The cost of war

Nothing conceptual here. Just another disastrous economic fact to report. Dear Leader's war on terror is now costing $9.8 billion per month. That's right. Nearly $10 billion a month.

Best current predictions for the total cost? One fucking trillion dollars.

Scott Wallsten, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, put the direct cost to the United States at $212 billion as of last September and estimates a "global cost" of $500 billion to date with another $500 billion possible, with most of the total borne by the United States.

Groaners

Sorry. Someone had to do it.

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The Stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!"

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."

More SMF: It's Carrboro!

[Brian emailed this in:]

It's Carrboro!
Lyrics: Brian Risk, Billy McCormick
Music: Brian Risk

It's Carrboro was born when local singer-songwriter Billy Sugarfix (Evil Wiener) complained to me that he hated venturing outside of the town of Carrboro. The song debuted March 11th on WCOM and since then has been requested to be played at some Carrboro events.

National News Roundup 3/18

From The Washington Post: Carolina Wins! ....and so do NC State, Boston College and Dook. Mary Landrieu(D-La) and the Republicans vote to destroy Alaska so that New Orleans will get a few bucks. Rep. John Boehner not very different from DeLay afterall. Secret Service agents impersonate reporters from Fox News and receive verbal reprimand.

From The New York Times: Graft in New Orleans? Nah...say it ain't so! Congress maxes out the new debt ceiling. Judges (Thank you, thank you, thank you) vote for clean air and healthy lungs by overturning a clean-air regulation of Bush administration that would have eased restrictions on pollution producing industries.

There's a bit more on the flip side..

Deborah Potter Hearts Screwy Hoolie

{Cross posted from Scrutiny Hooligans

John Armor, Republican candidate for Congress against Charles Taylor in North Carolina's 11th district, sent an open letter to the media in response to a Taylor camp "whisper campaign". The letter lambasts Taylor's press secretary, Deborah Potter, for misrepresenting him in an email she sent to Armor friend, Don Yelton.

Dear women ricochets

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this, which also ran as a column in a local paper, which was also read on a local radio station, which also got accepted for the virtual exhibit here, which also got posted on the intranet at a women-friendly consulting company. Seems there's pretty good interest in women taking over. Good women, of course. I even caught the attention of a snarky dominatrix. There is hope.

Getting Yer Political News from Slashdot

If it weren't for an email tip from Geneffects, I never would have noticed this. (Admittedly, I don't pay enough attention to national politics.)

According to CNS News Service, the Democrat Party will have an agenda that guarantees every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years as part of their 2006 election year agenda, according to Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader. Absent, of course, are any details as to how they will accomplish it when they are the party out of power in Congress.

Slashdot | Democrats May Promise Broadband for All

Did you catch the stupid in there? The whole point of an election year agenda is to not be the party out of power.

RealValues Reads the North Carolina Conservative So You Don't Have To

Check it out: When a long-time incumbent is challenged in a primary by a political newcomer, one side's bumbling ineptitude usually ends up playing right into the hands of the other. Of course, it's usually the outsider making the mistakes. Charles Taylor's press secretary is doing her part to provide us with an example of tables turned.

The occasion: an email to challenger John Armor's pal, which simultaneously calls Armor a left-winger (?) and accuses the North Carolina Conservative of being a front for Democrats. Seriously. Who hires a press secretary who doesn't know not to put stupid and embarassing charges in an email?

My name is Anglico and I am an addict

My particular vice is blogging . . . but the negative impacts of that pale in comparison to gambling addiction. I've written about this before, but this column in the Rocky Mount paper underscores the absurdity far better than I could.

North Carolina legislators have eagerly touted the lottery's future economic windfall — all in the name of education. But they are wagering the well-being of adults with addictive tendencies who may be lured into a new vice.

While the state has committed money to curb an expected increase in people with gambling problems, it hasn't budgeted enough.

Friday Morning Action Plan

.....because you just knew I wasn't going to let you sit around on your butts and let our Constitution get ripped to shreds.

Today we're playing catch-up. We are going to revisit any of this week's action plans we didn't have time to follow through with.

Monday's plan can be found here. We phoned our Senators, Dole and Burr. We asked them (or their staffers) where the Senator stood on the Feingold censure resolution and we gave them our opinion for support of censure. They need to know they have constituents who support this resolution even if there is a snowball's chance on a warm day they would vote for it. If you prefer, you may email.

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