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What’s Going On?

Both CNN and CBS are carrying this Associated Press report: Turkish Officials: Troops Enter Iraq

(CBS/AP) Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq early Wednesday to chase Kurdish guerrillas who attack Turkey from bases there, Turkish security officials said. One official said the troops had returned to their bases by the end of the day, but Turkey’s foreign minister denied its troops had ever entered Iraq.

The BBC has nothing on this and Iraqi and Turkish officials are denying it happened.

Things are a mess and there are Turkish officials who want to launch a full-scale invasion of Kurdistan to deal with the rebels / terrorists / freedom fighters who have been attacking the Turkish military in recent weeks. To date there has been no permission granted by the Turkish government, but there are elements in the government and military pushing for it.

This may have happened, but it is also possible that this was a political ploy directed at the Turkish government. In any case, the Turkish / Iraqi border is not a good place for a family vacation.

June 6, 2007   Comments Off on What’s Going On?

You Can’t Satirize These People

I had to go to the county tax collector’s office to turn in the license plate for my Mother’s old car, and they had Faux Nooz on in the waiting room. Some twit [?Neil Cavuto?] was talking to “experts” about the “Dollar Bill” Jefferson indictment.

Thankfully I don’t have to write about it, because back on April 30th August J. Pollak drew a cartoon that covered the conversation.

June 6, 2007   Comments Off on You Can’t Satirize These People

June Sixth

1944D-Day

President Franklin D Roosevelt told a news conference the invasion did not mean the war was over.

He said: “You don’t just walk to Berlin, and the sooner this country realizes that the better.”

FDR was a real “War President”. He didn’t go around telling people “Mission Accomplished” when there were a lot of battles to come. He was a Democrat and a believer in reality.

1966James Meredith, the first black man to enter the University of Mississippi, was shot and wounded after entering Mississippi on a civil rights march.

1968Robert Francis Kennedy died after being shot two days earlier following his announcement that he was running for President.

“Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws–but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted–when we tolerate what we know to be wrong–when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened–when we fail to speak up and speak out–we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”

I doubt he would have written a letter to argue for leniency for “Scooter” Libby.

Update: Cookie Jill at skippy the bush kangaroo posted the RFK anniversary first, and I notice we both chose the same quote.

June 6, 2007   3 Comments