Frontier Former Editor

December 14, 2008

Missed by that . . . much! or . . . . if the shoe fits . . .

Maxwell Smart obviously has an influence on terrorism and political assassins more than four decades later . . .

No, I am not making this up. He missed by that . . . much!!

Interestingly enough, more than five years go, Iraqis were beating on a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein with shoes. Dubya must be mildly embarassed.

And in a late breaking development to the Iraqi-U.S. securityagreement signed after the press conference, Iraqi forces are banned from carrying the following weaponry: clogs, hard-soled dress shoes, stilettoes, platforms, pumps, sabots, flip flops with soles more than 7/16″ thick, steel-toed boots, tap shoes, Doc Martens and anything worn by Sarah Palin.

May 28, 2008

Another reason why Halliburton opened a dual headquarters in Dubai:

To avoid extradition or a well-deserved seizure and shutdown by the American people for what could be construed in many U.S. courts as negligent manslaughter?

“PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) — A highly decorated Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth died a painful death in Iraq this year. He died not on the battlefield. He died in what should have been one of the safest spots in Iraq: on a U.S. base, in his bathroom . . . .

The water pump was not properly grounded, and when he turned on the shower, a jolt of electricity shot through his body and electrocuted him January 2 . . . .

Army documents obtained by CNN show that U.S.-paid contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) inspected the building and found serious electrical problems a full 11 months before Maseth was electrocuted.

KBR noted “several safety issues concerning the improper grounding of electrical devices.” But KBR’s contract did not cover “fixing potential hazards.” It covered repairing items only after they broke down.

Only after Maseth died did the Army issue an emergency order for KBR to finally fix the electrical problems, and that order was carried out soon thereafter.

In an internal e-mail obtained by CNN, a Navy captain admits that the Army should have known “the extent of the severity of the electrical problems.” The e-mail then says the reason the Army did not know was because KBR’s inspections were never reviewed by a “qualified government employee.” . . .

KBR declined a CNN interview, but in an e-mail the company said it found “no evidence of a link between the work it has been tasked to perform and the reported electrocutions.” “

God forbid we should consider Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR as acting in selfish disregard of the interests of the American soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen that they have been contracted to support. After all, they  . . . .

bring fresh water to troops in bases overseas

serve hot meals in sanitary mess halls to troops

get fuel to our troops in the field.

F***in scumbags, and mudering scumbags at that.

Every day I get to drive by Halliburton natural gas exploration trucks driving through our region as if the Iraqi insurgents trying to blow up their convoys have somehow arrived in the U.S. I’ve been told that one Halliburton driver was instructed not to dodge oncoming traffic if it meant him being late to a job site. If true, it makes perfect sense given what this organization has managed to become – a perfect 21st-century example of the robber barons of old.

At least American soldiers can trust Iraqi insurgents and al Qaida to try and kill them. Halliburton does it effortlessly and under the guise of good old American patriotism

March 23, 2008

Thank you George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet et al

Filed under: dumbasses, Iraq — Tags: , , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:50 pm

for making the U.S. more secure and bringing peace and democracy to Iraq . . .

U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000

Grim milestone reached when IED kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad

MSNBC News Services
updated 8 minutes ago
BAGHDAD – Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad late Sunday, raising the death toll for American forces since start of the war to 4,000, according to the Pentagon.

The grim milestone was reached less than a week after the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion to topple former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and coincided with a spate of violence across Iraq on Sunday that left at least 61 people dead.

The attacks included rockets and mortars fired at Baghdad’s U.S.-protected Green Zone and a suicide car bomb detonated at an Iraqi army post in the northern city of Mosul.

You lying, malignant, incompetent, ignorant, dumbassed whatever you might be.

March 20, 2008

Five years ago last night . . . .

Filed under: Iraq, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:17 am

I was  standing in a sports bar, interviewing folks about how they felt that we had just begun strikes against Iraq.

Pretty much every person we talked with and/or photographed said the same basic combination of things

Iraq shouldn’t have supported al Qaida

Iraq shouldn’t have tried to build nuclear weapons

God bless our soldiers

God bless President Bush

Make your own comments

October 14, 2007

I think I’ll try for their next advertising contract . . .

Filed under: Blackwater, helicopters, Iraq, security firms — Frontier Former Editor @ 5:40 pm

oh-blackwater-keep-on-firing.jpg

photo by AP

Sunny days and Sunday always get me down . . .

because that’s really my only day off and I get to catch up with the latest examples of what I already know – this nation has allowed itself to become a ship of fools.

