Why must we insist that Bales “snapped” before murdering Afghan civilians?

Robert Fisk examines the near-universal insistence that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales must have “snapped” before he killed sixteen civilians—mostly women and children—near Kandahar. If an Afghan had done the same thing, killing civilian workers in Afghanistan, he’d be labelled a terrorist. But since he’s on our side, we interpret his actions in the kindest possible […]

Links for August 19th

CBS News: Like Every Administration, White House Defends Obama "Vacation"President Obama has taken 38 days of vacation so far in his presidency. At this point in Bush's presidency, he'd taken 102 days of vacation. Rick Perry’s Texas A&M TranscriptRepublican presidential candidate Rick Perry's academic record is on par with President Bush's—which is to say, very […]

Links for May 22nd

Wikipedia: List of predicted dates of the end of the worldI'm pretty sure none of them worked out. New York: The Elephant in the Green RoomThe conditions under which Glenn Beck left Fox News turn out to be pretty fascinating. Roger Ailes brought Beck on to fire up the conservative base after their 2008 defeat, […]

Links for April 28th

Los Angeles Times: Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles belies its nameTwo member of the famed chorus have come out as straight. To the credit of the chorus, they have been very accepting. asymco: If Cash is King, Apple’s is an EmperorIf Apple didn't take in another dime, their current cash on hand is enough […]