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May 1, 2003

  Happy May Day.

May Day was born in the struggle for the implementation of an eight hour work day.  That's funny, because I don't remember the last job in which I only worked eight hours a day.  Standard white-collar salary job is nine hours.  Considering my last place of employment enjoyed scheduling noon-time "working lunch" meetings, I stand by that statement.

But I digress.

Recently a lot of anti-Bush Hollywood types ("We're against war but in order to keep our popularity from suffering we'll still say that we support the troops!") have claimed that they we're being "censored" because they came out publicly with unpopular opinions, and their livelihood was affected when the people they insulted stopped purchasing their products.  The verb "Dixie Chicked" was born at this time.  These celebrities are crying to everyone who will listen that reduced album sales and and poor ratings in their made-for-TV movies is a violation of their 1st Amendment Rights of free speech.


You can see in this photo how they express their outrage at their perceived oppression by taking off their clothes and...ummm...well, I'm not sure what their point is.  One would think that if they were truly being oppressed and their freedom of speech denied that we'd actually hear about them a lot less than we do.  To be honest, though I was aware of their existence, I never heard much about them until they started being silenced.  Now I can't turn around without hearing them claim they aren't allowed to speak their minds.  In fact, I'd say that I would never have known their politics unless they had forbidden to express them.  Being silenced by the government is probably the best thing that could have happened for their political careers.  Oh, wait, they aren't politicians, they're musicians, and their careers are suffering because they decided to be politicians.  Ok, maybe it was a bad move.

So, we have Sarandans and Robbinses and others getting Dixie Chicked, and they're are all crying about how wrong it is that people decide to like them less, and that album sales and box office receipts should never have any connection to their public soap box spew.  They claim they should be allowed to piss off any and all of the people who spend money on them without facing the repercussions of their actions.  However, it isn't allowed to work both ways.  As soon as someone else organizes to speak out in favor of their beliefs, in the following example that of a website, Hollywood forgets all about the 1st Amendment Rights they claim to embrace.

The website Boycott Hollywood is being lawyered out of existence by the William Morris Agency, which represents most big-money actors in Hollywood.  Because some readers of that website allegedly emailed the agency with threatening emails, William Morris unleashed their lawyers on the ISP hosting the website, which immediately caved.

In case the website is gone before you have a chance to read what is probably their final update, here's what they said:


May 01, 2003
Our own personal wind chill  (Follywood)

Well, folks - it's been a blast and it's been fun.

Apparently, our domain registrar ( - subsidiary of have caved to the pressures of the William Morris Agency giant. On April 29, 2003, received a letter from the William Morris Agency in regards to this website. Their complaint accused us of liable and potentially other civil and criminal offenses.

This is another fine example of how Hollywood feels that their opinion and view is the only one that matters. Average citizens are disallowed the free expression of our point of view because they don't like being challenged for their views. I stand firm on the belief that we have done nothing wrong at this website - - The celebrities have expressed their views, and we have responded in kind by expressing our views regarding the thoughts and ideas that they have, publicly, expressed. has suspended our update information at this domain and have informed us that the DNS information of this domain has been changed and the website will be down within the next 24 hours and our contract with them is now null and void. They are doing this because we did not provide accurate contact information in their public database.

When I explained that the reason we did not provide accurate contact information is because we have received multiple death threats and I did not wish for just anyone to have my personal information - and asked them for suggestions on what to do - Dotster was unmoved. They did not give me the chance to update the information with accurate information and keep the domain. That's not an option - - they are just simply going to shut down our domain - no explanation needed.

Further questioning of Dotster brought me a copy of the letter sent to them by the William Morris Agency and reads as follows:


We, in fact, recieved no such email from the William Morris Agency.

I can say only this - - the fact that we're being shut down because of the William Morris Agency tells me that we truly touched a raw nerve in someone, somewhere. At the very least, it tells me that our message was recieved by the people that it was intended for. The very fact that we cannot express our opinions regarding the views of these stars/celebs shows me, yet again, the double standard that exists in Follywood.

Thank you all for your support at this website - it appears my hands are tied in keeping it open. Dotster will be closing down our site within the next 24-48 hours. I appreciate the hard work that Chris and Reilly have done at this site and appreciate the ongoing and intelligent, provoking discussions held here.

Warm Regards.

Posted by LisaS 

In summary, celebs are whining that their 1st Amendment rights are being suppressed, which they aren't.  Those who would speak out against the celebs are being silenced.

I've always known that the law favors those who can afford the most lawyers, it's just rare that it is illustrated to brightly.

GORDON  |  11:35 pm CDT  Feedback Link to:

April 30, 2003


Awhile back when SARS was the new buzzword, we discussed on the forum whether the entire thing was being over hyped, like the shark attacks were the summer before 9/11.  It was questioned whether it was more fatal than the annual influenza epidemic, and it was decided that SARS was about 300% more likely to kill you than the the time it had an approximate 3% morality rate.

New news today:

THE DEATH RATE appears to have risen to 10 percent from 6 percent, said Mark Salter, who heads the clinical network of the Geneva-based WHO.

Just to get a little perspective, 10% of the population of China is about 110 million.

The Gulf War II may end up being overshadowed by SARS in the history of the world.

GORDON  |  11:35 pm CDT  Feedback Link to:


  The poor, abused RIAA.

The RIAA today sent messages to users of a couple P2P applications.  All the news stories I'm reading about this are using the term "hacked" when describing what the RIAA did.  Last July I wrote about a new bill being debated in Congress which would legally allow the RIAA to hack into systems....the post is here.

Today's article makes a few interesting points:

“COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT WARNING,” the message reads. “When you break the law, you risk legal penalties. There is a simple way to avoid that risk: DON’T STEAL MUSIC.”
       At the same time, the industry is collecting the user names of people suspected of illegally offering copyright material with the file-sharing services Kazaa and Grokster, but it doesn’t intend to pursue legal action, said Recording Industry Association of America President Cary Sherman.

Wont pursue legal action, right.  They'd never go after individual users.


Kazaa owner Sharman Networks likened the RIAA campaign to spam meant to confuse users. Grokster Ltd. President Wayne Rosso called it “a death rattle.”
       “It doesn’t bother us, because we are very anti-copyright infringement anyway,” Rosso said. “They think they’re harassing us. No. What they’re doing is declaring war on our users.”

Yep.  And this could have repercussions.


Media analysts estimate that as many as 61 million Americans use Internet services such as Kazaa and Grokster to download copyright material.

I have a very hard time believing this.  1 in 4 Americans?  Aren't a big chunk of Americans 60+ year old baby boomers?  Is P2P popular among retirees?  Though a poll of "people you know" isn't statistically viable, only about one person I know in 20 use P2P.  I can see that ratio being valid on college campuses, but not outside of them.


The RIAA, meanwhile, plans to send out about 1 million messages per week, Sherman said.

Wonderful, more internet congestion.  I wonder how this little tactic will be viewed in light of existing and emerging anti-spam laws?

GORDON  |  4:33 pm CDT  Feedback Link to:


  Someday I'll figure out why these discussions always involve food.

I don't eat a lot of fruit, but a couple weeks ago in the grocery store I was mysteriously drawn to the fruit area.  I had a craving for some peaches and plums, and picked up a few of each.  By the time I got home the mood had passed, and they rotted in the fruit drawer.

Today the wife and I were at the grocery store picking up a few perishables.  Bread, tomatoes, etc.  Watermelons are now in season, and they had some scrumptious looking watermelon quarters on display.

Me: Damn.  That watermelon looks good.
Woman:  You didn't eat the last fruit you bought.  You've lost your fruit privileges.
Me: Yeah, but this time I'll actually eat it.
Woman:  Right, sure you will.  And Dr. Pepper is root beer.

Why that is funny (forum registration required).

GORDON  |  3:27 pm CDT   Link to:


April 29, 2003

  Maybe the Palestinians have a point.

Maybe Israel really should just cease to exist.  The only reason it exists in the first place is because the United Nations is a puppet of the United States, which in turn is a puppet of the Zionists.

I think the argument that really swayed my opinion of this issue was


TEL AVIV, Israel - A huge explosion rocked Tel Aviv early Wednesday, and police said it was a terror attack.

Tel Aviv police spokeswoman Shlomit Hertzberg said, "There has been a terror attack on the seafront walkway." She gave no details.

The walkway lines the Tel Aviv beach from the southern edge of the city leading north several kilometers.

There was no immediate word of casualties.

Israeli radio stations reported that a bomb went off in a restaurant on the seacoast, and there were a number of injuries.

I especially like the part about how it was a beachfront restaurant.  Nothing says "we were wronged" like taking out a bunch of random people eating lunch.

How could I have been so blind.  Those poor, poor Palestinians.

GORDON  |  7:06 pm CDT  Feedback Link to:



Hey, anybody know what's being televised this Friday night?

I don't care because I just picked up tickets for X-Men 2.

GORDON  |  7:06 pm CDT   Link to:


  An MIA I didn't even know was M.

Today on the forum a regular pointed us at the Computer Gigalo.  He's a serviceman in an undisclosed country somewhere in the neighborhood of Iraq, and is in the Army...but we wont hold that against him.  He just probably had a poor upbringing, and was never instilled with character nor strong moral fiber.  Don't blame him...blame The System.

Go visit him and say hi.  I have to stop writing now before I italicize again.

Oh, and the Feedback thread is a rare one that you'll have to register to see.  Crap, I did it again.

GORDON  |  12:51 am CDT  Feedback Link to:

April 28, 2003

  Slow News Day.

American Greeting is suing Penny Arcade, and Penny Arcade sniped back at them (read it before it gets cease and desisted).  And Apple just launched an online music download site...each song $.99.  $10 to $13 for an album still seems a little pricey to me, though.

But the best thing I read today was this open letter to Jacques Chirac over at L.T. Smash:

To M. Jacques Chirac

Monsieur President,

It has often been said that Americans take a short view of History. This American does not.

This American remembers that France was the first nation to recognize our Independence, in 1778.

French soldiers fought side by side with Americans in our Revolution. Without the aid of the Marquis de Lafayette, Count Rochambeau, and Admiral Comte de Grasse, we might have lost the struggle. These men are considered heroes in our country. Their names adorn our streets, our warships, and our public squares.

The treaty that sealed our Independence was signed in 1783, in Paris.

Our nations were born of the same Age of Enlightenment.
Liberté --“Give me Liberty or give me Death!”
Égalité – “all Men are created Equal”
Fraternité – E Pluribus Unum
We are spiritual siblings.

This American recalls that a French architect, Pierre L’Enfant, designed our capital city. He is buried within sight of that city, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Our largest territorial expansion occurred in 1803, when Napoléon Bonaparte sold the vast Louisiana Territory to the United States for the bargain price of 80 million francs.

This American remembers that it was a Frenchman, Alexis De Toqueville, who penned the first definitive analysis of “Democracy in America” in 1840.

Two talented Frenchmen, the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and the architect Gustave Eiffel, designed and constructed one of our most treasured icons, the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated in 1886, it was a gift from the people of France to the people of America, acknowledging our lasting friendship.

This American recalls that in 1917, when Paris was in danger of being overrun by the Kaiser’s armies, President Woodrow Wilson sent two million men and pledged ten billion dollars to save France. Over 30,000 of those men did not return home.

