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  • U.S. evenly split as GOP loyalties grow

    11/13/2003 9:32:46 AM PST · 7 of 18
    martianagent to Paradox
    The dem party has basically gone rogue and needs to be destroyed. The choice in elections should be between Republicans and Libertarians.

    One political ad I'd like to see might go thus:

    Typical scene at a street corner in Harlem, people standing at the corner waiting for the light to turn, two typical black guys talking about something or other, and a big, white crybaby in diapers, about 50 yers old and bearing a remarkable resemblence to a certain Albert Gore, pitching an outright temper tantrum and screaming and crying and poundings his hands and feet on the ground.

    The two black guys look at the crybaby, then look at themselves, quizzical looks on their faces, then they look at the crybaby again, and one asks:

    "Say, man, is there something about being black which is supposed to mean always having to vote for crybabies?"

    The scene shifts to either J.C. Watts or Walter E. Williams in his office, suit, white shirt and tie looking like a million bucks, who says something like:

    "You know, friends, I used to wonder about that myself, but I think the thing which finally forced me to give up on the democratic party was what the democrat party and its NEA affiliation were doing to black children in our major cities; allow me to explain....
  • Memo infuriates senators

    11/06/2003 8:45:29 AM PST · 53 of 55
    martianagent to kattracks
    The democrat party needs to be outlawed and banned. Anything else is a half measure.
  • Wesley Clark's tanks used in Waco siege

    10/16/2003 9:54:52 AM PDT · 95 of 318
    martianagent to ambrose
    was Gen. Clark comfortable allowing forces and equipment under his command to participate in a police raid or, at best, a hostage situation? People are going to want to know these things."

    Me, I'd like to know why he obeyed the crimninal orders to kill all those little yugoslavian kids for the benefit of a bunch of narco-terrorists.

  • Muslim girl returns to class in compromise with school

    10/16/2003 9:35:27 AM PDT · 10 of 81
    martianagent to MineralMan
    My standard line for women I see wearing burkas here in the USA:

    Say, I know a place where you can buy a pistol to shoot the sorry a$$#ole who's making you wear that thing.

    Good for interfaith relations and all that...

  • Officers Say Bosnian Massacre Was Deliberate (Senior Serb Officers' Testimony)

    10/13/2003 10:56:52 AM PDT · 65 of 112
    martianagent to Kenny Bunk
    They've actually had one prosecution witness stand up in court and state that the prosecution had tried to torture an accusation against Milosevic out of him. In any American courtroom, that would be the end of the trial, period.
  • Officers Say Bosnian Massacre Was Deliberate (Senior Serb Officers' Testimony)

    10/13/2003 10:55:01 AM PDT · 64 of 112
    martianagent to Kenny Bunk
    All we have managed to do with our misguided Balkan bumbling is make the world safer for jihad.

    One other thing we managed to do with Kosovo was take the Juanita Broaddrick story off the front pages, i.e. we made the world safer for rapist presidents. There was no other reason or rationale for the action which would withstand five seconds worth of daylight.

  • Bear Expert and Companion Killed in Bear Attack at Alaska Park ( New View on Old Story )

    10/08/2003 10:04:56 AM PDT · 120 of 261
    martianagent to greydog
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A self-taught bear expert who once called Alaska's brown bears harmless was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in the Katmai National Park and Preserve.

    A real "bear expert" would have had a large-caliber rifle with him...

  • Clark’s Misinformation Problem

    10/08/2003 10:01:16 AM PDT · 34 of 34
    martianagent to Honorary Serb
    Gen. "Jack D. Ripper" Clark's, clinton's and Halfbright's war was conducted against the Serbian people for the benefit of their bloodthirsty, cowardly islamist clients!!! By "the Serbian people", I mean THE CIVILIAN POPULATION!!!

    I don't think most Americans are aware of the fact that that sort of thing has been totally illegal since 1947. They apparently wanted to insure that nothing like the big bombing raids of WW-II in which 50,000 or 200,000 people got incinerated ever happened again and the Geneva conventions of 47 totally outlaw the kinds of crap which were perpetrated during the Kosovo operation. Wesley Clark, Albright, and both Clintons need to be tried as war criminals.

  • Linux vs. Windows Viruses

    10/08/2003 8:08:12 AM PDT · 111 of 144
    martianagent to ShadowAce
    Everybody still needs a windows machine to run windows type software on. I keep an extra machine sitting around for that purpose. Alternatively, you can set up windows AND linux on the same computer and choose which to use as you boot up. Hard disks are big enough now that that's feasable.

