August 14th, 2004


Rumsfeld kisses up to anti-democratic criminals in Ukraine.

It's disgusting to see Rumsfeld soliciting and throwing his support behind thugs like Ukranian president Kuchma and his corrupt cronies, while Kuchma's thugs are using government agents to spy on, firebomb, and possibly threaten the life of the leading opposition candidate in the upcoming elections. Does the Bush administration really want allies who assassinate political opponents and break international agreements to sell weapons to Saddam?

On Rumsfeld's recent trip to the Ukraine, he held a press conference... but not with Kuchma, but with Ukraine's Prime Minister of Defense, a man of far lesser importance in Ukraine's government. That was, infact, the only Western press conference / photo op on the trip, even though Rumsfeld *DID* meet with Kuchma on his trip and was photographed by Kuchma's people -- apparently, unlike our government, Kuchma's people wanted to emphasize their close ties to our leaders, as it gives them more legitimacy.

The Western media wasn't invited to take any photos at that meeting though, nor was there a press conference afterwards, and only one picture of the meeting is available on the DoD's website, taken by a military photographer and released several days after the meeting, too late for the press to use. If you search Google, it's almost like the meeting never happened. Truth is, Kuchma is a pariah and an embarassing coalition partner. He deserves to burn for what he's done, and it's no wonder our leaders are so ashamed to be seen with him... but we'll still kiss his ass anyway.

"Democracy" for Iraq's 25 million people... but what about Ukraine's 48 million? If something happens and Kuchma's party steals the next presidential election like they tried to do in another recent Ukranian election, then the blame should fall squarely on the Bush administration if democracy fails and post-election violence breaks out. They will have sold out the Ukranian people and our country's principals for 1,600 additional soldiers in Iraq.

Aren't these kind of deals how we got into this mess in the first place?


Disturbing news on Hurricane Charlie

Deeply disconcerting news coverage over at WBBH. By daylight, the damage is a lot worse than initially suspected. Apparently there has been a considerable loss of life in a mobile home park, apparently located in Port Charlotte -- "stacks of bodies". A member of the media mentioned reports of 60 dead in the mobile home park, with hundreds of people reported missing. I don't know what they mean by that, as a lot of those people could have evacuated, but the suspicion appears to be that some people have either been buried under damaged property or washed out to sea. 160 homes have been reported destroyed on Upper Captiva Island, with an additional 160 homes damaged -- the island has been split in two, with a new 400 foot pass. All three major hospitals near where the hurricane hit have been damaged and are closed.

contributions can be sent to:

Lee County Red Cross
Attn: Hurricane Charley relief fund
2516 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Charlotte County Red Cross
Attn: Hurricane Charley relief fund
1300-D Enterprise Drive
Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Sanibel-Captiva Community Foundation
Attn: Hurricane Charley relief fund
8260 College Pkwy, suite 101
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Volunteer Florida

And though I didn't mention it earlier...

I'll miss you Julia. Not enough good things are said of those who have a love for life's simple pleasures. A public funeral is not planned, according to Child's family, however they would like everyone eating dinner on Saturday night to raise a glass and toast the world famous chef. Sounds like a good excuse to me.

I hope your afterlife is rich, luscious, and has plenty of real butter. Bon apetit!