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Thoughts on “Farenheit 9/11″

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Time permitting (which hasn't been much as my days are now filled with "preparing for surgery"), I've been scouring the Internet for concrete rebuttals of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. So far, the search has been futile. The most common refutation that I've seen runs along the lines of "Michael Moore is a liar". Or "Michael Moore edits", or my personal favorite, "Michael Moore is fat" (because that explains it all, right?).

That really seems to be the only thing anyone has to say against what was brought up in Fahrenheit 9/11. Well, if it's such a bunch of bullshit lies, where's your proof to back that up? Michael Moore's level of intelligence or fat content has nothing to do with the material he presented in his movie. If you think it's so "wrong" and so "libelous", then tell me why. Show me something other than "I don't like what he said so he sucks".

The real reason I'm writing though is an alarming trend I saw throughout the "Michael Moore is poo-poo" rants; the accusation that those who liked the movie or agree with some of Moore's points, or just those that disagree with our President and his administration, are non-patriotic traitors who don't support our troops. This could possibly be the most ignorant thing I've ever read.

Exactly where is the logic in that? Because I disagree with decisions made by my government I automatically don't support anything to do with my country whatsoever? If you believe this, or you say this, then you're just being ignorant, I'm sorry.

The entire point of being an American and having freedoms like we do is so that we can disagree with our government! If I don't like what Bush is doing, I have the freedom to say that and Michael Moore has the ability to make a movie about it.

But what in the name of shit does that have to do with supporting our troops? Look, I may not support the reason they're over there, but they were sent and they are there fighting and dying every day and my heart, and my support, goes out to them. Just because I don't support the reason we're at war doesn't mean I don't support the men and women that are over there fighting! If it weren't for our troops, all the people that have lost their lives in battles and wars past, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have now! I'm well aware of that and just because I don't like our monkey-faced president sure in hell doesn't mean that I don't or can't still support our armed forces!! What does one have to do with the other? Absolutely nothing! Bush has done some pretty fucked up things wherein our environment is concerned; you don't see me yelling out that those who like Bush must therefore hate the planet! I wouldn't, because that's stupid.

It really pisses me off seeing these ignorant people throwing around such vitriol for no damn good reason. So what if I don't like President Bush?! What the fuck do you care? So everyone that doesn't like the president, or disagrees with YOUR viewpoints, is a traitor to the United States? I mean come the fuck on.

The whole thing is just utterly stupid. We can argue 'til we're blue in the face that we have a good/bad president and a good/bad administration and a just/unjust reason for going to war. Opinions are like assholes but it doesn't mean you have to act like one if someone doesn't share your viewpoint. Don't accuse people of being non-patriotic for having an opinion. Don't accuse people of hating our troops simply because we liked Fahrenheit 9/11.

I Bitch, Therefore I Am

Monday, February 16th, 2004

This weekend I was playing a half-ass game of Taboo with my sister. The word was "Daydream" and I was trying to come up with ways to have her guess it without saying the "taboo" words.

"I do this a lot," I told her. As I opened my mouth to say another sentence, unsure if she even knew of my penchant for constant daydreaming, she says, "Bitch?"

"What?!" I asked, a bit taken aback.

She was laughing as she tried to explain her meaning, "Well, on your blogger, you know - you bitch a lot about what pisses you off..."

She's right, you know. I do bitch a lot on here. But wouldn't it be boring if I didn't? Since I've never had someone point it out to me quite like that before, I suppose I saw it otherwise. But to me, what good is a voice and a vehicle to display it (the Internet in this instance) if you don't use it? If there's something I don't like, I'm going to tell the world about it. No one may care what I have to say, but at least I've said it. I never was one for biting my tongue, though - I'm of the mindset that, in most instances, you shouldn't. But, still, good guess, Amb.

Also this weekend, I was reminded of a funny story I thought I'd share to fill up some space on this Monday post.

