April 30, 2003

Neo-Prohibition III

Last snippet, I promise! But I'm riled and just have to get it out there!

Redefining the Culture

Thanks mostly to the RWJF-funded
Mothers Against Drunk Driving,the defi-
nition of “drunk ” was changed in 2000..
Now set at .08 BAC,a 120-pound woman
can become “drunk ” on only two glasses
of wine.

A study from the notoriously unreliable
National Center on Addiction and
Substance Abuse (CASA)concluded that
“excessive ” drinking accounts for 30 per--
cent of the alcohol consumed in
America.Anything over two drinks in a
day was considered “excessive.”
In CASA ’s parlance,12 drinks during
any one year makes you a “lifetime
drinker ”—and therefore “at risk.”

And “at-risk amounts ” are defined as “three to
four drinks at one occasion.” A “binge ” is
five or more drinks on one occasion,and
20 percent of the adult population are
“binge drinkers ” because they “binged ”
once during the last month.

So a husband and wife who split a bottle
of wine with dinner are considered
“excessive ” drinkers, and perhaps “at
risk.” Add a gin and tonic before dinner
and an after dinner drink and the couple
are now both “binge ” drinkers.

Update: Andrea comments (and they're damn fine comments, so go read 'em)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:24 PM | Comments (1)

Neo-Prohibition II

Working my way through the entire PDF file, and I'm getting tetchy!

They have an ad campaign aimed at kids that compares beer to heroin!

Most people consider heroin an unimag- inably horrible substance.They wouldn ’t dream of taking it.And there is certainly no such thing as moderate or reasonable heroin consumption.Likewise,the anti- alcohol movement ’s message to normal drinkers is that they have a problem —that any alcohol consumption necessarily implies a genuine crisis.The RWJF-fund- ed Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to include alcohol in the federal government ’s anti-drug mediacampaign.“ Don ’t forget beer,” the groupsays,“the king of drugs.”

Defenders of this beer-is-heroin advertising
say kids are the intended audience.But
that makes the ad even more devious.The
anti-alcohol movement wants kids to
believe that alcohol is a horrible drug,and
that the adults in their lives —their mothers
and fathers —are abusing drugs if they have
wine with dinner.

This is the kind of stuff that makes me crazy! In their effort to demonize anyone who takes a drink, they diminish the tragedy of people who do have a problem with alcohol. Like gun control nuts, they think that those who abuse something are going to pay attention to the law, or regulations. Do they really think that if they were able to get alcohol banned that it would stop those who want a drink from getting one? Any more than taking guns from law abiding citizens stops the criminals from having firearms.

What freaking morons! All the money they're spending on this. Imagine what that money could be used for!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:17 PM | Comments (2)

Neo-Prohibition

I've been seeing more and more lately about a new campaign for prohibition, as bizarre as that seems -- it worked so well the last time after all. Here's an article that was sent to me a few days ago. Thought it was rather interesting.

Apparently there's big money behind these "neo-prohibition" efforts.

America’s anti-alcohol movement is composed of dozens of overlapping community groups, research institutions, and advocacy organizations, but they are brought together and given direction by one entity: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the RWJF has spent more than $265 million between 1997 and 2002 to tax, vilify, and restrict access to alcoholic beverages. Nearly every study disparaging alcohol in the mass media, every legislative push to limit marketing or increase taxes, and every supposedly “grassroots” anti-alcohol movement was conceived and coordinated at the RWJF’s headquarters. Thanks to this one foundation, the U.S. anti-alcohol movement speaks with one voice.

For the RWJF, it is an article of faith that diminishing per capita consumption across the board can contain the social consequences of alcohol abuse. Therefore, it has engaged in a long-term war to reduce overall drinking by all Americans. The RWJF relentlessly audits its own programs, checking to see if each dollar spent is having the maximum impact on reducing per capita consumption. Over the past 10 years, this blueprint has been refined. Increased taxes, omnipresent roadblocks, and a near total elimination of alcohol marketing are just a few of the tactics the RWJF now employs in its so-called “environmental” approach.

The environmental approach seeks to shift blame from the alcohol abuser to society in general (and to alcohol providers in particular). So the RWJF has turned providers into public enemy number one, burdening them with restrictions and taxes to make their business as difficult and complex as possible. The environmental approach’s message to typical consumers, meanwhile, is that drinking is abnormal and unacceptable. The RWJF seeks to marginalize drinking by driving it underground, away from mainstream culture and public places.

The linked article has a link to the complete report in PDF format and it makes for fascinating reading.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:57 PM

For Pity's Sake!!

Where's The Beef?

LOS ANGELES — A textbook review process in California has changed or eliminated references to everything from the Founding Fathers to hot dogs, leaving many to charge the state with distorting history in the name of political correctness.

The textbook review process, which is routinely done in many states, is meant to eliminate or replace outdated words or phrases. But what’s happening in California has a lot of people wondering – quite literally – "Where’s the beef?"

That’s because many California textbooks will no longer feature pictures of hot dogs, sodas, cakes, butter and other kinds of food that are not considered nutritious. Nor will the books contain any phrases judged to be sexist or politically insensitive.

The Founding Fathers, for instance, are now referred to as "The Framers," in an apparent effort to make them sound less male-dominant. And there will be no more reading about Mount Rushmore, where the faces of four U.S. presidents are carved into stone, because it appears to offend some Native-American groups.

And of course, there's much, much more....

Posted by Ithildin at 7:41 AM | Comments (1)

April 29, 2003

In Keeping With Today's Mood

Since I have a sombrero on the back seat of my truck (you don't want to know) (well, maybe you do, but I don't care) (so there!) I'm linking to this.

You can never have too many links to IMAO, IMHO, so go read and FOOTCL!

(there's monkeys!)

(if you want Ninjas, go over here)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:58 PM | Comments (2)

My Fave

In the comments of this post, we're discussing our favorite 80's songs.

Here's my favorite (for the lighter side of a Tuesday lunch hour)


MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME)

Standing there alone,
the ship is waiting.
All systems are go.
"Are you sure?"
Control is not convinced,
but the computer
has the evidence.
No need to abort.
The countdown starts.

Watching in a trance,
the crew is certain.
Nothing left to chance,
all is working.
Trying to relax
up in the capsule
"Send me up a drink."
jokes Major Tom.
The count goes on...

4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
calling, calling home...

Second stage is cut.
We're now in orbit.
Stabilizers up,
runnning perfect.
Starting to collect
requested data.
"What will it affect
when all is done?"
thinks Major Tom.

Back at ground control,
there is a problem.
"Go to rockets full."
Not responding.
"Hello Major Tom.
Are you receiving?
Turn the thrusters on.
We're standing by."
There's no reply.

4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
calling, calling home...

Across the stratosphere,
a final message:
"Give my wife my love."
Then nothing more.

Far beneath the ship,
the world is mourning.
They don't realize
he's alive.
No one understands,
but Major Tom sees.
"Now the light commands
this is my home,
I'm coming home."

Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
coming home...
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
coming, coming
home...
home.....

I love this song, and I had to do a yahoo search to remember the artist name, but I love hearing it as much today as I did back in the day!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:19 PM | Comments (2)

It's A Sad Day--

when people cannot even have a site dedicated to their favorite music group these days.

Kel

Posted by at 9:16 AM

Angel In The Whirlwind

Wonderful post here.

Back in a time that seems so very long ago now, I remember watching the President's inauguration, and the quote: "We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?" really resonated with me at the time. Now, in hindsight, it's come to be even more meaningful.

Thanks for reminding me of that in a very lovely post.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

April 28, 2003

Just The Beginning?

Egyptian Sailor Dies in Brazil From Anthrax-Police

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - A crew member of an Egyptian merchant ship has died in northern Brazil, almost certainly from anthrax, after opening a suitcase suspected of containing the substance which he was taking to Canada.

A spokesman for Brazilian (news - web sites) federal police in the Amazon state of Para said on Monday an autopsy of the Egyptian man, whom he named as Ibrahim Saved Soliman Ibrahim, showed that he had died after vomiting, internal bleeding and multiple organ failure.

"He was the victim of anthrax," said Fernando Sergio Castro, adding that police were 90 percent certain that Ibrahim had died of anthrax.

Ibrahim died in the hotel were he was staying on April 11. Several health workers who found his body were taken to a hospital after becoming ill but are now out of danger.

Ibrahim had traveled to Brazil from Cairo to join his ship, the Wabi Alaras, which loaded bauxite in the Amazon to take to Canada.

"We imagine that this is about bioterrorism and Brazil was just used as a point of transfer," said Castro.

Ibrahim died before his ship sailed to Canada, where it was quarantined by authorities last week.

The fact he was headed for Canada is just too ironic. Now, granted, he could have been planning to cross the border before letting loose his bioweapon, but what if he wasn't?

I'm also wondering how many others like Ibrahim are out there that didn't get sick and are still on target to unleash these weapons on us.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:42 PM | Comments (2)

Of Dixie Chickens & Hackers

Jonah Goldberg is on today. Check out his latest:

....Now, I don't want to belabor this point, but there is something remarkably obvious that needs to be said. In countries where actual free speech is threatened, where fascism or Orwellian thought control are the order of the day, the victims of the backlash don't typically go on to pose naked on the cover of a magazine, mock their critics, and score exclusive primetime interviews on national TV as well as, literally, thousands of write-ups in magazines and newspapers across the country. It's just not the way it works in … hmmm I dunno, let's say, for example's sake, Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Over there people whocriticized the president received different treatment. Over there, if I were to mention at the local bazaar, for instance, that Saddam Hussein dyes his mustache, I might expect a knock on the door later that evening from some men. One of them might grab my tongue with a pair of pliers and then, without anesthetic, slice my tongue off before I was carted off to jail for an unknown and unknowable period of time.

And I guess — just for giggles — I should mention that Saddam's regime would still be doing this sort of thing today if we lived in the sort of crazy mixed-up world where people take the Dixie Chicks, Tim Robbins, and Martin Sheen seriously.

...... When Madonna says that democracy is undermined whenever critics of the president are criticized, it makes me wonder what kind of train wreck her interpretation of the Kabbalah must be. Sheen and his defenders want to be simultaneously saluted for their "courage" to speak out while at the same time believe they there should be no risks for those who do speak out. Well, if there are no risks, where's the courage? And why should movie stars have a right to risk-free political speech when no other profession has anything close? If I owned a hardware store and put a sign in the window reading, "Down with Bush" — I'd lose business. Or, if I put one in the window saying "Down with Saddam!" I'd also lose business. This is because other people have the right to associate themselves with ideas just as much as movie stars have the right to express their "ideas." Only by the logic of the bitchy little world we call Hollywood, where even men are divas, would we say it's outrageous that store owners are having their "right" to sell three-penny nails revoked.

Well worth popping over and reading it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:37 PM

April 27, 2003

Out Of Hand

Okay, the puppies were one thing, but hobos?? Should the death of Boxcar Willie be reinvestigated? Are there hobo CSI teams? Where will it all end?

(this would be where I tell everyone that Rachel likes Air Supply, but she already confessed, so back to the drawing board!)

