Friday, December 29, 2006

Can E Bay Save America?


Capitalism is alive and well on the internet and there is no finer example than E Bay.

The on-line auction was brought to life through the creation of E Bay and the concept of selling good stuff at reasonable prices. There you know the product by description, you are able to contact the seller regarding features of the item and are able to make an educated purchase of said items.

The E Bay system is a merit system of sellers and buyers based on feedback from both parties. With feedback you know whether the person you are buying from is reliable enough to be trusted. If not the feedback percentage is lowered through previous buyers rating their experience with the seller, bad feedback means people will not return to the seller for future purchases. Unlike retail store sales where you find out about bad stores when you try to return an item and receive significant grief in an attempt to do so.

The customer service level of retail stores often leaves something to be desired, young sales persons without the product knowledge or store knowledge to direct or advise you.

I have been taking up a new hobby of folding knife collecting recently and found E Bay to be an excellent place to find different and unique knives at very reasonable prices. I know that the sellers are not going to rip me off because their reputation is riding on feedback from me.

This is very similar to days gone by when the local Mom&Pop store would make every effort to be courteous and dependable, because their business's existence depended on their reputation.

I recently purchased a small die-cast AMC Gremlin (I like orphan cars) from a fellow in Wisconsin and along with the car received a personal note from the seller thanking me for my purchase. Just try and get that from Wally Mart! The respect for the customer and the sincerity of the note said to me, this person really cares about his customers, even with something inexpensive and small.

Folks this is what we need in our country, a genuine caring attitude and attention to the customer. Granted not all sellers do this but ones that do rate very highly in my book.

You will not get this at the giant discount stores, they want to move product off the shelves and count on the hordes and masses of consumers to do that for them. Personal service in those places is a thing of the past. Used to be downtowns across America had stores where the owners lived in the community and were members of the Chamber of Commerce, then Wally Mart showed up and drove them all out of business with 'deep discount prices' and the rest was history.

E Bay oddly enough is the internet equivalent of the Mom&Pop store, they provide many of the same things the big boys do with even cheaper prices and superior customer service. With so many of our consumable goods coming in from other countries today, it is a good thing to buy on E Bay and let an American get a piece of the capitalist action.

Sellers on E Bay are Americans playing the role of discount merchant with a reputation on the line and as such are motivated to be helpful. By supporting these people versus the big stores we give them a piece of the American dream thought to be lost long ago.

Please do your part to revive the small business person and check E Bay first before giving your money to some corporate big shot that cares not about you but their bottom line.

38 comments:

Gerald said...

I do not know if EBay can save America but I do know the Bay's English Muffins can save a marrage.

My wife sent me out to buy English muffins. I went and bought Thomas' English muffins. She said that we only eat Bay's English muffins. The grocery store had no Bay's English muffins. A husband can never win.

Gentleman, remember to check and double check what the BOSS wants. Iam 67 years old and I only want to hear what I want to hear and nothing more. I do not need to listen to extra verbiage.

Micki said...

Thus far, I have not bought anything on eBay, but I don't buy many "things" any more in any event.

I would think that eBay is like most yard sales -- most deals proceed without major incident.

Micki said...

Gerald, the best English Muffins (IMO) are Poi English Muffins from Hawaii Star Bakery. They are poi-fect!

Micki said...

Ancient ice shelf snaps and breaks free from the Canadian Arctic

Posted 12/29/2006 8:02 AM ET
TORONTO (AP) — A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a "major" reason for the event.

The Ayles Ice Shelf — all 41 square miles of it — broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole in the Canadian Arctic.

Scientists discovered the event by using satellite imagery. Within one hour of breaking free, the shelf had formed as a new ice island, leaving a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.

Warwick Vincent of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, traveled to the newly formed ice island and couldn't believe what he saw.

"This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years," Vincent said. "We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead."

The ice shelf was one of six major shelves remaining in Canada's Arctic. They are packed with ancient ice that is more than 3,000 years old. They float on the sea but are connected to land.

Some scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in Canada in 30 years and that climate change was a major element.

"It is consistent with climate change," Vincent said, adding that the remaining ice shelves are 90% smaller than when they were first discovered in 1906. "We aren't able to connect all of the dots ... but unusually warm temperatures definitely played a major role."

