Dec 30 2009
I don’t even watch CNN, not on purpose, but I often flip by them when I’m channel surfing. Sometimes I’ll even click on them deliberately just to see what kind of b.s. they’re peddling. And I admit I have hated them with a passion for years now, ever since I used to trade e-mails with their news head, and he would actually write me back, and he’d try to convince me that they weren’t really that biased, and then he got sacked for not being biased ENOUGH. I think his name was Jordan Eason or Eason Jordan, I can’t remember. He actually had the temerity to claim that Wolf Blitzer wasn’t biased. Ha!
They jumped the shark a long time ago.
But if there’s a term for jumping the shark AGAIN, I think it would apply to CNN these days. The Second Jumping of the Shark, or perhaps the Jumping of the Whale.
Every time I flip by there, it’s pure “TERROR!” and nothing else, 24/7, over and over.
I’m confused. Some patsy tried to set his balls on fire on an airplane and it’s an international crisis? Wow. Are people really buying this crap these days? Haven’t they wised up?
I mean, just today they had an Elephant in the Room situation where it was revealed that the father of the “terrorist” talked with the CIA about his son not too long ago. I mean, he MET with the CIA.
Then, right on schedule, the guy is helped onto an airplane by a well-dressed man in Amsterdam, because he doesn’t have a passport and somehow he convinces an international air carrier to let a guy onto an international flight without a passport? And the guy by some just WHACKY coincidence isn’t on the “no fly” list even though we have nuns and thousands of people who have no business being on it — hell, Ted Kennedy was on it — and now they’re trying to come up with all KINDS of excuses as to why this guy wasn’t on the no-fly list …..
But what I always try to look at during times like this is this:
What news stories are NOT being reported right now?
Because this is how they “cover stuff up”. They find another story that’s just SOOO fascinating and they have to spend SOOOO much time on that they (gosh!) just don’t have time to report other stories.
Anyway, I have a couple of candidates. Please feel free to add your own.
WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (IPS) – U.S. intelligence has concluded that the document published recently by the Times of London, which purportedly describes an Iranian plan to do experiments on what the newspaper described as a “neutron initiator” for an atomic weapon, is a fabrication, according to a former Central Intelligence Agency official.
Oops. Yeah, we sure wouldn’t want the U.S. population to know about this, because next month we might want to ramp up the hatred against Iran again, it might be a timely thing to do, and we sure wouldn’t want them remembering this, now, would we?
Forget raising the cap to $800 billion for Fannie/Freddie. They announce (on Christmas eve no less) that the slush fund for picking up toxic mortgage is unlimited:
Treasury uncaps credit line for Fannie, Freddie
The Obama administration pledged on Thursday to back beleaguered mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, no matter how big their losses may be in the next three years.
It also jettisoned a demand that the two companies cut the size of their mortgage-related investment portfolios next year, allowing them to provide even more support in the near term for a housing market recovering from its worst slump in decades.
Wow! Now if the majority of the American people actually knew about both of these, they might be a little angry, and justifiably so.
But you gotta wonder what other pockets are being picked while the “news” channels are on this 24/7 “TERRORGASM”.
Dec 29 2009
This will be short.
I don’t know how to deal with this piece except to quote from Chris Floyd himself:
Here is another story in the news: in an isolated rural province in Afghanistan, 10 people were killed in a raid by American-led forces. The Afghan government, installed and sustained in power by the United States, said the victims were all civilians — including eight schoolboys.
But there was no international outcry about this incident; it barely garnered a few mentions in the global press. And even these were quickly shunted aside after a NATO official denied the claims of the Afghan government, and affirmed that all those killed in the raid were evil-doers. As the NYT reports:
A senior NATO official with knowledge of the operation said that the raid had been carried out by a joint Afghan-American force and that its target was a group of men who were known Taliban members and smugglers of homemade bombs, which the American and NATO forces call improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.’s. … “When the raid took place they were armed and had material for making I.E.D.’s,” the official added.
Local officials on the scene in Kunar Province said otherwise. They said 10 civilians had been killed. They said eight of the dead were children:
The governor of Kunar, Fazullah Wahidi, said that “the coalition claimed they were enemy fighters,” but that elders in the district and a delegation sent to the remote area had found that “10 people were killed and all of them were civilians.”
