Monthly Archives: December 2007

Bhutto assasinated

In a suicide attack, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed. Reports are mixed on whether she was shot before the bomber blew himself up or if she died of shrapnel. All in all, a minor issue. The current president (and candidate for Prime Minister since he canot run for president again) Pervez Musharraf, is holding an emergency meeting. Supporters of another Pakistani presidential candidate (former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ) were attacked a few hours earlier.

Such stability in a nation with the a-bomb is a natural warm fuzzy for all of us. Career note to self: never be Prime Minister of Pakistan.

OK, help me understand

Let’s just pretend for a bit. Let’s pretend that you work for a nationally-known book publisher and your imprint is focused primarily on inspirational and religious texts (you know, you do stuff like books by Max Lucado, Bill Cosby, every Graham from Billy to Ruth Bell to Franklin, and that other guy – oh yeah, God. You do His book too, the Bible.

So what’s the next big thing you want to do? Right! You WANT Lynne Spears, the mother of Brittany and Jamie Lynn, to write a parenting book. Because what she’s done for her daughters would be such an inspiration to all the other moms out there?

OK, let’s stop pretending. Why, Thomas Nelson? Why?

Others have a similar opinion, it seems.

Stop the presses! Congress does something!

I always wanted to say “stop the presses.”

In a moment filled with excitement, environmental concern and showboating (and decidedly not in that order), Congressional leadership delivered the bill with expanded CAFE standards (35 mpg by 202late) to the president for signature. They delivered it in a hybrid car. (Cue theme from Showboat.)

A spokesperson from the Pew Charitable Trusts referred to it as “unimagineble” not so long ago. I guess I have a bigger imagination. And I also suppose it is a good thing this has been done at all, although the Congress, in a typical lack of spinal column integrity, balked and decided they wouldn’t drop the tax breaks for the oil industry that were originally to be removed. They were threatened with a veto from Dubya. If Congress had simply created a target for the original Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards that increased by a half of a percent a year (which would have amounted to around 35 tablespoons per mile — slightly more than a couple of cups of gas) on average after 1985, when they were scheduled to reach 27.5 mpg, our cars would be using less fuel than they are now supposed to be using by 2022.

 In other fuel-related news the AM/PM Express stations in Goodlettsville and Ridgetop have begin stealing food directly from the starving mouths of children in Darfur by selling 10% ethanol in their gas. (OK, I will admit to a certain degree of cynicism in this post.)

Last week sucked.

My wife and I are caregivers (since I work full time, that translates in real terms to my wife caregives and I support her) for her parents. they moved in with us last year when we bought a new house. Last week, mom fell and broke a rib. Thursday, while backing the car out of the garage, I dented the fender. Friday, we had to call the ambulance to take mom to the emergency room (7th ER trip this year, 5th hospitalization. Is this year over yet, please?) Oh, and to top it off, the car dent day was my 59th birthday. This is why there is an Aarrgh! category.

Happy Hanukkah

For those who celebrate it, today is the first day of Hanukkah. From Wiki: Hanukkah, from the Hebrew word for “dedication” or “consecration”, marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV and commemorates the “miracle of the container of oil.” According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.