Saturday, September 21, 2002

The Christian Science Monitor has a report on how Sierra Leone turned itself around in just two years, the only success of nation building that I have ever heard of. One section in particular was interesting:
"There were two tracks," says Ricken Patel, a political analyst at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University "The British played the more aggressive part – pressuring, coercing, and battling the rebels. The UN played its usual part of engagement." Often times the UN will go into a conflict and use only the "engagement strategy," says Mr. Patel. "If the rebels think there is no cost for defecting from a peace process, they will act accordingly," he says.
That, in a nutshell, is the problem with UN peace missions that are supposed to stop terrorism.
Two obese teenagers are suing McDonald's for their weight problem.
McDonald's executives weeped openly at the news. "Where did we go wrong? I mean, we put up the nutritional content of our food, just like the FDA said to. Why is it our fault if some fat people don't know how to read?" The teenagers were too busy gobbling down McDonald's food to answer questions for an interview.
Israel has left Arafat's headquarters in ruins
The cynic in me says "About Damn Time!"
The sweet, optimistic, voice in me agrees with the cynic.
Blogcritics has a overview of a movie that I am looking forward to very much. It's called Spirited Away. It's an animated movie from Japan from the same guy who made Princess Mononoke, which is a animated movie in the style of Akira Kurosawa, one of my favorite directors of all time. I can't wait until the movie comes to Denver.
Neo-Nazi's in Germany have started praising Germany's position on Iraq and the U.S. Dubious company for the anti-war crowd at best.
Jesse Helms suggested moving U.S. forces out of Germany in response to the way Germany has been acting towards the U.S. recently.
FEC Issues Record Fines In Democrats' Scandals
The Federal Election Commission disclosed yesterday it has imposed a record-setting $719,000 in fines against participants in the 1996 Democratic Party fundraising scandals involving contributions from China, Korea and other foreign sources.
I know a lot of people have been hammering Bush on accepting Enron money. But as you can see here, Clinton and the Democrats did things that were a lot worse. At least Bush didn't take money from Chinese nationals.
UPDATE: Clinton-Gore also accepted money from Saudi Arabia, which stinks to high heaven.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Here is a column in the Telegraph about Saddam Hussein, written by an exiled Iraqi writer. In it, the writer describes the various psycotic acts that Hussein has commited.
One gem:
When an Iraqi airplane was hijacked in 1986, instead of trying to sort out the problem by peaceful means, he ordered the plane to be destroyed, killing the innocent passengers as well as the hijackers, of course. When Iran occupied Iraqi territory at the tip of the Gulf and took Iraqi soldiers as prisoners of war, he ordered the army to use chemical weapons, killing thousands of Iraqi and Iranian soldiers indiscriminately.
Read it the whole thing to understand why it is foolish to try and "deter" Sadaam.
Link via Damian.
A German minister calls the "Jewish lobby" "powerful — perhaps overly powerful" .
France has released a Nazi War criminal after only 4 years of prison.
Damned Europeans. Let them all rot.
A German minister compares Bush to Hitler
Two things.
1. Germany really shouldn't be talking.
2. I hope our military leaves Germany soon. The look on their faces when their economy crashes because of it should be priceless.

UPDATE: I should have been clearer. Our military bases in Germany provide quite a bit of a market for the Germans, as military servicemen need a lot of service. (Har Har Har). Our military might be leaving Europe, as our presence there is no longer needed.
The Israelis have entered Yasser Arafat's headquarters.
Today, I have had the misfortune to come across the worst sentence ever created in the English language.
Dick Cheney is building a unilateral empire.
The words in this sentence make absolutly no sense!
Unilateral
1.Of, on, relating to, involving, or affecting only one side: “a unilateral advantage in defense” (New Republic).
2.Performed or undertaken by only one side: unilateral disarmament.
3.Obligating only one of two or more parties, nations, or persons, as a contract or an agreement.
4.Emphasizing or recognizing only one side of a subject.
5.Having only one side.
6.Tracing the lineage of one parent only: a unilateral genealogy.
7.Botany. Having leaves, flowers, or other parts on one side only.
Empire
1.
a.A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
b.The territory included in such a unit.
2.An extensive enterprise under a unified authority: a publishing empire.
3.Imperial or imperialistic sovereignty, domination, or control: “There is a growing sense that the course of empire is shifting toward the... Asians” (James Traub).
As you can see here, any writer that could even consider writing such a sentence displays so much ignorance in vocab and grammar that he or she should be promptly beaten with sticks. If any writer came to an editor with this sentence, the editor of the newspaper should fire her that instant. Yet the writer of this is a columnist for the New York Times. Shocking, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

The comments system is down again. It will hopefully be up again soon.
Update: Comments are up again
Israel is going to build a 25-mile fence around Jerusalem in order to stop suicide bombers. I am saddened by this news. The thought of a fence around a wonderful city like Jerusalem is sickening, because when a fence like that is necessary, Jerusalem has lost a little of its freedom. Don't get me wrong, I understand why it is necessary. Still, the pain is not lessened, and my heart still cries out.
I wish I could write like the Captain, because then I could write essays like this. He outlines what the U.S. is fighting for better than anybody else.
Bush is not fooled by the "capitulation" of Iraq. I'm glad to see that our president is being smart by not paying attention to the idiot Kofi Annan, who takes the word of dictators at face value.
Cuba gave the U.S. misleading information about Al Quida.
In other news, Castro is still a shmuck.
Lileks has an interview with Scott Ritter. Funny as hell.
Link originally from Tim Blair.
The Clintons are seeking reimbursement from taxpayers for their legal woes
That's adding insult to injury. This move is par for course. The Clintons never did understand the concept of individual responsibility.
Teen Anarchist sues the principal of her school
Isn't it a bit hypocritical for an anarchist to sue, considering that that her philosophy doesn't recognize our laws in the first place?

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

PETA might lose their tax-exempt status because of their financial support of some domestic terrorist groups. About high time.

Which Trainspotting Character Are You?


God damn it, why must these tests be so honest? WHY?
Despite what you may have heard, Saddam is still not being cooperative, as the Captain points out.

Monday, September 16, 2002

No new posts today, because it's Yom Kippur.