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sunday, september 30
"Sometimes the truth hurts."
Kick-ass show of the season: ALIAS
Airing: Sundays at 9pm on ABC
Alias stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a grad student who also happens to be an agent for the independent group, SD-6 and is also a double-agent for the CIA. Think La Femme Nikita meets.. uh.. Faith (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Er.. something like that. I missed the first half of the premiere ("Truth Be Told"), but definitely enjoyed the great fight sequences in the second half, like when an SD-6 Agent is trying to kill Syd in the parking lot and she just wipes the floor with him. Tight storyline, too -- similar to the plot lines of LFN, only you already know Syd is a double agent.
The show also stars Carl Lumbly (M.A.N.T.I.S.), Victor Garber ("Titanic"), and Michael Vartan ("Mists of Avalon"). Great soundtrack as well; the premiere included Peter Gabriel's "I Grieve," Sinead O'Connor's "No Man's Woman," and "Give You Back" by Vertical Horizon.
Yeah, I can definitely see myself getting hooked on this show.
posted on 9/30/2001 10:39:31 PM
saturday, september 29
Random thoughts for Saturday morning.
Kids WB! cartoons are fun. :) I enjoy them muchly. Caught a pretty funny commercial for X-Men: Evolution, too:
Announcer: Evan Daniels is Spyke. Kitty Pryde is Shadowcat. Kurt Wagner is Nightcrawler. Jean Grey is... uh.. Jean Grey.
Professor X: Sorry, Jean. We ran out of nicknames.
Missed Jackie Chan Adventures and I think Cardcaptors... they might have moved completely to weekdays, though. Caught the last half of the The Mummy premiere. Interesting cartoon. Never saw the movie (ack! Don't hurt me, Sez!), but this was interesting enough to make me want to. Sorta. Manackle of Osiris, Imhotep, Book of the Dead.. Ardeth Bay. Heh. Pokemon is pretty entertaining.. stupid, but entertaining. That new theme is pretty cool, too.
SPOILERS FOR X-MEN: EVOLUTION: "GROWING PAINS"
Jean Grey #9 on the soccer team. Ooo.. Duncan moving in on Scott's girl. Ouch. This seals the "Jean & Scott aren't an Evo item" deal..
Oh, shit. Kurt, Kitty, and Cyke just exposed themselves as mutants.
OMG!!! The New Mutants!! Uh, could only identify Wolfsbane/Rayne.
Misty Wilde... from Manchester? Who the hell is that? The new principal seems cool.. bet you he's some sleazy mutant, though.
"My name is Lance. I also call myself Avalanche, because I'm.. a mutant." Okay, that was the lamest "coming-out" speech ever. Oh shit. Oh shit! Lance just exposed Xavier! And damn, Xavier almost went into a coma trying to wipe everyone's mind. And, I knew it! Principal Kelly. As in Senator Kelly. Hah.
"We're definitely gonna need some new instructors and maybe a couple of tanks." - Logan
"Oh man, this bombs, ya know? Even the flies think they're better than us." - Toad
"I'm about to feel big and stupid, if ya know what I mean." - Rogue before taking Blob's powers
END SPOILERS FOR X-MEN: EVOLUTION
Yu-Gi-Oh seems kinda cool, but why is Yugi like a short 10 year old kid? I hate when Americans translate anime show names. "Yu-Gi-Oh"? ::rolls eyes:: Though, I guess "King Yugi" would have been a corny name... for a corny show. The animation reminds me of a cross between CLAMP and Oh! My Goddess. Okay, watched this for a bit and.. it's a little overly dramatic and goofy. Kaiba's a little dink. I'm really confused though, cause one mintue Yugi's a little bitch and the next he's Mr. Superior. I don't get it.
Julie Benz was in the WB "My Generation" promo! ^_^ I love Jules. Of course, they had to remove all traces of Buffy. Heh.
