Iraq – violence increases

The record level of violence has gotten to new record levels.  Let’s get some degree of reality.  I know that’s hard with this White House but let’s try. Let’s assume that we are going to have a real plan to control the violence in Iraq.  The plan will be to control Baghdad then to look at other major cities.  Baghdad is a city of about 7 million.  How many police would you need to control a population of million?  For example if a huge riot breaks out in LA and everything goes crazy how many police would you need?  One thing that I do know the number isn’t 140,000.  It isn’t 140,000 +/- 10,000 or 15,000.  You have to be talking about 500,000 – 700,000 troops.  Remember much of Iraq is armed.  At least that is what we have to assume.  So, now what? 

Increasing troop levels for 3 – 6 months is crazy talk.  If you want to control Baghdad then start a draft and ramp up.  If not then don’t waste my time or our troops. 

Terrell Owens screwing up, again

This will probably be my last comment on T.O. (a friend of mine calls him Me-O).  He has been fined $35,000 for splitting on DeAngelo Hall during the Cowboys-Falcons game last Saturday.  Whatever talents TO has; are completely overshadowed by his self-distructive personality.  I’m sure that he carries a psychological diagnosis.  Manic-depressive?  Psychoaffective?  I don’t know.  I just wish he would go somewhere and get help.  A “normal” person doesn’t act like TO.  I wish he would go to southern Colorado or Northern California or where ever people who have “$25 million reasons to live” go to for help.  Just go.

Senator Brownback removes hold on judge's nomination

From NYT:

Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who blocked the confirmation of a woman to the federal bench because she attended a same-sex commitment ceremony for the daughter of her long-time neighbors, says he will now allow a vote on the nomination.

Mr. Brownback, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said in a recent interview that when the Senate returned in January, he would allow a vote on Janet Neff, a 61-year-old Michigan state judge, who was nominated to a Federal District Court seat.

Mr. Brownback, who has been criticized for blocking the nomination, said he would also no longer press a proposed solution he offered on Dec. 8 that garnered even more criticism: that he would remove his block if Judge Neff agreed to recuse herself from all cases involving same-sex unions.

In an interview last week, Mr. Brownback said that he still believed Judge Neff’s behavior raised serious questions about her impartiality and that he was likely to vote against her. But he said he did not realize his proposal — asking a nominee to agree in advance to remove herself from deciding a whole category of cases — was so unusual as to be possibly unprecedented. Legal scholars said it raised constitutional questions of separation of powers for a senator to demand that a judge commit to behavior on the bench in exchange for a vote.

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Sen. Brownback is a dangerous man.  He plays the religion card whenever it suits his political needs.  Why he is a Senator is unclear to me.  It is laughable that he is thinking about running for President.  Bush is stable thoughtful politician compared to Brownback.