Ungodly Politics

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Tuesday, September 30, 2003  

From The Village Voice comes an article about Wes Clark's new book, Winning Modern Wars. This may be what the Bush people are afraid he's going to speaking about on the hustings: "'As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan.' Clark adds, 'I left the Pentagon that afternoon deeply concerned.' "

The one issue the article raises that I agree with is that Clark needs to clarify his statements here and elsewhere against the war with other statements he's made that appear to support the war. Granted, many of these were made as a military analyst for CNN, and in that role he was speaking objectively about the matter at hand; I don't think anyone would say that our strategy going into the war was a failure. It was the administration's complete lack of vision and total disregard for any after action plans that have led to the problems we have now.

Once more, militarily, we do fine. We get in trouble politically. Sound like Viet Nam?

There's more in the article, and I'm looking forward to reading the book. While I'm not completely in Clark's camp, he is definitely in the top three with Dean and Kerry as legitimate candidates right now.

posted by lazarus | 23:31 | |
 

Over at t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt has a wonderful article on the Plame case. He's gotten a 27 year senior analyst for the CIA to go on record about it. Read it.

posted by lazarus | 06:36 | |


Monday, September 29, 2003  

Suppose this should be mentioned more often in connection with the Valerie Plame case?

Remarks By George Bush, April 26, 1999: "Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors. "


On edit, it turns out that Josh Marshall had this. Josh has become the main source for all things Plamer, so check in there frequently.

posted by lazarus | 03:11 | |


Sunday, September 28, 2003  

What our soldiers are dying for: "Soldiers from Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division are providing security for several members of an Iranian paramilitary group that the U.S. State Department lists as a terrorist organization. "

posted by lazarus | 19:54 | |
 

I hereby turn the blog over to my wife, Haele, for a post. There's been a lot of mention about the evil SAIC, due to their being asked to vet the Diebold machines for Maryland. She has this response:

"Y'know, this is getting to be too much; I work in government contracts and understand the process - it's obvious that there's a lot of people out here who are used to civilian-based work who are trying to spin a typical contracts driven company that began as an employee owned research and development service provider to universities and various government organizations into this big, bad organization that was formed specifically by the BFEE.

Yes, there are lazy, greedy, beltway bandit types in SAIC - that's a given, considering the nature of a company that has employed over a million people over the past thirty years in the field of government-funded research. From NASA to CDC, from NOAA to DOD and the State Department, from the EPA to OSHA or the CIA, SAIC goes where the contracts are.

From my understanding of the history of this company they no more support the Bush administration than they did the Clinton adminstration, or any other administration.
The critical thing to understand about SAIC and all of its subsidaries is that, like any other business that wishes to survive, they go where the contract and money are.

Their 'political support' shows it -

I checked at OpenSecrets.org -

SAIC - SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERN
WASHINGTON,DC 20024
4/24/2002
$25,000
NRCC/Non-Federal

SAIC - SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERN
WASHINGTON,DC 20024
INFO REQUESTED
10/31/2002
$10,000
NRCC/Non-Federal

SAIC SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNAT
WASHINGTON,DC 20006
3/30/2001
$30,000
DSCC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNAT
WASHINGTON,DC 20006
3/28/2002
$25,000
DSCC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC-SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNAT
WASHINGTON,DC 20024
3/30/2001
$10,000
NRCC/Non-Federal

SAIC
MCLEAN,VA 22102
6/10/1998
$20,000
1998 Republican Senate/House Dinner Cmte

SAIC
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
6/23/1997
$7,500
DNC/Non-Federal-Corporate

SAIC
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
10/10/1997
$2,500
DSCC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
9/28/1998
$5,000
DSCC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC
MCLEAN,VA 22102
3/14/1995
$250
DNC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC
MCLEAN,VA 22102
6/15/1995
$15,000
DNC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC
MCLEAN,VA 22102
5/22/1996
$15,000
DNC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
6/6/1996
$10,000
1996 Republican Senate/House Dinner

SAIC - SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERN
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
2/16/1995
$3,000
NRCC/Non-Federal Account

SAIC - SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERN
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
6/12/1995
$200
NRCC/Non-Federal Account

SAIC VOLUNTARY
SAN DIEGO,CA 92121
7/10/1996
$2,500
DNC/Non-Federal Corporate

SAIC-SCIENCE APP INTL CORP
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
7/8/1996
$10,000
NRCC/Non-Federal Account

SAIC-SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTL COR
WASHINGTON,DC 20004
7/7/1995
$20,000
NRCC/Non-Federal Account


My understanding is that Beyster himself, the corporate structure, and most of the board on average are moderate type Republicans with a few moderate Democrats thrown in, but as for the company, it's pretty clear that considering those "dinner donations", there's only about 5K difference in donations over the years between parties - and when considering "the price" of government contracts, looks as if more money went to the Dems to pay the price of admittance.

