Kent Peterman says he has officially seen everything now: Fake ATM receipts
My old colleague David Strom is also coasting on the work of others this week, and came up with a provocative essay about Ebay entitled How Not To Do Customer Support.
Your federal tax dollars at work: E-mails show DOT chief fought state on emissions Official lobbied against letting California enforce own standard for tailpipe exhaust
This web site is so far off the map you need a map to find it, but what it says is interesting if true: Assassination of Sunni Sheikh "Ally Against Al Qaeda" Reveals Charade Petraeus Fronted to Congress
I doubt this one too, but wouldn't it be fun if it were true:
- U.S.-IRAQ: Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge
By Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, Sep 12 (IPS) - In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting.
Tom Lasusa surfs the web so you don't have to: A Jedi Order Establishes a New Temple - in Lower Manhattan.. .Navy covering up swastika barracks.. .Celebrate Stephen King's Birthday with REDRUM Cupcakes.. .Yeti footprint photo auctioned.. .Best Science Images 0f 2007 Honored.. .Witchdoctor caught at poll tribunal.. .Radio burst from space mystifies astronomers [(Translated into: The People of Xarkon 7 Wanna rock and roll all night and party every day).. Jackass of the week: Rush Limbaugh says Service members who support U.S. withdrawal are "phony soldiers".. .See how adidas makes footballs-- er soccerballs, oh.whatever (its still a cool gallery).. .Shocker - Dan Rather was a scapegoat?..
Dan Grobstein File
- [Dan's commentary: Another Krugman link. I thought that Dubya invaded Fallujah to teach the locals a lesson for hanging the contractor's bodies from the bridge. I don't remember a delicate military operation going on in the city at the time. I'll have to do some googling. How much of the gazillion $ that we're spending every day goes to the contractor's pay and how many career military men are we losing to the contractors because they leave the service to make more money. But i guess the people who donate to the republicans can get their meagerly taxed large sums of money.
OPINION | September 28, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist: Hired Gun Fetish
By PAUL KRUGMAN
As far as I can tell, America has never fought a war in which mercenaries made up a large part of the armed force, as is the case in Iraq.
- Bush lied to us about the Iraq war, told the truth to the Spanish prime minister
We sure reacted better to Kruschev 50 years ago. [Ed. note: NPR interviewed Sergei Kruschev, Nikita's son, for the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. Sergei is now an American Citizen and a college professor. Can you beat that?]
Dan Grobstein went to this panel:
A Reporter's Legacy: David Halberstam
The Pulitzer Prize winner's final book, "The Coldest Winter," tells of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides of the Korean War, lending crucial perspective on American intervention in Korea and Vietnam - and Iraq. A look at the author's contribution as a reporter whose best-selling books, including "The Best and the Brightest," "The Powers that Be" and "War in a Time of Peace," exposed often painful truths about our country, at home and abroad.
Moderated by Leslie Gelb, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Times correspondent and senior official in State and Defense Departments, with Lt. General Bernard E. Trainor (Ret.) author of "Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq," William Stueck, author of "The Korean War: An International History," and Joseph Goulden, author of "Korea: The Untold Story of the War," with Dexter Filkins and Frances Fitzgerald.
Here's his report:
On the train home I was thinking that even though there were a number of questions about Korea (mainly why are our troops still there) and Vietnam and Iraq, I don't remember anybody asking about possible war with Iran. And I don't remember any talk about Ahmadinejad at Columbia U or the UN. I think that introduction was a great propaganda victory for him. But I guess the talk was supposed to be about Halberstam's new book on the Korean War.
Dexter Filkins had two observations that stuck with me: one we're damned if we do and damned if we don't stay in Iraq. You get a bloodbath either way. Asked about whether the war was for oil, he said that he had seen that the only government ministry guarded by US tanks after the fall of Baghdad was the Oil Ministry, but people were looting it anyway so he doesn't know. Also in the NY Times bureau, described as a house outside of the greenzone with blast walls, machine guns, sandbags and a lot of guards, there are 2 tvs tuned to Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera. There are constant images of US soldiers arresting Iraqis or breaking into houses or killing Iraqis which dissolve into Israeli soldiers doing the same thing. Not good for our future relations with the region. Oops that was 3.
I think it was William Stueck who said that the Korean War peace talks at Panmunjom didn't get anywhere because Stalin had told the negotiators to stall, but after his death they got new instructions from Moscow and an agreement was hammered out in several weeks. I had never seen the correlation.
General Trainor said that he wasn't saying that we could have won in Vietnam, but that we could have won if Congress hadn't cut off funding (after a long explanation).
C-Span was there taping the talk. I'll have to listen to se what I missed. Which reminds me that I saw Andrew Rosenthal (editorial page editor of the Times) interview Frank Rich a week or two ago. Rich said that as a source, John McCain is really good. If he was in a meeting and tells you about it, he gets who said what straight. Other sources talk about a meeting and you wonder if they were really there.