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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

BushCo 911-I slicer-dicer


Well, Bushy had his Iraq Infomercial on tuesday... He made a pitch for the 911/Iraq combo slicer and dicer.

At one point during his presentation my neighbor started his old beat up Fairlane and the dog started barking so all I heard was...

The war (Varoom --grrr,,,grr,,,bang) September the 11th, 2001(Grrr,,,Varoom,,, varoom,,,roar )we (roar) - murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent. (Varoom,,,ROAR,,,Woof)aim is to remake the Middle East in (ROAR) grim image of tyranny and oppression -- by toppling governments, (WOOF,,, WOOF) and by exporting terror.


Hmmm,is this our plan? , naw I must have missed some parts ...

Anyhow, since I got distracted,,,

Rude Pundit gives us the gist of the pitch.

When Bush spoke on Tuesday, he was trying, desperately, to get back in the good graces of people like Rude Bro. Unfortunately, what he declared was that the United States (or the "coalition") has transformed Iraq from a relatively stable, if insane and murderous, dictatorship to a battle-scarred, body-part strewn shitstorm of a terrorist magnet, using American soldiers as bait and Iraqis as pawns:"Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: 'This Third World War is raging' in Iraq." It's always nice to allow the terror masterminds to control the rhetoric and define the terms of engagement, no? Later, he said, "We fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand." Or, you know, it's cheaper to drive to Iraq than to deal with American airport security.


hmmm... I'm not buying anymore BushCo products
no thank you
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Friday, June 24, 2005

Bad Bad Dog Karl


A picture is worth a thousand words...



Bad Dog Karl... Bad Dog

But if we need a few words about Rove's recent disrespect for every democrat, liberal, Serviceman and other American then Glenn Smith at BOP has a take on Bad Dog Karl.

Karl Rove's un-American attacks on those who disagree with him deserve the condemnation they're receiving. I've known him for 20 years, and I'm not surprised he said them. He's a socially inept but patient thug whose willingness to haunt the nation's dark political alleys for years, waiting for the right time and the right victims, is too often taken for unparalleled political intelligence.

Being attacked by Rove is a little like being criticized by the Boston Strangler. At least you know you're alive. If we want to understand Rove, maybe we should get an FBI profiler.

Rove's a hack. His strength comes from his immorality. There are no barriers. If power didn't corrupt, Rove would have corrupted it.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Your Religion at Work...


They had to do it. She was possessed by the Devil.

You know, The devil, lucifer, the prince of darkness - that non-existent all around bad guy. That never-present fallen evil angel who got all that bad press from Dante and Milton. He had his hooks in her so they had to act fast...

BBCNews :Crucified nun dies in 'exorcism'

A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said.

Members of the convent in north-east Romania claim Maricica Irina Cornici was possessed and that the crucifixion had been part of an exorcism ritual.

Cornici was found dead on the cross on Wednesday after fellow nuns called an ambulance, according to police.

A priest and four nuns were charged with imprisonment leading to death.

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Local media reports that the young woman had arrived at the remote convent three months before, having initially gone there to visit a friend and opted to stay.

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Father Daniel who is accused of orchestrating the crime is said to be unrepentant.

"God has performed a miracle for her, finally Irina is delivered from evil,"


Yes, "delivered from evil" - she's out of insane Father Daniel's religious torture chamber...dead however...

So which God is it again that lets this shit happen in his name?

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Monday, June 20, 2005

The Other Side Of Space


I was gonna post regarding world's first solar-sail-powered spacecraft, which launches June 21, but The Liberal Avenger beat me to it.

So Instead let's take a look at the other side of space with some excerpts from...

Weapons In Space: Dawn of a New Era
from space.com
...

The White House is now delving into U.S. military space policy and what it sees as the need to reshape current national space policy, a leftover legacy document from the Clinton Administration.

Clinton’s unclassified National Space Policy was issued in September 1996. Among its proclamations: "Consistent with treaty obligations, the United States will develop, operate and maintain space control capabilities to ensure freedom of action in space and, if directed, deny such freedom of action to adversaries. These capabilities may also be enhanced by diplomatic, legal or military measures to preclude an adversary's hostile use of space systems and services."

In a June 10 press briefing, White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, explained that the national space policy has been "undergoing an interagency review" because it hasn’t been updated in several years.

McClellan said that "we’ve seen a lot of dramatic changes, internationally and domestically, that affect our space policy. And that’s why it needs to be updated."

"But we believe in the peaceful exploration of space," McClellan continued. "And there are treaties in place, and we continue to abide by those treaties. But there are issues that relate to our space program that could affect those space programs that we need to make sure are addressed."

