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Monday, July 31, 2006

WWKD?

Our Kid sits by...while the Middle East burns.

Perhaps he's waiting...for a reason to make it a bigger fight.

The only question you need to ask is, "What would KIRK do?"

(In fact, that's the only question you ever need to ask.)

Your thoughts, please.

Wings

Time for another break from Bushworld.

Our Kid meets with the Am Idol Brats...

We watch some classic Macca.

"Jet."

From the "Wings Across America" tour.

More later...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

We're Screwed

A former CIA-type comments on the current mess...via TPM:
My source confirmed in detail the fact that intelligence being produced for the Bush Administration by the Pentagon strongly supports the thesis that Hizballah operations are directly controlled and closely managed from Teheran.

My source considers this an exaggerated picture of the real situation. He believes that this assessment contributes to an unhealthy and even dangerous mindset in Washington, leading to potentially serious miscalculations and errors of judgment by President Bush and his closest advisors at this very critical time.
Deja vu.

More later?

Friday, July 28, 2006

Cafferty

Here's CNN's Jack Cafferty on the previously mentioned Al-Qaeda tape:
Another day, another tape from al Qaeda. So what? What exactly is the world supposed to do because some al Qaeda dirtbag releases a tape saying he’s going to support Hezbollah? Should we all get under the bed now? The fact is, these morons have been sending out tapes for years and threatening all kinds of dire things, but as far as we know, the leadership of what’s left of this organization is still scurrying around from cave to cave in Afghanistan trying to keep their cooking fires lit so they can roast their goats.

It’s far more likely that they’re starved for attention. Between the war in Iraq, the war in Gaza, the war in Lebanon, the crazies in North Korea and Iran, the world doesn’t have time to pay attention to these worms anymore. So, like spoiled little brats who throw a fit in a department store because their mother is busy shopping and not paying attention to them, these idiots rush out another videotape so they can get their name in the paper.
Back to my previous blog about AQ's "art department." (An art department is the unit responsible for dressing a TV, movie or commericial set...with objects and details...to bring realism to a facade.)

All I'm saying is...

Somewhere, somehow, AQ has a kid on a computer...making Jpegs of terrorists and the WTC. They've got another kid "blowing up" those photos and mounting them on foamboard, and someone else building a backdrop with said items.

Look closely...and you'll see a bunch of set lights...hanging from the studio's ceiling.

Hardly a "terrorist" in a "cave" with a simple video camera.

Capice?

More later...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Should've Ruled the World

Take a break from Bushworld with Rod and the Faces.

They should've ruled the world, but Rod went disco.

More later...

Art Department Kinda Stuff


People...

Al-Zawahri calls for Muslims to rise up

Hmm...
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader issued a worldwide call Thursday for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq."
No. 2? Haven't we killed...like...30 AQ #2's?
In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now views "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us."

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"It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq," al-Zawahri said.

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Al-Zawahri wore a gray robe and white turban in the video.

A picture of the burning World Trade Center was on the wall behind him along with photos of two other militants. One appeared to be a bearded Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The other was Mohammed Atef, also known as Abu Hafs al-Masri, a former top lieutenant of bin Laden who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in November 2001.
Um...

Al-Qaeda has a "set decorator" and an "art department?!"

Where are they? At the Hollywood Center Studios on Las Palmas?!?!

WTF?!?!?!

(Think, think, think.)

Good time to be in the war business, yes?

More later...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Seriously, Ick


People:
"When an older man marries a younger woman, it is a revitalising experience." - Rupert Murdoch.
Ick.

Seriously, ick.

More later...maybe.

That comment really bummed me out, man.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tin-Foil Hat Time

People...

MP casts doubt on David Kelly suicide

From the UK.

This case has always seemed fishy to me, 'coz Kelly was one of the FIRST officials to go, "Hey, wait a minute, someone's lying here!"
LONDON (AFP) - An opposition member of parliament has alleged that a government scientist who cast doubt on intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction may not have taken his own life.

A judicial inquiry into the death of David Kelly in July 2003 concluded that the one-time UN weapons inspector and expert on Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes committed suicide.

