Posting opinions, letters and correspondence from far and wide. Even some to/from my elected representatives.
Friday, November 10, 2006
There will always be evil people in the world. And there will always be evil systems. That is to say, political groups, religious groups, national groups, splinter groups of people. Over time, many of those benign, well intentioned groups evolve into entities that they were never intended to be in the first place. Sometimes they involve into better groups, sometimes not. That does not change the fact that they do evolve and sometimes evolve into evil groups. Evil groups end up containing evil people. They may not have been evil to begin with but they became evil and the individuals within those groups often think of themselves as being good, doing good and belonging to a good group. But they're not.
So how do I know if you are good or I am good? And how do you or I know if we belong to good or bad groups? Scrutiny under rational thought processes. So spare me your moral relativism.
The more I see of what's happening in the great nation that is the USA the more depressing it seems right now. We have just entered into a regressive period. The collective group think (Democrats and Republicans, liberals and some conservatives) is that the war in Iraq was a mistake and that we should have left it all alone. Why else would Democrats be able to take control of the House and Senate? When the outrage against global evil is not there and people are not aware of the risk to their future. When a majority believes that democracy is only good for us and, no matter how bad things might be in another part of the world, it is just not worth giving, even attempting, to give what we have to "them". It is just not worth 3,000 US soldiers lives, 50,000 Iraqi's lives, whatever the number, it's not something we want to give anyone else. I call it selfishness.
Due to that, we (the peoples of the USA) will have to suffer another huge attack. Then we will be reminded that all of our selfishness will have actually made us less safer than if we had been loving and saw ourselves as human as all humans are. But I fear that the peoples of this Earth will have suffered much greater and for far longer before we (the USA) get truly involved. Nations are going to be destroyed or overrun and millions may die before the USA wakes up. The sleeping giant is sound asleep - hibernating. So sad for those unlucky enough to not live inside the sleeping chamber.
When that brave soldier took his own talisman and gave it to a small girl he was doing what every one of us should take and live as a defining principle. He was equal to her and he was as human as her. She deserved what he had. He was only able to give her a small gift but what he was really giving was something beyond. It was liberation. If was freedom. It was social. It was civil. It was just. It was good. It was loving. It was selfless.
So many of our soldiers are selfless. Why are they called murderers?
As things look like on the ground right now, if we depart Iraq within the next five years, we will be letting it return into the hands of monsters. If the current Iraqi government wants us to leave earlier, that is one thing. But if we decide that we will give or let it back early into the hands of tyranny, violence, the criminals, then we will have forgotten that we are human and that all deserve what we have.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Today I digress into one of my other pet peeves with the ignorant world of humanity.
Global Warming - oh my god! We're all going to die!
Well maybe not, and maybe global warming is real but the Greenies of the world won't let us use the most likely energy producing candidate for solving our global warming problems.
Basic knowledge of physics points to nuclear and solar power as the two most efficient ways to get us out of any global warming problem we might have.
But look at this news article from Australia. So a reasonable politician suggests that nuclear power is a great way to help solve global warming but no we can't do that.
Bob Brown proves just how disconnected he is from reality when he says that the primary reason that nuclear power is bad is because John Howard is still in power. It is Bob Brown who is using tired old last century Chernobyl style scare tactics. Nuclear power and solar power are the ONLY forms of energy production that are going to get us out of our global warming problem. The sooner the "greens" work that out and can get past their own slavish pursuit of power, the better for all of us.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Look at this picture. What a great picture! Admire it. A brilliant executed combination of wit and withering critique.
If you're laughing, take a moment to thank a soldier.
If you’re not laughing, you’re not American.
If you’re an American citizen and you're not laughing then you’re un-American and don’t understand the value and importance of the very freedoms you have that allow you to have the thinking that is not making you laugh. Take a long hard look at yourself and say "Something is wrong with me because I should be laughing".
Oh, but Liberals don't like self examination.
He's a communist, Benjamin. Communists don't change. It's a terminal illness." - Private Benjamin The Movie 1980
Communists, Socialists, Liberals - what's the difference?
5,000 terrorists have been captured or killed since 9/11 because of CIA operatives and the Military. We finally once again have a great General as the director of the CIA, Michael V. Hayden who is not afraid to be well....a General. Patton would be so proud.
Let's all think about when we go to the polls this Novemeber 7th. Although the Republican party has become "too soft" for me, the other option is not very appealing. The liberals in this country have become like the Europeans who think there is always two sides to every story and that there is never true right or wrong.
Let the Nancy Pelosi honeymoon begin for the liberals. I say, on November 7th, call off the wedding! Being in bed with a liberal is dangerous. You never know what you will catch .........or become.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Before the US and allies invaded Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein, this is exactly what I advocated setting off in the middle of the Persian Gulf. Give 48 hours notice to all shipping in the region to get out of the area. Then we would set off a nuclear weapon right there and let it be a warning to the middle east to sort itself out.
