Friday, February 03, 2006

Whats worse than El Nina? La Nina of course.

Climate Experts Predict La Nina Phenomenon - Yahoo! News

It's too early to tell how that will affect spring and summer weather, they said, but often La Nina conditions coincide with stronger and more numerous hurricanes, wet weather in the Pacific Northwest and dry conditions in the South.

Stronger Hurricanes, I have been thinking of moving to Northwest Arkansas.

Middle East Blogs.

In the picture above a hungry boy watchers diners at the first KFC in Damascus.

Some of the best reporting being done on the Middle East and the entire Islamic Campaign is fromKevin Sites on Yahoo. This is yahoo's first real foray into original news coverage. The comments on Kevins stories are very virulent often more from westerners more than from Islamic nations.

Especially nice is this weeks latest from Syria that centers on Syrian bloggers. It gives Americans, the least traveled, least knowledgable citzens of all the western nations, a chance to peek into the minds of ordinary citzens of Syria. Unfortunately it goes both ways:

Across Syria Blog comented on Sites comments:

Horrified, that many of those who commented, were bothered by the story
and bothered to see everyday people in Syira telling their stories.
Would these hateres rather not see our faces? Do they prefer that in a
time of conflict we die, without faces? Would that be easier on them?

Another well known and well read blogger from Lebanon, was Michael Totten.

Totten recently had to close his comments again because of the B/S comments coming mainly from Americans. Totten is in the Kurdish area of Iraq.

Both Totten's lournal and Sites Yahoo reports will give you a lot to read and comprehend that despite the worse governments do to us, people are people and have more in common than not.

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Superbowl XL the big snooze

I may just have expected more, or maybe I have not been exposed to as much of the dribble that tv networks expose us too about the superbowl this year. But I have a feeling this may be the lowest rated tv superbowl in a long time. Their just doesn't seem to be much buzz this year. No one is really talking about the game in the bars I go too. Maybe its the Seahawks and Steelers are just too far away for folks in Houston to get pumped. I will make a pick anyway.

I have already called the bookie and laid my money down. Seattle wins their first. Seattle 37 Pittsburg 27.

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Light for the Republicans in '08?

Today the House Republicans elected John Boehner as Majority Leader. Boehner is corrupt and has been disciplined for passing out bribes from corporate sleaze bags on the House floor himself. But in comparison to Tom Delay he is a Saint. And if he renews the Contract with America from the Newt days, maybe just maybe there is hope for the Republicans to regain some degree of being honest in Government.

I have no doubt the Republicans will probably win majorities in the '08 elections. When Katrina flushed New Orleans she laid out for America to see the incompetence and corruption in a Democratic City and State. As much whining as that idiot Ray Nagin can muster does not convince anyone that the bullshit that followed Katrina was a federal failure. New Orleans and Louisiana are a microcosm of what could happen at the federal level if you let the limp wrist demos occupy 1600 Pennsylvania and the Congress.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Your only reason to watch Oprah this year.

Ok unless your are some stay at home proffesional whiner, or queer eye type you probably do not watch Oprah. Friday, 2/03/06, is the day to watch this garabage program no matter what.

Why do you ask. Dave Chappelle is going to on and maybe he will announce he is hitting the road again or hopefully a HBO deal to get back on the air.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Papa Drayton needs some new shoes...ER..BATS

Astros file insurance claim on Bagwell - MLB - Yahoo! Sports

As expected the Stros filed on the teams insurance policy to reclaim 15.6 million of the insane 17 million the Stros owe Jeff this year. Now we know why the prices are so damm high at the juice box.


Pettitte unlikely to pitch in World Baseball Classic | - Houston Chronicle

Pettitte unlikely to pitch in World Baseball Classic | - Houston Chronicle

No Pettite in the World Baseball Classic. This is probably a good thing for the Stros. As many problems as Andy has going a complete season is unlikely and he doesn't need to add more pitching to his season at the Classic.

Pitchers and Catchers report in 16 days.


The Troops are right again.

United Press International - Security & Terrorism - Some US troops question Woodruff coverage

From UPI comes this story that troops serving in Iraq are upset that the blanket coverage of Bob Woodruff's injury and the coverage he has been given. I believe they have every right to be upset over this.

Woodruff and his camera man to a lesser extent, were hurt while grandstanding in the gun turret of a Iraq Military vehicle. The entirety of the U. S. broadcast networks jumped on this like it was a Presidential Assignation. The explanation on the two being in the turret of the gun truck is "they were always willing to take the risk to get the story".

What story ABC? That Iraq is dangerous. You jackasses. Americans know Iraq is dangerous. The troops know Iraq is dangerous. Your employees know Iraq is dangerous. That is a non story. Stop sending these TV personalities to Iraq. The insurgency targeted that convoy and that vehicle specifically because they were probably tipped about the presence of the reporters. Your carelessness put both Iraqi and American troops at greater risk that night. The insurgency gets American news via satellites. They know how to get attention on the news channels and killing a ABC anchor would do that. And if you cannot kill him injury him.

And get your people out of the Naval Hospital, ABC . There are many fine US hospitals you could treat this pair at, they do not need to take up beds at a major military hospital that otherwise go to injured troops. You have money ABC stop grandstanding.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

IE 7 beta 2 is out

So I downloaded and I am using IE 7 Beta 2 tonight. I like the interface fine and of course Microsoft has added tab(s) finally. I use a fast broadband but I am not sure if IE adds any speed over Firefox. One complaint I always had on Firefox was the java instability and usually kept java disabled. Like previous versions of IE this one seems stable.

