Why I love Eschaton--reason #364
Because you get great ideas from the posters there, like this one from Falstaff on
writing a neo-con to english dictionary
"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"
Friday, May 27, 2005
Massacre? What Massacre?
Japanese politicians continue to revise history to smooth over what the media here often refer to as "that spot of unpleasantness back in 40s." One alleged human being from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party - Masahiro Morioka, the parliamentary secretary for the Health Ministry - criticized the Chinese government for demanding the Japanese Prime Minister stop visiting the Yasukuni Shrine where the souls of Class A war criminals are specifically enshrined along with the rest of Japan's war dead.
"Class A war criminals are treated as bad people because of fear of China,"
Morioka said. "War criminals were categorized as Class A, Class B and Class C at
the Tokyo Tribunal of War Criminals. They were categorized by a one sided
tribunal led by the Occupation forces at which crimes against peace and humanity
"A war is a part of politics, and it is in line with an
international law. The Diet unanimously agreed to pay pensions to the families
of Class A war criminals who have died. They are not seen as criminals in this
(Saturday, May 28 Daily Yomiuri)
I recommend the excellent Wikipedia entry on the Nanjing Massacre as a starting point in explaining why Morioka is an idiot. The Tokyo Tribunal did not behead prisoners or bayonet infants or particpate in gang rapes. It didn't invent comfort women, Unit 100, Unit 731 or the Bataan Death March. Morioka is a facist apologist who deserves to be pilloried in the press and beaten like a rented mule at the ballot box. Unfortunately neither will happen.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Sunday, May 22, 2005
He's finally done it! Wammo has gotten his online act together. He's blogging and posting films and all manner of good stuff - check him out!
Department of Blatant Plugs
My neighbour and new pal Professor Jesse Glass is an author, poet and fan of outsider music and art. He is also one of the proprietors of Ahadada Books a very cool small publisher based in Toronto.
Also, check out Jesse's partner in Ahadada Books, Daniel Sendeki, and his useful advice for the useless Conservative/Alliance/Reform/Republican/Fourth Reich Party leader Stephen Harper.
War is not good for children or other living things, but we shouldn't let it spoil David Brooks' morning coffee
Sid Schanberg takes our second least favorite NYT columnist and many, many more of us not on the firing line to task for being afraid to look at images of a war so many flag-waving jackasses think is a cross between a video game and Sands of Iwo Jima.
And if you don't like to see pictures of four-year-olds who have been caught in an airstrike, think about why that airstrike is supposed to have taken place.
Yeah, freedom is on the march all right, you can tell by the sound of the jackboots.
My take on the whole "Newsweak" fiasco is that it is a tempest in a teacup brewed up by Rove and his minions to further discredit an already battered national media. In their attempt to shoot the messanger, a story that has been corroborated by several former Gitmo detainees, is now being branded a fabrication because one anonymous govt source backed down at the last minute. See the Rude Pundit for further details. The Rude One is entirely correct. Every time the press screws up, the right and left both hammer them for it, eroding trust in the media. Which is just what the White House wants.
We are now seeing more and more accusations of torture in Afghanistan and the latest are hardly the first. As the Rude One points out, the short term result of the Newsweak cave-in is going to be that every right-wing bloviator will be painting every report out of Afghanistan with the same brush as they have the "Newsweek lied, people died" claim.
Pimping the media whores redux
Tim Noah at Slate's Chatterbox reports the results of the "columnist for sale" poll. The responses he counted - and I'm guessing mine was not among them due to the math involved since I advocated David Brooks being forced to pay me to read he crapulous nonsense about "heartland values" - apparently averaged out to this:
Paul Krugman: $6.90
Thomas L. Friedman: $4.10
Frank Rich: $3.92
Maureen Dowd: $3.42
Nicholas Kristof: $2.35
Bob Herbert: $1.42
David Brooks: $1.39
John Tierney: $0.31