#navbar-iframe{opacity:0.0;filter:alpha(Opacity=0)} #navbar-iframe:hover{opacity:1.0;filter:alpha(Opacity=100, FinishedOpacity=100)} Ed's Daily Rant: 05/01/2003 - 06/01/2003

Because face it.
I'm right, and you're wrong.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

CalPundit has started to assemble a list of the cheap excuses being made to excuse the fact that, whoops, Saddam didnt ahve any WMD's after all! Heres what he has so far:
Lots of people: Dammit, it wasn't about WMD, it was about liberation.
Ariel Sharon and Richard Perle (among others): Saddam surreptitiously moved the WMD to Syria before the war.
Jim Lacey: Saddam's underlings never built any WMD, but they hid this from Saddam out of fear.
Kenneth Adelman: Saddam didn't have any WMD but launched a massive disinformation campaign to convince everyone that he did.
Donald Rumsfeld: Saddam destroyed all his WMD before the war.

let me add a few more:
Michael Schrage in the Washington post said it was because saddam was "ambigouos" about whether or not he had them. And that was enough to invade.

Kathleen Parker in the Chicago Tribune says saddam could have had them estroyed in the desert and then killed hte troops to cover up the crime (no kidding, she really said this)

My favorite is Peter rooks from the Heritage Foundation who said that Saddam was using France and Germany as "dupes" to stall the US so he could destroy them and avoid being indicted by the U.N.

That one gets points for sheer balls.

Coming up next. Top ten excuses Hitler used to invade Austria….

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

He's got my vote. And he'd kick ass.

"I think since people are living much longer ... the 22nd Amendment should probably be modified to say two consecutive terms instead of two terms for a lifetime," Clinton said. The former president said such a change probably wouldn't apply to him but would benefit future generations. "There may come a time when we elect a president at age 45 or 50, and then 20 years later the country comes up against the same kind of problems the president faced before," he said. "People would like to bring that man or woman back but they would have no way to do so."

This administration is amazing. From todays washington post quoting administration officials:

There are always going to be policy differences, some larger than others, but the way in which they opposed that policy was beyond the pale," the official said. Recounting the administration's view of the run-up to Iraq, the official said, "They endangered NATO, they implicitly threatened smaller countries that their [European Union] membership was in danger, they were insulting to other countries by saying they were behaving badly."

They endangered NATO???????

Half of NATO opposed the invasion. And saying that France was being insuliting?

I need some freedom fries to calm me down. That'll just show how nonpetty we can be....

Saturday, May 24, 2003

I just came across this listing on CAnadian TV's website and thought I should share:

The Sopranos
Memories of Pussy!
Tomorrow: 10:00pm

IF anyones interested I'll be at the Half Door tonight at around 9 doing the same thing.

Friday, May 23, 2003

"Why, of course the people don't want war...But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

-- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII


(From atrios) WASHINGTON -- A congressional advocate of curbs on immigration was criticized Thursday for using an "anti-Hispanic" prop at a news conference to denounce the widening acceptance of Mexican identification cards.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and several of his colleagues stood beside a large poster to dramatize their concern that more than 1 million IDs issued by Mexican consulates -- and accepted in the United States by many local authorities and banks -- are a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The poster depicted a mock consular ID card with a picture of Mexican President Vicente Fox. It was captioned "Office for the Issuance of Illegal Alien ID." It listed Fox's occupation as "El Presidente," and the citizenship of his parents as "Unknown."

Mar5ch 4th 1997. The Senate votes on whether the constitution should be amended to require a balanced budget every year.
Every single Republican voted yes. Here are their names:

