May 31, 2003

BUILDING YOUR OWN STATUE

this got started on a thread over at Billmon's excellent site.

seems there's a tv movie being prepped for this coming fall about the days after 9/11 and George's 'reactions' to the situation.

pick a title (same film):
DC 9/11
"The Big Dance"

dig a little further and you'll start uncovering this name - Lionel Chetwynd. his company's making the tv movie and he's credited with the story.

google Lionel's name and you get (amongst other pages) this one:
http://www.wiolawapress.com/lionel.htm

" Lionel Chetwynd - Bush-White-House's Pentagon propaganda chief "

HA!
how's that 40-foot statue coming, Georgie?

Posted by Sam | 11:35 PM |

SHOUT OUT

dunno when it happened but the rub has been oh so exquisitely remodeled.
i'm actually hypnotized by this new look.

Posted by Sam | 6:09 PM |

May 30, 2003

"THE WAR HAS NOT ENDED"

- Maj. Gen. Buford Blount III, US General in charge of troops in Baghdad.

click to read:
" signaled the start of a new military push to root out what he described as die-hard supporters of Saddam Hussein. "

let's just hope they know how to make the difference between die-hard supporters of Saddam Hussein and just pissed-off Iraqis who's country and people have been bombed to hell and back.
my guess is that, at this time, it's too late to know the difference.

Posted by Sam | 11:55 AM |

May 29, 2003

MUSIC / THIS IS THE NEW SHIT 5.28

+ Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
+ Daniel Lanois - Acadie
+ Daniel Lanois - For the Beauty of Wynona
+ Radiohead - There there
+ Rjd2 - The Horror

Posted by Sam | 1:50 PM |

MY NOMINATION FOR A BLOG PULITZER THIS WEEK

Billmon - What a Tangled Web We Weave.
go read. now.

Posted by Sam | 1:43 PM |

May 26, 2003

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE??

US Plans Death Camp.

in other news, the sequel to GW II might be coming sooner than expected (probably this fall, beating Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 by about a year. so, see the war this fall and then, in 2004, see how it was made).
and prepare yourself to hear about all those evil Iranians.

Posted by Sam | 2:04 PM |

FESTIVAL DE CANNES, 2003

Feature Film.

Palme d'Or du Festival International du Film
ELEPHANT, Gus Van Sant

Grand Prix
UZAK, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Prix de la mise en scène (directing)
Gus VAN SANT, Elephant

Prix du jury
PANJ E ASR, Samira Makhmalbaf

Prix du scénario (screenplay)
Denys ARCAND, Les invasions barbares

Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (female performance)
Marie-Josée CROZE, Les invasions barbares

Prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival de Cannes (Ex-aequo) (male performance)
Muzaffer ÖZDEMIR, Uzak
Mehmet Emin TOPRAK, Uzak

Short Film.

Palme d'Or du Festival de Cannes - court métrage
CRACKER BAG, Glendyn Ivin

Prix du Jury - court métrage
L'HOMME SANS TÊTE, Juan Solanas

Caméra d'Or.

Prix de la Caméra d'or
RECONSTRUCTION, Christoffer Boe

Mention - Caméra d'Or
OSAMA, Sedigh Barmak

Posted by Sam | 10:45 AM |

May 20, 2003

THE HORSE'S MOUTH

Ari Fleischer "steps down" as the White House Press Secretary and people are wondering who will replace this dimwit. well, i had an epiphany earlier today. George W Bush should be the new Press Secretary.

he looks like he's reading the pr sheet every time he's on anyway, and he rarely strays from what's written down for him to say. and he still doesn't look presidential enough to actually be the one thinking this stuff through.

take a look at him next time you see him in a 'press conference'. you don't have to look too hard to see the inexperience, the nervous energy, and you can actually see the thoughts appear in his head as he remembers to hit the marks he was told to hit.

i hope he doesn't think he was fooling anyone.
that would be sad.

Posted by Sam | 5:38 PM |

THESE ARE YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

this is highly irresponsible.

i really cannot believe that a tax cut for the wealthiest in the United States during the biggest economy crisis in recent years managed to pass. i mean, i understand why it did; but i can't believe it actually did. this is a sad day.

it's a good thing Treasury Secretary John Snow said a strong dollar is not one of the crrent administration's main objectives. whew. thank god.

