Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Week in Review and This Space for Rent - Not Nearly Enough Time on my Hands

Good morning, Gentle Reader! Midway through this Labor Day weekend, and I'm taking time from looking for a new place to live and playing Champions of Norrath to catch up on the week and introduce to you the latest renter on the thumbnail space to the right, World of Chad.

World of Chad is the personal blog of Chad, wherein he swears a lot, curses his doppleganger on YouTube, and flips the bird. Though we have our differences, I feel a certain kinship.

Looks like the Democrats have started to call for Rumsfailed's resignation. About goddamn time. I swear to Christ, just what else does the man have to fuck up to lose his job? Does Chimpy just not understand what a Secretary of Defense is supposed to do? To call this Administration's foreign policy retarded is an insult to mental retardation in general. A retarded chimp flinging banana paste and his own shit randomly about the Oval Office, would run this country better and leave less of a mess to clean up.

Also, in other good news from Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has given up. Yes, he's given up even trying to keep his followers from civil war. He just can't do it anymore. This, by the way - for those of you who do not, can not, or will not understand the power dynamics of occupied Iraq - is a kick in the balls to any hope of a lasting peace, as al-Sistani's followers flock to more extremist Shia leaders - like al-Sadr, the guy who we were supposed to bring back dead or alive.

Time to wrap this up - people are waking up, Gentle Reader and our time is nearly done - but let me leave you with a flirting-with-fair-use quote from Glenn Greenwald as he discusses cowardice:

The ironies of this disturbed war dance are virtually infinite, the most obvious one being that the Steyn Warriors can never point to any sacrifices they make or risks they incur. But the most striking irony is this. So much of the neoconservative warrior cries are built on an ethos of deep fear, of exactly the desperate desire to be protected and saved which Steyn and company claim is the hallmark of the girlish, soul-less West. As they strike the warrior pose, they are desperately willing, even eager, to fundamentally change the character and principles of our republic and to sacrifice the core liberties which define it because they are scared and want, more than anything else, to be protected.

Do you want to hear what a person sounds like when they really are -- to use Steyn's words -- "weak, that there's nothing -- no core, no bedrock -- nothing it's not willing to trade"? Here is Bush loyalist Sen. John Cornyn, explaining why we should allow the President to break the law and eavesdrop on our conversations without any oversight: "“None of your civil liberties matter much after you’re dead." And here is Pat Roberts, showing how willing he is to trade all American values in the hope of being protected from the things he fears: "I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment and civil liberties. But you have no civil liberties if you are dead." That "rationale" means we do anything -- give up all freedoms, relinquish all values -- because desperately trying to stay alive is the only thing that matters.

I'll pursue this more should I get some more time. Until then.

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