Check out this T-Shirt that Wil Wheaton is selling: Hello, my name is WILLIAM FUCKING SHATNER.
posted on 9/29/2001 10:48:09 AM
Woohoo! Pino Amenta directed this week's epiosde of The Lost World, "Trophies." Pino directed the great Farscape episode "Throne for a Loss." ^_^
posted on 9/29/2001 12:14:10 PM
Okay, two Jet Li movies I have to see:
KISS OF THE DRAGON
I was so psyched to see this when I saw the promos, too. Co-starring Tchιky Karyo and Bridget Fonda - two faboo "Nikita"/"Point of No Return" alumni. Heard this was a much better Jet Li action film than "Romeo Must Die," which I found entertaining but nowhere near the fast-pace of a Hong Kong action film. Okay, so apparently I missed this one totally, as it was released in July. D'oh! But wait, "Rush Hour 2" is still in the theaters here and that was released in July, so maybe...
Okay, honestly have no clue what this is about, but the preview was cool and the site kicks ass. Plot outline: "A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills." Uh.. okay. All I know is that Jet Li is in this and it was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong (both wrote for X-Files and Space: Above & Beyond). Opens November 2. That's a whole month from now! Dang it.
SPOILERS FOR ENTERPRISE PREMIERE: "BROKEN BOW"
I wasn't sure about this new show 'cause well... Brannon Braga and Rick Berman. 'Nuff said. Had to give this a chance, though. I mean, I've been a loyal Trekker for most of my life: Next Generation, first run Deep Space Nine, hell, I even sat through most of Voyager, which to tell the truth wasn't really as bad as people say. Plus, Scott Bakula's got the lead. I love Bakula. (Sorry, Phil, I know you can't stand the guy.) Quantum Leap is still one of my favorite scifi shows. Strangely, Scott doesn't look much older than he did.. uh.. over ten years ago. Weirdness.
"Ambassador Pointy" - hahahaha I like Jonathan Archer already.
Okay, this is starting to irk me already. Why the hell do the Kilingons have the forehead ridges? There better be a danm good genetic mutation explanation of this very, very soon. And, dude.. Klingon being chased be weird squashy aliens...through a corn field.. and getting shot by an Oklahoma state farmer? *sigh* And his name is Klaang. *teehee*
OMG! What is this theme song?! A pop song?! And jeebus, the NX-01 already look more advanced than the Enterprise-A. Well.. a'ight I can see this growing on me.
There are way too many aliens on Earth. And what species is the doctor?? How come we've never seen them before? I do like the new uniforms. Very Earth military. Vulcans are a little weird. Kind of like Romulans, only not as violent, as I said to Jen.
Sub Commander T'Pol is a bitch. Vegan ho bag. It was weird watching her eat the breadstick with a fork and knife. And ya know what? Jolene Blalock reminds me of Angelina Jolie.
Doctor Phlox is.. freaky. He talks with the same tones as the Doctor from Voyager and he looks like a cross between Neelix and a Cardassian.
Oh, cool! They actually got James Cromwell to play Zefram Cockran again ^_^
Gee, I'm observant. I just noticed this is being broadcast in letterbox format.
Ooooh-kay. And now the reason this is a UPN show -- freaky, naked alien dancer chics eating bugs. Holy shite, there really is a "shower" scene.. with Tucker and T'Pol. Freakiness.
Dammit, T'Pol. Get up, Archer! It's just a flesh wound! *grr*
A grappler?! Joy. Phase Pistols. "They have two settings: stun and kill. It'd be best not confuse them."
The look on Archer's face when he realized that he had just been transported was hilarious!
"Great, you just scratched the paint." - Capt. Jonathan Archer
"When your logic doesn't work, you raise your voice? You've been on Earth too long." - Archer to Saval
"Your superiors don't think we can flush a toilet without one of you to assist us." - Archer to T'Pol
"I didn't lose the Klingon, he was taken, and I'm gonna find out who took him." - Archer to T'Pol
"That's... never happened before." - Archer, when Sarin turned back into a Suliban after she kissed him
ROFL! When you go to IMDB.com, Enterprise has a language listing of English/Klingon. That's just.. ridiculous. ::shakes head::
END SPOILERS FOR ENTERPRISE
Damn, this was actually good. Special Unit 2 premieres next Wednesday. I've only seen a couple of episodes, but it's like a really twisted, high-comedy X-Files.
posted on 9/29/2001 08:20:22 PM
monday, september 24
Boys are stupid. And I'm just saying that in general because I know there are guys who aren't stupid, but, damn, when they're dumb, they are frelling dumb.
