Saturday, September 13, 2003

A Pox Upon 'Ya, Blue

Witches curse Swiss referee:

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian witches are cursing Swiss referee Urs Meier to turn him lame and make him lose his whistling power after their country's European Championship hopes were dashed against Denmark.

Romania, who needed a win in Copenhagen last Wednesday to ensure at least a playoff place for the finals in Portugal, conceded a goal in the fifth minute of injury time Meier added on at the end of the qualifier.

"Seven witches of the city of Craiova cursed Meier to lose his capacity to whistle, to be lame in his legs and feel pain in his soul," local media reported on Saturday.
I can understand the whistle and the pain in the soul, but hey, making him lame is going a bit too far. Perhaps he should just hobble a bit.

The Selected, Not Elected $200 Bill

The Smoking Gun has this story and picture of funny money being passed around the state of North Carolina:

North Carolina cops are searching for a guy who successfully passed a $200 bill bearing George W. Bush's portrait and a drawing of the White House complete with lawn signs reading "We like ice cream" and "USA deserves a tax cut."
Run, don't walk to see the picture of this "bill". Bwahahaha. My favorite bit on the phony bill: The Right To Bear Arms. Hasn't that always been on our money along with Ronald Reagan's name?

Look Up. Google Has My New Ads

Based on the findings of the crack research team at google.com, the ads placed on my blog that might bring hits for advertisers, cranks, and conspiracy theorists are:

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Did Bush Falsify WMD?:Send a free fax to Congress urging them to investigate now!
Yes indeed. My readers are sure to click those links, vote for Dean, and send Congress a fax about how Bush lied about WMD. What did I say??

Vocabulary Word for the Day

helicopter mom - n. The mom that hovers over her child all the live long day, circling in order to swoop in to attack anything and everything that happens to her little darling as not, never, ever said darling's fault.

I know this woman. I've coached her kid. I've taught her kid. I don't care for her or her kid. I'd like to pinch both their heads off. May she be shot down in flames daily. May someone, anyone tell her that she and her little brat are insufferable and rational people run at the sight of them.

Sadly, it won't happen because I've noticed over the years that the vast majority of moms today are helicopter moms.

Do they have a local support group where they get together and assure themselves that they are doing the right thing? If they bring the brats to the meeting how do they sort out all the "not my child's fault" issues when the little fartlings react to one another?? (Thanks to my public school "SOURCE" for enlightening me on the labeling of the helicopter mom.)

Message From Baker Company to USA

Getting the message out:

How are you all doing? The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country."
Go check out the picture!(via Cold Fury)

Are You a NeoCon?

I just took this quiz and it turns out I'm a:



1.Want the US to be the world's unchallenged superpower

2.Share unwavering support for Israel

3.Support American unilateral action

4.Support preemptive strikes to remove perceived threats to US security

5.Promote the development of an American empire

6.Equate American power with the potential for world peace

7.Seek to democratize the Arab world

8.Push regime change in states deemed threats to the US or its allies

Historical neoconservative: President Teddy Roosevelt

Modern neoconservative: President Ronald Reagan

I'll agree with 3, 4, 6,7, and 8, but not the rest. Please, "promote the development of an American empire"?? Put down the crack and back away slowly.

Guillotine Update

I volunteered to teach a high school class on the Renaissance, Reformation, and the explorers over the next 6 weeks. Now I just have to find my notes and lesson plans. The most amusing and surprising thing about teaching this class last time was the boys. I had 5 boys and 4 girls. The boys literally dove under furniture to avoid looking at art pictures and videos containing nudity. They just had a fit. Ewwww! Yuck!!! Not the videos again?!?!? They'd cover their eyes, suddenly transformed into fainting Victorian maidens.

Then when the class was over they speculated that I'd take them to Italy for our end-of-the-year party! Excuse me?? Guys, I am not dragging you through the museums of Europe while you hold your hands over your eyes and become this summer's walking "Americans are Morons" Exhibit. Sorry.

For those of you who remember "Welcome Back Kotter", Willard's science teacher called to say that he's the class Horshack. He even makes the noises because he's convinced that she can't see his hand waving madly in front of her face.

Monday Viagra made the sobering decision to never talk to a pretty girl again. After too many crushing disappointments, it's better to just view them from afar. If they never open their mouths they can't demonstrate their complete lack of intelligence. When I tried to point out he was generalizing to an extreme degree, he said he'd been devastated too many times to have hope left alive. He had a blind double date Thursday. For his sake, I hope she was a complete dog.

