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November 12, 2007 Posted by | Animals, Blogroll, Books, Current Events, Environment, Fun Stuff, Health, Helpful Resources, Humor, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Money, Movies, Music, News, News of the Wierd, Politics, Random, Religion, Rhode Island, Sports, Television, Utah | Leave a comment

Promotional rebate has thousands of Red Sox fans sitting pretty

October 29, 2007

BOSTON — When Marty Rodweller uses a $2,000 windfall to either remodel her bathroom or take a trip to Ireland next spring, she’ll be thanking the Boston Red Sox.

The 53-year-old academic counselor from Danvers, Mass., is among several thousand Red Sox fans who are cashing in on a promotion run by a furniture store that offered full rebates if Boston won the World Series.

The Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Sunday night, completing the four-game sweep.

The four-store Jordan’s Furniture chain promised free sofas, chairs, dining tables and beds to customers who bought between March 7 and April 16 if the Red Sox won the championship. About 30,000 orders were taken during the promotion.

CEO Eliot Tatelman hasn’t disclosed how much the rebates would total, but he won’t have to pay it all. He bought an insurance policy to cover the losses.

Rodweller decided to go to bed before Game 4 ended and the Red Sox clinched. When she couldn’t sleep, she returned to watch the game’s final hour-and-a-half.

She didn’t have trouble nodding off the second time, though. “Because they won, I slept like a baby,” she said.

Rodweller said she bought the bed because she needed it, not out of any premonition that the Red Sox would win it all for the second time in four years. But because of the Jordan’s promotion, “I followed the team more closely than I usually do,” she said.

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, Fun Stuff, News, Rhode Island, Sports | Leave a comment

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Things I love about Smugmug and why I chose it over other competing services:

  • They allow you to try the service free for 14 days. You can try EVERY feature they offer without any restrictions
  • Your photos are safe and secure. They keep 4 backup copies of each photo in 3 states so you’ll always have access to them
  • You can lock galleries with passwords to keep them private
  • Smugmug doesn’t send you SPAM and there are NO ADS on the site
  • You can share your photos with friends & family without them having to register with Smugmug
  • A+ customer service. It’s fast, friendly, and professional
  • Basic account offers UNLIMITED storage
  • Prints can be ordered right from Smugmug. No need to get them ordered with a different company
  • Comments, tags, keywords, and compatibility with blogs and forums – very convenient!
  • Video clips are allowed with a Power User account
  • Very helpful and friendly forum called “Digital Grin” who can answer just about any photo related question you can think of
  • The company is FAMILY OWNED and not run by some internet conglomerate like Yahoo or Kodak
  • Company has always been profitable so there’s no risk of them going out of business then you lose all your files

August 9, 2007 Posted by | Animals, Current Events, Environment, Fun Stuff, Health, Humor, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Money, Music, News, News of the Wierd, Politics, Random, Religion, Rhode Island, Sports, Television, Utah | Leave a comment

Defending Bush is indefensible

Letter to the Editor from the Providence Journal in Rhode Island 4/5/07.

How pathetic that Rhode Island’s Gov. Don Carcieri is “awestruck by George Bush.” (M. Charles Bakst column, March 26).

“This is an immensely talented man whose compassion and caring for this nation is unparalleled,” he told a roomful of, I assume, equally adoring Republicans, given that they gave him a standing ovation.

Talented? Compassionate? Bush?

Where has the governor been the last six years — under the proverbial rock, coming out only to attend dinner parties at the White House or Patriots games in a private luxury box at Foxboro Stadium, to cut funds to poor people, and, of course, bash unions and Democrats? Doesn’t he read? Doesn’t he listen? Doesn’t he care?

Seventy percent of Americans — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — open minded people who get their information from other than U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, or The Weekly Standard, and are not duped by entertainers like radio’s Rush Limbaugh and television’s Bill O’Reilly — know what the governor apparently does not: that this president is totally incompetent, leads an administration of scandalous liars, and cares now only about one thing, his legacy.

It’s a disgrace to be led in this state by a governor who is smitten by a president who will, undoubtedly, go down as one of the two or three worst in history.

