Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

On Afghanistan

Anyone wondering what to do about the situation in Afghanistan should consider what Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.) said at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan today. Specifically,

“First it will be the Afghans that will ultimately win or lose the struggle against the Taliban.” The United States is in a “race against time” in a region “suspicious of foreign troops.” Recognize “the decentralized nature” of Afghan politics and society. Be flexible. “What works in Mazar-e-Sharif … is very different from what works in Kandahar.” Be “humble about our ability to bring large-scale change.” Put Afghanistan in a regional context. “Permeable borders are straddled by clans, ethnic groups and militants and what happens in one country can have profound implications for what happens in others.”

People may not like ot disagree with Kerry, but I think what he states is accurate. for more on this, see The Washington Independent » Kerry: ‘Set Realistic Goals’ in Afghanistan


Yup. Not just for cats anymore. All you smart people could use some silliness and a laugh as much as anyone…

Anyone who has owned a dog knows this face. 🙂 For more goofiness, see Loldogs, Dogs ‘n’ Puppy Dog Pictures – I Has A Hotdog!

Dramatic evidence of what 50 years of auto safety improvements has brought us…

…can be see in this head on collision between the 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu.

I love the look of the ’59 Malibu, but after this I wouldn’t be caught dead driving one. Actually, if I was driving one, I could be caught dead in it. For this test, it was estimated that the driver of the Bel Air would suffer some injuries, while the driver of the Bel Air in this crash would die right away.

Thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the video.