Diplomacy With Autocannibals And Rerapists – In Nick Kristof’s Fantasy World

The Grotesque Vocabulary in Congo – NYTimes.com

I’ve learned some new words.One is “autocannibalism,” coined in French but equally appropriate in English. It describes what happens when a militia here in eastern Congo’s endless war cuts flesh from living victims and forces them to eat it.

Another is “re-rape.” The need for that term arose because doctors were seeing women and girls raped, re-raped and re-raped again, here in the world capital of murder, rape, mutilation.

And what is Kristof’s reaction to such savagery?

[I]sn’t it time for the U.S. to lead a major, global diplomatic push for peace?

No Mr. Kristof, it’s time for the inhabitants of the Dark Continent to give up their wait for the white bwana to come save them and take care of the problem themselves.

I’m not even sure I think that is possible. But if it is, it is not going to be accomplished by the former white colonialists parachuting back into their countries with plans and timetables. There’s a distinct element of “They’re Wogs, Y’know.” hiding under the carefully articulated phrases meant to convey that the whites really “care”, while shaking their heads an muttering to themselves about the unchangeability of Africa.

I rarely read Kristof. He lives in a world so alien from the one I live in that I have to wonder that he can survive. His previously Quixotic quest to save two bar girls in Cambodia ran into real life when he returned and found that one of the girls had gong right back to the brothel. The other was probably not far behind. If Kristof spent more time with the objects of his pity and less time talking to people that make their living extracting money from guilt bound foreigners, he might actually learn something.

But, since he does make his living as a guilt bound liberal, it wouldn’t pay.

“Clueless” Describes Our Entire Intelligence Apparatus.

RealClearPolitics – Video – Napolitano Most Surprised By “Determination Of al-Qaeda”

Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.

You mean that the tactic of the “suicide bomber” surprised them?

I guess that’s not too surpising when you consider that our inteeligence agencies were taken by surprise by the the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Hugo Chavez, pretty much anything the North Koreans do, the first WTC bombing, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, 9/11, the lack of WMD in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance,…..pretty much any important development in the world in the past 50 years.

So, they didn’t see this coming? It probably would have been more surprising if they had.

Ohhhh, That’s Too Bad.

Nigeria says U.S. air rule threatens bilateral ties | Reuters

“Nigeria expresses its disappointment and concern of the undeserved placement of Nigeria on the countries of interest list and views this action as having the potential of undermining longstanding and established U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties,” said Information Minister Dora Akunyili.

What’re they going to do? Cut off the number of e-mails requesting help in getting $238 (two hundred and thirty eight) million dollars out of the bank account of a deceased uncle?

Okay. I guess we can live with that.

iowahawk: Man, Do I Hate Holiday Travel

iowahawk: Man, Do I Hate Holiday Travel

Iowahawk Special Guest Opinion
by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Yesterday while I was lying in the burn ward getting my crotch bandages changed, I had a chance to catch the air disaster movie marathon on TCM. The lineup included “Zero Hour,” “The High and the Mighty,” “Skyjacked,” and “Airport ’75.” For all their campy fun and unintentional laughs, those corny old films really serve as a grim reminder how the whole in-flight terror experience has gone completely downhill since the jet set golden years of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. What happened to all those pretty stewardesses and polite, well dressed infidels, screaming as the plane plummeted to the ground? Time was, a suicide mission to explode an international jumbo jet was an event full of glamor and excitement; but now it seems to be a endless series of delays, hassles, pushy jerks and third-degree testicular chemical burns. And don’t even get me started on the crappy airline food.

2009 Corruption Perceptions Index: Who’s Corrupt, and Who’s Not So Corrupt

CPI 2009 Table/2009/cpi/surveys_indices/policy_research

According to the Index, New Zealand and Denmark and numbers 1 and 2 as the least corrupt. followed closely by Singapore and Sweden tied for number 3.

The United States comes in at number 19. We would probably do better except for Congress. But Puerto Rico is counted separately, coming in at number 35.

Russia is tied at number 146, tied with Cameroon, Ecuador, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe? That’s not a neighborhood I would want to be included in.

Brother Hugo’s Venezuela, the lodestone for all American leftists, comes in at number 162.

And the two most corrupt states are… Afghanistan and Somalia.

Remember though, this is just a measure of perception, not an actual measurement of corruption, which would surely be…corrupt.

