The Eat an Animal for PETA day posting starts here
I'll be heading out shortly to pick up CJ and go over to Norfolk for our evening of fun, protest, and eating tasty animals to show PETA how little we care for their offensive ad campaign that started all this.
However, I've got one last email before I go. It's from Lair Simon, who's having a bit of posting trouble:
So, like, are they kosher then? permalink
Couldn't resist sharing this with you all. Look at the headline.
Typos. As a former typesetter, copy editor, and proofreader, I feel their pain. However, that doesn't stop me from making fun of bad proofreading. [snicker] permalink
This week's archive page comes up first in a Yahoo search for "free sex pics woman and grills." (Look at the title next to your browser icon at the very top of your window to see why.) Obviously, someone wanted to add their own, er, flavor to International Eat an Animal for PETA day. In the number two spot is a website that does matchmaking for "adult friends." Nice little euphemism for, er, never mind. I can't think of a thing that won't bring the pr0n searches ever closer.
Arthur Silber sounds as excited as I am that the day is finally here. I've got lots of other things to write about, including a response to a discussion about how to criticize neocons (and a great big DUH in advance to Kevin Drum, who will get much, much more from me later). permalink
There were more than a few letters todayer, yesterdaywhat with getting linked by Instapundit, the Corner, and Best of the Web (hoo-baby, a triple play!). Sitemeter is just shy of 9600 visits at midnight, which means WebTrends will tell me tomorrow that I had about 12k visitors. Mary writes:
It's worse than you think. Elie Wiesel is in the picture of the prisoners in the bunk at Buchenwald; he saw the picture and was stunned that they used it. PETA said in a news article that they weren't even thinking about apologizing to him for it. Plus, they've taken many of the quotes from Jewish organizations and put them on their site, with their "explanation" below. Here's a roundup of negative articles on the campaign.
Proving the international appeal of our campaign, a captain in the Air Force stationed in Saudia Arabia says:
Thank you, Captain. Say, do the French pilots bathe regularly, or is it true that Europeans don't see the need? Hope not, what with the heat of summer coming on. Phew.
Okay. If you don't understand hackerspeak, then just don't use the word "Holocaust" in your letter. Call it "PETA's latest ad campaign" or something. But even if it gets routed to an automatic answer, they're getting thousands of offended emails, and they know it. I expect by now my buddy Matt Prescott has read this site, but I've received no letters from him or anyone else at PETA. Too bad. I'd print it here. In its entirety, even.
Admiral Quixote has some more comments:
Obviously, you're not from the Chris Claremont school of comic writing. Ooh, where'd that come from? Anyway, you've got some good points.
Darren has a very funny suggestion:
Amy Phillips sent me a long letter on why my response to PETA is wrong, and it's the first time I've read an intelligent argument. It's too long to post and it's late and I'm tired, so I'm linking instead. If you go read, please remember to be polite if you have something to say to Amy. She has the right to disagree, and sent far more than the standard "you suck!" answer. Thanks, Amy.
Michele is meatblogging over at A Small Victory. Start here and then read up.
Okay, not really a drink, unless you count the Coca-Cola (in the glass bottle, thank you) that is at my right hand. But here are a couple of slogans that Daniel sent:
My standards are very rigorous. Slogans can't be obscene.
Admiral Quixote says my campaign doesn't go far enough, and that we need to hit PETA in their pocketbook. I was thinking that rather than make PETA waste resources sending junk mail, a better protest would be contributing money to the ASPCA. A quick run-through of their website shows a few things I may not wholly agree with, but nothing as disgusting as PETA's "Holocaust on your plate" campaign. permalink
Brian Chapin has a graphic up that's making me hungry.
You know, reading the discussion boards that post about this really is a hoot. So far, the best the opposing side can come up with is a) I'm a skank b) I suck and c) I'm stupid.
Just once, I'd like to see someone actually argue the merits of why my response to PETA's offensive ad campaign which, let us not forget, compares the killing of food animals with the Nazi slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust, is wrong. Not that I think it is, obviously.
I imagine the reason I'm not seeing an intellectual response is because all true intellectuals realize that PETA is wrong to place animals on an equal footing with humans.
