Saturday, June 18, 2005

Ask the A's Guys

Fox Sports Net Bay Area has a nifty little feature that will allow you to send your questions to the A's broadcast announcers, and they'll read your question on the air for resident baseball expert Ray Fosse to answer.

Not that they'll read it on-air, but it's an excellent vehicle in which to query why Oakland Athletics pitcher Barry Zito supports the war in Iraq but refuses to fight in it. Is he a coward, Mr. Fosse? Isn't it repulsive, Mr. Fosse, for Barry Zito to throw money at the troops who lost limbs because the president he supports sent them into battle in unarmoured vehicles? Mr. Fosse, don't you believe that a self-professed "patriot" should support the troops by joining them on the front lines? What do you think, Mr. Fosse, about wealthy, comfortable young Republicans who support the war but refuse to enlist, given the current enlistment crisis in the Army? Do you believe, Mr. Fosse, that Barry Zito's good friend Oliver North is not only a convicted felon but a traitor to his uniform by his Iran-Contra activities that subverted the will of the United States Congress and the concept of cilivian control of the military?

There are so, so many worthy questions to Ask the A's Guys.

The Most Criminal Administration, Ever.

The proof of criminality is everywhere, yet the American public seldom hears about it. Our media is too busy covering important matters like runaway brides, missing white girls, Michael Jackson and those pesky shark attacks to actually inform anyone that corporations, free of government checks, are running amok and hell-bent on destroying the planet to further their profits. Our media is controlled by five corporations, so of course they're abusing their public trust of the airwaves and suppressing the truth about rampant corporate corruption. Their bottom line, as always, comes first.

Mussolini once said that "fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." This is precisely where we are today in the United States, and it's why our media is little more than a Prava-style state run propaganda arm intent on hiding the truth and dulling our senses with endless circuses about brain dead women on feeding tubes and celebrity trials. We're at the apex of a perfect storm of corporate and state power, and nowhere does this become more apparent than in the corrupt events surrounding environmental issues.

If you don't get your news from the internet or from foreign media sources, you likely haven't been told by watching television news of the appalling scandals that have come to light regarding corporate tampering with government reports (proving, once again, Mussolini's theory of the merger between the two entities). The most flagrant example is that of Philip Cooney,

Cooney was an oil industry lobbyist who headed the climate change program for the American Petroleum Institute. Note that Cooney was given this postion, which one would presume would involve at least a smidgen of scientific analysis, in spite of the fact that he was a lawyer with no scientific training whatsoever. After helping to spread the fiction that climate change is an unproven theory, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the White House Council on Environmental Quality despite the fact that he had no scientific training whatsoever. It was now that Mr. Cooney could work from within to advance the cause of the American Petroleum Institute at the expense of the American public. And this he did with a vengeance.

In 2002 and 2003, the government was poised to release scientific climate reports that were at odds with the fictions promoted by Mr. Cooney during his tenure at API. What's a good oil industry lobbyist to do? Simple - from his appointed position at the White House, Cooney made dozens of changes to the reports, doing things such as deleting a sentence which read, " [Global] warming also will cause reductions in mountain glaciers and advance the timing of the melt of mountain snow peaks in polar regions."

When the New York Times was given copies of the doctored reports - complete with Cooney's scribbled edits - by an independent government watchdog group, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan was ready with one of his patented bald-faced lies.

The reports were "based on the best available science", McClellan told reporters.

Is your head exploding yet?

The "best available science" according to an oil industry lobbyist who has no scientific training whatsoever.

Predictably, once the story was out and after the damage was done, Cooney decided to resign his White House post to "spend more time with his family" - and then promptly accepted a position with Exxon Mobile.

This is only one incident among dozens in which the administration has allowed the corporate fox into the public henhouse. The Los Angeles Times has an explosive article in today's edition that alleges changes were made in an environmental inpact report dealing with cattle grazing on public lands to benefit the cattle industry. The changes would have you hysterical with laughter if the consequences weren't so fucking tragic.

According to the Times:

The original draft of the environmental analysis warned that the new rules would have a "significant adverse impact" on wildlife, but that phrase was removed. The bureau now concludes that the grazing regulations are "beneficial to animals."

Eliminated from the final draft was another conclusion that read: "The Proposed Action will have a slow, long-term adverse impact on wildlife and biological diversity in general."

