Lying Media Bastards

November 19, 2006

News Bullets

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I think I’ll just make this a big messy article based on recent news clippings.

Bomb Iran- crazed, simplistic opinion column in the LA Times calling for the US to invade Iran. Written by a member of right-wing think-tank the American Enterprise Institute. Mainly, I want to say that whenever you see an article with the author’s affiliation listed as the American Enterprise Institute, you really shouldn’t waste the time to read it.

CIA Analysis Finds Iran Not Developing Nuclear Weapons- whoops! But I thought that “Bomb Iran” guy said that Iran had nukes and we had to stop them! Sounds like we’re “fixing the intelligence around the policy” again. I sure hope these fucking lunatics don’t actually try to take this country into a war against Iran.

Kissinger: Iraq Military Win Impossible- man, when Henry Kissinger says you can’t win your war, you know you’re fucked. “If you mean by ‘military victory’ an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don’t believe that is possible”, he says.

Blair: Iraq “a Disaster”- UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was interviewed on the new English-language Al-Jazeera channel last week, where he agreed with the interviewer who said that the Iraq war has “been pretty much of a disaster”. Now, backpedaling with blinding speed, Blair now denies that he meant that, that it was “a straighforward slip of the tongue.” But he “does acknowledge is that there are difficulties and he doesn’t in any way try to downplay those difficulties.” This reminds me of the good ol’ days, before the Iraq war, when Bush would say something stupid and gifted liar Ari Fleischer had to tell the press that the president hadn’t said what he’d just said.

Why Do “They” Hate Us? Is It Somehow Connected To The Way We Cut Off Their Limbs With Chainsaws?- depressing post by Jonathan Schwarz about death and terror in Colombia. Evidence is finally coming to light that members of the Colombian government actively worked together with the right-wing paramilitaries/death squads to assassinate countless people. Schwarz reminds us that the US taxpayer is giving over $600 million to the Colombian government this year in police and military aid, some of which is undoubtedly going to the death squads. And finally, Schwarz relays tales about how the Colombian death squads seem to be fond of killing people by lopping off their body parts with chainsaws.

House Passes Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act With Little Discussion or Dissent- in 1992, Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, and last week, Congress decided to pass the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Under the old law, if you used civil disobedience in your animal rights activism, you were a criminal. Now, if you use civil disobedience in your animal rights activism, you’re a terrorist. Yes, terrorist.

An utterly transparent gift to the meat-producing industries and companies that do experiments on animals, as a result of intense lobbying.

Police Use Taser on UCLA Student- Most of you have probably heard about this one already. The student was at the university library, security asked to see his ID card and he refused to show it. They called in the campus police, who badgered him until he decided to leave. Rather than just watch and make sure he left, campus cops decide to look manly and grab him by the arm to escort him out. Student demands cop let him go, then goes limp to resist. Then the cops use a stun gun on him like six times, even after he’s already down, allegedly while they’re putting handcuffs on him. Sickening and ridiculous.

And apparently, when nearby students crowded around asked the abusing officers for their name and badge numbers, the cops threatened to taser them too.

The first bit of good news here is that the student is filing a lawsuit against the cops.

The university police are trying to spin the story in a more positive direction by saying that “four of the campus police department’s nearly 60 full-time sworn officers had won so-called Taser Awards” (which appear to be just a yearly PR gimmick by taser manufacturers) from an incident where “officers subdued a patient who allegedly threatened staff at the campus’ Neuropsychiatric Hospital with metal scissors.” You know things are bad when your story is “our officers are responsible professionals, as evidenced by this time when they tasered a mental patient.”

Then you get this prick who writes a column for the UCLA student paper, who argues (like many, sadly) that the student had it coming. Police are always right, the rules are always right, and if you disobey, you obviously deserve electrocution. The writer ends his column with “Send your favorite Rodney King jokes to Lazar at”. Oh, what a wacky scamp, with his irreverent wit! Remember kids, beating unarmed black men with clubs is funny! (Although I did have to smirk at the guy’s title. His column is titled “Beware of easy knee-jerk reactions”, which doesn’t stop the writer from blaming the tased student for the situation, days before the student told anyone his side of the story. I am also told that the student has shut down his email box because of all the irate email).

One bit of good news is that this attack is casting renewed attention on police brutality. The taser attack is getting a lot of attention due to its unusual nature (taser abuse) and the circumstances (student at an elite institution instead of poor black man on a street corner), but it comes on the heels of two other LAPD police brutality videos that have been released lately. I think the attack has also helped liberals notice other police assaults (even though they happen a lot), like the recent one on striking janitors in Houston, where the strikers sat down in the middle of a street and the cops trampled them with their horses. With this kind of attention, probably a few of the most violent cops will get fired and some of the rest will be more restrained… for a little while.

Posted by Jake on November 19, 2006 8:51 pm

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