Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Making US Allies bush’s way

Some implications based on the October 2006 Lancet Study . . . the most recent study in October estimates that over 650,000 Iraqis have been killed in Iraq since the war began.

“On average, a thousand Iraqis have been violently killed every single day in the first half of 2006, with less than a tenth of them being noticed by any public surveillance mechanisms;”
and
“Over 7% of the entire adult male population of Iraq has already been killed in violence, with no less than 10% in the worst affected areas covering most of central Iraq;”

You can read the rest here

Does anyone really believe we will have a U.S. ally in Iraq in our lifetime?

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Since yesterday morning for some reason I am not able to leave comments on beta blog sites. I get a message that says I may have typed in the wrong password or that I should try later. Anyone know what is happening and why? Help would be much appreciated. I emailed blogger support about this and got the usual response. No help.
Is anyone else having this problem?

36 Comments:

Blogger MichaelBains said...

I've read similar complaints 'bout 'bout the commenting. We'll see if this one works.

I think, just based on my own ignorance of the Lancet's methods and the doubt of many analysts towards the report, that their estimate is high. How high? No one seems to be able to say, at this point.

None the... Your conclusion is straight up, and future U.S. Admins are goin' to have a LOT of global amends to be making for BushCo's insanity.

Let's bug the 110th for Withdrawal ASAP. All winter long!!!

(2 tries for this preview to work. That's not too unusual. {: )

December 13, 2006 1:55 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Other than Tony Blair, we don't have an ally left in the world, that can contribute anything, do we?

I've had no trouble with comments, other than the usual "type in the characters you see above" all looking like worms having an orgy...(:

December 13, 2006 2:34 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

If we haven't won their hearts and minds by now, maybe we should leave, or at least try a less violence-based solution.

December 13, 2006 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

The primary way Middle East players gain legitimacy is by opposing the US. Allies? Only in totalitarian governments or rigid monarchies that don't reflect the will of the people. Like Saudi Arabia.

December 13, 2006 3:57 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I am running into the same problem on commenting and haven' been able to get through to any who did the Beta thing. It's frustrating.

Can you imagine if we had that many people killed everyday because someone wanted our oil?

December 13, 2006 4:00 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I'm having the same problem logging in on beta sites...try logging in as "other", with your usual username. It won't link to your blogger ID, but at least they will know who you are...

It really kills me that this administration sees no problem killing people in other countries. We would not stand for another country bullying its way into our land and killing Americans. Somebody's gonna burn in hell for this.

December 13, 2006 5:35 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Why should scum have allies?

December 13, 2006 5:57 AM  
Blogger JM said...

On paper, I'm sure they make a fine ally, but I don't see any real or strategic value in it, except as justification of this unnecessary war. I played around with the beta when it first came out, and was pretty unimpressed. Maybe, when they remove the "beta" label I'll try again, but given Googles' track record, that might never happen. Don't expect any any support from blogger support, btw.

December 13, 2006 6:17 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I switched over to Beta and now some of the non Beta posters can't comment. I can't comment on their sites unless I am logged in to Beta. That may have something to do with it as I get rare comments and then nothing, so it may be that I have to be logged in for the day in order for others to comment. I'll check their known issues to see if there is any recommended remedy

December 13, 2006 7:00 AM  
Blogger PeterofLoneTree said...

I'm posting this not-so-rhetorical question around on my favorite blogs:
"Are the U.S. troops in Iraq 'trapped'?

December 13, 2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

The comment thing is happening wide=spread. Non-beta cannot comment on beta blogs; and the reverse is true. Blogger help? Isn't that an oxymoron?

Anyway, no, we haven't got an ally left in the world as long as Bush is in office. This erosion of respect has been going on since before we invaded Iraq; and in my travels internationally, it is a topic - people ask on a regular basis how we could have elected Bush in the first place. I tell them that WE didn't elect him, it was a bloodless coup in 2000, which has turned quite bloody over time. I believe that history will prove this administration to be criminal at the deepest levels.

December 13, 2006 7:15 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

POP, Glad you looked at the post I did yesterday. Blogger is freaking out. Clammyc made the mistake of doing the upgrade that was offered and now he can't post at my blog. We have to do something else or hope that blogger finds a way to get the problem straight. Commenting Anon is the only way to comment on Beta blogs right now. Did Bush take command of blogger that it's so messed up now? Or did he just give advice to them?

