I still remember where I was when we first started bombing Baghdad in 2003--at some concert with some chilanga at the late, great Key Club in Los Angeles, still just a freelancer for this infernal rag. Everyone at the Weekly opposed the Iraq War, because we knew it was unjust, would accomplish nothi ... More >>
Ten years ago, 'Shock and Awe' airstrikes by U.S. forces in Iraq marked the onset of another invasion of that country. President George W. Bush led a so-called 'coalition of the willing' mocked by anti-war activists as a 'coalition of the shilling' into hostilities under the pretext that Iraqi dicta ... More >>
Those in the military who were deployed multiple times to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan often struggle transitioning back into "normal" society.A three-week workshop aimed at helping these service members through all aspects of civilian life--including finding employment--is coming to Brandm ... More >>
Leave it to Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior career politician--to wreck an enjoyable Mother's Day with smelly political garbage.Late on Sunday night, Rohrabacher used his notorious, often inadvertently hilarious Twitter account to once again spew a self-serving lie about himself.This time, ... More >>
God bless our troops, but goddamnit, they're having it tough right now. Between a military that's shrinking, a lack of proper care for vets who need it, the thankless job of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a bunch of dirty hippies like me questioning why they had to go there in the first pla ... More >>
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher told the Laguna Niguel City Council last night that U.S. troops do not belong in Iraq. The Huntington Beach Republican must be ready to give Barack Obama a bear hug because the president just announced all U.S. military in Iraq will be home for the holidays.In announc ... More >>
There's not a lot of warm fuzzy stories when you talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and even fewer ones about food. But here's one with both from the Wall Street Journal.
It tells of how in nearby Camp Pendleton, they just set up a shawarma stand in the base due to popular demand. ... More >>
A broken clock is right more often than Rohrabacher: Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher recently uttered that President George W. Bush deserves another six months to turn things around in Iraq. But the Huntington Beach/Long Beach representative has a shameful history on the subject. More t ... More >>
First for some numbers that aren't as big as you might think, or others might want you to think.
If California were a separate country, it would have the world's sixth-largest economy, one hears time and time again. The governor even repeated the We're Number 6 bleat in his State of the State spee ... More >>
While it can't be called a sign of progress, it is a sign that at least one familiar aspect of American life is taking hold in Iraq. According to Paul Kiel at TPMmucker.com,
Not long after Republicans harrassed tens of thousands of Americans with automated phone messages in November's election, new ... More >>
A little reading as we wait for the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group to unveil a new and improved Iraq policy.
The Associated Press reports:
Baghdad's morgues are full.
With no space to store bodies, some victims of the sectarian slaughter are not being kept for relatives to claim, but photographed ... More >>
Somehow it's fitting that the only good news to come out of Iraq recently is the fake news. The New York Times reports on a satirical news show that debuted on the Iraqi sattelite station Al Sharqiya at the beginning of Ramadan. This being Iraq, the show's title is somewhat darker than "The Daily ... More >>
On the Orange Punch blog yesterday, Alan Bock wrote a terrifying post under the headline "What if it's true?" It seems he read some blog about a bumper-sticker that read, FRODO HAS FAILED – BUSH HAS THE RING
Some intense research revealed that it is in fact true. There is such a bumper-sticker ... More >>
At his press conference this morning, President Bush promised yet again that when it comes to Iraq, we'll continue to push on even though we're waist deep in the Big Muddy. Elsewhere in this morning's news we find some milestones of the course on which we are staying.
From the Washington Post:
A te ... More >>
The last time I checked, the latest Bush administration slogan for its Iraq adventure is "Adapting to Win". This replaced "Stay the Course", which had fallen out of favor with the White House presumably since it might remind people just what "course" events are taking in Iraq. So, is Adapting to W ... More >>
With the first anniversary of the nightmarish devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans by Hurricance Katerina (with the assistance of the Bush administration) looming, and the major news media already gearing up for their fifth anniversary of 9/11 extravaganzas, the UK newspaper The ... More >>
Regardless of whether or not the Bush administration will succeed in its plan to introduce democracy into Iraq through an armed invasion and years of chaotic violence, it now appears that the administration has succeeded in bringing to Iraq something the country has had very little of since the Brit ... More >>
Seal Beach activist Doug Korthof (see him in the upcoming documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?) sent this along about Iraq's girl blogger "Riverbend":
"She offers a ground-level female perspective on Iraq and your Tax dollars at work. Against incredible odds, this literate and intense young Ira ... More >>
How are we supposed to learn from history if we can't even agree what that history taught us? Seal Beach's Doug Korthof pointed us to an LA Times story you can find at this link ...
... where Gen. Al Haig sees ... More >>