Monthly Archives: January 2004

Yes we really are that cute. And yes we were crazy enough to go driving on the scary Saskatchewan roads today.

Poor cold car.

Georgie, you’se got some ‘splaining to do!

Yeah, so, there weren’t any WMD in Iraq. Our bad. But, Saddam was an evil man, so our invasion and projected $521 billion dollar deficit is justified after all. Right?

Not for me.

Everyone has heard about David Kay, the former CIA weapons inspector in Iraq, has testified to the failure of US intelligence in its claims of Iraq’s weapons programs. Yes, Kay has shifted most of the blame away from the President and onto the intelligence agencies that supplied him with the misinformation. But I’m not one to let the President off so easily.

Perhaps if he and his cronies weren’t so hell-bent on invading Iraq (planning it months before 9/11), maybe the Intelligence agencies wouldn’t have been pushing so hard to validate this personal vindication/invasion of Bush’s. You think?

The Daily Show did a great piece on the Kay Report — Kay Pasa? (Real Player)Imagine learning that there was no Santa Claus . . . Now imagine learning this after you’d already bombed the North Pole. That must have been the feeling the Senate Security Committee felt after hearing from David Kay.” (I *heart* Jon Stewart, truly.)

Now the White House line is that they presented Saddam’s regime as a “growing” threat, not as an “imminent” danger.

Not so, according to the Center for American Process.

The Bush Administration is now saying it never told the public that Iraq was an “imminent” threat, and therefore it should be absolved for overstating the case for war and misleading the American people about Iraq’s WMD. Just this week, White House spokesman Scott McClellan lashed out at critics saying “Some in the media have chosen to use the word ‘imminent’. Those were not words we used.” But a closer look at the record shows that McClellan himself and others did use the phrase “imminent threat” – while also using the synonymous phrases “mortal threat,” “urgent threat,” “immediate threat”, “serious and mounting threat”, “unique threat,” and claiming that Iraq was actively seeking to “strike the United States with weapons of mass destruction” – all just months after Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted that Iraq was “contained” and “threatens not the United States.” While Iraq was certainly a dangerous country, the Administration’s efforts to claim it never hyped the threat in the lead-up to war is belied by its statements.

There follows a list of collected quotes by Dubya and his posse ranging from August 2003 back to August 2002. Don’t you hate it when your words come back to haunt ya?

This is a man that should not be allowed back into office.

But don’t worry, dear reader. Not all the news today is so bleak. A 99lb. woman, nicknamed the Black Widow, won Philly’s annual Wing Bowl chicken wing eating contest. She consumed 167 wings in 2 minutes. Yuck.

bliz·zard \Bliz”zard\ (bl[i^]z”z[~e]rd),

n. A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour and visibility of less than one-quarter mile (400 meters) for three hours. A very heavy snowstorm with high winds.

Or according to the OED:

1. A sharp blow or knock; a shot. Also fig. U.S.

1834 CROCKETT Tour down East 16 (Bartlett) A gentleman at dinner asked me for a toast; and supposing he meant to have some fun at my expense, I concluded to go ahead, and give him and his likes a blizzard.

2. A furious blast of frost-wind and blinding snow, in which man and beast frequently perish; a ‘snow-squall’. Also attrib. and Comb. orig. U.S.

1880 Let. 29 Dec., fr. Chicago in Manch. Even. News, 24 Jan. 1881 The thermometer was 17 degrees below zero last night, and it was blowing a blizzard all the time. 1881 Standard 22 Jan. 5/1 The region [Manitoba] is swept by those fearful blasts known as ‘blizzards’ which send the ‘poudre’, or dry snow, whirling in icy clouds.

Links to distract you from the raging blizzard outside:

Georgia considers banning the word “evolution”: ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — The state’s school superintendent has proposed striking the word evolution from Georgia’s science curriculum and replacing it with the phrase “biological changes over time.”

Yep, my home state. This is so ridiculous it’s funny.

Worst. Toy. Ever. Kaba-kick. “It’s Russian Roulette for kids! The player points the gun at his or her head and pulls the trigger. Instead of bullets, a pair of feet kick out from the barrel (which is shaped like a hippo. If the gun doesn’t fire, the player wins points.”

The Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad (via boing boing)

Heh. Tanya Jessen lost 95 pounds — playing dance dance revolution. There’s one option I never considered. Too bad I have two left feet (literally) when it comes to playing that game. It is fascinating to watch, though. (via kottke.org)

Bill Maher has a blog now — and it’s not bad. I noticed that no one said anything after I linked to Michael Moore’s the other day.

It’s almost that time of the year again — Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil has his very own website and a live feed you can watch on Monday. If he knows what’s right for him, he won’t be seeing his shadow.

I just feel exhausted, on so many levels.

Coldest place on Earth: Saskatchewan endures record-breaking temperatures

Even the Antarctic seemed balmy compared to Saskatchewan’s Key Lake on Wednesday. Environment Canada said Key Lake was the coldest place in the world, with temperatures that dipped to -52.3 C.

Jay Anderson couldn’t find any place colder. “I looked all through Siberia and Greenland and northern Europe and down in Antarctica, and there’s just nobody that cold,” the Environment Canada meteorologist said in an interview.

Vostok, the Russian base located in the middle of Antarctica, was significantly warmer than Key Lake, at -28 C.