Don't go drinking out in the open when New York has an Open Container Law. If you do, don't do it on a dry campus. If you feel you really have to drink on campus, don't do it in the parking lot right behind a building. And, frell, if you really wanna just chill and drink a beer -- or a dozen -- in the parking lot of a dry campus, don't be jumping on the hood of your car at 1 AM. Because, you know what? It wakes people up and someone is bound to call University Police.
Which is what happened. It was funny as hell to watch two UPD vehicles sweep in here like these guys were robbing a bank or something. I mean, I don't think I've ever seen them respond that fast before. They frisked both kids, found more beer and other *ahem* items. One got arrested on the spot and the other has a court date.
You know what, though? I say boys are dumb, but UPD is the one who lost one of the kids' licenses. That was just great. Way to be cops! ::rolls eyes::
How do I know all this? I live on the third floor of that building, on the parking lot side. No, I didn't call UPD - I'd just gotten to the window and saw that some morons were jumping on the hood of a pretty nice car and making huge dents in it when UPD raced in. It was a great show; wish I had a camera.
posted on 9/24/2001 08:42:44 AM
friday, september 14
Oh. My. Gods. I can not believe these people! You see? This is why I can't stand psycho-Christians! They are insane and they blame problems on people who do not believe in their god or who don't believe in god the way they want people to. Are they so frelling blind that they can't see that the reason we were attacked was because of the terrorists' religious beliefs?! No, of course not! Oh, goddess help them, they are not pulling paganism into this.
::rolls eyes:: Wait, of course they are. Why wouldn't they? We take all the pot shots. It's not a good sermon without a little "burn the witches" speech thrown in along with the "homosexuals are going to Hell" bit. It's funny in a way because they don't realize how much of their religion is based on pagan beliefs. Easter, Christmas, Halloween.. all based on the pagan festivals of Ostara, Samhain, and Yule. Yes, Yule is a pagan festival. Easter eggs and rabbits, the tree, bread and wine - based on pagan symbols of fertility, life, and celebration. The Mass itself is modeled after some pagan rituals.
Yeah, what now, bitch?
via WilWheaton.net via the Washington Post
God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says
By John F. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, September 14, 2001; Page C03
[[Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.
"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.
"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."
Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well, yes."
Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He added: "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' "
People for the American Way transcribed the broadcast and denounced the comments as running directly counter to President Bush's call for national unity. Ralph G. Neas, the liberal group's president, called the remarks "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."
Robertson and others on the religious right gave critical backing to Bush last year when he was battling for the GOP presidential nomination. A White House official called the remarks "inappropriate" and added, "The president does not share those views."
Falwell was unrepentant, saying in an interview that he was "making a theological statement, not a legal statement."
"I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the terrorist," he said. But he said America's "secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect. When a nation deserts God and expels God from the culture . . . the result is not good."
Robertson was not available for comment, a spokeswoman said. But she released a statement echoing the remarks he made on his show. An ACLU spokeswoman said the group "will not dignify the Falwell-Robertson remarks with a comment."]]
And if that weren't enough, here's direct quote-age:
"The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this. And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God or successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say you helped this happen."
-- Jerry Falwell, The 700 Club, 9/13/01
What a prick.
posted on 9/14/2001 11:39:03 PM
thursday, september 13
|In the City of God there will be a great thunder|
Two brothers torn apart by Chaos
While the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb
The third big war will begin when the big city is burning
- Nostradamus, 1654
Okay, okay. So this was a crock. Nostradamus never wrote this and the "City of God" would actually be Jerusalem, not NYC. I should have looked it up before jumping on the prophecy band wagon. My friend Oz, however, had the foresight to research it a bit and he found these items from Nostradamus's writings:
Century 1, Quatrain 87
Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth
Will cause the towers around the New City to shake:
Two great rocks will war for a long time,
And then Arethusa shall color a new river red.
Century 6, Quatrain 97
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees latitude,
Fire approaches the great new city [New York City lies between 40-45 degrees]
Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up
When they want to have verification from the Normans [French].
According to Oz, Norman is also a city near Oklahoma city, Oklahoma.
I still don't understand what the point of this was. The attacks, I mean. It was stupid. Now America is more unified in the wake of this tragedy and the people who planned this are going to be hunted down. I hope they're captured alive so we can tie them up in Times Square and let people have at 'em.
"What is the matter with you people?!" - John Crichton, "Premiere" (Farscape)
posted on 9/13/2001 12:47:49 PM
Recieved this from one of my mailing lists yesterday. It kinda made me say "Hell yeah!" so I've decided to post it here.
