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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Elections In Iraq (and Columbus)

First let’s deal with the bullshitters: No, “we” do not want elections and democracy to fail in Iraq. Let’s not be idiots here, shall we?

Regardless of anyone’s position on the war on Iraq, the only people who actually want democracy to fail there are either far-left morons or far-right morons. The far-lefties, like some of the more obnoxious A.N.S.W.E.R. people I know and the like want democracy to fail in Iraq to prove the Bushies and American imperialism wrong. The far-righties don’t officially want democracy to fail, but if you look at their idea of democracy… exactly.

That said, elections in Iraq are both a stepping stone and a sham all in one. We can look the behavior of the Bushies regarding the elections in the United States to predict the basics of what will happen in Iraq. Here, “elections are imperfect,” and anyone questioning the process or the outcome is called an adherent to the “X-files wing of the Democratic party.” No reform will be allowed, no need for it will be acknowledged, and the electoral winners talk loudly and religiously about cooperation but continue to steamroll any opposition, and beat critics as violently as possible with olive branches, just as they’ve been doing all along.

There, the Bush administration and its cons will declare victory regardless of the facts on the ground, just like they’ve done from the start. They will “be positive” by endlessly repeating the looped fact that elections are happening and therefore democracy is a success (and “hard work”), ignoring the cost in American (1400+ lives, 20,000 injuries) blood, Iraqi blood (at least 25,000, possibly over 100,000 killed, probably a million wounded), future damage to Iraqis (Depleted Uranium is again being used and left in Iraq for future generations of birth defects and cancer) international law, and history.

Just as Mission Accomplished was declared by Bush trotting around in his Air Force Drag, Election Accomplished will be a rhetorical and marketing achievement, but mean very little to either winning the hearts and minds, or even just winning the war.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Pre-Apocalyptic DC

For those of you who didn't get to the inauguration, you missed a glimpse of what might be coming.

It was amazing how effectively DC was shut down and controlled for the inauguration. Literally, about 100 square blocks were closed to traffic. Which means that in some sections, streets were totally abandoned, except for dark-tinted SUVs from the FBI, cop cars, and believe it or not, busses blocking off entire streets.

Helicopters flew overhead like constantly spying mosquitos, and there wasn't a square foot without a cop or two, at least. I kept saying "post-apocalyptic" until someone suggested my sense of history was off, and corrected me with "pre-apocalyptic."

Now I know what it will look like in DC when the next attack happens and we're under martial law. Only the cops will be much less friendly.

Not that I blame anyone; this was definitely a high-profile target for terror. It's still a real threat. But it' s still unnerving in the context of the increasingly-controlled-and-controlling, secretive, and vindictive Bush administration to witness DC being as controlled as Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.

But honestly, that doesn't disturb me as much as the sheer in-your-face arrogance and hubris, the sheer cost of this thing, with no respect for either real conservative values of thrift, no respect for the hundreds of thousands dead in the tsunami, and no respect for the District of Columbia, who the Bushies screwed to the tune of 12 million dollars for the cost of security, as we mentioned previously on the blog.

And the mink... oy. And the gaggles of born-again school trips. And the angry young brown suit Republicans.

...And of course, the fact that all this security is largely necessary because of international policies like Bush's over the years.

Believe me, there is no going back to pre-9/11, and there's going to be no slowing down until we get responsible and progressive candidates in office who don't alienate and provoke the rest of the world.

Sure, it's a dangerous world. Neither I nor you are so stupid as to fall into the sterotypical but incorrect "why can't we all get along" image of liberals that so many knee-jerk jerk Republicans have of us. That's stupid.

It's a jungle out there. But only idiots tease the animals.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Why is DMY offline? Homeland Security?

Nope. Just my own stupidity, sorry. It would be much more exciting if I were on some sort of watch list and were interfered with, but I don't flatter myself. Who knows, maybe I should.

Regardless, we messed up with the domain registration. For stupid reasons, it's registered through another company than our more than fantastic hosting company,, and we hadn't updated the notification email ... so we missed it when they told us it was about to expire. That simple. And now it's changed.

Regardless, it will co$t us a pretty penny to get it out of lockdown by ICANN before it goes on the market again. (Which, by the way, we've already done, so don't worry about DMY getting hijacked by some rabid right wing schmucks. It's still run by us rabid left wing schmucks.)

Let it be a lesson to the rest of us on the left who have this tendency to not be so organized: Get with the program.