October 31, 2003

Gone Fishing!

Nin gets off early tonight, so we can make the long drive up to Vacaville where we're all gathering for our Tall ship excursion tomorrow. Everyone have a spooky Halloween, and I'll see you Sunday night! Or Monday morning if we end up staying at Jens' on Sunday.

ARRRR!

Oh, and guess what? I'm now getting Nigerian Scam letters as blog comments! @#%#$%&^^%&%!!

Night!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:04 PM | Comments (5)

October 30, 2003

Oh!

I really am going to bed, but I remembered something I'd meant to mention.

One of the searches on Site Meter today was: "Photo of Johnny Depp Drinking Absinthe".

Is that a hoot, or what?

Well, I thought it was!

Night!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:25 PM | Comments (3)

Stopping To Think

Sometimes you read a post that just makes you stop and really think. That happened today while reading Brett Roger's wonderful, "Opinion Paper". He has some thoughts on the WWJD phenomena.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:39 PM | Comments (2)

The Place

Midwest Conservative Journal is the place for keeping up with the happenings in ECUSA & the Anglican Communion. The posts themselves are informative and great reading, but as an added benefit,the discussions of those posts by the commmunity of commenters there is top notch.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:35 PM

Before & After

Found this link over at Julie's.

Photos tell the story!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:30 PM

Taking It All Away

So Sandra Day O'Connor thinks we should chuck the Constitution and base court decisions on International Law! And that the day we start doing that is coming soon.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will increasingly base its decisions on international law rather than the U.S. Constitution, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. By doing so, the court will make a good impression among people from other countries, she said. "The impressions we create in this world are important and they can leave their mark," Justice O'Connor said.

"Make a good impression"??? Why in the hell do I as an American want my Constitutional rights trashed so that we can make nice with the rest of the world? Is she insane? I'm just appalled that someone in her position could even believe such a thing. I know I shouldn't be, but I am.

Read all of it and be amazed and horrified.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:58 AM | Comments (11)

Let's Go Shopping!

So the GDP is up 7.3% -- the best numbers in 19 years. I heard on the radio that 19 years ago was the second year of the Reagan tax cuts. Fascinating, no?

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (5)

Awww

Deb made me feel all warm and fuzzy this morning. And it was love, not like! Group hug!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:16 AM | Comments (2)

Discrimination Is An Ugly Thing

I thinks it's about time to start a charitable organization for those of us who are aurorally challenged. I'm sick and tired of other states getting to see the Aurora Borealis, while decent, hardworking Americans like me, and Michele, are constantly discriminated against! I want my Aurora, I want it now, and I demand justice! (And charitable donations to send me, and others like me, to Alaska!)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:55 AM | Comments (3)

October 29, 2003

Alert The Welcome Wagon

Allah has moved to a bright and cheerful new residence with a nice view, home theater, sauna, and 2 1/2 baths. I'm sure there will be a house warming party soon!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:17 PM

Geez!

Drudge has this big headline about an earthquake in the fire zone, and I click the link to the USGS, heart a pounding.... to find it was only a 3.6 and it happened several hours ago!

(in the last 6 days, there have been 7 quakes above 3.0 in the state)

(here's a list of quakes in the state since the 22 of Oct.)

(I have the USGS earthquake site bookmarked for easy access after a quake. It gets used a lot!)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:14 PM

Update

Da Goddess has an update, and a roundup of links, on the San Diego fires.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:33 PM | Comments (1)

You're Only As Old As You Feel

Michael Williams has a great post up that takes to task a guy who thinks that adults enjoying Halloween is a "bad thing". Had me mentally raising my fist and shouting "YEAH!!!"

(and since when was Star Wars supposed to be a kids movie?) (it was rated PG and I remember my mum wouldn't let me go see it because I was only 14) (back when PG actually meant something)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:27 PM | Comments (2)

Hear For Yourself

Patterico's Pontifications has a post on Terri Schiavo that I'd like to direct your attention to: For Anyone Convinced That Terri Schiavo Should Be Killed

Posted by Ithildin at 5:20 PM

A Matter Of Degree

When chocolates are more appropriate than diamonds, you might consider sharing "linky-like" instead of "linky-love".

And a new term is born!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM | Comments (1)

No Excuse For Bad Manners

Amusing tidbit from The Corner today involving Winston Churchill and declaring war on Japan:

.... WSC was a punctilious man, in any case. His letter to the Japanese Ambassador declaring war on Japan caused a minor scandal. After saying the necessary ("Your Excellency, In view of recent events in the Far East, it is with deep regret that I must inform you that a state of war now exists..."), Churchill signed off in proper diplomatic style: "I beg to remain, Sir, with consideration, your most humble, most obedient servant, Winston S. Churchill." There were complaints about this in the House of Commons, to which Churchill responded: "When you are setting out to kill someone, it doesn't do any harm to be polite."

Heh!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:10 PM

24

A little "24" behind the scenes info.

My friend Jayne, from LCA, was telling some of us what Kiefer Sutherland had to say about Kim when he was at this year's event. Now, I'm one of those viewers that can't abide Kim, and wasn't thrilled to hear she'd be working at CTU this season. So, onto the comments:

Kiefer explained that Kim being in CTU was Jack's way of keeping an eye on her. He got her in. He is all torn up about screwing their lives up and this way he feels he can keep her close and keep an eye on her.

Oh, and the website has some pics up from this year's LCA, which might get you inspired to go next year!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:07 PM

October 28, 2003

Scary

Sometime's Nin's workplace stories scare me silly.

For example:

The Accident

The Thong & The Cow

The Eye Patch

Do I really want to go to their Xmas party....?

Posted by Ithildin at 6:17 PM | Comments (2)

For My Beloved Male Readers

According to Kevin, there's a blog listing pics of chick bloggers. So you may want to go check it out. And if anyone hears about an equivalent sort of thing for da guys, let me know! Because my female readers are just as beloved.

Now lets have a big group hug!

Or not.

Entirely up to my totally beloved readership.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM | Comments (2)

No Last Meal

Maybe someone who's a lawyer can explain this to me. I keep seeing lawyers & "legal experts" on the news, absolutely outraged at the Florida legislature for daring to rescind the starvation order on Terri Schiavo. They say it's against the law due to separation of powers. And that the Supreme Court will surely rule in favour of the husband.

So, my question: how come it's okay for the Governor of a state to stop the execution of a condemned prisoner? Isn't that overriding the powers of the court? Or how about when they pardon someone altogether? Seems like someone like Terri Schiavo should at least have the benefits of the condemned.

(not that a prisoner would ever be starved to death.) (that would be cruel and unusual.)

I appreciate any and all explanations!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:50 AM | Comments (6)

October 27, 2003

The Vote Was...

... to put a pic up of me here. I'm just using the one from Dragon's Muse for now, until I choose a new one.

Thanks for the input!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:46 PM | Comments (5)

Ringlets ~ Oct. 27

~ A roundup of what's been added to The Two Towers extended DVD.

~ Some more new RotK pics.

~ And this is the pic of Arwen we've been seeing since before FotR was released. Maybe it will appear in RotK?

~ And a Ringlet from me: speaking of Arwen. Is it my imagination, or are we seeing less hype over Arwen preceeding this release than we have for the last two? They did rub Arwen out of Helm's Deep in TTT (here's a pic I posted back in Jan.) after all. Maybe PJ has realized inserting Arwen where she doesn't need to be to appeal to female viewers just isn't necessary.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:42 PM | Comments (4)

Oh So Angry

From the latest Tongue Tied:

Angry and Confused

A fraternity at California State University in Long Beach, Calif. was forced to apologize for using a picture of a naked black man from the movie “The Full Monty” in a flier advertising a charity pledge auction, reports the Daily Forty-Niner.

Similar fliers featuring white men from the movie, also naked and with their genitalia covered by hats, provoked no reaction. But the one of the black man was called “racially and culturally insensitive” by students who described themselves as confused and angered. Following the flier fiasco, Sigma Phi Epsilon promised not to hold any more pledge auctions and to undergo cultural sensitivity indoctrination.

So I'm supposing these students who were so "angered and confused" would require being institutionalized and long term therapy if they ever actually saw the movie?

Watch out, Blockbuster!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:13 PM

Light Blogging

No kidding!


I suppose I could tell you how I just split my elbow open and how much it damn well hurts.

Or I could tell you about how much I'm looking forward to the weekend and sailing on the Lady Washington.

Or how about how I think we should stop changing the time and leave it as it is right now. Or go with my idea and change it by 1/2 an hour and leave it as is forever!

Oh, and Jen now has pics up of our joint Utah holiday.

Or I could just not mention any of the above and call it a day.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:43 PM | Comments (2)

Fire

Not much to add to what's already being said about the fires down south, except that I'm keeping all of you in my prayers.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:31 PM

October 26, 2003

Blast From The Past

While commenting on this post, I remembered I had these old pics up on the website.

Before I blogged, I speny much time on my website, and my fiction wrtiting and archiving, but now.... I don't think I've touched it in months.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:20 PM | Comments (4)

What The?

I'm watching FNC, and there's the Dems, campaigning in churches again! What the heck is with that? A church seems -- to me -- to be a very inappropriate place to be making campaign speeches. I wouldn't want that sort of this to happen in my church, and I admit I find the acceptance of the practice to be very odd. Not to mention disrespectful.

Is this just me?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:16 PM | Comments (5)

Anglican Pope?

Another of my Anglican/Episcopal posts. I'm not sure how I feel about it -- still pondering. Also from an email:

'Anglican Pope' claims played down

Oct 25 2003
Rhodri Owen, The Western Mail

THE Church in Wales has played down reports that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to be given sweeping powers that would turn him into an Anglican version of the Pope.

It has been claimed that planned changes in church law would empower Dr Rowan Williams to intervene in the affairs of churches outside England.

A report in The Times said the proposals were included in a legal document to
Anglican primates who met recently at Lambeth Palace to discuss the crisis
over same-sex blessings in Canada and the election of a gay Bishop in the
American state of New Hampshire.

The paper quoted Martin Reynolds, of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
and a priest living in Wales, as saying, "They are looking to have an
Anglican version of the Holy Office and Magisterium. They won't call the
Archbishop of Canterbury a Pope but that is what he will be. If it looks like
a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck."

Last night a Church in Wales spokesman acknowledged that the Anglican
communion had reached a critical point, but said it was far too early to
predict any such changes in church law, and reiterated the autonomy of the
Church in Wales.

"Last week's meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion at Lambeth
Palace was clearly a very intense two-day meeting," said the spokesman.

"While the statement called for the establishment of a Commission to consider
the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury 'in maintaining communion within and
between provinces when grave difficulties arise', it would seem very
premature to be second guessing the outcome of that commission's work - even
before it has been established - as [the] article in The Times appears to do.

"As the Archbishop of Wales, Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan, made clear in a recent
speech, 'We do not have a centralised system of government in the Anglican
Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury is not our Pope ... Each province is
autonomous.'

"Whilst recent events might have led individual provinces to consider afresh
'what is the Anglican Communion?' and the nature of the relationships which
make up that Communion, it seems unlikely that such discussions could lead to
the establishment of an 'Anglican Pope'."

Posted by Ithildin at 12:10 PM

But They're Peacful!

This came down on an Anglican email list I'm on:

Egypt arrests 22 converts from Islam to Christianity and searches for 80 more.

Washington D.C (10/23/03) -U.S. Copts Association received several phone
calls from families and friends of over 20 Egyptian secret converts from
Islam to Christianity who have been detained by the Egyptian police since
October 20th.

