Sunday, October 30, 2005

Lucky Number 2?

Don't laugh. Wilma was ALIVE!!! Watch or download the radar here. The number "2" is clearly visible. I say we call for Congress to make a "Hurricane Wilma Conspiracy Commission," that way we can find out what it really was.

Just "SHOVE IT" Reid...

It's been a while since I've made a post about politics and hence the name, "Austin's Political Blog," here we go. "Scooter" Libby has not been found guilty of anything at this time. Somehow the democrats are filtering this back to President Bush because they absolutely hate his guts. Over the past few months, I have held in my feelings about Bush's performance in the White House during the first year of his second term. Overall, I feel the president could do better. Am I turning against him? No. When he chose Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court I was shocked. After weeks of asking to hear her views, it finally became too much and she withdrew. Through the radio airwaves I've heard the words, "Bush," and "Failed President," constantly. HE HAS THREE MORE YEARS TO GO PEOPLE. THREE. Lay off the guy a little. Who voted for him? The citizens of the United States of America. That's right. The same people who are complaining now. As for the War in Iraq and Cindy Sheehan, I wonder how her son feels with the way she is acting. Remember, no draft is in effect and no draft will be put into effect. So how did he get over there? He joined. She can attach herself to the White House fence all she wants. She can get arrested twenty times and I still won't care. Imagine how we will look if we pull out now? The terrorists will feel as if they have won. Fighting in their homeland, keeps them off ours. As for Harry Reid asking for Bush and Cheney to apologize, that is just insane. Next thing you know he [Bush] will be apologizing for apologizing for something. I just ask that you don't do it again Reid, you don't have to say sorry. ;)


Reid Says Bush, Cheney Should Apologize

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Sunday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should apologize for the actions of their aides in the CIA leak case. Reid, D-Nev., also said Bush should pledge not to pardon any aides convicted as a result of the investigation into the disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity. "There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House," Reid said. He said Bush and Cheney "should come clean with the American public." Reid added, "This has gotten way out of hand, and the American people deserve better than this."

Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, resigned Friday after he was indicted on five charges relating to statements he made to the FBI and a grand jury investigating the Plame leak. Reid also said that Karl Rove, the president's closest political adviser, should step down. Rove has not been charged with a crime.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Photos Misc.

Here are some macro-images I've taken recently.

I was planning on posting alot more than this, but I can't seem to find my photo cd. If I come across it sometime today, I'll post the rest.

Monday, October 24, 2005



Full story at the AWC...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Is Wilma a threat?

The AWC is tracking that 21st storm of the 2005 season. Thought Florida would make it out this year? Think again. Leave it to Wilma to give us the Bam-Bam. The projected path, computer models, and more of the latest graphics are at the Atlantic Watch Center.

VORTEX: Pressure down to 963mb...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge...

Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge Of Country


In response to increasing criticism of his handling of the war in Iraq and the disaster in the Gulf Coast, as well as other issues, such as Social Security reform, the national deficit, and rising gas prices, President Bush is expected to appoint someone to run the U.S. as soon as Friday.

"During these tumultuous times, America is in need of a bold, resolute person who can get the job done," said Bush during a press conference Monday. "My fellow Americans, I assure you that I will appoint just such a person with all due haste.

"The Cabinet-level position, to be known as Secretary of the Nation, was established by an executive order Sept. 2, but has remained unfilled in the intervening weeks.

"I've been talking to folks from all across this country, from Louisiana to Los Angeles, and people tell me the same thing: This nation needs a strong, compassionate leader," Bush said. "In response to these concerns, I'm making this a top priority. I will name a good, qualified person as soon as possible."

Among the new secretary's duties are preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution of the United States, commanding the U.S. armed forces, appointing judges and ambassadors, and vetoing congressional legislation. The secretary will also be tasked with overseeing all foreign and domestic affairs, including those relating to the economy, natural disasters, national infrastructure, homeland security, poverty, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The secretary will report directly to the president. For weeks, members of both political parties have been urging Bush to fill the post. "Every day the president waits is another day he's accountable for needless deaths at home and abroad, the stagnating economy, and the threat of terrorism," Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said. "This post is far too vital to be left vacant. Mr. President, there is no reason to delay."

