Friday, May 28, 2004

al Cicada?

Aces Full of Links explains Bush's recent encounter with an IMD.
Emboldened by the emergence of “brood x” or perhaps in some sort of berserker-frenzy at the smell of blood from the president’s recent face plant. Whatever the reason for this little insect’s moment of supreme cheek, it took flight, menacing the president’s airspace.

Insect of Mass Destruction Posted by Hello

Bush immediately declared it a “terrist,” causing hurt feelings. It turns out the cicada was a Reagan-voter 17 years ago. Nonetheless, Bush called for a no fly zone to be established. Aides nearby did not bother to explain the difference between a fly and a cicada because...well, what’s the point, really?

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Free Iraq

Win Without War wants a "date certain" for ending the US military occupation of Iraq. Nationwide protests of the Bush Iraq policy are planned for June 26th and 27th.
There is no military solution in Iraq. Win Without War, therefore, is calling upon our government to commit to ending the military and economic occupation of Iraq and to withdrawing our troops by a date certain.

"U.S. actions in Iraq are squandering precious lives, national treasure and international support," said former Congressman Tom Andrews (D-ME), National Director of Win Without War. "The prisoner abuse scandal has shamed America and increased the danger to U.S. troops. The occupation is shattering hopes for genuine Iraqi freedom and undermining U.S. and international security."

SF Shout Out 3/03 Posted by Hello

The group announced a weekend of nationwide protests of the Bush Iraq policy on June 26 and 27, just days before the U.S. says it will hand sovereignty of Iraq to a UN chosen administration. The weekend action will be organized with Win Without War members and the Internet based organization True Majority as well as the coalition United for Peace and Justice.

Get your peace on!

Fuel for Conspiracists' Fire

Salon's got the scoop:
Filmmaker Michael Moore filmed an interview with American Nicholas Berg in the course of producing his documentary film "Fahrenheit 9/11" before Berg left for Iraq, where he was taken hostage and killed, Moore confirmed to Salon in a statement Thursday. The 20 minutes of footage does not appear in the final version of "Fahrenheit 911," according to the statement.

Word of the footage reached Salon through a source unaffiliated with Moore or his film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which is reported to feature stark images of U.S. civilians and soldiers grappling with conditions in war-torn Iraq, as well as examining the relationship between President George W. Bush and the bin Laden family. It received the Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's highest honor, on Saturday.

In a statement released to Salon, Moore said, "We have an interview with Nick Berg. It was approximately 20 minutes long. We are not releasing it to the media. It is not in the film. We are dealing privately with the family." Moore's camp declined to comment further on any aspect of the interview. Because the footage is not in the film, a spokeswoman for Miramax Films, the production company behind "Fahrenheit 9/11," said the company had no comment.

And I thought the 'patio chairs' were a strange coincidence...

Patio furniture redux Posted by Hello

Update 5/28/04
Michael Moore to release Berg interview to family for review and approval of wider dissemination.


Salon's James C. Moore is serving up Judith Miller's head on a platter today.

Her pants are on fire Posted by Hello
When the full history of the Iraq war is written, one of its most scandalous chapters will be about how American journalists, in particular those at the New York Times, so easily allowed themselves to be manipulated by both dubious sources and untrustworthy White House officials into running stories that misled the nation about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. The Times finally acknowledged its grave errors in an extraordinary and lengthy editors note published Wednesday.

See the Mea Culpa a few entries down.
If the double-agent spy business had a trophy to hold up and show neophyte spooks what happens when their craft is perfectly executed, it would be a story by Judith Miller and Michael Gordon that appeared on the front page of the New York Times on a Sunday morning in September 2002. The front-page frightener was titled "Threats and Responses: The Iraqis; US Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts." Miller and Gordon wrote that an intercepted shipment of aluminum tubes, to be used as centrifuges, was evidence Hussein was building a uranium gas separator to develop nuclear material. The story quoted national security advisor Condoleezza Rice invoking the image of "mushroom clouds over America. .... No single story did more to advance the political cause of the neoconservatives driving the Bush administration to invade Iraq."

