Secretary of Defense Don “tiger claw” Rumfseld today tried to defend the lack of direction apparent in Iraq. At one point Rummy came to the defense of General Abazaid after the General pulled this quote from his ass and attributed it to a soldier:
“When my soldiers say to me and ask me the question whether or not they’ve got support from the American people or not, that worries me. And they’re starting to do that.”
Bullshit General, let me tell the soldiers who they don’t have the support of, the military fucks swinging their dicks in the Pentagon spending fuckloads of money on space lasers, strap-on nukes and anal defense shields to keep gays from translating Abdullah Whajimidafoo’s plans for the next 9/11.
Clearly, the only people who are actually supporting them are those who are asking how the fucking WAR is going, asking whether perhaps we could oh, I don’t know… win it… call it a truce… or just cowboy up and say we’re sorry, chop off Saddam’s head, clear the fuck out, and call it a day.
Except somehow, a tyrannical regime of a country has turned into an expansive muslim jihadi summer camp, and we can’t fucking leave. What’s the answer? That’s anybody’s fucking guess, but I doubt a lot of people are walking around thinking “hey, I sure know Iraq is fucked up today, I wonder if it’s the troops I should be blaming.”
Yeah, General… you might want to practice pulling a few more quotes out of your ass to loosen it up for the flying butt monkeys.
UPDATE: Tangent of the moment that I agree with — military service is essentially a contract and not an immediate bestowal of hero status and super powers.
General Says Iraq Insurgency Still Active [AP]
hilarious captioning for an ad selling desert camo hats [via]
5-4 SCOTUS ruling: “local government may seize private property for purposes of profit-making private development” UPDATE: justice opinions
with only one flag desecration this year, it’s a safe bet that the amendment is meant to promote more symbolic burnings
for everyone who said the DEA wasn’t going to bother enforcing this: STFU! [via]
landmark bid of $18.5 billion dwarfs Chevron’s attempts, stirs protectionists to act hypocritical
they hired a marketing firm to create a database of teens and college students, yech
Very soon now, very very soon (to answer the end question, I’d bet on Orange Co, CA)
Political insiders on both sides agree she’s the primaries contender, but may be too liberal to win the general
Would you buy this shirt? Or is it crap?
psst… the senator would like it to be known that he actually has friends, pass it on
a libertarian concept of selling emissions vouchers; SUV owners don’t seem to care
Congress passed the anti flag burning amendment, because hey… it’s been a week since the last dumb law
States are rightfully pissed that they have to foot the bill for compliance
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Liberteaser mocks the way libertarians try to gain credibility in politics with a 16-point plan of action (via Catallarchy). My favorites:
4. Establish a network of online weblogs, or “blogs” as they’re called, among those sympathetic to the freedom cause. When people are introduced to liberty through this fresh, hip medium, it’ll be so long welfare state, and hello Free State!
7. Develop a short “quiz” that non-libertarians can take that shows them that they’ve had libertarian leanings all along.
10. Identify elements of libertarianism in obviously non-libertarian pop culture, and discuss them with wholly uninterested third parties.
I was kinda hoping there would be some jabs at the national committee as well, but perhaps the cynicism level is still a few notches below what I’ve seen. Regardless, I found another witty libertarian blog (rare) that is joining my RSS aggregation and blogroll. Perhaps we could form a network, that would be extra libertarian cool.
her 8-yo kid was suspended for making up his own pledge… to the United Federation of Planets
A funny little meme cropped up today (starting at the Volokh Conspiracy and being expanded by Instapundit) arguing about whether it’s appropriate or correct to label America fascist and just whether we are evoking the racist fascism of Nazi Germany or the religious-toned fascism of Mussolini’s Italy.
Funny, just as a flock of sheep debating the precise species of wolf that has been devouring their lambs is downright hilarious.
Ok, someone merge this with the forthcoming list of “People Left-Wingers Hate” and we have a reality TV show where we watch as one of them is hunted each week — Running for Office
Apparently the word has been spreading that the DOJ has been quietly whispering to ISPs about data retention, which — coupled with expanded warrantless searches of PATRIOT II — would put big brother in the thick of the Internet. Radley Balko is freaking out and sounding the klaxxons. On the other hand, Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy seems to think that this is overblown backroom talk about theoretical possibilities. I’m mixed on the immediate ramifications and lean more towards Kerr on this one, but on a longer timeline this kind of has me concerned.
Nevermind the logical implausibility of capturing every single packet on the router level, storing it in multiple-terrabyte (or more) databases and trying to data mine that — something even Google would be hard pressed to accomplish. Instead, let’s focus on this as a possibility perhaps 10 years down the line, when the technology to do this could actually catch up and data mining would be trivial.
What bothers me most isn’t the privacy concerns here, it’s the very likely possibility that the FBI could create a program that flags you for pre-emptive arrest based on likely characteristics and behavioral analysis of previous criminals, and chalk up your detention to “the greater good”.
Your ISP as Net watchdog [CNET News]
“Dude, the small- government- advocating, states- rights- supporting conservatives must’ve been totally high when they wrote that decision.” [via]
If political preference is genetic — as these scientists claim — then you’d think conservatives would pipe down on abortion (a largely liberal preference)
Well, the new poll options are up, and my slogan suggestion is coming in dead last. Well, I guess a slogan like that needs a strong image to compliment it anyways, so I’m not terribly surprised.
Regardless, go on over and vote for your favorite slogan for the drive.
As a side item, I’m working with a talented artist friend to create some libertarian tees that are more pop culture and less, uh… join us or die, republicrat pigfucker. I’m a huge advocate of using humor to break the ice with potential libertarians on common issues, and this would be a great way to have pride in libertarianism while being an active advocate.
At least one shirt will be ironic in nature (Dick and Jane in helmets, smiling gleefully under a surveillance camera, saying “Hooray, big government! Don’t vote Libertarian!”) while another is planned to be a bit of throwback to pre-revolution sentiment (Crates bearing libertarian grievances being thrown from a ship “Let’s party like it’s 1773!”).
Details of when the shirts will be for sale are tentative at the moment, but I’m currently exploring several venues for production. If anyone knows of any good quality silkscreeners (in Cleveland is ideal), let me know in the comments. I’d like to keep the selling price at $10, but that’s flexible if a chunk of profits can be directed towards libertarian media projects.
But back to the LP fundraising/membership efforts. I kinda doubt they’ll come close to the 5,000 new supporters mark, as that’s a pretty hefty number considering our media visibility. I do wish them the best of luck and hope they do some complimentary internet advertising to broaden the campaign visibility.
After promising not to create a passenger database, they get caught doing it anyways. Congress responded by shaking its fist in mock anger.