Monday, April 30, 2007
George Tenet's Book
Looks like Tenet is trying to rewrite some history and save his reputation. On 60 Minutes last night, he described an encounter with Richard Perle that supposedly happened on September 12, 2001. This also appears in his book that is coming out today.
On the day after 9/11, he [Tenet] adds, he ran into Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and the head of the Defense Policy Board, coming out of the White House. He says Mr. Perle turned to him and said: "Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. They bear responsibility."
According to The Weekly Standard Ricard Perle wasn't even in the country the day after September 11th. He was stuck in France until the 15th. I'm pretty sure I don't even have to say that Perle denies this conversation ever took place.
So, what's the deal? Is Tenet trying to save his reputation by doing a historical rewrite or has he been unfairly blamed? I wonder if he claims that he didn't say Iraq would be a slam dunk either...
Guess I'll have to read the damn book now.
Goobye Cruel World!
Well, It's 3 AM. I'm out the door at 4 AM to catch a flight to Chicago from Detroit at 6 AM. Then I get to sit in Chicago until 2:14 PM for my flight to Germany. I'll be coming home May 15th.
See you when I get back!
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Erotic Massage Fantasies this is Heather. Can I take your order Senator?
I hope ALL the names are made public. Besides, our overworked stressed out congress could use a little release now and then. Hopefully they put massage "therapy" into the military budget so our Soldiers coming back from the war can relax as well.
Typical for Washington, and VERY typical of the Bush Administration.
On Friday, Tobias resigned as deputy secretary of state one day after confirming to Brian Ross of ABC that he had patronized the Pamela Martin firm. Speaking Saturday on "Good Morning America," Ross said Tobias told him Tobias' number was on Palfrey's phone records because he had called "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage." There had been "no sex," Ross quoted Tobias as saying; Tobias also said he recently has used another service, "with Central American gals," for massages.
Tobias, who is 65 and married, was director of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He previously held a top job in the Bush administration overseeing AIDS relief, in which he promoted abstinence and a policy requiring grant recipients to swear they oppose prostitution.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Still Worried About Pet Food?
Check these sites for complete recall lists: AMVA
Menu Food Recall
Via: Dave Schuler
The following number has a rather special characteristic. What makes it unique?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Why I Love Boxing
Because rematches happen. IBF/IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitchko will face Lamon Brewster again July 7, 2007. Brewster is the last man to have defeated Klitschko and he wants revenge. Rematches are always exciting when heavyweights are involved.
Plus, Klitschko is totally hot in a very Eastern European way.
Carbon Credits A Crock?
According to the Financial Times of London the carbon credit scam is a great money making opportunity and not much else. It appears to be a way for rich people to continue their glutenous use of energy and not feel guilty about all the CO2 they leave behind. Looks like it's time for the eco-warriors to put their jet set lifestyle behind them because the carbon offsets don't offset an extra square of toilet paper let alone a heated indoor pool. The earth is in trouble, the time to act is now...right?
Via Ace who added:
Please, please, please don't tell me that Al Gore, Sheryl Crow, and Laurie David will actually be forced to make genuine lifestyle sacrifices, not with sham "carbon offsets" but with actual, verifiable reductions in the amount of travel they take and the square footage of the homes they own and heat (not to mention all the property they own)!
It just doesn't seem fair that they should have to give up an iota of glamor and convenience. They're the lucky ones — Life's Winners.
I just don't think I can go on living if these people have to actually live as if they were merely lower upper class rather than upper upper class.
The Ramifications: All this time Al Gore has been telling us we must act now — and act dramatically — to save the Earth.
His idea of acting dramatically to reduce CO2 output was to spend a couple of grand a year to offset all the serious carbon dioxide produced by jet setting everywhere, driving everywhere in SUV's, maintaining a home that uses 20x the energy of the average American home (not to mention his villas, pied a terres, and use of other swanky friends' vacation homes, all the while his own houses were still being heated).
So, if I'm to understand this, one cannot live like a multimillionaire — and a particularly carbon intensive multimillionaire at that — and counter all the horrible damage being done to the world by ponying up a mere $2000 or $3000 a year?
I'm shocked. Are you shocked?
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posted At Dean's World
Well, I sucked it up and wrote a post at Dean's. I couldn't help myself after 2nd Lt. Defender of Islam, Ali Eteraz ripped on Poland.
After months and months of teaching us about Islam so we'd not condemn all muslims, this asswipe insults every single Pole past and present. He's lucky I have to use this fucking laptop instead of my normal computer. If I had my machine, I'd still be over there typing clever insults until he handed over his nuts for my collection.
Free Speech Curbed In Pakistan
Pakistani lawmakers have succeeded in banning a play that satirizes burqas.
Huh, wonder if we could get away with lawmakers banning blasphemous plays in the U.S.? Somehow, I doubt it. Stupid First Amendment.
A free society begins with free speech. Then, I guess, no one ever said Pakistan wanted a free society.
Cringe Factor 8, Mr. Data.
Came by to see if anyone posted on today's Day by Day strip by Chris Muir. Since no one did, here I go:
First of all, not linking to it. Dean's World carries it. Go look at it there if you need to.
If you don't feel like looking at it and you don't know what I'm talking about, the strip's final panel depicts Hillary Clinton in blackface. The context is Hillary's propensity to change her accent based on her audience.
Note to Hillary Clinton: Stay away from accents. If you want your audiences to feel like you are one of them, eat a cheese steak or wear a Cubs jersey.
Note to Chris Muir: You might be able to argue that this application of the concept is accurate since the white woman is affecting a mode of speech in order to pander to a specific audience. But the meme is toxic. It was wrong when Jane Hamsher did it to Senator Lieberman. It was wrong when Steven Gilliard did it to Michael Steele. It will never be right.
UPDATE: I see that Ed Morissey will be interviewing Chris Muir on Blog Talk Radio. Hamsher and Gilliard had their lame reasons. I am interested to hear why Muir chose to do this.
Sto Lat my friend.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I Must Be Reading Something Different
A judge has ruled that a church operated post office cannot promote religion at that location, reports Fox News.
It's this bit here that had me scratching my head:
"There is nothing wrong, per se, with the church exhibiting religious displays," Squatrito wrote in his ruling. "Here, however, the church is exhibiting such displays while it is performing its duties under a contract with the Postal Service., i.e. the U.S. Government."
Squatrito said that the post office was a state "actor" under the First Amendment and that its religious displays violate the clause calling for the separation of church and state. But he said the contract itself does not violate the clause.
So, lemme get this straight, I don't want to misunderstand here. The government giving a contract to a church isn't a violation of the First Amendment but that the contractor might hang a poster that says, "Christ Is Keen" is? What!?
Using the judge's own logic, how the heck is giving a church a government contract not a government endorsement of religion? I simply can't see it. It simply makes no sense. You gave a contract to a church! I don't know about anyone else but if the government gave a contract to, say, the KKK I'd take that to mean the government doesn't have any problem with the KKK's message. That the KKK would have racist material at their location, well, I think, would come with the territory. For the government (or in this case, a judge) to then say, "Woah, woah, woah there buddy. Listen, we know you're the KKK but we can't have any of those racist pamphlets around. People might think we endorse racism. Now get rid of those you crazy kids."
But, according to the judge, that's not so. Giving a contract to a religious organization isn't an endorsement of religion. No. Well, I guess that frees up the KKK to bid on upcoming contracts. I wish them luck.
Also, I've read the First Amendment a number of times. Really. I've read it a lot. It's much shorter than most people think. Maybe that's why people keep putting 'separation of church and state' in it? Maybe they think it's too short? I dunno. You'd have to ask them.
Here's the truth: There is no separation of church and state. Crazy, ain't it? I know! What's more, the guy who wrote that little line, had nothing to do with the crafting of the First Amendment nor did he sign the Constitution. Wanna hear something even more crazy? After that guy wrote that line, the next day, he went to a Sunday church service. In the Capitol building.
There is no separation of church and state. It's a legal fiction ignorant people, too lazy to read or think, have swallowed. So, I say to these people - Stop being lazy and ignorant! Read the Constitution. Read about what the Federal government actually did in the years following its writing (like printing Bibles and building churches).
"We're carefully reviewing the decision and considering our options, including an appeal," said Gerry McKiernan, a Postal Service spokesman at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
My advice? Challenge the judge's grounding his decision in the so-called 'separation of church and state.' Challenge the appellate court to find it in the Constitution. Challenge their interpretation of it using Jefferson's own actions after writing the his letter. Force the courts to decide using the letter of the law, not the letter of a man that had nothing to do with the writing of the First Amendment.