Again, the issue to remember with SAIC is that they make their profits through the amount of work they can get and the amount of full time employees they can keep. It is imperative to them as a business to insure that they can do what they contract to do, and if they can't, provide a solution to the reasons that keep them from keeping their customer happy (for the most part). SAIC does not get money from outside shareholders and other investors who drive bottomline profits; their "stock" is all internally issued - when an SAIC employee quits or gets laid off, they have to sell back their stock.
Example, when Telcordia had to lay off 500 employees ago due to restructuring and SAIC was hit with the loss of several critical contracts to Carlysle companies two years ago, all SAIC employees and subsidieries suffered - and they still haven't really recovered. See, even though there's a lot of irons in the fire, as it were, SAIC has very few "sole source" contracts with stable funding - the majority of the work they have with the government is on bid work where they are regularly audited and unless there's a major award rate bid into the contract upon completion, they generally just break even.

More SAIC divisions are losing contracts in this Bush administration, contracts than they did during the Clinton administration. It's common knowledge that in this administration, a company has to pay to play - and the word I've heard is that they aren't at all happy dealing with the crooked budgeting and contracts that the federal side is coming up with. (Hey, a crook would rather deal with an honest man rather than another crook, right? - same issue in business in the federal governments contracts side...)

From what I understand, the inside word is that many of the higher-ups at SAIC would actually support a Clark or Dean administration, where they could highlight the ability SAIC specializes in - to provide "solutions" in terms of cleaning up the messes that this administration is creating.
Again - SAIC doesn't really "create" anything physical or does any tangeble, physical hands-on type government work that would be useful in, say, a war - they make money where the contracts are, and it doesn't matter who's in charge - for this company, there's actually more money to be made in evaluating, research, and support, with the rare installation and/or maintenance - work for a customer - than there is in actually producing the end product or being a customer.

Look at the type of work they do. For every contract like this -




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 02, 2002
SAIC Port Security Simulation System Provides Versatile, Portable Tool for Homeland Security
(ORLANDO, FL) – SAIC today announced major enhancements to its port security training system, including the ability to train under changing weather conditions and respond to possible terrorist attacks involving chemical and biological weapons. The system is being demonstrated at the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from December 2 to 5. SAIC is located in exhibit space 1242.


there's items like this:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 04, 2002
SAIC Teams with EPA at Research Triangle Park
SAIC Team of Scientists Help EPA Spur Demand for High Performance Computing and Scientific Visualization Support
(RALEIGH, NC) – Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced today that its newly-opened branch office in Cary, N.C, will support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) high performance computing and scientific visualization efforts at Research Triangle Park. SAIC's Systems Development Center (SDC) scientists will provide systems engineering solutions to EPA's National Computer Center, the National Environmental Supercomputing Center, and the Scientific Visualization Center.
"EPA has made significant investments to perform these complex operations that will support the scientific community in assessing global climate change impact, toxic impacts on the human respiratory system, and other elusive, but potentially significant, cause-and-effect relationships," said Mark Day, director of EPA's Office of Technology Operations and Planning. "We are convinced that we have the computing power to meet the demands of the environmental community, and we look forward to SAIC's scientific and systems engineering support in helping design and implement the software applications sought by that community."
or -

this -
SAIC and Business Leaders Present BusinessLINC Report to Vice President Al Gore
(WASHINGTON) – Today Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and other participants of the Clinton Administration's BusinessLINC Initiative presented Vice President Al Gore with a report that profiles successful business-to-business programs fostering economic development in distressed communities. At a reception hosted by the Department of Treasury, company CEOs were recognized for their involvement in revitalizing these communities by providing support and commitment to small business development.


........


Here's another SAIC company - SAIC/Fredrick...




