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Meet Gen.
Apr 30th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Meet Gen. Saleh. A cor­rec­tion on the name and back­ground of the Iraqi gen­er­al tak­ing over Fal­lu­jah. [Back to Iraq 3.0]

If this actu­al­ly does hap­pen it would be a sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ry for Iraq. Raed has also com­ment­ed on this.

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A picture named ean.jpgA piece of data for Amer­i­cans about Europe and their media. No one here seems to know about the Dean Scream. It’s not part of the folk­lore. Ask an edu­cat­ed Euro­pean why Dean isn’t the nom­i­nee of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty and they turn the ques­tion back at you. There’s more to it than the scream and the huge amount of play it got on the net­works. Dean raised lots of mon­ey because he had sup­port in the north­east and west coast. But the first pri­maries were in Iowa and New Hamp­shire. [Script­ing News]

Of course New Hamp­shire is in the north­east, so that isn’t it. Or at least, not quite. What he real­ly means is that Dean had sup­port from social­ists, who are con­cen­trat­ed in cer­tain cities in those regions–but not in New Hamp­shire and Iowa.

As Bad As The Other Guys .
Apr 30th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

As Bad As The Oth­er Guys. As much as I would like to say oth­er­wise, ill-treatment of pris­on­ers of war is bull­shit.

I can under­stand sit­u­a­tions where, as recent­ly occurred, a sol­dier will ill-treat a pris­on­er to get infor­ma­tion which could save the lives of his bud­dies. It may not be right, but it will nev­er go away, and I can under­stand the motives.

But if all the reports are true,… [Kim du Toit]

I’m pleased (and rather sur­prised) to see a Cru­sad­er actu­al­ly con­demn­ing the tor­ture of pris­on­ers in Iraq.

Mail and Guardian .  This Iraqi prison story gets worse and worse (and the ramifications are going to be very, very bad). 
Apr 30th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Mail and Guardian.  This Iraqi prison sto­ry gets worse and worse (and the ram­i­fi­ca­tions are going to be very, very bad).  Pics (mature con­tent).  There is also a sub-story here about pri­vate mer­ce­nar­ies with­out legal con­trols (again).  See “Mer­ce­nar­ies Unbound” for back­ground on this issue.
Mar­tin Van Crev­eld once point­ed out that par­ties at war even­tu­al­ly con­verge on a com­mon set of behav­iors.  It looks like we are giv­ing more ground than our oppo­nents. [John Robb’s Weblog]

This is isn’t real­ly sur­pris­ing, as the var­i­ous Iraqi weblogs have men­tioned that Amer­i­cans are tor­tur­ing pris­on­ers before. It is nice that they go caught, thanks to one sol­dier who was brave enough to stand up to the tor­tur­ers.

Anoth­er dis­gust­ing thing that won’t sur­prise me is the inevitable posts on Cru­sad­er web sites sup­port­ing cheer­ing for the tor­ture of pris­on­ers and call­ing those who object “trai­tors.”

Apple: Pepsi iTunes promo pulled in 5 million songs .
Apr 29th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Apple: Pep­si iTunes pro­mo pulled in 5 mil­lion songs. Pep­si­co Inc.‘s pro­mo­tion of Apple’s iTunes Music Store fell well short of Apple’s expec­ta­tions, accord­ing to the company’s Vice Pres­i­dent of World­wide Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Katie Cot­ton. Cot­ton told Cnet that five mil­lion songs have been redeemed thus far. Accord­ing to the terms of the pro­mo­tion, which expires Fri­day, up to 100 mil­lion songs could have been giv­en away. [Mac­Cen­tral]

It’s hard­ly sur­pris­ing the pro­mo­tion didn’t do well, since it took so long for the caps to start show­ing up in major cities like Los Ange­les.

