It is rumored that Rumsfeld actually has people write his speeches for him! Troops hearing patriotic speech are set up...
That is, of course, a spoof of a drudge headline I dreamed up because a lot of Bush apologists such as drudge and rush limbaugh (who avoided serving in Vietnam because he had "anal cysts") are all up in arms because that guy from the 278th who asked rumsfeld why they weren't properly armored was apparently coached somewhat by a Chattanooga reporter. They are saying rumsfeld was "set up."
Whos side are these people on anyway? The troops or the politicians?
The answer is depressing. The politicians are the only properly armored Americans these days, protected by a vast shield of assholes who will deflect the stealthiest hint of political flak even if it originates from our own soldiers who are being ordered into battle with little more than a car door between them and the afterlife.
The cheers from the soldiers showed that they don't care where the question came from. Funny, the armor manufacturers say they're ready to fill orders if the military will just ask. Maybe we should send that reporter in to coach the Army procurers on how to ask for the fucking armor.
They dole out a billion dollars to halliburton like it's nothing and send troops in with vulnerable Humvees and, for a while, without body armor and if one dare ask why, theese assholes jump into action to deflect the bullet and proclaim the politician a victim. Forget those guys dying for lack of armor, we got an ambushed ivy-league politician here!!
I was against the war, but when we start talking about guys on the ground the politics go out the window. I got pissed off when people attacked Kerry for coming back from the war and speaking against it. They said he called the troops murderers, but if you read what he said all those years ago, it was clear that he was saying it was the fault of the politicians. He did tell stories of war atrocities, but he never once said the troops were to blame, it was the politicians for putting them in such a horrible position that resulted in shitty things happening.
That's how I feel about Iraq. Our troops are just trying their best to do their job, it's the politicians fault every time one of them makes a mistake and wipes out a family, it's their fault for putting them in this chaotic place where life and death situations happen too fast to make the proper decisions 100% of the time.
When it comes to politicians and soldiers, I'm on the side of the soldiers because they work in the most honest endeavour of all, life and death, while politicians spend the day sipping lattes and getting kickbacks while telling lie after lie.
People like drudge and rush limbaugh and other the apologists for the administration have only two modes, protect and attack. They protect anyone with an R next to their name and attack anyone who even so much as questions them, be they a democrat, a republican, or even a soldier.
I see through people like that and I hope you do too. In their world rumsfeld was "set up", he's a victim, and that soldier doesn't mean shit. These assholes don't give a damn about anything or anyone but their political masters. They are whores to these miserable bastards.
Tennessee's 278th puts Rumsfeld on the spot
Today, SecDef Rummsfeld dropped in on the boys for a little pep talk, because when you're sending boys off to war while pushing papers and kissing the president's ass it's pretty damn easy to be peppy.
But he picked up a bit of a heckler. One soldier asked Rumsfeld,
"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?"Hundreds of troops cheered the soldier, who was Spc. Thomas Wilson from Nashville of the 278th Regimental Combat Team of the Tennessee Army National Guard. It's not clear whether everyone else there was from the 278th or not. The 278th is based in Tennessee, with units spread throughout east and middle TN, a lot of them here around Knoxville.
Rumsfeld asked the soldier to repeat the question.
"A lot of us are getting ready to move north (into Iraq) relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up, dropped, busted -- picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat."Yeah, 6 yards of solid steel would be desirable, but at the very least a plate of steel would be simple for the Army to provide. After all these guys, and gals, are getting killed both on the way to Iraq and on the way home.
"We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us north."
Rumsfeld's reply was that "not every vehicle has the degree of armor that it would be desirable for it to have."
Rumsfeld added, "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."In other words, calm down. Tough shit.
Those guys are soldiers and will soldier on with or without uparmored Humvees. They aren't bitching and whining. They just want to know why the Army thinks a slab of metal is worth more than their life. And Rumsfeld seems to have a hard time fathoming why they could be so upset when he sends them to battle on the cheap. 'Course, he's never been shot at so it probably all seems remote to him.
Fuck him and this whole goddamn war. I wouldn't take ten Princeton peacetime ROTC Navy pilot forture-500 Donald H. Rumsfelds for one Spc. Thomas Wilson from Nashville of the 278th Regimental Combat Team of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
You did it, didn't you...You maniacs!
The headlines only give part of the story. "Congress Approves Sweeping Intelligence Bill" they say, but what they neglect to mention is that it's doubtful that more than a handful in congress actually read the bill before passing it, if anyone did at all.
The final draft of this 3,000 page bill which will instate the most monumentous, and expensive, changes in intelligence, security, and internal federal law enforcement matters of our lifetime wasn't available for congressmen to read yesterday at 2PM. How likely is it that they got copies later in the day and read all 3,000 pages before voting on it a few hours later?
I have to give them the benefit of the doubt for the fact that this bill has been debated in congress for a while now, but how do they, and we, know what was in the final bill? Was anything slipped in at the last minute, as congresspersons are apt to do? Will there be more assaults on the Constitution like we saw in the unPatriot Act? Will we now have to register for a national ID? It doesn't take much. The unPatriot Act only has a dozen or so sections that totally obliterate most of the Bill Of Rights.
The unPatriot Act was 400 pages and congress only had three hours to read the final bill it before voting. It wasn't until weeks later that the full extent of the Act was realized. I don't know what time the vote was held today, but the fools have passed a 3,000 page bill that, at best, they may have had available for reading at the end of the day yesterday.
