Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan

This is quite the concerning article. The president can authorize the use of nuclear weapons against “known” stockpiles of WMD.

So let me get this straight… Dubya says that some place or group has some weapons they are planning to use, so they go ahead and nuke them. We’ll never know if they ever had the WMD because whatever was there is gone. So we’re to trust our government “intelligence” that they know where WMD are? Yeah, their batting record isn’t so great lately.

A scary thought…


Non-returnable toliet seat

I learned a lesson from Home Depot today. You can not return a toilet seat after the plastic wrap has been removed.

We purchased a toliet seat yesterday, hoping to replace one of the nastier toliet seats left behind. I opened the box, ripped off the plastic wrap, and noticed the hinge was cracked. Today, I returned to the store, only to find out that if it has been opened, it can not be returned. I was completely stunned by this, not thinking that someone might actually “use” the toliet seat, then have the gall to return it. It had a crack, I wanted to exchange it for one without a crack.

After a couple minutes, some bewildered looks, and a call for a manager, the person from plumbing called back. They would take it back, after all. Of course, when I went back to get another one, there were none of the style we picked left. So I had to spend a couple dollars more to get a similar, uncracked, toliet seat.

So if there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s this – Examine a toliet seat before removing the plastic wrap. A strange lesson for sure.


Some strong beer

Talk about a potent brew.

This German brewer claims a beer he made had an alcohol content of 25.4%. I wonder what the theoretical maximum could be. I know that Sam Adams Triple Bock came in at 17.5%, and had always thought that to be the strongest beer out there. Anyone know of a stronger beer?


iPod nano

I already have an iPod, and it feels small enough. Sharon has an iPod mini, and I thought that was plenty small. But the iPod nano? Of course, the neat thing is that it’s flash based. Since the cheapest I could find 4GB of flash memory was about $212 (as of 9/7/05), this is one hell of a deal.

I would also imagine that as flash memory increases in size, the capacity of the iPod nano will rival that of my dear (not-so)-old iPod.

Gadgets Games

Super Nintendo – Best Ever?

This article states that the Super Nintendo (SNES) was the pinnacle of console gaming. Reading the article, I recalled the many hours spent playing games on it. And the games did have a plot, most of the time. Or they were just fun games to play. I had a large collection of games, and what I didn’t have, a friend would have.

It’s not like that anymore. I admit, I have a PS2, but there are very few games I would consider purchasing for it now. And most of the games out there are not original, either. EA Games, in fact, has only one original game out in 2005 (out of 26!). It looks like the gaming industry could be going down the same path as the movie industry: rely on old, predictable titles until the public wises up and sales start to drop.


Michael Moore’s Letter to President Bush

Susan forwarded along an open letter that Michael Moore sent to President Bush. I have to say, it pretty much sums up my feelings (albeit sarcastically) I have toward all of our political leadership, Republican and Democrat. I can’t believe that the federal government has had such an inadequate response in rescuing all those people in New Orleans. What was Bush doing on Monday? And on Tuesday? And Wednesday? C’mon now, how stupid does someone have to be to not realize that a lot of people need help quickly? Just turn on the TV!

All I can say about President Bush is this: He just doesn’t get it.

The letter appears below.

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It’s Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and
thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on
earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help
finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really
use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping
with national disasters. How come they weren’t there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of
urricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it
was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still
homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its
way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you
didn’t want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don’t like to get
bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers
to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to
Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don’t
let people criticize you for this — after all, the hurricane was over and
what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don’t listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you
specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for New Orleans
this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if
you hadn’t cut the money to fix those levees, there weren’t going to be any
Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important
construction job for them — BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was
moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as
you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster.
Hey, I know you couldn’t stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble
and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use
it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to
nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen
because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making
a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming
Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so
wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York
to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It’s not your fault that 30 percent
of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no
transportation to get out of town. C’mon, they’re black! I mean, it’s not
like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people
on their roofs for five days? Don’t make me laugh! Race has nothing —
NOTHING — to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters
and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
are near Tikrit.


Michael Moore


Relief Info

Just a link on how to help hurricane victims.

Don’t forget that employers may do matching contributions as well.