Sunday, July 31, 2005

How Bad Does It Have To Be to Get Carter Fired Up?

BIRMINGHAM, England — Former President Jimmy Carter said Saturday the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States. Carter also criticized the U.S.-led war in Iraq as “unnecessary and unjust.”

What has happened at Guantanamo Bay ... does not represent the will of the American people," Carter said. "I'm embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people."

Carter, who won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq war.

"I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises on which it was launched were false," he said Saturday.

A former president calling the Iraq war unnecessary and unjust.

Not bad.

Now where the hell is that coward Bill Clinton?

Karma Can Be A Bitch

Israel says that half of the 9000 Jewish settlers in the Gaza strip may choose to stay and resist being relocated. The deadline is August 15 and less than half of the settlers have applied for compensation.

Let's see, about 4500 well-armed fanatical settlers resisting the IDF while also surrounded by thousands of hostile Palestinians. Methinks something is going to go boom.

I've seen interviews with some of these poor victimized settlers. The are shocked, shocked I say, that the Israeli government would dare to steal their land that they stole fair and square from the Palestinians. The sad part is they say this with a straight face and without a hint of irony.

I find it terribly difficult to feel anything but an ugly sort of satisfaction at this turn of events. These militant Jews have lived like kings, subsidized by the Israeli government, in some of the poorest areas of Gaza. Some of them had nicely manicured lawns and swimming pools behind their fences. Their children taunted and threw stones at the Palestinians outside their compounds. These people were the ugly face of occupation and I think they deserve whatever happens to them.

Not the most enlightened or compassionate response, I know. It's how I feel about it though.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Blogger Hates Me

Due to a glitch in Blogger that's driving me nuts, my super dooper (and somewhat late) review of Revenge of the Sith is on here if you will scroll down a bit or click the link here on the right.

Damn computers if it wasn't for all the twisted and shameful pornography they grant access to, they would be worthless.

I mean..... E-mail and online dictionaries, and prayer groups. That's really what makes it worth all the trouble.

IRA Stands Down

And now in "How the hell do we compete with that?" news :

In a move that will surely calm the frayed nerves of Londoners, the Irish Republican Army ended it's violent, decades-long struggle for reunification of Ireland.

"The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign.

This will take effect from 4pm [1600 BST] this afternoon [Thursday 28 July 2005].

All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms.

All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means.

Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever.

The IRA leadership has also authorised our representative to engage with the IICD [Independent International Commission on Decommissioning] to complete the process to verifiably put its arms beyond use in a way which will further enhance public confidence and to conclude this as quickly as possible.

We have invited two independent witnesses, from the Protestant and Catholic churches, to testify to this.

The Army Council took these decisions following an unprecedented internal discussion and consultation process with IRA units and Volunteers.

We appreciate the honest and forthright way in which the consultation process was carried out and the depth and content of the submissions.

We are proud of the comradely way in which this truly historic discussion was conducted. The outcome of our consultations show very strong support among IRA Volunteers for the Sinn Féin peace strategy.

There is also widespread concern about the failure of the two governments and the unionists to fully engage in the peace process.

This has created real difficulties. The overwhelming majority of people in Ireland fully support this process.

They and friends of Irish unity throughout the world want to see the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Notwithstanding these difficulties our decisions have been taken to advance our republican and democratic objectives, including our goal of a united Ireland.

We believe there is now an alternative way to achieve this and to end British rule in our country. It is the responsibility of all Volunteers to show leadership, determination and courage.

We are very mindful of the sacrifices of our patriot dead, those who went to jail, Volunteers, their families and the wider republican base.

We reiterate our view that the armed struggle was entirely legitimate. We are conscious that many people suffered in the conflict.

There is a compelling imperative on all sides to build a just and lasting peace. The issue of the defence of nationalist and republican communities has been raised with us.

There is a responsibility on society to ensure that there is no re-occurrence of the pogroms of 1969 and the early 1970s.

There is also a universal responsibility to tackle sectarianism in all its forms.

The IRA is fully committed to the goals of Irish unity and independence and to building the Republic outlined in the 1916 Proclamation.

We call for maximum unity and effort by Irish republicans everywhere. We are confident that by working together Irish republicans can achieve our objectives.

Every Volunteer is aware of the import of the decisions we have taken and all Oglaigh are compelled to fully comply with these orders.

There is now an unprecedented opportunity to utilise the considerable energy and goodwill which there is for the peace process.

This comprehensive series of unparalleled initiatives is our contribution to this and to the continued endeavours to bring about independence and unity for the people of Ireland. "

P O’Neill,
Irish Republican Publicity Bureau, Dublin

Not with a bang, but with a press release So goes the mighty IRA.

