Archive - Sep 2006
From a post of the same title by Bill Maher on The Huffington Post:
Afghanistan is a mess. The Taliban is back and has mounted serious offenses in recent weeks. NATO says they need more troops. And why is the Taliban back? Well, one of the reasons people are pointing to is our government's plan to eradicate opium. We've hired a corporation to go through the fields of the poorest farmers in Afghanistan and destroy their opium crop.
And it's really worked too - opium production is at its highest levels ever. But the rural farmers who grow the opium have turned on the Americans and Brits for destroying their crop, and this is where the Taliban is re-gaining control. Coincidence? Who's to say?
But I noticed in the recent drug survey - the same one that said baby boomers were getting high while their children say "no" - about 6 percent of people said they had used marijuana in the past month. About 4 percent of people surveyed said they had used methamphetamine. 2.6 percent said they had abused prescription drugs. Just about 1 percent said they had used cocaine.
Heroin? Only 0.1 percent used heroin.
So why worry so much about the opium crop in Afghanistan when Americans don't really have a heroin problem? We're sacrificing the war on terror in the vain hope of one day helping Courtney Love kick her smack habit?
Saturday was Elliot's first soccer game. It was rainy/misty and about 55 deg F, so not the best of conditions. His team is the Kickin' Chickens. They don't keep score, so we don't know that Elliot's team lost 4 to 3. He did score his team's third goal which you can see in the video below (after the pictures). Elliot's goal is toward the end of the video. His reaction after scoring is priceless...joy and excitement.
From an article titled "E. coli outbreak traced to spinach in 8 states, including Michigan" by Andrew Bridges in the Detroit News:
An outbreak of E. coli in eight states has left at least one person dead and 50 others sick, federal health officials said Thursday in warning consumers not to eat bagged fresh spinach.
The outbreak of the sometimes deadly bug killed one person in Wisconsin, said Dr. David Acheson, of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The outbreak has sickened people -- eight of them seriously -- in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah as well.
FDA officials do not know the source of the outbreak, other than it appears to be linked to bagged spinach. "We're advising people not to eat it," Acheson said.
Finn frequently talks about his "concert." We haven't really been able to figure out what he was talking about. He talks about it like it's an event that has already happened or will happen soon. I think he said it's in South Dakota. He frequently talks about things that happened at his concert. We were at church Sunday night when someone working in the office bumped her head and passed out. 911 was dialed, and a firetruck and ambulance came to the church building. I asked Finn if there are firemen at his concert. He looked at me funny and said "It's just my imagination." He said something about not being able to go into his dream. I agreed but said that we could pretend. Driving home I was telling this story to Lisa, and Elliot said, "Maybe we're all in God's dream. He knows what we're going to say and do, so maybe we're in his dream." We all got a kick out of that.