Bushites Aim for Civil War in Iraq and Hollywood Theatened by Patriot Act
I used to think that with all the “sectarian violence” (the mainstream media’s charming euphemism for civil war) inflaming Iraq, the Bushites were really messing up. But lately, I’ve taken to wondering if this is really what they want. Perhaps this is what they’ve wanted all along: Civil War in Iraq. Destabilization of the region. Remember, this administration is far more beholden to the likes of the Carlyle Group, Bechtel, Halliburton and various multi-national oil companies than it is to this country we called the United States of America. Liberal pundits like Robert Scheer
wonder how Bush can paint a happy face on what is obviously an ongoing bloodbath. Who ever said Bush wanted peace in Iraq? If some brave reporter manages to ask the Shrub what he thinks about the erupting Civil War, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear him burble, “Bring it on.”
Meanwhile, back on the homefront, I just received a warning from AFTRA. The subject of their email reads: “Susan – Don’t let Congress load the Patriot Act with threats to free speech.” Inside it says: “U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is attempting to add an amendment to the Patriot Act that calls for the expansion of strict pornography regulations to any television program and motion picture containing any sexual material whether real or simulated. While the Pence Amendment is a threat to constitutionally protected freedom of expression and blurs the line between legitimate artistic expression and hardcore pornography, Congress should not even begin to consider the Pence Amendment as part of the Patriot Act because it is too controversial and is not relevant to the subject matter of the Patriot Act.”
While I happen to believe that the Patriot Act is riddled with threats to constitutionally protected freedoms, I must say this is chilling. Not that Hollywood has shown much daring sex lately. Even “Casanova,” purportedly a film about Western Civilization’s greatest libertine, didn’t reveal more than a bare shoulder and some wiggling toes to indicate sexual intercourse.
Well, if Hollywood has any balls at all left in terms of depicting sex, Pence’s amendment will give them a swift kick. Of course, Hollywood didn’t make a peep when Grand Inquisitor Gonzales started demanding tough, budget-breaking age verification and recording-keeping tasks from pornographers. You can just see those mainstream TV and movie execs sneering: Who cares about lowlife pornographers?
I am reminded, once again, of what Pastor Martin NiemÃ¶ller said after he survived a Nazi concentration camp: ” First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
First they came for the pornographers…
Let’s wake up and smell the censorship! Smell the blood. We have been hoodwinked by hoodlums who put people in hoods. How far will we let them go?