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No Yer Commandmunts
Lindsay Lohan: Lady of Letters
That Which You Do Unto the Least of My People
Yet More Evidence that the Wingnuts are Whackjobs
Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men
Shula Out at Alabama
Heretics of Zune
Happy Day After Turkey Day
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Who Wants to Play Twister?




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November 30, 2006

No Yer Commandmunts

Especially that seventh one.

It'd be helpful if the dimwits of Cross City, FL could spell "adultery."


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Whoops.

Who didn't win the spelling bee as a child? Lindsay Lohan? Well, yes, but in this case it's one Ben Barber:

Among the county businessmen involved in the project was Ben Barber, owner of Dixie Monument who spent two weeks engraving the monument.
I'm thinking an extra day spent with a dictionary might have been helpful too*.

* Yes, I have made spelling errors before. Just not on six ton monuments that I have been paid a large sum to engrave with the ever-so-holy words of someone's God.


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November 29, 2006

Lindsay Lohan: Lady of Letters

Its with fondust wishes that I hope someday when I dyes or whatver that a famus person will right somethin this nice bout me.

However, I'm willing to overlook her rampaging slaughter of the English language now that she's discovered the joy of eating like a normal person, thus resurrecting her boobies from Flatland.

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November 28, 2006

That Which You Do Unto the Least of My People

To quote the all-wise Cyndi Lauper, circa whatever decade that was, "I see your true colors shining through":

The once-powerful Christian Coalition of America has suffered another setback.

The president-elect of the group has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.

"These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.

Oh, sure, but who wants to go on and on about "feed the world" and "save the planet" when "shame and humiliate women" and "it's Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve" do so much more for one's false sense of superiority?

Feeding people in the name of God is all well and good, but oppressing them? That, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is the shit.

Word to your Mother Mary, yo.

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Yet More Evidence that the Wingnuts are Whackjobs

Why, they're positively soiling themselves in sticky ways over the prospect of a red state / blue state civil war, a prospect they think is likely (based, apparently, on the fictional musings in Orson Scott Card's new novel - one wonders if they're all hoping Santa brings them a Playstation 3 so they can control distant space-faring warships, all to save our planet from aliens).

All I can figure is that my broadband cable connection has somehow slipped through a dimensional trapdoor, tapping into a world wide web on a parallel, yet backwater, Earth populated by nothing but crazy people (and I just bet they believe in God too).

Nope, still not regretting doing my independent, one-vote bit for giving the righties the boot in the last election cycle.

Update: And, while we're on the topic of c-c-c-crazy rightwingers, here's Exhibit B, Dennis Prager:

Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.

He should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.

My best guess is that this is similar to the rightwing "logic" that says two gay people getting married somehow undermines straight marriages (because, you know, the sanctity of your personal vows will collapse under the weight of the buggery of strangers, at least if you're an idiot).

Here's a novel idea for Mr. Prager and others: don't swear an oath on any holy book, rather, simply give us your word as a man or woman. If the only reason you're going to uphold the office to which you've been elected is because you fear the wrath of your god(s), you're probably unfit for office, let alone membership in civilized society.

Say, can we liberty-lovin', privacy-adherin' independents just get together and make a concerted effort to push the moonbats and wingnuts toward the coasts and into the oceans?

Update 2: Some of the commenters at Prager's House of Nonsense are saying things like this:

Pledging an oath to elected office by swearing to it with your hand on the bible is one of the traditions of this country. If you can't find it in yourself to complete this simple symbolic act, don't run for office.
So, you should be required to essentially pass a religious test in order to swear to uphold a document which says:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
The vapid and void wingnut mind continues to amaze, no?

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Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men

Women in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, however, are sadly excluded:

Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco decided to decorate their house, in the Loma Linda subdivision outside of town. They put up a wreath, as they have done in years past. This year, they made the wreath in the shape of a peace symbol.

But the symbol of peace has generated everything except quiet.

I can sum up the rest of the story for you:

Bob Kearns appears to be an angry little man, given to substituting his HOA presidency for both a penis and a heart.

Update: Angie sends word that the HOA decided to stop being stupid.