Twenty-eight years later, American forces, side-by-side with Free French forces, liberated France from the scourge of Nazi occupation. Cemeteries full of tens of thousands of American soldiers who died in that struggle dot the French countryside.

This American remembers that France was present at the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1949.

When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991, French forces joined America in the coalition to reverse his unprovoked aggression. French aircraft subsequently participated in the enforcement of the no-fly zones over Southern Iraq.

After the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, France lent material and intelligence support to the American campaign against the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

For well over two centuries, we have been friends and allies.

So how, sir, do you explain your recent behavior?

It is not unprincipled to be opposed to war. War is terrible.

But we have been in agreement, for over twelve years now, that Saddam Hussein must cooperate with the United Nations and abandon his weapons of mass destruction. Together, we passed seventeen resolutions in the Security Council demanding as much.

The last resolution, which was approved unanimously, called for “serious consequences” if Iraq failed to disarm. But the regime of Saddam Hussein continued to play games of obfuscation, denial, and deception.

We all know what “serious consequences” means, sir.

Yet, when the United States and United Kingdom presented an eighteenth resolution with concrete deadlines for compliance, you opposed it. When some of our allies expressed support for our position, you called them “infantile” and “reckless.” You actively lobbied nations in opposition to our efforts.

Had we presented a united front against Saddam Hussein, armed conflict might not have been necessary. But your intransigence has made that outcome impossible. In the process, you undermined the very foundations of NATO and the United Nations.

Your actions have grave consequences, sir. Like so many others, this American had to leave his home and family and go to war – a conflict from which over one hundred Americans will never return.

Today, in a newly liberated Iraq, we are learning the true extent of your betrayal.

Damning documents have been discovered. Reputable media outlets have reported that your government provided intelligence assistance to Saddam Hussein. This assistance allegedly included briefings covering confidential conversations between yourself and President George W. Bush.

These are not the actions of a trusted ally, much less a friend.

You, sir, have no honor.

- LT Smash

So there you go.

GORDON  |  7:11 pm CST  Feedback Link to:

April 27, 2003

  Fred on France.

Since this webpage is pretty much my new full time job, I decided to not worry about it on the weekends.  Considering this week's down time, however, I decided to make a post today to make up for the lost days.  But as a new rule, no more weekend updates.


"Fred on Everything" is one of the oldest links in the left column.  Written by Fred Reed, it is a weekly rant about, well, everything Fred deems fit to rant about.  Sorry about that preposition-closing sentence...if I'm writing about Fred Reed, I need to watch the grammar.  He notices things like that.

Today I got an email notification of a new article, so I grabbed a frosty beverage and sat down to read it.  Fred tongue-in-cheek apologetically explains why he supports the French.  He goes on to explain why Americans are pretty much not worthy to look down on the French.  He gives examples I don't think I agree with showing why our military history isn't as grand as we believe, and goes on to share anecdotes about how friendly they were when he visited Paris.


In former years I often went to Paris for the Air Show. Always the French were tiresomely civil. I had expected the heathen rudeness one associates with moral crusaders. I considered bringing a case at law: I had spent all that money in expectation of gorgeous churlishness, and didn't get any.

I don't need to reprint most of what he said; to make my point, and to understand his, you really need to go there and just read the entire thing.

I wrote Fred once before asking a few details of his becoming an expatriate in Mexico and received a polite response, so I know he at least sometimes answers reader mail.  As such, I just sent the following:


Subj:   Your recent column.... which you are embracing the French while at the same time belittling Americans.

Questions. You are pretty much "siding" yourself with France against the U.S. in this instance. What are your thoughts on the fact that as more evidence is uncovered, it looks like France aided Saddam in every way except actually giving him a couple French infantry divisions? And why are you able to highlight isolated incidents of Americans being crass, but completely overlook isolated desecrations of Allied WW2 graveyards in France?

Just curious. I've disagreed with some of your arguments before, but this is the first time I've seen you be so one-sided.


So, no real news, here.  I'll be sure to repost a reply, if any, in the Feedback thread.

GORDON  |  7:11 pm CST  Feedback Link to:

April 25, 2003

  North Korea.

What to do, what to do.

The United States is establishing a new foreign policy based on preemptiveness against crazed wacko dictators who want to dabble in the trade of weapons of mass destruction.  Actually, I'm tired of hearing that phrase.  For now on when I mean ""nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons," I'll say "Fluffy Cuddly Kitten Bomb."   Or, "FCK Bomb," for short.  As in, "We're about to get FCK'd."

As evil wack dictators go, Saddam was average.  His main political tactic when a policy was questioned was typically death, if the dissenter was lucky.  If he was unlucky he might get to watch his family tortured, raped, mutilated, and finally, mercifully killed.  But at least he kept the power on and water running, and allowed a bought and paid for global news network to report from Baghdad.  On the scale from 'Benevolent' to 'Absofuckinglutely Crazy,' Saddam was only about 70% toward the deep end.  Kim Jong-il, on the other hand, anchors the radical side and is the standard to which all crazies strive.  He's the epitome of batshit in the belfry nuts.

For example.

  • He once kidnapped a South Korean movie director and forced him to make a North Korean monster movie.
  • He supposedly has a "Pleasure Squad" of kidnapped women of all types from around the world.  Word is that he likes blondes.
  • He thinks Madalaine Albright had a thing for him.
  • Refers to himself in he third person, "The Peerless Leader," "The Great General," etc.
  • Pines for the Clinton Administration, a time when he was breaking treaties and still getting respect.
  • Has been linked to the 1987 Korean Air bombing in an attempt to scare people away from the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
  • Likes Daffy Duck.
  • And the usual things like eating steak and cognac while his starving people eat tree bark to survive.

M y  s o u r c e s.


So, we've established that he has the "Mad Dictator" thing happening.  But, joy, he just announced what we've all known and he's denied, he has nukes.  That's more than Baghdad ever admitted, and we went after them.

In "North Korea II," I'll delve into NK's military potential.

GORDON  |  5:40 pm CST  Feedback Link to:

April 24, 2003


We did the right thing.

GORDON  |  10:18 pm CST  Feedback Link to:


  Bush's Tax Cuts.   Nasty Tax Cutses.  Tricksey.  False.

So Bush is getting all kinds of flack for wanting to cut taxes.  The opposite flack his father got when he said "No new taxes" and then made new taxes.  Opponents say that tax cuts will hurt the country and economy, specifically one of the bigger problems of unemployment.  I started writing this post with the intention of being cocky and challenging the world to tell me what was wrong with tax cuts, but in doing some research I may have answered my own question, to a degree.

I still like the tax cuts, but like most of the tax cut opponents I have a problem with the frivolity of spending.  The conservatives on the hill don't seem to be fiscally conservative. 


This week, President Bush will sign into law a $397.5 billion omnibus appropriations conference bill that, when combined with the defense and military construction appropriations that were agreed on last year, will increase federal discretionary spending 7.8 percent over 2002 outlays. When the bill is enacted, it will cap a two-year spending spree in which the federal budget grew by 22 percent. Astonishingly, the only time the federal budget grew larger – 24.5 percent – was between 1976-1978 when Democrats controlled both the Congress and the presidency.


Two things were truly objectionable during the entire procedure to pass the conference bill through both chambers – both of which belie the Republican dogma of fiscal discipline. First is the shear amount of pork projects that Republicans countenanced. Secondly, the decision by House leaders to waive the procedure that allows legislators three days to inspect a spending package’s content – in this case, legislators would have had to trawl through a massive 3,000 page, 30 pound document – is extremely worrisome.


Taxpayers should be furious at Congress for appropriating funds for objectionable projects. These include: $1 million for the Iowa Historical Society; $1 million for bear DNA sampling in Montana; $405,000 to the Staten Island Soccer League of New York for facilities construction; and $725,000 for the “Please Touch” museum in Philadelphia. The Baseball and Cowgirl halls of fame both received $750,000 and $90,000 respectively. Sure, these are small peanuts, but along with funding requests that perennially cost taxpayers billions (AMTRAK), they all add up nonetheless.
Citizens for a Sound Economy

Other projects included $50,000 more for research on shiitake mushrooms at the South Central Family Farm Research Center in Booneville, Ark.; $45,000 for a Korean War memorial in Athens, Ala.; and $400,000 to help the Nevada Wildlife Division return displaced wildlife to their natural habitats.

Fishing interests on both coasts, the timber and energy industries, and farmers north and south also benefited. Democrats complained that obscure provisions helped a Georgia chicken producer that wants to label its products "organic" even though they don't meet required government criteria, and provided $15 million to 10 Texas diary farmers who stood to lose money because their herds were ill.
CBS News

The money surprised even the congressman who asked for it.

Rep. Terry Everett, R-Ala., figured his request stood little chance in a year Congress was trying to cut domestic spending to pay for war. Instead, Everett learned the day after the bill was approved that the project had received $2,500 more than even he requested.

In summary, I support income tax cuts on principal, but I strongly believe they need to be balanced with cuts to stupid projects.  But I'll take the tax cuts for now.

Oh, and France still sucks.

GORDON  |  8:46 pm CST  Feedback Link to:

April 21, 2003

  Another babe I like.  

Tina Fey from SNL.  Head writer, actually.  Heh, I said "head."

My wife thinks I'm crazy for finding her attractive, but I think she has that sexy-thinky thing going on.

Speaking of which, here's the list of famous women I'm allowed bed if I ever get the chance....without incurring the penalties of cheating while married.

   1.  Salma Hayak.
   2.  Laura Prepon (Hot Donna).
   3.  Tina Fey.
   4.  Britney Spears (Don't care at all for her music, but she's a little hottie.).
   5-6.  Both Olsen twins (When they turn legal....AND, both or neither.  Who wants only one Olsen Twin?).
   7-8.  The Bush twins.
   9.  Denise Richards.
 10.  Liv Tyler.

A last minute ruling on twins counting as two people (stupid rule) meant I had to drop a couple off.  Like Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon.

Here's my wife's list.

  1. Orlando Bloom.
  2. George Clooney.
  3. Oded Fehr.
  4. Ewan McGregor.
  5. Dominic Monaghan.
  6. Brad Pitt.
  7. Sean William Scott.
  8. Casper Van Dien.
  9. Noah Wylie.
  10. Prince William.

She's such a whore.

Oh, and the French are still assholes.

GORDON  |  8:56 pm CST  Feedback Link to:



  Army Sergeant Paul Smith.  

I've been trying to make this post all day but stuff kept coming up.


After 9/11 I made a series of posts here about American military heroes in the past.  From Smedley Butler to Audey Murphy to Chesty Puller, all were absolutely inspiring in their actions in the face of death.

Here's one a little more recent.


Smith's bravery in saving his troops is a story worth repeating. He was leading two dozen engineers building a prison at Baghdad International Airport when the contingent was attacked by 100 elite Republican Guards. As his soldiers fell around him, outmanned and outgunned, Smith dodged snipers and rocket grenades to tend to the wounded. He ran to a Humvee, grabbed a grenade and blew back the charging Iraqis. Then Smith climbed atop his armored vehicle and manned the .50-caliber machine gun, emptying four boxes of ammo over 90-minutes.

Witnesses said he killed 30 to 50 Iraqis and stopped the enemy from overrunning his post. When the firing stopped and the Americans regrouped, his men found Smith shot in the head.
St. Petersburg Times

30 to 50 bad guys.  I may be wrong, but I don't think 95% of the soldiers in World War II had that kind of number of confirmed kills.