And let me be plain about this: I am wholly against cruelty to animals, and that includes raising them under cruel conditions on factory farms. But if you want my help with your cause, you need a better way than the PETA way. permalink
Just wanted to point out that it's already Saturday in Australia and New Zealand, and Murray's probably already enjoyed his meals immensely.
I slept in this morning, just long enough to hear a delivery truck pull up in front of my building and make me think, "Boy. I never get any presents."
It was a gift off my wish list from Marduk, who writes Babylonian Musings. Thanks so much. I've had a parody of "I'm Still Here" running in the back of my mind for weeks; I'll probably get to it soon.
In the meantime, I get to hear over two hours of Steven Sondheim, the New York Philharmonic, and a great cast of stars. Comden and Green, performing! Elaine Stritch, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn. Someone's in heaven this morning. permalink
Buried near the end of this AP piece is an interesting statement by Colin Powell, testifying in front of the House of Representatives:
So now it's in the Congressional Record: Colin Powell agrees with me that Lebanon is a nation occupied by Syria. So, International ANSWER and other peaceniks: When do the protests begin?
Oh, that's all right. I won't hold my breath. permalink
Oh, my. Lots of letters today, lots of subjects. Some old, some new. First, the old:
Thanks for that. On the same subject, CJ writes:
On the topic of "Has this ever happened to you?" John R. writes:
Donald from Australia writes:
Okay, this post is long enough for now. People, write shorter letters! permalink
It's 74 degrees outside at 3 p.m. I think I'm going to head out and not come back before dark. Alas, the hard top is still on the Jeep, so I can't drive topless. (That's going to bring more perverted Google searches.)
In the meantime, if you're a weblogger, I'd greatly appreciate if you'd pick an Eat an Animal for PETA day link (lots to choose from on this page or in last week's), or just send people this way, for a last-minute publicity charge.
If any of you regularly visit forums, you might want to bring it up there. There seem to be many, many people referred from forums ranging from duck-hunting to vegeterianism (they really hate me now). Or, if you're not a blogger but want to spread the word, you can just email your friends the url to the original post (http://www.yourish.com/archives/2003/feb23-mar1_2003.html#2003030102). Anyone in the Richmond-Norfolk area and points between is welcome to dine with us Saturday night. But you've got to email us so we know how many reservations to make.
Only two days left to get the word out to as many people as we can. Go to it! permalink
According to the Babelfish translations of the articles, the French are waiting for the investigation to decide whether carving a Star of David in a woman's arm can be considered an anti-Semitic act. The Jewish organizations are actually saying this.
Yeah. Let's seethree men in masks grab a young woman and carve a Star of David in her arm with, what one story said might have been car keys. Let's think that one over. Hm. Does that sound like an anti-Semitic attack to you, or was it just your ordinary mugging?
Damelon says that students and human rights groups plan a demonstration tonight protesting the attack. Good. But there still needs to be something more proactive. permalink
Everything Diane is writing lately is shimmering. She joins in the conversation about Mel Gibson's upcoming film and the veracity of biblical texts, putting her own inimitable stamp on the discussion, and handing AC Douglas his head in an oh-so-polite manner.
Then she nails the childish tit-for-tat we've seen ad nauseum throughout the blogosphere (on both sides, I might add) and explains why Jim Moran's anti-Semitic remarks cannot be compared to Jim Baker's dismissal of the Jewish vote.
Diane, I don't believe that I originated the phrase "Anti-Semites of the world, die" (I suspect Jews have been saying it for centuries). I put that meme out on this website first, but yes, you did add the caveat "of cancer." (In fact, after receiving a letter from someone who remarked upon my strong sentiments (he used the word "bias") I updated my About page to include my passion for Zionism and against anti-Semitism. And while I was at it I put a few more Qs into my FAQ page.)
When I was in my twenties, I was visiting my favorite aunt in San Diego, and sunning myself on a floating lounge chair in her pool. Later I discovered that the sun tanned all of my exposed skin, but as I was wearing my Star of David, it left a pale, six-pointed star mark at the base of my throat. I thought that was just great, and tried (and failed) to repeat it just about every summer for years.
I should have just moved to France.
And to think, this happened right after the French education minister announced a program to crack down on anti-Semitism. (Of course, not long ago, Jacques Chirac insisted there was no anti-Semitism in France.)
