Ridge out

 Posted by at 17:52  Politics
Nov 302004
 

Ridge Resigns Homeland Security Post

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tom Ridge, named the nation’s first homeland security secretary after the Sept. 11 attacks, announced Tuesday that he is resigning after three years of reworking American security and presiding over color-coded terror alerts. He’s the seventh Bush Cabinet officer leaving so far.

Ridge presided over the most significant government reorganization in 50 years. He’ll be remembered for his terror alerts and tutorials about how to prepare for possible attacks, including the controversial “disaster kits” that caused last year’s run on duct tape and plastic sheeting.

So the king of the color codes is leaving. It’s no surprise, since he has been saying for some time that he would. No great loss, really. His only purpose was to issue terror alerts whenever George dipped in the polls.

Many on the right are saying that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Ridge because there have been no al-Quaeda attacks on U.S. soil in the three years since 9/11. Just out of curiosity, how many were there before 9/11? (One, that I can recall – the 1993 bombing of the WTC – eight years prior to 9/11.)

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Smear campaign?

 Posted by at 05:16  Politics
Nov 302004
 

The gentleman who writes for Power Line weblog believes that we Democrats are conducting a “smear campaign” against incoming Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman by speculating that he may be gay.

Mr. Mehlman is 38 years old, single, rich and white. There is no girlfriend in sight. Somehow, I doubt he would have much trouble finding one if he wanted one. He refuses to answer any questions about his sexual orientation. He could end all the speculation himself simply by stating “I am heterosexual.”

Why do we even care? For one thing, Mr. Mehlman himself stated that homosexuals are fair political fodder. He works for and promotes homophobic candidates. He is doing everything he can to ensure that homosexuals remain second class citizens in this country. If he is gay, isn’t all that just a bit hypocritical?

The Republicans hate gay people. Don’t they have the right know if one is about to become chairman of their national committee?

For the record, I myself am not running a smear campaign against Mr. Mehlman. My smear campaign is against all hypocritical, incompetent Republicans and George W. Bush in particular, just as Mr. Power Line’s smear campaign appears to be against all Democrats.

Is this fair?

 Posted by at 04:31  Politics
Nov 302004
 

Average compensation paid to families of civilians killed on September 11, 2001: $3,100,000

Average compensation paid to families of firefighters killed on September 11, 2001: $4,200,000

One-time benefit paid to the family of a fallen American soldier: $12,000

Our soldiers are being killed on a daily basis, but most of us seem to feel little personal connection with them. If we did, their widows and families would be better compensated. Our idea of “supporting the troops” is to stick magnetic yellow ribbons on our cars. Those Americans who do not serve or do not have family serving are disconnected from our all-volunteer forces and their families.

Read Caring for Those Left Behind.

Number of American troops killed in Iraq through November 29, 2004: 1,249.

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English?

 Posted by at 00:39  General
Nov 302004
 

Okay, I have to post this. If the young man who wrote this in his weblog happens upon this entry, I hope he will forgive me. Anyway, here is what he posted. I’ve not changed anything…

ok…well…im at my brothers house right now…me and both of my brothers just had dinner that melissa made….it was gooooooooood….it was like…garlic spaghetti w/ chicken…mm…ne waze…so i spent all day doin my english paper 2day…and its like 9 right now…me and matt are gunna go home and watch family guy DVDs all night…thanxxxgiving was a lot better than i thought it would be…a bunch of my relatives came..it was fun…ok…well…me and my bro is about to go home…

laaaaaaaaaaaaaate..

He just spent the day doing his English paper?

No Preznit Ahnold?

 Posted by at 22:37  Politics
Nov 292004
 

Maria Shriver: Schwarzenegger Won’t Be President

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, says America may someday amend the U.S. Constitution and elect a foreign-born president — but it won’t be her husband.

“Forget about it. It is not going to happen. The process takes years, and this is as far as it goes,” Shriver, the niece of former President John F. Kennedy, told Vanity Fair magazine amid talk of amending the Constitution to allow the Austrian-born film star to run for president.

Whew, what a relief! I know that I’ll sleep better tonight.

On the other hand, it would be a fun campaign, especially if they were to use this as a campaign poster. The wingnuts would eat it up.

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Talking to Conservatives

 Posted by at 17:43  Politics
Nov 292004
 

During this holiday season you may find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to converse with Conservatives, be they family, friends, or co-workers at the office party.

To prepare yourself for this ordeal, read “How to Respond to Conservatives” by George Lakoff.

Believe me, you’ll be glad you did. The holidays will be infinitely more enjoyable.

Ukraine

 Posted by at 04:26  Politics
Nov 292004
 

There are these two guys who both want to be president of Ukraine. One is named Yanukovych and the other Yushchenko. They held an election last week and Yanukovych won. However, Yushchenko is challenging the result on the basis that there was a lot of fraud and what-not during the election. (Why didn’t Kerry think of that?)

Russia is backing Yanukovych and the U.S. is backing Yushchenko. Both countries seem to feel that they have a lot to gain if their guy wins.

Fradulent elections happen all over the world all the time (even in the U.S.), so why this deep interest in this election in Ukraine? Do they have oil or something? Shouldn’t we fix the problems in our own house before we go fretting about somebody else’s?

Or… we know how much the Bushites love wars. Could this be used as an excuse to start the Second Cold War? (BBC: Putin vows Russian weapons boost.)

Is it time to dust off the Civil Defense signs?

I agree with Falwell!

 Posted by at 16:12  Lifestyle
Nov 282004
 

On this morning’s “Meet the Press,” Jerry Falwell said:

“Well the fact that he’s a gay Republican means he should join the Democratic party.”

This is one for the history books, folks… I agree with Mr. Falwell! (This will not happen often.)

Stupid quiz

 Posted by at 03:18  Lifestyle
Nov 282004
 

Online quizzes seem to be all the rage among some bloggers. They love them. While surfing some blogs just now, I happened upon what has to be the most stupid of all online quizzes. It was entitled “How Gay Are You?”

Before you are even allowed to begin this quiz, you are required to answer two questions:

  1. Are you male or female?
  2. Do you have sex with men, women, or both?

Now I’m sorry, but if you are not able to surmise how gay somebody is just from the answers they give to those two questions, something is terribly wrong.

I did not proceed with the quiz. The person on whose blog I saw the quiz did. It reported that that person was 33% gay, which I guess is kind of like being 33% pregnant.