Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn ("In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."). --HP Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

The stars hath turned in the heavens once more: Mighty Cthulhu stirs. His dreams reacheth forth, communing with those with ears to hear. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! His thoughts trample down along the pathways of thy mind; thou knowest His footprints, each of which is a wound...

Friday, August 13, 2004

The Politics of Terra®

Just Spreading the Word:

The hard-working folks at
Julius Blog have correlated a telling graph that syncs Chimpy's™ approval ratings with the various terror alerts. A better view of that graph can be seen here.

The graph itself is just a visual synopsis of an earlier post at that site, detailing the events surrounding the various alerts, complete with verifying links.
Go here to read the chilling, sickening details. Below is a taste. Note that this is a screen capture--you'll have to check out Julius Blog to click on the sources:

Update on OR NG story

The mainstream media has been--to be succinct--a bunch of lazy, irresponsible, fucktard shitheads about this story. I mean, they've been abyssmally bad at journalism in general for several years, now. But, on this, they've pushed back the envelope of ethical abandonment.

Outside the US, it was news from
Canada to Russia. Within the US, I found that only Oregon's local media was giving the story any meaningful coverage. But in the other 49 states? Below is the result of a Google News survey I did on August 10th, 48hrs after The Oregonian broke the story:

CNN--Did Not Mention (DNM hereafter)

MSNBC--Both main story and Senator Wyden's letter to Rumskull, but only cursory coverage of actual incident, softballed, and no pix (copy from KMTR, NBC affiliate in Eugene, OR).

Faux News--DNM main page. Archive has extensive reprint from AP wire, only one pic. Nothing on Wyden letter.

AP--Wyden letter in 7-day archive, only cursory coverage of original event.

UPI--DNM main page, no search engine for archives

Knight-Ridder--No primary news page, lists only affiliated papers.

And here in Seattle, just 300 miles north of Portland:

Seattle Post Intelligencer (Paper)--Has letter from Wyden, but only cursory coverage of actual incident, softballed, and no pix.

Seattle Times (Paper)--DNM

KIRO (TV CBS affiliate)--DNM

Q13 News (TV Fox affiliate)--DNM

KOMO (TV ABC affiliate)--DNM main page, but no search engine for archives

KING5 (TV NBC affiliate)--DNM

After I did this search, Aaron Brown (CNN) did a brief interview with Mike Francis, the embedded reporter from The Oregonian who wrote the story. It was a blip of an interview, Brown tut-tutting the whole sordid affair while acting as if it was all over and done with. CNN Headline News' talking heads also did a typical 7-second synopsis, liberally sprinkled with "alleged" and "allegedly", and didn't show any pix. (Hey, fuckheads, ever hear of accountability? It used to be something that journalists demanded of our leaders.)

Now I don't expect other countries to host the grim photographs, or to do investigative journalism into an American political affair. But I do expect that of our own journalists. It's their freakin job for fuck's sake.

Well, just to jog their dumbshit collective memories a bit:


Monday, August 09, 2004

Meet the New Boss...

Daily Kos comes this report from The Oregonian:

On the morning of June 29, Oregon guardsmen set off from their base near the Interior Ministry on routine neighborhood patrols...One of the scouts posted in a tall building squinted through his rifle scope at the courtyard adjoining the Interior Ministry. He saw a man in plainclothes standing over a handcuffed and blindfolded prisoner. The guardsman watched through his rifle scope as the man reared back and brought what appeared to be a stick or metal rod down on the prisoner, who was lying on the ground.

The scout took pictures through his scope and considered his options.

The Oregon guardsman did not speak for this story. But others who spoke with the soldier said he radioed battalion headquarters to report the beating. According to one soldier, he said he would begin shooting the Iraqi guards if someone didn't intervene.

This wasn't a US-run facility, and this wasn't last year. The scene that the 2/162 Oregon National Guard stumbled across was an Iraqi jail, and the date was June 29th, the day after "sovereignty" was given to Iraq.

The torturers were our "allies".

A boy, identified as a 14 year-old, was among the prisoners when Oregon National Guardsmen responded to reports of what appeared to be prisoner abuse June 29 at the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.

When left to use their own judgement, our soldiers displayed a higher moral compass and put a stop to what was obviously an attrocity in progress: You will share my pride in knowing that the Oregonians siezed the jail, disarmed the guards, and administered first-aid to the victims.

When theatre commanders became aware of what was happening, politics reared its poisonous head: You will share my rage in reading that higher-ups ordered the Guardsmen to leave, and leave the prisoners under control of their abusers.

Wouldn't want to embarrass our "allies", after all.

The orders came from above the 162nd Infantry, from above its parent unit, the 1st Cavalry Division. Said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond of the 1st Cavalry:

"[The story of what happened June 29] needs to be told," Hammond acknowledged when interviewed by The Oregonian. But he said that, "because of the nature of this issue, it's being handled at a higher level than me."

And there it is: 930 soldiers have died so that ShrubCo™ could install their own version of a brutal regime that arrests, tortures, and kills its own citizens without so much as a show trial.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

(All of the prisoner photos were taken by soldiers of the Oregon National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry. I can't begin to express my pride in their professionalism and compassion. It's truly criminal that their political leaders are so unworthy of the fine soldiers they command.)

