Wednesday, July 30, 2008
All Your Zeroes Are Belong to Us
What do you do when hyper-inflation makes your currency worth less than the paper that it is printed on? Lop a few zeroes off here and there and everything will be right as rain.
To the MDC negotiators: just say no to powersharing. Anything that leaves Mugabe with official standing or official government seat is purely a lie. Over these past two decades he has destroyed an economy, watched as infrastructure crumbled, ruined the country’s largest industry (farming, led an violent and oppressive regime, starved political opponents, stolen elections, and still, somehow, maintained some claim to legitimacy. That lie can’t be tolerated any longer.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
The Truth About the Lord’s Resistance Army
It was sickly funny to see that Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, insist that the LRA had committed no atrocities in their rebellion against Uganda’s government. In an abstract sense, I could smile and muster up a little laugh while I sat amazed at the bald faced lie. In the specific--when faced with the pictures and the stories of the people the LRA brutalized--there is nothing even vaguely humorous or worth smiling about.
From there, the story dissolves into watching others being killed and having his own ears, nose, lips, and hands cut off. Being abducted, beaten, and starved until he was found by government troops and given hospital care, the man is lucky to be alive. But his life--his face deformed and his arms ending in useless lumps--isn’t what it could have been.
The LRA didn’t content itself with typical torture and random murders; the rebels made a habit throughout the long war of kidnapping children and forcing them to serve the cause. The girls were sex slaves to the commanders, the boys were trained to be soldiers (with ages documented as young as seven).
The post-colonial history of Africa has been written in blood and a savage inhumanity. In that sense, the LRA is hardly unique; in any sense, though, the leaders and perpetrators of the worst of these acts must be punished for their works. Joseph Kony is one of the bloodiest of the bunch.
Monday, October 31, 2005
How Do You Spell Filibuster?
I will be surprised if the Democrats don’t filibuster this choice, triggering the fight over the GOP “nuclear option.” The abortion litmus test will be too strong for the left to resist, as will the fact that he is neither a woman nor a minority, yet Alito’s qualifications are definitely a big step up from Miers.
It’ll be a year-end brawl that either energizes or completely exhausts the GOP. Bush already has a tough year ahead and he’s picking a fight that he could quite possibly lose (which isn’t to say that it’s a fight worth avoiding). Should be interesting.
Update: This post of reactions from the left kind of goes to prove the point, doesn’t it? For that matter, I think this post from Randy Thomas will be typical of the right: a cautious, quiet optimism. Okay, maybe not entirely quiet...
Kindly linked by The English Guy (who has a set of good links to browse).
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Raul Garcia-Gomez: No Death Penalty, No Life in Prison
Raul Garcia-Gomez killed an off-duty officer in Denver about a month ago. After being denied entry into a party where the officer, Donnie Young, was working, Garcia-Gomez got a gun, came back to the venue, and shot the Officer Young and Officer Bishop. After running from Colorado to California, and then back to his native Mexico, Garcia-Gomez was captured and will face extradition to face charges here in Colorado.
Good news, no? Not as much as I had originally thought, it turns out.
Tonight, I’m seeing news that Garcia-Gomez’s extradition is contingent on our DA signing away both the death penalty and life imprisonment for Garcia-Gomez. While the family of the murdered officer are happy that it looks like Garcia-Gomez will be coming back to Denver to face justice, and I bow to their judgment and will on the subject, I find myself unhappy about the deal. While a no death penalty deal wouldn’t have bothered me in the least (at least partially since I’m opposed to capital punishment), the idea that Garcia-Gomez, if prosecuted successfully, couldn’t face life imprisonment seems purely wrong.
His was no accidental murder; it was the intentional, petty, premeditated killing of a police officer. While no punishment can be meted out that makes the murder go away--Donnie Young, sadly, will never come back to his wife and family--this seems to be a clear situation where life imprisonment would be warranted. I’m disappointed that our friends to the south are willing to go this far in dictating punishment due a murderer who, in so many ways, abused the hospitality of America.
I’m hoping that the story that I’m hearing on FoxNews tonight is wrong.
Update: While Andy isn’t talking about the extradition deal, he does seem to have the same low opinion of Garcia-Gomez that I have.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Attack Dog Politics
The rumors of this new Hillary book coming out are making me a bit queasy. Drudge has been running teasing links about it for a few days now, and I can’t get past the little niggle in the back of my head that doesn’t like what looks like a blatant attempt at character assassination.
I’m not sure what is actually going to be in the book, I don’t know what these supposedly Hillary-destroying accusations are going to look like, and I certainly don’t have a handle on how true the allegations will be. But I do know that, unless there is something truly damning, I would rather see conservatives mount attacks on her ideas instead of her past deeds.
“New dirt.” Instead of stooping to National Enquirer style politics, how about reminding people about Hillarycare? Anyone with even marginal fiscal conservative leanings or with a small government bent would quake in fear at the idea of President Hillary Clinton. Her nationalized health care idea would have made Bush’s exceptionally costly pill bill, our already overburdened Medicare/Medicaid expenses, and the giant IOU known as the Social Security trust fund look miniscule in comparison.
Unless there is something truly, surprisingly, relevant, I would much rather see authors going after her policy ideas than her personal life.
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