Archive for July, 2003

Defending the Defenders of Terrorists

Thursday, July 31st, 2003

Dave Tepper has a post on why we should defend Jose Padilla’s lawyers in their attempts to bring their client out of the scary existince of military justice.

Laziness in the New York Times

Wednesday, July 30th, 2003

As you may know Bob Hope died recently. It seems like the New York Times has been preparing for his death for a long time since the author of the obituary died 3 years ago.

Slang Definitions: Buckets

Friday, July 25th, 2003

Diesel Nation gives the slang definition of buckets.

PMD Interview

Friday, July 25th, 2003 has a good interview with PMD of EPMD fame. The best part:

People turn this into a big street thing, and the streets, and the streets. But when Kool Herc and Bambataa, and all of them started this , the whole purpose of hip-hop was to get out of the streets. You know you don’t have to be out there with the gat and you don’t have to be out there slingin. You can tag or you can DJ or you can rap. Now these cats are so, whatever the right word is with the street game , that they prophesized it and they talked it into existence. And when you do that, you see with Pac and Biggie, you seen it with us. And we were like yo let’s put this pen down because were writing the wrath that’s coming to us. So you gotta learn more about the world you live in and America as a whole and know that we can only know so much from the hoods that we came up in because we are in little boxes. Hip hop allowed us to know what was going on in NY and Cali and ok we got a little thing going. But, America’s been here for years, we don’t understand enough about this money, we don’t understand enough about these taxes. So we need to fall back, get used to handling money, get used to dealing with people because it aint about you.

The War on Drugs and Iraq

Friday, July 25th, 2003

Winds Of has post comparing the war on terrorism to the war on drugs. I hope that is not an accurate analogy because that would mean failure.

Down With Both Parties

Friday, July 25th, 2003

Ben Domenech quotes Joe Lieberman:

“The anti-tax-cut, soft-on-defense, big-spending Democrats will take the Democratic Party to the edge and maybe over.”

I’m just a little dissapointed with the big spending Republicans as well.

Logical Fallacies and Iraq

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Arthur Silber has a long post on the logical fallacies that are made by Rumsfeld and others when they compare the death rate of troops in Iraq to the higher deathrate of people in Washington D.C. or any other such analogy. As Silber points out life has its unavoidable deaths, such as car accidents, disease and lightning striking, but soldiers dying in war is clearly deaths that are avoidable. When I hear the analogy made between the amount of people that die by sickness and compare it to the death rate of troops in the field I am horrified. Even if one supports this war completely, it must be admitted that it would be nice if we could avoid all the deaths of American troops that occur in the field.

The Racist NAACP

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

James Landrith has a good post on how the NAACP want to ignore any biracial possibilities in America.

Bush The Big Spender

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

According to Chris Edwards of The Cato Institute, Bush is the biggest spending President ever. Bush is still the biggest spender if you take out Defense related spending. In the words of Kris Parker

“You’re a hoe, you pimped all around real fresh

Got letters on they chest spelling I, R, S

And they be taxing, asking, sitting back relaxing:

link via Matthew Edgar

Uday And Qusay Are Dead

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Saddam’s sons Uday and Qusay are dead. They were killed by the American Army in Mosul yesterday.

Thank goodness. It is always good when a tyrant dies.