    But the idea of a home user wanting to have a windows machine hooked up to the internet is insane. The most major targets of viruses are Windows, MS outlook, internet explorer, and word, and that stuff is all made to be systems integration capable and is programmable. Having stuff like that on a machine connected to the net is like walking around with a big KICK-ME sign. It might be one thing for some large corporation which can afford two or three guys permanently employed to keep the lid down on viruses and cybernetic grief to have msoft machines connected to the net, but a home user? You'd have to be out of your mind.

  • Our Greatest Sin of Silence (Kremlin has bled Chechnya and made it a model for the rest of Russia)

    10/03/2003 8:42:12 AM PDT · 41 of 48
    martianagent to dennisw
    If that's the case, then why would those bastards want to be independant from Russia? I mean, that would just make it harder for them to do their kidnapping and terrorism routines.
  • Our Greatest Sin of Silence (Kremlin has bled Chechnya and made it a model for the rest of Russia)

    10/03/2003 8:10:24 AM PDT · 37 of 48
    martianagent to dennisw
    I could care less. I don't accept all "self determination" especially by insane Islamics. The Russkies needed to kick their ass take their gas (and oil). And this they did. As it is too much of the world's oil is under Muslim control

    It just isn't that hard to figure out the Russian position on this one. Other than for the sacrafice of about 20 million Russians around 1943 - 1945, the holder in due course of all the oil in chechiniya would have been good old Uncle Adolf, and the chechen untermenschen would all be soap and lampshades. The idea of the chechens simply walking off with all that oil and saying "Thank you, have a nice day" after all that probably doesn't make much sense to Russians. Hell, it doesn't make any sense to me.

  • Our Greatest Sin of Silence (Kremlin has bled Chechnya and made it a model for the rest of Russia)

    10/02/2003 8:48:10 AM PDT · 12 of 48
    martianagent to AlaskaErik
    Near as I can tell, the three most messed up collections of head-cases on this planet, outside of North Korea of course, are chechens, palestinians, and albanians. Chechens in particular are hated by all peoples anywhere near them. I mean, the main industry in chechiniya has always been kidnapping and torturing people from surrounding countries to try to get ransoms from their families.
  • Our Greatest Sin of Silence (Kremlin has bled Chechnya and made it a model for the rest of Russia)

    10/02/2003 8:48:03 AM PDT · 11 of 48
    martianagent to AlaskaErik
    Near as I can tell, the three most messed up collections of head-cases on this planet, outside of North Korea of course, are chechens, palestinians, and albanians. Chechens in particular are hated by all peoples anywhere near them. I mean, the main industry in chechiniya has always been kidnapping and torturing people from surrounding countries to try to get ransoms from their families.
  • Bustamante Goes Boom

    10/01/2003 10:17:01 AM PDT · 19 of 36
    martianagent to Tumbleweed_Connection
  • Schwarzenegger linked to contests with steroids

    10/01/2003 10:04:43 AM PDT · 22 of 39
    martianagent to NormsRevenge
    Friends who are into competitive weightlifting events have told me that every weightlifting record in the world would fall by 30% if the athletes ever quit using steroids.
  • Key Srebrenica Witness Admits Lying

    10/01/2003 9:18:48 AM PDT · 57 of 66
    martianagent to Drammach
    Most of what I read indicates that Serbian atrocities are mainly fiction.

    Then you need to do a little more reading.

    I don't think so. I mean, after the "racak massacre" and the story about the "death camp" at Tchornopoliya finally getting out, which other stories about "Serb atrocities" am I supposed to still believe??

  • Key Srebrenica Witness Admits Lying

    09/30/2003 1:06:30 PM PDT · 35 of 66
    martianagent to Drammach
    Serbians must accept their part in those atrocities, and stop making excuses.

    Most of what I read indicates that Serbian atrocities are mainly fiction.

  • Israeli Army Destroys House of Palestinian Militant

    09/30/2003 12:15:50 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    martianagent to Diogenesis
    Somebody with a slapstick could have a field day...
  • WEAPONS OF THE WORLD: Silent Sniper Rifle

    09/30/2003 11:35:50 AM PDT · 46 of 53
    martianagent to John Jorsett
    You see subsonic 22 ammo at gunshows believe it or not.
  • Srebrenica Casualty Numbers Challenged by Experts as Politicized and Ethnically Divisive

    09/30/2003 8:02:41 AM PDT · 279 of 658
    martianagent to Ronly Bonly Jones
    For clarity:

    inhabited by SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS of amoral monsters who killed huge numbers of people for no reason other than to steal the fridge.

