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The Ice Storm Cometh

Posted by Daniel on November 30, 2006

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Looks like I won’t be jogging today.

Darn the luck!!!  😉

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Commander-In-Cheap-Shots

Posted by Daniel on November 30, 2006

webb2.jpgSen.-elect Jim Webb (D – VA) avoided the receiving line during a recent White House reception for new members of Congress and had a chilly exchange with President Bush over the Iraq war and his Marine son.

“How’s your boy?” Webb, in an interview Wednesday, recalled Bush asking during the reception two weeks ago.

“I told him I’d like to get them out of Iraq,” Webb said. 

“That’s not what I asked. How’s your boy?” the president replied, according to Webb.

At that point, Webb said, Bush got a response similar to what reporters and others who had asked Webb about Lance Cpl. Jimmy Webb, 24, have received since the young man left for Iraq around Labor Day: “I told him that was between my boy and me.”

Personally speaking, had I been in Webbs’ place at that very moment, I wouldn’t have been as eloquent.  “My boy, Mr. President?  Why, he’s dodging bullets right and left as we speak.  Say, aren’t your daughters old enough to serve in Iraq, and have you urged them to join the military yet?  Or are they supposed to carry on a family tradition of being cowards in the face of war and serving their country?”

Webb, a leading critic of the Iraq war, said that he had avoided the receiving line and photo op with Bush, but that the president found him.

The White House had no comment on the reception. But it did not dispute an account of the exchange in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

Webb, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and Navy secretary under President Reagan, defeated Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen by 9,329 votes out of 2.37 million cast, giving the Democrats control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994.

Webb left the GOP, in part over the Iraq war. He warned against the invasion, and criticized Bush over Iraq during the Senate campaign.

He said he meant no disrespect to the presidency during the reception, but “I’ve always made a distinction about not speaking personally about my son.”

In interviews during the campaign, Webb said it was wrong to elevate the role of one Marine over others. Webb also expressed concern that a high profile could subject a Marine to greater peril.

He wore his son’s buff-colored desert boots throughout the campaign, but refused to speak extensively about his son’s service or allow it to be used in campaign ads.

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Christian Coalition Has “Creative Differences”

Posted by Daniel on November 29, 2006

The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America resigned his post yesterday.

Rev. Joel C. Hunter cited a difference in philosophy over which issues the conservative Christian organization, in his opinion, should embrace.

Currently the senior pastor of the Northland Church in Longwood, Florida, Hunter was to assume the presidency in January.

But Hunter said CCA leaders resisted his calls to expand their issue base.

“I wanted to expand the issues from only moral ones – such as opposing abortion and redefining marriage – to include compassion issues such as poverty, justice, and creation care,” Hunter said. “We need to care as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb.”

Hunter also said he wanted to focus on rebuilding the CCA’s once powerful grassroots network – an appeal he says board members rejected.

“After initial willingness to consider these changes, the board of the CCA decided, ‘that is fine, but that is not who we are,’ ” Hunter said.

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In-Human-itarian Award

Posted by Daniel on November 28, 2006

Prepare yourselves. Awards’ Season is fast-approaching. That time just after the new year where those who do – and do not – deserve the medals and trophies swish and saunter across the red carpet like royalty.

“Who are you wearing?” Don’t ask…you can’t afford it.

“How do you feel after your umteenth divorce from what’s-her-name?”

“Are you confident you’ll win tonight, or is just being nominated enough for you?”

I’ve tuned these awards shows out, pretty much. I’ll admit, when I was much younger, I used to watch them religiously…and video tape them if I couldn’t.

I’m so glad I’ve grown up. Now I watch presentations of the Nobel Prizes. Prizes that not only have meaning in the world, but that make a difference.

My point here is that ex-Presidents have been on the receiving end of the Nobel Prize…most recently for Peace. Jimmy Carter, for one. I truly believe that Bill Clinton is well on his way to garnering that same award for his work on the Clinton Global Initiative.

I’ll get back to the awards theme momentarily…

With that in mind, I was watching the news yesterday and it was, of course, about Bush. He’s traveling, again, seeking audience with the failed Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki, in Jordan. Apparently Iraq is just too dangerous for them to discuss the non-Civil War.

