Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Ill Logic...

I’m not sure how MSNBC's latest talk show host Joe Scarborough ever got to be a member of Congress or how he got a TV show. He seems to be as clueless and narrowly right wing as O’Reilly.
Oh wait…that must be why he got the job.
Never mind.

Anyway, last night he had on a woman named Sumer Rose who had written a short sex article (about 'nooners') in a college newspaper - The Daily Mississippian - that has cause yet another firestorm.

Joe wanted to know why she would write an article about sex when an institute of higher learning should stay away from such subjects. Sharing his views and on the other side of the debate from Sumer was that famous sheltered 16th century thinker Rev Don Wildmon who agreed that sex had no place in the University. (Transcript here - scoll awile)

Here’s part of what Sumer wrote:

Nooner - a quickie with your significant other at lunchtime, or anytime for that matter. It's brilliant and much less obvious than saying quickie when talking in public.
You make a phone call on your way home to tell your boyfriend or girlfriend to meet you at the house for a midday romp in the sheets.
It's more fun than making a sandwich, and it definitely leaves you feeling more satisfied.
Besides, there is nothing wrong with an afternoon booty call.

[She concludes by writing]
Daytime sex puts you in a good mood, makes you feel awesome and makes working not so much like work.
It's like you're getting away with something, even though there's nothing wrong with it.
So screw class, go home and screw instead.


The article is funny and a little bit liberating - in a 1950's kind of way - since she deals with a few taboos - mainly writing about the enjoyment of sex. I suspect the reason there is a firestorm over this is because the article was written by a woman in the South.

But Joe had another issue in mind. He grilled her about responsibility with regards to the taxpayer dollars that go to pay for the printing of the newspaper - because, after all, the tax payers of Mississippi (all of them) are certain to be offended by a University newspaper using their precious taxpayer dollars to write about sex.

At the end of the segment Joe said: Again, I believe everybody has got the First Amendment right to say what they want and write what they want. I just don’t want, as a taxpayer, to have to pay for it.

At this point I was ready to put by foot through the TV screen but since it wasn't my TV I restrained myself.

What Joe is saying - if we take this to a logic conclusion - is that no one on the right or the left has a right to First Amendment protections if tax payer dollars are being used in any capacity at a University. Which is basically another way of saying no one at the University can say or do anything that might be construed as controversial.

What's clear here also is that Joe either doesn't understand compromise and representation over tax payer dollars (which is very odd considering he was a member of The House of Representatives) or he doesn’t really agree with the First Amendment when it protects those he disagrees with.

I suspect both.
Either way as long as he keeps pumping triffling stories such as these and blowing them out of proportion I'm sure he'll keep his job for a while.
Politics...

Even some conservative columnists are questioning Bush’s motives for the Iraqi war.

If we could hold Bill Clinton accountable for fooling around with an intern and lying about it -- and we did, even if the Senate wimped out at the end -- surely we can hold President Bush accountable for his rationale for taking the country to war.
[later…]
If the weapons are found and their authenticity confirmed, Bush will have the I-told-you-so moment of his presidency. He'll deserve to be rewarded politically for staring down the Nervous Nellies and defending the nation against weapons controlled by a mad man.
If the weapons are not found, the most charitable explanation is that they were moved out of Iraq while we were bombing our way to Baghdad -- or that we had rotten intelligence to begin with. Either illustrates incompetence.

The more ominous conclusion is that Bush deliberately misled Americans to gather support for the Iraqi invasion -- or unwittingly was misled himself by gung-ho advisers, none of whom wear uniforms. I don't know which of the two is worse, but either should carry a heavy political price.


True enough.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Ill Logic...
This just has to make your head spin.

"We attempted to dialogue for a while, them telling me to go to the free-speech zone, me saying I was in it: the United States of America," Mr. Bursey said. Finally, he said, an airport policeman told him he had to put down his sign ("No War for Oil") or leave.
" `You mean, it's the content of my sign?' I asked him," Mr. Bursey said. "He said, `Yes, sir, it's the content of your sign.' "
Mr. Bursey kept the sign and was arrested; he said he watched Air Force One land from the back of a patrol wagon and spent the night in the county jail.
[so now]
United States attorney, J. Strom Thurmond Jr., brought federal charges against Mr. Bursey under a seldom-used statute that allows the Secret Service to restrict access to areas the president is visiting. He faces six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.