America: The Good Neighbor
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record.
This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan, and to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them?
Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon...not once, but several times, and home safely again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at.
Even their draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone elseraced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.
posted on 9/13/2001 01:00:41 PM
wednesday, september 12
I just heard one of the DJs on the radio say that people are (probably) sick and tired of living in fear... fear of terrorism. And appareantly, if you travel, it's always in the "back of your mind." That is such bull frell. I'm sorry, but we in America do not live in fear. I think this incident happened partially because we don't live in fear, that we didn't expect this to happen. When I flew in a plane to Arizona two summers ago, the thought that we might be hijacked never entered my mind.
This was a great tragedy and measures need to be taken to ensure the responsible parties are brought to justice, but we can't forget that we are one of the most powerful countries in the world. We're not Afghanistan where the Northern faction was bombing the other side with such intensity yesterday, some reporters thought it was the US retaliating against Osama bin Laden. When we found out who it was, the news kind of let up on it. What makes the death of those people any less important? They -- and many other countries -- deal with that kind of threat everyday. I don't think about being bombed as I walk to class. My mom sure as hell didn't expect her plane to be grounded in Alaska.
We are used to things running smoothly. We are used to small crimes and small scale bombings. We are used to the threat being far removed from our country.
Yeah, America gets terrorist threats all the time, but then again a lot of people hate us because we've probably stepped on them on our way up. We are not a country living in fear and probably have not been since Pearl Harbor was bombed. Vietnam, Desert Storm, and other wars in which we were involved don't count. The people who died do, of course, but we didn't really feel the threat. Our country was never bombed. Not even during World War II -- London had the hell bomb out of it, but the United States was relatively safe. Until Pearl Harbor. Which was shocking because we didn't expect it.
I'm not making any sense. Argh. This is just so.. so... Argh! ::kicks the DJ on the radio::
posted on 9/12/2001 09:13:48 AM
ARGH! Just.. argh.
I was visiting some boards this morning and what do I stumble across? Some girl pushing Christianity! "This is the time to turn to Christ," whether or not you believe in him. "He is our only hope," she writes. I just. Argh! ::fumes::
I have nothing against Christianity, really. I just have serious issues with Christian people who feel that their religion is superior and they need to convert everyone to it. I just... I don't like the idea that some groups feel that they need to force their religion on people, especially in times of crisis. If you don't believe in Christ, you don't have to. I think it's enough that you believe in your own deity. Gods know there are plenty of other paths to follow. Christ is not the be all and end all of religious saviours. Stuff like this pisses me off. I'm glad she has something to believe in, but she doesn't need to convince others to believe in what she does. ::fumes:: Argh!
I was never one for organized religious because, while the idea was sound, once you throw human power structures into it, it frells it all up. Christianity (and all it variations) is a wonderful religion at its core, but I think over the years it has been corrupted, you know? It's deviated from its original message. So many people are just so.. so.. brainwashed! They just can't think outside of their Christian/Catholic box anymore.
Please, please, please let people find their own path to Deity. If someone chooses to become a Christian, a Muslim, whatever, please let it be because they found the path themselves, not because of some pitch and pushing made by members of the group. The last thing a grieving person needs right now it someone shoving religion down their throat. Your support and prayers are most appreciated, but ... could you please not use this as an opportunity to "strengthen the ranks", as it were?
posted on 9/12/2001 12:45:28 PM
tuesday, september 11
|In the City of God there will be a great thunder|
Two brothers torn apart by Chaos
While the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb
The third big war will begin when the big city is burning
- Nostradamus, 1654
There is no date given for the above quote, like many of Nostradamus' other prophecies, but I -- and many others -- think this pretty well covers what happened today in New York City. This timeline is from CNN.com:
September 11, 2001 Posted: 5:14 p.m. EDT (2114 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- In an apparently coordinated terrorist attack against the United States, four commercial passenger jets crashed on Tuesday, three of them into significant landmarks.
U.S. intelligence officials tell CNN "there are good indications that persons linked to Osama bin Laden may be responsible for these attacks." The sources say they based the statement on specific information that had been gathered Tuesday. Bin Laden is the Saudi millionaire who has been blamed for terror attacks against U.S. interests and is believed to be in Afghanistan.
