Archive for September, 2006

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step…

September 26, 2006

So be careful not to put your foot in it, not to step into poo at the start. You might go sliding and miss the second step. But then again, who says the journey is itself composed of myriads of steps?


Be Afraid, be very afraid…

September 20, 2006

He’s on the loose. The man with the loose morals, and only loose change in his pockets, is a free man, back in the waters. Yes folks, everyone’s favourite whipping boy, Jacob ‘Showerhead Shark’ Zuma, has been found not fit to stand trial / not guilty / not able to be prosecuted by the State at this stage, or whatever the legal term is. 

So, tonight, slip into your condom suit and do a good deed to make up for his misdeeds, which he never, apparently, prima facie, dolce vita, deeded. Indeed.

Can you believe it?

September 15, 2006

Believe it, because it’s true…

Last night, we had a pleasant supper at Bruegel’s in Mowbray. What’s so remarkable about that? you want to know. Well, Jody and Noah conducted themselves impeccably. Not once did I have to get up, lean over, speak sternly, or any of those other things parents normally do in restaurants when they have their kids with them.

Truly remarkable and memorable event.

Let’s unpack this propaganda, shall we?

September 14, 2006

“The ideal is El Salvador in the 1980s, where the whole US force structure was limited to 55 special forces operatives who actually achieved more than 550 000 troops did in Vietnam,” said Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations –

commenting on the US ‘low-intensity warfare’ in Africa, reported in the Mail and Guardian online

An alternative reading of the US involvement in El Salvador may be found in Wikipedia


Following increasing clashes between the Marxist group Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), El Salvadoran Armed Forces (ESAF) and rightist vigilantes, a civil war erupted that would last for 12 years (1980-92) and claim the lives of approximately 75,000 people. Among the victims of the war included Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who is believed to be the greatest apostle of the poor in Latin America for delivering his message of peace and equality for all Salvadorans. He was assassinated while delivering his homily on Sunday, March 24, 1980.

The assassination was carried out by Alvaro Saravia, who in 1979 left the Salvadoran military, and from that time worked closely with Roberto D’Aubuisson. D’Aubuisson, in conjunction with elements of the Salvadoran armed forces and far right Salvadoran civilians in El Salvador, Guatemala and the United States, founded the far right political party Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (“ARENA”), which is now in power in El Salvador. D’Aubuisson organized death squads composed of civilians and military figures that systematically carried out politically-motivated assassinations and other human rights abuses in El Salvador.

According to the 1993 United Nations’ Truth Commission report, over 96% of the human rights violations carried out during the war were committed by the Salvadoran military or the paramilitary death squads, while 3.5% were committed by the FMLN.


Or if you want to listen to the voice of Reason, goto


So, for example, take Libya. Qaddafi is certainly a terrorist. The latest edition of the Amnesty International publication, Political Killings by Governments, lists Qaddafi as a terrorist; he killed fourteen people, Libyans, mostly in Libya, in the 1980s. There may be a handful of others, but even taking the most extreme estimate it couldn’t be more than several dozen, probably less. That’s terrorism, and he’s therefore the “Mad Dog of the Middle East” and the “King of International Terrorism.” That’s because he meets our criteria: he’s them, not us, and the terrorism that one talks about is carried out generally by small groups, not by one of our major states.
Let’s compare it with El Salvador. In the same years in which Libya killed maybe fourteen,
maybe 20 people, mostly Libyans, the government of El Salvador slaughtered about
50,000 people. Now that’s not just terrorism, that’s international terrorism, because it
was done by us. We instituted the government as much as the Russians instituted the
government in Afghanistan; we created the army, a terrorist army; we supplied, organized
and directed it. The worst atrocities were carried out by American-trained elite battalions
fresh from their training. The U.S. Air Force participated directly in coordinating bombing
strikes-the terror was not ordinary killing. Libyan terror is bad enough; they kill people.
But our terrorists first mutilate, torture, rape, cut them to pieces-it’s hideous torture,
Pol Pot-style. That’s not called terrorism. El Salvador is not called a terrorist state.

Where can I get an E?

September 13, 2006

The silver E has dropped off the boot end of our Mercedes Benz E280. The E stands for Einspritzung, which is German for fuel injection, which was a very new feature at the time the “E” first appeared in the 1950s. So if anyone can drop me an E, I would be grateful.

Steve Biko died on this date in 1977.

September 12, 2006

“I write what I like”, he wrote. I remember reading the blue (Penguin?) book of that title when I was a teenager. And because of his Frank Talk (pen name), he did not live to see this day, today. Steve Biko was born in King William’s Town in 1946. He was 30 when he died, leaving his wife and two children. And the rest of us. To this day.


The Morning After…

September 5, 2006

Noah and Jody Sinking

I found this going on in the sink while I was trying to clean up after the party the night before. I nearly pulled the plug…:)