Lying Media Bastards

August 31, 2006

Fence

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Posted by Jake on August 31, 2006 6:52 pm

August 26, 2006

Politickery

To find out about an election scandal in my home Congressional district, it makes sense I had to read about it on a news site in New Zealand.

On June 6, there was a special election in this district in San Diego, voting on a replacement for disgraced/jailed Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. In this election, immigrant-hatin’ Republican Brian Bilbray seemingly beat out bland Democrat Francine Busby.

On June 13, Bilbray was sworn in as a member of the House of Represenatives by House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

On June 30, the San Diego County Registrar officially certified the election results, declaring Bilbray the winner.

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed an wee incongruity there. Somehow, Bilbray was sworn into office before he was officially declared the winner! Not sure what law that violates, swearing in a guy to office who wasn’t (yet) elected to that office, but it certainly seems just a tad illegal.

Now, we add Layer Two to this controversy: two San Diegans have filed an “election contest” (I think that’s like a type of lawsuit), alleging a number of shady doings in this election, not the least of which was that several poll workers took the voting machines home with them for several days. Given how easy it is to manipulate and tamper with some voting machines, it seems that people having access to voting machines with no supervision is a valid concern. The “election contest” calls for a recount of the ballots.

Layer Three gets us to Crazy Town. The County of San Diego is attempting to say that local courts have no jurisdiction over this issue, that the House of Representatives has jurisdiction here. Because a) Bilbray has been sworn in and is therefore a member of the House, and b) Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which reads “Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members”.

Of course, both of these arguments run totally counter to common sense. A guy can be sworn to office when they’re still counting votes? Local governments aren’t in control of local elections? At the very least, argument B seems easily contradicted by another portion of the Constitution, Article I, Section 4 says that “the times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.” Which might mean that this is neither the House nor the local courts have jurisdiction, that this would be a State of California thing, but I’m no law expert.

The case is still going. At present, it looks like the courts are going to say that yes the local courts do have jurisdiction here. I’ll keep you updated if anything interesting happens.

Posted by Jake on August 26, 2006 9:07 pm

August 25, 2006

Terror-Mania

So a few weeks back, I wrote that we shouldn’t jump the gun about the alleged UK liquid bomb hijack thing, because media sensationalism and political spin often distort the initial story, and we don’t get the real facts till sometime later. Looks as if I was way more right than I thought I was.

First of all, it is increasingly seeming like the terrorist plot was not as imminent as we’d been led to believe. Near as I can figure, the terrorists didn’t have any plane tickets purchased for their assault, some of them didn’t even have passports (which apparently can take several months to get in the UK), and it doesn’t even appear that they had any explosives. I believe the arrestees were found to have one of the three chemicals necessary to make the TATP explosive, but that chemical is hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to disinfect wounds, stop halitosis, or badly bleach someone’s hair blonde. I actually have a bottle of it in my bathroom, and I have no intention of making bombs.

Secondly, this “mix the chemicals and go boom” plot seems to be logistically impossible. To make the TATP that the arrestees allegedly wanted to use, you’d need to bring two bottles of liquid on the plane, and one of them would have to be kept cold. Then you apparently need to add chemical B to chemical A, one drop at a time, stirring and monitoring the temperature with a thermometer. The chemical reaction to make TATP would take several hours to occur, and after that, you’d have to dry it for a couple of hours. Needless to say, this sort of behavior on a plane might be construed as “suspicious”, even if you tried to do it in the bathroom. “Stewardess? That man has been in the bathroom the whole flight. He went in there several hours ago, with a cooler, a small bag, and a safety goggles. And now the plane smells like chemistry lab.”

It appears that you could mix up your chemicals in advance and bring them on with you to the airport in a single bottle, but the mixture would be so volatile that you could easily blow yourself up your way to the flight.

Despite this, Americans are still not allowed to bring liquids onto planes.

And third, after surveilling this terror cell for over a year and arresting more than two dozen people, it took British law enforcement almost two weeks to scrape together enough evidence to indict eleven of them. This makes me a bit skeptical about the whole thing.

