September 28, 2002

Saint Judge of the Towers?

Andrew Sullivan has a post up about Father Michael Judge, the priest and chaplain who died while ministering to the dead and wounded in the World Trade Center. I was thinking about what an amazing example of a Catholic and human being he was, and what the proper way to preserve his memory would be.

I realize now that only one thing would be fitting: he must be made a saint. Specifically, he should be made the Church’s Patron Saint of the World Trade Center. The event certainly deserves such commemoration, as does Judge himself. I don’t know how long the process of beatification takes, or exactly what is involved, but I know it could be done eventually, and it’s only fitting that the Church remember him with the same total devotion he showed on September 11th.
Department of Mixed Blessings

It looks like late-night talk shows will be exempt from the new "No Discussing Candidates During Elections" law. It's for the good of the democratic system you see.

September 27, 2002

The War That Never Was Watch

The Star was running a piece today on the latest airstrikes against Iraq. Apparently, between the US and the Brits, they’re averaging a bombing every two days, hitting some sites more then once. Of course, the world is to busy debating whether we should go to war to notice that we have gone to war, and having to do coverage of actual events would be much less interesting then abstract debates and heavy moralising about theoretical principals of conduct.

Add to this, the fact that Congress is dragging it’s heals on passing a resolution, and it’s starting to look more and more like this thing is going to be in the bag before it starts. At the office of wherever-important-papers-go, the American guy carrying the declaration of war will have to line up behind the Iraqi carrying notice of their surrender.
Cats and dogs marrying each other…

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise speak out in support of our Republican President, and the war? While in Italy and France? When did we move into Bizarro world?

September 26, 2002

The New Republic is still inexcessable, and that makes me sad. Can anyone out there mirror the Gore Speech-takedown for me?
The Tribe Has Spoken

I'm still trying to decide whether The American Candidate is the greatest refreshment of the democratic process in decades, or the first step towards universal Armageddon. Some might argue that TV networks already decide who should be President, which might be true, but at least this damn show might get people interested in the process. I figure, if the show serves to make people vote, if only to prevent it's chosen candidate from actually winning, then it's a good thing. Either way, it should be interesting.
As Promised...

Here is your free ice cream.
Daschle Dwadle Watch

The Indepundit is all over Tom Daschle, and his plans to derail operations in Iraq. Go read all his posts.
Canada not completely Irrelevant yet

We faltered at first, but Canada claims to now be onboard for the war with Iraq. I guess they're finally listening to me.
Robert Prather explains why the ACLU doesn't understand the constitution. (I know, it's hard to believe isn't it?)

Event Recap

High Schools are still run by fools:

High school bans bloggers…

…and Dreadlocks?

Protestors are becoming indistinguishable from Terrorists:

Protestors threaten to shut down nation’s capital

Al Gore’s strategy of political suicide is going exactly according to plan:

Here’s the text of his speech…

And two takedowns.

And In Other News:

American’s (and Canadians) are being saved by French troops.

Laurence Simon is almost running for President (Vote early, and vote often.)

Barbra Streisand is playing the Military Intelligence Game

The guy who makes bombs for Hamas has finally been killed

And perhaps most importantly – Sean Kirby is posting again.

September 24, 2002

Here's a link to the British Government's official assesment of Iraq's weapons capabilities, development, and possible intentions. In PDF.

No, this does not mean I am "back", it's just a sporadic post that slipped through.

September 18, 2002

We are temporarily out of free ice cream at Pundit Ex Machina, but a special present may be on it's way in the near future. We urge you not to delete us from your links just yet.-Ed.

September 14, 2002

More Voting Irregularities in Florida

Apparently, suspicion was raised when Cowboy Neal won a landslide vote for governor.

September 12, 2002

From the Onion:

"Last week, a Canadian parliamentary committee recommended that the government legalize the use of marijuana. What do you think?"

Fake Guy #6 comments:"They're legalizing pot, plus they already have free health care and almost no crime? Now, why exactly do we always make fun of them, again?"

Why Indeed. Comments are, as always, below.
Vote me off... please

Right Wing News prints some satire that is, simply, beyond biting:

Survivor: Islamic Law
Canada: A Dominion of Dissent

I hardly feel that I can add anything to the commentary on this story, now that it has made the rounds through every level of the blogosphere, as well as mainstream news, but I will try.

Essentially, a group of Palestinian students at Montréal’s Concordia University rioted last week, destroying property and clashing with police. They wanted to prevent former Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at a major assembly. One “protester” was quoted as justifying the actions, saying “there is no free speech for hate speech”. Presumably, he considers anything Netanyahu might possibly say so offensive that he has no right to be heard, and the cause of the Palestinian students so righteous, they have no responsibility to respect law when preventing such a dangerous man from poisoning them with his words.

In a controversial interview, media mogul Izzy Asper made a very astute comparison between the Palestinian student group involved, and Hitler’s “brownshirts” – youth groups in early Nazi Germany who crushed dissent by disrupting and intimidating public speeches by opponents of the party. Asper hit the nail on the head with that, and in spite of his correctness (or more likely, because of it), he was heavily criticized. Those students were downtrodden minorities, fighting to make their voices heard! Not a group of ragtag thugs combating ideas and opinions with pure dumb force. How dare Asper suggest otherwise.

On the anniversary of September 11th, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien went, of all places, to Gander, Newfoundland. Nobody died in Gander last year, there were no plane crashes or collapsed buildings in Gander. What did happen in Gander was an incidental footnote to the events of that day: thousands of American planes were diverted there, and the people of that small town were kind enough to provide accommodations to the stranded passengers. The PM went to Gander yesterday to draw attention to the roll Canada played the events of Sept. 11th, and he went there to criticize the United States. Calling the US “arrogant”, and claiming they use their power to “humiliate” the powerless nations of the world. What a way to remember all the lives lost.

What we are witnessing in Canada today is a windfall of the simmering Anti-Americanism that has plagued this country’s people for decades. It used to be that Canadians were content with lamenting the amount of American television in Canada, or mocking American’s sometimes questionable knowledge of Canadian geography, but now we have developed serious a mean-streak. Canadian Universities have become simmering pots of hatred, and enemies of the free exchange of ideas. The Prime Minister uses the anniversary of the terrorist attacks to deride and insult American policy, then patting himself on the back for playing Holiday Inn to stranded travelers a year ago.

We have heard much from writers in the United States about the supposed “death of dissent” in America. As the argument goes, the war on terrorism has made it a crime to disagree with the government today, and people are afraid to speak out against the unstoppable juggernaut of military-industrial whatever.

Notwithstanding the fact that this argument’s very ubiquity is in itself a refutation of it’s thesis – that nobody dare publicly criticize the government – the sentiment has become unavoidable here in Canada. Everyone knows that the United States an Orwellian police state. We reward mobs of student terrorists by allowing they’re violent actions to prevent world leaders from speaking– but we cast aspersions on the state of free speech in America. Rather then the much forecast death of dissent; Canada has just the opposite – a dominion of dissent. A minority of “lone voices” have been allowed to shout down the quiet but staunch support of Canadians in the war on terror. The opposing view has become the only view, promoted by a self-serving Prime Minister and chattering class of Canadians who are simultaneously bitter and aloof towards the Americans.

The war on terror has not yet come to Canadian soil, but if it does, Canadians would do well to remember who will be fighting for the freedom we now show so much contempt.
Me Fail English? That’s unpossible!

William Quick points me to an article by the LA Times which recycles a great deal of it’s content from old stories by Wired and The San Francisco Gate. As with the first two, it gleans quotes from an earlier discussion on DailyPundit, where I rant tin-foil hat style about the dangers of teaching blogging in school. Here’s my favorite part from the LA Times piece:

"Just when it was getting good," wrote a reader on the Daily
Pundit blog, "the academics show up to suck the marrow from an
infant art and bind its feet so that it limps about like some rich man's
bride from China." Added another reader in an English-challenged
entry: "Berkely J-school ... looks like the parties over."

They’re right of course – I meant to say “party’s” not “parties”, and Berkeley is spelled wrong. However, there was also a comma between Berkeley and J-School, which the author conveniently left out. In addition, the writer (Renee Tawa) mangles the word “blogosphere” by adding two hyphens to it throughout the piece. I don’t have an editor. What’s your excuse Renee?

September 11, 2002

One Last Churchill Quote - it's the big one though:

".... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
Another Perfect September Morning

No Updates today. I'm going to avoid all "Looking back" documentries on TV or the Net as well.

However, my assigned "one year later" essay can be read at A Perfect Morning, a metablog of rememberance essays:

...there was nothing quaint about the destruction of the World Trade Center, nothing heroic
about the thousands of hapless, innocent victims obliterated slowly by fire and crashing steel,
nothing triumphant about New York’s slow and painful recovery.

The site is still looking for more contributers. If you've written your own reflection (and you probably have at some point in the past year) then send it in.

That's all for today.

September 10, 2002

Orson’s Game

I was just looking through the archives of Orson Scott Card's (Of Ender's Game fame) weekly column, when I came across this piece.

Especially, Orson is talking about tolerance. He relates stories of how Mormon missionaries are the targets of shouted insults from passing cars and occasional beatings, just for going outside. “Intolerance is what caused 9/11” he says, and he’s right. “Religious fanaticism and prejudice leads to horrific things” he says, and he’s right. However, Mr. Card has also said a few other things, that don’t wash so well with that particular notion. I quote from 1990 essay in Sunstone magazine, titled (ironically enough) The Hypocrisies of Homosexuality:

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message to those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.

Orson: I’m so sorry to hear your people are insulted by passersby on the streets of the world, and sometimes physically attacked. It just breaks my heart that someone would show such intolerance to those different from them. Fucker.

ALSO: I’m in a quandary. I’ve followed the Ender’s Game series for years. The whole concept was probably what first drove me to blogging. Now there’s a new book out, and will soon be in paperback. I do want to find out what happens next, because to be honest, Card is a fantastic storyteller. However, I also despise the man. What do I do?

September 07, 2002

Daily Churchill: War In Iraq Edition

"In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies."
The War That Never Was Watch

Twelve American and British Planes, with a huge support system, attacked and destroyed Iraqi military targets two nights ago. Special Forces are poised (at least) just across the border in Jordan. Stage One is over. The war in Iraq has now gone public.

It only gets bigger from here on in.

September 04, 2002

Don't Go to Greece

Greece has unilaterally banned all forms of electronic gaming in their country, from arcade machines to Snake(TM) on your mobile phone. The move, they say, was to prevent illegal gambling machines.

Presumably, this will have the added benefit of moving children away from their "mindless" electronic games, and into healthy activities. Because god knows, nobody ever wagered on sporting events.


UPDATE: I guess this will have the effect of driving a lot of greek gamers to the net in seach of banned games. I suppose if a guy were to use the phrase "greek game warez", his hits might just increase a little bit eh? I guess we'll never know.
Regional Stability Watch

Got this one from Spoons:

Arabs Balk at Bush War Plan:
Middle Eastern leaders fear that a U.S. war on Iraq would destabilize the region.

Well I say, if that image isn't the definition of stability, I don't know what is. We certainly don't want the US doing anything rash that might disrupt the delecate balance of culture.
Help me Dr. Zaus

Via War Liberal

Life is sometimes funnier then The Simpson's makes it out to be. Does anyone remember the episode where they make a Broadway Musical of Planet of the Apes? It could never happen right? Well Tim Burton, the man who directed the recent remake of Planet of the Apes is actually, really, making a Broadway musical of Batman. I'm not making this up.

Bill Quick should find this espcially ammusing.

September 03, 2002

That Sounds about Right

What revolution are You?
Made by altern_active
Summer Job is dead, long live the school year.

This will either mean more blogging, or much, much less.

September 02, 2002

So I'm getting links coming in from this blog, which appears to be from Iran, and possibly written in Farsi. I don't read Farsi, so I can't tell what it says, what the tone of the blog is, etcetera. Can any Farsi speaking readers help me out? I'm just curious.

Also, if the blogs writer is here, and happens to speak english, drop me a line.