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Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
2:45 am
Abu Gharib - Revisited (Cross-Posted)
I know the Abu Gharib prisoner abuse scandal has came and went out of the public conciousness already. Old news - therefore, not worth talking about. That's the insidious effect of our hit and run media and short attention spans: we accept everything at face value without critically examining it, then as soon as the networks give us the next new thing, we completly forget about the old news. Of course, it's best not to hold the lies that we're fed up to scrutiny for too long, lest the "official story" falls apart.

Thus, I will state very simply and clearly, the point of this journal entry and the one made previously, here. That is:

Thursday, April 8th, 2004
7:39 pm
from labmouse42
This was an intresting read.
10 steps to turn the US back into a democracy.
Im not sure of all of what the writer says, but its worth some thought.

In other news...
The U.S. military said insurgents were using the mosque for a military fire base. Iraqi witnesses estimated 40 people were killed as they gathered for afternoon prayers. U.S. officials said no civilians died.

So, the iraqis were not civilians. They were terrorists. Uh-huh
The other really disturbing thing about this is that the Sunni's were our allies for the longest time, and they are the ones who dislike the radical Shiites.

Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction.
Q: But the inspectors didn't find any weapons of mass destruction.
A: That's because the Iraqis were hiding them.
Q: And that's why we invaded Iraq?
A: Yep. Invasions always work better than inspections.
Q: But after we invaded them, we STILL didn't find any weapons of mass destruction, did we?
A: That's because the weapons are so well hidden. Don't worry, we'll find something, probably right before the 2004 election.
Q: Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?
A: To use them in a war, silly.
Q: I'm confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn't they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?
A: Well, obviously they didn't want anyone to know they had those weapons, so they chose to die by the thousands rather than defend themselves.
Q: That doesn't make sense. Why would they choose to die if they had all those big weapons with which they could have fought back?
A: It's a different culture. It's not supposed to make sense.
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"When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty." -Thomas Jefferson
7:24 pm
From pathogens lj.
It's that time again!
Time for another little political rant.

So, my friend and yours, the Democratic Candidate for the United States Presidency, Mr. John Kerry, really irritated me today. Apparently, he is hosting a handful of events in Chicago starting today and spreading over the weekend. Unfortunately for anyone who actually wanted to hear him speak about the topics of debate while not paying an arm and a leg to do so, none of them are open to the public. Nothing. I called the Kerry campaign office to see if he was doing any public speeches and they referred me to his *deputy campaign manager* from Washington, DC. Not knowing who I was calling, exactly, since all they said was that he "would be able to tell me more" about Kerry's agenda, I called him up. Conversation is as follows:

him: "Marcus."
me: "Hi, I was referred to this number from the Illinois campaign center."
him: "Cool."
me: "I was wondering if Kerry is going to be making any speeches while he's in Chicago?"
him: "Who are you with?"
me: "uh. I'm not with anybody."
him: "..."
me: "I just wanted to see if he was making a speech."
him: "He's not doing anything open to the public."
me: "Oh. Uh. Never mind. Bye."

After this exchange, I was left in a foul mood. My last hour at work was spent seething quietly. My problem with this answer is that Kerry is coming to a metropolitan hub and all he's doing is fundraising. He's apparently not saying a single, solitary word to the public. Way too woo the silent majority, John! I guess it was just too much to ask of you to not host a god-only-knows-how-expensive gala and instead bring your message to people who might vote for you. I didn't like Kerry much to begin with, because he's really just a business as usual apparatchik politician, but this makes me really dislike him. He even tied up traffic for his motorcade to enter Chicago from Milwaukee, too. Whatever happened to Presidential candidates bringing their message to the people? Remember when you saw pictures of guys like Teddy Roosevelt giving speeches to crowds off the back of a trolley? You know, interactive politics, instead of politics that leave you with a morose feeling that you have no hand in guiding your country whatsoever. The whole experience just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

On the plus side, I was debating not going to krav maga tonight, but the hostility John Kerry made me feel really convinced me that I really needed to knee somebody in the stomach repeatedly. Thanks, John!
7:20 pm
The Onion Strikes Again, Used As Anti-Gay Disinfo
Trustee seeks apology for spoof photo.

