Highjacking Crispin's site again with JJ Cale and Chuck Prophet, Thomas More and Thomas Hobbes, the Navajo, the Army, Paul Ryan and Tora Bora...it just doesn't get better than this. I think at times there's a better class of reader here than at the other places I babble...certainly the comments I get over at Veteran's Today give me a lot of pause. Anyway, this has been a complex piece to get my teeth into...for a variety of reasons. So, here we go...
Civilized costs more than hard, brutish and short...
The number of broken promises and bad judgments made over the last 30 years is incredible. Each bad judgment ends up causing more broken promises. However, the majority of the problems I see – crumbling infrastructure, lousy schools, increased long-term unemployment, mounting debt, lagging modernization, lack of a coherent energy plan and so on and on and on as well as what has happened to Native Americans, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman, Civil Servants, Labor Unions, and on and on comes from the idea that we don’t have the wherewithal to pay for what we need to do. That is bullshit.
To be educated, a person doesn't have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life. Thomas More
Can you say AN/PDR-27R? ALPHA-NOVEMBER-PAPA-DELTA-ROMEO-TWO-SEVEN-ROMEO?
Ok. Crusader AXE here. I guess the incredible, inscrutable, incomparable one either wanted me to occasionally put something here for the erudite masses, or he just forgot he gave me permission many years ago. Regardless, I'm glad he did. He gets a better class of reader here than we do at the Defeatists, most of whom appear to be robots.
Today's topic is love and Valentine's Day. I speak as a bloodied veteran here on several fronts.
So, in the proper spirit of the thing. Ok. Yesterday was our 36th anniversary. We are very fond of each other and have a reasonably complex financial life that would make disengaging difficult. We don't want to cause the other pain or even inconvenience. I rate this as a successful marriage. We don't hate each other, wish the other grevious harm, and try not to act contrary to our mutual best interests.
That said, we got married on Friday the 13th. My thought, being a strategic thinker, was that this way I would not forget both Valentine's day or the Anniversary and hopefully, one would key my brain as to the other. Generally has worked...I see the Valentine's bullshit in the stores, and it triggers the response that I need to do something to commemorate the day so as not to violate the "first, do no harm or cause unnecessary pain" part of my ethic. It does not make me happy. This makes me happy...
I hate Valentine's Day. It is part of the conspiracy of the consumer society that begins in pre-school to make us all ready for a life of disappointment and conspicuous consumption.
Truth is, writing here has been an eye opener for me. I think most Yemenis do not really realize the gravity of the situation. For decades a whole population has been in denial (apart from the Southerners who sometimes go on a rally every now and then and get squished right away)- it could of course be credited to the fact that everyone is constantly high from chewing Qat, or because we have this saying: "a devil you know is better than an angel you don't know" which is what everyone uses when confronted with the autrocities of the regime. This multifaceted disaster has been cooking for quite some time.
On a more funny-or sad, depending on your mood- note, the German Prime minister arrived yesterday to deal with two issues: 1)the 6 germans kidnapped by one fo those groups who seem to enjoy kidnapping expats who pump millions of euros into the country in development aid, 2)the four germans who were training in an Al-Qaeda camp. Now, the Yemenis who join Al-Qaeda are usually poor and ignorant, so i am not sure what excuse other than stupidity do these guys have!
Hi, y'all. Crusader AXE here, occasional guest blogger from the Defeatists. I personally have no dog in this hunt, but find it something that Crispin would probably find enragingly amusing. The idea of not swearing in bars is intriguing -- in a lot of places you can't smoke in bars, so not swearing in bars sort of fits in with the puritanical-Mormon-Nanny-State ethos that the country is evolving toward. Next, they will turn off the big screen TVs because sports TV encourages yelling, cheering and betting in bars. Then they will forbid talking to strangers. The sole reason for going to bars will be to drink. Which will then be forbidden by the FDA because alcohol is addictive and a food. (C6-H12-O6). Commerce will be paralyzed and human life will become extinct, although ....Life is already not worth living...
