April 16, 2006

Rather than go on the defensive, try the offensive.

Filed under: idiots, government, iraq, republicans — Alex @ 3:56 am

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zm.gifALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui said on Thursday he had no regrets for those who died in the hijacked plane attacks and told jurors in his death penalty trial he wished "there would be more pain." In comments that brought at least one relative of a victim to tears, Moussaoui mocked survivors of the attacks who had told the court of their pain and said he would like to see similar attacks against Americans every day.

Alex Says:  At this point, he clearly either A) wants to die and is hoping to piss off a jury, or B) is just bat shit insane.  Either way, that's exactly why he SHOULDN'T be given the death sentence.  America's frantic desire to kill someone, anyone for 9/11 (other than half the population of Iraq) has gotten out of hand.

Plus, crazy or not, couldn't he prove useful in the future? He could ID people we've never seen, decode messages, whatever. And since he clearly seems to be off his nut, why don't we just get him some help? If we cure his craziness, he could be a priceless asset.

Or, we could kill him. Yes, clearly, that's the only sane option.

Taxing My Nerves

Filed under: government, iraq — Alex @ 3:10 am

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USA Today.com - Like most Americans, Peter Smith and his wife, Ellyn Stecker, sit down each year to fill out a federal tax form. Then they write a check to the U.S. Treasury for half the sum in the "amount you owe" box.
 
They are among thousands of Americans who refuse to pay part or all of their federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. "It takes two things to fight a war: people and money," says Smith, 67, a retired math and computer science teacher. "I can't refuse anymore to go, but I certainly can refuse to send the money."

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee says about 10,000 people "resist" paying taxes. The group plans demonstrations in Washington and 24 states Monday against the  Iraq war.

Alex Says:  As someone who vehemently opposes the Iraq War, I find this particular tactic to be utterly retarded.  When the I.R.S. nails you for tax evasion–not for "passive resistance" or some noble cause, but for goddamn tax evasion–you deserve their wrath.  Find a productive, legal way to protest; write a Congressman, sign a petition, vote.  We're borrowing the money for the war anyway, so your grandiose act does nothing but get you audited.

You dipshit.

March 17, 2006

Crusaders can’t be quitters.

Filed under: iraq — Alex @ 12:02 pm

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(AP) AL-ASAD, Iraq — In the desert chill, on the lonely nighttime roads of Iraq, Joe Johnson looks out over his machine gun and thinks of Justin. It was on Easter morning 2004 that a chaplain and a colonel appeared on Joe and Jan Johnson's Georgia doorstep with the news. Justin, the boy Joe had fished and hunted with, the soldier son who'd gone off to Iraq a month earlier, was suddenly dead at 22, killed by a roadside bomb planted in a Baghdad slum.

Today it's Joe who mans the M-240 atop a Humvee, warily watching the sides of the road, an unlikely Army corporal at 48, a father who came here for revenge, a Christian missionary on a crusade against Islam, and a man who, after six months at war, is ready to go home.

"I shouldn't even have come," he now says. And if he leaves bloody Iraq with no blood on his hands, he says, that's fine, too.

Alex Says:  Awesome attitude, dad.  Make your son proud.  Real credit to our armed forces.  "Waaah.  This place sucks.  I was bloodthirsty, and now I'm hot and covered in sand.  Boo-hoo."