My computer is in my bedroom. I always leave it on. Last night, as I slept, I dreamt that Bill Gates and I were good friends. We were having a joke together at the expense of someone else ... I forget the rest of the dream.
Anyone else having dreams of a pleasant, funny Bill Gates being your friend?
And the coalition will win, the U.S. Marines will win, but the cost won't be free. Let's remain grateful for their efforts.
AL QAEDA V. SPAIN [Jonah Goldberg ]
Al Qaeda is allegedly turning up the heat on Spain. This is an amazing and amazingly undercovered development. If it's true, the conventional wisdom about al Qaeda winning a victory by knocking Spain out of the coalition shouldn't be overturned so much as revised. If that had truly been al Qaeda's goal they would have been very, very smart to pocket the victory and attack Britain or Poland. Instead, by increasing the attacks on Spain they underscore the stupidity of Spain's appeasement since that appeasement bought Spain nothing.
My objection here is to the common assumption among my friends on the right that the Spanish voters voted in the Socialists shortly after the bloody March 11 attacks in order to appease the terrorists. (I equally object to the notion from my opponents on the Left that the Spanish voted to reject the Conservatives in power because of the War on Iraq, or because of purported manipulation of the events by conservatives for political gain.)
My best guess -- is that this is about mathematics, not intention. The results of the March 14 election were about voter turnout. In that sense, Al Qaeda acted brilliantly. The bombings on March 11 dramatically increased voter turnout -- and since most people in Spain are socialists, not conservatives, the election tipped naturally to the socialists. The conservatives may have won among voters who planned to vote on March 14 -- but the March 11 attacks increased the number of voters completing their civic duty, and the percentage differential between the socialists and the conservatives took care of the rest.
Let me put it this way: There are a lot more registered Democrats or people who self-identify as Democrats in this country. That's why Democrats talk about "getting out the vote." Democrats worry a lot about rain or rough weather on election day: The fear is Republicans are more motivated voters, and thus show up in greater percentages than Democrats, regardless of weather and circumstances.
A terrorist attack that resulted in increased voter turnout would most likely hand the election to the Democrats. Would everyone consider that appeasement?
Welcome to the world, Anastasia!
(She's also my God-daughter. You may call me Godfather from now on.)
I'm just saying.
ON SECOND THOUGHT: We don't know what Jesus did to Satan after His death and before His resurrection. Maybe that was Severe Payback Saturday.
Of course, as our priest explained today, Jesus then proceeded to spend a few days arguing in the Temple, instead of taking the Throne of David and overthrowing the Romans. By the time he throws someone out — it's not the Romans, it's the moneychangers in the Temple. The people's hopes are dashed. By Friday, they've turned against him entirely.
Perhaps those in the crowd felt they'd tipped their hands on Palm Sunday, both against Herod and against Pilate, by honoring Jesus with palms and cloaks strewn in his path. By receiving a man with such honors as He entered Jerusalem, they'd showed disloyalty to the Roman empire and their own Jewish king. After the expected revolution from Jesus didn't occur, they may have started to turn on Jesus to get back in the good graces of Pilate and Herod. Judas may have been monitoring this delicate situation — and determined that he needed to force Jesus' hand on Thursday night.
Different parts of the Gospel affect us in different times. One that stood out when I saw The Passion was at the Last Supper, when Jesus said, "If they'll do this to me, they'll do this to you." It was a reminder where the world stands on Christ and His followers. We're lucky, in the United States, that virtually all the persecution against us is merely disapproval and ridicule. In the larger scheme of things, that's pretty light. In the Sudan, in Nigeria, and in other places, the persecution is what Jesus said was coming at the Last Supper.
Of course, I still had to check it online. Just to make sure.