Friday, September 28, 2007

The Cubicle For Friday

Following are my quick hit takes on todays news.

Rudy Giuliani has given a reason to explain why he interupted his speech to the NRA to answer a cell phone call from his wife. Of course Rudy says he answered that call because of...9/11! Rudy says: "And quite honestly, since Sept. 11, most of the time when we get on a plane, we talk to each other and just reaffirm the fact that we love each other," Giuliani has no shame. In a very real way he is cheapening the memory of a day which should rise above crass politics and petty partisanship. Giuliani hearkens to a pile of rubble and 3000 dead Americans, in response to any and every thing in relation to his run for political office. This nation needs to take back 9/11 from the fear mongering, power hungry and depraved politicians who use that day as a weapon against those who do not agree with them. Democrats and Republicans, Christians, Jews and Muslims, Americans and foriegners were killed in New York on 9/11. It should be a national day to remember the fallen, not Giuliani's personal day for taking advantage of a horrible memory.

The military of Myanmar might be bucking orders and starting to line up with the protesters. I don't think I've paid much attention to the events in Myanmar, which I honestly feel a bit ashamed about. So from my little spot in the blogoverse, for what it's worth, I raise my voice in support of the democracy movement in Myanmar. The world is watching and the leaders of the junta should consider how they will be percieved after the turmoil is ended.

ABC has published the first pictures from the Blackwater incident... except the pictures are not actually from the Blackwater incident. Actually, there is one picture from the scene of the shootout. An aerial shot from high in the sky showing the location of various vehicles during the shootout. But the rest of the photo's (except for a couple showing vehicles damaged taken well after the controversy) are from the scene of the bombing which occurred several minutes and about a mile from the shoot out. So the pictures which ABC purport to show the Blackwater incident actually show the explosion, bomb crater, burned out vehicles, people gawking at the damage, and convoys responding to the scene of the bombing... One is left with the impression that a bomb went off and the Blackwater guys strarted shooting up the place right there. In fact the vast majority of damage in the pictures is caused by the bomb, leaving the impression that Blackwater is hardly responsible for any damage what so ever. You might even conclude that if the bomb scene were the scene of the controversy that it was probably the bomb blast that killed the 11 Iraqi's. It is a misleading collage, and I for one left a comment pointing out the bait and switch. Lets just see if it gets posted!

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