I missed it. You can't be debating when House is on! What happened? Any big surprises? Did any of you Obama supporters figure out that he's not ready to be President yet?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This was supposed to stay private but....
It's true. The boys and I moved out on Saturday. I did what I thought was best for our children and myself. Marriages don't collapse overnight and ours has been through many, many trials. It didn't survive. We tried to save it but we failed. We are human.
I'm not going to turn this into the War of the Roses. My boys deserve better than to see their parents act like assholes online. They come first and I'm not going to shame myself and them further.
Couldn't think of a witty name for it, but what do you make of this: Hillary Uncensored!
A group called Equal Justice Foundation of America has release a video trailer documenting the dealings of Peter Paul & the Clinton's. So is this Hillary's Swift Boat?? I think it is. No matter if all of the allegations are proven false, the damage will be done. Which is sad, because I see her as the only Democrat that isn't nucking futs!
Monday, October 29, 2007
The ACLU is taking on Sen. Craig's case. This is kinda getting interesting now...
I've been wondering about the law that Craig got arrested for breaking. The ACLU says that the Minnesota Statute is too broad. It does not distinguish between soliciting private sex in a public place, and soliciting public sex in a public place. The ACLU alos argues that even if such a distinction was made, the prosecution can’t prove that Craig was soliciting for public sex.
Exactly. Why was Craig such a dumbass about pleading guilty? A half-witted Public Defender could have made this go away...
There is little difference between what Craig did in that restroom and what men/women have been doing for years everywhere else...
Friday, October 26, 2007
Barack Obama is super inclusive. Unfortunately, if you're gay, one of the people Obama includes (Pastor McClurkin) thinks you are "a curse" and are "trying to kill our children".
Obama's response to those who are upset over McClurkin's remarks: “…he will not exclude from his campaign the many Americans including many in the African American community who believe the same as Pastor McClurkin.”
Wow, that is just awesome. With every passing day Obama becomes less and less likely to be the next U.S. President. Listen Barack, you are running for the Democratic nomination, you aren't allowed to sell out the Gays and Lesbians before you become President, only after. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Recently there has surfaced a letter composed by 138 moslem clerics, directed toward their counterparts in the christian communities of the world. But after giving that letter some careful thought, I just don't buy into the veracity or intent of the men who composed it. Much of the reasons for my rejection of what they have to say is that I like Zionism the way some folks like cherry pie, and Judaism, Christianity or Islam as religious systems has nothing whatsoever to do with that. But Zionism is based on the fact and certitude of a jewish nation with it own set of rights. So when I read a letter such as the one from the moslem clerics, my first question is:
"Where does all this fit the right of the jewish nation to have its own original Land of Israel?"
Because, if the Moslems truly wish to honor Avraham/Ibrahim, then I'm looking for signs that they are prepared to cease encouraging the Hamastinians and other terror gangs who want to run Ishmael's jewish cousins off their rightful national inheritence.
But all I can see from their letter is a minor bone tossed to those Jews, in the form of a few comments wrapped in parentheses. As if some lawyer were cautioning the advertising department of a low-grade and untrustworthy manufacturing firm to put a cover-their-asses statement into the fine print of their otherwise useless warranty.
Anyway, here's some thoughts on that topic that I picked up from "Zionism Lives!", authored by Phyllis Schesler, and reprinted from pajamasmedia.com on the website Zionism Lives!:
AN URGENT CALL TO ALL INFIDELS ABOUT THE SO-CALLED MUSLIM "PEACE" INITIATIVE
I am not a Muslim nor am I a religious Muslim. I am certainly not a Qur’anic scholar. But I am a religious Jew. As such, I want to respect peoples of faith, including those who are secular fundamentalists. One does not have to agree with one’s neighbors in order to respect them and one does not have to disagree with others in a verbally uncivil or physically violent way. I applaud all efforts to “reform” or re-interpret ancient religions in accordance with our contemporary understanding of human and women’s rights.
