Saturday, June 07, 2003

Just got a head's up in my e-mail from MiniLuv, who has made the move that I'm still trying to work out. (Lucky girl!). Please adjust your permalinks and blogrolls accordingly to her new digs over at www.miniluv.com. Then stop by and say "Hi!".
Good Heavens, and good evening. I just got back. We had to run into town to visit my mother-in-law for the day, and she and my wife did a little shopping, then we all went out to lunch at a local restaurant (Sizzler, for those of you who would recognize the name - it's a Steak & Salad Bar place, for those of you who don't), and then they went to do a little more shopping while I laid down and read for a while.

I apologize for not posting something this morning, but I was running a bit under the gun and simply didn't have time. I didn't even have time to explain why I didn't have time, if you know what I mean, so my most abject apologies to all of you who came by this morning expecting a new entry.

Anyhow, I'll be back tomorrow morning, so have a great weekend, and I'll see you all bright and early tomorrow, okay?

Friday, June 06, 2003

It looks like Hamas has decided that it is in their better interest to keep killing Israelis, rather than giving up their intifadeh. I mean, if they have to stop killing J-E-W-S, there's no more need for them, and they would end up going the way of the kerosene lamp salesman. Once there is peace in the region, they would actually have to learn to get aong with teir neighbors.

Of course, the indoctrination of the Palistinean youth, where they actually pray for an opportunity to "die for Allah" (rather than grow up and raise a family in peace), is the inevitable result of decades of Arafat's micro-management of the Palestinean people. Of course, he's such an accomplished liar (saying one thing in English to Western leaders, then saying something else in Arabic to Hamas and Hezbollah) that he would probably try to blame all this on the Israelis. But a look at the timeline of recent events is enough to make one wonder about exactly how committed the Palis are to any kind of peace process. The US anounced its "Roadmap to Peace", with the first steps requiring that the Palis stop killing Israelis. There are 5 bombings within the next week, with the apparent specific targeting of foreigners and civilians. The Israelis attempt to capture some Hamas militants (who refuse to surrender, which results in their deaths). Now Hamas is saying that they aren't going to be following any roadmap.

Heaven forbid that they should stop killing each other, right? I would support an "eye for an eye" practice, with the price going up at every incident. Kill an Israeli civilian, a Palestinean is killed. Kill an Israeli woman or child, 2 Palis are killed. If Hamas and Hezbollah want a "Holy War", then give them what they want. They have shown that they are utterly uncaring of the Geneva Conventions, so let them begin to feel what it would be like to actually fight a war under the "no holds barred" scenario, where if you're not a friendly, then you're a target, and subject to a sudden case of acute lead poisoning.

In other news, indicted style maven Martha Stewart has charges being filed against her by prosecutors who claim that when she was asserting her innocence, she was actually involved in a stock fraud by making the value of her company go up. I'm not quite sure what to make of this, because even if someone is guilty of something like insider trading and stock market manipulation, the natural tendency is to deny it. The prosecutors are apparently alleging that her protestations of innocence were an attempt to manipulate the price of her stock. I don't think that one would fly, but the rest of it could send her to jail for up to 30 years, if convicted on all counts and sentenced to the maximum term. I wonder which country club they would confine her to, because they don't send white collar criminals to do hard time. Especially female white collar criminals.

I only hope she thought it was worth it. If she had waited until the news about ImClone was pubic knowledge, she would have lost a few thousand dollars, which is a drop in the bucket to her $1 billion+ personal portfolio. But it's not the crime, it's the cover-up.

This weeks Carnival of the Vanities is still causing tremendous traffic through my site, with more than 400 visitors on Wednesday, and about 370 yesterday. That means more than 10% of this site's visitors have been through here in the last 48 hours. I can only say, "Thanks!" to all those who offered submissions, and again to those who advertised the Carnival on their sites.

Hope you're having a good day. Mine started out on a hopeful note, but is rapidly running downhill. Think good thoughts today, eh?

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Senator Shrillary is making a barnstorming tour to promote her book, which is being published next week, and in it she basically gives the impression that she was utterly taken by surprise by her husband's infidelity. That simple argument says that she is either lying, or a fool. After all the scandals regarding Gennifer Flowers, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, and the lawsuit by Paula Jones (et alia), for her to say that she honestly believed that her husband was the "innocent victim of a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (TM)", and that she was taken by surprise by his confession literally hours before his testimony before Judge Starr's investogator (the taped interview that was released to the public, and aired live on multiple channels), means that she was either willfully ignoring the fact that he was spending an awful lot of "alone time" with a young female intern, or that she is not bright enough to have earned the public office that she now holds. "Ye pays yer money, ye takes yer choice..."

