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February 9, 2006

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Expanded 2/10/06 8:37 AM PST

Librarytower

You don’t think Rove feels like he’s a living genius after Bush drops a hysteria bomb out of nowhere about some fuzzy, years-old, supposedly foiled jet liner attack on L.A.’s library tower … and the newswire hands him this?

And to push the set up further, isn’t it interesting Bush issued his announcement before a Texas Air National Guard ceremony, the service he used strings to get himself into and prematurely get out of during Vietnam?  (To keep the “Swiftboaters” at bay, I’m not going to bring up that Bush sparsely attended, as well.)

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The president — identified by the DOD press release as “a former Texas Air National Guard fighter pilot” — indicates that Bush’s scary announcement took place at a guard event unveiling a bronze bust created in his honor and cast in his image.

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By the way, this press release is cleverly manipulative given that the photo accompanying it (the middle shot above) fails to include the bust itself, but rather frames Bush against the oversized minuteman figure on the wall — a visual logo the TANG has been using since way before Bush (partly) showed up.

Nice touch too, by the way, that the sight lines (at least from the back of the room) have “the two minutemen” almost overlapping.

(image 1: Kim D. Johnson/A.P.  February 9, 2006.  Los Angeles.  ViaYahooNews..image 2: Paul Morse/White House. February 9, 2006.  defenselink.mil. image 3: han Ernst/Reuters. February 9, 2006.  Washington. Via YahooNews. )

  • jon

    Boy, the AP was just aces today. I was just grinding my teeth over their factually flubbed and enterprise-challenged hatchet job linking Sen. Reid to Jack Abramoff (as amplified by Josh Marshall). Then they move this?
    As most any city dweller can attest, this visual has haunted our conscious lives since 9/11, even to this day. Looking up at the skyscrapers in our towns, we all freeze momentarily whenever a plane flies into the same field of vision, and quickly calculate the distance and bearing of the craft to assure ourselves of the berth separating it from the towers.
    Without being able to verify this story (hijacking a plane with a shoebomb to fly it into a building? c’mon!), the AP walks in the steps of Riefenstahl with this visual assault. It is, plain and simply, propaganda in service of the state.

  • Aldark

    I thought it funny that Bush actually referred to it as “Liberty Tower” and not “Library Tower”. Just think of the major difference in context.
    For people who know nothing about L.A. (or who blindly follow this dope) they’ll think “How dare they attack another symbol of our freedom… the Liberty Tower!”
    Bullsh*t again Georgie-Porgie-Pudding-n-Pie!!

  • marysz

    Bush may have gotten a tiny amount of traction from this latest revelation, but the public is getting jaded. The Administration’s ongoing saga of “thwarted” terrorist attacks, selectively revealed when it’s politically expedient for them, can’t help but make Americans cynical. And the republicans are going to have to keep on pulling terrorist rabbits out of their hats until the midterm elections. The magician Rove is getting to be more and more like Gob, the grandiose “illusionist” on Arrested Development . Everyone already knows what’s up his sleeve.

  • ummabdulla

    Well, at least the photographer waited until the plane had passed the building, and didn’t take the shot while it was headed towards it (or maybe he did and they didn’t show that one?).
    But the obvious question is why Bush decided to tell us this now. Bin Laden did make a threat recently; maybe they’re trying to cover themselves in case something happens again.

  • Patti

    Count me as one of the jaded. I believe the story of a thwarted attack to just Rovian political BS meant to provide a distraction. Logic tells me that the attackers will use a totally different means–not planes again. And all the time we’ll be distracted by the talk of planes.

  • kent

    Sure. Some other countries stopped some plot some time ago.
    It’s like we’re baby ducks and some hunter got stopped by a forest ranger in some other forest in some other state and now mamma duck’s telling us she made it safe for us — now go to sleep.
    Why now? (1) to keep us scared (2) to claim credit where none is due…

  • Meredith

    And I read just now that they didn’t even tell the LA mayor or city government privately. Villaigarosa learned about this “thwarted plot” the same way everyone else did yesterday. That’s more than a little inappropriate.

  • Megan

    Is the yellow column in the middle photo a beam of light, directly from God, informing Bush whom to attack next?

  • Asta

    As Patti pointed out, this is all probably a distraction, to which I agree. You would all think so, too, if you had any idea what is in the budget proposal that was sent to Congress last week.

  • http://ruinsofempire.blogspot.com/ Rafael

    Didn’t the ID4 aliens already took out that particular building? And is flight jock ready to strap himself in a fighter jet cockpit to fight the aliens, I mean the terrorist?

  • http://www.woodka.com d

    Geez, they’re just preaching to their own massively deluded choir these days.
    Find these people and wake them up, somebody! I actually had someone in my house the other day who admitted they got their news from the Free Republic site, and it was all I could do not to slap him silly. He’s a friend of my son, or I would have, but I am uncomfortable every time he’s here.
    Well, the yield curve totally inverted today, so they won’t be able to hide the economic news much longer….

  • Cactus

    The half-life of this administration’s ‘truthiness’ is down to about ten days, 4 hours.

  • http://www.futurebird.com futurebird

    I’m looking at how bush holds on to the podium in photo #2. There seems to be a subtext one can read. It seems as if he holds on for a sense of stability rather than the “strong lean in” it was meant to be.
    He looks tired, the puppet strings are starting to show.
    That said photo #1 is just shameless and tacky.

  • http://www.futurebird.com futurebird

    I’m looking at how bush holds on to the podium in photo #2. There seems to be a subtext one can read. It seems as if he holds on for a sense of stability rather than the “strong lean in” it was meant to be.
    He looks tired, the puppet strings are starting to show.
    That said photo #1 is just shameless and tacky.

  • tina

    I’d like a better look at that statue. I bet it doesn’t look like much him. Maybe a more glorious version of himself….nobler, etc. Didn’t Saddam like putting up statues of himself too?
    BAG, do you have a better picture of Bush’s bust? You know what I mean.

  • Mad_nVT

    I think that the “better picture of Bush’s bust” was the photo yesterday, with Bush up on the rooftop.
    But I expect that with all of the bad news coming his way, that we can soon see photos of Bush busting up in a different way- meaning getting angry, having temper tantrums and generally starting to dissolve.

  • readytoblowagasket

    Rove may have his talents, but cooking up terror plots isn’t one of them. I can’t imagine that anyone over 5 years old would believe this LAME fairy tale (except for the unquestioning MSM, of course). During Scott McClellan’s press conference, one reporter asked him *how* does one effectively threaten with shoe bombs? From the transcript:
    Q: Scott, I wanted to just ask a follow-up about the LA plot. Is there something missing from this story, a practical application, a few facts? Because if you want to commandeer a plane and fly it into a tower, if you used shoe bombs, wouldn’t you blow off the cockpit? Or is there something missing from this story?
    MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know what you’re referring to about missing. I mean, I think we provided you a detailed briefing earlier today about the plot. And Fran Townsend, our Homeland Security Advisor, talked about it. So I’m not sure what you’re suggesting it.
    Q: Think about it, if you’re wearing shoe bombs, you either blow off your feet or you blow off the front of the airplane.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060209-7.html
    As any kid would know, you can’t fly a plane into a building AND threaten to detonate your shoe bombs. It’s the kind of threat Inspector Clouseau would make. So maybe what we’ve learned from this is that Karl saw the new Pink Panther movie recently.

  • marganonymous

    A closer look at the bust reveals that Bush’s term is unlimited–2001-…

  • Mad_nVT

    President Bush, the ” former Texas Air National Guard fighter pilot” (and this reference should always be closeted with quotation marks), is wearing his red tie for this event.
    Is that because he is trying to alert us to a past Code Red event, or at least a probable Code Red, or maybe it was just a hypo-theoretical Code Red?
    Or is the President trying to assert his authority through use of a power tie?
    Anyway, is there some pattern for the times when the President wears blue ties or red ties? And who makes the decisions about what tie to wear?

  • Sal

    SIMPLE GOSPEL PRESENTATION
    I am only the delivery boy; this is God’s wonderful message of the Gospel you are considering. I hope these next few moments looking at these truths will change your life for time and eternity.
    1. Admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners…people don’t always like that title. The one word that defines all sin is the Greek word “hamartia” which means “to miss the mark.” What is God’s mark? Jesus said, “Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect.” Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    2. What is the result of sin? In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” Every one of us has missed God’s mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.
    3. Since we can never measure up to God’s standard on our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 states “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
    4. If a person acknowledges that he is a sinner, and he accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, he is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God’s solution and accept the consequences, or he must accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
    5. His invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response. In Romans 6:23 we read “…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life. John 1:12 states “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God.”
    If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like this from the sincerity of your heart…Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
    If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God also promises, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:12). Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That’s a lot to be thankful for! You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually: read the Bible, pray, and go to church.
    When considering a church to attend, it is important that the church reads from the scriptures of God’s Word (the Holy Bible). We do not lean on our own understanding, but God’s plan for our lives. Be certain that the church that you attend follows solid biblical principles. There are many churches today that are compromising the Word of God in an effort to offer a “feel good” ministry, so no one would be offended and to maintain church attendance. It is human nature to be attracted to the path of least resistance. If your are not being fed the word of God by a particular church, you need to find one that does.
    God bless you in your new walk…

  • Sal

    SIMPLE GOSPEL PRESENTATION
    I am only the delivery boy; this is God’s wonderful message of the Gospel you are considering. I hope these next few moments looking at these truths will change your life for time and eternity.
    1. Admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners…people don’t always like that title. The one word that defines all sin is the Greek word “hamartia” which means “to miss the mark.” What is God’s mark? Jesus said, “Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect.” Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    2. What is the result of sin? In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” Every one of us has missed God’s mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.
    3. Since we can never measure up to God’s standard on our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 states “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
    4. If a person acknowledges that he is a sinner, and he accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, he is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God’s solution and accept the consequences, or he must accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
    5. His invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response. In Romans 6:23 we read “…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life. John 1:12 states “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God.”
    If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like this from the sincerity of your heart…Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
    If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God also promises, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:12). Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That’s a lot to be thankful for! You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually: read the Bible, pray, and go to church.
    When considering a church to attend, it is important that the church reads from the scriptures of God’s Word (the Holy Bible). We do not lean on our own understanding, but God’s plan for our lives. Be certain that the church that you attend follows solid biblical principles. There are many churches today that are compromising the Word of God in an effort to offer a “feel good” ministry, so no one would be offended and to maintain church attendance. It is human nature to be attracted to the path of least resistance. If your are not being fed the word of God by a particular church, you need to find one that does.
    God bless you in your new walk…

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