Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The have two pay booths to speed up the process, $10 per car, $15 for "Combo Tickets" that get you into the Norfolk Botanical Garden of Lights also. We got the "Combo Tickets". Anyways, they give you a Christmas CD to listin to as you drive through, and you get the keep it in the end, you also get a little coupon book for the local resturants and shops. I highly recommend this event to anyone in the area who's looking for cheap thrills. Especially anyone with small children, my 2-1/2 year old LOVED it.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 26th
GOING ON NOW! - Kohl's Pre-Thanksgiving Sale
GOING ON NOW! - Staples Big Event (21-item ad listing)
6PM EST - NewEgg.com Black Friday Sale
Thursday, November 27th
8 AM EST - Bass Pro Shop (ends 6pm EST)
9PM EST - Sears Black Friday (Non-Doorbuster) Sale
Time Unknown - Best Buy Black Friday Sale
Time Unknown - Sports Authority Thanksgiving Day Sale
Time Unknown - Toys R Us Black Friday Sale
Time Unknown - Walmart Thanksgiving Day Sale
Friday, November 28th
3AM EST - Amazon Black Friday Sale (online)
4AM EST - Kohl's Black Friday Sale (in store)
5AM EST - Sears Black Friday Doorbuster Deals (ends at noon EST)
5AM EST - Sports Authority Black Friday Sale (ends 3pm EST)
5AM EST - Circuit City Black Friday Sale
5AM EST - Walmart Black Friday Sale
5AM EST - Old Navy (online & in store)
5AM EST - The Sports Authority
5AM EST - Toys R Us
6AM EST - AAFES (in store)
6AM EST - Target Black Friday Sale
6AM EST - Kmart Black Friday Sale (ends 11am EST)
6AM EST - Bass Pro Shop (ends 11am EST)
6AM EST - Staples Black Friday Sale
7AM EST - Walgreens
Spinach salad w/ fried deviled eggs and honey mustard dressing.
Tofurky with cranberry onion sauce.
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Risotto stuffed butternut squash.
Banana & Pumpkin nut bread
Tofurky with cranberry onion sauce
Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky Website)
1 Tofurky roast (can be frozen)1 can cranberry sauce (chunky or smooth)
1 package dry vegetarian onion soup mix
16 ounces vegetable broth
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
Empty packet of soup mix into crock-pot and add 16 ounces of vegetable broth and garlic powder. Add the can of cranberry sauce stirring to mix.
Place Tofurky in the center of the pot. For the frozen Tofurky cook on high for about three hours basting the Tofurky with the sauce every half hour or so while a thawed Tofurky should take about two hours. Slice the Tofurky and pour sauce on top to serve. Enjoy.
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
16 fluid ounces (2 cups) half-and-half
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 ounces grated Parmesan
Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are relatively the same size. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork.
Heat the half-and-half and the garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Mash and add the garlic-cream mixture, salt, and Parmesan; stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes so that mixture thickens and then serve
Recipe by: Wife Mom Blogger (Makes 2 cups / 4 servings)
6-ounce package mushrooms (portabello or shiitake for example), finely chopped
Small onion, finely chopped
Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons oil
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
1-1/2 cups water
Sauté the mushrooms, onion, and pepper in the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and continue heating for 3 minutes, stirring until the gravy thickens. Serve warm.
Recipe by Wife Mom Blogger
One medium size butternut squash
Three Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup aborio rice
One medium yellow onion
32 ounces vegetable stock
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and pulp and discard. Brush olive oil on each side and sprinkle with sea salt on. Place face down in lipped baking dish and bake for one hour or until soft when pierced with a fork. Remove and let cool. When cooled scoop insides out and place in bowl. Set aside.
In a 2 quart saucepan place vegetable stock and bring to warm temperature. Heat 4 quart saucepan to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add chopped onion and cook until soft. Add aborio rice and stir. Ladle vegetable stock into rice one ladle at a time until rice absorbs all of the liquid, stirring often. As liquid is absorbed add another ladle at a time until all vegetable stock has been absorbed. Add butternut squash and stir. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper or fresh parsley.
