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  1. It is like looking into America’s future–
    “And I got this medal for blowing up an
    orphanage full of dirty Mormon polygamists
    and Mexicans- for the children.”

  2. I got nothin’

  3. I like the way that unlike any other article, the name of whoever posts these cartoons is missing. Maybe that’s because they always suck and Welch doesn’t want to razzed for it.

  4. A little too on the nose for me (although I’m often guilty of the same thing.) Something on the lines of “I got this medal for cynically trying to use a disaster for political gain” would have been better.

  5. Sweet, I got my troll filter working! Haha!

    Anyway, re: Burma and China, I wonder if modern totalitarians use disasters like this as cover to do a purge, and claim the dead among those killed by the actual disaster.

    Just a thought…

  6. If by political gain, you mean the genetals names being scribbled on the boxes of aid, how does that differ from the aid packages from the U.S. being stickered with “U.S. AID?”

    These people are dying and the source of relief shouldn’t matter. There will be time later for back-slapping and atta-boys for the folks who don’t get their satisfaction privately from the act of giving.

  7. Taktix? : That would make up an awesome conspiracy theory involving Hurricane Katrina, Communist Red China, and the Rand Corporation. I’m going to go and try it on some Schizophrenics and get back to you.

  8. Taktix, remember: just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

  9. If by political gain, you mean the genetals (sic) names being scribbled on the boxes of aid, how does that differ from the aid packages from the U.S. being stickered with “U.S. AID?”

    Ah, so the US is being wrong for not labeling every item with the actual person or firm that donated it, unless bought with tax dollars so every tax-paying American needs to be listed, etc?

    I was so blind to miss this angle.

  10. leTerrassier,

    Yes, because it’s such a stretch to think dictators kill people and cover it up.

    That never happens…

  11. That would make up an awesome conspiracy theory involving Hurricane Katrina, Communist Red China, and the Rand Corporation. I’m going to go and try it on some Schizophrenics and get back to you.

    I think the “GWB steering hurricanes into Democrat voting districts with Global Warming” was done already.

    The new one I have not seen is that the hurricanes stopped as soon as the Administration was called on their genocide.

  12. brotherben – If you believe that the US only sent aid there to weaken the junta and forward US foreign policy goals, your statement is correct. As cynical as I am about American politics and politicians, I still don’t believe that – if only because anyone moderately realistic would know it would be ineffective.

    Taktix? – how’s this for a conspiracy theory – I was wondering if the Chinese were paying the junta to be such assholes, with the idea that it would take away international scrutiny prior to the Olympics.

  13. If by political gain, you mean the genetals (sic) names being scribbled on the boxes of aid, how does that differ from the aid packages from the U.S. being stickered with “U.S. AID?”

    1. The U.S. did actually provide the packages so labeled.
    2. I bet the labels also identified what was in the packages, so the recipients didn’t have to hunt through cartons of rice looking for water.
    3. I’ll bet there’s a shipping law requiring packages be labeled with country of origin.

    Thought for the day: At least when FEMA screws up relief it’s incompetence, not intentional, criminal malfeasance.

  14. I’m thinkin that maybe God hisself led the junta to do this as a preemptive strike against the U.S. for allowing some states to legalize the abomination of GAY MARRIAGE. What other explanation can there possibly be?

    ???

  15. First the rain

    And then the flood

    Wash your hands

    Of all the blood

    Burma-Shave

  16. Who’ll stop the rain…

  17. You’d think “narco-Stalinists” would be better at distribution.

  18. MikeP,
    Dang! That was inspired.

  19. Does it still take more than a month to get it blamed on Israel, or has that process been streamlined already?

  20. episiarch:

    you can never go wrong following the wisdom of Major Frank Burns

  21. The impact is again undermined by the superfluous caption.
    It’s the equivalent of an LOL.
    Henry, we get it. No need to explain it.

  22. If by political gain, you mean the genetals names being scribbled on the boxes of aid, how does that differ from the aid packages from the U.S. being stickered with “U.S. AID?”

    We may just have to retire RC’z law after that one.

    You’d think “narco-Stalinists” would be better at distribution.

    Nah. They’re strictly into export.

  23. If by political gain, you mean the genetals names being scribbled on the boxes of aid, how does that differ from the aid packages from the U.S. being stickered with “U.S. AID?”

    If we labeled International Red Cross aid packages with US Aid stickers, none. To my knowledge the US governmant doesn’t do that. I’ve read reports that outside aid is being relabeled to indicate that it came from the Burmese government. If true, that’s unconscionable behavior.

  24. JsD,

    I believe that we are both arguing against a “blame America first” notion.

  25. Yes, because it’s such a stretch to think dictators kill people and cover it up.

    As near as I can tell the Burmese generals are not that scrupulous about covering anything up. Most of their killing seem to be in plain sight.

    It helps persuade everyone else.

  26. Not so much that, but that they’re really Bizarro rulers who think misery is good.

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