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Monday, June 30, 2003
 
Hollywood politics

On the news last night, there was a bit about Bush's visit to California on Friday. Based on the big-mouths in Hollywood, you'd think that everybody is bleeding heart, feeling the pain of the under-priviledged in their big, gated estates.

Not so, Dennis Miller and Kelsey Grammar. They both participated in his Los Angeles fundraiser. I had no idea about Kelsey, but now I know why I've always liked him.

Why am I always surprised (or relieved) to find out that there are actually Republicans in Hollywood?




 
A case against affirmative action

This is why I continue to go back to Vinny's blog. These thoughts aren't so insignificant.




 
Taking bets

All the champagne bottles are popping, and the media are just thrilled. There has been a cease-fire called in Israel!

Funny thing: I didn't realize that the terrorist groups were party to these suicidal road-map talks. The media reports are brilliant. They have marvelled at the Palestinian organizations' (read: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, AMB, etc.) generous surrender of their suicide belts. They have become poets in describing the huge historic step this has been, because it certainly has never happened before, right? And one journalist reminded us that we should not be comfortable yet, as the IDF still controls much of the Palestinian territories. You know, the territories that Israel captured when her loving neighbors threatened her existence? Those "Palestinian" territories are still crawling with the IDF, which, you know, might inflame the otherwise innocent Palestinians who would be studying to become doctors, but instead are learning the art of bomb-making.

So now begins a countdown. I guarantee that this worthless, meaningless hudna will not last (hell, it's already failed). Those terrorist organizations that our media love to legitimize are simply cleaning out their guns and putting their belts under the bed for now, while accumulating more ammunition and explosives materials for the imminent continuation of their Jihad. This has happenend before, and is just part and parcel of the never-ending charade of the Palestinians who want nothing less than everything. They continue to play the Americans and other westerners for fools, and the media are eating it up.

Let's not forget that, according to many, especially the bleeding hearts who think that Israel is the big bully on the playground, it's aaaaaaaall Israel's fault. Because they are the "strong" ones. Because they should be taking the punches, while trying to understand why they are being punched. Because they are but a teeeny-weeeeny percentage in terms of the size and number of their foes.... oh, wait, that's a moot point to the bleeding hearts.

Our friends at the Palestinian/Islamist terrorist mouthpiece Al-Guardian, in Jew-loathing Europe, have published yet another glowing, unbiased piece:

Israel dismisses intifada truce

This could be considered satire, only it's "real" journalism [all emphasis added]:

  • A Palestinian cabinet minister, Yasser Abed Rabbo, welcomed the ceasefire and called on the Israeli government to reciprocate by "declaring an end to all violence against Palestinians as is required in the road map". [ed: The murder of five soldiers by those Palestinian terrorists, which preceded the Israeli response on Mr. Rantisi, not to mention the numerous other attacks and murders, apparently are not forbidden by the road map. And the release of prisoners, plus the start of the settlement dismantlement, are also not part of the roadmap.]
  • Ms Rice, who is in Israel and the West Bank to force along the peace process after it stalled following a botched Israeli attempt to assassinate a Hamas leader, reiterated George Bush's demand that the Palestinian Authority use the ceasefire to disarm and dismantle "terrorist groups", as required by the road map. [ed: Point made above. The Palestinian attacks did nothing to "stall" the road map, just the Israeli response. Disarm and dismantle the terrorist groups? Who are we kidding? Mazen keeps repeating that he will NOT crack down on the terrorists. So why should they stop? He scores many political points when he leaves the crack down to the IDF.]
  • Although the truce was declared to be immediate, it was also conditional on a "total cessation of all forms of Zionist aggression", including Israeli military assassinations, closures around Palestinian cities and the siege on Mr Arafat's compound. [ed: Perhaps Israel can get back to minding her own business when all the Pal terrorists stop sending over their terrorists. Oh, wait, "Zionist aggression" is double-speak for the existence of Israel.]
  • Ms Rice met the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers at the weekend. She confronted Mr Sharon and members of his cabinet about the 200-mile "security" wall being built along the length of the West Bank. She said the US viewed the wall, which runs deep into occupied territory in places and cuts off Palestinians from their land, as "an attempt to demarcate a political border" and pre-empt a negotiated settlement on frontiers. [ed: Nice sneer quotes around security. After all, Israel has no "security" worries, and they are just building the wall 'cause they want to make the borders that much more obvious. May I ask who really said it's an "attempt to demarcate a political border"? It's hard to believe, if it was said, that it wasn't just for show. But any kind of "pressure" we apply on Israel, especially when it appears critical of Israel, is cause célèbre for the folks in the media.]
  • Mr Sharon has made a show of sending in the army to destroy a dozen or so uninhabited outposts, and to confront settlers at an inhabited settlement the day before a visit to Israeli by Colin Powell. But outposts have been going up faster than the army takes them down, with no apparent government effort to stop it. [ed: Again, Israel = instigator, Pals = victims. Sharon has "made a show"? They forgot to mention the "show" of releasing the men who have murdered numerous Israelis..... but that would be too much credit where it's due. Israel bad, Pals good. Israel's actions in accordance with the roadmap are all show, but the Palestinian actions in defiance of the roadmap are justified. Can somebody PLEASE explain???]

