September 30, 2003

Seat Guru

Interesting site for those that travel by airplane a lot.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:12 PM | Comments (2)

Have To Think About this One

Blackfive has a list of Bloggers He'd Like To Drink With.

I have to say, it's a nifty idea for a blog post. And drinking is something I take quite seriously as my regular readers know! So which bloggers would I want to drink with? I'll have to think on it.

A heart AVAST! to Misha for the link.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:56 PM

Super Snorfle

Okay, I can't just pick one, so go read all of them.

(still snickering)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:33 PM

Bummer

Arafat breakdown: Feared he had been poisoned

.... "He was very tired and alarmed that he had been poisoned," a source said. "After a few days of arrest and a thorough examination, he's back at work again. The crisis is over."

Better luck next time, I guess.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:27 PM | Comments (3)

Corner Pickings

Found lots of good stuff on The Corner today.

THE MONGOLS ARE BACK... in Iraq. After only 745 years. And they want meat!! Mmmm... meat!

UNHOLY MOTHER: THE FACE OF REFORM IN SAUDI ARABIA: If you are about to give birth in Saudi Arabia, you better head to the hospital with the responsible male. The Saudis have announced that women entering a hospital to give birth will be held prisoner until a man arrives on the scene

DIVERSITY ON PARADE: This story almost sounds like it came out of The Onion ... but it's all too true. Seems that a high school band from Paris, Texas, came to Dallas last weekend to put on a "Salute to World War II" halftime show. The program included flags and national anthems of major combatants in the war ... which meant that some students marched and waved the Nazi Germany standard, while the band played "Deutschland Uber Alles." And all this happened on -- wait for it -- Rosh Hoshana. The ignoramus band director has apologized, and the Dallas ADL chief has said the matter is closed. But sheesh, can you imagine the stupidity that went into that programming decision? Did it occur to no one at that high school that it might not be a good idea to celebrate Nazi Germany in song and dance?

See? Lots of good reading!

Meat, it's what's for dinner!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM | Comments (1)

Hah!

I have a Monty Python daily calendar. Today's seemed very apropos to the situation in California. Since it's all text, I'll just type it in:

Vote Wisely
Vote Silly
The Silly Party

Support the Silly Party The only party that is publicly committed to:
-raising prices
-destroying industry
-causing inflation
-ruining the economy

A Silly Government would:
-raise the school-leaving age to 43
-encourage naughtiness in high places
-maintain confidence in British Silliness abroad.

Posted by Ninjababe at 2:39 PM

More RotK Stuff

(and be warned, I'm ramping up into full LotR pre-movie release mode)

You've seen the trailer, now it's time to pick it apart frame by frame.

And AICN has the running time: 3 1/2 hours.

And there's more! According to theonering.net, we are going to get the Grey Havens!! This is something I've been hoping for, especially after hearing there will be no "Scouring of the Shire".

Posted by Ithildin at 7:40 AM

September 29, 2003

Here!

The unsubtitled, high res, in all its glory version of the return of the King trailer is here!

Goosebump warning!!

Added thoughts: the music at the very beginning sounds very Loreena McKennitish. Is it too much to hope she might be doing this movie's "song"?

If the trailer is this good, imagine what the movie will be like.

I'm assuming Arwen is with Elrond when she says, "Give him the sword of the Kings".

Shelob creeps me out. I hate spiders!

The evil smile that Gollum gives Sam.... [shudder]

Posted by Ithildin at 8:11 PM | Comments (5)

Who's Isolated?

John Weidner comments on Jacques Chirac's growing isolation in Europe.

It takes a cowboy to get the job done.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:23 PM

If They're Upset, We Must Be Doing Something Right

So the Mexican government is upset that we're deporting illegals back to Mexico away from the border. Heck, I was just happily surprised we had a deportation plan at all!

Apparently, when illegals are picked up in AZ, we're putting them on planes and taking them to towns where they can't just turn around and try for the border five minutes later. Sounds good to me. But of course, we're being mean to the poor lawbreakers.

.... "They shouldn't deport us so far away, in places where we don't know anybody," said Cesar Pinacho, 26, a cannery worker who has slept in a Ciudad Juarez park and the yard of a nearby house since he was deported several days ago.

[....]

The Mexican government has protested the U.S. practice of handcuffing migrants with a chain that wraps around their waists during the airplane ride.

"If they have to deport us, they shouldn't treat us like criminals," said Martin Romero, 38, a field worker from Durango. "It's humiliating. We're just working people."

[....]

While one of the biggest complaints is the dislocation caused by the long-distance deportations, the Mexican government rejected a U.S. offer to deport undocumented migrants back to their hometowns, at the U.S. government's expense.

Mexican Assistant Foreign Secretary Enrique Berruga said a previous program that deported migrants home in the mid-1990s was abandoned because Mexicans objected to being flown home.

"That kind of thing has been tried before," Berruga said. "I don't think anything has changed to expect any different results this time."

[....]

Juventino Gonzalez, a 28-year-old dishwasher from Chimalhuacan, near Mexico City, was a repeat offender.

He and his friend were caught in Arizona last week after trudging seven hours through the desert. Deported through McAllen, Texas, they spent the last of their money to return to the Arizona desert and try again with the same smuggler — only to be caught and deported through El Paso, Texas, across from Ciudad Juarez.

"Of course we're going to try again. We can't go home beaten and with empty hands," he said, sitting in a public park and planning his next crossing. "We're going to try and get ahead. All they are doing with this program is making our lives harder."

Posted by Ithildin at 5:30 PM | Comments (4)

How Much Longer?

You have to wonder how much longer the "elites" are going to ignore public opinion on this matter:

Arizona voters back plan on illegals

A poll shows Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a proposed ballot initiative that would cut off services to illegal immigrants, despite a wall of opposition from both Republican and Democratic politicians.

And from this article on Arnold and Prop 54:

Language and illegal immigration are not abstract issues. They are issues that concern millions of Californians. Proposition 187 won by a wide margin in 1994 and according to polls would win with a margin as high or higher if placed on the ballot again. Proposition 227 also won in 1998, a ballot measure that ended most bilingual education in public education, programs that condemned limited English speakers to the lower end of the economic scale. Prop 227 was immediately vindicated as test scores moved up once the bilingual-education impediment was removed. Those are winning issues. They are also topics anathema in the polite society of the country club.
Posted by Ithildin at 5:22 PM | Comments (1)

Really?

Tony thought Bill was weird.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:14 PM

A Burning Question

Peter asks me this very important question:

....But the real question I want answered is what she thought about Underworld. I thought it was a confusing farrago of half-thought out plots and easily forgettable, except for the whole "death-dealer in tight latex outfit" motif, which kind of worked for me.

That's easy! I didn't see it. I'm not a big fan of horror movies -- too icky and gross. :) I try to avoid movies where I'll have to keep my eyes closed through more than a 1/3 of the film.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:10 PM | Comments (2)

That Did It

My major infusion of vitmains seemed to do the trick, because I'm all better today. Other than feeling wiped out from being sick for three days, that is. Too bad I was sick yesterday, because I'd wanted to go see Arnold who was here in town for a rally.

Lots to do at work today: payroll, and tomorrow is the end of the month, so preparing for that.

That's about it. Off to work for me.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:29 AM | Comments (1)

September 28, 2003

Is It Dec. Yet?

Here's the Return of the King trailer, this one from Asian TV. It's in English, with subtitles. It does in a pinch since I didn't see Second Hand Lions.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:48 PM | Comments (3)

Pics From The Vacation Front

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This is Nin and me on one of our hikes.

And here we are at the orchard shop in Springdale. and some pics of me, Nin, and Roberta here and here at at Arches Natl' Park, and one last pic at Arches of me.

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Sunday Report

I feel terrible. Just thought I'd share. Sore throat is gone, but today, I ache all over -- even my scalp hurts. I must have a fever. I want to go back to sleep, but if I do, I'll end up being awake all night and when 6am rolls around, I'll regret it.

Alias starts tonight! Yay!

I'm really pleased so many people took the time to answer the question. Thanks, all.

So Paul went to Vermont. We don't know why, so I think we should make something up. I think he belongs to a secret syrup society.

From the comments of "the question" post, I think it would be kewl to have a NorCal bloggers get together. Anyone game?

The Johnny Depp movie marathon continues! Since last I reported, we've seen Astronauts Wife, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, and Sleepy Hollow.

AW was not a great movie, but nice hair! Dead Man was just plain odd. Not too odd to not finish it (like Fear and loathing in Las Vegas) but odd enough to not like or dislike it. It was great seeing Gary Farmer again, and another Forever Knight alumni was also in it, the actress that played Marion in the ep, Blackwing.

Nick of Time, I liked. Donnie Brasco interested me because Falcone, one of the best TV series in the last little while (that was canceled part way through season one) was also based on the same book. Very good movie.

Now, Sleepy Hollow, we'd seen before. In fact, it was one of only two Depp movies I'd ever seen before PotC. But Nin wanted to see it again to see how it viewed after a run of his movies. Not a movie to watch when you're feverish just before bed! I had very strange dreams.

Maybe a shower will make me feel better?

Condi Rice was just on FNC. I so want her to run for President.

I think I'm going to vote for Arnold -- since some have been wondering -- because I'd rather have half a Republican than a whole Bustamante.

Lori linked to a letter from Natalie Maine's to her fans (?) that I was sure was a fake. But truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

It's a week to LCA and I'm not going [sniff]. Wait till Friday, then I'll be really down!

Update: forgot to add this week's new blog showcase entry. So here it is.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:27 PM | Comments (9)

September 27, 2003

Traveling Along

If you like to travel and share your travel exploits, I have an email list you might be interested in. It's very low volume -- though I'd like to change that! -- and fun when there's some participation. I also have a Celtic themed list I may as well plug while I'm here.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:23 PM | Comments (4)

September 26, 2003

34000

Just checked in one last time before bed and the counter just hit 34,000. Someone doing a Google search for Absinthe :)

But Jay was 33,999, so he gets the (non existant) prize!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:47 PM | Comments (6)

Dang

I finally succumbed to the office germs and am now totally in the throes of a head hold. I wanna go home.

