Saturday, September 24, 2005

I saw this cartoon, became curious, and took a look around.

I found this:
The John S. Knight Gold Medal, was awarded to Knight Ridder Cairo Bureau Chief Hannah Allam, who served nearly two years as head of the Baghdad Bureau.

“Hannah Allam, all of 28 years old, is a genuine prodigy -- a journalist of outstanding accomplishment and a leader who, by her courage, compassion, commitment, and talent, is an inspiration to the many others working with her... As a reporter from Iraq in the summer of 2003, and our Baghdad bureau chief from December 2003 until just recently, she has won the admiration of the entire press corps for the quality of her coverage."
- Tony Ridder, Knight Ridder CEO
And this:
We're still spending a lot of time inside the hotel. Even if we do go out, we don't stay in any one place for more than 20 minutes. And then we go back to the hotel. But we're doing a lot of phone interviews. We're sending our Iraqi staff members out a lot more, to gather information and to conduct interviews.

There was a salon in Baghdad where I used to go after stressful days to get a manicure or just to relax, and it was run by two really funny Iraqi women. And we've become friends in the past two years. And I was in there three weeks to a month ago...”
- Hannah Allam from an April 22, 2005 interview on NPR
and this:
"Postwar Iraq is fraught with risks for reporters: Banditry, gunfire and bombings are common… Insurgents have added a new threat by systematically targeting foreigners, including journalists, and Iraqis who work for them."
and then I went here and here.
"The past eight months taught me a few things, and so I have been busy re-equipping and revising my strategy to return to combat. During my first stay with the soldiers, my work was not efficient as it might have been. Technical and communication glitches dammed up the words. I could have written many more dispatches had the process been streamlined. In addition to working through these by reviewing options for high-tech satellite communications gear, better systems for managing the publication of dispatches are now in place.

"Some of these new systems are apparent by looking around the page. The new look on the blog is due mostly to the hard work of a volunteer I have never met named Ryan Franklin. Ryan’s help has accelerated the process--and as countless readers have said, he did an excellent job with the new look. In fact, the new look was largely the result of his intense labor. I only write and shoot photos."
- Michael Yon, reporting from Iraq

Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
- Laurence J. Peter

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.”
- William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2

“If there’s one thing that George Bush has done that we should never forget, it’s that for us and for our children, he has shattered the myth of white supremacy once and for all.”
Let’s see if Representative Rangel’s statement can be deciphered. It could mean he believes:
  • President Bush is an inept white supremacist, or
  • black people inherently believe they are inferior to white people, or
  • racism is still good politics

Friday, September 23, 2005

Hard time sleeping?

You can buy Ambien or you can print a copy of World cinema and the world’s problems and keep it handy on your night table. Here’s the opening paragraph:
“In recent years how could one have countered the argument that the state of international cinema refuted the materialist conception that the evolution of the world determines the evolution of art? After all, the products of the film industry grew increasingly trivial even as economic conditions worsened for masses of people and political life grew ever more ominous.”

Got that? No? Hey, don’t worry Mr. Walsh is only sixty words into his two-thousand word plus dissertation (folks, this is only part I). At some point isn’t it bound to make sense?

It’s hard to believe that even the target of wsws.org, i.e., wild-eyed hardcore socialists, wouldn’t have drifted off into peaceful sleep 30 seconds into this drivel.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
- Albert Einstein
What do you suppose happens when a country finally incarcerates the majority of its criminal element? How about “the largest and the most sustained fall in crime for more than a century.”

The editorial brain trust at London Guardian sees no such cause and effect. They actually argue that there is little correlation between the number of criminals roaming free and the endemic crime rate.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

THEY’RE REAL!!!

"Tyra Banks has natural breasts; there are no implants,” concluded Dr. Garth Fisher from ABC's Extreme Makeover after he performed a televised sonogram and touch test on Ms. Banks’ breasts.

Tyra Banks underwent the examination on her new talk show to prove that her breasts aren't fake.

"I'm tired of this rumor. It's something that's followed me forever," said the supermodel.

What a splendid head, yet no brain.
- Aesop

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has a new mission. It wants to know “who holds the power in the world around us.”

And will the answer come from exhaustive research and dogged reporting by BBC staff? Not much. Instead, the BBC’s audience will do the heavy lifting. The audience must ponder this:
“Who runs your world? Who holds power over you, or who do you hold power over? Who, or what, most affects your everyday life? Who are better at holding power - men or women?”
And then send their “thoughts and experiences” to the BBC.

Judging by the responses posted thus far, the world’s best and brightest were only too happy to reply. One of my favorites is this one:
"I'll probably never know. But I still get to make real choices, like choosing local businesses, independent media, alternative medicine, working off the books, using alternative energy. We still have real choices that make a difference."
Owen Goldenberg, Long Island, New York
I wonder if Owen knows that a good number of IRS workers can read.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice", Act 2 scene 2

A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she's a tramp.
- Joan Rivers

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Lt. General Russel Honore is the man.