Early in the article Mr Bursey explains how the same thing happened when he held a sign at the same airport where Nixon was landing back in 1969. Only then the charges were dropped.

Conclusion: This country is furthur Right now than it has been in the past 50 years. I though we had progressed beyond this point but with the Republicans in power who knows how long we will have to wait to express freedom without fear of arrest.

Friday, April 25, 2003

Politics...

Here's the link of the day from ABC News:

To build its case for war with Iraq, the Bush administration argued that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but some officials now privately acknowledge the White House had another reason for war — a global show of American power and democracy.

Democracy is a fine thing, don't get me wrong, but shoving it down someone's throat is hardly a cause for celebration. And besides who really believes Iraq will have a true democracy after all this clears?
One lesson the world learned is that we walk and talk loudly AND we carry a big stick.

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Here is something you don't see very often on left leaning sites. It's a list of over 80 people arrested and sentenced in Cuba recently for being accused of being American spies. Yet another reason to get rid of Fidel Castro.
(Actually it's from a right wing site (hoystory.blogspot) but now it is linked on mine).


Album of the moment...

The Go-Betweens latest album 'Bright Yellow Bright Orange' is a wonderfully rich album with graceful, upbeat guitar riffs and fine catchy songs that sound something like a mellower (but certainly as smart) Velvet Underground. The Australian band is making a comeback of sorts and the song craft is as good as anything out there today.

All Music Guide writes: 'It is an instant classic, the pounding beat and staccato vocals.'

Q Magazine writes: 'An absolute masterclass in thoughtful, emotional songwriting'

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Magazine Cover
The Dixie Chicks nude (sort of) on the latest Entertainment Weekly Cover. Whoa! (via Atrios)


Magazine Cover (vintage)...
Conde Naste artistic magazine covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Gourmet and House & Garden from the 1920's to the 1940's.
They don't make covers like this anymore. (via indigoblog)

Film...
The Cannes Film Festival line-up is unveiled.
I don't yet know what's hot but it's good to see that there are new films by André Téchiné, Peter Greenaway, Bertrand Blier and Lars von Trier.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Looking for the truth...
Senator Rick Santorum has taken a lot of heat for his anti-gay comments. But he says his words were twisted around by Lara Jakes Jordan who wrote the orignal article. The original quote attributed to him was:

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."

So now the unedited transcripts of the AP interview have come out. And this is what he actually said (in bold is the main quote):

"We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family. And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created, it was created in Griswold -- Griswold was the contraceptive case -- and abortion."

So tell me where his critics misunderstood him? If anything this quote - seen in context - is more absurd because he disputes the right to privacy.
What's worse is the way he inteprets consensual sex by extending it to extremes. If we take his argument to the other extreme then what if someone said that consensual sex between an unmarried heterosexual couple should be illegal?

All too often overblown arguments are made on both the left and the right. The scenario being, 'well if we allow that then what's to stop someone from doing something worse? (Think of the second Amendment and the right to bare arms).

It's a political game that leaves few people unaffected by stupidity.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Hollywood Pitch...

Will they make a movie about this?

FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested for trying to steal nearly $1 million of the $700 million in cold cash found hidden on the grounds of several estates in Baghdad, Army officials said yesterday.
Three of the arrested GIs, members of an engineering unit attached to the 4th Battalion, are accused of skimming $600,000 of the war booty. They stashed it in a tree near a cottage where they and other members of their unit discovered 37 steel boxes, each containing $4 million in $100 bills.

Politics...
What to make of this? How about it’s inevitable isn’t it?

They have quietly removed the pictures of Saddam Hussein from their sitting rooms, and reconfigured their memories to transform lives of privilege into tales of suffering. Less than two weeks after the collapse of the regime, thousands of members of the Arab Ba'ath Socialist party, the all too willing instrument of Saddam, are resuming their roles as the men and women who run Iraq.


Defiance against Patriot Act 2. Someone has to do it and a small California town is a good place to start.

This little city with a population of 16,000 has become the first in the nation to pass an ordinance that outlaws voluntary compliance with the Patriot Act. Arcata was one of the first cities to pass resolutions against global warming and a unilateral war in Iraq. Last month, it joined the rising chorus of municipalities to pass a resolution urging local law enforcement officials and others contacted by federal officials to refuse requests under the Patriot Act that they believe violate an individual's civil rights under the Constitution.

TV art...

Honda meets Rube Goldberg.
Apprently it took 606 takes to get the minute long commmercial just right.

Monday, April 21, 2003

Politics...

It's been said that Liberals can't have successful radio or TV talk shows. I'm obliged to think that this is true because most Liberals (with the exception of Michael Moore) are not blowhards who simplify an argument for the sake of ratings. It's much easier to get the American people worked up about how our taxes are wasted on the poor (who cannot defend themselves) than it is to get them upset that our taxes are wasted on the rich or the military. Especially in a time of war.

But, still I know there is a large segment of the population that wants a more liberal voice to represent them. After all the 50 million who voted for Al Gore (way back when) aren't the ones watching O'Reilly every night.

It's also tough to make convincing soundbyte arguments if you don't use simplified extreme black and white examples to support your position. (For instance, the one I heard a lot prior to the war was, 'you anti-war protesters would have allowed Hitler to invade all of Europe').

Why can't Liberals have successful talk shows? Will Durst writes:
I'll tell you why there are no liberal talk show hosts. The American Heritage Dictionary defines liberal as: "1.a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded."
Does that sound like the enemy to you?


Ill Logic...
BBQ bellybutton, anyone?

Ms Newkirk, founder and president of the radical group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), has decreed in her will that a portion of her body (she doesn't specify which) should be barbecued as a protest against "fleshfoods". She also wants her feet to be turned into ornaments to remind the world of the "depravity" of using animals in a such a fashion.
And that's not all. Ms Newkirk has also laid down that part of her skin be turned into a leather product to show that human skin and animal skin are the same thing and that neither is a "fabric".

(thanks to the eagle eye of Angry Clam for this.)

Friday, April 18, 2003

Photo...
Look at this photo.
U.S. Marines detain a looter and put tape over his mouth before covering his head and taking him away.
First we allow the looters to run rampant. Now - if this photo is the norm - we are getting a bit harsh on them. Can we just simply arrest them and hold them a couple days without the show?


Politics...

This isn't surprising is it?
Human rights group Amnesty International accused U.S.-led forces on Tuesday of being better prepared for the defense of Iraq's oil wells than of its people and infrastructure.

DVD...

Now on DVD
If you haven't seen Spirited Away you're missing one of the most beautifully adventurous films of last year and one of the best animated films of the past ten years. Yes, an Academy Award winning film really can be good.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Just a random casual thought...

6 million Americans received plastic surgery last year.

3.3 million Americans watched Fox News per day during the war.

What are the odds that some of the people who got plastic surgery watch Fox News?
Plastic surgery…Faux news?
Rashomon moment...
The rescue of Private Jessica Lynch was a good thing. We can all agree on that. But just what happened?
This sounds dramatic. Or at least full of intrigue.
But Iraqi doctors say it was a big Hollywood show.
The Marines say the noise and show was done on purpose.
Politics...
By and large most Iraqis are glad to have Saddam's regime gone.
But that doesn't mean everyone is happy with the current situation.

"Yes, we were under the oppression of President Saddam Hussein all these years, and we wanted to be free but another miserable situation has set in."
"No good Bush!" shouted Assad Saleh, a 37-year-old electrical company worker. "He doesn't stop the looting, he only protects the oil. There are no salaries. No companies left. We can do nothing. There is no gasoline. There is no security. They said they wanted to give us freedom, but we are free only to have this situation."


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Have they found Weapons of Mass Destruction yet? Here’s the only answer I could find.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Politics...

Iraq's Library Archives destroyed...

"Almost nothing remains of the library's archive of tens of thousands of manuscripts, books, and Iraqi newspapers, according to reports from the scene. It joins a list that already includes the capital's National Museum, one of the world's most important troves of artefacts from the ancient Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian civilisations."

