Tarry for the Nonce

October 28, 2004

Halloween Draws Near

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 10:24 am

Have you seen cinema’s scariest scenes?

Of the movies on this list that I have seen, I think The Ring scared me the most, but I prefer Psycho . . . the original, not the pale imitation.


A Reality TV Show?

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 7:17 am

Chicago is already a bastion of video surveillance. Los Angeles is following suit:

Five video cameras will train their electronic eyes on one of the world’s most famous and infamous streets as early as January. And if all goes according to plan, there eventually will be 64 cameras on Hollywood, Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards and Western Avenue . . .

“The philosophy of the camera is the prevention of crime,” Downing said. Over time, he said, their presence will “raise the ethical stature of the area” . . .

Although city officials and privacy advocates have objected in the past to police proposals to use cameras, Downing said he believes “people are ready to feel more secure in their communities. I think they are willing to give up a little bit for more security.”

Really? I’m not.

Exploding News!

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 7:11 am

International intelligence officials say that Russia is tied to the Iraq munitions disappearance:

John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, “almost certainly” removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.

“The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units,” Mr. Shaw said. “Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units.”

Mr. Shaw, who was in charge of cataloging the tons of conventional arms provided to Iraq by foreign suppliers, said he recently obtained reliable information on the arms-dispersal program from two European intelligence services that have detailed knowledge of the Russian-Iraqi weapons collaboration . . .

Regarding the explosives, the new Iraqi government reported that 194.7 metric tons of HMX, or high-melting-point explosive, and 141.2 metric tons of RDX, or rapid-detonation explosive, and 5.8 metric tons of PETN, or pentaerythritol tetranitrate, were missing.

The material is used in nuclear weapons and also in making military “plastic” high explosive.

Stars Come Out

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 7:05 am

Did you see the lunar eclipse last night?

Astronomy buffs and amateur stargazers turned out to watch a total lunar eclipse Wednesday night – the last one Earth will get for nearly two and a half years . . .

Jim O’Leary, senior director of technology, IMAX, at the Science Center’s Davis Planetarium, said there are usually two or three lunar eclipses a year, but there won’t be any in 2005 or 2006.

“This one is a particularly long one,” he said of the eclipse, which began about 9:15 p.m. Eastern time and was expected to last around three hours and 20 minutes.

But I guess the real question is: where will you be on 21 August 2017?

Resisting Temptation

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 6:48 am

The Passion Of The Christ star Jim Caviezel is battling his desire to cash in on the controversial movie by advertising blasphemous religious products. The movie hunk has followed his character’s example by shunning the temptations, but he admits it was difficult to turn down a lucrative commercial promoting a T-shirt company’s new Heavenly line of clothing. He says, “If I had given way on just one scheme, I would have been tempted to do more. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to make that kind of money quickly. That sum would secure your future but I’d never be able to forgive myself. I could see the humor in (the T-shirts) but I would have upset a lot of people who got something special from the film.”

October 27, 2004

Red and Blue Make Purple

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 12:15 pm

I was entertained by the Bush-Kerry experiment.

As a political and journalistic experiment, I decided to see how people who live in primarily one-party areas would react when faced with a living, breathing member of the opposition. I appointed myself an ambassador to bridge the Red-Blue divide and ventured into each side’s territory dressed in the T-shirt, campaign button, and tote bag of the other . . .

A brave man indeed.

October 25, 2004

Full of Grace

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 1:45 pm

I just spent another weekend with the Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Yup. They are amazing. I especially love their stories.

Out of respect for the wonderfulness of them, I resolve to abstain from blogging negative comments about Kerry this week. It will be a supreme act of the will, but I think God will appreciate it . . .

October 22, 2004

Ohioans for Bush

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 2:28 pm

The Guardian Project backfired:

The Guardian yesterday ran up the white flag and called a halt to “Operation Clark County”, the newspaper’s ambitious scheme to recruit thousands of readers to persuade American voters in a swing state to kick out President George W Bush in next month’s election.

The cancellation of the project came 24 hours after the first of some 14,000 letters from Guardian readers began arriving in Clark County. The missives led to widespread complaints about foreign interference in a US election.

It also prompted a surge of indignant local voters calling the county’s Republican party offering to volunteer for Mr Bush.

Maybe it’s not the Guardian’s fault. Maybe some were just offended by Kerry’s hunt for votes.

Iran Comes to the Table

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 2:06 pm

I think the nuclear deal with Iran sounds suspiciously like the failed agreement with North Korea:

Iran will consider a proposal by the European Union to receive nuclear technology if it abandons its uranium enrichment program but has not yet agreed to any deal, an Iranian official said on Thursday . . .

Iran maintains its nuclear program is only for power generation and that it will never give up uranium enrichment — a process that can be used to make fuel for nuclear reactors or material for atom bombs.

The IAEA, the U.N. atomic watchdog body, has been investigating Iran’s nuclear program for more than two years. It has uncovered many previously hidden activities that could be related to a weapons program but has found no “smoking gun.”

But at least Iran seems willing to talk. And, in fairness, not every national leader is as corrupt as Kim Jong-Il.

Blood Lust

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:49 pm

Not only was Margaret Hassan completely neutral in the war in Iraq, she actively fought to lift the U.N. sanctions against the country:

[Her husband], Tahsine Ali Hassan, said: “I don’t know who has kidnapped her but they should know that my wife has worked almost all her life for the Iraqi people and considers herself an Iraqi.

“If this was for political reasons, I want to say that CARE is a humanitarian organisation and has nothing to do with politics.

“My wife is apolitical, she is a humanitarian worker and I ask you to release her” . . .

Mrs Hassan had been a fierce critic of sanctions imposed on Iraq after the first Gulf War and had addressed the United Nations on the issue.

Not that terrorists care a whit:

. . . her kidnappers, who pulled her from her car in the Iraqi capital and who have not identified themselves, have pointed in previous statements to her British citizenship.

I suppose when one is lusting for blood and one runs out of enemies, the blood of friends is just as effective . . .

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