The assault started with the arrest of a husband and wife who secretly
converted from Islam to Christianity. Yousef Samuel Makari Suliman, whose
former Muslim name was Muhammad Ahmad Imam al-Kurdi and his wife Mariam Girgis Makar formerly Saher El-Sayid Abd al-Kani and their two daughters, Sarah and Marina (formerly Sarah and Shaymaa) all had secretly converted to Christianity and had been living as Christians in hiding. The couple was arrested by Colonel Taha Afify from the Criminal Investigative Research unit in the civilian affairs department of Alexandria police. Lawyers who were able to visit the couple report that Mariam Girgis has been the
subject of sexual assault and attempted rape by police officers. In addition, she and her husband were beaten and physically abused. An investigation was opened by police in the Al-Muski police station of Cairo (case no 3793 for the year 2003) after the couple was transferred from Alexandria.

Following the arrest of Yousef and Mariam, the police arrested individuals
who helped them secure new ID cards with new Christian names. Under severe
torture; the police was able to extract the names of some 100 other
converts who secured new ID cards with Christian names. Immediately,
thereafter, 20 more converts were arrested in Alexandria alone.

Officially the 22 arrested converts being charged "with falsifying ID
papers," because they obtained new ID cards with their Christian
names. Initial reports indicated that lawyers were able to negotiate the
release of Yousef from police custody; however, we are told this
information is inaccurate. Both Yousef and Mariam are still in prison while
their children are with friends.

U.S. Copts Association is concerned that the Egyptian police maybe
targeting at least 100 converts from Islam to be arrested in the upcoming
days. "It is ironic that while the Egyptian constitution guarantees the
individuals' freedom to change his or her religion, the Egyptian government
repeatedly violates the constitution by harassing, torturing, raping, and
holding converts indefinitely to pressure them to leave their new faith. In
addition the government does not legally recognize conversion from Islam to
Christianity and, as a result, converts lose all their rights, inheritance
and all positions" said Michael Meunier, president of U.S. Copts Association.

The U.S. Copts Association will be leading a congressional campaign in the
U.S. Congress to ensure that this repeated violation of individuals' rights
and freedom by the Egyptian government is exposed.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The U.S. Copts Association, founded in 1996 and based in Washington D.C.,
advocates for democracy, religious freedom, and human rights in Egypt. The
Association represents over 700,000 Egyptian Christians in the United States.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:08 PM

Valium

Andrea pointed me to this article. first, go read Andrea's post, then read the article.

Give this guy some valium! Please! There's lots and lots that bugs me about these sorts of journalisitic hatchet jobs, but I'll stick with two.

First, do you ever see these sorts practicing what they preach? Is reporter guy living in an eco commune? Does he bike everywhere? Did he take an airplane, or a train, or a bus, to research his expose? And isn't his newspaper printed on like, dead trees? Does he use air conditioning in his home? How about heat? How many square feet does he and his family use to live in?

It would be nice for him to realize that technology allows us to produce more food on less land, so we can feed more people. And America feeds lots of people.

The other thing is "global warming". The planet has been warmer many times in the past, it's normal. And we're just going to have to deal. If we can't deal, then I guess we're screwed. Mother Nature doesn't play favourites. And the planet warming isn't all bad. There are many benefits to be had from a warmer planet. We just need to make it through the transition. And I'll take a few degrees warmer over icesheets covering half of California anyday.

Oh, and a third thing! I know, I said two. But! The British Isles are a testament to man manipulating the land to suit them. Does he not know that Britian used to be heavily forested? If he went to look at Sherwood forest, he would see that it used to be that way all over. But no, it's just eeeevil modern Americans who are responsible for the rape of the planet.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:56 AM

October 25, 2003

Hmm

Should I put a picture of myself on the blog? I had one on my personal journal when this was a group blog.

I think I'm going to take a nap.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:45 PM | Comments (6)

Oh

Had the 38,000 visitor some time this morning. It was somone who came in on this search.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:33 PM | Comments (2)

Posting Just To Whine

Yesterday, the controlled burn at Ft. Ord got out of control. The smoke was awful and there's ash over everything. So yesterday I was wheezy and had a headache, and my eyes were stinging. Then I started to get a lot of pain in my left shoulder and arm in the evening, which got worse as the night/morning wore on. It finally began to ease up about 4am. So I'm tired, and grumpy, and it's hot today. So I went to my hair appointment, came home, head still hurts, and there's still smoke lying over us.

If I try to read, I know I'll fall asleep, so I'm sitting at the computer instead. Which is probably making my head hurt worse :)

See? Told you I was going to whine!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:06 PM | Comments (3)

October 24, 2003

Uh Oh

Does this mean me, Margi, & Deb, are triplets?

What Irrational Number Are You?
You are e

Of all the irrational numbers, you are the most intense. By nature you are powerful, although sometimes you can spiral out of control. You are good with money; the interest seems to just compound whenever you are near. When someone uses the word "exponential" they are probably talking about you.

In some ways you and φ are a nearly perfect match. Not to mention how attractive φ is. But then, there is the remarkable π...

Your lucky number is approximately 2.71828183

Shiny Lemur
Straif's Blog
Posted by Ithildin at 5:46 PM | Comments (5)

Paul Does It For Me

Normally, I'd bring you a little rant over our government officials and their pandering to illegals, not to mention just plain insanity, but Paul beat me to it. So just go read his post.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:41 PM | Comments (5)

As Always

Lots of good stuff in VDH's latest.

.... For some reason or another, a series of enormously important issues — the future of the Middle East, the credibility of the United States as both a strong and a moral power, the war against the Islamic fundamentalists, the future of the U.N. and NATO, our own politics here at home — now hinge on America's efforts at creating a democracy out of chaos in Iraq. That is why so many politicians — in the U.N., the EU, Germany, France, the corrupt Middle East governments, and a host of others — are so strident in their criticism, so terrified that in a postmodern world the United States can still recognize evil, express moral outrage, and then sacrifice money and lives to eliminate something like Saddam Hussein and leave things far better after the fire and smoke clear. People, much less states, are not supposed to do that anymore in a world where good is a relative construct, force is a thing of the past, and the easy life is too precious to be even momentarily interrupted. We may expect that, a year from now, the last desperate card in the hands of the anti-Americanists will be not that Iraq is democratic, but that it is democratic solely through the agency of the United States — a fate worse than remaining indigenously murderous and totalitarian.

Throughout this long, perilous road — the acrimony leading up to the war, the sudden fickleness of Turkey, the last-ditch efforts of the Saddamites to empty their prisons and arm thugs and criminals, the looting of infrastructure, and the destruction of power, water, and transportation facilities — strategy and tactics were constantly in flux and events conspired to make the American effort more difficult with each unforeseen hurdle.

Yet here we stand, a little more than six months later, with a country that was the worst in the Middle East evolving into the best. We are witnessing nothing less than the revolutionary and great moral event of the age, and when it comes to pass, a reborn democratic Iraq will overturn almost all the conventional wisdom, here and abroad, about the Middle East, the nature and purpose of war in our age, the moral differences between Europe and America — and the place in history of George W. Bush.

No wonder the current hysteria looks likely to increase in the months ahead.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:36 PM

I Like This Result

You like it fast and strong and you drink for one reason: to get piss-ass drunk!
Congratulations!! You're a shot of some good old
hard liquor!


What Drink Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Posted by Ithildin at 5:28 PM | Comments (6)

Speaking Of Jonah...

He explains why he was wrong about the French.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM

An Angry Man & His Beanies

This one is a hoot! Hopefully he got a few power tools out of the deal.

(Found via Jonah Goldberg on The Corner)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:22 PM | Comments (2)

I Want My WKRP!

DPM has an illuminating post as to why many of our favourite series aren't coming out on DVD.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:19 PM

Proverbial

You are Proverbs
You are Proverbs.


Which book of the Bible are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM

The Numbers

Census: Record Number of Women Childless

Lots of reasons are given for why, though not my reason. So I guess I'm statistically insignificant :)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM | Comments (2)

Ft. Stewart Update

Senators: Conditions `unacceptable for sick reservists at Fort Stewart

The Associated Press - SAVANNAH, Ga.

More than 600 sick and injured Army reservists enduring long waits for medical treatment while living in spartan barracks should be sent to less crowded military facilities closer to their homes, two U.S. senators said in a report Friday.

The report by Sens. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., blamed Army commanders for ignoring requests from Fort Stewart for additional medical staff to handle the needs of more than 20,000 active-duty and reserve troops who returned from Iraq in late summer.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:10 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Since it's Friday, and I havne't done one in awhile....

I loved this song and the video back in the day (unlike their stupid "picking up the hitchhiker and having his baby" one). When it came on today, I realized it had been years since I'd heard it.

Dedicated to all fellow Tolkien fans and dreamers everywhere.


These Dreams ~ Heart

Spare a little candle
Save some light for me
Figures up ahead
Moving in the trees
White skin in linen
Perfume on my wrist
And the full moon that hangs over
These dreams in the mist

Darkness on the edge
Shadows where I stand
I search for the time
On a watch with no hands
I want to see you clearly
Come closer than this
But all I remember
Are the dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

Is it cloak n dagger
Could it be spring or fall
I walk without a cut
Through a stained glass wall
Weaker in my eyesight
The candle in my grip
And words that have no form
Are falling from my lips

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

There's something out there
I can't resist
I need to hide away from the pain
There's something out there
I can't resist

The sweetest song is silence
That I've ever heard
Funny how your feet
In dreams never touch the earth
In a wood full of princes
Freedom is a kiss
But the prince hides his face
From dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

Posted by Ithildin at 12:28 PM | Comments (3)

Ooooooh!

Today is United Nations Day.

Can you feel the excitement?

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (4)

October 23, 2003

Star Trek Discussion!

Need I say more?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:54 PM

Friends List

Via USS Clueless, a list of what countries are helping out in Iraq. It makes for some interesting reading. And worth remembering when your liberal friends insist the entire world is against us. Well, I have friends like that. Don't know about you all :)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:39 PM | Comments (7)

Sparse

I know I haven't been doing as much "serious" blogging as I used to. I think part of it is because I'm feeling kind of burned out and my work situation has been so stressful the last while. With RL being a pill, I guess my blogging has gotten a little lighter in tone. Hopefully I'll be able to get my "serious" muscles back into shape one of these days. I'm sure the upcoming election season will give me lots to rant about!

Next weekend is the big saling trip, and the weekend after is our Disneyland weekend, so maybe I'll feel a little more refreshed after some time away!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM | Comments (3)

More Email

I got another email from this place and thought I'd share part of like I did the last one.


Click "MORE" for the rest:

72 Women Charge Sexual Assault by Airport Screeners

In Atlanta, Georgia, 72 women have filed charges against airport
security screeners charging, them with sexual assault.

The women say their breasts and genitals were fondled, and in several
cases security screeners rubbed against their bodies.

Since 9-11 – and particularly since the federal takeover of airport
security last year – molestation of airline passengers and theft of their
property have increased dramatically.

Columnist Rebecca Hagelin reports that a female airport security guard
"ran her hands across my breast and up my thighs." Then her 9-year-old
daughter was subjected to the same treatment. WorldNetDaily.com
publisher Joseph Farah says his 15-year-old daughter was "told to unbutton
her pants and roll them down below the beltline."

“When John Latta flew to Reagan National Airport from Miami last month,
he discovered that a $1,000 pair of binoculars were missing from his
checked luggage.”

“‘What can I do?’ he asked an airline agent who took a report. Her
answer, Latta said, was : ‘Nothing. Zero.’” (Sara Kehaulani Goo, “Eye on
luggage thefts,” Washington Post, 6-29-03)

In the six months since the federal Transportation Security Agency
(TSA) has taken over security at airports and ordered that luggage be left
unlocked, over 6,700 travelers have lodged complaints of theft. To
date, only about 10% have been resolved.

Perhaps these intrusions might be tolerable if they meant that airport
security has been dramatically improved. It hasn’t been.

Knives, boxcutters, guns and other weapons are still getting through
security even more frequently than before 9/11, according to the latest
FAA “Red Team” reports – despite the fact that screener’s salaries have
been more than doubled to a mind-boggling average of over $70,000 a
year! (Far more than most police veterans and FBI agents receive.)

Even worse, there is virtually no screening of service personnel and
maintenance workers, who have free access to airliners.

