damnum absque injuria

March 31, 2003

The Next Best Thing to Hate Mail

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 5:24 pm

The second-largest stockholder of this blog, Frank Paynter, derides the blog as a “clueless enterprise.” Apart from the fact that this blog is neither clueless nor an enterprise, his analysis is exactly right.

Let’s Remove Saddam Nonviolently

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:29 am

Here’s how.

Poor, Poor, Pitiful Pete

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:24 am

First it was CNN and the Baby Milk Factory in the first Gulf War. Now, Arnett has put his foot in his mouth again, and NBC has fired him, too. Perhaps CNS and FoxNews can put him out of our misery once and for all, and “fire” him preemptively?

UPDATE: It seems that I spoke too soon. Apparently, FoxNews has its own problems to worry about.

UPDATE: Or maybe not.

UPDATE: It didn’t take Arnett very long to find a new job with one of Britain’s bottom-feeders. I would have preferred to have seen him work for Al Jazeera, though.

UPDATE: Just in case any execs at NBC or National Geographic were not sure they’d made the right decision, Arnett has written that he is the one wronged, and is quoted by his new employer as saying:

I am still in shock and awe at being fired. I report the truth of what is happening here in Baghdad and will not apologize for it.

Quick, someone please break out the world’s smallest violin. The good news, such that it is, is that the referenced story is dated April Fool’s Day. Time will tell if even the Mirror is foolish enough to carry Arnett’s nonsense come April 2.

March 30, 2003

Guess We Missed Him

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:12 pm

I really thought we’d nailed him on that first strike, but I
guess I was mistaken.

Gotta Love Those “Peace” Activists

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:10 pm

If you have high blood pressure, don’t read this.

Going it Alone

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:43 am

Joanne Jacobs notes that according to the News of the World, 84% of the British population now supports Operation ‘Thanks, Dad.’ That’s a good ten percentage points above the U.S., which the naysayers have long accused of “going it alone.” Meanwhile, the definition of “alone” continues to grow…

Play Ball!

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:43 am

As you can see from her outdated cap, Angel was an Angels fan before they were stars.

March 29, 2003

It’s Official: Saddam Has No Weapons of Mass Destruction

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:25 pm

Quoth the Guardian:

These first 10 days have disproved two of his core, pre-war arguments: that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction and that his people would instantly see foreign invasion as liberation.

[Emphasis added.]

Apparently, if you ask the Guardian, 10 days of Iraqi non-use of chemical and biological weapons (nevermind the apparent chemical factory, the chemical weapons suits, etc.) has succeeded where Hans Blix failed: it has proven that Saddam has no such things. So if we find them now, we’ll know they were planted. Yeah, right.

As to whether or not the average Iraqi views us as liberators, well, I think we’ll just have to wait until all those Fedayeen are gone. As long as any Iraqi who welcomes our troops gets hanged for it, expect rather, um, muted support, if any. What will the Iraqis say when the coast is clear? Who knows? There’s no point speculating on public opinion in a country where it is a capital offense to hold certain opinions.

Wishful Googling

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:44 pm

I’ve gotten a few Google hits of late with search terms like “michael moore oscar revoked.” If only.

“War is Not the Answer”

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:45 am

We’ve all heard that phrase many times before, usually from pacifists, academia nuts, Hollywood asshats, America-bashers and clueless protesters who attend protests organized by A.N.S.W.E.R. without first bothering to find out who A.N.S.W.E.R. is or what they support.

Still, one must separate one’s disdain for certain individuals who parrot a slogan from the merits of the argument that slogan advances. Is war the answer? That, of course, depends on what the question was. As a public service to those few dunderheads who still think “war is not the answer” but can’t explain why, I’ve compiled a short, nonexhaustive list of questions to which war is definitely not the answer:

  • What can we do to ease our strained relations with France, Germany and Belgium?
  • What is the square root of 6,241?
  • What caused the Loma Prieta earthquake?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is one method of disarming Saddam Hussein that has no chance of succeeding?

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