Saturday, July 17, 2004

Seminar on Revolutionary Exploits of President Kim Il Sung Held in Cambodia

Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- A seminar on the revolutionary exploits of President Kim Il Sung was held on March 16 by the FUNCINPEC Party of Cambodia on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

Sun Chantol, deputy secretary general of the FUNCINPEC Party of Cambodia, stressed at the seminar that Generalissimo Kim Il Sung is a genius of idea and leadership and founded the great Juche idea and turned the country into a powerful one, independent, self-sufficient, and self-reliant in national defence.

He noted that Korea had the two wars against Japan and U.S., but the Korean people became the heroic people through these wars.

Noting that the Korean people successfully built the country on the debris after the cease-fire to make the country shine in the world, he said this is a great exploit of Kim Il Sung.

He stressed that Kim Il Sung had the close relation with Norodom Sihanouk, king of Cambodia, and gave the boundless love to him when the king was in difficulty.

He noted that the cause of Kim Il Sung is carried forward by Marshal Kim Jong Il with credit today.

Well. Thank goodness for that!
And thank goodness for /. informing us that the People's Revolutionary Website has finally been launched!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Don't Do it, Neo!

"I know what you're thinking.
Right about now, you're thinking: 'I should have taken the blue bill.'"

There are no really great and readily memorable Agent Smith quotes this late in the evening

Like Duh!

Of course there is life on Mars, why won't anyone listen to me.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ammonia on Mars could mean life: "'There are no known ways for ammonia to be present in the Martian atmosphere that do not involve life,' a US Space Agency (Nasa) scientist told BBC News Online."

If I'm not back in five minutes, call the Pope.

Bush/Blair 2004!

Tony Blair before the House of Commons yesterday:
No one lied. No one made up the intelligence. No one inserted things into the dossier against the advice of the intelligence services. Everyone genuinely tried to do their best in good faith for the country in circumstances of acute difficulty. That issue of good faith should now be at an end ... But I have to accept, as the months have passed, it seems increasingly clear that at the time of invasion, Saddam did not have stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons ready to deploy ... I have searched my conscience, not in the spirit of obstinacy, but in genuine reconsideration in the light of what we now know, in answer to that question. And my answer would be that the evidence of Saddam's WMD was indeed less certain, less well-founded than was stated at the time. But I cannot go from there to the opposite extreme. On any basis he retained complete strategic intent on WMD and significant capability. The only reason he ever let the inspectors back into Iraq was that he had 180,000 US and British troops on his doorstep ... Had we backed down in respect of Saddam, we would never have taken the stand we needed to take on WMD, never have got progress on Libya ... and we would have left Saddam in charge of Iraq, with every malign intent and capability still in place and every dictator with the same intent everywhere immeasurably emboldened. For any mistakes made, as the report finds, in good faith, I of course take full responsibility. But I cannot honestly say I believe getting rid of Saddam was a mistake at all." [More . . . ]

Godddamn Article I, Section 2, Clause 2!
We're running short on skin. We'll need to harvest more lesbians.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

And Another Thing!

Occassionally, I just decide that I'm not going to get into something. I don't mean something like the works of Tom Robbins or the music of They Might be Giants. I mean that occassionally some big story breaks that is so complicated, so infuriating to figure out, and so huge that I just opt out.

The famed Whitewater scandal was one of those. Go ahead - ask me what it was all about. The best I can tell you is Arkansas Land Deal Involving Governor Gone South. I sometimes think that that's really all a person needs to know. Like a headline that says: "Area Man Eats Own Foot in Survival Bid at Local Chuck E. Cheeses" What more is there?

There are two stories at present that fall under this heading for me: The Valerie Plame thing and the UN Oil For Food Scandal.

Both defied wasting time on them. A spy working a desk at Langley with a Democrat Operative husband ging to Nigeria looking for yellowcake? And the guy's name is Joe Wilson? So the Senate had their say on this guy:
The Senate's report on intelligence failures would appear to confirm that Valerie Plame did recommend her husband Joseph Wilson for the mission to Niger. In a memo written to a deputy chief in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, she asserted that Wilson had "good relations with both the Prime Minister and the former Minister of Mines [of Niger], not to mention lots of French contacts." This makes a poor fit with Wilson's claim, in a recent book, that "Valerie had nothing to do with the matter. She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip." (It incidentally seems that she was able to recommend him for the trip because of the contacts he'd made on an earlier trip, for which she had also proposed him.) [More . . . ] (emphasis mine, of course

I'd like to think that this would be the end of all this silliness, but I doubt it will be.