The abuse of hapless airline passengers and faltering airport security
are just two of the problems with federal attempts to make us safer.
Even more troublesome is the loss of our precious Constitutional rights,
thanks to the USA Patriot Act and other new laws which not one American
in 10,000 has read.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM | Comments (3)

October 22, 2003

Search Your Heart

Do You Have "Pent-Up Spending Desires"?

Hell yeah!

(and I'm going to drown them in buying those boots)

(but you know what I've always wanted to do? have a shopping spree in my wish list!)

(now that would be kewl!)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:26 PM

A Bigger Boom

Scientists are revisiting the theory that the eruption of Thera doomed Minoan civilization.

An interesting read.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:11 PM

I Heartily Recommend...

You should go to Jay's today, just because he's on some sort of roll, and I can't just pick one post to link to. It's a whole thematic thing.

You should also forgo the insecticide and visit the Flea's place for much the same reason as above.

Just go with it.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:46 PM | Comments (4)

You Know You're Tired When....

...you see this headline: Schwarzenegger announces former aide to Pete Wilson, new chief of staff...

And you see: Schwarzenegger announces Peta Wilson new chief of staff...

Boy, did my brain produce some odd pictures at that one!

I need sleep. Or drugs.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM

By Any Other Name

I love these EU stories. It just helps make me feel as superior as the Euros always claim we Americans believe we are! [snicker]

.... Francis Carpenter wrote in the French newspaper Le Figaro that it would be in the interests of European harmony if "offensive" British names commemorating battles lost by the French were eradicated from places such as Waterloo Station. Mr Carpenter suggested a "more European theme" was required. "Gare de Londres" perhaps? Or "William the Conqueror Integrated Transport Facility"? Alas, poor Mr Carpenter is ignorant of European history, for the French adventurer Napoleon was beaten at Waterloo by a European Rapid Reaction Force sent by the forerunner of the EU, the Congress of Vienna.
Posted by Ithildin at 5:34 PM | Comments (3)

Sweet Dreams, My Ass

Sweet Dreams
"Sweet Dreams" (by Eurythmics)
Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
Travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused


Which 80's Song Fits You?
brought to you by Quizilla

A hearty AVAST! to Margi for the link.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:28 PM | Comments (2)

The State Of Your Liver

The Drink-o-Meter

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM

October 21, 2003

Getting The Boot

I wants these boots, precious!

boot.jpeg

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM | Comments (14)

Wired

From this week's SciFi Wire, some of the more interesting headlines (to me at least) (and that's what's important!):

* Henson Closer To Neverwhere

* Jedi Trial Fills In Gap

* Verbinski Boards Pirates 2

Click "MORE" for all the news...


Henson Closer To Neverwhere

Kristine Belson of Jim Henson Productions told SCI FI Wire that the company
is ready to move forward with the feature adaptation of Neil Gaiman's
Neverwhere as soon as they acquire a willing financier. "We are trying to
get Neverwhere made," Belson said. "We have had a frustrating series of
stops and starts on that movie. Right now, after being with a financier who
we were getting ready to make the movie with, we're now once again looking
for financing."

+++++++++

Jedi Trial Fills In Gap

The upcoming hardcover novel Jedi Trial is one in a LucasBooks series of
Clone Wars books that will fill in the years between Star Wars: Episode
II—Attack of the Clones and the upcoming Episode III, the official Star
Wars Web site reported. A 2004 hardcover, Jedi Trial, will detail an
important development that Anakin Skywalker faces in a major battle of the
war, the site reported.

+++++++++

Verbinski Boards Pirates 2

Gore Verbinski, who helmed this summer's hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl, has agreed to direct a sequel for Disney and
producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety reported. Original writers Terry Rossio
and Ted Elliott are also on board for the sequel, the trade paper reported.

Johnny Depp will also reprise his starring role in Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Disney had already made sequel arrangements with key cast such as
Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, though it is uncertain which other cast
members will return, the trade paper reported. No start date has been set.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM | Comments (2)

In A Jam

Ahhh... the EU.

(And the Euros mock us!)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:12 PM

Not Elizabeth Swan

Check out Keira Knightley as Guinevere in the upcoming King Arthur movie.

king-arthur-movie-lg-73.jpg

Article here, and more pics here.

And if you click "MORE" you'll see another pic. (Jay)

I'm looking forward to this one!

king-arthur-movie-lg-67.jpg

Posted by Ithildin at 5:09 PM | Comments (17)

No Hair Day

Jen talks about having a "no hair day".

Posted by Ithildin at 7:47 AM

Just Remember This...

...next time you're in line at the grocery store! At least you got to touch your food.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:35 AM

Oh, And....

... don't forget to add your choices to the BOO! poll.

Maybe I'll get all organized and turn the results into a list of some sort. Or not...

Posted by Ithildin at 7:30 AM

Remembered I Forgot

I meant to post about this yesterday. First off, the subject is an interesting one, as is the discussion. But it's also one of those detailed comprehensive posts that I so admire, and never seem to be able to compose. It has visual aids and everything!

Dean really has some of the best reading on his blog.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:55 AM | Comments (2)

October 20, 2003

Okay, Somthing Makes Me Happy

My Forever Knight DVDs are being shipped!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:55 PM | Comments (6)

Grrr, Argh

I'm just in a generally grumpy mood, and people are ticking me off! And I've got bloggers block on top of it all. So talk amongst yourselves and if anyone comments on anything that catches my fancy, maybe I'll turn it into a blog post. Savvy?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:43 PM | Comments (6)

Get Over It

Being called a "chick" is a slur??? Not only that, but a slur worth suing over? Get a grip, dudettes! There's lots of words to get offended over, but "chick"?

Some women on campus said use of the word “chick” constitutes a slur and demanded that the paper’s faculty adviser be fired. They also said they planned to file a gender harassment complaint against the school.

Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick! Chick!Chick! Chick! Chick!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:04 AM | Comments (21)

Looking Into It

It appears that the Pentagon is looking into the report of troops languishing without medical care that I posted about last week.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:15 AM | Comments (1)

October 19, 2003

Yummy!

From my latest PEI newsletter:

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg (beaten)
2/3 cup mashed pumpkin
1/3 cup whole cranberry sauce
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pecan halves

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 F. Cream first three ingredients together. Add next three ingredients and blend well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. beat dry ingredients into moist mixture. Fold in pecans. Fill well greased muffin tins 3/4 full. bake about 25 minutes or until firm.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:23 PM | Comments (2)

Spatial

According to this test, I'm a Spatial Thinker:

Spatial Thinkers:

* Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of the physical world.
* Think well in three dimensions
* Have a flair for working with objects

Other Spatial Thinkers include Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Like other spatial thinkers, Leonardo had a talent for designing buildings and machinery. He also invented a new style of map making

Careers which suit Spatial Thinkers include
Mechanic, Photographer, Artist, Architect, Engineer, Builder, Set designer

The Renaissance ideal

The leading thinkers of the Renaissance were not just experts in their own field. The renaissance scholar was expected to master all branches of knowledge.

With his insatiable desire to know everything, Leonardo da Vinci is often held up as the ideal Renaissance man.

A hearty AVAST! to Mickey for the link.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM | Comments (6)

BOO!!

A question of Cam's inspired this post. He wanted to know what his readers 3 fave Halloween movies were. So here's my list, which I've increased to 4 -- just because.

I don't really like gory movies. If I have to keep my eyes closed through more than half a movie, there's not much point! So my list is at the edge of my gore meter and were picked either because they looked wonderful (I love movies that have a visual impact) and/or scared me mentally.

1) Dracula. This is the one with Frank Langella from 1979. It has a wonderful lush, dark look, and it's an erotic telling of the Dracula legend. It also has a great soundtrack.

2) The Changeling. This movie is just plain scary. No blood, no guts, just scares. It was filmed at a mansion in Victoria when I lived there -- a mansion that's haunted. I'm pretty sure I brushed past the ghost that lives there on one of my visits.

3) Time After Time. This one is pretty gory -- for me. But I remember seeing it in the theater and having the wits scared out of me! It's Jack the Ripper comes to modern day San Francisco in H.G. Wells' time machine. Great movie!

4) From Hell. This one I'm picking because it looks great, and Ian Holme is amazing in it. You'll never look at Bilbo quite the same way again.

So what are your scary movie picks? (and picking Phantom Menace would just be mean) (but mean can be good)

Posted by Ithildin at 3:37 PM | Comments (5)

I Get Mail

I get some odd mail, odd spam, etc... Here's one I thought I'd share:

It's fairly long, so I'm making it an extended entry. From what I can gather, all this is going to be in a book. Presented for your information:

MILLIONS TO BE PROHIBITED FROM FLYING

Last February, the Transportation Security Agency announced that
all U.S. citizens who fly would be assigned a green, yellow or red travel
code under a new system known as CAAPS II – “Computer Assisted
Passenger Screening.”

A green code means you fly like normal. A yellow code means you
would be subject to repeated searches and interrogation by police before
you would be allowed to fly. A red code means you can’t fly and may be
arrested.

The system will eventually be expanded to every form of public
transportation, including ships, trains and buses. It will probably also
be expanded eventually to issuing driver’s licenses and even opening
bank accounts.
The criteria for determining your travel code is secret, and there is
no provision for challenging it.

So if you’re assigned a yellow or red travel code, and you are
prohibited from visiting your own children or lose your job because you
keep on missing business flights while police interrogate you, tough
luck!

Now TSA has dropped another shocker: The number of U.S. citizens
to be initially yellow- or red-coded is enormous! Up to 8% of all U.S.
citizens are to be yellow-coded initially, and 2-3% red-coded. That’s
10% of the entire U.S. adult population!

TSA says they plan to implement this system nationwide within 12
months.
And CAAPS II is just one of many threats you now face to your liberty
and privacy, in post 9-11 America, including:

MASSIVE SURVEILLANCE OF YOUR MOVEMENTS & FINANCES
Under Total Information Awareness, the Pentagon is now creating
comprehensive, computerized dossiers on every man, woman and child in
America. (Code names: “The Beast” and “the Matrix.”) If anything
suspicious turns up, expect a visit from the new security police.

CONFISCATION OF YOUR CASH
The USA Patriot Act creates the new crime of “bulk cash
smuggling.’ If you now leave or enter the U.S. without declaring that you have
more than $10,000 in cash or currency instruments, you can be stripped
of your money – without any proof you have committed any crime. You can
also be sentenced to five years in prison.

Even carrying more than a few hundred dollars in cash in the U.S.
can now result in your cash being seized by police as “drug money,”
under civil asset forfeiture laws.

Under the Patriot Act, your bank accounts can also now be seized
if you have given even a single dollar to a Muslim charity or any
organization the government classifies as “terrorist sympathizers,” or if
you have committed any of over 400 offenses – including shoplifting or
drunk driving.

UNLIMITED DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL
Under the USA Patriot Act (passed in October 2001), if you are
accused of any activities which “violate federal or state law” and which
“endanger human life” (participating in a demonstration where someone
is injured?) you can now be classified as a “suspected terrorist” or
“enemy combatant,” and imprisoned indefinitely without trial.

At least 2,000 people have already been detained under this law,
and hundreds are still imprisoned without charges -- including at least
two dozen U.S. citizens.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:01 PM | Comments (1)

N.B.S.

This weeks choice is about the mall.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:58 PM

Confession Is Good For The soul

Guess who voted for Arnold? And actually admitted it!

Wizbang has the answer.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:52 PM

For Da Goddess

Da Goddess had some GH (General Hospital) questions for me here, and the answers are too long for comments.