American Airlines Flight 11, carrying 81 passengers and 11 crew members, slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan shortly before 9 a.m. About 15 minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles, with 56 passengers and nine crew members on board, crashed into the south tower.
Both towers eventually collapsed in a shower of debris and plume of thick dust.
A half-hour after the second crash, American Flight 77 took off from Washington, D.C.'s Dulles Airport en route to Los Angeles, California, carrying 58 passengers and six crew members -- but crashed into the Pentagon instead. Less than an hour after the third crash, United Flight 93 en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, with 38 passengers and seven crew aboard.
Huge chunks of debris falling from remains of World Trade Center towers more than six hours after the crashes. Firefighters could get no closer than 2 blocks from the burning hulk.
The FBI said it believes all four planes, carrying a total of 266 people, were hijacked.
The Pentagon, the White House, the State Department, the Justice Department, the Capitol, the CIA and all other government buildings in Washington are evacuated.
Federal Emergency Response Plan is implemented immediately after first attack, according to White House. All U.S. embassies and U.S. forces around the world are put on high alert. The highest alert is THREATCON DELTA.
All federal agencies implement continuity plans to make sure U.S. government continues to function effectively.
President Bush calls the crashes "a national tragedy." Later in the day, Bush issues a statement from Barksdale AFB near Shreveport, Louisiana. "Make no mistake: The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."
Secret Service secures President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and key members of Bush's Cabinet and national security team. Air Force One lands in Omaha, Nebraska, and spokeswoman Karen Hughes says Bush is in a secure location.
Mullah Omar, the Taliban spiritual leader, condemns the attacks and denies that Osama bin Laden, was responsible.
Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, says in reaction to the terror attacks that "we want to tell the American children that Afghanistan feels your pain and we hope that the courts find justice."
In the first-ever national ground stop of aircraft, all flights nationwide are stopped at their departure airports.
International flights are initially diverted to Canada; FAA says later, however, that 22 U.S.-bound international flights will be allowed to land.
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta tells FAA to suspend operation of all flights until at least noon Wednesday. He also issued orders controlling the movements of all vessels in U.S. waters.
In New York, more than 10,000 rescue personnel rush to the scene. Evacuation of lower Manhattan begins.
Israel evacuates all of its missions around the world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is evacuated. CDC prepares emergency response teams in case they become necessary.
Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, Republican leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, Sen. Don Nickles, R-Oklahoma, House Democratic leader Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Missouri, and House Speaker Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, were taken by helicopter to an undisclosed location.
Philadelphia landmarks are evacuated.
In Chicago, the Sears Tower is evacuated; United Nations in New York is evacuated.
Two aircraft carriers and five other ships are deployed along the East Coast of the United States, and two aircraft carriers go to New York area, all from Norfolk, Virginia.
The New York Port Authority closes all bridges and tunnels into the city.
U.S. stock markets close after the New York attacks and will remain closed Wednesday.
NATO sends home all non-essential personnel from its Brussels, Belgium, headquarters.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service puts the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada on highest state of alert.
Los Angeles International Airport is evacuated.
Disney closes its parks in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
FEMA implements plan established for such events: FBI leads investigation and Justice Department heads crisis management. White House spokeswoman Karen Hughes says FEMA activates eight urban search and rescue teams in New York and four teams are at work at Pentagon.
Three Palestinian groups -- Hamas, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Islamic Jihad -- deny responsibility for the attacks, but blame U.S. policies in the Mideast.
Washington, D.C., and San Francisco declare states of emergency.
A Delta flight makes emergency landing in Cleveland and all passengers are safely evacuated. Federal officials search the plane for a possible bomb.
I can't believe this is happening. I mean, Jen told me this morning and I kinda was like "oh" and didn't really.. I dunno, it didn't really sink in. It still hasn't completely. I was watching some footage and I just kept thinking that it was like a blockbuster disaster movie. Solicitor General Ted Olson's wife called him on a cellphone from American Airlines Flight 77. The plane crashed into the Pentagon shortly after. The three inches of debris in the streets of New York looks like nuclear fallout. Rescue workers are covered with suits and masks. This is just...
