Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wednesday (Is It Not Friday Yet?)

The most memorable pictures of 2005

This blog lists the 18 most memorable pictures from 2005. I have no idea if this was from a contest or something. I have the 3 that I liked below. I liked all of them. The rest are at this site.

Swallowed whole
A rainbow trout fingerling peers out from the gullet of a northern pike at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game aquarium in Anchorage.

Red Square reflection
The Kremlin's Spassky Tower and passers-by are reflected in the wet cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square on Feb. 13.

A useful lesson
A German Shepherd named Pepper sits with two endangered Bengal tiger cubs and a cougar cub, far right, at the home of veterinarian Rob Zammit outside Sydney, Australia.

Home Depot Selling Solar to Mainstream America

I heard some of this on the radio about where CA is going with this. It's moving to the mainstream slowly, now if the feds could spend some of the 2 billion dollars/week that we are burning in Iraq for some things like this, we may eventually get to the point where we may not need to rely as much on fossil fuels.

The Home Depot has teamed up with BP Solar to provide solar installation service to customers. It is offering its customers the ability to sign-up online for free, in-home consultations. California is also getting ready to make solar roofs mainstream. Renewable Energy Access reports: "When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2007, SB 1, California's new state law that provides $3.2 billion in funding to build a million solar roofs over the next ten years, will officially take effect. But in order for SB 1 to succeed -- and the solar industry as a whole to continue to expand -- it's time to start marketing solar power as an accessible, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective product to the average consumer, according to California Senator Kevin Murray."


Incompetent Liars

From think progress
Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’

On Sunday, President Bush told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his Iraq policy has “never been stay the course.” (Today, Rumsfeld disagreed, calling suggestions they were backing away from the phrase “nonsense.”)

Moments ago on Fox News, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said “we went back and looked today and could only find eight times where he [Bush] ever used the phrase stay the course.”

Apparently, the White House research team isn’t very good at “the Google.” ThinkProgress has documented 30 times that Bush has used the phrase to describe his policy in Iraq:

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed, and victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph in the struggle of the 21st century. [8/30/06]

BUSH: Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done. And that’s - we’re going to get the job done in Iraq. [8/11/06]

BUSH: As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course. [7/11/06]

BUSH: And I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed. [6/19/06]

BUSH: If we don’t lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace. [3/24/06]

BUSH: Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, “stay the course.” If by “stay the course,” they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by “stay the course,” they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban - a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America - they are right, as well. If by “stay the course” they mean that we’re not learning from our experiences, or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they’re flat wrong. [11/30/05]

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05]

BUSH: And so the United States of America will stay the course and we will complete the task. We’ll help Iraq develop a democracy and the world will be better off for it. [11/21/04]

BUSH: My message is that - is that we will stay the course and stand with these people so that they become free. [9/23/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course so that they can develop an army and police force of their own so they can defend themselves. [9/13/04]

BUSH: We must stay the course until the job is done. [8/13/04]

BUSH: But Americans are used to hard work when it comes to a cause greater than ourself. And that’s what we’re doing. And we’ll stay the course. [4/20/04]

BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. [4/16/04]

BUSH: And we will stay the course in Iraq so that his son did not die in vain. [4/15/04]

BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course; we’ll complete the job. [4/13/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course in Iraq. [4/6/04]

BUSH: So we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5/04]

BUSH: You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice - he was killed in Iraq - and assured him that we would stay the course. [4/5/04]

BUSH: I met with the family of a fellow who - who was killed in Iraq. … I told the - I told the dad, and the mom, and the wife that we’d stay the course. [4/5/04]

BUSH: This country will stay the course and get the job done. [4/2/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, because a free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will make the world more peaceful. [1/23/04]

BUSH: And we will stay the course until the job is done. [1/12/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]

BUSH: I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done, but I also reminded them what I said publicly, that it’s up to them to seize the moment, to have a government that recognizes all rights, the rights of the majority and the rights of the minority, to speak to the aspirations and hopes of the Iraqi people. [11/27/03]

BUSH: We will stay the course, and as more and more Iraqis realize freedom is precious and freedom is a beautiful way of life, they will assume more and more responsibilities, not only for security, but for humanitarian reasons, as well. [11/14/03]

BUSH: It’s in the national interest of the United States that a peaceful Iraq emerge. And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective. [10/27/03]

BUSH: And we’ll just stay the course. [10/22/03]

BUSH: We talked about Iraq. And I told him and assured him that the United States would stay the course because we believe freedom is on its way to the Iraqi people. [7/14/03]

BUSH: We’re making steady progress. A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it’s very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course. [7/10/03]

BUSH: Not only does the war on terror go on, but we’ve got a lot of work to do in Iraq. And we’re going to stay the course until the job gets done. [6/5/03]


Nadim said...

