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Why shouldn't (America) be exempt from some wacky international treaty on women or aardvarks? - Jonah Goldberg, July 26, 2002

The aardvark appears to be the ancestor of all mammals, including humans. - the BBC

I discovered your blog after you attacked me in it, and I enjoy it. Don't agree with hardly any of it, but it's well-written and witty- Martin Kramer

Aardvarks are solitary, industrious, sarcastic, eat termites, graduated from Duke, and watch Buffy obsessively - Encyclopedia Brittanica

My vacation totally sucked, until I met the cutest aardvark. Man, I wish I knew who that aardvark really was! - Eliza Dushku

Nobody likes a wise-guy aardvark. Why do you have to be such an annoying, objectively pro-statue, aardvark? - anonymous reader who sounds a lot like Dave Sim

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Friday, May 23, 2003
The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq, the enormously impressive British NGO, writes the aardvark to let him know that it will dissolve itself and distribute its remaining funds among charities working in Iraq. Integrity to the end.

Meanwhile, yesterday's plaintive blog entry has had astonishing results. Elvis Costello writes to the aardvark to let him know that he totally supports the right to free speech on Iraq, and that he will be happy to perform at a local venue any time the aardvark can find the time.

Bono did not write to the aardvark, but he's probably too busy saving the world and stuff to notice the aardvark's little problems. That's okay, Bono - you're still the man. Give Jesse a hug for me.

Joss Whedon, on the other hand, called up and apologized for being out of touch the last seven years - he's been really busy too, but now that he has some free time on his hands, he'd love to hang out with the aardvark. He said that he would see what he could do about Eliza - she's at this busy place in her life right now, you know, but maybe she'll call the aardvark up some time if she's coming through town. Sweet. Nick Brendon is available, though - just name the time and place, he's there. He'll bring the pizza. Not quite the same thing, Joss, but thanks for the thought!

And Scott Miller touches base to let the aardvark know that he has recorded an album of his old songs with Aimee Mann - how cool is that? If you don't know who Scott Miller is - Game Theory, The Loud Family - do yourself a favor and find out.

And the cub slept through the night last night.

Ha! Admit it - you were with me all the way through Elvis and Joss and Eliza and Nick.. it was the "sleeping through the night" thing that gave away the joke, right?

Thursday, May 22, 2003
With the sanctions about to be lifted, the aardvark really would like to write a lengthy discussion of how the sanctions debate has developed and where it is likely to go in the near future, perhaps even for a friendly journal (readers, you know who you are). But at this dreary time of year, with more papers to grade than pictures of Saddam's statue toppling in American newspapers, the aardvark also really would like to sleep. And to spend time with the aardvark cub, who gets more adorable by the day, but still doesn't always like to, you know, sleep (see previous sentence). The aardvark would also like to catch up on his all kinds of neglected real world work. He would also like to see U2 and Elvis Costello in concert and afterwards hang out with Joss Whedon to discuss the finer points of Buffy's political theory. And meeting Eliza Dushku wouldn't suck. But alas, the aardvark is not going to meet Joss, Elvis, Bono, or Faith, catch up on his work, or sleep (time with the cub is not negotiable); nor is he going to write about the sanctions today. Disappointment all around, I'm sure. Next week will be more entertaining in aardvarkostan, I'm sure!

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
blogging light this week, as you may have noticed. Likely to stay that way through the end of the week. Sorry! Too many termites, not enough time.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Check out this very interesting analysis of the question of lifting sanctions by David Cortright and company at the Fourth Freedom foundation. For some reason you can't find this report from their main page, but you can direct link to it here courtesy of the aardvark.

Today is the apocalypse.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
RIP 1997-2003
She saved the world a lot.

We'll miss you, Joss and Buffy and Xander and Willow and Giles and Spike and Anya and Faith and Dawn and even Andrew (and Oz and Angel and Tara and Joyce and Riley and Jonathan). Be well. Come back soon.

Monday, May 19, 2003
Very exciting. The Memory Hole makes available the public documents submitted to the Congressional 9/11 inquiry. Fun reading for the whole family.

I guess we're all thankful now that our courageous and militarily-garbed Supreme Leader overcame the protests of the so-called "Peace" movement ("Condemning the rest of the world to suffer from the absence of benevolent American domination" movement, I call it) and went ahead to invade Iraq and bring peace and democracy to the Middle East. If we hadn't gotten rid of Saddam, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process wouldn't now be moving forward along President Bush's visionary road map to a two state solution - Saddam really was the only obstacle to peace there! And if we hadn't invaded Iraq and demonstrated our power, we might now be facing a wave of al-Qaeda terrorism stretching from Morocco to Saudi Arabia - good thing we prevented that from happening! All of those questions about the justifications for the war were swept aside once the US inspection teams found those enormous stockpiles of WMD that the UN refused to find - and its a darn good thing that our President's stern warnings deterred the Iraqis from using all of those armed and ready nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. And on top of all of that, only the worst anti-American Leftist could begrudge the US its role in bringing peace, prosperity, order and democracy to Iraq. The critics who warned that the US was totally unprepared for a post-Hussein transition must be eating their words now. The smooth and efficient provision of humanitarian relief, the steady-handed establishment of law and order, and the rapid moves to a genuinely representative democracy surely put them to shame. Why, even the economy is in rip-roaring shape, with only another tax cut standing in the way of another Republican boom. Yes, everyone must admit that the war on Iraq has been a success at every level - advancing the peace process, ending al-Qaeda terrorism, uncovering and destroying masses of WMD, bringing peace and prosperity and democracy to the Iraqi people, stimulating the economy. Truly a masterpiece on all levels. **

** any sarcasm identified in the above paragraph is purely in the mind of the reader. All those things are true, true, true, or at least people will think they are if we repeat them often enough.