Are there any numbers big enough?
31 January 2007
So saith PR hack Eric Dezenhall after he was hired by the Association of American Publishers to fight the moves towards "open access journals and public databases" for publication of scholarly works.
He suggested that the firms argue that, and I quote, "public access equals government censorship". It's really hard to argue with that!
I say why should the oceans be treated better than the rest of the planet.
We must also admit that the student is getting better. The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative awarded a D plus to the US last year. Apparently when George hears someone talking about the seas he now knows that there might be more on their mind than "just a letter".
Reporters for the Italian magazine L'espresso have gone underground cleverly disguised as Catholics to unearth if Italian priests are toeing the Vatican line in the confessional.
Guess what! They aren't. Well most of the time anyway. According to an article in today's Guardian they come up short in a number of areas. Amongst the more controversial opinions expressed were:
- On switching off the respirator of a parent - "Don't think any more about it...I myself, if I had a father, a wife or a child who had lived for years only because of artificial means, would pull out [the plug]."
- On taking a well paid job working on embryonic stem cells. Should the sinner take the job if he would use the extra money to start a family? - "Yes. Yes. Of course."
- On being homosexual - "Generally, the best attitude is to be yourself - what in English is called 'coming out'."
- On using condoms during sex when HIV-positive - this was described as "more of a personal problem, one of conscience".
Of course when the issue of abortion was raised by a reporter who said his future child would be born with Down's Syndrome - "I swear to God: if you do it, you'll be a murderer."
What has been the Vatican's reaction to this? Why what else would they do other than "accuse the magazine of profanity.
Now Claire Short has revealed that the SFO has evidence that the sale of advanced radar systems to the government of Tanzania by the selfsame BAE was corrupt. They would like to see someone charged in that case but as yet, alas, no one has been.
I hope he enjoys his legacy, that Mr. Blair.
30 January 2007
This is communism damn it and should not be tolerated in America!
Note: this was an internet survey so these are people that should not be totally divorced from the world at large!
Lt. Watada's defence has already been denied the right to argue that the war is illegal previously and is likely to be convicted on some or all of the remaining counts.
We have to hope that subsequent appeals will exonerate him.
Well the results are now in and clearly my cynicism was unwarranted. According to a news release from the Christian Defense Coalition the Washington murder rate was down 27% in the last five months of 2006 as compared to the last five months of 2005. Halleluiah. Of course for the year as a whole there were only 3 fewer murders than the prior year. Q.E.D.
You what I wonder? Why didn't they pray to God for NO murders from that point forward or couldn't God do that? Why did they only pray for reduced murders for five months?
Of course there are other people, undoubtedly evil non believers or even Satanists, who think there might be other, more sensible reasons for the decline than a bunch of folks who spent a week in a tent on the Mall during the best of the summer weather. But don't you believe them!
The American back government of President Uribe is said to be dissolving these militias but it unlikely that most of the legitimate landowners will even return to their land due to policies put in place by the Uribe government.
Will the US take the issue up with the Colombian government and force them strip these fascists of their ill-gotten gains?
Alright. I'm back. I was just writhing about on the floor seized by fits of laughter.
It is this sort of duplicity, or realpolitik if you are Henry Kissinger (and I do pity you if you are), that has been the hallmark of American foreign policy dating back well over a century, and which continues to ensure that we are distrusted or hated by most vulnerable people on the planet. Will it ever change? It is unlikely to go away completely but perhaps, with another President, it might cease to be one of the most notable of the faces we present to the world.
There is no doubt that there is much wealth in America and great opportunities are sometimes available. Unfortunately for many in America, due to circumstances beyond their control, they don't get to share in that wealth or have access to those opportunities. The gap continues to widen between the rich and the poor. As any remnants of the New Deal's or Great Society's "safety net" are swept away before by the prophets of the market the poor are getting poorer.
It is especially tragic when this affects the young as it does in a large numbers. What is even worse is that the plight of homelessness affecting a million young people annually.
"The willingness of Jewish communities in the United States to host these organizations, and even sponsor them, is unfortunate. This is a phenomenon that must not be ignored."
GSK, as could be expected, denies the charges.
"Securing the stability of the country has been more difficult than anticipated. Our ability to correctly assess the political, economic and security situation in Iraq has been lacking."