Also removed was language saying how a number of the rule changes could adversely affect endangered species.

The Times article goes on to note:

"This is a whitewash. They took all of our science and reversed it 180 degrees," said Erick Campbell, a former BLM state biologist in Nevada and a 30-year bureau employee who retired this year. He was the author of sections of the report pertaining to the effect on wildlife and threatened and endangered species.

"They rewrote everything," Campbell said in an interview this week. "It's a crime."

Mussolini's definition of fascism is alive and thriving in Bush's America.

A bright spot on this increasingly grim landscape is Robert Kennedy Jr's organization, The National Resouces Defense Council. He's been a leader in exposing the corrupt role of corporations within the Bush administration and the devastating impact this corruption has had on our environment. The site has terrific resource material, action alerts, and a vibrant Earth Activist Network. It's easy to despair over the terrible forces that have taken over our country, but in some small ways you can fight back. This organization is a good start.

Friday, June 17, 2005

It's Fuck You Friday

George Bush: Fuck you. After watching the congressional forum yesterday on the Downing Street Minutes, can there be any doubt left that this administration lied to the Congress and the public in order to gain empire and oilfields in our criminal misadventure in Iraq?

The best thing about the forum yesterday: the frequent use of the word impeach. It's time this word become common in our everyday language, and not in context with a blow job but with the murder of 1.724 soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians. We should impeach our chimp for draining three hundred billion out of our treasury for his war profiteering friends (and the Republican Congress is about to hand him $45 billion more, to spare him the embarrassment of having to come back again demanding cash for his Iraqi kingdom). We should impeach him for the torture and illegal detainments in his many gulags and for his trashing of the Constitution at home. We should impeach his little chimp ass and then throw him on the first plane to The Hague so he can join his friend Tony Blair on the docket for war crimes.

Bill Clinton: Fuck you. Bill Clinton appeared on Letterman last night, and the first 20 minutes of the interview were as tedious and dull as his memoirs. As we could have predicted, he obligingly put his head up the collective asses of the Bush family, lauding the senior Bush criminal as a "good man" and sharing plans of his upcoming visit to Maine to golf and boat with Poopy. I might add that if he thinks he's helping Hillary in 2008 with this Bush love-fest, he might consider what he's doing to her in New York in 2006 first. This president he's baiting her hook with is falling like Kay Graham on the ice in every published public approval poll, and even Republicans are shearing off from his unpopular policies on Iraq, on stem cell research, and on the Patriot Act in preparation for their own 2006 races. Tying Hillary to this president is politically tone-deaf, and she needs to tell him to just shut the fuck up.

So, for 20 minutes Bill gurgled about his heart surgery, about the Tsunami aid, and about his beloved friends in the Bush crime family. Letterman went to break and I was about to switch it off, nauseated, but before I could do so the commercial break ended and I saw one of the most amazing moments I can remember on television. Letterman himself must have been nauseated by the Bush references because as soon as the show resumed he asked Clinton, "So, what do you think about these Downing Street Minutes?" Clinton looked shocked and the audience was deadly silent. Clinton stuttered something to the effect that he didn't know what it was (fucking liar!) and Dave obligingly explained to him that the British minutes reflected that regime change alone was an illegal cause of war, so the policy for going to war was going to be "fixed" around WMD and terrorism.

Clinton, who clearly knew what the memo entailed but was using the time to figure out his response, then said that he "hadn't read it" and couldn't comment. He did, to his credit, go on to mention the undisputed fact that individuals in the administration wanted to invade Iraq long before they took office - a PNAC reference - and questioned Cheney's multiple visits to the CIA. Then Bill Clinton betrayed his country in front of millions of viewers.

Using the same unwholesome argument Democratic Congressman Harold Ford used earlier in the day, he waved his hands around and said, "Whatever happened, happened. The fact is we're there now and we need to go forward," or words to that effect.This, I might add, is exactly the Republican response to questions about the crimes committed, such as lying to Congress, in the runup to the war. Clinton then made the mistake of pretending that the recent Iraqi elections were the answer to our prayers, and Letterman shot back that the violence has escalated, and not decreased, since the election (why does it take a late night comedian to ask serious follow-up questions these days, and hold people's feet to the fire?). Letterman was deadly serious and going for the kill - it was truly great viewing. What a shame we can't see an interview such as this on, say, the sycophantic CNN.

