The Counterpoint

December 11, 2004

Personal Note

Sorry for the limited blogging. Things have been hectic with finals week approaching, but I'll try and get back on a normal schedule soon. In the meantime, go read some of the blogs listed further down on the right side of the page.

Yikes (again)

Looks painful. (Volume II.)

December 09, 2004

Concert shooting

I don't know how many of you are metal fans, but for those that are:

Drudge has this story about a nightclub massacre in which two members of the band Damageplan were shot and killed:

Two members of the heavy metal band Damageplan were reportedly shot and killed, including Dimebag Darrell, formerly with the band Pantera, the station reported. The other band member's name was not released. The alleged gunman also died at the scene, according to police.

Shortly after the band began playing its first song, a man apparently ran onto the stage and began shooting, according to a witness who identified himself as Sean. At first, some members of the audience may have thought the man running onto the stage with a gun was part of the band's act, WCMH reported.
As a guy that goes to a lot of concerts, this is a little frightening. R.I.P Dimebag.

Update: More here, here, and here.


Looks painful.

December 07, 2004

Peace in the Middle East?

Drudge links this report from Haaretz (Egyptian media) that is saying there is a tentative agreement between Israelis and Palestinians on a peace plan. Granted that it is from Egyptian media so I am reluctant to completely trust the story, but I like the sound of it:

Palestinians and Israelis have agreed in principle to proposals which could serve as the basis of a comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt's official news agency MENA said on Tuesday.

Quoting unidentified high-level sources, it said the steps, including an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, had the support of both the United States and the European Union.
We have to take this with a grain of salt, though. The entire peace process is certainly far from over, even if there is agreement on the foundations of a deal. But we have to think that at some point in time we will have a plan that will be succesful; I refuse to believe that failure in this aspect will last forever. Could this be the start of success? With Arafat's passing, the chances are better now than ever. But as I said, we can't fail forever; at some point, peace will prevail.

UPDATE: Captain Ed has more from AFP.

UPDATE 2: Roger Simon has some stuff from Debka.