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 8), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups mini marshmallows or chopped regular marshmallows
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan, and cover with cold water by 1 inch; salt generously. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, and return to pan. Heat over medium, stirring, until liquid has evaporated and a thin film covers bottom of pan, about 2 minutes.
Remove pan from heat; add milk, butter, and nutmeg. Mash until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Transfer sweet-potato mixture to a 2-quart baking dish. (To make ahead, refrigerate, up to 1 day.)
Top casserole with marshmallows; bake until center is warmed through and marshmallows are lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
Banana & Pumpkin Nut Bread
Recipe by Wife Mom Blogger
3 c. All-Purpose Flour
1/2c. Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 c. canned pumpkin
3 med. ripe bananas
3/4 c. Butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the white and brown sugar, butter, and eggs. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin and mashed bananas; continue beating until mixed (mixture will have curdled appearance). Add remaining ingredients except nuts; mix until moistened. Fold in nuts.
Spread into 2 greased 8x4 loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes or until wooden pick in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. This is a moist bread that keeps for days but doesn't last that long at our house.
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
1 piece pre-made pie dough
Whipped cream, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.
For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.
Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"It's demeaning," Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter's teacher. "I'm sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation's history." Raheja, whose mother is a Seneca, wrote the letter upon hearing of a four-decade district tradition, where kindergartners at Condit and Mountain View elementary schools take annual turns dressing up and visiting the other school for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the Mountain View children would have dressed as Native Americans and walked to Condit, whose students would have dressed as Pilgrims. Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside who specializes in Native American literature, said she met with teachers and administrators in hopes that the district could hold a public forum to discuss alternatives that celebrate thankfulness without "dehumanizing" her daughter's ancestry.
"There is nothing to be served by dressing up as a racist stereotype," she said. Last week, rumors began to circulate on both campuses that the district was planning to cancel the event, and infuriated parents argued over the matter at a heated school board meeting Thursday. District Supt. David Cash announced at the end of the meeting that the two schools had tentatively decided to hold the event without the costumes, and sent a memo to parents Friday confirming the decision. Cash and the principals of Condit and Mountain View did not respond to interview requests. But many parents, who are convinced the decision was made before the board meeting, accused administrators of bowing to political correctness. Kathleen Lucas, a Condit parent who is of Choctaw heritage, said her son - now a first-grader - still wears the vest and feathered headband he made last year to celebrate the holiday. "My son was so proud," she said. "In his eyes, he thinks that's what it looks like to be Indian." Among the costume supporters, there is a vein of suspicion that casts Raheja and others opposed to the costumes as agenda-driven elitists. Of the handful of others who spoke with Raheja against the costumes at the board meeting, one teaches at the University of Redlands, one is an instructor at Riverside Community College, and one is a former Pitzer College professor. Raheja is "using those children as a political platform for herself and her ideas," Constance Garabedian said as her 5-year-old Mountain View kindergartner happily practiced a song about Native Americans in the background. "I'm not a professor and I'm not a historian, but I can put the dots together.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Ok, this lady and I exchanged information (via the cop I called). I contacted her insurance company within hours of returning home. That night I had my husband took the car down to her insurances appraiser who quoted the damage at $3,300. So that was all Tuesday night. Wednesday we called her insurance company back to make sure they got the quote, we were told she would be calling us back Friday morning to fax us paperwork to sign and what-not... Well we never got a call back... That evening my husband calls down there only to find out that the agent had been trying to call her client (the woman who it me) had been calling her 4 or 5 times a day and the lady had been refusing to answer her phone. She said she had left multiple messages on her machine saying that by law she must file a clam within so many days of an accident and that she needed the lady's statement of what happens since I was claiming that it was her clients fault. Well the agent says that she came into work Friday morning to a message on her answering machine from the lady filing the clam but never admitted fault or anything like that... Now the agent's spent the past 3 days trying to get a hold of her with no luck.
Well this posses a problem for us. Because her insurance agency won't pay to fix MY car without a statement from both parties. Luckily the police took a statement at the scene... Now unfortunately, they don't even have the report on file yet and said that if it's not on file by Wednesday that it won't be till at least Monday! It's 2 weeks after the accident! This is ridiculous! And then even once the stupid police report registers on file, then the insurance agent will have to request it BY MAIL and give the police 5-10 business days to mail it out! This whole things going to take a freakin month! That just really pisses me off considering 1, it was this idiot who hit ME! and now she is refusing to give a statement so I can just get my damn car fixed!
