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Leap Day Sucks February 29, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.

The Mideast heats up, as Israel threatens Hamas.

ASHKELON, Israel – Israel’s deputy defense minister warned on Friday of a disaster in the Gaza Strip after Israel activated an air raid system to protect a major city from increasingly threatening Palestinian rocket barrages.As Israeli troops, tanks and aircraft went after Palestinian rocket operations, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Army Radio that Israel had “no other choice” but to launch a massive military operation in Gaza.

“As the rocket fire grows, and the range increases … they are bringing upon themselves a greater ‘shoah’ because we will use all our strength in every way we deem appropriate, whether in airstrikes or on the ground,” Vilnai told Army Radio.

Israel warns Gaza of impending invasion

Meanwhile, America threatens Hezbollah.

BEIRUT – The pro-Iranian Hezbollah group accused the United States on Friday of endangering regional stability by deploying a warship off Lebanon and vowed to defy what it called an act of military intimidation.

The United States said on Thursday it sent the destroyer USS Cole to the eastern Mediterranean because the Bush administration was concerned about Lebanon’s political deadlock.

“The American move threatens the stability of Lebanon and the region and it is an attempt to spark tension,” Hezbollah member of parliament Hassan Fadlallah told Reuters by telephone.

Hezbollah: U.S. warship threatens stability

Meanwhile, reality threatens the stock market.

Stocks fell sharply Friday after a series of depressing economic and corporate reports and high oil prices stoked concerns about the health of the economy. The major stock indexes fell more than 2.5 percent and the Dow Jones industrials lost 315 points.

Investors were unnerved by disappointing quarterly results from American International Group Inc. and Dell Inc. And an index of regional business activity that Wall Street regards as a good indicator of a broader report set to arrive next week had its weakest showing in more than six years.

Leap Day Loser: Stocks Plummet

Screw the Mideast — that last one hurt me personally. It hurt me bad.

But I’m still trying to be positive. We’re having Papa Murphy’s Pizza tonight. I like pizza.


1. Sobek - February 29, 2008

“I like pizza.”

Uh huh. You know who else likes pizza? That’s right: child molesters. Do the math, people.

2. Anonymous - February 29, 2008

those are the worst looking pizzas i have ever seen. Whats that one in the middle – raw pork and hominy?

3. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

I was going to say “Pizza is proof that God loves us” but after the last comment I don’t want to be struck by lightning.

Tell me this: when, since the birth of humankind (whenever that may have been) has the area known as the Middle East been calm? Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Amorites, Moabites, Hebrews, Arabs, Philistines, Romans, Turks – everyone and their cousin has swept through. I’m surprised the Inca and Aztec never reached there and claimed it their own.

We’re so refined here in the West that I think we forget that the vast majority of humanity has yet to catch up. We’re all “pip, pip, I say, fox-hunting is quite cruel to foxes, what say you we ban it, wot?” while they’re “you cut my car off I kill you and your wife and daughter and son!”

4. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

Apropos to nothing: did you know you can tell the border between Israel and Gaza from space? Yep. There’s an abrupt end to the green and the beginning of brown. I’ll let you guess which side is Israel and which is Gaza.

5. Mrs. Peel - February 29, 2008

You know what else sucks? Michael made a grammatical error earlier today, but I don’t comment from work, and now I can’t find it. He may have fixed it with his Administrator powers. Grrrr.

6. Michael - February 29, 2008

Sometimes I make mistakes on purpose, and then fix them real fast, just to annoy Mrs. Peel.


7. Russ from Winterset - February 29, 2008

Tomorrow will be a new day. Oh yeah, and I’ll be attending the 2008 First Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival tomorrow, and trying to win the bacon eating contest with what might be the remains of a mild case of bronchitis. Yeah, like a little infection is going to keep me away from all you can eat bacon.

8. eddiebear - February 29, 2008

^Russ, you are truly a warrior. Kinda like Willis Reed playing Game 7 with a broken leg, or Jack Youngblood playing in Super Bowl XIV with a broken leg.

