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Guilt By Association?


I’m sure the whole world’s wondering what exactly Bristol Palin does while not practicing not falling down on Dancing With the Stars. Aside from thanking all of her Mom’s Teabagger fans for their votes on her official Facebook Page” (Vote for Bristol the Pistol!) and countless phone calls to her Wasilla drinking buddies, she was seen yesterday walking the streets of Hollywood with what appears to be one of, if not the, Best of her BFF’s. A young woman named April Morlock.

Now, you might ask, “Who the hell is April Morlock?” April Morlock is a family friend of the Palin’s from Wasilla, Alaska. She’s remained a family friend even after Bristol’s younger sister Willow and her buddies, otherwise known as the Colony Girls, broke into and trashed a home owned by Morlock’s Wasilla family late last year, ostensibly to score some alcohol for a drunken party. (Note: Willow Palin was 15 years old at the time.)

Why should one care? Seems like the Morlock family has it’s own little sordid history…

Morlock’s brother, you see, is the infamous  Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, now facing Court Martial by the Army for his mindless murder and torture of Afghan civilians. From the NY Daily News:

Videotapes of his interviews with Army investigators surfaced on Monday, in which Morlock details how he and fellow soldiers Calvin Gibbs and Adam Winfield mercilessly targeted civilians.

In one clip, Morlock describes how they forced an innocent man to obey their commands and stand still while they killed him with a grenade.

“We had this guy by the compound, and so Gibbs, you know, walked him out and set him in place, like ‘Hey, stand here,'” Morlock says on the tape, telling the invesigator they had the man stay “where Gibbs could get behind cover after the grenade went off.”

Watch the chilling description of these war crimes:

Why do I care about this? First off: I could care less what or who Bristol Palin “pals around with” while in Hollywood. I could care less that she’s hanging out with the assumed innocent sister of an accused murderer and torturer. I do care that Bristol Palin is the daughter of Sarah Palin, the half-term, half-witted Tea Party darling and aspiring presidential candidate in 2012.

The same Sarah Palin, who, time and time again, has pulled out the ‘GUILT BY ASSOCIATION’ tag, accused our sitting President of “associating with terrorists” and saying: 

“Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

The truth is: Sarah Palin and her husband have ties to the Alaska Independence Party, which supports Alaska’s independence from the United States. She espouses everything Teabaggers want to hear, abstinenance, God and Country, homophobia, and will not hesitate to call anyone she opposes a traitor, or worse…

She’s a hypocrite in every way, shape and form.

IS SARAH PALIN GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION? IS BRISTOL?

 

Bowe Bergdahl: Is It True?


In my original post regarding Pfc Bowe Bergdahl, I’ve noted dismay over how someone could just walk away from a US camp located in the middle of Afghanistan. Later on, I criticized comments from Fox News correspondent LtCol Ralph Peters calling Bergdahl a deserter and claims by the right wing shill P.J. Tobias “confirming” it, as well as other right wing neocons calling for his head, mimicking the words of Peters.

Today, it’s been “reported” by Britian’s not-so-esteemed conservative tabloid Daily Mail (in an uncredited article) that the Taliban has announced that Bergdahl has “changed sides”, has changed his name to Mohammad and is training the Taliban forces in the fine art of making remote control bombs and ambush training.

This is, of course, the same Daily Mail convicted of libel time and time again. The same Daily Mail that pressed for WW1 and supported Hitler and Mussolini in the years prior to WW2.

This rag even has it’s own Facebook Page, detailing numerous alarmist stories it’s printed over the years.

Yet, the neocons of the world believe it’s words. Right now, a Google search shows tens of thousands of hits today detailing, well, actually copying the original Daily Mail story about Bergdahl.

And the neocon blogs and forums are just plain giddy over this “news”!

What the hell is wrong with our country when people believe Fox News, the Daily Mail, and swarms of scurrious other news sources out there as the gospel yet won’t believe our President when he says he’s a CHRISTIAN???

Time for A Prisoner Exchange?


A new video of Pfc Bowe Bergdahl has been released by the Taliban.

There’s been some talk of a prisoner exchange to bring Pfc Bergdahl home. Let’s hope that happens soon:

Members of Idaho’s congressional delegation are weighing in on the newest video of Bowe Bergdahl, an Idaho soldier captured in Afghanistan.  Earlier this week, militants posted the video on the Internet that calls for an exchange of prisoners.

The lawmakers are voicing their opinion of a possible prisoner swap in the effort to bring Bergdahl home.

All four of Idaho’s congressional leaders say that the military is working and evaluating every option to bring home Bergdahl.

Those options range from a rescue mission to prisoner swapping.

Thursday, Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick was quoted as saying the U.S. government should work out a prisoner trade with the terrorist group holding Bergdahl.

Let’s also stop with the right wing claims that Pfc Bergdahl is a deserter, too.

Pfc Bowe Bergdahl – Video Released?


(Note: WordPress has been down the past day or so or I would have got this to my readers sooner)

The Taliban (via al Emara) has finally released what is purported to be a new video of Pfc Bowe Bergdahl, the captured soldier held in Afghanistan.

Although not officially confirmed to be Bergdahl, it appears to be him.

Remember, before making judgments after viewing this video…what the US POW’s in Vietnam were forced to do.

