Friday, April 01, 2005

What Would Bush Do?

What would Bush, or any of those who decided to jump into Iraq, have done in this situation?:

The Man Who Saved The World

Sirens blaring, warning lights flashing, computer screens showing nuclear missiles on their way, one man in charge of a red button labeled “START” - that’s start a retaliatory strike — and a roomful of people at their terminals and switchboards waiting for him to push it...

Stanislav Petrov was a Soviet army officer monitoring the satellite system for signs of a U.S. attack, the year was 1983, and his instructions, if he detected missiles targeting the Soviet Union, were to push the button and launch a counter-offensive.

He didn’t. Minutes later, no missiles came; months later, the frightening data across his monitor was determined to have been a system glitch. Today, the Association of World Citizens is calling him “the forgotten hero of our time,” a title befitting the man whose responsibility had been to start World War III.

Let's just be glad Cheney never had his finger on the button.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Pro Life, Pro-Junk Mail

From the NY Times:

The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.

"These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler's legal battle to keep Terri's estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri," says a description of the list on the Web site of the firm, Response Unlimited, which is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo's father. "These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia and are pro-life in every sense of the word!"

Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish.

"I think it's amusing," said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. "I think it's absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information."

Thank you for fighting to save Terri. Now here's some flyers with pictures of dead fetuses on them and a special message from Tom DeLay. Subscribe to Rush Limbaugh's newsletter! Save at Walmart! Vote for Alan Keyes!!!

Yikes. Time to get a bigger mailbox.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Who Says Librarians Have No Sense Of Humor?

Me. But maybe I'm wrong to stereotype. This, for instance, is hilarious: Peeps Research Project
Does Anybody Else Find This Funny?

(CNN) -- Authorities said a North Carolina man was arrested Friday by FBI agents on charges of soliciting the murder of a judge and the husband of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman at the center of a legal and moral tug of war.

Authorities said Richard Alan Meywes of Fairview, North Carolina, offered $250,000 for the killing of Michael Schiavo and another $50,000 for the death of Circuit Court Judge George Greer, who ordered Schiavo's feeding tube removed a week ago.

In other words: Don't kill Terri, kill two other people instead!

Brings "eye for an eye" to a new level.

Also, Clinton responded to the Columbine massacre within hours. Bush responding to the second largest school shooting in U.S. history??

Took him 4 days.

"The fact that Bush preempted his vacation to say something about Ms. Schiavo and here you have 10 native people gunned down and he can't take time to speak is very telling," said David Wilkins, interim chairman of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

You said it, Dave.

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