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Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Posted 2:12 PM by WiN
Anti-gay in Greece (NY)? You're fired!
According to this article, Eastman Kodak fired a 23-year employee because he didn't want to hear company propaganda about being 'supportive' of fellow employees who decide to 'come out'. Dare I say, the 'Diversity' monster the left has created has just about equaled ugliness of the 'Jim Crow' policies of the (mostly Democratic) old south. Firing employees for refusing to quietly submit to Orwellian company propaganda schemes seems to me ample cause for a conservative boycott. I'll be the first to sign on. [link again via the incomparable James Taranto]
Posted 1:32 PM by WiN
Blogs to Gerry, Blogs to Gerry...
As even Glenn Reynolds has noted, the once-famous-and-influential political cartoonist Gerry Trudeau has taken on the blogging community. As usual, his slings and arrows generally miss the mark. He has become just another sad ultra-liberal taking cheap shots at the President, his administration and conservatives in general. He has probably realized by now that he is like a lone liberal voice, crying out in the print media wilderness against the teeming hordes of conservatives and libertarians who more and more dominate the radio waves and internet commentary.
I don't wish him ill, as I feel sure his influence has dwindled seriously compared to his peak years in the late 80's and through the 90's. His web site will get a bunch of hits this week, then rapidly return to its normal traffic loads while Professor Reynolds' hits continue to climb. And I will continue to skip over his banal and caustic strip in my daily paper.
Posted 7:26 AM by WiN
OKC-Iraqi ties to be investigated
Conspiracy theories surrounding the OKC bombing are a dime a dozen, but possible ties between the convicted bombers and middle-eastern terrorists are going to get a new look according to this story from New York. According to this reporter:
The FBI is under pressure from the highest political levels in Washington to investigate suspected links between Iraq and the Oklahoma bombing.I don't go in for conspiracy theories much myself, but the possibility that two dim-bulbs like McVeigh and Nichols could have done pulled off the Murrah Building bombing stretch my credulity. I think anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of physics and explosives would come to the conclusion that a bomb outside the building could not cause so much internal damage, including taking out some very large pillars constructed of reinforced concrete. And I remember being extremely puzzled, as I'm sure many were, when the widely publicized search for the brown Chevy pickup and 'John Doe 2' were suddenly dropped for very weak reasons.
It is, I believe, just another indictment of the Clinton/Reno Justice Department that these loose ends were simply left hanging and discounted in the face of some very credible witnesses. I sincerely hope that a concerted effort is made to truly get to the bottom of what happened, and let the chips fall where they may. I only regret the additional pain that the victim's families will go through as this investigation is reopened and the media machine cranks up again, re-opening freshly healed wounds.
Would that justice had been done then, and had not had to wait for a much more tragic event to occur on American soil for us to wake up to the very real threat from radical Islamist terrorists. I feel certain that the impunity with which they were able to bomb American military facilities and embassies only served to embolden them to take the next step, a massive attack carried out on American soil. This is the true 'Clinton Legacy', and it's a tragic one.
Update: One Australian paper has reported that "A HUGE fertiliser bomb, similar in size to the one used by Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing, is believed responsible for the Sari Club bombing." Police are also saying that two vehicles were used as opposed to three as orginally thought. [link via James Taranto]
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.