Post Debate thoughts:
Kerry kept saying he has a plan for Iraq, but he still hasn't said what it is, just that it'll be faster than the President's.
I counted five Kerry references and inferences to his four months in Vietnam. Did I miss any?
Kerry didn't look too orange.
The President looked tired. He also seemed to be on the defensive. He let a lot of Kerry's misstatements slide--but when you only have a minute and a half to respond to rapid fire double-talk and circumlocutions, I guess you're going to miss a few rebuttal points.
I found it rather ironic that Kerry is against having a coalition deal with North Korea.
If I were an undecided voter, I think I would still be undecided, especially since nobody made any new points. Since I'm not--sorry, John, no convert here.
I have a paper due tomorrow. I plan to watch the debate tonight. One of my sisters needs help packing her china because her family is moving to a new house. There's an ice cream social I'm supposed to go to this evening. I emailed my CBS affiliate that I am unhappy with their network, but haven't heard back yet. I need to go buy batteries because the tv remote died.
My life is just way too exciting. I think I'll go take a nap....
I'm planning on watching the debate tomorrow, but I really don't expect to find it very entertaining--they never ask the really important questions, like:
Who picked out your tie?
Is that your real hair?
How many cavities did you have at your last dental checkup?
The Alliance thinks there are a lot of vital issues that are going to be overlooked come debate night, too, and asks for help coming up with some questions:What question would you ask at the Presidential debates?
For Senator Kerry: What on earth made you think that anyone in their right mind would believe it was a good idea for you to remind people that you were so vehemently opposed to the war in Vietnam that you threw someone's decorations over the White House wall, wrote a book about American war crimes, and sat down with the commies in Paris, by bringing up your military service at every opportunity? And why won't you sign the release to have your records made public?
For President Bush: Why are you running on your record of the last four years rather than focusing on what you supposedly did 30 years ago? This is patently unfair, given that the Senator doesn't have much of a record to run on from his time in the Senate. Don't you feel ashamed to have such an advantage? Why do you keep focusing on the present and the future, rather than the distant past? Is it because you're the Anti-Christ?
So, I wonder if either of these questions will ever be asked of the candidates....
There once was a blogger named Glenn
Who had a most terrible yen
He drank with great gusto--
yes, blood, if you must know--
and quaffed it straight out of a hen!
This limerick composed at the behest of the Alliance. No actual poultry was harmed in the composition of this poem.
I am now going to talk about another blogger behind his back. I suppose one would actually call him a Former Blogger. He quit blogging because he was tired of readers expressing their opinions on what he wrote. I seldom read him, except when following a link provided by bloggers I do read. Anyway, one of his fans noted that he was starting a new blog on an esoteric subject, and stated his disappointment that it was going to be on a subject that held little interest for him (imagine, if you will, that I decided to devote my blogging to knitting, and only knitting--one or two of my readers might not embrace this change of direction with enthusiasm). The Former Blogger commented on the fan's blog, essentially accusing the fan of making an attack of the kind that made him quit blogging.
How childish is that? Seriously. Remember back when my beloved Frank J put that Netflix ad across the top of his blog? I complained to high heaven. And he commented--nicely. My idol did not try to make me feel bad for having an opinion.
How arrogant is this Former Blogger, that he goes out of his way to hurt the feelings of a blogger who is a fan? How egotistical and self-centered is he to think that the only opinions his readers are allowed to have are ones that he has approved? Grow up, Mr. Former Blogger! And no pings for you! If there's going to be any whining on this blog, I'm the one who's going to do it!
...regarding the Palestinians kidnapping a CNN producer:
A statement on the Hamas Web site called for Ali's release, saying that journalists "are playing an important role to help the Palestinian cause."
No media bias, nope, not at all...move along, nothing to see here....
I just had 33 comment spams from IP 126.96.36.199, which I whoised to be
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I haven't had my coffee yet, so I'm probably less that coherent, but I don't get this:
_A British soldier charged with allegedly murdering a civilian Iraqi was freed on bail by a London court. Police said trooper Kevin Williams is being investigated for his alleged role in the death of Hassan Said, who was killed near the city of Basra in southern Iraq, on Aug. 3, 2003. The next hearing is slated for Oct. 25.
_ In the Netherlands, a Dutch officer pleaded innocent Monday to charges of negligence and excessive use of force in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi civilian. Sgt. Maj. Eric Jan Overvoorde, 43, said he fired two warning shots toward a group of Iraqis when he believed the lives of his men were in danger. One of his shots is believed to have killed an Iraqi man.
