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Posts in August 2005

Casey Sheehan Confession

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-31 00:00:00
For the last month, Casey Sheehan has been in Crawford, TX, screaming for an opportunity to talk to the President of the United States (presumably to ask him why her son is dead). Of course, the first time she spoke with the President, she did not ask him anything of the sort. But all that aside, now that "Camp Casey" is leaving Crawford, Casey has decided that maybe she didn't want to speak with the President after all.

"Yeah, that's it," she says, "I didn't want to talk with him anyway." As she turns to leave she picks up her ball and quietly mumbles between sniffles, "it's my ball and I'm going home." Well, that may not be an accurate quote, but this is:

"When I first started here, I was sitting in the ditch thinking, `What the heck did I do? Texas in August, the chiggers, fire ants, rattlesnakes, uncomfortable accommodations' _ but I'm going to be sad leaving here," Sheehan said. "I hope people will say that the Camp Casey movement sparked a peace movement that ended the war in Iraq."

So now it's not good enough to end the war in Iraq; Casey wants to take the credit for it as well. Well, Casey, I hope you don't mind if I withold my simpathies for someone other than you, like our troops and their Commander-in-chief.

From Superdome to Astrodome

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-08-31 00:00:00
I heard on the news this morning that the folks being held in the Superdome in New Orleans (with broken toilets and no air conditioning) will be evacuated to the Astrodome here in Houston.

I'm quite proud that we've made the Astrodome available for these folks. I just hope they get a good heapin' helpin' of Texas hospitality; our motto is, after all, Friendship.

Innerstate Dating

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-08-31 00:00:00
I've been asking around if long distance dating is worth it. One pair of friends have been doing from Houston to Auston for 2yrs. Another friend did it for 6mos. to Dallas. Jack would do it. And yet another friend is working on a budget as we speak to see her new flava once a month.

Can it really work?

I think that if two people have a great enough interest in each other and honor that potential, while working some compromise in, it should definately be sought after. How boring is it to date someone from your home town out of convenience?

Life is too short and you're only young once, right? Live large and go the extra, extra mile(s), but only within the Lone Star State.

New Rant Category!

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-08-30 00:00:00
I have decided that we need a new category to rant on. The total object of this rant is to convince el capitano (aka el Seco)to add the new rant category called "Me." I have included several reasons why we need this new category.

1. We need this so when we are having extremely down moments and we need to talk about ourselves to make us happy we can just rant about ourselves.

2. We need this so when we are having extremely happy moments and we need to boast about ourselves, blow our own horn kind of thing, than we can rant about ourselves.

3. I actually think 1 and 2 are good enough reasons. But if I were to add a 3rd it would be to get to know our ranters better.

Alas, Babylon

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-29 00:00:00
New Orleans is in trouble. Hurricane Katrina is coming with a vengence. I feel bad for all those who will suffer there. It looks like this will be the worst natural disaster to hit New Orleans since the sixties.

At the same time, I can't help but think of that biblical reference in Revelations 18:9-10

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Judge Roberts, Grammarian

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-29 00:00:00
I read an article today from the New York Times that reaffirmed to me how good a choice John G. Roberts Jr. is for the Supreme Court. Here are two quotes that make this article worth reading:

"Slumgullion" being, for the record, a thin stew.

At a minimum, his arrival would add a formidable Scrabble talent to the bench.


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-22 00:00:00
As it happens, I am a fan of the Black Eyed Peas. Not that I'm a super fan. I just happen to enjoy their music.

Today I found their web site. It is very cool, but that is not my point. I do have a point; just hang in there. I learned that the girl from the Black Eyed Peas uses the stage name Fergie since her last name is Ferguson.

Upon learning this tidbit, I said to myself, "Self, isn't Fergie the name of the Dutchess of York?" To satisfy my curiosity, did a Google search for "Fergie." I was immediately knee deep in all kinds of Fergies. Did you know that there is a Canadian from Calgary called Fergie? I bet you didn't. I also saw some inappropriate pictures of the Black-Eyed-Peas-Fergie.

