Two new photos were released by ABC News tonight
Two new photos were released by ABC News tonight
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Clifton would out do him, he told the crowd, as he announced “Act 3″…wherein the legendary porn star Ron Jeremy came out with a sign, also held by Dennis Huff, who is apparently the owner of the Midnight Bunny Ranch in Nevada. Act 3 will be tomorrow night (actually tonight, I guess) for anybody who can make it to the Bunny Ranch for free….whatever you like…between 8pm and Midnight.
A few Bunny Ranch denizens then took off their top and invited everyone to come on up tomorrow night for all they could eat.
Apparently Zmuda was able to make it. .
The website, Andy Kaufman Returns, is being outted here at Hammer of Truth as a HOAX!
PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE/DISJOINTED SENTENCES (just like Drudge)
Recently, two items were released that spelled doom for the hoax–which is being perpetrated by Kaufman’s old friend Bob Zmuda–photos of an event at the Bunny Ranch near Las Vegas.using the free wire service PR Web, and
Editor and Publisher has an:
“Soldiers would move between them, whispering things in their ear. Ahmad and Sattar did not understand what was whispered. Salem says they whispered that they wanted to have sex with him and were saying “come on, just for two minutes.”T hey also said he should bring his wife so they could have sex with her. …
“Soldiers would whisper in their ears “One, two, three…” and then shout something loudly right beside their ear. All of this went on all night. … Ahmad said he collapsed by morning. Sattar said he collapsed after Ahmad and began vomiting. …
One item that intrigued me is the “badges with the letter ‘C’ on it”:
“Ahmad and Sattar both said that they were given badges with the letter ‘C’ on it. They did not know what the badges meant but whenever they were being taken from one place to another in the base, if any soldier saw their badge they would stop to slap them or hurl abuse.
They had no evidence on which to detain the men, yet somehow they were given these badges. I did run across a military term that might apply, but it’s pure speculation. If anyone has any info on this one, let me know:
(DOD) A deliberate & calculated association with person[s] for the purpose of recruitment, obtaining info, or gaining control for these or other purposes [emphasis added]
Reuters, NBC Staff Abused by U.S. Troops in Iraq
Big news of the day is thatafter seeing gunshots from celebratory gunfire:
A U.S. helicopter fired on a wedding party early Wednesday in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said it could not confirm the report and was investigating.
Al-Ani said people at the wedding fired weapons in the air, and that American troops came to investigate and left. However, al-Ani said, helicopters attacked the area at about 3 a.m. Two houses were destroyed, he said.
First of all, I’m not going to join the hordes of people who are going to condemn the military for shooting. It’s irresponsible and stupid to be shooting in the air; what is merely a lapse of judgment in peacetime becomes an incredulous act in the midst of an urban guerilla war. What idiot doesn’t realize that gravity is still going to bring those bullets back down? It takes a bigger idiot than that to be doing the same thing when helicopter pilots are twitchy and ready to fire at anything that flashes from the ground.
General Abizaid now says that he expects more violence after the June 30th transition of power to the Iraqi interim government:
“So moving through the election period will be violent and it could very well be more violent than we’re seeing today. So it’s possible that we might need more forces,”
Give me a break, he doesn’t even bother to come up with a reason for the increase of violence, he just says it’s going to happen and we should deploy more troops because of this speculation. Well I hate to be the one to say it, General, but the reason there’s going to be more violence is painfully clear: Iraqis are going to see more troops roaming around after June 30th than before, and the first thing that’s going to cross their minds is that we aren’t being forthright about our intentions to vacate the country anytime soon.
A Few Quick hits on the unraveling Abu Ghraib situation:
The Denver Post writes Brutal interrogation in Iraq”
Internal records obtained by The Post point to wider problems beyond the Abu Ghraib prison and demonstrate that some coercive tactics used at Abu Ghraib have shown up in interrogations elsewhere in the war effort. The documents also show more than twice as many allegations of detainee abuse – 75 – are being investigated by the military than previously known. Twenty-seven of the abuse cases involve deaths; at least eight are believed to be homicides.
