Monthly Archives: November 2007

“To Catch a Predator” has lost its soul

This post is a direct response to Daniel Giuditta‘s YouTube column about the NBC show “To Catch a Predator”. Please watch the video of him if you get a chance. It brushed over some very important point, but he at least raised them. While not the most professional or well organized of all the videos, the guy did an excellent job converying his thoughts.

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He solicits responses, so here is my extended one:

There are plenty of reasons why people defend this show and the methods of Perverted Justice, but the points raised here remain after we wring the issue free of all its unicorn tears and good intentions and render it dry and logical.

As I watched, three things stuck out:

  • Perverted Justice’s (to me) clear conflict of interest in cases where they are being employed by NBC (the $100,000+ per show) and also acting as law enforcement officers. You didn’t go into much detail on this, and you should have.
  • Perverted Justice’s practice of online offense (and frequent slander) in “defense” of itself and their hosting of masturbation videos and photos seems to invalidate their stated goals, at least in part if not totally. No community-oriented group should ever engage in hostility against any member of the community they claim to want to protect, at least where it falls outside of its stated MO; this type of organizational elitism is why vigilanti groups are outlawed in the US and most of the developed world in the first place, the lack of checks and balances on a para-legal system always predicts bad futures. I can no longer perceive them as a group driven only by the community’s interest, as it is obvious that money, power and a sense of organizational elite has clouded their judgement and this has become self-interested business — not selfless — behaviour.
  • The most important thing here is definitely your mention of other issues beyond pedophiles creeping on kids over the internet. There are many things out there that are bad, many of which I would consider far worse than fully consentual sex between two humans, regardless of age. You found an excellent example in domestic violence for one simple reason: the intent to do harm. The intent to do something which is perceived to do harm merely because our particular society chooses to impose a biologically arbitrary age standard on certain behaviour may be bad, stygmatized and easily sensationalized but it lacks one major component that separates it from most other felonies and sensational crimes: malice. It is in fact currently far more acceptable by the law and society to beat your spouse beyond recognition weekly for years on end than to have consentual sex with an underage person. This seems strange to me. There is no federal registry for wife beaters.

Great piece. Well thought out and I appreciate how much organization you tried to bring to it.

Not that you really care what some anonymous person writing YouTube comments has to say about things in the first place though…

Musharraf sets himself up for final disaster

Musharraf has finally done it. He crossed the last line of acceptability in his struggle to retain power to the bitter end. He has arrested the opposition leader in Pakistan and set the stage even more firmly for a flagrant violation of his own Constitution… or not, that’s right, he already overrode it citing some civil neccessity for something or other. So the beatdowns of the last week have been legal, but arresting the opposition leader wasn’t. At least not in the international court of let’s-tell-you-how-to-run-your-own-country, and no it doesn’t matter how big of a crook Bhutto actually is. If that were a standard for silencing opposition, there would be no third world political structures to speak of (and little in the second or first, for that matter…).

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One thing dictators (or Democrats, for that matter) never seem to understand is that losing an election does not mean that your country is becoming undemocratic, it simply means that less voters aree with you than you had hoped. In other words, dictators (and Democrats) tend to have a difficulty distinguishing between a threat to their political dominance and a threat to the democratic system. I find that terribly funny.

Things could have turn out differently. The international community is tired of dealing with little brown guys who screw over all the other little brown guys in their dirty, chaotic countries so it would have been completely acceptable by modern political standards to forget about the recent opposition crackdowns in Pakistan and label them as “police actions against civil disruption” or some other polite nonsense.

Elections would be held, Musharraf would lose, or rig the election win, or whatever, but either way he’d be in one piece at the end of the day. If he won he’d still be in charge of his part of the third world and continue to enjoy all the perks stepping on the less fortunate in smelly countries affords a dictator, and if he lost he’d be living comfortably in England or someplace else conveniently distant from the social chaos and depravities he presided over. He could write a book and make millions selling fantastic lies about what an amazing lion he was in the War on Terror. The guy’s rich anyway. I’m sure the Pakistani’s would pay him to leave in any case.

But now he’s gone and put his foot right in it. The US was trying hard to not pay any attention to his recent behaviour and continued to push the idea that he’s no longer an oppressive dictator but a rehabilitated, benevolent dictator, a true ally in the War on Terror and a patriot who supports the causes of the average Pakistani.

