Sunday, October 30, 2005

Yeah, what SHE said!

Courtesy of The Anchoress:
"In 40 years of keenly watching the press, I have never seen anything like
what we are witnessing. A press so attached to a political party, and so enthralled with its own hate and its own power, that it will - eventually - completely destroy itself."
Read the whole thing. You'll be glad you did.

Oh! Oh! This ONE TOO!
Maureen Dowd asks a question

This stuff just ROCKS! Welcome to the blogroll!!

From the “Things You Probably Didn’t Want To Know, But Are About To Find Out Anyway” Files:

I'm sure there are several similar memes out there, but I figured I'd save time trying to dig one up and start my own. This is a partial list of course, but I think a fairly good cross section. So, without further ado, "stuff you didn't ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway"

Things I don’t understand:
  • Why Catholics call her the “Virgin Mary,” when by all accounts she isn’t a virgin anymore.
  • This whole “separation of Church and State” meme.
  • The rabid, feet-kicking, ear-plugging refusal of so many to allow Intelligent Design into the scientific arena.
  • Tofu
  • The appeal of body piercing
  • The popularity of the Beatles.
  • How gays calling hetros "breeders" is any different than hetros calling gays"faggots." Maybe that's the point. I dunno.

Things I want to do before I die:

  • Build a rock wall in my garden out of smooth, round river rocks
  • Learn more about wine.
  • Hold a grandchild
  • Get a book published
  • Buy some land in the mountains somewhere, and build a cabin.

Favorite Authors:

  • Robert Heinlein
  • David Eddings
  • Dean Koontz
  • Robert Jordan

Favorite Music/Bands:

  • Techno-pulse/Electronica
  • Green Day
  • Sonic Flood
  • MegaDeth
  • Queensryche
  • Scorpions
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Jackson Browne
  • Brian Adams
  • Huey Lewis and the News

Greatest Sources of Irritation:

  • Cell-phone loud-talkers
  • Telemarketers
  • SPAM!
  • Sprinkles on the toilet seat
  • Toilet paper roll that feeds under, not OVER
  • Liberal atheists who spout off about how a Christian should act.

Greatest Sources of Joy:

  • My children
  • Books books books
  • Sunsets
  • Backpacking
  • Writiing
  • Food. Good food. Japanese food.
  • Wine
  • Microbrews

Number of Miracles experience to date:

  • I’ve lost count

Times I should have probably died, but somehow didn’t:

  • 5

Greatest Accomplishments to date:

  • Getting commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer
  • Financing my own vehicle and home
  • Got to shake hands and shoot the bull with Lee Ermey
  • Tank Platoon Commander. Oo-frickin-RAH!
  • Raising two fairly obedient and charming children, despite a checkered youth of my own. (So far, so good!)
  • Staying married for 10+ years. Actually, this accomplishment probably belongs to my wife!
  • Having someone tell me that I brought her back to Christ because I walked the walk, not just talked the talk.

That's it for now.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

From the "Social Faux Paus" Files

Ever been walking down the hall, thinking that you're the only one around, and so you let slip a fairly egregious belch, only to have that cute Sergeant from the G-1 walk around the corner before the echo even fades?



Yeah, me neither.

My First, Last, and Only Harriet Miers Post

Well, it looks like Harriet Miers “decided” to withdraw her nomination for the SCOTUS seat. Tragic, and yet, ultimately understandable.

I haven’t really weighed in before now because what I know about law and judicial process would probably about fill a bottle cap…half way.

However, I guess now that it’s “over”, I figured I’d toss out of few gems of wisdom, nuggets, if you will, of insightful and cogent observation.

To my mind, the Supreme Court of the United States is just that. The SUPREME Court. The top of the heap, the ultima, the golden ring on the judicial merry-go-round. Getting to serve on the Supreme Court would seem to me to be the absolute penultimate achievement for a lawyer, a benchmark achievement of a life given in service to the Rule of Law.

It’s like getting to Quarterback in the SuperBowl, pitch in the World Series, or go for the gold medal in the Olympics. As a Supreme Court justice, you are absolutely the last and final word on all matters of jurisprudence. Lives, quite literally, are in the balance in some of the decisions you make. It is a unique and sacred trust.

That being said, in my simple middle-class mind, you reserve this honor, this privilege, this awesome and humbling burden of responsibility for your heavy hitters, your gold-medal contenders, your top of the heap types who have so distinguished themselves through a lifetime of gritty, meaty and relevant service that the confirmation process is essentially a formality.

And I’m sorry, but Harriet Miers, as nice as she may be, as qualified as she may be as a lawyer, simply doesn’t fit this mold. She was simply a bad choice. No reflection on her. She was merely put in an unfortunate and uncomfortable position through the well-intentioned but (IMHO) misguided actions of the President.

