Sunday, December 23, 2001
Thursday, December 20, 2001
Monday, December 17, 2001
Tuesday, December 11, 2001
Sunday, December 09, 2001
Saturday, December 01, 2001
Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Thursday, November 22, 2001
Secondly, after we had gotten home, my brother, Bill, his wife Kathy, and their twins, Laura and Sara, came over to our Mother's house for dinner. We had a wonderful time, but, because the twins were tired, they left after a couple hours. However, they are coming back on Saturday, which is Bill's birthday. I understand that the day after Thanksgiving is generally regarded as the busiest shopping day of the year, and I'm going to have to brave it, to pick up a gift for my brother.
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Monday, November 19, 2001
Sunday, November 18, 2001
Saturday, November 17, 2001
Thursday, November 15, 2001
Saturday, November 10, 2001
Friday, November 09, 2001
Monday, November 05, 2001
Sunday, November 04, 2001
Saturday, November 03, 2001
Thursday, November 01, 2001
Pakistan has arrested three of the country's leading nuclear scientists and held them for questioning for most of the last week in connection with American concerns that nuclear weapons technology could have found its way into the hands of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan.
Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Sunday, October 28, 2001
Saturday, October 27, 2001
Friday, October 26, 2001
Thursday, October 25, 2001
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Our bombs are so accurate we can drop them right through your windows . . . our infantry is trained for any climate and terrain on earth. United States soldiers fire with superior marksmanship. You have only one choice . . . Surrender now and we will let you live.
Monday, October 22, 2001
Saturday, October 20, 2001
Friday, October 19, 2001
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Bad News Alert!CNN Submits 6 Questions After Overture by bin Laden . . . After reading this article in the New York Times, my question to Mr. Walter Isaacson, the Chairman of CNN, would be, "How will you know that, if you do air all, or portions of, any video tape that you may receive, you are not actually playing into bin Laden's hand?" It seems to me that it is unlikely, to the point of impossibility, to believe that bin Laden would do this unless it was his intention to use CNN to further his agenda. And please, Mr. Isaacson, don't give us that, "It is our obligation to report the news." Given the Current Situation, isn't that a rationale that, in and of itself, is no longer acceptable? Shouldn't Mr. Isaacson, and others like him, have an overriding goal which would eclipse even their vaunted "obligation" to report the news, the goal of not doing anything that might help the cause of the enemy?
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Monday, October 15, 2001
Sunday, October 14, 2001
The third most powerful figure in the Taliban, Deputy Prime Minister Haji Abdul Kabir, said Sunday that the militia was willing to hand bin Laden over to a third nation if the United States offers evidence against him and halts the bombing. President Bush quickly rejected the offer."There's no need to discuss innocence or guilt,'' Bush added. "We know he's guilty.''
"There is nothing to negotiate about. They are harboring a terrorist,'' Bush told reporters.
The Bush administration has repeatedly refused any conditions on its demands that the Taliban surrender bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror movement -- suspected in the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States. The United States launched the bombardment of Afghanistan on Oct. 7 after the Taliban refused for weeks to comply.
Al-Qaida has released three videotaped statements since the start of the air campaign, the latest on Saturday, warning of new terror attacks against the United States.
Leading US intelligence sources, involved with both the CIA and the Defence Department, told The Observer that the 'giveaway' which suggests a state sponsor for the anthrax cases is that the victims in Florida were afflicted with the airborne form of the disease.
'Making anthrax, on its own, isn't so difficult,' one senior US intelligence source said. 'But it only begins to become effective as a biological weapon if they can be made the right size to breathe in. If you can't get airborne infectivity, you can't use it as a weapon. That is extremely difficult. There is very little leeway. Most spores are either too big to be suspended in air, or too small to lodge on the lining of the lungs.'
In liquid form, anthrax is useless - droplets would fall to the ground, rather than staying suspended in the air to be breathed by victims. Making powder needs repeated washings in huge centrifuges, followed by intensive drying, which requires sealed environments. The technology would cost millions.
US intelligence believes Iraq has the technology and supplies of anthrax suitable for terrorist use. 'They aren't making this stuff in caves in Afghanistan,' the CIA source said. 'This is prima facie evidence of the involvement of a state intelligence agency. Maybe Iran has the capability. But it doesn't look likely politically. That leaves Iraq.'
Saturday, October 13, 2001
An international Muslim religious ruling endorsed the morality of the U.S.-led military effort against terrorists, a statement important because of the prominence of one of its authors. The ruling, or fatwa, also said American Muslims can participate in the military response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
"Since you cannot defend everywhere at all times against every conceivable terrorist tactic, you have no choice, but in your own self-defense, to be pre-emptive, to go after the terrorists where they are," Mr. Rumsfeld said today.
Thursday, October 11, 2001
What is clear, however, is that for several decades Islam, more than any other of the world's great religions, has been the fountain of hatred toward the West in general and the United States in particular. Just as you don't have to be a weatherman to see which way the wind blows, you don't have to be a political scientist to observe that contemporary Islamic culture has not quickened a single democracy anywhere in the world.Here is the story.
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Tuesday, October 09, 2001
Monday, October 08, 2001
" . . . a desire to live in peace should never be interpreted as weakness by those who attack us. If attacked, we will respond; we will defend ourselves; and our very reluctance to use force means that when we do, we do so with complete determination that it shall prevail."
Sunday, October 07, 2001
Saturday, October 06, 2001
By modifying my health, lifestyle, diet and environment I can live to be: 96 Years Old
I was born on Monday, April 15, 1946. I have lived 20,263 days and have 11,419 days left to live.
I should die on Monday January 10, 2033 at 11:23:20 PM.
