My goodness could it be that the "evil" ACLU is actually fulfilling its mission and protecting free speech. Yes
The article can be found here and it goes like this, if I say something that is libelous or outrageous and one of my buddies in the sidebar quotes me on their blog, they can not be sued. Well the California Court of Appeals has ruled that any internet publisher, i.e. blogger, can be sued for objectionable material even if it's in the form of a quote of another's speech.
The ACLU filed this brief in defense of all internet publishers. It basically states that you or I can quote the most hateful and evil speech and as long as it's not our original writings or opinions, we are protected under the first amendment. See, I told you that the ACLU does some good every once and awhile. I do still think that they are a misguided organization that does a small portion of the good they could be accomplishing.
Enough of that love fest, here's a link detailing yet another battle over Christmas in schools. Gotta love it when lawyers fight among one another. I can see it now, coming on Fox this Saturday night, "When Lawyers Attack......"
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
My goodness could it be that the "evil" ACLU is actually fulfilling its mission and protecting free speech. Yes
Monday, November 29, 2004
This is a very touchy subject and before I express my opinion, let me clearly state my position on gay rights, because in case you’re riding the short bus, this post is really about the ACLU.
My personal opinion is that anyone who homosexual has the same rights or privileges as anyone who is straight. Sounds simple enough, well here's the catch. I do not believe that anyone should have special rights because of some group they belong to; I do believe that everyone should be judged by the quality of their character and nothing else. I know that is a little naiveté.
Here's my example against "special rights". I am like most Americans and am over weight, now do I because of my physical attributes deserve "special rights", I think most would say no way in hell. In fact most would say get your ass to the gym and lose some weight. Let's apply this to a non-physical attribute such as sexual orientation. I am a proud Republican, should I because of my political affiliation be granted "special rights" to help combat the liberal bias that I deal with on a daily basis, including my place of employment or at a liberal dominated university? Again most would say hell no, tough it out or don't tell people your political leanings.
My opinion on the rights of homosexuals is simply that there are enough laws on the books to make sure they enjoy the same rights that all Americans enjoy. I have several friends that are gay and bi-sexual so I have a tiny bit of insight on this subject. Read that last sentence carefully, “a tiny bit of insight”. I don’t claim to be an expert on what it means to be gay. In fact one of my friends had to tell me that she was, I just don’t really care what people do in the privacy of their homes or think in those terms when dealing with people.
In my ideal world most people would share that opinion, live and let live. That is a simple concept, yet hard to execute. Now on to the target of my rant, the ACLU, they now seem to think that they should determine school curriculum without the input or consent of parents.
As I have said in the past, the ACLU does some good but they are beginning to really stray from their core mission. I ran across the story of the
What I do have a problem with is that the ACLU thinks that it knows better then these students parents on how to teach tolerance. I think that most would agree that a forced viewing of a 60 minute video is not going to cut it. Tolerance for good or bad is taught by friends and family. The school district has had the following response to the required viewing of the video: “According to the district, 105 of 730 middle school students didn't take the training after opting out while 145 of 971 high school students opted out and 324 didn't show up for school on the day of the training.”
The ACLU is now threatening to take the school back to court to force the students to sit through the video. I know that many may not view this as a big deal, and maybe it’s not. I have two young children and I would like to think that my school district values the opinions of its parents and encourages input from them. Here’s a comment from the ACLU lawyer on this turn of events. "The schools have great latitude in what they want to teach, including what's in training programs, and the training is now part of the school curriculum," Esseks said. "Parents don't get to say I don't want you to teach evolution or this, that or whatever else. If parents don't like it they can home school, they can go to a private school, they can go to a religious school."
Actually, the training video is not part of the curriculum, because if it was then the ACLU would not have to waste more of the taxpayer’s money in yet another court appearance. What I take from that quote is that the ACLU feels that no parent should have anything to do with the education of their children. If I was in the situation I would lay blame at the feet of the school district first then the ACLU.
I blame the school district for their short-sightedness in not involving the parents in the original settlement and ACLU for thinking they can dictate school curriculum without participation of the most important piece of this equation, the parents.
I included the links below for more information on this topic. Later…….
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Thanks to all who commented and took part in the poll. I took the poll down due to the fact I only signed up for the free trial and they limit you to 100 page views of the poll. I did manage to get 12 votes and several comments and I think I am going to switch to Haloscan.
I am not sure when I will make the switch-over but it will not be until I figure out a way to save all existing comments. Any suggestions would be welcome. I am stuck with the thought that since I have all comments in my email, I may enter them manually after the Haloscan installation. Guess I will save that for a slow work day.
