FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O FAILED TO GO TO PARIS FOR THE UNITY MARCH IN RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK'S TERRORIST ATTACK.
BUT WHITE HOUSE INSIDERS TELL THESE REPORTERS BARRY O HAD "VERY IMPORTANT TERRORIST-RELATED ACTIVITIES WHICH PRESENTED HIM FROM ATTENDING."
1) GET A BIKINI WAS -- IMPORTANT TO DO BECAUSE CONTINUED TERRORIST ATTACKS COULD PREVENT HIM FROM GETTING ONE LATER
2) WATCH THE GOLDEN GLOBES -- HE BET BIG IN THE WHITE HOUSE POOL ON COLIN HANKS -- $5 -- TO WIN BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES.
3) HE HAD TO GET 500 PENNIES IN CASE HE LOST TO SCREW WITH THE WINNERS.
4) HE HAD TO GET A PLASTIC BAGGIE TO PUT THE PENNIES IN.
5) HE WANTED TO WORK ON HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH SHOULD COLIN HANKS WIN (HE DIDN'T) AND INCLUDE AN AGGRESSIVE GESTURE.
6) HE NEEDED THREE HOURS OF TRAINING WITH BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT PATTI WOOD ON HOW TO MAKE AN AGGRESSIVE GESTURE.
7) HE WASN'T SURE HE'D PROGRAMMED TIVO CORRECTLY AND NEEDED THE SECRET SERVICE AND THEN F.C.C. COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI TO CHECK TO MAKE SURE "GIRLS" WOULD BE RECORDED.
8) HE NEEDED SNACKS FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND, AFTER, WATCHING "GIRLS."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Cher weighs in on Iraq:
The damage was done and the damage continues. Margaret Griffis (Antiwar.com) notes 139 violent deaths in Iraq yesterday with 21 more injured.
How is Barack's bombing campaign (passed off as a 'plan') reducing violence?
As we ponder that, let's move over to note how it's always interesting what gets attention and what doesn't. Everyone and their dog (that would be the Christian Science Monitor) weighed in on the poll regarding the number of Republicans who believed (wrongly) that WMD (one of the false reasons given for the illegal war on Iraq) were discovered there. We covered the poll in Wednesday's snapshot but we covered it: "32% of Democrats in the US and 51% of Republicans wrongly believe WMDs were discovered in Iraq." Though many outlets used the poll -- which has issues that should question some of the validity of the results -- to do another slam book post on Republicans and Fox News, that 32% of Democrats believe the lie is telling.
A few wanted to insist that the bad New York Times article was responsible.
One report can't do that.
Not even if it's amplified.
The issue is no one was held accountable. When no one's held accountable, the message is no one needs to be held accountable because no one was wrong.
You go into Jack In The Box and order fries, walk out the door, look in the sack and discover they gave you onion rings, you can walk back in and they will take accountability for their mistake and give you the fries you ordered.
One of the reasons given for the 'need' to go to war on Iraq was that Iraq had WMD and was seeking out Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Uranium or some such nonsense.
And these reasons have not led to accountability.
Except maybe for Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson.
Joe is the former US Ambassador to Iraq who exposed Bully Boy Bush's lie about the yellow cake uranium and he was held accountable for that truth telling by the BBB administration which went on to illegally out his wife Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. (Thanks to his father, Poppy Bush, it is illegal for a US government official or employee to out a CIA operative. It is not a crime for others to do so. Which is why columnist Robert Novak committed no crime -- a fact that David Corn -- in his never ending eagerness to suck the phallus of the CIA -- frequently was confused over.)
So Joe and Valerie suffered.
Cindy Sheehan and others across the US suffered as they saw their family members perish in the Iraq War or return home wounded.
The American people -- for many generations -- are suffering -- and will suffer -- as a result of the financial debt the illegal war has created.
But despite all the suffering and consequences being doled out to various people, the ones who lied were never held accountable.
Colin Powell is treated as 'respectable' by the media despite his public lying. He's far from the only one.
And let's not forget that his cuddle buddy, Lawrence Wilkerson, was given free reign by the media (especially MSNBC and Democracy Now!) to rewrite history and present Colin Powell -- human filth since Vietnam -- as a victim and a truthful person.
When no one's held accountable for lying, when there are no prosecutions for deceiving the American people and starting an illegal war, people will assume the lies were true.
But, as usual, that was too much for the media in this country to address.
Heaven forbid we address the glaring lack of accountability.
And heaven forbid we address a real poll -- one whose methodology raises no questions.
See there were two polls that had to do with Iraq that were released this week.
And if you wanted to slam book Republicans and Fox News, you focused on the questionable one (and generally ignored the 32% of Democrats who believed the lie of WMD found).
And if you support war, you'll continue to ignore the other poll.
57% of Americans oppose sending US troops into combat in Iraq. (Yes, they are already in combat. Dropping bombs from planes is combat and, throughout the US Air Force's history, people have long received decorations for those combat missions.)
That's a majority.
That, however, wasn't big news this week.
A search of even Antiwar.com doesn't even turn up a report or citation.
The poll was conducted by the Brookings Institute -- a centrist organization not known for pacifist sentiment.
It was released on Thursday.
I missed it until a friend at Brookings asked why I wasn't noting it.
Antiwar.com probably missed it for the same reason.
But what about the MSM which usually can't stop presenting Brookings as a "trusted voice."
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