February 12, 2004
William Safire's Revised Reasons for War


The invasion has done nothing to make us "safe". It is a casus belli for militant Muslims to rally round and it is no doubt making it much easier for anti-western, anti-US terrorists to recruit; therefore, it has made us less safe. We are well prepared for a battlefield war so we seek our enemy on a battlefield and amongst Iraq civilians. Waging this war on a battlefield makes the enemy stronger.

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Posted by tstubbs at 03:26 PM
February 04, 2004
The Danger of Nipples


Back in the old USA things heated up this week when Janet Jackson's nipple pushed the Iraq war and the announcement of an independent commission to investigate why our intelligence is so... well... unintelligent. Michael Powell, son of Gen Colin...

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Posted by tstubbs at 09:47 AM
December 04, 2003
George Bush, The Iraq War, and All That


Since Bush the Usurper (I refuse to call the man president since he didn't actually win the election) started the Iraq war on my birthday I've been pretty glum about the sorry state of our foreign dealings (I refuse to call it a policy because I can detect no policy). We seem determined now to maintain a permanent state of war. The trouble is... this war is no more winnable then the last war... the war on drugs. What I find really troubling since my return to the land of the free is the inclusion of the Iraq war as part of the war on terror. Huh? I just don't get it. Either our intelligence on Iraq was WAY off, or the executive branch lied about the existence of WMD's in Iraq. I find both possibilities pretty appalling. In any case, UN inspectors had been very effectively containing Iraq for a decade. The Afgan war had considerable justification (and very considerable support from just about the entire world). The Iraq war had the following top reasons. 1. Iraq has WMD's (Oops...) 2. Saddam gassed his own people (with our gas) and is really bad. (Oh Please) 3. Saddam is a threat to peace in the middle east. (See Israel for a really good example) 4. Daddy don't like him. 5. Dick don't like him. 6 There is oil there. 7. Iraq harbors terrorists. (It turns out this was true, but only in the north which was under the protection of the USAF and not Saddam for the last 10 years. 8. The economy needs a boost. 9. Keeping the country in a constant state of war will be good for the presidents approval ratings. 10. Promotion of Liberal Government. (This would have been a laudable reason but without the threat of WMD's, Congress and the American people would never have supported the war).

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Posted by tstubbs at 01:57 PM
December 01, 2003
Callipygian (Callipygous) - My Favorite Word


Having well-shaped buttocks. This is a word about which it would be possible to generate many bad puns, thereby making an ass of oneself and becoming the butt of jokes. The subject matter—and the rather beautiful form of the word...

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:22 PM
November 26, 2003
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer


For John Dillinger, in the hope that he is still alive. (Thanksgiving Day, November 28th 1986) Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil...

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:50 PM
November 11, 2003
New Poll Finds Kinky Americans Want to Shave Bush 4 to 1.


A new poll suggests that Americans are ready to replace Bush with 4 to 1 in favor of going "Bush Free" See the results or go here to vote.

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Posted by tstubbs at 03:51 PM
October 28, 2003
Dick Cheney's Google Habit


Dick Cheney in My Logs!

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:39 AM
October 24, 2003
Take Me out to the Ball Game - God Bless America


We are a middle aged country stomping around in flag-print-diapers and sucking on a missile-shaped-pacifier wondering why nobody wants to play with us. I love baseball and I love the 7th inning stretch. These days I have to turn the sound down on the TV so I can hear myself sing "Take me out to the Ball Game" over the patriotic crap screeching out of the stadium.

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:44 PM
October 13, 2003
They say that if you play a Windows Install CD backwords, you hear satanic messages. That's nothing; play it forward and it installs Windows


Today's threat is with Media Player which aparently will allow spotty 13 yo hackers to view and modify my files. That's a relief1 Lets hope none of the spotty teens hear the XP install disc backwards... I rather think it delivers the message "hack windows, the window is open, come on in it's nice and fun in here".

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Posted by tstubbs at 02:47 PM
October 10, 2003
My Favorite Spam


Do you read your SPAM? Well most of it is just plain annoying but this gem surfaced the other day as I was cleaning out my spam folder....

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:12 PM
September 12, 2003
Johnny Cash - RIP


To call him a country star is to call a Ferrari an adequate car. He was a country singer, a folk singer, a brooding, rugged outlaw who wrestled with life’s big questions and brought dignity and strength and a timeless grace to everything he touched. He became a voice for the disenfranchised and the working man – hence the Man in Black . He shaped the career of Bob Dylan ,Kris Kristofferson ,Waylon Jennings and countless others. He was a core influence on U2 ,White Stripes ,Queens Of The Stone Age ,Slipknot ,Coldplay ,The Strokes – in fact just about anyone who wanted their music to remain on the mean side, with hips and swagger and truth.

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Posted by tstubbs at 06:33 PM
September 07, 2003
Straw Dogs by John Gray


Not to be missed... for the curmudgeon, the anarchist, the elitist, this is about humanity, or rather the myth of humanity. "There is an enormous grey economy supplying drugs and sex. The function of this new economy, legal and illegal,...

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:20 AM
August 28, 2003
If you Google Youself Will u Go Blind


No! But you might find u'r dopplenamer......

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:44 AM
August 16, 2003
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire


The presidents, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to the people and to the enemy; the vigor of the liberal democracy was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Ashcroft and Bush; and the United States was overwhelmed by a deluge of pseudo-theocratic fascism.

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Posted by tstubbs at 01:39 PM
May 26, 2003
Late Night Hitchens


Hitchens is a great wit, intellectual, English Ameriphile, curmudgeon, raconteur. He is an old socialist who detests Bill Clinton and support George Bush from the left. He is a great supporter of Gay rights, smokes Rothmans Blue and drinks Johnny Walker. His intellectual range runs from Orwell’s literature to wars in Bosnia and Iraq. Hitchens has written devastatingly critical books about Mother Teresa and Henry Kissenger. (He was asked to testify before the Vatican against the impending sainthood of the former).

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Posted by tstubbs at 05:14 PM
May 25, 2003
The Sound, The Ropes, and The Fury


I am very sorry to have to criticize the Hay Festival but here it is:...

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:18 PM
The Hay Festival - Americans, Old Commies, Death and September 11


The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts has decended onto my town for the third time (well the third since it became my town. I made it up in time to join the line at the Granary for a...

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Posted by tstubbs at 05:00 PM
Snowballs Rocks and Evolution


Gabrielle Walker has written a book about the beginnings of complex life on earth (and about the crusty old Geologists who have suggested and defend the so called Snowball Earth theory). The talk left me with a very strong impression...

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Posted by tstubbs at 04:59 PM