Monday, January 29, 2007
I can't get enough of the caveman commercials. I also had a strange fondness for Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.
David Bell writes an Op-Ed in the LA Times claiming that 9/11 wasn't that bad, historically speaking, that is.
IMAGINE THAT on 9/11, six hours after the assault on the twin towers and the Pentagon, terrorists had carried out a second wave of attacks on the United States, taking an additional 3,000 lives. Imagine that six hours after that, there had been yet another wave. Now imagine that the attacks had continued, every six hours, for another four years, until nearly 20 million Americans were dead. This is roughly what the Soviet Union suffered during World War II, and contemplating these numbers may help put in perspective what the United States has so far experienced during the war against terrorism.
It also raises several questions. Has the American reaction to the attacks in fact been a massive overreaction? Is the widespread belief that 9/11 plunged us into one of the deadliest struggles of our time simply wrong? If we did overreact, why did we do so? Does history provide any insight? [...] But it is no disrespect to the victims of 9/11, or to the men and women of our armed forces, to say that, by the standards of past wars, the war against terrorism has so far inflicted a very small human cost on the United States. As an instance of mass murder, the attacks were unspeakable, but they still pale in comparison with any number of military assaults on civilian targets of the recent past, from Hiroshima on down.
Even if one counts our dead in Iraq and Afghanistan as casualties of the war against terrorism, which brings us to about 6,500, we should remember that roughly the same number of Americans die every two months in automobile accidents.
His piece is quite interesting. Many people are really pissed about his op-ed, I guess you can say that some are overreacting. It's an Op-Ed, it's nothing more than some guy expressing his thoughts like we bloggers and commenters do everyday.
Sure some people will froth over the fact that this guy analyzed our own personal tragedy but does that go to his point? Are we not allowed to discuss 9/11 without the requisite flag waving and patriotic anthems?
HT: Dave Schuler
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I like Clinton but Obama hasn't got enough experience for a VP slot. I know that he doesn't have to have any but I'd feel better knowing he was a tested leader like Hillary Clinton is.
Would you vote for a Clinton Obama ticket? Why/why not?
I'm sure you've already heard about Sgt. Jason Hess. Jason, who is stationed in Iraq with the U.S. Army's First Cavalry Division, wanted to buy some floor mats for his men to sleep on. He wrote to a West Allis, Wis., company called Discount-Mats.com. He received a pretty crappy email reply from an employee: "We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq."
Well, after a barage of angry email to Discount-Mats.com, this employee was FIRED. A writer for the Milwaukee Sentinel reports that "anti-war and free speech advocates were equally offended, by the widespread criticism of the company and the individual who responded to the soldier".
"This is a matter of free speech," said Julie Enslow, an organizer with Peace Action Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "It is totally irresponsible for radio stations and bloggers to attack a person for his personal political views."
Attention Julie Enslow, organizer with Peace Action Wisconsin in Milwaukee: That is exactly what Free Speech is you ignorant TWIT. Someone get Julie a copy of the Bill of Rights, STAT!
HT: Best of the Web
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
So what's he going to say? I know he has a healthcare proposal to cover 100 million people.
Snow said the president's health care proposal will cut costs for 100 million Americans, although he said costs could go up for 20 million to 30 million people. Snow said that if market forces adjust, Americans should not feel a pinch.
The president will offer a $7,500 tax deduction for individuals and $15,000 for families, including those who are covered by employer health plans. Those who have employer-sponsored health plans, however, could be subject to a new tax, depending on whether their policies are more or less than the tax deduction.
The plan to pay for health insurance for 80 percent of the public by taxing the benefits of what the White House has labeled as a high income groups is not a recommendation of the American Council of Physicians, and Bush expects some grumbling, Snow said.
Snow, speaking with FOX News on Tuesday, said the president is pushing for market reforms for health care that ultimately will bring prices down.
"Isn't it time we had a consumer market that was as responsive to your particular needs as the cell phone market is? ... The fact is, this is a chance for the marketplace to get involved and, you know what, as soon as providers understand what the price points are, they are going to compete," Snow said.
The president also is expected to shift some money now going to hospitals and other facilities away from them and into state coffers as an attempt to reduce the number of uninsured.
What do you think of that? Will the Dems go for it? I'm pretty sure the Repubs will balk but they aren't in control anymore.