So the plan is to get a few DVDs, some Chinese food, and then vegville.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM | Comments (11)

So Tell Me...

Where in the heck do you come from? I average 130ish visitors here a day, and of those maybe a dozen comment regularly. So I've been wondering a couple of things: how did you find me, and where do you hail from -- either virtually or physically. How many of you have blogs?

It's Friday, and I'm curious! So if you've never left a comment before, take pity on my curiosity and tell me a bit about yourself. And if you do comment here, I'd still like to know a bit about you, so you're not off the hook!

Remember; curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:58 AM | Comments (38)

Celeb Roundup

Some of it is sad: Robert Palmer died, and so did George Plimpton.

And on the happy side: Bruce Willis put on a rock concert for our troops in Northern Iraq.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:55 AM

Utah Pics!

Nin has put up some pics from our trip here.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:33 AM

September 25, 2003

The Rum Is Gone

Haven't done one of my "Bit of Pirate" posts in a while!

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One of my favourite scenes in the movie, the "But why is the rum gone?" one. This whole part of the movie is great, especially for Jack Sparrow's explanation to Elizabeth as to what a ship "is". It's freedom.

Found this and a bunch of other caps here.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:19 PM | Comments (4)

Wrong

Child molesters making movies. No, not those kind of movies -- the kind you go see in the theater. Instead of rotting in jail, this guy is living large. Disgusting.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM | Comments (4)

Awww!

Long-Gone Microchipped Cat Finds Owner

SAN CARLOS, Calif. - Call it Ted's excellent adventure, with a high-tech twist: A cat with an ID microchip implanted under his skin was returned to his owner 10 years after he jumped out a window and vanished.

Chris Inglis' sleek, black feline, Ted, was fitted with the chip back when the technology was still new in the early 1990s. But he was gone without a trace for a full decade before someone found him this week.

Ted — named for Keanu Reeves' character in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — was brought to the Peninsula Humane Society's animal shelter, which tracked down Inglis despite outdated information on the chip. The cat was found about 13 miles south of where Inglis used to live in Burlingame.

When the pair reunited Wednesday, the cat "rubbed his face on my hand, climbed right up and started purring," Inglis said. "It's pretty monumental. It's almost surreal."

Where Ted spent all those years remains a mystery, but it appeared someone had been taking care of him.

Inglis remembers that one of the things he and Ted liked to do was cruise around in his car. On their way home from the shelter, Inglis said Ted "put his front paws on the dashboard," just like in the old days.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:30 PM | Comments (1)

Lone Picture

Nin is working on the webpage with our pics, but till that's done, here's a pic Jen took and sent me last night. It's Nin, Jen's husband Dave, and me, on our hike to Emerald Pools in Zion.

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September 24, 2003

Goldberg Catch Up

Still finding stuff I missed while I was away. Here's Jonah Goldberg's column from Spet. 11, 2003.

..... As with all deranged people, the compassionate have two possible courses of action: They can try to help or, if that doesn't work, they can try to protect themselves through less-gentle means. Obviously, the best protection is to help the deranged get un-deranged. And that is what we are trying so desperately to do in Iraq. We are trying through example, persuasion, and all-too necessary toughness to show the Arab world that there is a better way than grinding poverty, violence, and corruption. I, like most Americans, truly want it to work. But if it doesn't, if the cup-of-coffee-and-the-sandwich approach doesn't work, America will still do what is necessary to protect itself. And that won't be the preferable option for anybody. Trust me.

Worth reading it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:05 PM | Comments (2)

Loved This Headline

Bond Girl Minister Hits Catwalk For The Clergy

Make up your own story, leave it in the comments, then read the actual article.

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

New Sarah!

Wonder of wonders, I heard a new song by Sarah McLachlan on the radio today! It's called "Fallen", and I'm pretty sure I like it. I hope this is a precursor to a full album.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM | Comments (2)

Blog Notes

First off, a big thanks to Maripat for her donation of support! And also thanks to Martin for hitting the tip jar. Seems he lost some sort of wager with Paul, and a monetary offering was the price of losing. Hey, whatever works!

I pruned the blog roll again today, removing blogs that haven't been updated in ages. And a few days ago, I moved some links from my personal blog over to here. Back when this was a group blog, I also had a personal webjournal, but since this one's became solo, nothing much has happened over there. So, I figured I should start consolidating things.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:27 PM | Comments (1)

Harbinger Of Fury

Posting this just because I really liked it. From MoodVertigo and a post on hurricane Isabel

"Harbinger of fury, the grey man be near rising as a spirit of water and wind, lean to yon ear windswept waves, aye the angry ocean will arise in silent premonition, he sees without eyes

So secure ye sloop and brigand, bow and stern
lash hearth and home 'gainst the tide that does churn
praise the saints round, grey man will save me
as death knocks nigh, from the storm that would take me"

- source unknown, translated from gaelic and believed to be from a regional North Carolina folk song - from the book "Outer Banks Tales to Remember by Judge Henry Whedbee, 1967

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Today's selections is "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles.

Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming Is this burning an eternal flame.

Say my name, sun shines through the rain
A whole life so lonely, and then you come and ease the pain
I don't want to lose this feeling.

Since this was one of my favourite songs of the era, I'm dedicating it to me!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:23 PM | Comments (6)

The Really Important News Of The Day!

New 'Lord of the Rings' Trailer to Debut

It's official! The trailer will be with 'Secondhand Lions' starting this weekend.

YAY!!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:56 AM | Comments (1)

Gen. Shelton With A Great Big "NO!"

Here's what Gen. Shelton, former head of the JCOS, had to say about the Clark run for the White House:

...."What do you think of General Wesley Clark and would you support him as a presidential candidate," was the question put to him by moderator Dick Henning, assuming that all military men stood in support of each other. General Shelton took a drink of water and Henning said, "I noticed you took a drink on that one!"

"That question makes me wish it were vodka," said Shelton. "I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to say whether I'm a Republican or a Democrat. I'll just say Wes won't get my vote."

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM | Comments (4)

The Big Lie

Interesting article over on FNC that refutes the belief that the CIA funded Bin Laden.

It is time to lay to rest the nagging doubt held by many Americans that our government was somehow responsible for fostering bin Laden. It's not true and it leaves the false impression that we brought the Sept. 11 attacks down on ourselves. While it is impossible to prove a negative, all available evidence suggests that bin Laden (search) was never funded, trained or armed by the CIA.

[....]

Why is this myth of CIA support for bin Laden so persistent? Some find the myth persuasive because they do not know that America and Saudi Arabia funded two different sets of anti-Soviet fighters. Others on the anti-American left and right, in both Europe and America, find it oddly comforting. It gives solace to those who want to think the worst of us. The CIA-funding myth allows them to return to a familiar pattern, to blame America first. Whatever the cause, this myth weakens America’s case for the war on terror by setting up a moral equivalency between America and Al Qaeda (search). This animates protests at home and makes it harder to win allies abroad.

When former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (search) learned that a Saudi prince had blamed U.S. policies for the Sept. 11 atrocity, he famously turned down the prince's $10 million donation. His words at the time could be applied to the myth of CIA support for bin Laden: “There is no moral equivalent for this attack,” he said. “Not only are these statements wrong, they're part of the problem.”

Posted by Ithildin at 7:40 AM

Ahhh, Berkeley

My home town. (now you know why I'm a conservative!)

Anyway, this was on The Corner this morning:

Talk about campus political correctness. It looks as though the student government of the University of California, Berkeley may have illegally diverted $35,000 in student fees to help defeat Ward Connerly’s California Racial Privacy Initiative (which would ban the collection of personal racial data by government).

Speaking of Prop 54 (I think that's the right number), Bustamante is running one ad after another about how we should vote 'no' on 54 because it's more important than politics. (I think these are the same ads he's paying for with the Indian casino money he's been told to give back). It may be more important than politics, Cruz, but that's why I'm voting 'yes'.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:33 AM | Comments (1)

More Serious

Cheif Wiggles is conducting a toy drive for the kids in Iraq. All the info is here.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:38 AM

Frank In Serious Mode

Frank has a great idea, and he tells us all about it here. Check it out, won't you?

Posted by Ithildin at 6:29 AM

September 23, 2003

Headlines To Start Your Day

So I open up Drudge on my browser and these three headlines leap out at me:

Student cuts off penis and tongue after drinking hallucinogenic tea...

Hungarians Top For Sex...

AUSTRALIA 'WORLD'S GAYEST COUNTRY'...

I'm sharing the oddness today, folks!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:45 AM

September 22, 2003

Woooo!

Nin's average is up to SEVENTEEN!!!


This has been a Ninjababe's Ramble Traffic Update

Posted by Ithildin at 5:50 PM | Comments (4)

Happy Birthday!

To Bilbo & Frodo.

(and to Kyle, my whacky coworker)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM

The Other Half

Deb has a spot on post about "The Other Half". I live in that half. What about you?

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

Obnoxious Celeb Moment

What a treasure trove the day has been for asshatted celebrity comment! But I bet you thought I couldn't come up with anything better than the Dixie Chicks latest tantrum, or Martin Sheen's latest verbal assault, but you'd be wrong, gentle readers!! Take a look at this gem I came across while reading a Yahoo! news bit, "Backstage at the Emmys". This tidbit comes from Jon Stewart, who has a TV show from what I understand. (First time I'd ever seen him was last night as he did some lame comedy bit at the Emmys.)

[....] He also had a few words for the uniformed journalist representing the U.S. Marines who asked nearly every winner to send their deepest sentiments to the men and women overseas. "Shouldn't you be defending us from something? Isn't this something you do in the corner of a Best Buy?"

So this is what passes for humour these days? And you win awards for it too! I miss Bob Hope more and more every day.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:05 PM | Comments (6)

The Money Quote

'I WOULD HAVE BEEN A REPUBLICAN IF KARL ROVE HAD RETURNED MY PHONE CALLS'...

That says it all, doesn't it? Does Clark have any idea how petty and childish that sounds? Will he threaten to hold his breath if he doesn't win his first primary?

Update: Clark Never Called Rove

Now that's very interesting.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:25 AM | Comments (3)

Sour Grapes?

Not that this comes as a surprise, but... Chicks to break with country scene.

