BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Monday, August 22, 2005


"Our Kid" is taking a time out from his Texas bike-tour to promote the war.

Bush plans bid to rally Iraq support

Dude's gonna compare the "War on Terror" to WWII.
CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- President Bush will launch a new round of speeches to rally support for the war in Iraq, advisers said Sunday, as protesters camped outside Bush's Texas home and polls showed weaker support for the two-year conflict.

Senior aides say Bush will attempt to portray the Iraq conflict in the context of long wars like World War II, which U.S. forces fought from 1941 to 1945 --
And most Americans have only seen in movies.

Like "The Final Countdown," "1941," "Abbot & Costello In the Navy."
They said the president also will invoke the September 11, 2001, attacks, arguing once again that the insurgents battling American troops in Iraq share the same ideology as the al Qaeda operatives who crashed hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

On Monday, Bush travels to Salt Lake City, Utah, to speak to veterans at 1:35 p.m. ET (11:35 a.m. MT).
Wonder if he'll stop off at the Missionary Mall in Provo (522 S University Ave)?

Dude could save over $400 on suits!!!
In a previous attempt this summer to boost sagging support for the war, the president delivered a prime-time, nationally televised address in June to a military audience in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In his speech, Bush assured Americans that the conflict in Iraq was worth the sacrifice. (Full story)

The sacrifice includes 1,862 U.S. troops deaths, including a soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb Saturday near Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

"Our mission in Iraq is clear: We're hunting down the terrorists. We're helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror," Bush said in June.

"We're advancing freedom in the broader Middle East. We are removing a source of violence and instability, and laying the foundation of peace for our children and our grandchildren."
Let's break that down this way:

1. We're hunting down the terrorists.

2. We're helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror.

3. We're advancing freedom in the BROADER Middle East.

4. We are removing a source of violence and instability.

5. We are laying the foundation of peace for our children and our grandchildren.


He did not say:

6. We are making moves to secure control of broader Middle Eastern oil.

7. We are doing our part to keep the price of oil UP for our friends in that particular industry.

8. We are creating A TON of business opportunites for our friends in the "Private Security" business.

9. We are hoping to create "other" opportunities for our big $ friends.

10. We are building bases that will help us in the war on Iran, Syria, and eventually...Saudi Arabia.

11. Let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm 'the Dude.' So that's what you call me. That...or 'duder.' Or 'el duderino,' if you're not into the whole brevity thing.


Hey, speaking of Utah:
(AP) A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch.

The anti-war ad began airing on other Salt Lake City-area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an "inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."
Appropriate commercial advertising in SLC?

More "wedding" and "baby" stuff than you can possibly imagine.

Trust me.

You'll never see a billboard with FOUR generations of women - great grandma, grandma, ma, daughter - on Sunset.
In a statement Saturday evening explaining its decision, KTVX said that after viewing the ad, local managers found the content "could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in the this Iraq war."

Bush carried nearly 70 percent of the vote last fall in Utah, one of the most conservative states north of the so-called Bible Belt.
Which is a nice way of saying "in the Book of Mormon Belt."
Station General Manager David D'Antuono said the decision was not influenced by the station's owner, Clear Channel Communications Inc.
Ah! There is is! Clear Channel.

That wouldn't have anything to do with it, would it?




Here's the latest re: Iron Maiden v. $haron Osbourne:
IRON MAIDEN wish to thank all the 45,000 Metal fans at Ozzfest in San Bernardino on Saturday night for sticking with us and giving us such a great response at the end of a difficult set. It was obvious to all there that we had a 'series of unfortunate events' throughout! These made it difficult for us to keep our momentum but your incredible support certainly helped us get through it. We guess it all adds up to a pretty memorable gig though!!!

This is, however, a Metal Festival. It is supposed to be fun for all. You fans pay very good money to be there and deserve to get a full and unhindered performance from all the bands. This was not the case last night.

So with this rather bizarre end to a good tour we are returning to the UK today for the Leeds and Reading Festivals and once again thanks to all of you who came out to see us these last few weeks.
Up the Irons!

More later...


  • Hey Brendan,

    Great Blog, man! I'll be tuning in everyday. I was great meeting you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:05 PM  

  • Hey Brendan,

    Great Blog, man! I'll be tuning in everyday. It was great meeting you at the Leekley's last weekend, and I can't wait to see the work you do on the comic.

    By Blogger Geoff, at 6:07 PM  

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