There are too many Fergies. There should only be one. And, despite my affinity for the Black Eyed Peas, I think that the Dutchess of York should get the priviledge. After all, she is way older than the Black-Eyed-Peas-Fergie (notice how combersome this all is), and she is royalty.

Thank you for your time.


by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-08-22 00:00:00
As you may know, I was just hired by a coffee shop, and that I start working there soon (as in this Wednesday). What you may not know is that I'm only one of five recent hirees. All other four hirees are girls. Awesome.

What's really awesome is that one of these girls is not only really cute, but she also wrestled for her highschool. I can't tell you how hot that is.

It does create a problem, though. Every time I see her I get a very distinct and very strong urge to put her in a full nelson.

Sleep Over Fun

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-20 00:00:00
Hoodwink is coming over my house next weekend with her friend Elle. Bring your swimsuits, girls, cuz I went swimming today and the water is great. So half-suited, full-suited, or no-suited, you will have some good 'ol fashioned fun. :)

How to get a Date! -tips for women-

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-08-15 00:00:00
I think this a fasanating subject and one worth commenting on as much as possible.

Since I have been here at BYU (the pre-marriage dating school of the country), I average around 3-4 dates a week. Not bad compared to the norm of about 1-2 per week.

So this has gotten me thinking why more girls don't date. Is it because the elite group has some unfair advantage over them? Is it because they're not as pretty or they suffer from a personality misfunction?

The answer is a resound no, the reason -after closely observed circumstances- is that they don't know how to make the best of what they have. Yes, that sounds right.Read more...

Saturday Morning TV

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-13 00:00:00
I was up early this morning to watch Saturday morning cartoons (something I've not done in years). I was surprized to find only one channel (that's right, one) with cartoons showing. Mind you, I don't have cable, but when I was a kid all the major networks had cartoons on Saturday morning. What is the world coming to?

As it happens, I also surfed passed the spanish channel and found a soap opera for kids. That's how they do it. They start them early on those soaps, next thing ya know, they are hooked for life. I remember on my mission there was this one called Mujeres EngaƱadas -- we couldn't work when it aired because the whole country was watching it! I'll never understand the Latino for drama over a good 'ol fashioned sitcom, with the exception of Betty La Fea, of course.

Finally over with Finals!

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-08-12 00:00:00
I am so extremely happy: ) I have just finished my first term here at BYU and I am so happy it's over. Like the Shiana Twain song "It was great when it lasted, but now I'm past it."

Y'all know the feeling of relief when something is over, right? Well, I've got it.

Howard Dean: Poster Child For Sanity

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-10 00:00:00
Associate Press writer Christopher Graff recently reported on a Democratic gathering in Burlington, Vermont, where Howard Dean, poster child for sanity, spoke:

"What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats," Dean told a gathering of Vermont Democrats. "We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual."

The Passing of an Old Media Giant

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-08 00:00:00
Peter Jennings passed away last night. He died of lung cancer. He was 67.

I grew up watching him on ABC's World News Tonight. My dad would always tune in. Those were the days before the internet, talk radio, and cable news gave us other options to get the news.

Mr. Jennings and I had differing views of politics; still, that is a terrible way to go that no one should have to go through. My condolences to his family.


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-08 00:00:00
In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue ... and discovered America. Now, some have argued Columbus actually discovered the West Indies, or that Norsemen had discovered America centuries earlier, or that you really can't get credit for discovering a land already populated by indigenous people with a developed civilization. Those people are communists. Columbus discovered America.

The continent of America was named for Amerigo Vespucci, meaning there was a 50-50 chance we'd all be living in the United States of Vespucci.

--America (the book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart, et al.

Jenny From The Block

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-05 00:00:00
Jennifer Lopez is considering quitting her career to become a full time mom. She apparently feels that one cannot be both successful at work and at home at the same time. In her own words:

Either you are going to be a bad mom and be a really good career woman and wife, or a good mom and career woman and bad wife, or a good mom and a good wife and your career is going to suck.

In her line of work, I'm inclined to agree with her. J.Lo, whenever you want to come down to Texas, I'll make sure you are a good wife to me.

