Archive for March, 2010

Is education a vice?

Posted in WTF? with tags , on March 23, 2010 by Black Pumpkin

Check this out and tell me if you are with me in thinking that extremism might not be a vice to these idiots but apparently an education is.

Seven years on…

Posted in Middle East, War and Peace with tags , on March 19, 2010 by Black Pumpkin

Believe it or not, but the Iraq War started 7 years ago today.  Actually it was the beginning of the occupation of Iraq.  Because in reality this was merely the continuation of the war that began in 1990.  That year, Iraq invaded Kuwait.  And the US, led by George Bush’s father, George H. W. Bush, defended Kuwait with an attack on Iraq.  But our combat forces left in 1991, less than 6 months after we went into Iraq.  Unfortunately for Iraq this was not the end of their problems.  As our ground forces left, we put two things in place: sanctions against Iraq (through the UN) that put major restrictions on what could be imported into Iraq and no-fly zones in the northern and southern areas of the country.  Iraq was divided into roughly thirds and the northern and southern third were patrolled by US and British air forces so that no aircraft were allowed to fly in those areas.  In addition, these sorties would attack Iraq’s air defenses in those regions.  This continued from 1991 until 2003.  On 19 March 2003, the US started its “Shock and Awe” campaign against Iraq.  And the invasion began.

This war was started under false pretenses and has caused hundreds of thousands of casualties.  We must not forget that US forces are still occupying Iraq.  They have moved out of the cities, but they have not left the country.  In February of 2009, Obama said that we would pull out by August of this year.  But even then, we will leave a “transitional force” of 50,000 troops to train Iraqis.  And these troops would leave sometime in 2011.

We have waited long enough.  The Iraqi people have suffered under occupation long enough.  It is time to bring the troops home now.

This weekend there will protests all over the country (and probably in other countries as well).  We need to get active and get involved.  We need to put pressure on the Obama administration and tell them that enough is enough.  We don’t see the embedded reporters anymore.  We don’t see the troops or the fighting, so it is easy to forget.  Not to mention that the little attention that we have for war has shifted to Afghanistan.  Until every single troop is out of Iraq we must not forget that we are occupying this country.

We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The only thing we should be sending to Iraq and Afghanistan is aid.

Bring ALL the troops home NOW!

Time for rebirth of the antiwar movement (from Common Dreams)

ANSWER LA (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism – Los Angeles)

International Action Center

Join us!  Let the powers that be know that we haven’t forgotten.  Let them know that we won’t stop until they do.

Stop the Occupations!  Stop the Wars!

International Women’s Day

Posted in International, Women with tags , on March 8, 2010 by Black Pumpkin

March 8 is International Women’s Day.

And in honor of International Women’s Day I would point you to The Gender Wire, which is a source of news stories from around the world focusing on women and their particular struggles for freedom and equality.

If you like The Gender Wire, then you will probably want to check out the rest of the Inter Press Service.

Rallies for education

Posted in Education on March 2, 2010 by Black Pumpkin

If you live in California and you are a student, then you should attend a rally for education.  (And even if you are not a student, you should support education.)  They are happening all over California on March 4.

Here is a great blog that has all kinds of info about the rallies going on all over the state.

Because of the state of the economy, more and more people are going back to school to start a new career or just advance in their current one.  Unfortunately, the schools budgets are being cut which means that classes are being cut and teachers are losing their jobs.  When looking for things to cut, education should be near the bottom of the list, not the top.

Please plan on attending a rally and let the Legislature and the Governor that we will not sit idly by while school budgets are decimated.

Liberal atheists are smart! And now we have proof!

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on March 2, 2010 by Black Pumpkin

I just couldn’t pass this one up.  The headline read: “Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ.” Any time I see liberalism in a headline, my ears perk up.  And any time I see atheism in a headline, I have to read it.  And you throw both of those together, and I wouldn’t be able to pass it up even if the house was on fire.   And since I am a liberal and an atheist, that must mean I’m smart, right?  That’s what the article said, didn’t it?  Did I read it right?  Maybe not, but that’s what I’m taking away from it anyway.

Here is a similar article, “Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives?” (From my own anecdotal evidence the answer is yes.  Just in case you were wondering.)