HST vs. Bush

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I recently picked up the Criterion of Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas.
While digging through threads on The Agonist, someone quoted a portion of his new book, and I pulled up a full excerpt – and I thought it was worth sharing. Sure, it’s a little extreme, but it’s good solid Gonzo journalism.
Note to self: Pick up Kingdom Of Fear when I have an opening on the reading list.

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As if I needed more fuel…

US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush. 30/3/2003. ABC News Online
Full text, because I’m so speechless:
They may be the ones facing danger on the battlefield, but US soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for President George W Bush.
Thousands of marines have been given a pamphlet called “A Christian’s Duty,” a mini prayer book which includes a tear-out section to be mailed to the White House pledging the soldier who sends it in has been praying for Bush.
“I have committed to pray for you, your family, your staff and our troops during this time of uncertainty and tumult. May God’s peace be your guide,” says the pledge, according to a journalist embedded with coalition forces.
The pamphlet, produced by a group called In Touch Ministries, offers a daily prayer to be made for the US president, a born-again Christian who likes to invoke his God in speeches.
Sunday’s is “Pray that the President and his advisers will seek God and his wisdom daily and not rely on their own understanding”.
Monday’s reads “Pray that the President and his advisers will be strong and courageous to do what is right regardless of critics”.
Remember, folks, George W. Bush is the one who thought that Jesus – remember him, the guy who was crucified? – would be for the death penalty, as I found out in Bill O’Reilly’s book that I thumbed through yesterday.

Herbie wins!

Nicole just pointed me to this:
War’s Military, Political Goals Begin to Diverge (washingtonpost.com)
Remember how the war was being paused? (If you don’t remember, scroll down three entries.)
Top Army officers in Iraq say they now believe that they effectively need to restart the war. Before launching a major ground attack on Iraq’s Republican Guard, they want to secure their supply lines and build up their own combat power. Some timelines for the likely duration of the war now extend well into the summer, they say.
Way to call it, Herbie.

Fox News – Your #1 Source For Lies And Misinformation

Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie – SierraTimes.Com
On February 14, a Florida Appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization. The court reversed the $425,000 jury verdict in favor of journalist Jane Akre who charged she was pressured by Fox Television management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information. The ruling basically declares it is technically not against any law, rule, or regulation to deliberately lie or distort the news on a television broadcast.