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It becomes increasingly difficult to find anything of use in the media these days. Everything is wrapped in the cocoon of nonspeak; outrage is cloformed into warm and fuzzy. We have been brow beaten by the Bonnie and Clyde administration until we are numbed into submission. Like Londoners during the blitz no one gets excited by the air raid sirens anymore. We crawl out of the shelters each morning oblivious to the new damage and unconcerned about the destruction of our neighbors.

The effectiveness of the media should not be discounted; they have done a wonderful job. They are the shinning stars of this cabal. Had a coup de tat such as this happen in 1939 when Edward R. Morrow had been at the peek of his journalistic powers he could have spent the rest of his days just on the usurpatation of the Constitution in the year 2000. He could have added to Churchill’s famous book “While England Slept” with another volume While America was comatose. But that was only the opening salvo and by now six and a half years later he would certainly have worked himself into a state of exhaustion.

Management would have quickly tired of his lapses in company protocol and would have promoted him to the Luxemburg bureau or perhaps the lighter side of the news interviewing American Idol contestants. It’s ok to cover tragedy in its deepest bloody prurient detail but only good tragedy. You ask, good tragedy? Yes, good tragedy the Virginia tech shootings by all means that’s a good tragedy. A nut with guns, can’t be blamed on the government and everyone has stopped asking about the lying Attorney General or Dennis Kucinich filing articles of impeachment against the Vice President, Yes yes by all means cover the nut with guns!

Now the story about the Iraqi Prime Minister issuing an arrest warrant for an Iraqi Colonel in charge of an area of Baghdad that’s bad tragedy. His area of command was resplendent with car bombs over the past week killing twice as many as at Virginia tech. Well it’s so far away and so hard to get any facts and well no one looks good in a story like that do they. An Iraqi colonel working with the insurgency, Sound too expensive.

Here’s a good story about Iraq but it’s not without thorns,

Smart artillery shells going to Iraq
Shell can drop within six meters of intended target
Bloomberg
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON - A Raytheon Co. satellite-guided artillery shell - the first weapon of its kind - will likely be deployed to Iraq next month, U. S. army officials said yesterday.

The army shipped the first 155mm “Excalibur" shells to Kuwait after the weapon in February demonstrated accuracy within six meters of its target, a precision that can minimize civilian casualties and accidental U. S. military deaths in a war that is increasingly urban. An unguided 155mm shell can miss its target by as much as 280 meters.

The shells are awaiting final army approval before shipment to Iraq. For Waltham, Mass. -based Raytheon, successful combat use would be a milestone in a $1.4-billion-US program for up to 30,000 shells costing about $39,000 each.

See how they stressed six meters? I wonder why? An American publication for an American audience, don’t they know the American public abhors the metric system? I guess six meters sounds better than eighteen feet and demonstrated, which means some times most of the time but not all the time. So if we despin the first line,

“A Raytheon Co. satellite-guided artillery shell – the first weapon of its kind – will likely be deployed to Iraq next month, ”

Will likely be deployed? Any one want to place a wager on how likely that might be?

“The army shipped the first 155mm “Excalibur" shells to Kuwait after the weapon in February demonstrated accuracy within six meters of its target, ”

155 MM is the largest artillery shell in the Armies inventory that can sometimes come with in eighteen feet of its target. Now if we were just chunking pumpkins that would be pretty cool, but what are they forgetting? Oh yeah, that the shell is filled with high explosives and would kill any one with in a hundred feet of it. I guess that’s an unimportant detail.

“A precision that can minimize civilian casualties and accidental U. S. military deaths in a war that is increasingly urban. An unguided 155mm shell can miss its target by as much as 280 meters. ”

Stop! Read the line above twice for good measure, Thank God it sounded for a minute there like they were going to be using 155mm artillery against innocent civilian populations. But in our Christian compassion and our love for mankind we are going to use the more accurate 155mm howitzers against innocent civilians and for some reason the Iraqi’s don’t like us, go figure.

“The shells are awaiting final army approval before shipment to Iraq. For Waltham, Mass. -based Raytheon, successful combat use would be a milestone in a $1.4-billion-US program for up to 30,000 shells costing about $39,000 each. ”

Iraq? I thought they were going to Kuwait and then likely Iraq make up your mind will you. Now what qualifies as successful combat use? We only kill half as many civilians or twice as many insurgents and what with using 155 mm artillery how will we tell the difference? But it would be a milestone all right, $1.4 billion dollars for 30,000 shells. How about we buy 30,000 Buick’s instead, it might be more cost effective for our troops to yell, “Come on out and we’ll give you a Buick!

This story is a textbook example of the Orwellian non-speak perpetuated by the media. A terrible thing, the use of 155 mm artillery on civilian populations is portrayed as noble and compassionate and an effort to save lives. But by saying, “An unguided 155mm shell can miss its target by as much as 280 meters. ” They are saying we can’t use artillery against buildings in increasingly urban environment 280 meters = 840 feet you could shoot all day and never hit the target. But now because of our care and concern for mankind and shoulder fired missiles taking out our helicopters we will indeed use 155 mm artillery on civilian populations. Talk about your nut with guns story!

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