August 30, 2003

Oldie But Goodie

Back in October of 2002, I posted these links on my old blogger blog. I thought they were worth digging up and reposting in light of Bustamante and his AZTLAN connections finally being reported in the media, and that there's actually interest now in the subject of MEChA.

This one is an article titled "The Road to AZTLAN":

As one of MEChA’s founding documents, El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan (The Spiritual Plan of Atzlan) puts it: “In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal ‘gringo’ invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.”

El Plan Espiritual is typical, not just for its atrocious prose, but also for its violent racial overtones. Indeed, to judge by the numerous Web sites and student publications sponsored by MEChA, life after the reconquest is going to be a pretty dreary affair. Just beneath the surface of the Marxist-inspired “union of free pueblos” imagined by MEChA visionaries runs a rich vein of race hatred and conspiratorial anti-Semitism. As an editorial addressed to “capitalist whites” in the University of California Irvine’s La Voz Mestiza (The Mestiza Voice) concludes, “You’ve spilled enough of our blood, now it’s your turn to bleed you [expletive] sub-human beasts.” Or, as one of MEChA’s many charming slogans has it, “por la Raza todo; fuera la Raza nada”: for those of our race, everything; for those outside of it, nothing.

Such statements don’t leave much to the imagination. In calling for the re-partition of the American Southwest, MEChA is not just seeking the overthrow of the American government but the overthrow of its people as well. Only in this way will it achieve “the bronze continent for the bronze people” of which it dreams. This is strong beer, indeed. As a number of recent cases indicated, however, MEChA is not just tolerated on our supposedly multicultural campuses. It is encouraged:

1) In 1995, the Voz Fronteriza, the University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) official MEChA publication, ran an editorial on the death of a Latino INS agent. Describing him as a traitor to his race who deserved to die, the editors of the Voz concluded that “all the migra [a pejorative term for the Immigration and Naturalization Service] pigs should be killed, every single one.” In the controversy that followed, UCSD Vice Chancellor Joseph W. Watson defended the publication’s right to free expression. Watson also refused to officially condemn the sentiments expressed in the Voz Fronteriza article, arguing that “the university is legally prohibited from censuring the contents of student publications.”

2) Late last year, two student reporters from the UCSD satiric publication, The Koala, attended and attempted to photograph an open meeting of MEChA. In response to complaints from MEChA, the UCSD administration charged them with violating the student code’s catch-all prohibition on “obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other UCSD or University activities.” Watson — the same man who, six years earlier, had defended the Voz Fronteriza’s “right to free expression” and refused to condemn the contents of the publication — issued a statement to “condemn Koala’s abuse of the constitutional guarantees of free expression and disfavor their unconscionable behavior”.

Watson then brought the staff of The Koala before an administrative court. When it appeared the court was likely to find in The Koala’s favor, the administration annulled the proceedings and ordered that the trial be re-held, this time in secret. The Koala was saved from Watson’s kangaroo court only after the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) stepped in, reminding the UCSD administration of the constitutional protections of due process and freedom of expression and calling media attention to the case.

3) In February of this year, The California Patriot, a publication of the University of California Berkeley College Republicans, ran an article critical of MEChA. Before the journal could be distributed, a number of people — apparently MEChA activists — broke into the Patriot’s campus offices and stole the entire print run, valued at $2000. When Patriot staff members lodged a complaint with the university police department, they received death threats. The university, meanwhile, quietly dropped the case. It continues to supply Berkeley MEChA with $20,000 in yearly student activity fees.

You're going to want to read all of this one.

The second link is to a group called FIRE that's trying to stop hate groups like MEChA from having free reign on our college campuses.

Update: Breaker (who will be one of the guest bloggers here next week) has a lot on the subject over on his new blog.

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August 29, 2003

Everyone Is Doing It

Blogging that is. Now even Allah has a blog!

(and very amusing it is too!)

Link via Amish Tech Support

Posted by Ithildin at 6:18 PM

Friday Bric-a-Brac

I love the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack! (If you want to talk about PotC, there are several posts on the subject over at Girls! In a few weeks, it will turn to Return of the King, I'm sure)

Don't you hate it when the jewelry in your bellybutton piercing keeps getting caught on the waistband of your jeans?

Going to see Jen tomorrow to pick up the care package for Utah. We'll stay the weekend and then I'll use the Monday holiday to get ready for vacation.

We're going to do pizza, the LotR drinking game, and view The Two Towers on Jen's big screen Sunday.

Yes, we will go see PotC again!

I'm hungry!

One of my favourite tracks on the PotC soundtrack is #7 -- Barbossa is Hungry. It's the bit where the Pearl is running down the Interceptor just before the big battle. I love the choir bits in it.

I'm bummed there will be no more SG1 till January :(

I've always wanted to take fencing.

The week is almost over!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:04 PM | Comments (3)

Flu Of Mass Destruction

Flu could be next terror weapon, warn scientists

Posted by Ithildin at 5:52 PM

Your Orders...

are to go wish Juliette a happy birthday!

GO!!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:41 PM

Blog Learnin'!

Blog-buddyette, Rachel has been made the subject of a college English assignment. So, I followed the links on her blog to the student's blogs, and checked out a few of them. I was very happy to discover that America's youth is much brighter than they're usually given credit for.

I also wanted to single out this blog, since Sean is a big "Stargate: SG1" fan. We fans need to stick together!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:37 PM

This Is Nifty

I've discovered A&C is on Technorati's "Top 50 Interesting Recent Blogs", and that the blog comes in at #12!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM

Meatless Omelettes On The Shore Of Galilee

This was a post on The Corner today that I found very amusing:

This is a little long, but it's hilarious, from a priest who is no stranger to Corner readers. This closing line is one of the all-time greats in epistolary history. It appears as a letter in the current issue of Crisis magazine:

I was delighted to read the Manichaean ramblings of Danel Paden, director of the Catholic Vegetarian Society ("Letters," June 2003). It confirmed my theory that fanaticism in Western society alternates between nudism and vegetarianism, both of which contradict the order of grace.

As an optimist, I happily trust that Paden confines his extreme commitments to vegetarianism.

Taste is one thing; it is another thing to condemn meat eating as "evil" and permissible only "in rare and unfortunate circumstances." Paden disagrees with no less an authority than God, Who forbids us to call any edible unworthy (Mark 7: 18-19), and Who enjoins St Peter to eat pork chops and lobster in one of my favorite revelations (Acts 10: 9-16). Does the Catholic Vegetarian Society think that our Lord was wrong to have served up fish to the 5,000, or should He have refrained from eating the Passover Lamb? When He rose from the dead and appeared in the Upper Room, He did not ask for a bowl of Cheerios, nor did He whip up a meatless omelette on the shore of Galilee.

Man was made to eat flesh (Genesis 1: 26-31; 9: 1-6), with the exception of human flesh. I stand on record against cannibalism, whether it be inflicted upon the Mbuti Pygmies by the Congolese Army or on larger people by a maniac in Milwaukee. But I am also grateful that the benevolent father in the parable did not welcome his prodigal son home with a bowl of radishes.

Vegetarians assume an unedifying posture of detachment from the sufferings of vegetables that are mashed, stewed, diced, and shredded. In expensive restaurants, cherries are publicly burned in brandy to the applause of diners. It is not uncommon for people to submerge olives in iced gin and twist the peels of lemons. Be indignant, vegetarian, but not so selectively indignant that the bleat of the lamb and the plaintive moo of the cow drown out the whine of our brother the bean and the quiet sigh of the cauliflower.

Vegetables have reactive impulses. Were we to confine our diet to creatures that lacked sense and do not even respond to light, we could only eat liturgists and liberal Democrats.

The Rev. George W. Rutler
New York City

Posted by Ithildin at 5:24 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

"I Want Your Sex" by George Michael

Now this one just has to drive Paul around the bend! (though my track record lately hasn't been good!)

come on I want your sex come on I want your sex that's right, all night oh I want your sex I want your...sex

sexy baby's
sexy body
keeps me guessing
with a promise
I know we can come together
but the question is
will we ever?

sexy baby's
(sexy baby's)
sexy body
(sexy body)
keeps me guessing
with a promise
I know we can come together
but the question is
will we ever?

together-you and me

Today's song is dedicated Roberta, who's bored at work.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:56 PM | Comments (6)

Oooooh!

Ancient stone circle discovered

This is very kewl! The circle was discovered right near the Callanish circle on the Isle of Lewis. I've actually been there -- in November -- and when I was at Callanish, for the first 15 minutes or so, my brother and I were the only two people there. The sun would peek out from between the storm clouds every now and then, hitting the stones and bringing out the pink colour and striking the crystals in the rock and making them almost glitter. All you could hear was the wind. I looked away from the car park and shop, out towards the loch, and you could almost forget you were in the 20th century. There was no sing of civilization from that vantage point. It was an amazing experience. Then a bus pulled up, and spell was broken. But I still hold that memory close.


This picture isn't the greatest. My boss scanned it for me back in 1997, but it gives you a bit of an idea.

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Posted by Ithildin at 7:59 AM

There Be Squalls Ahead....

Check out TellNoTales.com, you bloomin' cockroaches!

(though the website isn't actually at tellnotales.com)

(bloomin' cockroaches are just like blommin' onions... excpet different)

A hearty "Avast!" to Mickey for the link.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM

Frightening Fairy Tales

Don tells a story. Save this one for bedtime reading to the kiddies!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:14 AM

August 28, 2003

Her Resume

Drudge has a blurb that "Hillary Clinton has set a date to discuss a run for the presidency..."

Now, aside from the fact that her being President is a nightmare scenario, I just would like to know what she thinks makes her Presidential material. No, seriously, what does? She's a lawyer? So are thousands of people. She was First Lady? So she's qualified to be President because she was married to one? Not very feminista of her, is it? Not to mention her supporters that seem to think that who you marry is some sort of entree into the most powerful position in the Free World. She's been a Senator, for what, two years? Yeah, that fills me with confidence in her experience.

I'm going to bed now on these happy thoughts.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:27 PM | Comments (2)

Down In The Bronze Age

One of Wales' oldest farms dating back thousands of years is believed to have been discovered in a field in Ceredigion.

"This farm is a missing link in the pre-history of west Wales.

"Although a number of hill forts date from this period, non-defended domestic settlements are extremely rare."

The remains of the burial mounds consist of three rings, each about 12 metres in diameter.

They are typical of burial mounds of about 2000 BC where the cremated remains of the community's elders would have been buried.

But according to Mr Hughes, the second excavation is even more exciting.

Within the pear-shaped stone enclosure are post-holes belonging to Bronze Age or early Iron Age huts.

The settlement is big enough to have contained two or three houses.

"Carbon dating should confirm that the burial mound dates to about 2000BC," said Mr Hughes.

This means the Bronze Age graveyard dates back to the time the Preseli Bluestones were raised at Stonehenge.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM

Vote "Yes" On Racism

So Cruz won't renounce his ties to MEChA. Are we surprised? No, didn't think so! It was good to see FOX News reporting again on this subject today. The hypocrisy surrounding Bustamante's membership and association with this racist group is breathtaking. Can you imagine a White politician saying he wasn't in a leadership position of the Klu Klux Klan?? That he was a moderate racist? (okay, so one White politician gets the same pass -- Robert Byrd, but then he's a Democrat, isn't he?) And yet those are the excuses being made for our Lt. Governor without even a hint of embarrassment. Remember Trent Lott? Yeah, all he did was make some insensitive comments at a birthday party. He was vilified in the press. I'd like to see even 1/2 the same amount of attention for Bustamante when it comes not only to MEChA, but his using the "N" word at a Black history celebration. As far as the "mainstream" media is concerned, if you're a Democrat you can be racist till the cows come home with not a bit of censure.

They should be ashamed of themselves! Of course, feeling shame would require a conscience wouldn't it?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM | Comments (5)

Battle Cry!!

This was sent to an email list I own:

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Zang! Who is that, running amidst the icy wasteland! It is Ithy, hands clutching two hardened pitas! And with a cruel roar, her voice cometh:

"Vengeance and goo flow from my veins! I slice through beating hearts until Satan himself emerges from the pit to thank me!!"

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Lil Update: I thought my horoscope was amusing considering the above:

There is apt to be a powerful aggression to the day that may leave you feeling like you want to declare war on everyone you meet, dear Cancer. (You say it like there's something wrong with that!) You may get the feeling that everyone else is completely off their rocker and that you are the only one who really knows what is going on. (Well, DUH!!!) Be aware of misinformed people and false information. (again, I say, DUH!!) Wars could erupt over facts that seem true at first, but are actually just someone's misguided dreams.

(Has anyone ever fisked a horoscope before?)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:39 AM | Comments (2)

August 27, 2003

For The "Little People"

Found on The Corner:

According to the London Sunday Times (no link) Germany’s parliament is to consider a proposal which would give parents the right to cast additional ballots for each of their children below the age of 18. A Green parliamentarian interviewed by the Sunday Times compared the move to the campaign for female suffrage and added this:

“This is no joke because there are millions of little people living in our society today who often have more informed political views than adults who are currently being discriminated against simply on account of their age.”

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM | Comments (2)

Sharing

If you'd like to share your 9/11 stories, you can contribute to Michele's "Voices" project. All the background is here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:37 PM

Well Why Didn't You Say So?

