Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Space, the Final Frontier

OK so the Shuttle took off and landed without a hitch. Anyone with Dish Network would have been able to see the entire mission broadcast on the NASA channel, way cool!

Watching the Earth go by while a camera is trained on it really makes me think how delicate the balance that maintains life and allows our existence. Wars cannot be seen, violence is invisible, only the tranquility of the clouds swirling and oceans gleaming in the unfiltered sunlight.

The reference to Earth used to be "Big Blue Marble", that is apparent when viewed from orbiting spacecraft.

However it is much more than a marble, it is the life support system for humanity, it must be protected at all costs. Does anyone think for one second that the solar system gives a rip whether we exist or not, humanity is a mere parasitical infestation occupying the Earth.

We have our wars, our killings, goodness as well, but in the grand scheme of things we have become a bad influence on our atmospheric protection, not to mention a hazard to one another with our constant warring nature.

Let's make this year a year for change, a change of attitude toward our life support system.
If we chose money over environment, we are endanger of becoming extinct.


Micki said...

Well, well, well. Now that the main event of the holiday season is past, I am waiting with bated breath for bush, the decider, to announce his "New Way Forward." Aren't you? Given his history of stubbornness and quick, ill-advised decisions, I think this new way forward, months in the making, will be a doozy, given that there are no good options available. That's what you get when you wage a disastrous elective war-of-choice against a weak country -- and lose! The highly-touted "turning points" (like "free" elections, a new nat'l government, blah blah blah) that were going to work in the victor's favor, came and went and the deterioraton continued.

bush is going to go for the full enchilada, a wider war, or he's going to tread water until '08 and hand the war over to the next "decider" who can be branded with "losing" the war. bush gave us a big clue when he said, "We're not winning, we're not losing." More bluster bullshit. bush has no viable plan. Period.

Remember this scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? The Black Knight in the duel scene was, like bush, convinced of his invulnerability boasting: "I'm invincible. . .The Black Knight always triumphs." After King Arthur chops off his arms and legs, leaving only his torso and attached head on the ground, the Black Knight says: "All right, we'll call it a draw."

Gee. I wish bush would call it a draw and get the hell out of there. But, he won't....

DEN said...

They still want access to Iraq's oilfields. No one has figured out a good way of swindling them out of it.

The decider has little or nothing to say about it, he only does what he is told by the Mega-Bucks bunch.

Get big money out of government!!

Micki said...

Well, Den, as long as space exploration is unmanned and space doesn't become another battleground, the "last frontier sounds" exciting and full of possibilities.

We need to prohibit national, international and private agencies from "owning" property in space.

Micki said...

Oh, oh. Now that I see your comment, Den, maybe the Big-Bucks-Bunch will start buying outer space. What if there was oil out there?

DEN said...

Oil on the Moon!! send up a space derrick and get it. Turn shuttles into tankers. Oil, Oil, we need more oil!

Micki said...

Halliburton, KBR, ExxonMobil, et al can consolidate and become an intergalactic energy giant, exploring space in god's name -- aptly called TheoCon!

Micki said...

All those horses that seem to have fire spewing out of the rear-ends in the End of the World illustrations will be fueled by TheoCon gas!

Micki said...

I think I'd better go talk my walk while I still appear to be sane. hahaha

Micki said...

oops take my walk

not talk my walk

maybe I'm nuts afterall.

Micki said...

Oh, BTW, Dr. B -- there's an effort to cross squirrels with rabbits, which will be called "squibbits" -- they will bounce along the ground, be short, and (when dead) will be used as filler in processed meats. (See: squib for origin of name)

DEN said...

Squibbits? Oh my God!, now they will be able to get the birds food!

Micki said...

Speaking of oil and vehicles that require it...

For the latest quarter, Toyota, Japan's #1 automaker, earned $3.44 billion; Ford lost $5.8 billion.

Is there a merger -- a marriage of equals (hahaha) - in the offing?

DEN said...

Ford has incinerated the most customers of any other car maker, starting with the Pinto, then Explorers and Expeditions, oh and Econoline vans too.

What goes around, comes around, LOL!

I hate Fords, especially the stinky diesels, PEEEEEEW!

Gerald said...

Israel is one of the worst nations

Gerald said...

For Hitler Bush the year was?

Gerald said...

He has nothing in his head

Gerald said...

Not Iran But Israel

Gerald said...

A Lengthy Article But Worth the Read

Gerald said...