GORDON  |  8:28 pm CST  Feedback Link to:



April 18, 2003

 The Onion Incident.  

Last night the little women and I are preparing dinner.  We decided to have an omelet night, and she started cutting the omelet fixins while I peeled and grated the taters for hash browns.

Woman: (Head in the refrigerator) Where's the onion that was in here?
Me: I have no idea.  I wasn't tracking onion statuses.
Woman:  Well, there was an onion in here, but it isn't here now.
Me:  Are you suggesting I did something with the onion that I'm trying to hide from you?
Woman: Well, did you?
Me: ........
Me: Didn't you use onion on the sub sandwiches a couple nights ago?
Woman: ........
Woman:  You know, if you're going to finish something off you should let me know so I can get more.

I just let it go at that point.

GORDON  |  3:26 pm CST  Feedback Link to:



April 17, 2003


For quite a while and often currently I've been a supporter for American military intervention in the middle east.  I've done my part for the cause by cheerleading Gulf II from my little corner of the internet, and possibly even persuaded a person or two that I was right.  I've ridiculed and mocked peace activists for their views, and shoved the uncovered horrors in Iraq in their faces to shame them and point out their lack of sense and logical argument.  I've argued that the American military was so advanced that the ability to minimize civilian casualties was one of the traits that separated us from the enemy, who often used civilians as human shields and coerced human bombs.

I do feel that those who actively opposed the overthrow of the Iraqi regime should be ashamed of themselves.  To stand by and do nothing while millions are oppressed and tortured is as bad as doing the oppression yourself.


Supporting violence against your fellow man, no matter how noble the cause, has its price, too.  Those who fight the battles and those who support them surely pay the ferry-man, in the only coin he takes; a little piece of your soul.

Ali Ismail Abbas.  The critically ill 12-year-old lost both his arms and suffered horrific burns when his house was destroyed in the Allied bombing of Baghdad. Sixteen members of his family were killed in the raids on the Iraqi capital.

Bless the free Republic of Iraq, but never forget those who paid the price for that freedom.

GORDON  |  5:08 pm CST  Feedback Link to:



April 16, 2003

 Linkdumpus Giganticus.  

Activities in Iraq wind down, and things to talk about become fewer and farther between.  Before the Linkdump begins, I would like to say though that we need to get the utilities on pretty quickly over there.  It doesn't help that power and water stations were looted, but I do feel that they're our responsibility until they become self sufficient again.  Getting the power and water back on will do tons for the mood in Baghdad.

Let us begin:

The Greatest Jeneration.  I'm liking that page.  Funny title.


The Ornery American, Orson Scott Card's page.  I'm presently undecided on what I think about it.


France and Belgium pay the price for backing Saddam.


BRUSSELS--"How did we get here?" asked a former French minister in a newspaper column recently. "Here" is a situation in which French Jews are being beaten up in the streets of Paris and in which President Jacques Chirac has to write to Queen Elizabeth to apologize for the desecration of British tombs in France, and in which one-third of the French have been pulling for Saddam Hussein to win.

An even better question is who brought us here. The former environment minister, Corinne Lepage, lays the blame on the government and an obeisant media for "having wanted to stigmatize American policy in excessive fashion." But it's time to name names.

Mr. Chirac brought us here, as did his foreign minister Dominique de Villepin. In Belgium the foreign, defense and prime ministers--Louis Michel, André Flahaut and Guy Verhofstadt--have brought their country to shame too. And that's just the start.
Opinion Journal

There's more.  Go read it.  Or not.  Whatever.


Go here and register your blog....after you link Damn the Man, of course. is currently ranked 1616....not even on the rank scale yet.  I may suck, but at least I don't have horrible bandwidth charges.


The majority of Americans oppose tax cuts?


With the country at war and facing budget deficits, six in 10 Americans say this is not the time for more tax cuts, an Associated Press poll finds. Still, half say their taxes are too high.

Half say taxes are too high, but some of those people think their taxes shouldn't be lowered....implying that they aren't currently too high....

It makes my head hurt.

We should just follow the trend some surly governors are doing....cut taxes, but add a voluntary "tax me more" line on tax forms if you think you should be paying more.  


American companies pay paltry fines for trading with the enemy.


The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released heavily redacted documents briefly outlining penalties levied against 51 companies, according to the publication Corporate Crime Reporter, which said it had been making inquiries for nearly a year, and the corporate watchdog group Public Citizen, which filed a lawsuit seeking the information.

According to the two organizations:

• ChevronTexaco traded with Iraq, and paid $14,071 in fines.

• Wal-Mart, the New York Yankees, ESPN and Caterpillar traded with Cuba, and settled for $50,000, $75,000, about $40,000, and $18,000 respectively.

The Yankees had no comment on the report, but a source said the team's infraction involved negotiations with Cuban baseball players. Attempts to get comment from other companies have been unsuccessful.

• -- ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo Bank traded with Sudan and settled for $50,000 and $5,500 respectively.

• Fleet Bank traded with Iran and paid $41,000 in fines.

All of the countries are listed as sanctioned under the Trading With the Enemy Act or the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

This angers me.  This is one of the reasons we may be going to war with Syria... it really angers me to see a light slap on the wrist for these companies.  Spread the word; give them bad publicity.


Revoke Michael Moore's Oscar

Here's a grass roots campaign to revoke his Oscar for he piece of fiction called "Bowling for Columbine."  Arguments, emails, addresses, phone numbers, and sample letters provided.

I don't care when someone with opposite views from me says something....but when it's fiction they need to be called to the carpet for it.


Still no justification for the war.


The Marines found 123 prisoners, including five women, barely alive in an underground warren of cells and torture chambers.

Being trapped underground probably kept them safe from the bombing of Baghdad by the coalition.

Severely emaciated, some had survived by eating the scabs off their sores. All the men had beards down to their waists, said onlookers.
The Straights Times

Maybe soon we'll find some evidence that doesn't make America look like horrible Imperialists.


And finally, the next bit speaks for itself.


"France wants to give peaceful disarmament every possible chance."

– French President Jacques Chirac, March 4

"We are more than ever convinced that Iraq's disarmament can and must be achieved by peaceful means."

– German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, March 14

"US forces discovered 51 Roland-2 missiles, made by a ­partnership of French and German arms manufacturers, in two military compounds at Baghdad International Airport."

Newsweek, April 21
The Bulletin


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April 14, 2003

 Well, that's one way to think.  

Over at One Hand Clapping I was directed to a really stupid op-ed piece from a writer  from the, the major newspaper in Nashville.  You can read OHC's assessment of it, which I happen to agree with, so I won't repeat what he already said.

Just to give you an idea, the author, Tim Chavez, says, amongst other things:


The U.S. military's 2001-2003 tour of Arab capitals has drawn rave reviews from Kabul to Baghdad. America is replacing regimes in the Middle East faster than Cher changes hair colors during a concert.

To be fair, I didn't think what he had to say was that stupid, but I was in a caustic mood this weekend, and I let him have both barrels:


From: Gordon []
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2003 10:12 PM
Subject: Bush Doctrine changes tune on the good of war

Your op-ed piece of the same title is being pretty well lambasted on the internet at the moment.  

"The U.S. military's 2001-2003 tour of Arab capitals has drawn rave reviews
from Kabul to Baghdad. America is replacing regimes in the Middle East faster than Cher changes hair colors during a concert."  

FYI, Kabul isn't an Arab capital. I had to stop reading at this point because I felt like the proximity of your ignorance was making me stupider.

"Ha!"  I thought to myself.  "Owned!"

Then I got a response this morning...the first time this has happened.  Usually I'm putting the emailic smackdown on people in the national news, and I never get a response.  Here's his:


From: Chavez, Tim []
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 10:59 AM
To: Gordon
Subject: RE: Bush Doctrine changes tune on the good of war

Thanks for the feedback. Can you give me the internet site where I can read the other feedback?

Tim Chavez

Damn it!  He didn't lose his cool.  Gordon = owned.


From: Steve Gordon []
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 2:37 PM
To: Chavez, Tim
Subject: RE: Bush Doctrine changes tune on the good of war

I hate it when I write an acerbic email to someone, and they act gracious.

Here's where I was directed to your article:

The author is a Tennessean. His page is fairly well known, as far as blogs go.


I know what you're thinking...and yes, I used the word "acerbic."

His final response:


From: Chavez, Tim []
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 10:59 AM
To: Gordon
Subject: RE: Bush Doctrine changes tune on the good of war

No, thank you for correcting me. I needed it.

Tim Chavez

Nothing takes the wind out of your sails like someone who can take criticism.  There's a lesson there.

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April 12, 2003

 Linkdump.  I need to stop book marking things.  

VEILED4ALLAH!  Yes.  "Veiled for Allah," but in d3wd-speak.  Actually a somewhat interesting page....the author describes it as "The occasional thoughts of a Muslim woman. Islam, current events, my life, and whatever else interests me."  I find it sadly intriguing to find a blog written by a Muslim person that isn't ranting and/or raving.  Good read if you want to learn about how the side of Islam culture we never hear about thinks.  


Here's an entry from Sgt. Stryker the other email from a Marine at the front.  To summarize....they are in daily combat, they are getting shot at all the time, he's had to kill a bunch of bad guys, they could die at any moment, and they're having a great time.  Only a Marine could have a great time while being shot at, FYI.


Take One.  The rumor is that this guy is blogging from Tehran.  I have no evidence to confirm nor discredit his claim, but here he is.


"U.S.S.Clueless."  This is a commentary page that has an excellent chance of making the permanent links in the left column.  Mostly because I agree with their views.


Russian President Putin thinks the United States failed to meet its objectives in Iraq.


ST PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S.-led coalition of having failed to achieve its war aim, to disarm Iraq.

As television pictures showed the collapse of Saddam Hussein's vestiges of power, Putin was quoted by Reuters as saying: "The goal of war -- to disarm Iraq -- has not been achieved. ... We must never mix notions. No one liked the Iraqi regime apart from Saddam Hussein, but this is not the point."

Hey Vlad....puff, puff, give, buddy.  Don't bogart the doobage.


Well, that's one way to do it.


FIDEL CASTRO's government sent three men who hijacked a ferry to a firing squad, quickly executing them in a chilling message to anyone else who tries to commandeer a boat or plane to the United States.
The Australian

Aren't the people who typically protest U.S. sanctions against Cuba the same people who typically protest the death penalty?  Just curious.


And finally, it looks like CNN may have been aiding Saddam's regime for years, in order to keep their Baghdad Office open.  Good commentary has already been written here.


CNN: Cowardly News Network
Some truly shocking admissions from CNN's "chief news executive" responsible for keeping its bureau open in Baghdad. No, not the stuff about how Saddam Hussein and his regime tortured people. The shocking thing is that CNN aided and abetted such maniacal behavior for years, by keeping its Baghdad bureau open, keeping Iraqis on its staff, and presenting to the world a far more benign view of Saddam - a view that CNN knew was not true. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. CNN did worse than nothing. It provided PR services for a mass murderer. CNN has blood on its hands.

What happens when the newscasters become the news?  

That's it for today's edition of Linkdump.

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April 11, 2003

 11:38 pm CST - GORDON - Linkdump, al-Jezeera style.  

I finally found the English language version of al-Jazeera dot com (under maintenance at the time of this writing...probably hacked again).  I read through a few of their "objective and balanced global news coverage and analysis" stories and picked out a few to discuss.

