Monday, July 31, 2006

A Parable

I have a problem with roaches. I think it's my neighbor's fault. I am so sick and tired of them I am going to take care of them once and for all.
Where's my sledgehammer?
There goes a coffee mug that I left overnight in the sink full of food scraps and dirty dishes.
Ooops, I smashed my wine rack and now there's wine all over my kitchen floor.
Now my neighbors are begging me to stop. I told them I wasn't going to stop until the underlying causes of my roach infestation are addressed.
My neighbors say that I am making a bigger mess that will attract more roaches. I tell them that I won't stop until every roach is dead and I don't care how many dishes I smash, how many cookie jars are broken, how much drywall I have to replace, and how many canisters of rice are busted open. I will not put down my sledgehammer until every Do you hear me? I will not clean up my house until I have killed every single roach in it.


Sunday, July 23, 2006


So is Stop the ACLU is going to publish the home address and phone numbers of the Phelps family? After all they were happy that a Jewish family had to move after they published its address after they got help from the ACLU in a lawsuit.


Ignoring the lessons of history

The first in a series of what went wrong in Iraq. It looks like it's going to be a really good series of articles. Apparently, the Army thought Iraq was going to be another Bosnia or Kosovo. The only problem is that in the Balkans, all the parties involved were bled dry and exhausted. The local military age men were either killed or burned out by 4+ years of war. The Balkans also had more of a Western outlook (yes, I know they were communists but remember Marxism is a Western philosophy that was born of the Enlightenment) than the Iraqis or the Vietnamese. That was not the situation in Iraq. Actually, I think the situation is more like the German invasion of France during WWII (no, I am not comparing our soldiers to stormtroopers) than the Balkans.

I think these are some of the more telling quotes of the political leadership:
Complicating the U.S. effort was the difficulty top officials had in recognizing what was going on in Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld at first was dismissive of the looting that followed the U.S. arrival and then for months refused to recognize that an insurgency was breaking out there. A reporter pressed him one day that summer: Aren't you facing a guerrilla war?

"I guess the reason I don't use the phrase 'guerrilla war' is because there isn't one," Rumsfeld responded.

That summer, retired Marine Col. Gary Anderson, an expert in small wars, was sent to Baghdad by the Pentagon to advise on how to better put down the emerging insurgency. He met with Bremer in early July. "Mr. Ambassador, here are some programs that worked in Vietnam," Anderson said.

It was the wrong word to put in front of Bremer. "Vietnam?" Bremer exploded, according to Anderson. "Vietnam! I don't want to talk about Vietnam. This is not Vietnam. This is Iraq!"

This was one of the early indications that U.S. officials would obstinately refuse to learn from the past as they sought to run Iraq.

As that great philosopher Obi Wan Kenobi said, "Who is the bigger fool? The fool? Or the man who follows him?"


Thursday, July 20, 2006

I see your challenge and accept it.

From Simply Left Behind, I accept the challenge to find an obscure, weird version of Smells like Teen Spirit.


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Why is the WaPo pro-cancer?

The Washington Post runs this editorial from the crackpots at the "Family Research Council". Realizing that opposing the HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine because it promotes sluttines was a bad idea and alienated the mainstream Americans. They have started a disinformation campaign that the HPV vaccine is not 100% in preventing cervical cancer, so your preteen daughter shouldn't get vaccinated. It is true that Gardisil only targets the viruses that cause 70% of cervical cancers. But the vaccine combined with consistent condom use can make HPV an extremely rare STD. Not only that, a substance in carageenan has been found to kill HPV in the test tube. Carageenan is used in some sexual lubricants.

The FRC is all up in arms about the 30% of HPV infections that aren't covered by the vaccine, but safe sex practices like using a condom will stop the transmission of those viruses. Of course the FRC's editorial doesn't say anything about that. If the FRC wanted to truly inform the public about preventing the remaining 30% of HPV, they would write in their editorial that condoms help prevent the spread of HPV. But nooo, they want to stop a woman from having sex, instead of truly protecting her health. Yes, they want to micromanage the sex lives of women they do not know.

How effective are these disinformation campaigns? Can you get Plan B over the counter in the United States? Will your family doctor write a prescription for it? Does your local pharmacy stock it?


Good for them

The Wilsons are suing Darth Cheney, Moped Libby, and the Turdblossum. I hope a lot of previously unknown information comes out during the discovery process. But don't expect the traitorous trio to roll over and settle out of court,
Legal analysts said they expect Cheney to argue that he is immune from the suit. But they also said that if a judge allows the litigation to proceed, the lawsuit could allow Plame and Wilson to demand documents from Cheney and others, and force the vice president to sit for a deposition.
Remember Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky? The depositions? The efforts to get Bill Clinton the most popular Democrat President ever? The Republicans established a shitload of legal precedents during the Clinton impeachment that are going to bite them in the ass big time.

What I am feeling now? Schadenfreude.


Monday, July 10, 2006


Two years ago, I started this blog. I hope that my readers enjoy it.

Remember all the opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone. You may have noticed that my co-blogger is no longer on my blog. That is because NoPT4Lent and I have decided to divorce. It wasn't the fault of the blog. There were other issues in our marriage that slowly chipped away at our relationship until we realized that remaining married to each other would not be in our best interests. Even though our marriage is ending, our highest priority will be our son. I will continue to blog as it gives me a way to blow off steam.


Happy Blogaversery to me.


I can't believe I'm giving into peer pressure

Way better than the Hillary Duff version.


Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday catvlogging

Taken with an LG CU320 cell phone.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

We the people

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred. to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

So what are the differences between George W. Bush and King George III? I have highlighted the similarities. Words to think about on this 4th of July.


Happy Independence Day

I am going to Fredericksburg, VA to visit friends. Fredericksburg was the site of some Civil War battles as it was halfway between Washington DC and Richmond VA, the first capital of the CSA. I will be back with pictures, hopefully.


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Questions for Senator Allen

Hat tips to Operation Yellow Elephant and The News Blog.

I have seen the recent George Felix Allen commercials where he brags about his youngest child getting ready to go to college. Why aren't any of George Allen's children serving in the military? After all, Felix feels free to criticize Jim Webb's patriotism because Jim Webb thinks the Flag Protection Amendment is a really, bad idea. Do you know why the FPA is a bad idea? Because, the next time aWol signs an American flag, he opens himself to impeachment for a high crime and misdemeanor. Would the Republican controlled House be willing to indict aWol for signing an American flag? Could the Republican controlled Senate finally have the cojones to convict him? Or would the Republican controlled Congress let him get away with it? Now do you see what a bad idea the Flag Protection Amendment is?

So anyhow, Jim Webb's son is getting ready to go to Iraq. Why aren't Senator Allen's?


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