Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Did Bush just say that Al Qaeda is operating in Iraq? Pack it in guys. There is no decency left in the world. I just realized I need to explain what I'm talking about.

First he said something along the lines that Al Qaeda is responsible for the car attacks in Baghdad. This statement itself is a borderline lie. Truth: "The organization that calls itself Al Qaeda in Iraq is responsible for some of the suicide bombings, IEDs, etc."

Second, he followed this statement up with, "which everyone agrees is the enemy we should be fighting." Again, on its own, this statement is right. We should be fighting Al Qaeda, but NOT Al Qaeda in Iraq.

P.S. The title is a Monty Python reference.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course that is unfuckingbelievable. Almost everything he says seems unworthy of belief.

The worst part is that, in the context of our President's stunning agility with conceptual analysis and truth-telling, his most recent statement is relatively unfuckingremarkable.

5/01/2007 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's quite credible that Al Qaeda members are attacking American forces in Iraq. That's not a controversial statement. For Al Qaeda, Iraq is a country to be liberated from foreign domination. There are numerous reports of Al Qaeda recruiters working their magic in Iraq and orchestrating attacks. I don't doubt that Al Qaeda views Iraq as a breeding ground for recruitment and rabble-rousing.

The real question is whether that's a reason for us to say in Iraq or get out.

5/01/2007 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it WOULD be much more difficult for Al Qaeda to attack American forces in Iraq if all American forces were, say, in Virginia....

5/01/2007 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should recall all of the troops and place them at Hastings. That way the 200k plus troops will be able to fend-off trustafarian if we ever have another rainy day.

5/01/2007 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what's unfuckingbelievable. That anyone would claim that "unfuckingbelievable" is a "Monty Python reference." That's like claiming that "shit" is a "Tommy Boy" reference.

(And on the other issue, isn't it possible that Bush is a moron *and* Al Qaeda is active in Iraq?)

5/01/2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

7:37, to quote Apu, "I don’t know what part of that sentence to correct first."

Unfuckingbelievable is a VERY unique monty python reference. If there's a prior recorded use of the term, I'll slit my wrist. Al Qaeda in Iraq has NO LINK to Al Qaeda. It's just a marriage of convenience. Bin Laden gets street cred for fighting Americans (instead of smoking opium in some cave), while the Iraqi org gets the international brand. This is kind of like arguing that the Fanta here is the same as the Fanta in Europe. Cringe.

5/01/2007 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You what's unfuckingbelievable?

1. That on three straight Warriors possessions with 2 mins left, Jason Richardson would hold onto the ball like he's Michael Fucking Jordan, let the shot clock get to 2, and then throw up a fucking half-prayer-half-turkey at the net and then flail around. Um, how about passing it to the guy next to you who is a reincarnation of Jesus, Steven Nash, and Magic all in one? Especially by the third time down the court.

2. That:
1) If you're Tim Duncan and you clap after a foul, you might get a T but the ref who gets it will be fired.
2) If you're Baron Davis and you clap, you get ejected and then the refs fuck you the rest of the series. (Or, if they can't eject you for clapping, they eject Stephen Jackson).

The NBA is laughable when it comes to calling game fairly. Those of us from NorCal remember all too well the 2002 Sacrament-LA conference finals -- I think it was game 6 -- when the Lakers shot something like 45 foul shots to the Kings 6 (and replays showed Kings players swatting at air and getting called for intentionals). Ralph Nader sent a threatening letter at the time -- someone should follow up on that and sue the fuck out of the NBA for something.

Oh well, I'll just have to wait until Thursday to ghost ride the whip. (I do before every finals week).

5/01/2007 9:46 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

When you have Ralph Nader on your side, I can proudly claim to be a Laker fan.

5/01/2007 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of ghost riding the whip, it's going to be awfully difficult for Marshawn to do that now in Buffalo, what with the snow and all.

5/01/2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

Hey Armen, Ralph Nader is on your side too. And you know what? If he wasn't, you'd be driving around in a car that might explode at any time and eating unregulated, poisonous food.

Of course, without Nader, you'd probably also have a better President right now too. I can't argue with that. But what's worse?

Never mind, don't answer that.

5/01/2007 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mad J.D., what a great comment!

5/02/2007 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew it. Not only do NBA referees hate small-market teams, Northern California, and Barron Davis -- they seem to hate black people too. There's objective proof:


Dirk "Please Donnie, they were threatening castration!" Nowitski gets to take four steps in the lane, and everyone else is treated like they're on a chain gang. The NBA refs are the worst sad sorry lot since the 1919 White Sox.

Talk about the NYT coming through when you need them...

5/02/2007 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the ESPN story to figure out how the hell Stephen Jackson got thrown out without me even realizing it. It turns out the ref threw him out on ONE FREAKING TECHNICAL for sarcastic clapping. On the other hand, Jason Terry body slammed Baron Davis, causing him to bang his head on the floor, and only got one T with no ejection. And now the ESPN story is saying Jackson may get SUSPENDED! What the hell is up with the media constantly pushing for a Jackson suspension?! If he gets suspended for Game 6 in Oakland, I am going to be hell of pissed. And how about that mystery sixth foul on Baron Davis?

5/02/2007 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's absolutely fucking insane, isn't it. If you clap and you're Tim Duncan, they shitcan the ref who T's you up. If you're Jackson, they suspend you.

I will defend the Barron Davis 6th call though: the Warriors needed a quick foul to stop the clock, and Davis was draped over the guy who caught the inbounds. In those situations, wouldn't you want/expect a quick whistle -- and wouldn't the ref usually oblige to keep the game well-managed?

5/02/2007 1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This little gem from our President today:

"Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure"

5/02/2007 5:28 PM  
Blogger Max Power said...

It's funny, I vaguely recall the President being all for rigid deadlines for some sort of "weapons" inspection in the ante-bellum period.

In all seriousness, isn't that statement accidentally admitting that the war is currently a failure? By the President's own "logic," withdrawing by some certain date in the future equates to failure--what if that date were tomorrow? If pulling out in early 2008 means we will have failed, what does it mean for right now?

5/02/2007 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, no, Mr. Power. The statement doesn't admit that the 'war' is currently a failure....it just notes that the 'war' will mysteriously *become* a failure the moment we withdraw.

I think we can all agree that people who support pulling out now are pro-failure. Which is why we obviously shouldn't pull out until, you know, umm, later.

Too that bullshit cop-out can't be used to stave off my exams....

5/02/2007 7:17 PM  

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