March 7, 2011
give. me. a. break.

tiffanihillin:

“The U.S. Air Force is blocking its personnel from viewing the New York Times website and other major publications that have published information from the cables WikiLeaks leaked. An Air Force rep said the measure is intended to “keep classified material off unclassified computer systems.”

This is just silly.

(Source: thetiffanilove)

March 7, 2011
laliberty:

via dalefogden.org

laliberty:

via dalefogden.org

(via hipsterlibertarian)

March 7, 2011
rustbelts:

August, 2009. Interesting!



It’s fun to find quotes like this.  Undoubtedly there are some about Saddam Hussein, bin Laden and many others we can find from many prominent politicians.  Go back far enough and you’ll find them about Hitler (sorry Godwin) and Stalin and others.


They’re unfair.  McCain was conducting diplomacy.  He used the neutral word “interesting.”  He didn’t say Qadaffi was a “great man” or a “statesman” or “wonderful for his people” or any such nonsense.  He met with him and called him interesting.


There are many valid criticisms of John McCain when it comes to Libya policy and other areas.  This isn’t one of them.

rustbelts:

August, 2009. Interesting!

It’s fun to find quotes like this. Undoubtedly there are some about Saddam Hussein, bin Laden and many others we can find from many prominent politicians. Go back far enough and you’ll find them about Hitler (sorry Godwin) and Stalin and others.

They’re unfair. McCain was conducting diplomacy. He used the neutral word “interesting.” He didn’t say Qadaffi was a “great man” or a “statesman” or “wonderful for his people” or any such nonsense. He met with him and called him interesting.

There are many valid criticisms of John McCain when it comes to Libya policy and other areas. This isn’t one of them.

(Source: rustbelts, via evangotlib)

March 5, 2011
BBC: Saudi Arabia Bans All Protests

thepoliticalnotebook:

The statement from the interior ministry, announced on state TV, declared: 

Regulations in the kingdom forbid categorically all sorts of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins, as they contradict Islamic Sharia law and the values and traditions of Saudi society.

It also said that the police are

authorised by law to take all measures needed against those who try to break the law.

This comes after the financial incentives rolled out last month by King Abdullah ($37 billion in benefits, a 15% raise for public employees, and extra funding for things like housing and studying abroad.

And so it begins…

(via thepoliticalnotebook)

March 3, 2011
"Two U.S. Navy warships, with 800 Marines aboard, will arrive off Libya within a day or two for possible humanitarian operations, and an additional 400 Marines have been dispatched, according to Josh Diddams, a spokesman for the Marine Corps at the Pentagon. Admiral Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, said two aircraft carriers are already in the region and a third, the USS George H.W. Bush, is preparing for deployment there from Norfolk, Virginia."

Obama Says Pentagon Examines `Full Range’ of Libya Options - Bloomberg

That’s enough for a no-fly zone.

March 3, 2011
Human Rights groups say at least 6,000 people have been killed by the Gaddafi regime.

thelibyanrevolution:

If you really think about the population of Libya which is six million, 6000 people is a HUGE number. HUGE. Just to put it into perspective, it would be as if:

10,000 Tunisians died, or 83,000 Egyptians died, or 307,000 Americans died.

These numbers are COLOSSAL. Gadaffi is no longer just killing people, he is committing genocide.

Killing one percent of the population in an armed conflict is not genocide. Calling it genocide cheapens the word and the crime. But it is completely unacceptable behavior that calls for intervention by foreign powers.

(Source: thearabspringrevolutions, via darling80m-deactivated20110318-)

March 3, 2011
shortformblog:

In Libya, it’s official. They mediate crazy with crazy. Way to go, Hugo Chavez. You now have an opportunity to bring the level of discourse you have with your people in Venezuela to Libya. There’s a Charlie Sheen joke in here somewhere, but we’ll leave it to you guys to make said joke.

shortformblog:

In Libya, it’s official. They mediate crazy with crazy. Way to go, Hugo Chavez. You now have an opportunity to bring the level of discourse you have with your people in Venezuela to Libya. There’s a Charlie Sheen joke in here somewhere, but we’ll leave it to you guys to make said joke.

(via journalofajournalist)

March 2, 2011
INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF THE LIBYAN REBELS STORMING BREGA

Dude looks like a normal guy.  Nice jeans, nicer shoes.

INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF THE LIBYAN REBELS STORMING BREGA

Dude looks like a normal guy. Nice jeans, nicer shoes.

March 2, 2011
INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF THE LIBYAN REBELS STORMING BREGA

INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF THE LIBYAN REBELS STORMING BREGA

March 2, 2011
"Two U.S. amphibious assault ships have reached the Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, as Washington intensifies pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to end his four-decade rule."

U.S. assault ships clear Suez, enter Mediterranean | Reuters

Wow. I can’t imagine the circumstances under which we would deploy Marines from the Ponce and Kearsarge, but this is nonetheless a Very Big Deal.