Thursday, December 28, 2006

Gerald Ford (1913-2006)

God speed, Mr. President, and God bless.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Freedoms

We have, in the American Constitution, various guaranteed freedoms. Two of which are freedom of speech and freedom of association. At least that's how the Supreme Court has decided.

Of course, in the real world, we have people like this: Congressman (R) Virgil Goode.

There are a lot of people clamoring for apologies or his dismissal. As far as I understand, he hasn't broken any laws, so calls for his dismissal are inappropriate. As far as wanting an apology, why? Will an apology make his beliefs change?

As far as I'm concerned, if you want change, elect someone else in 2 years.

Until then, he is free to say almost anything (there are SOME limits) and associate with anyone (again - some limits) that he wishes.

Even if what he says is idiotic and the people he hangs out with are near sighted, bigoted, micro-cephalic neanderthals who have just recently discovered apposable thumbs, and then promptly stuck these new thumbs where the sun don't shine.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Responsibility

I just finished reading Terry Pratchett's new Discworld book, Wintersmith. Ok, I started at dinner, but I tend to read quickly. After finishing, I had a thought, then expanded:

You choose.
Either by action or inaction,
with thought, forethought, or instinct.
Or without.
It might not even be entirely your fault.
But, you are responsible.


I like this one.

Monday, December 04, 2006

IM with my friend Mark

Argh! Too long again!

I've just completed an IM session with a friend from high school. He's in the military in another country (not Iraq or Afghanistan) and has some interesting things to say about Iraq.

First, I want to say I am proud to see how he turned out, and honored to have him as a friend. He's gone through Airborne training and been in the special forces.

He is not thrilled with President Bush and his Iraq policy. However, he said, "Be we [the Army] are soldiers, and we will do what we are ordered to."

But, he went on to say that they are not fighting a standing army. His implication, and I stated it for him, was that they were fighting in Iraq as if they were up against a normal standing army.

"It is a police action. Use the FBI or the CIA."

We are going to be in Iraq for 30 years. That's how long it will take to re-educate the people. Then, we can sit back and watch them "conquer" the reqion with ideas and economics. It worked in Japan.

We need to stop using our troops as police officers. They do not have the training, equipment, or temperment. Our troops are trained to find the enemy and kill them.

Let them do what they are trained for. Let the CIA, FBI, special forces, etc., do all of the intelligence work they are capable of doing.

I think we should stay in Iraq and make good on our promises. I just don't like the way we are doing it.