I have also been drawn to the Islamic East for almost sixty years and count many Muslims and ex-Muslims as friends and political allies. I have lived in or traveled to Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan but now, I can no longer visit most of the countries that once called out to me (except in books).
Today, the Muslim world is “hard,” not “soft,” and is no longer as cosmopolitan or hospitable as it has, in the past, sometimes been to wealthy infidels. While there are some small exceptions, in general, the Jews are gone, the Christians and all other religious groups are persecuted and in flight, the women are veiled and wearing sheets, hate blares from every mosque. Muslims are blowing other Muslims up. Today in Pakistan, at least 136 people have died so far in a bombing that was intended to kill newly returned former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A Saudi-Wahabi and Arabic form of Islam has made vast imperial inroads everywhere, including in the West.
Like others, I have been calling for the moderate or peace-loving Muslims to take back their religion and culture from those who have hijacked it in the name of jihad (Holy War against the infidels).
This Letter, signed by 138 Muslim clerics and addressed to Christian leaders is, alas, not that hoped-for initiative. I have already written two articles about this Letter which focus on the Muslim tradition of suing whomever they view as “stronger” for a temporary or false peace (“a hudna”) until the Muslims are demographically or militarily stronger. I have also focused on Islamic group psychology.
May I suggest that you share the following three points with Christians and Jews (People of the Book) and of course with Muslims whom you may know. These points were made by a Christian student of the Qur’an, “Steve Chambers,” (a pseudonym), who has self-published a book entitled “Jihad On Us All. The Roots and Branches of Islamic Militancy” (and is available through Amazon online). One ex-Muslim and one Christian Qur’anic scholar who do not wish to be named agree with his points.
POINT ONE: The very title of the letter, “A Common Word between Us and You” comes from the Qur’an. Here’s a fuller quote, from 3:63-66:, which says: ‘people of the book, let us come to a common word between us and you that we will worship none except Allah, that we will associate none with him, and that none of us take others for lords besides Allah. ‘if they turn away, say: ‘bear witness that we are Muslims. People of the book [i.e., Christians and Jews], why do you dispute about Abraham when both the Torah and the Gospel were not sent down till after him?’
In other words, the Qur’an - Allah - is saying that the Qur’an’s view of Abraham, including his having been prepared to sacrifice Ishmail rather than Isaac, is correct and the Torah and New Testament are wrong because they were written by human, not through explicit divine revelation. In fact, this verse comes from a later chapter which “abrogates” (nullifies or overturns) earlier more conciliatory chapters and precedes the last chapter or two which call for “offensive jihad” against the “People of the Book.”
TWO: The Letter appears to follow a very ugly and dangerous precedent in Islamic history. Just before Mohammed’s death, he reportedly sent audacious letters to the heads of the three main empires of his day and region - the Persians, Egyptians, and Byzantines. His message: convert or be conquered. Their empires were all conquered by Muslim jihadists.
THREE: The similarities between the religions are not as important as the differences. “Love thy neighbor” does not appear in the Qur’an, except when that neighbor is Muslim. Nor does, “turn the other cheek.” But “submit to Islamic rule or die” does. The Muslim clerics state: “As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them - so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes.”
This is a grotesque bit of taqiyya, (theologically permissible propaganda) not to mention a total misrepresentation of Christian attitudes towards Muslims. After all, in Muslim countries Christians are systematically being driven out, while in Christian countries in the West, Muslims are rapidly increasing.
These clerics most certainly know these facts and also that the Qur’an calls for offensive jihad. They deny it when talking to infidels, but it is clearly part of the Qur’an and Mohammed’s personal history, and former and liberal Muslims readily acknowledge it.
I assume that teams of Christian religious scholars have been studying and may be preparing a Letter in response. Perhaps the points I make in my three articles may be of use to them.
From my readings of the history of the conquests of the Arab nation, I think Ms Schesler is wrong only about one detail. There were boastful and threatening letters from Mohammed sent to the Byzantine emperor Heraclius and to the Persian king Yezdagird III. But the third letter was sent to the distant emperor of China, and not to Egypt, which at that time was merely a province of what was left of the empire of Rome and was ruled from Constantinopolis.
