Saturday, December 06, 2003
ARUSHA, Tanzania Dec. 3 — In the first verdict of its kind since the Nuremberg trials, an international court today convicted three Rwandan news media executives of genocide for helping to incite a killing spree by machete-wielding gangs who slaughtered about 800,000 Tutsis in neighboring Rwanda in early 1994.
A three judge panel found that the three defendants used a radio station and a twice-monthly newspaper to inflame ethnic hatred that eventually led to massacres at churches, schools, hospitals and roadblocks. The radio station, dubbed Radio Machete in Rwanda, guided killers to specific victims, broadcasting the names, license plate numbers and hiding places of Tutsis.
"The power of the media to create and destroy human values comes with great responsibility," the court said in a 29-page summary of its judgment. "Those who control the media are accountable for its consequences." [more]
This is an historic decision and, considering how the US media performed in the run up to war in Iraq, one with quite interesting implications.
The priorities of Los Angeles law enforcement are clearly in order.L.A. Times
Coming soon to a theater near you: Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, handcuffs at the ready for camcorder-wielding movie pirates.
Right behind them: City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who issued a Dirty Harry-esque threat to would-be movie pirates Thursday: "If you carry [a camcorder] into a movie theater, you have to say to yourself, 'Do I feel lucky?' " he said. "You better be lucky, because if not, we're coming after you."
Under a state law that takes effect Jan. 1, those caught operating a recording device in theaters face a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail.
Just for a point of comparison: If you are caught in a California theater with an "explosive substance"
instead of a camcorder, you'll get off easier. Same maximum jail term, but no fine.
Ditto for "any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable firearm, any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any short-barreled rifle, any metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any leaded cane, any zip gun, any shuriken, any unconventional pistol, any lipstick case knife, any cane sword, any shobi-zue, any air gauge knife, any writing pen knife, any metal military practice handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade, or any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag."
The L.A. Times story continues:
Next week, the Los Angeles Police Department will offer a seminar to train movie theater operators how to enforce the law. Signs warning against camcorders will go up in many theaters. And employees will be instructed in how to make a citizen's arrest when they catch patrons with recording devices.
The mayor said employees would be trained in "other detention and confrontation techniques, so things don't get out of hand."
So if you're thinking about taking a camcorder to a theater, think again. You might want to take a short-barreled shotgun instead. The punishment is less severe, and I guarantee that you are far less likely to be citizens-arrested by a pimply faced 16-year-old usher when you've got the sawed-off going for you.
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.
'Standing Tall for America' means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.
A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.
If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.
Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a 'we can't find Bin Laden' diversion.
A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.
Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.
You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right to adopt.
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.
Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony. (via
As the guerrilla war against Iraqi insurgents intensifies, American soldiers have begun wrapping entire villages in barbed wire.
In selective cases, American soldiers are demolishing buildings thought to be used by Iraqi attackers. They have begun imprisoning the relatives of suspected guerrillas, in hopes of pressuring the insurgents to turn themselves in.
The Americans embarked on their get-tough strategy in early November, goaded by what proved to be the deadliest month yet for American forces in Iraq, with 81 soldiers killed by hostile fire. The response they chose is beginning to echo the Israeli counterinsurgency campaign in the occupied territories.
"Experience continues to teach us many lessons, and we continue to evaluate and address those lessons, embedding and incorporating them appropriately into our concepts, doctrine and training," the brigadier general, Michael A. Vane, wrote. "For example, we recently traveled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their counter terrorist operations in urban areas."
"You have to understand the Arab mind," Capt. Todd Brown, a company commander with the Fourth Infantry Division, said as he stood outside the gates of Abu Hishma. "The only thing they understand is force"
Friday, December 05, 2003
President Bush's aides are considering a lunar-exploration program and other unifying national goals, such as a campaign to promote longevity or fight childhood illness or hunger, as they sift ideas for a fresh agenda for the final year of his term, administration officials said yesterday.
Agencies and task forces in several parts of the government have been assigned to determine the cost and feasibility of a variety of such major ideas, which could cost billions of dollars at a time the nation is running a substantial budget deficit. [more]
You know, we got the Bush-bashing down pretty well (which is really as simple as telling the truth--something the corporate media won't do when it comes to Bush unless it fits their Rove-ian agenda), and that needs to continue on into voting season '04 . . . but the lefty critics are right when they say the left has yet to come up with an inspiring and cohesive alternative vision of their own. Perhaps the bloggers can help with this? We could start by amassing a large number of ideas and then picking the best. All of the necessary brainpower is out there, in here--we just need to harness it.