At least I remain enormously amused at the idea of an admiral at the helm of things in a nation that is largely desert. At least it proves that Bush is unafraid to try out something new. Will he spend his weekends, in full dress uniform, piloting a naval launch up and down the Euphrates in search of a fleet to inspect?
So how will they feel about US judges increases use of citations from Wikipedia in their opinions? I wait with bated breath.
"I believe that in the 21st century people will realize the malignancy of perversions opposing the family in its natural form as bestowed by God."
Does anyone really think this will help that much? How long to people hang on to shoes? What if Imelda Marcos is a suspect? How will they be able to get through her entire wardrobe?
I wonder how much we are spending on this.
29 January 2007
Reports that a loud cry of pain followed by a single gunshot were heard from number 11 could not be confirmed at this time.
However if you changed "Muslims" to "Christians" (or even "Jew") I would expect it to be met with joy from the same quarters. Hmmm.
He has apologised but not, as yet, been sacked.
I hope the progress continues. After all the Rev. Paisley can't live forever.
I say this as a victim of the 1996 bomb at South Quay which almost scuttled the peace process for good.
Then the government has the temerity to deduct 25% of the amount awarded for loss of earnings to pay for their room and board in prison because of the costs they avoided living the high life at the state's expense.
I don't know, maybe they just have bad karma, but I hope they win. In actual fact, the amount they were awarded, even without the deduction, seems woefully inadequate for their ordeal.
28 January 2007
There is no word as to how Pamela's therapy is going nor on the current status of her relationship with the evil one, Dale. One can only assume had he found the bird alive in the fridge he just would have taken out of doors and shot it again.
How long then before we are treated to a series of hysterical yet heartwarming articles about aged criminals living in dreary council flats who are afraid that they will expire before they are able to do their porridge?
Surely the government has done that already!
Mr. Ross's testimony before the Butler Commission, which was made public by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee is to be found here and is well worth a read.
The Prince is known for his green ambitions, even if he does fly a great deal, and that was apparently welcomed in the City of Brotherly Love but nonetheless buried in a British article about the visit I did find this lovely quote from a Philly area native, one Walt Kennie:
"You can drive small cars over there in Europe if you like. We're gonna keep driving the big ones. This is America. More is more."
Unfortunately I think it is going to have to remain an ambition. The population is around 60 million but it is only 874 miles from Land's End to John O'Groat's. If we all line up in one row we will all only get about an inch. There is going to have to be several rows which, unfortunately for young David, will mean that someone will get left behind.
Oh, wait. Never mind. Having now actually read the article I find that they are referring to "so called" experts which believe that the already harsh report doesn't go far enough, especially about Antarctica.
Sorry to have troubled you.
27 January 2007
Well the Soil Association agrees and as it is responsible for the regulation of the use of the term "organic" in the UK is considering a ban of its use on goods which have been air-freighted from around the world. Let's hope they go through with it.
Questions are being raised as to whether the FDA has shifted from its responsibility to regulate to active promotion. Read the extract of the paper at the link, which has gone to the FDA, and think about contacting your Senator and / or Representative.
I know that the cops and doughnuts thing is a bit of a stereotype but when I used to live in King of Prussia I passed the Dunkin' Donuts at the intersection with Henderson Road at all hours of the day and right with great regularity. There were never less than two assorted police vehicles outside and there were often as many as five. (Does this save them money on insurance?)
Just to show how deeply ingrained racist, especially anti-Arab and anti-Muslim, thinking is ingrained in our society today the College was the site of a savage attack on a small group of Palestinian students,allegedly by members of the school's (American) football team. The FBI is now involved and investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Sad really although knowing the traditions of the Quakers I am sure that the college community will find appropriate means to deal with it themselves and in a manner that heals rather than divides.
With the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due to release its report next week which will suggest that the situation is real, it is grave and that dire action is required to address the problem, if it is addressable at all, the American government is planning a counter attack. The planned US response sounds as if it was assembled by a group of stoned university students who were trying to kill the time between pizza deliveries. Alternatives provided to any sacrifice on the part of the American consumer include:
- Sending some really big mirrors into space to reflect the naughty sunlight away. There is no suggestion that launching really big brollies were even considered and I would like to know why not.
- Launching clouds of pixie dust above the earth
- Digging some holes and burying the CO2 - possibly on New Jersey superfund sites.
The US comments on the IPCC document are to be found here (PDF).
In the immortal words of Father Jack: "That would be an ecumenical matter!" so tell Peter Hain to just feck off then!
