Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hajji's Son Spanky's Iraq Pics

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War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Jimmy Carter
US diplomat & Democratic politician (1924 - )

30 comments:

DEN said...

Say a prayer to the God of your choice for these kids so they may safely return to their families, who like Hajji, miss them very much.

While your at it say a prayer for the world, that it will see beyond the evil of war and embrace peace.

Saladin said...

I would add say a prayer that all the tyrants that profit from war, and their enablers in the war machine, be removed from our midst so that the rest of us will have a chance to be rid of war forever, for it is the profiteers that are the root of this evil.

Saladin said...

Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict

As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms


IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.

As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by her husband, financier Richard C. Blum, benefited from decisions made by Feinstein as leader of this powerful subcommittee.

Each year, MILCON's members decide which military construction projects will be funded from a roster proposed by the Department of Defense. Contracts to build these specific projects are subsequently awarded to such major defense contractors as Halliburton, Fluor, Parsons, Louis Berger, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation. From 1997 through the end of 2005, with Feinstein's knowledge, Blum was a majority owner of both URS Corp. and Perini Corp.

Insider Information

The tale thickens with the appearance of Michael R. Klein, a top legal adviser to Feinstein and a long-time business partner of Blum's. The vice-chairman of Perini's board of directors, Klein was a partner in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, a powerful law firm with close ties to the Democratic Party, for nearly 30 years. Klein and Blum co-own ASTAR Air Cargo, which has military contracts in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Klein also sits on the board of SRA International, a large defense contractor.

In an interview with this reporter in September, Klein stated that, beginning in 1997, he routinely informed Feinstein about specific federal projects coming before her in which Perini had a stake. The insider information, Klein said, was intended to help the senator avoid conflicts of interest. Although Klein's startling admission was intended to defuse the issue of Feinstein's conflict of interest, it had the effect of exacerbating it.

Klein said that he regularly gave Feinstein's chief of staff, Mark Kadesh, lists of Perini's current and upcoming contractual interests in federal legislation, so that the senator would not discuss, debate, vote on or participate in matters that could affect projects in which Perini was concerned....
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This is exactly the kind of people I'm talking about. Can someone explain to me, after reading the article, how this is any different than the cheney/halliburton connection?

DEN said...

Sal, it is not any different, it is politics as usual.

Women work hard to get themselves into the political arena, but what good is the achievement if it includes lining your families pockets?

No one, male or female, Dem or Repug, has the right to rip off the public, no one!

Jeanne said...

I'm thinking about you Hajji. Hopes and prayers for all the guys and gals in uniform and for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Peace.

Saladin said...

DEN, appointing her as ethics chair is rubbing a boulder of salt into a gaping wound, I am absolutely at my wits end! Now we have just about everyone, left, right, centrist, doing the bomb Iran dance, and that crazy ass ginrich is the biggest freakin lunatic of all! Did you read the interview with him? He is positively PSYCHOTIC! UGH

DEN said...

Sal, I don't need to read and article on Gingrinch, I used to live in his district and know what a psycho he is. Cobb County GA

Saladin said...

DEN, do you think he REALLY believes that shit he spews, or is he just another fear mongering puppet? I can't decide, maybe a little of both?

DEN said...

He works for big money when he can get it!

DEN said...

Woman Knows Her Place

Barbara Walters of Television's 20/20 did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands.

She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. From Ms. Walter's vantage point, despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even further back behind their husbands and are happy to maintain the old custom.

Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, "Why do you now seem happy with the old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?"

The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, "Land Mines."

Saladin said...

DEN, I've received my book, Afghanistan After "Democracy." The proceeds are going towards the building of a women's clinic there. It is one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read, I had to force myself to look at each and every photo of those poor people, the children and worst of all the DU afflicted newborns. My God, what a disaster we have caused over there. Every American should face the truth of what is being done in their names. The book is $40 and anyone who can I hope will contribute to this worthy cause, it is the very least we can do if we are able.

DEN said...

Sal, there is nothing "democratic" about forcing your form of government on any people against their will.

The US like Israel is hated for that very reason. No respect for the sovereignty of nations is the first mistake, bombing them into submission is the second.

Carey said...

When you see these pictures, it appears so desolate and ugly. The kids just can't win.

Prayers go out every day from this family. Just happy to see one come home relatively unscathed. There's still his mental picture and frame of mind that need's healing though. That will take years.

Sal,

Feinstein has always gotten on my nerves. I just read of her opposition to Arnold's global warming initiative. She disgusts me.

On Iran, everyone will be joining that "bomb Iran" ship. Israel's making sure of that. They know how much power they wield here. They planted those stories in The London Times. It's all part of a publicity plan to force our Congress to jump on the bandwagon to do Israel's bidding. The election is coming up. They know what they're doing. They also know Bush is just the dumbass to do it. Christian right evangelical nutcase!