But, the scare has caused Western air travellers to seriously lose their shit.

- on August 11, three Palestinian-Americans were arrested for attempting to buy 80 cellphones at a Wal-Mart in Michigan. The police searched the men’s car, and found pictures of a nearby bridge, and decided that the men were planning to blow up said bridge. The terror charges were later dropped, but the men were brought up on new charges that they were going to turn these phones into “counterfeit” or “unlocked” phones, or something.

- on August 16, passengers for a flight from Malaga, Spain to Manchester, UK, refused to get on the plane until two young men of south Asian descent were removed. Because they were “acting suspiciously.”

- on August 17, a mentally ill woman on a flight from London to Washington DC was detained and the plane escorted in by F-15 fighter jets. Her erratic behavior caused some to think that she was a terrorist.

- on August 17, two Arab-Americans from Michigan were arrested on terror-related charges for buying hundreds of cellphones in Ohio. They apparently planned to resell the phones for a higher price and turn a profit. The charges were dropped after the men had spent about a week in jail.

- also on August 17, West Virginia’s Tri-State Airport was shut down for 10 hours when a woman of Pakistani descent had two bottles of liquid (one a facial cleanser, not sure what the other one was) in her carryon bag, which tested positive for explosive residue. As it turns out, many household items are considered potential “explosive residue”.

- also on August 17, the Iqbal family from Cheadle, UK, landed in Atlanta for a vacation. The father, Azal, was detained and questioned for hours. He was told that “Asian people” needed a special visa, and sent him back to England, while allowing his family to stay.

- on August 18, three Canadian doctors of Middle Eastern descent were kicked off of a flight from San Francisco to Winnipeg when a belligerent, drunken passenger accused the three of being terrorists.

- on August 23, 12 men of Indian descent were removed from a Amsterdam-Bombay flight and arrested for “suspicious behavior”. They apparently were trying to use their cellphones, passing their cellphones to each other, and changing seats with each other. Dutch authorities say that the men are not terrorists, but for some reason haven’t yet dropped the charges or released the men.

- police in Tuscon, AZ are looking for two men of Middle Eastern men who bought 50 cellphones at a nearby Sam’s Club. They are only wanted for “questioning.”

Facial cleanser. Cellphones. Bridge photos. Seat changing. These are the signs of terrorism. We’ve got to be vigilant, people.

Posted by Jake on August 25, 2006 10:05 am

August 24, 2006

LMB Radio 08-24-06

LMB Radio 08-24-06

- involuntary recruitment
- Jake floats new vocab: “neocons” vs. “neocols”
- Rubber Rose party
- “gypsy” vs. “roma”
- Survivor: Cook Islands. Now with extra racism!
- Fear In TerrorPhobiaLand
- FCC town hall meeting in LA
- Clamor vs. American Apparel
- Joe Lieberman, Middle Class Rich Guy
- no more LMB radio till September

Musically, we’ve got the Mars Volta, the Spectacle, Country Joe McDonald, Devotchka, Emmy the Great, Rage Against the Machine, the Sea and the Gulls, Massive Attack & Mos Def, the Warriors, Vast Aire & MF Doom, NAP Project, Johnny Flynn, Gnarls Barkley, the Go! Team, Good Book, the White Stripes, Damian & Stephen Marley, and more.

Posted by Jake on August 24, 2006 8:18 pm

August 23, 2006

Out in the Open

Oh god! There making a new season of the reality show Survivor, where the contestants will be put in “tribes” according to race!

“SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS will feature the series’ most ethnically diverse cast to date. The castaways will initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White) before merging in a later episode.”

Man, that’s gonna bring out the racist talk around the watercooler. I’ve got a bad feeling that it’s gonna get ugly.

Rush Limbaugh is getting a head start on the racism, utilizing the fun of stereotypes. Oh Rush, you kidder you.

Of course, the sole reason that Survivor is doing this is for the controversy in hopes that it will drive up ratings. Sex sells, why not racism?