He did so after he was named as the source of a BBC news report suggesting that Tony Blair's government had "sexed up" intelligence in the run-up to the US and British invasion of Iraq four months earlier.
Hmmm...
"Today, I challenge that conclusion," wrote Norman Baker, from the Liberal Democrats, in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
I'd do the same.
"I do so on the basis that the medical evidence available simply cannot sustain it, that Dr Kelly's own behaviour and character argues against it and that there were serious shortcomings in the way the legal and investigative processes set up to consider his death were followed."

Points raised by Baker -- whose centre-left party opposed the Iraq war -- included the fact that Kelly supposedly cut his ulnary artery in his wrist, a more difficult and painful option that the radial artery.

In 2003, Baker said, Kelly was the only person recorded to have taken his or her own life in this fashion.

Baker also said that paramedics who attended the scene where Kelly's body was found in Oxfordshire noticed that he had lost little blood and was "incredibly unlikely" to have died from the wound they saw.

Police said that 29 tablets of pain-killer coproxamol were missing from a packet in his home, but all that was found in Dr Kelly's stomach was the equivalent of one-fifth of a tablet, Baker said.

Volunteer searchers who found his body said he was slumped against a tree, rather than lying prone, as police stated.
Read the whole piece.

More later...

Friday, July 21, 2006

Come on and Join Our NAFTA Convoy Part II


People...

This was the Brandoland headline last June:

Bish Admin. Scheming to Build A Massive Super Highway "Through the Heart of the US"

To bring goods into the US via Mexico, which would screw the UNION dudes at the ports in California...and the UNION truckers who ride our highways.
Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman’s Union in the process.

The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union...will drive on what will be the nation’s most modern highway straight into the heart of America. TheMexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new “SENTRI” system.
That was June the 15th.

Today? Texas Farmers Furious Over Superhighway

We're getting closder to the truth.
The Oklahoma-to-Mexico stretch would be just the first link in a 4,000-mile, $184 billion network.

The corridors would be up to a quarter-mile across, consisting of as many as six lanes for cars and four for trucks, plus railroad tracks, oil and gas pipelines, water and other utility lines, and broadband cables.

The exact route for the cross-Texas corridor has not yet been drawn up, though it will probably be somewhere within a 10-mile-wide swath running parallel to Interstate 35.

Whatever course it takes, it is clear many farmers and property owners will lose their land, though they will be compensated by the state.
Ha.

Good luck.
Construction could begin by 2010.

The opposition comes in several forms: Some see it as an assault on private property rights; some object to putting the project in foreign hands (it will be built and operated by a U.S.-Spanish consortium); and some see the project as an affront to open government because part of the contract with Cintra-Zachry is secret.
Gee, you're kidding.
Cintra-Zachry is paying $7.2 billion to develop the first segment. For that, it will get to operate the road and collect tolls for years to come.

It is part of a growing privatization trend in the United States.
Read both pieces...and tie the stories together.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tillman

People...

ESPN "the website" has a heavy piece on Pat Tillman.

The story is far from over...
Two years after Tillman's death, the perspectives on the circumstances are still very much at odds and the story is still very much alive. As the Defense Department Inspector General's Office nears the completion of yet another investigation into Tillman's death, many very important questions remain unanswered.

• Are the Rangers who fired at Tillman and their other fellow soldiers guilty of criminal wrongdoing?

• Why did the Army glorify Tillman's actions on the battlefield during the firefight in which he was killed?

• Did the Army purposely conceal that Tillman had been killed by friendly fire? If so, why?

• And did the Army consciously puff up the Tillman story by awarding the dead soldier a Silver Star, its third-highest distinction for combat valor, to go along with his Purple Heart and a posthumous promotion from specialist to corporal?

For reasons that remain under investigation more than two years later, the Pentagon elected for almost five weeks after the incident not to disclose the fact Tillman had been gunned down by members of his own platoon.

Yet some in Tillman's unit knew the night it happened. ESPN.com found that word of the fratricide had filtered through the ranks within a day or two of Tillman's death.
It's a huge piece.

Here's some weird comments on the Tillman family...and their effort to find "the truth."
(Lt. Col. Ralph ) Kauzlarich, now a battalion commanding officer at Fort Riley in Kansas, further suggested the Tillman family's unhappiness with the findings of past investigations might be because of the absence of a Christian faith in their lives.
HUH?!