Listen: the right-wing has been building up their system since the seventies--it took them thirty years to take over our media and political system. We have less than one year to build up an opposition alliance powerful enough to beat them. They have money, braun and numbers (the duped and/or fundamentalist-religious masses); we also have numbers (Gore won the last vote after all, not even counting the Nader votes who I know will vote for the Dem this time around majorally), righteous spitfire and BRAINS. And ONE YEAR.
Piece o' fucking cake.
Now is a good time as any to introduce a new tagline for American Samizdat, courtesy of the lovely and talented Kirsten Anderson of Seattle's finest art gallery, the Roq la Rue
, and the lesser-known blog Thumbmonkey
American Samizdat: Rebel Scum Since 2001
Needless to say, people: Battlestations?
Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans?
It can only be because they're . . .
Evil GOP Bastards!
A drug sweep Wednesday morning at a South Carolina school has some parents and students questioning police tactics.
Surveillance video from Stratford High School in Goose Creek shows 14 officers, some with guns drawn, ordering students to lie the ground as police searched for marijuana. Students who didn't comply with the orders quickly enough were reportedly handcuffed.
Ominously, in some of the video stills at The Memory Hole there appears a uniformed military officer. It's unclear from the context if he was there as a part of the raid.
via Mr. Cieciel
New evidence suggests that Henry Kissinger gave the Argentine military 'a green light' in its 1970s-80s campaign. The transcript of the meeting between Kissinger and Navy Adm. César Augusto Guzzetti in New York on Oct. 7, 1976, is the first documentary evidence that the Gerald Ford administration approved of the junta's harsh tactics, which led to the deaths or ''disappearance'' of some 30,000 people from 1975 to 1983.
Thursday, December 04, 2003
IN case you missed it, the media war for the next presidential election has already begun. MoveOn has already started their opposition ads
and they claim they were able to reduce Bush's popularity by 4 points in one state. They've got $2 million to work with and a lot more from Soros if it gets rough.
But the MoveOn ads are tame compared to this online Kucinich ad.
I don't think Dennis can win (still). I just think he lacks charisma and presence. But this ad definitely rocks. I kinda wish that MoveOn was using this ad. By the way, when the ad lists the evil corporations who are benefitting from this war it mentions something called the "Menlo World" something or other corporation...Doc, any explanation for this?
A woman stands outside her house, destroyed in a US Army raid
Many Iraqis say that the guerrillas are motivated by resentment toward the continued US-led occupation of Iraq. They say it would make no difference if Douri was captured or killed, citing the deaths in July of Qusay and Uday Hussein as having failed to quell the insurgency.
"The Americans put all their efforts into Hawijah to catch Douri. But the truth is that the Baathists are not behind the resistance. It's lots of different people now," says Lt. Col. Awad al-Jabouri, the chief of police here. "What has made the resistance stronger is the attitude of the Americans and all their illegal acts.""We are getting more and more people on our side now. I think we are winning the hearts and minds of the people,"
US Army Sgt. Danial Maurer says.
It was a telling example of the disconnect between ordinary American soldiers and the local Iraqis that Maurer was speaking just two yards from a group of residents who had spent the previous five minutes expressing their hatred for the occupation forces and support for the insurgents."We don't want the Americans here,"
says Ahmad Jafaar. "Any true Iraqi who loves his country will support the resistance."
A National Guard unit confronts a priest,
a medical doctor calls for random executions of Iraqis,
and a sailor wants to hang anyone opposed to the war.
AROUND the BLOGS: David Neiwert
's "The political and the personal
" on this subject (which I've previously linked) has gotten a wonderful reception, being reprinted and linked well over a dozen times. Dave provides two follow-ups on this (here
) which are well worth reading. --- Avedon Carol
comments on an article by Jim Henley in Boiling Frogs
. Her caution: Because this is how it starts.
In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey.
The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.
But as a small sign of the many ways the White House maximized the impact of the 21/2-hour stop at the Baghdad airport, administration officials said yesterday that Bush picked up a decoration, not a serving plate. [more]
That British Airways story is bogus
, too. Keep pouring it on, Mr. Rove.
"I wasn't going fast," -- William Janklow to State Trooper Lanning
Emergency Medical Technician Mark Bonrud stated on the stand that William Janklow did not appear to be suffering
the effects of low blood sugar at the scene of the accident that killed rancher and Volunteer Firefighter Randy Scott. Janklow told Bonrud that he had eaten earlier, but did accept a Coke at the scene.Janklow's lawyers
are attempting to use his diabetes as a sort of "twinkie" defense.
