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Andrea Mitchell, serial liar

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Andrea Mitchell simply is unable to tell the truth. Watch:

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26 April 2007 at 5:47 pm

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From an AFP news release earlier this month: “John Billings, founder of the natural contraceptive system known as the Billings Method, has died in Australia aged 89, his colleagues said Monday… Billings is survived by his wife and eight of their nine children.”

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26 April 2007 at 5:39 pm

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Richard Clarke on Bush’s “puppy-dog” theory of terrorism

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From the Daily News:

Does the President think terrorists are puppy dogs? He keeps saying that terrorists will “follow us home” like lost dogs. This will only happen, however, he says, if we “lose” in Iraq.

The puppy dog theory is the corollary to earlier sloganeering that proved the President had never studied logic: “We are fighting terrorists in Iraq so that we will not have to face them and fight them in the streets of our own cities.”

Remarkably, in his attempt to embrace the failed Iraqi adventure even more than the President, Sen. John McCain is now parroting the line. “We lose this war and come home, they’ll follow us home,” he says.

How is this odd terrorist puppy dog behavior supposed to work? The President must believe that terrorists are playing by some odd rules of chivalry. Would this be the “only one slaughter ground at a time” rule of terrorism?

Of course, nothing about our being “over there” in any way prevents terrorists from coming here. Quite the opposite, the evidence is overwhelming that our presence provides motivation for people throughout the Arab world to become anti-American terrorists.

Some 100,000 Iraqis, probably more, have been killed since our invasion. They have parents, children, cousins and fellow tribal clan members who have pledged revenge no matter how long it takes. For many, that revenge is focused on America.

At the same time, investing time, energy and resources in Iraq takes our eye off two far more urgent tasks at hand: one, guarding the homeland against terrorism much better than the pork-dispensing Department of Homeland Security currently does the job; and two, systematically dismantling Al Qaeda all over the world, from Canada to Asia to Africa. On both these fronts, the Bush administration’s focus is sorely lacking.

Yet in the fantasyland of illogic in which the President dwells, shaped by slogans devised by spin doctors, America can “win” in Iraq. Then, we are to believe, the terrorists will be so demoralized that they will recant their beliefs and cease their terrorist ways.

In the real world, by choosing unnecessarily to go into Iraq, Bush not only diverted efforts from delivering a death blow to Al Qaeda, he gave that movement both a second chance and the best recruiting tool possible.

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26 April 2007 at 2:46 pm

Scary cellphone stories

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Read these. Scary. One example:

The report told the story of San Francisco resident Wendy Nguyen, who was shocked to receive a bill for $26,000 after her cell phone was unknowingly stolen before she left for an overseas vacation. Cingular held her responsible for charges incurred after the phone was taken, up until the time Wendy discovered the theft and called the carrier.

She was able to prove via airline and passport documents that she was out of the country and couldn’t possibly have made the unauthorized calls from San Francisco during that time, but Cingular still held Wendy accountable for all charges.

Not only that, they advised Wendy that if she couldn’t pay the bill she should consider filing for bankruptcy!

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26 April 2007 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Enjoyable mystery: Silent in the Grave

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If you like England of the Victorian era, you probably would enjoy Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn. It’s structured more like a novel than a mystery, and is a quick and entertaining read—though at the end it seems as though this book is the backstory for the novels to follow. Still, quite good, and good copy editing, something increasingly rare. I noticed only one error: to “knock” an arrow (instead of “nock”)—something escapes spelling checkers.

I thought I detected a number of innocuous anachronisms in terminology and attitude, but for all that, it was a good book: well designed and quite well written, especially considering that it’s a debut novel. Raybourne has an assured and polished style. From the library.

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26 April 2007 at 7:31 am

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Fine shave yet again

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But this time it really was with the Gillette NEW razor. The one I used yesterday (and illustrated in the image with the post) is not the NEW. Not sure what that one was.

I somehow have some Israeli blades and used one in the NEW. Not quite as sharp as I like, but still got a good shave, which I topped with the Proraso splash aftershave.

I use the Outdoors glycerine shaving soap from Em’s Place, working up a great lather with the Rooney Style 1 Small Super Silvertip. Like the other artisanal soap makes, Em has a good line of fragrances:

» Balancing blend – Sandalwood, Amyris, Frankincense, Lavender, Ginger, Myrrh and Balsam. Has a deep, warm, soft, woody-balsamic scent with an earthy-green undertone. This blend is sure to give you the calm and confidence to tackle any occasion.

» Bay Rum blend – Bay Rum, Orange, Patchouli, Lemon, Cinnamon, Sage, Cedarwood, Lime, Clove, Balsam and Frankincense. Has a full bodied citrus and spice scent with an exotic undertone from the bay rum and balsamic oils. Our version of the popular men’s aroma. (Bay Rum is replacing Citruspice)

» Lavender, Pure – Bulgarian lavender (lavandula officinalis) has an herbaceous-floral scent with a woody-balsamic undertone. Lavender is reputed to be one of the most versatile therapeutic essences along with tea tree, but smells great! Enjoy the nice aroma while taking advantage of all the beneficial skin care properties this essential oil provides.

» Lime Citrus blend – Lime, Orange, Sandalwood Mysore, Jasmine, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lemon, Mandarin and Geranium. Light, upbeat, zesty aroma for the lime enthusiast! Has a lime and mild citrus overtone with a subtle sandalwood and jasmine undertone providing body to the blend. Citrus oils are high in antiseptic properties. Not for use before sun exposure due to high citrus oil content.

» Minty Menthol blend – Menthol with Rosemary, Peppermint, Spearmint and Frankincense essential oils. A refreshing and energizing blend. Can provide a tingling and cooling sensation which is normal due to the menthol content. This stimulating blend is especially good at the start of the day, during hot spells and anytime a lift is desired. Has a mentholated minty aroma with an herbaceous undertone.

» Muscle and Circulatory with Menthol blend – Menthol with Lavender, Cajeput, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Chamomile, Camphor and Cinnamon. A selection of essential oils to both warm and cool at the same time with menthol to enhance the sensation . This powerful blend should not be used near the eyes or on open wounds.

» Outdoors blend – Cedarwood, Rosewood, Frankincense, Geranium, Lime, Pine Needle and Lemon essential oils. Has a woodsy-citrus aroma with a hint of floral-spice. Great all-around skin care properties.

» Skindicinal blend – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree and Myrrh. Has a fresh, light, camphoraceous aroma with a sweet, balsamic undertone. This therapeutic blend is especially beneficial for troubled skin.

» Strengthening blend – Rosemary, Frankincense, Peppermint, Spearmint and Lemon. Has a fresh, minty, herbaceous scent with a camphoraceous, woody undertone. This stimulating blend helps sharpen mental clarity and awareness. May provide an extremely mild cooling sensation from the natural menthol content in the mint-based oils.

» Woodstock blend – Patchouli, Sandalwood, Balsam, Cinnamon and Ginger. Has a rich, earthy, woody herbaceous scent with a hint of spice. This masculine scent is appreciated by all patchouli and sandalwood enthusiasts with purifying skin care properties too.

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26 April 2007 at 7:12 am

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