Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Monday, September 29, 2003
MAIL BOX RUNNETH OVER!
My mail box has been backed up with incoming since the Isabel hiatus. In lieu of writing, and since my thoughts are scattered, here are some "pasties" for perusal. Obviously, not required reading!
8 Sad Examples of Products of American Public Schools
or Material for the new book "Chicken Soup for Dumbasses"
Kristi - Greenville, NC
Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets.
"We don't have half dozen nuggets," said the teenage boy at the counter.
"You don't?" I replied.
"We only have six, nine, or twelve," was the reply.
"So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?"
So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets.
The paragraph above doesn't amaze me because of what happened a couple of months ago. I was checking out at the local FoodLand with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine.
I picked up one of those "Dividers" that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed.
After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the "Divider", looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.
Not finding the bar code she said to me, "Do you know how much this is?"
I said to her "I've changed my mind, I don't think I'll buy that today."
She said "OK" and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue what had just happened.
THREE-----MAKES YOU WONDER HOW THESE PEOPLE CAN SURVIVE!!!
A lady at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When asked what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM "thingy."
I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car.
"Do you need some help?" I asked.
She replied, "I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenient store) would have a battery to fit this?"
"Hmmm, I dunno. Do you have an alarm too?" I asked.
"No, just this remote thingy," she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.
As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, "Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk."
Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I do?"
"Just use copier machine paper," the secretary told her.
With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five "blank" copies.
I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in Twister."
I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.
My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?"
Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine.
The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth.
Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.
OBLIGATORY BLONDE JOKE
Jimmy - Ayden, NC
A girl was visiting her blonde friend who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were.
The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex.
Her friend said, "Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?"
"Helloooooo," answered the blonde. "They're watch dogs!"
THE BILL GATES MS INTERPRETATION DICTIONARY
Karl - Hubert, NC
See it here.
ACCORDING TO THE QURAN
Mark, Nevada and John, New Jersey
This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages. The following verse is from the Quran.
Quran (9:11) -- For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair, still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace. [Note the verse number!!]
THE DEMOCRATS SAID IT - YES SIR!
Bob - Kinston, NC
Isn't it amazing how the Democrats, prior to an election year, are backing off their own statements just to make President Bush and the Republicans look bad in the eyes of the voters? Anyone with any brains whatsoever should be able to see through this charade. Who can believe what these Democratic phoneys say anymore? They would sell out their souls to regain power at any cost. It is a pitiful situation.
ON WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." President Clinton, Feb. 4,1998
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." President Clinton, Feb. 17,1998
"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." Rep.Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001
"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them." Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." Sen. Jay Rockeffer (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
"[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ..." Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
[So now the Democrats say President Bush lied, that there never were any WMDs, and he took us to war for his oil buddies??]
TODAY IN HISTORY
Lieutenant John F. Kennedy
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
GETTING BACK IN TOUCH
Upon returning to the Blogosphere, it quickly became apparent that the most efficient and expeditious roads to "catching up" and staying current are the following favorite blogs:
Read these items from today:
*Pete Du Pont takes on the liberals who oppose school vouchers.
*If you don't think there's bias in editorial pages, contrast the Washington Times editorial on President Bush's speech at the UN with the editorial from the Washington Post.
*Jonah Goldberg looks at all the liberal nostrums that have to be ignored in order to support Wesley Clark.
*Thomas Sowell, who just won the $250,000 Bradley Prize
*Bruce Springsteen is getting political.
Today: a filthy pig monster
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
No punches pulled here. Sometime he even tells exactly how he feels!
On The Third Hand
Scroll down to September 1 for my complete blogroll, and also visit the North State Blogs listed on the left. Quiz on Friday.
Long before Chuck ushered me into "blogging", a Native American Hunkpapa Sioux woman said to me, "You are an Indigo Child." I had heard of Indigo Children, but had only a vague concept of what they were. After some research, I realized what a great compliment had been bestowed upon me by the kind woman. When Chuck was guiding me through the rudiments of registering for Blogspot and asked what to name the site, the name Indigo Insights spontaneously came as my response. I don't know from where.
Anyhow, without further prologue, here's the result of one web search on Indigos. This is from the book Aura Colors by Pamala Oslie. If you're interested in checking out your own aura color, see here. It's kinda/sorta a New Age Quizilla! Fun to contemplate. And, yes, before you opine, see the third paragraph; specifically, this sentence: "Some consider Indigos to be bizarre." heh
Indigo is the most recent aura color to arrive on the planet. Indigos are ushering in a new energy, a new consciousness, and a new age of peace and harmony. Whereas Violets feel driven to help save the planet, to educate the masses, and to improve life here, Indigos are here to live as examples of a new higher awareness.