Well, that’s gone and the US will have to do something about this. It won’t stand by and let that many people get worked over for that long, not when America is already heavily engaged with that country. Of course, the Pakistanis won’t care to thank America once its over and will continue to plot on American soldiers and desire to murder all non-Muslim inhabitants of the Great Satan… but America will at least guarantee that its a democratically elected Islamic leadership that wants to kill all of us infidels instead of a dictator who allows only a mere fraction of the America-killing sentiment to be heard.

Big news! A well-written political article!

This blew me away. I’ve never seen a well-written, balanced article about politics come from the AP. Lately, the AP has decided that they’re all a bunch of Dick Traceys and have been conducting “investigations” and things instead of just reporting the news. In other words, they have often been guilty of trying to seed the headlines to generate news rather than merely reporting it. Its better for business, I suppose.

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Anyway, check this article out. It covers the key differences between the Democrats and the Republican (including the White House) spending policies. Without getting into gory details and exhaustive anti-Republican ranting, this articles simply lays out what is going on and what the status of current bills are.

The publication of a balanced political article is big news of its own. Lately more AP articles in the Politics section have read more like editorials than news items. This is completely the opposite, and I’m impressed.

Funeral protesting church contradicting itself

We’ve all heard about the church that’s protesting military funerals, holding signs up like “God hates fags”, “Too late to pray” and other such nonsense. Their position is that since the US “supports” homosexuality, all US soldiers go to Hell. Moreover, they maintain that our casualties in Iraq are caused by God’s anger at the US for its pruported “support” of homosexuality.

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I’m pretty sure the US “position” (if there is such a thing) on gays goes something like this: Say whatever you want about fags, that’s your business; do whatever you want with your genetalia, that’s your business also. Sounds pretty fair. Permission to talk crap about men who like penis in their butts (within limits, of course) and permission to have a penis in your butt if you want to. Doesn’t sound so much like support as just an individual right to be gay or not or whatever. Who really cares?

Oh yeah… Those guys

I find this to be a quite contradictory message. For one, the US casualties in Iraq are extremely low. Ridiculously low, in fact. Taking out the strongest Arab army in the world proved to be a piece of cake for all those American fag lovers and fighting the big bad insurgency hasn’t really cost much more than would have been lost on military-related accidents over the same period anyway. Second, this group isn’t at the courthouse in Hawaii, California or anywhere in New England protesting state sactioned gay marriage, they are protesting the military which is the last remaining American institution, public or private, where homosexuality is officially not tolerated. Whoops… missed your target a little there…

If God is trying to show us that He’s all worked up about us supporting gays, He’s certainly choosing a circumspect and very low-key way of doing it. In fact, I’d go so far as saying that God hasn’t decided to let his (supposed) discomfort with the state of American sexuality generally known or felt. This is assuming that homosexuality is a big enough deal that He would choose that over good old fashioned heterosexual rape to get upset about in the first place. It sounds a lot to me like this particularly ungracious pastor has jumped to some wild conclusions in persuit of his own private hatreds to me. That is to say, he, not God, is certainly confident that our Iraq casualties are due to the existence of an active butt-sex community in the US and he wants us to know it.

In the interest of fairness, I should say that I’m a Methodist. I suppose that makes me only a little-bit Christian in these people’s eyes. These folks missed the point about man’s inability to judge another in a spiritual sense. Anyway, anti-Biblical Christians being intolerant does fit the media’s agenda much better than intolerance being enforced through Islam, so the media should continue to be on this like flies on shit.

Julie Myers in trouble for employee’s costume at party… does this make sense?

Here’s a new one for you. Julie Myers, the Director of Immigration and Customs enforcement, is in some hot water now because one of her employees dressed up like an escaped prisoner for a Halloween party. Nobody at the party had a problem with this and apparently that costume won a prize for being done exceptionally well. There were a few costumes that some of her employees (or more likely, one, ultra-sensitive pussy) found offensive and she appologized for those and everybody forgot about it. It was Halloween. Big deal.

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The media is persecuting her now because of the prisoner costume that nobody complained about that won the prize. That’s right, the media decided to start poking around and stir shit up… again. They have already compelled her to make a public statement denouncing the costume, which I find ridiculous.

The offensive part of it is that her agency is responsible for arresting and jailing illegal immigrants. Personally, I don’t see how we can be offended on behalf of people who are not extended rights as US citizens. Anyway, since when did Halloween have to be so bitchified anyway? I remember when I was a kid wearing zombie, pirate, cowboy, [whatever] costumes. That’s what you do on Halloween. Why is it ok for my brother to have dressed up as an escaped prisoner (prompted by the Disney version of Robin Hood when we were kids) one year and not OK for that guy at Myers’ party? Should we call a Congressional hearing to re-examine my brother’s “judgement” now in light of this world-shattering revelation that he, too, once dressed as an escaped prisoner? Or is it my father who should be on trial, as he was, effective, my brother’s senior supervisor at that period in his life?