[update]

Now, with parody goodness.

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Posted by Jake on August 23, 2006 9:06 pm

Meet the FCCers*

The FCC is holding a town hall meeting in Los Angeles on August 31. One Congressman and two real live FCC Commissioners (head honchos) will be there. You can attend and tell them what you think, yell at them, whatever (well, they probably won’t stand for much yelling).

The org Media Alliance is not only encouraging people to attend and pressure the agency in a more progressive direction, but they are also holding several “prep workshops” about media issues in the week leading up to the event.

Details:

FCC Town Hall Meeting
Thursday August 31, 6:30-9:30 pm
USC – Davidson Conference Center
3415 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
(Enter through Gate 4 on Jefferson Blvd.at Royal St.)

“Prep workshops”
Thursday August 24, 12 pm at the CWA Local 9000
5855 Venice Boulevard
Thursday August 24, 6 pm at the CWA Local 9000
5855 Venice Boulevard
Thursday August 31, 5 pm USC
Davidson Conference Center
3415 South Figueroa Street

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* That title seemed a lot funnier when I first typed it.

Posted by Jake on August 23, 2006 10:21 am

August 21, 2006

Dirty Laundry

American Apparel is the clothing company of choice for many progressives out there, due to it’s non-sweatshop conditions. Many orgs out there try to do the right thing, buy sweatshop-free blank shirts to paste their logos on and sell, and AA’s prices are pretty reasonable.

However, the company is anti-union, its owner has numerous sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits pending against him, and the company’s advertising is often exploitative of women (in a quasi-porn kinda way). From formal and informal sources, it seems like owner Dov Charney is a sleazy motherfucker, who feels that his “paternal benevolence” averts the need for his employees to unionize, and that he is really a wannabe porn magnate who happens to be in the clothing business.

Clamor Magazine decided to take the company on, and published a very nice exposé of the company. And it should come as no surprise that they have received a threatening legal letter from American Apparel, demanding a retraction and public apology. I’m not a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that AA have no case unless they can prove that Clamor wrote things that they knew to be untrue with the intent of hurting the company.

Amusingly, Clamor did print one correction to their AA coverage:

In this Fall 2006 issue, we incorrectly reported that Mary Nelson, a store manager at American Apparel, had withdrawn her sexual harassment suit against CEO Dov Charney. It has come to our attention that the suit by Mary Nelson, a sales manager, is still pending, and that an unnamed store manager withdrew her suit against the company.

Sometimes, the truth hurts.

Clamor has announced that they are standing by their story, and point out that a company which pulls in a yearly $250 million in profits threatening to sue a small social justice magazine kinda runs counter to progressive values.

Of course, the proper course of action to me seems to be to publicize Clamor’s AA articles, as well as AA’s strongarm tactics. Read the article. Tell your friends. Maybe send a link to your local newspaper and TV station.

I should also mention that the Clamor piece recommends several non-sweatshop alternatives that (to my knowledge) don’t try to force their employees to have sex with the boss:

Alternative
Justice Clothing
No Sweat

Posted by Jake on August 21, 2006 8:47 pm

Li’l Help?

Hey folks,

I’m looking to get a new laptop, a PC, but I am perpetually confused by all of the processor types out there. Used to be simpler, you got a 386 or a 486, or a Pentium or a Pentium II. But I don’t know the difference between a Centrino and a Celeron and Pentium M and a Turion and a Duron, etc. All I know is that my desktop computer has a Athlon chip, and I’d like to get as close to that (or better, of course) as I can afford.

Anyone know enough about these computer types to educate me?

Thanks.

[update]

looking through the comments…

I appreciate the suggestions, but I don’t really want a Mac. I’ve used them and found them irritating. Okay, PCs are irritating too, but I can usually make them do what I want them too. On top of that, Macs look a lot more expensive than I’d like to pay. I mean, I’m finding what look to be pretty decent laptops in the $600 range.