But the NATO official said the Afghans were lying. We will never know the whole truth, of course, for the story will ultimately be controlled by the very force that carried out the attack: the American-led military occupation.
But what an instructive contrast. In one story, an attack which did not happen and which killed no one shakes the entire world. In another story, ten human beings, including eight children, were slaughtered in a sneak attack by night — and the world can scarcely be bothered to notice.
Dec 28 2009
In yet another example of unbelievable douchebaggery, our favorite Senator Joe Lieberman has decided, based on some guy trying to set his underwear on fire on a flight to Detroit, that we need to go to war with Yemen.
“Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war,” Lieberman explained. “Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face.”
Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), also appearing on the program, seemed to agree, calling an attack against Yemen “something we should consider.”
What these two double-douchebags fail to mention is that we’ve already attacked Yemen.
Do they really think we’re that stupid? I guess if you’re appearing on Fox, you can assume your audience IS that stupid, but c’mon. Just a few days ago we sent Tomahawk missiles into Yemen, slaughtering dozens of civilians. We also signed off on Saudi air strikes that had the same result — a slaughtering of civilians.
So yeah, let’s just ignore that for the time being, and maybe we can somehow retroactively justify something we’ve actually already done, based on some extremely flimsy evidence about this guy who tried to set his nutsack on fire on an airplane. Flimsy evidence? How can that be? Why would CNN be reporting on this 24/7 with it’s “Fear! Fear! Fear!” tactics if the evidence was flimy? Yemen is the enemy damnit! I heard it on TV!
Well, check this out from Chris Floyd:
Wow, that didn’t take long at all. Scant days after the American war machine took the cloaking device off its direct military involvement in Yemen, we have an alleged attempted terrorist attack by an alleged attempted terrorist who, just scant hours after his capture, has allegedly confessed to getting his alleged attempted terrorist material from … wait for it … Yemen!
Yemen-trained terrorists on the loose in American airplanes! At Christmas! Great googily moogily! It’s a good thing our boys are on the case over there right now, pounding the holy hell outta some of them Al Qaeder ragheads! And to think, a few pipsqueaky fifth columnists had been starting to wonder why we were killing dozens of innocent civilians on behalf of an authoritarian regime embroiled in a three-way civil war on the other side of the world.
And it must be true, right? I mean, just look at how well-sourced the NYT story is. “A law enforcement official” — Police captain? State trooper? G-Man? Traffic cop? — said that the alleged attempted terrorist said he’d got his “explosive chemicals” from Yemen. (Elsewhere in the paper, other unnamed officials told NYT reporters that the alleged material strapped to the alleged attempted terrorist was “incendiary,” not explosive. But who cares? “Bomb, Terror, Yemen!”)
Of course, the NYT noted that “authorities have not independently corroborated the Yemen connection claimed by the suspect” (nor, they could have added, have they independently corroborated that the claim was actually made), but still, the completely anonymous “law enforcement official” said that the suspect’s claim “was plausible,” and even added: “I see no reason to discount it.”
Well, it doesn’t get more solid than that, does it? They nailed that story down so tight you couldn’t pry it open with God’s own crowbar. An anonymous source confirmed the plausibility of his own claim. Man, that’s ironclad. It’s certainly good enough to light up the media firmament with headlines linking “terror in the Heartland” with the empire’s newest killing field in a volatile foreign land.
So yeah, with that kind of evidence, let’s go bomb a new country! Oh, wait, we already have. Shhh!
Dec 26 2009
While we were all shopping and arguing over whether or not fruitcake is fit for human consumption, Obama decided to go to bat and fight for someone. Who was he fighting for? The torturers of the Bush administration, that’s who. Oh, and anyone else in the United States government who wants to torture and violate the human rights of others.
As Chris Floyd reports, The United States is now legally free to torture whomever it wants, thanks to the Supreme Court of the land, and the political power weilded by Barrack Hussein Obama.
