Republicans’ secret weapon for 2006: John Murtha

Cue Rovian mind-control lasers.

Now, I don’t normally link the WSJ… the paper is known liberal, the commentariat known conservative.  What’s more, it’s not like they’re laboring in seclusion.

But John Fund hits it out of the park pointing out the many ways in which Republican and “moderate” voters can be irritated as heck with the Elephants… but take one look at Cindy Sheehan’s Ken Doll, and shudder.

As much as they’ve made a complete hash out of getting any support at all from their own base, The Elephants couldn’t dream up a better way to stay in power during the 2006 elections.

Roboroach, the Infiltrator

Some Englishman has too much time on his hands.  It's a good idea, but if my wife's afraid to stomp on a single bug, there's no way she's going to do well dealing with the Pied Piper of Roachlin

That’s a lot of starlings.

"My branch!" redefined.

Prey item calls experts, salutes predator

So, let me get this straight:

  1. Woman has garden.
  2. Giant cat capable of bounding directly onto rooftops goes into garden.
  3. Woman wants giant cat to "live free in its own habitat."

There's only one cure for a nimrod like this.  Guess what, lady?  Your yard is now this giant cat's habitat!  Got kids?  Grandkids?  Pets?  Guess what, lady? 

Large predators don't give a shit what you think, and even less of one for your cutesy, prey-item view of a world where nothing ever gets hurt worse than can be handled with a band-aid and some Bactine.  THEY THINK it'd be nice to lazily scrape the flesh off your femur with their sandpaper tongues.

This giant cat isn't going to break into a rousing rendition of Hakuna Matata with your kid:  it's going to jump on that little kid and snap her neck like a twig.  Or else, if your granddaughter's lucky, she's going to get to struggle feebly while Kitty Boo clamps down on her windpipe prior to carrying her away to some dark corner to be Kid Julienne.

Sometimes I think "bring on the Apocalypse.  At least it'll clear out the morons."

Taliban getting its ass kicked

Apparently our local strategy is working.  Waziristani nutbags are coming to Afghanistan in order to pick up their 72 virgins or what-have-you.  Check this information from Security Watchtower.  One-sided doesn't begin…

Date Location Taliban casualties Coalition casualties
06-24-06 Panjwayi district of Kandahar province 45 killed 2 coalition soldiers KIA
06-24-06 Village of Mirabad in Uruzgan province 40 killed 0 coalition soldiers
06-24-06 Village of Bayanzi in Kandahar province 25 killed 0 coalition soldiers
06-14-06 Ziruk district of Paktika province 26 killed 1 Afghan police wounded
06-14-06 Helmand Province 12 killed 1 U.S. Soldier KIA
06-11-06 Siachave village in Uruzgan province 15 killed 0 Coalition soldiers
06-11-06 Saidan village in Kandahar province 12 killed 0 Coalition soldiers
06-11-06 Sangin district of Helmand province 10 killed 1 British soldier KIA & 2 wounded
06-11-06 Nowzad village in Helmand province 21 killed 0 British soldiers
06-10-06 Arghandab district of Zabul province 30 killed 0 Coalition soldiers
06-09-06 Tarin Kowt in Helmand province 13 killed 0 Afghan Army
06-07-06 Uruzgan province 13 killed 2 U.S. soldiers wounded
06-07-06 Helmand province 5 killed 0 Coalition soldiers
06-02-06 Chori village in Uruzgan province 20 killed 0 U.S. or Afghan soldiers
06-02-06 Miana Shien in Kandahar province 12 killed 4 Afghan police wounded
05-29-06 Kajaki district 50 killed 0 Coalition soldiers
05-26-06 Qal'a Sak village in Helmand province 5 killed 0 U.S. soldiers
05-24-06 Tarin Kowt in Helmand province 24-60 killed 4 Afghan army soldiers & 1 Afghan police officer KIA
05-22-06 Azizi village in Kandahar province 50-60 killed 0 U.S. soldiers
05-18-06 Musa Qala district of Helmand province 40 killed 13 Afghan police officers KIA
05-18-06 Panjwai district of Kandahar province 18 killed 1 Canadian soldier KIA
05-15-06 Panjwai district of Kandahar province 11 killed 5 Afghan police officers KIA
04-24-06 Miana Shein in Kandahar province 5 killed 1 Afghan soldier KIA
04-18-06 Dukah village in Kandahar province 8 captured 0 Coalition soldiers
04-15-06 Qalat district of Zabul province 14 killed 0 Afghan police officers
04-14-06 Sartak village in Kandahar province 41 killed 6 Afghan police officers KIA
04-05-06 Sangin district of Helmand province 12 captured 0 Coalition soldiers

There's additional information in the post.  It's apparent that we need to gradually continue to strengthen the Afghan troops' capabilities.  They're doing well, but not as well as everybody'd like (unless, of course, you're a Waziristani nutbag).

The greater significance of this, that you're not going to hear on NPR or CNN, is that every single one of these guys who gets wiped out is one less guy who might be helping to make Pakistan proper even less stable than it is, and one less guy to strangle his daughter to death for an honor crime or go on a murder vacation in Kashmir, throwing vitriol in women's faces and generally butchering anybody who isn't just like them.

So next time you hear one of those news programs refer to "ongoing violence in Uruzgan province," that's not quagmire talking, that's our side whipping the crap out of the enemy.

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