I wonder what the good people of Arkansas think of Bill and Hill now? They were all about coming from Arkansas when it was about Bill running for the Oval Office, but the moment it sunk in that she needed to be in the public eye and in high Federal office, they jumped that ship without ever looking back. That may have been the main reason that Arkansas voted for Bush in 2000. Other than Gore's utter lack of charisma, I mean.

No matter, I have no intention of ever buying a copy. I may go down to the library and borrow theirs (like I did with Michael "4F" Moore's autobiography, "Stupid White Man"), but I'm not going to spend a penny on a book that wasn't even written by the person whose name is on the cover.

In other (more personal) news, the Carnnival entry yesterday caused a traffic spike more than 250% of my previous high-water mark. I had more than 400 unique visitors yesterday, and when I woke up this morning and checked the numbers, there had already been more than 90 just since midnight, and the sun was just barely over the horizon. So thank you for coming by, and I hope many of you keep coming back, and to the new domain (if I ever get it off the freaking ground!).

A few minor corrections, though. I misspelled Jack Cluth's last name (it starts with a 'C', not with a 'K'), so I owe him an apology for the error. I was also informed that Da Goddess' entry about giving birth was actually a fictional entry, but it certainly fooled me, so she gets all the credit for managing to induce the "willing suspension of disbelief" in a highly cynical person. (This is a good thing, because she made it seem so real.) She has some real talent, and I hope she decides to write a real book sometime. She'd probably put Shrillary to shame.

Thank you all for stopping by, and I'll chat with you all later. Hope your day is a good one.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Welcome to this week's "Carnival of the Vanities", and we have quite an eclectic collection (all of it worth a look) so I will waste none of your time by trying to excite your anticipation. Our tour begins:

Graham Lester starts us off by showing us what the the Real Problem is with the United Nations and the European Union. (I especially like the soundbite about the "Coalition of the Billing".)

We next proceed to Daniel's intriguing little entry about a job search. He manages to describe the problems with trying to get people less experienced than oneself to judge one's talent.

And if you'll all follow me to our next entry, where Andrew has posted several comments about the short film he starred in, called The Fallen.

The Advice Goddess has managed to collect a set of humorous concepts she calls "Metaphysics for Dummies". (You'll have to scroll down to the May 26th entries, but it's worth the effort.)

Grasshoppa caused my wife to wonder about my sanity because of the sudden bursts of laughter, as he gives us our HTV. Drink alert is in effect for this one, so don't blame me for ruined monitors.

James Joyner of "Outside the Beltway" has two different submissions this week, both of them quite good. The first is about Webonomics and how most liberals have no clue about the concepts behind Supply and Demand, and the second is about how politics are being mis-perceived. He has shown himself to be worth an extended perusing, so feel free to take some time with his entries.

David Sims at Clubbeaux has an interesting story about an after-light's-out chat at a girls' school.

Da Goddess tells the tale about giving birth in the Town With No Name. Bless her and her new family.

Charyl asks the questions on everyone's lips. Where are the WMD's, Dubya? She then proceeds to sum up some of the information that the Coalition has collected.

MommaBear of "On The Third Hand" snarls about the problems inherent in bringing democracy to a region where theocracy has been the way of life for longer than can be easily understood.

Trish Wilson shows that statistics are being misrepresented by father's rights groups despite the facts on hand. I guess Twain was right when he identified the three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.

David F. skillfully expresses the despair and anger felt by all sufferers of adult acne, so click here and sympathize. (He was also kind enough to link to me from his new site. Thanks!)

Kevin Aylward of Wizbang finishes his series on "Smart Growth." In "Smart Growth In Loudoun County, VA (Or How To Piss Off All Of The People All Of The Time) - Part II", he covers the fallout from the implementation of "Smart Growth" in a Virginia county and how it divided the Republican party.

Acidman tells an embarrassing story about one particular golf round. Warning, though, the embarrassing part isn't about golf, and a drink alert is in effect.

John Q. Public has included an entry (I think he was trying to tell me something) which links to a tutorial on MovableType. For those of us who are moving to our own domains, this would prove invaluable, but even for those of you who have been dealing with it on a daily basis, it might still teach you a thing or two.

WalterinDenver shares a post about an anti-gun woman who takes a firearms safety course. On a dare, no less. I wish I could express how proud I am of her effort. And his.

Eric Berlin tells us why ethanol is more wasteful than thermal depolymerization. One hopes that Senator Daschle would bother actually learning the facts, too, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Jeff Medcalf blogs about the possible results of the US putting pressure on Israel. A frightening scenario, to be sure, but worth reading (and pondering at length).

