Saturday, May 13, 2006
A good reason to use birth control
Public enemy number 1.
I let myself get roped into downloading the kids favorite villian of choice, gasp,.... the unspeakably evil Sponge Bob Squarepants. They sat on each knee with a gleeful little squeal everytime I started downloading his dark image onto the hard drive.
Really though, I like the comedy, it's just the voice that grates on me like broken glass. Probably why they love him so much. Now Patrick, I actually like him, and Mr. Crab of course. I wonder too if my parents were half as annoyed by Scooby Doo and Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr., The Groovy Ghoulies, Josie and The Pussycats, The Banana Splits,...
Yeah, they probably were.
That's not exactly accurate, when you consider that there has been more than one poll
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. But 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.
The polls are virtually opposite in their take on what people really believe. I would be interested to see the questions and their wording to really get a view into the way the polls were done. But how many mid-Ohioans do ya think read Newsweek as opposed to the Dispatch? I haven't heard people talking about this, gas prices or the war, but not this. My wife, a democrat, says "good" with a shrug of her shoulders. She's glad that the NSA is doing this to track down the bad guys. She doesn't see it as a privacy issue. I do see the potential for abuse, but come on here. Unless the NSA can grow themselves all a set of crystal balls, how else and with what tools could they hope to gather intell on local cells?
As to the right to remain anonymous, that's long gone. Wether from the government gathering taxes, companies garnering demographics for market share, or universities spreading knowledge, no one is completely removed from the collection of data. You can't uninvent the wheel. The only choices we have now are to the amount of access we wish to allow the government to individual persons and their data. A tough issue, that would occupy great thinkers for a very long time. Screaming about privacy or name calling isn't helpful here. The government has my fingerprints, my FBI file, so to worry about them tracking my long distance calls is kind of silly. They would be bored to tears and that is what most people would say. The Fourth Amendment is to protect against"unreasonable" searchs and seizures, not to prevent them in all cases for whatever reason. The nine supremes will speak on it soon enough, and then it'll be the law that we all have to live with.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Daddry Lord of Rohan
My wife and I really loved the Lord of The Rings trilogy, so this is a fun little item. I actually identfy alot more with Boromir than any of the others. He's flawed, very human, and gives into temptation. He redeems himself in the end by sacrificing himself to save Merry and Pippin, he regains his honor, holds true to the fellowship. His life ends with his desire to save his people still on his lips.
We should all meet our end so well.
Alot has been written drawing political lessons on both the right and left from these films. I won't do that though. Let them stand as the works they are, and if we draw anything at all from them,.. Let it be that friendship, and love, can enable even the most humble among us to accomplish the impossible. That's a lesson we can all find inspiration in.
Enough of Politics
Poseidon? The first movie sucked, death and large scale disaster movie's leave me cold. I want to see movies where life is celerbrated, where lives are saved. Not films where the game is,... who dies next.
Like it if you will, I'll stay home on this one.
How do you define "elite"?
"The nation is hearing echoes of this complaint in words of some of the generals currently criticizing Rumsfeld: “My sincere view is that the commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions -- or bury the results,” said Lt. General Greg Newbold in Time magazine recently. "
Well for one thing, both Bush and the much maligned Rumsfeld are veterans. Something you would think a two star general would know before he shot off his mouth. Second, the article is written by people with very close ties to the Clinton White House. In fairness, they did offer that information in the article. But the whole tone of the piece has a certain taste of, "oh my God, we didn't realize!" quality that is pretty shameful when you consider that they never got that clue when Clinton was in power. They also had to include the swipe at Rumsfeld when a casual check would have told them he was a former pilot. They dance on the head of a pin here trying to both show that the so called "elites" were grossly under represented in the services, while at the same time making an under the table case that only veterans can make the choices about going to war or not.
We've already had this debate. Civilians govern the services for a reason, so that men who may fine officiers, but lousy policy makers don't form a praetorian guard. I also challenge their assumption that the wealthy constitute the "elite" of this country. I've met too many officiers to believe that, they aren't as a group any better than your average high school football team. One or two that really shine, the majority are decent at what they do, and a few outright suck. A moneyed background doesn't give you a higher than normal IQ. It gives you more choices, it doesn't make you smarter. Especially since most people who have money were born into it. I know that the argument they make is a valid one if you say that people in power should have a greater understanding of what they commit us to, that more upper class people should serve. But that's not what they say when they use words like elite. The best and brightest are more often than not drawn from the ranks of the enlisted. Educated by the military, they often far outshine the annointed officer class in both ability and in commitment.
