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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Edam Cheese, A Stamp, and Nothing

Those are the answers to the riddles. Edam is a kind of cheese, literally m-a-d-e backwards. A stamp sits in the corner of an envelope but can travel the world. And "nothing" is what man loves more than life, fears more than death, what the poor have, the rich require, and what contented men desire. (And what the miser spends, the spendthrift saves, and all men carry to their graves, too).

A couple items this morning:

1) The Zoo is now the number five web site if one does a Google search for "sandor at the zoo". Almost everything else on the first two pages of such a search are my comments on other blogs. But it turns out that there is a gaming company (a gaming company!) called Sandor at the Zoo, and they occupy the number one position.

I'm considering two approaches: Build up The Zoo with great content, thereby getting lots of hits and links and eventually unseating those dirty name-swipers ... or I could simply have The Sicilian go whack them messily. What do you guys think?

2) A quote from a recent post by SDB over at USS Clueless:

There comes a time in every man's life when he has to choose sides. I have chosen my side. I am comfortable with my decision. I do not think everyone on my side is a saint, but I know that those on the other side are much, much worse.

Sometimes a man with too broad a perspective reveals himself as having no real perspective at all. A man who tries too hard to see every side may be a man who is trying to avoid choosing any side. A man who tries too hard to seek a deeper truth may be trying to hide from the truth he already knows.

That is not a sign of intellectual sophistication and "great thinking". It is a demonstration of moral degeneracy and cowardice.

Steven was speaking about why he feels secure in his decision to support the war in Iraq, and on why one must have the courage to stand alone when one's convictions require it (sometimes the right thing, the necessary thing, and the popular thing are not the same - in fact, you're lucky to get two out of three). The words I excerpted above are so true that they need no context, however, and every person who carries a "No Blood for Oil!" or "Bush = Hitler!" sign desperately needs to have a copy stapled to their forehead.

More Citizen Sandor coming later ... stay tuned!