Posted by Ithildin at 1:23 PM | Comments (18)

April 26, 2003

Hilarity II

More Mark Steyn, but in a little different vein:

From: info@feedtheiraqikids.org.uk To: uday39@aol.com Cc: qusay73@aol.com

...hadn't heard back from your dad re my last e-mail and I don't want to make a fuss about it, but they're on Sky right now rolling that big head from his statue down the street and they just went past a bank that's on fire and there were all these people jumping up and down and throwing all the money in the air and I couldn't help noticing it was the Bank of Saddam at the corner of Saddam Hussein Avenue and Saddam Hussein Parkway. Which as you know is the branch your last cheque was drawn on. So I was just wondering if perhaps it would be easier for your dad to wire me the funds? If necessary from Damascus...

From: info@nobloodforoil.org.uk
To: customerservice@natwest.co.uk

...extremely annoyed to receive your letter demanding I return my cheque card and Platinum Visa, both cut in two. Obviously, I am as surprised as you that the cheque I paid in for £3,000,000 from the Supreme Revolutionary Council (Entertaining & Miscellaneous Account) bounced, but it is hardly my fault that I had already in good faith sent off the payment for the extensive refurbishment of my chateau. I have written in the strongest possible terms to the military governor of Baghdad in care of the Pentagon pointing out that the successor regime is most certainly responsible for the debts of its predecessor.

As to your refusal to allow me to use the chateau to secure the overdraft, I did not say the property was not in my name, I said it was in the name of Not In My Name, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coalition For Peace, which is the principal Cayman Islands-registered holding company of Totalitarian PR & Hospitality plc, a registered charity owned by my wife. That being the case, I am outraged by your decision not to honour my cheque of £12,473.89 to Gieves & Hawkes drawn on my End The Suffering Of The Iraqi People Now! (Depleted Uranium Fund) account. While it is true that I am no longer associated with the UN Oil For Food Programme, I can assure you that I have excellent Korea prospects - I mean, career prospects...

The whole thing is here.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:30 PM

Some SARS Stuff

(Moving this from where I was going to put it in the comments of this post. )

Mark Steyn has a damning article on SARS and Canada, blaming it on Canada's medical system. From stories I've heard from friends and families there, I have to say that Steyn's take has a lot of merit in my view.

As for our diseased Dominion, like the Chinese our leaders behaved true to form. When something bad happens in Canada, the priority is to demonstrate how nice we are. After September 11th, the Prime Minister visited a mosque. After SARS hit, the Prime Minister visited a Chinese restaurant. Insofar as one can tell, Chinese Canadians seem to be avoiding Chinese restaurants at a somewhat higher rate than caucasians. But, while it may have been blindsided by the actual outbreak of disease, the Canadian system is superb at dealing with entirely mythical outbreaks of racism. I think we can take it as read that if a truck of goulash exploded on the 401 killing 120, the Prime Minister would be Hungarian folk dancing within 48 hours. Personally, I'd have been more impressed if he and Aline had had a candlelit dinner for two over a gurney in the emergency room of a Toronto hospital. That's the issue -- not Canadian restaurants, but Canadian health care.

But the piped CanCon mood music has wafted over Jean and Aline's table and drowned out the more awkward questions. Toronto is the only SARS "hot zone" outside Asia. Of nearly 200 nations on the face of this Earth, Canada is one of only eight where SARS has killed, and currently ranks third, after China and Singapore, in the number of SARS deaths. Indeed, Canada had the highest SARS fatality rate in the world until one of two infected Filipinos died a few days ago -- and according to its government she picked it up from the mother of her Toronto roommate.

And on a lighter note, FOX has a reporter in TO, and she was standing with the city behind her. If it had been dusk, I would have expected the "Forever Knight" theme music to kick in! I love the TO skyline.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:59 PM

April 25, 2003

Help! I'm Being Repressed!

RWN on more dopey Dem whinging.

Go forth and read!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:33 PM | Comments (2)

Good Reading

Since I seem to still be 'blogblocked', why not check out "Random Jottings"? There was so much good stuff I read there today that I can't just pick one thing to link to. Go read it all!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM

April 24, 2003

Someone had a brunette moment--

From here: Entertainment Weekly on Thursday released next week's cover in which the Grammy-winning performers wear only contradictory slogans painted on their bodies, including "Traitors," "Saddam's Angels," "Dixie Sluts," and "Proud Americans."


"We don't want people to think that we are trying to be provocative. It's not about the nakedness," band member Martie Maguire said in an accompanying interview with the magazine. "It's about clothes getting in the way of labels."


Okay, duh. EXCUSE ME?! Where the hell did the remark about clothing come from?! I don't recall ever seeing anyone say anything about the clothing being an issue here, but that of a certain person running off at the mouth and then whining about the backlash. Yeah, these entertainment people have the right to free speech like anyone else. But if folks aren't gonna agree with what they say or how they say it and do things to object to that, then don't fucking whine about it and say it's not 'fair', cuz honey, there ain't a whole fucking lot in life that is.

GET OVER IT ALREADY!

*g*

Kel who just posted this over on the girly blog

Posted by at 7:03 PM | Comments (3)

A Woman’s Right

One woman’s fight to bear arms.

The story of Shelly Parker:

She resides in a high-crime neighborhood in the heart of D.C. People living on her block are harassed relentlessly by drug dealers and addicts. Ms. Parker decided to do something about it. She called the police — time and again — then encouraged her neighbors to do the same. She organized block meetings to discuss the problem. For her audacity, Shelly Parker was labeled a troublemaker by the dealers, who threatened her at every opportunity. This past June, the back window of her car was broken. The following month, a large rock came through her front window. Her security camera was stolen from the outside of her house. A drug user drove his car into her back fence.

In February of this year, a dealer known as "Nanook" started banging on her door and tried to pry his way into her house, repeatedly yelling, "Bitch, I'll kill you, I live on this block too." Nanook was eventually arrested. He may be prosecuted. But Ms. Parker knows that the police are "not going to do very much about the drug problem on my block." That's why she wants to have a functional handgun in her home for self-defense — just a garden-variety pistol, not a machine gun or assault weapon like the gangs are able to acquire without blinking an eye.

Shelly Parker and countless other D.C. residents should be able to defend themselves. They're not asking to carry a weapon outdoors on the city's drug-infested streets, where the sound of bullets regularly mocks the nation's strictest gun ban. Their needs are more basic: a pistol where they live, so they can defend their property, their families, and their lives.

Yet if Parker has a handgun in her bedroom, she could face criminal penalties — arrest, prosecution, fine, even incarceration — because of the District's preposterous gun laws. Upstanding citizens who reside in D.C., pay taxes in D.C., and obey D.C. laws are too often the victims of criminal predators. Still, the city insists that if someone breaks into their houses, their only choice is to call 911 and pray that help gets there in time. Anyone who's ever used the city's emergency phone service knows that a pizza can be delivered before the police show up.

There's more here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM | Comments (1)

Surreal

Yes folks, life can indeed be like a Monty Python sketch.

Scott Ritter is defending George Galloway.

Uh huh.

(link via The Corner)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:41 PM

The Guy From The Toronto Star On Fox News--

has a really shitty attitude. His comment was: "If you aren't brave enough to come up here, we don't want you here."

Excuse the fuck outta me, but you know what buddy? Toronto ain't real high on my list of places to visit and it ain't never been. And after hearing his shitty little comments, of which there were several, I sure as hell ain't ever going to worry about going there now! *g*

Oh a lighter note, Tariq Aziz appears to be in US custody. He is the former Iraqi deputy PM.

As for posting, I made a post, got no comments and figured that nobody was dropping in since Ithy was gone for a few days. That's why I didn't bother posting anything. Besides, I really didn't have anything to say. *g*

Kel, wondering if this blog thing really is for her

Posted by at 2:13 PM | Comments (9)

Sorry!

Sorry for the almost non-existent blogging. Both Nin and I got back late Tuesday from our trip, and yesterday, I wasn't feeling so hot -- and I'm just tired. We had a good time, and were left with burning questions about yamulkas! Anyway, I'll try and get some posting in here before the end of the week. (I've been wondering if we need to add a couple more bloggers to the group too. Something to ponder)

Addendum: In case there was some misunderstanding, I was apologizing on behalf of myself, not for any of the other authours on the blog. As the blog owner, I feel a great deal of pressure to post and provide fresh content for the kind people who visit here. The amount of posting the others do is left totally to their own discretion.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:07 AM | Comments (3)

April 21, 2003

They Agreed

Judie Brown, American Life League and Patricia Ireland, former NOW president
have agreed that the Laci and Connor Peterson case is a double homicide. Most interesting.

My oldest son was born at 35 weeks or 5 weeks premature. He was certainly 'viable' and did not need an incubator or anything else to survive. He was quite fine. I can tell you that I found it fascinating that the two above women did indeed, agree on the matter of it being a double homicide.

I think the law enforcment folks got the right person and had I passed the suspect on the street, I wouldn't have recognized him because his appearance was certainly most definitely different.

Kel, posting over here today as well

Posted by at 1:28 PM | Comments (2)

April 18, 2003

There Will Be Shock, There Will Be Awe

Nin and I are heading to Disneyland tomorrow one last time before our passes run out and to check out the new Winnie the Pooh ride. So, while we're gone, the inimitable Rachel Lucas, Mistress of Shock & Awe, will be overseeing Coalition forces here on Gaggle. Everyone be good and Rachel won't hurt you! (much) [g]

Thanks, Rachel! You're the best.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:19 PM | Comments (2)

Gaggle Mail Bag

Remembered to check the email account for Gaggle today, and I found this. Tara asked me if I would pose her question here, so I'm just going to let her say it in her own words :) (her question was in regards to embedded reporters)

also I know you get a lot of hits from military families I would like to add a page on my site with things from military families or anyone out there that has relied on the two of them for a real look at the war. Im not sure how to pose that question on your site…but I was wondering if you could ask it for me and have them email their stories to me or even post them there with consent given that I could add their stories to my page.

Thanks, Tera

If you'd like to help Tera out, drop her a line.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:13 PM

Violin

Yes, another post with "violin" in it.

All the talk from the "Left" that seems to expect Iraq (and Afghanastan) to be instantly "better". Like you can flip a switch and give them everything without even trying. Now here comes the violin part! It reminded me of that old joke. You know, the one where the man is going to have surgery and he asks his doctor if after the operation, he'll be able to play the violin. The doctor tells him, of course! And the patient replies, "That's great, because I was never able to play before!"

There's a moral in there somewhere, I'm sure!

(I gotta go to work now, so you're safe from any more posts that have violins or old jokes)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

A New FAQ

Andrea has a new FAQ and I admire it no end! My favorite bits:

Banning policy: unpredictable, and totally arbitrary. There is no one else to appeal to: I am the sole proprietor and absolute ruler of this website. What I say here goes. Don't like it? That's just Too. Fucking. Bad.

and....

I am female. I am not: nurturing, your mother, kind and loving, patient, ready to listen to your troubles, your psychiatrist, your priest, your grandma, your girlfriend, your muse. If this disappoints you, get an electron microscope and look through it -- you may be able to see the tiny violin I am playing for you.

See? This is the edge I lack and why I admire Rachel, Andrea, & Michele so much. There are times when I wish I were capable of such expression of feeling. But at least I have some wonderful examples even if I can't quite get the hang of it myself!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:41 AM | Comments (2)

April 17, 2003

More AIM!

We're on AIM right now, so, if you're around, and want to chat, leave your AIM ID in the comments of this post, or email me, and I'll invite you in.

