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Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows? 2016 2017 2018 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 26 March 2003
… what it is ain’t exactly clear. Two very different takes on the war tonight on network television. On NBC’s Dateline, a portrait of a Pentagon in disarray, stunned by the ferocity of the resistance in Iraq … “shock and awe” a complete failure … commanders on the ground begging for reinforcements that aren’t going to be there for days … not-so-subtle hints that the war could drag on for months.

But on CBS’s 60 Minutes II, a very different picture: our forces facing harsher conditions and tougher fighting than expected, yes, but holding their own and beginning to distribute humanitarian aid in Umm Qasr … footage of civilians in that town (mostly children: beautiful, hopeless, struggling, heartbreaking children) crowding around military water trucks, carrying away the first potable water available there in more than a week, flashing the thumbs-up sign to the camera.

What to believe? (And am I the only one who thinks of Homer Simpson every time I hear the name “Umm Qasr”? <homer>”Mmmmm, qasr!”</homer>)
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Thursday, 20 March 2003
This is simply disgusting: Some war protestors here in San Francisco have decided that the proper way to express their outrage is to ralph all over the sidewalks at the Federal Building. I swear, the police oughta round these asshats up and charge them with endangering the public health or somesuch thing.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2003
My brother refers to George II as “Boosh.” I don’t know why. I like it. If you say it right, it makes the man sound even more ridiculous and pathetic and stupid than he is. (Yes, “even more.”)

Thus spake Boosh: “And all Iraqi military and civilian personnel should listen carefully to this warning. In any conflict, your fate will depend on your action. Do not destroy oil wells, a source of wealth that belongs to the Iraqi people.” But remember, folks: This war has nothing to do with oil. We’re going to liberate the Iraqi people. Yes, by incinerating some of them, and stop asking questions, you, or you’ll end up in the Helen Thomas section.

Your instructions, good citizen.

THIS JUST IN: Poland is going to commit “up to 200 soldiers” to our war. (Write your own joke here.) I can just imagine them arriving at some large base in Qatar. Before they even get their bearings, they’ll probably be told to pitch their tents in a corner and be quiet and not bother anybody.

AND FINALLY: This mysterious flu that’s been in the news is worrisome. As if we don’t have enough trouble. Let’s pray we don’t have the next plague showing up for dinner as well.
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Sunday, 16 March 2003
Douglas Adams thought it would be the dolphins. Turns out, maybe it’s the fish. A 20-pound carp has warned a Hasidic Jew from New York that the end of the world is nigh.

[found on Drudge]
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Monday, 24 February 2003
Our Department of Homeland Security has opened up a new information site, Ready.gov, that is highly educational. Check out these Homeland Security graphics:


What have we learned? (1) Holy crap! Austin is highly radioactive! (2) If while driving you see the horizon explode, swerve off the road immediately. (3) The terrorists are using Klingon technology involving dead fish to create a warp in the space-time continuum.

Will someone remind me what the hell color we are at today?
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Monday, 17 February 2003
The Howard Johnson’s at 46th and Broadway in Manhattan is apparently doomed. I don’t know quite how to feel about this. Show me this picture and I know exactly on the planet where to go to see it in person. It’s like 8845 Highsmith Lane, or the Eiffel Tower, or De Rokerij on Singel in Amsterdam: It is a faraway point on the face of the globe that I have seen and have a vivid visual memory of.

The problem with the Howard Johnson’s on 46th, I suppose, is that I only have a vivid visual memory of it because I have walked past it so many times. No, I have never eaten at the Howard Johnson’s at 46th and Broadway. Should I have? I suppose I missed my chance.
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The Howard Johnson’s at 46th and Broadway in Manhattan is apparently doomed. I don’t know quite how to feel about this. Show me this picture and I know exactly on the planet where to go to see it in person. It’s like 8845 Highsmith Lane, or the Eiffel Tower, or De Rokerij on Singel in Amsterdam: It is a faraway point on the face of the globe that I have seen and have a vivid visual memory of.

The problem with the Howard Johnson’s on 46th, I suppose, is that I only have a vivid visual memory of it because I have walked past it so many times. No, I have never eaten at the Howard Johnson’s at 46th and Broadway. Should I have? I suppose I missed my chance.
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