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NEWS: Goodbye Iraq, Goodye Vaclav Havel, Goodbye Prop 8


Road The last convoy leaves:

The last troop movement out of Iraq, which included about 110 vehicles and 500 soldiers, began in darkness. Around 2:30 a.m., the convoy snaked out of Contingency Operating Base Adder, near the southern city of Nasiriya, and headed toward the border.

As dawn approached on Sunday, the last trucks began to cross the border into Kuwait at an outpost lighted by floodlights and secured by barbed wire.

“I just can’t wait to call my wife and kids and let them know I am safe,” said Sgt. First Class Rodolfo Ruiz just before his armored vehicle crossed over the border. “I am really feeling it now.”

Road Young veterans can't find work:

Veterans’ joblessness is concentrated among the young and those still serving in the National Guard or Reserve. The unemployment rate for veterans aged 20 to 24 has averaged 30 percent this year, more than double that of others the same age, though the rate for older veterans closely matches that of civilians. Reservists like Corporal Rhoden have a bleak outlook as well.

Road Baptists really don't want to share the Air Force Academy with other religions.

Vaclav-Havel Road Farewell to a playwright, statesman, and velvet revolutionary:

[Vaclav Havel] came to personify the soul of the Czech nation. His moral authority and his moving use of the Czech language cast him as the dominant figure during Prague street demonstrations in 1989 and as the chief behind-the-scenes negotiator who brought about the end of more than 40 years of Communist rule and the peaceful transfer of power known as the Velvet Revolution, a revolt so smooth that it took just weeks to complete, without a single shot fired.

He was chosen as democratic Czechoslovakia’s first president — a role he insisted was more duty than aspiration — and after the country split in January 1993, he became president of the Czech Republic. He linked the country firmly to the west, clearing the way for the Czech Republic to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1999 and the European Union five years later.

Both as a dissident and as a national leader, Mr. Havel impressed the West as one of the most important political thinkers in Central Europe. He rejected the notion, posited by reform-minded Communist leaders like Mikhail S. Gorbachev in the Soviet Union and Alexander Dubcek in Czechoslovakia, that Communist rule could be made more humane.

Road "The People Vs. Putin."

Road Iranian TV broadcasts "confession" of alleged U.S. spy.

Road Ron Paul: Bachmann hates Muslims, Santorum hates gays and Muslims.

Road In Iowa, Santorum, Bachmann, and Perry duke it out for delicious Gingrich crumbs:

As Newt Gingrich falls back to earth -- under assault from his primary rivals, Iowa pastors and the conservative establishment -- three other Republican presidential candidates are hoping to benefit here in the Hawkeye State.

The last two weeks in Iowa before the Jan. 3 caucuses are increasingly a battle between these three, who still remain legitimate in the eyes of the grassroots, committed Iowa conservatives: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

"It's Bachmann, Santorum and Perry who are fighting for the rock-ribbed social conservative voter at the caucus. They're the only three active campaigns out there really going after that vote," said Chuck Laudner, an Iowa operative who is running Santorum's effort in the state.

Ayn Road "How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men."

Road Love, Honor, Cherish to begin gathering signatures to repeal Prop 8.

Road Michael Stipe talks AIDS, depression, and elevator music.


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  1. I'm glad that Iraq debacle is finally over. Well, at least our involvement in it. Besos to our troops. Welcome home!

    Posted by: Max | Dec 18, 2011 9:45:50 PM

  2. I think the Air Force Academy link is wrong...

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 18, 2011 9:50:52 PM

  3. The Ayn Rand Link is wrong

    Posted by: Daigan Gaither | Dec 18, 2011 10:20:40 PM

  4. your links are all jacked up

    Posted by: lessthan | Dec 18, 2011 10:21:24 PM

  5. Sorry about that! The links are fixed.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Dec 18, 2011 10:58:57 PM

  6. Not that Ron Paul is all that fond of the gays himself, he just knows to keep his personal beliefs separate from his political positions.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 18, 2011 11:07:24 PM

  7. Ron Paul is admirable if only for his consistency, though that doesn't mean I think he'd be a great president by any stretch. The Republicans are doomed in this election.

    Everyone I've known who has fallen under the spell of Ayn Rand---and, with one exception, it has always been young men---comes to their senses fairly quickly. Her "philosophy" was paper thin, and her personal life shows that when you apply her theories to real life, you are wretched.

    Note that the article doesn't mention any Democrats who pursue her suggested policies, so I think the idea that she's seduced "generations" of young men overstates the case rather ludicrously.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 19, 2011 12:07:15 AM

  8. Don't be silly. It's not over.

    Even after Bush's imposed deadline and the intransigence of the Iraqi's on the question of an amnesty for US troops guilty of murdering Iraqis, the withdrawal does not mean the end of US military interference in Iraq to control their oil.

    "The United States is looking at bolstering its military presence in the Persian Gulf after U.S. troops stationed in Iraq withdraw by the end of the year, a Pentagon official says. Amid concerns about Iraq's stability and Iran's role in the region, the Pentagon was weighing a move to shift some of the 39,000 forces due to leave Iraq to neighboring Kuwait, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.", news

    It's always been about stealing the oil, about stealing other resources and about stealing land for bases to use against the Arab Spring.

    "As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively. It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the region, building up military bases and brokering weapons sales and transfers to despots from Bahrain to Yemen.

    As state security forces across the region cracked down on democratic dissent, the Pentagon also repeatedly dispatched American troops on training missions to allied militaries there. During more than 40 such operations with names like Eager Lion and Friendship Two that sometimes lasted for weeks or months at a time, they taught Middle Eastern security forces the finer points of counterinsurgency, small unit tactics, intelligence gathering, and information operations — skills crucial to defeating popular uprisings."

    Cheney and Bush didn't prosecute Bill Clinton for murdering half a million babies and children for the same reason Obama won't prosecute Cheney or Bush. They're all responsible for policies that murder GIs by the thousands and civilians by the hundreds of thousands.

    The White House is Murder Inc.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Dec 19, 2011 4:05:51 AM

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