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Make Peace, Not War
Author: BobR    Date: 01/25/2008 13:21:39

It's been said by numerous experts that the solution for peace in Iraq is a diplomatic one, not a military one. Peace cannot be created at the barrel of a gun. Considering our track record in Iraq, however, the United States cannot be the agent of diplomacy, because we are not trusted there (for that matter - we're not known for waging peace, at least not with this president). Many experts have suggested it will require the intervention of Iran and Syria to bring the Sunnis and the Shia to the table together.

It appears that half of that is happening. Apparently, Ahmadinejad May Visit Iraq:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Iraq, but no date has been set, the Foreign Ministry announced here Jan. 23. It would be the first visit to Iraq by a top Iranian leader.

Deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abawi said the invitation to the Iranian leader was extended by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd who has close relations with Iran's ruling clergy.

....

Many of Iraq's senior Shiite politicians had lived in exile in Iran during the 35-year rule of Saddam's Baath party and continue to maintain ties to Iran's leadership.

....

Iran says that, like the United States, it would like to see a stable and democratic Iraq.

Hopefully, this will be the first step towards peace. Perhaps, however, he should wait until Blackwater is out of Iraq. It may be coming sooner than you think, since Blackwater may lose its contracts there:
Regardless of the outcome of various legal proceedings against Blackwater, the controversial security firm potentially faces a massive business setback this coming May. That's when its State Department contract to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq comes up for renewal, and its hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the company are no longer a sure thing in light of the legal and political repercussions of two recent incidents in which Blackwater guards allegedly killed Iraqis.

A Washington, D.C., grand jury is currently hearing evidence involving one of the episodes. And if the U.S. were to bring criminal indictments against Blackwater personnel, many observers believe it could jeopardize the contract's renewal and further undermine the company's already shaky status in Iraq.

:pray:

By now, everyone's heard that Dennis Kunicich has dropped out of the presidential race. He wants to focus on a congressional campaign so he can affect change as a Rep in the House. The two Articles of Impeachment are on everyone's mind; getting rid of Bush and Cheney might help with peace in the Middle East. Once we get a new president in the office next January, however, if might be Kucinich's lesser-known initiative to create a Cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace that gets the job done...

http://www.thepeacealliance.org/templates/peacealliancehome/images/banner_home_left.gif


All we are saying, is give the Department of Peace a chance....

(apologies to John Lennon, although I don't think he'd mind...)

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Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:07:14
good morning!

Comment by m-hadley on 01/25/2008 14:10:08
Mornin' Everybody,

How I wish that Russell Feingold was the leader of the Senate rather than that spineless wonder Harry Reid. Here's a good piece from Sam Stein at HuffPoFeingold Says "I Really Do Disagree" With Reid on FISA, just to get you all fired up this morning.

Cheers,

MFaye

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:15:58
Huckabee on the Fair Tax from last night...
You end the underground economy. Illegals, prostitutes, pimps, gamblers, drug dealers - everybody pays taxes.




So tell me, is Huck for legalizing these things???

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:17:28
Quote by m-hadley: Mornin' Everybody,

How I wish that Russell Feingold was the leader of the Senate rather than that spineless wonder Harry Reid. Here's a good piece from Sam Stein at HuffPoFeingold Says "I Really Do Disagree" With Reid on FISA, just to get you all fired up this morning.

Cheers,

MFaye
good morning Faye! That link goes over to alternet... (is that how you plan on firing me up??? By frustrating the hell outta me? )



Comment by m-hadley on 01/25/2008 14:28:15
Sorry Raine, My bad..

Try this link Feingold Isn't Reid on FISA. Sorry bout that...

Cheers,

MFaye

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:47:15
Quote by m-hadley: Sorry Raine, My bad.. Try this link Feingold Isn't Reid on FISA. Sorry bout that... Cheers, MFaye
You have no need to apologize... (I was just ribbing ya!)

Comment by wickedpam on 01/25/2008 14:48:58
Morning! :hug:

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:50:19
:D I love when the show uses that drop!

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:55:04
Jim is having the same reaction that I did watching this busllshit last nite

Comment by starling310 on 01/25/2008 14:56:05
Morning beautiful women of da blog!



Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 14:57:21
This was the other biggest le of the night. General Hillary clinton..

Comment by BobR on 01/25/2008 14:58:49
morning, folks... :coffee:



Comment by BobR on 01/25/2008 14:59:33
Hey Mala: Did you know Sangria was illegal in VA?

Comment by BobR on 01/25/2008 15:01:06
Comment by m-hadley on 01/25/2008 15:01:22
Everybody,

Last night during the Republinut debate, I was so shit-faced by the time they got around to asking each other questions - I was yelling a few choice questions at the TV, questions like "are you all f*ckin' nuts?" "What are you talking about?" "You don't really mean that we should be in Iraq for 100 years? Nevermind, I know that you are quite sincere and that is exactly what scares the bejesus out of me..."

Oh well, I didn't have any trouble getting to sleep last night Staying asleep was an altogether other matter =(

Comment by BobR on 01/25/2008 15:01:41
Quote by starling310: Morning beautiful women of da blog!



oh yeaaahhhh....

Comment by m-hadley on 01/25/2008 15:04:37
The hilarious thing about the woman who tried to leave the scene of her crime via a bus was that she had orange exploding dye all over her and she told the cops that she had used the city bus for her last get-away and it had worked out just fine - what a moroon

Comment by Grumpymann on 01/25/2008 15:05:23
Hey folks



Comment by livingonli on 01/25/2008 15:05:37
Good morning everyone.



This Friday is my Fridee for a change.

Comment by starling310 on 01/25/2008 15:05:38
Quote by BobR:
Quote by starling310: Morning beautiful women of da blog!



oh yeaaahhhh....




Yeah, you're crampin' my style Bobber.





Comment by Grumpymann on 01/25/2008 15:08:51
Quote by livingonli: Good morning everyone.



This Friday is my Fridee for a change.


Hey Liv

Comment by wickedpam on 01/25/2008 15:10:30
Quote by BobR: Hey Mala: Did you know Sangria was illegal in VA?






I heard that. Guess I shouldn't have been putting it on so many wine list propoals for all these years. That rule isn't on my list of ABC no-no's, now I have to get an updated on!

Comment by livingonli on 01/25/2008 15:10:45
So when there's bad weather in LA everybody melts.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/25/2008 15:11:24
Heyya Star, Liv, GRUMP!!! and everyone!

Comment by livingonli on 01/25/2008 15:11:31
Heya Grump.

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:11:54
LOL! momma flying thru Larry Craig International Airportal

Comment by livingonli on 01/25/2008 15:12:05
And a hi to Mala too.

Comment by BobR on 01/25/2008 15:12:05
Hey Momma - if you get stuck in Atlanta, we'll come visit you at the airport!!

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:13:47
Quote by Grumpymann: Hey folks
:hug:

Comment by wickedpam on 01/25/2008 15:14:07
blending? I have never heard of this.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/25/2008 15:14:19
Morning all.

Comment by livingonli on 01/25/2008 15:15:08
Morning Mondo.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/25/2008 15:15:55
Hmmm - Sauvignon Blanc (cat's phee) and Cabernet (cedar) for that litterbox wine

Comment by wickedpam on 01/25/2008 15:16:24
Hey Mondo

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:16:29
Quote by m-hadley: Everybody,

Last night during the Republinut debate, I was so shit-faced by the time they got around to asking each other questions - I was yelling a few choice questions at the TV, questions like "are you all f*ckin' nuts?" "What are you talking about?" "You don't really mean that we should be in Iraq for 100 years? Nevermind, I know that you are quite sincere and that is exactly what scares the bejesus out of me..."

Oh well, I didn't have any trouble getting to sleep last night Staying asleep was an altogether other matter =(
Next time, feel free to blog! I was talking to a vaccuum on the blog last night...



I stuck with beer. I was tempted to take mondo's suggestion to wodka the night, but hell, I woulda been out in 15 minutes. Taxes, RayGun, Hillary would have done me in in no time flat.



Comment by Grumpymann on 01/25/2008 15:17:42
hey mondo

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:17:43
Quote by starling310: Morning beautiful women of da blog!



Good mawnin Dawlface!

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:18:25
Quote by Mondobubba: Morning all.