Godspeed and good luck.

9. eddiebear - February 29, 2008

Plus, it involves bacon, so it’s all good.

10. Russ from Winterset - February 29, 2008

Comparing me to Youngblood is WAY over the top. On a good day, I’m Ricky Proehl at best.

11. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

Not to hijack this blog (get it? I’m brown…hijack?), my major break in act with Islam took place the first week of October in 1998, one week before I was baptized. I was technically not yet officially a Christian. During a break in General Conference, we college students got together at the house of a member who hosted us for lunch. She made homemade pizzas. All of them had pork. Lots of pork. Bacon, ham, sausage.

Before then, I had eaten pork only once in my lifetime, and that was by accident when I was six years old.

So I took a deep sigh, dug in, and never looked back.

Lucky you, Russ.

12. Lipstick - February 29, 2008

There’s an abrupt end to the green and the beginning of brown. I’ll let you guess which side is Israel and which is Gaza.

It’s an amazing difference. I once took a bus from Cairo to Tel Aviv and as soon as you get past the border — GREEN!

13. eddiebear - March 1, 2008

^Kinda like those photos of Haiti and the DR, where one is kinda green, and the other is black. Or that one of the Korean Peninsula, where there are all these lights on in the South, yet only one on in the North

14. eddiebear - March 1, 2008

Russ, worry not. Ricky Proehl will always have a soft spot in my heart for The Catch in the NFC Title Game in 2000 against Tampa. He is a worthy role model.

Maybe I was a bit much with Youngblood. What about Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals game where he had the flu (sorry Skinny)?

15. Russ from Winterset - March 1, 2008

Jeff Hornacek, one the the greatest guards to play at Iowa State University, played on that Jazz team too.

16. eddiebear - March 1, 2008

That’s right! I forgot. Is he still playing?

I remember when Norm Stewart and Johnny Orr used to clash back in the day. And Pasta Alexander was at ISU for what seemed like 20 years.

17. Michael - March 1, 2008

It’s an amazing difference.

IB Factoid of the Day™:

IB scored an early scoop, and got a lot of traffic (for that time), when Sobek (then a brand new Main Page Commenter) posted a satellite photo of the Gaza Strip here after Israel invaded. Note the difference in the geography between Israel and Gaza.

On my own trips to Israel, I’ve been hugely impressed by the results of their highly efficient agriculture, and their reforestation programs. It is truly amazing. Lipstick’s comment on her bus trip from Egypt to Israel reminds me of the stark difference I witnessed on the border between Israel and the West Bank, or Israel and Jordan. The Israelis have made enormous efforts to restore their territory from desert to the promised “land of milk and honey.”

18. Bart - March 1, 2008

You know what else sucks? Michael made a grammatical error earlier today, but I don’t comment from work, and now I can’t find it.

I know of a recent one if you need it.

19. eddiebear - March 1, 2008

I have always been amazed at how the Israeli farmers were able to grow some of the best vegetables in the world in the hothouses and greenhouses in an area of the world deemed hostile to that type of activity.

20. Bacon-Eating Heroes « Innocent Bystanders - March 1, 2008

[…] 1, 2008 Posted by Michael in Sports. trackback Our pal Russ from Winterset mentioned that he was entering a bacon eating contest today, even though he is not feeling all that […]

21. USARULZ - March 2, 2008

Hey Russ and all you Bacon-Eating Hearos and fans. If you want to be a Real Hero get your asses down to the nearest military recruiting office and sign up to relieve the REAL HEROES so that they can get home to be with their families and maybe play silly games like you guys are enjoying at their expense. Then again I don’t believe that any of you could make a pimple on any of our troops asses! Pussies!
p.s. i just got back from that sandpit and gotta go back in 24 days just curious as to whats going on here at home while we take care of Ali Baba for you.

22. Bart - March 2, 2008


aww jeez, don’t fall for that crap

it’s a liberal troll

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