Bill Weinberg

Vile hypocrisy of Terri Schiavo hysteria #2

From Digby's Blog:

Tom DeLay of Texas says:

"Mrs. Schiavo's life is not slipping away - it is being violently wrenched from her body in an act of medical terrorism... Mr. Schiavo's attorney's characterization of the premeditated starvation and dehydration of a helpless woman as 'her dying process' is as disturbing as it is unacceptable. What is happening to her is not compassion - it is homicide. She doesn't need to die, and as long as Terri Schiavo can breathe and her supporters can pray, we will not rest."

By now most people who read liberal blogs are aware that George W. Bush

WW4 REPORT makes David Irving's website

The bigtime at last! It seems my commentary on the Lipstadt/Irving affair has been posted on the vile Irving's very own website! You've got to give him credit for airing the views of even those who hate his filthy crypto-Nazi guts, and for doing so with only the most subtle, non-verbal commentary.

I just love the way he put the words "notorious" and "supposed" in red, as if the use of such loaded adjectives reflects poorly on my objectivity. What an honor to be upbraided by this icon of disinterested scholarship!

Pentagon won't prosecute GI's in prisoner death cases

Despite recommendations by Army investigators, commanders have decided not to prosecute 17 US soldiers implicated in the deaths of three prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004, the NY Times reports March 26.

Investigators had recommended that all 17 soldiers be charged in the cases, according to the accounting by the Army Criminal Investigation Command. The charges included murder, conspiracy and negligent homicide. While none of the 17 will face any prosecution, one received a letter of reprimand and another was discharged after the investigations.

U.S. plot to destabilize Kyrgyzstan?

The first real evidence of a U.S. hand in the recent murky revolution in Kyrgyzstan has emered in the form of a "secret report" purportedly written by U.S. Ambassador Stephen M. Young, which appears on the website of Kabar, the Kyrgyz National News Agency. Kabar appears to remain in the hands of loyalists to ousted President Akayev, and we make no claims as to the authenticity of the letter.

Bush approves F-16 sales to Pakistan

Reversing a policy instated by his own father, President Bush has authorized the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan—a move India has warned could destabilize the region. The US banned the sale of such potential nuclear delivery systems to Pakistan in 1990 due to concerns about its nuclear weapons program.

Bush's EPA nominee advocates human guinea-pig experiments

Bush has fingered Stephen L. Johnson as new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Mike Leavitt, who has been nominated for Secretary of Health. As the EPA's assistant administrator for toxic substances, Johnson has taken some controversial positions. Writes Gene C. Gerard in a commentary for Intervention magazine:

Jury sees Michael Jackson's naughty magazines

We don't care. But isn't it pretty damn perverse that this is dominating the headlines, while Darfur (for instance) has disappeared? We never get tired of bemoaning the obvious, I guess...

Darfur: 180,000 dead

Brian Grogan, a spokesman for Jan Egeland, the UN emergency relief coordinator, told the UK Guardian that an average 10,000 civilians are dying each month in Darfur, totalling 180,000 over the past 18 months. These are only the victims of starvation or disease in refugee camps after being driven from their villages by government-backed militiamen. The estimate excludes those directly killed.

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