Memo to Bill Clinton: It does fucking matter what "happened" before the war. It matters to the more than 1,700 families who lost a loved one for a fucking lie, it matters to the taxpayers who will be paying through the ass for this fucking lie for generations, and it matters for the reputation of our country. It's a moral issue, but of course moral issues to Bill Clinton are like garlic to a vampire.

I'm so annoyed I'll say it again: Bill Clinton, fuck you.

My final Friday fuck you is reserved for the ratfucking Dick Cheney, who earlier this week defended our gulag at Guantanamo Bay, saying that the facility will remain open and decrying the "bad people" who are "terrorists, for the most part," (for the most part?) who are detained there "for the most part" illegally without charges.

Hard on the heels of Cheney's assertion that Gitmo will continue to humiliate our country for years to come is the announcement that Cheney's old company Halliburton has been awarded a $30 million dollar contract to build a new jail on Guantanamo. This new facility will house an additional 220 illegally detained prisoners, which means we - the taxpayers - will be handing Halliburton more than $136,000 for each cell. This comes at a time when children are being cut off from Medicaid all over the country and VA funds are being cut by Congressional Republicans. Nice. This frenzy of war profiteering is nothing more than salt on the Gitmo wound and a major fuck you to the public. They don't care. They own the voting machines.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Daddy WARbucks Update

Barry Zito will be starting tomorrow night's game against Philadelphia at the Oakland Coliseum. Game time is 7:05 pm local.

Right-click on the above graphic and make as many small handbills as you can afford, then spread them liberally around the Coliseum tomorrow night - in restrooms, concession stands, dropped into the A's dugout, etc. We don't condone littering, but letting a few drift with the wind onto the field might be amusing.

This hypocrite is one of the worst of the new breed of chickenhawk. Let Zito know that it's no longer acceptable for him to advocate that OUR sons and daughters fight in HIS war unless he's on the front lines with them. Let's get this coward in the Army.

Enjoy This Beautiful Day

Today might be the best single day for our our country since the Chimp seized power in a Supreme Court mandated coup d'etat in 2000.

This morning's first bit of good news: the new Pew Research Center poll continues to reflect our dishonest president's plummeting standings with the American people. He's falling fast and down to 42% of the public approving of his job performance. The sizzling sound you're hearing is his "mandate" frying in the depths of hell. Watch for his bootlicking congressional rats to start to desert the sinking ship, leaving his legislative agenda - including draining Social Security into the pockets of Wall Street investment bankers - in tatters. It's delightful to see Bush reduced to lame duck status so early in his second term, but he's still stupid enough to be dangerous and we should remain always on our guard with this madman.

Of course, the big event of the day will be Rep. John Conyers' forum on the Downing Street Minutes. The forum will be carried live at 2:30 pm ET on CSPAN-3 and Pacifica Radio. If your satellite or cable service doesn't carry CSPAN-3, you can stream it live over the internet here. It will also be rebroadcast on CSPAN-2 tomorrow evening at 8:00 pm ET.

After the forum, Rep. Conyers will deliver a letter to the president, signed by 94 House members and over half a million citizens, asking for a response to five key questions:

1) Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?
2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?
3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?
4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?
5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

There will be a large rally in front of the White House in Lafayette Square Park at 5:00 pm ET while Rep. Conyers delivers his letter to the White House door. Should be a fun day for democracy.

More details of today's events can be found at AfterDowningStreet, a great resource site containing the text of the leaked minutes, a schedule of today's speakers, information on local rallies taking place around the country today, and much more.

After years of lies, today will be a rare day of truth. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hide the Kids - Our Dictator's Not Happy

The Republicans control everything - the White House (well, that they stole - twice), the Senate, the House, and thanks to our weak-willed Democratic "moderates" they've filled the judiciary with right-wing nutjobs. It's a one-party State run as a ruthless dictatorship, and since the one party is filled with either Christian extremists or bought-and-paid-for corporate toadies it's not surprising that the American public is growing a little restless.

