Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Wikipedia gets Swift Boated

John Byrne

The upside of an open-source encyclopedia is that anyone can provide detailed information. The downside of an open-source encyclopedia is that anyone can provide detailed information.

This became readily apparent when a aquiline-eyed reader noticed that Swift Boating was defined as "accurate and truthful," and that Cindy Sheehan was dubbed a "left wing moonbat."

The entry has since been changed. Click here to see how it appeared this morning.

Since the entry was highlighted by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo this morning, the entry has been wholly rewritten, declaring the Swift Boat Veterans' claims to be spurious. The page now says that it has been "temporarily protected from editing to deal with vandalism."

Howard Dean "deserves to be swift-boated," the entry this morning read. The entry said that Swift Boat Veterans for Truth "revealed [Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)] to be untruthful in the representation of his military record."

The Swift Boats were funded by the biggest Republican campaign donor in Texas and pushed what turned out to be an unfounded claim that Kerry lied to get one of his two decorations for bravery and two of his three purple hearts.

*Still waiting for Kerry's form SF-180*

You are such a good little brown-shirt! You have it down, dude! Just repeat the talking points, attack the messenger, don't address the subject at hand.


The Clash wrote a song about guys like you and guys like me. Wanna hear it? Hear it goes:

Clampdown - The Clash

What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
’Cos working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we're working for the clampdown
We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I'm not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?

The voices in your head are calling
Stop wasting your time, there's nothing coming
Only a fool would think someone could save you
The men at the factory are old and cunning
You don't owe nothing, so boy get runnin'
It's the best years of your life they want to steal

You grow up and you calm down and
You're working for the clampdown
You start wearing the blue and brown and
You're working for the clampdown
So you got someone to boss around
It makes you feel big now
You drift until you brutalize
You made your first kill now

In these days of evil presidentes
Working for the clampdown
But lately one or two has fully paid their due
For working for the clampdown
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Working for the clampdown
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Working for the clampdown

Yeah I’m working hard in Harrisburg
Working hard in Petersburg
Working for the clampdown
Working for the clampdown
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong
Begging to be melted down
Gitalong, gitalong
And I give away no secrets – ha!
More work
Harsh, man!
yeah, I always heard liberals were pussies!
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