Friday, 26 March 2004: Perhaps I'm missing something here and, if so, please feel free to set me straight, but when you are testifying (be it in a court of law or a governmental probe, et al), aren't you required to do so under oath so that you can be held to your word? Thus, if you lie, you can be held in contempt, found guilty of perjury, etc.?
This was the impression that I was always under anyway.
So why does Condoleeza Rice think she can suddenly, after refusing to do so the first go round, testify before the Senate's 9/11 probe and do it without being under oath? What would be the purpose of that?
Analysts say that Bush's administration took a big hit when Rice refused to testify at the inquiry. So now she's trying to make up for it by testifying, but doesn't want to be under oath while doing so. Doesn't that just make you wonder what she's trying to hide? Don't you think that she's obviously going to be bending the truth at least a little? Hell, my money's on her just outright lying to protect el Presidente. Me thinks that this is incriminating her and the Bush administration even more than her initial refusal to testify.
In the immortal words of Biff from Back to the Future, "Think, McFly. Think."
Thursday, 25 March 2004: During what is otherwise a pretty bleak movie season, it's nice to see that one movie that just stands out from the pack and commits itself to your psyche. For me, that film is The Passion of the Christ. I saw it last night solo because Katie had no desire to see it whatsoever. I loved it.
Was it completely horrific? Yes.
Did it bring audience members to tears? Yes.
Will it inspire you? Yes... immensely.
I was so thoroughly moved by James Caviezel's performance in this movie. He was as dead on as anyone could expect him to be considering how little we personally know about how Jesus acted during his own crucifixion. Pay careful attention to Caviezel's eyes, though, as they speak volumes. There was something so utterly calming about his eyes despite the physical pain that he is enduring. You feel safe just looking at him and I don't see how any other actor could have pulled this off.
Now for the big question...
Did it foster a hatred of Jews? No.
C'mon people. If you really think this is anti-Semitic, you need to get a life. Some Jews will view it this way and there is very little that can be done to change their stubborn minds. However, if I, as a non-Jew, have not developed any sort of anger towards Jews as a result of watching this film, isn't that all that matters? Isn't the real fear that those who don't already have anti-Semitic sentiments will suddenly develop them upon watching this movie? Fear not, this movie will not foster a sudden anti-Semitic fervor in the minds of those who have no pre-existing opinion one way or the other.
Wednesday, 24 March 2004: The Creeping Fear.
I would like to ask what that sounds like to all of you. Here are a few ideas to guide your imagination...
- an episode of Scooby Doo?
- a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew novel?
- one of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps novels?
Okay, so you get the point that it sounds like a rather childish name in nature, right?
Well, this has been confirmed by aintitcoolnews.com as one of the suggestions offered up by George Lucas as the subtitle for Star Wars Episode III. Of course, it can still change and I pray it does. But, after the tragic naming that was The Phantom Menace, I wouldn't put anything past the bearded flanneled one.
Monday, 22 March 2004: Has anyone else here been taking advantage of the free songs that iTunes and Pepsi have been giving out? Well, I sure as hell have been. I can't wait to twist off the cap and see those magic words... ONE FREE SONG. Just makes my day. And, currently, I am sitting at 15 free songs earned total. Plus, I have defeated the 1 in 3 odds that Pepsi announced. I am sitting at just under 2 in 3 right now. Sadly, I have six free songs that I have left to use and I can't think of what I want to download. I'm sure I'll figure it out.
If there is anyone else out there that has been finding winning caps and has no intention of using them, by all means, forward the codes to me. I'll make use of them, have no worries.
Sunday, 21 March 2004: Today just blew my NCAA Brackets to hell and back. Damn you, Alabama-Birmingham! Burn! I can't believe you beat my UK Wildcats by one point. Burn! This makes me hate you almost as much as I hate Duke.
May your skies and locker room be blackened out by a swarm of locusts!