I'll be around for about an hour.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:36 PM | Comments (2)

Stealth Amnesty

Let's suppose for a moment that an elected member of the House of Representatives one day links his Web page to that of an ethnic advocacy group, a white ethnic advocacy group.

Let's also suppose that group's founder has made statements to the effect that his group's goals include such things as taking over all of a state's political institutions, or making a state into a "white state." It would probably be the end of that representative's career, right?

Last week, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois' Fourth Congressional District linked his Web page to a "white paper" on the matricula consular, the identification card issued by Mexican consulates to its nationals abroad. Mexico has energetically lobbied U.S. institutions for the card's acceptance.

The white paper was prepared by, and appears on the Web site of, an organization called MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund). MALDEF's founder, Mario Obledo, has said publicly that "California is going to be a Mexican state, we are going to control all the political institutions. If people don't like it, they should leave."

There was a time in this country, now thankfully past, when talk like that would land you in jail. But the fact that Obledo has the right to say such things doesn't make them right. He is, after all, telling us that his organization's aim is to assume control of California's political institutions and then transfer that control to another country.

The media has said almost nothing about Gutierrez's decision to link his Web page to MALDEF's and display its white paper. MALDEF, and its sister organization La Raza (yes, that translates to "The Race") are just some of the advocacy groups that work nonstop to see the matricula consular card accepted as a valid form of identification by all U.S. institutions, including banks, marriage license bureaus, departments of motor vehicles, and even federal agencies. It serves one purpose: the normalization of the approximately three million Mexican nationals now illegally in the United States.

You can read the rest of this insanity here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:06 PM

Not To Be Left Out

I have to make a drooly girlie post too! When we were watching Rick (It's Rick!) last night, they talked to his camera guy, Christian too. Wow!! What a cutie!

And I am just loving the banter between Rcik and Shep. They are a riot! Sure makes watching the news a whole lot more enjoyable, not to mention accessible. So many news types are stuffy, pompous, and condescending. It's nice getting the news from people that aren't stuck on themselves.

Late Night With Levy!

(Oh, I told Nin that we should call our little group here "The Levy Ladies")

Posted by Ithildin at 12:03 PM | Comments (1)

April 16, 2003

Rick Project!

I have a project I want to do, but I need pictures of Rick. If you got them, send them on to me (Of course, I'll share the finished project here...).

So, if you have them, send them!

Posted by Ninjababe at 6:10 PM | Comments (7)

AIM Chat?

I'm on AIM right now, and I'm not to clear how all the details work (I'm more of an IRC gal myself) But, I'm in a chat room, and I can invite people in. So, if you're around, and want to chat, leave your AIM ID in the comments of this post, or email me, and I'll invite you in.

I'll be around for about an hour.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM | Comments (2)

More Horror

I saw this over at Rachel's

Marines free 123 from Iraq hellhole

FOR three days, American tanks have been shelling a military intelligence building in the posh Al-Khathamia area in west Baghdad.

The dozen or so tanks are not here to pound intransigent fighters but to break down concrete beams and steel, to reach bunkers deep underground at the Al-Istikhbarat Al-'Askariya facility.
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The Marines found 123 prisoners, including five women, barely alive in an underground warren of cells and torture chambers.

Being trapped underground probably kept them safe from the bombing of Baghdad by the coalition.

Severely emaciated, some had survived by eating the scabs off their sores. All the men had beards down to their waists, said onlookers.

Most looked absolutely dazed when they emerged, said Mr Sadoun Mohamed, 37, who lives in the area.

'They had not seen sunlight for a long time,' he said. 'They kept blinking and covering their faces.' He said they were taken to the Saddam Hospital for treatment.

Their names were posted on the walls of the Al-Hajabehia Mosque in west Baghdad, as were names of some 40 others known to have been executed or murdered in prison.

Hundreds of anxious locals wait for word of their family, relatives and friends, some of whom were taken away more than 10 years ago.

Outside Al-Istikhbarat Al-'Askariya, Mr Sadeq Al Saeed, 24, a construction worker, has been waiting sleepless for the last 36 hours. He said he had heard the facility had five levels below ground.

He said his father, an Iraqi army captain, was killed in 1991 during the first Gulf War, and his cousins Amer and Jasem and some 50 others were picked out by the secret police for chanting anti-Saddam slogans during the funeral procession.

'That was the last I saw of them,' he said.

'In the night, people raided their houses, blindfolded them and took them away.'

He hopes against hope that the Marines will be able to find his cousins, who were brought here to be interrogated.

This hellhole is believed to be one of many for Iraq's political prisoners. Thousands may still be behind bars though the regime released many criminals from prisons before the war.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:28 AM | Comments (1)

April 15, 2003

One More Down

Palestine fugitive found in Baghdad

A wanted Palestinian fugitive, Abu Abbas, has been detained by US forces in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

He led the Palestinian Liberation Front, which hijacked a US cruise ship,
the Achille Lauro, in 1985.

During the hijack, an elderly American passenger died.

Abu Abbas had been mentioned by US President George W Bush as an example of the kind of figure given refuge by Saddam Hussein's government.


First off, YES! Another terrorist off the streets. Second, this article is
from the BBC, and there are several things they've "Reutered" but I'll just pick the one that bugs me most: During the hijack, an elderly American
passenger died.

Died?? Why not try "murdered"? And his name was Leon Klinghoffer, not "elderly American passenger". They make it sound like the poor old guy just
died in his sleep during the hijacking instead of being brutally murdered by the
terrorists.

ArghGrrr!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:24 PM | Comments (4)

Blog Find Of The Day

Check out "Right We Are". Nice to find more blogging gals out there that lean to the right :)

And their logo art is awesome!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM | Comments (6)

A Different Sort Of Looting Story

Looters May Face Sex Ban

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Some people are surrendering the booty they took in the Dura district of Baghdad, perhaps in response to a rumored edict by a Muslim cleric forbidding Iraqi wives from having sex with looter husbands. Muslim clerics have been demanding that ill-gotten goods be surrendered, though none here could confirm the sex-ban order, said to have been issued in Najaf. One cleric said the rumor of the edict was widespread and that it would be consistent with Islamic teaching. "A good Muslim woman would not let this man touch her, as a signal to everybody that this is not a way to behave," said Sheik Ali Jabouri, who also preached Monday morning that people must give up their loot.
Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

April 14, 2003

It's His Hair!!

You can tell that Baghdad has settled down a lot.

Rick was on (It's Rick!!!! [squeal]) and for the first time, he's without his flak jacket or helmet. That by itself tells me that Baghdad is seen as safe.

We got to see his hair... and, he's still scruffy!

I have the urge to grab some pom-poms... Rick! Rick! Rick! Yaaaaaay, Rick!

(I really shouldn't post when I'm tired... or hungry... or over-caffienated... or hyper, even. Oh... that means I'll never be posting. Nevermind!)

Posted by Ninjababe at 9:55 PM | Comments (14)

Just an observation...

Kept meaning to post this, but just now remembered.

A local 'indie' coffee shop has a flag pole up top.

The shop isn't flying a state flag, or an American flag...

They're flying the UN flag.

Just had to share.

Posted by Ninjababe at 7:08 PM | Comments (7)

You Know What Bugs Me?

No, but I'll tell you [g] (you knew I would)

Every time there's a major sports championship (Superbowl, playoffs) the
losing team's fans -- and the winners a lot of the time -- riot and loot.
They tip over cars, set them on fire, smash windows, assault other people.
And this is for frickin sports!

During the L.A. riots, the talking heads and the press kept telling us that
we needed to understand the anger and the rage, that it was a "popular
uprising". They even tried to justify the actions of the rioters that
bashed in the head of that truck driver with bricks. And this was over a
jury verdict.

For pete's sake, people looted the shops and businesses around the WTC
after 9/11!

Timeline Iraq. Here are people who if anyone has a legitimate reason to
loot, they do. The vast majority of the looting in Baghdad has been in
government buildings and palaces. These people are taking back what's
theirs. It's already calming down, the Iraqi police are now on patrol with
our troops.There are reports that some people are already returning things
they took in the heat of the moment. But the press needs a new "quagmire"
"failed war plan", so the new thing is "chaos and anarchy".

It is sad about the looting of the museum, but there's evidence
that the stuff in the vaults walked out with employee help. The looting of
antiquities happens in every war. Look how much stuff the Nazis took during
the course of WWII, not to mention the things they looted from the Jews
they sent to Death Camps. And how much the Soviet Union ended up relooting from the Nazis as the war was ending!

Okay, I feel better getting that off my chest.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM

Get Down With Our Bad Selves

My friend Jen has dubbed me, her, and a few of our gal friends as "Pacifist-eating Bitches". I told her it sounded like a good name for a band! And I like it!

I can think of a few other women who deserve such a title too. Maybe I should make a banner/button thingie....

Must think!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:56 PM | Comments (2)

April 13, 2003

"No Loving Or Kindness"

Mythical Garden of Eden now a wasteland

It is believed to be the Garden of Eden, the mythic place where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers join, the cradle of mankind where Adam came to pray to God.

Today it is a desolate wasteland of excrement, cracked paving stones and bullet holes. The eucalyptus known as Adam's tree, a place of holy pilgrimage for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike, stands bleached and dead.

"Once we believed it to be a little parcel of paradise on earth," said Qassem Khalif, an English teacher.

"Every generation was taught that this was the true Garden of Eden and this was Adam's tree, the place where he first spoke to God. Now, as you can see for yourself, it is ruined, there is no respect, no humanity, no..."

He struggled for the words. "No loving or kindness."

......In the wake of the last Gulf War, Saddam made the region a victim of his scorched earth policy, punishment for the southern support of British and American forces and the failed uprising against him.

The ruling Baath drained the water and destroyed the life of the indigenous Marsh Arabs, descendants of the ancient people of Sumeria and Babylon.

It was rudely disguised as a feat of civil engineering designed to turn the salty marshes into cultivable farmland but the world saw it as no more than revenge.

Now after another war, British troops from the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment are greeted with waves and applause. They covered the army vehicles with pink frangipani and vibrant orange marigolds.

Ragged children ran from their fields, often with bundles of wood or tin pails of water on their heads while village elders waited on the corners to applaud the convoys.

Some homes, standing on emerald-green inlets and bounded by fragile fences of plaited rush, flew the white flag of surrender but it was unnecessary.

Children followed the troops carnival fashion and asked them to enter the Garden but they declined.

Major Mike Murdoch, the Royal Irish officer who took control of Al Qurna in the immediate hours after Saddam's rule here was ended, said: "It is no place for uniforms and weapons, it should never have been and it will not be now."

Posted by Ithildin at 12:41 PM | Comments (6)

Message From A Wolfpack Wife

This was left in the comments of this post, and I wanted to move out to its own post so maybe some one who reads the blog may be able to help Amber out.

Rick used to be embedded with my husband in 3rd LAR. His Capt to be exact. I wish he would have stayed with Capt Custis, but I understand Fox needed to send him where there was more of a story. If you hear anything on 3rd LAR and specifically Alpha Co. please send my way as it is my only means of hearing what is going on with my husband. I haven't recieved a letter since last month, dated 3/13. Thank you.

Amber Annan
Proud Wolfpack Wife !

Posted by Ithildin at 12:28 PM | Comments (1)

Waking up to something good--

Seven POWs have been found.

Happy Sunday!