Who is even declaring what motivated this guy to choose that costume (other than its in the top 20 costume ideas, right behind “Muslim suicide bomber”)? Maybe he watched Prison Break recently. I hear it was a big hit in the US…

This is ridiculous. I don’t see how protesting military funerals can be an acceptable way to exercise your First Amendment rights and wearing a prisoner costume to a Halloween party is not. Oh, that’s right, I’m missing the point, Myers is getting in trouble for something someone else did. Probably because someone else wants her job… as usual in Washington.

O.J. gets the book thrown at him, plaintiff should be flogged

O.J. being in trouble again isn’t news to anyone, but check the plaintiff out! This guy his hilarious. He called “Inside Edition” before he called the police, or so things increasingly seem.

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It is understandable for the justice system of every state to want to throw the book at O.J. for any and all infractions after letting him get away with murder on the Equal Opportunity Act, but this plaintiff’s exploitation of the event for monetary gain is damaging to the case in any event. We already know when O.J. goes to court it becomes a circus with reality jumping through flaming hoops and the law on the flying trapese. Why would you risk all that with calling a TV tabloid before you call the police and discussing book deals (what a boring book!) before the trial is even in full session?

In any case, the plaintiff being a jackass doesn’t reduce the severity of O.J.’s lunacy and wreckless behaviour. O.J. should get whatever any other aquitted murder who commits the several felonies he did in the course of this exceedingly weird robbery would get. And the plaintiff should be put in the stocks somewhere unfriendly.

This whole thing is just getting too weird. Wow.

Will Japan ever feel comfortable using its military?

Today the US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, spoke at a university in Tokyo about Japanese involvement in international security missions. He was very pointed about Japan’s necessary engagement in the North Korea nuclear negotiations, and also mentioned broader Japanese security roles globally.

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There are two very different views of Japan based on two entirely different motivations.

There is the view that Japan is a first world nation that has even more m Australia, the more Center EU states (which would include France now), etc. The motivating factor for this view is that peacekeeping is a pretty expensive undertaking and Japan should bear some of the burden, particularly since its the only Asian country (or likely, soon, France). The Successfully Freedom-Having Country Club would like to see their Asian cousin join the fun every now and then.

There is the opposing view that Japan is a naturally evil country filled with wretched, soulless, repressed robot ninja samurai killers who are waiting for any chance to rebuild an army and run around atrocitying the world. This view is held exclusively by South Korea, North Korea and China. The motivation for this view is money, pure and simple. The more evil any of those three makes Japan out to be, the more money they get from Japan in several forms including tax breaks, political assistance, fiscal assistance, public works funding, etc. As big as the Chinese economy is, they are not an honest broker, and very little business can go on in Asia without the Japanese brokering it somewhere as an insurance. China needs and wants Japan, but they want Japan to be low in some way, always and forever. Of course, that is China’s eventual goal for the entire world, but that is beyond the scope of this article. South Korea, while much more honest in business than China (not that that’s saying much), is motivated by an indirect form of monetary gain for the leadership. The more one bashes Japan in South Korea, the better you sound. This can, and usually is, in complete conflict with reality, but reality has never been the point in South Korean politics. North Korea wants to see Japan just go away. Its the only country nearby that is allied with the US, and its a mighty big US ally to have next door when you’re trying to be under the radar with all the evil stuff you want to do, such as destabilizing the Middle East, wage a proxy war against Europe and the US through Iran, etc.

Note that none of these last motivations have anything to do with World War II. That was a long time ago already and nobody in power today actually gives a crocodile penis about that stuff anymore. Its just a great, and I mean great, political wrapping for whatever you want to say in the DPRK, South Korea or China. Its like hating George Bush if you are a Democrat in the US. For example, in the US we hear things like “This healthcare bill will give children (and lazy adults) free healthcare… and help us bring down George Bush!” In South Korea you would hear something like “This healthcare bill will give children (and angsty adults) more US subsidized public free stuff… and help us kill all the Japanese!

Now, of course, I’m embellishing a little… but not that much, sadly.

