Michael Fumento’s in Afghanistan

And he’s been writing excellent articles,
A Blog on Warblogging

When you make a decision to go to a war zone and leave behind the comforts of home, you do just that. There are true pleasures to being out there with guys defending our country and there are true deprivations. Of course, there are war zones and there are war zones. In Iraq’s International Zone (Green Zone) or in Baghdad hotels or even a major base like Camp Fallujah and Camp Ramadi, you have a real degree of comfort and ease in going about your work. Likewise for Bagram Air Base or Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan. But join the troops at a Forward Operating Base (FOB) and comfort and ease of work plummets. Those are the places I go to and I only have two real concerns when I get there.

First, I want every chance to see combat, and hence be in a dangerous area and go on every patrol. We need reporters who work out of safe areas; I’m just not one of them. That’s why I refused to go to Tikrit in Iraq when the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) tried to send me there. There was virtually no chance of combat and, as it happens, during the time I would have been there was none. Now CPIC is mad at me for not shelling out my own money for airfare and war insurance to spend 12 days where I knew nothing would happen and where nothing did happen.

Second, since while I do write articles when I get back but blog while here I need a degree of internet access. And a degree is all you to get. Connections are almost always mind-numbingly slow. You can wait literally 10 minutes or more just for a website to come up. Some will never come up because they’re too loaded with graphics.

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Michael was my BLog Talk Radio guest last month, and I hope to have him back as a guest after he returns from Afghanistan.


Nancy plays with fire in today’s items

Nancy Pelosi is Playing With Fire

All that Pelosi’s trip can accomplish is to advertise American disunity to a terrorist-sponsoring nation in the Middle East while we are in a war there. That in turn can only embolden the Syrians to exploit the lack of unified resolve in Washington by stepping up their efforts to destabilize Iraq and the Middle East in general.


My Blog Talk Radio guest Michael Fumento writes about Defeating Malaria with both High- and Low-Tech

Tren calls for a holistic approach in fighting the disease. That includes full rehabilitation of the use of the insecticide DDT.

I’ve been posting about why I favor the use of DDT for malaria for years now.


Video: U.S. troops rescue kidnapped Iraqi man

UCLA “Covering Lebanon” Conference: Media Criticism or Israel Bashing?

86 RSC Members Sign Letter to President Bush Pledging to Sustain Veto on Pork-Corrupted War Spending Bill. Cassandra found one instance of Real Democrat Support For The Troops

Transparency takes a hit: With Democrats at the helm of Congress, the Congressional Reseach Service has decided it no longer needs to track the pork in spending bills.


Maria sent me a link saying that Web MD’s symptom checker just got better. I don’t know what its symptoms were, but I tried that site once and ended up with symptoms for defective organs I wasn’t born with.

Jeremayakovka first blogbirthday’s today. He’s been discussing Cuba.

Here’s my old post on Ricardo Arenas, originally posted on Oct. 11, 2004 (you might have to go to October archive and scroll down):

Saturday I wrote about The Motorcycle Diaries and its obsecene lyricism in idolizing a mass murderer. A commenter wrote,

Don’t forget all the Gays he had killed

Carlos Eire‘s book deals with the subject (page 256),

He thinks about that cruel ritual he has witnessed so many times, when the guards strip all the prisoners naked and parade the most handsome in front of the newly arrived inmates to find out who among them is gay. He thinks about how anyone who gets aroused is taken away for a special mandatory “rehabilitation” program that includes the application of electrical currents to the genitals.

Reinaldo Arenas was one among many gay men who were sent to Cuban concentration camps. Arenas’s work portrays Cuba as one big prison, “where sodomite hedonism is a clear protest against the cruel Castro regime”. A Gay News review of Arenas’s autobiography, Before Night Falls explains,

Gay men have indeed been persecuted in Cuba, but luckily things are a bit better these days. Authors add excusingly that Fidel Castro has done a lot of good for the Cubans as far as education and health-care are concerned. An important question is where the homophobia of Castro`s regime comes from. With nuances all authors point at traditional Latin-American machismo, though they also have to admit that socialism didn`t do much for the breaking down of male megalomania and hatred against gays.

The cowardice and half-heartedness of left wing, sometimes even homosexual Cuba adepts we`d better forget. Meanwhile it’s beyond a doubt gays have been imprisoned en masse in the so called UMAP camps: the military units supporting the production. Jan Lumsden cautiously objects these camps weren`t for gays in the first place, but has to admit gays were its main population. All boys and men unfit for military service, arrested for homosexuality or considered unsocial in any other way, ended up in the UMAP camps where they carried on forced labour in for instance the sugar cane crop. The camps were in existence from 1965 till 1970. Since then queers who were dangerous to the state landed in jail again or in a regular work camp. The mass escape of maricones” during the Mariel exodus to the paradise of capitalism and decadence, North America, in 1980 was not accidental

For Arenas’s prison experiences in his own words, go to Amazon click on the book icon with “Search Inside”, and do a “Search inside this book” for keyword “prison”.

Arenas, as many hundreds of other gay men and lesbians, suffered from Che’s and Castro’s revolution. Arenas’s work, angry and hard-hitting, will endure, and he will be remembered. The names of those who died in the concentration camps are written on sand, washed by the tides.

Meanwhile, in Spain, it is business as usual when it comes to Cuba


Michael Fumento tomorrow on Blog Talk Radio

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Michael Fumento will be my Blog Talk Radio guest tomorrow at noon.

Here’s Michael’s latest post,

“Thousands march to Pentagon to protest Iraq war” was the typical headline about the rally in Washington on St. Patrick’s day. Well, I got there just after the march ended and I’d put it at hardly more than a thousand. Indeed, I was able to photograph the whole crowd – without benefit of a wide angle lens. There were even numerous buses indicating they had imported New Yorkers for the celebration. True, it was unseasonably cold for D.C. but isn’t that part of the point? Just how committed to a cause are you if a nip in the air is enough to keep your tushy by the fireplace? As to the participants, they were exactly what you’d expect: aging hippies, representatives of all sorts of Communist organizations, 9/11 conspiracy theorists, illegal immigration supporters, Islamist extremists, and sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Boy, were they suffering! But don’t take my word for it. Check out my photoset and see for yourself that four years into the war there’s still no such thing as a true Iraq protest movement.

Go take a look.