October 31, 2004
It’s Halloween. Chelsea and I are going to check our Shady Mile in a few minutes. I just noticed the Eminem connection with Shady Mile.
I can’t decide if rap names or punk names are sillier.
I’m not sure but I think Bush declared war on Cuba tonight–contingent on his being re-elected.
I put myself on the cover of the Nav. Or 1/4 of my torso anyway. I forgot I wasn’t going to ink out the cover this time. Oh well, coal-miners’ hands for everyone.
It’s almost Novemeber and *finally* Nav staff have begun to spring their gaskets.
It’s Chelsea’s birthday tomorrow. Everyone shout out a C-Dawg woot woot.
October 30, 2004
Quoted from CNN:
In the video, Bin Laden accused Bush of misleading Americans by saying the attack was carried out because al-Qaida “hates freedom.” The terrorist leader said his followers have left alone countries that do not threaten Muslims.
“We fought you because we are free … and want to regain freedom for our nation. As you undermine our security we undermine yours,” bin Laden said.
He said he was first inspired to attack the United States by the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon in which towers and buildings in Beirut were destroyed in the siege of the capital.
“While I was looking at these destroyed towers in Lebanon, it sparked in my mind that the tyrant should be punished with the same and that we should destroy towers in America, so that it tastes what we taste and would be deterred from killing our children and women,” he said.
“God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind,” he said.
Bin Laden compared the Bush administration to repressive Arab regimes “in that half of them are ruled by the military and the other half are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.”
He said the resemblance became clear when Bush’s father was president and visited Arab countries.
“He wound up being impressed by the royal and military regimes and envied them for staying decades in their positions and embezzling the nation’s money with no supervision,” bin Laden said.
“He passed on tyranny and oppression to his son, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the pretext of fighting terror. Bush the father did well in placing his sons as governors and did not forget to pass on the expertise in fraud from the leaders of the (Mideast) region to Florida to use it in critical moments.”
October 25, 2004
“It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.”
~Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
“It is unbecoming for young men to read Maxim.”
October 23, 2004
Last night Bentley came in through the window. His legs were stiff and his fur matted with pitch and pine needles. I’d say he’s spent two days stuck in a tree or bush. But we’re very happy he’s home. Though the only person who seems to care is Sandeep.
“What can you say about a society that says that
God is dead and Elvis is alive?”
~Irv Kupcinet, on America
October 21, 2004
Bentley is missing. This is highly upsetting.
October 20, 2004
Today I was stuck behind a VW Beetle with “vetrans” plates. It struck me that if this guy was such a proud vetran, then why the hell is he driving the vehicle of the reich. Then it struck me that perhaps he fought for the reich. Then he finally decided to pass through the 4-way stop.
I am subtly yet completely ill. I need some vitamin C.
The cats have begun to mellow out. Which is good because there was too much going on last week. What with the fur flying everywhere.
The Nav issue #4 is a disaster. Printing foul-ups and colour management mayhem. I’ve decided the printers are idiots so there is a new mandate: Make things idiot proof. I just want to hit the road and design personalized greeting cards out of the back of a van.
October 18, 2004
1) “The end of the human race will be
that it will eventually die of civilization.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
2) “Idealism is what precedes experience;
cynicism is what follows.”
~David T. Wolf (1943 – )
Oddly, last night when I had cafesomnia, I thought a book called “Where’s Waldo Emerson?” would be a huge seller. It would be just like “Where’s Waldo” but, of course, it’d be a picture of Waldo Emerson instead. Maybe you’d have to find Voltaire or Hobbes also.