Laurie Weir, who monitors ice conditions for the Canadian Ice Service, was poring over satellite images in 2005 when she noticed that the shelf had split and separated.

Weir notified Luke Copland, head of the new global ice lab at the University of Ottawa, who initiated an effort to find out what happened.

Using U.S. and Canadian satellite images, as well as seismic data — the event registered on earthquake monitors 155 miles away — Copland discovered that the ice shelf collapsed in the early afternoon of Aug. 13, 2005.

Copland said the speed with which climate change has effected the ice shelves has surprised scientists.

"Even 10 years ago scientists assumed that when global warming changes occur that it would happen gradually so that perhaps we expected these ice shelves just to melt away quite slowly," he said.

Derek Mueller, a polar researcher with Vincent's team, said the ice shelves get weaker and weaker as temperatures rise. He visited Ellesmere Island in 2002 and noticed that another ice shelf had cracked in half.

"We're losing our ice shelves and this a feature of the landscape that is in danger of disappearing altogether from Canada," Mueller said.

Within days of breaking free, the Ayles Ice Shelf drifted about 30 miles offshore before freezing into the sea ice. A spring thaw may bring another concern: that warm temperatures will release the new ice island from its Arctic grip, making it an enormous hazard for ships.

"Over the next few years this ice island could drift into populated shipping routes," Weir said.

Micki said...

STOP THE PRESSES!!!!! BUSH WORKS THREE HOURS!!!!!


Bush taking more time to craft Iraq plan

Crawford, Dec 29: (AP) President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch on Thursday to design a new U.S. policy in Iraq, then emerged to say that he and his advisers need more time to craft the plan he'll announce in the new year.

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I'll betcha anything most of those 3 hours were spent on how to "sell" the American people a line of crapola -- all couched in terms of "how important" winning in Iraq is to our security blah blah blah.

bush is really yakking it up, using the word IMPORTANT ad nauseum. Gawd! It must be hard work coming up with all their new rhetoric, selling the same old shit.

DEN said...

At least we know he is not brainstorming.

Like a BB in a boxcar!

Micki said...

Den -- find me a pair of these shoes on eBay, eh?

Scientists have come up with a novel tool for those who hate housework — shoes that do the vacuuming as you walk.

Designers at Electrolux believe that the shoe system, called Dustmate, will allow people to do their vacuuming while walking around the house.

The green shoes are composed of two parts — a rechargeable base that contains the vacuum engine and an elastic sock that holds the user’s foot in place. The base of the shoe features a semi-flexible nylon structure and a flexible rubber sole designed to ensure comfort while walking. The shoes are also fitted with a laser movement sensor that switches the vacuum on and off.

A spokeswoman for Electrolux said: “Dustmate looks like a pair of trendy sports shoes. As you walk, the base of the shoes collects the dust on the floor.”

Micki said...

At least we know he is not brainstorming.

Good one! LOL

DEN said...

Micki, dou mean these?

O'Reilly said...

I was able to buy four front row seats to see the Rolling Stones at the The Razor three summers ago. The price was reasonable because the supply on Ebay (and elsewhere) was good. The played Monkey Man.

Carey said...

What a poor put-upon, put-upon husband you are Gerald.

In all seriousness, the proper English muffin is of prime importance. Just don't tell Bush because he'll start talking about muffins using his newfound love of the word "important".

"Put upon" is one of our favorite phrases in this household, it comes from Thomas the Tank Engine stories which my son was obsessed with for many years.

All depressie over reading of the breakup of the Canadian ice shelf and then Micki comes up with her heartstopping headlines of Bush working longer than an hour. What will the world come to??

Den,

Our Founding Fathers hoped that the nation would consist of small farmers and small business owners. The Internet(s) [for Bush's sake] has radically changed much. Yes, Micki, doing business on the internet, if one's careful, is like going to a garage sale. You get more intimate contact.


Excellent thoughts and essay Den, as usual. I've been meaning to tell you that, at first, I thought Altered Boys was written professionally. You, Micki and Robert S. from AR all have a unique way with words. Actually all of you guys have your own special ways. Be sure you save that essay, Den, for your portfolio. Stop chuckling Micki.

