Thursday, May 27, 2004
Rush Limbaugh, the voice of the Bush-drone movement and their proudest spin-master, made the following statement shortly after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke:
"This is no different than what happened at the Skull and Bones initiation. And we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time. These people, you ever heard of emotional release? You heard of the need to blow some steam off?"
If some honest conservative, angry at Limbaugh for his vile and hateful invective and the way it makes honest conservatives look bad, burst into the station and beat Limbaugh to death with a bowling ball, do you think the police would have any sympathy if the killer said he was letting off steam?
Detainees died at Abu Ghraib. The Red Cross reported that very few of the Abu Ghraib prisoners were being detained for substantial cause. And hundreds were released in the weeks after the scandal broke.
Not to mention the real blow to the war effort, as the Islamic world, allies and enemies alike, had a chance to see that American policy is a joke as no one seems to be in control and no one is responsible.
There are a few Americans out there who are cheering Rush for his courage in "telling it like it is." I have a few words for those people, if any of them accidently find this site while going from one Bush-drone hate-filled message board to the next:
Please stay on those hate sites, insult and vilify "liberals," tell lies about Islam, yell treason when anyone has a few facts you don't like. But please do it quietly among yourselves.
Leave us grown-ups alone to sort out the mess you left behind.
We are not the only people blessed with living in interesting times. As I'm pretty busy for the next few days, I'm going to offer up the words of a man who lived in interesting times and did his part to make them more interesting.
"No history is so hard to write as that of our own times. Few, if any, can free themselves from the fashion of thought and opinion which control the daily life of their neighbors, and every one inhales to some extent the vapors and miasms floating in the air he hourly breathes. The task is even more difficult if a man attempts to narrate events in which he has taken part. As the soldier, warmed by the heat of battle, dimly sees through the dust and smoke of a well-fought field, the large movements which decide the issue of the conflict, so he who has mingled in the struggles of parties or the contests of nations, may not be as well fitted as others to speak of facts moulded partially by his own will and hand. But if the memoir writer be fair and discreet, he may contribute materials for future use, and his very errors may instruct after ages. The author of the following narrative does not expect to attain perfect truth in all things; he merely asks the reader to give him credit for the desire to state facts accurately, and to reason justly about the circumstances attending the presence of the Americans in Nicaragua."
William Walker wrote the preceding passage for the preface to his book, "The War in Nicaragua," published in 1860, just a few months before he was executed by a firing squad in Honduras.
I'm not commenting on things today. Take it how you will.
Sunday, May 23, 2004
This isn't a particularly clever or newsworthy posting. I'm really busy with one thing and another. (It's finals week and I started a new job and so on and so on.) This is more of a public service for my readers.
The people who hate Michael Moore really hate Michael Moore. And they have no shame about lying and lying ... and lying some more. The recent controversy over the misunderstanding between Moore, Disney and Miramax, paired with the success of Moore's new film "Fahrenheit 9/11" at Cannes, has driven the Moore-haters out of their dark and smelly holes, and I have heard and seen a lot of criticsm of Moore and his so-called tactics.
Well, unlike the members of the Bush cult, I like to look around, ask a few questions and discover for myself what is going on around me. So I do my research. And I just spent a few hours on MooreWatch.com to give the Moore-haters a chance to offer up something substantial.
And they FAILED, FAILED, FAILED miserably! I'm not going to link to them. If you really want to take a look for yourself and see how deluded and pedantic the Moore-haters are, you can type it up and look for yourself.
I am going to provide another link. Check out a message, written by Michael Moore himself, titled "Michael Moore responds to the wacko attackos". Moore defends himself and provides links to back up his assertions that everything in "Bowling For Columbine" is true. There are a lot of other allegations available on MooreWatch.com that Moore doesn't mention, but it is nothing more than character assassination, lame rationalizations and rants of the Bush-drone type. To address each and every one of them would require more vacation time than the president spends on his ranch at Crawford.
The Moore-haters, like all good little Bush drones, will start rationalizing about the way MMC is handling this issue, but fortunately, it is so easy to predict their line of attack. They will say MMC is biased because we didn't provide a direct link to MooreWatch.com. Well, it's pretty easy to find since I did provide the address. And they will also say that it's no use looking at Michael Moore's page because he's just going to lie some more and distort his facts and so on and etc. But Moore has links, lots of them, to answer his critics.
You had your chance, MooreWatch.com. You blew it. America is for everybody, not just for people who shout treason when they don't like what they are hearing.