Friday, November 16, 2007



DEN said...

Mark Fiore

micki said...

Southwest fires pilots for takeoff — of their uniforms

Speaking of flying nekid...

This is in the "things you don't need to know category."

micki said...

We'll hear ad nauseum about who "won" and who "blew it" in the so-called debate last night.

But, from my view, the loser was Wolf Blitzer -- he was the one who blew it.

I'm sick and tired of these pompous a**holes who call themselves journalists asking gotcha questions. Those ridiculous Yes or No questions mock the seriousness of intelligent discourse.

Too bad for the nation that Wolf (and his ilk) are most interested in generating "pithy" soundbites (of themselves) than they are in giving the candidates an opportunity to give a reasoned, and yes nuanced!, explanation on important matters.

Aw crap.

DEN said...

Micki, maybe this will explain why CNN has a bit of bias.

TIME-WARNER TBS - AOL (donated 1.6 million to GW's 2000 campaign)

micki said...

America's Immigration Quandary
No Consensus on Immigration Problem or Proposed Fixes

This Pew Report was released over a year ago, but I suppose most of this data still holds.

...and Blitzer et. al. want Yes or No answers!


micki said...

Den, I don't necessarily look on it as bias, as much as it is superficiality and lack of seriousness.

It's dumbed-down discourse.

º¿carol said...

*historical footnote

*On November 16, 1963 Bob & Carol got married in front of a Justice of the Peace.

It's not a world's record, but it's 44 years today. :)

micki said...

Happy Anniversary, Carol and Bob!

Were Ted and Alice your witnesses?

DEN said...

Happy Anniversary Carol!!

micki said...

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday blocked a Democratic proposal that would have paid for the Iraq war but required that troops start coming home.

The 53-45 vote was seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance. It came minutes after the Senate rejected a Republican proposal to pay for the Iraq war with no strings attached.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the only way to get troops the money was to approve the restrictions outlined by Democrats.

"Our troops continue to fight and die valiantly. And our Treasury continues to be depleted rapidly, for a peace that we seem far more interested in achieving than Iraq's own political leaders," Reid said.

Republicans said Democrats were being irresponsible.

"We need to get our troops everything they need," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "We need to get it to them right now."

Four Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure: Sens. Gordon Smith of Oregon, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Susan Collins of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., was the lone Democrat opposing it because he said it did not go far enough to end the war.

The Republican proposal to pay for the Iraq war with no strings attached failed by a vote of 45-53, which was 15 short of the number needed to go forward.

Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said this week that if Congress cannot pass legislation that ties war money to troop withdrawals, they would not send President Bush a bill this year.

Instead, they would revisit the issue upon returning in January, pushing the Pentagon to the brink of an accounting nightmare and deepening Democrats' conflict with the White House on the war.

In the meantime, Democrats say, the Pentagon can use some of its $471 billion annual budget without being forced to take drastic steps.

"The days of a free lunch are over," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

At the White House on Friday, deputy press secretary Tony Fratto said: "DOD would have to eat into their annual budget and I believe that still presents difficulties in getting the troops in the field the resources they need to carry out their mission."

"We'd rather see the Department of Defense, the military planners and our troops focusing on military maneuvers rather than accounting maneuvers as they carry out their mission in the field," Fratto said. "I think Congress should send this money, allow these troops to get the equipment they need. There is no reason why they should not get the money. This isn't like this is a last-minute effort and call for funding."

He said the president sent his budget to Congress back in February last year. Along with that was the supplemental request for more than $145 billion for the global war on terror. The request last month was an augmentation to that request, but they've known that funding is needed, Fratto said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that unless Congress passes funding for the war within days, he will direct the Army and Marine Corps to begin developing plans to lay off employees and terminate contracts early next year.

Gates, who met with lawmakers on Wednesday, said he does not have the money or the flexibility to move funds around to adequately cover the costs of the continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There is a misperception that this department can continue funding our troops in the field for an indefinite period of time through accounting maneuvers, that we can shuffle money around the department. This is a serious misconception," Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.

