Sunday, October 4, 2015

Another Great Cover

From the Pulp Librarian

Patriots at CNN

Coming in second is the Washington Post.

And PBS isn't what it used to be (a long time ago).

Still other government shills posing as news organizations:

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

MSF Demands an Independent Investigation into the 2:00 am Air Strike on the Hospital

A senior defense official told Fox News on Saturday that the Taliban have been in control of the area around the hospital since Monday, guarding the building and drawing U.S. special operations forces into a firefight in the area. U.S. forces called in the airstrike because they were under fire and needed cover, the official said.

Taliban fighters were among those being treated at the hospital, a defense official told Fox News.

While defense officials told Fox News they “regret the loss” of innocent life, they say the incident could have been avoided if the Taliban had not used the hospital as a base, and the civilians there as human shields.

Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Jason Cohn, was asked by a PBS interviewer to respond.
"We were not under threat [by the Taliban] in any way.
We were in complete contact with all sides of the fighting. They accepted that this was a facility that was treating anyone who was wounded.
The gates of the compound were closed all night, so that no one who was not staff, a patient or a caretaker was inside the hospital when the bombing happened. It's also important to keep in mind that according to humanitarian law, any injured person in the hospital is considered a non-combatant whatever side they may have fought for before. In any case, bombing a fully functional hospital can never be justified.


We need answers. And we need answers not just from the US military, but we need some kind of independent investigation that's credible. And we don't want to just hear that this was some kind of mistake and that there's just collateral damage. They had EVERY information that they needed to prevent this loss of life, and it's one of the darkest days in our organization's history, and we will accept nothing less than a full transparent independent investigation."

  PBS interview: Jason Cone, MSF Executive Director
And at last, can we expect war crimes trials? Yeah, right.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Arm the Good Guys

Yes, "bad guys are stopped."

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

It's Sunday

As if fundamentalists need any more "proof" they're persecuted in this world, an Oregon psycho helps them out.
The US is reeling from another school shooting, the 45th this year, after a 26-year-old gunman murdered as many as nine people and wounded seven more at a community college in Oregon before he was killed.

The gunman was named as Chris Harper Mercer, a 26-year-old man who lived near Umpqua college in the rural town of Roseburg.


Michael Bloomberg, noted that the Umpqua college killings were [...] the 142nd school shooting since the attack at Sandy Hook elementary school, in Connecticut, nearly three years ago.


[Since] November 2012 there have been 993 mass shooting events in the United States, not including Umpqua. Almost 300 of them have occurred in 2o15.

Forty-five school shootings this year. Is it time to ask, "What's wrong with America?"
“‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and ‘if you are a Christian then stand up’ and they would stand up. He’d say ‘because you are a Christian you’re going to see God in about one second’ and then he shot and killed them. And he kept going down the line doing this to people.


The gunman then entered the Snyder Hall classroom and told people to get on the floor, she told the Roseburg News-Review newspaper. He told people to stand up and state their religion before opening fire.

  The Guardian
And the Christians were such GOOD Christians that they kept admitting it so they could be shot? Now, there's a religion to sink your teeth into. Surviving Christians are going to be left with a heavy survivor's guilt indeed.  Even if that's not what really happened.

And while we're on the subject of mass shootings:
Fourteen people, including two young boys, were shot in Chicago over a 15-hour period from Monday night to Tuesday morning.

Six people were killed and at least eight were wounded, following two consecutive weekends when more than 50 people were shot in the city.


The shootings these past two weeks follow a four-week period in August, when more than 40 people were shot each weekend. At least 2,300 people have been shot in the city this year, which the Tribune said is 400 more than were shot in the same period last year.


“Here we go again,” said Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy. “We’ve had the same conversation over and over. What do we have to do?"

That's a very good question.
"We have to hold criminals responsible.”
THAT's your answer?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Update on the Hospital Bombing

The international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific aerial bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Twelve staff members and at least seven patients, including three children, were killed; 37 people were injured including 19 staff members. This attack constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.

All indications currently point to the bombing being carried out by international Coalition forces. MSF demands a full and transparent account from the Coalition regarding its aerial bombing activities over Kunduz on Saturday morning.

MSF also calls for an independent investigation of the attack to ensure maximum transparency and accountability.


From 2:08 AM until 3:15 AM local time today, MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15 minute intervals.

The main central hospital building, housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward, was repeatedly hit very precisely during each aerial raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched.

Hmmm. So now what do we say about our smart bombs?  They work.  Precisely.
As is routine practice for MSF in conflict areas, MSF had communicated the exact location of the hospital to all parties to the conflict.


“The bombs hit and then we heard the plane circle round,” said Heman Nagarathnam, MSF Head of Programmes in northern Afghanistan. “There was a pause, and then more bombs hit. This happened again and again. When I made it out from the office, the main hospital building was engulfed in flames.

"Those people that could had moved quickly to the building’s two bunkers to seek safety. But patients who were unable to escape burned to death as they lay in their beds.”

And They Say It Because It Works

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

So Long to John Boehner

I think he had to go because he lost his edge.

When was the last time we saw the likes of this?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Obama Statement

As evening set in on Thursday Barack Obama addressed the nation, at least the 15th time he has done so in the wake of a mass shooting during his tenure. His exasperation was just as palpable as his grief.

“Somehow this has become routine,” he said. “The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium is routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.”


“I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences … based on my experiences as president I can’t guarantee that, and that’s a terrible thing to say.”

Yeah. How many times has the government had to come out and offer condolences for the routine and numbing regularity of civilian deaths from US bombs in the Middle East?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

In a Word: Yes

At first, this seems a little over the top.  I think it's the headdress that does it.

On the other hand, it's quite accurate.  For Obama to stand up and condemn the latest (and all) school shooting, and call for gun control in this country, may be the height of dissociative thinking.  Or maybe it's just politics.  It's certainly hypocritical.

We've cultured a national identity over the past few decades of being heavily armed and badass toward the rest of the world.  Not all the nuts cultivated and nurtured in that attitude join the military for an outlet.

Reap what you sow, I think is the phrase.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.