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Monday 29: We eek!
"Last month, terrorists brought their war to the United Nations itself. The UN headquarters in Baghdad stood for order and compassion, and for that reason, the terrorists decided it must be destroyed." -Did they tell you this Bush? I've not seen these reasons cited anywhere.
"The Taleban was a sponsor and servant of terrorism. When confronted, that regime chose defiance, and that regime is no more." -Down but not entirely out to be exact
"And because there were consequences, because a coalition of nations acted to defend the peace and the credibility of the United Nations, Iraq is free, and today we are joined by representatives of a liberated country. "-US forces defend the credibility of the United Nations! THANK GOD!
" The primary goal of our coalition in Iraq is self-government for the people of Iraq, reached by orderly and democratic process. This process must unfold according to the needs of Iraqis, neither hurried nor delayed by the wishes of other parties." -Save this bit for later.
"The Palestinian cause is betrayed by leaders who cling to power by feeding old hatreds, and destroying the good work of others. The Palestinian people deserve their own state, and they will gain that new state by embracing new leaders committed to reform, to fighting terror, and to building peace." -Too bad Israel doesn't agree.
Sunday 28: So hard sometimes...
Saturday 27: So long Said...
"It's a shell game, with money, companies and corporate brands switching in a blur of buy-outs and bogus fronts. It's a sinkhole, where mobbed-up operators, paid-off public servants, crazed Christian fascists, CIA shadow-jobbers, war-pimping arms dealers - and presidential family members - lie down together in the slime. It's a hacker's dream, with pork-funded, half-finished, secretly-programmed computer systems installed without basic security standards by politically-partisan private firms, and protected by law from public scrutiny.
It's how the United States, the "world's greatest democracy," casts its votes. And it's why George W. Bush will almost certainly be the next president of the United States - no matter what the ***people*** of the United States might want. "
"In no uncertain terms Delay declared himself opposed to the Bush administration's support for the roadmap, especially the provision in it for a Palestinian state. "It would be a terrorist state," he said emphatically, using the word "terrorist" -- as has become habitual in official American discourse -- without regard for circumstance, definition or concrete characteristics. He went on to add that he came by his ideas concerning Israel by virtue of what he described as his convictions as a "Christian Zionist", a phrase synonymous not only with support for everything Israel does, but also for the Jewish state's theological right to go on doing what it does regardless whether or not a few million "terrorist" Palestinians get hurt in the process.
The sheer number of people in the southwestern United States who think like Delay is an imposing 60-70 million and, it should be noted, included among them is none other than George W Bush who is also an inspired born-again Christian for whom everything in the Bible is meant to be taken literally. Bush is their leader and surely depends on their votes for the 2004 election which, in my opinion, he will not win. And because his presidency is threatened by his ruinous policies at home and abroad he and his campaign strategists are trying to attract more Christian right- wingers from other parts of the country, the mid-West especially. Altogether then, the views of the Christian Right (allied with the ideas and lobbying power of the rabidly pro-Israeli neo-conservative movement) constitute a formidable force in domestic American politics, which is the domain where, alas, the debate about the Middle East takes place in America. One must always remember that in America Palestine and Israel are regarded as local, not foreign policy, matters. "
Friday 26: Feeling Froggy? Arny and Mikey
"'As we were rehearsing, I saw this toilet bowl,' says Schwarzenegger, an impish smile crossing his face. 'How many times do you get away with this – to take a woman, grab her upside down, and bury her face in a toilet bowl? I wanted to have something floating in there,' he adds. Apparently, he was vetoed. 'They thought it was my typical Schwarzenegger overboard,' he says. 'The thing is, you can do it, because in the end, I didn't do it to a woman – she's a machine! We could get away with it without being crucified by who-knows-what group.'"
"What bullshit? It's not my belief, I'm just stating how it is. If one's detractors can prove that one lied, or even successfully allege it, then the mark is there and, at the very least, everything that person says is called into question. Hence my point that Moore has to be more careful and more honest than his detractors when he makes his assertions. Bush should too, for that matter. The press has little to do with it, although I agree with you in that they are far more willing to call someone on the little lies rather than the whoppers, since the little ones are easier to prove and the consequences of failing to prove them are far less. The media make enjoy making claims of crusade, but they are well aware of the risks of taking on those in power without proof, however strong the case."
Wednesday 24: There is no hump
Tuesday 23: I'm telling
Monday 22: Weak in the week
"We keep hearing about separation of church and state. Well, first of all, we all know that's not written in the Constitution. The Constitution says there shall be no establishment of religion by Congress, but that means that there should be no disestablishment of a religion by Congress, meaning Congress has to remain neutral on the issue.
So, if a man is a Buddhist and wants to have a Buddha in his courtroom, I suppose he could have a Buddha for comfort. If he wants to wear a cross on his neck or she wants to wear a cross for his comfort or her comfort, that's a religious belief. If a Jewish person wants to wear a skull cap in court as a judge, that's his religious right. It's his way of saying God is above me." A) Savage fails at reading comprehension of the Constitution. B) A Judge 'saying' his or her God's law is the authority rather than the law of the land is the problem.