Like everyone, I get my share of Nigerian scam letters. This one caught my eye, and gave me a giggle:

FROM: THE DESK OF MR.JAMES IYERE. UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC LAGOS NIGERIA BIG, STRONG, RELIABLE. PRIVATE EMAIL:jamesiyere@balita.com

He's big, strong, and reliable!! Or is that his bank he's talking about?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM | Comments (2)

No Smiling, We're Canadian!

Just had to pass on this one. Not only are you not allowed to smile, there are guidelines for acceptable facial expressions. So start practicing those 'neutral expressions'!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:19 PM | Comments (1)

Isn't It Nice?

You know what's nice? Finding a fairly new blog and seeing you're one of a handful of blogs on their blogroll. It's incredibly flattering! That's happened a few times this week, and I felt like mentioning it.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM | Comments (2)

It's Not Just The French

This quote was sent to me via email:

"A political and social welfare organization with a military wing that has launched terror attacks against Israel." --ABC's Mike Lee describing none other than Hamas
Posted by Ithildin at 5:13 PM | Comments (1)

Alas For Lost Stud Puppies

Harrison Ford is now officially on my "celebrity nimnull list". He's been close, but today, he gets his own special spot right alongside the Dixie Chicks (I hope he and Natalie get along...).

In Madrid, Spain -- that's right, gentle readers, he's in another country saying this stuff -- he said:

"I'm very disturbed about the direction American foreign policy is going," said Ford, with US post-war casualties having exceeded those during the actual conflict.

"I think something needs to be done to help alleviate the conditions which have created a disenfranchised and angry faction in the Middle East.

"I don't think military intervention is the correct solution. I regret what we as a country have done so far," said Chicago-born Ford, 62.

[....]

Although on screen Ford has starred in many action-packed, gun-toting thrillers -his Hollywood Homicide alongside 25-year-old Josh Hartnett is, in fact, more designed as a comedy - Ford abhors liberal US gun laws.

"I'm very troubled by the proliferation of arms, at the fact so many people in the United States carry guns. It obviously contributes greatly to the crime problems we have. I'm sure gun laws should be strengthened in the United States. I just don't know the correct mechanism."

You know, Harrison has been my favourite Hollywood stud puppy since I was 14 and saw "Star Wars". I went to every single one of his movies in those early carefree days. But, alas, the love affair has ended. Like so many of Hollywood's finest, he along with Viggo Mortenson, and Johnny Depp, will now be told to just keep their mouths shut and look pretty. It's for the best, dahlings, it really is. Trust me on this, guys. Would I lie to you?

(A little lunchtime posting today)

(I saved our warehouse from potentially burning down this morning!)

Posted by Ithildin at 12:28 PM | Comments (12)

We Were All Wrong

See what happens when you jump to conclusions? It was Martians all along. My apologies to any Islamofascists I may have offended by my premature presumption.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:09 PM

30,000

I hit the 30,000 mark at 8:28 this morning. The winning visitor was from FRB.GOV. I know, it's an honour :)

Your million dollars isn't in the mail, nor will it ever be, but you can have that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from winning! Paul will send you a ham on my behalf.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:23 AM | Comments (4)

August 26, 2003

The Precious

From the OneRing.Net newsletter I get:

Show Us Your TTT!!

So you've got your new precious eh? It still has that 'just bought' smell to
it doesn't it? Do you still have the wrapping? The bill? It's all so new and
exciting isn't it! Why not share your experience and send us a photo of
yourself with your TTT Video or DVD! You could hug it, or have it on your
head, you could be outside or in your car, anywhere or at anytime, just send
it to us! We wanna see you and share your love for your copy of TTT!
Send all images to: xoanon@theonering.net

I've got mine! It's in my lap as I type. Soon, it will make its way to the DVD player and all will be well.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:12 PM | Comments (3)

Always Loved The A-Team!

Did you know there were A-Team novels? And, as an aside, George Peppard rocked!

Anyway, onto the point of the post, if it even has one, which I'm beginning to doubt...

I'd hire them, but I don't think they'd work for booze and cookies!

A merry band of buccaneers we'd have though!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:11 PM | Comments (3)

Why

Rachel has a post up that echoes a sentiment I'm seeing all over the last few days:

Let me get this straight - I have to be subjected to hundreds of hours of programming about Laci friggin' Peterson over the last nine months, on regular news, breaking news, news magazines, even some A&E program - but "nothing special" about 9/11 on its second anniversary? That's just one example. The news people spend completely obnoxious amounts of time on "special" programming for all manner of utter and complete crap, but only TWO YEARS after the worst day in America's history, they're not going to bother devoting primetime air to commemorate that catastrophe?

I don't get it. I don't get it. I. Do. Not. Get. It.

John Derbyshire at NRO says:

Yesterday, waiting for a train in Penn Station, I was browsing a magazine in one of the newsstands. Suddenly I came across a 9/11 picture--one showing people jumping to their deaths from the burning World Trade Center. Looking at it, I felt that anger all over again, as hot and fierce as ever. We should all feel it, much more often than (I think) we do. Never, never forget what these swine did to us. Never let up on them, never let our government let up on them, until the last rat has been hunted down to the last rat-hole and killed stone dead. And the people who finance them, and help them, and cheer them on--they have it coming, too.

And if you have to be reminded why we feel this way, check out this excerpt of a press release of an Islamic extremist group based in the UK:

“Two years on then, it seems that during their customary 1 minutes silence in NewYork and elsewhere on September the 11th 2003, Muslims worldwide will again be watching replays of the collapse of the Twin Towers, praying to Allah (SWT) to grant those magnificent 19, Paradise. They will also be praying for the reverberations to continue until the eradication of all man-made law and the implementation of divine law in the form of the Khilafah - carrying the message of Islam to the world and striving for Izhar ud-Deen i.e. the total domination of the world by Islam.”

And this one (links and commentary on the following are here):

“One of the many benefits of 9/11 was that it clearly delineated the two camps of Islam and Kufr (non-Islam), the camp of Haq (truth) and that of Batil (falsehood), the camp of sovereignty and supremacy for God as opposed to sovereignty and supremacy for man made law. Verily Muslims have no choice but to reject all alliances apart from those with Muslims. This means rejecting the UN and any organisation or body propagating man made law. As Allah (SWT) says in the Qur'an:

'O believers do not take the Jews and Christians as friends and protectors. They are just supporters of and love each other alone. And whoever does turn to them is one of them. Verily Allah does not guide the oppressors' [EMQ 5:51]

And 'The believers are a single brotherhood' [EMQ 49:10]

Let it be known therefore that all regimes, governments and bodies (implementing man made law) in the world today are rejected by Muslims and that the only legitimate authority, recognised in Islam on the state level, is that of the Islamic State i.e. Al-Khilafah, which must be established by Muslims and which will carry the message of Islam to the world - striving for Izhar ud-Deen i.e. the total domination of the world by Islam, through its divine foreign policy of Jihad.”

That clear enough for all of us?

As the President said today:

"No nation can be neutral in the struggle between civilization and chaos. Every nation that stands on the side of freedom and the value of human life must act against the few who would destroy the hopes of many,"

What he said.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM | Comments (4)

When The King Returns...

Peter Jackson may get an Oscar.

There's lots of good stuff in the article, so shoo!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM

A Visual Aid

I may never have to explain the whole "milk goes first" thing ever again!


A hearty avast to Ambient Irony for the link!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM | Comments (3)

Kewl Beans!

A member of my posse (everyone should have a posse) got his much coveted Instalanche!!

Way to go, Jay! And happy blogiversary!

(Don't forget us little folk on your meteoric rise to the top.)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:11 PM | Comments (1)

Hot Fresh Cookies!

Thanks to leaving a comment here, I just discovered a fairly new blog called
"The Patriette". It's nifty, and you should go visit!

Now!

Shoo!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:58 AM

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A hearty avast to MoodVertigo for the link!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:55 AM | Comments (1)

NASA

The Laughing Wolf talks about NASA and the future.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM

Blame Where Blame Is Due

Michele posts about Bill Maher and his asinine assertion that SUVs are to blame for the deaths of children whose parents leave them in their vehicles:

Once again, the far left - of which Maher is a card-carrying member - blame something other than the person at fault. I'm waiting for the inevitable class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of SUV owners whose children died in that horrible way, claiming that they made the cars too big or too wide or the seat backs too high.

It's just another case of Maher and his like wanting to blame the ills of the world on SUV owners. It's the parents and caregivers, stupid. Not the car.

Do these people ever believe that people should accept responsibility for their actions? Not to mention do they ever get their facts straight before making sweeping assertions? Silly question!

Update: and a companion post.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:40 AM | Comments (2)

Smile

Remember I told you about that singles conservative club in the Bay Area Nin and I joined? Well, I got an email with this link to a comic Chris Muir of Day By Day did for the group.

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Posted by Ithildin at 7:30 AM | Comments (4)

August 25, 2003

Did You Know...

that there is a statue of Lenin in a park in Seattle? Neither did I! Go read about it over at Master of None.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:05 PM | Comments (4)

Two

Two interesting posts over at the Angry Clam:

ARNOLD IS AGAINST PROPOSITION 54

&

RACISTS IN SACRAMENTO

Posted by Ithildin at 5:56 PM

And... Lacking An Ounce Of Sense

Old ID Card Gives New Status to Mexicans in U.S

In East Chicago, Ind., immigrants with the Mexican identification card, known as the matrícula consular, can now borrow library books and arrange city water services. In Cincinnati, police officers accept the card from crime victims, witnesses and suspects.

In Indianapolis, immigrants carrying the matrícula card can apply for building licenses and permits to drive taxis and operate vending carts.

Are any of our officials at all serious about controlling illegal activity? Not only are they not serious, they encourage it!

.... Emboldened by the changing climate, Mr. Montes de Oca recently carried his card into the red brick offices of National City Bank, which started wooing undocumented immigrants with matrícula cards last year.

Within minutes, he had his first checking account and debit card.

"It makes me feel good to see the matrícula accepted in so many places," said Mr. Montes de Oca, 29, who was rejected when he tried to open a bank account last year because he lacked a Social Security number. "This makes me feel welcome."

It makes him feel welcome. A man who is breaking our laws, encouraged to do so by our government bodies and businesses, feels welcome now.

Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security say this is worrisome because they believe the card is vulnerable to fraud and misuse by criminals and terrorists, a contention that Mexican and some American officials dispute.

[....]

"Any federal government acceptance of unreliable identification cards from persons resident in the United States compromises our homeland security," wrote the four Republicans, including F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

But is anyone listening?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM | Comments (1)

Nifty Archeology Bit

7,000-Year-Old Clay Found in Germany

An ancient clay figure of the lower half of a male body believed to date back to the Stone Age has been discovered in eastern Germany, archeologists said Thursday.

Workers digging on Monday for a new gas pipeline outside of Dresden came across the figure, which measures eight centimeters (three inches), said Judith Oexle, an archaeologist for the state of Saxony.

The figure, which details a male body from the waist to the calves, is the first such representation of a man to be found in the area, believed to date from 5,000 B.C., Oexle said. Previous finds have been representations of women.

"We believe that the entire figure originally measured 25 centimeters (10 inches) long," Oexle told reporters in Dresden Thursday, adding she believed it symbolized fertility and was created by farmers who settled middle Europe during the Stone Age.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:37 PM | Comments (1)

An Ounce of Common Sense

They come from all over — China, Russia, Mexico, Ethiopia, even France — looking for opportunity and for better lives for their children. These are not the tired, hungry and poor yearning simply to be free, and it's not just America they've come to. These are the huddled masses yearning to learn English, and they've come to Vegas to do it.

While battles continue to rage in states like Oregon, Texas, Colorado, Illinois and New York, where some language education "experts" still cling to an outmoded construction known as bilingual education, Las Vegas hotel-casinos teach English the way new Americans have been learning it for generations: immersion, sink or swim.

Las Vegas has been quietly succeeding where public schools subscribing to the bilingual model have failed — and it has done so simply by not tampering with an individual's natural predisposition to grasp a new language faster when it is the only tool available. So while school children in bilingual ed — whose adaptive young brains are poised to assimilate language within months — are unable to read, write or form a clear thought in English, 40- and 60-year-old immigrants laboring as cooks, guest room attendants and bellhops at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino must communicate with co-workers and customers the only way that they can be understood — in English.

Interesting read that can be found in its entirety here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM

Drink Up, Me Hearties!

Cus it's good for your heart!

Amongst other things.

Life-Extending Chemical Is Found in Certain Red Wines

ologists have found a class of chemicals that they hope will make people live longer by activating an ancient survival reflex. One of the chemicals, a natural substance known as resveratrol, is found in red wines, particularly those made in cooler climates like that of New York.

The finding could help explain the so-called French paradox, the fact that the French live as long as anyone else despite consuming fatty foods deemed threatening to the heart.

Besides the wine connection, the finding has the attraction of stemming from fundamental research in the biology of aging. However, the new chemicals have not yet been tested even in mice, let alone people, and even if they worked in humans, it would be many years before any drug based on the new findings became available.

The possible benefits could be significant. The chemicals are designed to mimic the effect of a very low-calorie diet, which is known to lengthen the life span of rodents. Scientists involved in the research say that human life spans could be extended by 30 percent if humans respond to the chemicals in the same way as rats and mice do to low calories. Even someone who started at age 50 to take one of the new chemicals could expect to gain an extra 10 years of life, said Dr. Leonard Guarente of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the pioneers of the new research.