Well, I am off to our neighborhood X-mas season kick-off festival. Take the kids to see Santa and let them ride the ponies and kiddie rides, while Mrs. Mad Tech and I stuff our faces with chow. Gotta love the holiday season. I was reading over at FFS that Kelly and her family volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. That is one of the greatest ideas I have ever heard, kudos you and your family for really helping out the less fortunate.
Friday, November 26, 2004
You know most of the time I would take the day off rather then the money. But the company I work for is paying me double time and a half, so I will gladly sit here and surf through BE. Hell, I would sit here for 12 hours if they wanted, but they won't pay that much OT to one person.
Besides, I figure that by not joining the masses by shopping today, I come out even farther ahead.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Now, I have been thinking of switching to Haloscan for my commenting but I seem to read mixed reviews on other blogs as I travel through the BS, mainly via BE. Help me out and vote if you have an opinion. The poll is in my sidebar to the right, no your other right. Thanks and later....................
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
The things I am thankful for are:
1) My Faith
2) My Wife and Children
3) My Family
4) My Country
5) The Men and Women of our Military
6) That Seinfeld is finally on
I will be enjoying the holiday like everyone else and watching the "greatest sitcom of all time" so my postings may be lite. I will still have to feed my BE addiction. Have a great holiday everyone.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
I am quite frankly so filled with anger I can barely see the keyboard to type. I know this issue has been in the news for a few days but I wanted to take some time and read up on the topic before I sounded off on the insanity of the ACLU. I and my 3 younger brothers were proud members of the Boy Scouts and my son will participate as well so this topic hits close to home.
Let's start with the First Amendment since it seems to be the weapon of choice for the ACLU.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Ok, now obviously this is the first Amendment of the United States Constitution and not whatever copy the ACLU uses in its legal battles to destroy facets of American Life. Granted, I am not a Constitutional law expert but the founding fathers wrote the Bill of Rights so that common men could understand the rights afforded to them. I don't see anywhere in the amendment where it states the government of these United States shall be prohibited from providing assistance or funding to any groups that have a religious charter. As most people know, there are references to God all over the federal government. Our motto, our currency, the Congress prays before starting a session, the fact is that this country was founded on Christian principals and no amount of revisionist history will change that. Now I am sure that folks will correct me with the argument that the Founding Fathers could not have foreseen this issue and we must try to find their intent. One word for that, BULLSHIT.
We have only have to realize that in the 228 year history of this country we have only amended the Constitution 17 times including such winners as the 16th, income tax, the 18th, ban on alcohol, and the 27th which says Congress gets no raise until after a full election of it's members. The important ones in my humble opinion have been amendments such as the 13th, abolishment of slavery, 14th, due process, 15th, right to vote of every citizen, 19th, Women's right to vote, and the 24th, which again grants the right to vote for every American. The last important amendment was passing over 40 years ago. I would think that if the 1st amendment was such an issue, we may have found the time to correct it.
While you thinking upon that chew on this, the ACLU prides itself on the fact that it is a champion for all Americans rights. Boy that is a bold statement; let’s look at their mission statement below. You can find it here.
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the
The American system of government is founded on two counterbalancing principles: that the majority of the people governs, through democratically elected representatives; and that the power even of a democratic majority must be limited, to ensure individual rights.
You know what, that sounds great, I mean who could be opposed to an organization with such a lofty goal. Damn, I will send them some of my hard-earned money right now. Honey, where's the checkbook? Loud slap from my better half. Ok, I am fine now. See how they suck you in with there words, because after all words mean things.
According to them,
I can personally testify to the fact that the Boy Scouts, at least every troop I have ever been in contact with, is not the religious cult that the ACLU makes them out to be. Let’s take a closer look at the Boy Scout Oath.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
You know, thinking back to my scout days, I really never thought about the mention of God. We never discussed it in troop meetings; it was never discussed among the scouts that I led or their parents. Perhaps it’s because it’s not a big deal to those who are raised in God-fearing Christian homes. Is the root of this issue really about the fact that the government funds some scout troops and provides a place to meet or is it really about the ACLU showing it’s true colors as a God-Hating, Christian demonizing group with little or no real regard for the concerns of Americans?
Can it really be that simple? Could the ACLU just have gone too far? I polled some folks I know that support the ACLU and even they are ready to walk away from this group because of this latest campaign of hate. Some will suggest that when the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts were a private organization and could deny gays membership the die was cast and this is really just the ACLU’s form of revenge. Could be, I mean after all the Boy Scouts have been around since 1910 and were in fact chartered by Congress in 1916 with the following mission, “to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.” The ACLU has been around since 1920 and to this day claims to be a non-partisan group. So in the past 80 plus years, the ACLU had no problems with the Boy Scouts until the case of the NJ scoutmaster who was gay.
