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No More Sympathy for the Devil
Author: BobR    Date: 12/28/2007 13:09:50

I stuck around at St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a-time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name


Throughout history we've seen how the course of human events can take an abrupt turn with the death of just one person. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand set into motion WWI. There were numerous alliances and tenuous relationships at the time that had created a house of cards which fell because of that one murder.

After the assassination of JFK, we became embroiled in war in VietNam. The assassinations of RFK and MLK destroyed the hope of the nation that peace, love, and equality was on the way. But no - instead, the answer to hope for the future by those in alliance with true evil is the forced death of those that would lead us towards enlightenment.

And so - it seems - once again.

The evil that desires to extinguish those rare lights in the darkness throughout human history has managed to do it again. On Dec 27, 2007, the last best hope for a brighter future for Pakistan was snuffed out. Benazir Bhutto, sure to ride a wave of popular support into the Premiership, was gunned down and then blown up in the same spot her father was killed 28 years earlier. The comparisons to the Kennedy family cannot be ignored. Like them, she embraced hope and inspiration rather than fear to inspire support, and like them she was killed by the opposition that only knows intimidation.

A Middle East on the cusp of collapse, with Pakistan at the nexus between tribal and religious law and western democracy needed Ms. Bhutto. They craved her and the promise of a new day like a man dying in the desert craves water. They've now seen that water taken away from them with no hope of any more on the way.

In our anguish we have to ask: Who benefits from this?

Not the Pakistanis - they face more military rule
Not the American people - a destablized nuclear power in a destablized region is a disaster in countdown.
Not al Qaeda - Pakistan and Musharraf is one of our "allies" right?... right?

Musharef: Maybe... but he was living on borrowed time, and this won't help him buy much more.

The oil companies?... Where was that oil pipeline supposed to go? Oh yeah - through Pakistan and Afghanistan. Who was in charge of Unocal? Oh yeah - Khalizad, an Afghani who is now the U.S. ambassador to the UN.

It's pretty clear that a destabilized Pakistan (and the rest of the Middle East) is good for the oil companies. Admittedly, it's certainly a leap to suggest that the opponent of the current leadership in Pakistan (whom the U.S. is propping up) was killed to maintain oil profits, but nothing is too bizarre to propose these days. She was shot first and then blown up. Considering that al Qaeda would've just blown her up, it's easy to consider that a gunman might have been wrapped with explosives to ensure compliance, then blown up via remote control to cover tracks. :foil:

Regardless, like all the beacons before her that have been taken away just as their light was beginning to shine, her absence leaves a void that must be filled, and unfortunately will likely be filled with more darkness. I just hope that she is not the Archduke Ferdinand of our time, her country, and the Middle East. No more sympathy for these devils, whatever their names might be.

:peace2:

73 comments (Latest Comment: 12/29/2007 04:28:44 by livingonli)
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Comment by velveeta jones on 12/28/2007 14:20:52
Really great blog! I feel very sad today, not the least of which is due to the thick fog we have over the mountains - and the upcoming rain storm that looms. I am so very distressed over these events in Pakistan. Though, I was very worried about her safety from the very first day she re-entered her country.



I'll be around today after some short grocery shopping. Paying bills and playing my guitar (feeble attempts to).

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 14:38:44
:clap: wonderful somber and sad blog bobr... :(

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 14:44:30
So, I see Momma is another rerun. Did they decided to not put Bree Walker on the air?

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 14:44:55
Good morning everyone.



Good entry BobR, it is a very sad day indeed.

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 14:47:19
Quote by Raine: So, I see Momma is another rerun. Did they decided to not put Bree Walker on the air?



She is working next week. So, she should be on starting Monday. It is odd without a fresh show in light of recent events, but they are running best-ofs in Randi's slot too.



Mike Malloy will be on vacation next week. Should find out on tonight's show who will be filling in.

Comment by TriSec on 12/28/2007 14:48:31
Morning, folks.



TriSec still lounging around the house on a rare day off...I'm not working until next Wednesday now. ( )



We'll be in and out during the day....and I usually don't listen to Momma when she's in rerun or when I'm at home, so there's two strikes on me already.





Comment by velveeta jones on 12/28/2007 14:49:43
'Tis indeed an excellently written blog. Yet another reason for me to be a-scared about writing a Sunday blog - which I insanely volunteered for. I have much to live up to.



Later today, I'll begin to obsess over it and start pulling my hair out. Followed by a crying fit; a long wailing of "why me"; a phone call to my mother to confirm my ineptness at everything; a dozen or so attempts at a practice blog - only to tear them up in rage; more hair pulling and wailing until lunch.





Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 14:57:17
Quote by velveeta jones: 'Tis indeed an excellently written blog. Yet another reason for me to be a-scared about writing a Sunday blog - which I insanely volunteered for. I have much to live up to.



Later today, I'll begin to obsess over it and start pulling my hair out. Followed by a crying fit; a long wailing of "why me"; a phone call to my mother to confirm my ineptness at everything; a dozen or so attempts at a practice blog - only to tear them up in rage; more hair pulling and wailing until lunch.



don't worry, you'll get over it. :P



Comment by wickedpam on 12/28/2007 14:59:31
Morning :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:01:34
I posted the Bhutto You Tube video over at AAP. At least I noticed some of the comments refered to her mentioning that OBL was killed but David Frost doesn't react at all.

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:04:58
Good morning Mala. Ready for the weekend?

Comment by TriSec on 12/28/2007 15:08:09
Quote by velveeta jones: 'Tis indeed an excellently written blog. Yet another reason for me to be a-scared about writing a Sunday blog - which I insanely volunteered for. I have much to live up to.



Later today, I'll begin to obsess over it and start pulling my hair out. Followed by a crying fit; a long wailing of "why me"; a phone call to my mother to confirm my ineptness at everything; a dozen or so attempts at a practice blog - only to tear them up in rage; more hair pulling and wailing until lunch.









Ha! I think all of us had the same first-blog jitters. I'm at the point now where "Ask a Vet" writes itself....but the Saturday blog has been a little flaccid in recent weeks. Of course, Bob and Raine are making me look bad with these long, thoughtful, and incisive blogs....I'm still back at cut and paste and add snarky comments.

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:10:28
I was a little nervous with my first blog, I'll see what happens when I come up with an idea for my next blog.

Comment by wickedpam on 12/28/2007 15:10:32
Very ready - having 2nd Christmas tomorrow at the cousins house. Kids are very excited to show us all the stuff they got. One of them got the Sims2 simply because he loves to build houses - wants to show me what he's designed, he's going to be 9 in March. Littlest what's me to put music on her mp3 player and they all want to play Xbox 360 or Wii together. (I know they are rather spoiled, it's the "lets give them all the stuff we never had" syndrom)

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:11:43
Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:16:17
:doh: today on "morning Joe" Huckabee said that we need to secure the EASTERN border between Afghanistan and Pakistan!

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:19:14


I saw a story about this on another blog... the most disturbing part of this story?
"if you vote for me, you live."


Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:25:17
Martin Sheen has endorsed Bill Richardson.

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:28:11
Quote by wickedpam: Very ready - having 2nd Christmas tomorrow at the cousins house. Kids are very excited to show us all the stuff they got. One of them got the Sims2 simply because he loves to build houses - wants to show me what he's designed, he's going to be 9 in March. Littlest what's me to put music on her mp3 player and they all want to play Xbox 360 or Wii together. (I know they are rather spoiled, it's the "lets give them all the stuff we never had" syndrom)


That sounds like fun!

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:29:30
Quote by Raine: Martin Sheen has endorsed Bill Richardson.


I pictured him as a Kucinich person.

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 15:30:05
Quote by velveeta jones: 'Tis indeed an excellently written blog. Yet another reason for me to be a-scared about writing a Sunday blog - which I insanely volunteered for. I have much to live up to.



Later today, I'll begin to obsess over it and start pulling my hair out. Followed by a crying fit; a long wailing of "why me"; a phone call to my mother to confirm my ineptness at everything; a dozen or so attempts at a practice blog - only to tear them up in rage; more hair pulling and wailing until lunch.





Sometimes (like today's) they write themselves... Often, I am struggling at 8:30 in morning trying to put together something worthwhile like a kid finishing a half-assed English report in math class the day it's due.

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 15:31:22
Quote by wickedpam: Very ready - having 2nd Christmas tomorrow at the cousins house. Kids are very excited to show us all the stuff they got. One of them got the Sims2 simply because he loves to build houses - wants to show me what he's designed, he's going to be 9 in March. Littlest what's me to put music on her mp3 player and they all want to play Xbox 360 or Wii together. (I know they are rather spoiled, it's the "lets give them all the stuff we never had" syndrom)


Sounds like you have a junior architect in the making...

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 15:32:42
Quote by Raine: today on "morning Joe" Huckabee said that we need to secure the EASTERN border between Afghanistan and Pakistan!


