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March 27, 2004
Hot or Not

In the interests of excessive self-promotion and marketing whoredom, I have signed The Daily Mingus up for the Hot or Not blog-off. Go and vote. If I continue to get big marks, I could win a gasmask and a round of head from a Nun. Oh wait, that's a different contest. Hmmm.

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March 26, 2004
Jesus Two: J2
Crushing Ass in Babylon

I've heard a lot of things about this new Jesus movie that is coming out, and frankly, I have to say that I'm very excited about it. Apparently, there is a lot of controversy about it and whether or not it is factually correct. Some biblical scholars have pointed out that nailing people up by the hands is not factually correct, because the right way to do it is to punch nails through the wrists. Silly buggers! Don't they know it doesn't matter where you put the nails? You got to strap them up with ropes and then let em suffocate! Yeah, crucify!

But that's not where the controversy ends. Some concerned groups have said that the films portrays Jews in a poor light and may encourage anti-semitism. Some critics have hailed it as a magical work, an epic interpretation of the life of one of humanity's most important prophets. Other scholars have told those critics to stuff it up their asses, cause nobody needs more religious propaganda in this day and age. Atheists, Hindus, Buddhists and Satanists complain that there are already a raft of definitive works about the life of Jesus, like Norman Jewison's (?!) Jesus Christ Superstar and Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, and nobody in their right mind needs to see another one, especially when it's done in Aramaic and Greek. Agnostics are not quite sure what to think, but are willing to stand around and think about it. And everybody knows the story about what happened with the financing and the famous man who had to work behind the scenes to bring the film to audiences after distributors backed away from it because it was too controversial. By god, so much excitement around one film!

No matter what the critics and the pontiffs say, I think that I will see the work for myself, in all its bone-shattering, naked-body bearing glory. In a time of spiritual and political decay, this film may just provide the answers that I am looking for. This may show me the light, perhaps help me to find my path. It promises a tale of life, death, and resurrection, the story of a unique revolutionary, not unlike myself, who struggles against the machinery of bureacracy and constrictive paradigms. Yes, it is time to judge this for myself, and I advise everyone to do so in the upcoming months. Like the tagline says: See the movie that's controversial, sacrilegious, and blasphemous. But if that's not playing, see The Life of Brian.

March 25, 2004
Mingus For Poet Laureate
of Canada

Now that the eminent George Bowering's term is up and the job is open, avid reader Marcuse 71 has enthusiastically nominated Mingus Tourette for Poet Laureate of Canada. I highly suggest reading the article.

My favourite highlight is his interpretation of Mingus' message to the public during my two year term:


If you don't, Canada's Poet Laureate will hunt you down....
Steal your booze, your money, your books and your lover...
Then he'll blow yer fuckin' head off for the bloated brain sac that it has become.


I plan to apply as soon as the first steaming pink copies of Nunt roll off the press. Boy, is it ever going to be fun hanging out with Paul Martin, Adrienne Clarkson, and of course, Belinda! Of course, this being a poet's job, the pay is fundamentally shittier than what the kids at Harvey's make in a year. That's right, our poet laureate makes $12 000 a year, plus $10 000 for travel. At least I could buy the Nuntmobile straight out. And rail a parliamentary secretary.

In other news, Mingus Tourette was apparently involved in yet another fracas with a sultry politician just days after the highly reported 'Stronach Buggery' incident. Frutiger Black reports from Lethbridge:

Former Lethbridge City Councillor Dar Heatherington claims that she has had relations with the ubiquitous Mingus Tourette, during a staged abduction to Vegas. When asked for comment, Mr. Tourette, though admitting he had been in an alcohol-induced fugue that weekend, refuted the claim as unfounded. “Gas-mask and star-spangled Under-Roos aside, that could be anybody’s ass in that video,” said Mr. Tourette to the media scrum, “Any wing-nut could be under that get up! Come on people! Wake up and smell the Munchausenesque-starved-for-attention-dipped-in-shit-and-rolled-in-nuts-insanity!!” Mr. Tourette then punched out the mike podium before falling from the stage, and sprawling across an attractive, trainee-reporter from the CBC. Previous romantic connection to the aforementioned reporter has yet to be confirmed.


And in other news: CNN, the Independent, CBC and the NY Times reported heavily on Richard Clarke's testimony before the 9.11 commission, which stated that George Bush and his fellow administrators did not pay much attention to the al-Qaeda threat because they were too obsessed by Iraq.

The BBC reported calls for Islamic unity following the assassination of Ahmed Yassin.

The Toronto Star reported that the UN Human Rights watchdog condemned Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin.

And of course, the Guardian reported that Hamas will not attack the US, but will actually concentrate on killing Arial Sharon, and Israel will concentrate on killing the rest of the Hamas leadership. As ludicrous as it sounds, that is the truth of the day.


