Spreading Democracy & Freedom?

gay_drillI’m so glad we invaded Iraq and half-heartedly ousted the Taliban to put our own slick oil lackey, Karzai, in their place. Because clearly this has done so much in the way of promoting human rights and furthering civilization. Or has it?

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which “legalises” rape, women’s groups and the United Nations warn.

Yep. In an attempt to win the votes of the rapid mullah faction of his shia electorate, Karzai casually threw women’s rights under the bus. Across the road in Iraq, our heavily-propped-up regime of Despots 2.0 are busy, too:

Amnesty International reports that Iraq authorities are planning to execute 128 prisoners this week – and it believes many of them were imprisoned just for being gay.

Apparently, that Constitution thingie that some of them reluctantly agreed to adopt has a few loopholes when it comes to trivial matters like allowing institutionalized bigotry. So, now that we’re pretty much done f*@king the place up royally with our own prejudices and ignorance, we’re apparently letting the locals pick up where they left off.

I’m so glad to see that my tax dollars are hard at work furthering my values. After all, nothing spells progress like victimizing raped women (maybe Karzai can hire Bill O’Reilly as a consultant?) and dead gay kids.

(Fabulous picture is from slapupsidethehead.com)

Change We Could Believe In…

gay-soldier… if it actually, you know, ever happened.

So, Sir Change-A-Lot and his fellow travellers have decided to punt the not-so-difficult task of actually reversing the repellant and embarrassing Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell rules. I guess The Pentagon really likes being seen as a relic of the dark ages…

Or, as spokesman Gibbs told Faux News:

“I think the president and I feel like we’ve got a lot on our plates right now, and let’s push that one down the road a little bit,”

Yeah, that whole chewing gum and walking at the same time is apparently a bit tricky for some. So, I guess once the economy has recovered, we’ve “won” in Iraq and Afghanistan we should be all set to go, huh? Could someone send me a note when this Administration actually shows some genuine courage again? kthxbai.

They Write Letters to Audi about O’Reilly

audiYeah, so Thinkprogress isn’t too smart about their campaign to get advertisers off O’Reilly’s air — astroturfing a standard form email to a bunch of them at the same time is just really not the way to go. But the fundamental idea is a good way — and it clearly has potential, viz. UPS pulling their ads recently. So I thought I’d pick the one advertiser that I can relate to and just sent them this:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the happy and proud owner of a 2006 Audi A4. I love the car and think it epitomizes the quality and thoughtful design that I have come to expect from a high-end brand like Audi.

I am also an active cross country skier and Nordic coach, and greatly appreciate Audi’s continued commitment to the US Ski Team over the past years.

But right now I am mostly dismayed and profoundly disappointed to find that Audi continues to advertise on Bill O’Reilly’s deranged program of hatred and misinformation. It is hard for me to imagine that anybody who enjoys his pathetic attempt at entertaining by attacking the innocent and – as he has done repeatedly lately – stalking people would be a potential Audi driver. You can certainly claim, as have some of your fellow advertisers, that “Audi in no way endorses the views/opinions portrayed during the news broadcasts in which we advertise.” But spare me the spin. You know what O’Reilly’s show is about, and yet you continue to associate your brand with the narrow-minded, spiteful ignorance that lies at the heart of it.

I implore you to follow the lead of UPS, who recently announced that, after investigating the content on O’Reilly’s show, they would be pulling their ads (see http://thinkprogress.¬org/¬¬oreilly-campaign-responses/). It would be the right step to take, and most becoming for a brand that claims to represent quality, care and concern for discerning drivers.