Monday, July 31, 2006

Benificent Israel

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This from Haaretz.com via Left I on the News:


97 fatalities in Gaza, but all eyes are on Lebanon

By Avi Issacharoff

The Israel Defense Forces has killed 97 people in the Gaza Strip since the fighting began in Lebanon. Most of them were armed, and the rest were civilians - children, women, men, the elderly. The large number of fatalities suggests the IDF is engaged in indiscriminate killing under the cover of the war in the north.

Some Gaza Strip residents say, however, that the military pressure is not as bad as it was before the fighting in Lebanon began on July 12.

"The IDF is concentrating on Hezbollah," says Amjad, a Fatah activist in the Gaza Strip.

He says the problem is not the force the IDF is exerting but the absence of media coverage. "Last Wednesday 23 Palestinians were shot dead near Sajaiya, and even the Arab TV channels were busy with the nine IDF soldiers who were killed. In the past such a large number of fatalities would have raised an international storm. Today nobody counts how many Palestinians are killed."

Read the entire article.

OK, I've been paying attention and I haven't heard a damn thing about the 23 killed at Sajaiya.

I also didn't know the toll was 97. I knew it was high but....

Nice to know that it's much, much worse than any of us realized.

Pamela, vampiress from Atlas Shrugs, is in Israel for the fireworks. This woman is a piece of work. She writes:

Returning to my room and turning on the news (No FOX!), I can not make it official, CNN (Crescent News Network) makes Goebbels propaganda look like childs play. At least then we knew it was Naza state propaganda but CNN is "independent" They are anything but. They are jihad TV. Their portrayal of events in Lebanon are such lies, such Jew hatred -- it is nothing short of frightening. Nothing is as they say it is.It is as if they are getting their talking points straight from Hezb'Allah. If I hear the "Israeli war machine" one more time, I'll scream. It's a handful of Jews fighting for their lives. Where are the news reports of the bombing of Nahariyah Hospital and the destruction of its fourth floor and the Department of Eye Diseases, in which Arabs and Jews have been treated, and where Arab and Jewish interns wor? All this whining about the Lebanese people not having enough money to leave their towns (as the benificent Israel has told them to do.) Tell Hezb'Allah to stop buying armaments and bombs and buyt their human shields a one way ticket out.

CNN screaming all day for a HUDNA so that the jihadis can rearm. Sick, sick, sick. Why? For access as they did by covering for Saddams heinous acts of barbarism? These CNN dhimmis will be the first ones getting their pretty little heads chopped off if the savages they are supporting should win. A CEASEFIRE IS A DEATH SENTENCE FOR iSRAEL.

"All this whining about the Lebanese people not having enough money to leave their towns (as the benificent Israel has told them to do,)"

You mean the people ordered from their homes prior to having them razed by the IDF? The people targeted by Iraeli jets as they flee?

Benificent Israel?

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Nemo's World: A Farewell to Freedom

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Now it appears they're trying to flush the Bill of Rights COMPLETELY "down the memory hole"! The audacity of these Fascist bastards in even *proposing* such an overtly Totalitarian measure goes far *beyond* any concept of "astounding".

Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- an *honorable* US President -- wisely advised in the midst of the Great Depression, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." But fear it we must!! For what we are now witnessing is the "ripening" of the inevitable fruits of the Politics of Fear so cynically employed by the Bush Regime: relentless erosions and outright eliminations of the very Constitutional freedoms that *define* America. This "presidency", so utterly unlike Roosevelt's own, is vigorously striving to put the US on a fast track to Fascist dictatorship.

This Rogue Regime MUST be stopped! As things stand already, we may not even *make* it to the next (assuredly rigged) elections with any *semblance* of a Constitutional Democracy left intact. The "writing" has long been on the wall. Now this "administration" -- as unmistakable a "wolf in sheep's clothing" as has ever occupied the White House -- is attempting to chisel it in permanently, as Totalitarian "law".

Bush Submits New Terror Detainee Bill
Associated Press

U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration ...

According to the draft, the military would be allowed to detain all "enemy combatants" until hostilities cease. The bill defines enemy combatants as anyone "engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners who has committed an act that violates the law of war and this statute."

Legal experts said Friday that such language is dangerously broad and could authorize the military to detain indefinitely U.S. citizens who had only tenuous ties to terror networks like al Qaeda. ...

Scott L. Silliman, a retired Air Force Judge Advocate, said the broad definition of enemy combatants is alarming because a U.S. citizen loosely suspected of terror ties would lose access to a civilian court - and all the rights that come with it. Administration officials have said they want to establish a secret court to try enemy combatants that factor in realities of the battlefield and would protect classified information.

The administration's proposal, as considered at one point during discussions, would toss out several legal rights common in civilian and military courts, including barring hearsay evidence, guaranteeing "speedy trials" and granting a defendant access to evidence. The proposal also would allow defendants to be barred from their own trial and likely allow the submission of coerced testimony. ...
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"... Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
~ Patrick Henry, 1775

~ Nemo [a future PUTATIVE "enemy combatant"]

Issues

Having some browser issues. Internet Explorer puts my links and archives down at the bottom of the screen. However, everything displays just fine with Firefox. Any of you tech heads out there know what's up with IE?

Can we put him in charge?

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Sadiq Khan says the most sensible thing anyone has said about this whole bloody mess:

The people being killed happen to be mainly Muslims. But that is not the point. The point is that war crimes should be condemned no matter who commits them, or whom they are committed against, and whether they are committed in the name of some evil racism or a misplaced sense of what will defeat terrorism. If British foreign policy cannot command greater respect among its own citizens, what chance is there in the Middle East?