I am a bit worried though. They can't stuff the dummies full of food, they just vomit it all up, so are they just going to throw the old ones away. Are mannequins recyclable? If so, which bin do I put them in?
26 January 2007
So if you want to give up smoking. Spend this weekend killing some brain cells. I heartily recommend beer but feel free to use the tipple of your choice.
The most obvious is that virtually no one can understand it but the most critical is that there seems to be no way to prove or disprove it thereby making more like speculation than a workable scientific theory.
Now scientists at Carnegie Mellon University the University of California (San Diego) and The University of Texas at Austin have devised a test that should be capable of disproving at least part of string theory. I will not pretend to understand what the hell they are talking about but for those with interest an explanation is to be found here.
*ASBO = Anti-social Behaviour Order for the uninitiated.
Oh, did I forget to mention that Clagett was a US soldier and that the men that were killed were only Iraqis?
*Note: don't tell anyone that they are American. A surprising percentage of people in the UK somehow think they are British!
Disarm them I say!
Christ, even USA Today managed to notice, albeit at the very end of the story.
I, for one, am not!
*Is "Scooter" any kind of name for a 56 year old man who is pretending to be a grown up?
I have long expected, and I am certainly that alone in this, that Dubya is just itching for a fight with Iran. They have a new policy in Iraq, courtesy of a new administration decision, that allows, indeed encourages, the capture or killing of Irani operatives.
This coupled with the sending of an additional carrier task force to the Persian Gulf and the introduction of additional sanctions will considerably ratchet up the tension in the area.
Coming soon to a (war) theatre near you.
I think this reminds me of something.
*Note: it seems that the grain prices are already rising therby affecting costs to both meat producers and consumer alike.
They also plan to send more troops but as there aren't to spare (see "Iraq surge") they will make up the difference by keeping the ones that are there already there longer.
I have so many questions I really don't know where to start.
- Does this mean his Cruiseness is the son of God or the son of Hubbard?
- Was his mum a virgin?
- Is his wife a virgin?
- Is his child the son of the son of God (or Hubbard)?
- Where does this leave poor Nicole as the jilted ex-lover of his Divineness?
- Will Tom be crucified (other than figuratively in the reviews of his films)?
- Will Tom be resurrected after he dies and come back to make an endless stream of Mission Impossible sequels?
- Will there be Churches of Scientology named after him?
- Will there be an order of Scientologist priests or nuns named after him? The Tomites? The Cruisians?
- Is he the patron saint of shortness?
- Is there already a factory somewhere in China already producing little plastic images of The Chosen One ready to be mounted on the dashboards of the official Scientologist fleet?
- Will he eliminate mental illness, perhaps starting with post-partum depression?
- Will Brooke Shields now have to apologise to him?
- Should I sell my pharmaceutical stocks before the word gets out?
- Am I too tall to be a Scientologist now?
- Will he run for President? If so will he do better or worse than Bush? (This is a very, very tough call!)
- Has his elevation improved young Katie's orgasms, assuming she is not a virgin (see above)?
- Et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum.
25 January 2007
Why am I getting a nearly irresistible desire to break a leg?
"God weeps and says, 'Who will help me so we can have a different kind of world, one in which the rich know they have been given much so they can share and help others?'"
That is what appears to have happened recently in Indonesia where drilling for natural gas is now deemed to be the cause of a disastrous mud volcano on the island of Java that has been erupting since last year.
Well done madam. I emphasise with your plight.
"They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the lizard was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
Some of the eggs of a Komodo dragon at the Chester (UK) zoo, that has never mated or even mixed with male members of her species, have hatched. Mother (and father) and babies are doing fine after this clear example of a virgin birth.
The lizard is named Flora but I think that perhaps they should change it to Mary. The new name would be doubly inspired by the mother of the baby Jesus and the daughter of the Vice President of the US.
This policy will also have the added benefit of freeing up prison space for the use of politicians and their aides. Two birds, one stone.
US Defence Department spokesmen only said that the attack took place earlier this week. Do you reckon that, had they actually killed anyone of interest, there might have been an extra paragraph in the Decider's (TM) speech on Tuesday?
Nah. I'm just being cynical. This administration would never arrange the timing of anything for purely political purposes, right? In any case it’s not October.
Bollocks to patience!
This is either an admission of his growing irrelevance or an expression of his belief that he, and not Parliament, runs the country.
