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"Ye fucking gods!! Are you nuts!? Those Jesuit bastards will eat you alive!" --Hunter S. Thompson, to me, circa '93
Some new punkers talk about Bush--quite a catchy tune, actually. I would love to sing this out loud at a public place somewhere. Scream it, while bobbing up and down. I can see whole crowds marching down the streets singing this one. These kids are all right.
Few Americans have heard of Katharine Gun, a former British intelligence employee facing charges that she violated the Official Secrets Act. So far, the American press has ignored her. But the case raises profound questions about democracy and the public's right to know on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ms. Gun's legal peril began in Britain on March 2, when the Observer newspaper exposed a highly secret memorandum by a top U.S. National Security Agency official. Dated Jan. 31, the memo outlined surveillance of a half-dozen delegations with swing votes on the U.N. Security Council, noting a focus on "the whole gamut of information that could give U.S. policy-makers an edge in obtaining results favorable to U.S. goals" - support for war on Iraq.
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"This leak," Daniel Ellsberg replied, "is more timely and potentially more important than the Pentagon Papers." The exposure of the memo, he said, had the potential to block the invasion of Iraq before it began: "Truth-telling like this can stop a war." [more]
Many wild and stray dogs, often unfriendly and even dangerous, roam the Iraq countryside. But soldiers said Apache was always friendly. At first, the men tried to ignore the eager pup, who kept sidling up to them begging for food while they kept guard at a checkpoint leading into Camp Anaconda, a huge American base outside Balad, about an hour north of Baghdad. But finally the soldiers gave in and took the dog back to their camp.
While affectionate with the 130 or so soldiers in the company, Apache could spot a stranger instantly and would bark and growl menacingly. She seemed to especially dislike officers, and in September nipped at a captain from another company who got too close.
But Apache would happily greet the soldiers when they returned from patrols, then roll over to have her belly rubbed and chew playfully on their arms.
Still, the soldiers were warned repeatedly that they were flouting the rules and that they had to get rid of the dog.
Maggie Ford said her husband was researching how to bring Apache back when the soldiers come home in February, but commanders last month gave the soldiers a deadline.
She said her husband couldn't bear to have the dog killed, so the soldiers drove Apache about 10 miles outside the base in the hope someone would take care of her.
Within three days, Apache had found her way back to camp, Maggie Ford said.
Finally, around Thanksgiving, the soldiers took their pet to a veterinarian, who destroyed her, she said. [more]
President Bush's aides are considering a lunar-exploration program and other unifying national goals, such as a campaign to promote longevity or fight childhood illness or hunger, as they sift ideas for a fresh agenda for the final year of his term, administration officials said yesterday.
Agencies and task forces in several parts of the government have been assigned to determine the cost and feasibility of a variety of such major ideas, which could cost billions of dollars at a time the nation is running a substantial budget deficit. [more]
You know, we got the Bush-bashing down pretty well (which is really as simple as telling the truth--something the corporate media won't do when it comes to Bush unless it fits their Rove-ian agenda), and that needs to continue on into voting season '04 . . . but the lefty critics are right when they say the left has yet to come up with an inspiring and cohesive alternative vision of their own. Perhaps the bloggers can help with this? We could start by amassing a large number of ideas and then picking the best. All of the necessary brainpower is out there, in here--we just need to harness it.
Listen: the right-wing has been building up their system since the seventies--it took them thirty years to take over our media and political system. We have less than one year to build up an opposition alliance powerful enough to beat them. They have money, braun and numbers (the duped and/or fundamentalist-religious masses); we also have numbers (Gore won the last vote after all, not even counting the Nader votes who I know will vote for the Dem this time around majorally), righteous spitfire and BRAINS. And ONE YEAR.
Piece o' fucking cake.
Now is a good time as any to introduce a new tagline for American Samizdat, courtesy of the lovely and talented Kirsten Anderson of Seattle's finest art gallery, the Roq la Rue, and the lesser-known blog Thumbmonkey: