A much better sentance than jail time or a fine... We need more creative judges like this.
Friday, July 30, 2004
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Whoops! Looks like Kerry has flip flopped on Wilson now...
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
You can check out their coverage on line:Al Jazeera
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
"Hi! I am Ali." He said in a heavy Arabic accent.
He continued to fidget with some wires on his keychain, and a cell phone in his shirt pocket.
"Do you pick up slugs often?" Unsolicited questions are proscribed, but in this case I was thirsting for more info before starting off on a journey with a total stranger who seemed quite agitated about something.
"No, this is my first time. I go to med school at the Armed Forces Medical College, and was taking a shortcut back through Anacostia when someone hit me. I hopped out to see if he was OK, but he drove off. I tried to get his plate number, but there was no tag. I called the police, but after waiting an hour, they never came so I called them again, and they said I could file a report over the phone or come in, but they didn't think I should wait in that area any more."
Now I knew why he was so nervous. Driving through Anacostia in the daytime is plenty scary. Especially if you are obviously foreign, and in a nice new SUV. Ali, a first year med student, had had a rough day. I'd have been a bit jumpy, too. Another slug came up, and to head off any fright on his part, I introduced Ali and said that this was his first time picking up slugs. We showed Ali a shortcut to Tacket's, and the rest of the ride was uneventful.
Today I had to drive in, so it was my turn to pick up slugs. The light rain made things a bit slick but not too bad. As we approached the exit for the Pentagon, traffic slowed, as usual. 90% of the HOV traffic gets off at the Pentagon. However, the small white car in front of us seemed to be taken by surprise. A Ford Colt or similar tin can, it should have been able to stop fast, but the driver slammed on the brakes and put it into a skid, right into the side barricade. I was leaning on the brakes pretty well at this point too, not wanting to get in the middle of anything, when I heard a squeal from behind me and noticed smoke arising from the wheels of the small white tin can behind me. Well, I did a quick check, let off the brakes, pulled a quick swerve and coasted around the wreck in front, thankful that I'd avoided getting rear-ended, and avoided rear-ending someone.
I pulled over to see if anyone had gotten hurt and pick up the hapless slugs from the wrecked car. But they weren't slugs. That much was obvious when I walked back. Though shaken, they seemed more nervous than scared. This was confirmed as they waved me and the other two from my car (who had now joined me) away. We hopped back in the truck and continued on to the ramp. The few words the driver had said to me were in broken English, and he was talking to the passengers in Spanish. I figured that they could use some help, so I called the State Police on the cell phone, but as I hung up with them the same car, headlight and fender now mangled and parts dangling from the side, whizzed by us on the left shoulder of the road.
I guess they were late for workâ¦
Monday, July 26, 2004
Yahoo! News - Heinz Kerry Tells Reporter to 'Shove It': "'We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics,' the wife of Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) told her fellow Pennsylvanians on Sunday night at a Massachusetts Statehouse reception. Minutes later, Colin McNickle, the editorial page editor of the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, questioned her on what she meant by the term 'un-American,' according to a tape of the encounter recorded by Pittsburgh television station WTAE. Heinz Kerry said, 'I didn't say that' several times to McNickle. She then turned to confer with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others. When she faced McNickle again a short time later, he continued to question her, and she replied, 'You said something I didn't say. Now shove it.' "
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
Ummm....Last I checked, you don't need to be licensed to own a gun in this country. Something about the second amendment.
Sen. John Edwards, 2002
"The events of September 11 created a new understanding of the terrorist threat and the degree to which every nation is vulnerable."
Sen. John Kerry, US Senate, Speech supporting resolution on used of force in Iraq, 9 Oct 2002
Friday, July 16, 2004
VA law PROHIBITS concealed weapon permit holders like myself for carrying concealed in a restaurant...but we can carry openly. So, if I am out and about and my family want to hit Olive Garden for some lunch, I have to either a) leave the gun in the car where it is of no use to me and might get stolen or b) move the gun to a visible holster. Hmmm...
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
It was then that I thought of the blog:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,121050,00.html and Steve's story of a woman called J.B. In a company of soldiers, she was the only female and "needless to say...very popular". That in and of itself was not that illuminating, but what Steve wrote after came back to me in a flash when I saw clash of camo and color:
"In the daytime she disappeared in a khaki uniform and floppy hat, but after work she wore a white tank-top T-shirt. "It's the only time I feel like a woman," she said.""
It flashed through my head "The only time I feel like a woman" was when she was out of uniform, out of the formless pants, drab t-shirt and combat boots. When she could let her hair down and kick back in a chair. But this woman was living the feminist dream! She was 'one of the guys' and very popular, to boot! She carried a gun and shot with the best of them as they lived in tents and dust and sweat in a combat zone. She had proved herself and made the likes of Hillary Clinton and Pat Schroeder proud, and yet, "the only time..."
