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Things I've Found 36 (Lord Hutton Is the Mole!)—1/29/2004

by Mark Rose

Actually, Lord Hutton is my hero. It turns out that Keshia was let go from Celebrity Mole: Yucatan tonight and my guess is that Mark Curry is the mole. But if you don’t want to read anything about reality TV, then skip this paragraph, and if you don’t want to read anything about the Iraqi conflict, then skip the last paragraph. Until then. . . .hey guys, did you miss me?

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Which Historical Lunatic Are You? I generally don’t go for these online “tests” but this one was fun. I turned out to be Caligula, which means I now have to rent the movie. Pray for me. http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/lunatics

All you fanboys and fangirls out there know that there’s a super-hot celebrity out there that is just right for you! So go to this site:


and find out just who it is by entering your birthdate. Now I love my wife Janet, but it turns out that I’m most compatible with Catherine Bell of JAG (99%) and Debra Messing of Will and Grace (98%). Hmmmm. . . .

Screw the RIAA! From reader Mahalie comes this wonderful link:


It’s a search tool to tell whether your next CD purchase is funded by a crap music company that is suing little kids for downloading music. And if you want to see Amazon’s Top 100 from the good guys (that is, non-RIAA musicians and record companies), here is that link. Support all these artists:


I had no idea The Shins were that popular, but then I don’t get out of Ballard much.

In case you get lost in Britain: http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/BirthplaceMaps/Maps/UK3.gif

Your Political Moment (skip if necessary) — The BBC is dead. Long live the BBC. Gavyn Davies has resigned as the head of the BBC, and for damn good reason. What was once touted as the world’s most objective news organization is now shown up for its partisanship. On the heels of the New York Times crashing and burning after the debacle of Jayson Blair, this should be (but won’t be) the final nail in the coffin for people who still believe that journalism can be objective. It can’t be, it never could be; you have to know your sources, and know why they are pitching the news to you the way they are doing so. But in any event, this link leads you to the full text for the Hutton Inquiry into the BBC’s mismanaging of David Kelly and Andrew Gilligan (who should be imprisoned for his part in what seems to be Kelly’s eventual suicide). Gilligan reported that the British government knew WMD deployment was a lie. This, in itself, was a lie, and it led to Kelly’s suicide and the Hutton Inquiry. Now, the BBC (which is a government-funded news and entertainment organization, much like our PBS) must pay the consequences.


I think what is most disturbing about this is the behavior of the BBC reporter and other reporters worldwide who insinuated and sometimes out-and-out-stated that the British government murdered Kelly so he would not explain the real sources behind the belief that WMD existed in Iraq. Just because you wish something to be true doesn’t mean it is, and it certainly doesn’t mean you should lie to the people and put it in your newspapers and on your television screens. Kudos to Tony Blair and Lord Hutton for what we see here. For a brief outline of the Hutton Inquiry documents (which are very long), read Prime Minister Tony Blair’s response to the Inquiry here:

http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page5250.asp [No longer finding this on line, though you can find lots of other Blair comments at the root site.]

Long live Tony Blair. Everyone, and I mean everyone from Clinton and Chirac to Buchanan and Qaddafi, believed that WMD were in Iraq. There are many reasons why the WMD may not exist in the country: from the possibility of moving those weapons out of country to having Iraq’s own scientists lie to their leader about their own capabilities to Saddam just being a general butthead. But this link provides a decent justification for why the United States and its staunchest ally, Great Britain, believed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and was capable of deploying them quickly. And it exonerates Tony Blair and his government for their role in accepting intelligence that claimed WMD was a real issue in Iraq (and also note Blair’s statement that maybe the intelligence wasn’t right after all, that’s a different issue). Chance of it being reported responsibly in America? Nearly nil.