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June 9, 2007

Kylie Minogue – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (Live)

Rare performance (I believe) of Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend. Badly mimed, but still fabulous!
(Thanks to ‘fedex’ for the original video!)

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June 9, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith and a Typical Day

Anna Nicole Smith and a Typical Day, we will miss her if you miss her just whach this video!!!!!! (more)

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June 9, 2007

State of the Union 2007 – Bush Impression

James Adomian is back with his fantastic Bush impression and another pre-emptive satirical strike on this year’s State of the Union address. And the Democratic response at the end is hilarious!

Written by James Adomian
Directed by David Guy Levy

George W. Bush — James Adomian
Dick Cheney — David Hoffman
Nancy Pelosi — Patty Wortham
Hillary Clinton — Susan Deming
Barack Obama — Wyatt Cenac

June 9, 2007

Steve Bridges as George Bush

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June 9, 2007

President Bush Impersonation – 2006 White House Corresponden

An excerpt from the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. President Bush’s presentation included an … all » impersonator, Steve Bridges, who “interpreted” the president’s remarks for laymen.

What Is The Truth?

June 9, 2007

We Were So Defrauded

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
– Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)

History is indeed a strange bird, as evidenced by this quote. Remember, Wilde lived more than a century ago.

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was quite correct about the existence of the Americas being known long before Columbus. But it was not well known to the elite of western Europe who controlled the printing and expression of history over most of the period since Columbus set sail.

It was even taught to students in western Europe and North America that Columbus discovered America in 1492. Many countries in the Americas celebrate Columbus Day or some variation thereof.

In fact, the Chinese were in Canada at least one century before Columbus. The “god” Glooscap (likely a Chinese ship captain) is well known in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia from that period. The foundations for elaborate stone structures remain, but the Chinese left by 1425, long before Columbus persuaded the merciless Isabella and Ferdinand to sponsor his voyages to the New World to find treasure in “India.”

Columbus, a mapmaker by trade, even located an island (now known as Cape Breton, known to Columbus and his contemporaries as the Isle of Seven Cities) on a world map he made in 1490. He couldn’t have “discovered” what he already knew existed two years before he set sail.

Besides, Columbus never did set foot on the mainland of the Americas, though he spent time on several islands of the Caribbean and was governor of one until his “subjects” had him removed for being such a horrible leader. He was not an explorer, but an advance man for future trading expeditions on behalf of Spain.

Before the Chinese, the Vikings (Norse) established a settlement in the Canadian province of Newfoundland somewhere around the turn of the First Millennium, at least 500 years before Columbus.

The Grand Banks were no doubt fished by sailors from Norse countries and Iceland for centuries before the Chinese or the Norse created a settlement with foundations that didn’t rot because they were made of wood. Both what today we know as the Grand Banks and the shoreline of northern Canada appeared on Norse and Portuguese maps long before the Newfoundland settlement.

Sailors, scholars and mapmakers never believed that the world was flat. Though a Flat Earth Society still exists today, the concept was an invention of the Church of Rome (for reasons that remain obscure). It’s first flat earth was a square. Later the flat earth was changed to a circle because sailors couldn’t find the corners of the square no matter how far they sailed. Nor could they find the edge of the flat, but that was another story the church hushed up.

A map of the Antarctic was made within a few decades of the first Columbus voyage, even though no Europeans that sailed for their monarchs visited that coldest of all lands until centuries later. That map shows the actual land of Antarctica, the part under the ice. What we know today by satellite photos is an Antarctica that is much larger than the land itself because it includes the ice around the continent. Most of the actual land can’t be seen under the ice.

That particular map is not commonly discussed in public or classrooms because no one seems to know how the land could be mapped if it was covered by ice one to two kilometres thick. If there were no ice there at the time (Europe was in its Little Ice Age), then how does that speak to the predictions by global warming advocates who say that all coastal cities will be inundated when the Antarctic ice melts in our future?

For the land to have been mapped, it must not have been covered by ice. As little snow falls in Antarctica, it must have taken ages for that much ice to accumulate. Why were coastal cities not under water in those times?

