Entries from October 2004 ↓
October 31st, 2004 — Health, Shenanigans
The Democrats are advancing two lies right now.
The first is that President Bush has banned stem cell research. He hasn’t. He has merely limited embryonic research.
The second is that embryonic stem cell research will find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It won’t. Alzheimer’s disease is a whole brain disease. Developing new cells for part of the brain won’t fix the problem with the whole brain.
Thankfully, real science is aware of this fact. It looks like scientists actually doing the research are on the right path. Fox News reports on research for a new treatment to fight the plaque in the brain associated with the disease.
October 31st, 2004 — Politics, Shenanigans
What is it with Democrats trying to silence Republicans?
Now the mayor of Arvada (a Denver suburb) has been video taped stealing yard signs that supported a Republican for the state senate.
Do Democrats believe in the free exchange of ideas?
October 30th, 2004 — Business
Here is a real game for you. You know, the kind of game people played before computers. No, really, you can actually play games without the computer. Just download this one from Cheapass Games. OK, you do need a computer for that part. Then print out rules and the cards (on some cardstock) and go play.
Here is the description:
Welcome to Sherwood Forest, where the Poor are getting richer. A lunatic named Robin Hood has taken it upon himself to rob the rich nobles of Merrie Olde England and redistribute their ill-gotten wealth to those who deserve it even less, the ubiquitous Poor.
You and your friends, a small band of wandering merchants, have taken it upon yourselves to relieve these simple peasants of their newfound wealth, with such desirable medieval amenities as fyne arte, olde milke and tropical fyshes.
Why, if it weren’t for you, they might not even manage to stay poor.
While you’re there, check out some of the other games they have for sale and buy some for stocking stuffers.*
This is an unpaid endorsement. Cheapass Games is not affiliated with Always Jason, Ltd., Inc. (a non-profit corporation – because there are no profits) or any of its employees (of which there are zero).
October 28th, 2004 — America, Politics
Today Honeybun and I had to go get replacement absentee ballots. The ballots the county mailed to us on October 1 never got here (fraud anyone?). The issuance of the replacement ballots invalidates the ones mailed out earlier, so the old ones can’t be voted.
Before I went to vote, I saw this piece of advice from Bill Clinton:
“If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other is trying to get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the one who wants you to think and hope.”
Although I don’t think I ever agreed with him in the past, I took his advice this time and voted for George W. Bush. Thanks for the help Bill.
October 27th, 2004 — Tech
Try the paper toss game for minutes of mindless fun. (hat tip fark.com)
October 27th, 2004 — Sports
Coaches around the league have been jumping on the bandwagon of criticizing the Denver Broncos for using chop blocks in their blocking schemes. For those who don’t know, a chop block is when a player hits another below the waist to take an opponents legs out from under him. Unfortunately, one of the Cincinnati Bengals was injured on Monday night when he was chop blocked by one of the Broncos.
Of course, John Madden and Al Michaels immediately jumped on a high horse to condemn the practice. Apparently they feel it just isn’t sportsman like and the Broncos rely on it too much for the success in their running game.
The Bengals coach, not surprisingly, criticized the Broncos for chop blocking after the game. Then Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher chimed in.
So in a press conference today, Broncos head coach Mike Shannahan took the press to a video room and showed them footage of…..Bengals and Steelers players chop blocking.
How funny is that?
October 25th, 2004 — Politics, Shenanigans
Kerry claimed in the last presidential debate that he met with all the members of the U.N. Security council before voting for the war in Iraq in October 2002.
Apparently Kerry confused the concepts of not meeting with any security council members and meeting with all of them.
The Washington Times:
But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries’ U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.
Wow. Is he delusional? Stories like this is why Ross Perot did not get elected and became a laughing stock.
October 24th, 2004 — Politics, Shenanigans
The AP news service has admitted that U.N. sanctions against Saddam Hussein were not working:
Interviews with dozens of former and current Iraqi officials by congressional investigators have produced new evidence that Saddam Hussein micromanaged business deals under the U.N. oil-for-food program to maximize political influence with important foreign governments like Russia and neighboring Arab states.
This proves that the “we rushed to war” crowd is out of touch. Sanctions were supposed to help depose Hussein. Not only were the sanctions not working, they were having the opposite of their intended effect. The sanctions were keeping Hussein in power and expanding his influence.
Relying on U.N. diplomacy to protect the United States will only encourage threats to grow. Yet this is what John Kerry is advocating in his run for president.
October 20th, 2004 — Politics
Honeybun and I were driving by the University of Denver today and saw a lone protestor on the corner. He had a reason to vote for President Bush that I had not thought of before. On a big red board in white spray-painted letters his sign said,
KERRY THROWS LIKE A GIRL
October 18th, 2004 — Me
I think I had one of my fifteen minutes of fame over the weekend. Hugh Hewitt posted a link to this blog from his site. A blogger’s dream come true. My link is part of his 1:45 PM, Saturday update. Check out some of the other entries while you’re at it.