Well, at least now the people of England can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Friday, July 29, 2005

A Prison Called Falluja

A report from Falluja.

"They are killing one or two of us everyday," says an Iraqi soldier at one of the checkpoints into the city, a claim confirmed by local doctors.

I have heard Iraqis make comparisons between their occupation and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but it wasn't until I saw families walking through the kilometer-long checkpoint, from a parking lot outside Falluja to one on the other side, that it seemed apt. Once inside, seeing the life continuing amidst the rubble, it was harder still to ignore the physical similarities.

A child jumps into the Euphrates from a one-lane bridge, the same bridge from which angry residents hung the charred and beaten bodies of four American contractors in March 2004, the same bridge that connects the center of town to Falluja General hospital, the first objective taken by the Marines in November's invasion. Doctors Ahmed and Salam, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition that their names be changed, lamented the condition of the city and its people. In the last week, they have received three civilian casualties of US fire, and say that this week has been below average — normally, says Ahmed, they see one or two dead civilians every day, and that hundreds have been killed by coalition forces since the city was taken over by the US.

"Just yesterday a middle-aged lady was brought here by coalition forces — she was killed by a single shot to the head," Ahmed says. "The coalition forces came to the hospital and took her name and all her information."

"The people of Falluja feel depressed because they can't move freely from place to place, because the coalition forces and the Iraqi national guard make new checkpoints every day, make new obstacles," says Salam. "They cannot move freely at night. There are medical cases at night that result in casualties because they cannot reach us."

At Al-Furqan Mosque, one of the city's moderate places of worship, some of the men stay after the prayers to discuss the situation. Even more than the US military, they feel the new, government, dominated by conservative Shiite parties, has laid siege to their city.

"They use their weapons to clear traffic," says Imam Abdul Majid. Some of the men cry during his sermon, when he asks god to save Falluja and Iraq. "We can say the Americans are better than them. Let me speak frankly — the new government has failed." They complain of continued raids and arrests, missing persons, harassment, he says. "Before we were oppressed by invaders. Now it's getting worse."

"Shops are broken into at night," one of the men says. "Tell me, if there is a curfew and the army and the police control the streets, who is breaking into our shops?"


I approach some of the Marines on a base inside the city, to try and find out what life is like for them. They say there is no one at the base who can speak on the record, but I pause for a minute and chat, not terribly excited about walking back outside into the thick dust and, potentially, a line of fire.

They ask why I have come, I am the first journalist they have seen in four months."No one wants to talk about Falluja," says one of the Marines.

I want to talk about Falluja. I want to talk a lot about Falluja. I want people to remember what happened there, what the American military did there. I want to talk about the example that was made of Falluja. I want to talk about the war crimes that occured there. I want the names of the men that committed those crimes. I want those men and the men that gave them their orders. Then I want to know exactly where the idea, from whose desk the order came to destroy the city. Then I want all of these people to be tried and punished in an international court.

Original article :

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Sorry about the light blogging this week. My wife's 10-year-old nephew is staying with us. Did you know Halo 2 has secret levels you can unlock by beating the giant, machine- gun- wielding space bot that glows in the dark? Did you know that if Anakin had just figured out that the Chancellor was a Sith lord a little earlier, none of the Jedi would have gotten "creamed"?

Back soon, ranting.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What Rosemary Saw In The Crib

Quote of the day :

If Charles Manson had sex with John Wayne, President Bush is what you would get.

From the Smirking Chimp

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Saying It best

Thanks to Sameer at Newshounds for the quote.

In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.


This Is About Justice

Once and for freaking all, this is not about defending our freedom, losing our freedom, or anything to do with our goddamned freedom.

This is about our support of genocidal Israeli policies and our support of other corrupt regimes in the Middle East. It's about sticking our nose in other people's business.

It's about justice.

When you hear one of the worthless, craven, corrupt politicians who don't care about you or your children they send to fight their unnecessary wars, remember what the "terrorists" themselves have to say on the matter :

To America, I say only a few words to it and its people. I swear by God, who has elevated the skies without pillars, neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace by upon him.

Al-Qaeda statement from 2003

And in that regard, I say to you that security is an important pillar of human life, and that free people do not compromise their security.
Contrary to what [President George W.] Bush says and claims -- that we hate freedom --let him tell us then, "Why did we not attack Sweden?"


And I will talk to you about the reason for those events, and I will be honest with you about the moments the decision was made so that you can ponder. And I tell you, God only knows, that we never had the intentions to destroy the towers.

But after the injustice was so much and we saw transgressions and the coalition between Americans and the Israelis against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it occurred to my mind that we deal with the towers. And these special events that directly and personally affected me go back to 1982 and what happened when America gave permission for Israel to invade Lebanon. And assistance was given by the American sixth fleet.