No, there's no anti-Semitism in France. None at all.
Effing cowards. Disgusting bastards. Shall we call down the yourish.com anti-Semitism slogan on them? But of course. Die.
Update: Last night I sent a letter to W. of Merde in France, asking him to forward me any information he finds on the attack. He said the print press isas usualnot mentioning the story at all. Looks like the reason French officials can claim there's no anti-Semitism in France is because they ignore it and hope it will go away. permalink
This is not an easy thing to do. But here we go. Aaron writes:
(Aaron, loved the picture of Pat Buchanan as Hitler; wherever did you get it?)
Also on the EAFPD front, Damelon (he is from Francewell, at least, in it) sends in some slogans:
Well, I don't know that I'd call them lame. They're a sight better than the chants anti-war protesters come up with. Well, that, and you actually spelled all the words correctly.
Babylonian Musings is a blog discussing the more reprehensible members of the blogosphere, including the wretched Mikey Rivero (who, also, will get a link from me when I shake Yasser Arafat's hand). I don't know who the author is, but I do know it's a laff-a-minute slugfest as s/he slogs through the slime. (By the way, Marduk says one of the reasons Mikey hates Jews so much is because he was beat up by a girl. His first wife, who was Jewish.)
Go get 'em, Marduk. permalink
Alex Bensky came up with this one:
If it didn't have a mother, don't eat it.
Oooh, that's cold. Of course I laughed.
Oh, so did you. Stop lying. permalink
Go check this one out. Oh, my ribs are gonna be aching tonight.
Beaker's got a poster that does not feature cute puppies, but does feature lots of yummie meat. Wow. No matter if you spell it "yummy" or "yummie," it still looks (and sounds) incredibly stupid. Let's rewrite that phrase: "Lots of delicious meat." Phew. That's much better.
In fact, it's meat from the same kind of animal I had a part of tonight. (Mmm. Sirloin.) Althought the carrot in that poster looks just a little bitphallic. Hm.
Keep on making the posters, and I'll make a poster gallery.
Update: Beaker is at least as twisted as John. Look at this.
Update 2: So far, in emails I've sent with the link to the above picture, I've said,
"I had a cat that looked exactly like that,
Feel free to join in. permalink
A poster! A poster! Finally, an EAFPD poster!
Exceptexceptwell, it's a puppy! Oh, John, how can I use that one? I could never hurt a puppy!
Couldn't you make it, like, an ugly old chicken? Or even a veal calf?
A puppy? What do you think this is, Korea? permalink
I'll be damned. They found Elizabeth Smart, the teenager who was kidnapped from her home last June. So while listening to CNN, I hear a moron on the air sayI believe he was one of CNN's "experts"that there are many questions to be answered. Was she taken by force, or did she go voluntarily?
Tell me again why the networks pay people like that for commentary? permalink
I don't know who thought of the adage "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade," but I gotta say, it's a philosophy that I've picked up in recent years, and I swear by it.
I'm a glass-half-full kinda girl. And let me tell you, it took years of doing (or undoing) to go from being a glass-half-empty type. Well worth it, and keep your half-empties away from me. permalink
First, the latest Michael Kelly column:
Then there was this:
Lastly, Lt. Smash, who is in Kuwait:
I've read 28 of the 50, so I'm thinking my geek quotient isn't as high as I'd thought it was. Perhaps we should develop a percentage and geek quotient based on this list, hm?
Then again, people are going to argue over the list. Ah. Of course. Add ten points to your score if you say, "What?! What is XXX doing on this list? That book sucks!"
Twenty points if "XXX" stands for "The Sword of Shannara."
That's just put me up to 48 points. permalink
Because we need a lightening of the attitude around here, I give you: Lord of the Peeps. Begin in the beginning. You won't regret it.
Also all things Peep: The Peep Research organization website, where you can see experiments conducted on a variety of Peeps, in a variety of ways. Expect PETA to launch a protest any day now.
Come to think of it, the original Peeps website, complete with annoying pop-up ads (or should that be Peeps-up?) Lots of sugary marshmallow goodness.
