Friday, April 04, 2003

Clueless...simply clueless...
As if you didn't already know, the authorities are complete fucking clueless jackasses...

posted by Musashi | 2:46 AM --> link

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Leslie Cheung commits suicide
Goddamn, this has turned out to be a bad day. HK star Leslie Cheung leapt to his death from a Hong Kong hotel window today. I haven't mentioned it at DAM yet, because I think my buddy Greg is working on it, but given the passing of Michael Jeter which I mentioned earlier today, I thought I'd post this here.

posted by Musashi | 5:14 PM --> link

Actor Michael Jeter found dead
I was saddened to learn this morning that actor Michael Jeter, who worked with Terry Gilliam on The Fisher King, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was found dead in his apartment in Hollywood, California. Though the cause of his death remains undetermined at this time, he was reportedly suffering from AIDS. Though Jeter was never a leading man, he never failed to turn in a scene-stealing performance. His cameo as the Ethel Merman-singing homeless drifter in The Fisher King was priceless, as were many of his other film and television appearances. Jeter was working on The Polar Express with Tom Hanks at the time of his death, and his role will supposedly remain intact.

Michael Jeter was 50 years old.

posted by Musashi | 10:41 AM --> link

Monday, March 31, 2003

Meda censorship and the War on Iraq
I've stringently avoided being overly political on this blog, mainly because I believe there are plenty of other politically-oriented blogs out there who have more to say on the subject than myself (and who do a significantly better job of it, for that matter). However, I do have a comment to make about the firing of news correspondent Peter Arnett, who has been covering the conflict for NBC.

This is a clear demonstration of the US media's reluctance, nay, refusal, to be critical of the administration's handling of the war.

NBC was well within their rights to let Arnett go, but the reasoning behind their severance of his contract smacks of the same kind of corporate censorship that lost Bill Maher his job shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Their actions don't seem like journalistic integrity, so much as damage control. Is the US Military's strategy of 'embedded journalists' backfiring? Though Arnett isn't an 'embedded journalist' like so many of his colleagues, anyone who has been watching the news coverage can parse the reality of this conflict; that things aren't going quite as planned. Yes, we were told that there would be casualties. Yes, we were told there would be some resistance. However, the administration's take on this conflict was loaded with the implicit presumption that the Iraqi people would welcome us with open arms, not with small-arms. Arnett's comments to the Iraqi media simply made clear what we all know to be true, that the Pentagon's war plans have stalled, and that a 're-orientation' (to use the Pentagon's own parlance) is now in order.

Note to the administration: I can accept war as a grisly, dehumanizing affair. That's why its called war. But the more your disinfo-machinery attempts to clamp down on the effects of this enterprise, the less I am willing to support you. Tell the truth...that's all we ask.

posted by Musashi | 10:29 AM --> link
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