Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Out of Context

I can't make this up.
A radio whiner named Mike Scinto came up with this gem.
Discussing the philosophic dialog at the miss teen america pageant, he said
"What she said, if taken in context,is wrong, but if taken out of context it makes perfect sense"
I had to go into a customers office after I heard this. I regained my composure first. It is not good for your customers to see you doubled up in laughter.

i can't make this up part 2

from notes on a blind date:
9. For GODSAKES, please. Don't tell me where you keep your dead dog's ashes, k?

On a sad note, Richard Jewell passed away.
He lived near me during the Olympics. I drove by his complex several times, and saw the army of TV camera trucks in the parking lot. What a nightmare that must have been, to have all that media in town looking for a story, and have them in your parking lot.
It is to be hoped that G-d is kinder to him now than she was when he was alive.

"Despite all this the Shia remained generally loyal – that is, until 1991, when Shia soldiers returning from the first Gulf war in Kuwait sparked a riot in Basra that quickly spread north to Najaf. The Shia looked to the United States for support, interpreting President George H.W. Bush's call to the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam to mean American intervention on their behalf. However, Saudi Arabia warned Washington in no uncertain terms that if Saddam were to fall from power, Iran would gain control of southern Iraq. The House of Saud did not wish to see the Shia uprising against Saddam succeed. Riyadh saw the same threat in Shia empowerment in Iraq in 1991 that it sees today. It preferred to keep Iraq under a Sunni dictatorship rather than risk empowering the Shia. Influenced by their ally in the war, the United States balked at involvement in the uprising. U.S. forces stationed in the Euphrates Valley looked on as Saddam sent his dreaded Republican Guards to the south, armed with tanks and helicopter gunships to crush the rebellion.
Large parts of Shia towns were razed, the shrines in Najaf and Karbala were shelled, and tens of thousands of Shias were killed. Bodies were draped across the beams of the shrine of Husayn in Karbala. The brutality was merciless; as one Iraqi general said about a massacre of Shias in Hilla after the 1991 uprising, "We captured many people and separated them into three groups. The first group we were sure were made up of people who were guilty. The second group we had doubts about, and the third group was innocent. We telephoned the high command to ask what we should do with them. They said we should kill them all, and that's what we did." –Vali Nasr, The Shia Revival

Thank you Iraqimojo.
After a couple of days talking about Miss Teen South Carolina, the real world is impinging on the good times.
So this is one of the massacres that the warmonger crowd likes to jawbone about. So much of what you hear justifying this war centers on the cruelty of Saddam to the Iraqi people. Now, it turns out that Washington sanctioned this genocide, because our buddies in Saudi Arabia wanted us too.
But Bush the younger was not as smart as his daddy. After terrorists from Saudi Arabia attacked Amerika, he got revenge on Iraq. And delivered Babylon into the hands of the Shia, who are buddies with Iran.
This is getting complicated. Maybe I should listen to Miss Teen South Carolina.

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