Friday, February 23, 2007

Friday Frivolity, the girl gamer edition

In the 'about damn time' category we have-Gamer Chicks Rule! A website for and by female gamers. How cool is this?!? When my life settles down (after the move to Illinois) I intend to sign up!

An unaired (thankfully!) pilot for Wonder Woman from 1967-

Aren't you glad we got this instead?

I know I am!


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Saturday, February 17, 2007

I'd have paid for this yesterday too!

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Sometimes, 9 Chickweed lane is just inspired. Let's see...25 cents times 17 is....yep, I can afford that! ;)


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Happiness Hour

I generally try to tune in to Dennis Prager's show, especially for the second hour on Friday. That's when he does his hour on happiness. If you're not familiar with Mr. Prager and his thoughts on the moral imperative of being/acting happy, this review of his book, Happiness is a Serious Problem gives you the basics.

So, here's the show from 2/16/07- Happiness Hour

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I like at the beginning how he talks about the fact that we need more than just God to confide in. It goes something like this (starts at the 7;41 mark on the audio)-

You can't say you don't need people because you have God. Look at how we were created. God creates man specifically Adam and says it is not good for man to be alone, and then creates woman. (Here's the important part) Adam had God, Adam did not have a person and still God said he was alone. God is necessary but not sufficient. God doesn't claim to be sufficient. Where does God say or even imply that?

(As an aside, I'm glad I'm not a transcriptionist. Just trying to get this much of it word for word was too much!)

That was...enlightening, and at the same time fits so well into what I already know and believe. It ties in nicely to the people who say, "I don't need to go to church, I've got God with me all the time". That's not really the point now, is it? Throughout salvation history it's ALL about the community and your ties to that community. It's true of the Church today as well. God is certainly sufficient as the source of our salvation, but he gave us each other for a reason.

This post took a different turn from where I started, but I think talking about the importance of community is important too.

More on this later, and I'm interested in your thoughts on how community affects your life and impacts your happiness.


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Friday, February 16, 2007

Oooh, this is good!

Outside the Wire makes a point about the anti-war folks co-opting 'support the troops' and has a new slogan for those of us who actually do-

Support the Troops:

I agree, that needs to be a bumper sticker on my car



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The imfamous resolution

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That-- (Introduced in House)



1st Session

H. CON. RES. 63

Disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.


February 12, 2007
Mr. SKELTON (for himself, Mr. LANTOS, and Mr. JONES of North Carolina) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


Disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That--

(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and

(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

(oh yeah, there's more, I have not yet begun to rant!)

Emphasis mine.

This is the phrasing I will use when corresponding with my Congressmen on funding issues. Support and PROTECT. We couldn't stop this resolution from passing, but we can make damn sure that every time military funding comes up for a vote that we throw this back in their faces. When they try and do the end run around our generals by telling them how and where they may deploy the troops we can remind them that they promised to support and protect them and by not allowing the generals to decide who can be deployed when, they are putting the troops already IN THE WARZONE at further risk.

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Well, they did it...

House passes resolution rebuking the president on Iraq

You know, usually I like it when the Congress spends so much time on something non-binding. It means they're not raising my taxes or infringing on my rights. But this one isn't just a harmless statement, and we all know it.


The article says-

Supporters of the nonbinding resolution included 229 Democrats and 17 Republicans -- fewer GOP defections than Democrats had hoped to get and the White House and its allies had feared. Two Democrats joined 180 Republicans in opposition.

Here's the two Democrats who voted against the resolution-

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.)
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.),

Here's the 17 White Flag Republicans-
Michael Castle,
Howard Coble,
Tom Davis,
John 'Jimmy' Duncan,
Philip English,
Wayne Gilchrest,
Bob Inglis,
Tim Johnson,
Walter Jones,
Ric Keller,
Mark Kirk,
Steven LaTourette,
Ron Paul,
Thomas Petri,
Jim Ramstad,
Fred Upton,
James Walsh

Here's where I got the names- Washington Post Votes Database. You can click on the names to see where they all are from, and voice your opinion to them...nicely please.

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Friday Frivolity

Boy I need a frivolity break! Spending Valentine's Day here while my hubby is in Iraq was rough. Monday is our anniversary, so I expect that'll be a tough one too. Thankfully, he does get to call me periodically and email me regularly, so that's something.

So, for the frivolous offerings of the week we begin with...a quiz!

You Are a Golden Retriever Puppy

Tolerant, fun-loving, and patient.
You are eager to please - and attached to your frisbee.

Dang, and I was hoping for Shar Pei!

Ooh, speaking of that, if you don't check out my family blog (and y'all are more than welcome to stop by there whenever ya want), here's a link to the most aborable puppy in the whole wide world- Pup Scout

Did you grow up withone of these too? Lite-Brite

Need to waste more time at work? Well, here you go! Pogo Games


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Fightin' Words

Just watch it.

(NSFW due to a bit of crude language)


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Democrats and BRAC*

I read this article in the Observer recently-

Easley urges BRAC help

The U.S. Senate will take up the funding issue next week when it considers a continuing resolution for the federal budget. The House on Wednesday passed its version, which Army officials say puts the base realignment and closure projects at risk.

