impossible here.


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Bush Better Watch What He Says To Putin

These people scare me!

A former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic who blamed a "barbaric and ruthless" Russian President Vladimir Putin for his fatal poisoning had a toxic radioactive substance in his body, the British government said Friday.

In the statement dictated from his deathbed, Alexander Litvinenko accused the Russian leader of having "no respect for life, liberty or any civilized value." In his first public remarks on the allegations, Putin said he deplored the former spy's death but called the statement a political provocation.

The Health Protection Agency said the radioactive element polonium-210 had been found in Litvinenko's urine.

The agency's chief executive, Pat Troop, said that the high level indicated Litvinenko "would either have to have eaten it, inhaled it or taken it in through a wound."

"We know he had a major dose," she said.


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These people are positively pathological.
Violence is escalating in Iraq, and it’s the Democrats’ fault. Thought you’d like to know.

... and still in total denial.


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This is totally ridiculous! Maybe I am missing something but how can this be?
A German doctor has been ordered to pay child support to a patient who got pregnant with a contraceptive implant.

The precedent-setting ruling by Germany's Federal Court gives both parents, who are not married, the right to receive child support from the doctor until their son reaches adulthood.

The unnamed gynaecologist from Suedbaden inserted a contraceptive implant into the arm of the woman in 2002. But the woman later found she was pregnant after it was too late for an abortion.

The woman, 25, also unnamed for legal reasons, took the gynaecologist to court, claiming she was unable to continue her work as a kindergarten teacher and could not support herself and the child.

Germany's highest court has now demanded the gynaecologist pay the equivalent of around £400 a month until the child turns 18.

What contraceptive method, beyond abstinence and sterility, is 100%? Can you imagine how broke American OB/GYNs would be if we allowed these kinds of rulings? Unbelievable!


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Boo John McCain

He is sucking up to those who are supposed to be champions for the "least of these" but are instead are stokers for the lowest common denominator.

In 2000, John McCain called Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance.” Now, he has hired the debate coach from Falwell’s Liberty University, Brett O’Donnell, to advise him on his communications strategy. O’Donnell has been executing Falwell’s strategy to train scores of debaters to confront “the culture on moral default.”

Falwell said the hiring should not be considered an endorsement:

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, chancellor of the Lynchburg university, said he has not endorsed a candidate, and O’Donnell’s appointment should not be interpreted as a signal that he is backing McCain…”Senator McCain is getting a real winner, and I’m sure Brett will be a great help to him,” Falwell said. “He’s getting Brett at the peak of his production.”

McCain also delivered the commencement address at Liberty University this summer.

I lost ALL respect for John Mc Cain and saw his true nature when he hugged a man who had trashed his wife and child. This is further proof that the man has no real character.


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Dang Donald!

I'm not fond of Condoleezza Rice's politics but that does not translate to bitch.
Donald Trump sounded like he would fire Secretary of State Rice if he got the chance - calling her a "b----" last night during a speech in front of 8,000 people at the Javits Center.

Trump, star of "The Apprentice" and a frequent critic of the Bush administration, unleashed his anger at Rice and outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during a keynote address at the Learning Annex Real Estate & Wealth Expo.

"Condoleezza Rice, she's a lovely woman, but I think she's a b----," Trump said to wild applause. "She goes around to other countries and other nations, negotiates with their leaders, comes back and nothing ever happens."

Sounding more like a presidential candidate than a real estate mogul, Trump then set his sights on Rumsfeld.

"You look at Rumsfeld and we spend $900 million a year, and arms and legs and lives are wasted," Trump said. "You look at all this and you ask what kind of government is this?"

Trump said he didn't attend last night's event to bash the White House, but added, "If you don't have smart people running the government, then good entrepreneurship will get you nowhere."

Donald, you are out of line!


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Monday, November 20, 2006

Baked Carrot Fries

I'm no fan of cooked carrots. I like them raw and/or barely cooked. But this is a recipe I may just have to try.


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Sunday, November 19, 2006

So The Point Was?

What a friggin' scam! What was the point of all of this?
The celebrities have arrived, the flowers arranged and the limousines are on stand-by, but yesterday there was some confusion over whether Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were actually getting married, in the traditional sense of the term.

The Hollywood couple, who have spent the past week in a £2,000-a-night suite at the Hotel Hassler in Rome, have not applied for either a civil or a church ceremony, and are expected to pledge their vows under the Church of Scientology.

However, Scientology is not legally recognised in Italy, or anywhere else, and any rites performed under it are merely ceremonial.

"There is no marriage," admitted Iris Novello, a spokesman for Bracciano town council. "This is not legal here, and there will be nothing formal about the wedding." She said the couple simply wanted to mark their relationship and the council had not been asked to issue a marriage licence.


At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Dianne said...

To continue the sham? I just have a weird feeling about this whole thing. Something isn't right. It's all just so fake. I can't put my finger on it, but my second sense is on fire with this thing!

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous AR said...

Apparently they got married officially in LA before they left. I still think the whole thing is a sham!


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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Apartheid To Same Sex In No Time Flat

Talk about progressive. How did they come up with this so fast?
Parliament on Tuesday voted resoundingly to legalize same-sex marriages in South Africa, making the nation the first in Africa and the fifth in the world to remove legal barriers to them, according to advocates.

The nation’s highest court ruled last December that South Africa’s marriage statute violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights. The court gave the government a year to alter the legal definition of marriage.

That left the government with three choices: legalize same-sex marriages, let the court change the law by fiat or alter the Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Under the proposal approved by Parliament, heterosexual and same-sex couples could register marriages or civil partnerships. In a concession to critics, the law also would allow civil officers to refuse to marry same-sex couples if such marriages conflicted with their conscience.

If the measure is to become law, as both sides said they expected, it must be approved by the National Council of Provinces and signed by President Thabo Mbeki.

In many African nations, homosexuality is still treated as a crime. Some impose stiffer penalties for homosexual acts than for rape and murder.

And African leaders have regularly denounced homosexuality as immoral and a violation of the natural order and African culture.

Melanie Judge, the program manager for OUT, a gay rights advocacy group, said Parliament had taken a courageous stance in the face of strong political pressure.

Although some countries recognize civil partnerships between same-sex couples, she said, only the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Canada now allow same-sex marriages.

Ms. Judge credits South Africa’s liberal Constitution with forcing change. “This has been a litmus test of our constitutional values,” she said. “It forced us to consider: What does equality really mean? What does it look like? Equality does not exist on a sliding scale.”

Religious groups and traditional leaders proposed to nullify the court ruling by amending the Constitution. But their bill to define marriage as being between a man and a woman died in parliamentary committee. Steve Swart, a legislator with the African Christian Democratic Party and a proponent of the constitutional amendment, said the Parliament had ignored the views of ordinary citizens — and international norms.

“We are out of step with the rest of Africa and with rest of world,” he said. “The international norm is civil unions, as opposed to same-sex marriages. What happened today conflicts with the views of the majority of South Africans.”

