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Wednesday, January 19, 2005In OpinionJournal today, the US Ambassador to Romania compares Iraq today to Romania almost 15 years ago. About Romania, he says:
The effects of the one-party system Ceausescu built are still being felt today. But the mentality of Romanians is on the mend. Younger Romanians, who have grown up in a free society and studied and worked in the West, are beginning to return to the land of their birth, bustling with entrepreneurial energy and new ideas. Corruption, still a problem, was once accepted as the "grease of commerce" here. It is now criticized across the political spectrum and was the issue that proved decisive in the election of the new president. (italics mine)That last sentence is most heartening because Romania wasn't going anywhere until "equality under the law" became the ruling principle of society. It's that kind of widespread commitment to the principles of freedom and equality that will carry Iraq to democracy. I hope the commitment is there in numbers.
Some critics say the Iraqi people are not capable of democracy. Many said the same of Romanians in the early 1990s. On the contrary, Democracy will succeed in Iraq--but only if the free nations of the West stand with the Iraqi people, support and help them the way we did the people of Romania, Bulgaria, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Baltics, and now Ukraine.
Craig, I agree that Chariots Of Fire should have been represented and the quote you picked is a great one. If I may, I'd like to add to it.
I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.Here's another, "Then where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within."
Please allow me to take a moment to welcome Craig to Banterings. It will be great to have your West Coast, surfer-dude perspective on the world. Blog on, dude!
Tuesday, January 18, 2005You've got to read this tale of deceit and chutzpah. It's hilarious, infuriating, disgusting, and scary. And amazingly, it's a follow-up to the loss of all those White House emails during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. I never thought I'd hear another word about that. (Hat tip: Viking Pundit)
This is a new story to me, brought to my attention by the inimitable Powerline boys. A Coptic Christian family in Jersey City was brutally murdered. The father had been very vocal about his beliefs in an internet chat room devoted to the Middle East. In response he was threatened, "You'd better stop this bull---- or we are going to track you down like a chicken and kill you." And it looks like they did.
Powerline updated the story yesterday.
Monday, January 17, 2005More proof of global warming.
Friday, January 14, 2005My wife recently heard an essay by Ben Stein that she had me read. If you remember, Ben Stein was the teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" who uttered the memorable quote, "Bueller. Bueller. Bueller..." Anyways, she heard his last essay that he wrote in his series "Monday Night at Mortons." Here is the link (this browser doesn't seem to let me do a hyperlink). http://www.eonline.com/Gossip/Morton/Archive/2003/031220.html
When he began writing a number of years ago his job was to comment on the stars that he would see at this upper class Hollywood restaurant. This final article, written in December 2003, highlights the change in his perspective on life and on who are the real stars. It also highlights what seems to be a spiritual revolution in his own life as he makes statements like this: "In a word, we make ourselves sane when we fire ourselves as the directors of the movie of our lives and turn the power over to Him." Read it in its entirety and enjoy!
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Alright, let's see if this works from my iMac! The key quote from Chariots of Fire is sorely missed in this list: "When I run I feel His pleasure!" (Eric Liddell)
Wednesday, January 12, 2005There are few movies with more well-known quotes than Caddyshack. Bill Murray's narrative about his experience with the Dalai Lama is one of the great soliloquies in movie history. Full quote and photo.
The next set of quotes up for review comes from movies beginning with the letter C. There are some classics in this list - Caddyshack, Casablanca, Chinatown. I've listed the quotes below, but if you know how to follow a link you can see the entire list here. As always, if there's a quote missing (maybe from Cabin Boy (1994), or Chariots of Fire (1981), or Conspiracy Theory (1997)?), let's hear about it.
Friday, January 07, 2005How 'bout this idea: We come up with 2 lists. One contains the quotes we think are top 100 material, like:
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning." (Apocalypse Now)And the other list has the "honorable mention" quotes, for instance:
Laugh while you can, monkey boy! (The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension)Whaddya think?
Thursday, January 06, 2005Doc Hes King (can I call you 'Doc' for short?), you ask how many are "in" so far? First, I have a procedural question. Should we try to predict what will be on AFI's list this summer, or should we come up with a list that we like?
This Nick Coleman flap is fun. Powerline has been pestering the Star and Sickle as well they should be. They point to this interesting little exchange on NRO.
But then it just keeps getting better.
So it would appear that Coleman can dish it out, but he can't take it. And when pressed, he can't even admit that he was talking about whom he clearly was talking about. He is indeed a "nasty, little man".
And the Star and Tribune just looks like a big, horrible rag of a paper in all this, doesn't it? I love how the editor that Powerline spoke to can't even enumerate the responsiblities and ethical standards of their columnists.
For what it is worth, I don't subscribe to any newspaper.
