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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Intelligent Design Inscrutable Ontology Theory

Intelligent Design, or ID, is a "theory" which postulates that the universe and the things that live in it must have been created by an intelligent designer. However, the name "Intelligent Design" leaves out a critical aspect of the theory: Life, the Universe, and Everything are just too darn complicated for science to ever figure out the mechanisms by which they were brought into existence.

Therefore, I propose the name be amended to the Intelligent Design Inscrutable Ontology Theory, or IDIOT for short. This will cause less confusion as it better summarizes what the "theory" is all about.

(Updated 22:00; it's a bad spelling day.) links for 2005-08-24

Pat Robertson Backpedals Furiously

Pat Robertson says he was misinterpreted:
(CNN) -- Conservative religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Wednesday that his remarks about the removal of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were taken out of context and that he never called for the killing of the Latin American leader.

"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time," Robertson said on "The 700 Club" program.

He's right. They could also take him out for dinner and a movie. I'm sure that's what he really meant.

The controversy began Monday when Robertson called Chavez "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas.

"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it," said Robertson on Monday's program. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."

See? By "take him out" and "do it", he obviously means, take him back to their place for hot gay sex. Not "assassination", but "shoot off in his ass". It's just a simple misunderstanding and a plot by the liberal media to put words in his mouth.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 links for 2005-08-23

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Homeless Terrorists

The Feds say:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Urging increased vigilance in the wake of the London bombings, the government is warning that terrorists may pose as vagrants to conduct surveillance of buildings and mass transit stations while plotting future attacks.
Better start rounding them up and putting them in "homeless shelters" before they can get us. Or maybe, just to be safe, we should kill them all.

Pat Robertson is a Terrorist

From CNN:

Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has called for the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas.

Islamic extremism? A curious position to take since Hugo Chavez does not appear to be Muslim, and in fact is probably Catholic.

"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson told viewers on his "The 700 Club" show Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."

Good to know that murder is OK if it's done as a cost-saving measure.

Robertson, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, called Chavez "a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us badly."

He said the O-word! Somewhere, George Bush gets a faraway look in his eyes and says in a monotone voice, "Must... kill.. Hugo... Chavez..."

In November 2002, Robertson charged that the Muslim holy book, the Quran, incites followers to kill people of other faiths and disputed Bush's characterization of Islam as a religion of peace.

"It's clear from the teachings of the Quran and also from the history of Islam that it's anything but peaceful," Robertson said in a subsequent interview with CNN. "Of course there are peace-loving Muslims. But at the same time, at the core of this religion ... is jihad, and it is to subject the unbelievers either to forced conversion or death. That's what it teaches."

Yeah. Uh-huh. Hey, Pat, take a look in the mirror sometime.

Sunday, August 21, 2005 links for 2005-08-21

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Clown Samurai

You must read Clown Samurai. It's a hard-boiled, film noir-style crime drama, with a twist:
Clown Samurai follows the adventures of Ogata Utamaro, a failed clown with the training of a warrior. Japanese but born in England, Utamaro was taught the way of the samurai by his grandfather as a child. In adulthood, Utamaro found his calling as a clown, a profession of which his father did not approve. Disowned, he traveled to the United States, where he found work as a rodeo clown in the south. We find him now depressed and jobless living in a large northern city after a disaster in his life. No longer able to make children laugh, Utamaro is drawn into the world of organized crime, where it will take everything he has just to survive.

The dialog is deadly serious, and the artwork is done in a dark, posterized style. Plus the main character is a killer clown with a samurai sword. It's drop-dead funny.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 links for 2005-08-18

Baby Terrorists Strike Berlin!

From Reuters Oddly Enough News:
BERLIN (Reuters) - An "electronic nappy" used to monitor wetness sparked a bomb alert in a German post office when it arrived in a parcel ticking suspiciously, police in the southwestern city of Heilbronn said Thursday.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


With the advent of digital cameras, you can now take more bad pictures faster than ever before. The best of the worst of my own are over at Flickr. links for 2005-08-17


It keeps getting worse:
It has now emerged that Mr de Menezes:
  • was never properly identified because a police officer was relieving himself at the very moment he was leaving his home;
  • was unaware he was being followed;
  • was not wearing a heavy padded jacket or belt as reports at the time suggested;
  • never ran from the police;
  • and did not jump the ticket barrier.
But the revelation that will prove most uncomfortable for Scotland Yard was that the 27-year-old electrician had already been restrained by a surveillance officer before being shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Secure Flight Oversight

Bruce Schneier writes:

According to Wired News, the DHS is looking for someone in Congress to sponsor a bill that eliminates congressional oversight over the Secure Flight program.

The bill would allow them to go ahead with the program regardless of GAO's assessment. (Current law requires them to meet ten criteria set by Congress; the most recent GAO report said that they did not meet nine of them.) The bill would allow them to use commercial data even though they have not demonstrated its effectiveness. (The DHS funding bill passed by both the House and the Senate prohibits them from using commercial data during passenger screening, because there has been absolutely no test results showing that it is effective.)

Feel safer now? Me neither. But at least they are keeping baby terrorists off airliners. (UPDATE: And puppet terrorists too!)

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