NPR'S PROFESSIONAL HACK, PANAMANIAN JUAN WILLIAMS, PENS A MASH NOTE FOR HIS MAN BILL O'LIELLY FOR TIME MAGAZINE AND ENDS UP LOOKING EVEN MORE PATHETIC THAN USUAL WHICH IS A HANDY FEAT FOR WILLIAMS CONSIDERING HE WAS FORCED OUT OF THE WASHINGTON POST FOR SEXUALLY HARASSING FEMALE EMPLOYEES OF THE PAPER.
NPR SHOULD HAVE LONG AGO DECLARED THAT THE HAPLESS PANAMANIAN JUAN COULD NOT GO ON FOX 'NEWS' OR O'LIELLY'S RADIO SHOW SINCE JUAN HAS NEVER MET A RULE HE COULDN'T BREAK AS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT HE THOUGHT SEXUAL HARASSMENT WAS PERFECTLY FINE UNTIL IT COST HIM HIS JOB.
MAYBE THAT'S HOW THEY DID THINGS IN PANAMA? WE DON'T KNOW.
BUT WE DO KNOW IT'S NOT THE JOB OF ANYONE TO DEFEND A RACIST AND JUAN, IN THE MIDST OF SOBBING OVER BILL, ADMITS HE DOES JUST THAT.
HE NOTES BILL O'LIELLY EXPLAINED HIS GRANDMOTHER HAD BEEN A RACIST. JUAN WRITES, "I DEFENDED HIS GRANDMA." BUT THEN JUAN ALWAYS DEFENDS RACISTS.
HE TRIES TO HOP ON THE CROSS AND DECLARE HIMSELF SIMILAR TO PUDDING POPS KING -- WHO ALSO HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE WOMEN -- BILL COSBY. WHAT HE FAILS TO GRASP IS THAT HE AND BILL COSBY ARE NOT TRYING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THEY ARE BLAMING AFRICAN-AMERICANS FOR THE DAMAGING MESSAGES THAT ARE BEING SPENT BY BIG-MONIED CORPORATIONS. THERE IS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.
THE SAME MAN WHO REGULARLY ATTACKS INDIVIDUAL AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND TREATS A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM AS AN INDIVIDUAL ONE, FINDS IT IN HIS SOGGY BRAIN TO DEFEND A RACIST -- ONE EVEN BILL O'LIELY CALLED A RACIST. SO IT'S NOT THAT HE CAN'T FEEL SYMPATHY FOR SOME INDIVIDUALS, IT'S JUST THAT HE HAS NO SYMPATHY FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS. POSSIBLY THERE'S SOME RIVALRY BETWEEN AFRICA AND PANAMA WE ARE UNAWARE OF.
JUAN WILLIAMS, LIKE HIS LITTLE BOY TONY, IS A REPUBLICAN AND NPR SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THE FOX 'NEWS' CIRCUS WILLIAMS ENGAGES IN ALONG WITH LIAR LIASSON YEARS AGO. THAT THEY HAVEN'T GOES TO THE PROBLEMS AT NPR.
THAT JUAN THINKS HE CAN GET AWAY WITH, YEAR AFTER YEAR, AVOIDING ADDRESSING AT LENGTH THE FACT THAT HE IS A SEXUAL HARASSER GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS EXPLAINING WHY HE HANGS WITH O'LIELLY.
WHY NPR WAS WILLING TO EMPLOY A SEXUAL HARASSER THAT THE WASHINGTON POST KICKED TO THE CURB IS A QUESTION NPR SHOULD ANSWER AND ANSWER REAL DAMN SOON. JUAN SHOULD FOCUS ON ADDRESSING THAT PROBLEM PUBLICLY AS WELL INSTEAD OF WHINING ABOUT THE WORDS RAPPERS USE.
WHILE THESE REPORTERS FIND MANY WORDS EMPLOYED BY RAPPERS OBJECTIONABLE WE CAN CALL IT WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A HYPOCRITE BECAUSE WE'VE NEVER BELIEVED SEXUAL HARASSMENT WAS SOMETHING THAT BELONGED IN THE WORK PLACE LIKE A WEEKLY PAY CHECK. LASTLY, WE WOULD NEVER CALL JUAN WILLIAMS A "HAPPY NEGRO." A) HE IS NOT HAPPY. HE IS A WHINING LITTLE WIMP. B) WE DO NOT CONSIDER HIM BLACK. HE'S PANAMAIAN WITH ROOTS TO NATIVE PEOPLE IN THAT COUNTRY. BUT POSING BLACK AND USING A LATINO NAME HAS CERTAINLY ALLOWED HIM TO MOVE HIGH IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, MUCH HIGHER THAN SOMEONE FIRED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT WOULD BE EXPECTED TO MOVE.
