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A Brilliant Propaganda Piece In The Washington Post.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/31/2003 07:48:00 PM ----- BODY: A Boy Who Was 'Like a Flower' (washingtonpost.com)
Whoever caused the explosion, the residents assigned blame to the United States, insisting that without a war, they would be safe. "Who else could be responsible except the Americans?" asked Mohsin Hattab, a 32-year-old uncle of Daif.
"This war is evil. It's an unjust war," said Imad Hussein, a driver and uncle of Hassan. "They have no right to make war against us. Until now, we were sitting in our homes, comfortable and safe
The new media makes much of their supposed "impartiality", the fiction that they just report what is happening.
This piece is as good a bit of Iraqi propaganda as anything in the Baghdad newspapers. Notice that we are supposed to accept that there were no "minders" present, but a reporter for an American newspaper was. Notice too the support for Saddam. Hey, "we were sitting in our homes, comfortable and safe", nope, no one here except us chickens. True not everyone in Iraq has been victims of Saddam's brutality, some participated, some just turned a blind eye and enabled.
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A Little PC Censorship?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/31/2003 07:06:00 PM ----- BODY: About 30 min ago I was on my way home from the store and was listening to The Phil Hendrie Show on KUGN out of Eugene, Or. Since the beginning of the war Phil has abandoned his usual schtick of "guests" claiming something or another that is totally outrageous and treating them as if they were real. He has been doing pretty much straight reporting and commentary. He is definitely not antiwar.
Today he was commenting on the Palestinians and how they are supporting Iraq against the Americans and British. He was giving Chairman for life Yasser Arafat the rough side of his tongue when suddenly the broadcast cut out in mid-word. There was a pause, then the program continued. But now it was one of those pre-war shows with a "guest" that claimed that he was not bald because he had a hairpiece.
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I Guess Moore Can Dish It Out, But He Can't Take It.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/31/2003 12:49:00 AM ----- BODY: Telegraph | Opinion | The whopper
Alan Edelstein, a producer of Moore's television show The Awful Truth, was suddenly downsized out of a job, just like those General Motors workers in Flint. So, just like Moore, he decided to stalk the boss for a turning-the-tables documentary on why the television star had put him out on the street.
Moore was not amused. He complained to the NYPD, got Edelstein thrown in jail for a day, and had a restraining order slapped on him. Here's how it read: "The defendant knowingly entered and remained unlawfully in a building with intent to harass, annoy and harm … a course of conduct which alarmed and seriously annoyed another person."
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Saddam's War Crimes

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/31/2003 12:41:00 AM ----- BODY: Antiwar shitheads seem to always be talking about U.S. "War Crimes" committed in the invasion of Iraq. The Washington Post has an editorial which contains the following; a listing of Iraqi war crimes. Remember, these are crimes committed in just one case.War Crimes (washingtonpost.com)
A tour of the dictator's latest war crimes might well start in Nasiriyah, where U.S. Marines this week found Iraqi paramilitary fighters headquartered in a hospital. There they had stationed a tank, stored weapons and laid in a supply of 3,000 protective suits for use against chemical or biological weapons. From their hospital base -- war crime No. 1 -- Iraqis disguised in civilian clothes or carrying white flags -- war crime No. 2 -- attacked U.S. positions. They forced Iraqi civilians to act as scouts and human shields -- war crime No. 3 -- before inviting Arab television crews to film the resulting dead and wounded. Their greatest success was the ambush of a wayward U.S. supply convoy, during which they appear to have executed several American prisoners -- war crime No. 4 -- before broadcasting an interrogation of others on state television -- war crime No. 5.
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This Is A Setback?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/31/2003 12:19:00 AM ----- BODY: 1,500 Iraq troops die
ALLIED commanders believe 1,500 Iraqis who went into battle against US troops in Najaf on Thursday night ALL perished.
And they reckon several thousand have been killed in five days and nights of carnage around the town and Nasiriyah 100 miles to the south.
So far just three Americans have died while four were still missing last night.
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From The Guardian! Of All Places.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 11:31:00 PM ----- BODY: Julie Burchill: Don't take my name in vain
I've just heard a snippet of the most disgustingly me-me-me anti-war advert by Susan Sarandon, in which she intones, "Before our kids start coming home from Iraq in body bags, and women and children start dying in Baghdad, I need to know - what did Iraq do to us?" Well, if you mean what did Saddam do to America The Beautiful, not an awful lot - but to millions of his own people, torture and murder for a start. Don't they count?
Surely this is the most self-obsessed anti-war protest ever. NOT IN MY NAME! That's the giveaway. Who gives a stuff about their wet, white, western names? See how they write them so solemnly in a list on the bottom of the letters they send to the papers. And the ones that add their brats' names are the worst - a grotesque spin on Baby On Board, except they think that this gives them extra humanity points not just on the motorway, but in the whole wide weeping, striving, yearning world. We don't know the precious names of the countless numbers Saddam has killed. We're talking about a people - lots of them parents - subjected to an endless vista of death and torture, a country in which freedom can never be won without help from outside.
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What If We Just Went Without The Oil?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 10:26:00 PM ----- BODY: As for those who are expressing the opinion that this war is about Oil. My reply is, so what?
Do you think that the Iraqis and the world in general would be better off if we used our military might to ensure that the oil staid in the ground? Why would it be a good thing for the United States to grind to a halt, for businesses to fail, for millions of people to be unemployed? Do you think those closed businesses would have much use for software engineers or that colleges with no enrollment would hire professors? Do you think that people in apartment blocks would suddenly start growing food on their non-existant balconies?
No oil? you're not talking about peace, love and bunny rabbits, you're talking of hunger, riots and a total breakdown of civil society. Do you think that you would somehow be exempt? That everything would be the same but for happy people riding their bicycles and recycling their waste? I don't think you have ever really considered it.
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Bill Whittle answers those who say "War Never Settled Anything."

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 09:37:00 PM ----- BODY: Bill Whittle: History
In 1865 the issue of American Slavery, an issue dodged in 1783, an issue compromised in 1850, and an issue that tore us apart as a people was settled once and for all, by force of arms. By War. Secession was settled, too – settled most emphatically.
War settled whether the Mediterranean Sea would be a Carthaginian Lake or a Roman one. War settled whether Jerusalem would be Christian or Muslim. War determined whether a surrender document would be signed aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay or on the Yamato just off Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. War determined whether France would be living through four years, or a millennia of darkness under Nazi supermen, and a weird, ghostly war determined whether or not there would be Englishmen and Scots and Americans living and dying in gulags in Siberia.
And four years of unimaginably brutal war determined whether or not the United States of America would in fact be a land where all men are created equal. War determined whether the fatal, poisonous stain of slavery would split the nation into two irreconcilable camps, or whether the blood and sacrifice of men at Little Round Top and The Angle and Cold Harbor would, in part, wash away that stain and put right that which was unable to be put right at the birth of this awesome experiment in self-rule.
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Another "War Protester" Tastes Reality.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 08:34:00 PM ----- BODY: Assyrian Christians - About Ken Joseph, Jr
It was clear now what I should do. I began to talk to the so called `human shields`. Have you asked the people here what they want? Have you talked to regular people, away from your `minder` and asked them what they want?
I was shocked at the response. `We don't need to do that. We know what they want.` was the usual reply before a minder stepped up to check who I was.
With tears streaming down my face in my bed in a tiny house in Baghdad crowded in with 10 other of my own flesh and blood, all exhausted after another day of not living but existing without hope, exhausted in daily struggle simply to not die I had to say to myself `I was wrong`.
How dare I claim to speak for those for whom I had never asked what they wanted!
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North Korea Is Not Being Ignored.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 08:01:00 PM ----- BODY: From Beijing, stern words for an uneasy ally
The pipeline shutdown, officially ascribed to a technical problem, followed an unusually blunt message delivered by China to its longtime ally in a high-level meeting in Beijing last month, the sources said. Stop your provocations about the possible development of nuclear weapons, China warned its neighbor, or face Chinese support for economic sanctions against the regime.
There's been a lot of criticism from the Democrats that we should be paying more attention to Pyongyang, indeed, some have been saying that we should accede to their insistence that the U.S. open direct talks with them without the UN. I think this shows that there is probably a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure that a direct confrontation does not take place. This approach was not taken by the previous administration, probably because it would not generate the TV pictures and headlines that they were so enamored of.
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Looks Like Human Rights Violations; Where's Amnesty International?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 06:19:00 PM ----- BODY: CNN.com - U.S.: Iraq not letting Red Cross visit POWs - Mar. 30, 2003
Iraq still has not let the International Committee of the Red Cross visit U.S. prisoners of war, Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday.
"We would hope that the Iraqi regime would do the honorable and the right thing and allow the International Committee of the Red Cross in to visit these prisoners of war," Myers said on CNN's "Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer."
"That's their obligation. They said they were going to do it, and we just hope they follow through."
The United States has agreed to let the Red Cross visit more than 4,000 Iraqi POWs, Myers said. He said the Red Cross wanted to wait until conditions are more secure. He said he did not know whether the visits had taken place yet.
"I think they have probably been inside," he said.
Before the war started, Iraq said the Red Cross would be allowed to visit any POWs, he said. He said the Red Cross has a long history of visiting POWs in Iraq.
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How Many Civilians Are Injured A Day In Peace Time?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 06:15:00 PM ----- BODY: 100 Iraqi Civilians A Day Injured in Baghdad
The International Committee of the Red Cross in Baghdad... Roland Huguenin-Benjamin told CNN: In what is believed to be the first independent, on-the-scene report of Iraqi civilian casualties, ...[that] an average of about 100 civilians are injured daily in Baghdad.
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Another "Baby Milk Factory"?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/30/2003 06:11:00 PM ----- BODY: Activists Confirm Iraqi Hospital Bombed
The American peace activists' account was the first confirmation of a report last week that a hospital in Rutbah was bombed Wednesday, with dead and injured. The travelers said they saw no significant Iraqi military presence near the hospital or elsewhere in Rutbah. The doctor did not discuss casualties, the Americans said.
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I Suppose The Antiwar Protesters Will Believe This.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/29/2003 09:06:00 PM ----- BODY: Gulf Daily News
Iraq said yesterday that its military had killed hundreds of enemy soldiers in the 10-day-old war and shot down five fighter planes and four helicopter gunships, one of which was captured almost intact.
A military spokesman speaking on television also said six unmanned drones and 143 cruise missiles had been shot down.
Iraqi forces had also destroyed 74 tanks, five tank transporters and 35 armoured personnel carriers, he said, adding that thousands of enemy soldiers had been wounded.
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Jim Treacher Exposes The Left's Plan For Dealing With Saddam Nonviolently.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 09:11:00 PM ----- BODY: Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?
Good idea! First we'll coax Saddam out of his bunker with a trail of delicious candy. Then, once his belly is full and he's all sleepy and happy, we'll calmly explain that we don't approve of what he's been doing and it's not very nice and we wish he'd stop. And he'll be like, "Whoa, I never thought of it that way. You guys are my friends! I like you!" And then everybody will hug and cry, and then get a little embarrassed about crying, and then make some jokes to cover up being embarrassed. And then a beautiful rainbow will appear, and a shy unicorn will walk down it, and Saddam will ride it to the North Pole, and he'll spend the rest of his life helping Santa make wonderful toys for all the good little girls and boys, and there'll be hot chocolate, and, and, and nobody will ever ever die again for any reason ever. THE END
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Mark Morford Is Self-Fisking.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 08:01:00 PM ----- BODY: Sad Spouts Of Ignorance / Where humpback whales meet the snarling void of war, and human progress takes a bullet
They are a reminder. No matter how much we think we know, no matter how many die as a result of Shrub's vicious war, no matter what sort of self-righteous good we think we're ramming down everyone's throat, we are, quite simply, raging deeper into ignorance. We know nothing. And the worst part is, we seem to be learning less with every warhead, every Rummy press conference, every dust-choked reporter and dead soldier. The whales know this. Maybe they're just waving goodbye.
At last, a columnist that sees himself honestly. He admits that his self-righteous scribbling come from deep ignorance. Such honesty is refreshing. It raises the question; Why if he admittedly writes from ignorance, anyone takes him seriously?
And why is he shoving his vacation in peoples faces. There are thousands of people who can't take vacations, can't commune with a bunch of whales at a luxury resort in Hawaii. Are we supposed to swoon in awe of his talent? He already admitted that his self-righteous prattle comes mostly from ignorance. Are we supposed be impressed that he is able to con the editors of the SF Chronicle in actually paying for his drivel? Morford needs help. I think a month or so of counseling with the 101st Airmobile Division would be helpful. Their caring and insightful sergeants would do wonders with his ignorance -------- TITLE:

