OK … the stinking fascist intolerant rabid hate-mongering closed-minded illiterate Gestapo thought police in this country have gone too far. We’ve had to listen to assholes like Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, etc. spew filthy lies and racist hatred, while at the same time listen to criticism of “liberal Hollywood celebrities” who dare to express a political opinion that questions the morality of illegal wars. I’ve tried to ignore these morons; after all, they do have a right to their opinions. I just shrugged when local radio stations ran over Dixie Chicks CDs with a bulldozer. Actually, that turned out to have a silver lining. If they hadn’t pissed off Natalie Maines, she might not have made this ACLU ad. (You really need to see a print version of that … the scanner just couldn’t pick up the intensity of her eyes). All of that crap is just part of the cost of living in a free country. But now I’m pissed.
Christian Dewar has an interesting article on the Democratic Underground website. With Bush gathering support from the “religious right” (which many people say is neither) for being a “man of faith”, Dewar compares Bush’s pious words with his cruel, dishonest, hypocritical actions. It would be nice if all those who praise Bush for his “moral character” could read this. Even if they did, it might not enlighten them. For many of them, acknowledging Bush’s hypocrisy would require also acknowledging their own.
The infamous “liberal media” don’t seem to want to touch this story. A Google News search turns up almost nothing. But reports are circulating among sources such as The Daily Mislead about Seymour Hersh’s recent speech to the ACLU. Hersh, who has previously proven to be a very reliable source on the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, says we haven’t seen the worst yet. He claims the US government is in possession of videotapes of US soldiers sodomizing Iraqi children, and says: “The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking”. I haven’t listened to the audio stream of his speech, but I did manage to find a couple of other sites that mentioned it.
Daily Kos posted this transcription:
Okay, this item is definitely back in the political arena. Thanks to my friend Liza (and my mother’s doctor … is that a strange source for warped humor?) for passing along this gem, forwarded umptysome times from some unknown source.
Sing along to this one – you know the tune!! Black gold that is!
Once again, the boundary between geeky topics and political ranting is blurring. Not long after a report that Teddy Kennedy’s Senate office runs on Macintosh technology, we get a story about the technology choices of the Bush and Kerry campaigns. And, once again, it’s ironically appropriate.
A Computerworldarticle reports that Postini’s email management service is rejecting over half the messages addressed to their customers without reading them, based on the sending server’s IP address. 53% of connection attempts are immediately dropped without even looking at the message contents.
It’s tough to decide whether this belongs in the “Political Rants” or “Geek Stuff” category. When I first read about it on a newsgroup, I first thought it belonged in tne “Bullshit” category, but a quick Google News search revealed that it’s true. The Department of Justice has refused to comply with a Freedom of Information request for a list of foreign lobbyists, because copying the data would cause a massive crash and destroy the data. Many reporters, such as the author of a Computerworld article, have questioned whether that means the database can’t be backed up without destroying it.