What May Lie Ahead As the New Year Approaches

At the end of the sixth horrific year under the reign of the Bush modern-day extremist Jacobin-neocons, we can now look ahead, but to what. We have an administration in charge for another two years one longtime analyst characterizes as "a bunch of crooks, incompetents and perverts" with the president's approval rating plunging as low as 28% in some independent polls and a growing number of people in the country demanding his impeachment and removal from office.

Carey said...

A lively blog today!

Yes, it's all about the fact that we haven't completed the mission of making permanent those military bases atop Iraq's oil thus enabling us squatter's rights.

It's both, Micki. Bush will widen the war, and intentionally draw it out so that he can point to the Dems as responsible for all the bloody fallout he and his ilk have wrought.

Yes, I fear the militarization of space most assuredly.

Speaking of the New Year and our hopes pinned to the new leadership, accompanied by the need to maintain the delicate ecosystems:

The Katrina Factor and the Democratic Party

Excerpts include:

Democratic leaders must now loudly make the case for post-Katrina reconstruction they didn't make during the midterms. They should start by immediately launching an independent accounting of what went wrong with the Army Corps of Engineers' levees. So far, we have had one investigation by the Corps itself, and several independent investigations that seriously challenge the Corps's own reckoning. As founder Sandy Rosenthal has pointed out, the real danger is that the Corps's faulty study will become the blueprint for repairs. A year ago, when Nevada's Harry Reid was the Senate minority leader, he stated unequivocally that the Democratic Party supported Category 5 levee protection. "The President seems to have shelved his grand plans for reconstruction," he said in November 2005. Now Reid is in a better place to roll out those plans himself.

More than anything, Democrats must set themselves apart by keeping their promises to Katrina survivors. At an August press conference in New Orleans, party leaders pledged that the first 100 hours of the new Congress would include bills to assist New Orleans by streamlining insurance, creating more affordable housing options and restoring the coast. But Pelosi's recently released "New Direction for America" didn't include one mention of post-Katrina needs. Such omissions offer cold comfort to New Orleanians who wonder if some leaders have stopped thinking of their home as an American city at all.

Carey said...

Gerald and all,

You've probably seen the headlines. Speaking of Israel's actions in the territories and their comparison to apartheid by Carter and others, here we go again.

Israel to Renew Attacks Against Gaza Rocket Launches, Puts Truce At Risk

Israel's neocon-led government was never serious about those Christmas and Chanukkah olive branches.

Carey said...

I've mentioned this before, but I adamantly feel this man is the one of the best hopes for peace in the Mideast. If he's anything like his father, the late King Hussein....

King Abdullah: Israel not as strong as we thought

Jordanian king tells Japanese newspaper ‘The perception in the Middle East is that Israel lost Lebanon war’; adds: More and more countries in the region will now believe that the only way to get Israel to listen is through force and not negotiations

Jordan’s King Abdullah said during an interview with Tokyo-based newspaper The Daily Yomiuri that “The (Lebanon ) war last summer showed that Israel is not as strong as we had previously thought, and, justifiably or not, the perception in the Middle East is that Israel lost.”

Abdullah, who is currently visiting Japan, added that “More and more countries in the region will now believe that the only way to get Israel to listen is through force and not negotiations. Israel will have to take a significant step in the right direction that will lead to calm in the region.”

The Jordanian king stressed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the main source of Mideast tension. “Until we deal with this issue, which can be easily resolved, the Middle East will be forever cursed, as will the entire Muslim world,” he said.

Abdallah said that in light of the current situation Israel must decide whether or not it wishes to remain isolated.

“The Arab countries are very interested in moving the peace process along, and this conveys a message to the Israelis: If we advance the peace process and implement a two-state solution, all the Arab and Muslim countries will agree to establish (diplomatic) relations with Israel,” he said.

'Must change policy in Middle East'

During the Interview Abdullah warned of the rise in extremism in the Middle East, which, according to him, may lead to the weakening of the peace camp and the moderate elements.

“Therefore, we must change the policy in the Middle East, or else people will only here extremist views,” he said. “In the past, there were 8 to 10 year intervals between conflicts, but now this has dropped to 10 to 12 months, and may I remind you that we are expecting three civil wars in 2007 (in the Palestinian Authority, Iraq and Lebanon).

Turning his attention to the Iranian threat, the Jordanian king said, “There is no doubt that Iran is a major player in the region and should be incorporated into the process.

“If we advance the process in one arena, we will be able to do the same in other arenas as well,” he said. “Today the Arab street is drawn more the extremists and extremist rhetoric and less to moderates speaking of peace and co-existence.”

