A break from the war
These sites have some nice links and don't have anything about the war:
I will post more if I find any...
Edward Goodwin, who has an excellent blog, says this about my post about US Marines eating food offered by Iraqi civilians:
I found it strange seeing this posted on sciatica considering how anti-war he has been. So now my question is, with some proof that the Iraqi people want us there, why would you refuse them their liberties by pulling out of this conflict?
Yes, it is proof that there are Iraqis who do not mind, and seem to welcome, our presence. My point with the headline on that one was that our guys were not supposed to be starving and willing to eat whatever the Iraqis offered. One of the soldiers was quoted as saying that it could have been a trick, not unlike the car bombing at that checkpoint. Sure, the chance of poisoned food was likely small, but still existed.
Some say we have overextended our supply lines and are causing some hardships to our men at the front. I spoke earlier of the stories of rations being reduced.
Great armies of the past have been brought to their knees by much lesser foes due to logistics problems. Napolean was brought down by the weather killing his supply lines in Moscow and the US had similar issues in Korea in 1950.
I believe that the folks who planned this war did not do a very good job. Several assumptions were not met, the most glaring error being that the Iraqi's would cooperate with being liberated from their oppressor.
This is flawed on one level due to the presence of Saddam's internal security to keep the population in line. We knew about this and, since the Shock and Awe phase failed to put Freedom cars on the streets of Baghdad, should have taken it into account.
This is flawed on a more fundamental level by the fact that we are a foreign army invading their country.
Let's say the Chinese, as one of the only other countries that can give us a good fight, decided that we needed a regime change. They started landing paratroopers in my neighborhood to liberate me. I would be out on my balcony trying to take out as many of them as I could. I would be meeting with my neighbors to figure out how to take these foreigners out. I would be fighting for my family, for my home and for my country. Anyone who collaborated with the enemy would be killed.
I say this as someone who thinks our Leader was elected by a vote of 5-4. I will effect regime change at the ballot box.
Wouldn't you fight back, even if your leader was an evil despot?
As to the pulling out issue, I am honestly worried about a "peace with honor" situation. So I know this is not a viable option for this administration. I can only hope the powers that be get their shit together and get this over with as soon as possible and get our troops back home where they belong.
It wasn't supposed to be like this
Iraqi civilians feed hungry US marines
Na Na Na Na
The Leader does not like being fucked. If you fuck him, you are gone. He's done it before. Lindsay, O'Neill, Perle and others are either out or have had their positions radically cut.
If this is true, how long does Rummy have?
Jesus Christ (part deux)
2 Christian Groups' Aid Effort Questioned
The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, and Samaritan's Purse, run by the Rev. Franklin Graham, said they are ready to provide emergency shelter, food aid and medical care to Iraq's mostly Muslim population. The announcements raised concerns among U.S. Muslim leaders that the groups intend to proselytize in Iraq.
Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, has called Islam an "evil" and "wicked" religion that foments violence.
"I think it's a colossally bad move to have a group whose leader says Islam is 'evil' follow in the wake of U.S. troops in Iraq," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group in Washington. "It would seem to confirm every suspicion in the Muslim world that the war on Iraq and the war on terrorism are really a war on Islam."
The spokesman for the Southern Baptists said:
"People who think about Christian missionaries in terms of persuading people to change their religion simply do not understand the Christian faith. It's not about religion; it's about a relationship with God."
The Iraqis already have a relationship with God. In fact, it is the same God we like. So why don't they do like the Methodists and funnel their aid through "established groups that do no evangelizing."
US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush
They may be the ones facing danger on the battlefield, but US soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for President George W Bush.
Thousands of marines have been given a pamphlet called "A Christian's Duty," a mini prayer book which includes a tear-out section to be mailed to the White House pledging the soldier who sends it in has been praying for Bush.
"I have committed to pray for you, your family, your staff and our troops during this time of uncertainty and tumult. May God's peace be your guide," says the pledge, according to a journalist embedded with coalition forces.
(found at Nurse Ratched's Notebook)
Bush (as commander in chief) reduced frontline rations from three MRE's a day to one. Maybe that Jesus fella can turn them back into three...
Fair and Balanced, my ass
Fox News chides demonstrators outside of it's studio
Fox News had its own response to the demonstrators. The news ticker rimming Fox's headquarters on Sixth Avenue wasn't carrying war updates as the protest began. Instead, it poked fun at the demonstrators, chiding them.
