Maybe Karl was on the crapper?

Not quite sure what to make of this one…there’s a 5 minute movie clip over at The Memory Hole showing what Bush did after he found out about the second plane hitting the WTC on 9/11. The short version of it is, he sat on his butt, apparently until his minders said it was time to leave.

This sharply contradicts my impression of what the adiministration did, which was that they hopped in Air Force One and started jukin’ across the country like a hopped up squirrel trying to cross I-85.

Either way, the administration seems to have been caught flat-footed on that day.

I’ll second that

Came across a column today suggesting that George get some help with directing Episode III. I have to say that I agree. From what I’ve been able to gather from interviews, Biography Channel shows, and watching the bonus material on the Ep. I & I DVDs, Lucas just doesn’t like working with actors. This seems to lead directly to crappy performances. The funny thing is, though, he seems to enjoy working with animators– judging from the clips on the Ep. II DVD, he spent a lot of time getting Yoda’s performance just so. If he’d spent half that time with Natalie & Hayden, maybe I would have believed it when Padme suddenly declared she loved Anakin instead of thinking, “Whaa-aa?” (Yes, I knew all along they’d get together, but that doesn’t mean I found the performance believable.)

Anyway, I’d love to see George get someone to work with on this last episode…maybe his buddy Steve or something. I hear he’s pretty good. Let him handle the actors & George can go play with the digital folks.

Best headline so far

The Dog Ate My WMD

The sport of the elected

Read this. Here’s an excerpt:

George W. Bush, like Richard Nixon, “endeavor[ed] to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency.” George W. Bush, like Richard Nixon, “[made] or caus[ed] to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States.” (The legalese comes from the first Article of Impeachment against Nixon, passed by the House Judiciary Committee on July 27, 1974. Faced with certain impeachment in the House and conviction in the Senate, Nixon resigned two weeks later.)

Unfortunately, I don’t actually expect this impeachment talk to really go anywhere, unless something really dramatic were to happen. …which would probably require someone pretty high up admitting that they fudged evidence on Iraq to make the case for war. Even then, I would bet that they’ll shield Bush from the heat by saying that he never knew the truth.

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Hey, it’s Friday the 13th today!

Been working on digitizing a bunch of old 8mm home movies…what a pain in the butt. The sound when you’ve hit the end of the film during rewinding takes me back, though…every time I hear it I get a flashback to Lewis & Clark Elementary when they’d show one of those Disney nature films or “Herbie the Love Bug.”

Anyway, I’ve been doing about an hour’s worth of film a day all week, but there are only two “big” reels left (plus some cartoons) so I’m doing two hours today. So if you see me and I look like one of those squinty-eyed cave creatures, that’s why.

This should be interesting…

Still looking...Been seeing a pretty steady stream of articles suggesting that the Dubya administration way overshot the mark in talking up the existence of WMD in Iraq. Some are even talking about how if the administration (and Bush in particular) deliberately lied about the presence of these weapons, it should be an impeachable offense (and this from John Dean, who should know).

So here are two things I’m going to be looking at as this thing evolves:

  1. Are we seeing a case where people in the administration (including W., who shouldn’t be held innocent in this) knowingly lied about what they knew, or was it more a case of them seeing only what they wanted to see?
  2. If it is eventually shown that the intelligence data was not sufficient to support the administration’s claims, how far will Congress and/or the administration go in calling them on it? Republicans went after Clinton simply for lying about sex. If Dubya lied to get us into a war, that is way worse. Remember, people died and are still dying because Dubya & the gang couldn’t keep their hands off their guns. If they were anything less than 100% honest with us, heads need to roll.

The protesters were right

Ok, so when the anti-war protesters held up their signs saying “No blood for oil,” (remember, way back when?) I pretty much dismissed them as grossly oversimplifying things. I figured that while oil probably factored in somehow, it was only a small part of a whole batch of misguided reasons Dubya & Co. wanted to go play army in the cradle of civilization.

Guess I was wrong. According to The Guardian, none other than Deputy Sec. of Defense Paul Wolfowitz said, “Let’s look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil.”

My cynicism in the current administration has been restored.

Doing my part to stop the FCC

Despite my ranting here, I don’t often insert myself into the political process. However, the recent FCC rules change allowing greater concentration of media outlets has put a bug up my butt. So, when I got a message from MoveOn.org about writing my congressmen, I bit. (Of course, I did the same thing when they were soliciting comment for the FCC, which didn’t do a damn bit of good…) Anyway, here’s the text of my message:

Dear Senator/Representative,

I urge you to take swift action to overturn the FCC decisions that loosen the media ownership rules.

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the June 2nd vote to allow media outlets to become more concentrated in the hands of a few big corporations frankly scares the hell out of me.

Let me explain. As a high school student, I had the opportunity to visit the Soviet Union. At one of the hotel rooms I stayed in, there was a radio with a single knob on it for volume. You were stuck with whatever single station was programmed into that radio. Of course, the Soviet Union was never known for its freedom of expression.

As bad as that may have been, I submit to you that the recent FCC rules changes are even worse. By allowing a small group of large corporations to swallow up media outlets, this rules change will maintain the illusion of diversity while in fact stifling it. This may be good for fattening corporate pockets, but it does NOTHING to support the public interest.

At least with that one-channel radio I was under no illlusion what was going on.

Again, I urge you to take swift action to overturn the FCC decisions that loosen media ownership rules.

Sincerely,

Jason Orrill

Maybe not the most cohesive argument ever, and it doesn’t address the huge range of problems with the rules change, but hey, I’m trying to make a living here & I doubt anyone’s going to read it who matters, anyway. The best I’m hoping for is to be a tally mark in someone’s spreadsheet.

But who broke it?

Dubya says the judicial confirmation process is “broken” because he can’t get some of his nominees through. So who broke it? Republicans are trying to fix the problem by changing the rules, but the way I see it they would have better luck withdrawing some of their nominees and putting forward folks a little more palatable to everyone. Remember folks, judges are appointed for life. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to make sure that they’re not confirmed on a straight party-line vote.

Disgusting.

According to a NY Times article, Dubya & the gang are going to time his ’04 nomination close to 9/11:

The convention, to be held in New York City, will be the latest since the Republican Party was founded in 1856, and Mr. Bush’s advisers said they chose the date so the event would flow into the commemorations of the third anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

And they wonder why they catch flak about manipulating the “war on terrorism” for political gain.