Archive for May, 2005

Northwest Drivers Best? No way!

My friend Bob in Massachusetts sent me this link. His state has the 2nd worst drivers in the country according to an insurance company study. Oregon and Washington drivers scored at the very top.

CNN.com – Study: 20M licensed drivers may lack basic safety knowledge – May 27, 2005

Let me tell you from my experience driving all over the northwest: IT IS NOT TRUE.

In fact, my Ballard neighborhood is the butt of many jokes about the drivers who trail their seatbelts outside the door, never signal when they are going to turn, and drive at 20 miles per hour as if they have nothing important to do today.

In all fairness, they often signal, just not necessarily in the same direction as they are going to turn. Sometimes they are not sure which direction they are going to turn, so they hedge their bets.

On the freeways, they drive at the speed limit or below in the left hand passing lane.

Washington, DC and New York State were tied at 44th best, just ahead of the worst drivers, those in New England. Well this is nonsense. Anybody who has driven in DC or NYC knows that they are the best drivers. Able to negotiate through city streets takes true skill.

Of course it could be that most drivers are deathly afraid of driving in the cities, leaving it only to the pros…..and clueless tourists like me.

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When the President Talks to God

Holy Tamale! Jay Leno had as a guest ending his show Bright Eyes singing a song called When the President Talks to God. I always thought Jay was a smug Republican, probably because he had Arnold as his guest so often, but maybe I had him wrong. Here’s a little movie courteous of fellow blogger Left Edge North.

Jay Leno – Bright Eyes: When The President Talks To God 05/02/05

Thank you, Mr. Natural.

And for those who would like to have the lyrics:

When the president talks to God
Are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our women’s rights
And send poor farm kids off to die?
Does God suggest an oil hike
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Does he fake that drawl or merely nod?
Agree which convicts should be killed?
Where prisons should be built and filled?
Which voter fraud must be concealed
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
I wonder which one plays the better cop
We should find some jobs. the ghetto’s broke
No, they’re lazy, George, I say we don’t
Just give ‘em more liquor stores and dirty coke
That’s what God recommends

When the president talks to God
Do they drink near beer and go play golf
While they pick which countries to invade
Which Muslim souls still can be saved?
I guess god just calls a spade a spade
When the president talks to God

When the president talks to God
Does he ever think that maybe he’s not?
That that voice is just inside his head
When he kneels next to the presidential bed
Does he ever smell his own bullshit
When the president talks to God?

I doubt it

I doubt it

The Dollar Just Ain’t What It Used to Be

With people complaining about rising gas prices, I have been surprised that nobody has mentioned the declining value of the dollar. Against other world currencies, like the Euro, Pound and Yen, we are down a good 25 to 30% in value. Of course the price of gas is going to go up, because our dollar just isn’t worth as much as it was.

We have been insulated by these effects when purchasing other commodities, with the result that only world travellers have been feeling the sting. Most people are unaware that the value of their investments has gone down an additional 25% or so just by staying in dollars. Add to this the already lackluster stock market for the past 5 years, and the bad news turns even worse.

Japan and China in particular have been very lenient with us. The Japanese are building cars in the United States now anyway, so they can afford to pay their workers in cheaper dollars. Think about that.

But sooner or later, the rest of the world is going to lose patience with us and will stop propping up the dollar. Instead they will sell their products to consumers in Europe and Asia, where their money is still worth something. Then we will really be screwed.

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George Galloway for President!!

Well, George Galloway, a British member of Parliament who appeared before a Senate Committee yesterday, isn’t even an American citizen obviously, but he managed to do something that the whole world is cheering today. He told the truth about the Iraqi invasion to the United States Senate and the people of this country. Senator Norman Coleman of Minnesota, who is in the Senate only because of the untimely death of Senator Paul Wellstone, thought he was going to prosecute Mr. Galloway for profiteering in the UN Oil for Food Scandal. Instead he was treated to the mother of all come-uppances:

“Now, Senator, I gave my heart and soul to oppose the policy that you promoted. I gave my political life’s blood to try to stop the mass killing of Iraqis by the sanctions on Iraq which killed one million Iraqis, most of them children, most of them died before they even knew that they were Iraqis, but they died for no other reason other than that they were Iraqis with the misfortune to born at that time. I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq. And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies,” Galloway informed the fool on Capitol Hill.

“I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.

“Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.

“If the world had listened to (UN Secretary General) Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to (French) President Chirac, who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq’s wealth,” argued Galloway.

Then the Brit turned the tables on Coleman and steered the committee’s attention toward “the real Oil-for-Food scandal.”

“Have a look at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months when $8.8 billion of Iraq’s wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look at Halliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq’s money, but the money of the American taxpayer,” Galloway said.

“Have a look at the oil that you didn’t even meter, that you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which went who knows where. Have a look at the $800 million you gave to American military commanders to hand out around the country without even counting it or weighing it. Have a look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers today, revealed in the earlier testimony in this committee. That the biggest sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians. The real sanctions busters were your own companies with the connivance of your own Government.”