Vision's picture was taken walking in the rain with friends. The picture was on the front page of the paper today. In an heartless twist, she'd been edited out. She's obviously inherited her mother's galling bad luck.

Viagra, Veritas, and Willard went out to fly kites on Thursday at the field beside the football stadium. The boys were out practicing and Viagra was talking to them because he played with them last year. One of the boys asked who the hot girl was flying kites? Viagra said, "Her name is NOBODY and don't you forget that!"

Last night we sat outside under the carport enjoying the evening while the boys tossed the football around. Veritas read aloud from "The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain" and much laughter ensued. I really like my life.


Michelle Malkin writes about our public servants on 9/11:

They'll hold hands, light candles, and pass around a plateful of platitudes: "Never forget," they'll intone. "Let's roll," they'll thunder. "God bless America," they'll warble in perfect harmony.

They'll assure us that they are committed to fighting terror and securing our borders and doing whatever it takes to protect the homeland from another horrific mass murder at the hands of freedom-hating fanatics. And then?

And then, from Washington State to Washington, D.C., they'll go back to work, roll up their sleeves, and spit on the graves of the 9/11 dead.

Your pious city councilwoman will return to the office to draft a resolution condemning the common-sense detention and deportation of Middle Eastern illegal aliens suspected of terrorism.

Your politically correct police chief will refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in criminal investigations of illegal visa overstayers and border-crossers and ship-jumpers.

Your pandering mayor will stealthily renew his policy of preventing city employees from reporting illegal aliens.
Read the whole thing!

Right We Are! - a conservative, pro-US, Republican blog by two chicks on the Right side! has this quote up today:

"Al Jazeera aired new footage of Osama bin Laden ... It's the usual stuff. Called Bush evil, called him the Great Satan, called him a warmonger. The same stuff we heard last night at the Democratic presidential debate. -- Jay Leno "

Winning in Iraq

This story on troops stationed in Mosul had a very encouraging bit of information:

"We are in a race to win over the people. What have you and your element done today to contribute to victory?" reads a note posted at their base inside one of Saddam's former palace.
Obviously the soldiers understand their mission.

Line Up Please

Arafat Tells Supporters They Will Go to Jerusalem as Martyrs:

"Arafat spoke one day after Israeli leaders announced they had decided to 'remove' Arafat whenever they choose. The vague wording left room for several options: deporting Arafat, capturing him or killing him.

'To Jerusalem we are going as martyrs in the millions,' Arafat told the crowd."
We?? I'll bet Arafat is right at the front of the martyr line. Not.

Update: Perhaps he is volunteering after all. Arafat would not survive expulsion attempt:

" Lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat on Friday said he believes Yasser Arafat would not survive any Israeli attempt to remove him from his compound in Ramallah where he is confined.

'I am sure, if they attempt this, the men will defend him, there will be a shootout and in the end they will end up killing him,' Erakat told CNN in a phone interview.

Erakat, who had just returned from a meeting at Arafat's compound, said the Palestinian leader said 'he will not accept to be deported and he will not accept to be arrested.' "
Stick to your guns, Yasser. I think we can all appreciate a principled, dead terrorist.

School Daze: Week 3

I had 3 weeks of emails before I started this feature, so here's another update. This is a weekly feature from a source in the public schools who doesn't mince words and keeps me informed about what's going on at the local P.S. 139:

Remember my mentioning walking into a first grade classroom last year during "reading" time. Children were crawling on the floor, talking, painting their nails, and doing anything but reading. That was my classroom today. During AR (silent) reading time, I was having flashbacks of walking into that first grade classroom. As we were lining up for lunch right, after that, and I was chewing them out, we walked out of the classroom and a parent was outside my door waiting to take her darling to lunch. Upon returning from lunch we practiced "silent" reading.

In addition to crawling & painting of nails, I have several children that STILL believe they can "out stubborn me." Need I say more.

I have the group that believe that when I say "please quit talking" I am talking to everyone but them. They are the special people that do not have to follow the rules. During recess today, they were allowed to visit and talk about anything they wanted while the other children swang, ran, and did whatever was safe for them to do on the playground.

