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The "Two Atta" Theory - It might explain the Able Danger scandal. You know, i think he might just be right. When I started reading, I was wondering, can't there be more than one guy w/ that name? There are over a billion Muslims. Mohammed is the most common first name in the world. Isn't it just a teensy bit possible there are more than one with the same last name? Sounds like everyone is both right, and wrong at the same time.
Ok, an update. The AC in our house was not working for the past two days. Seems the coil froze over night and it would not pump cold air. We turned the A/C off and let the fan run warm (outside) air over it for 24 hours. We stayed at the In-Laws Wednesday and were preparing to spend last night there. Colin was very tired and kept pulling Wife and I toward the door at Grandma's house. He really wanted to go home. We figured it was better to take him home to his own house and open the windows and put the fan on. We got home and the house was 84 degrees. I took a chance and tried the A/C. It worked. After an hour the temp had gone down to 80. A few hours after that we were back to normal. Colin slept from about 10:30 until 8:30. I'm praying he's back on schedule.
This is interesting. A discussion of what makes people gay? Is it a choice? Is it biological? If so, what exactly is the cause. Some interesting theories abound. Personally, I think some people are born gay, and some are just less constrained by traditional social mores. (I think a third, very small, group just likes to be different).
And the hits just keep on coming.....

Wife just called the A/C is not working well. It's blowing cold air (good) but not very strongly (bad). The house is 82 and rising. I think the filter I bought was too fine which restricted the airflow too much. That, in turn, makes the unit cycle on constantly to try and keep the temperature down. Extra ware and cost result. That makes me unhappy. I told her to send my Dad to buy a less fine one and install it to see if that does it. If not...I fear I'm going to have to call the repair guy and that's really gonna hurt.


On the upside, she was able to get a few hours sleep and she's feeling a little better. I can hear the stress and near despair in her voice. I pray this gets better soon. If anyone has a magic wand I'd really like to borrow it.
Bombs explode across Bangladesh. Guess now they'll pull their troops out of Iraq. If not for their warmongering everything would be fine. The leaflets actually called for the US/UK out of Iraq. So....they bomb Bangladesh? Sounds more like they bombed where they live for the sake of bombing and whatever excuse they had lying around would do just fine.

If the US pulled out of the Middle East altogether and ceased giving one dollar to Israel. What would be their excuse? Even if we ceased all oil purchases from them as well. We'd probably be accused of starting an economic war by NOT buying their oil.
Eldest Son has not been sleeping of late. He has a cold and it impedes his breathing which wakes him up. Last night he was up at 2:30. My wife lay down with him and he didn't fall asleep until about 5:30. He was up promptly at 7:30. He's exhausted which means very bad behavior. He's hitting everyone and crying. He's so out of sorts, he doesn't know what he wants. My poor wife is in tears from exhaustion. This has been going on for a week straight. I don't know how much more strain she (or I) can take. This is truly unfair. Even with family trying to help, it's still too much. Today he wanted Mommy and only Mommy. She could not rest. If she left his side, he had a meltdown and continued until she sat with him or held him. We are truly desparate. This has happened before and the strain is overwhelming. I feel like I'm being tested and I'm failing. My new job has me over an hour from home. I feel stressed and trapped and can't he…
According to the USCCB Reviews, The Machinist is for a Limited Audience Only. While not a condemnation, it narrows the audience to a very few. I recently saw it on PPV. (One of the reasons I love having satellite). I found the movie to be haunting, evocative, unnerving and morally correct (in the end). I've only seen Christian Bale in occasional clips before this movie. The man can act. He's truly gifted and his dedication to this role was simply amazing. As noted, he dropped over 60 lbs. to play Trevor. He's told, not once, but twice that "if you were any thinner, you'd disappear."
Trevor is smart and too smart to be working the menial factory job that he does. He knows all the laws and rules governing the workplace which makes him a thorn in management's side and well liked by his coworkers. That changes when an accident occurs and Trevor is involved. He begins to see things that may or may not be there. Who is tormenting him and why…
No chemical weapons in Iraq? What about this: Iraqi Chemical Stash Uncovered. Official sources admit this lab does not predate the invasion. That asks more questions than it answers. Where did it come from? Are the pieces Iraqi? Were they hidden in a cache and assembled for use now? If they are not Iraqi where did they come from and how did they get across the border? If they have the lab and it was functioning, why didn't they use the weapons? Were they caught too early? Were they going to make a spectaular string of attacks? Were they going to try and export these weapons to Europe, America or Australia? How was it found? Where are the owners? Anyone?
KILLER PLASMA TO DESTROY ENTIRE UNIVERSE! ...or not. Perfect encapsulation of the media. Typically alarmist headline that ends with the scientist saying the chances of said destruction are very very remote. However, "Universe Unlikely To Be Destroyed By Killer Plasma" doesn't sell many papers.
Whoa. Really? Never heard of these things. What if one of the points of entry happens to be my living room instead of the ocean? What if these things come in a size much bigger. Like the size of, oh I don't know, India. I surmise that would be very bad.
Catherine Seipp has some excellent points about 9/11, Islam and the KKK. I think she underestimates a few things. The insular nature of many Muslim communitites makes speaking out risky in terms of physical safety but also in terms of ostracism. It's not easy to take a stand against people who would cut your head off without a thought. If I were in Northern Ireland and I had kids, I'd probably keep my head down for fear of punishment beatings, or worse, kneecapping. No thanks. As Mel Gibson said in The Patriot: "I'm a parent. I haven't got the luxury of principles." That said, if a few brave souls do stand up to those in their midst, I believe we will see a watershed of change. The first steps are the hardest.
Song of the Day:

"'La Cienega Just Smiled'

'Ah the night...here it comes again'
It's on with the jeans, the jacket and the shirt
How'd I end up feeling so bad
For such a little girl
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I'm too scared to know to how I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles...'see ya around'
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
And raise my glass 'cause either way I'm dead
Neither of you really help me to sleep anymore
One breaks my body and the other breaks my soul
La Cienega just smiles as it waves goodbye
'Ah the night...here it comes again'
It's off with the jeans, the jacket and the shirt
How'd I end up feeling so bad
For such a little girl
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I'm too scared to know how I feel about you now
How I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles and says, 'I…
www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish

Walter is guest hosting over at Andrew's place. Here's his first post (with my ever-brilliant editorial comment in italics)

TERROR FROM MONTANA: I'll start with something that's been bugging me but that I haven't had a forum to write about: this idea, almost universally agreed upon, that Americans mustn't let terrorism change our way of life. I disagree. Our way of life had its problems before Osama appeared, and we probably could have stood to change it then, but now that we have the added impetus of being collectively attacked in ways that we never dreamed about in past years, I think it's high time that we did a few thing differently that maybe we should have done already.
Yes and no. You do not retreat under fire lest you embolden your enemies. I agree with changing things because they should be changed not because of what our enemies do or do not do (there are, of course, exceptions).

Like, say, spread out a little geogr…