Funny how the Mirror reports

Funny how the Mirror reports the attacks differently, compared to the antiseptic American press. They seem a bit off with their numbers, though.

Mirror.co.uk – MOST FEROCIOUS ATTACK IN HISTORY MOST FEROCIOUS ATTACK IN HISTORY
Mar 21 2003
From Richard Wallace, US Editor In Washington, Alexandra Williams In Kuwait, And Bob Roberts In Qatar
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AMERICA and Britain began the most ferocious blitzkrieg in history as the military strike on Iraq began in earnest last night.
Cruise missile, smart bombs and satellite-guided weapons rained down on Saddam Hussein’s key defence and communication sites in Baghdad destroying vital command centres missile batteries and airfields.
Scores of targets were hit in unison as precision-guided missiles were programmed to explode at the same time.
BLITZ: British troops unleash shells from a 105mm gun at
targets in southern Iraq as huge offensive gets underway
Simultaneously massed ranks of Allied troops, including Royal Marines, Desert Rats and Paras, launched the long awaited ground invasion, seizing the border town of Umm Qasr.
It was the awesome start to the round the clock “shock and awe” campaign designed to stun terrified Iraqis into paralysed submission. Around 1,200 targets are earmarked for attack by 3,000 bombs and missiles.

I had forgotten about Steve

I had forgotten about Steve Bell, the Guardian’s cartoonist. He was a favorite of a few of my friends during my years in England. He certainly draws the Monkey Fascist with some skill. You can also check out his complete archive if you wish. His drawings are exceedingly nasty and cruel, but his composition is clear and precise, and reminds me in places of Magritte.

Look to your right, and

Look to your right, and you’ll see a new counter.
Yes, it’s the fun-for-all-the-family Iraq Body Count counter! Wheeee! Granted, some nutbag will also have this on his site because it makes him happy, as he sits in his chair watching CNN non-stop, but the purpose it to remind us how many people Commander Bunnypants has murdered with his illegal war. (Yes, I know, Saddam has killed much more, but then it’s not a contest, is it people? I mean, our score should be zero on that side, don’t you think?)
Shock and awe is coming soon, don’t worry. They little boys need to use their toys.
Other counters we need: Halliburton Profit Counter (and one for the Carlysle Group)
American Casualties Counter (because they’re somebody’s kids too)
And did anyone notice how the price of gas mysteriously went down today? Gee, war must be a good thing!

Photo from SFGate.com Operation


Photo from SFGate.com
Operation Bloody American Empire: Day Two
Low body count so far–good!–but of course these are early days…of death…yet. There were protests in France, San Francisco, New York, Norwich (UK), Kolkata, India (quite violent), Egypt (also violent), Sydney, Melbourne, Taipei (yay!), Hyderabad, Cincinnati, the five main cities of Scotland, and lots of other places, including Chicago (as reported on NPR, but I can’t find a link). Phew! That’s a list.
Meanwhile, China has told Bush to knock it off, and the Washington Times even mentioned impeachment and war crimes trial for Bush. Bloody hell!
And while nobody was looking, the Senate shut down the Smirk’s Alaskan Oil Drilling boondoggle for the second time. So there’s your good news for the day, hidden at the bottom of the entry.

Adbusters has an idea. Let’s

Adbusters has an idea. Let’s boycott all American brands in protest.

Adbusters: Boycott America
Some people are planning a total Made-in-America boycott. Some will boycott oil for the duration of the war. Others are planning public activism against the greatest symbols of the Brand America warriors: McDonald’s, Philip Morris, Exxon Mobil, Texaco, the major automakers, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Starbucks, Nike, Disneyland, the Hollywood cinemas. Media activists can launch TV Turnoff campaigns against Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and MTV. The limits to your participation are the limits of imagination, and the brainstorming has already begun.

When I looked over the list, however, I realized I’m already doing this. We don’t have TV here up among the golden spires, and we don’t eat at Mickey Ds, and you’d never catch me wearing Tommy Hilfiger, or Nike, going to Disneyland, or smoking anything. Part of that comes from living in a city where there’s plenty of alternatives to doing all these things. I do have a few cheap T-shirts from the Gap I suppose, and I do need to gas up to get around town, but…I guess the idea is to get other people to join me!

The blood of the


The blood of the innocents is on your hands, Fuhrer Bush.
Senator Byrd is the only true American in government to speak out about the end of everything we stand for. This has been posted everywhere else, but here ’tis again.

Senate Remarks by Robert C. Byrd
March 19, 2003
“The Arrogance of Power”
I believe in this beautiful country. I have studied its roots and gloried in the wisdom of its magnificent Constitution. I have marveled at the wisdom of its founders and framers. Generation after generation of Americans has understood the lofty ideals that underlie our great Republic. I have been inspired by the story of their sacrifice and their strength.
But, today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.

Michael Moore on Bush’s “Moment

Michael Moore on Bush’s “Moment of Truth”

A Letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush on the Eve of War
Monday, March 17, 2003
George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC
Dear Governor Bush:
So today is what you call “the moment of truth,” the day that “France and the rest of world have to show their cards on the table.” I’m glad to hear that this day has finally arrived. Because, I gotta tell ya, having survived 440 days of your lying and conniving, I wasn’t sure if I could take much more. So I’m glad to hear that today is Truth Day, ’cause I got a few truths I would like to share with you:
1. There is virtually NO ONE in America (talk radio nutters and Fox News aside) who is gung-ho to go to war. Trust me on this one. Walk out of the White House and on to any street in America and try to find five people who are PASSIONATE about wanting to kill Iraqis. YOU WON’T FIND THEM! Why? ‘Cause NO Iraqis have ever come here and killed any of us! No Iraqi has even threatened to do that. You see, this is how we average Americans think: If a certain so-and-so is not perceived as a threat to our lives, then, believe it or not, we don’t want to kill him! Funny how that works!

There’s more if you click the link. Thanks to my friend for sending me this link.