How do the airlines lose track of all these planes? Four planes were obviously hijacked and flown off course: two hit the World Trade Center, one (reportedly headed for Niagara Falls) was downed in Pennsylvania, another hit the Pentagon. There are still some planes that are unaccounted for. How the hell does this happen?? The airline security in this country is such obvious crap. There is a theory that we formed at work: whoever did this has been planning this for a long time. It's possible that they wormed their way into the airline, got hired as a pilot. Therefore, they wouldn't need to hijack the plan, per se. They'd already be flying the damn thing.
The country is at Threatcon Delta now, which is the level right before we go to war. Many of our reserve soldiers have been activated. We'd probably be in a state of war if we knew who to declare was on. Ah, but wait. Osama bin Laden is probably the bastard who needs to be hunted down and treated to a very slow death. A while ago, he boast that he would commit and uinprecidented attack on the United States. Two members of his group were overheard on a private channel saying that they had hit two of their targets.
The President has just realeased this statement: "We will find these people and they will suffer the consequences."
I will be so pissed if President Bush embarasses us by handling this badly. Not only will I be pissed, but he'll have the rest of the united States to deal with. He and his staff better get this solved now. US intelligence is such shit right now. We should have known that this was going to happen. Where are our top-notch operatives/ Black Ops? Something! I'm hoping that the gangs and/or mobs will get retaliation for this before the presidency does. Think about it. How many mobsters do you think were in the World Trade Center? Those guys are pretty well into the "eye for an eye" mentality and their intelligence is probably a hell of a lot better that the country's apparently is.
If it wasn't Osama bin Laden who attacked us, then they'd better find out who. I don't want them to just blanket all the suspects, because that would be as wrong as what the terrorists did to us. No matter how mad I am to hear that Palestinians on the West Bank were cheering and giving out frelling candy, it wouldn't be right to just wipe them out. They probably don't know any better. I understand that not all Middle Easterners are anti-American. However, Middle Eastern countries, especially those who have made threats against the United States, should be scrutinized and dragged through a microscope.
Having said that, I find it strangely humorous that many of the those Middle Eastern countries and even terrorist groups have denied involvement in this attack on the US and/or sympathise with us. Muslims have been asked by their (spiritual?) leader to assist us. I think it was one of the Senators who said that foreign countries are quickly attempting to get on our good side in case we do go to war. War seems like a huge possibility now. Too many people want blood and we don't even know who exactly who committed this attack yet. Once we find out, you can bet your ass that person(s) is going to end up a bloody stain in the ground.
I've heard from friends and family who were in the city and I'm very thankful that they're alive: my father, who was about 8 blocks from the second crash at the WTC; Teri's family; Victoria P.'s father; Oz; Ai Kemi; my cousins, who were not in the city at the time.
May the goddess be with those who have passed, including one of our RA's cousins who was on a plane that crashed into the WTC and xxAngelxx of BuffySearch.com, whose father was killed at the WTC.
There are some people who I have not heard from, and I hope that they are all right. Michelle lives over 100 miles from Pittsburgh, but I still haven't heard from her. Former high school classmate, Jon Sozek, who was attending Sarah Lawrence college. My mother is currently stranded in Alaska. She was on her way to Taiwan to visit my grandmother who was having a second operation for cancer.
200 firefighters are presummed dead and 78 NYC police officers have just been reported missing.
The largest number of people in American history to die in one day was 22,000 at Antitem during the Civil War. I just heard that this even will dwarf that figure. Goddess help us.
If you have any comments, please feel free to post them at my LiveJournal.
posted on 9/11/2001 06:27:37 PM
sunday, september 9
Geeker joy! Watched two hours of Farscape today, and thusly, I have more quotes and scattered comments.
"My Three Crichtons"
This isn't exactly my favorite episode, but there isn't really an episode of FS I hate. Okay, some like "I, ET" really make me cringe, but I still enjoy watching them.
You know.. Love Zhaan, but she's always a little overly dramatic, don't you think? Okay, so the big glowy globe is hovering over John. Why didn't he move??? I'm gonna pretend there was some sort of magneto beam thingy that kept him there...
Liked the scene where John pops of the orb and is curled in a fetal position and Aeryn's hovering over him. And then she's got her arms hugged around him to hkeep him warm. Aww.
