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Heavy Metal in Iraq

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

This video is from the same film makers as my “Gun Trade in Pakistan” post available at http://www.zoobat.com/?p=85. If you liked that…you’ll love this.

Needless to say, I’m never going to fly Kurdistan Airlines.

Jessica Lynch Sets the Record Straight

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Jessica Lynch, the most publicized prisoner of war from Iraq, recently gave her version of capture in Iraq. And surprise, surprise, Jessica Lynch’s version of the story is very different than what the US Government lead the general public to believe. The US Government seems to have played big role in hyping the event. Jessica Lynch has openly said that the reports about her were false and were blown to Rambo like proportions.

Jessica Lynch Receiving Medal

For example:

1. Though the Government has awarded her with a Purple Heart and other medals, Jessica says that she didn’t even get to fire her weapon ‘cos it was jammed.

2. As per Jessica, they were taken prisoner because their Humvee banged into another truck in front of them and not because “they were ambushed in war”

3. Though Jessica did sustain injuries, broken arm, six inch gash on her forehead, she had not been shot at as per the US Government reports.

4. Jessica was rescued by Special Operations team, but as per her story, the Iraqi nurses had tried to return her to the American soldiers much before the rescue, making her a truly ‘unique POW’.

You can’t help but wonder why the United States Government is intent on giving false information to American citizens. In fact, secrets and cover-ups deeply entrenched in US history – like the deaths of popular President, John F Kennedy, film star Marilyn Monroe just to name a two. Can the Jessica Lynch folly be a lie perpetrated by the Bush regime to muster support for a war not supported by the majority of the country?

Has the fat lady sung?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

If ‘The View’ was one of your favorite daytime chat shows, you’ll want to read this! Rosie O’Donnell announced today that she will be leaving the show by mid-June. Apparently ABC, (the network The View airs on), wanted Rosie O’Donnell to sign a three year contract however Rosie O’Donnell only wanted a one year contract. It doesn’t surprise me that ABC wanted the star to sign a three year contract because ratings sky rocketed after Rosie O’Donnell replaced Star Jones on the show.

Why did Rosie only want a one year contract? Isn’t three years better for her? Let’s face it…The View was probably on borrowed time if Rosie O’Donnell hadn’t come on board. She’s boosted ratings significantly and probably wasn’t getting a big enough raise for her contract renewal, (and didn’t want to lock it in for three years). If she were to only sign for one year…she could ask for another raise in a year.

Rosie O'Donnell on The View

Rosie O’Donnell has been involved in a number of controversies in and out of her show due to her loud and brash tongue. In her marathon to hurt people’s sensibilities, Rosie has had an on-going name calling feud with Donald Trump whom she called a “snake-oil salesman”. Trump has retaliated by calling Rosie, “fat”, “unattractive”, “slob”. In fact, at the recent Women in Communications awards luncheon, O’Donnell was particularly crass with her language and reportedly touched her crotch and told Donald Trump to ‘eat her’. The Donald was overjoyed hearing that Rosie was leaving the show and said, “Rosie O Donnell is a loser and will continue to be one. She was fired from the show and I think I had a part in it”.

Why are Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump’s feuding? PUBLICITY! You’ve probably heard of the old adage about ‘any publicity is good publicity’ and that is what I think this whole hoo-ha is all about. It may have started as a difference of opinion but blown up to mammoth proportions to boost ratings for The View and Trump’s show, ‘The Apprentice’.

By the way, if Trump really is a ’snake-oil salesman’…where can I sign up! I’d be one if it made me that much money!

Gun Trade in Pakistan

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Here’s a documentarial view that you may not have seen before. Main stream TV shows that the war in Afghanistan is over however film maker Suroosh Alvi tells a different story. BTW - Is ‘documentarial’ a word?

The cameras go deep into the northwest frontier province of Pakistan under protection of their own private militia to see the largest illegal arms market in the world. Where is the second largest illegal arms market in the world? Coincidentally in Pakistan as well!

In Pakistan, you can buy:-9mm handgun for $50
-Italian Rifle for $150
-Russian Kalakov for $180
-American Muzzelite for $250

Is it just me, or does pricing seem too economical for anyone’s good? For example, a 30 GB Apple iPod sells for $249 or less. If there were as many American Muzzelites in ciculation as iPods, there would be 100 million in curculation as of April 2007! Don’t even get me started on iPod Nanos!

Do coillitian troops really have a chance against people who live in caves, have no tounges, and build guns with their bare hands? If you have a few minutes to spare, check out this video and pass on the link to others in hopes increasing awareness of the true story!

Texting Championships?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

I spent some time in Asia a few years ago. It amazed me how everyone sent ‘texts’ back and forth instead of picking up the phone. My friends/collegues/acquantences told me that they’d ‘text me’ about any given subject. I quickly realized that this was because outgoing text messages are free in certain markets.

What supprised me recently was that cell phone, (and other electronic), manufacture sponsored a texting contest, (LG National Texting Championship)! And who was the winner? 13 year old Morgan Pozgar of Claysburg, PA. She texted “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the movie Mary Poppins in just 15 seconds to win $10,000. I can barely type it that fast on my PC’s QWERTY keybord.

Morgan Pozgar winner of LG National Texting Championship

Morgan says that she sends more than 4,000 text messages a month. Since texting is usually not free in North America, her next set of 4, 000 text messages are going to be sent to her mom & dad saying that “I will not run up a $10,000 cell phone bill gain”.


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