Full article here

When the little guys fight back


Israel pulls out of Hezbollah stronghold


Israel's pullback of its forces from the border town of Bint Jbail ended the bloodiest siege in what has so far been only a limited ground incursion into southern Lebanon. Israel has said it will carry out a number of such incursions rather than launch a full-fledged invasion.

The weeklong battle underscored Israel's difficulty in pushing back guerrillas who have been preparing for years for this fight, building up arsenals and digging in with tunnels and shelters in caves.

Bombardment by Israeli forces and rocket fire from guerrillas was intense Saturday morning around the Hezbollah stronghold, Lebanese security officials said.

But by Saturday afternoon, Israel had withdrawn. Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, head of Israel's northern command, said Israel never intended to occupy Bint Jbail or to get "stuck in one place." He insisted the real mission — "to destroy infrastructure and kill terrorists" — had been a success.


Not so easy when your targets can shoot back, now is it?

Despite the fact that the mighty IDF threw everything they had at Bint Jbail, they were turned back.

Despite the best armor and air support the United States can supply, despite days of pounding by artillery, they took dozens of casualties and were forced to withdraw without taking their objective.

As a matter of fact, it seems both imperial powers at work in the region are really great at killing large numbers of civilians from high altitude. But when it comes to actually standing and fighting, things seem to fall all to pieces.

Careful guys, or people might start to wonder which side God is really on.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

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What we're seeing here, in a sense, is the growing -- the birth pangs of a new Middle East and whatever we do we have to be certain that we're pushing forward to the new Middle East not going back to the old one.

Condoleezza Rice
July 21,2006


Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ, and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Matthew Chapter 24 Verses 4-8
(New International Version)



They seem to be following the script quite well

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Nemo's World: Israeli Open Season on Blue Helmets

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Well, they've gone and done it. It seems all but assured that officials of the Israeli government and/or the IDF took it upon themselves to *deliberately* attack a known UN post in southern Lebanon, killing four observers in the process. The mass of details -- including the assault's FOUR HOUR duration -- clearly belies any pretense of an "unfortunate accident".

This was obviously a willful act of unprovoked aggression committed against United Nations personnel by the state of Israel. To put it in "Israeli" terms, it was an unmistakable ACT OF WAR!

UN Attack Looks Deliberate: Annan
Agence France-Presse

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan today said he was "shocked" at Israel's "apparently deliberate targeting" of a UN post in Lebanon, in which up to four UN observers were killed.

Mr Annan described the strike as a "co-ordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked UN post."

He said it took place "despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that UN positions would be spared Israeli fire."

"Furthermore, General Alain Pelligrini, the UN Force Commander in south Lebanon, had been in repeated contact with Israeli officers throughout the day on Tuesday, stressing the need to protect that particular UN position from attack. ...

[Read on for further detail; two aditional reports follow the first.]
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Of course, this type of audacious treachery is certainly nothing *new* for Israel. Remember the USS Liberty? It's a shockingly similar example of a cutthroat betrayal by our supposed "ally".

The Assault on the USS Liberty Still Covered Up After 26 Years
by James M. Ennes Jr. [Washington Report; June 1993]

Twenty-six years have passed since that clear day on June 8, 1967 when Israel attacked the USS Liberty with aircraft and torpedo boats, killing 34 young men and wounding 171. The attack in international waters followed over nine hours of close surveillance. Israeli pilots circled the ship at low level 13 times on eight different occasions before attacking. Radio operators in Spain, Lebanon, Germany and aboard the ship itself all heard the pilots reporting to their headquarters that this was an American ship. They attacked anyway. And when the ship failed to sink, the Israeli government concocted an elaborate story to cover the crime.

There is no question that this attack on a U.S. Navy ship was deliberate. This was a coordinated effort involving air, sea, headquarters and commando forces attacking over a long period. It was not the "few rounds of misdirected fire" that Israel would have the world believe. Worse, the Israeli excuse is a gross and detailed fabrication that disagrees entirely with the eyewitness recollections of survivors. Key American leaders call the attack deliberate. More important, eyewitness participants from the Israeli side have told survivors that they knew they were attacking an American ship. ...
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Even the same duplicitous Israeli M.O. was manifested in both cases, evidenced by those hauntingly similar descriptions. They knew in advance; they clearly identified the target; and then they attacked it ruthlessly and at length in a highly coordinated assault!

One can only conclude that the government of Israel is inherently capable of the most vicious, "mad dog" exhibitions of murderous treachery. But then, we largely already knew that from the appalling events of the past few weeks.

This utterly despicable act just "ups the score" of infamy for the Zionist state.

~ Nemo

A picture's worth a thousand tears

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Thanks to Barnita, for pointing to B's post. I don't know how parents in war zones do it. I would be terrified. I guess you just react and react until you get somewhere safe and can fall all to pieces. I've looked at war through lots of different filters, but this is the first I've looked at as a parent.

Looking through fear-colored glasses.

Monday, July 24, 2006

The Ultimate Internet Smackdown

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I don't ever, ever want to get on Mark Spittle's bad side.

I keep picturing the steam coming from Rocco's ears when he reads these.

And I smile.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Can we put him in charge?

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Juan Cole is brilliant.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

To the Faithful

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For Norma, who taught me to be proud of my unbelief.



We are simply living in separate realities.

The mindset that is now so gleefully cheering an all-out war in the Middle East comes from a different reality than the one that you and I share.

In this reality, some innocent people simply have to die. And if they are in proximity to a terrorist, no matter their age or status, they are not innocent.

In this reality, ethnic cleansing is called "trying to minimize civilian casualties".

In this reality, this is all OK because it's part of God's plan.