Ben pulls out the VA accent for Future!John. Very cool ^_^ Oooh! And the alien collector voice is Lani Tupu! hehehehe
"Yes, Mr. Bad News." - John Crichton reponding to Pilot
"Whoa! What the hezmana is that?" - Ka D'Argo
"Can someone please tell me what the yotz I'm looking at?" - Dominar Rygel XVI
Chiana: Frell me. What happened to you?
John: That's the 64 thousand dollar question.
"This is where it gets good, right?" - John Crichton
"You wanna be the next to mess with me? Well, get in line!" - John Crichton to CroMag!John
"Chiana, half of this galaxy has my memories." - John Crichton
Future!John: I'm John. John Crichton.
Aeryn Sun: I don't think so. For a start, John has more hair.. [looks down] amongst other thing. Are you going to blame that on the cold?
Future!John: There are some differences.
Ka D'Argo: Just some?
Future!John: We return the most expendable one of us.
John: What? I don't think so.
Rygel: Oh come on, are you gonna say he's wrong? Let's just give the sphere the hairy bastard and get it the frell out of here.
"Know Crichton. Save Moya. Save Pip. Only one answer." - CroMag!John
"You think this guy's nothing? He's you! He's warm, he's sensitive, he's everything I ever liked about you." - Chiana on CroMag!John
"You stupid boney-assed little bitch. What were you thinking?" - Rygel to Chiana
"With an attitude like that you really think you're the best of us?" - John Crichton to Future!John
Future!John: You're very predictable
John: "I prefer to think of it as reliable.
CroMag!John: Not my place. Don't belong.
John: Look, I don't really belong here either.
CroMag!John: Your time. Your place. My fate. I accept.
D'Argo: You did what you thought was right.
John: I did what I knew was wrong. The future Crichton. Makes you wonder if that's where we're headed.
D'Argo: It's only one future path.
John: Yeah, but it's possible. That's the problem.
John: I always thought I was the good guy, Chiana, but it was the least developed one of me - the one I thought the least likely - who did the right thing. Somehow you knew.
Chiana: I know you.
"My Three Crichtons"
"DNA Mad Scientist"
Didn't I write about this episode already? Oh well. Um.. D'Argo's instrument sounds like bagpipes. Heh.
"Sure. Yeah, happens all the time. Needle in the eye. No problem." - John Crichton
"You and the others are trying to get home avoiding Peacekeeper territories. My home is Peacekeeper territory. I can't go back. Ever." - Aeryn Sun
"I will never understand you people. How could you not be angry? Insanely angry." - John Crichton to Pilot, after Zhaan and D'Argo hacked off one of his arms
"Hey, I'm not entirely useless here, ya know. I happen to be learning." - John Crichton
Aeryn: They are going home and someday, you will too.
John: Yeah, sure. If I ever find a way home, yeah.
Aeryn: I was born a Peacekeeper soldier. I've always been one among many. A member of a division, a plattoon, a team. I've never been on my own, John. Never been alone. Ever.
John: When I find my way home... I-I'll take you with me.
Aeryn: Me? Alone on a planet full of billions of you?
Rygel: [mutters] Blue assed bitch.
Zhaan: What did you call me?
Rygel: A blue assed bitch!
"If he should ask for it, what body part are you willing to offer, your Eminence?" - Pilot to Rygel
John: You sweating? This isn't a Sebacean heat thing, is it?
Aeryn: This is not a Sebacean thing.
John: You gotta give me a clue here, Aeryn. Is this something new or is it your usual PMS? Peacekeeper Military Sh--
Aeryn: Frell you.
Aeryn: This is not like what you did to the others!
Namtar: [smuggly] Oops.
"I wanted him to find a place where I could belong. I didn't want to get left behind." - Aeryn Sun
"You honestly think I could find you appealing? You're so..so.. blue!" - Rygel to Zhaan
"Deal? Deal? You thought we had a deal? A deal connotes reaching some point of equality. I'm afraid there's never been anything equal about us." - Namtar
John: It's a happy face
Aeryn: They're food cubes.
John: No, see the pattern forms a... nevermind.
John: What was the worst part? Aeryn..
Aeryn: I've always thought of myself in terms of survival. Life and death. Keeping the body alive. But what Namtar did to me.. it was me. Inside. The real me.
John: You would've fit in on Earth just fine.
"DNA Mad Scientist"
posted on 9/9/2001 10:55:40 PM
saturday, september 8
Spent three hours revisiting the fun-filled world of Farscape. I love this show! ^_^ Snagged some quotes from two episodes and the Farscape: Undressed special.
