No WMD? No shit, Sherlock. Scott Ritter told us all that a couple years ago. Mike Malloy had an audio montage of Bush administration WMD/war-related quotes that they played with Fleetwood Mac's "Lies" underneath (hear it here--click on "The Mike Malloy Show" then "January 12th"). One quote that really caught my attention was Ari Fleischer (speaking as/for GWB) saying (on 4/10/03) that WMD are/were "what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found." A chronology of the lies that led us to this illegal, immoral war are here at endthewar.org.
Hmmm...If Clinton had invaded a sovereign nation unprovoked because he assured us that we had to invade because of horrible weapons that then turned out not to have been there at all, he would have been impeached, removed, and executed. But GWB, he gets a free pass...
Stop The War
STOP THE WAR! I wish I had the nuts to be a tax resister. If you do, maybe check out this article and this link from the article. Speaking of stopping the war, I guess we need to get some demonstrations going. I always liked the anti-Vietnam chant "Hey Hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" Maybe we could do "Hey Hey GWB, how bloodthirsty can you be?" Or "Hey hey GWB, how damn greedy can you be" (I know, "hey" and "GWB" don't rhyme and that's part of what's great about the LBJ chant, but it's all I've got for right now). Or..."Hey Hey Georgie boy, how many nations will you destroy?" I'll keep working on it--let me know if you have something better.
Here's a good and timely commentary from Emma Goldman in 1908 (found in Zinn's new anthology "Voices Of A People's History of The United States"). You can also read more of the speech, called "Patriotism: A Menace To Liberty" here:
Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority on all the others...
We Americans...go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens...Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that it will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations. Such is the logic of patriotism...
SONGS OF '05 PT. 3
I have always really liked the idea of Lou Barlow and enjoyed Sebadoh the couple of times I saw them--I liked the albums, but I never loved them (of course, he'll always be immortal for his work in Dinosaur Jr). And I never had much use for Sentridoh and all that. But this new album is really good--it's like a latter-day Nick Drake or a more polished Jonathan Richman. "Mary" is a strong song with great lyrics and his cover of Ratt's "Round 'n' Round" is actually very enjoyable.