Bug Girl’s Pubic Lice

Having spent a day contemplating the creepiness that is Sarah Palin’s hypertrophied self-esteem, I needed something to cleanse my mental palate, so to speak. Fortunately, the newly discovered Bug Girl’s Blog had just the thing: I have pubic lice in my mailbox.

As much as that sounds like a euphemism, it isn’t.

3 Responses to “Bug Girl’s Pubic Lice”

  1. knarlyknight Says:

    Ok, Bug Girl has some good posts. I’d forgoten those mosquito zappers were worse than useless because they only kill about 0.02% mosquitoes & biting flies and the rest of the dead are actually beneficial insects to the ecosystems. Throw out your zapper if you got one.

    In the spirit of anything but the lies and creepiness of Silly Sarah, here is an excellent analysis of Afghanistan: w3 . cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

    From: “Michael Watkins”

    > From: Ron Thornton
    > Prior to the fall of 2001, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. Let
    > us just say that life was severely restricted and sports fans,
    > entertainers, and women did not do well under their control.
    > This has changed under the present regime.

    1. Lets be clear – the Taliban are not foreign fighters; they are
    a group of nationalists from the Pushtun tribe, a tribe which
    makes up almost one half of all Afghans. Thanks to the decisions
    of foreign powers, a great many Pushtun live on either side of
    the Afghan / Pakistan border… family divided by a line they do
    not respect as they’ve lived there many generations longer than
    the invisible line.

    2. The “Taliban” were originally nationalists bent on taking back
    their country from the remnants left after the Soviets departed.
    Afghanistan at the time was essentially in anarchy, with ruling
    communists left in power as their Red masters left. Women were in
    far worse situations under these dogs than under the Taliban.

    3. The Taliban took over, imposed their brand of Islamic law,
    shut down the opium trade, stopped the institutional rape of
    women. Yes, their version of society doesn’t resemble what you or
    I might like to see.

    But neither does what most Afghan women live under today. The
    plight of women in the country is not the panacea that we might
    like to pretend from our comfy homes. Burkas have not
    disappeared; the old ways die hard. In many areas of the country
    abuse of women is actually up over when the Taliban were in
    control, as hard as that is to swallow. We must be careful what
    we wish for… the transitions can be very uncomfortable indeed.

    > In all probability, those gains would be reversed if the forces
    > supporting that government withdraws and the government falls.

    Some things would revert. The Taliban would most certainly seek
    to reclaim control over the country.

    But some of them already are in the official government – former
    warlords and Talib are in Karzai’s government and courts.
    Remember, these are the people of the region. Virtually one in
    two are from their tribe. Not all share the same governance
    objective but many share great gobs of cultural and religious
    doctorine.

    > Should this government fall, what would be the consequences to
    > them and to us?

    1. To them? They’d get their country back, the foreign occupiers
    would be gone. The people of Afghanistan would be left to work
    things out on their own.

    2. To us? The most immediate impacts:

    a) opium trade would dry up again, removing a large stream of
    revenue from militants. The Taliban would have their own
    self-interest in seeing this happen as it would remove renegade
    war lords from the picture in challenging them.

    b) our military spending would fall, our casualties drop to
    non-war norms.

    >If the void is _*not filled*_ by those who hate our customs and
    >norms (including those freedoms we hold dear),

    The Afghans and Taliban ar one in the same from a cultural and
    religious perspective. Sure.. no doubt there are many who want to
    see more western-style freedom. I’d like to see less of Stephen
    Harper myself. People will do whatever they can within the bounds
    of their system to effect change.

    It is not our role to impose our way of life on others. For one,
    it doesn’t work. The indigenous people of the area have to
    largely do that on their own.

    > who have no problems with fostering and supporting within their
    > own borders those who would again make attacks on our shores,

    Fact: The Taliban were not behind 9/11. That Bin Laden was is an
    issue; certainly the Taliban ought to have turned him over. They
    had made certain overtures to do so, under conditions and to an
    international court. Bush didn’t want that; would get in his way
    to ship troops there and to Iraq if bin Laden was sitting in the
    Hauge.

    Yes, the Taliban allowed bin Laden safe harbour, and while that
    seems wrong to us, it was something of a rational decision from
    their perspective as a political force in their country. Bin
    Laden had something of a cult hero status due to his efforts
    during the Soviet invasion (and other bin Laden activities no
    doubt); shipping him off to the Americans would have caused the
    Taliban serious political problems and potentially lost them
    control of the country.

    They miscalculated, probably assuming that Bush’s main goal was
    the capture and trial of bin Laden which in their eyes meant
    pushing for an international court destination for bin Laden
    would eventually work. Like Saddam Hussein, they blew it, because
    they could not fathom how much Bush wanted to push for a large
    regional conflict.

    The Taliban are not equal to al Qaeda… and al Qaeda is a
    relatively small handful of people, nothing like the never ending
    foe which Bush et al propagandize. Bin Laden himself has not
    published an original new video in over four years; he is likely
    dead or severly disfigured or otherwise handicapped.

