Friday, March 26, 2004

China Bans Blogs 

All typepad.com and blogs.com hosted sites are banned in China starting this morning, a week after China has agreed to amend its constitution to respect human rights. This is another move by the Central government to curb free speech and freedom of information on the Internet.

Someone tell me again why we're friends with China but enemies with Cuba. Maybe BushCo. is envious of the absolute stranglehold that China has on their media. After all, if Bush had that kind of ability to censor TV, nespapers and the Internet, he wouldn't have to worry about people like Richard Clarke spoiling his plans for corporate hegemony.

Note to fellow Bloggers: get the word out. Post about this, then send an e-mail or ping to Yan at Glutter and let her know your voice is part of the chorus. She's a Hong Kong blogger, and would very much appreciate your support.

update: Thanks to Elayne Riggs for pointing out the misinformation and shame on me for not checking my sources. A more complete correction is posted at The Invisible Library.

Update 2: There seem to be conflicting versions of this story. Apparently access to Typepad.com and Blog.com has been blocked in China, as well as Chinese blogsites having been shut down. Either way, Censorship is bad, no matter the reason or the source. If China wants to play with the rest of the world they're going to have to get used to dissent, from their own people and us dirty Westerners. Ditto for BushCo. (That's a preemptive ditto, because you know Rove is reading this blog and thinking to himself, "Ban access to blogs! What a briliant Idea!")

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Verily I say unto you... 

Imagine my surprise last night as I was praying when who should pick up the white courtesy phone, but the Head Honcho Himself. Here are bits and pieces of our conversation, that I can remember, and what he's given me permission to print.

Lefty: "Are you there God, it's me Lefty?"

God: "Yes my child, it is I. Man, it's about time, I was beginning to think your line has been disconnected."

Lefty" "Sorry about that. It's just, well God, it's just I was getting worried about You. I heard a couple of months ago that You told Pat Robertson that George W. has the election all sown up."

You can read the rest at Chris "Lefty" Brown's Corner

Radioactive Fallout in Iraq...Soon to Drift to Europe 

SoonerThought has the story.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

When You Care Enough To Put Up Asinine Captions 

I can't be bothered to read the 73-printable-pages transcript of yesterday's 9/11 commission hearing, but I think I've got the day reduced to a few pithy captions...

Fighting technique #1,001! Poison needle paralysis!

I keep having this recurring nightmare where I’ve been subpoenaed before the Committee, but I'm stuck working overtime at Oshman’s…

Mr. Chairman, can you please instruct this Brando impersonator to stop calling me an errand boy sent by grocery clerks?

An obviously intoxicated Robert Mueller threatens to beat up the commission member who put their hand on his ass.

The rest of the captions are up at my humble place on the web.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Excuses, Excuses 

From CNN:
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Monday rejected accusations that the Bush administration ignored warnings about terrorism before September 11, 2001.
Like she's going to go on CNN and say, "Yeah, he's right - we fucked up."

But her denials sound a little tinny. For one thing, she says that all the proposals Clarke put forth were just warmed-over Clinton Administration plans. Like that's a bad thing? They were so allergic to anything Clinton proposed that if he had recommended invading Iraq, they wouldn't have done it just out of spite - and Saddam would probably still be in power.

Read the rest at Bark Bark Woof Woof.