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Archive for December, 2006

Happy Eid al-Adha 1427!

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

“Eid mubarak!”

Prop 2 stay knocked down

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

See DetNews, Court: 3 Mich. universities must comply with Prop. 2,

“…”In the absence of any likelihood of prevailing in invalidating this state initiative on federal grounds, we have no choice but to permit its enforcement in accordance with the state-law framework that gave it birth,” the three-judge panel of 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati wrote. …
…the extension was opposed by the Center for Individual Rights, which represents Eric Russell, an Auburn Hills man applying to the University of Michigan Law School. …
“To say the least, I am very pleased,” Russell said of the ruling. “This is a victory for all the people in Michigan who voted ‘yes’ on Proposal 2.” …”

Saddam executed despite Vatican protest

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Saddam Hussein was put to death by the Iraqi government earlier tonight (Saturday morning in Baghdad); there was some jubilation in Dearborn, Michigan, as CNN showed on television, but other views exist too, e.g., USA Today, Top Vatican official condemns Saddam’s death penalty,

“A top Vatican official condemned the death sentence against Saddam Hussein in a newspaper interview published Thursday, saying capital punishment goes against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Renato Martino, Pope Benedict XVI’s top prelate for justice issues and a former Vatican envoy to the U.N., said executing the ousted Iraqi leader would punish “a crime with another crime,” and he expressed hope that the sentence would not be carried out.
In the interview with Rome daily La Repubblica, Martino reiterated the Vatican’s staunch opposition to the death penalty, saying that life must be safeguarded from its beginning to its natural end.
“The death penalty is not a natural death. And no one can give death, not even the State,” he said. …
In Thursday’s interview, Martino also recalled how the late Pope John Paul II had opposed the war in Iraq.
“John Paul II did his duty,” the cardinal told La Repubblica. “He said the war in Iraq would have been an adventure without return — and we are seeing it.” …
On Thursday, Italian Premier Romano Prodi also reiterated previous condemnations of Saddam’s sentence, both on moral and practical grounds. Italy is a firm opponent of capital punishment.
“I don’t believe that Saddam’s execution would remotely help bring peace to the country,” he said. Aside from the moral condemnation, he added, “even politically I think it would carry … more negative consequences than positive ones.”"

Food for thought. –Peace to Iraq.

Local blog mysteries/koans

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Before the end of the year, thought I’d throw out some queries re the local “blogging” scene:

1. How homeless is “Homeless Dave”? His interviews are entertaining, but I wonder if Ho-D is really one of the wretched of the earth as per his assumed name. With that teeter-totter (unless it’s in a park?), he presumably owns some property, therefore how homeless could he b….. You do the math.

(In the same vein: if, say, I called myself “Latino D. Bo”, you would then expect me to be an actual La….)

2. Over at Dale Winling’s “Urban Oasis”, we see the chilling pronouncement “I expect discourse to remain civil and, as the proprietor, I will take whatever actions available to keep it so.” I was surprised not to find a junkyard dog and loaded shotgun.

Compare, if I must say, my own more relaxed notation from a little while back, “One hopes Arblogger can be a reasonably civil place for promoting the public good and also having a good time.”

However, the mystery of Winling’s chip-on-the-shoulder problem aside (and the failure of him and others to clean up Bikini Update), one should remember the spirit of the holiday season and instead of thinking towards him, “Take your chill pill F*ck Head”, perhaps take the alternative path and wish him inner peace and good tidings. Some people and their actions are a riddle and a mystery, but that makes life interesting I guess.

Gerald Ford is dead

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

He was no James Brown, but Gerald Ford has died. RIP.

(If you want my opinion about the man, you can always look at my previous post here…)

Happy Kwanzaa!

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

“Umoja!”

RIP James Brown 5/3/33-Christmas 2006

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud.”

Best of wishes, #1 Funky Homie. The Original Bomb.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Linus loves Luke, Luke 2:8-14 in particular,

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Merry Christmas!

Bono knighted…by e-mail? or, The vileness of the modern age

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

         Someone who “blogs” a great deal may not himself be the best-placed person to criticize the excesses of the electronic age, but: still, one notes that things may be going a little too far when someone’s knighthood gets announced by e-mail, cf. Britain’s Daily [not e-] Mail, Hi folks: It’s arise Sir Bono,

         “In the centuries-old history of the British honours system, it will go down as the most extraordinary way a knighthood has ever been announced.
         The official notification revealing that Tony Blair had awarded an honorary knighthood to his friend, rock star Bono, lead singer of U2, came in an email which began: “Hi folks.”
         As well as being announced by the British Embassy in Bono’s home town of Dublin, the news was also released on the Downing Street website - and Bono’s own website. …
         The way the news was broken immediately came under fire from MPs on all sides, who claimed it was final proof of the way Mr Blair has manipulated the honours system for cynical political purposes.
         The timing of the announcement was also criticised, coming a week ahead of other similar awards in the New Year’s Honours.
         A spokesman for the Foreign Office, which is responsible for honorary knighthoods, claimed: “We wanted to pay special tribute to Bono and announce his award early and separately. …
         Ex-Tory Minister Ann Widdecombe said: “I fail to understand why Bono should be singled out for an early announcement when the honours list is full of people who have worked hard.
         “It is demeaning to them and is a typical New Labour manipulated news stunt.”
         Labour’s Andrew Mackinlay said: “I’m amazed at the way anti-establishment rock figures fall over each other to pick up gongs.”
         Mr Blair has repeatedly been accused of abusing the honours system by filling the lists with celebrities and then leaking them to the Press to gain good headlines.
         Yesterday’s news went one step further as the announcement was made in conjunction with 46-year-old Bono himself.
         The Downing Street website even provided a link to Bono’s site, which advertises his CDs and concerts. …”

         See also Peter Hitchens’ comment in the same DMail issue, Snobbery, sycophancy…and Sir Dog Biscuit KBE,

         “So Mr Dog Biscuit, the man who is so famous and wonderful that he doesn’t have to have a real name, is now to become Sir Dog Biscuit KBE. …
         Yet for all his advice to others on how generous they need to be, Mr Biscuit shows every sign of knowing how to look after Number One.
         While hectoring everyone else about how they must look after Africa, he has relocated business interests to Amsterdam, apparently because even Ireland’s kindly tax regime for “artists” isn’t generous enough for him (so money for Ireland’s aid to Africa will have to come from the pockets of those unable to relocate).
         He even went, expensively, to court to get a pair of old trousers back from a former employee. …
         It wouldn’t have been much more ludicrous if the trousers had been given the KBE and, come to think of it, perhaps Mr Biscuit’s surgically-attached sunglasses should qualify for a knighthood of their own, since they’ve played such a large part in his rise to the ranks of chivalry.”

         Have a good Christmas Eve knight, uh, night. Even if Tony is acting like a phony, and Bono is acting like a bonobo.

Have a peachy solstice

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

 

         Actually, the winter solstice may have been yesterday (though one source I saw disagreed), and this photo’s background quickly lost a lot of the peachiness that was in the sky this dusk when I was first getting the camera ready. Still, here we are. “Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang…” (Shakespeare, sonnet 73).
         Enjoy the slowly lengthening days–if you’re into that.