Judges are making Constitutional decisions based upon a single sentence that appears in nowhere in the Constitution. If we don't stop it here and now then there's no stopping it. Freedom of speech is under attack. Property rights are under attack. It has to stop.
39 and 3
Three years ago today I turned 36 and I started The Queen of All Evil. Now I'm 39, the blog is 3 and I'm still having as much fun as I did the day this bitch opened.
Since then, I've had a baby, lost my beloved dog Buttons and adopted Pudge. We've had some major personal trials but we are still standing. Jacob is still a brilliant student but now he's proving to be a sensitive, caring and responsible young man of 9 and a half. Draco is both a handful and a joy. He's smart and just a little evil. Dean and I were discussing the many similarities and differences in our boys and we found that their personalities are so different. Jacob is like our dog Buttons was. He genuinely likes people, he's friendly and he's loyal. Draco is like our cat Slappy. Draco sees people as things that are there to amuse him. He could give two shits if you like him. He just is. You may think, that's because he's only 2, but Jake was all sweetness and friendship even as a toddler. Draco seems to get a perverse pleasure watching people beg him for a morsel of attention. I'm not saying Draco isn't affectionate, not at all. He is loving and affectionate with me, Dean and Jacob, it's everyone else that he makes crazy with wanting him.
If I haven't said it before I want all of you to know that this blog wouldn't be half as good without you. Without my readers, commenters and contributors this blog would be pointless. I wanted a place that I could speak my mind, that I could hear diverse opinions and that I could learn. I've learned a lot and I wouldn't have if you didn't come here and call me on my shit or tell me that I was right on the money.
So I want to say thanks. Thanks for coming here, thanks for making me think, thanks for making me a better writer and a better person. We all may bicker and argue, things may sometimes get a bit too heated but I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for letting me call you friend, because I do.
All in all things are pretty damn good now, I just hope the next three years are better, I think we're all due.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Ham Sandwich: The New Hate Crime
I can't even believe this is real.
"A middle school student in Lewiston, Maine is being investigated by the police for a possible hate crime after he placed a bag containing a ham sandwich on a table where Somali students eat lunch. According to the school's superintendent, Leon Levesque, the student has been suspended, and more disciplinary action could follow pending the outcome of the investigation."
Muslims, who believe pork to be unclean and highly offensive, were reminded of a man who threw a pig's head into a mosque located in Lewiston last summer. "That ham sandwich in a bag where we couldn't even see might as well have been that pig's head," said one of the traumatized Somali students, "and that cafeteria might as well have been the most religious building for Muslims in the state of Maine."
Ham in a cafeteria is the same as a pig's head being tossed in a mosque. I'm stunned.
Here is a link to the "real" story.
Can You Spare A Square?
I heard about Sheryl Crow's idea for saving the environment and I immediately recalled the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine is so desperate for toilet paper that she begs a girl in the next stall for just a single square.
I can see, maybe, squeaking by on a single square of TP after pissing but beyond that, I just don't think so. I can't even effectively clean Draco's bum with a single baby wipe after a minimal baby turd. I get that she is trying and I applaud the effort. I'm totally on board with trying to reduce waste and I will certainly do my part to ensure that my progeny have a planet to live on. But, I'm just not sure using a single square of toilet paper will do anything other than guarantee more people will start smelling like shit than we have already.
Maybe Congress should give each family a bidet instead of farm subsidies or some other money give away to businesses.
Monday, April 23, 2007
An Earth Day Story
A Tale of Two Houses
A 20 room mansion ( not including 8 bathrooms ) heated by natural
gas. Add on a pool ( and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all
heated by gas.
In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average
American household does in a year.
The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400.
In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the
national average for an American home.
This house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern "snow belt"
area. It's in the South.
Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national
This house incorporates every "green" feature current home
construction can provide.
The house is 4,000 square feet ( 4 bedrooms ) and is nestled on an
arid, high prairie in the American southwest.
A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing
ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (
usually 67 degrees F. ) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the
The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it
consumes one-quarter electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling
Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000
gallon underground cistern.
Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground
purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then
irrigates the land surrounding the house.
Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the
property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape.
HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville , Tennessee ; it is the abode of the
"environmentalist" Al Gore.
HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford , Texas ; it is the residence the
of the President of the United States , George W. Bush.
Al Gore House
Snopes verifies the truth of this tale.
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. We typically don’t look into making a thing until a need for that thing arises. It’s common sense.
Now, consider this when it comes to the illegal immigration debate and agriculture. Particularly farming. One of the arguments I hear against increased pressure to stifle the flow of illegal immigrants is the impact it will have on the price of food. “Migrant workers,” they say, “keep the price of produce low. Do you want to pay $25 for a head of lettuce?” Nevermind the fact that these same people are encouraging an indentured servant class within the U.S. they’re also keeping technological solutions from being developed that will keep produce prices low.
I’ll be the first to say I don’t want to pay $25 for lettuce. But I also want to see able-bodied American’s doing jobs some politicians tell us they don’t want to do. I seem to recall a raided meat packing company that put this to lie. However, if hiring American workers will push produce prices to unreasonably high levels you can’t surely suggest breaking the law is the only solution! No, there’s the technological solution. We’ve seen it work with the mechanical tomato picker. Something once thought too delicate for a machine to do. Well, technology and innovation is funny like that. When something doesn’t work we typically fix it. I don’t know about you guys but when I have a problem with my car I don’t think how much easier life would be if only I had a horse drawn carriage.
I take the thing to get fixed.
Illegal immigration advocates would have us look into getting a shiny new carriage.
There is a solution to getting those jobs done that “Americans won’t do” without breaking the law or creating a slave labor class. It’s called technology.
For Earth Day Today, Work From Home on Monday…or Tuesday…
Yup, if you don’t have an important face-to –face meeting at the office tomorrow, or the next day, or the next…tell your boss you’d like to work from home.
In the age of ubiquitous high-speed home internet access, cellular telecommunications, VoIP, video capable computer monitors, WiFi hot spots and GHz-fast home computers, what could be stupider than millions of us slogging through miles of crawling traffic at the exact same hour of each day so we can sit in a cube and phone and e-mail each other?
About 114.5 million people commuted to work in 2004 with a round trip of around 30 miles at roughly 21 mpg.
What if government provided incentives to business to telecommute say 15 or 20 or 25 percent of its employees each day of the work week. They could be different employees, based upon what they needed to do, or some of the same employees who mostly work by phone or email anyway (e.g., sales and customer service employees). (BTW, this is happening now on a growing scale in progressively managed companies because they’ve done the math and know that: 1) individual employee productiveness goes up and 2) they can reduce brick-and-mortar and other costs associated with a large office-based workforce.)
That’s more than 40 million gallons of gasoline that could be saved each year with this one measure, which increases productivity and reduces corporate brick-and mortar costs. That's without considering the 5.7 billion gallons of gas and $100 billion lost from resulting rush-hour congestion.
Only the shortcomings of own management psychology prevents us from implementing this (and probably many other) cost and pollution-saving changes. I’ve helped develop telecommuting policy for $multi-million organizations, only to see them be relegated to “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies that result in little or no increase in the advantageous use of telecommuting. The reason: executives and managers don’t believe they can trust their employees if they’re not in the office, regardless of the data. Not to mention that, for many mid-level managers, their jobs would be even more redundant without the responsibility of glorified babysitter.
My favorite repost to those managers is, “look around you; could these employees be any less productive than they are at the office? It’s the office that provides endless opportunities to socialize and chat, compared with the home-office." Granted, that has a value that mangers also seldom grasp but those benefits (esprit de corps, comraderie, peer competition, etc.) can be easily achieved with one fewer day in the office per week – at least.
It's way past time to get our heads out of our traditional boxes, whether they be cars, cubicles or 20th-century MBA orthodoxy.
(Cross-posted at E Pluribus Unum)
Saturday, April 21, 2007
The Queen's Computer...
May she R.I.P.
It sucks to be me. I have no machine. I feel so lost and using Dean's laptop just feels odd.
Boy am I glad Kevin and Shep posted yesterday. Hopefully, this won't last too long.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Insurance is for Catastrophe
Quite obviously, American insurance-industry-run heathcare is a failure teetering on collapse. It is completely unavailable to nearly one-sixth of the population and only tentatively available to everyone else, except for the wealthy. Employer-paid health insurance, the most accessible form of healthcare for most people, now drives our decisions about who we work for, who in the family works and whether we can afford to change jobs. People are regularly denied access to heathcare, because they are sick.
