Saturday, April 19, 2003

I wanted to say good morning to you all, but the news going around is either about the Laci Peterson story or the arrest of the former Iraqi Finance Minister/Deputy Prime Minister (by Iraqis!).

Scott Peterson is going to either cop a plea or feel the needle, because he sure as hell did it - he wouldn't want me as a juror. His "alibi" puts him very close to where the bodies were found (date and time-stamped, too, within an hour or so of the time she disappeared), and I know of no woman who would just get into a stranger's car without either their purse or their house keys. To leave your pregnant wife to go "fishing" on Christmas Eve (which is cold and blustery, even in California, but especially in the Bay Area). California law says that if the fetus would have survived outside the womb (and at seven and a half months, almost any hospital in the country could handle that situation without any hassle) then causing its death is murder. We have a double homicide, plus special circumstances. It's gonna be a death-penalty case. And now it seems as though he might have had something to do with a murder case from his college days, where a young co-ed just disappeared. It would be nice to close that one out, but we may never know, unless Scott decides to confess, or enough evidence pops up (which may happen, now that the police have got him in custody) to add that crime to the growing list of indictments... It doesn't matter, he's going down.

The Iraqi Finance Minister may be able to help recover up to $24 billion of assets salted away by the Ba'ath Party leadership, which will certainly make things a lot easier on the Iraqi people, and that may actually gain him life in an Iraqi jail, rather than just a few days of torture, followed by a public stoning in the square.

We'll see. Good Morning!

Friday, April 18, 2003

Well, I'm sitting here listening to the press conference announcing that the bodies found in northern California earlier this week were the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son. It's been all over that they arrested Scott earlier today, and they have said that while a value of 100 in the testing scale they use was enough in California courts to prove paternity, the tests scored in the billions.

I'm trying to figure out whether Scott is going to cop a plea to avoid the death penalty, or if he is going to continue proclaiming his innocence and force them to seek the needle in the arm for ol' Scotty. Any ideas?
I'm back from the VA Hospital. Again. (I'm getting so used to that trip I can close my eyes and see the whole freaking route.) It turns out that my cholesterol level is a bit elevated, but since there are no other indications to explain it (other than the fact that I like the occasional steak - medium rare), the doc thinks that there might be "a genetic predisposition for it". I don't remember ever earing what my parents' cholesterol levels where since they both died from other causes.

The long and the short of it is that I have to start taking this little pill. *Sigh* I LOATHE taking pills. Like an ailurophobe loathes cats. I'll take thm if I have to, but if there is any way to achieve the same result without taking the pills, I'll try that instead. Anyhow.

I hear that there is a tape of a Saddam lookalike (or possibly even Saddam himself, although this guy was described as "smaller and slighter, with a noticeable paunch") riding around Baghdad two days after the bombing attack on the restaurant. Of course there is no way to prove on what date the tape was made (much like all the other tapes), but the Administration has already said that they don't know whether Saddam is alive or dead, but he's not running anything more complex that a toy railroad. Al-Jazeerah (that bastion of impartiality) has said that the guy who gave them the tape "promised" that the tape was filmed on April 9th. So we have an unidentified source of unknown credibility handing a news network (that has done nothing but portray Iraqi propaganda as utter truth) an undated tape of a man who has been known to use multiple body doubles, and the world immediately accepts that Saddam is not only alive, but stil running things. Funny, though, we had continuous air surveillance of the city by that time (the same day that the huge statue of Saddam was toppled), and no one noticed a crowd of a few thousand Iraqis standing around and cheering someone who looks like Saddam.

Yeah, I believe them...

North Korea is claiming that they are reprocessing spent 8,000 fuel rods - enough fuel for at least half a dozen nuclear weapons over the next several months. Were they not paying attention? Earlier this week, they had said that they would be willing to accept multilateral talks, involving China, Japan, and South Korea.

I'm going to go poke around for a while.

Happy Good Friday!

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Good morning, all! I just got back from the VA Hospital, where I had some tests to undergo, and I've gotta go back tomorrow to see my regular doctor to discuss them all. I hope it's nothing serious, but there's nothing to inspire concern like hearing, "You're going to have to wait until I get the doctor in to look at these..." and when he does show up (after 15 minutes of sitting in a cold room without a shirt), he never even looks at you, but rather some display I can't see, and probably wouldn't have understood if I had.

Oh, well, I'll find out if it's anything important tomorrow. I hear on the news this morning that Disney is looking to sell both the Angels (coming off a World Series win last fall) and the Mighty Ducks (who just shut out last year's Stanley Cup winner, the Detroit Wings). So they have two major league sports teams, both of them at the top of their respective sports, and they're selling. I guess now is as good a time as any. So if any of you has a few hundred million dollars just lying around, i can think of no finer gift for a loved one that a major sports team, both of whom have had movies made about them...

I'm still catching up on this morning's news, since I just walked in the door a little while ago, so check the links in the left column to see some of my favorite places.

Oh, I'm letting you all know now that Easter Sunday (this weekend) will be a slow blogging day, because I have to drive up to Victorville to the middle daughter's house, after picking up the wife's parents, and that makes it about a 90 minute drive, each way, plus time spent making breakfast for her three daughters, their husbands, and all the grandkids. That makes it four generations and seventeen people, plus if the middle daughter's in-laws show up (which they usually do) that's a few extra. They're really nice people, don't get me wrong, it just makes for a crowd. One of the sons-in-law worked his way through school as a cook at Denny's, so he usually handles the eggs and sausage, I handle the pancakes (I make Mickey Mouse pancakes for the grandkids, and they seem to like that - except for the one in college) and beverages. The three daughters usually like having mimosas (champagne and orange juice), so it gets merry after a few hours, with lots of laughter and the kids playing basketball or soccer, or playing with the Dalmatian.

Anyhow, I'm just saying that I won't be spending much time scouting the web on Sunday, so you can plan your visits accordingly.

I'm also giving you all warning that my birthday is coming up next month, so start thinking about what you want to give me as a gift.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

I've seen this on various blogs around the Blogosphere, but it deserves to be repeated. Frequently.

How to explain violence to a Liberal

1. Listen politely while this person explains their views. Strike up a conversation if necessary and look very interested in their ideas. They will tell you how revenge is immoral, and that by attacking the people who did this to us, we will only bring on more violence. They will probably use many arguments, ranging from political to religious to humanitarian.

2. In the middle of their remarks, without any warning, punch them in the nose.

3. When the person gets up off of the ground, they will be very angry and they may try to hit you, so be careful.

4. Very quickly and calmly remind the person that violence only brings about more violence and remind them of their stand on this matter. Tell them if they are really committed to a nonviolent approach to undeserved attacks, they will turn the other cheek and negotiate a solution. Tell them they must lead by example if they really believe what they are saying.

5. Most of them will think for a moment and then agree that you are correct.

6. As soon as they do that, hit them again. Only this time hit them much harder. Square in the nose.

7. Repeat steps 2-5 until the desired results are obtained and the idiot realizes how stupid of an argument he/she is making.
I've seen this on various blogs around the Blogosphere, but it deserves to be repeated. Frequently.

posted by Kevin at

Moving slow today. Again. I've got a lot to be happy about, though...

We nailed Mohammed (Abu) Abbas just outside Baghdad with travel papers and a bunch of cash. He's the guy who masterminded the hijacking of the Achille Lauro (the Italian cruise ship), and the one who shot Leon Klinghoffer. Leon, while sitting in his wheelchair, had apparently been talking to his fellow hostages, so Abbas shot him and rolled his body overboard. Italy had held a trial and convicted him in absentia, so they want him extradited. However, Italy had one of the other hijackers escape from their maximum security prison when he - get this - didn't return from a twelve-day furlough, so that's not very encouraging..

