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That Was Then, This Is Now

2008-12-02 - 11:21 a.m.

This morning, it's cloudy and 61 degrees.

Last night, the fog rolled in at 8pm or so. By the time I went home, visibility was down to a hot hundred yards.

I made it home safely and went to bed early.


Been checking out a couple bargains at Fry's recently...including an LG 19" flatscreen LCD monitor for $160.

Can't afford it right now. But there were about twenty-five in the display. Soon, I hope.


There's an article at that talks about Obama's appointment of Hillary for Secretary of State.

Here’s part of a public statement from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign back on March 11 (emphasis theirs):

There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton played an important domestic policy role when she was First Lady. It is well known, for example, that she led the failed effort to pass universal health insurance. There is no reason to believe, however, that she was a key player in foreign policy at any time during the Clinton Administration.

She did not sit in on National Security Council meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the Situation Room. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy, nor did she have her own national security staff. She did not do any heavy-lifting with foreign governments, whether they were friendly or not. She never managed a foreign policy crisis, and there is no evidence to suggest that she participated in the decision-making that occurred in connection with any such crisis.

As far as the record shows, Senator Clinton never answered the phone either to make a decision on any pressing national security issue - not at 3 AM or at any other time of day.

When asked to describe her experience, Senator Clinton has cited a handful of international incidents where she says she played a central role. But any fair-minded and objective judge of these claims - i.e., by someone not affiliated with the Clinton campaign - would conclude that Senator Clinton’s claims of foreign policy experience are exaggerated.

Okay. But that was then. THIS is now:

I have known Hillary Clinton as a friend, a colleague, a source of counsel, and as a campaign opponent. She possesses an extraordinary intelligence and toughness, and a remarkable work ethic. I am proud that she will be our next Secretary of State. She is an American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence; who knows many of the world’s leaders; who will command respect in every capitol; and who will clearly have the ability to advance our interests around the world.

Hillary’s appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances. There is much to do — from preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to Iran and North Korea, to seeking a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, to strengthening international institutions. I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton is the right person to lead our State Department, and to work with me in tackling this ambitious foreign policy agenda.

Well, there's a "change" for you.


In Minnesota, it seems Al Franken is channeling another Al - Al Gore, that is - in seeking to have 1,000 absentee ballots that were judged disqualified re-examined, supposedly to have neutral observers figure out "the will of the voter".

Well, GOSH...isn't it the voter's responsibility to make sure their wish is clearly indicated?


Apparently, the reason why the Wal-Mart employee was trampled and killed wasn't due to the uncivilized fuckwads who trampled him.

He died because of capitalism.

Glad we got that cleared up.


An advocacy group wants to remove the term "handicapped" from the blue-painted parking spaces (calling the word "derogatory and insulting"), and simply call them "accessible parking".

So all the other spaces in the parking lot are in-accessible parking?


If we don't bail out the Big 3 automakers, NASCAR may be in trouble!!



Okay, forward into the cold.

Be seeing you.


1 comments so far

Mel - 2008-12-03 05:24:26 -
It amazes me that more isn't being said about the fact that legally Hillary cannot become Secretary of State. She was a Senator when a raise in pay was voted on for the position - according to U.S. law, that means she is not allowed to hold the position. Doesn't the president-elect have legal advisors? Or does he not care about the laws of the country he is elected to lead? Enquiring minds...


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