Crusader AXE here, occasional guest blogger and long-time fan of Crispin's Sonata in A Minor for Kazoo and Jewsharp. I know that he occasionally despairs about the ability of his undergraduate students to read, write and think critically. I did with mine and found a solution; I ceased teaching. This was especially rewarding for me personally, since my students were graduate students.
However, it's wonderful to see what happens when highly intelligent adult scholars and scientists choose whimsical idiocy over serious endeavor. It makes me feel warm inside to know that there is indeed hope for the sword-swallowers amongst us.
i'm shocked to hear that the situation in iraq is grave and deteriorating. i wouldn't have believed it if james baker hadn't told me. but at least the report of the iraq study group will give me "political cover" to change my position, and propose a simultaneous increase and withdrawal of american forces, while moving toward and away from new diplomatic initiatives for its resolution.
i'm glad to hear that prosecutions of turkish authors for insulting kemal ataturk continue apace. true, kemal ataturk was a dumbfuck, a mongoloid, a clinically brain-dead, feculent sump of absolute stupidity. still, describing him as dressing in a chador, whether the description is true or false, insults turkishness itself. insulting such a race of intellectual pygmies and crossdressers is surely redundant, and there's no sense piling on. let us now praise kemal ataturk: he was probably the best drag queen i've ever seen: his diana ross was fucking uncanny. his mad affair with warren g. harding remains an inspiration to turks and republicans the world over. i think of ataturk as the founder of the modern gay liberation movement, and it is well known that he personally introduced amyl nitrate and crank to the gay community, a signal service to humanity itself.
i'd love to hear your thoughts on what other persons or abstract concepts it should be a crime to insult. personally, i think it should be a crime to insult kurdishness, wisconsinness, cornishgamehenness, and the ramones.
White House senior adviser Karl Rove wanted it conveyed that he
understood that Blanco was requesting that President Bush federalize
the evacuation of New Orleans. The governor should explore legal
options to impose martial law "or as close as we can get," Vitter
quoted Rove as saying, according to handwritten notes by Terry Ryder,
Blanco's executive counsel.
Thus began what one aide called a
"full-court press" to compel the first-term governor to yield control
of her state National Guard -- a legal, political and personal campaign
by White House staff that failed three days later when Blanco rejected
the administration's terms, 10 minutes before Bush was to announce them
in a Rose Garden news conference, the governor's aides said
when i said that i found it hard to distinguish between rick santorum's underwear and the holocaust, i promptly apologized. but now i'm forced to compare rick santorum's brain to a cinder block. here he is in "catholic online," discussing the celibates-have-sex-with-altar-boys-as-their-superiors-wink-and-nod scandal:
It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most
disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted
moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as
alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by
culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes
infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise
that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in
America, lies at the center of the storm.
we ought to blame this thing on michael dukakis, or feminism, rather than on a religious culture that has implicitly promoted and protected homosexual pederasty for 1500 years. possibly when your average catholic priest asked himself: should i force this little boy to have sex with me? he said to himself: michael dukakis would approve! hillary clinton would dig it! the various cardinals who helped conceal the matter (no doubt many were also participants), certainly take their moral bearings from the women's studies program at harvard. possibly, rick santorum's flatline iq is due to the atmosphere of moral permissiveness in tierra del fuego. i guess, though, when he says that the people who are most disturbed by the scandal are academics and other liberals, he means that he himself and like-"minded" people aren't upset about it at all, or perhaps even that they're way into it.
david horowitz is a bit of a bitter crank, but he always at least seemed kind of bright. but his "guide to the left" is incomprehensible. it includes zarqawi, khomeini, khalid shaik mohammed, mohammed atta, zacarias moussaoui, along with, you know, rob reiner, danny glover, susan sarandon. it must not be easy to be driven by extreme ideological commitments into a realm completely detached from reality. um: those folks are religious fundamentalists. they are reactionaries. they are far more similar to john ashcroft than rob reiner. it's like i put up a rogue's gathering of the american right and included not only, say, john gotti, but also the weather underground and huey newton. but perhaps horowitz is more to be pitied than censured: things have been so hard since the lobotomy.