Dad, Don't Shoot

Police officer mistakenly shoots daughter

Her father, 41-year-old Eric Scott, was awakened by motion sensor lights in his backyard and when he went to investigate found the basement door unlocked. He then saw someone in a basement bathroom and fired his service pistol, hitting his daughter in the knee.

He pulled the trigger of a gun without knowing who the gun was pointing at. That is indicative of the retarded attitude of the “guns make us safer” crowd. When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

As I’ve said, I’m not anti-gun, I’m anti-guns-make-us-safer.

Dad, Don't Shoot

Memorial Day Rant

I completely, 100% support our troops. I have family in the military and I have tremendous respect for the great people that volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of the USA. National defense is necessary and these fine people continue the legacy of what literally made this country possible. I salute them and I will back them with my dollars and with whatever political will I am able to influence.

But I will not allow people to use the banner of “support or troops” to force feed me ineffective and irresponsible foreign policy.

I understand that we want to stand unified, together against our enemies. It is an uncomfortable reality that the whole world watches us debate this stuff. But reality it is. It is a lame and completely incorrect argument to claim that people against the Iraq war are giving aid to the enemy or undermining our troops.

We all know what is wrong in Iraq. Shitty leadership from above. By that I mean the strategic goals outlined by the President. It’s like sending the Marines into “solve” the Israel/Palestine crisis. No one would recommend that. It’s the wrong tool for the job. Yes, security is important, but the complications related to the occupation of an Arab country are fucking numerous!

This whole mess is because Bush & Co. did not know how to achieve what they wanted to achieve. (Yes, there is little tiny progress.) Before we went in the Left was screaming, “Hello, bull in the china shop. Not as easy as it sounds.” All along we’ve been warning that this could get much messier than the Rose Colored Glasses club was talking about:

“It’s hard to conceive,” Wolfowitz testified before the Senate armed services committee, “that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army. Hard to believe.”

Now, because we were (unfortunately) correct, we have to take this shit about “you don’t support the troops”. Bullshit. We wanted to use the military much more carefully. We wanted to treat our troops better. Bush’s disaster has cost 3500 American lives (so far) and billions of dollars because they did the wrong thing the wrong way and were deluded about it the whole time:

“I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” (Dick Cheney, June 20, 2005)

An effort misguided, mismanaged and misunderstood by the oil-cozy retard squad. But, boy, it’s really the fault of us Lefties who don’t support the troops!

Memorial Day Rant

Draft 'Em

I have an idea: everyone who still has a Bush sticker on their car, here in 2007, 3 years after the election and 5 years after this fiasco of a “war” in Iraq. All of these people should be rounded up, drafted into the Army and sent to Iraq. They can do their ra-ra bullshit right from the sidelines.

Think this war is important? Then a) PAY FOR IT and b) show up and man a checkpoint.

Draft 'Em

Michael Crichton: Retard

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
– Michael Crichton

UPDATE: Oh, I suppose I should elaborate. You are surrounded by the benefits of scientific consensus. The notion that science has some economic agenda is fucking nonsense. He is talking about one topic he disagree with science on, I’m guessing global climate change, and he has to make this sweepingly retarded comment.

No Crichton, you idiot, scientists are the fucking good guys, white hats, making lives better, saving lives, improving quality of life and otherwise ushering in a fucking golden era of luxury and prosperity to the world. To vilify scientists to make your (incorrect) point about global warming is just plain dumb ass and is the smoking gun of an idealogical agenda that is devoid of real scientific basis.

Michael Crichton: Retard

A strategy of transition is obvious

micadelic said:

There is progress in Iraq. Most of the country is pacified. The people are now working with our troops more than ever providing intelligence on weapons caches, insurgent locations and movements, etc. There is no denying this. To say no progress is evident is not accurate and I’m confused as to why the left wants to not admit it when we do make progress.

If we are making progress it means we are in a better position to leave now than ever.

That’s the thing with this, you can’t have it both ways. Progress means that our withdrawal date should be approaching. The Democrats are trying to nail down how much progress we’ve made, have benchmarks, if you will, as that progress progresses and then leave when it is logical to do so.

I am one of those who thinks leaving now is better for the Iraqi people and better for the American people. We solved the Saddam problem easily but we can’t solve the “civil war” problem. For that to happen it cannot be seen as an American effort. (You see, that is the key problem here: we’ve undermined our ourselves in the region such that too many interests are working against us no matter what we do.)

C’mon, this is a really weak argument Michael. The enemy is those that oppose our goals in Iraq. The vast MAJORITY of the Iraqi people actually are with us, they want peace and stability. Sectarian violence has been steadily decreasing actually, it’s the Al Q’aeda type violence that’s been on the rise and so horrendous. The car and truck bombings specifically. These are designed to cause chaos and kill as many people as possible, regardless of their flavor of Islam. And it doesn’t make sense to tell them when we’re pulling out, they mark that date on their calendar and they just wait to hang on until that day comes. And it’s Pelosio and Reid and company that give them hope.

I don’t buy it. We don’t know what is cause and what is effect. Using your logic, a surge may make things worse. The more we fight them the more they use our occupation and bloodshed against us and the more it is in their interest to cause violence. Where is their “mandate” if we are not there? They justify their existence by fighting the Americans. Take that excuse away.

What we need is a primarily Iraqi force backed up by the UN and if necessary NATO or something. We need to take the imperialist Christian thing out of it, make it an international effort and give the Muslim world no reason to believe this is about America, oil or Judeo/Christianity. Then we need this international effort to provide security and get the power and water turned on and the markets open and keep it on and keep ’em open. We need to make it obvious to the Iraqis that Al Queda is the enemy, not America.

To me a strategy of transition is obvious. A reduction of the American occupation in concert with increased international involvement and a greater direct share of responsibility on the Iraqis themselves. It’s gotta be done. We should start thinking about it, and acting on it, now. The President is stalling until he gets out of office for political reasons. You should be outraged.

A strategy of transition is obvious

No confidence

It is time to talk of a vote of no confidence in our President. We have an administration in disarray. They have spoken continually of progress in Iraq yet no progress is evident. They have changed enemies mid-war, first fighting Saddam Hussein’s army and now fighting to rebuild it.

Their track record is horrendous when it comes to Iraq. From “mission accomplished” onward this has been a litany of failures. There was the chaos immediately after the fall of Saddam. Their priorities were obvious when the protected the oil ministry while museums were looted and hospitals abandoned. There was the fiasco of Abu Ghraib. There was the constant rose-colored glasses — statements based on wishful thinking and now provably false: the “last throes”, “treated as liberators”, “progress”, “progress”, “progress”. What progress? Even after the surge Baghdad is in chaos. The government is impotent and the Iraq defense forces nowhere near adequate.

When he vetoed the recent bill that would continue funding of the war Bush said:

the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders.

The President, the Commander-in-Chief, is a politician. He is supposed to be providing clear and obtainable goals to the military. The judgment of the military is used to achieve these goals. The military does not set policy goals. You see, the President has it backwards. This is the problem when the goals shift under your feet without you realizing it. Bush is waiting for the military solution to work. With no evidence whatsoever that it is working, the military is doomed to slog through Bush’s inept vision.

American can do better. When you don’t get the job done in the U. S. of A. you get handed a pink slip. When your leadership is ineffective you get put on the bench. We do not and can not tolerate ineptitude in our nation’s highest office.

I know many of you believe that Bush has noble goals at heart: an independent, self-sufficient and Democratic Iraq. I agree, this is a fine ideal. However, what reason do we have to believe that we alone can impose this vision on the Iraqis? Democracy must be nurtured from within, not imposed by the bullets of Marines. Bush’s vision for Iraq is the problem. I wish I had a pony but wishing doesn’t make it so.

Bush also said:

It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing. All the terrorists would have to do is mark their calendars and gather their strength and begin plotting how to overthrow the government and take control of the country of Iraq.

With all due respect, Sir, what enemy? Are the Iraqi people our enemy? They want their country back. They are tired of the check points and the raids and the arrests. Are we fighting for one side of the other in the civil war? Are the Sunnis or the Shia our enemies? Who is our enemy? Al-Qaeda? They weren’t in Iraq until we destablized it. Do you really think that US Marines can force the Iraqi people to set aside their generational conflict?

The President wants to believe that we can achieve anything we set our minds to. He is willing to spend any amount of lives and money to prove that. We were defeated the very day that the President was made to believe that he could decide what the Iraqi people want.

The war in Iraq is already over. The terrorists didn’t win. They are simply feeding on the scraps of our occupation. The Iraqis didn’t win, they are devastated and destablized. The US didn’t win. Sorry, George, we didn’t. The military victory was easy, it’s the nation building that is hard. That’s why an earlier George W. Bush said “I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders“. He also said “I just don’t think it’s the role of the United States to walk into a country and say, we do it this way, so should you.

Too bad he didn’t listen to himself!

No American can sit by and claim that we are on the right path. It’s time to bench the quarterback.

No confidence