A few years ago, my best friend, Brandon, and I had gone to eat at a small Chinese buffet restaurant here in Baton Rouge one Saturday. It was lunchtime, and being the drinker that I am, I decided to have a cold one with my lo mein. Used to being carded because of my stature, I handed my driver's license over to the young Oriental waitress as I requested a Coors Light. She appeared then to be very confused. She took it from me, then glanced from the license in her hand and back to me with a puzzled look. Finally, with a friendly smile, she said, "Oh...., okay - you very pretty" and handed it back to me. She then walked off. I gave Brand a questioning look and he said, "I don't think she had any idea why you handed that to her."

She didn't. This woman thought I just handed her my license to show her my picture! I joked that I was going to come back in the next week and hand her a signed 8x10 headshot of myself. It's not surprising that the place is no longer in business.

Also, this article seems to point in the direction of "your supposed reasons for going to war (the "war on terrorism") seem to have BACKFIRED, Dubya". Iraq is likely now, because of the American invasion, a hotbed of terrorist activity. Way to go U.S.A. - we have one helluva administration, don't we?

With that, the bitch is out for now.

Osama Who?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003

Omfg. As I did my best to ignore any and everything Saddam-captured-related that I could, the headline 'Saddam Captured' Figurines On Sale for Holidays caught my eye. How could it not? Move over 'Tickle Me Elmo'...there's a new toy in town.

"It didn't take long..." noted the article. No fucking shit - all of two days for some jackass to jump on the opportunist-bandwagon of mechandising that will become "the capture of Saddam Hussein". No doubt, by the end of the week, half of the nation will be wearing "Captured Saddam" t-shirts...wagging their fists at TV cameras to show us naysayers. "We told you," they'll chant - "America is good...evil has been brought to justice...Bush rules."

Flipping through channels last night, it truly amazed me that, even though I didn't linger more than two seconds on any given channel I still heard the same tripe over and over.... "This must be a big slap-in-the-face to all those that opposed the war."

Wtf? If one sane, non-military, Bush-supporting individual could please explain to me how the capturing of Saddam Hussein is supposed to suddenly make me support a war I was against from the start, I'm all ears. You...caught...Saddam... ...and?

I honestly wasn't going to bring this up again on my blog. Why beat a dead horse, right? But when all I hear on TV and online are asshats claiming this capture is the "WE WERE RIGHT!!" vindication for millions of idiots, I'm a little (justifiably) irrate. I'm still waiting to hear from someone, anyone that can, intelligently, explain to me just how this capture should change my mind. I'm quite eager to see a poll on how many people once-against-the-war have suddenly switched sides simply because a dirty, hairy Saddam was found in a hole.

Osama bin Laden - remember him - anyone listening??

Though, naturally, the only real news source I put any stock in, The Daily Show put it best:

"Americans can rest easy now knowing that the man that had nothing to do with September 11 has been captured."

Touche.

And This Accomplishes What?

Sunday, December 14th, 2003

Saddam Captured.

Whoopdy-fuckin'-doo. Anyone remember a man named Osama bin Laden? You know, the one that really poses a threat - the one that actually attacked us first??

Your focus on Hussein to cover up the fact that you cannot, and probably never will, find bin Laden does little to impress me. I remember who caused 9/11 and the horrible deaths of thousands of innocents. Catch him, and you'll hear me cheer.

Well, Does It?

Friday, September 19th, 2003

So I guess my quick question this morning is, does hearing Bush now say there are no links between Saddam and 9/11 change your views on our invasion of Iraq at all?

They’re Dead…And?

Friday, July 25th, 2003

No, no really.... we killed them!!

Please, let it go. You could take their dead bodies on a tour of Iraq in a freezer-cold Pope mobile, and they still won't believe they're really dead. We've had to see pictures of their dead and shot-up bodies and now crappy, melting (and rather creepy) facial reconstructions on their rotting corpses. Stop it - it's gross and no one cares anymore. They're dead - fine - you'd be more convincing if you stopped trying so hard to prove it.

And if I die, please don't let whoever is doing mortuary work for the U.S. Government work on me. Blech... I've seen bloated, rotting corpses that looked better than that.