Abdullah summed up the interview by saying that the only way to fight the radicalization in the region is through education.

"The next step is to get to the streets, the schools, the homes. This is not a process that could take place over night. In certain places this process could take 15-20 years, but eventually the moderate majority must decide – does it want to sit quietly, or does it plan to act against the horrible crimes committed in the name of religion?"


Culled from WHATREALLYHAPPENED & YNET 12/26/06

Gerald said...

As I lament at my computer with regard to our country's mass murders and war crimes and knowing that time for me is precious, I wonder what I can do in 2007 to make our world a better place for all of God's children. How can I leave a part of me to the world? I have an idea! Will it be in words, ideas, and information? Time will tell but I must hasten to do something before God calls me in judgment of my actions, behaviors, deeds, and silences. Did I keep silent and therefore give tacit approval for man's inhumanity to man? Have I been a positive example in moving our country to pursue justice and peace? I know that I am imperfect and I hope and pray God will not judge me in comparison to His perfection. Maybe He will be able to see the dim light in my heart that worked for a world filled with love and mercy?

{ò,ó}arol said...

Dr. Benson, here's another reason saving the earth seems so hopeless.

Exported e-waste pollutes Africa

Carey said...

Et voila.

Again from today's WRH and the World Press Network

Israel Has Chosen the Path to Endlesss War Instead of Accepting an Arab Peace/Surrender Plan. Is Arab Genocide the Airm (Including by Using Depleted Uranium to Damage the Arab Gene Pool?
As King Abdullah proclaims, not until the Israel/Palestine issue is resolved will we see an end or diminishment to terrorism and upheaval.


Your self-examination is precisely what we must all do.

Carey said...

"Aim" not "airm".

Carey said...


Cute sign in insignia.

Error on your link.

Gerald said...

Carey and all, I have a theory that Nazi America, Nazi England, and Nazi Israel do not want peace in the Middle East. They have broken every treaty and accords on the books. They crave for death and destruction in the area so that the people cannot focus on a better life and put Nazi Israel in a challenge to live in peace. People who spend their time surviving cannot focus on a quality of life.

The Nazi states that I mentioned know that Islam is the wave of the future across all countries and populations. 1400 years ago Islamic culture was the model for the world. The Nazi states do not want to see this resurrection ever again and so the muslims must be subject to genocide. They must be exterminated like bugs because the Nazi states consider themselves as good, holy, and saintly. They proclaim for the world to hear that they are pro-life. It is time for me to go and puke.

Gerald said...

Carol, can you print the article, Exported e-waste polutes Africa? It did not link with my computer. Thank you!

Carol, we are finishing our third meal in a row with city chicken that my wife prepared for Christmas.

{ò,ó}arol said...

Try this {ò,ó}

Nope, it won't link. You'll have to copy/paste this URL to your browser to get there, I guess.

Damn, I tried to Snip the link at SnipUrl and they won't do it. Hmmm. Next I'll copy/paste their link and see what happens.

Nothing works. I guess the people at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch don't like to share. I'll copy/paste the article, what the heck.

Micki said...

Carey - Well, King Abdullah of Jordan has been saying for a long time that the core of the Middle East crisis is the Israel-Palestine (Israeli-Arab) issue and that needs to be aggressively addressed, not militarily but diplomatically. He's also said that talks must include Syria and Iran, otherwise not every voice is at the table.

If King Abdullah of Jordan can convince George W. Bush to talk directly with Syria and Iran, an all-out conflagation might be averted in 2007 in the Middle East. Otherwise, all best are off.

IMO, dick cheney and george bush listen more to the other King Abdullah -- the one from Saudi Arabia.

Gerald -- you've linked some very interesting articles. Thnx. Are you writing a book?

Micki said...

I should proof read my stiff better before posting... all bets are off

{ò,ó}arol said...

If you've ever wondered where all our dead computers, monitors and cellphones go, wonder no longer. This revelation makes me sick.

Exported e-waste pollutes Africa
By Bill Lambrecht

LAGOS, Nigeria — Behind an outdoor market selling used computers, young men scavenge metal and plastic from a smoldering digital dump.

Near another computer market, lizards and goats cross paths on mounds of hollow monitors, smashed televisions and other electronic waste.

Africa's largest city, already plagued by sanitation woes, is becoming increasingly polluted as a result of unscrupulous brokers and American rules that treat broken computers as products for export rather than junk.