Wow! Everyone is here this morning! It's a friday Dance party!

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:19:17
Quote by starling310:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by starling310: Morning beautiful women of da blog!



oh yeaaahhhh....




Yeah, you're crampin' my style Bobber.



Mine too!



(kidding, kidding...)



Comment by Grumpymann on 01/25/2008 15:19:29
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba: Morning all.


Wow! Everyone is here this morning! It's a friday Dance party!




Comment by livingonli on 01/25/2008 15:20:37
Quote by Raine:
Quote by m-hadley: Everybody,

Last night during the Republinut debate, I was so shit-faced by the time they got around to asking each other questions - I was yelling a few choice questions at the TV, questions like "are you all f*ckin' nuts?" "What are you talking about?" "You don't really mean that we should be in Iraq for 100 years? Nevermind, I know that you are quite sincere and that is exactly what scares the bejesus out of me..."

Oh well, I didn't have any trouble getting to sleep last night Staying asleep was an altogether other matter =(
Next time, feel free to blog! I was talking to a vaccuum on the blog last night...



I stuck with beer. I was tempted to take mondo's suggestion to wodka the night, but hell, I woulda been out in 15 minutes. Taxes, RayGun, Hillary would have done me in in no time flat.



There was no way I could have sat through that if I was home. I definitely would have been watching something else.

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:21:56
Quote by Grumpymann:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba: Morning all.


Wow! Everyone is here this morning! It's a friday Dance party!






http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-04-01/cover_story-2.jpg




Comment by starling310 on 01/25/2008 15:23:16
Gay Activists Blast Radio Host Who Mocked Ledger's Death

A U.S. radio host who mocked Heath Ledger's death live on air a few hours after his passing has been slammed by gay activists. During his Tuesday show, Fox News Radio presenter John Gibson played an audio clip from the movie Brokeback Mountain in which Jake Gyllenhaal's character says to Ledger's, "I wish I knew how to quit you." Gibson then told his listeners, "Well, he found out how to quit you." Later in the broadcast, Gibson played another Brokeback Mountain clip, this time of Ledger's character saying, "We're dead." The host then mockingly repeated, "We're dead," before playing the clip again. Gibson, who is on record as criticizing Brokeback Mountain as a "gay agenda movie," went on to label Ledger a "weirdo" who had "a serious drug problem" and speculated as to reasons why the actor may have taken his own life. Ledger, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday, is not thought to have committed suicide, according to authorities and his family. Rashad Robinson, a spokesman for The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), says, "Gibson's remarks are vulgar and disgusting. It's sickening that Gibson would exploit Heath Ledger's tragic death to promote such hurtful intolerance. And to do so at a time when family and friends are grieving shows a level of insensitivity that is beyond the pale." On his Wednesday show, Gibson refused to apologize for his comments, explaining they were just "a little Brokeback Mountain joke" and there is "no point in passing up a good joke."



Comment by Mondobubba on 01/25/2008 15:23:31
Comment by starling310 on 01/25/2008 15:23:59
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba: Morning all.


Wow! Everyone is here this morning! It's a friday Dance party!




Comment by Mondobubba on 01/25/2008 15:24:57
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Grumpymann:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba: Morning all.


Wow! Everyone is here this morning! It's a friday Dance party!






http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-04-01/cover_story-2.jpg






I am as happy as little girl! -Dieter-

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:25:35
Barack Obama has a 13-point lead on rival Hillary Clinton but his support has eroded slightly on the eve of South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Friday.



Obama's edge on Clinton slipped by two points overnight but remained in double digits, 38 percent to 25 percent, in the rolling poll, with John Edwards gaining two points to climb to 21 percent and inch closer to second place.


Reuters link.



:pray:

Comment by Grumpymann on 01/25/2008 15:25:56
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Grumpymann:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba: Morning all.


Wow! Everyone is here this morning! It's a friday Dance party!






http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-04-01/cover_story-2.jpg






Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:27:31


I expect Steven Segall will endorse Rudy anyday now...

Comment by Raine on 01/25/2008 15:28:35
For Rudy, the perfect endorsement:

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/MG/200861~Above-the-Law-Posters.jpg