Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Run, don't walk, to the latest Vanity Fair, where you'll discover (if you didn't already know) that Michael Chertoff is really Nosferatu!

Go! Click below! Click it! CLICK IT! CLICK IT NOW!!!

Oh my God! That is hilarious! Thanks Maitri!

I'm looking forward to a morpholution which shows that Dick Cheney is really Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Satan, the Anti-Christ.


Yesterday, the press was calling this the "super secret" National Counterterrorism Center. Would it be too much to ask to keep the hyperbolic descriptions to DC Comics pages?


God damn those sanctimonious murderers all to hell!

Let's deny them the power to kill any more innocents in their greedy pursuit of more profit.

Let's remember that they don't put themselves or their children in harm's way. It's we who get sent to war, and our children who get sent to war. The boneless chickenhawks running our country into the ground don't fight -- all they have to do is profit from war.

How do they do this? By keeping the nation terrorized.

Look at what Bush had to say about his success at fighting his "war on terrah." Oh sure, the country is safer, but you should still be afraid, very afraid:

America is safer than it has been. But it's not yet safe. The enemy has got an advantage when it comes to attacking our homeland - they've got to be right one time, and we've got to be right a hundred percent of the time to protect the American people.

And why should you still be afraid? Because the goal of the Bush administration is not to actually fight terrorism as it should be fought.

Fighting terrorism in a sincere way means not just terrorizing your own population with ridiculous color-coded alerts, and bringing airports to a halt looking for ammonia bombs in baby's formula while cargo loaded underneath those planes goes uninspected, ports and chemical plants go unprotected, and terrorism money gets spent on ridiculous hideouts and is doled out as pork to the least worthy places in middle America.

Fighting terrorism means doing what the British are doing. Deploying resources in the same way as for a police action, using dialog, back channel communications, training more translators and experts in the culture and manners of targeted suspects, placement of spies on the inside of organizations, and quiet, patient, analysis to determine what terrorist activities are being planned and the precise moment to spring a trap to net the most plotters. It's basically a classic police investigative function.

No, instead, the Bush administration goes from country to country breaking things, and killing more innocent people, creating more terrorists rather than eliminating them.

Uh ... anyone remember Saddam Hussein ... er, I mean, Osama bin Laden -- the real guy who hit us on 9/11? Anyone wonder if we got out money's worth for all the money we sent to Pakistan, including F-16 fighter jets? Anyone wonder why we can't even talk to the Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan about who he gave nuclear secrets to?

It's time for a change.

Here's Arundhati Roy, from an August 2004 speech, "Seize the Time!"
The U.S. government has already displayed in no uncertain terms the range and extent of its capability for paranoid aggression. In human psychology, paranoid aggression is usually an indicator of nervous insecurity. It could be argued that it's no different in the case of the psychology of nations. Empire is paranoid because it has a soft underbelly. Its homeland may be defended by border patrols and nuclear weapons, but its economy is strung out across the globe. Its economic outposts are exposed and vulnerable. ...

The battle to reclaim democracy is going to be a difficult one. Our freedoms were not granted to us by any government. They were wrested from them by us. And once we surrender them, the battle to retrieve them is called a revolution. It is a battle that must range across continents and countries. It must not acknowledge national boundaries, but if it is to succeed, it has to begin here. In America. The only institution more powerful than the U.S. government is American civil society. The rest of us are subjects of slave nations. We are by no means powerless, but you have the power of proximity. You have access to the imperial palace and the emperor's chambers. Empire's conquests are being carried out in your name, and you have the right to refuse. You can refuse to fight. Refuse to move those missiles from the warehouse to the dock.

Refuse to wave that flag. Refuse the victory parade.

You have a rich tradition of resistance. You need only read Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States to remind yourself of this. Hundreds of thousands of you have survived the relentless propaganda you've been subjected to, and are actively fighting your own government. In the ultra-patriotic climate that prevails in the United States, that's as brave as any Iraqi or Afghan or Palestinian fighting for his or her homeland.

If you join the battle not in your hundreds of thousands, but in your millions, you will be greeted joyously by the rest of the world. And you will see how beautiful it is to be gentle instead of brutal, safe instead of scared. Befriended instead of isolated. Loved instead of hated.

I hate to disagree with your president. Yours is by no means a great nation. But you could be a great people.

History is giving you the chance. Seize the time.

The revolution begins right here, on this piece of sinking land which proudly waves the stars and stripes side-by-side with the fleur de lis. No one knows better how our government has failed us, and how we have failed ourselves. We are America. We are the future. Stake your claim on what the future will be. Will our freedoms perish, along with our planet? Or will be bravely confront the challenges we face, for the improvement of our nation, for justice around the world, and for peaceful progress?

It's up to you.


Failure is not an option!

This post was updated 8/16/06, 10:07 p.m.

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At 8/16/2006 06:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are living in a dictatorship, these people need to be locked up for life.

At 8/16/2006 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

Another great post, Schroeder. I can't believe the printed Bush remarks (well, I can, but - you know what I mean). Was there no way they could clean that up before they printed it, or does someone inside want to make sure we know what an idiot he is?

The Arundhati Roy quote was amazing, the truth, and so hopeful. Of course, she's right. Maybe you're right too and this is how it starts. New technology certainly shifts some of the balance.

When I finished The God of Small Things, the first thing I did was start it over again. It's one of the most beautiful works of fiction I've ever read.

At 8/17/2006 08:15:00 AM, Anonymous Maitri said...

How did you get the VF Morph slider to work? It's still messed up when I go on the site.

At 8/17/2006 08:23:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Hmm ... you may have to make sure you have a current flash player in your browser, and I'm using Firefox 1.5.

Would that we could clone more of Arundhati Roys, sophmom, the world would be so much saner.

At 8/17/2006 09:20:00 AM, Blogger dangerblond said...

That set is soooo Stanley Kubrick! I wanna be Homeland Security Chief.


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