Month: January 2003

  • Who gassed the Kurds?

    One of the most popular arguments in favor of annihilating Iraq is that Saddam Hussein is a monster who used chemical weapons on his own civilians. One problem with this logic is that, although such action is indefensible, it doesn’t make much sense to rush into a war that will result in the deaths of […]

  • Lovely Lisa, Meter Mountie

    Apologies to the Beatles for butchering their song title. No apologies to the Lexington Herald-Leader for stealing their copyrighted picture. If they had been nice enough to put this picture of my neighbor on their website so I could link to it, I wouldn’t have had to scan the printed copy and put it on […]

  • Leave no child …

    “Leave no child behind” was one of the favorite slogans of the Bush 2000 campaign. They “borrowed” it from the Children’s Defense Fund, who weren’t very happy about it, according to a report from Ralph Nader. Since his election, Bush watchers have been pointing out the huge discrepancy between the slogan and the actual policies […]

  • Editorial Administrivia

    I was informed today that the link I provided to John le Carré’s column in an earlier article no longer worked. I apologize if you followed that link to a dead end. The London Times apparently changed their links after I posted that. I found the column again and updated the link in my article […]

  • New Twist on Old Scam/Spam

    Almost anybody with an email address has probably received a message similar to one of these, asking for your assistance in laundering a large sum of money from Nigeria in exchange for a substantial cut. The variations on the same old scheme seem almost endless, but I recently saw this one which is similar, but […]

  • Today\’s Vocabulary Lesson

    A friend sent me this item about the origin of a common word. I’m not sure of its accuracy (okay .. I’m almost 100% certain it’s not accurate), but it’s amusing.

  • Another Internet Worm, thanks to Microsoft

    A CNN report provides some information about a worm which affected Internet traffic Saturday morning, and for the geeks, McAfee provides a technical report. Although I avoid Microsoft software like the plague that it is, some of my computers at work (including a couple providing back-end hosting for many of the images displayed on this […]

  • W’s War Two

    Sometimes you just gotta wonder why the current occupant of the White House doesn’t fire his speechwriters. Then you realize that he thinks they make him sound good. I’m sure he fails to see the irony in his recent sabre-rattling about Iraq: “This looks like a rerun of a bad movie, and I’m not interested […]

  • More MLK Musings

    This is a belated expression of a thought that occurred to me earlier this week. I participated in two marches on Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King and his ideals. One was in Lexington, the moderately enlightened college town where I work; the second was in Paris, a smaller, more rural town which is as […]

  • I feel safer now

    It’s always interesting to read the weekly campus police “Crime Report” in the printed version of the Kernel. (I’m sorry it doesn’t appear in the online version). The headline says it contains “selected reports”, but gives no indication as to what criteria the editors use for selection.