August 25, 2004
(emailed to me by Tim)
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I went and bought Courage Under Fire online, just because of Denzel. And also because that's the movie that made me know I wanted to be a military wife. After we watched it in ROTC class, I walked home from class all full of pride and love for my then-boyfriend's service. And I got back to his room to find he'd smashed a ukulele to splinters because a class he needed to graduate filled before he could register and therefore he would have to give up his slot in Air Assault School and take the business class in summer school.
As I calmed him down, I knew then that he was the man for me. I told him that as long as he beat up musical instruments instead of me, I'd stand by him through anything.
Well, that's weird. Reader Matt found it on Snopes, and the account is MIGHTY different. I always check the validity of email forwards, but I don't snope out websites (though on a second glance, I should have if I'd read the parenthetical statement more thoroughly). Sigh. Oh well...it's still a good movie.
Hilarious that Meryl Streep said that money is bad though.
What's that you say? It's real? It's a real article?
Oh. I coulda sworn...
August 22, 2004
However, the Iraqi Olympic delegation accused journalists of deliberately provoking an angry response from their players.
Our purpose is not to politicize the football team in any way, Mark Clark, a consultant for the Iraqi Olympic Committee, said. It seems the story was engineered.
But Clark insisted journalists were wrong to take advantage of the athletes.
It is a little naughty, he said. The players are not very sophisticated politically; they are a little naive. Whoever posed these questions knew that the reaction would be negative.
It is possible something was lost in translation. Its a free, new Iraq, and the players are entitled to their opinions but we are disappointed.
Iraqs soccer players once lived in fear of Uday Hussein, son of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, who used to beat the soles of their feet or throw them in prison for slip-ups on the pitch.
Under current coach Adnan Hamd, they have defied the odds to reach the quarterfinals at the Athens Olympics, where they will play Australia on Saturday.
That Hitler mini-series took 60 years. Maybe in 2060, when it's history, they can make a mini-series about that garbage, but it's not history when some of the collaborators are still alive and kickin' and being released by Germans.
This sure isn't the 9/11 movie Lileks envisioned.
August 16, 2004
August 12, 2004
Of course, I voted Gore in 2000 because I was woefully uninformed. I knew that I stood by the Republicans in almost all the issues, but I just didn't think that Bush had the experience to be president. I never thought he was stupid; I just thought he was too...simple.
Thank god I was right. That simplisme is now one of his greatest qualities.
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I digested this for a while and decided I have more to say about it.
The last election was while I was in grad school. I'm ashamed to say that I don't think I read a single newspaper or watched a single debate. I honestly think I got my political news from Saturday Night Live. Embarrassing, I know, but I think it's pretty typical. Most young people just vote based on a hunch or on what they think the parties represent, whether it's true or not.
I'm going to write ABC now.
August 11, 2004
August 07, 2004
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