Monthly Archive for October, 2002

eat pig! you no-virgin-getting, terrorist bastards!

oriana fallaci is a remarkable, courageous woman who speaks her mind…loudly. she’s an italian writer who’s been living in manhattan and had been in seclusion for the past ten years until the events of 11 september. it’s hard to believe that her books sell so well in italy and, especially, france, given some of their views on the issues she speaks to. she undoubtedly is on a lot of terrorist hit lists for her outspoken views. i’ve extracted just a little of her writing here, but read also her views on anti-semitism, patriotism, and arafat(“i find it shameful“…):

on breaking her silence….And I’m going to. Because I’ve heard that in Italy too there are some who rejoice just as the Palestinians of Gaza did the other night on TV. “Victory! Victory!” Men, women, children. Assuming you can call those who do such a thing man, woman, child. I’ve heard that some of the insects of means, politicians or so-called politicians, intellectuals or so-called intellectuals, not to mention others not worthy of the title of citizen, are behaving pretty much the same way. They say: “Good. It serves America right.” And I am very very, very angry.

on terrorists….I just consider them vain. Vain people who instead of seeking glory in cinema or politics or sports seek it in the death of themselves and others. A death that, in place of an Oscar or a ministerial seat or a medal, will get them (they think) admiration. And, in the case of those who pray to Allah, a place in the paradise that the Koran speaks of: the paradise where heroes get to fuck houris.

on arafat and martyrdom….Illustrious Mr. Arafat, the martyrs are the passengers of the four airplanes that were hijacked and transformed into human bombs. Among them is a four year old little girl who disintegrated in the second tower. Illustrious Mr. Arafat, the martyrs are the employees who worked in the two towers and at the Pentagon. Illustrious Mr. Arafat, the martyrs are the firemen who died trying to save them. And do you know who the heroes are? The passengers of the flight that was supposed to throw itself into the White House but instead crashed into the woods in Pennsylvania because they fought back! There ought to be a paradise for them, illustrious Mr. Arafat.

buy her incredible book, the rage and the pride.

wasn’t this gore vidal guy once a well-respected author? or is he the guy who puts out those shampoo products? either way, dude’s been living in france too long, for him to be spewing out those whack claims.

it seems the fbi is looking more and more like mayberry rfd every day. and can it be true that they stopped those lunatics ten times in the course of the murders?

i don’t know about you, but if i see a sign that reads, danger: crocodiles, i’m not going to go swimming in that water. i don’t care what the stupid tour guide says. tragic, and ironic, in that the victim just escaped the bali terrorist attack.

the moscow theater siege is over, but this isn’t the last we’re going to hear from the chechen terrorists, i don’t think…for God’s sake, they had chechen women wrapped in explosives sitting among the hostages in the theater. and the death toll could go much higher if the rumor is true that nerve gas was used in the rescue and not a sleeping gas. here’s an excellent article on the link between these terrorists and al qaeda.

cool set of art classics here; i was ill-prepared for my speedy (1.5 hr) visit to the prado in madrid this past summer and overlooked what i think are very interesting works by hieronymous bosch – the guy was refreshingly “out there” for the 15-16th C, and ahead of his time with his views of hell.

Unlike the Arab street, no diplomacy can defuse the Arab basement. It doesn’t want a smaller Israel, it wants no Israel; it doesn’t want a reformed Saudi monarchy, it wants no Saudi monarchy.

why doesn’t that calypso-singing fuck give a man the benefit of the doubt? (sorry, just saw a sopranos episode.) is it impossible in his mind for anyone with his skin color to disagree with him? all black people should think alike? not conceivable that a black man and a white man can have the same opinion on a political issue without the black man being an ‘uncle tom’? his assumption that colin powell is like the house slave just ‘goin along wit da masta’ without thinking for himself? that is racist!

the sad thing about tooz-days with the raiders is what ultimately happened to him. death by heart failure due to drugs. and i thought those ‘north dallas forty’ type stories about him were overblown. in the end of the party, it was shocking to me to find out, if toomay is to be believed, that they kept him on the field in the afc championship game despite his being wasted, to the hindrance of the team and to save al’s reputation. and the shoe-shining bit is creepy and sad. it’s like a scene out of the sopranos or something.

that second piece also reminds me of one of my most heart breaking raider football moments. i was depressed for a week. i was only a kid when the rob lytle “non-fumble” turned a raider touchdown into a denver touchdown. and the nfl cover-up/excuses that followed remind me now of the “snow job” and the full court press by the nfl to use the tuck rule to falsely justify the crime perpetrated on the silver and black last season. admit when you make a mistake, bastards. funny how these seem to happen to the raiders more than any other team. listen to veterans from other teams…

Even the whispers of the officials having it in for the Raiders are familiar, except when they come from a new voice and one known for having good sense.

Thirty-seven-year-old safety Rod Woodson, in his first season with the Raiders and someone known as one of the league’s clearer thinkers, voiced some suspicion Monday. “The one thing I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been here is that if a call is close, it’s going the opposite way for us,” he said. “And I don’t know if that’s a conscious decision on the refs’ part. I hope it’s not.” He said that in previous years he was unaware of how the Raiders were treated by the officials. “I only played about a handful of times. And I never really noticed it,” he said. “But this year early, we’ve had a lot of penalties go against us.”

Linebacker Bill Romanowski, another newcomer, said the Raiders have to go into every game with an “us against the world” mentality. “I didn’t feel like that before I came here,” he said.

coincidence that the raiders again are among the league leaders in penalties? even with a bye week and one less game than many teams. even with the constant change in players and coaching staff this year and throughout the years. that’s not a coincidence. that’s a pattern. maybe not conscious on the part of the officials in most cases, but a pattern nonetheless.