Violinist Martie Maguire told Spiegel magazine: "We don't feel part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home any more."

She said she was disappointed other country singers didn't back up the Dixie Chicks in their criticism of George W Bush's politics on Iraq.

"A few weeks ago, Merle Haggard said a couple of nice words about us, but that was it," Maguire complained.

"The support we got came from others, like Bruce Springsteen."

Maybe because they're grownups, Martie? With this sort of whining, it appears you certainly aren't one yet. Suck it up, girls! If you take a stand, you need to do it because you think it's right, not because you want to be part of the "in" crowd, or because you think it's cool at the time. But that's the problem, you don't think. R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y -- look it up in the dictionary.

Going home empty-handed from the Country Awards ceremony also made them decide to break with the scene, Maguire said.

Mmmm-hmmmm..... I think that about covers it, don't you? The Dixie Chicks owe Country and its fans for their success. If they want to be just another pop band, then so be it. I guess mediocrity is easier than originality and creativity. Their last CD certainly proved that.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:16 AM | Comments (4)

Emmy Bits

David Letterman, a dad? Wow! Wonderful news.

Wayne Brady got an Emmy for 'Whose Line'! I love Wayne, and I think he was the only person, that I wanted to win, who did.

Who was the very unfunny guy who came out pretending to be Arnold and then Rumsfeld? Talk about pain inducing! It was bad enough they had him do the first skit, but to let him come out again! Yeeesh!

Favourite dress: Debra Messing's

Liked the bit where Conan O'Brien comes out to do a song and dance number, complete with dance girls, and they tell him it's been cut do to time.

Big, ugly earrings seem to be in fashion. I mean ugly! And big.

Never seen 'Sopranos'.

Never even heard of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:38 AM | Comments (4)

September 21, 2003

Guest Post By Ellis

This was posted on a current events email list I run, and I asked Ellis if I could post it here.

Enjoy!


Sorry, I know this is old news, but I just wanted to showcase this quotation from the speech:

"...why me? Why us? Why America?

And the only answer is: because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time and the task is yours to do."


It puts me strongly in the mind of the part in FotR where Gandalf is imparting much the same sentiment to Frodo in the foreboding deeps of Moria. Peter Jackson even saw fit (and rightly so, but then the film is nearly perfect in my eyes !) to repeat Gandalf's entreaty at the movie's end, with Frodo staring at the river with tearful purpose.

I don't know if Blair has read Tolkien; surely he's aware of the works. And if he has, I don't know if he's consciously or subconsciously echoing the notion of accepting duty: it's certainly a common enough idea. But it resembled the Tolkien stuff quite closely, and so it stuck out for me. (I also suspect that, while FotR and the others would have been HUGE hits anyway, the fact that the first installment came out just after Sept. 11th increased its attraction that much more, I'd wager.)

I also like how much of the speech turned on fighting FOR freedom and liberty and pluralism and universal civilized values, rather than "merely" AGAINST terrorism and barbarism.

Blair is quite handily the most articulate proponent for Western (human) values on the political world stage today. This speech might well fit into the top twenty of the century (20th, that is), for those who like to speculate about lists. Like me.

~ Ellis

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM | Comments (4)

Ugh!

I did so much freakin' laundry this weekend! River rafting is fun, vacation is fun, but cleaning up after it sucks!

Yahoo TV listings are saying Enterprise is new tonight. I could have sworn it starts next week, but I'll check just in case.

Emmy's tonight and I'm avoiding email since East coast folks insist on putting spoilers in their headers. Tonight, I actually know someone who has been nominated, so that will be fun!

Started a new book that Roberta got me, Cloud Of Sparrows. It was on my wishlist, and she brought it to me when we were on vacation in Utah. Oh, and part of the laundry I did was hers! Somehow, her muddy rafting duds got into my luggage. Hmmm... accident or sneaky?

Need to go through the absentee voting stuff that came in while I was away.

Finally, a breeze!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:10 PM | Comments (4)

Don Juan DeMarco

Next on the rental list was Don Juan DeMarco. We watched it Friday night and I loved it. Maybe it was my mood at the time I watched it, but it left me feeling wistful and not feeling quite as cynical in matters of the heart as I usually do.

Johhny Depp was something to watch. He was 32 when he made this film, but I had no trouble believing he was the 21 year old "Don Juan". Having seen "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" a few days before, and "Chocolat", not to mention multiple viewings of "Pirates of the Caribbean", I find Depp to be an incredibly gifted actor. As I said to Nin last night after we got out of "PotC" (we took our mum to see it), you don't think, "oh that's Johnny Depp", you actually believe you're seeing Jack Sparrow, or Don Juan, or Sands. If you go see a Harrison Ford movie, there's no questioning it's Harrison ford, that's the first thing you notice. It's not a bad thing, just different. I think I prefer a movie where the movie as a whole is the "star". I certainly get that feeling from the movies I've seen over the last week.

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A Review

Nin has a review of "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" up on her blog from when we went to see it last week.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:36 PM

Christ's Love Compels Us

I found this excellent essay via Dean.

I had a pretty varied religious upbringing. From being Christened in the Anglican church and attending services as a child with my great aunt and uncle, to my mum getting reinvolved with the fundamentalist church of her youth, to Catholic school, and my own searching for my church home as an adult. But through it all, the in your face evangelism of many Christians has made me uncomfortable. My life, and how I live it, is my evangelism. You honour God through your actions, not your words. Your example speaks so much louder than any fire and brimstone speech.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:32 PM

Won't You Be My Friend?

If Americans have one overriding flaw, it is this puppy-doggish need to be liked. Our national lack of self-esteem is one of the few American products that people in most other countries, especially what I call the Thug World Nations, have not snatched up. On the contrary, I think that you will find that one thing our enemies do have is plenty of self-esteem -- they lack esteem for others.

Want more? Then head over to Andrea's for the rest of the story.

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September 20, 2003

Worth Noting

Also from The Corner, this quote:

"European intellectuals went wild when the electricity failed in Baghdad. They note the 10,000 heat deaths in France with a shrug of the shoulders."
Posted by Ithildin at 4:47 PM

A Waiver For The Times

Found on The Corner today, this bit about an eatery in Seattle requiring patrons to sign a waiver when they order, "The Bulge" a banana, that's been battered, rolled in sugar, deep fried, then served up with ice cream, whipped cream, and macadamia nuts.

"I, ___________________, release 5 Spot from all liability of any weight gain that may result from ordering and devouring this sinfully fattening treat. I will not impose any sort of "Obesity-Related" lawsuit against 5 Spot or consider any similar type of frivolous legislation created by a hungry trial lawyer.

5 Spot will not be held liable in any way if the result of my eating this dessert leads to a "Spare Tire", "Love Handles", "Saddle Bags", or "Junk in my Trunk". If I have to go to "Fat Camp" at some time in my life, I will not mail my bill to 5 Spot.

I knowingly and willingly accept full and personal responsibility for my choices and actions."

According to 5 Spot's co-owner, Jeremy Hardy this waiver was created to "make a statement about frivolous lawsuits and accountability."

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Are You A Tortilla Chip?

Via Emily, comes this quiz.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:35 PM

Good Stuff

GoaF blogs about one of my favourite shows, "Robin of Sherwood".

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Stuff

I've been told to put a link to this blog, Ilyka Damen
"Accidental Punditry"
, in a post. So there you be! (I'm getting really confused let me tell you!)

Oh, and also the InstaGuy's favourite book. That's easy! The Hobbit. Because of the furry feet don't you know.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:54 PM

September 19, 2003

Colour Me Disappointed

Michael informs us that Galileo crashing into Jupiter will not turn it into a star. I have to say this news just bums me out! I mean, where's the thrill? I'm pouting now. You can't see me, but I am. Damn well ruins my weekend it does, me hearties.

I demand you post something to cheer me up now, Michael!!

Kill joy...

mutters...

harumph...

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Clark Bar

Check out SSDB for the Clark Bar, and this first excellent post on the subject.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:37 PM

Drunken Sailor

A little sea shanty to mark the day! I think everyone knows this one. And if you click "more" you'll find a history of the song. Found it all here at barefootsworld.com. There's also an audio clip on the page with the tune (for those that don't know it)

Chorus Way, hay up she rises, Way, hay, up she rises, Way, hay, up she rises, Earlye in the morning!

What will we do with the drunken sailor?
What will we do with the drunken sailor?
What will we do with the drunken sailor?
Earlye in the morning?

Put him in a long boat and row him over

Hoist him aboard with a running bowline

Put him in the scuppers with the hose pipe on him

Hoist him up to the topsail yardarm

Put him in the brig until he's sober.

Make him clean out all the spit-kids

Make him turn to at shining bright work.

Make him do 12 steps all day and all night.

That's what you do with a drunken sailor
(The last line of this verse is followed by "Amen")

The sailorman's shanty was a tune they sang together to aid them in coordinating their work aboard the tall sailing ships of the world. It eased the work, as all were pulling together.

Additional verses would be created as necessary until the job was completed.

The Drunken Sailor, a capstan chanty, was a moderate tune sung when hauling anchor. In order to raise the anchor, bars were inserted into the capstan, and the men would walk around it, turning the capstan to raise the anchor, straining at the bars and stomping their feet on the deck on the words "Way Hay, Up She Rises" as the bow of the ship sank into the trough of the swell, holding fast as the bow rose with the sea.

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Blegging

I'm still looking for a few good Girls! for my group blog, Girls! Girls! Girls!. If you'd be interested in joining us, please let me know.

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Negative Instalanche

A few days ago, Kevin had a post on how to get an Instalanche. Last night, I woke up and had trouble getting back to sleep, so to while the time away, I started thinking of ways not to get an Instalanche. Presented to my gentle readers for what it's worth!

Ways to Guarantee You'll Never Have An Instalanche:

01] Sign Glenn up for the "cheap box wine of the month" club.

02] Mock the State of Tennessee

03] Have the majority of your posts be about your shoes.

04] Include lots of pictures of your shoes.

05] Have your background and your text in black.

06] Use lots of Valley Girl speak. Like, gag me with a spoon, and grody to the max.

07] Include audio clips of such talk.

