And fast... Al Qaeda is threatening new attacks against America and its interests. Look, either put up or shut up - go on, do something else so we can get more information on you, find you, and stomp on you like the insects you are. Sure, you'll piss us off - you'll wound this great country of ours - but in case you didn't notice, when you wound us, we come back stronger than before and looking to open up a can of whoop-ass.
You sound like a bunch of idiots when you claim you'll attack "at the moment we choose, at the place we choose, and with the objectives we want." Gosh, and here I was thinking that it would be the U.S. government deciding when and where you would attack us next (isn't that right, Representative McKinney?) As for the objective, whether you want it or not, it's going to be a lot more dead terrorists, maybe a toppled regime here and there, and the United States still standing as before.
So, go on, change to your so-called "guerilla war" - your switch to smaller attacks and assassinations - and why is that? Because we disrupted your network? Because, much to the chagrin of whiners everywhere, perhaps our military response and "with us or against us" mentality has accomplished something? Bring it on.
OK, now, on to some real news...
We bloggers can talk about what it means to be a good American, what it means to defend our country, what it means to fight for freedom - but this guy is putting his money where his mouth is. Three and a half million dollars of his money.
So says this report from Focus on the Family. A University of Arkansas study has found that it doesn't qualify as a true phobia since its basis is rooted in contempt and disgust, rather than actual fear.
It took a study to figure this out? Did anyone actually think that homophobia was anything more than a label for mindless anti-gay bigots? These researchers could have picked up a dictionary to make this astounding discovery. Our tax dollars at work - woo!
Of course, Focus on the Family is upset that the study further concluded that homophobia, like racism, might lead to violent behavior. Peter Sprigg, of the Family Research Council, had these sage words:
"We wouldn't say it's like racism, either, because racism is an irrational prejudice, whereas we think there's certainly good reason for thinking homosexual behavior is something undesirable."Apparently their brand of family research involves peeking into the bedrooms of consenting adults and shaking a finger at them - perfectly rational! - and at the extreme end their beliefs lead to tying someone up to a fence post, beating them senseless, and leaving them there to die. Evil portraying itself as the voice of reason and compassion - such is Focus on the Family.
Jerry Falwell and his cronies will probably have a fit if they find out Americans might be playing the on-line Safe Sex game. No, it's not talking saucy to people in a Yahoo chat room - it's Super Shag Land! A British charity developed the site that lets people chase down the boy or girl of their dreams for some lovin', and then get tips on safe sex.
Parents the far-right over will be soon be saying "Timmy, wouldn't you rather play your Super Duper Mortal Kombat Blood and Guts 3?"
...to stir employees from their 10-minute power naps. An interesting study - and one that makes me jealous of people with real offices. With doors. That lock. So they can sleep in peace.
Battered Wife Syndrome is on the rise in Iran. Says sociologist Mohammad Ahmadi:
Uh, no, Mohammad, what it means is that if your society thinks it is perfectly acceptable to beat your wife into submission, don't be surprised when a few of them decide to fight back and kick your ass. Or have someone else do the ass-kicking."Husband killing is a new phenomenon in Iran's male-dominated society. It means economic hardships and social crises are reaching a crisis point...."
Iranian sociology - at the forefront of 14th century thought.
The National Association of Scholars reports that up to three-fourths of college seniors are being taught "dubious ethical lessons", e.g. that there are no clear and uniform standards of right and wrong by which everyone should be judged.
If such an absolute morality exists that can cover any person at any time in history, I'd be happy to see it - to date, no one has presented one to humanity. In the case of religious texts, if they count as a provider of absolute morality, then our various interpretations of the "code" have made their absolute nature irrelevant. A moral mandate without the instructions to properly understand it is effectively useless. As far as rationally-based moral codes go, they are subject to the premises you accept before beginning the formulation of your morals - if we disagree on the premises, we are likely to end up with far different conclusions.
Sounds to me like the college seniors have a pretty good understanding of that - now if only the NAS did. Link from Fox News.
President Bush continually tries to portray himself as a devout man of God - fighting for the American heritage of our supposedly being "one nation under God" - and perhaps he truly is a religous man... unless there's good fishin' to be had! Yee-haw!
President Bush sang hymns, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then ducked out of church just after Communion on Sunday to squeeze in a last fishing trip.That's ok, George, I hear that Jesus is a pretty forgiving fellow - although perhaps the populace won't be so forgiving of your now obvious pandering during the Pledge debacle.
Oh wait, of course they will.
George Michael, singer/songwriter/regular-on-the-LA-public-toilet-circuit, is catching all sorts of hell for his new song and video "Shoot the Dog." In it, he blasts George Bush and Tony Blair, as well as the current war against terrorism. A true man of principle, neither the song nor the video are being released in the US for fear of wrecking George's music career in the States. Which leaves me asking, "Uhh... what career would that be?"
George goes on to say that he would "never knowingly disrespect the feelings of a nation which has suffered so much loss, so recently" - so it's apparently safe to assume that the song was written and recorded all by itself, and that George is just an unwitting victim in this whole mess. Of course, reading lyrics such as these gems:
"Nine nine nine gettin' jiggy / People did you see that fire in the city? / It's like we're getting fresh out of democratic / Gotta get yourself a little something semi-automatic... yeah"...perhaps it would be in his best interest to pretend this nonsense didn't spill forth from his own pen. Words can be powerful - words can move people to action - or, in this case, they can make us long for the mute button.
A United Nations report on progress (or the lack of it) in Arab nations has come to the startling conclusion that Arab countries should:
...in order to keep pace with the rest of the world in social, economic, and political advancement. It might also help them move away from being the pariahs of the civilized world.
What's frightening is that it took a UN study to figure this out - and that anyone actually thinks this will revolutionize the Arab world.