The Oil For Food thing is also one of those things that just seemed to define itself. I can't find the one good money quote to pull out of this piece, but France is mentioned twice.
Drip, Drip, Drip
More Oil for Food details leak out. When will the U.N. come clean?

Kofigate continues. Another stack of secret United Nations Oil for Food documents has now reached the press, this batch procured by congressional sources and providing--at long last--a better view of Saddam Hussein's entire U.N.-approved shopping list. This huge roster of Oil for Food relief contracts fills in a few more of the vital details about Saddam's "humanitarian" partnership with the U.N., spelling out the names of all his U.N.-approved relief suppliers and the price of every deal. [More . . .]

Don't look for any of these stories at the NYT. Thank god for the Blogosphere and the Internet.
I haven't said anything hateful about M. Moore in days. What's that all about?

Happy CESM Jail Break Day

Or something like that. I was swamped today (still am) and never got around to composing a suitable Bastille Day column ala the great Jonah Goldberg.

Fortunately, Global Anglophone Mark Steyn is way ahead of me.
Just before the Iraq war, there was a spot of bother in Ivory Coast. We can skip the details - President Wossname represents the southern Wotchamacallit tribe and they’re unpopular with natives in the northern province of Hoogivsadam. Something like that. But next thing you know, French troops have locked down the entire joint and forced both parties into a deeply unpopular peace deal that suits the Quai d’Orsay but nobody else. All of this while the UN is hunkered down in a month-long debate on whether to approve Article IV Sub-section 7.3 (d) of Hans Blix’s Baghdad hotel bill. Ivory Coast is nominally a sovereign state. The French have no more right to treat it as a colony than the British have to treat Iraq as a colony. But they do. And they don’t care what you think about it.

So in 2003 they weren’t appeasing Saddam. On the matter of Islamic terrorists killing American office workers and American forces killing Iraqi psychopaths, they are equally insouciant. Let’s say the Islamists had long-range WMDs. If they nuked Montpelier (Vermont), M. Chirac would insist that Bush needed to get a strong Security Council resolution before responding. If they nuked Montpellier (France), Iraq would be a crater by lunchtime.
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But of course, like most Americans, I am simplisme. A badge I wear as proudly as I do that of nekulturny.
Global Anglophone - Mr. Steyn hails from Canada, lives in Vermont, and writes in London. The Anglosphere's first true citizen.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004


HONG KONG, July 12, 2004—A group of 23 petitioners from the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang climbed a building outside the country's Supreme Court in Beijing on Monday in an apparent mass suicide bid over unresolved grievances, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.

I'd really like to see the Radical Islamists give this a try.
There will be no puppies for me in heaven.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Follow the Money, You Know What I'm Talking About, Right? This Goes All The Way To The Top - You Know - You Know You Do

*They* probably wanted you to miss this little blurb in Tuesday's NYT - that's why they buried this little gem on the front page:
The collapse of the earth's magnetic field, which both guards the planet and guides many of its creatures, appears to have started in earnest about 150 years ago, the NY TIMES is planning to report on Page Ones Tuesday.

In 1856, just about 150 years ago, the Republican candidate for president, John Fremont was defeated by the last elected Democrat (James Buchanan) for thirty years. The electoral college count was 174 - 114. Then, as now, Florida went Democratic. A Democrat wouldn't be elected president until Grover Cleveland took office in 1884, and then was stolen back from the Dems by the GOP in 1888. You know what I'm talking about.
Broad explains: "During a reversal, the main field weakens, almost vanishes, and then reappears with opposite polarity. Afterward, compass needles that normally point north would point south, and during the thousands of years of transition much in the heavens and Earth would go askew.

And who benefits from reversals - especially those on the Supreme Court? You know - sniff, sniff, wink, wink.

Speaking of Supreme Courts, Florida and magnets - Guess who the largest distributor and manufacturer of mindustrial magnets is? You knew it - K & D Magnetics of - you guessed it - Boca Raton Florida.