"War protester auditions here today ... thanks for coming!" read one message. "Who won your right to show up here today?" another questioned. "Protesters or soldiers?"
Said a third: "How do you keep a war protester in suspense? Ignore them."
Still another read: "Attention protesters: the Michael Moore Fan Club meets Thursday at a phone booth at Sixth Avenue and 50th Street"
Yes, Fox was exercising the same rights we all have. The problem is that they claim to be a "fair and balanced" news organization. At the very least, they should have preceded the jabs with the word "Commentary."
On the lighter side, JOURNALIST EMBEDDED WITH FOX NEWS
As part of an experimental new program initiated by the Defense Department, a journalist has been embedded with the Fox News Network, giving him unique access to the "fair and balanced" network for the duration of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
David Peterson, a reporter for the Akron Beacon-Journal, will be the only journalist living, working, and eating with Fox News staffers in the weeks to come.
"I think at first it was weird for them to have a journalist around," Mr. Peterson said
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(found at diminished responsibility)
God Damned Snopes. Dog Island is a hoax.
I hope this is a joke (halfway down the page)
the gossip columnist for Britain's Telegraph reports: "The balding White House spokesman . . . has females the length and breadth of the States a-swoonin'. . . . Some comments on the new Ari Fleischer Internet fan site: 'Some people don't understand how a hot blonde 24-year-old NYC girl could have such a major crush on Ari Fleischer -- but I DO!!' writes one groupie. 'I think it is so cool the way he can walk into a room full of press sharks and completely control the room and never ever flinch.' Another sighs: 'I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of two who still believes in right and wrong. Yes, even my husband knows of the crush I have on Ari, and finally I know I am not alone.' "
This is one of the leaflets being dropped on Iraq.
Since I suck at Photoshop, would someone please replace the map with San Francisco, the picture in the upper left circle with a war protest photo and the lower right circle with a close up of the bill of rights or Michael Moore at the Oscars. The text should keep the "We can see everything." and add "Do not use your right to peacably assemble, protest or otherwise disagree with The Leader."
A bonus will be given if you can incorporate the shifty Ashcroft pic from bartcop.com.
HAND IN HAND WE WILL CHASE AWAY THE YAKUZA
the qUirKY jaPan HomEPage
On the Road
View highway route markers, past and present, from around the world. (via Plep) . I especially like this picture of a No Trucks sign with a truck nearby.
Visit the dark side of road signs. SECRET MILITARY CODES DISCOVERED HIDDEN IN OUR ROAD SIGNS . Wow. I don't believe the marking theory, but this nut job will make you think twice about FEMA.
Finally, you can make your own road signs with SignMaker!
Weapons of Monstrous Destruction
Phase Two of Shock and Awe
Absolutely Brilliant. Thanks, Wil!
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Using GameStop as a pharmacy
Can video games ease pain?
Finally, research dollars being spend properly.
I can confirm this is true. No matter how messed up my back is, I can make the pain go away for awhile by sitting in front of the PS2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Nascar:Dirt to Daytona are the most effective, currently.
When I had my surgery, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 and Unreal Tournament worked really well.
This is why there are pictures on fast food cash registers
Tonight on NPR, they interviewed several people concerning their views of the war. The one that stuck with me was with a college student they say was carrying a sign that said 'Remember 9/11'. She said , "Why don't they remember those who died? Why don't they remember those who did this to us?' in response to those protesting the war.
I thought to myself, "Yeah, why don't we get them Saudis!'
I know that all of you reading this know there is no connection between Iraq and 9/11, but why do so many Americans think this is true?
Hope he can get a boner now
It would figure that the first person killed in this war is a civilian.
Image courtesy of freepie.org.
I have been informed that I might have wanted to use the BBC transcription link to the Robin Cook resignation speech rather than the one from CNN.
I agree. I should have. Sorry about that.
Robin Cook resigns.
You shelled out several hundred dollars for a state of the art GPS unit, but the damn thing doesn't seem to work right. It seems to be over a hundred meters off.
