Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday Potpourri

Well, top Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada has declared Iraq the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of the country, worse than Vietnam. According to Retired General William Odom, it was also the worst strategic disaster in the history of the country. Anyone going for worst fiscal disaster in the history of the country? I can almost feel Cheney's hand taking the cash from my wallet.

McCain continues to disgust, now telling folks in South Carolina that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. To think I used to like this guy. Polls are showing Guiliani significantly stronger, but I don’t see how he can pull off the primary. Strong general election contender, yes, but how does he get GOP primary nod given terrible scores in the kook stuff like gay rights, gun control, abortion, etc.? I don’t get it. Then, of course, there’s the girlfriend stuff with the wife downstairs. Does anyone think Rudy can actually do this?

Won’t link to anything, but as Mitt gets more serious, so do the rumblings. This collision should be interesting.

Senator Kyl and Congresswoman Giffords are visiting the Middle East, and the comments posted after the article are to be read at one's own risk. Geez.

Was working on Something Else today, and came to the part about the meth heads and decided to throw Attack of the Killer Tomatoes into the machine. What a scream. In the current context, the movie is positively hilarious. I’ll never forget the first time I watched it. The giant tomato with the ear muffins to protect it from the “Puberty Love” song just about killed me and has altered my psychological profile. Oh, God, and then there’s the part where the guy slams the other guy’s head into the sidewalk, and that parachute! Haaagh Huwaaaagh!!

Turning to the truly important, Britney has shaved her head and then went to get a tattoo. Someone needs to change her meds or do something before she pulls an Anne Nichol. This woman is on a collision course with death, or even worse, Scientology.


Blogger Liza said...

It does not surprise me one bit that Giffords would accept an invitation from Arizona's die-hard, support Bush at any cost warmonger Jon Kyl to traipse around the Green Zone or wherever. Gifford's statements made about Iraq so far and her "floor speech" have been unimpressive and non-committal. Kyl probably thinks she could be convinced to support the US occupation of Iraq as well as the war he thinks we should have with Iran.

I watched as much as I could stand of the so called "Iraq Debate." The Republicans were ridiculous, and they are not even worth talking about. It is as though they live in another world. The Democrats were mostly redundant, unoriginal, and not willing to take a stand against the war. They have made this non-binding resolution all about the "troop surge" and that isn't close to being enough. It isn't even a good start toward building any kind of meaningful opposition to the occupation of Iraq and the next war with Iran.

Raul Grijalva gave an excellent floor speech. Giffords should spend more time with him instead of Kyl.

2/19/2007 5:16 PM  
Blogger sirocco said...

Well, except Grijalva didn't make the trip to Iraq.

Giffords had to take the opportunity to see things first-hand, regardless of who extended the invitation.

2/20/2007 7:45 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Yeah, right, Sirocco. Giffords will see it firsthand and figure it all out. To hell with the unembedded journalists who have been risking their lives and, yes, dying to tell the truth about Iraq.

I honestly don't think that Giffords little junket to Iraq is going to make her the leading expert on what has happened and what should be done.

Quite frankly, I'm tired of talking about her. She is not part of the solution. She is just another politician who spews words and says nothing.

2/20/2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Geez, Louise, Liza.

I agree with you the trip does not make her an expert in anything. This is FOR REAL politics. From my perspective, and I am open to other views, what is more significant than her going there is that Kyl invited her and the two engaged in more than a little dialog. It's called building relationships, and it is key. The woman has a LOT to do in very little time, and once invited by this person in this way, of course she would go.

Regarding the substance of her speaking, I'm afraid I've been too busy with assassins (still no word) and associated mayhem, to listen to what she is saying, but I think it's logical for her to start out with material that frames her basic positions without causing a ruckus.

It makes a lot more sense for Grijalva to pack a bigger punch at this point.

As Francine suggested on another thread awhile ago, we need to give the woman some time.

I'd be interested in hearing what you think Jeff would be doing different and why it would be more effective.

2/20/2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger sirocco said...


First hand experience is nearly always preferable to not having it. There's a reason "primary sources" are considered valuable when doing research. It won't make her a "leading expert", but it may help give things perspective.

Besides, look how well the views of "leading experts" a few years ago have worked out ...

You're welcome to your opinion, and you certainly aren't shy in sharing it ... I'd rather have her go see what things are like in person than turn down the opportunity.

2/20/2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Nice of you to acknowledge that others can have an opinion. The next step in your socialization is to acknowledge that you do not speak objective truth. In other words, you too have opinions.

Latas is over. This is not about him.

2/21/2007 7:08 PM  
Blogger sirocco said...


Where did I imply my comment _wasn't_ opinion? Words like "may" and "I'd rather" tend to be giveaways.

I'm quite happy with my level of socialization, although I thank you for your concern.

2/22/2007 8:28 AM  

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