Bob Owen

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Osama's Pyrrhic victory

(Reuters) Ousting U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia became the battle cry of Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network, blamed by Washington for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Get out, infidels! Fine, have it your way.
The United States said on Tuesday it was ending military operations in Saudi Arabia and removing virtually all of its forces from the kingdom by mutual agreement following the Iraq war.

Friday, April 25, 2003

The Minnesota House passes a bill authorizing the concealed carry of handguns. Chances are the law could be enacted as soon as next week. The Star-Tribune prints a letter from someone who isn't happy about it:

In the days of increased security measures and terrorism warnings, I can't believe our state government is actually thwarting law enforcement's efforts to keep people safe. I am now more scared of my fellow Minnesotans than of any terrorist group.
I picture the letter-writer's fear list like this:

- Minnesotans who tote guns
- all Minnesotans (you never know who has a gun; they're concealed)
- snakes and spiders (tie)
- any terrorist group
- monsters under the bed
- her own shadow

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Weather radar or missle defense system. You decide:

(Pioneer Press) "This thing is so powerful," said [KSTP-TV weatherman Dave] Dahl, "where a 350,000- watt system can penetrate through one or maybe two storms, this, concentrates 32 billion watts through a 1-degree beam. That means it can penetrate up to five storms."
This may also explain why my coffee isn't getting cold sitting on my desk.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

How to celebrate Earth Day in Madison, Wisconsin...

(Badger Herald) Students living in the Langdon Street neighborhood awoke Tuesday to find nearly all of the area's sport utility vehicles and minivans had deflated tires.

Many of the students speculated that the suspects were trying to make a political statement coinciding with Tuesday's Earth Day. Police have not arrested anyone in connection with the incident but said they anticipate that an environmental group might soon claim responsibility.

TKE fraternity resident advisor Chuck Radtke, who found one of his Jeep Cherokee Sport tires deflated, said area residents had mixed reactions to the vandalism.
I imagine a few of the Langdon street frat boys will actually be pressing the gas just a little harder today and maybe taking an extra 10 MPG ride around the block before parking their noble steeds.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

The Minneapolis Star Tribune prints another snotty little letter to the editor from another disguntled democrat:

Happy hunting -- I would like to wish President Bush a belated happy Easter and hope that he had better luck finding the pretty eggs than he has had finding Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
I'm not counting on the president to find OBL or SH because now, much like the easter bunny, they only exist in peoples' minds. Or, you know, just like Paul Wellstone even though his pretty green campaign signs still dot the landscape.

The best thing about the protest at Agusta:

(Charleston Post and Courier) AUGUSTA--It was a tough battle Saturday -- not between the golfers -- but between reporters and police officers over who had a larger presence at the protest just down the road from Augusta National Golf Club.

Throughout the morning, law enforcement officers stood on the perimeter of the five-acre field. At no point did the protest turn violent, though officers escorted Heywood Jablome away after he held up a sign directly in front of Burk that read "Make me dinner" before shouting "Oprah rules."
There was no word on the whereabouts of his friend I.P. Freeley.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

One of the funniest Fiskings I've ever read. Tim Blair writes:

Robert Fisk - now revealed, as if there were any doubt, to be pathologically incapable of accuracy - might be using something special as well. Imagine if he was a sports writer: "The Anaheim Angels have won the 2002 World Series after a 620-mile David Eckstein centerfield blast drove in all 36 base runners late in the 89th innings. The diminutive (3' 2") Eckstein punched the air with all four fists as he rounded 17th base, his interstate swat having delivered the series to the Angels and earning Eckstein the MVHA (Most Valuable Human Alive) award for the 110th consecutive year. He celebrated by invading Palestine."

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

An appropriate name for a fund that loses all your money (scroll down to second item).

Saturday, April 12, 2003

I haven’t blogged in a while. Okay, a long while. I know. I’ve been reminded. What’s my excuse?

Well, I’d like to blame my younger son. Back on March 29 he started explaining how his transformer toys work. Each one. In detail. In excruciating detail.

He just finished this morning.

Those little toys can be manipulated in a lot of different things. And it can take a a while for a six-year-old a to explain them all.

I'll be back to regular posting tomorrow.