Most people in Oregon perceive their State government to be be honest. Even though the Governor and most of the legislature are firmly in the pockets of Labor Unions and Lobbyists.

This REALLY Pisses Me Off

Wikileaks Posts Secret Bomb-Stopper Report

Wikileaks posted documents telling how some of the technology of the bomb disrupting units work. Wikileaks refers to the leaker as a “whistleblower”. He’s not a ‘whistleblower.”

Whistleblowers don’t leak information that will get soldiers and civilians killed.

What this guy is, is a puffed up self-important narcissist that wants everyone to know how smart and caring he is without facing any consequences for his actions. That’s not the action of someone who is doing something they’re proud of. It’s someone who is doing something that he thinks will impress someone. Usually a stripper at the local dive.

He has decided for himself to give out information that will result in deaths. There are a lot of people in the comments making excuses for him and what he did. They say that the technology used in those devices was outdated. But do you know what happens to outdated technology? It’s not sold on e-bay. It’s sold to our allies.

They use it to protect their troops and places where civilians gather, like schools and markets. So he just made it easier to blow up civilians in places like India, Pakistan or Southern Thailand.

So this terrorist accomplice has given out the way to make blowing up civilians easier. Maybe that will impress his stripper girlfriend as much as his twenty for the lapdance. But I doubt it.

He’s probably not bothered at all by the thought. All those people have dark skin and if there’s something American liberals care less about than dark skinned civilians I haven’t found it yet. He probably gets off on the thought of decapitated and maimed dark skinned children.

He’s not a hero, he’s a goat, and the sooner that the military hunt him down and charge him with every crime they can make fit, the better. I always feel better when the no balls, inflated egoes go down. They always whine so well.

But if he is proud of what he has done he will come out of the shadows. He will stand up and let everyone know how right he was to make the decision to give terrorists the means to kill more people.

But he won’t. Because he hasn’t got the guts and never will. And if they do locate him and put him on trial they ought to release the true names of all those who are supporting him. Just so we know who not to associate with.

Truth Is No Defense Against The New York Times.

“All the news that’s fit to print.’ I guess mottoes hang on long after the truth of them has faded into distant memory.

You don’t expect the NYT to do any favors for people that embarrassed them. But you would think they would either stick to the truth or at least not revisit the embarrassment

But they choose to revisit the Plame/Wilson affair in a movie review. But they had to genuflect at one of the stations of the Liberal canon.

Film – ‘Nothing but the Truth’ – Fictional Reporter in Real-Life Mess – NYTimes.com

ROD LURIE knew from the start that his new film, about a newspaper reporter who goes to jail to protect a source, might be a tough sell in an age in which the press is held in widespread and casual disdain. But it took a throttling from a fellow director, Oliver Stone, to really drive the point home.

Mr. Stone was working with Josh Brolin on a California soundstage this spring, testing the makeup Mr. Brolin would use to portray President Bush in “W.” Mr. Lurie was nearby, reshooting a scene in “Nothing but the Truth,” which stars Kate Beckinsale and will remind some viewers of the real-life travails of Judith Miller, the former reporter for The New York Times who spent 85 days in jail in 2005.

Mr. Stone spotted Mr. Lurie and stormed over. “He puts his beefy fingers around my neck,” Mr. Lurie recalled, “and said, ‘Don’t turn Judy Miller into a hero.’ ”

It was at that moment, Mr. Lurie said, that he realized just how tough it would be to separate his film from its real-life roots.
[…]
Hostility among media critics toward Ms. Miller’s Iraq reporting spilled over into skepticism about her motives in another matter, her protection of the source who told her that Valerie Wilson (often referred to by her maiden name, Valerie Plame) was an undercover operative for the Central Intelligence Agency. It surfaced yet again when the source, I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, told her she was free to talk, effectively freeing her from the jail where she had spent almost three months after a federal judge held her in contempt of court.

Actually the person that ‘outed’ le femme Valerie was Richard Armitage, one of Colin Powell’s assistants at State.

But there was an independent counsel, and by golly, if there’s a counsel, there had better be a prosecution.

Scooter Libby was never convicted of leaking her name, he was never charged with leaking her name. Libby ran into that prosecutor’s trick of charging someone for perjury when their memory of events differs from other witnesses.

As for Plame’s status as an “undercover” operative, she wasn’t working as an undercover agent, hadn’t worked as an undercover agent in quite a while and was not considered someone who would be sent to work undercover in the future.