Parents opposing a school program used a picture from a satirical newspaper on their pamphlets.

MARISSA NELSON, Free Press Education Reporter 2004-04-08 03:15:19

A school board trustee is demanding an apology from a parents' group that used a fake photo from a satirical newspaper on its pamphlets opposing the expansion of a safe schools policy. Simply Truths Our Priority, or STOP, handed out pamphlets and computer discs with a 300-page book of Internet research outside a public meeting last week.

The session was a chance for the Thames Valley District school board to get input on its plan to expand the safe schools program -- a move to protect gay and lesbian students.

But STOP argues the board is changing the curriculum and will promote a homosexual lifestyle in schools.

"Satire is apparently lost on rigid individuals," said London trustee Peter Jaffe. "Taking something from a spoof newspaper and presenting it as reality crosses the line. (The photo) plays on people's worst fears. I would hope this group will make a full and public apology."

The photo shows a teacher at the front of a class with explicit sexual images and terms drawn on the board and is supposed to represent one of the "countless" classrooms where homosexuality is promoted.

The picture was copied from the Onion, a satirical newspaper from the United States. The headline of the 1998 story says, " '98 homosexual drive nearing goal."

The story, written out of San Francisco, goes on to say children are being successfully recruited into homosexuality because of the "gay lobby's infiltration of America's public schools."

Marilyn Ashworth of STOP said it's concerned the photo represents what will end up in this region's schools if the board goes ahead with its plan.

"We knew it was a gay paper and we hold that even as a joke, the gay community is proud of their advancements into the safe schools program in the U.S.," she said. "We don't think homosexuality in schools is a joke."

Asked whether she believed it was a real photo, Ashworth said the caption included the teacher's name, city, state and grade.

"We researched in depth and that was one of the things we found," she said, noting the group spent seven weeks accumulating research.

"We don't come by our findings lightly. . . . Whether it was meant to be a joke or not, it's not funny to parents who are trying to protect their children."

Other headlines on the archival page are: Antique dealer sick of appraising smurf collections and Orgy a logistical nightmare.

Sean Mills, president of the Onion, laughed when he heard the news.

"The motto the writers have is we're not going after the right or the left, we're just going after people who are dumb," Mills said.

"We're anti-dumb, we're not anti-anything else . . . They're proving our point. It's a ridiculous notion there'd be recruitment going on. That was the whole point."

Mills said the photo is fake, the Onion has nothing to do with STOP and isn't a gay paper.

"In some ways, if you're going to a satirical news source to prove a serious point . . . you're getting what you deserve."

Trustee Peggy Sattler said she wonders if STOP knew it was a fake photo.

Trustee Linda Stevenson said the photo calls into question the legitimacy of STOP's 300 pages.

"It's not worth the paper it's written on."

Copyright © The London Free Press 2001,2002,2003
Thursday, May 8th, 2003
3:15 pm
Stop FCC consolidation.
Donno if anyone cares about this, seeing as our media is pretty much defunct as it is. But you might want to check this out:

"On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission is planning on authorizing sweeping changes to the American news media. The rule changes could allow your local TV stations, newspaper, radio stations, and cable provider to all be owned by one company. NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox could have the same corporate parent. The resulting concentration of ownership could be deeply destructive to our democracy.

When we talk to Congresspeople about this issue, their response is usually the same: "We only hear from media lobbyists on this. It seems like my constituents aren't very concerned with this issue." A few thousand emails could permanently change that perception. Please join us in asking Congress and the FCC to fight media deregulation at:


After the FCC and Congress relaxed radio ownership rules, corporate giant Clear Channel Communications swept in and bought hundreds of stations. Clear Channel has used its might to support pro-war political rallies and conservative talk shows, keep anti-war songs off its stations, coerce musicians into playing free promotional concerts, and bully them into performing at its music venues. In many towns that used to have a diverse array of radio options, Clear Channel is now the only thing on the dial.