Diplomatic Failure Or French Sabotage?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 07:05:00 PM ----- BODY: Missteps With Turkey Prove Costly (washingtonpost.com)
Under the original Pentagon war plan, a powerful force of Army tanks and tens of thousands of troops now would be bearing down on Baghdad from northern Iraq as other heavily armored troops converged on the capital from the south.
Neither is happening.The reason is that Turkey, a close NATO ally that shares a 218-mile border with Iraq, earlier this month refused a Bush administration request to permit the armored troop deployment from its soil.
One week into the war, the administration's inability to win Turkey's approval has emerged as an important turning point in the U.S. confrontation with Iraq that senior U.S. officials now acknowledge may ultimately prolong the length of the conflict. It is a story of clumsy diplomacy and mutual misunderstanding, U.S. and Turkish officials said. It also illustrates how the administration undercut its own efforts to broaden international support for war by allowing its war plan to dictate the pace of its diplomacy, diplomats and other experts in U.S.-Turkish relations said.
Is that the story? Or is it this? How France Blocked U.S. In Ankara
Everybody knows that Turkey did not permit America to stage operations from Turkish bases, but hardly anybody realizes that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, the vote was not an Islamic protest against the American-led coalition,but an act of anti-American intimidation by France and Germany.
The leaders insisted on a disciplined "no" vote because of pressure — some would call it blackmail — from France and Germany.
The French and German governments informed the Turkish opposition parties that if they voted to help the Coalition war effort, Turkey would be locked out of Europe for a generation. As one Turkish leader put it, "there were no promises, only threats."
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Reader Comment on Instapundit.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 06:35:00 PM ----- BODY: An interesting and insightful comment from a reader of InstaPundit.Com
On the one hand, the Anti-American Class has been saying all along that Iraq is no threat to anyone; on the other, they are now crowing with trembling, barely-suppressed glee, that Iraq is far more formidable than anyone had supposed.
Things that make you go, Hmmm. -------- TITLE:

Oooooh Kay, Whatever You Say

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 06:27:00 PM ----- BODY: Saudi envoy's mystery death
The ambassador, Muhammad Bin Ahmad Rasheed, was found dead on Friday morning in the stairwell of his apartment building in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan. The diplomat was found naked, with a head wound, lying in a pool of blood, two floors below his 17th floor flat.
"According to initial information by authorities in Abidjan ... no sign of violence could be found on the victim's body, which makes one think Mohammed bin Ahmed al-Rasheed died of natural causes," said a foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.
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Brain Dead Yuppie Scum

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 06:20:00 PM ----- BODY: ONLY THE BRAINS ARE DEAD AT THIS 'DIE-IN' By ANDREA PEYSER
SOME things, I guess, are not worth dying for.
As dozens of protesters plopped themselves down in the middle of Fifth Avenue, pretending to be dead, I noticed a small claque of pretty yuppies - each as angular and edgy as a Benetton ad - lying, safely, over on the sidewalk.
The purpose of this exercise in civil obnoxiousness, I thought, was to paint oneself with artificial blood, block traffic, and get arrested in the name of peace. So why aren't you in the street with your comrades? I asked one woman.
"Because I don't have time to get arrested today," the woman, 45, said without embarrassment.
"I have a job."
Oh, brother.
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"Amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics."

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 05:34:00 PM ----- BODY: INTEL DUMP has an excellent post on one aspect of the war that is most important and mostly overlooked.
One of the reasons that there are not more combat units in Iraq may have to do with simply time, space and supply. The units that were in Kuwait took a lot of ground space for their vehicles, personnel and supplies. There are only so many port facilities available for off-loading supplies and equipment. If the additional units were sent at the same time as the others, there is a good chance that all of them would still be sitting in Kuwait waiting. With the 3ID, the Marines and 101st moving into Iraq the new units can move into cantonments left behind.
The predictions of a quick war come mostly from the commentators, not from the government. Some officials expressed the hope that it would be quick and that the Iraqis would surrender as they did during the Gulf War. The news people then took this expression of hope and turned it into a statement of fact. Remember, these are the same retired colonels and generals that warned us of the impregnable bunkers and the fanatically Iraqi Army during the first Gulf War and reveled us with tales of the massive and high-tech bunker complex in Tora Bora. Why they would regarded as having credibility this time is beyond me. -------- TITLE:

Stop The War! One Of The Grunts Wants To Go Home.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 05:10:00 PM ----- BODY: U.S. Troops Wonder Why They Aren't in Baghdad Yet
"I feel like the longer I'm out here, the less are my chances of staying alive," said U.S. Marine Lance-Corporal Michael Sanchez, staring with sullen eyes at a vista of withered roadside shrubs. "Right here the odds are against us, we don't know the terrain, we don't know the people, we don't know what they got coming for us," he said, his 21-year-old face a picture of resentment.
This kid knows nothing about the plans, strategy or expectations of the people running this war. Neither the U.S. military or any other serious organization consults with low level employees regarding their plans.
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Sounds Like They're Ready To Work At The New York Times.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 04:54:00 PM ----- BODY: MTV kids need to tune in to life
I gave a pop quiz this week in the college journalism class I teach. As a bonus question, I asked: Who is Tommy Franks? Not one student out of 30 could identify the U.S. Army general in command of the war in Iraq. These are average Americans from differing backgrounds, mostly between the ages of 19 and 25.
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Nope, No Politics Here.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/28/2003 04:45:00 PM ----- BODY: KEEP IT TO YOURSELF
The borough mayor supports the council’s unanimous vote to outlaw any ribbons or other memorials for the American troops fightingin Iraq, if those ribbons are placed on public property because the government doesn’t want them there.
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Tyler, a Democrat, has been a colorful, controversial mayor for four non-consecutive terms.
Partisan politics, though, had nothing to do with the governing body’s decision to get rid of the ribbons, Tyler insisted, although he noted that the Johnsons "are Republicans."
All six members of the borough council are solidly Democrat.
Next week the mayor is going to make a statement about how low the support for the war is. "Hell, no one's putting up flags or ribbons, so they must be against Bush's war." -------- TITLE:

