Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
In an interview on CNN McCain suggests that if Obama wins the election the evildoers are going to attack us or otherwise "test" the nation. He suggests that Obama has been wrong about American Enemies and about the Surge in Iraq.
McCain helped lead the US into war in Iraq. He should really not be talking about poor judgement. When that turned out to be less than successful, McCain supported sending thousands of additional soldiers into the war in a last-ditch effort to lessen the violence. He likes to say that this worked and that it proves his good judgement, but the surge was not responsible for the drop in violence in Iraq. Ethnic cleansing was. From Rueters:
Satellite images taken at night show heavily Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Baghdad began emptying before a U.S. troop surge in 2007, graphic evidence of ethnic cleansing that preceded a drop in violence
This on the day that supporters of al-Qaeda announced that they would prefer a McCain administration because it would be more likely to continue the "failing march of Bush." Not quite the kind of endorsement McCain was looking for. This latest interview and its grave predictions show a desperate man. Fear-mongering has worked for Bush in the past, and maybe McCain has decided to embrace their similarities.
creative commons licensed photo form Flickr user sloomis08)
Posted by Charlie at 10:16 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I live in a jungly part of the world where the heat and humidity like to team up and make things smelly and miserable. One would think that mammals, at least, would avoid places like this, but here I am. Insects, it seems, don't seem to mind at all, and there are billions of them everywhere. Again, I don't know why I put up with this horrible idea of fun nature is trying out around here. I am no entomologist (though it would be easy to just start picking bugs up off the street here and naming them), but there appear to be no less than a million kinds of ant that live here and most of them can be found coexisting in my kitchen when someone leaves a morsel of food for them. Annoying as that can be, one nasty little type has decided that electronics, too, are food or just fun to play with.
Today they found my computer.
My computer was on my bed.
They also like to bite people.
Having sprayed my computer with ant poison (which can only be good for both me and my laptop), I threw ant poison powder all over the place and held my breath as I sprayed more aerosol all over the place. The I fled to the store for a can of compressed air. They were still there running about my keyboard when I got back and dozens more were found when I took the battery out. The air, being very cold, seems to have only stunned them into hibernation mode and pushed them further into the computer. They're there right now in my poison-smelling machine, plotting and occasionally sending one out to bite me.
These horrible little things seem to be related to or the very same Caribbean ants that invaded Texas and caused nightmares there, even threatening NASA's Johnson Space Center. They are called crazy rasberry ants by the Texans (who aren't known for their entomology either). From the Times (UK):
...crazy because they seem to move in a random scrum as opposed to marching in regimented lines, and rasberry after a pioneering exterminator, Tom Rasberry... Perhaps their most remarkable characteristic, however, is that they are attracted to electrical equipment... Worse, the ants refuse to die when sprayed with over-the-counter poison. Even killing the queen of a colony doesn’t do any good, because each colony has multiple queens.
I just don't understand how people can believe in a god. I'm thinking about putting my computer in the freezer tonight, using ant posion instead of deodorant, and looking for a job in a civilized climate somewhere.
(creative commons photo from Flickr user binux)
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Friday, October 10, 2008
Trying his best to look like Geraldo, right winger John Stossel reports that many of the kids at a rock concert are not very smart and should stay home on election day because they're too stupid. I'd like to point out that other 'tards have been voting in record numbers these last 8 years and the right wing welcomed their ignorance: people who believed that the guy they wanted to have a beer with would make a good president, that Iraq was behind the events of 9/11, and now, that Sarah Palin has something to offer and that Obama is a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer. If we disenfranchise the 'tarded and take their votes away the Republican party will never win a single election and some communities may only have a handful of eligible voters. Down with the 'tards by all means:
Posted by Charlie at 10:56 AM
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960:
...we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
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