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80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

Up in Memphis the music's like a heatwave White lightening, bound to drive you wild Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl "Love me tender" leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for

Black velvet and that little boy's smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring ya to your knees
Black velvet if you please

Dedicated to all my commenters :)

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Keep A Good Thought

For those dealing with the horrible fires in the Okanagan region of B.C. My aunt lives in Kamloops, and I have cousins in the area, and we're hearing it's pretty bad. A lot of folks have lost everything.

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Gimme!

From The Corner:

More madness in New York City: according to a report in this weekend’s New York Sun a draft of a resolution being considered by the mayor’s Charter Revision Commission includes the suggestion that NYC’s green-card holders should be given the vote in elections for City Council, mayor and other offices.

This is nonsense. If a resident wants to vote he or she should make the effort to become a citizen. Not to insist on this is to make a mockery of both democracy and citizenship. It could also, incredibly, be the thin end of an even larger wedge. The Sun quotes Gouri Sadhwani, the director of something known as the New York Civic Participation Project (a joint venture between labor and immigrants’ groups) as saying that the vote should be extended to illegal, as well as legal, immigrants. She doesn’t think “we should draw distinctions between people who have green cards and people who don’t.”

Well, that’s right in one way – and, probably, one way only – neither should have the vote.

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Finally!!

Watching FOX News before I head off to work and finally they're reporting on Cruz Bustamante's ties to AZTLAN. And in the segment prior, they reported that Spanish language news here in CA is purposely highlighting Bustamante's run for Governor to the exclusion of the other candidates. They guy that runs one news outlet actually admitted it! Made some comment about a Latino candidate being the one that had relevance to the Hispanic community. So does that mean English stations should ignore Bustamante since he's Hispanic and has no relevance to non Hispanics? Just asking.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:46 AM | Comments (1)

August 24, 2003

A Hearty Avast!

So Andrea wants "hat tip" to die. I tried using "link fodder" for a bit, but went back to "link via". But, from now on, I'm going to use "a hearty avast!", or perhaps "ARRR!"

What say you, me hearties?

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August 23, 2003

I Got...

a Motorla T720

Now to find kewl ringtones! and to figure out how to use the blasted thing!

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Shameless Capitalism

Last weekend, I added a link to Amazon here on the blog. So if you're feeling inclined to buy a little something for yourself, and if you click through here, I'll get a few cents towards upkeep of all the blogs here on the Wing.

Your patronage is greatly appreciated, and I know I speak for all of the inhabitants here. Thanks to everyone who has given in the past. I really do mean that. Blows me away that folks would care enough to donate.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:01 PM

What She Said

Ready, Aim, shoot own foot

Those ignorant, grifting wastrels on House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee nicked $55 million for projects in their home states Out of the $130 million for Solar System missions. That's 43%. This is the program Congress insisted in and funded for $105 million in FY 2003. Now that money is shot. And the cost of the delay will be about $80 million [17%].

The usual Congressional shennanigans with your money? Sure. But. . . the cost to the potential scientific knowledge to be gained is incalculable. This goes way beyond penny wise and pound foolish. Besides the loss of information about Pluto-Charon, about the formation of planets, about the formation of our Solar System; who knows what else the sensors would have seen out there.

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Cell Phone Blues

Well, I think I'm going with Cingular. AT&T just hasn't been easy to deal with, and I'm holding a grudge. The thing I like about Cingular is the roll over minutes. I'm just hoping their service area is as good as AT&T. This will be on the new GMS service too, and I'll have my own phone now. Before this, Nin usually had the phone since she had the truck. Now we'll both have phones, and long distance, so I can call TamTam!

I know, this was an exciting post!

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Kiefer!

The ladies at LCA have scored the big (on screen I better add!) kahuna of 24 to the LCA guest roster! Way to go!

I'm still bummed I can't go this year [sniff]

Posted by Ithildin at 12:22 PM

Dynomite!

In an odd GMTA moment, I read over at Juliette's blog, Baldilocks, that Jimmy J.J. Walker has a blog! And we were just talking about him at work earlier this week and wondering what ever happened to him.

No permalinks, but he has several interesting posts on things like the police and the death penalty, and reparations.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:09 PM

Whole Lotta Hobbit Going On

The coolest of news! This came via EvilT in email and I'm passing it on to all fellow ME Addicts :) I'm there! What about you?

Attention, Frodo fanatics: Better load up on the popcorn and soda and invest in a comfy cushion--because you're in for a sore butt.

Two weeks before The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wraps things up on December 17, New Line Cinema plans to unleash in theaters special extended editions of the first two installments in director Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy.

Cinephiles who couldn't get enough of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring special edition DVD, which clocked in at 208 minutes and
included scenes not in the theatrical version, will be able to see the epic
on the big screen in all its glory starting on December 5 in about 100 movie
houses in the U.S. and 20 in Canada.

A week later, on December 12, New Line will unspool the special 214-minute
extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. That version is
slated to premiere as a DVD first on November 18 (the DVD of last year's
"official" theatrical release is due out on Tuesday).

But wait! There's more!

(realized this was looong, so I made it an extended entry. Click MORE!)

For those with serious Hobbit habits longing to venture into Middle Earth for more than a few hours, New Line plans to screen all three films back-to-back-to-back on December 16 in a daylong marathon that will carry over with The Return of the King's global release on December 17.

Per Daily Variety, New Line sent memos out to exhibitors across the country
this week informing them of the reissue and suggesting various screening
strategies to maximize promotion leading up to The Return of the King.

The goal, according to the studio, is not simply monetary, but it's intended
to refresh moviegoers' memories of the good-vs.-evil saga that has been
lording over the box office and critics' lists for the past two years.

"The release of the third film affords us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to give audiences a compelling new theatrical experience of Peter Jackson
(news)'s sprawling vision for this trilogy," Rolf Mittwg, New Line's head of
worldwide distribution and marketing, told Variety.

The memo lays out guidelines for theaters calling for Fellowship to begin screening at 3 p.m. on December 16, Two Towers to follow at 7 p.m., and the first official showing of Return of the King kicking off at 11 p.m. and concluding early in the wee hours of the 17th.

The final installment is going to be the longest in the series, coming in at over three hours. Jackson promised fans in a recent USA Today interview that the climactic clash between Middle Earthlings and the fiendish Lord Sauron and his minions at Pelennor Fields will surpass Two Towers' Battle of Helm's Deep in breadth and scope.

Jackson says the most satisfying part of Return of the King will be the
emotional climax, something he had to bring the entire cast back for
additional shooting this spring and forced him to even rework some key
scenes.

"Everybody feels we are paying off the story now," Jackson said. "The scenes tend to be more emotionally charged, which is why the actors enjoyed them and I enjoyed filming them. It absolutely has to be the best. We owe it to people."

New Line is banking on the Lord of Rings capper to build enough buzz to
finally garner Jackson and his epic an Oscar. Despite a slew of nominations
(Two Towers being the first sequel since The Godfather Part II to be
nominated for Best Picture) and some wins in technical categories, the
golden guy has proven elusive to the filmmaker. Many show-biz insiders
believe the usually fantasy-averse Motion Picture Academy is waiting for the
finale before anointing Jackson's work.

Regardless of whether Jackson stocks up his trophy case, his Rings cycle has
put him in a league of his own.

The filmmaker recently sealed a deal with Universal Pictures for his next
project, a massive retelling of King Kong that will see him earn $20 million
up front as well as gross points on the back end, one of the most lucrative
contracts ever for a director.

Advanced tickets for the rereleases are slated to go on sale in late
September or early October via movie-ticketing sites like Fandango,
Moviefone and Movietickets.com as well as exhibitor Websites.

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August 22, 2003

Pass It On

Thanks to Jay, I found a great blog today. Go and take a look at "Baldilocks" -- you'll be glad you did!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM | Comments (1)

Breaking The Bank

From The Toqc:

A new analysis of Census Bureau data compiled by the Federation for American Immigration Reform shows that American taxpayers are paying $7.4 billion per year to educate the children of illegal aliens.

The estimated cost in some states is over one billion dollars, while others tally between six and 750 million dollars according to the report, "Breaking the Piggy Bank: How Illegal Immigration is Sending Schools Into the Red." " That's enough money to put a computer on the desk of every junior high school student in America."

The whole story here.

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Be My Guest

Wayne from The Tocq has graciously volunteered to guest blog for me here at A&C while I'm on holiday. But we don't want him to be lonely, so if you'd like to give guest blogging a shot, by all means email me and let me know! (edithna AT yahoo DOT com)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:05 PM | Comments (1)

Which Of Henry VIII's Wives Are You



Which of Henry VIII's wives are you?
this quiz was made by the proper Victorian ladies at Spookbot
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The Truth Revealed

You know what I heard about him? It's quite awful, but I need to share this with you regardless.

He REUSES TEA BAGS!!

I know, terrible isn't it? But it get's worse. He doesn't use hot water when he reuses his tea bags, he uses the blood of small furry creatures.

So now you know the terrible truth.

(this has been a Dark Lord story as requested by the Great One)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:37 AM | Comments (4)

Some Good News

Order not to arrest illegals overturned

An order by the chief Border Patrol agent in San Diego for his agents not to arrest illegal immigrants on city streets or question them except along the border has been overturned by Robert C. Bonner, commissioner of the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.

[....]

"We were very happy to hear that the order had been rescinded," said agent Shawn Moran, spokesman for National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 in San Diego.
"We hope it's a harbinger of things to come, that the Border Patrol — under Customs and Border Protection — is now going to focus on law enforcement," he said.
Agent Joseph N. Dassaro, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 had issued a statement last week saying that while agents were "disgusted" by the order, the agency maintained the right to determine the Border Patrol's mission.
He advised the agents at the time to "fully comply with the policy, regardless of personal or professional opinion."
"We are all disgusted at the recent turn of events concerning the Mexican Consulate, subsequent related events, and the issuance of this recent policy memorandum," the Dassaro statement said. "The situation in totality represents the systemic abrogation of our responsibilities to foreign governments and interests.
"As federal officers, we should all be disgusted; however, we should not be surprised," he said.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:00 AM

August 21, 2003

Waiting For That Hard Hitting Media Coverage

Yesterday I posted wondering about the lack of media coverage on the ties Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has with the racist group AZTLAN. Turns out Michelle Melkin is wondering to. Go read it all, but here's a sampling:

As a student at Fresno State University in the 1970s, Bustamante was an active member of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or MEChA, which stands for the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan. Bustamante repeatedly denies having a "radical ethnic agenda," but has refused to disassociate himself from his Mechista roots. In fact, Bustamante recently returned to Fresno State for a separate Latino commencement ceremony founded by two of his Chicano activist classmates.

MEChA has been dismissed by some as a harmless social club, but it operates an identity politics indoctrination machine on publicly subsidized college and high school campuses nationwide that would make David Duke and the KKK turn green with envy. MEChA members in the University of California system have rioted in Los Angeles, editorialized that federal immigration "pigs should be killed, every single one" in San Diego, and are suspected of breaking into a conservative student publication's offices and stealing its entire print run in Berkeley.

MEChA's symbol is an eagle clutching a dynamite stick and machete-like weapon in its claws; its motto is " Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada (For the Race, everything. For those outside the Race, nothing)."

[....]

MEChA's liberation agenda, outlined in El Plan de Aztlan, states defiantly:

"We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent. Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come and who struggles against the foreigner 'gabacho' who exploits our riches and destroys our culture. With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture."

Substitute "Aryan" for "mestizo" and "white" for "bronze." Not much difference between the nutty philosophy of Bustamante's MEChA and Papa Schwarzenegger's evil Nazi Party. To date, however, the only exposure Bustamante's MEChA history has received has been on the Internet.

In a critical article on Bustamante published by David Horowitz's FrontPage Magazine.com last week, Lowell Ponte notes that "Like Nazism, MEChA has acquired more than a tinge of racism. In their tactics to advance Latinos and 'La Raza,' many of its activists have directed racist attacks against not only white-skinned Anglos but also against blacks, Asian-Americans and Jews -- in fact, against every non-Latino group."

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Last Words

"I'm just going to the wedding, to the Wailing Wall and I'm coming right back home," she told friends.

The entire tragic story and a prayer from Huw are here.

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The Price

Freedom Is Never Free
Iraq learns. So do the rest of us.

Freedom is priceless, yet it comes with a high price. Ask the veterans of Normandy, Korea, or Vietnam, and they'll tell you that freedom is never free. In World War II, America lost 400,000 soldiers, in Korea, 30,000, and in Vietnam, nearly 60,000. We must never think for a moment that these men died in vain. They gave their life defending freedom.

[....]

Over the past four months in the deserts of Iraq, a new generation of soldiers is learning the heavy cost of freedom. Over 250 members of our U.S. military have valiantly given their life to aid in the liberation of the people of Iraq. When duty came calling, they stood tall and proud, and said "I will go."

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM

True Benevolence

Where cruelty contrasts with true benevolence.

Wonderful article about ZAKA in Israel, which is an all volunteer organization of emergency medical/rescue workers.

