A Man with a Flashlight

Maliki to US: Get Out
July 15, 2007, 3:49 pm
Filed under: Politics, The War on Terror, Uncategorized


Where to begin? At first Maliki’s statement seems like shocking ingratitude. His office and the government it directs were paid for with American blood. But think about what he’s saying – and his advisor’s complaints about the recent Anbar successes Bush is rightly proud of. Don’t get it yet? Here’s how it works: Maliki is pissed off because we’re not helping him conduct a civil war against the Sunnis. Meaning whatever successes the surge has achieved are against the will of the Maliki government. We are trying to establish security; he prefers instability which can be exploited against the Sunni enemy.

Imagine what it means to the average Iraqi in the street that the man who for better or worse leads their country has told us to leave. What is it we think we can achieve here again? And who is going to help us achieve it?

From today forward, any soldier dying in Iraq is dying for a government which doesn’t want our help and has asked us to leave. Our mission is opposed by most Iraqis and the Iraqi government. And most Americans think it should be ended. Against that, we have the faith of a president who has spent all his political capital. You may not like the way the wind blows, but you can’t pretend it’s blowing the other way. The time for realism has come.

May 12, 2007, 11:04 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I was going to say the far left does crazy quite well. But this is so far left it almost becomes right again.

On one level the video is a disgusting attack on actual thought. No, actually it’s that on every level.
The disturbing thing about it, and what gives it potency, is that it draws its power from some kernels of truth. The images of arms production reflect an anxiety that I feel also: why do we need to produce so many weapons? And why are we so indiscriminate about who we will sell them to?

Eavesdropper’s paradise
May 7, 2007, 11:54 pm
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Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall and listen to users of ecstasy and hard drugs talk about their gnarliest experiences?
How about a group who all have family members in prison discussing how they can support their loved ones?
How about Christians of all denominations debating theology?

Welcome to forum-dropping. An addictively guilty pleasure. Especially for writers.

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Ron Paul update
May 5, 2007, 3:02 am
Filed under: Politics, Uncategorized

An MSNBC poll has Ron Paul winning the Republican presidential debate in pretty much all categories.

You have to vote to see the results. I didn’t see the debate so I just voted for Ron Paul for everything good and Mitt Romney for everything bad.

Stand in Vagina Power
April 26, 2007, 10:49 am
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From Atlanta public access TV. NOT safe for work. But pure genius anywhere else. (Nod to Andrew Sullivan.)