29 October 2005

Where Is My Copy?


The last day of the "holy" month of Ramadan is devoted to rallies calling for the annihilation of Israel.

How holy!

What a message!

Love and Peace!

Hundreds of thousands gathered with placards saying "Death to Israel, death to America."

Very nice.

President Ahmadinejad said: "My words were the Iranian nation's words."

"Westerners are free to comment, but their reactions are invalid," President Ahmadinejad told the official Iran news agency.

..."Ahmadinejad talks on behalf of all Iranians. We are ready to die for Palestine," Mohammad Mirzayi, a member of a volunteer Shia militia group, told the Reuters news agency.

So, Ahmadinejad is the voice of Iran; and Iran wants to crush Israel and the United States.

This guy is talking right out of his axis of evil.

He disregards the admonishment he has received from around the world by saying Western condemnation is invalid.

How should world leaders deal with someone like Ahmadinejad?

FIRST, there should be unconditional denouncing of Ahmadinejad's remarks. No wishy-washy, Dr. Phil-type analysis. None of that "Let's understand what makes them hate Israel and the U.S. stuff.

Ahmadinejad is a thug. Those buying into his philosophy are thugs. There should be zero-tolerance for Ahmadinejad's comments.


SECOND, any world leader or group who sympathizes with Ahmadinejad is as dangerous as he is.

The civilized world cannot look the other way while the ideology of hate and war that Ahmadinejad and like-minded thugs promote gains momentum.

They are evil. There should be no hesitation to designate them as such.

THIRD, absolutely no nukes can be allowed to get in the hands of unstable warmongers like Ahmadinejad.

Peace-loving Muslims must be outraged by these displays from the radical fundamentalist groups. If I were a Muslim, I would be telling anyone willing to listen that these thugs do not represent me or my beliefs.

I just don't understand what the Iranians are thinking. I would never go along with a religion that concludes its holiest month with rallies calling for murder.

But hey, that's just me.

28 October 2005

This Day In History

1929 The Great Crash of 1929

October 29, 1929, is a day like no other in Wall Street history. Black Tuesday, the day of the Great Crash, was a day of frenzied, panic-fueled trading, as investors struggled desperately to avoid financial ruin. When the dust settled, sixteen million shares had been sold on the New York Stock Exchange. Stock prices had plummeted and the nation was sent spiraling toward the Great Depression. It wasn't supposed to happen this way. During the three-year bull market that had kicked off in 1927, the nation's economy was booming, convincing even some of the most cynical souls that America's economy was a powerful machine, capable of spreading wealth and prosperity to the farthest reaches of the land. But, by the fall of 1929, the capitalist engine had begun to sputter. Steel and automobile production was waning, while the rest of the economy showed signs of decline. The Bull Run, which had been built out of the smoke and mirrors of over-extended credit, was on the verge of collapse, as investors were increasingly hard-pressed to pay back their loans. A few days before the crash, a coterie of wealthy financiers tried to stave off disaster by snapping up stocks. Unfortunately for the millions of Americans devastated by the crash, the move proved to be fruitless.

27 October 2005

This Day In History

1919 Congress enforces prohibition

Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Prohibition Amendment.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for national liquor abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. In January 1919, the 18th amendment achieved the necessary two-thirds majority of state ratification, and prohibition became the law of the land.

The Volstead Act, passed nine months later, provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.

R.I.P. Rosa

Parks, Rosa Lee 1913 — 2005, American civil-rights activist, b. Tuskegee, Ala. A seamstress and long-time member of the Montgomery, Ala., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), her Dec. 1, 1955, refusal to give up a seat on a municipal bus to a white man provided the impetus for the Montgomery bus boycott. This successful protest, which lasted just over a year, marked the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr., to national prominence as a civil-rights leader and fixed the model for future nonviolent movement actions. In 1957, Parks moved to Detroit, where she remained active in the civil-rights movement. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest honor, in 1999.

See her autobiography (1992); biography by D. Brinkley (2000).


As I'm sure you already know, Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination . Some folks say this was a cave in to the far right interest groups. My guess is that Miers was a half-hearted attempt at a "moderate" candidate and maybe a set-up to put in that "conservative" judge.

And now, the speculation has begun. Alberto Gonzalez? Karen Williams? Judge Edith Brown Clement? I think it's definitely going to be a nominee from the far-right. SCOTUSblog says that Gonzalez is probably out because he would run into the same problem as Miers: giving access to White House legal papers.

Who's it gonna be? It's anyone's guess.

26 October 2005

This Day In History

1914 Dylan Thomas born

Author and poet Dylan Thomas is born in Swansea, Wales.

Thomas established himself in 1934 with Eighteen Poems, a collection of emotionally and sexually charged pieces. His writing was celebrated for its forceful sound and rhythm, and the poet was acclaimed for readings of his own work. In 1953, he was on a reading tour of the United States when he died of an alcohol overdose in New York City.

