MrSpkr's random thoughts . . .
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: "Home of the Naive" Returns for our Amusement
Emporer Misha has a little troll problem. The troller seems to think he has a legal cause of action against Misha (presumably for blackmail). Read along and laugh.
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Yahoo! News - Israeli Air Strike Kills Hamas Founder
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli helicopters fired missiles at Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin as he left a mosque near his house at daybreak Monday, residents said, and witnesses said he was killed.
Witnesses said Israeli helicopters fired three missiles at Yassin and two bodyguards as they left the mosque, killing them instantly. Hamas officials confirmed he had been killed.
Yussef Haddad, 35, a taxi driver, said he saw the missiles hit Yassin and the bodyguards.
"Their bodies were shattered," he said.
Yassin, a quadriplegic, was by far the most senior Palestinian militant killed in more than three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Hundreds of angry Palestinians gathered around his minutes after the attack, calling for revenge against Israel.
Ambulances and fire trucks raced to the scene with sirens wailing, and rescue workers were gathering up body parts of the shattered bodies.
Yassin founded Hamas in 1987. He was held in Israeli prisons for several years before being released in 1994.
In September 2002, Yassin escapes Israeli missile strike on Gaza building with a small wound on his hand.
Score one for the good guys! This evil bastiche is personally responsible for hundreds of deaths, both Palestinian and Jew, over the years. The only bad part about this incident is the fact he died quickly.
I think it is time to further close the Dread Pizza Gap!!
Thursday, March 18, 2004
New York City: Couple Arrested After 'Passion' Debate
I agree with the deputy. This is definitely "missing the point.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Okay, so it has been a while. Deal with it.
Today, I want us all to take a moment and celebrate the one year anniversary of the passing of St. Rachel of Pancake (nee Corrie), whose selfless sacrifice and courage reminded us all of one simple rule in life: never lay down in front of a bulldozer.
In other news, the Spanish government has now effectively surrendered in the face of terrorism. Yes, the Spanish population was against the war in Iraq; however, the government was leading in the polls until the bombings. The sudden switch of four points in the electorate will be interpreted by the terrorists as a victory (heck, I know I would put that spin on it). The scary thing is, the Spanish have now encouraged the terrorists to try the same thing in other countries. I would not be surprised to see a few terrorist attacks in the United States immediately before this year's presidential election. The most effective would be for teams of terrorists, using automatic weapons, to simultaneously attack shopping malls on the Saturday before the election, killing as many men, women and children as possible, then either melting away into the distance or going down in a blaze of glory against law enforcement. The resultant panic and turmoil would be tremendous. The question is, would it work?
My gut reaction is that it not only would not work, it would buttress George Bush's political position. His strongest argument for re-election is the war on terror. If the bad guys attack us, Americans will (as shown throughout our history) demand retribution. George Bush is already credited with being a president who is not afraid to go after the bad guys.
And what could Kerry possibly say in reaction to such an event? Criticism of the President would incur a negative backlash amongst moderate voters. Calls for understanding and multilateral actions would be derided as cowardice. Kerry would be trapped in a box, unable to join the calls for immediate retribution (for fear of alienating his liberal base and putting himself in a position of running against Bush solely on national defense), and yet he could not call for calm and reasoned action, working through our allies and the United Nations without risking losing nearly every state in the general election. That is the trouble with his position on the war on terror and national defense, and it is a problem of his own making.
Frankly, Kerry would be better served if the terrorists sat home and did nothing. But can he rely on that given the huge impact of the Spanish bombings?
Somehow, I doubt it.
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Rall: NYTimes.com Pulled Comic Because of Conservatives
At least, that's TED'S opinion. The NY Times (long known as a leading bastion of conservative thought *snort*) apparently had enough of hate filled crap that looked like it was drawn by a third-grader.
To quote the Times"
Apparently, you CAN be too far to the left for the times. You just have to act like you haven't had your meds for a while.
Ugh. A crappy day. Katie started out being sick. Amy stayed home for what I thought would be a half day out (she loses $180 per day when she is sick, and has missed twice already this month). I raced to Dallas for a hearing, got lost in the Courthouse, and barely got to the hearing on time (no, I'm not an idiot -- the court moved the hearing without bothering to post a sign, so it took a few minutes to find the proper place). We won, however, so that was fun.
Then I RACE home (90 mph+ in traffic) so Amy can get back to work before 11:30am (the cutoff for missing only a half day) only to find Amy had told them she was taking the whole day off.
Then the aches, pains, and fatigue set in. Plus Katie threw up some more, so school tomorrow looks iffy at best. Oh well.
Bush released his campaign ads today. They're pretty harmless, but the Donk's are already screaming about him doing it. Typical. If they could find a picture of John Effin' Kerry hauling the bleeding body of some poor slob injured due to Kerry's poor command decisions, it would be playing 24/7 on CNN and the big three.
Bush shows a total of six seconds (and that is being generous) of shots from the events of 9-11 -01 and he is somehow desecrating the memories of the dead.
Excuse me while I go puke.
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
So John Kerry is the Donk nominee?
That's fine. In fact, it is better than fine. It's great. A Massachusetts liberal whose sole claims to fame are a silver star in Vietnam (followed by a quick exit from said area nine months ahead of schedule and a hatefest in D.C. upon the troops he left behind) and an affinity for rich widows.
Yeah, we'll take it.
His VP choice will be interesting. Some are saying it will be John Edwards, but I can't understand that pick. Edwards didn't pull significant support in the South, so why would Kerry choose him as a running mate? I suspect Kerry will choose someone from a battleground state, such as Missouri, Florida, Michigan, or Pennsylvania. The most likely choices from those states are Gebhardt or Graham. More on this later.
In other news, try this Nation-Sim for a big waste of time. Look for the Republic of MrSpkr in the BattleFront region.
Later -- I have an important political issue to decide.
This illness of mine is really annoying at times. Three or four days of good times, then BAM! -- I'm out for the count and need fifteen+ hours of sleep.
While I have been resting, of course, the world has gone on. I'll comment on it later tonight -- I promise.
Monday, March 01, 2004
Yahoo! News - Factories Operate Near 20-Year High
And just in time. This will help employment figures to rise, and continue the economic growth.
It also takes YET ANOTHER issue away from the Democrats.