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:: Friday, April 25, 2003 ::

ECotD




As a resident of Georgia, all I can add is Go Dawgs!
:: Peter 4/25/2003 10:01:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 ::

Shameless Plug



As usual, Anna's posts are far more entertaining than my own. Go read.
:: Peter 4/23/2003 09:19:00 PM [+] ::
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Homeland Security



It's been over a month since Michael Moore updated his 'Alert Status' liberal parody of Tom Ridge's easily parodied color chart.

Must have been something about, oh, I don't know, winning the war in 3 weeks.

Well, today's Alert Status is: "OCCUPATION!" Which, apparently, to fat ass liberals, is a color.

But, Michael Moore has actually done something helpful. Not, of course, that that was his intention.

He's put a paragraph next to his Alert Status under 'Crisis Situation' entitled, helpfully enough, 'Your Mission.'

So what can you do? Well, you can start by doing what Bush and his boys should have been doing the whole time--calling for a major role for the United Nations in post-war Iraq. While Halliburton and Raytheon and other American corporations may have the power to rebuild Iraq (and they certainly have our tax dollars), that doesn't mean we should entrust them with the job. In fact, if the goal of this war was to free the Iraqi people (since we don't talk about weapons of mass destruction anymore), then perhaps we should logically recognize that even with the best of intentions, the Iraqis aren't particularly fond of us and would like as little of our help as possible. Which is, of course, why we have the United Nations. It's time to kiss and make up with our allies and it's time to show the Iraqis that our intentions are as good as we claim them to be. Unless our intentions for our new Iraq are something quite different, something Rumsfeld might mistakenly call "logical."

You can send Colin Powell a note on the matter through Working for Change, and you can contact Congress through True Majority. Or, you can find your representatives in Congress here. And while you're doing that, why not drop the Democratic Party a line. Maybe the DNC can get off their donkeys and do something about the way the Right Wing is running our country--and Iraq.

Of course, his site even has all the links right there for you to accomplish 'Your Mission.'

Which is, of course, to send Colin Powell a note through Working For Change and to contact congress through True Majority and to drop the Democratic Party a line.

Oh, I think he wants you to contact them in support of the UN.

Oh well. It was still nice of him to provide all those handy dandy little links so that we can all email them how incredibly proud we are of our troops. Of our President. Of our country.

And, please, don't forget to mention the UN, as Michael would like.

Mention them often.

It's what Michael would want us to do.
:: Peter 4/23/2003 08:46:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 ::

Protocols



Everyone, by now I hope, knows the history of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It is, like the 'Blood Libel' an anti-semitic fraud.

But this, this is beyond belief. This is vile. This is disgusting.

This, I wish I was making this up, is, per the headline in today's edition of the Arab News: this is The Protocols of the Elders of Neocons.

And it begins:

In this weekly telephone report Paul Wolfowitz expressed his anxiety to Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister about the situation in the Middle East. “How are you doing?” asked Wolfowitz. “OK, OK,” answered Sharon, “but you must go to Syria.” Wolfowitz pondered, “this will be tougher to get the president’s okay on.” Sharon could not help but scream, ”He does not know Damascus from Des Moines, Iowa. Move it Paul. You can always tell him that this man of peace thinks it’s kosher,” concluded Sharon with a hysterical laugh.

What weekly telephone report? Where? Was someone listening in or simply imagining? 'hysterical laugh'? Sharon saying 'Move it Paul'? Sharon derisively calling himself a 'man of peace'? Read that paragraph again, the drive to say the US is only acting on Israeli orders continues. Do the people who create these lies and conspiracies look at the song 'We Are The World' and think to themselves: "'W' and 'E' are in the word 'Jew' see, that proves that Jews want to rule the world"?

Next paragraph:
Before the euphoria of the attack on Iraq was over the war hawks in America began shifting their targets toward Syria (as expected). The Israeli gang in the American administration, better known as the neocons, will not tell the American public that Syria was one of the countries that voted for the Security Council Resolution authorizing the new inspection in Iraq thus allowing that vote to be carried out unanimously. No one will speak about Syria’s cooperation in the post-Sept. 11 trauma in arresting suspected terrorists. America’s (or should I say Israel’s) biggest problem with Syria is its support for resistance movements such as Hamas and Hezbollah groups, which are fighting the bloody, horrific and deadly occupation of the war criminal Sharon and his cronies. Interestingly, that the US accusations against Syria should come at this time.

'resistance movements'

Hamas and Hezbollah are 'resistance movements.

The blood, horror and death are from human bombs who believe they'll be granted 72 virgins upon killing Jewish children.

The blood, horror and death are from ululating 'men of god' who pervert their children with lies and send 16 year old girls to kill innocent civilians so their parents can collect $25,000.00 from Iraq.

