Sunday, August 08, 2004

Rest In Peace, Bitch

Worse Than You Could Have Imagined, Only Not As Good Rolling Stone gained access to secret annexes withheld from the Taguba report about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib, and in a horrible and ironic nod to Rush Limbaugh, the abuses they describe make the Lyndie England photos seem like a "frat hazing prank" in comparison.

Call Me Crazy... But if Bush is campaigning on "The War on Terror," isn't saying that Americans are "still not safe" an admission of failure in that war?

But, But The NY Times COULDN'T Be Behind The Curve?! This NY Times article runs into a tizzy about the most popular fable of our time: terrorists are going to "disrupt" the democratic process this November (presumably so that our government can take over and disrupt the democratic process itself). Citing the arrest of the Pakistani man that led to the Chicken Little "financial centers" warning of last week (wasn't that info at least three years old BTW?), the Grey Lady claims that the mysterious Pakistani man was also communicating with al-Qaeda to disrupt the US elections. But according to this MSNBC article, sources in Pakistan have been claiming that the captured mystery man, Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, was one their undercover men.

It Don't Get More Jaded Than This From a NYT article about the huge costs for Republican fund-raisers to attend the convention in NYC: "The price of playing the game has risen dramatically,'' said Fred Zeidman, a Texas fund-raiser who has brought in at least $200,000. "I don't think anybody is happy about writing the check. But it's a cost of doing business.''

Hot Man-Love On The Brain Conservative radio wingnut/ ex-running buddy of Allen Ginsburg, Michael Savage (born: Michael Weiner), recently ranted about the San Francisco Human Rights Commission by telling his listeners, "When you hear 'human rights,' think gays. When you hear 'human rights,' think only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son. ... When you hear 'human rights,' think only someone who wants to molest your son, and send you to jail if you defend him. Write that down, make a note of it." And in other homoerotic conservative pundit news, the substitute host from the "Your World with Neil Cavuto" show on Fox, Stewart Varney, bizarrely steered a segment about Disney's new PC for kids into a rant about "Gay Days" at Disney theme parks.

Jack Valenti Daily Gem of Wisdom
On the nascent cable industry, in 1974
“[Cable will become] a huge parasite in the marketplace, feeding and fattening itself off of local television stations and copyright owners of copyrighted material. We do not like it because we think it wrong and unfair.”

Another Al-Qaeder For Nader! For the nihilists who believe that there is no difference between the Donkey and the Elephant this November, Naomi Klein wrote a compelling piece for the UK's Guardian about the neccessity of "Anybody But Bush."

Tackling That Pressing "Failure of Imagination" The CIA is now consulting with screenwriters and sci-fi hacks to dig up leads on future terrorist attacks. At least they aren't holding seances. Yet.

-The Sikh Geek has had his last THREE posts lost by BlogSpot