4 Nov 05
Just a quick note of congratulations
blows dust off of blog
Ahem. I would just like to congratulate the psychotic Muslim teenagers on being the first invading force to successfully occupy Paris since the Germans in 1940.
Well, technically, it was the U.S. Army in 1944, but I'm referring to people taking Paris away from the fwench, not giving it back.
Well done, gentlemen. I guess if the fwench don't want their own capital, I can't argue that invading Islamists can't take it from them. The Great Jihad Against EUnuchistan continues unabated.
Oh, and if you stumble across this before Saturday, go read Day by Day, if you haven't yet. Go here and here to see why this is hilarious- and gut-wrenchingly sickening. Democrats- the Party of the Racial Dissent Crush™.
10 Oct 05
It's Time For Memes!
Hey, y'all! I've been tagged by Jen- and although th' ol' blog is still dormant, I'll answer this tag, just because Jen is outstanding. Ready? Let's go! Yay!
(And be aware that all of the responses are in no particular order.)
Seven things I want to do before I die:
1. Raise my kids to be good Christians and successful people.
2. Get promoted. Several more times.
3. Make a heckuvalot more money than I do now.
4. Go to college and get a degree.
5. Keep going to college afterward, and get a better degree.
6. Be an elder in my church.
7. Continue to love my wife more every day.
Seven things I can do:
1. Whistle. (Sort of.)
2. Chew gum and walk at the same time.
3. Fix a radar with one hand and kill terrorists with the other. (This one isn't proven yet, but I'm pretty sure I could if I had to.)
4. Read a 200-page novel in one sitting, given the time.
6. Lift my kids up almost all the way to the ceiling real fast like a rocket ship.
7. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Which is not a real good setup to the next list...)
Seven things I cannot do:
1. Run worth a crap.
2. Blog with any regularity, apparently.
3. Do the rocket ship thing with more than one kid at a time. And with three toddler boys, that can become a whole lot of rocket ship rides.
4. Jump out of a perfectly good airplane. (Yes, Airborne, I am a LEG with an Eighty-Deuce combat patch. Ha.)
5. Betray my country.
6. Turn my back on my God.
7. Stop loving my wife and kids.
Seven things I say a lot:
2. That's frickin' hooah.
3. Denied! Resubmit thirty days for further disapproval.
4. 'Sup [insert name of person I'm addressing here].
6. I love you babe. (To my wife.)
7. ...In Jesus' Name... (Either before, after, or in the middle of various statements throughout the day.)
Seven things I find attractive in a female:
See, now here's where the simple, organized lists start breaking down, and I go into "My Blog!" mode. So- it's time to start revising some rules.
If you want to know what I find attractive in a female, well, I could just describe my wife- but, uh, that's for me to know and you to find out. Wink wink nudge nudge know what I mean?
Seven celebrity crushes:
Yeah. I'm kinda with Jen's answer here. When I was dumb and single I had a list of celebrity crushes that topped fifty, at one point. Then I grew up. Then I got married, so I will no longer speculate on any alleged crushes. However- I will alter the question however I see fit:
Seven celebrities I respect:
1. Bishop T.D. Jakes.
2. My Commander-in-Chief, President George Walker Bush.
3. LL Cool J, for that one line in S.W.A.T.: "Yeah, we'll see how liberal you are when he's breakin' into your place."
4. Toby Keith. When he's not singin about being a drunken idiot.
5. Tom Clancy.
6. Mel Gibson.
7. Darryl Worley.
Geez, that was a hard list. Moving on...
Seven people I feel like bugging:
Are there even seven?
I don't know anybody else. My bloggy circle is too small. sniff
Oh, what the heck. I'll bug Jeremiah. If I can't use the "But I'm not really blogging right now!" excuse, then neither can he.
And by the way, being tagged by me does not mean anyone is obligated to respond. I don't play by that rule, either.
Well- that's the post for this month, I suppose. I like the way it was set up- seven sevens. Did they do that on purpose? Seven's a good number.
26 Sep 05
...and there was much rejoicing.
21 Sep 05
General, sir, I salute you.