At this writing, most of the Indigos are children, although there are a few Indigos who came as forerunners years ago. The words used to describe Indigos include honest, aware, highly intuitive, psychic, independent, fearless, strong-willed, and sensitive.
Indigos are old souls who know who they are and where they've come from. Some consider Indigos to be bizarre. These assertive individuals are born with their spiritual memories intact. Many parents report that their Indigo children regale them with vivid details of past lives or recent encounters with spiritual beings. Parents also report that these children can read their minds and seem to have amazing psychic abilities. Parents are often at a loss as to how to raise these amazing little beings.
An unusual characteristic of Indigos is that they frequently appear androgynous. It is often difficult to tell if Indigos are male or female, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, or asexual. It's as if Indigos have both the yin and yang, male and female qualities within them. Their sexuality is not their primary concern however; it is their spirituality.
OK. Now all two of you who inquired know from whence the name came.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
About the only thing I can tell you about Hurricane Isabel, that you haven't already heard or seen via the media or TV, is my personal tale. With three crates of cats, one Rottweiler, and enough supplies for them and me for a week, we headed 75 miles inland on Tuesday. Other than some chaos and inconveniences, Isabel was very kind to me and my street facing the ocean. I feel almost guilty for being so relieved, since I know from previous personal experiences that there are so many folks still hurting. And they will hurt for a long time. Disaster aftermath is much more protracted than the public hears about from the news media. Property will eventually be replaced, but the lives lost are sad to contemplate. Please send good thoughts to those devastated people in North Carolina, Virginia, and wherever Isabel lashed out.
Friday dawned so beautiful and peaceful, it was difficult to believe the destruction seen on TV the day and night before. Geraldo Rivera had been televising from Indian Beach, which is about five miles from my house, and it looked terrible! It was deja vu driving back to the coast, not knowing what to expect when I arrived home. So many times before, the same trip home had ended in horror. But this time, the house and yard were almost like we left it, other than about a dozen shingles blown off the roof, lying about the yard. A deep breath of relief and thanks to God.
After evacuating, It always takes several days just to "put things back together." Everything got finished up at my house yesterday. We (me and the menagerie) were back to normal last night. They're still resting - and actually, so am I. Been trying to catch up on blog-reading and filling in the gaps of ten days. Another couple of hours should do it. Thanks to Chuck and Kevin for missing me. Good buddies, both. And to those who didn't even know there was a hurricane at my house -- oh well, I'm back.
Friday, September 12, 2003
9-11 SECOND ANNIVERSARY
It appears I made the right decision in abstaining from commenting on 9-11. Other bloggers so eloquently and thoughtfully posted yesterday, it was a day's occupation to read their thoughts and observations. All the following bloggers expressed feelings and opinions that, while I share, I could never have put my soul on a screen as magnificently. Visit these sites and be grateful and proud that we have such Americans among us. Scroll to their 9-11-03 posts and follow their links.
Michele and The Voices
On the Third Hand
South Knox Bubba offered only a list of the dead, on a totally black screen. Apparently it was only up for one day. It was stark, but said everything. I wish it had a permalink.
[Taking a few days to regroup. Back Monday, maybe.]
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Hmmmm. Perhaps The Ping Fairy has died. Other NSBs are not pinged either. But the upside is, maybe it's not something I'm doing wrong after all.
Sincere thanks to Chosin Few member Ken Priegel, 1stCSG &D/2/7. for forwarding the following article which tells the same story I am hearing from Marines in Iraq.
-- Semper Fidelis, Howard
A Shreveport Judge's Report on Iraq
Last Wednesday night, I attended a lecture by Judge Don Walters, a federal judge who was asked to serve as part of a 12 man team in Iraq to evaluate their justice system. It was most interesting, and afterwards, I asked if he had a book or a recording of any of his lectures. Since he did not, he was generous enough to give me his notes from the evening. For those of you interested, I will give you a slightly abridged version of his lecture which I found difficult to cut down due to its wealth of information.
I really am not into public speaking as I am sure you are about to find out. But my adventures in Iraq taught me something that I would very much like to share with you. I have been fortunate over the past 5 or 6 years to get to such exotic places as Bosnia, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Morocco. But, Iraq is my swan song. First, I am too old for such adventures, and second, Charlotte (my wife) won't let me. In mid-April, I got a call from DoJ asking if I would be willing to go to Iraq for up to 3 months to evaluate the justice system and make recommendations. When I went home, Charlotte said without a pause, "how could I possibly tell you, no?"
