Monday, July 11, 2005
...That the wig and hair-piece business could lead to such deadliness.
The power of Count Dante.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Words That I Hate
Moist. It reminds me of mold and mildew--the things that grow in the cracks of dank cellars. Unfortunately, I’m not fond of “soggy,” either. That leaves me somewhat limited on terms describing mildly wet objects.
“Damp” isn’t so bad. But people get cranky when you describe their cakes as being “deliciously damp.”
“Dewy.” Now that’s a good word. “Dewy.”
Friday, July 08, 2005
A Weekend of Rest
As a follow up to yesterday’s post: I’m still tired as hell and I need more sleep. This weekend, I intend to remedy that by doing nothing much beyond laundry, taking a walk with the g-phrase somewhere pretty, and reading a bit. Hopefully that will be the cure for my weariness.
Before I’m off for the weekend, though, here’s a few things for all my friends out there.
And, with that, I’m out for the weekend.
Y’all enjoy the sun.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
The Last Few Months Have Ground Me Down
I’m weak. I’m weary. I’m off to bed.
I offer my prayers and my well wishes to those who have lost a friend, a co-worker, or a family member to terrorists today. May God comfort them.
Mr. Answer Knows it All
People search for answers and I share my wisdom.
How do you pronounce Sinn Fein?
Rhymes with Shin Rain.
You’re very welcome.
Not That You’ll Care…
...but the pre-flight and packaging feature in Indesign CS and CS2 works like a champ.
Brent J. Brents: 1,319 Years in Prison
Brent J. Brents, the serial rapist who terrified Denver this year, was sentenced to 1,319 years in prison. In what has to be seen as a tremendously rational moment by the judge presiding over the case, the idea of rehabilitation was soundly dismissed.
The only good in the case--when you can work past the violent attacks, the theft, the rapes, and the indiscriminate nature of his assaults--is that Brents did plead guilty instead of forcing a drawn out process that would have kept the psychological wounds raw much longer than necessary.
The Wrong Reaction
I find it highly unlikely that any American President would be feeling relief at any attack on a friend. I find it unlikely that he is finding some happy silver lining in an attack engineered that left innocent civilians dead and hundreds injured. I can’t even fathom that he would take a single moment of joy from the thought that we still have so far to go in our battle with the murderers and thugs.
Any suggestion otherwise is offensive.
People forget that this President was something closer to being an isolationist than an imperialist when he first stepped into office. His instinct seemed to be to follow in Clinton’s footsteps when it came to questions of the Middle East: leave it alone as much as possible and hope that the problems don’t require much in the way of American attention. That only changed following 9/11--and, regardless of how history will remember W, I’m also convinced that he would give up that place in history if he could have been a President that presided over 8 years of peace instead of having to send young men and women to fight and die far from home.
No, the President doesn’t “like” the continuing war any more than Tony Blair does; he just recognizes the necessity of fighting back against the threat. Suggesting otherwise is just trying to score cheap political points
Terrorists Strike London and Other News of Terror (Updated)
Everyone has already heard the news this morning: terrorists have struck London. They’ve struck buses and the subway with the result of at least 45 dead and hundreds more wounded, not to mention the very real economic damage that a shutting down the entire subway system for a day is likely to have on the city.
Their message from the “Secret Group of Al Qaeda’s Jihad in Europe”, aside from the implicit threat to European governments that have lent support in Iraq and Afghanistan, is this:
As I said yesterday: the kind of culture that believes that this is honorable and good is not a culture that can ever peacefully co-exist with our own. We can’t simply build a fence around the Islamic extremists and say, “Here’s your playground. Now be good.”
Hopefully, the terrorists are wrong, though. Hopefully, Britain burns with righteous anger and a renewed resolve that, at the end of this larger war, theirs is the side that will be victorious. Threats aside, withdrawing from the world and withdrawing from the conflict won’t keep the terrorists away; isolation and retreat will only convince them that the West can be bullied because Allah is blessing the suicide bombers.
In other news, Al Qeada may have killed Egyptian diplomat, Ihab al-Sherif. Again, this marks the kind of action that sets the terrorists apart from the civilized world and from the moderate Islam that co-exist with the West (perhaps not always in the most friendly way, but certainly in less of an openly combative way).
Their message, aside from the threat to Middle Eastern governments to never stray from the righteous path of Allah as defined by the Godly men of Al Qaeda, was to not do business with, help, or even acknowledge the government that is being set up in Iraq.
That the terrorists are increasingly targeting what are, ostensibly, their own people is good news for us. It means that we have made headway in bringing Islamic governments into the process of rebuilding--we have “buy in” from those governments and that makes our success more likely. It may not be quite as supportive or helpful as we’d like, but it’s more supportive and helpful than the terrorists can stomach.
This morning is a sad reminder: it’s a damned long road ahead of us.
Update: Bryan has his usual excellent round-up of responses and adds his own thoughts. Be sure to read the response from the British Council of Muslims. Wizbang has extensive information on the attack.