This Alcazar is the dead one's younger brother, Lorenzo. He's not nuts like his late brother, but still a baddie. He wants to move drugs through Sonny's territory and will do about anything to get it. He kidnapped Carlie as a bargaining chip, and of course he fell in love with her. There's just no accounting for taste! I loath that woman. Anyway, Carlie got away, and he ended up, during her escape, capturing Sonny's sister, Courtney. He didn't treat Courtney very well at all, unlike Carlie. So Courtney, thinking he was going to kill her, jumped off the yacht and almost drowned. She did have a miscarriage because of the trauma. Alcazar's current plot is a woman who he transformed by plastic surgery into Lily. She's haunting Sonny right now. Alcazar figures when Sonny self destructs, he'll be there to rescue Carlie.

Now, things we've learned about Alcazar: he wasn't in the family business initially -- he was a history professor. His father didn't approve, but his older brother wanted to protect him from the "life". Now Lorenzo had a lady love named Sophie, who was killed in the jungle while there doing charity work. It was her death that turned Lorenzo to the "dark side". And I'm sure Sophie will make an appearance one of these days! He's also taken Dillon Quatermaine under his wing -- sorta. Dilllon is Tracy's son that she kidnapped all those years back. Dillon and Georgie Jones are currently the cute teen couple. Actually, they're both very good actors and very enjoyable to watch.

Stefan. I'm bummed with what they did with Stefan's character when they brought him back. They turned him into a pale version of Stavros. Ruined one of my favourite characters. The Cassadine's were on the verge of bankruptcy due to Helena's past machinations. So Stefan borrowed huge amounts of money while he arranged for Nicolas to marry an heiress. Her grandfather wrote his will so that she had to marry Nicolas and produce an heir to get the money. The creditors had threatened to kill Nicolas if they didn't get their money. In amongst all this, Emily was diagnosed with breast cancer. since her mom died of it, she was sure she was going to die. So she went to Nicolas, her best friend, and he agreed to pretend they were in love. She didn't want Zander to watch her die, so she came up with this plan. So Nicolas and Emily got engaged. Stefan went off the deep end, and arranged to have Emily murdered to get her out of the way. The servant, in the fog, pushed the wrong woman off the cliff. It was Summer, a woman Luke was fond of, and Lucky was in love with. So, of course, Luke swore vengeance, and he and Stefan were on the cliffs, Luke had a knife pressed against Stefan's chest, and Stefan shoved it into himself and fell off the cliff. Now Luke is wanted for Stefan's death, and Lucky, being a cop now, is trying to catch him.

Did that about cover it? :)

Posted by Ithildin at 1:44 PM | Comments (3)

October 18, 2003

Mmmm & Hmmm

I had pizza (and hard cider) and it was good. Thinking of watching Dracula on Bravo at 7pm as it's a version I've not seen before. Well, it's something to do other than blogging. Yes, there are things besides blogging.

So Dracula? Anyone else going to watch it? I could do a DVD instead. Or finish my book. I could drink some more. Yeah, I can do that regardless. Margarita!

Oh, I did join the Sam 'n Rosie list. Figured, what the heck? I'm not quite resigned to spinsterhood just yet. Almost, but still a little space to go.

Yes, I'm nattering to no real end.

Who else is around this fine evening?

Posted by Ithildin at 6:33 PM | Comments (5)

It's Easy!

Last week I was pondering just what was wrong with a commenter on another blog in regards to his nasty little comments about LotR fans. Well, I've found the answer right here. It's easy really, he's just stupid! Read an learn, young hobbits:

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among many of the emails I’ve received for this column. I know it has been all fun and games up to this point, but now it’s time to get serious. Email after email describes how husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, co-workers, casual acquaintances, random strangers on the street, etc. don’t support the hobbit habit. Frankly, this kind of behavior SICKENS me. Yes, it is a real tragedy that could reach epic proportions.

I’ve given this lack-of-interest-in-the-Lord-of-the-Rings phenomena a lot of thought. I’ve heard some of the fans say of non-believers, "oh, they just don’t GET IT." I disagree with this assessment. The real truth is goes much deeper than simply "getting it" or not. And it’s far scarier. The cold hard facts are this: They’re STUPID.

Yes, that’s right folks. I know, I know, it is difficult to accept this, but there is no other possible explanation.

Read the rest, as it is very amusing!

Update: Michele says (tracking back her trackback. Oooo, dizzy) she's more of a Legolas gal, so here's a pic of Orlando as Paris.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:13 PM

Aww!

A Lord of the Rings matchmaking group -- Sam Loves Rosie.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:07 PM

The Fiction Of Freedom Of Religion

More and more, I'm beginning to believe that freedom of religion is a fiction. Freedom of religion seems to be for everyone but Christians. Heaven forbid you express your beliefs in a church! I hope the President doesn't cave to the PC left when it comes to General Boykin. I am so sick and tired of believing Christians being portrayed as kooks and nutjobs. Lieberman said his remarks were "hateful", Conyers said "it is outrageous that someone who holds such extreme, closed-minded, zealous views would be allowed such a prominent position in our military." Well Mr Lieberman, and Mr. Conyers, thank you for telling us how you feel about so many of your fellow countrymen. Too bad they can't get as worked up about Islamic hate in our very own country, isn't it?

I do believe radical Islam is evil with an "E". I do believe they hate us. I do believe that their hate is caught up in our Judeo-Christian heritage. Hell, these are nutters who are still fighting the freaking Crusades! That is so 13th century. But they hate us anyway.

If General Boykin is vilified for exercising his freedom of religion and speech, then maybe we've already lost.

Update: Debbye's take on the matter.

Update II: Juliette's post on the subject.

Update III: Some crackerjack comment from Jen.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:48 PM | Comments (3)

Tinkering

I've been tinkering with the sidebar, and I've added the newest Bear Flag member -- Citizen Smash. I've also added some selections to the bookshelf and the entertainment center.

One item I'd like to point out is Dangerous Beauty. It was a wonderful film that got not a speck of notice when it was released and should have. I found the DVD quite by accident a few years ago, and it has become one of my favourite movies and I've come to admire Veronica Franco, the woman the movie is about. She was quite amazing. If you're looking for a gem of a movie, you could do worse than watching this one.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:58 PM | Comments (1)

The Book Post

As promised, here's me sharing my book purchases from last night.

Right now, I'm trying to finish The Fiery Cross which is the latest in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I can not recommend this series enough, it is excellent! If you haven't read the books yet, the first one is Outlander. I'm not sure how I'd categorize it -- I've seen it in the SF section, Romance, and Historical Fiction. I'd probably say it's all three and quite unique. It's got as much sex as it does warfare and politics.

Now, on to the new books!

A few years a go, a friend recommended the "Master & Commander" series, but I forgot the title/authour. Then I saw a poster for the new Russel Crowe moive, and realized those were the books! So, I got the first book in the series, Master and Commander (the movie is based on the 11th book, I believe). I also got The Last Jihad, which had been on my wish list forever, so I figured it was time to get it. I also got The Sight (I was attracted by the cover and I love wolves), Rise to Rebellion (I'm on an American history kick), & Ruled Britannia (I love alternate histories, and Harry Turteldove does it better then just about anyone).

I shall report on them as I go.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:00 PM

Iran & Nukes

They're interviewing the guy who wrote this book: The Road to Armageddon on FNC. He's saying that the Iranians currently have at least three warheads they bought from the Russians. The only thing keeping them from being operational is their inability to convert them for use on their missles.

Some happy news for your Saturday.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:49 PM | Comments (1)

October 17, 2003

Home At Last

Walden Books had a buy 4, get 1 free deal. Guess where I've been the last few hours? I shall share my purchases later. But first, dinner, General Hospital, JAG and to finish my current book!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:54 PM | Comments (2)

Indeed

Juliette is writing up some dang good stuff, and I really liked this one. So scurry off and go read it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:38 PM

Rest Up, Girlfriend

Rachel is taking a wee break from blogging. I hope her, and her thumb, are feeling a 100% soon!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:33 PM

Revenge Of The Sith?

That's what they're saying the last Star Wars movie will be titled.

I'm just hoping the third time will be the chanr for this set, because I have been majorly underwhelmed by the last two.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:30 PM | Comments (6)

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

If this story is true, then it's an outrage. How can we treat our troops this way?

Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor By MARK BENJAMIN, UPI Investigations Editor

FORT STEWART, Ga., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Hundreds of sick and wounded U.S. soldiers including many who served in the Iraq war are languishing in hot cement barracks here while they wait -- sometimes for months -- to see doctors.

The National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers' living conditions are so substandard, and the medical care so poor, that many of them believe the Army is trying push them out with reduced benefits for their ailments. One document shown to UPI states that no more doctor appointments are available from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day.

Click on "MORE" for the rest....

"I have loved the Army. I have served the Army faithfully and I have done everything the Army has asked me to do," said Sgt. 1st Class Willie Buckels, a truck master with the 296th Transportation Company. Buckels served in the Army Reserves for 27 years, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Gulf War. "Now my whole idea about the U.S. Army has changed. I am treated like a third-class citizen."

Since getting back from Iraq in May, Buckels, 52, has been trying to get doctors to find out why he has intense pain in the side of his abdomen since doubling over in pain there.

After waiting since May for a diagnosis, Buckels has accepted 20 percent of his benefits for bad knees and is going home to his family in Mississippi. "They have not found out what my side is doing yet, but they are still trying," Buckels said.

One month after President Bush greeted soldiers at Fort Stewart -- home of the famed Third Infantry Division -- as heroes on their return from Iraq, approximately 600 sick or injured members of the Army Reserves and National Guard are warehoused in rows of spare, steamy and dark cement barracks in a sandy field, waiting for doctors to treat their wounds or illnesses.

The Reserve and National Guard soldiers are on what the Army calls "medical hold," while the Army decides how sick or disabled they are and what benefits -- if any -- they should get as a result.

Some of the soldiers said they have waited six hours a day for an appointment without seeing a doctor. Others described waiting weeks or months without getting a diagnosis or proper treatment.

The soldiers said professional active duty personnel are getting better treatment while troops who serve in the National Guard or Army Reserve are left to wallow in medical hold.

"It is not an Army of One. It is the Army of two -- Army and Reserves," said one soldier who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which she developed a serious heart condition and strange skin ailment.

A half-dozen calls by UPI seeking comment from Fort Stewart public affairs officials and U.S. Forces Command in Atlanta were not returned.

Soldiers here estimate that nearly 40 percent of the personnel now in medical hold were deployed to Iraq. Of those who went, many described clusters of strange ailments, like heart and lung problems, among previously healthy troops. They said the Army has tried to refuse them benefits, claiming the injuries and illnesses were due to a "pre-existing condition," prior to military service.

Most soldiers in medical hold at Fort Stewart stay in rows of rectangular, gray, single-story cinder block barracks without bathrooms or air conditioning. They are dark and sweltering in the southern Georgia heat and humidity. Around 60 soldiers cram in the bunk beds in each barrack.

Soldiers make their way by walking or using crutches through the sandy dirt to a communal bathroom, where they have propped office partitions between otherwise open toilets for privacy. A row of leaky sinks sits on an opposite wall. The latrine smells of urine and is full of bugs, because many windows have no screens. Showering is in a communal, cinder block room. Soldiers say they have to buy their own toilet paper.

They said the conditions are fine for training, but not for sick people.

"I think it is disgusting," said one Army Reserve member who went to Iraq and asked that his name not be used.

That soldier said that after being deployed in March he suffered a sudden onset of neurological symptoms in Baghdad that has gotten steadily worse. He shakes uncontrollably.

He said the Army has told him he has Parkinson's Disease and it was a pre-existing condition, but he thinks it was something in the anthrax shots the Army gave him.

"They say I have Parkinson's, but it is developing too rapidly," he said. "I did not have a problem until I got those shots."

First Sgt. Gerry Mosley crossed into Iraq from Kuwait on March 19 with the 296th Transportation Company, hauling fuel while under fire from the Iraqis as they traveled north alongside combat vehicles. Mosley said he was healthy before the war; he could run two miles in 17 minutes at 48 years old.

But he developed a series of symptoms: lung problems and shortness of breath; vertigo; migraines; and tinnitus. He also thinks the anthrax vaccine may have hurt him. Mosley also has a torn shoulder from an injury there.

