Al Qaeda honors George Bush Senior in annual banquet
At the annual Terrorists Ball dinner, members of Al Qaeda paid tribute to George Bush Senior for his efforts in funding the 9-11 attack. Laughing and toasting the man they call their “Bush monkey,” the terrorists whooped it up at a four-star Pakistani hotel, dancing until dawn to old Kool and The Gang and Rufus records.

Bush Senior is employed by the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest armament companies, which is currently expected to win a billion-dollar contract to help rebuild Iraq’s airfields. The Carlyle Group is also in charge of the financial assets of one Saudi Binladen Corporation (SBC), which U.S. officials claim continues to finance the activities of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The corporation employs such people as Frank Carlucci (former defense secretary), James Baker II (secretary of state), and Bush Senior as managers and overseas representatives.

So technically, Dubya’s daddy helps finance Osama bin Laden. The $12 billion Carlyle Group is having a meeting in Lisbon soon to discuss damage control (according to the Portugal News). Of course, numerous American media outlets know of this connection but have deemed it unnewsworthy.

Chomsky on Chico
I was in Barnes & Noble Sunday reading a recent collection of Noam Chomsky interviews, entitled Understanding Power. Coincidentally, the first page I randomly turned to contained the following excerpt, wherein Chomsky is talking about his lecture tour during the first Gulf War, when he decided to visit the most reactionary spots in the country:

“There’s a college in Northern California called Chico State which is where guys like Reagan and Shultz [Reagan’s secretary of state] send their kids so they won’t be infected by the ‘lefties’ at Berkeley. The place is right in the middle of four hundred miles of cornfields or whatever they grow out there, a million miles from nowhere, and when you fly in you land at an airport that’s about half the size of a house. Well, when I landed the two local radicals at the school came to meet me. And as we were walking to the car I noticed the airport was surrounded with yellow police tape. … So I asked these guys what was going on? ‘That’s there to protect the airport from Arab terrorists.’ I said, ‘Arab terrorists in Northern California?’ But they thought so. And when I got into town everybody was walking around in army fatigues and wearing yellow ribbons saying, ‘If Saddam comes, we’re going to fight to the death,’ and so on. And in a sense, people really believed it.”

Weekly props
1. To all the journalists being killed (R.I.P.)

2. Gillian Welch at Sierra Nevada Brewery

3. The Kenyon Review

4. In the mix: The Fugs/The Deviants/Kimya Dawson

5. High Sierra Festival (Antibalas and Sun Ra Arkestra)