I do love that comic. I love how Moqtada's overtaken the panel, even to the point of crowding out "The World Today Just Nuts."
"'Refuse your orders': Former Marines appeal to the 1,400 set to deploy" (March Forward!):
On January 6, the Pentagon revealed that it was sending a surprise 1,400 additional Marines to combat in Afghanistan. With 2010 being by far the deadliest year of the entire war, casualties increasing and generals and analysts admitting that the war cannot be won, the Pentagon is throwing more bodies into the bloody quagmire.
They are doing this simply because they don't know what else to do. The millionaire puppet politicians and generals refuse to walk away from the wealth and economic gains that would come from conquering a country that the Afghan people, and the majority of people in the U.S., want us out of.
Immediatly after the announcement of this additional troop escalation, two March Forward! members, who are both former Marine Corps infantrymen, issued these personal appeals to those Marines set to deploy.
"The Hysteria Beat (Ava and C.I.)" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Seriously? A service? Such as information?
Strange because information would include names. We've already named Gabrielle Giffords. Despite using 1186 words -- and, in fact, using her family's tragedy, Newberry can't be bothered with informing readers of her first name and, no, she was not on the same recognition level of national fame as the Director of Homeland Security or a Republican vice presidential candidate before the attack yesterday.
Jake Sherman, Jonathan Allen and Molly Ball (Politico) report that six people were shot dead in the Tuscon, Arizona assault in which Gabrielle was wounded and that among the dead are Gabe Zimmeran who worked for Gabrielle, Federal District Judge John Roll, and a nine-year-old girl. MSNBC lists the 9-year-old as Christina Taylor Greene and identifies the other three: 76-year-old Dorwin Stoddard, 76-year-old Dorthy Murray and 79-year-old Phyllis Scheck. MSNBC lists two of the other eleven injured as Pam Simon and Ron Barber. Now none of that is in Stirling's 'informative' post. None of these people matter to Newberry as evidenced by the fact that he can't name any.
To Newberry, it's all about the right wing. And for many, many loony and fact-free paragraphs, he tells you how the right-wing caused Saturday's violence. Seriously? Shailagh Murray and Sari Horwitz are real reporters and, reporting for The Washington Post, they note important details: "Police said they think that Giffords was the target of the attack. [. . .] It was unclear what might have motivated the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner." So there's a suspect and no one knows what motivated the attack?
And yet Newberry contributes 1186 angry words attacking Republicans and somehow thinks his brand of crazy helps?
In a piece allegedly on violence and a violent culture, two ongoing wars and the drone attacks killing civilians in Pakistan are never raised. But it's really not about exploring a violent culture, it's about whipping up everyone into a frenzy.
You can also use your brain to think and not be part of the hollering mob.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):