Monday, November 13, 2006

Green space

I snippet of conversation overheard:

"we are fast running out of greenspace...we need more aggressive action against the developers..."

If Texas had the population density of Manhattan NY, we could fit 17 billion people into Texas. In other words, one state in the United States could hold the entire population of the planet and their children, and probably their children's children.

How much greenspace do we need?


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Slander? Mistake?

John Kerry has stated:

"If anyone thinks that a veteran, someone like me, who's been fighting my entire career to provide for veterans, to fight for their benefits, to help honor what their service is, if anybody thinks that a veteran would somehow criticize more than 140,000 troops serving in Iraq and not the president and his people who put them there, they're crazy," he said.

Well, I served in the military and I am not stupid Senator. My brother served in the military and he is not stupid. My nephew has served in Iraq and he is not stupid. But apparently the only one that is crazy is you Senator:

"I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command....

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

Our experience is that you will, hand have disparaged the troops fighting in the field.

Apologize for a botched joke. You and your supporters have demanded President Bush admit to a mistake in Iraq and apologize when you can't even do so for a botched joke?