02 November 2005

It's the only possible explanation

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Marine park rangers in the Philippines say Greenpeace is to be fined after its flagship Rainbow Warrior II damaged a coral reef during a climate change awareness campaign.

Must have been a drunk President Bush at the tiller.

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The wonder is that the name is used enough to be an issue

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It must be getting a little too close for Christmas for the chi-chi crystal palace of the pretentious European Union. Pooh-bahs in Brussels have come up with a new grammar rule for themselves and the Netherlands—making it official that the name “Christ” will soon be written with a lower-case “c”. That was the stipulation in an orthography reform published earlier this month in Brussels. […] There is no description of the fines offenders will face if they keep right on spelling “Christ” with a capital “C”. […]

At the European Union, the name of the humble carpenter from Nazareth may be diminished by lower-case spelling, but Javier Solana, The Great will continue to have his name spelled in capital letters.

Solana, a sort of Kofi Annan, European style, is High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Secretary General of both the European Union and the Western European Union. Note to the media, all of his titles are to be spelled in capital letters.

Does that include use as an exclamation too?

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That's nothing compared to what we could have written if we wanted


After the IDF set up a hotline for Palestinians to warn Israel of Qassam rocket launches, an Israeli hacked the system after discovering a security breach that could’ve allowed others to listen in on calls. So when AFP picked up on this development, how did they describe the Palestinians who want to thwart the terrorists?

A concerned Israeli has thwarted the army’s latest anti-militant initiative by hacking its ‘rocket hotline’ set up so that Palestinians in Gaza can rat on those firing projectiles at Israel, the Yediot Aharonot daily reported.

Following a week of multiple Israeli air strikes targeting rocket-firing militants in northern Gaza, the air force tried a new tactic: dropping leaflets encouraging locals to anonymously snitch on any rocket-toting militants. [emphasis added]

What’s stunning to me is that an Israeli is trying to thwart this despite the fact that he could be at the impact site of the next rocket. Or maybe not and is willing to sacrifice others to make a political statement.

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Not your father's Democratic Party

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Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

Apparently things have shifted enough that the Democratic Party no longer feels the need to conceal its racism.

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