But I think she has the rest of it quite clear. Islam as a related set of religion-based cultures constitutes a hostile empire, and, as such, is firmly fixed on the undermining and destruction of any and all non-islamic communities of power and even of thought. The only kind of peace that is possible with them is nothing more than a "hudna", which is a ceasefire that is honored solely until the moslem side is strong enough to overpower their intended victims on the non-muslim side.
That is the certainty that Israel faces, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And they will continue to face the certitude of that threat unless and until they take the decision to expel the bulk of the Arabs who now crowd in on them from the north, east and southwest, thereby pushing these hostile populations out farther from their borders, and expand the size of the their state minimally to the complete extent of the ancient borders of the Land of Israel.
Would that then lead to real peace between them and the Arabs? Probably not. But then, the question would not necessarily matter very much.
Mount Horeb WI
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've had some personal issues that I was dealing with this last week. Most of them have been settled. I'm not going to elaborate right now but I will say that big changes are coming. The blog will change a bit and so will my life and I'm hoping that the changes are all a net positive.
Blogging will be a little erratic for the next week or so. Sorry about that.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
If money were no object, and you could pick any five cities to live in, what would those cities be? I'm not asking why, but you can if you like. If you're a true dreamer, you'll pick cities that you have never actually visited.
My Top Five Cities:
Kailua, HI (on the windward side of Oahu)
St. George Island, FL
St. Simons Island, GA
I guess you see a pattern here. All are near large bodies of water and three of the five also have mountains as well. For me, I need the spray of salt water, and I'd prefer a view of the mountains as well. If I had to pick a sixth, it would be Helen, GA in the mountains of north Georgia.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Watched Hillary on "The View" today, and I still like her.
Otherwise, I feel like shit. Some kinda bug running through me and Draco's system both. So far Dean and Jacob are fine. What's up with you?
By the way, Hillary is our next President. I can't wait!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Well, it's that time of year. We have fees to pay for the blogs, general upkeep and two laptops that died yesterday. So, if you enjoy what we are doing and can spare some change, please hit that tip jar. It's tough going and we are struggling to make some ends meet.
This Bleg will last all week long.
I recieved this e-mail last week and the contents of it were purportedly written by Dick Morris, onetime speech writer & advisor to the Clinton's.
Read it, and let me know what you think:
Polls suggest that the leading attribute attracting voters to Hillary's presidential candidacy is her "experience", a virtue which contrasts, presumably, with the lack of it in Senator Barack Obama, her chief rival. But a close examination of her record as first lady and as a New York Senator suggests that her experience is largely in the avoidance of death by scandal. Were it to be captured in a television series, it would certainly not rise to the level of "Commander In Chief" and probably not even to that of "West Wing". It would find its televised metaphor in the reality series," Survivor".
Consider what her experience has been. She burst forth on the national stage with two tasks, in her husband's administration: The selection of the nation's first female Attorney General and the design and adoption of a comprehensive program of health care reform. Her efforts to designate an Attorney General hamstrung the new Administration for months as two nominees, in succession, had to withdraw their names from consideration. Finally, at the eleventh hour, she urged her husband to appoint Florida's Janet Reno, a selection Bill Clinton would come to describe as "'my worst mistake." In the bargain, she suggested the appointment of Lani Guanier as head of the civil rights division, a job she was shortly forced to relinquish when her radical views became known, another embarrassment for the new Administration. Her other selections for the Justice Department, the White House staff and the Treasury were her three law partners: Web Hubbell, Vince Foster, and William Kennedy, appointments which culminated in one imprisonment, one suicide, and one forced resignation.
Her other assignment, health care reform, collapsed in such a debacle that it cost her party control of both houses of Congress, a fate from which it took twelve years to recover.
