I’m not one of the most read bloggers in the world so I was surprised to see that Phil Ringnalda had not only noticed my move but noted it on his blog. After going by Justin Thyme for so long it felt funny to see my real name mentioned there.
Talk about arrogance, Belgium has decided that they have jurisdiction over war criminals regardless of where those crimes ocurred and even regardless of whether or not the defendant has ever even been in Belgium.
Belgium’s highest appeals court has ruled that Ariel Sharon could face war crime charges after he leaves office. This decision was in response to an appeal by a group of Palestinian survivors of a massacre in Lebanon over 20 years ago. You see, Belgium has this universal jurisdiction law
which allows for the prosecution of alleged war crimes no matter where they took place.
Now, Ariel Sharon may well deserve facing these charges but how is it that Belgium has decided that they have jurisdiction?
Gov. Sonny Perdue wants a non-binding referendum on whether or not to keep the current state flag, revert to the previous state flag or revert back to the pre-1956 state flag. I’ve stated before that I believe this to be a good idea. The pro-state-flag-with-the-confederate-emblem group has said over and over that it isn’t so much about the flag but the fact that we weren’t given a choice in the matter. If the current flag or the pre-1956 flag wins the referendum then the matter is fully settled and the boys in the pointy white hats are silenced.
The problem is that the leaders of the black community don’t have any faith in the white population of Georgia.
NAACP leaders urged lawmakers to block the referendum, saying they are certain the Confederate version would win.
“If it were up to the majority of people in the state of Georgia, slavery would still be legal and lynching would still be the law of the land,” said the Rev. Charles White Jr., director of NAACP’s Southeast region.
I don’t see this. Very few of the people I run into around the metro Atlanta area are Southerners. Outside of the metro area people are still very Southern and proud of it. Still among them only about half feel strongly about the state flag. It just isn’t the issue that its being made out to being.
Gov. Roy Barnes, the past govenor, blames his loss to Perdue, in part, on the flag issue and he’s correct, it did cost him votes among people that normally would have voted for him. Still if that had been the only issue and the only problem that Barnes had he would still be Govenor. People were pissed at him for more things than his pushing through the flag change.
When the referendum gets here, I’ll be voting to keep the current flag. I’ll also be voting to use the pre-1956 if the current flag is to be replaced.
I’ve had a chance to play with Blosxom for a couple of days now and I have to say I get more impressed with it the more I play. I didn’t fully comprehend the power of this little script when I first installed it but after setting up a few directories underneath my content directory I’ve got to say, “Wow! Instant categories for my log entries.” All I need to do is write the story, apply the markup and save that puppy to a dirctory for the category I want it to be placed in. Every 15 minutes cron runs Blosxom to statically create the HTML pages but it only actually writes anything when there has been a change.
It took me all of twenty minutes to implement Trackback last night and it wouldn’t have taken me that long if I had just implemented it instead of trying to hack it to add comments. I’ll get the comments added this week sometime but after about 10 minutes of fiddling I decided it was best to just get one thing working at a time.
I’m still tweaking the templates some and I want to address the current RSS setup to allow picking whatever flavor of RSS you want, from 0.91 to 3.0 but what you see right now is about what I’m going to stay with as far a looks of this site goes. I’m also interested in creating some special XML templates that might be compatible with the PHP code I wrote for Justin’s Journal. I guess we’ll see.