September 26th, 2003


[Politics] "And we'll call it even..."

President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John David Ashcroft have committed violations and subversions of the Constitution of the United States of America in an attempt to carry out with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes and deprivations of the civil rights of the people of the United States and other nations, by assuming powers of an imperial executive unaccountable to law and usurping powers of the Congress, the Judiciary and those reserved to the people of the United States, by the following acts:

1) Seizing power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a massive assault on and occupation of Iraq, a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting in the death and maiming of tens of thousands of Iraqis, and hundreds of U.S. G.I.s.

2) Lying to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing false and deceptive rationales for war.


Frankly I think Bush is too stupid to understand all the things going on behind his back. It's Cheney and Ashcroft I want out of there. Rumsfeld is a warmonger, but at least he's not actively trying to tear up the Bill of Rights. Still, if we have to make symbolic strides instead of real ones, this isn't a bad way to do it.
  • Current Mood

Jedi Academy pretty cool so far.

I manged to download DirectX 9.0a and the enourmous Jedi Academy demo. It's definitely fun. The character customization is interesting. I was a wee bit annoyed with the "Dude, let's go surfing and then smoke some weed. Dude..." voice acting of the human male character I chose. The level design is pretty neat. Levels can be BIG, and you'll get full use out of level 3 force jump (12 times your height).

Saber battles seem to alternate between impossible and way too easy, depending on when you activate force speed. I also could never maintain my shields. I'm glad I had force heal level 2 or I would have been toast in some of those two-on-one and three-on-one saber fights. (Of course, it would help if I would NOT run right up and impale myself on my enemies' saber...) Two sabers is fun, though not as fun as I thought it might be. Didn't try saber staff. Had to save every two minutes, that's a bit annoying.

All in all, I recommend it if you can get it on CDROM from someone. It's a hell of a download to do yourself though. If you liked Jedi Outcast, this seems to be a worthy successor.