This is typical reporting from the media, and the Guardian is living up to its own standards. As long as the situation is reported in this manner, people will never really understand the real issues. Notice how anything that Israel does is met with cynicism. Nowhere in this article do they mention the murder of hundreds of innocent Israeli civilians, but every chance they get, they mention the "plight of the Palestinians".

There will be no peace until the PA cracks down (with a very heavy hand) on those terrorist groups, instead of just the usual "negotiation". There will be no peace as long as Arafat continues to undermine all efforts. We can hope that his time will soon be up, either by a natural death or a bullet to the head. And there will be no peace as long as the "civilized" world continues to expect Israel to negotiate with those who kill her innocent citizens, or as long as the world thinks they know what's best and continues to pressure her into doing things that we would never do. That also goes with condemning Sharon for doing exactly what we are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq right now. Hypocrisy at its worst.

Still pessimistic. The countdown begins.




 
FIVE DAYS



Friday, June 27, 2003
 
Not even trying to hide it

From Naomi Ragen:

Friends,

Israeli Amit Duvshani applied to Oxford for a doctoral position. This is the reply that he received from Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield Professor of Pathology, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,The John Radcliffe, e-mail: awilkie@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk.

I think that we should all, every one of us, send the good professor a message on his Facist tendencies and his disgusting Nazi-like tactics in dealing with Israelis (i.e. Jews, and don't we all know where you are coming from Herr Professor). My own letter to Herr Professor is below.

Naomi Ragen

Dear Amit Duvshani,

Thank you for contacting me, but I don't think this would work. I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because the (the Palestinians) wish to live in their own country.

I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only UK scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology,
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The John Radcliffe,
Headington,
Oxford OX3 9DS,
UK.

Tel (44)-1865-222619
Fax (44)-1865-222500

awilkie@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk

Dear Dr. Wilkie,

Ah the wonders of the internet. No longer can closet anti Semites ply their trade under the cover of darkness. Now the entire world knows who you are, as your disgusting bias in dealing with Amit Duvshani is now out there for all to see. The Jews have been living in the land of Israel for three thousand years. Indeed, as Disraeli pointed out, while your ancestors were still swinging from the trees, ours were priests in the Temple of Solomon.

You can accept or reject Mr. Duvshani on the basis of his academic qualifications. But to reject him on the basis of his qualifications as a human being because he served in the Israeli army and defended the Jews in their ancestral homeland shows me, an Israeli, a Jew, the author of six books, one play, and numerous articles that you Brits are still swinging from the trees in a Neanderthal morality that stinks of eras only lately ended.

For shame, Herr Professor. For shame Oxford.

Naomi Ragen




 
Welcome, Mr. President!

So honored to have our great President in our neck of the woods today. His visit has shown me that I'm not the only one on this crazy left coast who likes and respects him.




Thursday, June 26, 2003
 
C'mon! Get to it, America!

How can the United States ever achieve world domination if our birth rate keeps falling? It's a bit of a bummer that our country has a lower birth rate than most third-world countries, but that seems to be the case of most industrialized countries vs. non-industrialized countries. And it makes sense.