During those crucial moments, my mind was thinking about many things that are hard to describe. But they produced a feeling to refuse and reject injustice, and I had determination to punish the transgressors.

And as I was looking at those towers that were destroyed in Lebanon, it occurred to me that we have to punish the transgressor with the same -- and that we had to destroy the towers in America so that they taste what we tasted, and they stop killing our women and children.

Osama bin-Laden October 29, 2004

"We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation."

Osama bin-Laden 1997

Now, tell me where in there it says one damn word about destroying American freedom or trying to make all people convert to Islam.

We are the bad guys in this fight. We, America, a superpower forcing it's will and killing without thought to the consequences. If we are to be an empire then let's get it over with and tell the truth about it. But don't keep pulling this "Christian nation, light of the world, beacon of freedom" bullshit while slaughtering innocent civilians, occupying countries, and supplying weapons to countries that do the same.

I'm sick of hearing the stupid and willfully ignorant here in America spouting the same nonsense over and over like trained parrots.

This is about justice.

Cross-posted at

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Do your worst

And now, presenting the First-Annual, Semi-Regular, Not-To-Be-Outdone, Super-Colossal-Fantastic, Dual-Purpose, Self-Cleaning, Traitor's Dawn Caption Contest.

First prize is a resounding "Way to go!" from me and a general grumble of self-loathing from the runners up.

Note to self :

When told to stop by police in London, for God's sake, STOP!

LONDON - Police identified the man who was chased down in a subway and shot to death by plainclothes officers as a Brazilian and expressed regret Saturday for his death, saying they no longer believed he was tied to the recent terror bombings.

As the guy was running away he no doubt thought to himself "thank God I live in England where the police don't carry guns".

Al-Qaeda may bomb Pearl Harbor

Noam Chomsky puts an interesting new spin on history.

It is perhaps worth bearing in mind that Japan’s December 1941 bombings — “the date which will live in infamy,” in FDR’s (Franklin D. Roosevelt) ringing words — were more than justified under the doctrines of “anticipatory self-defence” that prevail among the leaders of today’s self-designated “enlightened States,” the US and its British client. Japanese leaders knew that B-17 Flying Fortresses were coming off the Boeing production lines, and were surely familiar with the public discussions in the US explaining how they could be used to incinerate Japan’s wooden cities in a war of extermination, flying from Hawaiian and Philippine bases — “to burn out the industrial heart of the Empire with fire-bombing attacks on the teeming bamboo ant heaps,” as retired Air Force General Chennault recommended in 1940, a proposal that “simply delighted” President Roosevelt. Evidently, that is a far more powerful justification for bombing military bases in US colonies than anything conjured up by Bush-Blair and their associates in their execution of “pre-emptive war” — and accepted, with tactical reservations, throughout the mainstream of articulate opinion.

Holy shit! The U.S. , Britain, and Israel have Weapons of Mass Destruction and at least one of these nations have used them against civilians not once, but twice!

Somebody tell me again, just who are the good guys in this war?

Full article here :

Friday, July 22, 2005


The NYPD is now searching random citizens boarding the New York subway system.

If you refuse to submit to the search you can't use the subway.

Fuck you Mayor Bloomberg and fuck you George W. Bush!

Hey, anybody remember this thing :


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

CNN interviewed several of these sheep that submitted to searches.

"Well, as long as it keeps us safe" seemed to be the popular response.

Except for one guy. His response was : "Oh hell no! I'm walkin"

Damn straight.

Our Dark Future

The always brilliant Justin Raimondo has an excellent article at

It seems the new Iraqi constitution has a lot to be desired when it comes to "freedom".

Some gems :

"The Iraqi people are one people, unified by belief and the unity of the homeland and culture. Anything that exposes this unity to danger is forbidden."

"The state shall take responsibility for combating moral and behavioral depravity and encourage people and agencies to spread virtue, providing it help and support. The state shall ensure harmony between the duties of woman toward her family and her work in the society and equality with men in the fields of political, social, and economic life without conflicting with or disturbing the provisions of the Islamic shari'a."

Americans are fighting and dying in bold support of Islamic shari'a.

Here's my personal favorite :

" Public and private freedoms are protected provided they do not conflict with moral values and public decency."

Moral values and decency. It's exactly the sort of thing the Christian fundamentalists would love to have in our constitution.

There is a lasting bitterness in this country from Vietnam. It casts a shadow on an entire generation and you can feel it's chill in any discussion of American foreign policy.

This war, this bloody damned abomination of a war, will cast an even darker shadow across our future. How will the parents and loved ones of the dead feel when the government of Iraq turns out to be an American sponsored version of the Taliban?

How much bitterness and shadow can one country survive?

