Saturday, July 03, 2004

Big Surprise... 

Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue
The Army's internal study of the war in Iraq criticizes some efforts by its own psychological operations units, but one spur-of-the-moment effort last year produced the most memorable image of the invasion.

As the Iraqi regime was collapsing on April 9, 2003, Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad, site of an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein. It was a Marine colonel — not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images — who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said.
After the colonel — who was not named in the report — selected the statue as a "target of opportunity," the psychological team used loudspeakers to encourage Iraqi civilians to assist, according to an account by a unit member.
Ultimately, a Marine recovery vehicle toppled the statue with a chain, but the effort appeared to be Iraqi-inspired because the psychological team had managed to pack the vehicle with cheering Iraqi children.
WMDs = lie
Statue being pulled down = lie
Jessica Lynch story = lie

I'm having a tough time coming up with a truthful story.

If you want to read the entire story, feel free to use registrationsuxxx as the login and regsux as the password. I've declared war on newspaper site registration.


Wednesday, June 30, 2004


I have no doubt that Kerry is going to win in November. I'm going to jump ahead and name my dream cabinet.

Vice President: Wesley Clark
State: George Mitchell
Attorney General: John Edwards
Defense: Max Cleland
Homeland Security: Gary Hart
Health and Human Services: Howard Dean
Treasury: Paul Krugman
National Security Advisor (I know it's not an official cabinet position): Richard Clarke
Commerce: Warren Buffet
Interior: Bob Graham
Labor: Dick Gephardt
Energy: John Breaux
Chief of Staff: Will be someone from the campaign staff
Trade Rep:
OMB Director:
Drug Czar: Anyone willing to support pot legalization
ambassador to the UN: Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter

It's looking like a white man's club. Help me out. Fill in some blanks or make alternate suggestions. Remember that you can't raid Congress too much. We need those Dems to regain the House and Senate.


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

All Quiet on the Craptastic Front... 

I haven't written much lately because there doesn't seem to be much to talk about. Everything is going great in Iraq. The economy is booming. Healthcare isn't a concern for most Americans. The Supreme Court hasn't made any significant rulings. Bush is doing a fantastic job.

Okay, I lied. None of those things are true. I just can't think of anything significant to say that hasn't already been said. You can only scream so long before your throat needs a break.

I'll be back in full force by the end of the week.


Sunday, June 27, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 

I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 yesterday. I encourage everyone to do the same. This writer sums up my feelings on the film.

Fahrenheit 9/11: Why the Far Right is Trying to Keep Americans From Seeing It and the Lies, Frauds and Deceptions They're Using
The issue then becomes, is the movie accurate? Do the Saudis own 7% of this country? Does the President’s family have deep ties to the Bin Laden family? Did the President arrange for the Bin Laden family to be flown out of this country on 09/13, while there was a ban on flights, and then lie about it for two years? Have they made the billions of dollars from the Saudis that Moore asserts? Did the Taliban meet with GW Bush in the late 90s to discuss a pipeline through Afghanistan? Did GW Bush sit in that classroom reading My Pet Goat while we were under attack? Did he use macho tag lines, while soldiers were dying, such as bring em on and we’re gonna smoke em out? Did the White House really turn over the President’s military records with the name of James Bath crossed out with marker? Did the Patriot Act get passed without being read? Did that mother lose her son in Iraq? Did those children die, and are they still dying in Iraq? Did Halliburton make billions upon billions of dollars in no-bid contracts from this war? Did Dick Cheney used to run Halliburton? Is that profiting, from a war, which some are calling war profiteering? Was the man GW Bush named to run Afghanistan, Hamid Karzi, a consultant for Unocal, the same company that wanted that infamous pipeline? Is there more than one Senator who has a kid in Iraq right now? Did Bush spend 42% of his first year on vacation? Did he not read the intelligence briefings, which may have tipped him off to 9-11? Were the soldiers lied to about how long they would be in Iraq? Is the predatory nature of recruitment for the armed services aimed at minorities and the poor? These are just some of the facts asserted in this movie and I challenge anyone to actually prove any of these wrong. I understand that the right desperately wants to prevent the American people to connect the dots, but that does not take away from the credibility of the film. They can parse words and confuse the issues but at the end of the day, these are facts and they are not disputable.
Dispute those facts before you criticize the film. If you can't your opinion won't matter much to me.