The directors of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association apologized Monday to Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco for threatening to fine the couple $25 a day if they didn't remove their lighted wreath. The wreath had been characterized as a divisive symbol that violated the subdivision rules against displaying signs or advertisements.

This morning, e-mails were sent to Loma Linda residents announcing that board
members Bob Kearns, Tammy Spezze and Jeff Heitz had resigned.

The peaceful Wreath Revolution has felled the tinpot dictators of Pagosa Springs - huzzah! The streets need not run with blood!
Kearns had said that some people with children serving in Iraq had complained about the peace sign, prompting his order that it be removed.
That's just so... idiotic. "My boy is in Iraq fighting a war; how dare you wish for peace, you hippie!"

Attention: stupid portion of that Pagosa Springs neighborhood - I support the war effort, if not its handling, but I'd damn sure rather this be a world of peace and love and teachin' the world to sing in perfect harmony (although I'd stack us all up in the shape of a bottle of Fat Tire rather than Coca-Cola).

Even more bizarre are the remarkable dimwits who complained it was a symbol of Satan. Uh, no, folks, Jesus is called the prince of peace; I believe you've confused him with the prince of darkness.

Or, more likely still, you're just really stupid.

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November 27, 2006

Shula Out at Alabama

True to character, and showing a remarkable short-sightedness, the University of Alabama athletics department lets Mike Shula go.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced today that Mike Shula will not be retained as its head football coach. Shula led the Crimson Tide to a 26-23 record overall in his four seasons (2003-06) as head coach.

Shula, who was named the 26th head football coach in UA history on May 9, 2003, led Alabama to a 6-6 record this season. The Crimson Tide is bowl-eligible this season, but it has not been determined if the team will receive an invitation to a post-season bowl game.

UA assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Joe Kines will assume the role of interim head coach.

On the bright side, at least it's not Dave Rader taking over, given that he seems to think field goals are worth more than touchdowns, especially in the Iron Bowl where they count for a million billion points in Raderworld.

I don't blame the Alabama fans for this; I think for the most part we have some of the most patient and respectful fans around. Of course, I could be completely full of shit and basing that solely on the fact that I am patient and respectful and kind to small furry animals with never a cross word for anyone.

Seriously though, I'd say the blame for this falls on the big money alums* that make sure Alabama's football department is well stocked**, while the University itself is looking to make ends meet (or was back in the early 90s when I called Rose Towers and assorted near-campus apartments homes). Money talks, often a hell of a lot louder than reason***.

Best wishes to Mike Shula - he served the school and her team well in multiple roles through multiple decades, and, now, he gets to be pissed off. Alas, I think counting his multiple buy-out millions might soothe his pain just a tad.

Update: Shula's statement can be found here.

I am deeply disappointed to be fired as the Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama . From my very first day on this job, I had a single mission: To return the Crimson Tide to its place among the elite programs in college football. Although I maintain that we were moving steadily in that direction, I regret sincerely that I will not be given the opportunity to finish the job I was hired to do.
There's more.

I think one of the commenters at the Montgomery Advertiser site summed things up well:

I cannot believe that Mal Moore wasn't the one getting the boot today.

If the person in charge of hiring can't "get it right" this many times, then who is really the problem?

Indeed.

Update 2: Well, that didn't take long.

Update 3: More (a lot more) over at Outside the Beltway.

* If I were a big money alum, I'd make Friday part of the weekend, and give every new baby chocolate éclair.

** "Stocked better than a big ol' catfish pond down yonder Pintlala" is the saying, I believe. And, if it isn't, it probably should be. Unless it shouldn't, because it's not like people there really talk like that or nothin', y'all.

*** Although, reading some comments around the intarwebs, it looks like even many of the average fans see this as a good thing, unaware that it's likely to going to mean another few years of rebuilding before yet another head rolls into Mal Moore's basket, and then they shall smirk and make ook ook sounds while wanking onto it, satisifed that yet another armchair victory is theirs! Huzzah!

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November 25, 2006

Heretics of Zune

I get the impression this guy didn't much care for Microsoft's challenge to the iPod.