08] Refer to Glenn as "Smurf Boy".

09] Always use lots of !!!!!! and TYPE IN CAPS!!!!!!

10] Tell all the people who comment on your blog that their fathers were hamsters and only losers read blogs.

11] Leave obnoxious comments about Instapundit on all the blogs you read.

12] Every time you buy groceries, write a blog post with a list of what you bought.

13] Notify Glenn via email immediately about your grocery post! Then leave a comment on every blog you can notifying them of the post and the fact that you emailed Instapundit about it.

14] Talk like a pirate as often as possible.

15] Frequently point out that J-Lo stole Ben from you. (or the reverse depending on your sexual persuasion and/or gender)

Feel free to add to my list!

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Charge It!

Not even a hurricane can get between a shopaholic and a new mall opening!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:11 AM

Sick

Youths beat, stab dog

I can think of words I'd replace "youths" with. I don't think I can write anything that would express how these sorts of incidents make me feel.

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Avast! Ahoy! ARRRR!

Don't forget that today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day"! I know I posted a link to the website here a few months back, but I can't find it now.

I'm expecting the Pres to make a speech in pirate talk, something along the lines of keelhauling Saddam and using his gizzards for garters!

Speaking of pirates, anyone else see the Survivor premiere last night? One of the best first eps of that series I've seen.

Duh! Update: it's here. The link that is.

Update! Michele has a post with some links to honour the day.

Frank has some Fun Facts About Pirates that you should go read. Why? Because Frank wrote it, of course!

Via Frank, the "ergonomic pirate keyboard".

(if you have a Pirate Day post, let me know and I'll add it here.)

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September 18, 2003

In The Happy Column

Dave of Redwood Dragon is getting married soon and I want to wish him and his beloved all the happiness and blessings they deserve.

Dave was one of the first bloggers to link here, and has always been a real sweetheart. He only lives up the way from me, so I hope I'll get to meet him in RL one of these days! Though, it will probably end up being at a con in another state :)

Posted by Ithildin at 10:12 PM

13!

I'm not sure if she's noticed, but Nin's hit average is up to 13 a day! I think we should help her aim for 20, myself. What do you say?

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Quote!

Nin has the quote list up from our trip.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:06 PM

The Other Half

Here's an interesting article on how the other half (the rich one) gets to do Disney World. Not that I'll ever get to experience the Disney Yacht! However, if any millionaires out there would like to sponser a research trip to DWorld, I'm all over it!

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Bits Of History

My historical interest this week is the French & Indian Wars, and while surfing, I came across this site. I think it's going to be one of those websites I'm going to take a lot of time up exploring. This was the part that related to my search. It's a collection of newspaper articles from the time. You can see in the words of the people of era what they thought of the war. Fascinating stuff!

And here at Megalithic Portal are two items of interest (at least to me):

Mysterious figure found buried in Ooze anything but a bog standard relic

Could gold be gift from Caesar?

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Blog Notes

Lawren, who used to be a frequent commenter here, as started her own blog! So go say, "hi!". (though she's getting more traffic than me, so I'm feeling conflicted [grin])

Michael, of the always scintillating "Master of None", is running a short fiction contest. If you've always had the urge to pen a tale, and share it, this is your chance!

Update: I'm not sure why I wrote 'contest', other than I have a cold and its been a long day I guess, but as Michael points out, it's a SYMPOSIUM!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM | Comments (4)

When The Tables Are Turned

I found this in our local paper today:

A Freedom High School freshman has run up against opposition in her quest to start a Caucasian Club.

A local NAACP leader says Lisa McClelland's proposed club, which would be open to all races and ethnicities, smacks of racial division, a charge the 15-year-old denies. McClelland says she and some of her friends simply feel a bit slighted since other school clubs cater to specific cultures and races, such as the Black Student Union and the Asian Club.

''It's not racist because we're not excluding anyone, and we're just trying to solve the issues of racial disparity,'' McClelland said. Her ethnic background is American Indian, Latino, Dutch, German, Italian and Irish.

I have been waiting for some plucky student to do this! Turning their own words back on them. I hope she gets her club.

The NAACP, of course, does not support her efforts. Having other race based clubs is okay, as long as none of them are white:

[....] ''It will not allow us to heal that divide that we've tried to overcome in the past couple of years,'' Turner said. ''If her motivation is to bring harmony, as she alleges, this is not the way to go.''

Some of McClelland's classmates, however, support her effort.

''It'd be tight because they can learn more about their history,'' said 14-year-old Tyleisha Crooks, a fellow freshman at Freedom who is black.

Elliott Perez, 14, a sophomore at Freedom who is Latino and white, also said the school could benefit from McClelland's club.

''I think it's fair for white people to have their own club, because every other race has their own club,'' he said.

From the mouths of babes!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM

Let This Be A Warning To Nin

Driver crashes after bee flies into mouth

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DAYS CREEK, Ore. -- A Winston man told police he crashed his car after a
bee flew into his mouth while he was singing along with Justin Timberlake's
song "Rock Your Body" on the radio.

A Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman said John L. Nunes, 19, was trying
to get rid of the bee or yellow jacket when his car hit a tree.

"I kind of panicked and went off the road," Nunes said yesterday.

He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.

"I had to get a stitch in my tongue, and I got a gash on my left ankle,"
Nunes said. The tongue injury was from his teeth, not the bee, he said.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:26 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

This 80's music moment is dedicated all the pretty people. (no, I have no idea what that means!) (I'm just grasping for something to dedicate to)

Goody Two Shoes ~ Adam Ant

With the heatbreak open So much you can't hide Put on a little makeup makeup Make sure they get your good side good side

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat
Send a treasure token token
Write it on a pound note pound note

Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
There must be something inside he's hiding

We don't follow fashion
That would be a joke
You know we're going to set them set them
So everyone can take note take note

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Or as April calls it, "Happily Ever After In L.A."

I liked it more than I thought I would actually. There were some confusing
bits, but I guess it doesn't matter in a movie where the plot wasn't all
that important [g] I kept my eyes closed through some of the gorier scenes. And I thoght the soundtrack was very good, as were the touches of humour in what would otherwise be a very dark and dreary film. My friend, Jen's right, if I didn't know Johnny Depp was in the movie, I would have never connected him with PotC. He's like a chameleon. There was a scene where he's explaining the plan, and says "savvy?". As you might imagine, April and I cracked up at that point.

We rented a few of his other movies later, because I had yet to see him
looking 'normal' with no accent. (I'd only seen "From Hell", and "Sleepy
Hollow" on TV prior to 'Pirates".) First up was "Chocolat", so I got normal, but
still with an accent -- Irish -- though in the behind the scenes bits, I
got to hear his normal voice (and in a side note, he smokes the same cigarettes -- cheroots? -- that his character in OUATIM does). One funny bit: the little girl asks Roux, when he gets off the his boat, if he's a pirate. I loved the movie! Now this movie I can understand the Oscar nods. I watched "Jerry McGuire a few weeks back, and while it was a nice movie, I couldn't understand why it got so much critical acclaim. Go figure.


Spoiler for OUATIM in the extended entry....

If you stay through the credits, it ends with one last scene of Sands. I
think they're implying he survives.

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September 17, 2003

Take Care!

Everyone in the path of the hurricane take good care of yourselves!

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Meandering Thoughts

Nin -- aka "The Ninja Piglet" -- is off today, so I'm getting off early to run some errands. After that, we're trucking over to Salinas to see "Once Upon A Time In Mexico", which friends have told me is great. Now, to arrange this movie night out required a Chinese fire drill of car trading. Currently, my Jimmy is experiencing an electrical problem which causes the interior lights to come on when the headlights are on. It also means there's no light in the console to see the speedometer, etc.. This all means we can't drive the truck after dark, so we traded cars with my parents. But they're going out tonight before we get home, so they're borrowing my brother's car to do that. Fun, eh?

You know, I think the 9th Circuit has a short circuit. No, really. We voted for governor, amongst other things, last year, and not only did I use a punch card ballot, I did it absentee! I didn't even have the ballot machine to pop out my chads (now that sounds odd) I did it with my finger nails. And Nin did hers absentee, but at the mall, using the new absentee ballot pre-election touch screen machines. Did the 9th Circuit come screaming in hysteria that we were potentially being disenfranchised? Did they demand a revote or a recount? I don't think so! Bunch of blithering hypocrites.

Burt's Bees pre-shampoo avocado hair treatment is wonderful! I just thought I'd pass that on.

Apparently there's a theory out there that Wesley Clark is Hillary Clinton's sock puppet. He becomes known, then Hillary takes the top spot and he gets to be VP. I just like the 'sock puppet' line. You know, the last Wesley I remember was Crusher. Hmmm....

A post vacation thought: St. George, UT has moved to the top of my potential relocation list. Really, really liked it.

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September 16, 2003

My Bad

Sorry about the lack of blogging, I'm still not feeling back "on" yet after holiday. No work was done while I was gone, so I've been trying to catch up, and the evil right eye pain is back.

I shall try and do better soon!

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September 15, 2003

Well?

Rothy asks the eternal blogging question.

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In Other News...

There was no other news. The only news I saw was the first Sunday at breakfast on the restaurant TV. Mostly it was about the CA recall and I dropped the subject -- not that I brought it up, mind! -- so that there were no inflamed tempers at the breakfast table. :) I heard snippets of news on the radio, so I did here about the biggest news of the year.... the Bennifer split up. BLEAH!! (and I still don't get why Lopez is considered "all that") I did peek in here one on Tuesday when we were at the Cedar City visitors bureau where they had free internet access. But that was it!

It was actually kind of refreshing in a way to be news free for a whole week. Of course, our river guide on Friday was a flaming lib, and while he was very nice, I wanted to push him off the raft several times! And it reminded me again of how intolerant liberals are of those that are not one of their 'pet' groups. I always want to ask them how they would feel if I said the same things and replaced Mormon, or Christian, with Gay, or Black.

Roberta, April, and me had some great political convos on the long drives from Bryce to Moab, and Moab to Vegas though, so I got some of it out of my system!