    > who won’t enforce a way of life most of us would find totally
    > repugnant,

    The U.S. had no problem dealing with the “repugnant” Taliban
    leadership. The Taliban were in negotations with both Clinton and Bush
    administrations to build oil pipelines; negotiations stopped failed in
    2001 prior to 9/11. The U.S. had paid millions of dollars to the
    Taliban over many years to a) fund their fight against communist
    remnants and b) grease the wheels for pipeline deals… anything
    to keep Iran out of the regional energy sphere of influence.

    > then let us bring these
    > Canadian boys and girls home today.

    Great idea. We are fighting a war which can not possibly be won.
    Imagine fighting a war where 1/2 of the country is a potential
    combatant on one side (and other tribes have their own issues
    with the foreign occupiers too). They have the advantage of
    numbers of people and converts to their cause – every new family
    we devastate with “collateral damage” becomes a potential new
    source of supply of fighters… for generations.

    The only way through to a “victory” will be through political
    means.

    Eventually the Taliban will sense the tide is turning their way
    and they’ll do things like deliver aid to local peoples to ensure
    they are on their side, not “ours”. In other areas of the world
    the occupying force (that would be us) would be faced with a
    choice: attack those accepting aid from the Taliban to serve as a
    deterrent. Will we do that? I should hope not.

    No, it seems very likely that the Taliban will set up benevolent
    organizations and work on the same strategy we are – winning
    hearts and minds – rather than using fear and terror and
    reprisal. They merely need to detect the tipping point. It
    sometimes seems from reports that in some areas they are reaching
    that point.

    Remember, Peter “I am not the merger candidate” MacKay says we
    don’t negotiate with terrorists. With people like MacKay in
    charge (?) I’ve no doubt we’ll go far too far without recognizing
    the game has been changed under our feet.

    Despise them all we want, the Taliban can’t rightly be called
    terrorists. Militant nationalists yes, and yes they use terrorist
    techniques, but to dismiss them as mere terrorists is to
    critically overlook their actual claim to the area.

    > If the void is to be filled by those who do very
    > much want to do us harm, then please explain your thoughts on what should
    > be our exit strategy and what we might expect to be the consequences of
    > our retreat.

    The consequences will largely be political at home, as the
    Canadian people wake up to the realization that we should have
    exited when it was clear the police action we first were involved
    in – locating and capturing bin Laden – was never going to be
    completed.

    Thus we’ve spent billions, years of distraction, and real lives -
    not just our almost 100 but the thousands of Afghans killed at
    our hands and those of our “allies” — for no, real, lasting,
    gain.

    The Afghan’s will carry on. Pakistan will need to do something
    about its border relations – they’ve been instigators for years
    in problems at the border, because they too have lots of Pushtun
    in their population too, in that area. These are issues a foreign
    invasion force can not hope to deal with.

    Perhaps a peacekeeping and negotiating force might.

    Propaganda and our own inability to walk a mile in the shoes of
    others has conspired to keep most of us woefully underinformed of
    the realities in Afghanistan. We can’t thrust our own way of life
    onto all peoples of the world and hope to actually understand how
    things work elsewhere, and how best to move forward. Oftentimes
    we’ll have to let the locals work it out on their own.

    Afghanistan is not and never has been a strategic threat to us or
    the United States. A very small group of people in a couple of
    camps in the country were a threat. They appear to be gone. Our
    beef truly is not with Afghanistan.

    The very best thing we could do there is push hard for a
    political solution, allow all sides to come out from behind their
    bunkers and sort out how to run the country *their* way, while
    also guaranteeing that we’ll find some way of doing trade with
    them.

    And trade is a real problem. We can’t leave these troubled areas
    of the world without a legitimate way of earning an income, yet
    through our trade arrangements we do exactly that and then
    complain when in the lawlessness of their land they turn to
    profitable opium.

    Maybe it means ticking off all the potato farmers in Canada and
    the U.S… and buying Afghan potatoes and other produce at very
    fair rates so they can rebuild their nation on their own terms.

    We could pay off our own farmers to produce something else for
    far less than we spend on the military.

    Actually the very best thing we could do is stop accepting the
    simplistic political narrative being pushed out at us. Look at
    Sara Palin in the U.S. – she clearly knows very little about
    foreign affairs and is being briefed in a hurry using nothing but
    Republican talking points.

    I’m sure we’ve all had the experience where we’ve gone too far
    out on a ledge, spouting some doctrine, and feeling uncomfortable
    because we don’t know the actual facts on the ground. I find it
    remarkable in this day and age that with all our media prowess we
    can have a public which is so ill-informed on so many subjects of
    great importance to us and the world.

    We don’t really deserve the democracy we have, for we turn the
    keys over to politicians that willingly co-opt the truth simply because
    they know they can get away with it.

    We, the pubilc, need to step up to the plate and take this stuff
    much more seriously or we’ll end up worse off than the Pushtun
    under the Taliban. We might have fancy cars and such but we won’t
    have freedom or real democracy.

  2. knarlyknight Says:

    whooops, didn’t mean to post the whole thing…

  3. Steve Says:

    Except Bug Girl lied! She didn’t have lice in her mailbox because there were no lice!!!!!11one

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