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Multifarious Musings
Saturday, March 25, 2006
  Bush and fraudulent elections??!?

I winced when I heard of President Bush's condemnations and call for possible financial sanctions against Belarus - because of their apparent fraudulent election results, and subsequent protests and arrests in their country.

"The United States condemns the actions by Belarussian security services on the morning of March 24, and we urge all members of the international community to join us in condemning any and all abuses and demanding that Belarussian authorities respect the rights of their own citizens to express themselves peacefully," sez Bush.

Hey, I personally hate to hear about any election that ends in question, in any country - 'cause nobody wants to have a leader in office whom shouldn't really be there, after all... (oooohhhhh, but I can be sooo predictable sometimes!)

...You probably see where I'm going with this one, eh???

Oh, hey - who am I kidding here, after all - we always hold honest, accurately-counted elections in the good 'ol U-S of A, and... peaceful protesters never get arrested in the good ol' U-S of A, when they question the results of an election.




Thursday, March 16, 2006
  Music Safe Haven???

I admit it - I don't do the MP3 thing very well... I've lost more songs thru careless archiving, CDs that magically turned into coasters, and bad labeling... I believe the technical term for my losses would go under the label "carelessness".

I was amused to hear on the radio today, about a company that will allow you to store all of your MP3s on their server, so that if you drop or drown your iPod, or mistakenly reformat your hard drive, you won't lose all of those 99-cent songs you actually pirated thru Morpheus or LimeWire for free.

The service costs 40-bucks a year!!! Now, I was amused because, just this weekend I was putting the finishing-touches on our basement (my playroom/theatre), which got flooded in early February.

Shit Happens... Enaways...

In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to listen to my old Renaissance - Turn of the Cards album... Purchased in 1975 for $12.99 - It made it thru the latest flood (and all previous moves and tragedies) just fine, thank you, and it sounded just GREAT... we're talking pristine vinyl here - accept no imitations!!!

OK, so I got to figuring... 1975 to 2006 is 31 years (wow, am I an old fart!), Times 40 bucks (a year) ... to use the music locker safe storage method (if there were such a thing in 1975), that album would have cost me $1,240.00 in safe storage alone!!

Hey, now that's what I call progress!!! (I know, I know... I'm being ridiculus, I have hundreds of LP's... but can't a guy have fun?)


Wednesday, March 15, 2006
  Martin, Moussaoui, Mistakes & Morality Musings

Hi - I'm back!!

So, for some macabre reason, I've become really interested in the drama unfolding at the Moussaoui trial... seems that here's a whole lot of gnashing-of-teeth of late, because a lawyer for the prosecutor, one Carla Martin, decided to coach some witnesses for the prosecution, I guess in order to create greater impact to the jury, and thereby, hopefully(?) sending Moussaoui to his demise. Problem is... that's against the rules.... ya can't coach the witnesses, I guess.

....sooooo - ya gotta throw those witness testimonies out the window...


I've gathered that there's a whole lot of people who are very pissed at the fact that Ms. Martins' follies may have tainted enough of the prosecutions case, so that they more than likely won't be able to kill Moussaoui, but instead just put him in prison for the rest of his (un)natural life... she pulled the plug on old sparky... retracted the needle of death... untied the noose, so to speak. I guess a lot of people want to see this guy dead, eh?

Now, I'm not one whose totally against the death penalty, and I'm certainly no fan of Moussaoui - I personally think he's a lower life form then pond scum - but that's besides the point. What I don't understand is - he didn't kill anyone, right? How can a just society like ours... a society that wants the world to look up to it (as far as human rights are concerned) as a shining example - kill someone who only thought about killing innocents? Am I missing something here???

Hey, there's no doubt in my puny mind that this is one bad dude, who could have very-well created a whole lot of hurt on America and Americans... but he didn't. Geese, can we murder this guy for a crime he may have committed at some time in the future? This to me reads like a really bad out-take from the movie Minority Report!

I digress.

Bottom line - I think in the end, Ms. Martins' follies may have accidentally forced our great nation into doing the right thing in the first place... lets not start killing people for their intentions (Oopsie - too late... but that's another story for another time!), lets save that for the bad guys that actually commit murder for real... lets just put Moussaoui's sorry ass in jail forever, and save the taxpayers a whole lot of money by dropping this death penalty thing!


Friday, March 10, 2006

"Six-Hundred-and-Twenty"... "What does this mean", you ask...

...The ultimate answer to life? (nope, that's 42)

... A classic yet really cheap twin-lens reflex camera?? (well, yeah, but that's not MY answer)

... you give up - right??

Well, I'll tell you, right now!

It's been 620 days since I last posted to this blog. What can I say - I've been busy - living the life. While alot has happened between those days, I'm going to start posting fresh, the logic being old news is boring news.

OK, so, this is all that I have to say, for right now... but I will be back!


Tuesday, June 29, 2004
  Just gotta share this one...

...From "News of the Weird":

Universal Health Care (for Prisoners): A judge in Wilmington, N.C., had to officially "release" accused murderer Shirley Spaulding in May, as a ploy, to get the state to start picking up her medical bills. Brunswick County was running out of money because it has paid nearly $400,000 to treat her respiratory illness while she awaits her death-penalty trial.

(Fortunately, she was too sick to depart custody.)

[Raleigh News and Observer-AP, 5-19-04]

...Gotta LOVE it, eh???



Sunday, June 20, 2004
  Get Your Kicks On Route 22

I was amused to hear of an exhibit dedicated solely to Route 22, a road that's near-and-dear to your's truly. Now, I've never seen or heard of an exhibit dedicated to a road before (OK - maybe Route 66, out in the California desert - remember the song, sung in the 40's by Nat King Cole??? I digress!)... not that I've really been looking very hard, but I was attracted to the prospect, so I thought I'd share... Here's a link to the article.

Highway Buddha - sittin' on the line in front of the abode.Yeah, I live on route 22.

..... OK, I don't really live on the road, per-se (as the picture on the left may imply... By the way - I've entitled this picture "Highway Buddha"... pretty appropriate, eh? - enaways....), we happen to own a house located on the west side of it (you guessed it, behind me). Route 22 used to run about 30 feet to the west of where it now passes by my house - I still pull pieces of it out of my lawn each spring, relics pushed back up to the earth's surface by winter's frost heaves. 

The Exhibit is located in Troy, New York, at The Arts Center of the Capitol Region, and the images were created by New York City -based photographer Bengamin Swett (go ahead, click his name, you can see samples of the Route 22 exhibit online).

I believe that the thing I find most interesting about someone being passionate enough about a road, Skeletons in the road - 3 years laterto build an exhibit dedicated to it, is that I to, am a tad obsessed with it.

Look to the right... that rusty thing lying on the side of the road (Route 22) isn't a coat hanger, it's the ramains of one of the road flairs used to block traffic when my daughter got hit by a car and nearly died - right in front of our house, a little over 3 years ago.

I just took this picture today, by the way - those wires are still hanging out there, after all of this time... kind of creepy, since we get a whole lot of snow around here during the winter. There's still 2 of 'em out there, and they really should've disappeared a long time ago. I gotta tell you, I ain't gonna move them, they're a reminder... and, quite frankly, I'm a bit superstitous about this one!

I'm not going to get all morbid on you here, ohhh, no... far from it, I learned something very special about where I live, the people around me, and this road. My daughter was very, very lucky that spring day (what am I saying, we were ALL very, very lucky that day!), because even though she suffered a spinal cord injury, broken bones, serious internal trauma... the product of a car traveling at highway speeds hitting her, by some miracles, volunteer first aid workers that knew their stuff, very great doctors, seriously powerful medicine... and finally and most importantly, a wonderful community that pulled-together when they saw a family in crisis, she has enjoyed a nearly full recovery!

...Oh, So sorry about that horrible run-on (and on!) sentence, above!

By the way, gotta tell you, Alyssa was NOT happy about me taking that first picture up at the top of this musing... not happy at all!!!

Yup - I'm a really lucky guy... I live in a very special place, around very special people - right here, on Route 22.



Thursday, June 17, 2004
  Innocence Lost...

I've posted at my neighbors, Farkleberries, USA - come read my 2nd. posting in one day over there!.


  Revisionist History: Part Deux

Well, I'm sure you've heard by now - the 9-11 committee has come down with their verdict - they see no evidence of any collaboration between al Qaeda and Iraq. Geee, what a surprise!! What seems like common knowledge in my world, seems to have come as a complete surprise to our illustrious leader of our free world...

"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship Bush in denial...between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda is because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda".

Hey, wow... what a power-statement; that line just made a believer out of me, "W" - what eloquence, what deep truths - why can't the bipartizen, independent 9-11 committee see it all the way you do???

Now, just to add a little bit more of that now VERY expensive flammable petroleum product to the fire, "W" goes on to deny "accusations" that his administration made any attempts to link 9-11 and al Qaeda to Iraq.

How could have I misunderstood him to the extent that I did? I know in my  world - I thought "W" was actually doing a pretty decent job in the war on terror - until he lost his focus, desperately (and I feel unsuccessfully) tried to tie the 9-11 attacks to Iraq, then bombed the hell out of them.

It was at about this time that "W" really started to scare me... but apparently, I once again misunderstood what he was saying - his very justification for the war in Iraq...

"This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al Qaeda," Bush said. "We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda."

Holy-moley - wasn't that "W"'s cornerstone justification for the Iraq war!?!

OK - maybe I'm being a bit hard on "W", after all, the commission did say there was indeed some contact between Iraqis and al Qaeda members, but the panel concluded that Iraq never responded to a bin Laden request for help, and said there was no evidence of a "collaborative relationship." between the two.

So, who are you going to believe - The Commission, or Bush????

Ya know, this smacks of yet another example of Bush applying some more of his revisionist history in an attempt to muddle the facts. Remember last July, when he made some boneheaded statement, to the effect that Saddam wasn't cooperating with the intensified UN inspection teams, and that's why the bombs began to fall?

wait... ew,ew,ewww - I found the text of his words, here they are...

"Last July (7/14/03), Bush revised the history of the run-up to the Iraq war, claiming that Saddam Hussein refused to allow weapons inspectors into Iraq in late 2002: "Did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer was Absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in."

In truth, Iraq did  allow U.N. weapons inspectors into the country in November 2002; and the Iraqis were cooperating, to an extent, but the inspectors were withdrawn when war became imminent in March 2003.

It was NPR reporter Mara Liasson (7/17/03) who called it "revisionist history", and what an appropriate term for his comments at the time! It felt to me that, just when the UN was finally getting some backbone with regard to the Iraqi WMD matter (and to give him credit - that's because of Bushs' prodding the UN into some real action), is when Bush decides to alienate 90-percent of the civilized world and go into Iraq with guns-a-blazin'.

Call me paranoid - but I believe that "W" came to realize that the UN was actually beginning to be effective in their inspections, and also realized that even if they did  have WMD's, chances were pretty good that the Iraqis wouldn't be able to get to them, and to use them (because of the UN's intensified inspections), and (I believe, in this particular paranoid vision, that) he had this takover planned well before 9-11, and saw his very justification for bringing this war on begin to fade - so he jumped into action, while he still could.

Paranoid, eh???



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