The Zune is a square wheel, a product that's so absurd and so obviously immune to success that it evokes something akin to a sense of pity.
Ouch.

I think I'll stick with my finicky little 512MB Shuffle for now.

Update: Hmmm, looks like the good folks at Microsoft are curious to gauge public reaction to the Zune, judging by the WWR site visit by someone from microsoft.com (in Redmond, using Windows Vista) doing a search for "Zune" on Technorati.

I'm sorry I couldn't give a more substantial review (or, well, one of any substance at all), but I don't own one and - alas - from what I've read I probably won't until the consumer is put ahead of ass-kissing the RIAA.

I'm open to being convinced otherwise though.

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November 24, 2006

Happy Day After Turkey Day

Ahhh...this is the life. Sleeping in, eating good food leftover from the day before, and answering the question "What do I have to do today?" with the delightful sound of "Not a damn thing."

Thanksgiving went well. We had Ewan's godparents over for most of the day, during which we ate (prepared by your host):

Bacon-roasted Turkey with Sweet-Onion Gravy

Sausage-stuffed Potato Galette

Sweet Potato Bruschetta

Coconut Pudding Triangles

...as well as Asian-style green beans and a Chocolate Meringue Pie brought by our friends (no recipes available, sorry).

We also drank assorted tasty beverages of the vino and beer varieties, as well as coffee from our friends' company Cafe Yuluka, and then watched Mission Impossible III and Mitt Liv Som Hund (My Life as a Dog).

Finally, sleep, blessed (figuratively speaking) sleep.

Hope yours was pleasant, relaxing, and all together ooky.

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November 23, 2006

Happy Turkey Day

I just put the turkey in the oven...countdown to gobble-gobble goodness: 3 hours.

It will be a day spent with family and friends, eating good food, drinking good drink, and watching good movies (our household is as interested in professional football as we are in, say, professional shuffleboard; no offense to any professional shuffleboarders, but chances are you too elderly to hurt me anyway).

We'll also finish celebrating the boy's first birthday, which was yesterday - hard to believe Ewan Quinn's been with us for a year. (I just asked him how he liked being with us. He smiled, said "na ga ya," and went beck to sucking on the edge of his highchair tray with hedonistic abandon; sometimes it's the simple things).

Hope you and yours have a splendiferous day of giving thanks to your loved ones, as opposed to magical sky fairies.

And good eatin'!

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November 15, 2006

Who Wants to Play Twister?

Apparently, the good folks of my hometown, Montgomery, Alabama:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) -- Lines of powerful thunderstorms pelted the South with heavy wind, rain and hail Wednesday, turning a skating rink into a hulk of twisted metal soon after the 31 preschoolers and four adults inside had fled to the only part of the building that turned out to be safe.
In addition to the skating rink, a nearby apartment complex and several business suffered damage. Before leaving Montgomery with Mrs. WWR some five years ago, we lived 1/4 - 1/2 mile away from all of this, so let me just say it before someone else does:

There, but for the grace of God, go I.

And, uh, for the grace of the Denver employer that offered me a job and a moving allowance and a signing bonus to move out here. And, uh, though they laid me off two years later, I got another job within about six weeks courtesy of my networking, job searching, and wicked interviewing skills.

But thanks be to God anyway, because, really, it's not like he gets credit for enough stuff, you know?

While we're at it, let's thank Him for saving the lives of those inside the skating rink. I mean, if stopping a tornado was too much for the Almighty, let's at least pat him on the back for only breaking one kid's arm. Hey, Yahweh, good on ya, mate... unless, you know, having a solid arm was gonna make that kid somebody. Why, he coulda been a contender!

Now he's just gonna be a bum... oh, the humanity!

Uh, anyway....

Authorities were unsure whether it was a tornado that hit the skate center about 10:15 a.m.
Oh, I don't know, check out the pictures below (taken by friends of mine back in the area) of the skate center and the apartment complex and you tell me if it looks like just a mighty wind.

That last photo is what's left of the skating rink: a wall and a mangled steel frame. Just think, if it weren't for Jesus, that picture would be empty except for the blood of children!*

* In all seriousness, though, a HUGE thanks to each and every person who rushed to the scene to help those children while God was too busy doing his nails or whatever. Y'all rock.

