What a holiday break!
For xmas I got Adobe PhotoAlbum 2.0. The drawback was that it only runs under Windows XP. Figuring since I had the time to invest, I would go ahead and bite the bullet and upgrade from Windows 98 to XP. Good thing I had the time.
The XP install was much more brutal than I expected it to be, given the hype. I lost all of my registry, most of my system files, all of my "favorites", all of the desktop items and other miscellaneous works in progress. This, was just the icing on the upgrade cake. Once the installation was completed and I was able to get back into the system, my slave drive wasn't accessible.
My Western Digital 40gig HD was showing up as a 2.2gig RAW partition that couldn't be read. Microsoft's help pages, Western Digital's help pages and all of my Google searches couldn't produce a solution. After downloading tool after tool after tool to try and recover the data, I wound up losing 100% of the archived MP3s, images, movies etc on the drive. Damn! Yesterday at about noon, I found the solution. In Windows 98 with the Phoenix 4.0 Release 6 BIOS, there was a drive size limitation. To compensate for this, a secondary jumper on the back of the hard drive was required.
New Year's Resolution: Back up weekly.
What a holiday season. We've got earthquakes in Iran and California, mudslides in California (damn, that state is doomed), more troops dead in Iraq, more SARs in China, Mad Cow disease in the US, and Israel just locked down Gaza and the West Bank. Anyone up for some New Year's resolutions?
- Good news; the FIA has recommended the CIA and the White House share the burden of the false Niger Uranium claim. Now, what are the odds they both step up to the plate?
- Bad news; the same groups have new oversight powers. It's important that they know everything about you but don't question their actions.
- Spending is up..........just not so much with the average citizen.
- Mother Nature got a nice holiday gift from the administration.
- Krugman's rules for the 2004 election and how to report on it are not only wise, but desperately needed.
For those out there who seem to view the Hummer as the ultimate vehicle for soldiers, check out this article. Excerpt: "The Army's concern, Tallman said, is that unapproved steel-plating could somehow cripple the vehicles or cause them not to perform the way they were designed. For example, a Humvee armor kit recently tested at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground was so heavy that it caused the vehicle to break, he said."
On a Lighter Note
- When I was making out my xmas list.......I did not know there was a Britney Spears love doll. NSFW
- Those of us over six feet tall, disagree.
- Deliver us from Hannity.
- It certainly takes all kinds....but really folks.
- When you start messing with nature.......you get what you deserve.
- Time Waster one.
- Time Waster two.
Traffic's way up today.....would someone be so kind as to tell me where you're coming from or who's linking me?
No work from now until the 5th of January. First to do, drop rugrat with babysittage and go see Return of the King.
Update: As good as I had hoped and as long as I had expected.
- Saddam caught, at level orange, feel safe yet?
- We got him, no they got him.....
- Enjoy your $600, remember what rolls downhill.
- Ashcroft has no issue with Texas' redistricting. Who's surprised?
- Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
- Ten reasons to love Rick Perry.
- When he says he loves you, he means it...........really.
Mr. Fast Eddie asked:
1. If reincarnation was fact, would you rather come back as a man or a woman and why?
-- woman: heck, I've been a man.....change is good.
2. Brad Pitt or George Clooney/ Drew Barrymore or Jennifer Aniston?
-- none of the above: Angie Harmon.
3. How much money would it take to get you to do something REALLY out of character and embarrassing (like pee in the foyer of the theatre during the build up to the MTV music awards)?
-- MTV music awards? I'd do it on stage for free. Purely out of disrespect for the event itself.
4. What one single thing could I do that would ensure that you would always like me?
-- Monthly cheque.
5. Can you hold your breath under water for more than 45 seconds, and are you happy with that?
-- Yes, plus some.........yeah I'm cool with that as long as there's not a foot on my head.
6. Cotton or silk?
-- For what article of clothing? Mostly cotton.
7. What is the single biggest mistake you ever made?
-- Not buying 1000+ shares of NetFlix @ $6 a share when I had the money to do it. Not the *single* biggest......but damn close.
More fun weekend activities with the phone cam.
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and no questions about the redistricting lawsuits.
Update: I'm not the only one who was appalled by this interview.
WaPo had an article yesterday about the sudden disappearances of online files from US Government websites. The big stink is over the removal of Natsios' statement that reconstruction of Iraq wouldn't cost the taxpayers more than $1.5B. First, we all knew those numbers were bullshit. We're not collectively that stupid are we? Second, the details are totally gone. Natsios does a mighty fine job of restating himself in a briefing at the Foreign Press Center and, it's available in realvideo. A mirror of the interview is here. Bless those Europeans.
