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September 19, 2003
I'm here, I'm queer, I'm...a penguin

I'm just saying. It's been known for years. Homosexuality shows up all over the animal kingdom. In, you know, nature. So it's not "unnatural," regardless of the outraged yowlings of bigots and people peering out of closet keyholes.

Did you read Mark Morford last week? Terrorism could be making you sick.

Have you read him him today? It seems that there's a weird and twisted new version of the bible out aimed at young girls. Among other things, it apparently advises them to be meek, modest, obedient, and subservient to men. Oh, and yeah, it condemns homosexuality.

Maybe god made some penguins gay to test their faith or something.

I don't know what excuse the U.S. Customs is going to offer. Rampant stupidity, maybe.

And it's not just a paranoid rumor, either. "They" really are working on electronic chips they can implant in everyone and everything to keep track of everything that happens.

Also, I know there are those around the net arguing that the USSR sold Iraq most of its weapons and so we're practically blameless in the matter of arming them, but I think there's a significant difference between the someone openly selling a bunch of conventional weapons, all of which were reported destroyed by the U.N. inspectors, and someone selling a bunch of biological material for WMD. Or even the sale of material that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.

Fortunately, whatever Iraq did with it, they don't seem to have been using it to build weapons. (Although they could have sold or passed it to some really dangerous people, that doesn't actually fit my picture of Hussein's egotism.)

I found a timeline of our diplomatic dealings with Iraq, but it's not as informative as I'd hoped it would be. Still, I very much appreciate the folks who put the time and effort into compiling these lists and making them available.

Robert Scheer takes offense at the White House misusing the deaths of 9/11 to try and push their policies through. Join the crowd, Robert. Many of us have felt this way for the last couple of years.

And, to my complete shock, I learn that big lies were told over the question of invading Iraq. You find yourself paying attention when a national columnist starts a column with a quote from Goebbels.

Also I learn that Bush made a boo-boo.

And, speaking of unlawful invasions, incidents like this one are grounds for war, if Pakistan wants to stand strictly by its rights. Fortunately other countries are frequently much saner than we are.

I mean, you don't often hear of any other supposedly civilized country firing on diplomats in a blind panic. (I know, I mock, but I want you to be seriously worried, okay? The troops in Iraq are hair-trigger-happy and that's a sign that to the soldier on the ground, things are bad-bad-bad and getting worse.)

Do you know who our allies are? Do you know what they've reportedly been up to?

I don't remember where I got the link, but you need to go here and read everything on the list. I recommend #7, #9, #19 (I read this one when it first appeared and it made quite an impression on me), #21, and #25. And ,for some potential good news, #13. Oh, heck, read them all.

And it looks as though Germany has found a way to help the people of Iraq without backing down from their refusal to participate in our illegal and unsanctioned invasion of the country. Good for Germany.

However, on the good news front, we don't have to worry about the upper class any more. They're finally getting richer again.

More good news, there's got to be gnashings of teeth and tearings of thinning hair in the White House today as arch-villain Clinton receives an ecstatic welcome from thousands of people in Kosovo.

Here's some Shock and Awe therapy from the Moscow Times. Start by picturing Halliburton as one of the Magnificent Seven and go on from there....

Ellen Goodman agreed to appear on O'Reilly, which she describes as, "food-fight TV," and then, not surprisingly, regretted it, but that's not what she's writing about. She wants the Left of spawn their own Ann Coulter. I say let's not base our platform on lies.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:31 AM


Comments

Before I get to commenting on the details, I suppose I should let everyone know that I'm not a member of the vocal left-wing cabal that is present on the internet and that my view of the left-wing liberalism of today is that of a profound form of mental disorder.

The article you link to in the Sunday Herald is wrong. The U.S. did not, in any which way, shape, or form, try to arm Saddam Hussein with biological weapons. The samples of Botulinum, Anthrax, Salmonella, E-Coli, etc... were not only sent to Iraq, they were sent to agencies all over the world for research. The Sunday Herald article is nothing more than a deceptive piece of anti-U.S. propaganda of whom, Felicity Arbuthnot, co-authored. More on Felicity Arbuthnot, later.

By reading your amatuer analysis, I find myself bewildered by an odd mix of both amusement and sadness. In your quest, Anne, to eagerly propagate mud against your own country at every turn, while acting as an apologist for all others, how is it, exactly, that you have managed to overlook the source of chemicals that Saddam Hussein did actually use in his chemical weapon assaults? Whether it be against the Kurds in Northern Iraq in the late 1980's, such as Halabja, or in the early 1980's against Iranian human-wave attacks outside of Basra during the Iran/Iraq war? You don't, by chance, have a soft spot in your heart for Germany do you? ;)

Don't take that the wrong way now. I'm not trying to assign blame on Germany for the actions taken by Saddam Hussein.