Now watching the Iraq war for a couple of years. Having intently watched as US soldiers have laid their lives down instead of using their own tax payer funded hitech superior weaponry to defend themselves. Having restrained ourselves, nay, twisted ourselves like pretzels to accomodate vicious, religious barbarians, I am reiterating my original position. Nuke 'em!
Sad to have to do it. Grave moral responsibility taken onboard. Illegal, of course. But ultimately, successful. And success is the sweet smell of victory.
When only just last week a 14 year old Iraqi boy was held down by four "insurgents" and summarily executed by beheading. His only crime being that he said admitted he was a Christian (and proudly too). When snipers are able to pick off our soldiers one by one. Or suicide murderers destroy groups of poor people at a city market who only want a job. Isn't it time that we just admitted that we need to get serious about destroying the enemy, accept the "collateral damage" and get the whole Islamic worlds attention with a nuclear detonation that kills at least 100,000, hopefully more. Hopefully, in the sense that the death of innocent, good people is horrible but those deaths MUST occur for the enemy to take notice and be defeated.
Take a look at that picture and imagine the stunned silence afterward. That is the silence heard when a nation, a religion and their rulers are forced to face a fundamental philosophical shift. We won, you lost. You're not going to succeed. Your mind set has failed you. We're right, you're wrong. Now, we tell you what you're going to do.
You either play nice in the world or we WILL destroy you.
The only alternative for us is to wait and let it to happen to us.
Nuke 'em! NOW!
This is not something that is just going to go away with a battle here or a battle there, or an arrest in London, Rome, or New York. No. This is going to take a major war. America and the rest of the world will have to wake up to that fact. The build-up of aggression and arms and Islamic fascism is extraordinarily similar to pre-WW2 Germany. We are in the opening stages of WW III. I hope I am wrong. But I doubt it. The cancer may have grown but we still have time to destroy IT before IT kills us.
Take a moment and go to http://attacked911.tripod.com and watch the clip of the men, women, and children who died on September 11, 2001. Five years later and the pain and anger is still there. Watch the entire clip. You may have seen this already. But there is nothing like a reminder like this to put our lives into perspective. Over 100 men and women jumped from the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. A woman, 7 months pregnant, working in the World Trade Center jumped to her death on September 11, 2001 because of the intense flames and heat. That is a jump of 1200 feet. If you have skydived or were a paratrooper you know that falling from that height you have enough time to deploy your parachute and live. 3,200 children lost a parent on that day. Most people who died were men between the age of 30-45 years old. Most of these men had wives, children, a thriving career, and a mortgage payment. Sound familiar?
What happened on September 11, 2001 was a cancer growing while America was sleeping. In the 70's during the Carter Administration, American Embassy occupants in Iran were kidnapped for over a year. We did nothing. During the Reagan Administration, terrorists killed about 300 Marines in Lebanon. We did nothing. At the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency, Reagan admitted that this would come back and bite us in the butt. During George Bush's Senior Administration terrorists were growing and we did not complete the mission during Operation Desert Storm as we should have. During the Clinton Administration, he practically dismantled the Military, crippled the CIA, turned the FBI into his puppets, turned a blind eye to Somalia, the USS Cole, the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and the twin bombing of the US embassies in Africa. We did nothing. We were all too busy making money and living as if in a cocoon during the 90's here in the USA.
On September 11, 2001 we paid a price for our apathy. Today is a day to remember those who lost their lives.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Violent criminal activity intended to cause political change is the basic definition of terrorism. Therefore, we have to approach the problem with both law enforcement action and military action – wherever it’s needed. One problem as I see it is that law enforcement and the military have both been hamstrung by political correctness in many areas.
Take the example of politically correct (well incorrect actually) double-think language that intentionally or unintentionally hides the true nature of our terrorist enemies.
Look at the attempted bombing of two German trains two weeks ago (August 2006). Which by the way, did not get very much media coverage.
The men who were the ONLY suspects were Young Middle Eastern Men but you certainly would not know that from the way Associated Press reported it.
When I read the three articles on Foxnews (sourced from AP) I was struck by just how much avoiding of the - damn well obvious - is going on. Or is this language contorted gymnastics being done intentionally?
The first report came out declaring that there only MIGHT be a terrorist link to bombs being planted.
The investigators found a ripped up piece of paper with phone numbers and Arabic script on it. Yet they couldn’t bring themselves to say it was “terrorist” related. Regardless of the Arabic script, it was a bomb on a train - right? Taking terrorism by definition, I don’t see how anyone could put a bomb on a train and it would NOT be an act of terrorism. Interesting that there was Arabic script in the bag though.
Here’s another little gem from the article:
“Investigators released a video showing two suspects, both men, coming up an escalator with heavy wheeled luggage in Cologne station, which both trains passed through. They were believed to be between 20 and 30 years old.”
Meanwhile somewhere in the bowels of the Associated Press editor’s office I can see the hand wringing going on:
Well you can mention that they appear to be young, and you can mention that they appear to be men but DON'T WHATEVER YOU DO mention that they appear to be of Middle Eastern descent.
