Archive for July, 2005

The Smell of Cordite…

July 25, 2005

Carnival of Cordite #23, Share & Enjoy.

Oped by 1ST Lt. David Lucas

July 24, 2005

Via Mr. Reynolds comes this News-Sentinel Oped by 1st Lt. David Lucas, who was awarded the Bronze Star.

“Let’s support our troops. Bring them home.” Please don’t ever say those words again. Nothing is so disheartening to our troops who are in harm’s way than to hear our own citizens say things like that.

I know that the war my men and I fought is a totally different war than the one I see being reported by almost the entire media. There are a few exceptions to this, but they are generally overwhelmed by the massive anti-war/anti-Bush crowd. . . .

I will wrap this up by saying that you are entitled to your beliefs, and you should believe in whatever you want, but don’t pretend to know what you are talking about just because you have watched 30 minutes of CNN the night before. Go and talk to the people who have been there — not the people who make assumptions from a TV studio — and then form your opinion based on facts.

Don’t pretend to support troops by trying to undercut their efforts at the same time. Just go to bed at night and pray for their safety and thank God that they are there to protect you and your family, no matter your beliefs.

Read the whole thing.

Mr. Reynolds points out that some people don’t even pretend to Support US Troops:

Not even 24-hours after Private First Class Tim Hines’s wife and family said goodbye at his funeral, American flags that had adorned their Fairfield yard were piled beneath a car and burned. . . .

As firefighters brought the fire under control they discovered a pile of around 20 American flags underneath the car.

Neighbors say Hines’ wife’s family had flags line their front yard and on the porch.

Those were taken as well as flags in neighboring yards.

That is worse than Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll showing up uninvited at the funeral of a Marine who was killed in Iraq and handing out her business card to members of the slain Marine’s family and then saying “our government” is against the war.

A plug

July 24, 2005

One of my Karate students is a DJ at WICN. I listen to the station for the Big Band and Bluegrass programing.
Karen Mungal’s show is mostly New Age and World. If any of that appeals to you, you can listen to the station worldwide via Internet streaming.

Random Quotes of the Morning…

July 24, 2005

Executives who do not produce successful results hold on to their jobs only about five years. Those who produce effective results hang on about half a decade.

“Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.”

“OK, don’t get me wrong: it’s not that I don’t think that the world isn’t an incredible, mysterious, magical place, it’s just that I think it’s incredible, magic, and mysterious in ways the nobody suspects; except maybe you. Hermetic knowledge propels you up the ladder. The Masons and the Trilateral Commission are weenies compared to you.” — Silicon Vally Tarot

“Postmodernists in particular distrust any theory that can be fully explained by resorting to words that already exist in the English language.” — Mr. Pravda

What no spouse of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.

“What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?” — Nero Wolfe, “The League of Frightened Men”

“The wages of sin are death; but after they’re done taking out taxes, it’s just a tired feeling:”

“Look at it this way: Your wife’s spending $280 a month on meditation lessons to forget $26,000 of college education. And you’re still drinking ordinary scotch?”

From a trashy romance novel, “A true noble woman should have snow on her face in company and be fire between the sheets!”

“Ever notice “What the hell!” is always the right decision?” — Marilyn Monroe

A Gap more people need to mind…

July 24, 2005

Bill Dannenmaier has a damn good column on Rights and how they are viewed by different elements of society.

My supposition is that if we were to ask any of these wealthy hypocrites why they have armed bodyguards when they oppose the right of average citizens to own guns, that they would respond that their prominence requires it. But prominence is a matter of degree. To a teen-aged thug, a decently dressed man or woman with $50 and a credit card is prominent enough, even if such people are peasants to the wealthy – those peasants don’t need protection.

The true problem is the gap of understanding between the wealthy gun control advocates who can afford special protection and those honest citizens who need to protect themselves at a minute’s notice when they know that police help, at best, is a half-hour or longer away. Provided, of course, that the endangered citizen has time to telephone for help. I don’t know if that gap results from ignorance or is pure hypocrisy.

In a way, the continuing gun control controversy is much like the prohibition problem in Oklahoma in the fifties and sixties. It was the belief of many that prohibitionists and bootleggers were united in their efforts to prevent the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. In gun control, those who can afford private alarm systems and bodyguards are united with criminals in their desire to keep guns out of the hands of honest citizens.

Go read the whole thing.

Not my movie reviews…

July 23, 2005

My friend John Nowak, who survived two years living in Paris, wrote the following on the Fantasic Four and Willy Wonka:

Basically, there’s five major characters. The Thing and Johnny Storm are excellent, and practically every good moment the film has deals with them. The Invisible Girl is miscast — I don’t know if it’s me or the fact that Jessica Alba has a very distinctive face, but it was impossible for me to watch the film without thinking, “Look — it’s Jessica Alba with dyed hair.” And I’m not even a big Jessica Alba fan. Mister Fantastic is well-acted but poorly written, and Doctor Doom is just appalling. Doctor Doom is one of those characters who makes Darth Vader look restrained and subtle; and this was neither written nor acted.


Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka as fey, in the old sense. There was something distinctly inhuman about him. Wilder’s Wonka was some slightly off center trickster god, a god who tests mortals by temptation. If you pass the test, then you are blessed; if not, hoo boy you’re gonna get it. Even his unforgettable entrance scene with the cane has that subtext. If you think you know what I am, you are wrong. This is your only warning. There was something fearsome and terrible in him. It would not seem too far out of place for a skeletal hand to grab one of the children and confide, “It’s too late for me — but do not vex The Wonka.”

Johnny Depp plays him as a weirdo.

Just a reminder…

July 23, 2005

Kinky Friedmand is still running for Governor of Texas in 2006.

Too geeky for me…

July 23, 2005

…and that’s saying a lot.
Via Digg, Life sized statue PC cases.

Stray SciFi quote of the morning…

July 23, 2005

“Plasma weapons may lack precision, but their dandy combo of kinetic and thermal energy is perfect for really effing up both human and mecha targets. Plus, the sheer, messy spectacle of a major plasma discharge really puts the fear of God into the bad guys… Or the fear of ME, anyway.” — Dirty Pair: Fatal, But Not Serious

V For Vendetta trailer available…

July 23, 2005

HT to Slashdot.
It’s at the official movie site.