The news is all about Bush and everything his reverse-Midas Touch (everything he touches turns to shit) affects.

Then something pricks up my ears. There is a fundraiser begun that is set to drum up $500 million for the future ex-President Bushs’ presidential library. Not only that, but also to fund Bushs’ Think Tank.

I could fill you in on all the details of both the future library and think tank here on this post, but there are plenty of other sites you can go to for the gory details who are far more in-the-know. Here are a few to get you started…Think ProgressThe Huffington PostDaily Kos…etc.

Although, I will submit a couple of images of what I picture as Bush’s Think Tank & Library…

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What I’d actually like to focus on here is Bushs’ humanitarianism…or lack thereof. It also brings me back to the awards season.

It occurred to me last night while Steve and I were watching Olbermann that of all the accomplishments Bush, his true followers (both of them) and the Bush Library/Think Tank “mega-donors” claim…Bush as humanitarian isn’t one of them.

His mega-failure in the wake of Katrina is the obvious example, but there are far more.

For those of you who are not too young to remember, I harken you back to the days Reagan was President. During the first eight years of the AIDS pandemic. Reagan and his administration refused to acknowledge or even say the word, much less act on it.

Our current President has neglected to acknowledge the plight of those suffering. Darfur. Indonesia (for the most part). Katrina (saying the word isn’t an accomplishment). Worldwide genocide, famine and suffering seem to be a topic this President either refuses to or simply can’t be bothered with. It seems more important for Bush to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to create a shrine to “My Pet Goat” and a “Thunk Tank” than to use such funding to help those in true need.

Oil and money have trumped food, shelter, medicine and protection from mass murder.

FUIt’s time to acknowledge Bush with his first award. We at The Tempest have created a medal of dis-honor that, we hope, will be proudly displayed in the new Presidential Library.

We thought long and hard on the design of this medal, because we wanted it to symbolize all that the deserving recipients stand for. We had to keep it simple, or risk the recipients not understanding it’s meaning.

When it comes to humanitarianism, we have these words for you, Mr. Bush, as we slip this well-deserved medal over your head…

“Georgie…you’ve done a heckuva job.”

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Talk to Us

Posted by Daniel on November 26, 2006

I’ve been on MySpace for awhile now getting to know new people and having fun discussing things with people from all over the place and now Tempest and Revel have joined in too. With 133,259,637 people in their network, I’m sure some of you must be out there as well. So, we were wondering if any of you want to join us on MySpace in our very own group. We’d like to hear from you and get your input as we move to the new site. If you are on MySpace and interested in joining us, message me at www.myspace.com/katbtempest.
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New Site…

Posted by Daniel on November 25, 2006

The TempestThat’s right…The Tempest has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of months. Much faster than I thought it would. It’s a pleasant surprise, nonetheless.

Our I.S. department (Kathy) and I.T. department (Ray) have been working their respective asses off in order to make our new cyber-home something you’ll really love. A lot of planning, brainstorming and, quite frankly, fan-fucking-tastic artwork are going into this project.

For now, the teaser is here. It’s just a temporary “front door”…for now…

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Screw Martha…Where’s Sheena?

Posted by Daniel on November 24, 2006

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love – love – LOVE turkey leftovers. There’s just something about opening the fridgidaire on the morning after Thanksgiving and seeing the varitable cornucopia of yummies. It just screams “Eat Me!!

It’s so rare that we cook for family on Thanksgiving (we all generally rotate who’s cooking where each year), and we so wanted our turn to be something to remember. You could chalk it up the the gayness, because we so love showing off our inner Martha Stewart.

Did somebody say Irish coffee?

So we’re cooking to beat the band. Lots of family coming over and there are always those certain few that are, shall we say, difficult to impress. (honestly, they win $25 from a scratch-off ticket and suddenly they’re the frakking Rockefellers!!)

We’ve got it all laid out early Thursday morning and it’s all going to go like clockwork – or somebody’s going to get fired!! All the baking items are on one counter ready to go. (our cats seem to know what’s up and are ready to pounce on the first dropped item – “Hi, Annie…who’s a good girl? Okay, now scoot.”) The turkey is already in the oven and well on it’s way to glory. Just purring along.

