The War Within

If you get HDNET, a movie I have been waiting on for a while, The War Within, is on now and again at 11pm EST.

God’s Revenge

God got Tom DeLay:

copy of the still-unfinished film, entitled The Big Buy, was obtained by National Review Online Friday.

On several occasions in the film, Earle engages in monologues on what he believes is the sinister effect of money in politics. “The root of the evil of the corporate and large-monied interest domination of politics is money,” Earle says as he takes the filmmakers on a nighttime drive around Austin. “This is in the Bible. This isn’t rocket science. The root of all evil truly is money, especially in politics. People talk about how money is the mother’s milk of politics. Well, it’s the devil’s brew. And what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to turn off the tap.”

In another scene, Earle describes how he deals with offenders in cases like the campaign-finance investigation. “It’s important that we forgive those who come to us in a spirit of contrition and the desire for forgiveness. That’s important. But if they don’t, then God help them.” The film then dissolves to a picture of DeLay.

The big guy is probably still peeved at DeLay about that Schiavo business. Although why he went after him with a prosecutor rather than the more traditional lightning bolt is beyond me…

*** Update ***

Here is Delay’s district:

Checking out DeLay’s district, maybe God was chucking Rita at DeLay for his ‘sins.’ Ronnie Earle was just the backup plan.

And no, I am not serious about any of this.

Worst Headline Ever and Friday Catblogging

Via Larry Bernard, this, the most unfortunate headline of all time:

“Sheep, two-day parties enliven remote Falkland isles”


Tunch and Sid watching the neighborhood dog.

Speaking of Fools

Fresh on the heels of ironing lemon pledge into a bunch of shirts, I just accidentally sprinkled Arm & Hammer kitty litter deodorizer all over the floor thinking it was carpet and room deodorizer.

Fabulous. I hope there isn’t much difference between the two, as they are both baking soda based.

I really need to start reading labels.

Another Fool

Now what this guy said is idiotic:

ERWIN: Well, I think, if you look at what‘s going on, this whole region has always known that, with the church, that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are known for sin.

And if you go to a church and you read your Bible, you are always told avoid sin and that there‘s judgment for sin. And I just think that, in my analysis—and I can‘t speak for everybody, but I believe that, if you look at the factors, that you had a city that was known for sin—the signature of New Orleans is the French Quarter, Bourbon Street. It is known for sin. And you have a Bible that says God will judge sin, you can put two and two together and say, it may not be the judgment of God, but it sure looks like the footprint.

So, I just told my friends, in an opinion, I think it could be the judgment of God on the Gulf Coast and on New Orleans. And I would urge the good folks that are the innocent victims to rally and rebuild that city and get a new signature.


Why I Love Blogging

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) writes at TPM from Iraq, listing things she thinks need to be done to stabilize the country and make progress. These include:

1.) Get the power on.
2.) Get the oil out.
3.) Get the government ministries going.
4.) Get Zarqawi.

Each item has a little blurb why this is important.

The first, and I mean very first, commenter (noblesseoblige), writes:

Dear Rep. Harman:

Your suggestions to get Zarqawi, get the power on, get the ministries going, etc, are excellent.

None of them ever occurred to us and we thank you for the tip.

Respectfully yours,
— CentCom Commander Gen. John Abizaid

PS If you think we should also bring about peace, stability, and prosperity, don’t hesitate to let us know.


Army Recruiting Down

A pretty detailed report detailing the troubles facing Army recruiters going into the next fiscal year:

The Army is closing the books on one of the leanest recruiting years since it became an all-volunteer service three decades ago, missing its enlistment target by the largest margin since 1979 and raising questions about its plans for growth.

Many in Congress believe the Army needs to get bigger – perhaps by 50,000 soldiers over its current 1 million – in order to meet its many overseas commitments, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army already is on a path to add 30,000 soldiers, but even that will be hard to achieve if recruiters cannot persuade more to join the service.

Officials insist the slump is not a crisis.

Michael O’Hanlon, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institution think tank, said the recruiting shortfall this year does not matter greatly – for now.

“The bad news is that any shortfall shows how hard it would be to increase the Army’s size by 50,000 or more as many of us think appropriate,” O’Hanlon said. “We appear to have waited too long to try.”

The Army has not published official figures yet, but it apparently finished the 12-month counting period that ends Friday with about 73,000 recruits. Its goal was 80,000. A gap of 7,000 enlistees would be the largest – in absolute number as well as in percentage terms – since 1979, according to Army records.

Read the whole thing, and remember that this is Army specific, and not a military-wide analysis.