Thursday, April 29, 2004
Playing this game gave me flashbacks of my childhood...my older brothers were the tortuous kind.
Now y'all know I love cats, but this game is too messed up not to go over and visit...it makes the bloody penguin game seem tame by comparison.
You know what I think of when I think of 9-11? I think of a very tragic time that needs to be treated with a level of respect and, well, lack of levity. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I'm positive of this. However, my feelings are apparently different from the so-called president and some of those on the 9-11 commission...but especially the so-called president. For instance, I would not have expected to read something like this:
"There was some laughter from time to time. The president is a bit of a tease," Thompson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "There were no tense moments. I thought the president gave a five-star performance. I wish the American people could have seen it."
What was the laughter about? Was there something funny to laugh about? Was the so-called president just trying to lighten up the mood? Did Dick Clarke make jokes? I don't remember if even Condi Rice thought the occasion a good time to cheer folks up. Did Bill Clinton take the opportunity to practice his routine for the next press dinner? I just don't think so. But the so-called president, ever the shameless frat boy, figured he'd crack a few jokes. About what, I wonder? Was he making up more of his funny nicknames? Maybe tossing off a few one liners about Al Queda members and light bulbs. Was the laughter polite? Did anyone feel just a little bit sick about it?
And what does it mean that he was "a bit of a tease"? Is the so-called president a flibertigibbet? I can't even wrap my mind around this statement. It is so contrary to everything I would want from a president. I don't want a "Tease-in-Chief"...it's absolutely disgraceful.
I wish the American people could have seen it as well. But we weren't allowed in. This was a private performance. We just got the reviews and while they would be great words to hear about Jerry Seinfeld, they leave me absolutely sick to my stomach when referencing the so-called president.
A bit of a tease... there's got to be a special place in hell for these people.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Check out Josh Marshall's excellent analysis of what this election should come down to for Kerry.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
I haven't been around the blog much recently due to my grandmother's death. She was an amazing woman and her death was a real shock to my whole family. I can't express enough how much I will miss her and how much I am grateful for the many years that I had to know her.
As for other stuff, well, I'm just kind of making it through school at the moment until graduation some time in December. I'm excited to be done with the B.A. and, well, just want to be done with it. But, more importantly, I am no longer working for Bosley Medical Institute helping people to find more hair. Along with some generous help from Grandma, I am in the process of signing a development deal with a major independent studio to write a screenplay. I am thrilled beyond words about this as it takes me a step closer to realizing a true dream of mine to make a real living as a professional writer (my fiction is ever so much better than my blogging...although about as prolific...).
The dog is doing fine at camp. We see him for the first time this Friday and we hope he isn't too md at us. His trainers tell us he's happy and coming along well. We just want him to be happy and...well, clean. He was having a hard time staying clean and needed someone who knew what they were doing to help him.
As for the blog, well, now that I am free of the soul-sucking employment, I can get back to my fiction and this here blog. It seems a thing to do and I will do it as well as get back to reading all the other fine folk out there. Thanks for stopping by and keep coming back!
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
I know this will disappoint some of you who stop by, but I'll have no new Moose pictures for a few weeks. Moose has been enrolled in a puppy boarding school to help him overcome some issues that our in-home training just wasn't addressing. We'll be seeing him in a week and a half and we'll bring along our camera to try and sneak some Moose-in-training photos. In the meantime, there's always this crowd pleaser:
Saturday, April 10, 2004
The current problems in Iraq, according to David Brooks' article, are the same old problems. Check this analysis:
The Shiite violence is being fomented by Moktada al-Sadr, a lowlife hoodlum from an august family.
Might as well be Osama. Thus begins Brooks' attempt to create our new evildoer. This is what they do. We had run out of identifiable enemies in Iraq. We were just fighting all the people there. Now we have a face to put on T-shirts.
The ruthless and hyperpoliticized Sadr has spent the past year trying to marginalize established religious figures, like Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who come from a more quietist tradition and who believe in the separation of government and clergy.
You see, not all the Muslims in Iraq hate us. Just the "ruthless" ones. Especially this one. He's worse than Saddam and Osama. I'm telling you. Just wait a few weeks if we don't capture him or kill him. His myth will grow so freaking large we'll forget about all the other evildoers of history.
Sadr and his fellow putschists have been spectacularly unsuccessful in winning popular support.
Even the Iraqis hate this guy. The same way they all hated Saddam. That's why we keep losing control of cities. Because we're so popular and he's not.
The vast majority of Iraqis do not want an Iranian-style dictatorship. Most see Sadr as a young, hotheaded murderer who terrorizes people wherever he goes.
David Brooks. Taking the pulse of the Iraqi people. It's like he's there on the streets, an everyman who knows what they're all thinking over there. I'm convinced.
Friday, April 09, 2004
I am an imaginary number
I don't really exist
this quiz by orsa
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
I strongly recommend you read Robert Reich's chilling
prediction of what four more years of Bush might be like.
He says: "Musings about a second Bush term typically assume another four years of the same right-wing policies we've had to date. But it'd likely be far worse. So far, the Bush administration has had to govern with the expectation of facing American voters again in 2004. But suppose George W. Bush wins a second term. The constraint of a re-election contest will be gone. Knowing that voters can no longer turn them out, and that this will be their last shot at remaking America, the radical conservatives will be unleashed. "
Go read the rest of it and then send a copy to Ralph Nader. As a matter of fact, send anything like this you may come by to Ralph. He needs to really understand what is at stake.
Via Out of Focus:
Hanan Nsour, a veiled, 21-year-old Muslim in Jordan, came out of "The Passion of the Christ" in tears and pronounced her verdict: Mel Gibson's crucifixion epic "unmasked the Jews' lies and I hope that everybody, everywhere, turns against the Jews."
It seems that Mel's film is having the positive effect of creating a common ground between many Muslims and Christians. How sweet.
Now that the "outlaw" young cleric Sadr, also known as Mahdi, is actively resisting the rule of House Harkon-, er, I mean House Bush, it is increasingly difficult not to see the war in terms of Frank Herbert's Dune. The parallels are very easy to make. There is one small exception, however. There is no House Atreides involved. The US has not gone over to the Desert Planet to preserve the spi-, er oil rights for the locals. As we know, the oil is the life. I can really go on and on here, but if you're familiar with Frank Herbert's seminal work, you know it doesn't end well for the folks who aren't what you might call local. We're just going around creating martyrs and messiahs and there's nothing like a good martyr or messiah to muck up the best laid plans of scabby pustulent ne'er-do-wells like Baron Har-Cheney. Unfortunately, our soldiers are in their service.