Archive for December, 2007
A prominent blogger who shall go unnamed, urged me to snap out of it and get back to blogging. During my very brief hiatus, I have considered refocusing my blog since the political race is giving me hives. In short, I don’t like any candidate much and the one I like the most has nearly zippo chance of receiving the nomination. Said prominent blogger retorted “that’s politics and you’ll learn to love him”. I said that I know that that’s politics and that no, I will not learn to love a crappy nominee.
Politics is only one unmentionable topic I blog about–sex and religion get their due, too, and I’ve neglected all the multiple ways to offend people. Perhaps I should focus on sex and religion more. The prominent blogger says I should post a sexy picture and give advice like I do with my business clients and patients. Wouldn’t a sexy picture (if such a thing were even possible at my advanced age and state of wrinkle) undermine my lofty messages? Men don’t need sexy pictures, although Jeff is kinda hot. Not that he really exists anymore, talk about a hiatus.
So, for the next couple days, I’ll continue my hiatus, sleep-deprived though its been, and consider all the ways to entertain and enlighten. I’m putting this to a vote. You’re likely to be disenfranchised, I must warn you. I’m prone to ignore results that irk me ala Vlad Putin. This blog, is, after all, dictatorship, a benign one I like to think, but a dictatorship nonetheless. Since I do all the work around here, it seems only right.
Oh, and sex isn’t a choice on the poll because all you wise asses would pick sex and then no helpful information would be gleaned.
Why do we care about the Middle East? When people ask me that question, it still shocks me. Do they really not get it? Maybe with the murder of Benazar Bhutto of Pakistan, we need a reminder why it is in America’s, in the world’s best interest, to care about this sandy, forsaken landscape half-way around the world.
It has been my belief since the beginning that George W. Bush entered Iraq secondarily because of Saddam Hussein’s WMD flirtations. Yes everyone, including the lily livered Democrats and squishy Republicans, believed Saddam was a bad guy desiring to do bad things with bad substances. He had done bad things. It wasn’t a stretch that he’d do more bad things. But that didn’t seem to me to be the most compelling reason for Iraq. To me, and I feel that George Bush must have seen this too, Iraq is first and foremost a strategic launching pad. For all Saddam’s bluster, he was weak. No one could imagine how weak until the Yanks marched through Iraq. It happened so quickly, everyone was stunned. But the fall and subsequent search for scant WMDs mattered less than being planted as a bulwark against crazy in the Middle East.
Iraq borders Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, a couple Stans and a lovely thing called the Persian Gulf. Trouble brews in every place on the list. And trouble there means trouble everywhere. Russia trembles with hypermasculine impotence. Any way to cause trouble to the alpha males of the world will be and are being embraced. Putin squeezes Europe already. Georgia sits like a plum in a vice. Iran would happily be the conduit for Putin’s displeasure. More on all this here.
“We’ve really got a new situation here in western Pakistan,” said Army Col.
Thomas Lynch III, who has served in Afghanistan and with Central Command, the
U.S. military headquarters for Pakistan and the Middle East. He said the
assassination marks a “critical new phase” in jihadist operations in Pakistan
and predicted the coming months would bring concentrated attacks on other
“The Taliban … are indeed a growing element of the
domestic political stew” in Pakistan, said John Blackton, who served as a U.S.
official in Afghanistan in the 1970s and again 20 years later. He noted that
Pakistani military intelligence created the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan must take drastic action against the Taliban in its midst or we will face the
prospect of a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of al-Qaida — a threat far
more dangerous and real than Hussein’s arsenal ever was,” he said, referring to
the deposed Saddam Hussein.
Nuclear warheads in the hands of Jihadists in a country where 40% approve of Osama. America may not be able to do anything from Afghanistan to stop willful annihilation, but I hazard to say it could do less without a mid-east presence.
And Pakistan is a crazy little country compared to China with her supersized ambitions. Imagine the panic should China not get the fuel needed to keep its economic engine humming. Forget for a moment American’s cries of despair at being deprived of cheap consumer products, the bigger problem would be an unstable country armed to the teeth.
Don’t forget Israel, either. Like Tawain, Israel is a freedom-loving democracy, and America is about democracy building, remember? As shaky as that idea may be as a long-term solution to extremist middle east regime problems, there is one democracy that thrives over there. Should that country be abandoned?
Oh yeah, there’s this other little thing called oil. I never have understood what’s so upsetting about trading a little blood for a lot of oil. If China, Japan, Europe and America come to a screeching halt economically, the next step would be, inevitably, war. And there would be a whole lot more blood spilled. The whole world is entertwined in ways that could have never been imagined during the World War II era. The internet reflects a world interconnected.
Our fate rests in the Middle East as much as any other country’s. The Jihadists hate freedom. They hate life. They believe they have a holy mission. If Pakistan crumbles, if Iran arms, if Afghanistan turns back to the Taliban, if China becomes aggressive, if Russia presses, if, if, if, the free people of the world have big problems.
America is in the Middle East because, well, isn’t it obvious?
Cross-posted at Right Wing News.
Some have asked if I’ll ever come back. Well, wouldn’t you know that all sorts of interesting things happened as soon as I took a break? Still, I won’t be posting regularly for a while–other things to do.
I have a few commitments to keep. My dear friend John Hawkins (who interviewed Jeri Thompson, go read it) asked me to guest blog for him on Sundays. I will keep that commitment and cross-post it here. So there will be that weekly installment.
Another commitment: author Vikki Johnson has asked me to review her book Addicted to Counterfeit Love. I have never met her, nor read any of her works, but self-help books interest me. I’ve read a few. And she asked me to blog about it when I’ve read and reviewed it. So, I’ll do that, too.
Here’s the book. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think.
I’m burnt on blogging. Even as we get close to the primaries, I’m not feeling it with the election stuff. I need a break to read, learn something new, clear my head so I have something valuable to say.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season and the most blessed and happy 2008.
say “Not” to Huckabee, but my opinion seems to be out of fashion with a chunk of Christian conservatives. A few days ago, I said that Huckabee reminds me of Jimmy Carter:
Jimmy Carter wore his folksy, unforgiving morality on his sleeve disguised as Christianity when it was just a method to intimidate people of lesser moral stature (anyone who disagreed with him). Like Carter, Huckabee loves government solutions. The government can make everything better, he believes. That stands in stark contrast to the considerable evidence to the contrary.
I consider myself Christian, conservative with a long libertarian streak. The religious talk tires me. It’s not that it doesn’t matter, but I don’t give a baboons butt that Huckabee may or may not have a theology degree. It doesn’t sway me at all. In fact, it makes me more suspicious of him, if anything.
And a commenter replied:
I’m all for a humble president. I don’t know much about Huckabee, but humility and folksiness reminds me of Abraham Lincoln. But maybe the era of that kind of president is long past. Who really cares about the ‘regular’ (small) people anymore?
I’m a little worried that more than a few conservatives are worrying about “the little guy”. Where did this come from? It seems manifestly liberal to expect the government to solve our problems. It’s one thing that bothered me about George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservative” as if it’s a new thing that conservatives have compassion. Compassion comes from believing that people are capable of making their own best decisions. The government has never struck me as very compassionate–try to get your drivers license or Medicaid bill taken care of.
I’m hoping that Huckabee is this election’s Howard Dean, but I’m afraid he might be the new Jimmy Carter. If you’ll recall, Jimmy Carter won the presidency and managed to a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Please, please, let it NOT be Huckabee.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News. Come and visit, or better yet, link.
Are all the rage. Who needs a gym bag when you can advertise for Lord and Taylor?
Remember when it was gauche to advertise the brand?
Here’s the latest ad for Rudy. Whaddya think?
So do you care that a number of baseball stars are using steroids? Perhaps your beloved Roger Clemens, the old geezer has to be doing something, right?
Well, I’m not going to taint the poll by giving my opinion. I’ll talk about it tomorrow after you vote.
Gordon Brown just did it. The whole disturbing article here. Here’s a taste:
Just as in the 13th century, so in the 21st. Magna Carta has to be defended. Brown and company are destroying Magna Carta. They are continuing in the idiotic and treasonous steps of their political forbears who have made one treaty after another with European leaders and have illegally given away British rights and liberties.
For a mess of pottage they have sold the British birthright.
Why? Why would Brown do it?
One reason is that he is a Socialist and Socialism is a global religion. It hates nation states. It wants one allegiance to one global state in which national politicians such as Master Blair can play lofty roles. Socialism is an ignorant religion that ignores the scientific facts of freedom, the essential connection between a people being free and being prosperous, the indisputable link between a people’s safety and education and happiness and their ability to make local decisions about their police and their schools and their livelihoods.
But there is another reason for Brown and Miliband and Blair and Heath and Clarke and Major and Heseltine and all the rest of them to support the creation of the EU and the destruction of Britain, aside from the obvious reason that they do not like Britain much, do not understand or love her history, do not forgive her imperfections and seek to support her real goodness, and do not understand political or economic science, and that reason is this –
They want to be part of the inner circle. They want to be in the circle for exactly the same reason that there are circles of girls and boys in schools and circles of men and women in clubs and at work . They want to feel that they are in a special circle and you and most other people are outside it. They think that they are something because they are in the circle. They think the circle is superb.
Let’s hope we don’t elect a President who wants to be part of the world clique. Just imagine Al Gore running things. See how much fun he has being the doyenne of world high society? It’s a little creepy and a lot of bad news for anyone who loves freedom.
You know why I like Blogs more than Newspapers? Because everyone signs their name. A person has to own their opinion stupid or not. That point was driven home again today when the Editorial board of the USA Today wrote this:
have had a limited impact, and the pet proposal of the gun lobby — letting people carry concealed weapons — is a nonsensical answer. Even with more people packing heat, the likelihood of such a person being at the scene of a spree shooting is exceedingly low. (The woman who ended the incident at the church was a congregant and former cop who volunteered as part of the church’s security program.)
With more and more people carrying weapons in public, no matter how well-intentioned, the risk of accidental shootings and additional violence rises. Security on campuses, shopping malls, airports, churches and other public places is best left to professionals.
The best way forward is to keep at the imperfect but important fixes that can eventually make these shootings less murderous and more rare: Ensuring that people with a history of mental illness aren’t able to buy guns; taking disturbed young people seriously and getting them counseling; and reinstating the lapsed ban on assault weapons, despite the opposition of the gun lobby.
A few thoughts:
- No data to support any opinion
- No name to attach the stupid opinion
So, counseling and assault weapons ban will stop these attacks. Really? And people carrying concealed hand guns won’t be able to be there at the crime. Really?
Support your opinion Editorial Board. It’s call facts. If you can find data to support your stupid opinion, maybe readers can take the opinion seriously.