Saturday, August 10, 2002

Please send me some email. I would appreciate it very much, especially if I have not heard from you before.
Holy stupidity Batman! The French have done it again!
French schoolchildren can be sent to prison for up to six months under a new law for insulting their teachers.
The move, approved as part of an attempt to curb juvenile offences and unruly behaviour, sparked fierce controversy yesterday. Some head teachers welcomed the law as a tool in the fight against classroom violence, but teachers’ unions denounced it as “bizarre and worrying”.
In theory the measure could apply to children as young as 13, although officials said that almost certainly it would be limited to lycéens, the equivalent of sixth-formers.
Under the legislation approved by the National Assembly, the State Prosecution Service can begin proceedings against children who “attack the dignity or respect due” to their teachers — or police and fire officers, gendarmes and railway guards. The maximum penalty is six months’ imprisonment and a fine of €7,500 (£4,700).

Friday, August 09, 2002

I'll be adding a comments feature on the site soon.
Tim Blair and Bjorn fight with each other over the Australia vs. Norway question. I'm going to have to side with Norway on this one. I don't trust any country which has the duck-billed platypus in it.
Them Scotsmen sure are insane.
Link via Protein Wisdom.
The Libertarian party gives libertarians a bad name yet again.
"Before the president risks the life of even one American soldier, he needs a reason, not an excuse," said Steve Dasbach, Libertarian Party executive director. "Unless the United States is at risk of an Iraqi military attack, Bush's proposal to invade that nation should be denounced for what it is: reckless foreign interventionism."
Ignoring the fact that it's not having WMD's in and of itself that is disturbing, it is having someone who is not entirely sane and loathes America and Israel having WMD's. Important distinction there, buckos! Saddam has a motive for actually using the things against us, while the other countries you cite don't. For an explanation of the difference, go visit Den Benste.
Eugene Volohk tells us why he is a optimistic libertarian.
Woody Harrelson is an idiot.
"I have one thing to say about the Mirror - it's amazing," he said. "The paper's stance on the war against terrorism is just right. It's so bold.
"The war against terrorism is terrorism. The whole thing is just bullsh*t. What you guys have done is very brave."

Note to Woody: When I think of the word bravery, I usually think about U.S. soldiers, firemen, and actual political dissidents who risk their lives, not assholes in England who run a paper that is practically identical to the tabloids from the U.S.

Thursday, August 08, 2002

The Palestinians are apparently planning terroist attacks that are huge in scale.

A report by Israel's National Security Council warned the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to expect "mega-terror" attacks.
Officials said the attacks are meant to target infrastructure, oil and natural gas facilities and meant to cause hundreds of casualties. They said Palestinian insurgency groups, helped by the Palestinian Authority, are designating targets throughout Israel deemed as prone to cause mass casualties and destruction.

A accused rapist was executed in the PLO's office right in front of international reporters. The accused was never tried in front of a jury.
Glen Reynolds examines crime and gun control in England, and finds that crime skyrocketed after gun control was adopted in England. He also reveals that gun control was adopted in England for purposes that were not all together kosher. Read the piece here.
Al Gore is a asshole.

Gore wanted free Springsteen tickets
Sources close to them and to Springsteen tell me Tipper tried to get free tickets to the Springsteen show for the entire Gore staff. When that didn't work, and she was told even paid admission would be hard to come by, the ex-second lady persisted.
"They wound up being offered four," says my source. "But when they were asked to pay $75 apiece, they said forget it. And you know, that's why Gore isn't president, in a nutshell."

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

This is the first time in a long time that I have heard any reports about Orthodox Jews being rowdy. Strange.
Iraq is very nervous right now.

On the streets of Baghdad, ordinary people sounded convinced war was inevitable and imminent, although there seemed little enthusiasm for a conflict.
"We are not stupid, we hear the drums of war beating in the distance," said Mohammad, a shop owner in the Iraqi capital.
"When the president of the world's only superpower says he wants to do something, he will try to do it. It doesn't mean he'll succeed but he will definitely try to do it," he said.

Archives are working again!
Archives aren't working properly. Trying to fix them as we speak.
Johan Goldberg writes a column about ideas, radicals, and conservatism. In the course of the piece, he expertly tears apart quite a number of assumtions that society tends to make. Read it now.
Lileks writes about a very disturbing website.
Photos of preparation for the U.S. attack on Iraq have been floating around the internet.
Saudi Arabai will not allow U.S. troops to use Saudi Arabia as a base for the invasion of Iraq.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Slate has a nice article about the concept of the "golem" in American literature.
Today I got a nice email from a Miss Amethyst. She runs a blog about her personal life. Her writing is quite good, so go visit her.
More evidence of life on Mars.
Thanks to Protein Wisdom for the original link.
Donald Rumsfeld says that "there is no question" about whether the PLO has been supporting terrorism. Seems to me like the writing is on the wall for the Palestinian Authority.
There are some signs that the Pentagon knows that the Saudi's are not our friends.

A briefing given last month to a top Pentagon advisory board described Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States, and recommended that U.S. officials give it an ultimatum to stop backing terrorism or face seizure of its oil fields and its financial assets invested in the United States.

"The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader," stated the explosive briefing. It was presented on July 10 to the Defense Policy Board, a group of prominent intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon on defense policy.

Monday, August 05, 2002

Lilek's writes another wonderful column, including some thoughts on the WTC reconstruction.
You will see this article get a lot of play over the next few days. I read through it, but frankly, I'm not impressed. A lot of people will try to use this article to accuse Bush of being somewhat responsible for 9/11. There is not much truth to that, as almost all of the quotes that implicated Bush were all from former Clinton officials, who are definitly not the picture of objectivity. More impressions to come.
American planes have bombed an Iraqi facility.

WASHINGTON –– Airplanes from the U.S.-British coalition patrolling southern Iraq bombed an Iraqi military facility Monday, the U.S. Central Command said.

The coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to strike an Iraqi command and control facility at about 1 a.m. EDT, a Central Command statement said.

Just thought you all might like to know.
Israel is tightening the vise in the West Bank. I'm in favor of that.

Sunday, August 04, 2002

Caution. Philosophical and personal rant coming up:
The wheel of fortune is a concept that had a great deal of influence in medieval Europe. The basic idea was that your luck ran in a cycle. If you were a king today, it would only be a matter of time before you were a peasent in the ground tommorow. This concept is made quite apparent in the book The Death of Arthur, in which King Arthur was a king one day, than food for vultures the next.
Most of the time I do not think of life in those terms. I prefer the Western idea of "free will", that is, your life is your own to make., However, the past two days have given some weight to the wheel of fortune theory. It resulted in me being in the arms of a girl(!), which was utterly unprecented, and then the next day, being in the same single status over again, utterly bemused as to how I got there again. I think my status is slightly better, but largely the same. Which is why the wheel held such particular attraction to me this day. I'm not sad, mind you, just confused about life, it's changes, and it's wonders. I am also (I hope) a bit wiser.
End rant.
The wonders of the American ass-kicking in Afghanistan:
From a medieval society, to the very first internet cafe in Kabul! Isn't that amazing? This all happened in less than a freakin' year! A year! Will wonder's never cease!
Thanks to Den Benste, I also found a great essay of what attitudes a country needs in order to make it in today's world. Go read it.
After reading an amazing essay by Den Benste, I realize that I am a , to a large extent, Jacksonian as well. I'm finally glad to have figured out where I belong politically, as libertarian was preety accurate, but not entirely me.
More attacks against innocent Israeli's have occured.