Archive for December, 2003

1984 Reloaded

December 21st, 2003 – 7:59 pm
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On a film commentary site called The Cinematic Verses, they’ve done a comparison between the movie version of 1984 and current reality. This burst of dystopian storytelling proved to be a terrifying yet clarifying experience for me, but I was left thinking that the world presented in the novel and particularly in the film was […]

Merry Terror Alert!

December 21st, 2003 – 7:47 pm
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Greetings, citizen units. Please be advised that the threat level has been raised to: Do not allow this to interfere with your consumer activities, or the terrorists have already won!

This Modern World: The Patriotism Police

December 18th, 2003 – 8:34 am
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Another fine comic from Tom Tomorrow. Go and read it.

Molly Ivins on corporate greed

December 15th, 2003 – 9:00 pm
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Molly Ivins wrote a column last week that takes a hard look at corporate culture and how the Bush administration is aiding the looting of America: Jack A. Blum, a Washington lawyer and expert in money-laundering and other forms of tax evasion, wrote the following for an academic conference held earlier this year at the […]

Suitably unimpressed

December 15th, 2003 – 8:46 pm
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Ezra over at Pandagon talks about the results of Sunday’s ABC News/Washington Post poll: Saddam didn’t make Bush invincible, in fact, it barely did anything for him at all. People seem quite locked in their opinions, tired of the war over there, and resistant to being swayed by every piece of good news. Contrast that […]

A few other thoughts on Saddam being captured

December 14th, 2003 – 5:11 pm
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Quite a few weblogs haven’t had a chance to chime in yet on the capture of Saddam, but here’s a sampling of some who have: From Counterspin From MaxSpeak From Atrios From Tbogg

Trying to catch up again

December 14th, 2003 – 3:26 pm
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A few news stories that I didn’t post about yet: Iraqi army walkout over pay — Apparently they decided they weren’t being paid nearly enough get shot in place of American troops. US bombing kills Afghan children — In another of our attempts to use bombs to kill specific people, the U.S. once again manages […]

Saddam captured

December 14th, 2003 – 1:55 pm
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Yes, United States forces have finally managed to capture Saddam Hussein. This is good news indeed, as the man is a monster of the worst sort. The question now is, what will happen next? To start with, there’s the matter of a trial. The Iraqi Governing Council has just recently laid out plans for a […]

Just ignore that guy with the bomb….he’s white

December 9th, 2003 – 11:05 pm
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If you’re a Muslim and you come up with a crazy plan to nuke D.C. or cut the support cables on a New York City bridge, it’s front page news across the country. If, on the other hand, you’re an anti-government white supremacist in Texas who the FBI catches with an actual chemical weapon, an […]

More stories of note

December 8th, 2003 – 8:48 pm
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Another bunch of stories from the pile that I haven’t yet written about: Moving Targets — A Newsweek piece that takes a pretty balanced look at the current state of Al Qaeda, and whether or not the war against Iraq has helped or hurt the “war on terror.” Since it’s a mainstream news outlet, it […]