A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Quid Pro Quo (Scroll Down)


By now, you've seen the pictures of Iraqis dancing in the streets or at least have heard that reported; there must be at least 20 people in the picture I saw. Defying the "terrorists," they voted and dipped their fingers in ink. Amazingly, I can't seem to find any pictures of the throngs who were "dancing in the streets." Perhaps the "throngs" were another example of "differential framing" which makes a crowd appear much larger than it actually is.

By now, you've also heard the word "historic" by those in media hyping the success of the election. One can only hope that this debacle will end soon and our troops can return home to their families. But, it's been the practice of this administration to "stage" feel good stories. The toppling of Saddam's statue, shown above, is a prime example.

Are we getting the truth this time or just another propaganda piece to influence our perceptions?

There's a reason why there is no exit strategy; there's no plan to leave. Otherwise, why build the largest embassy in the world and 14 permanent military bases?

Local Clear Channel talk jocks are promoting the idea that if you're not elated about the Iraqi election or question its "historic" importance, you must really hate George Bush. I guess they're the kind of people who are so blinded by political partisanship that they believe others lose all objectivity as they do.


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I tried to watch "This Week" yesterday, but the first segment had CONdi and the roundtable had the insufferable Cokie Roberts. Displaying true balance, the roundtable included George Will, master of the obscure and irrelevant historical reference, and Cokie Roberts, who could do us all a favor by staying in retirement.

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