Very scary. Do a Google search on "peeps" and you get over half a million pages. And here I thought that my friend who served Peeps as an hors d'oeuvre at his wedding was odd. (I kid you not. That was actually the first time I ever ate one, and it's all his fault I fell in love with them.) Hey, they got married on April 1st, and when it came time to feed each other cake, counted to three and shoved the cake into the faces of the best man and maid of honor, who happened to be the groom's brother and bride's sister, respectively. It took me five minutes to stop laughing.
That's my "adopted" baby brother. He and his wife run this website, a great place for gifts. If you like SF and crafts, go check it out. He is, after all, the man responsible for getting me involved with the BBS world, which ultimately led to blogging. So I guess you can thank him or curse him, depending on whether or not you like this blog. permalink
Eat an Animal for PETA update
Wind Rider has made reservations for a group of us Saturday night at The Grate Steak (or is that the Great Stake?), but we need to know who's going to be there. Bill Cimino, are you bringing your wife? Guy from Norfolk whose name I am blanking on, are you in? Email either Wind Rider or me.
I think we might take a field trip over to PETA HQ earlier in the day, and take picture of us protesting outside. Ideas for sign slogans welcome.
Those of you who are planning your own celebrations, take pictures (especially if you're bringing anti-PETA signs or t-shirts). I've got loads of server space and a broadband connection; email me the pics and I'll put a page or three up on Monday. Of course, if you know how to turn your picture into a GIF or JPEG before you send it to me, it would lessen my workload considerably. If you're a weblogger and post pictures, email me the URL and I'll link.
Looking forward to a great steak dinner on Saturday. Even if I am cooking it myself. permalink
Ted Belman chimes in on the upcoming Mel Gibson film on the last twelve hours of Christ. Diane E. steps all over AC Douglas on her blog. I'm puzzled as to how an atheist can accept the New Testament as history, but then, there goes that logical part of me again. And Diane, I included the Hebrew Bible in my previous post. I'm not a literalist. I don't really believe Methusaleh lived to be 969 years old.
I also read the New York Times Magazine article about Mel Gibson's form of Catholicism, Catholic traditionalism. The article details the nuttiness factor of Gibson's father:
That makes me feel so much better about Mel Gibson producing a movie that will tell the "truth" about the crucifixion. Being raised by an anti-Semitic parent has never proven to rub off on the child, has it? (Yes, that was sarcasm.) I have very low hopes for this film. permalink
I seem to have missed a pretty big part of Susanna Cornett's post earlier today. I'll highlight the parts in question.
Here's the problem: The New Testament is not a history book. You may believe that it is, as do most Christians. But it is a religious text. To take what it says as history, and call "revisionist" anyone that says otherwise, is to impel your beliefs onto me.
There are differing accounts of what really happened 2000 years ago. As one of the sites I linked to noted, crucifixion is against Jewish law, and Pilate was no sweetheart.
Feel free to believe what you want, but don't be quoting the Bibleeither New or Old Testamentas a historical document and expect me to accept it as such. That isn't revisionism. Revisionism is altering the facts of history. I'm sure you won't agree with me, but that doesn't alter the fact that the Bible isn't an inarguable, factual history of what happened during the time of Christ. permalink
Yeah, yeah, yeah, there sure is a lot of heavy-duty stuff to talk about. But I don't want to deal with that right now. I have something far more important to talk about.
I was brushing my teeth in the upstairs bathroom, which has a large mirror starting at about the height of my waist. I was not wearing my glasses, and as I looked at my reflection in the mirror, something didn't seem right. After a moment, it struck me: I looked shorter. Yes, shorter. It was a very odd feeling, one I've never felt before. So I put my glasses back on, and felt like I was the right size again.
No, I wasn't drinking anything, or taking any kind of mind-altering substance. I just thought I looked shorter without my glasses.
Maybe it had something to do with my being nearsighted. Nah. I've looked at myself in the mirror without glasses before.
Anyway. Has that ever happened to you? permalink
The blogosphere is having its giggles over last night's "Return to the Batcave" program, the show that reunited Adam West and Burt Ward and paid tribute to the old series by having the actors track down the stolen Batmobile while reminiscing about their days on the show.
