February 2009 archive

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Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

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1 Leaving Iraq: Shift to south, exit through desert

By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer

1 hr 19 mins ago

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military map in Iraq in early 2010: Marines are leaving the western desert, Army units are in the former British zone in the south and the overall mission is coalescing around air and logistics hubs in central and northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, commanders will be shifting their attention to helping Iraqi forces take full control of their own security.

The Pentagon has not released the full details of President Barack Obama’s plan to end America’s combat role in Iraq by Aug. 31 of next year, but the broad contours are taking shape.

Now with World and U.S. News.

OMG A Fox Defector! ……..(Terrurist???)

Fox News Anchor…..wait, let me repeat that for the hard of incredulous…..A Fox News Anchor, Shepard Smith goes off the reservation and lays waste to the Bush administration’s illegal detention policies in the Al-Marri Case

Is sanity returning to America? When even Fox Anchors finally admit the mind-numbing stupidity and crime of the Bush years, there may be hope!

Are we finally done with the Bush Paradigm of Stupidity? (episodically recreated here for historical reference)

via videosift.com

Stay tuned!

Pres. Obama Outlines Goals for Afghanistan, Iraq

It’s so good to finally be able to listen to policy being discussed that can be understood, put to words and thoughts that don’t make a mockery of the Presidential Office and Country!

Docudharma Times Saturday February 28

CPAC Continues To Ride

The Ox Cart Into

The Ditch And

They Really Didn’t “Love” Bush

Saturday’s Headlines:

Illinois’ highest-security prison a study in isolation

Bangladeshi army officers’ bodies found as death toll from rebellion rises to 70

Pyongyang plays the puppet master

Robbers snatch record €7m from Dublin bank

£20bn bailout to defuse East Europe’s timebomb

The West Africa Connection: how drug cartels found new routes

African nations pledge to press for aid to Zimbabwe

Tzipi Livni rejects offer to join Israel government

An End to Baghdad’s ‘Dark Era’

Colombia captures Farc kidnapper

Barack Obama to end US combat operations in Iraq by 2010

President Barack Obama has made the historic announcement that he will end US combat operations in Iraq by the end of August 2010.

By Alex Spillius in Washington

Last Updated: 8:32AM GMT 28 Feb 2009

In a speech at a Marine Corps base, he said around 100,000 troops would be brought home by then with 35,000 to 50,000 staying on to advise Iraqi forces, target terror and protect US interests.

Mr Obama, whose popularity was fuelled by his opposition to the war, issued a “responsible” withdrawal timetable three months slower than he had previously promised voters.

More controversial among fellow Democrats was his decision to leave up to 50,000 troops in the country until the end of 2011, which he said was vital to preserve a dramatically improved security and political climate.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat speaker of the house, said she thought the number was unnecessarily high. She said: “I don’t know what the justification is for … the 50,000 troops in Iraq. I would think a third of that, maybe 15,000 or 20,000.”

Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said: “I’m happy to listen to the secretary of defence and the president, but when they talk about 50,000, that’s a little higher number than I had anticipated.”

Iraq hero goes on the warpath

Victoria Cross holder condemns government failure to care for veterans suffering post-combat stress.

Exclusive by Terri Judd

Saturday, 28 February 2009

The Army’s most decorated serving war hero has accused the Government of failing soldiers suffering from mental trauma resulting from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for twice saving the lives of colleagues in Iraq while under heavy rocket fire, told The Independent it was “disgraceful” that some veterans were struggling to receive treatment. He said the Government was relying on military charities to cover its own deficiencies and called on it to act to better help the growing number of his comrades suffering from severe combat stress, depression and mental breakdowns.



Sharper Downturn Clouds Obama Spending Plans


Published: February 27, 2009

The economy is spiraling down at an accelerating pace, threatening to undermine the Obama administration’s spending plans, which anticipate vigorous rates of growth in years to come.

A sense of disconnect between the projections by the White House and the grim realities of everyday American life was enhanced on Friday, as the Commerce Department gave a harsher assessment for the last three months of 2008. In place of an initial estimate that the economy contracted at an annualized rate of 3.8 percent – already abysmal – the government said that the pace of decline was actually 6.2 percent, making it the worst quarter since 1982.

Late Night Karaoke

Under The Rainbow

Random Japan


Officials in Gunma found “several hundred” cannabis plants in the ruins of a house that was gutted by fire. No word on whether the firemen battling the blaze inhaled.

A 22-year-old native of Tonga who plays rugby for Japan’s national team tested positive for marijuana and “other substances.”

Flights were delayed at Miyazaki Airport while an SDF crew removed the fuse from a World War II-era bomb that was buried nearby.

In other ordnance news, the government said it would set aside ¥1 billion to find and remove unexploded shells from World War II in Okinawa. It is estimated that this job will take 100 years.

Officials in Nara announced a major renovation of Daikodo hall in the Horyuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I Realize This Is A Serious Problem

This is how it develops…

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox, when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.

And now…some Al Green!

Philip Pullman on Britain

Prior to speaking at The Convention on Modern Liberty Phillip Pullman (author of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and others) released a statement regarding Britain’s recent history and his worries for  the future.

Well worth the read, but it’s been taken down from the Times website, and it appears to have vanished from the Google cache, also. So, in the interest of preservation, here’s a copy.

Slum Pony Party


by A H Rahman

The next two are by British-Indian hip-hop artist Panjabi MC. Fun dance music.

(Beware of the Boys)

Friday Night at 8; Staying Human

So many of us have been writing about events that tear at the human soul, from hatred and ill treatment of our fellow human beings to the ultimate evil, torture.

I’ve learned so much of tragedy, from Winter Rabbit’s essays on how Native Americans and their precious culture are treated, to Robyn’s essays on having to fight to even go into the ladies’ room without fear of attack.  And those are only two examples.

Now there are going to be hearings this upcoming week on torture.

I wonder how I can stay human with such deep knowledge of the evil we can do to each other.

I think of what I hate.

And I believe in order to stay human, I also need to think about what I love.

I’ll tell you, sometimes it’s hard.  Sometimes I despair.

(courtesy of YouTuber SidewalksOfNY315)

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