TONY SOUSA
South Kingstown, R.I.

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April 11, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Politics, Rhode Island | Leave a comment

Terrorism grew after Saddam’s fall

Letter to the Editor from the Providence Journal in Rhode Island 4/9/07.

In his April 1 Commentary piece, “The measurement of national safety,” Col. Theodore L. Gatchel takes to task Democrats who, without providing a rationale to back up their assertion, make the claim that the war in Iraq “has not made America safer.” He poses the question “What measures of effectiveness are they using to compare the safety of the United States before and after the American-led coalition invaded Iraq?” and suggests that “the number of terrorist incidents would be a logical place to start.”

I also agree that the number of terrorist incidents would provide a good indicator of how successful the war in Iraq has been. And, since Colonel Gatchel and others have argued that we are really engaged in a “global” war on terror, it seems to me a good measure of effectiveness would be the number of global terrorist incidents that have occurred since the invasion.

In August 2004 President Bush established the National Counterterrorism Center ( http://www.nctc.gov/) as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In 2004, the NCTC started an online database of global terrorist attacks called the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (http://wits.nctc.gov/).

A search of their database yields the following results (as of 4/1/2007): total number of terrorist attacks world-wide in 2004: 3,257; in 2005: 11,153; in 2006: 14,343.

What are we to make of these facts? While it is true, as Colonel Gatchel points out, that no major attacks have occurred on U.S. soil since the invasion, the WITS data makes it clear that the war in Iraq has not made the world safer. If worldwide terrorist attacks continue to increase at the alarming rate suggested by the WITS data, it is only a matter of time before Americans, both abroad and here at home, will once again be under attack.

The only way to reverse this trend is to abandon our clearly unsuccessful military approach to the war on terror and to start down the road to a political, diplomatic, and economic solution.

ART COREY
East Providence, R.I.

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April 11, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Politics, Rhode Island | Leave a comment

U.S. foreign policy fuels Muslim attacks

Letter to the Editor from the Providence Journal in Rhode Island 4/12/07.

In questioning the premise that the Iraq war has made us less safe, the Naval War College professor Theodore Gatchel criticizes the “reluctance of proponents of the ‘we’re not safer’ thesis to offer any measures” supporting their viewpoint (“The measurement of national safety,” Commentary, April 1).

Well, the terrorism expert Peter Bergen suggested that “an exponentially rising number of terrorist attacks is one metric (concerning the war on terror) that seems relevant” (Foreign Affairs, November-December 2005). Bergen points out that the year 2003 saw the highest incidence of significant terrorist attacks in two decades, and then, in 2004, that number tripled.

Professor Gatchel seems to suggest that the fact that we have not been attacked in the United States since we invaded Iraq means that the Bush administration’s pre-emptive attack on that country may be making us safer. His argument seems to be at odds with history and common sense.

One need only remember our history, in which a fairly modest attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 was followed by the horrendous attack of 9/11. The presumed architect of these attacks, Osama bin Laden, has been precise in stating why the attacks occurred.

According to Michael Scheuer, the CIA analyst who has tracked bin Laden since 1996, Osama has attacked us because of our policies and actions in the Muslim world. Scheuer points out that our recent policies have radicalized the Islamic world. In his book The Far Enemy, Fawaz Gerges states that most people in the Muslim world were hostile to al-Qaida after the 9/11 attack, but that sentiment changed after America invaded Iraq. He notes that now many Muslims see it as a “binding Islamic duty” to drive the invading forces out of Iraq.

George Bush may see us as liberators, but most people in the Iraq and the rest of the Middle East see us as invaders and occupiers. Our presence there continues to increase violence and death throughout the world, and leads to the strong possibility of retaliation by those who feel wronged by the United States.

Fortunately, the American people have rejected the Bush administration’s plan to engage in an ongoing cycle of violence and death. Hopefully, our congressional leaders will have the courage to listen to the people and bring our troops home now.

JIM CUMMINGS
West Kingston, R.I.

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April 11, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Politics, Rhode Island | Leave a comment