...I will fight no more forever."
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Atta boy, ... even the OECD is blurbbeling over it all.
Posted by Amicus at 3:13 AM
Saturday, May 28, 2011
In his own words, a smackdown of Nasrallah.
They really hate it when consent of the governed might imply also that Mullahs could be part of the problem, not the solution.
Posted by Amicus at 6:57 PM
Westpoint graduate and outspoken gay activist, former Lt Dan Choi was arrested in Moscow yesterday, shouting "Glasnost!", as police attempted to keep "gay" out of sight and shut down visibility/protest attempts during gay pride month:
For those who don't know, Moscow has a bloody history with the event. Also, a while back, one of Russia's chief gay activists was "disappeared", only to show up again after significant pressure about his well being and whereabouts.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
A GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE?
In the face of these impending and ongoing changes, Iraq is enduring a period of increasing instability marked
by the following:
• frequent street protests, with thousands involved in cities stretching from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad to Basrah, usually voicing anger about poor services and rampant corruption and sometimes suf ering violent repression by Iraqi police; protests have been banned in several cities
• breakdowns in the governing coalition that resolved the political stalemate last December, most notably underscored by Ayad Allawi’s refusal to take oi ce as the Chair of the proposed National Council for Higher Policies
• continuing vacancies in key cabinet oi ces, including the Ministries of Interior and Defense
• a rise in assassinations of ISF personnel
Posted by Amicus at 2:26 PM
After Senator Robert Byrd emerged from his private meeting with the White House regulars during the Iraq war debate, he warned that he saw an arrogance with that President and called on the WH to level with the American people about the cost of the war.
So, did you ever expect to read these words, about how long this whole thing might last?:
"I am pleased to present this 29th Quarterly Report to the United States Congress and the Secretaries of State and Defense." - SIGR, which took a long time to get off the ground
Posted by Amicus at 2:21 PM
Going into 2011 peak demand period, electricity generation in Iraq is ... flat. (Oil production is flat, too, although they seem to be peddling faster, now, on exploration contracts). (pdf from State Dept.)
Iraq recently signed agreement with Iran for it to supply gas for electricity gen. Pathetic.
"Continuing Discontent over Public Services Echoing dissent in other Middle Eastern countries this winter, Iraqi protests coalesced around collective anger over poor government services, rampant public corruption, and a lack of jobs. Many took to the streets because of frequent electricity shortages—a grievance that will become all the more aggravated as summer approaches. Despite rising demand, Iraq’s supply of electricity has remained almost l at since autumn 2009. Nationally, the government grid supplied about 56% of estimated demand this quarter, though regional dif erences
abound, with the Kurdistan Region being far better of than the southern provinces of Babylon, Najaf, and Qadissiya."-SIGR
Posted by Amicus at 1:20 PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Q: If Netanyahu is so concerned with 'security', would he accept 'security cooperation' with the Hamas, under any circumstances (as was so beneficial under the Wye accords, at least for a while)? If it saved lives ...
And, if so, why not also negotiate?
Netanyahu made a show to the camera (pun intended) of telling Congress that a heckler there is like a 'badge of honor', because speaking your mind is not like the faux democracies in Tehran, etc.
But, what are negotiations except talks?
Why is Netanyahu so pleased to laud speech, on the one hand, but reject 'talks' on the other?
Posted by Amicus at 12:52 AM
Posted by Amicus at 12:33 AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
"This isn't even fun anymore ... I just feel sorry for you guys."
It's so much easier to "discriminate" when you do it behind million dollar ad buys (and object to having your own ads shown in court, as happened during the Prop8 trial), ...
hummm...I think we're going to get an earful about the Golan ... er, no, it'll be about how Israel cannot - couldn't even possibly imagine - compromise on Jerusalem, right, no matter what the price?:
The Israeli prime minister did not expand on his ideas for peace discussions, but he promised he would lay them out in more detail Tuesday, when he addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress.-LA Times
Netanyahu's coalition have to try to convince Americans, so they can at least say they tried, I guess.
Posted by Amicus at 2:23 AM
Monday, May 23, 2011
Read the story. You probably can guess the basic storyline ...
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Occam, a biologist, never said, the simplest way is the best way or whatever. He said, after observing a particular stimulus-response mechanism, "entia non multiplicanda sunt praeter necessitatem."
This does not alter the rest of the points about complexity the author makes, but leave Occam out of it, for the sake of purity - and my grade school biology teacher.
Posted by Amicus at 2:16 PM
Proponents now have a year or so to buy disinformation ads about gays and generally stoke the fires of fear, doubt, and uncertainty over gays who love each other.
Posted by Amicus at 3:21 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wait 'till BHL finds out that it was mossad who set up DSK at the Sofitel.
