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March 19, 2003

Saw this idea over at the Daily Kos blog.

Every day, Kos posts an entry for the sole purpose of the readers having a chance to write about whatever, converse, bitch, etc.

Seemed like an interesting idea, so I'm experimenting with it.

Use the "comments" section of this post to write about whatever, the war, Bush, the media, your cat's sex life, whatever.



Posted by Jake at 06:03 PM | TrackBack (0)

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."-Apocalypse Now. Hello war! Whenever I think about it, Bomb Drop (the virus) comes to mine. They Lie also comes to mine. dun dun dun. I dont have a cat, so i cant talk about the sex life of a cat i dont have. I heard that a war protestor fell off of the golden gate bridge while trying to hang up a banner. uh oh.

Posted by: wendy at March 19, 2003 07:02 PM

I'm going to regret that "cat sex" part, aren't I?

Posted by: Jake at March 19, 2003 07:03 PM

I've got all my beer and I'm ready to watch this war, brought to us by monster.com and Chevy trucks. I finished my final papers today, I've got a week and a half to watch our president ruin our country more, so Cheney's homies at Halliburton can get contracts to spend more money on building Iraq. Oregon's schools are shutting down early because they don't have enough money, and we'll be spending millions to rebuild Iraq once we've bombed the shit out of it, after the shock and awe.

15 minutes until Bush's speech.

The only comparable feeling of dread and clarity i've had was a drive back from Joshua Tree to LA. My friends and I were out there all day, enjoying the land and the air and the quiet. Not content with that experience, we decided to drive to 7-11 and get some booze, and watch the sunset. One guy drank a bottle of wine by himself, me and the other shared a 6-pack of Rolling Rock. We watched the sunset, and I didn't feel alright to drive back. My RR friend was alright, but it was late, so he decided to get some pep pills. Driving back on the San Berdoo fwy, there was a crash along the side of the road--a car flipped on it's roof. We had Modest Mouse blaring on the stereo, it was still around 90 degrees at 10pm, and we had the windows down. My friend driving said (gripping the steering wheel and driving too fast, clenching his teeth from the pep pills) that we were a part of the true American dream--driving too fast, listening to our music too loud, and enjoying some random violence, thinking that we were safe from it all.

I think that's where we're at now.

Posted by: Incadenza at March 19, 2003 07:03 PM

To refer Homer Simpson's King of England gun rights rant...

If you take away our rights to have weapons of mass destruction, then the President of the United States will be in your living room to push you around. You want that? Huh? Do you? Huh? Huh? Do you?

WMD are covered by the Second Amendment, right?

Posted by: Eric at March 19, 2003 07:31 PM

aaaaw... i love you too!

Posted by: Akasha at March 19, 2003 10:30 PM

Just got off work. So they've started it up. I'm not looking forward to the video game coverage of this one. So here we are, as safe as ever. Watching things happen to other people like its a TV show. Today is a shitty day.

Posted by: Ryan Anderson at March 19, 2003 11:12 PM

Blatant propaghanda, religious retoric and disregard of international law, well you all know that stuff.
My heart goes out to the brave few who are going to have to stand up to Bush and the consequences for the world if they don't.
It is a sad and black day when a condescending, arrogant, puppet like Tony Blair can make me feel ashamed to be British.
"Support our troops"? Bush has already said that "following orders" is no excuse for Iraqi troops blowing up oil fields, so what is the excuse of our troops who know they are engaged in an illegal war, against the wishes of the majority of the British people and little more than mercenaries for the US? I thought the Ministry of Defense was there for us not the US. Ah! i've fallen into the trap, i mean the current US Government (sorry to sound anti-american, i'm not).

Posted by: Diom at March 20, 2003 02:26 AM

Unbelievable. For the past months, I still held out hope, that common sense and peace will prevail in the end. "There's no way he'd dare attack, by FIRST STRIKE, especially since everyone knows Iraq is no threat to anyone, not even Kuwait. France, Russia, China, Germany, Canada, and every other country who's leaders still follow basic democratic principles and moral guidelines. Bush would look like Hitler invading Poland in WW2. There's no way."

Unfortunately, hell has frozen over.

All we can do now is protest in the streets, pray for the people of Iraq, and hope that there soon be a peaceful overthrow of a brutal dictator whose regime approves chemical, nuclear, biological warfare, threats against others, and unprovoked ware of tyranny. By that, I mean the BUSH regime, of course.

Being in Canada, I am only content that our leader still speaks for the majority, and does not support this war, and hope the majority in the US stand up and rebel agains their minority president who hijacked your government.

Best luck.

Posted by: Johnny at March 20, 2003 05:08 AM

oh geez do i need to rant!
i work with these people who are getting all googly-eyed with patriotism and respect for our wonderful emperor, i mean president, Bush. it's driving me nuts! i'm gonna be sick! i actually heard a discussion in the hallway about how great it is that Bush says he takes time out every day to reflect and pray about this mess. how nice. lady, you forgot about how he's turned the economy to crap, failed at educational reform, wants to wreck the environment, started a war and made the whole world hate our guts.

Posted by: Holly at March 20, 2003 08:10 AM

Ever since I've made my opinions clear to my dad about the war and Bush, he's gone and turned into super-patriot.

Last night during the speech he said, "the love that man has for this country."
I responded with "The love that man has for cocaine." My dad was pissed for the rest of the night

Posted by: Zach at March 20, 2003 08:16 AM

my cat is a 13 year old virgin and is so consumed with resentment towards me for "fixing" her before she was ready she has little time to consider current events. i however am heartbroken. and ashamed. another blogger said it best:

"the ultimate privilege is the assurance that it will always be someone else who dies for your standard of living."

greed. power. consumption. shock. outrage. horror. grief.

four wheels bad, two wheels good.

shock. outrage. horror. grief...

xoxo, jared

Posted by: the evil queen at March 20, 2003 08:51 AM

I am also brokenhearted.

Color me starry-eyed and idealistic for believing that if I just did my best--wrote letters, sent faxes, made calls, protested in person, got the word out, got my friends involved who got THEIR friends involved--that if I just did my damndest then everything would be ok.

Ah. Now we are back to cynical, disempowered, depressed and blasŤ. How very Gen-X of me.

America, do not raise your children to believe they have a voice when apparently they do not. Please. Keep our standards lower. It sets you up for less failure.

I am raging, raging, raging at it all.

"O you who believe, do not prohibit good things that are made lawful by Allah, and do not aggress; Allah dislikes the aggressors."
-Qu'ran 5:87.

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
-Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

Posted by: michele at March 20, 2003 02:22 PM

i feel like i've been dropped into a bad trip/twilight zone/brave new 1984 and there's no freaking escape. the only thing that drowns out the screaming soundbites bouncing around in my hed is one of my fave tribe 8 songs "...got my cigarettes & my beer sports is what i wanna hear cnn reality sumthin they built just for me. fire here earthquake there everywhere catastrophy i aint scared of terrorists taxes buy security. got my gun in my hand drinkin coors from a can the nra says i'm a man a man don't stand for weapons bans..eat sh*t ten billion flies can't be wrong.."
grrrr i just want kick people -war starting shouldnt = unlimited support for military anything!

i love this site and very much appreciate the insight thanks for keeping it up!

Posted by: angergrrrl at March 20, 2003 04:02 PM

i know i already said this before, but i love you. thank you for being intelligent.

that is all.

Posted by: Akasha at March 24, 2003 06:30 PM

you guys should check out this anti dixie chicks forum going on....it's not fun at all - it just makes me lose hope.

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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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