This is the kind of story that really punches you in the gut. I frequently convince myself that I'm just being alarmist, and that things aren't as bad as I think. Then I read something like this. Important data.
[via Daily Kos]
The sleep of reason begets monsters
"I can't see the [expletive deleted] thing," said RAAF Squadron Leader Stephen Chappell, exchange F-15 pilot in the 65th Aggressor Squadron. "It won't let me put a weapons system on it, even when I can see it visually through the canopy. [Flying against the F-22] annoys the hell out of me."So this is good news.
"He wanted militant action, and people had to restrain him," said one senior official familiar with the episode. "He wanted to go in and kill the Janjaweed."
You go, Dubya. Going in and killing some Janjaweed is exactly what we ought to be doing.
On the downside, it's not clear how much of this is genuinely moral interest, and how much is based in a kind of partisan evangelical Christianity:
Many close to Bush believe that this intense interest in the issue was heavily influenced by American evangelicals, who have adopted the cause of Christians in southern Sudan.
Though there's this:
Of course it's common to confuse religion with morality, so who knows? Not that I really care why we go in. I just want us to go in. One of the things that seems to be holding us up is that (even according to Bush) we just can't invade yet another Muslim country. Yet another opportunity cost associated with this numb-skull invasion of Iraq...but no need to open that can of worms here. If we'd have done things right in Afghanistan and properly rebuilt the country, some Islamic nations would practically be begging us to invade.
Former senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), whom Bush appointed as his special envoy for Sudan, said the president's interest in the country is rooted in a larger sense of morality. "This isn't a country that has much strategic interest for the United States," he observed.
If I were close to DC, I would be more than happy to stand guard for Michelle. I think my 6′ 235 lb former college athlete frame would give freaks like this chump a reason to think twice before trying something stupid.
Be safe MM. I’ve got a couple of .45’s and a 9mm sig that airiate that sack O crap reaaaaaal nice if he tries anything violent.
The best bet is don’t let anyone get NEAR Michelle or anyone else, until the person is vented, and escorted. No one should be allowed to get to Michelle! Keep them away, and, keep barriers between Michelle and the public, and always keep an escape route for Michelle! Always have a first, second, and third way out should she be cornered.
Those protecting Michelle should be resolved to attack, and disable as quickly as possible, anyone who lays a single hand on her, but beware, the first action could be a diversion, so she should be huddled by those who protect her and moved to a safe location, a location which is guarded to maintain its safety.Yep. So now it's not just fighting, it's degenerated to the point at which the Malkinoids are not only talking about their guns, but slavering over the details (not just a gun, and not just a handgun, but a 9mm Sig and "a couple" of .45s). Jesus, how pathetic. Now we've moved from "if you want to debate the issues with my favorite wingnut, I'll punch you" to "if you want to debate the issues with my favorite wingnut I'll shoot you." (Well, to be more precise, it's really more like: offering to debate her is threatening to hurt her. So I'd like to shoot you. There. Much better...)