And here we get to the 8000-pound gorilla in the room. Religion. We are all viewing the growing crisis in the Middle East through the lens of our faiths, or lack thereof.

The God of the fundamentalists in America and the Middle East really loves it when his children kill each other. That's the only reason I can come up with for him to keep ordering his followers to off each other at such an astonishing rate.

If your faith tells you that that it was God himself that gave Israel to the Jews, then any "collateral damage" in "defending" Israel is OK because it's part of the plan. Says so in the Torah. Written by the Jews.

If you are of the faith that says the infidels must be scourged from the earth, then it's just fine to behead helpless captives and launch missiles into civilian neighborhoods. Repeatedly.

If you are of the faith that says your God is going to return as soon as most of the Jews and Muslims obliterate each other, you really don't have much of stake in making peace between them.

Frankly, I've about had it with all three of you goddamned idiots.

You're all like a bunch of stupid, spoiled children playing with a loaded gun.

See, I don't believe in your imaginary friends that sound just like voices in your head and happen to write books with the hands of humans. I also don't believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny.

And when I stopped believing in fairytales, life became very precious to me.

I believe every single life, every human being, is a rare and precious thing. And when you kill, when you take life, it's over. They're not coming back. They're not in heaven with the angels, nor are they in some other Paradise with or without virgins.

They are dead. They can never be replaced. There will never, ever, be another one of the individuals that has been killed needlessly in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, or Israel.

Their single light in the universe is gone. Snuffed out.

Forever.



This is the reality in which I live. The reality in which lots of people live. It's hard and it's scary. We don't know that "everything is going to work out", we don't believe we will see our loved ones in some eternal hereafter. We get one shot at loving them, here and now.

But for all the trouble, we get the unique perspective on humanity. That we are this wonderful, violent, fearful, angry group of really smart monkeys on a planet in some out-of-the-way corner of the vast universe. And if we can ever overcome our childish superstitions, all of them, we could have a shot at making this place here, Earth, our paradise.

So, to the bloody faithful: Take your Gods, guns, and glory and shove them up your asses.

We don't want to play anymore.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Captions

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Fearguth at Bildungblog shows once again that he has the best captions on the internet.

A Friend of Israel

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Tom Hayden tells how he came to see the light in this wonderful article. He also reminds us that we've been here before:

When we arrived at the Israeli-Lebanon border, the game plan promised by Benny Navon had changed utterly. Instead of a localized border conflict, Israel was invading and occupying all of Lebanon with us in tow. Its purpose was to destroy militarily the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) haven in Lebanon. This had been Gen. Ariel Sharon's secret plan all along...

Hmmmm....Israel invading Lebanon get rid of the militant's "haven".

Hezbollah was formed in answer to this invasion.

Israel stayed for eighteen years.

I've said it before, I will say it again: The United States, hell the western world, will not know any sort of peace or security for generations because of what we have done in the Middle East, and what we are facilitating through our support for Israel.

But if you don't believe me.....


The events that affected my soul in a direct way started in 1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon and the American Sixth Fleet helped them in that. This bombardment began and many were killed and injured and others were terrorised and displaced.

I couldn't forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs, women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed along with their occupants and high rises demolished over their residents, rockets raining down on our home without mercy.

The situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child, powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand a conversation that doesn't include a weapon? And the whole world saw and heard but it didn't respond.

In those difficult moments many hard-to-describe ideas bubbled in my soul, but in the end they produced an intense feeling of rejection of tyranny, and gave birth to a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.

And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.

And that day, it was confirmed to me that oppression and the intentional killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy. Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance.


Osama bin-Laden
November 1, 2004

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Nemo's World: Fightin' Words

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With all due respect to those who are indeed fighting "the good fight", it is the obnoxious demagogues cited below (among others) who need to be ground into the dirt from whence they sprang, if anything is to change. While outwardly "oblivious" to the *realities* of these barbaric, utterly unprovoked, GENOCIDAL attacks perpetrated by the government of Israel -- totally unrecognizable as any appropriate, proportional form of military "response" -- these frothing NeoConNazi cheerleaders would have the US not only *support* this Zionist bloodbath, but purposefully *escalate* it into a full-blown regional holocaust, based solely on their coldly opportunistic, rampantly militaristic, and utterly racist fantasies about "ultimate culpability"!

When is enough finally ENOUGH?? It's clearly time to purge this country -- by any means necessary -- of its insatiably bloodthirsty Nazi wannabes, who invariably sit comfortably desk-bound as they advocate the wholesale slaughter of OTHERS, primarily innocents!

Energised Neo-Cons Say Israel's Fight is Washington's
by Jim Lobe [IPS]

Seeing a major opportunity to regain influence lost as a result of setbacks in Iraq, prominent neo-conservatives are calling for unconditional U.S. support for Israel's military offensives in Gaza and Lebanon and "regime change" in Syria and Iran, as well as possible U.S. attacks on Tehran's nuclear facilities in retaliation for its support of Hezbollah.

In a Weekly Standard column entitled "Our War", editor William Kristol Sunday called Iran "the prime mover behind the terrorist groups who have started this war" which, he argued, should be considered part of "the global struggle against radical Islamism."

He complained that Washington recently has done a "poor job of standing up and weakening Syria and Iran" and called on President George W. Bush himself to fly directly from the "silly (Group of Eight) summit in St. Petersburg... to Jerusalem, the capital of a nation that stands with us, and is willing to fight with us, against our common enemies."

