Archive for October, 2003

Bring the Boys Back Home (when it’s politically expedient)

I’ve seen several bloggers comment on the “March Surprise;” hints that Bush may pull troops out of Iraq in the spring to boost his chances of being elected to the office he’s currently sitting in. So far, though, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone connect these stories to Atrios’ comments on Mercs:

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/30/2003 05:28 PM

The Schools Are On, But Everyone’s Home

A Guardian article has an interesting side comment amid the story about today’s spate of attacks:

The escalating violence has unnerved many of Baghdad’s 5 million people. Many parents are not sending their children to school for fear of further bombings.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/30/2003 12:35 PM

We Are All Atrios

Billmon has this to say about the recent brouhaha between The Poor and Stupid Stalker and Atrios:

Luskin’s mouthpiece just sent a letter to Atrios threatening him with all kinds of legal mayhem if he doesn’t remove certain posts from his blog, posts which Luskin — the mentally unbalanced right-wing blogger with a bizarre fetish about Paul Krugman — finds objectionable.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/30/2003 10:53 AM

Democracy For Sale

The Nation covers a frightening trend in a recent Editor’s Cut column:

Can America Afford The Price Of Democracy?

In Colorado, Governor Bill Owens (R) cancelled the primary on March 5th, saving the state $2.2 million. The Republican-controlled Utah legislature followed suit, cancelling the 2004 primary–a measure supported by their Republican Governor. And in Kansas, Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius cancelled her state’s 2004 primary, saving approximately $1.75 million next year. But critics have pointed out that partisan politics also contributed to these measures because cancellations prevent the field of Democratic candidates from getting much public attention.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/29/2003 11:17 AM

Another milestone we can live without

As of the 27th, October has the highest hostile casualty count since "major combat operations" ended — 29 to July’s 28. It looks like July will continue to hold the overall post-Lincoln casualties/month record with 46, since October is currently at 38. At least, we can hope and pray.

(by Morgan, Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:00 PM)

What’s wrong with this picture?

Good lord.

The 9/11 Commission is getting better and more complete cooperation from the Government of Pakistan, than from the Bush administration.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/28/2003 09:56 AM

Admin note

The archives have been changed from monthly to weekly. While this means smaller page load times, it also means that the permalinks have changed. So, if you have any links or bookmarks to individual posts, you’ll probably need to update them.

Posted to the Justice Log by Morgan at 10/27/2003 09:00 PM

A Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Pain

My apologies to all for my long absence. Between a shattered wisdom tooth and the Fire Pits of Apokolips (aka southern California), it’s been a hectic (and often unpleasant) week. Still, this too(th) shall pass, and though I am less “wise,” I’m much happier now that I’m short one molar appendix. Anyway, here’s wisdom for ya: there’s a reason the scariest torturers in spy fiction are evil dentists, though all divinity bless those who use their powers for good.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/27/2003 08:44 PM

Checking in

Between Real Life and posting more opinion-oriented bits on the Justice Log, there’s not been much to say here. The spin goes on, as do the casualties. I may not be posting here, but I’m trying to keep my casualty calendar up to date. It’s an almost daily task, more’s the pity…

(by Morgan, Fri, 24 Oct 2003 12:00 PM)

Emulating the President — How Patriotic

Unsurprisingly, some of our troops don’t want to go back to the war zone when their leaves are up. This is human nature, the survival instinct kicking in on top of any of the other reasons these soldiers might have.

But what to do about them?

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/21/2003 01:45 PM

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