July 10th, 2005


Dennis comes ashore.

Looks like Hurricane Dennis is coming ashore around noon PST today, on a straight course for Pensacola, Florida. It doesn't look as focused or powerful as it could be... but the meteorologist I'm listening to seems skeptical, presumably because the model I'm linking to doesn't take into account storm surge or gusts up to 140 mph. The storm will be at around a CAT-3 when it hits land, and things are already starting to flood on some of the outer islands.

There will be contiunuous live TV coverage on WKRG throughout the day.

Although it's not a good thing to hope for, I find it very cool that one of the official hurricane names for this year is Hurricane Ophelia. It seems very appropriate...

Animal White House.

Karl Rove has been fingered! The latest Newsweek reports that he spoke to a Time Magazine reporter on "double super secret background", saying that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's "wife...apparently works at the agency on wmd issues."

Of course, Rove's lawyer is defending this inexcusable and despicable act in the most technical of ways...

"Karl did nothing wrong. Karl didn't disclose Valerie Plame's identity to Mr. Cooper or anybody else."

And he's technically correct. Karl Rove didn't tell the reporter that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. He told the reporter that Joseph Wilson's *wife* worked for the CIA... and he also apparently wasn't the one who told Bob Novak, the scumsucker who leaked Valerie Plame's identity, that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent either.

Rather, he probably had some other lackey take care of it... hell, the White House appear to have practically phonebanked the press on this issue, but only one "reporter" was stupid enough to play in to their attempted smear campaign against Wilson, for basically saying that the Bush administration lied about Iraq buying Nigerian "yellowcake" uranium.

I'm sure that Rove is perfectly innocent of leaking the name of Wilson's wife to reporters. Why do that when you can delegate?! Which, of course, is a conspiracy, but still... it's one that is hard to prove when Bush media whores like Bob Novak and Judith Miller are willing to cover up for the Bush administration.

Hard to prove, but not impossible. It will all come out, I'm sure, leaving Rove's lawyer with just one last ditch defense to use. If the worst comes to pass, Rove's lawyer will no doubt say that since Rove leaked a CIA agent's identity -- if not their name -- on "double super secret background", that he should, by definition, get "double super secret probation". Everybody knows that's just the way it works, right?!

Failing that, they could also attempt the "blow job" defense, throw a toga party, go on a road trip...

Some practical advice for the future.

The next time you go to a free outdoor concert, get plenty of sleep the night before, drink plenty of water, don't eat foods that upset your stomach, plan ahead, don't overexert yourself, and don't get heat exhaustion, or you're gonna be hatin' life.
(You'd think I'd know this lesson by now...)

That said, Carlos Santana dropped by the show and played on a few tunes. For free.
(Oh, and I didn't hurl or have to go to the doctor. That's good too.)

Things like this happen to me all the time, you know. I'm just special that way...

Forgotten in Iraq.

I heard tonight from abele about skysthelimit, a LJ friend. skysthelimit, aka José Mauricio Mena Puerto, was a 23-year-old paramedic. Jose was born in Honduras, but grew up in Las Angeles before joining the military. He did a tour of Afganistan with the 82nd Airborne, followed by a tour of duty in Iraq. After his time in the military, he signed up to work in Baghdad, this time as a civilian contractor with DynCorp.

José Mauricio Mena Puerto
January 26th, 1982 - November 30th, 2004

His last post to LiveJournal was on Thanksgiving night, 2004. After that, no word. abele wanted me to ask around with my friends in Iraq and find out whether anyone knew what happened to José, but she found this article tonight, (here's a Google translation) in the newspaper La Prensa. Apparently, he died shortly after Thanksgiving; by December 11th, he was returned to the U.S., where he was buried with full honors.

None of his LiveJournal friends knew until now that he died in Iraq. Nobody knew, apparently, because there was no story in an American paper that I was able to find. Not even his friends who commented in his journal knew.

But now we know. As per LiveJournal tradition, I hope that his last post becomes a memorial to him, and that those who knew him never have to ask what happenned to José. It's the least we can do, really.