Hey, everybody. I'm still on a very lengthy (permament?) life-induced bloggy hiatus, and I've missed many blogworthy topics. Hurricanes, John Roberts, North Korean lies, oh yeah a baby daughter, etc etc and so on and so forth. But I couldn't let this bit of... out-freakin'-STAND-ing word usage pass by this blog.
Yesterday, Lieutenant General Honore- who by now needs no introduction- came up with the perfect retort to our growing national problem of journalistic despotism. (If anybody can think of a better phrase for what we let the MSM get away with these days, let me know.) Some Idiotic Reporter™ (this phrase, on the other hand, has been deemed A-OK by the Department of Reduncy Department™ -Admin) was asking question after question about "last time"- basically he seemed to be implying that the government could be expected to make a gaggle out of Rita preparations similar to the gaggle before, during, and after Katrina. General Honore answered his question and tried to move on. The reporter kept coming back to the same thing, basically doing what MSM reporters always do when they don't get the answer they want- or have already decided is the answer they'll go with- he simply kept pestering the General with the same crap, worded differently.
The Idiotic Reporter™ found out that General Honore is, um, not very political. Let alone politically correct. Check it out:
Idiotic reporter: General, a little bit more about why that's happening this time, though, and did not happen that last time...
Honore: You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita.
That's the money line. The rest is just as good:
Priceless. And I'm on the same wavelength with Radio Blogger here-
I'd pay money to see David Gregory in the White House Press Corps foaming at the mouth over something trivial Scott McClellan said, and have McClellan say, "David, you're stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that."
I'd have fallen out of my chair if John Roberts would have listened to Joe Biden ramble on, and said, "Don't get stuck on stupid, Senator."
Heh, indeed. I urge all Americans, when confronted with stupidity- be it original flavor or that special MSM blend- to reply with "You are stuck on stupid".
Hmm. Stuck On Stupid™. We could redo the acronym SOS with this one.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Oh, and while I've got your attention, I've been thinking of changing my blogospheric name from "Army NCO Guy" to "The Mulatto Maker". Whatch'y'all think?
24 Jul 05
The long-awaited(?) "Why This Blog Is Gathering Dust" post
Just figured I should finally explain why for the past... uh... three weeks or so, there have been a total of two posts that were more than a link to somewhere- and even those links have been few and far between. Much has been happening in the life of Brad. I'm in the process of trying to de-cluster the mess I've made of my office over the past few months. See, this two-man shop has been run by me and only me for about five months now, much to its detriment. Now it's back to being a two-man shop (yay!) but I have to get my new boss up to speed before I go on leave. Oh yeah, in a week or so I'm going back to Bama to see my daughter get born. And help my wife out during the process. Oh, and just maybe move into a house. So for most of August, I probably won't even be looking at this blog, much less posting on it.
So. I'm getting progressively busier and busier. I'm chock full of crap I could write about- every day I see at least two or three bloggable items in the news- but even if I wasn't insanely busy, my time management skills are lacking, to say the least. So right now the blog is not nearly high enough on the priority list to get more than a daily cursory look.
No promises for the future, either. I really ran out of bloggy steam shortly after coming to MuNu. I still haven't finished the template, or gotten around to updating my status at TTLB or the Alliance- and without a magic wand, progress will not be made anytime soon. We'll see what happens when I come back off leave, but unless I manage to ungaggle myself- well... we'll see.
All whinyness aside, for those regulars out there who keep coming faithfully back to SITYSK™, hoping against hope that there'll actually be something here to read, many thanks. I love doing this. I still have megalomaniacal plans to be the Greatest Freakin' Blogger in th' Whole Daggone 'Sphere™ one day, but I'll have to work my way up, I guess.
Okeedokee. I just got a call from my NCO, saying that formation in the morning will be ten minutes earlier than the forty minutes early it was already going to be. Maybe I should go to sleep. Cheers.
I love Alabama. Go see why.
...Do I even need to say "Hat tip Fark"?
21 Jul 05
Here ya go
Hey, I'll continue my streak of not posting anything much with some silliness. This is friggin' funny. If you don't know the basics of World War II, you might want to read that first, otherwise it won't make any sense.
Hat tip- who else?- Fark.
19 Jul 05
Happy not-quite-30th-yet birthday, SarahK!
