by Mike Shea on 2 February 2004
While five hundred deaths doesn't bother me, considering Great Britain had three million casualties in World War One, this excuse for a 2.4 trillion dollar budget was disturbing:
Our nation remains at war," Bush said in his budget message. "This nation has committed itself to the long war against terror. And we will see that war to its inevitable conclusion: the destruction of the terrorists. Again and all too often I am reminded of Orwell's 1984: As for the problem of overproduction, which has been latent in our society since the development of machine technique, it is solved by the device of continuous warfare, which is also useful in keying up public morale to the necessary pitch. The consequences of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival. Our "War on Terror" is that constant state of war that <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/01/04/INGPQ40MB81.DTL&type=printable">destroys civil liberties</a>, <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&e=1&u=/ap/20040202/ap_on_go_pr_wh/budget">destroys our economy</a>, and keeps us all in such a <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?theme=29">state of fear</a> that we do not care. If you want a war, look at North Korea. Kim Jong-Il is <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/korea/article/0,2763,1136483,00.html">gasing men, women, and children</a>. If the organized murder and rape rooms of Iraq was enough to remove Saddam, why not remove Kim Jong-il? Because Iraq is child's play next to North Korea. We went into Iraq because we could. An article by Anne Applebaum <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10791-2004Feb3.html">compares our knowledge of North Korea to our knowledge of Auschwitz</a> forty years ago. I think I am dodging a question myself. Should we go to war with North Korea? I don't know. I don't care about the Super Bowl. I don't care about TV ads. I don't care about Janet Jackson. I care about this <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=638&ncid=762&e=1&u=/nm/20040202/en_nm/media_jackson_dc">quote from the head of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell</a>: That celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt," Powell said in a statement. "Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better. It was a breast. It wasn't a picture of a child getting shot in the head. It wasn't a gang-rape of a young girl. It was a breast. We see it on our statue of Justice. We see it on Venus de Milo. It is in every art museum children are taken to every day. A small group of beaurocrats decides what you should find obscene. I am more offended by all of Justin Timberlake's career than of Janet Jackson's breast. A reasonable <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/chitrib_ts/20040203/ts_chicagotrib/deandressesdownthefcc">Howard Dean said</a> said an FCC investigation is silly while an idiotic <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040203/ap_en_ot/fbn_super_bowl_jackson_32">George Bush is increasing</a> the possible fine per station to $275,000. Guess who's getting my vote. Here's more first amendment violations. Based on the public outcry against nipples, <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/television_er_dc">NBC has decided</a> that showing an 80 year old's breast in medical circumstances is also "obscene". <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/super_bowl_kid_rock">Veterans are angry at Kid Rock's American flag poncho</a>. A seven year old girl was <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/life_hell_dc">suspended for saying "hell"</a>. Regardless of <a href="http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2004012601020">Joe Leiberman's attempt</a> at the destruction of freedom of expression, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/newswire/2004/01/26/rtr1227949.html">violent video games have gone down</a>. Thank God, however, that <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/campaign_lieberman_dc">Joe Leiberman has stepped down as a presidential nominee</a>. He is the only candidate that would get me to vote for Bush. If there is evil in the world, its name is Eisner. The last true Disney family member in the company, who was forcibly removed, <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=599&ncid=762&e=9&u=/nm/20040204/media_nm/industry_disney_dc">wrote of the corruption and evil of Disney</a> to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Here are some of Disney's evil deeds: The <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=599&ncid=762&e=9&u=/nm/20040204/media_nm/industry_disney_dc">top five executives of Disney took $68 million in bonuses</a> while the company's market share fell 50%. Disney <a href="http://www.techtv.com/freshgear/products/story/0,23008,3581462,00.html">built a machine called Moviebeam</a> that would stream their movies to your home for three different payments including a $29 activation fee, $7 a month for service, and $4 for each movie. It was so evil you almost forget how stupid it is. <a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/103547.html">Disney supported "self destructing" DVDs</a> that failed miserably in its market tests. Disney was one of the last companies to embrace DVDs. They feel a digital version of a movie hurts their resale of that same movie to the same family. Disney <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIVX">supported DIVX</a>, a competing format of DVDs that allowed them full control over the playback of DVD-like discs. Disney is one of the most destructive consumer screwing companies in existance. They have no love for their product, no love for their consumer, seek nothing but oceans of cash and will use your children to get it. What can you do to stop the insanity? Vote against George Bush. Contribute to the <a href="https://www.aclu.org/contribute/contribute.cfm">ACLU</a> and the <a href="https://secure.eff.org/step2.asp?action=Donate&otherAmount=">EFF</a>. Boycott Disney products.
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