And...
"Our heritage is finished," lamented Nabhal Amin, the museum's deputy director, as she surveyed a Sumerian tablet that had been cracked in two. "Why did they do this? Why? Why?"
"If there were five American soldiers at the door, everything would have been fine," Amin said about the museum. "They're supposed to be here to protect us. They should be protecting us."

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Is Bush the most dangerous president ever?

I'd say this is overreacting just a wee bit. Nonetheless there are a lot of questionable things coming out of this administration.

"What Bush seems determined to extirpate are the basic forms of common security in America. His particular targets seem disproportionately the handiwork of years ending in "5." From 1965, there's Medicare, which he seeks to subordinate to the pay-as-you-can calculus of HMOs; from 1945, there's the United Nations and the whole structure of postwar alliances, which he seeks to subordinate to an imperial America freed from international laws and treaties; from 1935, there's Social Security, which he still seeks to privatize, and the Wagner Act, whose pro-labor tilt he seeks to obliterate in his tax policy."


Monday, April 14, 2003

Politics...

Looters have their freedom too... to rob their civilization:

The National Museum of Iraq recorded a history of civilizations that began to flourish in the fertile plains of Mesopotamia more than 7,000 years ago….it took only 48 hours for the museum to be destroyed, with at least 170,000 artifacts carried away by looters.

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"Is this your liberation?"

one frustrated shopkeeper screamed at the crew of a U.S. tank as a gang of youths helped themselves to everything in his small hardware store and carted booty off in the wheelbarrows that had also been on sale.

"Hell, it ain't my job to stop them," drawled one young marine, lighting a cigarette as he looked on. "Goddamn Iraqis will steal anything if you let them. Look at them."


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Get the Iraq’s Most Wanted playing cards on E-bay. The Seven of Diamonds has been caught but there are 54 more to catch.

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Lower Education...
Student thugs at Yale cause a ruckus.

The following note was left on the door of the Afro-American Cultural Center: "I hope you protesters and your children are killed in the next terrorist attack. Signed Fuck You."

They attempted to enter her room, which was locked, and left the following note: "I love kicking the Muslims bitches ass! They should all die with Mohammad. We as Americans should destroy them and launch so many missiles their mothers don't produce healthy offspring. Fuck Iraqi Saddam following fucks. I hate you, GO AMERICA."


Our beloved President went to Yale, right? There's no connection though...


Friday, April 11, 2003

Ill Logic...

The Hall of Fame has cancelled a 15th anniversary celebration of the film Bull Durham because it stars Tim Robbins - a known liberal (oooooohh dangerous) who opposed this war of ours.
This is what I call Right Wing political correctness. It's no secret, of course, that the President of the Hall of Fame Dale Petroskey is a former aide of President Reagan.
In this case the work that Robbins has done IN A MOVIE is quite different than what he does in REAL LIFE. And what's more they knew Robbin's political stance when they announced the award way back when. By doing it now makes the Hall of Fame look like reactionary fools.

I agree with sport writer Roger Kahn whjo wrote in a letter to Hall of Fame wrote:

"By canceling the Hall of Fame anniversary celebration of "Bull Durham" for political reasons, you are, far from supporting our troops, defying the noblest of the American spirit. You are choking freedom of dissent. How ironic. In theory, at least, we have been fighting this war to give Iraqis freedom of dissent. But here you, through the great institution you head, have moved to rob Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and (writer-director) Ron Shelton of that very freedom."

Humor...

One of the best comic strips out there is Get your War On! Read it. Laugh.


Album of the Moment...
Okay, the new White Stripes album 'Elephant' is being hyped by everybody. But so what? To those naysayers I say, stop reviewing the hype. Just review the music. Who cares if some critics claim they are the saviors of Rock & Roll?
It's a great album. Period. Listen to it. Love it.
Poltics...
Another reason to like the Daily Show's John Stewart (thanks to Emily over at Give War a Chance)

No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, if you are incapable of feeling at least a tiny amount of joy at watching ordinary Iraqis celebrate this, you are lost to the ideological left. And let me also add, if you are incapable of feeling badly that we even had to use force in the first place, you are ideologically lost to the right.

Looting
Some are worried that the looting and the fires and the violence continue. Wouldn't you be a bit troubled too?

