Archive for February, 2007

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U.S. War on/of Terror will end in Oct. 2008

February 28, 2007

The Department of Defense’s number two official appears to imply in a memo that the Global War on Terrorism will end just in time for the presidential election in November 2008.

LINK

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Previously on ChenZhen’s Chamber: “War on Terror” Comes To Your Living Room

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This Is Your Brain On Kool-Aid

February 28, 2007

I almost feel sorry for those who have been played so hard by this administration that they actually think that reelecting Bush will show the terrorists that “we mean business”: George W in 2008, how to make it happen

Did you know it’s legal for George W Bush to run as Vice President in 2008? Did you know the Presidency is capped at 10 years, not 8? Let the Terrorists know we mean business, and that we’ll keep the leaders who are kicking their asses! Let freedom ring! We voted Bush / Cheney two elections running, now let’s vote Cheney / Bush in 2008!

Anyway….visit, and prepare to be dazzled.

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Great SNL Commercial: Urigrow

February 27, 2007

I don’t watch SNL as much as I used to , but I did catch one a couple of weeks ago that made me laugh pretty hard.  This is one of their clever little commercial spoofs:

See, I do have a sense of humor!  I can’t be grumpy and cynical all the time.  Besides, the blog was due for a nice vid.

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The Official 11 Point Plan for Victory in Iraq

February 26, 2007

I saw this on Digg, tell me what you think (from Pat Dollard)

EXCLUSIVE: THE FULL 11 POINT PLAN FOR VICTORY IN IRAQ by General David Petraeus Commander of all U.S. Forces in Iraq, Admiral William Fallon, Centcom Commander, Middle East, and Ryan C. Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

1. U.S. troops are to be gradually pulled back from all Iraqi cities and towns and sent to seal the borders with Iran and Syria. The real insurgency is not indigenous to Iraq, but being pumped in through Iran and Syria.

2. Ramadi and Baghdad will be two of a handful of initial principle exceptions, as major U.S supported military engagements are in process in Baghadad and gearing up in Ramadi.

3. Iraqi Military Units meeting standards of “militia cleansing” ( ie militia free ) and ideologically dedicated to a United Iraq will be upgraded to Elite Status and given full operational autonomy.

4. Generals and leaders from Saddam’s Baath party, many out of work for three years, will be encouraged to rejoin the military enticed with high-pay and bonuses designed to serve as retrograde pay for their time off. The Baath party generals will be key to victory in Al Anbar Province, as I will lay out later today or tomorrow.

5. The state of security in each Area of Operations will dictate the tempo of U.S. pullback from towns to the Iranian and Syrian borders.

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Glenn Greenwald investigates “The Victory Caucus”

February 26, 2007
  • While Tucker Carlson did a puff piece story on “The Victory Caucus”, he didn’t investigate very deeply. He didn’t note the tiny size of the Caucus or its sudden growth, or the fact that the Caucus is not doing anything to aid the troops militarily or with their provisions, but is solely concerned with promoting the administration’s efforts….Salon.com

It was interesting to see Greenwald’s analysis on this, since I just blogged about the way the Victory Caucus was being hyped last week.  In fact, the day I posted about it (Feb. 16th) was the day that their hits peaked.  So, I guess what I’m saying here is that it appears that the “Victory” people embarked on an aggressive media blitz that even I got sucked into, then hoped that the pom-poms would be enough to keep people there.  Too bad.

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Righty Blog Of The Week: Liberals Must Die

February 26, 2007

I saw this pop up in the Digg ‘offbeat’ section.  Liberals, enter this site at your own risk:

Liberals Must Die

The tag section alone has a dozen laughs in it.  In fact, when you see a tag like  Muslum Terrerists (21), you gotta wonder if the thing is for real or just a Colbert-like parody.  I guess it doesn’t matter.  Enjoy!

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Racy Idol Photos: Brilliant!

February 25, 2007

Just for the record, I don’t watch American Idol.  I don’t care who wins.  I’m only commenting on a story that’s been hard to avoid in the media (mostly the net).

I thought I’d comment on a subject that I normally wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole because I couldn’t help but notice a few interesting details in this Antonella Barba ‘scandal’. 

First, Barba is unarguably a beautiful young woman.  I didn’t see much of the show, but it’s hard to imagine many other contestants scoring higher in the looks department.  Or, look at it another way, and say that if one had to chose which contestant they’d want to see racy photos of, she’d be at the top of the list.  Yep, I’m going somewhere with this.

Second, the timing.  These photos came out at the beginning of the semifinal round, and as I understand it, that’s when the audience (anyone with a phone) plays a role.  I imagine this portion of the competition marks the beginning of a hike in ratings for Fox as well.

Third, the photos themselves, and how they were released (won’t link to them here, but they are easy to find).  The first pictures that came out were what appeared to be taken by friends at various parties.  The newer “wet t-shirt” photos are noticeably more revealing, and were more akin to a pro model photo shoot than casual party pictures.  ( I’m not sure if those pics of the you-know-what are actually her).   In other words, the photos ‘leaked’ have become increasingly racy.

 My conclusion?  Either Fox is behind it, or Barba, or both. 

 Undoubtedly, the ‘scandal’ increases the chances that people who wouldn’t ordinarily care to watch the show will tune in.  That would point the finger towards Fox.  Nothing boosts ratings like a subplot with plenty of sex and drama, especially when it appears they had nothing to do with it.

However, it’s possible that Barba realized (on her own) that the photos would likely help her if and when it came time for the audience to decide her fate, and went ahead and leaked some more revealing pics of herself after she witnessed the initial reaction to the first batch.  Even if she gets booted from Idol, she took advantage of the timing to virtually guarantee that a call from Playboy was right around the corner.  She is obviously not camera shy, after all.

Or, it could be that someone high up in Fox’s Ratings Engineering Dept. decided that this would be a great way for this season to play out, and contacted Barba about making it happen (if not for the first batch of pics, but the second), after noticing a bump in viewership.  Many popular expressions include ‘take it and run’ and ‘roll with it’ I believe.

Maybe I should feel ashamed that I even put thought into this, but there ya go.  What do you think?

Update:  If you want a little more on this, Bastardly has a thread up analyzing the pics…for authenticity.

Update:  Another blogger’s take on the whole affair: Sky Windows

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