....LMB: "Suspension of Disbelief"....

October 02, 2003

Talk about your "faith-based initiatives".

Kay Says No WMD Stocks Found in Iraq- "The U.S-led team hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has not found any stockpiles of biological or chemical weapons."

Officials Say Bush Seeks $600 Million to Hunt Iraq Arms- "The Bush administration is seeking more than $600 million from Congress to continue the hunt for conclusive evidence that Saddam Hussein's government had an illegal weapons program, officials said Wednesday."

"All evidence tells us that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, which means that we must search harder than ever for evidence of the unlikely," said Secretary of State Harvey the Rabbit in a press conference today. This sentiment was mirrored by Vice President Tooth Fairy. "We are so, so, so certain that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, that we just NEED to show the rest of you. And if it turns out that he doesn't have them, then we're sure that we'll find evidence that he had plans to make them. And, barring that, we're pretty sure we'll find some dirty magazines."

"Meow meow meow meow meow," said Secretary of Defense Fucked-Up-Cat-Puppet-from-Mr.-Rogers'-Neighborhood.

The Department of Leprechauns and Unicorns could not be reached for comment.

600 million American dollars to search for weapons that probably aren't there. Jesus fucking Christ. Remember back at the beginning of this year, when UN weapons inspectors were investigating Iraq for free!?!

Can't we just impeach these motherfuckers already? For killing, lying, looting, take your pick.

And read the end of that second article, it should really get your blood boiling. "During the initial months of the weapons hunt, the Iraq Survey Group spent its first weeks installing air-conditioned trailers, a new dining facility, state-of-the-art software and even a sprinkler system for a new lawn, according to officials and experts who worked with the group this summer."

Okay, you know what's an important part of scouring a desert nation looking for hidden nuclear weapons? NOT SPENDING YOUR TIME PLANTING A NEW LAWN!!! If these allegations are true, I want these bastards fired, and I want them to repay every damn cent they spent on frivolous crap.

Yes, I'm pretty sure that Iraq had some amount of chemical or biological weapons. It just seems unlikely that the entire nation is barren of such things. And they probably had programs to develop weapons that they didn't have. And, if we spend enough time and money, we might find evidence of one of these things. But American kids gotta get an education, American families gotta have healthcare, and American territory needs to be protected from future terrorist activity. Hell, keep that money in Iraq even, make sure that Iraqi familes are educated, healthy and safe. But using this $600 million for the WMD hunt (which the Iraqi Survey Group will probably waste on wet bars and solid gold saunas anyway) accomplishes none of these things.

Only two explanations for this insanity. One, the Bush administration is so riddled with incompetency, that they truly thought Iraq was a threat and attacked it to save us, bungling mightily along the way. Or, two, this was a war for oil and empire, clothed in terror fears. I think y'all know which I believe.

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Mmmmm .... wet bars and solid gold saunas...

Suspension of disbelief, indeed.

Posted by: dack at October 3, 2003 09:06 AM
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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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