Address To A HaggisHappy Birthday!
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!
Aboon them a' yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o'a grace
As lang's my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o'need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi' perfect sconner,
Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither'd rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro' blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll mak it whissle;
An' legs an' arms, an' hands will sned,
Like taps o' trissle.
Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o' fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer
Gie her a haggis!
More work found here.
The US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said:
"We would like to coordinate and for us to have a joint plan, and we are talking about this. It is clear our preference would be 'the longer we stay together here the better'."
And George said let it be cool and it was cool and George saw that this was good. And there was great joy amongst the people and on the internets.
Let us pray.
I can only say: "too fucking bad" or perhaps the more considered words of Consitutional Affairs minister, Harriet Harman, might be more appropriate:
"You can't be a little bit against discrimination."
24 January 2007
The market, to which these "Christians" are so happily wed, is completely amoral. The market will say that if Americans can and will pay a higher price for grain to used to fill up an inefficient and unnecessary motor car than others can pay for food that they require to survive there is no question as to where the grain will go. It will go to the Americans.
In a world, with a rapidly growing population, that regularly produces less food than it requires every hectare of arable land diverted from the production of food to the production of fuel will mean more people will go hungry, that more children will grow up malnourished and more people will did of starvation or diseases related to hunger. There is no doubt that, not only is this morally wrong, it is unacceptable irrespective of neo-liberal globalise capitalists believe.
We must look elsewhere and we will need to sacrifice or all will suffer. What would Jesus do?
He went on to say:
"We wouldn't get far in promoting a civilising culture of respect for rights amongst and between citizens if we set about undermining fair trials in the simple pursuit of greater numbers of inevitably less safe convictions. On the contrary, it is obvious that the process of winning convictions ought to be in keeping with a consensual rule of law and not detached from it. Otherwise we sacrifice fundamental values critical to the maintenance of the rule of law - upon which everything else depends."
23 January 2007
Perhaps Sacha Baron Cohen can use this in Borat II: Kazakh Revenge.
Well that's how I feel about Teorry Henderson, a 23 year old father from Groveland FL who shot his four year old son with a BB gun to teach him a lesson.
"I made his take off his shirt and I shot him and two of three pellets came out. It was just wanted to punish him. I didn't want to whoop him."
Mr. Lapid is a holocaust survivor, an Israeli Jew and the head of Israel's largest holocaust memorial. In comments on Israeli radio he said that the treatment of the Palestinians reminded him of the anti-Semitism in Europe prior to WWII. Surely that is worse than just comparing the same treatment to apartheid, isn't it? He went on to say:
"It was not crematoria or pogroms that made our life in the diaspora bitter before they began to kill us, but persecution, harassment, stone-throwing, damage to livelihood, intimidation, spitting and scorn...I was afraid to go to school, because of the little anti-Semites who used to lay in ambush on the way and beat us up. How is that different from a Palestinian child in Hebron?"
I wait for the backlash. Maybe I'll check Little Green (American) Footballs out later. After I've taken my anti-nausea medication of course!
"When we impose upon ourselves, and rightly so, the restriction of not comparing in any way or under any condition, the behavior of Jews to the behavior of Nazis, we forget that anti-Semitism only peaked in Auschwitz...It is unthinkable for the memory of Auschwitz to serve as cause to ignore the fact that there are Jews among us who behave today towards Palestinians just like German, Hungarian, Polish and other anti-Semites behaved towards Jews."
We will know the end result shortly.
The estate agents listing the "property" are describing it as "tiny studio flat in a premier location" after "Bolthole in Belgravia" was rejected for violating the estate agents' code as it was too close to being true.
The US is currently spending 8.4 billion USD a month in Iraq. For those of you who are bad at maths it would take less than an hour's spend to continue to feed these people.
I believe that these people have a greater right to life than the Iraqi people have a right to death so why don't we just do it? Let everyone put down their guns for an hour and play football just like the Christmas truce in 1914. Someone will have to tell the Yanks that "football" = "soccer" so they don't try and pad up in all that heat!
When asked why he did it he said:
"It seems like in the eastern part of the world, they really have their stuff together...I want to help us catch up."
I guess our grand children will probably be eating tins of Tuna-free Dolphin.
Today there is a story about Philly that features neither of those elements but I'm not sure if a story about Rocky and the Art Museum steps is any more flattering.
