[corp-focus] All Things Bright and Beautiful
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:17:22 -0500
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
The first lady today announced the theme for the 2005 holiday season at
the White House.
It is this:
All things bright and beautiful.
"This year's holiday decorations bring nature's beauty to the White House."
Bombs bursting in air.
2,100 American dead.
"Simple, yet elegant, decorations highlight creations from the natural
Exploding oil pipelines.
Death and destruction.
"Fresh greens, fruit and flowers awaken the sense of smell, taste and
Blood and guts.
"The color schemes of tangerine, lime green and hot pink boldly accent
the traditional touches of the holiday decorations."
"The official White House Christmas tree occupies most of the Blue Room."
Black and blue.
"The 18 1/2 foot Fraser fir was grown by Earl and Betsy Deal and their
children, Meg and Buddy, of Laurel Springs, North Carolina."
Cpl. John R. Stalvey, 22, of Conroe, Texas, died October 3 from an
improvised explosive device.
Spc. Jeremiah W. Robinson, 20, of Mesa, Arizona, died in Baghdad, Iraq,
on October 6, of injuries sustained there on Oct. 5, when an improvised
explosive device detonated.
Spc. Joshua J. Kynoch, 23, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died in Bayji, Iraq,
on Oct. 1, when an improvised explosive device detonated.
... and their children?
"Fresh white lilies, crystal garland and white lights adorn the White
House Christmas Tree."
Thou shalt not kill.
"Gingerbread White House: View of the North Portico, 100 pounds (34
sheets) of gingerbread, 150 pounds of white and dark chocolate, Clear,
poured sugar windows, One strand of white lights inside the Gingerbread
White House make it glow."
A war of aggression is the supreme international crime -- Robert
Jackson, former chief of the U.S. Supreme Court and Nuremberg prosecutor.
Garland: 580 feet
Christmas Trees: 18 trees
Christmas Cookies: 30,000
Petit fors: 10,000
Sweet Potatoes: 2,100 pounds
Guests touring the White House during the Holidays: 45,000
Guests attending receptions during the Holidays: 9,500
Countries receiving a Christmas card from the White House: 200
American dead: 2,100 and counting.
Iraqi dead: Tens of thousands and counting.
Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime
Reporter, <http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com>. Robert Weissman is
editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Multinational Monitor,
<http://www.multinationalmonitor.org>. Mokhiber and Weissman are
co-authors of On the Rampage: Corporate Predators and the Destruction of
Democracy (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press).
(c) Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
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