Then there was this follow up article when the police caught up with one of the YMEM (young middle-eastern man).
And look at this amazing snippet:
“Chief prosecutor Monika Harms said he [the YMEM] apparently had planned to flee the country, but she did not say where he wanted to go.”
Meanwhile somewhere in the bowels of the Associated Press editor’s office I can see even more hand wringing going on:
Well you can mention that he intended to flee the country but whatever you do, don’t ask the prosecutor which country he actually intended to flee to if it is a MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY!
And then there’s this right below:
“Prosecutors said the suspect was identified with the help of the surveillance footage, from Cologne station, and DNA traces from one of the suitcases in which the bombs were found.”
Notice how AP has written this line in a manner that attempts to give credit to DNA evidence for busting the creep. But in fact, DNA evidence can only be used to confirm the identity of the creep AFTER the police have busted the creep using identity information gleaned from the camera surveillance footage. That is, young, middle-eastern and male - gotcha! Or, put another way, I would be willing to bet that unless this creep was already in the German police DNA criminal database, there is no possible way that the DNA had anything to do with them capturing this creep. It is all about the pictures - mate!
Well you can mention that they identified the suspects from camera surveillance footage but no one can say they are being singled out for attention if you follow up with a note about the DNA evidence because we all have DNA – right?
And how about this piece of brilliant AP translation from German to English:
“Joerg Ziercke, the head of Germany's Federal Crime Office, told reporters in Kiel he was confident that "we caught the right suspected bomb planter here in Kiel today."
Now here’s my question, do German prosecutors call terrorists “suspected bomb planters”? Or do AP reporters translate terrorist into “suspected bomb planters”. Well, granted there are often concerns regarding calling suspect’s names for fear that the prosecution of the crime could be jeopardized by name calling. But surely there is no fundamental difference between a suspected terrorist and a “suspected bomb planter”. Right? Oh by the way, terrorist in German is spelled “TERRORIST”.
Finally, in the third report, Chancellor Merkel's Office finally gets a word in. And yes, the conservatives call it what it is - terrorism. Read here for yourself.
So what does all of this mean? Basically, what I’m trying to get across is that if somebody plants a bomb on a train there is a very high likelihood that it was put there by a terrorist. And, though it’s politiclly incorrect to have to say it, most of the terrorists in the world right now happen to be Young Middle-Eastern Men and we should stop pretending otherwise. All this playing around with semantics only leads to a dumbed down understanding of the threat we face. Furthermore, press services such as Associated Press ought to be using the English language the way it should be used. And that is, call a “suspect spade” a “suspect spade” and not a “suspected hole digging implement”.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
This weekend I saw the movie United 93...
Those brave men and women on flight United 93 had moral courage. They knew what was about to happen and did their very best to prevent it from happening. They lost their lives and saved others. They were the first soldiers in the war against terror. True patriots!
Seeing the movie made me at first very sad and I cried. But then I became angry and realized that this sort of situation would never happen again in our country because even a woman like me - Ms. Connecticut girly girl who gets annoyed when she breaks a nail - would beat the crap out of any terrorist that ever tried that stunt again on a plane that I flew on!
However, our job is not done. We have to stay the course and do our very best to ensure that this does not happen again in any way for our freedom's sake and for our childrens' sake.
If you have not seen the movie I recommend that you do. It is portrayed accurately and fairly and commends our military for doing the best they could have done under the circumstances. No liberal bias here. Just the facts. LET'S ROLL!
Monday, April 24, 2006
During the revolutionary war over 25,000 American soldiers and minutemen died.
During the civil war over 400,000 northern and southern American soldiers died.
During WWI 100,000 American soldiers died.
During WWII 500,000 American soldiers died.
During the Vietnam War 60,000 American soldiers died.
On Sept 11, 2001 three thousand men, women, and children were killed because they were simply at work or on a plane.
Every year 100,000 Americans die on the road because of car accidents.
Every year 500,000 Americans die from cancer.
Let's try and keep that in perspective when it comes to the war against terrorism. As Americans we like to think everyone in the world is the same as us and thinks and lives like we do. We are sadly mistaken. There are a large number of terrorists and fundamentalist Muslims out there who just want us dead. There is no reason, no logic; there is no answer to us asking - Why? The West must come to understand that it simply comes down to us or them...our survival is dependent on that thinking. These people are like aliens from another planet. They are out to destroy America as well as the rest of the West that has come to enjoy freedom and democracy thanks to the American soldier who died for them. Thank you is not expected. We do what we do and hope other countries get it and yet, some of us here in the land of the free, home of the brave, have become weak and feeble. We have become Canadians, or worse, French!
Although each, any and every soldier dying in battle is a tragedy, these brave soldiers chose to serve our country under ANY President. And although even one life is precious, they died an honorable death. We are all going to die. That much is inescapable. Therefore, let's make sure we live an honorable life in and for their memory and preserve our freedoms and all the great things this country stands for. Our troops will come home when their mission is complete and they will be ready to take up the next mission for freedom.