Monopoly power is a dangerous thing, and Congress is supposed to guard against it. But the upcoming rule change could change the landscape for all media and usher in an era in which a few corporations control your access to news and entertainment."
Sunday, April 27th, 2003
9:09 pm
Our government: Keeping you safe
So, first post here, as per our wonderful pygmalion's request.. ;-)

Saw this in the paper. I was kinda waiting for people to comment, but I've heard nothing. The irony of the US bombing the hell out of country with nuclear bunker-busting bombs because they might have weapons of mass destruction is delicious. Maybe we'll get them in time for the invasion of Syria.

Interesting article about the supposedly non-existent "no-fly" list:
Saturday, April 12th, 2003
6:52 pm
Libertarian Party Op-Eds
March 31, 2003
A Patriot attack, aimed at America
by Geoffrey Neale

With public attention riveted on the war in Iraq, politicians may be planning to launch a sneak attack against the American people.

Their weapon: Patriot II, a piece of legislation that would give the government frightening new powers, including the ability to make secret arrests, issue secret subpoenas, create a vast new DNA database and even strip Americans of their citizenship and deport them.

Formally called The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (DSEA), the legislation has been shrouded in secrecy, prompting civil liberties groups to fear the government has been waiting for an opportunity -- such as war or another terrorist attack -- to rush it through Congress. That's exactly what happened with the USA Patriot Act, which passed the House and Senate with lightning speed just six weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Simply put, Patriot II would make America less of a free country -- and thereís nothing patriotic about that.Collapse )

(original article - http://www.lp.org/press/op-eds.php?function=view&record=34 )

Current Mood: infuriated
Saturday, March 22nd, 2003
4:08 pm
Laugh or cry - the warning of the talking fish is

4:02 pm
Published on Thursday, February 27, 2003 by the New
York Times
U.S. Diplomat's Letter of Resignation
by John Brady Kiesling

Kiesling's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin L. PowellCollapse )
3:58 pm
another one from Amy in Detroit, signed -

http://www.RiceForPeace.org/ </i>

This test consists of one (1) multiple-choice question
(so you better get it

Here's a list of the countries that the U.S. has bombed since the end of World War IICollapse )
3:45 pm
A friend of mine in Detroit sends me, what I find to be, interesting and relevant political emails. I thought I would start sharing some. Starting off with this fun song. You can teach it to your kids! Every one sing along!.....

If You're Happy And You Know It Bomb Iraq

by John Robbins

If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are Saudi, And your alibi is shoddy,
And your tastes remain quite gaudy, bomb Iraq.

If you never were elected, bomb Iraq.
If your mood is quite dejected, bomb Iraq.
If you think that SUVs, Are the best thing since
sliced cheese,
And your father you must please, bomb Iraq.

If the globe is quickly warming, bomb Iraq.
If the poor will soon be storming, bomb Iraq.
We assert that might makes right, burning oil is a
For the empire we will fight, bomb Iraq.

If we have no allies with us, bomb Iraq.
If we think that someone's dissed us, bomb Iraq.
So to hell with the inspections, let's look tough for
the elections,
Close your mind and take directions, bomb Iraq.

If corporate fraud is growin', bomb Iraq.
If your ties to it are showin', bomb Iraq.
If your politics are sleazy, and hiding that ain1t
And your manhood1s getting queasy, bomb Iraq.

Fall in line and follow orders, bomb Iraq.
For our might now knows no borders, bomb Iraq.
Disagree? We'll call it treason, It's the make war not
love season,
Even if we have no reason, bomb Iraq.

Though I can think of a million good reasons to cut back on the purchase of gas and all petroleum based products, I do not know how effective I feel this is, but I thought I would pass along the ideaCollapse ) anyways. .Collapse )
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