I tend to give the benefit of doubt to groups like the ACLU, because after all, they do some good here and there. But their constant attack on mine and others religious freedom simply must stop. The Boy Scouts do enormous good for this country and millions of young people and should be protected against the hate mongering of groups such as the ACLU. I would encourage everyone to read some of this links below and speak up one way or another. This is just another battle in the culture war that we face. This agreement between the ACLU and the Department of Defense will not stand. Sorry for going long but this is an issue that is close to my heart. Hunting season is open for all of the leftists that will flame me for this, don’t really care, cause when your right, your right.
Enjoy the links and keep the faith, later………..
Sunday, November 21, 2004
I just finished reading American Soldier by General Tommy Franks this afternoon. Here's my review of the book.
Let me just say before I get too far into it, General Franks is a military genius. The man took lessons from every point in his life and helped shape our military doctrine for years to come. At the start of the Second Iraq War, General Franks wisely sent a memo to the Department of Defense that could have cost him his command and his career but he felt so strongly that his first responsibility lay to the men and women under his command. The point of this memo was to put the new generation of "whiz kids" on notice not to mess with the war plan and try to micro-manage the war like
Here's a quote from the book that gives us some insight to the character of General Franks. "In the closing of my memo, I had reminded Wolfowitz of the moral compass that would guide me in the days ahead: I carry an American Flag and a Bible in my pocket, and I wear a wedding band on my left hand. I understand the mission and the strategic context within which it will be accomplished. I will become tentative only when directed to do so."
This is remarkably frank (no pun) in it's telling of the events leading up to the wars in
"What are your plans for the 4th Infantry, Tom?" Rumsfeld asked. "I want to keep the ships in the Med a while longer, Sir," I said. "The docks in
"What are your plans for the 4th Infantry, Tom?" Rumsfeld asked. "I want to keep the ships in the Med a while longer, Sir," I said. "The docks in
I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone looking for an insider’s account of the war in
I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone looking for an insider’s account of the war in
If you get the book enjoy, later....................
If you get the book enjoy, later....................
Saturday, November 20, 2004
So according to Peta now, I should not eat meat, chicken, or fish. Well, all the tree huggers from Peta can feast on dirt and twigs till the end of time. In honor of their new plan to save us from ourselves, I am going down to Outback and have my own feast.
Here's what I am ordering: Shrimp to start with, and for the main course, Surf and Turf. And as I sit there in my carnivore grandeur, I won't give a thought to the fruit and nuts crowd over at Peta.
For the record, I actually admire vegans for their discipline and health, but it isn’t for me. I am a meat-eater through and through so don't try to shove your nutritional beliefs down my throat, no pun intended. Enjoy the links below in all of their Peta glory, later..................
Friday, November 19, 2004
Well, I guess the thieves over at the corrupt UN finally had enough and are preparing to discipline one of their own. Kofi Annan is about to face the first no-confidence vote in the history of the UN. All I can say is it's about time and I hope we were involved in getting this vote scheduled.
The problem with Annan's removal is that we are likely to face an increasing anti-American and hostile UN after he is thrown out on his ass. The UN's future as an effective organization for peace is in serious doubt and will need a strong Secretary-General above reproach to restore the trust and respect that Annan has pissed away in pursuit of his own greed.
The UN has done much good in Africa, Asia, and
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I have added a subscription box to the sidebar. The purpose of this is to allow those of you who read my ravings on a regular, semi-regular, or once in a great while basis to be notified with an email one a new entry is posted. I also can but am not sure I will, send mass messages to those who are subscribed. I really don't think I will do that, at least at this point. I mean who needs another piece of email. I will never sell or redistribute anyone's email, frankly I hate spammers more then most and would like to see them all killed ASAP.
I would like thank everyone who reads my crazy ramblings; it's been a wild ride the last few months. I have a BE update, check out the graph below. This is my traffic from Oct. 21st to today. I had been a BE member for a few weeks prior to the 21st but had to switch to a different stat counter for better reporting. Anyway, thanks again to all and tomorrow is Poker Night.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I think it's time to seriously reconsider our friendship with
Why would we want a friend that is openly over-critical of us, who secretly sells weapons to an enemy of the world, who defies the world's will and makes money off a program to provide food to the oppressed people of that said enemy? By the way,
Don't forget folks, if not for the US and our true allies, France would be a state of Germany. Enough said, later..................
What is wrong with this statement, Putin Says Russia Working on New Nuclear Systems?
Why on Earth would
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
You Know You're From Arizona When...
You've signed so many petitions to recall governors you can't remember the name of the incumbent.
You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water.
You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.
You can hear the weather forecast of 115 degrees without flinching.
YSou can be in the snow, then drive for an hour...and it will be over 100 degrees.
You discover, in July it only takes two fingers to drive your car, because your steering wheel is so hot.
You can make sun tea instantly.
You run your a/c in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.
The best parking is determined by shade.....not distance.
