Yellow Cake: A Modern Parable of Terrorism and Devastating War

Yellow Cake: A Modern Parable of Terrorism and Devastating War

Yellow Cake is a short animated film by the award-winning Canadian animator Nick Cross.  Cross explains that he got the idea for the film in 2003, in light of speculation during the Bush administration that Iraq was buying uranium powder called “Yellow Cake.”  Yellow Cake Uranium was one of the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Iraq allegedly possessed.  Cross’s fantastic animated epic becomes a modern parable of terrorism and catastrophic war, a lamentable tragedy featuring geopolitical bullying, social unrest and worker revolt. In the end, as with most revolutions, the revolt is both crushed by foreign intervention and corrupted from the inside until it becomes as evil as the regime the workers had originally fought.

Yellow Cake initially lures the viewer into a tale of pleasant mirth, filled with adorable blue creatures who spend all day baking and then eating their own  exquisitely delicious yellow cakes.  However, by the end of the film the small town of happy little bakers has been driven to terrorism by the greed of their leader and cake-hungry fat cats, resulting in the town’s ultimate catastrophic destruction.  It seems that no matter what they do, the oppressed have no hope left.

Yellow Cake: A Modern Parable of Terrorism and Devastating War

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The Drudge Report: The Republican Brainwashing of the American Mind

By far the biggest coup in the media opposition game for Republicans is a banner headline on the Drudge Report.  Currently based in Miami, Matt Drudge’s website first gained notoriety a decade ago with two big scoops from Republican leaks, the identity of Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996 and the existence of a certain stained blue dress less than two years later.  Drudge played a major role in the 2004 campaign by peddling opposition claims, very often false, about Democratic candidate John Kerry.

Currently, almost every day Drudge plants at least one viciously negative item about Barack Obama on his site, along with items that attempt to divide Democratic political support by painting a more favorable picture of Hillary Clinton than of Obama.  Of course, once having used Clinton to denigrate Obama, Drudge soon follows up with an item that puts the knife into Hillary’s back, all to the advantage of the GOP cause.  For example, just today, Drudge is running “Audience member’s sleep during Obama’s speech ” and “Obama praises Japanese carmakers…to Detroit execs.”  It doesn’t take too much thought to figure out Drudge’s intention from just those planted items (which goes on day after day).

Today’s issue of Salon Magazine leads with an article that clearly details how the Drudge Report’s unapologetic lies and twisting of political facts continues its mission to brainwash the mind of the American public in the service of the Republican political agenda:

“This year, with no clear GOP leader on the presidential campaign trail, most of the the major Republican campaigns have spent considerable energy trying to invent a close relationship to Drudge.  “The mainstream media prides itself on being objective, yet they often run like lemmings to whatever is up on Drudge,” said one senior Republican campaign official, who asked to remain anonymous.

In addition to the “Bomb Iran” video, Drudge was one of the first to post links to a 1989 video clip of Giuliani declaring “there must be public funding for abortions for poor women.”  In April, he posted a story suggesting that a blotch on McCain’s head (caused from a bump) was in fact a new case of skin cancer, a false rumor apparently intended to fan concern over McCain’s age.  Drudge has also posted embargoed text of Romney’s presidential announcement speech in February.  On May 10, he posted the first excerpts of Romney’s May 13 interview on “60 Minutes.”

Some campaign aides have suggested that Drudge’s personal relationships have played a role in what oppo leaks he posts on the site.  “I think it’s clear that Romney has gotten fairer treatment from Matt Drudge than any other candidate.  There is a lot less negative Romney stuff,” said the senior Republican campaign aide.  “It stems back to what many people believe is a very good relationship between the Romney team and Matt Drudge.”

In particular, Matt Rhoades, Romney’s communications director, has a long history as the source for Drudge headlines, having previously served as the research director for the Republican National Committee during the 2006 campaign.  In their book “The Way to Win,” Time’s Mark Halperin and the Politico’s John Harris recount that Rhoades traveled to Florida for a friendly steakhouse dinner with Drudge when he took the research director job in 2005.  Attempts by e-mail and telephone to ask Drudge about the allegations of favoritism were not successful.

According to Alexa, a Google ranking of Web traffic, the Drudge Report is the 86th most trafficked site in the United States and the seventh most popular site for news.  Just by linking to a news story or blog item, Drudge can drive more than 100,000 unique visitors to a Web site.  For small news organizations or independent bloggers, which sustain themselves on advertising revenue, a link on Drudge can mean money in the bank, upping the incentive for reporters to post opposition research.