History, as students who study it thoroughly discover, is a managed form of propaganda. Those who pay to have the history books printed hold the power to manipulate what is written.

When I was in high school, almost everything we studied in history class was about wars and events that surrounded them. We were led to believe that the world was constantly at war and that what was important for us as students to learn was the dates and places where the most important battles took place.

No one studied the people, the cultures and the lifestyles that existed in the places of history between wars. In those days, the history that was not managed by the nobility of Europe was concocted by the Church of Rome.

Today we know that people do have lives between and during wars. Most of us are living such lives.

It would pay us to remember that people make history, not wars. Some want us to believe that wars still dominate the world and that those who do not believe in war or who want to focus on peace should not have a say.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems, striving to put life and history into prespective.
Learn more at http://billallin.com

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June 9, 2007

buying the war part 1

June 9, 2007

Bill Moyers Special Buying the War Part 1

Bill Moyers special on how the press contributed to the selling of the Iraq War.

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June 9, 2007

 The Fourth Estate

1 hour ago by tiredofthis. Spam? Tags: media, Politics, Bush, 2008 Election

Paul Krugman has an excellent column in today’s New York Times about press coverage of the presidential debates. It’s in the pay portion of the site, so I can’t copy it over, but here’s the opening:

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney completely misrepresented how we ended up in Iraq. Later, Mike Huckabee mistakenly claimed that it was Ronald Reagan’s birthday.

Guess which remark The Washington Post identified as the “gaffe of the night”?

Folks, this is serious. If early campaign reporting is any guide, the bad media habits that helped install the worst president ever in the White House haven’t changed a bit.

After watching Bill Moyer’s special, “Buying the War,” on the Washington press corps’ complicity in perpetuating mistruths about the Iraq War, I had hoped that maybe they would be shamed into doing their job. I’m losing that hope.

Krugman goes on to discuss how the coverage of the debates focuses on candidates’ acting and speaking skills. As long as they can state a lie convincingly, no one calls them on the fact that it’s a lie.

This is how we got Bush over Gore. How we got Bush over Kerry. Heaven forbid this is how we’ll get Romney over Obama or Giuliani over Edwards.

Being President is not about “looking presidential” or being “the kind of guy you’d like to have a beer with.” (Speaking of which, doesn’t he know that even NA beers have alcohol?)

Yes, voters must take the responsibility themselves to look past the surface and to listen to what candidates are really saying. But it’s the reporters who have the opportunity to be our voice, to ask important questions, to challenge misleading statements. Not to be ventriloquists dummies, with Bush’s hand up their asses making their mouths move (the “scripted” press conference in this clip is disgraceful).

No wonder they were so uncomfortable when Stephen Colbert explained how it works last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

“But, listen, let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works: the president makes decisions. He’s the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you’ve got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know—fiction!” (Watch the video to relive the best dinner entertainment ever.)

Or maybe they could do their job instead of leaving it to a comedian on basic cable to plead, “Why don’t you call them on their bullshit on the air?”

I know it’s often an easy out to blame the media, especially when we the public are sometimes only getting what we ask for. But when a candidate for president says that invading Iraq prevented another 9/11, I don’t have the opportunity to ask, “Really?” I don’t have the chance to demand that s/he explain the connection. I depend on the press to be my voice, to ask real questions and demand more than a condescending smile and a slick prepared soundbyte.

Instead, they give me 24-hour coverage of the Paris Hilton jail saga.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) Withdrawal won’t happen

June 9, 2007

Texas Republican slams Bush

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) stood his ground and joined the twenty-or-so other Republicans that have decided to vote with the House Democrats in favor of a non-binding Iraq resolution that condemns President Bush’s troop surge.

Speaking of Bush, Congressman Paul was very straight-forward in his displeasure for Bush’s “demented philosophy of conquest.” Here is a portion of his floor speech:

RON PAUL: “In recent decades, our policies have been driven by neoconservative empire radicalism; profiteering in the military industrial complex; misplaced do-good internationalism; mercantilistic notions regarding the need to control natural resources; and blind loyalty to various governments in the Middle East.”

You can add Ron Paul’s name to the small list of the few level-headed Republicans left in Congress. (more)