Remember the fantastic Kevin Spacey movies of the 90's? LA Confidential, Seven and The Usual Suspects were all great movies with Spacey playing the pivotal role in each. American Beauty turned him into a Best Actor. Then came the crap. Pay It Forward, K-Pax, Shipping News. The Life of David Gale, his latest film, died at the Box Office and should be showing on an airplane near you. I know we will probably never see as good of a character as Verbal Kint, but it would be nice to see him in a good movie for a change.
The Boston Globe has a more fleshed out criticism of Mr. Spacey's career.
Inquiring Minds want to know
How come we had a 40 year cold war and never changed the name of Russian Dressing???
Taking a Stand
Robin Cook, the Leader of the British House of Commons, resigned his post yesterday to protest his government's actions in Iraq.
Below is an excerpt of his speech. Remember when reading this that this is from a man who was in a position to know of which he speaks. It is not mere speculation. Full text is at cnn.com.
Ironically, it is only because Iraq's military forces are so weak that we can even contemplate its invasion. Some advocates of conflict claim that Saddam's forces are so weak, so demoralized and so badly equipped that the war will be over in a few days. We cannot base our military strategy on the assumption that Saddam is weak and at the same time justify pre-emptive action on the claim that he is a threat.
Iraq probably has no weapons of mass destruction in the commonly understood sense of the term�namely a credible device capable of being delivered against a strategic city target. It probably still has biological toxins and battlefield chemical munitions, but it has had them since the 1980s when US companies sold Saddam anthrax agents and the then British Government approved chemical and munitions factories. Why is it now so urgent that we should take military action to disarm a military capacity that has been there for 20 years, and which we helped to create? Why is it necessary to resort to war this week, while Saddam's ambition to complete his weapons programme is blocked by the presence of UN inspectors?
Only a couple of weeks ago, Hans Blix told the Security Council that the key remaining disarmament tasks could be completed within months. I have heard it said that Iraq has had not months but 12 years in which to complete disarmament, and that our patience is exhausted. Yet it is more than 30 years since resolution 242 called on Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories. We do not express the same impatience with the persistent refusal of Israel to comply. I welcome the strong personal commitment that the Prime Minister has given to middle east peace, but Britain's positive role in the middle east does not redress the strong sense of injustice throughout the Muslim world at what it sees as one rule for the allies of the US and another rule for the rest.
Nor is our credibility helped by the appearance that our partners in Washington are less interested in disarmament than they are in regime change in Iraq. That explains why any evidence that inspections may be showing progress is greeted in Washington not with satisfaction but with consternation: it reduces the case for war.
What has come to trouble me most over past weeks is the suspicion that if the hanging chads in Florida had gone the other way and Al Gore had been elected, we would not now be about to commit British troops.
The divine right of wing-dings
Over at free pie, I read about how The Leader may be a believer that we are in the end times and is doing his part to fulfill the Lord's plan.
"Mr. Vice President, Mr. Secretary, the missiles are flying. Hallelujah!"
He's cost effective.
When to go to the Hospital
I sometimes forget that some of you may actually be looking for this kind of information.
You should go to a hospital's Emergency Department if any of the following occur along with sciatica.
The pain is unbearable, despite trying first-aid methods as described in the Home Care section.
The pain follows a violent injury, such as a fall from a ladder or an automobile crash.
The pain is in the back of your chest.
You are unable to move or feel your legs or feet.
You lose control of your bowels or bladder or have numbness in your genitals.
You have a high fever (over 101�F).
For more information, please visit eMedicine. I have found it to be a great source of help.
About the war thing
I don't agree with The Leader about the war with Iraq. I know not all of you share the same opinion. Some of you with websites who link to me have even make very lucid comments about your opinion on your own sites and I respect that. I believe that as Americans we are allowed to disagree on this. I am happy that we are keeping our reciprocal links and allowing this free and public discourse to continue.
Having said that, I read a very disturbing open letter written by Charlie Daniels (Devil Went Down to Georgia) lambasting in the harshest terms those opposed to the war. I also read what I consider to be a brilliant response by a veteran.
I invite you to read it over at Twangzine.
Some new music to start the week
Here are some free and legal mp3 downloads of songs that John Peel has featured on his Radio 1 show recently. All these tracks have been made made available by the bands or record labels themselves, they don't involve Napster or anonymous postings to alt.binaries.sounds or anything like that. The idea is that if you like the track, you'll buy some of their records, which seems pretty sound to me.
