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2:15:03 AM
In a response to an e-mail sent by a Wisconsin legislative aide who is off to serve in the Middle East a cowardly anti-war/anti-American slimeball sent this e-mail:

I hope while your [sic] over fighting your oil war in the Middle East with the rest of your warmonger friends, that you catch a bullet right between the eyes, sent to you direct by a soldier of the Republican Guard, you self-important asshole.

Chrissie Hynde wants the U.S. to get its butt kicked in Iraq, and now someone who works in the capitol wants a soldier killed. The anti-war movement had better start denouncing these anti-social elements if they want to maintain any kind of moral decency.

"Hate for Peace"

Sean Hackbarth |


11:45:44 PM
Many, many congratulations to the UW-Milwaukee Panthers for winning the Horizon League tournament and getting an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. I was there at the U.S. Celluar Arena along with 10,000 others to see the Panthers leap out to a 14-0 lead and never look back. The first half was marvelous with UWM playing tough defense and taking advantage of every Butler mistake. The second half was sloppy, but it was for both teams. Butler never could get it close to make the Panthers nervous. Three teams from Wisconsin will be in this year's tournament. I can't wait.

"Wisconsin-Milwaukee 69, Butler 52"

Sean Hackbarth |

3:38:11 PM
Anti-war/anti-American protesters got violent and destroyed a Sep. 11 memorial. The police won't do anything unless the owner of the fence where the memorial was displayed presses charges. La Habra Police Capt. John Rees' lame excuse is "For this to be vandalism, there had to be an ill-will intent." If burning and ripping flags and signs isn't ill-will, I don't know what is.

"Antiwar Protesters Trash 9/11 Memorial"

Sean Hackbarth |

3:09:18 PM
I actually agree with an anti-war Lefty. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies doesn't think Congressman Jim Moran's (D-VA) comments last week were anti-Semitic. She said, "Acknowledging that the Jewish community is one of several influential communities in the U.S. is not anti-Semitic." This is in response to Moran's remarks:

If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should.

Where's the Jew-bashing here? I don't see it. Moran is wrong in claiming that "strong" Jewish support is driving the war talk. 59% of Jews support war with Iraq, not that different than others Americans. I don't detect any anti-Semitic stereotype in Moran's remarks either. He didn't even refer to Shylock. How Moran is linking Jews to war talk is that many war advocates in the Bush administration and media are Jewish. There's Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Podhoretz, and Bill Kristol just to name some off the top of my head. They're Jewish, pro-Israel, and pro-war, but they haven't based their support on ethic or religious grounds. Their support for war is based on American interests and Western values. In the end, Moran is a foolish blowhard rather than a vile anti-Semite.

"Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War"

Sean Hackbarth |

2:54:09 PM
The war will go Hollywood. George Allison who just finished working on a Michael Douglas movie will design the set used by military officials at briefings in Qatar. Here's the NY Post's description of the set:

Gone are the easel and chart, solitary television and VCR machine with which Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf showed fuzzy images of smart-bomb raids during the 1991 Gulf War.

On a stage that will become instantly recognizable, generals will present their updates from two podiums at the front of a stage adorned with five 50-inch plasma screens and two 70-inch television projection screens ready to show maps, graphics and videos of action.

Bill Clinton, the most Hollywood of all the Presidents, must be jealous as hell for not getting to stand on that stage.

"Let the Shooting Begin: H'Wood Adds Pizzazz to War Briefings"

Sean Hackbarth |

2:33:51 PM
MOAB was tested today in Florida. It's a 21,000 pound bomb that makes a daisy cutter look like a firecracker. But while being the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, police in Pensecola, 30 miles away heard nothing out of the ordinary.

In a related story, people in Moab, UT are upset with the bomb's name. They want to be associated with mountain biking rather than a huge bomb.

"U.S. Tests 'Mother of All Bombs' in Florida"

Peaceful Moabites Want Big Bomb's Name Changed"

UPDATE: The AP reports that MOAB caused some slight shaking in buildings nearby. CNN reports that a video of the test may be released to scare the hell out of Iraq.

Sean Hackbarth |

1:13:28 AM
After reading John's review of Tears of the Sun I'll be saving that Bruce Willis flick for the rental store.

Sean Hackbarth |

12:34:45 AM
Toby Harrmann has me pumped for baseball. Oh, did I mention that I'll be off to Arizona Thursday to watch a little spring training baseball? I guess I just did. I better start beefing up on who'll be fighting for the utility infielder spot on the major league roster.

"Toby on Assignment: Spring Training First Impressions"

Sean Hackbarth |


12:22:56 AM
Zimran Ahmed on Turkey's rejection of U.S. troops in exchange for a huge wad of cash:

Turkey decided to consume pride to the tune of $30B. I didn't know Turkey valued pride that much, but you learn something new every day.

Sean Hackbarth |


8:31:19 PM
At least one entertainment CEO understands the music biz needs to change dramatically. Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and CEO of Sony told Tony Perkins:

The music industry has been spoiled. They have controlled the distribution of music by producing CDs, and thereby have also protected their profits. So they have resisted Internet distribution. Six years ago I asked Sony Music to start working with IBM to figure out how to offer secured distribution of their content over the Net. But nobody in Sony Music would listen. Then about six months ago, they started to panic. They have to change their mindset away from selling albums, and think about selling singles over the Internet for as cheap as possible?even 20 cents or 10 cents?and encourage file-sharing so they can also get micro-payments for these files. The music industry has to re-invent itself, we can no longer control distribution they way we used to. Most entertainment executives understand this, but how to exactly execute on this model is more difficult.

"Sony's CEO Unplugged"

Sean Hackbarth |

8:17:04 PM
Progress in Afghanistan is being made. The .af domain is up and running. It's not huge step because it will be years before most Afghans ever get on the Internet, but it shows the country is looking to the future.

"Afghanistan to Launch Internet Domain"

Sean Hackbarth |

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