Sirman on the Mount

Quote of the Week --
"Human Dignity is like God, or the perfect blowjob -- it's always some guy talking about how it happened to a friend of his; it never actually happens to you."
-- Some Guy


Funniest thing I've read so far today: in an interview with James Cowan, Vancouver Island's new Bishop
"You reform the Church from the inside. You don’t reform by breaking."
-- Does this guy know he's Anglican?
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Journalism 001 -- Books and Culture, via CT notes that journalists are largely ignorant of religion and tend to rely on their own biases to inform them. Offering a solution:
"I propose, for starters, that from now on editors assign religion stories only to reporters who know religion just as well as their publication's political reporters know politics and their sports reporters know sports."
-- Um, so in other words, no religion stories whatsoever? It's my firm belief that most journalists, upon completing what can only be recklessly regarded as an "education" in journalism, receive a pair of contact lenses which render the wearer incapable of perceiving anything in other than political and sensationalist terms. Combine this with the generational template of narcissism and the ubiquitous and voracious ego of any given journalist, and you have a marginally skilled trade which is incapable of perceiving and communicating anything which might transcend their own precious self-righteousness. If you want a decent religion reporter working for a secular publication, you're most likely going to have to seek someone who was born after 1964.
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What Happened To Your Queer Party Friends? Ann Coulter covers Iowa...with craters. Several Money Shots:
"...Dean should do well in New Hampshire. I went to a public school, but if I remember my high school geography correctly, New Hampshire and Vermont are the same state."

"...the secret burning desire of all Democrats: abortion on demand. If they could just figure out a way to abort babies using solar power, that's all we'd ever hear about."

"You knew Gephardt was toast when even responsible journalists have started using words like "decent" and "solid" to describe the two-faced weasel from Missouri. Though I suppose "decent" has a pretty broad meaning in a party that still admires Bill Clinton."
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach brings back to our attention the fact that Former President Clinton and Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright along with the U.S. State Department are accessories to genocide:
"As Phillip Gourevitch explains in his definitive account of the Rwandan genocide, "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We will Be Killed with Our Families," President Clinton, still haunted by the murder of American soldiers in Somalia, chose to do absolutely nothing in Rwanda. Worse, his administration obstructed the efforts of other nations to stop the slaughter.

On April 21, 1994, the Canadian United Nations commander in Rwanda, Gen. Romeo Dallaire, declared that he required only 5,000 troops to bring the genocide to a rapid halt. In addition, a single bombing run against the RTLM Hutu Power radio-transmitting antenna would have made it impossible for the Hutus to coordinate their genocide. But on the very same day, the Security Council – with the Clinton administration's blessing – ordered the U.N. force under Dallaire reduced by 90 percent to a skeleton staff of 270 troops who would powerlessly witness the slaughter to come."
|| Bubbles the Terrible 1/22/2004 03:17:00 PM || (0) comments
Pot, Kettle - Kettle, Pot. Or, "When Deano Meets Modo"
Inmate Dowd actually titles a column:
"Riding the Crazy Train"
-- Words don't exactly fail me...
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When Howard Dean Happens to Cartoonists

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Apparently, blogspot doesn't like anything having to do with the war.
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Troops see God's hand in Iraq
"The power of rationalization is a huge power we have to choose to believe what fits into our way of thinking. Our ability to rationalize is really put to the test especially when something happens that is hard for us to explain. "
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blogspot screwup -- please ignore...or treat with standard contempt
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This is dead
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It's a Beautiful Thing! This is an Election projection based on current polls:
Electoral Votes: Bush 449, Dem 89

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Oh, Look! Frank Rich is being a dick! I know, it's not exactly "newsworthy" anymore, is it?
"...the marketing of this film remains a masterpiece of ugliness typical of the cultural moment, when hucksters wield holier-than-thou piety as a club for their own profit."
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Electrolux is leaving central Michigan for Mexico and this is giving fits to some in blogland:
"What Electrolux did--and other corporations that do the same damn thing year after year--is an obscenity. It is a cavalier utilitarianism toward human beings distinguishable only in degree from the latest biotech lab horror, partial birth chop shop or push for euthanasia."
-- Respectfully, even looking past the obvious hyperbole, I don't see it. A public corporation cannot be considered a moral agent. The company is charged with doing what is best for their shareholders - that is their primary responsibility. And as someone who also lives and works in Michigan, I can tell you that working with the UAW is never your shareholder's best option. While a man is worthy of his hire, no one is entitled to a job with a specific company in the location of their choice. If you believe that shit, you might as well go to work for that bloated, posturing, socialist, asshole Michael Moore.

-- It's a horrifying thing for Greenville, MI and for its citizens. As someone who has spent the better part of the last three years unemployed, I know what they're going through. But...if you act like Houston, TX did in the 80's and base the economic welfare of your community on one, sole industry...this is often the result. Just as individuals have the right to move so as to maximize their economic well-being, so do corporations. The community through its long-term, inaction, and the UAW, through its (yes Dale), rapacious greed, have priced themselves out of the market. You don't get to blame a corporation for acting in its own best interests; at least not legitimately. You do get to blame a community and a union for being short-sighted and ultimately, self-destructive.
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I dunno, for some reason I feel compelled to note that Jim Fusilli has listed his "Over 40 Top 10 - New music for the not-so-new listener" over at Opinion Journal


Isn't that kind of like listing the location of rave parties in AARP's Magazine? I thought the whole point of getting older was that you didn't have to listen to that crap anymore? No offense intended to Mr. Fusilli, I don't know him from Adam...But don't the damned Boomers ever get tired of the sheer vapidity of the carrion culture they've created? Make no mistakes, I blame them for Boy George and Britany Spears. The point of this little mini-rant...and I do have this: One of the defining characteristics of art is that it is able to stand the test of time, or more to the point, it is not bound by the contemporary culture in which it is created. Nothing put out by "pop" musicians, from the beatles to Spears, has the ability to do that. The musicianship is non-existent, and the lyrics are trite and adolescent, raw and unformed. It serves no purpose to take it seriously, to believe any of it matters. It doesn't.

Isn't it about time that the boomer generation figured that out? I'm a buster and I'm past it. I stopped taking that shit seriously when I stopped smoking grass after college. Hmmm, maybe I'm on to something...
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Relax - You could be almost any place else
Idiot writer for Ann Arbor News fails to note repeated anal rape of exorbitant property taxes in reporting "low stress" environment
"But still, when measuring factors associated with stress like the unemployment, divorce, suicide and crime rates, commute time and alcohol consumption, Ann Arbor came out looking relaxed and laid back."
-- Unemployment??? Of course no one's unemployed! You can't live in AA without being employed! Hell, most people who WORK in Ann Arbor, can't afford to live here. Divorce? They're all shacking up, that's why! Suicide? Alcohol Consumption??? They're all stoners, you silly twat!
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Northwest Gave U.S. Data on Passengers to NASA for security purposes
"Northwest said in a statement Friday that it participated in the NASA program after the terrorist attacks to assist the government's search for technology to improve aviation security. "Northwest Airlines had a duty and an obligation to cooperate with the federal government for national security reasons," the airline said."
-- Sounds like a whole bunch of nothing. Newspapers do worse, for far less legitimate reasons
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