Monday, March 14, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 12 - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting.
Likely reason why?
"there was not enough military personnel to guard all of them during and after the invasion."
That great call by Rumsfeld.

Oh, and hello George Orwell:
Under the Bush administration, the federal government has aggressively used a well-established tool of public relations: the prepackaged, ready-to-serve news report that major corporations have long distributed to TV stations to pitch everything from headache remedies to auto insurance. In all, at least 20 federal agencies, including the Defense Department and the Census Bureau, have made and distributed hundreds of television news segments in the past four years, records and interviews show. Many were subsequently broadcast on local stations across the country without any acknowledgement of the government's role in their production.
Yes, hundreds! OK, the Dan Rather thing was very bad, yes? Agreed? And yet this -- where's the outrage on tax-payer-funded fabricated news (i.e. propaganda)?!

And now for some signs of justice:
With some members increasingly concerned that DeLay had left himself vulnerable to attack, several Republican aides and lobbyists said for the first time that they are worried about whether he will survive and what the consequences could be for the party's image.
"While he is far from a nationally recognized figure, Republicans worry that all it takes is more national news coverage to change that...."
You hear that "liberal" media? Let's see you finally live up to the absurd label!

And get a load of this:
The list of recent donors includes dozens of Mr. DeLay's House Republican colleagues, including two lawmakers who were placed on the House ethics committee this year, and several of the nation's largest corporations and their executives.

Among the corporate donors to the defense fund is Bacardi U.S.A., the Florida-based rum maker, which has also been indicted in the Texas investigation, and Reliant Energy, another major contributor to a Texas political action committee formed by Mr. DeLay that is the focus of the criminal inquiry.
Where does the slime end? And isn't DeLay a Christian Right fave? He indeed just absolutely symbolizes moral values and ethics, someone all kids should look up to and admire....

Finally, great entry at DonkeyRising, about the woeful lack of news coverage regarding the bankruptcy bill. Once again, the "liberal" media is a big no-show.

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