April 30, 2010

Oil slick reaches Louisiana coast

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 6:31 am

Lousiana Oil Rig Explosion
210,000 feet, or approximately 40 miles of boons have been laid along the Louisiana coast thus far. How many miles long is that state’s coastline, and that of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida? I’ll bet it’s a lot longer than 40 miles…

“It’s as though a diesel truck is parked in the front yard,” a resident of Bay Saint Louis in Mississippi, John Gerger, told the BBC as the smell of oil was becoming stronger along the Gulf Coast.

For those residing on the Louisiana coast today, the acrid smell of light sweet crude oil is probably stronger. It may not be long before residents along the pristine beaches of the Florida panhandle get a whiff of that odor. The edge of the over 600-mile in diameter oil slick began washing ashore along the coast of Louisiana on Thursday evening, 24 hours ahead of previous estimates by the Coast Guard.

President Barack Obama said “every single available resource” of government, including the military, would be used to help contain the oil spill. “The entire US government is doing everything possible…to respond to this incident” According to the New York Times, the Navy provided 50 contractors, 7 skimming systems and 66,000 feet of inflatable containment boom. About 210,000 feet of boom had been laid down to protect the shoreline in several places along the Gulf Coast. Rough seas, however, sent five foot waves of oily water over the top of the booms into the Mississippi delta.

MSNBC reported that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) declared a state of emergency Thursday so officials could begin preparing for the oil’s impact. He said at least 10 wildlife management areas and refuges in his state and neighboring Mississippi are in the oil plume’s path. The declaration also noted that billions of dollars have been invested in coastal restoration projects that may be at risk. He also asked the federal government if he could call up 6,000 National Guard troops to help.

What was that you said in your State of the Union rebuttal in 2009, Gov. Jindal? Something about increasing offshore drilling, reducing government spending, keeping Washington out of your state’s affairs, and relying on private industries instead of government to create jobs? Be careful what you wish for.

British Petroleum (BP), the company that is supposedly responsible for the cost of the cleanup under U.S. law, has also requested more resources from the Defense Department, especially underwater equipment that might be better than what is commercially available. A BP executive said the corporation would “take help from anyone.”

After generating $6.1 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2010, much of it from sales to U.S. consumers, BP apparently has to turn to U.S. taxpayers for federally-funded hardware and manpower to help clean up its mess.

While there are many economic and political lessons that can be learned from this disaster, hopefully the focus for now will remain on stopping the leak, minimizing the damage and helping the people on the gulf coast that stand the most to lose.

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April 29, 2010

Not wasted after all

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peregrin @ 10:40 pm

A McCain campaign bus
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Oswald’s miracle marksmanship: Dallas 47 years after

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Jane Stillwater @ 10:00 am

Almost everyone in America today remembers exactly where they were at the moment when they first heard about 9-11. I was at the dentist. And almost everyone from the baby-boomer generation also remembers exactly where they were at the moment when they first heard that President Kennedy was shot. For the baby-boomer generation, Kennedy’s assassination was like what 9-11 is to Americans today — in the sense that things have never been the same since either event.

In 1963 I was a junior in college, sitting in the front row of Professor James Pratt’s political science class and listening to his lecture on Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex. And who would have guessed back then that 47 years later I would finally actually get a chance to actually go visit Dallas, to actually go inside the Texas Book Depository and to actually stand right there on the Grassy Knoll, looking down on the exact spot where Kennedy was shot. Not me!

Here’s how it happened: I was down in Belize City and about to catch a plane home after having visited almost every Mayan ruin in a four-country radius (see for details), when it was announced over the loudspeaker that my flight was delayed. Rats. “Now I’ll never make my connection at DFW!”

“Not to worry,” said the gate person. “We’ll put you up at a hotel in Dallas and you can fly out to SFO the next day.” And American Airlines did just that, bless its heart. And that is how I actually got to spend a whole day in Dallas.