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Scare

So April dropped me off at work this morning as usual and all was well. A few minutes later, I pick up the phone and I think it's April. She says "It's me, I've been hit on my way to work, can you or someone come to get me." This is all in a half sobbing, panicked voice. I thought it was April. I asked her if she was okay, and she said she'd hit her head really bad and she was crying, and I hear voices in the background asking over and over if she's okay. . By this point I'm freaking. I tell her I'll be right there and hang up. I tell my coworkers that April's been hit a few blocks away and I need to get to her. The office assistant drives me to the accident scene, but I can't find April or the truck, but the fire trucks and the ambulance and police are just showing up and there's debris everywhere. I'm beginning to think maybe it happened on the freeway on-ramp. By this point, I can barely breath. And I'm thinking in amongst everything else that we drive all the way to Utah and back safely and five minutes out of vacation, she's in an accident. The OA at this point has gone over to one of the cars that was in the accident and then she comes back puts her arms around me and tells me it wasn't April, it was one of our technicians that was hit. Talk about emotional roller coaster! I think I started crying at that point. They took the tech to the hospital in the ambulance, and released her this afternoon, so she's going to be okay. April and the tech normally sound very much alike, but upset, they sound almost identical. And the timing was perfect and she was right near where April would have been at the time. I was still shaking hours later. I had one of the worst 15 minutes of my life this morning. What a way to start the week! Thank God my little "Ninja Piglet" is okay.

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September 14, 2003

Welcome Back To Me

Hey, just got home, am very tired, and have to be up at 630am for work.

HUGE thanks to the guest bloggers for their hard work! I hope you continue to visit their blogs in the future.

And another huge thank you to Paul for being hall monitor while I was away :)

Later!

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September 12, 2003

Off to Arrowhead

I'm off to take the Breakerkid to a church youth group leadership retreat. No blogging until later. Ith will be back soon, too.

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If You're Happy and you know it, pay your fine!

A new industry group, P2P, is going to pay the $2,000 fine that was imposed on 12-year-old Brianna LaHara by the recording industry for illegally downloading music. The little girl's single mother agreed to the fine to settle a lawsuit filed against her by the Recording Industry of America.

Says P2P of RIAA:

But the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based P2P United, Adam Eisgrau, says the RIAA should pick on someone its own size, not a little girl who downloaded songs like "If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands."

He is also calling on the RIAA to abandon its campaign and stop going after children and grandparents--one RIAA target is a 71-year-old grandfather.

Personally, while I agree that intellectual property must be protected, suing little kids and grandparents isn't the way to go about it - in fact, it'll turn into a PR nighmare for the recording industry.

PCWorld.com - Industry Group Pays Child's RIAA Fine

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September 11, 2003

Polls and Voting Calculus

Go over to my site for a take on polls, voting decisions and McClintock.

Posted by at 7:52 PM

Thoughts on 9/11

Go see baldilocks. I don't think I can add anything more than she says - maybe just the old saw from the Instapundit - A pack, not a herd.

Posted by at 7:48 PM

September 10, 2003

What Color is the Left?

Ok, my prior post evoked a furious defense of the left by Mike S. Here is why I think the left is just so wrong headed and perhaps evil.

Saddam's regime was at least as malevolent Hitler's. The mass graves are still being opened. If we attacked Saddam for the wrong reasons, that does not negate that right reasons existed and exist to get rid of that bum. The lefty cry of "Bush lied" is devoid of basis. Did Clinton lie about bombing an aspirin factory in the Sudan? I really don't think either lied, but both received faulty intelligence.

Yet the left wants the US to lose in the effort to establish a working civil government by Iraqis for Iraqis.

Here is a lefty that exposes the true colors of the anti-war crowd (from Instapundit). The money quote:

Biden says we must win the war. This is precisely wrong. The United States must learn to lose this war – a harder task, in many ways, than winning, for it requires admitting mistakes and relinquishing attractive fantasies. This is the true moral mission of our time (well, of the next few years, anyway).

Now that's wrong headed. Enough said.

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A Nightmare Two Years Removed

I submit this information humbly, without motive other than to share something poignant.

Our magazine has just put out a new "issue" and is featuring a reprint of an article written on September 13th, 2001, by our own Managing Editor, Stan Kid.

Stan, in addition to a Tocq editor and newspaper columnist, is a police sergeant on Long Island. He was among the first rescue workers at Ground Zero, digging for life and finding mostly dead - or worse, nothing.

He wrote down his thoughts during a break, on September 13th, two years and a world ago.

For this reprint Stan has graced us with an addendum from the perspective of two years distance, and an introduction from me. Accompanying the article are the photographs that Stan took of the devesatation while he was working there.

Check it out.

http://www.tocquevillian.com

Posted by at 6:46 PM

September 9, 2003

Thoughts for 9/11

I read the Christopher Hitchens piece on 9/11 and why it should not be celebrated. Here is the essence of his take:

What is required is a steady, unostentatious stoicism, made up out of absolute, cold hatred and contempt for the aggressors, and complete determination that their defeat will be utter and shameful. This doesn’t require drum rolls or bagpipes or banners. The French had a saying during the period when the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine were lost to them: “Always think of it. Never speak of it.” (Yes, Virginia, we can learn things from the French, even if not from Monsieur Chirac.) This steely injunction is diluted by Ground Zero kitsch or by yellow-ribbon type events, which make the huge mistake of marking the event as a “tribute” of some sort to those who happened to die that day. One must be firm in insisting that these unfortunates, or rather their survivors, have no claim to ownership. They stand symbolically, as making the point that theocratic terrorism murders without distinction. But that’s it. The time to commemorate the fallen is, or always has been, after the war is over. This war has barely begun.

For the most part I agree with Hitchens, but I disagree a bit too. As a Christian, I see thing a bit differently. I don't need to hate the Islamist aggressors in this war - which I agree is at the early stages.

In some respects I see our war against terrorism as a struggle between good and evil. The Hitchens article takes the leftist anti-war people to task later in the article. I see the anti-war people as so wrong headed that I wonder if they are on the side of evil.

I agree that 9/11 is not a day to trot out flags or yellow ribbons. It is OK to feel sad or cry. Each of us should share stories. No one in my office (on the Left Coast) has shared any stories with me. I know that there must be some because I recall that I was one of the very few that came to work on 9/11 after the attack.

It's surreal for some people to come to grips with the fact that we were attacked. Most of the lawyers in my office have as much familiarity with things military as Prosser on Torts.

The monumental wrong of the attack just eludes so many people - especially those on the left that cling to the question of - why can't we all just get along.

As a Christian, student of history and former Army officer I know why we all can't just get along - all human beings are vile, corrupt and evil yet human beings can bond, love and sacrifice for one another.

I lived through one other great calamity, one that instilled more immediate terror to my family and me than 9/11 - the great fire of Laguna Beach in 1993. We did not lose any lives, we saved out pets and our house did not burn. We evacuated our house with a 100 foot high wall of fire bearing down about 150 yards and about 5 minutes away. After we left our house the fire just stopped advancing. I don't know why it just stopped - it just did - there were no fire fighters anywhere nearby. The recovery effort was a testament to contrasting folly and good will of humans. Good will won out.

9/11 is the perfect time to consider our human condition. As Americans, we should tell each other our stories of 9/11 - tell where you were, what you thought, what you did, how you felt. That's what still happens when Lagunans get together - sometimes we talk the fire.

9/11 is a day to pray or gather your thoughts and resolve never again.

Hitchens is wrong to advocate hatrid. Do not hate the bad guys but resolve to send them to Hell as expeditiously as possible. I have no problem with sending them to Hell. Check out the 72 Virgins. Thanks to baldilocks.

P.S. I wrote this to post on Ithy's site - where it will be, but I want it on my site too - it's part of my story.

Posted by at 9:40 PM | Comments (14)

September 8, 2003

MEChA a la MAPA

The Sacramento Bee continues to cover the Recall best. Dan Weintraub reports on an organization called MAPA that is defending MEChA. Nativo Lopez, the president of MAPA, was recalled from the school board in Santa Ana. Santa Ana is 70% Hispanic. Lopez was recalled for two reasons - first because Lopez opposed education of Hispanics in English and second because Lopez apparently embezzeled grant funds.

Here is an editorial from the Orange County Register. Discussing how Lopez:

". . . promotes racial identity politics rather than assimilation . . ."

Lopez was a featured player in the Gray Davis signing of the illegal immigrant driver's license bill. Bustamonte was a key supporter of the effort to prevent the recall of Lopez.

Lopez is a key operative in the Mechista effort to keep Spanish speakers speaking Spanish only so the the Mechistas can build a captive power base. Are these people dangerous?

No assimilation, keep the brown guys down - now that's Bustamante's MEChA.

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StopJoeHoeffel.Org Appears on Dems Radar Screens

StopJoeHoeffel.org is a project of the Tocquevillian Magazine for the purpose of helping to stop the senatorial aspirations of leftist Congressman Joe Hoeffel of Pennsylvania. Hoeffel is a flaming liberal, and he hopes to unseat Arlan Spector in 2004.

Suddenly StopJoe Hoeffel.org has received dozens of hits today from addresses at the U.S. House of Representatives, house.gov, and from the DSCC - the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

SropJoeHoeffel.Org does nothing but quote Joe's own words and link to news stories on his activities, as well as monitor and report on Joe's speeches on the floor of the House, as documented in the Congressional Record.

It will be interesting to see if someone makes an attempt to shut our first-Amendment protected political speech site down - they are certainly showing interest.

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September 7, 2003

Grilling

This afternoon was Internet and media free. I did not see the President's speech. Instead I cooked. I tried to reproduce a salad that the Breakerwife and I had at Cafe Sbisa in New Orleans. If you get there, then have the Cafe Sbisa courtbouillion - a bouillabaise cajun style.

The salad that I made overpowered the main dish because - due to home cooking timing - I served both together.

For the main course, I grilled top sirloin marinated in olive oil, vinegar and herbs and cajun corn - corn on the cob, grilled in the husk with a spicy butter spread inside - outstanding.

On Sundays, it's my day to grill for the Breakerfamily. The best grilling book around is the Webber Big Book of Grilling. I shamelessly hawk it.

Posted by at 9:09 PM | Comments (3)

Oh...My...God...