Sometimes in the rush to make a splash, the truth can be lost along the way.  Drudge’s April headline “McCain Sings: ‘Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran'” was a quote taken from Harper’s Georgetown Times news story.  But as the accompanying video showed, McCain never uttered those exact words.  As the Associated Press correctly reported, he said the following, before declining to directly answer a question about whether he would attack Iran: “That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, ‘Bomb Iran.'”  Then he sang, “Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb, anyway, ah …”  And he trailed off.”

It didn’t matter, of course.  The opposition had done its job.  The world believed what the Drudge headline declared.  It was just another day in the 2008 campaign.

You can read more Salon’s report here: Link

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Ann Coulter’s Gay Porn Boy Headed for Bigger Military Legal Problems

The Matt Sanchez Scandal Continues…

Matt Sanchez and Ann Coulter

Matt Sanchez and Michelle Malkin

A tip today from Bloggernista about Matt Sanchez, the favorite gay ex-porn star of the Conservative Party Action Committee (which earlier this year had awarded him the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award) and of conservative homophobe Ann Coulter:

“Ann Coulter’s favorite ex-gay porn performer may be in big trouble.”

For background on this story, here’s more from Bloggernista:

“I don’t often post about things related to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, but this press release is pretty damn good.  Its in reference to Matt Sanchez, former gay porn star who was an award winner at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.  Some of you out there may know Sanchez as very well-endowed porn star Rod Majors.”

If you haven’t heard about the drama, check out the MSNBC coverage of the issue:

“Rod Majors” aka Matt Sanchez

Matt Sanchez: Conservative Political Action Committee Honoree

And to Sanchez being interviewed by Alan Colmes of Hannity & Colmes:

Alan Colmes of Hannity & Colmes interviewed Sanchez on his radio show.  Sanchez claimed, among other things, that he’s not gay, and that his male prostitution clients weren’t gay either.  He also said that he hadn’t done gay porn or prostitution in 15 years.  Needless to say, as the interview progressed Sanchez became increasingly confused as Colmes caught him in his lies over and over again. (Audio, No Video).

Alan Colmes Radio Interview of Matt Sanchez

And here’s the Marine Corps News report that was published today, citing new charges that are being brought against Ann Coulter’s boy-toy and the darling of the influential and elite Conservative Political Action Conference:

“The Corps on Friday was slated to wrap up an investigation into allegations that a corporal in the Individual Ready Reserve who appeared in gay porn films before enlisting solicited more than $12,000 from private organizations by asking them to fund a deployment to Iraq he never made, according to e-mails from the investigating officer forwarded to Marine Corps Times.

Reserve Col. Charles Jones, a staff judge advocate called to Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, Mo., on temporary orders that expire Saturday, informed Reserve Cpl. Matt Sanchez of the allegations against him in a March 22 e-mail that advised Sanchez of his rights.

Jones wrote that Sanchez’s participation in porn films was part of the investigation, but that two of the three allegations against him involved lying “to various people, including but not limited to, representatives of the New York City United War Veterans Council and U-Haul Corporation” about deploying to Iraq at the commandant’s request.

Specifically, you wrongfully solicited funds to support your purported deployment to Iraq” by coordinating a $300 payment from the UWVC and $12,000 from U-Haul, Jones wrote.

In an interview Thursday with Marine Corps Times, Sanchez said the fund-raising allegations are “demonstrably false” and that he never collected money from either organization.

Sanchez, 36, recently admitted to appearing in such films as “Man to Men” and “Jawbreaker” in the early 1990s under the name Rod Majors after liberal bloggers identified him from photos taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., during the first week of March.

In a March letter addressed to MobCom commander Brig. Gen. Darrell Moore, who will ultimately decide what to do with Jones’ investigation, Sanchez said he’s never done anything to bring dishonor on the Corps since enlisting and that “my past is behind me.” [No pun intended]

The Marine Corps is a conversion experience, what men were before they joined is not as important as what they become,” Sanchez wrote.

Sanchez has risen to prominence in recent months after accusing other students at Columbia University, where he is also a student, of publicly ridiculing him for serving in the military.  They have also posted signs of him around campus as part of an anti-war campaign.

Sanchez wrote columns for newspapers, including Marine Corps Times, explaining his side of the Columbia dispute.  He also appeared at the conservative conference in Washington, where he was embraced by right-wing personalities.  Shortly after that appearance, news of his gay porn past came to light.”

An excellent review of the events leading up to the most recent one being reported on here was written by Max Blumenthal for The Huffington Post.

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