Archive for March 30th, 2003

Michael Moore and removing Saddam Hussein without violence

March 30, 2003

When I first saw this quote by Michael Moore of Oscar night fame:

“Saddam Hussein is a brutal dictator,” he added, “and I hope he’s removed as soon as possible. But nonviolently.”

I was sure it had to be fake. I thought nobody that can make a documentary could be so stupid. Well, it turns the statement is true. Get rid of Saddam using nonviolent means…ummm….let me see, we could have an election to get rid of him….no, that would not work, we alredy did and he got 100% of the votes last fall. Maybe he could be invited to leave…that has been tried too….Oh, well, I am out of ideas. I think Mr. Moore should be more specific, the best idea I have heard so far is this one by Jim Treacher:

Good idea! First we’ll coax Saddam out of his bunker with a trail of delicious candy. Then, once his belly is full and he’s all sleepy and happy, we’ll calmly explain that we don’t approve of what he’s been doing and it’s not very nice and we wish he’d stop. And he’ll be like, “Whoa, I never thought of it that way. You guys are my friends! I like you!” And then everybody will hug and cry, and then get a little embarrassed about crying, and then make some jokes to cover up being embarrassed. And then a beautiful rainbow will appear, and a shy unicorn will walk down it, and Saddam will ride the unicorn to the North Pole, and he’ll spend the rest of his life helping Santa make wonderful toys for all the good little girls and boys, and there’ll be hot chocolate, and, and, and, and nobody will ever ever die again for any reason ever. THE END.


When blogs become fashionable

March 30, 2003

Blogs are definitely “in”. Everyone is trying to come up with something to blog about. Even traditional media wants to get into the game, warblogs being the premier example. However I found it totally absurd for the Boston Globe to try to hide what is nothing but a sports column behind a blog ( a bad one at that!). The effort is so poor, that the only post so far is simply a preview of the upcoming baseball season with links to stories to each team, with essentially no content. Even worse, if you click on the previous weblogs page you get “page not found”, you would think that with the season beginning tonight, the blogger would be posting up a storm. What is remarkable is that I can think of so many ways to make a blog about the Red Sox informative and entertaining even if I am 2500 miles away from Boston. (Yes, I am one of those die-hard followers of the Red Sox and the curse of the Bambino). This attempt to “blog” by the Globe simply shows why blogs are becoming such a serious threat to traditional media, they just don’t get it!