MrSpkr's random thoughts . . .
Friday, December 24, 2004
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
The French celebrate Christmas
Who said Europe didn't savor the spirit of the Christmas season?
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
If you are going to lie to the court . . .
at least get your story straight ahead of time.
On another note, sorry for the recent spate of light posting, but I am mentally and physically exhausted right now. Thanks for continuing to check in, and I hope to be posting more regularly in the near future.
Friday, December 17, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
How did the local media miss this?
A celebration. In the Dallas Metroplex. Exalting the Ayatollah Khomeini?
Monday, December 13, 2004
AP Blames Religion for Psychotic Americans Who Kill Their Kids
Typical AP bias. They do include a statement that "Theologians, sociologists and psychiatrists generally say no", religion is not to blame for psychos who kill their kids. It's in the fifth paragraph.
They then devote another 25 paragraphs trying to show the experts are wrong (because, of course, those Christians are all nuts, donchaknow).
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Very Cool Picture
This is a shot of
(a) The Navy's new teleportation device
(b) A fuzzy cloud
(c) an F/A 18 breaking the sound barrier.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Thursday, December 09, 2004
The University of Michigan proposes new graduation requirement: sex education
“A Gender and Sexuality requirement will create new dialogues, challenge hegemonic discourse, break taboos and stigmas, and open up realms of communication between all students,” states the students’ proposal, slowly being circulated among LSA faculty members. The plan would incorporate a wide swathe of issues, from classes on “Hollywood Masculinity” to those on gender and health.
This ought to be fun to watch -- like a good trainwreck or hockey fight.
No, not because of conservative Republican activists going apoplectic over the subject matter.
Consider, if you will, how Muslim students (particularly those of the Wahhabist variety) will react to this.
Will the 'gender activists' concede to these Muslim students' strongly held religious convictions regarding sexuality? And, if so, what makes Christian students' strongly held religious convictions any less relevant?
I do so love it when the various factions within the Leftist tent run headlong into one another.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Reason number 753 I am glad John McCain was not the nominee . . .
McCain Disdains Annan?s G.O.P. Critics
Senator McCain, Kofi Annan is blocking an investigation into what is probably the largest embezzlement / misappropriation case in world history.
When Joe Conason is supporting a Republican senator, you have to wonder just how "Republican" that senator is.
I agree with this wholeheartedly
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "being floated to replace Mr. Snow don't sound like big improvements. Andrew Card may run a disciplined White House as chief of staff, but before that he was a lobbyist for the domestic automakers. He would be perceived as the choice of the weak-dollar lobby. Financier Gerald Parsky worked in the Ford Treasury, but he'd be seen as Mr. Rove's right-hand "
Phil Gramm for Treasury Secretary.
The only real baggage he carries is that of EVERY Texas politician -- associations with Enron. I think those can be overcome.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
To keep you busy -- one of the wildest endings in college football history . . .
The Play: Alright here we go with the kick-off. Harmon will probably try to squib it and he does. Ball comes loose and the Bears have to get out of bounds. Rogers along the sideline, another one...they're still in deep trouble at midfield, they tried to do a couple of....the ball is still loose as they get it to Rogers. They get it back to the 30, they're down to the 20...Oh the band is out on the field!! He's gonna go into the endzone!!! He got into the endzone!! Will it count? The Bears have scored but the bands are out on the field.
I remember that game. What a day. Poor Elway.
And Poor Anonymous Stanford Tuba Player who threw the key block that allowed Kevin Moen to score the winning touchdown.
Missing for a bit
When it rains, it pours. Big trial briefs due every week up to Christmas; discovery has reopened in a case in which I thought discovery was over; laptop is broken (just the frame, but do you have any idea how hard it is to find off-brand parts?); and stress is getting high.
All this is to say I will be offline for about a week. Sorry, to all three loyal readers, but duty calls.
When I return, a long post on the changing nature of liberalism and the Democratic Party.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
This is damned misleading
Okay, so the headline and accompanying blurb is "Through enemy eyes: A blacksmith turned insurgent, Abu Mohammed undertook an odyssey this month that took him from the battlefields of Fallujah, roiled with religion, to a harrowing escape across the Euphrates River, to a lonely exile in Baghdad, where he waits to fight another day. It began with the death of his son, Ahmed, whose short life was ended by an American bullet."
You have to read the story to learn (halfway through) that his kid VOLUNTEERED TO BE AN INSURGENT, and started his terrorist activities by laughing and joking around with American soldiers (and accepting gifts of candy and food from those soldiers) at a political building, then later using the American's familiarity with him to get inside and plant a bomb.
And, despite what one might believe by reading the above-mentioned blurb, the boy was not cut down by a stray bullet -- he was killed while involved in front-line fighting in Fallujah, with his father's approval.
Well, I have just one thing to say -- I'm glad the kid is dead.
He was an enemy and a terrorist. I hope we kill more of them.
As to the father, sorry -- I have no sympathy. This is not a kid killed by a random bullet while trying to stay out of the fighting. This kid was a combatant, and combatants sometimes die. If dad can't handle that, then perhaps he should not have allowed his TWELVE YEAR OLD SON to engage in terrorism, eh?