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Comment Re:Lost that war (Score 1) 273

Worse than that. One of the principal public spokesmen for the movement to sell out South Vietnam (along with Cambodia and Laos) to Russia is now pretending to object to the base's use by Russia, as if he cares about such things, and it's not only being reported with a straight face by the media and places like Slashdot, but it's being accepted with a straight face by people like you. I find this to be a veritable tsunami of ignorance about the history of the era and John Kerry's role in it.

Comment Bush Vetoed this, apparently (Score 5, Informative) 632

I just checked Wikipedia, according to which Bush vetoed the linked "Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008" on May 21, 2008, and had the veto overridden the same day, by a Congress run by Nancy Pelosi and whoever was Senate leader then. (checking... oh, Harry Reid). While I am anxious to find out which Republicans did vote for that bill, it looks like Bush didn't.

If that's the wrong bill I'd like to know about it, since they seem to be linking to it in every story I see on this issue.

Comment Re:I dont get it (Score 1) 551

Well, this is what I see forwarded to me from a Russian friend here in the West:

If this is true, the takeovers are being done in such a manner that a) it generates a lot of bad publicity for the Ukranians if they resist ("They're shooting civilians!") and giving Russia a pretext to take away the Eastern part of the country, which is mixed Ukranian and Russian.

Comment Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

"The flight in question had GPS tracking for flight arrival information.
It went dead the same time as everything else. (EMP pulse?)"

Based on the reports I read yesterday, the pilot turned off the location transponder and took a right angle turn on a course that's roughly headed towards Bandar Aceh. (I think that's how it's spelled). The initial post's idea would work well if the plane only had mechanical difficulties and crashed. This does not seem to be the case; it was on the other side of the Malay Peninsula from where it was supposed to be when the military radar lost it; that wasn't something it did because of mechanical difficulties or engine failure.

Comment Re:I'm amazed... (Score 1) 1737

"What would have them spinning at 5000 rpm in their graves is Guantanamo Bay, not this trial and public reaction."

Well, except for Benjamin Franklin, who argued against trading his Loyalist POW son William Franklin to the British during the war. Washington overruled him on that, btw. (Seriously: look it up on Wikipedia, it's interesting).

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 628

Unified Korea and scores of dead North Koreans.

But the people in North Korea have created this mess, so it's only right they take the heaviest losses.

I must have missed the part where the government of North Korea was truly democratic instead of a bunch of despotic thugs installed by Russia and China back in the Cold War.

Comment Too Late (Score -1, Troll) 279

Over the last two years we gave the Moslem Brotherhood two countries (Libya and Egypt) with very substantial military arsenals, including a large stockpile of shoulder-fired missiles of Russian origin that are arguably better than 1980's-era Stingers. Two months ago these people _we put in power_ apparently killed our ambassador to Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. It's too late to apply any technical fixes to the problem of whether-or-not we can trust them.

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