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November 14, 2006

Why Republicans Should Lose More Often*

Because a lot of them are really, really stupid:

Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) --

A Republican-led legislative panel claims in a new report on illegal immigration that abortion is partly to blame because it is causing a shortage of American workers.

And here we've been told that those dirty immigrants are crossing the border and taking American jobs; they just never mentioned that they're taking jobs from dead American babies!

Que nefando, mis amigos!

I guess that also means that the 5% of Missourians currently unemployed are abortion doctors looking for the right time to jump into the market.

They probably think they're above pickin' soybeans and corn, but, I'll tell you what, there's a lot of discarded blastocysts out there that would give anything to just sort of sit there by a cornstalk and engage in mitosis**.

(found via Angie)

* The downside of which is that, if they lose, the Democrats win. The universe is so cruel at times. I hate you, Universe; a pox upon your house!

** And, no, I don't think abortion is funny. I think stupid politicians are funny. I think stupid people who think I think abortion is funny are funny. I think...errr... you get the idea.

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Who Saw This Coming?

Wow, let's congratulate the Catholic Church for finally seeking to be consistent in its teachings:

U.S. Catholic bishops said on Tuesday that sterile men and infertile women should be welcomed in the church but that those who engage in sexual activity should not receive Communion.

"Because such heterosexual acts cannot fulfill the natural end of human sexuality they are never morally acceptable," said Bishop Arthur Serratelli, who headed the committee that crafted the guidelines. "Such acts furthermore do not lead to true human happiness."

OK, ok, just kidding. The Church is actually putting forward yet another asinine attempt at explaining why homosexuality is a bad, bad thing (because apparently that bit in Leviticus about killing them didn't get Yahweh's message across).

Here's the original text:

U.S. Catholic bishops said on Tuesday that gay men and women should be welcomed in the church but that those who engage in same-sex activity should not receive Communion.

"Because homosexual acts cannot fulfill the natural end of human sexuality they are never morally acceptable," said Bishop Arthur Serratelli, who headed the committee that crafted the guidelines. "Such acts furthermore do not lead to true human happiness."

How, exactly, a bunch of old, supposedly virginal, supposedly heterosexual men in funny costumes can see fit to tell gay people about the joy of gay sex is beyond me. Things that make you go "hmmm," indeed.

As for whether or not it makes you happy, I suppose if you've been raised to think that God finds you an abomination, well, it might put a bit o'a damper on following your bliss - as if Catholics don't have enough guilt as it is!

The Catholic Church is to human sexuality what a rainy day is to Disneyworld. Except that it's been raining for centuries. And Mickey wears a pointy hat. And a bunch of the cartoon mascots like to touch little boys. And who the hell wants to buy "Unleavened Bread on a Stick?"

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November 12, 2006

Real Random Songs

OK, this is cool.

WFMU's Random Songs Generator

Choose your audio format, and then stand by for an audio playlist of 10 songs,
randomly chosen from past WFMU programs!

I could listen to (some of) this for hours.

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Lack of Content

...it might all be so very different if I could just be Phil.

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November 10, 2006

Hey Y'all

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South
Philadelphia
The Inland North
The Northeast
The West
Boston
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

(found via Pharyngula, who talks funny.)

Note: Hmmm...there should be red bars showing by each accent type. I guess my style sheet is overriding it or something. Anyway, "the South" ran a close second... and given that I was born in Alabama to a father from Connecticut and a mother from South Carolina, that sounds about right.

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November 08, 2006

Dear Karl Rove

I put this search together for you.

Just a heads-up: they say that if you post your resume on Monster.com, your odds of finding a new job go up by 50%. Might want to leave last night off your list of accomplishments, though.

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Color Me Confused

A week or so ago, John Cole stated that he was reading the blogs of right-wingers with whom he once agreed and couldn't figure out what the heck they were thinking.

