Saturday, November 01, 2003

I can't Stress Enough the Importance of a Good Legal Services Agreement



An unidentified gunman, left, described as a disgruntled client, fires several shots at his attorney in this television from Court TV, Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, outside the Los Angeles courthouse where actor Robert Blake's murder trial is taking place. [More . . ]

When I recently got one of my clients sprung from jail with him went any hope of the $1K he owes me for the work I did.

Friday, October 31, 2003

7.2%

It's the economy, stupid

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Protection Racket


I would remind the assembled masses here that it was the UN who knowingly hired security guards whose previous employ was with the Fedayeen.
I seem to recall the ICRC running an ambulance service along the trenches in WWI without any whining at all.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Ready for a game of Bad/Worse?


Killing NGOs: Bad
Failing to protect NGOs to get them out of your hair: Worse
Leaking CIA Operative Names: Bad
Doing so as political retribution: Worse
Attacking a country on false pretenses: Bad
Giving contracts to the Vice President's "former" company even though a subsidiary did Iraq infrastructure contracts despite official embargoes: Worse


I have no love for Saddam. And I hate the terrorists. IRC and Doctors Without Borders (who may be getting one of my tax-deductable contributions this year) are two unattackable groups, IMHO. The fact that they were is reprehensible and those responsible should be dealt with.

So. Who was supposed to be protecting them? If we have MPs shooting up cars that fail to stop at checkpoints, then what's the deal? Why wasn't this nipped in the bud?

Taking this seriously, giving the military the support they need to do this, actively involving the international community, and dealing with this with the appropriate measures of gravity and humility: Better.

I'm done reading "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them".

Monday, October 27, 2003

Hell No! We Won't Go!


Car Bomb Attacks Kill 35 Across Baghdad


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Car bombers struck the international Red Cross headquarters and three police stations across Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 200 in a spree of destruction that terrorized the Iraqi capital on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The string of bombings, all within less than an hour, was the bloodiest attack yet in the city of 5 million by insurgents targeting the American-led occupation and those perceived as working with it. It also appeared like a dramatic escalation in tactics in past weeks, bombers have carried out heavy suicide bombings, but in single strikes.
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The Arab world may finally be perceiving the fact that we won't leave them alone to murder, massacre, rape and otherwise cause mayhem - even in their own backyard. The mere fact that the IRC has been attacked is an indicator that these terrorists have figured out that the US military isn't leaving - their best bet is to make the others leave.

Sheesh - even the VC left the Non-Governmental Oranizations alone