Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Code Goofy

I couldn't find a picture online, but I saw Code Pink activists trying to protest at the Capitol today on the news. One woman was wearing a child's princess tiara and a light-pink fairy costume over her clothes; another was wearing a pink slip or negligee over her clothes. Others were also wearing various frilly pink stuff. It's kind of hard to take them at all seriously when they dress like my five-year-old daughter.

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Romantic Night Out

My husband invited me to Chuck E. Cheese for Valentine's Day. I warned him that his invitation was a blog worthy moment.


NY Times reporter gets in trouble for wanting to win in Iraq

This story actually had me laughing out loud:

A New York Times reporter has been admonished by his superiors after voicing the hope that the U.S. can accomplish its goals in Iraq. Here's what Times chief military correspondent Michael Gordon said on The Charlie Rose show earlier this month — "As a purely personal view, I think it's worth it — one last effort for sure to try to get this right, because my personal view is we've never really tried to win. We've simply been managing our way to defeat. And I think that if it's done right, I think that there is the chance to accomplish something."

Public editor Byron Calame writes that Washington bureau chief Philip Taubman said Gordon "stepped over the line" and "went too far." Timeswatch.com points out that last summer Times reporter Neil MacFarquhar appeared on the Rose show, and criticized Bush administration practice of sending bombs to the Middle East — saying the policy "erodes and erodes and erodes America's reputation." MacFarquhar received no reprimand for his comments.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Cabin fever

Do you ever go to your favorite editorial page thinking, "Sigh. All right. How do you want me to feel about the world today?" It's almost like church only it's daily instead of weekly.
  • Kitchen cabinets, organized
  • Living room cabinets, organized
  • Car, vacuumed clean
  • Art supplies, cleaned out and organized
  • One child at play date (keep her!)
  • One child refusing to nap
  • Husband driving home
  • Desk, tidied up
When oh when will this brutal 40 degree weather end?


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Foxy reporting

Or not reporting, as the case may be. Is Fox News trying to smear both the Clinton campaign and the Obama campaign with one story? They picked up a story from Insight, a conservative magazine, that says the Clinton campaign is digging around in Obama's background, found that he was schooled at a Madrassa and is leaking it to spook voters. CNN checked out the school and pronounces it non-religious.

Huh. Well, the conservative magazine that started it all has this to say:
We at Insight commend CNN for at least showing the initiative to follow-up on the story and send a correspondent to check it out. But, contrary to their claims, CNN didn’t debunk anything about our story. For the record, Insight never—not once—in its article claims that Obama went to a Madrassa. We didn’t claim it; Hillary’s people did. We reported—and we fully stand by our story—that the Hillary Clinton camp had conducted their own opposition research on Obama’s Muslim past, and that the Clinton investigators had concluded Obama had attended a Madrassa. This is what Hillary’s camp was saying and desperately trying to prove—not Insight. Our sources also confirmed to us that the Clinton camp had come to the conclusion that not only had Obama been raised and educated as a Muslim, but that he had been deliberately concealing it. Moreover, our sources also said that Clinton’s people were seeking to find out about the possible radical Wahhabi angle, and then peddle their information to their media allies later this year—prior to the January 2008 primaries.
That's what you get for using anonymous sources!


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Vultures on and around the Mound.

On a neighbor's house

Over the Mound

There were about five of them in all and two red-tailed hawks, but I wasn't fast enough to snap a picture of the hawks.

Update: It was a dead possum (according to my babysitter's mom).



Well, if Iran gets the bomb, maybe:
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.
Via The Corner.


Monday, January 22, 2007


News stories are written before any interviews take place.

Update: A letter to Instapundit:

As a recovering journalist, I think that few people pay attention to the tone of their questions. There is such an institutional bias, reporters rarely think about how their questions sound. The questions sound fine to them. If the questions didn't sound fine to them, they would have written the questions differently.

The lack of competing ideologies in the newsroom creates tone deaf reporters. And they serve to reinforce the, by now cliche, image of an out of touch mainstream media. Just my two cents.

Two Cents Worth was the name of my column in high school!


Sunday, January 21, 2007

I am officially old

Rich Little is performing at the White House Press Corp. dinner:

While the name is probably unfamiliar to people under 40, Little was a popular Las Vegas performer and guest star on TV variety shows of the 1960s and 1970s. He's best known for impressions of celebrities (Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny) and presidents (Nixon and Reagan) who are no longer with us.

But "edgy" Little isn't. Even in his heyday, he didn't do biting topical satire or searing political humor. As a performer, he's more "Ed Sullivan" than "Daily Show."

I wouldn't call him Ed Sullivanesque either, but what does a writer under 40 know? My goodness what a sympathetic piece to the Press Corp. Argh and then they have Daily Show's Lewis Black insulting Little:
"It's like going from Jackson Pollock to paint-by-numbers. God love Rich Little, but he's not in this decade. He's in no position to pose any threat to anyone. He makes Bob Hope look like Lenny Bruce. It's sad that we've reached this point" with comedy as political expression.
Really? I think it's sad that we've reached the point of such rudeness to beloved comedians! Derrrr, am grumpy because while playing with the kids they both screamed in my ears, and I still have a ringing.

There is a type of comedy other than political, isn't there? No one seems to remember Little's hilarious impression of Nixon dancing on stage to the theme to Mission Impossible.

But before I let this go, check out this paragraph:
Yet after Colbert made waves -- he compared the Bush administration to the Hindenburg disaster, among other things -- some wondered whether choosing Little indicated that the rough, tough White House press corps was going soft, ensuring that its honored guests from the White House would suffer not even the slightest slight.
Italics added. Some, huh? Like who? That's fine reporting. Perhaps I should file this under That's Not Funny!


