Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Both Sides of the Story...

-From FactCheck.Org

"The business-backed Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released two ads last week to "counter global warming alarmism."

One of the ads says research shows "The Antarctic ice sheet is getting thicker, not thinner. . . Why are they trying to scare us?" Actually, scientists say increased snowfall in Antarctica's interior is evidence that global warming is taking place. Scientists also say that the ice sheet is melting at the ocean's edge and a recent report says it is shrinking overall.

The ads drew a protest from a University of Missouri professor who says they are "a deliberate effort to confuse and mislead the public about the global warming debate." He said one of them misuses a study he published in Science magazine last year on the Antarctic ice sheet. An editor of Science also said the ads misrepresent the findings of that study as well as a second study on Greenland's glaciers.

The second CEI ad notes that carbon dioxide (CO2) is "essential to life," and says, "they call it pollution. We call it life." That ad fails to mention that too much CO2 can cause global temperatures to rise or that there is more of it in the atmosphere than any time during the last 420,000 years.

CEI, which gets just over 9 per cent of its budget from Exxon Mobil Corporation, said it was only trying to make sure the public hears "both sides of the story."

From Me -

The concept of hearing both sides to a story is heartwarming and seemingly democratic. But in certain circumstances this idea becomes so much clap-trap. If a guy breaks into your home and then trys to rape your wife does he really have a right to have his side heard about why he should be allowed to rape your wife? This is the basic argument being used by the industrial lobby.

We want to continue to pump chemistry into the air and poison your world, and we think it is okay. Others may disagree but we have a right to be heard!

Using the dickheaded argument by CEI the husband of the woman being raped would be labeled an "alarmist" since from the rapists point of view the woman was going to be "okay".

Thursday, May 25, 2006

My birthday prayer

Heavenly Father, through whose power I have come to be, and in whose care I dwell, I give thanks for all those people around me who also have offered me comfort and happiness. They are gifts from you and a blessing from you to me. For the lives of my daughters I give you thanks now and forever. For the lives of my brother and mother, I give you thanks now and forever. For all the people who have touched me with love, freindship, compassion and mercy, I give you thanks now and forever. And even for those who have treated me unkindly, have mercy upon them, bless them ,and bring to them your holy and undying love to open their haerts so they too may revel in the glory of the Lord. Set me on straight paths and turn me away from anger, revenge, and selfishness. Thank you for 41 years of life on this beautiful world. Bless me that I may continue to cling to you, my salvation, my refuge, my shepard. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Triumph Loves You...Like a fire hydrant...I kid!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Blair In Iraq

Unlike a certain Texas cowheard I know, mr Blair is in Iraq again. Dispite the fact that his country only has a few thousands troops deployed, Blair seems to understand the nature of leadership. Whereas Bush seems to understand nothing of the sort. The US is led by a cowheard. He was affraid to serve in Vietnam and is affraid to go into the warzone he created in Iraq. He is a failure as a President, a national disgrace, and villain that has no business being anywhere near the reigns of power. The stink of this civil war has been brought about by his administrations gross incompitence and hauty disregard for common sense.

Monday, May 15, 2006

News Watch: Marathon not a Sprint

Lead National headline from Fox (bastion of hardhitting journalism)
Your Pants Are on Fire In Science: People lie much more than they think they do, study shows

Cross Caught in Crossfire Video: Korean War memorial may be dismantled over church-and-state flap

Housing Bubble, Toil and Trouble In Business: Should you hold on or bail out if real estate market takes major hit?

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint Soldier's Diary: Capt. Dan Sukman reflects on his eight months in Iraq

Hillary on Entitlement Grrr! Democratic frontrunner comes down hard on Generation Y slackers

Let's Get Medieval Out There: Nerdy fight club members duke it out with foam-padded weapons

These are in the "only on FOX" section at the top of the site. Oh thank God there is some institution out there daring to take on the big subject of foam padded weapons! After this section the readers are given even more abrasive in-your-face journalism in the "Today's Features"

Michael Jackson to deal with child-custody issue in NYC

New Moonshiners Equipment used to distill backwoods booze used to make cheap ethanol for cars

Hey Hey, My My...'Old wave' rockers like Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers are revitalizing CD sales

Bet on Britney Novelty gambling catching on, especially with celebrity-obsessed women

Quote from this blogger: Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Cobra, is not a marathon, it is a WAR!!!! It is not a game where people "fight" There is no fighting in Iraq. if you have ever been hit with a 5.56mm NATO round or a 7.62mm AK round you know that it is not fighting. If you have ever had your head blown off while standing in line to get a job as a cop or had your bowels blown out while driving a water truck to a forward observation point you know there is no fighting. There is only soldiers and people alive and soldiers and people dead and a lot of both that are in transtion from the former to the latter.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

What the?

For decades Iran and the US have been name calling idiots toward one another. We call them evil doers and terrorists. They call us Satan. We sought their destruction by funding Sadam Hussain throughout the 1980's and helped him kill tens of thousands of Iranians. They, I am sure, were very happy when the towers fell.

So here we all are in 2006 and who is the first guy to speak? None other than the volatile Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here is an section from his 18 page letter to Bush:

"I have been told that Your Excellency follows the teachings of Jesus (Peace be upon him) and believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on Earth," Ahmadinejad wrote Bush, who has said that Christ is his favorite philosopher.

"If Prophet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishamel, Joseph, or Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) were with us today, how would they have judged such behavior?"

Not that I am siding with this guy who I think is a bit unstable. However again here we have the "bad guys" looking far more statesman like than the "good guys" who simply ignore such overtures. The US looks weak when we ignore the words of our enemies. Jesus Christ would not support such actions. He engaged his foes at every turn. As the pharisees followed him around trying to trip him up by using scripture against him he never backed away from pointing out their hipocracy. Bush is obviously ignorant of the behavior of his so-called favorite philosopher. Christ lived a life of constant engagement with all who surrounded him, both the righteous and the wicked. A man of faith and love of the teachings of Christ would never shrink from discourse with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The White House should disclose the entire 18 page letter for the people to read for themselves. What is Bush afraid of? That Ahmadinejad is a better communicator than our own President? Or that the Iran leader has a more soundly based theological argument to his position than does Bush?

I want to find out NOW!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Check out the web site

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans." - IAVA Website 2006

Thursday, May 04, 2006

So Long Mr. Galbraith

"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."
- John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Poll Crunch becoming Poll Crushed

Approval: 34%
Disapprove: 58%
Duh: 8%

The Problem, for those of you who do not yet know the problem, is that W is simply not all that likeable. He is one of those people who you think you will like until you get to know him. Then he becomes one of those people that you would really like to avoid at the water cooler. The type who will button hole you and try to tell you all about the sexual exploits he wished he had with coworker X. And you just want to leave and pretend that people like him do not even work for the same company as you, but they do so you spend the rest of your day pissed at your lame job. Then you go home and turn the TV on and there his SOB is talking about the fact that he is "the decider" and you pick up your grandmothers antique sowing machine and hurl it through the TV set and go and get drunk. Then get pulled over for a DUI and end up with a suspended license and in the drunk tank. And as your head pounds and spins you realize that you are now behaving just like the SOB at the water cooler and the SOB in the White House.