"Lunatics in command
There is no anti-Arab and anti-Muslim "campaign" in the United States; however, there is a lot of venom from the bigots, suspicion from ignorant citizens, and Arab-bashing in the press. Unfortunately, we are seeing only the most frightening representatives of each other’s cultures: Arabs look at Americans and see Jerry Falwell, while Americans look at Arabs and see potential suicide bombers. How much better if the majority of reasonable people on both sides can take over the discourse from the lunatic fringe. Let us think instead of Jimmy Carter and Crown Prince Abdullah, for instance, meeting to discuss peace. Now, if we can only get President Bush on board and find any moderate voice in Israel!
Alan Peck, Tigard, Oregon, US published 18 October 2002"
Alan, Alan, Alan. You have, unwittingly I assume, captured the absurdity of both Jimmy Carter's Nobel Prize and Crown Prince Abdullah's standing in the world with one sentence.
How? You ask. Look at the 'leaders' who have had a 'meeting to discuss peace' with Jimmy Carter. Leaders of such enlightened bastions of freedom and liberty as Cuba, Haiti, Korea...and now, you, genius, you...Saudi Arabia can be included.
Perhaps Bush did mis-speak when he called it an 'Axis of Evil.' I think the term he was looking for was 'Axis of Stupidity'
:: Peter 10/18/2002 08:47:00 AM [+] ::
The 'most coveted' age group for advertisers is 18-34. On. Nov. 3 I'll no longer be in that group. I'll have to check the box next to 35-49. I can't believe I'll no longer be considered 'coveted' or targeted by advertisers on UPN. Sigh.
So, for my birthday I figured I'd set up a Wish List at Amazon. Two problems: 1) I can't find the damn thing. As in, type in my name or email in the Wish List Search and I DON'T APPEAR. Where am I? If I sign in, there's my Wish List. So, in other words, the only person who can see my Wish List is ME! What is the freaking point of that?
and 2) Who was the genius who thought to sort the Wish List by Date Added or Last Updated. I don't know about you, but the first items I entered were the ones I most wanted. And, if you sort by Date Added or Last Updated those items are LAST! Is there a point to that?
PS: If you want to send me something for my birthday it would be greatly appreciated. Check out my Wish List...maybe it'll show up one of these days...
:: Peter 10/17/2002 10:37:00 AM [+] ::
Today's comic strip I miss is The Far Side. And, it appears, Gary Larson has gone out of his way to ensure that no archive of his comics is available online. So I had to really search to find my all-time favorite one!
Unfortunately, you'll have to visit it yourself since I can't post it:
As scared as Iraqis
"I am hopeful that the Middle East citizens do not think that all Americans think the same way as the US government and I want them to know that we are just as scared of our government as the Iraqis could possibly be now. I would like to know what the general consensus is about Saddam Hussein. I am inclined to believe that he is most likely not the nicest person. However, I also disbelieve the US government’s position that he is ready to "get us". Why is it OK for the US to have "weapons of mass destruction", but not for Iraq?
I want Muslim and Middle Eastern communities to know that we the people who supposedly run this country do not all support the current administrations’ views. May we should all communicate with, and respect, one another. Let the voice of the real people, not of Bush and his team, not of those who hold the throne, but let the voice of us, the workers, the thinkers, the ones who want to work things out via dialogue, not war, be heard. Let’s get together. Let’s think of working toward peace.
Terri, United States published 14 October 2002"
Gotta love this part: 'Let the voice of ... the workers, the thinkers...be heard.' I think I'll let Karl Marx Fisk this one:
"Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!"
I'm sorry, Terri, I'll have to check with Daily Pundit to see if you sent the same letter to the SFChron.
Did you really just describe Saddam Hussein, who has used weapons of mass destruction ON HIS OWN COUNTRYMEN as, and I quote, "he is most likely not the nicest person."
And, finally, to answer your question: "Why is it OK for the US to have "weapons of mass destruction", but not for Iraq?" I'll ask you a question of my own: Do you know, Terri, that if you lived in Iraq (ignoring the fact that, since you're a woman you probably wouldn't be educated enough to be able to read or write), if you dared to publicly criticize the government you would be executed. Here in America you get mocked. That is why it is ok for the US to have WMDs. Is that simple enough for you to understand?