Congratulate me, today's the day, and I am now exactly 13,514 days old. 37 years, in case you were wondering. For those who are wondering about my math (37 x 365 = 13,505, after all), I can only remind you of the 9 leap years that have happened since that day during Lyndon Johnson's Administration.
An interesting exposure was released last night of the Earth as seen from Mars
. The picture was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, and shows a nice image of our home planet.
It looks like the rumors are flying that Uday Hussein, Saddam's eldest son, may be considering surrender
to Coalition forces. He's scared of what might happen if the Iraqi citizens find him first, and with good reason, but the Coalition troops are basically saying, "You want to surrender? Whatever..."
We've got 25 of the top 55, and we're going to find him (or what's left of his body) on our own, sooner or later. So about the only thing we have to offer in exchange for his peaceful surrender is the choice of which arm the needle goes in. He's got a tribunal waiting for him, and the indictment is already pending with multiple "Crimes Against Humanity" charges. Of course, he is also the one who was the head of the Iraqi Olympic Committee, who was accused of torturing and killing Iraqi athletes who didn't win.
This news comes alongside news of a discovery of a truck carrying 2,000 40-pound bars of gold, worth an estimated $500 million. Let's make it clearer. That's 40 TONS
of gold. In the back of a truck. Combine that with the estimated $1 billion dollars in cash found earlier, and I have to wonder why we haven't heard all the complaints about how the sanctions were killing children, therefore the United States must be evil because it supported those sanctions (even though france, Russia, and other nations might not have been so scrupulous). There was a warehouse found stuffed with sufficient medical supplies to stock all fifty of the hospitals in Baghdad for a year! There were warehouses full of food found in Basra, where the locals had no idea what was in them.
So will one of the "Not In My Name" crowd please explain why we were wrong to have gone in? if you can? Explain how life would have been better with the children's prisons, the State-sanctioned torture and rape, murders of whole families, and the leaders skimming off billions of dollars while the people starve to death... If you can?
Finally, news of a personal nature. I have been told that my loving wife is trying to make arrangements with one of the web hosting companies to arrange for the web domain, so that I can get away from BlogSpot, and onto my own domain on a real server. Chances are good that it will happen today, but it make take until the first of the month to get the site up and running. I'll post here with links just as soon as I get confirmation that the page is running the way I want it. Patience is a virtue, but it's tough to be patient sometimes, especially when it's something as cool as having my own domain.
I told you it was coming...