Solonor tells those of us who don't live in 'Tornado Alley' why "Oklahoma City is really pretty", and explains the stuff that everyone there needs to know. Drink alert is in effect.

Jack Cluth gives a heart-wrenching tale of "Love, Life, and Lost Friends" on 9/11, and coming to grips with the memories of that terrible and tragic day.

Chris of "The Noble Pundit" blogs about the Economy and the Market, in the fourth part of five. The other parts are worth reading, too, if you follow economic matters beyond your own bank account.

Tiger, in his first submission to the Carnival, rants about something that I agree with. I just haven't felt the urge to rant about myself, because it seems as obvious to me as water is to a fish. He does a wonderful job with it, too, so pay him a visit, and maybe he'll keep coming back.

The Yeti talks about Chivalry and Feminism, and why they are to blame for the problems between the genders. He does a good job, from both points of view.

Laura grumbles as a "fledgling Hawk" about being a "Liberal Lost". Go and read and share the sense of confusion.

Courtney asks us to "Remember the Bill of Rights?", and wonders why the press (which has been so gung-ho to hop on the gun control bandwagon) has completely ignored the attempted violations of the First Amendment.

In Jay's own words: "I grew up to be a social authoritarian who believed in the ability of the Church to determine the moral framework of the government and its people... I grew up with economic ideals that focused on an unsustainable socialist framework in the name of social justice... I have become a Right-wing anarchist as opposed to the communo-fascist that my Philippine upbringing taught me to be." You can continue reading here, although you will have to scroll down to "Metamorphosis".

Chuck Simmins sends along an interesting Archie Bunker quote: Patience is a virgin. Recommend it to all your "Not In My Name" crowd who are screaming about the lack of WMD proof in Iraq.

Suburban Blight talks about nailing that Bigot Bastard, Eric Robert Rudolph. I was thinking that the rookie cop who nailed him deserves a HUGE commendation from the FBI. Many of you might agree. Those that don't are welcome to walk westward until your hat floats.

James DiBenedetto, submitted not one, not two, but three different submissions this week. He is obviously a big baseball fan, even though there is no love lost regarding Commissioner Bud Selig. (I can't really blame him, either.)

"The Smallest Minority" asks an interesting question: "Is the Government Responsible for Your Protection?" You might be surprised at the answer...

John Greyhawk talks to us about "Heat, Speed, and the Johnny Lightning Special", even though he insists it's not all about cars. He's not kidding, and I wonder when we're going back to the moon, myself.

The two co-writers for "Across the Atlantic" have managed to submit an entry each. The entry by Mandrake (the British half) can be found here, and is an interesting 12-step program on how to write sex scenes (for those who could never get it quite right). The American entry, by Shell, is here, and is about Right Wing Terror and Abortion, and talks about Eric Robert Rudolph.

Joe Dougherty sends a message to the waste of oxygen who robbed his parent's home. If I were that waste of DNA, I would steer well clear of that region in the future, 'cause he wants your head. In thin slices. (Luckily, I'm not, and I would cheer him on.)

"The World According To Pete" wonders if Dubya is a raging Power-holic. An interesting left-wing point of view, and one I might not personally agree with, but an intriguing read, nevertheless.

Saltwater has requested a mention of a few URLs in lieu of a regular entry, since she is shifting domains this week, and I am happy to oblige. The first blog, titled "Brazos Cantina", can be found at http://www.brazoscantina.com, and the second, where she is a regular contributor, is titled "Girls! Girls! Girls!", and can be found at http://www.ondragonswing.com/journal/girls. Swing by, and tell them that Drumwaster sent ya!

The Raving Atheist examines the mischief that can arise when jurors in a death penalty case decide to consult Bibles found in their hotel rooms.

David Russell discusses the problems that he has with the religious right complaining about President Bush. I don't blame him, and I even agree. Unfortunately, BlogSpot doesn't like permalinks (no kidding, huh?), so scroll down to "Oh, Please!" under June 2nd.

And, finishing up with this week's Carnival, Jay Solo is wonderfully kind enough to share tips and tricks to those of us (and I'm including myself, by the way) who need to get off of the BlogSpot servers, and onto real domains (and bless him for thinking of us).

Next week's Carnival can be found at (and submissions should be sent to) Overtaken by Events. I hope you have as much fun reading all these entries as I did, and if you have a wish to help out by hosting the Carnival of the Vanities for yourself, please feel free to contact Bigwig at bigwig (AT) nc.rr.com, and he will be happy to add you to the rotation.

Thank you all for stopping by, and have a wonderful time cruising the Carnival!


Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Just a brief entry this morning (and I hope you're having a good one) to bitch at Jacqueline Chiraq. He is still condemning the United States for attacking Iraq, even though he says he's "ready to move past it". Mighty big of you, Chiraq, but just because your initials are 'JC' doesn't mean that you share the peace-making qualities. You can attempt to maintain your national and personal relevance on the world stage, but your 15 minutes are up, and just as soon as the people of France (who only elected you because your opponent was just a little too openly Nazi in his politics for the WW2 veterans still in your population) get another shot at you, you are (in the phrasing of that world-famous game) going to "Go To Jail, Go Directly To Jail, Do Not Pass 'Go', Do not collect $200". Once you leave office, they have a nice cell waiting for you.

The other part of this morning's entry is the weekly This-or-That Tuesday. I've got to leave in a few minutes, so let's get rolling, shall we? It's about animals (disagreements over which have spoiled more relationships than anything but money)


1. Cats or dogs? I'm a cat person, but my wife is allergic. Oh, well.
2. Butterflies or birds? Since butterflies are actually self-propelled flowers, I'll stick with birds.
3. Horses or cows? I used to own a few horses when I was a kid, so I'll stick with them.
4. Turtles or snakes? My wife's boss has some of the BIG pythons (ranging from 6-15 feet long), but turtles are just cooler.
5. Frogs or grasshoppers? Grasshoppers. They work better as bait when fishing, too.
6. Lions or tigers? Lions.
7. Elephants or mice? Elephants. After all, how often do people line up to see the circus mice?
8. Porcupines or aardvarks? Aardvarks. Anything that was named just to get the first listing in the dictionary deserves some respect.
9. Unicorns or dragons? Dragons are cool, but unicorns are pretty cool, too, so let's call this one a toss-up.
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You live in a rather dumpy apartment. A friend offers you a chance to be a roommate at a new place s/he is moving into, but they don't allow pets. You have a pet. Do you find your pet a new home and take the new place, or do you keep your pet and stay put? I would probably stay put.

That's about it for this morning. I'm up to about 30+ entries for tomorrow's Carnival of the Vanities, and tonight is the last chance to send in your submission! The deadline is Midnight tonight (Pacific, GMT-8:00), and I can't be held responsible for delays in receiving it. Whatever the received time is at my e-mail box is the final arbiter. If it arrives at 12:01 a.m. (or later), it will be forwarded to next week's host over at Overtaken by Events. (I promise!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 02, 2003

Early entry this morning, and I'm watching the live press conference concerning Eric Rudolph, the accused Atlanta Olympic Park bomber, who had been holed up in the Carolina hills for the past few years. He has also been accused of several bombings of abortion clinics in the Georgia and North Carolina area. I'm kind of curious to find out what happened to Robert Jewel, the security guard who had been accused of these bombings, and had had his reputation (both personally and professionally) ruined on national TV for months at a time.

I guess he's happy to hear that Rudolph has been caught. Everything else is just gravy.

Carnival submissions are arriving at a pretty fair clip, and I'm giving fair notice (once again) that the deadline for submissions will be Tuesday at midnight (Pacific, GMT-8:00). The next Carnival will be hosted by the very nice folks over at Overtaken by Events, so if you have anything in the hopper, you can send it to them starting Wednesday morning. If you want to be added to the e-mail update notification list, it is in my possession, and I'll be happy to add you, too.

I've got a lot to do today, so I need to go get started. Hope you all have a great day!

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Good morning, folks! Submissions for next Wednesday's "Carnival of the Vanities" are arriving rapidly, so it looks to be quite an eclectic Carnival this week. Get yours in before Tuesday night, so that I can have a chance to at least glance at it before recommending that others take a peek at it. (It doesn't mean that I won't include it, because that's not what I'm about, I just want to briefly describe it to potential visitors. Of course, if you want to include a sentence or two about it with your submission, I'll be happy to include it, but I'll want to take a peek for myself anyway.)

Things are doing well, and I actually had a request for my meatloaf recipe. LOL. Can you believe it? No big secret, just I use ground beef that is just barely thawed (cold enough to make my hands ache, but pliable enough to be kneaded), and put the BBQ sauce glaze on after 45 minutes, and then cook it another 10-15 minutes. Oh, one other thing: just before putting the glaze on, you should dump the excess grease. However you want to do it is fine - I just turn on the hot water, and dump it into the sink, then leave the hot water running for a few more moments. Simple, no?

My appointment with the VA is in a few weeks, and I need to start looking for hotels in the vicinity of the Federal Building in Los Angeles (Westwood). If any of you have suggestions of an affordable hotel/motel just a few miles north of the intersection of interstate 10 & the 405 (between UCLA & Santa Monica), I'd be very interested in hearing them.

Thanks for stopping by!