Saturday, February 11, 2006 Miss Independent -- Feb. 13, 2006 Miss Independent -- Feb. 13, 2006 -- Page 1

I think Kelly Clarkson is enormously talented, but that on her second CD Breakaway that talent was somewhat eclipsed by the driving rock beats that accompanied her. The lyrics of the song themselves are worthy of mention and Ms. Clarkson shows some amazing emotional depth in their creation, but her beautiful voice was smothered loudness.

I enjoyed Thankful—Ms. Clarkson’s first release—far more than Breakaway and I only hope we get to hear more of her voice on her next release. Rock has never been to my tastes and perhaps that is part of the problem. BTW, the black jumper would work better if Kelly has a little more (well a lot more) upstairs to put in it.

Friday, February 10, 2006 - Brown says he's been made Katrina scapegoat? - Feb 10, 2006 - Brown says he's been made Katrina scapegoat! - Feb 10, 2006

Where it wine and cheese? But he is right and wrong.

The man was incredibly incompetent, and the bush Administration did make him the scapegoat for the unbelievable, stupefying, and embarrassing failures of leadership leading up to, during, and following Katrina. Who would have thought our government—at all levels—could fail so miserably!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

GOP senator calls spying reasons ?unrealistic? - U.S. Security -

GOP senator calls spying reasons ?unrealistic? - U.S. Security - "Sen. Arlen Specter"

Finally a Republican who is willing to speak out against the Bush Administration and call what the “All The Presidents’ Men” were doing—and are doing—in the name of national security.

“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ explanations so far for the Bush administration’s failure to obtain warrants for its domestic surveillance program are ‘strained’ and ‘unrealistic,” Senator Arlen Specter, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said on Sunday.

How right the Senator is, and Gonzales as the nation highest law enforcement officer, should know better. Can you say Impeachment?

Lebanese protesters torch Danish mission - Mideast/N. Africa -

Lebanese protesters torch Danish mission - Mideast/N. Africa -

Is this complete and utter madness or what. Is the finest example of human evolution? Muslims around the world wonder why their image suffers from the blight of negatively and is forever tainted with the stain of violence and intolerance need look no further than the events of the past week to enlighten them.

In many ways Muslims (mostly men) are still laboring in the 11th century, believing that their religion is beyond reproach and or the critical or satirical pen(s) of the world. So while thousand of Muslims take to the streets in all over the world in protest of a cartoon(?!), and acting like Jr. High School bullies walking hand-n-hand with elementary school babies throwing a tantrum, the West (and any sane person) looks on again and roundly condemns such tomfoolery.