Saturday, April 10, 2004
Dear Osama: Hijacking Planes OK, Just Don't Fly Them Into Buildings.
The White House said the presidential daily briefing, or PDB, was requested by Bush, who sought information about the possibility of an al Qaeda attack in the United States.
"The PDB article did not warn of the 9/11 attacks," the White House said in a statement released Saturday night. "Although the PDB referred to the possibility of hijackings, it did not discuss the possible use of planes as weapons."
Would it be un-American to suggest that if the 9/11 hijackings had been prevented - if even ONE had been prevented - the planes could not have been used as weapons?
On Second Thought...
...having the GOP convention in New York right before 9/11 is suddenly not looking like such a wise decision, is it?
Kinda like that flightsuit boy "Mission Accomplished" stunt. If anyone uses that footage, it will be the Kerry campaign.
Friday, April 09, 2004
No One Could Have Imagined...
"I don't think anybody could have predicted that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."
-Condoleeza Rice, 16 May 2002
This photo from a Pentagon contingency planning exercise of 3 November 2000 and originally found by Atrios.
Thursday, April 08, 2004
When The Going Gets Tough, Bush Hits The Showers
According to TPM, Washington Post runs a story on that sinking feeling we're getting in Iraq, noting the following:
This is Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
I thought we were at WAR.
FDR was in a goddam wheelchair, how often did he go to Warm Springs or wherever on holiday, while we were fighting both the Nazis and the Japanese?
(It's not a rhetorical question - and I'm going to find the answer.)
When you're playing in the Super Bowl and the game is on the line, does the quarterback go rest up in the locker room every 3 or 4 downs?
233 days on his Texas ranch... they were in office 233 days on 9/11...
...Nero W. Bush fishes while Baghdad burns.
Berlusconi and Media Control
OK this is one of the Italy observations I promised to post about two months ago.
As most of you may know, Silvio Berlusconi is Italy's PM, the richest man in Europe primarily based on his media empire Mediaset, which controls 3 of the top six national TV channels in Italy. (they also do advertising and publishing)
In January it was the 10th anniversary of "Forza Italia", a right-center coalition of parties led by Berlusconi.
So, usually I was watching one of the three RAI (government) channels' news but this evening I was watching Channel 5. They devoted a full 10 minutes of coverage in a half-hour evening news program, to a prominent 10th anniversary bash for Forza Italia. It just went on and on and on, it was nothing more than 10 minutes of shameless PR for Silvio and FI.
At the conclusion there was a brief (under 30 seconds) counterpoint from the Socialists and Communists.
Certainly one would expect favorable coverage from his own station, but really this was just so over-the-top and yet it's only one step removed from the GOP-Murdoch axis. Imagine if the Bush family actually owned Fox - all of it, including the studios, the over-the-air network, the whole manure pile.
Or, imagine Rupert Murdoch was our President. I apologize if I just made your head explode.
So, I post this just as a notice and a warning to what we're not too far from ourselves. I don't think we've gone quite this far yet. It's kind of a Fox News Channel approach that Berlusconi has borrowed from the US, as he's borrowed other aspects of US media - slick news sets and graphics, he shows lots of American films on his stations.
It will be interesting to see how Fox covers the GOP convention vs. the Democratic Convention this year.
I think I am nearly done though I am having issues with making the links appear correctly. Blogger is really funky in how you can use external style sheets. Some attributes can be manipulated externally, some need to be coded into the tag which is not good design but it's what works.
Anyway, visited links are still black when hovered, I would like for the a:hover style to take precedence over a:visited. Anyone know how to make that happen?
I'd appreciate comments no matter how brief, so I can know if anyone is coming here. Please let me know if the new design doesn't work in your browser. So far so good on this end.
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Pardon the Dust...
As you can see there is a new layout and I am tweaking it. Blogger will allow some CSS style attributes to be set in an external file, some you have to add inside the template.
So if it looks funky, please bear with me. Things will settle down shortly.
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
More Progress in Iraq!
Hurray! 12 more signs of progress in bringing peace and prosperity to Iraq!
All hail Glorious Leader and his holy crusade for Petrolsraum!!!
No Forks For You!!!
Eschaton brings to its readers' attention that a recent Bush fundraiser in Charlotte NC served hoity-toity sandwiches which one usually eats with utensils in formal, polite company...
...but no utensils. Not even plastic. Why? because the WH didn't want the tinkle of silver to distract folks from hearing der Chimpenfuhrer's wise words.
Rumor has it that beverages were also not served, to prevent the tinkle of ice in tipped glasses from distracting the Chimp, and coughing/sneezing was prohibited on pain of tax audit.
If you want to read the article but don't want to bother with the Charlotte Observer's incredibly nosy registration process, use my id firstname.lastname@example.org and the password bushsux
Monday, April 05, 2004
How do you like it so far
just a test 7
Phoenix bishop's diversionary tactic: Exploit abortion
New Phoenix bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, who replaced the hit-and-run bishop Thomas J. O'Brien (yes, that's right, their names are very similar...), is planning on leading a prayer protest at the Phoenix Planned Parenthood offices this Good Friday. Unfortunately I have no link, not even from the online site of the local daily Arizona Republic. When a story does appear I will link to it.
Bishop Olmsted has been very vocal about abortion from the moment he got here, leading prayer vigils on Christmas Eve at PP.
Now, I know that the Catholic Church is very anti-choice and it's not unexpected for a bishop to denounced the right-to-choose, but I can't help but think these are cynical diversionary tactics intended to divert attention from the shameful legacy of Thomas O'Brien, who was one of the worst bishops when it came to tolerating and hiding pedophilic priests and displayed a galling refusal to accept any responsibility whatsoever for the rampant sexual exploitation of minors committed on his watch. In fact, his hubris was comparable to that of the unelected occupant of the White House. He also, of course, remained Bishop after signing an agreement with the County Attorney that acknowledged a measure of responsibility (which he repudiated the very next day after signing it) and only resigned his post after he ran down a pedestrian in his Buick and kept on going. In fact O'Brien clearly tried to hide evidence of his crimes by contacting windshield repair services even after he knew the police were looking for him.
I suppose one can hardly blame Bishop Olmsted for trying to divert attention from this shameful legacy. It's unfortunate that we Arizonans, who are generally of the libertarian live-and-let-live bent when it comes to matters as personal as abortion, are going to have to face renewed challenges to the right-to-choose in our state thanks to Bishop Olmsted's diversionary tactics. Thank goodness we have a great Democratic pro-choice Governor, Janet Napolitano, who will stop in its tracks any anti-choice legislation.
Yes I'm A Lazy, Cappuccino-Sipping Liberal
I was told recently that there are actually some people who read, or try to read, this blog.
So, I guess I will get up to speed. I owe you all some observations on my trip to Italy, which I still have. Also I noticed that the Shout Out comments are no longer available so I will switch to Haloscan (for now).
Also I will redesign the blog so it is more happenin'. There will be some sawdust and such as I get it together so please pardon the mess for the next week or so.
In the meantime I am a frequent commenter at Eschaton under the nickname renato so if you enjoy my particular brand of snark, you can get it there.
Thanks to the 3 of you who actually come here looking for something. I'll get with it. I promise.