Let me begin with a disclaimer, I was in Iraq for fewer than 40 days, I was in Baghdad for a little over three weeks and in the three provinces of the far south for two weeks. I am limited in what I saw and heard. Needless to say, the opinions are my own. I want to make it clear that, initially, I vehemently opposed the war.
The team of 12 that went to Iraq was to access the judiciary and to make recommendations for the future. We were sent too soon and without sufficient planning and forethought. Accordingly we were forced to play our part by ear. Ultimately, we were successful. No thanks to the civil authorities in Washington or Iraq.
We were divided into 4 teams. We were the southern team: Mike Farhang, an AUSA from Los Angeles, Harvard Summa Undergraduate, Harvard Law Review, Linguist, 5 languages including Arabic; Rich Coughlin, Federal Public Defender from New Jersey, who abandoned his wife and 23 month old daughter to volunteer for this; and me. We were accompanied by an interpreter and protected by what I called our "minders," four Iraqis well-armed with 9mm hand guns and AK47's.
During the first two weeks, we talked to a few hundred Iraqis and interviewed about 60 judges. Our help came from our Danish colleagues and the First Armored Division (UK), not from the civil authorities - OPCA, Office of the Provisional Coalition Authority, (formerly ORHA), Ambassador Brenner's group.
Despite my initial opposition to the war, I am now convinced, whether we find any weapons of mass destruction or prove Saddam sheltered and financed terrorists, absolutely, we should have overthrown the Baathists, indeed, we should have done it sooner.
What changed my mind?
When we left mid June, 57 mass graves had been found, one with the bodies of 1200 children. There have been credible reports of murder, brutality and torture of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Iraqi citizens. There is poverty on a monumental scale and fear on a larger one. That fear is still palpable.
I have seen the machines and places of torture. I will tell you one story told to me by the Chief of Pediatrics at the Medical College in Basra. It was one of the most shocking to me, but I heard worse.
One of Saddam's security agents was sent to question a Shiite in his home. The interrogation took place in the living room in the presence of the man's wife, who held their three month old child. A question was asked and the thug did not like the answer; he asked it again, same answer. He grabbed the baby from its mother and plucked its eye out. And then repeated his question. Worse things happened with the knowledge, indeed with the participation, of Saddam, his family and the Baathist regime.
Thousands suffered while we were messing about with France and Russia and Germany and the UN. Every one of them knew what was going on there, but France and the UN were making millions administering the food for oil program.
We cannot, I know, remake the world, nor do I believe we should. We cannot stamp out evil, I know. But this time we were morally right and our economic and strategic interests were involved. I submit that just because we can't do everything doesn't mean that we should do nothing.
We must have the moral courage to see this through, to do whatever it takes to secure responsible government for the Iraqi people. Having decided to topple Saddam, we cannot abandon those who trust us. I fear we will quit as the horrors of war come into our living rooms. Look at the stories you are getting from the media today. The steady drip, drip, drip of bad news may destroy our will to fulfill the obligations we have assumed. WE ARE NOT GETTING THE WHOLE TRUTH FROM THE NEWS MEDIA. The news you watch, listen to and read is highly selective. Good news doesn't sell. 90% of the damage you see on tv was caused by Iraqis, not by US. All the damage you see to schools, hospitals, power generation facilities, refineries, pipelines and water supplies, as well as shops, museums, and semi-public buildings (like hotels) was caused either by the Iraqi army in its death throes or Iraqi civilians looting and rioting.
The day after the war was over, there was nearly 0 power being generated in Iraq. 45 days later, 1/3 of the total national potential of 8000 MW is up and running. Downed power lines are being repaired and were about 70% complete when I left. There is water purification where little or none existed before...this time to everyone.
Oil is 95% of the Iraqi GNP. In order for Iraq to survive, it must sell oil. All the damage to the oil fields was done by the Iraqi army or looters. The 14 story office building of the Southern Iraq Oil Company in Basra was torched by Baathist, destroying all of the books, records and computers of the company. Today, the refinery at Bayji is at 75% of capacity. The crude pipeline between Kirkuk and Bayji has been repaired, though the Baathist keep trying to disrupt it.
If we are doing all this for the people, why are they shooting us?
The general population isn't. By my sample, 90% are glad we came and the majority doesn't want us to leave for some time to come, but there are still plenty of bad guys, the Baathists who lived well under Saddam. The thugs of the old regime still hope to return to power, and there are plenty of them, mostly located in Sunni areas. Then too, Saddam, in the Ramadan amnesty, let every murderer, butcher, rapist and violent criminal loose on his own people. There are interests, including organized crime, with a desire for anarchy and profit. There are disruptive forces from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria.