The system is poorly regulated, either by industry or government. 100,000 people die from medical mistakes in hospitals alone. The average cost for drugs is two to four times higher than in other industrialized countries and also injures and kills many thousands. The real regulator and last recourse for those who are harmed by the actions of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and/or doctors is a widely-reviled tort system that siphons off huge amounts of money (in addition to the huge amounts siphoned-off by insurance companies themselves) that should be being spent on medical care.
Yet, our system is monstrously expensive compared with other industrialized nations. It severely undermines US competitiveness in world markets. As technology and our collective average age continues to advance, it is predicted that more people will be driven from the system, healthcare will have to be (even more) rationed, its cost will bankrupt the government, or all of the above. It also, due to the short-term profit motives of insurance companies, becomes ever more expensive because people don’t have easy access to wellness or preventative primary care that might help them avoid costly disease.
Our market-driven healthcare system is literally killing us. Only those whose thinking is corrupted by simple-minded market ideology remain committed to such a system and only the fact that our elected officials are beholden to the status quo industries’ campaign cash explains why we haven’t abandoned it for a rational alternative. Here are five critical things that we need to fix our current system that a market-based, insurance industry approach can never achieve:
1) Pool risk and cost as broadly as possible, creating the lowest average cost per person for healthcare.
2) Allow for a simple administrative system with a single point of contact, one set of rules and one processing system.
3) Create a level competitive marketplace for all healthcare providers.
4) Allow for an emphasis on cost-saving wellness, preventative and primary care.
5) Give the public-at-large control over the specific features of the healthcare system through their elected representatives.
We will be forced to adopt a government-administered single-payer system of some sort eventually, like every other industrialized nation on earth. The question now is only how much more human suffering and how many more $billions we will waste on the current industry-run system.
Next: what a government-administered single-payer system might look like, including the role for insurance providers (actually, I’ve already given that one away).
(Cross-posted at E Pluribus Unum)
Update: OK, I realize that saying healthcare, “is completely unavailable to nearly one-sixth of the population,” is a bit of hyperbole. What I am talking about is the entire system: primary care, specialists, screening, wellness, etc. If waiting until you're sick enough to wait four to eight hours to be seen in an emergency room and then being sued by the hospital and having your credit destroyed does it for you…
The Children of Hurin
The first complete book from J. R. R. Tolkien since the posthumous Silmarillion was published in 1977 was release Tuesday. After some 30 years of work by his son The Children of Hurin is out.
Taking place several thousand years before The Lord of the Rings, yet referenced in song and verse in that tome, it tell the story of the accursed Hurin, his son, Turin, and, to a small yet significant extent, his daughter Nienor at the end of the First Age.
I encourage those that wish to know more about the world of Middle-earth, but were but off by the difficulties of The Silmarillion, to pick it up. Christopher Tolkien does a good job in his introduction of giving you what information you'd need from that book to enjoy this book properly.
J. R. R. Tolkien believed The Silmarillion to be his most important work. He believed it was the stage upon which The Lord of the Rings was played out. The Children of Hurin builds upon this idea. Taken together (or even separately) they cast The Lord of the Rings in the light their author intended.
The Lord of the Rings is the end of the story. Spend some time reading about how it all began.
A Question About Same Sex Attraction and Transgenders
I've been wondering something lately. I'm not sure how I would find any stats on my question so I figured I'd just ask you, based on any of your personal experiences.
I've noticed that any person that I've encountered that was transgendered, regardless of surgical status, seemed to be consistently attracted to their same-inner sexual self. That seemed to be worded oddly. I hope I'm clear in what I'm trying to express. Let me give an example.
Example: A man who is woman on the inside, regardless of any steps taken to correct the genetic error, is basically heterosexual. When he corrects the genetic error, he is then a she and she is now a lesbian.
Is that the norm? Or is it just that in my limited experience, that's all I've come across? Also, I've seen a couple films that corroborate my experience. I'm not talking about transvestites, they're different. Transvestites do what they do for sexual gratification. I'm talking about those who were truly born in the wrong body.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The Queen was gracious enough to allow me to spread the light and wonderment that is, what I like to call, "The Kevin D. Transcendent Psychedelic Stage Spectacular," here, to all of you.
