Monday, February 09, 2004

Raise your hand if you love Jesus or want some more peanuts

From Guardian op-ed columnist Gary Younge: “Now ignorance seems to be their only defence. George Tenet says the CIA "never said there was an imminent threat". Well, somebody did. Tony Blair says he did not know that Saddam was incapable of firing long-range chemical and biological weapons. Well, somebody did. President Bush now says he wants "to know all the facts". What did he want to know before? "The absence of a stockpile changes the political calculus," says Powell Sr. "It changes the answer you get." Wrong again. If the question is "Should we have gone to war?" then the answer is still no. What is changed is that with each dissembling statement, the public is listening just that little bit more closely.”

And a good sharp analysis of Bush’s words on Iraq in the Russert interview here.

An equally good analysis of his lies about his budgets here.

You should read both. It’s not just the lying, but the way that Bush lies, that’s interesting. These 2 articles don’t just expose Bush’s words as fiction, but review them as fiction.

A guru is trying to copyright 26 yoga positions.

Kerry’s first wife was the twin sister of his best friend at Yale. That’s rather creepy, in a Brideshead Revisited sort of way.

Scottish feminists are planning to boycott a topless barbershop planned for Paisley, named A Bit Off the Top.

Creepy internet business of the day.

Creepy regular business of the day: “A BRITISH-based company is selling MP3 players which can be attached to an assault rifle. The "AK-MP3" player is built into the ammunition clip of a Kalashnikov and can be swapped with the real magazine.”

Shit, spoke too soon. Creepier business of the day: “On March 4 last year, with the military campaign just 15 days away, the United States agency for international development asked three American firms to bid for a unique job; after Iraq had been invaded and occupied, one company would be charged with setting up 180 local and provincial town councils in the rubble.” Except only 1 company applied, Research Triangle Institute, which normally does drug research but figured it could give nation-building a whirl.

Israel’s far-right Tourism Minister Benny Elon has asked Christian missionaries (I can’t find what brand of Christian, unfortunately) to convert Islamic militants. And to stay away from Jews.

They can fly there on American Airlines, where a pilot asked Christians to hold up their hands and explain their faith to everybody else. No story on this, and there have been many, says whether anyone actually followed instructions.

I can’t quite work up a joke based on someone telling Jesus on the cross to return to an upright position...

Probably just as well.

A British woman was stopped at Athens airport when metal detectors detected metal: her chastity belt.

New, interesting details on Bush’s military “service”.

Haiti has descended into violence and chaos, in case anyone cares.

Oh, right, they don’t.

Never mind.

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