I don't agree with Tony's domestic policies much, if at all, but this is a killer speech. The man has balls.
Check it out.:
The best part:
"I don't think as a human being, as a family man, I've changed at all.
But I have changed as a leader.
I have come to realise that caring in politics isn't really about 'caring'.
It's about doing what you think is right and sticking to it.
So I do not minimise whatever differences some of you have with me over Iraq and the only healing can come from understanding that the decision, whether agreed with or not, was taken because I believe, genuinely, Britain's future security depends on it.
There has been no third way, this time.
Believe me, I've looked for it
This thing here is a cruise ship built on a river barge. It starts in New Orleans and works its way up the Mississippi to Cairo, then it moves into the Ohio and on up to Pittsburgh. I spoke to a woman who was on this trip, she said she ad been on the boat a little over a week and had seen Natchez, Memphis, Cairo, Paduca and Owensboro, then Louisville, next stop was Madison, where I used to live, then Cincinatti where she would disembark. She said the river was beautiful and looks completely different from the water than it does from a road. She said at times it feels as if you're in the middle of Africa with all the animals and birds on the shore.
I'd love to take that trip. A guy I know has a houseboat, and he takes it up and down the Ohio every summer for three weeks and stops at every riverboat casino he sees. Says there's a new one every year. He also said that being on the river was like being on a different planet.
I'm gonna start up again when I hit 100.
Like my friend Richard Brown says, "All I want for my 100th birthday is a pound of bacon and a pack of Lucky's."
15 Years to go Richard!
I took these pictures on Thursday, and it looked like the river crested on Wednesday night. It hasn't rained here in a good solid month, but the river is way up because of all the rain up by Pittsburgh. There is a four foot wall between the mooring posts and the side of the Belle. Usually you can almost look down into the lower windows.
Another water picture. I needed to get to the stairs you see to the right to get up to the Belvedere. The wall there is about four foot tall.
This is really not a big flood or anything, just high water. I think people like me, who didn't grow up on a river have no idea how powerful they can be without even trying. Some of the flood markings here are four stories tall, three blocks away, from where I'm standing the water would be eight stories over my head. It's amazing to think about.
This is what I get for taking a longer walk than normal. To my right is the Ohio River, to my left I-71\64. Not a lot of room to maneuver, but I managed. Behind me is an old rusted out tug they've got dolled up as a haunted house for Halloween, looks awesome. In front of me, to the right is the Harbor Master and the Bell of Louisville. The red thing on the left is a spare paddle wheel. the water's about five feet deep next to the Harbor Master's boat.
get yer waders on
Hayden pitched his first game last night. Took him a while to settle down and take the big step, but as soon as he started leaning in, he started throwing strikes.
He's got a very strong arm.
Other news, Skippy is two months old and spent the first full night in his crib.
Is sitting up with a gassy baby who hasn't found his thumb. Madmom had him most of the night, so I can't complain....much. Skippy here actually sounds a lot like a Kawasaki dirt bike this morning, except when he yells. Chances are he'll fall asleep just in time for me to get the other three up for school.
One of the neat things about gassy babies is all the smiles. There are times when I let one rip and I'm proud as punch, but there's nothing I can do about it. Skippy here can laugh and laugh, just like a frat boy after a night of pounding Natural Light.
Have you any Grey Poupon?
Over at the Kerry Spoton NRO they're talking about polls, almost all of which look good for Bush. Not bad, right? But The Magnificent Mr. M reassures Democrats that they have nothing to fear because. . .
"likely' means those who have consistently voted in the past few elections. So that cuts out young people who are voting for the first time and a ton of non-voters who are definitely going to vote in THIS election. Second, they are not polling people who use their cell phone as their primary phone. Again, that means they are not talking to young people. Finally, most of the polls are weighted with too many Republicans, as pollster John Zogby revealed last week. You are being snookered if you believe any of these polls."
Right, let's break it down
'Likely' means those who have consistently voted in the past few elections. So that cuts out young people who are voting for the first time and a ton of non-voters who are definitely going to vote in THIS election.'
No, it means exactly what it says, "Likely voters" People who have voted before and will most likely vote again. Young people as a whole are not "Likely Voters" young people do not sway elections, they do not, as a rule, vote. They drink, and they might be a little pissed that they have to wait until the polls close before getting drunk, especially so close to Thanksgiving Vacation.
Non-Voters, are non-voters, they don't vote either, they piss and moan about work, and how long the line is to vote, and about the fact that they don't like either canidate, or, my favorite, "My vote just cancels out my wife's." Fearless prediction, just as many people vote in this election that voted in the last one, except in St Louis, where the polls will close on time. Anyway, Michael, people who identify themselves as non-voters, don't vote.
Second, they are not polling people who use their cell phone as their primary phone. Again, that means they are not talking to young people.
Riiiiight, ok, sure. So the east coast and the west coast go for Gore, I mean Kerry. Can you TELL this guy lives in New York? Anyway, again with the young people. I have firsthand knowledge of two young people who use their cell as their primary phone and own a home. Actually, they're not that young any more and while they would probably vote for Kerry, at least one would, they live in an urban center that was going for Kerry anyway, on top of that, if they registered to vote, there's the chance that they could get called for Jury Duty. Who the Hell wants that?
Finally, most of the polls are weighted with too many Republicans, as pollster John Zogby revealed last week. You are being snookered if you believe any of these polls
One poll, guy. A poll even Dick Morris didn't believe. Of course, there's always this one, and this one. But they don't mean anything either.
I want to make it clear, if you've made it this far, that I don't know who will win this election. I have hopes, and suspicions, but I don't know. I do know though that Michael Moore thinks you are an asshole. He thinks he can just spout shit and you'll eat it up because he's on TV. He's a liar, and thinks you are just enough of an idiot to think every ounce of the golden shower rolling down your back is just remnants of Hurricane Ivan. And Ivan wouldn't be a problem if we had ratified Kyoto. And Kyoto wouldn't be an issue if we all didn't drive SUV's. And we would all be able to afford SUV's if GM hadn't closed down all those plants in the late 80's early 90's. and. . .. and. . .
Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? I love "Closing Time", and his backing vocals really are always extraordinarily good.
post anything on or about 9-11. And no I won't.
Dan Rather gets taken for a ride. These documents represent what Killian not only was putting in memoranda, but was telling other people," the CBS News official said. "Journalistically, we've gone several extra miles." Sorry, 'Journalistcally", you're full of shit. If you take the images that were on the CBS news website yesterday and re-type word for
word in MS Word, the documents look identical. Identical. You can see an overlay here. But, you know Dan, if they just "represent" what Killian was thinking, you may be OK. Good thing you can read minds. Of DEAD people.
On the other hand Dan, where's your big story on the swiftboat guys? They seem to be telling the truth. Oh, but all 200 or so of those guys are paid republican shills, right? As opposed to number three on this list, Mr Ben Barnes, who heroically broke his silence Wednesday night. On 60 Minutes 2. In Primetime, not on cable.
Dan, you need to quit. Oh, and you need to learn how to use Google.
I think you just got Bush elected.
Never before have I been this tempted to write about work. I won't do it, but MAN am I pissed.
I took all sorts of pictures yesterday and left my camera at work so I can't post them this morning. Or take any more pictures today, today would've been cool. Oh well, tomorrow.