Daily archives: July 16, 2003

He must be doing something right

Michael Moore has reached the level of success and exposure where there are sites dedicated to hating him. There’s even a guy who wants to shoot a film called “Michael Moore hates America”. I don’t think he needs to worry about any of them being effective though, all they seem capable of is pouring out bile and insults and that favourite old phrase ‘liberal media’.

Time for your pill, mister President

Wubble U’s grasp on reality seemed dubious before, but now he’s let it go to fly away like a pretty little butterfly. Asked about the dodgy Niger data, he defended the “darned good intelligence” he received and went on to claim the invasion of Iraq was made after he gave Saddam Hussein “a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in.” (Washington Post article, may ask for some basic personal information.)
Er, what? Or more precisely What the Fuck? These would be the inspectors who were, annoyingly to Bush & co., consistently proving the blather about WMDs was false and therefore delaying Halliburton’s access to the oil and rebuilding contracts. The ones that everyone with access to a TV or newspaper, apart from Dubya it seems, knew were in Iraq. Perhaps he’s just an idiot, or perhaps he’s the sociopath some people think he is and genuinely believes this statement. Either way he’s a dangerous man to be in charge of the world’s largest power.
And just in case anyone believes this is something made up by the “liberal media”, the statement is even in the Whitehouse’s transcript of the event, right there in the final paragraph. There’s video as well, but I can’t open that to vouch for it at the moment.
All via Joe Conason’s journal at Salon


Johnny mailed to me, and I tried to publish by e-mail-

Tim Blair has found what one reader calls a gold mine the ummah’s answer to Ann Landers, Ask the Imam. If you go by this site, the Muslim world seems to be geared towards the sort of person who has to count all the table and chair legs in the room before leaving, and who sorts her used twisties by color and length. Sample question

:Is the embroidery stitching technique called “cross-stitch” forbidden in Islam ?

I am a muslim women who likes to do embroidery at home. One of those embroidery is called “cross-stitching” which consist to do “X” stitching on a cloth in order to have as a finished product a geometric pattern or floral pattern on many parts of the cloth (like a tablecloth for example). You have to criss-cross strands of cotton in order to make a pattern. The reason i am asking this question is that a sister came forward and told me that it was forbidden because the stitching technique looks like crosses (actually it’s little X’s that you make wich doesn’t appear much because of the tickness of the strands).The patterns that i do are not of human or animal kinds. Only geometric and floral. Allah knows best.


It is permissible to do the ‘cross stitch’ technique in embroidery.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai


Kind Regards,

John O

but I didn’t like the formatting and the links didn’t show up, so I ripped it up and started again.

Here comes the rain again….

I’d just like to let the weather gods know that I didn’t cycle in to work today. I didn’t cover 17.69 miles at an average rolling speed of 12.5mph, and I surely didn’t hit 28 mph at the bottom of the hill in Stockport.

Not that it really matters. As soon as I put my cycling shorts on Cornwall started getting thunderstorms and heavy rain.