Back to Felicity Arbuthnot. At times coined as a 'freelance journalist', Felicity Arbuthnot is a radical activist from the U.K. with ties to 'Voices in the Wilderness' and of whom is an active member of C.A.S.I. - Campaign Against Sanctions in Iraq, an organization that was started by a group of college students back in 1997 in response to Saddam Hussein's anti-sanctions propaganda. While C.A.S.I. was started with noble intentions, that is not where they are at today. Over the years, C.A.S.I. has become a membership whos interests are unavowedly driven by an anti-US agenda. Whether it be Rania Masri, Hassan Zeini, Thomas Nagy, Anai Rhoads, Tony Maturin, Edean Amador, Andreas Schmidt, Roger Stroope, or Felicity Arbuthnot.... all of these people have backgrounds that render their credibility entirely moot.

Before I go, my suggestion to anyone reading would be to critically examine these exotic claims before blindly following suit. When it comes to these types of subjects, the web shares more in common with a sleazy virulent tabloid than a reference to truth. The truth is often too boring, so people like to do a lot of re-writing of history to make it much juicier.

Posted by: Jason at September 20, 2003 07:08 AM

Y'know, I'm just not going to get into a discussion with someone who thinks being skeptical, or even critical, of what our government has been up to for the past twenty years or more is "propagating mud" (an odd and senseless phrase) against this country.

Sufficient to say that my analysis is amateur, since I'm not a professional journalist or political operative, but I'm proud of that, rather than otherwise, so thanks for the compliment.

Posted by: Anne at September 21, 2003 03:43 PM

Dear Anne,

There is a monumental difference between being critical of a government, and blindly, if not eagerly, believing Wild Wild Web propaganda that adds grist to your personal agenda, only to pawn it off to others as fact. Such behavior is precisely the cause and effect relationship behind how rumors get started.

Perhaps the phrase 'propagating mud' wasn't the best choice of words. A more accurate description would be propagating lies.

To clarify, please do not take the above as if I am calling you a liar because I am not. I truly believe that you believe what you say, and that it stems from a combination of modern liberalism and youthful naivete, rather than a premeditated agenda to intentionally deceive other people.

One more thing that I should clear up. My use of the word 'amatuer', Anne, was in no way meant to be derogatory and I apologize for it being taken that way. I only meant 'amatuer' in the factual sense.

Posted by: Jason at September 21, 2003 07:55 PM

I've changed my mind. I really like you. :) I don't think anyone has taken me for a "youthful" anything in fifteen years! (And I'm having the kind of day where my ego needed a boost, too.)

As to your other points, I'd like to debate them but I'll have to ask you to hang on for a day or so until my current crisis at the office is solved. I spent the weekend working on it and there's no end in sight yet....

Posted by: Anne at September 22, 2003 09:53 AM

I love CASI and all of its members. I'm a right-winger, hired by an organization to "bully" members that do not accept my form of democracy. I think CASI is very right-wing posing as left-wing.

God bless them and God bless these here fine United States!

Darin

Posted by: Darin Zieldweger at September 23, 2003 06:33 AM

Darin --- Someone has reported you for net harassment. (Jason is really Darin). Leave Felicity Arbuthnot alone, she is an old woman! How can you want to hurt someone who feels so much for people in the world? Tony is in his 60's too! You are a mean person!

Posted by: Veronixa at September 23, 2003 08:42 PM

David, David, David. Your obsession is ill.

Posted by: farrell at October 4, 2003 05:53 AM

PS Nothing is worse than a Right winger who stifles free speech and democracy. It's so - Anti-American. It defeats your purpose... ha ha

Posted by: farrell at October 4, 2003 05:55 AM

To all who read this forum,
This low-life "Jason" , "Darin" and whatever other name this person hides behind is a stalker on the net. I speak from experience. Please ignore his sad, worthless rants. The world does not need to waste any more time on hate and ignorance. Angry words never get us anywhere. And he has said his share.
Peace, everyone.


Posted by: Charlie at October 8, 2003 01:33 PM

We have collected and copied everything he sent and sent it all to the police. They are tracking him down in Washington State, so don't worry. A court order is demanding charter.net release his information as we speak :-)

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