October 21st, 2003

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help find a date for Angelina...

I don't know whether any of you have heard of Angelina Jolie before... she seems like a nice person with a good personality, and I thought that some of you might be willing to help her out.

Angelina recently came out as bisexual, but she hasn't had sex for over a year and is "starting to really want it". Unfortunately, her career makes it hard for her to have much of a social life. She's interested in finding a partner(s) for a casual fling, but doesn't know where to start, because she's never done it before.

Since she sounds like she could use some help, I am willing to offer my services as a matchmaker for Angelina, if any of you would be interested in a date with her... and possibly more if the chemistry is right.

Now, I know what some of you were probably thinking when I said that she was nice and had a good personality, but really, she's quite cute. Here's a picture of her, and I think if you Google her, you might be able to find a website too.

In any case, I figured there might be one or two of you out there on LiveJournal who would be interested in going on a date with Ms. Jolie, and, if sparks fly, maybe more.

Now, I should probably tell you something... she has a an adopted son, and is recently divorced. She also has several tattoos, but they're tasteful. She likes trucks, knives, and excitement, but also appreciates spending quiet evenings at home.

Because Angelina is new to this sort of thing and is probably a bit vulnerable right now, please only respond to this post if you would really like a date with her. If so, reply to this post with a message for her, a picture, or whatever you think might make Angelina come out of her shell and take an interest in dating again. I will do what I can to pass your information along to her as soon as possible. No promises though... she's got a really busy schedule!

I know that somewhere out there, there has to be a Mr./Ms. Right for her... or a Mr./Ms. Right Now, as the case may be.
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Why bad news about the war is a good, healthy thing...

Recently, several webloggers spread a story about the wounded US servicemen waiting months for medical care in hot, unsanitary facilities in Fort Stewart, GA... well, UPI got ahold of the story.

Now the army -- trying to avoid a PR nightmare as congressmen fly down to investigate -- is rushing money and doctors to Fort Stewart to improve the situation and alleviate enormous backlogs which were preventing prompt treatment for these soldiers, many of whom are sick and wounded veterans from Iraq.

Just goes to show the value of collectively grumbling and growsing. When it comes to the war, the US did a lot of things right, but when it comes to the peace, it seems like they have -- at times -- done nearly everything wrong. If the coalition manages to bring peace to Iraq, it will be because of -- not in spite of -- people loudly complaining when stupid, greedy, arrogant, culturally insensitive, and just plain bad things happen.

Opposition to our government's policies isn't treason. It is, quite simply, a feedback loop.
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Bring 'em on?!

It's confirmed. Up to 30,000 more reservists will be sent to Iraq. Just in time, perhaps, because it looks like Iraqi officials are going to try charging Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr with the murder of Abdel Majid al-Khoei, who was stabbed to death by a mob shortly after returning to Iraq in April of this year.

Arresting al-Sadr is a big, big risk, in that it assumes that the US can discredit the one person in Iraq who dares to oppose the US. Not only could it foment a great deal of unrest, as Sadr has over a million supporters, but it could also encourage those angry at the US presence in their country to follow someone a whole lot smarter and more prone to violence than al-Sadr. Sadr becomes a martyr or political prisoner, and a dozen other radicals take his place...

Under the circumstances, 30,000 additional army reservists doesn't sound like all that many. It certainly doesn't sound like security.