There will be no more checks. No more 'martyr fund' from Saddam.

'resistance movement'. You blame the Jews, you accuse the Jews. You blame Israel, you accuse Israelis. Has this simple thought occured to you: (I'll type slowly so you'll grasp the concept here): If Israel, a nuclear power, truly wanted the Palestinians dead and truly didn't care if Palestinian civilians died and were truly as evil as you have always claimed, well, then, why are there any Palestinians still alive? Round them up, nuke them. End of Palestinians. Read that again. Tell me, if any nuclear power on earth wanted a non-nuclear country to disappear off the face of the planet, and didn't care about morals, ethics, civilians, or any form of humanity, what, exactly could the non-nuclear country do? Complain to the UN? You say that Israel doesn't care about world opinion so how would that help? Fight back? You say that Israel doesn't care about killing the innocent so one nuke would end the fighting.

Now, turn it around, imagine that in the state of Palestine, there were Jewish ghettos, and that Palestine was nuclear, and the Jews blew up Palestinian civilians in random terror attacks.

How many Jews would a nuclear armed Arafat leave breathing?

Back, now, to the The Protocols of the Elders of Neocons.

Let’s take a look back. At a small village in Palestine exactly 55 years ago, several weeks before the state of Israel was declared, the Irgun and Stern militias stormed the village, home to nearly 600 inhabitants. They killed nearly 100 men, women and children with guns and swords. Several captives were later paraded in Jerusalem before being killed. The leader of the Irgun, Menachem Begin, who went on to become prime minister of Israel later, wrote that the Palestinians, hearing the massacre, were seized with limitless panic and started to flee for their lives. Deir Yassin triggered an exodus that soon emptied the new state of 80 percent of its Arab population.

Ok, perhaps my googling is defective, can anyone find any proof of this?

Didn't the 'Palestinians' (were they called that back then?) leave Isreal willingly at the behest of the Arab forces?

What the administration fails to understand is that it cannot hide or ignore the huge elephant in the middle room, namely Israel. Retired US Gen. Anthony Zinni said “my worst nightmare would be an Al-Jazeera TV picture of American troops in combat fighting Iraqis, at the same time the Israeli defense forces is in the West Bank and Gaza killing Arabs. Furthermore, how can the Bush administration convince either Congress or the Arabs that the US cares about “the territorial integrity of Iraq” when those same members of the administration were signatories to a document in 1996 advising Benjamin Netanyahu of the desirability of dismantling Iraq and any other Arab country that stands in Israel’s way? What these same people were telling Netanyahu then and president now is: You are stronger than all your neighbors, act upon it. Forget the peace process; it does not serve you. Forget international law; lead, and everybody will follow; the rest can go to hell.”

Ah, there it is, the heart of the The Protocols of the Elders of Neocons.

Did Zinni really say that? I wasn't able to find it. Besides, that 'nightmare' obviously never came to pass. Anyone can stand up and say 'my worst nightmare is (fil in the blank)' but, really, does saying something like that mean it's likely to happen? What kind of argument, exactly, is 'my worst nightmare'?

Zbigniew Brzezinski correctly pointed out the hypocrisy of the logic. He said, “the European press has commented more widely than US press on the striking similarity between current US policy in the Middle East and the recommendations prepared in 1996 by this same group of admirers of Israel’s Likud Party for the then Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The decision of invading Iraq and going after Syria then Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt has been made for the president a long time ago.


Ah, yes, I see. The President of the United States of America is just following orders. Puppet of the Elders.

While the neocons who have tried to legitimize and sugarcoat all their wicked and twisted policies by false accusations and pollgerized evidence, their true intentions remain the protection of Israel. Israel is the core problem of the main conflict in the Middle East. Any unjust and subjective solution to that issue will keep the Middle East a boiling pot with Sharon as its keeper, which is simply a joy to the neocons!

Puppet of 'its keeper.' Puppet of Sharon. Puppet of Israel. Puppet of the Jews.

12 millions Jews worldwide. More than 1 billion Arabs.

300 million Americans.

And the President of the United States of America is controlled by Israel.

This was said about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion:

"To what extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion...." --Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

And today, April 22, 2003, the Arab News bring us The Protocols of the Elders of Neocons.





:: Peter 4/22/2003 08:48:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Monday, April 21, 2003 ::

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go: The Musical



Ok, it's not that bad. It might, actually, be worse.

"My God, what’s taking hold of me? / I don’t even know her name / Where once it was just my draft card / Now it’s all of me that’s aflame," rhymes Bill during his first musical encounter with Hillary, entitled "Who Was That Freaky-Deaky Thing?"

Yes, it's Monica! The Musical

You knew there'd be an exclamation point, didn't you?