So, I feel bad for Ms. Miers, but withdrawing her nomination was the right thing to do.

Linked at Mudville Gazette, Stop the ACLU, Basil's Blog, and Political Teen

The Downside of Free Speech

Or maybe the Downs Syndrome.

I saw this page and could only stare agape at my screen. Words...words just don't suffice. I...I

Absolutely Speechless. Must...control...Fist...of...Death....


Do NOT click on that link. Seriously. Some photos are NSFW, but ALL of them are Not Safe For Your Sanity.

Really. Please. Don't.

See. I tried to warn you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

"BlameBush!" Celebrates #2000.

Outta. The. PARK!

The next in a series of Protein Wisdom-esque conversations with my military issue desktop stapler.

me: So, bet you figure you're "Old Corps," huh?


me: Been around since Christ was a Corporal, and all that, right?


me: Probably stapled the Magna Carta together or something, eh?


me: Bet you knew Chesty Puller, and drank beer with ol' Dan Daily...




me: Yeah, well, the day you staple ten pages together at once, THEN you'll have MY respect.


me: Beeotch.

Why won't this story DIE?

Apparently Cindy Sheehandinthedemocrat'spocket and her cabal of protestors are going to gather together and "die symbolically" outside the White House.

I have a better idea. Why not go for that added sense of realism?

Okay, okay, I'm just kidding. Only joking. You know, like Al Franken saying that Rove, Libby, and President Bush will probably be executed for treason.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

2000 Dead. So what?

I'm a bit bemused by all the carefully orchestrated outrage and assorted histrionics over the “magic number 2000” as the death toll in Iraq. Why is one number any different than another? Is this some sort of line in the sand, some sort of doctrinal milestone whereby planners, critics and historians can say that Iraqi Freedom was or wasn’t a “success?” Was the 13th death in Iraq less important, valuable or shocking than the 2,000th?

If 300, or 800, or 1,023 die it’s a grim statistic, but now that there are 2000, well, lordy we’ve really got ourselves a quagmire, an abattoir, a killing field for American servicemen and women. CLEARLY Bush/The United State has failed. We’ve lost 2,000 dead. So we’ve lost, period, right?

Can I give you a little bit of insight from the military side of the fence? The number 2,000 is utterly meaningless in the context of evaluating the efficacy of a campaign. To try and make a numerical determination of success or failure like that is not only useless, but actively stupid.

As a Marine, and a leader of Marines, let me assure you that even in the military, EVERY life is precious. As a Christian and as a father, I KNOW that the lives of our sons and daughters are without price, not as a resource, not as a commodity, but as the hope and future of our country.

I also know that in war, people die; lots of people. Good guys, and bad guys. Soldiers and civilians. The evil, the corrupt, the noble, the valiant, the innocent. War is a terrible thing. But you know what? People die even in peacetime. Training accidents, drunk drivers, and motorcycle crashes. Maybe a forklift crushes a logistics guy or a HMMWV rolls over killing the driver. The military life is inherently dangerous. It has to be, or our training won’t be as realistic and aggressive as it needs to be to keep us alive in combat.

The sad truth is that sometimes war is necessary. Sometimes the evil of war is outweighed by the evil it seeks to expunge.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the space of a few hours on September 11th, 2001. Innocents, unarmed civilians. ON. OUR. SOIL.

In the battle for Okinawa, 12,000 soldiers, sailors and marines were killed in just three months of fighting. During the Battle of the Bulge in Germany during WWII, 19,000 US fighting men were killed in a month and half of fighting. All told, in 5 years of conflict, WWII cost the United States 413,000 dead. In nearly two and a half years of fighting in Iraq, we have lost…2,000.

Even during WWII, there were those pacifists and apologists who counseled capitulation, compromise, said that the conflicts “weren’t our problem.” Even after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, in which 2,472 people died, there were those who said that we had brought it on ourselves. Sound familiar? Maybe we did, maybe we didn’t, but did our actions warrant that level of response? Did we really have THAT coming?

And what if we had bowed our head to the attackers? What if we had let them have their way in the Pacific? Today there would be no Australia, no New Zealand. No Alaska. No Hawaii. Who knows what our country might look like today?

Can a country of 250,000,000 people absorb the loss of 2,000 of its military men and women? I propose that this is the wrong question.

In a fight against a zealous, global enemy, one that has declared unrestricted war on us, an enemy that knows no restraint, sees no value in the Geneva Convention, one who sees our very culture and way a life as a threat to their own, can we afford NOT to risk the loss of 2,000 to save 250 million?