What about the corners and under the tables Micki? How do you plan on walking in those areas? It would get boring. You have seen those little robot vacuums and floor cleaners, haven't you? OH GOSH I want one of those!!

Carey said...

Another holiday weekend in the offing. I'm staying home. But I get to go to my brother's house Saturday night!! I see him less often than I prefer. His house is so bitchen, in an older part of town. I went to school (private) in his neighborhood when I was a child. Even the small, old campus was gorgeous. Lovely memories.

My brother reminds me and my sister of our Dad so much. It's uncanny, but neat to watch and absorb. It's a little like having Dad around at Christmas.

Gerald said...

If Hitler Bush spent 3 hours thinking about invading Iraq and not attack on a whim, maybe we would not be in this mess.

Stupid does as stupid is!!!!!

Hitler Bush sleeps well at night! He must really love the fact that he is killing thousands of people. He must have shit for brains!!!!!

Gerald said...

Faith in God

[A living faith in nonviolence] is impossible without a living faith in God. A nonviolent man can do nothing save by the power and grace of God. Without it he won't have the courage to die without anger, without fear and without retaliation. Such courage comes from the belief that God sits in the hearts of all and that there should be no fear in the presence of God. The knowledge of the omnipresence of God also means respect for the lives even of those who may be called opponents....

Nonviolence is an active force of the highest order. It is soul force or the power of Godhead within us. Imperfect man cannot grasp the whole of that Essence-he would not be able to bear its full blaze, but even an infinitesimal fraction of it, when it becomes active within us, can work wonders.

The sun in the heavens fills the whole universe with its life-giving warmth. But if one went too near it, it would consume him to ashes. Even so it is with God-head. We become Godlike to the extent we realize nonviolence; but we can never become wholly God.

The fact is that nonviolence does not work in the same way as violence. It works in the opposite way. An armed man naturally relies upon his arms. A man who is intentionally unarmed relies upon the Unseen Force called God by poets, but called the Unknown by scientists. But that which is unknown is not necessarily non-existent. God is the Force among all forces known and unknown. Nonviolence without reliance upon that Force is poor stuff to be thrown in the dust.

Consciousness of the living presence of God within one is undoubtedly the first requisite.

Gerald said...

Faith in God is from Mahatma Gandhi and his thoughts on Nonviolence.

Gerald said...

See and hear the real Hitler Bush

Carey said...

EVERYONE:

Please all of you, check out the link posted by Gerald, See and Hear the Real Hitler Bush.

It brings tears and is the year-end piece.

Thank you Gerald.

Carey said...

Candidate Edwards: Version 2.008

John Nichols (12/28)


The John Edwards who today announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination is a very different contender from the fresh-faced young senator who in 2004 bid for the party nod--and eventually secured a place on the ticket as the vice presidential nominee.

By any measure, he has a lot more to offer progressives than he did in 2004. That potential to appeal to the party's left flank is essential for Edwards, who will need an ideological base as he struggles for attention in a race where New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama have been sucking most of the air out of the contest.

Edwards struggled to craft a message in 2004. After stumbling frequently and, many assumed, fatally in 2003, he finally developed the "two Americas" stump speech that identified him as a candidate who was serious about broadening the national debate to include a serious discussion of the dangerous gap between rich and poor in America.

Even as he improved as a speaker and debater, however, Edwards remained a vague and frequently ill-defined candidate. He condemned President Bush's management of the war in Iraq, and was particularly critical of the war profiteering that had been allowed--if not encouraged--by the White House. But Edwards took no clear stand on the war.

Edwards talked tough about the need to protect American farmers. But he developed a "farm plan" that seemed more sympathetic to agribusiness than to working farmers.

Edwards tried to portray himself as a champion of labor. But he never really developed a coherent, let alone effective, message on the central issue for unions and their members: trade policies that favor multinational corporations and Wall Street over working Americans and Main Street.

Despite his flaws, Edwards did well enough in 2004 to merit another look in 2008. And he has given progressives reason to be impressed. Many migrated to the Edwards camp late in the 2004 race in hopes of blocking the candidacy of an even more flawed contender, John Kerry.

