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:: Friday, July 18, 2003 ::

Richard Curtiss

Facts are facts, they say.

Little purple creatures on Pluto invaded the moon Io at 7:53 (EDT) on July 16, 2003. Women and children hardest hit.

Don't believe me?

It's there in black and white, right there. See?

Must, therefore, be true.

The latest drivel from Curtiss ends: "Meanwhile, all Americans will begin to understand that the problem is not with the Palestinians, but rather with the Israelis."

If you have a strong stomach, feel free to read the rest.

There's an actual fact in there, here it is: "Richard H. Curtiss Special to Arab News"

They'll say, you realize, that Io asked for it.

:: Peter 7/18/2003 01:36:00 PM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 ::


1) Makes fun of the Dixie Chicks
2) Makes fun of Saddam
3) Makes fun of the New York Times
4) Makes fun of Jayson Blair
5) Makes fun of 'Birkenstocks'

Not a bad day at the office all things considered.

:: Peter 7/16/2003 09:16:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 ::

Best Headline Ever

It's from ESPN Soccernet. It's the funniest headline I've ever seen, not sure, really, what it actually means, though.
:: Peter 7/15/2003 08:17:00 PM [+] ::

Our Lady Of Speed Bumps

Well, it's been a while for a Rachel Corrie sighting, but with Little Green Footballs once again having to repost those pictures of her burning the US flag, I thought it might be worthwhile to check in on how the beatification was going.

Know who David Rovics is? Neither did I.

He's written some songs. I've never heard any of them, but I can easily imagine.

The Death of Rachel Corrie
David Rovics

When she sat down in the dirt
In front of your machine
A lovely woman dressed in red
You in military green
If you had met her in Jerusalem
You might have asked her on a date
But here you were in Gaza
Rolling towards the gate
As your foot went to the floor
Did you recall her eyes
Did her gaze remind you
That you've become what you despise
As you rolled on towards this woman
And ignored all the shouts to stop
Did you feel a shred of doubt
As you watched her body drop
And as your Caterpillar tracks
Upon her body pressed
With twenty tons of deadly force
Crushed the bones within her chest
Could you feel the contours of her face
As you took her life away
Did you serve your country well
On that cool spring day
And when you went back across the Green Line
Back to the open shore
Did you think that this was just another day
In a dirty war
And when you looked out on the water
Did you feel an empty void
Or was it just one more life you've taken
One more home destroyed

Created March, 2003
Copyright David Rovics 2003, all rights reserved

The Patron Saint Of Speed Bumps has a theme song.

:: Peter 7/15/2003 03:49:00 PM [+] ::


Just finished Potter last week...best book of the series by far so far. Still not the greatest thing I've ever read but she does one particular thing so much better than anyone else I've ever read that it's almost scary. And that one thing seems so simple, not just simple but easy and so obvious that it's amazing not only how well she does it but that every other author doesn't do it. And that is simply this: when you finish the book, the reader is actually sad that it's over. Sure, lots of books make you want sequels, but she could put out a book where NOTHING happens to her main characters and people, especially kids, would still be reading it over and over again. Why? Because people like and want to live in the world she's created. There's always been 'fanatics' who create games and fantasy worlds based on their favorite books or people like me who imagine the worlds in the books they read so completely that I pick up dialects and escape completely from the 'real' world. But Rowling does that to everyone. You finish the book and want to stay in that world. That's a true and rare gift.

:: Peter 7/15/2003 01:41:00 PM [+] ::


I know The Guardian is a ridiculous excuse for an anti-Israel, anti-American paper, but this if fucking insane:

"I have developed a habit when confronted by letters to the editor in support of the Israeli government to look at the signature to see if the writer has a Jewish name. If so, I tend not to read it."

That's from one of their so-called columnists, not just a letter to the editor or something else fairly ignorable. It's from Richard Ingrams.

I do believe I have just developed a habit to tend not to read anything with his name on it.
:: Peter 7/15/2003 09:52:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, July 14, 2003 ::

The Buck Stopped...

While this isn't all that surprising, it is rather depressing. Not to mention rather sad.

From The Smoking Gun:

"JULY 11--A newly discovered diary of Harry S. Truman indicates that the former president may have had a strongly negative opinion of Jews. In the diary, which includes 42 entries written in 1947, Truman recounts a conversation he had with Henry Morgenthau, the Secretary of the Treasury, who had phoned to discuss the fate of Jewish refugees. In criticizing the approach of Morgenthau, who was Jewish, Truman wrote in a July 21 passage, "The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog." The diary, found earlier this year by a researcher at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, was released yesterday by the National Archives. Although Truman supported recognition of Israel in 1948, he was known to use anti-Semitic language. In a letter written years before he entered the White House, Truman referred to New York City as "Kiketown.""

Jesse "
Hymietown" Jackson must be so proud.

:: Peter 7/14/2003 04:24:00 PM [+] ::

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