the wide world of ideas
Since we have a newborn, I just got to the Sunday newspaper. And quickly realized that the New York Times
prominently featured an op-ed essay by Anthony Cordesman. Who hasn't appeared on the op-ed page of the Sunday New York Times
...Last fucking Sunday
Four to six guys are having a discussion
on the opinion pages of America's newspapers. And you, peasant, are permitted to watch.
Iraq Is Returning to Normal, Bush Says
Mclatchy -Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON - President Bush, saying that "normalcy is returning back to Iraq," argued March 27 that last year's U.S. troop "surge" has improved Iraq's security to the point where political and economic progress are blossoming as well.
Bush coupled his description of the situation in Iraq, meant to lay the groundwork for next month's report to Congress by U.S. military and diplomatic chiefs, with a forceful slap at war critics.
"Some ... seem unwilling to acknowledge that progress is taking place," Bush said in a speech at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. He accused war opponents of constantly shifting their critique, adding: "No matter what shortcomings these critics diagnose, their prescription is always the same - retreat." Green Zone Hit for Fourth Day This Week
BAGHDAD - Shiite militants are hammering the U.S.-protected Green Zone with rockets and mortars for the fourth day this week.
Thick, black smoke is billowing from inside the heavily fortified home to the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi government. Iraq extends Shia arms deadline
Iraq's government has extended by 10 days a deadline for Shia militiamen fighting troops in the southern city of Basra to hand over their weapons.
fuck you, peasants
Halliburton to go on a hiring spree
Published Date: March 15, 2007
DUBAI: Oil services firm Halliburton Co plans to hire more than 13,000 new workers this year in the US and elsewhere as it splits its headquarters between Houston and Dubai, an executive said in a memo obtained by AP yesterday...
In a memo to US employees on Tuesday, chief operating officer Andy Lane said Halliburton was girding for an expansion and hiring binge that would increase its workforce by nearly 30 per cent this year. "It is our expectation that our planned growth for 2007 to 2009 will mean that we will hire more than 13,000 new employees in 2007," Lane wrote. "This will include growth in our Houston employment numbers." Halliburton did not immediately respond to questions about where the other jobs would be created.
someone needs to tell the black people to believe new things, because the things they believe are not normal like the things jonah goldberg believes
Scrawled in crayon
Obama needs to do two things. First, he needs to make it incandescently clear that Wright doesn't speak for him in any meaningful way. If he won't do that, his campaign is a fraud and he is not qualified to be president.
Second, he needs to explain to black America why Wright's views are so poisonous.
Dear Lord Mother of God help, if this motherfucker gets any dumber it'll give me an aneurysm, Jesus Lord Mother Mary and all her saints amen.
high-tech mob hits
five dollars well spent
Today's New York Times
features a diverse set of viewpoints on the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. There's Frederick Kagan, Paul Bremer, Kenneth Pollack, AEI's Danielle Pletka, Richard Perle...
Presumably the editors just went to dinner at William Kristol's house, and asked everyone at the table to knock out 400 words.
And here I spent fifteen minutes of my life looking at the Sunday newspaper.
Headline: "Top U.S. General in Mideast Abruptly Resigns"
And everybody's still trying to figure out why the general was wearing that funny white suit.
the world is a business, mr. beale
, I hardly even know how to begin talking about this one.
the battle of the bilge
Some dipshit on a ten-speed set off a sort-of-bomb this week outside a military recruiting station in Times Square, killing no one, injuring no one, and knocking the recruiting station out of commission for precisely zero days, since all the sort-of-bomb did
was break some glass and bend up a metal door frame. After which the cable news networks went apeshit, and New York's mayor and police commissioner stood shoulder-to-shoulder
before the cameras to tell the world that the city was, quote, open for business. It takes a special kind of courage not to give up and let a city of eight million people plunge into decline after someone bends up a metal door frame.
And then John McCain made a campaign ad
that would have been brilliant as parody, had that been the intention. It opens, here's a new one, with Winston Churchill promising to fight them on the beaches and etc. Because the one terrorist attack seven years ago is just like having German bombs rain down
on London for two straight months without relent. John McCain will fight them on the beaches! He will fight them on the landing grounds! He will fight them on the -- uh...fight them on the...Well, not in Waziristan, which is where they actually are, but isn't it enough that he'll fight them on the beaches? I volunteer to help. In Santa Barbara.
See also this earlier post
about the Iranian bass fishing boats of terror.
We will all remember where we were when we first heard that the recruiting station doorframe had been bent. It was like our innocence died, and we could never go back to the way things used to be.
there will be silence
I spent all day yesterday in a breast-milk-stained bathrobe, the highpoint of the day being when we finally had a really good poop in the diaper to reassure us that enough food has been entering The Child. The poop was discussed, examined, and celebrated.