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Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday roundup

Is it just me, or is there something a little hollow with the medias love fest over the Maori Queen’s funeral? Only last month the media were ripping Maori families to pieces over the Kahui twins, now it’s deep respect for the Queen. Wouldn’t it be nice if the media respected living Maori the way they do dead Maori.

Powerful lobby groups are anticipating a massive power shift in the upcoming elections, will Bush and the Neocons finally die or will we see another synthetic terrorist attack on US soil to suddenly interrupt the democratic process with all these new Martial Law powers that have been put in place quietly behind the scenes?

This from the Washington Post….
WASHINGTON: Washington lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate offices are moving to hire more well-connected Democrats in response to rising prospects that the opposition party will wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress from Republicans in the November elections. In what lobbyists are calling a harbinger of possible upheaval on Capitol Hill, many who make a living influencing government have gone from mostly shunning Democrats to aggressively recruiting them as lobbyists over the past six months or so. "We've seen a noticeable shift," said Beth Solomon, director of the Washington office of Christian & Timbers, an executive search firm that helps to place senior lobbyists and trade association heads.

One of the things I love is when something happens, and all the uninformed talkback rhetoric kicks off. You know when America illegally invaded Iraq, there were so many star spangled voices in NZ singing the praise of Bush and how Saddam was going to use WMDs within 45minutes to kill us all. Funny you don’t hear those fuckwits much now these days do you? Unless you’re listening to Radio Pacific, Newstalk or Radio Live! It’s a little like Israel invading Lebanon, remember a month ago the debate on this very site, ‘It’s all Hezbollah’s fault, Israel HAS to fight back, Hezbollah want to destroy Israel and they are evil, poor, poor victim Israel”. Remember the Israeli spokesperson on Campbell Live attacking John for even suggesting that Israel was over-reacting? Remember Paul Henry on Breakfast on TV One and the pro Israel bias? Remember that dumb bitch on TV One who was effectively reading out Israeli press releases?

Yeah well, after revelations that Israel planned this military adventure with the US in advance, with the beating back of Israel by Hezbollah who have legitimate complaints with the occupation of the Sheeba Farms, with the realization that the occupation in Palestine is breeding terrorists who are now becoming a pan Arabic nationalist movement, with all these elements of truth, isn’t it funny all those voices singing Israel’s praises, are now no where to be heard. This was an abortion to begin with and the damage and life lost can never be justified after learning of Israel’s premeditation. But of course we will never hear those voices apologise or admit they were wrong, we will simply hear from them again the next time a red neck button gets pushed.

Bush gets tapped by the law, this from Reuters…
DETROIT - A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to halt the National Security Agency's program of domestic eavesdropping, saying it violated the US Constitution. The ruling marked a setback for the Bush administration, which has defended the program as an essential tool in its war on terrorism. US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor said the warrantless wiretapping under the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" violated free speech rights, protections against unreasonable searches and the constitutional check on the power of the presidency. "There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution," Taylor said in a 44-page ruling.

I don’t know about you, but I could never work out what was creepier, child beauty pageant JonBenet’s death, or the fact that someone would dress their kid up like that in the first place. Wasn’t it weird? Her dressed up in make up and those outfits always left a really ill taste in my mouth. NOW we get these warped looking guy in Thailand who was a teacher at the time in JonBenet’s hometown, with a past history of Child Pornography. NOW I’M NO COP – BUT, how did this guy get missed in the criminal profile? How inept are American Cops? He could only be a more likely suspect if he had “I fiddle with kiddies” tattooed on his forehead and danced around in one of JonBenet’s blood-splattered dresses.

One of the things that really piss me off is all these Generals and paid pundits who sit on these news shows with those surprised looks on their faces as the conditions in Iraq get worse and worse. Remember when we were told the Iraqis would welcome American troops just like the French did when liberating Paris? Oh there would be flowers thrown in the streets, milk and honey running through the gutters and young Muslim maidens impaling themselves on lads from Ohio. Yeah, well, that’s kinda gone arse over end, the way voices like mine and millions of others around the globe POINTED OUT BEFORE YOU INVADED YOU DICKHEADS! Oh and don’t start me about Afghanistan – the feminist war, that’s right, those Marines are fighting for feminism in Afghanistan, that war is all about women’s rights! Education and the right to not wear burquas. Wow, and all this time I thought it was a diversion war to prep America for invading Iraq. Here are some news clips from AlJazeera that show how well Iraq is going at the moment….

