To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. - Sun Tzu

Sunday, February 27, 2005

"the free exercise ... of the press"

Jeff Gannon, Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, Mike McManus
How many others don't we know about?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Aequalitas

from these comments.
"When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors." Ann Coulter, at Conservative Political Action Conference, 2/26/02
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My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building." - in a New York Observer interview, August 26, 2002.
"Of course I regret [the previous quote]. I should have added 'after everyone had left the building except the editors and the reporters.'" - in a rightwingnews.com interview, June 26, 2003.

Her reward? Books, TV appearances, national syndication. Yet Ward Churchill gives his equally inciting opinion that 9/11 was a sort of karmic justice for the very guilty financiers and industrialists who helped create the oppressive conditions that breed terrorism, and the corporate media calls for his head on a pike.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

For Example

Here is a great example of this administration's vile manipulation and abuse of language: (from CNN.com)
In his weekly radio address Saturday, Bush said he doesn't believe the West is split between an "idealistic United States and a cynical Europe ... America and Europe are the pillars of the free world."

"Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic understand that the hopes for peace in the world depend on the continued unity of free nations," he said. "We do not accept a false caricature that divides the Western world between an idealistic United States and a cynical Europe."
By even so much as mentioning a 'cynical' Europe and 'idealistic' US, he advances the idea that those things may be true. By associating "Europe" with "cynical" and "US" with "idealistic", those false concepts become more true in the public mind.

Notice: No one said that those things may be true, although the he gave the impression that someone did; he responded to a claim that no one made.

Friday, February 11, 2005

The (shh! *giggle like a stupid child*) Monologues

This makes for the second of my posts that are basically transcripts of other conversations.

This weekend, the annual showing of "The Vagina Monologues" feminist variety stage-show... thing... is held, at college. I dismissed it when I first heard of it, because I really don't care.

Yesterday, the local college Democrats went eating (we tried to go bowling, but they wouldn't listen to me trying to explain that Thursday is not a good night, because of all the old people), ironically to Hooters. Of the 9 of us, 3 were male. In the course of the conversation, The Vagina Monologues came up, and we were interrogated as to whether we would be going. The other two said, "Yes, of course", because they're really sensitive or some crap like that. I said "Eh, well, um, I don't know...". I tried to hide behind the excuse of "well, it's $5...", but that wasn't working. Thankfully, at about that moment, the Hooters 'associates' humiliated some poor slob (apparently it was his birthday).

So, how do I explain that I just don't care, without sounding like a jackass?

I could try to explain to them that the only reason The Vagina Monologues exists is because it's funny to say the word "vagina," but I'm not too fond of the idea of being dismembered by a horde of feminists. Ah... my greatest weapon is my sarcasm. That I cannot use it is so... emasculating.

I'm not uncomfortable with the idea of women on stage discussing things which are not addressed in public or good company. Oh, no, that's not it; She tried telling me I won't go because I'm uncomfortable with it, and I replied that a parallel "The Penis Monologues" would be shunned, mocked, insulted, and ranted against, thus showing my grasp of the issue and an absence of discomfort.

I'm not uncomfortable, is my point. I just don't care. But I want to say that in such a way that I don't sound like an inconsiderate chovanist bastard. Unfortunately, you see, circumstances demand that I not tick off those with whom I was discussing this. It's so tempting to explain that 1) there is a fine line between "empowerment" and "reverse discrimination" (remember, I am a white male), and 2) the humor is of the detestable "crude" type. That is why I don't like it. But because I'm probably the only person who actually realizes these things, explaining them would sound offensive... so here's hoping I'll still be alive this time next week. I probably need to be slapped a few times anyway.

Friday, February 04, 2005

La historia del chocolate

So today, I'm in the lunch area at college waiting for my food to get cooked, and there's a table with the following items: A bottle of Captain Morgan (nearly empty), a bunch of paper cup/bowls, a confectionary-type cooking pan/tray with an inch of chocolate being heated by a bunsen burner, a similar pan with white chocolate, and a sign that says something to the effect of "Rum Cake $1.50"

While I'm trying to figure out what's going on (because I can't see any cake anywhere), a Mexican-looking chef (with the hat and everything) comes completely out of nowhere and informs me that I can take some chocolate, it's free, go ahead, help yourself, white or dark

I say, 'Cool', pour some chocolate into a cup/bowl, and turn around to go see if my food's ready. But first, I turn back around to ask the chef what the deal is. He's gone.

So I get my food and my free chocolate, and the cashier tells me about as much, free chocolate.

Moral of the Story: Chocolate is good.