Monthly Archives: May 2003

Morning news, May 3 2003

What did you do to celebrate loyalty day? (more). Seriously, Bush just named May 1st “Loyalty Day” for all Americans, and will be instituting a series of re-education programs ensuring that all citizens blindly love the flag. I'm not even kidding. Note the URL. It's Not .org.

Iraq continues to be more hellish than it ever was under Saddam thanks to the unprovoked attack by the US empire… A radical Islamic state is almost certain (since they are the “democratic majority”), chaos reigns, and calls for suicide attacks on the US grow daily (more, more, more, more, more, more). And as the case for WMDs disintegrates and it is clear that the US had no legal authority whatsoever to invade, the mainstream media has begun scrubbing its websites and archives of any stories that could damage Bush's credibility (more)…

Cheney's corporations, who have, among other villanies, contracted mercenary work to alleged terrorist nations in spite of sanctions, continue not only to help rule the US, but also to reap enormous profits (more)… And Exxxon just posted a quarterly profit of $7,040,000,000 (more), the largest in its history. CEO salaries in the “defense” sector almost doubled in the last year (for comparison, the average CEO salary only went up 6%), making the average defense CEO's pay almost six hundred times the pay of an army private (more) — not that massive pay inequity in the US is unusual (more).

I'm sure that most of you have seen this at this point, but check out what Jay Garner (the retired US general in charge of Iraq right now) said when asked how Americans should feel about what they've done in Iraq (more):

We ought to be beating our chests every day. We ought to look in a mirror and get proud and stick out our chests and suck in our bellies and say: 'Damn, we're Americans!'

You might think I'm making it up, but he really did say that (more). I have real trouble believing that a statement that arrogant and foolish would go over even with the lowest common denominator, but even if it works in America, that's really not the kind of thing that American generals in Iraq ought to be saying if they care about international opinion, let alone revved up suicide bombers.

That said, if shows like The Daily Show are any indication, the more literate parts of the US are very aware of the lies and horrors that are being perpetrated in their name. After all — look at how Bush is rebranding himself as the “military President” (more, more), even though he's at best a drunk cowardly draft-dodger (more) and most definitely a dude with pants on fire (more)… but don't worry, according to the WSWS, “Bush promises unending war in Iraq and internationally” (more).

Finally, I've mentioned this story before, but I want people to be very aware of it: the White House continues to block access to 9/11 documents. We already know about shoddy work, blocked investigations, collusion with Halliburton and Raytheon, and so on… so what is left to be hidden? (more).

More explosions

The ignitor I think still needs some work, but it is most definitely firing at this point. Check out the first picture; it's not Photoshopped… You really can buy that here (not that it's very good).


Jon and Rob test firing their potato cannon… Unfortunately the ignitor didn't spark, so a new one is currently being assembled that should be far more reliable. In the last picture, where Jon is actually firing the cannon, notice the yellow object lying in the dirt a few feet away from him — that's his hard hat. Yes, Rachel is asleep right now, or we'd never have gotten away with this!

To be genderless…

A rough shirt/sticker mockup for a friend. It's far from a final idea… Just something I'm tossing around right now. I can't take credit for the quote; James came up with it. Anyway, I've been meaning to do a eunuch-related shirt for a long time, so if people have good ideas, I'd love to hear them!

…and now to go totally rebuild BME/News so it doesn't look like crap any more.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

I've been a lot of places, seen a lot of faces
Ah hell I even fuck with different races
A white dude - his name was John
He had a Queen Bee Rules tattoo on his arm, uh
He asked me if I'd be his date for the prom
and he'd buy me a horse, a Porsche and a farm

So a friend of mine is looking to dump his 2001 Porsche… It's an awesome modded beast putting 350hp to the rear wheels (dyno'd this weekend) and just clocked at 191 mph… It's got 21,000 miles on it and is matt black, fully tinted, with 400W racing lights, a racing clutch, exhaust, widened, lowered, and so on…

…and… he's only asking me for just over $20k US for it (it's worth at least $50k US, even on a bad day)… Which means that I can take it off his hands, drive it for a year, sell it, and actually make a profit! So basically, a twist of luck has not just given me a free Porsche, but has paid me to drive a Porsche. The world sure is a kooky place.