WMDs, non-issue. Bad man, issue. It's good to see revisionist historians aren't just the media this time.
O'Reilly seems to have the world's largest stick up his butt. He so wants his book to be selling well he's willing to lie about it..............and then attack those who actually state sales figures. Amusing. Will we see an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times railing against the book list now?
Amusement and Holiday Gift Ideas
- I've got to get this formula............could guarantee me points.
- For the pirate in your life.
- For the pirate who needs to broadcast.......................I so need this.
- For the man who has everything.
So 9/11 could have been prevented? Please don't tell these guys. Chances are the full scope of the inquiry will result in blacked-out documents (for sake of national security) or simply disappear altogether. Normally in business, torpidity begats punative measures. Should Condi retain her position? Should Bush?
The pundits, talking heads, embeds et al, seem to keep using different terms to describe the Iraqis who are attacking our troops. I can't keep up. What are they really?
Can we actually apply any of these monikers to them without fully understanding whether they're still fighting for the previous regime, waging a jihad or fighting to remove the occupying forces? Just food for thought.
This heavily funded, D.C. lobbying force and anti-gay site is conducting a poll, in an attempt to "prove" to Congress that most Americans oppose gay marriage. Since the poll is on their extreme Social Conservative website, of course, the results are heavily skewed against gay marriage.
Want it to reflect something closer to your opinion?
This random word/non sequitur spam is cool.....plus it makes for good google hits.
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Is it just me or is there just a heapin' helpin' chunka irony in us naming the search for Saddam after the movie Red Dawn and the locations searched, Wolverine 1, 2 etc? Wasn't the movie about Russian invaders and the Wolverines were the kids who rose up against the occupation? Are they catering to the MTV generation or are they simply that clueless?
Keeping in the same vein, proposal names for new missions:
- Moving Saddam from one place to another; "Dirty Dancing".
- Risky missions that might incur US casualties; "Youngblood".
- Anything that includes paratroopers; "Point Break".
- Missions that require troops to pose as locals; "Too Wong Foo".
- Searches for known killers and lost money; "Ghost".
When and if Saddam receives his trial, will his enablers be culpable? Can the US administration neocons afford to have him on trial for genocide? However this pans out, the clear winner is Halliburton/KBR apparently. It's got to be a good feeling to know you can screw over the US taxpayer, the US government, the citizens and interim Iraq government and still continue to secure contracts.
Scientific inquiry, Looking through microscopes, Recombining DNA to create decorative art.
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will surge through your body. Ready?"
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Seethru calculates that I am a 60% aging hypocrite. Woo Hoo!
Wish we could have see these on the news stand.
- "Ass and Hole in Ground"
- "Saddama Claus in the North Hole"
- "WMDs, Well Hidden"
- "41 Thanks 43 for Closure"
- "Osama Upset Over Iraqi Publicity Stunt"
what we got instead was, well, this. Read outloud for full effect.
Q -- about asking me the American people for it? And I have to ask you since we're here, sir, have you chatted with your Dad since Saddam was captured?
THE PRESIDENT: He called me -- let me answer your first question. I absolutely would have wanted the job. I have come to realize this job is a magnificent job, because you have a chance to use the position of the United States of America to achieve peace and freedom. And that is a rare opportunity for any person. I put together a fantastic administration to help me with this task. I feel very comfortable in the job because I've got great advice and advisors to whom I -- get good advice from great advisors to whom I listen. I am comfortable delegating the awesome responsibilities of -- in this administration's case, war two times to incredibly capable and brave people.
At home, this job affords the opportunity to capture what I call the American spirit, and to call people to serve in their communities and their neighborhoods, and to help people who hurt. It's a fantastic opportunity to try to lift up this country so everybody can realize its full potential. I absolutely would seek the office again, and I intend to do so in '04, by the way. (Laughter.)
I talked to my Dad. He called me Sunday morning. I got the call from Donald Rumsfeld Saturday afternoon and made the decision there until I was more certain about the facts that I would talk to very few people. I talked to Condi and asked her to call Andy. And I talked to Vice President Cheney. Because what I didn't want to have happen is that there would be this rush of enthusiasm and hope and then all of a sudden it turned out not to be the person that we would hope it would be. So I didn't talk to my family. I told Laura, of course, and pretty much went to bed early Saturday night. And Condi woke me at 5:15 in the morning, which was okay this time. (Laughter.) Just don't do it again. (Laughter.)