Some interesting points from the CDC's report:

  • The teenage birthrate has declined for the 12th straight year. Very good news, however it would be interesting to find out the abortion rate among teens to get a true picture of what's going on there.
  • Women are having kids later and later. Not good. I'm no feminist, so I hope that in the future women will decide to have kids younger again (like mid- to late-twenties, early thirties). Careers are overrated. I am more impressed with women who have raised polite, moral, well-adjusted kids than women who reach the executive level in their careers. This is my opinion. No offense, but I have no doubts that raising kids 24/7 is much more difficult than making it in the corporate world.
  • The birthrate among unmarried women is somewhere over 1/3 of total births. Hello!!! That is just incomprehensible. Again, no offense to unmarried women having kids (and many times it's some crazy situation that got them there), but does that statistic bode well for this country? It's bad enough to have so many kids with divorced parents, but this is ridiculous. Thankfully, the number has gone down a bit. For the record, I am absolutely against the idea of single women having kids where daddy was a sperm bank donor. Can you say "selfish"?
  • More than 1/4 of all births were caesarean. Yikes! What exactly does this mean? Are doctors pulling the trigger on the snip snip too quickly, or are more women just physically unable to deliver vaginally? Me thinks that many women are suckered into the snip snip when they really don't need to be. I'll get back to you on this one after I have kids of my own.

These points are obviously followed by my humble opinion. It looks like there is some good news in this report, and some not-so-great news. Let's just hope that the US is heading back towards good ol' family values, where parents actually raise the kids they have, instead of having them just to fulfill some image they find necessary to "fit in" and sending them to daycare.

A house, two cars, and 2.5 kids: the American dream.




Wednesday, June 25, 2003
 
Tour de Lance

In two sittings, I just finished Lance Armstrong's book It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. All I can say is, Wow. It's not the kind of book you read for literary fulfillment. It's just an amazing story that had me questioning why and how things happen the way they do. I believe in God, and I believe He has a plan for all of us, and we're just living it out. As human beings, we all want to know the meaning behind everything, yet many times there simply is no explanation. He can't explain why he survived, and after he was cured his doctors "came out" and told him that he was the worst case they had ever seen, that they felt that his chances of survival were somewhere less than 5%. Scary stuff that would have made the average human being curl up and give in. Not Lance, and as far as he's concerned, not anybody.

Good story, and it ended with just his first Tour victory. All the more amazing that he will race for his fifth straight Tour victory next month, and already has his sights on a record sixth.




Tuesday, June 24, 2003
 
Affirmative action

Yesterday I was listening to the usual radio news station, when they reported on the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in college admissions. As usual, they spoke with a professor from UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law (it's always somebody from either Cal or Stanford in these parts.)

I couldn't believe my ears. First of all, the Supreme Court decision has no effect here in California because we passed Proposition 209 in 1996, which bans the state and local governments' use of affirmative action in education, hiring and contracting (kind of shocking, coming from the left coast, eh?). So the law professor (or whatever he was) applauded the SC decision, but obviously felt that Prop 209 was bad for California. He actually said that they aspire to make their University the best with DIVERSITY and Prop 209 has lead to less diversity (interpretation: less diversity = worse school.)

So I have a couple of questions. First, isn't a school's worth based on its academic merits, not the color of the student body? Isn't Howard University a highly respected school because of the academics, not the fact that the University is a traditionally black University? I honestly believe that a school should not factor in race when deciding who to admit. Well, I believe that anybody who meets the standards of admission should be admitted, regardless of where they come from or what they look like. I didn't have the grades to get into Cal or Stanford, and I had to live with that and went to one of the Cal State Universities. If you don't have the grades or the SATs, then you don't get in. Simple. There are plenty of Junior Colleges where you can take a series of courses designed to qualify you for admission into UC, State or private schools, so it's not like the opportunity isn't there.

One more question: isn't affirmative action flawed in that it looks solely at race? I believe that socio-economics are more of a factor in academic achievement than skin color. One can argue that blacks or hispanics are disproportionately living within poverty, but there are plenty of whites who are, too. Do white people in the lower economic classes get any kind of preference when applying to Universities, because they had "limited" academic opportunity? Does affirmative action apply to them? Perhaps Universities should start looking at addresses and zip codes instead of skin color or ethnicity. Wouldn't that be a way to give ALL Americans an opportunity for education? Isn't affirmative action supposed to be about giving opportunity to those who otherwise wouldn't have it, solely because of the under-achievement of the schools in their communities?

