Wednesday, February 25, 2004
  Heart snatcher
I wanted my three readers to meet the newest addition to the family and a big reason I haven't been posting much lately. His name is Marleau, and he is the best doggie ever (no bias here!):

We adopted him from German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, a group that does awesome work saving a lot of great dogs. His savior, Susan, kept her eye on him at the pound until his kill date, as she was certain he would be claimed. She seems to think that somebody paid a lot of money for him at a breeder. He has a solid temperament, and great physical form. An added bonus: he's cute as hell and only about a year old. We had him micro-chipped on his first visit with the Vet-- we don't ever want him to end up looking for another home.

He is sweet as pie, very affectionate, and loves people, big and small. He also can't get enough of playing with other doggies, especially when he goes to work with his pop. He is now the star of the office, and we have concluded that he'd make a great "babe-magnet" for a single guy/gal!

So we're in love. He's done a few bad-doggie things, but nothing awful. He's still learning the house rules, and it's quite obvious he aims to please. Very, very smart and alert dog. Funny thing is- he rarely barks. We've only really heard him bark twice in two weeks, despite all the craziness in his life right now.

Oh, and in case you are wondering where the name came from, we adopted him the weekend of the NHL All-Star game, and we're big Sharks fans. A certain Sharks player was appearing in his first All-Star game, and we happen to like this player a LOT. Oh, and he has puppy eyes.

[P.S. You can't squish him, Mikey!!]

Friday, February 20, 2004
  The Human Cost of Terrorism

Excellent, excellent photo essay by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The FDD has filed a "Friend of the Court" Brief in defense of Israel's security fence, and will have this photo exhibition on display in The Hague next week.

Don't let Islamist, terrorist-apologizing propaganda fool you. The problem in the Middle East ain't the fence...

[Link via LGF]

Thursday, February 05, 2004
  Into the eye of the storm
Next week, Daniel Pipes will be speaking at UC Berkeley. For those of you who have never had the (dis)pleasure of experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of Berkeley, let's just say it's the arm pit of the left-- it's where the stinky, far lefty socialist moonbats reside. I'm not kidding. A conservative friend who was visiting last year wanted to go there, and I think it went beyond his expectations. Telegraph Avenue is like the Times Square of moonbatness- photos of Saint Rachel, more Palestinian than American flags, Colin Powell "the ape" flyers stuck to utility poles, "USA (or Israel) is the terrorist" signs. To top it off, the local free paper, The Guardian, had headlines blaring: "ANOTHER VIETNAM". We went during the war in Iraq, so he got the FULL effect. In my opinion, Berkeley is a city full of intolerance and hate.

Daniel Pipes' planned talk already has the Muslim Student Association's panties in a bunch. In Berkeley, you're not supposed to criticize Islamist terrorism. You're supposed to sing the "Religion of Peace" song, and "Israel is the oppressor". When the city council passed a resolution asking for a full investigation into the suicide of Saint Rachel, some Berkeley folks introduced a counter measure to consider a resolution asking for investigations into the murder of ALL Americans in Israel, including Marla Bennet, a UC Berkeley student who was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber while she studied in Israel in 2002.

I've decided that I want to go to this talk. Daniel Pipes rarely comes to the west coast, and the choice of venue is... well, classic. Of course, I'll have the digital camera in tow. This should be interesting...

Regrettably, I did not go-- I actually forgot about it. Doh! Given the descriptions of the event at LGF, and the photos taken, it certainly would have been interesting, but frustrating. Next time...