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January 28, 2004

In an earlier post, I claimed that Michael Moore's quote about Bush being a "deserter" was incorrect, that Bush was in fact "AWOL."

It turns out that it's much more stupidly complicated than that, and determining what exactly defines AWOL or deserter is, well, sort of like defining what "is" is. I've seen raging debates on various websites, citing all sorts of military legal documents and so on. I'm not going to roll up my sleeves and dig for the truth on this one, as this controversy strikes me as fairly pointless. Maybe Bush was "AWOL", maybe he was a "deserter", or maybe he doesn't fit either of those technical definitions. What seems to be undeniable (well, it could be deniable if anyone brought up any evidence to the contrary) is that Bush was absent for some of his National Guard time, and was let out earlier than his contract called for. I think I'd simply call that "Daddy's got connections".

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The name of your website is rather interesting, considering the people you quote as legitimate sources. Haven't you heard about the things that Michael Moore has been doing? If you haven't, let me just say that he's not the people's champion he leads people to believe he is. Ask anyone who's ever worked for him or with him. He is, among other things, a liar and publicity hound, and you would be wise to distance yourselves from him or anything he says. I will send a link to an article you may find enlightening and would like to know what you think.

Posted by: Looney Canuck at January 30, 2004 10:30 AM

I can't seem to find your e-mail address, so I'll just have to post that link here. http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=9104

Posted by: Looney Canuck at January 30, 2004 10:42 AM

Looney Canuck

That article would have more weight if it didn't come from a right-wing biased site. Linking to a site that is promoting "An End to Evil" by Richard Perle and David Frum that has extremely radical views, and offers Ann Coulter books for joining can't be considered a neutral source.

That site seems to rank right up there with newsmax.com.

So what else ya got?

Posted by: Qikdraw at January 31, 2004 11:28 PM

Funny thing is, I had remembered that article from months ago, and it seemed to confirm all those things I had been hearing about Moore from different sources. It was only after I sent that post that I checked out the frontpagemag.com domain, there I thought, "oops". The article itself seemed to have an even-handed tone, even if it's not representative of the entire site.

But I still believe that Moore is less than trustworthy and it would probably do you good, as someone who stands on the Left, to distance yourself from him, just as I would advise someone on the Right to drop any references to Ann Coulter.

I try to keep a balanced perspective on things and look to the Left and the Right to formulate my opinions.

Posted by: Looney Canuck at February 2, 2004 04:46 PM
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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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