So we have Japan being pulled in two different directions politically. The stronger countries in Japan’s own region are very against any Japanese military role in anything (or any Japanese role in anything, more precisely) because they feel it will undermine their future dominance, regardless how preposterous a Korean dominance of Asia actually is. Don’t tell a Korean that, South or North, because they believe they won World War II by themselves somehow, despite having been a contributing colony during that period… They’ve got some pretty interesting history books…

Why should we promote an increasing Japanese role in international security missions? Its fairly simple. Asia is fundamentally more powerful than the rest of the world. Whoever controls Asia in the future will by proxy control the world, whether by intention or not, much in the same way that America (and in some cases Europe) largely control events in the world, whether by intention or not. There are only two countries out here socially stable enough to control and lead Asia, China and Japan.

The Chinese political intention has always been that its right and proper for the masses to work for the benefit of the top 300 on the country. They would like to extend this to the world and have the whole world work for the top 300 living only in China. This is directly in line with Chinese history and culture too, and most marginally educated Chinese think this is a good idea. Japan, on the other hand, has largely adopted the ideals of democracy and personal freedom and these days, the idea of the masses breaking their backs for the top 300 would never work out. Japan also has absolutely no plans of domination, whereas China is currently actively in pursuit of it. It is likely that if Japan were in primacy here, they would not recognize it for quite some time and likely continue to follow the American lead. China, on the other hand, has very specific plans to control internal politics in all the surrounding Asian countries to the extent that when Thailand and Vietnam are considering a new trade policy, they will consider Chinese interests first.

As we have a choice between China or Japan to lead Asia, its fairly obvious that Japan would be the better choice… which is why we have had Gates up there today talking about a stronger Japanese international security role, and have had over the last six years or so a concentrated push to get Japan out into the world more and more. Change is going to happen whether we like it or not, so its better to manage the change and go with it than let it happen on its own and go the wrong way.

Once again, I didn’t insert a ton of references. If someone wants to push me to it, I will. I’m just running low on time these days.

Veto Media Mania!

President Bush vetoed another convoluted piece of legislative garbage again today. This time the veto was a response to over $9 billion in porkbarrel projects that he disagreed with. The bill was the recent Water Projects Bill which is all about fixing up potential flooding areas, building freshly misdesigned Army Corps of Engineers dikes, putting in new drain pipes, etc… or is it? It started out as a $14 billion exploration of public water and wetlands management and became a $23 billion pile of pork.

With all the bitching the Democrats do about war spending, nearly doubling (9 is 64% of 14) a public project with pure pork is a weird way to make a statement on fiscal management. Imagine if the recent $80 billion war appropriation grew to $131.2 billion by the power of the pig alone?

Why doesn’t he want to pass the bill? Its obviously not because he doesn’t want to face another Hurricane Katrina. He was stung by that once, he has no desire and his party has absolutely no motivation to be seen as asking for another one. He wants to conduct water and wetland management programs – everybody does – at a sane and proper cost to the people. A 64% increase in bacon is hardly acting in the public’s fiscal interest. It is a dangerous precedent. Comparing this to the war is pretty difficult to, considering that wars are, well, wars… people die if they aren’t properly funded. Of course, the Democrats want to cut funding for that, let Joe die out there unsupported, magically kiss all the Muslim hatred better and dole out billions upon billions in directionless public projects.

An interesting example of what sort of worthless projects porkbarrel money goes to, check out the Sunshine Bridge in Louisianna. Its a wonderfully pointless way to waste the time, sweat and tax money of countless Americans. It was the classic bridge to nowhere when it was originally conceived, and since a road has since been built on the other side of it (whew!) the area’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds. The nearby Piggly Wiggly has given way to a Walmart. That would have probably happened anyway. I can’t see how $9 billion extra in projects like this are responsible spending… but that’s the government for you. Someday I should take the time to write down all the ridiculous wastes I’ve witness in the military. Incredible.

Why isn’t 15,935 > 3,850 a true statement in the media?

I stumbled on an interesting statistic today at the Department of Justice website. According to the 1999 NHTSA alcohol related incident survey, 15,935 people died in alcohol-related automobile crashes in 1998 alone. This was only 38% of all traffic-related fatalities. By that math about 41,934 people died in 1998 in traffic-related incidents. That’s just 1998. That’s just traffic.

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We are freaking out about 3,850 soldiers having died in Iraq total over a period of four years and 8 months. That number is completely damning to the President because the Democrats want the White House very badly, and most of the media intends to give it to them, come what may. The other day a nutbag protester even menaced Condoleezza Rice with fake blood, insinuating that “our boys” in Iraq are dying unnecessarily and the blood is on her hands, blah blah blah <Republican-hating whimper>.