And ABC News is adamant when they report
“There’s definitely a cover-up,” the witness, Sgt. Samuel Provance, said. “People are either telling themselves or being told to be quiet.”
You can bet Rumsfeld is sweating profusely with all this attention and investigative journalists flying around the world inspecting military prisons. Smart money is saying Bush will cut his ties from the rogue situation at the Pentagon in order to try and salvage his campaign.
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The iTorture thing seems to be a theme. It’s certainly close to being a pop-culture icon. The caption: “10,000 Volts volts in your pocket, guilty or innocent.”
Wonkette is reporting on the female bureaucrat-cum-B-girl Washingtonienne, who has been fired over keeping a blog of her “activities”. Just when you thought wonton sex went out the door with the Clintons, enter stage right: the new class willing to pay for sex:
Most of my living expenses are thankfully subsidized by a few generous older gentlemen. I’m sure I am not the only one who makes money on the side this way: how can anybody live on $25K/year??
If you investigated every Staff Ass on the Hill, I am sure you would find out some freaky shit. No way can anybody live on such a low salary. I am convinced that the Congressional offices are full of dealers and hos.
Of course! But at least our Washingtonienne was smart enough to charge for her services, or at least get something more than “a good ass-fucking” [ed- that's a Wonkette term, we condone it though]:
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
I just took a long lunch with X and made a quick $400. When I returned to the office, I heard that my boss was asking about my whereabouts. Loser.
posted by The Washingtonienne at 2:10 PM
Well, there’s one definition of “trickle down economics” that I hadn’t thought of.
UPDATE: Wonkette is fuming, because someone has lower morals than her (pshaaa!), and also disagrees on Pressler, saying “We heard CoS [Pressler], but now learn that Pressler was in Ohio yesterday.”–Republican Mike Dewine from Ohio–and says it was Laurel Pressler who “as my source put it, ‘reamed her in front of the whole staff.'”
As if it wasn’t bad enough that MPs and private contractors were violating Geneva Conventions: 3 Iraqis working for Reuters and an Iraqi journalist working for NBC have come forward and detailed their own abuse at Abu Ghraib by U.S. soldiers:
Two of the three Reuters staff said they had been forced to insert a finger into their anus and then lick it, and were forced to put shoes in their mouths, particularly humiliating in Arab culture.
All three said they were forced to make demeaning gestures as soldiers laughed, taunted them and took photographs. They said they did not want to give details publicly earlier because of the degrading nature of the abuse.
The soldiers told them they would be taken to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, deprived them of sleep, placed bags over their heads, kicked and hit them and forced them to remain in stress positions for long periods.
The response from the Pentagon is becoming tragically blase and the denials just reek of a shoddy cover-up:
A summary of the investigation by the 82nd Airborne Division, dated January 28 and provided to Reuters, said “no specific incidents of abuse were found.” It said soldiers responsible for the detainees were interviewed under oath and “none admit or report knowledge of physical abuse or torture.”
“The detainees were purposefully and carefully put under stress, to include sleep deprivation, in order to facilitate interrogation; they were not tortured,” it said. The version received Monday used the phrase “sleep management” instead.
As always, an awesome cartoon editorial concerning the ongoing “War on Terrorism”. Get Your War On #35:
Keep working your magic, Mr. David Reese, and remember to give me a call next time you’re in Atlanta. Drinks are on me.
Just spotted this over at Political Animal “Calling up the Reserves“:
Does anyone doubt that the next logical step to staunch the attrition and lack of enthusiasm from troops is to reinstitute some form of the draft?
UPDATE: The Pentagon is going to try and use the IRS to help track down inactive reservists. A whopping 1/3rd of them have not been even been informing the military of where they live. It will take an ammendment to the tax code–approved by Congress and the President–for the military to begin it’s search.
