Friday, September 27, 2002

Ollie North vs. Ludacris

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has made booty-rapper Ludacris "Public Enemy #1" of late. Costing Ludacris his Pepsi contract, O'Reilly is now attempting to get Ludacris and Snoop removed from certain movie scenes.

The presumption being that since the artists use swear words and "denigrate women," corporations should not sponsor them.

All this from a news channel that has convicted felon Oliver North hosting a show called "War Heroes."

Let's take this opportunity to compare the two:

Oliver North:

1. Lied to Congress
2. Sold arms to a country America was banned from dealing with
3. Used those profits to fund an illegal terrorist army in Nicaragua
4. Helped import cocaine to subsidize CIA black operations
5. Helped keep American hostages in jail longer so Reagan could get a PR boost


1. Said "fuck" on a CD

Let's also not forget that Fox News is now knocking Jesse Jackson for wanting scenes removed from "Barbershop" that he found offensive.

Just shows you that white makes right on Fox News everyday.

Keep up the moral jihad Mr. Bill O'Reilly, a better comedy can't be found elsewhere on television.

Thursday, September 26, 2002


Our supposed National Security Adviser is too stupid to realize "planes were going to be used as missiles?"

When the proverbial shit was raining down on the administration about its prior knowledge of Sept. 11, they let Condi Rice go on Tim Russert's Meet the Press and lend some plausible deniability. Well, she sure denied. But is sure as hell wasn't plausible.

Idiot-woman Rice apparently knew no one involved in, or even bothered to read anything about World War II and the kamikaze pilots of Japan. The rest of the Bush Klan began parroting this moronic line as if it were an actual defense against their stupidity/complicity.

Now comes word that an FBI supervisor called headquarters and said "Zacarias Moussaoui was so dangerous he might 'take control of a plane and fly it into the World Trade Center.'"

(click here for the AP article)

So which is it? Is she really so stupid that the concept of suicide pilots never entered her mind? If so, she should be fired immediately an replaced with someone who has a basic knowledge of the military and global affairs.

But since she's lying, she should be dragged before the independent commission and be forced to swear on oath that she didn't know planes could be used as weapons. Then, she should be fired.

Like Norman Mailer said:

"The Right benefitted so much from Sept. 11, if I were still a conspiracist, I'd think they were involved."

Only drooling sheep would believe these moronic lies for one instant.


Missile Found in Oklahoma City Wreckage
(click here)

"When Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building, the government had a TOW antitank missile stowed in a locker several floors above the daycare center."

Wednesday, September 25, 2002


"The number one job I have is to protect the American people."

"It's a new world we live in. The American people are vulnerable."

-- President Bush at a press conference today

Lately I'll we've been hearing is how the new focus of the FBI, CIA and the rest of the alphabet soup has become "protecting" Americans and preventing future terrorist attacks. Bush has spoken ad nauseum about the need to "Protect the Homeland" and "protect Americans."

My question is: Where are all those conservatives who complained of the "Nanny State" before Bush arrived?

Why can't we Americans take care of ourselves? We can. We're armed to the teeth and have done alright by ourselves for generations. As the administration has shown, it is impossible to protect all Americans from all acts of terror (including government-sponsored terrorism). And since a strong federal government and military only protects Americans from regular standing armies... how is Bush protecting us?

How can $80 billion in defense spending (mostly on Carlyle companies...see post below) help stop a vial of smallpox from being smuggled in someone's knapsack? It can't. But they can't tell you that because then you'd see righ through their bullshit facade.

These people are phonies. They're not interested in "protecting" us -- nor should we allow them to continue speaking as if they are. This flowery language and soft-peddling our nation only makes us look as cowardly as we are arrogant.

The trail of doom Bush leaves behind will last many years. Long after his protection rhetoric fades...

The Second Coming
(Predicting the Bush Administration)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity...

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all around it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again...

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-- William Butler Yeats

"I must say, right at the start, that I haven't a thing to complain about. It's like being in a lunatic asylum with permission to masturbate for the rest of your life. The world is brought right under my nose and all that is requested of me is to puncuate the calamaties... The whole world can blow up -- I'll be here just the same to put in a comma or semicolon."

-- Henry Miller on journalism and copyediting

(Global Terrorism Means Big Bucks for U.S. Firm)

Carlyle To Buy Israeli Anti-Terror Outfit
(click here)

"Sources inform ''Globes'' that the Carlyle Group of the US is negotiating to buy Israel Military Industries' (IMI) Academy for Advanced Security and Anti-Terror Training. Former US Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci is chairman of the Carlyle Group."

Carlyle Moves to Buy Part of British Defense Industry
(click here)

"The announcement immediately raised concerns that national defence research may be subjected to increasing influence from overseas interests, notably the US arms lobby."

