December 10th, 2005



bigfundrew and bumbelion1977 arrived very late or very early, depending on how you look at it. Poor D was not feeling the best, so he crashed early before they got here. I got the call that they were about 4 minutes away from the house and started getting excited, then talked them in the rest of the way and met them at the street. Hugs that I knew were going to squeeze my tears out happened, then everyone came inside finally. Luggage was brought in, everyone got a drink, and we sat down to hang out for a bit and get unwound before ultimately crashing around 4:30 or so.

So once again I'm wake before everyone else, as is always the case - enjoying my coffee, watching the news, and waiting for the rest of the house to wake up. Today we're going to visit the Big Boys & Girls toy store, have barbecue for lunch (I'm hoping, anyway), go down to the Riverwalk and get some pictures, visit the grocery store for dinner stuffs and then be VERY lazy this evening I think. All of this is subject to change, of course.

I turn 35 years old on Wednesday, and I swear now that if we go to any restaurant where people sing Happy Birthday then everyone loses a testicle. The collected testicles will be given to unfortunate people in far away lands who don't have testicles.

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Military Will Request $100B For Iraq Next Year, Murtha Reveals
During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year:
MURTHA: Twenty years it’s going to take to settle this thing. The American people is not going to put up with it; can’t afford it. We have spent $277 billion. That’s what’s been appropriated for this operation. We have $50 billion sitting on the table right now in our supplemental, or bridge fund we call it, in the Appropriations Committee. They’re going to ask for another $100 billion next year.

QUESTION: Can we come back to the $100 billion? You said that you expect the military to ask for $100 billion. Where are you getting that figure?

MURTHA: Where I get all my figures: the military.
Murtha has reason to know. He’s the ranking member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The total cost of the Iraq war is quickly approaching the cost of Vietnam, which lasted 8 years.

UPDATE: Crooks and Liars has the video.

Bush admin. walked out of Kyoto talks
What a bunch of drama queens. They literally up and walked out of the talks at the Climate Change conference because they can't get their way. Their way, of course, is to do nothing about global warming:
In a sign of its growing isolation on climate issues, the Bush administration came under sharp criticism for walking out of informal discussions on finding new ways to reduce emissions under the United Nations' 1992 treaty on climate change.

The walkout, by Harlan L. Watson, the chief American negotiator here, came Friday, shortly after midnight, on the last day of the talks, during which the administration was repeatedly assailed by the leaders of other wealthy industrialized nations for refusing to negotiate to advance the goals of that treaty, and in which former President Bill Clinton chided both sides for lack of flexibility.
Making us proud in the eyes of the world yet again.