"Pay close attention to that man behind the curtain!"

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades?

"Um, what we meant was that Saddam was here 2, er, 24 hours ago, and that we're here now. Yeah, that's the ticket. We missed him by mere hours." Close, but no Groucho.

While I'm on the subject of changing stories, I ought to include this experience from late last week which was provoking enough for me to type up this report in an e-mail to a co-conspirator of mine:
Last night on CNN, alien-robot Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said she "saw the photos" of the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein, and that they were too gruesome to show, yada yada. Anchor Zain Verjee subsequently asks (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Since you saw the photos, can you at least describe what you saw?" Ms. BS (fitting initials!) hems and haws and it is revealed that in fact she didn't actually see them, but that a "Pentagon official" told her they were really yucky.

To quote the prolific writer Anonymous, "This sentence is false."

Monday, July 28, 2003

They've got Saddam surrounded! "We mean it!"

Er, uh, nevermind. It must've been some other guy with a mustache. "This is (the hype of) CNN." Then again, maybe somebody was watching that report and made a phone call. Ya think?

Here's another one that digs back a few weeks (Mid-May). Did you ever wonder if the bodies in those mass graves found in Iraq maybe -- just maybe -- could have been (stretch your imagination here with me) casualties caused by the U.S. bombing that I opposed in the first Gulf War? I was just thinking, you know, instead of letting the news draw my conclusions for me. Try it yourself sometime.

Doing some research in an attempt to verify the dates on the above, I stumbled upon Dick Cheney referring to mass graves and "children's prisons" in the same breath. (Didn't at least one of those "prisons" already turn out to be an orphanage?) I'm surprised he didn't throw in that old yarn about "Iraqi soldiers removing Kuwaiti babies from hospital incubators" -- just for good measure.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Would you like some ketchup with that?

Since I'm just getting started with this, there are a couple of things on my mind that I should catch up on before they become really old news.

First in chronological order would have to be the death of David Kelly. Does it strike anyone else as unusual that it took nearly a full day for the information about the "slit wrist" to come out?

Next, there's the recent display of 2 dead bodies purported to be Uday and Qusay Hussein. Those photos don't prove anything at all. The post-autopsy videos prove even less than that. Imagine, if you will, trying to identify the corpse of one of your own family members in such a state.

Now, imagine trying to identify someone whose face you only know via the mass media. If you've never seen your favorite celebrity as they appear when they wake up in the morning -- someone whose picture is on your computer desktop, perhaps -- I'd bet you would have trouble identifying that person with a bullethole in the face or a 3-month growth of extra facial hair.

Finally, for the cherry on top, imagine that someone with ulterior motives wanted you to believe that the corpse you were viewing was a particular individual, and they puttied up the face to disguise the bullet wounds. What would you think then?

Just remember this: "Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see."

Or to quote myself, "Question everything -- especially this!"

Another thing -- even in Texas, murderers and rapists got trials before Governor Bush signed their execution orders.

Welcome to the machine

Bob Black once said, "Be different -- like everybody else!"

So, here I am, joining the world of non-joiners, jumping into the fray, putting my two cents into this mess of nonsense.

I had no choice in this matter. "They made me do it."
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