“Would you believe Tuesday?”

Sorry about the delay. I was all set to go at a few minutes to midnight last night, but there was a rebuild problem. Looks to be clear now.

Operation Manticore is go. I repeat; Operation Manticore is go.

The back-end should be fully secure and ready to roll for the first round of invites tomorrow.

Cheers all.

UPDATE – Oh, and thanks to the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchezdo, we have a fresh eye-opener for the few remaining Bush-lovers:

“Kick ass! If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! We must be tougher than hell! This Vietnam stuff, this is not even close. It is a mind-set. We can’t send that message. It’s an excuse to prepare us for withdrawal. There is a series of moments and this is one of them. Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!” – George W. Bush (source)

1. Bloody hell. What a hero.

2. Come to think of it, we could do with a march to democracy over this way…

(reaches for weapon)








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Circle Line and Tube parties today/tonight

This became an irretrievably stupid idea from the moment the newspapers started to cash in on it.

(Both London freesheets had it on their front page yesterday, and it’s in several nationals today.)

My advice to you if you’re planning on a day or night out in London today is to avoid the underground system. You certainly shouldn’t put yourself in a position where you need to rely on it.

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UPDATE – Alternatively, you could throw caution to the wind and have a drinking competition.

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Linkdump ahoy!

1. Joseph Obi is on the warpath.

The attack on Louise Redvers is particularly appalling… and actionable. Sadly, The Obi One has yet to reveal what he’s really angry about (i.e. what triggered this greatly delayed outburst).

2. Thank you, Gordon.

(That is what you’re fishing for, yes? Next time, try to take the lead before you’re backed into a corner, eh?)

3. Independent – Clive Stafford Smith: Why has the Government forsaken Binyam Mohamed?: Why would the British Government refuse to disclose this kind of critical information? Here, we are left to speculate, since they won’t give an explanation. Sadly, the most likely reason is that there is much more evidence that they would rather remained hidden – such as proof of systematic British co-operation in the US rendition process.

If you’d like a hint as to the most likely outcome, here it is; Jack Straw still holds a cabinet position.

4. BBC – Blair ‘to devote life to faith’: Former prime minister Tony Blair has promised to “spend the rest of my life” uniting the world’s religions

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, do excuse me. That’s unforgivably rude. I should kn*…. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

5. Emptywheel – George Bush Authorized the Leak of Valerie Wilson’s Identity: Scottie McC doesn’t know it yet. But that’s basically what he revealed this morning on the Today Show…

See also: Scott McClellan on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Oh, and Matthew Norman’s description of Bush as an “an arrogant, self-deceiving fantasist” reminded me of this little item.

6. LayScience and Septicisle on the recent Standpoint nonsense.

(Speaking of right-wing magazines, someone has a tough job ahead of them.)

7. I had four beers last night, and I’m seriously considering breaking my curfew on Saturday night so I can see a movie with the missus.

I’m a bad boy…. but you ain’t seen nothing yet:

8. Manticore. Monday.

SPECIAL BONUS LINK: An incredible timesaver for 98% of the remaining* regular contributors to Iain Dale’s website. (*Most of the sensible people have grown tried of being ignored, censored, abused by anonymous cowards or told to “piss off” by the great man himself.)








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Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan on Bush and the selling of the Iraq war:

In Iraq, McClellan added, Bush saw “his opportunity to create a legacy of greatness,” something McClellan said Bush has said he believes is only available to wartime presidents.

The president’s real motivation for the war, he said, was to transform the Middle East to ensure an enduring peace in the region. But the White House effort to sell the war as necessary due to the stated threat posed by Saddam Hussein was needed because “Bush and his advisers knew that the American people would almost certainly not support a war launched primarily for the ambitions purpose of transforming the Middle East,” McClellan wrote.

“Rather than open this Pandora’s Box, the administration chose a different path — not employing out-and-out deception, but shading the truth,” he wrote of the effort to convince the world that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, an effort he said used “innuendo and implication” and “intentional ignoring of intelligence to the contrary.”

Andrew Sullivan on the above:

If this is true, if the president intentionally ignored data refuting the existence of Saddam’s WMDs, he should be impeached.

Also…

Scott McClellan on the “liberal media”:

If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq.

The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. . . . In this case, the “liberal media” didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.

Karl Rove on Scott McClellan:

“It shows how out of the loop he was,” Mr Rove, the man once known as “Bush’s Brain”, said on Fox News where he is now a commentator. “This doesn’t sound like Scott, it sounds like a left-wing blogger. I don’t remember him speaking up [about the concerns laid out in the book] at the time.”

Ooooooh, get her.

Videos and extras over at Crooks and Liars.

[Psst! The more I look at the likes of Iain Dale and Paul Staines (aka ‘Guido Fawkes’, aka ‘Mr Anti-The-Current-Establishment’), the more I’m reminded of the role played by people like Karl Rove and Scott McClellan in the selling of a stupid president and his stupid war. Dale especially. His pockets are lined with Ashcroft cash, so even if he isn’t officially a professional liar for the Tory party, he may as well put it on his CV.]








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You can trust the Bush administration

, . , .

, apart from a certain method that certainly isn’t torture, .

