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Defining Gay

Julian Wilkinson discusses what's gay and what's not. Warning: the language is quite strong, so if you are a prude, you'd be well advised not to read this.

Ni Hao!

Chunshek and I had some fun in Yahoo! Messenger's Doodle IMVironment, and this was the result:

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He wrote "hi!", I wrote "ni hao" (in Chinese, obviously) and he drew a smiley. We were silly boys tonight.

$375 Bag Ladies

Anne Kingston considers $375 Bag Ladies. I normally ignore Kingston's articles, but an article on outrageously-priced purses? Yes please!

It's more of a state-of-fundraising article than on expensive bags, which is disappointing, because I wanted to learn more about expensive bags and what makes them good (is it because they're expensive?), but these paragraphs will have to do for now:

Without getting Freudian about it (sometimes a silly Fendi baguette is just a silly Fendi baguette), a purse is an intrinsically female object. Women agonize about selecting the perfect one, as if the handbag they carry is the equivalent of parading around with their soul on handles.

From a fundraising perspective, purses are useful as they've transmuted into recognizable status symbols that signal their owner's success, her ability to thrive in the world. As a result, women are willing to pay stupid amounts of money for them. And far better that money benefit a worthwhile cause rather than the suits at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

When a friend tells me they bought a new bag (a twice-monthly occurrence), I think I'll go back to nodding my head and saying "uh-huh, that's nice."

Michael Moore's Thuggery

David Edelstein says that Bowling for Columbine transcends Michael Moore's thuggery.

I only bothered reading the second part, because I'd like to see Michael Moore's film (even though I disagree with him if not politically, then for the shrillness of his beliefs). His latest rant (and it's just that, a rant) about how this movie is the best work he's done and that it will light a flame under the powers that be (prediction: no it won't). Awfully silly of him to ask his fans (who are going to see the movie anyway) to bring their family members and friends and as many people as possible so that the movie gets a good opening before it hits nationwide. So does he now believe that the way to get ahead in the movie biz is to play by its rules? I thought he was against playing by the rules.

Anyway, Edelstein points out that Moore might be on to something about why the violent crime rate is higher in the United States than in other countries, notably “Canada [which] has as many guns per capita"”. The culture of achievement where the losers are the losers forever, and that the only way out is by killing those who have kept them down.

The film, when I see it, will probably be preaching to the choir (I already favour gun control), but I like Moore as a filmmaker. There's more urgency in them than in his writings. Roger & Me, which rightfully made him famous, and TV Nation, the TV show, are what I'll always remember him for.

TiVO

Apparently TiVO is destined for the ash heap of history.

And yes, I remember the Commodore 64. We had 3 in our elementary school classroom (was it grade 5? I can't remember.) Ghostbusters, if I recall correctly, was my favourite game then.

The War Will Be Fought On the Thong Lines!

Speaking of the upcomming U.S.-Iraqi war (hey, that reminds me, what are they going to call it, Operation Desert Liberation?) and visible thong lines:

sillygwailo: my site is turning into a blog about the war in Iraq. that and visible thong lines.
DJ SUBg: mmmm. thong lines!
DJ SUBg: the war will not be fought on the front lines!
DJ SUBg: it will be fought on the thong lines!

It's The Internet After All

I was reading Heather's post on not wearing any underwear. Wondering just what "visible thong" meant (I can be a little slow sometimes), I searched it, and the first result that came up was the, um, perfect site: Visible Thong Line.

Now, some of the photos on the site are of women blatently showing off, while quite a few you can't even tell they're wearing a thong (or even underwear for that matter). You get the sense that a lot of the photos are just of women wearing low-rider pants (which, having never worn them, I guess necessitates a thong). So yeah, it's a little weird (I mean, who goes around taking photos of women in thongs?), but whatever. It's the Internet after all.

Will The Partisan

Louis Bayard: “God knows, the man still has his viewership and readership -- ABC Sunday mornings, Newsweek, the Washington Post -- but how many followers? ...How many of these Young Turks would do anything but gaze in bafflement at the tasks Will calls central to conservatism: 'keeping government where it belongs, which is on a short constitutional leash, and politics in its place, which is at the margins of life.' Politics at the margins of life? You might as well say life is at the margins of life."”

I've been a George F. Will partisan for some time now, although lately he seems pretty shrill in the anti-Democratic party department. The article linked above does not talk enough about Will's fervour for baseball, but I'll let that slide.

War on Militant Islam, not Terrorism?

Daniel Pipes: “This evasion has consequences, for an enemy who cannot be named cannot be defeated. Only when 'war on terrorism' becomes 'war on militant Islam' can the war actually be won.”

Dubya, as the author points out, and which goes unacknowledged by many who believe it's Christianity vs. Islam all over again, quite insistent that it is a war on terrorism that the United States is fighting. While this in principle is appropriate, in practice it is a war against militant Islam. At the moment at least. (Calling Saddam Hussein a militant Islamist would be mistaken, since his government is closer to secular socialist, although this has changed in recent years.)

What the author conveniently forgets, however, is that militant Islam is not the only threat to the United States, its government and it's people. Right-wing, home-grown terrorists, like the late Timothy McVeigh (who some conservatives believe was not a true Christian [link dead]) can be just as deadly.

The Strongest Possible Response

Coalition to Iraq: "Don't Fuck With Us" [link now dead]

“"The destruction experienced by your colleagues in other air defense locations is a response to your continuing agression toward planes of the coalition forces. No tracking or firing on these aircraft will be tolerated. You could be next."”

A pretty straight-forward threat, but a lot more mundane than the first President's Bush's threat of nuclear retaliation against Hussein in 1991:

“"Iraq is already feeling the effects of the sanctions mandated by the United Nations. Should war come, it will be a far greater tragedy for you and your country. Let me state, too, that the United States will not tolerate the use of chemical or biological weapons or the destruction of Kuwait's oil fields and installations. Further, you will be held directly responsible for terrorist actions against any member of the coalition. The American people would demand the strongest possible response. You and your country will pay a terrible price if you order unconscionable acts of this sort."”

Emphasis mine.

I'm getting pretty tired of this whole build up to the war against Iraq. Quoth Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Get on with it!

“The destruction experienced by your colleagues in other air defense locations is a response to your continuing agression toward planes of the coalition forces. No tracking or firing on these aircraft will be tolerated. You could be next.”

A pretty straight-forward threat, but a lot more mundane than the first President's Bush's threat of nuclear retaliation against Hussein in 1991:

<q cite="cite="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/021003/168/2deoh.html">Iraq is already feeling the effects of the sanctions mandated by the United Nations. Should war come, it will be a far greater tragedy for you and your country. Let me state, too, that the United States will not tolerate the use of chemical or biological weapons or the destruction of Kuwait's oil fields and installations. Further, you will be held directly responsible for terrorist actions against any member of the coalition. The American people would demand the strongest possible response. You and your country will pay a terrible price if you order unconscionable acts of this sort.

Emphasis mine.

I'm getting pretty tired of this whole build up to the war against Iraq. Quoth Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Get on with it!

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