My husband thinks she's doing this just to give us a hard time so we'll go through our insurance to get the car fixed which will keep her rates from going up... BUT it would up our rates AND we would have to pay a $500 deductible... And I've already said that I'm not paying a single dime because this was 110% NOT MY FAULT!
512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points
97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates
Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions
57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes
Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!
Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.
Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I was just shocked by how incredible rude people were! First we were just trying to cross the street but everyone had blocked the crosswalks and was just being generally rude not wanting to let us in like we were trying to take their spot. So my husband's off trying to beg people to let him through and I'm behind him... All of a sudden I get some women hitting me in my back. When I turn around, the women standing behind me wasn't even looking at me, so I turn back around and continue to try to get across the street... I get hit again, but in the side and the lady standing behind me says "You're standing in front of people" I turn around to look at her and once again she's not looking at me, but I just explain that we're just trying to Cross the street... Well that wasn't good enough for her because she hit be again, and made a few snide remarks, and we got into it. We ended up having to walk a quarter mile down and finally was able to push our way through the crowd and crossed the street. So when we finally got across the street and find a spot we were just pushed around, and shoved... Until mid parade when some idiot guy who showed up after the parade started put his 6 year old on his shoulder's and pushed his way right in front of my husband for absolutely no reason (he was standing next to my husband and daughter and had the same view). Well when they pushed themselves in front of my kid, she just started crying cuz she couldn't see any longer. Did the guy care? Nope. Because he won the pushing match.
I swear... Some people... We walked down where it was A LOT less crowded and the people seemed to be MUCH friendlier down there... It was still too crowded to really be able to see... But this whole experience has just turned me of this parade... They had nice floats and all but it was way too cold to deal with such rude folk, so we ended up leaving halfway through the parade. It really wasn't worth staying any longer since my kid couldn't see anything anyway
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
4 lemons, zested and juiced
1 stick butter, cut into pats and chilled
Add enough water to a medium saucepan to come about 1-inch up the side. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium size metal bowl and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Measure citrus juice and if needed, add enough cold water to reach 1/3 cup. Add juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk smooth. Once water reaches a simmer, reduce heat to low and place bowl on top of saucepan. (Bowl should be large enough to fit on top of saucepan without touching the water.) Whisk until thickened, approximately 8 minutes, or until mixture is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter a piece at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding the next. Remove to a clean container and cover by laying a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Well let e tell you, I was in for a beyond pleasant shock when I stumbled across one on the Lillian Vernon website. Now mind you it probably wasn't made in Germany... But for $30 do I really care? Seriously $330 vs $30! Come on now. Ya can't pass that up! BUT because I'm apparently not the only one who loves these, it's on back order... BUT it should be shipped out December 1st, so I'll live.
"The 2008 Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 17, 2008 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 1.8 million free meals and contributed over $2.53 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization."
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Pizza Girl: "Uhh... There was a problem" she says.
Irritated House Wife: "Why? It shows that everything was processed online"
Pizza Girl:"HaHa, yeah but... Uhh... We ran out of pasta"
Irritated House Wife: "What do you mean you ran out of pasta?"
Pizza Girl: "The Tuscany Pasta you ordered, we're out of it"
Irritated House Wife: "What?!? I placed this order an hour and a half ago! Why didn't you call me"
Pizza Girl: "Well we sent someone out to pick some up from another store"
Irritated House Wife: "Ok, but don't you think you should have called to at least inform me of the delay since I SHOULD have received my order a hour ago"
Pizza Girl: "Well we should have it soon"
Irritated House Wife: "And how long will that be"
Pizza Girl: "Huh? HaHa"
Irritated House Wife: "How long till I get my order?!?"
Pizza Girl: "When the guy comes back with the pasta"
Irritated House Wife: "Oh my gawd! Just forget it, cancel my order!"
Pizza Girl: "Well we're willing to offer you a discount"
Irritated House Wife: "No, just cancel my order!"
Pizza Girl: "Do you want to order something else?"