Remember, they attacked us first. Beirut. Saudi Arabia. Yemen. Dar es Salaam. Tanzania. Kenya. New York. Washington DC.We must in all honesty add THESE names to the rolls of those killed in the War on Terror.

If we are serious about fighting this enemy, if we are serious about preserving our way of life and protecting our national interests from a violent and committed enemy, then we need to understand that 2,000 dead is really a meaningless number; and that the "Number 2,000"-- God rest his soul -- won’t be the last.

Every life is precious, valuable, and dear to those who have lived it or shared it. And yet, lives must sometimes be spent to defend those who cannot defend themselves, both here and abroad.

If we make 2,000 lives more valuable than freedom for an entire country, that country might someday be our own.

UPDATE: The Fallen Warrior is apparently Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr., 34, of Killeen, Texas, who died Saturday in San Antonio of injuries sustained Oct. 17. Hooah and Semper Fi to a fallen comrade.
h/t to George Roper at GM's Corner for the info.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hey, wasn't that during the CLINTON Administration?

Mudville Gazette has a post of a post dealing with the "rush to war" in Iraq. But wait...

"Flight Tests Show Iraq Has Resumed a Missile Program" (July)
"U.S. Says Iraq Aided Production of Chemical Weapons in Sudan" (August)
"Iraqi Work Toward A-Bomb Reported." (September)
"Iraq Has Network of Outside Help on Arms, Experts Say" (November)
"Iraq Suspected of Secret Germ War Effort" (February)
"Signs of Iraqi Arms Buildup Bedevil U.S. Administration" (February)

"From these one could make a compelling argument that the media willingly aided and abetted the Bush White House in building a case for invasion. But there's one problem, as Kagan notes. The headlines above all appeared between 1998 and 2000 - before Bush had even secured the Republican nomination."

Read the whole thing. Definitely kicks some sand in the face of the "Bush Lied, People Died" crowd.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Fun with Photos

Here's a few shots I took this weekend. Yeah, it sucks living here in Okinawa...not.

That spider is as big as my hand. I couldn't talk my wife into holding her hand up next to it to get a sense of persepective. Can't imagine why. And that stupid cicada can make a sound louder than an alarm clock going off in buzzer mode. Amazing. It's amazing what random chance will produce given enough time! Heh.

Now, I don't mean to brag er nuthin', but this is the view off my back deck...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

A Racist By Any Other Color....

Ace Of Spades has a great sledgehammer-to-the-windshield fisk of an ABC "Report" about those white supremacists who rioted in Toledo. Oh wait. It was the $#%*&@ BLACK protestors who were rioting. (Media Bias or gross incompetence? Yes.) Is this the same "racist" media that "only showed the black looters" after Hurricane Katrina?

Now, my question is this: Why do the Left, and specifically the Usual Suspects from the vocal black community get SOOO up in arms every time the racist white media "focuses" on "only" the black looters and rioters, like they did in New Orleans (riiiiight)…

…and yet time and again we see clear-cut video footage of....only black looters? Take this video for example. A riotous mass of, well, BLACK people caves in the front of a convenience store and wreaks havoc like a pack of Rottweilers on crystal meth. Now, please, someone explain to me how this is, uh, "lashing out against the oppression of white people," or perhaps "justified rage against institutions of white hegemony, manifested in understandable actions of frustration and racial angst?"

What this is, my liberal and racial apologist comrades, is thuggery. Thievery. Larceny. Felony destruction. Robbery. Criminal.

The Black Community's attempts to be viewed with any degree of compassion or intellectual equality on the national stage is certainly not in any measure enhanced by the repeated actions of select portions of its constituency wilding through middle-class businesses like a bunch of Somali thugs hyped up on kat, careening through neighborhood streets in the back of technicals.

Guys, my fellow Americans of color, a word of advice from whitey: If you want us to listen to you like rational human beings, STOP BURNING SHIT DOWN. Stop throwing off the oppressive yoke of civilization at every hint of social instability.

Back during the big Somalia Operation Restore Hope (you know, BlackHawk Down and all that), we joked that the Somalis tried civilization, and gave it up. Don’t be like them.

Call it what you will, but it is not racist to criticize people for their failures to behave like friggin’ civilized human beings, regardless of their skin color.

Here's a newsflash for the Rainbow Coalition: If you smash in MY storefront, you’ll get a 12-guage welcome. Not because I’m behaving like a racist, but because YOU are behaving like a raving lunatic.

And as for this headline, "'Exterminate white people' ripped as black hate speech," I can ask only this:
Why is it "black" hate speech, and not just "hate speech?" Are black and white hate speech somehow so different that they are in need of colorific appelatives to distinguish them from one another?