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 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… [ 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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