Friday, July 27, 2007

Right on Hank!

Henry Rollins hits the nail on the head on something I've thought for years.

If a band is them.

To his list, I would also like to add The Transplants song "Diamonds and Guns" that is in the Garnier fructis shampoo commercials (talk about out of place).

If you don't know what I'm talking about, this should refresh your memory:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Zimbabweans Getting Out of Dodge

Zimbabweans rush S. Africa

July 23, 2007

MUSINA, South Africa — Hundreds of destitute Zimbabwean refugees jam this former mining town, the first stop after a perilous journey from their homeland marked by the risk of electrocution, bandits or deportation.

Hard to blame them. Hopefully, Mugabe doesn't try to sneak across the border and #^@% up that country too.

Turkish Invasion of Northern Iraq Less Likely

Military action against Kurds not as likely

ISTANBUL — The governing party's stunning re-election victory, which brought more than 100 deputies of Kurdish origin into parliament, has made the prospect of a large-scale Turkish military incursion into Iraq less likely, legislators said yesterday.

That amounts to a crushing defeat for secularist and nationalist opposition parties, which had made Kurdish separatism a central plank of their electoral campaigns, said Orhan Miroglu, a Kurdish politician who was among Sunday's winners.

“We"ve had enough war,” he said. “The time has come for a civilian solution.”

So, the election of Islamists is good for us?

This actually bolsters the argument that by giving Islamists actual power they are forced to moderate. I'd say not wanting to start a war is a pretty moderate position.

Take It.

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Arab ministers in Israel for land-for-peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Egyptian and Jordanian envoys opened the first talks in Israel over a landmark Arab League land-for-peace plan on Wednesday, saying they hoped to create conditions that will lead to a Palestinian state.

The one-day visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was the first by representatives of the Arab League to promote the Arab peace plan, which is meant to spur Israel to cede occupied Arab land in exchange for Arab recognition of the Jewish state.

For the love of God, take it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Her Platform? Improve Geography Education in the US

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Cindy Sheehan expected to announce House run today in Phila.

Can someone explain to me why you would announce that you are running for the House in San Francisco by holding a press conference in Philladelphia?

Good luck with that.

Nelson Mandel's "Council of Elders"

Mandela unveils 'council of elders'


Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was invited to join
the group but is under house arrest in her homeland [EPA]

Nelson Mandela has marked his 89th birthday by forming a "council of elders" dedicated to finding new ways to resolve some of the world's longest-running crises.

The former South African president launched his fellow elder statesmen on a new venture to foster peace, reduce conflict and despair during a birthday celebration on Wednesday.


Among them are Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, Jimmy Carter, the former US president and Desmond Tutu, the retired South African archbishop.


Mandela said he hoped the new humanitarian alliance of Nobel peace laureates, politicians and development experts could make a difference.


The group called The Elders was an idea of British entrepreneur Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel, both of whom were present at the launch.

I hope figure everything out before they all kick-off. Seriously though, there are a lot of thoughtful, influential people here. This could be good (if people will listen).

Monday, July 23, 2007

Evening Chuckle: Albert Einstein + Brad Pitt = Dick Cheney



Bill Kristol Is Circling the Drain

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 23, 2007; 8:06 AM

Kristol's War

Bill Kristol's the-war-is-being-won piece in The Washington Post brought him plenty of ridicule, but at least one person liked it.

President Bush read the July 15 Outlook article that morning and recommended it to his staff.

On the other hand, Arianna Huffington called it "the single most deceptive piece of the entire war" and said Kristol had "officially surpassed Dick Cheney as the most intellectually dishonest member of the neocon establishment." David Corn of the Nation dismissed Kristol's "Bush boosterism." And 260 pages of comments on The Post's Web site called him everything from an "uninformed, partisan fool" to a "Bush sycophant" to a "menace to America."

Several years ago I used to enjoy Kristol. However, that was several years ago...

Zimbabwe: Its Gonna Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Zimbabwe debates nationalization, Mugabe future

By Cris Chinaka
Monday, July 23, 2007; 11:11 AM

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's parliament opens a new
session this week to debate radical plans to nationalize
foreign firms and a law empowering the house to name President
Robert Mugabe's likely successor without a national vote.

See the full story.

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