"O'REILLY: Right. Pardon the pun. Because they don't want this movie to be seen by millions of people to regenerate interest in Jesus who had a strict moral code. They don't want any moral judgments. They want legalization of drugs, gay marriage. You go down the list, no moral judgments." You are so full of BS Bill.
"More than $10bn has been spent on Afghanistan since October 7 2001, most of it by the US. More than 80% of this has paid for bombing the country and paying the warlords, the former mojahedin who called themselves the "Northern Alliance". The Americans gave each warlord tens of thousands of dollars in cash and truckloads of weapons. "We were reaching out to every commander that we could," a CIA official told the Wall Street Journal during the war. In other words, they bribed them to stop fighting each other and fight the Taliban.
These were the same warlords who, vying for control of Kabul after the Russians left in 1989, pulverised the city, killing 50,000 civilians, half of them in one year, 1994, according to Human Rights Watch."
"O'REILLY: "The Founders were not concerned with the minority rights, they were concerned with everybody's rights."
OH REALLY: "All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression" (Thomas Jefferson, "First Inaugural Address," March 4, 1801)."
Saturday 13: I'm back
Saturday 13: So Soon now Saturday
O'REILLY: Every movie is a one-shot deal, all right. This isn't. This is a culture. Eminem's a puppet, and so are the gangsta rappers.
Here's the -- here's the deal. I had two inner-city grammar school teachers in here. They taught fifth grade, all right, and I said to them what influence has all of this rap -- gangsta rap primarily -- had on your children, and they both said to me we now have 10-year-old boys calling 10-year-old girls bitches and hos, OK?
Now is this...
GREEN: Yes. Again, I think, Bill...
O'REILLY: Whoa, whoa. Mr. Green...
GREEN: I think...
O'REILLY: Is this the kind of society...
GREEN: I think that...
O'REILLY: ...that you want to live in?
GREEN: Yes, I think that gets back to what we were talking about earlier, though, with the Madonna-Britney kiss situation, is I think, you know, if you're sitting there with your kid and your kid's listening to this music and starts saying "bitches" and "'hos"...
That's kind of fun, to be able to say "bitches" and "'hos" on the Fox News Channel. Can I -- I can just say that on the Fox News Channel?
O'REILLY: You bet you can.
GREEN: Really? Well, we should be...
O'REILLY: Yes. We've already said it.
GREEN: Well, we should be careful. There could be kids watching.
O'REILLY: Well, listen, this is a news program, and it's in context to what's happening, OK?
GREEN: Yes, I...
O'REILLY: This is happening.
GREEN: I understand.
O'REILLY: And you have...
GREEN: I understand.
O'REILLY: You have millions of unsupervised children, not...
GREEN: No, we're not -- we're not...
Wednesday 10: WTF?
"Over the course of many thousands of pages, it's also been a detailed political novel, a comedy of the court, a drama of the church, a vision quest, a biography of the last days of Oscar Wilde, several deeply strange attacks on feminism and women in general, and an exegesis of Sim's own bizarre personal take on religion. It fascinates because Sim is an absolutely brilliant maker of pages, a sublime cartoonist with total control of the form... and because, during the progression of the work, you can clearly see his mind crumbling under the pressure of his immense undertaking and twenty-five years of increasing solitude in which he can only express himself to the world through the agency of a talking anteater. It's almost a shame that the big 500-page collections don't include the personal notes that fill out the serial singles in which the work sees initial publication, in which Sim details the entirety of life on Earth as a war against the evil of women and proclaims that "if you learn to leave your penis alone, it will learn to leave you alone." For a while now, people have been taking bets on whether Sim will commit suicide immediately after CEREBUS is complete."
Tuesday 09: Wandering Weblogs
"We should strive. We should work. We should fight against the inevitable.
We should not forget that it is inevitable. We should not disdain our fellows when they stumble. We should not blame them for not being good enough, imply that it was their lack of faith or charity or virtue that led them to suffer. We do not know why. We will most likely never know why. The universe is not ours, it does not answer our wishes, it is not obliged to us. If you prefer a more religious answer, remember God's answer to Job. We were not here when the creation came into being, we do not know what purpose it has, we are not capable of judging it...
I do not seek to take your faith from you. Faith is beautiful. It is a brilliant flame, a defiance, a glory of the human spirit. But as glorious as your faith is, it can only be so if it is properly constructed. You can offer your light to others, you can shine it in answer to their questions, you can attempt to bring it to the world. But if you do so without regard for the light of others, if you refuse to allow them to stumble and fall and find their own answers, you are using it to burn them. Like fire, it must always be controlled. The flickering flames of the candles in the heart of a church is a display of beauty lent in service to God. The roaring fire of the pyre that slays those who believe differently is an abomination, a destruction of all that is shared between us."