He attributed the 230-to-41 vote for the measure to whip-cracking by the governing party, the African National Congress. One party leader was quoted this month as saying that the A.N.C. expected its legislators to support the bill, regardless of their personal beliefs.

Vytjie Mentor, the party’s caucus chairman, told a South African newspaper, The Sunday Independent, that there was “no such thing as a free vote or a vote of conscience.”

“How do you give someone permission to discriminate in the name of the A.N.C.?” he said. “How do you allow for someone to vote against the Constitution and the policies of the A.N.C., which is antidiscrimination?”

Still, Ms. Judge, the gay rights advocate, said the new provision allowing civil officers to refuse to marry gay couples was unconstitutional and would provoke legal challenges.

“We can’t be in the situation where civil officers can decide who they want to marry and who they don’t want to marry,” she said. “They aren’t able to refuse to marry a black person and a white person. Why are same-sex couples different?”


At 9:06 AM, Blogger Yzerfontein said...

South Africa brought apartheid to the world, now we're bringing 'saamheid"

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a question of less talk and more action- take note America :-)


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Where Does He Find These Folks?

Bush picked another winner. Why would he pick someone who doesn't believe in birth control to head family planning?

The Bush administration has appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women."

Eric Keroack, medical director for A Woman's Concern, a nonprofit group based in Dorchester, Mass., will become deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the next two weeks, department spokeswoman Christina Pearson said yesterday.

Keroack, an obstetrician-gynecologist, will advise Secretary Mike Leavitt on matters such as reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. He will oversee $283 million in annual family-planning grants that, according to HHS, are "designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons."

The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was the latest provocative personnel move by the White House since Democrats won control of Congress in this month's midterm elections. President Bush last week pushed the Senate to confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations and this week renominated six candidates for appellate court judgeships who have previously been blocked by lawmakers. Democrats said the moves belie Bush's post-election promises of bipartisanship.

The Keroack appointment angered many family-planning advocates, who noted that A Woman's Concern supports sexual abstinence until marriage, opposes contraception and does not distribute information promoting birth control at its six centers in eastern Massachusetts.

"A Woman's Concern is persuaded that the crass commercialization and distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness," the group's Web site says.


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Not Enough

I just don't think there is enough time to give someone for a crime like this:

One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl before killing her and her family was conditionally sentenced on Thursday to up to 90 years in prison with the possibility of parole.

The sentence -- which is subject to review by a higher military authority and could be reduced -- was imposed on Specialist James Barker after a two-day court-martial. He had pleaded guilty to rape and murder and agreed to testify against others charged in the case in exchange for escaping the death penalty.

The gang rape and slayings at Mahmudiya along with the killing of 24 people in Haditha and other U.S. military incidents sparked outrage among Iraqis and calls by officials there for a review of foreign troops' immunity from Iraqi prosecution.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Kevin Needs To Quit

I saw Judge Judy on Larry King last night and when informed of this Britney/Fed-ex nonsense, she stated that if she were the family court judge, Kevin would lose any hope of ever having custody if he tried to blackmail the mother of his children.

THE BRITNEY SPEARS and KEVIN FEDERLINE divorce has turned nasty after it was revealed he is touting a Paris Hilton-style video of the couple romping.

According to our sister paper The News Of The World, dumped husband K-Fed has already been offered £26million for the FOUR hour tape, shot in the early stages of the couple's relationship.

Britney fears the raunchy footage will destroy her wholesome image, unless she caves in to his demands for a £16million payoff and custody of their children Sean Preston, one, and Jayden James, eight weeks.

A friend of K-Fed's told the paper: "At the time (the video was made) the two of them were in the honeymoon stages of the relationship and couldn't keep their hands off each other.

"They did nothing all day but have sex - and play the odd game of chess.

"They were insatiable."

Britney slapped divorce papers on Federline after she caught him in a bedroom with another woman.

Listening to Judge Judy, I guess I also had to understand why Shar Jackson goes out of her way to speak positively about Kevin Federline as a father and ex. Children do not need to hear what a low down loser one of their parents is from the other parent. There are no tapes of her bashing that man. The kids, in due time, will figure it out for themselves. Kevin Federline needs to take whatever check he agreed to prior to the marriage. He left a pregnant woman to marry another. Now he's trying to blackmail the second mother of his children. Despite what Shar says, he won't be getting any father of the year awards - or any other form of kudos.

... and P.S.: Britney's wholesome image was gone the minute she married a man who had a pregnant ex.


At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Dianne said...

I'm beginning to think he's completely delusional.


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If You Lie Down With Snoop Dogs ...

... Well, Victoria Beckham isn't having it ...

The rapper claims to be a big fan of Beckham, and was hoping to hang out with him after last year's Live8 concert - but Victoria had other ideas.

"I wanted to hang out with David because I'm a fan of his and he's a fan of mine," he recalled. "But his wife didn't like that and she wouldn't let him party with me.

The artist suspects his lifestyle may have been the issue: "She said something about my reputation - but I wasn't going to introduce him to any girls," he continued. "I think Mrs Beckham just misread my reputation."

Gee Snoop ... What part of your life did she misread?


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Monday, November 13, 2006

Making It Out Alive

But not all there
Why did it happen? "Like thousands of others returning from Iraq, her mental state was fractured," Gurnett explains. "And it went untreated. Within two weeks, Linda Michel would become a private casualty of war. Re-entry into the world of peace can be harder than deployment, experts say. Picking up where you left off doesn't just happen. ...

"Women experience stronger forms of post-traumatic stress disorder and have higher PTSD rates, experts say. In response, the Veterans Affairs Department launched a $6 million study of female veterans.
Seeking treatment -- seen by some as a weakness -- may be even tougher for women, who still feel the need to prove themselves to men in military service."

In fact, this past August, three veterans in New York's Adirondack region committed suicide within three weeks, according to Helena Davis, deputy director of the Mental Health Association in New York.

Michel has served under extremely stressful conditions at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, a U.S-run prison where guards shot four inmates dead in a 2005 riot -- and an episode of female mudwrestling drew headlines. Michel was treated for depression and prescribed Paxil, but they took her off that medicine when she returned home. Her husband was not informed.

"I just wish the Navy would have done some more follow-up, instead of just letting her come home," Frantz, who is on the division staff of the Army National Guard, told the reporter. "If somebody needs Paxil in a combat zone, then that's not the place for them to be. You either send them to a hospital or you send them home and then make sure that the family members know and that they get follow-up care."


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That Ridiculous Mustache

I can't get past it. It will soon be gone.


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Just Stupid!

What? When has America ever canceled elections do to a war? It's now like we're waging battles in our own cities and towns. We invaded and are occupying another country and, as he never lets us forget, they held elections amidst the violence.

President Bush, during Saturday’s radio address: “[A]ll Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war.”

