Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dead or Alive

Mosaic of 4000

BAGHDAD — A cease-fire critical to the improved security situation in Iraq appeared to unravel Monday when a militia loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al Sadr began shutting down neighborhoods in west Baghdad and issuing demands of the central government. Simultaneously, in the strategic southern port city of Basra, where Sadr's Mahdi militia is in control, the Iraqi government launched a crackdown in the face of warnings by Sadr's followers that they'll fight government forces if any Sadrists are detained. By 1 a.m. Arab satellite news channels reported clashes between the Mahdi Army and police in Basra.

The freeze on offensive activity by Sadr's Mahdi Army has been a major factor behind the recent drop in violence in Iraq, and there were fears that the confrontation that's erupted in Baghdad and Basra could end the lull in attacks, assassinations, kidnappings and bombings.
As the U.S. military recorded its 4,000th death in Iraq, U.S. officials in Baghdad warned again Monday that drawing down troops too quickly could collapse Iraq's fragile security situation.

Pentagon officials said that military leaders are watching for any signs of backsliding as they consider whether to keep drawing down troops below pre-surge levels.

President Bush spoke about the death toll, saying, "One day, people will look back at this moment in history and say, 'Thank God there were courageous people willing to serve, because they laid the foundations for peace for generations to come.' "

Even as he spoke, the situation on the ground was rapidly worsening.

On Sunday, a barrage of at least 17 rockets hit the heavily fortified Green Zone and surrounding neighborhoods, where both the U.S. and Iraqi government headquarters are housed, according to police. Most of them were launched from the outskirts of Sadr City and Bayaa, both Mahdi Army-controlled neighborhoods.

@ McClatchy


Keep your eye on the ball. Providing natural cover, the election has taken the place of the mis-information campaign. We have all had that sinking feeling when our hopes are held high for change, then some incident happens that takes it all away and all that is left is that empty feeling of quiet desperation to re-do the moment an put the evil Genie back in the box and hope once again.

We will commemorate the next thousand dead with the same indifference paid to the 4000 now, sure we talk about it, sure we are sad, but despite that this illegal and totally morally wrong war continues unabated with no end in sight. We hope and we hope but sometimes hope is not enough.

Youth of America, despite what you might think is a just and noble cause joining the military, it is not.

Cheney himself said of the war dead and injured, "they volunteered".

So my push is to get the word out to STOP volunteering! These people do not care about you or your family or you.

You are the means to an end for THEM, thats it, nothing more.




DEN said...

The Clinton campaign will roll over anyone in their way. Truth and humility are never in the picture. Its spin and grin. Thankfully enough Dems and independents have seen enough and had enough. Apparently, so did Bill Richardson.


DINO monster.

Not "for the people, by the people" by any measure.

Go Bill Richardson!
Wake up America!

David B. Benson said...

You tax $$ at work protecting you:

Pentagon Admits Mistaken Arms Shipment

Nucular triggers. Nothing important.

Move on.

David B. Benson said...

It is the end of summer in Antarctica:

Antarctic shelf 'hangs by thread'

b'hamster said...

Dr. B...interested in signing?

Petition to Gov. Gregoire on 3 issues -- including one pertaining to global warming

"The People's Bills" are:
• Local Solutions to Global Warming (ESSB 6580) gives local governments new tools to assess and understand the global warming pollution caused by irresponsible development and traffic.

• The Children's Safe Products Act (E2SHB 2647) protects children from lead, cadmium, and phthalates in products they use everyday and provides parents with information to make safer product choices for their children.
• The Working Families Tax Credit (ESSB 6809) offers critical sales tax relief to low-income working families and makes needed improvements to our state's regressive tax system.

David B. Benson said...


David B. Benson said...

First time I have experienced




all at the same time.

tytandanmar said...

I hope nobody anybody knows here is falling for Hillary's "mis-spoke" on Bosnia recollection.

Mis-spoke is recalling a speech that you gave at Cal but actually the speech was given at Stanford. That is mis-spoke.

Making up a scenario out of nowhere
of an event that occurred but obviously did no occur that way, is an outright lie. Hillary faithfully following in Bill's footprints. Or was Bill really following in Hillary's?

A liar is someone who knowingly tells a lie about an event or occurrence they know not to be true. A psychopath is someone who knowingly tells a lie but believes it to be the truth.

Dr. Benson,

Saw that happen a lot in Germany when I was stationed there in the 80's. It had a lot to do with the high altitude in southern Germany and our proximity to the lower altitude of the north. Pretty wild weather patterns there depending on the season.

tytandanmar said...

I had to share this:

CHICAGO (WBBM) -- Chicago Police say no one could make this story up... An 18-year-old man entered a muffler shop in the 2600 block of North Laramie Avenue yesterday and declared a robbery. He allegedly waved a gun around and demanded money, according to police. When he was told the money was in a safe and that the manager who knew how to open it was not there, the suspect had a brilliant idea; at least he thought it was
brilliant. He gave the shop employees his cell phone number and asked them to call him when the manager arrived so he could open the safe for him. The man left and the employees opted to call 911. Authorities stationed plain clothes officers in the shop and called the would-be robber back. The suspect showed up again, and waved his gun around again, but this time was shot in the leg by an officer. The man had surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and is said to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One officer with 20 years on the force, said this is one of the more “unusual” cases he’s seen.

DEN said...

Sticking up a muffler shop??

Darwin claims another victim.

tytandanmar said...

Maybe he preferred that Midas touch!

tytandanmar said...


Another Darwin moment!

Associated Press
Mar. 25, 2008 11:01 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. - Prosecutors say a video shows a Connecticut correction officer running a 40-yard-dash in women's clothing and high heels - at a time he had claimed he was too injured to work.
Garrett A. Dalton of Naugatuck has been charged with workers compensation fraud. He's accused of taking part in a radio station's contest for Hannah Montana concert tickets last year. Not only did he have to dress in drag but he had to carry an egg on a spoon. Authorities were alerted after someone saw Dalton in a TV news report. Prosecutors say the 41-year-old collected more than $5,000 in workers' compensation after he reported a work-related injury in June. Court documents do not list an attorney for Dalton, and his phone number is unlisted. And no, he didn't win the contest.

Alan said...

Hajji, you should get part 2 of "Bush's War". Just finished watching it on PBS and it's as good as part 1.

DEN said...

No shortages at the idiot factory, assembly line is running 24/7.

Gotta snooze......