These Merom chips sound interesting, but I’d guess that the machines that have them will be expensive too.

And of course, it seems wise to avoid a Dell to avoid that whole inferno battery thing.

Anyone else? What’s the best AMD chip? What’s the worst?

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Posted by Jake on August 21, 2006 6:10 am

August 20, 2006

The Devil’s in Wiretapping the Details

Last Thursday, a federal court judge ruled that the Bush administration’s warantless wiretap program was unconstitutional. Which it clearly was. Brave conservatives everywhere stepped up to defend the program– by slandering the judge, trying to paint her decision as one biased her own political agenda. This, of course, is a ubiquitous, timeless debate technique: “my arguments are based upon pure logic and reason, while my opponent’s are based upon personal feelings.”

By now, pundits and “serious news anchors” are talking about this “blow” to a “key program” in the “fight against terrorism.” It’s not, of course. The ruling simply says that the Bush administration has to comply with the FISA law. Which says that the NSA can do exactly what it did under the Bush program, except that within three days of starting to wiretap someone, they have to get a warrant. In a court which is very lenient and nearly always grants them.

That’s it. There’s your “blow”: you wiretap someone’s phone, and within 72 hours someone has to go before a friendly judge and explain why you wanted to eavesdrop on their calls. You don’t face much scrutiny, you don’t even need to get a warrant in advance. The Bush crew feels that even that minute amount of oversight is an affront.

What this decision was a blow to was the Bush administration’s “we’re above the law” legal theory. Y’know, the one that says that Bush’s constitutional duty to protect the United States of America is top priority, and any law or legal decision that he claims undermines his ability to carry that out is therefore unconstitutional (well, can be ignored, anyway). They trotted that out for this court challenge, and the judge didn’t buy it. Hooray for common sense.

Tell all that to your conservative crybaby friends.

Posted by Jake on August 20, 2006 5:07 pm

August 18, 2006

LMB Sucks

Doh.

On my radio show yesterday, I mentioned the recent scare in which a passenger on a plane was thought to be a terrorist, when really she was showing symptoms of claustrophobia, and possibly other mental problems. Overly-quick news reports implied she was a terrorist, and said that she was carrying “banned items”: a screwdriver, vaseline, matches, and a note regarding Al-Qaida. On my show, I ridiculed the media about their errors and declared that all of these facts were wrong.

Except, it turns out that many were right.

Before my show, I read an article by a commentator I trust which claimed that reports about the alleged Al-Qaida note were wrong. I misunderstood and thought that his debunking regarded all of the media claims. It appears that the passenger did have matches, had “hand cream” instead of vaseline (although under the new security rules, that’s banned), and I’ve both heard that she did have a screwdriver and didn’t have a screwdriver, so I’m not sure what happened there. She apparently wrote several weird notes to the airplane staff, that the staff thought might have implied something about terrorism.

So….. my bad. I criticize media for getting the story wrong and then get it mostly wrong myself. So if you listen to the show, that segment is wrong. Funny, but wrong.

Posted by Jake on August 18, 2006 7:36 am

August 17, 2006

LMB Radio 08-17-06

LMB Radio 08-17-06

- optimism cynicism in the Middle East
- London terror plot, not so scary
- London terror plot, liquid explosive plan wouldn’t work
- rumor-mania at the news desk see correction below
- judge declares Bush’s unconstitutional wiretapping plan to be unconstitutional
- how to wiretap legally
- new, misleading poll says Americans stupid

Two musical themes on this show, “women in hip-hop” and “the new album Skeet Spirit: a Crunk Tribute to Radiohead is ridiculous, let’s listen”. I also wanted to play multiple tunes from Willie Nelson’s reggae album, but didn’t have time. There were many other female MCs I wanted to play as well, guess I’ll have to save em for another show.

Setlist includes Missy Elliott, DJ Chalie Numbas MsFortune, Jean Grae, the Pixies, Desdamona, the Warriors, Invincible, Willie Nelson & Toots Hibbert, Anomolies, Nouvelle Vague, Leftover Crack, Tigarah, the Go! Team, Kris Kristofferson and the Editors.

