August 31, 2005

A Little More Flood Aid

Of course, after I posted my blogburst post - I see Matt's post about the National Guard troops coming home to... nothing. These men and women have been in the combat zone for a year. They thought they were coming home - only to have that home taken away just before they can get there. So, if Second Harvest isn't something you're interested in donating to... consider heading over to Soldier's Angels. They are ramping up efforts to help these returning soldiers.

They've been defending us in very bad places for the last year - if you want to help them in return head over to Operation Katrina Relief Fund. I did.

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Flood Aid Blogburst

Tomorrow is the big blogburst to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Everyone else has been blogging like crazy about all sorts of places to donate. Here's one I haven't seen pop up yet.

America's Second Harvest

They are looking for money, donated transport, and very specific dry storage items. If you want to help in this way, the link above is directly to their donation page. Give whatever you can.

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Along With All The Other Bad Stuff...

My blog brother Pete, of Shaky Pete's Shootin' Shack, is in the hospital following a stroke. Harvey has the post up over at Pete's place to explain the situation. If you have any left over prayers - they will be gladly accepted. Hang in there Pete!

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August 29, 2005

Moving Along...

I have mentioned before that we are moving... to Massachusetts. So, a little update on the happenings here. Looks like everything is done on the selling end of our house in Chicago - even with Relo sticking their pesky fingers into everything to try and muck up the deal. It's amazing that any houses ever get sold using Relo - right now I'm thinking that even with the tax benefits to us - I never again want to work with such a company!

We have bought a house, but the inspection isn't until this coming Thursday. Although I'm pretty sure there won't be a problem - stranger things have happened, so let's just say that as of now - the new place isn't 100% settled yet.

The people buying our house asked to close a week earlier than originally listed on the contract. This was surprsing because they had wanted to close 2 weeks later when they first proposed the contract and our Relo people said no. So, beloved husband and I considered time tables and other issues over the weekend and decided to go ahead with the earlier date. It will cramp things on moving out, but we'll manage - just have to work a bit faster on some stuff.

Therefore we are moving out of the Chicago area on the week of Sept 19th and our stuff will have to go into storage because we won't be moving in to the new place until October. In the meantime we have to figure out fun stuff like forwarding mail and other such delights. And we get to go through the joys of hazardous waste disposal - which is apparently in only one single location in the "Chicagoland" area open from 9-3 on Saturdays and Sundays only... Then there are the things we want to leave with the Good Will. Not to mention 1-800-GOT-JUNK who will be contacted soon to get rid of stuff we can't get rid of any other way.

This is why I don't move... it's just too much of a hassle. I'm tired just thinking about it. I'll worry about packing much later!

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Just Who is She?

Sissy Willis... SISU... How'd she get that name? What does she look like? Want to find out more about her? Well, here's your chance - it's the Pajama's Media bio and you can find it here. Go read all about it! Don't worry, Katrina will still be wreaking havoc when you're done - you won't miss a thing - promise!

Okay, so it's not an Insta-lanch... now, all three of you reading this - go click the link!

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August 28, 2005

And Now We Wait...

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Katrina vs The Gulf Coast... we lose.

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August 26, 2005

An Outstanding J-School Newspaper

In the finest tradition of the NYT, USA Today, and other MSM publications... we bring you the completely false story of a little girl whose father died in Iraq...

No need for all that pesky fact checking, for TWO YEARS this has been a favorite feature.

Congratulations to the "Journalism School" at the University of Illinois at Carbondale - all your graduates should now be prime candidates for jobs with CBS, NBC, ABC, the NYT and any other big name outlet you care to mention. Going for the heart wrenching sob story - milking it for years without checking even one single fact. Your paper should be nominated for a Pulitzer!

St. Louis Today has more of the story...

Students and faculty at the newspaper on Thursday were bracing for the reaction of readers who have been deeply touched at little Kodee Kennings' columns, full of earnest pleas for victory over Saddam Hussein and laced with precocious misspellings.

Reaction... one has to wonder if they expect anger or a ticker tape parade down Fifth Avenue

They were also pondering how it was that the girl and the woman became so close to newspaper staff members that no one thought to check out their story - even after the woman once showed up in the newsroom claiming to be not herself, but a twin sister.

They have to "ponder" on this little problem? Maybe it's the prospect of how to split up the proceeds when this is made into a television movie!

