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I Thought There Was No Connection?

16 June 2007, 8:42 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Iraq, War on Terror.

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Impressed?

16 June 2007, 6:48 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

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Well, ya should be!!  :)  I did this all by my lonesome.  Ok, some will think “Big deal!”  Considering it is the very FIRST time I have planted anything, other than in a pot (and watched most of ‘em die), I’m fairly impressed with m’self!  I had to add a LOT of dirt cuz there is nothing but concrete under than lamp thingy.  I can hear Mr. Ol’ Broad….”ya planted ‘em too close together”.  There’s a reason for that.  And I’ll tell ya what it is.  I bought too dadburn many of the things.  Six more are in pots on the front porch, and I planted them too!  They may die, but I did it!  :)  Plus, I’ve got 3 more big, salmon colored things to plant, but that’ll have to wait till tomorrow. Now, I’m hot, I’m tired, and I’m filthy!

On that note, I’m going to take a shower, put my jammies on, watch the idjit box, and do my very best impression of an eggplant!

Warm Day

16 June 2007, 3:45 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I had every intention of doing next to nothing all day.  sigh…  I got a call that I needed to sign the ‘contract’ so they can order the new blinds we’re having installed.  Ok, no problem.  Quick in, quick out, right?  WRONG!  That computer type register thing must have seen me coming, and decided it was going to mess with my order.  That quick trip ended up lasting about an hour and a half!  I figured while I was there, I might as well pick up some other things.  Again, sounds simple.  Pffft!  Honestly, I should have stayed in bed!

Four hours later, I walk in the house, plop my hinder down in my recliner, suck down some sweet tea, and turn on the idjit box.  Lo and behold, Mike Nifong is FINALLY having to pay for his arrogance!  Maybe it’s not such a bad day after all!

Just cuz…

16 June 2007, 9:49 am. 3 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

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….I like the feet!  :)  Oh, and Get Stewed has a pretty good posting to go along with ‘em.

Faces of Evil?

16 June 2007, 8:58 am. 1 Comment. Filed under Crime.

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Abused children, buried body found
Severely injured boy, 11, transported to hospital; 3 adults arrested

Police said they made two bizarre discoveries – the body of a 36-year-old woman buried in the backyard and her severely abused 11-year-old son in a closet – Friday after getting a tip 24 hours earlier that took them to a brick, two-story home.

Three adults – two women and a man arrested about 4 p.m. in Milwaukee – were being held in the Columbia County Jail on suspicion of felony child abuse while a murder investigation continues, said Portage Detective Lt. Mark Hahn.

The suspects were identified as: Michael S. Sisk, 26, Candice Clark, 23, and Michaela Clerc, 20.

Milwaukee police arrested Sisk at the Greyhound bus station in Milwaukee at 4 p.m.

The woman, whom investigators did not identify, had been buried “quite deep,” apparently during the Memorial Day weekend, Hahn said. He said cause of death was still under investigation. An autopsy is set for today.

Four other children, including a 15-year-old girl identified as the daughter of the woman whose body was found, were also found in the home – and at least two of them appeared to have been abused, Hahn said.

Three girls, between the ages of 3 months and 2 1/2 years, were removed from the home and placed in protective custody. They are all believed to be Clark’s daughters, Hahn said.

I cannot even conceive such evil. I don’t want to.

Morning Coffee 6/16/07

16 June 2007, 8:45 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Woman held on suspicion of abandoning husband’s bisected body

The body was apparently cut in half by a knife and saw.

The woman allegedly drove a car from an apartment in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, where the victim lived alone, and abandoned the two halves of the body on separate occasions in mid-January and late January.

People are just plain weird. No wonder I prefer my cats!

Abbas Aides: U.S. Will End Embargo Against Palestinians With New Government

The United States strengthened its offer of support for President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, telling him an international aid embargo against the Palestinians would end as soon as he forms a new government without Hamas, aides to Abbas said. There was no immediate U.S. confirmation.

Personal opinion, that would be a REAL bad idea. Hamas has basically overrun the government, so if we aid the Palestinian government, we’ll be aiding Hamas. Not a good idea to help out the bad guys. My tacky side says let ‘em kill each other off, THEN go in a help the regular people get back on their feet.

Crowd loots Gaza home of Arafat

The villa had been empty since Arafat left for the West Bank in 2001 shortly after the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising. Israel confined Arafat to the West Bank until permitting him to fly to France for medical care in late 2004. Arafat died in France several weeks later.