I have a noise maker. He makes noise all the time. He is sitting by himself, but he still makes noise. We were trying to start language but he was still making noise. I bent down into his face and softly said, "I want you to practice not making noise all the time." He looked me in the eye and never stopped. I repeated softly, "I want you to practice not making noise all the time." Yes, you are right, he looked me in the eye and never stopped. At that point I lost my mind. I slammed my hand on his desk and screamed, "I said to STOP!!!!" He did stop, but he was the only one in the class that did not have their chins on their toes and their eyes popping out of their heads. The teacher next door is one up on me. She threw a workbook at the wall yesterday. She had the same results with the chins & eyes.

Next is my most special stubborn child. He rates right up there (or maybe above) with my family. I will not give in to his stubbornness. (does this surprise you?) Instead of picking my battles, I must pick my punishments for his crimes or I would be punishing all day. Nothing he does is all that bad, just defiant. This week he has been walking very slowly in baby steps like a penguin. I also yelled at him. At recess he was allowed to walk in slow baby penguin steps back and forth between two trees. Mrs. George came out and laughed. Who's is he? I proudly said, "mine". She wished me good luck. She had him in kindergarten.

At the end of my marvelous day ( that is our vocabulary word for the week), I told my marvelous son about my day.

This is what he said:
You are going to be one of those teachers kids talk about for years. "Remember Mrs. Source? Boy was she mean. Do you remember when she yelled at me and slammed her hand on my desk." "Yes, I remember her. She is the teacher that made me walk back and forth between the trees."

On a lighter note, the teacher next door actually has the worst student. Wednesday she sent a child to the office and on the way out the door he turned around, looked her in the eye and said "F--- You." He was in ISS yesterday. Today he told her, "When I grow up I want to be a police man. That way I can shoot people in the head."

The joys of teaching in public school.

School Daze: Week 2

This is a weekly feature from a source in the public schools who doesn't mince words and keeps me informed about what's going on at the local P.S. 139:

Well, we spent the last two days of the week going to the bathroom. That is all they wanted to do. Go to the bathroom instead of work. Go to the bathroom while I was trying to teach. Sooooo when one person goes, we all go. Sit in the hall and go two at a time. One boy & one girl. After returning to the class room, we wrote down how many minutes we spent doing this. The first day it was 55. The next was a little faster. The tragic thing was I moved recess to the end of the day and said "we will go if we get everything done." Guess what. We did not have time either day. Needless to say by the end of the day Friday they were beginning to get tired of it.

Next I have to cook up a scheme to get them to shut their little mouths while I'm trying to teach.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

More on 9/11

Jeff Jarvis started his weblog after witnessing the first tower collapse:

"Yes, I am blessed to be alive.

I was a block away from the World Trade Center, at Broadway and Liberty Street, when the first of the two towers collapsed Tuesday morning. Completely engulfed in its debris, I joined a mob running away, screaming, unable to see, unable to breathe anything but the black cloud."
Read the rest of his amazing story that day. Today, he's blogging about the events from ground zero. Very moving.

Update:Winds of Change has a ton of links to articles, pictures, and analysis from all over the web.

Seen and Heard

I caught the end of a CNN segment this morning with Wolf Blitzer interviewing former New York mayor Ed Koch. Wolf almost fell out of his chair when Koch announced that he was voting for Bush next year and that Bush was doing a good job with the war on terror. (I'm paraphrasing, forgive me) Wolf blinked and said, no matter which of the 9 democrat candidates wins the nomination??? Koch laughed and said Dean was McGovern II. Then Wolf asks him what about Joe Lieberman? Koch said he already told Lieberman he would lose, to go back to the Senate, and that Koch would be voting for Bush. Very amusing couple of minutes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Remembering 9/11

Here is very moving video America Attacked 9/11.

Voices: Stories From 9/11 And Beyond is a site that has many contributors telling about their personal experiences on 9/11. Never Forget.

Update: There are many, many articles and first person accounts at Rantburg for those interested in reading more commentary from 9/11/01.


If you don't read anything else today, please read this amazing story about Rick Rescorla, an American hero.

Why I Homeschool - Part II

Report says schools are unfair to America:

"The nation's schools are telling an unbalanced story of their own country, offering students plenty about America's failings but not enough about its values and freedoms, says a report drawing support across the ideological spectrum.

Without a change of approach, schools will continue to turn out large numbers of students who are disengaged in society and unappreciative of democracy, the report contends."
I saw this at Joshua Claybourn's Domain.

News from Iraq

A poll taken in Iraq sheds light on what the Iraqis really think:

Conducted in August, our survey was necessarily limited in scope, but it reflects a nationally representative sample of Iraqi views, as captured in four disparate cities: Basra (Iraq's second largest, home to 1.7 million people, in the far south), Mosul (third largest, far north), Kirkuk (Kurdish-influenced oil city, fourth largest) and Ramadi (a resistance hotbed in the Sunni triangle). The results show that the Iraqi public is more sensible, stable and moderate than commonly portrayed, and that Iraq is not so fanatical, or resentful of the U.S., after all.
After listening to the doom and gloom reporting from the media, this poll will come as a surprise to some. Essential reading!

Children In Failing DC Schools Win!

D.C. School Voucher Bill Passes in House by 1 Vote:

"The House of Representatives approved the nation's first federally funded voucher program by a single vote last night, sending the Senate a plan that would provide $10 million in private school tuition grants to at least 1,300 D.C. children next year."
Update:Rod Paige on D.C. School Choice:
"Despite strong backing from within the D.C. community, opponents of this provision still want to lock the District's poorest children into a school system that all too often robs them of a future. I find their opposition perplexing — and troubling.

This important issue — choice — really boils down to two questions. One, will it help our schools?; and two, is it the right thing to do? The answer to both questions is an overwhelming "yes."

Why I Homeschool - Part I

Conservatively, there are probably 1,000,000 reasons I homeschool my kids. By calling this "Part I", I can bring it up anytime something occurs to me.

Gran introduced me to a woman who homeschooled when Valentine and Viagra were 4 and 3. After talking to her, I decided to give it a try and taught Valentine kindergarten. The reason I did is I hated school and I didn't want Valentine there.

Anyone who believes that children are born perfect and good at heart until we adults screw them up has obviously forgotten the little monsters on the playground. Frankenstein and the little Igors in Frank's pack o' ghouls were capable of all manner of casual cruelty. I wasn't much for slinking away, so usually I received second and third helpings of deliberate nastiness. That's because Frank and the Igors were used to dishing it out. Handing it back to them was the equivalent of waving a red flag in front of a bull.

I remember the exact moment I finally shut them down in 6th grade. Their fearless, Frankenstein leader decided it would be hilarious for the Igors to smear dog poop in my hair during recess. While they all stood there giggling, I walked over to ole Frank and punched her out. After that, physically at least, they left me alone.

Now I included all of that to make a point. I didn't want Valentine anywhere near that pack of playground ghouls. I didn't want her to be a target. That is the main reason we homeschooled the first year.

In my experience, girls are much more nasty, petty, and cruel than boys. Nothing I've seen while raising 3 girls and 2 boys has caused me to change that opinion.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Kid Quotes

Veritas loves homemade cinnamon rolls. One morning when she was about 4 she was sitting at the kitchen table eyeballing the pan of rolls yet again after inhaling at least a half dozen. I told her she couldn't possibly eat another one without getting sick. She thought for a minute, smiled like an angel, and said, "Well, Jesus is in my heart and he's still hungry!"

Blog of Interest

I've been meaning to mention this blog for a few weeks. baldilocks is written by an articulate and entertaining veteran currently living in California. Isn't that an interesting place right now. Anyway, I could completely relate to this article Representative of Some:

Once, in a conversation on LGF, one of the site's frequent contributors, who happens to be Jewish, mentioned a familiar phenomenon. She said that when she hears a news report of a human misbehavior, she always hopes that said human isn't Jewish. Well, guess what? Every single time that some nitwit kills a bunch of people, rapes anyone, or just generally screws up, nearly every black person I know will say to self: "Please don't let that fool be black." (Too often, our hopes are in vain.)
All I need do is substitute black with southerner or Christian and all the generalizations and stereotypes come flooding in. That would be a great blog topic heading to alert readers to idiots who cause the rest of us to look bad.

To bad they executed Paul Hill before I had this great idea. I could have announced the good news with Please Don't Let That Fool Be A Christian.

