Saturday, 10 May 2008

FUN FACTS

Ken Berwitz

I got this from our friend "Russ" - who seems to have a never-ending source of such material.

I can't swear these are all factual, but I'd like to think they are (well, maybe I'd like to think one particular fact is understated).

Here's what I'm talking about:

- The largest cell in the human body  is the female egg, and the smallest is the male  sperm.
 

- A full bladder is  roughly the size of a soft ball.


- It takes food  seven seconds to get from your mouth to your  stomach.

 
The attachment of human muscles to skin is what causes  dimples.

 

The average man's penis is three times the length of his  thumb.****

 
A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.
 

If the average male never shaved, his beard would be 13 feet long when he died.


Men with hairless chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men  with hair.


There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.


Side by side, 2000 cells from the human body could cover about one square inch.


Women blink twice as much as men.


The average person's skin weighs twice as much as his/her  brain.

 

When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate...they do the same  when you are looking at someone you hate!


Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you  aren't.

 

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing  still.


- If  saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste  it.


 The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average  man.

 

****  Guys:  You looked at your thumb..... Didn't  you?


MCCAIN ON O'REILLY

Ken Berwitz

I watched both segments of the interview Bill O'Reilly conducted with John McCain, which aired on Thursday and Friday.

The first impression I got was that it would have gone a lot better if Mr. O'Reilly had shut up long enough for McCain to finish any of his comments.  O'Reilly repeatedly broke in as if he, rather than McCain were the guy we wanted to hear from.  I don't know, maybe he admires Chris Mouthews so much he wants to be like him.

As for Mr. McCain, his answers, to his credit, were exactly the same as what he has been saying all along, issue by issue.

I like some of what McCain says and I dislike some of what he says.  But it is refreshing to hear that a) he says the same thing each time and b) he has reasons for his positions that don't sound like pure political pandering.

I loved Mr. McCain's amused laughter at the charge, by the ever-ridiculous Ariana Huffington, that he told her he voted against George Bush in 2000.  McCain laughed spontaneously and said "I campaigned for him all over the country".  It was a very enjoyable moment.

All in all, a good job by Mr. McCain and a victory for self-importance over good interviewing by Mr. O'Reilly.

In recent days, Barack Obama and his people have been insinuating that John McCain is diminished mentally (he's "losing his bearings", for example).  Tell you what, though;  if Mr. McCain can capably handle a contentious, even rude, give-and-take like this one - and he did so flawlessly - it speaks very well to his state of mental acuity. 

Maybe Mr. Obama should attack Mr. McCain's experience and qualifications instead.  Then he'll definitely be right in saying there's a difference between the two of them.


THE BDS AWARD FOR JENNA BUSH'S WEDDING

Ken Berwitz

I wondered just how hard media would work to come up with a negative angle on Jenna Bush's wedding. 

Well, we have a winner.  The BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) award goes to the Austin Statesman for this:

JENNA BUSH WEDDING

Bride hopes Jenna's day doesn't interfere with hers

Groom, many guests of one wedding will be on call for another - that of the president's daughter


WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD
Saturday, May 10, 2008

WEST Nora Bartosh has been waiting for her wedding, scheduled for today, for the past six years. Now, the 34-year-old West drugstore clerk is worried that a president's daughter could steal her groom and thus her special day.

The groom, all eight groomsmen and about 150 of the guests work in McLennan County law enforcement. That leaves Bartosh hoping that everything goes smoothly in and around President Bush's Crawford-area ranch today as first daughter Jenna says her vows. If it doesn't, most of Bartosh's wedding party in the town about 18 miles north of Waco could be called out on business.

The groom has been "relaxed and calm about it," she said. "I'm the one freaking out. I am worried. I'm a lot worried."

And there's reason to do so.

"Whenever the Secret Service request our assistance, we are there," said Chief Deputy Randy Plemons of the McLennan County sheriff's department, who was invited to Bartosh's wedding. "So we always have enough staff on hand. Everybody's on call, of course."

But Bartosh isn't rescheduling. Let Jenna Bush do the rescheduling, she joked.