Lagos offers perhaps the best example of the sort of burgeoning e-waste dumping that representatives of more than 120 countries addressed at a gathering in Kenya this month. The group concluded that the issue "requires urgent action."

Three-fourths of the thousands of discarded American computers arriving in Nigeria each month are in bad shape or beyond repair, African business leaders say.

All this outmoded equipment — containing lead, cadmium, mercury and other contaminants — is creating dangerous messes that pollute land and air of one of the world's poorest countries. Even computer dealers are outraged.

"People in the United States need to understand that we in this part of the world are human beings just like you," said John Oboro, deputy head of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria.

The U.S. government not only permits the exports, but it also contributes to them.

In a Lagos warehouse, asset tags on dilapidated computers viewed by a Post-Dispatch reporter showed that some once belonged to the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Postal Service.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates exports, issued new rules last summer requiring exporters to notify the government before making shipments of computer monitors.

But the rules are unlikely to make much of a dent in the murky and largely unregulated trade in e-waste, with old computers sometimes passing through many hands before winding up offshore.

Seated in his office overlooking a bustling Nigerian computer market, Oboro argued that the responsibility lies not just with the U.S. government but with American people looking for cheap and easy ways to get rid of outmoded equipment.

"Americans should not leave their e-waste only for the black man to manage," he said.

Path to pollution

With old computers, often the rule is: out of sight, out of mind. Many people don't realize when they discard computers, televisions and old cell phones — or even donate them to a good cause — that the hardware can end up in a country where environmental standards are minimal or nonexistent.

An estimated 20 million computers are retired in the United States annually, and experts see more dumping on the horizon with the arrival of flat-screen monitors and digital technology in televisions.

The federal government alone disposes of 10,000 computers weekly, sometimes donating them to schools under terms of an executive order from the Clinton administration. If computers are deemed unusable, federal agencies can give them to a recycler, often the government-owned Federal Prison Industries, known as UNICOR, which resells or donates 60 percent of the equipment it receives.

Missouri either auctions off surplus electronic equipment or donates it to schools or nonprofits after wiping information from hard drives.

Illinois is among the states whose government computers have ended up in Nigeria. In October, it became the first Midwestern state to adopt a computer recycling policy. Under an executive order from Gov. Rod Blagojevich, surplus equipment either must be properly recycled or refurbished in hopes of deterring exports of junk.

Brian Dickerson, who operates BLH Computers in Springfield, Ill., said he gets several e-mails every day from people trying to buy old equipment. He is among those who refuses to do business with exporters.

"They shove everything that nobody wants — old monitors, printers, keyboards — into containers and put it on ships. But moving our problems to Nigeria or China doesn't help anybody," he said.

Exporting trash

Computer dealers described how the thinly veiled dumping works:

American brokers and scrap dealers are paid to haul away useless computers, which they then ship along with used laptops, working computers, old televisions and other electronic equipment with some value to places like Lagos.

The Americans avoid U.S. dumping costs while the Nigerians find enough in the load to make a profit and then throw away or burn what's left.

Sometimes the e-waste schemes occur on a grand scale: Nigerians tell of receiving donated school buses packed with trashed computers destined for the dump.

John Roberts, who operates Midwest Recycling in Rolla, Mo., says shipping to foreign markets sometimes is his only way to make a profit. Roberts, who was sued by the state in July for an outdoor computer dump, says he occasionally ships to Africa but usually deals with Asian countries.

Interco Trading, of Fairmont City, Ill., has the reputation as one of the biggest electronics exporters in the region. Robert Feldman, a principal in the company, said critics of exporting don't understand how global business works. His company operates in Europe and Asia, he said, but not in Africa.

"They don't know how the little piggy gets to market," said Feldman, explaining that electronic waste reclaimed in foreign lands often provides raw materials for products reimported by the United States.

"If countries have a problem with it, they should restrict it," he said.

Crackdown — minus U.S.

In the late 1980s, shipments of toxic waste from Europe to Nigeria and from New Jersey to South Africa triggered a global effort to curb exploitative dumping. Under the banner of the United Nations, countries aimed to end exploitative dumping in developing nations by adopting the Basel Convention, a treaty-like agreement named for the Swiss city in which it was reached.

So far, 169 countries have ratified the agreement. The United States, where officials have worried about potential restraints on trade, is not among them.

Toxic-dumping tragedies still occur. In the Ivory Coast, at least 10 people died and thousands were sickened when black sludge that originated in Europe was dumped at 17 sites in Abidjan, the capital city, last summer.