You realize that "Valley Fever" isn't a disco dance.
Hotter water comes from the cold water tap than the hot one.
It's noon in July, kids are on summer vacation and yet all the streets are totally empty of both cars and people.
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
Sunscreen is sold year round, kept right at the checkout counter.
You put on fresh sunscreen just to go check the mail box.
Some fools will market mini-misters for joggers and some other fools will actually buy them. Worse.....some fools actually try to jog.
You know hot air balloons can't rise because the air temperature is hotter than the air
inside the balloon.
No one would dream of putting vinyl inside a car.
You see two trees fighting over a dog.
You can say "Hohokam" and people don't think you're laughing funny
You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the Salt River
You have to go to a fake beach for some fake waves
You can pronounce"Saguaro", "Tempe", "San Xavier", "Canyon de Chelly", "Mogollon Rim", and "Cholla"
You can understand the reason for a town named "Why"
You can fry an egg on the hood of a car IN THE MORNING!
You hear people say "but it's a DRY heat!"
You buy salsa by the gallon.
Your Christmas decorations include sand and l00 paper bags.
You think a red light is merely a suggestion.
All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but clear out come the end of April.
You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.
Most of the restaurants in town have the first name "El" or "Los."
You think 60 tons of crushed red rock makes a beautiful yard.
Your house is made of stucco and has a red clay tile roof.
Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer.
Most homes have more firearms than people.
Kids will ask, "What's a mosquito?"
People who have black cars or black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out of-state or nuts.
You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you're wearing shorts.
If you haven't worked for Motorola at some time, you must be a newcomer.
You can finish a Big Gulp in 10 minutes and go back for seconds.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Arizona.
You Know You're From Chicago When...
You say "Wanna go with?" when you mean "Do you want to come with me?"
You know what Kennedy, Dan Ryan, Eisenhower, Edens, and Bishop Ford, have in common and curse one of them daily.
You know what "the Hillside strangler is."
You can name three or four extra taxes nobody else pays.
You know the difference between Richard J Daley and Richard M Daley.
You can use two or three Daleyisms in context.
You can imitate the Mayor's whine.
You say Chicawgo and not Chicaago.
You think going to a Bears game in single digit temperatures with a wind off the lake (and freezing rain) is fun.
Da is a proper definite article.
You expect corruption in local politics.
You go to the Dells in the summer to get away from the other 20 thousand that followed you.
You've been caught speeding in Wisconsin because you had Illinois plates.
You guard your shoveled parking space with an old chair and unusable broom.
You know why they call it "the Windy City."
You know dead people who voted.
You understand the Democratic machine and don't fight against it.
You've never ever considered the idea of hiring non-union laborers.
You've never been to Springfield.
You know a good gyros joint.
You know what Giordanos, Lou Malnati's, and Gino's have in common.
You know when the last time the Cubs won a pennant.
You know exactly how many cars are "legally" allowed to turn left after the light turns red.
You don't know which ethnic "fest" to choose on any given Summer weekend.
Your idea of relaxing and getting away from it all is Ravinia (with 10,000 others who have the same idea).
You can recite many of "The Blues Brothers" lines and know where they filmed certain scenes.
You consider paying someone to watch your car at a sporting event as just another "city tax."
The "Living Room" is called the "front room"
You don't pronounce the "s" at the end of Illinois. You become irate at people who do
You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city"). And you swear everything is pretty much 15 minutes away
You refer to anything South of I-80 as "Southern Illinois"
You refer to Lake Michigan as "The Lake"
You refer to Chicago as "The City"
"The Super Bowl" refers to one specific game in a series of 35 played in January of 1986
You have two favorite football teams: The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers!
You buy "The Trib"
You think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your car!
You know what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog
You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is
You understand what "lake-effect" means
You know the difference between Amtrak and Metra, and know which station they end up at. You have ridden the "L"
You can distinguish between the following area codes: 847,630,773,708, 312, & 815
You respond to the question "Where are you from" with a side" example:"WEST SIDE", "SOUTH SIDE" or "NORTHSIDE."
You know what the phone number is to Empire Carpet!
You wear gym shoes, not sneakers.
Your favorite melody to hum is "Bang,Bang,Bang-Skeet,Skeet,Skeet!!!!"
You faithfully attended Lil Louis parties at The Bismarck.
You GOT to have spaghetti at your barbecue.
You are STILL a Bulls fan........
You think kicking it outside of White Castles parking lot, (79th and Stony Island) is the "Freak Nik"
You go to Harold`s and order 4 pc wing, mild sauce, salt and pepper.
You have a picture of Harold Washington in your kitchen, living room, family room or basement.
