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Press lies caused recruitment shortage

Posted by schroeder915 on June 30, 2005

Reuters:

Families are discouraging young men and women from enlisting “because of all the negative media that’s out there,” Sen. James Inhofe (news, bio, voting record), an Oklahoma Republican, said at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

I’m sure that, after the esteemed senator scratches the surface, he’ll find that the reporters are responsible for doctoring intelligence to justify an unnecessary invasion of Iraq, that they’re the ones planting roadside bombs in Iraq, and they’re probably even the ones behind the wheel in those suicide cars. It might be time to send them to Gitmo for re-education.

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Compassionate capitalism

Posted by schroeder915 on June 30, 2005

Robert Redford hosts a four-part series, New Heroes, profiling “social entrepreneurs” who are “applying business skills to solving social ills” around the world.

“Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.”

David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

The first two episodes of New Heroes will be broadcast again in New Orleans:

New Heroes
Saturday, July 2, 3-5:00 PM
WYES Channel 12

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Eminent domain claim on Justice Souter’s home

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2005

The Agitator picked up on a story about a developer who’s vying to confiscate Justice Souter’s home through eminent domain.

Letter to the Code Enforcement Officer of Weare, Hew Hampshire:

I am proposing to build a hotel at 34 Cilley Hill Road in the Town of Weare. I would like to know the process your town has for allowing such a development.

Although this property is owned by an individual, David H. Souter, a recent Supreme Court decision, “Kelo vs. City of New London” clears the way for this land to be taken by the Government of Weare through eminent domain and given to my LLC for the purposes of building a hotel. The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare.

Now you can even sign up for a stay at the Liberty Hotel.

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Eminent domain claim on Justice Souter’s home

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2005

The Agitator picked up on a story about a developer who’s vying to confiscate Justice Souter’s home through eminent domain.

Letter to the Code Enforcement Officer of Weare, Hew Hampshire:

I am proposing to build a hotel at 34 Cilley Hill Road in the Town of Weare. I would like to know the process your town has for allowing such a development.

Although this property is owned by an individual, David H. Souter, a recent Supreme Court decision, “Kelo vs. City of New London” clears the way for this land to be taken by the Government of Weare through eminent domain and given to my LLC for the purposes of building a hotel. The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare.

Now you can even sign up for a stay at the Liberty Hotel.

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Iraq lorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2005

Which means, “take your lumps like a man and stop yer cryin’!”

18 1/2 Minute Gap is referencing a No More Mister Nice Blog post about a hidden White House web site extolling the virtues of the Iraq War:

Yep – that really is the White House web site.

Befitting the Bush administration’s impeachable “disassembling” before the invasion, and criminal neglect in the post-invasion period, there’s no real news reports – just a bunch of “lorem ipsum” dummy text.

Happily, Cicero’s 45 BC treatise, On the ends of the good and the evil, has found a good home among the featured non-news items on the White House web site.

The actual translation reveals the ironic truth about Iraq:

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of the pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue.

Read more about the use of lorem ipsum at lipsum.com and Wikipedia.

I’d like to make another suggestion for the Iraq Renewal page:

Klaatu…barata…nikto!

Or maybe this…

Ahh…now there’s a possible justification for monkey boy’s dream to reach Mars – he’s thinking that aliens will be able to bring an end to his godforsaken war in Iraq!

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Bush’s speechwriter’s speech: Nothing new

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2005

I wondered why NPR had so little to say about Bush’s Fort Bragg speech last night.

The Nation’s David Corn explained:

Before the speech, NPR had asked me to talk about the address afterward with a conservative pundit. Minutes before we were to go on, an NPR worker called. We’ve decided, she said, that there was not enough in the speech to warrant an analysis segment. I could hardly protest.

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Bush’s speechwriter’s speech: Nothing new

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2005

I wondered why NPR had so little to say about Bush’s Fort Bragg speech last night.

The Nation’s David Corn explained:

Before the speech, NPR had asked me to talk about the address afterward with a conservative pundit. Minutes before we were to go on, an NPR worker called. We’ve decided, she said, that there was not enough in the speech to warrant an analysis segment. I could hardly protest.

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Bush’s smirk was the real message at Fort Bragg

Posted by schroeder915 on June 28, 2005

The man has absolutely no guts. After his lame performance at the last press conference, and notwithstanding the equally lame performance by the White House press corps on that evening, Bush instead chose to seek the safety of blind loyalty among Green Berets and Army Rangers at Fort Bragg, rather than making an honest, believable case for the why spilling American blood in Iraq is still “worth it.”

Oh yeah, Bush kept reminding us that 9-11 happened in 2001. What a bonehead. Like we should respect him more because he can repeatedly recall a date.

With a backdrop of faux flags draped vertically, suggesting downcast reflection, rather than waving free, suggesting strength and pride, the event more gave the impression of a pathetic George W. sympathy rally than a proud call to stand firm for truly shared values in the face of enormous sacrifices.