Beyond these initial tasks, her main focus in the Administration was scandal defense. From Jennifer Flowers to Whitewater to the FBI file affair, to the travel office firings, to her Commodities Market winnings, to the missing Rose Law Firm billing records, to the Paula Jones scandal, she orchestrated the Administration's defense against scandal allegations. In the process, she almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. And her advice in handling these matters was uniformly bad. It was Hillary who counseled Bill not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit even when the plaintiffs called for neither an apology nor payment and it was she who stonewalled the release of Whitewater documents even when it led to the appointment of a special prosecutor. When the prosecutor whose appointment she had caused heard about the depositions in the Paula Jones case, she had refused to settle, the Monica Lewinsky scandal eventuated.
During the period of 1995-1997, the period of the Clinton Administration's greatest achievements, she was nowhere to be seen, focusing instead on writing," It Takes A Village", and on dodging criminal inquiry. She did not participate in the formulation of a balanced budget, nor in welfare reform legislation, nor in the reduction of crime that stemmed from the 1994 anti-crime bill.
Her experience continued when her race for the Senate and its aftermath became, in turn, mired in scandal. The pardon of the FALN terrorists to, get Latino support in New York, that of the New Square Hassidim, to get Hillary Jewish support, and the clemency shown toward Hillary's brothers' clients, to get them financial support, caused her ratings to plunge to their lowest level in March of 2001, as she took her Senate seat. The theft of White House gifts, almost $200,000 of which had to be returned, did nothing to endear her to the electorate.
Since then, Hillary has done nothing of note in the Senate, except to vote for the Iraq War, a position she has since disavowed, and to win the applause of her colleagues for not being partisan and obstinate. Her main efforts have been directed at raising massive sums of money for herself and her colleagues and making a lot, writing and selling her memoirs. Her efforts on behalf of New York after 9-11 have been exposed as largely derivative of those of her colleague, the more effective Chuck Schumer.
She has passed no important legislation, except for twenty bills renaming post offices and courthouses and congratulating Alexander Hamilton, Shirley Chisolm, Harriet Tubman, the American Republic, and the Syracuse men's and women's Lacrosse team on their respective accomplishments.
This is the experience upon which her candidacy is based, do you want this woman as your President??
Is this stuff true? Is she really this bad? Or is this another one of those muddled situations where its partially true, but not really totally true.
My sister the Queen is voting for Hillary and I anticipate the brainwashing to begin around Christmas time. Next thing I know, I'll be voting for Hillary.
I tried to Google it to get some answers, but failed miserably. So I'm reaching out to you, her faithful readers...
Help me figure this out so I know why or why not to vote for Hillary..
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I watched it and I was convinced. I'm sticking with Hillary, who btw, came up with the brilliant idea of a Universal 401K. Anyone who can't see the brilliance of that idea is blinded by irrational Clinton hatred. Fred Thompson was the only one I considered as a possibility. He made me miss the most charming Bob Dole...
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Over at Dean's they are/were talking torture. This is torture, that is torture, blah blah blah...
Everyone has a qualifier about what is or isn't torture. Let's put aside the obvious things that everyone can say without hesitation is torture. It gets sticky for some when you say playing music or dogs barking is torture. Some will say that that is only discomfort. Sure, it's uncomfortable but torture isn't only applied to the body, it is used on the mind too. Listening to music may annoy you but if you've been kept awake for 36 hours, with naps being allowed for 5 minute intervals a handful of times, that annoying music has gone from annoying to torture.
If you think it isn't torture just because you've not left a mark, you have never been married...
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Today we had our mega-birthday party. Jake and my two nieces all have October birthdays. Actually, they were all born within a week just different years. One on the 10th, one on the 12th and Jake on the 16th. So, it was a craze fest of gifts and food galore. The eldest turns 13 this year, Jake will be 10 and the youngest will be 4.