The Abu Ghraib scandal is growing and growing, my guess is that an independent council (not military or Congressional) will be named to investigate the abuses and torture; Hersh or pfc. Darby (the soldier who came forward to expose the abuse) will likely be named Time Magazine’s 2004
Man Person of the Year.
Urban Renewal Edition: Rumsfailed
A group of statues at a popular intersection in Fremont was decorated with black hoods by an anonymous artist. The correlation to the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib is obvious, and some great uh, “reporting”, led to these choice quotes:
“It’s freedom of expression,” said Colin Klein. “It definitely makes me think about it a little bit more, after seeing it like that.”
“I think we — collectively — need to think about it,” said Bunn.
But what kind of reporting would this be if we didn’t have the opposition voicing their opinion:
“Sometimes force is necessary between people,” said veteran John Wolfe. He thinks the focus should be on American prisoners — namely Nick Berg who was beheaded earlier this month.
“I think about Nick Berg. Nobody put a hood over his head,” he said.
Oh come on Mr. Wolfe, won’t you think about the poor Iraqi canines that are being abused?
An interesting poll was attached to the MSNBC article:
Looks like people are starting to wise up to the reality that this was a systemic problem brewing out of the Pentagon, and not the contrive story about a few rogue soldiers. The expose isn’t even halfway through and the media is salivating every time the New Yorker prints a new article; who wants to place bets that an independent investigator is summoned to investigate the links between side-stepping Geneva Conventions and prisoner abuse?
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his is an absolutely must see interview of Powell on Meet the Press with Tim Russert:
EMILY MILLER, STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS AIDE: You’re off.
SECRETARY POWELL: I am not off.
EMILY MILLER, PRESS AIDE: No. They can’t use it, they’re editing it.
SECRETARY POWELL: He’s still asking the questions.
EMILY MILLER, PRESS AIDE: He was not …
SECRETARY POWELL: Tim, I am sorry I lost you.
MR. RUSSERT: I am right here Mr. Secretary. I would hope they would put you back on camera. I don’t know who did that.
EMILY MILLER, PRESS AIDE: He was going to go for another five minutes.
SECRETARY POWELL: We’ve really scre…
MR. RUSSERT: I think that was one of your staff Mr. Secretary. I don’t think that’s appropriate.
SECRETARY POWELL: Emily, get out of the way. Bring the camera back please. (Camera returns to the interview subject) I think we’re back on Tim, go ahead with your last question.
The quasi-excuse was that the interview was going too long, but NBC rebutted the claim:
She said every effort was made to get NBC to finish up, but that other networks had booked satellite time for interviews with Powell.
The executive producer of Meet the Press, Betsy Fischer, said Powell was 45 minutes late for the interview and that “everyone’s satellite schedules already had to be rescheduled” anyway.
UPDATE: Lisa Rein has put up bittorrent links to all of the video files. Hurrah for the ingenuity of the Internet.
I came across thisover at Wooster Collective. Interesting that these symbols of war become images of pop culture so quickly.
“Doonesbury” has a strikingly coincidental strip scheduled to run on May 23rd which depicts a head on a platter. Newspapers, which often print their comics pages anywhere from 10-days to 2-weeks in advance of the rest of the paper,:
“We’re going to have to publish it because we’ve already printed,” Elizabeth McIntyre, the features editor for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, told the Washington Post. “If I’d known on Wednesday, I could have done something about it.”
“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau is expected to release a statement–on the 23rd–offering a mea culpa and explaining that the strip was drawn and delivered for syndication before the Nick Berg decapitation video was released.
Among the major papers stuck with the strip: the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.
