Four minor-league fascists in St. Louis have tried to impose pregnancy on yet another unwilling victim in the name of "freedom". Fortunately, their employer, Walgreen, has had the good sense to take disciplinary measures.
And meanwhile, Preznint Pan Troglodytes inadvertently dropped a chilling qualifier in his latest progress report on the mission he said we accomplished two years ago:
Six months ago, I came here to address the graduating class of 2005. I spoke to them about the importance of their service in the first war of the 21st century -- the global war on terror.If what they define as a global war is only the first they have planned, one shudders to think of what else those eminently competent PNAC folks have prepared for us next.
As expected, our glorious emperor once again lied baldly about how well the suppression of our occupation's resistance is going, bleating out
Now, there are over 120 Iraqi Army and Police combat battalions in the fight against the terrorists -- typically comprised of between 350 and 800 Iraqi forces. Of these, about 80 Iraqi battalions are fighting side-by-side with coalition forces, and about 40 others are taking the lead in the fight. Most of these 40 battalions are controlling their own battle space, and conducting their own operations against the terrorists with some coalition support -- and they're helping to turn the tide of this struggle in freedom's favor.-- before inadvertently letting slip the phrase "My commanders" -- not "our commanders", "America's commanders" or even "the Pentagon's", but his own personal holy enforcers.
Bush then threw a token piece of human gristle to Zell's Vice-Rodent-in-Donkey's-Clothing Joseph Lieberman for the senator's betrayal of his party and the majority of his constituents.
Meanwhile, as two more countries follow South Korea's lead in announcing troop pullouts, former Abu Ghraib interrogator Tony Lagouranis tells PBS we don't know the half of it. It was much, much worse than even General Tsuguba's grim assessment.
Which is undoubtedly one of the reasons General Pace gave Herr Rumsfeld such a deserved (if muted) public smackdown on national television yesterday.
And the rabid right are frothing at the mouth yet again; this time it's complete lies in a non-scandal over the NY Times' publishing of Marine Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr's final letter, apparently found on his laptop posthumously and reading almost like something some PR agency might cook up -- not, of course that we'd suggest anything as nefarious as that might actually ever occur.
So what's next for Iraq? Pulitzer prizewinner Seymour Hersch has a pretty good idea, and it smells suspiciously more like napalm than victory.
That's just one more in a sea of reasons why the EFF's less theatrical war is so vitally in need of your personal support today.
And as Judith Miller delivers her characteristically sob-wracked mea culpa for her role in the greatest disaster in the history of the American military, Scottywatch continues at 23 days and counting, leading us to the inescapable conclusion that, at least for some in the White House, cutting and running isn't such a bad idea after all.
Quote of the Day: "The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it." -- Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus