Archive for March, 2005

One year ago today……

March 18, 2005

I just want to say congrads to Attaturk and the crew at Rising Hegemon. Today is the one year anniversary of Attaturk’s leap into the blogosphere. It’s the first site I hit every morning, and have never been let down. So go check it out and enjoy some serious snark.

And then go check out a new kid on the block, someone who I hope is around in a year as well.


Sometimes dead is better

March 16, 2005

I have avoided posting on the Schiavo story thus far partially because I didn’t feel it was all that important. But it is. You see, to me at least, the fight over whether or not to remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube is about our control over our lives.

It’s bad enough that our government feels compelled to tell us what we can and cannot put in our bodies, ie the drug war. Nevermind the fact that it is illegal to kill yourself, which makes no fucking sense.

No, this issue is important because the state of Florida, and its govenor Jeb Bush, feel compelled to intervene regardless of what this woman’s husband says. Now we have to fight our own government for the right to die.

Look, this woman is a vegetable. She can only stay alive artificially and has no sense of self. She is already dead. But for political reasons, Jeb and crew are pandering to public pressure, for votes, to pass laws denying her a respectable conclusion to her life.

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News and what not….

March 15, 2005

Here are a few stories I’ve been following this week.

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Geek out moment…..

March 15, 2005

Congratulations Coco! I love this little dog. I have been a fan of Coco since I watched her win the AKC/Eukanuba Invitational Best In Show in 2003. What a delightful little animal. She was the number one Terrier and number one dog, all breeds, in 2003 here in the US.I was a little disapointed this year when she didn’t win Best In Show at Westminster, though I must admit that the dog who won was amazing. Coco took Best In Show at Crufts, which is the biggest dog show in the world. Good for her.

Little Things….

March 12, 2005

I have been out of the all things political loop for a week now due to an increased work load at school. And in a way I actually feel good about it. Reading about the atrocious behavior of our government is depressing, and since I carry way to much stress already, the news tends to make me a little manic. I feel like I took a vacation, and actually got some things done I had been putting off.

But I cannot stop the old brain from pondering odd shit even when focused on my studies. So I want to air out a few things that have nagged their way into my consciousness this week despite my efforts to suppress them through the marvels of modern chemistry.

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Looking Forward

March 11, 2005

Well, midterms are finally over. Thank the Goddess. For those of you that don’t know, I am in the final run to getting a mechanical engineering degree, and it has been one long race. But it’s almost over, and the hunt for work has begun.

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Link Round Up- Shit I Bookmarked Lately Edition

March 6, 2005

I have a busy day today, so it’s time for a little bookmark dump.

Hmm, let’s start with plants that make you feel funny. Full of all the info you will ever need to fry your brain the natural way. God I miss those days.

How about some JFK conspiracy stuff. Cause this is one conspiracy our children will still be talking about when we are long gone.

Oh, I like this site. It gives solar activity reports in real time. I am a geek.

Speaking of science, check this out. Now your DNA can be made into a powder that can be used to identify your stuff. Can’t wait to see what fun identity thieft comes next.

Can bloggers protect their sources like journalists can? You decide. Personally, I think not. But what do I know.

Anyhow, I got shit to do, but if anyone out there has some stuff in their bookmarks that is taking up space for no particular reason, feel free to share.

Fuck up number 2,456,893 (Updated 2)

March 4, 2005

We are so good at building up our international image. I wonder how the administration will spin this.

Officials: Freed hostage’s driver ignored warnings

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. soldiers attempted to warn the occupants of a car carrying a freed Italian journalist before troops opened fire, killing a bodyguard and wounding the reporter, multinational officials said Friday night.

Giuliana Sgrena, a 56-year-old reporter for the leftist Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, and three Italian security officers were in a car headed to Baghdad International Airport when they approached a checkpoint, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said. (Full story)


Sgrena was kidnapped February 4 outside a mosque in Baghdad. Italian officials did not say how she was freed Friday.

Berlusconi said the two other people in the car contacted his office after the incident.

“They were in disbelief at the fatality at the end of a brilliantly concluded operation,” he said.

Berlusconi said though that effort was “concluded positively,” the death of Calipari, who was married with two children, brings grief.

“Something that was a joy for all of us … that I believe brought us all happiness, had to be transformed to a profound sadness for the loss of a person that had behaved … with valor,” he said.

I don’t care what the fuck the Italians did. They were leaving what surely was a dangerous situation with a freed Italian national, and our troops opened fire on them. This is bad no matter what anyone says. Christ in hell, what the fuck are we even doing there anymore?

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March 4, 2005

I just attended the wedding of two of my favorite people. And let me tell you, there are few things more wonderful to witness than the union of two people who love each other as much as they do. I feel truly blessed for getting to be his best man. It was a wonderful little service, and I wish nothing but the best for them.

Oh, and we have pictures!

Congratulations Matt and Kim. May your lives be filled with joy and may you find peace, love, and happiness in your journey together.

And yes, I cried. Dammit, I’m a softy.