A Little Something to Fight the Poison

Saturday, November 08, 2003
This article is pretty amusing...but also exposes the case against Moussaoui for a public-relations exercise.

I'm finally living in Vienna. It's nice here, but as they say in that-movie-by-the-guy-who-waited-five-years-to-make-a-new-movie-about-chicks-slaughtering-each-other-with-swords, "A lotta the same shit we got here, they got there, but there they're a little different".

And funny enough, the German friend of one of my roomates asked me the other day what a Royale with Cheese is called in North America. I shit you not.
Sunday, November 02, 2003
PREDICTABLE NIGHTMARE: It happened. A portable anti-aircraft missile brought down a helicopter about to land in Baghdad, killing 15 U.S. soldiers.

The only surprising (and I suppose good, if one can call it that) about this situation is that this is the first time this has happened. For the Americans' sake, I hope their fortune returns to what it was previously until they can get things settled there.

One thing that confuses me is the report that the Army is paying a $500 bounty per shoulder-fired missile Iraqis turn in. This seems me a step in the right direction, but as the Washington Times story linked to points out, the going black market price for them is 10 times that amount. Respectfully, it seems to me like it would be a worthwhile investment for the troops' sake to match the market price per missile with this program.