You have ever waited in line at Home of the Hoagy on 111th for 30-45 minutes for a steak samich wit cheese
You have ever been to the Tiki Room lounge in Hyde Park
You have Y made a special trip downtown because you had a craving for Garrett's caramel and cheese popcorn.
What!!! We don`t get a Fifty? Oh yeah....
You drink at bars called "Bud on Tap" or "Milwaukee's Best" -- no names, just beer signs out front.
It's January and you see someone's kitchen chair in the street, and you know that if you're a responsible citizen and bring it back to the sidewalk you will be shot on sight
You live two miles from work and it takes you two hours to drive there
You don't flinch when you pay the fifth toll of your 45-minute car ride on the highway
When you read a big story in the paper about mob ties in the city government, your first reaction is "So, tell me something I don't know."
You know Lincoln Towing is Satan incarnate.
You've paid $105 for towing, $30 for more than one "street cleaning" ticket, $58 for a city vehicle sticker, and $70 for a license plate sticker -- and chalk it all up to "neighborhood taxes."
You pluralize grocery stores and retail chains: "I'm going to Jewels"; "I bought it at Targets"; "I couldn't find parking at Wal-Marts"
You've taken the Red Line past the point where all white people get off and all black people get on -- or vice versa.
You've cursed at a cyclist, pedestrian, or in-line skater on the lakefront path.
You know the significance of State and Madison.
You wonder if the fries will taste the same at Sammy Sosa's Restaurant.
You don't miss Planet Hollywood.
You're not ashamed of wearing a big fur Russian hat, or a headsock with one hole in it, in public from November through March.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Chicago.
Monday, November 15, 2004
I am actually from somewhere, actually a few places. Contrary to popular brief I did not just appear to torment my wife and liberals alike. In order of my trek westward, I give you
You Know You're From Detroit When...
You call McNichols 6 Mile
You pronounce Lahser as "Lasher"
You add an "s" on Livernois
You own a pair of gators in a variety of colors
Your gators match your suit (pink, purple, green, etc.)
You`ve had to wait forever for the DOT bus
Your car payment is higher than your rent
You outfit cost more than your car payment
You get your nails and hair done every week just to go to the mall
You can do any of the 3,000 hustles
You take ballroom hustle lessons
You airbrush your toenails
You put nail tips and acrylic on your toenails
You`re familiar with the term "Dress to Impress"
You can find a cabaret on any given Saturday of the year
You listen to Mason in the morning on 102.7 FM
You know the words to "Hello Detroit" by Sammy Davis Jr.
You are mad about the Joe Louis Statue (the fist) in the middle of Jefferson
Your neighborhood church is across the street or next door to a liquor store AND a Chinese food restaurant
You don`t know the difference between winter white and summer white
You've been to a club at 1 am and paid $20 to party for one hour
You can buy an outfit, activate your cell phone, and buy lunch at the corner liquor store
You get your hair "did"
You have Mardi Gras beads from Fishbone`s hanging from your rear view mirror
Youo've stopped at a shrimp shack after 2 am (because it tastes the best at this time)
You think that Lou's Deli (the Mc Nichols location) has the best corned beef sandwiches!
You shop at Cest La Vie
You've had to drive a half a mile to make a left turn (The Michigan Left)
You drink Faygo pop
You've knocked all the hub caps off your car - and your alignment's totally out of whack
You go to the Auto Show to find men / women
You own a red leather outfit
You shop at Mr. Alan`s to get the 2 for $50 deal
You shop at City Slicker shoes and the Broadway
You know the words to the City Slicker Shoes and the Broadway radio commercials
You've been to the Festival in Hart Plaza
You own a Navigator or an Expedition and you live with your mother
The Cass Corridor is your jogging route.
Wednesday is Metro Times day.
You have a taste for coney dogs.
You can dodge potholes without dropping your cell phone.
You can name the CEOs of all the Big 3.
You can't get to sleep without the sound of sirens.
You hate the city, but you'll kick the ass of anyone who disses it.
You love Vernor's and Better Made Chips
You refer to the city as "the D."
You swim at Belle Isle beach.
You bitch about the need for mass transit but know deep down you'd never use it.
You know the given names of all the expressways.
People get scared when you say you're from here.
You have two cars: One for daily use, and one hooptie for extreme occasions.
A six-street intersection with a Michigan turn seems logical.
You think Devil's Night is celebrated everywhere.
If it's less than 10 blocks away, you drive anyway.
You are connected to Eminem by 3 or fewer people.
You know Eminem and Kid Rock are not actually from Detroit, but Warren (a suburb) and a small farm town.
You have ridden the People Mover.
When you pull up to a red light, you roll up your windows.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Detroit.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Nothing really to say today, recovering from my family visit, enjoying my 1800 mile buffer zone.
Glad Michigan won yesterday, even happier that Wisconsin lost.
