Published on May 9 2006

Guys. Let's dispense with delicacy here. You know how there are certain times of the month when the little lady is, shall we say, slightly grumpier and puffier than usual? Do you remember the last time she threw a (full) coffee cup at you when you commented that it must be "that time of the month"? Do you live in dread of that hormonally-charged temper every four weeks? Well, never again live in fear of not knowing when your sweet Dr. Jekyll turns to Mrs. Hyde. Be informed. Now you can have her cycle delivered to you right along with your favorite blog feeds. Never again make the mistake of blaming an argument on PMS when it's truly because you SCREWED UP!

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(As I was reading, the Joe Cocker version of the song came on the sat, therefore the headline. Sorry.) Ahmadinejad's Letter to Bush It's an interesting read. We get history lessons, international relations lessons, philosophy and religion. It's a rambling letter of 18 pages or so. I'm still not exactly sure what the point of it was, but let's begin:
Throughout history, many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times.
Ummm....isn't that sorta how the United States came into existence? Granted, we've been around a *little* bit longer than Israel, but.....
Students are saying that 60 years ago such a country did not exist. They show old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel.
Time for some new globes, guys. We've got a lot of new countries since WW2.
I tell them to study the history of WWI and II. One of my students told me that during WWII, which more than tens of millions of people perished in, news about the war, was quickly disseminated by the warring parties. Each touted their victories and the most recent battlefront defeat of the other party. After the war they claimed that six million Jews had been killed. Six million people that were surely related to at least two million families. Again let us assume that these events are true.
Or, on the other hand, we could just say it was all a hoax.
Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime?
Could it have anything to do with comments made about wiping Israel off the map? Nah, couldn't be THAT. That's just silly. We then get a lecture on Latin America and Africa. Yeah, you know--Africa, the place where the Arab Janjaweed are committing genocide against black non-Arab peoples in Darfur. Both are Muslim groups, by the way. Or wait....not enough have been massacred or made refugee yet for the UN to call it "genocide". I'm surprised he didn't weigh in on the illegal immigrant problem, while he was at it. I mean, as long as he was lecturing us and all... Then it gets good:
All governments have a duty to protect the lives, property and good standing of their citizens. Reportedly your government employs extensive security, protection and intelligence systems -- and even hunts its opponents abroad. September eleven was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services -- or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?
I wonder if he's been reading the Democratic Underground. Or any of the other myriad conspiracy sites, maybe?
After 9.11, instead of healing and tending to the emotional wounds of the survivors and the American people -- who had been immensely traumatized by the attacks -- some Western media only intensified the climate of fear and insecurity -- some constantly talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and kept the people in fear.... ...Why was the media, instead of conveying a feeling of security and providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity? ....Again I need to refer to the role of media. In media charters, correct dissemination of information and honest reporting of a story are established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard shown by certain Western media for these principles....
I'm thinkin' the media isn't going to be too appreciative of those comments! :-)) Continuing on...after quite a long bit where he lectures us on montheism and Christian principles (an interesting concept in itself), we get down to brass tacks:
Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the Liberal democratic systems. We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point -- that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is: "Do you not want to join them?"
If it involves sharia law and Islamic women's rights, no. I think I'll pass, thanks. Even if I do get to attend soccer games. UPDATE: Cancel all of this, everything I wrote. I have just read the absolutely bestest reaction of all! My Immediate Reaction to the Text of Iranian President Ahmacrazyguy's Letter to Bush

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Published on May 8 2006

CNN.com - Moussaoui moves to withdraw guilty plea - May 8, 2006
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) -- Convicted September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui says he lied on the witness stand about being involved in the terrorist plot and wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial. The judge turned him down. Moussaoui said he was "extremely surprised" that he was sentenced to life in prison instead of execution and now believes he can get a fair trial from an American jury.

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It's good to know the cosmos is still on my side going into finals!!
This week May 8 through May 14 Libra Life has returned to your career zone as you are busy taking stock of all that you have achieved and all that is to come. Right now you are putting out feelers to see whether there may be a favorable outlook on your latest plans. The cosmos is still rooting for you, so keep up the good work. There is a lot you can do this week to make progress, but you also need to tread carefully. Use the coming days as preparatory time with which to plan ahead and get everything in focus.

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Published on May 7 2006

"Hey! Is this thing working? How come this camera doesn't......" CLICK!!! ".....oh, I see.....I didn't know you had to wait after you pushed the button." legs.JPG

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Published on May 6 2006

Got home from a drive last evening, walked into the living room to find this show on the tooob. So I sat down in my living room for the first time in probably months, even though I'm not usually allowed out there and I rarely ever watch CMT. CMT.com: Shows: Van Morrison: One Night in Nashville van morrison His performance of "Until I Gain Control Again" was incredible, with the audience on their feet even before the song ended.
"...I've never gone so wrong for telling lies to you What you see is what I've been There is nothing that I can hide from you You see me better than I ever can Out on the road that lies before me now There are some turns, some turns where I will spin, spin I only hope, only hope that you will hold me now, hold me now Until I gain control again Till I gain control.."
and...as if that wasn't enough to make me smile the rest of the evening, the NEXT show was: CMT Crossroads: Bonnie Raitt/Lyle Lovett bonnielyle The last song was my favorite of Bonnie's, "Angel from Montgomery":
"..Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry Make me a poster of an old rodeo Just give me one thing that I can hold on to To believe in this living is just a hard way to go When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man But that was a long time and no matter how I try The years just flow by like a broken down dam..."
Damn. and if *that* wasn't enough, look who's on tonight!! Shows: Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions brooooce Think I'd be pushing my luck if I tried to control the remote two nights in a row? :-))

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Published on May 5 2006

You Passed 8th Grade Math
Congratulations, you got 8/10 correct!
8 of 10??? I got that many right????