Across the Atlantic has a timeline of events as they watched them unfold.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Evil Genius At Work
War of the Worlds: What Doesn’t Kill Us is, Sometimes, Still Damned Hard to Sit Through
Spielberg isn’t to blame for everything that’s wrong in this movie. I’ve always thought that the abrupt end to the story is an unavoidable let down, so I don’t blame Spielberg for the anticlimactic last bit. Beyond that, though, it’s all on him.
The action is intense, it managed to startle the g-phrase with a few good scares, and Tom Cruise (for a man who appears to be mildly insane) fit his role about as well as Dakota Fanning, who was truly impressive. The special effects are some of the best that you’ll see this year--truly worth seeing on the big screen in a much larger than life setting--and the sound work is spectacular. In many ways, it’s the perfect summer flick: big, dumb, action packed, and pretty.
So, how is it that I was so disappointed? It’s because Spielberg made the mistake of frontloading the movie with all the good stuff--almost completely opposite his buddy’s Revenge of the Sith. For the first twenty minutes of ROTS, I was convinced that the movie wasn’t going to rise above the first two prequel episodes. After that first twenty minutes was up, though, I was sucked into the energy and motion and even the quiet, little emotional bits. By the end of the movie, I had a smile on my face, I had mostly forgotten the first act, and I was a satisfied customer.
Every time I see a headline or a story with the term “honor rape,” I wonder how anyone could ever imagine such a violent act as being honorable or righteous.
I also realize that here is the crux of the West’s problems with militant, fundamentalist Islamists: that a sub-culture could be so twisted as to believe that vicious, mean crimes could be honorable proves that their system of ethics is so completely out of line with ours that their is no way for them to coexist within the same regions and under the same law. For that matter, it proves the lie of cultural relativism.
I can’t imagine that any good, liberal Westerner would defend these acts, yet it’s really just a cultural difference, isn’t it? It’s really just how some folks want to live, right? And how could we possibly enforce our own ideas of morality and ethics on another culture? Such things just aren’t done.
Our society has progressively made being judgmental a bad thing, but discriminating judgment is precisely what we need in understanding those things about our enemies that we cannot tolerate. At the end of the day, they don’t have to look like good little Americans, but those there are elements of their society which cannot ever peacefully coexist with our own.
The same thought process that allows the honorable gang rape of a woman for any real or imagined offense is the same thought process that allows terrorists to brutally murder thousands of civilians while expecting God to give them some reward. That same, warped sense of justice and self-justification is what we cannot tolerate and why we render our judgment as forcefully as we need to in hopes of proving the point.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Speaking of Circumcision (Because We Were, You Know)
Thunderbirds: 10 Point Review
Bumper Stickers Idiocy
Spotted over the weekend on a big SUV driving through Denver:
Yeah, pal, that’s the way to be taken seriously. Not only have you lain claim to being a member of the ultra-geek hordes who make Lord of the Rings a reference point for everything in the world, but your statement, even within its own context just sounds idiotic.
I’ve always thought that it was kind of cats like this to give us a sort of warning sign as to whether their thoughts can be taken seriously. Just one more person in the world that no one has to pay that much attention to…
Monday, July 04, 2005
4th of July Reading List
Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans (and a jovial smile to those of you who aren’t citizens). And to those who are serving or who have served in the military, a very sincere thanks for everything you have done, for what you have foresaken in offering yourselves up for a profession that offers no chance for stardom or true monetary wealth. You’ve chosen something more meaningful, and we are grateful.
Here’s a list of things to read today while you celebrate the very spirit of our nation--the wonder that is the United States of America. All of our imperfections can’t mask the achievements, all of our errors haven’t stopped us from being a dynamic force for good iin the world, and all of the nay sayers can’t change the fact that America and most Americans still believe that we can’t achieve good things throughout the world.
Today, here’s to us.
And that’s it for me for the day. I’m off to enjoy my freedom. Freedom hard fought and hard won by hundreds of thousands of men and women, most of whom have never heard of me, but who I honor.
Friday, July 01, 2005
UK Jedi Knights (and Other Bits of Intriguing Fluff)
In what has to be considered a major coup for the Anglosphere, the Jedi Order is now being represented in Parliament.
The other members of Parliament are still giggling, nervous, and confused by the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill that will make saying not nice things about others very very illegal. Less confounding was their enthusiasm for Reed’s light saber--although Reed noted that, “I hope the novelty wears off soon. I’m not sure how many times I can hear the same little joke about President Bush and the Jedi mind trick.”
And in other news, China is taking square aim at the Damned, Evil Clouds in hopes of stealing water from South Korea.
Take that, Damned, Evil Clouds!
And in other news, people still seem to care that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were caught in doing, well, not really much together.
Our entire country never really left middle school, did it?
Oh, and, in case you didn’t know: Sandra Day O’Connor is retiring from the Supreme Court.
In case you didn’t know.
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