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Quote of the Year

With apologies to fellow blogger Aggie, I nominate this as the Quote of the Year:

?If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age.? – Charles Pierce in a January 5 Boston Globe [...]

Photo of the Week

Chaplain Capt. Dan Knight of Star, Mississippi , of the 82nd Airborne Division, holds an Iraqi child after he giving him a gift during a patrol in Fallujah, some 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Hey, is that a plastic child? You know, [...]

Resolutions

Lileks has some great New Year’s Resolutions for Bush-haters and -lovers:

I resolve to examine at least one of the president’s statements, acts, gestures or facial expressions without first insisting it proves that the man is a stupid chimp evil liar plastic-turkey-holding DRAFT DODGER MY GOD CAN’T YOU PEOPLE SEE HIM FOR WHAT HE IS? [...]

One Big Snake

In Jakarta, Indonesia, villagers have claimed to have caught a 49.21 feet long reticulating python. This would beat the second largest by nearly 17 feet! In an article from WFTV.COM, it describes more of the story.

Hundreds of people have flocked to see the snake at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village on the country’s [...]

With Apologies to Emeril

The death toll in Bam, Iran is approaching 30,000.

That’s bad.

Iran’s corrupt theocracy says it will not accept aid from Israel.

That’s stupid.

It’s created a bit of a stir in the blogosphere. Michele at A Small Victory has created a roundup of reactions.

Now you have the story. Here are my thoughts. [...]

I Will Not Move On

Sorry for the long break, but I’ve been traveling and unable to post. Perhaps later, I’ll announce some of this year’s Xmas/Chanukah presents (and encourage y’all to do the same), but for now, here’s a little tidbit on some potential financial malfeasance of your favorite Democrat activist group and mine, MoveOn.org:

MoveOn.org seems a lot [...]

Photo of the Week

A camel with Santa Claus hat, placed on the animal’s head by his owner to attract foreign tourists, sits in front of the 4,500-year-old Pyramids at Giza, on the edge of the Egyptian capital Cairo, December 23, 2003. Egypt is a mainly Muslim country but, with a thriving tourist industry, many people join the [...]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’” –John Greenleaf Whittier

As I reflect back on the past year, and past years, I know that I for one would rather regret things I have done than regret things I haven’t done.

Best wishes to all for a [...]

Not Safer?

At a recent dinner party, a liberal friend of mine parroted Dean by saying, “Hussein’s capture doesn’t make me feel any safer.” Diplomacy kept me from doing anything but nodding sagely. I could have said this:

Look: whether you feel safer or not, you are. Hussein was a criminal with a pathological hatred of the [...]

RAY’S TOP TEN OUTRAGES OF 2003

This is my end of year list of top ten outrages about modern society, the national scene and the world at large. Some of these things have been on the list for decades, while others only make it every other year or so. They are in no particular order and comments are, as always, welcome.

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Orange Alert

Secretary of Homeland Defense Ridge has raised the terror attack potential to orange.

Stay alert. Remember: only you can be responsible for your personal safety.

Contest

Iowahawk is setting up an on-line letter-writing contest:

1. Compose your own Nigerian scam email to Polly at p.toynbee@guardian.co.uk

2. Post a copy in the comment section.

3. Winner is determined by the largest bank wire transfer scammed, measured in Euros.

4. Grand Prize: One day all-expense-paid trip to Ottumwa.

5. Eligilbilty: Open to [...]

You tell ‘em, Hoshyar!

On Tuesday, December 16th, in a New York Times article, it describes the interim Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari scolding the United Nations for allowing Saddam Hussein to terrorize the populace of Iraq for 35 years.

“The United Nations as an organization failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted [...]

Photo of the Week

John Hinckley, left, arrives at Federal Court in Washington guarded by a U.S. Marshall, in this Sept. 2, 2003 file photo. A federal judge said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 that Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan, could make unsupervised visits with his parents away from the mental hospital where he has lived for [...]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

I found this particularly appropriate with all the recent discussions on perceptions, and fantasy versus reality.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” –Philip K. Dick