Photo Essay by Brian Ulrich. "American Happiness and the Need to Consume"
Mother Jones picks a few they dug. I thought the photos were awesome. If you have about 4 minutes to waste then waste it on this.
Photo Essay by Brian Ulrich. "American Happiness and the Need to Consume"
Our Attorney General has been spewing lies about the FISA bill and telecom immunity for months now. He keeps repeating the lie that wiretap warrants hurt the government in trying to protect us. He claims that retroactive immunity is necessary for telecoms because if they are sued for breaking our fourth amendment rights then the ensuing trials would reveal how the government listens to "terrorists". Or how the administration has broke the law is how I interpret it. These claims are false. He knows they are false yet he continues to spread the lie. Mukasey has now taken this falsehood to a whole new level. Last week while speaking in San Francisco about FISA he nearly wept while exploiting 9/11 for his cause to keep the spying program hidden and he dropped this BOMB:
OK, so you don’t like the show the View. I understand, it can be annoying; you think it’s a show just for women, and you are not a woman; you work during the day, so you have not gotten to watch it; la la la la la the list goes on and on. Personally, I am a man and I enjoy the View in doses. I find the show to be quite revealing in regards to the way the general public views a lot of important social topics. The factor that adds so much is that they have five women of varying intelligences talking about the issues. Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg are really intelligent people who think before they speak. Joy and Sheri are of run of the mill intelligence and think about fifty percent of the time before they speak. Last, dim-witted Elisabeth does not have the brain power of dirt and has the debilitating disease “diarrhea of the mouth”. Again, they do an outstanding job shedding light in regards to the way different people think, which is reflective of our wonderfully diverse society as a whole. In the following video, dumb-ass Elisabeth makes an absolutely amazing metaphor concerning Barack Obama. You have got to watch this, but you have got to hang on until the end of the clip to see it. Trust me, it’s worth it.
I thought this was poignant for John McCain to use for his inauguration speech. I'm just saying, the press has been giving him a massive free pass. Oh, and he's an asshole. John McCain will be our next president! You heard it here. "Here comes sickness...controlling my country"
- The United State Congress has been accused of "hectoring" by a very important county's head of state. The accuser is none other than our very own George W. Bush! At first I was not entirely sure I knew one could hector, but alas, one (or a body of people) clearly can. It could be a derogatory term. I mean, imagine if your name was Hector? How would you about feel being turned into a verb and all??? Shucks fellas, I sure would be sore.
Anyhow, the reason for this charge is as follows:
U.S. President George W. Bush defended the pace of political and economic reformIt sounds to me like he thinks the Iraqi Parliament, headed by Mr. Maliki, is doing a better job than the U.S. Congress. Maybe he should just move to Iraq if he loves their government and hates ours....America, love it or leave it, baby!
in Iraq on Thursday and accused members of the U.S. Congress of "hectoring"
Baghdad and threatening its leaders.Bush also praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for launching a "tough battle against militia fighters and criminals" in the oil city of Basra, citing it as evidence that Baghdad is increasingly able to handle security without U.S. leadership. (click here for more)
She is still choking the Democratic Party... However, at least we get some gems for her pro-McCain campaign, such as the photo on the right. Is she puckering up to kiss the arse of anyone that will give her power, for no end other than power itself?
Here is a good read that sums up a plurality of my sentiments:
This is a bit embarrassing to admit, but for a time there I was pulling for Hillary Clinton.
It’s not easy to explain why. Anyone who had to put up with Bill Clinton for all those years seemed to deserve the benefit of the doubt (though Bill could probably say the same about Hillary). She’s also the first woman to put herself in a serious position to challenge for the presidency, and did it against some pretty heavy water. (Click here for more)
Until recently I really liked Hillary Clinton as a potential president. Unfortunately, I have lost all respect for her. Her campaign is not just malicious; it is extremely damaging to the Democratic Party as a whole. It is hard to believe that a Democratic Presidential front runner would sabotage her own party’s strides for her own power enrichment. If a meteor strikes Obama in the head, I do not know who I will vote for, but I do know that I will not vote for Hillary Clinton or John McCain. My list of cons for Hillary Clinton continues to grow.
