Daily Archives: June 10, 2007

Joe Lieberman suggests bombing Iran

I have pretty much gotten to the point of ignoring the nonsense propaganda stories about attacking Iran, but when a US senator gets to talking serious, I think it has to be noticed, though I believe he is just “putting pressure” on Iran. NY Times:

”I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Lieberman said. ”And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.”

The U.S. accuses Iran of fostering terrorism and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions have brought about international reproach.

Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 who now represents Connecticut as an independent, spoke of Iranians’ role in the continued violence in Iraq.

”We’ve said so publicly that the Iranians have a base in Iran at which they are training Iraqis who are coming in and killing Americans. By some estimates, they have killed as many as 200 American soldiers,” Lieberman said. ”Well, we can tell them we want them to stop that. But if there’s any hope of the Iranians living according to the international rule of law and stopping, for instance, their nuclear weapons development, we can’t just talk to them.”

He added, ”If they don’t play by the rules, we’ve got to use our force, and to me, that would include taking military action to stop them from doing what they’re doing.”


The U.S. and Iranian ambassadors in Iraq met last month for the first public, substantive high-level discussions the two countries have held in nearly three decades. Although limited to the topic of violence and instability in Iraq, the talks have been seen as a possible window to better relations.

Immediately after the meeting in Baghdad, Iran announced plans for another. But U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said Washington would decide only after the Iraqi government issued an invitation.

U.S. officials also said they wanted to see Iran follow up on U.S. complaints that it is equipping and helping insurgents who attack American forces.

Senator Lieberman seems to think he’s in possession of some facts that the rest of us are not aware of. If so, he’d better make them public instead of piecemealing them out in a selective manner. But I assume all he has is a lot of already discredited propaganda. In which case he should shut the fuck up, and consider that words have consequences, and so do actions, particularly attacking other countries.  Senator Lieberman should let the Bush administration tell its own lies.  We have had entirely too many people making unserious statements about war.

The New York Times was correct to run this story, but it has the obligation to discuss Senator Lieberman’s claims, his record, and the issues.  The Times is not the stenographer for Senator Lieberman, the Bush administration, or anyone else.

Lieberman is a liar and an irresponsible fool, and overly influenced by the Zionist interests and the defense industry; he obviously doesn’t deserve to hold one of the most powerful elected posts in the United States.


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Hospital corners: no, it’s not tucking in the whole side

OTLS! is impressed by the apparent widespread disagreement about how to make a bed.  And since Google doesn’t distinguish between right and wrong, OTLS! feels compelled to add its substantial weight to the correct way of putting on the top sheet/blankets.

The top sheet is not fitted, it’s “flat.” PATTERN FACES DOWN, toward the pattern of the fitted sheet. The sheet and the blanket are tucked in together. You need about 15  inches hanging over the end of the bed.

Tuck in sheet/blanket at the end of the bed, all the way across.

Now, the sides: hospital corners. It’s easy.

First, grasp the edge of the sheet/blankets at the end of the bed, in other words, about a foot and a half from the true corner of the sheet/blankets. Lift this point out to the side, forming what looks like an extension of the width of the bed. Now just swing that point toward the head of the bed, folding the sheet/blankets along the side of the bed, and hold it there, against the top edge of the mattress, for a moment, while you tuck in whatever hangs below the bottom of the mattress. Then allow the point you’ve been holding to fall down, forming a graceful straight fall at the corner of the bed.

Do the other end corner the same way and you’re done except for the smoothing, etc.

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Finkelstein denied tenure at DePaul: suppression of criticism of Israel continues


Juan Cole, John Mearsheimer, and now Norman Finkelstein. Successful smearing of whoever speaks out about America’s support for Israel’s violation of human rights in Palestine. There is more freedom of expression in Israel than in the US on these issues. Meanwhile the Middle East and terrorism become greater problems every year, and they will never be resolved by the current policies of Israel.

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