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Archive for May, 2008

Cool, they give ya weed in Tokyo!

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Boy, they REALLY make tourists feel welcome here!

TOKYO (Reuters) – One of the travelers who arrived at Tokyo’s Narita airport over the weekend may have picked up an unusual souvenir from customs — a package of cannabis.

A customs official hid the package in a suitcase belonging to a passenger arriving from Hong Kong as a training exercise for sniffer dogs Sunday, but lost track of both drugs and suitcase during the practice session, a spokeswoman for Tokyo customs said.

Guess thats why they call it dope.

Proselytizing in Fallujah

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Iraqis claim Marines are pushing Christianity in Fallujah

FALLUJAH, Iraq — At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah Tuesday, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. “Where will you spend eternity?” it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16.”

“They are trying to convert us to Christianity,” said Anad, a Sunni Muslim like most residents of this city in Anbar province. At home, he told his story, and his relatives echoed their disapproval: They’d been given the coins, too, he said.

Gingrich:”… it’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.”

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Gingrich quips Bush should have allowed some ‘reminder’ attacks

During an appearance at a Long Island bookstore last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was asked by a member of the audience why the United States has not been hit again since 9/11.

“I honestly don’t know,” Gingrich replied. “I would have expected another attack. I was very, very worried … when we had the sniper attacks, because the sniper attacks were psychologically so frightening. … I was amazed that the bad guys didn’t figure out how to send ten or twelve sniper teams.”

“This is … one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration,” Gingrich continued. “The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger. And therefore, the better they’ve done at making sure there isn’t an attack, the easier it is to say, ‘Well, there never was going to be an attack anyway.’ And it’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.”

Gee Newt, that didn’t work out so well the first time…

Are Students Canaries In Free Speech Coal Mine?

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

After 12 years of censorship and regimentation, many high school students will graduate this spring with little or no idea about what it means to be a free, active and engaged citizen in a democracy. When they march across the stage to get their diploma, let’s hope someone slips them a copy of the First Amendment – with instructions on how to use it.

Guns or gas? Guns win in Missouri

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

God, guns and guts an easy sell

Butler, Missouri – Salesmen at a Missouri car dealership are not just kicking in a free CD player or airconditioner: they are offering a free handgun with every purchase.

Until the end of the month, car buyers at Max Motors in Butler will have a choice – $250 (about R1 900) towards either a gun purchase or fuel.

General manager Walter Moore said that so far most buyers had chosen the gun, adding that he suggests they opt for a semi-automatic model “because it holds more rounds”.

Moore said he suspects his “free handgun” ad will draw protests in some places, but not in Butler, about 100km south of Kansas City.

Moore said: “Down here we all believe in God, guts and guns.”

In the words of Frank Loesser:

Praise the lord and pass the ammuntion…

Oh please…

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Draft cluster bomb ban agreed

A conference of 109 nations has agreed on a draft treaty to ban current designs of cluster bombs and to destroy stockpiles within eight years.

The United States did not send an envoy to the conference.

They said that the proposed convention would hinder humanitarian activities because its military has such weapons on its inventories.

Stephen Mull, an assistant secretary of state, said: “Any country that signs the convention in effect would make it impossible for the United States or any of our other allies who rely on these weapons to participate in these humanitarian exercises.”

Israel, Pakistan, China and Russia, along with the US, are among the main producers and stockpilers of the weapon. They all oppose any ban.

Um, we can’t provide humanitarian assistance because we couldn’t use cluster bombs? Exactly how is blowing a kid to ribbons with leftover bombs humanitarian?

Scotty goes for the smackdown…little late pal.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Former White House spokesman: Bush used ‘propaganda’ to sell war

In a new tell-all memoir on sale next week, former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan writes that the president depended on propaganda to sell the Iraq war to the American public, The Politico reports.

