Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tools for the Lazy Blogger

Meme blogging! Via Michael J. Totten, the One Word Meme. Follow the links through Totten to see who originated this one.

You can only answer one word. No explanations.

1. Yourself: raging
2. Your spouse: bemused
3. Your hair: wacky
4. Your mother: smoking
5. Your father: dead
6. Your favorite item: memory
7. Your dream last night: unremembered
8. Your favorite drink: lemonade
9. Your dream car: F-88
10. The room you are in: clean!
11. Your ex: non-existent
12. Your fear: idiots
13. What you want to be in 10 years: alive
14. Who you hung out with last night: wife
15. What you're not: healthy
16. Muffins: bran
17: One of your wish list items: teeth
18: Time: NOW!
19. The last thing you did: blogged
20. What you are wearing: clothes
21. Your favorite weather: steamy
22. Your favorite book: unknown
23. The last thing you ate: chicken
24. Your life: happening
25. Your mood: sour
26. Your best friend: wife
27. What you're thinking about right now: cantaloupe
28. Your car: Civic
29. What you are doing at the moment: typing
30. Your summer: desired
31. Your relationship status: married!
32. What is on your TV: nothing
33. What is the weather like: cold
34. When was the last time you laughed: tonight

Monday, November 20, 2006

Not So Random Observation

Maintaining proper dental health is a pain in the ass.

...

Which is very counter-intuitive if you think about it.

But I'm feeling much better now....

Christopher Hitchens pointing out the obvious:

In 1991, for those who keep insisting on the importance of sending enough troops, there were half a million already-triumphant Allied soldiers on the scene. Iraq was stuffed with weapons of mass destruction, just waiting to be discovered by the inspectors of UNSCOM. The mass graves were fresh. The strength of sectarian militias was slight. The influence of Iran, still recovering from the devastating aggression of Saddam Hussein, was limited. Syria was—let's give Baker his due—"on side." The Iraqi Baathists were demoralized by the sheer speed and ignominy of their eviction from Kuwait and completely isolated even from their usual protectors in Moscow, Paris, and Beijing. There would never have been a better opportunity to "address the root cause" and to remove a dictator who was a permanent menace to his subjects, his neighbors, and the world beyond. Instead, he was shamefully confirmed in power and a miserable 12-year period of sanctions helped him to enrich himself and to create the immiserated, uneducated, unemployed underclass that is now one of the "root causes" of a new social breakdown in Iraq. It seems a bit much that the man principally responsible for all this should be so pleased with himself and that he should be hailed on all sides as the very model of the statesmanship we now need.
Which is to say, the people we're choosing to bail us out are the people that helped create the mess throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Out-fucking-standing.

Actually, this is just another case of procrastination being rewarded. I'd been thinking along the lines of Hitchens diatribe and had been meaning to put it down in writing. But by waiting, someone else has done it for me, and done it better than I. And I didn't even have to look for it! I love the interwebs....

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sometimes I just have to laugh...

Over at The Moderate Voice there's a post about a student getting Tased in a campus library at UCLA. I'm amused by the cluelessness of most of the reaction. By all accounts, the student who got Tased made a point of being an asshole to the police. If you really think you can do that and NOT get your ass kicked, then you are an idiot. Or possibly someone that went to private schools. Regardless, friends and family shouldn't leave you unattended, as you're clearly a danger to yourself and others....

ADDED: I'm also amazed that people think this is something new. The use of Tasers for this kind of thing is relatively new, but not the behavior of the cops. In the old days they would have used fists, billy clubs or flashlights to get their point across. There's nothing new here except for the cell phone cameras capturing the event.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Buffalo Eight

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."

Bad Idea

Bush is going to anoint Senator Mel Martinez (R-Fla) the new RNC Chairman. Somehow I think putting a Bush lackey in charge of the party apparatus is contra-indicated after last Tuesday's ass-whooping, but I guess that's just me. Here's to renewing my party's permanent minority status!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Portrait



Damn, I'm pretty!

(Better image here.)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Good to see....

...that the Democrats will rule with humility and respect....

Rangel, D-N.Y., was quoted in a Thursday article in The New York Times, saying: "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?"

Oh My God!

They botched the post-war planning!

Senior House Democratic aides said Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have otherwise done almost no preparatory work on taking over physical control of the House.

