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links for 2006-09-05

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calling them as I see them

Anthony Mantova Embarrasses President Bush:

Paul Beard of Seattle got the top spot in the Eureka Reporter’s Letters to the Editor today:

Dear Editor,

Patrick Bell complains that a recent column, written by a former paratrooper, was “unhinged” in its criticism of a young war supporter who refuses to serve in a war he supports. Bell suggests Mr. Ash “should put his life on the line to support his view — and volunteer to be a human shield in Iraq, Iran or North Korea.” What Bell fails to realize is that Mr. Ash has been a human shield — for all of us here at home. He has been in harm’s way and understandably hopes that others who value a strong America would follow his example.

It’s easy to cheer for a war that someone else will fight: for someone who works for something called the Leadership Institute to refuse to lead by example tells me what kind of leader or soldier they would make. Perhaps that’s why Anthony Mantova and his fellow cheerleaders are steering clear of the recruiter’s office; they realize they don’t have what it takes. But I think they should give it a try, basic training might be the making of them.

I don’t support this poorly-planned and miserably-managed war, but unlike those who do, I’m not going to attack former or active duty troops. That seems to be one of the key differences: love the war, disparage and short-change the troops vs oppose the war but support improved armor/equipment and medical services for them.

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wildlife status

As best I can tell, raccoons don’t like crystallized coyote weewee any more than tiggers like haycorns. I haven’t seen any repeat visits from the little attractive nuisances.

It looks like they may have overwintered in a disused playhouse on my neighbor’s property, but overhanging mine: it’s a two-story structure and the upper floor is carpeted with raccoon deposits. Yuck.

It doesn’t seem terribly effective on squirrels but they weren’t my primary target. I can now turn my attention to them and see if I can find something that will work on them.

Now playing: Galang (Radio Edit) by M.I.A. from the album “Galang – Single” | Get it

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Had a tooth extracted this morning. I had walked in with a glimmer, a flicker, of hope that upon further review, the tooth would be seen as salvageable.

Not so. It was out in 30 minutes and when I saw what was left of it, I realized I was lucky to get off a lightly as I did. It was the next to last molar on the top right: the roots spread fore and aft to anchor it, generally making extractions problematic — like pulling a toggle bolt through a brick wall. But since the visible tooth was cracked all the way to to the gumline, it broke into two chunks under some persuasion and came out in stages.

Yuck. Now to sit around with gauze in my trap and wait for things to calm down.

There are lots of things I’d rather do right now.