My apologies for not posting on Saturday. Please accept this gift , in lieu of the post that was due. I kind of had a wild Friday night and was not functioning at full cuppa speed, Saturday morning, and I needed all of my energy as I was planning to take SSG Dizzy to the movies, yesterday afternoon.
We saw Beowulf, btw, in IMAX 3-D, no less. Let me tell you, it was the shiznit! I hardly remember reading Beowulf, in high school, but I thought the movie was excellent. I highly recommend seeing this film in 3-D, but it’s not for those with weak tummies, as the movie is extremely fast paced and in 3-D it’s like you are in it. I had a couple of moments where I thought I was going to lose my popcorn and candy, let me tell ya.
You’ll be relieved to know that I recovered from the experience, quite nicely, and am fully loaded up on my morning cuppa and ready to dive, head first, into your Sunday Morning Round-up!
From Signs Of The Times:
- Pentagon Cover Up: 15,000 or More US Deaths in Iraq War?:
The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.CBS’s Investigative Unit wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and “submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense”. After 4 months they received a document which showed–that between 1995 and 2007– there were 2,200 suicides among “active duty” soldiers.
The Pentagon was covering up the real magnitude of the “suicide epidemic”. Following an exhaustive investigation of veterans’ suicide data collected from 45 states; CBS discovered that in 2005 alone “there were at least 6,256 among those who served in the armed forces. That’s 120 each and every week in just one year.”
(Dizzy sez: This is disgraceful…)
- ‘Shin Bet’s policy means death’: Palestinian refused entry to Israel dies of cancer:
After being refused entry to Israel for four months, young Palestinian cancer patient dies Saturday. ‘Shin Bet’s policy means death,’ say Physicians for Human Rights.Na’al al-Kurdi, 21, from Gaza was diagnosed with cancer and hepatitis, but had not been granted permission to enter Israel for medical treatment. On Saturday, days after the High Court ordered the State to reexamine its decision regarding the transfer of seven Palestinian patients from Gaza into Israel for treatment, Na’al died.
“We warned that those patients cannot wait for a decision to be made,” saud Physicians for Human Rights, and cautioned that without proper treatment, more patients would die.
Na’al al-Kurdi who was undergoing chemotherapy at the Shifa hospital in Gaza. His doctors recommended that he undergo further tests at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. However, despite the supporting medical opinion of the head of the Radiotherapy Unit at the Wolfson hospital in Holon, Prof Eyal Pfenig, Na’al has not been able to obtain an entry permit.
(Dizzy sez: Update on a post from earlier in the week…)
From The Huffington Post:
- “It’s Christmas. Buy this crap.”:
Never mind the real meaning of Christmas. They can’t even get the real meaning of Christmas retail right.They’re telling us, “It’s Christmas. Buy this crap.” That’s all.
Recently, the Fed dropped interest rates and released $40 billion in an effort to coax a few more RPMs out of the sputtering V-8 of the American economy. No doubt, they had the housing sector and the subprime mortgage crisis in mind.
But you’ve got to believe the Fed was sending the rest of us another message, too. The message says, “It’s Christmas. Buy this crap.”
(Dizzy sez: It’s all about the bottom line, big sales to help boost businesses back into the black. It’s never been about the “true spirit” of Christmas.)
- Contrary to AP Report, Single Parents Do Not Murder Their Children and Bury Them in Cement:
Did you see the recent AP report with the ominous opening paragraph? Remember the 6-year old who was beaten to death then buried in cement? The 2-year old who was thrown across a room and died? It was a lengthy article, but the conclusion was up-front: “an ever-increasing share of American children grow up in homes without both biological parents,” and “the risk of child abuse is markedly higher in the nontraditional family structures.”Children in single-parent households are obviously in homes without both biological parents, and their family structures are nontraditional, so they must be the ones at risk for getting pummeled to death, right? Well, no, but don’t expect to figure that out from the AP story.
(Dizzy sez: The MSM doing what it does best. Twisting facts and figures to make single parents feel guilty for not staying in miserable marriages or having children out of wedlock. Really diggin’ on that ol’ “librel bias”…)
From Colorado Confidential:
- Science Sunday: The Holy Grail of Climate Science:
The next major frontier in the science of climate change is going to be the attempt to refine the prediction of impacts to smaller geographic areas, determining which regions of the earth will affected in what ways.To date, most studies of climate change have been “global,” measuring the impacts of what scientists call climate “forcings” on the globe.
From Jesus’ General:
- Fox News: Values Network for Adults Only:
If you haven’t seen the “Fox News Porn” video yet, you really should do so — it’s mostly “safe for work,” at least insofar as anything aired on Fox is safe for work, I suppose. That’s part of the contradiction created by this compilation of clips taken from Fox News stories: each was aired on a news channel that markets itself to “values voters” and conservatives, but most of it is not only of questionable taste and value, but would be difficult to justify seeing in a workplace or family setting.Why do you suppose Fox News relies so heavily on so much titillation and can get away with showing so much about sex while retaining their “conservative” image (among conservatives, at least)? In one sense, there isn’t really a contradiction here: if you’ve already watched the video, go back to watch it again and pay close attention to it. Go ahead, I’ll wait….done? Good. Did you notice that all the people shown in sexual situations or with little dress were women? Did it occur to you that no men were portrayed in the same way?
