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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.

05 January 2009

New year, same stuff....

Well, Happy New Year. On the one hand, lots of stuff is going on. But on the other hand nothing new is going on. Same old stuff on the world market. I have been give further consideration to who has the biggest brass ball out there and that is really hard to choose. Some candidates are obvious. Rob Blogojavich (?). this guy is telling the whole political structure of the US to stick it and he actually has the legal authority to do it so far. His appointment to the Senate was certainly guaranteed to stir the waters. The fact that he appointed someone who wasn’t linked at all to his troubles, is relatively qualified and happens to be black is going to make it hard for the Senate. I rather suspect he his appointee will end up getting seated. As long as he is Governor he has the right and the obligation to appoint someone and as he likes to point out, he is still the governor. Innocent until proven guilty and all that. The guy is old school political scum but he has big brass ones.

One an international scale Hamas and Israel are both clanking hard right now too. I actually heard a spokesman for the Hamas government declare that Hamas hasn’t launched any rockets at Israel, no militant group the know of has launched rockets, so if rockets are being launched they are being launched by Israeli collaborators to give Israel an excuse to bomb them. I know bald faced lying to the international press is common but that was a bit over the top. Of course it was equaled when the Israeli spokesperson declared that there was no “Humanitarian Crisis” in Gaza. After al the Israeli government had sent more that 70 trucks full of supplies in that day. (200,000+ people, 71 trucks….. don’t think that adds up) there is of course a large part of me that feels that these people deserve each other and we should just get popcorn, sit back and watch the fireworks. But what about the “innocent civilians”? Well the Gazans knew what they were getting when they elected Hamas. And the Israeli citizens have been opposing any rational solutions to the issue ever since the issue arose. You reap what you sow. When you get two groups clanking in the same small area expect conflict.

Our president elect should get a mention for having quite the pair too. After all he ran his entire campaign on the “Change!” promise. In the new and out with old. Sweep away the old order and bring new ideas to government. And now he has filled his cabinet with political retreads and Washington insiders. In a way this reassures me. Political idealists who actually buy into their rhetoric of change and sweeping away old orders are scary folks. Cynical realists hiding behind idealism are bad, but not as bad. Can we fool the American voters? Yes We Can.


On a totally different topic, well actually I could make a good case for these loons having a big pair too, the Lord’s Resistance Army is up to its usual tricks again. This time they are in the Congo instead of Uganda but still the same old story. Their leader, Kony, failed to show for a signing of a ceasefire (probably because he figured he would be arrested on the many indictments for warcrimes he is under) so the governments of the Cong0, Rwanda, and Uganda launched a “coordinated military operation” to destroy them. Instead of getting destroyed the LRA has been on a tear massacring people and burning villages all over the place. One of the highlights was the Christmas eve massacre of an entire catholic congregation in their chapel with machetes before burning the church down over the bodies.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the few of you who used the Amazon link at the top of the page for your Christmas shopping. Every penny helps the cause. Also thanks for the various messages of condolences on the death of my dog. I appreciate it.

10 Comments:

Blogger Knot said...

I'm probably in the minority, but I'm of the belief that we step in and try to negotiate peace too early. For once I want to see someone say, "All right, you two countries go at it, strong guy wins." Then we don't keep going through this crap every few years.

Knot

1:13 PM  
Blogger The Appalachianist said...

Can someone pass the popcorn?

3:46 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

Knot, you raise an excellent point that I thought about addressing a long time ago but a friend did it first. There has been some serious discussion as a result of Gulf War I and II that our Army is almost too good. We defeat the enemy army so fast that the population never even feels like they have been in a war, let alone defeated. So they are much more willing to resist.

I think you can compare the worlds current response to most conflicts is alot like the Forest services old response to forest fires. Put them out at once! I think it will end up with the same result too. Eventually you get a huge massive conflagration that can't be stopped instead of several smaller more controllable event.

5:08 PM  
Blogger opit said...

Funny how we get to the same result from totally different premises. I guess that should be reassuring.
The business about the Palestinians being at fault has the usual smell of shit about it. I know, you didn't originate the idea.It's a rotten mess that many Israelis oppose. Sound familiar ?
http://ampal.blogspot.com/
That's one of the way too up close and personal accounts.
I'll bribe forgiveness with something a lot more fun and savory ( to taste ! )
http://www.mangopowergirl.com/

1:50 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Trust me, I don't give the Israelis a pass on the peace issue anymore. (years ago I used to) But in this particular case, it was Hamas that ended the truce and Hamas that started shooting rockets into the civilian population of Israel.

But hey, the show is over for now. but how long will it last?

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

here is of course a large part of me that feels that these people deserve each other and we should just get popcorn, sit back and watch the fireworks.

This war will be going on a thousand years after we're dead. The worst thing we can do is let it spread by getting involved.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about letting it spread by not getting involved?

6:05 PM  
Blogger opit said...

Does spending more on 'aid' to Israel than goes to the continent of Africa count as being involved ?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

"Our president elect should get a mention for having quite the pair too. After all he ran his entire campaign on the “Change!” promise. In the new and out with old. Sweep away the old order and bring new ideas to government. And now he has filled his cabinet with political retreads and Washington insiders"

Can I get an AMEN.
My thoughts exactly.

ps...Im sorry about your dog : (

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Google is smarter than we think by putting ads for "Senators" and "Dog Cancer" side by side.

It's an opportunity, though. Not only are there some campaign websites linked, there are some lobbyist firms. Click madly and run up their ad bill...

8:57 AM  

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