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  Friday, May 17, 2002

Lies, More Lies and Damned Lies – 9/11 Victims Deserve Better From Bush


So it turns out our government knew all about plans for 9/11 before the event. Even Bush personally was informed as early as August 6 of last year. But, if you can remember that far back, that was while Shrub was enjoying the longest contiguous vacation ever taken by any sitting president.


Bouncing around the ranch in his pick-up, pretending to be a cowboy, playing with his dogs, eating barbecue and joking with aids and locals, apparently Bush was far too busy relaxing to pay any real attention to something unpleasant like a serious, specific warning from the CIA.


Oh, by the way, seems they kind of forgot to tell us about this until EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS later. Not that they were hiding anything, of course. They just forgot. Until now. Must be an honest mistake, right?


And what do they say, now? “We had no way of knowing…,” and, “,,,no specific threats…”, and,”…conventional hijacking, not flying into buildings…” You know, maybe we oughta check out the timeline of what they knew and when, just to be sure.



Algerian terrorists attempt to hijack a plane in France with the intention of flying it into the Eiffel Tower. The plot is foiled before the plane leaves the ground.



Philippine intelligence officials seize a notebook computer from a senior known terrorist with direct connections to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. On the notebook are plans for hijacking large planes and flying them into buildings. The contents are turned over to US intelligence agencies.


December 2000

US intelligence agencies begin reporting spikes in communications between known terrorist cells. Though Bush is now receiving daily intelligence updates, he and his staff are too busy stealing an election they lost by 500,000 votes to pay any attention.


April-May 2001

US intelligence agencies report a variety of specific threats of planned Al Qaeda attacks on US soil.


June 22, 2001

The FAA, based on warnings it has received from US intelligence agencies, issues a non public warning to US carriers warning of the threat of hijacking or terrorist attack.


July 5, 2001

Shrub asks Condi Rice for an update on “The terrorism thing,” then leaves for the longest vacation ever taken by a sitting US president.


July 15, 2001

The FAA issues another private warning to US carriers, this time stating terrorists are, “…planning and training for hijacks,” meaning someone somewhere already knew about the Al Qaeda members in flight training.


August 1, 2001

The FBI issues the first public warning of possible terrorist attack that specifically mentions bin Laden and Al Qaeda.


August 6, 2001

Bush, on vacation at his Crawford ranch, receives specific CIA intelligence briefings running more than 5 pages that bin Laden and Al Qaeda are planning to hijack a US airplane. We have no idea what else the report said because the Bushies are still sitting on it.


It took EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS just to tell us of its existence. You think they’re going to release the actual contents of the warning anytime soon? If so, I have some wonderful opportunities in the vertical real estate market in which I’m sure you’d be interested.


August 15, 2001

A Minneapolis flight school calls the FBI after Zacarias Moussaoui - currently the *only* suspect in custody in relation to 9/11 - requests to learn only to fly a 737, not land it.


August 16, 2001

The FBI arrests Moussaoui on immigration related charges.


August 17, 2001

The Minnesota FBI office requests permission to search Moussaoui’s laptop, seized a day earlier. FBI headquarters denies the request, citing insufficient evidence. Later examination reveals detailed information about the function and flying of crop dusters, among other things.


September 11, 2001

We all know what happened that day. But did you know that, before running around playing hide the commander-in-chicken, Shrub spent more than 35 minutes with a bunch of second graders *after* the first tower was struck, even knowing all of the information cited above? Well, he did. Then he went into his embarrassing disappearing act.


Last Week

Just last week the smirking chimp released pictures of himself on the phone on 9/11, presumably as he was flitting around the country trying to hide, for the express purpose of GOP fund raising. The stupid assholes are actually using the almost unimaginable tragedy 9/11 as a political fund raising tool.


Later, EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS after the fact, the White House got around to finally telling us about the August 6 warning Bush had received in Crawford. Must have just slipped their mind for EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS.


So let’s review, shall we? What did Shrub, personally, know *before* 9/11? Well, he knew Al Qaeda had plans to hijack planes and fly them into buildings. He knew Al Qaeda agents were enrolled in US flight schools.  He knew something was coming soon and, at least as early as August 6, knew of specific Al Qaeda threats. He knew an Al Qaeda member had been arrested in MN, requesting to learn only how to fly a 737, not land it.


He knew all of these things. This is an absolutely incontrovertible fact verified by the information released by Bush himself. Who knows what else he knew that we will only find out about much later, if at all?


So, what did he do with all of this knowledge?

Even missing the obvious clues before the fact, how is it, given what he knew at the time, he could not put the pieces together after the first tower was struck?

How is it not one person on his supposedly start studded staff didn’t put the picture together?

Why the FUCK did the stupid asshole sit there for 35 minutes with a bunch of frickin’ 8 year olds, then spend the rest of the day in a ridiculous dance of jumping from hiding place to hiding place while the nation looked for leadership.

Why is it Rudy fucking Giuliani was the only guy in sight?

And why haven’t these questions been asked before and asked again and again and again until we get the real answers?


Failure of intelligence? No doubt about it, this was a failure of intelligence of the highest magnitude. But it is unfair to place all – or even most – of the blame on US intelligence agencies. Given what we now know Bush knew and when he knew it, he knew or should have known what was about to happen, At very least the idiot should have been able to connect the dots and figure it out as it was happening.


