Daily Archives: February 17, 2008

Two quotes to chew on in Lent

From The Mighty & The Almighty by Madeleine Albright (Macmillan 2006):

The Protestant theologian Paul Tillich wrote, "Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith." I like the sound of that.

From Religion in Exile by Diarmuid O’Murchu (Dublin, Gateway, 2000):

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Posted by on February 17, 2008 in Christianity, faith, inspiration, interfaith, pluralism, religion


Sorry about that, Chief…

In some respects, we are told, the mysterious war in Iraq is going better than it had, despite the number of Iraqis who no longer care:

Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll conducted August 12-19, 2007 estimated 1,220,580 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. A nationally representative sample of 1,499 Iraqi adults answered whether any members of their household (living under their roof) were killed due to the Iraq War. 22% of the respondents had lost one or more household members. ORB reported that “48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance.”

On 28 January 2008, ORB published an update based on additional work carried out in rural areas of Iraq. Some 600 additional interviews were undertaken and as a result of this the death estimate was revised to 1,033,000 with a given range of 946,000 to 1,120,000. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 17, 2008 in current affairs, Iraq, USA


Letter to America (not) by John Cleese…

… but still very funny, even if it has been circulating since 2000 apparently. The latest version has been posted on WP blog Things Are Looking Up….

Dear Citizens of America,

In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 17, 2008 in blogging, diversions, USA


Togo to go

Please do accept my apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics,I want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you. My name is Lmoro Falana,An attorney to Chang Kuo-cheng,The deputy director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, wish to know if we can work together.

I would like you to stand as the next of kin to my deceased client who made a deposits of 10.5million Us dollars to one of the prime security and finance companies over here in Lome,Togo.He died without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate.

Fortunately,he is from your country so it will be very easy to make you become his official next of kin. If you are interested do get back to me know to enable me forward to you more priliminary informations for us to proceed witout delay. response as soon as possible through my direct email address below.

A classic of the genre! Of course I’ll send for the priliminary informations… 😉

Chang Kuo-cheng seems to be alive and well, if not entirely happy… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 17, 2008 in diversions, weirdness, www