Fact is, in this day and age you'd be hard-pressed to find a school that would NOT admit a student because he is not white, and if you remove the check-box ethnicity question from the application, the playing field is level. An applicant's address may provide much more insight into their education opportunity than a check-box. Besides, I know several minority students who checked "white, non hispanic" on their applications, because they wanted to get in on their academic merits, not their ethnicity. I'd probably feel the same way.




 
Fuel cell cars are coming

In typical Honda fashion, they are delivering the first EPA-approved fuel cell vehicle, the Honda FCX. Considering the questionable benefits of fuel cell engines, not to mention the exaggeration of global warming, one has to wonder if these cars will ever become mainstream. By the time they are a viable, affordable option, we'll probably be well into a global cooling period. It seems like the only good alternative to this point has been the hybrid, and auto makers should run with those by making "normal" hybrid models (e.g. the hybrid Civic). I'll stick with my 30+mpg, LEV Civic for now.




Saturday, June 21, 2003
 
Palestinian living conditions = Warsaw ghetto

A self-hating Jew, who is also a British legislator, has compared the Palestinian living conditions in Gaza to those of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. Two British lawmakers compare Gaza to Warsaw ghetto

Legislator Oona King of the governing Labor Party said Thursday that the Gaza conditions are "the same in nature but not extent" as the notorious walled ghetto in Poland's capital, where Jews were corralled and oppressed by Adolf Hitler's Nazis.

I don't recall the IDF corralling the Palestinians into their filthy territories. Last I checked, they started building the wall in the past three years, as Israel's citizens have been subjected to constant terrorist attacks.

"No government should be behaving like that — least of all a Jewish government," said King, who represents the east London district of Bethnal Green and Bow and is herself Jewish.

King, who traveled to Israel with Jenny Tonge of the Liberal Democrat party, stressed the "very, very big difference" between Gaza and the Warsaw ghetto is that "Palestinians are not being rounded up and put in gas chambers.

"What makes it similar is what happened to the Jewish people in that time which was the seizing of land, being forced from property, torture and bureaucracy — control used in a demeaning way over the smallest task," she told a news conference.

"On top of that building a wall around them, and that is precisely what the Israeli government is doing," King said. "In doing so it is building a political ghetto. I don't think it can escape that conclusion."

Tonge said Palestinians in Gaza could get in or out without scrutiny and "they can't work, they can't sell anything. There is this gradual squeeze."

"I feel it was an apartheid system and it is certainly getting worse — the area where the Palestinians live is getting smaller," she said.

A couple of thoughts:

~ Thank goodness she astutely pointed out that the JEWS aren't rounding 'em up and throwing them into the ovens! Heaven knows everybody will draw that conclusion when you make comparisons to the Warsaw ghetto, and, if it's apartheid, Nazi Israel, everybody will believe it.

~ When a country tries in vain to stop terrorist attacks on its citizens, every method should be considered. Jews in Poland were rounded up and placed behind the wall because they were Jewish. Israel is building the wall in yet another attempt to keep out terrorists. Yet somehow, Israel's attempts to protect herself from terrorists are always worse (humiliating! demeaning! apartheid!) than the terrorist strikes themselves. Just as Jenin was a "massacre", and the Passover terrorist attack that prompted it was a quickly forgotten "militant" attack, Israeli blood just doesn't deserve the same kind of outrage or attention as Palestinian blood. Israel actions = BAD! Palestinian actions = "well, uh, er, can you BLAME them?"

~ Palestinians can't get in or out without scrutiny because THEIR FELLOW "COUNTRYMEN" ARE KILLING ISRAELIS. They've been using the open borders against Israel ad nauseum, so Israel had to seal them up. That's the nature of the beast. Don't blame Israel for its attempts to protect its citizenry, blame those who forced Israel to clamp down on its borders. The "squeeze" didn't exist a mere three years ago.

