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Little news tidbits I can’t ignore, but wish I could for the most part

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Lots of little things in the news this morning. Some good, some bad, some hard to identify even under bright light. I will pour a few more cups of coffee over my head and see what I have to say.

The drilling disaster in Java is back in the news. I have discussed this before, no new developments except that geologists have officially declared that drilling caused the problem. The people who were drilling dispute that conclusion, go figure. Anyhow, the recent BBC article contains aerial photographs and for that alone is worth checking out.

There’s been a big ugly strike in Lebanon, as opposition to the government tried to force it to step down. It’s a sad situation, most people in Lebanon are loyal to their clans or what not rather than to Lebanon itself. One must remember that Lebanon is not a natural nation state, it is a line on the map drawn up by colonial powers, deliberately created in order to have a Christian dominated nation in the Middle East. And the handful of Christian families the French turned the country over to are still clinging to the power they were given. Non stop meddling and invasions by foreign powers haven’t helped either. Maybe someday Lebanon will evolve into a united nation state, but it’s going to be a long hard road.

The attorney general of the United States astounded the Senate and anyone with half a brain by claiming that the US Constitution doesn’t guarantee habeas corpus. In layman’s terms, this means that the head of the US justice department thinks it’s OK for the government to “disappear” people. Yes, Gonzales thinks it’s basically OK for the government to arrest someone and hold them secretly and indefinitely. Um, history lesson, this sort of thing is one of the major causes of the American revolution. Midnight knocks on the door and people disappearing hasn’t started happening yet, but it’s scary that our Attorney General thinks it would be perfectly legal.

The hyperbole about Iran is reaching deafening levels. The USA is accusing Iran of trying to “dominate” the region. This is such a crock of sh*t it’s frightening. Iran does not have a force projection military, they are not capable of projecting military might beyond their borders in any significant way. They were unable to make inroads into Iraq during eight years of war, the USA army made it to Baghdad in less than eight weeks. The only people trying to dominate the region are in Washington and Tel Aviv, Iran is just trying to defend itself. True, Iran certainly has more influence in the region than they did a few years ago, but the USA gave them that influence by invading and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. And yes, Ahmadinjad’s saber rattling isn’t helping.

Bush gave some sort of speech and threatened to “do big things.” Like he hasn’t done enough big things already? Congress proved once again they are simply corrupt cheerleaders by applauding him almost non stop. It really is sickening what a farce “democracy” has become in this country. I’m with the people who think Congressmen and Senators should be required to wear suits like race car drivers, with the emblems of their corporate sponsors sewed all over them. In the UK for example, Tony Blair has to give a “State of the Union” speech to Parliament every week. And afterwards, he has to answer questions! And not everyone cheers by any means. Britain may not be a perfect example of democracy, but they are miles ahead of the dog and pony show that is passed off as democracy in the USA these days.

And while we are on the subject of the USA returning to the Middle Ages, a judge has claimed that Michigan law allows people to be sentenced to life in prison for adultery. I rest my case. :)

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use  under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and it is central to illustrating the post.)


Written by unitedcats

January 24, 2007 at 9:59 am

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  1. I was going to say something intellegent and coherent, but the only respone I can manage is…


    January 25, 2007 at 9:55 am

  2. Good work, Doug.

    On Iran and “military force projection”: You are correct in that Iran cannot project force the way the US can with, say, an aircraft carrier battle group, which can destroy pretty much anything in a thousand-mile radius. But I would say that Iran has political/ ideological force projection through its backing/training/infiltration of Hamas and Hezbollah. This is not an insignificant amount of power, especially in the Middle East, where an ideology has convinced thousands of people to make themselves into anti-personnel bomb delivery systems.

    And I did not know about the Habeas Corpus business, but trust me, I will find out more and join you in denouncing this dereliction.


    January 25, 2007 at 1:43 pm

  3. […] don’t want to quote the interesting parts of this post, because I’d have to quote the whole damn thing. Although, I might find myself ranting about […]

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