Stating The Obvious

Fox Admits Bias

London bureau chief, Scott Norvell, opens his big trap and seals the deal in the May 20 Wall Street Journal Europe.

Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly. And those who hate us can take solace in the fact that they aren't subsidizing Bill's bombast; we payers of the BBC license fee don't enjoy that peace of mind.

Fox News is, after all, a private channel and our presenters are quite open about where they stand on particular stories. That's our appeal. People watch us because they know what they are getting. The Beeb's institutionalized leftism would be easier to tolerate if the corporation was a little more honest about it.

Not that there really was any question between any sentient beings... but the clarity is good. Maybe this will finally end Bill O'Reilly's sanctimonious ramblings about being fair and balanced.... but I doubt it.

Via Slate


Deep Throat Revealed

Mark Felt It Is!

Vanity Fair magazine said on Tuesday that Mark Felt, a former FBI official, had revealed himself to be "Deep Throat," the legendary source who leaked Watergate scandal secrets to the Washington Post and brought down President Richard Nixon.
I guess the real question is why come out now?

He was acting associate FBI director after Hoover died, in May of '72. He might have concluded that the bureau was being politicized during that period. His denial in 1999 was not too convincing:

Are you Deep Throat? The answer to that is yes and no. I'm the person that they're talking about. [Chatterbox was initially tantalized by this, but quickly realized Felt meant "I'm the Mark Felt who worked at the FBI in 1972."] I was involved very deeply in all that ... went on. But I'm not guilty of disclosure, leaking it to the press, or anything like that.
My hope is that he wants to send a message to others out there now that it's never too late to keep government agencies from being used for politcal gain.


Freedom Fries No Longer Taste So Good

The regrets this week of Walter Jones, the man who named "Freedom Fries", is particularly telling for the future of the Bush Administration. It's one more weight on the scale tilting ever downwards for George and company.

Asked by a reporter for the North Carolina News and Observer about the name-change campaign - an idea Mr Jones said at the time came to him by a combination of God's hand and a constituent's request - he replied: "I wish it had never happened."

Although he voted for the war, he has since become one of its most vociferous opponents on Capitol Hill, where the hallway outside his office is lined with photographs of the "faces of the fallen".

"If we were given misinformation intentionally by people in this administration, to commit the authority to send boys, and in some instances girls, to go into Iraq, that is wrong," he told the newspaper. "Congress must be told the truth."

The consistant denials to reality by Scotty and other about the abuses published by Amnesty Int'l are sounding hollow and almost comical if it wasn't all so damn un-funny. How long can they hold their heads up on the way to work each day. I'm not the first to postulate that Scotty will be on his way soon. I think it all is weighing heavy on his shoulders lately.

I made the prediction just before the election to one of the company wingers that Bush would go down in history as one of the worst ever. The look on his face was complete astonishment.... "how could anyone think the way?" the look said. I don't think he would be so astonished or surprised at my words now.


Catblog Friday

Be Prepared for the Coming of the Theocracy!


No More Pizza Before Bedtime

I need to post this just to get it outta my head and to be able to claim creation rights.
"Mr. Lucus... let me introduce you to Peter Jackson."

Star Lord 3.5
Revenge of the Previous

Treatment:

Luke, Han and Leia are on the run from the Empire and the evil Darth Vader. Searching for a planet to hide, they come upon on the far away planet "Middle Earth". This planet is inhabited by a halfling people called "Hobbits". They soon befriend these small creatures and ask for their help to hide from the Empire. This works for a time but soon search droids land on the planet and discover evidence of their arrival. Within hours Darth Vader and Imperial Storm Troopers land on the lush planet to search for the fugitives.

The Hobbits hide the three in a long forgotten cave deep within Middle Earth where Luke comes across a magic ring that makes the wearer invisible. With the Empire bearing down on their location they deside to use the ring to fight Vader and the Storm Troopers. With the help of the ring, the hobbits and some of their Elf and Dwarf friends, including the powerful wizard Gandalf, they are able to battle back, concluding in a wicked cool fight scene between Vader with his light saber and Gandalf with his supernatural quarterstaff.

As Luke uses the ring to fight he begins to be drawn into a darkening world where his powers to use the force are heightened by the ring but black thoughts begin to creep into his mind. The longer he wears it the more he gets drawn into this netherworld.....

... you get the idea. heheh bamwink


The Gathering Galloway Storm

This is one of those media moments that can change the world. British MP, George Galloway does a complete smack-down of the US Senate. Galloway was (falsely) accused by conservative US senators of taking bribes from Iraq in an oil-for-food scandal. His statement before the US Senate is a truly righteous, withering, and devastating critique of the US position in Iraq:

Real Video - MP3 Audio - Full Transcript

Excerpt:
"I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of mass destruction.

I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda.

I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001.

I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.

Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies."

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And lordy lord I hope someone has video or audio of this!

Before the hearing began, the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow even had some scorn left over to bestow generously upon the pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. "You're a drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay," Mr Galloway informed him. "Your hands are shaking. You badly need another drink," he added later, ignoring Mr Hitchens's questions and staring intently ahead. "And you're a drink-soaked ..." Eventually Mr Hitchens gave up. "You're a real thug, aren't you?" he hissed, stalking away.

I love this guy!


Why I Like Ike

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

- - Pres. Eisenhower, 1954


Downing Street Memo

Someone has set up a great new site documenting the release of the what's now being called the Downing Street Memo.

DowningStreetMemo.com

It has a great Take Action page that helps you to contact your media outlets asking them start reporting this issue. I can think of no other issue as important as making this administration and the country admit the reality of how this war was started.


Quote Of The Week

"You have an electorate having their time wasted by pop culture stuff like Paula Abdul, the runaway bride, Robert Blake, whatever it is. And it's a way to not have to spend money and actually do good news gathering and investigative journalism. It's a way to keep the electorate misinformed and dumbed down."

-- Janeane Garofalo
culled from PBS


Care To Explain?

July 23, 2002 - Rycroft Memo (Meeting minutes with Tony Blair and Cabinet)

"The Foreign Secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. "

Oct. 16, 2002 - George Bush Press Conference (Three Months Later)

"I have not ordered the use of force. I hope the use of force will not become necessary." ... "Hopefully this can be done peacefully. Hopefully we can do this without any military action." ... "I've carefully weighed the human cost of every option before us. If we go into battle, as a last resort, we will confront an enemy capable of irrational miscalculations."

ummm... American Media? Care to explain?
Care to even ask the obvious questions?


Posted Without Comment

Cartoon by Ann Telnaes


The war on PBS continues.

.. can it survive Tucker "bow-tie" Carlson and crew?

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse:

Republican Chairman Exerts Pressure on PBS, Alleging Biases

This is incredible. I would think this would make even moderates wake up and smell the dictatorship. It's not enough for these people to control both houses of Congress, ownership of the media, 80% of the freakin' money in the country... they want it all. They are really showing their colors at this point. They want complete control of every outlet for responsible journalism or at least any opposing viewpoint to the party line. The questions and dissent must stop for these people to continue their meteoric rise to despotism.

The outrage meter spikes at 11 again.


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