"Tell the Americans to stop the killing and the looting. We can't live like this much longer, with Muslims looting other Muslims," said 41-year-old Jabryah Aziz. "I need to feel safe so I can go and collect my food ration."

Photo Op?
Was the Saddam statue incident staged? I'm inclined to say no but this is worth a look. (You know, we may not have landed on the moon either)


Chemical Weapons? Maybe not...maybe never.

Well into the war that was supposed to rid Iraq of its alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, a senior British official admitted on Saturday that no chemical, biological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction may after all be found.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Politics...

Mixed messages:

In Iraq today, joy, relief, freedom and looting...as well as blood, death and grief for lost loved ones.

"Yesterday afternoon The Independent encountered a group of people joyously looting a Republican Guard military college close to the Rashid district of the city. It appeared that they had discovered the food store, because dozens of people were coming away with multipacks of jars of tomato sauce – the sort one might pour over pasta."

"We have never seen this before," laughed Karim Mohammed, 23, who said he was unemployed because he was not a member of President Saddam's Baath Party. "We don't know what it is. Tonight we will taste it!"

- and -

The other side of the story

Baghdad's hospitals admit a hundred casualties an hour and have run out of anesthetics. Surgeons try to numb up mangled children with short-term pain-killers, but even these are in dwindling supply. Iraqi families who fled into the desert face 100-degree temperatures and no water. U.S. tanks inflict mayhem and slaughter in Baghdad's streets.

Let's not forget that no matter how happy the Iraqis and the Kurds are (and they are today) it took a very lethal war to earn this day.

Funny Photo...
Oh and there are humorous photos too. This from One Hand Clapping via Fox News.
I would surmise that these two Iraqi men were put up to this. Most likely they don't read English. But it is funny nonetheless.


Monday, April 07, 2003

Politics...

The Liberation of Iraq brings the Joy and Endearing Loyalty
at the expense of the Bad and Sad and Heartbreaking
and as a result we also get a much deserved Ironic humor and, as always the Opportunistic


This from a friend of mine...
Sun Tsu Would Be Shocked

"America's love of firepower is exploited by Hollywood directors, Pentagon generals and the networks. The current strategy in Iraq is said to come from "The Art of War," but firepower could not have been what Sun Tzu had in mind in the ancient Chinese classic."

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John Kerry's comments about regime change at home was a little much but he voiced the opinion of a good many people in the U.S. right now. However, I was more upset that by saying it he gave the right wing columnists (especially the radio mob) more fodder.



Thursday, April 03, 2003

Politics...
Donald Rumsfeld: Poet?
Here's one:
Clarity
I think what you'll find,
I think what you'll find is,
Whatever it is we do substantively,
There will be near-perfect clarity
As to what it is.

And it will be known,
And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Film...
The best movies of all time list is changing (for the worse).
Writes Ty Burr of The Boston Globe:
The canon has been changing over the last decade, and what makes a classic of cinema is now drastically different to discerning young moviegoers than it has been to their teachers or to the critics or to Leonard Maltin. The implications of the new canon are vast, much bigger than the specific films themselves, and they speak to the ways in which a new generation perceives history, reality, and even perception itself.

Here then are the traditional classics according to the critic's polls
1 Citizen Kane (1941)
2 Vertigo (1958)
3 Rules of the Game (1939)
4 The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
5 Tokyo Story (1953)
6 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
7 Battleship Potemkin (1925)
8 Sunrise (1927)
9 8 1/2 (1963)
10 Singin' in the Rain (1952)

And here is what critic Burr – who conducted surveys with numerous 20-somethings - says are the new classics.
1 Pulp Fiction (1994)
2 The Godfather (1972)
3 Fight Club (1999)
4 Run Lola Run (1998)
5 Amelie (2001)
6 12 Monkeys (1995)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
7 The Big Lebowski (1998)
8 Memento (2000)
9 Boogie Nights (1997)
Magnolia (1999)
10 The Matrix (1999)

I find this article and its list absurd for many reasons. First, if you poll young (non film critic) adults they will invariably pick the best current mainstream art films. The same would have been true 30 years ago when such films as Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider and Chinatown would have made the list.
Second, the traditional list - which is made up of critics who know film history - has been roughly the same for years on end and will continue to be so in the future because once young filmgoers become critics they will wake up to the fact that the current list of 'new classics' is absurd at worst and myopic at best.
You could argue that we need more classics to be discovered - especially the work of such great (but underappreciated) filmmakers as Kenji Mizoguchi, Anthony Mann and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
What we need are viewers who actually care about film as an art form and are willing to expand their knowledge beyond what the marketing people try to hoodwink us with.
Here is a great site that has contemporary lists with real intelligence.

