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Now this is primitive rejoicing

Go read this post by Omri. Put down all beverages before doing so.

Omri, I'm so glad to have you back. | |



Lighten the mood, please!

I'm cranky. I'm always cranky when I'm sick. I prefer to be left alone to suffer in peace. But there's all this crankiness all over my blog, so I'm trying to figure out a way to make things less cranky.

Of course, there's one way that comes immediately to mind: Catblogging.

Here's Tig.

Tig gazing off into the distance

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Terrorist Death Watch: The cancer on Israel has cancer

Or at least, Medpundit thinks so (thanks, Megan).

I'm not a doctor. But I know about my relatives' bouts with cancer. If he has cancer, Arafat is in great pain right now.

I've seen that look before, on my relatives when they were near death. I'm starting to think that the reason Israel said he could come back is because they know he's going to die.

And scroll up to this on Lynn's blog. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Here's hoping. And by the way, Yasser: Rot in hell. | |

Arafat's legacy

Since the mass-murdering bastard is taking his time dying, we'll probably have more than a few of these posts.

Arafat steals from his own people. We already knew this, and the EU ignores it. But here's testimony from his own bankers:

I first met Arafat in April 1995 while trying to secure a banking license for the PIB. This meeting at his Gaza office, though brief, was cordial and encouraging. I thought things would go smoothly. But, as the PIB grew more popular, Arafat's inner circle and, specifically, Muhammad Rashid, a PA official, also known as Khalid Salam and often described as an economic advisor to Arafat and manager of a small percentage of PIB stocks, made it difficult for us to branch out and move forward.[1] The PA, which strictly controls Palestinian media, launched a negative media blitz against us in a bid to suppress our growth. The systematic effort to undermine PIB came after I refused to cede power to Muhammad Rashid.[2]

Over the course of fifteen meetings, I became better acquainted with Arafat and grew increasingly concerned with his leadership style. Arafat and top PA officials did not respect the rule of law; many were corrupt. Arafat believed neither in separation of powers nor in checks and balances. His animosity toward accountability thwarted efforts to establish a responsible leadership. By 1996, Palestinians in the PA were saying they had traded one occupation for two, the one by Israel and the one by Arafat and his cronies.

Rather than use donor funds for their intended purposes, Arafat regularly diverted money to his own accounts. It is amazing that some U.S. officials still see the Palestinian Authority as a partner even after U.S. congressional records revealed authenticated PLO papers signed by Arafat in which he instructed his staff to divert donors' money to projects benefiting himself, his family, and his associates.[3]

How did Arafat's inner circle benefit? In 1994, he instructed the Palestinian Authority official in charge of finances, Muhammad Nashashibi, to fund secretly—to the tune of $50,000 per month—a Jerusalem publicity center for Raymonda Tawil, Arafat's mother-in-law, and Ibrahim Qar'in, an associate of Arafat's family.[4] He also ordered the investment in the computer companies of ‘Ali and Mazzan Sha'ath, sons of Nabil Sha'ath, the PA's key negotiator in talks with Israel. Amin Haddad, Arafat's designated governor of the Palestine Monetary Authority, established several import-export companies acting as the front man for Arafat. The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction financed these activities.[5] Thus, an organization meant to channel funds from donor countries like France and Germany became a mechanism by which to enrich Arafat.

[...] On November 28, 1999, I became a victim of Arafat's abuse of power and flagrant disregard for the law. That's when, in direct breach of the law, Arafat issued a decree dissolving the Palestine International Bank's board of directors. The state-controlled Palestine Monetary Authority took over the bank, and with Arafat's blessing and written approval,[19] formed a new supervisory board of directors, including at least one convicted and Interpol-wanted felon. The unlawful takeover was a confiscation of my own, my shareholders', and my clients' private assets for Arafat's personal use. At the date of seizure, PIB total assets amounted to $105 million. Since the takeover, they have neither called for a shareholders' meeting nor disclosed the bank's balance sheet.