I have just finished watching "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis" on Showtime.

This is the most powerful film I've ever seen. Every American needs to see this film.

I laughed, I cringed, I shuddered, I stood up and cheered. And I cried (If you ever tell that to anyone I'll call you a liar).

The likenesses of the actors to the real-life players is chilling. Bush, Cheney, Powell, Franks...and especially Fleisher and Rice. Uncanny. The seamless integration of real film with staged film - amazing.

This film is going to air again. In this market it's this Thursday at 9. Buy it, steal it, get an illegal cable hookup for a day - do whatever it takes, but see this film.

You must watch it. We dare not forget.

Posted by at 7:32 PM | Comments (2)

Compassion


I get tired of high-handed uncompassionate so-called Christians who think it's more important for a preacher to make them feel comfy cozy in church than to make them think.

Last week a pastor at the Lutheran church I attend committed the grave sin of encouraging people to apply the Bible to their real lives by opening up their minds and hearts and give some thought to whether a teenager's clothing is really all that important, or the fact that the teenager is in church and participating in youth group activities, as well as supporting the church is more important.

The same people who never seem to volunteer their time are the people who think a young man should not wear a tee-shirt sporting the name of his favorite punk band. They miss the fact that this young man is volunteering as an usher, and working in the nursery, and playing guitar for the youth services.

Those people are also the ones calling out for the Pastor to apologize for politicking in her sermon last Sunday.

Those people need to get some compassion.

Posted by at 3:42 PM | Comments (4)

September 6, 2003

Neat-O Keen

I, The Editor, have just installed a neat-o keen new feature on my magazine. (The proprietress of this blog gave me permission to mention my magazine. So there.)

It's a for-real interactive cryptogram. We paid good magazine-funds for this program, so you are required to go and play with it to make it worth the investment.

Just go to the front page of The Tocquevillian and click on the cryptogram link under the news headlines. First one to solve the cryptogram and post the answer here (without using the cheat button) wins my hearty approval and undying devotion.

While you're there, and if you haven't been there recently, check out the op-ed by my Close Personal Friend, Mr. Charlie Daniels. Charlie and me, we go way back - at least two weeks. We're like that.

And if you're into fishing for bottom-feeders, feast on the little piece near the bottom of the left-hand "op-ed" column, called "Editorial Duo Decimate Bottom-Feeders." It's a true story.

Posted by at 7:29 PM | Comments (4)

John and Ken

The Breakers football team played Palos Verde High School yesterday in PV in the afternoon. Breakers 34, PV 13. Driving time is two hours between the Left Beach and PV.

On the drive home, John and Ken raged about the signing of the illegal immigrant driver's license bill by Gray Davis. The event was held in a park in East LA (a Hispanic neighborhood). Davis' staff publicized the event to Spanish language media and tried to conceal the event from English language media.

Brilliant politics - Davis signed a bill unpopular with English speakers and enraged English language media too boot.

If you don't know why Davis is being recalled, read this column by Dan Weintraub from a year ago when Davis vetoed a similar bill:

. . . it opens a window into how Davis is viewed by even his closest supporters, people who have known him for years. They don't trust him. And they don't respect him. When they disagree, they assume the worst, that Davis has acted not out of principle but to save his own skin.

I love the moniker hung on Davis by John and Ken - Governor Gumby.

Posted by at 5:23 PM

I mean, what's up with that?

Tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern time a Showtime special will be aired, "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis." From all accounts, this is a dramatic, complimentary portrayal of President Bush in the hours before and after the horrible events of two years ago. It is so complimentary, in fact, that the producer has been accused by the leftist media of a "John Wayneish" approach.

Well let me tell you something, bubba. I seen the previews, and if they're any indication, this film will be dynamite. And the resemblence of the actors to the actual players - Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Fleischer, etc, is uncanny.

Howsoever, there is a problem. This film, which is as I say complimentary to our Commander in Chief, is airing at the same time as Bush's important address to the nation tomorrow night.

Which to watch? Which to watch? The real thing, or the pretend thing?

Someone give me a clue. I need a clue.

Posted by at 12:42 PM | Comments (3)

September 5, 2003

Here I Go

Well, about to sign off and finish off the bits and pieces I need to deal with before bed. I'm about to enter a no news zone for the next week! The people who we're staying with are Democrats -- yes, a 'mixed' vacation -- and aren't at all news junkies like I am :) So I won't be able to turn FOX News on while we're in to catch up. I think the complex has a public computer in the rec area, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up on news there.

WITHDRAWAL!!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:41 PM | Comments (3)

Things I Hate, II

When your can o' nuts says "Less than 20% peanuts!"

I like peanuts, fer cryin' out loud. It's the danged almonds that ticks me off, let me tell you right now.

Fillin' the can up with almonds, when any right-thinkin' American'd rather have the walnuts, cashews and peanuts.

I'm thinkin' of filing a lawsuit...

Posted by at 6:11 PM | Comments (4)

Things I Hate

When the pizza man brings the pizza, an' all the cheese has done gone an' slopped over to one side of the pie.

What in the heck was he doin' with the danged thing, usin' it as a backrest?

Posted by at 6:06 PM | Comments (2)

Of Men and Sauce

I is goin' to introdooce my own self. First off, I is a man. Not just a man, a man among men. A Real Man(TM). A helluvaguy. A big feller.

Good lookin', too.

Now, if they is one thing that everbody knows, it's that they is certain things what men can do that women can not do. For example, men have the ability to spit watermelon seeds into a pitcher of iced-tea from a distance of five lawn chairs, to find our way from a minor-league stadium in Albuquerque to a bar in downtown Hoboken without once stopping at a filling station for directions, and to cook cheese omelets, chili and Bar-B-Q sauce. Only men can make Bar-B-Q sauce. Don't ask me why. I think there was a study done once that proved that it's a genetic thing.

Anyway, I am here to regale you with the method of making my very own, nearly-famous Jack Dan'l's Hot Stone Cojones Bar-B-Q sauce. Get a pencil and click on that lil' linky-dink below for the whole recipe, and you're welcome:

First things first: Prepare your environment. Wait until a time when The Little Woman has washed and put away the maximum amount of dishes, so that you have a clear working area. You'll need lots of room for slicing, dicing, mixing and whisking. Put a Grass Roots CD into the closest CD player, and make sure you have plenty of Budweiser within easy reach. Making the perfect Jack Dan'l's Bar-B-Q sauce takes time and focus.

Now, it's time to gently coax The Little Woman out of the kitchen. This isn't always easy, as the kitchen is The Little Woman's domain, and she may be reluctant to turn it over completely. It's a control thing, don't you know. You have to let her know that you're doing her a kindness: "Now, there, Little Woman, love of my life. You jus' set your sweet little tush down in the basement and relax. You done enough for one day. You jus' let ol' Splooge take over these here kitchen dooties, an' don't you worry your purdy little head over it none. There's a good little filly." That ought to do it. Nothing beats sweet-talking the ladies to get what you need.

Now that the coast is clear, get out a mess of pots, measuring spoons, and some of them little sharp kives. You'll need a lot of molassas, ketchup, onions, garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, fresh jalep peppers and hot sauce. Some cidar vinegar and tomato paste, too. And some worchestershire sauce. Liquid smoke and whorchestershire sauce.

Now, for the main ingredient you'll need a fith of Jack Dan'l's whiskey. You'll be using the whiskey to saute' the onions and garlic and jaleps, so make sure it's at room temperature. Take a taste, then, if it's right, pour a couple of fist-fulls into a pot. Now, dice up your onions, garlic and jalaps. About two onions, four cloves and four jaleps should do the trick. Put 'em into the pot with the whiskey and bring that mother to a simmer, until the onions is transparent.

While you is waiting, take a nip of from the whiskey bottle, and chase it with your beer to make sure The Little Woman don't catch on.

When the veggies is done you got to ingite them bastards to burn off that nasty alcohol. Light a match an' throw it into the pot. Let the summbitch burn for, oh, 20 seconds or a few minutes or whatever. Now, call down to The Little Woman, who, you may remember, is in the basement: "Sugar-Plum! Oh, sweetum's! Could you please bring me up that fire extinguisher, my little schnukle-bunnie?"

"Oh, My God! What in the hell are you doing?!," is likely to be the response when The Little Woman sees the burning kitchen curtains. Don't let it throw you off your game.

"Never mind, little pumpkin. You jus' let me take care of everything."

"Take care of everything, my butt! Are you trying to burn the house down?"

(Oh, shut up. Would you for once just please shut up.)

When the fire is out, tell the bitch to get her fat ass back downstairs, take a swig from the whiskey bottle, chase it with a bud and put all the rest of the ingredients into the pot. Take another swig and chase.

Now. Your gon to meed about 2 cups of katchup, a quarter cup of woorshesersauce, and splach some ot that liquid somke into the pot. bring it all to a big boil and make sue you stirr it all tiem so it son't burn. If it brns the woman is gone run up again and piss ou off. "what in the fuch you doing you sommof abitch get out of my kichun...." But don't listen just turn up the grassroots an take s aswig of Jack danls beer an stirr the pot good then when she starts hitting yuou on the nead you thros the pot one the floor OH MY GOD YOU SUMMBITCH ahh shuttup yuou whore leve me alone "whoy dont yo GET A JOB ouo u PIG ahh shut up or ill kill ou you bitch I HATE YOU YOU BASTARD n jus nok the bithc out an take a swig of whishy an wate util the cops cmm then git your gun....

Posted by at 3:39 PM | Comments (2)

Blog Notes

As you may know, I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow. While I'm gone -- and a bit before I'm gone -- you'll be entertained, amazed, and informed by Breaker, Wayne, and Nancy.

Treat them nice! I want to find them all undamaged upon my return!