I still think of myself as a Republican- but I think the whole party has been hijacked by frauds and religionists and crooks and liars and corporate shills, and it frustrates me to no end to see my former friends enabling them, and I wonder ‘Why can’t they see what I see?”
That's kind of how I feel, except that I'm an independent, reading this:
We have to accept the fact that the conservatives we sent to Congress in 1994 became the bloated, earmarking, tone-deaf toads of 2006. They thought they could do whatever they wanted, regardless of what their constituents think, and now they have been reminded of just who is working for whom. Remedying that sense of isolation and disconnect and unchecked power is why we have elections in the first place, and as to the consequences of it, we have no one to blame but ourselves. That imperial attitude is not unique to Republicans or Democrats. That is human nature, and correcting the excesses of human nature only becomes more costly and painful the longer it is allowed to go on.
...followed two sentences later by:
I voted straight down the Republican ticket tonight.
I guess I'm missing the part about what is redeeming about "bloated, earmarking, tone-deaf toads" that "thought they could do whatever they wanted." Man, that straight-party vote for Republicans sure showed'em a thing or two!

If this is what the rightwing really thinks, hell, perhaps they'll pay me to piss in their face and tell'em it's raining too.

Update: As a right-leaning independent, I always thought conservatives were more or less capitalists. I guess liking money and business doesn't mean you necessarily have a clue about them.

Right now, the Dow is down by about 29 points, one day after the Democrats win back the House and probably the Senate.
Pssst...the market closed up almost 20 on the Dow, setting a new record, and near 10 on the Nasdaq. In the eyes of the market, it's not just greed that is good; gridlock's in there too.

I wonder how it reacted to Rumsfeld's resignation. I suppose I could check out the intraday charts, but, well, sleep sounds better.

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Dumb as a Caveman?

Maybe not.

(All of you creationists can skip this post as it deals with things like "science" and "brains.")

Neanderthals may have given the modern humans who replaced them a priceless gift -- a gene that helped them develop superior brains, U.S. researchers reported Tuesday.

And the only way they could have provided that gift would have been by interbreeding, the team at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Chicago said.

Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides indirect evidence that modern Homo sapiens and so-called Neanderthals interbred at some point when they lived side by side in Europe.

Hmmmm, perhaps creationism IS real, and with evangelicals being made by God some 29,000 years after the rest of us got the brain gene... it would explain so much.

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Too Little, Too Late

If this had happened a few months ago, I might have been more willing to vote for more Republicans.

Republican officials say Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down. Word comes a day after the Democratic gains in the election, in which Rumsfeld was a focus of much of the criticism of the Iraq war.
That this President and his administration have been so pig-headedly out-of-touch with the American public regarding the execution of the war in Iraq, and that it took a resounding defeat in yesterday's elections to show them the error of their ways, consoles me in my decision to cast my vote for Democrats at the national level.

I think introducing new ideas into old bureaucracies is a great idea. I think tossing around the concept of small, rapid forces and running starts to wars is a valuable contribution to envisioning the future of our military. I'm not against change (heck, it's my job).

However, I also happen to think that, from the outset, discounting the opinions of his generals at every turn and then refusing to stray from a course that left Iraq a possibly unsaveable mess, despite the best of intentions (remember that road paved to Hell?), was just dumb.

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November 07, 2006

I'm Sorry

Did I just hear John Kerry say that Ted Kennedy is the greatest Senator in the history of the United States Senate?

That was another gaffe, right?

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All Inclusive?

Hey, here's a stupid quote for today:

People who campaign for the removal of religion from public life are themselves guilty of an "intolerant faith position", leaders of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches claimed today.

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, leader of Catholics in England and Wales, argue that religious activity in public life can be "radically inclusive".

It never bodes well for an article when the first two lines are - well - ridiculous on their very face.

Removing religion from public life is intolerant? No, not really. It's only intolerant if you equate not mentioning your god with actively saying your god isn't real. And, if you do that, you're an idiot.

Now, what would be intolerant is if secularists insisted that the public square be filled with banners saying "Your god is a myth, nyeh nyeh nyeh." I've yet to see anyone push for that.

As for religion being "radically inclusive," ummm... I'm not sure how that jibes with the whole "believe in my god or suffer for eternity" thing you tend to find in religion, unless by "radical" they have conversion by the sword in mind. Allahu akbar!