Jesse Finds Way To Exploit War.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 08:50:00 PM ----- BODY: Jackson wants truce to get aid to Iraqis - Mar. 27, 2003
The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Thursday for a truce to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to Iraq and asked for permission from both U.S. and Iraq officials to allow religious leaders to visit with prisoners of war.
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If It's A "Hate Crime" Let's See Some Arrests.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 08:41:00 PM ----- BODY: FOXNews.com
A group of Vermont teen-agers threw rocks at a uniformed female Vermont National Guard sergeant last week, in the latest example of a service member facing hostility in the United States.
The teens blocked the sergeant as she went into a store and again on the way out, yelling obscenities at her along the way.... The group also threw small stones at her car as she drove away
"There were various profanities directed in her direction, along the line of '[expletive] murderer, [expletive] baby killer,'" [Lt. Col. Scott] Stirewalt said. "It culminated with some of the individuals throwing rocks at her, and as testament to her disciplined professionalism, she got in her car and left the area."
Under Vermont law, assaulting or abusing a soldier because of membership in the military is a hate crime. Conviction could bring up to five years in prison.
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The Munchkins Ain't Coming Out Until The Witch Is Dead.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 08:05:00 PM ----- BODY: ArabNews: Exclusive: ‘As Long as It Takes’
Arab News asked several of the refugees waiting to enter Basra what they thought of regime change. Accompanying Arab News were several international TV crews. What the refugees said on and off camera were very different things.
On camera, the general feeling among the crowd was sorrow at losing Saddam. Off camera, the citizens of Umm Qasr and Basra appeared genuinely exhilarated at the prospect of a brighter future, after Saddam had been removed.
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Bring 'em On.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 07:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Article Static
Syria is granting free passage across its border with Iraq to volunteers who wish to join the fight against the U.S. and British forces. Thus far, dozens of volunteers, primarily Palestinians from the refugee camps in Lebanon, have crossed over into Iraq through Syrian-controlled border posts
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War Protester's Journalist Son Prevented From Giving Out Sensitive Information.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 07:22:00 PM ----- BODY: Unembedded Journalist's Report Provokes Military Ire (washingtonpost.com)
While Smucker has been writing about the warfare in Iraq, his 75-year-old father has been trying to stop it. John Smucker said he has been arrested twice in recent weeks, once for kneeling on the steps of the Pentagon and again for blocking traffic on King Street in Alexandria.
As for his son, Smucker said: "I'm torn. Someone's decided to take his income possibilities away. But we want him back in the country anyway."
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BBC Present Both Sides; Saddam's and Arafat's

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No Shit! Anyone Who Ever Thought It Would Be Over In A Week, Is A Fool.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 07:13:00 PM ----- BODY: War Could Last Months, Officers Say (washingtonpost.com)
Despite the rapid advance of Army and Marine forces across Iraq over the past week, some senior U.S. military officers are now convinced that the war is likely to last months
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Thanks For The Tips.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/27/2003 07:07:00 PM ----- BODY: Tactics Show Iraqis Learned Lessons of War (washingtonpost.com)
Relying on harassing tactics never exhibited during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi military has inflicted heavy damage this week on two of the U.S. Army's most fearsome weapons, the Abrams tank and the Apache Longbow helicopter gunship.
[T]wo Abrams tanks ...had been shot in their soft spot, a rear grille covering the engine.
On the battlefield, it was not immediately clear what weapon the Iraqis used to knock out the tanks. A senior defense official said yesterday that it was a French-made Coronet antitank missile.
While the Longbow is equipped with a $3 million millimeter-wave radar that can target tanks and air defenses on the battlefield from five miles away, the $25 million aircraft is most vulnerable to troops who pop out from behind an obstruction as the helicopter is flying low overhead and open fire.
What do we have here? If you're fighting an Abrams tank, target the engine grille in the rear with a french made missile. That makes one more thing we have to thank France for.
And thank for verifying the effectiveness of the tactics used against the Apaches; although from the looks of the helicopter shown on TV, it was not brought down by ground fire.
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Farting In A Whirlwind.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 08:13:00 PM ----- BODY: In an Ominous Sky, a City Divines Its Fate (washingtonpost.com)
To Mohammed, the relentless sandstorm was foreboding, a portent of divine will.
"The storm is from God," he said, looking out his trembling window. "Until the aggression started, never in my life did I see a storm like this. We all believe in God, we all have faith in God. And God is setting obstacles against the Americans."
I keep seeing how these sandstorms are supposed to be good for the Iraqis and bad for the Americans. Several other people have written about how this is really an advantage for us because of our superior technology. One thing I haven't seen anyone mention is that these storms degrade the effectiveness of the Iraqis chemical weapons almost to the point of uselessness. If you know anything at all about chemical weapons (and I know as little as anyone. Even less that some.) you know that they are primarily delivered as an aerosol spray or fog. Have you ever tried to spraypaint something in even a stiff breeze? Talk about your fart in a whirlwind. -------- TITLE:

Where Are The Protester?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 06:30:00 PM ----- BODY: Bloody uprising in Basra
Iraqi troops fired artillery pieces horizontally into crowds of their own people last night after a civilian uprising in Basra, the second city.
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Peaceful Protesters?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 06:10:00 PM ----- BODY: Anti-War School Kids Battle Police in Australia
Rattling tambourines and beating drums, the children, many in school uniform, then ran screaming through the city center chanting "No War -- No War" and carrying banners like: "We are ready to fight, world peace is our right."
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Those Racist Protesters

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 04:58:00 PM ----- BODY: A flyer for the antiwar protests in San Francisco shows that the protesters are actually closer to the KKK than ordinary people.
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Remember; The French Are Much More Worldly And Sophisticated Than We Are.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 04:16:00 PM ----- BODY: Vandals Burn Statue of Liberty Replica in France
Vandals in southwest Bordeaux torched a replica of the Statue of Liberty and cracked the pedestal of a plaque honoring victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
See how suavely they handle these conflicts between states. None of the "Freedom" fries nonsense for them. -------- TITLE:

Iraqi Diplomat Reveals No Humanitartian Crisis In Iraq.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 04:12:00 PM ----- BODY: Iraqi Ambassador Rejects Humanitarian Aid
Iraq (news - web sites)'s ambassador to Russia rejected donations of humanitarian aid Wednesday, saying it's simply not needed.
"There is no emergency situation in Iraq. We are waging a holy war," the Interfax news agency quoted mbassador Abbas Khalaf as saying. "I am authorized to state that we will not receive any humanitarian aid. We have money and all the necessary reserves at our disposal."
What a relief. I guess we won't have to worry about feeding all those people.
I guess all those "concerns" from the antiwar people of people starving and dying due to lack of aid are just so much smoke. The UN diplomats can go back to their cocktail parties, no problem here. -------- TITLE:

Iraq Has No Ties With Terrorists You Know.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 04:04:00 PM ----- BODY: CNN.com - Marines discover Iraqi 9/11 mural - Mar. 26, 2003
U.S. Marines searching Iraqi military headquarters in this southern city that was the site of intensive fighting came across a mural depicting a plane crashing into a building complex resembling New York's twin towers, a news agency photograph showed Wednesday.
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Who Are Those "Antiwar" Protesters?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 03:54:00 PM ----- BODY: Introduction and Summary: Public Confidence In War Effort Falters
Liberal Democrats are the only ideological or demographic group in which a majority believes the United States made the wrong decision to use military force in Iraq. Most liberal Democrats (54%) think the United States made the wrong decision to attack Iraq, while 42% believe it was the right decision.
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The headline on the report is a complete and utter falsehood. In fact,
When you include those who responded fairly well, favorable public opinion on the war's progress increased --from 80.1% Thursday to 85.3% Monday.
Raw Percents for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday:
Very well - 49.9, 70.9, 70.7, 51.6, 38.1
Fairly well - 30.2, 22.8, 22.2, 34.3, 47.2
subtotals - 80.1, 93.7, 92.9, 85.9, 85.3
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War Reporting.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 03:39:00 PM ----- BODY: As I was driving home from work this morning, I caught the 6AM ABC News update on my local radio station. It opened with the newsman reporting in ominous tones, "Trouble on the border with Iraq and Kuwait." I immediately wondered if there had been a attack of some kind on U.S. troops there. Not to worry though, what he was reporting on was Iraqis fighting among themselves over humanitarian aid packages being passed out.
Admittedly this is not the best situation, we would like it if they lined up and took only their fair share. But it is hardly what should be classified as "trouble" in a combat area.
He then noted that their camera crew had been approached by several youths who announced to them that "they would martyr themselves for Saddam." Yeah, right. you notice how anxious they are to be doing this.
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Oh, I Guess We Better Go Home Then.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/26/2003 03:30:00 PM ----- BODY: US defeat in Iraq 'inevitable'
The United States does not have the military means to take over Baghdad and will lose the war against Iraq, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter said.
"The United States is going to leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. It is a war we can not win," he told private radio TSF in an interview broadcast here on Tuesday evening.
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The Emperor Takes No Prisoners.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/25/2003 08:43:00 PM ----- BODY: Emperor Misha nicely slices and dices a group of "anti-war" shitheads that took issue with a cartoon in their school newspaper.
I especially like the quote "The group said The Diamondback has failed to represent the views of the entire student body," I guess that would preclude letting them express their views in the newspaper because there obviously those in the student body that disagreed with them.
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An Iraqi Speaks About The War.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/25/2003 06:34:00 PM ----- BODY: KANAN MAKIYA'S WAR DIARY
The bombs have begun to fall on Baghdad. Iraqi soldiers have shot their officers and are giving themselves up to the Americans and the British in droves. Others, as in Nasiriyah and Umm Qasr, are fighting back, and civilians have already come under fire. Yet I find myself dismissing contemptuously all the e-mails and phone calls I get from antiwar friends who think they are commiserating with me because "their" country is bombing "mine." To be sure, I am worried. Like every other Iraqi I know, I have friends and relatives in Baghdad. I am nauseous with anxiety for their safety. But still those bombs are music to my ears. They are like bells tolling for liberation in a country that has been turned into a gigantic concentration camp. One is not supposed to say such things in the kind of liberal, pacifist, and deeply anti-American circles of academia, in which I normally live and work. The truth is jarring even to my own ears.
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Enough Of The New York Times.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/25/2003 05:43:00 PM ----- BODY: For the past couple of years I have had the New York Times E-mail edition sent to me every day. It made for some interesting although sometimes infuriating reading.
I have finally given up on them. Their reporting since the 2000 election has gone from a "liberal" slant to "all anti-Bush, all the time." I recognize that there are people that voted for Gore that are disappointed that Bush won in the electoral college. I recognize that there are people that disagree with his policies. But I don't agree with a style of reporting that gives that view total and complete control over the entire newspaper.
The New York Times has lowered their standards so much in the past two years that there is no point in reading them anymore. They have become a caricature of themselves. -------- TITLE:

