About That Military
Three sergeants convicted of premeditated murder and conspiracy for killing four Iraqi detainees in 2007 defended their actions by blaming military policy that made it "too hard to detain suspected insurgents," then added, "They're gonna be right back on the streets." So, instead of transporting the insurgents to a detainee housing area, the sergeants took them to a canal and shot them in the back of the head. Proper punishment, you may think? War is Hell, and our boys and girls are now paying the price for the infallibility of their military and civilian/elected leaders. Too bad these soldiers didn't quit the military and go work for Blackwater (now known as Xe Services). Modern-day Hessians, the private contractor of everything gave Iraqi officials $1 million in "hush-hush, everything's fine" funds to cover up Blackwater guards/killers opening fire in Baghdad streets in 2007, killing 17. You know you're guilty - and untouchable - when your company's VP, Cofer Black, is a former top CIA and State Department official and, when the New York Times calls its former president, Gary Jackson, for a quote for a front-page story about how his company killed innocent people then bribed government officials, and all Mr. Jackson says is, "I don't care what you write."
If Traffic Court Is Good Enough For Me...
Why Communism Failed
With Obama in China and Republicans afraid of our own criminal justice system, here's more proof of why Communism failed. The U.S. Postal Service lost $3.8 billion in 2009, despite $10 billion in cost-cutting measures. Of course this means more threats: That you won't get your Victoria's Secret catalog and less important mail and bills delivered on Saturday, as well as 40,000 jobs being cut - All in hopes of saving a service that is as antiquated as blacksmiths and milliners.
Somewhere, A Native American Is Crying
The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal to force the Washington Redskins to drop its name and logo. The lawsuit was filed in 1992 by Suzan Shown Harjo of Washington, a Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee and a longtime advocate for Native American rights, saying the NFL team's trademark is "disparaging." Meanwhile, the Redskins have used the trademark since 1933, when the team was based in Boston and known as the Braves. To correct the ongoing indignity suffered by Native Americans, the government allowed another Native American casino to be opened, beside the church and liquor store on the reservation.
Other Stuff to Make
A Kuwaiti company - with the very American name "Agility" - is being investigated for billing fraud. Paid $8.5 billion to feed US troops in 2003 and 2005, Agility faked bills for fresh fruits and vegetables. Speaking of fraud, an auction for convicted Ponzi-Scum Bernard Maddoff's worldly possessions saw unexpected interest, with watches, bags and used hankies being bid for 20-times estimates, raising $1 million for his victims; that's 0.00002% of the $49 billion Maddoff swindled from investors.
This column, however irrational and written under a cloud of Dickel sour mash, is dedicated to a groovy fella going through a delightful procedure he's been putting off since birth. Heal up, Raul, and be healthy for a Westside crawl by spring.