But she said that the Jerry Bremer had just called her and there was -- they were prepared to say this was Saddam Hussein, in which case we got dressed and hustled over to the Oval Office to start making calls.
One of the calls I did receive was from my dad. And it was a very brief conversation. He just said, congratulations, it's a great day for the country. And I said, it's a greater day for the Iraqi people. And that's what I believe. I believe that yesterday was a day -- or Saturday, when we captured Saddam, it was a day where America is more secure as a result of his capture. But, more importantly, Saturday was a great day for the people who have suffered under this tyrant.
I believe, firmly believe -- and you've heard me say this a lot -- and I say it a lot because I truly believe it -- that freedom is the almighty God's gift to every person, every man and woman who lives in this world. That's what I believe. And the arrest of Saddam Hussein changed the equation in Iraq. Justice was being delivered to a man who defied that gift from the Almighty to the people of Iraq. And justice will be delivered to him in a way that is transparent and for the world to see. And so I told my dad, I said, it's a great day for America, but it's a better day for the people of this country, and that's why.
Thank you all for coming. I'll see you Thursday, coats and ties. (Laughter.) This year, Gregory, don't take any silverware. (Laughter.)
END 12:03 P.M. EST
Yeah, JD.......you might be right.
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On Friday, Paul Bremer announced that an increase in attacks against the coalition forces could escalate over the next couple of months. File under *DUH*! We're still at war, aren't we?
For the benefit of the Iraqi civilian population, I've built a handy dandy Iraq Homeland Defense color code chart. Use liberally.
Scott McClellan drew the distinction yesterday between the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq. Whether this was intentional or not, remains to be seen. In reference to who gets contracts and or special privileges he was asked about Canada and the level of support they've provided in resources and troops and why they would be shut out.
Q In the case of Canada, Canada contributed troops to Afghanistan, lost troops in Afghanistan in an accident by U.S. troops, which politically made it very difficult for them to contribute to Iraq. And they're being punished for not being able to provide --
MR. McCLELLAN: In the war on terrorism, there are a lot of countries participating in those efforts, and we appreciate that. There is a very large coalition of countries across the world that are fighting the war on terrorism and making sacrifices. There were -- there was a decision made by coalition forces on Iraq and there are a number of countries that have been helping from the beginning. There are a number of countries that have been sacrificing on the ground in defense of freedom and in an effort to build a better and safer world. And we're talking just about the U.S. taxpayer funding here, which is a significant amount of money from the U.S. taxpayers.
Does it not seem as if he's stating that supporting efforts in the war on terror is one thing but not sending troops to the frontline in Iraq is another? The reporter then followed up with;
Q Paul Martin, who becomes the new Canadian Prime Minister tomorrow, said that he cannot fathom this decision because Canadians are in Afghanistan dying alongside Americans, and because Canada has pledged $300 million to the reconstruction effort in Iraq. Are you not concerned that this is getting things off to a bad start with the new Canadian Prime Minister?
To which Mr. McClellan then alluded to the lack of "on the ground" participation and taxpayer dollars as the reason behind the exclusion but tap-danced around the financial commitment made by Canada.
So we're saying, "we'll accept your troops in Afghanistan but unless you're willing to die in Iraq, the companies in your country don't stand a snowball's chance in hell in making it to the bidding table"? Going into this war, the administration went out of their way to tie Iraq to "terror" and now that we're dolling out billion dollar contracts, the two are now, diametrically opposed concepts? That is some brilliant foreign policy.
The December Calendar of events has been updated. Go participate.
- "Hey there, y'all ....could ya keep it down? I gots me a war to fight".
- Mapleleafphobia? The fear of nationalistic Canadians.
- How to tell if you're doing something right? Check your local listing.
- Here puppy puppy puppy....... I've got a nice bone for you. Wait, are we bait?
- "The right to ‘dissent’ is the right to remain silent, to disagree, to not participate." -- ok, since when?
- Dang and I've been using hemostats and safety pins all this time.
- Abercrombie and Fitch sells, what, again?
- The true meaning of Christmas.
Off The Kuff's got an interview with a Democratic hopeful, Richard Morrison, who has every intention of taking on Tom Delay. It's going to be a hell of a battle and I'm rooting for anyone who even has the remotest chance of unseating the exterminator. Give it a read.
Here are some examples of the pork in the Omnibus spending bill:
$50,000,000 to build an indoor rainforest in Iowa.
$2,000,000 for the First Tee Program, to get young people into golf.
