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October 22, 2002

Blogging for the Future I

Blogging for the Future

I almost never indulge myself in that staple of the blogosphere, the unadorned link. I don't know why. I read lots of stuff every day that I like, but unless I can summon up a paragraph or more of pithy wisdom, I don't link to it. It's not fair, certainly not to the blogs that I read nearly every day yet hardly ever link too. But since I'm away this week anyway, I'll step out of character for a bit.

The Price of Murder in Iran - Glenn Frazier

Blogatelle on Bureaucracy

Meryl talks about the one of the favorite terms of the anti-war blogosphere, "chickenhawk". I've never said much about that use of that term, but it seems odd to me that it's considered such a powerful insult. It's name calling, for god's sake. When you have to resort to it, you've lost the argument. That's why, as much as I may mutter "cock-sucking pimply assbag" to myself when I read certain things, I don't actually type that at people. No matter how much of a shit-swilling numbnuts pigfucker a person is, if I resort to calling him names rather than debating his ideas, it means that secretly I have no answer for his ideas, and that he's won. So when I see that term, or any other insult, I move on, 'cause the person using it has nothing left of value to say.

Ole Doc Weevil has a cool suggestion for a psy-ops attack on Sadaam. I figure if the Bushes keep insisting on mispronouncing his name, the least I can do is misspell it constantly.

I would like to have antelope peering in at me through the camper window. Coyote is right, homegrown celery soup kicks ass.

Chris Ruzin has stopped reading the news.

Public Nuisance says moderate Republicans should jump ship. I hope they do, it's fun to watch.

Laurence has a few tips to add on how to avoid being shot by the Maryland sniper. Bill Quick adds a good one as well, though I admit I found it unsurprising that the Post didn't list one akin to his. So does Ravenwood's Universe

The only thing I've been able to comeup with on the Sniper, other than the idea that it's kids doing Columbine on a grander scale, has been the idea that the shooter is running thru the dialogue of the Monty Python skit "How Not to be Seen"

Voice Over: In this film we hope to show how not to be seen. This is Mr. E.R. Bradshaw of Napier Court, Black Lion Road London SE5. He can not be seen. Now I am going to ask him to stand up. Mr. Bradshaw will you stand up please

In the distance Mr Bradshaw stands up. There is a loud gunshot as Mr Bradshaw is shot in the stomach. He crumples to the ground

Voice Over: This demonstrates the value of not being seen.

Cut to another location - an empty area of scrubland

Voice Over: In this picture we canot see Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont. Mrs Smegma will you stand up please.

To the right of the area Mrs Smegma stands up. A gunshot rings out, and Mrs. Smegma leaps into the air, and falls to the ground dead. Cut to another area, however this time there is a bush in the middle

Voice Over: This is Mr Nesbitt of Harlow New Town. Mr Nesbit would you stand up please. (after a pause - nothing happens)Mr Nesbitt has learnt the value of not being seen. However he has chosen a very obvious piece of cover.

The bush explodes and you hear a muffled scream. Cut to another scene with three bushes

Voice Over: Mr. E.V. Lambert of Homeleigh, The Burrows, Oswestly, has presented us with a poser. We do not know which bush he is behind, but we can soon find out. (the left-hand bush explodes, then the right-hand bush explodes, and then the middle bush explodes. There is a muffled scream as Mr. Lambert is blown up) Yes it was the middle one.

Cut to a shot of a farmland area with a water butt, a wall, a pile of leaves, a bushy tree, a parked car, and lots of bushes in the distance

Voice Over: Mr Ken Andrews, of Leighton Road, Slough has concealed himself extremely well. He could be almost anywhere. He could be behind the wall, inside the water barrel, beneath a pile of leaves, up in the tree, squatting down behind the car, concealed in a hollow, or crouched behind any one of a hundred bushes. However we happen to know he's in the water barrel.

