....LMB: "Mocking Bush"....

November 21, 2002

Bush said a lot of stuff while at the NATO summit this week. Which is always a mistake, the man should keep his mouth shut as often as possible unless he wants to look like a fool.

"Should [Saddam Hussein] again deny that this arsenal exists, he will have entered his final stage with a lie, and deception this time will not be tolerated. Delay and defiance will invite the severest consequences." So we'll attack Iraq if Saddam denies that he has these weapons? Shouldn't we base our decisions on what he does and what type of arsenal he has, not on the words he speaks?

I would be concerned, but I don't think that that's what he meant. It's just another example of Bush's talent for shoving his hands down the pants of the English language and squeezing till the tears come.

"The US president underlined his determination to crush 'global terrorists who hate freedom.'" What about the terrorists who think that freedom is kinda neat, do they get a free pass?

"People tend to focus on the inspectors as if the inspectors are the end," the president told reporters. What is important, he said, is eliminating any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 'He's going to disarm one way or the other.'"

This is starting to drive me crazy. The U.S. can claim justification for attack so long as any doubt remains about Iraq's weapons. And doubt will always remain because you can't prove a negative. I dare anyone to prove that I don't have a machine gun. You can search my apartment, search my car. Maybe it's under the floorboards, maybe I left it with a neighbor, maybe I buried it in the park. I don't own a machine gun and I've never owned a machine gun, but I don't think any of us could prove that. By the rationale of the Bush doctrine, you all have every right to come invade me.

And finally, it's fun to note that these NATO talks were never intended to be about Iraq. They're supposed to be discussions about enlarging and reforming NATO, with Iraq not even a topic on the agenda. Yet Bush managed to force the issue in there somehow.

Posted by Jake at 12:56 AM

"I've never owned a machine gun, but I don't think any of us could prove that. By the rationale of the Bush doctrine, you all have every right to come invade me."

woo wee!!!! Let's invade Jake's! Now we can all play Vice City 'til we're blue in the face!

I get dibs on his cool LAPD action figure and that rad clock.

Posted by: michele at November 21, 2002 10:19 AM

it's such a lie, anyway. jake has like 3 machine guns in the front room alone. did you ever notice that his couch is made of sandbags?

Posted by: jeremy at November 21, 2002 02:30 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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What went right: correctly guessing several key seasonings- lemon, ginger, soy, garlic, chili.

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