~ Final thought. This comparison to the Warsaw ghetto is very typical of those who don't like Israel and sympathize with the folks who bring war upon themselves. Turning the group that was victim to Hitler's atrocities into the group that is now inflicting the atrocities has been a debating point of the Israel-loathers since the birth of Israel, especially since the Six Day War. (How astonishing that a Jewish government would behave this way!) Taking the facts into consideration (I know, facts phooey), it's like comparing apples to oranges. The Jews of Warsaw were not engaged in "armed struggle" (two can play this game) against Hitler's government. Quite the contrary-- they were law-abiding, contributing members of Polish and German society who were rounded up solely for the star on their arm band.

Some things will never change.




 
Taking care of business

The IDF have killed a Hamas terrorist leader, Abdullah Kawasme, who allegedly planned the terrorist bombing of a bus that killed 16 innocent civilians in Jerusalem last week. Of course, in the tradition of our media here, Reuters refers to him as a "militant", Hamas as a "militant group".

Good riddance.

In other news, as Israel continues to do its part in the so-called "Road Map" (-- To Hell) by dismantling more settlements, another Israeli was killed, three injured, in the West Bank yesterday, for the high crime of being a Jew and driving in a Palestinian area. The "militant group" Hamas sent their well-wishes soon after. In living up to their obligations set forth in the RMTH, Palestinians have made the following good-faith efforts to promote peace in the area: left two bomb-laden bicycles at Israeli checkpoints, fired mortars into a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, killed a grocery store owner, fired a rocket into Israel, and killed a 7-year old girl who was traveling in a car with her family. Abu Mazen is cracking down on the rogue "militant groups" by offering them positions in the Palestinian government. Yeah, I can see exactly where this roadmap is leading.




 
Happy Summer

Don't forget to wear sunscreen.




 
IsraTex

Cait and I have talked about how it would be great if Israel was located among friendlier neighbors who support her, such as the good ol' US of A. We could leave the Islamist thuggeries to destroy each other while we hit the dance clubs and cafes in peace with our new Israeli friends. Alas, it isn't to be. But Cait (who lives in Texas) says that Israel would be welcome in her part of Texas, and has created a flag for "IsraTex". As lovely as it would be to bring Israel to our friendly shores, I say send some gun-totin' Texans to Israel to take care of bid'ness alongside them. ~sigh~




Friday, June 20, 2003
 
Simple concept

What's bad for customers is bad for shareholders.




Wednesday, June 18, 2003
 
Sh*t on South Park

Last night we came happened upon South Park on TV. On the bottom left hand side of the screen was a meter which was counting the number of times the word "sh*t" was spoken. It landed somewhere over 160. We were totally drawn in because of our total confusion. Since when is it okay to say "sh*t" on TV? I must have been sleeping, 'cause I thought it was still on the BAD list. I'm actually surprised that the words "ass" and "bitch" are kosher for TV and radio, but I'm a prude like that.

This episode may have been a repeat, but I was totally shocked. We don't have HBO, Showtime, etc. This was regular cable tv. Very odd.




Wednesday, June 11, 2003
 
Worth repeating
"This is consecrated land, our land of ours, now and forever, from the cradle to the grave... we with the help of God will meet next time in Jerusalem, because we are fighting in order to bring the victory to our prophets, every baby, every child, every man, every women, and every older person, and all the youngsters, we will sacrifice ourselves for our holy places, and we will establish the guard on them, and are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for every martyr of theirs in this campaign, because this is our holy land. We will continue to fight on this blessed land, and I call to you, remain steadfast, no one will succeed in dividing us, to remove us from this holy land."

- Yasser Arafat, December 18, 2001, in a speech in Ramallah, two days after his "historical" speech, in which he called--in Arabic (under European pressure)--for an end to suicide bombings and for a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.... We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

- Golda Meir

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, do you accept the idea of “hudna” – a sort of a cease-fire between the Palestinian terror organizations, or do you support what Prime Minister Sharon is demanding from the Palestinians: a total disarming and dismantling of these terror organizations?

SECRETARY POWELL: I support the end of terror, and we must not allow organizations that have conducted terrorist activities to continue to either conduct those activities or have the potential to conduct those activities. And so one of the great challenges that is before Prime Minister Abbas is how to deal with organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad to make sure that they do not continue to constitute a threat to the safety of the people of Israel. A cease-fire that does not deal with the fundamental issue of an armed group is not a complete solution, and so I’m sure we’ll have conversations about this tomorrow, with both Prime Ministers in the course of the day’s proceedings. [emphasis added]




 
Road map?