The worst part is that it's too late to do one damn thing about it. Of course, I think it was too late to do anything about it when Bush and the rest of the cowardly bastards decided to go to war in the first place.

Don't think I don't hold the democrats like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry responsible as well. They refused to stand up and be counted for purely political reasons and they bear just as much responsibility for this madness.

Our country deserves it's dark future.

Raimondo's article can be found here :

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Something rotten in Britain

The Israeli Insider, not considered by most to be Zionist conspiracy theory nuts, had this interesting bit of information:

The terror attack in London last week may be tied to a suicide bombing on Tel Aviv's beachfront in April 2003, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported.
According to the paper, Mossad officials informed British security officials that the explosive material used in the Tel Aviv attack on Mike's Place pub was apparently also utilized to stage the bombings in London on Thursday. The Mossad office in London received advance notice about the attacks, but only six minutes before the first blast, the paper reports, confirming an earlier AP report. As a result, it was impossible to take any action to prevent the blasts.

O.K. I've hinted around and joked around, and I've tried to give this story time to sort itself out. I don't care about being called a nut anymore.

Something stinks about the July 7 bombings in London.

Now, the word is that the media in Europe smells a rat but they are afraid of being labeled Anti-Semitic for daring to wonder just how Mossad came to know about the bombings beforehand.

Just for those that don't know, the motto of Mossad is "By deception, you shall make war".

I am not one of these folks that sees New World Order agents behind every tree. I have many questions about "Al-Qaeda" and it's ability to strike whenever a political distraction is needed, and many questions about 9/11, but the oddities in London are starting to pile up.

How long can I keep trying to convince myself that all of this is not going on?

The easiest person to lie to is yourself.

James Doohan 1920-2005

"N....C....C....1....7....0....1. No bloody A, B, C, or D"

A cross between Dan Quayle and Ted Bundy

Take a good look, women of America. Dubya wants to give this man jurisdiction
over your womb. Note the David Koresh/Jim Jones gleam of the true believer in his eyes.

In the past this woefully inexperienced conservative has written:

"Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overruled."

I got suckered into thinking that Bush was going to nominate a moderate for the Court. I'm not bitter about it though. Goddammit

For the children

Irregular Times has the best response to Christians who are against my beloved Harry Potter books.

Of course, I've been saying the same thing about the Bible since I un-pickled myself and actually read the frightening thing. Scarier than if J.K. Rowling and Stephen King dropped acid and collaborated on a book about spiders with a taste for small children and liberals.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

How do you endure this?

Cindy Sheehan is the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. Her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq.

Her words will haunt you.

Just when you think things can't get any nuttier

Jesus' General, the manliest blog on the Godless internet, has a story from Texas that has to be read to be believed.

The picture alone is worth a million bucks.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Dogs Of War

It seems the Israeli Defense Force is massing on the border of Gaza. Tanks, choppers, the whole deal. You can also imagine the American made F-16's will be arming their American made bombs and missiles as well.

I had few illusions about Abbas' ability to rein in the militants. So this really is no surprise, but the bloodbath that will come if such a large taskforce marches on Gaza is bound to be heartbreaking.

The construction of The Wall of Shame has continued and I believe this has prompted the mortar attacks and the suicide bombing in Netanya. I'm not minimizing the Israeli deaths of the last few days. I'm simply saying it seems as if the injustice of the continued construction is not the healthiest thing for a cease-fire. How can you have a legitimate truce when one side continues to destroy the other side's homes and ability to provide for their families?

Did you hear what I just said Little Green Footballs?

Maybe you guys could lay off the "Islamofascist" bullshit for a while.

Sorry. Ranting at people that will never hear me. Ahh well.....

I hope my fellow heathens keep a good thought in their heads for the Palestinians this week, and for my praying friends, please ask your deity to give them a break.

The Palestinians and the Israelis. All human. All scared. All needing help.

F***ing Links!

You may notice that sometimes I post the nice and tidy links in the text like a good little blogger. Sometimes, as in the last post, I have to post the raw HTML links.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer doesn't seem to want to link properly in the text. Mozilla Firefox works just fine.

So it works out like this :

At work: Only Internet Explorer. Sloppy HTML links.

At home: The glorious Mozilla Firefox. Pretty links that remind us all of kittens and flowers.

Any of you leftovers from Blasphemy Inc. will remember this is an ongoing battle. I am not bitter about it.

Of course, between this and the Windows problems I've had lately, I pray Bill Gates spends eternity sucking Satan's bitter, greasy, cock in hell.