And what does one do when one goes to Dallas? Go to a Cowboys game? No! One visits the Grassy Knoll!

And gets to be amazed.

First I was amazed that, 47 years after Kennedy’s tragic death, the place where he was brutally assassinated was still a major tourist attraction. There were still tourists coming to that spot. And the sixth floor room where Oswald allegedly shot Kennedy is now a museum.

The second thing that amazed me was that I actually got to stand on the exact spot where Kennedy received his tragically-fatal shot to the head.

But the thing that amazed me most was that, after all this huge hype that’s been shoved down our throats for the past 47 years that Oswald, acting alone, killed Kennedy by firing just three shots, is really actually sort of hard to believe when you are actually there at the actual spot. Even the greenest kindergartner, standing where I stood 47 long years after the fatal event, could immediately see that, despite all the hype and the commission reports to the contrary, that it would have taken a miracle of marksmanship and accuracy for Oswald to have made those three direct hits. A freaking miracle!

Was Oswald that good of a marksman? Hardly. But if he was, then he must have been intensively well-trained by the best.

If, however, someone had made the shot that killed Kennedy from the Grassy Knoll, where eye-witnesses originally said that the shots came from, it would have been a relatively easy shot.

“But, Jane,” you might say, “if the shots had been fired from the Grassy Knoll, wouldn’t they have entered Kennedy’s body from a different angle and even injured Jackie as well?” Hmmm…

So I did some research. And according to autopsy photos at, we can clearly see that one bullet entered Kennedy’s head from the right — and one entered at the middle of his back. And a third one entered his neck from the FRONT. What’s with that? Oswald really did fire a miracle shot! Or else Kennedy was shot as he approached the Grassy Knoll, passed in front of it and was driven away from the shooter(s)?

I haven’t read all the voluminous literature regarding JFK and Oswald, but it seems to me from the perspective of a naive tourist just visiting the Grassy Knoll for a few minutes that If Oswald actually was the sole shooter, then he would have had to have started shooting Kennedy at least a half-football-field sooner than he did — if he was going to get in both his front and side shot.

And where was the Secret Service after the first shot was fired? Aren’t they spozed to throw themselves in front of the President at the first sign of trouble and protect him with their lives? Which brings up that old question of why weren’t Secret Service agents riding on the Cadillac’s rear bumper? Which they clearly were not. No wonder poor sweet Jackie got blood all over her pink suit and Caroline and John-John had to go fatherless!

“But, Jane,” you might remind me rather forcibly at this point, “all these are just conspiracy theories.” Yeah, well, tell that to the kindergartners — and us tourists at the Grassy Knoll.

Here’s a video I made of the scene of the crime:

PS: It also seems to me that lurking behind the scenes during every major war and disaster in America since 1930 (or even actually on the scene), there has always been a member of the Bush family — with the possible exception of Korea. Prescott Bush was there egging on Hitler. George H.W. Bush was a high-ranking CIA official when Kennedy was murdered, thus paving the way for Vietnam. Then there was the Gulf War, invented almost singlehandedly by George Senior. And 9-11? According to George W. Bush’s terrorism adviser, Richard Clarke, GWB was warned about the possibility of that tragic attack at least a month before it happened — and yet Bush did nothing.

And how about Iraq and Afghanistan? Was a Bush behind those wars too? Yep.

And just think for a moment about how all these past 80 years of American “wars” have been very, very good for the Bush family — causing their stock in the weapons trade to zoom up. Which leaves me wondering which Bush will get us into America’s next war — in order to give the next generation of young Bushes a leg up in the family business?

Professor Pratt and President Eisenhower were right back in the day. “Beware of the military-industrial complex.” And nothing’s changed since — except for the worse. And while misguided Teabaggers are currently fretting their little hearts out over our government’s relatively minor healthcare expenditures, munitions manufacturers like the Bush family are still happily hijacking what is left of our treasury — and our souls.