"'Joe Schmo' is the happy cross-fertilization of The Truman Show's contrived realism with the snarky, knowing smile of "Joe Millionaire". (In fact, imagine The Truman Show, only with Eurosnob director/creator Ed Harris replaced by Will Ferrell.)
The premise: take one doofus, tell him he's on a reality competition called "The Lap of Luxury", but put him in a house with a bunch of actors playing reality-tv archetypes (The Virgin, The Bitch, The Grizzled Veteran, The Puck Guy, The Polynesian Gay Guy Who's Neither Polynesian Nor Gay In Real Life) rather than real people, and then orchestrate the whole experience to humiliate the crap out of the one guy who thinks it's real and send him for the ride of his life."
Monday 08: twin links
Sunday 07: Struggles & Scandals Sunday
"Dear Credit Card Company: I know I still owe on my balance, but I won't be paying, because I'm moving on. Dear loved one: I know I behaved badly, and I guess I should apologize, but I've moved on. Dear police officer: I realize I exceeded the speed limit considerably, and I know I'm supposed to pay a hefty fine, but I won't be, because I've decided to move on.
I remember when "moving on" signified a more or less free decision to forgive and forget someone else's transgression, as in, "Okay, you let me down, but I'm not going to dwell on it. Let's put this behind us and move on." Thanks to President Bush, we no longer have to wait for others to let us off the hook. Now we can simply move ourselves on. Bush has twisted the phrase around to mean a self-serving self-absolution -- the very antithesis of true generosity of spirit. "
"Today, Asian central banks hold approximately $1.5 trillion in US dollar-denominated reserve assets. Most of the world's international reserves come into existence as a result of the United States current account deficit. That deficit is now $1 million a minute. Last year, it amounted to $503 billion or roughly 2% of global GDP. The combined international reserves of the countries with a current account surplus increase by more or less the same amount as the US current account deficit each year. So central bankers must worry not only about their existing stockpile of dollar reserves, but also about the flow of new US dollar reserves they will continue to accumulate each year so long as their countries continue to achieve a surplus on their overall balance of payments.
With the depreciation of the dollar rapidly gaining momentum, Asian central bankers are scrambling to find alternative, non-dollar denominated investment vehicles in which to hold their countries' reserves. Consequently, this is a topic that is attracting considerable attention in the press.
There is a related issue of much greater importance being entirely overlooked, however. The surge in international reserves has created unprecedented macroeconomic imbalances that are destabilizing the global economy. The global economic disequilibrium caused by these imbalances is the subject of this article. It is also the subject my recently published book, THE DOLLAR CRISIS: Causes, Consequences, Cures (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).echtel has made $1.3m in political donations over the past four years, 60 per cent to Republicans."
Saturday 06: Slip a few in Saturday
Truman First Term: 60,000 jobs gained per month
Truman Second Term: 113,000 jobs gained per month
Eisenhower First Term: 58,000 jobs gained per month
Eisenhower Second Term: 15,000 jobs gained per month
Kennedy: 122,000 jobs gained per month
Johnson: 206,000 jobs gained per month
Nixon First Term: 129,000 jobs gained per month
Nixon/Ford : 105,000 jobs gained per month
Carter: 218,000 jobs gained per month
Reagan First Term: 109,000 jobs gained per month
Reagan Second Term: 224,000 jobs gained per month
G. Bush: 52,000 jobs gained per month
Clinton First Term: 242,000 jobs gained per month
Clinton Second Term: 235,000 jobs gained per month
G.W. Bush : 69,000 jobs LOST per month
Friday 05: Anything Goes today
Thursday 04: Quotes day. Author in mouse-over title.
"I am someone who thinks he can influence things. France, as Karl Marx said, is the country of politics, of the revolution and of universalism. It's these factors that maximise the role of the intellectuel and which maybe explain why there is such a large place given to these bizarre personnages, intellectuals, who proclaim 'le vrai, le juste et le bien', and who see a great nobility in political causes. It contrasts with the empiricisim, pragmatism and intellectual modesty of the Anglo-Saxon world, where there's a caution when it comes to the universal. There is no mythology about politics as there is in France. In England, politics is not a noble calling. It's a normal social activity - perhaps it's better like this."
"Some have criticized my stance on triclavianism as being counterproductive, arguing that making a point of doctrinal contention over not making a point of doctrinal contention over adiaphora is itself non-salvific. However, my critics are overlooking the dangers of triclavianistic doctrines: allowing adiaphora to creep into our credenda -- while possibly pushing the theologoumenic envelope and providing exciting new opportunities for supererogative works -- will most often serve to muddy the soteriological foundation of Faith, leading in general to ultramontane excesses and, in extreme cases, ebaptization (which is unacceptable pastoral malpractice, however rare it may be.) Doctrinal integrity, and hence salvific effectiveness, is best served by working to end triclavianism and similar erroneous, or simply adiaphoric, doctrines."