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

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.
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