Once again I don't get his point ... mainly because he doesn't have one!


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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Rudolph The Pumpkin Nosed Reindeer

I saw footage of this poor deer with the pumpkin stuck to his face on TV and could not help but laugh. If the pumpkin had stayed on too long, he would have died because he wouldn't have been able to get food or water. Thankfully, he was able to shake it off somehow.
A deer whose head was stuck in a plastic Halloween jack-o’-lantern for nearly a week has freed itself and will be fine, animal rescuers said Saturday. Two children found a dented, hair-lined plastic pumpkin in their yard Friday night, and other neighbors saw a thin deer running free, The Grand Rapids Press reported. It was rainy Friday, which rescuers think helped the young deer wriggle free. Rescuers had planned to use a dart gun to tranquilize the yearling, then remove the bucket, meant for collecting candy. The bucket was stuck on the animal’s snout, hanging like a feed bag, preventing it from eating or drinking. It had appeared to be snagged on the buck’s ears or horn buds. Dr. Wendy Swift, a veterinarian, said there was some water residue in the bucket, which probably provided the deer with some water to drink. “I think this deer will be just fine,” Swift said.


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Friday, November 10, 2006

True Colors

Survivor took a bizarre twist last night when they offered both tribes the chance to mutiny. Oddly, both white members of a team of six jumped to the other side to be with the two white members on the other team. They then decided that they wanted their original team, the original white team, to go to the final four.
Well, well, well. The show is getting interesting again. The Mutiny on the Bounty theme added a much-needed jolt to the Cook Islands Survivor. Jeff tossed out this new twist just before the reward challenge and, through the magic of editing, just after Jonathan and Candice chatted about breaking up their alliance of six. The offer? Mutiny. With ten seconds to decide, castaways could switch tribes. The only takers? Candice and Jonathan — thus leaving Aitu shorthanded with only four members to Raro's now eight.

Not only did this move piss Aitu off, but it also lit a fire under them. With half the numbers, Aitu went on to win both reward and immunity challenges, forcing Raro to tribal council. Aitu expressed its displeasure clearly by sending mutineer No. 1, Candice, to Exile Island. Jonathan worked his mojo as Raro's newest member by talking up Adam and doing all of the grunt work. While his new tribe relaxed to the sound of his working, Jonathan's former tribe bonded as if they had showered in Fixodent.

Yul, Becky, Ozzy and Sundra shared in a good cry and a group hug while ensconced in terry cloth bathrobes and dining on delectables. Methinks the pecking order that Aitu was working out last week has been turned on its ear. I loved how Sundra broke down in tears after winning the reward. The mutinous betrayal was a surprising move, and it was nice to see some real emotion on the show.

Nate had a million one-liners this week, though many of them had to do with poop. What surprised me most on Raro was the vote. Yet again, another Raro member did not see it coming. Brad was sent packing, and he didn’t seem to mind. He's happy with making the jury and no longer having to sleep outdoors.

From a strategic standpoint, why are Rebecca, Jenny and Nate not worried? Hello? You just got invaded by two members of the original Raro tribe; now the old gang is back together, and you are outnumbered. This should be interesting. I'm just waiting for that light bulb to go on.

Wow! Reality TV turning out to be just like life ...


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Bye, Bye Ed

What a great loss of a great journalist. What a hot older dude.
Ed Bradley, a pioneering black journalist who was a fixture in American living rooms on Sunday nights for more than a quarter century on “60 Minutes,” died today. He was 65.

Mr. Bradley died at Mt. Sinai Medical Center of complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, said Dr. Valentin Fuster, his cardiologist and the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Mt. Sinai. Mr. Bradley, who underwent a quintuple bypass operation on his heart in 2003, was diagnosed with leukemia "many years ago,” Dr. Fuster said, but it had not posed a threat to his life until recently, when he contracted an infection.

His most recent segments on “60 Minutes” had been on Oct. 15 (on the rape case involving Duke University lacrosse players) and on Oct. 29 (an investigation of an oil refinery explosion in Texas). Even many close colleagues had not known that his health had been deteriorating precipitously for several weeks. On the day that last segment was broadcast, he was admitted to Mt. Sinai. He remained there until his death. “This has been a long battle which he fought silently and courageously,” said Charlayne Hunter-Gault of the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” who was one of several close friends at Mr. Bradley’s side when he died this morning. “He didn’t want people to know that this was a part of his struggle. He didn’t want people feeling sorry for him. And for a good part of his life, he managed it.”

To generations of television viewers, Mr. Bradley was a sober presence — albeit one who occasionally wore a stud in one ear — whose reporting across four decades ranged from the Vietnam War and Cambodian refugee crisis to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the Oklahoma City bombing (his was the only television interview with Timothy McVeigh). He won 19 Emmy awards, including one for “lifetime achievement” in 2003.

But Mr. Bradley’s life off camera was often as rich and compelling as the one in the studio. Having begun his broadcast career as a disc jockey in Philadelphia, Mr. Bradley was an enormous fan of many forms of music — particularly jazz and gospel — who counted the musicians Wynton Marsalis, George Wien and Aaron Neville among his many friends and made a regular pilgrimage to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

“I made the mistake once of letting him get onstage with my band, and he never stopped doing it,” the singer Jimmy Buffett, a friend of Mr. Bradley’s for 30 years who was also with him when he died, said in a telephone interview today. Mr. Bradley had many nicknames throughout his life — including “Big Daddy,” when he played football in the 1960’s at Cheyney State College in Pennsylvania — but his favorite, according to Ms. Hunter-Gault and Mr. Buffett, was “Teddy Badly,” which Mr. Buffett bestowed on him on stage the first time Mr. Bradley played tambourine at his side.

“Everybody in my opinion needs a little Mardi Gras in their life,” Mr. Buffett said, “and he liked to have a little more than the average person on occasion.”

“He was such a great journalist,” Mr. Buffett added, “but he still knew how to have a good time.”

Mr. Bradley, who grew up in Philadelphia, broke into broadcasting as a news reporter for WDAS-FM radio in his hometown. Following that job, he was hired in 1967 as a reporter for WCBS radio in New York.

In 1971, he joined CBS News as a stringer in its Paris bureau and then a year later was transferred to the Saigon bureau. He became a CBS News correspondent in April 1973 and, shortly thereafter, was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. Mr. Bradley joined 60 Minutes during the 1981-82 season. Among the Emmys he won throughout his career was one for a report on the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.

Last fall, the National Association of Black Journalists honored Mr. Bradley, who was among the first wave of African Americans to break into network television news, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I grew up in Philadelphia rather protected from life in the South,” Mr. Bradley said at the association’s awards ceremony in Washington. “Emmitt Till and I were the same age when he was killed, and that was my introduction to the reality of life in this country for a black person in the mid 50’s. When we were awarded an Emmy earlier this year for this story, I said it was the most important Emmy I had ever received. I would say the same thing about your recognition tonight.”

Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife, Patricia Blanchet.


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A Minor Detail

What kind of Catholic is Katie Holmes if she didn't remember that her fiance' is twiced divorced and therefore at odds with the Catholic Church?
The much anticipated Italian wedding between actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes might not be legally valid as local and church officials say they will not recognize the marriage, Italian media reported Thursday (Nov. 9).

Monsignor Nicola Fiorentini, the parish priest at the Santa Maria Novella Church in Bracciano, the town north of Rome where the wedding is due to take place, told the Italian daily La Stampa that a Catholic wedding ceremony could not happen because Cruise is divorced and thus ineligible for any religious ceremony.

"Even if the actor was not divorced, the wedding does not have authorization of the parish priest where the wedding will take place,"
Fiorentini said.

Holmes was raised Catholic and Cruise is one of the best-known members of the Church of Scientology, founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

The couple has not confirmed the location of the wedding, but Italian media have speculated that the Catholic rite will take place at the chapel inside the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano on Nov. 17. A Scientology ritual would follow the next day.

Cruise's membership in Scientology also puts him at odds with the Catholic Church. The Vatican has not made an official statement on the wedding ceremony, but recent media reports cite unnamed Vatican officials who condemn it.

I still think this relationship is some kind of pact or sham and no number of weddings of different faiths will change my mind.


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End Of Bush Doctrine

Is this party finally over?
Alone, the Gates appointment might have passed as a necessary, post-election expedient. But it is not alone. Pressed for a new direction in Iraq, Mr. Bush routinely draws attention to the imminent post-Thanksgiving report of the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Survey Group. "Baker" is Jim Baker, who was his father's secretary of state from 1989 to 1992. The ISG's formal charge does not include finding a "way out" of Iraq for Mr. Bush, but all now assume this is what they intend to produce.

The village elders on the Iraq Survey Group who will perform this duty are Lee Hamilton, Vernon Jordan, Ed Meese, Sandra Day O'Connor, Leon Panetta, former Clinton Defense Secretary Bill Perry, former Sens. Chuck Robb and Alan Simpson, and the secretary of defense designate, Robert Gates.

George W. Bush has in no way been an Establishment President. On both taxes and foreign policy, he broke with them, and did so decisively. So he ought not underestimate, with the firing of Don Rumsfeld and the odd selection of his father's CIA director, how much visceral pleasure this brings to the displaced Establishment between Georgetown and Manhattan.

Some Beltway pundits are now writing with smug satisfaction--but not without reason--that this marks the end of the Bush Doctrine, the idea that the U.S. could create opportunities for democratic self-determination in a region such as the Middle East. It is expected that the ISG's recommendation will carry with it the implicit conclusion that this goal has been too ambitious. And that it must give way now to a restoration of realism associated with Bush 41's secretary of state, Mr. Baker; with his National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft and the former president's CIA director, Mr. Gates. And with the return of established foreign-policy wisdom, the "neocons" associated with Mr. Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney and their "failed" ideas will be swept out to sea.

The post-Rumsfeld purge began yesterday. Sen. Joe Biden, now in the majority, announced that U.N. Ambassador John Bolton's stalled confirmation is "going nowhere."

The three or four men who are thinking of seeking the Republican presidential nomination had better focus now on the potential fall of the Bush Doctrine at the hands of the Iraq Survey Group. If they don't, one of them, on the first day of his presidency, will inherit a re-entrenched foreign policy--at State, the CIA and on Wall Street--with a vision of America's role in the world reduced to that of auto-shop fixit men. They "work" the world's problems.


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Thursday, November 09, 2006

This Loss Was Kinda Sad

I feel bad for Lincoln Chafee. He's just collateral damage in the Democratic sweep of both houses of Congress. He had more guts that the majority of Democrats by voting against the war and even not voting for Bush in 2004. We needed the seat but I feel bad for him.
Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican.

Chafee lost to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in a race seen as a referendum on President Bush and the GOP. On Thursday, he was asked whether he would stick with the Republican Party or become an independent or Democrat.

"I haven't made any decisions. I just haven't even thought about where my place is," Chafee said at a news conference. When pressed on whether his comments indicated he might leave the GOP, he replied: "That's fair."

Chafee, 53, is a lifelong Republican who has represented Rhode Island for seven years. His father held the same seat for 23 years before that.

He is the most liberal Republican in the Senate and was the sole Senate Republican to vote against the war in Iraq. But that was not enough to prevail against Whitehouse, who shared many of Chafee's views but was a Democrat in a heavily Democratic state.

Chafee said he has not decided what to do after leaving office, but he hoped to stay involved in public life. He said his loss may have helped the country by switching control of Congress.

"The people have spoken all across America. They want the Democrats and Republicans to work together," he said. "I think the president now is going to have to talk to the Democrats. I think that's going to be good for America."

Chafee said he waged a lonely campaign to bring the party to the middle. He described attending weekly lunches with fellow GOP senators and standing up to argue his point of view, often alone.

"There were times walking into my caucus room where it wasn't fun," he said, adding that he stayed with the GOP largely because it helped him bring federal dollars home to Rhode Island.


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Dean Did It!

I'll tell you, I am just as surprised as anyone about the Democratic victory over this election. I thought we were in for another two years of hell. I was hopeful about the House of Representatives but actually stunned that the Senate fell as well. Dean's 50 state strategy was spot on and the Dems are back on the block.
Only weeks after the Democratic National Committee chose Howard Dean as its chairman last year, the nasty whispers began to circulate around Washington and among longtime party donors and activists in cities from New York to Los Angeles. "He's going to be a disaster," they muttered. "He can't raise any money. He doesn't know what he's doing. And what does he mean by this crazy 50-state strategy?"

Those early days must have been painful for the former Vermont governor -- still smarting back then from his presidential primary defeat and that endlessly looped "scream" video -- and he endured a barrage of snarks and snipes from the Democratic congressional leadership as well. Unfortunately for Dean, he doesn't play the Washington press corps nearly as well as do rivals like Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., who ran the House Democrats' campaign committee, or Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who performed the same role in the Senate.

But this week, he is enjoying vindication far earlier than he ever expected [...]


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2006 Incest Purity Ball

This is just icky and wierd.

... and what about the boys. How about teaching boys not to ask instead of telling girls to say no?



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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rumsfeld Out Before He Was Out

So last week when Bush stated, unequivocally, that Rumsfeld was here to stay, he lied.
Last week, President Bush unequivocally told a group of reporters that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney would "remain with him until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-vilified members of his administration." Bush said, "Both those men are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them."

Today, he announced Rumsfeld is resigning and being replaced by former CIA Director Robert Gates. At the press conference, Bush said that “the only way to answer that question, and get it on to another question, was to give you [the reporters] that answer.” Bush admitted that he had talked to Rumsfeld about resigning and was actively searching for his replacement at the time.

Anybody who isn't sick of being played by this man and this administration is sick.


