Monthly Archives: June 2013

Open Thread

I have a busy schedule at the moment due to some medical appointments. Yesterday it was my local doctor and I kind of let off a little bit of steam (to put it mildly) :). Today it was the dentist and tomorrow it is the optometrist. Next week I return to the dentist and in the long run this will be expensive but hope I can avoid having to use a CPAP machine!!  Oh yeah, that is another appointment of two more that I need to make.

Folks have any of you needed to fire a doctor because of the way that he or she has behaved? I am talking about ego and arrogance here, nothing more. It started last year when I went to see this guy, and I needed a replacement specialist because I have moved from Canberra. This man was so arrogant that he claimed, without any examination that my previous doctor was wrong in his diagnosis. He never even had the courtesy to request the doctor notes!! He did not order any x-rays. He did not order a bone scan. He did poke at my chest and a few other spots. On top of that the story he sent to my doctor is not an accurate description of what took place at any of the appointments. He changed my medication, and as a result I have noted that an indicator that had been coming down has begun to rise again…. smart move…..

So, I had it out with my GP yesterday. I asked to be sent for a second opinion and at least there are now a few more specialists in this area.

Today at the dentist I discussed something that I had been bringing up which relates to TMJ. Well, guess what, some of my complaints are in fact TMJ related.

The better news for me is that Lyrica is now on our govt free list meaning I pay a lot less for the item and now I can go back on it again. This should relieve some of the other issues that relate to neuropathic pain.


The Trayvon Martin Case; Update 31.4: Justice v. Social Justice

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Justice:  When you get in a traffic accident and the other guy gets the ticket.

On the eve of the beginning of the George Zimmerman trial, it may be worthwhile to consider how to evaluate what has been happening, and what will likely happen.  In analyzing the events yet to come–and the George Zimmerman case will not be the end, regardless of the outcome–consider that all of this is essentially a battle between “social justice” and justice.

Justice may be considered to be an outcome of a criminal case in consonance with the law and the rule of law.  It embodies the ethical and honorable actions of every entity in the criminal justice process.  If the police make false arrests or commit perjury, justice is seriously damaged or impossible, and respect for the rule of law diminishes.  If prosecutors file charges without sufficient cause, if they overcharge in the hope…

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An interesting perspective – and I was looking at the wrong war

Powerline has an interesting post about the current crisis in the Middle East. It is interesting because it highlights some of the things that I have previously mentioned (and keep in mind that I have no training as an analyst). I think that the article is well worth reading because it provides some insight regarding the Egyptian involvement in Syria.
A few things should be mentioned:

1. Morsi is a Shiite, just as Muslim Brotherhood is Shiite, and this explains why Morsi has a preference for Iran. However, in this article it mentions that Morsi has turned from Iran and Syria and has been critical. Perhaps this is the Alawite factor coming into play (Alawites are not pure Shia).

2. The author of the article acknowledges what I have been emphasizing for ages – this is a Sunni vs Shia conflict.

3. There are some perspectives that I had not considered when talking about Sunni vs. Shia, especially how such a conflict impacts the West.

4. Oddly enough prior to reading the very last part of the article I was reminded not of the US interference in Afghanistan after the Russian invasion (which is something I had considered) but of another war that was very bloody and where there was no result. That was was the Iran-Iraq war. In that war the USA gave some help to Saddam Hussein and Iraq. It seemed to be a choice between the Devil and his assistant.

It is this 4th point that piqued my interest for the very reason that I had forgotten about that particular war even though it played out when I was a young adult. This is the war where the Iranians, and I think the Iraqis did it as well, sent children to the front, and it was the children who were blown to pieces by the landmines. In fact, it was with this war that we had thousands of landmines being used in what is an atrocious way.

So, this raises a few questions about whether or not the West, including USA, France and UK should be giving any aid in the form of military equipment to the those who oppose Assad. I continue to have the view that the West should simply remain on the sidelines, and let the Sunni vs. Shia conflict continue. However, I recognize that there are higher stakes to consider. This is because the conflict has the potential to spark another cold war. Russia constantly remains in the background of these Middle Eastern countries. Russia is supporting Assad in this conflict. This means Russia is opposing Saudi Arabia.

Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston

BOSTON – National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on…

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Scandalmania – the State Dept again

I think I have already higlighted this one before because it is yet another breaking scandal. I do believe that the scandal itself is very serious, but I think what is more important than the actually wrong doing is the manner in which this scandal is being handled by the State Department. I think this is the case because of the pressure that is being placed upon the woman who was a former member of the IG and is the one who exposed what had been taking place in Italy. It is intimidation palooza in the State Department, which is the equivalent of the intimidation that was occuring in the IRS when the IG wanted to question the agents.

If you have ever been a whistleblower, then you would be familiar with the tactics that are used against such people. I have been inadvertantly in that position because I discovered a theft of items in my department around the same time that my supervisor discovered some other anomolies relating to a certain group of people. I reported the theft and then the shit hit the fan. However, what was so terrible in that situation was in fact the way that I became persona non grata because I had reported the theft of items. It seems that people were willing to forgive what those people had been thought to have done, but they had a different idea when it came to those who actually report wrong doing.  It is a very bitter pill to end up as a whistleblower.

The issue in the State Department remains the systemic use of intimidation, and the deliberate covering up of wrong doing by diplomats in foreign posts. In this case it is wrong doing by the Ambassador to Italy, a certain Mr. Moore, who has hitting on the local female population.

As you can see the original scandal is bad enough but the bigger scandal is the intimidation and the attempt to cover up what is taking place.

What do you do with a girl named Holly Paz?

Holly Paz, what can one say? What a ditzy blonde. It might be a starting point where this woman is concerned.

Holly Paz is a registered Democrat. In her testimony before the Congress she gave a response that is truly laughable and I am saying that as a foreigner. She claimed that she thought that “tea party” was a code word for all political groups.

Well I call bullsh!t on Holly’s statement to Congress.  I do that because dear little Holly sat in on interviews between the IRS agents at Cincinnati and the IG. She was obviously there to create intimidation and to ensure that the agents did not give away the game.

It makes me think that whoever was above Holly Paz was in on the whole thing as well. If Holly Paz is this blonde in her thinking then she must have been taking the lead from someone else.

One thing is now obvious and that is that the top people involved in this IRS scandal are all Democrats and Soetoro supporters.

To be honest this is laughable because at the grass roots level of the TEA movement there are plenty of Democrats to be found. Holly, Lois and the gang think that their actions were stopping Republicans, but the truth is that the people who are involved in the TEA movement are not necessarily Republican……

Massive fail to Holly Paz, Lois Lerner and the gang.

Trusting the wrong partners

During World War II, the British and the French trusted the Libyans from the two regions that encompass Benghazi and Cerenecia (sp). I add here that the Libyans in Tripoli and its surrounds remained with the Fascist Italian regime. The Sanusi Army that struck the deal with Britain kept to their side of the bargain, and Britain did the same immediately after the war, helping the Libyans to free themselves from Italian colonial rule. As a result Libya introduced a monarchial system with Idris installed as king. The Sanusi Army are the followers of a separate branch of Islam. This is indeed the background to the help that was again given to the Libyans from Benghazi and elsewhere who were opposed to Moammar Gadhafi. It was something that was mutual from the beginning. King Idris of Libya had proved to be a somewhat mild ruler. He was more or less pro-West, and he did not have ill-feeling against Israel. When Idris was deposed by Gadhafi it was a very different tale.

It is hard for me to write any kind of historical background on Egypt, because I simply do not know enough about the rise of the Ba’ath Party with its Marxist leanings, or the fight against them that eventually saw Muburrak assume the leadership in Egypt. The West had an uneasy alliance with Muburrak but one thing is certain, and that is he kept the Salafists and other Islamists under control. Removing Muburrak has let the genie out of the bottle.

However, this essay is not about either Libya or Egypt but it is about Afghanistan and Syria. A strange link? Not really when you consider the background story about Afghanistan. During my period of employment I had as a supervisor a woman who was an Afghan. Her family fled to India prior to their move to Australia. Her father had been a governor of one of the provinces. She was a child at the time, did not remember much about her time in Aghanistan, except that they used to have lots of parties. What changed in Afghanistan that caused a dramatic shift in a society that had been quite modern? Well, the answer is the invasion of Afghanistan by the Russians.

The USA became involved in Afghanistan via the CIA. It was the CIA that trained the Mujahadeen to fight against the Russians. This is, I believe, how it came about that Osama bin Laden had links with the CIA. At the same time the CIA would have had links to some Libyans, and at least two of these Libyans who had fought with the Mujahdeen were the subject of rendition. One of those men became a leading figure in the fight against Gadhafi. He was never interested in jihad per se, but he was interested in freedom fighting. I believe that this particular man went to Syria to help train the opposition forces when the civil war began in Syria.

Now why do I bring up the story that the CIA gave weapons and training to the Mujahdeen? It is because the Taliban was formed out of the first Mujahdeen, and the Taliban won control over Afghanistan, bringing with them murder and mayhem to the population. It was a situation that spiralled out of control until the point when the Taliban was sheltering Osama bin Laden – which was the reason for the invasion of Afghanistan in the first place.

Now look what is happening in Syria. Can you see the same things happening again? Once again the CIA are being given a covert role. Once again the CIA are training Muslims to be fighters. Once again the CIA are giving weapons to people who are not to be trusted.

If there were any lessons to be learned from Afghanistan, then it should have been that the CIA should have been kept out of the situation. This has the potential to get extremely nasty. What is worse, is that Russia is supporting Assad. It seems that we are moving backwards into the cold war situation.