Geesh, don't get me started on Gingrich, a man whose pudgy little neck I would thoroughly love to strangle. Anybody who cheats on and leaves a person suffering from cancer belongs in purgatory. You have to wonder about all of these criminals. Don't they know they'll eventually face heavenly justice? Metaphoricallly speaking. I cannot abide Gingrich. The sneer just inches across on my face when I see him on camera.

Gingrich is singing those bomb Iran praises because he has this notion that he could actually run for President. It makes one suffer that kind of laughter that makes you sick to your stomach at the same time.

I wouldn't say Gingrich is stupid. He's wiley and politically astute. And get this, a mortal wound for me, he's a history professor. But here's hoping "family values" opinions will throw that incident with his ex-wife in his face over and over. The utter cad.


Den,

I loved the quote from the woman in Afghanistan.

Sal,isn't Afghanistan one of the countries that routinely performs clitorectomies?

DEN said...

OUCH!!

Carey said...

As I move across the blogs today, one massive realization comes to mind. We are letting Bushco absolutely direct the national debate. What with Cheney deigning to allow an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday in which he, as joined by Gen. Petrereus (sp) and Lieberman elsewhere, believes any opposition to escalation is helping the terrorists, the enemy. (See Glenn Greenwald today.) First off, who is the enemy? Sunnis, Shiites? It's not the terrorists in Iraq, it's the Iraqi people we're fighting. My point is that we are even disussing this surge. We're way off the mark.

Just several months ago, did you expect that this would be the topic of debate? More troops? Bombing Iran?? Well, I'll give you that one, Iran, that's always been one of our fears.) Yet all of our liberal blogs talk of nothing else.

I don't feel eloquent, or clever or anything. Just completely sick to my stomach watching this democracy go so far down the road to destruction.

Then you hear about Alberto Gonzales actually claiming that there is no right to habeas corpus in the Constitution. These truths are self-evident. This means nothing? The trashing of America.

War profiteers. The enemy of the people. Saladin has been right to constantly reiterate this most important of points. Down through history, it's the damn war profiteers.

Right now I join Jeanne in just saying, "God I hate Bush." There's comes a point where you feel so devastated by the wrongs of the world, you sit with head in hands.

DEN said...

Carey, tough to accept the goings on with this bunch of goombahs isn't it?

Remember we are mere passengers on this crazy train, the only power we have is the vote and that is in danger also.

Do not let yourself get depressed at the lack of control, we need to stay sharp and vigilant, at least you are enlightened, unlike the 30% sheeple that think chimpies doing a great job.

NOT being stupid is definitely far better than the alternative, no matter what happens.

You can control some of the people some of the time, but control all of the people all of the time.

They are losing the battle, just slower than we like.

DEN said...

Brain gas;
You can control some of the people some of the time, but{ }control all of the people all of the time.

insert can't between the brackets, duh!

DEN said...

We proved in November that we can replace the goomers with good folks, patience with the US gubment is a must have!

Except that crazy woman from Minn.

Wonder if she gave chimpie some tongue? EEEEWWWWW!

Micki said...

Is this the end of the scholarly journal?

...not my question...that's the title of this article @ the CSM

Gerald said...

Hajji's son looks like a fine young man and let us hope that he will remain that way with a future to offer his skills and talents to the world.

Micki is right and I will not share my barf bucket because the bucket is usually filled to the brim after each puke.

Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: January 26

DEN said...

Micki, a double edge sword. On one hand it gains accessibility to research and scientific knowledge.

On the other hand it increases the vulnerability to hacking and test manipulation.

Does save trees through less paper, but I still do not trust the internet, it is a terrorist target.

Thats two swords, both double edge.

Gerald said...

I went a day ahead of myself on praying each day.

David B. Benson said...

Peer review better than no peer review. Period.

PLoS is an interesting experiment. However, I would not bother to cite any of the papers there, except in extremis and mentioning that the work has not been peer-reviewed.

On the other hand, the web is a great place to trawl for all sorts of useful information. Even, for me, scholarly 'publications'. But I do want the mark of authority, if you will, which comes with a peer-reviewed journal.

Micki said...

I don't buy into the theory that bush's wars of choice are all about war-profiteering in a monetary sense. The dough lining their pockets is a factor in their war making, but it is secondary to fear-profiteering. Money alone would not have let them amass the power they now hold -- but the fear coupled with money gives them the unreasonable "profit" they have been seeking for decades -- world domination, with them as the sole makers of the rules. (Or so they hope.)

By a certain measure, the bush presidency is remarkably successful -- in his administration's quest to achieve its political objectives, deliberately pursuing its destructive policies, bush and his boyfriends have made it a disaster for the rest of us. That is success to them.

Dianne Feinstein is no pal of mine, but I daresay she has not abused Americans by questioning their patriotism, nor has she undermined American practices and values as george w bush has in deliberately taking our country to financial, economic and social disaster in his quest for power. She is not a neocon fanatic, a religious fundamentalist, a right-wing ideologue, or a social Darwin elitist. We keep going off on all these tangents and not keeping our eye on the ball.