Sounds good to me, too.
Yeah, I said it
USA Today uncovers Cultural Larceny.
Have they never seen a wigger before now?
Shooting Fish in a Barrel
Leave it to the French to provide us with tons of Dubya parody pics.
(Found at ozten)
A few thoughts on Freedom Fries/Toast
In kind, I have renamed my anus "George Bush"
Only a sure-fire Rube would protest that his own people should be permitted to die and make that protest through fatty fast foods.
Hey... if you're in charge of the committee with power over the House cafeterias, you've probably been waiting forever for a chance to flex your muscles... From a comment by CrookDimwit at Metafilter.
And, wouldn't you know, French Fries are actually Belgian.
The exciting description of Checkers from the EA ARCADE games site.
Capture all of your opponent's pieces by jumping your pieces over them.
Players Online: 718
How bored to you have to be to play checkers online?
I want to go!
No matter the style, if you don't have a good crust for your pizza, you don't have a quality, great tasting pizza. Pizza Crust Boot Camp� is for all pizza makers, but especially for first-time Pizza Expo� attendees.
That's the blurb for just one of the fascinating seminars at the International Pizza Expo. I am not mocking this. I feel it is extremely important for all purveyors of pizza to know how to make good crust. An otherwise good pizza can be completely ruined by a shitty crust.
If you sell pizza, please get your ass to Vegas March 25-27th.
Yes, I have bad taste in music
Unfortunately for those who live with me, I like prog rock. I also like Ken Burns documentaries.
Now, I can have both!
The geniuses that produced the best game ever (Carmageddon) have bought the license to create a game based on Reservoir Dogs.
Reservoir Dogs will initially be released by SCi on Sony Playstation 2 and Microsoft Xbox. The game design will remain faithful to the original movie with gamers able to play all the key characters, including the infamous Mr Blonde. There will be the opportunity to take on the role of key policemen, plus take part in large multi-player games. As well as significant amount of combat action involved in the heist itself, which is described in the movie as a �bullet festival�, the game will also include a number of highly charged driving escape sequences.
I am once again filled with glee.
I bet the germans didn't think they were evil, either
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
(via bartcop.com, which is a necessary site. Read it daily.)
More bad customer service
Eliminate the humans
Remembering the House of the Future.
Explosive Decompression and Vacuum Exposure
A frequently asked question is: how realistic is the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where astronaut Bowman makes a space-walk without a helmet? How long could a human survive if exposed to vacuum? Would you explode? Would you survive? How long would you remain conscious?
The quick answers to these questions are: Clarke got it about right in 2001. You would survive about a ninety seconds, you wouldn't explode, you would remain conscious for about ten seconds.
...this discussion covers the effect of vacuum exposure only. The decompression event itself can have disasterous effects if the person being decompressed makes the mistake of trying to hold his or her breath. This will result in rupturing of the lungs, with almost certainly fatal results. There is a good reason that it is called "explosive" decompression.
A pictorial tour through asylum architecture and history.
(via ultimate insult)
Start your Cinco de Mayo shopping early
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You may have to look twice at this one
Puma's New Advertising (possibly NSFW, but then again, why are you surfing at work?)
If this isn't a real ad, someone did a damn good job.
I found this on a foreign site, so I have no idea if it is a joke or not.
Fall into the gap
Nice piece on boomers vs. gen x.
They also have bunnies.
The $2.00 you pay when you withdraw money is not the only way you lose money using an ATM.
Over at Brainlog, there is a link explaining the Lebanese Loop and how it is used to take your cash.
I also checked on Snopes and they say it is true and offer detailed explanations of how a little plastic sleeve in the card slot is all that is needed to rip you off.
This has happened before
Atrios has posted a column by Art Buchwald from 1963 describing how the Soviets used our right-wing to nearly topple our government.
Several comments on the thread speak of The Manchurian Candidate and this one keeps making me pass out laughing:
You folks do remember Angela Lansbury saying, "we'll be swept into office with powers that will make martial law look like anarchy."
I'll bet back in some movie theatre in 1962, young Karl Rove had his first orgasm.
