4.26.2006

My Slippery Slope is Lubricated by Mormon Sex Brigades

A dire warning about the dangers of gay marriage should give you all pause.

But gay marriage and polygamy are only the beginning, because the dark road that begins with equal rights leads inexorably to the next terrifying step: legalized, state-sponsored robot sex!


I love my iPod, but I don't love my iPod.

Yet.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...portent of the apocalypse...

4.21.2006

Knapp on Iran

Tom Knapp has a cool, dispassionate analysis of why it would be batshit fucking insane for us to attack Iran.

Shithouse rat crazy doesn't even begin to cover the state of mind required to entertain this kind of thing. Throw in the trial balloons about preemptive nuclear strikes -- on a country bordering Russia -- and it's pretty much a David Lynch production of Dr. Strangelove Meets Sybil. We're talking serious childhood trauma combined with a rigorous schedule of psychoactive drugs and BDSM sessions here.


Not that there's anything wrong with BDSM or psychoactive drugs. Read the whole thing, it's worth a laugh. Remember, if we don't laugh, we cry.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...happy weekend...

4.17.2006

War on Jihadism

Jonathan Rauch has an excellent article at Reason that clarifies who and what we're really fighting in the "War on Terror."

Jihadism is not a tactic, like terrorism, or a temperament, like radicalism or extremism. It is not a political pathology like Stalinism, a mental pathology like paranoia, or a social pathology like poverty. Rather, it is a religious ideology, and the religion it is associated with is Islam.

But it is by no means synonymous with Islam, which is much larger and contains many competing elements. Islam can be, and usually is, moderate; Jihadism, with a capital J, is inherently radical. If the Western and secular world's nearer-term war aim is to stymie the jihadists, its long-term aim must be to discredit Jihadism in the Muslim world.

No single definition prevails, but here is a good one: Jihadism engages in or supports the use of force to expand the rule of Islamic law. In other words, it is violent Islamic imperialism. It stands, as one scholar put it 90 years ago, for "the extension by force of arms of the authority of the Muslim state."


I generally view religion as a misguided foible, but when religion justifies violence against others, it passes from harmless ignorance to credible threat.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...freedom fighter...

4.12.2006

Today is Inbox Zero Day

Fueled by coffee and the sweet electronica of Deep Dish, I'm implementing Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero today at work.

Because 271 messages in my Inbox is 271 too many.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...clearing the decks...

4.05.2006

Legal Writing (and Doodles)

This divorce petition is a shining example of...umm...creative legal writing.

Don't miss the special guest appearance of General Relief on pp. 8.

Hat tip: De Novo

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...aspiring to greatness...