"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." -Sir Charles Napier
BigEarth of New Mexico sez, The warmest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great national moment, reserve their neutrality.
Bill Whittle's mom sez, If you can’t say anything of deep and meaningful scientific or political import that is not supported by fact, reason, historical precedent and in-depth step-by-step logical analysis then don’t say anything at all!
I thought I would watch it on a Monday or Tuesday night when in the mood for a brainless Sci-fi movie, but reading the above Chicago Sun-Times review makes it clear it's something I could admit to no one. I will rent something from Anna Bunny's Bad Movie Shrine instead.
Walter McKelvie Jr., 43, of Vineland, was indicted Tuesday and charged with one count of child abuse and neglect in the July 20 incident, in which he took his mentally disabled son to the beach in Wildwood.
The son, identified only as R.M., suffered large, bleeding blisters on his back and face. Authorities were alerted by the boy's mother, who has custody of him but was not with him at the beach, according to Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor Meghan Hoerner.
This story is a throwback to my very first blog, about Eve Hibbits in Brilliant, Ohio. She took her kids to the fair, and ended up in jail because they got sunburned. Sheriff Abdallah, in my opinion, grossly exaggerated the burn description with "dipped in red paint." The medics called it sunburn, and there was no mention of bleeding blisters.
My rant was about the dangers of drama and exaggeration, and subsequent overreaction. Ms. Hibbits, poor in Brilliant, Ohio, claimed to not know about sunscreen, and I believe her still.
There is a difference, and that difference illustrates why zero tolerance policies do not work and encourage intellectual laziness.
Nearly two millennia of Christian church activity in Europe and the consequential rise of western civilization and free society as a result hold no value for an alarming number of European leaders. Europe, liberated twice from German aggression by a very Christian America, and then protected for decades from the atheist totalitarian Soviet threat, might want to add it all up soon for they are counting the pillars of their faith.
It's Mark. He's a Kucinich campaigner and a passionate anti-war activist who likes to read Chomsky and Unger.
"What is the correct spelling of 'emperor'?" he asked. I told him and we hung up.
It's funny how a word's correct spelling can be with you for decades until someone asks you, and then suddenly you don't know how to spell it anymore. While on the phone with Mark I actually typed it into a Word document to make sure with Spell-check, which suggests "juiciness" as a correct spelling for Kucinich.
Wait a minute! I called him back. "You're making a protest sign, aren't you?"
"Yes, and thanks for the help," he answered. I advised him if the protest was a silent one, to not leave until he was heard.
Lesson learned: if a liberal friend calls for the correct spelling of emperor, imperial, president, constitutional, or any word you may possibly see on a sign on a stick, for goodness' sake, give him the wrong spelling.
The same locals who teach their children the virtues of exploding at checkpoints, who name their streets after suicide bombers, who danced and handed out candy on September 11, 2001 - oh! and who were offered 100% of the Gaza, over 95% of the West Bank, and a capital in East Jerusalem in 2000 but started a war instead, are alarmed at the carnage:
Where is Rachel Corrie when you need her? Fresh troops from Evergreen, please! Would the Israelis go to this kind of trouble if there weren't weapons-supply tunnels being dug from the land that Israel returned to Egypt in exchange for peace? -the land Israel won in the war it didn't start? -the land where Israeli civility spared Nasser's Third Army from annihilation?
While I think the beheading of Nick Berg would have happened anyway, soldiers are still in greater danger and will increasingly have to shoot first and ask later in order to avoid Abu-torture. Christopher Hitchens echoed my immediate reaction that these errant American MP's betrayed their fellow Americans and should face a firing squad. But:
"NEWS" FROM FRANCE
From the nation determined to help Saddam become nuclear capable, and where L'Effroyable Imposture was a #1 bestseller:
20 mins standing ovation for FAHRENHEIT 9-11, yelling, screaming, cheering... 'This is the longest standing ovation in the history of the festival! Unbelievable!' declared Cannes stalwart Thierry Fremaux. Moore, raising fist, unable to speak over crowd, vows to fight...
To fight what, exactly? This hysteric slob, interviewed on the morning news less than two miles from the WTC site, declared we are facing no terrorist threat, and that September 11 was an isolated incident. Will he make a movie out of L'Effroyable Imposture? Will it be in French? Would we understand it any less than if it were in English?