This story highlights the story of the statue that was briefly adorned with the American flag before it was toppled.  The bent of the story is, basically, everything the western media says is a lie.


Despite constant discussion of "precision bombing," the US invasion has produced so many dead and wounded that Iraqi hospitals stopped trying to count.

Red Cross officials have labeled the level of casualties "incredible," describing "dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children" delivered by truck to hospitals.

In the first place, hospitals "don't stop counting."  Additionally, the Red Cross described dozens of bodies?  Wow, that many?  And I wonder if this includes the women and children forced into car bombs at gunpoint at the risk of their families' the Iraqi regime.  Nah, couldn't be.  The only women and children killed in this war are those who are purposely targeted by Americans while trying to eat fried chicken and pumpkin pie in the parks that are really far away from any military targets for no other reason than our racist wish to cause an Iraqi genocide on purpose.


Cluster bombs, one of the most indiscriminate weapons in the modern arsenal, have been used by US and UK forces, with the British defense minister explaining that mothers of Iraqi children killed would one day thank Britain for their use.

I have to call SHENANIGANS on this one.  Reference, please.  In the context in which it was said, if it was said at all.


The presence of US troops in the streets of Baghdad means the end of the shooting war is near, for which virtually everyone in Iraq will be grateful.

It also means the end of a dozen years of harsh US-led economic sanctions that have impoverished the majority of Iraqis and killed as many as a half million children, according to UN studies, another reason for Iraqi celebration.

No mention that the U.N. sanctions were the U.N.'s idea in order to keep the war from flaming back up.  No mention that more than enough money was made by the "food for oil" program that was funneled straight to Saddam and his "Palace for Every Day of the Year" program.  No mention that now that the U.S. is in charge in spite of the U.N.'s resistance that the country will be better off than it has been for, well, EVER.  


Perhaps they watch Afghanistan and see how quickly US policymakers abandoned the commitment to "not walk away" from the suffering of the Afghan people.

Oh, wow....we left Afghanistan?  I thought we were still having some pretty big battles with the anti-Democracy folks.  But al-Jazeera said we walked away, and they claim to objective and unbiased.  Oh wait...they never claimed not to be stupid.


This next article claims that all evidence of weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq will have been planted there by America.


“The United States is now embarrassed because it could not confirm the presence of WMD in Iraq,” said Dr. Hassan Krayyim, a professor of political science at the American University of Beirut.


“The concern lies in the possibility that the United States would present false evidence to prove that its decision to go to war was right,“ he said.

The U.N. inspectors were there for years and found nothing.  American troops have been there for three weeks and every other day are finding some banned thing or another.  We probably smuggled all those kids in from outside the country and planted them in that children's prison, too.  And Jessica Lynch shot herself as well as broke both her legs and one arm so we could "prove" Iraq breaks Geneva Convention rules.  The proof is that she wasn't able to break her own second arm with the first one already broken (I just made that for it soon in this propaganda rag)


In the meantime, US President George Bush has authorised the use of tear gas in Iraq, which could be a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention that states that “each state party undertakes not to use riot control agents as a method of warfare.”

Even if that's really a rule, and I doubt it, I say to hell with it.  If the Arabs have a problem with non-lethal methods of riot control, well, they're just as crazy as everyone says they are.  They need to make up their minds as to whether or not they want us killing citizens over there.

That's about all the "objective and balanced global news coverage and analysis" I can take for now.  Be sure to peruse their "news" stories and see for yourself why the United States is the most evil place in the universe.  Oh, and you may need to hit refresh a few times to get their hyperlinks to work, because apparently Allah smiles on crappy HTML and web servers.


April 10, 2003

 3:44 pm EST - Leisher - The Winds of Change?

Yesterday, Gordon posted a picture of an American soldier hanging the U.S. flag on the head of a Saddam Hussein statue. In the forums, while discussing the issue, I explained that the soldier’s commanding officer ordered him take it down almost immediately. The commanding officer is obviously following orders that we present ourselves as a liberating army, not a conquering army. Gordon stated that not displaying the U.S. flag on land we spilled blood is almost a crime. I agreed, however I see the point of making sure the people of Iraq and the entire Arab world fully understand our motives. I believe if the U.S. shows itself as a world power that is not intent on global conquest, but global freedom, it will start to change minds. A flag flying over a U.S. embassy in Baghdad would mean a lot more in future Arab-U.S. relations than any flag over a liberating tank now. 

The Arab world isn’t exactly a haven of free speech and ideas. Many dictators and corrupt governments have kept their power by keeping their people uneducated and misinformed. People of the Middle East are taught to hate outsiders and their lives are heavily dictated by religious beliefs. 

Examples of the misinformation were recently very available to the whole world. We all saw the Iraqi Information Minister broadcasting such enormous lies that most Americans thought of him as a comedy skit and wanted to see him on Saturday Night Live. Well, it turns out that many in the Arab world believed his lies. We’ve also seen a strongly biased Al-Jazeera, the Arab world’s main source of news, broadcasting images of dead American soldiers and P.O.W.s. Al-Jazeera heavily slanted their war reporting as anti-American and downplayed our advances. 

Following yesterday’s historic events in Baghdad, images that could not be “spun” or hidden, people are changing. They are starting to question their sources of information and even their governments. Some quotes: 

"We discovered that all that the (Iraqi) information minister was saying was all lies," said Ali Hassan, a government employee in Cairo, Egypt.

"Now no one believes Al-Jazeera anymore," he said, referring to the Arabic-language television news channel. 

However, Tannous Basil, a 47-year-old cardiologist in Sidon, Lebanon, said Saddam's regime was a "dictatorship and had to go."

"I don't like the idea of having the Americans here, but we asked for it," he said. "Why don't we see the Americans going to Finland, for example? They come here because our area is filled with dictatorships like Saddam's." 

"This is a message for the Arab regimes, and could be the beginning of transformation in the Arab region," al-Absi said. "Without the honest help of the Western nations, the reforms will not take place in these countries." 

"I'm 49, but I never lived a single day. Only now will I start living," Yussuf Abed Kazim, a mosque preacher, said as he whacked tile and concrete off the pedestal of the toppled statue. 

"I don't like to see a foreign army in Iraq," said Abed, the mother who watched the statue come down. "But all those who tried to get rid of him were killed. We have no choice, we lived in so much fear," she said. 

These quotes came from 1, 2, 3, 4 articles. 

After the last scraps of Saddam’s regime are mopped up, the U.S. should concentrate on helping a new Iraqi government start up and then get the hell out of dodge. Showing that we truly were there to liberate, will send yet another blade into beliefs and misinformation about our intentions. Thus changing more minds. Hopefully, enough minds will change so that other dictators fall without our help.  

A couple of quick notes: 

-Screw the BBC and their slanted anti-war coverage. Not showing the liberation of the Iraqi people in favor of earthquake coverage ranks up there with the Iraqi Information Minister’s version of events. It’s a disgusting way to try and save face in light of your accusations being false.

-On a related note, where are all the anti-war people? Iraqi-Americans in Dearborn, MI had a large parade yesterday to celebrate Baghdad falling, but not one anti-war person showed up to protest the war. I wonder why…

-Don’t you want to smack this idiot?  

On a final note, my prayers go out to the families of these people. I hope they return home safely.



April 9, 2003

 8:17 pm CST - GORDON - This must have been cool.  

Family cheers as 'their Marine' leads statue's destruction

From Rose Arce and Dana Garrett
CNN New York Bureau
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 Posted: 6:58 PM EDT (2258 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Cheers erupted Wednesday morning as a Brooklyn family watching television recognized their son and brother as the Marine who played a lead role in toppling a statue of Saddam Hussein in a central square in Baghdad.

The image of Cpl. Edward Chin, 23, of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment, was broadcast on TV screens around the world as U.S. troops joined a crowd that was attacking the statue.

What I find even cooler is that the guy is only a 2nd generation American.



 5:25 pm CST - GORDON - The bologna détente.  

I swear I can't make this stuff up.

Today for lunch I had a bologna sandwich.  The brand of bologna we buy is packaged in a self-sealing container.  My wife, however, always wraps the self-sealing bologna container in yet another zip-lock baggie....a practice that has always bugged me.  It just adds another layer of complexity in an already complex world.

Anyway, she gets home from work a few minutes ago:

Woman: What did you have for lunch today?
Me: A bologna sandwich.
Woman: I see.  Did you wrap it in a baggie?
Me: No.
Woman:  Great.  So it's in there getting all slimy now.
Me: No it isn't.  The package is self-sealing.
Woman: Yes it is, it's getting slimy.
Me (pitch of my voice rising): Look.  When we go grocery shopping tomorrow we'll buy two identical packages of bologna.  We'll open each at the same time and consume one slice of bologna, after which we'll wrap one package in a baggie, and leave the other with only its self-sealing mechanism in place.  One week later we'll take a bacterial culture from both our control and experimental packages of bologna, and my hypothesis is that there will be no significant variation in the population of bacteria between the two.
Woman: . . . . . . .
Woman:  You know, I ask you to do just one thing around here, and you can't even wrap up the bologna.....

I'm not sure who won.



 4:10 pm CST - GORDON - Another link dump..  

Time to clean out the bookmark list again.  Getting unwieldy.


WEST OF BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. troops have not yet cooked Saddam Hussein’s goose, but they’ve eaten a lot of his son’s chicken.

The opportunity for the unexpected feast, all the more welcome for exhausted soldiers who have eaten little but MREs for the last two weeks, came April 4 when soldiers from 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)’s 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment happened upon an estate owned by Hussein’s eldest son, Uday. The troops were trying to locate the source of a mortar that had shelled the squadron’s tactical operations center about 9 miles southwest of Baghdad. Locals told them that a nearby estate belonged to Uday, a man with an international reputation for combining a playboy lifestyle with thuggish brutality.


There were no Iraqi troops or weapons on the estate, which covered hundreds of acres, but there was much to hold the cavalrymen’s interest. Part of the property was given over to a chicken farm, one of Uday Hussein’s numerous commercial interests. The soldiers found hundreds of pounds of frozen chicken in one building, and proceeded to cook as much of it as possible over an open fire. “We ate the hell out of some chicken,” said Staff Sgt. Rodney Trotter, a 26-year-old operations non-commissioned officer from Gadsden, Ala.
Navy Times

I remember in the Marines you always wanted to be in the field with Staff Sergeant Johns.  He grew up in the swamps of Florida, and was the guy who knew how to make a feast from the critters you found in the woods.  I imagine these guys had their equivalent of SSgt Johns.

The turtle soup in France after two weeks straight of MRE's was excellent.



US $80bn war chest 'for allies only'
The US House of Representatives has approved almost $80bn (£51bn) in financing for the war in Iraq and the start of reconstruction.

But in a controversial amendment, congressmen insisted that none of the money for rebuilding should go to companies from France, Germany, Russia or Syria - countries seen as implacable opponents of the US pursuit of the war.
BBC News

Heh.  I wonder how much complaining there will be.  "It's not fair because we want that money too even though we opposed the war and did nothing to aid it."  The same argument is used for these countries who want a piece of the rebuilding pie.  The U.N. and various Saddam-supporting countries want in now, even though they did nothing and incurred no expense to stop the regime.

They must be wanting compensation for the Iraqi contracts they lost when going behind the U.N.'s back.


Here's a funny little thing I was directed to.  Funniest if you're actually an ex Marine.