Monday, September 08, 2003

The Daddy Tax

Don't miss Glenn Sacks:The Price of Fatherhood--a Father's Reply to Ann Crittenden's 'Mothers Manifesto':

Ann Crittenden's popular The Price of Motherhood: Why Motherhood is the Most Important--And Least Valued--Job in America, released in paperback this week, has become the first feminist classic of the new millennium. Crittenden's 'mothers' manifesto' is an expose of the so-called 'mommy tax,' which can include reduced job opportunities and salary for mothers, as well as a lack of appreciation, often from working women themselves.

However, if there is a woman paying the 'mommy tax' by sacrificing her earning power to be at home full-time or part-time, there has to be a man in the household supporting the family and, by so doing, paying the 'daddy tax.' "
I remember my daddy working in the oilfields in New Mexico to support our family when times got hard. I missed him.

Google Search

Leading folks to my site this week were the searches penned by these fine folk:

how to talk to a live person at dell
"marion the librarian" "action figure"
used mechanical guillotine in texas
nazi guillotine
goldilocks critcal
"mood anklet"
what can be squirted at a dog to protect the person
jeddah find ladies

Am I diverse or what?? I can't imagine any one of these folks were happy with the content, and for the record, the only thing I can think of to squirt at a dog to protect a person is an shotgun. However, in the interest of giving good advice, squeeze, don't squirt, is much better in the results department.

And now, a serious review of Bush's speech: HobbsOnline

1. Iraq has become flypaper for terrorists, and has deliberately been made the main front in the war against terrorism. Bush:
"Two years ago, I told the Congress and the country that the war on terror would be a lengthy war, a different kind of war, fought on many fronts in many places. Iraq is now the central front."
As they say read it all. (via Donald Sensing who has several good posts up this week. Go read him too.)

Michael Williams at Master of None has an article entitled "Christianity and Patriotism":

Should churches be patriotic? I definitely don't think that a church should take a partisan political position, endorse candidates, or be involved in non-relevant issue advocacy, but does standard run-of-the-mill patriotism have any place at church?
I agree with his sentiments. This Sunday our church saluted the public servants of our community. We do this every year around Labor Day and we don't talk about political parties. Everyone who serves our community is invited. We thanked the mayor, a local judge, the sheriff, our armed forces, our police and sheriff's departments, EMS folk, fire fighters, teachers, doctors, nurses, prison ministries, and clergy for their service. We prayed for them and feed them a huge BBQ spread as a way of saying thanks.

I think this is the right balance for the church. While the minister may preach particular doctrine to the church body, it is up to the individual to decide how convictions on Biblical matters translate into political beliefs or actions.

This doesn't mean that I don't strongly believe that Christians, as a matter of conviction based on Biblical doctrine, should not lean toward Republicans. I do. However, God and his message to all of us, transcends politics. That should always preclude Christians embracing a certain party or candidate without frank criticism. See Jimmy Carter and George Bush.

Exit Strategy in Iraq

Every time someone asks about our exit strategy, I find myself hoping Bush says, "After checking with Priceline.com, we've booked tickets out of Baghdad International for the entire remaining force on November 10, 2008 at 7:16 a.m. Saved a bundle for DoD. Next question?"

Can Ya Hear Me Now?

al Qaeda group vowed attacks on Americans:

"Our highest aim is to fight the Americans and kill them everywhere on earth and drive them out of Palestine, the Arabian peninsula and Iraq."

Very good article, The Iraq Effect by Amir Taheri, an Iraqi who was in the US before the war:

"Iraq is the only Arab country today where all political parties, from communist to conservative, operate freely. Visitors will be impressed by the openness of the political debate there, something not found anywhere else in the Arab world. Also, for the first time, Iraq has no political prisoners.

Almost 150 newspapers and magazine are now published there, offering a diversity not found in any other Arab country. One theme of these new publications is the need for democratization in the Arab world. This may be putting the cart before the horse. What Arabs, and Muslims in general, most urgently need is basic freedom, without which democracy cannot be built.

The impact of Iraq's liberation is already felt throughout the region. "
The dictators in the region are in trouble. What our news oganizations aren't telling us is that the Iraqi newpapers, including the organ of the Iraqi communist party, are far more critical of Arab news organizations than of Americans.

Monday Humor

Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You are carrying a Glock .40 and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

Liberal Answer:

Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor or oppressed?
Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
Could we run away?
What does my wife think?
What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
What does the law say about this situation?
Does the Glock have an appropriate safety built into it?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun and what kind of message does this send to society and my children?
Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?
Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
This is all so confusing!
I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.