I should also apologize; I didn’t listen too carefully to some of the songs before I played them and some of them had what I would consider offensive lyrical content. I think two songs called people “faggots” and one track had vocal samples of the “all women are hos and bitches” variety. Sorry about that.

[correction]

On the show, I talked about a woman who made a disturbance on a plane who was thought to be a terrorist, but was really just suffering from claustrophobia. I accused the media of many errors, but turned out to make a number of errors myself. Details here. Whoops, sorry.

Also, a listener wrote to tell me that the rapper I referred to as “DJ Chalie Numbas” is actually “MsFortune”. Got the track off the DJ Chalie Numbas MySpace page, which made no mention of MsFortune, so at least this mistake wasn’t my fault (Didn’t make much sense anyway, an MC calling herself “DJ”. I think that Chalie must be the DJ on that track).

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Posted by Jake on August 17, 2006 4:21 pm

Hooray for Our Side

Nice.

NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional: Judge orders immediate halt to program

Posted by Jake on August 17, 2006 9:01 am

August 10, 2006

Milking Terror

I don’t want to say too much about the British airplane terrorist arrests that were made today. As we all know from experience, the initial reports often get a lot wrong, and we don’t hear the real story till some days later. In addition, when it comes to terrorism, we know that politcians and law enforcement like to spin and sensationalize the stories to make themselves look good. The details look significantly less lurid on Day Three, when it turns out that the Apocalyptic Plot to Destroy America was actually a Drunken Plan to Paint “USA Drinks Peepee” On the Side of a Bridge.

On the flip side, of course, maybe the general outline we’ve heard today is largely accurate: Muslim terrorists, 12 British planes, liquid explosives, backers in Pakistan. I’ll tentatively accept that for the moment.

As would be expected, the Republicans (plus Republican Jr. Joey Lieberman) are using this foiled terror plot to bash the Democrats and support all of our favorite bloody/illegal White House policies. Y’know, the fact that British and Pakistani intelligence were able to capture some would-be terrorists in the UK is obvious proof that the US must continue its occupation of Iraq. I’m not one to defend Democrats, but the conservative rhetoric that’s pumping out today is just bullshit, out and out lies. Dick Cheney made an unusual press conference by phone just to say that Joe Lieberman is great, and that Democrats are spineless and will let Koran-o-fascists set up a theocracy in your daughter’s bedroom.

Well, specifically, he said this:

When we see the Democratic Party reject [Joe Lieberman] … it would seem to say a lot about the state the party is in today if that’s becoming the dominant view of the Democratic Party, the basic, fundamental notion that somehow we can retreat behind our oceans and not be actively engaged in this conflict and be safe here at home…

That’s more offensive that just setting up a strawman, it’s a fucking lie. Seriously, can he name one Democrat who is saying that if America stops the war in Iraq that it will be safe from terrorism? Of course he can’t, cuz he made that shit up. Nobody thinks that. The true anti-war position is more like “we’re not defeating terrorism, we’re not helping the Iraqis, and hundreds of Americans are dying. Let’s get the hell out of there.”

Lieberman got into the act as well:

“I’m worried that too many people, both in politics and out, don’t appreciate the seriousness of the threat to American security and the evil of the enemy that faces us — more evil or as evil as Nazism and probably more dangerous than the Soviet communists we fought during the long Cold War… If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again.'’

(Ned Lamont is, of course, the guy who just beat out Lieberman in a primary election)

I’ve always loved that logic, “we can’t do that, it’s what the terrorists want!” Indeed. Osama bin Laden is carefully watching C-SPAN, holding off on his next plan to drive the American Crusader from the Holy Land until he sees the exit polls from New Haven. Anyone with a bit of smarts knows that the Iraq war has been like a three-year orgy to bin Laden. For a decade, he’d been zealously preaching to the Muslim world that the US was out to destroy Islam, and was ignored. After the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, many Muslims finally started convincing many that he had a point.

