Date: 11/03/2007 13:37:53
New England is in full-on "storm panic" this morning. Hurricane Noel is brushing by the outer cape today, and the news has branded it "as bad as the Perfect Storm", so there isn't a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread to be found in the six-state region. Somehow, I think we'll be OK, but we are expecting up to 3 inches of rain and wind over 50 mph for most of the day.
If you still subscribe to Time magazine, you may have seen a little essay in the October 18th issue called "Libertarians Rising". While I don't have a link, there was a little blurb in this weeks' Liberator Online...Continue reading...
Jimmy Carter was on his way... (apologies to the Beatles)
Nov 2, 1976: Jimmy Carter beats "incumbent" Gerald Ford to become the 39th President of the United States. For four years, the country got the best and worst of a Democratic president. It was a turbulent time with runaway inflation, worries of nuclear proliferation, and the populace awakening to the problems of pollution.
In Jan 1976, it certainly didn't seek like Jimmy Carter was going to be president. He was the first choice of only 4% of Democratic voters. Nine months later he was elected. Note: For anyone to say Hillary is a shoe-in, this should shut them up
Ask any person who remembers Carter fondly, and they'll wax poetic on Carter's initiatives. He was the first (and only president) to put solar cells on the roof of the White House. He brokered a peace deal between Egypt and Israel that helped saved thousands of lives and untold destruction. He put together the SALT II treaty to help move away from nuclear proliferation. He imposed sanctions on countries that we had historically been buddies with if they were guilty of state-sponsored human rights abuses.
yes...a stub... I had a lot of wine last nite... I will be back soon with a better, stronger... smarter blog entry....
Raine apologizes. JLY, LLC.
All rights reserved, 2007 ================================================================== OK... Blog update!!!Also known as, I am not gay, I love my wife....
So, Richard Curtis resigned. Do you know Richard Curtis?
Rep. Richard Curtis, 48, said he was resigning immediately to spare his wife and children more public embarrassment. In a written statement, Curtis said, "Events that have recently come to light have hurt a lot of people. I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused."
Curtis, a Republican, told a newspaper in his southwest Washington district on Monday that sex was not involved in what he said was an extortion attempt. He also declared he was not gay.
But in police reports, Curtis said he was being extorted by a man he had sex with at a hotel room in Spokane, where Curtis was attending a GOP retreat. The other man, Cody Castagna, 26, contends Curtis reneged on a promise to pay $1,000 for sex.
Yeah, extortion... computer says nooooo
Date: 10/31/2007 12:04:30
The Democratic debate last night was significant and trivial, inspiring and infuriating, focused and chaotic. In short - it was a microcosm of our political system.
Personally, I found the constant focus on Hillary distracting and aggravating. At least half the debate was Hillary being attacked or Hillary defending herself. While it's true that the media and the Republicans have already dubbed her the winner, the intense focus on her set up an atmosphere of "trash Hillary" (which was pointed out by Bill Richardson). She's certainly my least-favorite candidate, but I thought the moderators and some of the other candidates could've done better to spread the time and topics around.
In fact, one of the most aggravating things about the debate was how little time was afforded the non-front-runner candidates.Continue reading...
Ask a Vet
Date: 10/30/2007 10:49:31
Today is our 1,686th day in Iraq.
We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures, courtesy of antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 3839
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3700
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3378
Since Handover (6/29/04): 2980
Since Election (1/31/05): 2402
Other Coalition Troops: 303
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 451
We find this week's cost of war
standing at:$464, 298, 600, 000.00
Ok, folks... do you have something you want for the blog? I am a little partial for the want of a little piggy one... so far this is the best I can find...
but I am going to look into it a little more find something better pigger more porky!
... so this begs the question....What emoticons will make your blogging more pleasurable?
And yes, I know that damn
doesn't always dance... I am gonna look into that. It is a truly fickle fruit.26 comments
Back when I was a young Mondo, I had a big time fascination with all things war. Tanks, guns, small arms, uniforms all that jazz. I was a big time military history buff. I still am, but since after about the age of sixteen the need to get laid was greater, I had to tone this stuff down. I still am really fascinated by the military history to this day. There is a lot of it and some of it is very important.
Unlike many of my liberal pals, I believe in a strong military. We need to have that ability to project force and protect American interests overseas. Donít get me wrong Iím not a raving militarist, just a guy who sees a need for a standing army ready to do its thing at a momentís notice. We need these people with the special training and disciple to do these things we donít really want to think about.
When I was in Alabama at the beginning of the month, we were only mere miles from Fort Benning, Georgia. So we decided to make a trip to the Infantry Museum there. The first thing I noticed about our new look military, was the folks guarding the main gate were not eager young MPs, they were civilian contractors. You see all the MPs are overseas. In Iraq. Or they are in the reserves who if they are. Anyway no soldiers there; as a mater of fact, soldiers are pretty thin on the ground there period. There we a few folks in uniform at the Museum. It is a nice little one at that, good displays; lots of stuff to see from the founding of the US Army until the Waronterra and everything in between. As we looked at the displays from the Waronterra we noticed that there was a very subtle conflation of 911 and shenanigans in Iraq. Strike two for the new look military. As Mort Milfington (look it up!) Shameful! Ignominious! Surprisingly, there was not a third strike.