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

"We have to act in the same way in the war. What does not aid the cause of victory is unimportant and has to be ignored. Delay aids the enemy. That which is necessary has to be done quickly, or it is usually too late. We have to get rid of old practices if they get in the way. We could do some things in peace because we had the time and money. Things are different in war. We all face hard necessity, and will not succeed if we leave opportunities unused."

"Some advice: Work fast, carefully, reliably and without much fuss. Do not consider your own lesser or greater problems all that important. No one feels sorry for you, because everyone is in the same boat. Do not fight a war with paper. Toss aside everything that does not help us win. In a few words: Just as you behaved in peace as if it were peace, now behave in war as if it were war!"

-- Joseph Goebbels, 1942

Invasion of the Brain Snatchers

Lately CNN has produced the sort of fare that should earn it the moniker GNN (Goebbels News Network). Rarely has a news outfit reversed course as quickly as CNN. With the hiring of the three-headed monster of Walter Isaacson, Jamie Kellner and Garth Ancier -- CNN has rapidly become the government's most strident mouthpiece.

Now is the time to remember that CNN was actually caught with Army Psychological Operations (PYSOPS) specialists working on "a project" in the CNN newsroom. A Dutch magazine broke the story and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting called CNN on it.

Read the story and CNN's pathetic response here:

After a brief overview of the FAIR article it's not to had to see why CNN has become so Pravda-esque. Isaacson, the president and CEO even issued instructions to his reporters to balance stories of civilian casualties in Afghanistan with stories of Taliban atrocities -- as if one balanced the other. Innocent Afghans were the victims of both incidents, using one to balance the other is absurd.

CNN's Kelly Arena is a prime example of a news reporter gone wild. Not only does she gleefully report every single press release and statement made by government officials, those very (unnamed) officials are frequently her ONLY sources for her stories. Watch Arena bristle when an anchor parrots a muted criticism of the administration. See how quickly she dismisses any challenge to the party line by spitting back the day's talking points with an obnoxious air of righteousness.

Nevertheless, the CNN PYSOPS incident leads one to think of a more frightening proposition. Those government infiltraters only got caught at CNN, they could be in television newsroom in America.

Operation Mockingbird is alive an well in America.

Stabilizing on the Upside
A tale of oil, Saddam Hussein and rotting fish

"President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday ridiculed press speculation about war against Iraq, which they dismissed as a "frenzy," but continued to call for the ouster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein."

-- Washington Times, Aug. 22.

Watching Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld chortling alongside President Bush as he wagged his finger in Crawford at the "media frenzy" over heated rhetoric on Iraq, one wonders the depth of pleasure they take in treating mass public concern like a personal yo-yo.

After the longest politico-military striptease in history it looks like the "doves" are convincing Bush that attacking Iraq should wait. Not be scrapped, just wait for some arbitrary deadline they have yet to impose. No longer is the discussion about whether striking out against countries first is the act of a bully rogue superpower (though that was never really ever discussed). Now we just want so hear a compelling story before we embark on the fateful Bush Doctrine (but please excuse anyone from Texas who bursts into hysterics when you mention that George Dubya Bush has himself 'doctrine' that doesn't involve a morning jog).

But disaster for the Bush administration reigned down from above -- from several high-profile defections in friendly camps no less. For an administration that puts loyalty above all and admonishes those who dare publicly stray from the day's talking points -- the desertion of the likes of Brent Scowcroft, Laurence Eagleberger and Henry Kissinger must have been brutal.

But then, the ultimate betrayal. It came in the form of the 4-Star General hand-picked by his father's administration to route Hussein after the invasion of Kuwait. Stormin' Norman Schwartzkopf cleared the room when he pleaded for the U.S. to wait for international support before striking Iraq.

And just how did the Bushies handle this extraordinary double-cross? These treasonous acts of disloyalty at the highest level unheard of in his tenure up to this point? Do Rove and Bush summon the triumvirate to the Oval Office to wreak carnage with a verbal J-DAM on them? No. They politely grin and bear it.

Furthermore, he spends an entire military summit in Crawford with the highest military brass (except Colin Powell -- the real dove) supposedly not talking about Iraq. Has Bush undergone an about face on dissension amidst his ranks? Is this a new day for honest debate within the White House? Hardly.

This isn't about a battle, Saddam or even "weapons of mass destruction." Surprise. This is about oil.

The rhetoric on Iraq has reached a fevered crescendo in recent weeks. But what can be gained from giving a planned enemy target over years' worth of prior warning and time to adapt? Why on earth would seasoned military minds like Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Armitage allow the U.S. to lose one of the most important factors in any battle -- the element of surprise?

One thing the media doesn't give this administration credit for is its Machiavellian adeptness in using submissive media for its own sordid ends. Years from now we will be discussing how Bush shrewdly maneuvered his way through numerous budding scandals that would have rocked any Clinton White House.

From allegations of inaction on terrorism before Sept. 11, energy task forces, Harken dealings, Enron and his connection to "that man Mr. Lay" -- Bush's Teflon is worn underneath his suit (or under his chain-sawing Dungarees in Crawford). The Sept. 11 attacks are only part of the job approval equation.