Wow.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Kauzlarich said: "When you die, I mean, there is supposedly a better life, right? Well, if you are an atheist and you don't believe in anything, if you die, what is there to go to? Nothing. You are worm dirt. So for their son to die for nothing, and now he is no more — that is pretty hard to get your head around that.

So I don't know how an atheist thinks. I can only imagine that that would be pretty tough."

Asked by ESPN.com whether the Tillmans' religious beliefs are a factor in the ongoing investigation, Kauzlarich said, "I think so. There is not a whole lot of trust in the system or faith in the system [by the Tillmans]. So that is my personal opinion, knowing what I know."
IMHO, sir, you have no idea what you're f*cking talking about.

More later...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

RFK Jr: Working for You

People...

Robert Kennedy Jr. is working for you.

Blowing the Whistle on Diebold

Quickly:
On July 13, the Pensacola, Fla.-based law firm of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed a “qui tam” lawsuit in U.S. District Court, alleging that Diebold and other electronic voting machine (EVM) companies fraudulently represented to state election boards and the federal government that their products were “unhackable.”

Kennedy claims to have witnesses “centrally located, deep within the corporations,” who will confirm that company officials withheld their knowledge of problems with accuracy, reliability and security of EVMs in order to procure government contracts. Since going into service, many of these machines have been linked to allegations of election fraud.

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“The single greatest threat to our democracy is the insecurity of our voting system,” warns Kennedy. “Whoever controls the voting machines can control who wins the votes.”
You should know that the EVM buisness is a lucrative one.
In the wake of alleged vote count inconsistencies and the “hanging chad” debacle of 2000, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002. HAVA appropriated $3 billion to replace voting equipment and make other improvements in election administration. Diebold, Election Systems & Software and Sequoia Systems secured the lion’s share of nearly half that sum in contracts to purchase EVMs. All 50 states have received funds and many are hurriedly spending it on replacing lever and punch card machines in time for November.
Once again, dear reader, I must say...

You and I are in the wrong business.

More later...

To Do List: Colbert


Need a quick laugh?

All you need...is Colbert.

More later...

Monday, July 17, 2006

Check It Out

People...

While the Middle East burns...

Dan Quayle (yes, that Dan Quayle) storms out of a fellow Hoosier's concert.

More tales...of big conservative babies:
Dan Quayle took time out from participating in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Stateline, Nev., on Friday to attend John Mellencamp's concert only to run into a political statement.

He then made a statement of his own by walking out during Mellencamp's rendition of "Walk Tall.'' Before launching into the song, Mellencamp told the Harveys casino crowd, in effect, that it was dedicated to everyone hurt by policies of the current Bush administration.

Quayle, who served as vice president for President Bush's father in 1989-93 walked out of the venue before Mellencamp finished the song.
Waaaggghhh!!!
Quayle said through a publicist: "Well, I think Mellencamp's performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top.''

Mellencamp couldn't be reached for comment.
Because he's too classy to comment on Quayle's performance as a...what is he doing now? Celebrity golf?!

More later...

Friday, July 14, 2006

I'm Sure That the All the Officers Involved Have Been Reprimanded

People...

Pete Coors apologizes in drunk driving case

As in THE Pete Coors, our snow lovin', beer pitchin' friend:
Beer magnate and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Coors was arrested on a drunken-driving charge and is due to appear in court next week.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled Coors over after he saw him run a stop sign around the corner from his home in Golden at 11:25 p.m. on May 28, according to Coors spokeswoman Kabira Hatland and the citations.

Coors stopped his 2004 green Jaguar in his driveway, and the trooper smelled alcohol, said State Patrol spokesman Trooper Gilbert Mares.
Obviously, the arresting officer was deaf and blind.

Or from Mars.

Because he had know idea what he was doing.

Arresting the King of Colorado.
Coors failed a field sobriety test, was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Golden Police Department jail, Mares said.
Don't worry: I'm sure that all the officers involved have been reprimanded.
A Breathalyzer test showed he registered a 0.088, which is slightly above the 0.08 blood-alcohol limit in Colorado, Hatland said.
Insert comedy joke about being drunk on Extra Gold and Killian's Red here.

