Friday, 6 May 2011

Can We Now Learn the Real Lesson of Bin Laden's Death?

Can We Now Learn the Real Lesson of Bin Laden's Death?

Commented May 6, 2011 at 06:53:09 in World

“Well partly true, Johann. The insurgents also oppose America because America supports the rule of law - an anathema to warlords, who support the rule of power - and because America supports evil and subversive ideas, like "people should be allowed to worship as they see fit" and "men and women should be treated equally." 

Oh, yeah, and because the corrupt Afghan regime that America supports is no more or less thuggish than the insurgent leaders. General feeling is: if we are going to have a corrupt and tyrannical regime, it might as well be mine rather than yours
Marijuana Crop Found Near Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan Compound (VIDEO)

Marijuana Crop Found Near Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan Compound (VIDEO)

Commented May 6, 2011 at 06:43:50 in World

“Okay, now this is more believable­: it wasn't the Pakistani intelligen­ce, it was the drug dealers who were protecting him. They owe him big time for reducing competitio­n in the opium/hero­in trade.
Reuters Defends Decision To Publish Bin Laden Compound Photos

Reuters Defends Decision To Publish Bin Laden Compound Photos

Commented May 5, 2011 at 12:29:40 in Media

“Graphic? What is graphic about these photos? 
Do these people even know what the word "graphic" means? Apparently­, they think graphic means "any picture with a dead body in it."
huffingtonpost entry

The Bin Laden Bounce: How Will Obama Use This Moment of Unexpected Unity?

Commented May 5, 2011 at 12:22:24 in Politics

Unity, what unity? 
We all agree that it is good that a serial killer (or mass murderer, if you prefer) was taken out.
huffingtonpost entry

Reading the Pictures: The Deeper Price of Censoring bin Laden Photo

Commented May 5, 2011 at 12:15:51 in Media

“You presume that the picture is the truth. What if the picture is not the truth?
Facing the Future in Afghanistan

Facing the Future in Afghanistan

Commented May 5, 2011 at 12:12:23 in World

"I hope it also helps brings closure to this decade-lon­g war."
Sadly, it will not and cannot. The war will go on, with the Taliban willing to kill anyone who disagrees with them - including with their interpreta­tion of Islam and their institutio­nalised oppression of Afghan women. 
       We can decide whether the US will help in this war or not - but no action of our can end it.
Joe Biden Steps Into Debt Ceiling Void As Outlines Of Deal Materialize

Joe Biden Steps Into Debt Ceiling Void As Outlines Of Deal Materialize

Commented May 4, 2011 at 19:03:35 in Politics

Simple, really. We borrow 40% of every dollar we spend, so if we must cut spending by 40%, or raise revenue by 40%, or some combinatio­n in between (eg cut spending 20% and raise revenue 20%). Any other option will not solve the problem and anyone claiming that it will is either weasel-wor­ding or deliberate­ly lying, depending on whether he is from my party or your party.
Kent Conrad's Budget Angers Democratic Colleagues

Kent Conrad's Budget Angers Democratic Colleagues

Commented May 4, 2011 at 17:53:26 in Politics

Yep, you are one of them. How do we solve this? Make someone else pay for it.
Attorneys General In 10 States Launch Joint Investigation Into For-Profit Colleges

Attorneys General In 10 States Launch Joint Investigation Into For-Profit Colleges

Commented May 4, 2011 at 05:25:37 in Business

Not just for-profit colleges, make ALL colleges responsibl­e for government loans to their students. If the kid defaults, take the money back from the college. 
      That would give them an incentive to ensure their students get a decent job.
JSF Alternate Engine, Killed, Is Alive Again In House

JSF Alternate Engine, Killed, Is Alive Again In House

Commented May 4, 2011 at 05:21:55 in Politics

“Sooooeeee! Here piggy, piggy, piggy.”

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