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that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance." --Henry Ward Beecher
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Friday, October 03, 2003
Posted 1:10 PM by WiN
Jerry Palm on OU/texas
Jerry Palm, of CollegeBCS.com, has this to say about the Sooners' chances of being undefeated at bowl selection time:
Not only are they the best team, but the schedule is favorable. Only a road trip to Colorado looks like a potential stumbling block on the way to the Big 12 title game. And, of course, there is always the slight chance that Texas will not choke away the Red River Classic.Heh.
He also has OU as a strong number one in his simulated BCS rankings, with a full three-point lead over #2 Ohio State. Miami trails tOSU by a little more than a point. Of course, both of those teams have had at least two "tight fits" this season, including one against a huge dog at home (last night, UM was Kellen Winslow's talented fingertips away from losing to 28-point underdog UWVa). A week ago I would have had USC and Miami as the nos. 1 & 2 threats to OU's chances at MNC #8. Now I'd have to say that FSU and VaTech are holding down those spots. Of course, that could all change Saturday. This has been a crazy season so far, but a lot of fun. I love college football.
Thursday, October 02, 2003
Posted 12:56 PM by WiN
Toys for Iraq - A blog picture post
A week or so old, but a wonderful montage of photos from Iraq, set to the lyrics of an old protest song:
Stop! Hey! What's that sound? Everybody look what's going down. [link via Blog O' DOB]
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Posted 11:29 AM by WiN
Gimme a carbonated, syrup-based soft drink
How do you order a soft drink? Turns out, it's pretty closely correlated to where you grew up, according to this study.
I'd have to agree that it has me and my part of the country pretty well pegged. I spent almost my entire formative years in "Coke" country (although being a former Dallasite, saying such is akin to heresy), although I have been known to use "pop" (probably influenced by those darned contrarian NE Oklahomans). Never would I order a "soda", although I might on occasion say "soda-pop".
Ok, I admit it, sometimes I'm easily amused.
Posted 10:04 AM by WiN
What's Really happening in Iraq: FrontLineVoices.org
As I referenced in an earlier entry, now there is a place where you can get the straight skinny on what's really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, directly from people who are there. No reporters or "media personnel", just soldiers and other "real folks". Check out Front Line Voices.
I read through the postings on the front page and found two in particular that I liked, for different reasons. This one describes, in general terms, what Iraq was like before the war, immediately after the cessation of hostilities, and some months later (there is no indication of when the letter was written). This one, entitled "Courage", is a heartfelt response from a Navy corpsman serving in the war on terror to the "peace protestors" back in the states. I found it to be very moving, and a great testimony to those young men and women (I'd probably call them "kids" if I saw them in civvies) who are proud to serve our country. It makes me want to be a better citizen, to try to justify their sacrifice somehow.
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.