It seems the Nick Berg execution video is not as cut and dry as it appears, and many intelligent questions have arisen about just who was in the videos and some discrepancies that were easy to spot. Kuro5hin has the complete analysis in Nick Berg’s Killing: 50 Fishy Circumstances, Contradictory Claims, and Videotape Anomalies (via Boing Boing):
AngryFinger.org also points out the infamous plastic chair that Berg sat in is identical to one or two that were photographed at the Abu Ghraib prison:
Take it with a grain of salt: I know that Wal-Mart sells thousands of those cheap plastic chairs, but I doubt that the Sam Walton family is responsible for Nick Berg’s murder. Plastic furniture is probably a very popular fixture in such a poor country.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D) is demanding an investigation into fresh reports of abuse and/or torture at the Camp Delta prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The allegation was made by The Observer:
Dozens of videotapes of American guards allegedly engaged in brutal attacks on Guantanamo Bay detainees have been stored and catalogued at the camp, an investigation by The Observer has revealed.
The only evidence so far has been from a handful of detainees who have since been released. Tarek Dergoul, the fifth British prisoner freed last March, shared his experience:
“They pepper-sprayed me in the face, and I started vomiting. They pinned me down and attacked me, poking their fingers in my eyes, and forced my head into the toilet pan and flushed.
They tied me up like a beast and then they were kneeling on me, kicking and punching. Finally they dragged me out of the cell in chains, into the rec[reation] yard, and shaved my beard, my hair, my eyebrows.”
It’s no wonder that all of these abuses are taking place in American prisons in foreign countries, since legislators have very little control of foreign policy outside of some military oversight committees. The foremost authority is still military and executive, who only seem to be addressing these problems when photographic ducumentation is made public.
The New York Times has a slideshow of color photos taken during the 1930’s and 1940’s–called Poverty’s Palette–that are just awesome. Kodak was holding out on us!
I’m awestruck at how differently things appear when color is added, it’s adds a whole new level of vibrance and reality to these snapshots of daily life.
An interesting movie came out today called “A Day Without a Mexican.”
It looks interesting, from what I in the movie trailer (5MB on a T1 took 20+ minutes). The storyline is simple, all of the Mexicans disappear. Not in the quasi-metaphorical sense that no one can see them, but they literally vanish in thin air. The result is a world where people have to cut their own grass, wash their own dishes, park their own cars and other daily chores that are taken for granted as being done by Mexicans.
From the movie sypopsis page:
As time goes by, the State continues to deteriorate: Garbage has taken over the streets and tears are permanently painted on the faces of most citizens as the 5th largest economy in the world tumbles. The realization that what has disappeared is the very thing that keeps the “California Dream” running — cooks, gardeners, policemen, nannies, doctors, farm and construction workers, entertainers, athletes, as well as the largest growing market of consumers — has turned Latinos and their return into the number one priority in the State.
I wish this were playing in more places than just Southern California and a few venues in Texas. See the theater listing to see if one is near you.
DailyKos has finally hit on something that I’ve been saying for a while:
“[...] [T]he libertarian contingent on the web is huge. In fact, many of the blogs on the Right are actually more libertarian-leaning than movement conservative.”
That’s just a great line from the article on his response to thethat is set to expire a few months before the November elections:
“If he renews the ban, it won’t endorse Bush, if he doesn’t, then he’s got it. Which is a huge political problem for Bush, as the assault weapons ban is popular amongst the suburban set the Republicans are trying mightily to hold.”
He goes on to talk about one of the possible Libertarian candidates, Aaron Russo. However I am refraining from the primaries debate for the Libertarians seeing how it appears to be a close race between Russo and Gary Nolan, both of whom have been vocal critics of Bush administration policies. The Libertarian Convention is being held next weekend here in Atlanta, I will be covering it as an independent for WatchBlog.
I have been of the opinion that there will definitely be a large groundswell in Libertarian support in the run-up to the election, primarily because conservative voters who are becoming jaded with Bush policies will be unwilling to vote for Kerry because they don’t see him as a viable solution. Bush’s falling poplularity has only strengthened this hypothesis.