As the crazed Joseph McCarthy said "How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster?"
A good lottery story
This story of the woman who won the $27 million California state lottery was on the front page of a local paper today and on waxy as well. Very touching.
saluting telephone poles
Salon reports that "A veteran [intelligence] sergeant who told his commanding officers that he witnessed his colleagues torturing Iraqi detainees was strapped to a gurney and flown out of Iraq -- even though there was nothing wrong with him."
You read on to find that his CO called him delusional and ordered him to have a psychiatric examination. When the psychiatrist found him to be "completely normal" the CO told him it was an intelligence matter and that he had to call him nuts so he'd get shipped out of Iraq.
This story is interesting because that's precisely what intelligence types do to get people out of theater. I've read of dozens of such instances during the Vietnam war, from special forces and intel. Though it's an old trick to get rid of whistleblowers, it's often done for the benefit of the person getting the shaft as well, though they may not see it that way.
One particular story that comes to mind is that of Sergeant Major Franklin D Miller. Miller spent a total of six years fighting in Vietnam and was awarded the Medal of Honor in June 1971. But in November 1971 he was sent for a physical and kept overnight so they could give him an EKG the next day. The next morning he woke up strapped to a gurney being loaded into an airplane for the states. He was told that members of his A-team had said he was walking around saluting telephone poles but the real reason is that since he was a CMoH winner, it would be embarrassing to let him get killed in Vietnam and it was decided that it was time for him to go home.
Things I will never understand
I will never understad why some journalists got in trouble with the justice department for the Valerie Plame leak while Robert Novak is getting off scot free. Novak was first to report her name and he said in print that the name was given to him by two senior white house officials. The other reporters supposedly also happened to know her identity, but they never said anything about it or how they knew or anything. Why would anyone focus the investigation on people who just happened to be in the know rather than the person responsible for breaking the story and who has already admitted that he knows who committed the leak?
Nor will I ever understand why the American taxpayers are paying a $20 million utility bill for the Palestinians. Ironically, it is to go directly to Israeli utility companies, so we're more or less footing two welfare bills at once. Where in the Constitution does it say that our money can pay for foreigners' utility bills and where does it say the president has the authority to directly give a penny of our money to anyone?
I will also never understand how Chicago won an Oscar in 2002, but that's kinda unrelated.
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There was an old Iraqi man...
... who had lived 40 years in the USA (Chicago) and who wanted to plant potatoes in his garden. However he was a little too old and frail to till the soil before planting so he wrote an e-mail to his only son who was in Paris studying at the time, explaining his problem.
I am feeling very sad because I will be unable to plant my potatoes this year. I am far too old for such heavy work. If only you were here my problems would disappear, for you are young and strong and could till and turn the soil without any bother.
A couple of days later he received a mail from his son.
Whatever you do don't touch the earth in our garden. That is where I have the "you know what" hidden.
That night at 4am, the garden is invaded by the local police, the FBI, the CIA, a SWAT team, the Rangers, the Marines, Steven Seagal, Silvester Stallone and a few more of the Pentagon's elite. They dig for hours looking for bomb making equipment, anthrax etc. but find nothing and eventually leave discretely.
The next day the old man receives another mail from his son:
I am sure by now the earth is perfect for planting your potatoes. It's the best I could do under the circumstances.
This blog is dedicated to exposing the actual translations of Hanzi and Kanji tattoos that are all the rage in non asian countries like the U.S. I have always enjoyed people who think they're getting an asian tattoo saying something cool like "wild child" "rebel without a cause" when instead they're getting a tattoo that says "fat chicken" or "see your dentist regularly".
Someone needs a metal exam in Washington
I once blogged about Bush's "New Freedom Initiative" and how the term had already been used once in in Woodrow Wilson's liberal "New Freedom" program, which was oddly a hell of a lot more conservative than anything Bush has ever spoken of. Bush's New Freedom Initiative is different in that it is focused on people with disabilities while Wilson's dealt with the economy.
At any rate, Illinois is the testbed for Bush's New Freedom Initiative and they recently passed measures that are supposed to become the template on which a federal program will be derived (more info here and here). The Illinois program was based on federal recommendations and was designed to be one "containing short-term and long-term recommendations to provide comprehensive, coordinated mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for children from birth through age 18."
Sounds simple enough. It's just another liberal program to spend taxpayer dollars to provide mental health coverage to kids, more or less.
Then the details emerge and we see that it's not really a service that they're providing, it's more of a prison.
The Illinois bill requires mandatory mental screenings of pregnant women up to a year after they have the child. it requires children to be screened from birth until age five and their results will sent to the state to be kept in a database where the child's mental health can be monitored, I assume, for the rest of their life. Children will again undergo "social-emotional development screening" until they're 18 every time they pass a "transition time" which means after Kinderegarten, after third grade, after 8th grade etc and will be given "social-emotional development report cards" somehow and at some time, it's not really clear.
There is no provision for either the students or the parents rights so it's conceivable that children could be tossed out of school or that parents could be arrested on child neglect charges for not having these screenings or taking any prescribed medications.
Now keep in mind that the Illinois program is supposed to be a template for a federal program, and that Arlen Specter and billionairre Bill Frist were responsible for removing language from the federal bill which would require a parent's consent for the mental screenings and for prescribing drugs to the children.
Is anyone scared yet?
Someone please come find me in Canada when a conservative is elected.