Janklow is seen on videotape telling the State Trooper Jeff Lanning
A little white car had come out of nowhere, he told the trooper repeatedly. The car, headed in his direction on a two-lane road, had swerved toward his Cadillac, he said, forcing him to avoid it by speeding up and running a stop sign at the intersection. "Honestly, I tried to gun it to get away from him."
But no witnesses saw this car, and Janklow's defenses team has admitted their clients fabrication.
On the day of the accident a woman said that a White Cadillac, allegedly Janklow's flew past her
on the same road "as if she were standing still". Janklow nearly killed a family at the same intersection a year ago.
Jennifer Walters reported that she called 911 to report the car that didn't stop for the sign. It developed that a deputy clocked Janklow at 86 mph in a 55-mph zone and gave him a warning.
She called 911, but decided not to file a complaint after learning the driver was Mr. Janklow. "I ... believed that it would be a waste of my time to press the issue any further as he was Bill Janklow, and I felt nothing would ever be done," her statement says.
The officers radar gun was set at 86 miles per hour. Janklow was traveling at 92 mph
.He was given a warning and sent on his way.
It's good to be Congressman.
For a diabetic individual to drive with low blood sugar immanent is irresponsible, especially at an already irresponsible rate of speed. The passenger with Janklow should have driven. But that's not "Wild Bill" Janklow's style.
Why would he stop speeding, when for all intents and purposes, as his shameful personal history shows
, he is
above the law. Speeding is small potates to a man that has gotten away with rape. Twice. And gone on to be Governor and Congressman in South Dakota.
In his 1999 State of the State address, Mr. Janklow joked about his driving habits while explaining the importance of instituting month-long jail terms for drug possession.
"Bill Janklow speeds when he drives -- shouldn't but he does," said Mr. Janklow, who was then governor. "When he gets the ticket he pays it, but if someone told me I was going to jail for two days for speeding, my driving habits would change. I can pay the ticket, but I don't want to go to jail. It's that simple..."
Janklow's irresponsibility behind the wheel is common knowledge:
"Anyone who knew Janklow knew Janklow drove like a maniac," said Mr. Napoli, who has worked closely with Mr. Janklow in Pierre, the state's capital, and has known him for more than 30 years. Janklow has touched many lives in an awful way
"We were all hoping he would get out of office before something like this happened, and he didn't make it. He'd had so many close calls and had done so many crazy things that we were all on our seats' edges waiting for something to happen."
. And has not had to face justice. Randy Scott is the most recent, the most visible case.
May he finally be held responsible for something he has done.
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Grieving boy next to the grave of his 12-year-old brother.
Colin Powell stood firm against Israeli criticism on Wednesday, saying his job required examining all peace ideas even if from opposition figures -- underlining growing impatience abroad with intransigent incumbents dominating the Middle East agenda.
"The more we talk about peace, the better. I welcome ideas from whatever the source," he told a news conference in Morocco.
Photographs and text by Masaru Goto. Also... Part Two... AIDS in Cambodia: Who Cares?
These are some of the most haunting photographs I've ever seen. (jp)
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Local hip-hop fans are sharing cell phone photos that they say show Portland police committing an act of racism — a large stuffed monkey doll placed behind a squad car's bumper guard. Beaverton resident Calvin Washington said he took the photos around 1 a.m. last Tuesday morning outside Ringlers restaurant at 1332 W. Burnside St., where a largely black crowd had gathered for a weekly hip-hop show hosted by disc jockey Mello Cee.
Via Boing Boing
Repocrat Defined: Persons in government that realize Democracy is paid for by vigilance and action and are only too willing to repossess Democracy due to a peoples lack of keeping Democracies account current. See Plutocrat, Oligarch, Kleptocrat
I'm sure that the ultraviolent treatment of people
in Miami protesting the FTAA is not "news" to you, although unless you got your information from alternative news sites the extent of militarized force against the folks practicing that most Democratic of principles, peaceful dissent was glossed over. Imagine if the news media was so controlled during the US civil rights movement...
The GOP faithful are to be wining and dining on a proposed luxury cruise liner
docked on the Hudson. What an incredible metaphor this offers. Just as the party of the Corporate elite cavorting offshore in reality free luxury bubble is a telling metaphor so is the fact that the city
the Republican Convention is occupying demonstrates daily, very visibly, the ever widening gap
between the rich few and the poor majority in America. A widening fostered by Republican policy.
There is a movement to organize a massive protest during the Republican Convention.
I'm going to offer you some resources.Counter ConventionRNC not Welcome
A Ward Harkavy article heavy with informative
As well as for the Republican National Convention United for Peace and Justice
is planning a Global Day of Action on March 20th, 2004, the one year anniversary of the attack on Iraq.