US officer charged in Iraq assaults
The military has charged a US Marine Corps officer with assaulting three Iraqi civilians in April, accusing him of beating and choking them and placing a pistol in one victim's mouth. The Marines said on Wednesday that 2nd Lieutenant Nathan Phan, the officer, was charged with three counts of assault and one count of making a false official statement relating to the incident on April 10, near Hamdania, a town west of Baghdad. Phan, 26, was the platoon leader of the troops charged with premeditated murder in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man on April 26 in the same town, the Marines said; but he was not charged in relation to that incident.

Violence continues across Iraq
A series of attacks across Iraq have left several people dead and dozens injured as the country's prime minister says that Iraqi troops can handle the violence without US army support. The most deadly attack was a car bombing that killed at least two people in Sadr City, a mainly Shia area of Baghdad, on Thursday morning.

Bush rejects calls for early Iraq pullout
The US president has rejected calls by opposition Democrats for an early withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, warning such a move could result in a "terrorist state" with vast oil reserves. Those who say the United States should leave Iraq are "wrong," George Bush said on Wednesday.


At 19/8/06 12:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your angles are always food for thought Bomber. I've spent the occasional moment on-line arguing with the like who are without a doubt responsible for Bush's retention as president and although some would ask why i bother i guess that on some level i enjoy reading the stuff that these people offer up as irrefutable gospel. Its very entertaining. Yes it looks as if history is repeating itself particularly the convenience that terrorist attacks provide for the greatest democracy in the world to erode civil right and ride rough shod all over genuine democratic process. This very thing could be seen in The States prior the Vietnam war when then commander in chief Johnson (another texan) being able to get congress to grant him the power to do as he saw fit all in the name of curtailing the perceived threat of communism. Speaking of being amused by Bush supporters I am curious if english is the new rip it up editor's first language. I'm appalled by this persons editorials. The writing is very poor not to mention some of the content. Are you planning to get back in print bomber?

At 20/8/06 11:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The war in afghanistan is justified.

If some cunt drove a plane into the auckland CBD, and we found out Afghanistans insane Islamic government was sheltering him, you wouldn't fucking complain then would you, you fucking pansy?

But the Iraq thing is, admittedly, a major cock-up from the get go - BUSH:How should we fight religiously inspired terrorism? ADVISER:I know, why don't we invade the only strongly SECULAR arab country in the whole middle-east. That'll go real well ;D BUSH:Sounds like a plan!

At 21/8/06 10:02 am, Blogger bomber said...

Dear Anon - IF the war in Afghanistan was justified, could you tell me if the Countries who created the environment that allowed the Regime to become created in the first place are also to blame? Asking another way, should the people who created the Taliban also be held responsible for what they alllowed to happen?

Oh and one more question, how come we invaded Afghanistan when 19 of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia?

At 21/8/06 8:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 02 - you kiss your mama with that mouth. you my friend like bush are an idiot but then that would be an insult to idiots aye? I have my doubts that the likes of yourself would even do anything if that scenario played out you'd be too busy feeling cock with your mates down the pub after the game.
you fucking pansy!

At 23/8/06 6:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Kiwis aren't afraid of terrorism, like Anonymous 02 has indicated. Do you really think that a political group will use violence in New Zealand to scare pepole? "hey, this will get Antarctica's attention!"

Really, the best option would be to adopt a distinct, independant position in foreign affairs issues, possibly even change your flag to one that shows your distinct position in the world, so you aren't confused with Australia and the UK (who, along with the US, have taken an extremist posture on many international issues), like we did in Canada. There are many tales of people seeing the Canadian flag's red maple leaf in Europe and being much more hospitable than to someone from the US. Carve out your own positive national identity, but don't fall victim to nationalism -- it's not worth it. Encourage multiculturalism, it's great! (As one person I met said, "the main reason I like multiculturalism is because now I can get real thai food in my home town.") How about a Canada style flag with a Kiwi on the flag instead of a maple leaf, and a color of Kiwis choosing? :)

Also, is it relatively easy to emigrate to New Zealand from Canada? You people are really in an enviable position in the world, I hope to live there some day!

At 23/8/06 6:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: above, sorry I obviously meant "scare people" not "scare pepole". I'm not sure why I missed that!


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