Irritated House Wife: "NO! I want you to cancel my order!"
Pizza Girl: "Ok, is there anything else I can do for you"
Irritated House Wife: "HaHa, you've got to be kidding me"
So here is is. 7pm and my husband JUST left to go grab Italian from Roma's down the street. I am soooooo urked right now... Needless to say, we will NOT be using that Pizza Hut any longer
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The following is from the Westboro Baptist Church website on their protest schedule page:
Friday, November 14, 2008
1. Rinse your tin cans out and remove the label.
2. Stencil on template with permanent marker.
3. Fill the cans with water, about 1 inch from the top, and freeze them for at least 24 hours. This enables you to punch holes in the cans without denting them. While freezing, the bottoms of the cans may bulge.
4. Set the tin cans on their sides on a towel to protect your work surface from melting ice.
5. Carefully punch a design onto the can using a nail and hammer. The larger the nail you use, the more light will shine through your design. Simple star, snowflake, and geometric designs are easiest.
6. After you've completed your design, let the cans melt in the sink or run warm water over them until you can remove the ice. After they've drained, simply tap the bottoms back into place with your hammer if they bulged during freezing. 7. Let the cans dry completely.
8. Spray paint your luminaries in a well-ventilated area using spray paint.
9. Insert a tea light candle and set them on the ground or hang them from tree branches or porch umbrellas.
10. [optional] To make a hanging luminary, simply punch two holes on either side of the top of the can and insert a small wire, winding it around each opening.
Tip: Put small amount of sand in the bottom of the can helps prevent it from being knocked over or blown around in a tree.
Here's a template I made up, that you can print out and use. All you have to do is hold or tape the paper on the frozen can and punch where the black dots are. You can save it to your own computer and resize it to fit any size can.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Eighteen months after banning access to YouTube and other social networking and entertainment sites on Defense Department computers, the Pentagon has launched a site where troops and families can upload and share videos.
Don’t look for anything too edgy on TroopTube. All videos are subject to screening for “taste, copyright violations and national security issues,” according to the Web site, which is administered by Military OneSource, the Pentagon’s online family resource center.
But the good news is that unlike YouTube, MySpace and 10 other networking and entertainment sites banned on official sites worldwide by the Pentagon in May 2007 — primarily, officials said, because they took up too much bandwidth — TroopTube can be viewed on an official computer.
That means a service member deployed in Iraq and working at a government computer can call up a wholesome slice of home such as “Samantha’s first steps” or “Jamie asleep in the car.”
Launched on Veterans’ Day, TroopTube had amassed more than 500 videos in its first 24 hours of operation — although for now, most are in the category of third-party shout-outs, such as members of the Chicago White Sox sending best wishes to troops, and things like parade scenes and speakers at a military bloggers’ conference.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of demand there among the younger contingent to have a sort of a YouTube type of ability to communicate back and forth with family members, so that they can exchange videos and messages and so they can see the birthday parties and all that — things that they otherwise couldn’t see,” said Lt. Col. Les’ Melnyk, a Pentagon spokesman.
The site requires users to register, but anyone can sign up.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Nedless to say, we didn't stay. Seeing how it's just a 30 minute wait with a full waiting area... I ventured to guess this would be ATLEAST a 2-1/2 hour wait. CRAZY! But really what do you expect when you wave free food in service members faces.
If this was the down time... I'm glad we didn't show up at 4 or 5 pm!
Check out 88 year old, WWII vet, Kermit Wood who dug out his old Navy uniform to wear to the Veterans Day parade today. How cute is he? Seriously... I didn't take this pic, I "borrowed" it from L. Todd Spencer over at The Virginia Pilot... I thought it was just too cute not to share.
Troops in Iraq - Total 152,850, including:
146,000 from the US,
4,000 from the UK,
900 from Poland,
650 from South Korea and
1,300 from all other nationsU.S.
Troop Casualties - 4,188 US troops;
82% active duty,
11% National Guard;
19% killed by non-hostile causes.
54% of US casualties were under 25 years old.
