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:: Friday, December 20, 2002 ::

20th Century History Final

From the wonderful website of Neal Boortz:

20th Century U.S. History final:

1) The Dixiecrat party was made up of Southern

a) Democrats

b) Republicans

2) Jim Crow laws were passed by legislatures controlled by:

a) Democrats

b) Republicans

3) When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the civil rights efforts in the South, the governing powers that opposed him were of which party?

a) Democrat

b) Republican

4) In Arkansas, the governor who stood in the door of a schoolhouse to block integration was a:

a) Democrat

b) Republican

5) The president who ordered in the National Guard to dislodge the above-mentioned governor from the above-mentioned door was a:

a) Democrat

b) Republican

6) George Wallace was a:

a) Democrat

b) Republican

7) Lester Maddox was a:

a) Democrat

b) Republican

8) Although Republican Bo Callaway won a plurality of the vote, the Georgia Legislature installed Lester Maddox as governor. The Legislature was ruled by an overwhelming majority of:

a) Democrats

b) Republicans

9) As a bonus worth 50 points, which is the only one of questions above answered correctly with "b"?

That would be #5
:: Peter 12/20/2002 03:58:00 PM [+] ::
:: Thursday, December 19, 2002 ::

What, no scare quotes?

This, from Reuters:

"GAZA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Israeli army gunfire killed an 11-year-old Palestinian girl in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as she opened a window in her house in an area where soldiers and gunmen do battle daily, her relatives said.
Nada Madi, 11, was shot in southern Gaza's Rafah refugee camp. Her family said the gunfire came from an Israeli army outpost on the Egyptian border about a kilometre away and that the shooting was unprovoked."

A kilometre away? And they know what happened, whose bullet it was, and, apparently, Reuters thinks this 'unbiased' family is telling the truth? Any chance of that bullet being recovered to check to see who shot it?

Didn't think so.

:: Peter 12/19/2002 08:41:00 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 ::

Cry me a river...

Entertainment Weekly asks: "Are musicians afraid to protest war with Iraq?" The column then ends with this brilliant rhetorical question: "Have musicians lost their political voice?"

1) Well, maybe most musicians are in favor of the war. Bet that didn't ever occur to anyone, if they're not against it that must mean that they're afraid to admit they're against it. Brilliant logic there.

2) The article decides that musicians are afraid to protest based on the 'fact' that only 6 musicians signed the open letter from Artists United to Win Without War. Gee, I didn't sign it either. Must be because I'm afraid.

There's a comment section there beneath the column, just asking for lots of Fisking.

:: Peter 12/18/2002 01:05:00 PM [+] ::


:: Peter 12/18/2002 09:52:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 ::

Would 'back decades' be the 1300's?

"Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday a U.S.-led war on Iraq would set the Arab world back decades and sow the seeds of future terrorism."

Since the 'Arab World' is stuck in the middle ages, going back decades isn't going to make much of a difference. Apparently, entering the 21st century is 'back decades' to the 'Arab World.'

It's hard to bomb people back into the stone age when most of them are already there.

:: Peter 12/17/2002 04:13:00 PM [+] ::


That, according to 'Yaqub Al-Mazroue, undersecretary for Preventive Medicine at the Health Ministry' is the number of 'HIV positive cases in the Kingdom' of Saudi Arabia.
:: Peter 12/17/2002 08:34:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, December 16, 2002 ::


All I want for XMas...

:: Peter 12/16/2002 01:04:00 PM [+] ::

'You keep using that word...I do not think it means what you think it means...'

First, aletter to the Arab News today:

"I oppose war in general and Bush's planned attack on Iraq in particular. It doesn't matter that Bush has not and cannot prove his allegations, he has to proceed with this Holy War (can you say, "Oxymoron?"). The fundamentalist Christians, neo-conservatives and Zionists, backed by big oil and the military-industrial complex, have taken over the government of the United States of America.
For the first time in my life (60 years) I'm afraid of my government. I am afraid of my country becoming a theocracy. Religion has no place in the government of a free country. I have become attached to my freedom of movement and freedom of speech and freedom of thought.
It amazes me that religion has such a strong hold on supposedly intelligent people living in the 21st century. The thought of murder committed in the name of a loving God is repulsive."

Now, for the kicker (oh, come on, you had to see this coming): here's the signature:

"Gordon Haire, United States, published 16 December 2002"

Gordon, can I call you Gordon? Have you been paying any attention whatsoever? You're afraid of our government? Does the word 'Sharia' mean a damn thing to you? How about 'theocracy'? When you find an Islamic country which has anything approaching the 1st Amendment let me know. In the meantime, go back to stuffing your head in the sand and don't choke on the shells.
:: Peter 12/16/2002 08:54:00 AM [+] ::

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