When we committed to a regime change in Iraq, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We projected tens of thousands of casualties with an open figure for the play-out of the insurgency. We told ourselves it wasn’t going to be easy. We were wrong. It was strikingly easy, everybody who stood in our way ate a Hellfire sandwich and got quiet. Our expectation of difficulty has become our own public enemy. We defeated the most powerful army in the Middle East outside of Israel, and we’re freaking out about 3,850 deaths? Wow. We’re victims of our own badassness…

If these people who get so uptight about causes and things would stop for a moment and take a breath, they might realize they have missed the real threat to American lives. Its not the Iraq war, its car crashes – or anything else that kills more than 825 Americans annually. Car crashes are worse than the Iraq war and 9/11 many times over. As Team America so aptly put it: “Its 911 times 100”. Literally. And then some. But nobody cares. It could be anything, but whatever. I stumbled on amazing car-crash statistics so that’s my example for today. It could be children improperly placed in cribs suffocating to death every year, that’s a crazy high number too, and much more tragic as they are children who have no control over how they were lain in there by negligent mothers. At least the soldiers (like me, for example) who go places on behalf of the US volunteered to do it. Nobody twisted my arm and made me sign up.

What cracks me up about all this? Here’s the punchline: When liberals realize they are not making any headway with the argument that Muslims really don’t want to kill us all and everything is our fault for being productive citizens (generally they give this up when they do a little research and realize this isn’t a secret the Muslims are trying very hard to keep) they switch tracks to the “Why are we sending our sons (and daughters) off to die in a foreign country to ‘help’ Iraq rebuild when we have so many domestic issues here at home to worry with?!?!? What about the TREES! And WHALES! And… and other stuff! Ugh… I have a caffeine headache, let’s drive to (Starbucks/alternate ‘non-corporate-dog’ coffee shop) in my huge SUV and drink some processed coffee bought from murderous dictators and tribal lords who control Sumatra and Jolo…”

Why is that funny? Because the thing they themselves are making a big issue of is the war, which is precisely the sort of thing they claim to be railing against. Drawing all this attention to the war draws attention away from things we actually could control a little bit more merely through public awareness, which is precisely the sort of thing those whiny, incessant, kitty-loving voices are perfectly suited for – and the sort of causes they profess to believe in. Besides, its pretty obvious that a 22-year-old music student / aficionado of reality enhancement knows little to nothing about the international political or social climate terrorists who want to kill his God-hating self operate and live within. His reality and theirs are entirely different. However, this particular type of person who spends so much time and energy being anti-stuff-he’s-very-detached-from is much more plugged into the community of people who drive cars while heaps of THC are present in their system than, say, I am. Within that community he would have a much greater voice. Besides, it is in no way going to score him social cool-points to tell his friends to lay off the pot before they drive somewhere… What’s he going to do, put bloody dolls in their mailboxes with little Emo and Credit-Card Hippie uniforms on?

As a side note, I find it extremely difficult for me to weight the military-strategic imagination of a graphic designer from Los Angeles the same as the educated opinion of a fellow Green Beret who has been in Iraq and Afghanistan for 3 years.

As a second side note, here is another Iraq War death fun-fact: 3,850 deaths in Iraq in 56 months. 3,131 (according to the AP, not the military) are combat-related in some way. That means 81% of the deaths are combat-related, which leaves 19% as completely non combat. In other words, we are only losing 4 times more people to combat in Iraq than we would have lost over the same period were we similarly deployed on a massive construction exercise, conducting training with a friendly nation, or sitting around post picking our noses. Accidents are the leading cause of death in the military by a large margin. Its more dangerous to be near an incompetent and overconfident Army forklift operator than to go on combat patrols in the Infantry. That is probably why AFN is stacked pretty heavy with accident, tobacco and suicide prevention campaigns (in that order) versus combat lessons learned awareness training information.

I’ll add relevant and interesting photos and things as well as cross-link more if I have the time and anyone ever bothers me to do so. Sorry for the lack of that sort of thing today, I’m just too tired.

Unusual spike in large international headlines; Mummy… ATTACKS!

Lately there has been a normal average of about 2 to 5 large international headlines per week. Today we have 3 all at once. What I define as a big headline is something that indicates a shift from the current course of the news. Note that the “course of the news” and the “course of events” are two entirely different things, related only in the same way dreams are related to the realities of the day you just experienced.