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What the White House will spin up and out as new military space policy, nobody knows for sure. But already there’s heated debate.

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Theresa Hitchens, Vice President of the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. is skeptical about what’s in the offing from White House space policy wonks. Contrasted with the Clinton space policy, she feels it’s a question of emphasis.

The Bush policy will embrace a need to bolster U.S. military space, Hitchens predicted. It will provide a stronger incentive for military space operations to "ensure freedom of action in space" and for "space protection," she explained.

"The new policy will be more military-oriented, rather than the heavily civil-oriented predecessor," Hitchens suggested. What’s ahead is a shift of terminology, she added, a "playing with the words."

As example, the term "freedom of action in space" is now a code phrase for "freedom to attack as well as freedom from attack," Hitchens emphasized, drawing the distinction from recently issued U.S. Air Force Counterspace Operations Doctrine.

Read the all of it here...




Sunday, June 19, 2005

Down the memory hole


~
"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk."(orwell 1984)

AP: BAGDAD,Iraq ~(June 17th 2005) - "Us Troops launched a major combat operation Friday..."
What?
Major Combat Operations are over....over for 2 Years now...

President Bush~ May 2003 - Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended.

A correction was needed...

Winston thought for a moment, then pulled the speakwrite towards him and began dictating in Big Brother's familiar style: a style at once military and pedantic...
"(orwell 1984)


AP: BAGDAD,Iraq ~(June 17th 2005~ 2 hours later) - "American Troops bombarded a dusty border town with airstrikes..."

Better, much better.

"As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames." (orwell 1984)

See Robert Brown's A Work in Progress for detail and screen shots of this real life AP Orwellian memory correction.

Thanx to Wider Perspective for the pointer.
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Friday, June 17, 2005

How long is forever?


Joe:~How long are we gonna keep the people who are being held in Guantanamo?

Mr aWiggins:~ until de end of da war...

Joe: ~Got any critiria to "defined when there is the end of conflict."

Mr aWiggins:~ uh... uh..."No, sir,"

Joe: ~"If there is no definition as to when the conflict ends, that means forever, forever, forever these folks get held at Guantanamo Bay,"

Mr aWiggins: ~Yup, yesiree, "It's our position that, legally, they can be held in" per.. perppet, "perpetuity," which means no end which means forever, neat and clean ya see sir. Endless war = Perpetual captivity .

Rude Pundit has a take on the answer

In Perpetuity, Forever and Ever, Amen:
The point yesterday when Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Wiggins told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in answer to a question from Joe Biden, that, regarding inmates at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, "It's our position that, legally, they can be held in perpetuity" was the moment that the zombie corpses of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams should have burst into the chamber and ripped the head off the government stooge who just declared the United States shits on three and a half centuries of legal precedent. Then the three Founders should have divided and eaten Wiggins's depraved brain before heading over to the increasingly misnamed Department of Justice to dine on Alberto Gonzales's intestines. Ahh, sweet vengeance of history - the government that has eaten away the Constitution will now get eaten by those who created it.
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Divine Intervention


It's about time they had an Intervention...

Via the Charlotte Observer...by
A divine intervention on Christianity (Reg. Req.)

[The scene: a large room beyond time and space. Several are gathered around a large table; at the head sits The Great One, who moderates]

Great One: Everyone is present. Before we begin, I wish to welcome Agnosticism and Atheism, who are here as my guests. Their memories will be wiped after this session. [Turns to Ath. and Agn.] If I hear a hint of irreverence, I will not hesitate to remove you instantly. Understood?

Agnosticism and Atheism
[In unison]: Yes, Sir!

Great One: Who wants to start?

Christianity: I do. Since this seems to be about me, I have a few questions, the first being: What can I possibly gain from this, this exercise? I'm me [stares around the table], you're not. What can you tell me about myself that I don't know? What insight [sarcastically] can I gain?

Buddhism: A good question, well phrased. I submit that each of us has two parts -- that part which we know by being privy to our thoughts, and that part which we show the world. I submit also that when this inner part matches the outer, we are in harmony and therefore a more healthy, functioning entity. Is this not true? [Turns to The Great One, who tilts His head and waggles His hand, palm down] Perhaps, you are not in harmony. You seem to have lost your identity, and cannot honestly answer "What makes a Christian a Christian?"

Confucianism: You started out so well as a youngster. So few rules! It was not easy being a Christian -- many found you not to their liking -- but it was easy to become one. A savior. Resurrection. Eternal life. Such beauty, such simplicity! That was all the belief one needed. Now we see such fractiousness! Some of you have issues with the strangest of things: Dancing, Blood transfusions. Baptism -- full immersion or not, you argue and argue. You differ in how you view women, people of color, how old the Earth is, what sin is.