And for today’s laundry list:

  • Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo “I didn’t know what was going on at Abu Ghraib despite it being under my command” Sanchez says the war in Iraq is a “nightmare with no end in sight.” (myway via Drudge)
  • A Florida jury decided that guards beating and administering their own form of medical revival treatment to a juvenile boot camp inmate was not a crime, even though  “[a]n initial autopsy by Dr. Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County, found Anderson died of natural causes from sickle cell trait [and a] second autopsy was ordered and another doctor concluded that the guards suffocated Anderson through their repeated use of ammonia capsules and by covering his mouth.” (myway via Drudge)
  • And nostalgia for the era of Allen Pinkerton and Baldwin & Felts is going strong this year, if Newsweek’s article on the topic is any indication. (Newsweek, via Crooks and Liars)

The bad part is, it’s all nothing really new. 

(more…)

September 11, 2007

Six years and 2.5 hours ago . . . .

Filed under: 2001, 9/11, Crocker, doomed to repeat, homeland security, Iraq, Petraeus, Sept. 11 — Frontier Former Editor @ 6:45 am

I was watching the end of the Today show before going to work at the newspaper bureau office.

I’d already seen the video of the first burning hole in the World Trade Center when I looked away from the TV for just a second. My wife yelled ‘LOOK!’ and I just saw the next gout of smoke and flame from the other side of the towers. NBC was kind enough to replay what caused it.

If you have to look at a picture, go Google one.

Fast forward to yesterday, around 1:30 p.m.  The disconnect between 2001 and the scene of a bunch of Congressmen trying to show their street creds on the ‘War on Terror’ before a four-star and a Bush diplomatic hack started repeating what was probably said several decades earlier in Whitehall and Parliament about the same piece of real estate . . . .

I don’t know.

September 10, 2007

It oughta be a law . . .

Filed under: Congress, Crocker, dumbasses, Iraq, not-so-free government stuff, Petraeus — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:10 pm

that Congressmen and Senators should shut the fuck up before an official presents a report to Congress.

 It’s 1:07 p.m. Eastern time and Petraeus and Crocker haven’t gotten one word out of their mouths despite a scheduled 12:30 p.m. start time.

August 30, 2007

No! It can’t be! (beware of dripping sarcasm)

Filed under: Iraq, journalism, not-so-free government stuff, public relations, scumbags, Texas contortionist — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:58 am

Little progress seen on Iraq goals  

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 47 minutes ago

“WASHINGTON – The Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush‘s Iraq war strategy, congressional auditors have determined.

The Associated Press has learned the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, will report that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks to measure the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq are unfulfilled ahead of a Sept. 15 deadline. That’s when Bush is to give a detailed accounting of the situation eight months after he announced the policy, according to three officials familiar with the matter.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public, also said the administration is preparing a case to play down the findings, arguing that Congress ordered the GAO to use unfair, “all or nothing” standards when compiling the document.

The GAO is to give a classified briefing about its findings to lawmakers on Thursday. It is not yet clear when its unclassified report will be released but it is due Sept. 1 amid a series of assessments called for in January legislation that authorized Bush’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Iraq, where there is now a total of more than 160,000 troops.

Among those Bush will hear from are the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus; and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker. The Pentagon said Wednesday Bush was likely to get a variety of views from different military officials. Bush will then deliver his own report to Congress by Sept. 15.

The GAO report comes at a pivotal time in the Iraq debate. So far, Republicans have mostly stood by Bush on the war and staved off Democratic demands of troop withdrawals. But in exchange for their support, many GOP members said they wanted to see substantial progress in Iraq by September or else they would call for a new strategy, including possibly a withdrawal of troops.” (read article here)

“the administration is preparing a case to play down the findings, arguing that Congress ordered the GAO to use unfair, “all or nothing” standards when compiling the document.”

Okay, if I remember correctly after years of public school, college, debate, logic, etc., isn’t a benchmark something you achieve or you don’t?

July 16, 2007

Why we fight?

Filed under: Iraq, politics, scumbags — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:23 am

Thank my junior senator and thank Tim Russert for allowing Lindsey Graham to show his . . . . colors.

Share this, please.

Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham on Meet the Press, 07-15-07

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