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Someone should care, maybe not you....

My thoughts on many things including the army, war, politics, the military corrections system, chaos, life, books, movies, and why there is no blue food. Feel free to comment on what I say. Feedback is nice.

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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

25 November 2008

$1200 or the dog dies........

Pirates. I was going to write about pirates but instead I am writing about an abscessed spleen, a strong old dog, and a decision.

In the last three week my dog, seen here last February,

began to lose weight precipitously. In and week, she was thin, in to weeks she was bony, currently she is skeletal. So today she got taken to the vet. She would have gone earlier but hey, poverty sucks.

they informed us that she has an abscessed spleen. IN addition she has a very low blood count. In fact it is the lowest they have ever seen in a dog that is still alive. She has a severe infection from the spleen issue. The most severe again that they have ever seen in a living dog. They were very impressed. they say that if I don't have her spleen removed she will be dead in about 10 days. So.... do I hold the dog to my personal approach to health, "GET WELL OR DIE." Or do we go for surgery. Surgery. She is an old dog that I have had for many years and I think I'll keep her around as long as I can.
I can sell off the retirement fund to pay for it. After all, Obama is going to save the world so why should I worry. (It isn't enough to retire with anyway)

Wish us luck.

17 November 2008

Current thoughts

So, looking around at the government and the world a few things go through my mind.

1. I was never terribly happy about the whole “bailout” thing but figured if all they are doing is buying up bad loans how bad can it get? Well now we know. They have officially decided to dump everything the told us about what they were going to do and are now busily buying banks. I really don’t like the idea of the government owning several different banks around the country. There is an inherent conflict of interest when the regulatory agency is also part owner of some of the elements being regulated. Worse than this though is the mission creep that is seting in. (Creep? More like SPRINT!) Once you buy out one company others will very quickly decide they NEED a piece of that pie too. After all, why change business practices and go through the pain of reorganization when Uncle Sugar can just give you money? And of course politicians will not have the intestinal fortitude to tell major donors and large collections of voters “Sorry, not going to give you the money.” This is already clearly evident by Pelosi’s sucking up to the UAW by proposing that we bail out GM. This of course ignores the fac that GM ahs been ignoring purchasing trends in the US market while continuing to manufacture non competitive vehicles for YEARS! Chapter 11 bankruptcy is designed for companies like this. It would deal with GMs problems just like it dealt with Delta Airlines. And it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers a penny. But no, giving them hoards of cash with keep a bunch of UAW members at their jobs making vehicles that not that many people are buying. Just what we need in this country.

2. Obama talks a lot about bi partisan efforts na dhow he wants to pull everyone together to make things work. Yet he chooses as his chief of staff a recognized partisan pit bull. I think his idea of bipartisan is going be “Just shut up and do it my way.”
God knows his Chief of Staff has no history or apparent interest in working with anyone who does not agree with him wholeheartedly.

3. Many people, no the least among them Joe Biden, are making much of the fact that the Iraqi government is making plans for the US to pull out it’s troops in about 2 years. They are gloating that this proves that Obama had the right plan all along. Of course if Obama had had his way a few years ago our troops would have already left long before the situation in Iraq was any where near stable. They are also of course misrepresenting the Republican approach to the Iraq situation by saying that they (the Republicans) want to keep troops there for years and years. Of course the truth is that the President, John McCain and most rational Republicans (and Democrats) have actually said is that we should keep troops there until the situation on the ground allows for their safe withdrawal. If that happens in 2011 Joy to us all, if it takes till 2015 so be it. Indecently, I rather expect a great many Obamites are going to be very disappointed when he doesn’t start pulling troops out as fast he can. Actually being responsible is a great dissuader to idealistic over reaction.

4. I hear announcers on NPR and such making abig deal about how Karzai is making overtures to the Taliban. Are these people totally out of touch with reality? Karzai has been making approaches to the Taliban since the day he was put into office. And he has had some success at it. Numerous lower and middle level officials from the Taliban era came in and joined the process in Afghanistan. It has been less successful lately because the only ones left out there are pretty hard core. But he keeps making the offer if we are lucky some will take it and make the situation better. Of course the Taliban knows that they don’t need to actually fight US or NATO troops to “win” all they have to do is kill enough civilians and create enough chaos that we get sick and tired of it and go home. They learned from the Iraqi insurgency. Car bombs and suicide bombers are a cheap and easy way to disrupt things without actually putting any of them at risk. At the cost of some C4 and a few low level losers they keep in the news and make the government look ineffective. It is a very good strategy especially given the US’s and Europe’s often displayed lack of will power to stay in a messy situation. As soon as it is clear we are leaving Iraq Obama can expect mounting pressure from his anti war supporters to give up in Afghanistan too. I wonder how he will stand up to it? Or if he will stand up to it?

5. Africa….. Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, the Congo……. Good lord…… I have an idea, the Europeans created than mess with their colonial policies and boundaries. Let’s let them settle it. The French, the Italian, the British and the Belgians can clean up their own mess for once.

14 November 2008


Anyone remember that Billy Joel song where he goes on an on about how crazy his is,and how the girl he is singing to needs that in her life?

One of the lines that I have always remembers from that is "I even rode my motorcycle in the rain...." I used to think,"Big deal, you rode in the rain."
Well if you haven't ever ridden a motorcycle in a real down pour, it is a pretty big deal. Down right freaking uncomfortable in fact. Helmets have not windshield wipes, and they fog up pretty quick. So then you have to crack open the visor and you get rain in the face and at 60 mph that isn't very pleasant either. Add in the fact that it is night and it just makes thing even more fun. To top it off, all of of ones wet weather gear is in a backpack locked in a car, the keys to which were locked in a house where the owners are out of town so you couldn't get it before the rain started. Now you can, but now you are wet. Very wet. Every part of you gets wet. Your shoes are so full of water you couldn't sneak up on an old man with his hearing aid turned off, not to mention the puddles you leave behind at every step.

An evening of fun and adventure. 16 more miles and I'll be home.

04 November 2008

Post election?

I keep hearing and reading about young black men saying there will be riots if Obama loses.
WTF? If these people want to behave like third world idiots they should move. There is no right to riot in the Constitution and if we get lucky and McCain wins I sincerely hope that any riots that may begin are crushed with all appropriate force. I do not care that they may feel let down or betrayed. Or that they are underrepresented. Perhaps if more of these folks got off their butts more often and got involved in civil society they wouldn't be so underrepresented.
What always gets my goat about race riots is that shortly after they are over there are calls for the government to spend our tax money to rebuild the stuff that the rioters burnt down or destroyed. I am willing to do that if all of the rioters are moved out of the area so they get no benefit from the reconstruction.

There will be no Republican riots if McCain loses and there shouldn't be any from anyone at all if Obama loses. Sheer screaming stupidity.

02 November 2008

MY hope

I would like to see McCain win this election for two reasons. The first of course is because I think he is the best candidate running for the job. Period.

Second of course is becasue it will be great (if somewhat annoying) fun listening to the Dems whine about how the election was "stolen" yet again. IF they manage to blow this one they really should just dissolve and start over again.