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A Southern woman on the 'Net.
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Merde in France reports that not everyone is thrilled with our space program.
The wacky folks at News of the World go around to airports in Great Britain with their Osama bin Laden boarding pass.
Besides keeping his wife in luxury far, far away, I can't see what he's spending it on. Maybe he's the Imelda Marcos of head rags.
At a checkpoint, PFC Jessica Nicholson takes down a fellow who had a grenade stashed in the car visor.
She said the man then started crying and someone said he might have been embarrassed because it was a shame for a man in Iraq to get beat up by a woman.
The dad, four sons, and one daughter, are all in the service.
Planned Parenthood: We put the D&C in the DNC.
Friday, January 16, 2004
This happens frequently here. Hope springs eternal, I guess.
I've seen a lot of first ladies come and go now. She can be an asset, a non-entity, or a hindrance. A lot of it boils down to the first lady's own personality, character, and ability to give of herself. Pat Nixon is one I truly feel sorry for. Always shy, she had a hideous childhood and as an adult was forced to partake of her husband's disgrace.
In any case, there's no getting around the fact that being the President of the United States is the most important job in the world. We all like to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. However, if you're the wife of the President, you're going to have to reprioritize, if necessary, because he's very much going to need your help and support.
Here Laura's taking Mrs. Putin to a book festival. All the pics in this series are just lovely. Laura's a warm, gracious lady who does her part to help her husband and her country. I love her to pieces.
I'm glad some of these guys are stepping up to the plate. Basra is on its way to becoming a Christian-free zone.
At a private screening of a biographical film on Saddam...
The film was shown in a small theater. Saddam sat surrounded by his cronies. When the film began, they started weeping with emotion. Would you believe that each one of them finished off the box of Kleenex in front of him?!
They were all trying to out-cry each other. LOL.
Women in Iraq Decry Decision To Curb Rights
Council Backs Islamic Law on Families
"This new law will send Iraqi families back to the Middle Ages," Hakki said. "It will allow men to have four or five or six wives. It will take away children from their mothers. It will allow anyone who calls himself a cleric to open an Islamic court in his house and decide about who can marry and divorce and have rights. We have to stop it."
Paul Bremer has not signed off on this, so let's cross our fingers.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Iraqi sculptor Kalat examines the statue of an American Soldier made from melting down bronze statues of Saddam Hussein.
(Updated with alternate link.)
Hamid Kifa'i, Governing Council spokesman, denied the text, which was approved with no announcement, was part of a political deal with clerics. "It is not a concession to fundamentalists, we don't have fundamentalists in Iraq," he said.
No, you have to say "There are no fundamentalists in Iraq. Never!"
Zeyad of Healing Iraq has more, as do Hammorabi and Ays.
(Via Tim Blair).
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
It's wrong, except for when I want it, then it's right.
I couldn’t help wondering what was the power that pushes this man to endure such an effort and give so generously, not only for his country but also for other people. And I started asking myself, what can I do more?...
It’s been a long time since I started thinking what could be the solutions to Iraq’s major problems, even before the law of liberating Iraq was approved by the American congress. I kept asking myself, then what? What after Saddam will be toppled? As this was an easy and definite conclusion to me. For despite how Saddam looked to Iraqis, he was extremely weak compared to an American army and this was not just because of the huge difference on the scale of military power and technology. He derived his strength from our fear of him and his brutal regime, a fear that paralyzed our minds, a fear that the Americans were free of. In addition to that, and more important is that he was completely isolated from his people who stood watching him being defeated without moving a finger.
Good stuff. Read the whole thing.
What animals. Screw all the appeasers.
Non-mil.com members can see some of the pics at Hammorabi's.
No. 54 on the list, Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, has been captured.
Out of 55, thirteen are still on the run. Izzi the Red, at number 6, is the most wanted fugitive and has a $10 million bounty on his ginger noggin.
A Saudi Arabian student has pleaded guilty to killing his Jewish friend...
They spent time together at local bars and socializing with women until about a year before the killing, when Alayed ended ties with Sellouk after a religious reawakening that led him to adopt a more conservative, Islamic lifestyle, authorities say.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Carter was expected to remain officially neutral, but words of praise could help boost the former Vermont governor's chances when the race turns to the South on Feb. 3.
Naw, naw, I don't think so. They're grasping at straws.
It kind of looks like a big space worm is coming out of there to eat the universe! Or maybe it's just some guy going for a spin in a 50's jalopy.
And here's the large color panorama of Mars.
Monday, January 12, 2004
They deserve each other.
If some people want to pretend this whole thing isn't a disgrace, go right ahead. Rationalizing is part of being human. As far as I can see it though, people were just listening to an opinionated junkie.
Duane Allman was a big ol' junkie. He just played guitar and did dope. But at least the only advice he gave to people was "Rock on and have you a good time", and not how to vote.
From the Telegraph:
Proposal to Send Men to Mars Fraught with Risk
Many scientists are skeptical about the need to put people in space. The most successful exploration of the solar system in the past few decades has been done by robots. Manned spaceflight is more about show business than science, they say.
No, it's about Man doing great things.
Aside from the dangers of living on Mars, where there is no air, where water is locked below the ground, where temperatures fall to minus 271 degrees Fahrenheit, and where dust storms scour the surface, the health risks of long-term spaceflight are huge.
No one has spent more than 13 months in space. The endurance record is held by Russian Sergei Avdeyev, who lived for 379 days on the Mir space station.
Without gravity, astronauts are vulnerable to kidney stones, immune-system problems and weakening of heart muscles. Bones can become so thin during a long journey across space that they spontaneously would snap on return to gravity. Away from Earth's protective magnetic field, there also is the threat of cancer-causing radiation from cosmic rays and solar winds.
Even more difficult could be the psychological problems of spending nearly 30 months in a confined space.
Danger and hardship have their appeal. Shackleton drew many applicants for his Antarctic expedition with the following ad:
"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.”
Sir Martin Rees, the astronomer royal and professor of astronomy at Cambridge University, said, "With the advances in robotics and miniaturization, the case is tilting more strongly toward unmanned exploration. The case toward sending people into space is getting weaker.
"Manned missions will only make economic and political sense if costs come down tremendously and also if the American public is prepared to accept higher risks than they were in the case of the space shuttle," he said.
This is for the bold and daring. Let's plant our flag on Mars.
Update: More on the space initiative.
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Passenger Jets May Get Anti-Missile Systems
Concerned that airline travelers are increasingly vulnerable to terrorist missile attacks, the government is developing plans to equip commercial airliners with the same protective countermeasures that military pilots use to fend off enemy missiles.
America: The Moon's Ass Belongs to the US. So Don't Be Landing Your Skanky Rocket on It. Don't Even Be Looking at the Moon
Via Tim Blair, who knows what I like, has more on this.
Oh, good grief. Dean and some wrestling-team buddies worked among blacks and Cubans for two months when he was 16.
Florida Summer Taught Dean of Diversity.
The article suggests all these life-lessons the experience must have engendered, but all he talks about is working and wild, beer-soaked parties that the police had to break up.
Oh, and he learned some dirty words in Spanish. How diverse.
Dean, typically loath to open up about his personal past, is not so introspective about the impact of his journey from the bourgeois to Belle Glade.
Maybe because the only thing making an impact was the Budweiser?
Newseum has a terrific shockwave display of Pulitzer pictures narrated by the photographers who took them. They have Joe Rosenthal describing the moment he took the picture of the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi, Eddie Adams talking about the unfounded uproar his photograph of a Viet Cong execution caused, Slava Veder talking about how he captured the POW home-coming picture, and many others. It's good stuff.