McClellan’s “surprisingly scathing” and “often harsh” What Happened: Inside the Bush White House… also contains, as Mike Allen writes for Politico, other standout revelations such as:

Bush and his aides “confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war”;

Karl Rove and Lewis “Scooter” Libby “had at best misled” McClellan about their roles in the notorious CIA leak case, even as McClellan publicly defended them;

The White House was in a “state of denial” during the first week after the Hurricane Katrina disaster;

Bush was “steamed” about his top economic adviser telling The Wall Street Journal that a possible Iraq war could cost as much as $200 billion. “He shouldn’t be talking about that,” said Bush, according to McClellan;

The press was “probably too deferential to the White House” when it came to public discourse over the choice to go to invade Iraq. McClellan also says the “White House press corps went too easy on the administration,” reports Allen.

Ya know Scotty, this would have been impressive if you had acted like a citizen and said something while it was occuring- instead of continuing to act like a whore and only talk for money.

The press corps went too easy on the administration? What about you, ya prick?

Iran attack by August?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Times: Bush to attack Iran by August.

Asia Times is reporting that “a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community” are alleging that the Bush administration “plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months” :

The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously, said last week that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC’s elite Quds force. With an estimated strength of up to 90,000 fighters, the Quds’ stated mission is to spread Iran’s revolution of 1979 throughout the region.

Last week, the White House denied a story in the Jerusalem Post that claimed that President Bush “intends to attack Iran before the end of his term.”

Why? Because we ain’t paying enough for gas already, I guess. Its certainly not because they pose us a threat.

RIP Earle Hagen

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Earle Hagen, `Andy Griffith’ composer, dies at 88

LOS ANGELES – Earle H. Hagen, who co-wrote the jazz classic “Harlem Nocturne” and composed memorable themes for “The Andy Griffith Show,” “I Spy,” “The Mod Squad” and other TV shows, has died. He was 88.

For television, he composed original music for more than 3,000 episodes, pilots and TV movies, including theme songs for “That Girl,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”

Jello takes on Savage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

As you may have heard, conservative attack-radio douchebag Michael Savage went postal again the other day, responding to the news of Ted Kennedy’s brain tumor by taking to the airwaves with a rant that once again revealed the vicious, inhuman gutlessness of this country’s so-called silent majority — students of the P. Diddy Institute for Higher Etymology would surely recognize this as a prime bit of bitch-assedness. First he played clips of Ted Kennedy singing, interspersed with (Kennedy in-law) Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infamous “It’s not a tumor” clip. “The poor guy’s been suffering for years, you know?,” Savage said of TK. “Unfairly he’s been accused of alcoholism, but we see now that it was something much more deep-seated.”

Then he did something even more unforgivable: he played Dead Kennedys’ “California Uber Alles,” compounding the sacrilege by actually singing along. (Click on the media player above to hear the full clip, courtesy of MediaMatters.) A convergence of loony-fringe hatemongering and punk rock shibboleth-busting: is this where it all ends up?

But we wanted to get Jello’s thoughts on the matter anyway, so Phoenix Editor Lance Gould raised him on the phone. Here’s what Jello had to say:

I haven’t read the details yet, but I’m aware of what Michael Savage did. Obviously he took my song way the hell out of context and did it deliberately. But the bigger issue is Savage himself and how the hell he gets away with stuff like saying this, and saying that people with AIDS should be put in concentration camps. And then when people protest at the station, he calls on his own listeners to come down and beat them up.

It scares the shit out of me that the most popular radio talk-show hosts are all foaming-at-the-mouth, ultra-bigoted blabbermongers whom only North Korea or the Nazis could love.

The real issue here is why aren’t the big candidates calling for media reform? Once upon a time there was a law on the books called the Fairness Doctrine, and it said that if somebody like Savage or Limbaugh or that skull woman Ann Coulter said something completely fucked up and dishonest on the air, somebody else was allowed to come on the air and reply to them without being told to shut up every 15 seconds by a power clown like Bill O’Reilly. That law was on the books for 50 years but was allowed to expire in the late ’80s when a Democratic-controlled congress failed to override President Reagan’s veto of the law.

Indeed. Imagine a world where a sane person was given the same airtime as racist warmongering morons.