Monthly Archives: April 2011

Petraeus to head CIA, and also the “General Petraeus Is Awesome” festival planning committee

A couple of days ago, President Obama publicly but quietly announced that he was re-shuffling the defensey-fighty part of his cabinet, putting Leon Panetta up for SecDef and installing General David “Surge” Petraeus in the top CIA slot. As the … Continue reading

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the Washington Post’s cost-saving idea: make health care more expensive for soldiers

Glenn Greenwald had a nice piece a few days ago about the Washington Post‘s lousy editorial point-of-view on military spending. Greenwald points out that the Post is always willing to be a cheerleader for new wars, but then has the … Continue reading

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death from above, 21st century style (still equals boots on the ground?)

Spencer Ackerman from Wired‘s Danger Room thinks the new drone-warfare phase of the war in Libya necessitates spotters, and hence American agents in Libya: Gates didn’t say — and he pointedly reiterated that no “boots on the ground” from the … Continue reading

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ah, fer Pete’s sake… “Piss Christ” is in the news again

Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon is mad that some French Catholic extremists have defaced Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ”: It should go without saying, but here it is: An image of Christ isn’t Christ. An artistic comment on religion or idolatry … Continue reading

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defining “wealthy”

The Times‘s Economix blog pokes around in the data from a recent Gallup poll and finds that wealthy people often bracket themselves down into “the middle class.” Everyone thinks they’re middle-class partly because of cultural reasons, and also partly because … Continue reading

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Bradley Manning’s special sleepover camping experience

From the AP via Salon: U.S. officials say the Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in the wake of international criticism about his treatment during his detention at the … Continue reading

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our shadow army

Via the always-interesting Swedish Meatball Confidential (pNSFW): the Commission on Wartime Contracting issued an interim report to Congress earlier this year suggesting that perhaps security contractors are not a good substitute for actual armed guards employed by the United States … Continue reading

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