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No Time To Help Him Pray The Gay Away

In another exhibit of compassionate Christian behavior, James Dobson says he doesn't have it in him to help Haggard rid himself of his gayness.
Citing a lack of time, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson withdrew Tuesday from the team overseeing counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard, the evangelical pastor who was fired amid allegations of gay sex and drug use.

"Emotionally and spiritually, I wanted to be of help - but the reality is I don't have the time to devote to such a critical responsibility," Dobson said.

The other two members of the team, Pastors Jack Hayford of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., and Tommy Barnett of First Assembly of God in Phoenix, declined to comment.

Haggard was forced out as senior pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church on Saturday after a former male escort alleged they had sex repeatedly and that Haggard used methamphetamines.

In a statement read at the church Sunday, Haggard confessed to unspecified "sexual immorality," accepted responsibility for his actions and asked forgiveness.

The counseling process, called restoration, could take years, said H.B. London, vice president for church and clergy at Focus on the Family.


At 12:13 PM, Blogger Rick and Gary said...

Dobby's too busy showering with young boys

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Dianne said...

I can't believe they are so ludicrous that they think they can "pray gay away". That's just nuts! But then again look who it's coming from. I've never been fond of Mr. Dobson, not any of those men who proclaim to be so righteous.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Qusan said...

I cannot believe these people are really that dense. Women are dying of AIDS because men like this are engaging in risky behavior because they cannot admit or accept who they really are. Lord knows how many other people in the congregation are doing the exact same thing.


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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Throwing Out The Trash

It's about time she got rid of that slime ball.

It's over for Britney Spears and Kevin Federline.

CNN has confirmed that the pop singer, known for hits such as "Oops ... I Did It Again" and "Toxic," is divorcing her husband of two years and one month. Spears and Federline, one of the singer's former backup dancers, married October 6, 2004, according to the divorce papers. reports that Spears filed legal papers Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." Spears is asking for legal and physical custody of their two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James.

The date of separation was listed as Monday.

Spears, 24, married Federline after a six-month courtship in 2004. In January 2004, she had married childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada. That marriage was annulled after 55 hours.

Federline, 28, previously had a relationship with actress Shar Jackson. The union produced two children, one of whom was born two months before he married Spears. Federline recently released a rap album, "Playing with Fire."

The Spears-Federline marriage has been chronicled in detail in celebrity magazines since the pair tied the knot, with rumors of problems surfacing often.


At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Dianne said...

I never got what she saw in him! He's disgusting!


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Madam Speaker

Ladies and Gentleman, we have a new Speaker of The House.


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Monday, November 06, 2006

I Know They Want Closure But ...

The relatively peaceful place of Northern Iraq isn't the place to see where their loved ones died.
Seven parents of U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq arrived in northern Iraq on Saturday on what organizers called an unprecedented visit to see what their children died for.

With public support for the war slumping in the United States, the five men and two women flew into Irbil for a seven-day visit during which they hoped to meet U.S. troops, Iraqis and government leaders, Move America Forward said.

"No other such coordinated trip to Iraq by families of fallen troops has ever taken place," said the California-based group, a grass-roots, pro-troop organization founded in 2004.

"The American people are shown a skewed picture of the situation in Iraq day after day by the international news media. We felt it was time to allow the families of U.S. troops who died in Iraq to see the progress being made in Iraq," said Melanie Morgan, a conservative talk radio host and chairman of Move America Forward.

There are currently no U.S. troops based in Irbil, which is in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq and one of the safer parts of the country.

What kind of hicks don't know how different the circumstances are in the part of Iraq that was a no-fly zone since the end of the first war with Iraq? They been all but autonomous for more than a decade. Why not take them to Baghdad, Tikrit or Fallujah? Ooops! Forgot! Too dangerous! You won't see what they died for in the Kurdish region.


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Two States Of Denial

Arianna just about sums it up.

Let's face it: the Bush administration is sick. The fall of Ted Haggard is just the latest manifestation of the central disease of President Bush and his cohorts: the pathological refusal to accept reality, and the delusion that reality can be changed by rhetoric.

As Andrew Sullivan said last week on CNN, "this is not an election anymore, it's an intervention."

But while it's the administration that's sick, it's the whole country that's suffering.

How many more examples of this disease do we need? The insurgency is in its "last throes," we've "turned the corner" in Iraq, gutting Social Security would "save" it, global warming doesn't exist, evolution is just "a theory," Rumsfeld and Cheney are "doing a fantastic job" etc., etc., etc.

Mark Foley and Ted Haggard are textbook examples of how the relentless denial of reality perverts judgment and rots the soul. Same with the Bushies.

Was Ted Haggard's absurd claim this week that, yes, he saw Mike Jones, but only for massages and that, yes, he bought meth from Jones but never used it, really that different from Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld continuing to claim we're winning in Iraq?

That both the Reverend's and the administration's claims were made with the expectation that the public would buy them shows what the chronic refusal to acknowledge reality does to one's judgment.

I have little doubt that Haggard's homophobia was real (seen here in a particularly creepy clip), and that his desire to not be gay was real too. But facts are stubborn things. Instead of accepting those facts, Haggard chose to deny them, suppress them, and attack those who exposed them.

Sound like a familiar M.O.? Just before the Haggard hit the fan, the New York Times broke the story about a classified briefing that included a PowerPoint slide, prepared by U.S. Central Command, showing that Iraq was edging closer to "chaos." It's not like that's something the entire world didn't already know. But what was Rumsfeld's response? To start an investigation into who leaked the document.

Doesn't the public have the right to know how close Iraq is to chaos? If Rumsfeld were summoned to Capitol Hill and asked if Iraq were closer or farther to chaos than a year ago, would he lie? I guess we have to assume he would, since, to Rumsfeld, to tell the truth would be giving away "classified" information.

But the larger point is this: it ultimately doesn't matter if Rummy would fess up or not, because facts are facts. That Iraq is in chaos is a fact, and no amount of denying or spinning will change that any more than Ted Haggard's gay bashing will magically make him into a heterosexual.

The refusal by the Bush administration, its supporters in Congress and its "spiritual advisers" to acknowledge reality is sick -- and potentially lethal to the well-being of our country. But it's clear they're not going to get better, because to do so would require they acknowledge reality enough to know they're sick in the first place. And they're not going to do that. They actually believe there's an alternative to the "reality-based world," and that they live in it ...


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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Yeah, What She Said ...

On Ted Haggard and his admitting to being a deceiver and a liar.


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Thoughts On Saddam's Conviction From Baghdad Burning

Of course the view from Iraq, by an Iraqi, is much different that what we saw on CNN.
When All Else Fails...

… Execute the dictator. It’s that simple. When American troops are being killed by the dozen, when the country you are occupying is threatening to break up into smaller countries, when you have militias and death squads roaming the streets and you’ve put a group of Mullahs in power- execute the dictator.