New links in the left column.

Right We Are - Apparently written by a couple of conservative-leaning chicks.  Good page.  And they linked us back!

The Bitch Girls - Same as above, but a little harder to pin down due to the greater number of authors.  Still worth reading, from what I saw...will stay linked as long as it remains so.



April 8, 2003

 8:30 pm CST - GORDON - Back to reality.  

The first archive page was getting a little long, so I added a new archives page and did some reshuffling to even things out.  In doing so I found a post I made years ago about a guy in Europe who wrote an entire webpage based on the arguments/battles between him and his girlfriend.

Sometimes I think I have him beat, so I'm going to start doing the same here, when it is warranted.

The other day while packing boxes for our upcoming move, my wife drew a smiley face on the top of my bare foot with a permanent marker.  Eyes toward my toes, smiling mouth toward my ankle.  She thought it was pretty funny.  Now when I'm sitting there taking a #2, I stare at the floor between my legs, and my eyes are irresistibly drawn to the face on my foot staring back at me.

It's very disconcerting.


 5:05 pm CST - GORDON - Al-Jazeera.  

If you've watched the news at all in the last 12 hours you've seen the "dramatic" footage of an al-Jazeera cameraman filming war stuff and getting taken out.

Facts nobody denies:

  • Iraqis put a lot of military hardware around and in close proximity to al-Jazeera headquarters.
  • Al-Jazeera reporters are currently embedded with coalition combat units.

What the U.S. claims:

  • The cameraman was standing directly next to an anti-aircraft gun. (Hearsay.)
  • We never purposely fire on non-combatants, which includes the press.
  • In spite of the fact al-Jazeera is often a thorn in our sides with regards to anti-American propaganda, airing footage of American P.O.W.'s, etc, they are also a great source of intelligence.  Remember, it was al-Jazeera through which Bin Laden was communicating.

What Al-Jazeera claims (and I got this from both analysts last night and an interview this morning by a representative of al-Jazeera):

  • The Americans apologized, but they don't have enough evidence to say it wasn't done on purpose.
  • Actually, they've broadcasted that it was on purpose, the talking head was just playing both sides of the fence while speaking in English.  This is a game Arafat plays well.

Actually, that last one kind of departs from "fact" to my personal opinion.

Here's my personal thoughts:

  • It's hard to believe they could be this stupid.  It is my opinion that they aren't 100% objective, a claim I can make for most major American media.  Face it...when America screws up, we tell everyone.  If anything sometimes events showing America's greatness are often overlooked by American media.
  • I have perfect eyesight, but I think I'd have a hard time distinguishing between a camera and a portable missile launcher on a guy's shoulder while doing 400 knots in an F-18.
  • If there really was an anti-aircraft gun on the roof of Al-Jazeera HQ, I think that's a problem.
  • If al-Jazeera is going to play as an independent pro-Iraq propaganda machine, they need to be treated as such.  I can't remember any other instances of enemy propaganda ministers being let off lightly.

I really want to believe that a major Arab-based media outlet can be unbiased, but when they still run stories about how America is trying to exterminate Iraqis, it makes me think it may be least in today's world.

There's only one major reason the Islamic world hates the west:  people tell them to.

As always, correct me if I'm wrong.

 1:17 am CST - GORDON - BOOM.  

Let's hope we got him.  Somehow, it feels right this time.  Is it possible the world is a little less evil, tonight, and it's palpable?  Maybe I'm just feeling a great disturbance in the Force.

The real reason I'm posting tonight is because of an article I saw on Sgt. Stryker, who saw it on "This is London."  I'm even going to quote the same bit he did, because I find it quite poignant.


As of last night, the airport is once again receiving flights but it remains a risky business to fly here. The first incoming flight, organized by the CIA, was welcomed with desultory bursts of anti-aircraft fire. Half-a-dozen Iraqi artillery shells have hit over the past 24 hours.

But things are changing and, as the days pass, minds are changing too.

A captured Iraqi colonel being held in one of the hangars listened in astonishment as his information minister praised Republican Guard soldiers for recapturing the airport.

He looked at his captors and, as he realized that what he had heard was palpably untrue, his eye filled with tears. Turning to a translator, he asked: "How long have they been lying like this?"

Someday, this war's going to end.

Feedback thread already in progress.

April 7, 2003

 6:15 pm CST - GORDON - Now for an important announcement from Iraq's Minister of Silliness.

I was recently in on a press conference with Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraq's Information Minister.

Mr. Seed as-Hasselhoff:  do you still deny the existence of coalition troops inside Baghdad?

They are sick in their minds. They say they brought 65 tanks into center of city. I say to you this talk is not true. This is part of their sick mind.   There is no presence of American infidels in the city of Baghdad at all.

But Mr. Hasselhoff, there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  Have you been to your airport, lately?

Their forces committed suicide by the hundreds. ... The battle is very fierce and God made us victorious. The fighting continues.  Yesterday, we slaughtered them and we will continue to slaughter them.

I...see.  General Franks, have you anything to add?


We killed most of them and we will get of rid of them soon. Baghdad will be their graveyard....

*knock knock*

Who is there?


Candygram?  I know of no such thing.  American lies and deceptions.


Did anyone order a pizza?  No?  No one ordered a pizza, here!

* . . . . . . *



Oh, my old friend the land shark.  Allah be praised.  Come in, come in!


U.S. Marines.  We heard there was someone terminally stupid in here.

Mr. Al-Saharamadan, you may want to think about surrendering.

I have no need.  American forces are not within 100 miles of here.


Have you been to Saddam's palaces lately?


Because the Marines have.

I realize the guy is only doing his job, but he has two problems.  Firstly, the people he is trying to convince are the ones who aren't receiving television signals right now and only see American armor rumbling through their neighborhoods.  And secondly, those who are seeing his statements are already seeing (and often protesting) the same occupation images.  He needs to give himself up, quickly.  The National Minister of Silly will soon end up the Minister of Deader than Dogshit, otherwise.  And he's kind of funny, in a goofy sort of way.

Nothing to see here.

April 6, 2003

 11:59 am CST - GORDON - Yay, United Nations!

Maybe they should have allowed inspectors more time.


Survivors of a massacre in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have told UN human rights investigators that nearly 1,000 civilians were killed last Thursday on the eve of talks to bring peace to the war-ravaged Ituri district.

The investigators from the UN peace-keeping mission in Congo (or Monuc) flew into Drodro - near the border with Uganda - on Saturday where they interviewed eyewitnesses and visited mass graves.
BBC News

Since this is considered "Human Rights" abuse, should they get the esteemed gentleman from Libya to sit in on this one?

If the United Nations were actually effective, nothing like this would happen, ever.  As it is, the UN is just sitting back with their list saying, "Well, looks like we don't need to send as much food aid from America to Africa this month."

The United Nations:  When you Absolutely, Positively Need to Delay Action as Long as Possible.

April 5, 2003

 3:00 pm CDT - GORDON - U.S. troops definitely aren't in Baghdad..

More bits and bobs (instead of boobs) today.


CENTRAL IRAQ (CNN) -- U.S. Marine Cpl. Jim Tomlin has gotten to know the subtle signs that might indicate if an Iraqi man dressed as a civilian might be a soldier or Fedayeen Saddam member. But the sign he saw Friday was anything but subtle.

A bus full of men in civilian clothes had been pulled over at a checkpoint. While one man was being questioned, he drew a finger across his throat, Tomlin and others on the bus said. Asked what that meant, he responded with a glare.

Tomlin, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, learned Arabic in a year and a half of training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He was helping Charlie Company, a light armored reconnaissance unit with the 2nd Marine Division, interview Iraqis suspected of being possible paramilitary fighters about 60 miles south of Baghdad.

"What you're saying is you want to kill me," Tomlin said to the man.

The Iraqi nodded.

"You're saying you want to kill me?" he asked.

The Iraqi grinned and glared.

At that point, a gunnery sergeant grabbed the man, threw him to the floor and bound his hands behind his back with plastic handcuffs.

The Iraqi was "crying like a baby," the sergeant said, and Tomlin said the other 30 men on the bus "knew we meant business."

I really can't blame the guy for "crying like a baby."  A Marine Gunny can do that to most people.

Another interesting thing mentioned in that article is that typically, these Fedayeen assholes have tattoos.  In the first Gulf War when Iraqi troops hadn't yet met US Marines, they were fed the line that for every tattoo an American Marine had, he had killed one member of his own family.  I don't remember the Marines doing a lot to discourage that rumor.


Is "because they're assholes" a good enough reason to take over a country?


CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Arabs called on Iraqis to fight on Saturday after reports U.S. troops had entered Baghdad, but were torn between wanting Iraqi resistance and fearing more harm to civilians caught up in the battle.

"I hope the Iraqis stick it out just to humiliate the Americans and force a debate about whether the Iraqi people really wanted their so-called help anyway," said Mohammed, a 25-year-old graduate student in Beirut.

"But in another way I hope it's over quickly, otherwise so many Iraqis will die and America will win anyway. Either way Iraq loses."

The story goes on quoting all kinds of people from around the Arab world with less grasp on world events than your average six year old girl in Iowa.  They all admit the the USA will win, but all of them want lots of dead US soldiers.

Everyone wants to go to Baghdad.  Real men want to go to Tehran and Damascus.


Here's an interesting story linking Saudi money...yet a terrorist act, this time in the Army asshole who rolled the grenade into his unit's command tent.


With the Islamic connection virtually undeniable in the Asan Akbar grenade case, the question inevitably arises: Where is the Saudi money?

Akbar is the black Muslim Army sergeant who, after killing two and wounding 14 of his fellow soldiers when he hurled a grenade into a tent in Kuwait, ranted, "You guys are coming into our countries and you're going to rape our women and kill our children." So, what about the Saudi money? It's not so much a case of paranoia, as it is a realization that Saudi money has an eerie habit of popping up around Islamic extremism the world over. And in the case of Akbar, the answer is: everywhere.
National Review Online

Indirect connection, yes.  Why couldn't Gandhi have been a little more land-hungry?  At least when he professed peace he didn't do it by killing as many people as he could.


And, last but not least, let's cast some dispersions on our own government.

I can't really think of any commentary for this except "bad."

Airline and government spokespeople have attempted to calm fears about CAPPS II, saying airlines will only provide the government with the limited data they already collect from passengers. But the information contained in airline databases isn't limited to a passenger's name, address and phone number, Hasbrouck said during a panel discussion at the 13th annual conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy here on Thursday.

He pointed out that travel industry databases contain a wealth of information, including but not limited to whom travelers have shared a room with, what movies they watched, what they ate, and even whether they are grumpy or easy to get along with.

The information CAPPS II would use as a starting point will be gleaned from the passenger name records, called PNRs, maintained by airlines, computerized reservations systems and travel agencies.

A PNR can provide very specific information about a traveler's habits. It can also show whether a person requested a king-size waterbed in the honeymoon suite on her last business trip or the single-occupancy super-saver room. PNRs can record the in-room movies a hotel guest ordered. They can list special meal requests, which may indicate a traveler's religious affiliation.
Wired News

The privacy of millions and millions of people will be invaded in order to track a relatively small handful or terrorist assholes.  Generally, I'm against it.


Know what?  I've changed my mind.  I hope we topple the Saudi monarchy, next.

Oh how I wish I was there.

April 4, 2003

 3:31 pm CDT - GORDON - Calm before the storm.

