Journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.--Francis Vincent Zappa
Private Sector Dude!!! Since we're posting e-mails sent to Sue Henry, let's discuss WILK as of late. If I'm not the foremost expert on all things WILK, then there's another person in this area that spends day after day after day all alone in the dark with a pocket radio. I thoroughly enjoy listening to local talk radio and I want to thank Kev, Nancy, and Sue for keeping me company day in and day out. If not for their voices, I'd be talking to myself in hushed tones while wallowing in the bowels of termite invaded structures everyday.
Lately though, the morning gig with Kev & Nancy has denigrated into the morning commute Bush bash. And I guess that's perfectly fine when you consider that after Sue goes off the air, the remainder of WILK's daily programming is nonstop right wing radio until those Bigfoot loonies take over at 10 pm. I don't know what's worse though. Listening to Art Bell tell us that knuckle-draggers actual exist, or Kev calling anyone who dares to disagree with his hodgepodge of vapid rantings passed off as a superior intellect a knuckle-dragger. Or a drooler. You dare to take issue with the all-knowing ex-tennis coach? DROOLER!
Kev, the Uber Republican (?) that takes delight in disemboweling every Republican possible on a daily basis. Ooops. I forgot. He's conservative on some issues and liberal on others. Really? I think not. He's for legalizing all drugs. He's for same-sex marriage. He's for raising taxes to cure all of life's ills for those that can't seem to unf*ck themselves. He mocks those of faith. And despite his current stance on Iraq, he's one of those folks that would reduce the U.S. to being the U.N. Annex whereas foreign policy is concerned. He unequivocally supports the police, so he says, until one of them disagrees with him and gets laughed off the air. His favorite caller is the Hemp Party candidate. If he's a Republican, I'm a rap artist. He's as phony as John Kerry's forehead. The only reason he sticks to that claim of being a Republican is so he can prove to callers how wrong they are when they correctly call him what he is: A bleeding-heart, one world government socialist. Or as one caller recently called him and Nancy duly recorded: A liberal weenie.
And then there's Nancy. After listening to her for so long, she comes across as a likable enough lady. She has a hubby, and a kid, and a house, and a job, and I think she wants what most of us want. Namely, a good life free from nonsense and too much government intervention. I don't think she does enough homework much of the time, but I know what it's like to be busy beyond belief and also try to get some sort of point across on an almost daily basis. It's not as easy as it may seem. What I dislike about her approach to daily talk radio is the fact that she feels the need to play babysitter to Kev. I'd have no problem with a bit of point/counterpoint, or a show hosted by folks that lean in opposite directions, but it's become obvious that her primary responsibility is to stop Kev from throwing bombs, calling folks names, and coming across as a completely arrogant and assinine all-knowing nincompoop of not many things.
And their passionate discussion of the 9/11 hearings this morning had me completely flummoxed. Kev. Condaleeza wants to lie? "The lie," Kev? "The lie?" What disingenuous pap! What outright jabberwocky! He even made reference to his ultimate Republican killer he uses every time he bashes "his" party: Watergate. Pap, Kevin. Pap! Neither of you folks can see through this election year gambit? Come on! Neither of you are that far off base, are you? These ridiculous hearings won't amount to spit, they won't save a single American life in the future, and they won't be worth the effort unless they manage to damage Bush's credibility. We can argue all day about whether Clinton could have done more, or whether Bush could have done more to prevent 9/11. And plenty of folks have made the claim that Clinton ignored the growing threats to this country. Richard Clarke? Do you folks at WILK know what a Google search is? This guy has contradicted himself so many times, he should be laughed out of Washington D.C.. And today I was treated to "Condi is hiding something?" Are you folks f**king serious?
You two became a part of the 9/11 circle-jerk this morning and you did all that you could to propagate this ruminative partisan dollop. You just don't seem to get it. Dubya has been accused of every wrongdoing twice over now, and not one of the scurrilous accusations has stuck. Yet...you seem to be intoxicated by the latest accusation.
Both Kev and Nancy tell us they haven't made up their minds as to who they'll vote for in November, yet every morning, without fail, there they are castigating Bush to the high heavens.
I told Private Sector Dude a couple of weeks back that if Dubya donated a kidney to a young, dying black girl, Kev and Nancy would go on the air and accuse him of courting the black vote. Based on what I've been hearing lately, I will stand by that statement more than ever.
The 9/11 hearings are a joke. While we should be looking forward in defense of our way of life, some folks are transfixed on looking backwards for a few political points in the polls. Still others can't seem to see a sham for what it is. And we dial them up.
"The lie," Kev? "The lie?" Your wholehearted and irresponsible reverance for all things Democrat is showing.
Another dolt totally seduced by the latest unprovable accusation.
Nancy. What's your excuse?
Good show today, Sue. As always.
WILK: The phony baloney non-drooler, the babysitter extraordinaire, and "The Franchise."
Dude. Joe and Marie will be in my thoughts.