On Iraq

It was a grim day yesterday for American troops, but is there good news? Sadr's loyalist bloc is ending it's boycott of parliament. Sadr should be running scared by now, I should think.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Snow day

It did snow here last week, and it may snow again on Monday.

Update: Snow is no longer int the forecast.


Wish you were here

Currently baking lemon poppyseed pound cake in new Pampered Chef bake ware.


Reason to hope

Memory loss in mice is reversed. (Via Bradley J. Fikes.)


Friday, January 19, 2007

My children hated it

But here is a tasty, easy recipe I found in a Every Day With Rachel Ray magazine:

Goat cheese-Spinach Pizza

One 14 oz. Can Pillsbury Pizza Crust

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

One 6-ounce bag baby spinach

3 plum tomatoes, chopped

4 oz. Goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 400. Spread the dough on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil and the Parmesan. Bake for 8 minutes. Toss the spinach with olive oil. Top the crust with the spinach, tomatoes and goat cheese. Drizzle the pizza with more olive oil and bake for 15 minutes more!


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

" a bachelor's degree in a field such as sociology, psychology, economics, history or literature certifies nothing."

Ouch! Charles Murray's second in a series of three articles for the WSJ on education. Fascinating and discomfiting stuff.

I majored in psychology...he's right!

Update: Jonah Goldberg is picking nits!

Update: Link now fixed. Also, see this.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

My children make me feel like dancing! (And napping)

I was just checking in on The Bleat. Six-year-old Gnat gets all irritated when her Dad sings. Just like my kids do when I sing. Here's the deal: my five-year-old can really carry a tune, but she's a very guarded individual not given to joyous outbursts of song. I'm trying to model that behavior for her, so for Christmas I bought her a kids' microphone. Upon first opening the gift, she did not seem very impressed or excited. I had anticipated that, so when the excitement died down and most of the relatives had left, I put on a show with Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing!" for the kids, my sister-in-law and her fiance, who by then was probably re-thinking his proposal. Basically all I elicited from her was a big yawn.

But later, said microphone disappeared from view and I could hear from my in-law's office the amplified sound of The Alphabet Song. Got her!

Still, she was loathe to perform in front of others, no matter the coaxing. Her two-year-old brother, however, was not. He did a perfect rendition of her song (skipping only one letter) complete with hip-swiveling action to the applause of all and graciously repeated the performance over and over. Adorble, yes. But not the best part.

The best part was watching his five-year-old sister ply for attention during his performances. Too cool to actually go on mike, she groaned and sighed loudly during his numbers, threw herself on the floor and began flopping about unselfconciously and loudly. She couldn't stand the competition.

And now she sings on mike just for the asking. I'm hoping to download video of the Christmas scene when the opportunity arises.


AP/Jamil Hussein update:

Should I even keep following this story? Is there anything to be gained by it? Apparently, there is no Jamil Hussein, but there may be a somebody. Via Instapundit who observes that it makes the AP look kind of "shifty."

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Bill's latest:

Following the mortars and the attack on the other police station, I was standing on the second floor landing when loud gunfire erupted: BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Heavier and infinitely closer than the familiar crackle of a distant AK-47, it sounded like it was coming from inside the courtyard on the first floor. "Holy *@&$, the insurgents are attacking the station and are inside the compound!" was the general thought.

The laconic professionalism of the Marines disintegrated into action.

"General Quarters!"

Read it all.

Name this post

I was going to write and label this post "Aaaaaaannnnnd--exhale!" But instead I give you this:

Well, I really don't mind the rain
And a smile can hide all the pain
But you're down when you're ridin' the train that's takin' the long way
And I dream of the things I'll do
With a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoe
There'll be a load of compromisin'
On the road to my horizon
But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Note: Extra e's and exclamation point added.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Friday, January 05, 2007

INIraq Bill

One of my favorite bloggers has embedded himself with a U.S. Marine unit in Iraq. He posts updates on his blog and here's his first piece for the Washington Examiner:

Within five minutes of arriving at the Fallujah-Iraqi Police Station headquarters, I was welcomed by the sound of shouts and hurried footsteps. An Iraqi policeman had been shot at the northwest perimeter of the station — a sniper had found his mark.

A crowd of Iraqis carried the groaning victim up the station’s main staircase and placed him on a litter hurriedly set down on the floor of the second-story hallway. A crowd of Iraqi Police and Marines coalesced, only to be shooed away by two Navy corpsmen rapidly assessing the gaping exit wound in the man’s stomach.

Reminds me of some stories my stepfather-in-law has told me. He was a Navy hospital corpsman (and later officer) who served two tours of Vietnam, once with the Navy and once with the Marines.

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Has the AP been vindicated?

Jamil Hussein apparently exists.

So it appears Jamil Hussein may be real. Good. that means there is a real person to question regarding 61 mostly uncorroborated stories provided as exclusives by Hussein to the Associated Press.

This includes the story that made him (in)famous, where Hussein and the AP claimed 24 people were killed--six by being pulled from a mosque, doused in kerosene, and purposefully burned alive, where the other 18 merely died in an "inferno" at another mosque under attack--during a series of four mosque attacks. In later AP stories, the four mosques trickled down to one, and 18 of the 24 dead mysteriously disappeared, without the Associated Press releasing a retraction or a correction.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Group Hug!

Monday, January 01, 2007

"Grim milestone" watch

Via Instapundit, Daily Pundit has a list of MSM publications noting the 3000th U.S. armed services death in Iraq, and each one using the above phrase.