Archive for April, 2004

Iraq: Things Will Get Better now leave

Friday, April 30th, 2004

A USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll reports Iraqis are optimistic but also want us to leave immediately aftter the June 30th transfer of power. Maybe the Iraqis have more faith in the positive outlook of the security conditions once the U.S. military leaves the country.

Other news reported in this poll is most “Shiites and Sunnis say women should have less freedom than they had under the Saddam Hussein regime, and 42 percent of all Iraqis would back a government-mandated dress code for women.” If this poll is at all accurate, our ousting of the Saddam regime may make things worse for women instead of liberating them.

Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism- by Justin Raimondo

Friday, April 30th, 2004

The speech that Justin Raimondo made at the New York Libertarian Party Convention is on the internet for anyone interested in a libertarian anti-war position.

Saudi Weddings

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

The Religious Policeman describes weddings in Saudi Arabia.

IMF-World Bank Protest

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

Brian Kieffer tells his story of going to an IMF-World Bank Protest.

Link via The Agitator

Hatred of Camels Quote

Friday, April 23rd, 2004

Glenn Reynolds on camels: “My secretary once rode a camel across much of Mali, and has retained a deep hatred for camels ever since. As has just about everyone I know who has ever had much to do with camels.”

Ralph Nader Is Good For Something

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Field Of Schemes is a blog started by Ralph Nader that keeps track of all the sports owners’ attempts to spend taxpayer money on new stadiums and the like.

Link via Hit And Run

The New York Times > Arts > Music > Playlist: ‘Goodbye, Lenin!,’ the Bada-Bing and the Britney

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

DJ Danger Mouse is writing for The New York Times.

Link via Oliver Wang

Marines Tighten Iraq-Syria Border

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

AP Reports the Marines are tightening the Iraq-Syria border. Quote:


WASHINGTON (AP) – By putting a bigger force along Iraq’s border with Syria, the U.S. Marines have been able to slow the infiltration of foreign fighters, a senior U.S. general said Friday.

U.S. officials have frequently cited the Syrian border as a source of foreign extremists who make their way east to the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, and in some cases to Baghdad, and attack U.S. forces.

Maj. Gen. John Sattler, the director of operations for Central Command, said in a telephone interview with Pentagon reporters that the Marines have at least one-third more troops along the border than did the 82nd Airborne, which turned over the operation to the Marines last month.

Link via Winds Of Change

New York’s Population To Blame For Crappy Radio Stations

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

Julian Sanchez speculates as to why New York radio sucks. Sanchez writes that enough people are in New York to consume bland pop stations. Rather than try something original they “stick with plucking that low-hanging mass-market fruit.” As bad as New York radio is it could be much worse.

Condoleeza Rice thinks she is married to Bush

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

According to New York Magazine Condoleeza Rice referred to President Bush as her husband. Quote:

At a recent dinner party hosted by New York Times D.C. bureau chief Philip Taubman and his wife, Times reporter Felicity Barringer, and attended by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Maureen Dowd, Steven Weisman, and Elisabeth Bumiller, Rice was reportedly overheard saying, “As I was telling my husb—” and then stopping herself abruptly, before saying, “As I was telling President Bush.”

Link via Wonkette