Archive for October 1st, 2007

Big Whoop.

I’m not sure how this is supposed to impress me…

In March, James Webb introduced legislation demanding that the President seek congressional approval before striking Iran.

I’ve just learned that Senator Hillary Clinton will co-sponsor legislation with Webb and re-introduce it into the Senate. Exact language isn’t available, but this is what Webb offered in March.

Specifically, the amendment requires that the President seek congressional authorization prior to commencing any broad military action in Iran and it allows the following exceptions: First, military operations or activities that would directly repel an attack launched from within the territory of Iran. Second, those activities that would directly thwart an imminent attack that would be launched from Iran. Third, military operations or activities that would be in hot pursuit of forces engaged outside the territory of Iran who thereafter would enter Iran. And finally, those intelligence collection activities that have been properly noticed to the appropriate committees of Congress.

Senator Jim Webb Introduces Iran Amendment

Sure, those loopholes aren’t big enough for an unethical, dishonest, bloodthirsty president to drive a few nukes or armored convoys through. I can’t imagine Dubya making up some scary stories about Iran being about to attack us, or claiming that we had to chase some Iranian terrorists back across the border…

2 comments October 1st, 2007 at 09:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Iran

More Awfulness

I fear that Burma may be well on the way to joining Iraq, Afghanistan, and Darfur as The Most Hellish Places On Earth:

he monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning.

A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.

When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.

Jesus. It sounds to me like Burma is starting to slide down that slippery slope that ends in Cambodia, circa 1975-79. And they have no oil, so I don’t see America or anyone else doing anything more than shaking a stern finger at the military thugocracy. This is bad, very bad.

Check that; apparently they do have oil. I’m not really sure what this does to the dynamic, although I suspect that if the junta promises to be generous with the black gold, the US will find a way to turn a blind eye to the atrocities.

(h/t kirk murphy)

3 comments October 1st, 2007 at 08:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Mr. Eye, I Believe You’ve Already Met Mr. Finger.

In case you had any remaining doubts about the Bizarro universe in which we now live…

Call out a general for being a liar and willing Bush shill? Get condemned by an overwhelming majority of the Congress.

Call any troops who oppose the war “phony soldiers”? Get commended by the wingnut caucus (at the very least).

I personally think this is less about protecting Brother Rush’s ample pilonoidal backside than it’s about provoking howls of outrage from the progressive blogosphere and its handful of congressional friends.

Quite frankly, it would not surprise me if enough Bush Dogs voted for it to get it passed, just to spite us crazy hippies who give them so much grief. And then the Democrats will be completely surprised and mystified when their base sits on its hands next year.

It is also worth noting that instead of showing support for MoveOn, about half the Senate Dems and a large majority of House Dems chose to stab them in the back instead. Wanna bet that the Republicans will do the same to Rush? If so, please e-mail me right away so we can exchange PayPal info.

October 1st, 2007 at 07:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War

The Other War

Hey, how’s that democracy thing coming along in that other country that we liberated?

Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had U.S. money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars, police said Monday. Taliban militants elsewhere killed eight police.

The 15-year-old boy was hanged from a tree on Sunday in Helmand, the most violent province in the country and the world’s No. 1 poppy-growing region.

”The Taliban warned villagers that they would face the same punishment if they were caught with dollars,” said Wali Mohammad, the district police chief in Sangin.

(…)

In Sangin on Saturday, the Taliban shot and killed another man who had sought farm assistance and seeds from an international aid program, Mohammad said. The militants accused him of being a spy.

Taliban insurgents in Ghazni province, meanwhile, ambushed a police convoy Sunday, killing eight officers, said Abdul Khaliq Nikmal, spokesman for the provincial governor.

(…)

Violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent months. Last week alone violence killed more than 270 dead, including 165 militants killed in two large battles in the south and 30 people killed in a suicide bombing on an army bus in Kabul.

Well, that sure sounds pretty awesome. There must be countries lined up around the blog just begging for us to liberate them.

4 comments October 1st, 2007 at 05:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,War

NYT Is Hip, Happening, And Now

I assume I’m not the only one who’s noticed that the motto at the top of the NYT’s online homepage now reads, “All the news that’s fit to blog.”

Heh.

8 comments October 1st, 2007 at 01:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media

More Getty Villa Random Photoblogging

Some more Getty Villa photos with no particular theme:

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October 1st, 2007 at 11:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Medved Hearts Slavery

In addition to debunking Michael Medved’s bizarre and creepy column about how slavery wasn’t really such a big deal, Maha has the same question I did, which is: What exactly is it that inspires someone to say to himself, “Gee, slavery in this country really gets a bum rap these days. I think I need to set the record straight.”?

The best explanation I can think of is that conservatives like Medved are feeling just a teensy bit insecure about America’s moral superiority right now, what with all that illegal war/torture/wiretapping/corruption/politicization of government going on. Medved sees slavery as a huge blot on America’s self-image as Eternal Beacon Of Good for the world, and attempts to wipe the stain away so that Patriotic Red-Blooded Americans (white ones especially) can go back to thumping their chests about how America is the Greatest Country On Earth, and never mind all that bad stuff, because it was all for the greater good.

The dispiriting truth is that the United States is a country with very admirable and lofty ideals of freedom, democracy, and tolerance, which it often professes and rarely embodies.

Also, Michael Medved is a repulsive racist wanker.

2 comments October 1st, 2007 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging – DIY Robot MADNESS!!!

Because you can never have enough DIY robots.


ElmoSapien. So very, very wrong.


Edible robot cucumber hand. You never know when you might need one of these.

Also, probably not DIY, but the Jumping Frog Robot is pretty cool too.

(h/t ::matthew for the Elmo and not-quite-Kermit robots)

October 1st, 2007 at 07:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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