The PLC investigated the seizure of the bank after I lodged a complaint in 2000 about the PIB's unlawful takeover. The PMA governor then threatened the bank's auditing firm, Talal Abu Ghazaleh International (TAGI), for revealing facts and figures that implicated the Palestinian leadership. The PMA governor took punitive measures against them but was unanimously condemned by the PLC.[20] Meanwhile, the PMA altered, hid, or destroyed bank records in their campaign to demonstrate malfeasance on my part retroactively. They supplied false information to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) group leading to a faulty audit. PWC seems to have taken for granted the accuracy of material that PMA governor Amin Haddad supplied, but he both provided some fraudulent documents and omitted others. The Qatari government, which has remained interested in the case because of my Qatari citizenship, rejected the PWC Report.[21]

As they seized the bank, Arafat's security services harassed me. I fled to the Qatari mission in Gaza. Arafat's staff confiscated my private belongings, including my car, which Arafat took for himself.[22] My brother Issa accompanied a Qatari Foreign Ministry delegation to Gaza in order to resolve the stalemate. But, upon his arrival, Palestinian police acting on orders from Arafat arrested him. The PA said they would trade his freedom for mine. Only after the State of Qatar threatened Arafat with financial sanctions and severing of diplomatic ties did the PA give us free passage to leave Gaza for Qatar.

This is the man whom the French insist is the only man who can broker a peace. Shyeah. | |



Today's moment of Kitty Zen

Rahel will be pleased. I could not decide between two pictures, so you get them both. Here's Gracie, on the top shelf of the closet, getting her fur all over my black sweatshirt. Good thing it's not quite sweatshirt weather yet. Well, okay, it is, but I'm wearing my grey one, which she has yet to sleep on.

Gracie on my sweatshirt: Better than you Gracie the pinup cat, on a black sweatshirt

I'm thinking the picture of her lying down could truthfully be called kitty p0rn. And it's funny how it makes her look mostly white, when she is clearly more orange than white on her sides.

She sure has that "Better than you" attitude down pat, doesn't she?

And she is currently upstairs, yowling for me to come up and play with her. Well, it's nearly bedtime, and I'm still trying to get rid of this cold, so I think that can be arranged. | |

Thoughts on self-destruction

Wretchard had a post about Arafat that got me to thinking.

Twenty years of European and UN Middle Eastern policy may be lying on the deathbed with Arafat. That they had to fly in doctors to treat him in a makeshift clinic underscores how, after 50 years of UN relief and billions in European investment, there are no Palestinian institutions. Not even decent hospitals for its supreme leader. The downside of the Arab Way of War -- the Intifada in this case -- is that the concept of victory through denial is inherently pyrrhic. 'We burned our village in order to keep it from falling into enemy hands' is like lighting a match to examine the gas tank; it works but misses the point.

Palestine was cursed by the example of Algeria, which after evicting the French, could spend the next three decades cleansing itself of the poisons of terrorism. Arafat forgot that the Jews, unlike the French in Algeria, were as much a part of region as themselves. In place of protracted war, which at all events ends, Arafat embarked upon an eternal war with the eternal Jew. He would enter Algeria's tunnel of terror with no light at the end of it.

Rudyard Kipling wrote something similar in the first Jungle Book, back in 1894:

Ever since Akela had been deposed, the Pack had been without a leader, hunting and fighting at their own pleasure. But they answered the call from habit; and some of them were lame from the traps they had fallen into, and some limped from shot wounds, and some were mangy from eating bad food, and many were missing. But they came to the Council Rock, all that were left of them, and saw Shere Khan's striped hide on the rock, and the huge claws dangling at the end of the empty dangling feet. It was then that Mowgli made up a song that came up into his throat all by itself, and he shouted it aloud, leaping up and down on the rattling skin, and beating time with his heels till he had no more breath left, while Gray Brother and Akela howled between the verses.

"Look well, O Wolves. Have I kept my word?" said Mowgli. And the wolves bayed "Yes," and one tattered wolf howled:

"Lead us again, O Akela. Lead us again, O Man-cub, for we be sick of this lawlessness, and we would be the Free People once more."

"Nay," purred Bagheera, "that may not be. When ye are full-fed, the madness may come upon you again. Not for nothing are ye called the Free People. Ye fought for freedom, and it is yours. Eat it, O Wolves."

It took the Seonee Wolf Pack three years, which is about one wolf generation, to recover. It's going to take a lot longer for the pals to form a decent society, I'm afraid. And they don't have a Mowgli and Akela to help them. | |

And now, for something completely different

Lair Simon is so hot today, that you simply have to go to the top of his blog and scroll down. But if you want individual posts, nearly all of which require spit-monitor warnings, go here, here, here, here, and here.

