NATO attack helicopters launched missiles at a pair of homes in the Helmand Province yesterday, destroying both homes and killing large numbers of innocent civilians inside. Among the slain were two women and 12 children, some as young as two years of age. Six other civilians were also wounded.
So-called "Afghan Security Guards" are instructed, "Do not kill or torture detained personnel." For good measure, if someone's taken captive, "immediately turn over to U.S., Coalition or [Afghan forces]." Should they kill someone who poses a threat, there is to be "no booby-trapping, burning [or] mutilation" of their corpses.
In a speech which also included insistences that he is still concerned about the struggling US economy, President Barack Obama declared total support for pro-democracy rallies across the Middle East and North Africa. We must keep pouring money into the meat grinder in spite of the fact that our own country is going to hell.
4,454 soldiers killed in Iraq; 1,595 in Afghanistan.
In the past two months, the United States has experienced a year's worth of tornadoes. Might something possibly be amiss with our climate?
This Week In (tax free) Holy Crimes
Wisconsin: Pastor David E. Radtke charged with sexual assault on a 16 year-old student.
Georgia: Pastor David Pope charged with child molestation.
Wisconsin: Father Michael Nowak charged with making obscene phone calls to underage girls.
Kentucky: Pastor Jeremy Caraway charged with child rape.
Arizona: Two Mormon bishops will not be charged for failing to report a church member who confessed to child molestation.
Missouri: Father Shawn Ratigan pleads not guilty to taking pornographic photos of young girls.
Nevada: Pastor Raymond Mosely charged with compelling a four year-old to touch his genitals.
Michigan: Pastor Christopher Settlemoir sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual assault on a minor.
Delaware: Father James O'Neill has confessed to molesting a pre-teen boy hundreds of times over several years. The victim, now 43, has settled a lawsuit with the Diocese of Wilmington.
West Virginia: Pastor Matthew Jarrell kills himself in jail after being charged with rape.
New York: The ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel of America has ruled that rabbis must first be consulted before notifying police about child molestation.
Louisiana: Youth Pastor Angelo Golatt indicted on multiple counts of molesting children as young as nine years old.
This Week's Winner
Netherlands: An Dutch Catholic priest identified as Father Van B. has admitted to serving on the board of directors of a group lobbying for the legalization of pedophilia. The priest's superior says that he was aware of Father Van B's involvement with the group. The church is said to be investigating.
Of course Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in a presidential election says John McCain, but she may decide not to.
How convenient is that?
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has no doubt that his former running mate Sarah Palin can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012 if she decides to run.
"Can she win the Republican nomination and can she beat Barack Obama?" Fox News' Chris Wallace asked McCain Sunday.
"Of course she can — she can," McCain insisted. "Now whether she will or not, whether she'll even run or not, I don't know."
"A lot of things happen in campaigns, Chris. I was written off a couple of times and was able to come back. It will be a roller coaster ride for all of them before we finally arrive at our nominee. But she certainly is a major factor. And I believe that she can be very competitive," he added.
John McCain was able to come back and lose thanks, in part, to Sarah Palin.
Let us not forget that President Obama defeated John McCain in electoral votes by 320 to 141. I have no doubt that John McCain would have lost even if he had chosen someone else as a running mate, but it wouldn't have been as glaring of a loss.
Mister McGoo should feel free to keep going though! You're doing great!
Ocean acidification is latest manifestation of global warming.
Remember, climate change doesn't exist - even if drought has affected more than 34 million people (and animals) in China.
Craig Turner: How to stop cats pissing on your car
"You know, Peace Dove, if the United States of America wasn't always warring with somebody, it might decide that Memorial Day is just too tragic to be celebrated as a holiday."
Nice to know the D.C. park police are protecting us from Dancers of Mass Destruction.
The guy on the ground is lucky these cops let him live.
Just in case you thought anything would be different just because the president has a "D" after his name.
All this in the shadow of a statue of a man who said this:
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. "
Meanwhile, in news NOT related to Sarah Palin's bus tour (and there is some, though you'd never know it from the teevee), Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant may be in more trouble:
I don't know about you, but my days of eating wild Pacific salmon are over.
A very good reason to pursue alternative sources of energy
Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said Sunday that he wants oil prices to drop so that the United States and Europe don't accelerate efforts to wean themselves off his country's supply. ... "We don't want the West to go and find alternatives, because, clearly, the higher the price of oil goes, the more they have incentives to go and find alternatives," said Talal, who is listed by Forbes as the 26th richest man in the world.
If we had any sense in this country, we'd make it a nearly Apollo Lunar landing style push to develop alternative sources of energy that don't involve yanking dead dinosaur materials from the Earth. But good luck with that. The Democrats are spineless and the Republicans are in the thrall of the oil companies.