March 23, 2004
Eine Bischen Arbeite

For all three readers interested in world politics and the future of humanity, I would like to share a few articles in tune with yesterday's writing on American politics.

The Financial Times has a tight breakdown of Clarke's new book and the 'Bush terror strategy'. It has to look bad, even to the average Texan, when the man who led the United States of America's counter-terrorism effort for MORE THAN A DECADE charges that "the Bush administration's obsession with Iraq has debilitated the war on terrorism and threatened security."

In addition to this, former US President Jimmy Carter, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, slammed US and UK administrations, saying:

That was a war based on lies and misinterpretations from London and from Washington, claiming falsely that Saddam Hussein was responsible for [the] 9/11 attacks, claiming falsely that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

To nicely underscore the overlying message of destabilization, Hamas, a major Palestinian organization with a lot of weapons, made its first ever threat against the United States. Hamas stated that the Israeli assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin was made possible by US support for Israel, and Hamas is now vowing 'open war'.

And yet somehow, Bush still has a legitimate shot at another four years in office. The mind boggles.

For the rest of the readers who don't give a flying fuck about politics or the future of humanity, I would like to share my latest haiku about whiskey dick.

ever militant
the tireless helmet of flesh
refuses to yield

March 22, 2004
One Year Later

Last week, I resolved to lay off on American politics. Didn't last very long, I suppose.

After a weekend of anti-war demonstrations, the new book Against all Enemies, by former Whitehouse Counterterrorism coordinator Richard A. Clarke, rolls onto shelves this week. It alleges that from the beginning, top Bush administration officials seemed “focused on Saddam Hussein, focused on Iraq” rather than on the threat from the al-Qaida network of Osama bin Laden, and that in the days following 9/11, Rumsfeld urged Bush to invade Iraq.

After the president returned to the White House on Sept. 11, he and his top advisers, including Clarke, began holding meetings about how to respond and retaliate. As Clarke writes in his book, he expected the administration to focus its military response on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. He says he was surprised that the talk quickly turned to Iraq.

"Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq," Clarke said to Stahl. "And we all said ... no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it.

"Initially, I thought when he said, 'There aren't enough targets in-- in Afghanistan,' I thought he was joking. - Read More at CBS.

Add this to the old revelations of Rumsfeld's handwritten notes, in which he says, on September 11th:

With the intelligence all pointing toward bin Laden, Rumsfeld ordered the military to begin working on strike plans. And at 2:40 p.m., the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying he wanted "best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H." – meaning Saddam Hussein – "at same time. Not only UBL" – the initials used to identify Osama bin Laden.

Now, nearly one year later, there is still very little evidence Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. But if these notes are accurate, that didn't matter to Rumsfeld.

"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

Add this to what Paul O'Neill unveiled two months ago in his book, The Price of Loyalty, in which the former Secretary of the Treasury made a number of allegations about the current administration, namely that:

George Bush began discussing the invasion of Iraq from the moment he took office, nearly a year before the 9/11 tragedy. O'Neill portrays Cheney as an unstoppable force, and Bush as a man who knew little, asked few questions and gave minimal orders. O'Neill says that in his 23 months in the Treasury Secretary position, he saw no evidence of WMD in any capacity.
- The Daily Mingus, January 12, 2004

Add all of this evidence together, and it becomes almost undeniable that the top administration wanted to go into Iraq at a very early stage, whether or not Iraq had anything to do with 9/11, or whether or not Iraq had any WMD. It has been a full year since the invasion, and no WMD have been discovered. Zero. None. Iraq was no more a threat to American national security than Manitoba. And that means that the current Whitehouse admin lied to the people of America, and in doing so, took them to war against a foreign, sovereign nation for no reason that has been properly explained. In doing so, they have squandered enormous military resources that could have been targetted at actual terrorist threats.

The people of America cannot deny this anymore.

What is more, they have to accept responsibility for the knowledge of the Administration's lies and responsibility for the emerging truth about original intent and Iraq. For a long time, I have drawn a valid distinction between the American Bush administration, and the American people. However, if the current administration isn't voted out this year, then the American public comes into line with the Bush administration, and says, your actions represent mine, and I advocate what we have done. I advocate that the government can invade threatless sovereign nations, and I understand that I deserve the hostility and disrespect heaped upon the government by many other groups and nations for these sorts of actions. If Bush's re-election comes to pass, the rest of the world need no longer draw a distinction between administration and populace, for we are one and the same.

I find this to be a frightening idea, that America itself is the problem, so I watch the coming months with an obsessive need to see and understand what is the true character of the majority of Americans, and I hope for what may happen, and I fear for what may happen.

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