12 Jul 05
And another quickie courtesy of Fark
And then there's this crap, which is kind of an update to this old post. I agree with the Chinese that what the Japanese did was despicable and they should own up to it. But no Chinese citizen has the right to demand this until they throw off their vile government and confess to the horrible things their country has been doing for the last half-century.
This chick must be Anna Ayala's cousin
Just wanted to bring this to your attention. I am not nearly functional enough right now (root canal went awry, Brad is in excruciating pain) to discourse on this, but this crap pisses me off.
Hat tip: Fark
9 Jul 05
Be advised comments are inop UFN.
Oh, sorry, lemme translate that from Avionish Maintenancese to English. Comments on all MuNu blogs are broke right now. As soon as they're back up I'll update this.
Feel free to try anyway, just don't waste time on a long comment, I guess. If I see new comments, then I guess it works.
UPDATE: They're back up. Life is swell.
8 Jul 05
Senator Durbin issues statement condemning Dennis
Hurricane Dennis thrashed the island of Cuba today on its rampage toward the United States. While the Southeast braces itself for yet another storm, a U.S. Senator- from Illinois, of all places- had some harsh words for Dennis.
Packing devastating 145 mph winds, Hurricane Dennis tore down a guard tower at the U.S. detention camp for terror suspects as it stalked Cuba's south coast and moved Friday toward the heart of the largest Caribbean island.
Upon learning of this, Senator Dick Durbin (alQ-IL) issued the following statement:
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was a report describing what Mother Nature has done to prisoners under her care, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others - that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Hurricane Dennis in the treatment of his prisoners."
The Senator went on to demonize Mrs. Nature and "her wicked son Dennis". He declared that he felt "deep sympathy for those incarcerated at Gitmo, who must've been traumatized. First, the A/C was up too high, and now wind and rain? I imagine they were terrified, and are now scarred for life."
He concluded his statement by calling for an immediate closure of the Guantanamo facilities, and an inquiry into possibilities that Dennis has been hired by the Marines stationed there.
The other 99 Senators had to be awakened upon completion of his speech.Read the rest of "Senator Durbin issues statement condemning Dennis" »
Well? Whaddya think? Have I successfully channeled Scrappleface?
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Flag (and title) borrowed from Are You Conservative?
7 Jul 05
Open Letter to Londoners, and Britons in General
We want you to know we're with you.
We want you to know we're here for you.
We want you to know that we're willing to track these dogs to the ends of the earth with you, and put them out of our misery.
You have been our best friend and closest ally for a century, and we want you to know that everybody that messes with America's friends has a habit of winding up very dead. (If that's any consolation right now.)
We're standing with you today.
We're weeping with you today.
We're praying with you today for the recovery of those in the hospitals, and for those who have lost loved ones.
You've been a true friend through thick and thin, and if there's anything we can do for you, you just let us know.
We've fought many an enemy together. We will continue to fight anyone that would be your enemy.
There were only two times on September 11 where I came close to breaking down. The first was when I watched the second tower collapse, and everything suddenly became real. The second time was when your Queen had the Coldstream Guards play our national anthem. The anthem that, ironically, is about our army beating yours. That song means a lot to me- and never in my life did it move me more than on that day. You redefined "brothers-in-arms" that day.
I was personally very grateful.
I served next to you in Kosovo. It was a pleasure.
I served near you in Afghanistan. It was an honor. I did not see you there- because I was safe and cozy on Kandahar while you were out there in the mountains with our infantry, killing the Taliban.
Our countries have stood side-by-side and fought and beaten everyone from Nazis to Communists to Islamofascists. We could not choose a more honorable or a more worthy friend.
We love you. If there's anything you need, ask.
Be strong. I know I probably don't need to say that, as "British" and "resolve" tend to go hand in hand, but be strong. We're with you.
We're with you.
1 Jul 05
Via soon-to-be-Munuvian Jody, it has been discovered that a gentleman by the name of Jeff is having a, uh, blog party... in absentia, I guess. Y'see, Jeff is currently slaving away at boot camp. But it seems he wanted something nice waiting for him when he gets back, so he wrote a post asking for 1000 comments and 75 trackbacks, among other things. He's up to about 850, as of now. Go. Comment now. Fun will be had by all, he brought a Slip-N-Slide and a crapload of pudding to keep us entertained while he's gone. Heh.