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If you're in the mood to procrastinate, and want to get a glimpse into the minds of some of your fellow citizens, check out the banter on the Yahoo Message Boards re: the Israeli assault on Beirut.

A quick sample:
Yee haw! Kill all the Muslims. I hope Isreal nukes them all.
When you read these comments, remember one thing: Brilliant minds think alike!

More later...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

More Bad B-Movie Kinda Stuff

Kiddos...

Enron witness found dead in park


More "bad b-movie kinda stuff" from the UK?
A body found in north-east London has been identified as that of a banker who was questioned by the FBI about the Enron fraud case.

Police said they were treating the death in Chingford of Neil Coulbeck, who worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland until 2004, as "unexplained".
Do we have that category over here? "Unexplained?"

How about the anthrax deaths from October of '01?
He had been interviewed by the FBI as a potential witness.

Three ex-workers of RBS subsidiary NatWest are being extradited to the US on Thursday to face fraud charges.

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The fraud case centres on a NatWest transaction under which it sold off part of its Enron unit.

RBS said: "There is no evidence that Mr Coulbeck was involved in the approval of the transaction under investigation.

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In 2002, US prosecutors issued arrest warrants for the three men (Bermingham, Mulgrew and Darby), accusing them of conspiring to defraud their employers and investors in energy giant Enron, which had collapsed a year earlier.

It is alleged that the three British bankers - Mr Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Mr Darby - advised their employer Greenwich NatWest to sell off its stake in an Enron unit at well below its market value.

They then left the bank and purchased a $250,000 (£135,000) stake in the unit - which they sold on at a much higher price, making a profit of $7.3m (£3.9m).

They deny any wrongdoing.
Hmmm...

As Spock would say, "Fascinating."

More later.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

If You're In the Business of War...

People...

Biz Week: MZM Worked Prewar Iraq Intelligence

MZM = Duke Cunningham's bud Mitch Wade.

A "DEFENSE" contractor:
Buried in this new Business Week article by Eamon Javers and Dawn Kopecki is a startling revelation: MZM Inc., the company once owned by admitted felon Mitchell Wade, worked on assessing Saddam Hussein's nuclear capabilities during the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

"[B]efore the invasion of Iraq," the duo writes, "[MZM's business] included helping with [the] controversial analysis of Saddam Hussein's nuclear capabilities."

Wade, of course, has confessed to bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) with over a million dollars in money, gifts and favors.
IF YOU'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF WAR...YOU NEED WAR FOR BUSINESS!
Others, including Warandpiece.com's Laura Rozen, have long suspected Wade's MZM to have played a role in throwing the calls on Saddam's nuclear programs. It's been known for some time that MZM provided contract employees to the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), which handled much of the Pentagon's pre-war WMD analysis. But Javers and Kopecki are the first to report that those MZMers were involved in the center's (mis)interpretation of the pre-war Iraq nuke intel.

The two note that while the White House's WMD Commission directed heavy criticism at the NGIC for "misscharacterizing" Saddam's nuclear program, it didn't fault MZM directly. (Of course, as we reported earlier, MZM had at least three staffers on the commission's staff.)
Do you see how it works?

Can't say it enough:

IF YOU'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF WAR...YOU NEED WAR FOR BUSINESS!

More later...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

John Dean, Patriot

Yo.

One thing to do today, kiddos. One thing...via Crooks & Liars.

Watch John Dean's appearance on Olberman's show. The topic? His new book, "Crisis of Conscience," which details the rise (and dominance) of authoritarianism within the modern conservative movement.

It's a must see, for sure.

The "strict daddies" are running the show now, and their followers...blindly following.

More later.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Quick excerpt

People...

Quick excerpt from Red Nordland's interview with Foreign Policy. Nordland was Newsweek's Baghdad bureau chief for two years:
FP: How often do you travel outside of the Green Zone?

RN: The restrictions on [journalists’] movements are very severe. It is extremely dangerous to move around anywhere in Iraq, but we do. We all have Iraqi staff who get around, and we go on trips arranged by the U.S. State Department as frequently as we can.

But the military has started censoring many [embedded reporting] arrangements.

Before a journalist is allowed to go on an embed now, [the military] check[s] the work you have done previously. They want to know your slant on a story—they use the word slant—what you intend to write, and what you have written from embed trips before.