Failure of intelligence, indeed. The most glaring failure of intelligence is the idiot running the circus. I wouldn’t hire this dim bulb to take care of my yard, much less run the damn country.


Now, finally, there is no spin that can hide his inherent stupidity from the public. The only question is will the public, not being a terribly bright lot, either, understand?





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Back To Blogging Warm-Up Exercises

First off, below the following quotes you will find an essay on my experiences of being perhaps the first Radio blog to be Slashdot-ed. But For the most part, I'm starting back slow.


There is at least one thing I’ve learned as, despite my best efforts, I have grown older. And that’s to ease into things whenever possible. So, let’s all do some light stretching and warm-ups in the form of a bunch of quotes, in no particular order, that have piled up since my last update.


Quotes are fun. Sometimes quotes are relevant. But the most important thing is posting quotes requires no effort on my part and very little on yours. Enjoy.


Believe you me, there are plenty of fascinating, ground breaking stories in the queue just waiting for us to finish or these warm-ups. Or, at least, there would be had I not accidentally deleted days worth of stories about which I had some entertaining, scintillating comment or another to make.


Ah, well, luckily tomorrow is another day in Bloggerville and will no doubt brings more stories of interest, humor and stupidity than we can possibly imagine today.


Speaking of the weird and stupid, I just discovered that the spell checker that ships with Office 10 (XP) actually has the word “Pflugerville” included. For the 99.9% of you who don’t know what the fuck a Pflugerville is, it is tiny, an entirely non-descript bedroom/redneck community just West of Austin.


Amazing. They don’t have “ad hominem,” a common phrase online, yet they have Pflugerville? What is it with those idiots in Redmond?


There, see? I managed to work in a little invective even in the warm-ups. All is once again well with the world. See you tomorrow.





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Jane Austen. "I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them." [Quotes of the Day]
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Benjamin Franklin. "Drive thy business or it will drive thee." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]
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Harry S Truman. "If you cannot convince them, confuse them." [Quotes of the Day]
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Oscar Wilde. "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written." [Quotes of the Day]
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Margaret Mitchell. "Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was." [Quotes of the Day]
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Ray Bradbury. "You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance." [Quotes of the Day]
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Horace. "He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]
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Benjamin Disraeli. "Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]
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Oscar Levant. "I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away." [Quotes of the Day]
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Ralph Novak. "Reading this book is like waiting for the first shoe to drop." [Quotes of the Day]
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Robert Fulford. "I have seen the future and it doesn't work." [Quotes of the Day]
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Blogging and the Slashdot Anomoly 

Many of you have been asking why I haven’t been updating the blog recently. OK, almost all of you. I have really good reasons. Honest.


First off, I had out-of-town friends in for a visit, which means I had to spend what little ambulatory energy I have these days entertaining them.


OK, I can see you’re not buying that. Fine. Whatever. See if I care.


Actually, there is a good reason I left the blog as is for a few days. The whole Slashdot thing was a big part of it.


If you don’t know by now, ‘Everything… Possible… Happens…’ was featured on Slashdot last weekend. Sunday and Monday I was inundated with hits, seeing 50 to 100 times normal traffic.


I found it very interesting to watch the progression of hits as the story spread across the Net. For the first day and a half, almost 90% of the hits came from Slashdot, as you’d expect.


But beginning with Dave Winer’s story in Scripting News suggesting this may be the first Radio Weblog ever Slashdot-ed., I started seeing a shift. By the end of Monday, I was still recording 5 to 10 times my normal hit count, but now the majority of hits were coming through Scripting News or people who had linked to the Scripting News Story.


Another interesting sidelight, in view of the many recent discussions in the blogger community, was the sharp spike in Google references I saw. No doubt about it, one quick Slashdotting, along with what I believe is a system weighted in favor of weblogs, and bang! I was suddenly showing up at the top of all sorts of Google searches.


And all of this from a blog barely a couple of months old with absolutely nothing special to distinguish it from the 50,000+ active blogs out there. But there it was. Even on Blogdex, I suddenly ranked in the top 100.


One of the other reasons I didn’t update the site was I wanted to see where the hit count would level off on its own. Obviously Slashdot was an anomaly. But just as obviously, it was likely to have a lingering effect. While my hit count has returned to lower levels, it’s leveled off at a higher rate than before.


All of this has led me to the inescapable conclusion that, as much as I’d like to think it was my brilliant journalism and prescience in breaking the right story at the right time, this entire phenomenon has one hell of a lot more to do with the power of blogging than it does with me.


Now that I know the true potential power of blogging, I intend to take full advantage. We haven’t heard the last of the RoadRunner story by a long shot. And I fully intend to use the power of blogging to bring other issues of universal concern to Netizens and citizens alike to the forefront.


It is not the individual or the story that matters here. It is the power all of us share as members of a  community.  By example, while the Slashdotted story generated literally thousands of responses in long threads, I received only a handful of responses by e-mail. Our community decided as a whole that the appropriate way to respond was through the comment areas provided.


Yet when I feature personal stories, like my various drug rants, more people chose to respond by e-mail than by form, sensing the more personal nature of the subject matter.


My point is we are far more of a community than any of us may yet realize. Sure, there are goofs and loons aplenty, but, as a group we tend to come to the same conclusions, at very least about netiquette.


That’s a starting point. Every seminal group throughout history was bonded by forces they, at the time, did not fully comprehend. We are no different. Who knows what path our new found group consciousness may take? All we can do is keep on blogging.





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