Saturday, August 20, 2005

Blinded me with science 

Fresh on the heals of Goat Theory, The Onion gives us the new spin on The Law of Gravity.

I just love how exciting science has become since we invited the wingnuts to play.


Friday, August 19, 2005

For your weekend pleasure 

Mark Mofford has noticed that Amazon.com is selling sex toys. Get some here.

(Navigational aid: In the left-hand column look in New Stores, then click on Health and Personal Care. Next select All Sex and Sensuality.)


Party On! 

Bill from Portland Maine writes:
Have a great weekend. Go make liberal babies.
Bill adds a little further down the post:
CHEERS to cautionary tales (for right-wing war lovers). Time magazine has a decent article this week on Cindy Sheehan. In their final paragraph they say: "There is a risk [to Bush], though, that Sheehan's ideas will never stop spreading down the road. In 1965 a group of just 25 antiwar protesters demonstrated outside President Lyndon Johnson's Texas ranch. Within a few years, the handful had turned into a movement." All you reality-based liberals who've been comparing Iraq to Vietnam since the start, line up...drinks are on me.
Have fun. Be safe.


Coffee House Humor 

Seen on the blackboard in the restroom at Ragtime Cowboy Joe:
Why does Laura insist on always being on top?

Because all George can do is screw up.
Bartender, bring me another double mocha.


Thursday, August 18, 2005

View from a First Sergeant 

Kos published this open letter from a recently retired first sergeant, an Iraq War veteran who lost friends and comrades. He has a few discrete words for the bubba who ran down the memorial crosses that were set up near Camp Casey, the encampment that has grown up around Cindy Sheehan's vigil in Crawford, Texas.
To the guy who mowed down those crosses at Camp Casey:
Mr. Northern:

I am a Veteran of the Iraq war, having served with the 4th Infantry Division on the initial invasion with Force Package One.

While I was in Iraq, a very good friend of mine, Christopher Cutchall, was killed in an unarmored HMMWV outside of Baghdad. He was a cavalry scout serving with the 3d ID. Once he had declined the award of a medal because Soldiers assigned to him did not receive similar awards that he had recommended. He left two sons and awonderful wife. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers in Iraq was Roger Turner. We gave him a hard time because he always wore all of his protective equipment, including three pairs of glasses or goggles. He did this because he wanted to make sure that he returned home to his family. He rode a bicycle to work every day to make sure that he was able to save enough money on his Army salary to send his son to college. At Camp Anaconda, where the squadron briefly stayed, a rocket landed inside a tent, sending a piece of debris or fragment into him and killed him. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers was Henry Bacon. He was one of the finest men I ever met. He was in perfect shape for a man over forty, working hard at night. He told me that he did that because he didn't have much money to buy nice things for his wife, who he loved so much, so he had to be in good shape for her. He was like a father to many young men in his section of maintenance mechanics. They fixed our vehicles with almost no support and fabricated parts and made repairs that kept our squadron rolling on the longest, fastest armor advance ever made under fire. He was so very proud of his son-in-law that married the beautiful daughter so well raised by Henry. His son-in-law was a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division, who died last year. Henry stopped to rescue a vehicle belonging to another unit on what was to be his last day in Iraq. He could have kept rolling - he was headed to Kuwait after a year's tour. But he stopped. He could have sent others to do the work, but he was on the ground, leading by example, when he was killed. On Monday night, August 16, you took it upon yourself to go out in the country, where a peaceful group was exercising their constitutional rights, and harming no one, and you ran down the memorial cross erected for Henry and for his son-in-law by Arlington West.

Mr. Northern - I know little about Cindy Sheehan except that she is a grieving mother, a gentle soul, and wants to bring harm to no one. I know little about you except that you found your way to Crawford on Monday night in August with chains and a pipe attached to your truck for the sole purpose of dishonoring a memorial erected for my friends and lost Soldiers and hundreds of others that served this nation when they were called. I find it disheartening that good men like these have died so that people like you can threaten a mother who lost a child with your actions. I hope that you are ashamed of yourself.

Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)
I don't believe I ever met 1SG Jefferies. But I would gladly serve with him anytime, anywhere.



I'd like to think that history will say this made a difference, that the Bushista Regime was brought down by a grieving American mother and those who stood with her.

My family and I were in this vigil last night (gonna teach my children well). I know most of the usual suspects who show up at events like this in my little town. What amazed me last night was how many citizens were there that I had never seen before. There's something happening here . . .

UPDATE Thursday afternoon: AMERICAblog has links to vigil coverage from all over the US.


Sunday, August 14, 2005

"Shedding the Unreality" 


"What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground," said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. "We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we're in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning."
Shedding the unreality. One can only imagine where that may lead.

You think it would start with shedding neocon idiots like Paul Wolfowitz.

Maybe they'll (re)discover science. But I ain't waitin' up nights.

Oh, and by the way, here's what the Preznit is afraid to tell the mothers of dead soldiers:
The United States no longer expects to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges, U.S. officials say.
Thanks to Duncan for the link.


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