Conservative Answer:


Texan's Answer:

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click... (sounds of reloading).
Wife: "Sweetheart, he looks like he's still moving, what do you kids think?"
Son: "Mom's right Dad, I saw it too..."
Daughter: "Nice group, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips?"

(Thanks to Uncle Coach for the joke.)

Sunday, September 07, 2003

First impression of the President's speech totally off the cuff. Americans are so stupid or just way too busy watching "Girls Gone Wild" that they allow network news to blow their collective skirts up and respond accordingly. (If they even watched that much!) Hence, Bush has to come back once again and outline, like Ned in the 1st reader, why we are fighting these lunatics and why it's important to our survival. See terrorists blow up buildings? See terrorists cheer. See American military? See terrorists run. See terrorists die. Terrorists plotting in caves. Look, Jill, look. Bombs raining down on terrorists heads. Look, Jack, look. Spot pees on leg of Osama. Run, terrorists, run to Iraq.

The fact that this needs to be explained again, not only to the doofus public but to CNN, is ridiculous. See Judy and Aaron blather from the relative safety of the newsroom because Bush covered their fannies. See Paula talk to Sen. Carl Levin with straight face as Levin blames budget shortages and need to go to U.N. on the tax cuts. See more buildings fall down if we listen to Judy, Paula, and Aaron.

Hey everyone in the country with ADD, the terrorists are still out there. They want to kill you. Can you say "dead"??? I knew you could. The U.N. doesn't have the troops to save you even if they had the will. They don't. See the U.N. shoulder the responsibility and step up. See George laugh. See your granny laugh. Look, Jane, look. It's just the French and Germans. Laugh, Spot, laugh. Read history, Jane, read history.

Would you like them to be in New York or LA, or would you rather we fight them in another country where your child, mom, cousin, grandpa does not currently live? Oh wait, that is WAY too complicated for the public. Look, Jack, look. See your city in flames. Sad Jane, home blown up. Here, Spot, here. Fetch terrorists to Iraq. See terrorists fetch up. See Iraqis turn in terrorists. Look, Salam, look. Nice country, no terrorists.

Okay, I'm irritated. I'll make a more coherent comment tomorrow. It just frosts me that Bush has to address the nation about something this simple. Please. Here's your sign!! See Bush run. Run, Bush, run. Idiots.

Bush's Poll Slide

Here are some of the reasons I think Bush is shrinking in the polls:

Item 1:Judicial Nominees:

i suppose that, technically, what we witnessed in the case of poor miguel estrada was a filibuster--but only technically. where were the cots? the chinese take-out? the hours-on-end readings from the phone book? what we got was a twenty-first century americanized version of the filibuster, where occasionally mentioning one's opposition to a certain judicial nominee over the course of a few months was substituted for a grueling endurance race between two genuinely passionate contenders.
Conservatives are not happy about this whipped puppy behavior from Bush that only encourages the liberals to up the ante next time and let's the spineless Senate off the hook.

Item 2: Fiscal Irresponsibility:

In a post below I briefly mention, yet again, the out-of-control liberal fiscal tactics of the Bush administration. The assault on conservative fiscal principles is so egregious that I wanted to take the opportunity to comprehensively lay out conservative grievances with the President.
Also stir into this mix his abdication of gun owners rights in not re-visiting the asinine Brady Bill. Conservatives are not happy.

I tried in vain to point out to folks during the 2000 election primaries that Bush was not a conservative. He's a pro-life Jimmy Carter who served in the military and hence understands the terrorist threat. The only reason I'm voting for the man next year is that he's serious about the war on terror and the thought of a liberal in charge literally chills the blood. Otherwise, he'd be toast in my book.

Football Update

The mighty Titans easily won their opener Saturday against the Texans, scoring 6 times. Willard ran in three himself, putting on a burst of speed that had the Guillotines on the sidelines wondering where on earth he'd inherited that particular trait. Watching Mr. G and Viagra run is something akin to watching "Chariots of Fire". Not the track and field events, the slow motion shot down the beach in which each step takes five heartbeats, chchchchch.

Needless to say, my speed has been largely un-remarked upon because no one in living memory has ever seen me break out of an amble.

Could Ya Pick Up Some Milk?

I have a running grocery list in the kitchen and ideally, the children note things that have been used up or are needed during the week. I glanced at it just now and noted the following:

cat food
world peace
Oh those clever guillotine children.

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