June 3, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
The Cost Of Freedom
During the war of my childhood, Crosby, Stills & Nash asked, "Do
we find the cost of freedom buried in the ground?" Memorial Day
this year felt eerily similar to those earlier days.
George W. was the incredible shrinking president this week, our
"news" was suspended for extended coverage of "Good News About The
War," including the "capture" of Dread
Terrorist Mohsen Abdul-Hamid (the "voice of reconciliation").
Too bad for Rummy and George W! That FUBAR raid turned out to be
the "kidnapping and hooding" of an Iraqi politician; consequently,
it barely rated a corporate-owned media mention... never mind about
the botched capture/kidnapping crap. Quick! Look over there! It's
that Nixon-hating traitor, Deep Throat!
The Incredible Shrinking President
George W. Flightsuit sure has had a strange week. Between his
brief annual visit to Arlington National Cemetery and his sudden
"Curious George" response to the revelation that W. Mark Felt, is
Deepthroat, poor George W. barely had time to spew more lies about
Offerings thwacks George W. but good for calling
the Amnesty International report "absurd."
Cry me a river and stock it with trout already. President Bush
complains that Amnesty talked to detainees, "who hated America
and were trained to lie." Unlike President Bush, who comes by
the skill naturally. In talking to detainees, Amnesty simply did
what it has done everywhere else on the earth where it has investigated
official mistreatment of prisoners, which is everywhere else on
earth. (One of the annoying memes squirming throughout the Apologist
Right is that Amnesty has somehow singled out the US and ignored
a whole bunch of countries on which, in fact, it has published
Deeper Than Deep, His Throat
Guerrilla's post on W. Mark Felt's Deep Throat revelation
is short and sweet: "Finally."
On my blog, A
Scrivener's Lament, I offer Dem talking points for
dealing with right-wing Nixon apologists, whose mantra is, "Deepthroat
doesn't exist; but if he does exist, he's a criminal and a traitor
who was disloyal and single-handedly destroyed a great president!"
Honestly! Trotting out G. Gordon Liddy and Chuck Colson to lecture
us on morality and the rule of law? Whatever the cable news execs
are smoking has killed a few too many brain cells.
The I's Have It!
Karma revisits John Dean's FindLaw article on possible
impeachment charges against George W. Bush: "The I word(s)."
In January of 2003, John Dean (I = ironic... given the recent
revelation of Deep Throat) wrote an article for FindLaw that was
picked up by CNN entitled, "Is lying about the reason for a war
an impeachable offense?" (I = impeachable/impeach)
Dean's piece outlines specific charges made by Bush that we
know to be untrue.
Buck up, Little Busharoo! Your puppet press has been burning the
midnight oil for you...
Good News About The War (And Malkin's
Loose Lips Alert)
Desperately seeking more (cough) fair and balanced (cough) information
about Iraq? Blogs
Of War has a feature called "Voices Of Freedom,"
where only good news about the war in Iraq is showcased. Blogs Of
War also links to BetOnIraq.com,
where you can
throw away your money invest in Iraqi
There has never been a better time to Bet on Iraq, and we will
continue to do just that.
Place your order now.
Reference links: Press Release from Under Secretary for International
Affairs United States Treasury
Sigh. There's still one born every minute! For the reality-based
news on the war in Iraq, Today
in Iraq is the site to click:
Bring 'em on: British soldier killed by IED and four injured
Bring 'em on: Twenty five sacked ex commandos queuing for back
pay killed and one hundred injured in twin suicide bomb attack
Bring 'em on: Iraqi police general critically injured after
attempted assassination in Kirkuk.
Bring 'em on: Leader of largest Sunni political party, considered
a moderate, arrested along with his three sons and four guards
Bring 'em on: Two Iraqi police sergeants working for the Iraqi
Cabinet gunned down in Baghdad.
And the list goes on...
Absent any truly good news from Iraq, Michelle
Malkin (R-Oppress My People, Please!) thinks that we liberals
think that the troops aren't real people:
The members of our military are more than just an expedient means
to a titillating magazine cover or juicy scoop or Peabody Award.