Looking forward to the first 3 seasons of Seinfeld out on DVD November 23th.
Bet you wish it had stayed missing eh? Later..................
Since I got such a response to my last post, I thought I would post my replies to the comments for all to see. Enjoy and remember that it is the soldier who has fought and died for our freedom of speech not some journalist in a comfy corner office. I apolgize for the lengh, but I do rant and rave. Later..............
Boy, I don't know where to start. First, thanks to all of those who posted anonymously. I can tell your political leaning just by your display of personal responsibility by not brothering to leave your name or URL.
Question, why are you so afraid of an open exchange of ideas or opinions that you have to hide behind "anonymous". Here's my answer, perhaps you know what a destructive force Moore has been on your party and your really not sure you still believe his bullshit, but you want to be the "good soldier",(no disrespect to the real soldiers that read this blog, thanks for your service) so you post anonymously.
Enough of that. Thanks to Ellie and Aurorealis for your comments. Now my response, comment by comment.
Anonymous #1 said...
You know. If we pull out or lose this war like we did in
Yes, I would be would be willing to die for my country regardless because I have faith in the American People that this war does mean something. You and I today can only speculate whether this war will "mean something". I believe that regardless of the outcome, we have helped enough people in
Anonymous #2 said...
I am blown away by the depth of your intellect and am left speechless.
Anonymous #3 said...
So Michael Moore is wrong to list the names of the people who died in Irag, but it's okay for G.W. to use the war to help him get re-elected? Sounds like a double standard to me.
Perhaps as evidenced by your spewing of a democratic talking point, you and I are not talking about the same post. Nowhere in this post of on this blog for that matter have I ever said that it was ok for the President to use the deaths of our military for political means. The war was a valid point of discussion during the election as shown by the many positions your candidate took on it, not to mention the numerous public opinion polls that listed
Thank you for you kinds words Ellie. I am sure
I only wish it was the death knell of the Dems... but somehow I don't think we'll get that lucky. Then again, that could be because I live in Calipornia.
Thank you for your comment Aurorealis. Take heart,
Anonymous #4 said...
Pissed off the wrong people? Give me a break. I understand this woman is upset and needs to find meaning in her son's death but he did not die for Americans' freedom of speech or any other right. He died fighting in a poorly planned and executed unnecessary war to dethrone a thug that was absolutely no threat the
My first response to this comment was one of anger due to this person’s cowardice and lack of understanding of why people join the military and fight for this country. Then my feelings turned to pity, pity for this person, sitting behind their Mac, somewhere in
Webster defines Hero as
1 a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability b : an illustrious warrior c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities d : one that shows great courage
2 a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
3 plural usually heroes : SUBMARINE 2
4 : an object of extreme admiration and devotion : IDOL
I like 1d, but here’s my definition: One who puts aside all personal concerns to perform a service or duty for the greater good of a larger group or society with no expectation of reward. Every single man and women who serves this country in the armed forces deserves our respect and admiration for their daily sacrifice and service to us, the American citizen.
Friday, November 12, 2004
I think it's great that someone finally spoke out against
Has anyone noticed the lack of coverage of events in
Here are some links to follow and get a good sense of the
The Belmont Club
So the grand old terrorist finally died, good riddance. I hope he is enjoying his new surroundings in Hell. There are all kinds of theories about what actually killed him and since he died in French we may never know. You ask why, because
I will say this, I expect the Arab media to treat him as a saint that is given, but when the American media does it, well what can I say. How about they are a bunch of delusional
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
I am going to be scarce for the next few days as I have family (Mother, Aunt, Cousin) coming in town today to visit. They are not really coming to see me or for that matter my wife, but rather my kids.
This visit is due to the arrival of my daughter 2 months ago and will be the first time that they have seen her other then the ten gazillion photos we have taken. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I have two kids, including a girl.
A buddy of mine, with three girls, says they are easier to raise then boys, but I don't know about that. It seems to me that the real difficult time in raising a girl is when they become a teenager. Just my opinion, feel free to correct me, my wife does all the time.
While I am otherwise disposed, please check out some of the blogs listed on the right, these are folks that I read on a daily basis. I may try to get a few postings up tomorrow since I will be working, my corporate masters only allow one person off at a time on this particular account.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
I like music of all genres, but lately I have been listening to "modern" country. What exactly does this mean? Am I getting old and mellowing? Hard to say if it's means anything.
My mp3 collection is a hair under 6000 songs and ranges from
Sometimes I will be listening to the whole collection (which includes selections of my wife's) and I have to laugh and ask myself what the hell was that song (like my wife's fascination with Nsync)? Anybody else finding their musical tastes changing or mellowing with age?
