Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Catapulting the propaganda in Iraq

From guest writer Juniper Flesco:

Earlier this year George W. Bush blithely admitted his administration's manipulation tactics when he said: "...See, in my line of work you gotta keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kinda catapult the propaganda."

What's catapulting propaganda? Well it's sort of like slinging bullshit, but it reaches farther and delivers a much larger load. Bush's catapult now reaches all the way to Iraq. According to this article, the U.S. has been paying Iraq newspapers to run positive stories about the war, and presumably to avoid publishing stories like this or this.

Funny, I thought we were trying to promote democracy in Iraq, not Soviet-era totalitarianism. At least in the U.S.S.R. their fake, pro-government news stories were clearly fake.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Blow up the messenger

From guest writer Juniper Flesco:

According to the UK newspaper The Daily Mirror, George Bush wanted to bomb the Qatar headquarters of Mideast TV station Al Jazeera in April 2004. The source? A top-secret memo leaked by a high-level British official.

Some might doubt the Mirror, a paper that regularly publishes stories about such subjects as moms buying their daughters boob jobs. But with the British government now threatening legal action against any media that reports on the memo, the allegations are probably true.

It seems Tony Blair had to convince Bush not to blow the TV station up, though he was too late in preventing this from happening. Perhaps Blair pointed out that Qatar, a Western ally, is quite a distance from Iraq. Or maybe Blair made Bush watch this, which depicts a TV station closer to the style of Fox News than the public-access aesthetic of Osama Bin Laden's video monologues.

Unfortunately, Blair's restraining influence didn't stop the U.S. from destroying or irreversibly damaging around 60 percent of Fallujah's buildings during the massacre in fall 2004. Or from using white phosphorus as a munition (and then officially denying it).

With so much bad news coming out about the Iraq war, you'd think White House press secretary Scott McClellan would want to clear things up. But he's been in hiding since November 9, after an embarrassing exchange over the president's position on torture. McClellan did write an email to Associated Press that said, "We are not interested in dignifying something so outlandish and inconceivable with a response" – hardly a denial. Maybe the White House should turn its attentions toward blowing up the U.S. media (etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.) instead.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Frist Worried About Leaks, Not So Worried About Torture

Senate Majority Leader and master of the stock market Bill Frist, responded to recent reports of secret CIA prisons by vowing to kill the messenger:

Frist told reporters Thursday that while he believed illegal activity should not take place at detention centers, he believes the leak itself poses a greater threat to national security and is "not concerned about what goes on" behind the prison walls.
Because it's not a Senator's business to find out if the U.S. government is torturing and killing prisoners. (Also here and here and...)The Senate's job is to make sure that kind of activity gets covered up, and to punish anyone who doesn't go along with the cover-up.

Lying To People Can Make Them Think You're Dishonest...Sometimes

After repeatedly lying to the American people, George Bush has found that some Americans think of him as dishonest. Strange...

A new poll showed that 57% thought Bush to be dishonest, which is odd, because Bush is, in fact, incredibly dishonest. Like, he lies, and gets caught at it, and lies again. So you'd think 100% would find him dishonest.

But strangely, that kind of math doesn't work here...more than 4 in 10 found him honest! Who were these ill-informed people?
Whites, Southerners and white evangelicals were most likely to believe Bush is honest. pale skinned people from the part of the country with the lowest educational standards, and who believe that the earth was formed in 6 days by an angry, angry man who lives way up in the sky, think of Bush as an honest truth-telling man.

And these, apparently, are the people who are out there voting.

Fox News: Asking The Tough Questions

Judge Alito Says Grown Women Need Daddy's Permission

Judge Alito, whom George W. wants as his new Supreme Court Superfriend, has some interesting opinions on adult women's ability to make decisions for themselves. Like, he thinks its not a problem to require them to inform their husbands before they get an abortion. You know, just in case their husbands want to beat the shit out of them for even considering it.

Bad justice! No communion for you!

Pat Robertson Tells Pennsylvania To Fuck Itself

Pat Robertson, the voice of reason and the man Karl Rove called for advice when seeking Supreme Court appointees, recently said that the residents of Dover, PA should expect to die in a horrible disaster. See, they strangely voted out the school board members who wanted to eliminate science from the science curriculum and replace it with crazy-man theories, i.e. Intelligent Design.

So Pat said "If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city." Umm...wait, I thought the whole point of intelligent design was that it wasn't an attempt to sneak religion into the schools?

He went on to note that "if they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them."

Hey, that's crazy, calling on a dead guy to help!