As a result, he said, he is faced with the undesirable task of preparing to cease operations at Army bases by mid-February, and lay off about 100,000 defense department employees and an equal number of civilian contractors. A month later, he said, similar moves would have to be made by the Marines.

º¿carol said...

Thank you verra much, everyone.

No, Steve & Barbara were our witnesses but they named their two cats Ted and Alice because they said they already had a Bob & Carol.

Steve is Bob's brother, Barb is his wife.

DEN said...

In case any of you missed KO last nite, Crooks&Liars has his vid up on their site.

"To speak of supporting the troops and not understand that the only true way to enact that support is to make sure that kind of homecoming is what each of them and their families have earned is to reduce that support to a saying on a bumper sticker, to making it a meaningless brand name. Supporting the troops is supporting 1st Lt. Thomas Bourne, and supporting Amy Bourne and supporting Walker Bourne and supporting Preston Bourne. Supporting them is not making those two little boys have to cry again. It is not thumping a chest and waving a flag and threatening a dissenter. It is not what the Army Reserve is doing to Thomas Bourne and thousands more like him: sending him after his two weeks’ leave is up…back to Iraq."

Right on KO!!

DEN said...

Today is also my anniversary, not wedding tho, quit smoking cigarettes 4 years ago today after smacking a deer with my motorcycle at 65 MPH.

Hospitalized with a severely broken(compound fracture) leg and severe(knocked out) concussion and a $9000 Life Flight to the Trauma Center.

As I laid there raging at people for a cigarette(cannot remember doing it) a week later I would wake up with no desire to smoke again.

Head ain't be right since! HA!

Alan said...


carey said...

Thank you dear Micki for the news of Southwest Airlines. Well, we can always walk. Y'all heard of the Midwest near collision. Major yikes!

I've spent at least an hour trying to get Air America on my computer. Real Media is not operating correctly or something. I'll check back with it later. I so needed a fix.

You really miss it when it's not there. Really. One relies on it so.

I went Christmas shopping again last night. Also caught just a tiny part of the debate. Heard Hillary came out swinging. Good for her. Let's get this thing on!

Briefly caught Micki's description of Bellingham after the storm. I have to go back and read yesterday's blog completely when I have more time. Wow, what a mess. Nature is utterly powerful.

Wolf Blitzer, an A-No.1 jerk. Can't stand him anymore. Micki, if you're going to view any tapes, only go with MSNBC when they sponsor the debate. At least they're closer to normal. I did not pursue last night's debate, actually, because of Wolf.


A job well done.

micki said...

Den, that's a heckuva way to quit smoking.

Happy Anniversary to you, too!

micki said...

Webcast tomorrow, Nov 17th -- Presidential Forum to discuss climate and energy

On Saturday, Nov. 17, Grist will be sponsoring the first-ever presidential candidate forum focusing on the issues of energy policy and climate change.

All Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were invited to attend; Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich have accepted the invitation.

carey said...


micki said...

Go to that Grist site I linked above and read about the candidates' on the issues pertaining to climae change.

Interesting stuff.

carey said...

All of the questioners want soundbite answers.

The whole thing sucks Micki. I know exactly what you're complaining about. It turns the whole thing into a game or reality show. The debates go the way of much TV these days. They get in the same ruts. Everybody wants ratings.

It does not get the work of the nation done.

carey said...

The nation stops watching and they switch back to Deal or No Deal. Progress not obtained.

carey said...


Ok, CNN is seriously biased along with bad TV production and no real red meat. No real debate. How's that? I guarantee it was a lousy show and, as I said, I turned it off and went shopping.

Wolf Blitzer has become quite awful. It's only increasing with him. Worser every time.

carey said...

Dennis Micke--one could say you lucked out with the cigarettes and quitting. And you did.

But the price you paid, oh my.

carey said...

I wandered back into Brandon's room (where the computer is) because I'm putting off getting on the rowing machine. I don't know why. It's not bad.

Immigration issues?

The bane of a Democrat's existence. So completely messed up and emotion-riddled.

It's going to be a problem we have to try to work around, there's too many holes to trip over. I don't know what to say on that score.

carey said...

I've got to try to remember this webcast tomorrow that Micki wrote of.