Mosley says he has never been depressed before, but found himself looking at shotguns recently and thought about suicide.

Mosley is paying $300 a month to get better housing than the cinder block barracks. He has a notice from the base that appears to show that no more doctor appointments are available for reservists from Oct. 14 until Nov. 11. He said he has never been treated like this in his 30 years in the Army Reserves.

"Now, I would not go back to war for the Army," Mosley said.

Many soldiers in the hot barracks said regular Army soldiers get to see doctors, while National Guard and Army Reserve troops wait.

"The active duty guys that are coming in, they get treated first and they put us on hold," said another soldier who returned from Iraq six weeks ago with a serious back injury. He has gotten to see a doctor only two times since he got back, he said.

Another Army Reservist with the 149th Infantry Battalion said he has had real trouble seeing doctors about his crushed foot he suffered in Iraq. "There are not enough doctors. They are overcrowded and they can't perform the surgeries that have to be done," that soldier said. "Look at these mattresses. It hurts just to sit on them," he said, gesturing to the bunks. "There are people here who got back in April but did not get their surgeries until July. It is putting a lot on these families."

The Pentagon is reportedly drawing up plans to call up more reserves.

In an Oct. 9 speech to National Guard and reserve troops in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Bush said the soldiers had become part of the backbone of the military.

"Citizen-soldiers are serving in every front on the war on terror," Bush said. "And you're making your state and your country proud."

-0-

Mark Benjamin can be contacted at mbenjamin@upi.com

Posted by Ithildin at 5:22 PM | Comments (2)

Me, A Vampire?

Found this test over at Casa de Jay

vamp
You are Form 9, Vampire: The Undying.

"And The Vampire was all that remained on
the blood drowned creation. She attempted to
regrow life from the dead. But as she was
about to give the breath of life, she was
consumed in the flame of The Phoenix and the
cycle began again."

Some examples of the Vampire Form are Hades (Greek)
and Isis (Egyptian).
The Vampire is associated with the concept of
death, the number 9, and the element of fire.
Her sign is the eclipsed moon.

As a member of Form 9, you are a very realistic
individual. You may be a little idealistic,
but you are very grounded and down to earth.
You realize that not everything lasts, but you
savor every minute of the good times. While
you may sometimes find yourself lonely, you
have strong ties with people that will never be
broken. Vampires are the best friends to have
because they are sensible.


Which Mythological Form Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM | Comments (3)

Why?

Site Meter has been hanging the blog all day. And it's been hanging Girls! and Nin's as well. I thought it was a domain thing, but Paul's and Mickey's blogs aren't having any trouble.

Any ideas?

PFFFT! Figures, I post about it and it stops!

Never mind.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:13 PM | Comments (1)

October 16, 2003

Sorry

Sorry for the lack of bloggage today. Just not doing too well today, I'm afraid. I'll try and pick up the slack tomorrow.

Jay mentioned in comments that Hosting Matters is down -- just an FYI.

On a totally unrelated note, listening to the news and the Kobe Bryant stuff, no wonder so many women don't report being raped.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:43 PM | Comments (5)

October 15, 2003

Really?

So fans will buy you laptops? Nifty kewl! So where's mine? Well?

I don't think I'm in the laptop league -- more like the notepad and pencil league [g]

Posted by Ithildin at 2:08 PM | Comments (14)

All Baseball Free, All The Time

Damn baseball has even infected my email lists! First the blogs, then the email lists [bleah]. I will make my genteel readers a solemn vow that no mention of Bear Cubs, or whatever other sort of furry creature the teams are named for, will ever pass my keyboard. The only time baseball will be mentioned here is to be ranted against as the evil that preempts my favoured TV shows. Do you know how many Buffy eps I missed? LOTS! How many STNG eps? LOTS! DS9? LOTS!

Baseball is not of the good. It is evil. So shall it always be!

(before all you basefall nuts freak, I'm kidding!! Well, mostly. I'm still ticked over missing my shows)

(enjoy your playoffs)

(and I'll pray they end very soon!)

(thank goodness for football!) (now that's a real sport!) [beam]

Posted by Ithildin at 1:52 PM | Comments (8)

Mulling It Over

Thanks to everyone who left so many encouraging comments over my work problem. I did stay home today and hopefully I'll be feeling a lot more with it tomorrow.

I'd already decided to take a paralegal course in the New Year, so this just solidifies my decision. It will give me more job options, especially when I move. It's really hard to believe I'm coming up on my 13th year in my current job -- it seems very unreal! I'd been with Sheraton 3 years before that and that seemed like a long time!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:39 PM | Comments (4)

October 14, 2003

Mickey's Back!

No blog posts yet about her trip, but now I can stop worrying :)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:21 PM | Comments (1)

Awful Day

I'm home early due to having to deal with an incident with another employee. Basically, she thought she could shout at me -- after first waiting for her suprevisor to leave -- and I would buckle under like everyone else in her life does when she uses the drama queen card. She knows I'm very passive and don't like confrontation, so her assumption was I'd cave. I just want to do my job with a minimum of female hysterics. Of course, when I get upset, I can't eat and I feel sick, so I asked my boss if I could go home early.

I do not get people, I really don't. I keep my mouth shut, even though half my workday is having to listen to her on one personal phonecall after another, and many of those with personal details about her sex life. I try to block it out, and when I can't I go out to the warehouse. Work has been hell since they hired her 4 years ago. I never know what will make her snap. Now that's she's escalated it to shouting, I worry about it escalating to violence. I wonder if I should start writing everything down to protect myself? I'm scared to go back to work. I haven't felt this way in years. I've been at this job almost 13 years, and I'm afraid to go to work. In all the time there were only men working here, I've never really felt afraid to go to work, but here I am afraid of another female.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:22 PM | Comments (18)

October 13, 2003

My Sides Hurt!

Go look at "Flat Frodo" right this very second!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:19 PM | Comments (1)

Trilogy Tuesday Tidbit

According to theonering.net , there are still tickets available in Tulsa.

Lissa, the Tulsa Line Party Leader, writes: Thought you might be interested in knowing that as of today Tulsa still has about 150 tickets available for the marathon Tuesday showing. So if people from Texas or surrounding states wouldn't mind driving a few hours, they may still yet attend. You can purchase them through Fandango.com by phone.
Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM | Comments (1)

Overreact Much?

I found this in "Tongue Tied" as well:

A Texas high school pep rally skit that featured caricatures of students from other schools as, among other things, a pregnant prom queen, is being called inappropriate and hurtful, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The rally at Calallen High School in south Texas featured teachers dressed as "stereotyped" students from surrounding schools. One of them was dressed as a pregnant and barefoot queen, another as a gang member with low-rider pants and hickeys on her neck.

An administrator from Calallen has apologized to some of the neighboring districts, but some locals still want the teachers involved canned. One called it an example "of prejudice, hatred and cowardice that will set us back many, many years."

(Emphasis mine)

Now when I read a line like, "of prejudice, hatred and cowardice that will set us back many, many years.", I'm expecting it to be in regards to something major. If an incident like that engenders this kind of hysterical overreaction, what's left for when something deserving of such emotion happens? This is akin to the same phenomena of calling everyone to the right of Arlin Specter a "Nazi".

Nimnulls.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:42 PM

Unholy Row

Found this in "Tongue Tied"

The Times of London reports that an official remembrance ceremony for British and allied soldiers who died in Iraq will forgo the usual military honor guard in order to appease opponents of the war.

The service, to be attended by the queen and held at St. Paul's Cathedral, also will feature prayers for both "the civilian and military dead in Iraq."

The Royal British Legion said it supports the low-key nature of the ceremony because it doesn't want to glorify war, but some family members told the Times they are none too happy about the decision.

I hope the families raise a hell of a stink over this.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:31 PM | Comments (1)

Not How You Want To See Your Local News...

make the national news.

Two Women Found Dead in Cabin in California's Big Sur Region

Here's hoping we don't have a nutcase wandering the Central Coast.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:15 PM

Enthusiasm

.... Yes, that was Elijah Wood at a Saturday afternoon screening of "Kill Bill" on the Upper West Side. And yes, that was Elijah Wood applauding the trailer for "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," in which he stars. And yes, that was Elijah Wood saying loudly in the theater, for fun: "That looks like it's gonna be great!" ...
Posted by Ithildin at 7:32 AM

So...

...it's Columbus day, but I'm working so I don't want to hear about it!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:57 AM | Comments (6)

October 12, 2003

Ahem

See what happens when you read Jane Eyre at age 7?




which art movement are you?
this quiz was made by Caitlin
Founded by a bunch of Englishmen in 1848, "The group popularized a theatrically romantic style, marked by great beauty, an intricate realism, and a fondness for Arthurian legend." (artcyclopedia.com.) Creative license is taken here; not all Pre-Raphaelite art was dark, mediaeval, and deathly serious, like you are. But there were a lot of drowned maidens, and you'd like that. Famous Pre-Raphaelites: Waterhouse, Millais, Rossetti, and You.

A hearty Avast! to Da Goddess for the link!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:04 PM | Comments (2)

Is CA Crazy?

Go read this over at PrestoPundit.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:41 PM | Comments (1)

Happy Day!

Jay Allen is creating a plug-in for MT what will deal with "Lolita" and all her ilk.

I got totally confuzzled at how it works, but I'm sure I can find someone who can explain it to technically deficient me :)

Posted by Ithildin at 1:27 PM | Comments (3)

Remember

It's the one year aniversary of the terrorist bombing in Bali. There were 202 victims, 88 of which were Australians on holiday.

....In Sydney, on a wind-swept headland, several thousand mourners gathered to dedicate to the victims and survivors a 13-foot-high bronze sculpture of three tall figures leaning on each other in grief, anger and hope.

The memorial overlooks the ocean at Dolphins Point, recently renamed to honor six young men from the Coogee Beach Dolphins rugby league club who lost their lives in the blasts.

"You have to remember the great things and the wonderful times you had with everyone who died," said David Byron, who lost his 15-year-old daughter, Chloe, in the attack.

Despite foreign ministry warnings to avoid Indonesia because of the risk of more terror attacks, about 1,600 Australians also attended a memorial service in Bali.

"We haven't forgotten you; we never will," Prime Minister John Howard said at the Bali service after the names of the victims were read to the mourners. "Australia will never forget Oct. 12, 2002."

Posted by Ithildin at 12:51 PM

"It Can Happen To Us"

The following is an excerpt from "Buchanan & Press":

BUCHANAN: Matt, my inclination is to think if the folks are playing that Kerry bite when you hear this news about Rush Limbaugh it's going to come off as pretty cruel rather than funny. But let me ask you something. Now, six years ago apparently he's been this addiction a long time and we've heard from variety of sources that these OxyContins are associated with hearing loss. And my question is this, you know Rush if -- if something like this is actively and he must have known he must have talked to his doctor when he went to him about his hearing. He must have known these things were damaging his hearing his whole career his the king of talk radio, everything is on the line it suggests a really hellish addiction here does it not?

DRUDGE: You're hitting bull's-eyes, Pat. This is why these things are prescribed by doctors and not sold at our local Dennys or Amocos -- or wherever else we can buy them, in Palm Beach. It is a disturbing story in all directions, because, again, it is happening to such a beloved figure in this country Someone who has had so much success in this country. And if it happens to them, it can happen to us!

Put aside what you think of Rush for this one, because this isn't really about Rush. This is about something I'm not sure the average American has thought much about. I think about it because I know people who suffer this addiction and because Nin works in a pharmacy and sees this every single day. The abuse of prescription pain pills is a real problem. Sometimes, people use subterfuge to maintain their habit -- they go to multiple doctors, get multiple prescriptions and use different pharmacies to fill those prescriptions. And other people have their habit maintained with the complicity of their doctor. And now you can toss in people mail ordering the pills from foreign countries. If we can't stop the flow of illegal drugs into this country, how on earth will we ever be able to solve this problem?