It happened earlier this week, in a discreet ruling that attracted almost no notice and took little time. In fact, our most august defenders of the Constitution did not have to exert themselves in the slightest to eviscerate not merely 220 years of Constitutional jurisprudence but also centuries of agonizing effort to lift civilization a few inches out of the blood-soaked mire that is our common human legacy. They just had to write a single sentence.
Here’s how the bad deal went down. After hearing passionate arguments from the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court acquiesced to the president’s fervent request and, in a one-line ruling, let stand a lower court decision that declared torture an ordinary, expected consequence of military detention, while introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a “suspected enemy combatant” by the president or his designated minions is no longer a “person.” They will simply cease to exist as a legal entity. They will have no inherent rights, no human rights, no legal standing whatsoever — save whatever modicum of process the government arbitrarily deigns to grant them from time to time, with its ever-shifting tribunals and show trials.
And people wonder what this “hatred” is towards Obama. “I didn’t get my pony?” they ask? Ha. They have no idea. I hate Obama for the same reasons I hate Bush. Why? Because Obama IS Bush. His administration is one and the same as the Bush administration, and I mean that quite literally when it comes to justice, human rights, and the wars. ALL THE SAME PEOPLE are running the show, and we know that Bush’s Justice Department is a bunch of corrupt, human rights-violating flunkies recruited from the ranks of the “religious right”. And they are still in office, fighting for their hatreds
Now Obama is not just passively letting these people continue the Bush/Cheney yearas, he is going out of his way to enable them.
He is putting his name to the most egregious violations of human rights in this nation’s history.
What’s really pathological is that he is shitting on the very system that freed African American people, of which he is a gene-carrying member.
More from antiwar.com:
US: Guantanamo Prisoners Not ‘Persons’
by William Fisher,
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to review a lower court’s dismissal of a case brought by four British former Guantanamo prisoners against former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the detainees’ lawyers charged Tuesday that the country’s highest court evidently believes that “torture and religious humiliation are permissible tools for a government to use.”
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., had ruled that government officials were immune from suit because at that time it was unclear whether abusing prisoners at Guantanamo was illegal.
Channeling their predecessors in the George W. Bush administration, Obama Justice Department lawyers argued in this case that there is no constitutional right not to be tortured or otherwise abused in a U.S. prison abroad.
Ironically, the first African American president is promoting a policy frighteningly familiar to the Dred Scott decision of yesteryear:
“Another set of claims are dismissed because Guantanamo detainees are not ‘persons’ within the scope of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – an argument that was too close to Dred Scott v. Sanford for one of the judges on the court of appeals to swallow,” he added.
The Dred Scott case was a decision by the United States Supreme Court in 1857. It ruled that people of African descent imported into the United States and held as slaves, or their descendants – whether or not they were slaves – were not protected by the Constitution and could never be citizens of the United States.
Thanks, Obama. Next time someone calls you an “Uncle Tom” I simply won’t cringe. I might even nod. I might even say “hell yeah.”
Dec 23 2009
You may have seen this already, if you subscribe to Alternet, but in case you haven’t, there’s a very heart warming holiday story about the 10 greediest people in America.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. Why raise the blood pressure, why feel bad if I don’t have to? Can’t I just ignore this, since I’m powerless to do anything about it anyway?
Well, then I read it. I’m a glutton, right? And what surprised me about this, this list of piggish financial gluttony, is not just how it even surpassed my expectations as to what greedy corporate assholes these people are, it’s the fact that I hadn’t really heard of any of them.
I pride myself on being pretty well informed, although I don’t go into too many details, especially those of business, it’s just to mind-numbing to dive into that world. I like to sit back and look at the big picture. So many that’s why I didn’t recognize hardly any of these people.
Or maybe there’s just so damn many of them, and so many of them are flying under the radar, that most of us still have no idea how we’re being robbed, constantly, and by how many robbers.
Dec 22 2009
In the interview, Hiss described how his doctors would mask the removal of corneas from bodies. “We’d glue the eyelid shut,” he said. “We wouldn’t take corneas from families we knew would open the eyelids.”,
I’m not one of those who buys into the “blowback” theories about terrorism, especially of the sophisticated Psyops events like 9/11.
However, people all around the world, especially in the Arab world, hate us, and they hate us for a lot of good reasons.