Watch out! Duck! bush now realizes his legacy is S-H-I-T. So he's going for broke. The dry drunk is really going to get even now.

Micki said...

However, I would not bother to cite any of the papers there, except in extremis and mentioning that the work has not been peer-reviewed.

...at the point of death, or just short of that?

But, seriously...what you said makes good sense to me.

David B. Benson said...

Spanky's pics are very good. And yes, they look like children to me, although I would call them young men...

TNYT has a scary article today about American soldiers in Haifa Street, Baghdad. Bring them all home, now!

Hajji said...

Thanx, all for the prayers, good wishes for Grant and Co.

Jill told me Grant called her about 4am. (She's with her mom who's living with corticobasal degeneration in Durham, NC. Loooooong story, but one of great courage and great loss, funny thing is, sometimes you have to remind her to bitch at you! You grow to miss that.)

Anywhoo...they talked (on sat phone) for over an hour and a half!

Grant's getting really excited about getting back to the mundane things like beer, girls, beer, driving without worrying 'bout gettin' blowed up, football, baseball, beer and girls...(in EXACTLY that order.)

To hear a lilt in Jill's voice when talking about such things, especially considering all things, is like the song of the first bird of spring.

Her sacrifices for her children, for her patients (including those from NOLA and the FL hurricanes, who she STILL gets calls from!), for the goats, dog, donkey, me and now for her mother remind me of the the phrase from Mother Theresa...(I paraphrase)

"it is impossible for men to do great things...only small things with great love."

To love half as much as she does is to love greater than you'd've thunk possible.

G'nite.

-T

Gerald said...

Decline of the West

Dear Posters:

On January 26, 2007 I was watching a program on Ontario Television that is called the Agenda.

The program started with the fact that we have been involved with the Middle East since 1776. Our country’s trade with that area was about 20%. As our trade boats went to the area, pirates would hijack the boats and so America needed a navy to protect these trade boats.

Ever since 1819 the Puritans talked about a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. These were the first thoughts of an Israeli state and the partition of Palestine.

Andrew Jackson was the first president to send arms to the Middle East. President Wilson chose not to protect the Armenians and 1.5 Armenians were slaughtered. Armenia was a predominately Christian state.

The American Zionist Movement was started by a woman but I cannot recall her name. The impetus for the American Zionist Movement took hold under Justice Brandeis.

In 1933 America worked out an agreement with a Mr. Saud. The Saud family was very influential in the Middle East. The Saud family found the oil and from that time forward America had an interest in the Middle East to protect her oil interests. If you recall Prescott Bush was deeply involved with the Saud family since 1933 and probably before 1933.

President Truman was the first president to recognize Israel after WW II.

Why is America supportive of Israel? Religion plays a role in supporting Israel. We can go back to the Puritans in 1819 as an example. America also seems to pay attention to the Israeli lobbyists.

A power play in the Middle East, such as attacking Iran will not help to bring peace in the Middle East.

History is one damn thing after another. Winston Churchill

The Decline of the West may have started with Iran taking over our hostages in 1979. When an empire starts to decline like the American empire there is great violence by the declining empire. Nationalism can destroy an empire, such as America right or wrong. America’s immigration issue must have an organized plan. A disorganized plan will create ongoing conflicts and violence.

America has a terrible record for nation building. Why is America on the decline? There are three reasons. America has huge economic deficits, a population deficit (only 6% of the world population is American), and an attention deficit. America has forgotten that a nation cannot become a democracy after 4 or 5 years. America will have to be in the Middle East for at least 50 plus years and probably be involved in many wars, murders, and war crimes.

America will fight these endless wars in order to prevent another Islamic Empire that dates back 1400 or 1500 years. America and Israel will have to create death, destruction, and genocide in order to stop an Islamic Empire. Endless killing and maiming will take place in the Middle East.

America has another problem that will make it necessary to start a nuclear holocaust in Asia. America will want to stop the Asian Revival and the great strides that China has been making. America will not spread democracy because America’s plan for her empire from total decline will be death, destruction, and the genocide of China.

Since America has a population deficit, America will let more and more immigrants come into the country. Possibly another 300 or 400 million immigrants will be necessary to ease the population deficit. This increase in the American population will make it possible to reinstate the military draft to fight in Nazi America’s endless wars. America in order to prevent the growth of an Islamic Empire and China’s growing influence in the world will start a nuclear holocaust in two main areas, the Middle East and China. Our 700 plus military bases around the world will knock out the threat of an Islamic Empire and China’s growing strength and influence around the world. There will be massive collateral damage to the world’s human population.

The PNAC’s desire for planet, Earth, to sustain only a population of 500 million people will be realized.

I have also given you my interpretation of what seems Nazi America’s secret plan in maintaining her empire.

Sincerely,

Gerald

Gerald said...

America's conflict with Iran will begin