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Bush’s Veto or How To Dismantle A Cretin…

By on May 9, 2007 in Politics | 0 comments

Having just read the text of Bush’s veto statement, I thought it might be worth a quick step-by-step deconstruction, for the benefit of any polar bears on a random island somewhere that may not have given it the once-through. It reeks. “Tonight”, says The Bush, in reassuring tones, “I will explain the reasons for this veto” and effectively, his desire to override Congress. Then, of course, he goes on, heaping one inanity on another. “It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing” he says. Claiming that all the terrorists would then have to do is mark a day on their calendar when it would be safe to take over the major front (as he calls it and will continue to call it throughout his statement) on the ‘war on terror’. Idiotic nonsense. Personally, and this is no great revelation, I think the US has absolutely...

Who’s Afraid of Wolfowitz?

By on Apr 16, 2007 in Politics | 0 comments

Well, perhaps you should be. With a dual American-Israeli citizenship, and strong political alliances, Paul Wolfowitz seems all but invincible. The media, as a whole, seems blind to the perplexing paradox that the current president of the World Bank, ostensibly an organization out to alleviate poverty, and aid development – just happens to be one of the founders of the Project For The New American Century – an organization that propagates an agenda of Military Expansionism with the explicit aim of creating an American Empire. I’ve linked to documentation before, google the damn thing and read. Does that at all seem like a conflict of interest to you? And if not – are you even paying attention? Oh, Kilgore – eat my...

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut…

By on Apr 13, 2007 in Politics | 1 comment

He’s dead. Kurt Vonnegut, author of some truly wonderful books such as ‘God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater’, ‘Slaughterhouse 5’, ‘Deadeye Dick’, and various others is dead. He spent years warning us about ourselves. He wrote and wrote and wrote, and, of course, we ignored his warnings and his alarms. He saw the last few years and realized what a terrible time we’ve been going through, and…well, another sane voice now silenced by time. In 2002, during an interview, reflecting on Bush’s America, he said “our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been.” Thanks, Kurt. And so it...

Removal of American News Programming From MBC TV

By on Nov 26, 2006 in Politics | 1 comment

We the undersigned viewers of MBC in the Middle East abhor the constant broadcast of American produced news on an Arab TV Channel, and find that it as not much more than thinly veiled propaganda for what can only be considered a Western view point of current events. We do not accept the flimsy disclaimer that MBC 4, for example, has chosen to hide behind stating that American news broadcasts on the channel do not reflect the channel’s own opinions. The size of the tiny disclaimer insults our intelligence, and it’s very existence offends our sensibilities, and we hereby assert that aside from insulting mature viewers, these broadcasts are conditioning our children and youth towards a view of reality to which we do not subscribe. We believe that by constantly and repeatedly broadcasting these views MBC 4 is, in action, if not by word, committing itself to an alliance with...

The Strange Death of Malachi Ritscher…

By on Nov 15, 2006 in Featured, Politics | 4 comments

I came across the following news item on Harpers.org – To protest the Iraq war, a man named Malachi Ritscher committed suicide in Chicago by setting himself on fire next to a 25-foot-tall sculpture called “Flame of the Millennium.” Along with a self-penned obituary, the 52-year-old Ritscher posted a farewell message on his website in which he described the “deep shame” of a day in 2002 when he stood, knife in hand, next to Donald Rumsfeld, but was unable to bring himself to slash the defense secretary’s throat. “I too love God and country,” wrote Ritscher, “and feel called upon to serve.” After googling around a bit – I found Malachi’s farewell note. You can, if you’re so inclined, read the whole thing right here. For the less adventurous, here are some excerpts: “My actions should be self-explanatory, and since in our self-obsessed culture words...

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