BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Thursday

Mind numb. So much going on today.

Let's take a quick break from war.

Tulsa Zoo to have display on creationism

Wha' 'chu talkin' 'bout, Wilis?!
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Zoo will display the biblical version of the Earth's creation in an exhibit at the zoo.

The Tulsa Park and Recreation Board voted 3-to-1 to display the exhibit on creationism despite opposition from zoo employees, religious leaders and others who say it should not be part of a publicly funded scientific institution.
Supporters of the exhibit include Mayor Bill LaFortune who say the Tulsa Zoo already has cultural displays such as an ELEPHANT STATUE with HINDU significance.
Ha!
The exhibit will include a disclaimer saying the display is one example of one WIDELY HELD VIEW of the origins of Earth.
It'll be placed on a wall in the TIME GALLERY area inside the zoo's Arctic building.
Dear Tulsa Zoo,

I am writing you in hopes of obtaining the gig to design your upcoming exhibit on creationism . Even though I'm an Irish Catholic, I believe that my knowledge of Genesis (the book, not the band) will give me the power to "create" a thoughtful, powerful and emotional exhibit for your zoo.

FIRST, I'll "create" a CLAYMATION film called, "On The First Day," which will have a RUNNING TIME of exactly ONE WEEK, which is the exact time that it took God to make the world. This ambitious film (staring Wallace as "God" and Gromit as his "Dog") will show God making the earth, its people and animals...from start to finish.

"From Monday to Sunday, Gromit!"

I'm thinking about one hilarious sequence where Wallace, I mean "God," makes Mt. Everest about 5,000 feet higher than it actually "is," but Gromit accidentally knocks it down to (actual) size while chasing a cat.

That...or we could have Gromit literally drink-up the Atlantic Ocean. Wallace re-fills it, Gromit drinks it up. Wallace re-fills it, Gromit drinks it up. Wallace re-fills it, Gromit drinks it up. Yada yada.

"God" and his dog will also take numerous breaks for tea; "Cracking good biscuit, Gromit!"

SECOND, I'll "create" a display (made of Legos and Lego-people) which depicts LIBERALS burying fake dinosaur bones in Southern Utah.

And THIRD, I'll "create" a photo exhibit which depicts the early (and mostly in-bred) descendants of ADAM & EVE...and the ways that these folks invented most of the stuff we use to this day. Like the wheel, the spoon and iron.

I'll also show how these folks learned to make weapons.

To defend their freedoms and to fight people who hated their freedoms.

I look forward to your thoughts and the opportunity to work on this important project.

Thanking you for your attention to this matter I am,

Sincerely,

Brando

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Moving on:

World Military Spending Topped $1 Trillion in 2004

Happy days are here again!
STOCKHOLM - World military spending rose for a sixth year running in 2004, growing by 5 percent to $1.04 trillion on the back of "massive" U.S. budgetary allocations for its war on terror, a leading research institute said on Tuesday.

With expenditure of $455 billion, the United States accounted for almost half the global figure, more than the combined total of the 32 next most powerful nations.

In 2003, U.S. spending stood at $405 billion, SIPRI said.
I gotta learn how to make a new, kick-ass weapon. So I can sell it to Uncle Sam.

Has anyone invented a working light-saber yet?
"The major determinant of the world trend in military expenditure is the change in the United States, with its 47 percent of the world total," the Swedish government-funded institute said.

U.S. spending "has increased rapidly during the period 2002-2004 as a result of massive budgetary allocations for the 'global war on terrorism', primarily for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq," it added.
"Who profits?"

The only question you EVER have to ask.

And if YOU were in the business of war...would you ever want peace?

On that note...strange article on Common Dreams re: Bush and his plans to go to war...before his FIRST election.

Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer

Quick excerpts:
HOUSTON -- Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.

"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. "It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invadeĀ·.if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

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According to Herskowitz, George W. Bush's beliefs on Iraq were based in part on a notion dating back to the Reagan White House - ascribed in part to now-vice president DICK CHENEY, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee under Reagan. "START A SMALL WAR. Pick a country where there is justification you can jump on, go ahead and invade."

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In 1999, when Herskowitz turned in his chapters for 'Charge to Keep,' Bush's staff expressed displeasure -often over Herskowitz's use of language provided by Bush himself. In a chapter on the oil business, Herskowitz included Bush's own words to describe the Texan's unprofitable business ventures, writing: "the companies were floundering". "I got a call from one of the campaign lawyers, he was kind of angry, and he said, 'You've got some wrong information.' I didn't bother to say, 'Well you know where it came from.' [The lawyer] said, 'We do not consider that the governor struggled or floundered in the oil business. We consider him a successful oilman who started up at least two new businesses.' "

In the end, campaign officials decided not to go with Herskowitz's account, and, moreover, demanded everything back. "The lawyer called me and said, 'Delete it. Shred it. Just do it.' "

"They took it and [communications director] KAREN [HUGHES] rewrote it," he said. A campaign official arrived at his home at seven a.m. on a Monday morning and took his notes and computer files. However, Herskowitz, who is known for his memory of anecdotes from his long history in journalism and book publishing, says he is confident about his recollections.
If you have the time...read the whole thing...and draw your own conclusions.

This is the type of item...that will never go anywhere...because they'll shred this guy Herskowitz...before it ever gets going.

More later...

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