“While funding in the continuing resolution passed this week by the House of Representatives adds $1 billion, it still falls about $2 billion short of the needed nationwide funding,” the governor wrote. “It is critical that the transitions outlined by the BRAC realignments continue without delay. Failure to properly fund this now could derail progress on what is already a tight schedule to implement the changes. Up to $220 million in projects at Fort Bragg alone could be stalled if funding is not approved.”

I have to look and see what has happened on that bill, but IF it passed can I start questioning the Democrats support of our troops yet? They SAY they won't cut funding to the troops, but I guess they don't care about housing the ones that are here in the states, or keeping their commitments to their well being.

And they expect us to believe they won't do the same thing to our troops in harm's way?

The Republican-controlled 109th Congress in 2005 mandated a multibillion-dollar program of base realignments and closures to be completed by September 2011. That Congress left town in December without passing many 2007 spending bills, including military construction. The Democratic-controlled 110th Congress, which was sworn in last month, has been considering 2007 spending bills and possible supplemental appropriations. The president is soon to make a budget proposal for the federal fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The president requested more than $5.6 billion to carry out BRAC mandates in 2007, but the legislation funds about $2.5 billion, leaving a shortfall of more than $3 billion, said Rep. Robin Hayes, a Concord Republican.


Army officials estimate that 56 percent of BRAC construction planned for 2007 cannot be carried out.

I know, I can't put ALL the blame on the Democrats here. More and more I feel like my party is taking a decidedly left turn and leaving me in the dust. But, while the Republicans may have dropped the ball last year, it's the Dems who are NOT FUNDING the military at home THIS YEAR.

To put it plainly, if they're not willing to support the troops that ARE home, why should we believe that they support the troops they want to BRING home?

Heh....'bring the troops home now' is their mantra. Okay, bring 'em home. Where are they going to live when they GET here? Hmmmm?

*BRAC is the Base Realignment and Closure program that Congress OK'ed last year.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Slow Bleed

I've pulled this entirely from the Best of the Web email I get every day from the WSJ-

'A Slow-Bleed Strategy'

"Top House Democrats, working in concert with anti-war groups, have decided against using congressional power to force a quick end to U.S. involvement in Iraq, and instead will pursue a slow-bleed strategy designed to gradually limit the administration's options," reports The Politico:

Led by Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and supported by several well-funded anti-war groups, the coalition's goal is to limit or sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops available for the Iraq conflict, rather than to openly cut off funding for the war itself.

The legislative strategy will be supplemented by a multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign designed to pressure vulnerable GOP incumbents into breaking with President Bush and forcing the administration to admit that the war is politically unsustainable.

As described by participants, the goal is crafted to circumvent the biggest political vulnerability of the anti-war movement--the accusation that it is willing to abandon troops in the field. That fear is why many Democrats have remained timid in challenging Bush, even as public support for the president and his Iraq policies have plunged.

So the idea is to keep the troops in harm's way but take all steps possible to prevent them from prevailing, in the hope that the Democrats will benefit politically from American defeat. According to a press release this morning from the House Republican Conference, yesterday the Web site announcing an event this morning, declared:

Chairman Murtha will describe his strategy for not only limiting the deployment of troops to Iraq but undermining other aspects of the president's foreign and national security policy.
This language has since disappeared from the site, but a reader first alerted us to it late yesterday afternoon.

You don't have to agree with the president's policies to find this appalling. If Murtha thinks he has a better way, let him run for president next year and make the case. To pursue a strategy of subversion instead is cowardly and despicable.


I don't have much to add, but these Congresscritters who think they know better than OUR GENERALS on how to prosecute this war scare me. But I know that it's not about the war at all, it's about power. Even more than about making the President look bad. It's ALL about power and men like my husband (not to mention thousands of Iraqis) will pay the price.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Victory Caucus

Have you heard about it yet?

Check it out here.

The other projects NZ Bear has thrown himself behind have really made a difference, and I think this one will do likewise.

I'll have more on this and a couple of other topics soon. Sorry for the light blogging, but with my husband over there and the nonsense going on in Congress these days, it's just been a bit overwhelming for me.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Harry Potter does Equus

THAT'S gonna mess up some young girls' heads!

On the off chance you're not familiar with the play, here's the Wiki on it- Equus

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Friday Frivolity, the all Video edition!

Sorry for the lack of serious postings lately. Still recovering from a serious cold/sinus infection while trying to pack and work on a project for my brother. I've got a couple of things brewing in my head though, I hope to get to them in the next few days.

But for now, on to the videos!

I adore Weird Al...and Donny's not bad either! ;)

Hard to go wrong with Billy Joel

I love these re-edited movie trailers. Some of them are just a hoot!

So, I wasn't overly impressed with the Superbowl commercials this year, but a couple of them were neat-

and lastly, I probably only like this because I'd just listed to the soundtrack to A Chorus Line-

"Robert Goulet, Robert Goulet, my God, Robert Goulet!"


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