UPDATE: Well, that's weird. He got back the day I noticed him.
29 Jun 05
And since Zimbabwe was soooo yesterday, we've got a new one
Oh, my. This is rich, right here.
Perplexed by the vitriol of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's attacks on Iran, one lawmaker believes he has uncovered the secret of her enmity -- that she was spurned by an Iranian boyfriend at college.
Excuse me while I chuckle.
Okay, now that that's out of the way- pray tell, just what is causing her hatred of North Korea? She got dumped in high school, maybe?
Gosh, up until now I would've just said that Iran and North Korea are the last two dictatorships in the Axis of Evil. But then, what the heck do I know, I'm not a member of the Iranian Parliament.
"The reason that the US secretary of state attacks Iran is because she had her heart broken by a young man from Qazvin while they were students," a confident Shokrollah Attarzadeh was quoted by the ISNA agency as saying.
"Confident" in this case meaning "The Ayatollah said it so it must be true"?
Somewhat mysteriously, he added: "This is the result of an investigation by a woman MP, who cannot be named."
"She cannot be named, because we made her up out of thin air. We didn't get around to making up a name for her yet, sorry."
C'mon, stupid little countries. Do you actually think anybody believes you? Hey, add Iran to my list of countries that... oh, wait, it's already on the list. Bump it up a notch.
Hat tip: Fark. (Why does the most blogworthy news always come from Fark?)
28 Jun 05
Today's Moonbatted World Leader Award™ Goes To...
A state-run newspaper in Zimbabwe has suggested the UK and US are to blame for droughts in southern Africa.
A "state-run newspaper". We're off to a great start. Mr. Li'l Kim, pay attention.
The Herald said climate change has been artificially induced "in a bid to arm-twist the region to capitulate to the whims of the world's superpowers".
No, when we want to "twist your arm" we bomb the crap out of you and occupy your country. Haven't you been paying attention?
Not that that would be a bad idea for Mugabe. I'd say a little regime change is in order, just on general principle.
It said weather was being manipulated for political gain using unspecified "unconventional" chemical weapons.
Did he talk to the "scientific sources" who said that we caused the earthquake/tsunami last year? "Project DESTINI is a go!"
It is widely seen as a mouthpiece for President Robert Mugabe's government, correspondents say.
Well, that's what "freedom of the press" means in dictatorese.
It said recent droughts, which defied predictions by the Zimbabwean government and the Southern African Development Community's Drought Monitoring Centre, pointed to the possibility of the weather being manipulated for political purposes.
Yeah, I suppose that makes sense. I mean, whoever heard of drought or famine in Africa before Chimpy Imperialist came along? It just never happened.
"The overt and covert machinations by Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler Britain, which has declared its intentions to effect illegal regime change in Harare, have given credence to the conspiracy theory," the paper said.
Geez. Even they admit it's a conspiracy theory. I guess they failed to realize that "conspiracy theory" and "outlandish, insane paranoia" go hand in hand.
It said that the US Famine Early Warning System had predicted famine in Zimbabwe six months before it occurred.
Uh, that's not that hard.
"Hmm, looks like that part of Africa is gonna have a dry season this year, based on all this historical data and all these nifty weather-predicting gadgets we have." What, are they gonna start going after the National Hurricane Center the next time Florida gets pummeled? "They said it would happen, and it happened! They must've created it!!!"
Anyway, it seems to me like the "Famine Early Warning System" would do... well... read their name, genius. What do you think they do?
"The prediction, which was the exact opposite of other forecasts, seems to confirm that the conspiracy to remove the Zimbabwean government has gone chemical."
"We consulted the witch doctor, and he said The Bones™ called for rain! The Americans must be wrong!"
Zimbabwe is currently facing a food crisis and the country urgently needs to import 1.2 million tonnes of food to avoid famine.
We should trade it to them in exchange for the head of Mugabe.
Correspondents say the crisis is complex with erratic rains, disastrous economic policies, land reform and the spread of HIV/Aids all playing a part.
"Disastrous economic policies"... at least they came kinda close to saying "If Africans were free, this crap wouldn't happen so often."