One of the biggest reasons they hate us is for our unequivocal support of the war criminal state of Israel. It doesn’t matter how atrocious the atrocities committed, the U.S. goes out of its way to support anything Israel does. That last attack in Gaza was particularly criminal and brazen, and our “esteemed” low-lives in our U.S. Congress decided to actually pass a resolution praising Israel’s crimes then. The vote was 390 to 5.
But that’s just politics, right? That’s just your basic warfare stuff, happens all the time, there will always be wars and rumors of war like the bible says, right? Okay, sure. You can set all that aside and just take a look at this:
For the first time, Israel has tacitly admitted stealing Palestinian body parts for transplant in Jewish patients, vindicating accusations leveled by Palestinians and rights groups over the past years.”We started to harvest corneas…whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family,” pathologist Yehuda Hiss, the former head of the Abu Akbar Center, also known as the L. Greenberg Institute for Forensic Medicine, told Nancy Sheppard-Hughes, now a professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, in a documentary aired by the Israeli Channel Two.
The documentary revealed that in the 1990s, forensic specialists harvested corneas, heart valves and bones from the bodies of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives.
Israel has also been accused of deliberately killing Palestinians in order to harvest their organs.
Other body parts believed to have been harvested from deceased Palestinians and others included heart arteries, bones and corneal tissues.
“The skins were taken from the bodies and transmitted to Hadasah hospital in West Jerusalem on the request of the Israeli army to be transplanted to wounded soldiers and in case of disaster,” said Hiss.
Hiss revealed that in the early 1990s, military surgeons began removing a thin layer of skin from bodies to treat burn victims, which he said was done without family consent.
Hughes reportedly decided to publish the interview, recorded in 2000 as part of her studies at the Israeli forensic institute, after a leading Swedish daily reported in August that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians to trade in their organs.
A Swedish journalist revealed earlier this year that Israeli doctors at the Abu Akbar forensic institute had been harvesting organs from Palestinians killed by the Israeli army.
And this isn’t like a one-time thing. Check this out:
When Avraham’s brother asked to see the body, the hospital refused. However, he insisted and the doctors finally gave in. The body was completely covered in bandages, “which didn’t jive with a stroke, so he unwrapped the bandages, and was shocked to see the upper body empty: Instead of internal organs, there were bandages that had been stuffed inside to fill the space,” Ofra said.
“They treated him like an alley cat,” she said tearfully. “From the moment he entered the hospital, they apparently saw him only as a potential source of organs and not as a man in need of treatment. They only thought about how to do the deed without us knowing.”
It took a few hours before the family connected the state of the body with the historic transplant. Then, they began asking questions – but the hospital insisted that Sadegat’s heart had not been used.
The family then applied to three cabinet ministers, demanding to know why the heart had been taken without their consent. They did not ask for compensation; they simply wanted to know the truth.
The affair aroused a media storm, but the hospital continued to stick to its denial. Only weeks later did it finally give in and admit that Sadegat’s heart had been used. But it made this admission only after the family signed a document promising not to sue.
And then, of course, there are little things like this:
Dec 22 2009
Chalk up yet another reason why we have two wars going right now — the U.S. Military is one of the biggest consumers of petroleum products in the world.
And because of this, it is also one of the world’s leading producers of CO2.
As pointed out in this incredible essay, this is the proverbial “elephant in the room”.
(And don’t even get me started on the share of the budget defecit, and the ongoing collapse of the dollar, that the Pentagon is responsible for. )
Sara Flounders writes:
By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.
The Feb. 17, 2007, Energy Bulletin detailed the oil consumption just for the Pentagon’s aircraft, ships, ground vehicles and facilities that made it the single-largest oil consumer in the world.
Even according to rankings in the 2006 CIA World Factbook, only 35 countries (out of 210 in the world) consume more oil per day than the Pentagon.
This information is not readily available … because military emissions abroad are exempt from national reporting requirements under U.S. law and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change” …
Bryan Farrell in his new book, “The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism,” says that “the greatest single assault on the environment, on all of us around the globe, comes from one agency … the Armed Forces of the United States.”
