No posting until Sunday, as I will be out of town. Try the links to the left. Speaking of left, Matt Yglesias, one of my favorite Dems, has been posting with almost Blogfather like determination. Make sure you read the comments, as he has cultivated a coterie of lefty-liberals who say bizarre things every now and then.
Archives for July 2002
As I type this, I have an aching butt. Today, I had the most bizarre office injury I have ever had. I moved into a new office, and I have a brand new leather chair– really nice- the whole room smells like the leather, and I love it. At any rate, I also got one of those plastic floor thingies for the chair to sit on. You know what I am talking about- it is there for ease of rolling and to protect the carpet.
I was typing away, when I thought I had to go do something. I stood up, then realized I was an hour early, and I went to sit back down. This is when tragedy stuck.
Apparently (actually there is no apparently about it), I misjudged where I should plant my copious ass and where my brand new chair was. Needless to say, I missed the chair, and just managed to plant my butt on the very edge of the seat of the chair. I sat down rapidly enough that the momentum created enough force to rocket my new chair (aided by the new chair mat) backwards at light speed. I continued downward, narrowly missing my chin on the desk, throwing hot coffee all over my newly painted office. My ass hit the hard mat with massive force.
I could have died, and the only thing I thought was “Thank God everyone else is at lunch.”
In short, my butt hurts, and tomorrow I have to be in a car for hours. Down pillow, anyone?
I read this blog just once- a moment ago- and it goes in permalinks. Welcome Will Wagner and Babel Log.
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I just saw this on television- and I think they were serious. Actually, I am frightened they are serious.
Read ’em, bookmark ’em, and you will be better for it.
Compare this quote:
The U.S. and others are helping to train a new Afghan national army, a force committed not to one group or faction but to the defense of the entire nation, which we hope will allow Afghans to take responsibility for their own security rather than relying on foreign forces. Already 28 countries have offered weapons, equipment, funds and support for this effort.
We’ve averted a humanitarian catastrophe. The U.S. and coalition partners have delivered some 500,000 metric tons of food since the start of the war, enough to feed almost 7 million needy Afghans. Thanks to those efforts, the grim predictions of starvation last winter never came to pass. De-mining teams from Norway, Denmark, Britain, Poland and Jordan have helped clear land mines from hundreds of thousands of square meters of terrain, although I must say there is still an enormous number of land mines in that country. U.S. civil affairs team have dug wells, built hospitals, repaired roads and rebuilt schools. Jordan built a hospital in Mazar-e Sharif that has now treated more than 86,000 patients, including 18,000 children. Russia’s cleared out and rebuilt the Salang Tunnel, the main artery linking Kabul with the North, allowing transportation of thousands of tons of food, medicine and supplies.
Together with coalition partners, we rounded up some 600 terrorists in Afghanistan and many hundreds more worldwide. They’re being interrogated. They are yielding information that is helping to prevent further violence and bloodshed.
But perhaps the most important measure of progress is the flow of people. Since January, many — literally many hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons have returned to their home. When it comes to coalition efforts, the Afghan people are voting with their feet. They’re coming back to their homes. And indeed, it is a vote of confidence in the progress that’s being made in Afghanistan.
To this quote:
The American air campaign in Afghanistan has produced a pattern of mistakes that have killed hundreds of Afghan civilians.
The first is the daily briefing on the status of Afghanistan and the War on Terror by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. The second quote is from the NY Times, which was observed and commented on in detail by Michael Moynihan at the Politburo.
If you do not read the Politburo, you should. It is a damn fine blog, and I find it to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing blogs out there. Thanks to the Blogfather for the heads up on this post.
Why We Can Not Trust Congress With Our Money, Period
Because they spend it like crack addicts in a flop house on Saturday night. In the 28.9 billion dollar terrorism bill that was passed today, these items were ‘slipped’ in:
Such projects included $6 million to upgrade a U.S. Geological Survey data center near Sioux Falls, S.D.; $10 million to help farmers near the Rio Grande River involved in a water dispute with Mexico; $7 million for enhancing water supplies in New Mexico; and a provision pressuring the Agriculture Department to reimburse poultry producers in West Virginia and Virginia for losses from avian influenza.
Also carried were funds having little to do with the fight against terror. These included $1 billion for Pell grants for low-income students; $417 million for veterans’ medical care; $400 million to help states improve voting systems; $205 million to bail out Amtrak; $200 million for fighting AIDS and other diseases abroad; and $100 million for countering western wildfires and floods.
BTW, conservatives- this is the chamber that the Republicans control.
President Bush issued one of his sharpest rebukes against Israel today, denouncing as “heavy-handed” the attack that killed a Hamas leader and expressing regret over “the loss of innocent life.”
“This heavy-handed action does not contribute to peace,” said the president’s chief spokesman, Ari Fleischer. “This message will be conveyed to Israeli authorities, and the United States regrets the loss of life.”
At least 14 other people, including several children, were killed in the missile attack that killed Salah Shehadeh, a founder and the top commander of Hamas’s military wing. Scores of others were wounded.
I feel awful about the tragedy that occurred in regards to the innocent children, and I am sure that this will be a major piece of propoganda for the anti-Israel crowd. I do not excuse the action, but I have a hard time believing the death of innocents was intentional.
The larger message, though, should be: “Hang out with murdering, terrorist thugs who spend their entire lives plotting and fomenting violence against innocents, and you might end up dead.” I can live with that message, and I hope some of the Hamas scum take it to heart.
Speaking of race-baiters and assorted vile human beings:
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both managed to make their way onto the national radar today. Jackson was busy comparing police to militia groups (and not the good kind mentioned in the Constitution- you know- the ones who secured our liberties a couple hundred years ago), while Al Sharpton was left sputtering about an FBI video tape in which he is alleged to have held a discussion about a drug deal with an undercover agent posing to be a South American drug kingpin.
*** UPDATE *** I just saw the video of Sharpton on HBO’S Real Sports. It is very damning.
*** Update #2 *** C. Dodd Harris IV comments on Sharpton.
WIlliam Pierce, the unreconstructed Nazi, vile anti-semite, racist hate-mongerer, and de facto spiritual leader to every misguided skinhead with a noggin full of menace and bile, has died of cancer. The only thing I can say is that it was a damn shame it had to be something as slow as cancer, although we can take some pleasure in the fact that he may have suffered immensely. All in all, I would have preferred a heart attack about 30 years ago so we would not have to listen to his garbage.
For those of you who don’t remember, Pierce is the author of the Turner Diaries, the so-called ‘inspiration’ for home-grown terrorist and mass murderer Timothy McVeigh and a bunch of other putrid gun-nuts in Idaho and Montana.
Rot in hell, Pierce.
Fat Albert, the movie, dies in pre-production.
Just leave Steve Earle alone, already!
Steve Earle is a whacked out musician. I like to listen to him. He rarely, if ever, takes himself seriously, and neither should you. He is not trying to start an uprising, he is not trying to shape political opinion (unlike the jackasses in Hollywood or the whiny leftists at Common Dreams). He is just spouting off. Let him be.
The way to solve the problem is by not listening to it if it pisses you off. And while you are at it, you boycott Nazi’s, get your god damned V-Chip out of my god damned television.
Censoring rockabilly. Christ almighty, the terrorists have won.
The folks at the Libertarian Samizdata now have effectively cornered the market in hot brainy babes that pack heat.