"This is our war, too," according to Kristol, who is also a founder and co-chairman of the recently lapsed Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

"All of us in the free world owe Israel an enormous thank-you for defending freedom, democracy, and security against the Iranian cat's-paw wholly-owned terrorist subsidiaries Hezbollah and Hamas," echoed Larry Kudlow, a neo-conservative commentator, at the Standard's right-wing competitor, The National Review. ...
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For additional insights into the true nature of the modern "Republican" mindset, see John Dean's Triumph of the Authoritarians. Any gap between this twisted ideology and the historical realities of Germany's own experiment with National Socialism is barely distinguishable.

It's time to exorcise this foul NeoConNazi appartion -- the ceaseless purveyor of vicious lies, belligerence, misery, and death -- and permanently lay it to rest. It's time for those who call for war and MORE war as a proposed "solution" to receive a taste of it themselves.

~Nemo

Beirut 7/18/06
















Just loved this pic

Monday, July 17, 2006















Would she have been a doctor?

A mother?

An artist?

A musician?

A good citizen?

Would she laugh with a brother or sister?

What was she thinking as she died?

Did she hate Israel?

Was terror her goal?

She will never see another sunrise. She will never be hungry.

Or afraid.

Or happy.

She will never smile again when she sees her mommy.

She will never see, know, or do anything again.

Do you see her?

How does she make you feel?

Powerful?

Justified?

Angry?

Sorry?

Anything at all?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Olmert and Bush: The Deciders

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The right and the criminally uninformed (yeah, I know) still sneer whenever you say that Bush's puppetmasters have world domination on their minds.

Regime change, for those of you that rode the small bus to school, is about taking over another country and giving them the government we think they should have.

But wait! It gets better!

Now, America and Israel, with our combined Judeo-Christian might, can also form nations, as they see fit.

Bush speaking at a G8 presser is asked about the situation between Israel/Palestine and the rest of the ME homies:

But let's step back for a minute. We were making progress toward a two-state solution, two democracies living side-by-side in peace. There's a Prime Minister from Israel, Olmert, who is dedicated to a two-state solution. He comes to the United States and holds a press conference and says, I am dedicated; as a matter of fact, I am so dedicated, I'm campaigning on the platform that if need be, we will unilaterally make the decision that there's a Palestinian state. That's a remarkable statement. He also said that he is willing to reach out to President Abbas, which he has done. He's also reached out to other nations in the neighborhood in order to -- in order to make sure there's a negotiated settlement.

Yes George, it certainly is a remarkable statement.



Thanks to WIIIAI for pointing this out.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

"It's the Eye, Sam!"

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Do you ever get the feeling that Rocco might come to wish that he had never posted that NYT photographer's personal information?

Beautiful Sunsets

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They say that nuclear blasts make for beautiful sunsets. Kind of a silver lining.....

A handful of links pertaining to the US/Israel/Palestine/Lebanon/ Syria/ Iran/ Iraq/ Jordan/ Pakistan/ Afghanistan/ Saudi Arabia/ Russia/ Great Britain/ China/ France/ North Korea/ Outer Mongolia/ Arrakis/ Hoth crisis:

Israel- "Syria, you must bow down and kiss the feet of your Zionist overlords!"

Syria- "Hey Israel, bite me!"

Bush- "Syria, you really should bow down to the Zioe... Zeon ... Zima... to the Jews."

Israel- " It was Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with a Katyusha."

UN- "Forget the Middle East bloodletting, North Korea has declared war on the Sea of Japan!"

North Korea-"Hey UN, bite me!"

Bush to Putin- "Look, you can creepily snuggle with all the small boys you want, but my ass is hangin' out here..."

Vladimir Putin-" You fuckers don't fool me for a second."

Britain- " Really, we're just here for our civilians. Really.

Hizbullah-".....and the democracy you rode in on!"

North Korea-" Look, you know what those Japs can do if left to their own devices!"

Lebanon- " Who do we have to blow to get them to stop flattening our city?"

Israel to Palestine- "Come here bitch! (smack) I'm not done with you yet!"

G8 to Hizbollah- "Stop making Israel slaughter innocent men, women, and children!"


To be updated as needed....

Friday, July 14, 2006

Can you say "asymmetrical"

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Hezbollah drone battles Israeli warship

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah rammed an Israeli warship with an unmanned aircraft rigged with explosives Friday, setting it ablaze after Israeli warplanes smashed Lebanon's links to the world one by one and destroyed the headquarters of the Islamic guerrilla group's leader.
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The ramming of the Israeli missile warship indicated Hezbollah has added a new weapon to the arsenal of rockets and mortars it has used against Israel. The Israeli army said the ship carrying several dozen sailors suffered severe damage and was set on fire. Several hours after the attack, the fire was put out and the ship was being towed back to Israel.

:)

Chimpy














Putin points Chimpy towards the bananas


ML sent this in with the first entry for our caption contest.

The winner of the caption contest will win a mostly expense paid trip to glorious Lebanon.

Lebanon: See it while it's still there!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Remember

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The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged. You must know that the Palestinians do not cry alone; their women are not widowed alone; their sons are not orphaned alone.

Osama bin-Laden
November, 2002


The United States and Israeli governments.

Do they think we won't remember?

Do these murderers think we won't remember these crimes for the rest of our lives?

Do they think they will escape the reckoning that must come from this horror?

Is it because those of us that are outraged have no political power and no money with which to sway the world to our whims?

The most basic and powerful weapon of the oppressed is not money.

It's not guns, nor is it bombs.

It is memory.

I'm re-reading Orwell's 1984 for the first time in years. It strikes me this time how much totalitarian regimes fear memory. They are terrified of memory.

Just mention the bombing of the King David hotel by the Irgun to a Zionist. You will see how terrified Israelis are of the memory that their nation was formed by terrorism.