Further, I am continually amazed of the people, that I run into every day, who don’t seem to keep up with current events in any way. There are still voters out there that are concerned that the “Muslim” Obama could be our next president. Even if he was a Muslim, so what? Remember, this is the country with religious freedom. By the way, if you are one of the people who didn’t know, Obama is a Christian. I am not a Christian myself, but I am not opposed to a Christian president. I still like the old concept of separation of church and state.
The Paste Eater's strategy to get McCain elected is working! Hillary is as hated as ever, but Obama is catching up! Any Democrat that supports Hillary Machiavelli hates the middle class, wants all Iraqis dead or maimed, and of course, eats glue.
There is no logic to any of this other than the fact that perhaps, Clinton wants to use that Tonya Harding strategy to run in 2012. One is right to ask, is it Hillary or nobody???
- ABC news has introduced a new wrinkle in the Clinton strategy:
What will she have to do to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in order to eke out her improbable victory?
"Her securing the nomination is certainly possible - but it will require exercising the 'Tonya Harding option.'" the official said. "Is that really what we Democrats want? (Click here for more)
I love the reference to Ms. Harding, and think that its accurate. The very idea should disgust any democrat or person that believes in the most basic forms of decency. Anyone that thinks all Democrats will come together in August is drunk on their own stupidity. Americans have very short attention spans in general, but not when it comes to hate and anger.
...That now is the time to start mentioning Obama's pastor:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her week-long silence Tuesday morning about Senator Barack Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, saying that she would have changed churches if her pastor had made the racially divisive and anti-American remarks that Mr. Wright had made.
“He would not have been my pastor,” Mrs. Clinton told reporters and editors at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as she interviewed for the paper’s editorial endorsement. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”First off, why would she ever attend a black church? It reminds me of the following exchange from the film Real Genius:
Sen. Clinton has acknowledged that she "misspoke" when she said she was under fire in Bosnia, ie, she got busted and exposed as the calculating liar that she truly is. David Brooks has written a great op-ed in the NYT describing the slow and grueling death of the Clinton campaign:
When you step back and think about it, she is amazing. She possesses the audacity of hopelessness.According to my calculus, only two psychological scenarios remain:
- I hate to fly, yet I love to travel, and I hate to drive. This leaves me with two choices:
A) Spend my days at home, letting my beard and finger nails grow to freak show proportions, watching the travel channel and, eventually, Ron Paul speeches over the Internet.
B) Fly drunk and hope for the best.
Up until now I have elected, for the most part, to go with plan B. But after reading about this, I may change my mind:
US Air pilot's gun accidentally goes off on plane
Mon Mar 24, 2008
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The gun carried by a US Airways pilot
accidentally went off on a flight from Denver to Charlotte on Saturday,
the plane to be pulled from service, the airline said on Monday. (click here
President George Bush said each one of us would
get a $600.00 tax rebate. It was previously slated to be
$800.00, but they dropped it to a $600.00 tax rebate
because of various budget problems.
Now, if we spend that money at Wal-Mart,
all the money will go to China, if we spend it on
computers, most of the money will go to Korea or India.
If we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs
.....and none of these scenarios will help the American
We need to keep that money here in America .....so the
only way to keep that money here at home is to drink beer,
gamble, or spend it on prostitution. Currently it seems that
these are the only businesses still left in the U.S.
I'm Elliot Spitzer and I approve of this message.
- China is upset with Speaker Pelosi over her support of Tibetan freedom:
The Chinese government are fascist, perverted thieves, like the Bush folk, only without the need to shelter their perversion. Speaking of which, I am off to Mexico. I leave ye with this:
China attacks Pelosi over Tibet remarks
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press Writer
CHENGDU, China - attacked Sunday for her recent meeting with the , accusing her and other "human rights police" of double standards and ignoring the truth about the unrest in Tibet.China also again accused the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, of orchestrating anti-government in Tibet and neighboring provinces this month in a bid to mar the and overthrow the area's communist leaders.