I’ll bet you didn’t, and that’s part of the point. By reinforcing the image of women as little more than sex objects, Fox News is in fact serving certain conservative interests by promoting the idea of a woman’s place being beneath men — in more ways than one. So much sexual content isn’t consistent with a strict religious view of life, but so long as the sex occurs within marriage, it does help that women aren’t seen as much more than sex objects.
(Dizzy sez: I’m sure that even Faux News understands that “sex sells”…)
From The Democratic Daily:
- T. Boone Pickens Responds to Kerry:
In case you missed it, here’s Boone Pickens’ response to Kerry yesterday:“Dear Senator Kerry:
“So glad to hear from you regarding the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth political ad campaign, and an offer I made public at an American Spectator dinner in Washington, D.C. last week. I am intrigued by your letter, and am certainly open to your challenge.
“My concern at the Spectator Dinner was, and continues to be, that you and other political figures were and are maligning the Swift Boat Veterans, and I want to prevent this important part of American history from being unfairly portrayed.”
[snicker] This is rich, isn’t it?
“In order to disprove the accuracy of the Swift Boat ads, I will ultimately need you to provide the following:
1) The journal you maintained during your service in Vietnam.
2) Your military record, specifically your service records for the years
1971-1978 (sic), and copies of all movies and tapes made during your
“When you have done so, if you can then prove anything in the ads was materially untrue, I will gladly award $1 million. As you know, I have been a long and proud supporter of the American military and veterans’ causes. I now challenge you to make this commitment: If you cannot prove anything in the Swift Boat ads to be untrue, that you will make a $1 million gift to the charity I am choosing — the Medal of Honor Foundation.”
LOL. I wonder how he expects to receive “copies of your service records for the years 1971-1978? (sic) since Kerry was in the Navy from 1966-1970?
(Dizzy sez: Swiftboat Vet comes out swinging…in the wrong direction?)
- Taser Is A Victim Here, Dammit:
After Robert Dziekanski
was taseredto death unfortunately expired in RCMP custody a few days ago, Taser International was stung by criticism of their fine product. What’s a maker of torture devices human cattle prods on methmuch maligned products to do when said instruments are the recipient of such unwarranted aspersion? Why, go on the offensive, of course.
(Dizzy sez:…and promise to sue anyone who blames their tasers for harming or killing people…)
- La Fayette – surely Americans remember him, no?:
Back to La Fayette and his proper place in America. If this is in fact true, that Americans don’t know who he was or what he did, this explains our pre-war arrogance and ignorance. This also raises the issue of why Americans are so often disliked around the world. Here today, gone tomorrow and what have you done for me lately? Like it or not, America has a shoddy reputation for forgetting about our friends, with La Fayette being but one example. This attitude certainly does nothing to help us realize that yes, we have relied on friends around the world, even in the toughest times. By forgetting about people such as La Fayette, it only feeds into the arrogance that the US alone is the best and the greatest. Indeed, it’s not just the French who have a reputation around the world for being arrogant. This perhaps also explains the friction between our two great nations over time.Remembering our friends and being respectful of our traditional allies doesn’t make America any weaker or less important. As we move forward with a re-emerging Russia and the fast-moving China it’s going to be even more important that we go back and work on our global relationships. We tried “going it alone” and look at where it got us. Whoever our next president will be, they are going to need to build bridges and lots of them. Let’s not forget about the La Fayettes of the world.
From News Hounds:
- Marine Corps’ Iraqi ‘C-Y-A’ Story Is Not Something FOX News or the Bush White House Wants You to Know About:
FOX News has historically dragged its feet when it comes to reporting wrongdoings in the Iraq War. So, I was not surprised when they did not cover the first story below from the Marine Corps Times about how a Marine captain cautioned his men to “C-Y-A” (“Cover Your Ass”) when an investigation was held into an incident in Ramadi during which Iraqi women and children were killed.In the past, we have all watched as FOX News went along with the initial Pentagon reports that former NFL great Pat Tillman was killed by enemy fire. Months later, FOX News grudgingly and reluctantly admitted that Tillman was a victim of “friendly fire” during an action in Afghanistan. (With video.)
FOX News also tried to hide as much as they could about the scandal surrounding the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Even today, FOX News and Rush Limbaugh see nothing wrong with the way Iraqi prisoners were treated by an Army Military Police unit assigned to guard the prisoners at the now infamous Iraqi prison. For example, in the right-wing media torture has been redefined as “enhanced interrogation” and talking heads in expensive suits sing the praises of waterboarding, secret detention camps and rendition.
For the past five years, FOX News has virtually ignored the deaths of U.S. military personnel in Iraq. When the story broke on the filthy conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, FOX News paid as little attention as possible to the story that grabbed headlines all across the United States.
However, when a recent Congressional Research Report came out showing there have been fewer deaths of GIs in Iraq than when there was in peacetime in 1981-82. On November 14th, Brit Hume jumped all over the story, despite the fact that such a story diminishes the sacrifices our our men and women in harm’s way by equating peacetime accidental deaths with those that have occurred in the violence of a war. During the same segment FOX News’ Jim Angle reported that the situation in Iraq is so good that President Bush has already started the draw-down of troops that Democrats have called for and Kitty Logan announced that in on city in Iraq they now have electricity 6 hours a day.
(Dizzy sez: Faux News is loathe to report anything that would put Bushliburton in a bad light, even ignoring important news stories if they reflect poorly on the Bush administration and/or this war).
Well, that’s enough deep reading for a Sunday Morning.
I’m going to go out and enjoy what’s left of this warm weather before snow blows in this Thanksgiving weekend. Take care of yourself and make it a great day.