Mention Sabra and Shatila. Watch the denial that follows.

I will never forget watching Colin Powell's presentation to the UN in February of 2003. Never.

I will never forget the words "Shock and Awe" and how that poison became a household word.

I will never forget the murderous reign of George W. Bush.

I will remember to my grave the names of the media cheerleaders that made this slaughter possible.

That people will recall what exactly happened instead of what the official record may show, terrifies the cowardly opportunists that are now carving up the cradle of civilization. They treat the Middle East as if it was part of some board game instead of sovereign nations filled with citizens who simply want to live their lives untouched by victimizing, greedy capitalism.

Look at what America has done to Iraq. Look at what the Israelis have done to the Palestinians.

Can you blame any nation for not wanting to be a part of "Judeo-Christian" values?

As I sit here in the early morning hours, it is quiet and cool. I am far from the hell fires being unleashed by my wicked government and her proxies. As I said, I am a man of little means and even less power.

But I can do one thing that will make the crimes of the greedy, psychoticaly deluded leaders of the United States and Israel impossible to hide forever. I can do one thing that may one day bring justice for their multitude of innocent victims.

I can remember.

Arts and Crafts

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Taking a short break from watching the world burn, I got such a kick out of this.

I had Spittle and Ink in my links section but was doing some shuffling around and forgot to re-link. Thanks for reminding me just how hilarious your blog is, Mark.

Great! Everbody's Happy!

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Rejoice!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Whirlwind

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I have not been blogging heavily about the situation in Palestine and now Lebanon because frankly, there's not much to say which is not obvious.

Israel has now called up reserves and they seem hell-bent on setting a match to the powder keg that the region has been for a generation.

Am I outraged? Yes.

But I'm resigned. I believe these incursions may be part of the grand scheme of things. I've already called it the American/Israeli War Against Islam and that's exactly what it is.

The Un-Holy war.

Sure, maybe after a few hundred or few thousand casualties things will settle back down again.

Whatever that means in region under brutal and creeping occupation from two nuclear-armed bullies.

Or Israel may finally decide that with the slide into fascism here in America proceeding apace, and the UN becoming less than a joke, that there's no longer any reason to hide their true intentions in the region.


I'm following this closely but I honestly don't know what to say that's not painfully evident to anyone with honesty and clarity of thought.

"Never Again" has rang out across the sands for decades, a rallying cry for cowardly, bloodthirsty nations to hide their dark deeds behind. Now we simply see the deadly fruit of that bitter harvest.

And the taste is death.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mumbai

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Blasts in Mumbai have, at this point, killed at least 179 people and wounded 700.

700

The Lashkar-e-Toiba have apparently taken credit.

Barnita, who is thankfully alright in all this madness, has continuing coverage.


Rivers of blood before reason.

Spreading Freedoms

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It's worked well so far In Iraq.

So now we turn our lustful eyes to someone a bit closer.

Whatever It Is, I'm Against It has the goods on something called The Compact with the People of Cuba.

I've not heard, until now, about this particular expansion of our breathing room.

I'm really going to have to get a score card to keep up.

I still, even though it's happening every day in front of me, have trouble digesting that our country is now not even trying to hide our plans for world freedom through slavery. And I consider myself in possession of (many) the facts as far as they are known at this time.

I've seen through the haze and I still have trouble comprehending all of this.

How difficult will it be to convince the Yellow-Ribbon-Fox-News-Bush-and-Jesus-in-'08-crowd, that the detention facilities and "deportations" are not in our best interests?

(sigh)

Rhetorical question, I know.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Drugs

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There's a cop in my rearview mirror.

She turns into my apartment complex right behind me.

Quick inventory...license...registration is in the dash....an old insurance receipt...

I'm not holding....clean....I'm good.

She cruises by without a glance and stops in front of the building. Kind of a let down. What's the point of being a good citizen, if you can't flaunt it for the Man?

The maintenance man stands on the second floor outside his apartment. His sunken eyes meet mine as I climb out of my car. I look at the cruiser and back at him, he shrugs.

I'm reaching in for the groceries when a second patrol car eases around the corner and pulls up behind the first.

This is getting interesting.

The cops exit their vehicles in that disdainful cop way that I'm sure they teach at the academy. Bored and in charge. Heads are starting to appear at windows. I'm betting toilets are flushing as well.

Cops.

She's short but looks like she could wrestle an elephant with little effort and he's very tall with a very regulation mustache. He's ready for someone to try some shit.

I really regret that I don't get to show them my incredibly legal status. It would be so...affirming.

I'm carrying my bags to the stairs and thinking: domestic violence.... gotta be

They're on the second landing and she's asking John, the maintenance guy, loudly, "Who lives here" gesturing at one of the battered doors.

Voldermort....I think, but don't say.

John shrugs. I try not to laugh. He's fighting throat cancer and doesn't give much of a damn these days, he knows who lives in his building.

They're knocking on the door. I've reached mine and suddenly want to be inside and away from this. I don't want to see the kids behind that door seeing daddy hauled away....

Next door to the guilty apartment, the door opens. The semi-retired stripper leans out.

"They aint there."

Stocky-woman-cop isn't happy.

"Where are they?"

Paris... I think to myself

"They went to wash clothes" she said defensively, as if this was her fault.

Key in lock. Open door. I'm in here and whatever the hell that is, is out there.

Later...

John's sitting outside his apartment, smoking. I walk down and we talk for a minute and ask what was with the visit from law enforcement.

"Ahhh... somethin' about meth. One was accusin' another about somethin havin' to do with drugs. Stupid to get mixed up in shit like that."

