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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Two reasons to vote November 7th

1.) The House of Representatives passed the Torture Bill.

2.) The Senate passed the Torture Bill.

There were too many Dems on the Yea side (12) in the Senate to sustain a filibuster. So Howard Dean didn't even try to get one going. Call 'em the Dirty Dozen. Neither Boxer nor Feinstein was one of them, thankfully. It will make pulling the lever for Evil DiFi a little more bearable.

It's time to vote the GOP bastards out. Unfortunately the only way to do it is to support the Dems.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Return of the Big Dog: smackdown at the Faux Death Star...

You GOTTA watch this, folks...

God I miss President Bill Clinton...snif...

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Osama Bin'Dead, spent last 5 years a free man.

OK, time to get our framing hammers out and build a nice big frame for the news, this time coming out of Saudi Arabia, that Osama Bin'Laden may have died.

1.) Osama Bin'Laden did not die in Tora Bora, when the US could have delivered a fatal blow not only to him but to a large amount of his lieutenants. We "outsourced" the raid on Tora Bora to tribal leaders, who let him walk. Were they bribed? Did they lose their nerve? Did they let him go deliberately? It really doesn't matter. He walked, and was able to pull the strings on his organization for five more years.

2.) Osama Bin'Laden died in Pakistan, where a separate peace between the Taliban and Pakistani tribal leaders has been reached, turning the lawless province of Waziristan into a safe haven for the allies of Al'Qaeda. General Musharraf's protestations that he had been threatened with being "bomb(ed) back to the Stone Age" if he did not cooperate with US efforts to "git" the Taliban and Al'Qaeda, are empty at best, disingenuous at worst. By rights we SHOULD HAVE bombed Pakistan to the Stone Age. Pakistan has been shown to be a less-than-helpful ally and perhaps should be seen as a "double agent" which has actively thwarted attempts to round up the Al'Qaeda machine. The Afghani Front should have also included Pakistan and Kashmir. The Pakistanis are NOT our friends and never have been. Yeah they have nukes. So what? We have nukes too. And we should have made abundantly clear to Musharraf that we would use them if theirs were used on our soldiers. Really, it's a joke. They would be crazy to use a nuke on us when they knew that we'd simply dust off and nuke the whole country from orbit. It's the only way to be sure, y'know.

3.) Osama Bin'Laden died a free man, without ever going before a US or, better yet, an international court for his many crimes against humanity. The butcher of 9/11, if he is dead, has breathed his last breaths in freedom, surrounded by his comrades. Whether he died of Typhoid, of kidney failure or some other malady is not important. He died a free man. We failed in our mission of bringing him back dead (by unnatural causes) or alive.

4.) We need to revisit the very well documented timeline about 9/11 that Michael Moore assembled. Yes, I know, "Michael Moore is a Big Fat Idiot." Yeah right, wingnuts. He's a Big Fat Idiot (sic) who meticulously documented his movie. (And furthermore, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot too, one who has a drug problem and went to the Dominican Republic as a sex tourist.) Bush and his people were more concerned with spiriting the members of House Bin'Laden living in the US out of the country, on the only planes that flew in the days immediately after 9/11. Bush has proven that he is beholden to Saudi interests and puts them before the interests of the US. Killing a member of one of the most powerful noble houses of Saudi Arabia, just below that of the House of Saud, would put Bush in a very difficult place with his Saudi friends. So he just let the bastard go.

To sum up, the frame goes like this:
Osama Bin'Laden died a free man, surrounded by his comrades, instead of in prison where he should have been. Bush held back for fear of offending his Saudi allies. He put Saudi oil over the interests of the United States in seeking justice for the victims of 9/11. And our Pakistani "allies" weren't allies at all, but a further hindrance to justice. Neither the Saudis nor the Pakistanis are our friends or have the interests of their "allies" in the US at heart. Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place. The right battleground was Afghanistan and Pakistan, and we did not fight those battles with anything resembling resolve. Meanwhile we have lost as many US troops in Iraq as we lost innocent civilians at the World Trade Center.

Or to be more concise:
Osama Bin'Laden died a free man because Bush put Saudi oil over justice for the victims of 9/11.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The soldiers did not die in vain

There's a discussion on the liberal blog I still lurk on but no longer post on about whether or not the service of the brave men and women sent to Iraq is in vain or not. I think the Bard had the best answer about this issue.

But if the cause be not good, the King himself hath a heavy reckoning to make when all those legs and arms and heads, chopp'd off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place'- some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the King that led them to it.
-- Shakespeare; King Henry V

So let's rephrase this so it's more sensible in our current version of English. It's not the soldier's fault that the leader has sent them on a fool's errand. Ultimately it is the leader or leaders who sent that soldier into such a conflict who is answerable for whether the cause is just or not.

We should not hesitate to say we support the troops if we do not agree with the cause they are being sent to fight. They have no say-so in the matter. They are being sent to the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, but to quote another poet, "Theirs it is to fight and die, theirs is not to wonder why." However, we have a responsibility to these men and women to bring them home and bring them home safely, and to see that the leaders who sent them into that wrong war answer for their malfeasance.