Monday, November 08, 2004
I was surfing through the blogsphere today and it occurred to me that not only have I not run across any soldiers blogs but I have seen very little of the Iraqi blogs as well. So I went a searching and found this Iraqi blog that offers a very good inside view of what's actually happening over there. The kind of information that the
On another note, our troops need our support more then ever. Check this previous posting out for links to a couple of great organizations that are working hard to support our troops.
God Bless our military.
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Maybe now that the election is over the Mainstream Media can start doing their jobs like reporting on how we are doing some good in places like
Here's a letter from a Marine in Fallujah talking about the truth of that terrorist hotbed.
Guess stories like these just don't cut it for the "real" news organizations. God Bless the men and women in our military. Enjoy.........
Saturday, November 06, 2004
I have been encouraged by some of my regular readers to actually send the President my open letter with the signatures of those who agree with the jist of it. Well, I am going to do it. Please read the letter here, and if you agree enough to want to have your real name associated with it then send me an email at
I am not sure how long I will collect signatures but I am thinking a month would be good. So the cutoff is going to be December 7th, I will send the letter the next day. Thanks to all for your kind words and encouragement. When or if I get a response from the President it will be posted here and I will send a copy to all who signed. Later..........
Someone explain to me just who the hell the UN thinks they are? I was so freaking angry about this latest attempt by the UN to interject them selves into the business of this country, that I actually went here and read their damn charter. The short version of that story is that the UN Human Rights folks would like us to explain the Patriot Act to them.
Now I am not going to say that are not times the UN should be concerned about what a country may be doing to its citizens, but think on this. The UN has now tried to cover up its Oil for Food scandal, tried to interject itself into US politics with a 4 month old reports about supposed missing weapons, and failed once more to do anything about genocide or nuclear proliferation in the world at large.
The UN is a failed, ineffectual, corrupt, greedy organization that frankly should take care of their own house before peeking in ours. I mean what's the freaking point of them looking at the Patriot Act? So they can send their lawyers to
Can you figure out why no country seems to listen or pay attention to the UN when they levy sanctions or pass resolutions? Because they don't mean what they say, sound familiar? The good that certain arms of the UN do is by far out-weighed by the lack of action when needed, outright corruption, and bitter politics of the "new world order" crowd.
A few more points if I may, the
FDR would be not even recognize the organization he envisioned and Truman helped to create. The sad part about this whole rant is that it does not matter, the UN will not change. They had some much potential and it was just pissed away.
Ok, I am done. I fully expect to get flamed as an isolatist, which could not be further from the truth. The UN is a great and noble idea whose idea has yet to come. I am not sure what the solution is, too many people have too much to lose if any reform at the UN were to take place. Enough for tonight/today. Later.............
Friday, November 05, 2004
I don't know if it's the let down from the election or what, but I am in a funk today. Part of my daily tasks is to review the pervious day’s cases that were created by my co-workers and submit corrections to them, it's a damn thankless job and generally I hate doing it. Basically a supervisor task without the supervisor pay, the MO of corporate
Our company announced a new CEO on Thursday, expected since we have a new parent company, so the mood around here is pretty reserved, kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. We are having corporate visitors on Tuesday for some executive briefing, code for your going to be interviewing with the "Bobs". I am feeling pretty good about my status, but we will see.
I may not post tomorrow, got a few errands to run, stuff I had been putting off since I was spending part of my weekends working for the Prez. We will see, I can usually squeeze off a post or two while feeding my 2 month old daughter. She does not seem to care if I spend time on the computer as long as I have a bottle stuck in her mouth. Ah, to be a child with no care for what the future might hold, there's the life. Later..........
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Congratulations on you victory. I watched both
Your core supporters of which I am, want, no need you to return to the fiscally responsible, smaller government roots that embody the conservative movement in our party. To that end I have a number of issues that I hope you will address in the coming four years. These are listed in order of importance
2) National Security/Immigration. I believe that national security and the lack of immigration enforcement are tied together. Please consider moving some of the forces that are returning from Europe and
3) Taxes. Please take a good look at the tax code, bring in tax experts, and think outside the box. Make it easier for small businesses to start up and stay in business. Eliminate or reduce penalty taxes to encourage investment by all Americans, not just the wealthy. I personally would like to see something like a flat tax rate or a national sales tax. Either is a fair way to levy income taxes.
4) OBL. Please proceed with caution in regards to OBL. Hear me out on this one. If reports from various news sources and your own Defense department are to be believed, then OBL is sitting in a cozy cave in southwest
5) Federal Spending. Forgive the bluntness, but Mr. President you have been spending our money like a drunken sailor on shore leave. I understand we have just come out of a recession, been attacked and are fighting 2 wars, but come on man. Now that your tax cuts have taken hold and the economy is improving, the government’s tax revenues should be increasing. Don’t spend that increase on wasteful pork that Congress forces upon you. Please take a hard look at what is actually needed to defend this country and spend only that amount, and don’t forget about the needed social programs and education. I am all for helping people out but let’s not go crazy, remember the less government is involved in our lives the better off we are.