Pelosi's visit to the Dalai Lama in (click here for more)
, on Friday was the first by a major foreign official since the protests broke out. The Democratic leader said if people don't speak out against China's oppression in Tibet, "we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world."
Governor Bill Richardson will formally endorse Sen. Obama this morning. .e and I were discussing him as a possible VP for Obama the other day, and I think he might be the best guy out there for the job. He has more (and better) experience than anyone else that was in the race, including McCane. He has been an ambassador, a cabinet member, congressman, and a governor. He would balance the ticket by helping Obama with his two biggest weaknesses: Hispanics and those who do not think he has enough foreign policy experience. Furthermore, Obama balance's Richardson's greatest weakness, his lack of charisma.
As I sit and watch Sen. Clinton and Mark Penn and their master plan to elect the Republican nominee, and the temporary results of their behavior, I wonder how this can all end on a positive note? If Clinton really cared about the issues she claims to care about, she would have dropped out long ago. They care about power. Like any good student of Machiavelli, power is an end in of itself.
I do think that Democrats will come together and today's polls just reflect bitterness that occurs in the heat of battle, but this thing needs to end before we have irreconcilable differences.
- A quick question...Has anyone else ever purchased (or otherwise possessed) a banana that went straight from green to black, bypassing the eatable yellow colour all together? I have and it sucks. On the basis of Alzaido's post earlier in the week I bought some certified organic bananas the other day. I usually buy green ones so that they last longer. These were green and remained green. Then I began to notice them rotting. I miss my favorite morning snack.
- If you are convicted of a crime there is one less attorney you can hire:
Former aide to Cheney disbarred after conviction
Thu Mar 20, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff to
Vice President Dick Cheney, was stripped of his ability to practice law on
Thursday as a result of his conviction in the CIA leak case.
The former White
House aide was found guilty a year ago of obstruction of justice and lying.
Those are considered crimes involving "moral turpitude" that under the law
require disbarment, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled.
court had previously suspended Libby from the practice of law in Washington.
President George W. Bush in July commuted Libby's 2-1/2-year prison sentence,
enraging Democrats who accused Bush of abusing his power. (click here for more)
Obama Ties Economic Woes to Iraq War
By MATT APUZZO – 1 hour ago
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Barack Obama blamed the Iraq war for higher oil
prices and skyrocketing debt Thursday as he sought to tie the unpopular war to
the slumping economy in working-class West Virginia.
The Democratic hopeful
is trying to cut into Hillary Clinton's base in West Virginia. The state's
demographics appear to favor Clinton, whose support is strongest among older
white voters and blue-collar workers. "When you're spending over $50 to fill up your car
because the price of oil is four times what it was before Iraq, you're paying a
price for this war," Obama said. "When Iraq is costing each household about $100
a month, you're paying a price for this war."
By linking the economy to the
war, Obama is playing to his perceived strength as someone who spoke out against
the war as a state lawmaker in Illinois. He has criticized Clinton for only
recently opposing the war and said Thursday that her criticism of Republican
John McCain's war policies lacks teeth. "Her point would have been more
compelling had she not joined Senator McCain in making the tragically
ill-considered decision to vote for the Iraq war in the first place," Obama said
to cheers. (click here for more)
Here is further evidence that Obama is able to see both the forest and the trees. To me this is an obvious connection. Every borrowed dollar spent on Iraq has correlated with a strain on the global finance industry. What is the primary wart on the U.S. economy? Lending!
In other (fake) news, Mark Penn says that Obama can't count change and thus only Clinton or McCane should be president because they have experience counting change, whereas Obama only talks about change.- Lastly (for now), here are some Iraq War protest videos from yesterday's 5 year anniversary:
This article was posted on Press TV.
McCain: Hasty Iraq pullout boosts Iran
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 01:55:16
Hasty pulling out of Iraq is a 'mistake' that would boost up Iran and al-Qaeda and damage America's credibility, Sen. John McCain claims.
"Visiting Iraq ... it just becomes so palpably clear what a mistake it would be if the United States precipitously withdrew our forces,'' McCain told reporters in Jordan on Tuesday before moving on to Israel."The victors in that (pullout) would be the extremists, and America would lose its credibility,'' he added.