We all decided to seriously hook them up. They all got their wishes true. I had a brilliant idea with how to give the eldest her gift from us. We got her a cell phone. I bought a really cute/cool one, set up the account, put money on it and found her favorite song on the list of available ringtones, so I bought that too. I charged that puppy up, turned it on so it vibrated as well as played the cool song and put in a lovely bag with the accessories. When it was her turn to open gifts, she opened the card and I discreetly called her phone. She looked really baffled when the bag started shaking and playing her song. Then she squealed like a 13 year old. She was so brilliantly happy that everyone started to get teary-eyed. I was just thrilled that my plan was timed perfectly. I was so worried that I'd fuck it up.
Anyway, it was a great day. Jake got 4 new games for his Wii, a brand new winter coat, a book, some cool cars and some Wii accessories. He was a very happy boy. Oh, and we bought my youngest niece a Cinderella Princess outfit (dress, glass slippers, purse, necklace and gloves), she's at that age when dressing up is fun. I also bought her a Cinderella doll that was wearing the exact same outfit I bought her. She was beaming. My brother told me that she really wanted fancy dress up shoes, so I took that info and ran with it.
How is your weekend going?
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Did you know that the cases of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD] has skyrocketed? In the 1980's cases of Autism affected 1 in every 10,000 births, now it is 1 in every 150. Also, it affects 1 in every 99 boys. That means that you probably know someone who either has ASD or someone that know someone with it. Lots of people are blaming the high mercury content in vaccines but the ingredient Thimerosol stopped being used in 1999 and the cases of Autism did not drop off.
There are so many studies to read and so much information out there that a parent can feel overwhelmed very quickly. The number one thing to remember is that ASD is not a cookie cutter condition. They call it a spectrum for a reason. Every child is different and no treatment plan is the same, they have to be tailored to the individual child. So, if you know someone that has a child with ASD be supportive and be a friend. Read about the condition and familiarize yourself with the symptoms. Nothing helps a parent more than having friends that understand and not having to repeatedly explain the behavior you think is odd but the parent knows is unique to their child.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
He would be in Iraq too, well, according to Roger L. Simon he would.
Unlike a lot of people I know, I am not overly concerned about the outcome of the presidential election of 2008.
If the winner is someone named Guiliani, Clinton, Thompson, Romney or McCain or even Obama or Edwards – and from the current looks of things, it will be one of those people – the results will not be catastrophic. The differences will be more minor than we expect and overwhelmed by history.
I know this not just because the supposedly more pacifistic Democrats finally admitted in the last debate that they just might not be out of Iraq by 2013. Nor is it because they have all acknowledged a nuclear-armed Iran as a non-starter.
I know this because I believe in my heart that had Al Gore been elected president in 2000 (and as we all know he almost was – he won the popular vote), he would be just as knee deep in the War on Terror as George Bush is right now and fighting it in more or less the same manner. He would be in Iraq.
Yes, you read me correctly. Forget the Nobel Prize and the global warming Oscar, if Al Gore had been elected in ‘00, he’d be burning excess Air Force One fuel, jetting behind the lines to Anbar Province, dealing with an ornery (possibly antiwar) opposition party and doing his best to ignore wretched poll numbers, a hostile media and whacko Code Pink demonstrators (not to mention his quondam allies on the Moveon-Kos end of his party who by now would be calling for his impeachment).
You may not believe me, but I don’t even think it’s much of a stretch, certainly no grand fictional scheme à la Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America in which Lindbergh defeats Roosevelt in the election of 1940 and the U. S. opts out of World War II. The Clinton-Gore administration wasn’t the least bit afraid to use force. Erratic about it - maybe. Insecure about it - maybe. But pacifist? Ask Milosevic.
In fact, Bill and Al are the guys who started the whole democracy promotion thing. They could even be called … neocons. (They as much as anybody. Having been called one myself on occasion, I’m still confused about what it means. I find Leo Strauss impenetrable.)
You read the rest. I'm not sure I agree with him but he makes a solid argument. I think it's an interesting exercise. I also think it's a good piece to read for those conservatives that think we're doomed, if a Democrat wins the White House.