Pelosi has not appointed a trusted Democrat to oversee the transition to Democratic rule, a tactic former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) employed when the GOP won control of the House in the 1994 midterm elections.

Pelosi was very sensitive to accusations by President Bush and other Republican leaders that Democrats "were measuring the drapes" at the Capitol for a takeover, they purposely delayed any transition planning.

"[Pelosi] put the nix on anyone doing the transition," said a high-ranking Democratic aide.
Not only that, but the leadership has become over-confident, even though they don't really know who's in control.
Current Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was not similarly hesitant, formally announcing his bid for the Majority Leader's office early Wednesday morning and confidently predicting that he will secure the post when Democrats vote in leadership election on Nov. 16....

But Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) - who stunned fellow lawmakers when he announced in June that he would campaign for the Majority Leader post against Hoyer - re-affirmed his own interest in the office Wednesday.
Furthermore, they're refusing to let the people know what, if any, plans they have. Murtha will only communicate through partisan mouthpieces:
"I'm working diligently now trying to convince people that I'd make a good balance" to the leadership team, Murtha said in an interview with National Public Radio.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker declined to be interviewed for this article.
And Emanuel refuses to address the press at all:
One day after Democrats decisively seized control of the chamber from the GOP, one of the architects of that victory - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) - remained mum about his plans despite speculation that he could run for Majority Whip.
Perhaps worst of all, confusion reigns everywhere, the leaders don't seem to understand the situation on the ground, and fears of an insurrection have made people nervous:
Murtha, who is the ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, also defended his decision to seek the leadership post, asserting that not only is the office an "open seat" in the new Congress, but arguing that he outranks Hoyer in the Caucus hierarchy.

"There's Nancy Pelosi, [Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep.] Dave Obey (D-Wis.) and myself, and then Hoyer is listed after me in the power plays," Murtha said on NPR.

That assertion bewildered at least one Democratic House lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity: "In my mind that shows a lack of understanding. I like Mr. Murtha but that's not just the way it is."

"There is real genuine concern that we don't want to see a divisive leadership fight, just at the time that we're seeing tremendous success and tremendous unity and harmony and good feelings in the Caucus," the lawmaker added.
Note how fearful people are to go on record, in fear of reprisals. There have even been reports of looting:
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) wasn’t “on the clock” very long in the first day of the biennial House office lottery before she snagged the personal office of the man whose other office she had just won on Tuesday — Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
Here's another report of unrest on the streets:
Those Crazy Nelsons. Great election night for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Not so great though for his son, Charles William Nelson — he goes by Billy and/or Bill Nelson Jr. — who allegedly got rip-roaring drunk and belligerent and wound up in jail.

At least he waited to go off the deep end until after introducing Daddy at the Senator’s re-election victory party. Just hours after Nelson’s speech, police arrested Junior in downtown Orlando near the Embassy Suites where the victory party was held and charged him with battery of a law officer, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, according to the Miami Herald.

Police responded to calls about a drunken street brawl and when an officer on bicycle arrived on the scene he found “Nelson, a second unidentified man and a woman who appeared to have passed out.”
How could they have screwed up the occupation so badly?

Friday, November 03, 2006

And because that last post was no fun at all...

I give you this bit of encouraging news!

THE SPECTRE of a nuclear race in the Middle East was raised yesterday when six Arab states announced that they were embarking on programmes to master atomic technology.

The move, which follows the failure by the West to curb Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, could see a rapid spread of nuclear reactors in one of the world’s most unstable regions, stretching from the Gulf to the Levant and into North Africa.

The countries involved were named by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Tunisia and the UAE have also shown interest.
Ah, good times!

A Better Use of Time...

...than worrying about global warming would be worrying about the health of our oceans. I haven't read this too closely, so it may be a bit on the alarmist side, but I wouldn't be shocked if it's a stone cold sober assessment. [Later: Having read the article a little more closely, it appears to be a sober view. It's not like this study represents the first study of oceanic problems.]

Seriously, wasting time worrying and arguing about global warming is stupid. The oceans are a much more serious concern. If the oceans die, the biosphere dies. And to get an idea of what's going on, go to your search engine of choice and type in "Dead Zones". When I do it, I don't see anything about Dragonball Z, and I see a lot about the oceans.