It’s Thursday and we are this close to the weekend. It’s a sunny day, here. Yet, there is a solemn mood surrounding our household.
The title of this post is purposeful and personal. We have less than two weeks, as we prepare to send SSG Dizzy to Iraq, for his third deployment. “Thursday’s child has far to go…” is from a poem that my mother had hanging on my wall when I was young, called “Monday’s Child”. In one week, we will be counting hours, not days. In ten to twelve days, SSG Dizzy and the other soldiers of the 3D BCT will have far to go…and so will many families like mine.
Whoa…I hate to be a downer. I try to fancy myself an optimistic person. I get along, in times like these, by being active. So, let’s activate this Round-Up!
From Brilliant at Breakfast:
- But you still can’t bring a bottle of shampoo on board:
Six years after the 9/11 attacks, we are $1.5 trillion poorer, we are embroiled in war without end in the Middle East, Osama Bin Laden is still out there, you can still smuggle deadly items on board aircraft, and Tom Tancredo is out there saying that if you don’t vote for him, you’ll die in a terrorist attack, presumably enacted by Mexicans of Mass Destruction.And we’re supposed to believe that Republicans are the people who’ll keep Americans safe?
- High school kids learn about free speech in the Bush years:
When I was in junior high and high school, we learned American history. In eighth grade, my history teacher made us memorize the preamble to the Constitution. We were encouraged to do researh.Today, students are expected to keep their mouths shut and not do anything creative or research anything controversial.A group of New Orleans high school student recently learned a lesson about the cost of telling the truth.
From Think Progress:
- ThinkFast: November 15, 2007:
Friends and supporters have established a legal defense fund for former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales, who is still facing “an ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether” he “committed perjury or improperly tampered with a congressional witness.”(Read More Here…)
From Crooks and Liars:
- House passes withdrawal measure — will it matter?:
The good news is, the House narrowly passed an Iraq funding bill with some key provisions that many Americans have been demanding for quite a while now, including a withdrawal timeline. The bad news is, the chances of the measure becoming law are almost zero.
- So now the majority of Americans are radical and irresponsible according to the WH:
Think Progress reports that Last night, the House of Representatives voted 218-203 to pass a $50 billion funding bill for Iraq that would require withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq to begin within 30 days of the bill’s enactment, with a completion goal of Dec. 15, 2008.The AP reports that the bill was on shaky ground between conservative and anti-war Democrats. I heard on the radio this morning that the Senate won’t go for this and bush will veto it. 203 representatives obviously think that our troops should risk their lives for war profiteers. Screw them. I am taking names.Now for the stinking pile of manure from the WH:
Here’s a link to a press briefing by Dana Perino yesterday before the bill passed. It’s the typical gobbledy gook we’ve all grown accustomed to since birth from the WH spin machine plus the usual nonsense which “explains” that by not giving the president his money for his war takes money from our troops shpiel. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And how pray-tell will we pay Blackwater to kill people without answering to anyone?
(Dizzy sez: You call me “radical” like it’s a bad thing…)
From Daylight Atheism:
- A Particular God:
Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars gives us the scoop on a California school district which voted to display posters declaring “In God We Trust” in every classroom in the district. Although one board member called the display a way of “promoting patriotism”, a different quote indicates what the real intention is here:
The classroom displays were first suggested by the non-profit group In God We Trust — America Inc., whose president, Jacquie Sullivan, is a Bakersfield councilwoman.”I encouraged the trustees to put this on the agenda,” she said. “It’s very important. We need to promote patriotism and promote it in our schools. We can’t just assume that the younger generations are going to have that strong love for God and their country the way the older generations do.”
…The councilwoman, who said she is a registered Republican and a Christian who attends a local Baptist church, told FOXNews.com that she has neither a religious nor political agenda in pushing for the measure.
Aside from the ignorance this quote shows (teaching “the love of God” is not the job of the public schools, nor of any other arm of government), it makes it obvious that the intent is to indoctrinate children into believing in God in the way the measure’s backers would like. I doubt it will work (since when did a poster on a classroom wall affect any student’s deeply held personal beliefs?), but it is the intent that’s most important, not the effect.
- First Case of Virtual Burglary:
Dutch police have arrested a 17 year-old and compatriots for stealing $5,800 in virtual furniture from other residents in the virtual game Habbo Hotel. Habbo avatars pay real money to decorate their own hotel rooms and interact with one another.
(Dizzy sez: I’ll bet these jokers wish they were only going to “virtual” prison!)
- Rape victim gets 200 lashes:
Riyadh – A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.The 19-year-old woman – whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms – was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape”, the Arab News reported.But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.
(Dizzy sez: Theocratic rule, at its “best”…)
From The Huffington Post:
- Colbert: Comedy Rambo “Dismantling American Society From The Inside”:
Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril. Just because he is an unassuming, bespectacled physical specimen whose business cards may read “TV comedian” is no reason to dismiss him as a lightweight funnyman. Since the very night he launched his own series on Comedy Central in 2005, Colbert has thrown some vicious elbows, and demonstrated a bravura that dares his enemies to, in paraphrasing his ironic hero George W. Bush, bring it on.
(Dizzy sez: Beware all politicians who campaign among us…Colbert is comin’ ta git-cha!)
- Johnny Depp Sings: First Look at ‘Sweeney Todd’:
But he may watch his performance in Burton’s new “Sweeney Todd.” It’s got Oscar written all over it.Last night, at Rose Hall in Jazz at Lincoln Center, a lucky few of us got to see about 25 minutes of footage of “Sweeney Todd.” This is the long-awaited film version of Stephen Sondheim’s magnificent 1981 Broadway musical, directed by Burton and starring Depp as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, his accomplice.The Oscar race just officially became really, really interesting.
(Dizzy sez: I cannot wait to see this movie. I have had the pleasure of seeing a preview at imdb.com, and that whet my appetite…a lot. I am a huge fan of both Depp and Burton, so I am looking forward to seeing Sweeney Todd. I actually saw the musical on video, that starred Angela Lansbury and found myself checking it out of the library, at least once a month. One of my favorite songs from that musical is “Not While I’m Around“. It’s a song that I find impossible to sing without breaking down. I like to sing or hum it to my children when they are sick or hurting. Did I mention that I can’t wait for this movie to come out?)
Sorry, dear reader. I didn’t mean to put you all in a melancholy mood, this Thursday. But, things are looking up! The weekend is almost here and who can’t raise a cheer for that?
It’s a work night for me, so I should shove off now and prepare myself for beautification. While I’m away, don’t forget to eat all your veggies, take care of yourself, and make it a great day!