Great Historical Article

Via InstaPundit: A historical perspective on the war. This quote just really struck me.

This war is an abject and utter failure. What everyone thought would be a quick, decisive victory has turned into an embarrassing series of reversals. The enemy, – a ragtag, badly-fed collection of hotheads and fanatics – has failed to be shocked and awed by the most magnificent military machine ever fielded. Their dogged resistance has shown us the futility of the idea that a nation of millions could ever be subjugated and administered, no matter what obscene price we are willing to pay in blood and money.

The President of the United States is a buffoon, an idiot, a man barely able to speak the English language. His vice president is a little-seen, widely despised enigma and his chief military advisor a wild-eyed warmonger. Only his Secretary of State offers any hope of redemption, for he at least is a reasonable, well-educated man, a man most thought would have made a far, far better choice for Chief Executive.

So spoke the American press. The time was the summer of 1864.

Fascinating stuff.

There is a passage in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers where a student tells a professor of Military History “War never settled anything.” Heinlein’s character does an eloquent job of refuting this comment. This paragraph reminded me of that discussion.

War settled whether the Mediterranean Sea would be a Carthaginian Lake or a Roman one. War settled whether Jerusalem would be Christian or Muslim. War determined whether a surrender document would be signed aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay or on the Yamato just off Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. War determined whether France would be living through four years, or a millennia of darkness under Nazi supermen, and a weird, ghostly war determined whether or not there would be Englishmen and Scots and Americans living and dying in gulags in Siberia.

Krista Allen



I first saw Krista Allen on Smallville playing Lex Luthor’s wife. The episode was titled “Hot” and she was. Made Clark spout X-ray vision. Did a little searching on the net after that as found out she was a Baywatch Babe and started in an Emmanuelle series. Caught her on Fastlane recently as well as the bad FBI agent.

She has an animal physicality to her. Very directly sexy, while giving you the idea she’d hurt you if you cross her.


Did a little rearranging of the web page. With all the new stuff in the sidebar I decided it needed to be wider. Especially for the referrer stuff. I also tightened up some of the spacing. This wasn’t always easy because Nucleus controls some of the stuff. Like the Calendar, Search form, Login form and category list.

I got around the Search form by hardcoding it in to the page. This allowed me to put the button on the same line as the input field.

Couldn’t change the Categories list though. It seems to take up too much of the page. I’d like to go with 2 columns, but that would require changing the Nucleus code or hard coding the list. I don’t want to hard code because I want it to update whenever I change the list. Maybe there is a CSS way of doing this.

Speaking of CSS, most of the changes made to flip the page were done in the style sheet, not the HTML. Actually all of the flipping was done there.

I moved the calendar and search form under the categories list. Anyone have an opinion on what order the stuff should be in? Feel free to comment.

New Albums

Been doing some file sharing since I got into AudioScrobber and found some songs I like and went a bought the whole albums.

t.A.T.u200 km/h in the Wrong Lane. This pseudo-lesbian teen band from Russia actually has pretty good music. Their biggest hit is “All The Things She Said”, but “Stars” and “Malchik Gay” are good too.

Meredith BrooksBlurring The Edges. “Bitch” is the most famous tune off this one and it is good, but there is a lot of other good stuff. I also like “Shatter” and “Somedays” and “What Would Happen”. This is raw chick music. By that I mean most of the lyrics are about what its like to be a single woman. But not in a mamby-pamby way, but in a straight on rock kind of way.

Oral Sex Donations

The internet never ceases to amaze me. Just when you thought you had seen everything. I was looking at a redhead blog ring and came to a particular rather old and empty blog with the badge to the left on the side.

Be warned if you click on it you’ll be offering Ms. Unintelligible cunnilingus.