SAIC-Frederick, Inc., a subsidiary of SAIC, is the Operations and Technical Support (OTS) Contractor for the National Cancer Institute at Frederick (NCI-Frederick) a federally funded research and development center. The mission of SAIC-Frederick, Inc. is to provide scientific, technical, management, administrative, and logistical support to National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural laboratory research and development related to the causes of and cures for cancer and AIDS. Intramural research is that conducted by Government scientists operating within various units of NIH, principally the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the largest institute of NIH. We also conduct basic and applied research in cancer and AIDS; operate and manage the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (ABCC), the world's only supercomputer devoted exclusively to biomedical research; and conduct large drug and natural product screening programs.



There's also wildlife ecologists, alternative energy consultants, and NOAA oceanographers tracking global warming and weather patterns employed by SAIC and their subsidiaries.

Yeah, SAIC is a big company. But again, it's employee owned, and ultimately, it's the ability to remain employed and keep getting contracts based on a halfway decent reputation that drives the company, not getting profits and cheating customers. There's a certain amount of long-term thinking that goes on. While many of their employees tend to follow contracts around, allowing the occasional Hatfill wandering in on the coattails of a contract SAIC qualified for to end up employed, usually those folks end up out on their can once it's seen that there's a problem with either their program, their work habits, or their ethics.

......


As for the work they do, again - what do you expect? They started out as a military contractor - as many other small businesses started up by military veterans in San Diego, Long Beach, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Virginia Beach/Norfolk, et all - and that's their specialty, for good or for bad. Again, for these thousands of people, to stay in business and keep employed, they have to keep working on their contracts. For many of them, it's a choice between this type of employment, or hoping to make it up to manager at a local RadioShack while one is sending out resumes in fields over-run by graduates of National University and ITT tech.

.......

Yes, I work for an SAIC subsidiary, and I can tell you this from experience - my division has lost over $3 million in revenues the past two years because of "war", and SAIC has lost far more than that, even as they are bidding for "Homeland Security".
Unless there's a sole source contract that has mandated funding, most contracts money dries up and the company has to let people go when things happen such as the fleet deploys to go to war, federal departments consolidate, programs aren't funded, contracts put on hold, or bases close.

SAIC's bosses might suck up to whomever is in charge whether they approve of them or not, just as all CEO types do to get the money flowing. Currently, in the federal government contractor world, the word is out - unless you're on the bandwagon, you get whatever is left over. So unless one wants to lose more contracts, one bites the bullet and hopes that someone more sane will take over soon.

Haele

posted by lazarus | 14:40 | |


Saturday, September 27, 2003  

Is this scary enough yet?

Israel Reportedly Considering Attacking Iran: "Israeli military leaders are considering an assault operation to destroy Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, a report said Friday."


posted by lazarus | 06:11 | |
 

But everything's just fine, so stop saying that.

Yahoo! News - American Compound Attacked in Baghdad: "At least three projectiles slammed into a Baghdad hotel housing U.S. military officers and civilian support staff early Saturday, hours after American soldiers killed at least two Iraqis at a checkpoint in Fallujah west of the capital. "

posted by lazarus | 06:04 | |
 

Schwarzenegger adviser linked to card clubs, Nevada casinos / Rivals cry foul amid actor's attacks on Indian gaming

Man, that old Republican integrity just keeps on truckin'. Basically, Arnold has been attacking Indian casinos for being tax exempt, despite the jobs they bring to the state. Now we find out one of his advisors is on the board of directors of a casino company.

But that's not a conflict of interest, no....

posted by lazarus | 05:46 | |
 

The results of Bush diplomacy. How long is this going to be allowed to go on?

TheStar.com - U.S. ready to deploy 10,000 guard troops: "The U.S. military, faced with reluctance by other nations to send forces to Iraq, last night activated 10,000 Army National Guard troops to go there and put 5,000 more Army Guard soldiers on alert for likely service in Iraq."

posted by lazarus | 03:25 | |


Friday, September 26, 2003  

China to Launch First Manned Spacecraft

Bob Heinlein said the laws of physics work just fine no matter what language you speak.

Here's hoping NASA gets their issues fixed, gets the culture returned to the Good Old Days, and gets us back in space again ASAP.

posted by lazarus | 08:51 | |
 

Josh Marshall brings us a truly disgusting story. Apparently, Even more of Bush's buddies are profiting from the invasion of Iraq.

posted by lazarus | 05:07 | |
 

Dick Cheney is back in the news. Can you imagine how bad the uproar would have been had Clinton or Gore been involved in this sort of thing?

