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Saturday, April 12, 2003
MANUAL HYGIENE 101 - KNOWING WHEN TO WASH UP Four people who'll never get SARS ... or a piece of Iraq ... Jacques Chirac Vladimir Putin Gerhard Schroeder Pontius Pilate


Friday, April 11, 2003
BLOG BARN RAISING
"You look plain, John Book."

Laurence Simon has moved
Amish Tech Support. So, if you've seen "Witness", you'll know it's time to roll up your sleeves, tie your lace bonnets on and mix up a vessel or two of lemonade. Laurence will be up and punching people on the nose, real soon.


LINK THANKS

Just learned that Daghtator, Hot Feet and Greatest Jeneration have linked to me. Thank you all. So are you.



FROM THE DEPTHS of the BLOGPOND To a Club Mud near you ... Like the intrepid mudskipper that squirmed out of the primeval ooze: I have just learned that Thimbleful of Thorns (on BlogStreet) ranks 19620 / 121722. Wait till I evolve some tap shoes!


ON CHILDREN by Kahlil Gibran (from "The Prophet") And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children." And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.



(Photo credit: AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye/Hat tip:
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler)


DECISIONS, WORDS and DEEDS

Without the clear vision of a handful of adults democratically elected by free peoples to decide ...

... where would this child be today?

Without the blood and courage of men and women who volunteered to carry those decisions through ...

... where would this child be today?

Thanks to them--and to all who understand that acting decisively is how freedom is made real ...

... we can share today with her.

Where she will be tomorrow, now that she has a tomorrow ...

... she will decide.


IT'S ALL ABOUT ... PERFUME!
Tell 'em that skunk Jaques scent ya ...

Chanel? Dump it in the Channel: The irreverant (and always relevant)
dissident frogman has distilled the corpse of the Pepe-Le-putrid French regime into a sublimely pungent ad that puts the stink back into extinction.


Thursday, April 10, 2003
COMMENTS - UPDATE - COMMENT ON COMMENTS
I've put up the Klink Family script so that comments on the Enetation Comments can be commented on by commentators who ...



COMMENTS? DAMN RIGHT!
Zero tolerance of Nazism ...

I've been trying to find a simple commenting system, and thought I'd found the ideal at Enetation. I signed-up, got and installed the code and then thought I'd change a few things.

I went back and checked out their templates and was a "surprised" to find one that prompted the following letter.
(I would have waited to post on this until I heard from them, but I think a site that either doesn't monitor its contributors--or doesn't care what they submit--needs a kick in the pants. Alas, I couldn't find the Rube Goldberg "Hitler Kicker" cartoon. I'll update this when I hear from them.) (Also wrote to Blogger requesting info on their policies.)

UPDATE: (Before I even posted the above.) The "Hitler" comments template gives a choice between English and Farsi. The blog shows up on my computer with the text as question marks--no Farsi font on my Mac. And in addition to links to "4th Reich" site, there's a logo in Arabic. BTW, I originally saw the Enetation comments thingy on a Kuwaiti blogger site. And no, he's not using the "Hitler" template.


"Enetation Support,

Are you aware that you have a template designed by "Hitler" that links to "adolphhitler.blogspot.com", with a photo of Hitler and the words "Sieg Heil" and "Hitler" on the banner?

I have only just signed up with enetation and I'm more than a little disturbed by this.

I'm disabling Enetation comments on my blog and will write a post about this.

I would appreciate an explanation and, of course, removal of the "Hitler" template.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Malthusiast"



Wednesday, April 09, 2003
PULLING DOWN THE OLD SUN DIALS
And overturning hourglasses ...

Synchronize your watches, now
Toss your calendars away
Every heart that beats, counts one ...
The millennium began today



LINKS I LIKE
Just found ...

Zogby Blog and The PolitiBlog.


Tuesday, April 08, 2003
WHY I HAVEN'T POSTED MORE THESE DAYS
It pains me to type even this lame excuse ...

The middle fingers of both hands are wind-chapped from expressing vexation at clueless CNN anchors.

My thumbs are calloused from muting the sound on commercials inviting me to sun bathe in ... Egypt.

The other fingers are sprained from crossing in hopes that Coalition soldiers make it through this safely, and that fedayeen, french, russian, belgian (and so many other lower-case species) DON'T.

And my palms are too raw from rubbing together with glee at the thought that after Iran, Syria, North Korea and Cuba ...

I'll be fact-checking Galileo by tossing cheese-balls and government ministers from the Eiffel Tower when we liberate France ...

... again!



WONDERFUL! - I'M SENDING YOU AWAY AGAIN ...

Bounce over to
Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things and clik the link to the Honda ad. (And go googling later if you don't know the genius of Rube Goldberg.)

And then go back to Boing and click on the "How Joey's blog saved his ass" link - Creepy. (If you've seen the old Clint Eastwood flick "Play Misty for Me", make some pop corn!)


Monday, April 07, 2003
WANNA READ SOMETHING TERRIFIC?
Ya'll can come back here later, hear?

Thanks to Misha of AIR, a five-part series,
Parkway Rest Stop MASTER SGT. JOHN “JACK” STEELE, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF LAW.


STATE THIS, YASSER: NO PALESTINE!



Death's Dance Troupe in Bagdad tour ...
The Command Post reports ...

(from Jerusalem Post) "The US Army's 3rd infantry division, 2-7 Mechanized Infantry Brigade, is involved in a fierce battle with Palestinian and Jordanian gunmen in the industrial area of southern Baghdad..."

NEAR BAGHDAD, April 7 (AFP) - "US Marines in Iraq have discovered bomb-making facilities at a facility described as a training camp operated by the a faction of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) ..."




DUNG BEETLE FEAST - CHEMICAL ALI READY FOR RECYCLING

Oxygen (63%), carbon (19%), hydrogen (9%), nitrogen (5%), and
calcium (1.5%) ... 100% DEAD!



Sunday, April 06, 2003
Russian Convoy attacked (via Command Post) ...

Q: How do you make a White Russian?

A: Pour cream over a charred Black Russian.



PALESTINE: APPEASE ACTIVIST ADOPTS A STRAY BULLET
Rick O'Shay, you made my day!

They're going to have to start printing the Darwin Awards on Zig-Zag papers to keep up with these Inhumane Shields.

One toke over the line, sweet bull dozer ...





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