Here is a Link to a 4-minute video
courtesy of my good friend Jorge Cervantes.

Has Dori Monson ever been wrong?

“If I’m ever wrong, I’ll think about it.”

Dori Monson, when a caller responding to his attacks on Newsweek said that she hoped to see the day that he would ever retract a wrong story for once in his life.

Frankly I didn’t want to write about Dori Monson anymore, especially after he and his girls’ basketball team did such a fine job washing my car.

But his is the kind of arrogant statement that I can’t just leave hanging, so I invite everybody to start telling him all the times he has been wrong, so that he will “think about” issuing a retraction for once in his life. Of course, you have to detail when he has ever been wrong, since he is such a perfect person. Just ask him.

Don’t bother bringing up the Iraq War. He still thinks he is right on that one.

I’m so sorry, I was terribly wrong and misguided about Creation Science

Thanks so much to the
Museum of Earth History for setting me straight.

I was so wrong when I wrote about evolution: First Migration of Early Humans . It wasn’t 5,000 years ago that the earth was formed; it was 6,000. And they don’t say that dinosaurs didn’t exist. They were there along with humans back then. But those humans were the first Republicans; they drove the dinosaurs out of business with their free-market policies..

Not only that, but dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark! That’s is so incredible. Can you even imagine two Brontosauri on a boat together? Omigod. And if they mated! It’s too much to comprehend. God is great.

Better to Do Nothing About Social Security while the GOP is in Power

It is impressive how the Republicans manage to set the agenda with their talking points. You have to admire their discipline, I guess.

Lately it seems that they are all asking how come the Democrats don’t come up with any proposals of their own regarding Social Security?

I’m surprised that Democrats aren’t answering them, because it is obvious to me.

Now is not the time for the Democrats to be making any proposals on Social Security, simply because the Republicans are in the majority. They aren’t interested in doing anything positive about Social Security. Hell, they want to gut it.

This is just another example of them using words and rhetoric to influence people; we’ve discussed this before:

homesteadbook.com » Blog Archive » Are you an Operative? How about an Appeaser?

When Bill Clinton was President and the Democrats were in power, we did do something to save Social Security for another 40 years. The tax rates were slightly raised as was the age of qualification for the benefits.

When it becomes necessary to put some more safeguards into place to save Social Security, rest assured that the Democrats will do it. However, it makes much more sense for us to wait until we are in power again. The current majority party has no desire to actually save Social Security anyway. They have always opposed it, and that is their goal now.

Short history of the Republican Party

DNA Study Yields Clues on First Migration of Early Humans

It turns out that the migration of man from Africa took place about 65,000 years ago. Evidence of men and women in Africa goes back 200,000 years but they stayed put until the weather allowed them to travel north and east to Asia.

DNA Study Yields Clues on First Migration of Early Humans – New York Times

How silly of me to post this. Everybody knows that the world is only 5,000 years old.

Fortunately the good people of Kansas know enough to debunk this evolution theory in favor of Creationism…oops, I mean Intelligent Design.

Salon.com News | A real monkey trial

Which of course means that dinosaurs didn’t exist for instance. Those pesky skeletons that keep showing up just illustrate what a great sense of humor God has. Or maybe he’s just testing our faith. What a card.

Sorry, Rabbi Lapin

Quotes From Bolton Nomination Hearing

Senator Voinavich says it better than I could:

WashingtonPost.com

“What message are we sending to the world community when in the same breath we have sought to appoint an ambassador to the United Nations who himself has been accused of being arrogant, of not listening to his friends, of acting unilaterally, of bullying those who do not have the ability to properly defend themselves?”
Our New UN Ambassador?

Dori Monson Intimidated by Pat Buchanan?

I might quit blogging about Dori Monson for several reasons. First I am being linked to some sites that wouldn’t even know who he was and I don’t want to bore people. Also my friends at blatherWatch are pointing out how lousy KIRO is doing in the latest ratings, and frankly I am rather sad about that. It is my favorite station after all and I hate to see them going downhill like they are. But I do have one more complaint about Dori that I just have to vent about.

Yesterday his guest was Patrick Buchanan. In a somewhat refreshing way, Mr. Buchanan had a lot of complaints to make about the Bush administration, most of which I oddly agreed with. What amazed me was when he flatly stated that we had no business being in Iraq, because they had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack and we were just causing the rest of the world to hate us. Omigod! I agree completely with that statement.

Amazingly, Dori did not have a reply. Mr. Know-It-All was strangely silent. I have heard him countless times berate a more liberal listener who has called his show to say the exact same thing. In fact, Dori has said all along that 9/11 is the reason he has become a Republican supporter (not a Republican per se), and the reason he supports the war in Iraq.

So what is it, Dori, are you actually mellowing in your views, or is it just that you don’t have the guts to stand up to Pat Buchanan? Is it easier to put-down some poor housewife who calls you than it is a high-priced Republican like Buchanan?