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A Southern woman on the 'Net.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

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I'm very interested in the future of Iraqi women. Fox has a story on some centers being set up to reorient them so they can fully participate in a democracy. Women make up 60% of the Iraqi population, but still there are only three women on the Interim Governing Council, no female governor in any of the provinces, and only one female minister. There was one female judge appointed, and she was removed.

When I was in Saudi I would see the women riding in the back of pick-up trucks with the sheep while the men rode in front. We would joke and say "Forget liberating Kuwait. Let's liberate the Saudi women." I never failed to thank God that I wasn't born there. Who knows how many Alberta Einsteins were riding in the back with the sheep.

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There're mountain lion stories galore coming out of Nebraska. Those cats better watch out for Nebraskan commenter Rylee's "death bite".

California cats, on the other hand, suspect commenter James to be a delicacy much like a chocolate truffle, only made of meat.

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U.S. Army machine gunner Specialist John Stevens of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment reads a cover story on Time magazine's 'Person of the Year,' the American soldier in Iraq, while securing a Baghdad post office for a ministerial press conference January 10, 2004.

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Dick Gephardt tried to chastize Dean for saying four years ago that the Iowa Caucus is dominated by special interests. Well, it is. They probably all are. Speak the truth and shame the Devil. Acidman weighs in.

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Firas, of Iraq and Iraqis, describes his feelings on riding in an army convoy into the green zone in Baghdad.

Friday, January 09, 2004

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Frank has some fun facts about spam.

* If you mark your e-mail account with lamb's blood, spammers will "passover" it.

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Y'all's comments have got me thinking about the mountain lion attack on Scott Lancaster that I read about in RD. That animal *ate* him and one of his classmates' response was how natural, beautiful, and circle-of-lifey that is. Someone enroll that guy in a Human 101 class. He obviously has no understanding of our specie, no racial memory, nothing. We are the tippety-top of the food chain and I'm not climbing down. It's nothing but hideous when something like this happens. Dag, you'd think that would go without saying.

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This Florida boy just ran out of lives. He survived Blackhawk Down and cancer to die against these terrorists in Iraq.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

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Don't know how true this is, but it's the latest scuttlebutt.

Report: Saddam Hussein Has Cancer
2004-01-07

The ousted Iraqi dictator, who is currently under custody with the coalition forces, suffers from cancer of lymph glands, Kuwaiti Al-Anba daily reads, citing an Iraqi official. According to the daily, the disease is in an advanced stage, so doctors predict the former dictator would probably live a couple of years more.

Doctors came out with the fatal diagnosis while making thorough medical checking of Saddam Hussein at his capture near his hometown of Tikrit in December 2003.

Allegations of Saddam's illness appeared during the military campaign in Iraq last year, when one of his private doctors, residing in Syria, claimed that the former dictator suffered from cancer.

(Via Tim Blair)

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We never had this kind of a show and tell back when I was a little Cracker.

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An abandoned horse gets a happy new life. *sniff*

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Country Store has a few things to say about this amnesty nonsense: No way, Jorge!

I need a shot of Buchanan to calm down.

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Amen. This is total crap. I can't believe Mr. Bush would even suggest something so wrong.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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My sister is still livid about Steve Irwin. What she found especially revolting was the fact that the baby needed his head supported and instead it was allowed to loll around. As to his defense that he's an expert croc hunter and was in control of the situation, she counters that Dale Earnhardt Jr is a professional race car driver, but it would still be a bad idea to strap a baby into the car and take it around the track at 200 mph, or for the Flying Wallendas to take a baby up on the high wire.

Steve is no longer defiant and has been apologizing left and right.

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Forbes magazine says this amnesty is a non-starter. Just politics to woo Hispanic voters. I just lost a whole lot of respect for Mr. Bush.

"This clearly is an amnesty. It provides not only amnesty but a reward for people who committed a felony by coming here illegally," said Rep. Elton Gallegly, a California Republican.

"There will be substantial opposition from Republicans, Democrats and millions of ordinary Americans once they realize what's involved," Gallegly told Reuters.


This problem is just as important to me as the War on Terror.

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Non-native Invasive Species

My nephew and four other men worked for Aquatic Systems, a company in Fort Myers specializing in the removal of non-native invasive plant species in the wetlands. A couple of months ago they began training six Mexicans. On Christmas Eve, all the Americans were layed off. They had no idea they'd been training the people who'd be taking their jobs.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

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Welcome to the all the Popdex linkers. Sorry, no nekkid pics here. I do have a few of Duane Allman, but I haven't posted them...they're for Sweeps Week. ;)

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This story just made me laugh:

Zambia expels Briton over 'elephant' insult
By Basildon Peta, Southern Africa Correspondent
06 January 2004


A British journalist has been deported from Zambia for writing a satirical column in which he jokingly described the impoverished southern African country's President as a "foolish elephant".

