::bagdhad burning

24 02 2006

I’ve mentioned Bagdhad Burning before, but it needs to be mentioned again. It needs to be required reading for boys and girls, children of all ages. It needs to be introduced as evidence at George Bush’s war-crimes trial.

But what the hell am I saying, really? As I sit here in my nice little cubical here at work while I should actually be working, having never hungered or suffered or lost a loved one due to someone’s moment of anger or the mishap of war or the misplacement of a smartbomb. Just another liberal pansy ass whining on the Internet about Bush’s vision for a Free Iraq–a vision that I don’t understand and probably never will.

I need to get in touch with a little reality.

You need to get in touch with a little reality.

Because you–sitting there in your cubical or at your desk at home or on your couch or the shitter–you need to know what is happening in the Brave New World that we created. Everyone one of us has done this. Everyone one of us has played our part.

Every Sunday in downtown Sacramento, there’s an anti-war protest. People stand on the corner of 16th and Broadway, holding up signs and shouting slogans at people as they drive to Target two blocks away, or to Tower Book\Records\Video across the street. I’ve seen as few as 5 people, and as many as 100. Sometimes pro-war folks get in the mix and they shout at each other and wave their signs menacingly at one another.


What good does it do? What harm does it do? Does it send the wrong message to our troops? Does it send the wrong message to our enemies? Does anyone past 17th and before 15th streets give two shits about what goes on at 16th and Broadway?

What the hell is my point?

We should admit to the world that we were wrong to invade Iraq. And to morons squirming with anger, mumbling about Saddam being a bad, bad man…whatever. We don’t have to go halfway around the world to depose a bad, bad man.

We should admit to the world that we don’t know how to rebuild Iraq. Despite rebuilding the South after the Civil War, and Western Europe after World War II, we are in over our heads, and too many people are trying to make too much money off of this whole deal.

We should admit that the puppet government installed in Iraq is completely helpless when it comes to establishing order in that country.

We should say we are sorry.

We should be open and honest and stop acting like Romans coming to pave the roads and bring civilization to the Barbarians.

We should sit down with the people who have picked up the guns against us and ask them what they want.

I wonder if everyone in the world wants to live in a democracy?

I wonder if some people think it is really enough to have food on the table and lights on and clothes on your kids’ backs? The trains running on time?

What the hell was my point?


read the fucking blog.




::nice graphic

23 02 2006

Just saw on Google Top Stories that there was a school shooting in Oregon, and clicked the headline to read the story. It took me to the good folks at KHTV in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A few paragraphs about a student who shot and injured another student at a high school.

And this, that someone either created on the fly, or pulled out of some database of tacky news graphics:

The imagry is great. Shells strewn out in front of school crossing sign, gotta love it.

It would have been in bad taste if they had used spent shells.

I’m glad they didn’t go there.



::rip this

16 02 2006

Read an article on /. this morning that got my attention. The RIAA is arguing that consumers don’t have the right to rip their own CDs and export them to their Ipods, or to make a back up copy of them for archival purposes.

“Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization. In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorization, not about fair use.”

What kind of crap is that?

Here’s what they had to say to the Supreme Court last year when Grokster got crucified: “The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it’s been on their website for some time now, that it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod.”


fuck the RIAA. fuck ’em right in the neck.