Daily Archives: June 19, 2002

At Least 7 Dead as Suicide Bombing Hits Jerusalem …

At Least 7 Dead as Suicide Bombing Hits Jerusalem (washingtonpost.com)

Update… Israel has began airstrikes in Gaza, which has been pretty much left alone in all this.

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Air Controllers Strike in France It’s their thi…

Air Controllers Strike in France

It’s their third strike in two years. Remember what happened to American controllers when they struck? I thought that was wrong, and still do. Well, this is the third strike by French controllers in the last two years. At this stage, a Reagan solution would be fully justified, though of course it’s impossible in France. France sucks.

Billy Joel checks into substance abuse and psychia…

Billy Joel checks into substance abuse and psychiatric hospital for ‘personal problem’

Maybe his personal problem is that he, personally, is Billy Joel?

If you missed the Grammys — and who can blame you? — the second highlight (after the performance of “Lady Marmalade” that scarred me for life) was his duet with Tony Bennett. Bennett not only far outsang Joel, he looked younger; Joel appeared to be Bennett’s portlier and less talented older brother.

Anyway, when you’re checking into a facility that has previously hosted Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and Gregg Allman, I think we all know what’s up. I would wish him well but I find I don’t really care.

Killing Saddam — the Hard Way Lileks on how we…

Killing Saddam — the Hard Way

Lileks on how we are definitely, no two ways about it, not looking to assassinate Saddam, and special forces would only fire in self-defense. Broadly defined, of course… Actually, he thinks all the leaks are attempts to destabilize Saddam. Me, I think they’re for American consumption and probably originate in the State Department.

4 Hurt As Nebraska Trains Collide Three large f…

4 Hurt As Nebraska Trains Collide

Three large freight trains; a highway nearby has been shut down due to a fire started by diesel fuel. Nobody quite knows how a third train could be involved in the collision.

A Second Suicide Bomber Hits Jerusalem, Killing at…

A Second Suicide Bomber Hits Jerusalem, Killing at Least 7

This is the bus stop bomb I referenced earlier. A religion of peace! This one was claimed by al-Aqsa Martyrs, Yasser the Weasel’s gang. Yesterday’s was claimed by Hamas. They’re having a goddamned contest.

In one of his strongest condemnations ever, Pope John Paul II decried Tuesday’s attack, saying “those who plot and plan such barbarous attacks will have to answer before God.”

Well, so will rapist priests. Sorry, that’s another barbarism. I’m glad to see the Vatican at least is paying attention. That’s one tenth of one percent of Western Europe. The rest is still calling for this mystical peace plan we’re supposed to impose.

washingtonpost.com: A Flap Over Fish Dishes En…

washingtonpost.com: A Flap Over Fish Dishes

Environmental groups are increasingly pushing restaurant chefs to boycott seafood that they argue is overfished. The pleas put restaurateurs in the sometimes uncomfortable position of weighing complicated scientific arguments and making every menu something of a political statement.

I’m doing my part by not eating fish at all and sticking with beef and chicken.

It seems pretty reasonable, actually. If a fish species goes extinct, nobody will be able to eat it. And most of the chefs interviewed for this story seem to agree. But they’re being asked to make judgments they’d rather not and that they’re not trained to make.