Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Play "Absurd Planet Headline Jeopardy"!

Alex: Please remember to keep your reply in the form of a question... ;-)

Contestant: I'll have "Insurgents" for five hundred, Alex.
Alex: The answer - Rebel Shi'ite Cleric ready to turn politician...
Contestant: Who is Moktada al-Sadr, Alex?
Alex: Correct.

Rebel Shiite Cleric's Aides Hint He May Enter Politics (NY Times login: davis8344, password: mcclain - courtesy of Bug Me Not)

Excerpt: "BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 30 - The rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr is considering a future in politics rather than warfare, one of his top aides said Monday, as the American-backed Iraqi government and Mr. Sadr's representatives continued talks on the future of his militia."

"When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.
(Supertramp - "The Logical Song")