Oh yeah, and add Zimbabwe to the list of countries that piss me off. I'm tellin' you, once the Democracy Dominoes™ sweep through Africa, they won't have these problems any more.
Hat tip: Fark
27 Jun 05
Yay! Strong Bad!
Well, seeing as I don't have much to offer the world today, I'll just point you in the direction of something worth your while.
23 Jun 05
Well, after... sleeping on it... I've rethunk a bit of yesterday's post. Add that to the things left over from yesterday, and some new information today, and I've got a whole 'nuther post in the chute for today... but I don't have time to write it yet. Stand by.
Oh, and if anyone wanted to leave a comment, they weren't off intentionally, sorry. When I was messing around with the configuration yesterday I must've accidentaly set the default comments to "none". Oops.
UPDATE: Bleh. Don't expect the sequel anytime today. The creative juices are not flowing.
They probably will tonight- but I'll be watching a basketball game. Sorry.
UPDATE, AFTER THE WHOLE FRICKIN' WEEKEND PASSED ME BY AND I DIDN'T WRITE JACK DOODLY SQUAT: Apologies if you've been waiting in anticipation for the much-vaunted second round of the flag-burning post. It just never got off the ground. Please don't hate me.
I'll sum it up, however: Perhaps a constitutional amendment is just too much in this case. Changing the constitution should be reserved for things of extreme importance. But it should be illegal.
Hopefully the New and Improved!™ post will still come to fruition- but I won't hold it against you if you don't keep coming back to SITYSK™ every ten minutes, breathlessly awaiting its arrival.
Oh, and Detroit lost that game. Shucks and other comments.
22 Jun 05
If flag burning is your thing, they've got an open slot in Tehran.
Today, the House of Representatives passed what I feel is an important piece of legislature.
I realize this is a touchy subject for a lot of people. Most current political issues in the United States are either a clear case of good vs. evil (i.e. abortion) or intelligent vs. stupid (i.e. Social Security). With flag-burning, however, many people feel that if we take away that particular "freedom of speech", who knows what's next? So even though they may not condone burning the flag, they respect another's right to do so.Read the rest of "If flag burning is your thing, they've got an open slot in Tehran." »
Well, I don't. All the freedoms specified in the Bill of Rights must be viewed through the filter of common sense. The freedom of speech and the freedom of the press give everyone in this country the right to speak their mind- within reason. It means that the Republicans can't go to the WaPo and the NYT and tell them to stop anklebiting everything that President Bush says or does. It also means that I can say what I want on this humble li'l blog and no left-wingers in the government can come stop me. They do not give anyone the right to threaten other people, publish blatant lies (although libel and slander have taken a back seat to *spit* bipartisan politics *spit* and *more spit* political correctness *more spit*), or advocate open treason against the United States. Even this blog has certain limitations and restraints- for example, I could never use SITYSK™ or any other forum to insult or question anyone in my chain of command. That's the Army, and I accept it. I don't feel that my First Amendment Rights!!!™ are being trampled because of this- I simply realize that everything in this world has limits.
The freedom of speech has been misunderstood, twisted out of context and reason, and heavily misused lately. Could I use my freedom of speech to shoot irritating liberals in the head? I could refer to it as "me expressing myself". Of course, the answer is NO, the First Amendment doesn't cover your "right" to murder. If that's your definition of free speech, you can't claim that the Constitution supports it- you just need to change your definition.
All the rights granted by the First Amendment (and the Constitution as a whole) are expected to be dealt with according to reason. You can't organize human sacrifice by claiming your religion to be that of the Aztecs- while you have the right in this country to worship Aztec gods, it is simply no excuse for killing people. Nor can you use your freedom to petition the government by tackling elected officials in the street and screaming your demands in their face. Technically, the Constitution doesn't say how you may or may not "petition the government", but it's assumed by people with functioning brains that the way I've just described is not a First Amendment right, but assault and battery.
