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Turkey Relents

And pulls out of northern Iraq. That’s a big relief for US soldiers – one less thing to worry about. At least I feel relieved for them, because this could have been a large problem down the road.

Another suicide bomb in Pakistan. One or two attempts in Iraq, with a few problems due to the pilgrimage season, but with heightened alertness, we seem to be avoiding any problems. *knock on wood*

This is the best video I’ve seen yet on the neural stimulation emitter that the Army wants to use for crowd control/cowing the enemy. Run away! Run away!

We’re on a collision with SCIENCE!!!

(I’m intentionally avoiding any talk about the campaign crap that’s going on between McCain – Mr. Democrats-Are-Terrorists – and Clinton/Obama.)

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Prince Harry

He’s presently in Afghanistan. The kid’s got guts and dedication. And he’s serving his time in the right place. Good for Prince Harry – I wish him the best of luck.

Turkey isn’t going to back out of northern Iraq anytime soon. Pakistan’s Musharruf isn’t going to give up his power any time soon, even if he’s legitimately voted out. These types of things continue to frustrate the Administration to no end.

I think Obama has the right idea – our policy of diplomacy has to change. I think that Bush is just afraid of being labeled even more as a divider and not a bridge-builder. He gives the US too much credit – meeting with leaders of other countries does not necessarily RAISE their prestige or influence in the world. At this time, it appears to actually lower it.

Bush is also denying a recession. Regardless of what to exactly call it, our economy has slowed tremedously lately. I watched some rich yahoo on the TV talk about how the Democrats are destroying the economy with all their negative talk, and then couldn’t really tell me how the fuck our economy is getting better. Again, rich asshole trying to influence the market by his words alone. (If anyone can find the video of this guy, I’d appreciate it)

Obama writes about rights for gay and lesbians. It’s interesting to read, because it is a problem with people who discriminate based on your sexual orientation. We shouldn’t be discriminating period.

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Quote XKCD

From their LimerickDB -

if(computer.fail==true){
background.setColor(blue);
user.frown();
sys.shutdown();
user.scream(“OH, FUCK YOU”);}

Gotta love it. There’s one that even references Ceiling Cat. Nerdilicous.

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A vote on ethics.

I lol’ed.

I’m also busy as Hell. Blame work for this incredibly short post.

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What is it? And why is it? People should be paying more attention lately. The Administration’s term slowdown doesn’t even begin to cover it. Again, there’s no reality check for them, so why bother?

Pakistan is becoming the new Afghanistan. Compare the history – you’ll see what I mean.

Fun Campaign Facts

  • Hilary and all the Obama nay-sayers attacked Obama’s comment about soldiers having to resort to using the enemy’s guns and ammo due to shortages. According to General Casey, turns out he wasn’t bullshitting. The only thing the Pentagon decries is that the troops weren’t able to do their job well despite the circumstances.
  • Not only will Chucklebee not quit the GOP primary, he’s now trying to push anti-abortion legislature beyond normal limits. What a douche. Next thing you know, he’ll be saying that female eggs are people, and taking birth control pills is illegal.

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Colburn admits that invading Iraq was a mistake, although he’s being soundly criticized by his peers for not toeing the line. Meanwhile, McCain’s own FEC campaign spending regulations are kicking his ass. What a twist!

Good News: Al-Sadr extended the ceasefire in Iraq (purely for political reasons, but no significant increase in violence is good).
Bad New: Turkey has officially invaded northern Iraq, despite US protest. One or two analysts says this could complicate things in Iraq greatly, since Turkey wants nothing to do with being a coalition force.

Work sucks. China hit me up first thing when I got in.

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Watching the Debate

Another reason I don’t like Hilary Clinton -

The government cannot take on providing everyone with maditory healthcare. Her argument that the government should push for closer, more tax-provided universal healthcare is not grounded in reason. We simply cannot pay for it and balance the budget as she claims we can.

Barack’s answer is somewhat manageable, but I’m not sure how he’s going to force lower healthcare costs. That’s a freaking greedy and established industry. They’d raise rates two more times this year if they thought they could squeeze us for even more money.

Barack Obama was pretty good at defending himself from Clinton’s weak attacks. She seemed half-hearted in this debate, as if she’s ready to concede. I don’t think Obama attacked Clinton once. He merely laughed off all her accusations and attempts to goad him into saying something he’d regret.

They both did a good job, though. They sounded more rational than McCain (who is broiled in a shitstorm and stuck on wasteful spending policies of our present Administration) and Huckabee (who won’t stop talking about God) from a week ago.

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