Thursday, December 15, 2005

Purple Fingers

"Every puple finger is a bullet in the heart of terrorism." Quote of the day - by the Iraqi man who helped save Private Jessica Lynch

Congratulations to the Iraqi people on this very historic day.

One Marines View from Iraq says:
Iraqis have begun going to the polls to vote for the first permanent Iraqi parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein. As many as 10 million people are expected to cast ballots in the historic election. Violence was reported almost as soon as the polls opened -- a roadside bomb went off in Ramadi, and another blast was reported in Baghdad. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.-CNN

Despite CNN’s Anderson Cooper reporting from “Ramadi” (BORRRING) and additional reporting from CNN above, voting here and around Iraq has been conducted flawlessly. In the insert above they report all the negative they can possibly muster with “a road side bomb went off in Ramadi” Yea, no kidding rocket scientist, it was one of many IEDs in Ramadi that went off today which is a daily event that happens in this area. They should move around in the streets and they will probably hear sniper fire as well. What else they didn’t report as that when those IEDs went off the Iraqi people in line waiting to vote didn’t budge or flee. It’s very sad that they have to try to highlight any miniscule possible negative activity about the work your Marines and Soldiers are doing while your service members continue to risk their lives to make things happen for Iraq. Anderson Cooper was in a voting facility in Ramadi interviewing Iraqi citizens and appeared to be in the way, blocking the voters from trying to submit their votes while he did his report.

Even the beeb is reporting high turnout
Voting was extended by an hour in some areas because of the high turnout, Iraq's election commission said.

Over at Threats Watch, Bill Roggio says
It is estimated Barwana has upward of 40,000 residents. Turnout has been heavy; over 2,000 Iraqis have entered the polls by noon Iraqi time. During the referendum on the Constitution in October, about 2,300 total votes were cast in the city.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Accidental Hedonist - 2005 Food Blog Awards!!

Vote for your favorite food blog, at the Accidental Hedonist.
It's time for the 2nd annual Food Blog Awards! Here's the chance to say "Hey, my food blog is worthy of attention!" Conversely, it's also the chance to say "Hey! My favorite food blog is also worthy of attention!"

Over the month of December, we're going to ensure that people recognize the quality writing and photography that go on in our community.

Here's how it's going to work - Between now and Friday, December 16th, we're accepting nominations in several categories, that are listed below. After the 16th, a group of judges will review the nominations, and submit five sites for your approval. From Dec 21st through December 31st, the polls will be open for people to vote.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Spice up your BBQ with the right rub

Spice up your BBQ with the right rub - The BBQ Report -

The BBQ Report has a great post about rubs and spices as used in barbecue and grilling.
This article isn’t just another spice rub recipe. It’s explains the role of a spice rub when barbecuing.
Be sure to check it out.


I forgot to mention that the article linked from the BBQ Report requires registration.