Banana Counting Monkey

Thursday, March 02, 2006:

Anonymous note to the driver who parked besides my car at the Esso this morning.

I couldn't help but notice while I stopped for coffee.

I thought you should know that parking in front of, but not in, the handicapped parking spot does not make you a sensitive human being. It's parsing the meaning of "parking in the handicapped spot" in the same way as "I did not have sex with that woman."

Just a thought.

BCM // 11:56 AM


Thursday, September 08, 2005:

You are The Cap'n!

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.

What's Yer Inner Pirate?
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BCM // 7:09 AM

Tuesday, September 06, 2005:

Saturn's Rings Dimming

"LOS ANGELES (AP) — New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn’s trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo’s time, have dramatically changed over just the past 25 years.
Among the most surprising findings is that parts of Saturn’s innermost ring — the D ring — have grown dimmer since the Voyager spacecraft flew by the planet in 1981, and a piece of the D ring has moved 200 kilometres inward toward Saturn.
While scientists puzzle over what caused the changes, their observations could reveal something about the age and lifetime of the rings

I blame Global Warming. This must be Bush's fault......
BCM // 9:07 AM


Thursday, September 01, 2005:

Monkey got Married!
On August 14th, 2005 at Oakville Terrace in Richmond Hill, Ontario
....and we couldn't be happier.

BCM // 4:26 AM

Thursday, December 16, 2004:

It's a National Scandal!!!!

Bigger than Shawinigate, than Adscam, Watergate, Rathergate! More terrible! More tragic and incomprehensible!

TIM HORTON"S is closing on December 24th (Christmas Eve) at 3pm, not reopening until after boxing day.

This is criminal. Obscene, even! Would they close the hospitals? Shut down the Police or the Fire Department?

This cannot be allowed to stand.

BCM // 8:55 AM


Friday, October 01, 2004:

Syria's Border troubles with Jordan

Syria has border troubles with Jordan as well as Lebanon, Israel and Iraq. All it takes if Turkey to make it a clean sweep......

AMMAN: Jordan and Syria are facing the most serious political crisis since their new leaders took over five years ago and promised to boost bilateral ties that were often strained during the era of their late fathers, according to diplomats and analysts.

Some even suggest current tensions could slip into a military showdown by year-end if Syria does not move to demarcate its "leaky" border with Jordan, return 125 kilometers of land Amman claims has been seized by Syria over the years, and stops cross-border infiltrations by radicals, allegedly often operating with tacit support from Syria's intelligence agencies.

The tension has been brewing for months, even before Jordan announced in March the arrest of a group of Al-Qaeda- linked "terrorists," and claimed some had come from Syria to stage the first bio-terror attack against the General Intelligence Department, claims Syria has denied.

But it was only recently, as Syria was subjected to U.S. and Israeli pressure, that Jordanian officials, feeling unprecedented support from Washington, began talking about the "silent crisis" with Syria, in private meetings with foreign visitors, as well as Arab and Western diplomats.

Another front opened up by the incompetent diplomacy of the US, I guess.

BCM // 10:46 AM

Thursday, September 30, 2004:

Today's Syria Updates

"US Wants Tough report on Syria from Annan this week Powell tells AFP"

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (AFP) - The United States wants UN chief Kofi Annan to present a "tough" report this week on Syria's compliance with a UN Security Council resolution demanding respect for Lebanese sovereignty that says Damascus must do more to meet the world body's demands, US Secretary of State Colin Powell told AFP on Wednesday.

Powell would not comment on what the US believed would be in the report which Annan is to present to the Council on Friday but said Washington did not think Damascus had done enough to meet the requirements of the resolution which calls for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

Well, that does figure. Syria does still have 15,000 troops left in Lebanon. Withdrawing 3000 is a good start -but only a start. If Syria expects that their partial withdrawal will get them off the hook, hopefully they're wrong.

I have faith that the US will consider the pullout inadequate. What I wonder about is the reaction to the UN resolution's co-sponsor :France. Will the French attempt to straddle the divide and agree with Syria that this represents some kind of exceptional progress which should be rewarded by the community of nations.

Of course, any progress obtained- real, on the ground results, not diplomatic platitudes about progress- throught the UN is a display of exceptional and awesome progress!

The Economist has an overview/analysis of recent events.

It is by no means certain that the crackdown on jihadis, along with this week's cosmetic withdrawal of a few thousand Syrian soldiers, and earlier promises to seal its border with Iraq better, will be enough to get the superpower off Syria's back.


BCM // 9:20 AM

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