I watched the film with low expectations, and found instead a funny, warm, witty homage to the old camp show that I loved (and watched religiously) as a child. They even used the famed (and satirized) camera angles and on-screen sound effects. I used to read those to my younger brother, who couldn't read at the time. When I was mad at him and refused, he'd call my mother into the living room to read the "BAM! POW! SMASH!" parts.
It was extremely enjoyable. I laughed throughout, and thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of fact, fiction, and the frequent breaking of the fourth wall. And as I said in the comments at Silflay Hraka, the guy they got to play Batman was much hotter than Adam West ever was. permalink
Susanna Cornett is usually sharper than a razor when it comes to spottingand excoriatingbias. But she missed the point on the new Mel Gibson film on the last twelve hours of Jesus by a mile. First, the news article:
Now, Susanna's take on it:
Right in the first graf. Right in the second graf. It's the third graf where you're completely off-line. What the rabbi fears, and what Moira Rogow was trying to express in your comments section, is that Gibson's movie will incite more hatred of Jews, based on the old call to arms that resulted in pogroms throughout Europe: "Christ-killers!" The description of the movie fairly reeks of Gibson's taking that tack.
And here's the wider point you are also missing: Mel Gibson is already known for the liberties he takes with the truth. Have you seen "The Patriot"? I was completely unaware that a) One veteran of the French and Indian war was single-handedly responsible for the American victory over the British and b) The British Army was filled with nothing but sadistic, brutal morons who got their rocks off murdering innocents randomly. I guess I was out sick that day in history class. Mel Gibson's attention to the truth has already been seen to be shoddy, at best. When he talks of telling the truth in this film, I worry, because I'm pretty sure he won't be.
So we have a devout Catholic, Gibson, who is so devout that he is ready to overrule Papal Authority (I thought you're not supposed to have a choice in Catholicism over whether or not you accept Vatican IIit was issued, therefore it is your duty to accept it) and bring to the forefront of American popular culturewith overseas acceptance ensured, in these times of rising anti-Semitismthe old Christ-killer call.
Susanna, Rabbi Hier is simply saying, as am I, that two thousand years of seeing "Christ killer" used as an excuse to slaughter Jews is more than enough. There isn't any "I'm OK, You're OK" sentiment here. There isn't any attempt to say that all religions are equal. What Rabbie Heir and Moira Rogow and I are all saying is this: When we hear the charge of "Christ killer," we expect the Jews to pay for itin blood. Just take a quick look at any of the documents on this list, and you'll see why we're worried.
Now you can argue all you like over whether or not we should worry about it, but you need to get off your tangent and back to the issue, which is bias against the Jews. That's what your weblog is about, is it not? Issues of bias? Well, this sure looks like one to me. permalink
Hm. I wonder how many mosques there are in Israel, cradle of Judaism and Christianity. What was that again about Islam being tolerant of all religions? What? Speak up. I can't hear you.... permalink
This is in response to a post of mine from over a year ago, written after I overheard a conversation between two young men who were discussingI swear to Godpuking contests. My reaction (other than horror) was to tell one of them that men are obviously a completely different species, as no woman in existence would ever dream of having a puking contest.
Now, Ben, I admit you have a valid point about bulemia, but please remember that these are women who are suffering from a behavioral disorder. They're sick. They're not considered normal. As far as I know, these women don't challenge each other to a vomiting duel.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love men. There are many, many reasons to appreciate them, and I've long since grown out of my angry-young-woman-all-men-are-scum stage. But I'm thinking that my suspicion about men being an alien race may not be so far off the mark. Why?
Because I must point out, as you did, that you found this website via a search for "puking contest."
I rest my case. permalink
Strangely enough, right on the heels of David Foster Wallace's re-emergence comes a letter from the Muslim woman who insists that Americans get it all wrong about Islam and women's rights.
Actually, I didn't mention Muslim culture, a writer for the Arab News did. I included a link which you apparently ignored. I also said that irrespective of the fact that Islam is a religion, it has an effect on a nation's culture, just as Christianity had an effect on European and American culture over the centuries. Such a narrow definition as you propose ignores the facts. Hinduism and Buddhism shaped India. Buddhism and Taoism shaped China. And the Arab world was irrevocably changed by the introduction of Islam. The interdependence of religion and culture cannot be ignored. In fact, without the advent of a tiny religion known as Judaism, two of the world's major religions would not exist today, and the world would be a completely different place, both religiously and culturally.