(It's a joke, not part of the crazy 'mossad did everything' conspiracy nuts. And, yes, the timing is bad for this kind of a joke.
But, you do have to admit that the whole thing has the patina of a spy novel set-up, no?)
Posted by Amicus at 10:38 AM
We had to pay in blood and treasure for the authoritarians and the rightwingers to "get it".
Posted by Amicus at 10:21 AM
How Dennis Ross ... lacks the vision thing, at a minimum, even if one agrees with some of his tacks or insights.
Posted by Amicus at 9:38 AM
Taking a page from well known rejectionist attitudes, Netanyahu positioned himself for maximal advantage in the US elections.
The US election cycle is clearly part of strategic national consideration in Israel, no?
For Israeli rejectionists: Play for time just after each election, then press the case for more Bush-era "let Israel do what it wants" attitude just before each election. If things start to tilt toward peace, stir the pot with provocations of one kind or another.
Nevertheless, the situation is almost intractable with Hamas - whatever happened to the hope that Gazans would ultimately reject their dead-end, single-minded leadership? How are attitudes in Gaza today?
Posted by Amicus at 9:00 AM
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
NOM'S CAMPAIGN OF FEAR, LIES, AND INTIMIDATION
GLAD, often the purveyors of some of the most detailed advocacy, have issued a well compiled rebuttal to the DOMA testimony recently allowed to be propagated on the Hill by the new GOP-Tea chairman of the House judiciary committee.
Of special note is their documented section on what the facts are in the case of Catholic Charities in Massachusetts and adoption.
All of it here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Shrug or hug? Probably some of both. Apparently, visibility is still needed in 2011. Sigh.
Posted by Amicus at 10:15 AM
The media is the story. True, one could edit together a bunch of stuff to make left-leaning talk shows look scary, but this is more of the hand-in-the-cookie-jar variety expose, especially when it comes to candidate Obama's aggressive posture to conduct "common sense" ops (with a particular country specified, no less!):
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Plenty of those who would torture among us, still.
But AS is short one pragmatic reason, at least: If you come to be known as a torture state, then you are less likely to acquire live "assets" to interrogate. They'll be more likely to kill themselves, first.
Posted by Amicus at 5:31 PM
Monday, May 16, 2011
Is Treasury Secretary Geithner's move to stop making payments into Federal pension plans a smart move or dumb?
It re-inforces the idea that Democrats believe pension obligations are ... flexible, ex negotio, even if there is a "promise" to catch-up later.
On the heels of the ill-advised Social Security "tax holiday", it's bad politics.
Posted by Amicus at 1:08 PM
Sorry, this just never gets old:
Space Shuttle: Endeavour
Primary Payload: Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and ELC-3
Launch Date: May 16
Launch Time: 8:56 a.m. EDT
Launch Pad: 39A
Landing: June 1
Landing Time: 2:32 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission Duration: 16 days
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Posted by Amicus at 11:50 AM
Sunday, May 15, 2011
In addition to not commenting on Osama bin Laden's polygamy, the MSM doesn't ask why the defense of marriage does not extend to excluding people who have tried and failed at "traditional marriage".
So, over to you, "Ann Coulter" wannabes. If gays have "their cross to bear" (hers, not my words), then why do nongays get a pass? I mean, if nongays "fail" at their marriage, why isn't their "cross" celibacy?
Gingrich also was asked about his three marriages and his infidelities.
“I have made mistakes in my life,” he said. “I had to go to God for forgiveness and seek reconciliation.”
He asked Americans to look at who he was today, calling his marriage “strong” and describing his relationship with his two daughters and their husbands as “close.”
Or, maybe, if marriage can survive the moral blur that is already upon it, it will also survive, as an institution, if extended to loving, committed, gay couples.
Posted by Amicus at 3:46 PM
Friday, May 6, 2011
Remember that phrase from Waiting for God, "the idiot Baines"?
Just heard O'Reilly try to bring the "truth" about the raid, yet again, to the viewing public, who couldn't care less.
However, the rightwing refuse to report on Osama's polygamy. They refer to one woman shot only has "his wife", rather than indicating that he had many.
Separately, I continue to be shocked at the number or people who are apparently talking to journalists about a covert operation. To be sure, we classify too much, but ...
It's almost no point watching cable news for perspective, much.
Alan Greyson, yesterday, said something about President Bush being in a drunken stupor. How idiotic (and nonfactual?).
Just now, I heard Geraldo wax on to O'Reilly how often he had dreamed, as incident to all his travels and adventures, that he had been the one to kill UBL himself. *blink*
This is what sells advertising, today, in America? Good grief.
Posted by Amicus at 8:33 PM