One of my least favorite holidays of the year. It was a bit fun when the kids were young enough to put them through the trick-or-treat routine, but they have just passed that cusp and that pretty much took my interest away from the day. If one is into this sort of thing, here are a few interesting Halloween scary pictures:
I can’t remember where I downloaded these from and I would like to give them credit, but here is another.
So…go out and scare the hell out of somebody tonight, or get the hell scared out of you if that’s your thing. I will be watching season three of Dexter on dvd today and ignoring the little urchins knocking at my door.
It’s getting crazy out there. The AP reports:
EUGENE, Ore. — The FBI says four shots hit a federal courthouse in Oregon late Wednesday night or early Thursday, with three of them breaking windows in U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio’s office. No one was in the office at the time.
The FBI said Thursday it’s not known whether the Democratic congressman’s office in Eugene was the intended target.
Agency spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says she’s not sure whether the building had surveillance video.
The FBI said that between 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, three broke windows in DeFazio’s office on the second floor. A fourth bullet hit the building wall in an area above DeFazio’s office. No details were released about the type of ammunition.
Probably a loyal Beck fan just trying to slow the commie takeover. Who knows. The nuts are coming out of the woodwork and idiots like Rush, Beck, Hannity and so forth are driving them. It’s getting interesting.
One expected the right-wing to attack President Obama for going to Dover Air Force base and being on hand as fourteen KIA casualties returned from Afghanistan. It was Darth Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney that was let off the leash to be the attack dog for the Republicans. Lawrence O’Donnell rightly calls out her cheap and hollow assault on the intentions and actions of the president:
O’Donnell called her assault “fact free” and indeed it was. The Bush/Cheney administration politicized the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the entire time they were in office once the conflicts were enjoined and she has the nerve to accuse Obama of politicizing the return of these dead soldiers?
Sadly, this is all the conservatives have left. A pathetic personality in the form of the daughter of the architect of our current failures in Afghanistan and Iraq is let loose to badger the current commander-in-chief for something that should be seen as a solemn and thoughtful gesture. Liz Cheney is as despicable as her father and just as vicious. I have no idea where she thinks her vitriol will take her, but I don’t think it will take her far. Not in a positive direction anyway.
I try not to be overly vulgar, but the message at the top of this post is appropriate to how I feel about Liz Cheney and her comments about the president’s Dover trip. May she take that suggestion and preferably with something painful.
I am one week away from my sandan (third degree black belt) test in aikido. I am going to Winter Camp in Ft. Lauderdale to take it. I crunched my foot this morning working out and hope I recover before next Saturday. There is a lot of suwari waza and hamni handachi in a sandan test so I am a bit worried that my injury might inhibit my movements. I felt pretty good this morning otherwise but my uke took a beating. He deserved it so I don’t feel too guilty. I am putting the final touches to my testing repertoire and issues that need a little tweeking still with just a week to go.
Our dojo was supported and inspired my the late Kanai Mitusnari Sensei and as a result our aikido is representative of his interpretation of how it is practiced. We tend to do a lot of otoshis that most other aikido dojos do not have in their repertoir. We also have quite a few openings that one does not see performed in dojos around America. I am quite confidant that I will have a good test but I hope to live up to the standards of Kanai sensei and my instructor at Peachtree Aikikai, Spruell Sensei. We have several people from our dojo going to Winter Camp that will test for their nidan (second degree black belt) and they all look strong and ready.
I have had a lot of help in preparation for this test and thank everyone who contributed their bodies. I have been a bit short with some of my ukes and tend not to play well with others in general but I could not do it without the help of many people. Their patience with me is greatly appreciated and I hope I make their efforts worth it.
For the next week I will just be doing relaxed movements and taking no falls. Unfortunately I will not be able to tune my suwari waza as I need to keep pressure of my big toe (damn toe injury! so small yet so painful). I will give a report on how it went when I get back on Sunday, Nov. 8. In the meantime, here is Kanai Sensei demonstrating some very nice techniques, some of which I will be doing on my test.
And one more:
And so do I. Our embargo on Cuba is oppressive and counter productive. It does not affect the political power but severely impacts the people. I have several friends that are Canadian and they go to vacation in Cuba quite often and enjoy themselves immensely. We, as citizens of the U.S. are not allowed to go to Cuba but we can travel to China, which is a communist country with an oppressive regime. The world governments are saying enough.
The United States found itself up against virtually the entire world Wednesday as country after country at the United Nations denounced the nearly 50-year-old trade embargo against Cuba, which the island government says is as strong as ever under President Barack Obama.
It was the 18th time the U.N. General Assembly voted to condemn the embargo, and the first time since Obama took office in January. In a near unanimous vote — 187 to 3 — the only nations to side with the United States were Israel and Palau, a country of 21,000 people in the Pacific.
And I had really hoped that President Obama would have made this issue one of his top priorities.
While the buzz in the U.S. is how Obama is warming relations with the long-hostile nation, Cuba’s government says much of the talk is a media gimmick. “The vote represents the fact that the continued consensus around the world is that the United States policy doesn’t make any sense,” said American University dean William LeoGrande, an expert on Cuba. “The more time passes without the Obama administration doing something significantly different than [former President] George Bush did, the more hollow the promise of change for Cuba policy looks.”
It is time we move on from the stale vendetta we have had with Cuba. Opening it up to our investors and tourism would help the people and have a very good chance of improving the political situation. What we have been doing has not been working and there is no point in continuing. I hope Obama moves on this situation soon. It would be another feather in his cap if he did.
October was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the invasion over seven years ago. It is quite apparent that the government that we have installed and supported retained power in this last election through massive fraud. It also appears that our tax dollars have disappeared in the process. And this is what we are fighting for?
United Nations Loses Track of Tens of Millions Given to Afghan Election Commission, Audit Finds
The United Nations cannot account for tens of millions of dollars provided to the troubled Afghan election commission, according to two confidential U.N. audits and interviews with current and former senior diplomat.
As Afghanistan prepares for a second round of national voting, the documents and interviews paint the fullest picture to date of the finances of the election commission, which has been accused of facilitating election fraud and operating ghost polling places. The new disclosures also deepen the questions about the U.N.’s oversight of money provided by the United States and other nations to ensure a fair election in Afghanistan.
And of course the perponderance of that money was sent by us.
“Everybody kept sending money” to the elections commission, said Peter Galbraith, the former deputy chief of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan. “Nobody put the brakes on. U.S. taxpayers spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a fraudulent election.” Galbraith, a deputy to the senior U.N. official in Afghanistan, was fired last month after protesting fraud in the elections.
Quick! More troops!