That’s right. Ms Hotty McHotHot has written an Op-Ed piece for the Washington Post. It turns out Angelina is quite the social activist. Today she writes about the millions of Iraqi civilians whose lives have been completely displaced as a result of the 2003 US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. After another trip to the ‘Raq she writes:
I’m not a security expert, but it doesn’t take one to see that Syria and Jordan are carrying an unsustainable burden. They have been excellent hosts, but we can’t expect them to care for millions of poor Iraqis indefinitely and without assistance from the U.S. or others. One-sixth of Jordan’s population today is Iraqi refugees. The large burden is already causing tension internally. [...]Â
My visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious, long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis.
Definitly worth a read.
Last week I mentioned the shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was announcing his militia’s ceasefire would be extended for another six months. Today, we heard from al-Sadr again. This time his is speaking out against the executive branch of the Iraq government in their decesion to veto a piece of legislation that had a component for the three biggest general factions in Iraqi society: Kurds, Sunnis, and Shia. The only portion of the legislation that was not passed was the aspect that the Shia most strongly supported, it would have given regional governments more power. Provincial elections would have been a major aspect of its passing. Link.
Article in the Times claiming that 1 in 100 adults are in prison. I think it’s understood by ninjas everywhere that the prison system in this country is beyond f*cked up. For some interesting and depressing statistics see here.
[I'm pressed for time today, so the posts will be brief until this evening. You ninjas didn't know I had a full time job on top of MNP, did you?]
I just wanted to make sure you ninjas understand that just because over here in the dojo we may throw a post up about a conservative topic, this in no way means that we prescribe to the atrocious neo-conservative movement that plagues politics today. Just because you see Reagan here doesn’t mean I think he’s a great guy (he certainly was not a ninja). I think understanding what he started is critical for ninjas to grasp. Know thy enemy, right? Conservatism has come a long way since Sir Edmund Burke and the Glorious Revolution.
The rediculous nature of this report is, unfortunately, not going to be unique as Obama emerges as the Democratic nominee. From the site:
“Nothing in Barack Obamaâ€™s history or his choice of advisers suggests he will be a friend to Israel,â€ said Hobbs. â€œOn the contrary, supporters of Israel should view a possible Obama administration with extreme caution, as Americaâ€™s ally is being put in the cross-hairs by the anti-Jewish left.”
Now this statement is notÂ only is this horribly factually inacurate, it’s just pathetic politics.
Russia has announced that they might support further sanctions against Iran if the Arab nation does not cease it’s use of uranium enrichment centrifuges and water reactors used to create plutonium. As you ninjas know, I hope, Iran is being accused of pursuing these nuclear weapons. Naturally, the international community will go to great lengths to ensure that does not happen.Â They have no reason to gain the required materials to build a nuclear weapon for civil(ian) electric purposes.Â The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations institution, has said that Iran has recently been more cooperative in providing transparency regarding it’s nuclear program, but they still refuse to cooperate fully. Iran claims they have no nuclear weapons program and there nuclear ambitions are purely civil, meant for electricity. But, I’m thinking, if this is the case there is no need for them to be enriching uruanium and trying to gain plutonium.
Last year, there was a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released. This report sad that Tehran halted it’s nuclear weapons program in 2003, but this does not mean they don’t have aspirations to get nukes someday.
He’s finally done it. After about a week of speculation Rep. John Lewis of Georgia has switched his endorsement from backing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Hussein Obama. This is a huge bump for Obama (so was ours, BTW) and a huge blow to Clinton.
Has anyone heard of a single person endorisng Clinton in the past two weeks? Me neither.
Who is William Buckley? Ninjas, this man is responsible for giving conservatives an intellectual outlet going back 50 years. As the founder of the National Review (an esteemed conservative hot-bed) Buckley found his voice.
Sure he has a very wealthy family, was a member of SkullsÂ & Bones at Yale, etc. etc. but he was a very intelligent man. After graduating with honors form the Ivy League playground he condemned the institution for being an atheist spawning place. Buckley published over 40 books and his career of opinions and analysis began in 1951, the year after graduating. He continued to make waves until recently, as a critic of the Iraq war. As an aspiring political whatever-the-heck-I-am Bill, regardless of his politics, was a great source of inspiration.
The influence of this man should be recognized. He was 82 years old, and died sitting at his desk.
Is it me, or does Hillary Clinton seem to think that every aspect of this Democratic primary is unfair?
It’s not fair that the media loves that she’s losing and loves to knock her down. It’s unfair that Obama released a mailer stating facts about her health plan. It’s unfair that she’s a women alone surrounded by men. And, now, it would most certainly be unfair if the superdelgates were to choose a side now. Her camp goes so far as to assume that should the super-delgates make up there mind now it would “end the nominating process.” This means they agree that Obama has all the momentum, and that if theÂ supersÂ had to decide now, he would win. What else is there to happen in this campaign that she’s waiting for? Does she have a hit out on Obama or something? What does she realistically think is going to happen in the next week? Yuh done, girl. There’s always 2016.
TPM has compiled a montage of the assanine nature of Russert’s moderatorÂ operation atÂ last night’s debate.
Not as much blood splattering as one would have expected last night. Both candidates remained cool, calm and collected. And they were both very much on top of their game.
