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Saturday, October 25, 2003

The Honorable Member for Baghdad Central

George Galloway, bon vivant and friend of all things tyrannical, has been drummed out of the Labour Party.

Looked at from a distance, Galloway seems to be nothing more than a champagne socialist (how exactly does his lavish lifestyle embody the principles of the working people) and lover of tyrants (he has stated that he misses the Soviet Union).

He went beyond opposing the war; he is someone who felt that Saddam Hussein was a great leader! I find it funny that some feel that the party of Clement Atlee and Roy Jenkins, who believed in freedom, a party that fought so hard to prevent its takeover by agents of the Soviet Union, would find such views repugnant

I love how some are calling this guy a "martyr." George Galloway now has unfettered use of the BBC to publicize his ideas. You want martyrs, how about the students of Iran or the dead in Tienamen Square. Those are the martyrs.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

October 23, 1983 -- The day this war began

On October 23, 1983, 241 US Marines and 56 French paratroopers were killed in two separate attacks in Beirut.

They were there as peacekeepers -- as part of a multiparty deal designed to get Israeli, PLO and Syrian troops out of Lebanon, and allow the Lebanese people (Moslem and Christian) a chance to rebuild their country.

Islamofacist terrorists could not allow that.

So instead of doing something we cut and ran. And the Middle East sank deeper and deeper into chaos and terror. September 11 was just a taste for us.

It is not as though we were not warned.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Those Sneaky Jews

Friday night, after dinner with some (rather liberal) members of my wife's family, I told them of my belief that "the cats are plotting against us." Yes, I am convinced that the common ordinary house cats are plotting against us humans, and that in a few years, we may see a massive feline uprising.

When they asked why I was believing a rather odd conspiracy theory, I noted that at least it was no more strange than "the freemasons are poisoning the wells" or "the Jews control the planet."

Well, if the Prime Minister of Malaysia subscribed to my conspiracy theory, maybe I would not be doubting his sanity right now. His speech opening the Tenth Islamic Summit Conference complained that the "Jews" (or as he put it, the "enemy") "invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others."

Gee, those clever Jews. While I am angry with the people who invented Communism and rather mildly annoyed with the folks who invented socialism, I feel rather indebted to the people who invented human rights and democracy. And since Prime Minster Mahathir Mohamad was democratically elected, you think he would be too.

So apparently, democracy one the reasons the Islamic world is in distress, at least according to Mohamad. And of course, it is the fault of the "Jews."

Me, I am blaming the cats.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Next Year is Next Year

The Cubs lost 9-6. Which means that Armageddon is avoided for yet another year. Tell the truth, you too feared the Cubs in the serves. Especially if they played against the Red Sox. The universe could not take it. It would have ripped about the very fabric of the time-space continuum and ended all life in the universe.

Had a Cubs-Sox Series gone to game 7, I would have spent it under the altar in my church.

So God, Kara, Fate, Nature and the rest conspired to save live as we know it.

As for me, I spent the night dogging thrown soda cups at the Uruguay-Mexico soccer game at Soldier Field, though I admit I made occasional forays to check the Cubs score.


North Side on a Suicide Watch

I was once a big baseball fan, but the strike and the general corruption of the sport have really turned me off. But I admit it, as a new resident of the North Side of Chicago, I am hoping that the Cubs win.

So the Cubs had 3 games to win one. They lose the first in Florida, no problem right? They just want to win at home.

They are winning 3-0. The game seems well in hand. 5 outs until the World Series. Then as Moses Alou chases down a foul ball, a fan gets in his way. The Cubs then melt down, giving up 8 runs.

I really hope that fan grows a beard a maybe wears a wig today.

Meanwhile, the entire north side of Chicago is on a suicide watch.

This has happened before. The reason the LCS is 7 games is actually because of the Cubs. In 1984, the Cubs won the first two games of a best of five and then blew the next three.

Meanwhile, that whoop you hear is a Fox executive happy there will be a game seven. And that worry you hear is another Fox executive worried that the World Series will be the Yankees versus the Marlins, with about 10 people outside the New York area watching.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Arafat's Illness

Yassir Arafat has some sort of mysterious illness. Some reports say it is cancer, some a heart attack, some merely a stomach aliment.

I do not wish harm to anyone. But Arafat should use this as an opportunity to save face. He is now a roadblock to a mid-east settlement, and needs to step down, go to France for treatment, and stay there. He can do no more good. He was a bad terrorist, he is now an ineffectual dictator.

What exactly did Arafat do for his people?

1. Start a war against Jordan causing the Jordanians to kick the PLO out.

2. Start a war in Lebanon, destroying what was once the richest, most prosperous, most free country in the Arab world (and did it without oil too) leading Syria to move in, Israel to invade, and the Lebanese to kill each other.