I hope that people show their real support for the troops and vote in a Senate and House that will no longer be a rubber-stamp for the G. W. Bush Administration. This is why I put up this blog in the first place.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thank you, Apple...

It looks like The Path To 9/11 will not be offered on iTunes after all.

Thanks Steve. Thanks Apple.

Monday, September 11, 2006

ABC and Disney deserve to lose.

The bastards did it. Looks like The Big Dog will sue soon.

Until then, have a ABC/Disney's expense.

UPDATE: Read this Keith Olbermann essay. He's on fire tonight. Un-freakin'-believable. Send this to your friends.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The hard work of the blogosphere...

...did exactly Jack and Shit and Jack left town.

It aired. Not just in the US but in New Zealand and in Britain too. Supposedly there were some cuts in the US showings but the message still came through loud and clear: BLAME CLINTON FIRST.

Of course, when the sacred holy name of Ronald Wilson Reagan gets besmirched, even a little, the Rethuglicans can get CBS to pull a TV movie and shunt it off onto Showtime.

This should have been buried on ABC Family Channel. Instead...DAMMIT! It's everywhere.

However, since this mess aired in the UK, perhaps maybe Clinton might sue for libel there. Their libel laws are fairly victim-friendly compared to the US. Go get 'em, Bubba!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The tide is turning: "The Path To 9/11" criticism louder...

It seems like the hard work of the blogosphere is paying off.

Now there's a central clearinghouse about the effort to shame ABC into pulling this Rove-inspired propaganda movie:

Open Letter To ABC

It looks like this, AmericaBlog and (god help me) DailyKOS are the places to go for updates.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Who's the defeat-o-crat now, Dubya?

While ABC prepares to air that "docudrama" The Path To 9/11 which follows the classic right-wing strategy of "Blame Bill Clinton first," ABC's news blog has unearthed a revelation that is a surprise to nobody: Osama bin'Laden has found a safe haven in Pakistan's lawless Waziristan province.

"As long as one is being like a peaceful citizen..." says Pakistani Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan, "(bin'Laden)would not be taken into custody...."

Yep, we have been played for fools by the Pakistanis. (Sorry, soul-sucking registration might be required for that link.)

"If treason prosper, none dare call it treason...." sayeth the Bard. I'm not a rich coward like the current (s)elected POTUS, so I'll come right out here right now. Dubya is a traitor. And so is every blasted person in the NeoCon cabal that got us in this mess in Iraq. They all should hang. The blood of every brave soul in our armed forces who has fallen in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and the blood of everyone who perished in 9/11 and in other al'Qaeda strikes against the Free World cries out for vengeance tonight.

The man who was really to blame for 9/11 was allowed to sneak off to sanctuary in the badlands of Waziristan. And regardless of what the upcoming propaganda film has to say about it, the administration that bears guilt for 9/11 is that of George W. Bush, not of William Jefferson Clinton, the last elected President of the United States. George W. Bush the usurper. George W. Bush the simpering puppet of truly evil mofos like Dick Cheney.

If we don't see justice in our lifetimes for the crimes of this cabal, may the afterlife hold the ultimate punishment for the lot of them. So mote it be.

NB: The link to the ABC news blog is broken. I will leave that 404 as it is for you all to ponder.

Tell "Kronk" to pull "The Path to 9/11"

Now, I am a major animation fan. Anyone who knows me knows that. In the Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove there was a character named Kronk. Initially he's the minion of the villain, the sorceress Yzma. But Kronk takes a "face" turn by the end of the movie and helps defeat Yzma.

Disney fans have taken to calling Robert Iger, the Disney CEO, "Kronk" because he was initially feared to be as bad as the CEO he replaced, the much-loathed Michael Eisner. However, his first move as CEO was to restart talks between Disney and Pixar and eventually buy Pixar, put Steve Jobs on the Board, and put Pixar genius John Lasseter in charge of Disney Animation and Disney Theme Parks. This bodes well for an animation renaissance at Disney.

Now Iger needs to step forward again and show the world that he can do the right thing with regard to this Right Wing propaganda movie.

The website Think Progress has put together a mailer script which will send emails directly to Iger's email box with regard to the upcoming "Path to 9/11" movie. Since ABC, a Disney subsidiary, will be showing the movie, he ultimately is the one who has to answer for this.

You can voice your displeasure to Robert Iger here.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The truth is out there, but not on ABC TV.

An upcoming TV movie blames Clinton for 9/11, and portrays the former President as a sex-crazed buffoon. Is this on Fox? Nope. It's on ABC.

This is not a movie made just for ClearChannel and Sinclair Broadcasting affiliates of ABC. No, it will be shown on every ABC owned-and-operated and every ABC affiliate TV station across this great country of ours. It is loaded with pro-Bush propaganda and written and produced by a known Right Wing operative, Cyrus Nowrasteh.

Here's more information on the upcoming movie:

Right Wing uses ABC 'docudrama' to push debunked claim...
Writer of ABC 'docudrama' is avowed conservative activist

So what do we do at this point?

If the Right Wing could get CBS to pull their Reagan biopic because it wasn't deferential enough to the legacy of their patron saint, we can surely get ABC to pull this piece of biased garbage.

Here's the contact form on Let's give ABC and Disney hell!