I like quick tabs button which shows all your tabs placemarked on one page.

UPDATE:Dwight Silverman reports a flaw in IE7 already.

Hope for New Orleans, chocolate and vanilla.

The Times-Picayune reports that Mitch Landrieu will oppose the trainwreck that is currently Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin.

Nagin has to be the most incompetent, ignorant fool ever elected Mayor in a city. Maybe if Nagin is shown the road out of town Landrieu will appoint a non criminal as police chief. That has to be the starting point for rehabilitating New Orleans.

Next step Louisiana get yourself a decent governor.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Beautiful Seattle and a decaying Detroit.

I lived in Seattle for several years after the Army. It was the most beautiful and greatest place I ever lived. Nice overcast skies with sunbreaks when you are lucky and really cool rain a lot. Very good tavern weather. And there are lots of taverns in Washington. I used to drive down to the ferry landings at Mulkiteo and Edmonds just to gaze at the cold deep water of Puget Sound. I saw lots of games in the old Kingdome, both Mariners and Seahawks.

People prior to the California invasion were just great in Seattle. Jobs were easily gotten, almost pushed on me at times. For all the vaunted hospitality of the south it was in Seattle that people sough out friendship. It was very hard to be solitary there. Where I lived (Everett) was a community. Seattle, Portland and the entire west was changed by the California exodus that was funded by the real estate boom in the brown state. Housing prices jumped and Seattle began moving into a high tech economy that is still there today.

Yet at its heart Seattle is a merchant marine town. Seattle holds on to its maritime past with great affection and the waterfront still hosts shipping, industry, taverns and good food. Seattle has a yuppie aura in some areas but if you know where to look you find a great blue collar heart.

This week a few thousand brave souls will venture from this beautiful place to Detroit. A city filled with despair and poverty. White flight condemned Detroit to a blight that is hard to match even in other rust bucket towns. I have been to Detroit twice. Once driving near the old Ford Headquarters. The interior of Detroit had a very third world look and feel. Empty buildings with broken glass and boarded windows everywhere. It wasn't scary just plain damm depressing. If you wanted to squat, Detroit would probably be a wise choice.

Steve Kelly of the Seattle Paper writes a column about the despair that is Detroit today. I found it a interesting read. And I liked the fact that a newspaper guy from beautiful Seattle penned empathy for a decaying city like Detroit.

The article is here.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Iraq is dangerous ABCNEWS.

Taji Iraq is a town nearly centered between Baghdad and the largest American Base at Balad, Camp Anaconda. This is the heart of the Sunni triangle. The road that runs north thru Taji (Highway 1) is a small 4 laned asphalt road that has explosion scars every few feet. Some of the craters are huge.

The US and Iraqi Military are prime targets for attacks. Secondary targets are the supply convoys that I was part of for a year.

Bob Woodruff
was injured in a convoy at Taji today. He was riding in a lead Iraqi military vehicle and in the turret. This is what smells like a set up to me. Very rarely would a gunner not be in the turret of a military gun truck, and the insurgency rarely ever targets the lead vehicle.

The standard attack mode is hit a convoy near the center and spilt or disrupt the convoy and follow up with a attack on ground. Very likely someone in the Iraqi unit tipped the Sunni insurgency about the presence of the journalist in the lead vehicle.

Woodruff is undergoing surgery and he and the cameraman are both in serious condition. He probably was sent to Anaconda (read this cnn story about the Anaconda CSH) for surgery although there is a small CSH (combat surgical hospital) at Taji.

Never ever should jounalist be allowed to replace gunners in the turret of vehicles in a military convoy. This is why.

As dangerous as the turret gunner was this was the prized seat for all our American gunners over there. Crazy bastards love to ride the turret gun. I love grunts.

Taji itself is the home base of the Iraqi General called "Chemical ALI". There are Americans, Australians and the home of the first Iraqi division at Taji. I spent 6 weeks there in March/April 2005. In my personal view the dinning facilities at Taji were the best in Iraq. The main MWR at Taji is named for Sgt Matt Maupin.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

I like the winter olympics.

Ok I said it I am a closet skier. I first started skiing while in the Army stationed in Germany. I basically went on ski weeks to get out of duty. But it was fun and after the Army I lived north of Seattle in Everett and skiied Stevens Pass many times. My favorite person to watch this year will be Bode Miller. Bode has gotten a lot of greif from the uptight media worries in the USOC but I like him. Young brash and very very good Americans should shoot their mouth off, especially at the Olympics. And its not like he is the first person to ever ski after a drink. There will be Gold in Turin for Bode.

Saturday Baseball continues

Roving around I see the Nationals have now got the lease completed on RFK. That is important because it allows DC to issue construction bonds for the new DC baseball facility. Spotted on Baseball Musings, David Pintos excellent Baseball Site.

The Nationals were hands down the best story in all of baseball last year. A goal of mine is to hit DC for a baseball game at RFK before it closes. It I were not a Astros fan I would definitely be a Nationals fan.

Saturday Noon, Andy Pettite and the Gay 82nd

Its Saturday and I really don't care the Army is investigating Soldiers from the 82nd AirBorne Corps for performing on a homosexual website.

No I much rather read about Andy Pettitte getting ready for Spring Training. I think the commencement of Spring Training should be a federal holiday and opening weekend games should all be daylight games and a mandatory three day vacation from work.

We all knew/wanted it to happen. That's right the Rocket is again talking to the Stros. Expect him back in May.

Pitchers and Catchers report in 19 days.