His most famous work, Under Milk Wood, which evokes the lives of the inhabitants of a Welsh seaside town, was published posthumously.

2,000 Deaths And The Media

Moment of disgust: Today's mainstream media is once again asserting its ideological identity by celebrating the 2,000 dead soldiers in Iraq.

Here Is Some Perspective On US Casualties In Iraq:

Of course, there is a big difference between "ordinary" deaths and military deaths in war. So here are some statistics to compare on American military fatalities in modern wars. According to a site that tracks such information, the fatalities rates, including killed-in-action and non-battle deaths, were:

For World War I, over 6,100 per month.
For World War II, over 9,200 per month.
In Korea, over 900 were killed each month (non-battle death information is not available).
For Vietnam, over 600 per month.
For Gulf War I, almost 300 in one month.

The first Gulf War was noted for its remarkably low casualties. In comparison, an average of 53 died each month in this war.

Today the mainstream media reports each death in an horroring and repeating fashion. We learn of the deaths in the morning newspapers, hears about it on radio on the way to work, sees it on CNN during lunch time, on the internet and the cycle repeats itself for few more hours in the evening, topped off by News Night on CNN. The effect is that each death is bigger than the reason of why we are there fighting, such as toppling a murderous dictatorship, defeating a sponsor of terrorism and bringing freedom to an oppressed people.

Anyone Have Dental Floss To Spare?

The hairiest man alive. Seriously... that's F&*%&in sick.

25 October 2005

This Day In History

1881 The Earps shoot it out at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona

After years of feuding and mounting tensions, on this day in 1881, the “law and order” Earps and the “cowboy” Clanton-McLaurys engage in their world-famous shoot-out near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, leaving three men dead and three more wounded.

Both sides in the conflict were ostensibly looking for revenge for what they perceived as malicious attacks and insults, but on a larger level the conflict revolved around which side would control the fate of Tombstone and Cochise County. That hot Arizona day, the Earp brothers—Wyatt; Virgil, the town marshal; and Morgan—along with their friend Doc Holliday, spotted a group of cattle rustlers—Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne, at the other end of Fremont Street, standing in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral. Standing nearby was Cochise County Sheriff John Behan, who rushed up the street to tell the Earps that the Clantons and McLaurys were mostly unarmed and just wanted to leave town peacefully. But the Earps ignored the sheriff and moved ahead to confront their enemies. “You sons of bitches,” Wyatt Earp reportedly said, “you’re looking for a fight and now you can have it.”

The question of which side actually drew their guns first is still debated today, but it’s believed that Virgil Earp pulled out his revolver and shot Billy Clanton in the chest at point-blank range, while Doc Holliday killed Tom McLaury with a blast from his double-barreled shotgun. Wyatt Earp shot Frank McLaury in the stomach, and the wounded man staggered out into the street but managed to pull his gun and return fire. Meanwhile, Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne ran for their lives. The wounded Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton both managed to get off several shots before collapsing, and Virgil, Morgan, and Doc were all hit. But when the 30-second gunfight was over, there was no doubt which side had triumphed: the Earps were bloodied but alive, while Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLaury were dead or dying. Sheriff Behan, who witnessed the entire shoot-out, charged the Earps and Holliday with murder. However, a month later the Tombstone justice of the peace found the men not guilty, ruling “the defendants were fully justified in committing these homicides.”


Double Your Pleasure Week!!!

There were certainly alot of movies this summer of TV shows. With "Bewitched" the moviemakers did a smart thing. They did not just redo it as a copying of the old TV series. They made it a movie about a TV series being redone based on the old TV series. That leaves us with "Bewitched" and I am here to tell you it is a fun film.

The magic of the movie is in the introduction of new characters while paying tribute to the original ones. Nicole Kidman was at her prettiest and freshest, along with Will Ferrell at his most manic and funniest. These two stars have genuine chemistry together.

The film is rated PG-13 but it is a mild movie as far as language and situations go.

There are some slow moments in the movie but overall it is a bright romantic comedy that audiences should enjoy. To my surprise I enjoyed it and so did my wife. Ferrell is a talented funnyman but it is Nicole who is the main reason the movie is so delightful. She can twitch her nose at me any time she wants.

Considering that this film is a horror film remake and its "BIG" star is Paris Hilton, House of Wax isn't that bad. It's a cheerfully gratuitous and sadistic little slasher flick that takes the viewer back to the 80’s-style "kill 'em all" genre films that didn't rely on computers or creepy children that most modern horror films seem to rely on. This is just a straight "crazed redneck killer in the woods hunting stupid teenagers" kind of approach. Some of the violence is pretty shocking and will keep you horror enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

While the end is pretty predictable, the order that the kids are picked off is not. Sure, it's got a formula, but it's probably new to kids who haven't seen any of the 80's slasher flicks. As far as this type of film goes, it's got exactly what you'd expect. If you're looking for something a little darker than the last few "horror" flicks you've seen, this one's for you. Otherwise, you can't say you weren't warned.

