Tuesday, September 26, 2006

More training will start in a few minutes, oh joy. I would just like to point out that I have now been here for three weeks and I am still being trained. During that time, the full-timers have been very busy (at times) - and I have been twiddling my thumbs - just think what I could have been doing if I had been trained, oh, three weeks ago.

Coworker - "Has that cold still got you down?" Me - "uh no..." Me in my head - "what cold?"

MS has a guest post again today - from the fantastic fun at gosh-shoe -

"Anyway, Lesser Bossman (LBM) asked me what I did over the weekend and I explained to her with great joy that I saw Jackass and what a fantastic cinematic adventure it was. She got this horrified look on her face and immediately scrambled in to her best friend a.k.a. boss' office to share the distressing news. They proceeded to talk about how awful that was for the next ten minutes - and quite loudly, too, as though I was not just twenty feet away. "How telling," Bossman said, and LBM agreed with a loud noise of disgust. "I wish we would have known that before," and "Who would have guessed?" flowed from the office, along with some other very terrible comments. I became rather offended and walked up to LBM and said, "What, so you guys think you're better than me? Is that it?" So LBM did some good damage control, trying to convince me that it was all in good fun, but Bossman. . . well, she hasn't looked at me the same since that time. Granted, she doesn't look at me very often, or even speak to me, really, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. You know what? I'm proud that I liked that movie, and glad that I'm not so old and boring that I can't enjoy blatant stupidity for what it is - FUCKING FUNNY. Yeah. If I have to hear one more person complain about how expensive a daily parking permit is, I will fly into the hallway and give them ten thousand parking permit cuts (which are much, much worse than paper cuts) and scream to them that they are paying for the sins of those that came before them. "Don't park on campus then," I'll yell as I slice into their skin. "If it's too expensive, then don't come here! Do you really think that if you complain loud enough, I'll just lower the price? Jesus!""

(as always, names have been changed for their own protection.)

Meanwhile, Keith Olbermann had another scorcher last night, some excerpts:

"The Bush Administration did not try to get Osama Bin Laden before 9/11.

The Bush Administration ignored all the evidence gathered by its predecessors.

The Bush Administration did not understand the Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined To
Strike in U.S."

The Bush Administration… did… not… try.—"
"Disney was first to sell-out its corporate reputation, with "The Path to 9/11."

Of that company's crimes against truth one needs to say little. Simply put: someone there enabled an Authoritarian zealot to belch out Mr. Bush's new and improved history.

The basic plot-line was this: because he was distracted by the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Bill Clinton failed to prevent 9/11.

The most curious and in some ways the most infuriating aspect of this slapdash theory, is that the Right Wingers who have advocated it – who try to sneak it into our collective consciousness through entertainment, or who sandbag Mr. Clinton with it at news interview – have simply skipped past its most glaring flaw.

Had it been true that Clinton had been distracted from the hunt for Bin laden in 1998 because of the Lewinsky nonsense – why did these same people not applaud him for having bombed Bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan and Sudan on August 20 th of that year? For mentioning Bin Laden by name as he did so?

That day, Republican Senator Grams of Minnesota invoked the movie "Wag The Dog."

Republican Senator Coats of Indiana questioned Mr. Clinton's judgment.

Republican Senator Ashcroft of Missouri – the future Attorney General –echoed Coats.

Even Republican Senator Arlen Specter questioned the timing.

And of course, were it true Clinton had been "distracted" by the Lewinsky witch-hunt – who on earth conducted the Lewinsky witch-hunt? Who turned the political discourse of this nation on its head for two years?

Who corrupted the political media?

Who made it impossible for us to even bring back on the air, the counter-terrorism analysts like Dr. Richard Haass, and James Dunegan, who had warned, at this very hour, on this very network, in early 1998, of cells from the Middle East who sought to attack us, here?

Who preempted them…in order to strange us with the trivia that was…"All Monica All The Time"?
Who distracted whom?
"Thus was it left for the previous President to say what so many of us have felt; what so many of us have given you a pass for in the months and even the years after the attack:

You did not try.
You ignored the evidence gathered by your predecessor.
You ignored the evidence gathered by your own people.
Then you blamed your predecessor.
That would be the textbook definition …. Sir, of cowardice.

To enforce the lies of the present, it is necessary to erase the truths of the past.

That was one of the great mechanical realities Eric Blair – writing as George Orwell – gave us in the novel "1984."