Senator Says Report Undermines Cheney on Relationship With Halliburton - from Tampa Bay Online: "The report says a public official's unexercised stock options and deferred salary fall within the definition of 'retained ties' to his former company.
Cheney said Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press' that since becoming vice president, 'I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years.' "

posted by lazarus | 00:47 | |


Wednesday, September 24, 2003  

Via atrios comes this article on how bad things are getting for the troops in Iraq.

"We are slowly becoming frantic. I hear people saying they are going to begin hurting themselves or others if they can't go home. The helplessness our soldiers are feeling is indescribable, it is past the point of "suck it up and drive on." We just want somewhere to drive on to. "

posted by lazarus | 22:33 | |
 

My friend William Rivers Pitt on the speech W gave at the UN Tuesday:


t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | Situation Excellent, I Am Attacking: "There is not enough grammar in the entirety of the English language to describe the incredible international humiliation that has befallen the United States of America. That this humiliation was brought down upon the American people by the man supposedly in charge of the country is, in all honesty, no big surprise for those who have been watching this all unfold. The layers of crushing embarrassment have been building like river sediment for months upon months upon months. On Tuesday, however, George W. Bush managed to completely obliterate the hard-won standing the United States has earned within the global community. "

posted by lazarus | 04:55 | |


Tuesday, September 23, 2003  

Colin Powell on Saddam's threat to us in February of 2001:


Press Remarks with Foreign Minister of Egypt Amre Moussa: "And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq, and these are policies that we are going to keep in place, but we are always willing to review them to make sure that they are being carried out in a way that does not affect the Iraqi people but does affect the Iraqi regime's ambitions and the ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and we had a good conversation on this issue."


Impeach them all, and send them to the Hague.

posted by lazarus | 04:01 | |
 

So, wanna know what we're spending money on in Iraq? Zip codes. English lessons. A museum.

Meanwhile, the economy goes in the crapper....

As Robert Byrd says, quoted in this article: "The administration fought against a $200 million boost for America's police officers, firefighters and paramedics, but Iraqi first responders would get $290 million.''

How long until the election?

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | $20B Iraq Plan Call for Museum, ZIP Codes: "WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's $20.3 billion proposal for rebuilding Iraq includes money to establish ZIP codes there, help Iraqi workers learn English and start a museum of former leader Saddam Hussein's atrocities, an administration document shows. "

posted by lazarus | 03:49 | |


Monday, September 22, 2003  

Good thing we've got a liberal media in this country to cover this issue, isn't it?


Mirror.co.uk - THE BIG LIE: "Both Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, and Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's closest adviser, made clear before September 11 2001 that Saddam Hussein was no threat - to America, Europe or the Middle East.
In Cairo, on February 24 2001, Powell said: 'He (Saddam Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours.'
This is the very opposite of what Bush and Blair said in public.
Powell even boasted that it was the US policy of 'containment' that had effectively disarmed the Iraqi dictator - again the very opposite of what Blair said time and again. On May 15 2001, Powell went further and said that Saddam Hussein had not been able to 'build his military back up or to develop weapons of mass destruction' for 'the last 10 years'. America, he said, had been successful in keeping him 'in a box'.
Two months later, Condoleezza Rice also described a weak, divided and militarily defenceless Iraq. 'Saddam does not control the northern part of the country,' she said. 'We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt.'"

posted by lazarus | 22:22 | |


Sunday, September 21, 2003  

Mark Crispin Miller has more to say on this election fraud. Yep, it's Florida again, this time harking back to the wonderful days of Election 2000. Someone care to explain why the "liberal media" never covered the fact that Gore got -16,022 votes in Volusia County?

posted by lazarus | 17:33 | |
 

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the Taliban seems not to have gotten the memo that we beat them. Imagine that.


Newsday.com - Taliban Commander Said to Hold Meeting: "KABUL, Afghanistan -- Taliban supreme commander Mullah Mohammed Omar has held a meeting with other Taliban leaders to reorganize their resurgent campaign against U.S. forces and the Afghan government, a purported spokesman for the group said Sunday.

The spokesman, who said his name was Sayed Hamid Agha, telephoned Associated Press reporters in Afghanistan and Pakistan and read out a statement.

