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Thursday, May 01, 2003
Maverick, You Are Dangerous
Wow! America has a really big dick!
Earlier in the day, in a visit to the carrier that the White House arranged for maximum political effect, it was hard to tell the president from the troops he was visiting. He landed on the 14-year-old carrier in a twin-engine S-3B Viking jet that the president, a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard three decades ago, helped pilot as it left San Diego. The image of the president surrounded by beaming sailors was an image that White House officials clearly intend to use in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Some events are so ridiclulously contrived that they speak for themselves...
By the way, the president stopped short of declaring this portion of the War on Terror™ over. Such is the way with perpetual war... ("Oceania was at war with Eurasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia").
Quote of the Day
Dubya, in his speech released by White House:
No terrorist network will gain weapons of mass destruction from the Iraqi regime because that regime is no more...
Apparently nobody will gain WMD from Iraq as they don't seem to exist on this astral plane.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Winning Their Hearts and Minds With Gentle Sensitivity
An article in today's Editor and Publisher, presumably written before 13 Iraqi protesters were shot dead by U.S. troops, illuminates a climate in which atrocities like this are bound to happen.
"We splashed that bastard," a Western eyewitness quoted one Marine as saying to another after they'd shot an Iraqi dead. The man was gunned down after he walked out of his door onto a balcony to see why three women were crying from the street below. It turned out their car had been shot up by Marines two minutes earlier.
Accidents like the one above are never excusable. Yet one can partially understand how human beings, kids essentially, serving their country (and subscribing to its propaganda) could make a mistake when they are under such intense "kill or be killed" pressure from all sides ("friend" and foe). Ufortunately, mistakes are lives — often innocent. What is completely inexcusable, however, is the behavior of certain "journalists" working alongside the troops...
Journalist Peter Wilson watched as a Los Angeles Times reporter walked to the driver's window of a destroyed minibus on central Baghdad's Sinak Bridge. Inside the broken window was the carbonized corpse of the vehicle's driver, its charred arm resting on the window's ledge.
This type of behavior is but a symptom of an attitude that underlies "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and the current state of the union. It is an attitude of superiority and supremacy mixed with a good dose of fear and hatred and devoid of compassion. Conveniently, the "weaker" traits — compassion, love, sadness, despair — are sublimated into loathing. This is a mindset cultivated and stoked by the powers-that-be and their media mouthpieces, birthed in the cauldrons of their minds and fueled by their greedy convictions. Nothing will get in the way of their interests. It is the perverted right-wing ideology of the Bush administration and the neocons behind their curtains. As this ideology is passed on to the indoctrinated, those who are too numb to fight it or question it, our world sinks into the state it is in now. "Liberators" killing protesters. People hating their "liberators." "Journalists" making a mockery out of the charred remains of a bombing victim. "Journalists" unquestioningly echoing the propaganda of their "leaders." "Patriots" hating those that dissent. So-called proud Americans who would trash the constitutional ideals this country was founded on just to get their way. These are the times that try our souls. Unfortunately, not enough people are trying to see past the veil.
Monday, April 28, 2003
Nero Fiddles With Tax-Cuts While The Citizens Eat Cake...
From the New York Times:
Jobless and Hopeless, Many Quit the Labor Force
Leaders of Congress Pledge Tax Cut, but How Big?
Let the Past Be the Future, Let the Future Be Past
William Greider of The Nation wrote a disturbing analysis of the neocon-right's movement toward a less progressive past.
The movement's grand ambition--one can no longer say grandiose--is to roll back the twentieth century, quite literally. That is, defenestrate the federal government and reduce its scale and powers to a level well below what it was before the New Deal's centralization. With that accomplished, movement conservatives envision a restored society in which the prevailing values and power relationships resemble the America that existed around 1900, when William McKinley was President. Governing authority and resources are dispersed from Washington, returned to local levels and also to individuals and private institutions, most notably corporations and religious organizations. The primacy of private property rights is re-established over the shared public priorities expressed in government regulation. Above all, private wealth--both enterprises and individuals with higher incomes--are permanently insulated from the progressive claims of the graduated income tax.
This article is a must-read as it outlines the right's destructive drive to erase all the progressive accomplishments of the last 100 years. Their ideal America is the land and time of the Monopoly boardgame complete with the fat cat in the big hat. Unfortunately, only the chosen few will pass go, the rest of us will languish in low-income housing on Baltic Place or just go to jail.