And while I'm sure their are people who are addicted to these medications that are no longer suffering from the original pain the pills were prescribed for, many more who are addicted are still in pain. And that pain will still be there when they stop taking the pills. I've watched my mother battle chronic pain since the seventies, when a surgeon slipped and cut a nerve in her spine during back surgery. Then not long after that, we were in a car accident which crushed vertebrae in her neck. But she's one of those people Rush spoke about on Friday, the ones who didn't fall prey to addiction. But when I see her year after year, in constant pain, sometimes I wish she would take medication. It's hard watching someone you love suffer and you can't do anything to help. I also know, but for the grace of God, how she could have had Rush's problem.

No, what happened to Rush hits way too close to home for me, and I can't and won't judge him, or anyone else that battles addiction and pain on a daily basis.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:44 PM

October 11, 2003

A Headline That Just Has To Be Shared

Suspected Penis Snatcher Beaten to Death

Posted by Ithildin at 6:49 PM | Comments (1)

The Simple Things

There's nothing better than fresh bread, cheese, and a nice glass of red wine.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:46 PM | Comments (3)

Pooped

I just gave two of our cats a bath, scrubbed out the litter box, cleaned the tub, sink, toilet, the bathroom floor, put up a new shower curtain liner (boy my arms ache now!), and emptied the garbage, and am on my second load of laundry. Srill have the towels to wash.

Ithy tired.

Ithy want a nice cold margarita.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:58 PM | Comments (3)

Way With Words

Here's a report on what it's like to update the dictionary.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:35 PM

Refresh My Brain Cells

I know a fellow Bear Flagger will have the answer.

I was reminded of something by this post of Carl's. Didn't CA (under Wilson?) sue the Feds to have them pay for the social service costs of illegals since the Federal Government is responsible for securing the borders -- and they don't. I seem to remember we lost too.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:25 PM | Comments (1)

Spam

Well, "Lolita" left about 15 huge spam comments over night. So if anyone saw the s*m*ut, I apologize. I've banned the current IP, but who knows how long before "she" gets a new one.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:17 PM | Comments (6)

October 10, 2003

Heh!

A&C is number 12 on Google for "Absinthe".

I really got to try some one day!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:15 PM | Comments (4)

Well Said!

Debbye said:

.... His only "identity politics" are with the Hollywood crowd, and even they don't support him! So after a relentless parade of Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, the Dixie Chicks, et alia, expressing their views on President Bush and the war in Iraq, the media are now claiming that people in the entertainment industry aren't politically competent unless they're Democrats? Pull the other one.

Now that was very well put! Go read the rest, why don't you?

Posted by Ithildin at 6:12 PM

A Little Friday Roundup

* This made me laugh.

* I may have to delink der Angstman for this one! Tsk tsk.

* This book on Amazon had a rather odd companion link: Muslim Dating Center - Date muslim singles in your city. Free registration. Okay, I thought it was odd. Your mileage may vary!

And I had a few other things for the roundup, but I can't find the email I pasted the links into. If I find them, or remember them, I shall let you know!

Update! Here's one I remembered from The Corner:

I GUESS "HISPANIC" IS SPANISH FOR "POOR" [Jonah Goldberg]

From the Hotline:
Making An Ass-umption? In answering a question from Spanish-speaking Ernestina Escobar, who was introduced as "someone in our audience who has experienced the American dream." Dean responded: "You would have prescription benefits if you moved to Vermont, because a third of all our people, especially at your income level, are eligible for prescription benefits without help from the federal government." She never mentioned her financial situation.

Imagine if a white, preppy Park Avenue Republican had made this gaffe?

Update to the Update: Jonah has put up a correction to the above. Apparently it was a multipart question from two different people.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:43 PM | Comments (2)

Credit Where It's Due

I have many friends who are Evangelicals, and I get a little tired of the constant bashing they get. That's why I really liked this article: Evangelicals take the lead in human-rights activism.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:35 PM

Black Book/Red Blood

Huw has a post here that is well worth your time to read. Not that this is a surprise -- Huw writes some pretty amazing stuff on a regular basis.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:31 PM

My Rush Post

I admit I'm not surprised at the smug satisfaction so many are displaying at Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction, but I don't understand it. I could understand it if he say, tortured people, directed his minions to blow up women and children, if he was a rapist or a murderer. But he's none of those things. He's a guy with a radio show. I think Aaron Sorkin, for example, is a moron for some of the things he says about our President, but I didn't cheer the last time he was arrested for possession and sent to rehab -- again. Or take Barbara Streisand -- please! -- the woman is a loon, but if she were addicted to pills, I wouldn't feel any sort of joy in that.

The same people that love to tell stories about all the drugs they used in their youth will no doubt wag their fingers admonishingly at Rush. The same people who defend their favourite sports star for his peccadillos will also jump on the bandwagon. But Rush is only going to get prayers from me. I witnessed a former coworker and his struggle against a pain pill addiction, and it isn't pretty. It isn't something I'd wish on anyone.

I think this portion of his statement says a great deal:

"I am not making any excuses. You know, over the years athletes and celebrities have emerged from treatment centers to great fanfare and praise for conquering great demons. They are said to be great role models and examples for others. Well, I am no role model. I refuse to let anyone think I am doing something great here, when there are people you never hear about, who face long odds and never resort to such escapes. They are the role models. I am no victim and do not portray myself as such. I take full responsibility for my problem.

For more on the subject please go visit Rothy.

Update: Maripat has some very eloquent words.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:27 PM

Death To Spam!

Taking a page from the book of several bloggers, here's "Lolita's" IP Address. She's been spamming my comments with ads for several days now. One, I'm willing to let slide, but not constant spam over several days.

So knock it off!!

209.210.176.21

Posted by Ithildin at 7:16 AM

Pointless Peeve

Does no one learn basic netiquette anymore? When I got online in 95, one of the things drummed into my head was snipping emails. It was considered rude and a waste of bandwidth to reply over and over again to an email, leaving all the forwarding gobbeldygook. But snipping seems to be a rarity these days. And on an email list, it drives me crazy! I'm sick and tired of getting an email that's been replied to 10 times and I get screens of old stuff along with a few words of new stuff! If it's a single, personal reply that includes my original message, that's one thing, but on a list please, for the love of pete, snip your emails!! Pweeeeeese!!

Okay, I feel better now.

(and don't even get me started on HTML 'enhanced' email!)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:30 AM

October 9, 2003

Okay, Okay!

I know, for someone that said she had nothing to post about....

A coworker of mine, who's black, can't wait to get his very own copy of "Ghettopoly" to go with his copy of the "Ghetto Bible".

I kid you not.

Sometimes I love where I work!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:07 PM | Comments (3)

In Other News....

Angel has been picked up for the entire season. This is of the good! The first two eps of the season have been great.

I nominated Deb to join the Bear Flag League, and she announced today that she is our newest member! Welcome aboard!

Michele is having a limerick contest.

Still waiting to hear from Mickey.

This quote I'm sharing just because: "I don't know if we'll marry," the magazine Radio Times quoted Bonham Carter as saying. "I find it romantic bearing his illegitimate child and living next door." Oh for Pete's sake! I don't think I need even comment, do I?.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:01 PM | Comments (4)

Oh, Wait!

I lied! There was something I read today that just fried me. A 15 year old let his girlfriend use his asthma inhaler at school because she was having an attack and had left her inhaler at home. He's been suspended, arrested, and may be expelled and have to do time for juvenile drug charges! What the hell ever happened to common sense in our country? There are real problems in our schools and they're wasting time and resources pulling this sort of crap!?!?

ARGH!!!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM | Comments (2)

Oh Yeah

Can I also mention that I am past sick and tired of hearing about Kobe Bryant? For pity's sake! I've gone from barely knowing who he was, other than some sort of sports related figure, to knowing every detail of his fricking' existence!

Dear lord, he hasn't even gone to trial yet! I shudder to think about what it will be like once the that starts!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:35 PM | Comments (1)

Brain Tired

There's absolutely nothing I feel compelled to blog about today. Nothing. I think the election plum wore me out! Well... I could talk about my brother. Yeah, why not? So, my brother, he works down in Big Sur, hippie central, and he was telling me the night of the election that all his coworkers, who are all lefty whicky-whackys, would drive him crazy the next day whining about the outcome. So a little more conversation reveals that whenever he tries to rebut one of his crazed fellow employees, he's told by the manager that she doesn't want politics discussed in the workplace. Yeah, she only tells him that. The only conservative there. Discrimination? Intolerance? Double standard? You betcha!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:31 PM | Comments (2)

Kewl Beans!

I have tickets to "Trilogy Tuesday"!!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:45 AM | Comments (1)

October 8, 2003

"Trilogy Tuesday" Update

Remember, tomorrow tickets go on sale for "Trilogy Tuesday". You can get them through Fandango if your local theater is set up with them. Rumour has it they go on sale at 11am -- I don't know if that's PDT or EDT.

For those here in CA, the list of theaters showing the entire trilogy on Dec. 16, 2003 are:

CA, Bakersfield Pacific Stadium 14
CA, Dublin Regal Cinemas Hacienda Crossings 20
CA, Fresno Regal Cinemas Stadium 21 Theatre
CA, Hollywood Arclight 15 Cinema
CA, Orange AMC @ The Block 30
CA, Sacramento Century Theatres Complex 14 Cinema
CA, San Diego AMC Mission Valley 20 Theatre
CA, San Francisco Sony Metreon 15 Cinemas
CA, San Jose Century Theatres Oakridge 20

Sso who's going?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:50 PM | Comments (2)

Say It Ain't So!

Found on the Fandango movie ticket site:

McBeal Meets Indiana Jones World Entertainment News Network Friday, Sep. 26, 2003

HARRISON FORD is keeping girlfriend CALISTA FLOCKHART close to him as he prepares to start shooting INDIANA JONES 4 - he's had her written into the movie.

Despite objections from producer GEORGE LUCAS, Ford demanded the former ALLY McBEAL star have a part in the film, so penned the role himself.

Flockhart has yet to appear on either the big screen or small screen since the long-running TV comedy-drama ended last year, but has just completing filming on THE LAST SHOT, which also stars MATTHEW BRODERICK and is due for release next year.

(c) 2003 World Entertainment News Network

Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM | Comments (3)

Pass It Along

I found this snickerfest over at Cam's place.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:42 PM

A Goldbeg File, Yes....

... but this was the bit that cracked me up:

....But that's an argument for another day. California has only one governor at a time and this one deserves the benefit of the doubt. And besides, by winning despite the best efforts of feminists (and Huffington too), he managed to make his greatest line — from Conan the Barbarian, obviously —into something of a prophecy. In that film he was asked, "Conan, what is best in life?" He answered: "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!"

The whole 'file' here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM

Just A Nice Story

Special-Ed Student Voted Homecoming King

The ranks of homecoming kings have classically be filled by jocks or student government officers, but the students at a Tempe high school decided to go a different route this year.

Marcos de Niza High School's landslide winner for homecoming king was a 21-year-old student with Down syndrome.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:34 PM

Better Late Than Never

Jay's started something called, "Carnival of the Capitalists" and I forgot to mention it earlier.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:32 PM | Comments (1)

Yay!

Cynthia is done with chemo!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:30 PM

October 7, 2003

Hmmmmm...

Just thinking... Since Gray Davis was recalled, does that mean that his political career is over?

Been pondering that off and on for a few weeks.

Posted by Ninjababe at 10:08 PM | Comments (4)

A Little Wine Talk

Something not about the election!

I got an email from Bonny Doon today telling me my favourite wine is now available for 2002.

CAR02C.jpg

"2002 is a full-bodied zinfandel, with berries-on-steroids flavor. Free of psychedelics."

[snerk]

No kidding though, this wine is awesome!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:03 PM | Comments (6)

Lunch Notes

For CA Election coverage, head over to CalBlog where many BearFlaggers are group blogging.

Today's 80's Lunchtime Music Moment selection is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. For old time's sake, I'm dedicating this to Paul!