Partisan blogging .
Apr 27th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Par­ti­san blog­ging. When I have post­ed par­tic­u­lar­ly anti-Bush or par­ti­san views, many peo­ple have com­plained in the com­ments or by email. Some of the most intel­li­gent com­ments on my blog have come from con­ser­v­a­tives and some of the most stu­pid from lib­er­als. In order to keep some of the more intel­li­gent con­ser­v­a­tives involved in the dia­log, I’ve tried to gen­er­al­ly steer clear tak­ing strong stands on the war in Iraq and on the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

I thought about it and I’ve decid­ed that this is stu­pid. I don’t want Bush to be re-elected and I think going into Iraq was wrong. I will try to be thought­ful about how I make my asser­tions, but I’m going to stop pre­tend­ing that I’m non-partisan. I hope that Repub­li­cans or peo­ple who do not agree with me will con­tin­ue to read this blog and dis­agree open­ly with me. I have just decid­ed that it’s get­ting too close to the elec­tion and there is too much at risk for me to just sit here and act neu­tral. By Joichi Ito joi_nospam_@nospam_ito.com. [Joi Ito’s Web]

One of the com­menters, Justin Jes­sup, makes a good point:

bq. The rest of the world hard­ly cares about how US cit­i­zens gov­ern them­selves. It’s US for­eign pol­i­cy that the rest of the world wor­ries about.

Out­side of the US it’s rather dis­turb­ing to dis­cov­er how vast num­bers of peo­ple regard Amer­i­can inter­ests as a threat — and I’m not just talk­ing about Bush either.

There seems to be an assump­tion that Joi speak­ing against Bush means that he is for the Democ­rats. I can’t speak for Joi per­son­al­ly, but to many oth­er peo­ple out­side the USA the dif­fer­ences between the two can­di­ates, and the two par­ties, are seen as minor. Com­men­ta­tors are often crit­i­cal not of the par­tic­u­lar Pres­i­dent, but of the way the Amer­i­can sys­tem as a whole affects peo­ple out­side the US that don’t get a chance to vote.

If you’re inside the US and don’t like it, there’s always the pos­si­bil­i­ty of leav­ing, but when you are already out­side and the US comes to you, what can be done?

Joi, I hope you’ll step up to the plate to bat for those who are out­side the US as much as you do for those inside it who see pol­i­tics as either pick­ing Demo­c­rat or Repub­li­can.

I’ve ended my experiment with Eudora 6.1.
Apr 27th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

I’ve end­ed my exper­i­ment with Eudo­ra 6.1. It’s still just too unsta­ble.

City Settles Police Abuse Case .
Apr 26th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

City Set­tles Police Abuse Case. When the peo­ple we pay to pro­tect us abuse their pow­er and harm us, our soci­ety is weak­ened. While most police offi­cers are pro­fes­sion­als, a small per­cent­age abuse their posi­tion of pow­er to serve their own inter­ests. Not only does… [About Civ­il Lib­er­ties]

bq. In anoth­er hor­rif­ic exam­ple, Port­land Or. police beat a 71 year old blind woman.

There’s a link to the sto­ry about the blind woman. Although the city set­tled her law­suit, there is no men­tion of any action being tak­en against the cops involved. No doubt this is because no action was tak­en.

Out of Gas in Iraq .
Apr 26th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Out of Gas in Iraq. “As far as what’s hap­pen­ing over here… first, in Fal­lu­jah, the Marines were doing well until they ran out of gas, lit­er­al­ly. The real rea­son the Marines had to start their truce/cease-fire strat­e­gy is because the coali­tion forces are run­ning… [LewRockwell.com Blog]

Anoth­er report from a U.S. mer­ce­nary in Iraq.

& Jerry ‘Oath to Vote’ kicks off, 50K iTunes giveaway ."> Ben & Jerry ‘Oath to Vote’ kicks off, 50K iTunes giveaway .
Apr 26th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Ben & Jer­ry ‘Oath to Vote’ kicks off, 50K iTunes give­away. Ice cream mak­er Ben & Jerry’s kicked off their Oath to Vote pro­gram this week. It’s an effort to raise aware­ness of the impor­tance of vot­ing in this November’s US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The first 50,000 entrants get a free song from the iTunes Music Store, and any­one who enters also gets a chance to win an iMac, an iPod, and a trip to Ver­mont to Ben & Jerry’s head­quar­ters. [Mac­Cen­tral]

The sign-up form requires that you give them your name, address, email, and phone num­ber. I passed–a 99 cent song isn’t worth get­ting more spam.

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