More inconvenient facts:
Professor Michael Klare noted in 2007:
Sixteen gallons of oil. That’s how much the average American soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan consumes on a daily basis — either directly, through the use of Humvees, tanks, trucks, and helicopters, or indirectly, by calling in air strikes. Multiply this figure by 162,000 soldiers in Iraq, 24,000 in Afghanistan, and 30,000 in the surrounding region (including sailors aboard U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf) and you arrive at approximately 3.5 million gallons of oil: the daily petroleum tab for U.S. combat operations in the Middle East war zone.
And there’s more:
And in 2008, Oil Change International released a report showing that:
The [Iraq] war is responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) since March 2003. To put this in perspective, CO2 released by the war to date equals the emissions from putting 25 million more cars on the road in the US this year.
Between March 2003 and October 2007 the US military in Iraq purchased more than 4 billion gallons of fuel from the Defense Energy Support Center, the agency responsible for procuring and supplying petroleum products to the Department of Defense. Burning these fuels has directly produced nearly 39 million metric tons of CO2 Just transporting 4 billion gallons of fuel to the military in Iraq consumed at least as much fuel as was delivered nearly doubling overall fuel-related emissions.
Emissions from the Iraq War to date are nearly two and a half times greater than what would be avoided between 2009 and 2016 were California to implement the auto emission regulations it has proposed (but that the Bush Administration struck down).
If the war were ranked as a country in terms of annual emissions, it would emit more CO2 each year than 139 of the world’s nations do, more than 60% of all countries on the planet…
Wow, no wonder the Powers that Be don’t want to put the brakes on this thing. It’s a paradise for the oil companies, a dream come true. They take over a country with oil, then spend gargantuan amounts of oil in order to keep the Army there, then when things settle down a bit they just gear up ANOTHER “war” so that they can pump even more and more, all the while charging it to the United States taxpayer.
What a racket.
The wars are rackets.
Dec 21 2009
I’ll admit, I had a nasty cold a couple of weeks ago, was unemployed, was bored out of my mind, so …… I rejoined Dailykos. Other than just to kill time while I was barely able to move, I did it mainly to rec up a few things here and there, and to just see what kind of responses certain ideas would get. Wow.
My name was MightyMole. It’s a type of light we use in Hollywood made by Mole Richardson.
That place has gone so downhill since I was banned last time that it was almost completely unbearable to be over there. Yet it sucks you in, there’s “action”, instant responses, you can’t even keep up half the time, and I type over 100 words a minute. The energy is bad, but it’s hard to break away from once you’re in it.
But holy shit that place is populated by a bunch of idiots. Some of the people are smart and informed, but seriously it’s only maybe in the 5% range.
And what’s so annoying about the rest of them is how they THINK they have a clue. When they don’t. People who are completely ignorant — who think they know everything — are absolutely no different from the dumbest fucking Republican ever.
One of the smarest things a person can ever do is realize how informed they AREN’T. In fact, that’s what I tell people now what a college education is for. A college education is not to really teach you that much stuff, it’s to let you know how much stuff you DON’T know.
What has happened to the average American “Democrat?” It’s scary.
I don’t put up with rudeness very well. I’m done with rude people. And that place seems to have turned into nothing but a big toilet-hole of rudeness, a place where people can go to get their rocks off abusing each other verbally.
I once dated a girl who admitted to me that she would drive to distant shopping malls, where she planned on never going back, just so she could be really nasty and rude to the woman workers in the stores. It’s kind of like that. What is it with these peoples’ need to be nasty to other human beings?
My rule is that if someone is rude or nasty to me, I come back at them ten fold, or more. I just don’t have any patience for that shit any more. People in this country will put up with anything, including really abominable behavior on the part of each other.
Anyway, here’s the best comment I saw, by one of the rare needles in the haystacks of ignorance:
Yeah, the GOP failed alright (8+ / 0-)
They worked it so that everyone on the individual market is required to pay exorbitant premiums to private companies for crappy insurance that doesn’t actually cover anything, with no regulations or oversight; essentially the largest middle-class tax increase in history; the insurance companies get 30 million new customers that they don’t have to service because everyone is going to be required by law to buy their horrible product.