Been wringing out the internet like a wet rag trying to find something going on today that hasn't already been covered eight ways from Sunday on other websites, but it seems like after Iraq's "Get ready for something unconventional tonight" statement, everyone is holding their breath.

As such, two things...

Here's a pic I liked:


And here's a woman I've been having recurring dreams about:

That's "Donna" from "That 70's Show."  I never have recurring dreams about women, and I've never really gone in for redheads.  Weird.  I kept the images small since they're borderline NWS.  They're clickable, though...

So there you go.

April 3, 2003

 8:26 pm CDT - GORDON - More Stuff.

For the last three days I've been book marking things that I wanted to discuss or post in the forum or something, but I never got around to it.  So, here's their own post so I can clean out my bookmark list.

Right after 9/11 there was an incident in which a German destroyer came alongside the USS Winston Churchill upon which the German sailors held up a sign proclaiming, "We stand by you."  I guess my point is that while the German government is full of shit, the regular Germans are 'ok.'

Totally clickable.

Feel free to remind me of any French shows of solidarity I may have forgotten.


Know what you don't want to do?  Have a bunch of Marines holding a grudge against you.


US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.

Hundreds of troops were dispatched on the operation after intelligence reports indicated the body of a dead American, who was killed in a firefight last week, had been paraded through the streets and hanged in public.

It happens every time, and yet I never understand it.  What level of subhuman do you have to reach to desecrate the dead like that?

If I saw a buddy treated like that, it would probably add a little more resolve in my will to kill bad guys.  I wonder if that was the desired effect.


In case you ever wondered, here's the Code of Conduct American fighters are expected to adhere to.

1.  I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

2.  I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

3.  If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

4.  If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

5.  When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

More in-depth explanation here.


Hey look, more bullshit from the French.

French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has pleaded for trans-Atlantic tolerance after graffiti was daubed on a British war cemetery in northern France.

Slogans reading "Death to Yankees" and "Rosbeefs (Brits) go home" were painted on the central memorial in Etaples, near the Channel port of Boulogne in northern France.
BBC News

I'd been against the idea of digging up the cemeteries in France, but if this kind of thing keeps happening I can't see how we'd have a choice.

"Enlightened," indeed.


Here's a good "what if" scenario that I thought was a good read.  Too long to post and impossible to paraphrase.


Awhile ago in the forums I expressed a fear that Saddam would adopt a scorched earth policy if it looked like his defeat was imminent.  Coalition forces are now in Baghdad.  I can't find the link right now, but word has it Al Jazeera reporters were told to get out by the regime.  Our forces are reporting (as of right now) that resistance is light...they aren't meeting the forces they expected.  Is this what would happen in Saddam set a timer on a nuke?


I embedded a secret code in this post.  Five points to anyone who figures in out.

My bookmarks are now cleaned.


 3:45 pm CDT - GORDON - Stuff.

"The Americans definitely aren't anywhere near Baghdad." - Iraqi government officials.

Meanwhile, we just took Saddam International a few miles from downtown.

From the Quran:

Surah al-Hujurat verse 6:

O you, those who have faith, if a wrongdoer comes to you with news, verify it, lest you strike somebody in ignorance then regret what you have done.

What that means is that people who follow the Prophet (pbuh) are supposed to not believe rumors.  They're supposed to verify on their own before they act on bad information.  Which, apparently, very few of them are doing, like good Muslims are supposed to.  They get stuck on "Kill the Zionists," I guess.  Question:  why does the entire Arab world get into such an uproar over a plot of land the size of New Jersey?


PFC Lynch:

Hard core.  As the story is coming out, it seems that when her vehicle was ambushed, she fought until she ran out of ammo.  Word is she took out at least two bad guys....imagine the shame an Islamic male died feeling when he was out-fought by a little American girl.  Lynch was fighting to the death.  Good show.  I'll be honest...being that they were Army, I had envisioned a fast surrender.  I gladly stand corrected, and impressed, if what I've heard is true.


Pfc. Jessica Lynch, rescued Tuesday from an Iraqi hospital, fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers after Iraqi forces ambushed the Army’s 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, firing her weapon until she ran out of ammunition, U.S. officials said yesterday.

A nineteen year old girl from West Virginia named Jessica.  God I'm glad to be an American.



April 2, 2003

 3:40 pm EDT - Leisher - My turn.

Gordon has been doing a lot of posting on the war lately, so I thought I’d give him a break and write a post of my own on this conflict.

Let’s start off with something a little different and put the anti-war protestors in the spotlight, shall we?

Let’s allow the protestors to speak their minds and intelligently explain why they’re against the war:

(For the two links below, just select the video format and speed you’d like to view)

 New York Protestors

 San Francisco Protestors

For full information on the videos, please visit

Now let’s move on to the most publicly recognized peace protestors, Hollywood celebrities. We’ve all seen and heard certain celebrities speaking out against the war and President Bush, so let’s examine these celebrities’ qualifications to discuss international affairs:

Barbra Streisand : Completed high school

Career: Singing and acting

Maybe her porn video makes her an international expert?


 Alec Baldwin: Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal.

Career: Acting

Wait a minute. Weren’t Alec and Barbra going to leave the country if Bush won the election? How can two people with this much integrity possibly be wrong?


Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade.

Career: Singing and acting


Jessica Lange: Dropped out college mid-freshman year.

Career: Acting


Sean Penn: Completed High school.

Career: Acting


Susan Sarandon: Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America in

Washington, D.C.

Career: Acting

Susan has an anti-war commercial out asking, “What did Iraq do to us?” Hey Susan, I’ll answer that question for you as soon as you tell me what Germany did to us. Apparently, in Susan’s mind we were wrong to save Europe and liberate the Jews because Germany didn’t do anything thing to us just like Iraq hasn’t.


George Clooney: Dropped out of the University of Kentucky.

Career: Acting


Michael Moore: Dropped out after his first year at the University of Michigan.

Career: Movie Director

Michael Moore just won the Oscar for Best Documentary for Bowling For Columbine. One little problem, it doesn’t qualify in the official Oscar rules as a documentary. It just so happens that Mr. Moore likes to lie and edit video/speech to fit his needs.


Janeane Garofelo: Dropped out of College.

Career: Stand up comedienne 

I’ll cut Janeane some slack if she apologizes to Bush after the war is over and we find out that horrible things have been occurring to the Iraqi people and Saddam has weapons of mass destruction as she promised during an interview with Bill McNeil.


Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School.

Career: Acting 

I’m not sure why Jennifer is on this list, but I’ll bet if she truly is anti-war then she’s probably got a problem with her husband Brad Pitt coming out in favor of the conflict.


To see the full list of celebrities and their international diplomacy qualifications versus our political leaders’ qualifications in a fantastic article, please go here.

 One question I haven’t heard a single anti-war celebrity or current peace protestor answer is where they were when Clinton was bombing people in the Middle East/Africa and invading Bosnia…

Ok, I’m doing a lot of mocking here, but let me get serious for this last part.

It absolutely amazes me that some of the anti-war people are as ignorant as they are and judging by the last guy in the Protesting the Protestors II video I linked to above (San Francisco), some of the anti-war people are amazed by it too. Please understand, just because someone is anti-war does not mean I think they’re an idiot. Its when you ignore the facts, call Bush “Hitler”, act like the U.S. is a bully, etc. that makes me believe you’re an idiot.

Has it ever occurred to you morons that the reason you have the right to say what you want without being tortured or killed is because you are an American. The last time I checked, this country and your freedom was built on the bodies of U.S. soldiers. Do you believe that life is like this around the world? Do you think the Iraqi people are better off without our help? Do you idiots actually believe that a man who has used weapons of mass destruction in the recent past, who has invaded neighboring countries TWICE, and told the U.N. inspectors to go screw themselves, will peacefully disarm and put himself at the mercy of the people he’s been oppressing and killing for years?

So maybe you need a wake up call? The audio clip below is a call made to a talk radio show in Chicago. This woman called after the hosts read an email written by an anti-war listener wishing that their son, who is currently flying an F-18 in Iraq, would die.

By the way, the caller is an Iraqi and that makes her opinion 100% more informed than your emotional, and frankly uninformed, judgment on the war.

Listen to the truth.

Talk back.

March 31, 2003

 4:12 pm CDT - GORDON - Weekend off.

Spent the weekend in Sioux City visiting friends, and took a road trip 70 miles farther north to see Sioux Falls.  Biggest city in South Dakota, you know.

That's me sitting there.  I have a jacket on; I'm not actually quite that round.

Anyway, I thought I'd make a light post and take a little break from the political vitriol I've been spewing.

More spewing tomorrow.

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time . . . I am haunted by waters."

March 28, 2003

 10:28 pm CDT - GORDON - Props to the artist.


Click me.


 3:08 pm CDT - GORDON - Serenity now.

Columbia University professor Nicholas De Genova.

A Columbia University professor told thousands of students and faculty that he would like to see "a million Mogadishus" _ referring to the 1993 ambush in Somalia that killed 18 Americans and inspired the movie "Black Hawk Down."

The professor, Nicholas De Genova, also called for the defeat of U.S. forces in Iraq and said, "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military." And he asserted that Americans who call themselves "patriots" are white supremacists.

A few days ago I suggested that if you were protesting the war, that you were essentially providing support to Saddam.  Let me qualify that a bit.  Protesting government actions is what America is all about.  There's really not many more poignant ways to celebrate freedom than by dissenting against the country providing it.  Here's my clarification:  if in protesting you deny someone else their freedom, block off a city intersection and disrupt commerce, or abuse your position of authority to suggest to impressionable teens that the death of American soldiers is the best thing that can happen, then as far as I'm concerned you're a traitor.

Date: March 28, 2003
(University President)
Re: Nicholas De Genova

Regarding Mr. De Genova's comments at the recent anti-war teach in.

I'm sure you've been inundated with correspondence concerning this incident, so I'll be brief:

If you keep this person on your payroll, in my mind I will always associate Columbia University with encouraging the death of American servicemen. I'll ensure the readers of my webpage know the facts as well.



Date: March 28, 2003
To: (Nicholas De Genova)
Your statements at the recent anti-war teach in.

You're an asshole.


Here's the Columbia University faculty directory if you want mailing addresses or something.

What an asshole.

March 27, 2003

 3:05 pm CDT - GORDON - Smart broad.

I found a good op-ed piece by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on the state or the coalition.  Here's a bit I liked.

Months ago, the prime minister of Estonia told President Bush that he did not need an explanation of the need to confront Iraq. Because the great democracies failed to act in 1930s, his people lived in slavery for 50 years.

A bit about Condi from an email that made the rounds and the forums:

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice: Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph. D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. (Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude). She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political Science.) She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution.

Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U. S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J. P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she resides in Washington, D. C.

As one person in that thread pondered, "Is it just me, or does anyone else find Condoleezza Rice's brain sexually exciting?"

You can advise my National Security any time, Condi.  (I call her Condi.)

She's no Salma Hayak, but then Salma is no Condi Rice.

Not really a lot to discuss, but here's a thread anyway.

March 26, 2003

 5:09 pm CDT - GORDON - Opposing the war.

Protesters.  Even in World War II, which everyone these days considers to be "The Last Good War," some were opposed to American involvement.  Europe was in flames, England was months away from being overrun in spite of America's shoring them up with supplies through the Lend-Lease Act, and still there were those who felt one American casualty was too many, no matter what the cost to the world of our neutrality.  There has been much speculation about what would have happened if the G.I.'s hadn't gone to Europe, almost all of it concluding it would all be Germany.

