Monthly Archives: June 2008

Israeli Soldier killed During Sarkozy Visit – Suicide Suspected

A very scary episode in Israel:

An IDF soldier was killed Tuesday in the middle of a farewell ceremony held in honor of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in attendance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other state dignitaries.

The soldier fell from a vantage point he was occupying on a high building and a bullet misfired from his gun.

According to Israel Radio, the incident happened no more than 200 meters from where Olmert was standing.

Separately, two female soldiers fainted.

Initially, the prime minister’s security personnel withdrew their handguns and rushed Olmert and Sarkozy to the French president’s plane, fearing a terror attack.

Zaka is calling it a suicide:

Israel Radio said the soldier who was shot was stationed 100 metres to 200 metres (yards) away from the plane. Two women soldiers who witnessed the shooting fainted and were treated by medics.

Israel’s volunteer medical service Zaka said the soldier apparently committed suicide.

It’s tragic either way but if it is a suicide at least he had enough sense not to try and take anyone else with him.

Update:
The Daily Mail has photos and TimesOnline has video.

RIP George Carlin: Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television (NSFW)

George passed away from heart failure Sunday evening. He was best known for a brilliant breakdown of seven words:

When Carlin uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace, the AP reported. The comedy sketch prompted a landmark indecency case after WBAI-FM radio aired it in 1973.

The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court where the justices ruled on a 5-to-4 vote that the sketch was “indecent but not obscene,” giving the FCC broad leeway to determine what constituted indecency on the airwaves.

“So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I’m perversely kind of proud of,” Carlin said. “In the context of that era, it was daring.”

“It just sounds like a very self-serving kind of word. I don’t want to go around describing myself as a ‘groundbreaker’ or a ‘difference-maker’ because I’m not and I wasn’t,” he said. “But I contributed to people who were saying things that weren’t supposed to be said.”

They’re still the seven words that are not safe for work so use caution when playing the video.

Big John: Senator Cornyn’s Introductory Video at the Texas GOP Convention

The Democrats are staging a faux-meltdown over this totally lighthearted video. The reactions, rounded up by Burnt Orange Report, are hilarious examples of election season drama:

If you don’t want to spend the rest of your evening envisioning John Cornyn in his own personal “Brokeback Mountain,” you may want to skip this video, shown at the state Republican convention. I semi-watched it while covering my eyes and shrieking in horror…

…Imagine John Lithgow as the cowboy character from the Village People, and you’ll have some idea of what Senator Box Turtle looks like here.

Now I believe Cornyn was referencing a period of Texas history where chaps were worn out of necessity and cowpokes weren’t pokin’, well nevermind. Most reasonable people get that, but leave it to the Democrats to bring all of their predictable racial, faith, gender, and sexual-preference based slurs and innuendo to bear over a harmless video. It’s all good as long as they’re bashing Republicans right?