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Archive for July 6th, 2007

Pakistan crisis intensifies

Posted by Charles II on July 6, 2007

Declan Walsh in The Guardian:

The sense of crisis gripping Pakistan grew yesterday as a bloody siege of a mosque stretched into its fourth day, suspected militants targeted President Pervez Musharraf’s plane, and a suicide bomber killed six soldiers near the Afghan border.

From Mohammed Asghar of Dawn:

Anti-aircraft and machine gun (

Mr Shah said that security agencies had raided the house and the SMG and two anti-aircraft guns, both 1.5 metres long, were found on the roof. Two satellite dishes and 150 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition and two large suitcases were also found. But by the time police and intelligence officials raided the house, the assailants had escaped.

Four army personnel killed near Dergai.

Senior security personnel injured in Mingora.

Attempt to kidnap army officer in Miramshah.

Looks like the chickenhawks have their second front. Or is it their third, or their fourth?   

Posted in Pakistan, Uncategorized, world news | 8 Comments »

Wes Clark confirms we are effectively at war with Iran

Posted by Charles II on July 6, 2007

Overflights and special forces ops inside their country. (via Quentin Compson in Atrios comments)

Not that MercRising readers will be surprised.

Posted in Iran | 2 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on July 6, 2007

It’s all about the tummyrubs.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Posted in Alexander the Great, cats, Friday Cat Blogging | 9 Comments »

What Susie said… and then some

Posted by Charles II on July 6, 2007

Via Avedon’s Sideshow, I see that Susie Madrak has a great rant on how badly the Democratic Party has supported bloggers who serve to get out their message.

The proximate cause of her anger is the tragic death of Jim Cappozzola, who died because he lacked health insurance. And she points out that the Democratic Party has demanded loyalty up and granted no loyalty down. She wants free laptops.

But Susie stopped short and because I know, I have an obligation to say so.

*  The reason so many people lack health insurance is because withholding it is an employer tool to keep employees in line. I have sat in the councils where such things are casually discussed. Thanks to “Sicko,” we know what murder by HMO looks like. 

*  The reason that there are so many great bloggers is that there are so many highly-educated, highly-talented throwaways. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in speaking truth to power | 16 Comments »

Wednesday, 12:00 PM Eastern, July 11th

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2007


That’s when the hearings into the Libby pardon/commutation start.

Fire Dog Lake’s planning to have some folks down there to liveblog them. Save the date!

Posted in Libby trial, madness of King George, Valerie Plame | 1 Comment »

Mexico July 6th, 2007

Posted by Charles II on July 6, 2007

From the MSN newsletter: 1.  Supreme Court sanctions kidnapping, torture, and child molestation, 2. key figure in “dirty war” released, more indications of drug war failure as Calderon removes all existing police leadership (presumably to install PAN ultraloyalists). Read on: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Mexico | 4 Comments »

And Because We All Could Use Some Good News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2007

The NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity were only supposed to do a total of around one kilometer’s worth of exploring when they landed on the red planet four years ago. Instead, they’ve done over 18 kilometers with no slowdown in sight, making measurements and testings as they go.

Pretty good for two little robots that are each about the size of a bread box.

Posted in Good Things | 1 Comment »

Thanks For The Clicks, Trollies!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2007

And by the way, have you heard of Quirk’s exception to Godwin’s Law?  It was created because of the way people like you have tried to abuse Godwin’s Law.

By the way:  Godwin’s Law doesn’t forbid mentioning things such as the fact that the Bush Junta’s favorite new torture euphemism, “enhanced interrogation techniques” is in fact “a fairly decent English translation of the Gestapo euphemism ‘verschaerfte Vernehmung‘ which was the code word for torture in the Third Reich.”

Posted in eedjits, getting a clue, wrong way to go about it | 1 Comment »

Eeek! Socialized Medicine!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2007


Here’s the horrific tale of an American living in the UK (not the person in the pic — that comes from the NHS’ site) and her — gasp!pleasant, fast, and hassle-free experience with the National Health Service!

This, my fellow Americans, is the sort of Communist hell to which Michael Moore would subject us!

Posted in capitalism as cancer, family values, health care | Comments Off on Eeek! Socialized Medicine!

Poll: Americans Waking Up, Realizing That Yellow Liquid The Rich Are Trickling Down Isn’t Rain

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2007


Uh-oh! Class warfare, just in time for 2008! Eeeeeek!

Income differences in the U.S. are too stark, and the government should provide jobs and training for those having a tough time, according to majorities in a national poll released Thursday.

About seven in 10 said discrepancies between income levels are too large, a sentiment voiced by nearly two-thirds of those from households earning at least $80,000 a year, the survey said. Three-fourths of people earning less than $80,000 agreed.

Wow! Heady stuff. But it gets better:

Eight in 10 said the gap between the rich and the middle class has worsened over the last 25 years, said the survey by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Survey Research and Analysis.

And you know what? They’re right. In fact, the gap’s been worsening for longer than that — since around 1973, in fact. (There was a respite during the Clinton years when real wages in America actually started going up, but that didn’t last long once Bush got into power and started slashing the taxes of the rich.)

For decades, Americans have known that Something Was Wrong. Now, despite the worst efforts of FOX, the Jack-Welch-molded NBC, and the rest of the GOP/Media Complex, they have a good idea who’s responsible.

Posted in 2008, big money, economy, real wages, workers | Comments Off on Poll: Americans Waking Up, Realizing That Yellow Liquid The Rich Are Trickling Down Isn’t Rain

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