In traditional Jewish sources, "true benevolence" (chesed shel emet in Hebrew) refers to the act of caring for the dead. Of all the benevolent acts a person can perform, caring for the dead is considered almost pure altruism, for the dead have no way of repaying the kind deed. In Israel, about eight years ago, a special volunteer organization was established in the Orthodox Jewish community to carry out just such acts of "true benevolence" for victims of accidents, terrorism, or other forms of sudden death. They were regularly referred to in the media as "the people of true benevolence" as they began to appear at the scenes of terrorist bombings and other such incidents. At the time, all they did was pick up the pieces — more often than not, quite literally. Today, that small, religiously motivated organization has grown into an internationally recognized first-response service, mobile victim-identification unit, and search-and-rescue team.

Definitely go read it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM

Desperation

Another good VDH column: Phase Three?

Because September 11 was a direct consequence of our early failures to confront our enemies, our general response to the latest challenges should be even greater defiance. It is time to bring to fruition the president's warning of nearly two years ago, that one is either with or against the terrorists. So Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, from which our enemies (many now in Iraq) operate, must either close their borders, turn over terrorists, and join the ranks of civilization — or chose the side of barbarism and accept the terrible consequences of such a fatal decision.
Posted by Ithildin at 5:13 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Today's flash to the past is [drum roll please]

Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol!

Today's selection is dedicated to Michele, on her sickbed, way out New Jersey way.


I'm all out of hope
One more bad dream could bring a fall
When I'm far from home
Don't call me on the phone
To tell me you're alone
It's easy to deceive
It's easy to tease
But hard to get release

Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face
Got no human grace your eyes without a face.

I spend so much time
Believing all the lies
To keep the dream alive
Now it makes me sad
It makes me mad at truth
For loving what was you

Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face....

When you hear the music you make a dip
Into someone else's pocket then make a slip.
Steal a car and go to Las Vegas oh, the gigolo pool.
I'm on a bus on a psychedelic trip
Reading murder books tryin' to stay hip.
I'm thinkin' of you you're out there so
Say your prayers.
Say your prayers.
Say your prayers.

Now I close my eyes
And I wonder why
I don't despise
Now all I can do
Is love what was once
So alive and new
But it's gone from your eyes
I'd better realise

Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face....

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Liberation

Go read this by Cynthia on her 'liberation'.

Cynthia, you're a hell of a brave woman! Virtual [hugs] coming your way. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:41 AM | Comments (5)

Icky Sicky

Michele is home with the crud that seems to be going around. I don't know if she has what I had a few weeks back, but I feel for her. And y'all remember how miserable I was. Hope you feel better soon, Michele!

I was able to sleep last night for those that were wondering. I had another of my rapid heart beat things the night before and I didn't sleep much, and when I did it wasn't very restful.

Glad it's Thursday, cus that means tomorrow is Friday! Weekend plans include moving an email list I own over to Yahoo because I got tired of paying for the majordomo, and trying to get a new cellphone/contract set up. Maybe we should go see PotC again!! Arrrr!

And just maybe I'll start feeling like doing some real blogging one of these days. Maybe I need to ask for blogging suggestions like Paul does! I could start an "Ask Ith" feature!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:28 AM | Comments (8)

There Goes The Neighborhood

Billy Boy Clinton will be here in town on Spetember 16 to do a Pannetta Institute forum.

Lock up your women folk!

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August 20, 2003

Swing Your Wing

Just because it made me laugh at the end of a sucky day:

Humorous aside: Sometimes the patterns the eye makes in the brain can be astounding. For the longest time, I couldn't make sense of Ith's URL (On Dragon's Wing) which I kept seing as Ondragon Swing, which sounded like a really hip animé sound track. ::grin::

Mark, I see it that way every once in a while myself :) Oh, and gas here is $2.09 -- and that's at the cheap place!

(btw, y'all should use this as a nudge to go visit Mark's blog. There be some fine bloggage there, mates!)

(I'm going to be now. Hopefully, tonight, I'll get some sleep)

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A Life Is Worth 7 Years I Guess

So you murder three people and you get out after only 22 years. That's a little more than 7 years per life. Quite a deal eh?

Kathy Boudin, the '60s radical who has served 22 years in prison for a 1981 armored car heist in which three men were killed, was granted parole Wednesday.
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Meant To Mention

Now I can say I was ahead of Rush on something! I was listening today and he was talking about Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and the "reconquista" groups he supports like AZTLAN. This is something I've blogged about on more than one occasion both here and on my old blogger site.

Now this guy's running for Governor and I have yet to hear of anyone in the "mainstream" media talk about it. They're a racist hate group, pure and simple. Just another example of the PC media double standard.

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About & Around

Since I'm feeling a little out of it today and not feeling much like real blogging, I thought I'd share the links of things that have caught my eye over the last few days.

Articles:

* Humans could be living on the Moon within 20 years, says a leading lunar scientist.

* NASA support up after tragedy 3 out of 4 find fatal missions acceptable

* The cosmopolitan Edward Said was ideally placed to explain East to West and West to East. What went wrong?

Blog Posts:

* Most of Us Should Be Covered...

* Britain's seedy underworld

* Bitches with guns

* Terrorism Is What Our Opponents Do

Feel free to comment at will :)

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August 19, 2003

Toxic Hair Rays

That guy, whose name shall not be mentioned, has an illuminating post on the origin of the hijab and what a crock the whole Muslim tradition is. A small snippet:

Muslim women could easily check the fraudulent nature of the neo-Islamist hijab by leafing through their family albums. They will not find the picture of a single female ancestor of theirs who wore the cursed headgear now marketed as an absolute "must" of Islam.

This fake Islamic hijab is nothing but a political prop, a weapon of visual terrorism. It is the symbol of a totalitarian ideology inspired more by Nazism and Communism than by Islam. It is as symbolic of Islam as the Mao uniform was of Chinese civilization.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM | Comments (3)

5 Questions

These are questions from Nin, along with my answers. If you'd like me to interview you with five questions let me know in the comments of this post and I'll email you a set to answer on your blog.

1) Would you rather be a werewolf or vampire?

A vampire. A Forever Knight type vampire if we're being specific.

2) If you could travel to any world from book, TV, movie, or game, which would you choose?

Middle Earth

3) Chocolate or cheese?

CHEESE!

4) Humidity or Frost?

Frost

5) If you had to choose one job to do for the next thirty years of your life (and, it can be only that job) would you choose something monotonous but pays well, or varied and pays not-so-well?

At this point in my life, I'm going for the cash!

Update! Dave answered my 5 questions here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM | Comments (5)

Jen Asks

How secret is your blog?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:26 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

99 Luftballoons by Nina

99 Duesenjaeger
Jeder war ein grosser Krieger
Hielten sich fuer Captain Kirk
Das gab ein grosses Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fuehlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

This goes out to the Paulster, and to the DeLorean babe!

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Waiting

I found this over at aimelss:

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Living With Candid Camera

When you live where Candid Camera is produced, just about everyone knows someone who's been had. Or you run into their crew cleaning up after a stunt (last week in Carl's Jr, mens bathroom) And even when something normally odd happens, your first assumption is, "It's Candid Camera". April was telling me that a coworker of hers was in Safeway at lunchtime, and while she's in the checkout line, they're told the registers are down, and they'll all have to come back later. Immediately, the muttering across the stores was, "It's Candid Camera!" Turns out,, in this case, the registers really were down!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:28 AM

August 18, 2003

Bored Now

I just feel all blogged out today, and can't think of a single serious thing to say.

The dinner with the uncle and friends went really well. They'd never had Japanese food before, so I ordred for everyone and they loved it. Too bad they weren't here for more than the day.

I suppose I could flog the "Sexiest Female Blogger" contest again.

I'm trying to settle on a new cellphone plan and finding it all very annoying.

I want to go home!

I'm hungry too [pout]

You should go read Paul's blog, and Jay's, and Nin's, and Mickey's, and my other blog, just because!

Y'all should amuse and entertain me.

Update! Ask and ye shall receive. We're playing the "5 Questions Interview" thing over on Girls! in a group blog format. Kinda intersting. If you'd like to play, come on over!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:51 PM | Comments (1)

August 17, 2003

RotK Snaps

All the screen caps from Return of the King, and the extended Two Towers can be found here, and here, and here.

But here are two of my favourites.

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and Then There Was Stuff

Won't be much blogging today. Going to Salinas to see PotC and then off to meet up with my parents who are showing my my uncle and his SO (who are visiting from Canada today) around. We're going to do pizza and pool.

Yesterday, I had an unexpected shopping spree. Victoria's Secret (no, I'm not posting pics of what I bought), GAP, Express, Macy's and Suncoast. I blame the tequila. Never shop and tequila! It's dangerous. So I'm all set for fall and winter and need to avoid the mall for the next six months!

See everyone later!

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August 16, 2003

Awww!

This is so adorable!

Ummm.. I mean, this is just DREADFUL!! Yeah, that's the ticket....

Posted by Ithildin at 9:24 PM | Comments (2)

The Unknown God

This is from Doxos and is commentary on the article I posted about yesterday. Well worth reading it all. A lot to think about.

.....We should expect no less: The west has birthed another Roman Empire here in America. The religious culture of America is rather like Paul found in Roman Athens and most folks worship at an altar of "The Unknown God," "having a form of godliness."

I don't doubt that soon there will come a time when Christians won't be allowed to preach and those who make more acceptable claims in the name of faith will be allowed full reign. "The oppressed" will file suits and judges will side with them. "Hate speech" will be illegal. "Sectarianism" will be equated with "racism".

Posted by Ithildin at 3:19 PM | Comments (5)

The Sea

Ocean2
You come from the Ocean. You've always been drawn
to the sea, the sound of the waves, the crystal
blue water, near the sea is where you belong.


Where Did Your Soul Originate?
brought to you by Quizilla

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Sniff....

Yet again, Frank makes me weep. But I'm loyal despite his disdain for me -- his cause is a just one. So I will overlook his continued hurtful actions for the good of our most mighty Crusade!

(sekrit message to Jay: maybe I should have put up those pics of me poolside!)

(and the rest of my loyal posse should go vote for ME!!)

Update! for those that still say they haven't seen any pics of me, here's the link to the photo essay that the ever so classy Jay composed.

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Long Time Coming!

Something I've been waiting for for a looong time! Forever Knight is coming out on DVD!

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August 15, 2003

Avast!

A bit of "Pirate" for a Friday night!

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Posted by Ithildin at 6:30 PM | Comments (6)

Ahoy!!

Here's the latest on our glorious crusade.

And Frank's right -- he does look sexy in black!

(as I'm typing this, I'm listening to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" soundtrack, and boy is it inspirational! I only wish I had a sword to swash!)

(to war!!)

Update! I think a good motto would be, "Take What You Can, Give Nothing Back"

Another Update! Check out Jay's very kewl ode to the blog roll.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:01 PM | Comments (3)

Planning Commission Strikes Again

'A nice law that will strangle somebody'

A MUCH-REWRITTEN city law came back to bite its authors again this week, when the Carmel Planning Commission realized it could not approve Wayne and Claudia Reek's plan to change the siding on their house from plywood to shingles.

While vowing to rewrite the rules yet again, commissioners voted to let the homeowners shingle 49 percent of their house at Crespi and Mountain View, as well as add a covered front porch, balcony, doors and windows. After the ordinance is fixed, they said, the Reeks can return for permission to shingle the remaining 51 percent.

Under the current "demolition definition" law -- adopted by the city council in February -- putting new siding on a house constitutes a "rebuild," which requires correcting any parts that do not conform to current zoning laws. Since their home was built in 1976 before Mission Trail Park setbacks were established, the Reeks would have to remove part of their kitchen, decks and garage.

"You've seen the house -- it's in terrible shape," said Claudia Reek, adding that she and her husband would eventually like to fix up the whole building. "Everything was legal when it was built. We don't understand why we're 'nonconforming.'"

The rest of the story is right here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:52 PM | Comments (1)

Go Boom!

From The Pinecone, a lesson learned in home improvment:

Kitchen re-do undoes whole house

FUMES FROM lacquer sprayed on kitchen cabinets exploded just after 3 p.m. Saturday, completely destroying a small Carmel home. No one was in the residence, though painter Wilson Granat -- who had stepped outside just before the blast -- and a neighbor went to the hospital with minor injuries.

The explosion originated in the kitchen, blowing out walls, caving in parts of the roof and destroying some of the contents of the home owned by Sierra foothill residents Daniel Foreman and Margaret Gleason.

"There was a lot of exterior damage, with windows broken, and at the north and east sides of the building, the walls were completely separated from the house and the roof was separated from the support beams," said Carmel Fire Captain Mitch Kastros, who surveyed the damage while his crews waited for instructions.

Expecting a conflagration when he first got the call, Kastros said he found only a small fire near the kitchen, "which I basically stomped out with my boot."

Firefighters cut holes in the roof to ensure no other fires were burning in the attic and also used a thermal imager to check for hidden heat.

Kastros said the extent of the blast, which caused an estimated $330,000 damage to the house and its contents, showed that the highly flammable fumes had gotten very dense.

"With that type of force, there probably wasn't very good ventilation," he said. "It just kept accumulating. Fortunately, no one was hurt badly."

Shift commander Chuck August, who investigated the incident, could not say what lit the fumes, but he speculated the refrigerator motor or one of the ignition switches in the stove is to blame.

"We know what exploded, we're just not sure how," he said. "It was either the refrigerator kicking on -- its back was burned and it was blown across the kitchen -- or the stove, because the oven door was shattered."

Kastros advised people to read labels on petroleum-based products, which can be volatile even in well-ventilated areas.

"Be careful about making sure ignition sources are shut off and that there is plenty of ventilation, because that stuff can be really nasty," he said. Anyone with questions should call the fire department before starting work.