And Just what happened in Boca Raton (That's Rat Stick in Espanola) in, oh, let's say, the fall of 2000? That's right - you know who stole 503 votes - just enough for his daddy to put him in front of Supreme Court for

And they probably also don't want you to know who was donating way back when in 1996 - that's right - KDS DISC DRIVE REPAIR of Northridge, CAlined some NRCC pockets to the tune of $250.

But you knew we were going to get some M.I.C. action going in this didn't you?
The Magnequench [GERMANY!]factory (originally known as UGIMAG) was sold in August 2000 to a consortium that included Chinese interests. In 2001, it was announced the plant would be shut down.

The factory is responsible for producing 80 percent of the rare-earth permanent magnets used in the guidance systems of U.S. "smart bombs," according to lawmakers.
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So do you still think that it's just a conincidence that the Earth's Magnetic Poles are just now reversing eachother? Reaarange the letters in Magnequench and you can get "HANG CEQ MENU", "GUNMAN CEQ HE", and "HUMAN CEQ ENG". Wheels within wheels, man - wheels within wheels.
You know what I'm talking about and it goes all the way to the top - the President? Yeah, like *he's at the top of that pyramid. You know what I'm talking about - Winnipeg 1967 - you know it.

Tree House fun

From an email sent to us today: Many of you have requested it. We've had lots of interest from the people it's intended for. And work is underway on a Kick-off Splash to properly launch the Young Professionals Network of Wausau/Marathon County. Plans are moving forward for entertainment, food, refreshments and fun activities. Watch for more in upcoming editions of E-xchange as well as Membermatters and the Chamber Pak. Planning is also underway for regular "Power Hour" educational and networking events and other Young Professionals programming for the entire year.

So this whole thing got me thinking. A few clicks and viola we have Clev Spooner. An unemployed dishwasher from Ilwaco Wa.

From: Clev Spooner
I am interested in your young professionals network. I am new to the Wausau area. I haven’t had much luck finding a good job. I guess the closest thing I have a profession is working as a dish washer in the servise industry. I worked for three years at Hilltop Bowl in Ilwaco Washington. I know I did a really good job for them because they took me back when I got out of the detention center.

Am I elligible to join YPN?

It was really hard to do this and not go over the top. For instance: They hired me back after that unfortunate incident involving the cantalopes.

Just can't muster the cynicism

Oh, and by the way, would we even be looking at the Sudan if not for the Christians in the south? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that we're sticking our noses into something where we might not profit, but are doing it just to save lives. I just want to be clear on the fact that we are entering this fight in large part due to religion.

That's right, there must be a darker reason - where does Halliburton stand on this? Has the Pipeline been planned yet?

Try this on for size, instead. The Sudan is 70% Muslim, 5% Christian and the rest are some form of bugfuck tribalism/paganism. The CIA World factbook further goes on to remind us that The Sudan is 52% black, 39% Arab, 6% Beja (?) and the rest is "other". Finally the Factbook tells us "note: program of "Arabization" in process"

That sounds scary.

It couldn't just be that the guy is honestly interested in putting an end to genocide before it starts in earnest ala Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, et al. And that as both a Christian man and the Leader of the Freaking Free World he has a duty to do something about it while the Eurocrats and UN freeloaders debate whether the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide creates a legal obligation to act overtly or through a series of non-binding resolutions that can be more fully addressed in our fall meeting in Barbados . . .

I'll not sully my hands with somebody who is convinced that there must be a darker reason when Mr. Occam and his razor are standing by with the best answer.
Think of this as the treehouse and think of the 'rents as Marge down below trying to make us eat our Focusyn.

How does one drive a pair of cars? : The News Journal : LOCAL : Stoned Del. student gets lost in Conn.: "A Delaware college student ate a bag of hallucinogenic mushrooms and drove around in a pair of stolen cars before arriving, confused, on a mountain in northwest Connecticut police"
I've done enough stoopid things around my parents I don't need to go out of my way to embarass them any more than I already have.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Daily Dispatch from My Dad

The timber industry helps determine the forestry policy.

The energy industry helps determine the energy policy.

The pharmaceutical industry helps determine Medicare drug benefits.

Why can't condom policy be set by the experts in the field, i.e., condom manufacturers? Why is it that Trojan has no voice in how and when and where people are educated as to proper use of condoms?

Also, why is it that you can buy a can of Coke at many schools, but not condoms? One of the two may lead to an unhealthy lifestyle that could result in premature death. The other one is a prophylactic.
Why are we keeping our parents out of this again?