Kel

Posted by at 6:47 AM

April 12, 2003

Bullets From The Smoking Gun

This is part of an article by Monsoor Ijaz. Those of you who watch FOX News
will recognize the name from his stints there as an analyst. I'm just
posting the part that deals specifically with our NBC finds and terror link
finds. The last bit talks about Salman Pak which I've posted about here
before. It's fascinating reading. The entire thing is here.

(Click "MORE" below to read the rest.)

The evidence of Saddam's maniacal plans becomes clearer by the hour, but a
few findings merit discussion now because the naysayers continue to bluster
about the rationale behind America's decision to proceed.

1. Weapons-grade plutonium. At the Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex, which
Mohammed El Baradei's International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors
declared free of unsecured nuclear materials late last year, an embedded
journalist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Thursday that
Marine battalions had detected weapons-grade plutonium. Al Tuwaitha was an
Iraqi government-controlled facility run by Saddam's Atomic Energy
Commission. A maze of belowground hallways leading to labs and storage
facilities underscored the lengths to which Saddam's scientists had gone in
order to hide their clandestine activities. And not one or two buildings,
but fourteen — count them, 14 — buildings had abnormally high radiation
levels, according to the US 1st Marine Division's nuclear and intelligence
experts unearthing the secrets. If it is confirmed that weapons-grade
plutonium exists at Tuwaitha, those who gave Saddam either the reactor
technology and chemicals to reprocess spent uranium or transferred
weapons-grade plutonium directly to Iraq will have a lot to answer for.

2. Biological weapons. Fox News' embedded reporter, Rick Leventhal,
downloaded incredible video of what may be the first of Saddam's bioweapons
labs on wheels. He reported that in a U-Haul-sized truck disguised as a
radar facility for mobile surface-to-air missiles, a false panel revealed
electronic pulleys, winches, storage bins, and refrigerators which could
easily be used to store biological-weapons stashes (refrigeration being the
key identifier because you certainly don't need refrigerators to freeze the
rocket launcher). Tests will determine definitively whether there are any
biological residues or not. But when a truck is found at a construction
site hidden amid other trucks and construction equipment, and then tries to
high tail it out of camp before it gets found out and then shot out by
alert U.S. Marines, it is a sure sign that someone powerful wanted to hide
this truck, and maybe its sisters, at all cost.

3. Chemical warheads. The 1st Marine Division with the 101st Airborne
reports the seizure of 20 medium-range rockets armed with sarin and mustard
gas that were ready to fire — not stored away, not unassembled, but ready
to fire. And the amounts of chemicals found in the warheads of the BM-21
missiles left no doubt about their intended use — to kill masses of
Coalition troops. These were not trace amounts.

4. Al Qaeda links. In the north, Coalition troops found paperwork early in
the campaign after bombing the Sargat camp that indisputably tied the
terrorists of Ansar al-Islam, a terrorist outfit funded in part by Saddam's
Mukhabarat intelligence directorate and in part by Iran's SAVAK
intelligence services, to al Qaeda. Sargat was operated by Abu Musab al
Zarqawi, a known close associate of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, and was
residence to over 700 terrorists, about a fourth of whom trained in bin
Laden's Afghani terror camps. Zarqawi and his henchmen are now believed to
be hiding in Ansar camps just on the Iranian side of the border.

5. Terror toxins. The paper trail may only be the tip of the iceberg.
Mobile-lab tests conducted on boots and running shoes found in the bombed
Sargat camp showed meaningful traces of Ricin and botulinum toxins. Similar
trace amounts of chemical agents allegedly found in soil samples were used
to justify the Clinton administration's August 1998 decision to launch
cruise missile attacks on Sudan's al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant. Traces of
Ricin, it might be recalled, were found in terrorist hideouts in London and
Paris, and then later in Barcelona and Milan, where Algerian terrorists
tied to al Qaeda and answering to Zarqawi were readying retaliation strikes
against Europe's civilian populations. Ingesting miniscule amounts of
Ricin, which induces respiratory failure, can kill within 72 hours. There
is no known cure.

6. Salman Pak. Media outlets and U.S. officials who once had responsibility
for America's national security have long ridiculed claims that Saddam had
any ties to the hijackers of September 11, or that his secular identity
could ever commingle with radical Islamists like bin Laden. The paperwork
and presence of recipe books to mix Ricin and other toxic nerve agents, as
well as traces of the agents themselves, at the Sargat camp in northern
Iraq lay to rest the Saddam-bin Laden commingling issue. So did the capture
of Sudanese, Egyptian, Yemeni, Syrian, and other Arabs with ties to al
Qaeda fighting along Saddam's Fedayeen kamikaze forces. But the hijackers
were another matter — until this weekend, when Coalition forces destroyed
the Salman Pak terror camp on Sunday morning. They found an airplane shell
at the Salman Pak terror camps, just like former CIA Director James Woolsey
and ex-Clinton aide Laurie Mylroie had postulated repeatedly since the
mid-1990s there was. Interviews conducted by PBS's Frontline in June 2002
of Sabah Khodada, a captain in the Iraqi army, indicate that he personally
witnessed men of Arab descent, mainly Yemeni, with long beards training in
the hull of the 707 aircraft, and on trains and buses in the same fields
specifically for hijacking missions using knives and other common utensils.

***********

Here's a follow up from Monsoor that he made on The Corner:

A NOTE [Mansoor Ijaz]
I have received a number of mails today from readers (mostly the naysayer
crowd) citing the Associated Press report that says U.S. troops may have
inadvertently broken seals on IAEA-inspected drums of low-grade uranium ore
at the Tuwaitha facility. This, says AP, was the cause for abnormal
radiation readings. Maybe...

But the U.S. Marines responsible for uncovering Saddam's weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq are not a bunch of school boys. These are some of the
most highly trained and sophisticated nuclear engineers this country has.
They had maps, blueprints of the buildings, detailed sketches from IAEA
inspections and precise locations of where old low-grade uranium had been
sealed and stored in drums when the IAEA was last there.

In any event, the readings picked up by sophisticated radiation detectors
at the Tuwaitha facility initially indicated presence of Plutonium-239
(PL-239). Why PL-239? Because when PL-239 decays naturally, it emits alpha
particles almost exclusively. These are in the form of positively charged
Helium nuclei. Uranium, on the other hand, emits beta particles (electrons)
and gamma rays, as well as alpha particles.
Alpha particles normally cannot penetrate clothes or human skin, whereas
beta and gamma radiation certainly can. Reports filed by our troops at
Tuwaitha indicated very high levels of radiation, consistent with what
plutonium would show. Yet there were thus far no reported casualties, or
even serious signs of sickness or other health problems in our battalions.

All of which indicates that most of the radiation is probably not beta or
gamma radiation, but alpha radiation -- the signature sign of PL-239. Since
the nuclear engineers and physicists who discovered the abnormal radiation
levels at Tuwaitha have reported no health problems, the plutonium is most
likely a pure version and therefore deployable in a weapons form.

There are no known naturally occurring plutonium isotopes. Which implies
either very sophisticated reprocessing facilities would have to be present
(and one wonders where that technology could have come from) to make it
inside Iraq from uranium fuel sources, or there would have to be some
serious breach of international law in the sale and transfer of
weapons-grade plutonium to Iraq (Russia, North Korea and China come
immediately to mind).

Whatever the Marines found there, and none of us know for sure until
CentCom confirms what it was, it was dangerous beyond the limits Iraq was
compelled to remain within by the United Nations and the IAEA. Saddam's
last acts have always been formulated by the "if I can't have it, you can't
have it either..." thesis. Let us hope he didn't break the seals at
Tuwaitha, and in a last ditch act of terror, decide to take enough uranium
to make multiple dirty bombs, deploy them in Iraqi cities for later
detonation once civilian life returns to normal.

As you can all see, this was an op-ed topic by itself, and therefore my
reasoning for not including so much detail in the original piece. But since
we have naysayers that never seem to get it, I thought it prudent to lay
out the full argument.
Posted at 07:03 PM

Posted by Ithildin at 11:12 AM

April 11, 2003

Random WMD Thoughts

The following was an email I wrote for a current events list I run. One of the posters had heard on CNN that we hadn't found WMDs yet, and she wasn't happy about it. I wrote the reply in bits of pieces through the day as I had time. In another email, I provided links to stories on the suspected plutonium find and the mobile bio labs.

Iraq is the size of California, with several large cities and a big
population. They've had something like 12 years to hide stuff. We've been
there a few weeks and are still fighting a war. They're finding regular
weapons in places like mosques, schools and hospitals, in suburban houses.

Many things, like nerve agents are basically human pesticide, so it makes
it a lot harder to decipher finds. Lots of the stuff used to make nerve
agents start out as stuff that could also be used to make pesticides. The
factory that makes antibiotics can just as well be making bio weapons on
the side.

Somewhere, I read a comment that was along the lines of: I live in Los
Angeles and I've hidden something and you have two weeks to find it. In
other words the finding is an enormous task. Rumsfeld said yesterday that
you have to consider the potential sites they've found like crime scenes
and all that is involved in processing a crime scene. It takes time, and
we're not going to say anything until we know for sure what we've found.

A lot of stuff we're finding of a more conventual nature has been found
because Iraqi civilians have led our troops to it. More of that will happen
as we get more control over the country. We're still fighting for control
of the north, and their are big fights happening near the Syrian border.
That we're not hearing as much about because there are no embeds with those
troops.

Think of a city the size of Baghdad, and the surrounding area. I guess it
would correspond with L.A. How many millions of people and houses, and
buildings, and warehouses are there in the Los Angeles area? How long would
it take to search the entire city and all around it. To enter every house,
every office, every warehouse? How many troops do we have on the ground?
And how long have we been there? And that's just one city. Add in San
Francisco, Santa Barbara, heck even a place the size on Monterey. All
those cities, a finite number of troops, not to mention the specialists who
process the "crime scene", all the while you still have homicide bombers,
people shooting at you, trying not to appears as uncaring conquerors,
trying to get food and medical aid in, keeping the Red Cross workers safe,
keeping the power on and the water running. The list is endless.

I wouldn't even expect any definitive WMD information for a long time yet.
Never did. It would be unrealistic. If we find something sooner, then
great. If it takes months, so be it. I'd rather be sure than jump the gun
and announce something I wasn't sure of.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:11 PM | Comments (1)

Looting???

I agree with Rummy... the press spotlight on the looting is getting out of hand.

And, personally, I don't think it's looting. The word 'looting' makes me think of the LA riots.

To me, this is salvaging.

Posted by Ninjababe at 12:27 PM | Comments (6)

Brilliance At Its Finest

My friend who works at the Pentagon sent me this.

*giggle*

Kel

Posted by at 9:21 AM | Comments (1)

April 10, 2003

Oliver North Moment

Earlier, Oliver North (I wonder if he gets annoyed at being called 'Ollie'. I know someone at work who has a nickname that everyone calls her, and she doesn't like it. It wasn't until after I asked that we found that out though...) was talking about fighting in currently coalition control. He called it a rebellion. Not resistance.

I find that telling.

Posted by Ninjababe at 10:16 PM | Comments (1)

Where Do You Think He Is?

So, I've been pondering where Saddam is...

Where do you think he is?

I think he's bunking up with Osama, and they're wearing out their tape of the latest Cher concert.

Perhaps he's in his secret, 'everything a supervillian could ever want including rabid shark tank' class submarine...

(Can a shark even become rabid??)