Fundamentalist Islam is still Islam. You say it isn't representative Islam, and that may be so. Yet it exists, and it rules a large part of the Islamic world. (Regarding that knee-jerk racism charge: If it's a religion, how can racism be invoked? Racism is discrimination based on race. There is no Muslim race, and therefore no racism.) Yes, it's absolutely wrong to distort the truth, so let's neither of us do that, shall we?
No, I haven't been to those nations. In fact, some won't let me in because I am Jewish. But the facts are easily available online, and the link I gave you was to the Arab News, published by the Saudi Arabian government. Are you saying they're lying about their own laws? And about that driving thing: Here's more evidence that it's against the law. (By the way, I exceeded the speed limit on the way home from work today. Does that mean the law doesn't exist or isn't enforced? No. It means I didn't get caught. Neither did you. It proves nothing.) Name the countries you've lived in so freely, the Islamic nations that don't supress their women. I'd love to hear about them. Just remember that anecdotal evidence does not a theory make. See the above example of my breaking the speed limit laws.
The argument that you can't form an opinion without having lived through (or in) a certain something is a fallacious argument. Men can be excellent obstetricians without ever being able to have a baby, likewise, heart surgeons don't need to have heart attacks to become proficient in their craft.
I have a mind, and the Internet has search engines. With very little effort, you can discover thousands of sources, from organizations like Amnesty International to news articles in a variety of publications. That's how I know that in Iran (and other Islamic nations), a man can have four wives but a woman may have only one husband. A Saudi Arabian woman doesn't deny that women are oppressed in her country. Egypt has just appointed its first-ever woman judge. (Oh, I almost forgot about the widespread practice of "honor killings" in Muslim countries, where women are murdered by their family members if they are judged to have had sex outside of marriage, or otherwise "dishonored" their family.) The first woman Member of Parliament in Jordan was jailed for criticizing the government. And this spring, women in Jordan finally got the right to divorce their husbandsnot an easy thing in most Islamic nationsproviding, of course, they give up all rights to alimony or support payments.
Really? But in Saudi Arabia, women are legally considered dependents (they're listed that way on their husband's driver's licenses) and need either a husband or father as guardian. We're not talking about a case where a woman suddenly gets the urge to go abroad and doesn't tell her husband. In Saudi Arabia, a woman cannot leave the country without a male relative escorting her. Also in our textbook Islamic nation, women can't so much as get a telephone installed without permission from a male guardian. Nor can they sell their own jewelryfunny, I thought you said that women can earn and keep their own money under Islamwithout a guardian present. I suggest you check my sources on that. Here's a start. And show me where, except for Jordan, Islamic women can divorce their husbands anywhere close to the divorce laws in, say, Canada (since you mention it). The power in Islamic nations is all on the man's side, and the children stay with the man as well.
No, your exact words were: "Women in Islamic countries had the right to vote hundreds of years before women in America did. We are seen as equals in every aspect of life." There isn't any wiggle room for interpretation in those sentences. We've been voting in America for over eight decades now. Women still can't vote in most Islamic nations, but then, neither can the men. There isn't a democracy on the planet where women don't have full suffrage. In Islamic Kuwait, however, men, but not women, were granted the right to vote after the Gulf War.
I'm still not really seeing that equality-under-Islam thing you're talking about. What I am seeing is that women in America and most other western nations can do exactly what you claim women under Islam can do, but most Islamic women can only do the same when they move to a western nation'cause they sure as hell aren't doing it under shari'a.
Try again, bubelah. I remain unconvinced. permalink
Okay, so maybe not exactly stole, but they certainly lied to the U.S. Holocaust Museum to get that famous picture of the inmates crammed into the bunks at a concentration camp:
What? PETA is prevaricating or breaking laws? No! Say it ain't so!
Last week's blogs are archived. Looking for the Buffy Blogburst Index? Here's Israel vs. the world. Here's the Blogathon. The Superhero Dating Ratings are here. If you're looking for something funny, try the Hulk's solution to the Middle East conflict, or Yasser Arafat Secret Phone Transcripts. Iseema bin Laden's diary and The Fudd Doctrine are also good bets if you've never been here before.