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2007 October 22 — Why Now?
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What A Jerk

I don’t suppose it will come as a surprise to anyone that I’m not especially fond of GOP officials which makes me question the intelligence of people who vote for them, but I would like to second TBogg’s expression of dissatisfaction with Glenn Beck.

Oh, Glenn, you really ought to learn something about California before shoot your mouth off, because I wouldn’t expect an interview with Duncan Hunter (R – CA52), whose constituents are being burned out by the Harris fire, or Brian Bilbray (R – CA50) whose voters have been affected by the Witch fire. Not even Repubs deserve to be burned out or have their patriotism cavalierly questioned by you.

October 22, 2007   5 Comments


For the near future if you want to send me e-mail you need to use the new address in the sidebar. The dumka.com address is in transition with no clear idea as to when it will be back up because the individual who owns it is dealing with a few problems.

The main problems are the wildfires in San Diego county, as he doesn’t know if he’s going to be forced to evacuate as the fires approach the coast.

CNN has the AP feed, MSNBC has their own reporting, but TBogg’s coverage is more meaningful if you have lived in the county. The San Diego Union-Tribune has a fire blog but their server is swamped.

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October 22, 2007   15 Comments

Cage Match

Over at Altercation it is going to be Lieutenant Colonel Bob Bateman, a military historian in and for the military, versus Victor David Hanson, PhD, formerly respected classics professor who has morphed into a neocon wingnut. Colonel Bateman is tired of VDH distorting history for political purposes and intends to fact check the history that supposedly supports Hanson’s views.

I wonder how Hanson reconciles his admiration of William Tecumseh Sherman and his personal transformation into a political shill when Sherman is rather well know for saying of political office: “If nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”

Sherman was not exactly a fan of the chattering classes either: “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”

Douglas MacArthur or Curtis LeMay would be much better choices.

Tune in and bring popcorn.

October 22, 2007   4 Comments

A Riverbend Post

Riverbend has a post from Damascus up today talking about life in exile and the problems of being a refugee –Bloggers Without Borders….

One of the things that struck me is that the Hedgemony is so concerned with its own legacy it doesn’t seem to notice that it is improving Saddam Hussein’s image among the Iraqi people. It is hard to believe that Americans could screw anything up so badly that a brutal monster like Saddam would start to look good to his victims.

October 22, 2007   2 Comments