I hope to cover a whole range of topics during my stay. Some you'll care about, a lot you won't. But that's okay. The "Kevin D. TPSS" welcomes all kinds of people and hopes to make your life just a little better. Even if you don't know it.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. The house lights are about to dim...
EQUAL Parenting Bike Trek!
Robert Pedersen and Rob Mackenzie from Daddy Blog will begin biking from Lansing, MI to D.C. on August 11th 2007. They will travel over 600 miles to attend a national rally in Washington, D.C. on August the 18th.
Why are they doing this? To help protect a child's right to EQUAL time with BOTH fit parents. They are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this event to help promote a really great cause.
If all you can do is spread the word, then spread it!
Sanjaya Is Gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
From My Cold Dead Hands...
Ali wants to know the answer to this question: isn't it likely that loners turned killers like Dylan Klebold (Columbine killer), DC sniper and Virginia Tech shooter probably WOULDN'T be able to get guns? Isn't that a good enough reason to take guns out of the system?
The answer isn't simple but two commenters answer in the comments, pretty much, the way I would.
Scott Kirwin: "The only thing that stops a murderer is to kill him." and Martin Shoemaker in response to Scott: "Which is harder to do if he's the only one who's armed."
We can make anything we want illegal, in fact, we have. [drugs, alcohol, sodomy] Making something illegal doesn't stop criminals, it only makes some law abiding citizens criminally liable or it stops them completely. Criminals won't just wake up and say "oh shit, I better get rid of this gun". They're criminals. They don't give two shits for the law anyway.
If we declare all guns illegal, that won't get rid of the guns and it won't stop gun violence. It will only prevent good people from defending themselves.
So, what is the answer?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I didn't blog today. Instead I wrote two fucking checks in multiple hundreds of dollars to PAY THE FEDERAL GOVT and MY SHITTY FUCKING STATE.
Y'all remember that we were unemployed here for upwards of a half a fucking year? Struggling to make ends meet by the skin of our teeth most times. Barely made Christmas look like Christmas and we OWE MONEY.
Know why? That three and a half week job that Dean had in December, that saved our asses, our Christmas and our house, made us a SMALL BUSINESS.
My ass burns people. It burns.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Something Funny This Way Comes
Slaughter At Virginia Tech
32 dead, including the shooter, and 21 wounded so far...
Campus police said there was only one shooter and he is now dead. They are unsure if the shooter was a student and it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.
"The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions," Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said during a press conference shortly after noon. "The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall our campus ... I cannot begin to convey my own personal sense of loss over this senselessness of such an incomprehensible and heinous act."
It was the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.
Steger said school officials are notifying victims' next of kin, and state police and the FBI are still investigating the various crime scenes. They are still trying to identify all the victims. The university will set up counseling centers for students and faculty.
The deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. That sentence seemed to just leap out at me and stick. According to Instapundit, Virginia Tech is a "gun-free zone." Well, for those who follow the law. There was an effort to change that but it failed: "A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly."
Is it true that these shootings take place in areas where people with carry permits are not allowed to actually carry their gun? Perhaps there would have been one less dead person if someone took out the shooter sooner.
All My Children has been running a storyline featuring a transgendered person. The story is taking the character from the process of coming out through to a decision about surgery.
The confrontation between the son, who is a woman on the inside, and his mother was both touching and tragic. I'm really impressed with the way AMC is handling the story and I'm also glad they are tackling it. They did a great job with the coming out of a lesbian and her relationships with family, children and romances.
How else will middle America really understand the social issues of our time if it isn't shoved artfully in their face? I don't want my neighbors to associate gays with what they see in the very flamboyant displays of the Pride parades. Those parades are fun but they don't help "normal" people see that gays are just as "normal" as they are with one tiny exception.
I know many people mock soap viewers and soap operas, in general, but it is the soap viewer that will help lead the rest of country to full acceptance of alternative lifestyles.
Friday, April 13, 2007
An Uncle's Pride
I am on my way home from Columbus, GA, where I witnessed my nephew, Tim, commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Since both branches of my family emigrated to America in the first decade of the 20th century, almost all of our able-bodied male members have served in the armed forces of the USA. Tim is the first of our family to be commissioned in any branch of service. Needless to say, I am very proud.
Tim still has to complete his leadership training, followed by Ranger school. After that, barring any change of orders in the interim and, apparently whether or not he passes his Ranger training, he's off to the 82nd Airborne Division.
