the strong do as they wish, and the weak suffer as they must
Archive for August, 2005
In the midst of watching the CNN coverage of Katrina, I finally saw Cindy Sheehan’s ad. It is incredibly powerful and moving, and I’m amazed its on at all. Go to this page, scroll down until you find the link to watch it online, and then send the link to others.
I was all set to post something this morning rather unprecedented for TTP- I was going to cut Bush some slack. After spending two days reading various websites and watching coverage of the disaster in New Orleans, I had come to the conclusion that the left was using this horrible event as yet another occasion to bash Bush. I thought, you know, the guy didn’t steer the hurricane, and he wasn’t standing at 1-10 (when it was still there, that is) with a gun, keeping people from leaving.
I was all ready to do that, and chide those on boards such as DU and DailyKos, until I started reading a bit more. Now, the level of ghoulish voyourism on those sites (as well as those on the right) is unsettling- many posters seem disappointed when things don’t turn out as dire as originally feared, which is just sick. But then I started finding things such as this:
WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Army Corps of Engineers official who publicly criticized the Pentagon’s decision to award Halliburton Co. a no-bid contract for work in Iraq has been demoted, officials said Monday.
Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, who had been the Corps of Engineers’ top procurement official since 1997, was removed, effective Saturday, for what Corps of Engineers officials called a poor job performance. Her lawyer, however, said her removal constitutes “blatant discrimination” and violates an earlier agreement with the Army to suspend her demotion until “a sufficient record” pertaining to her complaints is complete.
When those carrying the burden of this war realize what they have sacrificed and died for, the worst days of George W. Bush will have just begun.
Continue reading Rallying the Troops and Avoiding Reality
… However, McMurtry believes the bleeps are not the true crux of the matter with “We Can’t Make It Here.”
“There are stations that won’t play (the song) even with the bleeps,” he said. “They say it’s too suggestive, they could lose their license. I think really they don’t want to get political, and they use that as an excuse.
“Anybody selling something on the air is not going to want to offend anybody. Even in Austin, when I go on the radio to mouth off about something, I can only seem to get on in the morning. Those morning guys are pretty cool, but sometimes I even make them nervous, ” he added, laughing.
McMurtry notes that while the song had received ample praise, he had also received his share of negative feedback. “We had this open forum on the Web site when it first came out, where people could say what they thought of the song,” he said. “A lot of people were really upset. Everything is so polarized now.
“But we can’t be afraid to offend people,” McMurtry noted. “That’s kind of what creates discourse. If you get people actually communicating, they start out yelling at each other. Then, with luck, the yelling will die down to actual talking. I hope so, anyway.”
Lyrics here. Strong stuff.
Of course the only story anyone is watching is the situation facing New Orleans with Katrina bearing down, and starting to come inland as I type this.
I’ve been to NO twice in my life, first as a member of our high school jazz band in 9th grade. We were booked into the Royal Orleans (yeah, the one in the Zep song), but changed our plans once we arrived and saw the crime scene tape and the stabbing victim on the front steps. We ended up at the Montleone, a wonderful place where I drank my first hurricane, bought weed from a maid and was asked “You boys need some womens, don’t you?” by a bellhop in the elevator. Great times. Second time was for a Stones show in 1981. Don’t remember much of that…
Like everyone, I’m hoping that this beautiful, eclectic city somehow misses great destruction, but it doesn’t look good. For live webcams, go here. I hope everyone got out, as one of my favorite writers, Poppy Z. Brite did.
Everyone keep your fingers crossed. This has already started to effect gas prices, and having this city shut down for six months or so will not play well with our economy.
Take a look at these two maps. The first is a geographic presentation of American troop deaths in Iraq, by city:
Ok, this is a map of the 2004 “election” by county:
I have one comment after seeing these. Redstates, you don’t support the war any further than the magnetic ribbon on your SUV. You belittle anyone who questions this war as “unamerican”, when it’s those very people who are sending their kids off to die- not you. Redstaters, you, just like your president, lie.
It’s now time for you, and I say this with all the respect you deserve- to shut the fuck up. You are killing this country- one child of someone else at a time.
There exists a website, located in the Netherlands, that offers the following:
If you are a U.S. Soldier stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other combat area and would like free SUPPORTER access for the site, you can post real pictures you or your buddies have taken while you have been deployed.
This section is for the gory ones so that people who do not wish to see that kind of stuff can just not go in here. I also do not want already published pictures that were taken by news people. This is supposed to be an area where we can see pictures posted by the solders themselves.
Just post your pics like you normally would and when I see them I will approve you for free access to the wife and g/f area. There have only been a few people cheat from this but I do now know what kind of pics to expect from the guys over there. So please do not waste my time if you are not a military person by just posting iraq pics you found on CNN or something.
Keep up the good work over there guys, we love seeing your pics.
Now I’m not going to list the website name (it’s easy enough to find) because frankly, nobody should ever have to see these images. But what is worse is the comments that these barbaric pictures garner, or as Just World News reports:
Browsing through the posts is like entering an infernal spiral : each message in facts contains dreadful pictures, in an escalation of barbarty and crudeness increased by the comments of the site readers. Inflamed messages, not horrified at all by the view of these awful snaps taken on the theater of war. One sees corpses, carbonized, without head, without members, a face in a plate, the remains of a kamikaze, an arm, legs, all that featured with inhuman comments, nearly exulting about these butcheries. Adding to the horror of the members thrown in the dust and the crusched heads, there are captions like “The only good Iraqi is a dead Iraqi” or ironical references like “Poor boy ! what if the 72 virgins were all whores ?” Even the subject line of the posts struck by their cynicism : the pragmatic ones like “Some pictures in exchange of the access”, or “Dead men for the entry”, but also the barbaric quiz “Give a name to this part of human body”, preluding the vision of a piece of bloody flesh, burned out and crushed, in which it is difficult to recognize a human face.
No one is born with the ability to do this. It takes time, environment and extraordinary circumstances to create the sort of monster that finds the death and suffering of another human being “cool” or “awesome” or funny. Perhaps in wartime you find whatever refuge possible from the constant stress and threat of your own death by mocking the death of others. I don’t know. Thankfully I have never been in combat.
But we have to remember two things when thinking about these pictures, and what sort of person would post them:
The worst possible scenario for the administration would be if it turns out that the Niger documents in question (which all now agree were forged) were fabricated by individuals who may have had a motive for getting us into the war. Shadowy figures previously linked to the Iran-Contra scandal have been mentioned as possible originators of the forged documents.
If there is any truth to these charges, the lid will blow off Washington — and the Bush administration will be history.
Had to leave ya with some good news….
Continue reading Could it be Bush’s Watergate? Which was written by Thomas Pauken, a former Reagan official.