I'm thinking the profile in the New York Times might have had something to do with inspiring him. Or perhaps it's the lack of catblogging today.

If you want some dogblogging, you can try Harrison, who's probably all annoyed at the publicity cats are getting lately. He'd vote for Bush if dogs were allowed to vote. Guess he'll have to as AHM to vote for him, instead. | |

Israel repeats the mistakes of the past

The biggest mistake in modern Israeli history—the biggest mistake in modern Israeli history—was letting Yasser Arafat back into Israel from Tunisia, and allowing him to invent the palestinian authority and pretend to be other than the mass-murdering terrorist that we know him to be. So what does Israel do today?

They're going to let Arafat go to Jordan for medical treatment and come back when he's better. (See, I told you I wasn't going to put up a dead pool. Bastard has a hundred lives.)

Let him set up his Muqata in Jordan. As soon as Arafat leaves Ramallah, the IDF ought to move in on the 200 terrorists that Arafat has been shielding for three years. The Force 17 bastards who are responsible for terror attacks, and all the rest on the most-wanted list that Arafat won't let Israel touch.

I cannot believe they're this stupid that they won't take advantage of the situation. What are the palestinians going to do? Shoot mortars at Israeli communities? Blow themselves up on buses? Attack civilians? Gee, that'd be different.

Yeah. That's why all three of those stories are from today's Jerusalem Post.

I don't understand how they can let the bastard back, just because he's ill. Reverse the situation, and you know what the result would be. | |



On Second Thought

So I'm trying to go to bed, and I wind up reading a few more blogs instead, and come across yet another post on the 377 tons of explosives that have "gone missing" in the Al-QaQaa depot, and I start wondering: Am I the only one childish enough to point out that the name of the explosives depot is funny? I mean, really. Al-QaQaa. What do they call the chemical weapons depot, Al-PeePee?

Okay, so maybe it's the extra 10k hits I got from the Instalanche affecting me. Or maybe it's the cold. Or maybe I'm just a big, immature baby who likes caca jokes. I mean, QaQaa jokes.

Favorite comment from the voting-for-Bush post: "Love your cats, hate your choice for POTUSA." Thanks, Sandee. Come back for the cat posts, as I did catch Gracie on my sweatshirt on the top shelf of the closet, and will be posting the picture tomorrow.

122 comments so far. That's a lot of comments. And only about half a dozen are calling me an asshat (figuratively, if not literally). Not bad. Of course, I bite back. I am, after all, the Master of Juvenile Scorn™. So maybe that's why people are keeping it civil.

I wonder if my Teacher Voice comes through in comments? It sure came through at the end of class yesterday. I've never seen the boys so quiet.

Now I'm going to bed. I made chicken soup tonight. Home-made Jewish penicillin. And yes, it was very good, and no, you can't have the leftovers. Heidi's sick, too. I think I'll drop some off for her tomorrow. | |

Arafat Dead Pool

Yasser Arafat is reportedly dying. I'm not starting up an Arafat Dead Pool this time, because that mass-murdering bastard disappoints me every time and manages to survive. However, I am fervently hoping that his time is near, or that he's already dead, because few people on this planet deserve death more than he.

On the other hand, I have emails from readers who will be contributing to the Magen David Adom Matching Fund if Arafat buys it. I'll be waiting to see what happens. With any luck, Arafat will be dead by morning.

And yes, I will be celebrating his death. Arafat is responsible for the deaths of more Jews than any man since Hitler. | |

Another liberal for Bush

I will be breaking a lifelong streak of voting for Democratic Presidential candidates on Tuesday: I'm voting for George W. Bush. This will come as no surprise to regular readers of my blog. It comes as a great surprise to liberal friends and relatives. They can't see beyond the Democrat-Republican label. Though I've never been a one-issue voter in the past, to me, this election boils down to one issue: The war on terror. I don't believe John Kerry can fight that war.

I think Kerry is a liar and a poseur. You cannot have a career of pacifism and voting against military issues and suddenly turn around and declare yourself a fit commander-in-chief. It takes more than a campy salute and a "reporting for duty" at the DNC to make me believe Kerry is fit for command. I believe he is more unfit for command than any other candidate who ran against him, with the possible exception of Howard Dean. And may I say that the Democratic party may lose me forever if they can't give me a candidate I can respect and believe in.