Arafat, Fatah’s founder, led the Palestinians for four decades before his death.

I’m real surprised that his possessions hadn’t been distributed to those in need, and the house used for something that would benefit the people. Ok, no, I’m not really surprised at all.

Dist. Atty. rejects parental diversion

Bucking a state Supreme Court ruling from a similar case, Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons has denied diversion for Jerry and Jill Janowski of Cordova whose 5-month-old son Caleb died of hyperthermia after being left in their van on Sept. 10, 2005.

“Neither parent thought to check on the child for a period of slightly over two hours,” Gibbons wrote in a recent four-page filing in Criminal Court. “There is a need to emphasize the dangers of failing to guard against ‘oversights’ surrounding children and cars.”

What kind of low life, scum sucking, SOB, leaves their small child in a car for 2 hours!?!

New mood from new citizens

Izquierdo said he did not like President Bush’s handling of the Iraq war and was miffed at politicians, most of them Republican, who seem to dislike immigrants.

Thanks to the MSM, and loony tunes on the left, this seem to be the ‘consensus’. However, they both have it wrong! What those on the right, and Republicans (NOT the same thing anymore) don’t like, are ILLEGAL ‘immigrants’. We like LEGAL immigrants just fine, and welcome them with open arms!

Dolly Parton Named Girl Scout for Life

Dolly Parton is a country singer, songwriter, movie star, amusement park owner and philanthropist. Now she’s a Girl Scout, too.

Parton, 60, was named a lifetime member of Girls Scouts of Tanasi Council during a presentation before 1,000 Girl Scouts at her Dollywood theme park Friday evening.

“While I was never a Girl Scout myself when I was a kid, I always wanted to be,” Parton said in a statement. “This great honor lets me live out a dream and to be part of an organization that stands for many of the same values I do and Dollywood does.”

I bet if they had a lot more Girl Scouts who looked like that, there would be a lot more Boy Scouts.

Perry slashes $570 million in ‘pork’

Gov. Rick Perry lambasted “pet pork projects” in higher education Friday as he slashed $570 million from the state’s next two-year budget and criticized lawmakers for not offering a bigger tax break to homeowners.

Is Perry up for re-election soon? Ok, the way I see it, if a community wants a park, or a jogging path, or a rain forest, a bridge to nowhere, whatever, that would be beneficial to that community, they should raise the funds themselves. Have bake sales fer cryin’ out loud! But don’t ask the taxpayers in other areas to foot the bill for something they’ll never use. Yes, perhaps that’s a simplistic view, but I believe in simple solutions to simple problems.

Ban Ki Moon

16 June 2007, 7:14 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Opinion, UN.

A Climate Culprit In Darfur

Just over a week ago, leaders of the world’s industrialized nations met in Heiligendamm, Germany, for their annual summit. Our modest goal: to win a breakthrough on climate change. And we got it — an agreement to cut greenhouse gases by 50 percent before 2050. Especially gratifying for me is that the methods will be negotiated via the United Nations, better ensuring that our efforts will be mutually reinforcing.

Are they bleeping kidding? Sorry, you do NOT change the climate. You adapt to it. This is nature we’re talking about here, you’re going to lose! Measly humans have no control on what the weather is going to be on any given day. Even I, the box of rocks, knows that many things have an effect on the climate, temperature, ground water, solar winds, etc. Man just isn’t a factor. Get off your high horse, you aren’t that important.

This week, the global focus shifted. Tough but patient diplomacy produced another win, as yet modest in scope but large in humanitarian potential. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accepted a plan to deploy, at long last, a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur. This agreement, too, is personally gratifying. I have made Darfur a top priority and have invested considerable effort, often far from public view, toward this goal.

How much effort was made in allowing the citizens of Darfur freedom? Freedom to protect themselves from rebel forces, (called guns, and ammunition)? How is the Useless Numnuts going insure that humanitarian aid actually gets to those in need, instead of thieves? Are they going to actually protect anyone, or is this another useless piece of paper the UN feels good about, but will do nothing.

Clearly, uncertainties remain. This deal, like others before it, could yet come undone. It could be several months before the first new troops arrive and longer before the full 23,000-member contingent is in place. Meanwhile, the fighting will probably go on, even if less intensely and despite our many calls for a cease-fire. Still, in a conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives during four years of diplomatic inertia, this is significant progress, especially considering that it has come in only five months.