    Sounds to me like the Serbs had basically made a realistic assessment of what they were dealing with, and were trying to deal with it in a rational manner.

    Aside from that, I've got $20 says "Ronly Ronly" is your real name.

  • Hedonists R Us:Darwinism and Morality

    09/25/2003 9:55:06 AM PDT · 529 of 879
    martianagent to goodseedhomeschool (returned)
    No copyright issues in the picture to my knowledge. Feel free.
  • Hedonists R Us:Darwinism and Morality

    09/25/2003 9:49:04 AM PDT · 520 of 879
    martianagent to goodseedhomeschool (returned)
  • Wheat to Ukraine (who feed whom?)

    09/25/2003 9:29:53 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    martianagent to RussianConservative
    The Ukraine is supposedly able to feed most of the world. Hitler planned to use the Ukraine to feed all of Europe and had a design for a super-guage train for the purpose.
  • Ron Paul - Reject UN Gun Control

    09/22/2003 9:16:21 AM PDT · 24 of 92
    martianagent to Brad Cloven
    3 Minutes of angle is adequate for most purposes at 100 yards but won't cut it at 500.
  • How Old Is the Earth?

    09/22/2003 8:17:44 AM PDT · 130 of 238
    martianagent to Cincinatus
    So much rides on this date of 4.6 billion years. The entire biological evolution story and most of modern geology depend on it.

    Wrong. The theory of evolution by natural selection arose in the 1860's, with the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species.

    That's wrong. "Scientific" estimates of the Earth's age were continually revised upwards for the benefit of Charles Darwin, sometimes a billion years at a clip. There's no other real reason for those estimates.

  • Gen. Clark: Saddam Not a Criminal

    09/22/2003 8:01:42 AM PDT · 171 of 187
    martianagent to middie
    General Clark is an honorable man who dedicated his adult career to serving everyone on this site. His resume' and personal history is beyond reproach. To witness the unsavory, scandalous and outrageous comments about him now that he is a candidate is among the lowest frenzied mob conduct I've ever witnessed.

    You're in serious need of re-education.

  • Wesley & Clinton Hil-uva ticket?

    09/16/2003 2:18:03 PM PDT · 31 of 57
    martianagent to William McKinley
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    March 11, 2000.

    Sanja, a brilliant, romantic 15-year-old, went out walking one day on a little bridge in a little town in Yugoslavia. She had no reason to think she was in danger, but then the bombs fell. She was 'collateral damage,' one of hundreds of ordinary citizens killed as NATO expanded its targets to include heating plants, power stations -- and small bridges

    Varvarin, Yugoslavia -- IT was Day 68 of the bombing campaign against Serbia when Sanja Milenkovic set out from her house in Varvarin, a sleepy little market town on the banks of the Morava River. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was stepping up its air attacks, striving to force a stubborn President Slobodan
    Milosevic to pull his forces out of Kosovo.

    But Sanja wasn't worried. "Don't be silly, Mom," she said when her mother warned her to be careful. "No one is going to bomb this little place."

    Those were the last words Vesna Milenkovic was to hear her daughter speak. Mother and daughter were close. Vesna was just 21 when she gave birth to her first child. Fifteen years later, Sanja had grown into a beautiful and brilliant young woman.

    An A student since Grade 1, she won top marks in district, national and federal mathematics competitions, as well as awards in chemistry and physics. She was studying at a special math school in Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital, and she hoped to study math one day at a leading U.S. university such as Harvard.

    When Sanja had to stay up late studying, Vesna would crawl into her bed to  keep her company. When Sanja solved a particularly hard problem, she would shake her mother awake and cry: "Look, Mom, I did it!"
    When she wasn't studying, the two sometimes watched videos together. Sanja liked the dashing American actor Alec Baldwin, but she would watch anything romantic. One of her favourite movies was Ghost, the tearjerker starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

    "She was like my little sister, my best friend," says Ms. Milenkovic, a well-dressed woman with gold earrings and a cellular phone who works as a commercial lawyer for a local furniture company.

    When NATO started bombing last March 24, Sanja left school in Belgrade and came home to Varvarin. Ms. Milenkovic says she and her husband, Zoran, believed that "because there are no military targets around and we are such a small town, nothing would happen."