I can scoff if you like

This picture is allegedly from the BBC. I haven't confirmed it's pedigree, so it is mucho suspect. It doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to the shredded bus that is being shown in news clips, does it? (click to enlarge)

Here's where things really go through the looking glass : The van parked beside the bus says "Kingstar". Click this link to see what they do :

Someone bring me my tinfoil hat. The CIA/Illuminati/ Space vampire zombie/ mind control rays are starting to get through.

Move along, nothing to see here..........

Thought crimes

The Nazis couldn't force fascism on Britain, but fear may be able to.

From Ananova :

New anti-terror laws will be discussed on Monday by Home Secretary Charles Clarke and his counterparts in the Opposition parties.

Mr Clarke has proposed three offences in a new Bill to prevent attacks like the London suicide strikes.

And, keen for cross-party support, he has outlined the new laws in letters to Tory David Davis and Liberal Democrat Mark Oaten.

A ban on "indirect incitement to terrorism" is intended to counter fanatical preachers who condone terrorism and suicide bombings.

Plotting terror acts by, for example, accessing websites with bomb-making instructions would be outlawed as "acts preparatory to terrorism".

The third law would ban terrorist training and make it an offence to receive training in terror techniques in Britain or abroad.

"Indirect incitement to terrorism". That has a nice ring to it.

"Acts preparatory to terrorism". Sure.

How about "Acts preparatory to indirect incitement to terrorism"?

Or "Indirect preparatory acts of incitement to terrorism"?

How about "Seditious thoughts about government preparatory to terrorism"?

Or "Disagreement with government preparatory to terrorism"?

England was one of the destinations I had in mind for my family and I when the purges and pogroms began here in America.

Germany and France are the front runners now.

sigh...... I really loved London.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

If only he could forget......again

With all of the publicity that Half-Blood Prince is getting, Gilderoy Lockhart's new book is being overlooked.

Here's why :

    As other suicide bombers have said, they may regret the loss of innocent lives in their political, murderous acts - but they atone with their own lives and hope God forgives them. The logic is clear: your security is only assured if ours is. If our women and children are killed, then your women and children are killed.

    This quote, which is more honest about the intentions and motives of the London bombings than Blair or Dubya will ever be, is from an article by Mundher al-Adhami. He is an exile from Saddam Hussein's regime and is a co-founder of the Iraq Anti-Occupation Forum.

    Link to the full article:

Belated Movie Review : REVENGE OF THE SITH

This is my first movie review. I felt compelled to do it because Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith is such an important part of my magical movie-viewing life.

I've had a chance now to view Revenge of the Sith twice. I can never really tell about a film until I've had time to absorb it and in this case, screen it a second time. I find the sensory experience of motion pictures overwhelming, especially so with a film as anticipated as Episode III.

Also I've had a chance now to read the novelization of the film (I know, supergeek) and let me recommend it. Many such books are simple scripts with a couple of bells and whistles thrown in. This on contains lots of juicy scenes that would have improved the movie even more. Check it out.

If you haven't seen the film, be warned, there be spoilers here.

I'm not much of a film reviewer. Technical aspects and subtext often escape me. I find that films are an emotional journey for me, I can seriously suspend my disbelief. It can be a blessing when watching What Dreams May Come, a curse when watching Black Hawk Down. To this day I get a sick feeling if I think about the corn field murders in Casino. I honestly have to be careful just what I expose my fragile little mind to.

So Revenge of the Sith was going to be emotional for me no matter how the film turned out. A twenty eight year journey was ending, emotions were high.

I wasn't worried. The reviews of the previous prequels were, to be charitable, mixed. No such worries with Sith. Most reviewers had nice things to say about it and the geeks, who give you the real measure of genre films, were ecstatic.

I have to say, the film surpassed every expectation I had. I was stunned at how good it was. How emotional. George Lucas is not known for being the most sensitive of directors, but he certainly outdid himself this time. Is the film perfect? No. But for me, it is the best of all six films.

Let's get the obvious out of the way: As in all the prequels, the dialogue sometimes hurts the ears. I can go the rest of my life without hearing Anakin and Padme express their love for one another. I thought that Natalie Portman was used mostly as decoration. Or more accurately you could simply call her Senator Plot Point. That's all she existed as, an object. More of an abstraction than an integral part of the story. Which is quite sad considering Portman had created quite a strong character in the first two films. In this film all she was required to do was look pretty, look worried, and die.

Many complaints have been made that Anakin's turn to the dark side was too sudden. There was not enough build up or drama. I would argue that the the previous two films were nothing but a build up. Yes, we see Anakin's much better relationship with his master, Obi-Wan, in this film yet he still carries with him the same great fear and doubts about himself that he has always had. Combine his loyalty to Palpatine and the Jedi with both trying to play him off of the other with his terrible fear of losing his beloved wife, add to this with the incredible power he has to try to control with a mind that never quite grew up, you have a recipe for tragedy.

