Archive for July 2005

Tampa Bay – the new Montreal

Though things have been bad in Tampa Bay for so long that I don’t know that “new” applies.
The attendence at tonight’s Royal’s-Devil Rays game: 8,308
The average attendence of the A Dayton Dragons last year: 8,361

Credit where it’s due

It took them long enough but American Muslim scholars have issued a fatwah condemning terrorism.

American Muslim scholars who interpret religious law for their community issued an edict Thursday condemning terrorism against civilians in response to the wave of deadly attacks in Britain and other countries.
In the statement, called a fatwa, the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were “criminals, not `martyrs.'”
“There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism,” the scholars wrote. “Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram

Longhorn gets a name

Microsoft’s next OS, long code-named Longhorn is now officially Windows Vista.

Ok, let’s say you’re al Qaeda…

And let’s say you carried out yesterday’s “bombings”… Why would you go and claim responsibility for it? Doesn’t claiming responsibility for a failed bombing just make you look ineffectual?

More explosions in London

4 small explosions in London today, 3 in the Subway and 1 on a bus. It’ll be interesting to see what in the world happened here. Did they mean for the explosions to be so small? Did the detonators not explode the real explosives? Was it just some kind of demented prank?

The Diet Coke of classic movie channels. Just one calorie, not classic enough.

The New York Supreme Court has ruled that AMC (which supposedly stands for “American Movie Classics”) isn’t classic enough.
It’s sad to see how far AMC has fallen. It used to be a good channel but now it’s filled with movies of dubious classicicity chopped all to hell with commercials.
Luckily Turner Classic Movies stepped up to take its place. (And isn’t that ironic given Ted Turner’s efforts to ruin classic movies?)

London Mayor Ken Livingstone on the attack

“This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful; it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers; it was aimed at ordinary working class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christians, Hindu and Jew, young and old, indiscriminate attempt at slaughter irrespective of any considerations, of age, of class, of religion, whatever, that isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith, it’s just indiscriminate attempt at mass murder, and we know what the objective is, they seek to divide London. They seek to turn Londoners against each other and Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack,” said Mr Livingston.
He then had a message for the terrorists who had organised the explosions.
“I wish to speak through you directly, to those who came to London to claim lives, nothing you do, how many of us you kill will stop that flight to our cities where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another, whatever you do, how many you kill, you will fail.”
Channelnewsasia.com

I’ve always figured that any day on which I wake up and the first thing I see on the news isn’t news of a new terrorist attack isn’t all that bad a day.

Today isn’t that type of day. :( My thoughts and prayers are with the British people.