Day Fiftytwo: 4 December 2009

Today was the last day of the last full week of classes for the semester, gah! After class/working out some of us went to Goodwill to buy awesome Christmas sweaters, because Christmas-sweater themed parties are common this time of year at ND. Mine is pretty grood, maybe I’ll bring it home. Also at Goodwill I got a shirt with a white Bengal Tiger on it. The front is a big menacing tiger head with bright blue eyes that pierce you to the core. The back has a full bodied majestic tiger on the prowl. I like it a lot, and will definitely be bringing it back with me to show off.

Day Fiftyone: 3 December 2009

Today was an extremely uneventful day for me, but it was your last day in Nepal I believe. That is so wild! I’m you will be showering and eating enough in Thailand so that we aren’t very surprised by your appearance when you return home.

In news: unflinching on a critical first test, Senate Democrats closed ranks behind $460 billion in politically risky Medicare cuts at the heart of health care legislation, thwarting a Republican attempt to doom President Barack Obama’s sweeping overhaul.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, arriving at NATO headquarters, welcomed an expected series of announcements by allied nations of additional military, civilian and financial support for the war effort in Afghanistan.

One of two civilian police officers who brought down the Army psychiatrist accused of going on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood said her wounds from the attack will cut short her career as street police officer.

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says the Tennessee Republican’s daughter, Julia Corker, was carjacked in Washington, D.C., though she was not seriously injured and that the 22-year-old woman was on her way to the family’s apartment tonight when she stopped at an intersection and was approached by someone.

Some stumbles:

Crazy Body Painting

A Neat Map

Day Fifty: 2 December 2009

Today we had a big student government Christmas kickoff event as a fundraiser for a toy drive which was tonz-o-fun. Also, I did a super intense cross-fit type workout with a freshmen in Stanford who is in my Italian class, Justin Hintz (the J-Cat). He is super-buff and strong, but only works out for 20 minutes every other day (and eats healthy). So I decided to workout with him today, and it was crazy. He did pull-ups with 70 extra bounds cluthced between his legs! He did pushups with his feet on a chair which makes them a lot harder. He did a lot of other crazy stuff where he was hanging or holding himself up doing leg lifts and dips and stuff. I couldn’t do nearly what he could. He has an eight-pack, which is gnarly. I don’t plan on getting very big, but I can tell that I have been getting stronger lately through my gym workouts. Also, now I am coming home on the 18th, which is one day earlier than I thought! And I think I posted that yesterday to, but I’m feeling lazy and not going to check.

A deeply skeptical Congress resigned itself to President Barack Obama’s escalation of the Afghanistan war, even as the president’s chief military and diplomatic advisers sought to cool any expectations that the war would end in two years.

After months of negotiations, Comcast Corp. is finally about to seal its deal for a majority stake in NBC Universal, turning the nation’s largest cable TV provider into one of its most powerful media companies.

With a public apology and another appeal for privacy, Tiger Woods acknowledged that he let his family down with unspecified “transgressions” that he regrets with “all of my heart.” “I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves,” Woods said on his Web site following a magazine report of an alleged affair.

Day Fourtynine: 1 December 2009

It’s December! We put up decorations in the 6-man (boypack common room) and Tully and I took our Christmas Card picture, which will be mailed to Olive Ave tomorrow. Today I also worked out, went to class, did my landry and read an awesome article on the Cleveland Clinic in newsweek. It is especially cool because both Sam and Steph’s fathers work with the Cleveland clinic. Tomorrow is ‘Hoidaypalooza’, a big christmas season kickoff event that my committee in student government is putting on. Finally, it turns out I am coming home on the 18th because I have no finals on friday. One day sooner, win!!!

The big news today was a presidential address. Declaring “our security is at stake,” President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Afghanistan Tuesday night, nearly tripling the force he inherited as commander in chief. He promised an impatient public he would begin bringing units home in 18 months. The buildup to about 100,000 troops will begin almost immediately, the first Marines will be in place by Christmas, and will cost $30 billion for the first year alone. In his prime-time speech at the U.S. Military Academy, the president told the nation his new policy was designed to “bring this war to a successful conclusion,” though he made no mention of defeating Taliban insurgents or capturing al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.However, critics and fact-checkers have argues already that Obama’s speech did not always match the reality on the ground in Afghanistan, and that the president raised expectations that may be hard to meet when he told Americans his troop increase in Afghanistan will accelerate the training of that country’s own forces and be accompanied by more help from allies.