On particular he must be concerned about the pressures on those lesser beings around him such as his political advisor Ruth Turner who was rudely awakened by policemen very early the other morning and arrested. We should all do our part to ease Tony’s anguish and by extension Ms. Turner's as well. I can think of nothing that will do more to ease his burden at the moment that than contributing to the campaign to urge the Catholic Church to make Ms. Turner a saint post haste without waiting for her death, miracles or any other such nonsense. As the petition so rightly says:
"[S]he has never done anything wrong in her life, she is arguably more holy than John Paul II, who was known to leave the toilet seat up on occasion. Furthermore, if by her actions she has spared one of the faithful - Tony Blair (who is almost a Catholic) - from the strong arm of the law this is clearly a miracle in her favour."
That means YOU!
Of the wide array of countries surveyed in only Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and the USA is the USA viewed as having a mainly positive influence on the world. Even in such staunch allies as the UK and Australia the public has a very dim view. In the UK 57% view the States as having a mainly negative influence v. 25% who view the US positively. In Australia it is 60% negative v. 29% positive.
On specific issues such as handling of the war in Iraq, the North Korean nuclear programme and the Israeli / Palestinian crisis the news in no better. On the topic of global warming even the US deserts him and in only Kenya, Nigeria and the Philippines do a majority either approve or strongly approve of his position.
He'd probably be last to be picked for a game of football as well. That's probably why he became a cheerleader.
The complete results (PDF) may be found here.
The shark, which fled the scene, has not yet been commented as to whether "the Lord spake unto" him and, even if he believes that the Lord did so, whether he had been taking his medication at the time.
Sorry General! They probably just thought they were shooting at Iran.
I wonder if they would let you on with an "Osama is a terrorist" t-shirt or even an "I ♥ Bush" t-shirt? The later would certainly upset me (and most right thinking individuals).
I'm glad that he cleared that up. I am sure that he is proud that his publication is a stalwart line of resistance to this insidious trend.
Given the track record of the current Pope I don't see a sea change in the Vatican's attitude coming anytime soon.
I imagine that even as we speak George Galloway is ensconced with his solicitors in a basement office somewhere in Bethnal Green planning to sue the government for tradmark infringement!
This just goes to show how wrong Ann Coulter was when she compared Baghdad to L.A.. She should have compared it to the Holy See and instead of the Crips and Bloods it should have been the Jesuits and the Benedictines!
22 January 2007
Virtually every fan shown was white. Was it just my imagination or didn't New Orleans used to have a population that was more than two thirds black?
It was immediately preceded on Saturday by the third deadliest day for American soldiers in Iraq since the illegal invasion.
Good thing he doesn't read the papers and I'm sure that Faux News probably forgot to mention the Iraq thing.
Mr. President I certainly hope you are going to touch on this sensitive topic in your upcoming speech as I am quite confused by all this. Please reassure me!
News reaches us that the police in Sydney Australia have taken to hiring private dicks (sorry - I couldn't resist) to have sex with prostitutes in order to ferret out illegal brothels. As long as it is in the service of good I have no problems with this.
Ah. To serve and protect!
"Although the final wording of the report is still being worked on, the draftIn light of this whatever small concessions The Decider (TM) is likely to make in his State of the Empire speech are likely to be meaningless.
indicates that scientists now have their clearest idea so far about future
climate changes, as well as about recent events. It points out that:
· 12 of the past 13 years were the warmest since records began;
· ocean temperatures have risen at least three kilometres beneath the surface;
· glaciers, snow cover and permafrost have decreased in both hemispheres;
· sea levels are rising at the rate of almost 2mm a year;
· cold days, nights and frost have become rarer while hot days, hot nights and
heatwaves have become more frequent.
And the cause is clear, say the authors: 'It is very likely that [man-made] greenhouse gas increases caused most of the average temperature increases since the mid-20th century,' says the report.
To date, these changes have caused global temperatures to rise by 0.6C. The most likely outcome of continuing rises in greenhouses gases will be to make the planet a further 3C hotter by 2100, although the report acknowledges that rises of 4.5C to 5C could be experienced. Ice-cap melting, rises in sea levels, flooding, cyclones and storms will be an inevitable consequence.
Past assessments by the IPCC have suggested such scenarios are 'likely' to occur this century. Its latest report, based on sophisticated computer models and more detailed observations of snow cover loss, sea level rises and the spread of deserts, is far more robust and confident. Now the panel writes of changes as 'extremely likely' and 'almost certain'.
