Friday, May 09, 2003

Senior Iranian Muslim cleric warns US against prolonged Iraq stay

Tornado in Oklahoma City injures 105 - but nobody is killed
Like I wrote before, the Midwest has an excellent warning system.

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Lee Penn
Russia and the creation of ‘Greater Europe’
From Strategic Forecasting LLC. Interesting: Rather than suggest a Greater Europe would be a New World Order subsidiary of the US, it says Russia might be joining Europe vs. the US.

An Ashcroft joke from a traditionalist Catholic
Attorney General Ashcroft is visiting an elementary school. After the typical
civics presentation to the class, he announces, "All right, boys and girls,
you can all ask me questions now."

A young boy called Bobby raises his hand and says, "I have three
questions:

1. How did Bush win the election with fewer votes than Gore?

2. Why are you using the USA Patriot Act to limit Americans' civil liberties?

3. Why hasn't the U.S. caught Osama bin Laden yet?"

Just then the bell sounds and all the kids run out to the playground. Fifteen
minutes later, the kids come back in class and again. Ashcroft says, "I'm
sorry we were interrupted by the bell. Now, you can all ask me questions."

A young girl named Charlene raises her hand and says, "I have five questions:

1. How did Bush win the election with fewer votes than Gore?

2. Why are you using the USA Patriot Act to limit Americans' civil
liberties?

3. Why hasn't the U.S. caught Osama bin Laden yet?

4. Why did the bell go off 20 minutes early?

5. Where's Bobby?

A history/autobiography on Slavic immigrant life in Pennsylania
Like Maxim Gorky in My Childhood, Lisa Alzo tells it like it was. Brutal. With my handicap I wouldn't have lasted a minute. And for all its problems and mistakes, God bless America! Note that the Rusyn grandfather (someone who read the book wrote online the family was Eastern Catholic) had a very Hungarian name - not uncommon. Author's site.

Another good book:
The Rise and Fall of Popular Music
by Donald Clarke
You can read this one online! An entertaining history lesson. It seems he wrote it in the early 1990s before the latest cycles of popular music - grunge (which was good rock) and the very recent teenybopper-targeted marketing. His quotation from a British writer describing Kylie Minogue as about as exciting as a 'dancing, prancing antiseptic swab' is exactly what I think of Britney Spears.

Now to listen to some good popular music, do yourself a favor and check out this band:
Groovelily

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