Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Vomiting: my new favorite hobby

Well, now that all the family members have been informed I guess I might as well blog about it. I am with child!

This is of course exciting and creepy at the same time. But, since all I've done for the past six weeks is sleep and throw up, I've not really been keeping up on the news. Hence the paucity of blogging.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Babe Ruth's Piano

I don't even like baseball. To me, it's like a severely boring arcana of odd rules and funny outfits. All that squatting and running weirdly and spitting and ball-scratching just isn't for me.

However, you gotta love the Red Sox beating the Yankees last night. Awesome!

I only lived in Boston for a short time, and I didn't exactly love it, but that must be a really happy city right now. Even the Citgo sign must be smiling.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

This quiz is a sad substitute for a real post...

I'm neglecting you, I know.

I find this quiz fun but slightly sexist in a vague, unsettling way. Via Moonshine Highways.

Monday, October 11, 2004


Let's hope that some good can come out of the death of Christopher Reeve, who always seemed to me like a really nice guy, even before he was paralyzed, and more attention will be brought to the possibilities of stem cell research in healing spinal cord injuries.
Reeve died Sunday of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore. He went into cardiac arrest Saturday, while at his Pound Ridge home, then fell into a coma and died Sunday at a hospital surrounded by his family, his publicist said.

His advocacy for stem cell research helped it emerge as a major campaign issue between President Bush (news - web sites) and Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites). His name was even mentioned by Kerry during the second presidential debate on Friday.
Stem cells might have saved his life. Stem cells, taken from abandoned frozen embryos that rich people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars creating instead of just adopting a baby, I might add.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Need some wood?

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I will now be having horrible nightmares about your (shudder) wood.

I'll post about the debate tomorrow. Right now I really, really need to go to bed.

I am glad, though, that John Kerry finally got nasty and angry tonight. I loved the 'the President didn't find WMDs so now he has weapons of mass deception about my positions' bit.

Also, I think 'the internets' is going to become my favorite Bushism.

But now for sleep. I have to got to work at 3 a.m. So I'll post later. You know, on the internets.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Dirty, dirty liar!

As underwhelmed as I was by Edwards' performance at the debate, it can't be ignored that Dick Cheney is a lie-spurting machine.

My favorites are the bold assertions that while Cheney is down at the Senate most Tuesdays 'doing his job,' John Edwards has skipped out on work so often that he'd never met him before that night.


Not only had they met like 3 times before (evidence: both pictorial and in video), but if like 4 times in 4 years counts as 'most Tuesdays,' then I'm worse at math then my second-grade teacher always said.

I, for one, think that last night's rather nasty little debate between the Vice President and Senator Edwards was less satisfying than last week's ass-whupping by John Kerry. Personally, I wish Edwards had talked about Halliburton more.

With a good deal of taxpayer's money going to Halliburton, a corporation that is under investigation for both overcharging the American government for the 'reconstruction' of Iraq and for bribing its way into Nigerian oil contracts, Edwards should have been saying "Halliburton" as often as the President said "Mixed Messages" last week. Halliburton. Halliburton, Halliburton.

This enrages me more than almost anything regarding the mess the White House has made of Iraq. The reconstruction could have been like Iraq's New Deal, a jobs=generating effort to unite the nation, give industries something to do, and allow the Iraqi economy to start moving again after a war and years of crippling sanctions. Sheesh, we even helped the fascist Axis powers reconstruct after WWII, and now Germany, Italy, and Japan are thriving, modern, democratic countries.

With Iraq's economy being engulfed by Halliburton and Bechtel, and Iraqi workers living with a freakishly high unemployment rate, no wonder they are humiliated by the occupation. If Canadians invaded the US, gave the job running a factory that's been yours for years to a Canadian, and either just laid you off entirely or gave you some menial job, how would you feel about Canada?

If I had been John Edwards last night, I would have pounded this mental image into the heads of everyone watching: The Vice President is hopelessly entwined with a corrupt corporation that lies and bribes, and is using taxpayer's money to keep the Iraqi people angry at us. It's the truth.