Granat, who was lucky to escape with only minor injuries, learned his lesson, according to August.

"The poor guy said he'd been doing it that way for 20 years," he said of Granat's practice of masking off openings to other parts of the house in order to prevent the lacquer spray from spreading . "I said, 'You're lucky.'"

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM

Ye Olde Police Blotter

It's time for another installment of the local police blotter.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: CPD and CFD units responded to Torres and 11th on a report of a child who climbed a tree and could not come back down. Upon arrival, the child was found to have climbed approximately 30 feet up a tree and was now stuck at that height because she was too scared to climb back down. CFD arrived and utilized a rescue ladder to retrieve her from the tree.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Scenic Road resident reported that sometime between 07/21/03 and 07/31/03, someone entered his downstairs room at his residence and took some of his clothes. The only items taken were his clothes, while the unknown subjects left a stereo, DVD player and other expensive items. He requested a close patrol of his residence during the evening hours and reported the incident for information only.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Resident at Lincoln and First reported hearing someone calling for help but could not determine where the voice was coming from. An area check revealed a resident had accidentally locked himself in a small closet located on the outside portion of his fireplace. He was freed without injury.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Anonymous person reported a possible burglary in progress. Officers arrived and contacted a subject, who was moving things into the house. They have been away because the house was being painted.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Lincoln resident called the department to report a subject was using a power tool which was too loud. Upon arrival, advised the subject why he was being contacted. He stated he was using a planer for a home improvement project. He added that he would be using the planer for no more than a total of one hour for today. He would also try to alleviate the high-pitched sound which the planer makes by partially closing the garage door.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:44 PM

More Local Water Board Madness

From the Carmel Pinecone

ONE OF the other newspapers on the Monterey Peninsula used a front page headline last Saturday to anoint Molly Erickson and Kris Lindstrom as "environmentalists" -- a laudatory description, bordering on sainthood, which the two embattled water board members would surely choose for themselves.

Not only are Erickson and Lindstrom environmentalists, the newspaper went on, they helped form a "strongly environmentalist voting bloc" on the water board for the last two years. Another story this week was even more favorable: they, and their allies Zan Henson and Judi Lehman, have been the water board's "green bloc."

These supposedly objective news stories, in describing the decisions of Erickson and Lindstrom not to seek reelection, hardly mentioned last fall's Measure B, which two-thirds of Monterey Peninsula voters used to express their displeasure with the water board. There was no analysis whatsoever of the role that embarrassing rejection -- "We don't want you and we don't want your agency!" -- might have played in the decisions of Erickson and Lindstrom to retire. The newspaper interviewed Erickson but apparently didn't ask her if the overwhelming success of Measure B made her realize she had no chance to be re-elected. The stories also ignored the obvious implication of the paper's declaration that the water board majority has been composed of ardent environmentalists: Did the landslide vote calling for the board's dissolution mean the people of the Monterey Peninsula no longer love the environment?

Or maybe -- dare we say it? -- a large majority of the people, despite the newspaper's presumptions, voted for Measure B because they do not see the official actions of Erickson, Lindstrom, Henson and Lehman as die-hard environmentalism, but as obstructionism, anti-working-class extremism, elitism, or just old-fashioned megalomania. Perhaps the local populace cherishes the natural environment of the Monterey Peninsula but also wants the rights of humans -- the haves and the have-nots -- respected. Maybe they still remember the last drought (more than 10 years ago) and don't want to suffer through rationing again. Perhaps they want people to be able to build on existing lots, or add on to existing homes, and they don't see such a modest amount of building as an environmental issue. Or maybe they just want the water board to mind its own business, instead of trying to tell city councils, individuals and businesses (including the hospital) what to do.

If you'd like to read more of the insanity here on the Peninsula, here you go.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:38 PM

It's Friday!

And you know what that means!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:32 PM | Comments (2)

You Say That Like It's A Bad Thing

Americans believe, 58 percent to 40 percent, that it is necessary to believe in God to be moral. In contrast, other developed countries overwhelmingly believe that it is not necessary. In France, only 13 percent agree with the U.S. view.

I'd say that's France's loss, not ours. And after reading this post, I'm even less inclined to want to model myself on French belief! Thank God I live in America.

Head over to Midwest Conservative Journal for some excellent commentary on the above article

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM | Comments (1)

Religion Of Peace Strikes Again

Remind me again how terribly we misjudge "The Religion Of Peace"?

Muslim Convert Killed In Holy Land

The body of a Muslim convert to Christianity who went missing in mid-July, has been returned to his family, slaughtered and cut into four pieces by Islamic extremists, according to a report from the Barnabas Fund which monitored the incident.

The man left his friends and family almost two weeks ago heading into a mountainous region of the Palestinian Authority area. He took Christian materials including cassettes, videos and Bibles with him.

After approximately ten days, during which his friends and family received no word from him, his body was returned to them. He had been brutally killed and his body carved into four pieces as a warning to other converts. He leaves behind a wife and two small children. The names and further details of those involved are being withheld by Barnabas Fund for their own safety.

Local Christians in this part of the Holy Land have been involved in supporting converts from a Muslim background who suffer persecution from Islamic extremists in the Palestinian Authority areas. Some of them have also been the target of attacks.

Last year one such Christian received a phone call telling him that a Muslim convert was in a serious condition in hospital; in response he immediately set off in his car. On the way his vehicle was deliberately driven off the road by another car. The phone call proved to be a hoax designed to lead him into trap.

Local Christians working to support converts from Islam report that Islamic militants in the Palestinian Authority area deliberately target converts. Hamas in particular reportedly receives funding from Iran specifically for this purpose.

According to shari’a (Islamic law) any Muslim male who leaves Islam (apostasies) faces the death penalty.


Via Midwest Conservative Journal

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM | Comments (1)

Shameless Hussy

I've been told I need to do a better job at self-promotion. Honestly, I suck at it. But I'll try!

If you're feeling so inclined, I'd be ever so pleased to receive your vote in the "Sexiest Female Blogger" contest.

If you require visual aids, you may peruse my photo essay, created by the ever urbane Jay Solo.

And while you're at it, check out the Sexiest Male Blogger contest.

Thank you for your kind attention.

You may now proceed with regular blogging activities.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM

Pondering and Power

The power grid back east going down wasn't a terrorist attack... But, now, the world knows how interconnected the eastern seaboard powergrid is.

So, what's to stop someone from starting an attack on the US by taking out one of the grids? After the pretty cascade effect of the whole Northeast United States go black. Surveillance equipment, radar, everything is run by electricity. Granted, a lot of it will have a backup generator. But, not all of that is on generators, and the generators can't power the full systems. The drain would be too great.

Eh, I'm just 'thinking aloud'.

Posted by Ninjababe at 9:43 AM | Comments (1)

A Question

Do folks on the East Coast not lose power very often? We lose power at least twice a year, and one of the outages is usually more than 12 hours. We cook using our fireplace a lot!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:40 AM | Comments (4)

A Rip In The Space Time Continuum

Steven at PoliBlog has my favourite solution for the power outage back east.

I canna do it Cap'n!!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:39 AM

August 14, 2003

A Few Good Gals

If you're of the female persuasion, and you'd like to participate in a group blog that really isn't about anything, drop me a line and I'll sign you up!

edithna AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by Ithildin at 5:50 PM

Junk Science & DDT

A very good article here on the demonization of DDT and how it's caused the deaths of many people around the world, with more to come.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM | Comments (1)

Love It

CBP pointed me to one of his archived posts. It's all about being the lonliest Republican.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM

A Fine Crusade

I am now officially a part of Frank's war against the Dark Lord Puppy Blender. However, we participants require a speciality to bring to Frank's noble cause.

I was think maybe my specialty should be "Creator of exotic liqueurs, poisons, & objects of Elven magic".

You think?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:21 PM

Heh

Also form The Corner:

Arnold Schwarzenegger:

"There comes a point when the people must demand more of our elected officials than just showing up."

The response from one Texan (suffering through the spectacle of his elected representatives holed up in New Mexico and Oklahoma).

“Oh, dare to dream.”

Posted by Ithildin at 7:43 AM

A Monumental Blow

From the New York Times via The Corner:

”Iraq is the nexus where many issues are coming together — Islam versus democracy, the West versus the axis of evil, Arab nationalism versus some different types of political culture," said Barham Saleh, the prime minister of this Kurdish-controlled part of northern Iraq. "If the Americans succeed here, this will be a monumental blow to everything the terrorists stand for."
Posted by Ithildin at 7:41 AM

A Call To Arms

Frank's making a declaration, which means we all have to go read it. It's the rules or something. Really, it is!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:38 AM

August 13, 2003

More Aurora

Related to the comments I made over at Michele's in this post, here's where my mum is from: Smithers, B.C.

Pretty, isn't it?

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Smithers

And here's a pic from the Smither's Aurora information page.

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Posted by Ithildin at 6:32 PM | Comments (1)

A Shared Dream

The internet is kewl in many ways, but one of the nicest kewl bits is when you find somone that shares a similar oddball goal. Turns out you're not quite as odd as you thought!

Here's to seeing the Aurora Borealis in our lifetime!

(okay, in my case, I suppose I am as odd as previously thought)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:21 PM | Comments (5)

Ducks

Getting my ducks in a row here...

I'm going away for a week in September and decided that it would be nice to do the guest blogger thing to fill in while I'm away again.

So, if anyone -- or several anyones -- would like the gig, drop me a line: edithna AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by Ithildin at 6:10 PM

Nice

A month or so back, Jonah Goldberg posted an email on The Corner he'd gotten from one of the founders of a conservative singles group in the Bay Area. I emailed them to see if somone from two hours south could join up, and today, I got a really nice invitation to their next event. Of course, I can't go this time around, but I'm hoping to make it to a future get together!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:07 PM

Fat Tax

Check this out over at "The Tocquevillian".

Posted by Ithildin at 5:27 PM

Friend Or Foe?

"NEW RULE: Terrorist organizations can't also be charities." That's how comedian Bill Maher began an op-ed in the Boston Globe last week. Nice thought, but Maher is an animal-rights zealot who regularly works with the terrorist-supporting "charity" People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Does his rule apply to them?

Read the whole thing here.

Via "The Tocquevillian"

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Haven't done this in awhile....

As always, this 80's music moment is dedicated to the Paulster, all the way out there in Montreal!

China Girl by David Bowie.

I’m a mess without my, little china girl Wake up mornings where’s my, little china girl I hear heart’s beating, loud as thunder I saw they stars crashing down

I feel an tragic like an marlon brando
When I look at my china girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my china girl

I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
It’s in the white of my eyes

My little china girl
You shouldn’t mess with me
I’ll ruin everything you are
I’ll give you television
I’ll give you eyes of blue
I’ll give you men who want to rule the world

Posted by Ithildin at 12:45 PM | Comments (7)

A Must Attend Meeting!

The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference

Like most Nigerians, you're probably finding that it's increasingly difficult to earn a decent living from email. That's why you need to attend the 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference.

"This conference is an investment in your future. Learn to take advantage of modern technology, and make a great deal of money with very little effort. If you have any question, please contact me and I will send you a proposal that may be of interest to you. I await your response by return while assuring you that the transaction is absolutely risk free."

- Dr. Collins Mbadiwe

Posted by Ithildin at 7:59 AM | Comments (2)

The Ties That Bind

Congress to restrict use of Special Ops

Does this make sense to anyone? Shouldn't we be trying to streamline the very organizations that are responsible for protecting us from the bad guys? And weren't we told after 9/11 that some of the reasons things fell through the cracks was because of restrictions on the way the CIA, the FBI, etc. operate?

Unbelievable!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:58 AM | Comments (2)

Se*iest Female Blogger?

Another contest, this time for the se*xiest female blogger.

Hopefully it's a contest that will run longer than my contest of yesterday!

(via Wizbang)

Update: Jay, the very brave, has produced my very own internet photo spread. (he must really be bored today [grin])

Posted by Ithildin at 7:54 AM | Comments (6)

I Have Time To Run

Found this over at InstaPundit. All about what will happen when Mt. Rainer goes.

I lived in Victoria when Mt. St. Helens blew, and there's nothing that can really describe what it's like. And St. Helens wasn't near a large population center.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:49 AM

August 12, 2003

Kewl Beans!

I'm being talked about! (hope it isn't anything bad...)

At least, according to this "Momentum Blogroll" and A&C is a lofty #3 on the list! Way to go, me!

Thanks :)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:21 PM | Comments (2)

Just Because

Steven seems like a nice guy, so I've decided to try and help him with his noble goal of reaching the magic 100 by Friday for his blog anniversary!

So link to Steven, just because :) He only has 12 to go! Go on! It's fun!

(and maybe one day, I'll reach 100!)

(it could happen)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:16 PM

Niggle, Niggle

There's something that has been niggling at the back of my mind and I thought I'd try and write it all out as a blog post. Just a note that this is not meant to be provocative or to raise a ruckus. I just think it's something that could bear a little input from those with less muddled minds than mine!

1: I have several friends who frequently bring up the 'fact' that in ancient times, homosexuality was accepted and carried no stigma. Usually they use Rome as their example. And I've also seen similar statements in other forums.