Before you think I'm about to compare Hitler's 1940-1941 European tour with Saddam and Iraq, stop.  I'm about to discuss the dangers of sitting back and doing nothing because "It isn't our problem."

Contrary to what many may think, I think war sucks.  I also think chemotherapy sucks, but I'm not saying it isn't sometimes necessary.  Many protesters bandied the phrase, "Bush's Rush to War."  Rush?  What constitutes a rush?  Saddam ignored U.N. resolutions for 12 years.  Then there was almost a year of public discussion before any Iraqi liberation began.  A "rush" would have been "We took out Baghdad last night" instead of, "Saddam has just 6 more months to be forthcoming."  As our troops are uncovering chemical weapons plants, it's obvious Saddam never was as innocent as anti-Bushies claimed.  Protesters were wrong, but there's not a lot of people talking about that.

I've heard President Bush called a dictator, recently.  He's been compared to Hitler quite a bit.  I find it hard to address this at all, it is so asinine.  America's military budget is bigger than the next six largest countries' budgets combined.  If we wanted to take over a pissant desert country, we could do it at any time, for any reason we wanted to.  And we are.  But are we keeping it and setting up regional governors, ala Rome?  No.  We provide a stable platform for economic growth and the blossoming of a population having human rights for the first time.  When America rebuilds a government, you get places like Japan and Germany.  When those who oppose us rebuild a government, you get places like Congo and Chad.  Not exactly hot tourist destinations, unless you're into cannibalism.

I've heard dissenters claim, "not one innocent Iraqi life is worth a war."  They show pictures of women and children in hospitals.  Pictures generated by the Iraqi propaganda machine, with no evidence of when or from where the pictures came.  Of course, more innocent women and children have been killed by the government during Saddam's reign that will ever match any collateral damage we will inflict.  Why is this ignored?  Yesterday Iraqi soldiers in Basra fired rockets into a crowded marketplace to make it look like American soldiers did it.  I'm sure the protesters will ignore this.

And P.O.W.'s.  Unlike the dirt bags in Guantanamo Bay, uniformed Iraqi soldiers who are captured/surrender are afforded every right under the Geneva Convention.  They are searched and deloused and bundled off to a different patch of sand from whence they came and are given the best food and medical treatment they've probably seen in years.  Despite footage of the soldiers initially being captured, American media has not shown images of these prisoners or otherwise exploited them.  Unlike poor, innocent Iraq.  I will not post the link, but I saw images of some of our dead POW's with their pants down, with mutilated genitalia.  Put that on your anti-Iraqi liberation signs.

Today there's concerns that Iraqis may have acquired American uniforms and are using them to make us look brutal.   In World War II, the "last good war" I mentioned earlier, the Germans tried this during the Battle of the Bulge.  English speaking German troops in captured Jeeps tooled around behind our lines and wreaked quite a bit of havoc before we rounded them up.  In that "good war," they were all shot as spies.  Iraqis who fake surrender and fight in American uniforms deserve no less.

I think a lot of this comes down to what a lot of people call "American arrogance."  We think that our way is the Right way, and we're too eager to whip our liberty on others whether they want it or not.  I can see the point.  People say this is a bad thing, though.  They think these ancient cultures are somehow just as valid as an American way of life, for what reason I don't know.  I suppose in some century in the past it was fine to order the rape of a woman in an opposing tribe.  Or force women to keep themselves hidden as second class citizens.  Or kill everyone and their families who might not like your style of government.  But not this century, and not this country.  

This post is a lot longer than I planned.

March 25, 2003

 5:39 pm CDT - GORDON - Attention Mister and Missus America, and all the ships at sea.

I'm sure that by now everyone in America who has come within 10 feet of a television or an internet connection within the last few days has heard of the blog, "Where is Raed?" probably written by an actual Iraqi citizen in Baghdad.  I mean no disrespect by using the term, "probably."  I personally believe he's there, but due to the fact he is an outlaw in his country, his identity must remain anonymous.

He has some interesting things to say.  He says, "I am opposed to war, but not to regime change" (paraphrased).  Interesting.  The fact that he gets a little condescending when talking about Americans leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but I still respect what he's doing.  What he never addresses is that revolution comes from within, by definition.  If they'd washed their own dirty laundry, we wouldn't have to do it for them.  I tried emailing him for some comments, but his inbox was full.

What I've not heard anything about on mass media has been blogs written by folks who either support the war, or are reporting directly from it as a participant.  Here's a few that I was directed to by a forum regular:

Lieutenant Smash.  As much as I can make out, he's a soldier currently in the war.  These people can't give their names/units/locations, obviously, but if he's not actually in the thick of it, he has a hell of an imagination.  Here's his post from March 20th:

Saddam fired a couple of those Scuds that he doesn't have at me this afternoon.

He missed.


Another good one is "Kim du Toit"  I haven't figured out who he's supposed to be yet, but on his page he has an interesting series of articles called "From the Sandbox" authored by someone calling himself "Capt. Steve."  As far as I can tell, Captain Steve is either a pilot or crewmember of a plane currently on duty in Iraq.  Excellent reading.  Here's a good aside in one of the postings:

The news gave way slowly, almost imperceptibly, to commentary until newscaster became commentator and began complaining about the cost of the weapons we are expending and the debt we are accruing. "How," he wailed, "are we going to pay for all this when the President is asking for tax cuts?"

It's a simple fact of life that those who don't know right from wrong shouldn't dabble in economics. They could hurt themselves. If you doubt me ask the French.

And there's news about the French here. Or I shouldn't say news, as at the moment it's only barely more than rumor. But sometimes rumor carries such illicit pleasure that it cannot be suppressed, so I'll tell you what they're saying here. A crew member of mine caught a ride back to our compound with two British airmen who work in a center where some of the war planning and directing takes place. The Brits gleefully told him that the French had been escorted from the premises after being caught trying to hack our secret computer network. In what seems to be a corroborating story, someone else was told by one of the noncomms working in housing that people who'd been living in tents were finally getting moved into dorms -- rooms that had previously been occupied by the French. Take it for what it's worth. Rumor? Yes, but some rumors end up being true. Even if this one doesn't, it's made a lot of people smile. Those French who are still here probably wonder what we're grinning at. (There do seem to be fewer around, but who can tell? Tonight is Steak Night at the chow hall, and that's the best time to take a French census. They come out of the woodwork on Steak Night.)

And, there's The Primary Main Objective, a name that's kind of funny in itself.  As far as I can tell, it's written by someone a little lower in the ranks.  Just a hunch.  The March 22nd entry:

Road Trip!!

Woo hoo! Dude it was sooo awesome. We loaded up the SUV and hit the road. Just like a beer commercial

Eh.. it wasn't that awesome. Drove about 50 miles to pick up some new people. We loaded up the SUV with chem suits, MRE's water, cell phones and of course... guns.

No booze. No babes. No beach. Lots of sand though.

Damn this is a barren country. Imagine the california desert with NO vegetation and NO changes in elevation.

On the upside, the sand is so fine it doesn't really hurt when there's a storm. It just coats everything and everyone.

Most amusing moment of trip: A freeway sign pointing to Insert city here in one direction and Desert in the other. Nothing like stating the obvious.

It was a fun trip though. My first trip off base and I've been here almost exactly 1 month.

Be sure to look at the "No Shit Sherlock" entry from March 16th.

These pages have more links to more kindred spirits; be sure to explore.

Talk about what an evil war mongering baby killer I am, or post more links.

March 23, 2003

 3:41 pm CDT - GORDON - Howdy.  Y'all.

Everyone sing with me:

War! (Whoa-oo-whoa-oo-whoa-oowhoa...)

What is it good for?

Ending the regimes of evil dictators in backwards third world countries that still have the ability to reach out anywhere in the world with terrorists and kill civilians.

Good god, y'all.


Maybe those aren't the exact words, but close enough for me.

It may be a little cliché now, but I'm going to jump on the running board of the "slam the celebrities" bandwagon and poke some fun at some "No war for oil" peeps.

It may not be how the protesters see themselves, but it seems to me if you're speaking out against Bush, you're speaking out for Saddam.  You're helping him out.  Ask Jane Fonda what she thinks about it.  So here we go...photoshop your favorite anti-war celeb in this Saddam photo op.  Here's some source material.


And here's my first contribution.


September 17, 2002

 11:38 pm CDT - GORDON - "Capitulation."

Saddam's agreed to allow weapons inspectors in, in order to keep his ass from getting kicked.

Here's a challenge:  pretend for a moment that I've got a ten by ten foot room in which I'm producing sarin gas, one gallon at a time.  It is definitely within the Lincoln, NE city limits.  Assemble a team and find it.  Time is a factor, because I'm getting close to producing a long range delivery system.

The next challenge will be to find a warehouse somewhere in a desert country twice the size of Idaho.  I'll even make it easy for you.....I'll have 25 large factories, but I won't tell you where they are, and most will be underground.  Now go find them!

You may try to stop me by imposing massive economic sanctions.  That will, you say, keep me from being able to purchase anything that might be used to rearm or research.  So I'll just develop a "very active" black market with neighboring countries.  At that time you'll catch me about every 10th time I try to buy parts for a nuclear reactor capable of producing enriched uranium.

But I'm not a madman, you'll say.  I'd never use weapons of mass destruction against civilians, because it would always have a calling card with my home address on it.  But hey....there won't be a thing to stop me from developing the weapon, and handing it off to some well funded terrorist asshole.  Anonymously.  My hands will be clean.

So welcome, inspectors, welcome!  Iraq is about the safest place in the world to be right now.  Nobody will be setting off bombs here, not with the U.N. in charge.  Have fun in the desert.  I just need a little more time to finish my little project.


September 10, 2002

 8:20 pm CDT - GORDON - Justification?

The world is claiming that the United States is acting unilaterally, in our own interests, and decrying our takeover of Iraq before it's even happened.

They need a mushroom cloud before they can decide action is justified.

But even if the ultimate goal of the outlaw states isn't to build a nuke, in spite of the destruction of infidels being built right into the national constitutions, consider this:

Somewhere in Iran, a little girl is about to leave her house, and she puts on her burqua.  Deep inside her is the knowledge that the men in her country don't want to see her.

Someday she'll fulfill her womanly duty and bare a son.  She will be a dutiful wife; one of a handful.  She will unintentionally transfer her bitterness to her son, for he is, in fact, the only male she has any power over.

One day that son will become a man and take wives and father children and help shape his country and government.  How much of the bitterness from his mother will be factored into the decisions he makes?  How much more will he restrict the rights of women living under Islamic law?

Somewhere in Iran, that man's little girl is about to leave her house, and she puts on her burqua.  Deep inside her is the knowledge that the men in her country don't want to see her.

It's a self perpetuating cycle of self loathing and oppression with an outlet of anger being directed at the west.

No, not all civilizations are, in fact, equal.  And yes, this American isn't afraid to apply a fix.  Peace in the name of a steady flow of oil is not peace at all.  It's tolerance of evil.  No moral person with strength of character can ignore it.

Disagree all you want, but you'll still be wrong.

Evil is evil, whether it's the support of terror, or looking the other way and ignoring it.

September 7, 2002

 5:04 pm CDT - GORDON - Whirling Dervish.