Electronic waste may be less hazardous. Still, many Africans and the United Nations are worried.

No studies have been conducted in Africa on the health effects of continued e-waste dumping and burning, but electronic garbage contains lead and other material known to be unhealthful.

Besides leaching into soil and groundwater, burned e-waste can create dioxins, a class of chemicals linked to cancer and interference with the immune system.

At a conference of members of the Basel Convention that concluded this month, representatives of some 120 countries agreed to accelerate efforts to reduce health risks from e-waste in developing countries by fighting illegal waste traffickers and strengthening global collaboration.

Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environmental Program, referred to e-waste dumping as one of the planet's most significant new environmental problems.

"We have reached a point where both the experts and the people in the affected communities see this as a problem of unexpected proportions," he said in a telephone interview.

'Not a commodity'

Olakitan Ogunbuyi, of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of the Environment, was assigned by her government to tackle e-waste and other dumping issues.

Interviewed in Nigeria, she said officials have searched more than two dozen ships and appointed a commission to find solutions. But she said Nigeria's young democracy — the nation is just seven years removed from military rule — desperately needs U.S. cooperation.

"The United States must help us on these Basel issues," she said.

Back in the United States, Matt Hale, director of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste, said his agency's new rules requiring notification when computer monitors are shipped for recycling are "a significant new requirement that will give better international controls."

"We certainly see deplorable conditions that need to be addressed. Our view is that there are elements of commerce here that are legitimate, but we need to make sure that it operates in a safe manner," he said.

A year ago, Jim Puckett, coordinator of the Basel Action Network, filmed the Nigerian dumps and markets and has used the evidence to press for restrictions on e-waste dumping.

When he returned last week from the global gathering in Nairobi, Puckett said he was heartened that many countries are taking e-waste threats seriously but troubled by the U.S. refusal to ratify the Basel Convention.

He noted that just three countries signed the dumping treaty years ago but have since refused to ratify it: Afghanistan, Haiti and the United States.

"They (U.S. officials) just sat on the sidelines in Nairobi. The only serious fly in the ointment is the irresponsibility of the United States," he asserted.

Adam Sichko of the Post-Dispatch
Washington Bureau contributed to this report.

Micki said...


{ò,ó}arol said...

Gerald, you just HAD to remind me, didn't you. Well, I'm jealous.

Micki said...

Carol, I bet you make THE BEST City Chicken! Well, I'm sure Gerald's wife makes THE BEST, too.

Gerald said...

Carol, thank you for the reprint!

Those city chickens tasted sooooo good! They had to be divided equally among each family member.

º¿carol said...

I want somebody else to make it for me. I'm sick of cooking.

º¿carol said...

Oh, I'm sure when the batch got low it had to be even-Steven or trouble would break out. Did you sneak out to the kitchen in the middle of the night to snatch a couple, hmm?

Gerald said...

micki, the project is out of the bag! It's on its way to the publisher. My son helped me with the final details. He has published three books in the area of Environmental Health and Safety. One of his books is used by a university class.

Micki said...

Gerald -- well, tell us more about it. Please. Pretty please! I love details. Seriously.

Gerald said...

Carol, prior to the first meal all the city chicken was counted and so each person knew what was to be doled out.

micki, I think most husbands praise their wives for their cooking skills. My wife is amazing. She can prepare, of course, the standard American dishes as well Italian, German, Polish, Mexican, Chinese, and Korean. Our youngest son learned Korean dishes from a friends mother who is Korean and he helped my wife with the different dishes. Like most ethnic foods some dishes taste better and they are enjoyed more than others.

Micki said...

Gerald, one of my older sisters had a highschool boyfriend who counted the sausages in the pan when my mom was frying up a huge batch of them one Christmas Eve night after Midnight Mass. He divided the sausages by the number of people gathered. My Dad saw this occur and said to my mother, "I hope she doesn't marry him."

It's okay to count up the City Chicken pieces and dole them out.

My dad thought any boyfriend who would count up the sausages, when he wasn't even IN the family, was bad news.

Gerald said...

micki, I am reluctant to say too much until I receive a copy. The book is comprised of ten chapters. I am critical of certain people and issues. There will be no surprises of the people whom I criticize. I also give my constructive opinions to make our world a better place. The book covers a period from 2002 through 2006. It will come out in paperback. On my computer each page is 8 and one half by 11. In the paperback each page is 6 by 9. My book has 96 pages. I do not know how many pages will comprise the 6 by 9 paperback. The layout of the book looks really good. It is a book that will require some reflection and thought. I hope this information will do for now.