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(via)








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Five quick items

1. Nadine Dorries is telling porkies again. Oh, and did everyone watch the sun come up this morning? It came as a hell of a surprise, let me tell you.

2. Richard Bartholomew offers an excellent post on UK libel law here.

3. When greedy meets sneaky with a big dash of cheeky.

Mark Steel made me laugh with this; “But here is the best part. The “difficulties” raised by this complex and sensitive issue have been investigated by the politicians themselves, and one of the measures they’ve decided on is that all MPs should receive an automatic annual allowance of 23K for their second home. So no doubt some of them will now yell: “That’s not fair, now the others get a bonus but we were swiping that much already.””

4. Not a drop of alcohol has passed my lips since the 16th, but I did almost forget about my curfew last night. My only excuse is that, unlike some people, I don’t have an electronic tag to remind me that i should be home before 9pm.

5. Operation Manticore: With you shortly. I’ve worked out a way to allow newcomers and outsiders to join in, but dealing with a total shit like George W. Bush means that (a) a lot of SH! is required and (b) there are many Is to dot and Ts to cross.

UPDATE – Make that six:

BorisWatch – Boris, Dean Godson, Andrew Gilligan and, er, the Routemaster bus?
BorisWatch – This Think Tank Is A Powerful Vehicle








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Fundies abroad

Two items for those who watched In God’s Name and appreciated seeing the evidence of Christian fundamentalists and their influence in politics (locally, thanks to David “I’m a tolerant kind of guy” Cameron and his ‘nice’ Tory party):

1. Jesus Camp gets a repeat airing on More4 at 10pm tonight (Tuesday 27 May, 2008). You may recall this classic footage of children urged to bless a cardboard cut-out of George W. Bush. Expect to see this and more tonight.

(Trailer and background. If you miss it tonight you can catch it online starting here.)

2. Independent – Suburban Sydney shows dark side as Muslim school row gets vicious: Liberal Australia has been shocked by the ferocity of the opposition. Riot police were called when nearly 1,000 people turned up at a public meeting of anti-school campaigners. Two pigs’ heads, impaled on stakes, with an Australian flag strung between them, were left on the proposed site, a paddock on the fringes of town. Among the meeting’s organisers was Fred Nile [1, 2], leader of a fundamentalist Christian party and a long-standing member of the New South Wales parliament. Mr Nile – who has no links with Camden – accused Muslims of hating Christians, and called for a moratorium on Muslim immigration.

(If you’d like to spend more time watching wingnuts exploiting valid concerns of locals as hatred begins to swallow them whole, read/see more here, here and here and revel in a notable highlight here; “”They’ve got terrorists amongst them, OK? We can’t say they haven’t – they have,” said one resident.”)

UPDATE (28 May) – Jesus Camp is a hell heck of an outing, isn’t it?

Josh Timonen – Surviving ‘Jesus Camp’: “Raise your hand if you think that God can do anything!” Pastor Becky Fischer throws her arm into the air as an example while darting her eyes back and forth over the children in the audience. She yells in a fake high-pitched voice like a sleazy, overly animated kid’s show host and waits for them to imitate her answer. In one aisle a mother lifts the arm of her disinterested son, no more than 8 years old. That, in a nutshell, is the whole problem.

Amen.

I have a number of Christian readers, some of them more devout than others, but I would hope none as delusional or as predatory as Becky Fischer, who says things like “The Devil goes after the young; those who cannot fend for themselves*” without a shred of self-awareness.

(*Followed by a charming message about Harry Potter, which you can see from 03:40 onwards here.)

And, like Denny Pattyn, Becky Fischer plans to export her nonsense. Look forward to the Daily Mail playing fundy-footsies with her soon.

Oh, and here are some after-show treats for you:

Carman – Who’s in the House? (That totally rad choon what lets kids get down wif Jesus and his posse.)

The Creation Adventure Team (Highlights from the ‘educational’ DVD you saw Levi watching. The video description on YouTube is a tad OTT, but the author is bang on with this warning; “Don’t listen to what they tell the press, listen to what they teach their own children, because that’s what they really mean.”)








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Weezer’s latest video: Pork and Beans

Via Tom:

1. Weezer rocks. Very few bands would get away with this. I love the quality of the cameos. So does everybody else by the looks of things… this video has had just over a million views already and it’s been out for a day. A day. Epic win. A++++ Great Seller. Song’s above average, too.

2. Ooooh, look at all of this lovely treasure for afters.

3. Eric “eBaum” Bauman is a dick.








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In-joke with totally NSFW audio

What would it sound like if Phil Hendren had Paul Staines’ problems?

A bit like this, I would think. (via)

Aaaand, back to work I go…








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Look before you leap

Congratulations to Sky News, the Telegraph, the Mail, the Mirror and Metro, who all printed the ‘Grand Canyon leap’ photo-story as fact when it was seen and sorted by Snopes years ago.

Metro has changed its article this morning; they ask earnestly if it might be hoax and speak of “internet rumours”… because you can’t believe everything you read in newspapers on the internet, obviously.

(Psst! Watch the spoilsports over at the Guardian include that rare 5th photograph.)








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