Archive for May, 2006

Random News

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Back in Strausbourg again after a weekend in Paris. What a great time I’m having! I just wish we had more time to spend in Paris.

In other news, my political ears have been closed for a while, and I haven’t heard much news other than that the Senate passed an immigration bill. I haven’t studied the bill, but from what I can gather, some tempers are flaring. Perhaps that’s an indication that I will like the bill (or maybe not… I’ll weigh in when I get back).

Reporting from Strausbourg

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

We arrived in Strassburg today, following the flight from Charlotte, NC to Frankfort, Germany. I’m trying hard to stay awake until 7 PM so I can begin to adjust to the time change. We shall see how that goes.

Across the Pond

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Blogging will most likely be light for the next few weeks, as I depart for Europe tomorrow. I will blog as I am able, but since I am not taking my laptop, internet access may be sporadic and I may have to wait until I return before I can post any photos. I will return to the U.S. on June 13, very tired I am sure. Keep checking this space, and I wish everyone a good beginning to summer!

Through the Tunnel

Friday, May 19th, 2006

View from Carr Bridge Road, Oakdale, TN.

Free Press for Sudan

Friday, May 19th, 2006

My friend Jon Stewart (no relation) is spending part of his summer in Sudan, working with the humanitarian organization Winrock International, helping prepare Sudan for a free press. He e-mails:

My job is to work with the GOSS and its Press Ministry to train journalists and consult on the functioning of the Ministry and press organizations in Southern Sudan. I’m guessing a lot of my time will be spent teaching the basics of journalism to members of the Press Ministry and their staff members. With a little luck, these people will become the first generation of media professionals in a fledgling African democracy. The real long-term goal in the country, in my opinion, is to support the South in its eventual transition to a democracy free from the government of Sudan. However limited my role, I hope to focus my efforts in that direction.

Jon has started a blog to chronicle his adventures, Jon is Sudan, which should be a very interesting read, and provide valuable insight into what is happening in Southern Sudan.

Let’s (Not) Try This Again

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Question: How can you tell it’s an even-numbered year?

Answer: When Congress starts this tomfoolery again.

Storms A-Coming!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Good ol’ Pat Robertson is at it again:

The Rev. Pat Robertson says God has told him that storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America’s coastline this year.

The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network has told viewers of “The 700 Club” that the revelations came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January.

“If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms,” Robertson said May 8.

He added specifics in Wednesday’s show.

“There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest,” he said.

Well, given that we ran out of letters when naming hurricanes last year, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that “the coasts of America will be lashed by storms.” And yes, there “may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest,” although it’s unlikely. I’m wondering if Robertson is getting senile or just trying to get his name in the newspapers. Or maybe a combination of both.

View From Mt. Mitchell

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Bad Day

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

World Net Daily columnist Vox Day makes perhaps the most asinine comment I have ever heard in the immigration debate:

If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn’t possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don’t speak English and are not integrated into American society.

What an idiot.

UPDATE (05/18/06): The offending Nazi comparison has been removed, apparently on the orders of WND higher ups. From his blog, Mr. Day responds:

His house, his rules, I have no problem with that. They killed an entire piece of mine two years ago, no one ever knew because I simply wrote another piece on a different topic and that was that.

Bush’s Speech

Monday, May 15th, 2006

I thought it was good, overall. President Bush didn’t really say anything new other than his pledge to send 6,000 troops to the border (personally, I’d like to see more, but I’ll take what I can get), but I pretty much agree with his plan: secure borders, guest worker program, and earned citizenship. It won’t satisfy the Michelle Malkins, Tom Tancredos or La Razas of the world, but who cares? Most Americans fall between these two extremes, and I think they can accept Bush’s view. Whether or not the President’s poll numbers will surge remains to be seen, but at least he’s doing the right thing. That’s more than I can say for many of the partisan demagogues out there.