Perhaps he meant the eastern border of Afghanistan...

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:34:42
Comment by Mondobubba on 12/28/2007 15:35:03
Morgen y'all.

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:36:11
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine: today on "morning Joe" Huckabee said that we need to secure the EASTERN border between Afghanistan and Pakistan!


Perhaps he meant the eastern border of Afghanistan...
No, he screwed it up. he was talking about Pakistan. IT was woefully embarrassing to watch.



Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:36:50
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine: Martin Sheen has endorsed Bill Richardson.


I pictured him as a Kucinich person.


You know, so did I! It is an interesting twist, ya know?

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 15:38:50


wow - he is truly fucked in the head. I would say psychopathic rather than sociopathic, but that's just me...

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 15:39:45
Quote by Mondobubba: Morgen y'all.


I believe that's Morgen y'alles :nerd:

Comment by wickedpam on 12/28/2007 15:39:48
Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 10:28:11 AM

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That sounds like fun!




Fun and very tiring when you not used to it. But they give me my kid fix :D





Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 10:31:22 AM

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Sounds like you have a junior architect in the making...






That's what I'm hoping and encouraging. If not an architect then a General Contracter the boy loved to put things together and has an artistic eye. Some of it I think is so he stands out from his brother and sister. I'm guessing it's hard being the middle child.





Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:40:24
Good morning, Mondo. Want some or maybe a ?

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:42:05
Here's something the ATL contingent may want to know about. The Falcons game will be blacked out on Sunday and it seems like it may be a return to the days of TV blackouts in Atlanta.

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:45:00


Check this shite out...

======================================================

Republican Mike Huckabee took his presidential campaign for a quick pheasant-hunting expedition in Iowa on Wednesday, and at one point, a reporter asked why he hadnít invited sporting enthusiast Dick Cheney along. "Because I want to survive all the way through this," Huckabee replied, in a chuckling dig at the vice presidentís accidental shooting of a quail-hunting partner last year.



Any good sportsman, though, couldnít miss a distinctly Cheneyesque moment in the press accounts of the former Arkansas governorís morning hunt: At one point, Huckabeeís party turned toward a cluster of reporters and cameramen and, when they kicked up a pheasant, fired shotgun blasts over the groupís heads.



This, friends, is dangerously bad hunting form.

==============================================

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:46:25
Quote by livingonli: Here's something the ATL contingent may want to know about. The Falcons game will be blacked out on Sunday and it seems like it may be a return to the days of TV blackouts in Atlanta.


It's the second or third one of the season. PAthetic ... instead they will be showing a cops marathon or something like that. Blackouts never made sense to me at all.



I am still a little bummed that Bill Parcells decided to go with Miami.

Comment by Mondobubba on 12/28/2007 15:50:53
Ohh Warren you shouldn't call a ref a bad name.



Mondo was witness to the shenanigans



This quote from "Bull Durham" has been running through my mind since Sundee:



Teddy Cullinane: [broadcasting on the radio] I've never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that's a no-no with umpires.

Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a cocksucker.

Annie: Mmmmm. How romantic.

Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:53:09
Quote by Raine:

Check this shite out...

======================================================

Republican Mike Huckabee took his presidential campaign for a quick pheasant-hunting expedition in Iowa on Wednesday, and at one point, a reporter asked why he hadnít invited sporting enthusiast Dick Cheney along. "Because I want to survive all the way through this," Huckabee replied, in a chuckling dig at the vice presidentís accidental shooting of a quail-hunting partner last year.



Any good sportsman, though, couldnít miss a distinctly Cheneyesque moment in the press accounts of the former Arkansas governorís morning hunt: At one point, Huckabeeís party turned toward a cluster of reporters and cameramen and, when they kicked up a pheasant, fired shotgun blasts over the groupís heads.



This, friends, is dangerously bad hunting form.

==============================================


What's also scary was reading the quotes from Republicans defending Huckabee. It seems like in the eyes of the authoritarian 25% the GOP can do no wrong and you are bad and doing a "hatchet job" if you go and point it out.

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 15:55:31
Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 15:55:34
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli: Here's something the ATL contingent may want to know about. The Falcons game will be blacked out on Sunday and it seems like it may be a return to the days of TV blackouts in Atlanta.


It's the second or third one of the season. PAthetic ... instead they will be showing a cops marathon or something like that. Blackouts never made sense to me at all.



I am still a little bummed that Bill Parcells decided to go with Miami.


Blackouts are a relic from the early days of Television when they were worried that people seeing the game on TV would mean fewer people going to see the game in the stands. The NFL is the only one that still has this practice and with atttending games becoming an extremely expensive activity, they should accept that some people will choose to stay home and watch the game on TV because they can't afford to go see it.

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 15:56:21
Quote by Mondobubba: Ohh Warren you shouldn't call a ref a bad name.



Mondo was witness to the shenanigans



This quote from "Bull Durham" has been running through my mind since Sundee:



Teddy Cullinane: [broadcasting on the radio] I've never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that's a no-no with umpires.

Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a cocksucker.

Annie: Mmmmm. How romantic.


:rofl:



Mondo quotes my fave movie!

Comment by BobR on 12/28/2007 16:00:14
Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 16:02:00
Quote by BobR: Another Edwards supporter...


Cool!

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 16:04:24
Quote by livingonli: I posted the Bhutto You Tube video over at AAP. At least I noticed some of the comments refered to her mentioning that OBL was killed but David Frost doesn't react at all.
The person she named, btw, from what I have been reseraching, was also the person who killed Daniel Pearl.



Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 16:05:29
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli: I posted the Bhutto You Tube video over at AAP. At least I noticed some of the comments refered to her mentioning that OBL was killed but David Frost doesn't react at all.
The person she named, btw, from what I have been reseraching, was also the person who killed Daniel Pearl.

Omar Saeed Sheikh... he was sentenced to death.



Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 16:09:52


Comment by TriSec on 12/28/2007 16:10:53
And I'm left wondering again why it's necessary to be a "hunter" in order to qualify yourself as a presidential candidate.



Seriously, except for some backwoods retards (who shall remain nameless) where is a *real* candidate going to be a hunter? They may want to shoot things in the boardroom, or on Wall Street, or in a courtroom somewheres, but that's not realistic, is it?



President Kennedy had the sense to play football and sail a boat, that was enough in those days to prove your manhood, but then again he hunted Japs in WWII so his credentials were never in doubt.



Unlike some other folks running whose only "hunt" was for the perfect bottle of wine for their holiday shindigs...





Comment by livingonli on 12/28/2007 16:20:29
Quote by TriSec: And I'm left wondering again why it's necessary to be a "hunter" in order to qualify yourself as a presidential candidate.



Seriously, except for some backwoods retards (who shall remain nameless) where is a *real* candidate going to be a hunter? They may want to shoot things in the boardroom, or on Wall Street, or in a courtroom somewheres, but that's not realistic, is it?



President Kennedy had the sense to play football and sail a boat, that was enough in those days to prove your manhood, but then again he hunted Japs in WWII so his credentials were never in doubt.



Unlike some other folks running whose only "hunt" was for the perfect bottle of wine for their holiday shindigs...





When you have all these right-wing chickenhawks who are pro-war but don't want to do the fighting themselves, they have to go to extremes to throw red meat to the dopes to prove they are tough guys to people who have watched a few too many John Wayne/Chuck Norris/Arnold Schwarzenagger movies and are always concerned if they are man enough or that their penis is not big enough to please a woman.

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 16:28:33
MSNBC reporting that Pakistan got a intercepted phone call indicated that a congratulation was made to a member of Al Qaeda. They are also saying that she was killed by schrapnel... I have to say, I do not buy it for a minute. The woman got a bullet to the head and the chest.



The spin is now in full gear.

Comment by Raine on 12/28/2007 16:33:41


This one is for







I will also be putting this in out endorsment thread!

Comment by Mondobubba on 12/28/2007 16:34:25
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba: Ohh Warren you shouldn't call a ref a bad name.



Mondo was witness to the shenanigans



This quote from "Bull Durham" has been running through my mind since Sundee:



Teddy Cullinane: [broadcasting on the radio] I've never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that's a no-no with umpires.

Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a cocksucker.

Annie: Mmmmm. How romantic.


:rofl:



Mondo quotes my fave movie!






Bull Durham rocks! It is so quotable too! :metal:

Comment by Mondobubba on 12/28/2007 16:40:15
Quote by Raine: MSNBC reporting that Pakistan got a intercepted phone call indicated that a congratulation was made to a member of Al Qaeda. They are also saying that she was killed by schrapnel... I have to say, I do not buy it for a minute. The woman got a bullet to the head and the chest.



The spin is now in full gear.




from jump stree I knew ISI was behind the hit. They are using their good buddies in Islamic extremist movements as a cat's paw. The blood is on the hands of our five billion dollar man in Pakistan.