I find your lack of pants disturbing
Star Wars lines that could be improved with the word "pants"
If trouser humor is your thing, you can also try these on for size:
Lord of the Pants: The Fellowship of the Pants
Lord of The Pants: The Two Trowsers
Two Dollar Bill, Y'all
Man tries to spend a two dollar bill at Taco Bell. Hears this from the manager:
Manager: "Ask for something else, there's no such thing as a $2 bill."
(link from fark.com)
Probably one of them urban legend things, but it is still funny as hell.
Makes me want to get some from the bank to test drive on the local fast food places. As it is, they already don't trust the idiots working the drive-thru to speak, as they play a recorded greeting each time. They punch little pictures of the food on the register so they won't have to know that a burrito is 69 cents. Of course, they are currency experts when it comes to $20 bills though. They get all Barney Fife like with their magic pen. Same with those people at the store who ask you for ID when you use your credit card. These people are being paid minimum wage, they are not fraud detection wizards. I am sure most of them wear velcro shoes. I have more thoughts on the decline of our service economy. I will share them in an upcoming installment.
Keeping up with the Joneses
An RSS feed of this site is now available. It is over in the right column above the archives. Just click on the XML button.
This is America's Favorite Blog
Find out what is trademarked as America's Favorite
Snark Hunting is a great site for information about naming and branding in American culture. As a NASCAR fan, I am keenly aware of how brands can have an impact. Most of the cars running are more easily identifiable by their number and sponsor than the driver. Anyway, if you are an advertising geek, this is the site for you.
(found at bifrucated rivets)
Let's get large
Are you dismayed by seeing Steve Martin in the commercials for "Bringing Down the House"?
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Play the Premptive Strike! board game.
The main page has more artistic political commentary.
Some of you are pissing me off
*******Note: This is only directed at three people, the rest of you can just be amused by my anger********
I keep finding links I have posted here showing up on other sites without credit. I am not talking about the ones that I found elsewhere, especially those I find on the popular sites (metafilter, fark, etc.).
There are a couple of real obscure ones that I found all by my lonesome. Several of these have been showing up over the last few months on various sites without giving this site credit for finding them. A few have shown up in the past couple of days and I am not happy about it.
Everyone forgets to credit every once in a while, I understand that. Other people surf the web and can stumble onto the same sites as I do, I understand that. But this is pretty blatant and I am asking you to either stop stealing or stop reading my site.
That would be a great band name, huh?
Diversify your bonds, nigga
Dave Chappelle has lost his goddamn mind.
And I could not be happier.
Maurice, the forgotten gay hobbit
From the description of The Hobbit at Wal-Mart's website:
On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of eccentrics live in houseboats. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they belong to one another. There is Maurice, a homosexual prostitute; Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy man; but most of all there's Nenna, the struggling mother of two wild little girls. How each of their lives complicates the others is the stuff of this perfect little novel.The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo, Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish.
I am sure there is a reasonable explanation for this, but in the meantime, enjoy!
I found that the description is for the book Offshore.
Are you spongeworthy?
I am so humbled, there is no clever headline
I have already told you about the best page in the universe. Since then, he has continued to make good on that claim.
His latest gem starts thusly:
Ever wanted to become a trashy internet cam whore, but you just don't know how? Tired of earning money for things the honest way? If you're shameless and conceited enough, then the exciting world of online prostitution may be for you. It's hard at first, but don't get discouraged. Being a cranky bitch and undressing yourself in front of a cam for middle-aged men isn't as easy as it seems, so here are five simple rules to keep in mind when becoming an internet cam whore.
but don't give yourself away
World's best dialog boxes
My Alma Mater
Some of the classes offered at Evil Science University.
Evil Computer Science Department
Malevolent Artificial Intelligence Design (CS 410) -Most universities with AI departments are worried about designing machines that can play chess or clean up kitchens. We take a slightly different tact. We train our students to design monstrous robotic minds that have all manner of applications ranging from nuclear weapons management and general human extermination to hotel management and air traffic control.
Evil Law School
Shadow of a Doubt (LA 774) - This is a small seminar dedicated to discussing how to manipulate the unwashed masses that will be populating jury boxes. Students will learn useful skills like how to make DNA evidence seem incomprehensible and how to use racist cops to your advantage.
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i don't need holes through my nipples to be cool.
correlation does not translate into causality
"To say my country, right or wrong, is something no patriot would say except in dire emergency; it is like saying, 'my mother, drunk or sober.'" - G.K. Chesterton