Thursday, March 27, 2003

Sound Advice

Who wants to take over the world?!? Then you have to *run* it, which is stressful, tedious and absolutely no fun.

Life is God's way of preserving meat.

Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Revenge is a dish best served with a side of obsession and a nice tall glass of spite.

Television: Not really work, but still considered a job.

Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun.

What part of "gestalt" don't you understand?

He who laughs last thinks slowest!

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Correction

Val has corrected my history, but too busy to post, so I will.

Grant,
Saddam has all the disadvantages of Stalin, but none of the advantages. Even after the Germans defeated not one, but two(!) Russian armies (I mean the whole army, not a unit named "army") and destroyed or were in control of more than half of the USSR's industrial resources and of the most of the population, Russia still was more powerful with regard to industry and people than Germany. The factories partly situated, partly evacuated, to the Ural region in a few months surpassed those of Germany in military production (tanks, heavy guns and aircraft).

And after the British and American pilots obliterated the German military industry, by 1943 they began pushing the Germans back. In addition, the guy who played the decisive role in the Stalingrad battle, Rocossovsky, as far as I remember, was returned to command from Stalin's concentration camps...

This is what helped Stalin, not the order you mentioned. Saddam's situation is very different. Everything is backward. His only real hope is (IMHO) on propaganda. He, obviously has spent a lot of resources on it. And he has a lot of "friends" among the left.

He, like a bank robber who took hostages and hopes to survive one more time. The sins of the Father (Bush Sr), the betrayal of the Iraqis who were called to rebel, has made the job much more difficult this time. That betrayal contributes to the perspective of the people, and from the top b*stards. The top brass today are clearly more afraid of Saddam than the US.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Speak, speak.

Damn! This is a great idea.
A Japanese toy maker claims to have developed a gadget that translates dog barks into human language and plans to begin selling the product -- under the name Bowlingual -- in U.S. pet stores, gift shops and retail outlets this summer.
Freaking brilliant.
The United States is home to about 67 million dogs, more than six times the number in Japan.
Sign me up.

Click, Click

"Coalition of Willing" spans across species
A Pentagon spokesman said: "The team works in both deep and shallow waters, looking for mines and marking them. Dolphins have been used like this by the US Navy for more than 30 years, and have proved themselves more reliable than robots."
The support of forty nations of homo sapiens has been buttressed by members of tursiops truncatus (possibly?).

I know its corny, but could not resist. (via drudge).

Monday, March 24, 2003

What Would Joe Do?

Sadaam is reliving history, or living his dream. He has learned from the wisdom of Stalin. In the first Gulf War large masses of Sadaam's army surrendered. This time it will be different. Accompanying the popular army (conscripts) are political officers ( Fedayeen, Baath and Special Republican Guards ) promising death from behind if troops try to surrender. On July 28 1942 Stalin issued Order #227. Since the Germans had begun Operation Barbarossa, in 1941, they had been pushing the Russians further and further east. Stalin had a simple solution.
The conclusion is that it is time to stop the retreat. Not a single step back! This should be our slogan from now.
and further
We can no longer tolerate commanders, commissars, and political officers, whose units leave their defences at will. We can no longer tolerate the fact that the commanders, commissars and political officers allow several cowards to run the show at the battlefield, that the panic-mongers carry away other soldiers in their retreat and open the way to the enemy. Panic-mongers and cowards are to be exterminated at the site.

From now on the iron law of discipline for every officer, soldier, political officer should be – not a single step back without order from higher command. Company, battalion, regiment and division commanders, as well as the commissars and political officers of corresponding ranks who retreat without order from above, are traitors of the Motherland. They should be treated as traitors of the Motherland. This is the call of our Motherland.
During the Battle of Stalingrad Red Army soldiers that failed to charge when ordered or retreated from an attack were executed on the battlefield by their comrades. This order was maintained by the political officers embedded throughout the Red Army. This murderous policy was briefly portrayed in the recent movie Enemy At The Gates. Maybe in that crazy head Sadaam really sees himself as the Arab Stalin joining the enemy in the Arab Stalingrad.

You Will Be Sorry

Now you've done it. You've pissed them off.
U.S. Marines reacted with outrage Monday to news that some of their comrades had been killed in action against Iraqis and that other U.S. personnel had been captured and shown on televised reports.

"What's the word, captain?" asked 1st Sgt. Bill Leuthe of the Fifth Battalion's Bravo Company. "I have Marines f-ing mad and want to kill somebody."
You Will Be Sorry.

Thats About Right

Mr Frank summs it up. Evil Empire Strikes Back

On Course

Mr Sullivan sums it up.
The setbacks the allies have suffered these last couple of days are all due to one thing: some Saddam units acting as terrorists. By pretending to surrender and then opening fire, by relocating in civilian neighborhoods, by shooting prisoners of war in the head, the soldiers apparently still loyal to Saddam are not reversing the allied advance. What they're doing is trying to inflict sufficient damage to improve their morale and increase the costs of the invasion. They want us to fire into civilian areas; they want us to panic at a few atrocities (as in Somalia); they are counting on an American unwillingness to persevere through serious casualties. And they intend to use the Arab media and their Western sympathizers, i.e. the BBC, NYT, NPR etc., to get this message out. The lesson to learn is that we have cornered the equivalent of a rabid dog.