We saw poverty on a scale that I have never witnessed except in pictures of Haiti. I saw one little girl: she was slender, very pretty, about 5 or 6 years old, in a tattered dress with a broad red hem, part of which was torn and dragging in the dirt. She would touch her heart and make hungry gestures. She was duplicated a thousand times during the journey.
The poverty in Iraq is a sharp contrast to the lives of Saddam and his sons. Saddam alone, not counting Ouday and Qusay and the leading Baathists, had 43 palaces. We are using several for civilian government. The one where OPCA is located is the main republican palace occupying over 2000 acres. It is a monument to narcissism, four 25 foot tall heads of Saddam decorate the front of the palace, and his portraits and statues are everywhere.
We went to a second palace by the airport. It is surrounded by a lake which was created by diverting the Euphrates water which limited agricultural irrigation downstream. His palace in Basra was used by him only once I am told.
Basra functions fairly well except for the power. There are 6 lines into the city, but it does not have a standard power grid. Saddam used power and other essentials as a method of punishing a city of 3 million! He would cut power for days to punish them. When I tell you the temperatures there, you will understand how bad that was. I am told that in high summer, it will hit 155 degrees, even 160! He has made no investments in this area which is overwhelmingly Shiite. He has few friends there. Consequently, it is easier for the Brits to govern, unlike Baghdad. And they are doing a good job of it. They are doing it at the moment by using pre-war personnel, perhaps contrary to Brenner's de-Baathification order.
The problem with Brenner's policy is that it removes almost all of the people who ran the country. The Brits have been pragmatic: they have largely left the judges and police in place and are removing them as they see the need and they are able to train and replace the bad ones. That was our problem in Haiti, we trained a police force but did not put the judiciary in place so that the jails just filled up and then overcrowding forced criminals out. And the Haitian police have largely quit. (Ouday had a solution to overcrowding, when he received a complaint of overcrowding, he went to the prison and personally shot every 3rd prisoner.)
We want to keep Iraq a secular state, and that will present some difficulties as there is no real concept of separation of church and state in Islam. Attaturk was a true revolutionary where this was concerned. The tribal and sahria (religious) courts are functioning, and if we don't get a move on, they will replace the civil and criminal courts.
I find it difficult to explain how differently they think. I remember telling Mike, "I don't think we are on the same page with this fellow." Mike said, "Don, I am not sure we are in the same library." For a large percentage of the Iraqi people, and they are most adamant, family and tribe are everything, religion and state are one and the same. That they don't understand us is our biggest problem in the middle east. They perceive our way of life as a threat to theirs,...and it is. They fear the modern world is about to run over them, destroying family life as they know it, educating and freeing their women, forbidding honor killing...coca colas, jeans, lack of parental respect and respect for the old ways and religion. And to defend their way of life and their religion, they will die with the same fervor with which the Christians marched to the lions. In their fear of western life, some will fight and kill us; but I remain convinced that the majority want a secular society and the best that the west has to offer. We are not hated by everyone. Of the hundreds I talked to, the overwhelming majority thanked us for being there. Hundreds of adults and children on the roads waved and smiled as we passed by.
We went to the law school with about 300 students, about ten of whom were female. There we were, three Americans and they wanted us to fix their school and they thought we could. They thought Americans could do anything. They were like children expecting the genie from the bottle to immediately gratify their needs.
The law students were the finest example of hope that I encountered. They told me that the future was theirs and that they needed and wanted our help. I believe we should be paying more attention and giving greater effort to restoring higher education. These law students are the immediate future. When we met with them a week later, they had formed a protective association, a bus for transportation, found a disused grammar school for classes, and got their assistant dean to round up some professors who were teaching them. Still they need help and I am trying to get some help for them from our law schools. LSU has refused, Seton Hall and Rutgers have promised to help; I have not contacted Tulane, Loyola or Southern yet.
Upon returning to Baghdad, I went to the Ministry of Justice to review the situation in the south. I took advantage of the situation and said the following: "I have read a little of your history. I know you are a proud people who have risen from the ashes in the past, so I must tell you that I am saddened and disappointed. I have talked to hundreds of you over the past five weeks, almost everyone educated and privileged. What I have heard is what you want from us, how the Americans have to fix this and give you money and equipment, protect you from you own. The only adults planning on the future were those law students in Basra who had lost everything - their books, their desks, their records, their school. And they were doing something about it on their own. You need to do some of these things for yourselves. If you are depending on us to do everything, you are going to be sadly disappointed."
I got a few nods from the judges, but the translator said to me: "Thank you. I have been waiting for someone to tell them that."