Abu Mazen is "negotiating" a "truce" with this murderous swine:

Rantisi: We will drive all Jews out of Palestine

Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi vowed from his hospital bed Tuesday that Israel and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would never be safe, following the attempt to assassinate him.

"This pig Sharon will not enjoy security [because] Palestine is a land of jihad," Rantisi said in an interview with al-Jazeera TV shortly after he underwent surgery at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital.

"The gun will reach every inch of Palestine if they [Israelis] don't stop targeting Palestinian children, women, and old people, destroying homes, blockading and detaining people," Rantisi said.

Rantisi said earlier he had jumped out of the car after the first missile strike. He said he was wounded in the leg and chest. "By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews'," Rantisi added.

"You will have no security except outside the homeland [Palestine]," Rantisi said, addressing the Israelis.

"We will defend this homeland with all the strength we have. We have Allah on our side, and we have the sons of the Arab and Islamic nation on our side," he said.

"I say this without having yet woken up from the anesthesia," Rantisi added. Asked how he felt, Rantisi said: "I am all right, thanks to Allah. I have been deprived of martyrdom. May Allah grant me martyrdom."

A Hamas statement said that the attack was an Israeli "declaration of war," and that all cease-fire talks with the Palestinian Authority were off.

Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin said Israeli civilians would be targeted in revenge attacks. "Israel is targeting Palestinian civilians, so Israeli civilians should be targeted. From now on all Israeli people are targets," Yassin said after visiting Rantisi in hospital. "We got Israel's message. They should now expect the answer."

Another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, said, "Israel should expect that this crime will not pass without severe punishment." [emphasis added]

Okay, let me get this straight. "Palestine" to these swine means all of Israel, from the river Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea. Let's make that very clear. Rantisi considers himself a "civilian". That's amusing. He's a "civilian" like Saddam was a "civilian". These guys consider the attempt on Rantisi a declaration of war? So then what the hell was the murder of five IDF soldiers, huh?! You know, the Palestinian terrorist who entered the compound dressed as an Israeli soldier and killed five of them just as Israel was beginning to dismantle settlements. The five soldiers who were murdered after Israel released known Palestinian terrorists who had Israeli blood on their hands.

So while Israel engages in these activities which are clearly not in her best interests, for the sake of the "road map", Palestinians continue to kill Israelis. Mazen refuses to crack down on Hamas (clearly he could easily arrest Rantisi), so that leaves Israel to do their dirty work.

Oh, but I forgot: Israel is supposed to take it in the chin over and over again, for the sake of "peace", and if they (heaven forbid) respond to violence against their people, Israel is the one derailing the "peace" process.

Okay, I got it now.




 
1000 words

AFP/Gali Tibbon         AP Photo/ Enric Marti

AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito         AFP/Orel Cohen




Tuesday, June 10, 2003
 
Rap this

U.S. Raps Israel for Attack Threatening Peace Plan

So where was the "rap" when Palestinian terrorists, dressed as IDF soldiers, killed five IDF soldiers? Where is the "rap" for Abbas sitting on his laurels doing exactly NOTHING while Israel releases Jew-killers and takes down settlements? Why the "rap" for targeting the heads of known terrorist organizations, while we call for the heads of al Qaeda and Iraq, DEAD OR ALIVE?

Can the US be any more hypocritical than we are being right now? Hey Israel, release the terrorists you have locked up, but never mind that we will never do the same. Hey Israel, negotiate with known terrorists, but hope you don't notice we refuse to do the same. Hey Israel, don't target terrorist leaders for assassination, but watch us while we drop bunker-busting bombs where Saddam *might* be. I fully support the methods we have used to deal with terrorists, and I expect that we would support another nation to handle terrorists with an iron fist also.

The hypocrisy of my country at this moment is astounding. Bush needs to stop consulting with Powell on this one, and bring in Rummy. I'm disgusted.




 
Smells Like Teen Spirit

I still remember where I was and what I was doing (homework on my bed in college) the first time I heard that song-- I had to know who it was right then. Can't think of any other song where I remember the first time hearing it. In my little world, I have to agree with VH1 on #1, but I have to wonder about "I Will Always Love You" and "Like a Virgin" being in the top ten.

