Sooner Blue

Mostly politics, a few current events, a squirt of seltzer down yer pants .. a little blog for my rambles and rants.

2010/6/8

Was he swimming around in a circle?

@ 10:23 AM (47 months, 1 day ago)


The Willie Nelson sticker just kills me.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- It's hard to imagine the owner didn't know it was missing. A metal and plastic prosthetic leg sat in the property room of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, waiting to be claimed.

"We've had bales of marijuana, (and) empty lifeboats from Cuba and Haiti. We've had some pretty weird things," said Jacksonville Beach Police Sgt. Tom Bingham. "This is just one more for the collection."

It washed up on Jacksonville Beach Thursday where regular beach goers have seen plenty of strange things come ashore.

"I've seen a lot of garbage come up, a lot of weird, random things. But that is by far the strangest thing I've heard of washing up on the beach," said beachgoer Amber Olsen.

Others like Olsen can only speculate on the possible ways the leg ended up here. "You know, shark attack...would be the first thing," said Jim Low, who was on the beach today.

The leg itself is unique. On one side there's a large sticker of Willie Nelson.

The leg has since been claimed and returned to its rightful owner.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=156878&catid=3

 

I always admired Helen Thomas ... until

@ 08:50 AM (47 months, 1 day ago)

 

.. she said that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Germany or Poland .. where millions of their ancestors had been put to death.

You could excuse it by saying she's almost 90 years old, 'stuff' happens, old people say things which hit the proverbial fan .. it's just the human condition, as psychologists say.

You could say look at her long career, she's been White House Correspondent since 1960 and has asked some of the toughest questions of any journalist during both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Whether you agree with her or not, and many people do, what she said absolutely destroyed her journalistic integrity .. journalists are supposed to keep 'self' out of their reporting, even 'off the record'.. just the facts, ma'am.

So she really had no choice but to retire .. people on the right AND left were pissed at her.

And now that she has retired, we learn that Fox News is locked in a behind-the-scenes tussle with Bloomberg News over who would next inherit her front-row seat in the White House press room. They both have seats in the wretched low-class second row.

I think it would be nice to give the seat to McClatchy Newspapers .. one of the very few remaining media outlets still practicing in depth investigating and reporting.

If not McClatchy, why not a blogger, as Andrew Sullivan suggests? A blogger would be more likely to keep up Thomas's legacy of making both parties squirm at that podium.

See Sullivan's blog and the video of Thomas here.

 

Is it a war or an occupation?

@ 07:12 AM (47 months, 1 day ago)

 

Afghan War Now Country's Longest

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/afghan-war-now-longest-war-us-history/story?id=10849303

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Vietnam, Not Afghanistan, Still Longest War: Holbrooke

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/06/vietnam_not_afghanistan_still.html

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Nevertheless .. our soldiers are still dying....

KABUL, Afghanistan - Ten NATO soldiers, including seven Americans, were killed in a wave of violence in Afghanistan on Monday — the deadliest day this year for the international forces.....

In the worst single incident Monday, five American service members were killed in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. command said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37556564/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/