(The Oregonian is currently hosting all 23 photos


Saturday, August 07, 2004

Yet Another Flip-Flop

"The American people are safer."
--muttered by Dumbya™ eight times in 32 minutes, Oak Ridge, TN, July, 2004

"We're still not safe."
--sputtered by Dumbya™ today in Kennebunkport, ME

Apparently, Chimpy™ has decided that your relative safety from terrorism depends on whether or not he's leading the polls in your state.

Friday, August 06, 2004

from Polling Report

Some Polling Goodness

Check out those favorability ratings from--are you ready?--Faux News. Some other good news in their
latest poll:

Polling Report has a great running tally of all the latest goodness. Go check it out for some fun reading. The only poll in which Chimpy™ leads is the CNN/Gallup outlier from earlier this week. Toss the best and worst results and you get a Kerry lead that beats the MoE.

The Undecided vote could tip the balance, but that's in Kerry's favor: After 3½ years of Dumbya's® "leadership", if you don't like him now then you won't by November. The Undecideds will either vote Kerry or (just as likely) stay home on Election Day.

This one will prolly come down to the
Electoral College again:

In case you can't make out the tiny print, Kerry has 312 electoral votes: A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. Muhuwahahahaha... Ah! the irony! Of course, the polls sway to and fro, week by week; but for months it's been looking like California's 55 electoral votes will decide the whole election.

For more polling fun, bookmark
NARA's Electoral Calculator. I've been playing around with it for a couple weeks, now, and it keeps coming up the same: Shrub™ can take the entire South, and the Midwest from MO to NV (hah! fat chance he'll sweep them), and the Gropinator State would still give Kerry the Presidency.

Hee hee, the rightard Rove-bots must be peeing in their skirts about now :-P


Thursday, August 05, 2004

Mr Cohen lays another Smack-down

"Why would I take a speck out of your eye when I have a log in my own?" --G W Bush

Richard Cohen's
WaPo piece does a nice job of calling Shrub™ out for hypocritically ignoring the "log" in his own eye:

As a presidential candidate, he declared himself implacably opposed to nation-building. Now we are engaged in building Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush also declared himself a determined unilateralist, kissing off treaties and understandings and even spurning NATO's help in Afghanistan. Now, though, the unilateralist of old is sending Colin Powell around the world, seeking alms and arms for Iraq. Flip-flop.

Bush would not negotiate with North Korea. He did. Flip-flop.

Bush told the United Nations to butt out of Iraq. Now he wants it in. Flip-flop.

Go give Cohen's work a good read. You'll be glad you did.

(Grateful tip o' the hat to
BeatBushBlog for culling this one out of today's mass media mess.)

Monday, August 02, 2004

Friggin Bunch of Idiots

Blogging is part catharsis, part information dissemination.

If I want real therapy, I can always hit the bottle (and I do, dear mortals, I do).

But every now and again comes information that is timely, vital, and completely ignored by mainstream television media:

So in early 2002, when Mr. German got word that a group of Americans might be plotting support for an overseas Islamic terrorist group, he proposed to his bosses what he thought was an obvious plan: go undercover and infiltrate the group.

But Mr. German says F.B.I. officials sat on his request, botched the investigation, falsified documents to discredit their own sources, then froze him out and made him a "pariah."

Thankfully, Patridiot Watch was on the prowl, and so this NYT article didn't slip by. So now, the other reason for blogging: To spread the word...

Soon after raising his complaints about the 2002 terrorism investigation, he was removed from the case. And, he said, F.B.I. officials wrongly accused him of conducting unauthorized travel, stopped using him to train agents in "proactive techniques" and shut him out of important domestic terrorism assignments.

Too bad Mr German isn't alone.

Sibel Edmonds has been covered in many arenas, but
here's a link for a quick refresher. Short version: She blew the whistle on gross incompetence and deliberate mismanagement within the FBI, exposing their disgusting and willful failure to fight the War on Terra®.

Both Mr German and Ms Edmonds are lucky: They didn't have to die to be proven right, unlike poor
John O'Neill:

"What John O'Neill was trying to do was get a momentum going in the FBI to look seriously for those cells," [Richard] Clarke says. "It was not one of the priorities in most FBI field offices."

John O'Neill quit the FBI in disgust, and became head of security at the World Trade Center:

According to Chris Isham, O'Neill recognized the threat still posed to the World Trade Center. "When he had first gotten the job at the World Trade Center, he told me, 'I've got this great job. I'm head of security at the World Trade Center.' And I joked with him and said, 'Well, that will be an easy job. They're not going to bomb that place again.' And he said, 'Well actually -- he immediately came back and he said, 'actually they've always wanted to finish that job. I think they're going to try again'."

(John O'Neill was on the 34th floor of the North Tower when it collapsed, September 11th, 2001.)

The FBI has been bungling and dropping the ball, deliberately at times, and quashing those within who are trying to protect all of us. And they've been doing it for years, for purely political reasons.

Hoover must be spinning in his dress.

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