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NATO military chiefs want to legitimize the fundamental war crime

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008

Justice Robert H. Jackson, NY Times Magazine, 9/9/45:

If it were still no crime to launch a war of aggression, then it would be doubtful whether there ought to be any war crimes at all. To institute a war is to set in motion the forces of murder and destruction. To invade another country is to embark on a course of killings, destruction and brutalities as planned objectives. If there is to be no responsibility upon those who start this chain of whole evils, it seems unequal justice to punish those who commit isolated offenses.

Ian Traynor, The Guardian:

The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.”

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Posted in evil, terrorism, wrong way to go about it | 5 Comments »

“Panic sparks plunge in global markets”

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008

That’s the headline on a FT piece by Joanna Chung, Robert Orr, and Andrew Wood. Watching the conflagration sweeping the economic house George Bush built is quite something. Already for Tuesday, Australia is down about 5% and Japan is mid-way through the session down about 4%. Oil, industrial metals, even precious metals getting pounded. Quoting from Chung et al.:

Despite the dramatic falls, many believe there may be worse to come. “We believe the trough is not reached yet,” said Teun Draaisma, European equity strategist at Morgan Stanley.

What’s the next stage after panic? 

Update ca. midnight Eastern: Hong Kong down 8%, Oz 6-7%, the Land of the Ripe Rice Ears 5%.

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For a fistful of dollars

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008

This is the kind of story that has me spitting nails. Karen Jowers, Military Times (via t/o):

Retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks was paid $100,000 – out of donations made to wounded veterans – for allowing his name to be used on fundraising appeals by a charity that has come under increasing scrutiny for the way it handles its money.

Lawmakers questioned the ethics of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Foundation not only for using donors’ money to pay Franks, but for failing to disclose to potential donors who received the mail solicitations that Franks was paid for his endorsement.

…    “If we disclose, we’d be out of business,” [president Roger] Chapin said.

“Your words are wonderful, because if the public knew, they wouldn’t donate,” said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn.

Chapin acknowledged that his organization has used inflated numbers in its mailings when describing what percentage of donations actually helps veterans.

While some mailings have stated that 92 percent or even 100 percent of donations have gone to veterans, the real figure is closer to 25 percent, according to a congressional study.

Franks, a Bush crony and sycophant, helped put those veterans into hospitals. The least he could have done is donate a very little bit of time to help get them out.

Posted in Busheviks, corruption, cronies, military | 7 Comments »

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008

DemocracyNow has a good presentation. The TV footage is particularly good. It wasn’t just southern policemen using excessive force. Not to diminish the power of his speeches, but the most memorable quotes go to our liberal media:

Time magazine called the speech [in 1967] “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi,” and the Washington Post declared that King had “diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people.”

Plus ça change…

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Asian freefall investing

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008


Picture from Bloomberg. Hang Seng -5.4, Singapore -3.9.

Look for an interesting week here. 

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Cruise control

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008

Jess Smee, The Guardian:

The long-standing antagonism between Germany and the Church of Scientology escalated over the weekend when a high-profile historian compared Tom Cruise’s performance in a Scientology video with the style of the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

Guido Knopp, who has written a number of books on Hitler and his inner circle, said the video, which surfaced on YouTube last week, “inevitably” recalled Goebbels’ speech in a Berlin sports stadium when he asked “Do you want total war?” and the crowd thundered “Yes!”…

Cruise found himself at the sharp end of German hostility last summer when the defence ministry sought to obstruct the filming of Valkyrie, starring Cruise as the German resistance hero Claus von Stauffenberg.

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Wow, Indeed

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 21, 2008

All my life, I’ve watched Republicans out-attend Democrats in caucuses and primaries.

Until this year:

So…for those of you scoring at home:

IOWA: 236,000 Democrats and 119,000 Republicans

NEW HAMPSHIRE: 284,000 Democrats and 233,000 Republicans

MICHIGAN: 593,000 Democrats and 867,000 Republicans (NOTE: Republicans had a primary with delegates at stake. Democrats did not)

NEVADA: 114,000 Democrats and 43,000 Republicans.

I beseech my fellow Kossacks: TO HELL with who got 13 delegates in Nevada and who got 12. THESE ARE THE NUMBERS THAT MATTER. We have a tremendous opportunity to sweep the nation this year.


Try to keep that energy positive (YES, that means all of us)….

I also want to mention that the reasons the Michigan Democratic turnout was so low was a) there was only one candidate, effectively, namely Hillary Clinton (Obama and Edwards having pulled out in deference to the DNC), and because of that, it b) freed up thousands of Democrats to vote for Mitt Romney in the primaries.

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Robert Greenwald Has A Message For Us On MLK Day

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 21, 2008

And it goes like this:

Today we honor Dr. King’s birthday. We all know him because of his historic impact on civil rights, but many don’t realize that later in life he fought just as passionately for the rights of workers and against the entrenched institutions of injustice.

“Equality means dignity. And dignity demands a job and a paycheck that lasts through the week.”

The War on Greed is exactly this kind of fight. The livelihoods of families have been directly attacked by the actions of buyout billionaires like Henry Kravis putting Wall Street’s special interests ahead of his 800,000 employees… and pocketing $51,000 an hour in the process.

Dear presidential candidates,

Buyout industry executives with multi-million dollar incomes have been exploiting a tax loophole that allows them to pay a lesser tax percentage rate than most of the workers in the companies they manage. This is a disgrace!

Make a pledge, if elected, that you will work to close the buyout industry’s tax loopholes.

Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, capitalism as cancer, economy, gravy train, greed, income inequality, infrastructure | Comments Off on Robert Greenwald Has A Message For Us On MLK Day

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