2: The other 'fact' I see a lot of, especially over the last few weeks, has to do with the early church and their stance on homosexuality. What I'm often told is something along the lines of what Gene Robinson, the gay Bishop elect of the Episcopal church said in an interview: "Uh, when those Scriptures were written in both the Old and New Testaments, everyone was presumed to be heterosexual, so to act in any other manner would be against one's natural inclinations. The whole notion of sexual orientation is only about a hundred years old. So to take the concept of homosexuality as a sexual orientation and to read it back into an ancient text, uh-is very shaky ground to be on."

I think you can see where I get muddled! Both beliefs/facts usually come from people of the same political (though I'm not sure that's the right word) spectrum. How can both be right? Can they be? If, as I'm told, homosexuality was an accepted thing in the Roman Empire, wouldn't it follow that those that wrote the Bible were very aware of it? And because they were aware of it, they made sure to mention it in their writings?

And as I was wrting this, my brain chugged along and came up with this half-formed notion: the Romans were the oppressors in the case of early Christians and the Jews. Could some of their statements against homosexuality come from an antipathy for all things they perceived as Roman, including homosexual behavior? I know, that's way out in left field, but I'm tossing it out there.

I'm not a historian, or a theologian, just a regular Jill who wonders about all sorts of things. But if there are any historians or theologians out there, I'd love your input.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM | Comments (6)

25th Hijacker?

Interesting article over at the WSJ. Here's some of it:

New information about Zacarias Moussaoui's alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks should give pause to the Bush administration's critics. This information underscores not only the high stakes in the drama now playing out in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom, but also the necessity for aggressiveness in combating terrorism inside the U.S.

The bombshell is in court documents unsealed late last week by Judge Leonie Brinkema, who is presiding over the Moussaoui trial. Judge Brinkema may dismiss conspiracy charges against Moussaoui because prosecutors are defying her orders to allow Moussaoui (who is acting as his own lawyer) to depose top al Qaeda operatives Ramzi Binalshibh and Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who are in U.S. custody.

Federal authorities, we learned last week, have also intercepted a letter between Moussaoui and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, now serving a life sentence for trying to blow up a plane over the Atlantic. The authorities believe the letter contains coded messages.

If Judge Brinkema dismisses the charges, the government is likely to try Moussaoui before a military tribunal instead. That would inevitably give the administration's critics more ammunition. But, it's clear why federal authorities are reluctant to allow Moussaoui to talk to known terrorists or to let him walk free. The newly released court documents reveal what federal authorities believe he was planning to do--hijack a plane and ram it into the White House. They think he was possibly planning to grab a fifth plane before he was nabbed when instructors at a Minnesota flight school grew suspicious of him shortly before Sept. 11.

Federal authorities say Moussaoui has been tied to Flight 93 by a phone number found on a business card carried by one of the terrorists aboard the plane, which went down in Pennsylvania. They claim Moussaoui had called that same number. If prosecutors are right, Moussaoui shouldn't be thought of as the "20th hijacker" and the would-be fifth terrorist on Flight 93. Instead, he may have been one of 25 terrorists who'd planned to crash planes into U.S. targets.

It is impossible to know for sure, of course. Officials released evidence last week that they think proves the Flight 93 terrorists crashed the plane after the passengers rebelled, so as not to be taken alive. Previously it had been thought that the passengers managed to wrest control away from the terrorists.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:32 PM

ET has Medicare Benifits!

An actual header on the Medicare website that I got from the supplier's email list:

Payment Denial For Medicare Services Furnished To Alien Beneficiaries Who Are Not Lawfully Present In The United States

My first thought was "ET's Medicare eligible?!"

Medicare is starting to scare me... They're getting a sense of humor. The next message from them was titled "Tape Modifiers AU, AV, AW, and AX – Sticky Billing Situations (Billing Clarifications)"

Sticky?! Sticky?!

[faints in shock, awe, and horror]

Posted by Ninjababe at 4:32 PM | Comments (2)

Works For Me

Finally took this quiz!

Now, I have to admit I'd rather have Aragorn than be him, but I can deal.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:41 PM | Comments (4)

Truly!

As a native Californian, I got a kick out of this column: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love California

Posted by Ithildin at 12:14 PM

Vandals

Found this news item via Doxos

On Tuesday, August 5th, late in the night, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Graham Texas, located in the Diocese of Fort Worth, was vandalized, and a portion of it was set ablaze. The main church was littered with food from the kitchen and candle wax from the altar. The parish hall received the same treatment. The office area was set on fire. The only lead the police have is writing on the wall: "God and Jesus love Homosexuals." A hate crime, probably; committed against orthodox Episcopalians.
Posted by Ithildin at 11:33 AM | Comments (2)

Contest!

In the comments of this post, Paul wanted to know what FOOTCL meant. So I thought this would make a fine competition! The winner -- which will either be a correct guess, or barring that, the most amusing guess -- will be designated the next recipient of the coveted "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence"!!

UPDATE! Well, Graham made that the shortest contest ever! So I've decided that there will be two prizes. One for the correct guess, and the other for the funniest. So put your funny caps on!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:39 AM | Comments (3)

T-ified!

Thanks to Margi for the link to this!

Click if you dare, fool!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:25 AM

August 11, 2003

Snorfle

Because this made me laugh out loud, it's getting its own post.

Andrea's response to this: Build a fort

Was: Only if I can have a moat filled with alligators, and real artillery emplacements.

FOOTCL!!!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:48 PM | Comments (3)

At The End Of All Things

From SciFi Wire:

Sean Astin—who plays Sam in the upcoming third Lord of the Rings film, The Return of the King—told SCI FI Wire that his climactic scenes with co-star Elijah Wood (Frodo) were intensely satisfying as an actor. "I'd say the most sacred acting experience I ever had was at the top of Mt. Ruepahu, with Elijah Wood in my arms," Astin said in an interview at the recent Comic-Con International, referring to the New Zealand volcano that doubled as J.R.R. Tolkien's Mt. Doom. "It wasn't acting anymore. It was one of the most moving [experiences]. [Director] Peter [Jackson] was just sobbing."

Astin added, "I just remember this floodgate of emotion came through in the performance at that moment, when we did the scene. And Peter was crying, and I was crying. And afterwards, I was running around in the parking lot ... on this active volcano, like, yelling and cheering and like so excited. I was so, like, I had done it. I had nailed it. I had reached a point as an actor of emotional openness that I had hithertofore never been able to achieve. And that felt wonderful. So I'm so proud."

Astin said that he and Wood were helped by the "poetry" of the script. "My little brother [Mackenzie] is an actor, too," Astin said. "When we were on the train yesterday, they're like, 'So, what do you do?' And he's like, 'I'm an emotional engineer.' So I felt like I got my Ph.D. as an emotional engineer on Return of the King." King opens Dec. 17.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:06 PM

Bradbury Birthday Wishes Sought

From Scifi Wire:

The Planetary Society is asking fans of legendary SF author Ray Bradbury to send greetings from around the world to the writer on the occasion of his 83rd birthday, Aug. 22. The Planetary Society will collect names and birthday greetings through Aug. 20.

The society will present what it hopes is "the world's largest birthday card" to Bradbury, one of the society's advisory council members. The society says that Bradbury, author of such books as The Martian Chronicles, "has contributed so much to the world of science fiction."

Posted by Ithildin at 6:03 PM

Ooooh! A Blogroll Discussion!

According to Kevin, it's because it's August. He linked to this post where the topic is blogrolls. Some folks have kewl categories, like Jay, other people have one long list, and others have two or three categories.

As you can see, I have one long list. But the blogs in bold at the top, are blogs that are linked to A&C. I used to have two lists, one for those linked here, and one for everything else. Then people started linking to me with abandon, and I never seemed to be able to keep both rolls current. So I gave up.

My basic policy is I link to blogs I read. I don't read every blog on the roll every single day, but I do read them. I've actually found a lot of my favourite reads from following a link back. That probably explains, in part, the rapidly expanding blogroll! On occasion, I'll weed through the roll and remove a blog if it hasn't been updated in months, or if I'm just not reading it anymore. Not much of a policy, but it's all I got.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:58 AM | Comments (8)

Quote

"The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his
memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very
imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are
so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of
our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play,
we march always in the ranks of honor." ~ Sir Winston S. Churchill

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM

LCA Update!

They've added all sorts of kewl new items to this year's auction over at MPICA.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:48 AM

Not The Nazi You're Looking For

I have a feeling this will be one of the most quoted bits around the blogiverse today. The latest gem from Mark Steyn, this time on the charges that Arnold is a Nazi:

Okay, Arnold's not a Nazi. He was born in the Austrian town of Thal, but not until 1947, and thus was technically unable to join the Nazi Party no matter how much he may have wanted to. But he certainly has family ties to the Nazis. His wife's grandfather, Joe Kennedy, was one of America's most prominent Nazi sympathisers.

Oh, wait. That's not the Nazi family ties the Dems had in mind?

And in other news, this is my first full day back at work since I've been sick, so wish me luck!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

August 10, 2003

Words From The Heart

Paul has a lovely post up sharing memories of his late brother.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:25 PM | Comments (1)

Height Of Fashion

Check out a "Viking Fashion Show"

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Posted by Ithildin at 4:36 PM

With This Yak Grease....

I thee wed.

If you think getting married is tough these days, be grateful you don't live in ancient Persia. Couples back then declared their intentions by publicly drinking each other's blood.

Read it all here.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:34 PM | Comments (1)

Move Over Carbon Dating

Archaeology turns to superconductivity

Researchers from Israel have developed a new way to date archaeological objects that is based on superconductivity. The new technique relies on measuring the magnetic signal from lead - which was widely used in antiquity - in samples that have been cooled to cryogenic temperatures.
Posted by Ithildin at 4:31 PM

Drake's Secret Voyage

On the evening of Sept. 26, 1580, the vessel Golden Hind sailed into England's Plymouth Harbor commanded by the privateer Francis Drake. The ship's ballast had been thrown overboard and replaced by 26 tons of silver and hundreds of pounds of gold that Drake had plundered from Spanish galleons on the Pacific Coast of South America. According to the folklore of southwestern England, a voice from the ship called out to fishermen tending their nets, "Is the queen still alive?" referring to Drake's patron, Elizabeth I. It had been three years since Drake had set out on his journey. He had gone 40,000 miles, the first English sea captain to circumnavigate the globe. And now he was returning home a glorious hero.

After Drake landed, there were celebrations. He was eventually knighted by Queen Elizabeth. But a veil of secrecy descended over his journey. The Spanish ambassador, Bernardino de Mendoza, wrote to King Philip II of Spain that Drake's men had been warned "on pain of death" not to divulge details of their trip, and Drake's logs and charts were impounded. Among the many mysteries for contemporary scholars is a gap in Drake's account of his whereabouts from April 1579, when he left the Pacific Coast of Mexico, to November when he landed in the East Indies.

Now an independent Canadian scholar, Samuel Bawlf, says he thinks he has solved the mystery. Mr. Bawlf, the author of "The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake," newly published by Walker & Company, says Drake had actually been on a secret mission for Elizabeth to find the Pacific entrance to the Northwest Passage, the coveted trade route that would link Europe to the treasures of the Orient. And in doing so, Mr. Bawlf says, he had sailed much farther north than anyone had ever dreamed, to Alaska, 200 years before the first recorded European explorers, including Capt. James Cook.

Read the rest of the article here.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:29 PM

Cosmos

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The 3,600-year-old bronze Nebra disc is considered the oldest-known image of the cosmos.

.... On Thursday, German experts toasted the discovery as a "milestone in archaeological research" as details of the find were made public. State archaeologist Harald Meller said the site, which is believed to be a monument of ancient cult worship, provided the first insights into the spiritual and religious world of Europe’s earliest farmers. Francois Bertemes of the university of Halle-Wittenberg estimated the site to be around 7,000 years old. He described its significance as "one of the oldest holy sites" discovered in Central Europe.

Through carbon dating of two arrow heads and animal bones found within the site’s circular compounds, archaeologists have been able to determine the date of the site’s origins. They say that with all likelihood it can be traced back to the period between 5000 and 4800 B.C. If that is the case, it would make the Goseck site the oldest-dated astronomical observatory in Europe.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:26 PM

Forever Amber

Presented merely because I love this sort of thing.

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Prehistoric spider web strand found

Posted by Ithildin at 4:22 PM

Thanks, Men Folk

.... for everything you've done.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:11 PM | Comments (3)

Cruel World

I was looking through site meter referrals a bit ago, and I come to find that A&C has been linked by another fine blog. This is a good thing! But, like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, there's a twist! I'm listed as being on "The Other Side"! They think I'm a Lefty! (well yes, I am left handed, but I mean the other kind of 'lefty') I think I could have a relapse from this mental trauma, I really could. [sniff] Will they be coming for my VRWC card next? Will my blogfriends link to me anymore? Oh god, does this mean I have to say nice things about... [choke] Hillary?? The HORROR!!! Frank will never link to me now.

It's a cruel, cruel world.

Alas, I don't think I shall ever recover.

Update: [cue Monty Python & Holy Grail accent] It would appear I'm getting better.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:52 PM | Comments (4)

Here I Am

Decided to watch third season Forever Knight again, and this time, start at the beginning. Normally, I tend to only watch the latter half of that season, after the evil USA Network and Bonnie Hammer had their paws out of the show. But, I'm going in from the top! And that means.... Black Buddah!! Then there's the truly dreadful "Outside The Lines". But, there's the back story on that one with an utterly delicious LaCroix flashback. So it's not all bad!

