Wednesday, June 21, 2006 

85-100 Iraqis abducted


Gunmen have abducted at least 80 Iraqi factory workers from a fleet of buses just north of Baghdad, officials say.

The abduction took place at a state-owned factory complex at Taji where dozens of insurgents commandeered buses taking employees home after work.

A source quoted by Reuters news agency said the number of those kidnapped was at least 100 and possibly many more.

It is the latest of a series of mass abductions of workers in Iraq, many of whom have been ransomed or killed.

In other developments on Wednesday:

* The US marines were set to announce murder and other charges against seven marines and a navy sailor over the killing of an Iraqi civilian in April, US officials said

* One of the main lawyers defending former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Khamis al-Obeidi, is abducted from his home and shot dead

* Two people are killed and six wounded when a car bomb explodes in a crowded Baghdad market

* Iraqi and US forces announce the capture of Noori Abu Hayder al-Oqabi, described as a high-level insurgent and leader of a Baghdad "assassination cell"

* Insurgents in Iraq announce their intention to kill four Russian diplomats being held hostage, according to an internet posting.
Complete story here and here.

You just can't keep up with all of the bad news coming out of Iraq. So much for Al Zarqawi capture changing everything :-(

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Bob Ney's Unfortunate Ad Placement

Saw this on DU.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006 

Cats that look like Hitler

What happens if you spend too much time on flickr - A whole blog devoted to the phenomenon of Hitler Cats.


Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

I was up alot with the little ones last night. One was gassy and the other was a little jealous of the attention the newborn was getting. So - I am a bit tired but still happy to have some free time to check out the Ohio blogosphere.

Here we go..

Thanks Everyone. Enjoy the day.

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Monday, June 19, 2006 

Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes (extended dance mix)

The current administration could turn the most milquetoast moderate
into a radical.
-- Dana Spiotta

Silence is not a winning strategy.
-- People For the American Way

A nation that increases spending on war and reduces investment in
education, a nation that rolls back taxes on the wealthy and cuts
back help for the elderly, the disabled, the impoverished, is a
nation that has lost its way.
-- Rev. Jesse Jackson

A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.
-- Holly Sklar and Rev. Paul Sherry

Nukes breed nukes. As long as some nations continue to insist that
nuclear weapons are essential to their security, other nations will
want them.
-- Mohammed ElBaradei, 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner

No group is enjoying a greater high right now than the nation's
testocrats, as students across the land finish up another year of
test-driven education.
-- Colman McCarthy

We are meaning-seeking creatures. Dogs, as far as I know, do not
agonize about the canine condition.
-- Karen Armstrong

Virtually every federal agency is now captive to the corporate
interests it is supposed to regulate.
-- Russ Baker

We are in our sixth year of government by gonads.
-- Francis Wilkinson

From the book The Best Liberal Quotes Ever - Why the Left is Right.

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Womens Rights deteriorating in Iraq - worse than "Iran at it's most conservative"

The Iraqi women have substantially less freedom today than before we invaded.

From the official report from the US embassy in Iraq.

Let's see , women can not drive cars or use cell phones and they should expect to be threatened if they are not wearing full abaya and a veil. Sounds more like Afganistan under the Taliban than Iraq. How could the Bush adminstration fail to plan and protect these women?

The report has a lot more information on a variety of topics including male dress restrictions, people getting thrown out of thier homes because they are the "wrong" religion, only 4 hours of power a day in 116 degree weather, Fuel Shortages (12 hour line for gasoline), Kidnappings, Security forces (being paid by the US) misusing thier power to expose and threaten those working with the embassy, Iraqis working with the embassy have to keep thier employment secret even from thier families for fear of thier lives.

Another interesting revelation in the report is that the US is perceived as just like Saddam by the majority of the population.

It is just depressing. And it is not getting any better.

This week, the Iraqi government pushed a proposal to pardon insurgents who have killed U.S. troops. Ohio Senator, Mike DeWine failed to condem the proposal.

Where is the accountability? When can we bring our troops home? What is the plan?

Hattip BSB

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