Posted on 05-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

In homage to the politics silly season where a major party candidate for Senate felt it necessary to run the advertisement below disclaiming membership in a coven:

Here is the Monty Python classic on how to identify a witch:

On a serious note O’Donnell’s advertisement is not bad.  I agree with Ambinder that it will likely generate sympathy among her base.  She comes off looking reasonable as well.  Whether it signals a turnaround remains to be seen.

Subscribe to Rashtrakut by Email

Follow Rashtrakut on Twitter

Share
(0) Comments    Read More   
Posted on 05-10-2010
Filed Under (Technology) by Rashtrakut

They get sued for patent infringement.  See article for the gory details.  Picture below from the article.

Subscribe to Rashtrakut by Email

Follow Rashtrakut on Twitter

Share
(0) Comments    Read More   
Posted on 05-10-2010
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf became the first Pakistani official to openly admit what everybody else already knew.  Pakistan used terrorism as a tool of foreign policy to wrest Kashmir from India (complete interview in German here).  He also openly admitted culpability for the Kargil War, which at the time he tried to pass off as an attack of “freedom fighters.”  Musharraf’s comments come as rumors of a coup in Pakistan are rising and he is planning to return home to wade into politics.

With Pakistan trying again to rake up Kashmir in international forums in its tediously predictable manner, the question is what exactly India needs to negotiate with Pakistan about.  Indian possession the Kashmir valley and the partition of the old princely state of Kashmir is a fait accompli.  While Kashmir has boiled over this summer and India has made more than its share of mistakes in the state (bungling made worse by the state’s demographics), Kashmiris enjoy constitutional protections that preserve their language, culture and property along with full rights as Indian citizens.  Kashmiris do not face the prospect of being swamped in their homeland like the Tibetans.  This is in stark contrast to the legal limbo or outright colonial rule faced by their brethren on the Pakistani side of the line of control.

Ultimately the geopolitical reality is that India cannot let Kashmir go without triggering similar vociferous demands elsewhere.  More than 60 years after partition it will not hand Kashmir over to the failing state on its western border.  The only parties to the negotiations should be the Indian government and the representatives of the Kashmiri people to address their legitimate grievances so that the military presence that infuriates Kashmiris can be drawn down and human rights issues resolved.  The sooner Pakistan comes to grip with this reality it can focus on the disaster within its borders that has been exacerbated by allowing its terrorist proxies free rein.

Subscribe to Rashtrakut by Email

Follow Rashtrakut on Twitter

Share
(0) Comments    Read More   
Posted on 05-10-2010
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

When I heard about Christine O’Donnell being privy to a classified information about a Chinese strategic plan to take over the United States, I could not help but recall the South Park clip below about a descent into conspiracy theory paranoia.

As Fallows notes in the link above, it is not crazy to be worried about the threats posed to the United States by the rise of China.  It is the part about being privy to the classified information that she is unable to disclose that is is batshit crazy, particularly in a person whose career arc would not have put her anywhere near such information.

UPDATE:  The source of the secret plan appears to be non-profit missionary groups working in China.

Subscribe to Rashtrakut by Email

Follow Rashtrakut on Twitter

Share
(1) Comment    Read More