Archive for April 2004

Couple comments

First the apparent torture.
It should be investigated. If it’s true then those who took part in it should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. This is not something we will stand for and those few responsible, again assuming it’s true, will be held accountable.
Secondly, Nightline.
So much of whether it’s right or wrong depends on context and tone that I don’t think it can be properly judged beforehand, so I won’t.

A note to the players on my fantasy baseball team…

STOP GETTING INJURED!!!
I’m talking to you Pettitte, Nomar, Kearns, and LaRue!
That is all.

Zell Miller wants to repeal the 17th Amendment

The story from WorldNetDaily.
I’m all for it. The 17th Amendment would the the one that ended the prectice of state legislatures appointing Senators and changed it to popular elections.
The Constitution was a balancing act to ensure that big states couldn’t dominate little states and to ensure that the federal government could never dominate the states. The 17th Amendment knocked that balance out of whack. The states no longer have any real power in Congress and have been relegated to beggers looking for highway funds and other bread crumbs. At some point the people started to believe this country is a Democracy and not a Republic and the rights of the individual states have been going downhill ever since.
Plus, can you imagine if Senators no longer needed to pander to the public for their votes and instead could just do the work of their state?
(On the opposite side of the spectrum in this argument would be the fools who believe that the Electoral College should be done away with. Never mind that there are very good reasons for keeping the EC. For example, to ensure that there won’t be nationwide chaos in the event of a tight Presidential vote and to ensure that the larger states don’t have too much influence in choosing the President. Can you imagine the chaos that would have happened in 2000 if they had had to recount every vote instead of just those in Florida?)

Party for the President

Back from a Party for the President. It was a good event. Didn’t quite go as planned, State Senator Steve Austria didn’t show up as he might have and there was some confusion and we didn’t get into the Vice President’s conference call, but all in all it was a good party. About 30 people showed up. WKEF Channel 22 was there. It was good to see so many people excited about re-electing President Bush this year and even more exciting to know that across the country over 5,200 more parties just like ours were taking place.
–Update–
Got about 2 seconds of screen time in the background on WKEF. Unfortunately I was holding a cup of pop and my clapping came off much more half-hearted than I wish it had.

First people charged under CAN-SPAM

Four people in Detroit have been charged with hiding their identities in hundreds of thousands of pieces of spam which they bounced through unprotected computers on the net.

Iraqi army/militia/vigilantes taking on al-Sadr’s army

In a deadly expression of feelings that until now were kept quiet, a group representing local residents is said to have killed at least five militiamen in the last four days.
The murders are the first sign of organised Iraqi opposition to Sadr

A plea for help from a Marine in Iraq

It seems that despite the tremendous and heroic efforts of the men and women serving here in Iraq to bring much needed peace and stability to this region, we are losing the war of perception with the media and American people. Our enemy has learned that the key to defeating the mighty American military is by swaying public opinion at home and abroad.

I am asking for your support. Become a voice of truth in your community. Wherever you are fight the lies of the enemy. Don’t buy into the pessimism and apathy that says, “It’s hopeless,” “They hate us too much,” “That part of the world is just too messed up,” “It’s our fault anyway,” “We’re to blame,” and so forth. Whether you’re in middle school, working at a 9-5 job, retired, or a stay-at-home mom you can make a huge difference! There is nothing more powerful than the truth…. No one is poised to make such an amazing contribution to the everyday lives of Iraqis and the rest of the Arab world than the American Armed Forces. By making this a place where liberty can finally grow, we are making the whole world safer. Your efforts at home are directly tied to our success. You are the soldiers at home fighting the war of perception. So I’m asking you as a fellow fighting man: Do your duty. Stop the attempts of the enemy wherever you are. You are a mighty force for good, because truth is on your side. Together we will win this fight and ensure a better world for the future.
FrontPage magazine.com (via Instapundit)

Pat Tillman “got what was coming to him”

A truly astounding article.

Matters are a little clearer for those living outside the American borders. Tillman got himself killed in a country other than his own without having been forced to go over to that country to kill its people. After all, whether we like them or not, the Taliban is more Afghani than we are. Their resistance is more legitimate than our invasion, regardless of the fact that our social values are probably more enlightened than theirs. For that, he shouldn’t be hailed as a hero, he should be used as a poster boy for the dangerous consequences of too much “America is #1,” frat boy, propaganda bull. It might just make a regular man irrationally drop $3.6 million to go fight in a conflict that was anything but “self-defense.”
The Daily Collegian

Everything else aside, that last sentence is the biggest problem with this guy’s thought process. For some unfathomable reason this guy doesn’t think that the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan is self defense.
To the Daily Collegian’s credit they have a counter-point article.
–Update–
Reactions:

UMass president Jack Wilson issued a statement saying Rene Gonzalez’ comments in The Daily Collegian “are a disgusting, arrogant and intellectually immature attack on a human being who died in service to his country.”

While recognizing Gonzalez’ right to free speech, Wilson said the student owes Tillman a “debt of gratitude,” and said he should apologize to Tillman’s friends and family.
The state Senate on Thursday approved a resolution of condemnation, with one member, Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth, calling Gonzalez a “nitwit.”
Jared Nokes, president of the Student Government Association, also issued a statement condemning Gonzalez’ column.

In a response to the controversy generated by the column, the paper’s editorial board ran a letter to readers in Thursday’s edition saying Gonzalez’s views do not reflect The Collegian’s opinion.
Boston.com

Attacking Kerry on substance

Brian Griffin has taken notice of this post in which I relay John Podhoretz’s belief that John Kerry is a “terrible, terrible, terrible candidate”. Brian is upset that John Kerry isn’t being attacked more substantive issues than flip-flops and his voting record.
I wish I could attack him on something more substantial, but there isn’t anything substantial about this guy’s positions, at least not that he’s laid out so far. He can’t decide whether the war in Iraq would have happened if he were President. When asked to introduce himself to the country he launches into screeds about President Bush. When asked what he’d do differently in the war in Iraq he lays out the same plan that the President is using; stay in Iraq until the job is done and continue trying to get other countries to help. He can

Male-bashing

Orson Scott Card takes on male-bashing in a recent episode of E.R.

In fact, there are a lot of things wrong with our society today that might be solved if a few more people had recognized, before discarding men, how vital it is to have a good man as husband and father in every family.
But given the moral universe these E.R. writers live in, there was no course of action this male buffoon character could have chosen that would not have provided ample excuse for the audience to have a good laugh at the uselessness of men.
If your response to that statement is, “Well, men deserve it,” then you have my contempt — the contempt I feel toward all bigots who scorn people solely for the group they belong to, who perpetuate false stereotypes, and who delight in shaming people who can’t fight back.
And if your answer is that women suffered such abuse from “men” for a long time, so it’s only fair for them to lash out in return, then I must point out that this is an “excuse” that most child abusers could use, since they too were once victims, and they repay the victimization upon the innocent. “Someone did it to me once” is a defense of nothing. If an action is wrong when it’s done to you, then it’s still wrong when you do it to someone else.
Uncle Orson Reviews Everything