That's from an AP story linked on my homepage (the title of which, by the way, was "U.S. Jets Pound Militant Positions in Iraq ").
Solidiers are being accused of murder in civilian courts for actions that took place in wartime? And, pardon me if I sound cynical, but aren't the Iraqi "insurgents" who are setting off car bombs and kidnapping foreigners technically "civilians"? Of course, being AP, they don't really provide you enough information to draw an informed conclusion--which I suppose is their point. We are supposed to conclude that all soldiers are murderers.
I need more coffee...
Yesterday I caused much merriment among the more immature of my employees by my repeated use of the word "caulk." It was in reference to finding an adhesive that would repair some vinyl trim in the lobby. Every time I said "I need to get some caulk," the boys began to snicker. Call me naive, but it wasn't until my third reference to obtaining caulk for the repairs, followed by their unwarranted reactions, that I realized that my pronunciation, "cawk," sounded similar to one of the slang words for penis. Sigh. I suppose if they were ten years old, I might have accepted that reaction as normal childishness; as the two young men in question are both in their early twenties, it annoyed me so much I had to step outside for a cigarette to avoid ripping up at them. Thinking about this later, it occurred to me that there are many slang words for male genitalia, and several are used pejoratively.
For example, when you call someone a "dick" you are saying that they are behaving stupidly, and when you refer to someone as a "prick" you are indicating that they have behaved maliciously. I imagine there are many more, including "knob" and "tool" and doubtless quite a few I have never encountered in my sheltered existence. I suspect that these negative meanings were coined by males, because I can't imagine most women associating such a delightful organ with studied insults.
Men are strange.
I have blogger's block. It's not as bad as beal, thank goodness. Beal is way more apathetic, for one thing. I want to blog, I just can't seem to find a topic I feel like discussing.
Hmmm....maybe it is beal....
I don't have Sims or Doom 3, so that's not going to work as an excuse for my not blogging. I'm still trying to keep up with Rathergate, 'though news on that front has slowed to a trickle. So, I guess that means I'm going to have to post a quiz....
It started with a simple affection for counting and
the terror it induced in others, didn't it?
But now it's turned into a full-blown
life-consuming chaotic nightmare of order,
repetition, zealousness, and perfectionism.
You used to be so grand, but now you find
yourself obsessively worrying over the littlest
things--like, maybe if you don't check the
light switch at least once every two minutes,
the electricity will go out (and damnit, you're
a vampire--that shouldn't be a problem!), or
maybe if you don't wash your hands until your
seams are coming out, you'll get some fatal
disease. Get yourself some treatment.
Which Sesame Street Muppet's Dark Secret Are You?
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In keeping with the high journalistic standards of CBS "News," I present the following report from ^a^ highly reliable source
s who have has spoken* to the person s who saw the document s at the time they it were was written....
Moore mad about Bush
Michael Moore's highly anticipated follow up to Fahrenheit 911 will delve further into the underhanded methods of George W. Bush and his political party. The film is expected to reveal an ongoing, subliminal advertising campaign implemented by Bush and The Republicans.
Moore will cleverly point out the subtle, yet devious and clever, alternate spelling technique of the following brand names:
BUSCH Gardens Adventure Parks
BUSCH Vacuum Pumps and Systems
Less subtle is the brazen spelling of the popular BUSH brand of baked beans, which is eaten by millions of picnic-going Americans each year, including young, impressionable children.
As clear evidence of this Republican advertising conspiracy, Moore will feature clips of at least 7 U.S. citizens who, within mere months of engaging in contact with one or more of the influential brands, are captured on-tape displaying a RE-ELECT BUSH 2004 bumper sticker on their family vehicle.
Moore's manipulative talents in the editing room will be sure to add fervor to this politically charged film, and the film's nationwide theatrical release is expected to help further promote Michael Moore's madcap political beliefs.
This report, by an anonymous but unimpeachable source, was definitely not composed in Microsoft Word nor was it delivered via email--that you know of. What I know is my own business, and I'll thank you to remember that!
*meaning, of course, that while conversations have taken place, there is no reason to assume that an actual conversation about this document ever has or ever will take place....