Is it just me or were these “mediators” very antagonizing? Russert was asking stupid questions and the candidates handled him well. He tried to draw parralels to the life and times of Farrakhan to Obama, trying to bring about some guilt by association.Â He also tried to put over crazy hypotheticals and expected the candidates to have policy issues for rediculous situations (such as re-invading Iraq, or Iraq telling us to immediatly withdraw from their country). He’s a moron.
Hillary was stupid for complaining about receiving the first quesetion all the time and referencing an SNL skit. I don’t know what she was trying to do, but she got booed. It was also poor decision making to try and say “Well I think we need to be stronger and say reject and not denounce,” in referencing Barack’s position on Farrakhan. And Barack said, “Sorry, waht’s the difference? Okay, I denounce and reject Farrakhan.”Â
My favorite moment of the debate was after the clip of Clinton making fun of Obama for being a dreamer and creating a painting of a world uniting and problems being solved (“and the clouds will open up and the sun will shine” … etc etc.), the clip ended Obama said “Sounds good” then credited her with a great performance and solid delivery.
To end the night it was Obama to start in with the feel-good moment which I thought was a great way of saying, it’s been good Hillary, it’s been real … but it hasn’t been real good, but now I have to go win the general election.
After the symbolic hand-job following the mid-February debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton immediately took off the Playtex gloves and unleashed a barrage of penis-shriveling criticism ahead of the Texas and Ohio March 4th primaries. First denouncing an anti-Clinton flier by Obamaâ€™s organization regarding the Nafta trade treaty, Hillary paused only long enough to hear the Ghost of Ross Perotâ€™s Failed Campaign warning her, â€œThat sucking sound you hear is the sound of your campaign losing any appeal to the Independent voterâ€. While some still dispute the wisdom of Nafta, itâ€™s not that easy to unhitch your â€œexperience wagonâ€ from one of the more unpopular legacies of the Bill Clinton White House. Throwing caution to the wind, Senator Clinton raised her fist and brought it down soundly on what she considers Obamaâ€™s most vulnerable area: his lack of experience.
Comparing his lack of foreign policy experience to that of George W Bush, she deftly avoided sounding hypocritical by NOT bringing up her husbandâ€™s â€œvast experienceâ€ when compared to former CIA Director and two term vice-President George H.W. Bush in his re-election bid. One would think sheâ€™d have learned from peopleâ€™s reaction to her â€œchange you can Xeroxâ€ comment, but apparently she rides to these rallies in the little bus with all the other â€œspecial needsâ€ candidates, like Nader, who really just donâ€™t get it.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen the tragic result of having a president who had neither the experience nor the wisdom to manage our foreign policy and safeguard our national security,â€ Mrs. Clinton said in a speech on foreign policy at George Washington University. Uh, yeah, we all watched you and all those other Democrats cower in the corner and give license to George Bush to have his way in Iraq. Just like a drunk throwing up on the sofa and trying to hide it under someone elseâ€™s hat, this ploy fools no one.
In an interview on Larry King Live in April of 2004, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said she is not sorry she voted for a resolution authorizing President Bush to take military action in Iraq. Hugely disappointing to antiwar liberals who were being bullied into silence by the increasingly vocal and overtly belligerent pro-war conservative base, Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Iraq war resolution in October of 2002. In doing so, she followed a long Clinton tradition of courting then abandoning assorted supporters and their causes: gays, blacks, liberals and finally the antiwar movement.
“Obviously, I’ve thought about that a lot in the months since,” she said. “No, I don’t regret giving the president authority because at the time it was in the context of weapons of mass destruction, grave threats to the United States, and clearly, Saddam Hussein had been a real problem for the international community for more than a decade.” And thereâ€™s that foreign policy experience we hear so much about.
The attack thatâ€™s gotten the most attention in recent days has been a photograph of Mr. Obama in a ceremonial African garb, reputed to have been provided by a Clinton staffer. The source has not been absolutely verified, but itâ€™s doubtful that Senator McCain, himself smeared by rumors of fathering a black child back in 2000, is responsible for something as sophomoric as that. This has all the earmarks of the Clinton campaign, which frankly as been following misstep with misstep for months now. From allowing Bill to even speak, to personal attacks on Obama supporters as naive, this candidacy has managed to insult and alienate pretty much everyone whoâ€™s not branded on the ass with a scarlet â€œCâ€. Once arrogantly portrayed as â€œAmericaâ€™s first black president,â€ Bill came off as more of a snotty, ill-tempered redneck just before the South Carolina caucus. Meanwhile, Senator Clinton cannot decide whether to portray the Damsel in Distress or Harpy from Hell.
Throughout most of these attacks, Obama has wisely decided to defend the issue but not fight fire with fireâ€¦which makes this yet another Clinton backfire. The â€œpersonalâ€ nature of these attacks on experience and pragmatism are designed to solicit a reply in kind from the Obama campaign, reducing his charismatic appeal once he starts slinging insults. Itâ€™s a desperation tactic. Once dragged down into the mud, no one will remember who threw the first punch come convention time as the two-headed monster of Hill and Bill smothers any spark of optimism from the Obama campaign. As long as Obama can maintain his Zen-like composure, Hillary Clintonâ€™s nasty alley-fight will not prevail. And come March 4th, Zen-master Obama might finally be able to reveal to Hillary the sound of one-hand clappingâ€¦.by slapping her soundly across the head and completely out of the race. Yesterdayâ€™s gone, baby! Why donâ€™t you join it?
[[Op-Ed post by special MNP correspondent Jill the Shill]]