Roy Clarke, a British citizen who had worked in Zambia for 30 years and is married to a Zambian, also described ministers as "baboons" in a column which was a spoof of George Orwell's Animal Farm. The article, which described a visit by President Levy Mwanawasa to a national park on Christmas Day, was in Zambia's independent newspaper, The Post.

Zambian law forbids journalists to ridicule the President in written or spoken form. Offenders can be jailed for three years. But many journalists have poked fun at Mr Mwanawasa because of his poor memory and slurred speech after a near-fatal accident in the early 1990s. At one stage, reports claimed, he said he could not remember the name Jesus and described him by saying "that guy who walked on water".

The deportation order by the Home Affairs minister, Ronnie Shikapwasha, gave Mr Clarke 24 hours to leave the country. The Post, which is highly critical of the government, said that the deportation order was stupid.

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"A newly graduated Iraqi soldier is shown his picture on a small digital camera by U.S. Army Private Abraham Parr (R) during the country's Army Day holiday, January 6, 2004 in the town of Tadji."

He's thinking "Hey, I'm pretty darn good-looking."

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The French just don't have what it takes.

"Given the approximate depth of the black box, it is not possible to find it immediately with the means that we have."

They're going to send back home for a better robot submarine, but it will take a *week* to get there. Is some guy gonna tote it behind his moped?

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Mindset of the Beagle?

Gee, I didn't realize there were such hard feelings about our getting to Mars.
Why did this story make it to the Arab News, "The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily"?

Monday, January 05, 2004

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Well, I can't wait all the way until Wednesday to post a new Duane Allman pic. Here he is with Will and Penny Robinson of "Lost in Space" backstage at the Whiskey, 1967. Wail on, Skydog!

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This lady obviously reads my blog and considers me her muse. She ain't writin' me no check, though.

And Then He Saw the Polls...

Dean's a Believer

(Sung to the tune of the Monkees' I'm a Believer)

I thought God was
Only true for Republicans
Meant for some white trash
But not for me
God was just so kitschy
That's the way it seemed
Wind-powered energy
Was more for me

And then I saw the polls
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm pi-ous
I'm a believer
I couldn't leave God
If I tried

I thought God was
More or less for low-class dupes
But the less I prayed the worse
I polled, oh yeah
What's the harm in claiming
Jesus is my guy
Southern votes got me kneeling
That's no lie

And then I saw the polls
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm pi-ous
I'm a believer
I couldn't leave God
If I tried

God was just so tacky
That's the way it seemed
Organic pilafs
Were more for me

And then I saw the polls
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm pi-ous
I'm a believer
I couldn't leave God
If I tried

Then I saw the polls
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
Now I'm a believer
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm a believer
I'm a believer
I'm a believer

And if you love dogs, I'm a retriever

And if you're a football fan, I'm a receiver

And if you're into wool, I'm a weaver

FADE

(Via Country Store )

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This was just beautiful. A Soldier's Funeral, Texas Style. Make sure to look at all the pics.
(Via Random Nuclear Strikes.)

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Doggone it, Joe. I wish you'd take the high road. You're the only one of the Dwarves I don't think is nuttified.

Sunday, January 04, 2004

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Some are wondering about the Flash Air crash and terrorism. Planes are still going to crash because of mechanical malfunctions, freakish weather, or human error.

In 1994 a USAir flight crashed because of a rudder failure. Last words: "Hang on. What the hell is this?"

In 1989 a Surinam Airways flight crashed while trying to land in the fog. Last words: "That's it. I'm dead."

In 1972 an Eastern Airlines flight crashed into the Everglades because everybody in the cockpit was focused on fixing a light on the panel and they forgot to fly the plane. Last words: "Hey, what's happening here?"

The Plane Crash Info site has more plane crash info than you can shake a shaker stick at.

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According to this NYT article, Dean...

On Friday in New Hampshire, he invoked a Muslim phrase, "inshallah," God willing, to make a point about Americans believing they control their destiny.

"Inshallah"? What the heck?
Oh, I see. It was Friday. He's Muslim on Fridays...

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Gary Aldrich of Town Hall takes a look at Dean's Southern campaign.

As Howard Dean holds his nose and heads to campaign in the Southern states...

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NASA hits the bull's-eye. You can get streaming NASA TV here.

Update: I hear tell they've got color pictures coming up for Rylee.

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First Dubya causes an earthquake, now he's flinging meteorites.

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