And then this closes the circle.
That is what we’ve become. And it ain’t a good thing, people. It’s not a good thing when the New York Times, the supposed “newspaper of record” finds space to publish an article on the prostitute that Elliot Spitzer allegedly hired, including her pictures from her MySpace page. And I’m gonna tell you why this is not a good thing. I’ll bet I could easily get detailed opinions from people on whether or not Silda Spitzer should have stood next to her husband, an unbelieveably idiotic subject, yet if queried, the same people wouldn’t know jack about anything of actual importance that went on this week. Y’know, stuff like the house of reps passing a FISA bill without retroactive immunity for the telecoms, the outrageous executive order Bush issued, weaking the Intelligence Oversight Board, the misuse of Security Letters on ordinary U.S. citizens by the FBI, the fact that the “surge” is an utter fucking failure in it’s actual intent. Stuff that actually affects our lives in many ways. I realize that many people just don’t want to know about this shit. It’s too depressing, etc. and blah blah blah. Well, what depresses me most, is my fellow citizens giving more attention to the lastest cocksniffing frenzy then they do to the things that really matter. I realize this is a rant. So be it. I could have added at leat 10 more things to the list of devious things this administration is up to just this week. I’m begging y’all to pay at least a little attention to the corruption of the Bush administration, the eroding of our Constitutional rights. Rant over.
Scott Horton Scott Horton’s No Comment blog on Harpers.org consistently blows me away. An attorney and human right’s advocate, Scott writes about an amazing array of subjects. Right now, if you navigate to the site, there are posts up about Bertold Brecht, how a federal court has declared inmates at Guantanamo not to be “persons”, on ending the culture of immunity for contractors and an insightful overview of what has happened and what will happen in the unfolding scandal over the destruction of the CIA torture tapes. Just read him is all I’m saying.
This report on NPR’s Day to Day made me see red today. The reporter, Josh White, unquestioningly spouted the Air Force talking points he’s been given. According to him, the military “clears away the cilvilians” before they bomb the targeted area to shit. No mention of where the civilians go, what they do. I guess they just go away to happyland while we surgically strike the evil ones. In this article by the same reporter in the Washington Post, there’s a little more about how they get the civilians to vacate. “After doing a show of force to get civilians out of the area, they engaged the house and the fighters with a 500-pound bomb,” he said of the attack by two British Tornado GR4 jets. “They took the fighters out.”