For what its worth, Sen Obama is of the opinion that O.J. was guilty of murder, and I am curious to see how this will play out. In an interview with A.B.C., Obama stated:
You remember when, during the O.J. trial ... black and white culture just had these completely opposite reactions and nobody understood it. I'm somebody
who was pretty clear that O.J. was guilty, and I was ashamed for my own community to respond in that way, but I also understood what was taking place, which was that reaction had more to do with a sense that somehow the criminal justice system historically had been biased so profoundly that a defeat of that justice system was somehow a victory."
- People in Britain are turning their deceased pets into coats. I think this might be wrong. My beloved mate Charlie the Dog recently went to, as this article states, "that great kennel in the sky," and yet, when the cold winds blow, I do not wish I had his fur made into a coat to keep me warm. I ask myself, were he to have outlived me, would I want to have him wear my skin or hair for any reason??? The answer is no...but am I just being selfish? If I am dead, what use do I have for my skin? But I digress....
- I thought I would post the World Factbook's profile for Iraq in order to celebrate their 5 years of glory and freedom. Here is an interesting quote from the page:
Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. Coalition forces remain in Iraq under a UNSC mandate, helping to provide security and to support the freely elected government.I like this. It makes the entire thing sound so legitimate!
Here is some interesting data from the profile:What?!? Oil exports are around levels seen before Operation Iraqi Freedom? I thought one of the primary reasons gas was so high is that Iraq has NOT been producing like it had been. I have been unable to find any reliable or recent data as to the barrels per day oil production in Iraq now. I thought they were producing roughly 3.5 million bpd prior to the invasion.
Literacy: total population: 74.1%
female: 64.2% (2000 est.)
Economy - overview:
Iraq's economy is dominated by the oil sector, which has traditionally provided about 95% of foreign exchange earnings. Although looting, insurgent attacks, and sabotage have undermined economy rebuilding efforts, economic activity is beginning to pick up in areas recently secured by the US military surge. Oil exports are around levels seen before Operation Iraqi Freedom, and total government revenues have benefited from high oil prices.
Permanent things, furthermore, are not possessed exclusively by the democracies; not exclusively even by the Western world. - Joseph Campbell
I was watching the President speak this morning and I was reminded of Joseph Campbell and the concept of myth. Mr. Bush believes that we can win this war, but I wonder, what does that mean? What would victory look like? A friend in Hanoi recently sent me a photo of himself and a Vietnamese gentleman that was wearing an American flag t-shirt. Is that what victory looks like? Does this mean we won the Vietnam war now that they like us? I really can't figure it out. Is victory the entire world buying into the U.S. hero worship myth that Bush is selling?
We are going through a national identity crisis in the U.S. and I think that Bush's tired slogans, such as "We are fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" or "Iraq will be a glorious flower of democracy that will spread its seed throughout the region" are not going to do the trick. How can we win a war when we cannot define victory???
This is Obama's appeal. His brilliance and eloquence is in such stark contrast to Bush's ignorance and bumbling. The Sen. from Illinois is about to speak. More soon...
Dalai Lama Airs Prospect of QuittingI was in Dharmsala 18 months ago and must say that I became much more aware, and depressed, about the situation in Tibet than I had ever been before. Dorks like Richard Gere are often associated with this tragedy, which means, for many, the coolness has been removed from the issue. I have been to over 35 countries and I have to say, the Tibetan exiles I met were without a doubt among the most beautiful and passionate people I have met in my life. I hate the fact that China has raped them of their culture, their identity, and their land-- yet, for the most part, the Tibetan spirit is intact.
Exiled Spiritual Leader Says Further Violent Protests in Tibet Would Leave Him No Other Option
By Rama Lakshmi
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, March 19, 2008; A09
DHARMSALA, India, March 18 -- Reacting to a week of sometimes bloody protests in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said Tuesday that he would resign as spiritual head of the Tibetan government-in-exile if the violence spun out of control. At the same time, the revered religious figure vehemently denied Chinese accusations that he was organizing the riots.
