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August 10th, 2005

Un-Fucking-Believable

Honestly, this just leaves me utterly speechless. What's next... pep rallies in high school gymnasiums? From The News Blog:

The Pentagon would hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing today.

"This year the Department of Defense will initiate an America Supports Your Freedom Walk," Rumsfeld said, adding that the march would remind people of "the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation".

The march will start at the Pentagon, where nearly 200 people died on September 11, 2001, and end at the National Mall with a show by country star Clint Black.

Yes, this is for real -- here's the press release from the Dept. of Defense website.

The News Blog has the complete details, including a link to a Kos poster who explains succinctly was this is so offensive to so many of us (thus saving me the trouble of spelling it out myself.)

But just to be crystal clear, I am all for supporting the troops, but this event strikes me purely as an act of propaganda and as another attempt by this administration to link 9/11 and Iraq without explicitly doing so. I would say the people behind this have no shame, but shame is clearly an emotion far too advanced for them to even comprehend.

I'd even go so far as to compare this type of government-sponsored patriotism to the Nuremberg rallies in Germany in the mid 1930s, but according to right-wing-nut pundits that type of comparison is unacceptable in civilized, 21st century America -- unless of course Rick Santorum is the one making the connection.

(link gakked from Eschaton)

Fuel to the Fire

Yet another reason why I'm glad to be leaving my current firm can be found on page C1 of today's Wall Street Journal.

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