The Rocketsled to Hell
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
 
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Sean at Everything I Know Is Wrong has posted a collection of blog entries from Iraqi bloggers here.

Another Sean (the one at Sean's Blog) writes a brilliant post about today's media and how they would report D-Day here.

They are both fantastic reads.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
 
Mislead -

It is possible to tell the truth and yet deliberately mislead. One can accomplish this by either stating some facts and omitting others or by phrasing and emphasizing certain words in your phrase through the use of voice pitch and intonnation and body language.

Example 1: The phrase "Brett Favre threw a total of twelve interceptions since the beginning of the season" sounds bad, but all of the information needed to come to that conclusion has been omitted. "He also threw for nineteen touchdown receptions" puts everything into prospective.

Example 2: Carrying over the example from above, it could be said that "Brett Favre has already thrown twelve interceptions this season", but sounds much different when stated like this: "Brett Favre has only thrown twelve interceptions so far".

It's all in the way the information is presented. One can lie while telling truths. Information can be spun and framed so as to come across any way you wish to your audience. Today's media is the master of this trade.

Michael Moore (and I've said it before) is a big fat idiot. His new movie 'Farhenheit 911' was the top movie last weekend, just above 'White Chicks'. That's right, the media won't tell you that 'White Chicks', the Wayan's Brother's new flick (and anything by them has got to be platinum), almost beat out Moore's movie. They also won't tell you that 'Dodgeball' grossed more than twice as much as the 911 movie the wekend before.

In the movie, Moore shows many, many facts about the administration, but more to the point, omits many important ones as well. Everything in the movie seems to be taken out of context. I have not seen the movie, and I plan not to pay money to see it, however I would like to see his deception first-hand.

There's a teriffic article in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times that outlines some of the major points made in 'Fahrenheit 911'. Please read it.
Friday, June 25, 2004
 
Hanoi John -




Monday, June 21, 2004
 
Vacation Recap -

Toronto was fantastic- very large and surprisingly clean. Of the parts we saw, it is a very young city- most of the people we came across were in their 20's or 30's and, probably as a result, the nightlife was terrific.

We went to see a Blue Jays game and, though I'm not the biggest baseball fan, I had a blast. I suppose beer had a lot to do with that. Speaking of beer, I think I drank my body weight four times over in alcohol in the week I was there.

The highlight of the trip was definitely Tiesto.

I'll be posting photos soon.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
 
O, Canada -

Today I leave for a vacation in Toronto. I wish I could tell more, but I'm on my way out the door. I'll be taking my laptop, so maybe I'll be able to blog from there. Expect photos.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
 
What If D-Day Were Today? -

Tomorrow is D-Day. Sixty years ago, thousands of men gave their lives to abolish the world of a tyrant and restore peace and there was relatively no opposition at home. Today, hundreds of men give their lives to rid the world of a tyrant and restore peace and there is plenty of opposition at home.

I found a short little satirical article at Kerrycore.com:

Normandy Invasion; Miserable Failure
After more than sixty years, John Kerry has called on Franklin Roosevelt to apologize for the failures of the Normandy invasion and for lying about the War in Europe. From the very beginning, President Roosevelt promised not to take America to War.

However, after he lied about going to war, the least he could have done was not lose any of our guys. John Kerry says, if he were president, he would have fought WW2 in a better way.

Because of Roosevelt's incompetence as commander in chief, we suffered more than 2,400 casualties on a single day! Only 2 of 29 amphibious Sherman tanks made it to the beach - And with the exception of one, no unit of the 116th landed where it was planned. The paratroopers were way off. The President lied about how easy it would be and now the French hate us.

John Kerry repeated his statement, "Not only would I have fought WW2 in a better way, I would have fought WW2 even better.

Friday, June 04, 2004
 
Happy... ...Friday? -

Today is the "Festival of the Sticky Penis" held in Queens, NY. Make of it what you will.

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