Mary and Bev are back from LCA, still waiting for Mickey to report in. Bev says Nigel looked fit and trim, and that they got to spend time with Kiefer Sutherland. Still no word on how much money was raised, and the burning question as to who won the Coke can auction.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:15 PM | Comments (1)

A Little Quicker Please

I was watching our local news after CSI Miami ended last night, and they led with the Rhonda Miller story. But the story they told was the one from the afternoon. Hours before their report aired, Drudge already had links to stories that indicated her allegations were falling apart.

This is why I don't get my news at 11.

Doesn't anyone at the station look at the latest news before going on the air?

For much more on Rhonda Miller, check out "damnum absque injuria", here and here.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:55 AM | Comments (2)

October 6, 2003

A Moving Story

I read this at Michele's urging, and I'm very glad I did. You should go read it too.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:11 PM | Comments (1)

Go Figure

Christopher Hitchens says that the ayatollah's grandson has called for a U.S. invasion of Iran.

.... "Now we have had 25 years of a failed Islamic revolution in Iran, and the people do not want an Islamic regime anymore."

It's not strictly necessary to speak to Hossein Khomeini to appreciate the latter point: Every visitor to Iran confirms it, and a large majority of the Iranians themselves have voted for anti-theocratic candidates. The entrenched and reactionary regime can negate these results up to a certain point; the only question is how long can they do so? Young Khomeini is convinced that the coming upheaval will depend principally on those who once supported his grandfather and have now become disillusioned. I asked him what he would like to see happen, and his reply this time was very terse and did not require any Quranic scriptural authority or explication. The best outcome, he thought, would be a very swift and immediate American invasion of Iran.

It hurt me somewhat to have to tell him that there was scant chance of deliverance coming by this means. He took the news pretty stoically (and I hardly think I was telling him anything he did not know). But I was thinking, wow, this is what happens if you live long enough. You'll hear the ayatollah's grandson saying, not even "Send in the Marines" but "Bring in the 82nd Airborne." I think it was the matter-of-factness of the reply that impressed me the most: He spoke as if talking of the obvious and the uncontroversial.

And for the life of me, I can't remember where I found the link.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM | Comments (1)

A Head Of CA Garlic

And here are the nice smelly cloves!

* Fresh Potatoes says, "This will offend you." And it is pretty offensive, not to mention stinky. (and not in a nice garlic sort of way)

* Miller's Time compares how the candidates treat the help. Whew! Another smelly whiff there!

* Here's an article by Jill Stewart. She's the reporter who couldn't get the L.A. Times to give the time of day to her piece on Gray Davis's violent rages aimed at female staffers. Breath mint anyone?

* And last, but not the least, in the stinky competition, we have this from Tim Graham in The Corner today:

Tom Brokaw to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the spouse of a long-time colleague, last night on Dateline NBC (and again on Today this morning, and let's safely assume, NBC Nightly News this evening): "Part of the problem for a lot of people is that a lot of these women have made very specific accusations about grabbing them sexually and making lewd suggestions. You've described it as playful and rowdy, and the kind of mischief that you engaged in when you were a younger man. But based on their descriptions, in many states, what you did would be criminal, it would be a sexual assault of some kind."

VS.

Tom Brokaw on why the Paula Jones allegations, which became a very large legal problem for Bill Clinton: "Why didn't we put it on earlier? It didn't seem, I think to most people, entirely relevant to what was going on at the time. These are the kinds of charges raised about the President before. They had been played out in the Gennifer Flowers episode. The American public had made a kind of decision about his personal conduct and whether it had relevance in his personal life. And it seemed at that time it didn't have the news weight." That's Brokaw on the CNBC show "Tim Russert," May 9, 1994, on avoiding the Jones allegations for three months.

Anyone have Lysol?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:56 PM

What's The Problem?

I saw this headline:

Egypt says Arafat removal would be 'terrorist act'...

And I thought, a terrorist act? Egypt has always been down with that, so what are they whining about?

Oh, right! They're only into terror acts their buds commit, aren't they?

I think it's long past time Israel took Arafat out. We certainly wouldn't put up with it, why should Israel?

Posted by Ithildin at 7:59 AM | Comments (1)

It's Here!

The official "Operation Give" aka "Toys for Iraq" site is up and running, so please do go take a look.

You can read all about it here.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:58 AM

Why?

This is the Monday "Why?" post.

Why did I wake up with, "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree" stuck in my head?

Why did one of the guys at work decide to duct tape a roll of toilet paper to the roller?

Why can't I think of anything to blog about?

Why can't our politicians stop being hypocrites? (Yeah, that's a silly "why?", but I'm asking anyway)

Why did my mum get to see a whole pack of wolves run in front of her in Yellowstone, and I saw one on my trip? (no fair!!)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

October 5, 2003

And The Winner Is...

Jen Speaks!

I realized it's been a while since I awarded the much coveted "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence", and decided it was time to rectify it. So this time, the metallic cookie goes to Jen of Jen Speaks for being amusing, silly, and informative. All good things!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:13 PM | Comments (9)

What Of The Weekend?

Right now I'm watching Two Towers to fill the time till Alias comes on, and drinking some rose green tea I got from Upton Tea on Friday -- it's very nice. We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean this afternoon since it's down to two showings a day, we figure it won't be in the theater here much longer. Had some people with a little girl who was too small to sit through a movie, and when she wasn't kicking the back of my chair she was running up and down the aisle stairs. ARGHHH! And then she started to scream. Did the parents take her out? No, of course not, they just kept telling her to be quiet!

I got a voicemail from Mickey who was calling from Toronto to tell me they were having a blast at LCA. I'm waiting to hear what Keifer Sutherland is like. And who won the coke can auction. I hope I can make it next year.

Yesterday, I finally got to see "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Edward Scissorhands". I enjoyed both very much! ES had me crying at the end. Snow seemed to be a theme in both movies.

Wish the weekend had a few more days left in it.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:24 PM | Comments (5)

Strange But Kewl!

I'd like to thank whoever it was that donated $25 to A&C through Amazon on Sept. 28. I didn't even know about the donation till I got the transfer notice email from Amazon today.

Thank you, whoever you are!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:07 PM

See?

I wake up, check the news, and see Israel attacked a camp in Syria (a good thing), and that the UN is calling an emergency meeting.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:02 AM | Comments (3)

A Little Honesty

This was what a "Code Pink" activist said at an anti-Arnold rally:

.... She admitted that Bill Clinton (news - web sites)'s sexual peccadilloes were as inexcusable as Arnold's.

"The difference is that Clinton was so brilliant," she said.

"If Arnold was a brilliant pol and had this thing about inappropriate behavior, we'd figure a way of getting around it. I think it's to our detriment to go on too much about the groping. But it's our way in. This is really about the GOP trying to take California in 2004 and our trying to stop it."

Posted by Ithildin at 10:58 AM | Comments (3)

October 4, 2003

Nice!

Slings & Arrows has a sleek new look. Very nice indeed!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:41 PM

OFFR

Good post here on California Republic. No permalinks, but it's the only post so far for today, titled "Progressive Groping".

So, how are we to judge the alleged misbehavior of our wannabe political leaders? Well, we should be reminded of the lesson taught us by the leader of the Progressive women’s movement, Gloria Steinem. In an NY Times op-ed March 22, 1998 Ms. Steinem informed us that “no means no; yes means yes.” Remember, this was all surrounding the Kathleen Willey affair. Willey said “no” and Mr. Clinton stopped. According to Ms. Steinem this is all perfectly fine because Mr. Clinton acted responsibly - “no means no.” | If you remember her liberated direction to the rest of us was summed up as the “one free feel rule” aka “OFFR.” So, we’ve got to logically consider this Arnold problem from a liberated and Progressive point of view.

It gets better, so go read it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:34 PM

Bummer

"XXX 2" Not Diesel-Powered

Ice Cube is sliding in for Vin.

The rapper-actor will take over leading-man duties from Vin Diesel in the sequel to 2002's box-office bonanza XXX.

The original film featured Diesel as Xander Cage, an extreme sports fanatic turned reluctant secret agent. The name "XXX" refers to a three-strikes policy enacted by the National Security Agency giving hardened criminals the option of joining "the Man" as a covert operator or going to prison.

Diesel, perhaps feeling sequel-squeamish after having just completed Chronicles of Riddick, the follow-up flick to 2000's Pitch Black, opted out of part two of the action franchise. Revolution Studios tapped Ice Cube to replace Diesel as a new character enlisted by the NSA to become--what else?--a secret agent.

"When we made the decision to cast a new lead actor, Ice Cube was the perfect choice," Revolution partner Todd Garner said. "He is a fantastic actor who has the attitude and versatility required to bring this new character to life."

Before he begins working on XXX 2, Ice Cube will star in the Revolution picture, Are We There Yet? , which his production company, Cube Vision, will also produce. He recently finished the sequel to last year's Barbershop, and will next be seen in Torque, due out in theaters in January 2004.

Diesel will turn his acting attentions to Revolution's Hannibal, the cinematic tale of the Carthaginian warlord who crossed the Alps by elephant to battle Rome. He'll also serve as executive producer on XXX 2.

Also departing from the XXX creative team is director Rob Cohen, who is moving on to pilot Columbia Picture's Stealth and work on a Roman Polanski (news) biopic for Showtime. He too will pull executive producer weight on XXX 2.

Filling Cohen's shoes is director Lee Tamahori, who's no newcomer to spy cinema--his last film was MGM's 2002 Bond flick, Day Another Day.

Diesel and Cohen seem to be developing a pattern--this is the second time that both have opted out of an action sequel. The duo also walked away from the follow-up to 2001's box-office hit, The Fast and the Furious. Model-actor Tyrese stepped in for Diesel, while director John Singleton (news) took over for Cohen in this summer's 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The original XXX pulled in $277 million at box offices worldwide. XXX 2 is due to hit theaters in 2005.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:08 PM | Comments (6)

I Agree

I saw this entry in the New Blog Showcase, and since I agree with the sentiment, I'm making this blog my choice this week.

For the record, I always watch the credits. And sometimes there's a nice surprise at the end. Most recent examples would be the end of PotC, and OUaTIM.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:01 PM | Comments (1)

Not What I Want

The Archbishop of Canterbury visited the Pope and the Pope warned of "serious difficulties" in unifying the the two churches. (this because of the gay Bishop). But the reasons for the "difficulties" aside, I'd like to know why there is the assumption that those of us in the Anglican Church want to be reunified with Rome? I certainly don't. If I wanted to be Roman Catholic I would be. I'm not interested in reunification, and I'd like to know how many in my church really are. I tend to think it's something the "powers that be" pay lip service to out of habit. If so, I just wish they'd stop wasting time talking about it like it's ever going to happen.

Nothing against the Roman Catholic church. I went to RC schools, (in 2nd grade I wanted to be a nun) and I have many Catholic friends. but I don't want to be Roman Catholic myself.

Everytime this subject comes up, it annoys me, so this time I figured I'd blog about it!

Posted by Ithildin at 2:40 PM | Comments (3)

Kirk versus Picard

Check it out!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:50 PM | Comments (6)

Brave & Lucky

Daring ride foils suspected voyeur

Fed up with a stranger she thought had been spying on her for months, Hannah Arbuckle didn't hesitate when she saw him outside her Kessler Boulevard home.

She chased him, police say, and jumped into the bed of his pickup as he sped away.

Before the chase was over, Arbuckle would end up with bruises and a twisted knee, but she led police Wednesday evening to a convicted rapist who may be behind a series of peeping incidents.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:48 PM

Guess What?

You know I've talked about the sales assitant in our office who is a black woman in her mid-twenties. The one that likes listening to Rush. Well, guess what? She registered to vote for the first time, and registered as a Republican.

I think I deserve a microwave for this one [g]

Posted by Ithildin at 1:42 PM

I Remember Dress Codes

When I was in fourth/fifth grade in Canada, I remember a strict dress code. Boys hair could only be a certain length, no writing on your shoes, skirts below the knee. I thought public school dress codes were a thing of the past.

