....LMB: "Itsy Bitsy Terror from the Skies"....

March 12, 2003

Oh for fuck's sake.

Yesterday, I mentioned that the White House was trying to make a "smoking gun" out of an Iraqi drone aircraft. "But it could spread chemical and biological weapons from the sky" screeched Bush & co.

Now that plane has been photographed, in all its terrible glory!

Behold, and tremble!


I'm not shitting you. That's really it. It's a Reuters photo on Yahoo News, check it out for yourself.

I don't think that plane could carry a six-pack, let alone steel cannisters full of nerve agent. According to Salon, the plane "appears to be made of balsa wood and duct tape, with two small propellors attached to what look like the engines of a weed whacker."

This is it? We're supposed to rain fiery death upon the heads of the Iraqi nation because of a device I could personally destroy with a stout 2x4?

Man, the Bush administration is just one, long horrifying blooper reel, isn't it?

[thanks to Thinking It Through and Atrios]

Posted by Jake at 03:35 PM
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The most powerful country in the world is trying to convince its citizens that they must destroy a decimated country before said country attacks with model airplanes....I was laughing when the news was reporting this threat of "drone" airplanes. Is that really all they can think of? Now, everyone out flying their dumb little biplanes on Saturdays will be viewed as suspected Iraqi "sleepers", practicing for the big invasion!!!

Posted by: Ryan at March 13, 2003 08:57 PM
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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.

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