Another aspect that the casual viewer might not understand is the psychic power of the Dark Side in controlling Anakin once he opens himself to it. Notice in the film that Palpatine tells Anakin he must slaughter the Jedi at the temple and then kill the Seperatist leaders on Mustafar to become strong in the Dark Side. From the time he betrayed Mace Windu, each step he took brought more darkness into his mind. By the time he had completed his tasks there was little left of Anakin in Darth Vader.

It is the most visually stunning and complex of the entire series with as much action in the first half-hour than most films have in their climaxes. There is the sense of doom here. It's become painfully obvious to anyone paying attention the Supreme Chancellor has slowly consolidated his power and seized control of what was once a republic. The political subtext is hard to miss with actual quotes from Darth Neocon himself, George Bush, when Anakin tells Obi-Wan "You're either with me or you are my enemy." At least their republic is overtaken by a brilliant strategist who' unlike America's leader, can string a coherent sentence together.

The betrayal and destruction of the Jedi was the most tragic note of the series. The murders of the Jedi by the clones and the deaths of the younglings in the temple stayed with me for a long time after the film was over. Incredibly well done and handled with genuine emotion. I only wish ths great emotional resonance was evident in the first two prequels. Then again, perhaps that was the point. The first two films the highly entertaining set up, and the last the tragedy that hits all the harder because of the wait. I have a feeling such debates will keep many a geek awake and arguing in discussion boards for years to come.

At first I was a bit disappointed with "The Duel" as it's come to be known. Obi-Wan and Anakin's free-for-all in the lava pits of Mustafar. It seemed too much. Too much in the background and too many locations. To me the ultimate lightsaber battle will always be the Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon/Darth Maul throwdown in The Phantom Menace. It was perfect in it's complexity and style without having to surf on a volcano, and "The Duel" could have taken a lesson from it. During the second viewing I enjoyed it a great deal more and I'm sure after years and years of viewing it will hold up well. Yoda and the Emperor's fight was a welcome and stunning surprise. Literally fighting for the life of the l of the Republic in the Senate chamber where so much freedom had been willingly given up. It was one of the true high points of the series.

Two special notes. George Lucas is to a fine performance by an actor what Wal-Mart is to a small Mom and Pop store. However, in this film he apparently just let the actors run with it. Ian McDiarmid was mesmerizing as Senator Palpatine. His controlled delivery and smoothness gave an impression of great power held in check. After he revealed himself as Darth Sidious he was a wee bit, OK, a lot over the top. But to me it still worked and I truly enjoyed it. I think his performance as the Senator in Revenge of the Sith is one of the finest I have seen in the science fiction genre.

The second praise I have is for Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi. When I was a much younger lad before the VCR came along, if you wanted to relive you favorite films you had the "Long Playing Record". Of course it was just the audio of the film edited and released on vinyl. I had the Star Wars Long Playing Record (I don't know if capitalization is warranted in this case, but that's how it appears in my head, so there) and I listened to it literally every day for a couple of years. So I became very familiar with the sounds effects and the actors voices in the film. The first time I heard Ewan McGregor speak as Obi-Wan I was floored. He had mimicked Alec Guinness' distinct accent perfectly. It was nothing short of uncanny and brought a sense to the character that this was the young and fiery Jedi that became legend. For me his portrayal was one of the best parts of the prequels. Like Ian Mckellan as Gandalf, Ewan McGregor didn't just play Obi-Wan Kenobi. He became Obi-Wan Kenobi. I will forever be a fan of his for his brilliant portrayal.

So here it is, the end of an incredible journey. My last words are in praise of George Lucas. Like many children, my childhood was not one I look fondly back upon. Many kids have had it worse, many have had it better. The details aren't what this is about. In the darkest of times, in the times that loneliness or anger were the worst, I was given a great world to escape to and visit whenever I wanted. My own imagination didn't have the scope to create such a rich universe so I used the wonderful one that George Lucas shared with the world. It has had profound impact upon my life. It gave the belief in the magic of stories and a larger view of life itself. Many people do not "get" Star Wars or other forms of fantastic entertainment. For these people I feel profoundly sorry. J.K. Rowling coined the term I think fits these type of people best : Muggles.

As I see a new generation with that same starry-eyed love for her stories as I had for the stories of Star Wars, I know that they too are of that magical world that George Lucas introduced me to. A world where we can be forever young and forever enchanted. For that, Mr. Lucas, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Blood Sacrifice

Blood Sacrifice.

It sounds terrifying, doesn't it?

For me it conjures images of the Aztec or others from Long Ago in their temples cutting out the hearts of captured enemies to appease their gods.

But what if I told you that blood sacrifice is a common and revered practice here in 2005 America?