'Over the last few days we established a shura (council) under the leadership of Mullah Omar,' Agha said. 'The shura appointed four committees -- military, political, cultural and economic to regulate all relevant matters.' "

posted by lazarus | 13:17 | |
 

This should make you feel good about the upcoming election....

Here's the breakdown: Wally O'Dell is the head of Diebold, one of three companies that sells vote counting software and hardware. He just had a fundraiser for Bush at his home, and pledged to deliver Ohio to Bush. Is that a conflict of interest?

Bob Urosevich is the head of the election division of Diebold. His brother, Todd Urosevich, runs ES&S, the company they founded together, which is another of the three companies running our elections. But that's not really conflict of interest, is it?

Oh, no. To get that, you have to consider Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. Chuck was CEO of ES&S just before he ran for office, and still owns a good chunk of it. ES&S was in charge of vote counting for that election. Now that's a conflict of interest. It could also explain why he covered it up.

To add fun to this scenario, they're all friends with, and in the Uroseviches' case, were financed by, one Howard Ahmanson.

Who is Ahmanson, one might ask? Ever hear of the Christian Reconstructionist movement? Here's a nice little article about this guy. Christian reconstructionists are those lovely people who "believe conservative Christians should take "dominion" over American society. Under their version of "biblical law," the death penalty would be required for over a dozen categories of offenders, including adulterers, homosexuals, witches, incorrigible children and those who spread "false" religions. They regard the teaching of evolution as part of a "war against Genesis."" Sound like just the folks we want running our elections, don't they?

This editorial lays it out nicely. No tinfoil hat or mass conspiracy necessary. Just a few guys with a lot of money who really, really want to take over this nation. And it's working.

Remember how the elections in Georgia were so surprising? How Republicans pulled off an amazing upset? They only pulled off those upsets in districts with the electronic voting machines made by Diebold. But that's just a coincidence.

Oh, and remember exit polling? That went away, right? Ever wonder why? The exit polls were remarkably accurate. Then, suddenly, they weren't. What changed?

The only change was the voting machines. And suddenly the polls weren't accurate anymore. Remarkable coincidence, don't you think?

posted by lazarus | 12:19 | |


Saturday, September 20, 2003  

Once again: He lied. Cheney lied. Rumsfeld lied. Rice lied. Wolfowitz lied. Impeach 'em all, then send them to the Hague for trial.

Taipei Times - archives: "Top American scientists assigned to the weapons hunt in Iraq found no evidence former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's regime was making or stockpiling smallpox, The Associated Press has learned from senior military officers involved in the search.
Smallpox fears were part of the case the Bush administration used to build support for invading Iraq -- and they were raised again as recently as last weekend by Vice President Dick Cheney."

posted by lazarus | 18:30 | |


Friday, September 19, 2003  

Welcome to Cambodia. Enjoy your stay.

Does it strike anyone else as odd that we're bombing empty fields?

Yahoo! News - U.S. Planes Drop Bombs Inside Pakistan: "WANA, Pakistan - U.S. warplanes taking part in the anti-terrorism campaign in Afghanistan dropped three bombs that landed about 50 yards inside Pakistani territory on an empty field, residents and Pakistani intelligence officials said Friday.

AP Photo


No one was injured in the incident Thursday near the border town of Wana, 240 miles southwest of Islamabad. "

posted by lazarus | 18:03 | |
 

But this isn't a quagmire, oh, no. So stop saying that.

AP Wire | 09/19/2003 | Iraq attacks give U.S. forces jitters: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - In the last six days, U.S. troops have shot at Iraqi police, journalists, a wedding party and a top Italian diplomat searching for looted antiquities.
The Americans are under increasing pressure as the guerrilla resistance has stepped up its hit-and-run attacks and is bringing more firepower and sophistication to the fight.
Unsure of who will shoot at them next, the U.S. forces have been involved in 'friendly fire' attacks in which 10 civilians have been killed in the past two months.
'We are facing an adaptive, asymmetric enemy, and we, of course, are adapting and refining our tactics, techniques and procedures as well,' Lt. Col. George Krivo, U.S. military spokesman, said Friday.
In areas where resistance is stiffest, the massive response by U.S. soldiers is changing once-neutral residents into outright opponents.
'The killing of the policemen was the turning point for me,' said Sabah Khalaf, recalling the Sept. 12 friendly-fire killing of eight U.S.-allied Iraqi policemen in Fallujah - one of the most dangerous cities for American forces."

posted by lazarus | 17:39 | |
 

Wait, maybe it's Iran, not Syria, that we're going after next.