The bitch lied and thousands have died. I hope she and Chalabi rot in prison together. I hear Abu Ghraib has openings.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Someone, Somewhere, Sometime

with Something is going to attack the US. Know how many of Ashcroft's seven most wanted are Iraqi?

Asscroft's Most Wanted Posted by Hello

That's right, not a single one! Nada. Zilch. Zippo. You know what that means, don'tcha? Yep. Time to invade Mexico.

Gore a bore no more

How dare the incompetent and willful members of this Bush/Cheney Administration humiliate our nation and our people in the eyes of the world and in the conscience of our own people. How dare they subject us to such dishonor and disgrace. How dare they drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud of Saddam Hussein's torture prison.

A Shout Out Posted by Hello

Go Al!

Girls Gone Wild

"Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is
sometimes until we get an objective analysis." George W. Bush

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Posted by Hello

Yep, they're the Preznit's daughters, all right. *hiccup*

Mea Culpa runneth over

But we have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged — or failed to emerge.

DailyKos sez it best:
They wish they had been more aggressive. So probably did 913 allied troops and thousand of Iraqis killed in the war. Not to mention the thousands more wounded in the war.

I spoke at a media conference a few months ago, where scandalized Big Media execs and journalism professors expressed outrage that people would read the blogs. "How --" they asked, "Can readers trust what they read in the blogs?" Didn't the public know they needed media execs to filter out the news from the chaffe?

I launched into one of my tirades --

"How can you claim to be the rightful gatekeepers of news when you have failed the American public so fully? You feed them Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart, and every single WMD lie the administration has fed you, with nary an attempt to learn the truth. And we are supposed to trust you? You've had your chance. You failed."


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

That hearts and minds thingy

Bush is a scorpion. He is a liar. He is sneaky, making all kinds of promises when he just wants to control Iraq"
--Policeman Ayman Haidar

Hideyho, friends till the end! Posted by Hello

Bush World: where down is up

Sanchez is being replaced, but not, not, NOT because he was in any way responsible for the prisoner abuses.
“Rick Sanchez has done a fabulous job,” Bush said. “He has been there for a long time. His service has been exemplary.”

Sanchez has been in Iraq for 14 months. A really, really long time. He needs reassignment. Yeah, reassignment!, that's the ticket.

I'll bet there are a lot of soldiers who'd appreciate a little stateside reassignment, too.

Everybody sing...I love a charade!

What he said

"Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these [Abu Ghraib] photographs did."
--Hunter S. Thompson

Bush Speak

John King breaks it down for Aaron Brown...
"Yes, everything he said tonight was already known but the White House believes the American people have lost track of it because of the violence and because of the prisoner abuse scandal."

Arron then asked: "Can a speech like this without a dramatic headline survive a news cycle?"
"Maybe it can survive a news cycle, although in this sped-up period with cable news and the Web, maybe not. But I think the point you're making is absolutely right. You know there is this notion that political spin doctors and pollsters and media experts and the Karl Roves of this world can somehow create magic.

"I think in this particular story -- war and peace -- you can't do it. What the president says, even with the bully pulpit, is way, way less important than what we're going to be seeing and if, over the next few months, what the president tells us is going to happen, happens. That's when you're going to see a turnaround in public opinion."

Reversal of Fortune, starring George W. Bush.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Conscript this!

Two bills -- S89 and HR163 -- are being quietly pushed through congress with nary a wha'?! being asked by the media. Reinstating the draft doesn't appear to matter to them, but it sure as fuck matters to me and millions of other parents.

Please, write letters to your congressperson and voice your concerns, demand a no vote from them. Yell, kick, scream if you have to, just be heard. Your child's life depends on the actions you take.


Yo Bad Boy for life

Busta move, ya'll.

41. Do I hear 40? 39?

Not only does he fall down and go boom, so do his numbers.

Music to YT's ears!