The Democrats have forced my hand. I was praying for a candidate I could vote for with the confidence that he would continue the war against the fascists who would change our world into one of uncompromising totalitarianism. In the past, I would have voted Democratic regardless—hell, I voted for Walter Mondale—but not today. Today, I think our safety, and the future of our way of life, is in danger. And I don't think John Kerry gets that.

These were the nails in the coffin for me, when Kerry told the DNC:

"Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response."

That's not good enough. We are at war now; I don't want a president who will wait until we are attacked in order to respond. I want the targeted assassinations of terrorists. I want the continued isolation of terrorist nations like Syria and Iran. I want dictators like Muammar Ghadafy to be sweating for their lives and careers. I want someone who is committed to trying to plant the seed of democracy in the Middle East, not someone who thinks that is an impossibility. Kerry has indicated that his Middle East policy will be more of the same, using Clinton's failed tactics and Clinton's failed negotiators. That's not good enough.

I disagree with nearly every single part of George Bush's domestic policies. I am pro-gay rights, pro-choice, pro-stem cell research, against huge tax cuts for big business, not a strict constructionist regarding Supreme Court Justices. I am in favor of unions (or at least, what unions were supposed to be), affirmative action, and most of the rest of the liberal agenda.

But the war trumps everything.

I lived twelve miles west of the World Trade Center on 9/11. I could see the smoke rising from a lookout point at a nearby park. I could smell the smoke of the burning towers every time the wind was in the east. On November 15th of 2001, I came out of a steakhouse to find the air permeated not with the odor of the steakhouse's grill, but once again, with the smell of the towers burning. Three thousand innocents died on 9/11. We are at war, and we need a president who will recognize that, and act accordingly.

"Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response."

That's not good enough. Neither is a record of pacifism and anti-war activities. I don't trust John Kerry to ensure my safety, and the safety of my country. Congress can take care of the domestic issues. I'm voting for Bush for President on Tuesday. | |

The apartheid lie

An excellent article about the lie that Israel is an apartheid state; so of course, it is not found in any major publication. Fellow bloggers, a call for publicity here: The article, not me.

South Africa's apartheid died in 1994, but the word is alive: Israel is accused of being "the new apartheid" while its founding ideology, Zionism, is attacked as "racism." How true are these accusations? Mere repetition, however frequent, widespread and fervent, does not in itself give them validity.

Describing Israel as an "emerging apartheid" gathered force in the run-up to the UN anti-racism conference in Durban in August 2001 and was given aggressive expression there. However, after pressure by democratic countries, the subsequent conference of governments expunged virtually every attack on Israel from its final document. The Sept. 11 destruction a few days later pushed the "new apartheid" campaign to the back burner. But in Chicago, Ramallah, Johannesburg, London, Cairo, Sydney, the phrase is increasingly heard.

If the apartheid label is appropriate, it provides a potent political weapon. If, however, the usage is wrong it reduces the vile system of racism perpetrated in South Africa to just another swear word. It also raises questions about the motivation of those who apply it. Clear purpose can indeed be discerned in the efforts to make the apartheid stigma stick: To have Israel viewed as, and declared, illegitimate. That is, to challenge its right to existence -- and to ensure that Israelis are made unwelcome abroad and that it becomes politically correct to boycott Israeli products and to discourage investment in the country.

[...] The word "Bantustan" is often used in an accusatory way to describe Israel's policy about a future Palestinian state. Bantustans were the tribal mini-states created as a means of depriving the black population of citizenship in "white" South Africa. The common element between Israel and the apartheid state is control, seen especially in restrictions on freedom of movement so too is the grabbing of land.

But the root causes are different. White South Africans invented the Bantustans to pen black people into defined reservoirs of labor, being allowed to leave only when working for white South Africa. The Israeli intention is the opposite: To keep out Palestinians, having as little to do with them as possible.

Second, Israel inside the Green Line. In South Africa pre-1994, skin color determined every single person's life: Where you were born, where you lived, which school you went to, which bus, train, beach, hospital, library, park bench and public toilet you used, with whom you could have sex, what you could study, which jobs you had and hence how much you could earn and ultimately, where you were buried.

In Israel, Arabs are approximately 20 percent of the population. In theory they have full citizenship rights but in practice they suffer extensive discrimination, ranging from land use, diminished job opportunities and lesser social benefits, to reports of a family ordered off a beach. None of this is acceptable, and particularly in a state that prides itself on its democracy. Discrimination occurs despite equality in law and is buttressed by custom -- but it is not remotely the South African panoply of discrimination enforced by parliamentary legislation. Anyone who says that Israel is apartheid does not appreciate what apartheid was.

