Archive for June, 2004

Civil Disobedience in Motion

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

Where’s Danny Zucco when you need him?
Newspaper clipping - use the 'D' link below for a long description[D]

Read the article too (it’s more than just the picture). If you can’t read the tiny print, use the “[D]” link next to the picture.

Hat Tip: Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

Hi Claudius!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

The Dante’s Inferno Test has sent you to the First Level of Hell – Limbo!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Very High
Level 2 (Lustful) Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Moderate
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Very High
Level 7 (Violent) Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Low
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

You are in Limbo, a place of sorrow without torment. You encounter a seven-walled castle, and within those walls you find rolling fresh meadows illuminated by the light of reason, whereabout many shades dwell. These are the virtuous pagans, the great philosophers and authors, unbaptised children, and others unfit to enter the kingdom of heaven. You share company with Caesar, Homer, Virgil, Socrates, and Aristotle.

Take the Dante’s Divine Comedy Inferno Test

The Gall of Gaul

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

This Just In: Benevolent France Saves USA From Its Own Folly

NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday unanimously backed a plan for Iraq that President Bush deemed a catalyst for change.

Under the plan, which was approved 15-0, Iraqi leaders will have control of the country’s security forces, and Washington and Iraq’s new interim government promised to work out a policy on how to cooperate on sensitive offensive operations.

France would have liked a clearer definition of the relationship between the new Iraqi government and multinational force….

That doesn’t stop us from a positive vote in New York to help in a constructive way find a positive exit to this tragedy, [French Foreign Minister Michel] Barnier told France-Inter radio.

Two days earlier, at the D-Day commemoration celebrations at Normandy, the same French official said:

The Americans clearly understood, after months and months of military operations, that there was no way out by arms, by military operations in Iraq. Washington understood that we have to get out of this tragedy by the high road.

French arrogance no longer surprises me, I suppose, but watch them squirm here. Having gone to the U.S. and demanded changes to the U.N. Iraq resolution, they got to watch as the U.S. took it under consideration and then implemented exactly none of the changes. Now they repeatedly refer to the most successful military campaign in history as a tragedy, and spout off about how Washington has seen the error of its ways and finally agreed to take the French high road in order to get out.

Never mind that the broad sweep of events has gone precisely according to the the plan that the U.S. has been following since Day One. Never mind that the Iraqi government has repeatedly thanked the U.S.A. (not the U.N.) for liberating them. It is this vote that grants credibility of the interim government in the eyes of [the Iraqi] people. Thank you, oh wise and generous France, for showing the error of our ways.


Long Live the King?

Friday, June 4th, 2004

Well, it appears to be “Prominent Black Man” week here at Striderweb. This just in from The Telegraph in the UK: “Don King steps into the ring to help win black vote for Bush”

Quoth Mr. King:

[The Democrats] would usually be able to get the vote without us, so we were left out, we were disenfranchised, denied, we were not able to rise to the occasion, because we were black. That is no longer the case, and I can literally say to you with heartfelt joy that George Bush is reaching out.

We live in interesting times.

Hat Tip: Chrenkoff

I’ve never been so frightened by being right.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Pardon me if I quote myself:

No matter what people do, someone somewhere is going to be offended by the words of another.[…]

There are really only two ways to approach the issue in daily life. Either:

  • People need to consider, every time that they speak, every possible way that anybody might interpret anything that they say. OR
  • People need to consider, every time that they are offended by someone else’s words, the possibilities that a) the offense was unintentional, or b) that they have simply misheard or misinterpreted what it was they found offensive.

The first option has an enormous stifling effect on the free exchange of ideas, which this country is already experiencing. People who might have added to the social discourse say nothing, to avoid possible accusations — whether baseless or not.[…] When the onus is entirely on the speaker, it is literally impossible to avoid offending anyone, short of never saying anything ever.

With that in mind, go read about a truly pitiful specimen of humanity. Yeah I know that sounds harsh, but Good God.

Hat Tip: The Smallest Minority

Speak the Devil’s Name…

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

As I was headed to lunch yesterday, who should I (almost literally) run into but the race-baiter himself, the Revrund Jesse Jackson. Came out of a building about two feet from me. My friend Erik suggested that if I’d followed my first impulse and clocked him one, I could have gone national. 🙂

It would be nice if the Rev. had the moral integrity to take a cue from Bill Cosby. I was floored when I read about Cosby’s latest. Out. Standing.