Abraham Republican Michigan Y
Allard Republican Colorado Y
Ashcroft Republican Missouri Y
Bennett Republican Utah Y
Bond Republican Missouri Y
Brownback Republican Kansas Y
Burns Republican Montana Y
Campbell Republican Colorado Y
Chafee Republican Rhode Island Y
Coats Republican Indiana Y
Cochran Republican Mississippi Y
Collins Republican Maine Y
Coverdell Republican Georgia Y
Craig Republican Idaho Y
D'Amato Republican New York Y
DeWine Republican Ohio Y
Domenici Republican New Mexico Y
Enzi Republican Wyoming Y
Faircloth Republican North Carolina Y
Frist Republican Tennessee Y
Gorton Republican Washington Y
Gramm Republican Texas Y
Grams Republican Minnesota Y
Grassley Republican Iowa Y
Gregg Republican New Hampshire Y
Hagel Republican Nebraska Y
Hatch Republican Utah Y
Helms Republican North Carolina Y
Hutchinson Republican Arkansas Y
Hutchison Republican Texas Y
Inhofe Republican Oklahoma Y
Jeffords Republican Vermont Y
Kempthorne Republican Idaho Y
Kyl Republican Arizona Y
Lott Republican Mississippi Y
Lugar Republican Indiana Y
Mack Republican Florida Y
McCain Republican Arizona Y
McConnell Republican Kentucky Y
Murkowski Republican Alaska Y
Nickles Republican Oklahoma Y
Roberts Republican Kansas Y
Roth Republican Delaware Y
Santorum Republican Pennsylvania Y
Sessions Republican Alabama Y
Shelby Republican Alabama Y

Thursday, May 22, 2003

A conservative who admits the truth. Matt Labash, senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

JournalismJobs.com: Why have conservative media outlets like The Weekly Standard and Fox News Channel become more popular in the past few years?
Matt Labash: Because they feed the rage. We bring the pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly, but it’s true somewhat. We come with a strong point of view and people like point of view journalism. While all these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We’ve created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective. It pays to be subjective as much as possible. It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket. I’m glad we found it actually.”

(from altercation)

So much for So much for principles in journalism

Who can come up with the best punchline?

A 30-year-old man forced his eyes out of their sockets to protest his arrest at Athens International Airport, authorities said Tuesday.
Remi Tsolakis was taken to a hospital and received surgery to try and restore his eyesight, doctors said.
Tsolakis was arrested late Monday after flying to Athens from the island of Rhodes. Airport authorities discovered he had an outstanding three-month jail sentence for a minor offense.
He told police he did not have enough money to pay a fine in lieu of the sentence and would have to go to jail.

My contribution:
You shouldve seen what he did for his overdue books....

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Bush fighting terrorism?

More than 20 months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a government
report out Tuesday warned that foreign terrorists still can take
advantage of loopholes in U.S. gun laws and lax government
enforcement to buy all of the assault weapons and explosives they
need to strike again on U.S. soil.
The revelation by the Congressional Research Service came as the Bush
administration raised the national terror alert to its second-highest
level because of reports of possible attacks by al-Qaeda.

Who needs that. we can just come up with a new color. Alert code Fuscia!

Sunday, May 11, 2003

The opnly news I watch anymore is BBC and RTE (Ireland).

From the nation:
LONDON - Frustrated by the failure of US-based broadcast networks to provide a realistic account of the political machinations that led to the Iraq war, millions of Americans tuned in British news reports - which were picked up on public broadcasting and community radio, the internet and television stations.

The allies' broken promises
10 May 2003


Tony Blair: 'We don't touch it, and the US doesn't touch it' MTV, 7 March

The reality: Yesterday's draft UN resolution gives total control of Iraq's oil revenues to the US and UK until an Iraqi government is established

The UN

George Bush: 'The UN will have a vital role to play' Belfast, 8 April

The reality: The UN is reduced to an advisory function on the ground in Iraq. All operational decisions will be taken by UK and US officials


Jack Straw: 'Should the UN have a vital role to play in respect of weapons inspections? The answer to that is yes.' Interview, 25 April

The reality: No role for the UN inspectors 'for the foreseeable future'


Tony Blair: 'The UN should have a key role in administering the delivery of humanitarian aid' House of Commons, 18 March

The reality: US and UK to oversee aid effort with UN reduced to co-ordinating role


Tony Blair: 'Military action is to uphold the authority of the UN and to make sure Saddam is disarmed' MTV, 7 March

The reality: A US and UK 'occupying power' will rule Iraq

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