December 13, 2006 7:43 AM  
Blogger roger said...

i have had some succes commenting on beta blogs by doing a preview first. oh, scratch that, robin informs me.

guess we've upped the stakes from destroying a village to save it (as in vietnam). now we'll destroy an entire country to save it.

December 13, 2006 9:01 AM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

Genocide is the plan. Make no mistake about it...the neocon plan is working to a T... Oust them all!

December 13, 2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger Time said...

I'm having to re-sign in every beta site I want to comment on, like opening a new google account everytime, but it accepts it and lets me comment. Annoying but still working.

December 13, 2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger windspike said...

beta blogger - problem experience at learning to sequence too.

No explanation. Is there a reason why we need a beta blogger, btw?

Incidentially, I was thinking the other day that the "stay-the-course" option might actually be the right way to go. If enough Iraqis leave Iraq (emmegration, KIA, whatever) pretty soon there will only be insurgents and military there. Pull out the military and nuke the place = problem solved, no?

December 13, 2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger Minor Ripper said...

Great post, thanks. Don't know if you've seen this David Letterman clip with Our Fearless Leader in it, but its pretty funny--
www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

December 13, 2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

The potential in Beta Blogger looks pretty nice, post-creation-wise. I started a new blog using it before they offered the conversion option, and am glad I did. Now I it won't let me convert my original! LOL!

I can also comment on all varieties of Blogger blogs right now. Sometime I do need to re-login to do so, though. That might be due to my having been using GMail Beta for almost 2 years now. Go figure, eh.

Please do keep bugging, writing, emailing your Congressfolk! It really is the ONLY way to let them know that we Demand that they take action on deescalating our troop levels in Iraq. There are simply no alternatives to consistently reminding them of that necessity.

Rep Kucinich has documented the means. Our insistent urging is what it will take to implement them.

Happy Holidays All!

December 13, 2006 11:39 AM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

I haven't had any problems posting comments to blogs using the Beta thing. But I haven't switched over -- and if this thread is any indication of what I can expect, I don't intend to switch. Blogger is as Blogger does already -- why on earth would I want to intensify that?

As for George "I wish I was Alfred E. Neuman" Bush: I'm done listening to this guy doing his tired impersonation of a broken record. Screw him and the imaginary pony he rode in on.

Ky 2 cents.

December 13, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

Uuhhh...

My 2 cents.

(Damn...)

December 13, 2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

Dear POP,

there's a line from Galaxy Quest where the crew is going to do something really stupid, like always, and Guy says: "Didn't you ever WATCH the show?" i love that. didn't any neo-con ever read anything about any past war or any history?

i'm beta and it's working ok for me. i'd like my turning test to always be 'impeach bush'.

peace, peter

December 13, 2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

It's a bizarre work-around and will probably bite me in the behind, but here's what I did.

I started a new "Beta Blog" and gave it a name of Sew's Other Place Because Blogger Won't Let Me Comment On Beta Blogs. Then I logged in. As soon as I did that, I became unable to in any way post anything on that fake blog, but that's ok. It doesn't show up in my profile or anything. Kind of funny.

Anyhow - I log in by going to google.com and logging in there, then it bounces me to my usual page where I can make post to Sew's Spot and the Kommandos, and it lets me post on beta blogs too.

Sorta.

For a while.

I can't see any way to switch my blog over to beta, and if it will screw up me posting to Kommandos I won't do it, nope. After all the trouble some folks have had with switching over, I think I'll just stay put and see what happens.

I've heard good things about Wordpress.

December 13, 2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

peteroflonetree, I started reading that new Robert Fisk book about the Middle East, and was reminded of the English Army's bloody losses there in the mid 1800's. I think the US forces could well be massacred, if gradually.
windspike, I didn't know there was a comment problem...

December 13, 2006 1:21 PM  
Blogger Human said...

Same problem w/beta blogs. I switched a couple of days ago. Nithing has changed on my blog. It seems like it is all the same. Except I can't leave comments on beta's.

Peace.

December 13, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger HillCountryGal said...

Were you logged into your account when you tried?

December 13, 2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

I'm not sure if I can post on any Beta Blogs but will try over at Jamies and see if I do.