PPS: Oh crap. I’m so tired of hearing about how Teabaggers, the NRA and “Christian” militias are out buying deadly weapons, arming themselves and then complaining that they need even MORE assess to weapons. If those people all want unlimited access to guns and warfare so badly, then they need to move to the Democratic Republic of Congo ASAP. They’d be much, much happier in the DRC. There’s no gun control there. You can shoot at people indiscriminately and nobody can stop you. Teabaggers could even own their own tanks!

PPPS: The bastards who killed Kennedy may still be feeling all smug with themselves that they got clean away with it and that they will never be caught. But all too many Americans know what really happened back then. You think not? Just go to YouTube, enter a search for “Kennedy Assassination” and watch how many VIDEOS come up. 7,880 videos come up. That’s videos, not hits (one video alone had 3,157,243 hits). Type in “Kennedy assassination conspiracy” and over TEN THOUSAND more videos will pop up.

Now take a few hours and watch some of those videos yourself. “You can fool some of the people all of the time….” Despite the fact that the perps outwardly seem to be getting away with their cover-up, they are not. Not really. Even 47 years after this tragic event, people are still not letting this issue fade.

Perhaps there is hope for America yet.


Here’s a home video taken in 2009, showing how tourists are still swarming the Grassy Knoll even now. According to this video, there was also a tree in the way of Oswald’s shot back in 1963.


More than three bullets were shot? This video says yes:


Here’s a video of an eye-witness who heard many shots. “The shots came from the [Grassy Knoll] and I saw a man running.”


Here’s the famous video of the Secret Service stand-down in Dallas:


And here’s a photo of George H.W. Bush at the Texas Book Depository after the shooting:

McCain’s Enemy Belligerent Detention Act: Is SCOTUS keeping Richard Fine in jail for a reason?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Jane Stillwater @ 9:58 am

Well, the U.S. Supreme Court just reviewed attorney Richard Fine’s habeas corpus case and gave it a pass. Poor sweet attorney Fine has been held in the slammer on a bogus contempt-of-court charge for over a year now. Further, he’s being held in the Los Angeles County Central Men’s Jail, one of the violent and most overcrowded jails in the country. This man is 70 years old, in failing health and has never committed a crime in his life. What’s wrong with this picture?

About a year ago, attorney Fine challenged Superior Judge David Yaffe’s right to rule in a southern California land-use case — after Yaffe refused to recuse himself in the matter of Marina Strand Colony II vs County of Los Angeles. Yaffe, whose salary is being augmented by $46,436 each year by the County, then ruled in favor of L.A. County. Sounds fishy to me. They shoulda automatically given Fine’s client a change of venue. But I digress.

Aside from the disgustingly unfairness of attorney Fine’s contempt charge and his subsequent brutal incarceration, however, the main problem here seems to be that if attorney Fine actually IS finally released, almost everyone who knows him (including the FBI, the CIA and other persecutorial types that we on the Left are all-too-familiar with), also knows that the number one thing that attorney Fine will do upon his release is to mount a huge campaign to stop Senator John McCain’s latest enthusiastic assault against the U.S. Constitution, S.3081 — the Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010.

S.3018 is a nasty Senate bill that hands over even more power to the powers-that-be in Washington who are already far too powerful. And this act of almost dictatorial proportion could easily backfire on the rest of us — and put ANYONE that Washington power-brokers determine to be “enemy belligerents” in jail, even patriotic Americans such as you and me; perhaps even in a cell next to attorney Fine’s.

So getting Richard Fine out of jail is of paramount importance to you and to me as well as to him.

PS: Richard Fine is a respected and well-known 70-year-old California attorney who the U.S. Supreme Court has just sentenced to what will probably prove to be a life sentence (or even death sentence) in one of the worst jails in America — just for standing up for his belief in American citizens’ rights to a fair hearing and a fair trial. But aside from the fact that every American who loves justice should be appalled by this latest SCOTUS decision (why aren’t the Teabaggers and Fox News out picketing the streets over this issue?), we also need to consider that bit in the Constitution about such type of cruel and unusual punishment being illegal.

