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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!

Duel Between Bush and Saddam?

Iraqi Official Suggests a Duel

"An Iraqi vice president offered a unique solution to the U.S.-Iraq standoff: a duel between George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein.

"Taha Yassin Ramadan said the duel could be held at a neutral site and with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the referee."

I wholeheartedly endorse this proposal, although kickboxing would be far more enjoyable than a duel. Dubya is in phenomenal physical shape, and would whoop Saddam's ass. But I would support such a proposal on only one condition: that it be televised, and not on pay-per-view.

Travelling without focussing on process.

Derrick on why he likes transit: "What is something that you feel is relaxing but most people don't? Riding buses, SkyTrain, any other form of public transit. I love travelling without having to focus on the process."

Couldn't agree more. I hate the fact that it can take me 3 times as long to get anywhere as it would by car (and the smells!), but transit is cheap as hell, and I can (and do!) read books or space out or whatever, and never have to worry about how I'm getting there.

President Gore?

Why invade Iraq? Wise Rummy explains by Maureen Dowd

A satirical jab at the plans to invade Iraq. I'm surprised the Post printed this. Oh well.

"'Why is President Gore running against me again?'"

"President Gore" is a nice touch.

Erections Inside the Womb

Brad Evenson: “A month before birth, most boys sprout an erection for about 60 minutes a day. This state of sexual arousal peaks at three hours a day for a 20-year-old male (although mostly as he sleeps). Men copulate an estimated 50 billion times a year, producing 1 million litres of sperm a day, a rate of production roughly equal to the maple syrup flow of Quebec on a spring morning. A single ejaculation is adequate to fertilize all the women of Europe.”

This quote seemed tacked on to an article relaying the bad news that in a million years or so, men as a gender may no longer exist. But it's interesting, non?

Another Fluff Piece From Eckler

Rebecca Eckler: “If you're a woman in New York, it's easy to meet men. All you have to do is plop yourself down on a bar stool and men will talk to you. Except, my engagement ring is kind of a repellent, which is a good thing, because I'm not here to meet a man and they're not keen to hang out with a woman with an engagement ring.”

Another fluff column from Eckler, but she knows that it's what the National Post is paying her to do. Hers, if I extrapolate from the only person that I know has a similar problem, is not a unique problem: a woman who is in a committed relationship but who wants to meet new people.

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