No, this president still refuses to level with the American people. He can’t win the Iraq war, let alone a global war against terrorism, with only half the country, while his chief lieutenants in the White House insult everyone who doesn’t have the presidential seal tatooed on their asses.

In typical form, Bush stood at the podium, reading his lines with about as much conviction as a first grader practicing out loud, all the while failing to whipe that sarcastic little fratboy smirk off of his smug little face.

Here’s what I wanted to hear:

America. I’m sorry I can’t really know what it’s like to serve in Iraq, because I shirked my responsibility when I signed up. I regret that I did that. I know that because of that cowardess, it is difficult for Americans to take me seriously. I really don’t deserve the respect of the soldiers in this room, or those so bravely serving in Iraq. I regret that I wasn’t sincere with the American public when I “fixed the facts” to a policy to invade Iraq that I conceived before I even ran for president, creating a war that wasn’t necessary, and diverting resources from the real struggle for peace and justice around the world. I’m sorry I’ve been such an ass to the poor and middle class of this country, who struggle to pay the rent and put food on the table every single day of their lives, in a way that my privileged background has made it difficult for me to fully understand. I’m sorry I’ve sold off America’s destiny to the highest bidders. After all I’ve done that shames me in your eyes, I still need your help. Together, let’s start anew. Together, let’s defeat the hatred that inspired the 9-11 attacks. I’m sorry to say that the struggle will continue to be borne in lives and treasure, but it will also require a more compassionate and gracious diplomatic approach to people around the world. I promise I will not forsake you in this time of difficulty. I promise that I will bear my share of the burden, as will those among my class who owe so much to the charity, benevolence, and sacrifice of all those whom we proudly share a common heritage. This is my pledge before God.

Fat chance!

The real message was, “I’m scared shitless. I have no plan. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.”

The best analysis: Terry Moran noted that the only applause in the speech was initiated by a member the White House advance team.

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Bush’s smirk was the real message at Fort Bragg

Posted by schroeder915 on June 28, 2005

The man has absolutely no guts. After his lame performance at the last press conference, and notwithstanding the equally lame performance by the White House press corps on that evening, Bush instead chose to seek the safety of blind loyalty among Green Berets and Army Rangers at Fort Bragg, rather than making an honest, believable case for the why spilling American blood in Iraq is still “worth it.”

Oh yeah, Bush kept reminding us that 9-11 happened in 2001. What a bonehead. Like we should respect him more because he can repeatedly recall a date.

With a backdrop of faux flags draped vertically, suggesting downcast reflection, rather than waving free, suggesting strength and pride, the event more gave the impression of a pathetic George W. sympathy rally than a proud call to stand firm for truly shared values in the face of enormous sacrifices.

No, this president still refuses to level with the American people. He can’t win the Iraq war, let alone a global war against terrorism, with only half the country, while his chief lieutenants in the White House insult everyone who doesn’t have the presidential seal tatooed on their asses.

In typical form, Bush stood at the podium, reading his lines with about as much conviction as a first grader practicing out loud, all the while failing to whipe that sarcastic little fratboy smirk off of his smug little face.

Here’s what I wanted to hear:

America. I’m sorry I can’t really know what it’s like to serve in Iraq, because I shirked my responsibility when I signed up. I regret that I did that. I know that because of that cowardess, it is difficult for Americans to take me seriously. I really don’t deserve the respect of the soldiers in this room, or those so bravely serving in Iraq. I regret that I wasn’t sincere with the American public when I “fixed the facts” to a policy to invade Iraq that I conceived before I even ran for president, creating a war that wasn’t necessary, and diverting resources from the real struggle for peace and justice around the world. I’m sorry I’ve been such an ass to the poor and middle class of this country, who struggle to pay the rent and put food on the table every single day of their lives, in a way that my privileged background has made it difficult for me to fully understand. I’m sorry I’ve sold off America’s destiny to the highest bidders. After all I’ve done that shames me in your eyes, I still need your help. Together, let’s start anew. Together, let’s defeat the hatred that inspired the 9-11 attacks. I’m sorry to say that the struggle will continue to be borne in lives and treasure, but it will also require a more compassionate and gracious diplomatic approach to people around the world. I promise I will not forsake you in this time of difficulty. I promise that I will bear my share of the burden, as will those among my class who owe so much to the charity, benevolence, and sacrifice of all those whom we proudly share a common heritage. This is my pledge before God.

Fat chance!

The real message was, “I’m scared shitless. I have no plan. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.”

The best analysis: Terry Moran noted that the only applause in the speech was initiated by a member the White House advance team.

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George is not my homeboy

Posted by schroeder915 on June 28, 2005

Selling at a Wal-Mart subsidiary in Mexico City, complements of La Profesora Abstraida:

Hell – that’d be the only thing that would get me inside a Wal-Mart.

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