Why Not War
There comes a time to fight for what is right, but that determination must rest with the individual conscience, whether it chooses to fight, support, oppose, or remain indifferent to a cause. Lately voices against war seem lonelier here in America than ever, while voices for war in many other countries are undoubtedly experiencing a similar form of pressure to 'shut up and sit down'.
An Ode to My Gal
My beloved gal went and died last night,
Her struggle was painful and slow,
The final blow came as the bombs commenced
Into the Baghdad Valley below.
She had such a strong constitution, that
I thought she just might pull through,
Her genes were made of such superior stock,
To unparalleled heights she grew.
Not a finer lady I have seen as yet,
Though perfect she was never to be,
The Rise and Fall of Charles Moose
He was riding the crest of a tidal wave of favorable publicity. He was a much sought after speaker and honored guest at function after function. His name was mentioned as the first black Director of the FBI. A book deal had been signed and Hollywood was considering a movie and his face graced the covers of national magazines. His name is Charles A. Moose and it was the best time of his life. It...
The Problem of Copyright
"Copyright piracy," meaning the digital copying of music and movies and, sooner or later, books, is a legal problem that hasn't gone away. The implications are huge. The music industry loses large amounts of money on music shared across the internet. It consequently pushes the adoption of totalitarian controls, which are the only kind that could work. In fact companies that lose money on...
A Crooked Mirror
More on the war (4):
* Read the Bible. George Bush, we are told, is a deeply religious person, and so is his yeoman, Tony Blair. It is a pity that they do not read the Bible more.
One of the most beautiful Hebrew sentences can be found in I Kings XX. When he attacked Israel , the King of Syria boasted of his mighty army and demanded surrender. King Ahab replied with four immortal Hebrew words,...
The State of Oregon has two things that gives it a distinct "flavor"--if you will, over against many other states of the union.
First, it has a population that, in general, tends to vote and speak contrary to commonly accepted political views.
Second, Oregon has its own "Eugene"--also once know as "Skinner's Mud Hole."
Federal Register Watch
What freedoms have you lost this week?
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. This column attempts to summarize the highlights (or lowlights) of the Federal Register during the preceding week.
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The Devil's Dictionary
Yet some more thoughts about the war (3):
* The Coalition. No name could be more appropriate to the cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom against Iraq .
In 'The Devil's Dictionary' of the American humorist Ambrose Bierce, published some 100 years ago, 'coalition' is defined as (I quote from memory) the cooperation between two thieves who have their hands so deep in each...
Daddy, Who Won the War?
Well, son, let me explain . . . .
I have watched the RCBW network (Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz under the guise of the Murdoch enterprise known as FOX), give the lie to their motto stated ad nauseum: "Fair and balanced."
I have watched even the liberals who want to place America into a version of socialism the old Soviets would envy, capitulate and express support.