Saturday, June 21, 2003
Fuck the Centrists: How to Win Back the White House in 2004 Number One.
Not content merely in (the recommending of) bullying the governments of the world around, now the American Enterprise Institute wants to go after NGOs, too.
Well, now, I think it's nigh time to issue the AEI new britches--are ya with me, world!?
See also: Bush to NGOs: Watch Your Mouths, by the uber-beauty: Naomi Klein.
As President Bush said at an AEI dinner in February, "At the American Enterprise Institute, some of the finest minds in our nation are at work on some of the greatest challenges to our nation. You do such good work that my administration has borrowed 20 such minds." In other words, the AEI is more than a think tank; it's Mr. Bush's outsourced brain.
I, George Dubya
I think there is some methodology in my travels
There's no question that the minute I got elected,
the storm clouds on the horizon
were getting nearly directly overhead.
There may be some tough times here in America.
But this country has gone through tough times before,
and we're going to do it again.
There's no cave deep enough for America,
or dark enough to hide.
If you're sick and tired of the politics
of cynicism and polls and principles,
come and join this campaign.
I understand how difficult
It is to put food on your family.
Families is where our nation finds hope,
where wings take dream.
When I was coming up
it was a dangerous world
and you knew exactly
who they were,
It was Us vs. Them,
and it was clear who them was.
Today, we are not so sure
who the they are,
but we know they're there.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses
We're concerned about AIDS
inside our White Houseó
make no mistake about it.
And, you know, hopefully,
condoms will work,
but it hasn't worked.
I also understand how tender
the free enterprise system can be.
It would be a mistake for
the United States Senate
to allow any kind of human cloning
to come out of that chamber.
We have nothing to fear butó
Friday, June 20, 2003
Thursday, June 19, 2003
A funny thing happened while following the money trail of the neoconservatives who have hijacked U.S. foreign policy. The path led to a network of financial and intellectual resources that also is dedicated to neoracism.
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Starting this week, the nation's largest discount retailer will quietly begin selling tracking-chipped products to clueless shoppers. The first volley in their war against our privacy is set to start at their Brockton, Massachusetts store.
Wal-Mart will put Radio Frequency I.D. sensors on shelves stocked with RFID-tagged Gillette products, but they'd rather you didn't know about it, because, hey, you might not like it, and then you might make noise and then they'd have a big PR mess on their hands.
You might even stop buying Gillette products or, say, refuse to shop at Wal-Mart.
These chips, researched at M.I.T.'s Auto-ID Center are about the size of a grain of sand. Chipsters say the technology will only be used to help retailers keep track of inventory - like bar codes. But privacy-loving consumers question the very concept of a device that sends out radio waves to "readers" that not only identify the article, but where and with whom it's going.
The Big Brother implications of this thing need little hyping to get your skin crawling.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Weapons and explosives smuggled out of Iraq after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime may have ended up in the hands of al-Qaida militants in Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi officials and a former Iraqi army officer.
Part of a major arms cache discovered by Saudi authorities during a May 6 raid in Riyadh appears to have come from Iraq, according to a Saudi official and the former Iraqi officer. The raid had targeted 19 al-Qaida members who fled during a shoot-out with Saudi security forces. At least three of the fugitives died when they took part in a series of simultaneous suicide bombings in Riyadh a week later, Saudi officials said.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
The Bush Lies Marathon
I should have posted this sooner, but it's better late than never.
Steve Perry of Bush Wars is currently collecting and enumerating lies told by the Bush administration throughout the course of their term in office. These lies are intended to be the backbone of an article for the City Pages, the largest of Minneapolis' local weekly newspapers.
He's asking readers of his blog to send him all the lies they recall, and so far, he's collected 36 discrete whoppers. Surely, there are more.
So read what's already there:
How to Beat Bush, Part 1
The Bush Lies Marathon, Day 2
The Lies Marathon: How You Can Help
The Bush Lies Marathon, Day 3
Then send him what isn't:
President Bush countered those questioning his justification for the invasion of Iraq on Monday, dismissing "revisionist historians" and saying Washington acted to counter
Delusions Prove Durable Against Ground Truths
A fairly recent Gallup poll, as reported in the CSM, found that, "Overall, 70 percent say things are going either 'very' or 'moderately' well for the United States in Iraq."
Yet even the conservative elements of the British press are saying the doings in Iraq are mired in chaos, and that "very senior" British officials are painting "a grim picture of American incompetence and mismanagement as the Coalition Provisional Authority struggles to run post-Saddam Iraq." Despite the prognostications of Perle et al, even the coalition's junior partner is admitting that military operations may well continue for the next four years.
Monday, June 16, 2003
Many Americans Unaware WMD Have Not Been Found
A striking finding in the new PIPA/Knowledge Networks poll is that many Americans are unaware that weapons of mass destruction have not been found in Iraq. While 59% of those polled correctly said the US has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, 41% said they believed that the US has found such weapons (34%) or were unsure (7%).So shout it from the rooftops, fellows.
Link via Joerg Colberg
Rand Beers, the former top dog at the NSC who resigned a few months ago, has broken his silence and started talking to the Washington Post.
"The [Bush] administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure," said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. "As an insider, I saw the things that weren't being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out."Beers has apparently signed up to help John Kerry's presidential campaign. According to one observer, Paul C. Light of the Brookings Institution, this is an idication that "the way he [Beers] wants to make a difference in the world is to get his former boss out of office."
While Beers is hesitant to explicitly diss the Bush administration, his wife offered this comment about the clique that's running Washington these days: "It's a very closed, small, controlled group. This is an administration that determines what it thinks and then sets about to prove it. There's almost a religious kind of certainty. There's no curiosity about opposing points of view. It's very scary. There's kind of a ghost agenda."