Has Anyone Told Hans?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/25/2003 01:56:00 AM ----- BODY: Missiles find in chemical plant
EXPERTS are examining suspected Scud missiles discovered by British soldiers searching a chemical plant outside Basra.
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More Human Shields Bite The Dust.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/24/2003 07:32:00 PM ----- BODY: South African human shields return home
Three South African "human shields" will return home from Iraq by tomorrow, while four others have moved to a refugee camp on the Jordan-Iraq border to assist people there, the Iraq Action Committee (IAC) said on Monday.
Speaking from Baghdad, a human shield from the IAC and Durban businessman Mohammed Variawa said: "The seven left with our blessings. We respect that they wanted to leave Baghdad due to family pressures and for personal reasons."
They discovered that the Americans were not bombing hospitals and orphanages and that the Iraqis wanted them to protect military targets. The "shields" leaving admitted that they were leaving because of a personal problem with getting killed plus they were tired of being called "idiots" by their families. -------- TITLE:

Reporters Not Protected By Geneva Convention.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/24/2003 07:24:00 PM ----- BODY: ABC News - Journalists' union condemns ADF censorship request
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance federal secretary Christopher Warren says media organisations are not respondents to the Geneva Convention and requests to censor material is a denial of press freedom.
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I Know These Guys. They're Killers.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 08:52:00 PM ----- BODY: Why A.N.S.W.E.R. won't get a dime from Monday's anti-war rally here
their goal is "to build a powerful American Servicemen's Union that will turn the guns against their fascist officers.... If the American Servicemen's Union cuts the windpipe of U.S. imperialism inside the army while at the same time it is mutilated in all parts of the world, U.S. imperialism will surely perish forever.''
On the morning of July 26, 1970 I was wakened in the barracks at (then) Camp McCoy, Wisconsin by the news that a bomb had gone off under the telephone office where I worked. It was later determined to be the work of three active duty servicemen from Ft. Carson, Co. They were all members of the American Serviceman's Union. As luck would have it, I was supposed to be working that night in the telephone exchange and would have been sitting very close to where the bomb went off. If I had been there I would have been killed. Fortunately I misunderstood when we were going to start working the night shift and did not go that night. I was threatened with an Article 15 (non-judicial punishment) for not being there, but the Colonel decided that it was not in anyone's interest to do that. I spent the next several weeks participating in the 24 hour a day task of repairing the telephone system.
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Remember, It's Bush's Fault For Ignoring The UN.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 06:26:00 PM ----- BODY: FOXNews.com
The Washington Post first reported Sunday that Bush administration sources reported that a Russian company is helping the Iraqi military deploy global-positioning system jammers to Baghdad. Two other companies have sold anti-tank missiles and thousands of night-vision goggles in violation of U.N. sanctions.
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Protester Tantrums Mostly Affect The Poor.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 06:17:00 PM ----- BODY: Dealing with protests costly for S.F. / City estimates spending about $900,000 a day
The war protests in San Francisco that have hobbled traffic, kept police on the move, packed jails and left a wake of graffiti and trash have cost city taxpayers about $900,000 a day, according to official estimates.
The mounting costs come as San Francisco struggles with a $350 million budget deficit -- the worst in city history.
The price tag of the unruly protests, Mayor Willie Brown said, probably will force even more layoffs and service cuts than predicted.
I wonder if there's a way to get a civil judgement against the individual protesters to try to recoup the costs. I fully support their right to speak out, but think that when they cause problems like this, they should be held responsible.
I bet we would see a lot of high-priced lawyers coming out of the woodwork as these asshats parents try to save them.
This guy would be a good start.
Small businesses, not corporations, hardest hit by S.F. demonstrations / Lost business, vandalism cited by owners
One of the organizers of the demonstrations, Patrick Reinsborough of Direct Action to Stop the War, said the group had no qualms about the costs incurred or lost productivity.
Anybody know anything about his background, income sources, etc. I don't suppose that he actually has a job.
Update:Patrick Reinsborough, Wesleyan University '94 & Green Corps '95, Grassroots Director for Rainforest Action Network.
What a maroon. Does he think there's a Rainforest in Iraq? Actually he's probably making a good bit of change from this. He probably loves "indigenous" people. Just as long as they don't bother him while they're mowing his lawn. -------- TITLE:

The Command Post Has Moved.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 06:03:00 PM ----- BODY: The Command Post - A Warblog Collective
Links to everything you need to know. -------- TITLE:

He Is Probably Going To Be The New Mumia

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 05:50:00 PM ----- BODY: The Command Post - A Warblog Collective
The U.S. soldier suspected of the grenade attack on fellow soldiers in Kuwait this weekend has been identified as Army Sgt. Asan Akbar, a military spokesman said on Sunday.
Yup, It's Mumia time.
Accused soldier ‘was never like that,’ mother says - Sunday, 03/23/03
Akbar’s mother, Quran Bilal, reached by phone in Baton Rouge, La., said that she has not been informed by anybody with the military of the accusations against her son. Upon hearing that her son might have been responsible for the attack, she expressed complete disbelief. She said she was concerned her son might have been accused simply because he is a Muslim.
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Democrats Change Tune Quickly..

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 05:07:00 PM ----- BODY: Democrats Praise U.S. Troops
Leading Democrats, finding that they were having their asses handed to them in polls, change their tune on the war. -------- TITLE:

Iraqi Farmers Mistreated By American Troops.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/23/2003 05:00:00 PM ----- BODY: As Many Iraqis Give Up, Some Fiercely Resist
Under an afternoon sky, the 11 farmers sat on the blacktop of the Baghdad Highway. The marines had rounded them up with others taken in the area, and without an Arabic interpreter present, they were not able to ask them any questions.
Instead, they handed them packs of American rations to snack on while they sorted out their fate.
When an Arabic speaker did arrive, it became clear that the 11 were not soldiers at all, but tomato farmers who lived in a nearby village. The young marines in charge tried to assure the Iraqis that they had no desire to hold them.
"We'll sort everything out," First Sgt. Lew Ducett told the men. "Just have some lunch first."
Ali Kathem, one of the farmers, threw down his ration packet in frustration. "I don't want to eat lunch," Mr. Kathem said. "I want to go to my farm."
I'm sure further investigation by the NYT staff will reveal this to be a violation of the Geneva Convention. Imagine. Those cruel, unfeeling Americans, giving these farmers food. How cruel. -------- TITLE:

The Truth Dawns.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 08:58:00 PM ----- BODY: I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam
I was shocked when I first met a pro-war Iraqi in Baghdad - a taxi driver taking me back to my hotel late at night. I explained that I was American and said, as we shields always did, "Bush bad, war bad, Iraq good". He looked at me with an expression of incredulity.
As he realised I was serious, he slowed down and started to speak in broken English about the evils of Saddam's regime. Until then I had only heard the President spoken of with respect, but now this guy was telling me how all of Iraq's oil money went into Saddam's pocket and that if you opposed him politically he would kill your whole family.
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Oops.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 08:27:00 PM ----- BODY: Daschle Diplomacy
Sen. Tom Daschle's criticism of President Bush and his administration dusted up more controversy than the Democratic leader expected, in part because the polling the Democrats had done leading up to Daschle's comments indicated that his language would fly.
"We focus-grouped and tested the idea that Bush had failed miserably as a diplomat and most of our respondents agreed," says a Democratic leadership aide. "It seemed like the perfect approach for us." Apparently it wasn't.
[T]he Bush administration hasn't been polling or focus grouping its Iraqi policy.
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Reaction From The San Francisco Protests