72% were from the US Army
Non-U.S.Troop Casualties - Total 313, with 176 from the UK
US Troops Wounded - 30,757,
20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries (total excludes psychological injuries)
US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems - 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home
US Military Helicopters Downed in Iraq - 68 total, at least 36 by enemy fire
IRAQI TROOPS, CIVILIANS & OTHERS IN IRAQ
Private Contractors in Iraq, Working in Support of US Army Troops - More than 180,000 in August 2007, per The Nation/LA Times.
Journalists killed - 135, 91 by murder and 44 by acts of war
Journalists killed by US Forces - 14
Iraqi Police and Soldiers Killed - 8,719
Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated - A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualties have been significantly under-reported. Casualties are reported at 50,000 to over 100,000, but may be much higher. Some informed estimates place Iraqi civilian casualities at over 600,000.
Iraqi Insurgents Killed, Roughly Estimated - 55,000
Non-Iraqi Contractors and Civilian Workers Killed - 554
Non-Iraqi Kidnapped - 306, including 57 killed, 147 released, 4 escaped, 6 rescued and 89 status unknown.
Daily Insurgent Attacks, Feb 2004 - 14
Daily Insurgent Attacks, July 2005 - 70
Daily Insurgent Attacks, May 2007 - 163
Estimated Insurgency Strength, Nov 2003 - 15,000Estimated Insurgency Strength, Oct 2006 - 20,000 - 30,000
Estimated Insurgency Strength, June 2007 - 70,000
QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS
Iraqis Displaced Inside Iraq, by Iraq War, as of May 2007 - 2,255,000
Iraqi Refugees in Syria & Jordan - 2.1 million to 2.25 million
Iraqi Unemployment Rate - 27 to 60%, where curfew not in effect
Consumer Price Inflation in 2006 - 50%
Iraqi Children Suffering from Chronic Malnutrition - 28% in June 2007 (Per CNN.com, July 30, 2007)
Percent of professionals who have left Iraq since 2003 - 40%
Iraqi Physicians Before 2003 Invasion - 34,000
Iraqi Physicians Who Have Left Iraq Since 2005 Invasion - 12,000
Iraqi Physicians Murdered Since 2003 Invasion - 2,000
Average Daily Hours Iraqi Homes Have Electricity - 1 to 2 hours, per Ryan Crocker, U.S.Ambassador to Iraq (Per Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2007)
Average Daily Hours Iraqi Homes Have Electricity - 10.9 in May 2007
Average Daily Hours Baghdad Homes Have Electricity - 5.6 in May 2007
Pre-War Daily Hours Baghdad Homes Have Electricity - 16 to 24
Number of Iraqi Homes Connected to Sewer Systems - 37%
Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies - 70% (Per CNN.com, July 30, 2007)
Water Treatment Plants Rehabilitated - 22%
RESULTS OF POLL
Taken in Iraq in August 2005 by the British Ministry of Defense (Source: Brookings Institute)Iraqis "strongly opposed to presence of coalition troops - 82%
Iraqis who believe Coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security - less than 1%
Iraqis who feel less ecure because of the occupation - 67%
Iraqis who do not have confidence in multi-national forces - 72%
Monday, November 10, 2008
There's an old sea story in the Marine Corps about a lieutenant who inspected his Marines in the field, and afterward told the "Gunny" that the men smelled bad.
The lieutenant suggested the solution is that they should change underwear.
The Gunny responded, "Aye, aye, sir, I'll see to it immediately!"
The Gunny went straight to the squad tent and announced, "The lieutenant thinks you guys smell bad, and wants you to change your underwear. Smith, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowsky, and Brown, you change with Schultz. Now get to it!"
THE MORAL :
A candidate may promise 'change' in Washington, but don't count on things smelling any better.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
She then singles out a poor little girl who said she would vote for McCain because that's her her parents were voting for... She singled her out because her father was/is in the military. She tells this girl that her dad's fighting for "a senseless war", and goes on to say, "by the way Cathy, the person you pick as president said that our troops will stay in Iraq for for another 100 years if they need to. So that means your Daddy will have to stay in the military for another 100 years."
She then goes on to tell the interviewer that "I can support whom ever I want to support as long as I don't brown bag another person for the candidate they support. Like I have some students who support John McCain, and when they told me, I told them 'that's good' and I went, and I just moved on..."
How has this woman not been fired?!?