So it was with the girl in CVS. She was not seeking lipstick and makeup to help her looks in uniform. Not with the colors she was considering. "The only time..."
It struck me...
You would never hear words like that from a guy. On the contrary, most guys, some time in their life, pick up a stick, a toy or a gun and play army. Many dress in camo for fun, to hunt or just to look the part they want to feel. Many join the service becuase of the ads of shining Marines in their flashy garb, with a sword and a slogan:
earned, never given.
It is true that wearing the uniform may get old, and some may want to discard it after traumatic events, as my grandfather did when he got back from Europe in WW2. Others have even been known to throw parts of theirs (or someone else's uniform, whatever) over a fence in protest, feining disgust, but it was never because "the only time..."
Uniforms, military garb, military gear make a man feel like a man. It is in his DNA, his very being to be a warrior. And those same things, the same clothes and toys may make a woman proud, may make her feel strong, may make her feel...like many things.
But they cannot, will not, and I believe, should not, make her feel like a woman. Were that to happen to a woman, I believe she would have lost something vital, that same thing that makes one woman among 82 guys, "very popular".
AP PITTSBURGH — Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is taking a two-day break from campaigning and will spend the time at his wife's country estate preparing for his party's national convention next month.
Sen. Kerry claims that he needs the rest to 'prepare', but an aide to Sen. Kerry, speaking on condition of anonymity, admitted that he was also doing it to help sagging poll numbers.
"We have noticed an interesting inverse correlation between 'face time' with the American people and how J.K. polls in the days following. To be quite honest, we are trying to figure out a way to let him take a 'vacation' until 2 November," said the close confidant. "He does have several large houses to look after, so we are pursuing the possibility of 'home improvement leave', something that J.K. believes is the right of every American worker, and will make his number one priority on being elected. It will be right up there with all his other number one priorities like health care, the economy, education, the war on terror, Iraq, forest fires, France, Social Security, global warming and warning labels on sheer evening gowns."
Another aide admitted that the campaign is looking to use the issue of silence to challenge the President. "We think we have a chance to take the moral high ground, by challenging the President to also take a week or two off—show the American people that relaxation and solitude is a better way to govern than jetting around, shaking hands and kissing babies. After all, hands and babies, especially those belonging to the unwashed masses, carry germs, and germs are Sen. Kerry's number one priority."
News Flash: Moore Makes Millions on Pseudo-documentary! His response? Americans "are possibly the dumbest people on the planet...Our stupidity is embarrassing"
Given the box office response to his feature length political ad, I agree.
Of course, there were many, many more things like this. But instead we focus on Abu Ghrab. Ted Kennedy has no idea what he is talking about when he compares our actions there with Saddam.
New York Post June 24, 2004
Saddam's Censored Sadism
By Deborah Orin
And there are other Saddam horrors on tape. Former Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke says there are thousands of tapes of rapes by Saddam's thugs, since one of his pet practices was to rape wives in front of their husbands. Sometimes the rapes were videoed from a few different angles.
In case a husband got out of line again, he'd be sent his wife's rape tape, she says. "Who's going to show that [on TV]?" Clarke asks.
In fact, Clarke recalls, she got angry complaints from three or four networks during the Iraq war when she tried to document Saddam's horrors by beginning a briefing with part of a BBC documentary on how Saddam used poison gas on his own people.
It showed a woman victim with half her face blown away.
"The criticism from several leading news organizations was intense. They said, 'Our people don't want to see this,' " Clarke reports. ...
From the 20 June Columbia State Leg Injuries Plague Trainees In New Program By Chuck Crumbo, Staff Writer
Making boot camp more rigorous might be more hazardous to the health of trainees. That's what the Army might have to look into after the completion of a pilot basic combat training program at Fort Jackson. …
One study at Fort Jackson found 50 percent of females and 25 percent of males suffer some injury during the nine-week training period. Most are treated and returned to their units. Others are treated and returned to basic training at the point where they were injured, or they must restart training. Still others wash out of the Army. ...
Does anyone but me wonder if this is cost effective? We can either 1) make training easier for everyone 2) make it easier for women 3) ignore the problem and hope it goes away 4) wonder what else we can do to get more women to sign up, so we can work toward to 40% goal. Any guess which way the Army will go?
So the other major headline? The beheading of a South Korean hostage in Iraq. Lets see. Daniel Pearl, Nick Burg, Paul Johnson, this has happened before. And every time we write it off as sick savages who are just doing it to get our goat. And besides, the stories imply, we sort of deserved it, anyway, since there are bad things that happen in the US, also. Huh? In what universe? There is the irony. For them to chop of the head of someone who was trying to help, that is understandable, or at least explainable. For us to engage in a debate on the moral and legal limits in dealing with those who would chop off heads, that is unconscionable.