Our soldiers, God love them and keep them; they smiled every time I got a chance to talk to them. They want to come home, but I did not hear one word of complaint nor a question as to why they were there. This is boring, HOT, dirty, and dangerous work. They stand in 120 plus degrees in full body armor. They are amazing. Their entertainment was largely self-generated; boredom doesn't stop when they stand down. Write a letter, send a note or email; send a book, cd, tape, or magazine; do something.
[contributed by R. Bright, Kinston, NC]
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
TIME TO PAY
Posted by Emperor Misha I - Sept. 9
As you all know, the Paleswinian Pig Brigades were on a murderous rampage yesterday, followed, as always, by the slobbering simians dancing in the streets and handing out candy to celebrate the murderers.
Well, today the IAF arrived with the bill for yesterday's "festivities" and it gave the kaffiyeh'ed monsters quite a hangover, it would seem.
IAF planes today bombed the home of senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar, wounding him and killing his son, another family member and a bodyguard, in apparent retaliation for Tuesday's suicide bombings that killed 15.
Nice one, IAF. Next time, try hitting one of those wonderfully ethnic street performances of theirs... With napalm.
[Word to the Wise: In addition to Superman's cape, the Lone Ranger, and Chuck's Cup, you don't mess around with Misha either!]
Thanks to Kevin McGehee for pointing me over to Peace and Justice My Eye at The Ville. That was a great rant. And the The Poor Schmuck was a good place to visit too. I linked over to PS with visions of perhaps Jackie Gleason as The Poor Soul. Surprise, Surprise! But then, blogoSFERICS usually has those! (Surprises, not Poor Souls)
HEY TEACHERS! TRY THIS.
Subject: School Answering Machine
Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all options before making a selection:
>To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
>To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2
>To complain about what we do - Press 3
>To cuss out staff members - Press 4
>To ask why you didn't get needed information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several bulletins mailed to you - Press 5
>If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
>If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
>To request another teacher for the third time this year - Press 8
>To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
>To complain about school lunches - Press 0
If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable/responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework, and that it's NOT the teacher's fault for your child(ren)'s lack of effort - HANG UP and HAVE A NICE DAY!!!
Interview a la Camilo
This is an interview game. Here are the rules:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I will respond and ask you five questions.
3. You'll update your website with my five questions, and your five answers.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Email address: indigoinsights [at] hotmail [dot] com
An Article From a Romanian Newspaper
We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA. Read this excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper. The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "Cntarea Americii", meaning "Ode To America," on September 24, 2002, in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei ("The Daily Event" or "News of the Day").
AN ODE TO AMERICA
Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.
Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into one hand put on one heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, and the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts.
Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of their national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars, as if in every place. or every car, a government official or the president was passing. On every occasion, they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!"
I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people.
How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some, turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.
What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic Power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace.
I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion...
Only freedom can work such miracles.
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA!
Monday, September 08, 2003
Email address: indigoinsights [at] hotmail [dot] com
Please take a few minutes to read this Marine's account of his experiences in Iraq. And then read this from another Marine. Then wonder why the "unbiased media" reports nothing like this.
Thanks to On the Third Hand for links.
Thanks to Steve at Begging to Differ for pointing out what I've been missing at Baldilocks: the permanent pointer to "10 Things to Celebrate Why I'm Anti-Anti-American" by Dinesh D'Souza. Here's a paragraph - then go read it all: "As an immigrant who has chosen to become an American citizen, I feel especially qualified to say what is special about America. Having grown up in a different society -- in my case, Bombay, India -- I am not only able to identify aspects of America that are invisible to the natives, but I am acutely conscious of the daily blessings that I enjoy in America. Here, then, is my list of the 10 great things about America."
Sunday, September 07, 2003
The upcoming week may not be a time for laughs or giggles, so I'm cleaning out some miscellaneous, meaningless mess. There will no doubt be plenty of serious material blogged next week, which I will read, admire, and possibly link, but I will leave the essays up to the erudite bloggers. They're in a league of their own, after all; an enviable league, I might add. So without further ado, grin a little! [Email address: indigoinsights [at] hotmail [dot] com]
A pompous minister was seated next to a cowboy on a flight to Texas. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. The cowboy asked for a whiskey and soda, which was brought and placed before him. The flight attendant then asked the minister if he would like a drink.
He replied in disgust, "I would rather be savagely raped by a dozen brazen whores than let liquor touch my lips."
The cowboy then handed his drink back to the attendant and said, "I didn't know we had a choice."
An Amish woman was driving her buggy to town when a highway patrol officer stopped her. "I'm not going to cite you," said the officer. "I just wanted to warn you that the reflector on the back of your buggy is broken and it could be very dangerous. "I thank thee," replied the Amish lady. "I shall have my husband repair it as soon as I return home."