Got a comment on an old post today:
As one of the persons you choose to single out and post my comments here, let me say this, now 10 months later. It has been determined that there absolutely were no WMDs. It has been proven there is NO al-qaeda link. Bush's invasion has provided a spawning ground now for new terrorists to unite and train. Republicans are now turning on Bush's decision to go in. The 12 yr old mass murders were all financed and approved by the US 1029 US men have been killed, 7000+ maimed. For WHAT? To get rid of an impotent dictator? It is people like you, who have the blood of our men and 10,000+ Iraqi women and children on your hands! You would back this War mongering President no matter what comes out of this. MAY YOU HAVE THE GRACE TO FEEL SHAME !
Posted by: Pam Bergren at September 21, 2004 09:37 AM
My response would basically be "Someone's been watching too much Dan Rather," except for one little gem she tried to slip in under the radar. Can you spot it, there in the middle? I know, your eyes glazed over before you got that far. Let me help:
The 12 yr old mass murders were all financed and approved by the US
That's a new one to me. I wonder how they got it past the Budget Office. Miscellaneous Expenses, perhaps?
Another point you may have missed is where she calls Saddam "an impotent dictator." Does this mean that the folks at the DU keep track of the sexual potency of all the world's leaders? I wish I'd known sooner--I could have forwarded him all that V1agra spam I've been getting for years!
Sorry, Pam, no shame from me--not as long as the checks from the VRWC keep rolling in....
UPDATE: Thanks to Jacqui for this link which debunks two of Pam's assertions...However, I suspect Pam wants to believe
The Queen of the Space Unicorns Dan Rather, and no amount of factual information will change the way she "feels"...
Told you I blog in my nightie....
The problem is, they don't seem accept--or are unwilling to admit--that what really misled them was the political partisanship of Mary Mapes and Dan Rather. They wanted the story to be true so badly that they dismissed the doubts of the experts they consulted and built their house of cards on a slinky. One tap and it's been downhill ever since.
So much for journalistic integrity.
Sunday is my long day at work--won't be home 'til midnight. So, due to intrinsic inability to figure out that international dateline/timezone stuff, I thought I'd rather be safe than sorry:
Happy Birthday, Pixy Misa!
My regular blog reading rounds have suffered mightily while I've been in the throes of addiction to the Rathergate scandal. Instead of reading LeeAnn and Ted, I've been compulsively refreshing the Puppyblender, Powerline and lgf. I did make flying stops at Frank's, Harvey's and Pixy Misa's, but everyone else has been neglected.
I've also talked about the scandal with family and co-workers, and to a person, none of them had heard a word about it until I brought it up. I don't know if that means that roaming the blogosphere makes me more informed than the rest of them, or if they just have a "real" life and I don't, but one of them characterized it as the media all jumping on the bandwagon about the same non-story. In this case, I disagree. I think the major issue here is journalistic ethics, and the obvious lack of them at CBS, and that is a big story.
Think about it. If Dan Rather used forged documents and obviously biased testimony to advance his own personal political agenda in a 60 Minutes story, then how can we believe anything that CBS has "staked its reputation on"? Think about all the exposes they have done over the years. Many of them were obviously slanted, but we believed we were given the essential facts, whether the story was on Medicare fraud or consumer rip-offs. And if CBS is faking evidence, or rather using "evidence" that is so easily proved fake, why not ABC or NBC? I know we on the right of the political spectrum have always viewd most major media as biased--but now we know that at least one of the "big three" actually lies to us, and is arrogantly unrepentant about it to boot! That's what makes this a big story, and that's why I am addicted.
Still trapped in the throes of my obsession....
I've said it before, and now I'm saying it again. The problem with the health care system in the US in not that some people don't have health insurance, but that too many people do--it insulates the entire medical industry from the market forces that come to bear on every other business.
For example, yesterday I decided to get a haircut. I called a local salon to make an appointment, and asked what they charged. The amount seemed reasonable to me, so I went ahead and booked an appointment. Had the price seemed outlandish, I could have called another salon, or decided to skip it.
Regular readers know I was sick a few days ago. Well, it happened that my stomache pain was so bad over the weekend that I went to the emergency room. After the usual indignities, I was told it could be an ulcer, my gallbladder, or a virus. They sent me home with a prescription for Protonix ($33 for 7 pills!) and instructions to book a gallbladder ultrasound.
Beginning early Monday morning, I attempted to get someone--anyone--to tell me how much this procedure was going to cost. Booking transferred me to patient accounting. Patient accounting took my name and number and said they'd call me back. When I hadn't heard from them by the next day, I called again and was informed that it takes 24 to 48 hours for a price quote.
"There are variables," I was told. "Variables? What kind of variables?" I wondered. "Well, variables!" was the response. I pointed out that if I were to call and ask Jiffy Lube the cost of an oil change, they would have a price for me immediately. "But I can't just give you a price when there are variables!" she insisted.