Speaking of the truth, didn't you just love Cheney's plug for ',' presumably a website that backs up his statements? Well, beyond the fact that the last time I tried to use the Internet as a source on a term paper I got docked a big fat one, and beyond the fact that he couldn't even get the name of the website right (when you do a lot of making shit up, keeping facts straight seems less important) but the website doesn't even agree with him.

Hopefully, the next debate will be more satisfying. I think either Dick Cheney isn't as dumb as Bush, or Edwards isn't as good an orator as Kerry, or both.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

And speaking of...

The PeaceWalk gets hate mail!

After you complete a peace walk, do the Muslim members of the peace walk cut
the heads off of the Jews, blow up Jewish schoolbuses, and demand that all
Jews fight to end the very existence of Israel while screaming "god is
great!" and shooting guns in the air while screaming at the top of your


Personally, I think this guy is a serious loser who doesn't have anything better to do than to send stupid emails to a non-profit organization making an honest effort to turn the world into a better place. My father, though, gave him a well-worded response.
Peace be with you Chris:

It is interesting that you take the incidents committed by a small radical component of the Muslim community that are really fringe extremists and put that on all of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. Is it true that because a few men and countries had enslaved my African ancestors, and because a portion of the population of Europe helped in the killing of 6 million Jew during the holocaust, or that the Klu Klux Klan lynched many African Americans, or that hundreds of thousands of native peoples were slaughter throughout north and south America, or that Stalin killed over 30 million of his people that all white people or Christian peoples are evil or want to put all Jews in ovens or enslave all African-Americans?

If this were true that the 1.5 billion Muslims of the world believe this then the 1 in 5 portion of the population would be creating total havoc in all parts of the world. Of the 10 million Muslims that live in America, of which 45% are African American, where have you heard or seen any of the rhetoric that you are claiming. I have not heard any of our communities spouting any such thing. If anything we condemn suicide bombings, beheadings and etc. as unIslamic barbaric acts. Was slavery, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of native Americans or the genocide of Bosnians by Serb Christians, Christian acts of Jesus even though Christian doctrine was used to justify these acts. I would say no, not in the least.

After having over 8 peacewalks around the US to answer your question, have you seen in in the American news media any news of beheadings or blowing up of schoolbuses or shooting of guns at innocent children????? No you have not!!!! and will not!!!

If anything, if you had read any of the newspaper articles associated with these events and followup events afterwards you would have read about Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities coming together and working for each others benefit for peace.

Please look at your own history of America and Europe and see that in this last century that over 120 million people have been killed in wars of conquest, racism, bigotry. Yet does the action of a few extremist leaders and countries condemn the whole population of white Europeans and Americans. Based on your logic that would make them the most evil and barbaric people on the face of the earth.

Look beyond the surface and get to know truly what Islam is about and stop the indictment of a whole people because of the actions of a few, because the tables can be reversed with your logic for your own people also if this were true. Myself as an America can say that for my African American people, my brother native Americans and many Hispanic Americans of this country we could make a similar claim, yet it would not be fair to the majority of people who had no part what so ever in those atrocities.

Open your heart and your mind and look at your own history before you make such ridiculous statements. If you were truly curious you would make the effort to go beyond
pure prejudicial comments and seek the truth that is right in front of you.

May the peace and blessings of the creator be with you,

Abdul Rauf
Well put. Not that I think Chris will listen.

Saturday, October 02, 2004


I guess it speaks to the level of which my faith in others, specifically other Americans, has fallen that I'm shocked neither by these photos nor the conduct of the racist fanatics trolling the comments here.

Of course we killed innocent people. If you posted all the pictures of innocent people the American government is responsible for killing you'd need infinite bandwidth. From Asia to Africa to South America, the United States has had a hand, often indirectly but very often directly, in the deaths of a lot of innocent people who committed the crime of being born in a particular place.

And of course people are going to have knee-jerk, self-centered, hateful racist reactions. Historically, it's what people do best. It no longer surprises me to hear people lump together all Arabs, even all Muslims into one 'enemy.' Lord knows, Bush's heavy-handed (a euphemism, I know) policies have allowed al-Qaida to do the same to us. In fact, Bush has united different groups who used to hate each other. Now they all just hate us.

If Bush wins re-election, I'm moving to Canada. If I can convince Brian to stand the cold.