"It's okay, ya know? You were in my shoes, I was in your pants..." - Aeryn Sun, "Out of Their Minds"
"The only parasite we have is right here and if you don't come and get it, I'm going to flush it out an airlock!" - Aeryn Sun, "Beware of Dog"
"What the frell was that?!" - Chiana, "Beware of Dog"
"Sorry about the mess." - John & Aeryn, "Beware of Dog"
The rest of these are from "Farscape: Undressed":
"Boy meets girl. Girl kicks boy's ass." - Ben Browder
Ben Browder: One of the advantages to traveling around the Uncharted Territories is that we get to meet all kinds of interesting new races and species. And sometimes, we adopt one.
Claudia Black: If they're young, female... attractive.
Ben: That had nothing to do with it.
Claudia: 'Course not.
Ben Browder: See? This is why you don't want to be a Peacekeeper. They hit people and shoot things.
Claudia Black: But it's fun to shoot things.
Ben Browder: And I have helped you with your attitude problem.
Claudia Black: Oh, now I've got an attitude problem.
Ben: You've always had an attitude problem.
Ben Browder: Little Miss Tough-Chic of the Universe.
Claudia Black: That's me.
"Oh, no one wants to talk about the relationship except you." - Claudia Black to Ben Browder, re: John and Aeryn
"Relationship? No, they don't have a relationship. Crichton and Aeryn have a relationship and that's what we're supposed to be talking about." - Ben Browder
Claudia Black: Okay, so she finds him interesting.
Ben Browder: Interesting? Lordy, lordy, Miss Claudy! She wants him.
Claudia Black: All right, so there's a little chemistry between them.
Ben Browder: Chemistry. You don't want to admit it, do you? They are made for each other. Remember the hair scene? Roll the hair scene.
Claudia Black: Wait, do you remember how it ended?
Ben Browder: Doesn't matter how it ended. They were made for each other.
posted on 9/8/2001 12:38:20 AM
Ya can't escape the 'Scape! *eg*
I was watching the WB and The Lost World comes on. Who do I see in the guest credits? Lani "Bilar Crais" Tupu! If this was the only episode he was in... wow, is it old. Season 1 ep 4, "Salvation," from 1999. He plays a shapeshifting minion of an evil giant. Anthony "Ka D'Argo" Simcoe was in a later season 1 episode, "Absolute Power," playing a character name Dirkon. Wayne "Scorpius" Pygram was in the Season 2 epiosde "The Games." I actually have Gigi "Chiana" Edgley's season 2 episode, "The Guardians" on tape.
A few Farscape actors have also been on BeastMaster. Gigi Edgley in season 1's "Amazons" and Claudia "Aeryn Sun" Black and Anthony Simcoe were both in the Season 2 episode, "Wild Child."
Oh, and just a reminder to myself. All new episodes of X-Men: Evolution start September 15th (that's next Saturday) on Kids!WB.
posted on 9/8/2001 01:01:26 PM
wednesday, september 5
Watched the Farscape Chain Reaction last Friday. "A Human Recation" was a great episode, as was "Won't Get Fooled Again." I was perticularly happy that I was able to watch Ben Browder's wonderfully written "Green Eyed Monster" again. Go, Ben! ^_^ Here are some great quotes that I made note of from Ben's ep. Please excuse the spelling and potential spoilage.
"Kiss my mivonx." - Rygel
"I think... weather changes and we just keep making the same mistakes." - John Crichton
"Dude, cesium and water - and ice is water - make exploding water." - John Crichton on Stark's plan
"Peacekeepers are ugly, not stupid." - Rygel
"Candy!" - Stark
"Talyn just spaced John." - Aeryn Sun
"Peacekeeper lies." - Aeryn Sun, upon discovering that John was indeed alive
"Can you feel that? Good. Talyn, that is what it i to need someone. You don't need me. You never will." - Aeryn Sun
"Aeryn, I'm not your boyfriend, your husband, I'm not your anything. You can do what you want." - John Crichton, still pissed about Talyn's forged vidchip
"You are like a plague, John Crichton, and you have ruined my life... Yet I keep coming back." - Aeryn Sun
posted on 9/5/2001 12:48:28 PM
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