Thursday, April 29, 2004

Small Miracle

Well, well, well. Thank heaven for small miracles. The Leafs finally played a half-decent game these 2004 playoffs. They didn't just rely on their goaltending, they actually had a good, all-around effort. Amazifying. Truly. What's next? The Prime Minister actually admitting he was involved in AdScam and resigning from office? Nah. Never happen. No politician has that much integrity.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Censorship

I don't read Doonesbury all that often, but the last few have been good. The character of BD (you know, he always has a football helmet on...or an army helmet) has had his leg amputated while fighting in Iraq. Friday's (April 23, 2004) strip actually had the word...bitch in it! Not-so-hot on the heels of Janet Jackson infamous booby-mishap, this has the censorship types in a bit of an uproar. Some papers cut the strip out altogether. Others eliminated the naughty word. I mean, in and of itself, bitch is a perfectly acceptable word meaning "female canine". How can anyone be offended by this? Wait, we are talking about the US here. Sorry I asked.

Here's a link to the strip: Doonesbury, April 23, 2004

Friday, April 23, 2004

Sieg Heil (or should we just call you Comrade?)...

It appears that the Pentagon is all in a tizzy over the photos of coffins, 'Merican flags a-draped over them, bearing the bodies of US casualties in Iraq. Guess the Fox News watchers will be astounded/surprised/befuddled over this new information: many American soldiers are getting killed over there. This is censorship in a country that prides itself as being the "land of the free". Maybe they should change their name to the USSR ... the acronym isn't being used anymore. Or maybe replace the stars on the flag with tiny little swastikas.

"Quite frankly, we don't want the remains of our service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to be the subject of any kind of attention that is unwarranted or undignified," said John Molino, a deputy undersecretary of defense.

Yeah...THAT'S why they don't want those photos published. Geez. I thought it was because they don't want the slack-jawed yokels from realizing this war ain't going so well.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not a pacifist. I didn't necessarily agree with this "war", but I felt that if they were going to go ahead with this, they should have gone in and pacified the area...not tried to "liberate" or be somehow politically correct. In any war, your concerns are for your soldiers: not civilians, be they women and children, or rock wielding teenagers. 'Course, maybe I wouldn't make a good diplomat. But I think I would have made a great field commander. Until I was courtmartialed for insubordination.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

American News

I am utterly amazed at American news. If any Americans read this, can you freakin' explain to me how you can allow the mainstream media to feed you crap? For instance, our cable provider picks up the Detroit stations for the four big networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC). The news is horrible.

"EYEWITNESS ACTION NEWS! UP-TO-THE-MINUTE Close-up footage of all the carnage you can stomach"

No wonder the US is so messed up. I don't need to know, or re-live, every gory nuance of a violent crime. Just the facts, please. But ratings are king, and it would appear from the news that the average American has the insatiable thirst for violent imagery as, say, the Marquis de Sade. Flash a breast, and the nation goes into an apoplectic fit. Blow someone's head off, and the populace just shrugs it off as "news".

War in Iraq

How long will it take before the mainstream media shows/reports what is actually going on in Iraq. You people are LOSING. Big time. Remember Vietnam? Welcome to the Vietnam version 2.0. Your own soldiers consider the citizens of Iraq like the Nazis did the Jews: untermenschen (Lower People, I think it translates to). De-humanize the populace, and brutalize them while keeping your conscience clear. Hardly a way to liberate a nation from tyranny. Hey, if the moron in the Whitehouse is so concerned about ending tyranny, how come he didn't mention invading North Korea or China? Or is the US only interested in invading and liberating countries with little military power? Sounds like cowardice to me.


Monday, April 19, 2004

It is astounding to me how emotional people can remain AFTER a sporting event is over. I may be pissed that my team lost, but to go on and on about it is incredibly tiresome. Witness the current playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs (yes...Leafs...not Leaves...their team name is grammatically incorrect). While I will rant on about the cheapshot artists on the Leafs during a game, and will discuss it afterwords, I don't take a hissy-fit because Leaf fans don't acknowledge the skill that are the Senators players.

For anyone who understands hockey, it is painfully obvious that the Leafs have been incredibly outplayed throughout the series. However, they have won three of the hockey games. Their goaltending has been incredible. Except for that, they have been terrible. But stating this obvious fact gets hoots of derision from the Leaf faithful. Typical. I find that most Leaf fans have no clue about the GAME of hockey, and only choose to see what they want.

Friday, April 16, 2004

I'm here. Immortality is mine, after a fashion. Of course, this all depends on how long these words will remain visible. Isn't that true of anything, however? We are all immortal in a literary sense, as long as something we have said or written remains. Whether it's a postcard found in the bottom of a trunk 100 years after you are dead, or a collection of bits-and-bytes that work their way throughout virtual reality.