A little more about Iran

From Chomsky:

Cold War II

This is not the usual stuff we get to read in the mainstream media.


Is there anything Rudy won’t do in the name of 9/11?

Rudy’s having a party! It is a fundraiser where all participants are encouraged to donate $9.11. Is there ANYTHING he won’t do to milk being the mayor of New York City during the 9/11 attack?

According to the BBC News:

The Giuliani campaign says it did not plan the event, which is due to take place on Wednesday evening in California at the home of a supporter.

Nevertheless, the firefighters association said the stated theme of the fundraiser – “$9.11 for Rudy” was in poor taste.

“It is nothing short of disrespectful to the legacy of the thousands of civilians and 343 brave firefighters who died at Ground Zero,” said Harold Schaitberger, IAFF president.

Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd described the fundraiser’s theme as “unconscionable, shameless and sickening.”

Magna Carta To Be Auctioned

By Sarah Boxer, CNN:

NEW YORK (CNN) — Just blocks from where U.N. diplomats debate their interpretations of tyranny and democracy, what may be the first document to articulate the difference is going up for sale.

Sotheby’s will auction off one of the earliest versions of the Magna Carta later this year, the auction house announced Tuesday.

This will be the first time any version of the Magna Carta has ever gone up for auction, according David Redden, vice chairman of Sotheby’s.

The Magna Carta is expected to fetch at least $20 million to $30 million, Redden said.

Read the rest of the story here.

Next, the Constitution God-damned piece of paper!

Cell phones used during air traffic radar failure

Yup. That’s what the headline says on the lead CNN.Com article. Sure sounds like the use of cell phones on 9/11 was not impossible after all. I mean, here it looks like the airtraffic controllers were able to route the planes successfully using their cell phones.

But wait, there’s more!

Follow the link and you get this:

Radar fails in Memphis; hundreds of flights affected

“At the time of the outage, controllers “were thrust into an immensely chaotic situation in which they had to use personal cell phones to talk to other air traffic control facilities about specific flights that they could not communicate with themselves,” he said.”

They weren’t talking to the planes after all.

Another Ad for the Senate to Condemn

From CNSNews.com:

Organizers of San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair — sponsored by Miller Brewing Co. — have portrayed Christ and his disciples as half-naked homosexual sadomasochists in the event’s promotional advertisement, and the conservative group Concerned Women for America is complaining about the hypocrisy of it.

Mormon extremist convicted of rape

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 25 — The polygamist Warren S. Jeffs, hailed by his followers as a prophet of God but denounced by critics as the tyrannical cult leader, was convicted today of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl in his church.Mr. Jeffs, 51, faces up to life in prison….. The girl who was at the center of the case, now 21 and identified as Jane Doe by the court, testified that in 2001 she had been pressed by Mr. Jeffs into a marriage with a 19-year-old cousin she didn’t want. Prosecutors said Mr. Jeffs had known that the marriage would lead to nonconsensual sex but pushed the union anyway.

Full story here.

In the body of the story it reports that the “husband” claimed that his bride was initially “reluctant” but that the sex, “about two weeks after the ceremony” was consensual. The entire point of statutory rape, of course, is that a 14-year-old is incapable of consenting. Hence the whole “age of consent” thing.