Despite the idiotic yet mercifully brief frenzy of blue finger waving during the last State of the Union, the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate and the proposed looting of Social Security hasn't fooled even a foolish, American Idol-addled public. Despite these failures Bush has gotten exactly what he's wanted from a rubber stamp Congress - bills that do nothing to serve the public trust but instead pay off campaign contributors, such as tort "reform" and the utterly cruel bankruptcy bill. The Democrats make small peeps here and there about Iraq, but on the whole they've remained silent or, even worse, supportive of his war of aggression. The Democrats are hardly the worst of this incompetent president's worries.

Yet, who does the dictator of our one-party State blame when his poll numbers are in the tank? You've got it - the powerless, timid, meek little Democrats who control not one branch of government. Bush blasted Democrats last evening at one of his fat-cat fundraisers in the kind of carpet-chewing temper tantrum unseen by the planet since the Red Army closed in on the bunker:

President Bush on Tuesday unleashed his harshest criticism yet on Democrats for thwarting his second-term agenda, demanding they put forward ideas of their own or "step aside" and signaling a more aggressive administration strategy of attack.

With approval ratings the lowest of his presidency and critics suggesting he is already losing political clout, Bush blamed "do-nothing" Democrats for holding up an overhaul of Social Security and delaying votes on his nominees to the federal bench and the United Nations.

The assault highlighted administration frustrations over Democratic tactics, and offered a preview of Republican strategy in the run-up to the 2006 mid-term elections.

"On issue after issue, they (the Democrats) stand for nothing except obstruction," Bush said at the annual President's Dinner, a $23 million fund-raiser attended by Republican leaders, party donors, and a blond porn star and former California gubernatorial candidate named Mary Carey.

Bush said the Democrats, in contrast, were employing a "philosophy of the stop sign" and an "agenda of the road block," and warned: "Political parties that choose the path of obstruction will not gain the trust of the American people."

He issued a challenge to the Democrats: "If leaders of the other party have innovative ideas, let's hear them. But if they have no ideas or policies except obstruction, they should step aside and let others lead."

Isn't that swell? The party that represents half of the population should just "step aside" for our little dictator. Apparently, our history books lied to us - the South really did win the Civil War.

As the 2006 midterms approach, we can look to lots of this GOP swill as they scurry desperately to cast blame for the nightmare they've made of the country. The only wild card is the Democratic response. Will they meekly take these ridiculous, delusional scoldings, or will they fight back?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Ask Daddy WARbucks to Enlist

Another millionaire is cheering on the war in Iraq while refusing to fight in it. Why are we surprised?

This time, the hypocrite is Oakland Athletics pitcher Barry Zito, a perfectly healthy 27 year old male, self-professed conservative Republican and Bush campaign contributor.

In an apparent attempt to out-Republican fellow pitcher Curt Schilling, Zito has created a foundation that donates $100 for each strikeout he throws to wounded soldiers and their visiting family members. His site has a darling little graphic that shows a saluting soldier - one who doesn't appear to be maimed from serving in the war that Zito supports - with the caption, "This site is dedicated to the brave men and women who serve in the Armed Forces around the world". Note that this group of brave individuals does not include Mr. Zito himself, although he'll gladly throw a hundred bucks their way for their blasted limbs, burned bodies, and broken lives. Isn't that dandy? Let me repeat - Zito won't fight in this war, but our modern-day Daddy WARbucks will throw a hundred bucks per strikeout to those who have lost limbs because his favorite president sent them into battle without armoured vehicles.

There's something so patronizing, so repulsive, about this millionaire chickenhawk throwing C notes at the poor slobs whose families are too impoverished to visit them at Walter Reed (which, by the way, his favorite administration is planning to close in wartime) that you're almost at a loss for words. Daddy WARbucks, unfortunately, is seldom at a loss for words as he shamelessly parades himself as a mega-American who's not only richer than anyone else but much, much more patriotic.

Zito, who sounds about as bright as infield dirt, has been promoting himself and his foundation with his right-wing friends, including Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and the felonious Oliver North, and recently babbled the following nonsense to the L.A. Daily News: "With so much negative connotation about the war, people kind of forget we still have guys that are supporting us with their lives on the line. I'm just trying to rally baseball behind the troops, and I think America will eventually start to rally behind the troops a little bit more."

