This has been a Memorial Day weekend that the United States would rather forget. Over the weekend news broke about a massacre in Iraq and a riot broke loose in Afghanistan.
More information is being made available regarding the alleged massacre at Haditha, Iraq, by U.S. Marines. From what is understood, on November 19, 2005 a roadside improvised explosive device killed a marine on patrol. In the hours that followed 24 civilians, including women and children, where killed by American forces. At first those dead where said to be enemy combatants, including a three year old child.
Over the weekend, a riot broke loose in Afghanistan after a military vehicle was involved in an accident leaving dead and injured civilians. Protesters and rioters alike chanted the same old ‘death to America’ slogan after the military hit and run.
We are definitely not going to win the heart and minds of the Iraqi and Afghan people if we keep killing them, even if by accident.
[tags]iraq, afghanistan, haditha, massacre[/tags]
The Economist has a great cover story on what they call the Axis of Feeble, the strong alliance of incompetence between Bush and Blair. From the article:
That Mr Bush has made big mistakes in foreign policy is not in doubt. He oversold the pre-war intelligence on Iraq, bungled the aftermath, betrayed America’s own principles in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, ignored Mr Blair’s pleas to restart peace diplomacy in Palestine. … His chief failures stem from incompetent execution.
I have said it before, being governed by an Axis of Feeble is worst than being at war with an Axis of Evil. It is like the saying, like friends like these who needs enemies.
[tags]the economist, axis of evil, axis of feeble, bush, bush brigade, blair[/tags]
President Bush announced today that he will deploy some 6,000 National Guards along the United States border with Mexico. 6,000 National Guards is a force 1/2 of that deployed in the Afghanistan, about 5% of the number of servicemen in Iraq. It seems that the United States has declared a war on the border. The United States is currently engaged in multiple wars in many fronts, a War on Drugs, a War on Terror, an wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States is also in a war of words with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran over its nuclear ambitions and now we have declared war on the border.
Canada who also shares a border with the United State will not see militarization along its border. From Canada.com:
But there are lingering perceptions that Canada is a haven for terrorists. American officials have said they’re more worried about the border with Canada than Mexico when it comes to terrorists.
Lets not forget that the 911 hijackers had connections in Canada, not in Mexico. I mean, why put troops in border with Mexico? Osama is not hiding along the Rio Grande.
[tags]911, border, canada, war on terror, war on drugs, osama[/tags]
The fact that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp bought MySpace for an estimated $580 million has been widely covered. News Corp is the parent company of the Fox television network amongst other publishing outlets. When I first heard that Murdoch bought MySpace I thought that Bill O’Reilly would soon create his own MySpace page.
The most popular page on MySpace is that of Tila Tequila, a bikini-model-singer-songwriter-entrepreneur. Tila made an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show and this is how she described MySpace:
It’s like my own little city there.
A comment on one of the online video sharing websites had this to say about Tila’s online popularity:
Being the most popular person on myspace.com is pretty much like being the smartest kid with downs syndrome.
Tila is not shy to show skin and perhaps this is why she is so popular, I mean sex sells and she is selling it. She posts a ton of her modeling pictures on her MySpace page. I myself don’t think she is all that hot maybe that is just me but I think she has the body of a little girl and the head of an alien.
Tila is also not shy to take credit for the success of MySpace. On an interview with PunkTV.ca she said:
Friendster failed because they kicked me off and Myspace rules because they invited me over after Friendster kicked me off 5 times. (laughs) So I mass emailed 30,000 people from my personal mailing list and invited everyone.
Is this is true maybe Murdoch should put her on the board. Yeah, I don’t think that will happen. What I am afraid will happen is that the vibes of MySpace will change because of Murdoch’s policies. I think that MySpace will become more like Murdoch’s Space, or MuSpace.
[tags]tila, tila tequila, myspace, murdoch[/tags]
Has anyone seen the trailer for An Inconvenient Truth? Wow. I just saw it and it looks like a good thought provoking documentary. It looks like it is based on a talk by Al Gore and just edited with new reels and footage to drive the message home: Global warming is real and global climate change will effect every person alive. In fact, it is effecting us now.
The United States was able to bail out, no pun intended, the economic devastation left in New Orleans by Katrina. Our markets weathered the storm, again no pun intended. But how many Katrina size storms can we weather? People are still recovering from Katrina and this years hurricane season is only six or so months away.
[tags]collapse, environment, global warming, climate change, katrina, al gore, trailer[/tags]
By now everyone has seen the video of Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. If you aren’t everyone and still haven’t seen it then check it out, it is funnier than his show even though he had a tough crowd. During his speech, Colbert touched on international issues. In regards to China’s global market he said:
I believe democracy is our greatest export. At least until China figures out a way to stamp it out in plastic for three cents a unit.
Colbert indicated his support for the President:
I believe in this president. Now, I know there’s some polls out there saying this mans has a 32 approval rating. But guys like us, we don’t pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in â€œrealityâ€ And reality has a well-known liberal bias.
So true, I never trusted reality’s secret agenda!
The President appointed Fox News anchor Tony Snow to be his new Press Secretary, this only accredits the fine job Fox News is doing. This is what Colbert said about Fox News:
Fox News gives you both sides of every story, the President’s side and the Vice President’s side.
[tags]stephen colbert, colbert, bush brigade, bush, fox news, correspondents dinner[/tags]
The U.S. Military revealed video of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, fumbling with a jammed U.S. made machine gun. The military wants to demonstrate him as an inept terrorist when have all seen plenty of videos that shows that President Bush is an inept leader. I would much rather have an inept terrorist hiding in a cave than an inept president making bad decisions. The problem is that even if the military paints Zarqawi as a clown, Zarqawi still has evaded capture from the worlds greatest military units. For all the jokes that military officials makes about how Zarqawi handles a machine, our troops are still dying in Iraq. The military should get this straight, by no means is Zarqawi a joke.
Ok, the funny thing about all this is that now we know that Cheney is a better shot than Zarqawi.
[tags]zarqawi, iraq, jihad, cheney[/tags]
What do you get when you mix a college student in trouble, allegations of plagiarizing, and technorati? The biggest story to hit the blogsphere since Tammy NYP and A Million Little Pieces.
Kaavya Viswanathan, a 19 year old Harvard University student, has been accused of plagiarizing Megan McCafferty, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and Salman Rushdie in her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life.’ I believe that her original working title for the book was How Opal Mehta Got Her Groove Back.
In her book, How Opal Got Fucked as I like to call it, Kaavya tells a story of an Indian-American teenager that joins just about every school activity to be considered by Harvard but eventually learns that she needs to get wild to get in. Kaavya has been dropped by her publisher, Little, Brown and Company and her two book deal has been canceled.
Poor old Kaavya, got wild, got caught, and now needs to get a lawyer. By the way, there is not one single original thought here and in fact I plagiarized the everything including the technorati tags.
[tags]plagiarism, kaavya, viswanathan, content theft, copyright infringement [/tags]