Elite is a word to describe men and women who have earned a special distinction over the rank and file. Not to describe the moneyed Harvard brats of political clans. Being smart doesn't get you to Harvard, being rich does, a whole separate criteria. They speak from arrogance, they count themselves in this special class that just gosh darn it all, don't understand what it's like having a family member serve.
The message board at the site touching on this was totally dominated by former officers, ones with usually a decided lean against the war. I've met some vets like that, they usually hand out LaRouch pamplets and say that the Illumanati are joining with a global Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. And if I sound overly cruel to these people,
good, my work is done.
I Really Wonder About This Stuff
"Alarmed by the relentless rise of anti-Americanism around the world, a business-backed group is trying to change the behavior that spawned an enduring stereotype of Americans abroad Ã— loud, arrogant, ill-dressed, ill-mannered and lacking respect for other cultures."
Somehow I really doubt that anti-Americanism is purely a product of one on one contact with rude Americans. It just couldn't account for the high numbers. I have a piss poor view of the French, but haven't met any since high school. So I doubt the premise is valid. I base my view on the craven behavior of their governments, and the polls taken of French views on world events. The worst, absolute worst kind of ugly anything behavior I've personally witnessed, was from Saudi's in training at a US base. You can't begin to know just how openly, wantonly insulting those little shits could be. I say "little", because like many foreigners, the Saudi's are quite short in height. A few of them were given a ticket back home their behavior was so bad. Anti-Amercanism has always been around, driven in many cases by the hardcore leftwing in europe and asia, a remnant of the cold war. Political differences turned bigotry.
Being the only, for lack of a better word, "hyperpower" in the world, we are just going to have to get used to it. They are never going to love the 900lb.Gorillaa roaming the earth, never going to warm to a nation that can crush another nation at will with minimal cost to itself. I doubt that any power in our position in history has ever been liked, or even worried that they weren't. That we care at all shows a certain charm, if not innocence.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Read this if you truely believe that we are the bad guys in Iraq
A large man dressed in military fatigues, boots and cap approaches from behind and covers her mouth with his left hand. In his right hand, he clutches a large knife with a black handle and an 8in blade. He proceeds to cut her throat from the middle, slicing from side to side.
Whatever your political bent, you must see evil for what it is. This is our enemy in the war on terror, a savage torturing beast, who savors pain enflicted on the helpless. No one even on the wildest political fringe could say that this was the work of freedom fighters. This is a form of cruelty so devoid of humanity that it makes you tremble with rage at the filth that could do such a thing.
And we are supposed to leave Iraq to these thugs?
Cut and run? The true elements in Iraq that want to work to a peaceful future are ones like Atwar, and she died as a patriot, a true martyr. She murdered no one, and had her life horrendously taken from her for doing something we take for granted, speaking her mind. If you think she deserved to die this horribly for doing that.. That the scum who did it were somehow justified because of US actions..
I read things like this and just wonder, really wonder. How in God's name could people be so blind.
You read things like this, .. It seems so long ago when I was innocent of the horrors that walk the earth. I look in on my sleeping children now, and envy their innocence. I wish that someday they would never have to read, or hear, or see such things. I also know that this is the kind of terror that would be visited upon them if we don't stand up to it now. The ones who killed Atwar would just as gladly visit this on so many more.
This war is personal, a battle to keep them from bringing this kind of thing to our shores, and eventually, to drive it from theirs.
We cannot free the world, but we can make a start in that direction. Do their children deserve it any less than ours?
Sometimes you get the bear,
The really significant point is that, he attacked military computers in the direct aftermath of September 11th. To post anti-US notes on military computers while we were still recovering bodies shows intent. He knew exactly what he was doing, he was spitting on the bodies of our dead. Spitting on us when we had just suffered such a catastrophe...
This contemptible little snot deserves the hard time coming to him.
A little peek into my past
Yes, they do.
It's a proud history, for no other branch or unit that I'm aware of has this distinction. They aren't trained to fight to the last man. No surrender, no retreat, no quarter. We hold until relieved, or die in place. That is our legacy and heritage. We fight to protect the noncombatants who cannot. Our sacrifice would be to save the lives of others, to buy them time. Every SP knew this, and accepted the mission that we volunteered for.
So if I seem unyielding on a given point, it's in my nature.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Silly Old Bear.
Just a test, if this works out, I might just give these Blogger guys a BIG squeeze,
in appreciation of course.