100 greatest songs from the past 25 years

The top 10:

  1. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  3. Guns N’ Roses - Sweet Child O’ Mine
  4. Eminem - Lose Yourself
  5. U2 - One
  6. Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
  7. Prince & The Revolution - When Doves Cry
  8. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
  9. The Police - Every Breath You Take
  10. Madonna - Like A Virgin



Friday, June 06, 2003
 
Spoiled rich men

People who know me know that I am a big fan of Oracle and its playboy CEO (not). After four years at a rival database company, I have been effectively brainwashed, though I truly believe that Oracle has an inferior product to that of my former company, which has since been purchased by a software Goliath. I also happen to like PeopleSoft, because they were started in my home town and have managed to succeed in a highly cutthroat industry. So the news that Oracle has made a bid for a hostile takeover of PeopleSoft is beyond interesting; it's a story with several sub-stories. The best part of this news are the lines coming from PeopleSoft's CEO, Craig Conway, who spent several years working for Larry Ellison at Oracle. You can see the love between the two based on Conway's remarks, which have been hilariously in-your-face:

PeopleSoft CEO Comments On Oracle Offer

PeopleSoft President and CEO Craig Conway commented on Oracle's cash tender offer calling it "atrociously bad behavior from a company with a history of atrociously bad behavior. Obviously it is a transparent attempt to disrupt the acquisition of J.D. Edwards by PeopleSoft announced earlier this week," said Conway.

I'll second the "atrociously bad behavior" comment.

Oracle Bid for PeopleSoft Ups CEO Rivalry

"It was like Larry was driving by, spotted a really nice wedding in progress and crashed it with a shotgun and said, 'This bride's going to marry me' at the end of a barrel. It's a pathetic tactic even by Oracle standards," Conway, chief executive and president of PeopleSoft, told Reuters in an interview.

I'll be watching this closely as it unfolds. Amusing.




 
Welcome to America

People who were born and raised in this great country should know better than to think that their religious pseudo-laws trump our nation's laws.

Judge: Woman Can't Wear Veil in ID Photo

After hearing three days of testimony last week, Circuit Judge Janet C. Thorpe ruled that Sultaana Freeman's right to free exercise of religion would not be infringed by having to show her face on her license.

Thorpe said the state "has a compelling interest in protecting the public from criminal activities and security threats," and "having access to photo image identification is essential to promote that interest."

. . .

Freeman, a convert to Islam previously known as Sandra Kellar, started wearing a veil in 1997. She had a mug shot taken without the veil after her arrest in Illinois in 1998 on a domestic battery charge involving one of twin 3-year-old sisters who were in her foster care.

Child welfare workers told investigators that Freeman and her husband had used their concerns about religious modesty to hinder them from looking for bruises on the girls, according to the police records. The girls were removed from the home. [emphasis added]

Thank you, Judge Thorpe, for helping the state in their duty to protect us from criminals. After all, Ms. Freeman isn't exactly a beacon of innocence, now is she? Especially considering how she has used her cries for "religious freedom" before.

When people fight like this about keeping their identity hidden, there is more to it than just religion. There is usually an ulterior motive.

On a side note: she claims that she needs to drive to care for her two children. I have to wonder why somebody who is obviously an unfit parent has two children. One has to assume that they are her biological children, as leaving foster kids in her care would be crazy. But that would also be par for the course when it comes to child welfare in the state of Florida.




Thursday, June 05, 2003
 
Militant or terrorist?
Militant
Main Entry: mil·i·tant
Pronunciation: -t&nt
Function: adjective
Date: 15th century
1 : engaged in warfare or combat : FIGHTING
2 : aggressively active (as in a cause) : COMBATIVE ‹militant conservationists› ‹a militant attitude›
synonym see AGGRESSIVE
Terrorist [brought up 'terrorism']
Main Entry: ter·ror·ism
Pronunciation: 'ter-&r-"i-z&m
Function: noun
Date: 1795
: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
- ter·ror·ist /-&r-ist/ adjective or noun
- ter·ror·is·tic /"ter-&r-'is-tik/ adjective
[emphasis added]

What is "terror"?

