Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am reminded of The Simpsons' episode in which Homer travels back in time to ancient Greece. While cavorting with the gods on Mt. Olympus, he does something to incur the wrath of Zeus, who sends him hurtling via thunderbolt to Hades. In the next scene, Homer's paddling on the river Styx as the saccharin cacophony of Lady, from the execrable 1970s pop band Styx, blares all around him. "Oh, no!" he screams, jettisoning his oars to cover his ears. "This place really is hell, isn't it?!"


Saturday, September 11, 2010


By Anthony Gregory

But one thing that hasn’t changed at all is U.S. foreign policy, and the entire American style of responding to supposed threats abroad with the brute force of war and the continual expansion of government power at home.

This is not to say that there was a qualitative break in U.S. policy nine years ago, not even as far as the Muslim world was concerned. The U.S. overthrew Iran’s government in 1953, installed a dictator and taught his goons how to torture. The U.S. backed Saddam and his ilk from the late 50s through the 1980s. The U.S. engineered the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and continued to meddle in that country, radicalizing Islamist fighters and helping to create the modern fanaticism there. In the 1980s, the U.S. government bombed Libya and encouraged Saddam to invade Iran, even as President Reagan secretly sent weapons to Iran. In 1990, the U.S. government started a war with Iraq that has essentially continued to this day. Clinton bombed Iraq and Afghanistan [and that nefarious aspirin factory in Sudan! TP]. In the decades leading to 9/11, it is fair to say that the U.S. government directly or indirectly murdered millions of innocent people in its interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia. Every president from Eisenhower through Clinton shares some of the blame.


Friday, September 03, 2010

From: Pivetta, Tony
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:58 PM
To: 'Craig'
Subject: RE: Saturday


I notice you coyly employed the preposition “toward” (i.e., “in the general direction of,” as in “7-5 in the regular season plus a loss to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl”) where a more confident college football fan would have used the preposition “to” (i.e., “en route to a definitive target,” as in “12-0 in the regular season plus a win over Alabama in a BCS Bowl”). Clearly, you’re a Spartan fan. Both your deft use of language and muted football hopes give you away.


From: Craig [mailto:clindsay@jjcurran.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:34 PM
To: Pivetta, Tony
Subject: Saturday


The march toward the National Championship begins Saturday at 7:30am. Be there or be square!

Craig Lindsay
Field Engineer