Day Fourtyeight: 30 November 2009

The last day of november! Of course, this meant that Tully and Alex and I went to WalMart to get the last of our Christmas decoration, which look sweet. The room is all set up, so I think we’ll be taking our picture for our Christmas card tomorrow or Wednesday. Also, today I got my mohawk, I think it looks sweet as well, although it isn’t very Christmasy.

After months of debate, President Barack Obama will spell out a costly Afghanistan war expansion to a skeptical public Tuesday night, coupling an infusion of as many as 35,000 more troops with a vow that there will be no endless U.S. commitment. His first orders have already been made: at least one group of Marines who will be in place by Christmas.

Authorities believe the man sought in the slaying of four police officers is still alive and has been aided by a network of friends and family, a police spokesman said.

Iran’s announcement of plans to build 10 more uranium enrichment facilities is largely bluster after a strong rebuke from the U.N.’s nuclear agency, analysts said. Nonetheless, the defiance is fueling calls among Western allies for new punitive sanctions to freeze Iran’s nuclear program.

Tiger Woods still isn’t talking. Now he’s not playing, either. Woods withdrew from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. His decision comes as questions continue to mount regarding what exactly happened in the wee hours of the morning last Friday, questions that most certainly would have been asked of him had he played.

Day Fourtyseven: 29 November 2009

Today I slept in, had breakfast, played football with the Tulisiaks, drove to school, had dinner, did homework, talked to you and went to church. Fairly standard, except for the 4 hour car ride. Luckily all the radio stations were playing Christmas music so we did lots of singing along.

While markets around the world continue to assess the fallout from Dubai’s worrisome debt problems, investors trying to get a handle on the global economy will also factor in some encouraging U.S. retail sales over the Thanksgiving weekend.

A man with an extensive criminal past, including a lengthy prison sentence commuted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee nearly a decade ago, was being sought in a deadly ambush on four police officers who were gunned down inside a coffee shop.

Iran approved plans to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of U.N. demands it halt enrichment and a move that is likely to significantly heighten tensions with the West.

People infected with the virus that causes AIDS should start treatment earlier than currently recommended, the World Health Organization said today.

Here are Some Funny Roller Coaster Pictures I Stumbled. The best part is that the 5th picture is of Chris Tulisiak punching Sam Tulisiak.

 

Day Fourtysix: 28 November 2009

We picked out the Tulisiak’s Christmas tree today. It is pretty big, but not as big as Niko’s (if you ever saw it). The tree farm had a cool big holiday store that was kinda like holiday land at the San Fransisco Macys, but a little more rustic? It was sweet nonetheless. Other than that it was kinda a day of lazing around and school work, just what vacation is designed for. Also, I’m excited to go back to school and get the last of my christmas decorations with Tully sometime in the upcoming week. We still need a (smallish) Christmas tree for our room.

According to a Senate report, Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force. The report asserts that the failure to kill or capture bin Laden at his most vulnerable in December 2001 has had lasting consequences. Bin Laden’s escape laid the foundation for today’s reinvigorated Afghan insurgency and inflamed the internal strife now endangering Pakistan.

The Obama administration, battling a foreclosure crisis that shows no signs of relenting, will step up pressure on mortgage companies to do more to help people remain in their homes, White House officials reported.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, is concerned that congressional efforts at financial reform could weaken the central bank’s ability to handle future crises and may politicize monetary policy.

Finally, I know you don’t care anything about Notre Dame football, and if I told you all the details about what it has been doing to me you’d probably be mad at me for caring so much about a sports team. But, we have lost 4 straight games (the last 4 of the season) to finish unranked and 6-6 for the second season in a row. And an angry fan punched our quarterback outside a bar last weekend and he is probably going to leave school early to go play in the NFL and our head coach is going to be fired, but we have to pay him $18 million dollars to break the contract we have with him, and we don’t have another good coach lined up and we just suck and it looks like we are going to suck next year too and everyone makes fun of me all the time and I hate it! Gah!