Posts from December 2003

The end of free

The end of free
: The last free Julie Burchill column here. Now she moves to The Times, which charges. She should convince her new masters to let her start a weblog and put up her columns.

Priorities

Priorities
: Read Iranian weblogs and you’ll pick up a current of anger at the Iranian government for not spending money to build stronger, safer structures in this earthquake-plagued nation. Iran For Dummies says:

Iran as every one knows is on the seismic line, we have experienced deadly earthquakes:

– Sept. 16, 1978; northeast Iran; magnitude 7.7; 25,000 killed.

-May 10, 1997; northern Iran; magnitude 7.1; 1,500 killed.

-June 21, 1990; northwest Iran; magnitude 7.3 to 7.7; 50,000 killed.

-June 22, 2002; northwestern Iran, magnitude 6; at least 500 killed….

They can’t refer this tragedy to Al-Qaeda; they can’t fool us with the will of God or the holy experiment placed by Allah. I as an Iranian blame this tremendous casualty and deaths on government and lack of precautions for people

Bedtime stories with Karl Rove

Bedtime stories with Karl Rove
: Yes, really, bedtime stories with Karl Rove.

Inside Operation Red Dawn

Inside Operation Red Dawn
: Jeremy Botter, a medic in Iraq, publishes his story as one of the 600 soldiers in Operation Red Dawn, the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Worse and worse

Worse and worse
: Good God. The toll in Iran’s earthquake is rising to 20,000, Reuters now says.

Others have noted that the severity of the quake was equivalent to that in California a few days ago. (Update: I stand corrected. The comments reveal that the Iran quake was .3 higher on the Richter scale and increases in the scale are exponential.)

: Pedram has another suggestion for where to send contributions.

: Here is a press release from the charity Pedram recommends, Mercy Corps.

: Keep returning to Iranian Truth for excellent links and updates.

It was a dark and stormy train…

It was a dark and stormy train…
: Kottke snoops on the creative process.

Dean’s Christmas

Dean’s Christmas
: A day after Howard Dean went out of his way to start dropping Jesus’ name before heading South to campaign, Jeff Miller [via Relapsed Catholic] points out that Dean’s Christmas message doesn’t mention Jesus but instead Saint FDR. It’s an odd message, in fact. Nothing about the warmth and joy the holiday, just another chance to obliquely complain about the war. It would appear that Dean’s having trouble grokking God.

: See also Franklin Foer’s fine New Republic piece that says a secular candidate can’t win the presidency (yet), quoting a 2000 Pew poll that says 70 percent of Americans want their President to be a person of faith.

: I’m not hoping that Dean turns himself into a Bush-Christian to win. Quite the contrary. If he is, in fact, a Congregationalist, like me — of the reform tradition, open, progressive, mainline, and not fundamentalist — then I’d love to see that view of religion take to the stage instead of just the conservative brand. But it appears that Dean is either embarrassed about religion or not religious (in which case, his sudden discover of faith would be dubious).

An eater after my own heart(burn)

An eater after my own heart(burn)
: JKrank, author of the Sophia Sideshow, whose topic is often food, returned to the U.S. from Bulgaria for the holidays with one wish fulfilled: “I did go to Taco Bell, and it was everything I hoped for.”