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 07:41:00 PM ----- BODY: Kim du Toit - Daily Rant
Do they actually think that this will suddenly make any of us poor fools who are, through our tax dollars, making their education possible, suddenly hit our foreheads like in one of those old V-8 Juice commercials, realize that we are just slaves of the Capitalist War Machine (and not working to pay our mortgages, feed our children, save for retirement, and, oh, EDUCATE THEM), then suddenly tear our ties off before hopping into the drum circle for a round of head-lice-infected-dreadlock socialist love?
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The Futility Of Trying To Discuss War With Peaceniks.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 06:30:00 PM ----- BODY: The Lone Dissenter
I get to school today, and my friends are all huddled around a book. I hear squealing, comments of "ooh, look at what he says here!" and "Isn't he the greatest!", and assume that Orlando Bloom has published a book. I'm mistaken. It's Stupid White Men.
Then at break, I'm standing around the lockers, and we're discussing the war. My friend Alex was complaining about the necessity of war.
Alex: I mean, I just don't want anyone to die, you know?
Me: People are dying. Saddam is feeding them into plastic shredders and laughing.
Alex: That's not true. You're making that up.
(I pull the Ann Clwyd article out of my pocket)
Me: Am not. Look.
Alex: Whatever. It's just one of your stupid conservative writers, I don't trust them either.
Me: Clwyd is a Labour MP from Wales. It's in the London Times.
Alex: Well then, she had bad sources.
Me: She went there and got the testimony directly from people who'd seen it.
Alex: Well, she misunderstood them, then!
I don't know if it's just easier, but people are willing to believe anything but the truth if it makes them happier.
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I'm Not Sure What This Is.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 06:15:00 PM ----- BODY: Three Die In Baghdad Bombing Raids.
Iraqi ministers said three people had been killed and 207 wounded in Baghdad on Friday night, the fiercest attack so far in the U.S.-led war to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Four killed as Middle East protests
Chanting anti-American slogans, tens of thousands of Muslims took to the streets of Middle Eastern cities after Friday prayers for a second consecutive day of demonstrations against US military action in Iraq. The biggest protests were in the Yemeni capital, where three demonstrators and a policeman were killed in clashes.
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Stupidity Is Its Own Reward.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 04:19:00 PM ----- BODY: BRITISH TV CREW MISSING
Missing British TV reporter Terry Lloyd and two of his news crew may have been hit in crossfire from coalition forces in Iraq, it has been reported.
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Worldwide Zionist Conspiracy Alert!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/22/2003 03:13:00 PM ----- BODY: U.S. Military Employs Israeli Technology
After decades of U.S. military aid and defense cooperation, the U.S. military is permeated by technology developed in Israel -- from the Army's Hunter drones to the targeting systems on the U.S. Marines' Harrier jets to the fuel tanks on its F-15 fighters.
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A Little Dose Of Reality?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/21/2003 06:05:00 PM ----- BODY: Loud Sucking Sound Heard As Anti-War Protesters Pull Head From Ass.
A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."
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Portland Protesters Show Faint Grasp Of Reality.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/21/2003 04:35:00 PM ----- BODY: Protestors shutdown Portland
During the blockage of 2nd and Burnside, protestors took the time to burn an American flag. "I don't think we have to gain the support of the President, I think we have to gain the support of the people," said one man, when asked if he thought the protest would get President Bush's attention.
This bozo really thinks that closing down bridges and freeway and burning the American flag is going to get them the support of the American people?
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Free Press Crushed By Government.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/20/2003 04:13:00 PM ----- BODY: Online Journalists Jailed
Police went from house to house on Tuesday, rounding up the reporters and 24 political activists, according to the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. Authorities confiscated the detainees' computer equipment, books and papers, the group said.
Wait, this happened in Cuba. It's OK then.
After all, you have to admire the things Castro has done for his country in the face of American belligerence.
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Some Americans Show Confusion, Ignorance.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/20/2003 03:06:00 PM ----- BODY: Approach of War Reveals an Alienation in California
"There are many good reasons to get rid of Saddam," Mr. Randall said. "But when did the events of Sept. 11 get transformed into going to war with Iraq? Why war with this one country, right now? I can't figure out how we got to this point."
Where did this bozo get the idea that Sept 11 started the war with Iraq? This has been going on for 12 years. Regime change in Iraq officially became U.S. policy under Clinton in 1998.
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They're Dropping Like Flies.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/19/2003 08:55:00 PM ----- BODY: First you have the dizzy broad from Washington that is stupid enough to jump in front of a bulldozer, now we have one that just learned about the law of gravity.
Iraq War Protester Dies in Golden Gate Bridge Fall
A man protesting the looming U.S. war on Iraq fell to his death from San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday as he was hanging a banner, officials said.
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Terrorism Is Serious Stuff.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/19/2003 07:41:00 PM ----- BODY: If you are confused by brochures from the Homeland Security Agency, consult this handy guide for explanations.
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Here We Go.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/19/2003 04:19:00 PM ----- BODY: Here we go. In about an hour, the 48 hour deadline that President Bush gave to Saddam will expire. Then the war will start “at a time of our choosing”. All the news stories are about the troops, Saddam, and what he might do. What I am concerned about is not what is going to happen in Iraq, but what is going to happen here in the U.S.
Several leaders of the radical left “protesters” have said that when the war starts, they will attempt to block access to businesses, military base and stop transportation. They know what they are doing. For many long weeks they have been saying over and over that there is going to be mass arrests, that the government is fascist and will round up all dissidents and jail them.
The thing is, if they do what they have threatened to do, they will be arrested. Not the leaders of course, they will be in the back directing. They will have token little old ladies and men, young mothers and children and probably even a few in wheelchairs. These make better news footage and the leaders need to remain out of jail so they can go on TV and say “See, We told you. They’re all a bunch of fascist and they’re going to kill us all.”
I don’t know what the proper response will be. Obviously they can’t be allowed to shut down the military, the economy or transportation. I think they are underestimating their support among the general population. I think some of the protesters are going to get hurt and I don’t think they will be injured by the police. What they are doing is dangerous and a lot of people who do not spend their time going to demonstrations and marches can be very testy.
Some of you may know Craig Rosebraugh from his anti-logging protests and acting as a spokesman for ELF. Here is excerpts from a letter from him to the protest movement on indymedia.
Craig Rosebraugh on the Anti-War struggle
The only possibility of stopping this current military action is to engage in strategies and tactics which severely disrupt the war machine, the U.S. economy, and the overall functioning of U.S. society particularly how it relates to consumerism and the economy. Marches, picketing, rallies, parties, benefits, civil disobedience and even property destruction are pointless, and perhaps even counterproductive, unless they serve to severely disrupt the functioning of the political system and its economy. An atmosphere of severe unrest, if manufactured properly, will force the U.S. government to place military resources in the streets of the United States, will threaten the economy (the chief motive behind this military excursion) of the United States, and ultimately create a political atmosphere unfavorable for Bush to continue on with the war.
[...]
Here are some suggestions for the necessary creation of an atmosphere of unrest and disruption in the United States.
1) Attack the financial centers of the country. Using covert or black block techniques, depending on the situation, physically shut down financial centers which regulate and assist the functioning of U.S. economy. This can be done in a variety of ways from massive property destruction, to online sabotage, to physical occupation of buildings. However the latter I would shy away from, especially the open civil disobedience type of activities which purposely involve arrests. This movement needs all the assistance it can get and absolutely NO good will come from going to jail. Allowing yourself to be purposely arrested demonstrates that an individual has at least some faith in the U.S. legal system. This is completely foolish. One primary objective is to engage in serious unrest and disruption and NOT to get caught. Not getting caught means you are able to continue the struggle the next day.
2) Large scale urban rioting. With massive unrest and even state of emergencies declared in major cities across the country, the U.S. government will be forced to send U.S. troops into the domestic arena thereby taking resources and political focus away from the war. Unstable conditions in much of the country also serve as a political embarrassment for the Administration and could assist in forcing them to stop the war to deal with domestic concerns. Rioting should be focused on governmental agencies and corporations – especially those that are profiting from the war or destruction of life.
3) Attack the media centers of the country. It is the corporate media who has and continues to influence and control the minds of the mass body of people in the United States. These new media outlets cannot be utilized by the movement as they are owned by the very corporations one should be opposing. Using any means necessary, shut down the national networks of NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, etc. Not just occupations but actually engage in strategies and tactics which knock the networks off the air.
4) Spread the battle to the individuals responsible for the war and destruction of life – the very heads of government and U.S. corporations. No longer should these people be able to hide behind their occupations, living their lives in peace while they simultaneously slaughter countless people. Hit them in their personal lives, visit their homes, and make them feel personally responsible for committing massive atrocities.
5) Make it known publicly that this movement DOES NOT support U.S. troops as long as they are serving an unjust and horrifying political regime. Create an atmosphere lacking of support to assist U.S. troops at home and abroad in losing their morale and will to fight. If you are supporting the troops you are supporting this war and the very U.S. government that is the primary terrorist regime in the international arena
6) Actively target U.S. military establishments within the United States. Again, following the above stated goal of NOT getting caught, use any means necessary to slow down the functioning of the murdering body.
7) When engaging in the above six activities, strike hard and fast and retreat in anonymity. Select another location, strike again hard and fast and quickly retreat in anonymity. Engage only in actions where you will be victorious. Do not be concerned with alienating the mainstream sectors of the movement – that mainstream has NEVER stopped a U.S. military activity or war. Do not get caught. DO NOT GET CAUGHT. Do not get sent to jail. Stay alert, keep active, and keep fighting. Remember, an action is only good (especially at this juncture in U.S. society) if it will serve to severely disrupt the political system of the country, its economy, and the corporate interests that drive this society.
Pray that if you do get caught it will be by the police and not some really pissed off citizen.
71% of Americans Support War, Poll Shows (washingtonpost.com) -------- TITLE:

You Know The NYT Has To Get "The Children" In There Somehow,

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/19/2003 03:54:00 PM ----- BODY: U.S. Plans to Help Young Victims of Terrorism Are Criticized
The NYT has some type of contractual obligation to have at least one story concerned about "the children" every other day, if not more often. It must also reflect badly on the Bush administration, the Republicans, or just society in general. -------- TITLE:

Most Are Concerned About Troops and Iraqis. What Are The Democrats Concerned About?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/19/2003 03:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Divided Democrats Concerned About 2004 -------- TITLE:

Democrats and Dixie Chicks.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/18/2003 07:34:00 PM ----- BODY: Dixie Chicks and Daschle Release New Single
The Dixie Chicks have teamed with U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, D-SD, on the new single "Ashamed and Saddened." The song, to be released only in parts of Europe, Russia and China, is expected to chart at No. 1 in its first week.
The lyrics are based on a recent comment by the Dixie Chicks and yesterday's remarks by the Senate minority leader.
"I'm saddened," Daschle told a union convention, "Saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war. Saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn't create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country. But we will work, and we will do all we can to get through this crisis like we've gotten through so many."
A spokesman for Sen. Daschle said he was too saddened to talk about his part of the song.
"That's just the way the Senator is," said the spokesman. "He doesn't get mad. He doesn't get even. He gets saddened. There's no Senator more saddened than he is. And of course, along with the Dixie Chicks, he's also ashamed. That's what makes him a great American."
by Scott Ott
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Everyone Is Against War With Iraq.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/18/2003 06:22:00 PM ----- BODY: Gallup Poll Analyses - Public Approves of Bush Ultimatum by More Than 2-to-1 Margin -------- TITLE:

What Do Anarchists, White Supremists and PETA Have In Common?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/18/2003 06:03:00 PM ----- BODY: Consitution and Guiding Principles of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation
They also began teaching us interrogation tactics (don't talk to the cops/FBI) through practice role cenarios.
Don't Talk To The Cops
Rule number one to remember when confronted by the authorities is that there is NO law requiring you to talk to the Police, the F.B.I., or a representative of any other investigative agency. Even the simplest questions may be loaded and the seemingly harmless bits of information which you volunteer may later become vital links in a chain of circumstantial evidence against you or a friend.
Peta Letter
It is dangerous to engage in even the most innocuous-seeming discourse with the FBI/ Homeland Security/ a local detective for, rest assured, if you do, you will become a notation in a federal file!
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There's Always Someone Who Doesn't Get The Word.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/18/2003 05:35:00 PM ----- BODY: Both Parties Close Ranks Behind the President
Congressional Republicans gave unconditional support tonight to President Bush's ultimatum to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Democratic leaders expressed dismay over the failure of diplomatic efforts, but many said that with war imminent, they would mute their criticism and stand behind American troops.
Daschle Comments on Diplomacy Draw Ire
In a speech Monday, Daschle, of South Dakota, said he was "saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war." He spoke shortly after the Bush administration stopped pursuing a new U.N. resolution authorizing a war against Iraq and hours before Bush set a 48-hour deadline for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to leave the country.
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No Word On Returning The Billions Collected In Cigarette Taxes.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/18/2003 05:30:00 PM ----- BODY: U.S. Seeks $289 Billion in Cigarette Makers' Profits
The Justice Department is demanding that the nation's biggest cigarette makers be ordered to forfeit $289 billion in profits derived from a half-century of "fraudulent" and dangerous marketing practices.
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Australia Has No Problems With Priorities.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/17/2003 11:42:00 PM ----- BODY: Brains of Beer
While the U.S. wastes its time and money with things like reading and math, Australia has its priorities in order.
If offered in the U.S., how many college students would change their majors? -------- TITLE:

Even Mexico Doesn't Understand America.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/17/2003 08:58:00 PM ----- BODY: Showdown with Iraq -- Mexico fears backlash from vote on Iraq
President Bush increased that intensity last week in statements that provoked alarm in Mexico, where they made front-page news. While Bush said he did not expect "significant retribution from the government" against Security Council member nations that didn't line up with the United States, he pointedly left open the possibility of a popular backlash.
Evidently Mexicans think that the American people are under the strict control of their government.
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Saddam Demonstrates Against The War.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/16/2003 08:39:00 PM ----- BODY: After watching the demonstrators from around the world march in support of his right to be left alone, Saddam ordered a demonstration of his own.
Iraqis launch campaign of sabotage and defiance to undermine Saddam
To set an example, members of Saddam's security forces arrested a civil servant in the al-Hurriyya suburb of Baghdad on suspicion of preparing to leave the country. The unfortunate official was then tied to a pole in the street and passers-by were ordered to watch as his tongue was cut out and he was left to bleed to death.
This is why it is important that the U.S. not invade Iraq. Doing so might cause Saddam to kill others. This would be the fault of the U.S. because, as an Arab, Saddam is incapable of any thoughts, plans, attitudes or actions other than in response to the U.S. If left alone, Saddam will sit in his palaces and play with kittens. Everyone in Iraq will be rich, there will be no hunger or death. In fact he will issue a decree outlawing death. All the children will have plenty to eat and bright new schools to go to. Every day will be a carnival and Saddam will make sure that there are clowns. Clowns making balloon animals. And puppies. Did I mention puppies? Saddam will make sure that there are kittens and puppies everywhere. These are just a few of the things that will be lost if Bush is allowed to go forward with his invasion of Iraq.
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Automotive Supply Chain Set To Lose Business Over Stupid Policy.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/16/2003 07:32:00 PM ----- BODY: Tucson reservist loses job when Navy calls
Automotive supply chain Pep Boys fired a Tucson store manager because his military Reserve duties took him away from work, according to a federal lawsuit filed here.
It may not be an isolated case. Several other reservists fired from Pep Boys in Tucson and Pennsylvania have contacted a military advocacy group with similar complaints.
Please help Pep Boys lose as much business as possible.
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The Straight Talker

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/16/2003 07:28:00 PM ----- BODY: Profile: Donald Rumsfeld
Alas, last week Rummy's ruminations on rummy nations finally alighted, as they were bound to eventually, on the United Kingdom. The Defence Secretary made some mild remarks to the effect that, if Britain were not able to participate in the war on Iraq, it wouldn't make much difference. Even some of his cheerleaders on the right thought this was a tad inconsiderate to Tony Blair. And at the BBC they fell upon it deliriously as evidence that heartless old Rumsfeld would be happy to have Bush's poodle put down and served up at the South Korean farewell banquet with nary a thought: Secretary Rumsfeld, said the BBC's correspondent, Nick Assinder, had managed to "blow a series of holes in the Prime Minister's armour", he had "pulled the rug out" from beneath Blair's armoured feet, etc, etc.
But the thing is: he's not wrong, is he? Britain is helpful, but not necessary. And it would not be unreasonable if Rumsfeld, with a couple of hundred thousand guys kicking their heels in the sand for six months, felt that America was being perhaps too deferential to the Prime Minister's domestic difficulties. After all, at what point does Britain's helpfulness cease to be helpful? There are no hard and fast rules, but when Baroness Amos is chasing Dominique de Villepin around West Africa because Guinea's presidential witchdoctor is advising against war it is hard not to feel that, even by diplomatic standards, the whole thing has become unmoored from reality.
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Another Pretentious Ass.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/16/2003 06:32:00 PM ----- BODY: Tough-Minded Playwright Chooses a Title Tough to Ignore
First question to Suzan-Lori Parks: Why give your new play a title that no mainstream newspaper is ever going to print?
"Why, because it will shock and titillate. It will outrage some and allow the New York theater world to laugh at the provincials. Because it will get noticed by the "right" people, which will make me money." -------- TITLE:

Gulf War "Get Out Of Jail Free" Card. or at least off Death Row

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/16/2003 06:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Condemned Killer Exposed to Nerve Gas Seeks Mercy
This presupposes that the only reason that Mr. Jones would commit rape and murder is because he was mentally ill and the only cause of his mental illness is an exposure to nerve gas.
I might buy this if they stated the level of exposure and then documented that there was a significant increase in mental illness in those exposed at that level. I don't see that. The only "expert" quoted is one that makes his living off of "Gulf War Syndrome" and was paid by the defense.
Not convincing to me. How about this: He was a Master Sergeant in the Rangers, a very tough and elite group where he was one of the top dogs. He retired from the Army and was no longer one of the chosen. He couldn't handle that and cracked up. You might get a temp insanity out of that but it would get him off death row. Nerve Gas? I don't think so. -------- TITLE:

