Saturday, June 15, 2002

Our "friends" the Saudis are now paying to put this crap on television....but remember, we're still friends.

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Not again........

Next year. Knicks in 7. Over the Lakers. You heard it here first.

Ok, so I'm from New York. Sue me.
About the only, and I do stress only, thing going for terrorist groups such as Hamas and the like was that while they may have provided the bombs, the bombers were all voluntary. Well aside from the coercion and the threats etc. But as of yesterday, according to reports, (and I say that to be objectionable), they have nothing going for them. Kidnapping kids and then turning them into suicide bombers? A new low, even for Arafat sponsored groups.
Is your kid failing his classes? No problem, get a good lawyer.
Interesting interview with an economist on the pirating music debate. It's an issue I really have no stance on. I think the debate is still in its infant stages because no real conclusive studies have shown strong support for either side. A lot of my college friends have joked that downloading music is downloading Communism and yet most of us still do it anyway.

I can see how downloading music off the Internet for free is a form of stealing, but if such tactics lead to greater sales for the artist, perhaps it's in their best interest? It's a tough call.
You've probably noticed that I haven't commented on the Catholic Church scandal at all. Here's why: I don't really care about it. But here is a good read on the situation and it's by the great Andrew Sullivan himself, so I couldn't resist.
Apparently, "Palestine" has a newspaper now and I don't think I could find this much a bull's ass. I've never seen such blatantly biased reporting in my entire life. Looking through the entire site, there is hardly a mention of suicide bombings, and the one article I found on the main page about the topic tried to justify the action as merely a defensive manuever. One look at the paper and if I didn't know any better, I'd probably think Jews were entirely responsible for world hunger, world poverty, and anything else really really bad you can think of. No wonder the majority of Palestinians are hoping for the destruction of Israel. Will somebody please get some friggin sense and tell Arafat to get lost. He is the cause of this spewing hatred, and most sensible people could have told you this several years ago.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

So your teen is a terrorist, eh? Ken Layne tells you how to spot it. (Note: this is an extremely funny parody, don't take it too seriously)

Speaking of teens, I'm still among them, but in 5 days, I won't be because I'll be turning the big 2-0! Anyway, gifts are welcome, particularly money, and they can be sent to......

You didn't think I was stupid enough to give my private address on a public forum did you? Don't answer that. However, you can contact me by using the guest book located at the bottom of the page and we'll talk money. Damn I'm good, I plugged my guest book while requesting monetary "donations" in the same sentence.
So, like, you should check this out. It's about um...linguistics and stuff.
I just got a postcard from my friend Angela who's down in Paris for American University's Capitals Program. She says, and I quote:

"The city is beautiful but the Parisians suck!"

I couldn't agree more Angie.

Only kidding of course....well sort of.
Here's more on the steroid debate from Shaun Assael.
Continuing with the interview below, I'd like to do a little compare and contrast now. First, another quote from the "scholar", Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, from the previous post:

In stark contrast to this reservoir of racism in the West stands the Arab world, Fadlallah said: ‘Islam has brought Arabs up in a tolerant way. It taught, instructed and ordered them to adopt a rather open, flexible and humane strategy for dealing with other people. This is pretty evident,’ he said.”

Fair enough. I would hardly say it is "evident" and I would argue that there is plenty of evidence to the contrary but Mr. Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah is entitled to his opinion.

Now let's compare and contrast the previous quote with this one from Imam, Sheikh Ibrahim Madh, that was decreed very recently as well:

"We are convinced of the [future] victory of Allah; we believe that one of these days, we will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, enter Jaffa as conquerors, enter Haifa as conquerors, enter Ramle and Lod as conquerors, and all of Palestine as conquerors, as Allah has decreed… Anyone who does not attain martyrdom in these days should wake in the middle of the night and say: 'My God, why have you deprived me of martyrdom for your sake?...A reliable Hadith [tradition] says: 'The Jews will fight you, but you will be set to rule over them.'...If the Jew hides behind the rock and the tree, the rock and tree will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, a Jew hides behind me, come and kill him.'...Oh Allah, accept our martyrs in the highest heavens…Oh Allah, show the Jews a black day…Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters…Oh Allah, raise the flag of Jihad across the land…Oh Allah, forgive our sins…"

Did you get all that kiddies? Wow, if that's tolerance, as Mr. Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah suggests that the Islamic World is practicing, I would hate to see intolerance.

Note: This is not an attack on Islam. I have many close friends, (including my best friend), who happen to practice Islam, and it is indeed a peaceful religion. However, it is these extremists, or should I say, these terrorists, who are poisoning one of the world's greatest, enduring, and most peaceful religions and sabotaging it completely for their own personal gain. Let us make sure we understand the distinction and never lose sight of this. Let us hope September 11th truly made us more tolerant, and not the other way around.

A must-read interview with a Muslim leader whose name is so long I'd rather not even bother spelling it. All right...fine...his name is Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah and he happens to be the spirtual head of the Hizbullah and one of the leading Islamic "scholars", and I use that term so very, very loosely. Anyway, at first he is asked about suicide attacks, which he prefers to call "self-sacrifice". Whatever. Anyway, here's what the scholar had to say:

"Killing oneself is like killing another human being; it requires permission. One needs permission from Allah to kill himself or to kill others..."

Whoa! Wait a sec! Hold on there scholar!!! Since when did killing someone become so easy? It only requires permission now? Seeing as how no one actually speaks directly to God, (and it's for reasons such as the above, as in using religion to advance one's ideology or using religion to justify certain otherwise heinous actions, that I refuse to practice any religion), then the permission does not come from Allah per se. It comes from the crazy scholar himself!