And what about the child used in this scam? The Tribune has this to say... (okay well, we don't know if it's true or not - we just have a quote that they print)

Her father, Richard Hadley, is a pastor at a Nazarene church in Montpelier, Ind., and her mother works for the church's regional office. Both said they felt they'd been scammed by Reynolds.

"I just realized that I didn't know this girl," Tawnya Hadley said. "In the profession that my husband is in, we move and meet new people all the time. What if she'd never brought Caitie back? We feel like we're idiots."

Let's see... they let a stranger take their daughter to a town over 4 hours away from home... on a regular basis... and didn't know the first thing about the woman? And they're only just now thinking this might have been a mistake?

What more is there to say? As I've seen in several comments... I'm awaiting the "fake but accurate" defense.

Hat Tip: Tim Blair

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A Little Help From the WSJ

As I was trying to visit Sissy Willis this morning - I got just a glimpse of today's post and had to dash off to do other things - but this was the first notice I had that Daniel Henninger had given a very nice plug to Soldier's Angels in today's WSJ!

The Quiet Majority

Tells us about the efforts of everyday people to help injured soldiers. They aren't shouting from the rooftops or sticking their faces in front of tv cameras being offensive - they are going about the business of helping, doing what they can when they can.

Over at The Middle Ground, Kat says it this way

We do what others have done in every war, whenever our soldiers are deployed, regardless of reason or politics because we know that our men and women in uniform are the ones that have and always will stand between us and those that would take away our freedom and destroy the American dream.

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Give the gift of communication.

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Reaching So Far You Fall and Land on Your Head...

The John Roberts story has been on a slow simmer in the background lately. It's not making headline news because the 24/7 machine seems to prefer the Sheehan Shenanigans or possibly even the current hurricane. (I don't watch televsion, but that's the sense I'm getting from my online news headlines)

Today I was listening to Rush for a little while as I did my jaunt about town. He was reading this article from the Washington Post. This is listed as a NEWS article - NOT OP-ED.... yes people this is "hard news" as the MSM today tells it.

When John G. Roberts Jr. prepared to ghostwrite an article for President Ronald Reagan a little over two decades ago, his pen took a Civil War reenactment detour.

The article, which was to appear in the scholarly National Forum journal, was called "The Presidency: Roles and Responsibilities." Roberts was writing by hand a section on how the congressional appropriations process had evolved.

Okay have we got this now? He's writing for a tiny little journal during the REAGAN years about congressional appropriations... yeah gripping stuff isn't it.

A fastidious editor of other people's copy as well as his own, Roberts began with the words "Until about the time of the Civil War." Then, the Indiana native scratched out the words "Civil War" and replaced them with "War Between the States."

Oh my, I see something really bad coming up here - but little did I realize just how bad it was until I found out...

While it is true that the Civil War is also known as the War Between the States, the Encyclopedia Americana notes that the term is used mainly by southerners. Sam McSeveney, a history professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University who specialized in the Civil War, said that Roberts's choice of words was significant.

"Many people who are sympathetic to the Confederate position are more comfortable with the idea of a 'War Between the States,' " McSeveney explained. "People opposed to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s would undoubtedly be more comfortable with the words he chose."

Yes people... from a simple change in wording on a ghost written article over 20 years old... we can now be confident that John Roberts is a supporter of the Confederacy and all the nasty implications that go with it! We may now condemn him with impunity and call him a racist... all because he decided he liked the words "War Between the States" instead of "Civil War".

Naturally, near the end of the article you get the disclaimer...

"You can't always draw the inference that someone who uses the term does so with an ideological intent, but at the same time you can't be blind to the fact that some people do," Coski said.

So they did have to finally say that - you can't draw conclusions. But I can certainly draw conclusions about the author of the article and the "experts" quoted therein. They are all a bunch of partisan hacks. I can also draw the conclusion that the WaPo can't tell the difference between opinion and news... but we already knew that.

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Project Valor - IT

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Chris shows us the perils of Voice Activated Computers... Which has us laughing (as is usually the case with his cartoons).

Project Valor - IT rolls along. We're making money, but we are no where near the goal yet! Cool Blue brings us up to date with what has been done so far.

Blackfive has been donating t-shirt proceeds. This means you not only get a really wonderful shirt - you help the project as well!

Best of all - today Captain Ed has given us a post that is really excellent - he has a tremendously huge readership. I hope this translates into some extra donations!

Have you given yet? Have you got a little extra? Even a few dollars puts us closer to the goal. You don't have to be able to give a certain amount. Let's help our wounded soldiers get connected.

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