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Thursday, September 19, 2002

Hm. My commenting system seems to be a little buggy. I mean, not that anybody actually uses it. <guilt, guilt> Nevertheless, I'm gonna use this thread for testing, well, first I'm going to go to bed, but eventually I'm going to use this thread for testing.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 3:31 AM

Do you like pie too?
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 2:21 AM

The plans have already been drawn for World Wars III and IV. It all starts with Iraq.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 2:15 AM

So, what are the fundies laughing at these days?
We may be on the verge of a war with Iraq. Again. But this time, in place of the elite military forces, Billy Bob, Bubba, Boudreaux, Thibodeaux and Cooter from the bayous of Louisiana are being sent in with the following info:
  • There is no limit.
  • The season opened last weekend.
  • They taste just like chicken.
  • They don't like beer, pickup trucks, crawfish, country music or Jesus.
  • Some are queer.
  • They don't like barbeque.
  • They were responsible for Dale Earnhardt's death.
War should be over in about a week.
Hm. Yes. Let's see. Cajun stereotypes. Check. Canibalism and genocide. Check. Gratuitous use of the Q-word. Check.
The Saudi Ambassador to the UN has just finished giving a speech, and walks out into the lobby where he meets President Bush.

They shake hands and the Saudi says, "You know, I have just one question about what I have seen in America."

President Bush says, "Well your Excellency, anything I can do to help you, I will do."

The Saudi whispers, "My son watches this show 'Star Trek' and in it there are Russians, Blacks, and Asians, but never any Arabs. He is very upset. He doesn't understand why there are never any Arabs in Star Trek."

President Bush laughs and leans toward the Saudi and whispers back, "It's because it takes place in the future.

Okay, I admit that one was actually funny and this post is really just an excuse to tell it. But it's only funny from the holy-crap-Bush-is-a-genocidal-moron angle and the jingoistic fundies (browse around that link and you'll see) are looking at it from an entirely different angle, I'm sure.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 2:12 AM

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Rebuild the twin towers? Well, you gotta admit, hubris sure is sexy.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 5:47 PM

Monday, September 16, 2002

New PDX Popo.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 12:14 AM

Sunday, September 15, 2002

You know what I hate? Labels. What's especially hateful about them is how frickin' useful they are. Where would language be without nouns? I lucked out by landing on a more or less unambiguous side of the sex and gender divide, but I'll be damned if I can think of a better answer to "what's your religion?" than "none of your business." If chased into a corner, I'll reply with agnostic, but even that label has been attacked by hardcore atheists who want to further their us vs. them agenda by turning agnosticism into atheism light. There are many days where I find that that particular pigeonholing would not fit me at all.

The liberal-conservative spectrum has been giving me problems lately. Frankly, I think it's obsolete, (e.g. where do you place libertarians?) but I'll be darned if I can think of something to replace it with. For some reason I was assuming "neoliberal" was a post-modern way of saying beyond liberal, or outside the spectrum, but it turns out it's actually a near pejorative reserved for people who are outside the spectrum in a bad way, like corporate welfare, trickle down Reaganites.

People give me a hard time for (on rare occasions) misusing words. Yesyes, laugh at the journalism student who's just trying to expand his already formidable vocabulary. I'm not trying to show it off, either, I've known people who blatantly show off their vocabulary and they usually end up going to Stanford.

Nevertheless, when I apply a label to myself, rest assured that I am applying it in a tounge-in-cheek, "I don't really expect you to understand me and that's okay" kinda way.

[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 4:13 AM

Joey Skaggs: Scam artist, rabblerouser and folk hero.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 2:21 AM

I joined one of them new-fangled webrings. It seems cozy and eclectic enough for me.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 2:17 AM

Monday, September 9, 2002

Thank you for supporting global terror.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 9:46 PM

Friday, September 6, 2002

Draft dodgers and warmongers, together at last.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 2:48 PM

Thursday, September 5, 2002

What Would Nietzsche Do? Well, he'd probably make a half-assed attempt to court a woman by sending her a love letter via her boyfriend and then be rejected and start World War II.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 5:22 PM

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

In the world as it is, independent reporting is intermixed with psychodynamics, domination, sadism and submissiveness, because there is no realm of human behavior that is entirely free from the affects of childhood.
One thing I learned from studying psychobiographies of politicians is that highly driven people often suffer from neurosis. One thing I learned from hanging around journalism school is that most successful reporters are highly driven people. One thing I learned from studying journalism ethics is that neurosis can interfere with people's ability to fulfill their ethics.

This article puts the pieces together and explains exactly why our media is so ethically disappointing.

[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 12:05 AM

Monday, September 2, 2002

Target: Official retailer of your neo-Nazi memoribilia.
[comment] posted by Mark Wilson 11:36 PM

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