3. Refuse to negotiate every time save one (Oslo). Refuse to even talk about the Barak plan (which even the Saudis thought the PA should accept).

4. Basically use the Israelis as the force to dispose of his enemies in Hamas, IJ and the PFLP.

5. Overseen the looting of the Palestinian people, stolen aid money, and seen the Palestinians drop even further into poverty and despair.

To borrow a phrase from English history: "You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

If God forbid more war is to come, let others fight it. If God willing peace is too be made, others must make it. You are nothing but a roadblock. GO!

Turks and Kurds and Iraq

Add me to the chorus of those that think sending Turkish troops to Iraq is a bad idea. I agree that we need Moslem troops in the country. And yes, it shows that the preeminent Moslem military power thinks we are winning (and wants to be on that winning side).

But this sends a bad message to the Kurds. And maybe even to the rest of Iraq. The Turks were willing to work with the Baathists in order to suppress the Kurds. Some might see Turkish troops as proof the Baathists are coming back

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Proof the Evil Ascroft is Suppressing Dissent in America

I was in the book store the other day and could have told you that. Not one book critical of Bush except for all those books by Al Franken, Michael Moore, and the books with titles such as "The Lies of George W Bush"

Yes, dissent is being suppressed!


Tuesday, October 07, 2003

ARNOLD!

Well, it is all over except for the shouting. The recall is yes and Arnold is yes. It seems that many Californians saw the last minute allegations as a very primitive attempt at sleaze and reacted accordingly. Hopefully this cause politicians to be less willing to do the last minute surprise.

Though I won't count on it.

And one more thing. What is Jesse Jackson doing going around as though he was still relevant? He complains that the election is not well run, especially in Los Angeles. Well, isn't LA (including the election board) run by the Democrats?

I half expected to see the next interview on CNN with Mario Cuomo.
It's Over

The Germans beat the US women 3-0. The US found that is normal game of strength and athleticism was in the end no match for a more technical German team.

This game though showed what is frustrating about soccer. The US clearly had the run of play. The Germans scored an early goal and then for the most part sat back and defended (the 2 additional goals were scored late, as the US attacked in desperation).

But those are the breaks.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Maybe Roland was not singing

It is likely that those Roland missles found in Iraq were of an older variety and not manufactured this year.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

What the inspectors found
Reading the press reports of the interim report, you would think that the only thing the inspectors in Iraq found were baby milk factories and candy shops. I wonder if any reporter has actually read the "report" past its opening paragraph.

Actually, the report is really a statement before Congress. And it is "interim." David Kay warned that much data has been lost and that it may be impossible to ever draw definite conclusions.

Read the report for yourself.

Here are a few highlights:

1. No weapon stocks have yet been found.

2. Iraq had a highly secret and highly compartmentalized weapons program.

3. WMD personnel crossed borders in the pre/trans conflict period and may have taken evidence and even weapons-related materials with them.

4. Dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations have been discovered.

5. A clandestine network of laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.


6. Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists' homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment.

7. Clandestine attempts between late-1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology related to 1,300 km range ballistic missiles.

Anyway read the report. It seems to my inexpert eyes that Iraq did not have a large stockpile of weapons, but rather had the secret infrastructure to build them.
Song of Roland

More weapons found in Iraq. Almost mint condition 2003 model Roland anti-aircraft systems made in France.

Anyone surprised?

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Take that Herring Eaters

US 1 -- Norway 0.

The Wombat strikes!
Soap and the Globalist Conspiracy

For some reason I was thinking about the "anti-globalists" today. You know, the folks in Seattle who in order to protest the WTO throw newspaper boxes throw the windows of you neighborhood Starbucks. No granted I am just as against spending $5 for a double decaf mocafrapacino with an espresso shot as the next guy, but what exactly does that have to do with the wages of a Nike worker in China?

But my real question is this. What do the anti-globalist anarchists have against soap? I have lived in Washington and New York and have seen quite a few of these demonstrations up close. Or rather, smell them from afar. These folks never seem to wash. Is soap part of the globalist conspiracy against us? Do the soap cartels have huge sweatshops that produce Ivory?
Homeland Security

Last weekend I was stopped by the TSA in Midway and Columbus Airports and given a more through examination. My wife and I were moved off to a secondary line, our bags were opened and we were more closely checked, even though we did not set off alarms.

I do not know what it is in my profile that caused this. Until 1999 I was never stopped at airports, and the first time was trying to leave Rome. As best as my bad Italian could understand, they were looking for draft dodgers, and hence stopping American men with Italian last names.

I will say the TSA folks in Columbus were very nice, very though, and got through the search quickly.

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