"I told some of my friends, you know, 'I got a turtle,' and I said it has the image of the Virgin Mary on it, and I said it's getting plainer and plainer, and they said 'Yeah, Shirley, you're 81 years old. You think we believe that?' I said it's the truth, so now they all believe it," said McVane.
She named the turtle "Mary." So far, no sign of crowds outside her terrarium.
Last year, my wife and I planned to spend our anniversary in New Orleans, and Hurricane Katrina hit. This year, we're thinking about going to New Orleans for our anniversary, and a new hurricane, Ernesto, is headed right for New Orleans. Probably it will change directionds, but still: One wonders if maybe we should give New Orleans a break and plan to spend our anniversary in, say, Green Bay. They don't get hurricanes in Green Bay, do they?
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff says administration efforts are stemming the tide of illegal aliens entering the country.
"I want to be careful not to declare victory," Mr. Chertoff said, adding that alien smugglers were not expected to give up lucrative
criminal enterprises they have operated for more than a decade. "But what we have done is beginning to work. It is encouraging, and it is something that ought to inspire us to continue to push forward."
Meanwhile, the San Luis Obisbo Tribunereports that a portion of California's grape crop may rot on the vine because there aren't enough farmworkers to harvest it.
The economic impact could be huge. A study by the American Farm
Bureau Federation done earlier this year concluded that if agriculture’s access to migrant labor were cut off, as much as $5 billion to $9 billion in annual production of primarily import-sensitive commodities would be lost in the short term. Over the long term, the annual loss would increase from $6.5 billion to $12 billion with fresh fruits and vegetables the hardest hit.
"California is heavily fruit- and vegetable-based and uses a lot more immigrant labor," said Stefphanie Gambrell, domestic policy economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. quot;With the access to labor decreasing and the cost of labor increasing, the fruit sector is
very vulnerable to exporters. The question becomes ‘Do we want to outsource our food production as well?’ "
Of course, the labor shortage first appeared last year, and clearly Secretary Chertoff is indulging in a little election year hype of what is doubtless a minor accomplishment, but this still bodes poorly for the future, at least for Americans who eat food.
A British poll reveals who we're thinking about during the sexual fantasies we're having in those quiet moments when we're not fully engaged in emotionally meaningful conversation with our spouses or significant others:
Some 47 percent of women fantasize about firefighters, while almost 54 percent of men dream about women dressed in a nurse's uniform.
By contrast, only 1.7 percent of women confessed to having fantasies about politicians, while 6.5 percent of men fantasize about traffic wardens.
The big losers, according to the poll: Only 0.8% of women fantasize about milkmen. Are there still milkmen, or is fantasizing about milkment like fantasizing about rosy-cheeked chambermaids in Victorian garb who need to be taken out to the barn and thrashed...oh, sorry. I lost myself for a moment.
No figures were released on how many women fantasize about sex with middle aged fat guys who work in boring offices, a constituency I -- for some reason -- feel great empathy with.
considers the possible consequences of four foreign policy recommendations -- including U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2007 -- advanced by critics of President Bush who want to "give peace a
The Tony Blankley article in question does not use the phrase "give peace a chance." A Google search of news items for the last month or so shows no serious person in Democratic politics using the phrase "give peace a chance," except dismissively. I wonder what critics of the Presidentss disastrous administration Powerline is citing when it speak of "give peace a chance" in quotes.
Granted, there are surely some addled '60s leftovers who think we'd all live in perfect harmony if we'd just give peace a chance. There are also, I'm sure, Republicans whose chosen foreign policy would be "nuke them all and let God sort them out."
The idea that either extreme is in any way indicative or typical is wrong. But it fits with the Republican campaign strategy of running against imaginary opposition, because only made-up bogeymen can make the Republican track record seem defensible.
Shelley Long leaves Cheers for Troop Beverly Hills, Will Smith turns down The Matrix for Wild Wild West, and Donald Sutherland takes cash instead of points in Animal House. Hollywoods 20 worst career moves, here.
From an ABC News posting about the possibility of terrorist attacks on August 22, a comment thread evolves that says much about the state of mind of the Republican Base. The semi-literate Loyalists -- a self-selected group with the time and inclination to participate in this thread -- come to President Bush's aid not by defending what he has done but by declaring how much worse things would be had John Kerry been elected President.
If Kerry was President we'd all be speaking Islamic.
"Islamic" being, apparently, a language on Planet Republican.
The Kerry thread is woven-in with a bunch of other stuff, but what's interesting is that for all the conservative defensiveness there's almost no one in the discussion saying anything bad about the President. Oh, there's a lefty wiseguy here and there, but the bad things said about the President are supplied by his supporters, who quote insults assimilated from other sources -- mostly exaggerations of liberal dogma reported by insane conservative entertainers like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, judging from the tone. There are cracks about how liberals believe President Bush causes hurricanes, for example. The tone is bitter and hollow and vaguely ridiculous, like teenagers planning to egg a party they weren't invited to.
Wake up all of you liberal pukes...these guys didn't just start hating the US when W got elected. They want us all dead. I say, start with John Kerry and all the liberal losers who keep
trying to lead us down the road to ruin.
Kerry again. What's with the hatred of Kerry? I mean, I'm a Democrat; I have a reason to hate Kerry. The bastard lost an election he should have won in a landslide. Republicans should love Kerry, who ran a campaign that seemed more bent on turning himself into an icon of Senatorial obliviousness rather than actually winning the White House.
I guess I should feel grateful that not all the conservatives on the ABC message board think liberals should be killed. Some admit to having liberal friends, though those friends seem afflicted with speech impediments that someone more sensitive than I might consider a slur on gay people.
For all my liberal friends, and I have many (not that there's anything wrong with that), "thtop it! thtop it! don't hurt me!" is *not* a viable foreign policy.
No discussion of anything can take place among conservatives without a ritual condemnation of Political Correctness. Being deliberately politically incorrect is what a certain type of conservative does for fun, and in my part of the world the introductory phrase "I'm going to say something politically incorrect" means "I'm going to say something horrible and bigoted." It's like when someone insults you and then covers themselves by saying, "I'm just being honest."
I searched and found no liberals complaining that people on the message board should be sensitive to the feelings of terrorists. Still, several of the conservatives on the board predict that "PC" spells the ultimate downfall of the United States.
Unfortunately PC may be the reason Islamics are marching in the streets of Washington controlling our nation one day soon.
And then, just to prove that conservatives seem to be reacting to a caricature of liberals that is at least 30 years out of date, there's this:
Hey! I've got an idea. Let's let John Kerry and Russ Feingold join hands with Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, Nasralleh, Assad and Kim Jong-Il in a circle and sing Kumbaya and "the world will live as one"
Kum Ba Yah, as it is correctly spelled, is a song that was taught to children in Christian camps in the 1960s and 1970s. How a Christian camp song became a great symbol of atheistic liberalism is anyone's guess. But then, the conservative mythology is fraught with mystery.
The interesting part of this, to me, is that conservatism seems to have devolved into a kind of ritualized tormenting of liberals. As presented here, not by the officers and gentlemen of the think tanks and chattering classes but by the foot soldiers and quartermasters, conservatism is about as much a movement of ideas as is soccer thuggery. There's no actual content, just anger and self-satisfied scorn.
I guess that's what you're left with when you leadership abandons the principles that are the base of your political movement and leaves you behind to fight without direction. What you're left with is not so much an army as it is a rabble with a single mission: Irritate the opposition no matter what the cost.