Der Fuehrer has lost it and we are all in deep shit now. He will send more troops as Liar McCain wants and this will bite McCain in the *ss come 2008.

In the mean time the Democrats better grow some balls and start Impeachment of Bush, Cheney and Rice as Cynthia McKinney suggested last week.

Outside of that all we can do now is Pray that the Lord steps in and helps America in reclaiming its honor.

God Bless all.

December 13, 2006 6:29 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

POP...since no email address...I too wonder about LOC...I even tried off of other people's sidebars thinking it might be my blogs fault...and the same thing happened. Maybe someone at TBR would know.

December 13, 2006 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Nah, the POS Stephen Harper is an allie. So is Vincent Fox. Their citizens, well that's different.

December 13, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Whether there will be a US ally in Iraq rather depends on who, if anyone, gets to use the name after the break-up.

Everyone should be looking at bicycles and woodlots, because this is going the way of the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, et al.

As for the Blogger problems, the beta sites don't seem to be reliable in looking up names on the old system. They want everyone to have a separate Google ID.

December 13, 2006 7:32 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I went through something where I couldn't post on non-beta blogs right after I switched. I had to put my name and link as "other" in order to comment.

They will get it ironed out eventually. Hey, at least it's still free ;-).

December 13, 2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

POP, I wasn't able to leave comments yesterday. No idea what's wrong.

December 13, 2006 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Steve Bates said...

Last night, in the wee hours, I gave up and converted my Blogger blog (not the YDD) to beta, so I could comment on a beta blog. This is my first attempt on a pre-beta blog; here's hoping...

Those statistics are depressing to anyone who lacks Bush's Certainty. Bush is Certain he's Right; God told him so.

michaelbains, I'm curious about your basis for doubting the Lancet study, other than intuition and/or a priori political position. They're an old-line, respectable medical journal; it's hard to imagine they would tolerate shoddy methods.

Here goes nothing, um, I mean, here goes beta...

December 14, 2006 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Steve Bates said...

For the record, signing in under my Blogger beta identity did NOT work. I had to sign in as "other".

December 14, 2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Steve Bates said...

Last night, in the wee hours, I gave up and converted my Blogger blog (not the YDD) to beta, so I could comment on a beta blog. This is my first attempt on a pre-beta blog; here's hoping...

Those statistics are depressing to anyone who lacks Bush's Certainty. Bush is Certain he's Right; God told him so.

michaelbains, I'm curious about your basis for doubting the Lancet study, other than intuition and/or a priori political position. They're an old-line, respectable medical journal; it's hard to imagine they would tolerate shoddy methods.

Here goes nothing, um, I mean, here goes beta...

December 14, 2006 11:41 PM  
Blogger Steve Bates said...

Last night, in the wee hours, I gave up and converted my Blogger blog (not the YDD) to beta, so I could comment on a beta blog. This is my first attempt on a pre-beta blog; here's hoping...

Those statistics are depressing to anyone who lacks Bush's Certainty. Bush is Certain he's Right; God told him so.

michaelbains, I'm curious about your basis for doubting the Lancet study, other than intuition and/or a priori political position. They're an old-line, respectable medical journal; it's hard to imagine they would tolerate shoddy methods.

Here goes nothing, um, I mean, here goes beta...

December 14, 2006 11:43 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

U.S. allies? If Britain was able to rid themselves of Blair, they might not be our allies any more in the Iraq fiasco. I think the only ones who support our involvement in Iraq any more, besides a few diehard true believers here at home, are the Islamic terrorists, who hate us. I think the longer we stay in Iraq, the more we play into their hands by bankrupting ourselves and straining our relations with the rest of the world, isolating ourselves in the process. I would imagine they clap their hands and dance with glee as they watch the United States weaken itself as it slides toward self-destruction.

I also think that with Bush being an Armageddonist, he probably doesn't feel like he is doing his part to help fulfill the prophecies in the book of Revelation unless he is stirring things up in the Middle East. I think this war is faith-based as much as anything, that it's basically a religious crusade masquerading as other things. This administration promotes faith-based war, faith-based science, faith-based education, faith-based environmental policies... and if our president really thinks he has been annointed or chosen by God, the world is in deep doo-doo.

December 15, 2006 8:59 PM  

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