Posted by Ninjababe at 9:55 PM | Comments (5)

Choices

So, after getting back from eating Japanese food (mmmmmmmmm. Tried seaweed salad. Was very good), I was given a choice.

Either watch CSI, which was 15 minutes into the episode, or watch Rick...

Rick won, hands down.

[ahem] It's Rick!!!!!!!! [squeal]

Posted by Ninjababe at 9:50 PM

Hehehehehe!

Oliver North just now:

An Iraqi man came up to them, and said the foreigners need to go home. Oliver North said, but we're foreigners. The guy replied, "No, you're Americans."

!!!!!!

(yes, I've been drinking sake)

Posted by Ithildin at 9:27 PM

FYI

I've had to ban a range of IP addresses, and if in the purge, one of our regular readers finds themselves unable to comment, I apologize.

Feel free to send your comment to whichever one of us that made the post, and we'll add your comment from our end.

Sorry for any inconvenience, but you know there's always one person who has to ruin it for everyone else!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:42 PM | Comments (2)

Ninjababe's Stupid Question of the Day

OK... I'm going to go out on a limb and ask my 'stupid' question of the day.

What the heck does 'Baath' stand for? Is it an Arabic word that means something? Acronym?

It's starting to bug me, not knowing...

Posted by Ninjababe at 4:04 PM | Comments (3)

IP Address?

Would one of our lovely readers be willing to tell me how you track an IP address? I guess, after today's nastiness, it's something I should know how to do.

Thanks to all the wonderful readers and commenters we have! You're great and we appreciate you.

(BTW: This is the 500th post of Gaggle on Movable Type -- Nin)

Posted by Ithildin at 3:42 PM | Comments (6)

Say What?

"I think that the legitimacy of the United Nations and coming U.N. resolutions would be best and necessary," Fischer said.

And I say: The UN has legitimacy? Not to me it doesn't. Damned UN better not be doing anything in Iraq other than helping with food and medical aid, or I'm going to be one ticked off voter.

(Snippet from a much longer article here.)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:47 AM | Comments (9)

Our wonderful military and the Iraqis--

News guy on Foxnews just asked a cute military guy if they have plans to stop the looting. Heh.

Military guy replies that the folks doing the looting see this stuff as rightfull theirs and that the job of the military is to secure the people, not prohibit them from doing anything else. Heh.

Cute, smart guy!

Heh--anyone see the Iraqi guys holding the sign saying that the human shields are wankers and they need to go home? *G*

Kel, tossing out those profound things for ponderance this morning over coffee

Posted by at 6:37 AM

April 9, 2003

Memorial

From Misha:

"A trust fund has been set up for the two children, ages 4 and 3, of Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa of Tuba City, AZ. Pfc Piestawa was one of eight soldiers whose bodies were found during the rescue of Pfc Jessica Lynch; their unit, the 507th Maintenance Company, was ambushed on March 23 near Nasiriyah.

Piestewa was the first American servicewoman, and first American Indian, to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was a single mother; her children are living with her parents in Tuba City."

Posted by Ithildin at 6:22 PM | Comments (6)

To America's Soldiers

I want to thank you for my existence. I want to thank you for your sacrifices, and for your courage, because without your heroism, this world would indeed be a different place. Were it not for the brave soldiers who liberated my father from Dachau, and my mother and her family from the Nazi slaveholders, I would not be here today. Nor would millions of others, all of whom remain indebted to you.

~you can read the rest here

Posted by Ithildin at 5:50 PM | Comments (1)

Looking South

Think all the anti-Americanism is in "old Europe" and the "Arab Street"? Take a look at this article.

YUCATAN, MEXICO — During a civil but decidedly lopsided discussion with several Mexican nationals about the war in Iraq, I was told, "Your view is distorted because you only get the CNN version of the war in the United States." Never mind that I haven't seen CNN in months, nor have I been back to the U.S. since the war started; it is a popular notion here in Mexico that the Mexican media is delivering a more "honest" version of the war in Iraq. It is not just the typical Mexican citizen who thinks this. Carlos Monsivais, a noted Mexican journalist and author, told a recent conference on Mexico-U.S. relations that Mexicans are getting a more objective view of the war than Americans because "Mexican newspapers are leading their front pages with pictures and reports of civilian casualties," while on American television, all we get are "retired generals and White House press briefings."

So just how objective is the newspaper coverage in Mexico? Here on the Yucatan Peninsula, it can be summed up by this one-word headline on April 1 from the Spanish-language daily Por Esto: "Assassins." They aren't talking about the Republican Guard.

Por Esto (which roughly translates to "For This") is widely circulated and read in Mexico's Quintana Roo State and most of the rest of the Yucatan and is a cross between a supermarket tabloid and old-fashioned, muckraking journalism. It specializes in sensational headlines over gruesome pictures from automobile accidents and shootings, arrested narco-traffickers doing the perp walk, and unflattering photos of various politicians and government officials.

Por Esto is also a consistent defender of the un-empowered, with a pull-no-punches policy of exposing and criticizing shady dealings of various government agencies and moneyed interests (sometimes real and sometimes just for the sake of giving a little grief), the inequities and corruption of the drug war, and any other battle where they think the little guy is getting the short end of the stick.

Thus, one might think that the newspaper's current anti-American tilt might be tempered just a bit by a desire to see the Iraqi people liberated from the dictatorial rule of a murderous thug; but oddly this just isn't so. Rather, the editors at Por Esto are portraying U.S. and British forces as mercenaries spending their days hunting Iraqi women and children, and Saddam Hussein as holding the line in defense of Iraqi liberty and democracy.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM

"I See Happy"

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from today:

"I'm 49, but I never lived a single day," said Yusuf Abed Kazim, a Baghdad imam who was pounding the statue's pedestal. "Only now will I start living. That Saddam Hussein is a murderer and a criminal."


One Iraqi was asked by Sky News reporter David Chater what the coalition presence means for him.

"It's safety for me ... they don't hurt anyone," he said. "All the people
here is happy -- I see happy."

Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM

The Wisdom Of "Hanoi Jane"

Even Jane Fonda can't ruin my good mood today (especially after I just finished a to die for tri-tip sandwich), but I thought I'd share her most recent comments for a good laugh.

Jane Fonda fears 'entire world' will unite against U.S. after Iraq war

Jane Fonda told a Canadian audience that she fears the U.S. campaign in Iraq will turn people all over the world against America.

``What it's going to mean for (America's) stability as a nation, for terrorism, for the economy - I can't imagine,'' Fonda said Tuesday. ``I think the entire world is going to be united against us.''

That frightens her, she said, but she isn't sure what Americans can do about it.

``I don't know if a country where the people are so ignorant of reality and of history, if you can call that a free world,'' she said.

Typical Leftist -- if people don't agree with you, it must be because they're ignorant. No, Jane, I know my history quite well, not to meniton your history.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:53 PM | Comments (2)

Now This....

is a picture! Put that in your Leftie hat and smoke it!

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Photo via Drudge Report

Posted by Ithildin at 9:12 AM | Comments (3)

A Good Day

This was a great morning, wasn't it? I was even late to work because I just had to see that statue come down! It's going to be one of those images we see through the years, I'm sure of it. There's still lots to be done, but this morning, I rejoice with the Iraqis, and am as proud as can be of our troops who made this all possible. You guys rock!

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AP Photo ~ Iraqi civilians cheer the arrival of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment in downtown Bagdad

Posted by Ithildin at 8:38 AM | Comments (1)

Polite Threat

U.S. Official: Iraq a Lesson for Others

ROME - A top U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that the war on Iraq should be a lesson for other regimes pursuing weapons of mass destruction, but insisted that the United States is seeking the peaceful elimination of those weapons programs.

....He was asked about speculation that Syria and Iran could be America's next targets after the war in Iraq.

"We are hopeful that a number of regimes will draw the appropriate lesson from Iraq that the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction is not in their national interest," Bolton said.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:32 AM

April 8, 2003

Rick!!

Oh good! Rick's on the air!

He transfered to 1st Division, 2nd Battallion, 23rd Marines, which is a Marine urban patrol group. Here's hoping he's careful out there!

Good... I was getting worried since we haven't heard from him in a few days.

(Notice the new category? I wanted to make it 'It's Rick!!!!' but I sometimes talk about Greg Kelly, and we do talk about reporters in general...)

Posted by Ninjababe at 8:25 PM | Comments (1)

POW Day

President Bush Designates a POW Day

The Associated Press Tuesday, April 8, 2003; 7:35 PM

WASHINGTON - President Bush designated Wednesday as a day of national recognition for former U.S. prisoners of war and pledged to work for the safe return of Americans captured in the Iraq war.

"These brave men and women in uniform follow in the footsteps of these former POWs who placed country above self to advance peace in a troubled world," Bush said in the proclamation he issued Tuesday.

Seven U.S. soldiers are POWs in Iraq, and U.S. officials are trying to determine their location. The Pentagon says it is holding more than 7,000 Iraqi POWs.

Bush's proclamation declares April 9 to be "National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day."

"As we honor our former POWs, we are reminded of our current POWs, captured in Operation Iraqi Freedom," the declaration said. "We will work to secure their freedom, and we pray for their speedy and safe return."

Posted by Ithildin at 6:51 PM

The Glass

Last night, I switched to CNN for awhile to see what they were up to. It only takes a few minutes watching to remind me why I don't watch CNN. First off, Aaron Brown is like nails down a chalkboard for me, but I kept it on anyway. Then he starts interviewing a guy from Newsweek. You know, with "mainstream media", the glass isn't half empty, it shattered in a million pieces on the floor. So, Aaron asks the Newsweek guy if he's less pessimistic than he was when they talked at the beginning of the war. Here's the highlights before I turned the channel in sheer frustration.

)) Americans see victory while the rest of the world is seeing the victims as civilian casualties mount.

)) Dropping bombs for no good reason on civilians (talking about the bombing where they thought Saddam was)

)) Enraging the "Arab Street"

)) That while there were many Coalition troops in the desert and on the outskirts of cities, we didn't have any control over the Iraqi people (and he intimated we never would and that failure was just around the corner)

There were a couple other things, but my near sleepy state drove them from my mind. But you get the idea.

I got to thinking though, since obviously the world press is portraying us as evil people who only want to massacre civilians, and are showing all sorts of horrible things and blaming it on us, then I wonder how much of an impact what happened yesterday will really have? Civilians were killed in an attempt to save more lives by killing Saddam. But since the rest of the world, especially the Arab world, already think we're slaughtering civilians, then this was just one more of the same. We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. For many in "Old Europe", for those in the "Arab Street", and people like Aaaron Brown, and the Newsweek guy, the glass will always be broken. We can't even get it to half empty in their eyes. So if we can't do anything about it, we need to just follow the dictates of our own conscience and leave the rest to sort themselves out before whatever deity/belief system they may have once the dust has settled.

I'm not sure any of that last made sense, though it made sense in my brain when I thought about it!

For what it's worth....

Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM | Comments (3)

Making It All Better

A little heat and boy do they back pedal! This guy, who is apparently the leading iman in Canada, spouted off on TV over the weekend, saying "he supported calls by religious leaders for Iraqis to wage holy war against the United States in the Middle East." So know, his citizenship status is being looked into.

Now, he's trying to make it better:

Under questioning by reporters yesterday, the imam took pains to stress his remarks apply strictly to the Middle East, and he is not encouraging Muslims in Canada to engage in violence against the United States.