I’m more than a little worried. This is Bush’s final card. The elections came and went and a group of extremists and thieves were put into power (no, no- I meant in Baghdad, not Washington). The constitution which seems to have drowned in the river of Iraqi blood since its elections has been forgotten. It is only dug up when one of the Puppets wants to break apart the country. Reconstruction is an aspiration from another lifetime: I swear we no longer want buildings and bridges, security and an undivided Iraq are more than enough. Things must be deteriorating beyond imagination if Bush needs to use the ‘Execute the Dictator’ card.

Iraq has not been this bad in decades. The occupation is a failure. The various pro-American, pro-Iranian Iraqi governments are failures. The new Iraqi army is a deadly joke. Is it really time to turn Saddam into a martyr? ...

(please read the rest ...)


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Yup! He's Crazy.

Another conservative realizes that Bush is not crazy like a fox. He's just crazy.
George W. Bush just gave the most powerful reason for voting Democratic next Tuesday. He has reiterated unconditional support for the two architects of the chaos in Iraq, Cheney and Rumsfeld. He intends to keep Rumsfeld in his job until 2008! Why not a medal of freedom while he's at it?

Let me put this kindly: anyone who believes that Donald Rumsfeld has done a "fantastic job" in Iraq is out of his mind. The fact that such a person is president of the United States is beyond disturbing. But then this is the man who told Michael Brown he was doing a "heckuva job." And, yes, our Iraq policy begins to look uncannily like the Katrina response.

The president, in other words, has just proved that he is utterly unhinged from reality, in a state of denial truly dangerous for the world. He needs an intervention. Think of this election as an intervention against a government in complete denial and capable of driving the West off a cliff. You can't merely abstain now. Bush just raised the stakes. And he must be stopped.

Seriously, stating that Rumsfeld is doing a fantastic job is more than an assault on the intelligence of the average American who is finally waking up to reality. It is as far from the truth as you can get. I know it's hard to accept that nearly 3,000 soldiers have died and that more than 20,000 have been maimed and injured but either he's lying in the face of the truth or he is too deluded to really see it. Neither option bodes well for this war and this country.


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Shaking Hands With The Klan

I don't get Ward Connerly. I really don't. He wants to band with the Klan to obliterate Affirmative action - which also provided great advancement for white women, poor whites and other under-represented people.
The man leading the effort to ban affirmative action in Michigan, Ward Connerly, welcomes the support of the Ku Klux Klan. Connerly said, “If the Ku Klux Klan thinks that equality is right, God bless them. Thank them for finally reaching the point where logic and reason are being applied, instead of hate.” Watch it:

Connerly, “defended his remark in a statement, saying he accepts support for banning affirmative action wherever he finds it.” According to Mark Bernstein of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, the Ku Klux Klan is the “only large organization” to endorse Connerly’s ballot measure.

Last month, Connerly was photographed shaking hands with John Raterink, chairman of the Michigan chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white separatist organization. The CCC “opposes most immigration and ‘all efforts to mix the races of mankind.’”

I find it a fascinating trend that so many black male conservatives have one thing in common: white or non-black wives. Ward Connerly, John McWhorter, Alan Keyes, Clarence Thomas ... I've said it before, I'll say it again. To many black men, the civil rights movement ended when they stopped lynching black men for looking at white women (though they still try at many levels). I guess they feel they've fulfilled the American dream - or something like that.


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What Ever Happened To Church Secretaries?

I'm really starting to fully agree with Bill Maher who says that religious people have a neurological disorder. This is positively insane. Now it's the wife's fault that this man is buying meth and hiring male hookers. His wife turned him gay. Wow!
Writing in his personal blog, Driscoll offers his fellow pastors "some practical suggestions" on how to avoid the type of temptation that consumed Pastor Haggard. And near the top of his list?
"Most pastors I know do not have satisfying, free, sexual conversations and liberties with their wives. At the risk of being even more widely despised than I currently am, I will lean over the plate and take one for the team on this. It is not uncommon to meet pastors' wives who really let themselves go; they sometimes feel that because their husband is a pastor, he is therefore trapped into fidelity, which gives them cause for laziness. A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband's sin, but she may not be helping him either."

Uh-huh. Leave it to a fundamentalist Evangelical preacher to have such a profound understanding of human sexuality. Or as the inimitable sex columnist Dan Savage so aptly put it:

"I'm sure Ted Haggard is saying something along these lines to his wife right now: 'Oh, honey... I wouldn't have been having those meth-fueled ass-banging sessions with that gay hooker if you hadn't have let yourself go like that!' "

Ted Haggard isn't attractive according to any of the standards I've heard of. He looks and sounds like a complete dork yet some woman married him and had five of his children. Now she is suspected of letting herself go and causing him to run to a male whore for three years of satisfaction? Whatever happened to boinking the church secretary?


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Two So Whats

1) Doogie Howser is gay.
"Doogie Howser, M.D." star Neil Patrick Harris is all grown up and playing a womanizer in a CBS sitcom. Oh, and by the way, he's gay.

"I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest," the 33-year-old actor told People magazine yesterday.

Harris, who plays bachelor Barney on "How I Met Your Mother," said he decided to speak out in response to reports that he was trying to hide his sexuality.

I'm getting rather bored with people's gender orientation being news. Good for Doogie? Bad for Doogie? 'Taint my business.

2) Saddam Hussein gets death by hanging.
Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to death by hanging for war crimes in the 1982 killings of 148 people in the town of Dujail, as the former leader, trembling, shouted "God is great!"

As he, his half brother and another senior official in his regime were convicted and sentenced to hang, Saddam yelled out, "Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!"

So, an old man was convicted of crimes allegedly committed when we were his friend. Will the carnage stop? Will it get worse if surrounding countries with large Sunni populations rise up in protest? Will this be any more significant than any other American manufactured milestone? Why did this sentence come two days before the critical mid-term American election?


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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Throwing Bush Under The Bush

Well ain't this about a B? The people who hatched the ridiculous plan to reshape the Middle East via invading Iraq are now blaming Bush because their plan didn't work.
As Iraq slips further into chaos, the war's neoconservative boosters have turned sharply on the Bush administration, charging that their grand designs have been undermined by White House incompetence. In a series of exclusive interviews, Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman, David Frum, and others play the blame game with shocking frankness. Target No. 1: the president himself.

While I in no way excuse any of Bush's poor decisions, I just plain find it disgusting that these guys are jumping back from the plot as though they had nothing to do with it. Take a gander at these comments by key neocons who were at the root of the Iraq plan:
Richard Perle: "Huge mistakes were made, and I want to be very clear on this: They were not made by neoconservatives, who had almost no voice in what happened, and certainly almost no voice in what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad. I'm getting damn tired of being described as an architect of the war. I was in favor of bringing down Saddam. Nobody said, 'Go design the campaign to do that.' I had no responsibility for that."

No responsibility? Uh, yeah buddy!