    But by late spring, nowhere in Serbia was really safe. Frustrated by their failure to force Mr. Milosevic out of Kosovo, NATO leaders had more than doubled the number of warplanes bombing targets in Serbia to a total of 1,000. By late May, those planes were flying an average of 585 sorties (individual flights) every day, up from 370 in March and April.

    To tighten the screws still further, the Western alliance was widening its definition of what constituted a legitimate military target. In the early days, it hit air bases, military barracks, telecommunications towers and major bridges. By May, it was going after heating plants, electrical power stations, water supplies -- and small bridges.

    Varvarin had such a bridge, an old iron structure next to the Orthodox church and the Sunday market. It was there that Sanja was heading on her morning walk. By the time she set out from her house on May 30, stray bombs had already killed scores of non-combatants.

    In an embarrassing series of accidents, NATO hit first a passenger train on a railway bridge (17 killed), then a group of refugees on a road in Kosovo (75), then a marketplace and the grounds of a hospital in the city of Nis (15), then the Chinese embassy in Belgrade (3). Among those killed was a woman in her seventh month of pregnancy on her way to the hospital and a three-year-old who died in an apartment bathroom when a cluster bomb went off outside her window.

    The carnage peaked at the end of May, as the strikes were intensified in a last-ditch attempt to bring Mr. Milosevic to heel and avoid a costly ground attack. On May 31, the day after Sanja's walk to the bridge, missiles killed 20 people in a sanatorium in one town and 23 in an apartment block in another.

    NATO officials insisted that they were doing their best to minimize "collateral damage," the military euphemism for unintended killings.  But they were also trying to limit the danger to their air crews, and the two objectives did not always match. To stay out of reach of anti-aircraft fire, pilots often dropped their sophisticated, precision-guided bombs from 15,000 feet, eight times the height of Toronto's CN Tower. Those on the ground seldom saw their attackers.

    As a result, the people who gathered at the bridge in Varvarin on that sunny Sunday in May had no warning of what was to come; no idea that, somewhere up in the blue, a bombardier was staring at a video image of their town on his cockpit console, preparing to "lock on" to the bridge and send his missiles speeding toward their target.

    Sanja wandered onto the bridge sometime after noon with two girlfriends. The market-day crowd was even bigger than usual because this was Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter, a religious holiday.

    At St. Bogorodica Church, just a few steps from the bridge, the local priest, Rev. Milivoje Ciric, was conducting a special service. No one worried about an attack. It was well known that NATO usually struck at night if civilians might be in danger. Besides, Varvarin was no transportation hub. The 52-year-old bridge may have been the town's lifeline, but the road over it headed west to nowhere. The turmoil in Kosovo was a good three hours drive to the south.

    Mr. and Ms. Milenkovic were preparing lunch for Sanja when they heard a loud explosion. It was 1:05 p.m. Ms. Milenkovic immediately picked up the telephone to see if it was working. She knew that the phone lines ran over the bridge. The phone was dead.

    She jumped into her car and drove for town, searching the faces of everyone who walked by. When she got to the riverbank, she found it deserted. Everyone who could had run away, fearing another attack. Ms. Milenkovic stood alone on the bank, shouting her daughter's name. Then she saw Sanja.

    The girl was lying on a broken slab of the bridge near the river's surface. The slab lay at a crazy angle, so Sanja's head pointed down toward the water and her feet were in the air. She was not moving.

    Sanja's friends later told Ms. Milenkovic what had happened.

    When the first missiles hit the bridge, the pedestrian section collapsed into the river and the three girls fell with it. The two friends were injured, one with a broken leg and the other a broken arm. But, by some chance, Sanja remained unhurt. She could have done what many others did and climb up the wreckage off the bridge. Instead, she stayed to help her friends.

    Ten minutes after the first attack, the NATO pilot came back to finish his job. The blast from his missiles broke the bridge in two. Four cars plunged into the Morava.

    Father Ciric had stopped the church service to go help the wounded. He was decapitated by the blast. Seven others also were killed. The Yugoslav government later published photographs of their bodies in its two-volume White Book, which catalogues the damage caused by the NATO strikes. They make grisly viewing.

    Vojkan Stankovic was disembowelled by the explosion. Both of Milan Savic's legs were severed at the knees. The right leg of Zoran Marinkovic was torn off. His mother, Milanka, picked it up when she found his body. The photograph in the White Book shows the leg lying on the stretcher beside his body, the foot, still in its black shoe, beside his head.
    Sanja was not similarly disfigured. She was struck in the back by flying shrapnel, tiny pieces of twisted metal so hot that they left burn marks on her milky skin. Otherwise, her slender six-foot frame was intact.

