Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Random Drive By Posting.....

The Senate recently subpoenaed the Vice President's office for documentation concerning warrant less eavesdropping and other such 4th Amendment concerns. Wouldn't it be funny, and he's Republican so he might be able to get away with it, if Cheney told them that the documentation they require would be a serious breach of security and the information contained therein, if released, would threaten United States security ? I wouldn't stop laughing til next week. Almost as funny would be Dick telling them to kiss his ass, that they might not want to press this issue as he might have to leak some of the black laundry those same Senators hold in the closet. Either way, the citizen who is not wrapped up in fear of the government should find the next events concerning this issue quite amusing. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eavesdropping_subpoenas;_ylt=AroqJctkT9RHrokuZyR6Stqs0NUE

WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit kills his family then hangs himself. His young son was mentally handicapped due to a genetic defect (yeah, his father) and for years his wife reported cruel treatment. Speculations over the steroids found in the home may hold the answer. Well shit fire and save the matches folks, 'roids have brought better men down but there are officials denying they played a part here. Those same officials are, for the record, on my stupid people I don't want to meet list. As a cop, Domestic Violence is the bane of my existence but her applying for a divorce in 2003 lets me know she chose to stay. My sympathy lies with the child. My blame lies with the wife. CODA, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse is a powerful organization that helps many abused SPOUSES (yes, men get beaten too) each year. They have finances on a limited basis, legal counsel on a wide scale and political clout the WWE never dreamed of. I'm sure there is a chapter or an organization like it in Georgia. If she wanted out she could have gotten out. My ignorant guess is that she was scared of him and losing the money. Oh, and brothers, don't tell me you had no idea there was trouble in the home. We both know different. The child is dead now. Live with that. http://www.codabft.com/


A man in NY huffs keyboard cleaner and then wrecks his car, injuring people and killing a 17 year old. Now NY has a problem because their DWI law doesn't cover huffing aerosol ? Now folks, I like you Yankee types and unlike other Southern folk I welcome y'all as visitors. But seriously, where is the question here ? Were I to take this to a South Carolina court the same issue would come up, yes, but then the Circuit Court Judge would whip out a pen and the trial would continue. By the time dipshit got his appeal together the State Attorney General would have worked the Senate into adding whatever legal terminology was needed and the dumbass would fry. I think the State of NY needs to take a Common Sense pill on this one. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_re_us/court_dwi;_ylt=AkYlJ4tUShiuR_ZaBv0rnQRvzwcF

Oh, and Ann, its the difference between leaders, and those who sit on the side-lines taking pot shots. I'm not an Edwards fan, or even close to a Democrat, but you need to shut up before you lose what little credibility you have. What were your qualifications again ?

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Uh, guys ? We may have a problem here.

To the left we have Ahmed Muhammed Harrun. Former Junior Interior Minister for the Darfur Region in Sudan. He and numerous others are being held responsible and are being charged with crimes against humanity for the deaths of some 200,000 Darfur residents and the displacement of another 2.5 million. Think about that last figure. I can't think of which charge is worse. In America you displace 2.5 million and they are assisted with relocation as best the government and kind hearted citizens can. But that is not the way it works in Africa, as any student of their history can tell you. Displaced refugees face starvation, disease, and death. Harrun does not appear to have missed any meals or sleep over it.

Did he do it ? Was he involved ? There can be no question unless he's been hiding under a rock for the past four years. Harrun, and the leaders of the janjaweed militia (read mercenary thugs) [Pictured left] worked together on a plan of destruction that, may I bother you to say it again, murdered 200,000 people. Know what Harrun does for a living now ? He's now the Sudanese Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs ! Pardon ? Did I just hear you cough up your drink ?

I guess the worst part is that its not over yet. While informants come forward and lead investigators to the mass grave sights, not all are being found I'm sure. Because those same informants immediately become targets for reprisals. (Hint: The guys that did all the killing are still in power.)
But as with any human tragedy, there are heroes. Ibrahim comes from the village of Mukgar in the Darfur region and while he was brave enough to lead investigators to a mass grave of his people, he would not tell his last name as that would most assuredly become his death sentence.




I can't even imagine what he feels. Ibrahim is standing there holding the skulls of villagers and as tribes go, family members. I guess there comes a time when a self inspection reveals the life as small compared to the event, where it is too late to stop it but the travesty is so immense that it is worth dying for to reveal it to the world. Ibrahim appears willing to die so that his people might have some semblance of justice.

And so Ibrahim walks through the last remnants of people he once loved so that maybe a wrong done against the collective Karma of the world can be set right again.
In that same vein maybe the carnage can be stopped with the disbanding and trial of the janjaweed militia men. They're still there, the crimes running unchecked. Aisha Hamid, below, and a group of her neighbors went out to get fire wood and the five of them were attacked and raped. I see a strength in her that I hope I would have should I ever face such conditions. As a refugee, she faces the conditions I previously mentioned and now, I'm sure, even more attention from said thugs for coming forward.
The revolution must come soon for them, if they wish to live.