Friday, December 31, 2004

Discussion topic for December 31, 2005

Where are you from? And I wish all of you a peaceful and prosperous 2005.


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

YD’s Rant of the Day for December 15, 2004

Yesterday, Lieutenant AWOL awarded the Medal of Freedom to Baghdad fashion maven and incompetent administrator L. Paul “Jerry” Bremer III, General Tommy “Fuck-Up” Franks, and George “WMD Slam-Dunk” Tenet.

Noticeably absent from this presidential celebration of the most incompetent and bungling brown-nosers in American history was poor Colin Powell. Gee, Colin, you got fucked and you didn’t even get a kiss.

Best wishes,


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Discussion Topic for December 14, 2004

Long time reader and contributor 2cents left a fairly critical post yesterday in the Today in Iraq Comments that sort of rocked my boat. It made me stop for a moment and do a little cross checking of my assumptions. I mean, I've read a lot of 2cents' posts and I've come to respect him (her?) as a thoughtful and passionate person with opinions worth listening to. When someone like that states something forcefully, you want to consider it.

Now, I don't want this discussion to be about the whole comment, which related to a perceived failure of the blog. Different people see Today in Iraq in different ways and I'll leave it to YD to debate what it ought or ought not to do.

What I'd like to focus on is a general statement within the comment which particularly made me think, specifically: "...the comfortable John Kerry mode where no American fundamentals are ever challenged."

If I understand this correctly, 2cents is saying that there are certain fundamental assumptions, certain basic underlying American attitudes which lead, by their own inexorable logic, to perversions of stated American ideals such as the present war in Iraq and which are never properly challenged in mainstream political discussion.

An example might be the blithe American expectation that the world owes us unlimited access to energy so that we can maintain an opulent lifestyle regardless of its effect on the planet or the rest of humanity. I would certainly agree that this assumption is basic to American perceptions of our 'right' to be in Iraq and that Kerry failed to challenge it, and further, that not confronting it all but guarantees more of the same.

So the discussion topic is: What are the fundamental assumptions that allow a significant part of the American public to support or at least passively acquiesce in this Iraqi misadventure? And what could be done at a grassroots level to educate people and challenge these assumptions?

And 2cents, if I've misinterpreted your point, please jump in and set me straight. I'm very interested in reading whatever you may post to expand on your comment.

Thanks, matt


Saturday, December 11, 2004

YD's Rant of the Day for December 10, 2004

I'm always amazed how conservative nut jobs process information. (I can’t bring myself to apply the term “thinking” to this process.) A CBS publicist contacted an anti-war blogger about an upcoming 60 Minutes show featuring American soldiers who have deserted over Bush’s War. The blogger provided a link to the 60 Minutes story, broadcast times and some commentary about bloggers and CBS.

A conservative website that exists to target CBS news in general and Dan Rather in particular breathlessly reported CBS news is “recruiting” “liberal/anti-war” bloggers to talk up the 60 Minutes show, and linked to three blogs, including this one, that also linked to the CBS story. The writer claimed these links were provided “in preparation” for the 60 Minutes story, implying the story links on these other blogs were also provided at the request of CBS News.

In other words, the conservative nut job who wrote this piece made the mental leap from one blogger who provided a link at the request of a CBS publicist to a vast conspiracy of bloggers consisting of every anti-Bush War blogger who linked to the CBS story. This is a classic example of a thinking process impeded by a fixed delusional system.

The story of this conspiracy is now rocketing through the conservative Monkey Network. I’ve found four conservative blogs carrying the story and linking to my blog. Martin Kelley, who posted the link at the request of CBS, has counted many more. Thus, a complete fabrication becomes established truth within the conservative mind.

For more insight into conservative mental health issues, see some of the comments posted by the monkeys at Little Green Turdballs in reference to this story.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

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