The Bushies apparently learned nothing from their failed efforts (during Campaign 2000) to censor the Bush parody site GWBush.com. I say that because they're at it again, this time targeting WhiteHouse.org. This New York Times article has the details. I'm glad to see the NY Civil Liberties Union stepped forward to handle the case.
So what's a lowly satirist supposed to do in response to these anti-parody efforts? Neal Pollack is calling for a "Day Without Satire" protest on April 1st, asking satire sites like my Dubya's Dayly Diary to go black the entire day. But while I like the idea of a protest, I don't buy into this particular idea. After all, if there's no satire - even for a day - don't the terrorists ... uh, I mean the Bushies, win?
There seems to be grassroots (or, at least, blogroots) support for a Jim Capozzola for U.S. Senator campaign. All I can say is that if Jim's willing to challenge Arlen Specter, he's got my vote. Of course I'd have to move to Pennsylvania to vote for him.
So, does anybody know a good PA real estate agent?
Jim over at Rittenhouse Review has become quite understandably fond of Turkey and would like to see a sort of reverse boycott. Hmmmm, would you call that a buycott? Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
And speaking of boycotts, I got some SPAM yesterday urging me to boycott French goods. But here's the odd part -- it either came from President Bush or from someone spoofing the President's email address. I sent a copy to journalist and tech-expert Declan McCullagh, who looked at the email headers and says it's probably a hoax. Here's the SPAM:
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 11:29 AM
Subject: Citizen Action to Protect Our Troops
Dear Fellow American,
Two weeks ago, the national terrorist threat level was raised to high.These recent threats are a stark reminder that our country remains engaged in a war on terror. Our enemies are still determined to attack America, and there is no such thing as perfect security against a hidden network of killers. Yet, I assure you that our government at every level is responding to this threat, working to track down every lead and standing watch 24 hours a day against terrorism. It is a difficult challenge. Our enemies are at work around the globe - and yet some of our allies seem to want to ignore these threats.
What France is doing in the United Nations is disgraceful. France's attempts to block, veto and prevent the the United States from forcing Iraq to disarm amount to the actions of an enemy and not an ally. France's anti-American rhetoric and ill-mannered behavior on the world's stage should be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
Each day France is permitted to continue their pro-Saddam charade, American citizens, the American economy and American soldiers are put at tremendous risk. Make no mistake about it; the performance you've been watching from France has nothing to do with hating war. It has everything to do with hating Americans. Show your support for the American troops overseas and your fellow ctizens here at home by boycotting French products - French wines, French cheeses, French automobiles. Let the government of France know that the proud people of the United States of America will not stand for this behavior.
Please join your fellow citizens in this action, and urge your friends and family to join in.
Thank you, and God Bless America.
George W. Bush
President, United States of America
No doubt the Freepers are trying to figure out what Turkey produces, so they can boycott it. (Thanks to Pandagon for the amusing Freeper message board link. Apparently many posters were too virulent even by the ... uh ... liberal standards of Freeper.com. I say that because of the dizzying number of "Removed by Moderator" notices.)
Many thanks to reader Ellen R. for sending me the link to singer Paula Cole's site. If you click on "news" and scroll down to Jan. 30, 2003, you can hear the free demo recording of her wonderful anti-Bush song "My Hero, Mr. President." Highly recommended!
Do you want some women's history humor? There's Men Still Think With Their Clubs, Milt Lowe's book on relationships as "seen through the eyes of a seductive young cave woman named Ooba, who keeps a hot diary of all the guys she dates." And if that's not enough prehistoric women's history humor for you, there's always my Guilt Springs Eternal.