For one thing, instead of announcing on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Edwards is heading to New Orleans, where his "two Americas" theme is illustrated by the stark reality of the federal government's ongoing neglect of Hurricane Katrina victims. And he has answered his critics' old "Where's the beef?" question with comprehensive plans for guaranteed universal health care and providing equal access to education.

Edwards is also more focused and more right about the Iraq war. He has acknowledged that he was wrong to vote in 2002 to authorize Bush to attack Iraq. He wants to begin bringing the troops home quickly and he is steadfastly opposed to the construction of permanent bases.

On trade and agriculture issues, he has shown perhaps the greatest evidence of growth. In addition to taking tough stances against individual flawed trade pacts, he has hired as his campaign manager former Congressman David Bonior, D-Michigan, who for years was the leading House foe of the corporation-friendly trade policies favored by the last two administrations.

Most indications suggest that Edwards gets it. That does not mean he is the perfect contender, nor that he is the perfect progressive. But he has grown a great deal over the past several years, and that growth has been in a serious, smart and savvy direction that progressives would be wise to note at this relatively early stage in the 2008 contest.

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A nicely candid assessment of John Edwards. I do so enjoy John Nichols of The Nation.


By the way, I harshly condemn the hanging of Saddam Hussein tonight. Everytime I think of it, I cringe. It's not just that I'm irrevocably against capital crime. I see Bush's chimpy asshole face all over this one. Can't stand it.

Carol said...

I'm with you, Carey. I'm against murder. There are laws against murder. "Thou shalt not kill" is one of the commandments. I fail to see the difference between an execution and murder. Since I read Saddam is to be hung tonight my spirits have fallen.

They say he had a few people killed, well so has Mr. Bush. I fail to see the difference between the two men.

Micki said...

Carey - I think John Edwards deserves a serious look because he knows what's at stake for a better future. As he said -- ending the shame of 37 million Americans in poverty and strengthening the middle class, guaranteeing universal health care, ending America's addiction to oil, restoring America's moral leadership in the world, bringing home the troops, among many other issues.

But, I'm a little worried -- I hope I can frame this correctly -- that his call for "a new spirit of volunteerism" and his embrace of faith-based programs as a means to help solve problems is ill-advised and naive unless he highlights the importance of government policy and sound leadership as necessary in dealing with entrenched poverty, global warming, and spiraling health costs. Those huge problems are NOT going to be solved with faith-based initiatives and volunteerism. The separation of church and state is on a slippery slope...

Micki said...

Where is Pope Benedict on Saddam's hanging? He should condemn this murder. He should take a moral stand.

If he has spoken out eloquently and vociferously against this murder, I missed it.

I am totally against the death penalty. Period. No exceptions. I would not want it applied to bush, cheney, rummy, condi, or any of the bush gang.

Micki said...

In addition to my unwavering position on the death penalty, there is something terribly depressing about the timing of Saddam's hanging.

Carey said...

Yes, there's something very dark about this, I absolutely agree. Why the sudden rush??? And Carol, yeah, my mood has fallen with this news. Excellent point Micki, where is the Pope on all this?

Micki has thought through much of a possible John Edwards candidacy, as usual. That slippery slope you write of is awfully steep nowadays. I think Nichol's purpose here is just to say, that at this point in time, Edwards looks the best. So does Obama, but he'll suffer from his perceived and real lack of experience, needless to say the country's willingness (?) to elect a black man to the chief post. If it's Edwards/Obama, I think we have a real ticket.

It's the New Year and fun to think of these prospects.


This is unsurprisingly revealing.


I Witness the Israel Lobby in Action

A few weeks back at Columbia, I watched with amazement as the former Israeli soldier Yehuda Shaul, who started the group Breaking the Silence, gave his presentation on the horrors of the occupation to about 75 students in a darkened hall. My amazement had to do with the fact that Shaul's visit was sponsored by a largely-Jewish group at Columbia—Pro-Israel Progressives—and was attended by members of the Hillel chapter at the school. Kudos to them.

After Shaul's speech, representing "my comrades and not just myself," he was bombarded by hostile questions from Israel supporters in the audience. Shaul handled them with strength and ease. (Q. "Do you know of a counterpart organization where Palestinians question their moral decisions?" A. "I really don't care—I am an Israeli who has to raise his children in Israel...")

