Tuesday, October 05, 2004

TODAY'S TOP FIVE: Be Sure to Watch Edwards Slay the Troll Tonight.

Is This a Talentless Hack I See Before Me? Billy Bob Thornton, he of the sensitive performance in "Bad Santa," has lashed out at Shakespeare, calling the greatest body of work in the English language "bullshit" and "just a bunch of soap operas." I guess that takes care of that.

Paul Bremer: Sure, He Makes Sense Now That He's Not In A Position To Do Anything About It Paul Bremer, erstwhile proconsul of Iraq, has finally admitted what everybody on earth whose job doesn't depend on George Bush's fortunes on Nov. 2 already knows: the Iraq occupation was horribly bungled from the start. Bremer says the key failure was in not having enough troops in the country, a failure that continues today. These remarks, however, were intended for a private audience and were supposed to be "off the record" - oops! Paul Bremer, you've been caught in a moment of clarity and intelligence! You'll never work in this administration again.

Another Bush Administration Figure Falls Victim to the "Clarity and Intelligence" Virus Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, hours after saying there is no evidence linking Saddam's Iraq and Al Qaeda, is now furiously backpedaling, saying that he was "misunderstood" in his brief moment of clarity. This is the statement he says was "misunderstood": "To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two," referring to Iraq and Al Qaeda. Yup. Lots of room for misinterpretation there.

This Should Be A Great Moment for International Jurisprudence Cambodia is getting ready for trials of top Khmer Rouge members relating to the 1970s genocide that resulted in the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians. The trials will be largely paid for and run by the UN, with foreign judges and prosecutors presiding. All of this sounds good, until you consider at least one former high-ranking Khmer Rouge thug who will most certainly not have to stand trial for his crimes: Hun Sen, who is currently Cambodia's ruler. Think that's going to get mentioned by any of the defendants?

The Daily Mayhem: Israel Edition About 70 people have been killed so far in "Operation: Days of Penitence," the largest Israeli strike against Gaza in years. Additionally, about 50,000 people have been cut off from the outside world by the incursion. Thousands are without water and electricity, and it's hard to imagine this is going to help get the peace process started again.

-Consider Arms