Some popcorn for thought:

The main reason I wanted to see it is because it had Elisha Cuthbert(A Girl Next Door, 24). She didn't let me down. She wore a wife beater the whole movie.

This is not a film for those who can’t handle horror violence. Most of the characters do get killed and each death is pretty gruesome.

I wanted to see Paris Hilton die early and painfully! I got part of my wish. But Paris got a big thumbs down for her strip tease dancing!

Finally, I got to see this movie in relative peace. My wife slept through the whole thing. THANK GOD FOR NIGHT TIME COUGH MEDICINE!!!

24 October 2005

This Day In History

1944 First kamikaze attack of the war begins

On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze ("divine wind") suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides.

This decision to employ suicide bombers against the American fleet at Leyte, an island of the Philippines, was based on the failure of conventional naval and aerial engagements to stop the American offensive. Declared Japanese naval Capt. Motoharu Okamura: "I firmly believe that the only way to swing the war in our favor is to resort to crash-dive attacks with our planes.... There will be more than enough volunteers for this chance to save our country."

The first kamikaze force was in fact composed of 24 volunteer pilots from Japan's 201st Navy Air Group. The targets were U.S. escort carriers; one, the St. Lo, was struck by a A6M Zero fighter and sunk in less than an hour, killing 100 Americans. More than 5,000 kamikaze pilots died in the gulf battle-taking down 34 ships.

For their kamikaze raids, the Japanese employed both conventional aircraft and specially designed planes, called Ohka ("cherry blossom") by the Japanese, but Baka ("fool") by the Americans, who saw them as acts of desperation. The Baka was a rocket-powered plane that was carried toward its target attached to the belly of a bomber.

All told, more than 1,321 Japanese aircraft crash-dived their planes into Allied warships during the war, desperate efforts to reverse the growing Allied advantage in the Pacific. While approximately 3,000 Americans and Brits died because of these attacks, the damage done did not prevent the Allied capture of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

My Hero

This is a picture of my father the night before he passed away (24 December 1943 - 20 August 2005). It was a traditional Irish party that night celebrating his life. This was his last beer. As my Uncle Chuck stated in his eulogy "ALS didn't beat him, he beat ALS!!!" My father went out on his own terms and at peace.

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

A Weekend Of Ups And Downs

My son has been sick for the past few days with a high temp and a bad cough. We were finally able to get him in to the clinic to be seen today and he has a bad ear infection along with a bad cold. Hopefully he gets better soon so he is fine on the airplane to Hawaii. The air pressure on the plane will hurt is ears even more now with the infection.

One of my soldiers got drunk and beat the crap out of his wife and then took off and now is considered AWOL. I have no idea what the hell happened with him that made him snap up until this happened he was one of my best soldiers. He has had no prior alcohol or abuse problems, as a matter of fact no problems whats so ever! What makes it worse is he lives a couple houses down from me and he knew he could come here no matter what and that my door was always open. I been trying to figure out what I could've done to make the situation better.

The Buffalo Bills got there asses handed to them by the lowly Oakland Raiders. I have no words to describe the utter disgusting taste I have in my mouth the way this season is going for them.

On a good note, my Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the crap out of BYU. Brady Quinn once again proved he is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate throwing for 476 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Finally to end on the best not possible, the wife and I had a great weekend and didn't argue at all!!!

23 October 2005

This Day In History

1901 First barrel ride down Niagara Falls

Daredevil Annie Edson Taylor initiates a famous stunt tradition when she goes over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. Taylor, who performed the feat on her birthday, went over the 175-foot-tall Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara inside a barrel five feet high and three feet in diameter. A leather harness and cushions lined the barrel to protect Taylor during her fall, and she emerged shaken but unhurt in the river below.

Taylor hoped that after the stunt she could make a fortune touring the world, displaying the famous barrel and relating the adventure. Although the stunt did receive international attention, Taylor reaped few financial rewards and died in poverty after 20 years as a Niagara street vendor.

This Day In History

42 B.C. Brutus commits suicide

Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.

Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, the result of Caesar's assassination was to plunge the Roman world into a new round of civil wars, with the Republican forces of Brutus and Cassius vying for supremacy against Octavian and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Antony at a battle in Philippi, Greece, in October 42 B.C., Cassius killed himself. On October 23, Brutus' army was crushed by Octavian and Antony at a second encounter at Philippi, and Brutus took his own life.

Antony and Octavian soon turned against each other, and in 27 B.C. the Roman Republic was lost forever with the ascendance of Octavian as Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome.
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