    When ambulances arrived at the scene, Ms. Milenkovic pleaded with them to help her daughter, but they went first to those who were moving and calling out.

    Finally, they put Sanja in an ambulance. Ms. Milenkovic jumped in. Sanja's eyes were still open. Ms. Milenkovic told her to fight, to keep breathing. "It's all right," she said. "Your mother's here."

    But after a few minutes, Sanja's eyes closed for the last time. "I knew that she was gone," Ms. Milenkovic says, "but I kept hoping." At the hospital, where doctors fruitlessly injected Sanja's body with adrenalin in hopes of starting her heart, Ms. Milenkovic thought that she felt a pulse, but then realized she was only feeling her own.
    Sanja lay still on the hospital gurney, wearing the white slacks and pink T-shirt she had put on for her walk that morning. She was exactly six months short of her 16th birthday.
    A day later in faraway Brussels, NATO spokesman Jamie Shea faced reporters in the press room of the organization's modern headquarters. Fred Colman of USA Today pointed out that the alliance had attacked the bridge in the middle of the day. "How does that square with your repeated assertions NATO does everything to avoid civilian casualties, since clearly you are going to take more civilian casualties in the middle of the day than you would in the middle of the night?"

    Mr. Shea, a blunt-spoken Englishman who was the most combative public defender of the NATO bombing, gave a sharp reply. "Fred, I've got some civilian casualty figures for you this afternoon: 550 internally placed in Kosovo; 883,500 refugees in neighbouring countries . . . 225,000 men missing. . . . That is, I think, the vital casualty statistics as far as NATO is concerned."

    These casualties, he said, were caused by "Milosevic's bullets, not NATO's bombs."

    That response neatly summed up the alliance's line on civilian deaths. It went something like this: Yes, civilians are being killed, but we are doing our best to keep the number down. Besides, anything we are doing accidentally to Serbian civilians pales beside what Mr. Milosevic is doing deliberately to Kosovo Albanians.

    There is some truth in that. Despite what many Serbs might think, NATO did not set out purposely to kill civilians. To the contrary, it took pains to keep "collateral damage" down. To that end, NATO commanders used a higher proportion of precision-guided weapons in this conflict than ever before. But, as NATO ratcheted up its air strikes and widened the range of targets, it became less a campaign against the Serbian military machine and more a campaign against the Serbian people as a whole.

    NATO commanders talked openly of bringing the war home to the Serbian public in hopes they would turn against Mr. Milosevic. Thus the strikes on heating plants and power grids. In such a campaign, it was inevitable that many civilians would die.

    New York-based Human Rights Watch recently released an exhaustive report on the bombing. It concluded that NATO bombs killed about 500 civilians in 90 separate incidents, more than three times the number of incidents that the alliance has admitted.

    Nine of those incidents resulted from attacks on non-military targets that Human Rights Watch called "illegitimate." These include the Radio Television of Serbia headquarters in Belgrade, a heating plant in the capital's suburbs and seven minor bridges with neither major transport or military function -- including the one at Varvarin.

    As Human Rights Watch put it, "there is no evidence that the daylight timing of the attack at Varvarin (or on many other fixed targets) was critical to the destruction of the target -- the attack was not directed specifically against military traffic."

    After Varvarin, the NATO air commander, Lieutenant-General Michael Short of the United States, directed his pilots not to attack bridges in daylight, on weekends, on market days or on holidays. But by then, the war was almost over. Sanja died just 10 days before the bombs stopped dropping.

    Though they may not have ranked with Mr. Milosevic's crimes on the scale of barbarity, attacks such as the one on Varvarin undermined NATO's claim to moral superiority in the Kosovo war. This, remember, was billed as the first war fought for human rights. Its goal was to protect the long-suffering Albanians of Kosovo from the ravages of the Milosevic war machine.

    But in the cause of saving the Albanians, NATO sacrificed innocents like Sanja. It also pushed the limits of legality. The Geneva Conventions setting out the laws of war state that attackers must take all feasible precautions to avoid or minimize harm to civilians. Protocol 1, Article 51, Section 5b specifically prohibits "an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated."

    That would seem to apply to an attack on a militarily insignificant bridge in broad daylight on a busy market day. But NATO scorns any talk of war crimes, because of the precautions it took to avoid casualties. As Mr. Shea, the NATO spokesman, said during the war, this was "the most accurate, precise military campaign in the history of human conflict."

