Daily Archives: April 28, 2002

I’m a sick, sick man Or I’m just burned out. I…

I’m a sick, sick man

Or I’m just burned out. I’m watching a repeat of the Discovery Channel doc, “The Jesus: the Complete Story” — you know, the one where they replace the hippie Jesus with a guy who looks like any given cabdriver, narrated by Avery Brooks. And I’m making sarcastic comments about the Intifada the whole time.

CAPTAIN SISKO: Then archaelogists made an amazing discovery.

ME: The world’s first suicide bomber!

BROOKS: When peace was declared in 1994…

ME: BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

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Ethanol May Kill Arctic Drilling in U.S. Energy Bi…

Ethanol May Kill Arctic Drilling in U.S. Energy Bill

Yikes. I’m against drilling in ANWR — it’s a frigging wildlife refuge, people! It’s in the name! — but now, I don’t know. I have a few rules in politics, and one of them is, “Find what side Archer Daniels Midland is on, and then get on the other.”

Ethanol is stupid; it takes more energy to grow, harvest, and refine than it produces. Maybe someday we’ll find a better way, and we should experiment, but right now it’s nothing but a farm subsidy.

I don’t think we need either ANWR drilling or ethanol.

Israel Approves Bush Proposal, Defies U.N. (washin…

Israel Approves Bush Proposal, Defies U.N. (washingtonpost.com)

They’re going to let Arafat out if he confines six wanted men — apparently the ones from the kangaroo court last week — and (importantly) lets them be guarded by American and British jailers. I’m surprised; I really thought they wanted to take out Arafat.

At the same time, they aren’t going to let the UN inspect Jenin. The biggest reason for that is probably because the UN decided to leave anti-Semitic former Red Cross head Cornelio Sommaruga on the team, but they are saying it’s a dispute over who will choose the Israeli witnesses in the probe.

CNN.com – Report: Greene resigns as Grammy preside…

CNN.com – Report: Greene resigns as Grammy president – April 28, 2002

This was apparently because of sexual harassment case, and not because of his embarrassing anti-file-swapping tirade at the last awards. Nor was it because the Grammys have evolved into a celebration of the sort of musicians prominently mentioned in the poll to the left. Nor was it because the Grammys are an embarrassment of massive proportions and make the Tony Awards look relevant. And it had nothing to do with that performance of “Lady Marmalade” at this year’s awards which has scarred me for life.

But it should have been.

CNN.com – Millions mark Saddam Hussein’s birthday …

CNN.com – Millions mark Saddam Hussein’s birthday – April 28, 2002

He doesn’t look 65, does he? At any rate, Madass is on the Fidel Castro “Tyrant and inplacable foe of the United States” health plan, and will probably live to be 100.

CNN.com – Barbie creator, Mattel founder Handler d…

CNN.com – Barbie creator, Mattel founder Handler dies – April 28, 2002

Now here’s someone who has something to answer for.

“My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be,” Handler wrote in a 1994 autobiography. “Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.”

Yeah, as long as she was blond, blue-eyed, and had a great body.