Terror
Main Entry: ter·ror
Pronunciation: 'ter-&r
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrEre to frighten; akin to Greek trein to be afraid, flee, tremein to tremble -- more at TREMBLE
Date: 14th century
1 : a state of intense fear
2 a : one that inspires fear : SCOURGE b : a frightening aspect c : a cause of anxiety : WORRY d : an appalling person or thing; especially : BRAT
3 : REIGN OF TERROR
4 : violence (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands
synonym see FEAR
[emphasis added]

Just wanted to clear up any confusion, and to point out that the media are incorrectly using the term "militant" where they should be using "terrorist".

[definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster online]




Tuesday, June 03, 2003
 
Suicide

All I've been reading for the past couple of days is "Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners" and "Sharon to Pledge to Scrap Some Settlements." So while Israel is committing suicide, what have the Palestinians done? Where are the arrests of terrorists in the territories? Have they released the prisoners who have been declared "collaborators" for assisting the Israelis in finding terrorists? These prisoners are tortured and held indefinitely without so much as a trial, and when they do get a "trial", it's usually a half hour sham. This is if they are not killed and then hung for dismemberment in their town squares.

This road map is sickening. I just can't believe what we are demanding of Israel. They are pressured to make concessions that we in the US would never even consider. Can you imagine the US releasing all the detainees at Gitmo as a "goodwill gesture", especially if they were terrorists who had resided at our border with Canada or Mexico? It's ludicrous.

And I ask again: what have the Palestinians done, while the Israelis have been pressured into accomodating these touching scenes:

Released prisoner Tayseer Khaled kisses the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at Arafat's office in the West Bank town of Ramallah Monday June 2, 2003. Khaled, a member of the PLO executive, was freed from an Israeli lockup in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)



 
Well, whoop-de-do!

Arab Leaders Back Mideast Peace Road Map

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - Arab leaders, meeting with President Bush as he plunged into the labyrinth of Mideast peace talks, pledged on Tuesday to fight terror and violence and called on Israel to "rebuild trust and restore normal Palestinian life."

"We will continue to fight the scourge of terrorism against humanity and reject the culture of extremism and violence in any form or shape — from whatever source or place, regardless of justifications or motives," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said, reading a statement on behalf of the leaders of Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia — all U.S. allies — and the Palestinian Authority.

"We will use all the power of the law to prevent support reaching illegal organizations including terrorist groups," Mubarak said. [emphasis mine]

This is comical. They will continue to fight terrorism? When did they start? As far as restoring Palestinian life, they need not look any further than that compound in Ramallah to accomplish that. It's not up to the Israelis. Israel will live out her responsibilities when her citizens are no longer threatened. A government's first responsibility is the security of its citizens.

The miserable Arab life that is prevalent throughout the Middle East is the responsibility of the terrorists with whom Bush is sharing a meeting room right now. Watching him shake their hands wrenches my stomach. These are the people who incite hatred towards all things non-Muslim in their mosques, on state-run television, and by firmly planting their boots on their citizens' necks. The problem in the Middle East is currently exchanging pleasantries and empty promises in Sharm el Sheik. I could care less that they "accept" the road map to hell, because when it fails, they will point their fingers at Israel. This story has been written before.




 
I hate my neighbors!!!

... and I haven't even met them.

/vent




Monday, June 02, 2003
 
Amber Alert

Just heard this Amber Alert (California) on the radio:

Amber Alert
Issued Monday June 2.

Annabelle Clark (no photo available)

5 yrs, white female, 3 ft, 40 lbs

Was abducted from her home at 4107 Chestnut St. in Riverside California between 1 and 8:30 AM on Monday June 2nd.

She has light brown mid-back length hair, hazel eyes and a small scar above the right eyebrow. She is possibly wearing pink pj shirt with Scooby Doo on the front.

Police are looking for Charles William Mix 45, 6\' 03" 350 lbs. white male with long gray shoulder length hair, black and gray beard.

Suspect vehicle has CA plate 5f56303 and is a white 1968 GMC panel van no windows except in the rear, 1 rear window is smashed or damaged, in poor condition, rear end is partially raised.

Anyone with information is asked to call Riverside PD at 909-320-8021 or dial 911.

Update: Annabelle was found Monday afternoon in Utah with her abductor. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending.