The public health director for Kunar says that eight civilians are still being treated for major injuries sustained in the offensive, including four children. He also said that officials have called on the Red Cross to investigate the attacks.
NATO has also promised an investigation, but insisted that they had video showing their ground troops killing "36 armed insurgents." Since this was just one incident over the course of four days of offensives, it is unclear why they thought the existence of such a video would refute the claims of massive civilian deaths.
Frank Rich notes the one thing that's absolutely deadly to right wing pundits: the slightest touch of civility.
SIX weeks after that horrific day in Tucson, America has half-forgotten its violent debate over the power of violent speech to incite violence. It's Gabrielle Giffords's own power of speech that rightly concerns us now. But all those arguments over political language did leave a discernible legacy. ... Glenn Beck's ratings at Fox News continued their steady decline, falling to an all-time low last month.... Sarah Palin's tailspin is also pronounced. It can be seen in polls, certainly: the ABC News-Washington Post survey found that 30 percent of Americans approved of her response to the Tucson massacre and 46 percent did not.
Gee, do you think that, in the wake of Tucson, the rhetoric thrown around by the likes of Beck and Palin just might not be all that funny? That's a high price to pay for a wake up call.
Bob Herbert points out something that's often left out of discussions about budget cuts to social programs. The programs were not created on a lark. There are are people who really, really need those funds.
Michael Moore: Join My High School Newspaper
.... You've been told politics isn't cool and that one person really can't make a difference.
And for some beautiful, unknown reason, you've refused to listen. Maybe it's because you've figured out that we adults are about to hand you a very empty and increasingly miserable world, with its melting polar ice caps, its low-paying jobs, its incessant war machine, and its plan to put you in permanent debt at age 18 with the racket known as college loans.
On top of that, you've had to listen to adults tell you that you may not be able to legally marry the person you love, that your uterus isn't really yours to control, and that if a black guy somehow makes it into the White House, he must've entered illegally from Kenya......
Turley: Judge disallows Padilla torture suit because he was tortured?
This week in holy crimes
Over the last seven days...
Washington: Pastor Dirk Jackson arrested for the rape of a 12 year-old girl.
Tennessee: Pastor Ronnie Powe charged with aggravated statutory rape.
Kentucky: Pastor Jerry Cannon charged with posting hundreds of child porn images to Facebook.
New York: Rabbi Milton Balkany sentenced to four years in $4M hedge fund extortion.
Minnesota: Father Christopher Wenthe charged with felony sexual abuse of female parishioner.
Virginia: Father Felix Owino sentenced to nine months for molesting 11 year-old girl.
Britain: Imam Ebrahim Kazir charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on girls under the age of 14.
Washington: Pastor Royce Shorter charged with multiple felony counts of child molestation.
Massachusetts: Pastor Angel Morales on trial for rape of 14 year-old girl.
California: Pastor Alonzo McCowan pleads guilty to swindling $300K from an elderly parishioner.
North Carolina: Pastor Timothy Bailey charged in $670K Ponzi scheme.
Alabama: Pastor Steven McQueen charged with stealing $250K from his own church.
Massachusetts: Father Gary Mercure sentenced to 20-25 years in prison for the rape of two minors.
Britain: Pastor Lucy Adeniji charged with beating immigrant children and using them as personal slaves.
Kentucky: Archdiocese of Louisville sued for allowing known child molester priest to head parish.
Hawaii: Unnamed Catholic priest charged with kidnapping and sexual assault.
This Week's Winner
Florida: The Archdiocese of Miami and Father Neil Doherty have been sued for the alleged drugging and rape of an eight year-old boy. According to the suit, Doherty assaulted the boy more than 50 times over a three year period and was kept in his position by the Archdiocese despite sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1970s. Doherty has previously been sued by 25 other victims and in 1994 the Archdiocese of Miami paid a $50,000 settlement to one of them.
When you glance at this chart, you might get the impression that you're seeing the distribution of wealth in a family-owned country, like Mubarak's Egypt. But, upon closer inspection, you discover that it's 'Share of Financial Wealth in the United States'.
Scam artist "faith healer" and mega-millionaire Pastor Benny Hinn is being sued by a Christian book publisher who says Hinn violated the "immorality" clause in their contract when he had an adulterous affair with fellow preacher Paula White.
Hinn is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions, money largely scraped out of the Social Security checks of the gullible elderly and the desperately ill. He travels the world in a $36M personal Gulfstream jet in between stays at his numerous opulent mansions.
Awesome: WISCONSIN: Dem Rep Goes Off On GOP
WASHINGTON – Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor. That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012. At a science conference in Washington Saturday, marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia aired early results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site. She went to places she had visited in the summer and expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then. It wasn't.
Yeah, Washington is pretending the oil spill never happened. But it's still there -- killing the Gulf of Mexico.
Steve Hynd: Winning The (Dystopic) Future
Skippy's environmental news stories Sunday.
This'll break your heart.
Billionaire Charles Koch says the return on his investment in Scott Walker is even higher than expected. "Bernie Madoff, eat your heart out!" he adds with a smile.
Y'all do have a rescue plan in place, right? I may be needing it soner rather than later, 'cause Texas is getting crazier every minute. In addition to Gov. Perry supporting Wisconsin Dictator Walker, he's now pushing for guns on college campuses. Drunk college kids with teenage brains and concealed-carry permits. What could possibly go wrong?
From the New York Times article on the topic:
Guns occupy a special place in Texas culture. Politicians often tout owning a gun as essential to being Texan. Concealed handgun license holders are allowed to skip the metal detectors that scan Capitol visitors for guns, knives and other contraband.
That makes me feel so safe as I plan to attend protest rallies. Or not.
"We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning," said Casterline.
Sorry, fellas. It's not gonna happen in this country.