Well folks, Johnny made it through Basic. Now comes 5 weeks of Infantry specific training here on lovely Sand Hill. Then I will receive the blue cord and the coveted title of Infantryman. Not much I can post in the short time I have allotted to spend on the laptop, so I will have to follow up in 5 weeks or so, depending on what rules the Drill Sergeants impose in the weeks to come. Take care, God bless America, and FOLLOW ME!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Inconveniant Gore Truth #312, Gore called Iraq a terrorist country before he called them a non-terrorist country.
So which is it Mister Gore? Was Iraq helping terrorists, or was it not? Can you say "anything to get my green butt elected"?
Note: if you go to the YouTube page you will see that comments were disabled. Gee, I thought YouTube was going to give up some of their censorship ways.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I find myself personally dealing with liberals on a daily basis these days. The rough part is that I'm dealing with them in my own church. For those of you that don't know, I'm a member of the famed Episcopal Church, USA. This of course is the church who in 2003 decided to ordain Gene Robinson as the first openly homosexual Bishop. This is something that is affecting even the most remote Episcopal churches across this nation at a very deep level.
Ever since the "Robinson Decision" four almost four years ago I find the same problems that have plagued our nation since the Clinton administration have now found their way into a place that so many like myself have gone to escape such polorizing issues to gain personal peace. Instead of issues like immigration and how to deal with terrorists we find ourselves having heated debates over issues like Biblical interpretation and whether or not the fundamental articles of faith are true.
As for myself I fall just to the right of center (if you could somehow put the politics of the church on something as limiting as a linear scale). I'm not a literalist in terms of Biblical interpretation, but I do beleive that their are absolute truths given to us by God by way of the Bible. And I do beleive that there are things that are absolutely right and absolutely wrong and are clearly stated as such in the Bible. And this used to be a value that was respected by my fellow Episcopalians on both sides. But now it has developed into a situation similar to Ireland where you can easly have an someone in a threatening manner walk up to you and ask "Protestant or Catholic!?" If you don't identify yourself as either an ultra conservative AAC member ready for "African Oversight" or as an ultra liberal willing to say to hell with all those elitist backward thinking conservatives you're automatically worse than all of them.
My question that I offer to my readers, Episcopalian and non-Episcopalian alike, is how did we get here? What made us such a binary culture where you must be either ultra conservative or ultra liberal on every topic? Whatever happened to the reasonable man?
Now don't misunderstand me because a reasonable man can never give up his core values. But can a reasonable man respect another individual while maintaining his own personal core values? Can a reasonable man stand up for himself and those he cares about in support of their core values and their rights?
Friday, June 08, 2007
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! This is going to be the first in a series of what will be a Friday tradition. I will take on the big topics of the week and tear them to pieces.
This week I don't have to go very far back to find something to write on. In case you haven't heard, Paris Hilton got out of jail yesterday because of what was an undisclosed mental illness. Of course this was a story that changed almost hourly from it being a release due to overcrowding, to Paris being suicidal (oh no! no moisturizer!!!! oh the humanity), to it simply being a difficult in jail.
To all the folks in the press both in and out of the US, I really don't give a damn! This is a spoiled 20 something woman with the maturity of an infant. If the worst thing that has ever happened to her is being denied access to some beauty products then the girl has some growing up to do.
Now, let me clarify here. I do sincerely hope that she will learn something from this. Namely that the laws and rules of society do apply to her, a fact that her parents obviously had no intention of teaching her. It is my true hope that this changes her. But, I have to say that it is very unlikely. If anything all this publicity that we, the American public and new media, are feeding her. The law of "no such thing as bad publicity" applies her more than in any situation. Her doing a "leaked" sex tape didn't do anything but give her more of what she wants, attention. Even the late night talk show jokes that would embarrass the hell out of any normal person only serve to feed her narcissistic lifestyle.
For hours on end, the only thing that the news media covered was Paris Hilton. Will she go back to jail or won't she. Only briefly in the crawler at the bottom of the screen did they mention General Peter Pace being let go by Sec Def Robert Gates because Washington DC has become to divisive to confirm the right man for the job, or that FAA computers all up and down the East Coast failed, or that protests against Hugo Chavez continue in Venezuela. None of these issues mattered to the media or the bulk of the American public more than the poor, distraught, train wreck of an individual like Paris Hilton who was being treated so unjustly because she was being made to answer for breaking the law.
The msm and the liberal left continue to claim that President Bush has destroyed the US's image abroad. But take a look at what the world saw of the United States today. Controversy over someone who does nothing worth while to anyone but herself. A girl who has gained her reputation through "leaked" sex tapes and the modeling of clothing no woman with anything more than a -1 dress size could wear. Anna Nichole Smith's drug habits and custody battles, Lindsay Lohan's partying all night, and Brittney Spears shaving her head and flashing the camera. This is what the rest of the world sees as the United States of America. Publicity whores (interpret that as you wish) making complete fools of themselves are what is transmitted throughout the world as representatives of the United States.
Is it their fault. Partially, yes. But I would say that the bulk of the blame lies with the media who is willing to pay as much as seven digits for one photograph of Paris in jail. It lies with the media who overshadows major G8 events with these pictures. The media is the one responsible for the diminishing reputation of the United States around the world. True, Bush hasn't helped things. But the media showing us as a bunch of drunk, stoned, narcissistic, materialistic, sex crazed idiots is what is bringing us down. Not a war to remove the murderous, destabilizing regime of a dictator.
Thanks for reading tonight folks! Goodnight.
Ok folks. I'm back and I'm going to start posting daily (assuming I have something worth posting daily). I'm going to start posting new stories every evening on the day's events. While I have been absent for some in my posting I haven't not stopped watching the news. And it is apparent to me that there is pretty much something to comment on every day now. From the failed immigration bill (whoop!), to saturation coverage being taken to a new level with Paris Hilton there is no shortage of fodder out there.