I’m in the formal dining room setting a table for 12 with our best china, silver and crystal. The table linens are out (having been pressed with the steam iron into the shape of turkey tail feathers – a la Martha).

Did somebody say egg nog?

By this time, the cats are going ape shit all over the house. We’ve viciously rearranged their environment with all the festive decorating and placing of lovely baubles and candles all over the house in order to create the perfect “Over the river and through the woods…” atmosphere. This, of course, is the green light for cats to say, “Ooohhh shiny. Must destroy. You didn’t want those weird turkey feather nakpins on the table, did you? Because we took care of that for you.”

So, while Steve is outside in the bog tending to the cranberries (Martha says grow and tend your own ingredients and Martha is never fucking wrong!!), I’m inside trying to throttle the kids for ‘rearranging’ everything.

Did somebody say Chardonnay?

Fast forward to later that day. The guests are arriving in a fashionably steady stream (Martha says guests shouldn’t arrive in a mass bunch or too early…it’s just fucking rude!) and the holiday has officially begun.

Did somebody say Xanax, Zoloft and a Jagermeister chaser?

Everyone is delighted with the homey atmosphere (see cats?? that’s why we did it…not for your amusement!!! c’mere you little arse tards!!) and even the “Rockefellers” seem mildly impressed. At this point, though, I could give a shit what “Jed & all his kin” (as I’ve come to call them) think. But I don’t want to be rude, so I just smile and say, “Thank you.” (Martha says to always be the gracious hosts…no matter how you really feel about certain guests.)

Did somebody say they saw me duck out to the garage to take a nip out of the bottle of ripple? Lies…all lies!!

So the house is full of people, the smell of turkey and ham permeate the air, the cats are delighting our guests (now their captive audience)with their rendition of tandem “salad-tossing” (they do so love dinner theater), the wine is uncorked (as are Steve and I), the Chiefs/Bronco’s game is on in the background, and now it’s dinner time. (Martha says ambient holiday music in the background is the proper thing for such a get-together, but screw that…this time.)

Did somebody say tryptophan and Percocet don’t mix well?

Fast forward again. Dinner is long ago finished. Chiefs beat the Bronco’s 19 to 10 (finally…now I can take off this rediculous cheerleader outfit!!). The guests are sated, bloated and heading home. Including the ‘Rockefellers’, who’ve helped themselves to gobs of take-home leftovers…the cheap bastards. Someone even helped themselves to taking the giblet centerpiece (again, a la Martha) home as a parting gift. We’ve finished cleaning up and now plopped down in comfy chairs calming and coddling the cats after what, for them, must have been a traumatic no-scraps greek tragedy.

Sheena RoastAll is again calm in our home. After patting ourselves on the backs (figuratively) for a job well done, it’s time for bed. The cats, after having acted like they’ve forgiven us for our breech of etiquette (we forgot to feed them earlier, but I finally remembered), are all laying on the bed, save one. Sheena must still be pissed. Oh well, there’s always Christmas.

I hope she shows up soon, though. She’s always loved watching Martha on TV. Even though Martha is a dog person.

Did somebody say “nightcap”?

Yes, this is actually our cat, Sheena. She was playing around. Lesson learned.

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Delayed Gratification

Posted by Daniel on November 23, 2006

I have been thinking about what I could contribute to The Tempest since Revel puts on the dogma better than anyone I know and Daniel is champ when it comes to punning the pundits. So what topic does that leave for the Tempest’s first straight female writer? Then it hit me. Sports! Of Course!

Bobby KnightI know you all don’t know me yet but one of the first things you should learn (besides the straight female part) is that I am a college sports junkie and the preferred sport is basketball. Don’t expect to hear from me anytime there’s a Big 12 Conference game on TV or during “March Madness” as I am totally obsessed. Last summer I found out that my favorite team, The Duke Blue Devils, would be playing right here in Kansas City in the CBE Classic Tournament.

So for my birthday last July – I got tickets Coach Kto the Championship Game, confident that my team would be playing that night

And I was right.

Tuesday night, we finally celebrated my birthday. The games were played in Kansas City’s Municipal Arena, a venue that has hosted nine NCAA final four tournaments.  Duke was playing Marquette for the championship and the Big 12’s Texas Tech was playing Air Force in the consolation round. Awesome! I got to see two of college basketball’s most legendary coaches, Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski on the same night and…

Both lost.

