Sunday, September 28, 2003

Rich Lowry: What Democrats believe

Rich Lowry: What Democrats believe:
"A presidential primary is a way for a political party to make up its mind. Through the process of nominating a candidate, a party figures out its stances on the new issues and what adjustments, if any, it will make in its positions on the old. So with that, through their collective rhetoric and actions, the 10 Democratic candidates have arrived at the outlines of a rough philosophy --

the credo of the Democrats of '04.

This credo is often nonsensical and hypocritical, but it is clearly discernible.

The Democrats of '04 believe:

That wars should be authorized, but never fought.

That the United Nations is the world's last, best hope, and every jot of its writ should always be respected, unless it inconveniences Saddam Hussein.

That nation-building is always a humanitarian and just cause, unless it is undertaken in Iraq.

That anyone who said Saddam had weapons of mass destruction prior to the war was lying, unless his or her name is Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, Bill Cohen, John Kerry or Joe Lieberman, or the person ever served in the Clinton cabinet or as a Democratic senator.

That French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is always right.

That President Bush isn't devoting enough resources to the reconstruction of Iraq, and that -- in light of his $87 billion aid proposal -- he is devoting far too many resources to the reconstruction of Iraq.

That George Bush maneuvering the United States into war is an act of manipulative genius, and also is very stupid.

That (fill in blank with latest conflict here) is another Vietnam.

That the U.S. military is overextended -- and should be

That unilateral U.S. diplomatic pressure is always wrong, unless it is brought to bear on Israel.

Friday, September 19, 2003

The Taliban File

The Taliban File
Very interesting read.
COme to your own conclusions.
Isabel at sea

Monday, September 15, 2003

Don't mess with America!

Global Rich List

Global Rich List
Click here to see how rich you are
compared to everyone else in the world.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Pravda.RU Federação Russa

Pravda.RU Federação Russa
Sometimes I feel as if the world is in a different language than the one I speak.
As you may have noticed the links here are not very pertinent.
I just use the blogthis ability. I hit one button and it posts whatever page I am on and I can type whatever I want.

I ordered my laptop!
It will be here around the 25th.
I can't wait

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Do you dance correctly?
A long highway, rain, at the break of dawn
A long highway, rain, at the break of dawn.

Headline news from Sky News - Witness the event

Smiling from the womb

smiling baby

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Chuck Colson: Terrorism, War, and Evil

Chuck Colson: Terrorism, War, and Evil: "There’s something sacred about a day on which three thousand innocent American civilians died in a barbaric terrorist attack. As I reflect again on that bright September morning just two years ago, a number of thoughts come to mind.
First, I’m reminded that evil is real. Through the nineties, we hung onto the utopian notion that history had come to an end, ushering in peace and happiness evermore. September 11 shattered that—and, thankfully, our worldview has become more realistic and more biblical since then.
Second, I remember that we’re in a war against terrorism that is, in some ways, more threatening than World War II—for, here, the enemy is disguised. But the terrorists have the same goal as our enemies at that time: the destruction of Western civilization. Read what Osama bin Laden and other Islamist activists have said. They’re not hiding their purpose. September 11, 2001, was a declaration of war against, not only the United States, but also the civilized world.
Our response was absolutely correct in the wake of September 11. We went to Afghanistanto break the back of the Taliban and deny al Qaeda its base of operations. It was clearly a just war, the only possible response to a deadly attack on American citizens. And it has turned out to be a huge setback for al Qaeda. We’ve been on the offensive ever since, and we’ve put them on the defense—the best military strategy there is.
What about Iraq? Iraq, as I have argued, is the second theater in the war on terrorism. The evidence makes it clear that Saddam has strong ties to terrorists. That includes the al Qaeda cell that operated in northern Iraq since June 2001 and is, in part, responsible for terrorism in Iraq today.
In recent days we’ve heard the chorus of the critics: “We didn’t plan well. W"

Alife @ Fusebox

Alife @ FuseboxA morph lab using phenotypes and genotypes.
Alot of fun to be had here.

The Death Clock

The Death Clock
Acording to the death clock I have 1,453,316,073 seconds to live
That would put me at 98 years old. They obviously don't know me

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, -- quieter, warmer.
-Dag Hammarskjold

Monday, September 08, 2003

Stars and Dust of the Lagoon Nebula

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Apple picking time!

Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.
Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
Apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan.
2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States.
Apples are grown commercially in 36 states.
Apples are grown in all 50 states.
In 2001 United States consumers ate an average of 45.2 pounds of fresh apples and processed apple products. That's a lot of applesauce!
61 percent of United States apples are eaten as fresh fruit.
39 percent of apples are processed into apple products; 21 percent of this is for juice and cider.
The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the nation’s 2001-crop apple supply.
Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
A medium apples is about 80 calories.
Apples are a great source of the fiber pectin. One apple has five grams of fiber.
In 2001 there were 8,000 apple growers with orchards covering 430,200 acres.
The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The science of apple growing is called pomology.
Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.
Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
Apples are propagated by two methods: grafting or budding.
The apple variety ‘Delicious' is the most widely grown in the United States.
In Europe, France, Italy and Germany are the leading apple producing countries.
The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspin and the Black Sea.
Apples were the favorite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.
Apples are a member of the rose family.
Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
Americans eat 19.6 pounds or about 65 fresh apples every year.
25 percent of an apple's volume is air. That is why they float.
The largest apple picked weighed three pounds.
Europeans eat about 46 pounds of apples annually.
The average size of a United States orchard is 50 acres.
Many growers use dwarf apple trees.
Charred apples have been found in prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland.
Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
Some apple trees will grown over forty feet high and live over a hundred years.
Most apples can be grown farther north than most other fruits because they blossom late in spring, minimizing frost damage.
It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
Apples are the second most valuable fruit grown in the United States. Oranges are first.
In colonial time apples were called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts the 2000 apple crop to be at 254.2 million 42 pound cartons.
Total apple production in 2001 was 229 million cartons valued at $1.5 billion.
The largest U. S. apple crop was 277.3 million cartons in 1998.
In 1999 the People's Republic of China led the world in apple production followed by the United States.
Apples have 5 seeds. There are five seed pockets, each with a seed, in an apple.
China is the leading producer of apples with over 1.2 billion bushels grown in 2001.
World's top apple producers are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy.
The Lady or Api apple is one of the oldest varieties in existence.
Newton Pippin apples were the first apples exported from America in 1768, some were sent to Benjamin Franklin in London.
In 1730 the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
One of George Washington's hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
America's longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard and was still bearing fruit when a derailed train struck it in 1866.
Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
A peck of apples weight 10.5 pounds.
A bushel of apples weights about 42 pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.
Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since lat least 6500 B.C.
The world's larges apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long. (She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.)
It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

Guardian Unlimited | Life | 'Science cannot provide all the answers'

'Science cannot provide all the answers'
I have always believed that science tells us How things happened and the Bible Tells us why God did them!
Alot of people now think that they are mutually exclusive.

Friday, September 05, 2003

icecube's keep

How much wood can a Woodchuck chuck?
Not as scientific as "Is Kansas flatter than a pancake" but interesting nonetheless.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Startrek on ice

Tutorials Home

Tutorials Home
Learn how to Argue!
Great little it isn't.............yes it is!
I came here for an argument...............No you didn't
Yes I did!

ICYouSee: T is for Thinking

ICYouSee: T is for Thinking
What you see on the web is not always acurate.
This web site has valuable info on researching on the web

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Yahoo! News - Offbeat Photos - AFP

A german man forced the social welfare system to pay for his Miami beachfront property because Living in Germany depressed him!

John Derbyshire on National Review Online

The Importance of Not Thinking Too Much
Foundational crises.

It is conventional wisdom among soldiers, at any rate in the British army, that a man is no good for combat after the age of 35 because he thinks too much. I suppose that in the particular case of soldiering, and strictly from the actuarial, as opposed to career, point of view, you could argue that thinking too much is therefore a good life strategy. In general, however, it is a bad one. It would not do for the concert pianist to think about every note before he struck it, or for the tennis player to perform a mental exercise in mathematical ballistics before swinging the racquet, or for the courtroom lawyer to carefully ponder the pros and cons of each question before addressing it to the witness.

In Focus Article

In Focus Article: " Cultural Relativism"
A very good article about the choices we make and how Culteral relativism falls apart.
Monks protesting the rebel Tamil Tigers

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

my birthday is 10 / 14 / 1962
which means I am 40 years old and about:
36 years 4 months younger than Andy Griffith, age 77
32 years 10 months younger than Dick Clark, age 73
31 years 7 months younger than Leonard Nimoy, age 72
29 years 6 months younger than Carol Burnett, age 70
26 years 9 months younger than Alan Alda, age 67
25 years 3 months younger than Bill Cosby, age 66
19 years 11 months younger than Linda Evans, age 60
17 years 9 months younger than Tom Selleck, age 58
14 years 10 months younger than Ted Danson, age 55
12 years 6 months younger than Jay Leno, age 53
8 years 9 months younger than Oprah Winfrey, age 49
7 years 8 months younger than Kelsey Grammer, age 48
4 years 5 months younger than Drew Carey, age 45
1 year 4 months younger than Michael J. Fox, age 42
2 years 1 month older than Calista Flockhart, age 38
6 years 4 months older than Jennifer Aniston, age 34
10 years 2 months older than Alyssa Milano, age 30
15 years 1 month older than Colin Hanks, age 25
20 years 10 months older than Mila Kunis, age 20
28 years 8 months older than Madylin Sweeten, age 12

and that I was:
1 years old when the Addams Family first appeared on TV
3 years old at the time the first Star Trek episode was televised
8 years old when All in the Family was first shown
9 years old at the time the TV series M*A*S*H began
12 years old when Saturday Night Live first aired
15 years old when CBS introduced Dallas
18 years old during the first airing of Hill Street Blues
19 years old at the time the first Cheers episode was televised
23 years old when L.A. Law was first aired on TV
24 years old at the time the series Married with Children began
27 years old when Seinfeld was first televised
28 years old in the month Home Improvement began
31 years old at the time the TV series Friends began
33 years old when Everybody Loves Raymond first aired
36 years old when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire began in the US

Monday, September 01, 2003

Dharma Rain Zen Center Home Page

Dharma Rain Zen Center Home Page
Balloon art

U.S. DOL - The History of Labor Day

The History of Labor Day an interesting read



Drudge outlines a new book by Richard Miniter
"Losing BIn Laden"
How Bill Clinton missed so many oppertunities to get Bin Laden.