Too often since the "War on Terror" was declared, eager Bush-bashing
journalists have forgotten that the troops are real people who
face real threats and real bloodshed as a consequence of loose
lips and keyboards.
Oh. Thanks for the warning, Michelle. Speaking truth to power
might delay George W.'s discovery of those weapons of mass destruction
and evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11. I remember Vice President
Agnew (before his humiliating resignation) issuing the same warning
to those who opposed the war in Vietnam. Read a history book, Michelle!
By the way, Grugblog
asks this week's burning question: 2 Years In Iraq. Why?
What a Keystone Kops way to FUBAR your planned, feel-good, "Memorial
Day/ Operation Lightning" War Story! Fortunately, Juan
Cole keeps tabs on all things Middle East for us:
Al-Hayat Muhsin Abdul Hamid, a former president of Iraq
under the American Coalition Provisional Authority and the leader
of the Iraqi Islamic Party who was mistakenly arrested by the
US military and then released, said late Monday that he considered
the arrest to have been "deliberate." Party spokesmen said that
the arrest was a piece of American "stupidity" aimed at alienating
the Sunni Arabs from political participation.
"Courage, Mom" took on added (and distinctly unfunny) meaning this
Memorial Day: the Gold Star Mothers decided to go all DAR on one
mother's petition to join their organization.
Marc, at A
Voice Crying Out From The Thickness, cries out against
the Gold Star Mothers' rejection of a slain soldier's mother
If it were my son who was killed and my wife (who is also Filipina
BTW) who could not be accepted by Gold Star as the mother of a
son who had sacrificed his life for the cause of freedom, well
let's just say I would not be happy. It's ironic, but I would
almost call their decision not to allow this mother to join as
Hm. I always thought that all mothers of dead soldiers were equal.
I guess some mothers of dead soldiers are more equal than others.
How ridiculous is that?
From the excellent October 2004 archive of the blog, ain't
no sleep better than a waking sleep.. your soma from the ministry
of lies: Is al-Zarqawi a U.S. Agent Provocateur?
To answer the second author's question: unequivocally, YES.
Al-Zarqawi has been caught, captured, or killed more times than
can be counted on one hand.
The Power of Critical Thinking vs. Rick Santorum
Reflecting on the gravity of Memorial Day, 2005, Dave, at Dave
Friedman's Soul Of Wit, reminds us that a free society
depends on our right to independent thinking:
Thomas Paine famously said, "Give me liberty or give me death"
before being executed, by which he meant, in part, "Allow me to
think for myself." The American Revolution was founded on the
explicit premise that man is his own agent: man can think for
... Without independent thought, we would have had no Benjamin
Franklin, no Emancipation Proclamation, no New Deal, and no internet,
no blogosphere, no Microsoft, no Google, and no pontificators
such as me.
World War II continues to define our nation's modern history, even
for revisionists. Jake's
Lament (gotta love those lamenting bloggers!)
responds to the Santorum "Dem/Hitler" comparison:
I know that Santorum is generally one of the biggest pricks to
ever hold a seat in the senate, but what the hell? Does he even
know what he's saying? Is he now saying that the filibuster is
a Nazi tactic? I guess I missed that part of history where Hitler
conquered Europe by waiting them out until they capitulated.
Or is it that maybe his subconscious realizes that he's the one
acting like the little Austrian corporal, and he's comparing the
Republican hold on the senate to Hitler's occupation of France.
Who knows what is going on in that Santorum-soaked brain of his.
I Hope Jesus Is A Blogophile!
Speaking of Santorum-soaked brains, this week's fascist fundies
make my skin crawl. Don't laugh! This is serious religious news!
Seriously. I mean it, damn it!
From ass-bitingly funny blogger Reconstitution:
Somebody better call Alan Jackson
And all the other rednecks who sing the virtues of having a
The Jesusistanis are howling yet again about a Corp glorifying
hedonism! I'll give you a piece of the front page so you don't
have to go there-you can thank me later.
If one looks for the company which has done the most to
affirm and promote the homosexual lifestyle, he would be hard-pressed
to find a company which has done more than Ford Motor Company.