Yeah, that makes it all okay!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM

And You Think The INS Has Problems

The Immigration Department can't tell how well it's doing at keeping undesirables out of Canada, and it's having trouble removing them once they're here, says the federal auditor general.

During the last six years, a gap of 36,000 cases has developed between the number of removal orders issued by Ottawa and the number of departures actually confirmed, Sheila Fraser reported Tuesday. "Saying they've lost control would be a little exaggerated, but not far from the truth," she told a news conference. "There's a real problem." In her latest report to Parliament, the auditor general also found the department has done no new studies in nearly a decade to assess the efficiency of the border screening process that lets people into the country in the first place.

The combination of imperfect border controls and a spotty deportation system is threatening to undermine the whole fabric of immigration law, Fraser maintained.

"If you have a law in place and never enforce it, why would people bother to respect that law? Why would people go through the procedure of trying to arrive legally in this country, if they can come in illegally and there's no consequence?"

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM

Speaking of--

The Iraqi Minister of Disinformation.

All I can say is I'm hoping to see one of our lovely military guys walk up to him whilst he's on tv and put a gun to his head as he's denying that the US has any people there.

That would be so highly amusing!

Kel

Posted by at 8:32 AM | Comments (2)

The Press & The Palestine

When I was watching the live feeds from various foreign news organizations last night, i could have sworn I saw flashes from the upper stories of one of the buildings across from the bridge the tanks were crossing. I wasn't sure if it was gunfire or not, but I assumed it was. Now, I wake up this morning and hear about the hotel and the press and the snipers. Not surprised.

FOX News has this German reporter that's staying at the Palestine Hotel and they talk to him on the phone. This morning, they asked him about the snipers in the hotel. He says that he supposed it was possible, but he seemed genuinely baffled as to why the Iraqis would put snipers in the hotel!! Anyone have an extra clue they could sell this guy? This is the same guy who told FOX last week that he didn't want to get into whose truth (ours or the Iraqi Information Minister) was the actual truth.

You know, the majority of the press acts as if we're practically Nazis anyway (more on that later) and never ever give our forces the benefit of the doubt, so I guess none of this should come as a shock to them, right? I'm sure on TV sets all across the world, the suspicion is being put out there that we were targeting po' innocent journalists.

(and isn't the name of the hotel just too ironic considering?)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (1)

Most of the press is Blithering Idiots.

THIS IS A WAR.

When a tank is under fire, they are allowed to return fire. If there are fucking Iraqi snipers firing on said tank, said tank is gonna SHOOT BACK. DUH. Get the fuck over it--YOU ARE IN A WAR ZONE. This sort of thing HAPPENS. If you aren't smart enough to comprehend that, maybe you shouldn't have been a journalist!

Kel who got sick of the whining at Major General Brooks at CentCom this morning and feels hugely sorry for him

Posted by at 7:16 AM | Comments (1)

April 7, 2003

Comments

Well, I've been told that if I can spend my time having conversations over on Command Post, I can make posts here...

So, I'll just post the comments I make over there! [beam]

Watching news channel coverage of Abu Dhabi TV's live footage of a firefight...

The music that's playing in the background (In the compound? Abu Dhabi TV? In the background of the guy in Kuwait on Fox News?) is starting to really annoy me.

And, the Iraqis repelled the attack?! (Abu Dhabi TV just stated that)

We haven't even started!!

Gah! Fox News just replayed the explosion and I thought it was another explosion. Scared me (And the anchor...)

A 90cm sat photo of the area. north is up. Via CERDIP in comments on Command Post.

But, here is an awesome map. Requires Adobe Acrbat Reader, but wow! You can zoom in to see detail. Again, via comments on Command Post. This one by "Anonymous Coward". Map is from 1990, from before Ministry of Information, but still... one of the things I was looking for...

Ok... It doesn't look like Minister of Silly Talks is coming on soon, so I'm going to bed... Tempted to tape Fox News to see if he does come on later though... He's just so entertaining!

Posted by Ninjababe at 10:53 PM

3 CIA Assets Killed In Baghdad

Three Iraqis who aided the CIA in the March 20 attempt by the United States to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein were executed this week by Iraqi counterintelligence, former and serving U.S. officials told United Press International.

A super-secret U.S. intelligence operation, working in Baghdad for weeks before the war, provided the crucial targeting data for the attack on Saddam and his sons, launched in an effort to pre-empt a full-scale war, these sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The war had been scheduled to start Friday, March 21, U.S. officials told UPI. But -- after getting intelligence that a brief target opportunity presented itself to decapitate the Iraqi leadership -- President George W. Bush instead announced at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 -- 6:15 a.m. March 20 Baghdad time -- that hostilities had begun.

Delta and Special Forces units in the country had help from three Iraqi agents recruited by the CIA some time after June 2000, when the first CIA paramilitary teams secretly entered Baghdad to do reconnaissance and recruitment.

Sources told UPI that Iraqi counterintelligence killed the three, shooting two and cutting out the tongue of a third, who bled to death. They said U.S. intelligence had learned this from their forces on the ground in Iraq.

The rest of the article here.

Link via Judicious Asininity

Posted by Ithildin at 6:16 PM

Bwahahahahaha!

Yes! The Iraqi Minister of Misinformation has his own website!

Baghdad Bob

May the entertainment never end!

(Looks like the site is in the infant stages...)

via Command Post

Posted by Ninjababe at 5:31 PM | Comments (2)

And over coffee--

Know what? I was talking to a neighbor recently and the 4 year old was pouncing on leaves and jabbering and said neighbor and I were talking about all the war stuff going on. I told him that one of the things that bugged me was after it was all over with--it was something I worried about for these people serving. He asked what I meant.

Then I explained that quite a few years ago, my washer and dryer had died
and I'd go to the local washeteria to do my laundry every Sunday morning
fairly early, at about 8am. There got to be the usual bunch of folks in
there and a couple of them were men--one had been in WW2, one was a lady
who's now deceased SO had been in Viet Nam. I'd sit and have a cup of
coffee with them and share a Sampoerna. Finally one of these men asked me
if I realized he'd been in Viet Nam. I told him no sir, I hadn't but that
was fine with me. You'd have thought I'd given the man a million bucks
and it was only because I'd sat down and had a simple cup of coffee with
him while my family's clothes were going in the machines. Did he expect
that me being in my 30's, I would hold a grudge of some sort? I hope not!

Then I told my neighbor I didn't get it--all these guys had done was
follow orders. It was not their fault that some asshole would take a 4
year old like H and strap them up with granades and shit and point and
tell them 'go over there to those guys'--4 year olds can be very accomodating at times. Then these men would sit there and be faced with a very horrible decision. I cannot place blame on them for what they had to do even if it was something I would have done or not or been something I would have agreed with or not.

It's the same thing now with the Iraqi nepotismic oligarchy.

Thirty years down the road, I'll still be happy to sit and have coffee with someone who was in our military, no matter where they had been stationed or served.

I sincerely hope that some of you would do the same.

Kel

Posted by at 12:04 PM

Smile

capt.1049733792.iraq_us_war_xits101.jpg

(Pic via Drudge Report)

I think this photo speaks for itself.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:47 AM | Comments (2)

Why mercy me, no!

Iraq doesn't have any WMD!

Fucking DUH! What makes anyone think that they'd tell the truth about something like that? Now our military guys have started finding this stuff.

Naturally they would find it because it was there all along.

And I just cannot imagine where any of it came from. Can you? *insert sarcasm*

Kel, trying to figure out who is more evil--doctors, hospitals or insurance companies

Posted by at 10:13 AM | Comments (3)

If Only

I was watching FOX News before bed last night (again) and while watching the buggy Iraqi Info Minister babble on, I thought, wouldn't it be kewl if a US tank came up behind him as he was denying that we're anywhere near Baghdad?

(of course, later, I found out his little conference was from the roof of a hotel, but still!)

The other amusing aspect of last night's coverage was FOX with all the live stuff from Greg Kelly, and CNN reduced to using still photos. Bwahahhaa!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

That's Nice

Annan: U.N. to Play Major Role in Rebuilding Iraq

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday that he expected the United Nations to play an important role in rebuilding Iraq after the war and said this would bring legitimacy to the effort.

"I do expect the U.N. to play an important role, and the U.N. has had good experience in this area," Annan told reporters ahead of a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that he had called to discuss the issue.

That's nice dear. Now have a cookie and go play quietly with your little appeasement friends.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:30 AM | Comments (1)

April 6, 2003

A Little Humour

This was forwarded to me in email:


This was allegedly posted very briefly on the McDonnell Douglas Website by an employee there who obviously has a sense of humour. The company, of course, does not have a sense of humour, and made the web department take it down immediately (for once, the 'IMPORTANT' note at the end is worth a read too)

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Posted by Ithildin at 6:10 PM | Comments (1)

How We've "Abandoned Afghanistan"

Wonderful photo essay of what's happening in Afghanistan these days.

A great link to trot out when your lefty friends moan about how we've "abandoned Afghanistan".

Posted by Ithildin at 2:59 PM

And Some More

A Question, and Answers
Why Iraqis were slow to embrace their liberators.

BY BERNARD LEWIS

This caution and suspicion were revived and reinforced by two new concerns, one deriving from the conduct of the war, the other from the debate about the war.

In purely military terms, the decision to go straight for Baghdad, bypassing the cities of the south, was no doubt a wise tactical choice. It did however leave the largely Shiite south under Saddam Hussein's control. He probably had insufficient regular forces there to cope with a major military assault, but the whole monstrous apparatus of surveillance and repression remained in place, and the people in the south knew very well what would happen to them if they revealed their real sympathies prematurely.

Their understandable caution was further reinforced by the strong and vocal opposition to the war around the world and more especially in the United States. This manifested itself in many ways and, under their very eyes, in the mostly critical questioning of the military by the media in the press briefings taking place on their doorstep.

For us in the West, this is the normal free debate of an open society. But Iraqis, both rulers and ruled, have had no experience of any such thing since the overthrow of the parliamentary regime and the establishment of the dictatorship almost 50 years ago. What they believe they see is indecision, hesitation, even weakness and fear.

This could only intensify their worry that once again the United States may flinch from finishing the job, and reach some kind of accommodation, if not with Saddam Hussein himself, then with some like-minded but more amenable successor, found among his entourage. There are indeed audible voices advocating just such a resolution of the conflict.

The public debate against the war will be similarly understood--or rather misunderstood--both by Saddam Hussein and by his subjects, and will have the unintended effect of encouraging him and discouraging them. The antiwar campaign will not end the war, but it may turn out to have made it longer and harder.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:41 PM

Some Sunday Reading

WAR ON ALL FRONTS: What else is new?
By John Podhoretz

The president of the United States, who is the key actor in this conflict, has never said or done anything to indicate he believed this was an easy call - or that toppling a dug-in totalitarian regime possessing weapons of mass destruction would be anything but dangerous and horrible.

The assumption that the Bush administration would only take on this task because they believed it would be easy is part and parcel of the constant, tiring and increasingly idiotic underestimation of the president and his team. For more than a year, Bush said that if Saddam Hussein did not disarm, the United States would lead a coalition to disarm him.

He stuck to this position through thick and thin. Through the natterings of the Blixes and the flusterings of the Annans, through the treacheries of the Chiracs and the Schroeders, through the moral compromises of the Putins and the Mubaraks, Bush said he would do what he believed must be done for the safety of the United States and the world.

