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O'Hara Factor
Saturday, July 31, 2004

Al-Qaeda figures, including pilot Hani Hanjour, attended the University of Arizona

I apparently haven't been watching enough news to find this. The Arizona Republic has the portion of the 9/11 report concerning the Arizona ties posted. (I took it off this post; so click the link if you want to see it.) It turns out that hijacker Hani Hanjour learned English at the Center for English as a Second Language at our university.

God, this hurts. I can't believe I took a class in that building for an entire semester and never even knew what happened there.

Wildcrap: Tim Belshe slams blogs

Arizona Daily Wildcat columnist Tim Belshe's latest column slams blogs in a column that would hardly qualify as a good, persuasive blog post anyhow. Belshe writes:

"Some people have tried to bring their Web logs into the realm of legitimacy by using them as a forum in which to preach their political views. "I mean, it's easy to sit behind a Web handle and dish it out, but if these people really want to be taken seriously they should stop whining and, say, become columnists."

Thus is the nature of today's old media. We have credibility. Those others just gossip. They whine, very much like how I am whining right now.

Then there are the behind-the-scenes stories that the media can control. You only hear what they want you to hear, and on the campus of the University of Arizona, this is especially easy considering that there is only one major student paper (with the exception of Campus Magazine, which I'll slam some other time).

Suppose that somebody gets blacklisted for making the editor-in-chief mad. He or she is no longer able to express perfectly legitimate views. All power rests in the hands of this editor, and his or her oversight is never told. Either that, or the oversight may actually agree with the editor. All is lost, and the right to free speech is stifled.

Perhaps we could also move into a debate over what constitutes the "realm of legitimacy." Logically, legitimacy can be defined as having a logical argument. Mr. Belshe speaks of the realm of establishment, not of legitimacy.

I don't need the Wildcat in order to continue to write. I only need my mind, and -- at least concluding from my previous experiences -- the Wildcat would only constitute a threat to my mind and my word.

Breaking news: Democrats discover reason for Bush's bad economic numbers

SAN DIEGO, CA (OF) -- The DNC has released a press statement claiming that the stock market dive in the middle of September of 2001, which has negatively affected the President's economic numbers, may have been caused by a massive terrorist attack.

The committee's preliminary estimates state that nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the supposed attack committed by nineteen airplane hijackers of Arab descent. Fifteen of them were from Saudi Arabia, reports stated.

"We lost four airplanes that day," DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe stated, "and it seems that these planes might have caused the disappearance of those 3,000 Americans as well as the World Trade Center towers."

Unconfirmed reports also state that one of the planes may have caused damage at the Pentagon.

McAuliffe suggested equal scrutiny of all airline passengers in order to prevent another attack. "It's not just Arabs," he said, "Japanese samurai and Australian crocodile hunters can also be suicidal and mean-spirited and thus deserve the same treatment as Wahabbi Islamists of Saudi descent."

However, Hector Perez of Latinos of California and Arizona (LOCA) dissented with the airline-security plan. "When was the last time you saw an undocumented Latino alien commit terrorism? Latinos are only here to do what Americans don't want to do, like picking crops and selling advanced pharmaceuticals*."

When asked for comment, Secretary of State Colin Powell called both the DNC's and Perez's comments "helpful and constructive."

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry subsequently renounced his criticism of President Bush's economic policy, calling it "very much like the Democratic policy already."

"He's really stepped across the aisle to give us leeway on special interests such as universal health care and Social Security," Kerry stated, "but he still lied on WMD** and that's why I'm running for President."

Raul Grijalva could not be reached for comment.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Block me!

Apparently, the internet cafe in which I am working blocks both "political organizations" and "advocacy groups," which is why I previously thought that Michael Peroutka's website had gone down, and why I haven't been able to register with MilBlogs. I can understand filtering pornography, but this has gone too far.
Sunday, July 25, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11: The Movie in which Truth Burns

I had a previous explanation as to how Michael Moore named his movie Fahrenheit 9/11 given that author of Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury called him a "screwed [a--hole]." Cox and Forkum have published what amounts to be a better explanation.
Thursday, July 01, 2004

PGH: Michael Moore Theme Song

Na na na na na na na na FAT man!

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