Saturday, July 13, 2002
"No, it is the Europeans themselves who can be scary. We all remember the recent storm of suits, writs, and indictments that faced Mr. Pinochet when he ventured to England. No one wishes to defend such an unattractive character; but why were the Europeans so eager to put him on trial — when literally thousands of much worse war criminals roamed their continent? Whatever Pinochet did, it pales in contrast to the tally of corpses on the hands of eastern European and Russian commissars. Where are the European indictments to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 1956 Hungarian slaughter, or the executions in Czechoslovakia after 1968? Cannot we find a few dozen who ordered all those killings at the Berlin Wall? Ghastly things were done in Cyprus in 1974 that have never been fully investigated. Surely, Europeans should not allow some ex-Soviets to enter their airspace when such operatives helped to butcher thousands during the last five decades. Neither Mr. Ortega nor Mr. Castro has clean hands; are they indictable should they cross into Europe? If Iraqi government agents are in France or Germany, it is more likely that they are buying weapons than fending off EU writs over the gassing of thousands of Kurds. Many of the al Qaeda operatives who planned Sept. 11 organized themselves right under the noses of European policemen."
SHOULD BE PROTECTED AS "ART"
Recognition of Pro-Formalist Movement Gets WorldCom, Andersen Off Hook
Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) — In a surprise decision that exonerates dozens of major companies, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that corporate earnings statements should be protected as works of art, as they "create something from nothing." [more] (from SatireWire)
Friday, July 12, 2002
"There's something perplexing about the incessant cry for the federal government to do something about corporate wrongdoing, other than put bad guys in jail.
After all, if honest and transparent accounting is the objective, the federal government isn't the first place you would look.
The federal government has a $2 trillion budget. It routinely cannot account for billions of dollars at any given point in time
It doesn't put the money in the wrong category, as WorldCom allegedly did. It literally has no idea where the money is.
The federal government makes no current provision for the future cost of pension obligations.
And like Enron, the federal government hides substantial debt obligations in off-book affiliates."
A 12 year old girl in Colorado is on probation because of an 11 week overdue library book. It's a good thing she didn't accidentally damage the book she might be doing hard time now.
"Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me.' "
"In nearly four dozen interviews in seven major airports, opponents of the idea outnumbered supporters by a ratio of roughly 3 to 2, and expressed deep concern about the consequences of using a gun on an airplane."
Does interviewing less than 7 people per airport in 7 airports really make a scientific poll? I also like the use of the word "roughly". So how rough? 58 to 42? 55 to 45? How typical.
Thursday, July 11, 2002
""I am embarrassed and ashamed. You cannot blame (the United States and the Shah) for the failures and corruption of our country. This has all resulted in our people turning away from Islam, rising unemployment, inflation, high cost of living, a 'satanic gap' between the rich and the poor, an ailing economy, government corruption and addiction." He describes the regime as a vast mafia that responsible for "a failing foreign policy, corruption, bribery, brain drain, and the harassment and jailing of journalists and writers." These people, he said, "are riding on a stupid camel of power onto the field of politics." And worst of all, this mafia gang funds and supports vigilante forces who "continuously sharpen their dinosaur fangs of violence, with the hope of marrying their ugly, oppressive, fear-evoking bride of violence to religion.""
"A German named Einstein showed us the universe in a whole new light. An American named Edison turned it on. And putting German and American minds together is bringing a new level of quality to Chrysler ... one of the proud American brands of DaimlerChrysler."
That is in somewhat bad taste as Einstein had to flee Nazi Germany because they wanted to turn him into soap. Either that or use him as slave labor on their wonderful Mercedes. Sorry you can't try to kill a man because you don't consider him German and then claim him as your own. I'm probably being overly sensitive but who comes up with an idea for a commercial like this and doesn't realize the implications? Oh yeah, I forgot, ad agencies are full of English majors.
Oh and another reason I think ad execs are overpaid is that the best new name for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting they could come up with was "Monday". Yes you got it. Monday. Who in the heck would call their company monday? Nobody likes mondays. Not Garfield, not bank tellers, and certainly not me. The Mammas and the Pappas once wrote in a song, "Monday, Monday, can't trust that day." I heard that one alternate new name was "Verb". I can't believe people get paid to come up with these idiotic names. If they wanted something common why didn't they just pick "The" or "Is" or something. Looks like the crack problem hasn't disappeared after all. It's moved out of the inner city and into advertising agency offices.
I feel better now.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
And here is the hilarious comment by Ye Olde Blogge:
"Fuck me gently with a chainsaw. I'll walk everywhere until my feet are bloody nubs rather than put myself in the hands of this pack of cyborgs. I can't approve of drunken pilots, but I sure can understand why pilots employed by this airline might take to drink."
By the way, if you haven't checked out Ye Olde Blogge, I definitely recommend it. Not only does she make a Heathers reference in today's post but she has a Russ Meyer reference at the top of the page ("Faster, Warblogger, Kill! Kill!"). How cool is that?
Iranian opposition media report that security forces in shot and killed two activists in Tehran and injured two others during demonstrations marking the anniversary of student protests that shook Tehran in July 1999. A similar account comes from the city of Maydane, where two reportedly were shot and 12 injured. More protests are occurring in the cities of Isfahan, Sanandag, Ahvaz, Narmak, Islam-Shar and Mashhad.
Opposition sources report that the government has blocked or shut down almost all telephone lines in Iran, and that it is using volunteer Islamic militias and foreign security personnel rather than regular police forces. Neither of the opposition reports could be independently confirmed.
