Monday, April 07, 2003

Thursday, March 27, 2003

This was bound to happen: Yoko Ono says John would be against the war if he were still alive.

He might well have, although he would be 62 now--for a man as prone to sudden and radical changes of mind and heart, twenty-three years is an eternity. This is someone who couldn't decide "if you're talking about destruction" to "count me out" or "in." At 40, when he died, he was already living more for himself and less for the political cause of the day.

"Ono, who lives in New York, said although the September 11 terrorist attacks were sad, they did not warrant retaliation." Three thousand violent murders aren't sad enough to warrant retaliation? What is? Does this mean we should let Mark David Chapman go free? John loved New York City, by the way ("Que Pasa New York"), and even said he regretted "passionately" not having been born in America. It's quite possible--given his refusal to forgive even his Aunt Mimi and best friend Paul McCartney--that he wouldn't be willing to overlook such an immense act of violence against a city and people that he loved.

John was an unpredictable guy, and he was never as naive or fanatical as Yoko--or to put it more charitably (to her), he was more easily disillusioned. Listen to Plastic Ono Band or read Lennon Remembers. 9/11 might well have shaken him enough to realise that war is sometimes the only answer available.

Or not. I think it really is impossible to say, and Yoko shouldn't imply otherwise for the benefit of her own agenda. Her remarks about John would only hold true if he had been cryogenically frozen in the early seventies.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Oh, Onion. If only you were around in 1943 to sneer at FDR for not going into battle himself...

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Tayseer fled Gaza to Tulkarem on the West Bank, but there too he was eventually arrested. He was forced to stand in sewage water up to his neck, his head covered by a sack filled with feces, and then he was thrown into a dark cell infested with insects and other creatures he could feel but not see. ("You slap one part of your body, and then you have to slap another," he recounts.) During one interrogation, police stripped him and forced him to sit on a Coke bottle. Through the entire ordeal he was taunted by interrogators, jailers, and fellow prisoners for being a homosexual.

Who was doing this to him? The Palestinian Authority.

Monday, March 24, 2003

Saturday's Globe cartoon:

And yes, it's already received a complaint.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Letter from the principal of my university...I'm not sure this could be more vague if it tried.
Dear Members of the Queen's Community:

Current events in the Middle East reinforce the importance of the values of respect, freedom of expression and support for community that we share at Queen's. Some students, faculty and staff on our campus will be affected directly or indirectly by unfolding events in the coming weeks and months. I ask that departments and other units be aware that these individuals and others may need our support. As a
community, we need to help those who need assistance, include those who are feeling anxious or isolated, and value the rights and feelings of others.
Important help numbers for students, staff and faculty are listed below. If any difficulties or questions arise, please be sure to seek assistance and advice.
[lists of various school resources]
I thank you for your cooperation.

Dr. William C. Leggett

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Queen's University at Kingston

To what are you referring, Principal Leggett? Am I really out of the loop? Should I start reading the Journal?
Iraq Relief Efforts: reputable charitable organisations.

American Red Cross - Iraq Response
American Jewish World Service (helps victims of all religions)
ShareLife (associated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto)
Salvation Army (known for helping U.S. troops and their families)

Friday, March 21, 2003

New Victor Davis Hanson article--takin' out the trash.
Mean Mr. Mustard reports from the frontlines of Berkeley:
These demonstrations are simply an example of a small minority angrily foisting its will on the majority, out of unquestioned fervor and absolute spite. In short, it's one big ideological circle jerk, where lots of people completely convinced of their own complete moral superiority exult in the chance to demonstrate their radical credentials to the world and feel nice and warm and important while doing it.

Have fun with your self esteem-boosting performance art, you pricks. I'll be hoping you don't get run over by an understandably ticked off motorist.

But not hoping too much.
Frank understands: don't mess with Rummy. Or Texas. And definitely don't mess with Rummy if he's in Texas.
U.S. Marines Rip Down Saddam Portraits - and the Iraqis are glad to see the allies.

Link via Rachel Lucas.
Last link via LGF, by the way.
More embarrassments to the antiwar cause: San Francisco protesters stage a 'vomit in'. Now what the fucking fuck is this? I don't even want to know how they were making themselves vomit, especially if it was like the scenario in Stand By Me.