Fat Finger Of Fate
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They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the country side of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country. (Complete testimony.)And remember, Kerry pronounced "Genghis" with some sort of idiotic faux erudition, as "Junjus." But he was the smart guy in the race, right? Even if the other guy had a higher GPA at Yale...
He also hopes the bill's fortunes will be helped by the extensive private consultations between his staff and major players in the health care system. His aides have met with representatives of business groups, labor unions, consumer organizations, insurers, physicians, drug companies and hospitals.It's corporatist. You know, there's a name for a system that coopts private actors into doing the state's bidding. I wish I could remember what that's called.
The case that never gets made is that the consistent political philosophy of Ayers and his associates continued to warp the mission of the Democratic Party long after the Weather Underground has become nostalgia, and that Obama is the philosophical offspring of the movement birthed by radicals such as Ayers.And, like the Volgi's complaint that American liberalism has been vitiated by its refusal to condemn radicalism, Greenwald points out that it's liberals old enough to remember history who are most worried about the radicalization of the party. Alas, younger generations may already think that Move On, Kos, et al., are mainstream liberals, not hard-left activists. Heck, they don't sound any different than their college professors! And Jon Stewart doesn't make fun of them like the idiot Republicans!
SEATTLE -- Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised a group of supporters Sunday that running mate Barack Obama "will absolutely 100% trigger a nuclear Armageddon kinda thing" within the first 20 minutes of his presidency, but added that "Barack Obama is looking forward to this apocalyptic opportunity to test his mettle, because he totally aced his LSATs."Read the whole thing. And laugh.
Ultimately, what most risks "provoking" Moscow is not Western resolve but Western weakness. This is where the real weight of history lies. Accordingly, attitude adjustment in Moscow first requires attitude adjustment in NATO capitals, and quickly, before Moscow's swaggering leaders draw the wrong lessons from their recent successes.Gormogons readers will not find many new points in here, but it's an extremely well-put-together essay. Must-reading of the morning.
"She looks sad," Ivanov said. "Her free life is over."Plus, seriously, GLONASS has always sounded to me like some Cubby Broccoli McGuffin...
"She is wagging her tail. That means she likes it," Putin said.
Consider the rogue's gallery [sic*] that refused to go along: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela, the Castros' Cuba, Bolivia, Iran and Syria. The club of seven authoritarian former Soviet republics known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization also demurred. Even Moscow's puppet autocrat in Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, deferred to his toothless parliament; in other words, nyet, for now. Russia was rebuffed by China and India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.Pimpin' ain't easy, y'all.
Sidelining Japan is a manifestation of the State Department's Sinocentric obsession. The consequences could well be detrimental to both Washington and Beijing, however, if Japanese sentiment for developing its own independent nuclear-weapons capability continues to rise. This could occur as Tokyo sees the North Korean nuclear threat persisting, and as China continues to upgrade and expand its strategic nuclear forces and blue-water navy. Fears that the U.S. nuclear umbrella is no longer reliable will only add to Japan's concerns. Japan may have been frog-marched into acquiescing, but there will likely be a widening of the split between the U.S. and its closest ally in Asia.And remember, kids, Japan can go nuke in about fifteen minutes if it wants to. Maybe if Nixon could go to China, Obama could tell the ChiComs where to stuff it. Don't bet on it, though.