Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Irony for $1000, Alex
Palestinian policemen angry over the killing of a fellow officer stormed the Gaza-Egypt border crossing Friday, firing shots in the air and forcing European monitors to close the border and flee, Palestinian and European officials said.
About 100 policemen entered the Rafah compound and took up positions alongside border patrol officers at the customs section of the crossing, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said.
The European observers — responsible for monitoring the crossing and ensuring the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement are upheld — fled the area, officials said.
* * *"Our monitors are now in the Kerem Shalom military base. When the situation is clear, and these people leave, we will go back to our work," De La Guardia said. Kerem Shalom is an Israeli military base on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza.
So the EU-niks fled to an Israeli military base, huh? It sure looks as though they are far more craven than they are stupid.
Friday, December 23, 2005
On the Muslim Nuke concern: Is anyone honestly surprised to learn that N.E.S.T. is monitoring, oh, say, D.C. for suspicious radiation spikes. It would only surprise -- and terrify -- me to learn that the teams were wasting time parked in front of a Synagogue or Methodist Church.
C'mon folks, can we please drop the faux indignation? And up yours, CAIR.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
PM Wins Again
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Rome's Colosseum, once the arena for deadly gladiator combat and executions, has become a symbol of Italy's anti-death penalty stance. Since 1999, the monument has been bathed in golden light every time a death sentence is commuted somewhere in the world or a country abolishes capital punishment.Why disturbing? What better way to cheapen the majesty of Imperial Rome than by conscripting its great relics into the service of Euro-woosies? Abominable. Delenda est Woosies.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Mirecki Beaten . . . Maybe
The fundies want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category "mythology."Well, today Mirecki claims to have been beaten by men who were driving a pickup truck:
Mirecki reported he was attacked around 6:40 a.m. in rural Douglas County south of Lawrence.
Mirecki told the Lawrence Journal-World that he was driving to breakfast when he noticed the men tailgating him in a pickup truck.
Color me skeptical that, if this happened at all, it had anything to do with his views on ID. More than likely, if he was beaten, he did something to get into the wrong person's face. Lastly, one cannot forget, it wouldn't be the first time someone in Mirecki's position made it all up.
"I just pulled over hoping they would pass, and then they pulled up real close behind," he said. "They got out, and I made the mistake of getting out."
He said the men beat him on the head, shoulders and back with their fists, and possibly a metal object.
Wempe said Mirecki drove himself to the hospital after the attack.
Mirecki told the student newspaper, the University Daily Kansan, that he spent between three and four hours at the hospital. He said his injuries included a broken tooth.
"I'm mostly shaken up, and I got some bruises and sore spots," he told the Lawrence Journal-World.
Wempe said Mirecki described the suspects as two white men between 30 and 40 years of age. One of the men was described as wearing a red, visorlike ball cap and wool gloves. Mirecki said the men left in a large pickup.
Wempe said the department would investigate "every aspect," but couldn't discuss specifics.
p.s. If I were Mirecki, I'd steer clear of the "fat face" insult . . . glass houses being what they are, and all that.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Hand to Mouth
Friday, December 02, 2005
Let There Be Songs . . .
More: Hmm. Things may be even better. It looks like the Boards have been returned, though only in streaming format. So, we can either download the audience tapes or stream the boards. If this is the result, it is the perfect solution. Concerning the Dead's worry that the availability of Boards for download was cutting into iTunes downloads of its digital releases, I don't think there can be any doubt about that. I know I passed them up for the Archive boards. Today, however, to show my gratitude for the boys' decision, I'll pick up a Download Series show. I recommend March 27, 1988 at the Hampton Coliseum. This one smokes from front to end and features a delightful SoWhat>SugarMag>Scarlet>Fire to open the second set (Yes, that Miles Davis's So What -- they gave it a little bit of a whirl).
Congressman Murtha: You're an asshole whose words linger like a noisome fart. Fortunately, they are of no more significance.