@ bush lies: not surprising. got used to his lies

nice pics!

i think Gov.Arnold is doin a grt job!its unfortunate he cant run for presidency! hes the only gov i think hu has a 'greener brain'...

Cacophoenix said...

BBC had something about this too. As the very funny Jon Stewart said, he is not stupid, just thinks we are. God I wish all their pants caught on fire.

Sanjay said...

@Nadim.. as long as you vote to say you don't like them it's ok. Don't get used to them though.
Arnie is ok in someways and not in others. BTW I am glad he can't run for prez. Also he has to adapt to the pregressive CA electorate, he can't be an idiot there and get away with it.

@Caco.. they might be caught with their pants down if things go well.

Appu said...

no one turns back as fast as bush. that was a good collection. as i came back to the real world after a whirlwind tour of banglore, i was not surprised when i saw this in the news.

Maggie said...

I really like the fish in fish. As for Bush on Bush - well apparently the country, in his mind, suffers from collective memory loss?

M (tread softly upon) said...

missed the earlier bush on google too :)))

meno said...

Apparently the White House marketing department has decided that another slogan will increase sagging support. But to deny it outright is just pusillanimous, and typical. Just like he never said that 9-11 had anything to do with Iraq. Right.

Great pictures!

~River~ said...

Is the fish in the fish a Real Photo? ~:O

Keshi said...

I just love that dog and tiger cubs pic! What an example of love and unity. So beautiful!


Aditi said...

Cute pics..
Solar energy reminds me of that house in Australia of an environmental activist which is self reliant for energy and doesnt dump sewage outside but recycles it, also stores its own water etc.

Mona Buonanotte said...

Next thing you know he'll deny using the phrase 'cut and run'....or '9-11 changed things'....

priya said...

I felt me inside the fish oh boy:-))

Foodie's Hope said...

No, it's Thursday! Hang on, Sanjay friday is almost here:)

Love the fish in fish pic, OMG! So cute and funny..not somuch fun for that little fish though!:D

Intern said...

Sanjay, absolutely stunning set of images ... I had a good times staring at them. Thanks for putting the link.

Bush ... what to say about him. What's more baffling is that he is the President of such a powerful freedom loving nation as America ... and the damage he has done to American name in International circles, whould be difficult to repair. lets keep our fingers crossed for the elections.

starry nights said...

Loved those pics. As for Bush..nothing nice to comment on.

moegirl said...

At times I find the lies of the Bush team breathtaking...I believe they think things can go down the memory hole. I also gasped when Bush said, "I never said there was a link between 9/11 and Saddam"-- uh, yeah...Mr. President, your pants are on fire!

Ameet said...

"the Google" must be very impressed. Prez don't read newspaper but Prez can Google!

Nancy Willing said...

great link to the pics, I shared that one with a few folks,
I went to a candle party tonight and a surprising number of people did not think that the DEMs would pull off a win or if they did it would lead to a GOPer advantage in '08 becaus ethe DEMs would ef up the next two years (these were not solid GOPers either)
I made my usual intense conversion speech and got a few to come over from the dark side!

M (tread softly upon) said...

hey where'd you go?

Sanjay said...

@Appu.. He is the liar in chief..

@Maggie.. Bush does think we are all stupid.

@M.. :-) BTW am around, thanks for asking was on a one day blogging break.


@River. It's a real pic.

@Keshi.. Thanks

@Aditi. Yup but the environmental issues are at a point where individual efforts noble as they are may not make a dent. The governments have to step up.

@Mona.. A white house aide once said, we make out own reality. The rest of just get to live in it.


@foodie's hope.. thanks.

@Intern. I hope so too.

@Starry nights..yup

@Moegirl.. on fire indeed.

@Ameet. Who need newspapers when you have "the google" ;-)

@Nancy.. I am not getting too excited about things changing hands for various reasons, but let's hope so. Can you imagine how out of control this group of thugs will be if they win even by a slim margin?
Good job on trying to have folks come over. :)