    Ms. Milenkovic acknowledges that she knows little about the laws of war. "But I know one thing for sure: They had no right to bomb that bridge on that day. This was not a military target. It was a little bridge in a little town." To help deal with her grief, she puts in long hours at her job. After work, she raises money for a scholarship fund for promising students that has been created in Sanja's name. "It's the nights I'm afraid of," she says, squeezing a tight ball of tissue between dabbing at her eyes.

    She carries on, raising her son, 15-year-old Sasa, but doubts that she will ever get over the loss. "A child is an investment," she says. "You invest your time and your feeling and your self to make a grown-up person. Then, in just a moment, it is all taken away."

    In her purse, she carries a lock of Sanja's blond hair, still held tight by girlish hair clips. The lock was severed neatly by a piece of shrapnel. "Sanja was my pride," her mother says, replacing the hair in a heart-shaped box. "She always will be."

    Down at the banks of the Morava, the sun beating down on the muddy ground holds a hint of spring. A modern new bridge spans the river, and at one end there is a little memorial to the victims with a message on a brass plaque: "To those who build, not destroy." Marcus Gee, a foreign affairs writer for The Globe and Mail, reported from Belgrade during last year's bombing and returned to Serbia this month.

  • Wesley Clark....An unacceptable candidate to conservatives,liberals who know his shocking past

    09/16/2003 11:30:18 AM PDT · 43 of 58
    martianagent to SJackson
    The guy's basically a war criminal and a certified, bonafide baby-killer. He tried to bomb the Serbian military from 30,000' for two or three weeks and when he figured out that wasn't working, he embarked upon a wholesale campaign of war crimes, basically trying to make the lives of ordinary Serbs so miserable and horrific that they'd somehow or other force Milosevic to hand the ancient heartland of Serbia over to the KLA/AlQuaeda narco-terrorists.
  • Wesley Clark’s Unanswered Questions

    09/11/2003 11:58:35 AM PDT · 20 of 35
    martianagent to Rightio
    Many European Christians converted to Islam during that period. Not by any force, mind you, but by choise. At that time Islam was experiencing a rennaisance of peace and culture. This was sorely needed in that part of the world and very appreciated.

    Do you believe that Al Capone brought culture and civilization to Chicago?

  • Wesley Clark’s Unanswered Questions

    09/11/2003 9:17:44 AM PDT · 11 of 35
    martianagent to Andy from Beaverton
    Many Americans were freaked at the extent to which the world doubted our motives in the recent move against the baathist regime in Iraq. There is usually more than one reason for such a thing of course, and the extent to which all money trails from Hussein led back to France, China, Russia, and Germany is one part of it.

    The other part, however, is a sort of an elephant in the living room problem which arises from our recently having bombed a totally innocent nation into the stone age for the benefit of narco-terrorists, and to take a credible rape allegation against an impeached president off the front pages of our newspapers.

    Aside from the fact that all available evidence indicated that the whole problem in Kosovo was the Albanians and not the Serbs, there is another phenomenon which I notice, and I'm wondering if I'm the only person on the planet who has noticed this. It concerns the manner in which the US military conducts itself when given unreasonable orders, versus its conduct in carrying out reasonable orders.

    As near as I could tell during the Kosovo operation, NATO commanders realized that this thing was another episode of dog-wagging which they could not ask pilots to risk their lives over and ordered bombing attacks practically from orbit, and then when they realized they could not harm the Serbian military from 25,000', embarked upon a wholesale campaign of what most people would call war crimes, targetting the Serbian people and their infrastructure hundreds of kilometers from any legitimate military target.

    The Geneva conventions of 1947 totally outlaw the kind of warfare which was waged in WW-II and by those conventions as well as every other concept of the laws of war which have existed since WW-II, Wesley Clark is a war criminal. The idea of bombing the petrochemical plant at Pancevo, for instance, was called an act of international terrorism by the Russians and, as far as I am concerned, they're right.

    That's aside from all the horror stories you read about thousands of little slavic orthodox kids being killed in the process.

    During the Iraq operation on the other hand, American troops clearly saw a just cause and were completely willing to put themselves into harms way for it, and the results were vastly different. Kosovo created a seething cauldren of hatred against the United States which has yet to be dealt with. Iraq has created a reservoir of good will amongst Iraqis, and many middle easterners are having to rethink a number of standardized opinions on account of it.

    Aside from every other problem with Kosovo, the precedent which it represents cannot possibly be allowed to stand. If ethnicity is everything and ownership and sovereignty don't mean anything anymore, then what are we going to say when the UN comes here demanding that we hand Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and California over to Mexico on the same perverted basis?

