The winter pansies at my house are struggling because of all the cold weather. It looks like some of them have croaked but they might surprise me and take a new lease on life.
The little ones like Johnny Jump Ups do better than the bigger faced pansies. The big faces flop around a little too much under snow and ice. I was greedy this year. I have 5 containers of them. The smaller ones are wintering on the porch for protection.
NCSI investigates an unexplained death at Gitmo. The naval commander at Gitmo has been exposed for an affair with the dead man’s wife and has been reassigned to a base in Florida. Commander Nettleton has not been charged with anything specific but adultery is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Does Gitmo need any more negative attention than it has already received?
You would think that the football issue was a matter of national security. I got so sick of hearing about balls yesterday that I thought I would put my foot through the TV. I don’t care!
I cared about basketballs, not footballs. How about those Wahoos!!! The Wahoos remain undefeated and are ranked #2 in the nation. This is our state. When have we ever been ranked #2 in the nation? UVA seems determined to get in the news, regardless. Come on folks, this is exciting! This is a good thing.
House Republicans passed a watered-down antiabortion bill Thursday after withdrawing a more restrictive measure that some female GOP lawmakers argued would hurt the party’s efforts to broaden its appeal to women and younger voters.
The rebellion on the abortion bill, led by women and moderates, was an illustration of some of the new challenges the party faces as a result of its expanded majority in the House. The 246-member GOP caucus is now experiencing rifts that previously did not exist, and those divisions are largely being driven by concern among moderates that they could face tough reelection battles in 2016, when more Democratic and independent voters are expected to turn out for presidential election.
So this anti abortion bill is basically a retread. Maybe they think that the Hyde (that old hypocrite) Amendment missed something.
Do we live in Bubbleville? Are the Bubbas in Bubbaville all that stupid?
Ouch. Was Jon Stewart overly rude or snarky? You be the judge.
Dick Black’s statement regarding Senate Bill 722:
There is a Federal Statute that says that if you give in-state tuition to unlawful immigrants then you must give in-state tuition to Americans from other states. It just makes sense that Americans should receive as much consideration as people here illegally. Giving in-state tuition moves illegal immigrants to the front of the line. For every unlawful person who get in-state tuition, there will be an American who can’t go to college in Virginia and that’s unfair. Any time you give something free to a person here illegally, you have to take it from an American.
I would like to see a copy of that law. I find it hard to believe that there is a law stating such bullsh!t.
Colonel Morris Davis:
Where is justice for the men still abandoned in Guantánamo Bay
“I will be back soon,” I said, as we stood up and shook hands. Then I turned and walked a few steps to the gate, and waited for the guard to unlock it so I could leave. Those were the last words I said to Mohamedou Ould Slahi after I met him in the tiny compound he shared with Tariq al-Sawah in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. That was seven and a half years ago. I have never been inside the camp again. Slahi has never been out.
I didn’t know, that afternoon in the summer of 2007, that in a few weeks I would send an email to the US deputy secretary of defence, Gordon England, saying I could no longer in good conscience serve as chief prosecutor for the Guantánamo military commissions. I reached that decision after receiving a written order placing Brigadier-General Tom Hartmann over me and the Pentagon general counsel, Jim Haynes, over Hartmann.
Hartmann had chastised me for refusing to use evidence obtained by “enhanced” interrogation techniques, saying: “President Bush said we don’t torture, so who are you to say we do?” Haynes authored the “torture memo” that the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, signed in April 2003 approving interrogation techniques that were not authorised by military regulations – the memo where Rumsfeld scribbled in the margin: “I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing [for detainees during interrogations] limited to 4 hours?” Rather than face a Hobson’s choice when they directed me to go into court with torture-derived evidence, I chose to quit before they had the chance.