$405,000 for industrial lubricants research in Iowa.
$338,000 for the Alabama Beef Connection.
$225,000 for the National Wild Turkey federation, a hunting concern.
$4,000,000 for the International Fertilizer Development Center.
$595,000,000 for Trilogy, an FBI information technology program.
$397,700,000 for prison buildings and facilities.
$6,000,000 for a Police Athletic League.
$30,000,000 for the Southwest Border Prosecutors Initiative.
$7,105,000 for construction of an international narcotics control
law enforcement academy in Roswell, NM.
Up to $120,000,000 for a classified Defense Department project.
$250,000 for the General Patton Museum of Cavalry & Armor, in Kentucky.
$225,000 for a shopping center in Adelanto, CA.
$500,000 for the "Exercise in Hard Choices" at the U. of Akron, which
attempts to replicate House and Senate meetings in which congressional
members review a budget, and vote to include or exclude various options.
I guess "Miserable Failure" is a relative term now that it's been successfully tied to the GWB bio page. The Google 'Miserable Failure Campaign' bomb planted and effectively detonated last week has not only been amusing to watch and snicker at, but astounding from the perspective of how many times some has emailed me the "type this in" quote. Poor Arbusto, the butt of so many undeserving jokes (wry grin). Even the media's running like mad with this one. With all the news that's fit to print these days, it must make some reporters quite happy to write a "Miserable Failure Campaign" column that makes people chuckle out loud.
It kicks off at Thanksgiving and passes after the New Year. That urge to bake like a madman. Sure makes me miss the old place.
~84 Chocolate Chip Cookies
36 Nut Crumble Cookies
1 batch of Orange Almond Biscotti
1 batch of Walnut Biscotti
1 batch of Pistacio Lemon Biscotti
2 batches of Chocolate Mocha Walnut Biscotti
3 batches of Jeweled Holiday Biscotti.
add 1 gallon of milk. mix well.
now, off to the store for more eggs and almonds.
- If the turkey "served" by the POTUS in Iraq was only staged and not eaten, what might the fate of the one be that he "pardoned" earlier in the week? A trend like this could keep poultry up at night.
- Where are the WMDs? Iraq? No, they're just over in Tyler Texas. Too f-ing close to home for me.
- What Geneva Convention? We don't need no stinkin' Conventions.
- Is this a good idea? yes....but someone get them a faster server.
How about those 'merkin schools. That no child left behind ensures the best and brightest only. In Louisiana, children are punished for talking about their gay parents but in Florida the teachers get it for dispelling the myth of Santa Claus......super.
I love the concept of people being against stuff and having people be against people who are against stuff. Some times people who are against stuff are against people who are just against stuff but not people and against people but not against the stuff. It's the people against people against people who are against, sort of similar stuff but seem to be against something for some reason and the people who support it, that really do it for me.
GWB's success in business has been unparalleled (as long as you don't count Neil). Once he's completed his task of raping the nation's bottom 90%, who's going to bail him out of his compassionate approach to excessive spending and Enron style management?
Our end goal is to install 'Merkin style Democracy in Iraq, right? We going to provide them with our approach to ensuring secure and accurate elections? Maybe that's what they're saving the flowers for.
- This year's advent calendar premiers tomorrow......while you're at it, remember to tell Leslie......how incredibly awesome she is. mean it.
- In case I get holiday wander lust.....you may find me in one of these spots. The photography is spectacular.
- Love telemarketers? Can't get them to stop. Play with them.
- My xmas list seems to be expanding.
- Help MoveOn.org keep an eye on Fux News. It's important that they remain both fair and balanced and remember, they leave it up to us, to decide.
today mandates levity...............(thanks Forest)
You need to support charity.
Today, Bush lauded economic recovery.....what he missed in his sound bite was, *just kidding*. Damn, if those tax cuts don't just solve everything. How 'bout, he share some of that $750K he got while fundrasing in Michigan instead?
I'll be the first one to admit the troops in Iraq probably need some cheer about now. I can't however, see how his 2 hour puddle jumpin' turkey jerk will make the life-threatening risks they experience daily, actually worth it.
"We will prevail. We will win because our cause is just. We will win because we will stay on the offensive. And we will win because you're part of the finest military ever assembled. (Applause.) And we will prevail because the Iraqis want their freedom. (Applause.)"
aaaaaaaaaaand. you really need this photo-op to replace those "Mission Accomplished" deck shots, don't you, Arbusto Baby?
In other news this week........leftover cajun fried turkey is fiiiiiiine.