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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

making the archives work and other toys

Approximately two days ago I finally found the exact code to make the archives in the left vertical-bar working. Today I cracked permalinks but I am not going to start using them yet.

I'm behind in school, can you tell?

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Aside from a few future additions such as links to fascinating articles, this weblog is on temporary sabbatical for the indefinite future, awaiting redesign.

Monday, October 27, 2003

I'm never sure of this site

Cost of War claims that it's counting how much the American government and by extension the American people are spending on the situation in Iraq.

I don't trust it. One feature of partisanship is that I don't automatically trust someone whose motivation is an opposite ideology.

Friday, October 17, 2003

Sen. Kerry Learns of Jewish Ancestry

Joseph Lieberman cannot lay claim that he alone is Jewish.

Why he ever would is still make me question.

The article is dated February 03, 2003.

a dated commentary re: US actions versus UN approval by James Lileks

An article dated January 30th, 2003 calledThe US can go to war whenever it likes for its own reasons, and all the UN can do is pass more worthless paper, written by James Lileks, discusses how much UN approval of any our actions is worth. What's their word against ours?

Is Clinton just being an ass?

In WorldNetDaily: Clinton: I warned Bush about bin Laden threat, 42nd American President Bill Clinton claims to have warned President #43 how great a threat Osama Bin Laden is. I still ask why Clinton didn't take care of this "great" threat. Actually I just claim that Clinton screwed up because he didn't take care of that living problem.
While he may have warned his successor, various reports suggest Clinton dropped the ball, himself.
bin Laden's group did attack American installations before and the Clinton Administration's responses weren't adequate to prevent the tragedies that occurred in the current Bush Administration.

WorldNetDaily: With half his brain tied behind his back

Ann Coulter burns the notion that Rush Limbaugh is a hypocrite and burns Evan Thomas as well. My favorite line:
Thomas also made the astute observation that "Rush Limbaugh has always had far more followers than friends." Needless to say, this floored those of us who were shocked to discover that Rush does not have 20 million friends.
I read many columns, but I am not Rush Limbaugh's friend. If he came over for a drink, we'd be acquaintances.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Americans killed in Gaza, does anyone care?

Kathryn Jean Lopez covered this and Jonah Goldberg commented on it. Why is it that in articles like this (Four dead as Gaza blast hits U.S. convoy
) there's nary a spin that these were Americans killed. As Goldberg finished off, "Kill one of us and you invite the whirlwind, is my philosophy."

no one talked about his book

OpinionJournal - Extra "Unfit to Print? - Why are journalists afraid to debate the excesses of diversity? "

William McGowan discusses his book Coloring the News and focuses on the enforcement of "diversity" as a feature of the establishment the media's vehement defense of the topic.

Friday, October 10, 2003

some inherent and usually overlooked moral implications of Star Wars

I love this article, "Star Wars" despots vs. "Star Trek" populists and there are a few spots that touch me the most.

on page 3:

There are the horrors involved in truly thinking about Star Wars. The various implications regarding Darth Vader are some of the scariest. We take a lot of it as is because it is "great drama" but if we truly thought about it would we think the same way?
--few protest the apotheosis of Darth Vader -- nee Anakin Skywalker -- in "Return of the Jedi."

To put it in perspective, let's imagine that the United States and its allies managed to capture Adolf Hitler at the end of the Second World War, putting him on trial for war crimes. The prosecution spends months listing all the horrors done at his behest. Then it is the turn of Hitler's defense attorney, who rises and utters just one sentence:

"But, your honors ... Adolf did save the life of his own son!"

Gasp! The prosecutors blanch in chagrin. "We didn't know that! Of course all charges should be dismissed at once!"

The allies then throw a big parade for Hitler, down the avenues of Nuremberg.

It may sound silly, but that's exactly the lesson taught by "Return of the Jedi," wherein Darth Vader is forgiven all his sins, because he saved the life of his own son.


This is ridiculous, but this is what we do. In the final frames, in the final scene we see Anakin Skywalker, cleansed and forgiven, standing beside both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, all angels already proven in our state of mind.

Worse, we know, especially if we were truly paying attention that Darth Vader is some sort of Hitler-figure. Indeed, he's much worse.
How many of us have argued late at night over the philosophical conundrum -- "Would you go back in time and kill Hitler as a boy, if given a chance?" It's a genuine moral puzzler, with many possible ethical answers. Still, most people, however they ultimately respond, would admit being tempted to say yes, if only to save millions of Hitler's victims.

And yet, in "The Phantom Menace," Lucas wants us to gush with warm feelings toward a cute blond little boy who will later grow up to murder the population of Earth many times over? While we're at it, why not bring out the Hitler family album, so we may croon over pictures of adorable little Adolf and marvel over his childhood exploits! He, too, was innocent till he turned to the "dark side," so by all means let us adore him.


A good deal of us are engineered to do this for the whole of the first movie in the prequel trilogy, and we're all expected to. (I didn't for I really hate the child actor stuff. I don't even like sitcoms revolving around this kind of crud). In the second movie, written and released after this article was published portrays the teenage Darth Vader as more-or-less a straight protaginist throughout most of the movie. We're meant to still feel for him throughout most of the movie. He's central on the DVD cover and a good deal of the conflict revolves around him, primarily as a hero of some sort. When and where he does have his moral pitfalls it's portrayed as teenage caveats (which makes the romance throughout the movie, and the resulting marriage seem odd and actually illogical) and not entirely symptoms of his destined immersion into the Dark Side of the Force and his descent into villainy.

We're meant to run with this guy. George Lucas wants it to be tragic, like old Greek tales. He's wrote it wrong then. It shouldn't be like Greek tales if it's supposed to end in the original trilogy. As it all works.... "The apotheosis of a mass murderer is exactly what it seems. We should find it chilling." Why are we cheering for Hitler times twelve?


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