Short Random Thoughts

— I’m becoming more and more optimistic about the surge. Al-Qaeda is fleeing Baghdad, we’re rolling up the fighters and leaders of the Mahdi Army, and the Iraqi government seems to understand that it’s time to get serious — and that’s before the “surge” has even started. I think we have a better than 50/50 chance that the violence in Iraq will drop significantly in Iraq this year and that the Iraqis will be able to takeover day to day security by the end of November.

— If I were betting today on who will be the Democratic nominee in 2008, I wouldn’t put my money on Hillary Clinton or Barrack Obama, I’d put it on John Edwards. I’m not sure about that, Hillary or Barack could still pull it out, but Edwards seems to be the guy who inspires the most enthusiasm amongst the Democratic activists and his poll numbers among the rank and file aren’t bad either.

— I’m a fan of the blog Daily Pundit, but that blog has always had the odd habit of putting the comments on the front page. That worked out OK when there were just a handful, but now that there are a lot of comments, it makes it extremely difficult to tell where the comments leave off and the posts begin.

— Get ready, because if all goes as planned, a new Right Wing News design will go live this upcoming week-end.

— Great point from a soldier just back from Iraq who called into the Rush Limbaugh show: We’re talking about doing a resolution in Congress against the surge, but where’s the resolution calling for victory? Where’s the resolution calling for us to defeat our enemies?

Scooter Libby’s lawyer: “They’re trying to set me up. They want me to be the sacrificial lamb,” Wells said, recalling the conversation between Libby and Cheney. “I will not be sacrificed so Karl Rove can be protected.”

I have a feeling this trial isn’t going to be fading quietly into the background.

— How in the world can these incredibly rude people possibly be presented as the victims?

“Flight attendants often deal with obnoxious passengers who won’t listen to instructions by kicking them off the plane. But a Massachusetts couple think AirTran Airways went overboard by treating their crying 3-year-old daughter in much the same way.

…The Kuleszas planned to fly home to Boston on Jan. 14 from Fort Myers after a four-day visit with the girl’s paternal grandparents. She was removed because “she was climbing under the seat and hitting the parents and wouldn’t get in her seat” during boarding, AirTran spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver said.

AirTran officials say they were only following Federal Aviation Administration rules that children age 2 and above must have their own seat and be wearing a seatbelt upon takeoff.

“The flight was already delayed 15 minutes and in fairness to the other 112 passengers on the plane, the crew made an operational decision to remove the family,” Graham-Weaver said.

…The Orlando-based carrier reimbursed the family $595.80, the cost of the three tickets, and offered them three roundtrip tickets anywhere the airline flies, Graham-Weaver said.

But that’s too little, too late for the Kuleszas. The father said they would never fly AirTran again.”

Oh no, you mean the Kuleszas and their squalling little brat aren’t going to fly AirTran again? How tragic! I’m sure AirTran is heartbroken! Maybe it’s just me, by why should 112 people have their flight delayed because some parents can’t control their 3 year old? They shouldn’t! It’s ridiculous.

Update #1: From the comments section:

I’m a fan of the blog Daily Pundit, but that blog has always had the odd habit of putting the comments on the front page. That worked out OK when there were just a handful, but now that there are a lot of comments, it makes it extremely difficult to tell where the comments leave off and the posts begin.

“John, have you tried clicking the [hide inline comments] button on the page?” — Jo

I’d never noticed that button before Jo pointed it out. However, that clears it right up. Thanks, Jo!

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