"Also," said the officer, "I noticed one of your reins to your horse is wrapped around his testicles. Some people might consider that cruelty to animals so you should have your husband check that too." "Again I thank thee. I shall have my husband check both when I get home."
True to her word, when the Amish lady got home she told her husband about the broken reflector. He said he would put another one on immediately. "Also," said the Amish woman, "The policeman said there was something wrong with the emergency brake."
*Trouble with a milk cow is she won't stay milked.
*Don't skinny dip with snapping turtles.
*Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
*Meanness don't happen overnight.
*To know how country folks are doing, look at their barns, not their houses.
*Never lay an angry hand on a kid or an animal, it just ain't helpful.
*Teachers, bankers, and hoot owls sleep with one eye open.
*Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.
*Don't corner something meaner than you.
*Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.
*It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
*Don't go huntin' with a fellow named Chug-A-Lug.
*You can't unsay a cruel thing.
*Every path has some puddles.
*When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF - - - -
~you don't see anything wrong with putting a sweater on a poodle.
~you would rather vacation at Martha's Vineyard than Six Flags.
~more than two generations of your family have been kicked out of the same prep school in Connecticut.
~you would rather have your son become a lawyer than grow up to get his own TV fishing show.
~instead of referring to two or more people as "y'all," you call them "you guys," even if both of them are women.
~you don't think Howard Stern has an accent
~you have never planned your summer vacation around a gun-and-knife show.
~you think more money should go to important scientific research at your university than to pay the salary of the head football coach.
~you don't have at least one can of WD*40 somewhere around the house.
~the last time you smiled was when you prevented someone from getting on an on-ramp on the highway.
MAIL BOX -
from Ian Snyder, Gardiner, ME
I am passing this on to you because it has definitely worked for me. By following the simple advice I read in an article, I have finally found inner peace....
It reads: "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you've started." I looked around to see all the things I started and hadn't finished. So, today I have finished one bottle of white wine, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of Baileys, my Prozac, a large box of chocolates and a quart of beer. You have no idea how foud I geel.
You may pass this on to those you feel are in need of Inner Peace.
from Greg, Ayden, NC
Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs. His wife Hillary got $8 million for hers. That's $20 million for memories from two people who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.
MORE GREAT QUOTES FROM THE DENNY WILSON ARCHIVES
~~The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools --Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher(1820-1903)
~~There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress. --Mark Twain
~~Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that. --Bill Clinton
via Betsy and Kevin
Zell Miller has written a book about how the Democratic party has written off the South.
"'Once upon a time, the most successful Democratic leader of them all, FDR, looked south and said, 'I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill clad, ill nourished'," Miller writes in the 255-page book. "Today our National Democratic leaders look south and say, 'I see one third of a nation and it can go to hell.' "
Saturday, September 06, 2003
Trying once more to do something pleasing to the Ping Fairy. If this one doesn't get pinged, I've struck out!
Francesca tells "Why I read Lileks"
One of the first rules of "serious blogging" -- according to Acidman, I think (though I can't find the post) -- is to avoid linking to Big Fish, like James Lileks, because everybody does it and it's kind of pathetic. Or something.
Well, I am clearly not a "serious blogger." And Lileks will never notice little old me, which is totally fine. I, however, read him every single day -- some days I find the minutae of his life more interesting than others, but he always, always, always writes well, and with an amusing twist or two. And on days like today, he hits it out of the park:
[...] Three thousand people died by design [on 9/11]. Only a fool couldn’t help noticing what it meant: they want us all dead. They want a world in which my daughter is a slave - and even though they’ll never get it, they will kill someone else’s daughter a half a continent away just to make their point. They want a world in which there is no US, and the Bosnias and Rwandas are not only commonplace, but proof that their god is ascendant.
Sorry. No. I want a world where those who choose Western ideas can flourish and thrive. And by “Western” I mean that raped girls aren’t stoned. Gays aren’t crushed by rocks. Public cleavage doesn’t get you whipped. Jews and Lutherans and Sufis can sit on a bus together and it’s no big deal. Where citizens decide that if they don’t like their government, they try it again - and the recall pits an Austrian immigrant against a native-born man of Hispanic origin. [...]
So sue me. I like it. A lot. Go read the whole thing.
posted by Francesca Watson 11:53 AM
I had planned to catch up on reading and surfing today and not post. But when I stumbled upon the following comment from a Viet Nam Vet, I just had to get this up for other weekend surfers who might otherwise miss it.
Comment from a Viet Nam vet on Petrified Truth's post of Sept. 4. Read "The Trophy". Thanks to A Small Victory for the link.
