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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Superbowl, Super-elections

Superbowl prediction: Pats 24, Iggles 17.

Why? Because we're not done with "the promo." The slow-motion promo featuring Corey Dillon running in from the 21 INTERCUT WITH slow-motion footage of American soldiers running across the desert.

"You're crazy!"

Slow motion footage of Adam Vinatieri kicking the winning field goal...and Coalition soldiers playing soccer with Iraqi children.

"Conspiracy theorist!"

Slow-motion footage of Tom Brady pointing toward the sky (God/victory) and footage of Iraqi soldiers DANCING AND CLAPPING with Iraqi voters.

"God, what is it like to be you?!"

Look. I love my soldiers. I'm serious. God bless 'em. They're doing work I could never do 'coz me ain't getting up at 4am for nobody. Not even my "freedom."

Having said that, I'm fed-up with the jingoism during the games. The cut-aways to the troops (at some base in Kuwait) watching the game. The pre-game story of some cornerback's cousin who's fighting "for our freedom" in Fallujah. And the onslaught of recruitment commercials throughout the day.

Get ready; it's gonna be fierce on Sunday. You'll never see more.

Do you think we'll ever see a Budweiser or Ford commercial with a subtle "join the military" message on the side? That would be "the end of days" for me.

"Video game commercials, dude."


One more thing:

"U.S. 'in for a shock' - In early election results, Shiite cleric's alliance trouncing Washington's favorite"

Say what?
Baghdad -- Partial results from Sunday's election suggest that U.S.-backed Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's coalition is being roundly defeated by a list with the backing of Iraq's senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al- Sistani, diminishing Allawi's chances of retaining his post in the next government.

The partial totals so far show the Iraqi List headed by Allawi, a secular Shiite and onetime CIA protege, trailed far behind with only 18 percent of the votes, despite an aggressive television ad campaign waged with U.S. aid. A lopsided majority of votes, 72 percent, went to the United Iraqi Alliance list, topped by a Shiite cleric who lived in Iran for many years and whose Sciri party has close ties to Iran's clerical regime. More than a third of the alliance's vote came from Baghdad, the cosmopolitan capital where Allawi had been expected to fare well.

Safwat Rashid, a member of Iraq's Independent Election Commission, and international election officials warned observers not to read too much into the early numbers, which did not include tallies in the country's Sunni or Kurdish provinces.
Meaning...there's plenty of time to get the "correct" result.

The U.S. "Grade-A Approved" result.

As in..."A is for Allawi."

(Ooh. That's an idea for Lynne Cheney. Another primer for american school-kids and the newly liberated Iraqi children! "A is for Allawi, the George Washington of Iraq. B is for Baghdad, the Washington D.C. of Iraq. C is for Coalition soldiers, the liberators of Iraq. D is for Don, the architect of freedom. E is for Enron, who can get those Indian power plants running again.")

More later.


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