Hinduism: You have turned the hereafter into a gated community, and each faction claims to hold the key. You not only relegate us [waves a hand around the room] to eternal damnation, but also some of your own kind.


Chr. [face reddening]: Not true! All those differences are due to human nature. You can't control them! [Much nodding around the table, even from The Great One]. Besides, it doesn't matter! All my folks are heaven bound, no matter what their petty differences. Right? [Turns to face The Great One, who is staring at a spot on the ceiling, hands folded on the table].

Buddhism: For every one of your moderates that would agree with what you have just said, there are two extremists who would not -- thus the paradox. When you fight among yourselves, you look small. And when you disparage others, you shrink further. Your phrase "gutter religion" for example. [Everyone turns to look at Judaism and Islam, who have remained silent until now].

Great One: How do you feel, Islam, Judaism, when you hear those words?

Islam [Gives Christianity a long, stony stare]: Disappointed.

Judaism. [Shrugs]: I agree.

Great One [Roars with laughter, pounds the table]: Islam and Judaism agree? And they say the age of miracles has passed! Christianity, what do you say to that?

Chr: Just another question: Assuming any of this is true, why should I care about what any of you think? I'm the one here with the Good News, the Truth. [He glances at The Great One, who now idly twiddles a pencil between thumb and forefinger].

Agnostic: Ooo! I can handle this one! You're the one who wants market share here, Christianity. You'd be happiest if the whole world was in your camp. People like me and Atheism here, well we're sometimes searching for answers too, and we'll occasionally take a look-see. Say we're shopping for a car [The Great One stops twiddling the pencil, furrows His brow and stares intently at Agnosticism]. Your car, well it looks kinda weird -- the steering wheel is on the wrong side, and none of the paint matches. It goes down the road weaving from left to right, and even though you've promised me a lifetime warranty, I honestly have to be looking at Judaism here. A vintage car, solid design, with a long history. Reliable. No nonsense.

Judaism [A slight bow of his head]: You overestimate me, but your compliment I accept.

Great One [wearily]: So your point, Agnosticism, is that Christianity can be confusing and off-putting to those seeking spiritual enlightenment, and that may be endangering their future membership and their message. Atheism, do you agree?

Atheism: Damn right! [The Great One locates a red button labeled "Smite" on his armrest and presses it. Atheism vanishes in a flash of light. Agnosticism sits very still].

Chr: Confusing? Tell it to the Shiites and Sunnis. If your criticism is "Doesn't play well with others," don't lay this at my feet. There's plenty to go around. And I told you before: ITS NOT MY FAULT. You were the One who gave them free will. You're the One who's all-knowing, but never-revealing. We get no answers, we get no...

Great One: Strange and mysterious are the ways of the Lord.

(Christianity begins a tart reply, but notices that The Great One's pencil is actually a tiny, bright bolt of lightning, which makes slight sizzling sounds as it's being twiddled between His fingers.)

Great One: Yes, I gave them free will. And I also gave them you, all of you, to help guide them to me. Yes they're a nuisance. They're distractible. They can be thoughtless, even hateful creatures. But [smiles blissfully] they're mine. And [looks around the table, the smile fading] so are you. I'm starting to think there are too many of you, that -- what's the earthly expression? -- that the planet is overserved, yes. This is about you today, Christianity, but it's just the first of many of these "exercises," as you call them.

Be here next week, each of you with, let's say, 10 good reasons written in stone why you should keep your job. You can all let yourselves out.
[Tucks the lightning bolt in his pocket and vanishes in a pillar of fire].

Islam: I hate it when he does that.

Agnosticism: Who are you guys?


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Monday, June 13, 2005

Why January 2003?


Something stuck me as odd when reading the Cabinet Office paper: Conditions for military action
Via Juan Cole

It's in number 14.

14. It is just possible that an ultimatum could be cast in terms which Saddam would reject (because he is unwilling to accept unfettered access) and which would not be regarded as unreasonable by the international community. However, failing that (or an Iraqi attack) we would be most unlikely to achieve a legal base for military action by January 2003

No not the fact that they are talking about fixing the game by asking for something that they believed would never be agreed to. But rather the last line - the last 3 words..."by January 2003"
Why January 2003? At the time this was written, July 21, 2002, there should have been no timetable to meet nor to adhere to.
If, as BushCo claims, they were trying to find a peaceful solution then why a date ?

Why was justification required by a specific month?

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

tomorrow belongs too....You tell me


Welcome to America everyone...check your freedoms at the door.

For Saturday morning we have an on the mark video the "14 defining characteristic of Fascism" via BuZZFlash...

thanx to Thinking Rocks for the pointer...




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