Monday, March 29, 2004 8:08 a.m. EST
Saddam Warned of WTC Attack Before 9/11, Praised bin Laden Afterward
Why did the Bush administration immediately suspect that Iraq was behind the 9/11 attacks when there was no evidence of any connection, as Richard Clarke and other Bush critics maintain?
Maybe it was because there was indeed evidence - very dramatic evidence, in fact - in the form of warnings in the state-run Iraqi press that such an attack was coming, along with praise for Osama bin Laden and his kamikaze hijackers in the days after the World Trade Center was destroyed.
On July 21, 2001, less than two months before 9/11, the state-controlled Iraqi newspaper Al-Nasiriya carried a column headlined "America, An Obsession Called Osama Bin Ladin." In the piece, Baath Party writer Naeem Abd Muhalhal predicted that bin Laden would attack the U.S. "with the seriousness of the Bedouin of the desert about the way he will try to bomb the Pentagon after he destroys the White House."
The same state-approved column also insisted that bin Laden "will strike America on the arm that is already hurting," and that the U.S. "will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his songs" - an apparent reference to the Sinatra classic "New York, New York." (Two 9/11 families were awarded over $100 million last May by U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer based on this and other evidence that Iraq was involved in 9/11.)
Saddam's threats of a 9/11-style attack before 9/11 weren't limited to that single report. In 1992, his son Uday used an editorial in Babil, the newspaper he ran, to warn of Iraqi kamikaze attacks inside America, saying, "Does the United States realize the meaning of every Iraqi becoming a missile that can cross countries and cities?"
Then in the late 1990s, according to UPI, "a cable to Saddam from the chief of Iraqi intelligence was transmitted by Baghdad Radio. The message read, 'We will chase [Americans] to every corner at all times. No high tower of steel will protect them against the fire of truth.'"
But after the 9/11 attacks, Saddam became the only world leader to offer praise for bin Laden, even as other terrorist leaders such as Yasser Arafat went out of their way to make a show of sympathy to the U.S. by donating blood to 9/11 victims on camera.
The day after the attacks, in quotes picked up by Agence France-Press, Saddam proclaimed that "America is reaping the thorns planted by its rulers in the world."
"There is hardly a place [in the world] that does not have a memorial symbolizing the criminal actions committed by America against its natives," AFP quoted the Iraqi dictator complaining, based on reports in the Iraqi News agency.
After excoriating the U.S. for ending World War II by using nuclear weapons, and for its involvement in Vietnam, Saddam gloated, "[He] who does not want to reap evil must not sow it, and [he] who considers the lives of his people precious must remember that the lives of the people in the world are precious also."
"The American peoples should remember that no one ever crossed the Atlantic carrying weapons to be used against them. They are the ones who crossed the Atlantic carrying death, destruction and ugly exploitation to the whole world."
A day later, Saddam told visiting Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib ben Yahya, "America brought the hatred of the world upon itself."
For his part, Uday flat-out praised the 9/11 attacks, saying, "These were courageous operations carried out by young Arabs and Muslims," according to quotes picked up by the Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat.
As Richard Clarke and his fans in the Democrat-media complex report in ominous tones that President Bush ordered him to launch an unwarranted investigation into the 9/11-Iraq connection, it's worth remembering how much Iraq had done justify that order.
Before the M1A1s rolled in Iraq, I used to read Uday's personal web site which no longer exists. You couldn't envision a bigger asshole. I don't think he had a single post on that site that didn't include the words "death," "to," and "America." Be careful what you openly wish for. Heyna?
After I was forced off of the internet for a fortnight, I came back to a bunch of e-mail like these:
*******Good to see ya again. Was wondering what had happened. I'm trapped in AOL hell myself.*******
*******Dude! Whew. I need my daily fix. Good to have you back.*******
One more time:
*******I didn't realize how much I enjoyed your stuff until it was taken away from me. Don't you go awol again.*******
Here's my fave:
*******I thought we were finally free from your needless crap, but it seems as if you can't take a hint. Go away. You suck. I appalud AOL for putting you out of commission if only for a short while. The funny thing is, I do find myself drawn back to your bullsh*t. You suck.*******
I suck??? Well, there's no point in arguing against that claim.
Hey! Are those of you that e-mailed me and offered to get involved with N.O.T. in Wilkes-Barre (No Overgrowth or Trash), still willing to raise a few blisters? I cleaned up quite a bit of junk yesterday and I was awestruck at how much one person could accomplish armed only with a broom, a shovel, and a few trash bags. What we need is for people to mass and kick some ass. Hey! That has a nifty ring to it. I like that. Wanna "Mass and Kick Some Ass?"
Seriously, if you folks are still ready and willing to help make some small difference, give me a ring. It's getting warm out, good news seems to be the 'norm these days, and I am definately motivated. Wanna kill some weeds? Wanna haul some debris? Blisters anyone? Lemme know. I'm ready to go. I like that one too.