There's even a (love?) song between Janet Reno and Hillary when she was still a college student:

Hillary, you are so young
Your ways are so endearing
Pay attention and my tongue
Will make you feel what you are hearing …
The things you can’t imagine
Soon you’ll want to try them
They’ll come so hard
Catch you off guard
You know you can’t deny them.


But, the reason everyone would go, of course, is:

one of Monica’s lyrics is "My poor dreams do need some dusting …. / Dreams of Presidential thrusting,"

Who's the bad guy? Glad you asked:

"Ken Starr is our über-villain," said Adam. The Independent Counsel’s big Act I number is "Loser," in which he croons "I don’t even think I have to mention / That I attend every Star Trek convention."

At least it's not Wham!

Yet.


:: Peter 4/21/2003 04:53:00 PM [+] ::
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Rowena



I can't even imagine what goes through her mind when she contemplates the acts which her art has witnessed, or, in the perverse recesses of Saddam's mind, even perhaps inspired.

On Sunday, Rowena's sister called to say she had seen one of the paintings on TV hanging in a secluded townhouse in Baghdad. The pad is believed to have been used by Saddam to squire his girlfriends.
Rowena said she still cannot believe something in her artwork might have touched a chord in someone as evil as Saddam.
"That would be a horrifying thought," she said. "He in his twisted mind must have read something into it."




:: Peter 4/21/2003 04:10:00 PM [+] ::
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Letters To The Editor



Sometimes, a letter to the Arab News makes a good point, with a well thought out premise and a logical conclusion. This is not one of those times.

Go Home, Americans

Ok, I'll admit, the odds are good that the 'Titles' to the letters are most likely written by the editors, so we'll just ignore the banner headline there.

As an Iraqi, what I see happening in my country is most depressing. I urge all Arabs to protest against it. I want our voice to be heard by the whole world when we say “America, leave Iraq.”

Ok, that's your opinion, and, not only will I defend your right to say it, I'll even add that since I'm not an Iraqi that I definitely do not know all the facts and the truth about life in Iraq. All I can add, really, is that I'm glad that Iraqi citizens now feel free enough to write to the Arab News!

There are a few things that must not be forgotten while discussing Iraq. First, Iraq did not ask US for help. Second, Saddam was the worst leader in our history but he did not destroy our historical and cultural sites. Third, the US never found the weapons of mass destruction which was its justification for the invasion; now it claims that it needs more time — perhaps to plant them in Iraq.

Apparently you haven't been paying too much attention, but, again, I'll just say how happy I am that you're able to write to the Arab News.

The invaders themselves do not seem to know the present status of Iraq. The US says Iraq is free, while Britain argues that Iraq will have to sign a treaty to be their new ally. I don’t think the Iraqi people want their country to be their ally.

Well, we'll just wait and see what happens over the new few months and years and see exactly what the Iraqi people want, will that be ok with you, as an Iraqi? Again, it's great that you, as an Iraqi citizen, are able to write so freely!

America should be judged by an international tribunal for its war crimes against Iraq and should be sued by the Iraqi people for destroying their priceless antiques and historic sites.

Feel free. Good luck. So great, though, that you, as you mentioned, are able, as an Iraqi, are able to write so openly about whatever you want to write about.

The invading forces are helping their nationals and others to steal Iraq’s wealth. Americans has been screaming about the crimes committed by Saddam. But never have they mentioned the fact that it was they who helped Saddam to come to power.

Actually, according to new reports, it was Russia, France and German which helped the most. America only helped 1%. But, anyway, it's great that you're able to write, finally, freely being as how you're an Iraqi and all.

Arab countries should consider what happened in the past and why, what is happening now and why, and what they think would happen in the future and why. They should review their past and identify their mistakes. And they should act while, maybe, they have a chance.

A great way to end, a general call to action. How liberating that must be, to openly call for action. How incredible, to finally be free enough to write so openly.

Dan Y., Australia published 21 April 2003

Oh, you have got to be kidding. Nope, can't make crap like this up. You're from Australia? Australia? And your name is Dan? Well, Dan from Australia...as soon as I stop laughing at you I might care enough to ignore you more pointedly. Until then, however, my sides hurt.

Oh, hell, can't resist. I'm sorry, did you actually write: As an Iraqi, what I see happening in my country is most depressing. I urge all Arabs to protest against it. I want our voice to be heard by the whole world when we say “America, leave Iraq.” with a straight face?



:: Peter 4/21/2003 03:25:00 PM [+] ::
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Future Leader of America?



Just wanted to say a heartfelt "Way to go! Thanks!" to Shane Morris. Who, you are probably wondering, is Shane Morris? A High School Sophomore who, in reaction to an anti-war walk out at his school, decided to stage a pro-war walk out.

Way to go, Shane!
:: Peter 4/21/2003 08:44:00 AM [+] ::
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