Not sure what this means, though: forbids blouses to be folded over the beltline??

Posted by Ithildin at 1:36 PM | Comments (2)

Sometimes...

..I wonder if I should keep the TV and computer off at least one day a week.

Homicide Bomber Kills 19 in Haifa Restaurant

Posted by Ithildin at 1:32 PM

Yikes!

The Roy half of Sigfried and Roy was attacked by one of their tigers last night during a show. First time he's ever been attacked by a tiger in 30 years. He's in critical but stable condition.

That would be a little more excitement then I'd want on my Vegas weekend.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:04 PM

October 3, 2003

It's What You Don't Say

Neil Cavuto says, in regards to bias in the media, "The issue isn't what the media reports, it's what the media does not report."

You can read the whole thing here, but here's a snippet to wet your whistle:

... I mean, why is it the folks who argued that sex should never be an issue when it involved a Democrat, are now creating such a stink when it involves a Republican? Perhaps because they're hypocritical, phony, smarmy worms with an agenda as transparent as their own puffed up egos?

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Neil??

Posted by Ithildin at 6:46 PM | Comments (1)

The News You Actually Want

If you go here, you will find a listing of the the theaters that will be showing the special editions of FotR and TTT, and the marathon with Return of the King.

Tickets go on sale October 9!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM | Comments (2)

"Not Happy" Roundup

These last links, then it's back to TGIF!

Check out this, and then go here, and here, and last go take a look at this. It's a multi-part article, so the rest is here, here, and here.

Update: After reading the last few links on the Kay report, you wonder. If I only got my news from local TV and radio, I'd never know what Kay really reported. The news blurbs, every hour, on the hour say the same thing, "No weapons of mass destruction found."

Posted by Ithildin at 5:20 PM

Not Happy, But....

Yeah, I was going to stick to posting happy Friday sorts of things today, but I have an exception! Or two :)

I have to share this awesome article on the fantasy world MEChA and their supporters live in. Since this is one of those pet topics of mine, I wanted to post about it today.

It's called, "MEChA Neverland: The Mythical History of the Southwest". Needless to say, go read it!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:11 PM | Comments (2)

A Happy Post

It's Friday, my ballot went in yesterday's mail (the Dem Ops never showed up depsite my invitation), so how about some fun Friday stuff?

What's a new song you're currently fond of? I'm liking Toby Keith ~ I Love This Bar

What fun thing would you like to do in the next five years or so? I'd like to learn to fence.

Are you going to see Return of the King opening night? YES!

What are you doing this weekend? Saturday, nothing. Sunday we're going to see PotC and then eat tri-tip at Dakota Jakes.

What's for dinner tonight? McDonalds.

What are you wearing? Rust coloured cords and a paisley shirt in tans and rusts from the GAP. Oh, and my funky Indian blanket Born shoes.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:15 AM | Comments (3)

October 2, 2003

Prayers For Jen

Jen hit a big snag in her chemo treatments and could use some prayers.

You got 'em, Jen!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:20 PM | Comments (3)

Puzzled

You know what I don't get about the whole Plame thing? What do you get out of it? ("You" being the White House supposedly.) Why would finding out a man's wife works for the CIA discredit him in any way? (unless you're a lefty moonbat that hates the CIA, FBI, etc...) I think working for the CIA is of the good, and finding out Wilson's wife was an agent certainly doens't make me think less of the guy.

See what I mean? I don't get it.

(Now, if she worked for the IRS, then maybe we'd have something going!)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM | Comments (4)

Seeing Is Believing

I found Exit Zero through comments on Andrea's blog. It's a nice blog, and Mary has the pictures to prove she used to be a lefty (the political kind, not the handed kind) (like me) (left handed, that is)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:53 PM

Pick One

The luscious gals at Right We Are are sponsoring a naming contest for the studly Dave's blog reincarnation. They need votes, so go vote why don't you? Don't let the fact that #5 is my contribution affect how you vote at all.

Really.

I mean it.

Honest.

Okay, not really.

(I really want that date with Lori [weg])

Posted by Ithildin at 5:39 PM | Comments (2)

Because I'm Evil...

... I share with you this. And Paul thinks Jewel is bad!

[insert evil cackle]

A hearty Avast! to the Elfin Ethicist for the link.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:24 PM | Comments (5)

Family

Nancy shares some wisdom from her Uncle John.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM

Prepare To Be Scared

If you've ever wondered how we pass the time on long car trips, wonder no more!

Nin has the scoop.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:56 AM

Damn It!

Now this is the kind of thing that just fries me when it comes to the Bush Administration.

Bush administration officials yesterday angered lawmakers by refusing to take a position on illegal aliens obtaining U.S. driver's licenses and avoiding questions about its decision to recognize Mexican identification cards.

Take a damn stand! It's wrong, you know it, and pandering is just wrong. If I wanted a government that pandered, I'd have voted for a Democrat.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM | Comments (3)

Happy Day!

It's Pauls's birthday, so go wish him a good one.

(it's all downhill to 30 from here, Paul!)

Posted by Ithildin at 7:38 AM | Comments (1)

If You Think I'm A Sheep, That's Your Problem

You know, I do not get the hatred people have for Rush. It's like the people who hate the President. For Pete's sake, he's a guy that talks on the radio three hours a day! He's not Saddam -- now he's someone you can hate. I'm ashamed to admit I bought into a lot of the stuff I heard in the mainstream media about Rush, but just before Clinton and his cigar became news, I was listening to Dr. Wallach's show on the radio and it started at noon, so I'd switch the radio over about ten minutes early. So I started to hear Rush for about ten minutes a day, and I was baffled. This is the guy I hear so mush trash about? Why? I thought he was amusing, snarky, sarcastic, well informed. He encouraged people to think for themselves when they called. Then the Clinton thing happened. At the time I was listening to Ronn Owens on KGO in the mornings, and though he started out wanting to hold Clinton to account, he ended up becoming an apologist for him. I got fed up and switched to Rush, and I'm still listening. I don't agree with everything he says, hell there's no one alive I agree with 100%! But I sure get tired of being told that people that listen to Rush are stupid sheep who don't have two brain cells to rub together. If that's what you think, then I "Baaaa!" in your general direction.

Update: What K-Lo said.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:50 AM | Comments (2)

October 1, 2003

Argh!!

Our cable is freakin' out! Has been since 10AM!! Angel starts tonight, the West wing second half to the season opener is tonight.

Not fair!!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:45 PM | Comments (5)

Blood In The Water

So Drudge has big red headlines about a National Enquirer story alleging Rush Limbaugh has a pain pill problem. Now assuming (we'll see) it's true, why do I get the feeling that the mainstream media won't have the same warm fuzzy love and understanding for his problem that they do every time someone like Aaron Sorkin or Robert Downey Jr. ends up arrested and in rehab for the umpteenth time?

I think we're about to see the old double standard go into hyperdrive with this one.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:58 PM | Comments (3)

And You Thought Your Job Sucked

Via The Corner, a little information on some really "interesting" jobs in science.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:47 PM

Tom Tancredo Is My Hero

Tancredo will seek to abolish race caucuses

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) plans to introduce a rule to abolish all race-based congressional caucuses. The rule would banish all caucuses created on the basis of ethnicity, such as the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific caucuses.

His suggestion, which the congressman said he knows will spark outrage, immediately drew accusations of insensitivity from members of the caucuses he proposes to destroy.

Tancredo told The Hill: “You should not have any organization, a caucus especially, based solely on race. I mean on issues? You bet. But on race? Why should we be separating ourselves up into these racial divisions?

“It would be anathema to me if someone wanted to create a white caucus. A race is something over which we have no control. Everything we are told is we should ignore it, that we should try to eliminate that as a distinction in our society,” he added.

Read it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:43 PM

Bears Watching

Kuwait foils smuggling of chemicals, bio warheads from Iraq Associated Press

Kuwait City, October 2 Kuwaiti security authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle $60 million worth of chemical weapons and biological warheads from Iraq to an unnamed European country, a Kuwaiti newspaper said on Wednesday.

The pro-Government Al-Siyassah, quoting an unnamed security source, said the suspects had been watched by security since they arrived in Kuwait and were arrested "in due time." It did not say when or how the smugglers entered Kuwait or when they were arrested.

The paper said the smugglers might have had accomplices inside Kuwait. It said Interior Minister Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah would hand over the smuggled weapons to an FBI agent at a news conference, but did not say when.

Government officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Iraqi Interior Minister Nouri Al-Badran met on Tuesday with Sheik Nawwaf and discussed cooperation between the two countries in security matters. His visit is the first by an Iraqi interior minister to Kuwait since 1990.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:41 PM

SF Bits & Pieces

Good article here, titled, "Goddbye, Sci-Fi"

The Firefly DVDs will have a blooper reel and deleted scenes.

Here's a good roundup of news on the Red Dwarf movie. (I dunno about this one!)

And Ben Bova has some thoughts on a Space Plane:

SF author Ben Bova, a past president of the National Space Society, told SCI FI Wire that he thinks NASA should develop a reusable space plane. "NASA should put everything they've got into a reusable space plane, an orbital vehicle that can carry people into space reliably and economically," Bova said in an interview.

Such a vehicle could be useful should a future space shuttle discover wing damage similar to that that felled the Space Shuttle Columbia, Bova added. "There's a space plane that NASA wants to build, to serve as a rescue vehicle that can be launched on short notice," he said. "The technology is there. It's the investment that is lacking, whether it is government or private. A vehicle that can take a few people into space economically is also a prototype of a vehicle that can fly you from Vancouver to Tokyo in less than an hour."

Bova said that the soul-searching in the wake of the Columbia accident affords NASA a chance to focus on the new vehicle. "When you talk about space technology the problems are not technological," he said. "If you give engineers the job to do it, and the means to do it, they'll do it. The only question is will they get enough funding to do it? Will they get the political backing to do it? If you got a group of top engineers together and say, 'I want to go to Mars in 12 years with a team of explorers,' ... they'll be able to do it. It's basically a question of political will."

Posted by Ithildin at 5:13 PM

Bring It On!

I'd like to invite California Dem Operatives to come check out my ballot before I mail it in. Just so they can reassure themselves that my "goon tactics" aren't sullying the sanctity of the election.

The Democrats are so insulting and obnoxious. I keep thinking they can't get any more pathetic, but they do.

Talk about goons.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:56 AM | Comments (2)

"Choking In His Own Blood"

Steve Hayward has a great bit on The Corner this morning about The Return of the King, the trailer, the speech we've all been dissecting, and Winston Churchill. You should go read it all, but here's a bit of it:

Near the end of the story Aragorn and Gandalf lead a last-ditch attack on Mordor with an inferior force that knows it marches to its death—a diversion they hope will aid Frodo’s chances of destroying the ring. In the book, Gandalf has a long parley with a senior captain of Sauron’s forces before the battle begins. It wouldn’t work very well on film, and it appears from the trailer that the filmmakers have substituted an original speech (that is, not from the book) from Aragorn in place of Gandalf’s parley that reminds of nothing so much as the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V: “A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. This day—we fight!”

Okay, maybe not as lyrical as Shakespeare, but both fictional scenes recall a real moment from the not-too-distant past: Churchill’s “choking in our own blood” speech on May 28, 1940. Not yet three weeks in office, Churchill was facing intense pressure from the appeasers still in his war cabinet (Halifax and Chamberlain) to seek terms from Hitler. Churchill put them down once and for all with a speech to the entire cabinet that ended as follows: “If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.” (Churchill’s deed didn’t become publicly known until after the war. The whole story is told in John Lukacs’ superb book Five Days in London, May 1940, from Yale University Press.) The point is: moral fiction sometimes does reflect reality at moments of great clarity.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:40 AM | Comments (2)

It's On

Frontline Voices is up and running!

Go check it out.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:15 AM