Yes, talk is just that…talk, hot air, contributing to that all encompancing ‘global warming’ (hot air). Does nothing. Actions, on the other hand could go far to bring about a cease fire. And honestly, I don’t think 23,000 is going to cut it.

Two decades ago, the rains in southern Sudan began to fail. According to U.N. statistics, average precipitation has declined some 40 percent since the early 1980s. Scientists at first considered this to be an unfortunate quirk of nature. But subsequent investigation found that it coincided with a rise in temperatures of the Indian Ocean, disrupting seasonal monsoons. This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming.

Wasn’t the Sahara, at one time, a lush tropical area? Seems it’s been drying out for a much longer time than that. So, poppy cock! How industrialized was the Sudan in the 80′s? Considering the current state of affairs, I’d say, not very.

It is no accident that the violence in Darfur erupted during the drought. Until then, Arab nomadic herders had lived amicably with settled farmers. A recent Atlantic Monthly article by Stephan Faris describes how black farmers would welcome herders as they crisscrossed the land, grazing their camels and sharing wells. But once the rains stopped, farmers fenced their land for fear it would be ruined by the passing herds. For the first time in memory, there was no longer enough food and water for all. Fighting broke out. By 2003, it evolved into the full-fledged tragedy we witness today.

No, no surprise at all. When you have certain people who will do all they can to take advantage of other’s misfortune, then there will be problems. Were was the U.N. back then? Was it possible to avert the problems facing Darfur? And if so, why the hell didn’t they do anything then, BEFORE it got to this point? Thumb spinning.

A U.N. peacekeeping force will help moderate the violence and keep humanitarian aid flowing, saving many lives. Yet that is only a first step, as I emphasized to my colleagues at the summit in Germany. Any peace in Darfur must be built on solutions that go to the root causes of the conflict. We can hope for the return of more than 2 million refugees. We can safeguard villages and help rebuild homes. But what to do about the essential dilemma — the fact that there’s no longer enough good land to go around?

Pfft! “A U.N. peacekeeping force” will do what they have done in the past, like in Rawanda, run!

A political solution is required. My special envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, and his A.U. counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, have worked out a road map, beginning with a political dialogue between rebel leaders and the government and culminating in formal negotiations for peace. The initial steps could be taken by this summer.

Sure, put the bad guys in a room with supposedly reasonable people, and what you have is a room, with bad guys, and spineless weenies! You don’t reason with bad guys. You eliminate them.

Ultimately, however, any real solution to Darfur’s troubles involves sustained economic development. Precisely what shape that might take is unclear. But we must begin thinking about it. New technologies can help, such as genetically modified grains that thrive in arid soils or new irrigation and water storage techniques. There must be money for new roads and communications infrastructure, not to mention health, education, sanitation and social reconstruction programs. The international community needs to help organize these efforts, teaming with the Sudanese government as well as the international aid agencies and nongovernmental organizations working so heroically on the ground.

It’s called ‘free market’. A free people will ultimately be able to provide for themselves. Continuous aid creates nothing more than a welfare state. Parents will want their children to get an education, if encouraged by progress.  The Sudanese gubmint seems to be a part of the problem, not a solution, as it is with most gubmints.

There are many other parts of the world where such problems will arise, for which any solutions we find in Darfur will be relevant. We have made slow but steady progress in recent weeks. The people of Darfur have suffered too much, for too long. Now the real work begins.

Bad things happen in the world.  The climate has been shifting for much longer than puny man has been in the picture.  People starve, they die, it sucks, but it happens.  It’s called nature.  First step though?  Eliminate the bad guys.

Grrrrrrr

16 June 2007, 6:38 am. Comments Off. Filed under The Peacock War.

For the first time since I got here, I finally felt safe enough to sit out on the front porch, sip my coffee and watch the sun come up over the trees.  It was quite pleasant.  Lots of bird racket, with the occasional semi heading up the highway behind the house thrown in just so I didn’t forget there were other people in the world.  No peacocks.  Nice!

So, here I was, answering a few emails, when I hear what sounds like a baby elephant running across the roof.  Being the nosy sort that I am, and preferring not to have invaders on my roof, I had to go look.  sigh…  Yep, there they were.  The two males, perched up there, pretty as you please with major peacock attitude.  Out comes the water gun!  The last I saw of them, they were hightailin’ it into the woods.

Evil birds!!