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Thursday, April 10, 2003

heh. heh heh. Where is Osama?

Jackson Jive

Michael Jackson deserves pain and punishment. Why is still allowed to "be a parent" to his children is beyond me. These are links to articles regarding the Michael Jackson saga/fiasco/story.

Michael Jackson honored as 'pop artist of the millennium'

Jackson holds child outside window for fans
Child endangerment....

Don't judge Jackson, say child experts
What do these freaking 'experts' know? They encourage this irresponsibility and excuse it. Can they attach the proper value to a child's life and safety?

Jackson calls hotel event a 'mistake'
Yippie kie aye. Can we have some consequences, please?

Curiouser and curiouser ...
Ah, the saga told in a larger scale...

It's just too much.
People always dispute the quasi-reality of Bond's invisible car with me. Here's the article already! Be invisible to pests, or freeze to 'Die Another Day'. For goodness' sake people, read Popular Science (this article isn't from Popular Science). Also, don't use an ejector seat recklessly, for various reasons.

Related:

007 reasons James Bond rules

Berry isn't bonded to any role

Bond girls are back in style at premiere
Why We Must Fight Lincoln lessons. March 11, 2003, 9:00 a.m.
by William J. Bennett
Anti-French Frustrations We’re sore — and understandably so. March 14, 2003 2:00 p.m.
by William F. Buckley Jr.
on the National Review

France made deals with the Saddam regime Iraq. Old commentary for the sake of posterity.
don't smoke. don't do drugs. the most prominent resources:

Parents. The Anti-Drug.

thetruth.com

Freevibe.com

thetruth.org: best sites for QUIT SMOKING
The Long Riders

"Meanwhile thousands of Americans ride alone on to Baghdad."

by Victor Davis Hanson on the National Review
Self-explanatory Howstuffworks How Skyscrapers Work
campustruth.org is a web-based organization devoted to truth and accuracy in the media and shedding light on falsehoods concerning Arab and middle-eastern-related topics.

Don't worry, not everyone is a villain. I intend no harm and Muslims in general are not out to hurt us and/or our way of life. That's my disclaimer. Leave me alone please.
This is something that should be basic knowledge. According to the Bible, according to doctrinal Christian belief, man is evil at his heart and center and core. Any man who believes otherwise is probably not a Christian. The verse in question is Jeremiah 17:9. For my own purposes it's in many different translations, to get a clear idea of the author's intent.

The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
Learn. Matthew 14:22-32

"You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
The lyrics to "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel.
This is something that no longer has any relevency.

"Why We Know Iraq is Lying"

This column, which "originally appeared in the New York Times on January 23, 2003", was written by Dr. Condoleezza Rice in order to persuade some why war is necessary. That war may be a done deal by now but the article is important just the same; the article is historically relevent and serves as a testament of wisdom and vigilance.
Here's a question we all want answered: Can AOL Survive? I'm sure that there are those of us whom want a particular answer over the other possibilities.
Fighting dolphins... are not just a football team. This is technically old news.U.S. Enlists Dolphins to Aid War Effort

They aren't technically warriors either, but this is still cool.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Good to know: Captured and Missing American Troops (Official List of POWs and MIAs)
Good to know: Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Official List of War Dead)
Good to know: Status of Major Al Qaeda Members
Iraqi-Americans Rejoice at Saddam Defeat
The best line: "'Don't kill them," said Hadi Al-Baghdadi, a 42-year-old Iraqi living in Dearborn, referring to Saddam and members of the ruling Baath party. 'Put them in cages in a zoo. And then we can use the admissions fees to rebuild Iraq.'"

Iraqis — With American Help — Topple Statue of Saddam in Baghdad
"It was a historic moment: the people of Iraq conveying to the world that they are finally free of the brutal dictator who has maintained a vise grip on them for nearly 30 years.
"As the 40-foot statue fell, some threw shoes and slippers at it -- a gross insult in the Arab world.
"A group of Iraqi men later dragged the head of the statue down the street, taking turns riding on the gigantic head as others slapped it with their shoes."

Keep going!

As I expected, Saddam's head is now gone.... off of ebay, that is.
Steal from Michael Hutchison! Do it without fear. He's unarmed; what's he going to do about it?
Guess what's on Ebay?!? Now it's your opportunity to own Saddam's head!

Yeah, the one from the very statue this morning.

stolen from Wiisty's post
Honestly, this is it! The payoff begins now. Marines Help Topple Statue; Residents Loot Baghdad

The Iraqi people, free from tyranny are expressing their own dissatisfaction and reclaiming their own lives. We pulled down the statues and people around Baghdad are defacing Saddam's image without fear of retribution. As I'm sure that some Iraqis oppose Saddam only out of fear of the United States forces, I'm sure that even more of them are doing so despite the possiblity of violent Saddam loyalists, who have acted violently against them. There also those who support our continued presence but with future limitations. It is Iraq, after all, not one of our territories.

taken from Dixonverse message board

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Guns, controls, victims, and prison sentences... some social injustice overseas

I found two articles from Front Page Magazine regarding gun control, police procedure, and some misprioritizing in the British legal system. Both articles were published in January. One, British Man Denied Parole, Ruled "A Threat to Burglars", chronicles how a man defended his person and his home from burglars and was punished for it and the other, When Governments Ban Guns, is a general description of the status of gun control in Great Britain and the consequences from such a system. Basically a place where it is against the law to have guns is also a place where the lawless have guns and use them.
I'd like to emphasize that the British police are unwilling to investigate threats to property or burglary in general and that a man's own ability to defend himself is limited by his own laws in that bloody country overseas. And their cops are paid more than ours while protecting less.
Somehow having universal healthcare doesn't sound like it's worth it.

Thanks to Michael Hutchison of Monitor Duty for supplying this story.

Monday, April 07, 2003

U.S. surrounds key buildings in Baghdad

This quote says it all: "U.S. forces barreled into the heart of Baghdad with a dramatic show of force Monday and met pockets of fierce resistance." Well, it almost says it all. But this does count as progress; we're close to utter victory. Unfortunately we still take casualties and Saddam has yet to be found either alive or dead. There are several bits of good news. "British officials said troops found a body in southern Iraq that they believed was the notorious Iraqi general known as 'Chemical Ali.'" His death has yet to actually be confirmed according to British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon, although there is strong evidence. "Al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam, gained the nickname 'Chemical Ali' for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds in 1988... His death should show the people of southern Iraq 'that the regime is finished,' said Group Capt. Al Lockwood, spokesman for British forces."
Another highly amusing bit of information, somewhat ironically: the remains of the Iraqi old establishment are in denial. "Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, standing on the roof of Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, denied his city had been invaded. Sirens could be heard as he spoke and clouds of dust blew past - remnants of a sandstorm and smoke from oil fires set by the Iraqis to obscure targets.
"'They are sick in their minds. They say they brought 65 tanks into center of city. I say to you this talk is not true,' al-Sahhaf said. 'There is no presence of American infidels in the city of Baghdad, at all.'" Riiiight.

Unfortunately it's not close to over.
U.S. Finds Possible Chemical Weapons Site
We are taking further steps to remove an Iraqi threat and we've reached some satisfaction. Suspected material was discovered "in a compound near the Iraqi city of Hindiyah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad." Scientists and experts are testing samples to be certain. I'm pleased about this. "Finding and eliminating Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons is a goal of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and finding such weapons of mass destruction could mute international criticism of the war."

Hear that? Shut up, peaceniks.