I can't even imagine a democratic Iran. Then again I couldn't imagine a democratic and friendly Russia either.
"That left the police with no leads. Nothing to go on. The trail's stone cold. All the FBI has is an Egyptian male, who'd complained to his apartment managers after his neighbours post-9/11 began displaying the American flag; who'd posted a banner saying "READ KORAN" on his own front door; who told his employees that he hated Israel, that the two biggest drug dealers in New York were Israelis, and that Israel was trying to wipe out the Egyptian population by flooding the country with AIDS-infected Jewess prostitutes."
"Could even the most expert psychological profiler make sense of such confusing and contradictory signs? Beats me, Sherlock. But, as Agent Garcia says, there's no indication of "anti-Israel views or any other type of racial views." Orange County's Muslim Public Affairs Council has praised Agent Garcia for his exceptionally advanced levels of sensitivity. Any moment now, they'll be demanding to know why Governor Gray Davis has failed to visit a mosque to reassure Muslims."
Thomas Sowell comments on suspicious statistics.
Tuesday, July 09, 2002
"So now we have a new freezer. It’s smaller - 60 inches tall. Unlike the previous freezer, which was a 72 or 80 incher, I can look this one in the eye. I have since filled it with the basics of life: three frozen pizzas, irradiated hamburgers whose box boasts two gap-toothed towheads to guarantee purity, some Savory Turkey burgers from Happyvale Sunnybrook Farm (a wholly owned subsidiary of Fear-Drenched Deafening-Screams Slaughterhouse, Inc.) and a bottle of vodka. Also popsicles. Ready for the rest of summer.
None of these items will ever be eaten, of course; they’re there in case fourteen relatives show up without notice on a day when all the restaurants and supermarkets have burned down. They will remain in the freezer until the power fails, and they turn into limp gray slurry. Then I’ll use the vodka to disinfect the inside of the freezer."
Monday, July 08, 2002
Hyperbole of the week award:
"Mother Nature has been known to tremble at the sound of the president's approaching footsteps. He's an environmental disaster zone."
"Yet this novel panel of Arab intellectuals, remarkably, didn't attribute the dismal condition of Middle Eastern society to the usual causes that Western intellectuals and academics have made so popular: racism and colonialism, multinational exploitation, Western political dominance, and all the other -isms and -ologies that we've grown accustomed to hear about from the Arabists on university campuses.
Instead, the investigators cited the subjugation of women that robs Arab society of millions of brilliant minds. Political autocracy -- either in the service of or in opposition to Islamic fundamentalism -- ensures censorship, stifles creativity, or promotes corruption. Talented scientists and intellectuals are likely to emigrate and then stay put in the West, since there is neither a cultural nor an economic outlet for their talents back home, but sure danger if they prove either honest or candid. The Internet remains hardly used. Greece, a country 30 times smaller than the Arab world, translates five times the number of books yearly."
"I was sitting in a meeting this afternoon with some people I know and the fellow next to me, a few years older than me, related the story of his recent trip back to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a relatives wedding. After mentioning that a nephew came with a beautiful woman as his date, reputedly a "stripper". He a Sebastopol Liberal began to tell how shocked he was at the number of American flags he saw flying , not to mention the well maintained lawns. He particularly pointed out that he saw only one celebrate diversity bumper sticker but many Pro-choice stickers. He also put the people down because the wedding only served Reuinte wine and beer.
So in my inimitable style of getting right to the point I asked him if diversity meant that everyone had to believe his way. He looked at me like I had just lapsed into speaking Swahili. I could tell from his non response that he was not able to comprehend that people could actually have different view of life than his "correct" position.
As Coulter and Bernie Goldberg have pointed out these people do not even know that their position is actually a position and not the revealed truth.
As I read someplace on your blog -- you can't reason people out of a position that they haven't reasoned themselves into."
Sunday, July 07, 2002
"Out in Alberta at last week's G8 summit, there was a striking difference between Mr. Bush and his chums as they batted around how many gazillions of dollars to lavish on Africa: if Chrétien or Schroeder or Chirac says X billion, X billion it is; but President Bush can only give what Congress approves. Kofi Annan, having endured eight years of meaningless promises from Bill Clinton at these international gabfests, went so far as to express his impatience at the way these rip-roaring schemes by the global elite wind up getting stalled because of the votes of obscure Senators from Missouri and North Dakota. M. Chrétien is so exquisitely imperial a Prime Minister he thought nothing of tying explicitly the money earmarked for Africa to his own continuation in office, but, alas for the convenience of Secretary-General Annan, America is not a one-man state.
That's where the EU, in their haste to line up at the Eurinals and spray their contempt over Bush, are missing the point. Who is this arrogant cowboy, they sneer, to tell the Palestinians whom they can vote for. Actually, that's not what Bush said. The guys who tell people who they can vote for are the Europeans. Only a couple weeks back, Tony Blair and Gerhard Schroeder told the French to vote for Chirac. In February, the Belgian Foreign Minister threatened sanctions against Italy if they voted for Umberto Bossi's Northern League. When Austria proved less pliable and admitted duly elected members of Joerg Haider's Freedom Party to the coalition government, the EU did, indeed, impose sanctions."
Why you need to be very explicit with children: Yesterday my wife saw my youngest daughter (almost age 4) climbing on a desk chair (swivel with wheels) to get a toy from a high shelf. My wife took her down and told her that it was very dangerous to climb on the chair like that and that she should use a step stool (very stable wide bottomed) to get things from the shelves. Later in the day I found my daughter on the step stool which she had put on top of the desk chair, like some Cirque du Soleil acrobat. She said her mother told her to do it.