Friday, January 27, 2006

Does This Explain Republican Thinking?

Oy. Who didn't see this coming?
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged in a document made public on Thursday that information spread by the Pentagon to influence foreign peoples and enemies increasingly seeps back home and is "consumed by our domestic audience."
I don't think he's just talking about Fox News here, people.
The Pentagon argued the "psychological operations" information was truthful. But the research organization that obtained the document through the Freedom of Information Act described it as propaganda planted overseas that inevitably made its way back to the United States.
You know, it's more 'truthy,' less facty.
The document, marked "secret," was titled "Information Operations Roadmap," and laid out the need for the Pentagon to improve its capabilities in psychological operations, electronic warfare, military deception and other areas.

"Secretary Rumsfeld's road map says the American people can't be protected from the Pentagon's psychological operations abroad but it doesn't matter as long as he's not targeting the American public. It's the collateral damage theory of propaganda," said Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington.
I hate to dwell, but Secretary Rumsfeld's 'roadmaps' have a real habit of driving everyone (except for defense contractors) straight into really BIG ditches.

Now for the really, really weird part:
The document stated that "information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and PSYOP (psychological operations), increasingly is consumed by our domestic audience and vice-versa."

Chief Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said he rejected the notion the Pentagon was comfortable with the notion of propaganda "bleeding back" from overseas to the United States. "We're not OK with it," Di Rita said.

"First of all, we're not lying. We're talking about truthful, accurate information, so that's baloney," Di Rita said.
Wait... what the f@#k? The information is 'truthful' (truthy?) and 'accurate,' but at the same time propaganda, and they're not okay with it 'bleeding back' to us the American People?

May I ask why not?

"No you may not"

Okay then.

Mr. Orwell? Your table is ready, so sorry for the wait, sir...

Google Fun For All!

Need a smile? Go to Google and type in 'failure.' Then hit 'Google Search.'

It's more fun if you hit 'I'm Feeling Lucky.'

Good times, good times.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Protest Fun For Everyone!

Future American lawyers to be proud of... and Alberto Gonzales.

Sounds like things didn't go so well for old Al Gonzales during a speach at Georgetown Law the other day as students blocked him with a banner that read: "Those who would sacrafice Liberty for Safety deserve neither - Ben Franklin."

(I don't know who this 'Ben Franklin' character is, but I think Homeland Security should pay him a little visit and teach him what being an American really means.)

One student apparently had this to say to Al during the Q & A period:
"When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again "it's lawful", and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough."
Hmmm, did anyone hear these details in Mainstream Media?

Did Chris Matthews do his job and call them 'terrorist sympathizers' yet?

Monday, January 23, 2006

A Few Thoughts

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson

"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies." - Thomas Jefferson

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government." - Thomas Jefferson

"In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people." - James Madison

" The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity." - John Adams

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." - Benjamin Franklin
Who were these people and why don't they know the founding fathers meant this to be a 'Christian' nation?

Not. Backing. Hillary.

That Molly Ivins... whatta woman! I have been saying it for weeks, but I am so glad someone of her stature has gone on record as saying: Not. Backing. Hillary. As far as I'm concerned she may be a nice woman, but she's a Republican and they can have her. As for Ivins?
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone. This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.
Absolutely. Enough is enough. Tired of candidates who tell people what they want to hear rather than what they should hear because they think we can't handle the truth or we're big babies and will vote for the other schmuck.
You sit there in Washington so frightened of the big, bad Republican machine you have no idea what people are thinking. I'm telling you right now, Tom DeLay is going to lose in his district. If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to OWN the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.
Me too. Been saying that for months now... I'm done. Pointing out the hypocrites & liars in the White House, Congress & Media should be like shooting fish in a barrel but all I hear is the deafening sound of silence.
Do it all, go long, go for public campaign financing for Congress. I'm serious as a stroke about this — that is the only reform that will work, and you know it, as well as everyone else who's ever studied this. Do all the goo-goo stuff everybody has made fun of all these years: embrace redistricting reform, electoral reform, House rules changes, the whole package. Put up, or shut up. Own this issue, or let Jack Abramoff politics continue to run your town.


Do not sit there cowering and pretending the only way to win is as Republican-lite. If the Washington-based party can't get up and fight, we'll find someone who can.
That, ladies & gentlemen, is what one calls "a woman on fire" and Democratic candidates would do well to do every f@#king thing she says. Now who do I send this message to?

Sutton Impact: Republican Talking Points

Unfortunately there are a ton of such examples and the press (or 'mainstream media' or so-called 'liberal media') never, ever, calls them on any of them.

Why does it seem that these days 'Conservative commentator/Personality' is just another word for 'hypocrite'? And why does everyone on TV seem to along with all this madness?

Sutton has bunch of them... check 'em out for yourself and tell me if he's wrong.