Thursday, November 28, 2002

Hey holiday Travelers

I think the headline says it all:

"Airlines were urged last night to consider installing anti-missile defence systems after the terrorist attempt to bring down an Israeli plane in Kenya."

If we had to have a Republican

Why couldn't it have been John McCain?

"After comparing Mr. Limbaugh to a "circus clown," the Arizona Republican apologized. "I regret that statement," he told an interviewer on Fox News the other night, "because my office has been flooded with angry phone calls from circus clowns all over America. They resent that comparison, and so I would like to extend my apologies to Bozo, Chuckles and Krusty." "

Wednesday, November 27, 2002


Artwork for a Century of Crap.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Baghdad by Christmas?

"Meanwhile, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr said the US Navy will have four aircraft carriers within striking distance of Iraq at some point in mid-December -- but U.S. military officials have emphasized they have no reason to believe the congregation of warships could mark the beginning of any war against Iraq.

The assembling of such a large number of carriers is said to be an accident of a deployment schedule and the overlap should only exist for a few days."

Because it's really all just the same ol' same ol' crap in the end

The labels are coming out with their file sharing services. Only 99 cents a song, $9.99 an album, with a digital watermark. Will consumers buy it? You can argue that it ultimately benefits everyone, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the equation is all too crappy.

Monday, November 25, 2002

More about fuel efficiency

I mentioned the other day that Bush has a penchant for occassionally doing the "right" thing (according to my admittedly liberal p.o.v.).

One reader pointed out that the devil is in the details -- the fuel efficiency standards being pushed by the Bushies are only a very moderate increase. This is true, and it points up what I haven't said yet about Bush's "do the right thing" act ... its something that he tends to do in order to quell the loyal opposition. Sometimes the things he does have a real, positive impact. Other times it's just window dressing.

It's pretty clear that something has to be done about our insane appetite for oil. None of us is guilt-free in this. Virtually every grown U.S. citizen drives some sort of vehicle -- and judging by sales trends, people just don't seem to care about the consequences. I think Arrianna Huffington says it well in her most recent column:

"These are the same folks who don't give a whit (this being a family newspaper) that at an OPEC meeting last month, the oily group's secretary general announced that one of the few bright spots in an otherwise gloomy world was the U.S.'s seemingly unslakable thirst for its product. How nice it must feel for SUV owners, knowing that their swaggering imprudence is helping the world's anti-democratic oil sheiks sleep just a little better at night. Call this camp the Bigger Is Better crowd. Their motto: "Burn, baby, burn...30 percent more carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons and 75 percent more nitrogen oxides than passenger cars." How about this for a bumper sticker: "Honk if you hate the Ozone layer!" "

Show me the money

We've all seen the commercials equating the use of illegal drugs with direct support of terrorism. The Bush Administration wants us to believe that when some hippie sparks up a joint, he/she is directly aiding terrorism. Meanwhile, no one wants to discuss the fact that law abiding Americans are more likely than not funding terrorism every time they fill up at the pump.

Yes, I know that the U.S. only gets about 10 percent of its oil from Saudi Arabia. That's still a significant amount of money going from us to them. Finally, a few brave souls are questioning just what those money links are ... but of course, the Bush Administration is pulling its usual stonewalling act. Wouldn't want to piss off the Saudis, especially since we're going to need their help in taking out Osama ... er, Saddam Hussein.

Just to revist something I mentioned earlier ... has anyone given thought to the fact that the Bush Administration wants to equate illegal drug use with terrorism so that the Justice Department can simply declare anyone caught with a bit of weed or coke an "enemy combatant?"

Sound farfetched? Yeah, but then again, this did too a year and a half ago.