Sign the petition to strip John Walker Lindh of his U.S. citizenship.
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Saturday, July 27, 2002
 
PA MINERS

They got all 9 of the trapped miners out of the mine in PA. Yeah!!!
Thursday, July 25, 2002
 
PETITION

The petition is here.
 
JOHN WALKER LINDH

I am still angry that Lindh will be free in 17 years or so. Pejman Yousefzadeh's column today at Tech Central Station gave me the passage of the US code which says that Lindh should be stripped of his citizenship:
Title 8 of the United States Code, Section 1481(a)(3) states that American citizenship may be lost thusly:

A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth of by naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily performing any of the following acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality . . . entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state if (A) such armed forces are engaged in hostilities against the United States . . .

817 idiots have signed a petition at petitiononline.com to free this man because "the betrayal of vaguely defined "American values" does not constitute a crime in the United States". No, it does not. Taking arms up against America does.

I ran across that petition because I wanted to see if there was one that I could sign to have him stripped of his citizenship. There is not one, so I am starting one. I will be emailing a few bloggers hoping to spread the word, and I will forward it along to members of our executive and legislative branches.

 
NYC BUDGET SHORTFALL

I have an idea on how to save a little money for the city. There are work crews, right now, outside my place tearing up the sidewalk. Its not to access anything under the sidewalk or anything, theyre just pouring new cement. The sidewalk was fine, you could tell it was old, but there was nothing wrong with it - no dangerous cracks or anything. Isn't this something that could wait a year or two?
 
BLOGGER ERRORS

*sigh* That Error 503 has reared its ugly head once again.
 
GOOGLE HITS

Geez, of my last 50 hits, 12 of them are google hits searching for nude pictures of Toby Maguire. Of course, this post will probably only serve to boost that number, but I think I need to start posting more again...

At least the guy searching for "dog genitals", who was so ernest in his search that he ran it twice, didn't actually visit.
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
 
CLASSIC SENDOFF



Although they haven't been able to win the World Series, the Boston Red Sox certainly know how to do something right. First, there was the all-star game of 1999, now we have a classy memorial for Ted Williams.

UPDATE: WOW! Nomar Garciaparra, a close friend of Williams, was the emcee of Monday's ceremony. Today, he has his own personal tribute with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs.
Monday, July 15, 2002
 
BLOGGER

Anyone else getting "Error 503:Unable to load template file: /home/Templates2/blahblahblah.html (server:page)"?

I think so. Except for Tim Blair, whose Monday's postings happened a while ago, none of the blogspot blogs Ive checked have published anything new today. Of course, if youre reading this, its back up...
 
BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

Montreal, whose stadium usually has about 4-6000 fans per game the past couple years, recently made some trades to get good players such as Bartolo Colon and Cliff Floyd. Saturday, they had more than 17,000 fans show up. Sunday over 20,000. You mean if a team makes an effort to win and fields a team capable of doing so, that the fans will actually show up?!?!?! What a concept!!!

Bud Selig must go.
 
CONVICTIONS DU JOUR

Its been a good day! First, a Pakistani court convicted the 4 on trial for the Daniel Pearl murder. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the leader of the group, was sentenced to as they say in bad movies: "hang by his neck until he is deh-yad".

And this morning, John Walker Lindh pled guilty to some of the charges against him. More details to come, but I would like to see 2 thing happen. First, the press can now stop calling him the "so-called" American Taliban - he says he did it, he is no longer "so-called" (despite the misuse of the term). Second, I will be very upset if he retains his citizenship after sentencing. He should also be categorically denied an entry Visa to the USA for the rest of his life - if he wants to visit his family, tough #$%@ buddy, shoulda thought of that before you took up arms. I'm sure they wouldnt mind a good excuse to make an annual trip to, say, France. This guy should never again walk on American soil nor breathe American air.

UPDATE: I have expressed this sentiment to president@whitehouse.gov I urge you to do the same.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
 
OUT OF TOUCH

After yet another slight to fans last night, especially to those who paid $175 per ticket, baseball's all-star game ended in a tie after 11 innings. Never mind that the final 2 pitchers were starters and only went 2 innings (previous all-star games routinely had their starting pitchers go 3 innings), outside of when your mom just called you home for dinner, who decided with 1 out in the bottom of an inning that that will be the last one?

Headlines about last night's game: (at least ones that were not your neutral "game ended in tie")

All-Star Shame - ESPN

No-Win Situation - CNNSI

Midsummer showcase ends in embarrassment - Boston Globe

All-Star Game Ends in Boos, Tie - Fox News

Thriller in Miller is a Draw - MLB.com

I guess we all know now which department at Major League Baseball is in charge of homepage content...

Friday, July 05, 2002
 
The Kid, RIP

*Sigh* Ted Williams died this morning. I met him when I was 12 or 13 and would visit my grandparents in Winter Haven, FL for Red Sox spring training during my spring breaks. He was the hitting instructor for the A league Winter Haven Red Sox and was down there a while. My grandfather knew a man who had served in Korea with Williams and around the 5th inning of the game we were watching, he took my sister and me down to the minor league complex. Williams was down there in his golf cart. My sister and I went into the restricted zone where he was seated and got his autograph. After a gruff "What are you kids doing here?!?" He signed both our balls and our ticket stubs.

I got chills when I heard the news today. He truly was the greatest hitter ever. 2 of Williams' 4 MVPs are sitting in the homes of Joe DiMaggio and Joe Gordon.
Wednesday, July 03, 2002
 
HOLIDAY

I'm off to NH for the weekend. Back Monday or Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 02, 2002
 
NYC MARATHON

I didn't get in through the lottery. Thats 5 missed in the past 6 years (I didn't try in 1999). Oh well, at least the last 3 have been in a row and I'm an automatic next year. Which probably means I will not be in the city anymore...
 
YAHOO EPITOMIZES POINT OF COULTER'S BOOK

I guess noone at Yahoo! has read Ann Coulter's book (neither have I, but I've seen many many interviews of her). In an article entitled Politically Incorrect: R.I.P., they describe her as "the 'right wing telebimbo' also known as Katie Couric's nemesis".

I've been paying attention to lots of things lately and have come to the conclusion that those who do not like what someone says, but cannot refute what they are saying, will revert to personal attacks. Anytime I watch a debate or read an article and the speaker/author can only attack the other person, it pretty much elevates the other's argument in my eyes. Now, I'm not saying its automatically true, but it certainly makes it worth looking into. The more Katie Couric "interviews" and Yahoo! articles, the more likely I'll buy Coulter's book because she has obviously found some truth that certain people do not want publicized.
Monday, July 01, 2002
 
TOP 50 GEEK QUOTES

OK, using the word "quote" may be a stretch, but some of these are really funny. Especially if you've ever spent significant time on IRC.
 
AIRPORT SECURITY

Lots of articles about airport security not being so hot. Of course it isn't. Noone is trying to make us safer, they're trying to make us feel safer. There's a difference.
 
FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT

As much as I don't want to see innocent people killed, it does, and will continue to happen, in wartime. Although we are doing everything we can to avoid it, the people living in Afghanistan can help by not doing things that might cause them to be misidentified as combatants.

Firing a gun into the air in celebration is stupid.

Firing a gun into the air in celebration in a warzone is worthy of a Darwin award nomination.
 
ISRAELI SOLDIERS KILL PALISTINIAN GIRL

Whoops, no, sorry, my mistake. Turns out it wasn't soldiers at all, but doctors. And they didn't shoot the girl in the head, but cured her from a fatal disease using gene therapy.

I can't find an article online about it, but I just saw the story on Fox News TV. Will post a link when I find it.

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