Telegraph | News | US troops killed as Bremer accuses Iran: "Ambassador Paul Bremer, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority and effectively Iraq's civilian ruler, said that Iran, which has been watching the American occupation of its neighbour with mounting alarm, 'continues to meddle in various ways in Iraq's internal affairs'."

posted by lazarus | 00:40 | |
 

Winning hearts and minds....

3 U.S. soldiers killed near Tikrit

Hours later, soldiers pointed tank cannons at reporters every time they tried to approach to find out what had happened.
As it grew dark, the Americans pulled out, removing the burned truck with a crane.
About 100 Iraqis danced in the streets and carried a large photo of Saddam dressed in military fatigues. There was celebratory gunfire and the people chanted: “With our blood, with our souls, we sacrifice ourselves for you, Saddam.”

posted by lazarus | 00:09 | |
 

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US troops die in Tikrit ambush

How many troops? Nobody knows. Most local sources are claiming 8, the US won't fess up. Might be three, might be more. There was another attack that did take out three troops, and apparently the government wants to obfuscate and confuse the issue.

Notice we killed a 14 year old boy at a wedding.

No, it's not a quagmire at all......

posted by lazarus | 00:05 | |


Thursday, September 18, 2003  

Okay, this is just cool:

IOL : New galaxy has astronomers in a spin: "New galaxy has astronomers in a spin"

Cleveland - Astronomers at Case Western Reserve University said on Wednesday that they have discovered a new galaxy orbiting the well-known galaxy Andromeda.

The new galaxy, Andromeda VIII, is so widespread and transparent that astronomers did not suspect its existence until they mapped the velocity of stars thought to belong to Andromeda and found they move independent of that spiral galaxy.

The galaxy is being torn apart into streams of stars...

posted by lazarus | 05:09 | |
 

Just upgraded some links, and added a fun one a friend turned me on to. Hulk's Diary is one of the funniest things I've ever read.

posted by lazarus | 00:45 | |


Wednesday, September 17, 2003  

Yes, the world is a much, much safer place. Thank you, President Bush.

Can we set up a programme to get nukes into South America next? It's only fair...


Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Saudis consider nuclear bomb: "Saudi Arabia, in response to the current upheaval in the Middle East, has embarked on a strategic review that includes acquiring nuclear weapons, the Guardian has learned.
This new threat of proliferation in one of the most dangerous regions of the world comes on top of a crisis over Iran's alleged nuclear programme. "

posted by lazarus | 19:07 | |
 

And wherever would we get the troops for a run into Syria?


Yahoo! News - Myers: U.S. Reassessing Balkan Troop Commitment: "PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Top U.S. military officer Richard Myers said Wednesday that U.S. peacekeeping troops in the Balkans would not be pulled out unilaterally from Kosovo or Bosnia.

But Myers, in Kosovo to visit U.S. troops, said the United States was reassessing its involvement with an option 'on the table' for a European force to take over.
With the U.S. military stretched thin, the Air Force General and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Pentagon was reviewing commitments including the Balkans. "

posted by lazarus | 07:06 | |
 

Newsday.com - Syria, Libya Listed as 'Rogue States': "Washington - The Bush administration named Syria and Libya yesterday as 'rogue states' whose weapons of mass destruction must not just be controlled but must be eliminated by whatever means necessary.

Syria, it said, is of particular concern because it has been supporting terrorist groups and letting militants cross its border into Iraq to fight U.S. forces."


Does anybody still doubt that the PNAC plan is in effect? We're bogged down in two quagmires already, and these idjits want to open up another war.

Hopefully this nation can survive until we boot these criminal bastards out. Hopefully.

posted by lazarus | 04:22 | |
 

And I'm back. Howdy, everybody.

Surprise of surprises, my ex-wife just suddenly gave me custody of my daughter. So I've spent the last few months incorporating an eleven year old into my life.

Now that's done. I'm in California full time, and do I have a thing or two to say about the recall. That'll be later today. I'll be letting everyone know I'm back, and I appreciate those of you who kept an eye on things while I was gone.

lazarus

posted by lazarus | 04:12 | |
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