Nor does "Zionism is racism" stand up to scrutiny. Israel has a Jewish majority and they have the right to decide how to order the society, including defining citizenship. If the majority wish to restrict immigration and citizenship to Jews, that might be undesirable in universalist terms but it is their right, just as it is the right of Saudi Arabia not to allow Christians as citizens. Yet it is also clearly unfair to give automatic entry to Jews while denying the "right of return" to Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the wars of 1948 and 1967. This unfairness is a tragic consequence of war, which again is anything but unique to Israel.

[...] A crucial indicator of the status of Israel's minority is that Arabs have the vote black South Africans did not. Certainly, Arab citizens lack full power as a minority community, but they have the right and the power to unite among themselves and to ally themselves with others. Change is possible in Israel, and is happening. One example: Mosawa (The Center for Equal Rights for the Arab Population in Israel), acting on a recent law banning discrimination, has launched court action against a Web site offering jobs to Jews only.

Read it all. | |



Linkin' logs

Looks like only Omri can bring me back to my linkfests. Perhaps that's why I stopped doing this. I missed him too much. Well, he's back, with a new blog but the same old wicked, witty, incisive style. He's not at Dejafoo anymore, but Stan still is.

Lair's latest Carnival of the Cats is up.

Wind Rider is torturing his new kitten. We may have to have a UN investigation or something.

I haven't linked to Imshin in a while. This post is one of the reasons to read her blog regularly.

As always, stereotypes shrink things. The Jewish community of Poland was not only sizeable, it was also complex and diverse; it was a whole world. And it does not exist any more.

And that is what hit me head-on, like a freight train coming straight at me, as I read – it does not exist any more. It was totally destroyed, completely annihilated, and no one remembers, and no one cares. Poland lives on, without its Jews, the Jews that had been there for a thousand years, and it doesn’t make one bit of a difference to anyone. A whole world, and it’s like it was never there. The Jews were never there.

The idea many people in the west seem to have about Israel and Israelis is completely stereotypical too. Some flippantly say that Israel should not exist, that the Israelis should just go back to where they came from (Where they came from? Back to the communities they left? What are they talking about here? Poland? Iraq? Libya? Iran?). They don’t care enough to take two minutes to think about what that means.

Treacher is effing hilarious, as usual. You have simply got to read the comments to this post. Can you say, "humor-challenged morons"? I knew you could.

I am correcting my error and putting Jim on my links page. Sorry, dude, thought you were already there.

By the way, I think I'm falling for Puce. | |

Tuesday news and views

French Jews are leaving France for safer territory: Israel.

An Israeli apartment fair by leading contractors in Paris last week has posted an unprecedented success. The companies told "Globes" that they had sold scores of apartments during the fair, and were negotiating the sale of scores more. Thousands of French Jews filled the fair's hall at the Maison Israel-France in downtown Paris, with buyers lining up outside companies' sales offices.

But there is no anti-Semitism in France.

Syria is not our friend: And Baby Assad is going to have a rude awakening if W. wins re-election.

"The whole border has become a less welcoming environment for insurgents," said a senior Western diplomat. "But the Syrians are trying to have it both ways. They are doing enough to show they have a real effort, but they don't want to be seen as having sold out."

Syria, like most Arab governments in the region, those analysts say, is happy to see just enough violence so that the Americans reconsider the policy of regime change through force and the local population is convinced of the bloody costs of any transition to democracy. But it does not want anarchy that might spill across its border or prompt a stampede of refugees.

Regime change in Syria sounds good to me. Down with the Dorktator.

Egypt's Inspector Al-Clouseau: Taba was bombed by a "disgruntled" pal. Uh-huh.

A disgruntled Palestinian who worked as a driver and was bent on killing as many Israeli tourists as possible organized the bombings of three resort areas along the eastern Sinai coast that left 34 people dead this month, the Egyptian government said Monday.

The Interior Ministry announced that of the nine men involved in the Oct. 7 attack, two of them, including the ringleader, died unintentionally in one attack, the huge explosion at the Taba Hilton.

Convenient, that they all died in the explosion. And the fact that the tactics used resemble al-Qaeda's tactics is sheer coincidence. Yeah, whatever. | |

Today's moment of Kitty Zen

Gracie on the move.