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poster Wow. I went to see this movie last night. I knew it was going to be a tough experience, but I found that after 5 years, this story still shakes me deep. This brought back every second of the confusion and horror of that Tuesday morning. Who would have thought that a Hollywood full of right-bashing, "Blame-it-on-us" liberal types could make a movie without a hero or a love story? Let alone have it be a movie like this one. It's not a flag-waver--there is only one shot of an American flag early on, during the terrorists trip to the airport. There is no "agenda" or any attempt to portray one side or the other as sympathetic. This was a movie with and without heroes, any heroism rising out of fear, panic, and terror. The people portrayed in this film were us. Gerard Van der Leun says it here in a way I only wish I could say:
"United 93," from the first frame to the last, simply and clearly lets you see what happened high in the air on that day. It is, as the phrase on the poster says, "The plane that did not reach its target." Instead, it reached something unintended and much higher. It became and will remain a legend; an integral part of the tapestry of the American myth from which we all draw what strength remains to us, and, in the future, will surely need to draw upon even more deeply. Like the best of our legends, it arises out of our ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
I didn't know a single face or recognize a single name among the actors. It's a somewhat documentary style telling, not filmed from any particular person's viewpoint. I wasn't even sure of the names of the characters. Although we've all heard the name "Todd Beamer", I would have been hard-pressed to tell you which character was his. I knew that Ben Sliney, national operations manager at the FAA, played himself in the movie, from reading about it beforehand. But there was not one recognizable "star" in this film, not one "beautiful people" type. At two hours, it's very close to real time the actual events of that day, which brings back the feelings of "What the f*** is happening?" that we all felt. There are no "timestamps" on the scenes to give a sense of how fast events were unfolding. There were none needed. We all remember the confusion and the incredulity of those few hours that morning, and how time stopped when we watched the second plane hit the south tower. During the scenes of the inner areas of the FAA headquarters, and the headquarters of the military exercises, the confusion over which planes were hijacked, which planes were still in the air, had it been Flight 11 that hit the WTC, or was it still in the air had me as confused as those traffic controllers must have felt--even though I already knew the flight numbers of the planes that became deadly weapons. The visual of the huge board with a light for every plane in the air was chilling. This movie is gut-wrenching at best, since we know the outcome. We know what happens. Still, I was surprised at the emotional reaction I had, the incredible anger I felt, the urge to hurt those terrorists, even the interior prayer that this time the passengers would get into that cockpit and get that plane down safely. Knowing that there was a potential flight crew in a passenger with some flight experience and a passenger who had worked control tower operations drew me in, made me hope that that maybe, just maybe...... I was shaken by the intensity of that anger, that hatred of those people. Shots of the passengers praying intertwined with shots of the terrorists praying, and all I could feel was hatred for those b******s. Those murdering b******s. I found myself gripping the armrest of my seat so hard that my hands hurt. What would I, could I, have done in that situation? Even though much of the resolution may be embellished--we don't know what happened in the final moments of that flight--there was such a catharsis when the passengers took their only chance. The last ten? five? minutes of the film is the most gripping and intense I've ever seen on screen. I'm not going to "spoiler" the ending, but it will shake any viewer to their deepest core. It's hard to keep your eyes open for it. I've read that audiences have been crying as they leave the theater, but I didn't see any of that last night in the mostly older audience. There was dead silence as we all left. Absolute silence. I wonder if they were all as numbed as I still feel today. It was painful to watch. It was not "too soon".

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Published on May 4 2006

"Celebrate Mothers Day with Crabs"
Thank god it came from Harbour House Crabs, an online ordering source. I need to get away for a few days, because Maryland Blues are not what I was thinking at first.

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CNN.com - Woman, 63, 'delighted' by pregnancy - May 4, 2006 In speaking about this case, where the mom-to-be is 62 years old, the good doctor had this to say:
He said Rashbrook, whom he last saw in November, was "perfect" for the treatment, because although she was 62 at the time, she had a biological age of about 45. "She came here with her husband, the couple love each other, she is very slim, blonde and in perfect condition, she fits all the criteria for maternity."
Um...slim? Blonde? This is sounding more like a Britney Spears lookalike audition than anything else. And as far as that "biological age" thing--I am 45, and I cannot even conceive (heh) of wanting to get PG again. I'm looking forward to GRANDCHILDREN--you know, the ones you fill full of sugary soda and candy and just generally spoil rotten--and then send home to their parents? candy UPDATE: No, I do not want to be a grandma anytime in the near future. Thank you.

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