Even if no one else remembers, I think our own Tim the Soldier may recall that my nephew sits across the aisle from me, political spectrum-wise. In spite of his half-joking dismay that Arnold Schwartzenegger's name sits on his university degree and that G.W. Bush's name graces his commission, I am and will always remain intensely proud of his service.
I took the boys to Chuck E Cheese for lunch and play. They had a blast. I love making them smile but I hate the headache I get from places filled with lots of children. It was a human zoo. I need a joint.
Is pot legal yet?
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
I've been watching this show with Jake and I just wanted all of you to know. I Am Smarter than a 5th grader and all the dorks on the show so far. Jake too.
Nether of us has missed a single question AND neither of us has taken more than 3 seconds to spit out our very correct answers.
How about you?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I have seen Chocolate flavored Lucky Charms™ in the stores and my thought was always the same. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I have always hated the taste of Lucky Charms™. Cute commercials, nasty ass cereal.
Well, I bought some for Jake and his friend, who was sleeping over, because I was dying to know if they were as nasty as I thought. They weren't. They are really good and I'm ashamed that my prejudice denied my kids the deliciousness that is Chocolate Lucky Charms™.
The really do rock and all General Mills cereals are made with whole grain, if you care about that sort of thing (I do).
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Kids Are on Spring Break
In case you've been wondering where the fuck I've been these last few days...
Did they ever tell us who Anna Nicole's baby daddy is?
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I just ate an avocado. Now my mouth has a horrible bitter taste. Is it the avocado? I never experienced this before and it is wretched. I love avocados and guacamole but I do not love this bitter aftertaste.
Is it me or is it the fruit?
Imus a Racist?
Don Imus made some stupid comment about the Rutger's Women's Basketball team and now he's being lectured to by Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson and Al "too many racist comments/acts to summarize in one word" Sharpton.
Was it racist? Maybe. Was it stupid? Sure but stupidity isn't just something Imus did. The people calling him out are some of the worse bigoted hypocrites in history.
Imus apologized and genuflected before Sharpton and the world but that isn't good enough. I'm no Imus fan, I prefer Stern, but isn't his real crime simply being a white man?
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Hope your day was grand, mine was. I'll be doing double duty Pilates for the next week...
Oh and belated Passover wishes to those of you that celebrate.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Madame Speaker In the Middle East
Speaker Pelosi said that she asked the lack of female politicians in Saudi Arabia. She's in Saudi Arabia, she's got the King's ear and that was the big issue she asked about?
Now she is meeting with Syria's President Assad. I know lots of Republicans are against this but I am all for it. It is a win-win.
If she succeeds, then it's good for the country. If she fails, then at least she annoyed the piss out of the asshole. And I have no doubt that she will annoy him. Not only did she not wear the robe and abaya that western women visitors normally have to wear but girlfriend wore a lavender pantsuit. Lavender! I love it. Just for that I will not make fun of her as I normally do.
Was There A Deal?
Tony Blair insists that no deal was struck but I wonder.
ROYAL MARINE BASE CHIVENOR, England — Fifteen Royal Navy sailors and marines held captive by Iran returned home Thursday to a nation relieved at their freedom but also outraged that they were used by Tehran's propaganda machine.
Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted that no deal had been cut for their release and he called for continued international pressure on the hard-line Iranian regime.
The crew broke open champagne and changed into fresh uniforms on the flight home. After landing at Heathrow airport, they smiled and stood at attention before being whisked by helicopter to the Royal Marines base at Chivenor, southwest of London.
They are expected to be debriefed on their 13-day ordeal and reunited with family members at the Chivenor base, which is 210 miles southwest of London.
Does anyone really believe that Ahmadinejad would have just let them go? Seems like it would be admitting that he has no dick, so to speak.
What do you think? What have you heard?
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
New Title For The Feingold/Reid Bill
NOW it’s just like Vietnam.
Harry Reid in 2005, speaking at the National Press Club:
“As far as setting a timeline, as we learned in the Balkans, that’s not a wise decision, because it only empowers those who don’t want us there, and it doesn’t work well to do that.”
What happened Harry? Been watching Oliver Stone movies again? You want Charlie Sheen to play you in his film about Iraq? Want to sound really, really Democratty?