Frankly, militant Islamists are sort of in a win-win situation here: if the US stays in Iraq, they can use it to recruit Muslims to their cause; if the US leaves, they can claim the departure as a victory and use that to recruit.

(Whaddya think, did Lieberman lose the vote because he’s an asshole, because he’s pro-war, or because he has the charisma of a piece of wet cheese?)

White House press secretary Tony “I Used to Work for Fox News” Snow gave a long monologue claiming that the victory of Ned Lamont represents “a white flag in the war on terror” from the Democratic party.

And of course, our president had to chime in as well:

“A stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation… It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America.”

They don’t hate freedom, jackass. They very clearly seem to think that the US (and Israel) are out to destroy Islam, and they think they are defending themselves. We’re not out to destroy Islam, of course, but if we happen to cause it irreparable damage while trying to suck up the oil underneath it, we’re not going to shed too many tears (or even notice that we’ve done so). They are misinterpretting the situation, but let’s be honest, it’s not a particularly crazy way to interpret America’s actions.

Let me remind everyone that until the US invaded, Iraq had nothing to do with the war on terrorism. Iraq was a secular dicatatorship which had nothing to do with Al Qaeda or 9/11. Until after the invasion, of course. That’s part of what makes this rhetoric so infuriating. I feel like Lewis Black. “There weren’t any terrorists there, you assholes!! We told you not to go there, but you went there anyway!! And now that you’ve turned the country into a terrorist summer camp, you’re saying we’ve got to stay there to fight the terrorists that weren’t there before we arrived!!

What’s even crazier, is that the story we’re hearing about today’s UK terrorist arrests are actually evdience against US policy. I’ve been saying since 9/12 that Al Qaeda is an international criminal syndicate, and should be treated as such. The US needs to do some serious cloak & dagger, undercover cop shit to find out who they are and how they operate, so that they can be shut down. They’re kind of like the mafia. You aren’t going to shut down the mafia by bombing New Jersey or Sicily.

From the look of this case, British intelligence got a tip from an informer, and then put the suspects under all sorts of surveillance. The Brits didn’t bomb the neighborhood, they didn’t wiretap all of the UK, they just spied on the guys who might actually be plotting something. Anyone who tries to tell you that successful UK policework means that 130,000 American soldiers have to sit in the desert shooting at Iraqis thinks you’re an idiot.

Posted by Jake on August 10, 2006 9:55 pm

Spitting Punchlines

Dayum. Saw this clip from the Daily Show last night, with their new Middle East correspondent Aasif Mandvi acting as though all of the Muslim world sees the violence and chaos with the rose-colored rhetoric of the White House. My favorite line:

“Over the years, we’ve grown accustomed to thinking of ourselves as you think of us: tiny, abstract drops in an oil field of possibility. Whether re-drawing our borders without regard for ethnicity or religion, or experimenting with unfamiliar forms of governance, we always welcome the chance to test the latest theories of your political scientists.”

What could never be said on American television in the bitter, furious tone it deserves, Mandvi is able to get on the air with sarcasm and chuckling (and slightly uncomfortable) studio audience.

Posted by Jake on August 10, 2006 9:54 pm

She Deafened Me with Science

No LMB radio show today due to tech problems*. Sorry. Also, as a warning, I also have to skip out on the August 31 show, due to the demands of my jobby job.


*For those tech-minded folks who want the details: we just switched our station to a new server, and the DNS changes are still propagating. I have no idea how many folks could actually access the audio stream if they tried, and I’m not even sure if our recording method would work for the podcast. So I ain’t going.