This idea sprang into my mind after watching and observing how Americans have dealt with war and it's horrible consequences. "Freedom isn't free". I wish I had a Euro for everytime I've heard that in the past couple of years. "Serving their country" and "Doing their duty" are two other favorites. All of these are modern incarnations of incantations and prayers said over victims (willing and unwilling) of human sacrifice for millennia.

They are tossed around like spells to keep the realities of the blood sacrifice at bay. You can see it in the slight glazing of the eyes of those speaking the incantations. It's comforting. A talisman against the evil "Islamofascists".

It seems every American generation is required to sacrifice thousands of it's young to the Great God Democracy. I can think of no other reason why parents are willing to allow their children to go off to war after war that make no sense and have no real winners. It must be that deep down our pagan selves are alive and well and still believe that if enough blood is spilled, the wrath of God will pass us by.

The Great God Democracy chuckles with mirth when a young man or woman dies far from home, bleeding from a dozen wounds and screaming for their mothers. The Great God Democracy is warmed by the cold feeling that goes through a military wife's heart when she opens the door and sees the chaplain standing there. And oh how sweet the tears of the widow and the orphans who stand there at the graveside and listen to Taps as the soldiers fold the flag. The great God Democracy finds the smell of these tears sweeter than any incense, the sobs more beautiful than any hymn.

Why are Americans so willing to keep giving those they love to this unforgiving and endlessly ravenous God? Is it because the religion of the majority of Americans is Christianity with it's glorification of the shedding of blood for God? America embraced "The Passion of the Christ" with a vengeance. The most popular marketing tie-in was a nail-shaped pendant. The mass marketing of blood sacrifice. Every Sunday millions of Christians go to church and celebrate the bloody murder of an innocent man. Does being exposed to this kind of death-worship year after year lead people to view this kind of barbarity as normal? After all, freedom isn't free.

So here we sit in bloodstained America, Many of us not willing to worship The Great God Democracy. We refuse his dark blessing. Not if it means giving up those we hold most dear or becoming monsters that murder other people's children and then don't bother to count the bodies.

Look at the people you hear say "Freedom isn't free" or various other phrases. Look closely. Do you see a bit of bloodlust in their eyes? A flicker of thousands of years of superstitious dread perhaps? What lies behind those words?

How is it that we have come so far as a people, yet still believe that the greatest power lies in the shedding of innocent blood?

The Great God Democracy hears the question and just laughs. He has no fear of losing his power. He believes there will always be people willing to feed him their children.

And sometimes, late at night, reading and writing of blood and tears, and thinking of all that we have done, all that we will do,

I believe it too.


Four years ago I bought a computer from Gateway. They subsequently went bankrupt.

Two days ago I bought a Hewlett Packard. Today HP announced that they are laying off a good portion of their workforce. In financial circles this is considered an indication of the poor health of a business.

Let that be a lesson to you all. Do not trifle with me.




Thursday, July 14, 2005

Curiouser and Curiouser

This is the standard response people are receiving from Peter Power of Visor Consultants. He says once again that his firm was running, for an unnamed client, a simulation of bombings on the London Underground.

Thank you for your message. Given the volume of emails about events on 7 July and a commonly expressed misguided belief that our exercise revealed prescient behaviour, or was somehow a conspiracy (noting that several websites interpreted our work that day in an inaccurate / naive / ignorant / hostile manner) it has been decided to issue a single email response as follows: It is confirmed that a short number of 'walk through' scenarios planed [sic] well in advance had commenced that morning for a private company in London (as part of a wider project that remains confidential) and that two scenarios related directly to terrorist bombs at the same time as the ones that actually detonated with such tragic results. One scenario in particular, was very similar to real time events.
"However, anyone with knowledge about such ongoing threats to our capital city will be aware that (a) the emergency services have already practiced several of their own exercises based on bombs in the underground system (also reported by the main news channels) and (b) a few months ago the BBC broadcast a similar documentary on the same theme, although with much worse consequences [??]. It is hardly surprising therefore, that we chose a feasible scenario - but the timing and script was nonetheless, a little disconcerting.
"In short, our exercise (which involved just a few people as crisis managers actually responding to a simulated series of activities involving, on paper, 1000 staff) quickly became the real thing and the players that morning responded very well indeed to the sudden reality of events.
"Beyond this no further comment will be made and based on the extraordinary number of messages from ill informed people, no replies will henceforth be given to anyone unable to demonstrate a bona fide reason for asking (e.g. accredited journalist / academic).

Peter Power

Let's review, shall we?

On the morning of July 7, Visor Consultants were running a series of simulations of bombings on the London Underground.

At the precise time the bombs went off.

In the same locations.