"I applaud the president's decision to find a strong leader for our country, but it's imperative that he make his selection soon," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), adding that he and all Democrats hope to work closely with the new national executive.

"In the spirit of bipartisanship, we will welcome the new secretary," Reid said. "Together, we will strive for a new dawn of American politics, one unmarred by partisan bickering between Congress and the White House."

According to a nationwide poll conducted by the Cook Political Report, the majority of U.S. citizens find the question of national leadership to be highly significant, with 61 percent of respondents "strongly" believing that the country is suffering from a leadership vacuum. Fifty-four percent said they trusted Bush to find an appointee who will be able to effectively manage the country.

While many Beltway insiders have named senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) as likely candidates, White House sources revealed that Bush may be leaning toward a stalwart loyalist. The list reportedly includes fellow Yale graduates, Midland, TX business associates, and various GOP fundraisers with connections to the Bush family.

"Despite their inexperience in government, they've clearly passed the Bush character test," said a White House staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "I think the president is looking for someone he's comfortable with and can trust, above all else. A [former FEMA director] Michael Brown type, or maybe even Brown himself."

Bush said the creation of the Secretary of the Nation post directly addresses the increasingly complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges facing the executive branch in the 21st century. Although he acknowledged that the tasks facing the new appointee will be extraordinary, Bush ended his announcement on a positive note.

"As your president, it is my duty to see this nation through any crisis, no matter how severe. And as your president, I pledge to you that I will find a man capable of doing just that," Bush said. "I will not—I repeat, I will not—let you down."


Sunday, October 09, 2005

Crash Similar to 1987 Possible?

Click graphic to enlarge.

-HundredPercenter Blog
Also see: "It's Gonna Go!"

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Earthquake Kills 30,000 Across South Asia

BALAKOT, Pakistan (AP) - Villagers desperate to find survivors dug with bare hands Sunday through the debris of a collapsed school where children had been heard crying beneath the rubble after a massive earthquake killed more than 30,000 people in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir alone.

``I have been informed by my department that more than 30,000 people have died in Kashmir,'' Tariq Mahmmod, communications minister for the Himalayan region, told The Associated Press. Saturday's magnitude-7.6 quake also struck India and Afghanistan, which reported hundreds dead.

Pakistan's army called the earthquake the country's worst-ever disaster and appealed for urgent help. Rival India, the United States, the United Nations, Britain, Russia, China, Turkey, Japan and Germany all offered assistance.

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God Bless those affected.

Bush predicts Miers' confirmation

WASHINGTON - President Bush predicted Friday that the Senate would confirm Harriet E. Miers to the Supreme Court, even as a Republican senator said she had much to do to ensure that outcome.

The displeasure with Miers from some on the right - they cite lack of experience or any record clearly identifying her as a strong conservative - has led to calls for the president to withdraw her nomination.

Asked about those suggestions, Bush did not answer directly. He instead suggested that withdrawal wouldn't be necessary, voicing confidence that she would be confirmed. "She is going to be on the bench. She'll be confirmed," Bush told reporters after an Oval Office meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.

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I hope our president knows what he is doing. Out of all the possibilities, Bush chooses Harriet E. Miers. I am sure she will get confirmed, but unless her views become clear, a withdrawal would be nice.

...Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said, ``John Roberts is a rock star,'' while Harriet Miers is ``following Elvis.''

Al Qaeda Now Hiring?

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together its Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaper reported.

The London-based Asharq al-Awsat said on its Web site this week that al Qaeda had "vacant positions" for video production and editing statements, footage and international media coverage about militants in Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Chechnya and other conflict zones where militants are active.

The paper said the Global Islamic Media Front, an al Qaeda-linked Web-based organization, would "follow up with members interested in joining and contact them via email." The paper did not say how applicants should contact the Global Islamic Media Front.

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