Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Wow I got some fun ones today.

First off this is an interesting account proving that Saddam's capture was faked:

Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction

United Press International

A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.

Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi daily al-Medina Wednesday as saying Saddam was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army.

"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," Abou Rabeh said.

"We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed," he said.

He said Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor. Then they shouted at him in Arabic: "You have to surrender. ... There is no point in resisting."

"Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," Abou Rabeh said.

Abou Rabeh was interviewed in Lebanon.

Now I don't know how true this is, one small article means nothing, but still something to think about.

Also remember those fine looking homosexuals that were portrayed on that AARP ad to promote Bush's SS policy? Well it looks like those boys are getting their revenge:

Rick Raymen and Steve Hansen haven't forgotten. They're the Oregon couple shown kissing in the USANext ad. Today in Washington, they filed a $25 million lawsuit against USANext.

"Our privacy and personal integrity were violated when our wedding photo was stolen and used to portray us as treasonous, unpatriotic, and a threat to American troops," Raymen said in a statement released to the press today. "We have been harassed and humiliated by this hateful ad campaign and by the bigotry and anger it has generated against us nationwide."

In their lawsuit, Raymen and Hansen allege that USANext's use of their photograph -- which was copied without permission from the Portland Tribune -- amounted to an invasion of privacy, a violation of their right to control their own images, libel and the intention infliction of emotional distress. The suit names as defendants both USANext and the political consulting firm Mark Montini International, which apparently created the ad.

Good for them. I hope they win every penny. Also in the gay news, over in Des Moines:

A group of Republican lawmakers is holding up legislation that would help curb bullying and harassment in Iowa schools because the bill would include protections for gay and lesbian students.

The issue was scheduled to be debated in the Senate Education Committee on Monday, but Sen. Paul McKinley, (R-Chariton), a head of the panel, struck it from the list of measures to be considered.

Because the 50 member Senate is tied with 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats each committee has two chairs, and both must sign off on which measures will be debated.

McKinley said he's all for safe schools, but said he doesn't agree with including a list of specific groups to be protected.

Sen. Michael Connolly (D-Dubuque) the other committee chair has authored a similar measure but without McKinley's support it cannot be debated.

What a bunch of assholes. Let's not pass a law keeping our children from bullying one another because the reason behind the bullying might be that the student is homosexual, and we don't protect homosexuals in Iowa. It's amazing to me how much these bigots hold tight to their beliefs at the expense of their own children. Let's just hope Sen McKinley's son winds up being beaten up for acting like a girl on the baseball field, that might change his mind a little. Seriously though, I think this is one area of argument that hasn't been posed directly to these folks. Do they realize that many students every day are bullied because people just THINK they are gay? And that provisions to prevent such attacks MUST include anti-homosexual provisions because that's the only legal way to make a defense in such cases? Ugh. Republicans frustrate me. Homophobes frustrate me. Sheep fuckers frustrate me.(yeah I had to go there for Pete's sake, literally)

So that's all the fun I have for now. More to think about.

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