Two former weapons inspectors — Hans Blix and David Kay — said the shell was likely a stray weapon that had been scavenged by militants and did not signify that Iraq had large stockpiles of such weapons.
Oh, I feel much better:
While Saturday's explosion does demonstrate that Saddam hadn't complied fully with U.N. resolutions, Kay also said, "It doesn't strike me as a big deal."
Or should someone forward this article to Kay:
Developed in the mid-1930s by Nazi scientists, a single drop of sarin can cause quick, agonizing choking death.
No need to rant about the media's frenzied behavior with this Iraqi prison thing. It couldn't be more obvious. OJ... El Nino... Levy and Condit... from encouraging Americans to think about only one thing at a time, to that plus weakening military morale. Well, at least the media is multitasking for a change.
But this is a truly pornographic interest in seeing all the photos. While I have insisted that people should assume the responsibility to look at evil and acknowledge it, this is different to me because of the mismanagement of the images.
Also, I am snorting at all the self-righteousness from the left, these same people will go right back to making Martha Stewart-in-prison jokes as soon as that story returns to the news.
Christopher Hitchens, an atheist and socialist who once wrote for The Nation, throws in his typically interesting point of view. The final thought, on execution, is something I wondered about as well when I viewed the first few photos. I hate show trials, but when there is this kind of damage done by this kind of proof:
I actually do not agree this war is about defending Islam. It is about saving civilization from a frightening number of people who want to see it destroyed. Plus, I have read enough Qu'ran to know that Islam needs to die. But while we are stuck with it, we are also stuck with the responsibility to appeal to the innate sense of decency, however scant, and to recognize the worth that my Christianity teaches me is there in all people. Hard work still lies ahead...
The LA Times editor bashes his competition most predictably:
Carroll cited a study released last year that showed Americans had three main misconceptions about Iraq: That weapons of mass destruction had been found, a connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq had been demonstrated and that the world approved of U.S intervention in Iraq. He said 80 percent of people who primarily got their news from Fox believed at least one of the misconceptions. He said the figure was more than 57 percentage points higher than people who get their news from public news broadcasting.
Let's see, the WMD were already used against Saddam's own people and the Iranians, Uday Hussein threatened a biological attack a week before the Antraax got mailed, and what about that centrifuge?
Al-Qaeda's threats of retaliation for action in Iraq, plus the LA Times like-minded media allies' consistent editorial stand that action in Iraq would invite terrorism, strongly suggest that Fox was not the only news source linking Al-Qaeda to Iraq.
Everyone who paid attention to Fox knew well that much of Europe disapproved, and that President Bush made it clear that the course of our nation would not be determined by others. They also remember that the UN Security Council approved, and they remember Rumsfeld calling France, Germany and their like-minded the "Old Europe," while referring to the ("gang of")eight nations who sided with us the "New Europe." People who listened to the President's SOTU, not just broadcast on Fox, heard also the long list of nations who were supportive.
Many thanks to the LA Times editor for pointing out that I have been tuning in to the correct news sources all along.
I wondered if some of those pictures were faked. That is a part of the world (Jenin) were the mass graves can be filled with dead animals and the exumed.
However, it is obvious we have bad seeds in the army, who, as most of the civilized will agree, do not represent the army as a whole. There is an ever growing list of opinion recorded at BBC News. Among the pile of the predictable, something sensible:
We don't know the full story behind these pictures but lets not forget what the Iraqis did to those they captured in Kuwait during the Gulf War.
To be honest, I am not surprised. I always think it such a joke when some Eton-educated frontman is interviewed as an army representative. We train these men to go out and kill for God's sake! What kind of mentality do you think that requires? Soldiers are the people who do the ugly inhuman stuff that enables the rest of us to live civilised lives.
I'm surprised at some of the naivety here. Historically, armed conflict brings out the best and worst in people. Incidents like this, though regrettable, are inevitable. To those that claim this mirrors the worst brutal excesses of the Baa'thist regime, get real.
President Bush has made it clear that court-martials will follow, and a general is in trouble - a woman general! Imagine the hesitation of a President Gore to call for the punishment of a woman general.