He laughed and blew smoke into the warm summer night.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

I think he said something nasty about Zidane's bald spot

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Italy wins with penalty kicks.

It was a great game, the Italians were superb. They simply would not allow France to remain in the box long enough to get anything going. The officials let the boys brawl it out which was fun to watch. I hate over-officiating.

Well played, and congratulations to Italy.

Now, onto the ugliness.

I was pulling for France just because it was to be Zinedine Zidane's last match. It was great when he scored early in the game and it seemed he would leave the world of soccer, win or lose, on a high note.

Until the 110th minute. A war of words with Italy's Marco Materazzi escalated to a Zidane head-butt to Materazzi's chest. He received a red card and was booed as he left the pitch. The attack seemed quite gratuitous and vicious considering this was Zidane's swan song and there was the distinct possibility that the match was going to wind up in penalty kicks, where Zidane is particularly deadly.

However, I was not on the field, in the heat of the moment, and I have no idea what Materazzi said to Zidane to make him react so strongly.

I think it was: "Hey Zidane! I heard that last night at the hotel a German waiter knocked on your door with room service and you surrendered to him."

Your turn.....

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Moments of Beauty



















Today we pause for simple moments of beauty.

In the blasted and bleeding world we see through our TV and computer screens, we sometimes forget.....

It can be so beautiful.....


Barnita posted at her blog a moment in time that has stayed with me and warmed me for days.....

And the picture, ML took in his yard.

Thank you both for reminding us.

Friday, July 07, 2006

One Year Later

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I had thought to write something about the one-year anniversary of the London bombings. Then I remembered writing at Green September about some very strange coincidences concerning the "exercises" happening at the exact same time as the attacks.

Thank God all of these nagging questions have been put to rest.



Curiouser and Curiouser


This is the standard response people are receiving from Peter Power of Visor Consultants. He says once again that his firm was running, for an unnamed client, a simulation of bombings on the London Underground.

Thank you for your message. Given the volume of emails about events on 7 July and a commonly expressed misguided belief that our exercise revealed prescient behaviour, or was somehow a conspiracy (noting that several websites interpreted our work that day in an inaccurate / naive / ignorant / hostile manner) it has been decided to issue a single email response as follows: It is confirmed that a short number of 'walk through' scenarios planed [sic] well in advance had commenced that morning for a private company in London (as part of a wider project that remains confidential) and that two scenarios related directly to terrorist bombs at the same time as the ones that actually detonated with such tragic results. One scenario in particular, was very similar to real time events. "However, anyone with knowledge about such ongoing threats to our capital city will be aware that (a) the emergency services have already practiced several of their own exercises based on bombs in the underground system (also reported by the main news channels) and (b) a few months ago the BBC broadcast a similar documentary on the same theme, although with much worse consequences [??]. It is hardly surprising therefore, that we chose a feasible scenario - but the timing and script was nonetheless, a little disconcerting. "In short, our exercise (which involved just a few people as crisis managers actually responding to a simulated series of activities involving, on paper, 1000 staff) quickly became the real thing and the players that morning responded very well indeed to the sudden reality of events. "Beyond this no further comment will be made and based on the extraordinary number of messages from ill informed people, no replies will henceforth be given to anyone unable to demonstrate a bona fide reason for asking (e.g. accredited journalist / academic).
Peter Power


Let's review, shall we?

On the morning of July 7, Visor Consultants were running a series of simulations of bombings on the London Underground.

At the precise time the bombs went off.

In the same locations.

From a BBC 5 radio interview on the morning of the attacks :
POWER: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now. HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise? POWER: Precisely, and it was about half past nine this morning, we planned this for a company and for obvious reasons I don't want to reveal their name but they're listening and they'll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they'd met and so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on.


What a strange coincidence.

It becomes stranger when you add to it the fact that several of the American government alphabet agencies were running simulations on September 11, 2001 that included terrorists crashing commercial airliners into buildings in the U.S.

I have been a skeptic of both the conspiracy theories and the generally accepted story of 9/11.

I am very careful about the things I say and write about September 11, because it is such a complex and emotionally-charged issue.

But, my friends, what are the odds of two terrorist attacks, on two different continents, four years apart, happening at the same time simulations of the exact kind of attack are being staged?


UPDATE: I never thought I would be updating a year-old post but according to this Alex Jones video, he used "actuary tables"to figure out the odds of just such a coincidence:

According to Alex Jones, the odds of the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the London bombings of July 7, 2005 both occurring while drills of the exact same sort of attacks were being staged are:

1 in 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

That's greater than the estimated number of grains of sand on Earth.

Well, that clears that up.

An Interesting Development

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Thanks to Nemo for pointing this out via Truthout:

Rumsfeld Subpoenaed Over Abu Ghraib

Peter Urban
Conneticut Post

WASHINGTON A Congressional committee subpoenaed Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Friday at the request of U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays.

Shays, R-4, sought the subpoena after the Pentagon refused to answer questions regarding allegations that an Army whistleblower faced retaliation for discussing abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Shays, chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security, is investigating allegations made by Army Spec. Samuel Provance that his attempts to provide information to investigators about prison abuses were rebuffed and that he then was retaliated against for providing unclassified information to the media.


Seems Rummy and crew are stonewalling this investigation. Gosh, I wonder if they have something to hide?

This is important for two reasons:

1. This is, once again, the "inner circle" of the all-powerful executive branch thumbing it's nose at the rule of law that all of us mere mortals have to live under.

2. This is how it will happen. If, and I mean big effing if, there is ever to be a return to at least a semblance of the checks and balances that are supposed to keeps us from a monarchy, this is the way it's going to have to happen. With congressional subpoena power to look into the myriad nooks and crannies where this administration has hidden it's tons of dirt. I am not in the least optimistic because Congress has shown itself to be filled (mostly) with craven weasels, and a simple shift of control in November isn't likely to be a cure for cowardice.

I desperately hope they prove me wrong.

Oh, and Representative Shays, watch your back. These boys play for keeps.

Nemo's World: Cause and Effect

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Ah, so now we see!

It appears those "vicious, barbaric acts" of "unprovoked, cold-blooded torture and murder" perpetrated in Iraq in June against kidnapped US soldiers -- which so enraged blogdom's Hitler Youth -- were quite possibly direct retribution for the troops' *own* pre-meditated, brutally savage acts of rape and murder, committed in the coldest of cold blood, against their civilian "charges".

Obviously, Americans are not the *only* people occasionally inclined to pursue a little "vigilante justice", under certain circumstances, via the formation of lynch mobs. But in this case, it seems genuinely possible that a semblance of justice, however twisted, was ultimately served.

US Sees Possible Links Between Incidents in Iraq
The Los Angeles Times

The U.S. military is investigating whether the kidnapping, killing and mutilation of two American soldiers was carried out in retaliation for an alleged [sic] rape and murder of an Iraqi woman by another member of the same unit three months earlier, a military official said Tuesday.

The incidents occurred in nearby towns and the soldiers involved were in the same unit. The bodies of the two American soldiers and at least one Iraqi were mutilated. A third U.S. soldier was killed during the kidnapping of his comrades. ...

On Monday, Steven D. Green, 21, a former Army private with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, appeared in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., on charges that he raped and murdered an Iraqi woman in the town of Mahmoudiya. According to accounts provided to investigators by other soldiers, Green dressed in black and took several other soldiers with him to a nearby house with the intent of raping the woman. According to an affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent Gregor J. Ahlers in support of the arrest warrant, Green killed the woman's parents and young sister; he and another soldier raped the woman; then he shot her in the head and set her body on fire. ...

Although the incident occurred in March, military officials learned only recently that it might have been carried out by a group of Americans, rather than the insurgents who initially were blamed.

The attack on the three American soldiers working alone at a checkpoint in Yousifiya, near Mahmoudiya, occurred in June. One soldier, Spc. David J. Babineau, 25, of Springfield, Mass., was killed. Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., were kidnapped, apparently tortured and killed. Their bodies were found beheaded and mutilated beyond recognition.

It was during counseling after the deaths of the three soldiers that military officials heard the allegations that Americans were responsible for the killing of the four civilians in Mahmoudiya. ...
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The moral of the story is clear: "Actions have consequences."

The larger lesson, of course, is that the US "occupation" of Iraq no longer has the slightest shred of credibility.
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Update

I wanted to include the following links for the sake of completeness. The so-called "woman", as the military and press typically refer to her, was in fact a *15* year-old girl.

(Personally, I hope they *fry* the son-of-a-bitch and his sleazy accomplices, but slowly -- VERY slowly.)

In Cold Blood: Iraqi Tells of Massacre at Farmhouse
Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2006
A cousin describes finding the shot and shattered bodies. A U.S. soldier is in custody.

Raped Iraqi woman feared US troops: report
Reuters, Mon Jul 3, 2006

GIs May Have Planned Iraq Rape, Slayings
AP, Saturday 01 July 2006

~ Nemo

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Just how much is a one way ticket to India?


I've said it dozens of times. People here in Tennessee are batshit religiously insane.

Just look at that monstrosity. A $260,000, seven story monument to ignorance.

That's it. I'm moving to Germany and crashing on Again's couch.

Ohh no wait. Better yet: India and crashing on Barnita's couch.

(sorry Again, she has a tattoo I'm dying to see)

Thanks to Tennessee Guerilla Women for the pic and the coverage.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Declaration

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Lest we forget....

Nemo's World: BEFORE the Fact!

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Funny! They allegedly couldn't foresee, nor even "imagine", the possibility of the 9/11 attacks. Yet the NeoConNazis of the Bush Reich *already* perceived a need to spy on Americans SEVEN MONTHS BEFORE those purportedly "unanticipated" events had even occurred!

The BUllSHit is getting MIGHTY deep here!!! We clearly have layers and LAYERS of audacious, bald-faced LIES to strip away before we approach any semblance of the whole truth regarding this junta's numerous acts of TREASON against the American people.

But all the pious pretexts are rapidly evaporating; soon we'll be left with only ONE plausible explanation for this relentless pattern of malicious deception and willful acts of mass murder -- FASCISM!

Spy Agency Sought US Call Records Before 9/11, Lawyers Say
Bloomberg

The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.

The allegation is part of a court filing adding AT&T, the nation's largest telephone company, as a defendant in a breach of privacy case filed earlier this month on behalf of Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. customers. The suit alleges that the three carriers, the NSA and President George W. Bush violated the Telecommunications Act of 1934 and the U.S. Constitution, and seeks money damages.

"The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11," plaintiff's lawyer Carl Mayer said in a telephone interview. "This undermines that assertion." ...
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It most certainly does. And THAT's what I would assuredly call an "understatement".

~ Nemo

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Children of a Much Lesser God

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And what was the point of all that?

No point really, other than to show people the dangerous underbelly of right-wing blogthuggery.

And it made me laugh. A salute to the General and his army for keeping it funny. Thank you sir!
Thanks to Dan R. as well. Anytime, mon ami.

Brian, the rule-breaking haiku was priceless.

They've banned me. From two separate IP's. And they deleted most of my posts. That should tell you something about the courage of Rocco DiPippo. Folks coming from all over the web to call them names, and I get banned.

