Archive for June, 2006

Supreme Court Ruling on Detainees

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

The Supreme Court ruling conferring rights upon multi-national, non-uniformed combatants is another clear indication that Liberalism is not just madness, it is dangerous.
This has become an issue without precedence because almost all previous conflicts in our nation’s history have been against nations with which we are officially at war, by declaration or resolution. The uniformed soldiers of those nations that accepted the Geneva Conventions were accorded certain rights. The rights of non-aligned, non-uniformed combatants have never been tested because these individuals were customarily shot. This should be a lesson for the future.

Offering the protections of our system to those who would destroy it, especially those who target civilians as well as military personnel is a sure-fire way to cripple our nation’s ability to defeat this foe. Can\’t you hear them laughing at us at this moment?

This incomprehensible ruling is another good reason to elect another Republican to replace Dubya in the White House. The most important battle in the war on terror is being fought right here at home.

Temperature Rising

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Considering that the thermometer is less than 300 years old, how can \”scientists\” make the claim (without smiling) they have made today that the last 20 years is hotter than any similar cycle in the last 400 years? And while we are wondering how this computes and whether or not they were required to take a math class at Berkeley, just how old is the Earth? 4,000,000,000 years, give or take, according to scientists. So, even if we give these \”climatologists\” their 400 years, that means they are dealing with a maximum of .0000001% of the potentially available data; not much of a sampling on which to be staking one\’s reputation as a scientist. I would recommend that these people consider switching their major to political science as this is the true motivation for their investigation and their report.

Black Star Rising

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

As I watched the US team play the Black Stars from Ghana I kept asking myself, \”Where\’s Rudy?\”
I know that Rudy played a different brand of \”football\” but the brand of passion he brought to his sport was precisely what was missing in today\’s match. All the fancy footwork in the world could not make up for the lack of heart displayed by the lackluster squad from the States. Ghana deserved to win because they wanted it more.

After watching all three matches in which the US team played I can state without fear of contradiction that the United States was not well-represented by the majority of players chosen to compete in these World Cup games. Perhaps four years from now, the US soccer powers-that-be will choose 11 men who will, at the very least, demonstrate some enthusiasm for the game and some pride in the opportunity to represent the USA in the world\’s premier sporting event.

Madras to Madras

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

The brutal and inhumane nature of the foe we fight has been violently illustrated again this week with the discovery of the bodies of two American servicemen who were captured, mercilessly tortured, murdered and booby-trapped by their captors, Al Qeda in Iraq.

One of Al Qeda\’s chief aims in this war against the West is to fully establish Shira Law, the same law by which the Taliban governed Afghanistan. Followers are raised-up to this purpose in the Madras, the schools that train radical Islam\’s martyrs, assassins and butchers, to commit these acts as a display of faith in their belief. In the history of our nation we have not engaged a more intractable enemy. While the Kamikazes crashed their planes onto the decks of US warships, they did so more out of a sense of duty and a commitment to their Emperor; their god\’s human emmissary. They did not crash into civilian targets. All westerners (as well as the aherents of competing Islamic sects) are fair game to the graduates of the Madras.

It is a cruel irony that brings this war even closer to home. One of the murdered and mutilated soldiers was from a small town in Oregon named Madras.

The ACLU and You

Monday, June 19th, 2006

The most troubling news of the day is not the war in Iraq, not the potential for war with Iran and not the sobering reality of the long range nuclear threat from the Il-tempered North Koreans. As disconcerting as all these things are, the fact that the ACLU is actively involved in the screening and censoring of high school graduation valedictory speeches is as sinister a portent as I can recall. The open and obvious evil represented by the anti-democratic forces in Iraq, the chauvinist arrogance of the Mullahs in Iran and the naked madness of the North Korean dictator are really nothing new. We have met a multitude of similar challenges in the past. The insidious nature of the threat we face at home has never been more intense.

The ACLU, bane of the Boy Scouts, ignoble defender of NAMBLA (the North American Man Boy Love Association), the tireless champion of “choice”, has no intention of allowing the brightest of our high school graduates to exercise their choices, or their rights to Free Speech for that matter. The biggest problem is that school boards and administrators are cowering before these lawsuit-wielding vigilantes from the Far Left. These self-appointed guardians of hedonism, these defenders of the anti-Christian faith, have already succeeded in turning the Constitution on its head.

Be wary and aware; there is nothing at all American about the American Civil Liberties Union, nothing except their address. What are you willing to do about it? Refusing to do business with their donors might be a good place to start. Refusing to vote for school board members who invite the ACLU to assist them in censoring students\’ speeches would also be a step in the right direction.

Gratitude for the Simple Things

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I have been laid-up with a bad back for the last two weeks and have not been able to contribute to the various debates. I doubt that I have been missed but felt I should explain my absence to the one or two people who check this blog from time to time.

I have learned a lot from this experience. My gratitude for simple things has deepened. Being able to wash one\’s hands and brush one\’s teeth once seemed more like necessary evils rather than activities to be relished. Taking a shower is a monumental luxury after lying five days in the exuded aroma of meals past. Walking is nothing short of a real privilege. Hoisting a two-year old granddaughter is a joy to be cherished, especially when it is not possible.

Please accept the public expression of my appreciation for all these little things as an invitation to invest a moment in contemplating all the wonderful little blessings you usually enjoy without thinking. These little things make a monumental difference in our daily lives, especially when we are no longer capable of doing them.

I am fortunate, as well, that I am improving daily and that I expect to fully recover. The silver lining on this episode brightens as I emerge from the cloud.

A La Gore

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Scientists from the University of Rhode Island have just completed and reported on a study they have made of the Polar region near Greenland. Core drillings have revealed an era in which the average temperature in this neighborhood was a pleasant 74 degrees. From this they conclude that the entire earth must have been a veritable swamp in which fist-sized mosquitoes sucked the blood out of everything that moved (much like the tax collectors of the modern era). This is very like the poem, \”The Blind Men and the Elephant\” in which one of the researchers touches the beast\’s tail and immediately concludes that the elephant is \”very like a snake\”.

Before extrapolating this data into an alarmist (a la Gore) preview of things to come if humans aren\’t stopped once and for all (please note that two-leggeds were not mentioned in this study as the cause of the previous warming cycle- we had a good alibi; we weren\’t there), these researchers might wish to consider the possibility that this former paradise was not located at the pole at the time.

Rhode Islanders are doubtless familiar with the well-worn theory that the poles do shift from time to time. If this theory is true, wouldn\’t that put ice caps elsewhere, maintaining the planetary status quo we\’ve come to know? If the theory isn\’t true, where does that put all the theories relating to planetary change? Maybe they should core drill for evidence of ice beneath the Sahara or some other equatorial location. (Would it still be ice by the time the sample reached the surface?) Are mammoth aquifers the vestiges of the ice flows of yore?

It would seem reasonable to review all the evidence before reaching a verdict (unless, of course, you are Congressman Murtha).