Monday, April 03, 2006

Couldn't sleep, so I thought why not geek surf?

Found this site that monitors how many RSS feeds in real time that you are mentioned. I don't rank very high, but will keep trying.

Or this one which helps you find the kind of blog you are interested in or what we blog about.

Glad she's back, could care less if her views were forced or not, I doubt any of the freepers would have lasted 82 days without diapers.

In a video, recorded before she was freed and posted by her captors on an Islamist Web site, Carroll spoke out against the U.S. military presence. But in a statement Saturday, she said the recording was made under threat. Her editor has said three men were pointing guns at her at the time.

“During my last night in captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me I would be released if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and wanted to go home alive. So I agreed,” she said in a statement read by her editor in Boston.

“Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not.”

'I did not speak freely'
Carroll arrived in Germany on Saturday on a U.S. military transport plane on her way back to the United States and was expected in Boston at noon on Sunday. The Islamic headscarf she wore as a hostage was gone, and she instead wore jeans and a gray sweater.

The 28-year-old journalist — a freelancer for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor — was seized Jan. 7 in western Baghdad by gunmen who killed her Iraqi translator. She was dropped off Thursday — 82 days later — at an office of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni Arab organization, and later escorted by the U.S. military to the Green Zone, the fortified compound in Baghdad protecting the U.S. embassy and other facilities.

In the statement, Carroll also disavowed an interview she gave to the party shortly after her release. She said the party had promised her the interview would not be aired “and broke their word.”

We break our word, they break theirs. Thank goodness she wasn't being waterboarded or tortured with dogs, or does that count?

Heckuva job department, would you really want the job? Unless you were serious about improving things and had the cojones to back it up at all times.
Unconvinced that the administration is serious about fixing the Federal Emergency Management Agency or that there is enough time actually to get it done before President Bush's second term ends, seven of these candidates for director or another top FEMA job said in interviews that they had pulled themselves out of the running.

"You don't take the fire chief job after someone has burned down the city unless you are going to be able to do it in the right fashion," said Ellis M. Stanley, general manager of emergency planning in Los Angeles, who said he was one of those called.

Now, with the next hurricane season only two months away, the Bush administration has finally come up with a convenient but somewhat embarrassing solution. Mr. Bush, several former and current FEMA officials said, intends to nominate R. David Paulison, a former fire official who has been filling in for the past seven months, to take on the job permanently.

"To a lot of people that would be an insult," said Craig Fugate, the top emergency management official in Florida, who said he also had been interviewed but then withdrew his name. "They have been publicly out looking at how many different names and everyone turned it down and they come back and ask you?"
Not unless it was more money than they government normallly pays Halliburton not to get the job done and I was working for different rulers.

Truth and snark rolled into one. I was so mad I couldn't blog about, thank goodness someone did.

Just because I like the way she thinks.

Great thinking from a part of the world I would love to visit.

Somebody who says it like it is and not how pretty it should be.

Exactly why is immigration so important all of a sudden? The circus and pony brigade has to try something to distract real American to the fact that their country is coming apart at the seams, and well, it isn't anybody's fault except for the filthy unwhashed.

And last but definitely not least let's put some life perspective on the matters at hand.

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