So, more often than not lately my posts, nay, my infrequent posts have not been dedicated to Damning the Man.  Most of the front page updates have been various travelogues of my adventures.  Does this mean I've lost the will to Damn the Man?  No.  It means that sometimes I get weary of railing against stupidity, and my brain takes a break.  It's easier to talk about things and events than it is to think about ideas and motives.  Until I get a refreshed brain, most the the raging against the machine will be done in the forums.


Been to the Music Page lately?  Updates galore....if by "galore" you mean about once a month for the last few months.


Hey, are we hitting Iraq in 4 days, or what?  I halfway expect W to get on TV at 8pm Eastern Time and proclaim that bombers left the Midwest 8 hours prior, and are about to hit Baghdad.  Nice way to commemorate 9/11.......take out an Arab capital.


Hey kids:   THIS is an idiot:

Some please Out me....hurry....

How much of a closet homosexual do you have to be to get so uptight about tiny little vegan Moby?  Marshal should just admit to loving the dick.  He'd feel better, and the secret would stop eating him up inside.  When asked about M&M at the MTV VMA's, Moby answered, "the truth is that i honestly, in all sincerity, thought that the whole eminem thing was done in some semblance of humor until eminem called me a pussy (that was off camera) and then threatened to beat me up. ah well."

So, in summary, Eminem, King of Morons, has some serious sexuality issues.


So let me get this straight:  police departments around the country and the world are putting up automatic speeder-catching cameras, and then they whine about people countering their new technology?  Are they daft?  It's like they're going out on the river to fish, and crying about not being able to catch every last fish.

I've said it before, I'll say it again:  if ticketing speeders was really done to promote safety and not fill government coffers, then the penalty wouldn't be cash.  It would be Saturday traffic school.


An Akron man may want to stock up on condoms, or prepare to take lots of cold showers. The man, a father who owes over $40,000 in back child support, won't go to jail. Instead, 30-year-old Shawn Talty is being put under court supervision for five years, and being ordered during that time, to not concieve any more children. That unusual sentence was handed down Friday by Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler. Talty owes the child support to five women with whom he has fathered seven children. Talty's lawyer says he will appeal the ruling. His girlfriend is incensed, saying the ruling is also a sentence on her, since it also takes from her the option of having a child.

"His girlfriend is incensed, saying the ruling is also a sentence on her, since it also takes from her the option of having a child."   Now there's a smart gal.  


Well, that's enough spew for now.  As usual I'll promise to try and update more often.  And I'll mean it.


August 11, 2002

 9:59 pm CDT - GORDON - Capstone.

My last couple weeks in western Nebraska.  In pictures.

There is more military history to western NE than just missile silos.  Dotted amongst the plains are also numerous "ant hills," which used to be bunkers to store ammo.  They look like ant hills.  Word has it that these days farmers dry grain in them.  Here's one of those landmark sign thingies:

Here's a jackrabbit that was playing in the parking lot where I was working.  There was two others, but they wouldn't hold still for the picture.

The aforementioned missile silo.  I watched this one everyday on the way to and from work.  I sped past the Air Force security patrol SUV that drives between them at least once a week, and rumor has it that if you linger near the silos, they show up with the black helicopter.


This is, supposedly, the "best steakhouse in town."  It is where I ate the bull balls.  Rumor has it the cook, Dude, will walk out if you order a hamburger..."This is a steak house, damn gum it."  I found their steaks to be merely adequate...but then I've traveled enough to know the difference:

This is a view from what I consider to be the best steakhouse in town, which was actually in the middle of nowhere 15 miles west of town.  It is called "Buffalo Point."  It is adjacent to the main east-west railroad lines.  Nonstop trains.  American commerce.  I liked the landscape.

This is either a deer farm of an elk farm.  Probably elk.  They had that pivot sprinkler on, and the herd has prancing through the spray with their heads in the air:

This is what I consider to be the dividing line between eastern and western Nebraska.  It is a corny arch that actually straddles I-80, commemorating the settlers who passed through this area going west.  


Thus ends the chapter of my life called "The High Plains."  I was sick of it, but now that I've been away for a month and settled into the new house I actually miss it and am looking forward to business taking me back there for a few days.

Of course, I'll take the camera.

August 10, 2002

 2:31 pm CDT - GORDON - Thanks, music industry.

They got  

Like Napster and internet radio before it, AntiMTV has gone the way of the Dodo (that can't afford a team of lawyers).

I first discovered AntiMTV about 3 years ago.  I was living in South Dakota and had very little access to music programming outside of the local radio stations (we play both kinds of and western), and the extremely dumbed down MTV.  It was then I started exploring alternatives to the sucky corporate music by way of net radio, and AntiMTV. com. 

I can't even begin to guess how many cd's I've purchased because of a band I discovered on AntiMTV.  "Static X" comes to mind, specifically with the "Wisconsin Death Trip" album.  I was perusing the video library there and decidedly to give the video "Push It" a listen.  I loved it.  Bought the CD within a week.  Recently in the Music Forum I was suggesting "Inkubus Sukkubus."  Discovered them on AntiMTV.

A couple years ago, when the RIAA was cracking down on websites that hosted music ( getting shut down pissed me off), I emailed the man behind  I asked him if he ever got any flack from the record companies about his hosting of videos for download.  He responded that they actually supplied him with the videos, and considered it free advertising.

Hey, that actually makes sense.

But last night, doing my weekly new music search, I found this on

AntiMTV Wrongfully Shut Down by XO Communications and the Thugs at BMI. Master calling it quits.

As many of you noticed this weekend, AntiMTV was shut down and inaccessible for about 60 hours. My odyssey into a first degree migraine started at 6 AM Saturday morning. The site was down and I called XO to see what was wrong. I was put on hold by the tech guy, and after 5 minutes, he informed me that the site was shut down due to "violations". I asked for specifics, but the admin didn't know. He also informed me that there is nothing he could do and that I were to call the "abuse" dept. and 9AM, Monday.

This I thought was outrageous. I received no e-mail, phone call or mail to inform me of any "alleged" wrong doing and Anti was shut down without notice or reason.

After calling "abuse" this morning(Aug 5th), and giving them an earful of abuse of my own since my first and seventh amendment right were trampled, the "abuse" person told me they tried to call(a lie) and sent a letter(another lie). I was then put in touch with XO's lawyer handling the case. (This was all about a complaint from BMI. I had received shakedown letters via e-mail from a John Colletta, telling me to pay "fees" for these videos I play or else. Videos that no one will see except on the net. Videos I make no profit from)

This is were it gets interesting.

The lawyer, named Allison, said she found my address and phone number, not by asking the people at XO, for whom she works, but rather to to a "whois" search at Networksolutions. the place I originally bought and registered the domain name over 3 years ago. Instead of making a quick call to the people at XO for the correct information, Allison figure her duties were complete and didn't care that I was uniformed to the harsh action XO was contemplating.

But wait, it gets better.

The video files in question weren't even on the server!(Five Minutes Alone(Pantera), Pull the Plug(Death) and Hnager 18(Megadeath) just to name a few.) I took them down over a month ago. One of them is on another company's server so it's out of XO's hands. So XO not only didn't do any homework in finding my contact information, but they didn't even check the legitimacy of the complaint.

AntiMTV was wrongfully shut down.

So where do we go from here? Well my friends, after about a year and a half of running this site out of my pocket's money and being harassed by legal pond scum who have their own best interests in mind and not the band's, I've decided to call it quits. I've had it. I've said for the longest time that lawyers are killing this country and now, lawyers have finally killed AntiMTV.

I would like to thank the over 5 million people who have supported us over the last three years. I love you all. I will keep the site up for another month or so, at which time, my newest site,, will be fully functioning. It will be a news site with social and political commentary and political humor. Anyone wishing to purchase AntiMTV, email me.

I'll keep you guys posted.....take care.

So there it is.  Yet another way for people who don't fit the RIAA's targeted demographic, teenagers with rich parents, to find music shut down.  More money the companies compromising the RIAA will never receive, because I don't know about the bands.  More money the bands will never receive because it is illegal to advertise them.

If Congress can keep themselves from passing more anti-consumer laws, maybe the RIAA will lawsuit themselves out of existence, and be replaced by an actual viable business model that is good for everyone, and not just the brain dead.

Baby Jesus cries when a good website gets shut down by The Man.

July 26, 2002

 9:49 pm CDT - GORDON - We interrupt the regularly scheduled conclusion to the travelogue....

I have the denouement to the High Plains Chronicles almost ready, but something came to my attention today.

The actual price to buy a law was revealed, which gives us a goal:

Let's Buy our Right to Keep our Privacy Fund!

In the never-ending battle to rid the internet of pirates (users), the RIAA has bought the help of a Representative from California, HOWARD L. BERMAN (D-CA)!  He "formally proposed legislation that would give the (entertainment) industry unprecedented new authority to secretly hack into consumers' computers or knock them off-line entirely if they are caught downloading copyrighted material."  (

The article goes on to state that "Records show Berman received at least $186,891 from the entertainment industry during the 2001-02 election cycle, including $31,000 from The Walt Disney Co. and $28,050 from AOL-Time Warner Inc."

Putting together the facts, it seems we (internet pirates users) can buy our own lawmaker for merely $200k.  

So what do you say, people?  How can we keep Big Entertainment from poking around our networks?  Bake sales?  Pledge Drives?  Donating lots of semen?  If any of you can figure out a way, lets get a 

account started and buy our way to better government.  Just like everyone else does.

We now join a feedback thread already in progress.

June 20, 2002

 5:54 pm MDT - GORDON - Oh, the sights you'll see.

So.....don't you love sentences that start with the word "so?"  So I was driving from work last Friday.  Don't really need to follow my landmarks anymore, but I was at the grain elevator near the train tracks where I have to turn right.  I'm coming out of the s-curve and up to the train tracks when I hit my brakes and yelled with a laugh, "My sweet Jesus God in Heaven!"  For there, ahead of me in the road, were cows.

Cows and two cowboys.

 I had a weekend bag packed in the passenger seat as I was headed for the interstate and I scrambled for the digital camera.  I was amazed I was able to find it as fast as I did, and started snapping through the windshield.  I had my radio loud, so I killed it as to not spook the cows.....

Why did the cows cross the road?  Because the cowboys made them.

I pulled off the road a bit to give them a wide berth.  My camera is a cheapie, and one of the characteristics is that when you snap the picture, there's an approximate 1.5 second delay while it captures the image.  Meaning, the picture you end up with is what you clicked at two seconds ago.  And I'm laughing at how weird this all seemed...

Oh my god!  They're coming right at me!

By the next picture the cowboy on the right was at bearing 3-2-5 and he waved at me, but I was polite and waved back instead of taking a picture.  Stupid me...should have gotten the picture.

This was actually a picture of a calf out my driver's side window, but I didn't adjust for the delay.

So, that's my first cattle drive.  And I even had the presence of mind to call, "Moo cow!  Moo Cow!" in my head, City Slickers-style.


On a completely unrelated note, here's a picture of my Second Auxiliary Cat on top of the bathroom door.

His name is Korben Dallas GORDON.  A negative of this image shows the Satan aura all cats have.

He's full grown but somewhat diminutive.  I believe he weighs between seven and eight pounds, which is but a fraction of my Large Main Cat who weighs in at over 16 muscular pounds.

Have a nice day.  All these pictures of cows has made me hungry.

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