Saturday, July 16, 2005
I visited the hideout of Mr. Godzilla located on the Monster Island. The interview was only permitted after the author had agreed to conceal the location of his whereabouts.
Musashi: "Mr. Godzilla, is it true that you have sold the WMD materials to Presi. Hussein of Iraq?"
Mr. Godzilla: "grr, um not really, I don't think. Just because I have this affliction of being born from the nuclear waste, does not mean that, grrr, I had sold these kinds of materials. grr."
Musashi: "Mr. Godzilla, I have been hearing that you have visited Iraq in the summer of 1996. For a week."
Mr. Godzilla: "Um, yeah, I went onto this vacation, grr. It was you know like I wanted to see what the middle east is all about, grr. It was fun, checking out camel and so on and I saw some bombing. May be that Clinton stuff. grr...Oh wait, I pooped and peed a lot during the vacation, and you know, my poops and pee are well, kind deadly. grrr. May be grr, if the humans possesses um, these stuff, hell, dunno, it could be dangerous? grr."
Musashi: "Mr. Godzilla, now I also have this question. Is your first name, 'god' and the family name 'zilla'?"
Mr. Godzilla: "grr...."
Mr. Godzilla had never answered the author's last question. However, Mr. Godzilla's selling of WMD materials could be unintentional for Mr. Godzilla just going potty when he needs to around Iraq region.
The interview with HKSPU personnel, Sgt Hello Kitty was not as fertile as the author had expected.
Musashi: "I have been hearing that the HKSPU has been trying to arrest Mr. Godzilla under the ground of selling of WMD materials to Iraq."
Sgt. Hello Kitty: "Yes, we are pretty sure that he had done it. But the whole investigation process is classified so I cannot say anything until we find the solid evidence. However, the fact that he had been to Iraq for a week in 1996 itself has been a critical issue on the Monster Island."
Musashi: "Sgt. Kitty. Is your first name "Hello" and your family name, "Kitty"?"
Sgt. Hello Kitty: ".... Excuse me, but I should get back to the investigation. For further inquiry, there will be the Official Press Conference."
Sgt. Kitty silenced herself and left the room. Again, the author failed to learn the structure of Sgt. Kitty's name. Was it my hair-do? May be the author should have been smiling more often. Anyway, the author was too distracted by the structures of the interviewees' names. However, Mr. Godzilla's selling of WMD material to Iraq in the summer of 1996 may have been unintentional potty necessity of Mr. Godzilla.
Friday, July 15, 2005
The Washington Post published an article entitled "Subway Fracas Escalates Into Test Of the Internet's Power to Shame" last week and, with the characteristic arrogant moralizing of the MSM, posited that the story of the Dog Shit Girl (known as the Dog Poop Girl in the WAPO) somehow signaled the dangers of the growing power of blogs. We bloggers should be cautious, lest we abuse our powers, the MSM — in its infinite wisdom — seems to say. I saw the story in the Los Angeles Times this morning with an even more arrogant and judgmental headline: "But that’s Big Brother's Job."
It is an interesting story. In summary, a woman in South Korea took her dog on the subway and the doggie made a poopie. She made no effort to clean it up, other commuters got peeved and confronted her, and she got pissy with them. Somebody took her picture with a cellphone camera and, within days, her picture was all over the Internet, her name was known, and she acquired the charming nickname Dog Shit Girl.
The article moralized about whether bloggers went too far in shaming this girl. (Allegedly, she dropped out of college because of the notoriety.) And then the MSM reporter definitely drops all pretense at objectivity and starts the condescension:
"Increasingly, the Internet also is a venue of so-called citizen journalism, in which swarms of surfers mobilize to gather information on what the traditional media isn't covering, or is covering in a way that dissatisfies some people."
Did you catch that? Of course you did! Citizen journalism is referred to as "so-called citizen journalism."
Is that objective? Is it really the objective reporter's job to reveal his disdain (and, in this case, defensive jealously) with the phrase "so-called"? I wonder why we don't hear the use of "so-called" as a derisive adjective a little more often in the MSM. How about "so-called" Culture of Life”? "So-called War on Terror"? "So-called family values"? "So-called activist judges"? "So-called Christian fundamentalists"? "So-called President Bush"?
Not to mention "so-called liberal media" and "so-called Fox News"?
And also notice the dig at "some people" who are dissatisfied at the way "traditional media" is covering some issues. A little defensive, are we? (And go here to see where the reporter got the story.)
A little further on, the reporter needs another example to show the negative effects of the blogs. Does he pick on any of a number of conservative blog disinformation campaigns? No, he mentions how mean we were to Jeff Gannon:
"It was the clarion call of one well-known blogger, for example, that led to answers about the dubious press credentials of Jeff Gannon, who attended White House news conferences and asked questions that favored President Bush and attacked Democrats.
But the mob went further, reporting and speculating on aspects of Gannon's private life."
And that’s all it says about Gannon. Not a whiff of a suggestion that his "private life" included numerous homosexual-themed Web sites. (Not an important detail when you're trying to smear the "liberal" blogs that are scooping you at every turn.)
Big Brother? Exposing a White House hack who had dubious press credentials is an example of Big Brother-like behavior? A single case of overzealous anti-dogshit activists exposing an inconsiderate dog owner is Big Brother?
Have these people ever heard of the PATRIOT ACT?
And I’m also trying to figure out what Dog Shit Girl has to do with "citizen journalism." I can only wonder at the motives of this writer.
For a little more information on Dog Shit Girl, read "KOREA: Internet drops woman in poo" at Asia Pacific Media Network.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
DID ONE OF THEM BOTCH AN ENGLISH TERROR INVESTIGATION?
(Or is it not politically correct to suggest such a thing? You know how the conservatives are about political correctness! What a bunch of bleeding heart wussies!)
The story is here at Daily Kos. You don't have to believe it or anything. You conservatives can act all shocked and everything and stick your heads back up your asses. Can you just be a little consistent? You never hesitate to make all sorts of shocking (and false) accusations about Hillary and Bill and Al Gore and John Kerry. Can't we be allowed to discuss shocking acts of Bush Administration negligence that are true?
This photo cracked me up. See the look on his little face? Awwww ...
But I did come across a post at Fire Dog Lake that explains several aspects of the case and, more importantly, links to timelines and other relevant material.
I hope this is helpful to everyone who knows the Repugs are scum, but doesn't have time to keep track of all their various crimes and thievery.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Read STRAW MAN THEATRE WITH DUCKERFORD B. HAYES.
It's about a conservative duck journalist who works for TV station KGWB and happily repeats conservative talking points as he worships Dear Leader. Sometimes he illustrates the divisions in the country with witty analogies set in the prehistoric past where liberals are mammoths and conservatives are trilobites. Join in the fun!