I Wrote This Under Sniper Fire « Robot Pirate Ninja (Follow Up)

I Wrote This Under Sniper Fire « Robot Pirate Ninja

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The most common modern sense of “misspeak” is in the US, where it has developed two meanings since the late 19th Century – to speak unclearly or to fail to tell the whole truth, says Mr Simpson. And it crossed the Atlantic in the mid 20th Century.

Fiona Douglas, a lecturer in English language at the University of Leeds, says the origins of the modern meanings go back to before 1393, when poet John Gower penned Confessio Amantis.

“The modern senses all have to do with unclear speaking and incorrect or misleading communication.

“The citations suggest that this ‘misspeaking’ can be deliberate or unintentional, conscious or unconscious – hence it’s quite interesting to speculate exactly what Hillary Clinton’s use of the word actually meant.”

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Three Days to Peace (ha)

Iraqi PM gives Basra gunmen ultimatum – Yahoo News

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s prime minister on Wednesday gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra three days to surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between security forces and Shiite militia fighters erupted for a second day.

Suspected Shiite extremists also unleashed rockets or mortars against the U.S.-protected Green Zone in central Baghdad for the third day this week.

Three Americans were seriously injured in the attacks, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said. At least eight Iraqis also were killed after rounds fell short in several areas of Baghdad.

At least 55 people have been killed and 300 wounded in Basra and Baghdad after the fighting spread to the capital’s main Shiite district of Sadr City, police and hospital officials said.

Yea, the war is almost over.  Only three more days!!  Woohoo!

Too bad not many people in Iraq actually listen to anything the central government says, but that’s a small price to pay for freedom.

Always Know Your Audience

Babylon & Beyond : Los Angeles Times : MIDDLE EAST: Bush’s Iraq speech leaves a bad taste

While President Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq tooth and nail, media in the Arab world lambasted the U.S. war for unleashing disasters, divisions and terror.Bush was addressing defense officials at the Pentagon on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

A fiery editorial in today’s edition of the English-language Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star rebuked Bush for blaming the destruction of Iraq on the Iraqi people:

The Bush administration and its apologists like to blame Al-Qaeda for all the chaos that has plagued Iraqis since 2003, but it was Bush and his advisers who brought terrorism to Iraq…. They have helped keep it there, as well, by consistently failing to provide many of the benefits they promised as mitigating factors for the nightmare they unleashed: Millions of people have been displaced, millions more are unemployed.

Another editorial in the Dubai-based Gulf News daily criticized the “horrifying” US mismanagement of Iraq after the invasion:

Any improvements discussed by Bush today do not change the fact that Iraqis continue to suffer from this war. Five years on, the war-torn country faces the same horrors inflicted upon it in 2003. The Iraq war will haunt future generations.

Reaction from last week’s 5-year silliness speech from Boosh.

No Law For You!

FOXNews.com – ‘Scooter’ Libby Barred From Practicing Law in Washington, D.C. – Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum

WASHINGTON — Former top White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was banned Thursday from practicing law in the nation’s capital following his perjury conviction in the case of a CIA operative’s leaked identity.The disbarment order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia had been expected.

“When a member of the bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory,” the appeals court ruled.

Last May, a court panel that oversees lawyer ethics recommended that Libby be stripped of his law license in Washington. The Board on Professional Responsibility then found that Libby’s conviction for lying to the FBI about the case of former CIA operative Valerie Plame amounted to “crimes that involve moral turpitude.”

“This action is required by the rules following a conviction regardless of the merits of the case, and for that reason Mr. Libby expected and did not oppose the court’s order,” said Libby attorney William Jeffress.

Being the fall guy is good work if you can get it.

Muslim Jew on U.S. Race Relations

Asia Times Online :: Asian News, Business and Economy.

Black and white and barely read at all
By Muhammad CohenLast week, Senator Barack Obama gave the most important speech on race in America since Martin Luther King shared his dream 45 years ago. But instead of focusing on Obama’s thoughtful words, Americans seem more intent on the sayings of the preacher Obama denounced.

In speaking fundamental truths about black and white under the stars and stripes, Obama’s speech challenged Americans to prove we want intelligent debate on key issues. So far, America is failing that test as badly as it has so many racial trials, preferring simple sound bites that reduce a vivid, vibrant society to a different kind of black and white

Now, after eight years of Reagan’s political heir George W Bush and his simple but wrong answers leaving a legacy of crises at home and abroad, you’d think America would be ready to elevate the degree of difficulty. Reactions to Obama’s speech indicate otherwise. Rather than considering the points he makes about race relations – or, yikes, reading the speech – reactions center around whether the Illinois senator sufficiently distanced himself from Wright.

It might be that Americans can’t handle complexities. Don’t underestimate the capacity of voters to confuse and misunderstand. A poll last week showed most Americans oppose Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain’s policy prescriptions for Iraq, yet they say he’d do the best job on the issue as president.

But the reaction to Obama and his speech goes beyond seeking simple answers. It’s about avoiding the honest racial introspection he’s asking us to undertake. Despite Obama’s urging to the contrary, Americans would indeed prefer “to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality”. Make no mistake, race is a key factor in reactions to and the coverage of Obama’s speech.

Sorry, but I just think it’s hilarious that “Muhammad Cohen” wrote this outstanding article on the black/white thing in America.  Good reading.  Sad story.

What’s This Trigger Do?

Pilot’s gun goes off on US Airways flight – Los Angeles Times

March 25, 2008
WASHINGTON — A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged in the cockpit Saturday during a flight from Denver to Charlotte, N.C., the Transportation Safety Administration said Monday.The incident, which occurred as Flight 1536 was preparing to land, marked the first time that a weapon issued under a federal program to arm pilots had been fired.

A statement posted by the TSA on its website noted that “the pilot was authorized to be in possession of the weapon and he completed the appropriate training.”

Citing the investigation, officials of the TSA and US Airways declined to identify the pilot or provide information about the position of the gun or what the bullet struck. TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird said the pilot had been grounded.

The Airbus A319, which landed safely and without any injuries to the 124 passengers, two pilots and three flight attendants, has been pulled from service, also pending the investigation. According to the TSA, passengers were not aware of the incident.

That’s good shooting there, Lou.

Loving That Cold War (Plus the Ads)

Report: Warplanes off Alaska – Security- msnbc.com

updated 4:54 a.m. CT, Wed., March. 26, 2008

MOSCOW – NATO forces sent jets to escort two Russian long-range air force bombers patrolling neutral skies near Alaska on Wednesday, Russian news agencies quoted the defense ministry as saying.

Russia’s military has resumed its Cold War practice of flying regular patrols far beyond its borders, and in the last year has also sent turbo-prop Tu-95s over U.S. naval aircraft carriers and the Pacific island of Guam.

Accompanied by two Il-78 refueling tankers, the two Tu-95 Bear bombers flew for 15 hours over the Arctic and Pacific oceans, Interfax news agency quoted Russian Air Force spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky as saying.

The B1B Bomber

One thing that I ‘love’ about the Military industry is their ability to place good ads.
[to understad the irony of this post: this story, about Russian bombers buzzing Alaska, is accompanied by an advertisement from the U.S. Air Force about their cool-ass bombers. The B-1 Bomber was initially designed as a counter-measure to long-range Russain bombers.]