Saturday, March 26, 2005

Toward the Back of the Paper

Canada denied a U.S. soldier evading the war in Iraq political asylum. That’s not too good for those want to sit this monstrosity out, and they are legion, though only "dozens" are present in the Great White North, according to the article by Associated Press reporter Beth Duff-Brown.
The panel in charge of the matter told the Army paratrooper gone AWOL that he might face some discrimination upon returning home, but not to the extent a human right was being violated.
Unless of course he was apprehended under Patriot Act. Let’s explode the myths. This stuff is happening here. People disappear.
The soldier’s name is Jeremy Hinzman and he quite correctly pointed out at his proceeding that if he went Iraq he’d be forced to commit war crimes since that war is illegal.
But you’re never going to get anywhere with high-minded stuff like that where draft is concerned. They’ve heard it all and either you’ve gone to war or you haven’t.
The mythical and liberal Canada of our unrequited dreams is not interested in any anti-war migrants even if Canada herself was and is anti the war.
During Vietnam, American communities sprouted up in places disparate as Toronto and Torremolinos in Franco’s Spain. There will be a lot less room to escape in today and without Canada those of us with sons and brothers who we dare not sacrifice to such adventures, will find it harder to protect them.
But anyway, now it’s really lights out for Tom Delay.
There’s no better communist party than the (r)epublican party with its iron discipline and premium on loyalty. It’s solid as a rock and organized as any Bolshevik front so that when a loyal soldier like the "San Diego Union-Tribune" craps on Delay, you know the goose is cooked.
That’s how they work. Like Stalin dispatching an anonymous secretary to bury a published attack on someone in the newspaper, someone on the way out, so do the party’s many useful hands get put to use with a word from the top.
The only difference being that in the old Soviet Union you were off to the gulag. These guys get nice jobs on Wall St.
Mind you Tom’s done nothing wrong. It’s just an unfortunate thing with the media hounding him and, well, he’s become a liability.
He’s a liability alright, an across the board liability and that’s when pieces like "Disgraceful Delay," start surfacing.
"How distasteful" the editorial board riffs off the headline, "that Delay would try to use the heart-wrenching Schiavo story to try to explain away the ethical cloud that now follows him."
They say his conduct has been an affront to conservatism. Get this:
"What happened to the preference for a smaller and less intrusive government? What happened to right of the individual simply to be left alone without the interference of government? And what about moral consistency? These are the same conservatives who usually espouse the virtues of federalism and leaving most matters to the state, and here they can’t wait to involve the federal government."
Yeah! What happened to all that stuff?
And here’s something interesting. Titan Corporation, a military contractor based out of San Diego, has lost 136 employees in Iraq. The company mostly provides translators to the army, but has gotten into a little trouble with one human rights group suing it for involvement in the Abu Ghraib tortures. The company says it employed no such persons.
They’ve got 4,000 people over there involved in the rebuilding of Iraq and would appear to be making good money The second most deadly company to work for is the famed Halliburton, which has lost a modest 36 employees since the war began.
And here’s a portrait by Theodor Aman. the scribe doesn’t know thing about the artist in as much as he pulled the book of his work from the garbage and it is written in what appears to be a Magyar script.
The paintings are mostly pastorals of a particular region in Eastern Europe. But the scribe is prone to romantic cliches and thinks that as Gypsy girls go, this a good one.

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