Gerald said...

micki, the counting of the city chicken is with family members and not friends. I would be careful to become serious about some boyfriend who counts the sausage or burgers, etc.

One son lives in another state and he does not have the good fortune of tasting his mother's cooking as often as his brothers and so when he comes home we have to put a handle on him.

The city chicken is prepared only once a year and on rare occasions my wife will prepare a second time during the year.

Our youngest son has chosen to live in another state and so there is little sympathy for him.

Micki said...

Thanks, Gerald! That's a good bit of information -- I can "read between the lines" and make some educated guesses. Do you have a title? They say a good title is half the battle in publishing circles.

º¿carol said...

The city chicken was counted? I would have never done that or I couldn't have filched one in the middle of the night!

º¿carol said...


24 wooden skewers about 6 inches long
1 to 1½ pounds lean pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 to 1½ pounds lean veal, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 eggs
bread crumbs
salt & pepper

Alternate the pork and veal cubes on the wooden skewers, leaving enough space at the blunt end to pick up the skewer with fingers. Dip the meat in egg, salt and pepper to taste then coat in bread crumbs. (The recipe says to layer them in a pan and set it in the fridge for about an hour before frying. I've never done that)

Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a skillet (at least a half inch if you ask me). Cook the skewered meat over medium heat, turning often, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Remove and drain on paper towels.

Preheat oven to 350°. Placed skewered meat at the bottom of a large baking or roasting pan. Cover and bake for about 1:15 or until tender. Remove the cover during the last 15 minutes of baking.

(I got the recipe out of the Detroit Free Press but I changed it here. They had all kinds of spices in theirs and that's not how my mom or anyone else I know did it. I'll try to find their recipe and post it later)

º¿carol said...

I couldn't find the recipe at the Free Press. I looked on Lots of variations there but most of them were just salt and pepper.

The Free Press one added onion powder, parsley or basil flakes, garlic powder and Italian bread crumbs. Blech. Plain is best.

O'Reilly said...

In recent weeks I've spoken to several outside-the-administration Iran experts who believe the Bush White House is intent on military action against Iran--probably air strikes.
- David Corn, “In-the-Ground Truth in Iran?” link

Let’s assume your sources are right. Let’s further assume the president is reassured by the same sense of moral righteousness that he asserted before invading Iraq and that he is driven by the same intent to “kick their ass all over the middle east.”

Do you really believe The Decider cares to offer the public or even congress the opportunity to scrutinize the reasons for that march to war? Of course not, he is The Decider. He will claim the action is part of the War on Terror and challenge Congress to challenge him. Having hoarded, manipulated and subverted intelligence, Congress will be in no position to analyze the information and make an assessment. So how then can the freedom-fighting president be stopped?

Since you have taken impeachment off the table (in spite of a multitude of BushCo transgressions against the Constitution, flouting the rule of law, and general incompetence) Congress must withdraw war authorization for any new initiatives in the war of terror and require the executive to present a case to congress.

O'Reilly said...

Thanks for the recipe for City Chicken. I'll cook it Sunday for our New Year's Eve Celebration.

Today's posts were a lot of fun to read. I'm not sure if I believe Carol's denial about never having snuck into the kitchen to filch city chicken. Seems to me just about everyone who's tried it has snuck into the kitchen at one time or another to filch an extra piece... If you can steal a little food out of the kitchen, what's the sense of being catholic?

Carey said...

Gerald's secret is out. FINALLY!!!

I have to rush here, I'm being pushed to give up the computer by guess who, my son Brandon.

I'll have to read the rest tomorrow while he sleeps in. Gosh he's spoiled, isn't he? He did get an excellent report card though.

Gerald, I did want to say that your suspicions about the Imperial powers not wanting peace in the Middle East have been espoused by others. These impressions, I believe, have some merit to them.

I definitely want to look into your post on Iran.

O'Reilly said...

Baghdad is the problem and while we debate what to do in Baghdad, the Shiites are changing the facts on the ground in Baghdad through incremental—not at all stealthy—rather rapid ethnic cleansing. So we may get a monochrome Baghdad out of this, which would be ahhh, sad, but perhaps tranquilizing.
-George Will link

The Lancet survey found that levels of violence in the rest of the country are similar to that in Baghdad (remember that the authors included criminal activities such as gang and smuggler turf wars in their statistics).
- Juan Cole, Informed Comment. “Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2006” link