Archive for March, 2003
Per a discussion at Flying Dog last Thursday with some other members of staff, I’ve found the entire text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The parts I think are useless/silly are below:
Those are just a few of the bits that don’t seem to be “human rights.” Look up the rest, tell me what you think. I’d be interested to know.
Dear god, I hope you’re right, Tim. If the Halliburton thing is what it looks like, it’ll prove every goddamned one of those pansy-assed hippies right. Please, please let the conservative conspiracy be a myth…
Because We Cannot Blog Fast Enough
If you’ve been under a rock for the past 18 months, there’s a war on. And we here at the Commentator cannot blog fast enough to keep up on everything. Also, our links are not on the front page of the website. So, if you’d like some good war-related, and non-war blogs, news and other pieces of miscellany, I’ve provided some links. Also, Mr. Rorick, I think the Halliburton thing is more the appearance of impropriety than impropriety itself, but I think we can both agree that it might not have been the best of PR moves. Anyway, to the links:
Halliburton got the Iraqi oil contract! Pete, Olly: I fucking told you. Dirty, dirty, dirty…
The brilliance of Tim.
I got this from Sullivan: “You’re late. What took you so long? God help you become victorious… I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave.” – the words of a liberated Iraqi, reported by the Guardian..
Update Redux: This is from UPI: “A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip ‘had shocked me back to reality.’ Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera ‘told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn’t start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam’s bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head.'”
Update The Third: Then there’s this from the Jerusalem Post. It seems we’ve captured a chemical plant that Saddam didn’t have.
Update IV: Also, this account of a human shield who has seen the light.
Those Wacky Protesters
I’m all for using their right to freedom of expression to protest the war in Iraq; however, I’m not much for blocking traffic and assaulting police officers. When situations like these arise, I think the police are justified in using super-sized canisters of pepper spray to control crowds. Go to kgw.com for good video footage of the protests in Portland.
An Oregon Bapitist minister who has protested against abortion points out that stalling rush hour traffic and smashing windows are examples of how not to protest. Sure it’ll bring attention to your cause, but I’m fairly confident it won’t get you any sane supporters.
The “Peace” Movement’s Worst Nightmare
I’m glad to see this happening, the Iraqi people will suffer no longer at the hands of a muderous tyrant. It should’ve happened 12 years ago, but better now than never. Here’s hoping the war ends quickly so that the Iraqis can start rebuilding their lives.
Today We Settle All Family Business …
This president reminds me of MIchael Corleone at the end of the first Godfather. Not only has Shock and Awe begun with a thunder, but NBC has reported explosions in Halabja, which is near the Iran/Iraq border and is known to be a major stronghold for al Qaeda-linked terrorists. It seems we’re unleashing all the dogs of war at once, as we’ve also been hitting al Qaeda in Pakistan the last couple of days. You gotta love how this president’s team works, since they seem to take a very broad view of what’s going on and take advantage of every opportunity possible. The notion to name Shock and Awe ahead of time for the media to vomit back ad nauseum and then negotiate for surrender talks is just a complete media success.
Nutty Professions Of “Peace”
Jerry Lewis has finally entered the France/Iraq diplomatic quagmire. It seems a L.A. based radio DJ called Chirac, impersonating France’s favorite celebright, and actually had a five minute conversation with Chirac. And now, Jerry Lewis is threatening legal action against the DJ. I guess that makes him an unofficial French diplomat. Chirac, during the phone call: ”I recognize your voice, no doubt about that”
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Cronkite and Carter
Cronkite likes Jimmy Carter the most. THis article made me depressed. Very depressed.
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