It's not personal

Matsui going to the matresses.

Yeah, we have the Guvna Gropenator for dissing, but not much else happens in my Capitol cowtown; not since Total Recall have the Suckatomato political waters waved. YT gets the warm fuzzies when a local politico unleashes on the Asses of Evil on Cap Hill. Reward good deeds. Send Matsui some Turkee.

Friday, May 21, 2004

A Study in Contrasts

Mark Morford looks into the abyss...
When last we left our sneering caped crusaders, Rummy had testified under oath that he didn't really know who ordered what at Abu "Tortures 'R' Us" Ghraib prison, and George "Wha Happun?" Bush was mumbling into his hand puppet about how he was utterly shocked and appalled and was blaming the whole thing on "a coupla bad apples" and gul-dangit, he warn't gunna stan' fer it.

The Art of Extraction

How high up the chain of command does the problem go? Give me unfettered access to Rumsfeld, Feith, Wolfowitz and Cambone, a 60-amp DieHard and jumper cables, and we'll have the answer in 15-20 minutes.

-- Robert Lewis


United States of Canada

I think Lean Left is on to something.
Thanks for the heads-up!


Stalking's against the law, isn't it?
In what has to be a first in Illinois politics, Republican Jack Ryan has assigned one of his campaign workers to record every movement and every word of the state senator while he is in public.

"It's standard procedure to record public speeches and things like that," Obama told reporters as the bald, 20-something operative filmed away. "But to have someone who's literally following you a foot and a half away, everywhere you go, going into the restrooms, standing outside my office, sitting outside of my office asking my secretary where I am, seems to be getting a little carried away."

True. And a lot carried away would be forcing a guy with a bag over his head to strip and masterbate while 7-10 shutterbugs, er, soldiers flashed away.

From Bush to...

Wonkette's got Washingtonienne's backside covered.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

How's it taste? Crow, that is...

Alterman on Hawks Eating Crow

David Brooks now admits that he was gripped with a "childish fantasy" about Iraq. Tucker Carlson is "ashamed" and "enraged" at himself. Tom Friedman, admitting to being "a little slow," is finally off the reservation. Die-hard Republican publicist William Kristol admits of Bush, "He did drive us into a ditch." The neocon fantasist and sometime Republican speechwriter Mark Helprin complains on the Wall Street Journal editorial page--the movement's Pravda--of "the inescapable fact that the war has been run incompetently, with an apparently deliberate contempt for history, strategy, and thought, and with too little regard for the American soldier, whose mounting casualties seem to have no effect on the boastfulness of the civilian leadership."

20/20 hindsight's great; woulda been fucking brilliant if they'd had 20/20 foresight, like YT.

I can't wait to see it

Frank Rich on Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," the degree at which Freedom burns.

Pelosi pounces

Take the Poll. Nancy, you go girl!

Forever Young...

My guy's musical hero is mentioned in The NYT today:

"It's hard not to think about one's age and how it relates to rock music. I just turned 47, and with each passing year it becomes harder not to wonder whether I should be listening to something that is still thought of as more age appropriate — jazz, folk, classical, opera, funeral marches, the usual suspects. You've heard the arguments a million times: most rock music is made by the young, for the young, about being young, and if you're not young and you still listen to it, then you should be ashamed of yourself. And finally I've worked out my response to all that: I mostly agree with the description, even though it's crude, and makes no effort to address the recent, mainly excellent work of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Mr. Springsteen et al. The conclusion, however, makes no sense to me any more."

Me neither.

Thursday, May 20, 2004


Strip club owners are putting a little bada-bing in the presidential campaign by asking patrons to turn their eyes away from the stage for a moment to fill out a voter registration form -- and then vote against President Bush.

Fearful that conservatives might turn off the colored lights for good, a trade organization for adult night clubs is asking owners to register customers and employees and then encourage them to cast their ballots against the president. Micheal Ocello, president of the Association of Club Executives, said the group believes the president's brand of conservatism is bad for business.

No Bush jokes, please.