And in a specific rebuff to sceptics who still argue natural variation in the Sun's output is the real cause of climate change, the panel says mankind's industrial emissions have had five times more effect on the climate than any fluctuations in solar radiation. We are the masters of our own destruction, in short."
The first volume of the report is due to be released on 2 February and will be available here upon its release.
In light of this I have a message for the Crown Prosecution Service. Just bloody get on with it will you?
In return Sir Chris Fox, former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that New Labour heavyweights were "scheming to discredit a very important inquiry".
I don't recall any ministerial outrage over any of the mistaken and aggressive arrests of Asians as alleged terrorists in the wee hours of the morning. Perhaps the accusation of heavy handedness is only appropriate for the arrest of Anglo Saxons (i.e. "real English").
Did I forget mention that Ms. Kelly is a Catholic and reputedly a member of super secret reactionary Catholic group Opus Dei?
Did I also forget to mention that Ms. Kelly is supported by the Prime Minister in this?
Time for both of them to go I think.
20 January 2007
Forgive me if I am wrong but aren't Shih Tzus the sort of thing one would expect to see under the arm of a fashionably dressed woman on the Paris Metro that looks like a rather posh dust mop?
I'm surprised this never happened to Marion Barry.
Out in the real world if 58% of your bosses think you are doing a shit job don't you generally get sacked? Unless of course you live in one of those socialist European states where they coddle the workers at the expense of profits!
"The applicants were indisputably kept in a permanent state of physical pain and anxiety owing to their uncertainty about their fate and to the level of violence to which they were subjected throughout the period of their detention...The Court considers that such treatment was intentionally inflicted on the applicants by agents of the State acting in the course of their duties with the aim of extracting from them a confession or information about the offences of which they were suspected."
Surely there must be somewhere safe from this judicial tyranny like Iraq, Burma , Zimbabwe or Fiji.
A note to Mr. Thomasson: should you ever come to the UK you will find that smacking is banned here and you could face arrest. I would also suggest that you never, in public at least, tell your child that you are "going to spank their fanny" especially if the child is question is female. The word "fanny" has a materially different connotation here and is not a cute way to refer to one's bottom. Should you use that phrase you are likely to have some serious explaining to do to the Old Bill.
Is Sr. Posada detained at Guantánamo Bay or some secret American prison somewhere else on the planet?
Surely these supporters who openly support our enemies in the streets are under 24 hour surveillance and, when no on is looking, will be whisked away to parts unknown! Well, no they won't because the US government doesn't seem to think he is a terrorist. He used to a CIA operative and the 73 people who died in the plane he is likely responsible for having bombed weren't innocent. They were Cuban.
Life in the 21st century is very confusing.
I feel for Mr. Stewardson's loss. It is tragic to lose a child at any age in any circumstance. Alex was just 21 and the father of a 2 year old. In his article he speaks movingly about his son.
Yet no matter how much I sense Mr. Stewardson's pain I cannot subscribe to his argument that "if our troops pull out my son will have died in vain". Despite my opposition to the illegal invasion I do wonder if removing western troops from Iraq now is the right thing to do or just the politically expedient thing. There is a material risk that the violence will worsen, perhaps only briefly and that the country will descend into full on civil war. More innocent people will die. In a sense this mirrors Mr. Stewardson's argument but to suggest that staying on at this juncture is the only means to ensure that the loss of his son, and the loss of all the other sons and daughters, can be perceived to have value is, I am afraid, wrong on all counts.
Does Tony fear the early morning knock on the door? I, for one, certainly hope so.
19 January 2007
Well George, when you finish demolishing the rest of the Constitution, perhaps you will be allowed to do this too! At least as long as you ask Unca Dick nicely.
He had proposed that the Secretariat's Department of Disarmament Affairs be eliminated as a separate entity and that it be brought under the Department of Political Affairs, probably with an American in charge. He has had to backtrack on that proposal after angry protests from the Non-Aligned Movement.
Score one for the good guys.
"Our national leaders seem not to understand that 'Thou shalt not kill' is not followed by an 'except'."
"You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it."
Now it would seem that they have an answer as to how at least one member of the world community feels about that as China has successfully destroyed a satellite using a ground based ballistic missile. The White House "expressed its concern".
Where next I wonder.