“The accusations were based, in part, on a UN investigation conducted by the former South African judge Richard Goldstone. It concluded this month that Israel had committed war crimes by deliberately attacking civilians and firing white phosphorus shells. Israel rejected its findings as irredeemably biased.”
via Merlin, who said, “When you hear Kurt Vonnegut reading this aloud you appreciate the necessity of science fiction; it’s a way we crazy people have of talking about the world without talking about the world.”
“…[Delonte] West was actually carrying three guns — a Beretta 9mm in his waistband, a Ruger .357 strapped to his leg and a shotgun in a guitar case slung over his back…”—WaPo (via nbaplayoffs2009 via coolerthanthat)
Rittenhouse Rye: ≈$17 at Warehouse Wines on Broadway. Bitters, sugar cubes, maraschino cherries: ≈$10 at any decent bodega in the East Village. Old Fashioneds prepared correctly (the right glass, eighty-six the orange, a lemon twist, don’t muddle the cherry), some lazerfuque, some newsouthern, a delightful ex, and Low Bee’s “Smooth Holiday” till the wee wee hours of a Monday becoming a Tuesday: bloody priceless.
God bless Udo for recording on the sly. My harmonies get lost in the mix, but they’re in there.
"Like so much of what happens in Washington, the National Security State and machinery of Endless War doesn’t need citizen support. It continues and strengthens itself without it. That’s because the most powerful factions in Washington — the permanent military and intelligence class, both public and private — would not permit an end to, or even a serious reduction of, America’s militarized character. It’s what they feed on. It’s the source of their wealth and power."
Please do click through and read the whole thing; it’s not that long, and I’m also recommending Yaroslav Trofimov’s insightful WSJ article on Ghulam Yahya, the ethnic Tajik former warlord mayor of Herat who fought the Taliban for years while working with the west to rebuild Afghanistan’s infrastructure but who now operates an insurgent militia.