Archive for June, 2004

Eric M. Johnson, a writer in Washington D.C., participated in Operation a writer and Marine reservist back from Iraq. Has some strong words about the quality of reporting from Iraq.

Bennett flatly concedes that they have a “dim picture” of what is happening in Iraq, (not that you would know it from the actual news articles he approves for publication.) “The people of Iraq…are leading their country, and ours, down an uncertain path. This is a story waiting to be told.”

Waiting to be told? They have four or five full-time reporters there at any given time. What are they doing, if they’re not telling the story of Iraq’s new birth?

Good question.

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Winds of Change has a very helpful roundup of Emergency preparedness techniques and kits. Another good site for similar information, catering primarily to outdoorsmen and flyers but very thorough, is Equipped To Survive.

No one likes to think about any kind of disaster or accident, especially a manmade one. Don’t be convinced into thinking you’re being paranoid. Even if you never have an emergency, the basics of preparedness will come in handy far more often than you expect. I’ve carried a Leatherman
on my belt for years, and I try to keep a few useful items in my car. The kits on the site above are far more comprehensive than anything I can offer. Next time you’re out shopping why not take a few minutes to put one together?

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FrontPage magazine.com :: “Stay Quiet and You’ll Be OK” by Robert Spencer

Here’s a new slogan for the zeitgeist: stay quiet and you’ll be OK. This was the message, according to the tapes released last week, that Muhammad Atta gave to the passengers on the ill-fated airplane that he and his fellow terrorists had commandeered.

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It’s the hip new quiz that all the cats and chicks are doin’!

My inner child is ten years old today

My inner child is ten years old!

The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether
I’m off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost
in a good book, or giggling with my best
friend, I live in a world apart, one full of
adventure and wonder and other stuff adults
don’t understand.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
brought to you by Quizilla

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I’d love to tell you all about the special legal immunities librarians have made up out of thin air. But I’m sorry, that’s confidential.
Some of my best friends are librarians (really, that’s true) but sometimes that profession can be insufferably self-righteous. And the ALA is infamous for bizzare and selective outrage over all sorts of random issues.

(via the latest installment of Carnival of the Vanities)

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USATODAY.com – A Marine sees what defeatists don’t

Read it.

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X-Entertainment: Return of the COMIC BOOK ADS.

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Transcript? You mean somebody wrote down what those guys said on that TV show? Wow, I’d wish I’d known about those transcript things when I wrote the article. See, I had to run to a JFK fundraiser and missed some of the best parts about Bush lying and how he knew and stuff. Don’t waste time reading it, btw, you’ll just get all confused. I’ll skim thru it and pick out the good parts for my next article about Abu Garib. CUL8R!

-A Professional LA Times Journalist

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Test Pattern Collection

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From the folks at Volokh comes this summary of a new ABC News PrimeTime poll.

I’m surprised (in a happy way, generally) by how many people accept the Biblical accounts of the Flood, Creation, and the Red Sea literally, but I suspect that it’s not quite as it seems.

A third option in between the “word-for-word” and “just a lesson” would have made for a more accurate survey. People of faith may debate about the exact details of the flood (was it the entire planet, or just a local phenomenon) or creation (six 24 hour days, or intelligent design over ages of time) but that’s not really the same as saying it’s just a fable. Give those two stark choices I think most people would choose to err on the side of literal truth, even if they may not mean exactly that.

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