From a BBC 5 radio interview on the morning of the attacks :

POWER: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.
HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise?
POWER: Precisely, and it was about half past nine this morning, we planned this for a company and for obvious reasons I don't want to reveal their name but they're listening and they'll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they'd met and so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on.

What a strange coincidence.

It becomes stranger when you add to it the fact that several of the American government alphabet agencies were running simulations on September 11, 2001 that included terrorists crashing commercial airliners into buildings in the U.S.

I have been a skeptic of both the conspiracy theories and the generally accepted story of 9/11.

I am very careful about the things I say and write about September 11. Because it is such a complex and emotionally charged issue.

But, my friends, what are the odds of two terrorist attacks, on two different continents, four years apart, happening at the same time simulations of the exact kind of attack are being staged?

He lives in Seattle, right?

Bought new computer. Plugged in new computer.
Spent three hours loading software and customizing
new computer. Woke up today. Turned on new computer.
Windows crashes on new computer. Everything gone.
Craving the warm, fresh blood of Bill Gates. Have developed
nervous twitch and become incontinent at the sound of Windows
error pop-up.

Declaring peace

Thank you Barnita for pointing this out. I loved it.

Beware the Unitarian Jihad!

In the air tonight

I can smell the fear from here.

Karl Rove is going to jail.

I smell it in the main stream media finally asking "Hey Scot McClellan, what the hell...."

I smell it when I hear Rush on the radio trying desperately to spin this into something salvageable. He is actually calling Joseph Wilson a democratic operative.

The time has come for Karl Rove. He didn't just break the law. If he did blow this woman's CIA cover, he committed treason. As someone who has been accused of treason on more occasions than I care to count, I find this very refreshing.

The following weeks will be an indication of the health of our ailing republic. Thus far the Idiot-in-chief has acted like he can ride this out like he has so many scandals before. We shall see.

Do I honestly think Rove will ever see the inside of a jail cell? No. He's just too powerful and knows where all the bodies are buried. My prediction is that all of this will end with a pardon for Rove. Of course it gives me a thrill to think that eventually Bush may need a presidential pardon for war crimes. Of course the International Criminal Court could care less about a presidential pardon. If there is any justice, someday Bush will learn that.

Hey, I can dream.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


As soon as I finished setting up this blog, my computer went to hard drive heaven. Boom. Gone.

I lost all my pictures, links, evrything. Thus I have not updated since then. I have had no access to the web for three days. I was very much like one of the Borg on Star Trek after being cut off from the Collective. I just sort of wondered around and bumped in to things while drooling on myself.

Thanks all so much for keeping track of the BBC interview. I'm going right now to try and get up to speed. I will have much more tommorrow, if not later this eve.

It's good to be back, thanks for dropping in.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

If true.......

A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.

All right, I spent about two hours going through the BBC archives and Googling Peter Power ( God, I love that name) and Visor Consultants. I can't find the interview at all. I did confirm that Peter Power (hee hee) is a real person and is the director of Visor Consultants but I cannot confirm these quotes.

Beware, may not be real. But if it is.....

Version 2.0

Well, I decided to come back to the blog game. I was surprised when I shut down Blasphemy Inc. at the number of e-mails I received from people I had never heard of. They all had the phrase "I loved your blog, I never commented for this or that reason".

I've truly enjoyed journaling at Warblogging, but I sometimes feel as if I censor myself or won't post a picture or a funky piece of poetry or movie quote because of the format and because the site isn't mine. George has created an incredible place for progressive debate and I still intend to journal there. I just wanted my own place. Also, like most bloggers, my huge ego won't let me keep silent.

I did Blasphemy like I thought a blog should be done. Like everyone else did their blogs, and this one has a generic template from Blogger but it's more of a personal endeavor. Call it version 2.0 if you will. I will have news and commentary and some funny things and some sad. We are passing through some incredible moments of history and I'm glad you're along for the ride. So welcome back to old friends and welcome to the new ones......

Bitch, where's my money?

Friday, July 08, 2005

Dream and Differ

Green Day


Say, Hey!

Hear the sound of the falling rain
Coming down like an Armageddon flame (Hey!)
The shame
The ones who died without a name

Hear the dogs howling out of key
To a hymn called "Faith and Misery" (Hey!)
And bleed, the company lost the war today

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
On holiday

Hear the drum pounding out of time
Another protestor has crossed the line (Hey!)
To find, the money's on the other side

Can I get another Amen? (Amen!)
There's a flag wrapped around a score of men (Hey!)
A gag, a plastic bag on a monument

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
On holiday

(Say, Hey!)

"The representative from California has the floor"

Zieg Heil to the president gasman
Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government
Bang bang goes the broken glass and
Kill all the fags that don't agree
Trials by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws yeah!

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives

This is our lives on holiday