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  • George Orwell

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    Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

    But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

    Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

    Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

    In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

    All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

    At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

    Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

    John Stuart Mill

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

    The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

    Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

    A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    Mark Twain

    Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

    All generalizations are false, including this one.

    A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

    Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

    The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

    Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

    Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

    Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

    Winston Churchill

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

    Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

    Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

    Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

    However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

    In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

    Otto Von Bismarck

    When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

    I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

    Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

    Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.


    A witty saying proves nothing.

    If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

    When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

    To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

    It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

    The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

    Karl Marx

    Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

    All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

    The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

    Thursday, July 01, 2004

    Bush's nickname for Vladimir Putin is "Pootie Poot". Reality reminds us that Putin is not a teddybear.

    By Nick

    Washington, DC (PRWEB)
    Released July 1st

    President Bush reportedly calls Vladimir Putin, the steely-faced son of the KGB and now President of Russia, a nickname. Bush calls him Pootie-Poot. This fact alone provides a pretty good indication about the level of our president’s understanding of the cut throat world of geopolitics.
    Unfortunately most of us don't posses this power to look into peoples hearts like Bush, Santa Claus and Jesus do. Instead, we have to look at the words and deeds of people. It would be nice if professional reporters and our national press did this more often because on June 18, 2004 they missed the President of Russia trying to take control of our next presidential election.

    Pootie poot? If you didn't know what "WTF" stood for, consult your first obscene reaction to this news. Now thats not the real news in the story, THIS is the real news:

    On June 18, 2004 while the September 11th Commission was releasing it’s findings and the press was finally asking President Bush the hard questions they should have been asking before the war, Vladimir Putin, Good ole Pootie-Poot, threw his little buddy Bush a lifeline. Pootie reveled that he had provided Bush with evidence that Saddam and Iraq were in fact planning terrorist attacks on the United States.

    Isn't this next fact a little odd... coming, as it does, considering that it regards a former KGB Agent:

    What people failed to notice was that no one in our government or Russia’s seems to know what Putin is talking about. Nor has the press bothered to ask.

    Here is where it gets interesting, Bush may have just gotten himself impeached... for real.

    Fortunately, while our national press was asleep, a well respected private intelligence company called Strategic Forecasting Inc, was not.
    Like the CIA, StratFor maintains high level contacts and informants at the highest levels of many foreign governments.
    Stratfor sources within the Russian Security Council, the Russian intelligence services and the Kremlin disputed Putin's claims. They assert that no such intelligence was passed on -- or ever existed. Putin appears to be playing a double game, exploiting the flux in the U.S. political scene to meet Russia's needs. Stratfor sources within the Putin administration tell them Putin strongly favors a Bush win in the U.S. presidential elections.
    Consider this:
    If Bush has in fact knowingly accepted and perpetrated Putin’s lie on the American public in order to preserve his electability come November, then Bush has just put himself in an impeachable position. At a time when he is in negotiations with Putin in an attempt to get Russia to forgive billions in Iraqi debt, Bush is now at the mercy of his buddy Pootie-Poot. Putin can crush Bush by releasing his actual Iraq intelligence files in a way that will embarrass Bush. Perhaps leaking faulty intelligence that traces back to Bush’s former buddy, Ahmed Chalabi (ChallaBeanie?). Or he can help push Bush higher in the polls by leaking more tales of Saddam’s evil terror plans for America. Putin holds all the cards and pulls all the strings to Bush's future.

    The question for the American public is what will Bush have do for Putin to keep him from spilling the beans, and what will it cost the US taxpayers and the rest of the world? Iraq currently owes Russia about 12 Billion dollars that everyone would like Putin to forgive so that Iraq can pay for re-building its own roads and schools. If this doesn’t happen, this tab (schools, roads and perhaps even the Russian debt) will most likely be picked up by U.S. tax payers.

    Now we should draw conclusions too quickly, but we should head this reminder:
    President Bush on the other hand chose to grab Putin’s life rope and go with the story. So while the State Department was denying any knowledge of the reports, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice were busy reiterating their early comments about Saddam's links to terror and implying that the Putin story was true, but that they could not comment on “confidential intelligence reports” (nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.). As a result, the right wing press, blogs and message boards are still buzzing with glee. They are even accusing the “Liberal Press” of downplaying Putin’s comments as part of a left wing conspiracy. I think it’s time that the national press take a hard second look and see if Putin’s lifeline to Bush was really a noose.

    Update:http:The Associated Press
    ASTANA, Kazakhstan June 18, 2004 — Russia gave the Bush administration intelligence after the September 11 attacks that suggested Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was preparing attacks in the United States, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
    Putin said he couldn't comment on how critical the Russians' information was in the U.S. decision to invade Iraq. He said Russia didn't have any information that Saddam's regime had actually been behind any terrorist acts.
    Russia "warning" on Saddam puzzles U.S
    Fri 18 June, 2004 20:44

    By Raushan Nurshayeva

    State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters he did not know anything about the information that Putin said Russia passed on. No such information was communicated from Russia through the State Department, he said.

    "Everybody's scratching their heads," said one State Department official, who asked not to be named.

    The Full report is somewhere in Strategic Forecasting's Geopolitical Diary. I'll throw the exact link when I find it.

    posted by Nick at 7/01/2004 05:06:00 AM |

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