Er, duh.

And also, why isn’t attorney Fine simply being released into a house-arrest program? We all watch “The Good Wife” on TV. We all keep up with Paris Hilton. We all know that house arrest is a definite possibility — especially if you are 70 years old, in ill health and facing a life sentence unless you sell out your principles, cry “uncle” and let Judge Yaffe get away with his apparent conflict of interest.

And what about all those old guys who have been in jail forever for committing horrendous murders and such, but who are released from jail simply because they are old and sick? Attorney Fine is old and sick. Release him too. “Attica! Attica!”

Not only that but in the past year alone, hundreds of prisoners — and we’re talking about hundreds of mean guys, evil-doers and blatant criminals here! — have been released from the same jail that attorney Fine is now being held in, in order to alleviate overcrowding. So why doesn’t Los Angeles release attorney Fine too? The jail would be far less crowded without him hogging up a cell.

And what about that time when someone in my neighborhood who committed a white-collar crime, embezzled some money and was sentenced to two years in jail? She got into a work-furlough program and only had to spend weekends in jail. Why can’t attorney Fine get released on a work-furlough program too — so that he can continue working and also not lose his home?

And, better yet, why can’t attorney Fine be released on said work-furlough program so that he can help defeat John McCain’s horrendous, scary and un-American Senate bill S-3081?

PPS: I’m not the only one that’s pissed off on attorney Fine’s behalf. Here’s what the National Review has to say about this case:

On April 23, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States denied the petition for “stay of execution” (of coercive confinement for civil contempt of court) by attorney Richard I. Fine in the case of Richard Fine v. Leroy Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County (09-1250). In doing so, the highest court of the land has refused to rectify a clear-cut case of judicial corruption in the state of California.

So who’s Richard Fine and how did he run afoul of the law? A distinguished attorney with a doctor of law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Ph.D. in international law from the London School of Economics, Mr. Fine has practiced law in government service and private practice for 42 years and achieved considerable distinction in both. He has served in the antitrust division of the Justice Department, founded the Anti-Trust Division in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and was awarded the prestigious “Lawyer of the Decades” award in 2006. He has also won numerous cases on behalf of California taxpayers in state courts, including a 2003 California Supreme Court lawsuit that stopped salary payments to the governor and the legislators if they were unable to pass the budget.

Yet this distinguished 70-year-old attorney in poor health has been sitting in solitary confinement in “coercive incarceration” in the notorious Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail without being charged, tried, or convicted of anything since March 4, 2009. In effect, he was thrown in jail for an indefinite period with no bail or hearing set for blowing the whistle on judicial corruption in California.

The chain of events that led to his incarceration was set in motion in 2000, when Richard Fine became aware that L.A. superior court judges were receiving illegal “judicial benefits” payments from Los Angeles County, despite the fact that lawsuits against that county were often adjudicated by these same judges, thus creating clear conflict of interest problems. By 2007 these payments amounted to $46,436 per year on top of their state salary of $172,000, making L.A. superior court judges among the highest paid in the country. Not only was this a blatant conflict of interest but also unconstitutional, insofar as the California constitution states clearly (in Article VI, Section 19) that “the legislature shall prescribe compensation for judges of courts of record.”

In Richard Fine’s opinion, these payments were illegal if not criminal, and in 2000 he began challenging them in various appellate briefs and lawsuits against several judges, thus making himself extremely unpopular with the superior court bench and also with the county supervisors who had authorized the payments. The usual justification the supervisors give for extending these payments to the judges is the ostensible need to attract qualified jurists in a high-cost-of-living area like Los Angeles. Less well publicized is the possibility that by granting the judges such payments, the supervisors may be voting themselves a pay increase as well. Article II, Section 4 of the Los Angeles County Charter states that the supervisors’ compensation “shall be the same as that now or hereafter prescribed by law for a judge of the Superior Court in and for the County of Los Angeles.”