Making out with lightsabers? Giullieta whaat?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-08-04 00:00:00
Dear Abinadi-

I'm gonna drive several hours to knock on your door in a couple weekends. If that's not a good time for you to come out play, please contact me at your earliest convenience. You don't have a cell where I can send you racey texts to check up on you. Maybe you have a cell and a girlfriend, but she's the jealous type and deleted my number. Who would do such a thing? And why would you date her? We'll talk about this after I drive several hours in a couple weekends.

I'll bring Bear w/Brick snacks and a sleeping bag. Tell your mom I said "Hi".

Unethical Times

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-04 00:00:00
The NY Times is investigating adoption records of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

Why in the world would the New York Times want to investigate that? What could they possibly hope to find? This is way beyond a decent level. They have sunk farther than I suspected. I am disgusted.

The Times has responded to Drudge:

"The DRUDGE REPORT is wrong, overwrought and a gross misrepresentation of what has happened," blasted the paper's senior editor in a press release.

But the editor did confess: "Our reporters made initial inquiries about the adoptions... They did so with great care, understanding the sensitivity of the issue."

But here's the thing, the Times claims this was a routine investigation, yet how could it be routine to check sealed adoption records? Adoption records are always sealed. No, this was an overt attempt at digging up dirt on Roberts with zero regard for ethics or journalistic integrity (if there is such a thing anymore).

147th Fighter Wing to Serve in Iraq

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-08-03 00:00:00
The 147th Fighter Wing out of Ellington Field will serve a tour of duty in Iraq, providing air support for our troops over there.

First, I'd like to say good luck to the Air National Guard personnel heading over there. Houston appreciates your service and will be praying for you (well, most of us will).


Recess Appointment of John Bolton

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-02 00:00:00
Let's get this staight. The President nominated John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations around five months ago. The Senate was unable to decide anything. Consequently, the President made the appoint during the August recess of the Senate.

Why did this happen? According to the AP:

Bush said that Bolton's nomination had been supported by a majority of the Senate but that "because of partisan delaying tactics by a handful of senators, John was unfairly denied the up-or-down vote that he deserves."

Free Scientific Inquiry?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-08-02 00:00:00
From FoxNews.com's Junk Science folder: Tree Ring Circus

This article is concerned with the Global Warming movement's reliance on tree-ring evidence to support a theory of dramatic global temperature escalation in the 20th century.

What I'm concerned about is not the discussion of evidence for and against global warming, but the behavior of leading global warming scientists.Read more...

CAFTA Signed

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-08-02 00:00:00
President Bush signed today, saying:

All of us in this room understand that to keep our economy growing and creating jobs, we need to open markets for American products overseas[...]

If only we actually had free trade and open markets. It's easy to talk free trade, but don't think I've forgotten about those steel tariffs Mr. Bush. CAFTA and NAFTA are better than nothing, I reckon. But now we need some serious deregulation of our own industries. I vote we start by killing off the NHTSA.

Bush and Physical Fitness

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-02 00:00:00
I don't believe this. Liberals are now upset with Bush for being healthy:

"President Bush's(sic) has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women's athletic programs at the college level," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Josh Earnest. "His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don't our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs."

Why is it the government's responsibility to make sure that children exercise? At what point exactly is it that parents stop being responsible for the care of their children. I've got an idea, why don't we make public schools full-time for children from ages five through 18. Then parents would only have to care for their offspring for five years instead of 18. Hey, parents don't know enough to raise children anyway, right? After all, they've only been doing it for thousands of years. Our all-knowing gov't can do a much better job.

Saddam's Trial On TV

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-08-02 00:00:00
That's right folks, Saddam's trial will be on TV, according to Iraqi national security advisor Muwaffaq Rubaie. The trial has not been set yet.

I think it is a good idea. I should like to see the trial, myself. Also, I think it will be good for Iraqis and the Muslim world to see and witness justice for a dictator.

The trial will show the Arab and Muslim world "that this is going to be a fair, just trial with a defence counsel in there, with a proper prosecuting counsel as well there," Iraqi national security adviser Muwaffaq Rubaie told CNN. "And everybody will watch this trial live on television."