This is a profoundly serious man. The journalistic mindset that seeks to find division and falsity in his profoundly serious approach to this profoundly serious war is the opposite. It is the state of consciousness that Milan Kundera called "the unbearable lightness of being."

The unbearable lightness of being is the condition in which people can make themselves comfortable with the existence of evil by refusing to look at it and see it for what it truly is. The unbearably light want to skate breezily past the horrors and vent their anger on those who won't let them just skate by.

The unbearable lightness of being cannot take the measure of Bush and his battle plan because it refuses to conceive of a reality in which there are only hard choices. George W. Bush and Tony Blair are reconciled to this reality. Most of the journalists covering them are not.

That is why the leaders are important, and the unbearably light journalists who misunderstand and belittle them are not.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:33 PM | Comments (2)

April 5, 2003

It Affects Net Access

and look at when the last post was.

Kel

Posted by at 4:24 PM

Blogged Out

Kinda blogged out today, so you probably won't be hearing much from me. Watching FOX News and being boggled by the progress we're making. Reading the news too, and checking out different blogs. Both Little Green Footballs, and SSDB have some great posts today, so go check them out if you're looking for stuff to read.

My right eye is starting to hurt, which is a sure sign I've spent too much time in front of the computer, so I should take that as a hint and go do something exciting, like laundry!

Later!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:09 PM

April 4, 2003

Random Thoughts, pt 2!

Well, my non-war tv watching is over (Have to take a break), so here's some more!

There's a tank with a big red cross painted on it. Is that the medical 'tank'?

Bwahahahahahaha! they just did a close up of one of the tanks armament. The barrel said "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue". Ith commented that someone is a Toby Keith fan!

On CNN Headline News, they've got a large bar across the bottom as well. On close-ups, it's covereing up half of the person's mouth!

Man, I knew most dictators are narsasissic, but the sheer amount of murals and posters of Saddam is too much. He's everywhere!

"If you are a Iraqi commander protecting Saddam, what are you doing right now?"
"Filling toilets." -- Allison (anchor) and Col David Hunt

ROTFL! That's hilarious!

[snort]: British Tornados add flying lumps of concrete to hi-tech arsenal. Now, that is ingenious.

Wow! According to AP, Some troops are actually in the center of Baghdad! That's just... wow!

Again, this is Ninjababe's train of conciousness. Refreshments, including cookies, are available in the caboose.

Posted by Ninjababe at 9:03 PM | Comments (1)

Porcine Occurrences

"Shep we really shouldn't speculate." -- Major Garrett, Fox News

A reporter saying we shouldn't speculate. My God, outside my window there are pigs flying!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:14 PM | Comments (1)

Random Thoughts

I'm just typing things in as I watch tv, blog, etc...

Sheppard Smith just said on Fox News: 10,000 Special Ops reportedly in Iraq. That's a lot of highly trained individuals. The US military itself is highly trained, but Special Ops? That's... wow!

16 days after war began, and we're in Bagdad! That's amazing!

They just did a split screen four ways with Shep and three others... My first thought "It's the Brady Bunch... the Brady Bunch..."

Ith and I are debating how Shep can be so hyper. IV of caffeine? A coffee cup full of Jolt cola? Ingesting pure caffeine during commercial breaks.

I just now noticed that there are commercial breaks on Fox News! (Ith says they've been there all week). I've been watching this channel off and on all week and didn't notice them till now!

Personally, I think Saddam is dead or in a coma / ICU. Until I see a broadcast with a date mentioned, I won't believe otherwise.

Saddam is getting his tactics from Black Hawk Down? Freaky!

Bwahahahaha! CNN is saying 'US Military Sources' say that there are troops in Baghdad. Fox scooped them! Hah!

Flipping through channels, saw a press conference with an anti-war protester. After hearing her for a few moments, I just had to say my favorite response, even though it isn't intelligent, it isn't well thought out... "Bite me!"

The War Alert bar and ticker on Fox News are getting taller and taller. Now, there's a time in Baghdad bar!

Wow! We're watching live video feed along the highway to Baghdad... This is just amazing on how much media coverage there is. The Military made a brilliant move by embedding so many reporters with the coalition forces.

Watching all the footage of Greg Kelly's video is mesmerizing. Even if it is just watching a line of tanks drive down a highway, it's still mesmerizing.

Whew... I think that's enough for now.

Thank you for riding the Ninjababe Train of Consciousness. Snacks are available in the caboose. Cookies!

Posted by Ninjababe at 8:06 PM | Comments (1)

Technology...

I think the two most used pieces of technology by the media during this war is the screenwriter and the webcam.

Just a thought...

Posted by Ninjababe at 7:53 PM

April 3, 2003

Add Another Hero To The List

I just heard this story told on FOX News a bit ago, and on my last blog-go-round before bed, I found a post on it by John Hawkins. Go read all about an Iraqi man who risked everything to help Pvt. Lynch.

...But Mohammed's tale is one of a man who didn't like what he saw when he walked into the Saddam Hospital last Friday to visit his wife and was told by a doctor friend that an American woman POW was in the emergency ward.

The friend walked him to the ground-floor ward, taken over by the feared Saddam Fedayeen at the start of the war, and past a window where he saw Lynch, an Army private first class captured after her convoy became lost near Nasiriyah in the opening days of the war.

Her head was bandaged, her right arm was in a sling over a white blanket and she had what Mohammed thought was a gunshot wound to a leg. But her real problem then was the black-uniformed Fedayeen commander who everyone addressed as "colonel."

The man slapped her, Mohammed said. "One, two," he added, making single slapping and back slap motions with his right hand. She was very brave, he recalled.

"My heart cut," Mohammed added, meaning stopped, putting his hand over his chest and grimacing. "There, I have decided to go to Americans to give them important information about the woman prisoner."

He walked into her room with his doctor friend. "I said 'Good morning.' She thought I was a doctor. I say, 'Don't worry.' She smiled," he recalled.

Doctors treating Lynch wanted to amputate her leg, Mohammed said, but his doctor friend persuaded them not to. His friend, he said, "hates Saddam Hussein and hates security of Saddam Hussein."

Mohammed said he told his wife to take their daughter to his father's house for safety, and then set off on foot to find the American troops he had heard were occupying the edges of Nasiriyah.

There's much more to the story here.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:30 PM | Comments (3)

You Know You've Been...

You know you've been watching Fox News too long when you're having a serious conversation on what the new font the ticker tape at the bottom of the screen is.

I think it's Ariel or Courier New. (I'm leaning towards Courier New)

It's kinda mesmerizing now...

Posted by Ninjababe at 7:52 PM | Comments (1)

Of which I am one--

Okay fine, the young lady who was rescued did what she was trained to do and what any normal person in that position would do--react to the fight or flight instinct by firing her weapon into the Iraqi asssipes.

But I stand by what I said. The guys who rescued her are heroes in my book. *g*

Kel

Posted by at 6:25 PM | Comments (2)

Sick

Prankster Devastates Flagstaff Family With False News Of Death

(AP) A prank caller devastated the Flagstaff family of a 22-year-old soldier serving in Iraq, falsely telling them that the man was dead.

On Sunday morning, a man called the home of Wayne Hogg's uncle and said "we need to let you know Wayne died two days ago."

The report was false, but it turned into a nightmare for Hogg's family. His uncle, Danny Hogg, says it took the family a full day to get confirmation that Wayne was still alive in Iraq.

Danny Hogg had participated Saturday in a Flagstaff rally to support U.S. troops in Iraq.

Sunday morning, a photo of him taken at the rally appeared in the Flagstaff newspaper. And it was a short time after the paper hit the streets that the call was made to Danny Hogg's home.

Is it a leap to say that it was probably a "Peace" activist who made the phone call?

Posted by Ithildin at 3:57 PM | Comments (2)

Liar, Liar!

(let's hope his pants are on fire)

From the Corner this story from The Sun:

"Meanwhile, north-west of Safwan in Al Zubayr, British troops found thousands of boxes of medical supplies hidden by Saddam’s regime.

The tyrant claimed for years that sick children were dying in hospitals from a lack of medicines because of tough UN sanctions against Iraq.

But yesterday soldiers of the 1st Battalion Black Watch exposed his lies after raiding a Ba’ath Party HQ. They found enough medicine for 10,000 kids, including vital antibiotics and pneumonia and tapeworm treatments, in a locked storeroom.

The supplies have now been handed to Army doctors to treat local patients properly for the first time in months."

Posted by Ithildin at 3:38 PM

Can we say, "Stupid"?

Get a load of this crackerdoodle:

The notion that as a Marine he would be expected to kill people somehow escaped former Seattleite Stephen Funk when he left his job at a California pet food store and enlisted in the Reserves.

Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen, a marine that would be expected to kill people. Who'd have thunk it?

When Funk enlisted in February 2002, he was living on his own for the first time and saw the Marine Reserves as a way to learn things such as teamwork and leadership -- "things you can learn in Boy Scouts," he said. "I saw it as a way to learn new things and meet new people."

The Boy Scouts?!?!?!? And if your goal is to learn new things and meet new people, go take a frelling pottery class!

But wait, it's the recruiter's fault for preying on his vulnerabilities!

He also said he caved in to pressure from a recruiter who capitalized on his vulnerability.

"They don't really advertise that they kill people," Funk said. "I didn't really realize the full implications of what I was doing."

Give me Jessica Lynch over this loon any day. she's got more guts in her little finger than this guy will ever have.

Unbelievably, I've heard a similar story to this. A coworker was telling us last year about a friend of his who wanted to be a Navy Seal. He got in to the program and then realized he was being trained to kill people and wanted out. Apparently, he thought he was joining the SEALS to hold hands and sit around the campfire singing "Kumbaya". My reaction was pretty much what you'd expect, and it was only after I'd opened my mouth, that I realized my coworker thought I'd be sympathetic towards his friend. It must be because I'm a cuddly little bunny girl or something....

Posted by Ithildin at 3:09 PM | Comments (7)

Remembering

"Memory Can't Be Desecrated"

Posted by Ithildin at 2:49 PM

A Post For Neil

Down in the comments of one of Nin's "It's Rick" posts, I mentioned that Neil Cavuto is my favorite FOX anchor. Well, here's one reason why (found this on Cold Fury)

This is his repsonse to a journalism professor who says he has no right to call himself a journalist or to have a show:

You might have a problem thanking troops defending your right to be the obnoxious, pontificating jerk that you are, but I don't.

You might have reservations about calling this country great, but I don't.

And you might have doubts about showing your partiality to the flag, but I don't.

There's nothing wrong with taking sides here, professor. But there's everything wrong with you not even making the distinction. I can love my country and my job at the same time. It is possible, you know.

You see no difference between a government that oppresses people and one that does not, but I do.

You see no difference between soldiers who use women and children as shields, but I do.

And you see no difference between forces trying to liberate a country and those keeping it in the Stone Age, but I do.

I'm not sure what runs through your veins, professor, but something tells me it's ice. Too cold to appreciate the rights you take for granted. And colder still to acknowledge the men and women fighting for your right to be the callous elitist you are.

So am I slanted and biased? You damn well bet, professor.

I'm more in favor of a system that let's me say what I'm saying here than one that'd kill me for doing the same thing over there.

You have the right to be the self-absorbed, condescending imbecile you apparently are and I have the right to tell you that. You didn't give me that right, professor. My country did.