Starting with war resistance. As Iraq Veterans Against the War notes, the government's 'do-over' (double-jeopardy) attempt at court-martialing Ehren Watada is scheduled for October 9th and "Lt. Watada is facing four charges that could land him in jail for up to six years." June 22, 2006, Ehren Watada became the first officer to publicly refuse to serve in the Iraq War (rightly) noting that the war is illegal. Daniel Ellsberg gave a speech (posted at ICH) last week where he noted Watada, "I've often said that Lt. Ehren Watada -- who still faces trial for refusing to obey orders to deploy to Iraq which he correctly perceives to be an unconstitutional and aggressive war -- is the single officer in the United States armed services who is taking seriously in upholding his oath." Watada's attorneys are appealing on a number of grounds including the fact that Judge Toilet (aka John Head) thinks he can be impartial and preside again as well as the fact that a second court-martial (after Head ruled the February court-martial a mistrial over defense objection) would be in violation of the US Constitution which forbids double-jeopardy.
At the start of the week, Audra D.S. Burch (Miami Herald) provided an overview of war resister Aidan Delgado's book The Sutras Of Abu Ghraib: Notes From A Conscientious Objector In Iraq, noting, "This is a story of one young man's transformation from reserve volunteer to soldier to conscientious objector, practicing Buddhist, author and always -- always -- relentless critic of the Iraq War, a peace advocate with a point of view based on real wartime experiences." Delgado is the third war resister to tell their story in book form this year. In May, Camilo Mejia shared his story in Road from Ar Ramaid: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia while in February Joshua Key told his story in The Deserter's Tale.
There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes Derek Hess, Brad McCall, Justin Cliburn, Timothy Richard, Robert Weiss, Phil McDowell, Steve Yoczik, Ross Spears, Zamesha Dominique, Jared Hood, James Burmeister, Eli Israel, Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Carla Gomez, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Agustin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Abdullah Webster, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder, Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko,Brandon Hughey, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Dale Bartell, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Kjar, Kyle Huwer, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, forty-one US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline [(877) 447-4487], Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Tom Joad maintains a list of known war resisters.
ADDED:In media news, the latest episode of Bill Moyers Journal airs on PBS in many markets tonight (check your local listings) and he will remember two US service members who died recently (two of the seven who wrote the New York Times column "The War as We Saw It") and this is also up at YouTube..In addition Bill Moyers Journal examines the Iraqi refugee crisis with NPR's Deborah Amos and War Hawk George Packer while also taking a look at the outrageous amount of monies being spent on the illegal war.
Also: This week (Fridays in most markets) PBS' NOW with David Brancaccio examines the issue of US service members wounded in the illegal war: "For many Iraq and Gulf War veterans, the transition from battlefield to home front is difficult. Bouts of fierce anger, depression and anxiety that previous generations of soldiers described as "shell shock" or "combat/battle fatigue" now earn a clinical diagnosis: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But the relatively new medical label doesn't guarantee soldiers will get the care they need. On Friday, September 28 at 8:30 pm (check local listings), NOW looks at how America's newest crop of returning soldiers is coping with the emotional scars of war, and some new and innovative treatments for them."
On NPR's The Diane Rehm Show today (second hour), Al-Arabiya TV's Hisham Melhem explained the new meaning of Blackwater since the September 16th incident where they slaughtered at least 16 Iraqi civilians, "In the past, Susan [Page, USA Today], if you wanted to discredit the American war in Iraq or if you wanted to discredit the war on terror all you had to do is just invoke the names of places such as Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib or Haditha. Now you can add to that Blackwater USA. I mean this is a huge embarrassment and a problem for the United States in the future. These people are now seen by the Iraqis as the new face of the occupation. And the irony of all ironies now, because these people are in charge of providing protection to the American diplomats there -- I mean, you have a private army. This is the privatization of war. More than 30,000 men. And I'm not saying that many of them . . . are [not] honorable and former good soldiers, the problem is that given what they've done, as Robin [Wright, Washington Post] said, just imagine Ryan Crocker, one of the best American diplomats serving in the Middle East, probably the best one available for Iraq now, trying to visit a neighborhood in Baghdad, after the surge, whatever, he's going to be protected by whom? By elements of the Blackwater. That's the irony of ironies."
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