However, it was still incredibly fun and both games were very competitive and exciting. Duke only has one junior, the rest are freshman and sophomores. They still don’t rebound very well and made a lot of ball handling mistakes. I’m looking forward to watching the season progress and besides what’s not to love about college basketball…

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Til next time.

Happy American Turkey Day to Everyone!

Kat

See more of my pics at CBE Tourney Pics

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Gobble…Gobble!!

Posted by Daniel on November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the entire staff here at The Tempest.

Enjoy the day and stay safe.

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John McCain…DADT…& Research

Posted by Daniel on November 22, 2006

https://i1.wp.com/www.moonbattery.com/archives/John-McCain.jpgJohn McCain again said no to gay marriage and no to the repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell).

McCain called the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy toward gays “very effective.” He said he opposed gay marriage, but as to civil unions, “people ought to be able to enter into contracts, exchange powers of attorney, other ways that people who have relationship can enter into.”

Nevermind the fact that McCain knows full well a majority of states will, in all likelyhood, not legally recognize many forms of these contracts. Powers of attorney only go so far in many states, but don’t include any of the federally-allowed tax, social security or insurance provisions afforded to male/female unions.

While he can, for now, continue to ride the current wave of anti-gay marriage
that still has a strangle hold over this country, his fight to keep the status quo with regards to DADT may prove more uphill as November 2008 draws closer.

With same-sex marriage, he, and panderers like him, have the religious right and lobbyists.

The only thing holding DADT and the narrow-minded military higher-up’s from buckling is the fact that it is still taught under the table (so to speak) that sissy’s can’t fight and they will rape you while you sleep. I take issue with that mentality, as do millions of other Americans.

And we’re not alone. I’ve done some research and discovered a few details for our war-hero McCain.

Currently, 24 nations allow gays and lesbians to serve in their armed forces, and only a few NATO members continue to fire homosexual soldiers. Despite the growing number of countries that have decided to allow gays and lesbians to serve in uniform, however, there has been little in-depth analysis of whether the lifting of a gay ban influences military performance. Even the best and most recent case studies of foreign countries are based on little evidence. Most were written in the immediate aftermath of a decision to lift a gay ban without waiting for evidence on the effects of the new policy to accumulate.

The lack of in-depth analysis of foreign experiences in lifting bans on homosexual personnel prompted the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military (CSSMM) to examine four cases in detail: Australia, Canada, Israel, and Britain. CSSMM researchers focused on these countries because all four lifted their gay bans despite opposition from the military services; because the United States, Australia, Canada, and Britain share important cultural traditions; because the Israel Defense Forces are among the most combat-tested militaries in the world; and because prior to lifting its ban, Britain’s policy was often cited as support for those opposed to allowing homosexual personnel to serve openly in the United States. To prepare the case studies, every identifiable pro-gay and anti-gay expert on the policy change in each country was interviewed, including officers and enlisted personnel, ministry representatives, academics, veterans, politicians, and nongovernmental observers. During each interview, experts were asked to recommend additional contacts, all of whom were contacted.

By the end of their research, 104 experts were interviewed and 622 documents and articles were examined. Although it is possible that additional data exists (I haven’t found it yet), CSSMM believes that the findings reflect a comprehensive appraisal of all relevant evidence.

And furthermore, Senator McCain…

Each of the four countries studied reversed its gay ban for different reasons.

  • In Canada, federal courts forced the armed forces to lift the ban in October 1992, ruling that military policy violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • In Australia, the liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Keating voted to lift the ban in November 1992 as the country was integrating a number of international human rights conventions into its domestic laws and codes.
  • In Israel, the military lifted its ban in June 1993 after dramatic Knesset hearings prompted a public outcry against the armed forces’ exclusion of gay and lesbian soldiers.
  • And in Britain, in September 1999, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Britain’s gay ban violated the right to privacy guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights, and London reacted by lifting the ban in January 2000.

Despite the different routes that led to the policy change in each country, the lessons drawn from each case were the same.

NO IMPACT!!!

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I believe his outlook on the issue of DADT as “very effective” is a little skewed with his nonchalant view of following and – dare I say? – embracing Bush’s tired old soundbites.

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