Do I have a point here? Yes the point is donít hate on the Army because it is the Army. They have a job to do to do and up until Bushís folly they did it very well. You might not like what they are trained to do, but they are part of the modern world. We used to have the best trained, best motivated, best educated most professional army in the world. I say used to because the war is breaking the back of the Army. The recruiting standards are lower. People with criminal records are getting into the ranks. The Army has lost its way thanks to Bush and Rummy. We can have once what we had again. We need to stop this madness.
Mondo, out! 220 comments
Looking for a sweep
Date: 10/28/2007 23:28:05
Well, here it is. After 86 years of futility, heartache, and disappointment, it sure is odd to be looking at a second world series win in 3 years. But since Red Sox Nation is the most superstitious of all sports fans, I have my own theory about that. "The Sweep" erased all that angst in neat fashion thusly:
Game 1: 1946
Game 2: 1967
Game 3: 1975
and Game 4, the clincher, erased that monstrous insult on The Nation in 1986.
My friend Dennis still has the best story from that tortured evening 21 Octobers ago...
I had just pulled up in front of my apartment. I had the radio on and I figured that I had just enough time to run upstairs and see the last out. I shut off the radio and took two steps towards the door, and then I heard my roommate let out the most anguished cry of horror you could possibly imagine. I don't know what happened, but I knew it wasn't good...
Well, let's hope all the old demons have been swept away and recent history can repeat itself again....
TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Coors Field
Boston: John Lester
Colorado: Aaron Cook
And did you happen to notice our brethren to the south? The Patriots racked up another monstrous win this week, setting up the showdown with the also undefeated Indianapolis Colts next weekend....I may open the Sunday NFL blog myself next week!
Finally....I've directed quite a few citizens of Red Sox Nation to check out our World Series blogs over the past few nights. (you know who you are.) Please take a moment to visit our message board
and read our new user guidelines
, including our mission statement and rules of conduct. I hope to see you all back here when the series is over!102 comments
Date: 10/28/2007 15:40:29
Good morning... (is it still morning?) Looks like it was a great day for Georgia fans yesterday... Even bigger for boston... they are now 3-0 in the World series... I am sure Tri will give us a new bloggie for the game tonite . The game starts at 8:29
in colorado... :scratch:
Today tho, I plan on watching
The Giants are second in the NFC East with a record of 5-2... And Miami , well they are 0-7... 4th in the AFC east.
It should be fun to watch, the weather is supposed to be rainy or overcast... chance of rain about 60%, about 60 degrees. It starts here in the east at 1 pm, but at 6 pm in England. Sounds like football weather to me!
Also , for our Nascar Fans... Today is the PepBoys 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
And finally, for our hunting fans... Dick Cheney is scheduled to be arriving Dutchess County NY tonite, for tomorrow's Fowl Dick Faceoff
... It's not a spectator sport for everyone...
Alright, well, the beer is on ice... we are making some jalpeno cheese dip for lunch... and as always coffee is on! See you inside!
Everyone ready for another fun-filled evening of baseball and blogging?
If memory serves, this is the first time in their history the Red Sox have visited Coors Field. Their counterparts to the south have never had much luck in the other stadium out there, so we'll see.
The big difference tonight is going to be the atmosphere. No, I don't mean Rockies Nation, or whatever they call themselves out there. Friendly Fenway Park sits on the shore of the Charles River Basin in this city...right at sea level. Coors Field is at 5,280 feet, and the thinner air in Denver is already known to wreak havoc
on this game of inches.
At 5,280 feet above sea level, fastballs will possess more zip but less lift as they streak toward home plate.
Curveballs, meanwhile, will fly less curvaceously, while sliders will lose snap - tending to fly straighter than pitchers would wish.
Baseball is about physics as much as physical coordination and conditioning. And the atmospheric physics of mile-high Denver are markedly different from those of Boston-by-the-Sea.
"There will be a definite effect" on World Series games played in Denver, said Alan M. Nathan, a physicist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Maine native, and ardent citizen of Red Sox Nation. "It probably won't be a decisive effect, but it will be a real factor."
It's well known that Colorado's thinner air makes for longer hits, although scientists disagree over how much farther a ball walloped in Coors Field will travel than would the same slam at Fenway Park. Baseballs used at the Rockies' home field are these days stored in humidors to prevent drying that would make them even more defiant of gravity, but oft-cited calculations claim the gain remains on the order of 10 percent - meaning a ball slugged 400 feet at Fenway would travel 440 feet in Denver.
Nathan believes a 5 percent gain is more accurate. "That's a lot, but not as much as they like to say out there," he said.
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