Nora Bartosh and her groom, Darrell Bartosh, a 32-year-old McLennan County sheriff's deputy, are actually already married. They eloped May 10, 2002.

But the Waco native dreamed of a real wedding. She wanted to wear a white gown and have all of her friends and family gathered around.

So the couple decided to wait for May 10, 2008 the next time the date would fall on a Saturday.

Nora Bartosh has relatives coming in from Puerto Rico, Mexico and across Texas. There will be 300 guests, half of them friends and family in local law enforcement.

For a while, it appeared that nothing would complicate the Bartoshes wedding.

Then in January, Jenna Bush announced plans for a "simple" wedding today at the ranch west of Crawford.

But Nora Bartosh had planned ahead. For example, she had already secured rooms at the Czech Inn in West for out-of-town guests.

Some bridal shops, including Twenty-Fifth Street Bazaar in Waco, have reported that fewer weddings appear to have been set for today than on other spring weekends, perhaps because couples opted to avoid the headaches that could arise with a wedding so near Jenna Bush's.

There you have it folks.  Jenna Bush's wedding, which is taking place not in some glitzy destination but in the town where she grew up, is ruining the wedding of Nora and Darrell Bartosh.

Oh, wait.  That's not exactly true.  Nora and Darrell Bartosh are already married and have been since 2002.  So Jenna is ruining the wedding of two people who have been living as man and wife for 6 years.   I wonder if any of the Bush family ruined their elopment too.

Jenna has also ruined the weddings of every other bride who decided not to get married this weekend because Ms. Bush's wedding would cause them "headaches" (whatever that means, I don't have the beginning of a clue).

Congratulations Austin Statesman, for giving us a healthy dose of BDS.  Your timing was lovely.


VITO FOSSELLA'S POLITICAL CAREER: R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

Maybe if Vito Fossella was a Democrat he could get away with this.  Jefferson,  Mollohan, McDermott, Murtha, etc. are still in there, so it's at least a possibility.

But Vito Fossella is a Republican, which makes it far more likely he will be held to account for his transgressions.  And these are pretty significant transgressions, as the excerpts from this Staten Island Advance article show (you can read the entire article by clicking here):

Vito's long, dark weekend

Republican leaders give embattled congressman Monday deadline to decide his political future
Saturday, May 10, 2008
By TOM WROBLESKI, PETER N. SPENCER and KAREN O'SHEA
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Vito Fossella returned quietly from Washington to Staten Island yesterday to a bleak political and personal landscape and growing calls for his resignation.

It was a stark contrast to the day before his arrest, when the lawmaker took his children to see the Super Bowl champion New York Giants feted by President Bush on the South Lawn of the White House, according to Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King, a close friend.

Earlier that same day, Fossella and his father-in-law went to see the outgoing Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern deliver a speech to Congress, King said.

"He was on cloud nine. He was as happy as I've ever seen him," King told CBS News. "He said to me on Wednesday night of last week that it couldn't get any better than this. He didn't realize how short that was."

The Republican congressman had no plans to make any announcements about his political future over the Mother's Day weekend, but GOP leaders have given Fossella until Monday to make a decision about resignation.

And it seems they already know the outcome.

The Advance has learned that Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House GOP leader, and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), head of the Republican National Campaign Committee, called District Attorney Daniel Donovan yesterday to gauge his interest in the race.

"I have been contacted," Donovan told the Advance. "I have not put my name out there. As far as I know, we have a congressman in place, and I have no indication that he's not running."

REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS

It was the end of a wild week in which the popular, 10-year Republican incumbent's career unraveled in a series of missteps and revelations, starting with his arrest May 1 for drunken driving. On Thursday, Fossella acknowledged that he had fathered a daughter with the Virginia woman and retired Air Force colonel who picked him up at the jail last week.

Those close to the congressman have said he's more concerned with repairing relationships with two families. Wife Mary Pat and his three children live in Great Kills. Laura Fay, the woman with whom he has a 3-year-old daughter, lives in Alexandria, Va. .