  • SCO to Linux Users: Pay Up!

    09/11/2003 7:50:44 AM PDT · 115 of 194
    martianagent to RinaseaofDs
    A collective of programmers working on an operating system that is free, created for the common good of the world, and they do so for no monetary compensation. That, to me, amounts to communism.

    You've obviously never tried to sell software for a living.

  • It looks like candidate Wesley Clark (GAG ALERT!)

    09/11/2003 7:46:52 AM PDT · 20 of 35
    martianagent to rrrod
    The guys a war criminal. The entire Kosovo campaign was illegal under Geneva conventions and everything else.
  • New technology from 'black world'

    09/08/2003 11:06:42 AM PDT · 37 of 73
    martianagent to BenLurkin
    IMHO, there's simply no way the military would retired the SR71 unless they had something better to hand.
  • New technology from 'black world'

    09/08/2003 11:03:32 AM PDT · 35 of 73
    martianagent to RoughDobermann
    Boeing, the world's largest aircraft manufacturer says it is working on anti-gravity propulsion, which could revolutionize conventional aviation.

    It would also add Albert Einstein's name to those of Charles Darwin, Thomas Malthus, Adam Smith et. al., i.e. the little club of authors of dead or dying 19'th century scientific and economic theories.

  • SCO bills first 1,000 Linux users - Failure to pay will lead to court battle

    09/04/2003 10:31:57 AM PDT · 21 of 103
    martianagent to martianagent
  • Posner: Clinton’s Negligence Led to 9/11

    09/04/2003 10:30:29 AM PDT · 24 of 40
    martianagent to martianagent
  • A Radical Plan to Eliminate All Voter Fraud in 2004

    09/04/2003 9:29:06 AM PDT · 30 of 88
    martianagent to strela
    Which is one reason why the feds need to get involved in local voting fraud cases if the local authorities refuse to do so themselves.

    You seem to have a short memory. Just three years ago, Slick Clinton was president of the United States, Janet the goalie Reno was in charge of the justice department, and the idea of the feds solving any sort of a problem like that was a sick joke. Judywillow is right, or at least close. Some sort of a radical solution is needed, and something which would be simple and foolproof. Eliminating the secret ballot WOULD fix the problem, and any problems which the cure introduced might be manageable.

  • Gross ignorance that Violence begets violence--Re: Free Republic's "Paul Hill Execution" Threads

    09/04/2003 9:03:50 AM PDT · 19 of 559
    martianagent to Polycarp
    If your biggest peeve in life is baby-killing, the topic you should be most interested in is the possibility of Wesley Clark running for president.
  • Harley Davidson makes worse marketing decision ever - tonight !

    09/02/2003 12:12:06 PM PDT · 202 of 213
    martianagent to MikeAnon222
    Apparently Harley actually made real motorcycles for one little stretch of three or four years during WW-II when the US government forced them to produce imitation BMWs for couriers. The entire rest of their history has been spent making those idiotic long-stroke 45-degree V twin monstrosities.
  • Nobel Prize Design in DNA I

    09/02/2003 11:26:09 AM PDT · 202 of 340
    martianagent to gore3000
    They keep saying that evolution is science...

    Did you expect them to admit that evolution is a bunch of pseudoscientific quackery?

  • William S. Lind: What Is To Be Done?

    09/02/2003 10:37:18 AM PDT · 44 of 80
    martianagent to JohnGalt
    The most important thing we should do is set a date certain for leaving Iraq and make it soon. Given the time it will take to get all our troops and stuff out, we might move that to December 25. That way, it would be a Christmas present to our soldiers and to the people of Iraq as well.

    Sorry, but that's idiotic. We've simply put too much into this one to pull out prematurely. It's probably the case that the Iraqis will be able to govern themselves reasonably within a year or a year and a half, but wanting to set some sort of a date for the kinds of reasons given is simply living in the same kind of fantasy world as the communists used to live in with their various five-year plans and what not.