6) Social Security. Something needs to be done to Social Security just to keep our commitment to seniors for the next 20 years. Most people in my generation have already written Social Security off and are planning for retirement on our own. This is perhaps among the toughest decision you will have to make, but please do not pass the buck, make the tough choice and save Social Security. I am not sure what exactly can be done, maybe raising the retirement age or reducing benefits for the first few years of retirement. You as the most powerful man in the world can certainly find some people with ideas about fixing this.
Of course these are a wish list of what I would like to see happen, but I am realistic and know that we first and foremost have to attend to our national security; everything else you can accomplish is gravy. I wish you the best for the next four years and pray for you and our country every day. Thank you.
The Mad Tech
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Some things I have taken note of during the election and its aftermath.
* The Media is even more polarized to the left of mainstream
* Given a reason to vote, Americans will step up and do the right thing, vote.
* The "young" vote will leave you at the altar every time.
* Pundits and Pollsters don't really understand Americans and what we care about deeply.
* The last 4 years have created such divisions, politically, that it will take another 4 years to repair. Let me expand a little on this one. I have spent most of the day surfing blogs and I am appalled at the level of down right hated being spewed by left leaning bloggers. People, we are all Americans. If we "righties" can live with 8 years of Bubba, then you can get by for the next 4 years.
* I am encouraged by European leaders reaching out to
* 2008 is going to be exciting; there are numerous dynamic leaders in each party that may consider running for president.
* The power of the internet and the blog will not be under estimated again.
* Our country is moving toward the center and possibility right.
* Morals and Character matter and in the end, may have won this election.
Well, there are a few thoughts. I have thought about what I want to see from the President in the next 4 years and will be posting that as an open letter to the President later tonight or tomorrow. If you are among the few that actually read the entire open letter I posted to Senator
On a personal note, I have never really thought of myself as a great writer but I am very encouraged by those of you who come by everyday to read my ravings and sometimes leave comments. Thank you to all, even if you only stop by for 30 seconds.
AP is reporting that Kerry has conceded to the President and will be speaking at EST with the President speaking at EST.
All I can say is thank God it's over. Some of my liberal friends are very angry that Kerry has thrown in the towel, go figure. I will be posting later my observations and thoughts on the election and the coverage. Later...........
UPDATE: At 1:52am MST, the President's lead in Ohio has grown to 171,533. The grave is getting deeper for the Johns. Later.............
Ok, so Kerry is not throwing in the towel just yet and that's his right but allow me to point out the flaws in his logic.
All the networks and most other news sources including the Secretary of State in Ohio agreed that there are about 150,000 provisional ballots in Ohio that need to be investigated and counted starting Nov. 11th. For those that ride on the short bus, here's a short explanation of a provisional ballot.
Provisional Ballot: This is a ballot that allows a voter who is not on the voter rolls to cast a ballot in the chance that they are an actual registered voter. The most likely reason for a voter to use a provisional ballot is that they have moved and the State did not correct their address, hence them not being listed on the voter roll.
According to the State of Ohio, The President has a lead of 2,710,296 to 2,542,710 for Senator Kerry at 1:24am MST with 96.79% of precincts reporting. That is a margin of 167,586. Now before all you Ohio Democrats start crying about
Ok, so we have a figure of around 150,000 provisional ballots and knowing that the traditional rate of valid provisional ballot is 7% to 20%, again according to most news sources and the Secretary of State. I will even give you Dems the high side number of 20% and say that there are 30,000 valid provisional ballots. Now follow closely, if all 30,000 ballots are for Kerry, which by the way is statically an impossibility, which would still leave Kerry short by 120,000 votes. Do you see where the math gets fuzzy?
So let’s say that after X amount of days and legal challenges, Kerry is still 120,000 down in
Now that we have covered all that, Senator Kerry needs to go back to being an ineffectual senator and Mr. Edwards, having given up his senate seat, can go back to making money off the sick and injured of North Carolina.
I declare President Bush the winner (of
I just watched the Boy Wonder aka John Edwards tell us that every vote will count, duh, every vote is counting and you’re losing.
Message to Kerry/Edwards: The math does not work, you will not win
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
I voted today. I had to wait 2 hours and 45 minutes to do so. All in all, not a bad process with the exception of all the judges on the ballot must have been at least 30 or 40 listed. I may post some election stuff later tonight, I have not decided yet. I do think that we know who won by eastern, just my guess. Later.........
Monday, November 01, 2004
While everyone is worried about the election and rightly so, the "lawmakers" in
The Iranians have to this point refused to deal with the European Union on this issue of nuclear weapons. The