Example: The TV already taught us that US soldiers are being killed in Iraq, more news about dead soldiers isn’t news, its merely reinforcement. If the TV told us that no soldiers died in Iraq for a month, that would be news, and I would define it as a large headline.

To contrast these “big” and “small” headlines with something else that goes on in the news business, check this story out. It is, strictly speaking, a blind shot at generating some extra violence to report about, the same way a troll comment is a desire to start a flame war on an online forum or newsgroup. I categorize this firmly in the “stirring the shit” news section. Somebody wants a left-wing nut to get upset that a nice thing is happening to a bad person and take a shot at the guy who killed peace-minded Yitzak Rabin (who, upon being assassinated became the voice of all that was good and decent, as opposed to his previous designation in life as “just another warmongering Jew” by anybody with a grudge against Israel, media included… death changes you, and not just encaphalographically… it renews your agenda completely along with your social calender)

That being said, today we have three major headlines, all arrayed together. This is significant, but I can’t see why just yet. It is unusual for this many things to happen all at once. So here they are:

Lawyers, not just the normally socially retarded population of Pakistan, are demonstrating publicly against Musharraf. Why is this big news? Because they are not the usual demonstrators. This goes along with the closing of major newspapers, suppression of the constitution, etc. Musharraf isn’t going to give up control easily, because if he does, his days are numbered. Of course, if he hangs out in office and continues to piss everybody off as he is, his days are numbered anyway so… Whatever. The most significant thing to take away from this is the average Pakistani’s perspective. From where they sit, the absence of an evening newspaper or any independent news reporting is all the news they need. This will get interesting. Who knows how it will turn out for US interests…

Turkey’s PM is meeting with Bush personally about squishing some US allies / claiming a stake in Kurdistan. You can bet this meeting isn’t simply about cross border raids and the US helping or not helping Turkey with the rogue elements such as the PKK. Turkey is eyeing a controlling stake in the future official version of Kurdistan they feel is forming. I’m sure this meeting has a lot of folks biting their fingernails in Kirkuk. On the one hand, Turkey has had problems with the Kurdish version of political rebels and self-determinists for a long time. On the other hand, Turkey already owns about 60% of what Kurds consider their traditional area; if they have problems now, they’ll only inherit and later create more problems if they decide to “secure” more Kurdish areas at this point. They’re not ready, it will intriduce another variable into the Slice-Up-Iraq-Game the adjacent countries are playing, and will likely not be in anybody’s best interests at all. It just sounds good inside the Turkish government to talk long and loud about whipping some Kurd ass. I expect Bush will focus on this when he talks with them and highlight the downside for everybody, Kurd, Turk, Iraqi and American. Some half-assed csomething is being done about those damn Kurds.

Kim Jong Il North Korea decided to begin disabling his its nuclear facilities. Kim Jong Il North Korea is the second most destabilizing factor in the Middle East, one step down from the continued adherence of millions to a death cult that outlived its founder. Not sure what went on here, but I bet its a fun story. In celebration of this huge step forward (the Great General never take a step back, so I hear) a Gloriously Tiny Piece of Immaculately Grimy Garbage blew idly across Pyongyang’s empty Great Common Square of the People in the Wonderously Icey Wind of the Democratically Fucking Cold People’s Winter in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Going on a State visit to North Korea Being Kim Jong Il’s Wonderous Official Guest is an exercise in witnessing strangely juxtaposed sad realities. Creepy. Everyone should give it a try. Anything that would convince the smart, but somewhat deluded, Great Dictator to take physical steps against his nuclear program must have been interesting or at least very funny. That is a strange guy, and the whole country mandatorily reflects his weirdness.

And in other news… a mummy is about to become reanimated and destroy most of Egypt. A public service announcement was issued by Hollywood experts about the dangers of this 3 times already, but obviously nobody listened. Watch out for King Tut… he’s coming

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And holy crap, the guy unveiling his face really is one of his relatives! Talk about resemblance… of course, that would mean this man was Coptic, but they don’t exactly have much of a political voice in Egypt these days… or jobs, either… But who knows/cares about them anyway, eveybody knows Muhammad built the Pyramids with his Holy Talent of Slave Driving. You only get that when you put 61 points in the Evil Prophet talent tree… Don’t know what I’m talking about? Gotta wait until the expansion comes out, its in beta right now. [Hopefully the WoW reference didn’t miss everybody… or the historical sarcasm…]