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Archive for July 26th, 2007

Big Brother 8: Mike Evicted

Posted by Mike on July 26, 2007

Apparently some guy named Mike was a contestant on this season of Big Brother; and earlier tonight, he was evicted from the Big Brother house by a 7-2. He is third houseguest to be evicted this season.

This week on the show was the classic example of the old BB cliche “you reap what you sew.”  Mike was not initially targeted for eviction.  That honor belonged to the annoying duo of Kail and Jen. However, Jen removed herself from the block after winning the Power of Veto competition with Mike’s assistance despite a promise from then-HOH Evil Dick that Mike would be Jen’s replacement on the block.  After Jen removed herself from the block, Evil Dick kept his promise by nominating Mike.  The rest is now history.  Although Mike’s decision was not quite Marcellas-bad, it was still pretty darn stupid.  As for fellow nominee Kail, she now joins the other ten remaining houseguests for another week of Big Brother fun.

At the end of tonight’s episode, Dustin (the enemy without gonorrhea),became the new Head of Household. This means that he and his ally Amber are safe. Since I’m rooting for this duo, I hope Dustin can find some consensus nominees like Jen, Zack or Kail. Otherwise, he and Amber will soon become targets themselves. He should have thrown the competition.

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Oscar the Cat

Posted by Ryan on July 26, 2007

I don’t really like cats, being much more of a dog fan.  I’ve only met a few cats that I genuinely like.  To me, they seem very self-interested, using you for food and warmth and tend to get used to you more than truly like you.  Dogs are pretty dumb comparatively, but they love attention and show a high level of unconditional affection back to their owner.  Yet, the argument between cats and dogs is an age old one that will not be solved here.

But, I digress.

However, sometimes pets can do extraordinary things.  This story out of the UK’s Daily Mail puts a different spin on a cat few would be happy to see under normal circumstances.  Two-year old Oscar the cat lives and has free reign in Rhode Island’s Steere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence (no pun intended).  Oscar’s just a normal everyday cat except for one thing:  he happens to cozy up next to patients who have only about four hours to live and has been eerily accurate in his sense of death coming– more so than some of the doctors! 

Can Oscar really tell when someone’s about to die, or is something else going on?  Is this unique to an animal who’s spent his entire life in this environment where people come in and die on a regular basis?  Maybe we can put a Republican Elephant and a Democrat Jackass into a room and see whose lap Oscar jumps on!  Just kidding, but this is kind of spooky.  Some people think animals have an extra sense that humans have lost in our thousands of years of civilization which deals with these kinds of things.  Maybe, but many families of the dying have come to appreciate Oscar, so he seems to be serving a good purpose.

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Republican’s Lost Nerve on Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 26, 2007

This New York Post article outlines something that has been very frustrating to me, as a supporter of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Baghdad Security Plan (aka the Surge).  Its author, Ralph Peters, has been on many talking-head shows on many cable networks complaining about how the Iraq War has been handled since Saddam’s topple.  Yet, he believes General David Petraeus is the best commander with the best plan we’ve had there since the summer of 2003, when General Tommy Franks left.

But the problem he cites is not one in Iraq, which has been getting substantively better over the last three months, but with Washington and the MSM talking about the successes.  I’ve given up on the MSM giving Iraq a fair shake in their reporting, but the Republicans in Washington have lost their nerve and, according to Peters, are too afraid to talk-up the Surge in strong language for fear of being edged out of earmarks for their districts. 

Maybe, but this reminds me of the late 1990s Republicans: too afraid to stand up on principle for fear of being ridiculed by Clinton and the MSM.  Yet, this time, our loved ones are over there fighting to squash al-Qaeda in Iraq– a battle al Qaeda has to win even more than we do in order to keep their reputation in the radical Islamic world.  This time BJ Clinton is nowhere and his shrill wife, She Who Must Not Be Named, is 1/5th the politician he was.  So why are Republicans afraid to speak up, not just on Iraq but also on other issues?  Could it be from a lack of leadership at the top?  Maybe, but I’d like to start seeing at least one party in Congress have a spine.

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