So. Burning my flag. The question is, is it freedom of speech or not? I guess it all depends on whether you look at from the standpoint of a normal, thinking person, or as an America-hating hippie who hides behind technicalities. What we should be thinking about is, is this action constructive or destructive? Just because I don't agree with something doesn't make it a bad thing- if the other individual is trying to do good, not harm, well that's what makes America great. We look at all the angles and possibilities and decide on the best one. But if a person or group of people is being deliberately destructive- at most to simply draw attention, more often simply out of spite- then why do we let them do it? And by "destructive" I don't mean just destroying the flag- what I'm talking about happens in everyday life. That moron you work with whose entire existence seems to be based on covering up his/her own shortcomings by pointing out or making up faults in others. Destructive. In a perfect world they would be fired. That idiot who cuts you off in rush hour traffic, almost causing an accident, just for the opportunity to get to the red light first. Destructive. In a perfect world their license would be revoked.
Those America-bashing "citizens" who make their points known by setting American flags on fire in the street. Or stomping on them. Or spraying them with graffiti. Or flying them upside-down and then using that lame excuse that they're "under duress". Destructive. Pointless, senseless destruction. What are they accomplishing? What good are they doing? What is their expected end result? These are questions that every mature adult can be called upon to answer with pretty much any of their daily activities.
If you're unhappy with your government- fine. Who isn't? Seriously, is there anyone who has no complaints about the government? But taking our very symbol of freedom and smearing it isn't a very good way to get your issues worked out. You call your Congressman. You write your Senator. "But that didn't do anything!" you whine. Fine then, vote their non-public-serving self out of office. It's called democracy. If you don't think it works well enough, there's plenty of more "enlightened" democracies on the other side of the Atlantic. Your ancestors came over on a boat, go back to the old country and return the favor. Or, if flag burning is just "your thing", they've got an open slot in Tehran. Go live there and see how well your "dissenting opinions" go over.
But before you light that flag on fire, consider your actions. Are you going to impress anyone? Is anyone going to care more about your cause du jour because you're making a fool of yourself? Well, seeing as people who would consider burning the flag probably don't have an open enough mind for this to make a dent, let's go back to the amendment. "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." Is this a good idea or not?
What are its risks? Is it crushing anyone's free speech, signifying the opening stages of a move toward totalitarianism? Are the Thought Police next?
Well... no. Not at all. Everyone who would choose to desecrate the flag to get their point across can pick another method. One that is civil. One more in line with human decency and respect for this country. One that they actually have a chance of getting other people to listen to. Because believe me, if you're standing at Haight and Ashbury, dousing Old Glory with gasoline, screaming about warforoil and censorship, nobody worth anything is going to listen to you. Trust me on this. You might have a flock of people watching you saying "right on, man," but ask yourself this: What in the world are you actually going to improve? Nothing.
So- what's the potential downside to this amendment? None, not that I can see. By all means, if there is any reason to allow morons who mooch off this country to trash it like that, let me know.
What's the upside? Well, it would protect the Flag, if nothing else. And the Flag deserves our protection. If the Flag doesn't mean enough to you to wonder why it should be protected, then let me paint you a couple of pictures.
As I was walking across Camp Bondsteel one chilly October morning, I noticed the flag on the towering staff was at half-mast. Again. It was the third time since arriving in Kosovo that had happened. Neither of the first two had meant much to me. I voiced the question: "Who died now?" When I got to work, I found out: it was 17 of my comrades-in-arms, slain victims of the USS Cole bombing. Incidentally, don't tell me the War on Terror started on 9/11. That was the last time I ever regarded a flag at half-staff with cynicism. That flag at Bondsteel was a beacon for me, literally. At night the thing was lit up like a baseball stadium, and you could see it from just about anywhere around. I used to love walking past it on the way to the other side of post- it was nice to know that even in a war-ravaged place like the Balkans, the flag would take care of me. That's why nobody gets to mess with the Flag.
Or we could go earlier in my career, to when as a young PFC I helped fold many a flag over the coffins of WWII veterans. If you've never heard a widow weep when the tri-corner flag is presented to her, while Taps is played piercingly on a bugle, then don't presume to think you have the "right" to burn it. That's sacrilege. That's why nobody gets to mess with the Flag.
Or- how about the obvious- how about the FDNY guys who hoisted the flag on that twisted chunk of World Trade Center? Or the massive flag draped over the side of the Pentagon? Or the flag they brought from New York so they could fly it over Afghanistan? That's why nobody gets to mess with the Flag.