Here is a list 15 of my favorite films:
La Belle et la bête, (1946) (Cocteau)
Camera Buff (1982) (Kieslowski)
The Conformist (1971) (Bertolucci)
Dog Star Man (1961) (Brakhage)
L'Atalante (1934) (Vigo)
Laura (1944) (Preminger)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) (Vertov)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) (Altman)
Nostalgia (1983) (Tarkovsky)
Night of The Hunter (1955) (Laughton)
Rashomon (1952) (Kurosawa)
Scorpio Rising (1964) (Anger)
Sherlock Jr. (1924) (Keaton)
Sullivan's Travels (1942) (Sturges)
Week End (1967) (Godard)




Politics...

Here are a couple grisly war counters.

Iraqometer

Iraqi Body Count

Amid all the horrors of war there occasionally is good news. U.S. soldier held prisoner in Iraq rescued.

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Manipulation of Electricity in California. Mr Cheney can we see those records yet?


Right Wing Politcal Correctness...
New Mexico teachers suspended for upholding the first amendment rights of students.

Two high school teachers said Tuesday they have been placed on leave for refusing to remove war-related student artwork posted in their classrooms.
"I think this is mostly a violation of the students' rights to have a voice and express their opinions," Barrett said. "Asking me to take down the posters was taking away the voice of the students and I was not going to do that."
Cooper said one of the signs in question in his classroom read "No War Mr. Cooper." It was written by an Afghani student who has had family members killed in U.S.-led bombings in Afghanistan he said.

This is one of those if a tree falls in the forests kind of things. Who - except some sensitive pro war administraters - would want to muffle the opinions of students?

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Politics...
And next...regime change in Syria anyone?
They have the largest and most advanced chemical weapons capability in the Middle East, and they have nuclear and biological research programs.

Foto Fun...
Homeland Security from centuries ago.
Politics...
Any chance for a surrender?

Calpundit counts the ways that Rumsfeld has miscalculated the war.

Why would a hawk like Rumsfeld prefer less to more? My Washington source offers an astonishing explanation: "So they can do it again." The logic is simple. Rumsfeld and co know that amassing an army of quarter of a million is a once-a-decade affair: 1991 and 2003. But if they can prove that victory is possible with a lighter, more nimble force, assembled rapidly - then why not repeat the trick? "This is just the beginning," an administration official told the New York Times this week. "I would not rule out the same sequence of events for Iran and North Korea as for Iraq."

Yes folks, Rummy wants to 'liberate' many other countries. You're not at the top for long and you only live once...


Satire...
Democratic Underground writes: Bush gives Iraqis 48 hours to dance in the streets.
President Bush, evidently growing impatient with the pace of the Iraqi liberation and the attitude of the Iraqi citizens, has issued a new ultimatum, only this time it's to the Iraqi people themselves.
"I'm a patient man" said the President at a hastily called news conference, "but there are limits to my patience. We've been bombing the daylights out of these people for a more than week and I haven't seen a single one of them dancing in the streets to celebrate their liberation."



Ill Logic...
Peace sign pulled from a movie ad!
Sensitive to the potential for misunderstanding about the movie "What a Girl Wants," Warner Bros. has revised the print ad campaign, replacing the peace sign flashed by star Amanda Bynes with a more neutral pose. In the new ads, a cheerful Bynes is still standing between two unsmiling British royal guards, but instead of making the V-shaped gesture, her hand has been lowered and is on her hip.


Sad...
HK Star Leslie Cheung is dead from apparent suicide.
He was in a lot of great movies including Chinese Ghost Story, Farewell my Concubine, Rouge, Temptress Moon and Happy Together.