Iraqi Stereotype

Monday, 7 April 2003

i’ve found something disturbing. whenever i catch a bit of news regarding the war, which is not much because as long as people are dying i don’t care for it, but whenever i catch a bit of news containing a picture of a moustachioed Iraqi, they all look like Saddam Hussein. It is quite hard to tell one moustachioed Iraqi from another, and i’m pretty sure this is purposeful. everyone knows about Saddam’s doppelgangers. everyone knows that Saddam is crazy. everyone knows Saddam has a moustache. but if it appears that every Iraqi has a moustache and looks like Saddam — does it not follow that all Iraqis are crazy? This is how racial profiling proliferates. Even if it is unintentional, the abundance of moustachioed evil Iraqis will create a stereotype that all Iraqis are evil and moustachioed.

Politricks and Fencing Championships

Tuesday, 18 March 2003

at 6 this evening i’m driving out to Colorado Springs, CO and the USAFA for the NCAA fencing championships. It is about a 19 hour drive and at the end of it i still might not be able to watch my team compete for the championship. i had to submit my social security number, driver’s license number, etc. in order to get security clearance to get on the base. at all times i must have two forms of picture ID. but once the war starts not even that will get me on the base. i’m still going out dammit.

what a stupid ultimatum from Dubya. yeah like that is EVER going to happen. might as well require the impossible so we can start bombing on schedule. anything for the war. even if the ulty did work i’d still be creeped out because the US would be able to coerce a country into essentially giving up its sovereignty. jeebus.

what the internet needs is a bestiary of mythical beasts. and a good one at that. the only ones i’ve found have been crap. maybe i could start my own if i had some time. meagan will you draw the critters and creepy crawlies?

Trogdor the Arcade Game!

I’ll be back sometime next monday unless NORAD and the USAFA get nuked by Iraqis.


Tuesday, 8 October 2002

i suppose i’m un-​American. i don’t want war with Iraq. I see no motivation for it apart from a familial grudge held by the man currently recognized as our the American president. i think the days of rampant die-​hard nationalism are past. i believe it is time to focus and concentrate on a more global scale. i’m not talking about corporate globalization which in my opinion is nothing more than American imperialism under a different guise. i’m talking about global humanitarianism which of course is way too idealistic at this point. I do think, however, that it is high time we Americans at least start moving in that direction. Lord knows, much of the rest of the world is attempting to. i read somewhere that our the American government has a $400 billion budget for military spending. i’m pretty sure that is more than would be required to protect our America’s own borders. Instead, it is focused on protecting American ‘interests,’ a convenient term which can be molded to justify our American involvement anywhere. America could be a respected part of the world community instead of feared because of its power if we it could just stop being trigger-​happy and realize that helping out others will help us America out in the long run.