Wednesday, January 31, 2007

CIA Drugs, Beats, Kidnaps German Citizen

And a court in Germany has just issued warrants for 13 CIA agents responsible. It is doubtful they will ever be sent to face charges. Note that the story contains no denials of the druggings or beatings by official U.S. sources.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Is Your Favorite Band Making You Gay?

Or maybe it made you gay. Check this out: Love God's Way

Here are some of my faves that made the list ...

Wilco, Interpol, Morissey (note that they put this next to his name "?questionable?" what's that about?), Nirvana (what else can I say ...), Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, David Bowie

Inexplicable: Jay-Z, Metallica, Eminem, Lil' Kim, Frank Sinatra, Ghostface Killah, Eagles of Death Metal, The Rolling Stones

Duh?: Erasure, Le Tigre, Queen, The Pet Shop Boys, The Village People, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Indigo Girls, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Boy George, kd lang
Canada Apologizes to Man After Deportation, Torture
The U.S. Keeps Him on Watch List

From the CNN story: "Canada's prime minister apologized to Maher Arar on Friday and announced the government would compensate him C$10.5 million (US$8.9 million) for its role in his deportation from the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured while held in prison for nearly a year."

Canada basically provided U.S. authorities with information, but U.S. officials detained him at JFK airport, chained, shackled and interrogated him for 11 days and then sent him to Syria where he was tortured. There were no denials of the torture or this treatment in the story just justifications for keeping him on a watch list.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Great Photo of Two Beirut Protesters from the New York Times

From the news story: "Along a thoroughfare, the men got into a brawl amid sporadic gunfire. One side raised photos of Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader and a Shiite, and burned those of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, whose assassination in 2005 set off Lebanon’s latest political turmoil, a witness said. The other side lined up across the street and raised photos of Mr. Hariri, Mr. Siniora and even of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni."

So, who is the U.S. supposed to support? This is the problem with modern imperialism which doesn't take over other lands as colonies, but simply tries to impose its will through proxies, puppets, international law, and the threat of force. Do we support the Hezbollah folks who lean toward Iran or the people who celebrate Saddam Hussein? It would just be easier if we could take the whole place over and raise an American flag over it. Maybe Dick Cheney could be President of Lebapaliraq - our 51st state.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Friday, January 05, 2007

10-year-old Texas boy hangs himself after watching Saddam's hanging

As do other children around the globe. This sort of thing is common in reaction to "milestones" on a path to democracy like the hanging of Saddam, or say the massacre in Haditha, or perhaps Abu Graib, and also what about ....

Ahh the seeds of a great democracy are planted.

Bush's Troop Surge May Hit a Stumbling Block

It turns out dead and badly wounded soldiers can't really serve in Iraq.