When the question of the “sixteen words” in President Bush’s State of the Union address came up, she did suggest her husband for the job. Somehow that phrase “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa” morphed into Saddam Hussein has recently received yellowcake uranium from Niger. Someone is going to have to walking me through the transition of that phrase someday.

When her husband returned he submitted a verbal report saying that he found that the story was most likely true.

Wilson’s report bolstered suspicions that Iraq was indeed seeking uranium in Africa. The Senate report cited an intelligence officer who reviewed Wilson’s report upon his return from Niger:

Committee Report: He (the intelligence officer) said he judged that the most important fact in the report was that the Nigerian officials admitted that the Iraqi delegation had traveled there in 1999, and that the Nigerian Prime Minister believed the Iraqis were interested in purchasing uranium, because this provided some confirmation of foreign government service reporting.

I don’t doubt for a minute that Libby and probably others in the Bush administration did leak the fact that Wilson’s husband worked at the CIA. Politics ain’t beanball. Ask anyone who got sideways with the Clinton administration during the 1990s.

Liberals can’t stand to look the fool. So they will go to any lengths to destroy anyone who allows people to see they are. Even years later and even if they have to ignore facts.

UNARMED Guards?

My Way News – Somali pirates hijack ship, British guards escape

The company said it was aware of the incident on the chemical tanker it identified as M/V BISCAGLIA.”We have been informed by coalition military authorities that three of our unarmed security staff were rescued from the water by a coalition helicopter and are currently on board a coalition warship in the Gulf of Aden,” the company statement said.

I don’t think they can be accused of taking the pirate threat seriously. Have they not read a newspaper or watched BBC or CNN?

Commenters

On the KGW Channel 8 in Portland’s website there is a comment who recently started showing up in the comments section to various news stories. He is very good.

He writes in the style of the extreme left commenter but if you read his comments closely they resemble Frank J’s “In My World” series which is one of the great satirical series of the Internet.

For example, here is the comment he left on a story regarding the protests againsst Prop 8 in Portland.

Once again this site is overloaded with the Reich-Wing hate from the Judaic/Christian playbook sponsored by the RepubliKKKan monsters who were thankfully cashiered by the enlightened electorate on November 4th.

But then the joyous celebration stopped.

With the exception of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the rest of the country continues to elect the right people, but then does a 180 degree turn and rolls back the clock to the dark days of Jim Crow, Poll taxes, separate toilets and water fountains, and jingoistic patriotic Irving Berlin songs.

What will it take for these homophobic parasites to realize that marriage, as well as morality, is an individual choice fully recognized in our once beloved Constitution?

Only when we can stand proudly before the bar of United Nations approval,and realize that the institution of marriage,like every other racist and deluded idea held so highly by the Neo-Cons who regulate Christianity,is meant to be defined and shared among any person or group that wishes to partake,

If a transgendered person wants to marry him/herself- then who are these brutal Bush/Reagan plutocrats who dare attempt to force their bestial pious will on such a lovely person?

If three, four or eleven people regardless of sexual orientation, want to collectively marry each other, then the Newt Gingrich/Sean Hannity warped view of monogamy must stand aside and make room for the peaceful and beautiful future designed to be shared under the large and colorful rainbow tent of tolerance and diversity.

As I previously stated in other similar posts on this subject, the Courts of California once addressed this travesty by invalidating the RepubliKKKan forced ballot of 2000 where these myopic, merciless and bigoted citizens shamelessly voted 3-1 to cruelly define marriage as between one man and one woman.

I personally would think that such archaic and totalitarian ideas would have disappeared from our culture at the same time that JFK freed the slaves.

Now, covering itself again with disgrace, California, like their progressive brothers and sisters in Florida, pulled the lever once again to ban gay marriage and totally overturn what the Courts had once deemed unconstitutional.

Are we somehow to think that because the majority of voters choose something as immoral as banning gay marriage,that our courts are now rendered prostate and impotent?

It is the duty of the courts to legislate from the bench when the majority has clearly taken a pigheaded path that the members of the minority community don’t agree.

I can only continue to offer my daily chants to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his retreat in far away Dharamsala, that he will provide the wisdom to President Obama to issue an Executive Order on January 20, 2009 which immediately terminates these notorious and discriminatory ballot measure such as we saw with California’s Measure 8.

What is really hilarious is how many other commenters take him at face value. It’s hard to satirze a bunch of nuts.

Here’s a link to his comments. I think Frank J ought to get him to write a column.