14. Since 1996, when the Taleban captured Kabul, the United States government has consistently raised with them a whole range of issues, including humanitarian aid and terrorism. Well before 11 September 2001 they [the United States Government] had provided evidence to the Taleban of the responsibility of Al Qaida for the terrorist attacks in East Africa. [Emphasis added.] This evidence had been provided to senior leaders of the Taleban at their request.Until I read this, I was unaware that the United States had already furnished, to the Taliban, evidence that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaida were responsible for terrorist attacks.
The report continues:
18. Despite the evidence provided by the US of the responsibility of Usama Bin Laden and Al Qaida for the 1998 East Africa bombings, despite the accurately perceived threats of further atrocities, and despite the demands of the United Nations, the Taleban régime responded by saying no evidence existed against Usama Bin Laden, and that neither he nor his network would be expelled. [Emphasis added.]Therefore, it would seem that the demand of the Taliban for evidence against bin Laden is specious, and is nothing more than a delaying tactic.
The Mercury now has new front disc brakes.
It rained, heavily at times, last night, although the streets are almost dry, now.
Thursday, October 04, 2001
Wednesday, October 03, 2001
Came home for lunch. Mother had been sitting up reading one of the books she got at the library on Saturday. She said that her hip hurts--that it is sore--where she fell on it this morning. She sat at the dining room table while I ate lunch (fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, green peas, and milk). Then, she went to lie down.
Tuesday, October 02, 2001
Today was another day of (mostly) massive inaction on the part of the insurance company that I'm dealing with. At least the damage adjuster evaluated my car and the car of the person behind me, but the "nice lady" at the insurance company said that she's waiting for the police report. The phrase, "Hurry up and wait," has never had more meaning for me than it has had today.
Since the service station where I had the crumpled up car towed was doing me the favor of charging $15.00 per day storage, I'm having the car moved to the body shop at the dealership where it was purchased. At least they won't charge anything for the car being parked on their lot until this colossal insurance mess is straightened out.
Monday, October 01, 2001
Telephoned the insurance company that the lady who hit me has her coverage with. I related my version of what had happened. The lady I spoke with told me that the lady who ran into me had given them a "completely different" version of what had happened, a version absolving her of all responsibility. I was disappointed, but not suprised. Apparently, an adjuster will look at all three cars involved. Undoubtedly, an examination of the cars will give the lady's insurance company a pretty realistic idea of what actually happened.
I stopped by the service station where the little, silver Escort had been transported. The mechanic, who had driven the tow truck yesterday, said that he had gotten it to crank. That's good, because I'll be able to drive it home after the adjuster looks at it. I washed the Mercury again (and again, and again) and got it looking spiffy again. I telephoned the insurance company, again. They had taken tape recorded statements from the drivers of all three vehicles. The last lady I spoke to said that they may be able to issue a determination of liability after they receive the adjuster's report. She said that the adjuster wouldn't even get the assignment until tomorrow morning. I hope that they expedite this, because I'm sure that the service station will not want the car to stay on their lot for an extended period of time. More to follow . . .
Since the fuel gauge on the Mercury doesn't work (the fuse keeps blowing every time I replace it), the first thing I did was drive across the street to the convenience store and gas up. Because the car had been sitting up for months, the windows were so filthy I could hardly see out of them; ergo, I took it to a car wash. It helped some, but I'll have to wash it another time, or two.
Once the windshield was (comparatively) clean, I could see that the vehicle inspection sticker had expired in February of this year, so then I went to a service station and got a new inspection sticker ($5.00).
Then I stopped back by the house to pick up the paperwork on the accident, get a cup of coffee, and post this, before going to the police station to establish proof of insurance.
Sunday, September 30, 2001
The change machine was not working. As luck would have it, I had just enough to feed two of the four-dollar washing machines. I got the clothes started washing and went to another laundromat for change.
Fortunately, the change machine at the other laundromat was working. I got five dollars worth of quarters and began driving back to the first laundromat. Several cars in front of me stopped in the lane of traffice in order to allow someone to make a left turn. I stopped. The car behind me didn't.
The 1997 silver Ford Escort sedan, which I was driving, was slammed into the gray 2001 Chevrolet Impala in front of me. The lady behind me was driving a 1990's tan Mercury Grand Marquis. She tried to say that after I ran into the Chevrolet, my car bounced back into her car. I don't think so!
I telephoned 911 to report the accident. The emergency operator lady wanted to know the colors of all the automobiles involved. "I can't tell the color of the car behind me," I said. "My back window is dirty. Just send someone, O. K.?!"
A police officer arrived shortly. He asked me for my version of what happened, first. I told him, the man who was driving the automobile which I ran into agreed with me, and the lady who ran into the car that I was driving agreed (somewhat reluctantly, I thought). "So, everybody concurrs," the police officer said.
The owner of the Chevrolet (who was accompanied by his wife) drove his car home. He and his wife live near where the accident occurred. Their car was only slightly damaged. The Ford and the Mercury both had to be towed. Not knowing where else to have it towed, I had it towed to the nearest service station that operates wreckers.
The police officer offered to give me a lift home, an offer which I readily accepted. All this time, the clothes are at the laundromat, having long since finished washing. When I got home, arrangements were made for someone to give me a ride to the laundromat to retreive the clothes. I was hoping that they were still there. They were. Since I live in a home without a washer or a dryer, arrangements were made to have someone dry the clothes at their home and deliver them to me tomorrow. For twenty dollars.
Oh, did I mention that when the police officer dropped me off at home, my other car's battery was dead? I decided to call a service station tomorrow to see if they could send someone to give my (dead) battery a boost. I don't know if that will work, or if I'll be forced to purchase a new battery. More tomorrow.