Reconstitution also weighs in on the fundie judge, who sentences
folks to church services:
Jesus Saves! (your ass from jail)
Church-or Jail? Yeah, this one sounds real "voluntary." We now
have a Government organ marching people into Church. I believe
what we see here is the first squirming of the newly-born theocracy.
The Fashion Of The Christ. I'm not kidding. That's the name of
a blog post by serious fundie David Alan Black at CovenantNews.com.
It has something to do with tassels and blue threads on your garments'
hems. If you understand the present day significance of this
blog post, enlighten me.
And, while you're digesting the subject headlines at Covenant News,
check out "Aborted Baby Beauty Treatment," "More Babies, Less Cancer,"
and my personal favorite, "Killing 10 Week Old Fetus Charge."
I don't think they're talking about metaphorically "killing" a
"charge" against a 10-week-old fetus... surely, they mean "Killer
of 10 Week Old Fetus Charged." I could be wrong, of course.
Tired of feeling outraged? Never fear! Outrage Relief is only
a few mouse clicks away! The
People's Email Network asks,
"SHOULD THERE BE AN INVESTIGATION OF THE DOWNING STREET MEMO?" Scroll
down (after you read the post) to the feedback form, which allows
you to send your own comments on many important topics to your elected
The People's Email Network is affiliated with the amazing Choice
America Network, where you can find several excellent
pieces, including one by Thom Hartman on the George W. Bush/ John
Jeri Smith Ready, at Seething in The Wilderness, links us to AfterDowningStreet.org:
"ADS is a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political
activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005, a campaign to urge
the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President
Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq
war." If you're ready to take action, ADS offers several different
Can't get enough of those Google Bombs? DUer Ladyhawk
will teach you how to help Google.com recognize "Commander Cuckoo-Bananas"
when searching for "George W. Bush."
Activism Keeps Hope Alive
Meet Brad Russell.
With very little money and a burning desire to expose Bushco's
greed, lust for power and neo-imperialism, Brad Russell, (DU's own
DistressedAmerican), burns the midnight oil to bring us some of
the best online graphics we love to snatch. You've no doubt seen
his work at Make
Them Accountable, All
Hat No Cattle, Bartcop,
and at Brad's virtual home, Seeds
Of Doubt. Brad winters in Albany, where he is completing
his doctorate in Anthropology, and summers in Mexico (on archeological
digs); but, he resides year round in Republican Hell...
Self-taught and always sharpening his skills, Brad uses FrontPage
and Photoshop to focus on the war in Iraq, torture associated with
the "war on terror," and other human rights abuses that have been
committed by this administration under the guise of life in a post
9/11 environment. Brad admits that his DU addiction has reached
"dysfunctional" levels; however, he notes that DU has become one
of his primary sources for news and valuable links.
Brad's advice to fledgling bloggers:
Find reputable sites that have large communities. The larger
the community the better the fact checking. To me that is one
of the best features of DU.
Do not allow yourself to get discouraged. A lot of things you
post drop like rocks. Many times, as I have seen, lots of folks
are reading those posts even when they do not reply.
One more thing. Be generous kicking DU threads and try to remember
to recommend good threads for the greatest page. DUers like replies
too! Get involved!
Brad plans to continue adding content, and he even has a submission
page for your original poetry, songs, and art work. If
you're a big Brad Russell fan (like I am), check out Distressed
Gear and watch for his DU posts. Let Brad know that we all appreciate
his dedication and talent!
Keep Hope Alive And Fight The Right!
Do we find the cost of freedom buried in the ground? Sadly, yes.
But our future doesn't have to be that way. After all, our War Department
became the Department Of Defense, didn't it? That name change was
a major turning point in our nation's history and was carefully
designed to influence all subsequent U.S. policy decisions related
to armed conflict.
Right-wingers delight in calling those of us opposed to this current
war (as well as all other wars) "cry babies" and "whiners" for our
refusal to "study war," but we refuse to abandon the very foundation
of our democracy: the right to stand up and be counted in our quest
MIA in this year's corporate-owned media Memorial Day coverage
was our traditional American sense of hope, but take heart. Hope
is alive and well in blog posts by today's virtual pamphleteers.
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