Charlton Heston Guns

Bryan Curtis: This section of California state law requires that anyone who represents a threat to others because of a mental disorder or illness can't own a firearm. The state also denies gun ownership to those suffering from any kind of grave illness. For Heston to lose his Second Amendment rights, a court would have to find that he has a grave illness or represents such a threat.”

I favour gun control, and oppose the NRA on almost every count. Heston is an extremist among extremists, and although it's sad to know that Moses will fade intellectually (Alzheimer's is a disease that no man ought to suffer through), it's nice to know that one day, they will take his guns away.

Mideast Stability

John O'Sullivan: “The United States is in a position to offer an attractive deal to Riyadh: We will protect you against any domestic insurrection provided that you break with the mullahs, end subsidizing terrorism and fundamentalism abroad, bring in liberal reforms of the polity and the economy today -- free speech, freedom of the press, rule of law -- and begin the gradual transformation of the country into a constitutional democratic monarchy over the next few decades.”

Pretty good deal, if you ask me. Not that either party would be full, willing partners. But Saudi Arabia, our "friends", is not a pleasant place to live. Neither is Afghanistan now that the Taliban has been defeated (I read somewhere that it was the worst armed army in history, comparative to "at the time" world standards, going up against the best armed country, in absolute terms as well as comparative, ever), the Left huffed and hawed that Afghanistan was pretty much ignored before Osama bin Laden made it his hideout. Fair enough, but that complaint seems a little muted now that women are again allowed to be educated. If it's a side-effect, this is a positive side-effect, is it not?

O'Sullivan seems to be suggesting that if you bring down Saddam and impose 'regime change' (which is probably just a nice way of saying we'll kill him and his cronies and put in whoever we like), that the house of cards in the Middle East will fall, with effective 'regime change' in other states.

Also: George F. Will: “Congress then did not so much declare war [against Japan in 1941 after Pearl Harbor] as acknowledge war's surprising eruption. Today the justifiable, but undeniably radical, policy of preemptive war compels Congress to play a dramatically different role. What is underway is without precedent in U.S. history. It is a methodical and semi-public preparation for a massive military operation to achieve an aim frequently proclaimed at the highest levels of government. The aim is to compel a change of regime in a nation that is intensely and increasingly menacing as it strains to achieve the capacity for attacking American interests.”

Photodude: “My prediction: after the polls close Election Tuesday, Hussein Hunting Season opens, very shortly thereafter. In time to give a positive final report in the State of the Union address in January, 2003.”

Comment on

comment on about Dave Eggers by mathowie: “(It's funny how people either hate Dave Eggers or love him. there's no in-between. He's either satan or jesus)”

Waitaminute! I thought his book was just okay! Not great, not sucky-bad. Okay. I don't think Eggers is Satan nor Jesus. (Kottke evidently thinks he's the latter.)

Acronym Pronunciations

As a (welcome?) departure from my tales of non-existant woe (ToNEW for short), I hereby give you a Dreamweaver-created (out of laziness) table of the way I pronounce computer-related acronyms. I haven't seen SCSI used very often lately (must be pass� already) but the others are still used pretty often.

Acronym Standard pronunciation Way I pronounce it
MySQL My-sequel My-Ess-Cue-Elle
SCSI Scuzzy Scizzy
LOL Lawl Elle-Oh-Elle
GUI Gooey Gee-You-Eye
:P *actually sticking out tongue* Colon-Pee

Just kidding about the last one. I don't actually say "colon-pee" when I want to stick my tongue out at someone. I just stick out my tongue. And I pronounce the acronym ToNEW Toh-noo. But it's not a real acronym, so nevermind. But I usually spell out acronyms, because acronyms-as-words is just plain silly. Hell, I'm not even sure of the standard pronunciations of any of them. It's just that since I don't ever really hear them that often, I decided to make up my own pronunciations.

Is there anyone else who defiantly pronounces acronyms in a non-standard way like I do?