Posted by Jake on August 10, 2006 11:34 am

August 9, 2006

Lebanon Solidarity

Via email:

Heres the deal- Lebanese and internationals here in Beirut are oganizing a caravan to bring humanitarian aid to people in the south who are not getting it, and are literally dying from thirst, hunger, illness. We will leave Beirut August 12th, this saturday, at 7 am (please note time difference). This is very dangerous, sinse israeli has said it will bomb any cars. We are in touch with alot of media, and this is crucial, to have international and media eyes watching. yes, I feel strange about mainstream media aswell but we are trying to draw alot of attention, and maybe not get bombed, ya know? the webpage is www.lebanonsolidarity.org

ACTION- we need you all to call as much attention to this caravan as possible, within the next few days. If you have press contacts, indy press or whatever media, all media is cool right now, send them our email and phone in lebanon -(country code -961) 70 150 247 so we can talk about the caravan. If you know anyone organizing demos on saturday (it is international day of action against israel or something, so there wil be demos) try to get contacts so that people can speak live or recorded at the rallies from the caravan. This may sound not too exciting for you all but it has to be done, to at least try to protect
people on the caravan.

The caravan is not working with political parties and not asking Israel for permission to go south (ie, permission so that they wont airstrike us).

Damn. These folks are going to cart humanitarian aid down to the people in the most brutally destroyed areas of Lebanon, knowing full well that Israel might bomb them to pieces without a second thought. They’re asking for media coverage, because the more the world knows about this, the less likely Israel will be to bomb them.

Hop to it, folks. Contact your local media outlets and send them to LebanonSolidarity.org.

Posted by Jake on August 9, 2006 8:57 pm

August 5, 2006

Destroyed

My god.

Beirut, before and after the Israeli bombings:

Larger version here.

Damn.

[update]

Here’s another version, from the NY Times.

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[via Juan Cole]

Posted by Jake on August 5, 2006 12:01 pm

August 3, 2006

LMB Radio 08-03-06

LMB Radio 08-03-06

- hatin on NPR
- Radiohead calls for a coup
- Mel Gibson: crazy person
- a man walks into a shopping mall…
- Bush proposes new “I can jail any of you motherfuckers” legislation
- MTV at 25
- Fidel Castro: “I’m not dead yet”
- Israel vs. Lebanon: WarCrime-palooza
- killing human shields and the moral high ground
- report back from the West Bank
- thought exercise: slave revolt 2006
- tribute to the cat I pretended was a DJ
- Oaxaca rebellion
- Mexican presidential limbo

Musically, we’ve got the Clash, Green Day, Cake Bake Betty, A Tribe Called Quest, Indie Blockedappella, Dropkick Murphys, Son de Madera with Quetzal & Zack de la Rocha, the Immortal Lee County Killers, Flunk, the Dead Kennedys, Cage, They Might Be Giants, Manu Chao, Candy, and more.

Posted by Jake on August 3, 2006 11:57 pm

August 2, 2006

Congress to Be Slightly Less Stupid

Hill fries free to be French again

Remember when crazed pro-war dumbshits decided that France was our enemy, because they weren’t jumping excitedly at the chance to start WWIII in Iraq? And how to show their contempt/look properly manly and arrogant for voters, some Congressional geniuses decided that the Capital Hill cafeteria would change the names of “french fries” and “french toast” to “freedom fries” and “freedom toast”? You don’t? You blocked all of 2002 and 2003 from your memory? Good call.

Apparently, that legislation has expired or something, because the cafeterias are once again serving french stuff. Huzzah!

(Fun side note, Rep. Bob Ney, one of the authors of the French to Freedom bill, is under investigation for his ties to corrupt Washington lobbist Jack Abramoff)

Posted by Jake on August 2, 2006 12:28 pm

August 1, 2006

Rowr


Luna asleep under a table
June 29, 2006

R.I.P. Luna the Cat aka DJ Luna

Regular listeners to my show will remember DJ Luna as the cat that frequently bumped her head against the microphone, fell asleep on top of my notes, and demanded to be petted the rest of the time.

She will be missed.

Posted by Jake on August 1, 2006 9:45 pm

Predictable

From The Onion:

Bush Grants Self Permission To Grant More Power To Self

Sadly, you know this is gonna be true like 7 months from now.

Posted by Jake on August 1, 2006 9:32 pm

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