And if you don't get it yet, read this. Because seeing that flag flying means we're still free. That's why nobody gets to mess with the Flag.
The Bill of Rights protects the rights of this country's citizens. This amendment, if passed, wouldn't protect any person's rights, at least not that I can see. It would protect the rights of the Flag. And believe me, she has rights, and they're being trampled. Literally. Trampled, engulfed in flame, peed on, hung upside-down, you name it. Isn't being hung upside-down a form of torture? Where's the outcry from the Democrats?
Well, this post has rambled and flowed. I've been writing it on and off all afternoon, so it's time to finish it off and close it out. I guess the main issue is that people will scream about their rights being abused, when in reality nobody should have a right to openly disgrace their country. Peacefully protest policies you don't like, vote with your feet, even tell your leaders that they're wrong. But remember that they are your leaders, whether you like it or not. And the flag represents America- it is worthy of respect. It deserves better than to be disgraced. If that's the best you can come up with, to set the flag on fire- just leave the country, now. You've forfeited your right to be here.
A bit more on this tomorrow. I've got more points to make, but they don't fit with this post- and I'm tired. G'night.
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Mr. Li'l Kim babbles on
Okee dokee... now it's our fault that North Korea is a hostile little punk of a country.
...I can't wait to hear Kimberly's explanation of this one.
North Korea said Wednesday it would not need nuclear weapons if the United States treated it like a friend, as the isolated nation joined South Korea for high-level reconciliation talks.
Dude, we already called you "Mr."- what more do you want? A dozen red roses?
The bilateral meeting was shadowed by the international standoff over the North's nuclear ambitions.
"If the United States treats the North in a friendly manner, we will possess not one nuclear weapon," the North Korean delegation said, according to Kim Chun-shick, spokesman for the South Koreans.
That sounded like it was worded carefully. "We will possess not one nuclear weapon- but we might possess a few of them! Ha ha! Stupid American!"
The statement echoed a pledge by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who met Friday with visiting South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-young and said Pyongyang could return to international nuclear disarmament talks as soon as next month if it gets appropriate respect from Washington.
Like I said... we draw the line at "Mr." No more respect. That's all you get.
I think Mr. Li'l Kim has been listening to a few too many Democrat politicians. He's starting to believe that everything is America's fault.
MuNuby Needum Help
Hey, y'all, if you trackback somebody, and then re-edit your post a bit and save it again, will it re-ping the blog you trackbacked? Even if the "URLs to Ping" box is empty? 'Cuz if that's the case, it's... irritating. If it's not the case, I have no idea why I'm sending multiple pings.
Hmm. I remember seeing something vaguely about this at Munuviana. Maybe I should go check.
Okay, folks, today's tidbit of strange information is ready:
If you do a search at Munuviana for "ping", it lists every post that every Munuvian has ever written.
...my eyes hurt now. I've never done that much scrolling in my life.
UPDATE THE SECOND: Disregard. I found out what's causing it. Munuviana is friggin' awesome.
...but that search incident is still messing with my head...
21 Jun 05
acceptedwe'll think about it. Maybe.
Well, after being badgered incessantly for a week straight by everyone with a shred of decency (and some without), Senator Durbin has apologized for his remarks comparing people like- oh, say, me- to genocidal tyrants.
Thanks. Thanks bunches. Can't tell ya how much that means to me. All that's left is to decide whether he really meant it. Or did somebody explain to him that he was committing political suicide faster that "Howlin' Mad" Dean, and that if he ever wants to be elected again, he should take it back?
Sen. Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor late Tuesday to offer his apologies to anyone who may have been offended by his comparison of treatment of detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Cambodia's Pol Pot.
Uh... was anyone not offended?
"More than most people, a senator lives by his words ... occasionally words fail us, occasionally we will fail words," Durbin, D-Ill., said.
He "failed words". Does that even make sense?
"I am sorry if anything I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy.
"I am also sorry if anything I said cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military ... I never ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line to them I extend my heartfelt apology," Durbin said, choking on his words.
Are Democrats even capable of dealing in absolutes? Everything isn't perceptions and feeeeeeeeeelings! I don't "believe" your remarks crossed the line, Senator. Your remarks were ludicrous and hateful. Period. You missed "the line" by a couple of light-years.