(it's really odd watching adverts from 1995)

Posted by Ithildin at 12:39 AM

August 9, 2003

Look! It's A Quiz!

Job - A comedy of justice
You belong in Job- A Comedy of Justice. Your
convictions are indomitable, even when they
don't fit what's happening around you. You
would travel to hell and back for true love.


Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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Posted by Ithildin at 10:51 PM | Comments (5)

I Was In Hell

I found this essay via a link at Jen Speaks. It's very moving and thought provoking.

I know everyone is probably getting tired of religion related posts here, but I seem to be in that stream of thought these days. Scroll down for non religion posts -- there's even a post on tequila!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:03 PM | Comments (3)

The More The Merrier!

Pathetic Earthling has a post about one of my favourite alcoholic beverages -- tequila! Apparently the South Africans are getting into the agave game.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:08 PM | Comments (1)

Bilingual Madness

I found the link to this over in the comments of Daily Pundit.

Vietnamese Student Forced into Spanish Language Classes

Bilingual education has been dismantled by the voters in three states and studies show it is less effective at teaching English than the English immersion method. But in states where it has not come up for a vote, bilingual education is still alive and well.

This produces all sorts of nightmares, but a horror story from Madison, Wisconsin illustrates how destructive bilingual education can be to immigrant students. Kiet Tran, 15, came to the United States in April 2002 when his Vietnamese mother married John Gardner, an American man from Madison, Wisconsin. Kiet does not know English and Madison school officials placed him in a bilingual education class – for Spanish speakers.

Of course, Kiet does not understand Spanish, but for three hours each day he was forced into classes where the instruction was almost entirely in Spanish. Mr. Gardner pleaded with the Madison school system to take his son out of the bilingual classes but to no avail. Kiet’s education was harmed as he was not learning English or any of his other subjects taught in Spanish. Mr. Gardner said his son began to suffer emotional problems due to his frustration at school. Unable to get any cooperation from the Madison public school establishment, the family had to move out of the district.

The good news is that Kiet recently completed a four week “English for College” program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The program uses an English immersion method to help immigrant students learn the language and prepare them for college-level courses. Kiet won the award for “most improved English” and now looks forward to starting school in September.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:49 PM | Comments (1)

When Superheros Go Bad

Aaron has a very intersting post on the latest incarnation of a beloved American comic superhero: Superman for Terror, Injustice and the Iraqi Way

Posted by Ithildin at 4:38 PM | Comments (1)

On The WMD Front

Two links:

Britain to produce new evidence on Iraqi WMD: report

WMD finds to be revealed to the public in mid-September

Update: InstaPundit has a link to this article that "a high-ranking al-Qaeda operative in custody disclosed that Iraq supplied the Islamist militant group with material to build chemical and biological weapons".

Posted by Ithildin at 4:25 PM

Website Of Interest

I was sent the link to this website in email. Very comprehensive site with information on Iran and the Freedom Movement.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:16 PM | Comments (1)

No Tolerance In The NAACP

They have a Black civil rights lawyer on FNC right now. His name is Leo Terrell and he's been a long time NAACP member. Turns out he supports Judge Carolyn Kuhl. Big mistake! The NAACP, and the Dems (the same thing, no?) hate her and don't want her nomination to go through. Terrell got a call from the NAACP telling him that if he didn't drop his support of Kuhl, they were going to kick him out!

Not at all surprising, but illuminating nonetheless!


Update: I found a link to the story over at SoCal Law Blog

Posted by Ithildin at 2:47 PM

Man Oh Man!

Never mind my long and maudlin post on the subject! Andrea's latest has me ready to storm my Bishop's office, full of fire and brimstone and totally energized!

No more Miss Nice Episcopalian! I'm now the new and improved Spleenville Episcopalian! GRRRRR!

(yes, the medication is making me punchy. could you tell?)

Update: Gospel of Inclusion?

and

Mark Steyn has some things to say:

In older times, he and his partner would have set up their own church founded on the principle thereof. But back then the Anglican Church still understood itself to be part of the Kingdom of God, not a federation of self-esteeming cantons where a sacrament is whatever turns you on. Bishop Robinson got the Church to endorse not just his gayness but his narcissism.

Ouch!

And this from Peter Sean Bradley is well worth a read.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:44 PM | Comments (4)

August 8, 2003

Just Because It's Icky

Firefighters admit defeat in battle against rats

Rats in New York are a fact of life. They scurry between the rails in subway stations. They startle late-night strollers, shooting across the pavement and vanishing into piles of rubbish bags.

The city's residents know they are there and ignore them. But sometimes, they just can't. The fire station in Queens has been battling rats for several weeks and, finally, the rodent army has triumphed.

After every attempt at extermination failed, the city authorities conceded this week that there was nothing to be done but to move the firefighters out. The station, meanwhile, will be gutted and rebuilt..

For the firefighters, the decision comes as a huge relief. Night after night, they heard the animals rustling in the walls. Beady eyes peered at them from crevices in their kitchen. Those killed by poison gave off an unbearable stench.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:40 PM | Comments (7)

Of Sexy Historians

I originally came across this yesterday on Instapundit, and I followed the link becasue I too had been watching "The Spartans" and wondered why some studly male historian couldn't host one of these series! Especially as the last such program I saw was hosted by Alec Baldwin [holds nose].

So to catch you up, you can go here, and here, oh and here too.

While I'd have no objection to VDH in the role, I'm pretty sure he'd be horrified at the prospect!

(And for those of you keeping track, I made it through work yesterday, but I'm home again today. It's the germs that won't die!)

Posted by Ithildin at 3:51 PM | Comments (3)

A Reader Sends...

this link to One Hand Clapping. The authour of the blog is a Methodist minister, and he has a very definite take on the Robinson nomination.

Update: Laughing Wolf weighs in on the subject.

'nother Update: Midwest Conservative Journal has many good posts. Start at the top and work down.

Also: via the Ben File, this link to "What Do I D Now?"

Posted by Ithildin at 1:30 PM

August 7, 2003

Good Question

Craig asks a very interesting question over at Lead & Gold.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:59 PM | Comments (1)

Shout Out!

A big ol' shout out to my blog buddyette, Rachel who graduates from college next week!!

WWWHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

You go, girl!!

I'm proud of you and even more proud you're my friend. [super duper virtual hugs] (To be traded for real ones if we get to meet up in September!)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:20 PM

Render Unto Ceasar

You know, I had this whole post in my head while I was dozing at lunch, and now most of it is gone. Oh well, here it goes anyway.

For me there's two parts. One is the civil side, and the other is religious. On the civil side, I have no problem with "civil unions". Any two people would have the ability to declare a household. Two gay men, two widows, an elderly brother and sister. I've heard the argument that it's not fair that gay couples don't get the benefits that married straight couples do, but so what? Is it fair that married folk get benefits that single people don't? That home owners get to deduct their mortgage interest and renters don't get any breaks? Or the tax credits people with kids get? Lots and lots of things in life are unfair.

Marriage preexists Christianity. It's one of the few things we have that mix church and state all in a big muddle. For some people marriage is a contract, for others, it's a sacrament before God. So if we have civil unions separate from religious marriage, then maybe it would make things easier. That leaves Churches able to decide who they will and won't marry. Or it should. A coworker of mine is very involved in his non-denominational church, and he told me that the ACLU is targeting small independent churches to sue, to force them to marry homosexuals. Since these are small churches they don't have the financial clout of say, the Roman Catholic church. So these churches are forming an organization to back each other up in these cases. So, if we have a mechanism for state sanctioned civil unions, then religious bodies should be left alone in true separation of church and state fashion IMHO.

Now on to Canon Robinson and how I feel as an Episcopalian in general.

For one thing, I feel he's getting a pass because he's gay. He left his wife and children because he wanted to be with someone else. In this case, it was a man, but what if it had been a woman? I wouldn't want him as a Bishop in my Church if that were the case. No one is perfect, and that includes clergy. But is it wrong to expect a higher standard from those who are called to serve in one of the Church's highest offices? I try, as a single Christian woman, to lead a virtuous life as I think my Church and my God wants me to. It isn't easy, but no one said being a Christian was supposed to be easy -- the opposite in fact. So, for me, there's a feeling of betrayal when the Church ignores its own teaching by elevating Canon Robinson to Bishop. Are they saying that all the teachings set down that I've tried to follow are wrong?

If homosexuality isn't a sin now, then shouldn't they explain why and where the Church's teachings have been wrong, and not try and slide homosexuality in the back door by making Robinson a Bishop? It's like they're trying to avoid a full airing of the subject. Shouldn't they have the courage of their convictions and explain it to us lowly parishioners? I'm no theology expert, but I'm willing and able to listen and learn. Why won't they at least give us the courtesy of trying to teach? I know there are many in the Anglican communion disagree vehemently with the decision taken, and that ECUSA has gone against the findings of the last Lambeth Council. So you have one group of theological experts who have a totally different POV than another group does. How the heck am I supposed to be able to figure it out? On an Anglican email list I'm on, the "sides" are now using the translation of "PORNEIA" to argue the case for and against homosexuality being a sin in the New Testament!

Though I suppose I should be at least happy that Canon Robinson believes in God (at least I haven't heard he doesn't) Don't laugh! My Church has Bishops and clergy who don't appear to. The most famous being Bishop Spong. He doesn't believe in the Virgin birth, nor the Resurrection, and he writes books about it! I think I'd prefer a gay Bishop who believes to a straight Bishop who doesn't. Then there's our top guy here in the USA, Archbishop Griswold. He'd rather try and impose a far-left agenda in the Church and berate the President over Iraq than serve his flock. There's a lot of pride going on here, and that's one of those big sins.

I remember reading that Catholics love their Bishops, but can take or leave their priests, and Episcopalians have no use for their Bishops, but love their priests. I've had nothing but wonderful experiences with the Priests I've come in contact with, it's part of what I love about my Church. And maybe because many of us are blessed with wonderful priests, we don't pay enough attention to the Church on a national level. Maybe it's time we started. One thing I've come to realize over these last few days is my Church is worth fighting for. I don't have any fast and snappy answers, but I can pray and try to learn.

I think all sinners, gay or straight, should be welcome at the Table. I'm still not sure if I can accept marriage in the Church being anything but between a man and a woman. That's going to take some more soul searching for me. Same with non-celibate homosexuals in the priesthood. Some things I wonder about are, if homosexuals could marry in the Church, would they be willing to live by the same marriage rules heterosexual couples do as far as their religious lives go? Are they willing to vow to "till death do us part"? Would gays marrying in the Church strengthen marriage all around, making us less likely to turn a blind eye to cohabitation without benefit of marriage, or to multiple marriages/divorces? Is it the "cleave only unto him/her", or is it just about benefits?

If you're still with me, way down here at the end, you're a real trooper. Maybe I should have recommended all readers take a dose of no-doze first! And thanks to all the wonderful posts and comments I've read over the last few days around blogdom. Agree or disagree, you've given me lots to think about.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM | Comments (10)

Reporting

I went to work today, but I'm still feeling pretty rotten. My boss thinks I should go home, and I may end up agreeing.

Lots of interesting discussion on Bishop elect Robinson, and I'm leaving lots of comments on other people's blogs, and writing lots of emails, but can't seem to gather everything into something to post here. I think partly it's I don't feel well, and partly I'm not all that comfortable talking about really personal issues in "public". Hey, I'm one of those Episcopalians that finds "the peace" cringe inducing :) And maybe I'm too coflicted right now to sort it out enough to write about it. You'd think being on an Anglican email list with many priests would help, but it seems to leave me even more confused!

The other big story is Arnold running for governor. Not much to say except I live in the goofiest of states! It's going to be something, that's for sure!

(meant to add: if you have links to other discussions on Canon Robinson, leave them in the comments)

Updates! There have been some takers in the comments.

Check out Tim the Michigander, Megan, Michael Williams, and the Ben File.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:08 AM | Comments (4)

August 6, 2003

"Cross-Media Environmental Impact"

A fine example of how nutty it can be in California. The water board wants to restrict the amount of water our hosptital uses. Yes, it's true. I couldn't make this stuff up!

Water Follies

EVERY TIME you think things can't get more bizarre at the water board, they do.

The wacky extremists who took over the place four years ago have tried to limit the number of bedrooms people can have in their homes, imposed strict new requirements on landholders using their own water, made it illegal for a business that no longer needed water to transfer it to a business that did, tried to take over Cal-Am, gave the cold shoulder to a plan to increase water reclamation at the Carmel sewage treatment plant, and pooh-poohed a ballot measure calling for the board to be dissolved even though two-thirds of the voters supported it.

So little respect do they have for their constituents, the water board even hired a lobbyist (with the public's money) to make sure the ballot measure (which the public overwhelmingly supported) wasn't put into effect.

But now, the ridiculousness has reached even greater heights.

Last week, the water board decided that there should be a limit on water use at the hospital!

CHOMP is planning to add two new wings. But the new emergency center, surgery suites and patient rooms will need plenty of water to operate. So that's how CHOMP's president, Dr. Steven Packer, ended up in front of the water cops, asking for an allocation of what is supposed to be an inexpensive, readily available commodity, but which local politics has transformed into a rare substance worth its weight in beachfront homes.

Recognizing the importance of modern medical care to everyone in the community, the water board could have said to Packer, "You concentrate on healing the sick, and we'll make sure you have the water to do it."