Possession is nine-tenths of the law, and we have an indictment for murder outstanding. So long as the plane carrying him doesn't touch down on Italian soil, there isn't a whole lot they could do if we decided to keep him, and we have an outstanding indictment for murder with his name on it. He wouldn't stand much of a chance of escaping from one of our maximum security prisons.

There is also a site that I want to mention and recommend, called Revoke The Oscar, dedicated to the revocation of Michael Moore's Oscar. I am not claiming that Moore-on doesn't have a right to believe and say what he wants. I'm not saying that "Bowling for Columbine" isn't a good movie. (I've never seen the whole thing, just snippets here and there, so I offer no opinion as to its merits.) I'm not saying that it wasn't a comercial success. What thousands of people are saying is that BfC isn't a documentary.

I'm not going to go into the multiple falsehoods and glaring errors, because that has been well documented here and here and even here, as well as many other places around the 'Net.

But the point is that his movie may have been good, it may have been successful, it may have even had a good point to make. BUT IT WASN'T A DOCUMENTARY!!!. See for yourself. Then go pay them a visit.

In other news, Janeane Garofalo is insisting that she has nothing to apologize for, despite the fact that she went on national TV and said that she would when she was proven wrong. I'm pushing for the inclusion of a new verb into the English language.

"Garofalo v. - guh-RAH-fuh-low - to deny the truth, esp. when one's reputation is at stake."

Pass it on...

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Happy Tax Day! I know that many of you are too depressed to enjoy today, but think of all the good things that are going on in the world...

Reports that the bodies of a woman and a male infant (with umbilical cord still attached) have been found, and the woman was found in maternity clothing. They may be the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, but the bodies were in too bad a shape to allow for easy identification. DNA tests and X-ray comparisons are being done, but they were found only about a mile from where Scott Peterson said he had gone "fishing" for that half-hour period. If it is her, you can bet that Scott will be spending the rest of his abbreviated life in a single cell in the Death Row wing of whatever prison he gets sentenced to.

Rodney "Can't we all just get along?" King, whose beating at the hands of the LAPD got him a 'Get Out Of Jail FREE' card (for driving while under the influence of PCP and resisting arrest), not to mention $3.8 million dollars, continues to prove that he is nothing more than a wife-beating, drug-abusing lowlife with no more common sense than a potted plant. A rich lowlife, but a lowlife, nonetheless. He was spotted driving his (brand-new) Ford SUV at 100mph, weaving in and out of traffic, until he lost control and hit (in this order) the brakes, a utility pole, a chain-link fence, and a house. He is currently in hospital with a broken pelvis, and blood tests were done (although not released to the public) to determine his BAC (blood-alcohol content) level.

The Pentagon has announced that the end of "major" military action has ended, although there will continue to be mop-up activities in all the small towns that we by-passed on our way to the larger cities of Baghdad and Tikrit. The Iraqi people are starting to have power and water turned back on slowly but surely. The interim Iraqi government is being assembled to handle the necessary day-to-day needs of the people (power, water, sanitation, police and fire protection, etc.).

I'm still grinning. Good morning!

Monday, April 14, 2003

I know it's not yet Tuesday, but it time for this week's "This-or-That Tuesday", and in honor of those blood-sucking leeches at the Infernal Revenue Service, here is this week's set of questions...

1. File taxes as early as possible, or wait until the last possible minute? Just as soon as I get my paperwork together. The end of January at the latest...
2. File electronically, or mail paper forms? Mail it in.
3. Prepare your own taxes, or have someone do it for you? Depends on whether I have multiple major expenses. When I was in the military, I filed the 1040-EZ.
4. Are you a saver or a spender? I'm a spender.
5. Do you prefer to carry cash, or pay with plastic (credit/debit cards), or by check? I prefer cash. That way I won't overspend.
6. You're broke and desperately need a job, but the only places that are hiring are retail or fast food places. Which would you pick? Retail work
7. Keeping track of your money: are you more meticulous or careless about it? I'm pretty careful about the dollars, but careless about the cents. If that makes any sense.
8. What do you do if you find yourself with a lot of change weighing down your purse/pocket/wallet? Do you try to spend it to *get rid of it*, or do you put it in a jar or a piggy bank? I have a coin jar, and an specific one for the pennies. Every now and then I wrap them up, and cash them in.
9. Which form of fake money do you like better...Monopoly money or those chocolate coins covered with gold foil? Canadian money
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You find a wallet containing $5,000 in cash, as well as several credit cards and the owner's drivers' license. Your rent is due tomorrow and you're short $200. Do you take the money (some or all of it) and mail back the wallet anonymously...or do you return the wallet with all contents intact? I would contact them and offer to return it intact, and negotiate a $200 "finder's fee". (Hey, they could lose the whole thing, or just $200. Their call.)

That's it for this week, so thanks for stopping by!
My smile just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We have pretty much taken Tikrit (Saddam's home town), and we're fighting to take over a plant just on the Iraqi side of the border with Syria that has been associated with Saddam's nuclear weapons program.

We've captured Saddam's half brother on his way to Damascus. We've captured a busload of soldiers (fairly senior ones, too!) with $670,000 in cash - all $100 bills. We're releasing prisoners and finding evidence of thousands of people that have been tortured to death under saddam's regime. Special teams are on the ground in Iraq digging into those caches of nuclear and chemical material. Our troops are met with cheering people wherever they go, and the Iraqis even fought to protect the small enclave of Jews in the heart of Baghdad against other Iraqis! We even have managed to put together joint U.S./Iraqi patrols to revent and deter further looting in major Iraqi cities.

North Korea is softening its dictatorial stance on unilateral talks with the United States, and has admitted that they would be willing to alow other regional powers to be involved. Iran (the other member of the "Axis of Evil") has started preliminary talks with the U.S. about re-opening diplomatic relationships. And now "Axis of Weasels" co-founder france has started warning Syria against making comparisons between Nazi Germany and the U.S.

I'm not sure whether it's that they want the exclusive right to insult us, or if it is some Gallic subtlety (they don't want to insult Nazi Germany), or if it is out of some scrap of national self-preservation, the fact remains that all three of the most aggressively anti-American nations on the planet are starting to realize that antagonizing the only super-power left on the planet (especially when we have more than 300,000 battle-hardened troops between two of them and an entire carrier battlegroup sitting off the coast of the third) might not be the smartest play in the book.

Syria has a lot more to hide than they would care to get caught with (they're denying possession of any chemical weapons, but Sadam said the same thing for years), and posse comitatus (hot pursuit of a criminal) is sufficient reason to cross a border anywhere on the planet. We can ask nicely, we can ask firmly, we can ask harshly, and then we can kick in the door with the "boot" of the Fourth Armored Division.

Iran has half its population under the age of thirty (because of the Iran-Iraq wars of a decade ago). They have been ripe for an overthrow of the increasingly harch theocracy, and seeing the suddenly freed Iraqis next door is just further incentive to toss the Ayatollah out on his turbaned ear.

What's not to smile about?

Sunday, April 13, 2003

We found seven of our POWs! Apparently some Iraqis walked up to our troops and said, "You might want to pick up your guys. There are seven of them just a few kilometers up the road." They have been picked up, choppered to a base just south of Baghdad, and flown to Kuwait City, which means that none of them are seriously hurt (or they would have been treated at one of the many M*A*S*H units scattered around).

Two of them were limping, though, but all seven of them were alive and in fair health. And PFC Jessica Lynch is at Walter Reed Army Hospital, near Washington, D.C. (the Army hospital used by the military VIPs).

The anti-war protest in San Fran went off without a hitch, even though they lost 95% of their numbers to inclement weather. Police and other sources said that they only had a few thousand when they had gotten a permit for 20 thousand people (and at that it was less than 1/5 of their previous totals). Yeah, sounds about right... "We're for a free Iraq, but only if the sun is shining."

The weather has turned bad here, too, so now I know why I've been hurting all week... I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I get weather predictions about a day before the NWS does...