This is what passes for a United States Congressman in/for/from Colorado? If terrorists attack our cities with nuclear weapons, we should attack Mecca and other Muslim holy sites? I have no idea what an appropriate response would be, but I don't think that's it. In any event, nothing good comes of saying, "Well, what if you said something like -- if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," no matter how much backpedaling his spokesman tried to do later. Nothing like making many more people hate us and giving our enemies proof of our evil intent. To the Muslim people of the world, please ignore this asshole. Average Americans (even the ones who voted for W) aren't like this assclown.
On happier news, I got two ego boosts today, at the start and the end of the day. I needed them, given what a hectic day it was! :) At the beginning of the day, my boss reminded me that if one of the hospital VPs stuck his nose into my work, I should remember that he doesn't outrank me. "He's a hospital VP, but you're a corporate Director. So he's on the same level as you." Well, that felt nice.
Then, this evening as I was leaving work, I ran into the network's head of nursing. This is a highly respected person in the hospital and the network. She introduced me to her new second in command. She said I was the hospital's VP of HR. I gently corrected her, saying I was a Director. Without missing a beat, she said, "Well, he should be a VP." Wasn't that nice?