June 27, 2005
It’s not that I’ve never seen Derek Jeter’s bat connect with a ball. I have. Then the ball would sail through the air, into the outfielders glove then sail back toward second base or home, getting another Yankee out and ending the inning. It became a running joke among my friends and would come to be known as ‘Karol’s Jeter curse’. I would be watching a game with the fellas and the moment I’d choose to get up and get a drink would be the moment of Jeter’s grand slam. It was just always this way.
But that all changed last night. Thanks to the kindness of my cute little neighbor girl, I broke my Jeter curse live at Yankee stadium with a double against the Mets. Turns out that it’s true: that guy really can hit.
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NY Daily News cover:
Polichick- She was once Bond Girl, now she’s Polichick. Check her out.
The Checkpoint Charlie monument in Berlin is scheduled for demolition on the 4th of July. The monument features crosses with the names, and sometimes photos, of victims of Communism murdered attempting to escape East Germany during the Cold War.
Via GOPINION, an excellent new site that pulls conservative news from around the sphere.
Banning flag desecration flatters the desecrators and suggests that the flag of this great republic is a wee delicate bloom that has to be protected. It’s not. It gets burned because it’s strong. I’m a Canadian and one day, during the Kosovo war, I switched on the TV and there were some fellows jumping up and down in Belgrade burning the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack. Big deal, seen it a million times. But then to my astonishment, some of those excitable Serbs produced a Maple Leaf from somewhere and started torching that. Don’t ask me why — we had a small contribution to the Kosovo bombing campaign but evidently it was enough to arouse the ire of Slobo’s boys. I’ve never been so proud to be Canadian in years. I turned the sound up to see if they were yelling ”Death to the Little Satan!” But you can’t have everything.
June 26, 2005
I thought I sometimes mispronounce words because I’m an immigrant and learned most of my English through reading instead of hearing words, but it turns out it’s because I’m a genius.
The lost Utah Boy Scout has been found, fortunately none the worse for wear. This is an eleven year old boy who got lost on a dirt road. That’s right, he got lost on a road. The glaring stupidity of this makes me wonder what the hell has happened to the Boy Scouts in the 30+ years since I was one. Hell, at 11 years old my daughters could shoot a gun, read a compass, and start a fire – with a flint and steel – let alone follow a freaking road.
Check out GOPTV’s ‘Wild Thing’ ad about Democrats. It’s funny, and dare I say, pretty cool.
Would any bloggers/readers be interested in playing an online poker game on Party Poker? We can set up a private table and I think it would be pretty fun. It could be a No Limit $25 or a $.50/$1.00 Limit game. It would be better if we could play a tournament to prevent anyone from Dawn Summering the game (leaving as soon as you win a big pot) but I haven’t figured out how to set up a tourney.
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Despite living in the same city as the hole that used to be the World Trade Center, I’ve given very little thought to what will be built in its place. I have no expertise in architecture so when people discuss the hideousness of the proposed Freedom Tower or debate the design of the memorial, I kind of tune them out. I imagine, hell I know, that the great majority of people, both in NY and in the rest of the country, are just like me. Whatever they build, I’ll be unfazed and generally satisfied. I’ve got other things to worry about than what kind of buildings get built. So do most people.
When I heard chatter in the blogosphere about ‘taking back’ the memorial at Ground Zero, I ignored it and assumed it was further discussion of the design flaws in the proposals for Ground Zero. Then I saw this Cox&Forkum cartoon:
C&F are geniuses but honestly, I thought they were exaggerating.
Surely the memorial wouldn’t be used as a hodge-podge of various criticisms on American history. Right? I mean, that would be crazy. What does our sad history of slavery have to do with 19 maniacs killing 3000 of our people in one horrible day? Or, aside from even America-bashing, what would raising the discussion of Ukrainian democracy or on the history of World War II add to our understanding or experience of 9/11? Dawn Summers sees this as a free speech issue but she should put down the crackpipe and rethink. The Museum of Natural History doesn’t have exhibits on space rockets or other scientific marvels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art doesn’t hold laser light shows that explain to children about astronomy (or Pink Floyd). The Vietnam memorial in DC didn’t tag on a few names of war dead from the Korean war. There’s a time and a place for everything. The museum at Ground Zero should have one purpose and one focus: to remember the people that we lost that sad day.