And the Republicans won’t bear any of the blame for it despite the outcome essentially being better for them and their benefactors in the health insurance industry than anything Bush could possibly have dreamed of passing.
Let’s all laugh at those failures in the GOP.
by eg4190 on Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 11:25:33 PM PST
These people are cheering on their own party’s suicide.
No wonder this country’s in such a sewer.
These people couldn’t give a crap that Obama’s blowing up civilians willy nilly in, say, Yemen right now. Murdering completely innocent people. Doesn’t matter.
Obama can literally do anything Bush did, but because he’s got a (D) after his name, it’s just A-OK and he’s “My” President.
Blows my mind. Just completely blows it.
Oh, and don’t even think about primarying him in 2012, apparently Democratic Presidents are entitled to a single eight year term. That was news to me.
No IDEA about political power. No IDEA about how to use it.
Maybe I’ll just delete this whole thing in a while. I know I have told people here over and over to just avoid that place. I meant it, I really did. I was bored. Sure, I knew how I might react over there, but my perusals of that place in the past few months have been superficial, in fact I have avoided it for months at a time, so I didn’t really have a feel at ALL as to how that place has gone downhill.
Dec 18 2009
This is one of those entries where I’m going to basically just send you over to the link so you can check it out for yourself. The site itself has become a daily must-visit for me, and should be for others interested in what’s really going on. I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s really really good.
His entries are so chock-full of links that cutting and pasting what he’s saying is almost pointless, unless you include all the links (and if anyone knows an easy way to do that, I’d love to learn it!).
Anyway for all the Larry Summers MORONS out there who think that sunny days of economic lushness are right around the corner, well, this is something of a buzz-kill. (the same guy has an awesome piece that just DESTROYS Summers).
Anyway, here’s a sample:
Today, Moody’s warned that future tax rises and spending cuts could trigger social unrest in a range of countries from the developing to the developed world, that in the coming years, evidence of social unrest and public tension may become just as important signs of whether a country will be able to adapt as traditional economic metrics, that a fiscal crisis remains a possibility for a leading economy, and that 2010 would be a “tumultuous year for sovereign debt issuers”.
Dec 11 2009
The war in Afghanistan is now officially a racket. We are paying the Taliban, literally paying them American dollars, so that they won’t attack our “contractors” supplying our troops.
So that we can go fight the Taliban.
It’s a racket for everybody, the contractors, the Taliban, everybody but the poor bastards who have to fight this useless fight, and the American taxpayer who, it appears, will shell out a couple of Trillion dollars (yes, Trillion with a “TR”) to keep the scam going for another 10 to 15 years.
The truth hurts.
Kucinich also makes it clear that the war is unconstitutional in the first place.
Looks like Obama is just another tool of the M.I.C. and we were all punked.
Dec 09 2009
How many times over the last 9 years have we had these moments?
They’re exactly the same, every time, whether they’re about the destruction of Habeus Corpus, funding the wars, whatever. Seriously, you could just plug in a different issue each time, the response is always the same. “Congress sold us out! Harry Reid needs to lose his seat! I can’t believe Pelosi did that! Obama lied!”
Every time the Dems sell us out and we scream and yell and say “they lost me”.
And what do we do about it?
Anybody start any new parties yet?
No? Why not?
The two parties we have don’t represent us. They’re two reflections of the same ruling “real” party.
If we want some actual representation, we have to provide it ourselves.
New parties. New people. New everything.
Americans think they can just delegate everything. They think they can “consume” politics the same way they “consume” other corporate products.
“Well, I buy Budweiser. Therefore I am served by Budweiser. I vote with my pocketbook for Budweiser, and that’s what I get, because that’s what I like.”
Doesn’t work that way in politics. You have to get out there and create shit. You can’t order your political house out of the Sears catalog any more. You have to start from scratch, find the plot of land, cut down the trees, chop up the boards, forge our own nails, whatever.
Dec 08 2009
Remember the Bush administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein could launch a WMD attack on the United States in 45 minutes time?
It was one of the centerpieces of his claims as to why we “needed” to go to war.
Well, turns out that claim came from ….. (drum roll please) ……
A taxi driver.
I’m not making this up.