Posted by Sam | 1:21 PM |

May 18, 2003

COPY THAT.

now that have my cd player in my car, i wanna make cd mixes. so i've been seriously looking into buying a cd burner. i spent a good half-hour last night looking up comments and prices online.

i would glaldy take the plunge today but i really wanna make sure i know what i'm getting into because these things, especially when you know nothing about them, have a way of getting carried away once you're in it. so i wanna be ready and informed.

Posted by Sam | 9:50 AM |

TAKE THAT AND SMOKE IT

i heard this on the radio this morning while waking up.
since this is a 3-day weekend and the weather's been incredibly warm and nice, the people of montreal have started their gardens. but there's a strange new trend going on in the montreal flower shops this year (which i'm sure is not just limited to this city but it's a nice local thing that i'm hoping is representative of a bigger whole). people are buying more white flowers. strange, uh? a worker at the atwater flower shop has asked some of the patrons why the shift to white and their answer was one that caught me off-guard - it's a symbol for peace.

i find it very cool that something like this is just happening out of the blue without any warning or some sort of public discussion.

it's just a spontaneous need of the people.

nice, uh?
just when i thought the anti-war movement had lost because of the war, here comes a silent portion of the public, still willing to believe in its cause.
that's very nice.

Posted by Sam | 9:46 AM |

May 17, 2003

MELANCHOLIC WANDERING LUST

" Oh that goes in there
Then that goes in there
Then that goes in there
Then that goes in there "

Posted by Sam | 11:52 AM |

May 14, 2003

THE MORE, THE MERRIER

what is the truth? i'm sure we won't know anytime soon. but the world will be a safer place when the truth comes out (and i'm not necessarily talking about this event in particular, just in general).
and i hope the Bush administration will have been the catalyst for this one 'cause i couldn't bear going downhill from the things we've been hearing about on this administration's actions.

Posted by Sam | 12:01 PM |

BRAZIL - REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS FICTION?

who, like me, believe that Iraq is just a training ground (or playground) for their United States pt.2 for the Bush administration? and i don't mean this in the colonialism sense, i mean in that the Bushes seem to be doing what they know they couldn't get away with over here (although, they've done a pretty amazing job at drastically changing the american landscape since the administration took over only 3 years ago) in terms of having control through the police state they love so much.

daily kos:
" United States military forces in Iraq will have the authority to shoot looters on sight (...). "

Posted by Sam | 9:28 AM |

WHO THE FUCK'S IN CHARGE HERE??!

and why would they be doing something as insane as this?

MoveOn.org: Stop the FCC:
" On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission intends to lift restrictions on media ownership that could allow your local newspaper, cable provider, radio stations, and TV channels all to be owned by one company. "

has this gone before congress? why's June 2nd the date they're already intending to lift these restrictions?? shouldn't there be a hearing on something as major as this?? why would a monopoly media be any good? who the fuck's doing the thinking over there?

something fishy's going on and the shit should be hitting the fan over this. hopefully.
but the bush administration (i assume) may have done the stupidest thing and hit journalists and reporters over the head with this and the latter will hopefully feel extremely insulted by this and react.
i have a feeling they will.

Posted by Sam | 9:13 AM |

May 13, 2003

MUSIC / THIS IS THE NEW SHIT 5.13

+ Marilyn Manson - The Golden Age of Grotesque
+ The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
+ The Roots - Illadelph Halflife

Posted by Sam | 3:18 PM |

NOW, BACK ON APRIL 7, 2003...

well i just went to Michael Moore's website to see if he had anything interesting to say about the current political climate since the last time i checked. shit, i managed to miss his last post - from april 7, 2003 - and the greatest line stuck out to me (emphasis is mine):

" Unfortunately, Bush and Co. are not through yet. This invasion and conquest will encourage them to do it again elsewhere. The real purpose of this war was to say to the rest of the world, "Don't Mess with Texas - If You Got What We Want, We're Coming to Get It!" This is not the time for the majority of us who believe in a peaceful America to be quiet. Make your voices heard. Despite what they have pulled off, it is still our country. "

Posted by Sam | 3:12 PM |

MUSIC / NEW RELEASES 5.13

Marilyn Manson - The Golden Age of Grotesque (available with a bonus dvd)

Posted by Sam | 10:04 AM |

May 12, 2003

May 10, 2003

THE KINDA MUSIC I LIKE

i had the chorus or melody lines of these two songs stuck in my head tonight at work:

lisa marie presley - lights out
50 cent - 21 questions

albums i got this week:

[new]
Blur - Think Tank

[used]
The Roots - Things Fall Apart
Lisa Marie Presley - To Whom It May Concern
Howie Day - Australia

Posted by Sam | 12:40 AM |

May 08, 2003

SALAAM IS BACK!!!

this is great news.
and this is required reading for all - Where is Raed?

ooh, this is one mighty blow to the US coalition of the twisted arms; reports from inside Baghdad during the war!

Posted by Sam | 10:02 AM |

THEY CAN SEE THE FOREST NOW!

one of the best dvd news in a long time.
this one graciously comes from the digital bits:

(LATE UPDATE - 5/7/03 - 10:30 AM PDT)

Hey... what do you know? Guess who's finally decided to jump on the widescreen bandwagon? Blockbuster Video! No kidding. According to a new story at Video Store, the video rentailing giant is going to start giving to widescreen DVD preference over full frame when studios offer both versions. Here's the relevant passage:

' The policy change, made at the beginning of the year, was due to demand from customers, who are becoming more accustomed to the black bars at the top and bottom of the widescreen image, said Blake Lugash, spokesman for the Dallas-based chain.

“We made a decision to purchase the majority of titles we bring in on DVD in the widescreen format,” he said. “We try to follow our customer preferences. As DVD becomes increasingly popular, they become more familiar with the features and with the benefits of letterboxing. They've learned it's a superior format to full-frame." '

Posted by Sam | 9:46 AM |

NOW THEY CAN SEE THE FOREST!

one of the best dvd news in a long time.
this one graciously comes from the digital bits:

(LATE UPDATE - 5/7/03 - 10:30 AM PDT)

Hey... what do you know? Guess who's finally decided to jump on the widescreen bandwagon? Blockbuster Video! No kidding. According to a new story at Video Store, the video rentailing giant is going to start giving to widescreen DVD preference over full frame when studios offer both versions. Here's the relevant passage:

' The policy change, made at the beginning of the year, was due to demand from customers, who are becoming more accustomed to the black bars at the top and bottom of the widescreen image, said Blake Lugash, spokesman for the Dallas-based chain.

“We made a decision to purchase the majority of titles we bring in on DVD in the widescreen format,” he said. “We try to follow our customer preferences. As DVD becomes increasingly popular, they become more familiar with the features and with the benefits of letterboxing. They've learned it's a superior format to full-frame." '

Posted by Sam | 9:46 AM |

May 07, 2003

PS. ON INDY; TO BE FAIR...

from the digital bits:

"Well... an interesting thing's happened this afternoon. We've just gotten off the phone with Lucasfilm. They've told us that the initial announcement made today is only the beginning in terms of details on the special features to be included on the bonus disc. There are, apparently, significant extras yet to be revealed in the weeks and months ahead. In fact, they're apparently still working to finalize everything to Spielberg and Lucas' satisfaction in terms of the extras. So there is yet hope that The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection will prove an impressive special edition release. I guess we'll just have to wait and see."

Posted by Sam | 9:53 AM |

May 06, 2003

MUSIC / NEW RELEASES 5.06

Blur - Think Tank (check out the limited edition if you can)
Broadcast - Pendulum ep
Cinematic Orchestra - Man with a Movie Camera
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

Posted by Sam | 9:46 AM |

YIPPIE-KAY-YAY, MOTHERFUCKER

well, it's now official - The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection (what? were they playing scrabble when it was time to come up with the title?) is coming to a dvd store near you!

great news; but right now it's seriously lacking in extras. i know Spielberg doesn't do commentaries, but come on. we know George does. and what about Harrison? i know he's shy but this is Indy!! seriously, folks.

at least the set is priced cheap so that's good news.
get your $49.99-or-less ready for November 4th 2003.

Posted by Sam | 9:34 AM |

May 05, 2003

THE BALLS ARE IN YOUR COURT

CNN NewsTicker - Bush: Congress needs to act on "Bold Economic Plan"

i see a pattern emerging.
before the war it was 'the UN Security Council needs to show its relevance,' etc etc.

it's always other people who have to do something. Bush hits a wall and all of a sudden it's the wall's fault for being there. it better move. it's their responsibility. etc etc.
weird how it's always other people who have to do stuff but never him. it's been widely reported how he's never had to work for anything in his whole life so it's no wonder.

you never see him say, 'geez, maybe my tax plan isn't what the people want, maybe it's not what's needed', 'maybe the entire world is right, maybe the UN is right about not invading a country'. but no. it's always other people.

no wonder he was (and it looks like he still is) an alcoholic.
it's never your fault, it's always other people's faults.
it must be comforting to go to bed thinking that and not have to do any actual working, donkey boy.

