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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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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.

31 August 2010

I just can't do it......

The President is about to give a speech in which he will announce success in Iraq and probably claim credit for ending the war successfully. I am not going to watch it. I can't. When you consider that if he had had his way we would have crawled, no, not crawled, fled with our tails between our legs out of Iraq about four years ago his claiming success is just more than I care to hear. There is a limit to the amount hypocrisy I can deal with at any one time and that would be way over the line.

29 August 2010

Oh Lord, the truth is being cried out in the wilderness........


The author of this was reportedly fired.

20 August 2010

A mosque

I keep hearing the various voices crying out that there shouldn't be a mosque built in south Manhattan near the old World Trade Center. (aka Ground Zero)
I am tired of this. I am REALLY tired of this. On this one point at least I and President Obama are in agreement. This is the USA. WE have freedom of religion. There is absolutely no legal reason to prevent these people from building a community center or a mosque there. The arguments the opponents pull out are just damn foolish.

"They will use it to celebrate a great victory over America." Hogwash. They are Americans. And even if they did, we have the first Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees them the right to do just that. Get over it.

"It is an insult to the families of those who died on that day!" Really even to the families of Tariq Amanullah, Aisha Harris, Mohammed Jawara, Khalid Shahid, or any of the many other Muslims who died that day?

Newt Gingrich's (who I had mistakenly given credit for developing rationality in the last few years)comments are beyond stupid. "We wouldn't allow a Japanese Cultural Center at Pearl Harbor." Maybe not but I'll bet there are several good Japanese restaurants very by. And I wouldn't be surprised if there were a Japanese church near by either. Interestingly, many Japanese go to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I haven't heard about many of them beating their chests and celebrating their victory over us. IN the same vein, his comments about Nazis building a memorial near the Holocaust memorial are pretty stupid too. Unsurprisingly there aren't a lot of real Nazis left, Neo-Nazis are a whole different breed and it has already been decided that they can hold marches right in Jewish neighborhoods with holocaust survivors living there. Blame it on that pesky constitution again.

I am personally offended by this insane assault on all Muslims because some terrorist loons attacked us. I am offended on behalf of the Muslim guys that were in my military unit when we deployed. I am offended on behalf of the Muslims who fought with us in Afghanistan and Iraq against Al-Queda when I was in the service and those who are fighting and dying now to put down these extremist nut jobs.

These men and women have a right to church. If Newt Gingrich, Harry Reid, and Sarah Palin, (I'll leave out radio loud mouths)can't recognize that right out of common decency they should AT LEAST recognize the Constitution of the United States of America. All of them at some point (well maybe not Palin, not sure what Alaskan governor's oath of office looks like) have sworn an oath to uphold and protect it.
Color me disgusted.

16 August 2010

A book

Read this book. WAR"> by Sebastain Junger.

It is excellent.

03 August 2010

Here is something useful to think about.

I found a good blog out there again.

Here is a very good article.