A quick preface: I’m no Iran-lover, but I recently got a hold of the letter sent to Mr. Bush from Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and thought a few parts were worth sharing- The gist of the message is that George W. Bush’s policies are inconsistent with democracy, liberalism, and the teachings of Jesus, all of George’s favorite justifications. It’s hard to adopt such values when they seem so utterly dysfunctional.
The White House’s official response to the letter was that it was worthless because it didn’t “address the nuclear matter.” Perhaps they need to work on their critical analysis. (more…)
A hilarious nugget conspiculously absent from the mainstream media:
Stephen Colbert, (again, inexpicably) invited to give the closing speech at the White House Correspondents banquet absolutely destroys Bush to his face, along with more than a few n’eer-do-wells. Although Stephen stayed in character, this is definitely a different persona than the one he plays as host of his own show. The material is biting and ruthless- you can feel how uncomfortable and tense the room is during the bit. Even though his material was more relevant than it was ‘funny’ in the classical sense, it was… refreshing, to say the least. The Colbert Report often seems like The Daily Show with more one-dimensional gags and less substance. It was good to see Stephen show some teeth, and my opinion of him has definitely been boosted more notches than one.
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The U.N. says that the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay for terror suspects as soon as possible and cease treatment that “amounts to torture.” The White House declined the suggestion.
Isn’t this the torture that was supposed to be banned (even though it was already illegal) with the passing of that fancy new no-torture bill some certain politicans and presidents were gladhanding eachother about a few months back? And wasn’t the violation of U.N. mandated inspections the justification for abandoning a diplomatic course between the U.S. and Iraq? How can the U.S. demand that the rest of the world respect the U.N. if even they don’t honor its role in promoting and protecting human rights?
A list of the programs cut in Bush’s new budget. For your reference.
I’m usually not one to fawn over flash and web-based games, but this deserves special mention. The Anti-Bush Game, from the good people over at emogame.com, manages to be hilarious, inspiring, offensive, disgusting, and depressing all at the same instant. Your team consists of ‘Real Americans’: Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, and an obsese He-Man, (along with ten ‘secret’ characters.) The game is a typical side-scrolling affair deep into the bowels of the White House, Hell, and other pertinent locations. Most fascinating are the educational nuggets scattered throughout; each stage is preceded by an animated lecture on the (disastrous) effects of certain Bush Administration policies, with the first half of the game focusing mostly on (irresponsible) tax cuts. Sound dry? It’s anything but. Well-written and often savage rhetoric combine with good research and poignant facts that need to enter the American consciousness. Throw in some brilliant and well-placed 80s video game sound effects and the perverse joy of leg dropping Tom Ridge and Karl Rove and you’ve got a near-classic, despite the button-mashing gameplay. “Hulkamania is running wild like never before!” It sure hasn’t. (more…)
Check out these bizarre nuggets-
Behold- McDonald’s THE GAME
This flash game, which has somehow miraculously evaded the watchful eye of McDonalds’ intellectual property lawyers, puts YOU in control of your very own McDonalds empire. Micromanage every detail from dealing with rebellious and insolent staff, creating a brilliant and persuasive ‘brand image,’ to managing pesticides and growth horomone levels! It’s all here! You simply should see for yourself, before its gone- and it will be.
Also of interest: check out the hottest new video from those sophisticated media barons over in North Korea: a little anti-american jam entitled ‘Fuck’N USA.’ Propoganda in the music video form- who knew? Discuss amongst yourselves.