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No, I didn’t run out of things to say…

just the time to say them in. So here's a quick catchup post
  • Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest
    Good movie. I saw it with Luke at 1AM on Saturday morning, and we both loved it. Amazingly, I've read some blog reviews that blasted the movie for daring to have a plot. I liked the fact that it wasn't a by-the-numbers sequel. It may have helped that I went into the movie knowing that the third one was being filmed; the abrupt ending didn't bother me in the least.
  • My friend, Katie Allison Granju is getting married
    I wish her and her family the greatest happiness.
  • Italy wins the World Cup
    Based on the games I saw, there's a very simple reason why it's so hard for non European teams to win in Europe. It's called corrupt referees.
  • How the left does Hunger
    Apparently, some of the Peace in Our Time crowd has decided to follow the lead of Mahatma Gandhi, and go on a hunger strike to bring the troops home. Of course, when Gandhi went on a hunger strike, he stopped eating. Our liberal buddies see no reason to do something crazy like that. They're planning a rolling hunger strike, where people don't eat for a day, and then pass it on.

    Their dedication and sacrifice is truly inspiring, isn't it?

    Poor deranged Cindy Sheehan writes that

    I find traveling out of the country very challenging being on a fast. When I was on a layover in Madrid on my way to Venice, Italy yesterday, the closest thing I could find to a smoothie to get a little protein was a coffee with vanilla ice cream in it.

    Her dedication and gutwrenching agony is so moving that I almost don't have the heart to point out that vanilla ice cream and coffee are not sources of protein.
  • Paging William Gibson; the Present is Catching up to You
    A man paralyzed from the neck down can control a robotic arm and a computer cursor with his mind, thanks to a chip implanted in his brain. I want a remote for the TV implanted in my head so the kids can't lose it.
  • Not Big Brother, but Big Nanny Part 1
    Who decides what treatment your kids should have when they're sick? As I've posted before, if you think it's you, you're wrong. Because the kid decided he didn't want to go through the torture of chemo, the state of Virginia is taking him away from his parents, and forcing him to go through a treatment not of his or his parents' choosing.

    Does anybody else find it odd that a 16 year old girl can elect to have an abortion without her parents knowledge or support, but a 16 year old boy can't choose what course of treatment he wants for his cancer?

    It only makes sense if you realize that in both instances, the state is overruling the basic rights of parents to raise their children.
  • Big Nanny: Part 2
    With all the bad stuff going on in the world right now (See below) it's good to know that our federal government is on the job to protect our tender ears from the unrestrained vocabulary of our professional athletes. Yep, the FCC is checking tapes of live sporting events to see if they can pick up any examples of naughty words. That's exactly what I want our guys in Washington doing. That's so much more important than anything else we've got going on.
  • Big Nanny: Part 3
    The federal government can't protect us from illegal immigration, but they're all over the internet gambling problem. The House of Representatives just passed H.R. 4411(pdf), which bans internet gambling. Every one of Tennessee's Representatives voted for the bill, which leads me to an interesting question. Did we send them to Washington to do what we told them to do, or so that they could tell us what we can't do?
  • North Korea Launches missile
    There are some who are saying that even though the missile was aimed towards Hawaii, it's not a big deal because it failed. Well, I don't know about them, but if a guy takes a swing at me, I don't consider the fight to be over because he missed on his first punch.
  • Islamic terrorists show their peaceful natures in India
    I know it's fashionable to link the terrorists actions to religious fundamentalism, then mention that we can't be too smug since w ave our own Christian fundamentalists here, but I can't recall the last time a Christian fundamentalist group slaughtered over 200 innocent people for the crime of riding a train.
  • Iran continues to defy the world on nuclear development
    The deadline has come and passed, and Iran is still enriching uranium, thumbing its nose at the UN and the EU and the US. I know, this isn't really news; everybody knew they were going to do it. I just thought it was worth mentioning. Besides, I'm still waiting for somebody to explain to me just why Iran, sitting on tremendous oil reserves, needs nuclear power plants. Are they that concerned over global warming?
  • Since we're talking about Muslims Gone Mad ™, let's talk about Hezbollah and Hamas
    It appears they are working together, supported by Syria, to increase attacks on Israel. Now, last time I checked, Israel unilaterally moved out of Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon. Obviously, the nutjobs in the Palestinian territories were outraged at being given everything they'd asked for. While else would they now be attacking Israel from Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon?

    Israel is behaving exactly as anybody would predict; they're fighting back. Hard. It looks like there may even be a formal declaration of war in the very near future. Given that Iran and Syria have a mutual defense pact, if Israel attacks Syria, we can expect Iran to get involved. And if Iran gets involved, what will we do?

    North Korea. Iran. Lebanon. Syria. Pakistan. And Israel.

    The conflict is going global.
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