Thanks for guest blogging, guys!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:17 PM | Comments (9)

If Only There Were No Pain

Sometimes, I like to go cruising the kook sites, to see what absurdities they bilge forth with. Today's selection was PETA -- always an excellent source of absurdium profundium. PETA are crowing (pardon) concerning winging (oops, I mean "winning") a lawsuit against KFC, formerly known as "Kentucky Friend Chicken" and KFC's advertising campaign. PETA are as happy as puppies with socks because as stated on PETA's site:

PETA’s victory in this lawsuit—which PETA believes to be unprecedented in that it is a successful suit for false representations about the treatment of farmed animals—puts corporations on notice that they cannot abuse animals and lie about it with impunity. The false claims that have now been removed from the KFC and Yum! Brands Web sites include the following:

What follows is their list, and my comments:

• that chickens raised for KFC suffer no pain

Would that the people PETA's terrorist companions harm could suffer no pain!

• that chickens raised for KFC suffer no injuries

I wonder how many children have suffered injuries at the hands of PETA's allies?

• that KFC suppliers use “state-of-the-art” slaughter equipment

When you're talking about killing a chicken, I have to wonder if the old "snap the neck" routine versus some fancy automated chopper really matters?

• that humane treatment of the birds is “ensured”

Where "humane" is defined as "treating animals as though they were kings, and humans as though they were fodder."

Dunno 'bout you, but it tickles my wish ... I mean funny bone!

Posted by at 11:58 AM | Comments (4)

Thanks All Around

I've noticed in the last ten days that there's been a veritable explosion of linkage to A&C. So much so, I quickly lost the ability to keep up with them all. I'm sure I've missed some in the onslaught :)

So I just wanted to say "thank you" to everyone who has linked recently, and in the past. When I started this, I never, ever dreamed so many blogs would link to this blog. It's blown me away!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:19 AM | Comments (4)

September 4, 2003

Hello

Hello all. I am Breaker. Ithy has graciously allowed me to guest blog on Absinthe & Cookies while Ithy is on vacation. Please check back. My plan as Ithy's guest it to post great stuff from California - or otherwise named - the Left Beach. Speaking of absinthe - look out here for the perfect recipe for a Sazerac. OK I just got back from New Orleans - the US home for the Sazerac - originally made with absinthe.

Posted by at 10:14 PM

Now That's Interesting

Because we're 'fair & balanced' here at the Cookie, and since I blogged about his comments yesterday, I pass along this news item:

Actor Johnny Depp Disavows Anti-American Quotes

Denying any anti-American sentiment on his part, actor Johnny Depp said on Thursday that quotes attributed to him as likening the United States to a "dumb puppy" were inaccurate and taken out of context.

"I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it," Depp said in a statement released by his Los Angeles-based publicist. "It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful."

[....]

Explaining his comments a day later, Depp he had been using a metaphor that was taken "radically out of context," adding, "There was no anti-American sentiment."

"What I was saying was that, compared to Europe, America is a very young country and we are still growing as a nation," he said. "My deepest apologies to those who were offended, affected, or hurt by this insanely twisted deformation of my words and intent."

His spokeswoman added that the Kentucky-born Depp, 40, lives in the south of France with his family because his wife, actress-singer Vanessa Paradis, is French.

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

Arda

I know I've mentioned this before, but the conversation over at Juliette's made me think it was a good time to post it again: The Encyclopedia of Arda. This site is awesome! It's an interactive, honest to goodness encyclopedia of Arda (the World in Quenya)

I've found it very useful, and if you're just digging into the Silmarillion it's a great resource.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:55 PM

My "Quote"

As ordered, here's my "quote":

"I really wish they'd make a three hour Smurf movie" ~ Glenn Reynolds

Posted by Ithildin at 5:49 PM | Comments (3)

The Politics Of Dangerous Stupidity

Jonah Goldberg writes on “Bush=Hitler”.

.... Show me the camps. Show me the millions of people being gassed. Show me the tattoos on people's arms. Show me elderly Muslim men being beaten in the streets, their stores smashed, and books burned. Show me huge piles of emaciated bodies stocked high like cords of wood.

Instead, on the web we find juxtaposed pictures of Bush with a dog and Hitler with a dog; Bush posing with children and Hitler posing with children; Bush appearing before large crowds and Hitler appearing before large crowds. By such "standards" every president — every politician — since at least the day photography was invented is a Nazi. To assume the mantle of "reasonableness" — as Lindorff does — by conceding that Bush isn't as good an orator as Hitler was, is to claim soundness of mind by conceding that a clock doesn't melt because vests have no sleeves.

The likes of Wolin and Abbot Gleason are more clever. They, too, say that Nazism is coming, but they don't refer to the Holocaust. They simply mean an illiberal regime with imperial ambitions is in the offing. I think this is ludicrous, too. But it's a different argument. Nevertheless, the intellectuals insist on using Nazism as a way of decrying what they see as American militarism. But comparing America to Nazi Germany in this way is like saying Jonah Goldberg is just like the "Son of Sam" serial killer because they both get lots of parking tickets. To leave out all the genocide and murder is to leave out a pretty important part of the story.

So if you can't show me the death camps and the horror, find another example. Compare Bush to Bismarck or Franco or Mikey from the Life cereal commercials for all I care — because any of those would make more sense.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:35 PM

Two Sides Of The Coin

Here's two posts on the subject of MECHA

MEChA Supporters Defend Group

Bustamante Silent on Separatist Past

Posted by Ithildin at 5:30 PM

Wither Feminists?

The Insta Dude asked, "Why don't we hear more of this kind of thing from feminists?" Funny he should ask that, because I've long wondered the same thing. And I realized how often I've wondered over the last few days because I've been going through my archives to find posts to add to "my favourite posts" list over in the sidebar. (and let me tell you, going through nearly a year of archives on my old blogger blogs is a job and a half!) I've been putting posts in little subject groupings for later perusal, and decided I'd share the links I've come across so far that pertain to this subject in a blog post. Be warned that some of these early entires were amongst my very first ever blog posts (I started in Jan 2002), so be gentle.

January 2002
Not even a cup of tea yet!

May 2002
Bias

July 2002
Multiculturalists to Rape Victims: You Had It Coming

September 2002
No Tears

Remembering

November 2002
A Kinder, Gentler Taleban?

Tales Of Evil

January 2003
The Deafening Silence

February 2003
Where Vengeance Is Written In Blood

March 2003
The Fairer Sex?

May 2003
Just Another Day In The Religion Of Peace

June 2003
This Time

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM

An Apology & A Dictionary

A post from The Corner:

From the Alameda Times-Star: FEDERICO de Jesus owes Victor David Hanson an apology.

De Jesus, a staffer for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., falsely accused Hanson, the distinguished author of the just-published book "Mexifornia" (Encounter, 2003), of racism and xenophobia at a recent Capitol Hill briefing.

During his introduction, Hanson, a scholar of ancient Rome and Greece, was aptly described as "a classicist." De Jesus somehow interpreted that to mean that the author had a white "classist" bias against immigrants. Pelosi's aide, who somehow earned a diploma without being able to make a distinction between a classicist and a classist, got ugly with Hanson and stormed out of the briefing in protest.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:14 PM | Comments (3)

Is It Me?


YOU ARE BASIL


What herb are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Thanks, Jay!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM

YES!!!

[insert happy dance]


'Firefly' to become movie

.... The action-adventure series was set 500 years in the future and centered on a crew aboard a spaceship. The feature version will incorporate the mythology from the show but will take on a more epic feel. Whedon hopes to enlist the entire cast to come back for the feature, depending on their previous commitments, with new characters added as well.

"Ever since the show went off the air, our fan base has grown even more," said Mutant Enemy president Christopher Buchanan. "We've had tremendous outpouring from the U.S. and Canada as well as the U.K., which just finished a run of 'Firefly' over there. Every comic book and sci-fi convention has had a 'Firefly' presence since the show first aired."

happy happy happy happy

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

At Journey's End

This has been running through my head constantly over the last few days. It's the song Sam sings in Cirith Ungol in The Return of the King.

In western lands beneath the Sun the flowers may rise in Spring, the trees may bud, the waters run, the merry finches sing. Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night and swaying beeches bear the Elven-stars as jewels white amid their branching hair.

Though here at journey's end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.

Maybe it was seeing The Two Towers over the weekend and Sam's speech about hope and the old stories. That bit is actually from RotK, but it's one of the most emotional moments for me in the books, so that emotion transferred to the movie for me. I'm not sure why, but the song fits my inner mood over the last few days.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:15 AM

September 3, 2003

Storming The Gates

Another great article by Wendy McElroy, this time on Christian feminists and how PC feminists aren't too happy to see them.

....Feminism can be defined as the belief that women should be liberated as individuals and equal to men. It is only natural for there to be disagreement over what a personal ideal like "liberation" means and how a basic concept like "equality" should be defined. Indeed, it would be amazing if every woman who cared about liberation and equality came to exactly the same conclusions.

For example, what does equality (search) mean? Does it refer to "equality under just law" -- under laws that protect person and property? Is it "socio-economic equality" that requires legal privileges for the disadvantaged and government control of the marketplace? Perhaps it is the cultural equality in which attitudes and social expression need to be controlled and "politically corrected?"

Disagreement on complex political terms and social issues is not only inevitable, it is healthy because it fuels open, honest discussion.

Yet PC feminists insist: There is no room for discussion on issues like abortion, on promoting diversity or on how the Bible oppresses women. They proclaim a specific position to be "feminist" and, then, declare women who fall outside that position to be "non-" or "anti-feminists."

Posted by Ithildin at 9:37 PM | Comments (2)

Sleep Well

I'm sure the President is sleeping easier tonight:

BRITNEY COMES OUT SWINGING FOR BUSH

Britney Spears came out swinging for President Bush on Wednesday during an interview with CNN's Tucker Carlson.

CARLSON: A lot of entertainers have come out against the war in Iraq. Have you?

SPEARS: Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.

CARLSON: Do you trust this president?

SPEARS: Yes, I do.

CARLSON: Excellent. Do you think he's going to win again?

SPEARS: I don't know. I don't know that.

Think she cancels Johnny Depp out? Nah, me neither.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:31 PM | Comments (3)

Amusing

This headline: Arnold Hit by Raw Egg

A 'raw egg'? Do people usually throw the hardboiled kind? Coddled maybe? Or how about a nice poached egg?

Arnold hit by scrambled egg!

And notice they use 'Arnold', his first name, not his last. Interesting.

(What? You expected brilliance at this time of night?)

