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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I know that I'm late with this, but...



Hopefully, you caught DU's special "Who Would Jesus Whack?" edition, without my guidance.

It's the last one for two weeks, so savour it.


Big Question

Could someone please explain why the Hurricane Katrina deaths in New Orleans and the surrounding area warrant 24-hour a day coverage, and is being compared to the tsunami in South East Asia, while 700+ people being trampled to death in Iraq is the second-or-later story in all of the news coverage?

Gee--the Gulf Coast never gets hit by hurricanes, right? They had almost a week to get the hell out of Dodge, but some idiots stayed behind.

Boo-hoo.

Every time that Americans die, it's a bloody soap opera. Especially when they're too dumb to figure out the weather.

This agression will DEFINITELY not stand!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Puppy Photos, Finally!

It wasn't supposed to take so long...

...first, I had to find the right USB connector...

...then I needed a nap, which got extended...

...and, of course, difficult editing choices had to be made...

...once we get some peace...


She's a cutie, ain't she?

I'll try to be back tomorrow with something substantial, or at least funny. Bye for now, kids!


Sunday, August 28, 2005

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Dora!


We bought a Golden Retriever puppy yesterday.

Her name is Dora.

This isn't her.

Our USB port isn't reading our camera, so the 3,000-odd photos we've taken of her are still waiting to be uploaded. This picture is a stock photo from Yahoo!, and is the one closest in proximity to her cuteness, and fluffiness.

We're in love with her. She just turned 8-weeks old today. She's been asleep for about 85% of the day so far, and we're thinking that it's going to be a very long night tonight.

I'm watching her right now, as I type--and she just had the looooooooooooooongest stretch. She likes resting her head on somethng when sleeping; alternatively, she likes facing her nose into the corner of whatever it is she's sleeping on (couch, blanket, me).This is actually T'Pau, wanting to be on the other side of the window, as always.

We still miss T'Pau, and Dora's not a replacement. No dog could ever fill that role. However, it feels so great to have a dog again, and to laugh (and hear Sweet Baby laugh) with glee. Pau-ie was one of a kind, and an impossible standard for comparison. I only hope that we can love Dora (and future pups) as much. I think that we can. We're off to a great start.

That being said, it may take something catastrophic (Bush impeached, NDP majority, TomKat breaking up, Radiohead tour) to get me to blog again for a while. Probably for a few days, or maybe a week or two. Or until I get to Futureshop for a new USB cable. Then, maybe just a few shots of Dora the Wonderdog.


Fred Supports The Troops



...and yet, people have questioned my moral compass?

Anti-gay church protests at soldiers' funerals

By BETH RUCKER
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Updated at 12:21 AM EDT
Associated Press

Smyrna, Tenn. — Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.
The church members were met with scorn from local residents. They chased the church members cars' down a highway, waving flags and screaming “God bless America.”
“My husband is over there, so I'm here to show my support,” 41-year-old Connie Ditmore said as she waved and American flag and as tears came to her eyes. “To do this at a funeral is disrespectful of a family, no matter what your beliefs are.”
The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist in Kansas, contends that American soldiers are being killed in Iraq as vengeance from God for protecting a country that harbors gays. The church, which is not affiliated with a larger denomination, is made up mostly of Phelps' children, grandchildren and in-laws.

The church members carried signs and shouted things such as “God hates fags”
and “God hates you.”
About 10 church members protested near Smyrna United Methodist Church and nearly 20 stood outside the National Guard Armoury in Ashland City. Members have demonstrated at other soldier funerals across the nation.
The funerals were for Staff Sgt. Asbury Fred Hawn II, 35, in Smyrna and Spc. Gary Reese Jr., 22, in Ashland City. Both were members of the Tennessee National Guard.
Hundreds of Smyrna and Ashland City residents and families of other soldiers turned out at both sites to counter the message the Westboro Baptist members brought.
So many counter demonstrators were gathered in Ashland City that police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers were brought in to control traffic and protect the protesters.
The church members held protesting permits, and counter protesters in Smyrna turned their backs to Westboro Baptist members until time expired on the protest permits.
“If they were protesting the government, I might even join them,” Danny Cotton, 56, said amid cries of “get out of our town” and “get out of our country.” “But for them to come during the worst time for this family — it's just wrong.”


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