Iraq has been an issue for Bush since day one of the presidency for reasons not discussed by the media. Instead, rationale ranging from payback for daddy to the necessity of striking a country first to protect Americans from weapons of mass destruction are served up nightly for our consumption. That nightly spin misses the underlying point behind the talk on Iraq.

In the last three months, global crude oil prices have risen 20% on average. International fears of a war in Iraq have given the market jitters and artificially propped up crude oil market prices to year-long highs. The ideal situation for Bush or anyone else with who stands to make substantial gains in the oil market would be to prop up prices then stabilize them at the artificial highs.

This practice is known in the business as "stabilizing on the upside." The idea is to prop up prices, and then find ways to keep them at unnatural highs for as long as possible while oil companies amass windfall profits. Who does this benefit? Crude oil producers, shippers and oil refiners. In a word: Texas. More specifically, Bush. It's not a new practice. Except this time, the oil industry has a very effective spokesman in a very influential position to carry it out on a global scale.

You don't raise and spend the most money in history to get a president elected and not get something in return. Bush needs to replace the astronomical amount of money those oil barons gave to his 2000 campaign if he wants to mount a similar campaign in 2004. Don't forget, Bush will have to actually spend money on a campaign jet. It's doubtful he'll be using Ken Lay's plane for $5,000 a month this time around.

So with Iraq on the brain, West Texas Intermediate Crude reached its most expensive levels since Sept. 11 last a few weeks ago, reaching $29.83 a barrel. With a 40% jump in crude oil and oil future prices, the benefactors read like a who's who of Bush campaign contributors.

But how can global can oil prices be manipulated to this extent? An oil industry expert puts it quite simply.

"The only justification for prices rising this high is the conviction there will be a war," said Sheryl Kaufman, chief economist at Phillips Petroleum Co., to the Bloomberg Business News. Not war, not an actual event, but the "conviction" that there will someday be an event. That's the point. Not war, just speculation.

Fearing an imminent military invasion, Saddam has understandably decided to cut Iraq's oil output by 40% to preserve his most precious economic resource. The large cuts in output made by Iraq cannot be countered by OPEC (and won't be with a nod and a wink from the White House). This creates an instant boost for prices. The "war premium" has added anywhere from $4 to $6 a barrel. Even OPEC is sending mixed signals to the market. Algeria and Nigeria want higher quotas to make up the difference. Kuwait, Qatar and Venezuela want to wait. Though most are cheating on their quotas anyway.

High oil prices, more demand and less supply helps the Bush energy policy's pathetically transparent call for more domestic drilling (though you won't see those rigs off the coast of Brother Jeb's Florida in an election year). But "stabilizing on the upside" requires fresh meat: a constant flow of mixed signals and confusing rhetoric so the market stays jittery.

In this context, the numerous timely leaks of sensitive planning information on Iraq being leaked by administration officials to the New York Times make much more sense -- as does why the White House hasn't yet found the source of those pesky-durn leaks either.

But an unexpected glitch has materialized in the White House plan. High oil prices stall economic recoveries. With fears of a double-dip -- or "W" shaped recession -- and a November of reckoning for the GOP, Bush can't afford to keep oil prices too high while the economy is stalling. Enter the doves.

Then Saddam throws an early September curveball and has his man Tariq Aziz tell the world he'd consider letting U.N. weapons inspectors back in. Bastard! Upon hearing the news of the evil one's dastardly plot, crude oil futures contract dropped $1.19 to settle at $27.79 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Heating oil and gasoline prices both fell about 4 cents as well. But what is good for us consumers is bad news for Bush so action was quick to follow.

Immediately Bush convenes with members of Congress and assures them and the nation that he will consult them before attacking Iraq. "For the last 11 years, Saddam Hussein has sidestepped, crawfished and weaveled out of his obligations," Bush said in Wednesday in response to questions about inspectors back in Iraq.

Now, the public is told that an pre-emptive attack on Iraq may happen during this congressional session. This despite earlier published reports that Bush promised senior congressional officials there would be no "October Surprise." Well, maybe he just meant the surprise.

Back on a dusty road in a small central Texas, Rumsfeld cackles approvingly Bush declares "I'm a patient man," in response to queries about Iraq. Rummy sees Bush is learning from his own wry degradation and humiliation of reporters. Bush goes on to tell reporters that Iraq wasn't even a topic of discussion during the military summit. But unable to resist one last prank on the media, Bush divulges he's supposedly reading Supreme Command by Eliot Cohen, a book about civilian military brass dismissing military generals and going to war.

Then, Bush makes it a point to stress his reiterate his disinterest in Iraq -- admonishing the media for behaving like mindless sharks around a big sea of chum.

Bush's 'plan' on Iraq isn't a foul, rotten soup of fish guts. But it sure smells like it.