If they don’t like what you have done before, they refuse to take you.

There are cases where individual reporters have been blacklisted because the military wasn’t happy with the work they had done on embed. But we get out among the Iraqi public a whole lot more than almost any American official, certainly more than military officials do.
They report...they decide.

More later...

The Jam

Crazy busy with Hollywood jokes today...

No time for Bushworld.

In the meantime...The Jam.

More tomorrow.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Saturday Clash Blogging

People...

Your Clash fix...for today.

"Here's a real treat for the blank generation."

More later...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Fantastic News

Hate Groups Are Infiltrating the Military, Group Asserts

Just another sad chapter to this whole deal:
A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organization.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups, estimated that the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department investigators and reports and postings on racist Web sites and magazines.

"We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad," the group quoted a Defense Department investigator as saying in a report to be posted today on its Web site, www.splcenter.org. "That's a problem."
YA THINK?!
The groups are being abetted, the report said, by pressure on recruiters, particularly for the Army, to meet quotas that are more difficult to reach because of the growing unpopularity of the war in Iraq.
"It's a great opportunity, son."

"As long as I get the chance to shoot at some mud people, I'm cool."

"Sign here, please."
An article in the National Alliance magazine Resistance urged skinheads to join the Army and insist on being assigned to light infantry units.

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the author as Steven Barry, who it said was a former Special Forces officer who was the alliance's "military unit coordinator."

"Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman's war," he wrote.

"It will be house-to-house, neighborhood-by-neighborhood until your town or city is cleared and the alien races are driven into the countryside where they can be hunted down and 'cleansed.'"
Wait...

THE COMING RACE WAR?!

What the...?!
He concluded: "As a professional soldier, my goal is to fill the ranks of the United States Army with skinheads.

As street brawlers, you will be useless in the coming race war.

As trained infantrymen, you will join the ranks of the Aryan warrior brotherhood."
What's that bit about "figthing the terrorists over there before we have to fight them over here?"

Huh?!

More later...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

You Git 'Em, boy!

Think Progress has a great post on Arizona's tough talkin' Sheriff...Joe Arpaio.

Dude is cracking down on the 'legals!
SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ: Yesterday, by the way, I have 1,000 illegals in a jail out of 10,000, including 2,000 we have in tents, so yesterday I started a new program, everyone will have to listen to the national anthem and god bless America.

We did it four times yesterday, but every day from now on, in the morning, at night, they’ll listen to the patriotic songs.

BANDERAS: Apparently you dress them up in colorful jumpsuit, tell me about that?

ARPAIO: We’ve been doing that for six years, we put them in pink underwear and striped uniforms and pink handcuffs.

BANDERAS: Why the pink underwear?

ARPAIO: They were stealing the white underwear several years ago, smuggling it out of the jail. So I dyed the underwear pink because they hate pink, especially in this county they hate pink. Why give them a color they like?

BANDERAS: Why would you, that’s a great question. All right, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, thank you very much. Keep it up, I guess.
You git 'em, boy!

Daddy issues all, methinks.

More later...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bad B-Movie Stuff?

People...

Enron founder Ken Lay dead of heart attack


I guess he got sick of waiting for the Presidential pardon:
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Enron Corp. founder Ken Lay died of a heart attack on Wednesday, six weeks after being found guilty of fraud in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

Lay, 64, was awaiting sentencing later this year and was expected to face decades in prison for his fraud and conspiracy convictions in the Enron collapse.

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Pitkin County sheriff's deputies and an ambulance were dispatched to the Lay vacation home in Old Snowmass, Colorado, early Wednesday morning and transported him to Aspen Valley Hospital. He was pronounced dead there shortly after 3 a.m. Mountain time (0900 GMT).
The autopsy is "pending."

Heart attack...or bad b-movie stuff?

Your comments, please...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Real American

There's only one American Dream, and that's Dusty Rhodes.

Having said that...

There's only one Real American, and that's the Hulkster.

Happy 4th.

Monday, July 03, 2006

ON VACATION

ON VACATION...

WILL RESUME REGULAR POSTING ON WEDNESDAY MORNING (THE 5TH).

PEACE OUT, BITCHES.