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Month: March 2003 (page 1 of 2)

Pray for the President

according to abc newsonline, marines in iraq have been given a mini-prayer book called “A Christian’s Duty” that includes a tear-out section to be mailed to the White House showing that the soldier pledges he or she has been praying for the president. sunday’s prayer was “Pray that the President and his advisers will seek God and his wisdom daily and not rely on their own understanding”. today’s prayer is “Pray that the President and his advisers will be strong and courageous to do what is right regardless of critics”.

whatever happened to the separation of church and state? and isn’t it a bit twisted to have soldiers on the frontline praying for the guy who’s sitting safe? that said, if they are going to pray for something, praying for the president to not rely on his own understanding is not a bad place to start.

Get Your News Here

i’ve been wanting to write something for the past couple days, but i just can’t even figure out where to start. i’m so disappointed and saddened with the state of the world. i still need some time to get my thoughts together, but in the meantime, you can read what other people have to say. where is raed? is the blog of a young man in baghdad. this is way more real than CNN. I would send you over the english version of al jazeera, but their servers have been under a DOS attack since yesterday. christopher allbritton is on his way to iraq to cover the war as an independent journalist, not beholden to any government or corporation. warblogging is another good source of information. or for a roundup of war blogs, there’s warblogs:cc. electroniciraqrounds up iraq news from more traditional news sources.

oh, and cnn has asked kevin sites (see previous entry) to stop blogging. sigh.

Stupid Security Competition

Just a reminder. The deadline for Privacy International’s Stupid Security Competition is fast approaching. Have you recently been subjected to pointless, ridiculous ‘security’ measures? Well then send in your submissions. You have 2 more days.

Blogging from Iraq

CNN correspondent Kevin Sites is blogging from Northern Iraq. Well, actually he’s using a satellite phone to dictate his blog entries to someone who then posts on the site. He’s also managed to upload some photos. It might be interesting to keep on eye on his blog over the next couple days, especially since all the news we’ll be getting from the mainstream press will have been carefully edited and given just the right amount of spin.

Country Music Politics

“I hear people saying we don’t need this war/ I say there’s some things worth fighting for/… Some say this country’s just out looking for a fight/ After 9/11, man, I’d have to say that’s right/ …Have you forgotten all the people killed?/ Some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field/ Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?/ All the loved ones that we lost and those left to carry on/ Don’t you tell me not to worry about bin Laden.” -Lyrics from “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley (this song is currently speeding up the country charts.)

Oh for fcuk’s sake. This kind of jingoistic blather is part of the reason people believe that in order to avenge 9/11 and prevent another terrorist attack on the U.S. we have to go to war with Iraq. Bush and Powell are doing everything they can to feed into this rhetoric as well. And it’s working. In a recent poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, 46 percent of Americans thought most of the September 11th hijackers were Iraqi. None of them were Iraqi. Whether or not there is a link between bin Laden and Hussein remains a highly contested topic. But what the hell, let’s bomb them anyway.

And to add offense to injury, it’s a cheesy, crap song.

I also came across this apt description of Bush in a Salon.com article, Bush vs. Bush: “Critics of the pending war slam the president as on a personal crusade — a “fixation,” as Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., said last week, stopping short of comparing the president to the avenging Spanish fencer Inigo Montoya from the film “The Princess Bride.” (President Bush didn’t help matters by once describing Saddam as ‘the guy who tried to kill my dad.’)”

Hehe. “My name is George Bush, you tried to kill my dad, prepare to die.”

Illegal T-shirts?

Last time I checked, the first amendment still read “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” So how come this guy got arrested at the mall for wearing a ‘give peace a chance’ t-shirt? And this student got sent home for wearing an anti-Bush t-shirt?

Maybe you think that that kid’s t-shirt was out of line. I think I agree with Teddy: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” – Theodore Roosevelt (1918)”

In other news, “American military officials acknowledged yesterday that two prisoners captured in Afghanistan in December had been killed while under interrogation at Bagram air base north of Kabul”. “A spokesman for the air base confirmed that the official cause of death of the two men was ‘homicide’.”

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