Notes From The Overground

Progressive-minded weblog devoted heavily to politics and media with some music and popular culture sprinkled throughout working on the assumption that anything that comes out of Washington or the mass media is bogus propaganda unless proven otherwise.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003
 
Extreme Ignorance

This is by far the most ridiculous thing I have seen from the pro-war folks. A group of pro-war bloggers created an open letter to the Iraqis stating that the anti-war protesters are unmoved by and ultimately against their liberation. This is a rather bold perversion of truth from ideologues who condemn the left for overly simplistic propaganda. These are the same people who sneer at the left for their Bush=Hitler signs, who often point out the misguided "peaceniks" who call U.S. soldiers baby-killers, and equate the protesters with pro-fascist apologists. (Forget the fact that, under scrutiny, in terms of raw ideology and manichean black/white thinking Dubya and his apologists are far more fascistic in mindset -- people who cannot see shades of gray and viciously trounce anyone who tries to point them out). It is a terribly sad sign of the times when anyone who dares question the status quo is so brutishly mischaracterized and it is happening all over the country.



 
A Different Kind of Invasion

The next wave of the invasion of Baghdad. Making Iraq safe for the corporate media...

Now, a Media Blitz of Baghdad
By Verne Gay
STAFF WRITER

April 10, 2003

A caravan of network television reporters and producers left the Jordanian border for Baghdad yesterday. Dan Rather, who has been anchoring "The CBS Evening News" from Kuwait since Monday, was expected to enter the Iraqi capital this morning, and network officials said he would anchor from Baghdad tonight. (ABC's Ted Koppel, embedded with the Third Infantry, has been in Baghdad since Monday; CBS's Lara Logan re-entered the city early this week.) Both NBC's Tom Brokaw and ABC's Peter Jennings have remained in New York.

CNN yesterday planned to send 25 to 30 reporters and producers into Baghdad, including Nic Robertson and Rym Brahimi, both of whom were expelled two weeks ago. Two other highly visible CNN reporters of recent days - Jason Belini and Jane Arraf, the network's Baghdad bureau chief who had been reporting from northern Iraq - also are expected to begin reporting from Baghdad today. Fox News had no immediate plans to send more reporters in; Greg Kelly, embedded with the Third Infantry, has been there since Monday. More...

The shitstorm of propaganda is set to pick up steam...



 
Liberation, Not Occupation?

The truth is apparent to all who have eyes to see. A picture sometimes is worth a thousand words...

Is this a faux pas committed by an overzealous marine? Or a well choreographed message to the rest of the world? It should be noted that the marines (supposedly realizing the inflammatory nature of the gesture) later took the American flag down and replaced it with an Iraqi flag. But the whole world saw it; the image remains, burnt into the collective retina of the globe. So much for global cooperation and interdependence. If it looks like an empire and acts like an empire...



Wednesday, April 09, 2003
 
"Hey, While We're Here..."

Next!

Rummy, setting the stage for "desert-hopping," accuses Syria of aiding Hussein.



 
There's Truth Behind Every Joke

From the latest Onion:

137 More Oil Wells Liberated For Democracy

RUMAILAH OIL FIELDS, IRAQ — The U.S. continued to make progress in its fight against totalitarianism Tuesday, when 137 more oil wells were liberated for democracy.

"For decades, these oil wells have suffered untold misery under Saddam Hussein's tyrannical rule," said U.S. Commander General Tommy Franks, speaking from southern Iraq's Rumailah oil fields, the site of the liberation. "With this victory, these long-oppressed wells will soon pump their first barrels of crude as free and equal wells in the global petroleum marketplace. They will join the ranks of the world's liberated oil wells, enjoying the same rights as their democratic brethren around the globe."

The Rumailah wells are the latest of nearly 900 to be freed from the yoke of oppression by coalition forces. As U.S. troops continue to advance deeper into Iraq—armed with constant standing orders to "Secure the oil wells; repeat, secure the oil wells"—an estimated 1,500 more wells are expected to be liberated in the coming weeks.
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"We must remember that there are many, many oil wells living under oppression all across the world, not just in Iraq," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. "Until every oil well enjoys the fruits of democracy, no oil well is truly free." More...

Compare and contrast this to an actual statement from Dubya's March 17 "State of the War" address:

And all Iraqi military and civilian personnel should listen carefully to this warning. In any conflict, your fate will depend on your action. Do not destroy oil wells, a source of wealth that belongs to the Iraqi people.





 
Kings of the Playground Flex Muscles

U.S. tells Syria, N. Korea and the rest of the world to learn from Iraq. Call it the "don't mess with Texas" doctrine of U.S. diplomacy.



Monday, April 07, 2003
 
Tin soldiers and Dubya Coming...

Oakland police opened fire with rubber bullets on anti-war demonstrators.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Police opened fire with non-lethal projectiles at an anti-war protest at the Port of Oakland on Monday, injuring at least a dozen demonstrators and six longshoremen standing nearby.

Most of the 500 demonstrators were dispersed peacefully, but police shot the projectiles at two gates when protesters refused to move and some of them allegedly threw rocks and bolts. The longshoremen, pinned against a fence, were caught in the line of fire.

Police spokeswoman Danielle Ashford said officers fired bean-bag rounds and wooden dowels. They also used "sting balls," which send out a spray of BB-sized rubber pellets and a cloud of tear gas and feel like a bee sting when they hit someone. More...

Police firing projectiles on protesters should be major news in America and given as much attention as any of the news from Baghdad. Police firing on protesters should inspire outrage and sadness from anyone who believes in democracy. This story should at least be given enough attention for people to ask "why?". But CNN, ABC, MSNBC, et al endlessly echo the war-drums from Baghdad while paying little mind to anything that seriously questions their rhythm.

Deer Dance
By System of a Down


Round, Round,

Circumventing circuses,
Lamenting in protest,
To visible police,
Presence sponsored fear,

Battalions of riot police,
With rubber bullet kisses,
Baton courtesy,
Service with a smile

Beyond the Staples Center you can see America,
With its tired, poor, avenging disgrace,
Peaceful, loving youth against the brutality,
Of plastic existence.

Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around,
Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around.

Round, Round,

A rush of words,
Pleading to disperse,
Upon your naked walls, alive,
A political call,
The fall guy accord,
We can't afford to be neutral on a moving train,

Beyond the Staples Center you can see America,
With its tired, poor, avenging disgrace,
Peaceful, loving youth against the brutality,
Of plastic existence.

Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around,
Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around.

Push them around,
A deer dance, invitation to peace,
War staring you in the face, dressed in black.
With a helmet, fierce,
Trained and appropriate for the malcontents,
For the disproportioned malcontents,
The little boy smiled, it'll all be well,
The little boy smiled it'll all be well,

Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around,
Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around.
Pushing little children,
With their fully automatics,
They like to push the weak around,
Push the weak around,
Push the weak around,
Push the weak around,
They like to push the weak around.






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