September 12, 2007 archive

The Surge Is Working In Iraq

{Crossposted at To Us!. Permission to use noncommercially with attribution.}

There is a real effective surge in Iraq.  It just isn’t with the combat forces.

Cholera is surging through the country.

Welcome New Users

Welcome New Users to DocuDharma.  We expect there will be a lot of you today.

Pony Party: Welcome to the Monkey House

Good morning!!

I hope those of you more familiar with DocuDharma will indulge me as I take a minute to explain what the heck a Pony Party is. 

Pony Parties should appear in the ‘Recent Essays’ section of your DocuDharma Front Page 3 times a day, 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. Eastern.  They serve as open fora, so feel free to ‘pimp’ an essay, say hello, vent, or throw up a plethora of ponies and pooties.  Basically, the floor is yours. 

They appear in the essay column, and due to their frequency and the additional open fora that will appear on the Front Page (more on that later), are meant to scroll away.  So please, don’t recommend the Pony Party essay.  I know it’s tough.  We’re nice people, and we like to give acknowledgment.  Trust me, we won’t take it personally.  But you know who might?  The person who gets bumped off of the Recommended Essays list by a Pony Party.  Put yourself in his/her shoes.

Pony Party; Labor Pains and Pharmaceuticals


So Today’s The Big Day!

Time to start making our marks.

We look sharp, time to be sharp.

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

The muses are ancient.  The inspirations for our stories were said to be born from them.  Muses of song and dance, or poetry and prose, of comedy and tragedy, of the inward and the outward.  In one version they are Calliope, Euterpe and Terpsichore, Erato and Clio, Thalia and Melpomene, Polyhymnia and Urania.

It has also been traditional to name a tenth muse.  Plato declared Sappho to be the tenth muse, the muse of women poets.  Others have been suggested throughout the centuries.  I don’t have a name for one, but I do think there should be a muse for the graphical arts.  And maybe there should be many more for all kinds of different skills and talents.

Please join us inside to celebrate our various muses.  If you’d rather celebrate some Lares or Penates, that’s cool, too…

The Morning News

Now With Exclusive New Content!

Japanese Prime Minister Abe will resign
By CHISAKI WATANABE, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Wednesday he will resign, ending a year-old government that has suffered a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat.

Abe, whose support rating has fallen to 30 percent, cited the ruling party’s defeat in July 29 elections for the upper house of parliament, and said he had instructed party leaders to immediately search for a new premier.

“In the present situation it is difficult to push ahead with effective policies that win the support and trust of the public,” Abe said in a nationally televised news conference. “I have decided that we need a change in this situation.”

Two soldiers who wrote NY Times op-ed killed in action

Over at dkos, Brandon Friedman has a diary up reporting that two of the seven soldiers who wrote that outstanding  NY Times op ed critical of the fiasco in Iraq have been killed in action.

Brandon’s Diary

I’m sad. I’m so angry.

Fine, honorable, courageous, intelligent men…lost to the madness of this war and this President.
We are less without them.

I Clicked on a Period and Landed Here

Freaking buhdy commented on my diary at dkos with a period.

I clicked on it. Am here now.

Freaking buhdy!

Midnight Cowboying – IM Chat with Allah

When I walk around Midtown Manhattan with the Midwestern tourist, I truly am lost in the supermarket of cultures. I can no longer shop happily. So of course my inclination was to do the slugliest of articles called: “The Time of Their Life: A Day in the Life of Midwestern Tourist in Times Square.” But the more I thought about it the more I was unable to write it. Who was I to say that their ability to stare up straight into the sky like turkey in a rainstorm was not an asset? Who is to say what is right or wrong in this day and age? Why, with all our modern ideas, and products!

I did a lot of soul searching about if I was being judgmental and condescending against these simple rotund  beasts. Since the closer you are to a problem the harder it is to view it clearly, other New Yorkers were not much help. This is mainly  due to the basic image these tourist generate for themselves by their actions while moving in herds on the busiest of streets.

So I knew I had to reach out to an old Instant Messenger Buddy and luckily he was on-line. So I had an impromptu to IM session with him. A few basic changes were made to the grammar to make it more readable, but here is the unedited version of my chat session with God.

Pony Party… it’s LAUNCH DAY wranglers

Can we visualize a 3D universe
which is finite yet unbounded?

Albert Einstein, 1954

Our war crime in Iraq is going swimmingly!

And our plan to nuke Iran is shaping up nicely too.


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