March 28, 2006
Hmmm…this raises an interesting question: If illegal immigrants “do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do,” exactly who will be available to build these border walls?
Will illegals be hired — but told they can only work on one side of the walls?
Ken Livingstone’s jibe that the US ambassador was like a “chiselling little crook” for avoiding the congestion charge landed him in further political trouble today as he was reported to the standards board.
The London mayor is currently appealing against an existing ruling from the local government watchdog for likening a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard.
Personally, I’m not for ’standards boards’, I think the standard board should be the voters though I have zero confidence that the European voter would find anything objectionable about what ‘Red Ken’ has to say. The tax in question is a local tax, making foreign diplomats exempt from paying it, but who cares? If he can make a jab at America, and specifically President Bush, then Red Ken is the man. And, of course, he can:
The mayor said: “Since this new ambassador took over in July they have not paid.
“When British troops are putting their lives on the line for American foreign policy it would be quite nice if they paid the congestion charge.
“We will find a way of getting them into court either here or in America. We are not going to have them skive out of their responsibilities.
“This new ambassador is a car salesman and an ally of President Bush. This is clearly a political decision.”
And calling Jews Nazis? Bonus!
March 27, 2006
Hundreds of Afghan civilians in the northern province of Balkh demonstrated Monday against the possible release of an Afghan national who is on trial for having converted to Christianity, officials said.
Under Afghanistan’s strict Islamic code, Abdul Rahman, 40, could be sentenced to death after admitting that he converted from Islam to Christianity.
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March 26, 2006
“There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet.”
-Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
Illegal immigrants as individuals just trying to make a better life are sympathetic. Illegal immigrants as a mass movement making demands on the polity are considerably less so.
March 25, 2006
“You’re in the Republican meetup picture on the subway”- Text message from my friend Lisa at 1:47pm today.
March 24, 2006
I mentioned the fact that I have a recurring nightmare to my friend Fischalicious yesterday and he suggested I see a psychologist to exorcise it. I ran it by my resident therapists SMVP and MR yesterday, two strapping young men with not a psychology degree between them, and while they both agree it’s definitely my subconcious trying to tell me something, no one is sure exactly what. I figure I’ve got a bunch of readers and some of you have to know something about this (or hey, even if you don’t, take your best guess in the comment section).
So here it is: I’ve been having this dream for about 2 years. In it, I wake up and there’s someone in the room, a male stranger, and definitely someone there to do me harm. Sometimes I try to scream but nothing happens and I always wake up screaming in real life. Psychoanalyze me, baby.
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“There have been no riots or sackings of Afghan embassies, unlike the violence that marked the uproar in Muslim countries after the Danish cartoons were published, but the shock and mutual incomprehension expressed in both cases are similar.
The difference lies in the issues at stake. In the cartoons row, Muslims stressed the sanctity of Mohammad, whom they say nobody — even non-Muslims — can criticize. The subtext was resentment against perceived Western prejudice against Islam.
Now, Western governments and societies are speaking out for religious freedom and against the death penalty. The fact many Western troops now help defend the Afghan government against al Qaeda and Taliban remnants heightened the outrage in the West.”
Now the same article, by the same author reads:
Two months ago, political and religious leaders in the Muslim world were rounding on Western European media and governments for printing and defending caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that they considered blasphemous.
The cases are clearly different. Western leaders from President George W. Bush down have spoken up to save the life of a man whose religious freedom is a universal human right which his judges say is secondary to Islamic law.
In the cartoons case, demonstrators sacked Western embassies in Damascus and Beirut, lives were lost in unrest and Muslim leaders demanded apologies and curbs on Western press freedom.
For all the scoffing at blogging, can you imagine a blogger completely rewriting a post to change its entire meaning and never noting that anywhere on the page? The writer’s point was that the cartoon riots and the outrage over the possible death of a Christian are similar. In fact, they could not be more different, a point he acknowledges in the rewrite. How does Reuters get away with this, exactly?
Kathryn Jean Lopez quotes Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Kate Looby on the South Dakota abortion ban:
“When you take things to the courts you don’t have the opportunity to engage the public in the process. You don’t have the ability to build a movement.”
March 23, 2006
Segueing from the post on depression, I’ve been meaning to commemorate, on this sometimes-personal blog, 2 years since the darkest time of my life.
How bad was it? Well, my mortal enemy Dawn Summers was nice to me and wrote me poems. That’s bad. People always look back and remember the happy days, the moments where everything was wonderful, anniversaries of happy occasions. I think it’s important to look back and say ‘wow, that sucked’ and be so happy to be through it.
“This test was done at Berkeley?
You would be whiny and insecure too if you had to grow up surrounded by dirty, hostile, unkempt, snotty, intolerant, angry, spaced out left-wingers.”