Peace Activists Show Their Respect For The American People.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/15/2003 07:52:00 PM ----- BODY: Peace activists seek new idiom
[J]ettison the heavy rhetoric and make your case in clear language.
"Speak American," she said. "Strip down to the simple, metaphoric Anglo Saxon. Leave out long words, complex explanations, historical analysis or arguments supported by lots of reasons, facts,
Use easy to understand language like "Bush = Hitler" and "Free Mumia". Most Americans are too stupid to know what you're talking about anyway.
You need to put your faith in these people because they're smarter that you.
How do you know that? Because they said so!
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A Look At The "Brave" Anti-War Protesters.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/15/2003 06:08:00 PM ----- BODY: First Person: Hell no, I won't go
Peace movement events can confer righteousness and seriousness on people who are not very righteous or serious. The idea that anyone's career suffers by being seen as unpatriotic is absurd. Anti-war credentials are fine entrees to the cultural and university community in Pittsburgh.
[...]
Mine seems to be a minority opinion in the 14th ward. Civil conversation is becoming a struggle. The better-paid professionals don't demonstrate; they tell duct-tape and Bush-is-so-stupid jokes while finding the whole "evil" thing really uncool. Genteel ladies married to retired professors express disappointment in Colin Powell, who seemed like such a nice man. The only place around here to find three people who support Bush is among Orthodox Jews.
Whatever comes next, I am keeping my head low and many thoughts to myself. Hunkering down at home, I sympathize with the long-suffering Iraqis waiting to see what will happen over their heads. May the suffering end soon.
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You May Want To Make Sure You Have A Good Lawyer.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/15/2003 05:06:00 PM ----- BODY: The antiwar movement prepares to escalate
I think the odds of protesters actually gaining access and doing anything more than negligible damage is pretty slim. Hopefully they will be stopped and charged with everything from trespass to burglary and reckless endangering, I'm sure Federal prosecutors can come up with a whole bunch of others.
Hopefully, when they're found guilty and sentenced, it will not be to some Club Fed. Nothing like a felony conviction to make your future bright.
Update: Rather that a lawyer, the peaceniks might want to make sure they have a will.
Air Force Base OKs 'Deadly Force' Action
Security forces at Vandenberg Air Force Base are allowed to use "deadly force" in some cases if any anti-war demonstrators infiltrate the military complex, officials said.
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Looks Like Jack's Just Trying To Piss Me Off.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/14/2003 07:44:00 PM ----- BODY: Jack would like us untermensch in the rest of Oregon to shut up and do what we're told. As incentive he would encourage anyone in the Portland area to take their vacations elsewhere. He believes that rural Oregon just exists as a vacation destination for the Portland elite and that by refusing to spend their money here they would be showing us the consequences for failing to immediately and unquestioningly obey the dictates of our betters.
He also would prefer PGE to be taken over by a "public" utility group which could in turn be run by some of the "right" people. Given the pass given by any regulators to anything labelled "public", no matter how it is really run, I'm sure this would then become a bureaucratic empire impervious to any outside scrutiny or accountability.
I guess the message is "Shut up! We know what we're doing." and if they don't? Well that will be the fault of the rest of Oregon too. I'm sure. -------- TITLE:

My Home Town In "Best of the Web"

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/14/2003 05:53:00 PM ----- BODY: OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today
Think airplane hijackings, weapons of mass destruction and color-coded terror alerts are nerve-racking? That's not all they have to worry about up in Oregon. From a column in the Albany Democrat-Herald:
Choosing a new hairstyle can be stressful. Should I go shorter? Do I want bangs or maybe layers? How about a perm or possibly highlights? The decision can be agonizing.
Cute hairstyles seen on friends, not to mention in magazines, offer courage, yet the big question remains--how will it look on me? Even with a picture of the perfect style in hand, the salon experience can often result in disappointment, not to mention money and precious hair gone.
These feelings of anxiety can parallel those of hunting for the perfect color combination to paint the house.
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Oh My God, They Killed South Park! You Bastards!!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/13/2003 09:05:00 PM ----- BODY: Norman Lear to co-write "Southpark"
I have watched and loved South Park for years. I consider the episode "The Death Camp of Tolerance" one of the funniest pieces of satire that I have seen in years.
Now they are going to bring in Norman Lear, Uber-liberal, to write some of the episodes. Tell me it ain't so. Now the show is going from confronting the PC sacred cows to toeing the party line. What a loss.
You have to wonder what kind of pressure was brought to bear. This is about the same thing that happened to "In Living Color" which also poked fun at PC attitudes. The final season just sucked after the cutting edge humor was taken off. I guess there's no place in Hollywood for those who challenge the establishment. -------- TITLE:

Getting A Head Start.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/13/2003 08:04:00 PM ----- BODY: Thanks to Tim Blair for the link to John Pilger's column in the Mirror. Pliger has apparently given up on trying to prevent the U.S. and UK from going into Iraq and has now started on the post-war revisionism. Usually they wait before starting this, but Pilger has run out of even far-fetched reasons to oppose the war. He is starting the familiar refrain, "the evidence is faked and the witnesses are all lying" phase of opposition.
none of these facts will deter the American and British security agencies from inventing and planting "evidence" of "Saddam's secret weapons" once Anglo-American forces take over Baghdad. When America and Britain crush Iraq, a new phase of their black propaganda will emerge - for which the British public ought to be prepared. This new range of deceptions will be designed to justify attacking a sovereign state and killing innocent people: a crime under international law, with or without a second UN resolution
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This Is Great!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/13/2003 07:46:00 PM ----- BODY: The Marriage of True Minds
Link from Asymmetrical Information -------- TITLE:

This Is Certainly A Shock!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/13/2003 06:56:00 PM ----- BODY: I left the picture off because...Hey, I can't do pictures.
Which political sterotype are you? - Quizilla
Republican - You believe that the free market will take care of most things, but that the government should be there with moderate taxation to provide for national defense and enforcing morality. Your historical role model is Ronald Reagan
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I Think Molly Has Fallen Off The Wagon.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/13/2003 06:39:00 PM ----- BODY: Molly is even more incoherent this week as evidenced by the following:
Molly Ivins
Let me leap to say that containment, which is working to some extent, would not be working at all if President Bush had not been keeping relentless pressure on the Iraqi regime. But it is impossible to avoid the sickening conclusion that the Bush administration decided to invade months ago and has never been willing to consider containment. It is this unmistakable attitude that has poisoned U.S. relations with countries around the world.
Let me see if I understand this; "containment... is working to some extent", I guess this means that it is working in theory but not in fact. To what degree is it working? Do you mean to the extent that it is not complying with the past 17 UNSC resolutions? To the extent that it is destroying weapons that it claimed were not in violation of the UN directives? It doesn't look like the total and complete disarmament to me.
The fact that it is working if only to a degree is due to the fact that Bush has been threatening to invade Iraq. But according to Molly, Bush should be considering keeping a huge military deployment in the Middle East and acquiesce to Saddam staying in power because the only people that he would be able to harm then are the Iraqis themselves. To Molly this is unfortunate but, hey, they're only Iraqis so who cares. It's only a tragedy if the US were to kill some.
To Molly it's most important that Bush not get any credit for anything. After all it's not fair that Bush won the electoral college after Florida was awarded to Gore by the Florida Supreme Court. This is the slight that must be avenged. -------- TITLE:

Tell Me Again About "Containment">

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/12/2003 08:54:00 PM ----- BODY: Captured torturer tells of brutality of Iraq regime
Why would the "peace" protesters want to help this regime to continue? -------- TITLE:

Thanks Jack.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/12/2003 07:59:00 PM ----- BODY: Jack over at Jack Bog's Blog gives us a link to the Parkway Rest Stop where you will find such gems as, Saddam's phone call from "Adi" and the continuing saga of Master Sgt. John “Jack" Steele, Adjunct Professor of Law
Thanks Jack. Even though you stole our timber money and have done your best to keep us from developing anything to replace it. -------- TITLE:

"Anti-War Protesters Show Their Real Feelings.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/11/2003 07:09:00 PM ----- BODY: Antiwar protesters trash 9/11 memorial
Antiwar protesters burned and ripped up flags, flowers and patriotic signs at a Sept. 11 memorial that residents erected on a fence along Whittier Boulevard days after the terrorist attacks in 2001 and have maintained ever since.
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Sour Grapes From The New York Times.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/11/2003 05:49:00 PM ----- BODY: White House Listens When Weekly Speaks
Those upstarts, those plebians, don't they realize that the New York Times is the only newspaper that should be read by the White House? -------- TITLE:

After 26 Years Of Diplomancy The UN Admits Failure.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/11/2003 05:45:00 PM ----- BODY: Cyprus Talks on Unity Plan Have Failed, Annan Says
The United Nations announced today that peace talks between the Greek and Turkish leaders of divided Cyprus had ended in failure and there would be no more negotiations.
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Anatomy Of An AntiWar Letter

