Suspense, yes…but an awful lot of thoughtful – and realistic – romance, too… Danger in Blackwater Swamp by Saundra Kelley is one of those interesting books that benefits from having an identity crisis. Its principle desire is, I think, to be a standard offering in … Continue reading
After the debacle of last September’s murder of Iraqi civilians, many Americans held out hope that Blackwater, former Navy Seal and right wing evangelical Erik Prince’s guns-for-hire to the Busheviks operation located in the Great Dismal Swamp of eastern North … Continue reading
See Erik Prince. See Erik Prince dodge responsibility for Blackwater actions. See Erik Prince get rich(er) from Blackwater. See State Department toadies get bonuses for helping Blackwater get even more money from taxpayers. See Erik Prince smirk.
So the Inspector General for the State Department Howard Krongard has recused himself from decisions related to the investigation of Blackwater, Erik Prince’s military contracting firm, because his brother is a member of Blackwater’s board of directors. And we know … Continue reading
Blackwater, its troubles behind it (or so they’d have us believe), is expanding its services again. This time they’re going into espionage.
There’s good news and bad news about Blackwater. Which would you like first?
It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone, as the man says…. It hasn’t been nearly so placid in Moyock, NC, home of Blackwater, USA, unregulated killers for hire primary security services contractor for the US State Department. In the … Continue reading
Certain of us on this planet have it tough – how many would love us if we were great white sharks? Black mambas? Box jellyfish? Too, too few, one suspects. So it is with that misunderstood force for security and … Continue reading
There’s a now (rightly) forgotten “war film” from the 1950’s called Kiss Them for Me that stars Cary Grant and Ray Walston as Navy fliers on leave during WWII. It’s a slight piece of film making (mostly designed to appeal … Continue reading
As you know, Blackwater killed a bunch of Iraqi civilians a short time ago. They didn’t apologize – that’s a sign of weakness, as Captain Nathan Brittles tells his young officer corps in John Ford’s classic paean to American arrogance … Continue reading
Blackwater Security (shown here on one of their typical helicopter patrols in Iraq), who was involved in a shootout Sunday that updated reports now say left over 20 Iraqi unarmed civilians dead, has yet to offer an apology for the … Continue reading
Even though they’re being expelled from Iraq, Blackwater, the North Carolina based private dominionist military force security company, is adding a navy to its already burgeoning army and its nascent air force. An invitation only open-house for friends of Erik … Continue reading
The Iraqi “government” (well, that’s what the Bush administration calls it, but then they call themselves a government, too, so there we are) has expelled Blackwater Security from its job to commit legalized mayhem provide security services in Iraq. Citing … Continue reading
Our friends at Blackwater Security are creating their own air force. The company which provides “security solutions” by contract to the United States in Iraq (and is building bases in every coastal state in the US), already has a fleet … Continue reading
George Bush’s private army Blackwater Security Consulting, the firm contracted with providing security services to civilian contractors in Iraq (among other services) is showing its admiration of Dick “Keep what you’re doing secret at any cost” Cheney: The families of … Continue reading
Buzzflash recently did an interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of a new book on our government’s biggest security vendor, Blackwater. Some of you may have come across it. For those of you who didn’t, Scahill offers some sobering facts that … Continue reading
An interesting olio of tales, vignettes, and short stories with poetry used as a gloss…Kelley’s collection offers nods to Faulkner, Capote, O’Connor, and other Southern legends…. Saundra Kelley’s new book The Day the Mirror Cried reflects a couple of facets … Continue reading
Well, as Sir Francis Bacon tells us, reading maketh a full person.. In spite of my avowal to finish my latest book and against the better judgment of my optometrist, yet again I’ve added to the 2014 reading list and the updated 2014 reading list. Some … Continue reading
Cheney released from hospital after heart transplant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who underwent a heart transplant 10 days earlier, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, a spokeswoman said. “As he leaves the hospital, the former … Continue reading
Recently, a left-wing colleague described his vision of where America is headed over the next forty years–breakdown of government, mass starvation, roving bands of marauders, etc. It’s interesting that this is exactly the same vision shared by those on the … Continue reading