Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When There Ain't No News, Make Some Up!

CNN is running an article today that is so close to completely fabricated it almost glows with dishonesty.

CNN reports Al Qaeda in Iraq seems to have moved out, leaving their abandoned bunkers of death, and have now moved back into Afghanistan to consolidate their positions. The story is backed up with actual photos, like the abandoned German defenses in France. Except there's nothing true about it. It's a fantasy the government and military (our's!) have had to manufacture in order to justify sending all those troops into harm's way. Al Qaeda in Iraq isn't the same as Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and is probably not the same as Osama's despicable band of murderous retards, also called Al Qaeda, either. The Taliban in Eastern Afghanistan isn't the same as the one in Western Pakistan. I believe they're more like a bunch of disconnected and mostly hapless peasants packing heat who hate Westerners because they kill and maim the peasants and arm their enemies the warlords. There's no "war" because the only enemy are farmers and peasants with AK-47's trying to defend themselves from their government, the warlords all around, and oh yeah, the US and NATO military.

Iraq is an invented war, based on lies from the beginning. Afghanistan is an invented war, based on a naive and paranoid view of the world by the Bush administration. Both wars require invented enemies, because neither Iraq nor Afghanistan poses any risk to us. CNN is helping in that effort, as are most all the major news outlets. It's despicable.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hahaha... Sarah Palin Lies to Dumbass Conservative Base

This is the person many believe will emerge as the leading Republican candidate for president in 2012.

From an article in the Huffington Post:
On Friday, Palin posted a message on her Facebook account warning that "death panels" would be set up to encourage euthanasia -- a wild and baseless complaint that has grown popular in conservative circles.
(emphasis mine)

And here is her quote (also from the Huffington Post)
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care," Palin wrote. "Such a system is downright evil."

She's nuts! She's crazy! Or she's very, very shrewd, and is aiming to inflame a bunch of drooling good-ol'-boy Todd-types, perhaps to organize them into some sort of voting block. Good luck with that. And meanwhile, the press is reporting this garbage as if there's a hint of truth to it, thus spreadin' the word to more of the army of hee haw's and whoo doo's who might just believe it.

Or maybe Sarah's just being manipulated by others... Cheney/Rove/Rumsfeld casting her as some sort of yahoo Mary Magdalene who's going to defend her pore ol' damaged lil baby against all comers, and who can mouth the lies even Karl Rove wouldn't get caught dead saying, but that will be guaranteed (they think) to be heard by the GOP's conservative base.

What they don't realize is that base has already been betrayed-- and they know it-- by the health care industry. And I don't believe they're buying it, even when Sarah Palin posts it on Facebook.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Opinion One keeps calling me!

Who are these toads? Twice in the last week I've gotten calls from some sketchy organization that identifies itself in their Caller ID as Opinion One. They have a recorded message that basically instructs you to press #1 for a message, and then they warn you about gun control or promote capitalism (Promote capitalism? Does it need defending?). Then they hang up. It's weird.

So I did a little googling, and found they've been the target of numerous complaints, they don't honor the national Do Not Call database, they call all over the country, using various phone numbers, and have been doing this since at least February of this year. They also have a website which doesn't seem to be running quite yet.

I believe, since they're collecting key presses, there's some sort of polling going on-- they're probably getting paid by someone for some reason or another, though I can't imagine how anyone seriously concerned with gathering statistics could use such haphazardly collected data-- the population is "the random phone number where a person is home or available to their cell phone before 5:00 pm, and will answer their phone despite the evasive caller id, and will respond to a forceful white-inflected voice telling you to press a number if you feel a certain way." That could almost be random! It's innocuous, but the outcome is almost certainly useful to someone. Is this a new kind of right-wing opinion survey where instead of finding out your opinion they assert theirs?

As for the name of the company, the name Opinion One seems apt, since they're clearly not interested in any opinion besides the one they already hold. Why do I think someone like Karl Rove (or Dick Cheney) is behind this? How does one go about getting the Do Not Call registry enforced? Stop calling me, toads! You've already lost! Go back to Mississippi and count your money and shut up!