Gracie heads out to the great outdoors

She has finally given me the opportunity to show you the beauty spot on her right shoulder. | |



The Times supports Ariel Sharon

The Times of London, anyway.

It cannot be overstressed just how radical the Gaza withdrawal scheme is and the high price that Mr Sharon has already paid for it. None of the Labour Prime Ministers since the 1967 war has dared to attempt to extract Israel from this territory.

Mr Sharon, by contrast, has wisely concluded that it is both militarily and politically indefensible. His candour here has, however, provoked a huge split within his Likud Party, a ballot of individual members which denounced the Prime Minister’s formula, and led to smaller parties deserting his coalition. Mr Sharon today heads a minority administration and is intensely vulnerable either to a rival such as Binyamin Netanyahu, his Finance Minister, or to a combination of his parliamentary opponents in any vote of no confidence.

It is absolutely vital to Israel itself and the region that the disengagement plan is enacted. It would not of itself rescue the peace process, but it would demonstrate that positive political movement is not impossible. At a minimum, it would serve as a policy downpayment before the point when Palestinians produce a leader with more personal credibility than the corrupt Yassir Arafat. Palestinians will be closer than before to controlling their own destiny and to having a chance to prove that their territory can be run transparently and equitably.

If the vote is carried, then international reaction should not be churlish. The open contempt for Israel has, alas, acquired a momentum that any concession of whatever substance is dismissed as a ruse or a cunning ploy to entrench authority over the Palestinian people. Political leaders should be willing to acknowledge publicly the scale of the political wager that Mr Sharon has accepted. His critics have insisted that he would never pursue a pull-out — he is proving them wrong.

Here's my prediction: The EU will say, "Yes, it's a good thing that Israel is withdrawing from Gaza, BUT..."

And right on cue:

BERLIN: Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip should be the first step in a wider pullout from Palestinian territories, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in an interview with a German magazine to be published on Monday.

And what about palestinian terrorism?

“We plan, probably along with Egypt, to ensure that the Palestinian security authorities can carry out their duties.

“We will send people who are well-prepared so the Palestinians can have a reasonable command structure and also the means to carry out their tasks. “We want to commit all of our energy to creating security, otherwise there can be no Palestinian state. Of course, president Yasser Arafat must do his part and give his prime minister the necessary powers.”

Uh-huh. | |

Pajama day

I don't think I'll be getting out of my pajamas today. So that CBS snob is going to be right about me. But I have a few good reasons, I think.

I worked my normal Friday shift, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then I came home, wrote a post or two, and went to bed at 9:30. Because I had to get up at 5 for a 6:30-3 p.m. shift, then get in my car and drive to my usual 4-11 shift at the climbing gym. Thankfully, it was slow in the evening and I got to leave at 9. But I had no energy to do anything blogwise, and went to bed around 11. Yesterday, I taught religious school in the morning, had my usual hour in between, then went to the climbing gym for my afternoon shift.

I was very tired when I got home from work last night. That's why no posts either day.

I'm still quite tired. And a trifle grumpy. I just snapped at the AT&T rep on the phone who wants me to transfer money from one of my Citibank accounts to another. (Citibank bought AT&T's credit cards.) Actually, he probably wants me to transfer my money from my non-Citibank credit cards, but Chase (which is owned by Citibank) pissed me off big-time last week, and now holds exactly zero of my dollars, which were transferred at zero percent interest rate to my other Citibank card, which makes me quite amused. They're going to call me up next week and offer me a deal to get me back. Think they'll go below a zero percent interest rate?

Anyway. Don't want to think about money. The bills are due next week and I'm still shy of what I need to pay them all. Don't want to think about much of anything. I have not been playing on my new computer, because I haven't had the time. I may need to reformat the HD and reload all the software, as I mentioned below. Wind Rider is extremely impressed with the speed in which I broke my new system. Well, hey. I've always been good at finding gremlins. When I was a typesetter, the Atex system managers used to come out to my desk and laugh at me. I froze my terminal a whole lot of times, and they could never figure out how I did it.

There will be a news post or three upcoming, then you may not hear from me at all until tomorrow. The good news is I have a lighter workload this week. The bad news is I have a lighter workload this week. Oh, well. I'll get by, somehow. I always do. | |


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 is also a good bet if you've never been here before.