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Movie Review: Avatar

We went to see Avatar at the local IMAX 3-D theater yesterday.

The 3-D experience was quite remarkable.  I’d read about people feeling nauseous upon seeing it, but all I experienced was a mild headache and eyestrain from the effects.  I still prefer 2-D, though, and won’t be seeing any other 3-D movies for some [...]

A Heaping Helping of Civility Waffles!


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today took shots at those who are not supporting the health care legislation. During a floor speech, he excoriated Senate GOP members for up holding the pending health care bill and accused their supporters of being birthers and fanatics in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups.

He didn’t really [...]

Obamessiah Roundup

At the annual White House Christmas party, interestingly-shaped cookies were served:

Any fan of Cookie Monster on Sesame Street knows that “C” is for cookie.

But at the Obama White House, “A” may be for acorn — as in acorn cookies served at Monday’s annual Christmas party.

The chocolate cookies shaped like an acorn were [...]

Statue of a Young Obama in Jakarta

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a statue of a young Obama:

Indonesians have paid tribute to Barack Obama on the eve of his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.  A statue of the U.S. President, who lived in Jakarta, has been unveiled in a park in the Indonesian capital.  The almost life-size statue depicts a 10-year-old Obama, wearing [...]

Fear! Yahoo’s “Healthy Living” Wants You to Be Afraid

Fear!  Be afraid!  What you have been eating your whole life is just awful for you!  That’s the message Yahoo’s so-called “Healthy Living” column wants you to think.  They trot out one “expert” per food item and have them tell you that the food causes cancer or infertility or some other thing you don’t want [...]

The New York Times Wins The Waterglass’ Understatement of the Year Award

The headline from NYTimes is the understatement of the year:

Accepting Peace Prize Will Be a Test for Obama

Yup.  A big test in saying, “Hello, I’m a war time president who — via remote control — sometimes inadvertantly kills civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan and just ordered 30,000 more soldiers to kill (bad) people [...]

Karzai Wants U.S. and NATO to Fund Afghan Troops until 2024

A look into the future:

In the latest sign of the enduring financial costs of the Afghan war for the United States and other NATO countries, President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that Afghanistan would not be able to pay for its own security until at least 2024.

“For another 15 to 20 years, Afghanistan will [...]

“When will we be finished with this election issue?” Car Bombs in Baghdad, Iraq Kill 101

As America plans its withdraw, Iraq continues to experience high levels of terrorism:

In what appeared to be a coordinated assault, a series of car bombings across Baghdad on Tuesday killed at least 101 people and wounded scores more, according to preliminary accounts by police and hospital officials.  Five bombs, including at least one suicide [...]

U.S. Supreme Court May Change Miranda Rights

The debate over whether miranda rights reasonably convey that the suspect has a right to a lawyer during interrogations:

The arguments in front of the justices were the latest over how explicit the Miranda warning rights have to be, as justices debated whether the warnings police gave Kevin Dwayne Powell made clear to him that [...]

NATO to Send 7,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

In response to U.S. requests and the U.S.’s committment to the Afghan surge, NATO commits to 7,000 more troops, less than a third of the American committment and, in total, 3,000 less than what Gen. McCrystal wanted:

Responding to American entreaties for more soldiers in Afghanistan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary general, announced Friday [...]

Obama’s New Way Forward in Afghanistan Speech

Obama’s Surge: More Details

More details on Obama’s surge into Afghanistan:

President Barack Obama is sending 30,000 extra U.S. troops to Afghanistan on an accelerated timetable that will have the first Marines there as early as Christmas and all forces in place by summer. But he’ll also declare Tuesday night that troops will start coming home just one year [...]

Obama Orders 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

President Obama has enlarged the American war effort in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops.  He will address the nation tonight to explain his new Afghan policy:

WASHINGTON — President Obama issued orders to send about 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan as he prepared to address the nation Tuesday night to explain what [...]