Sunday, July 22, 2007
A Busy Weekend!
It's been a busy weekend, so I haven't been able to go about blogging and reading my friend's sites as much as I would like.
I would have posted about Barak Obama telling us that genocide against innocent Iraqis isn't a good enough reason to stay in Iraq. It sounds like we're gearing up for yet another Darfur. From this source:
SUNAPEE, N.H. - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.
"Well, look, if that's the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven't done," Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven't done. Those of us who care about Darfur don't think it would be a good idea," he said.
Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, said it's likely there would be increased bloodshed if U.S. forces left Iraq.
"Nobody is proposing we leave precipitously. There are still going to be U.S. forces in the region that could intercede, with an international force, on an emergency basis," Obama said between stops on the first of two days scheduled on the New Hampshire campaign trail. "There's no doubt there are risks of increased bloodshed in Iraq without a continuing U.S. presence there."
The greater risk is staying in Iraq, Obama said.
"It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions," he said.
I would say that it IS a good idea to magnetize terrorists to a certain area... It makes them a helluva lot easier to kill!
I might also have blogged about the travesty of justice against Ramos and Compean, and President Bush's complicity in it:
(All emphasis mine)
President Bush refused to say whether he would pardon two U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted last year of shooting a drug smuggler and covering up their actions while indicating he viewed the prosecutor in the matter as "a fair guy."
Anyone who knows anything about this case knows that Johnny Sutton has used a gun law which officers are normally exempt from, as they are required by their job to carry a weapon. If this is a precedent, the slightest mistake would be landing officers in jail for 10+ years right and left.
Bush rebuffed a question from an audience member at a forum in Nashville about whether he would consider acting in the case of former agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos.
"I'm not going to make that kind of promise in a forum like this," Bush said at the event, which was intended to focus on his budget and economic policies. "I know it's an emotional issue, but people need to look at the facts. These men were convicted by a jury of their peers after listening to the facts."
So was Scooter Libby, but you commuted his sentence. Good lawd, even Diane Feinstein can see this is an enormous miscarriage of justice, and she's just about as far to the left as you can get!
He referred to the prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, as "my friend," and called him "an even-handed guy."
So we wouldn't do anything to make our friend look bad, huh? This whole thing reeks of corruption, and two of our Finest are taking the fall for it. I never thought I'd see the day when America would be holding political prisoners.
Yes, I would've posted about all that, but my immersion started on Friday; I had a diaper study to go to with the kids, grocery shopping to do, grass to mow, and then we learned that my husband's truck, which has been in Indianapolis getting a new engine for a month was finished and ready to be picked up.
Since the hubby would need to drive the truck back, I (was) volunteered to go with him to drive back. We got a rental car at the company's expense, loaded the kids up, and drove from Cincinnati to Indianapolis. The repair shop was supposed to be open until 22:00, so we had plenty of time to get there.
We arrive to find a locked gate and not a soul there at 21:05. We drive back to Cincinnati, and put the kids to bed.
The next day, Hubby calls the repair shop, and the first shift guy says they were open until 22:00, and he'd have to ask the second shift guy what happened. We load the kids back into the rental car, which his company now has to keep for an extra two days, because Enterprise is closed until Monday.
We drive back to Indy and pick up the truck, complete with a brand-new engine.
Hubby parks the truck off the repair lot, and we stopped at the massively impressive Indiana War Memorial and Museum.
The kids got to see a bit of history, and I got to touch the building's cornerstone, which was laid by General John Pershing himself!
After that, we went back to the truck and prepared to once again make the drive home. Hubby topped off the fuel tank, and we were on our way!
As soon as we cleared the city traffic and got on I-74, a large puff of black smoke and stench came from under the truck, and we soon found ourselves on the emergency shoulder with the truck spewing all of it's fuel from somewhere in the brand new $14,ooo engine.
Pissed off doesn't even begin to describe the situation!
Hubby calls the repair shop and boss, along with a few others people associated with the truck, and we leave the truck on the side of the highway after he confirmed that it would be towed back to the crack repair shop that just did such a fantastic job with it.
All I can say is, if I were hubby's boss, I'd be getting my money back, along with every single cent associated with the TWO TRIPS out to pick up the truck.
So there it is... Naturally, I have a few things to do today, so I will be about to read everyone else's site before too much longer, I hope!