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Saturday, March 08, 2003
THIMBLEFUL OF THORNS - MONTH #1
Sincere thanks are in order.

Still taking "quick jabs at Death and the whores it rides in on".

My deepest thanks to The Dissident Frogman, and the other cyberscribes who've leant support...

...the nearly unanimously anonymous readers...

and to the three cats: JJ, MM and FF...

and more than most-of-all, to La Fee, (qui reste, malgre tout)...shie-shie...

L'Chaim !- To Life!



Thursday, March 06, 2003
JINGOISM 101 - DEFINING TERMS - DEFINING TIMES

Jingoism - (Origin: 1878, Britain) From the expression "by jingo"--possibly a euphemism for "by Jesus".

The phrase was used in a music hall song by G.W. Hunt about a crisis with ... Russia over ... Turkey:

"We don't want to fight, yet by Jingo! if we do,
We've got the ships, we've got the men, and got the money too."

British politicians in favor of confrontation were labeled "Jingoes".

Building nations comes later.

Now it's time to build vocabularies...





REASONS TO GO, REASONS TO RETURN
Some of the tangibles...

In World War II, Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth helped remind troops why they were trudging through foreign country sides and cityscapes.






I hope that the young woman at a recent anti-French rally--featured here at
Pave France--won't be offended if I suggest that she'll raise the morale of our boys in the dunes...and those at the keyboards--with or without a swimsuit. (Uh, what I meant was...)





PALESTINE = DEATH
Palestinians murder more Israelis in Haifa

Mourn the dead - Comfort the living - Smite the murderers!

SMITE THEM NOW!

And when the LORD thy G-d shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, [and] utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Deuteronomy 7:2


The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
Deuteronomy 28:7


And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
1 Samuel 30:17



Wednesday, March 05, 2003
A MIDNIGHT EXPRESS-SHUN OF FOWL PLAY
The Ottomans flip the bird...

No more French wine, German cars, Belgian beer...and now no Turkish baths!

With only a faded fez on its headless neck , "our" "moderate" Muslim "ally", with in-Constant-i-no-political savvy whatsoever, has decided to cross the road to see what's on the other side...

...a big silver platter and an Eagle with a carving knife.

Turkey should understand that foul-hunting season doesn't end in late November.

It should also know that America has seen harsher winters...and survived to give thanks.

Make mine a (right) wing!





Tuesday, March 04, 2003
"NO" YOUR ENEMIES!
... and "Yesteem" your friends

Celiberal, (via The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler) has lists and info about celebrities of the Right and Wrong. You're invited to add your favorites to the halls of fame and shame.

I suggested that they add (to the Righty list) the wonderful writer, Mark Helprin, author of my favorite fictional evocation of World War I "A Soldier of the Great War". He's also a contributing editor of the Wall Street Journal (see this essay) and senior fellow of the Claremont Institute.




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