Thursday, November 29, 2007
HAWIJA, Iraq - Nearly 6,000 Sunni Arab residents joined a security pact with American forces Wednesday in what U.S. officers described as a critical step in plugging the remaining escape routes for extremists flushed from former strongholds.
The new alliance — called the single largest volunteer mobilization since the war began — covers the "last gateway" for groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq seeking new havens in northern Iraq, U.S. military officials said.
U.S. commanders have tried to build a ring around insurgents who fled military offensives launched earlier this year in the western Anbar province and later into Baghdad and surrounding areas. In many places, the U.S.-led battles were given key help from tribal militias — mainly Sunnis — that had turned against al-Qaida and other groups.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
...U.S. energy policy for the last three decades has been a scandal. The time has come for change. To liberate ourselves from the threat of foreign economic domination, to destroy the economic power of the terrorists’ financiers, and to give ourselves the free hand necessary to deal forcefully with them, we must devalue their resources and increase the value of our own. We can do this by taking the world off the petroleum standard and putting it on an alcohol standard...It's a fairly long article but well worth your time.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-men’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn by the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.”
- We're Polite So You Don't Have to Be
- Hope and Gloria and Non-Stop Paparazzi Royal Coverage
- We Put The Nanny in The Nanny State
- Screw With Us and We'll Call America On You
- We'll Defend All Faiths But Our Own
- Paddy Go Home!
- Dieu et mon douleur dans la famille d'âne
- For what's His name and what's left
- Dentist Please Apply Within
- Arthur, William, Richard, Charles and Winston Spin in Their Graves
- Margaret Thatcher Last PM With The Yarbles to Govern
- We Civilized the World, Now Look at Us
- Home of Hogwarts
- Korgis - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime.
- Sarah Brightman - Captain Nemo
- Nick Gilder - Hot Child in The City
- The Bangles - A Hazy Shade of Winter
- Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
- Sheena Easton - You Could Have Been With Me
- Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations Dexter had a Marky Mark tape at the UConn Veteran Center back in 91 or 92, we defaced it by superimposing Dexter's school ID card over Marky Mark. Good times. Good times.
- New York Groove-Ace Frehley
- Bad English - When I See You Smile
- Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love
Of course there are many, many more. I think this list gives you, my gentle reader, a good idea of the aural depravities I sometimes indulge in.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.
To whit and in an effort to further make bland our world, I have taken it upon myself to re-identify some culturally insensitive icons:
This is not a Kwanzaa tableau. Note the corn, the menorah and the harvest motif. Corn is indigenous to America, the menorah is a Hebrew thing and Kwanzaa is celebrated in late December through early January, so it'd be plain ridiculous to have a harvest motif so late in the year. No, this is merely a students exercise in still life photography. I could be wrong though.
Here it is the burning cross, if you will, of the holiday season, the dreaded Christmas tree. Lowes' idea to call it a "family tree" is plainly discriminatory to those without, you know, a family. So I propose we call it "Winter Time Illuminated Fir Decoration". It's no worse than many other political correct euphemisms I can think of.
Despite the banner proclaiming "Happy Thanksgiving" I'd suggest that this is nothing more than some beloved childhood icons indulging in some plain old fashioned cannibalism. Don't knock it, their culture is every bit as valid as yours, probably much more so. Cannibalism is open to everyone, Deist, atheist, agnostic what have you. The only thing you need is a body, some fava beans and nice chiaaaanti.
Some might think this is a menorah used to celebrate an ancient Maccabean victory over the Seleucids. With all that's still going on in that region, do we still need to remember every single year who our friends and enemies are and were? No. This is the 21st century and we all need to reduce, recycle and reuse. This is nothing more than a seven holder candelabra to keep away the darkness during the bleak winter months.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
If you have any interest in wolves, and let's face it, who doesn't? You should make it a point to watch Nature's In The Valley Of The Wolves on PBS.
One of the most fascinating sequences, at least for me, was when a new pack of wolves took over the valley and began to let the other animals there know that there was a new boss in town. The first victim was a male coyote who had the temerity to try to snack at one of the wolf pack's carcass'. The old wolf pack would have just chased him off, the new wolf pack chased him down and ripped him to pieces. Don't let anyone tell you that war is a man made invention, this was the purest act of war I have ever seen. Von Clausewitz would have been proud.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.
A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from "Chosen" Company 2-12 Cavalry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.
The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. "Thank you, thank you," the people were saying. One man said, "Thank you for peace." Another man, a Muslim, said "All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother." The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers.
See also Michelle Malkin and Wretchard at The Belmont Club
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
- Barry Bonds feels picked on, poor baby. In a way he's right. Millions of people abuse all sorts of illicit substance every hour of every day and don't receive the scrutiny Bonds does. But most of them haven't broken any long standing sports records either.
- I watched a football game on Sunday. Apparently the New England Patriots are a pretty good team and they defeated the Colts, who are also supposed to be pretty good, but not as good as the Pats. Two questions, when did the Colts leave Baltimore and why do they call it football when they almost always use their hands?
- A-Rod wants to go to the Red Sox. Screw him, let him go to to the Dodgers or any other team stupid enough to pay him on his quest for individual achievement.
- Scott Kazmir of the hapless Devil Rays may be available, he'd look good in Boston grey.
- The Hollywood writers are going on strike, and still the earth revolves around the sun.
- The Blasters are great band with an even better name.
- Johan Santana might be available as well. I hear he's a pretty good pitcher.
- Who said this: I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't. BONO High Light to read.
- UCONN Football is ranked in the top twenty, who'd of thunk it?
- Nicole Atkins impressed the hell out of me on Letterman. I can't remember the last time that happened. I'd like to think she'll be the next big thing, but she's far too unique and perhaps too "real" for pop diva stardom. Give her listen by clicking on the record, top right. Dollars to doughnuts she'll be in a David Lynch film before it's all over.
- I saw Apocalypto again. What an impressive movie. I can't wait for the Broadway musical version to come out, I am so there.
- Four Days until No Country For Old Men, speaking of being so somewhere. Make sure you see it, freindo, and be sure to bring the more squeamish members of your family. I'm sure they'll thank you for it.
Friday, November 02, 2007
In one another's arms, birds in the trees-
Those dying generations - at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.
O sages standing in God's holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.
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