Monday, January 22, 2007
"The News of the World reported Sunday that the former Beatle had agreed to a $63.2 million divorce settlement with his second wife that includes houses in London and Los Angeles."
Wow, that cost him an arm and a leg. [ba dum chhh!]
Move over John Edwards, you've got company seeking to get the Democratic 2008 Presidential nod.
Barack jumped in last week and pushed Hillary into joining him. Not to be undone, NMexico Gov and former Clinton Admin alumni Bill Richardson announced his intent on Sunday.
As Ara would say, I couldn't be happier if I were twins. Oh yeah, John McCain [shudder] and Sam Brownback appears to be in on the Republican side. Both of them longshots as far as I'm concerned.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Dean heard a rumor yesterday at a game store that Target would have Wii systems on sale this morning at 8am. He wasn't sure he believed it but Prince Jacob has been wanting one since Christmas and I love to shop at Target anyway. So I got up super early this morning and behold! It was true. They had 36 on sale and I was #16!
It was an adventure. We had to get in line and it was like we were in kindergarten again getting led around the store. Two guys got into a fight and got thrown out of the line and didn't get games. Then after we got our numbers assigned, we could go buy what few controllers and games they had. We cleaned them out. I got the very last Zelda game. One pussy guy was whining that he didn't get everything that he wanted. I told him to stop whining and being such a baby.
People are insane about these games aren't they?
Dean and Jake haven't come up for air in hours.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
The Democrats take back the Congress in November 2006, based on a massive repudiation of the evil BushCo war in Iraq. The Democrats have a mandate: bring the troops home now!
Well that's the story, but, apparently, not reality so much.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Most people are surprised when I say that I'm afraid of heights but love rollercoasters. I've been terrified of heights since I can remember. Even being up on a tall ladder scares me. Weird huh? I love the rollercoaster, but my palms sweat even thinking about going up on a ski lift or ferris wheel. That's really the only real fear I've experienced, although when I went in for pancreatitis, the fear of death started to creep into my mind. (don't worry, I made a full recovery and I'm fine) Maybe it's not so much that I fear death, but I fear the thought of death at such a young age with so much more I'd like to accomplish (and no, it doesn't involve pillaging a nunnery).
What are some of your biggest fears? No political fears allowed...ie, the fear of a Maxine Waters presidency....which I probably fear more than death OR heights. I'm interested to know if any of you fear heights as well.
My internet connection went down this morning, and was out all day.
I was planning on torturing you all mercilessly today, but Comcast sucks.
My co-bloggers sure are a quiet bunch though, aren't they? Does anyone out there want a chance to do more with their writing?
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A resolution to criticize a plan for Iraq. Criticized for having no-plan and now criticized for having a plan. Does the Senate actually know how to do something besides whine and complain?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Cuter than my two little boys. Please watch the video, you won't believe how sweet it is.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
As some of you heard, I was the last to ask Tony Snow a question. What you don't know is that my follow up question was cut off. We heard from Tony Snow that the represented blogs were there because they were his bookmarked sites. That's good to know because I can confidently pose my question and my other comments so they can be pondered by our esteemed White House Press Secretary.
My question was in regard to the piss poor job the White House has done getting the positive news from Iraq into the media. This was Tony's last comment and it is what I want to address. Here is what he said:
"So believe me, we're keenly aware of the problem. It consumes much of our thinking. We're open to any interesting suggestions about how we can address it better."
Mr. Snow, us bloggers certainly appreciate the enthusiasm you displayed toward our efforts on behalf of the soldiers fighting in Iraq. We work really hard to get positive news out and to debunk any misleading insinuations the media makes about the war. More can and should be done. While there are many problems in Iraq that you guys are trying to fix, one thing that shouldn't be too difficult is talking about success. Unfortunately, our MSM (mainstream media) seems to be more interested in blood and death than in the improving conditions for many of Iraq's citizens. We the People deserve all the answers not just the ones that would stop traffic during rush hour.
You guys hold daily briefings with the press and we bloggers get a lot from them but we don't have the opportunity to ask questions. Why don't you guys do more to help the blogs? The conference call was a good start but you can do more. A single conference call does not a Blogger Corps make.
You can also mention the blogs/bloggers during mainstream interviews so that middle America knows we are here. Internet savvy people can access blogs but our readership is minuscule compared to the mainstream press. We are doing a job that many in the press just won't. We fact check them, we fact check you and we fact check each other.
