A Year Later
Speaking of Elections: Congrats, Karzai!
Saying a redo election would be as fraudulent as the first, former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from the November 7th runoff on Sunday, telling reporters, "I want this to be an example for the future so that no one again tries to use fraud to abuse the rights of the Afghan people." Appointed by the Bush Admin, Afghan president Hamid Karzai was immediately named winner of the disputed election on Monday, despite not getting enough votes in the first, despite over a thousand complaints of ballot stuffing, followed by the resignations of election officials in dispute. Abettors as impotent as the EPA under the Bush Admin, the US embassy responded to Abdullah's withdrawal by saying, "The United States looks forward to working with the next puppet government - err, Afghan administration - and with the Afghan people and our partners in the international community to support Afghanistan's progress towards peace and stability."
CIA = Constantly Illicit Actions
In related news sure to piss you off when you pay your taxes, the New York Times reported that Hamid Karzai's brother has been on the CIA payroll for the past eight years. Congrats on winning another term, Karzai and kin! As continually reported by Upfront (ad nauseum to our editors), Ahmed Wali Karzai is scum - one of the world's biggest opium kingpins, governor of the Kandahar region which grows more drugs than all of my medical marijuana brokers combined - and now, a narc. And you thought Iran-Contra was illicit?
Taylor Mitchell, 19, was found dead in a national park in Nova Scotia last week, killed by coyotes; Mitchell was remembered as a "rising folk singer," which is simply too much comedic material to touch for such a sad story. Our Navy showed an ally our love by firing several rounds (accidentally) from a new M240 machine gun into the small Polish village of Gdynia last week - Oops! So sorry! No one was injured, and Poland confused the incident as a compliment, and part of the new missile defense shield. The Pentagon reported that it spent over $22,000 for each new military recruit in order to meet its targets (the first successful campaign in years, mostly due to violent video games and a crap economy).
One Last Word
Gosselin: Defined by the Upfront dictionary as vile excrement that shouldn't be allowed to reproduce. Another word, plus two: Child Protective Services. Who watches this crap, and who cares other than a media that ignores real issues? Don't you feel used when a celebrity has a "controversy" then returns with a new show or album? "This Is It!" indeed...
Department of Corrections and Clarifications
An Oct. 14 story about the impact of the recession on local not-for profits failed to mention that the High Desert Museum is honoring passes issued by Working Wonders Children's Museum, which closed its doors recently due to a lack of funding.
Additionally, we inadvertently re-ran the same Freewill Astrology column the weeks of Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, due to an editing error. If you're wondering what your horoscope said, just look to the stars.
Like my five year old, The Source regrets all that stuff we did wrong.