Statement such as these, devoid of any real content or meaning, are just further evidence that arguing for (and from) religious faith is naught but empty whining.

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Pennsylvania Pinhead Sent Packing?

Rick Santorum, one of that charming breed of uber-holy (although he hasn't read the Bible), discriminatory, pandering Republicans, looks to have been bounced out of the Senate by the good people of Pennsylvania.

Baby steps... baby steps...

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Colorado Election Returns

You can find CNN's updated info on returns in Colorado here.

If you don't live in Colorado, you should probably just move right along down the page to the free tunes.

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November 06, 2006

The Way Forward

When you've grown weary of a President that stays the course (despite its failures), of a Vice President detached from reality (because it's ugly), of a Republican Congress that blames everyone but the Commander-in-Chief (because Generals aren't up for election), you might want to check out this article: Rethinking Iraq: The Way Forward.

Something like the close of the Korean War is, frankly, the best we can hope for in Iraq now. One could easily imagine worse outcomes—a bloodbath, political fragmentation, a tumultuous flood of refugees and a surge in global terrorist attacks. But with planning, intelligence, execution and luck, it is possible that the American intervention in Iraq could have a gray ending—one that is unsatisfying to all, but that prevents the worst scenarios from unfolding, secures some real achievements and allows the United States to regain its energies and strategic compass for its broader leadership role in the world.

But in order for that to happen, we have to see Iraq as it is now. Not as it once was. Not as it could have been. Not as we hope it will become, but as it is today. There will be ample time to assign blame and debate "what if"s. The urgent task now is ahead of us.

Indeed. It's a shame this administration can't see that, and that some bloggers on the right somehow consider Iraq a dramatic success based on the (by previous standards) low American deaths.

Don't get me wrong: I think the building of a school for Iraqi children is great. I don't think it offsets the death of over 100 American soldiers and 1100 Iraqi civilians in October alone.

The Republicans are hoping for a sort of Pollyannaic idiocy taking over the electorate tomorrow.

Dash their hopes, for the love of your non-existent gods.

I don't think the Democrats are saviors, more intelligent, more just, or more upstanding. I think they are politicians, largely pandering, somewhat dishonest, and - sadly - the only realistic means to teach the Republicans a lesson about principles and power.

When we are a nation in a losing war, and the President is off acting as if whose weenie is in whose hiney is the biggest issue in our lives, then something is terribly wrong with the body politic.

Here's hoping for a cure.

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November 05, 2006

Whoops

Looks like the intelligent designer goofed again:

Japanese researchers said Sunday a bottlenose dolphin captured last month has an extra set of fins that could be the remains of back legs, providing further evidence ocean-dwelling mammals once lived on land.

Fishermen captured the four-finned dolphin off the coast of Wakayama prefecture in western Japan on Oct. 28 and alerted the nearby Taiji Whaling Museum, said museum director Katsuki Hayashi.

The second set of fins - much smaller than the dolphin's front fins - are about the size of human hands and protrude from near the tail on the dolphin's underside. The dolphin measures 2.72 metres and is about five years old, the museum said.

A freak mutation may have caused the ancient trait to reassert itself, Osumi said. The dolphin will be kept at the Taiji museum for X-ray and DNA tests, Hayashi said.

Common descent? Whatever.

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Michael Medved: The Next Ted Haggard?

Conservative columnist Michael Medved, an opponent of gay marriage and the like, just published a column with the following title:

Why Kerry's Crack Matters
I shit (pun intended) you not.

Just sayin' is all.

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November 03, 2006

Well, Isn't That Special?

Christian crusader Ted Haggard owns up to some indiscretions:

The Rev. Ted Haggard, who resigned as one of the nation's top evangelical leaders, admitted Friday he had contacted a male prostitute for a massage and bought drugs from him.

Haggard, 50, said he never had sex with Mike Jones and never used the methamphetamine he bought.

Clinton smoked, but didn't inhale; Haggard bought but didn't use. I believe each of them completely. Uh huh.

What will we find out next about his relationship with this male prostitute? That he sucked but didn't swallow?