Do the one thing the MSM fears the most.
The MSM will be annoyed because we are biased, pajama wearing nobodies. Well, yes we are biased but we don't hide our bias behind a pathetic poker face like some in the MSM. We are all biased in some way but we admit it and let the people judge us with full disclosure. BTW, don't tell anyone but many of us don't wear any pajamas at all. While reporting on military items, I show my support by blogging commando. [If you know what I mean...]
You won't get that kind of raw honesty anyplace else, except blogs. Link us, love us and throw us a bone once in a while, will you?
Cross-posted at Dean's World
If you have some time to kill you can listen to the conference call.
It's about an hour long. If you don't want to invest the time you can scroll to about 3 minutes before the end, I asked the very last question. Not my best effort but I was changing a poopie diaper at the time and yes I mentioned it. Most of the other bloggers asked the questions that I would've anyway, so I pitched a media question.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The cool part is I got to ask a question. It was about the media. I think I was the only one to bring that subject up so it seemed like a good idea. I was changing a diaper at the time, it was pretty funny now that I think about it.
More tomorrow, or later tonight if I get my second wind.
Barack Obama smokes. Will that mess up his chances for a White House bid? Who was the last president that smoked?
On behalf of Dean's World and myself, I will be attending a WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE CALL WITH BLOGGERS TO DISCUSS THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON THE WAY FORWARD IN IRAQ at 4:00p.m. today.
I will have an opportunity to ask Tony Snow some questions. I have a few in mind already but I'd like to make an impact. If you had a chance to pose a question to Tony Snow, what would you ask? If it's good, I'll use it and it won't matter if it's a "liberal" question. I just want to make the most of this opportunity for our readers.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Canada's Little Mosque on the Prairie airs tonight on CBC or CBET. Check your local/cable listings. I saw a preview and it looks really funny. Yes, it's supposed to be funny, it's a comedy. Jeez.
My baby boy is going to be 2 in 10 days. I'm looking forward to it just for the comedy.
Draco loves cake. Perhaps he only loves the cake I baked recently (Spice with raisins and fluffy cream cheese frosting). The first time I made it, he was the only one who tried it because he went face first into the entire cake and destroyed it. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself. Jacob was bummed because he didn't get to try it and he thought maybe he'd like it. (Jake hates cake, in general)
So, I baked another one Sunday evening. This time I kept the finished product on the kitchen counter. Surprisingly, Jake loved it. Drake loving it wasn't in doubt. Watching him eat it made me think I need to start making home movies. The boy eats cake like a dog. He doesn't eat anything else face and tongue first, just cake. I've got pictures and I'm toying with posting them. I'm just not sure I want to chase down bandwidth thieves again. So, if you want to see the picture shoot me an email and I'll send it to you. You can find my email addy on the lower left corner of this blog.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Bill is a good friend of ours and we are keeping him in our prayers. Please keep him in yours.
I scored 27 out of 40. 0 is 100% Liberal (Jesse Jackson) and 40 is 100% Conservative (Ronald Reagan). I fall between Poppy Bush and Jack Kemp.
Via: Gay Orbit
I've been waiting for this 1st 100 hours of Congress to start so I can see what the Dems get done.
It's Monday, January 8, 2007 and I'm still waiting. Why does the entire Congress need a day off because of a football game between Ohio and Florida?
The 110th Congress convened last week, and despite Democratic insistence on a five-day work week, House leaders agreed to start this week's schedule on Tuesday so lawmakers — particularly those from Ohio and Florida — could attend or participate in NCAA football national championship activities.
My old boss at the bar wouldn't have tolerated that lame ass excuse for a day off, would yours?
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Friday, January 5, 2007
Thursday, January 4, 2007
If you haven't seen it yet, then watch this:
Did you see the hanging of Saddam Hussein? If not, was it because you didn't find it or because seeing it would have been too disturbing?
If you did, what did you feel after seeing it?
In case you are wondering, I saw it. I found it disturbing but I find shooting rabid animals disturbing too.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
I've been lagging in the blog department with the Christmas holiday weighing me down. But I'm back and I'm ready to rumble, as soon as Gerald Ford's funeral is complete. Man, I thought Ronnie had a big one.