"If things become out of control, then my only option is to completely resign," the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate and the exiled leader of millions of Tibetans around the world, told reporters. As he spoke, the narrow, winding streets of this Himalayan town were filled with hundreds of angry youths, monks and nuns, marching and chanting, "Long live Dalai Lama!"
The prime minister of the government-in-exile, Samdhong Rinpoche, quickly sought to play down his leader's statement. "I don't think he has said those words without any qualification or context," Rinpoche said at a news conference. "The Dalai Lama has always said, over and over again, that if the Tibetan people resort to violence, he would not be able to lead the people and be their spiritual leader."
"The Tibetan people's commitment to nonviolence remains, and there is no question of his resignation," Rinpoche added.
The Dalai Lama reacted angrily to the statements by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao blaming him for engineering riots in Tibet that have left scores of people dead. The Tibetan leader, who fled China for India in 1959, said that he was open to scrutiny by any international body. (for more click here)
The White House released bits of "president" Bush's speech for tomorrow. It's the fifth year anniversary of the Iraq war/invasion. What do you get for 5 years of madness? Pottery?
Let's break down the snippets of his speech before he even gives it:
- Here is a story about a fella that got 13 months in jail for hiring undocumented/illegal immigrant labor. I think this is bullshit. If we are going down this path, should we not hire the consumer that pays 19 cents for a banana? Perhaps the only thing saving our economy from a catastrophic inflation crises is the cheap labor that is keeping produce reasonably cheap. Is it better we import goods from poor countries with devalued dollars? As Mr. Mackey would say, "Xenophobia is bad, M'kay."
- The U.N. is broken and needs to be rebuilt. Here is just one more example of their ineptitude. They will not take any action on the Chinese atrocities in Tibet. For the record, the Security Council should consist of The U.S., Japan, China, Germany, and India, if it is going to be based on the current century. More later...
As many of you are by now aware, Sen. Obama gave (what I thought was a brilliant) speech today. This is an expert from on A.P. story that covered the address:
By NEDRA PICKLER and MATT APUZZO – 1 hour ago
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Barack Obama unsparingly criticized his longtime pastor's words while strongly defending the man himself Tuesday in a politically risky speech that appealed to the country to overcome racism and the black anger and white resentment it spawns.
Forming a more perfect union "requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams," said the Illinois senator running to be the first black president.
"This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected," he said.
In his most pointed speech of the campaign, Obama confronted the nation's legacy of racial division head on, tackling black grievance, white resentment and the uproar over his former pastor's incendiary statements. Drawing on his half-black, half-white roots as no other presidential hopeful could, Obama urged Americans to break "a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years.'"
"The anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races," he said in a speech at the National Constitution Center, not far from where the Declaration of Independence was adopted. (Click here for more)
Ironically, this quintessentially American – and yes, conservative – notion of self-help found frequent expression in Reverend Wright’s sermons. But what my former pastor too often failed to understand is that embarking on a program of self-help also requires a belief that society can change.
The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old -- is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know -- what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
It is very difficult in some European towns to trade dollars for Euros. It is falling against seemingly every major currency worldwide. Alan Greenspan has some interesting views here.
This sucks. I just paid too much to drive my car to the grocery store to pay too much for food. In a global economy, a weak dollar means inflation, and further cuts by the Fed will only serve to further erode our once mighty currency.
In honor of these developments, I thought this tribute to our our paper weight in cheif might be fitting:
Markos, from the Daily Kos of course, really breaks the Clinton campaign down. We have all been slamming Hillary Clinton pretty good lately and it isn't all unwarranted. She has to step down and let the party concentrate on the task at hand. Defeating McCain and taking our country back. Here's Kos:
An understated theme, or more to the point an under-addressed theme, during this campaign season has been on the subject of the accountability of our government... you know: "Of the people, by the people"... all that stuff.
Our government and our country have been crippled by the Bush administration's unwillingness to address questions posed by Congress, the press and, ultimately, by its own citizenry. Plainly, our press and our people have become accustomed to being bulldozed by a brutish mentality aimed at running our country as a business in which we are no longer considered stakeholders. This clip of McCain hits on the terrible truth of the continuity we will be supporting with the election of a McCain administration.