David Frum: "I always believed as a speechwriter that if you could persuade the president to commit himself to certain words, he would feel himself committed to the ideas that underlay those words. And the big shock to me has been that although the president said the words, he just did not absorb the ideas. And that is the root of, maybe, everything."

So is he calling the President stupid?

Michael Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute freedom scholar: "Ask yourself who the most powerful people in the White House are. They are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes."

Sooooooooo ... is he blaming the women in Bush's life? WTH kinda random comment is that?

These people need to man the hell up. They'd be taking all the pats on the back they could stand had this panned out. Now that it is a certain fiasco, they want to throw the all mighty President under the bus! Cowards!


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Grooming Teenaged Boys Is Miniscule

These folks will go out of their way to sound right even when they are as wrong as the devil.
ZAHN: One final question for you about this administration: A number of evangelicals have also told me they are very angry about how government spending has increased during this administration -- the highest rate since an administration going back to the '60s. Are you troubled by that?

FALWELL: Well, I have to admit that I am not -- I am more of a fiscal conservative than some there -- but I want to say that I -- that is not where my heart is. My heart is in the sanctity of life and marriage and values and defense against terrorism. I support what the president's doing in Iraq, and if they're spending too much money, then I'll let someone else yell about that. But this president -- it's like this Mark Foley thing -- that's not going to discourage any evangelicals I know from voting. We lived through Bill Clinton, and this situation with Foley is minuscule in comparison. So, I really think it's making a mountain out of a molehill.

Since when are homosexuality and predatory practices against young people miniscule to the religious right? I don't recall seeing adultery on any ballot initiatives or proposed ammendments to the constitution while there are all kinds of measures regarding same sex activity and pedophilia. How does Jerry Falwell not know his own platform?


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As Long As He Is Still Committed To Keeping His Daughters Off The Pole

Marriage is hard and when you are leading the fast paced life of a celebrity, I can imagine that it can be more than a strain. Chris Rock's fame got him a woman that he would probably otherwise not had a chance with. But now that is going up in smoke.
TMZ has learned that Chris Rock has begun divorce proceedings against his wife of nearly 10 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. TMZ is told that the comedian has hired a high-powered divorce attorney to represent him.

The couple, married in November of 1996, has two daughters -- 4 year-old Lola and 2 year-old Zahra. Malaak is the Founder and Executive Director of StyleWORKS; a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.

When contacted, Rock's rep would only say "I cannot comment at this time."

Chris, best known for his stand-up comedy as well as for a controversial turn as the host of the 2005 Oscar telecast, once told NBC's Stone Phillips that marriage was "beautiful" but added, "If you're a guy, [your individual self] is dead. Get rid of you. Take yourself to the door and wave. Hey, see you later. It sounds horrible. I'm happier than I've ever been now that I've shot myself in the head."

I still hold him to his promise to keep his daughters off the pole.


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Glad Somebody Stopped This Madness

This is just how desperate we were about to get. They were going to send a convicted Abu Ghraib abuser back to Iraq after he served his time.
As if the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal weren't bad enough for America's image in the Middle East, it briefly appeared to much of the world that one of the men implicated in the scandal was returning to the scene of the crime.

The U.S. military told TIME on Thursday that Sgt. Santos Cardona, one of the soldiers convicted for his role in Abu Ghraib, having served his sentence, had just been sent back to serve in Iraq. Friday morning, in an apparent response to the TIME story and other media inquiries, the Pentagon at first announced that its decision to transfer Cardona to Iraq was being "evaluated" and that Cardona's movement with his unit into Iraq from a staging area in Kuwait had been "stopped." But the U.S. military in Iraq went further. "He's not coming to Iraq," Lt. Col. Josslyn L. Aberle, chief of media operations for the Multinational Corps in Iraq stated flatly. And by Friday afternoon, the Pentagon said in a statement that Cardona "will depart Kuwait and will return to Fort Bragg immediately where he will be assigned duties commensurate with his Military Occupation Specialty and rank that allows him to be a productive member of the military police corps and the United States Army."

Cardona, 32, is a military policeman from Fullerton, Calif., who served in 2003 and 2004 at Abu Ghraib as a dog handler. After pictures of Cardona using the animal to threaten Iraqis were made public, he was convicted in May of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault, the equivalent of a felony in the U.S. civilian justice system. The prosecution demanded prison time, but a military judge instead imposed a fine and reduction in rank. Though Cardona was not put behind bars, he was also required to serve 90 days of hard labor at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Before Cardona boarded a plane at Pope Air Force Base this week for the long flight to his unit's Kuwait staging area, he told close friends and family that he dreaded returning to Iraq. One family member described him as "depressed," though stoic about his fate. According to a close friend with whom Cardona spoke just before his departure, the soldier is fearful that he remains a marked man, forever linked to the horrors of Abu Ghraib — he appears in at least one al-Qaeda propaganda video depicting the abuse — and that he and comrades serving with him in Iraq could become targets for terrorists. To make matters worse, his 23rd MP Company had been selected to train Iraqi police, which have been the target of frequent assassination attempts and, according to U.S. intelligence are heavily infiltrated by insurgents. Attempts to reach Cardona directly were unsuccessful.


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Rumsfeld Must Go

So says four leading military newspapers. But what do they know?
An editorial set to appear on Monday -- election eve -- in the four leading newspapers for the military calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

The papers are the Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times. They are published by the Military Times Media Group, a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc. President Bush said this week that he wanted Rumsfeld to serve out the next two years.

"We say that Rumsfeld must be replaced,” Alex Neill, the managing editor of the Army Times, told The Virginian-Pilot Friday night. “Given the state of affairs with Iraq and the military right now, we think it’s a good time for new leadership there.”

The editorial was based on a decision of the publications’ editorial board, Neill told the paper.

The timing of the editorial was coincidental, Neill said.
But he added, "President Bush came out and said that Donald Rumsfeld is in for the duration … so it’s just a timely issue for us. And our position is that it is not the best course for the military” for Rumsfeld to remain the Pentagon chief.

Gee, they must not want America to win.


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Friday, November 03, 2006

Kanye West Is An Ass!

I'm sure I am missing somthing. I can't say that I love any of his songs or get what the hype is about him. Why, oh why, is he so full of himself?
Though the Louis Vutton Don took home Best Hip-Hop Artist honors, he crashed French duo Justice and Simian's acceptance speech after their "We Are Your Friends" video was announced as the winner. Kanye was reportedly in disbelief when his "Touch The Sky" video lost, noting that it cost $1 million to make and that it featured Pamela Anderson.

"Fuck this! Nigga, nigga...this video cost a million dollars, fam. I had Pam Anderson. I'm jumping across canyons and shit," West vented in his complaint. "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility."

"It's nothing against you, but I've never seen your video," he then added to one of the Frenchmen. "But hell no."

Who storms the stage when they don't win? Is dude on drugs or is he really that high on himself?