I listen everyday to the "nine angry men", all presidential wannabes, and most of the liberal media, criticize Pres. Bush on among other things Operation Iraqi Freedom, but never seem to offer any better way, solution, or CONSTRUCTIVE help. Those who criticize only and have nothing to offer are essentially useless and in fact dangerous. Do you really feel any of the presidential contenders are economists? Does anyone?
Just who do you feel is more credible, Bush, Powell, Rice and Rumsfeld, or Hillary, Dean, Kerry, or major TV network anchors like Peter Jennings ,who only want to bias the news? Who do you REALLY want to call the shots in war, and make military decisions, retired generals out of the loop, the "elite" in Tinseltown, Internet founder, Al Gore, former presidents, or Gen. Abisaid and the military, who are the only people actually in the know. The "Left Coasters" only purpose is to "ABD", [anything Bush does], to trash the President at all cost. The liberal media is NOT going to tell you what the truth is, just lies. If you want realistic coverage, try the US [http://www.CENTCOM.mil], the DOD, or US Justice Deptartment web site. To see what the US is really up against, browse the US Dept. of Justice's web site @ [http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/trainingmanual.htm], the Al Quida Training Manual. It'll describe how well they are expertly trained and educated, and whose ONLY purpose in life is to eliminate all of us. Much like the radical terrorist Palistinian's only purpurse is to drive the Israelites into the Mediterranean, at all costs. Hence, the MYTH of the Roadmap to Peace.
The above news sources post all news briefs, press conferences, etc. You'll also see the vast ongoing humanitarian programs that ABC, CBS, etc never show. If diversity is what you want, there ARE credible realistic and fair alternative news scources, including those in "Blogosphere".
The US CANNOT, at any cost, relinquish authority to the UN. Their track record speaks for itself. The UN would cease to exist without the US's financing and support, yet the German's and French hide under.
You cannot negotiate with irrational, and mentally ill, and desperate dictators, including Arafat and Kim Jung 11. Ask Madelyn Albright. Ask Chamberlain and Churchill, Kissinger, and this administration.
So for those critics out there, "if you can't put up, shutup!
Chip in PA
Viet Nam Vet ' 71-'72
Posted by: Chip Seiple at September 6, 2003 12:18 AM
Friday, September 05, 2003
MAIL BOX - Kristi, Greenville, NC
Dedicated to Cletus
There's a little fellow named Bubba who hangs out at Martin's Convenience Store. Mr. Martin, the owner hasn't figured out what Bubba's problem is, but the boys 'round town like to tease him. They say he's not hittin' on all eight... just not too bright.
As evidence, often they'll offer lil' Bubba his choice between a nickel and a dime. Now Bubba, he always takes the nickel... They say, because it's 'bigger' and they all get a big chuckle.
One afternoon, just after Bubba grabbed his nickel, Mr. Martin pulled him off to one side and said, "Bubba, those boys are making fun of you They think you don't know the dime is worth more than the nickel. Are you grabbing the nickel because it's bigger, or what?"
Bubba sorta grinned and said, "Well, if I took the dime, reckon they'd quit doing it!"
Here is Blog Iran via Allah Is In The House via Acidman, who saved me a lot of trouble in re-doing my blogroll by blogrolling Allah himself. (Aside to Allah: You'll get more hits from Gut Rumbles. Be glad.)
You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Chuck's Cup.
More Great Quotes from the Denny Wilson archives
Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Thursday, September 04, 2003
TWO TIMELY BLOGS
Choosing Love Over Hate
Ocean Guy says: Koby Mandell was one of the young Israeli boys (Yosef Ish-Ran was the other) who were beaten to death with rocks while on a hike in May 2001. Koby's mother, Sherri, has done much to keep her son's memory alive. She has turned her personal grief into healing for many. You all may not like Sherri. As one of the settlers... an American settler in the territories, and proud of it... some may call her extreme. But does that really make her an extremist? I don't think so. Sherri has made a choice, not much different from other Israelis, and Americans who have lost loved ones to terror. Sherri has chosen love over hate. She has chosen to remember her son by helping as many other victims as she can. Read the entire post from September 2 here.
The Mulatto Advocate says: Frankly, the Palestinians don't deserve a country of their own until they can act with peace and civility instead of hatred and violence. Joel Mowbray shows us the difference between Israelis and the Arabs who seek to destroy them. After the murder and mayhem of the recent Jerusalem bus bombing, a non-Jewish journalist sought reaction in the Holy City. This is what he found.