Just as gripping to me was the discussion that took place after the event between Rachel Glaser, the campus coordinator of the rightwing Zionist Organization of America, and the students who had organized the event.

"What did this accomplish? What did it accomplish?" Glaser barked at the organizers.

"It achieved something important," one of the Jewish students said. "People perceive pro-Israel groups as monolithic. They think that we are not able to take responsibility for the bad things that happen."

Fine, Glaser said, but the students should have organized "a panel," in which Shaul was just one voice. "Have someone else," she said. (Just as the New York Theatre Workshop wanted to "contextualize" the Rachel Corrie play with pro-Israel voices.)

It was one thing to have Yehuda Shaul give a talk inside Israel, Glaser said. "Outside of Israel, you're playing with fire."

This chilling statement was a candid expression of the goals of the Israel lobby. A member of a Jewish organization was saying that it's OK to have a wide-open discussion of these issues in Israel, but it's dangerous to have such a discussion here. Why? Because America is the mainstay of support allowing Israel to continue its policies in the Occupied Territories. The Israel lobby fears that Americans, if left to their own devices, will abandon Israel, out of indifference, or antisemitism. So Americans must be influenced—in this case by having the information they get about Israel/Palestine vetted, and by pressuring Jews on campus to toe the party line.

I bring this up because Glaser's group, the Zionist Organization of America, is now trying to have the Jewish group that sponsored Shaul's tour, the Union of Progressive Zionists, kicked out of a consortium of campus groups that promote Israel's image on campuses. Why? Because (per the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) "Jewish money should not be spent on programming that provides fodder for Israel's most virulent critics."

This is shameful news. Jews are better than this, America is better than this...



Posted by Phil Weiss on December 26, 2006 12:46 PM

Micki said...

Based on what I know, to date, I would gladly vote for John Edwards for president. Edwards/Obama is A-OK with me! Gore/Obama is all right, too. I'd vote for Wesley Clark -- Edwards/Clark, Clark/Obama, Gore/Clark. And, okay here comes the wrath of many heaped upon me! I'd vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the candidate. I'd vote for John Kerry again (well...that ain't gonna happen). Maybe someone else will emerge who's not even on the radar screen yet...

But, I think this Obama Obsession for President is going to fizzle. Based on what I've seen, heard, and read, I think he's a fine person, but I don't think there's a chance of a snowball in hell that ENOUGH Americans would vote for a black person (man or woman) for president. Sorry to say that, but I think there's still too much blatant and latent racism in our country.

I read two facts today that indicate, to me, that we haven't come far enough in this country.

(1) Danville, Virginia, regularly executes more people than any county in the country outside of Texas, but has never once since its incorporation in 1890 executed a white person.

(2) In 1865, shortly after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves, blacks owned 0.5 percent of the nation's net wealth. Today, more than 40 years after the civil rights legislation of the 1960's became law, despite the wealth of a handful of black athletes and entertainers such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey, the percentage of the nation's net worth owned by blacks totals just 1 percent. .

Disparities still affects the lives of people of color in this country. Despite the efforts of many people to remedy the injustices, the majority of people of color endure not only unequal treatment before the law today, but many other forms of discrimination and injustice, including diminished job opportunities, and deep, more intractable levels of poverty.

DEN said...

Micki, I spent 4 years in the Atlanta area and there was a huge black/White divide.

It seemed prevelant through the whole south. The Blacks in Atlanta lived in Atlanta proper, while the Whites were in the affluent suburbs, east side, Dekalb County was heavily black also.

The lines were there and easy to see.

DEN said...

Carey, my blog IS my portfolio.

I need grammar work and my punctuation is bad, just go for the meaning, screw the details.

I am also a non-killer, bugs excluded. Prison for life, humane treatment.

Do unto others......

Jeanne said...

ok the EBAY thing. I tried it once. My daughter - short person- tried to find a very expensive snowboard on EBAY. One that would fit her height. Someone was selling just the snowboard she wanted. We signed up but wasn't allowed to bid because the ad for the snowboard was wrong. VERY frustrating for my daughter. I have also known people who've been conned on the site. I am very leary.