David B. Benson said...

Happy anniversaries.

Or however it's spelt...

DEN said...

Earlier this week, Dr. James Holsinger, the president’s controversial Surgeon General nominee, resigned from the board of the Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, apparently because he believes he’s poised to take office. Has the Senate agreed to overlook his record and confirm his nomination? No, Holsinger is apparently telling people the president plans to appoint him to the post once the Congress goes into recess.

These recess appointments seem to anger Senate Democrats more than almost anything else. In April, the White House drove the majority party batty with some controversial appointments, and Harry Reid & Co. quickly realized that the only way to avoid recess mischief is to eliminate recesses.
@ Carpetbagger Report

David B. Benson said...

More of Micki's leftovers today...

º¿carol said...

Thanks for the Happy Anniversary, everyone. Thanks for the cute e-card, Carey.

And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you, too, Den! Must be nice to wake up one day and have no desire to smoke. We quit March 12 so it's only been eight months. I'll probably miss it until the day I die, *sniff* but I'm REALLY glad to have kicked the habit.

We went Christmas shopping and got me a new microwave stand. One of the doors broke off my old one a couple years ago and couldn't be fixed. It's been such a pain because I have to keep the door leaning against the space to keep Izzy out. I keep all my plastic food bowls there and one day Iz had them all out on the floor and some in the living room. Dogs and their noses!

Now to get Bob to assemble the thing!


DEN said...

Carol ,you might bribe him with beer!

Quitting smoking ain't no picnic but sure beats the scalper rates you pay per pack.

Takes 4 years to quit dreaming about and craving cigs.

micki said...

Carey, when I made the comment about bias, I was thinking more of the lack of journalistic standards than I was to an individual reporter's personal perspective. Yes, CNN shows a bias -- but, I don't think their corporate bias is necessarily conservative or liberal or somewhere in-between, it's a bias towards entertainment and quasi-sensationalism. They are more interested in creating the spectre of something extra-ordinary, because they know the ordinary doesn't boost ratings. It's pathetic.

One reason Bernie Shaw left CNN in '01 was because the cable news network began foxifying itself then. Edward R. Murrow was Bernie's hero. Can you even imagine how out-of-step he felt at CNN with its fox-creep?

micki said...

Dr. B -- Windy? Rainy? Snowy? Blowy?

David B. Benson said...

Does it snow this time of year in B'ham?

David B. Benson said...

Grim reading:

IPCC to warn of abrupt climate change

micki said...

Does it snow this time of year in B'ham?

It's been known to do so...but rarely.

So far....

micki said...

This is a good link that I got from Dr. B's link about abrupt climate change -- I understand this one better

Thnx for the link, Dr. B.

David B. Benson said...

Climate change worse than predicted

Won't snow in B'ham this times of year anymore...

DEN said...

The Earth is a giant living machine.

All the ingredients are there to self sustain indefinitely.

Introduction of chemicals not common in nature causes climatic and ocean imbalances as we have seen.

We need to bite the bullet and stop.

Recall the American Indians that occupied what we now call our land. They treated the Earth as their mother and guided by great spirits among the creatures, managed a primitive yet peaceful life.

I am not suggesting we put up teepees and hunt animals for the skins, rather use our knowledge to simplify and reduce waste, both airborne and earth borne.

Require products to be made as fossil fuel free as possible and recyclable components.

Stop burning stuff to make power, again use our knowledge to devise some other way to make electricity, no fossil fuels! Big Sun up there and windy down here, lower line voltage and make things that will run on say 12 volts instead of 120.

LED lights, make better and brighter ones.

If we can make cell Phone/MP3/Internet Portal/Instant Message gizmos that fit in a shirt pocket, we surely can do more with technology.

Deep rooted corporate and political cronies will fight everything that does not drip with money, but unless we defeat the corporate machine, we will pay dearly with polluted and heated air to breathe, chemical filled aquifers on which our very presence depends.

We will die.

So will they.


David B. Benson said...

Coming to the oceans and lakes nearest you:

Overfishing and development turning the Mediterranean into a marine graveyard

David B. Benson said...

But there may still be some hope:

Climate Change Power Shift