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Tuesday, 23 August, 2005

It's just a cold. But I get the feeling that the trees are glaring at me when I walk past due to the sheer number of kleenex I've gone through in the past 24 hours. Oh, sorry, that's Kleenex ® Tissues. Watching out for your brand name, Kimberly-Clark. At any rate, I'm sure this will pass but it's been pretty miserable going for the past couple of nights (and days).

I do love Lileks. His "Screedblog" today was in response to people that wrote to him, well, in response to his previous Screedblog. He chastises some of them - not for having a different opinion, but for concluding that since he doesn't believe the same things that they do, he is therefore:

A. Wrong
B. A "Wingnut"
C. Against the First Amendment
D. Unaware of the totally persuasive arguments that counter his position
E. All of the above

His response:

That really long email you send that called me a name in the first sentence? Didnít read it.

That shorter email that called me a name in the second sentence? Read it. Rocked my world. Completely changed everything I believe. Had to curl up in bed with my George Bush handpuppet and have a dialogue for half an hour before I stopped whimpering. And I do a bad Texas accent.

Donít make me go through that again.

I am jealous, of course, not having a George Bush handpuppet of my own. I do have a Bill Clinton doll, however:

Alien with Bill Clinton

[Actually, it was Alien's favorite catnip toy.]

Speaking of "wing-nuts", I have a message for Pat Robertson:

Shut. Up.

Here's the latest brilliant statement from him:

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has suggested that American agents assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's "The 700 Club."

"We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," he continued. "It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

OK, so Chavez is busy telling the whole world that the US is trying to assasinate him, and Pat Robertson says, "Yes, go ahead?"

[Subtlety is lost on him.]

Quote du jour:

"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety."

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992) US science writer, science-fiction writer

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