My cynical sister believes that the "variables" are how much your insurance is willing to pay. Since I don't have insurance, that probably needed to be taken into account as well.
Eventually they called me back with a price--equal to one week's gross pay, not including the charges from the radiologist who reads the results. Since my stomach is now back to normal, I have decide to skip the ultrasound for now--especially since that same sister pointed out that ultrasounds don't detect sludge in the gallbladder, just gallstones, and sludge has been the culprit in the gallbladder problems of three of my siblings....
I think health insurance should be done away with, certainly for routine office visits and medicines. As long as consumers are insulated from the real costs, the medical community can charge what they want with impunity, not unlike AT&T shifting local telephone costs to long distance customers before the break-up. There should be no such thing as secret prices, or "variables," with health care costs....
Now I get to sit back and wait for the ER visit bills to trickle in....
I've gotten obsessed with Rathergate, surfing for the latest instead of blogging. I wonder if the reason CBS is stonewalling is they are still trying to hammer out the details of Danno's "early retirement" package....
As interesting as following the adventures of the Queen of the Space Unicorns has been, it's gotten to the Networkesque point where people are tuning in to CBS just to watch
Howard Beale Dan Rather spiral into psychosis on the evening news. Life imitates art. Again.
Happy Birthday, Harv!!!
Yes, I'm usually wearing my nightie when I blog.
Well, I took a page out of John Kerry's book and I felt worse before I felt better. That means I went back to bed for a few hours, and then went into work to close. I still feel pretty yucky though, despite the magical properties of chicken soup. Probably because there's no hot chocolate.....
It's official--I'm sick. I'm just not sure if I'm sick enough to not go into work. Am I going to feel worse as the day goes on, or better? Stay tuned.
Since I can't seem to think of a suitable post to honor today's life-altering anniversary, please read Johnny Oh's.... I think he's captured what most of us feel....
Well, since I don't have anything interesting to say today, except that I'm getting sick (which was only a matter of time once school started back) I went looking for a quiz to post....
This one was no surprise....
And in honor of Pixy Misa, the world's best landlord:
You're An Intellectual!
You can always be found reading or on the computer.
People always come to you when they need
information. You don't really care about love
at this point, your only goal is to improve
your mind. After all, knowledge is power!
What Type Of Anime Character Are You?
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Well everybody's all over Dan Rather and the forged documents, and I think someone needs to come to the defense of the lowly typewriter. Mono fonts, manually set margins, a straight apostrophe--those were the good old days! When I wrote my college term papers, I could make the margins as wide or as narrow as I wanted (depending on how many pages the paper had to be, and how much space I need to waste)! And there were only two fonts available to me--pica and elite. Bigger and littler. And I had to use two different typewriters to get them! Plus, if I wanted superscript for footnotes, I just turned the carriage a little to get it. Now it takes a degree in rocket science to figure out how to format a paper in Word. I still can't figure out how to do footnotes. Lucky for me my papers use the APA format, which includes the citations in parentheses in the text.
I miss my typewriter. It even had correction tape!
It was a dark and stormy night. Just the kind of weather that Evil Glenn enjoyed being abroad and up to mischief. As he rose from his coffin that evening, however, the Puppy Blender sensed that something was amiss...
Methodically he checked the castle for signs of intruders (such as Harvey or that pesky GEBIV and his blogless brother). Collection of Ronco antique blenders? Safe. Hobo-wacking devices? Unmolested. Vast and growing collection of Penguin Porn? Undisturbed.
Yet a feeling of wrongness nagged him. As he slid behind the wheel of his newest acquisition, the Batmobile, Glenn decided that he was going to have to consult Madam Zorka, the Gypsy fortune teller he kept on retainer....
"Your movie has lost its distribution deal with Disney...." Madam Zorka intoned....
Didn't I post yesterday? I thought I posted something yesterday. Well, I'm posting something today.
To begin with, all the protesters are asking for is to be loved. Really. Is that so much to ask? Well, that and a little attention. Love and attention, that's all. And maybe a a little bondage. Love, attention, bondage and the triumph of world communism--is that really so bad?
Seriuosly--you want to grow up to be just like this, don't you? I knew it.