If you believe in something hard enough, you can make it happen. Thank you Democrats for once again attempting to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
During Richard Nixon's first term, when I served as secretary of defense, we withdrew most U.S. forces from Vietnam while building up the South's ability to defend itself. The result was a success — until Congress snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by cutting off funding for our ally in 1975. Washington should follow a similar strategy now, but this time finish the job properly.
Three decades later, we have fallen into a pattern of neglecting our treaty alliances, such as NATO, and endangering the aid we can give our allies by throwing our resources into fights that our allies refuse to join. Vietnam was just such a fight, and Iraq is, too. If our treaty alliances were adequately tended to and shored up — and here I include the UN — we would not have so much trouble persuading others to join us when our cause is just. Still, as the only superpower, there will be times when we must go it alone.
President Bush does not have the luxury of waiting for the international community to validate his policies in Iraq. But we do have the lessons of Vietnam. In Vietnam, the voices of the "cut-and-run" crowd ultimately prevailed, and our allies were betrayed after all of our work to set them on their feet. Those same voices would now have us cut and run from Iraq, assuring the failure of the fledgling democracy there and damning the rest of the Islamic world to chaos fomented by extremists. Those who look only at the rosy side of what defeat did to help South Vietnam get to where it is today see a growing economy there and a warming of relations with the West. They forget the immediate costs of the United States' betrayal. Two million refugees were driven out of the country, 65,000 more were executed, and 250,000 were sent to "reeducation camps." Given the nature of the insurgents in Iraq and the catastrophic goals of militant Islam, we can expect no better there.
As one who orchestrated the end of our military role in Vietnam and then saw what had been a workable plan fall apart, I agree that we cannot allow "another Vietnam." For if we fail now, a new standard will have been set. The lessons of Vietnam will be forgotten, and our next global mission will be saddled with the fear of its becoming "another Iraq."
---MELVIN R. LAIRD was Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973, Counselor to the President for Domestic Affairs from 1973 to 1974, and a member of the House of Representatives from 1952 to 1969. He currently serves as Senior Counselor for National and International Affairs at the Reader's Digest Association.
Perhaps like the Teachers in the U.K. the Democrats don't want to offend some Muslims, so they will cut the funding and pretend we were never there.
Attn: Secs Gates and Rice
I'm sure the Armenians appreciate your efforts to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia and to advance recognition by Turkey of the tragic events that occurred to ethnic Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. I'm also sure they appreciate it when, "in solidarity with all Armenians, the President recognizes annually the horrendous suffering that ethnic Armenians endured during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. The United States has never denied these horrific events."
You know what they'd appreciate more than not denying the "events"? If you publically called it a GENOCIDE because THAT IS WHAT IT WAS.
You want Turkey to come to terms with it? Then send them to therapy. This wasn't some accident that they are having a tough time dealing with.
THIS WAS A GENOCIDE.
PC History in the UK
No more Holocaust talk or lessons on the Crusades for fear of contradicting what some Muslims may learn at their Mosque.
Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed.
It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.
What's next? No science, no evolution, no more lessons on any wars that Israel won. Perhaps they should demand that Orthodox Jews not wear kipas or yarmulkes.
Why is it okay to offend Christians and jews but not muslims? I'm pretty fucking offended.
The Nazis wanted a "master race" and according to the Nazi doctrine, it easily strengthen itself by eliminating "parasitic races" from its homeland. This was the given rationalization for the Nazis' later oppression and elimination of Jews, Gypsies, Czechs, Poles, the mentally and physically handicapped, homosexuals and others not belonging to these groups or categories that were part of the Holocaust.
Yeah, but let's not offend those Muslims that believe the Holocaust didn't happen.
Is Obama French For Something?
Yes, it's French for "cheese eating surrender
Obama fumbled the ball, seeming to say that if Bush vetoes the Iraq spending bill, the Senate will respond by passing an alternate bill with no timelines because (as he said) no lawmaker "wants to play chicken with our troops."
Yeah, because Mr. "You can't Touch Me on my Lefty Anti-War stance" is a big PUSSY.
Hey Barack, Karl Rove says: "Merci, connasse".
Monday, April 2, 2007
Exist for a reason. They are there to prevent you morons from killing me and my children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I do understand the desire for road rage. I know it's wrong but when I almost get killed along with my 2 year old son, it really pisses me off.