Or they could have told him, "Please don't waste it, but we defer to your judgment as to how much water the hospital needs."

Or they could have simply said, "Go for it."

But what they said was: You're not allowed to use more than 120 acre-feet per year.

And that's not all. Reaching deep into their bag of tricks, the water board warned Packer, even as they told him how much water he could use, not to take any water-saving steps that would have "cross-media environmental impacts."

There's a certain kind of genius required to come up with a phrase like that -- incomprehensible, intimidating and a bureaucratic minefield.

If the hospital decided to start using disposable dinnerware, for example, the water board could intervene. It is by no means ridiculous to think this water board might even want to be consulted about new methods of treating cancer, storing blood, handling hazardous waste, etc., etc., etc. -- anything that affects water usage levels and has a "cross-media" effect on the environment. In other words, just about everything the hospital does.

Doctors and nurses should be in charge of deciding how much water they need to take care of their patients. City councils and the board of supervisors should be in charge of deciding how much development is appropriate for their communities. And the water board should concentrate on supplying water, instead of making sure there isn't enough.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:27 PM | Comments (1)

A Grave Matter

Also in this week's Pine Cone:

Graveyard meditators bring out the cops in P.G.

- Did somebody forget to bring the shovel? By KIRSTIE WILDE

"GOOD GRIEF, I thought it was Jonestown!" exclaimed Pacific Grove Police Officer Dan Wishart as he surveyed El Carmelo Cemetery Wednesday afternoon for more bodies.

Scattered all around the headstones were prostrate humans -- on top of the ground, fully clothed, still as the grave -- except, on closer inspection, they were breathing.

When Wishart spied the bizarre scene from his squad car, he thought the supine figures might be suicides.

"I radioed 'Man down at the cemetery,' and called it Code 3 -- which means police, fire, ambulance, everybody -- to help," Wishart said.

As he spoke, two other black-and-whites with more police officers rolled up and surveyed the 30- some-odd motionless figures, each with a little wooden bowl balanced on their stomach.

"Are they hoping for donations?" someone asked.

Wishart was getting some answers from one of the bodies, a woman who sat up when he said, "Excuse me?"

"We're just meditating," she explained.

"They've been here off and on for a few days," added the cemetery groundskeeper, who said he was only weed-eating around the headstones and not riding his big mower that day -- otherwise he would have had to ask them to get off the graves.

"They're not hurting anybody, but I suppose someone coming out here to put flowers on Grandma's tomb might be upset to find a stranger lying on it."

There are signs announcing proscribed behavior at El Carmelo Cemetery: No Dogs; No Feeding Wildlife; and everybody knows there's No Camping in Pacific Grove. But officer Wishart said he didn't know if it is illegal to meditate on a grave.

"I told her she might need a permit," he said. "But I'm not sure the city would give her a permit for this."

Finally the leader of the 37 meditators, Carmel resident Gregory Penn, showed up wearing a long black priestly cassock. He explained that the people in the cemetery were part of a seminar he conducts at Asilomar Conference Grounds -- $800 per person for four days of meditation, meals included -- and that they lie on the graves to think about where they are in their lives. They come every year and would be back next summer, he told the cop.

"Well do us a favor: Give us a call next time and let us know, OK?" asked Wishart. "People sometimes do really weird, bad things in cemeteries, and you scared a few people today."

Posted by Ithildin at 2:20 PM

Excitement On The Home Front

The Carmel Pine Cone site has been screwed up for a while now, but I checked today and it's working. So that means I can share some of the thrills from the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department and the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject approached an officer at Monte Verde and Ocean and was soliciting items he had for sale. Office asked for a business license, which he did not have. He showed a laminated card with his business address. After checking with dispatch, he was informed he would not be able to obtain a business license. He crossed the street and met up with two other males in a black Infiniti. Corporal asked the officer to stand by until his arrival, but both officers were diverted to handle a medical call.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Male advised he heard muffled voices and a strange sound in the church parking lot at Mountain View and Junipero. He stated he went outside to investigate and observed two subjects, one with a "blow torch," attempting to light the trees on fire. He returned to his residence to contact the police department and did not see or hear the subjects leave. Upon arrival, an extensive search of the area was conducted, but no subjects or any signs of damage were located.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Dolores residents reported a raccoon chased their dogs around the backyard and then into their house. No medical attention was requested. Information forwarded to animal control for follow up.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Person dialed 911 to advise that subjects were going to leave the business at Ocean and Junipero without paying. Upon arrival, the subjects advised the person had rudely told them, "Put out your cigarette or leave." The subjects became angered because of his tone and demeanor and awaited law enforcement. He stated he politely asked the subjects to extinguish their cigarettes. The subjects refused and so he became upset and told them sternly to put them out. He allowed the subjects to leave without paying for their coffee and told them not to come back to the restaurant.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:17 PM

Mongolia Bits

Found this link on The Corner today.

Mongolia's return to religion

...... A makeshift church hall was packed with Mongolian worshippers, their eyes tight shut, their arms swaying in the air.

There was little doubt about the passion felt by these worshippers for their new foreign god.

Axel, a young missionary from Germany, was leading the service.

"I felt God told me go to the East," Axel said.

"One day I heard a report of Mongolia. I didn't know where to look, but somehow I had this click in my heart," he said.

"As I went there the first time, in 1992, it just touched my heart. I felt so touched and felt the confirmation in my spirit (that) this is the place."

The converts are young, drawn to Christianity by its powerful evangelical message.

Many are also escaping deeply troubled pasts.

Seventeen-year-old Solongo is a case in point. She ended up on the streets after repeated beatings from her alcoholic father.

"I was on the streets for four years," she said. "I did lots of bad things, I got drunk, I smoked and lots of other bad things."

"Then two years ago I came to this church. It changed me, I stopped doing those bad things. Jesus has changed my life."

Christian groups are proliferating so fast that they now outnumber official Buddhist organisations.

But to Mongolia's conservative Buddhist elite, such rapid growth is deeply troubling.

Some Christian groups now accuse the government of orchestrating a campaign to prevent them gaining new converts.

It is a charge which Mongolia's devoutly Buddhist Prime Minister Enkbayar strongly denies.

But he did acknowledge concern about the arrival of these new foreign religious groups in his once Buddhist country.

"Religious differences are very difficult to solve, because all religions express themselves in terms of ultimate truth," he said.

These young Mongolians have found their truth, and it lies in a new foreign god.

The question facing the country now is whether traditional Buddhism, in its critically weakened state, will withstand the foreign onslaught - or whether Christianity will peacefully succeed where communism so brutally failed.

And from the Corner post I got the link from is this: .....Second, my Mongolia Guy (no kidding) tells me that Mongolia has soldiers in Iraq with the US. He adds: "I've always wondered how they are seen, seeing as how 'they're just like the Mongols' is always the worst thing Arab opponents can say against the US." {Mesopotamia endured a very nasty ravage by Genghis & his lads back in the 13th century.)

Posted by Ithildin at 2:03 PM

Bleah!!!!

Still feeling like crud, still home, still bored.

This has been your "Ith Sick Report" for Wednesday.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:04 PM | Comments (4)

New Digs

The very cool John Weidner and his blog, "Random Jottings" has made the move off Blogger to bright shiny new digs.

So go and visit!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:06 AM

August 5, 2003

Arrrrr!

You are The Cap'n!

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.
What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:19 PM | Comments (2)

Creole Proverbs

Found tonight on The Corner:

Ti bef ou wete nan labou a se li k bat ou. ("It is the donkey you drag from the mud that kicks you.")

Posted by Ithildin at 9:40 PM | Comments (2)

For Paul

So he can add to his "gobble. gobble" collection:

"Hopelessly misconceived exercise in celebrity self-worship, which opens to nationwide ridicule today.” -- A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Nearly as unwatchable as it is unpronounceable.” -- Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times

"Every generation gets the celebrities they deserve, but what have we done to deserve 'Gigli'?" -- Duane Dudeck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The entire thing here.

And heard on the radio this morning from moivegoers: "Who would have thought they could make a movie that makes "From Justin to Kelly" seem like a five star?", & "Ben Affleck had more chemistry with Matt Damon."

Posted by Ithildin at 9:37 PM | Comments (1)

Web Wanderings

In my web wanderings today looking for General Convention information, I came across this article: A Challenge to Episcopalians. It deals with what the authour sees as three choices: get out, give in, or stay in.

Food for thought.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:21 PM | Comments (6)

I Would Have Baked A Cake

So Cam is sending folks over here to "Bathe in the estrogen. Wallow in the femininity. Drink from the cup of enlightenment."

And here I am still in my slippers! So a feminine sort of post... I've found that people tend to be surprised I'm a Conservative. The reasons given are usually along the lines of: you're so sweet, kind, nice, feminine, insert warm fuzzy adjective. How can someone like you be a Conservative?

Has anyone else had this sort of experience?

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Wrong!

I thought for sure I'd bee feeling better today -- WRONG! I feel worse today than I have since I first got sick on Friday. I stayed home from work, had an awful night, so I'm tired, but I can't seem to sleep.

So entertain me! :)

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August 4, 2003

On The Same General Religion Subject

I've noticed on my blog travels that a lot of Catholic bloggers have a section of their blogrolls dedicated to other Catholic blogs. I was wondering if anyone had come across something similar for Episcopalian/Anglican blogs? And if so, could you point me in their general direction?

Many thanks!

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Hmmm....

Having on awfully good day here traffic wise, and no real idea why. Maybe I should be sick and post virtually nothing more often!

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Confusion

I discovered this blog today, and along with it, a very thoughtful discussion on what's happening in the Episcopal Church. It couldn't come at a better time, as I'm a very confused and conflicted Episcopalian right now.

Update: More on this here.

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August 3, 2003

Incorrigible

Mickey is officially incorrigible. She's sending me pics from her phone at the drive in!

And in other news, after seeing PotC for the fourth time, I can no longer resist adding Jack Sparrow to my "Bloodties" fanfic universe. ARGH!! I've resisted for weeks, but he won't stop talking! Shutting him up requires writing.

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Still Here

I had to post this before I go.

This is the quote of the month, if not the year:

These days, Americans think "romance" means "sex" and "passion" means "really good sex." Why culture pearls when you can hear the swine grunting behind the door?

Steve has this uncanny knack of writing down things that make me shout (in my head) "That's exactly it!!".

(I'll actually shout out loud to pester April when we're watching a movie or a show on TV.) (You should hear the things I say!) (I'm hopelessly old-fashioned)

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Crickets

Wow, it's so quiet this morning, you can here the crickets chirping...

Still have the icky almost-sore throat, which has turned into a slight case of laryngitis. But I'm tired of sittng around the house, so we're going to run some errands and haul ourselves out to Salinas to see a movie.

Watched "Signs" last night, and wasn't scared as expected. Pooo! I kept expecting the aliens not to really be aliens, and kept asking, "doesn't anyone have a gun??" Enjoyed the moive, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

Now to eat something and get ready to head off. Cider is in my lap and bunting me as I type. He's not going to be happy to be oved!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:30 AM

August 2, 2003

When Asshats Attack

Everyone's doing it, so here's my effort.

When Asshats Attack -- a movie in three parts.

Starring: moi, Ninjababe, Sunny, & Rachel. With guest appearances by Paul and Jay.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

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Bummer

I heard about w.bloggar over at Digital Hamster, and it sounded nifty. I downloaded and installed it, and can't get it to work for the life of me.

Oh well. Cool idea though.

Maybe it will make more sense when I feel better.

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Long Past Time

I've finally gotten my brain in gear and added "Cynthia Speaks" to ye olde blog roll. She's been a long time commenter here, and has a great journal.

Update: also added "Digital Hamster", "MoodVertigo", "Angst du Jour", and "The Speculist".

Update: just found another kewl blog! Yes, I know it's Saturday. But I'm sickly today and have no life, so I'm spending the day staring hypnotically into my 'puter screen.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:15 PM

August 1, 2003

Just an FYI

Just so you know, Tequila (even good tequila) and Klondike bars do not mix.

Blargh!

I need to drink more tequila to get rid of this icky taste.

The drink started out as a margarita, but ended up being something different... 3 shots of Casadores, 1 shot of Triple sec, a half shot of lime juice, half shot of Rose's lime juice, and a shot of orange juice.

Wooooo!

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Friday Odds & Ends

Before reading all the Gigli stuff over the last week, this headline wouldn't have me thinking of J-Lo:

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Boom! "Turkey Bomb Injures Police"--headline, BBC Web site, Aug. 1

I think I found this link at Instapundit. Very funny takedown of SDB's critics. It certainly gave me flashbacks!

Some interesting stuff here on just how much of his own books Tom Clancy actually writes. Up to and including "Hunt For Red October".

From "Best of the Web" a nice bit of satire on the "quagmire" that is California. I for one, wouldn't mind a few cute Marines to protect my lunch from being pillaged by the guys at work!

And sharing one of my favourite websites from one of my favourite places: Orkney Jar.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM

Cultural Honey Bees

SDB has a very good post on "cultural cross-pollination". Part of the post touches on what I was attmepting to say here. But of course, being Steven, it's much better written! So go on and read it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:55 AM

Light

Blogging will most likely be light today. I've got a sore throat and am feeling generally icky. Just in time for the busiest work day of the month, not to mention the weekend.

And now, A DVD rental report! Last night, the movie was "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days". It's was pretty darn funny! There were some places where I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.

Okay, work work work....

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