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"Chuck Norris doesn't read books; he stares them down until he gets the information he wants out of them."
- ChuckNorrisFactsdotcom

Sunday, May 02, 2004
On a lighter note:

Damn, damn, double damn, I completely missed
National Rutabaga Month!

I was out driving today and enjoying the lovely weather, (this really is one of my favorite times of year,) and saw a man kneeling in his flowerbed. I realized that he was taking a picture of one of his tulips from a few inches away. I thought, life is good. In spite of all the crap in the world, here's this guy doing the 21st century equivalent of smelling the flowers on a beautiful day. Despite all that's wrong with the world. We have enough food. We have roofs over our heads. We take for granted that, barring accidents or cancer, we'll live to 65, and so will our children. We have digital cameras. We have it pretty good.

posted by Rachel 5/02/2004
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You know if the prevention of genocide was your raison d'etre and you had failed to prevent several in the last decade, if humanitarian relief was another primary goal and you had overseen a multibillion dollar fraud, possibly aiding and abetting human rights atrocities, one might get the idea that your vows of openess and accountability would be motivated by sincere sentiment. You'd be
wrong. (Link via instapundit.)

I hearby apologize to every anti-UN old coot that I privately mocked as paranoid. You were right. They really are that bad. I'm sorry.

posted by Rachel 5/02/2004
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Words fail me. I cannot adequately express my delight at seeing
this in print. I hope a lot of people with blood on their hands are aquiver with fear. I hope that the responsible moral citizens will openly shun these people. I hope the media continues to publicize this shit.

posted by Rachel 5/02/2004
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Hmmm. First
Michael Bellesiles, then Jayson Blair, then Charlie leDuff, now Micah Wright. I begin to notice a common thread. It seems that if you're on the right side you needn't bother with facts or truth.

posted by Rachel 5/02/2004
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Y'know, I think
this would be rejected as a soap plot because it's so freaking incredible.

So Saddam bribed journalists. Surprise. We already know that CNN, by their own public admission, skipped reporting on murder, torture and assassination, in order to maintain access. Why should it come as a surprise that the members of the fourth estate lined their own pockets? CNN ignored rapes and beatings of their own Iraqi staff. Elected officials were profiting from rape murder and torture, why would anyone assume "the guardians of The Public Right To Know" would be immune? We'll see how serious "the system" is about accountability when we have televised senate hearings and call said journalists, as well as George Galloway and the Annans, to testify. If this is buried, well I'm going to livid beyond all recognition.

posted by Rachel 5/02/2004
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