Not surprisingly, since the initiation of these “judicial benefits” in 1988 — at a cost to L.A. taxpayers of some $300 million to date — the county is reported to have seldom lost a lawsuit in superior court. It also appears to be the case that Los Angeles County is not the only California county which provides such payments and, according to one estimate, 1,500 out of a total of 2,000 superior court judges in the state are allegedly implicated in receiving the illegal payments, as are five of the state’s Supreme Court justices.

Mr. Fine’s current misfortunes stem from his demand at a contempt hearing on March 4, 2009, that Judge David P. Yaffe of the Los Angeles Superior Court, a recipient of such illegal payments, recuse himself from the case in front of him, in which L.A. County was a party. Judge Yaffe had Mr. Fine handcuffed and thrown in jail for civil contempt of court for an indefinite period. Judge Yaffe was later to explain that “the intent of the (non-criminal) solitary confinement was to coerce Richard Fine into submission.”

Yaffe’s unusually confrontational behavior was preceded by events that must have given him and his colleagues assurance that they had nothing to fear on account of these illegal payments. The first such event, paradoxically, was a decision by the California Court of Appeals for the Fourth Appelate District in Sturgeon v. County of Los Angeles (BC351286, filed 10/10/2008) that payments to the judges were not permissible and that the legislation’s responsibility to prescribe compensation “is not delegable.” Alarmed by this decision’s implication of potential criminal liability for judges and politicians alike, California’s political and judicial powers that be moved quickly and quietly to rectify the situation legislatively. As California grappled with the huge budget-deficit crisis afflicting the state in early 2009, the Judicial Council of California, chaired by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, quietly drafted, the legislature approved, and the governor signed a senate bill (SBX2-11, enacted February 20, 2009) giving retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution, civil liability, and disciplinary action to “judges that had received payments from a governmental entity prior to the bill’s effective date.” In doing so, the legislature and the governor essentially admitted that the payments had indeed been illegal and very likely criminal.

Emboldened by the granted immunity, the judicial machine moved to get rid of Fine once and for all by having the California State Bar disbar him for “moral turpitude,” a course of action reminiscent of the Soviet Communist regime’s practice of declaring political dissidents criminally insane and locking them up in psychiatric wards.

In the meantime, Mr. Fine’s jailer, L.A. county sheriff Lee Baca, has started releasing hundreds of convicted criminals from Men’s Central Jail because of overcrowding. Overcrowding is evidently not an issue for Richard I. Fine, now serving his second year of an indefinite solitary confinement term as an American prisoner of conscience.

— Alex Alexiev is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are his own.

Oil leak 5 times larger than initial estimate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 4:17 am

With 4 robotic submersibles on the scene, BP had to know this leak was worse than initially revealed. Makes me wonder what else they haven’t revealed…


In a press conference late Wednesday, government officials revealed that oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate five times higher than initially estimated.

According to the New York Times, Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry of the Coast Guard said a scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had concluded that oil is leaking at the rate of 5,000 barrels a day, not 1,000 as had been estimated.

At midday Wednesday, the edge of the approximately 600-mile in diameter spill was 23 miles off the Louisiana coast near fragile estuaries and swamps teeming with shrimp, oysters, birds and other wildlife. According to Reuters, the Coast Guard said that the oil sheen and emulsified crude slick is slightly larger than the state of West Virginia. It is currently about 60 miles from the nearest Florida beaches in Pensacola.

Americans, who consume approximately 21 million barrels of oil per day, have been sold the idea that off shore drilling will drive prices down by generously increasing supply. That has never been and never will be the case. Assuming that every offshore area is made available for drilling, the added production would have little or no effect on the market. An Energy Information Administration study conducted during the Bush administration pointed out that opening up every offshore area not already available for drilling at the time would add a total of 18.17 billion barrels of oil to the market by 2020. That may sound like a lot, but at the current rate of consumption that amounts to a little under an 87-day supply for the U.S.

More Americans on the Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana coasts may soon begin questioning the benefits of offshore drilling when oil washes up on their beaches destroying wildlife, commercial fishing, shrimping and their quality of life. Unless technology is perfectly foolproof – and it never is – oil spills are not a matter of if, but when…and how bad.

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April 28, 2010

Heavily-Regulated Las Vegas Turns a Profit from Gambling; Why Can’t Wall Street?

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April 27, 2010

The Ultimate Hedge

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , — zelator @ 4:32 pm

It is a brilliant idea – instead of just investing in one thing…which may lose money…you invest in a whole bunch of things.  Odds are good that if you pick things that are unrelated, like equities and futures, that you won’t lose both positions.  Hedge funds exist mostly because of traders’ competency in picking these various investments, and if they pick right, they get to drive a Lotus.

If you like to gamble, as I do upon occasion, you might enjoy roulette.  It’s a fairly basic game – rotating wheel, little ball plunks into the slot and there you go.  You don’t have to pick a number, you can bet on all kinds of things!  You can, for example, bet that the ball will land in a red or a black slot.  If you win, you get paid 2:1!  An amusing diversion, but certainly no way to make a bundle.  If you think, for example, that you can HEDGE by betting both red and black, you will be in for a surprise.  Not only will you break even on red and black, but you will LOSE if the ball falls into one of the two green slots, marked with a single and double zero.  That is how casinos work – the odds are stacked against you before you even walk in the door.  That is not how Wall Street works – it is the exact opposite.  The odds are already stacked in the favor of the players, who – except in the most unusual circumstances – can NEVER lose.


Arizona Immigration Law – October 2010


April 25, 2010

Obama administration may be risking nuclear war

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 9:07 pm

The New York Times reported on friday that the Obama administration is considering arming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with conventional warheads to provide a “Prompt Global Strike” option, enabling targets anywhere on the globe to be hit in as little as an hour.

There is, however, one “small” problem with that idea. The launch of any ICBM could trigger a nuclear war. There is no way for nuclear-armed nations such as Russia and China to distinguish the launch of a conventionally-armed ICBM from that of a nuclear-armed one.

This half-baked idea is not new. The Bush administration and the Rumsfeld-era pentagon proposed it several times, and each time congress shot it down because of the inherent risks involved.

Donald Rumsfeld’s comment in a 2006 press conference inadvertantly accentuated the risks involved in the launch of an ICBM when he said, “some countries might not know whether it was a conventional weapon or a nuclear weapon….And everyone in the world would know that it was conventional after it hit within 30 minutes, or 10 minutes.” In other words, “trust us – that ICBM we just launched in your direction is not nuclear-armed.”

It is a very risky assumption…

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April 24, 2010

Gov. Jan Brewer’s New AZ Fashion Police


April 23, 2010

How the Republican Superboy Spent Earth Day


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April 22, 2010

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Nevada’s Sue Lowden: Another Palin?

Dem Sen. Harry Reid’s no prize package, but can you believe he’s losing to this babbling dimwit?


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April 19, 2010

Open letter from soldiers regarding Apache gun cam video

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 11:11 pm

Two soldiers that were deployed with the Army unit involved in an incident recorded by an Apache gun cam have issued an open letter of apology to the families of Iraqis that were killed.

Earlier this month Wikileaks, a whistleblower web site, released an unedited video taken by an Apache helicopter gunship operating over Baghdad, Iraq.

The video shows the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

While news of the video was largely ignored by the corporate media in the U.S., two individuals have recently acknowleged it and responded with an open letter. Former specialists Josh Stieber and Ethan McCord, who were deployed in Iraq at the time with the unit involved in the incident, have this to say in open letter published on

An Open Letter of Reconciliation and Responsibility to the Iraqi People: From Current and Former Members of the US Military

Peace be with you,

To all of those who were injured or lost loved ones during the July 2007 Baghdad shootings depicted in the “Collateral Murder” Wikileaks video:

We write to you, your family, and your community with awareness that our words and actions can never restore your losses.

We are both soldiers who occupied your neighborhood for 14 months. Ethan McCord pulled your daughter and son from the van, and when doing so, saw the faces of his own children back home. Josh Stieber was in the same company but was not there that day, though he contributed to the your pain, and the pain of your community on many other occasions.

There is no bringing back all that was lost. What we seek is to learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to tell others of our experiences and how the people of the United States need to realize we have done and are doing to you and the people of your country. We humbly ask you what we can do to begin to repair the damage we caused.

We have been speaking to whoever will listen, telling them that what was shown in the Wikileaks video only begins to depict the suffering we have created. From our own experiences, and the experiences of other veterans we have talked to, we know that the acts depicted in this video are everyday occurrences of this war: this is the nature of how U.S.-led wars are carried out in this region.

We acknowledge our part in the deaths and injuries of your loved ones as we tell Americans what we were trained to do and what we carried out in the name of “god and country”. The soldier in the video said that your husband shouldn’t have brought your children to battle, but we are acknowledging our responsibility for bringing the battle to your neighborhood, and to your family. We did unto you what we would not want done to us.

More and more Americans are taking responsibility for what was done in our name. Though we have acted with cold hearts far too many times, we have not forgotten our actions towards you. Our heavy hearts still hold hope that we can restore inside our country the acknowledgment of your humanity, that we were taught to deny.

Our government may ignore you, concerned more with its public image. It has also ignored many veterans who have returned physically injured or mentally troubled by what they saw and did in your country. But the time is long overdue that we say that the value of our nation’s leaders no longer represent us. Our secretary of defense may say the U.S. won’t lose its reputation over this, but we stand and say that our reputation’s importance pales in comparison to our common humanity.

We have asked our fellow veterans and service-members, as well as civilians both in the United States and abroad, to sign in support of this letter, and to offer their names as a testimony to our common humanity, to distance ourselves from the destructive policies of our nation’s leaders, and to extend our hands to you.

With such pain, friendship might be too much to ask. Please accept our apology, our sorrow, our care, and our dedication to change from the inside out. We are doing what we can to speak out against the wars and military policies responsible for what happened to you and your loved ones. Our hearts are open to hearing how we can take any steps to support you through the pain that we have caused.

Solemnly and Sincerely,
Josh Stieber, former specialist, U.S. Army
Ethan McCord, former specialist, U.S. Army

No commentary is necessary. Josh and Ethan speak for themselves.

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April 18, 2010

A Rather Spacey Story: Death by Premature Ejaculation

Filed under: Commentary — Ye Olde Scribe @ 9:41 am


Written by Ye Olde Scribe, who thought it would be fun to have this more fictional humor piece on B. Blog.

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s good friend Kevin Spacey was getting old. We all are. But Scribe means REALLY old. In Hollywood terms: old hat. Out of style. Scribe would type it’s like having the pox, but since his last movie was sponsored by the makers of Special K, maybe a K-POX? It works because it was the sequel to a Spacey movie where a certain race of aliens die off due to The K-Pax-Pox.

Having collected a giant fortune from his latter life enterprises “Kevin’s Heavenly Dog Treats” and “Spacey’s Edible Lacey Underwear,” he decided to take his earlier, more known, career fortunes too… and spend his last years in space. He bought the latest tech from a confused Native American scientist, Back to the Future fan and dairy owner named Doc. Hownow BROWNCOW: a More Warped than Normal Drive spaceship.

Unfortunately, warping out of the solar system at the speed of stupidity, faster than Mel Brookian Ludicrous speed, he rapidly found himself dangerously close to a disgustingly dishonest black hole named Condi. As everyone knows if you get sucked into a black hole you die, unless of course it’s a Clintonian black hole then you just get a bad STARR report.

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