Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sunday reading

Ah, a lazy Sunday morning. What is worth reading this morning?

The US government demonstrates how to win friends and influence people. How? Blaming the US installed Afghan government for the increase in opium poppy trade. Couldn't have anything to do with the lack of agricultural aid? There is a reason why tobacco farmers in Kentucky grow pipe-weed. No other legal crop brings as much money per pound to the farmer. Afghan poppies, legal or not, can be grown with little interference from the authorities. Does this make the US memo correct? Or is the lack of Karzai's power outside of Kabul, and the influence of warlords and Taliban supporters who profit from opium trade (both the fault of the US) more to blame? Anybody think this is reprisal for his request for control (DKos) over US troops in his nation? Or his statement that he plans to take Bush to task over prisoner abuse? (last 2 links from Buzzflash) Karzai must not know his history. Puppets who talk back get ousted. Noriega of Panama? Anybody? Beuller? Beuller?

Attytood has a good piece on the Santorum article (via Atrios)in the NYT Sunday magazine. Did the article mention Santorum's wingnuttery? His pandering to big business to the demise of the working class? How about any of his other storied examples of odd behaviors? Not so much.

Christian conservatives are pro-cancer (via Buzzflash again). They think that papiloma virus caused cervical tumors should not be prevented by vaccine. It is too important to them to have a frightening cancer available to scare kids away from sex. That makes sense, since fear appeals don't work well, and if kids were afraid of cancer, they wouldn't smoke. Yep. Makes all kinds of sense.

The media is beginning to realize that they got hoodwinked by the admin over the Newsweek story. Maybe it will make it off the op ed pages and onto the front page. Or at least A8...

Abuse scandals are finally taking in some officers (other than Karpinski, scapegoated for being in charge of Abu Ghraib, but not the cell block where abuse and torture occurred). Will they be prosecuted, or more likely promoted?

Execution is more important than letting a condemned man find out if he can donate part of his liver to his ailing sister. Liver donations are risky, and he could die in the process of donation, but that wouldn't sate the bloodlust of the state.

Lieberman should go home. So should any Dem who thinks Bolton would be acceptable as an ambassador.
Four Democrats in the U.S. Senate could be prepared to support Undersecretary of State John Bolton’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Bloomberg News reported today (see GSN, May 19).

The undecided Democrats are Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Lieberman (Conn.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.).

Especially when North Korea is running out of food aid. If nobody has noticed, when the going gets touch, Kim Jong Il gets out his nukes and threatens his neighbors.

And for shits and giggles, the British Ministry of Defense had a network crash because of this video.

by Robster @ 5/22/2005 12:32:00 PM PERMALink