I don’t get mad easily. Beyond just being a generally calm, happy person, I’m pretty used to arguing or disagreeing with people and maintaining a happy disposition. Whatever the argument, whether over Iraq or Chimpy McHalliburton, I don’t feel that adrenaline rush that I once might’ve. I don’t get angry. Well, this story is the first in a while that made my blood rush. How dare they want to use this place for this idiocy? How could it even be up for debate that some anti-American propaganda should be included? And here’s the thing: I’m politically obsessed and I just started paying attention to this. Just wait until regular people who don’t spend all day on the internet and instead worry about car payments and college tuition and whether little Timmy will be picked for the Varsity team, hear about this. Americans are not that complicated. They love their country. And, they accept criticism of it. But not there, not at the place we watched destroyed. Not where our people died. 9/11 was, for most people, a really big deal. This is not the way in which we will let it be remembed.
Mossback Culture reports that novelist Arundhati Roy is participating in a fake tribunal that will hold ‘hearings’ on the state of Iraq. Everything is terrible in Iraq, in case you didn’t know, nothing is going right, everything is going wrong, it’s all one big disaster. I just summed up the whole conference for you.
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From Iraq, with Love (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)
I was too young, at the time, to have a clear recollection of Bill Clinton’s address to the nation on the evening of June 26, 1993, announcing a missile strike on the Iraqi intelligence service, the Mukhabarat, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against former President George H. W. Bush. That speech, for me, melted into the farrago of white-haired blurs from the Oval Office that characterized the Clinton administration; none of them memorable, or even notable, and most of them packed with tough rhetoric that conveyed the distinct impression he was advocating decisive action, though the nature of that action was never immediately apparent. He cited “compelling evidence” of a plot to assassinate George H. W. Bush:
It is clear that this was no impulsive or random act. It was an elaborate plan devised by the Iraqi government and directed against a former President of the United States, because of the actions he took as President. As such, the Iraqi attack against President Bush was an attack against our country, and against all Americans.
John Davis wrote, in an article for White House Studies, that the limited scope of the Clinton response to state-sponsored terrorism didn’t coincide with the “level of the public statement” that he had made in regard to an “attack against all Americans.” He pointed to a press briefing, a few days after the bombing, in which Clinton had admitted that the Mukhabarat consisted of “multiple facilities,” but insisted that he had “severely damaged” the “main building,” as if the destruction of one building in the middle of the night–at 12:22am–was a proportional retaliation for Iraq’s “attack against all Americans.”
The bombing of the Mukhabarat was unsuccessful; it wreaked minimal damage on the Iraqi intelligence service, it did no harm to Saddam Hussein; it was engineered too cautiously to avoid collateral damage; and it made the United States appear, frankly, anemic in its initial response to state-sponsored terrorism. It was a fiasco that William Safire called “phony tough” in his weekly column for the New York Times. “When one head of state tries to murder another,” Safire scolded, “that is an act of war.”
Maybe that’s too complicated for the new team; maybe it thinks its pitiful wrist slap will be taken for serious resolve; or maybe it thinks we can deal with state-sponsored terrorism by sending them a ‘proportionate’ message rather than teaching them an unforgettable lesson.
If our anti-terrorist policy is to send messages circumscribed by what is to appear onscreen, then Saddam and similar potentates will get the feeble Clinton message all too well: There is little risk in trying to assassinate a U.S. president, or knock out a U.S. city.
June 25, 2005
Dawn Summers and I will be in DC for one night only on July 2nd. We will be hanging with the fabulous Candace of the now sadly defunct Candied Ginger. We hear Ginger and Esther will also be in town that night. So, if any DC readers or bloggers want to hang out with four lovely ladies (and Dawn), do let me know.
June 24, 2005
Because the European Union has worked out soooo well (by guest blogger Dawn Summers)
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