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/11/2003 05:21:00 PM ----- BODY: I was looking around and found this letter in the Corvallis Gazette-Times
Bush is fixated on waging war in Iraq
George Bush wants war. Nothing else seems to do for him.
We've had twelve years of empty promises, blocked inspectors, outright lies and 17 UN Security Council Resolutions giving Iraq "last opportunities to comply".
Exactly what is it you want? More lies, foot dragging, and empty resolutions? What will the consequences be if we wait just a little too long and Iraq tests a nuclear device? Would that be enough to act? Or will it then be too dangerous to confront Saddam? What will be our options then?
Our "Republic?" Down the tubes! No Congressional voice, just one "Shrub" endangering the lives of everyone, sending our kids to kill others' kids.
No Congressional voice? You should call your Congressmen and Senators and ask them what it was they thought they were doing when they did this and this. Sure looks like Congressional voice to me. Or do you mean that congress only has a voice when you agree with them? Does the whole foreign policy of the United States hinge on the opinions of some twit in Corvallis and some schmuck in Tangent?
I like that little barb, "Shrub", that's hilarious. Did you think that up all by yourself?
Remember, there are mothers and fathers and children who will die in Iraq. And what are we going to do with Iraq? If Saddam Hussein goes, who replaces him, and how, and will they be better or worse off?
You're welcome to go to Amnesty International's website and see what is reported about human rights violations in Iraq. Of course, they too are apparently more concerned with the "collateral damage" that might occur when the U.S. invades than the torture, murder and rapes happening there right now. After all, if the U.S. accidently kills some civilians, the blood will be on all our hands. But, as long as they are kill and tortured by Saddam, it is perfectly all right. We will feel no guilt and bear no shame for allowing it to continue. Remember, the victims and the murderers are both dirty Arabs and we really can't expect anything better from them, can we?
Will we go to war every time we don't like what the new leader is doing?
No, we will already be there to insure that they don't go down that road. Just as we were with the Germans and the Japanese.
Of course, our hands are clean, right? Well, if you forget slavery, bounties on the heads of American Indians and their further mistreatment, not to mention using our servicemen as guinea pigs in testing atomic weapons.
You're right. All those things were bad; and they're also done with. In case it has escaped you, there is no slavery in the United States and hasn't been for well over 140 years. I suppose there may have been the bounties you are talking about, but even if true it was for a very short time in our history. Using servicemen in atomic testing is looked at as heinous now, but using the level of knowledge and standards of the time, it was defensible.
This attitude that we cannot act unless our hands are clean is ridiculous. All the things listed above happened and cannot be changed. By this standard we can never act. The slaughters of Cambodia and Rwanda can repeat themselves and the ethnic cleansing of the Balkans can resume. No matter. Our hands are not clean, we are not worthy enough to enforce any standards of decency anywhere in the world. We must just sit by and watch them die. Of course there will be no pangs of guilt for that.
We've used nuclear weapons on people; babies, moms, grandfathers. Saddam's atrocities pale alongside.
Guilty, guilty and guilty as charged. The United States used nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to bring to a conclusion a war that killed millions throughout the world. Imagine the recriminations flying today if it was discovered that the U.S. had a weapon that could have ended the war and refused to use it. Not using it would have necessitated an invasion of the Japanese home islands which would have resulted in much higher casualties among soldiers and civilians. Would that have been preferable? Oh, I know there are revisionist scholars who have built their careers on proving that Japan would have surrendered anyway, but how many lives would you bet on their analysis?
You may get your chance for an up-close-and-personal if Saddam sends nerve gas or anthrax-laden missiles.
Right now Saddam has the chemical and bio weapons but not the delivery systems. UN inspections not withstanding. I take it you are willing to allow him time to develop those systems. How would this make war less likely? The man is nothing more that a street gang leader writ large. He bobs and weaves and makes ridiculous statements about how he is going to kill us all, and you want to run home and hide under the bed. Doing that does not decrease the chances that he would use his weapons on us, it raises them.
Wake up, folks. War is not the only answer.
Maybe not; but you sure haven't made any suggestions other that doing the same old thing that didn't work before.
Marilyn Morais
Corvallis
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Free Speech Lessons For Conservative Campus Paper

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/11/2003 02:41:00 AM ----- BODY: Listening to the Hollywood crowd bleat about having their free speech rights violated by people disagreeing with them ought to make everyone more careful regarding speech rights, wouldn't you think?
Evidently not to the guardians of all that is Liberal and Holy at the University of Oregon. 80% of the run of the Oregon Commentator was taken from their boxes around the campus on Friday March 7.
The newspaper staff is of the opinion that someone objected to their characterization of many anti-war demonstrators as racist. Unfortunately this is the level of discourse that is all too prevalent on todays campuses. -------- TITLE:

IMAO: In Frank's World

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/10/2003 11:45:00 PM ----- BODY: Whenever you think the world has gone completely over the edge, when you think the New York Times might just be right and you are starting to think Democrats are actually care about the country, you need to stop in to Frank's World -------- TITLE:

Democrats Avoiding TV? Isn't That One Of The Signs Of The Apocalypse?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/10/2003 11:02:00 PM ----- BODY: Tony Snow, host of "Fox News Sunday,"
chided Democratic leaders yesterday for avoiding the Sunday talk shows.
"A growing cadre of Democrats is accusing President Bush of botching American foreign policy by threatening force first and failing to give diplomacy sufficient time. They wanted to give chit-chat a chance," Mr. Snow said at the close of his program.
"This is an interesting notion at odds with the whole of human history. Wars end and talk begins only when one side wins," Mr. Snow said.
"The idea is interesting for a second reason, which is that many of the very politicians complaining about the president's reticence have themselves gone silent before the press.
"Check today's Sunday show listings, and you will find precisely zero Democratic leaders. We've called them all, week after week, only to discover that the loyal opposition, with a few exceptions such as Joe Biden, Carl Levin and Harry Reid, have gone AWOL. They're the milk-carton brigade: missing and sorely missed.
"Two key examples: Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, tough in speeches but nowhere to be seen. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, watching this show, I hope.
"Here we are on the cusp of war, and leaders of a key political party are, A, ratcheting up attacks on the commander in chief and, B, hiding from one-on-one national interviews.
"Yesterday Democrats handed responsibility for responding to the president's radio address to a man with the lowest approval ratings in America, California Governor Gray Davis. Twenty-seven percent approval in the most recent L.A. Times poll. The guy didn't talk about war and peace, only his desire for further federal handouts. Yeesh.
"So I close today with an open and heartfelt invitation: Come back, folks, let's talk. It's not the same without you, and it's not a debate unless both sides show up."
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Where Is PETA?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/10/2003 09:50:00 PM ----- BODY: Canary sales rise on gas attack fears
Canaries on sale in Baghdad's street markets are in great demand as people see them as low-tech and affordable chemical weapons detectors.
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When Saddam Stared, And Clinton Blinked.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/10/2003 09:37:00 PM ----- BODY: Andrew Sullivan provided the following quote:
"What if [Saddam] fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction? ... Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal."
This was Bill Clinton in 1998. How come the same attitude in President Bush is so divisive today?
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I Have Never Read Tom Robbins; Guess I Never Will.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/10/2003 08:49:00 PM ----- BODY: Tom Robbins: a petty man consumed by hatred for George W. Bush:
Quite probably the worst thing about the inevitable and totally unjustifiable war with Iraq is that there’s no chance the U.S. might lose it. America is a young country, and intellectually, emotionally, and physically, it has been exhibiting all the characteristics of an adolescent bully, a pubescent punk who’s too big for his britches and too strong for his age. Someday, perhaps, we may grow out of our mindless, pimple-faced arrogance, but in the meantime, it might do us a ton of good to have our butts kicked. Unfortunately, like most of the targets we pick on, Iraq is much too weak to give us the thrashing our continuously overbearing behavior deserves, while Saddam is even less deserving of victory than Bush.
As he sees it the "worst thing about the...war with Iraq is that there’s no chance the U.S. might lose it. Yes, you heard it right, Tom Robbins is upset because not enough Americans will die. He would rather we waited to face Saddam until he is armed with nuclear weapons.
That would be great. Tens of thousands of casualties, many years of misery for those foolish enough to join the armed forces.
He would be even happier if an American city should be destroyed, at least one, two or more would be better. Thousands of dead or injured civilians, mass destruction of road, bridges and dams. Boy, it doesn't get any better than that.
I'm going to take a wild guess and say that he is a Gore voter. Anything that would reflect badly on George W. Bush is OK with them, even if it means death and destruction. The victims are unlikely to be Gore voters anyhow.
Don’t get me wrong—I don’t want American soldiers killed. But I don’t want Iraqis killed, either. I’m just not one of those people who believes that American lives are more valuable than the lives of others.
Oh, having made statements that amount to being sorry that more American soldiers and civilians won't suffer. He contradicts himself. Do you really mean this? or are you just making a pro forma statement to try to avoid any heat for being a spiteful mean-spirited asshole.
Actually you do want people to die, you just want them to do it where you won't see or hear about it. You are perfectly all right with Saddam's secret police killing and raping, you are fine with Arafat's squads executing anyone accused of deviating from the Palestinian orthodoxy, you are comfortable with Kim Jong Il's prison camps, executions and death by starvation. You just don't want to be bothered. You just want the UN to sit and talk and have dinner, and talk some more. You hope that they can come up with an agreement that honest states will follow and totalitarian state ignore. You want to have someone go on TV and proclaim "Peace in our Time" and you want to pretend to believe it. Most of all you just want to be left alone to sell your books and have someone stroke your ego.
Sorry Tom, the world ain't that way. You can either try to make progress against the darkness and stand up or you can sit back and wait for them to come for us. Do you think that letting the UN vote on everything is a sign of strength? Not to most people. To most people it is a sign of failure; of more foot dragging and buck passing. It is looked upon as accomplishing nothing and worth nothing.
Rest well, good author, and hope that you never have the responsibility of making the hard decisions that Bush does because you have shown that you do not have the will, the strength and the intellect to handle it. Go back to your fairy tale life, where like Peter Pan you never grow up and problems can be solved by wishing.
here's a link to a listing of Mr. Robbins books, just in case you might want to purchase one. Or not.
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When Someone Lauds The Education Accomplishments Of Cuba...Show Them This.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 3/10/2003 02:10:00 AM ----- BODY: Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus on National Review Online
Idaima Paz López, 16 years old, was expelled from the school “José Ramón Rodríguez” on February 24th because she demonstrated “a low level of fidelity to the principles of the Revolution.” Members of the board of the student center, located at “calle 13, entre A y B,” in Vedado, told María López, mother of the student, that her daughter had not passed the subject “revolutionary preparedness,” in addition to appearing apathetic and not participating in obligatory activities, such as combat marches and open tribunals. Later, according to the mother of Idaima, the guidance counselor Asela Wilson and the teacher Ángel threatened to send the adolescent to a juvenile retention center . . .
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