- A brief history of the situation in Tibet.
- Here is some insight into an Egyptian election.
I'm not sure if this is an indictment on Manson or Fox news:
This is fucked up (and the Radiohead is good too):
Also, the U.S. Bombs Pakistan!
On a lighter note, if you are married, ALWAYS wash your feet...
Is it fucked up that Illiterate Electorate has become a major source of news for me? I think that's a credit to all of you guys contributing. A lot of times, I think of something to post but it's already on here. We are covering a good spectrum. Let's keep it up. Here's wishing you all a great week.
- Former PM of Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, does not think politics and the internet should not go hand in hand, so to speak, because the internet is really just for porn. (click here for more) What is this connection between the internet and pornography???
- This is an interesting site about ALL George Bushs, not just the President.
- According to this source, the U.S. has committed war crimes. Politics makes strange bed fellows...
The tides of history are rising higher and faster these days. Read them right and ride them, or be crushed. And then along comes Barack Obama, with the kinds of gifts that appear in politics but once every few generations. There is a sense of dignity, even majesty, about him, and underneath that ease lies a resolute discipline. It's not just that he is eloquent — with that ability to speak both to you and to speak for you — it's that he has a quality of thinking and intellectual and emotional honesty that is extraordinary. (click here for more)
So our government won't help people after a natural disaster, hello New Orleans and now they won't even warn people?? A tornado ripped a 6 mile path through Atlanta. It hit two adjacent sports arenas filled with fans for a NCAA tourney and a Hawks game. The fans in the stadium were not told of the tornado. They were not moved or warned. Two people have died because of the tornado. From Yahoo News:
Tibet protest crackdown claims up to 100 lives
By David Eimer in Beijing
Tourists were warned that if they ventured beyond their hotels they risked being shot. Yesterday morning there were soldiers and police posted on every street corner, Mr Plooj said. "They had a circle around the very centre and no-one could get in there."
In a now-practised formula for dealing with internal protests, one that was copied by Burma's ruling junta last year when they cracked down on protesting Buddhist monks, the Chinese authorities have moved to isolate Tibet from the rest of the world. There is no internet access to Tibet-related websites anywhere in China and mobile telephone coverage is spotty. (Click here for more)
*UPDATE* -The Dalai Lama is arguing (and I think correctly) that China is commiting cultural genocide. (click here for more)
The $3 Trillion War
After wildly lowballing the cost of the Iraq conflict at a mere $50 to $60 billion, the Bush administration has been concealing the full economic toll. The spending on military operations is merely the tip of a vast fiscal iceberg. In an excerpt from their new book, the authors calculate the grim bottom line. (click here for more)
The Gaza Bombshell
After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, David Rose reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever. (click here for more)
BEIJING (AFP) - Tibet's exiled government said Saturday that about 30 people had been killed during unrest in Lhasa, as Chinese troops locked down the city amid fierce international scrutiny ahead of the Olympics.
Witnesses said tanks and soldiers were out in force in Lhasa following Friday's protests, the biggest against China's controversial rule of Tibet since 1989, as authorities set a Monday deadline for perpetrators to surrender.
"We are confirming approximately 30 deaths, and we are even hearing numbers of over 100 dead, but this number we are unable to confirm," Tenzin Taklha, a senior official of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamshala in northern India, told AFP. (click here for more)
The global front for NAMBLA, ie, the International Olympic Committee, has stated that there should be no boycott of the 2008 games:
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (turd on the right) poured cold water
Saturday on calls for a boycott of the Summer Games in Beijing over China's
crackdown in Tibet, saying it would only penalize athletes. (Click
here for more)
This is absurd, offensive to the very concept of reason, and downright flabbergasting. They should just cancel the damn games altogether and instead spend a month having people in the West manufacture their own textiles. That would make much better television than 14 year old girls playing with monkey bars. Besides, doesn't Mr. Rogge (and I use the title Mr. very, very loosely) have a conflict of interest here? He has no soul and no rational for speaking at all. I highly recommend ignoring him whenever and wherever possible.