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He Didn't Inhale

Oh come on! What kind of sheeple does he think he is talking to? I didn't believe that Bill Clinton didn't inhale and I don't believe this guy bought meth and didn't use it.
The Rev. Ted Haggard said Friday he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a male prostitute. But the influential Christian evangelist insisted he threw the drugs away and never had sex with the man.

Haggard, who as president of the National Association of Evangelicals wielded influence on Capitol Hill and condemned both gay marriage and homosexuality, resigned on Thursday after a Denver man named Mike Jones claimed that he had many drug-fueled trysts with Haggard.

On Friday, Haggard said that he received a massage from Jones after being referred to him by a Denver hotel, and that he bought meth for himself from the man.

But Haggard said he never had sex with Jones. And as for the drugs, "I was tempted, but I never used it," the 50-year-old Haggard told reporters from his vehicle while leaving his home with his wife and three of his five children.

Jones, 49, denied selling meth to Haggard. "Never," he told MSNBC. Haggard "met someone else that I had hooked him up with to buy it."

Jones also scoffed at the idea that a hotel would have sent Haggard to him.

"No concierge in Denver would have referred me," he said. He said he had advertised himself as an escort only in gay publications or on gay Web sites.

I'm slow. I'm not really getting the massage thing. Why would he call a gay guy to do a massage? I realize that the guy has a wife and kids but he really just needs to shut up and disappear because the more he talks, the more guilty and totally retarded he looks.


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Open Book Awards 2006

Wish I could have been there.
"The African American Literary Award Show is a company created to give recognition to African Americans in the literary sector," explained Yvette Hayward, founder of AALAS, which presents the Open Book Awards. "It helps to honor, recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of African American authors and writers have made to the publishing world."

"It's the equivalent of a black Grammys, where we get out just dessert," said three-time book author LaJoyce Brookshire, who said that one of her favorite books is the Bible. "I would say [we were] displaying our art forms in a positive light. I'm all for the positivity."

Hosted by 'CSI: New York' actor and author, Hill Harper, 2006's Open Book Awards recognized winners in over 30 categories; book club members from around the country selected both nominees and winners.


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If They Stuck To Helping The Poor

It is alleged that we have yet another one. It's gotten to the point where this is no surprise and I pity those who are shocked and/or appalled. You cannot tell me that there is not some direct correlation between the bizarre Evangelical fixation on other people's sex lives and their own secret behavior.

A sudden about-face in the scandal facing New Life Church's pastor.

After Pastor Ted Haggard went public Wednesday night denying allegations of a homosexual affair, senior church officials told KKTV 11News Thursday evening, Pastor Ted Haggard has admitted to some of the claims made by a former male escort. The church's Acting Senior Pastor, Ross Parsley, tells KKTV 11 News that Pastor Haggard has admitted to some of the indiscretions claimed by Mike Jones, but not all of them.

Thursday morning, Jones went on a Denver radio talk show and said Pastor Haggard paid him for sex over the past 3 years. Jones also claims Haggard used drugs with him. Right now, the situation is under investigation by an independent panel of leaders from four outside churches. The leaders are from Colorado Springs, Larkspur, Westminster and Louisiana. The panel's role is to decide if Haggard will be exonerated, released from his duties or restored to his pastorship.

Earlier Thursday, Haggard resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals, and placed himself on administrative leave as head of New Life Church. New Life Church has an estimated 14,000 members, while the NAE claims roughly 30 million members.

If these folks would stick to emulating the work of Jesus instead of sifting through the Old Testament for ancient and obscure text, perhaps we wouldn't see so many scandals and men who "fall down."


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Just A Bill

Just yesterday, I heard Barack Obama on NPR speaking of the way bills are passed with lots of other "stuff" piled on or hidden in them. Here is an absolutely scary case. I'd like to know who added this part:

Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces.

And tucked away in a huge military authorization bill that President Bush signed two weeks ago is what some of Mr. Bowen’s supporters believe is his reward for repeatedly embarrassing the administration: a pink slip.

The order comes in the form of an obscure provision that terminates his federal oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, on Oct. 1, 2007. The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.


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Thursday, November 02, 2006

They Were Never Part Of The Plan

That women are still suffering in Afghanistan should be no surprise. With the US being a nation that is trying it's best to roll back women's rights, you know women in Afghanistan was never a consideration.
The lives of Afghanistan's women have changed little five years after the fall of the Taliban, according to a new report by a UK-based women's rights group.

Womankind Worldwide found violence against women is still endemic - and the number of women setting fire to themselves because they cannot bear their lives is rising dramatically.

The iconic images of women throwing off their burqas after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 were always a fiction. Except among a small elite in Kabul, the overwhelming majority of women in Afghanistan are still forced to cover their entire bodies and faces.

The report's researchers found that very little has changed. Between 60 and 80 per cent of all marriages in Afghanistan are forced. As many as 57 per cent of girls are married off below the age of 16, some as young as six. Because of the custom of paying a bride price, marriage is essentially a financial transaction, and girls a commodity.

The custom of baad, when girls and women are exchanged to settle debts and disputes, is still widely practised. The women are not treated as proper wives, but in effect are slave workers for their husbands.

Honour killing is also still widespread. Women are killed for dishonouring their families through "crimes" such as even being seen associating with a man. A family member kills the woman.

Even women who have been raped cannot report the crime because they risk being prosecuted for having sex outside marriage.

The Taliban were vilified for denying girls education, but even now only 19 per cent of Afghan schools are for girls and only 5 per cent of girls of secondary school age are enrolled.

And the West cannot blame the Taliban, as many of the abuses take place in the north and west, where the Taliban are not active.

In the north-east, where the Taliban never had control, a woman dies every 20 minutes in childbirth.


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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bechtel Leaving Iraq

I guess to some, the money just isn't worth it.
Bechtel Corp. went to Iraq three years ago to help rebuild a nation torn by war. Since then, 52 of its people have been killed and much of its work sabotaged as Iraq dissolved into insurgency and sectarian violence.

Now Bechtel is leaving.

The San Francisco engineering company's last government contract to rebuild power, water and sewage plants across Iraq expired on Tuesday. Some employees remain to finish the paperwork, but essentially, the company's job is done.

Bechtel's contracts were part of an enormous U.S. effort to put Iraq back on its feet after decades of wars and sanctions. That rebuilding campaign, once touted as the Marshall Plan of modern times, was supposed to win the hearts of skeptical Iraqis by giving them clean water, dependable power, telephones that worked and modern sanitation. President Bush said he wanted the country's infrastructure to be the very best in the Middle East.

But Bechtel -- which charged into Iraq with American "can-do" fervor -- found it tough to keep its engineers and workers alive, much less make progress in piecing Iraq back together.

"Did Iraq come out the way you hoped it would?" asked Cliff Mumm, Bechtel's president for infrastructure work. "I would say, emphatically, no. And it's heartbreaking."


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