I suppose it is possible that Fossella could try to hang on.  But it would be a big mistake.  Not only would he (and, sadly, his family) be held to disgrace and ridicule throughout the campaign, but he'd probably lose anyway and hurt his political party.

Better for him to resign, go into seclusion, try as best he can to patch up the destruction of his family and let it go at that.  That iss the most honorable thing that a man who has behaved this dishonorably could do.


MUSLIMS WHO CARE

Ken Berwitz

It is good to keep blogging about the fact - and it very certainly is a fact - that not all Muslims are terrorists and/or haters.  I've spoken to this truth numbers of times here, and this is the latest example, which I picked up from www.littlegreenfootballs.com:

Mosque Refuses to Bury Cop Killer

Fri, May 9, 2008 at 3:15:09 pm PDT

This is interesting; a mosque where Philadelphia cop killer Howard Cain might have developed that prayer bump on his forehead (by grinding it into the ground five times a dayits considered a mark of devotion) is now refusing to give him a funeral.

The leadership of the Germantown Masjid has refused to conduct funeral services for Howard Cain, the bank robber who killed Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski with a Chinese-made semi-automatic rifle.

No, we will not bury him at Germantown Masjid, said Tariq El Shabazz, managing director of the mosque. We dont want one slight scintilla hinting that we condone his behavior.

On Sunday evening, a friend of Cains family asked if Cains burial could take place at the mosque on Germantown Avenue near Logan Street, El Shabazz said. El Shabazz declined to conduct the service after researching Islamic law and meeting with Saadiq Abdul Jabbar, chief executive of the mosque; Imam Talib Abdullah, and others.

We dont tolerate that kind of behavior, El Shabazz said. Their actions are not from Islam. You dont dress like a woman, you dont rob people or transgress against them or commit murder. On all three grounds, they are dead wrong.

We are not saying that Muslims should not bury him, or that he should not have Janaza [funeral prayers], he added. He is a Muslim and he has that right, but we dont want that here."

Good for the Masjid and good for Mr. Shabazz. 

The more we see and hear of Muslims whose goal in life appears to be living in peace with others, the better it will be for all Muslims of good will. 

And the more we see and hear of principled actions such as this one, the more non-Muslims will be be shown that if you've seen one, you HAVEN'T seen 'em all. 

That's a lesson every person of every persuasion should learn.


LOSING HIS OBAMARINGS

Ken Berwitz

How nice of Barack Obama to accuse John McCain of "losing his bearings" - the clear implication being that McCain is some doddering oldster who gets bewildered and/or disoriented.

With this in mind, please read the following piece from John Hinderaker of www.powerline.com and see how you think Mr. Obama himself makes out on the bewilderment/disorientation test:

Can He Spell "Potato?"

Yesterday Barack Obama said that John McCain was "losing his bearings," a remark that McCain's campaign, perhaps protesting too much, took as a reference to his age. In fact, though, it is Obama, not McCain, who keeps having senior moments. In particular, Obama is weirdly unable to remember how many states there are in the Union.

We noted Obama's confusion here:

And I've now campaigned in 47 states, actively. And I think South Dakota is the last state that I have not had a campaign event in.

Now that doesn't mean that I expect that I will win all 50 -- or 48 states and Alaska and Hawaii -- all 50 states.

Today, Obama wandered even further afield, saying that he has campaigned in 57 states, with "one left to go:"

This is much worse than anything Dan Quayle ever did. Needless to say, these bizarre moments won't be promoted by the media as evidence that Obama is stupid. But they'll be worth keeping in mind in the fall, when every time John McCain misspeaks, the Democrats' whispering campaign will suggest that he's getting senile.

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Those last two sentences should be repeated:

Needless to say, these bizarre moments won't be promoted by the media as evidence that Obama is stupid.  But they'll be worth keeping in mind in the fall, when every time John McCain misspeaks, the Democrats' whispering campaign will suggest that he's getting senile.

Mr. Hinderaker is dead-on correct.  Expect to hear a lot about McCain's diminished capacities as the campaign wears on.....as Mr. Obama's mistakes are whisked under an ever-higher rug.


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