The water barrel just blows up in a huge explosion. Cut to a panning shot from the beach huts to beach accross the sea

Voice Over: Mr. and Mrs. Watson of Ivy Cottage, Worplesdon Road, Hull, chose a very cunning way of not being seen. When we called at their house, we found that they had gone away on two weeks holiday. They had not left any forwading address, and they had bolted and barred the house to prevent us from getting in. However a neighbour told us where there were.

The camera pans around and stops on a obvious looking hut, which blows up. Cut to a house with a gumby standing out front

Voice Over: And here is the neighbour (he blows up, leaving just his boots. Cut to a shack in the desert) Here is where he lived (shack blows up - cut to a building) And this is where Lord Langdin lived who refused to speak to us (it blows up). so did the gentleman who lived here....(shot of a house - it blows up) and here.....(another building blows up) and of course here.....(a series of various atom and hydrogen bombs at the moment of impact)

So black. Yet not as black as this. God help me, I laughed out loud.

What She Really Thinks on defining the Left. I think the Left's biggest problem is that they tend to personalize everything, as if each and every leftist decided that "Where I stand, that is the true Left, and anyone who disagrees with me is evil".

Sperari has dropped Dave Winer from her blogroll.

I'd never heard about Ron Arad until Imshin posted about him.

The Ngnat also prefers her backseat food well aged. Her favorites are lint covered chewy fruit snacks.

I really like the graphics at a small victory, who has has the skinny on the Woody Harrelson bombing campaign.

Matthew Yglesias posts a picture of the Dutch PM, who looks to me like he's got a pocket full of 20-sided die. He also links to a Dan Savage column on the moral blindness of the Left on Iraq. Matthew's reaction;

I think it's because we see that a broad middle ground exists between supporting brutal dictatorships and going to war with them. Namely, not supporting them. If the Bush administration had developed a principled commitment to ending US support for Middle Eastern tyrannies, we'd be cutting off our massive military support for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the other Gulf monarchies. Or at least we'd be threatening to do so if they didn't start down the road of liberalizing and democratizing. That wouldn't get anyone killed and it would probably win us enormous amounts of credit in the Middle East.

That wouldn't get anyone killed.... Not Americans, no. I found this over at The American Kaiser.

This is a regime that will gouge out the eyes of children to force confessions from their parents and grandparents. This a regime that will crush all of the bones in the feet of a 2-year-old girl to force her mother to divulge her father's whereabouts. This is a regime that will hold a nursing baby at arm's length from its mother and allow the child to starve to death to force the mother to confess. This is a regime that will burn a person's limbs off to force him to confess or comply. This is a regime that will slowly lower its victims into huge vats of acid, either to break their will or simply as a means of execution. This is a regime that applies electric shocks to the bodies of its victims, particularly their genitals, with great creativity. This is a regime that in 2000 decreed that the crime of criticizing the regime, which can be as harmless as suggesting that Saddam's clothing does not match, will be punished by cutting out the offender's tongue. This is a regime that practices systematic rape against its female victims. This is a regime that will drag in a man's wife, daughter or other female relative and repeatedly rape her in front of him. This is a regime that will force a white-hot metal rod into a person's anus or other orifices. This is a regime that employs thalium poisoning, widely considered one of the most excruciating ways to die. This is a regime that will behead a young mother in the street in front of her house and children because her husband was suspected of opposing the regime. This is a regime that used chemical warfare on its own Kurdish citizens, not just on the 15,000 killed and maimed at Halabja but on scores of other villages all across Kurdistan. This is a regime that tested chemical and biological warfare agents on Iranian prisoners of war, using the POWs in controlled experiments to determine the best ways to disperse the agents to inflict the greatest damages.

This is the fate that awaits thousands of Iraqis each year. The roughest estimates are that over the last 20 years more than 200,000 people have disappeared into Saddam's prison system, never to be heard from again. Hundreds of thousands of others were taken away and, after unforgettable bouts of torture that left them psychologically and often physically mangled, eventually were released or escaped. To give a sense of scale, just the numbers of Iraqis never heard from again would be equivalent to about 2.5 million Americans suffering such a fate.

Well Matt?

Posted by Bigwig at October 22, 2002 01:05 AM | TrackBack
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