Info on the Democratic National Convention as it unfolds. This is what I've found
about organization. This about Secret Service "jurisdiction
" over what is defined as a "national special security event". This about National Guardsmen and police
from other localities in Boston.
The Democratic Leadership Council and the DNC need to know America in its majority care about the issues. That we realiize our needs are different than their corporate funders, even if we have only them as an option to vote out the current regime.
Check out Demilitarize the Police
Food for thought...
Diebold: Bless me Father, for I have sinned ...
Well, actually not, but a Diebold attorney promised in a conference call Monday with U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel that it would not sue dozens of students, computer scientists and ISP operators who received cease-and-desist letters from August to October. This is a fantastic (though inevitable) victory for us black box advocates. More than that however, it was simply the right thing for Diebold to do. According to my latest estimates, there were easily a half million copies of the Diebold memo data base downloaded, and as such, continuing their legal approach had really become an exercise in futility.
Were I to guess at this point, this has all the trappings of Diebold corporate coming down on Diebold Election Systems, who had clearly let this issue spin out of their control. It is after all about profits, and not about getting into a cat fight with cats that were not about to give up. Hopefully, this signals a new willingness on the part of Diebold Election Systems to work with us. It is after all about making them have a better product, and that of course is in their long term best interests.
Monday, December 01, 2003
Big Media Bev
This is big time. All those articles that mentioned the John Hopkins (quite limited) study of the Diebold code, but never mentioned where they got it from or the more advanced work that had been done prior to their study? You remember them. Bev Harris
and her cohorts were after all not "experts", and so did not deserve editorial mention. Until now.
How times have changed. In today's New York Times, none other than Paul Krugman puts Bev right in the spotlight in his "Hack the Vote" editorial. We're not on the margins anymore. We are now mainstreamed.
Read the editorial, take a visit to Bev's site, and if you are so inclined, drop her an e-mail to say thank you for all that she has done.
Some of the arm twisting that went on behind the scenes
of the Medicare vote.
Smith, self term-limited, is leaving Congress. His lawyer son Brad is one of five Republicans seeking to replace him from a GOP district in Michigan's southern tier. On the House floor, Nick Smith was told business interests would give his son $100,000 in return for his father's vote. When he still declined, fellow Republican House members told him they would make sure Brad Smith never came to Congress. After Nick Smith voted no and the bill passed, Duke Cunningham of California and other Republicans taunted him that his son was dead meat.
Read the full Novak article. Yeah, that
Novak. Link gleaned at the always excellent Cursor
An interview with economist Doug Henwood
There's been an increase in the level of pre-tax inequality. And in the last few years the tax system has gotten more regressive, so that's certainly adding to it. But if you look at the sorts of things promoting the pre-tax inequality, they include union-busting, erosion of the value of the minimum wage--the general things you associate with our very weak labor market protections. There aren't many other civilized countries where the at-will employment doctrine holds. It's hard to fire people in other countries. Here it's very easy. So a lot of it has to do with the whole institutional/legal structure, which is what allows employers to pay next to nothing and offer no benefits. It's the American way of economic life.
But the media is telling us that the economy is improving. Jobs are being created. But what does your experience
in the world at large tell you? Read Nathan Newman
and set the hype aside. Look in his sidebar and click on the articles filed under "Is This Growth Real?" Compare what you learn with the crappolla flowing out of your TV, your radio. With the experience of your family and friends. The media has a vested interest in lying to you. What if you don't spend extravagently for the holidays? Now that will be a Corporate bummer. And media ad revenues will plummet.
Having a traditional
family Christmas time will wake 'em up.
Here are some numbers to consider: 14 million, 35.9 billion, and one.
The first figure is an estimate of the number of people who will die of AIDS and other treatable diseases over the course of the coming year, most of them in the poor countries of the developing world.
The second figure represents the combined 2002 profits, in dollars, of the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies, according to Fortune magazine's annual analysis of America's largest businesses.
The third figure corresponds to the number of countries that, last Wednesday, November 19, voted against a U.N. resolution on access to drugs in global epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The resolution emphasized that the failure to deliver lifesaving drugs to millions of people who are living with HIV/AIDS constitutes a global health emergency. 167 countries voted in favor of the resolution. The single vote against it was cast by the United States. [more]
Happy World AIDS Day
The Iranian regime has agreed to play the transparency game on the nuclear issue, but at the same time is increasing its pressure on Iranian society. The ayatollahs have been bolstered by American threats, but soon they’ll have to deal with a tidal wave: women demanding their rights.