You say I wear my biases on my sleeve. Well, better that than pretend you have none, but show them clearly in your work.

You're a lie, a fraud and an ingrate. Too clueless to appreciate the country that gives you the right to be the Ivy League intellectual Lilliputian you are. And too selfish to be grateful that in this country, even your type can find work.

You go!!

Posted by Ithildin at 2:37 PM | Comments (1)

The SARS scare

At the pharmacy I work at, we're inudated with calls from people for face masks so that they don't get SARS.

What they don't know is:

  • There is a nationwide shortage on masks now. We can't get any masks anymore.

  • The masks drug stores sell don't stop SARs. They're to stop the wearer's germs from infecting the air and for allergies. We've been told that the makss that do work aren't really available to the public.

  • The best way to stop the spread of SARS? Washing your hands for 30 seconds or more regularly. You don't even have to use soap! Just the rubbing motion under warm water is enough. (Antibacterial soap or Purell type products isn't the best. That kills all germs, including the germs that are beneficial to humans and help fight off infection. That, and multiple uses of no-wash hand sanitizers will dry your skin out badly. One of the technicians here used to use Purell about 20 times a day. In a week, her hands were raw)

    Posted by Ninjababe at 2:25 PM
  • grrrrrr

    French PM: U.S. Made Triple Mistake with War

    French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said on Thursday the United States made a moral, political and strategic mistake by starting war in Iraq.

    "The Americans made a triple mistake: First of all a moral mistake, I think ... there was an alternative to war. We could have disarmed Iraq differently," Raffarin said in an interview on France 3 television.

    My first, 'knee-jerk' response: Bite me!

    The U.N.'s disarment procedure sure the hell wasn't working...

    Posted by Ninjababe at 12:34 PM

    April 2, 2003

    Rick again...

    Another reason I like Rick Leventhal. He's putting a 'human face' on the troops. He and Sheppard Smith just spent quite a bit talking about life in Iraq, and how he feels being imbedded with the 3rd LAR and they even grabbed a troop to ask him how he feels about having a reporter imbedded with them (He was a very good speaker. No 'um's or 'uh's.

    I collect quotes, and here are two from the section:

    "And, this is my sleeping bag."
    "Well this is exiting." -- Rick & Shep

    I washed my hair last night, in case anyone cares. -- Rick

    If this keeps up, I'll have to give Rick his own category.

    Posted by Ninjababe at 8:58 PM | Comments (23)

    What the Troops Need

    Rick is reporting ("It's Rick!") on Fox News and doing on the spot interviews with troops around him about what is the top of their list for items from home.

    Baby wipes

    A lot of troops are smokers and tobacco chewers after dark (can't light up and give away your position.), and they're running out (Pack of cigarettes are selling for $20). So Sheppard Smith and Rick thought that would be high on the list.

    But, no. One of the two soldiers they interviewed said that it was just something to do. He wants baby wipes and homemade fudge. The other soldier wants a shower [g].

    (And, yes, I did squeal "It's Rick!" when he came on)

    Posted by Ninjababe at 8:34 PM

    Oh, Please!

    Russia wants Iraq back on UN agenda – Putin

    "Russia is not interested in the United States' defeat in Iraq for political and economic reasons. We want the Iraq issue to be brought back into diplomatic channels," Putin told journalists after a session of the State Council's board in Tambov on Wednesday.

    My reply?

    Sheeyah, right!

    It's too late for diplomatic channels. We've gone past it.

    Via The Command Post

    Posted by Ninjababe at 4:41 PM

    SARS & 1918

    Is this reminding anyone else of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and WWI?

    I hope any parallels are only on the surface. I've read as many articles saying we don't have anything to worry about as I have ones that are concerned. I have no idea which is true. Probably somewhere in the middle.

    Posted by Ithildin at 4:26 PM | Comments (3)

    Make Kissy, Kissy

    John Kerry on playing kissy, kissy with our poor mistreated "allies".

    Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said Wednesday that President Bush so alienated allies prior to the U.S.-led war against Iraq that only a new president can rebuild damaged U.S.-international relationships.

    "Because of the depth of this breach, because of the anger that exists with many countries and their leaders ... I don't think they're going to trust this president no matter what," the Massachusetts senator told a Peterborough, New Hampshire audience.

    Kerry backed a congressional resolution last fall giving Bush the authority to use force to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but the lawmaker repeatedly has criticized the president for failing to give diplomacy more time.

    If elected president, Kerry said he would heal relations with other countries by approaching the United Nations with a plan to make the United States a leader on international, environmental and health care issues without ceding its right to defend itself.

    "I believe we can have a golden age of American diplomacy," he said.

    I suppose that means he wants us to be the new France....

    Posted by Ithildin at 4:18 PM | Comments (6)

    Meet Don Cherry

    From "Opinion Paper"

    I've never heard of Don Cherry, but God bless him. He's a Canadian who loves America.
    Posted by Ithildin at 3:11 PM | Comments (4)

    I'd Wondered

    if this was how we knew exactly where Private Lynch was:

    In a twist right out of a Hollywood movie, U.S. intelligence may have pinpointed her exact whereabouts thanks to an Iraqi citizen - who passed a note, apparently written in English by a woman, to a Marine in the area yesterday, NBC reported.

    "She's still alive. She's in room [deleted]," the note said, according to the network.

    An NBC reporter also said he was approached the same day by an Iraqi who told him in English: "There's a woman in the Saddam Hospital who's an American soldier. Please make sure the people in charge know."

    Via The Corner

    Posted by Ithildin at 2:20 PM

    Here To Stay

    This was going to a short comment on Kel's post below, but it grew! I'm home sick, I feel awful, so the following may not be as readable as I would have hoped.


    I'm not against women in the military the way Kel is, but neither am I for putting women in every single position in the military to sooth some PC demigod. But times are indeed a changing. Technology changes what is and isn't a 'combat position'. Women are integral to the functioning of today's all volunteer force. The lines blur, and as usual, the upheaval of new roles and attitudes is being played out during war time. These sorts of things never seem to be solved when we have time to think about it. Probably because we try and avoid dealing with the uncomfortable things, think it will all work itself out. Well, it does, but never quite the way we think.

    Take Private Lynch. She was a supply clerk in a maintenance company. She wasn't supposed to be in harms way, but war doesn't play by the rules. How is she different from military nurses that were taken prisoner in the Pacific? Those nurses were needed, but should female nurses have been totally removed from the theater of war? What about medical staff in Vietnam? Where do you draw that line? And how long can we keep drawing it?

    If we have women in the military, there will be times when those women will be in danger no matter what we deem to be non-combat or combat roles. And women have every right to choose to serve and sacrifice no different from men. We can't turn back the clock, nor would I want to. Women in the military are here to stay. And other than being in jobs that are physically beyond them, I don't see why women aren't just as able to accept the dangers, and the rewards, of serving their country. I think that we as a country are the ones that need to do the accepting right now. Our women in uniform are already there.

    Posted by Ithildin at 2:00 PM | Comments (5)

    At The Risk Of Getting My Ass Chewed On For This Post

    I'm posting it anyway. The young lady who was rescued has been called a 'hero' in several different venues. I beg to differ on the matter.

    The real heroes are the men who went after her. They are the true heroes in the entire situation.

    The young lady was not killed for a reason--we all know what that was, I do believe. The thing is, she had the good fortune not to die. She lived, however that does not a hero make.

    This also proves that women should not be in combat situations or in potentially combative situations.

    Were I in the military, which would have only possibly happened had I not gotten married and had children, and were I given orders to go into combat, I would follow those orders without question because that was what I was trained to do. However, there are just some places women do not belong.

    What will the long lasting repercussions be for this young lady? Probably unpleasant ones for a long time to come. I hope that is not the case, but common sense speaks otherwise. I wish her all the best in her recovery.

    But to me, the real, true heroes are the men who went after her.

    Just a thought--
    Kel

    Posted by at 6:25 AM | Comments (18)

    April 1, 2003

    We Won't Forget

    I was absolutely disgusted and saddened when I read about the desecration at the British military cemetery in France. I don't think there's anything I can say that would adequately express how seeing that picture made me feel. I've been to military cemeteries both here at home, and in Europe, and they are indeed places of great sanctity. Imagining the kind of people that would defile that sanctity sickens me.

    Steven Den Beste's post on the subject, as usual, cuts to the heart of it all. His words mirror what's in my heart.

    "Rest in Peace", we say. R.I.P. adorns many gravestones. Thousands of English-speaking soldiers who died in France to defend it, or to liberate it, apparently cannot rest there in peace. Their very presence is resented; cold and silent, drawing no breath, they speak loudly and deliver a message that the French do not want to hear, against which there are no arguments.

    They bear mute testimony to the fact that the French could not defend themselves. Because of their presence and their inability to speak, they puncture French pretensions to greatness. They represent irrefutable proof that the French have had to rely, again and again, on us for salvation, but we have not had to rely on them. In the last 200 years, no English speaking nation has ever required French help to defend itself.

    Tens of thousands of Aussies and Canucks and Yanks sleep forever in the cold soil of France. But there are no French military cemeteries in Australia or Canada or the US.

    For this crime, for speaking the truth about French weakness and decline so eloquently by not making a sound, not even our military dead can be tolerated; the French must lash out and punish even those who gave everything they had for France.

    Our war dead have been targeted because they can no longer fight back.

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:43 PM | Comments (3)

    Go, Rick!

    I've decided that Rick Leventhal on Fox News is my favorite imbedded reporter.

    I clap and go "It's Rick!" when he comes on.

    Posted by Ninjababe at 8:40 PM | Comments (9)

    MRE, Mark II

    They're talking about MRE's again on Fox News and how they taste. So, I thought I'd add a bit to my previous MRE post.

    My experience is over 10 years old, but even 10 years ago, they weren't bad. I mean, they weren't the greatest, but they weren't bad. I remember that the salisbury steak tasted exactly like the stuff I got at school, which made me wonder at the cafeteria's source...

    Posted by Ninjababe at 7:54 PM | Comments (1)

    Good News

    I know it's all over the news, but good news is good news! I am so happy they rescued Jessica Lynch, and I hope it's only the first many rescues to come. When I saw the news earlier, I shouted it across the office!

    Posted by Ithildin at 5:52 PM

    Iraqi Webcam!

    I'm posting this before Ith (Hah, Ith!). She's the one who sent me the url...

    CBS News webcam

    Currently, it's showing CentCom, and it looks so much like a video game, like the backgrounds in Myst or Riven...

    (requires Realplayer)

    Posted by Ninjababe at 4:31 PM | Comments (2)

    This Makes It All Better!

    Dixie Chicks Get Support From Al Gore

    The Dixie Chicks controversy continues with the trio getting some support from former Vice President Al Gore. Gore spoke to a college audience last week on the subject of fewer companies owning more media outlets, and what he sees as the increasing lack of tolerance for opposing views.

    According to the Tennessean, Gore used recent attacks on the Dixie Chicks that followed anti-war comments by Natalie Maines as an example. Gore told the audience, "They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."

    Update! No story on AlGore would be complete without a patented Ranty McRant from Rachel!

    Posted by Ithildin at 7:03 AM | Comments (8)

    On The Flip Side

    And when I say flip side, I mean flip side. Or at least from where I'm at. Heh. One of my friends down there gave me the link for it.

    Heh. She typed 'crikey'!

    Kel

    Posted by at 3:54 AM