(sleepy time)

Posted by Ithildin at 9:28 PM | Comments (6)

Cake

What to say about Johnny Depp and his latest pronouncements from afar? Well, I guess I could say he's consistent. This is definitely not the first time he's shared his opinion, and at least he actually did leave the country to go live in Europe. We weren't so lucky with Alec Baldwin after all.

Jonah Goldberg had this to say today:

I don't particularly care that Johnny Depp has unkind things to say about America or the Bush Administration. To date, not a single thoughtful person in Christendom has found it necessary to consult his views before making an informed decision. That said, what I do find hilarious is that all of the Europeans do care. I mean, these are the same folks who say that American culture is leading to the cretinization of the world and that Hollywood values are shallow, low-brow and materialistic. And yet, the second an American movie star opens his mouth on politics these people applaud.

That sounds about right. For me, it's not so much that these 'artists' shoot off their mouths, it's the hypocrisy. Like Harrison Ford last week who lamented:

"I think American films right now are suffering from an excess of scale. Lots of movies we're seeing now are more akin to video games than stories about human life and relationships," said Ford, while noting "12- to 20-year-olds are maybe the largest economic force in the US movie business".

And Harrison Ford only makes artistic, serious, meaningful films. Riiiiiiight. He goes on, in the same interview, to say:

"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."

Again, the hypocrisy! If he feels so strongly on the subject, why does he make movies where the hero uses guns? As they say, "if you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem." But that's the thing, many celebrities see themselves as a class apart. Above us mere nobodies that fund their lifestyle. They have a sense of entitlement. They deserve to have their cake and eat it to.

Johnny Depp has a great life. He's wealthy enough that he can move to France and make the choices he wants. But he got that wealth because of us. Because of America. Because of the country -- and one would assume the citizens -- he despises. Actors aren't flocking to Iceland for fame and fortune, that's for sure!

So, Johnny, Harrison, you have the freedom to make asshats of yourself, but maybe you should stop ant take a look at the lives you lead and the choices you make before you spout off the next time. I'd have a lot more respect for you if you weren't a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:30 PM | Comments (4)

Taking It For Granted

This post over on Sophia Sideshow is a must read. We're so lucky to live here, and most of the time, we take that for granted. So go read and then give the American next to you a hug :)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:21 PM

Fizzle...

Which is better than BANG!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:14 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

"Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield

Dedicated to Nin since she told me that she always thought the line was: "I wish I was Jesse's girl". Brings a whole new meaning to the song doesn't it, gentle readers?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:25 PM | Comments (1)

Do You Know The Way To Mordor?

I could waste my few minutes of lunch time posting on Johnny Depp's chronic foot-in-mouth syndrome, but this is much more fun!

Want to go to Mordor? Need directions? Look no further!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:20 PM | Comments (2)

Infuriating

So they're going to do it. Going to let illegals have licenses here in CA.

[....]

But Democrats said up to 2 million illegal immigrants are driving without proper licenses already and that someone who wants to obtain a fake drivers' license can get one now on big-city street corners.

So because people are breaking the law, we need to make it easier for them? Hell, why not give people permits to shoplift? They do it all the time, so why not make it easier for them?

[....]

"I want to have everybody behind the wheel to have been tested and I want them to be carrying insurance," said Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles. "And I don't want any more of this foolishness that this is about homeland security.

"What this is about is there are certain people you just don't want to have on the road, to have any rights," she told Republicans. "That is just wrong."

Being here illegally, breaking the law, that's not wrong. No, it's wrong for the eeeeeevil Republicans to not want to reward criminal behavior! Of course, that makes so much sense!

[....]

Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said the bill would actually help law enforcement by giving them a way to identify illegal immigrants.

"If an individual is here in the country illegally, law enforcement has no means of identifying that person," he said. "But if the bill passes we'll have a database on persons who currently cannot otherwise be tracked."

Did your head spin around when you came up with convoluted bit of supposed logic, Darrell? The things the Dems will do to pander and to excuse criminal acts just never ceases to amaze me.

I'm mad enough to spit tacks right now.

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

A Thank You

Just to be serious for a moment in regards to the Alliance and such. Back when Frank started the blog war, I joined up because it seemed fun. I had no expectations of increased traffic from it, it was just fun. And then Frank linked to the Alliance members on his front page. It wasn't something I ever expected him to do, but he did, and I wanted to thank him for that. It was a nice thing to do, and I appreciate it. Not that we didn't know Frank was kewl, but it doesn't hurt to say it every once in a while :)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:30 AM | Comments (1)

September 2, 2003

Reconquista

What the Anti-defamation League has to say about AZTLAN, and a report by Professor Maria Hsia Chang on Multiculturalism, Immigration & AZTLAN

Mario Barrera, a faculty member of U.C. Berkeley's Department of Ethnic Studies, admitted that multiculturalism "would help prepare the ideological climate for an eventual campaign for ethnic regional autonomy."31 In January 1995, El Plan de Aztlan Conference at UC Riverside resolved that "We shall overcome...by the vote if possible and violence if necessary."32 The rise of Mexican irredentism as a serious political movement "awaits only the demographic transformation of the Southwest."33 As an article entitled "The Great Invasion: Mexico Recovers Its Own" in 1982's Excelsior, Mexico's leading daily newspaper, put it:

The territory lost in the 19th century by...Mexico...seems to be restoring itself through a humble people who go on settling various zones that once were ours on the old maps. Land, under any concept of possession, ends up in the hands of those who deserve it.... [The result of this migration is to return the land] to the jurisdiction of Mexico without the firing of a single shot.34

Multiculturalism and United States government's immigration policy have contributed towards the rise of Chicano ethnic separatism within the American Southwest that has all the makings of an incipient Nation of Aztlan.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:16 PM

Puzzled

We're going to Utah on Saturday for a week for lots of walking/hiking, and a day rafting. Since the weather forecast is in the 100's I figured I should get a few shorts and tops specifically for active wear. So we went to the sporting goods store and I got two pair shorts and two tops. They're supposed to be moisture wicking and cool. But the tops are very stretchy and snug fitting and I'm having a hard time believing something form fitting could be cool. But that's what they're made for. This is the first time I've ever bought 'exercise' type duds, so I'm looking for opinions!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:13 PM | Comments (4)

Doctor's Office Manned by Trained Monkeys!

It's true... I faxed over a form to a doctor's office for the information I needed to get a prior authorization on the patient's insurance.

The form says, in large letters: This prescription needs a Treatment Authorization Request in order to be covered. We need YOU to give us the following information:

Diagnosis:__________

Medical Justification:__________

They faxed back: "NO! Got #50 4 days ago!"

So, I faxed a reply, written on the same piece of paper: "THIS IS NOT A REFILL REQUEST!" and put a huge asterisk in front of the section stating that this was for a authorization request.

They called the pharmacist, complaining about the multiple refill requests on this medication. So, the pharmacist asked me to fax it back to them stating that it was for a prior authorization. When I told him the original fax said it was for prior authorization, he stated it wasn't enough.

Hello! The doctor staff needs to learn how to read!

But, since the office is staffed by trained monkeys, perhaps that is asking for too much.

ARGH!

This is one of many things I think off when people say "But, my doctor knows best!"

Posted by Ninjababe at 5:50 PM | Comments (1)

No Bloggy Today

It's just been one of those days, and I haven't got a real post in me. Maybe with vacation fast approaching, I'm feeling more burned out than usual :) Starting Sat, you'll get some real blogging here when Breaker, Wayne, and Nancy take over as guest bloggers while I'm away. I think it's going to be great!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:13 PM

September 1, 2003

In Again

Seems seafaring movies are in again (you'll get no complaints from me on that score). check out the trailer for the new Russell Crowe film, Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World. It looks like it's going to be great.

And here's a site with many trailers.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:12 PM | Comments (3)

Pirates Tidbit

Nice interview here with Keira Knightley on PotC, and her upcoming movie "King Arthur". I think she'll make a splendid Guinevere.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:37 PM | Comments (5)

Not The Pics You're Looking for

Actually, they're the pics Paul's been looking for! So here's three newish pics from July. (all taken by Nin)

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And number two.

And number three.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:29 PM | Comments (12)

"Shower Of Blessings"

Another wonderfully thoughtful post from Huw.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:46 PM

The Fourth Age

via the One Ring

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Is it December yet?

Posted by Ithildin at 3:24 PM | Comments (1)

For The Ultimate LotR FAN

Buy your own Barrow! You too could have the ultimate Hobbit Party with your very own barrow!

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" The barrow was built some 4-5000 years ago, at about the same time as the first pyramids in Egypt. Roughly circular in shape, it consists of a “double ring” of stones enclosing an elevated area about 1 metre above ground level. Some of the larger stones are up to 2 metres (6ft) wide and 1.22 meters (4ft) high, with a further ½ metre underground. Over the millennia some of these stones have fallen or are missing but many remain in situ clearly showing sections of the original ‘wall’.

It is one of the largest prehistoric barrows in Cornwall (with a diameter of approx 11.31 metres, 37 feet). There are also two ‘pits’ in the central mound, believed to be possible entrances to below."

Posted by Ithildin at 3:18 PM | Comments (2)

Things To Do

BLAST!! Jen told me yesterday about this outing they're doing in a few weeks in the bay that recreates a naval battle in two tall ships. She called the friends who arranged it for them, but they were already sold out. I've wanted to go on a tall ship since I was wee lass. I guess there's always next year, but I'm pouting right now.

And from ships to guns... from a comment on TSE I found this place, and found they offer a "ladies pistol" two day class. This is something I'd like to do one of these days. I'd like to learn how to use a firearm and not to be afraid of using one.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:06 PM | Comments (2)

How On Earth?

How on Earth could NASA keep it secret that the moon landings were faked? That guy that Buzz Aldrin punched out was just on FNC with new "proof" that it was all a fake. If our government could actually fake moon landings and keep it a secret all these years, I'd be impressed! Especially considering all the things the government would like to keep secret and can't.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:51 PM | Comments (3)

Cool Nonetheless

I come back home to find I'm a Mortal Human on the Ecosystem! I know it's a bug in the gears that's causing it, but I shall enjoy my rarified status while it lasts!

Posted by Ithildin at 2:44 PM | Comments (4)