Thanks to my beloved Pixy Misa I now understand why last night a complete ^#!*@ stepped though the open door to our utility closet and flipped the drain switch on our waterheater so that a torrent of water roiled out so quickly it overran the drain basin and flooded through into the men's room. Not just because he is an ^#!*@, but because I and the cleaner (who had left the door ajar because she was hurrying to finish up so she could get home to be with her kids) who had to mop up the mess while he finished watching his movie in smug triump at having stuck it to the man, are not part of his monkeyspace. Later, I prayed for God to smite him (preferably with a flat tire, but a thrown rod would do as well), but that was before I learned about the monkeysphere. Now that I understand the root causes of his behavior, I plan to hunt him down and eviscerate him myself.
Of course, I plan a lot of stuff I never get around to, like taking a vacation or getting my hair cut or buying new shoes, so eviscerating that ^#!*@ may take awhile. Especially since the only description of him the cleaner could give me was he was wearing white shorts. But from now on I am going to give every man I see wearing white shorts a hard look. That'll learn him.
I woke up all snuffly and sneezing, which means I'm probably getting a cold, galldarnit!
Frank made me splatter coffee over my monitor with this line: "I just hope there isn't any rednecks with shotguns inside who don't like anyone coming near their homes, because then that'll be annoying every time I head for the coffee pot."
Via the Puppyblender I found this post which has a few quotes from Kerry's midnight Ohio speech. It's telling that every misspeak of the President's is trumpeted from the rafters, but Kerry's saying something like "the sunset goin' down" is ignored as it deserves....
Anyway, everybody except the DU knows that the media have a liberal bias and are doing everything they can to get Kerry elected. This means that anyone who accuses the media of being "too conservative" or too biased toward "the right" is showing their true colors (Lenin Red, mostly)--ever notice how the more lefty-wacko a person is, the more likely they are to consider themselves to be "moderate"? To them, true moderates are "staunch conservatives" and actual conservatives=fascists. Some days I suspect this is a side-effect from the media treatment of the Cold War, when Kruschev, Brezhnev et. al. were characterized as the Right Wing of the Commie Party. As a young Republican, that always confused me. In America, Conservatives endorsed less intrusive government, but in the USSR, conservatives wanted more, bigger, all-powerful government [just like today's liberal Democrats!], and were willing to "disappear" people to achieve it. In the US, the communists and socialists are Left Wing--why wasn't that the case in the once most powerful communist country in the world? I guess this is one to ask the Commissar....(and I will, naturally, believe the opposite of whatever he answers....
I'm kind of suffering from outrage overload; between the AP lies, the massacre in Beslan, Kerry's whining, and this silliness (did the Washington Post "fact-check" Kerry's convention speech? Inquiring minds want to know!) I'm hard pressed to speak (or type) without sputtering. The only headline news that's not raising my blood pressure is the Hurricane Frances story--and that's because poor Frances hasn't been subjected to Democratic "spin"--yet. I'm sure once she hits, the Dems will find out that she was funded by a Republican 527 group as part of a secret Karl Rove plan to disenfranchise Florida voters...
Kind of puts the fact I lost a platter and had to play musical movies in my three theaters on Labor Day Weekend--because it'll be Tuesday before I can get a repairman out--in perspective...or it will until the customers' complaints that the movie they came to see is sold out (because I had to move it to the smallest theater) make me bitch-slap one of 'em in front of her eight squalling children...
Grumpy? Me? What makes you say that?
I was going to blog about my impressions of the President's speech last night, but I'm too angry at the media weasels, the ones who keep referring to the terrorists that took the Russian school hostage as "militants" and "rebels," to write about anything else. A fifteen year-old who gets his tongue pierced is a rebel. A protestor who throws blood on a fur-wearer is a militant. Masked gunmen and bomb-strapped women who take a thousand people hostage and systematically shoot them or blow them up are murderers or terrorists or islamofascists! They are not just the misunderstood "other side" in a disagreement, which is how CNN and MSNBC and ABC are attempting to portray them. [I didn't bother to check the Communist Broadcasting System--what's the point?] Only Fox News seems to have the balls to call them what they are--terrorists.
And the networks wonder why more people turn to Fox for their news.....
...unless you love satire.
Who says the liberals just don't get it? Larry does!
Massive drink alert in effect!
I accidentally saw some of John's McCain's interview on David Letterman last night. I was pleasantly surprised that the audience applauded McCain's remarks lauding President Bush. I was very disturbed that McCain let slip past without correction Letterman's assertion that the President is orchestrating the Swift Boat Vets "smear campaign." It irks me when distortions of the truth such as that go unchallenged. This is why I don't watch television anymore. Plus, they cancelled "Police Squad!"