And who contacts a male prostitute for a massage? Ah, yes, the same kind of person who might go to a gay bathhouse "to get clean."

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Personally, I don't care if he's gay. I don't care if he visited a prostitute (it should be legal and that's between him and his wife). I don't care if he did drugs (adults should be able to choose to wreck their bodies).

I'm far from perfect (shhhh!) and see an element of tragedy in this whole thing; however, that whole (as Tom said in an email earlier today) "hoisted by his own petard" aspect does conjure up a wee bit of Schadenfreude.

Update: Hmmmm, I wonder what Haggard thinks about the Bible now.

(found via Pharyngula)

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November 02, 2006

John Boehner: Idiot

Unbelievable (or, well, not so much):

House Majority Leader John Boehner's call for critics to lay off Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld because the generals are responsible for the conduct of the war in Iraq has sparked outrage among Democrats.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN, Boehner said, "Let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer replied, "But he's in charge of the military."

"The fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president," Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said.

Couple of thoughts for Rep. Dumbass:
  1. The President, if I am not mistaken (and I am not), is the Commander-in-Chief. Also known as "the buck stops here."

  2. It was Donald Rumsfeld who disregarded the advice of his generals on troop numbers. It was Donald Rumsfeld who wanted a "running start" to the war while still never reaching the troop levels his generals wanted. It was Donald Rumsfeld who then told us that you go to war with the army you have and not the army you wish you had. It was Donald Rumsfeld who essentially said that those of us who dare to question this war are enabling the terrorists.

    So, it was Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush who sent in too few troops with too little equipment and no plan for winning the peace, and then had the nerve to insult the patriotism of those of us who think he might just be, well, a complete fuck-up as Secretary of Defense.

Sorry, even though I voted for them twice (no Democratic shill here), I'm placing the blame for what is turning into quite the debacle right where it belongs: the men and women of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Yet more evidence that the Republicans have become sorely detached from reality and need to go.

Note: Interesting how the tone has changed from the Republicans, isn't it? They've gone from "we're winning" and "the insurgency is in its death throes" and "we've turned a corner" to "Hey, don't blame us!"

Update: The Corner reports that Boehner says he has nothing for which to apologize.

We're in a difficult fight, and if there's somebody we ought to be blaming for our problems in Iraq, why the hell don't we blame the terrorists?
Errr... I don't know. Why didn't you?

Personally, I blame the terrorists for the current violence, and I blame this bumbling administration for enabling the environment in which these terrorists have been allowed to continue their attacks for so long.

There's plenty of blame to go around, but let's not forget that President Bush is "the decider" (see also: Commander-in-Chief, "the buck stops here," above).

They're the ones who are increasing the pressure in Iraq as we lead up to Ramadan, as they have in the past,
Except that attacks leading up to Ramadan would have taken place in early September, seeing as how the month of Ramadan began on or around September 23, depending on where a Muslim happened to be living this year.
...and I have no doubt that this increased pressure also has something to do with the fact that we've got elections coming up.
Perhaps, but it could also be that despite assurances that the end of the insurgency was near, that yet another corner had been turned, it's "same shit, different year."
I'm a big supporter of the troops. I think they're brave, I think they've done a great job, and I have nothing to apologize for.
And I believe you (no, really, I do). That doesn't excuse your sad attempt at misdirecting the unhappiness of the American electorate away from Bush and onto those he supposedly commands.

Update 2: Looks like US Central Command disagrees with Rep. Boehner's assessment that this is just a Ramadanesque uptick in violence... it's a trend.

Update 3: A leading Republican in the House has other thoughts:

As she fights for her political life, Ohio Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce distanced herself Thursday from the Iraq war, telling CNN Radio, "What's happening in Iraq is not a direct reflection on me...."

"I voted to give the president the authority to use force in Iraq; that doesn't mean I'm always happy with what I see, but I can think of nothing worse for our troops or our prospects for success than having 435 members of Congress second-guessing our commanders," Pryce wrote.

Odd, because I think that's exactly what Boehner was doing: second-guessing our commanders (well, except for the one whose title ends with "-in-Chief."

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