Rocco and the other brownshirts deleted my posts that actually explained why they were doing this. See, these guys still don't understand that what they did was wrong or why. They're no doubt spending the morning high-fiving and grunting about how many comments they managed to accumulate. Witness Jeff's disdain of how few comments I have on the post below. These guys are like spoiled children who don't understand that all the attention they are getting from the adults is because they did something disgusting. All they know is that for once, someone is paying attention to them. They don't understand that their actions could have horrible consequences.

Many is the time that I've skimmed over The Autoeroticist....excuse me....The Autonomist just for laughs, saw things that made me angry or just plain sad, and moved on. Why give them the attention? But this was just beyond any standard of decency.

These guys aren't aberrations. This is the ugly face of the Republican party folks. This where we stand.

I live in the south (in Tennessee in case any of you Autonomist fucks were wondering. I would be glad to give you exact directions for your own personal use. We'll have some laughs) and I've got to tell you, I hear shit like these guys spew all the time. My relatives keep Fox news on 24/7 and will tell you, in great detail how liberals are ruining America and how much we love terrorists. John Kerry wasn't wounded in Vietnam, Jack Murtha should be hanged, and the war in Iraq has just turned a crucial corner. These lies, the kind of thing The Autonomist spouts, are part of the national consciousness. These things are real to people.

And if was all just part of a peacetime national dialogue, I would say more power to them. Believe whatever lies you want to. It's a free country.

But these particular lies are racking up quite the body count, and that's the way guys like Rocco like it. Because every person they shout down, every "terrorist leader" they celebrate the death of, every time a family cowers in terror in Iraq, it makes the voice of doubt in their heads recede just a little. It makes their fear just a little less. It makes them feel like they're right when the enemy dies or shuts up because Gawd is always on the side of the victors. Right always makes right in Autonomist World.

If you look carefully at the small amount of debate that went on in all that, you will notice gaps where several people had their posts deleted. Mine were some but there were others that were much better. See these guys can't handle any type of dissent. Their entire worldview, like their ideological brethren running the country, is based on the fact that they are right. And if one part of their worldview is proved to be false, the entire charade crumbles. Take a look. Read earlier posts and go back into the archives, if you can stand it. You won't find one instance where these children admit that they're wrong on a matter of opinion or ideology.

Being wrong about things, being corrected, and learning from it is how you gain knowledge and grow. It explains a great deal about the inner workings of DiPippo and crew that they are never, ever wrong.

Rocco obviously hoped to spark just this sort of attention, like Coulter before him. Say or do something disgustingly outrageous and people will look at you. The truth is that Rocco will be remembered, if at all, as the bully who tried to incite violence against an innocent woman who took pictures of some houses.

Truly, something to be proud of.

UPDATE: Rocco has removed the post with the photographer's information. The link at the beginning of this post still connects to the heavily censored comments section.

Ahhhh....that's what Neo-Con defeat smells like. I could get used to that.

UPDATE PART DEUX: See, it was all part of a grand plan. The incredible steel mousetrap-like minds have sucked us in and made us part of the...... ahh fuck it. You screwed up big time and got spanked for it. Be a man and admit it, Angelo.

THE LAST WORD: I will let a quote from Linda Spillers, the photographer whose personal information Angelo posted, be the end of this nastiness for me:

"Ironically, photos were taken with Secretary Rumsfeld's permission."

Fin

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Too fucking far

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That cowardly, insane, son-of-a-bitch has gone way too far this time.

I'm linking to this for information purposes only for a couple of days and then I'm taking it down and never stop washing my hands. I don't want a permanent link to that filthy bastard.

This is just part of the "Coulter syndrome" in which conservatives try to outslime each other in order to get attention. I've deleted half a page of insults I was ready to throw at him, good ones too, but other than showing everyone how low humanity in the grips of ignorant patriotism can go, I'm not wasting any more time.

I'm sure your stunt will get your little site lots of hits.

Congratulations Rocco, you pathetic motherfucker.

UPDATE: You wanted attention shit stain, you got it.

I know it's giving you your much-craved publicity, but I have the feeling this is going to blow up in your big, slimy face.

And may your god help you if something happens to that woman.

There is no try

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Just a few odds and ends.

Lately I've been trying to write. Trying.

I've been, for the most part getting my point across, but that's about it. Lots of strangeness on the personal front and lots of stuff in my head have left me trying to write.

When the good stuff comes it's effortless. It comes from I don't know where and simply flows. I haven't been feeling that lately.

I've been trying.

But as Morpheus says : "Stop trying to hit me, and hit me.

People have pointed out several pressing things that needed to be written about and given attention and I have balked because I know I couldn't do them justice right now.

But soon.


You loyal readers have followed me through several different blogs, my own uncertainties, divorce, and at least one near-nervous breakdown. You're good people. Be patient a bit longer. The kid's coming back. Slowly but surely.

Whether or not you agree or disagree, I know I can do better. I don't feel I've been up to my potential. So let me be self-indulgently self-critical.

Don't send comments or notes of encouragement. I just felt you loyal few deserved some explanation. I know what I have to do to get it back, so let's just leave it at that.


On to better things:

Consider this an open thread for foooootbaaaaalll!!!!!!

Portugal just knocked off England. Beckham's leg fell off and Rooney got tossed for kicking someone in the balls. But they fought, boy did they fight. It came down to penalty kicks and Robinson just couldn't keep the ball out of the net. Portugal played a relentless game.

Congrats to Portugal.

If you listen carefully, you can hear B laughing. It sounds wonderful.

France and Brazil are at it now so I'm off.....

UPDATE : That, boys and girls, is what we call an upset.

France 1 Brazil 0