Canadian Guys Rule

Leah McLaren: “Last week, The Spectator, a London weekly, published an article I wrote on the romantic ineptitude of the English male. Since then, I've found myself invited to slag off the chinless wonders on TV, radio and the pages of various newspapers. But while it's true that English suitors leave a lot to be desired, at heart I know the real problem lies with me. Over the years, I've been spoiled silly by Canadian men.”

Bah humbug, I still don't like her.

Treaty Referendum Results

Treaty Referendum Results

"This isn't particularly surprising, but it's disheartening nonetheless."

Encapsulated in one sentence is both the tenor and content of the Left these days.That said, the leftward turn in my political leanings continues unabated.

We Reinvented the Remix as a Marketing Ploy

Ben Williams: “The debut of Jennifer Lopez's J to Tha L-O! The Remixes at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart earlier this year was just another notch on the career bedpost for the multimedia Latina. But for the art of the remix, it was a milestone: the first time an album composed entirely of remixes hit No. 1 in the United States. Serendipitously enough, Lopez's collection followed directly on the heels of her onetime beau P. Diddy's We Invented the Remix—an album whose typically grandiose title, you won't be surprised to hear, is so much hooey. We Reinvented the Remix as a Marketing Ploy would have been more accurate.”

Puffy definitely did not invent the remix, but he, to a certain extent, did event a type of hip-hop remix, where the structure of the song is essentially the same, except with guest artists and a badder attitude. The first Puffy-style hip-hop remix is Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear [remix]", which, in the remix version, featured such luminaries as LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Notorious B.I.G. and Rampage. And Puffy's trademark background quips.

Après ça, le déluge.

Dow Ends Up 447; Nasdaq Gains 73

Dow Ends Up 447; Nasdaq Gains 73 Yahoo! News

"Galvanized by hopes that the market's worst days are over, investors bought stocks enthusiastically Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrials surging more than 400 points for the second time in four sessions."

"The Dow also had its third-largest one-day point gain."

Repeat after me: "Point-gains are not relevant. Percentage gains are."

Trapped Miners

Yahoo! News - Trapped Miners Pulled From Pa. Shaft

"Ron Svonavec, of Somerset, was at the top of the rescue shaft when contact was first made. He said one of the miners said, 'There's nine men ready to get the hell out of here. We need some chew.'"

So the first thing the trapped miners wanted when they got out was some chewin' tobacco. Sounds about right to me.

Dating Lads

Leah McLaren: “None of the men I've dated in London could qualify as 'Lads'. They are all professionals: doctors, lawyers, bankers, journalists, business-owners; grown men ranging from their late-twenties to late-thirties, equipped with tidy flats, well-tended gardens and cultural interests that don't include the latest issue of Maxim. And yet, when it came to dating they were about as charming as Liam Gallagher after 12 pints and an eight ball.”

Could it be that they're married to their work?!

Later: “The most common English male dating crime by far is the Non-date Date. This is a strange ritual wherein the English male asks a woman out on a date without indicating that he has any romantic inclinations towards her. Any overt demonstration of desire might make her think he likes her — this is verboten.”

Nice to know that women like undivided attention. Why do we Self-Concsious Boys get the sense that she thinks it's creepy though? “Date number three and you still haven't spent more than half a moment alone with the English male. Doesn't he know that of all life's pleasures women enjoy undivided attention the most? If so, what is he afraid of?”

See the above commentary.

And again: “It wasn't always like this. Ten years ago it was common for Canadian and American women to become 'offended' by men who employed traditional courtly behaviour. Males were dressed down for opening doors and bills were split on principle. Since then, however, there has been a softening of the feminist ethic where romance is concerned.”

Oops, looks like I'm living in the past (referring to my belief that girls think it's creepy, still).

McLaren comes off as a high-class Rebecca Eckler: fluff pieces dominate her columns, but instead of learning what it's like to be pregnant and taking bus trips from one corner of North America to the other, McLaren goes to art galleries to pick up boys. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but at the end of the article, she romanticizes the Simple American Male (SAM for short) and seems unable to acknowledge the possibility that there are Simple British Males ready to make her swoon. Funny though, I know someone who's just like Leah.

Thanks to Paulo for the link. See also my previous McLaren-related incredulity.