Sunday, July 23, 2006

Saddam is Hunger Struck

Saddam Hussein, on his third hunger strike since October, has been hospitalized. At the hospital, Hussein has been given nutrition through a feeding tube with his consent. But all along he has been taking sugar and water with added nutrients, and just refusing meals. What kind of hunger strike is that?

On the other hand, we never heard of Martha Stewart staging a hunger strike and let's face it, she was used to much better food and so prison food must have been quite a shocker. And what about the sorry state of the table settings, the lack of garnishes and the incorrect folding of the napkins? No sir, you never heard so much as a whimper out of her, she was far more stoic than Saddam ever could be.

I think if a man wants to go on a hunger strike, let him. If he wishes to starve himself to death... well, although he's a prisoner he does have certain rights. It would be cruelly depriving him of his rights as a human being to force feed him. But Saddam doesn't even have the moxie to stage a convincing hunger strike. First, he doesn't abstain from all nutrition and then when he feels a bit faint, he's off to the hospital.

I guess when you don't have a cause aside from your own insane obstructiveness, then it's impossible to put your actions where your mouth is, especially when your mouth runs the sort of tripe Saddam's does.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

An Inconvenient Post

It's so hard to pull a good bank job these days. Video cameras, secret alarms and dye in the stacks of money make bank robbery a very difficult profession. Charmaine Williams Stein thought she had all the bugs worked out, right down to having a bank teller as an accomplice. She made a clean get-away, netting $22,000 tax-free dollars. Well, it was a clean get away until they read the hold-up note.

Stein had written her note demanding money on the back of a bulk mail advertisement with her address clearly printed on the back. She is being held on $20,000 bail which she no longer has the funds to pay.

Saddam Hussein's wife has made the most-wanted list. Rollo imagines it's the first time she has made a list of wanted women since Saddam came a-courting.

Scientists predict that a large asteroid will miss the earth tomorrow, coming only about as close as the distance that the moon is from the planet. They had originally planned to have the asteroid strike earth sometime this century but apparently that's off and it's going to give us a miss. Phew, Rollo didn't want to miss the 4th of July cookout.

Over at Gone Away, Clive Allen has posted a very thoughtful piece on how intelligent people often arrive at different conclusions based on the same evidence. He has also posted a link to an interesting article about Al Gore's documentary on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth". Go on over and have a read. In addition to the link he has posted, Rollo found this article by an MIT professor on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, which also disputes the "science" Al Gore cites as support for his alarmism