The great philosophical reality he gave us, Mr. Bush, may sound as familiar to you, as it has lately begun to sound familiar to me.

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power….

"Power is not a means; it is an end.

"One does not establish a dictatorship to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

The object of persecution, is persecution. The object of torture, is torture. The object of power….is power."
"The "free pass" has been withdrawn, Mr. Bush…

You did not act to prevent 9/11.

We do not know what you have done, to prevent another 9/11.
You have failed us – then leveraged that failure, to justify a purposeless war in Iraq which will have, all too soon, claimed more American lives than did 9/11.

You have failed us anew in Afghanistan.

And you have now tried to hide your failures, by blaming your predecessor.

And now you exploit your failure, to rationalize brazen torture – which doesn't work anyway; which one condemns our soldiers to water-boarding; which only humiliates our country further in the world; and which no true American would every condone, let alone advocate. And there it is, sir:

Are yours the actions of a true American?

I'm Keith Olbermann, good night, and good luck."

The transcript does not do it justice – watch at crooks and liars.com.

No training yet.

In other news, I warmed up some mashed potatoes that I had left over from Outback on Friday night - what I failed to realize was that I had some sour cream on them. When I warmed them up, the sour cream got extremely hot, while the rest got hot (but not scorchingly so). Long story short, horribly burned my tongue on the super heated potatoes and it hurts.

Compliments of Ariela - http://cu.nniling.us/c84.html just go. (safe for work, despite the URL) Other notable ones include: http://cu.nniling.us/c151.html , http://cu.nniling.us/c150.html , http://cu.nniling.us/c146.html , and http://cu.nniling.us/c140.html

Go here: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14975282/site/newsweek/site/newsweek/ look to the left at the vertical banner and (BREAK: I hate it when someone sneezes and no one says "bless you" and then that person says, annoyed "god bless me?" and then you want to slap them) check out the covers for the international version of Newsweek and then look at the cover FOR THE SAME WEEK in the United States. I hate American media.

I heard a rumor that we'll be training this afternoon, ick.

Back from lunch - I heard that Rhonda is going to listen into my calls tomorrow morning...someone tell me why that is necessary? I've been here for three weeks and I was here last year, I think I know the ropes...

The good news about training - Joyce (who's doing the training) gets done with lunch at 2:30p, Rhonda leaves at 4:30 - they are not going to leave just one full-timer on the phone, thus training cannot last longer than 2hrs. Hooray.

From V for Vendetta:
"Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someones death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.
I would like to go home now. 58min remain. 15 interactions.

You've all heard that key conclusions of the classified NIE report were leaked on Friday - basically, all the intelligence agencies concluded that the Iraq war had made us all less safe and was contributing to the war on terror.

The bush administration said that that conclusion was only one small piece of the whole report and actually the war on terror had made us safer and that those who questioned that assertion were "naive and mistaken." (apparently he didn't listen in to the military men that testified at the democrat hearing on national security, that the war in Iraq was making things worse. That's four Major Generals, two Colonels and a Major.)

Democrats demanded the release of the report to prove it. So bush declassified some of it. Guess what?

"We also assess that the global jihadist movement—which includes al- Qa’ida, affiliated and independent terrorist groups, and emerging networks and cells—is spreading and adapting to counterterrorism efforts"

"If this trend continues, threats to U.S. interests at home and abroad will become more diverse, leading to increasing attacks worldwide"

"e Iraq conflict has become the “cause celebre” for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement. Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight. "

Way to go sir, I don't feel naive and mistaken. I think you better wake the fuck up and take a look outside at reality. You dragged us into a war on the pretense that they were behind 9/11 (OH YES YOU DID) and that they had weapons of mass destruction (LIE), and now it has cost the lives of nearly 3000 of our service members and almost 20,000 wounded - not to mention the over 40,000 Iraqi civilians that have been killed. You dragged us into this war and it has not made us safer.

This war has tarnished our reputation on a national stage, made torturers of US citizens, made detainees of US citizens, stripped the rights attached to the Geneva Convention and gutted Habeas Corpus.

And for what?

Note: The declassified sections only constitute about 10% of the total report - if Bush thinks that these are the sections that vindicate him - he is insane. I want to know what's in the other 26 pages that was too bad (for Bush) to declassify.

The low on thursday - 39 degrees.


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