war mystery

republican president, middle east tyrant, fox happy.
democratic president, middle east tyrant, fox mad.

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if i remember correctly, fox made the 2003 iraq war all about saddam.
saddam this, saddam that.
saddam accented on first syllable,
saddam accented on second syllable.
saddam just first name.
saddam hussein full name.

now it is time for syria to rattle and hum and it’s all about…
obama?
what?

c’mon fox news. where is the bashar bashar bashar?
let’s keep our eyes on the ball here.
wouldn’t want to appear treasonous…would you?

Smashing Effort

By now everyone and their favorite blogger has heard about the Guardian having its hard drives smashed by the British government, because they might contain leaked information about the NSA, et al.  See link here.  Here is an excerpt with some emphasis.

The man was unmoved. And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. “We can call off the black helicopters,” joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.

Whitehall was satisfied, but it felt like a peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age. We will continue to do patient, painstaking reporting on the Snowden documents, we just won’t do it in London. The seizure of Miranda’s laptop, phones, hard drives and camera will similarly have no effect on Greenwald’s work.

This smashing of machines is not unprecedented.  Let’s not forget Ned Ludd and the Luddites.  Here is a description of an earlier an earlier machine smashing episode.

. . . a popular theory is that the movement was named after Ned Ludd, a youth who allegedly smashed two stocking frames in 1779, and whose name had become emblematic of machine destroyers.

With enough hammer wielding goons this leaking problem just might be stopped.

Grand Slam

This not-so-handsome fellow gave one of the greatest quotes of all time.  Can you even recognize him?

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Well, here is one of the all time greatest quotes about Tim Geithner:

“The audacity of that p—k in front of the American people announcing he was deciding whether or not a firm of this stature and this whatever was good enough to get a loan,” he said. “Like he was the determining factor, and it’s like a flea on his back, floating down underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, getting a h–d-on, saying, ‘Raise the bridge.’ This guy thinks he’s got a big d–k. He’s got nothing, except maybe a boyfriend. I’m not a good enemy. I’m a very bad enemy. But certain things really—that bothered me plenty. It’s just that for some clerk to make a decision based on what, your own personal feeling about whether or not they’re a good credit? Who the f–k asked you? You’re not an elected officer. You’re a clerk. Believe me, you’re a clerk. I want to open up on this f—-r, that’s all I can tell you.”

It is terrible and beautiful to behold even after all of these years.  It is the ultimate Grand Slam.