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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

MoveOn: Bush to Blame For 'Extreme' Hurricane Season

Other things that are George W. Bush's fault:

Friday, September 24, 2004

Parliament forbids the entry of Madonna into Egypt

Sad development for such a gifted, talented, inspirational, exquisite, beautiful, smart, comedic, nuanced, gravitational, awe-inspiring, Machiavellian, romantic, symbiotic, tasteful, restrained entertainer with much to pass on to us mere peons about how the world should properly be alligned. I weep for the people of Egypt. Weep. Due to the short-sightedness of Egypt's merciful leaders, the good people of Egypt will never know the grace of Madonna. They will never know her insightful analysis of such varied topics as hydroponic farming, or esoteric astrology. They will never learn Madonna's "12 Steps to a better You" or her latest dance craze, "The Ironic".

Unfortunately, Madonna should have known better. Her conversion to the spooky and mystical Zionist sect called Kabbalah was a clear signal to the civilized world that she hasn't yet found true enlightenment, which is unfortunate. Her latest album, "American Life" is probably the greatest singular achievement in Western Civilization next to "The Communist Manifesto" and that episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" where Mr. Carlson molests Arnold's friend, Dudley.

Despite Egypt's rejection of Madonna, I will still support her in her just fight. She is a national, neigh GLOBAL treasure. I can only hope that someday, my children's children's children will erect a new pyramid in Egypt to honor the mighty Madonna. The pyramid will be layered in platinum, and the top will be constructed of a super-diamond molded by the heat of her wisdom. The Pyramid will be so tall that one will be able to spot it from Rome. It's luminescence will cause of the great Sahara to become fertile again and feed the noble people of Africa.

By the grace of Gaia, make it so!

The Cult of Che

"The cult of Ernesto Che Guevara is an episode in the moral callousness of our time. Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution's first firing squads. He founded Cuba's "labor camp" system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che's imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for "two, three, many Vietnams," he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: "Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …"— and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale."

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi speech to Congress, 09/23/2004

from Allah Is In The House

"The big story this morning was CBS naming Republican Dick Thornburgh to the panel it's commissioned to investigate the meltdown. The New York Times says Rather isn't happy about that because, after all, how can we trust a political partisan to be fair and accurate in what he reports? And to anticipate your next question, yes, the irony of that is sufficiently enormous to rip a fucking hole in the space/time continuum."

Klingons for Kerry

Bad news for Bush. Kerry has captured the Klingon vote in Oregon.


Hope Amid the Rubble

"What we are seeing in Afghanistan is far from perfect, but it's better than so-so. Disputes that would once have been settled with the barrel of a gun are now increasingly being dealt with politically. The remnants of the Taliban are doing what they can to disrupt the coming election, but their attacks, aimed at election officials, American forces and international aid workers, are sporadic and strategically ineffective.

"If the elections are a success, it will send a powerful signal to neighboring countries like Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, none of which can claim to be representative democracies. If so, the democratic domino effect, which was one of the Bush administration's arguments for the Iraq war, may be more realistic in Central Asia than it has proved to be in the Middle East."

The doomed defeatist

"If you look at the broader picture, the Democrats made a disastrous error in the years since 9/11. One reason they’ve been in decline for a decade is that, on all kinds of matters, they’re in thrall to unrepresentative interest groups — to the radical feminist lobby on abortion, to the teachers’ unions on education, to the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton ethnic-grievancemongers on black issues. These groups effectively exercise a veto over any serious thinking on the relevant issue. Since the Afghan campaign, the party has allowed a new grouping — the Michael Moore crowd, MoveOn.org, the Hollywood Left — to swell into a veto on any serious thinking about war and national security. If you want the relationship distilled into a single image, fish out a picture of Michael Moore sitting next to Jimmy Carter in the Presidential box at the Democratic convention. A weak vacillating man at the head of a party deeply ambivalent about the war is not the kind of guy who’s going to be putting the screws on Musharraf or the Saudis."

Thursday, September 02, 2004

WHAT BOB HERBERT DIDN'T TELL YOU

"Herbert, McAuliffe, and the rest of the Democrats - the supposed "champions" of the African-American community - are manipulating the fears of black voters and playing on racial distrust and division to make sure that anything approaching a close race in Florida is contestable, and that any Bush victory is illegitimate."

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