Archive for July, 2004

"There Will Be A Movie"

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

“There Will Be A Movie” A Simpsons movie. Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean confirmed at San Diego’s Comic Con International. Al Jean’s statements confirmed earlier rumors of a Simpsons movie. The Simpsons jumped the shark several seasons back.

Link via Boing Boing

Bush and Kerry Are Related

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

If you trace back many generationsBush and Kerry are related. Then again as Bill Bryson points out in A Short History of Nearly Everything, if you trace back in human history we are all related.

Link via FukiBlog

9/11 Report: Al Qaeda Not Funded By Drugs

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

Baylen Linnekin references the 9/11 commission report pointing out their existed no major connections between AlQaeda and drug trafficking. Quote:

Al Qaeda has been alleged to have used a variety of illegitimate means, particularly drug trafficking and conflict diamonds, to finance itself. While the drug trade was a source of income for the Taliban, it did not serve the same purpose for al Qaeda, and there is no reliable evidence that Bin Ladin was involved in or made his money through drug trafficking. (171)

The American people may be safer if the FBI focuses on the war on terror, not the war on drugs.

Americans Against Using Torture

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

Knowledge Networks reports that most Americans are against the use of torture. Quote:

Six in 10 said that people captured who are not conventional soldiers should still be accorded the rights provided by treaties. Such treaties spell out the rights of prisoners of war.

Two-thirds believe the United States president should not have the right to override constitutional requirements that all people in detention should be given a hearing.

Three-fourths agreed with the statement that the United States is a moral leader in the world and should not set a bad example by torturing or degrading people in detention.

An overwhelming majority opposed the use of dogs to intimidate prisoners, making prisoners stay naked, holding prisoners heads under water for extended periods of time and sexually humiliating prisoners.

I would have been shocked if the results had been anything different.

Hiatus

Friday, July 16th, 2004

This blog is going to be dark for a week.  I am going to be out of the country on bussiness for a week.  I will return then.  Thanks for visiting.

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Mark Liberman lists several jokes about why did the chicken cross the road in Iraq A great sample:

CPA:

The fact that the chicken crossed the road shows that decision making authority has switched to the chicken. From now on the chicken is responsible for its own decisions.

Alternative Energy Sources And The Environment

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Regulation is not the only way to a cleaner environment. Bonneville Environmental Foundation sells green tags to consumers. The money that Bonneville Environmental Foundation receives from consumers goes towards creating an equal amount of renewable energy resource. This creates a free-market solution that each individual can contribute to improve the environment. Buying Green Tags from BEF will also lead us closer to a day where renewable energy sources are a practical solution. Environmental change does not have to come at the pace of the government.

Are Rappers Going Crazy?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

On Jadakiss’ hit song “Why?” Jadakiss asks “Why did Bush knock down the towers.” In a recent interview with SOHH.com Beanie Siegel asks “Did they really find Saddam? You think that’s Saddam, for real?” When rappers make stupid statements like this it just makes them seem ignorant and gives ammunition for the likes of O’Reilly.

Bush Sucks and So Does Kerry

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

Jesse Walker lists 10 reasons to fire Bush but concludes Kerry wouldn’t be much better.

Jon Stewart: Serious Journalist

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

Catherine Seipp has a column on National Review Online remarking on Jon Stewart as a serious anchorman. In many ways Jon Stewart seems to be a better interviewer than Katie Couric and a lot of the major anchors on the cable news networks.