  • Arnold Co-star Jamie Lee Curtis: 1970's Stories Not Relevant

    09/02/2003 8:51:48 AM PDT · 134 of 147
    martianagent to kattracks
    Unfortunately for the demo****s, Arnold is not running for governor of Mississippi or Oklahoma.
  • Triumph unveils the "first ever production bike to break the 2-litres barrier"

    08/28/2003 10:34:53 AM PDT · 44 of 125
    martianagent to All
    The most interesting bike from before the modern age was probably the MotoGuzzi V8 race bike:

  • Triumph unveils the "first ever production bike to break the 2-litres barrier"

    08/28/2003 10:29:32 AM PDT · 43 of 125
    martianagent to Uncle George
    A guy sitting on an old-style triumph looked like a double image on a TV screen; only somebody who was SERIOUSLY into vibrations had any use for them.
  • O.J. Simpson Tells Playboy He's Innocent

    08/26/2003 11:50:13 AM PDT · 44 of 49
    martianagent to beckett
    I could lose my membership in the white race for this, but it simply isn't obvious at all to me that OJ killed those two people. He was on an airplane 30 minutes after the murder supposedly happened and people who had flown with him before described him as jovial, his happy-go-lucky self, and obviously without a care in the world. I don't really see that as possible for a guy who'd just done his first super-grisly knife murder starting after age 40.

    There are few if any cases of guys starting to do murders past age 40; murderers usually get started in their teens or early 20s.

    Moreover, rangers I've spoken to, i.e. professional killers, have told me that killing another human being with a knife is viewed by the military as a last option, since even hardened killers can freak out from it. Rangers would rather strangle somebody than try to kill somebody with a knife.

    There's also the problem of it being exceptionially difficult for one person to kill two people with a knife without having the one escape while he killed the first; you'd figure at least two people were involved.

  • Ground-Breaking Srebrenica Guilty Plea

    08/20/2003 8:03:46 AM PDT · 71 of 74
    martianagent to kosta50
    Basically what I gather is that there were something like 24 - 26 ethnic groups in the Yugoslav confederation, of which maybe two or three ever had any sort of a major problem dealing with Serbs, and those two or three were the ones most serious about supporting Hitler in WW-II. Albanians in particular, again from what I can come up with on the net, appear to be a total bunch of animals. They seem to average ten or twelve kids per family in a tight little part of the world in which land is always going to be a zero-sum game, and their game seems to be to ensconce themselves in some little corner of the other guy's country, do their breeding thing for fifteen or twenty years until they represent a "majority" in the corner, and then try to break that corner of the other guy's country off into "greater albania". People of surrounding countries call that "rabbit-breeding their way to power".

    From everything I can read, Kosovo was majority Serb prior to WW-II. Many Serbs living in Kosovo were killed by nazis and by the nazi-supporters in surrounding states, many in death camps worse than those with the famous names which the Croats and Bosnians were all too happy to provide Hitler with, and many more were removed from Kosovo by Tito after the war. On top of that, large numbers of Albanians fled from what amounted to one of the most messed-up commie regimes into Kosovo in the intervening time until Albanians amounted to a majority in Kosovo in the 80s.

    The genesis of the modern troubles in Kosovo was Milosevic rescinding the autonomy of the region in 89 and, from what I read, he had to; every other ethnic group in Kosovo was being terrorized and brutalized by the Albanians: poisoning wells, systematic rapes and murders under the direction of tribal leaders, and every sort of terrorism against the remaining indigenous Serbs.

    I may be leaving things out, but you get the picture. Whatever problems Serbs might have in life, I still see them as the victims in this picture. Moreover, during the eight years of the Clinton regime, only two groups of people that I know of ever tried to stand up to the beast and face it down, and that was the mormons in Utah and Milosevic and his Serbs. You have to respect that.

  • Alexander Nevsky Pumps Up the 'Heat'

    08/20/2003 7:48:13 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    martianagent to RussianConservative
    The historical Alexandr Nevsky led the famous battle to save Novgorod and its surrounding area from the Teutonic knights.
  • Getting a glimpse at SCO's evidence

    08/19/2003 10:06:18 AM PDT · 60 of 166
    martianagent to HamiltonJay
    Hope you're right, and that's the way I'd bet it. Moving to FreeBSD would be a last resort, but I'd do that before paying SCO anything.
  • Getting a glimpse at SCO's evidence

    08/19/2003 7:44:51 AM PDT · 3 of 166
    martianagent to Joe Bonforte
    I'll go to freeBSD before ever handing a dime over to SCO. Real simple.
  • Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways

    08/19/2003 7:42:00 AM PDT · 47 of 143
    martianagent to Pharmboy
    Many shaky suppositions...

    The whole thing is shaky, and the idea of humans ever living on the African savannahs is idiotic. Humans are too slow and too noisy to live on the savannahs. The young of prey animals know how to keep quiet; the first time some human infant ever started crying on the savannahs, with lions and hyenas walking around anywhere within five miles, it would be all over.