Durbin said in the course of his remarks on June 14, he raised "legitimate concerns" about U.S. policy toward prisoners and whether their treatment makes America safer.
"Legitimate concerns"? Like the following list of crap, which sure sounds like an interrogation-type atmosphere to me:
Durbin read from an FBI report that included descriptions of one case at Gitmo in which a detainee was held in such cold temperatures that he shivered, another in which a prisoner was held in heat passing 100 degrees, one in which prisoners were left in isolation so long they fouled themselves and one where a prisoner was chained to the floor and forced to listen to loud rap music.
Do you have a better, more terrorist-friendly method of dragging information out of them? Perhaps we could turn Gitmo into a tropical paradise, let them chill on the beach for the next 40 years, and hopefully when they're old and frail they'll feel guilty and offer up a deathbed revelation on where their friends are? Think that would work?
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings," Durbin said last week.
I'm sure the whole blogosphere is aware of what he said by now. But I haven't had a chance to weigh in, so- no, Senator. I wouldn't think it was the lackeys of a tyrannical dictator. I'd think it was any given penitentiary in America.
After the uproar that followed those remarks, Durbin clarified that he was not comparing U.S. soldiers to Pol Pot, Nazis or Soviet guards, but was "attributing this form of interrogation to repressive regimes such as those that I note."
Nice try. And I'm not calling Senator Durbin a horrible, despicable fool, all I'm saying is that anybody who would say the things he says is a horrible, despicable fool. I'm not making any comparisons here...
Durbin attempted to clarify his remarks last Thursday evening and then again Friday, saying that he regretted if people did not understand his historic analogies, and he suggested that he could not verify the accuracy of the FBI document.
No clarification required. Your meaning is crystal-clear.
"If this indeed occurred, it does not represent American values. It does not represent what our country stands for, it is not the sort of conduct we would ever condone ... and that is the point I was making. Now, sadly, we have a situation here where some in the right-wing media have said that I have been insulting men and women in uniform. Nothing could be further from truth," Durbin said.
The "Right-wing media"? Ooooooooooookay. Get this man a drug test, quick. And nobody in the media needs to say that you're insulting us... we have brains. All we need to do is hear what you said to know we're being insulted.
But on Tuesday, he left little room for second-guessing whether he realized his error.
"After reading the horrible details in that memo which characterized the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, I then, on my own, my own words, made some characterizations about that memo ... I have come to understand that was a very poor choice of words," he said.
"I meant to say you were just like Saddam!"
Under Pol Pot's regime, 1.5 million died in death camps and another 200,000 so-called "enemies of the state" were executed. The Nazis killed 6 million Jews and forced hundreds of thousands into slave labor. The USSR's Joseph Stalin sent 25 million people to labor camps where many were worked to death.
And we're about to reveal how many millions of poor, downtrodden political prisoners have been starved to death or gassed at Gitmo...
While more than 1,700 U.S. soldiers have died helping to liberate Iraq first from Saddam Hussein and then from a deadly insurgency, no detainees at Guantanamo Bay have died in custody.
Oh! None! Not one friggin' terrorist!
"...but that can't be right! Those soldiers- whom I cherish dearly, of course- are all acting like the SS! There must be at least a couple mass graves by now!"
Durbin pledged to "continue to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois and the nation," but added that he did not mean to diminish the image of the United States in the world.
"I don't want anything in my public career to detract from my love for this country, my respect for those who serve it and this great Senate. I offer my apologies to those who were offended," he said.
Trust has to be regained. You gotta show me. Otherwise- sorry, don't believe ya.
Immediately after his remarks, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he thought Durbin made a "heartfelt statement" and he was satisfied with the apology.
"He did the right thing, the courageous thing and I think we can put the situation behind us," McCain said.
And we'll give the last word to the King of Rhinos. Er, RINOs.
UPDATE: Scrappleface has what Durbin meant to say.
Michelle Malkin has more.
Yep, I'm a smart one, all right
...but I'll try not to be too snotty.
|Your IQ Is 130|
...well, there's worse ways to start off a Tuesday.
Hat tip: Rachel Ann