Friday, July 29, 2005

"I have rights."

All four of the failed, loser, terrorist bombers in London have been captured alive. One was apprehended in Rome just hours ago.

The capture, in London of one loser, was recorded by the Times Online reporter Philippe Naughton:

"Mohammed," shouted the police. "Take your clothes off! Come out with your hands on your head and you will be all right!"

"I have rights!" came the reply. "I have rights."

Where do these guys get this stuff? I have rights my ass! Your rights were forfeit when you started thinking about blowing up the very people who gave you sheltor and succor, moron. "I have rights" indeed!

Maybe if this loser had spent more time looking for a job and less time watching old James Cagney movies on the tele, he wouldn't be in this fine mess.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Death of a Reporter

From Drudge Reports:

Veteran wire reporter Helen Thomas is vowing to 'kill herself' if Dick Cheney announces he is running for president.

The newspaper HILL first reported the startling claim on Thursday. "The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself," she told the HILL. "All we need is one more liar."Thomas added, "I think he'd like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does."

See Dick run. Run, Dick, run.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

ICE

Cell phones are everywhere. They keep us connected with our friends, families, and offices. They are annoyances in classrooms, theaters, markets, sidewalks, and just about any other public place one can imagine. Now that annoying necessity of the 21st century may save lives, your life. Perhaps, God forbid, even help to identify you if you are dead.

A movement to employ cell phones to aid in the identification of accident, disaster, and terror victims is gaining ground because of the London terror bomb attacks.

By entering an emergency contact number of a relative, friend, or primary care physician into the mobile phone memory under the file name ICE (In Case of Emergency), first responders can rapidly identify victims. Obtaining ID and medical data quickly and accurately can help to save lives when time is short.

Bob Brotchie, an East Anglian Ambulance Service Paramedic, came up with ICE this past May. His idea met only limited success at first. But since the bombings, the movement has spread beyond England around the world through a very effective e-mail campaign. Cell phone makers are being urged to add ICE file headings to their products during manufacture.

I just might have to break down, join the 21st century and get a cell phone. Damn.

(Hat tip to my little sister, Patty.)


Dial ICE in Emergency By Times Online, July 12, 2005

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Meanings Forgotten; Meanings Remembered


Many memorable songs have been sung over the centuries. Some are more memorable than others while losing little of their meaning. Others become part of the human experience losing the original meaning altogether.

Loch Lomond is one of those songs. In America, we remember the song from innumerable movies and television programs. Who can forget Lucille Ball in episode 144, "Lucy Goes to Scotland" of "I Love Lucy" in 1956? Or the Three Stooges in the haunted Scottish castle? This was funny stuff. The reality, however, was anything but funny.

"Loch Lomond"

By yon bonnie banks, and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
There me and my true love spent mony happy days
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

Oh, ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak' the low road
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye
But trouble it is there, and mony hearts are sair
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

'Twas there that we parted in yon bonnie glen
On the steep, steep side o' Ben Lomond
Where in purple hue the Highland hills we view
And the moon glints out in the gloamin'.

Oh ye'll tak the high road and I'll tak the low road
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond


There the wild flowers spring and the wee birdies sing
And in sunshine the waters are sleepin'
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring again
Though resigned we may be while we're greetin'.




On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are the moors of Culloden where the final battle between Scotland and England took place in the snow and rain, April 16, 1746.


The Scottish Jacobins were attempting to return Bonnie Prince Charlie to the throne of Scotland. Under the leadership of William Wallace (played sprightly by Mel Gibson), the brave hearted Scotsmen would have won the battle and their freedom had it not been for treachery on the part of some Scottish clansmen. Prince Charles faced not only 5000 English, Dutch, and German troops, but also over 4000 Scotsmen; more Scotsmen than Charles had standing in his army of Scots and Irish. The Highlanders lost several thousand dead, decimating the Jacobite army.

Adding to the devestation, the English began a campaign of indiscriminate, wholesale slaughter of the Highlanders known as the 'clearances'. Killing men, women, children, the elderly and crippled, from the moors of Culloden to Inverness, English troops left a trail of death and destruction, genocide and ethnic cleansing on par with anything done in the 20th Century.

After killing all the survivors they could find, the English rounded-up the suspected ringleaders of the rebellion and transported them to London for grand show trials. The English used the High Roads to reach London whilst the Clans and friends of the prisoners used the Low Roads.

Class consciousness in England was of utmost import and in many respects remains so to this day. The high roads were reserved for the high born nobles. The low roads were for everyone else – the people of the lower classes.

At the end of the show-trials, the prisoners were sentenced to death in the most horrific manner conceivable. The bodies were then chopped into pieces while the heads were placed on pikes. Then a grisly procession was mounted throughout the English and Scottish countryside to display the heads of the rebels – a gross and graphic warning to would be future rebels and terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Clans and friends returned by the low roads to the heathered glens of Scotland. Having no displays or warnings, they walked home peacefully arriving afore their executed brethren, sons, husbands, and lovers.

The What's in a Song series is produced by Taki Telonidis and Hal Cannon for National Public Radio, broadcast on Weekend Edition Sunday, July 24,2005.

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