Normally I would write an essay on liberty, freedom, capitalism, independence, self-determination (Autarkes in ancient Greek) but.. I’m wiped-out from staying up overnight following events in Pakistan. So, time with family is actually more important than time with you on the holidays, hope you’re not offended.
Instead of an essay, here’s something more stirring, courtesy of Kilgore Trout.
Update: Above you can see “Aunty” Aziz modeling his/her burqa. She appears to have lost her veil, how sinful.
A minimum of 100800 1200 Students have now surrendered.
While Abdul Aziz Ghazi is now captured, his younger brother, Abdul Rashid Ghazi remains inside with the Mehsud fighter and members of Jaimsh-e-Muhammed. Estimates are anywhere between 600 to 1300 students remain inside facing another deadline. They are without power, water, and food.
UPDATE: 8 explosions heard amid gunfire from vicinity of mosque, no fresh news yet. All blogs in Pakistan are heavily condemning this in comments sections, and the ususal small percentage is chalking it up to a government conspiracy.
Many blogs have complained about Google’s lack of commemorating some holidays, but this year for the Fourth they’ve done well and deserve kudos. Great logo, and thanks Google. Notice that the eagle carries a sheaf of grain, and a sheaf of arrows. That’s a strong message, and both items are held in the eagle’s claws for a purpose.
Update to previous post — Michael Yon ponders the media silence in the face of Al Qaida attrocities here.
But for those publications who actually had people embedded in Baqubah when the story first broke and still failed to cover it, their malaise is inexplicable. I do not know why all failed to report the murders and booby-trapped village: apparently no reporters bothered to go out there, even though it’s only about 3.5 miles from this base. Any one of the reporters currently in Baqubah could still go to these coordinates and follow his or her nose and find the gravesites.
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Michael Yon has a report on the evil of Al Qaida in Iraq, and in the past I’ve pointed out their evil elsewhere. Anyone still following this mad dajjal and his demons is truly beyond all hope, and must be killed. From the article:
Soldiers from 5th IA said al Qaeda had cut the heads off the children. Had al Qaeda murdered the children in front of their parents? Maybe it had been the other way around: maybe they had murdered the parents in front of the children. Maybe they had forced the father to dig the graves of his children.
If you think this might be over the top, or going into high dudgeon over little, I want you to think back to the media hype during the Israeli — Hezb’allah conflict. Remember Qana? Remember Green helmet guy?