BTW, Rachel bought a NOVEMBER SNOWBOARD. One of the best snowboards out there. Not especially colorful but very nice snowboards. I guess. I don't snowboard. Anyway, they are made in Minneapolis MN and the guy delivered it personally so it would be there on Christmas. Is that great or what?

Jeanne said...

I got to tell you this about the leadership in this country...We have to start appreciating good leadership and cherish it. Example.

The police chief in my city is one of the most compassionate, good human beings in city government anywhere. Just a profoundly good person. His leadership extends down to his officers. They show the same compassion on the job. They know what is expected.

Jeanne said...

The Saddam hanging. I am against the death penalty. My gut tells me it's wrong...you know. It's barbaric and it reduces us to our enemy's crime. We become no better than the crime we demanded justice for. It's just wrong.

Jeanne said...

As for the '08' election. I'll wait for the dust to settle before I make a decision.

Micki said...

Well, it's done. Saddam is dead.

What good is going to come from his hanging?

None.

Carey said...

Oh, where to start.

Den,

Never worry about punctuation and grammar here. You notice the rest of us don't! We have no damn Factchecker here. Thank God for something.

All,

As far as '08 goes, we're just fiddling around Jeanne. Seems appropriate for the eve of a new year. Micki, you're where I'm at on that whole thing. I'll vote for any Dem that gets the nomination--that's a no-brainer. And as we used to say on the cornblog, yes the Dems have huge problems, but that won't stop me from voting my conscience come Nov '08.


Well, it is done. Lord.

In some ways, I just don't believe it. My slightly redneck husband has to remind me of all of Saddam's crimes. I have patience up to a point, if you know what I mean. Then I just say I'm tired. No, it's not the same when sex is in the offing!

When I ruminated, I couldn't think of one political leader of some stature murdered, I mean executed by his own state. I'm sure I'm probably wrong but.....

Oh Micki!

My sister did hear on Air America today that the Pope has spoken out in condemnation of the execution and saying Saddam's name in particular. There you go!


As far as this most horrible act goes, all chaos will break loose in Iraq now. Civil war is already here for that country as well as Palestine and next, Lebanon. Bloody shit will fly.

Speaking of Palestine, did you see that the U.S. and Israel officially okayed an Egyptian arms shipment to Abbas and Fatah? "The sane Arabs must be armed." That's something, isn't it? What it really means is imminent civil war for Palestine with lots of help from the U.S. and Israel. CRAP!

DEN said...

Way too many busybodies in the ME telling them who to fight, who to kill, and giving them the tools to do it.

Minding their business so they don't have to.

Factchucker, oh jeez! could have went all year without bringing him into the conversation, and a creep too.

I do not miss the trolls.

DEN said...

ZZZZZZ

Carey said...

Den,

I'm still here but guess who I have to hand the computer over to. Yeah, the big boy. He has been patiently waiting. Well, sorta.

I'll talk at ya'll tomorrow.

Micki said...

Carey -- thank you to you and your sister for the info on the pope's position -- however, I had in mind that the pope should have used his powerful position to speak himself to the world on this important matter. There was no courage required to do so. To me, it was his obligation to speak himself, and not issue a statement through one of his spokesmen. I have scoured the Internet for a personal statement directly from the pope and have not found one...

According to a senior Vatican official, the Pope has condemned the death sentence against Saddam Hussein reiterating that capital punishment goes against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Renato Martino, Pope Benedict XVI’s top prelate for justice issues and a former Vatican envoy to the United Nations, said that Hussein’s execution would punish “a crime with another crime” and expressed hope that the sentence would not be carried out. “The death penalty is not a natural death. And no one can give death, not even the State,” he said.

gerald said...

Hitler Bush is preparing to bomb Iran

gerald said...

Bush has never wanted peace with Iran. There will be no win-win situation with this president and Iran, because Bush is playing to win on his terms alone, the way that he was able to play Libya's recent capitulation to the West.

But Iran's not doing the Gaddafi shuffle. It's always had more support in the region than Gaddafi ever did. Iran's been a fly in the American ointment since 1979. And now, after being rebuffed repeated in a quest for peace, Iran is back on the nuclear path.

So people, get ready. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can talk all day long about the first hundred hours. We can start considering our options for the 2008 presidential primary. Hey, what are your plans for the New Year?

George W. Bush is going to bomb Iran.