---

Bush just said this, 'We believe in the power of freedom.'
yeah, it must be a great country to live in when you're rich.

Posted by Sam | 1:46 PM |

May 04, 2003

DID WE GET DUPED?

i originally trusted the story of this 19 year-old private being rescued from an iraqi hospital. i doubted the motives that were making it headline news, though. even if it were true, it fucking smelled of exploitation. many soldiers were captured and probably rescued, but none was made bigger than this 19 year-old girl's name.

"The whole thing lasted about four hours," Raazk said. "When they left, they turned to us and said `Thank you.' That was it."

whoa. could there be more than just sheer creepy photo-op at play here? was there actually more to it? Mitch Potter from the Toronto Star sure thinks so - The real 'Saving Pte. Lynch'.

[ thanks to the smirking chimp for the story ]

Posted by Sam | 10:41 PM |

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS YOUR MINORITY REPORT

one hell of a disturbing first-hand account of the Patriot Act in action.

[ thanks to talk left for the link ]

Posted by Sam | 4:17 PM |

doesn't he just look goofy no matter what he does?
just make sure you get him and his band of warmongering idiots the fuck out of the White House asap in 2004.

photo-op nitwit.

i'm adding this wonderful blog to my links - kurt nimmo's Another Day in the Empire.
make sure you check out his two posts from Friday, May 2, 2003.

Posted by Sam | 1:06 PM |

MEMORIES ARE BEING SERVED

the archives are working again!! yay.
it's been well over a month now since Blogger hasn't been producing my archives. this is good news.

---

fact - i like The White Stripes' Elephant. but i just can't help thinking that a lot of songs from the album sound a lot like Dead Leaves on Dirty Ground.

Posted by Sam | 12:53 PM |

TOLD YA.

CBC News: Sunday:

On the show Sunday, May 4, 2003:

Pot Shots
Officials in the U.S. are fuming over Canada's position on the war. The war on drugs, that is. Prime Minister Jean Chretien says Ottawa will soon introduce legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. We look at the long, strange history of cannabis in Canada; and debate the pros and cons of pot, and what to expect from the U.S.


i also saw this

Baghdad Kids
Back in January, freelance reporter Tara Sutton introduced us to some children in Baghdad, who shared their hopes and fears, as threats of war loomed on the horizon. We got an update on the kids, just before the bombs began to fall. In our third installment, Tara goes back to Baghdad to see how the children are doing now, and whether their hopes for the future have changed.


on this morning's show and it scared the shit out of me. we really should not have gone over there. the bush administration knew nothing about the culture over there and its values. at least, not enough to do a good job of it. the Arab world is the Arab world, America is something else, Europe is something else, etc etc.

ìt just makes me fume to realize just to what extent the Bush administration fucked over en entire country. of course it's for oil. of course it's for money.
but more importantly, Bush and Company just viciously and unflinchingly RAPED an entire COUNTRY and its PEOPLE for its oil and to christianize its population through its new set of politics.
funny how so little importance was given to the actual people living there (btw, did ya see any interview with iraqi citizens on american tv? and not soundbytes, interviews. no. they had no face. they had no personality. the american media made a huge fucking mistake in just letting the Bush administration unaccountable for anything in this barbaric invasion).

it's even more infuriating now that no weapons of mass destruction are found (hey, it's been a fucking month already!! and they supposedly control the entire country). saddam hussein and his regime posed no immediate threat to the United States.

why doesn't the major american media cover this? of course threads are showing more and more but no one's pointing a finger at the Bush administration for this major fuck-up.

Posted by Sam | 12:05 PM |

May 01, 2003

MY GOD, IT'S COMING FROM LEFT AND RIGHT!!

things that will piss off the Bush Administration:

September 11th - the Cover-Up is coming up for air.

i couldn't have written a more accurate description of this administration - Arab-American Republicans Against Bush

Fortune magazine - Rummy's North Korea Connection

YES!! Chrétien ready to ease pot possession law.
it's only a small step (and it's not legalization; yet) but it has two very cool and immediate results:

1. the very first (and toughest) brick is actually taking itself down on a non-issue to most canadians.
they started talking about it two years ago, but talk is cheap (even if it was incredibly gutsy of the government). this is a great day indeed. Chrétien has grown some major balls since declaring this was his last term as Prime Minister of the country.
2. haha! and it will piss off (mark my words) the U.S. government who've been breathing down our necks ever since the first thought occured to us to decriminalize the damn thing.

Posted by Sam | 10:57 AM |