If you want to get a picture of what life is like in Iraq right now (for both Iraqis and American soldiers), as well as a detailed briefing on why the planning was so spectacularly bad, this is the article you need.
US commanders previously said they killed 46 Iraqis, all of them insurgents, in the clashes on Sunday afternoon and evening, which they described as the heaviest faced in Iraq (news - web sites) by the 4th Infantry Division which patrols the region.
On Monday, they upped the death toll to 54, without specifying whether the additional dead were insurgents or civilians.
The town's police chief Colonel Ismail Mahmud Mohammed said around 20 of the wounded sustained their injuries while worshipping at a mosque during sunset prayers.
He said the insurgents who had attacked US forces had withdrawn when the Americans had returned fire, and charged that the troops had done so indiscriminately with all weapons in their arsenal.
Sunday, November 30, 2003
Even though Bush II will lose the popular vote in the US presidential election of 2004, his electoral college victory seems assured. With Republican party governors firmly in charge of Florida, California, Texas and New York, and supported by a whopping Bush campaign war chest approaching $200 million, dubious electronic voting schemes courtesy of Diebold, Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors ( http://www.blackboxvoting.com ), it seems certain that Bush will make it back to the Oval Office through the back door that is the Electoral College. And if not the Electoral College then by benefit of a rebel attack on US soil which kills thousands of Americans and leads to the suspension of the US Constitution. That according to General Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), who opined in the magazine Cigar Aficionado that the US will have to shed its constitution in favor of a military style of government. Even the notorious aristocrat Alexander Hamilton would have been appalled as such a statement, as would Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. But these are mediocre times in history; particularly, and dangerously, in America where its people have eliminated those who might have continued to wage a struggle for an equitable form of government in the US, as well as engage the world through international treaty building . . .
. . . Bush will quietly issue an edict supporting a return to the draft. The massive military campaign that is sure to follow will require millions of US military personnel that can only be had forcibly through conscription. As early as the Christian holiday of Christmas in December 2004, or more likely, the Christian Easter Holiday in April 2005 (celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ), the Bush PCS will attack. Syria will be attacked by American-British-Israeli coalition forces, primarily from its Western, Southern and Eastern flanks. There will be no prolonged bombing campaign in this operation. The air campaign will be concomitant with an amphibious assault on Syria’s Western shores, accompanied by a land invasion from the Southern and Eastern flanks. The forces of the American led coalition will crush the dilapidated Syrian military within 10 business days. The Palestinians will likely be granted a piece of the former Syria and will be relocated there by the US and Israel . . .
. . . The US and South Korean military will attempt to neutralize the North Korean military with low yield tactical nuclear weapons which will be used primarily along the heavily fortified Southern border. This conflict will see the massive deployment of ordnance with calmative agents meant to literally put to sleep the North Korean military. An electromagnetic pulse weapon or weapons will be used to knock out North Korea’s command and control infrastructure. Ground operations will be simultaneous with air and sea assault but the conflict will rage on for 12 business quarters as weather and terrain complicate the US led attack . . . (via Kurt Nimmo and Root Cellar)
Bruce Springsteen told a crowd of 50,000 New Yorkers on October 4th to "shout a little louder if you want the president impeached." Two weeks later, John Mellencamp posted an open letter to America on his Web site, declaring, "We have been lied to and terrorized by our own government, and it is time to take action." Meanwhile, Moby, Eddie Vedder and Michael Stipe are organizing a TV-ad campaign that will run anti-Bush commercials during the week of the State of the Union address in January; Dave Matthews is railing against the war in Iraq in interviews; and at press time, at least three multiband rock tours planned to take aim at Bush-administration policies. Green Day, NOFX, Tom Morello, Dixie Chicks, Don Henley, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle have all played (or plan to play) for political candidates or causes. Hip-hop stars have also gotten involved. "We have a voice and a responsibility to speak out," says Jay-Z, a member of Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit, which aims to register 4 million voters before the 2004 election. "People listen to us." [more]
Commentary regarding the police violence in the recent
FTAA protests in Miami, and the federal role in it.
To see how many US and UK soldiers Bush has killed in Iraq with his lies, click here
Cost of the War in Iraq
"America was never innocent. We popped our cherry on the boat over and looked back with no regrets. You can't ascribe our fall from grace to any single event or set of circumstances. You can't lose what you lacked at conception.
"Mass-market nostalgia gets you hopped up for a past that never existed. Hagiography sanctifies shuck-and-jive politicians and reinvents their expedient gestures as moments of great moral weight. Our continuing narrative line is blurred past truth and hindsight. Only a reckless versimilitude can set that line straight."
--James Ellroy, American Tabloid