UPDATE: From the Los Angeles Times:

The U.S. military indirectly confirmed that the man shown in the video was Bergdahl, and asserted that he spoke under duress.

Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the chief spokesman for the NATO forces, called the 36-minute video a “horrible act which exploits a young soldier, who was clearly compelled to read a prepared statement.”

Bergdahl, an Idaho native and a member of an infantry unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, is the only U.S. service member known to have been seized by insurgents during the Afghan conflict, which is now in its ninth year.

He vanished June 30 from his base in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, and military authorities acknowledged at the time that the 23-year-old soldier was believed to have walked away from his post, for unknown reasons.

The remote base where he was stationed lies in an area where the Taliban and other insurgent groups operate freely. Some of the 30,000 American troops being sent to Afghanistan in the coming year are expected to be deployed in the east, along with the volatile south.

Bergdahl had not been heard from since July 19, nearly three weeks after his capture. At that time, his captors released a video showing him clad in traditional Afghan dress, appearing distraught, calling for a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

The new video shows Bergdahl clad in what appear to be American military fatigues and a helmet, his eyes shielded by large sunglasses. He is pale but appears in generally good condition, and says in the video that he is not being mistreated.

The Taliban had announced earlier this month that a new video of Bergdahl would soon be released, and its distribution on Christmas was characterized by the American military as an effort to exploit both the holiday and the soldier’s captivity for maximum propaganda purposes.

“To release this video on Christmas Day is an affront to the deeply concerned family and friends of Bowe Bergdahl, demonstrating a contempt for religious traditions and the teachings of Islam,” Smith said in his statement.

There was no indication of when the video was made. Because of that, a senior U.S. official said it is not regarded as proof that Bergdahl is still alive.

Pfc Bowe Bergdahl – New Video To Be Released Today?


There’s not been a lot of news out there on the captured U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, Pfc Bowe Bergdahl since the first video after his capture was released by the Taliban way back in July.

That is, other than the despicable right wing neocon attempts to denigrate Pfc Bergdahl.

Today, however, comes news that a new video of Bergdahl might be released by the Taliban:

SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based terrorist tracking organization, said Wednesday that al-Imara Media Productions, the Afghan Taliban’s media arm, was set to release a video titled “One of Their People Testified.”

The SITE report said “they do not name the American captive, but it seems to reference Bowe Bergdahl.”

“We are very anxious to see it and to see that he is doing well,” said Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter, a close friend of the Bergdahl family. “Everyone is still holding tight and praying and standing by Bowe. This ignites it all again.”

In late November, the first news in more than four months regarding Bowe Bergdahl came in the form of e-mails to two U.S Army doctors in New Jersey. The messages, which the doctors said came from Afghan village leaders and doctors, said Bergdahl was “alive and doing well.”

On Wednesday, the news came from SITE that a video of Bergdahl was forthcoming. When and how the video will be shown remains unknown.

Let’s hope renewed prayers for Bergdahl’s safety are not marred once again by those with an agenda if, in fact, a video is released.

Update: Pfc Bowe Bergdahl


In my recent post regarding Pfc Bowe Bergdahl, the young man who wasmedium_bowebergdahl “captured” by the Taliban, Kelly’s occasional sparring partner over at The Velvet Straitjacket, LilMike commented:

“This soldier just couldn’t have walked off base, he would have had to sneak away. And now he gets to make videos? I’m not sure he is a prisoner.”

I understand LilMike is a follower of all things right wing, neocon, and bows before the Gods of Rush and Faux News, but I find that it’s sad that he would actually imply that there’s something more to the story surrounding this young man ending up in Taliban arms.

Then I realized that is exactly what his heroes at Faux News are doing:

Faux News analyst, LtCol  Ralph Peters, calling Bergdahl a “deserter” and stating the Taliban should do us a favor and “just kill him”:

Then, a couple of days later, Riley appears on Bill O’Reilly’s show and repeats his accusations, going even further…

Really. I always thought the right wing, neocon,  followers of the Gods Rush and Faux News supported the troops. I guess not.

So, what is it about this young man that they hate so much they implore the Taliban to go ahead and “finish the job”?

Could it be that Bergdahl worked as a barrista at a coffee shop before enlisting? Or that he studied ballet?

Does Bowe Bergdahl not meet the criteria of being a soldier in the eyes of the right wing, neocon, followers of the Gods of Rush and Faux News?

Was He Captured?


The American soldier “captured”* by the Taliban has been identified as Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion,5973_105839085749_105831760749_2004365_6932706_t 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

The propoganda video released by the Taliban, below, is – for lack of a better word – troubling. Troubling in two ways: First, it conjurs images of Vietnam and the propoganda videos disseminated at that time; Secondly, and more importantly, are concerns that Pfc Bergdahl will undergo painful, humiliating, and disturbing interrogations by the Taliban.

Precisely why I, and many others, are concerned by the precedents set by our own country during the Bush Administration regarding torture. As I’ve documented before, Iran has waterboarded it’s own citizens.

How can we protest if this young man is tortured by the Taliban?

* In case you noticed, I placed the word “captured” between quotes. Why? Apparently, Bergdahl wasn’t actually captured. From the news report:

The circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture weren’t clear.

On July 2, two U.S. officials told the AP the soldier had “just walked off” his base with three Afghans after his shift. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

I can only hope there’s not more to this than what we’re being told.