Barry, people who oppose this criminal war haven't "kind of forgotten" about our troops - we're trying to get them home safely. And it's a typical right-wing mindset that Zito thinks the public should rally around the troops "a little bit more", as if only these fake uber-patriots know how to rally around our military members who, I remind him again, are getting limbs blasted off due to the utter incompetence of the president he donated two thousand bucks to last year.

Zito's nauseating self-promotion continued during the Athletics' recent road trip to Washington, DC. The San Francisco Chronicle this morning has a stomach-churning article about Zito's "I'm more American than you are" whirl through Washington, complete with macabre excitement over the sight of military tombstones and more 9/11 grave-dancing:

Last week, while the A's were in Washington, pitcher Barry Zito was thrilled to combine two of his major interests: photography and patriotism.

So when he was offered a private visit of Arlington National Cemetery during the A's series against the Nationals, he grabbed his camera and took a tour with longtime Arlington Cemetery historian Tom Sherlock.

"It's just insane, seeing endless acres of headstones,'' Zito said. "It gave me chills, seeing fields and fields of people who have given their lives for our country.''

His tour of the cemetery began at the caisson stables, where the horses are kept for drawing flag-draped coffins.

"I was a little taken aback that I was at a barn,'' Zito said, "but that's where they first explained how meticulous they are about everything, cleaning everything and taking care of the (saddle) leather. There is such attention to detail.''

Among the many other memorials on the grounds, Zito took special note of the one for the 184 American victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, which is in the shape of the Pentagon and is in an area of the cemetery overlooking the Pentagon complex.
Zito, who previously has had photos published in Sports Illustrated, found so much to photograph and was so moved by the experience, he plans to return in August, when the team is in Baltimore.

"I'm going to get a hotel room in D.C. and drive back,'' he said. "It would be cool to do this again

You know what would be really, really "cool", Barry? If you'd put your big uber-patriotic trap where your wallet is and enlist in the fucking Army (see "Why Don't Young Republicans Enlist?" below). At least you might earn the kind of respect Pat Tillman rightfully earned by walking away from the money and the fame and following his conscience - even though it got him killed, and his death was used as a propaganda tool for your beloved adminstration. Perhaps Daddy WARbucks should give up his millions and actually serve in this war he supports and that he voted for. Perhaps we should encourage him to do so.

You can download DD Form 4/1 , which Mr. Zito can fill out to enlist in the Army, in .pdf format here. Fill in his name - you can either use Barry Zito or Daddy WARbucks - and mail it to Barry at this address:

Barry Zito
c/o Oakland Athletics
Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
7677 Oakport Street
2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94621

If you're sick of these young Republican hypocrites who let others do the fighting and dying for a war they support and cheerlead for, be sure to let us know that you've sent Barry his DD 4/1. We'll keep a running total of enlistment forms sent to Zito on this site.

Californians have paid the highest price for this war based on lies and deception with the highest mortality rate in the country of sons, daughters, husbands and wives slaughtered needlessly in Iraq. Perhaps Californians should pay Mr. Zito a visit at the Coliseum the next time he pitches at home to remind him of his cowardice in refusing to enlist. We'll post a schedule of Mr. Zito's appearances in Oakland, as well as colorful artwork you can download and take to the game, in the days ahead. Meanwhile, let's get Daddy WARbucks in uniform and get those enlistment papers in the mail.

Note to Country: Are We Awake Yet?

Despite our president telling any reporter who will listen how much he weeps over the deaths in Iraq, how he goes out of his way to "comfort" the families of the dead, the fact remains that his premise for war was a lie and this fact is becoming known to military families. The American media, however, after cheerleading a war that would bring profits to their corporate ownership and whipping up a false sense of terror to the public continues to remain criminally silent on new reports that demonstrate the administration's lies and deception. (The Canadian press, not having any corporate irons in the fire, show no such restraint).

A mother of one of those dead soldiers George Bush claims to weep over has had enough.

The Lexington, KY Herald-Leader ran the following story today:

The president of Gold Star Families for Peace, a mother who lost a son in Iraq, criticized the United States' "illegal and unjust war" yesterday during an interfaith rally in Lexington.

Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., accused President Bush of lying to the nation about a war which has consumed tens of billions of dollars and claimed more than 1,700 American lives -- including the life of Army Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan.
Sheehan was one of more than a dozen activists who were scheduled to speak at yesterday's anti-war rally at the Red Mile, which was organized by the Clergy and Laity Network and co-sponsored by dozens of liberal religious organizations.

Sheehan ridiculed Bush for saying that it's "hard work" comforting the widow of a soldier who's been killed in Iraq.

"Hard work is seeing your son's murder on CNN one Sunday evening while you're enjoying the last supper you'll ever truly enjoy again. Hard work is having three military officers come to your house a few hours later to confirm the aforementioned murder of your son, your first-born, your kind and gentle sweet baby. Hard work is burying your child 46 days before his 25th birthday. Hard work is holding your other three children as they lower the body of their big (brother) into the ground. Hard work is not jumping in the grave with him and having the earth cover you both," she said.

Since her son's death, Sheehan has made opposition to the Bush administration a full-time job.

"We're watching you very carefully and we're going to do everything in our power to have you impeached for misleading the American people," she said, quoting a letter she sent to the White House. "Beating a political stake in your black heart will be the fulfillment of my life ... ," she said, as the audience of 200 people cheered.

Monday, June 13, 2005

New GOP Smear Target: International Committee of the Red Cross

The Republican thugs currently running our government are so predictable, really.

Faced with plummeting approval numbers for our occupation of Iraq and growing public outrage over government-sanctioned torture of detainees in Gitmo, Abu Gharib and Afghanistan, the administration response has been to attack any organization or publication that dare expose their crimes against humanity. We've seen recent attacks against Amnesty International for correctly comparing our facility at Guantanamo Bay to a Soviet gulag, attacks against Newsweek for truthfully reporting acts of desecration of the Koran, and of course their favorite fat boy on the playground, the United Nations. While it's yesterday's news, the bloody scalp of Dan Rather emboldened the thugs for further attacks, even though Rather's report was essentially true. It's important to remember that when the GOP sharks start bloodying the water, the chum they're always after is the truth, because they know that when the truth starts dripping through to the American public despite the almost criminal refusal of our corporate media to report it the torches and pitchforks aren't far off in the future. These bullies are little more than frightened mice.

Given the above, it isn't surprising that they're now turning their attention to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Just last month, according to CNN International, "The International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday expressed its concern about the 'high numbers of civilian casualties in Iraq.' It noted that scores of Iraqis have died in car bombings in Baghdad and that fighting in western Iraq had forced hundreds, including women, children and the elderly, to flee their homes and seek refuge.

The Red Cross called on all those involved in the fighting to respect international humanitarian law. "

Of course, the phrase "respect international humanitarian law" makes our president shake like the dry drunk he is, so his minions unleash the hounds of hell after the ICRC and quickly smear them for, again, telling the truth.

According the the Financial Times, an "influential" grouping of Senate Republicans are drafting a white paper calling into account the ICRC's impartiality that will "raise concerns about recent ICRC actions and statements that call in to question the organisation's long-standing impartiality and neutrality principles when applied to the US government". Don't you love frightened mice when they begin to scatter? The entire world reviles the criminal actions of the US government, and there aren't enough fingers on those little mice paws to plug the many leaks that are springing from every direction - but still they keep trying.

So desperate are they, in fact, that they now want to dictate the composition of the ICRC's board. The Financial Times story states that "The paper will call for changes at the ICRC, including allowing non-Swiss nationals to become board members. " What a great idea! Stack the board with more convicted felons from the Reagan administration, and watch how quickly the Red Cross changes their focus from our crimes to those of Saddam Hussein, as though they aren't morally equivalent.

The Republicans' foolish, footling ninny-talk in the end won't mean a thing. The world will still be outraged by the civilian casualties in Iraq, as the world was outraged by the above photograph of a young girl drenched in her parents' blood after they were murdered by US troops - a photograph, incidentally, that received almost no coverage in the American media. Why not? Given that the photographs of prisoners being abused at Abu Gharib exposed the lie that we "liberated" Iraq out of a humanitarian White Mans' Burden to civilize heathen tribes, this photograph furthers exposes that lie. Doesn't matter. Despite their best efforts to smear, suppress the truth and outrageously lie their way out of the most well documented misdeeds, the truth is beginning to dawn on the public. Expect a lot of scurrying rats in the days to come.