I do my thing, and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you and I am I,
And if by chance we find each other,
- -by Frederick S. Perfs
ATTENTION MUSIC LOVERS
If you already knew about this site, why in the world didn't you tell me? It's the quintessential Gold Mine of Oldie Goldies from the juke boxes of the 50s and 60s. So far, all I've heard are the original artists. You won't believe your eyes at the titles or your ears at the sounds. To borrow a phrase from the era, this one's Super Tough! Go enjoy. I gotta go now and tape record some more of these that I haven't heard in years! (Does "happy as a dead pig in the sunshine" mean anything to you?)
PERFECT FOR ACIDMAN
Ready to go out for the evening, a couple turned on a night light, turned on the answering machine, covered their pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard. They phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi.
The taxi arrived and the couple opened the front door to leave their house. The cat scooted back into the house. They didn't want the cat shut in the house because "she" always tried to eat the bird. The wife went out to the taxi while the husband went inside to get the cat.
The cat ran upstairs, the man in hot pursuit. The wife didn't want the driver to know the house would be empty so she explained to the taxi driver, "My husband will be out soon. He's just going upstairs to say good-bye to my mother."
A few minutes later, the husband got into the cab. "Sorry I took so long," he said, as they drove away. "Stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. Had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out! Then I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked. I hauled her fat ass downstairs and threw her into the back yard!"
The taxi driver hit a parked car.
MORE GREAT QUOTES FROM THE DENNY WILSON ARCHIVES
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
--G. Gordon Liddy speaking for Bob Hansen
If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, You're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist.
--Joseph Sobran, Editor of the National Review at one time
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
~ To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. -Helen Keller
~ Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein
~ It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half~ Fyodor Dostoevski, 1821-1881, Russian Novelist
~ Don't ignore the benefits of solitude: "Inside myself is a place where I live alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up." - Pearl S. Buck
~ Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. ~ Will Rogers
MAIL BOX - Kristi, Greenville, NC
1. AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.
2. BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Mass.
3. CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.
4. HOLY WATER: A liquid whose chemical formula is H2OLY.
5. HYMN: A song of praise, usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation's range.
6. RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Mass, often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.
7. INCENSE: Holy Smoke!
8. JESUITS: An order of priests known for their ability to found colleges with good basketball teams.
9. JONAH: The original "Jaws" story.
10. JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.
11. KYRIE ELEISON: The only Greek words that most Catholics can recognize besides gyros and baklava.
12. MAGI: The most famous trio to attend a baby shower.
13. MANGER: (1). Where Mary gave birth to Jesus because Joseph wasn't covered by an HMO. (2). The Bible's way of showing us that holiday travel has always been rough.
14. PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic Churches.
15. PROCESSION: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant, and all the late parishioners looking for seats.
16. RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass - led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd out to the parking lot.
17. RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.
18. TEN COMMANDMENTS: The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman.
19. USHERS: The only people in the parish who don't know the seating capacity of a pew.
MAIL BOX - Anonymous
Bill, Hillary, and Al Gore were all killed in a plane crash, and went to Heaven together. There they encountered God, sitting on His magnificent throne . God said to Bill, "Well, you've certainly led an interesting life. What can you tell me about your convictions, that might entitle you to sit at my side?" Bill said, "I believe in the inherent goodness of mankind, the need for us to help each other, and the ability we each have to make each other happy." God said, "That sounds good. You may sit here at My right hand."
Then He looked down at Gore from His magnificent throne, and said, "Al Gore, what can you tell me about your convictions?" Gore replied, "I believe that we are put here to protect the earth and each other, to value all of Your creatures, and to obey Your word. God said, "That's good. You may sit here at My left hand."
Then He looked down at Hillary and said, "What can you tell me about your beliefs and convictions?" Hillary replied, "I believe you're sitting in my chair."
After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."
Torpid Tuesday and Worrisome Wednesday
Been waiting for inspiration for two days. Nada. On the premise that C&P may be better than Nada, here's a dose:
But First - - -
Acidman does it again! Another great find. See Baldilocks for a good sense blog - plus a cutie in black and white.
*Don't name a pig you plan to eat.
*Country fences need to be horse high, pig tight, and bull strong.
*Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
*Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.
*A bumble bee is faster than a John Deere tractor.
YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF - - -
~~ you've never, ever, eaten Okra.
~~ you eat fried chicken with a knife and fork.
~~ you've never seen a live chicken, and the only cows you've seen are on road trips.
~~ you have no idea what a polecat is.
~~ whenever someone tells an off-color joke about farm animals, it goes over your head.
Monday, September 01, 2003
Until a permanent blogroll gets up, the first day of the month is Update Blog Roll Day.
South Knox Bubba
Kevin McGehee Zone
Last Man Dancing
Best of the Web