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My view of the world, Texas, Dallas, and my yard…in that order.
October 04, 2003

FAIR PICTURES
I added some pictures of our fair trip to the gallery. More to come!

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October 03, 2003

 

SLIME AND DEFEND
If you’re a New York Times online subscriber (it’s free), there are two great editorials in today’s edition. One, by Bob Herbert, details how the house of cards built by the Bush administration is being shaken – domestically and internationally. The other, by Paul Krugman, tells how the White House will “slime and defend” to discredit those who dare to question their policies.

David Kay, the U.S.’s weapons inspector, says he hasn’t found any WMD. Now Bush wants another $600 million to keep looking – that would put the total at almost $1 billion. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the US has now had at least as much time to look for WMD as they gave the UN (probably more). And this after invading the country to look for the damn things with practically unfettered access.

A federal judge ruled that the US cannot seek the death penalty against suspected 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui because the government won’t let him interview members of Al qaeda for his defense. I suppose Bush will just have to declare him an enemy combatant and ship him off to Gitmo where the US Constitution doesn’t apply. How convenient.

An interesting article by William Greider suggests that the war has become such a political mess for Bush that he’ll have to just declare victory and send the troops home pretty soon if he stands any chance of being re-elected. Sounds perfectly plausible to me. It’s all about politics now.

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October 02, 2003

 

STATE FURR
“I like the way you do that right thurr.”
– Chingy

With apologies to Chingy, we are probably going to the State “Furr” on Saturday, and I’m sure the weather is going to cooperate. Since I probably won’t be hauling my old butt on any of those freakish midway rides, I might just take my camera and post some pics here. Maybe I can get Kevin to take his instead.

A letter to the paper this morning made me laugh. A woman and her family from Waco decided to go to the fair and were shocked, disappointed and dismayed that there was an extra charge to get into the museums on the fairgrounds. What planet has she been on? They have always had an extra charge for those things, as I recall. Besides, if you’re going to the fair to visit a museum, you’ve kind of missed the whole point – they won’t let you take corny dogs and cotton candy in there! Hello!

By the way, the Budweiser Oktoberfest is not worth it, imo. Yes, you get a small sample of beer at the end, but you have to sit through 30 minutes of what amounts to a Bud commercial before you get any. I think I’ll head over to the wine tasting instead.

Now that I have my DVD burner up and running on the Mac, I was playing around with imovie and it kept crashing when I …