Saturday, October 28, 2006

Still think everything will just work itself out?

Haven't heard much anything about this by way of the mainstream propoganda machine. Just one more in a spectacularly long list of failures by "professional" journalism to serve the purpose for which their occupation is intended.

Indeed, a search for the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 yields no results from the public servants that are CNN, MSNBC, NY Times, Washington Post, et al. A search of these sites, specifically, for any information yields zero results. (Other major news outlets also yield little to nothing in the way of substance on this and other very important Constitutional issues--while my search was certainly not exhaustive, and there may be some coverage out there from the majors, it is with near certainty I submit that none of them will offer anything substantive or insightful, save Keith Olbermann, one of the few mainstream professionals still in possesion of both his brains and his balls.)

It's difficult for me to imagine too many things that could be more important than the issues of our fundamental freedoms and protections being stripped away from us with ever increasing boldness. But hey, what the hell do I know? Checking out the website of the "professionals" tells me what is truly important in the news. The current banner headline on MSNBC U.S. News front page:

NBC: Cop makes roads safer by catching 200 drunk drivers in a year.

Well, damn. I just read the article and I can't remember the last time I felt this safe and wonderful. I can't believe I was so worked up about the above. Perhaps it was the signing statement from Mr. Bush (the "B" is for Benevolent) stating that he wouldn't be adhering to any pesky oversight or accountability.

The signing of this new act will be another wonderful device to add to the Emporer's toolbox as he, his family, and his friends continue their benevolent Protection of America. Just don't dare point out that he's nude, it makes him testy. Not to worry, though, good citizens. There's nothing like a few good secret "dunkings" to lift the spirits.

We now return to your regularly scheduled dose of DoubleThink.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Read and THINK

Link to quoted commentary (please click and read)

"Among things Congress and the media should challenge is George W. Bush’s false claim that the United States does not torture. In an article published at the site, journalist Molly Ivins reports that in one case of death from torture by Americans, the military at first said the prisoner’s death was caused by a heart attack. Ivins adds that the coroner later said the heart attack occurred after the prisoner “had been beaten so often on his legs that they had ‘basically been pulpified.’”

" As Jonathan Turley said on Olbermann’s program, “I think you can feel the judgment of history. It won’t be kind to President Bush. But frankly, I don’t think that it will be kind to the rest of us. I think that history will ask, ‘Where were you? What did you do when this thing was signed into law?’ There were people that protested the Japanese concentration camps; there were people that protested these other acts. But we are strangely silent in this national yawn as our rights evaporate.”

Future generations will wonder why the U.S. Congress and mainstream press helped Bush build up an imperial presidency and eliminate constitutional protections. If they’re able to sort through the administration’s fallacies and lies and clearly see what went wrong with America during this time, they’ll wonder why there were so few Molly Ivinses, Keith Olbermanns and Jonathan Turleys.

Coming generations will also ask why by comparison there were so many who failed to notice the obvious holes in Bush’s logic and why so many turned a blind eye to his numerous false assertions and cruel policies. They’ll wonder why so many supported, whether by direct action or by silence, the Bush administration’s changing the fundamental nature of the democratic Republic we were given by America’s founders, based on the flimsy excuse of fighting a war on terrorism -- a “war” Bush defines falsely and fights ineffectively.

Generations to come might ask why this president who lied so often, about Iraq and other critical matters, was ever entrusted with enough power to damage this country’s founding principles and wage endless, unprovoked war on other nations. If Congress and the media would ask these questions now, they might prevent Bush from doing further harm. This might save many lives, prevent much unnecessary suffering and possibly steer this country out of its present darkness."

Finally, it is not inconceivable that in the not too distant future that this man could be accused of terroism. After all, anyone who opposes the current foriegn policy must be a terrorist smpathizer and not concerned for the safety of the American people.