So far, here are the movie quotes that I really like:
For the record, on cheesiest lines, I liked "You had me at 'Hello'". I loved the Notting Hill, though I agree that line was cheesy, and should have been much better. Four Weddings and a Funeral tread lightly upon me, and I can't remember much of it, or that line.
How many have we put "in" so far?
Here are the anagrams for "Nick Hodges" that I liked:
But the best on of all: DOC HES KING
I know we say it all the time, but I'll say it again: Mark Steyn rocks.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005This is the kind of thing that happens when you have legal abortion. A pair of teens, parents of an unborn child both agree to kill their baby by repeatedly hitting the girls stomach with a baseball bat. But here's where the law gets, uhm, ...strange. Though both were willing participants in the act, only the boy committed a crime! The girl broke no law, and indeed, as the story notes, the law in question specifically excludes the mother from criminal liability in this case.
Abortion laws create all kinds of strange situations like this. Consider the quandry requiring us to pass specific laws allowing for two murder charges for the murder of a pregnant woman. Or how about the need to pass a law protecting living, breathing infants who somehow survive an abortion. The Leftists even opposed passing this law!
Abortion is so very strongly supported in many quarters because it give power to women -- there's no doubt about that. For instance, if a man gets a woman pregnant, there is no way for him to "get out of it" and choose not to support the child. He's in it for 18 years and nine months. But a woman can easily "get out of it". Strange dicotomy, eh?
In today's news we have lineup of sad, sorry, lttile people:
Christian Rock pioneer Larry Norman's health continues to deteriorate ... Norman, dubbed the "Father of Christian Rock," who was once heralded by Time magazine as "the most significant artist in his field," suffered a severe heart attack in 1992, and has reportedly been plagued by consistently poor health ever since.My brother had Norman's In Another Land back in the 70's. That was a great album. Here's his website.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005Hugh Hewitt linked to the Internet Anagram Server, further validation that the internet is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I put my name in and out came a long list of possibilities. Some of these are interesting:
Mark Steyn writes that "American stinginess is saving lives." What? How could our few pennies for the tsunami relief effort make any difference whatsoever? I mean, it took Gearge Bush 3 days to make a public statement, for cryin' out loud! Well, apparently we are helping. There's photographic evidence here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. But I do want to include a snippet of Steyn's piece ...
If America were to emulate Ireland and Norway, there'd be a lot more dead Indonesians and Sri Lankans. Mr Eddison may not have noticed, but the actual relief effort going on right now is being done by the Yanks: it's the USAF and a couple of diverted naval groups shuttling in food and medicine, with solid help from the Aussies, Singapore and a couple of others. The Irish can't fly in relief supplies, because they don't have any C-130s. All they can do is wait for the UN to swing by and pick up their cheque.Mark Steyn, ladies and gentlemen!
Good grief, Nick Coleman is a bozo.
I've been having a lot of fun tracking what is going on between Nick Coleman, "columnist" (a term I use loosely here) and the guys at Powerline. Nick wrote a hatchet job on them, and the Powerline guys naturally didn't take it lying down. This link has links to all the relevant posts and the article itself, as well as a very nice take down of Coleman's "writing".
I was inspired by the email link at the bottom of Coleman's "article", and so I sent him this:
Finally got around to reading this pile of baloney:
And I must say it is easily one of the most childish, silly editorials I've ever read. Reads like a temper tantrum of a four year old.
Wanted to make sure you saw this excellent piece about your, uhm, "writing":
I'm amazed you get paid to write such crap.
Looking forward to seeing what he has to say. ;-)
Added: And while I'm at it, check out this load of horse manure. This guy is a piece of work.
Monday, January 03, 2005I just went here and sent this message:
Please, please don't show the horribly offensive and utterly tasteless show, "Who's Your Daddy". I'm quite sure you can find something else much better to show during that time slot.
St. Paul, MN
Sunday, January 02, 2005The season is on the line. It is 4th and five at midfield. You need two scores, and your team allegedly has a powerful offense. Your defense has to stop them on a three and out either way - much more than that means the ballgame anyway.
Why do you punt?
As far as I can tell, Mike Tice punted the game away at that moment, rather than going for it. Stupid call.
Okay, I admit it, I've been a lazy slacker about blogging. I have an array of usual excuses -- busy, etc. -- but I think the main reason is that I've been a bit burned out on blogs. The election season was quite frenetic with blog reading and writing, and I think that I needed a little time to defuse the tension. Of course, Bush one, which means that I don't have a sever case of PEST, and I'm thankful for that. I confess that I will miss John Kerry. It isn't often one gets to see such a blowhard up close and personal like that. Especially an orange one.
So, okay, with all that said, here are a few items for general pondering:
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