I could go on and on with this guy, but the blog Little Green Footballs does it so much better than me. Scroll down to the top of the first Tuesday, June 11th entry and you'll be witness to a royal "Fisking" if I ever saw one.
If the terrorists are anywhere close to as dumb as this guy, it looks like we're gonna be ok.

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Don't ever kick someone's dog. Or you might get a call from this guy.

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Last night, I was watching the Jay Leno show when Jay was doing his usual "Stupid Headlines" segment. I found one of the entries particularly amusing and I figured I would share it. I realize that these days it has become status quo to stamp an American flag on just about anything and sell it as a patriotic item. But placing it on a dartboard?!? I'm guessing the person who made it had good intentions. But still, a dartboard? Was the inventor aware that you throw darts at those things? Anyway, thought it was amusing.
A job well done to the FBI and the CIA for catching the latest Al-Qaeda terrorist, and foiling a future attack. See what happens when we all just get along?

Monday, June 10, 2002

I hate Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. No, I take that back, I HATE him. A lot. So I was hardly surprised to find him extremely offended when opposing coach Byron Scott, claimed Lakers star center Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal could take even the lowly Memphis Grizzlies to the Finals. This might have been an exaggeration, but is it really? Anyway, there was Jackson, defending his coaching "Zen" following the Lakers game 3 victory:

"That," Jackson replied, "is mistaken type of generalities ... that you would say something like that." Jackson explained that it takes time and teamwork to build a championship team.

Phil as usual tries to garner all the glory while his players are the ones who are making him look good. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that Phil is a good coach, but he wasn't exactly thrilled when the Grizzlies offered him a job a few years ago. Why? Because he knew he couldn't win with them. So he scurried to the Lakers, a team that had the two best players in the league, (the aforementioned Shaq, and Kobe Bryant), waiting for him. But rather than admitting the obvious, Jackson prefers to sing his own praises. How typical of him.

The Onion strikes again! The funniest newspaper in the world managed to confuse some of its Chinese media compatriates. I particularly love how the following line was quoted:

"Don't get us wrong: We love the drafty old building," the Onion jestingly quoted House Speaker Dennis Hastert saying.

"But the hard reality is, it's no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch. The sight lines are bad, there aren't enough concession stands or bathrooms, and the parking is miserable."

Did I mention it was the most popular newspaper in China? Oops.

Unemployment is down but it's still at 5.8 percent. That's still a pretty high figure though and I think I can explain it. Because some of the people working in this country are complete idiots!!! If you don't believe me, then check out this interview with an employee of the United States Department of Agriculture. Apparently, Mohamed Atta, one of the September 11th hijackers tried to acquire a government loan prior to September 11th, in order to finance their future terrorist attack. The good news is that the terrorists don't seem very intelligent. Atta was not very bashful about his future plans. Check out these lovely threats:

"He asked me what would prevent him from going behind my desk and cutting my throat and making off with the millions of dollars in that safe."

Or this lovely remark,

'How would America like it if another country destroyed that city and some of the monuments in it,' like the cities in his country had been destroyed?"

Atta was even nice enough to mention our new friends,

"He mentioned al Qaeda, he mentioned Osama bin Laden." He boasted about the role that they would one day play. "He said this man would someday be known as the world's greatest leader," she said.

So the terrorists sent their best man to acquire this loan, and he couldn't even keep his mouth shut about the whole operation?!? We're not dealing with very intelligent people here. Luckily for the terrorists, neither was Atta. Johnelle Bryant, the Department of Agriculture representative who spoke with Atta didn't bother mentioning the incident to anyone. Now I know that hindsight is 20-20 so I will give Mrs. Bryant the benefit of the doubt here. Not everyone would have reported the strange incident to the FBI. But personally, if someone threatened to kill me, then threatended to destroy the city I lived in, then started talking about a new world order, I think I might bring it up in, oh say, watercooler conversation at the very friggin' least.

On a side note, I found it particularly disturbing that Atta kept referring to Mrs. Bryant with disgust as "but a female". These people need to wake up and realize it's the 21st century.
If you want to read something truly sickening, check out this threat from Sulaiman bu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti-born cleric. It seems like all these Islamofascist nutcases are all "clerics" these days. Which got me to wondering, just how exactly does one became a "cleric". Is it similar to when your grandfather gets Alzheimer's disease and starts babbling incoherently? Seems like these guys lost their minds a long time ago. Anyway, here's the scary stuff:

"So we have the right to kill four million Americans, including one million children, displace double that figure and injure and cripple hundreds of thousands," he said.

The crazy cleric is correct to point out that the United States has been responsible for the death of some Arab people. Of course what he won't tell you is that a large number of those killed were terrorists, or parties aiding terrorist groups. Some innocent civilians may have even died as a result of the military action used to stop these terrorist madmen. So I can understand that the cleric might be a little off his rocker about that. But for him to say he has the "right", repeat, THE RIGHT, to kill 4 million Americans is downright sickening. First of all, his numbers are greatly exaggerated. To claim America is directly, or even indirectly responsible for the deaths of 4 million Arabs is a downright lie. Second, if the cleric wishes to wage war with the United States, that is his perogative. But he has no divine right to kill 4 American citizens just because he's got his turban in a bunch. American will not hand over 4 million citizens simply to be killed.

I believe the last group of people in our history that wanted to kill millions of people were the Nazis. So now that we know who we're dealing with, let's do what we need to do and not shed any more tears for these psychopaths.