Natalija at Libertarian Samizdata is attractive as she is enjoyable to read.
John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
Just watched Alan Keyes’s new show. It will not make it. Too C-spanish. He did have an interesting discussion about the military tribunals with some members of the proletariat that he brought on, but overall the show seemed to be four hours long, when in fact it was only one.
Common Dreams reprints an editorial from the Mirror of London. Read this gem.
In the Washington Post, it is reported that Yasser Arafat is willing to die a martyr. I think we should accomodate that desire, and take the entire PLO structure and the Hamas with him.
Lieberman Feels the Sting of Criticism Over Enron– I am so sick of this gotcha politics. Neither Lieberman nor his former aide have been accused of any wrongdoing. What Lieberman should befeeling the sting for is being a partisan hack, a hypocrite, and having no stand on any issue that isn’t the result of a political calculation.
No posting today- Steelers were on. I will be back in full force tomorrow, once I recover from the stress.
I would like to extend a big thanks to the folks at Protein Wisdom. Not only are they folks I love to read, but they have been kind and generous enough to buy my blogspot banner. I really appreciate it, and for those of you have ventured into my archives or have read this site for a few weeks, you know how much I appreciate their work. Please, if you get nothing else out of this website, go to their site and check out their take on issues.
Kick em while they are down, we always say. James Glassman writes Diversify, Diversify, Diversify- Enron employees aren’t blameless for the bath they took.
By the way, I am back from Pittsburgh. I have a number of stories to tell, none of them are appropriate for this public forum. The folks at the Westing William Penn were very suspicious of us from the get go, and we confirmed their suspicions (hotled must just hate it when 4-5 rogueish looking 30 somethings show up to register on a Friday night carry a wad of cash, a toothbrush, and a liter of vodka). Woke up this morning and went to Wholey’s for some seafood (got some scrod, some crab, and some sea scallops), then to Penns. Macaroni Company where I got a pound of Roquefort blue, a pound of Stilton, 2 pounds of Gorgonzola (man is that just oozing goodness- with those BIG BLUE VEINS), some Asiago, some super sharp, some sweet sopresetta, fresh tortellini, grated romano for my pasta, and a hude monstrous jar of marinated artichoke hearts.
I had to post something before I left. I just saw the footage from Israel with the Palestinian gunmen. The PLO needs to be stomped on and destroyed like vermin. Disgusting sewer trout.
Probably not goijng to be anymore posting until tomorrow night. I am off to Pittsburgh to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and hopefully to eat a couple of gut-bomb Primanti Brothers sandwiches. Then tomorrow, some shopping on the strip (I need pasta, cheeses, seafood, and some other good stuff), and then a relaxing day attached to the idiot box watching football. Until then..
Tim Cavanaugh can go here.
Sarah Jane goes to jail. At last. Maybe in the 10 years to life she is behind bars, she will figure out what she did wrong, because at sentencing she stated this:
Following tearful statements from family and friends, Olson said she was “truly sorry” for causing anyone any pain.
But she denied trying to murder officers by planting bombs under the two police cars in 1975 to avenge the deaths of six SLA members during a shootout with authorities a year earlier. The bombs didn’t explode.
In other words, she pleaded guilty, but isn’t. Oh, those radical 60’s leftist martyrs. Gotta just love em.
Everyone needs to read this post, and then take five minutes, read it again, and then just think. Probably one of the most compelling and interesting posts I have ever read.
I am not sure what the actual Geneva convention mandates are regarding the shaving of body hair, but it seems to me that it is a whole heck of a lot of fuss about not much. Sure the cable news channels are blazing headlines, some protests are happening in the UK, and the UN has piped up with their usual helpful stance (hint- the US sucks), but it seems to me that the main problem is a simple misunderstanding in how the military operates.
I thought about this on the drive home, sitting in traffic, watching all the drivers voluntarily doing what they were supposed to do- staying in the correct lane, stopping at red lights, yielding when appropriate, etc. To someone who does not know the rules of the road, it would seem utterly chaotic. But in fact, it is a monument to self-regulated order (sure there are police- but cops are focussing on the 5-10% of people who do not vuluntarily comply- the majority do). For those of you who have never spent a day in or near the military, the chief reason for its success is compliance to calls for order and discipline. It is simply how it functions. It may not seem orderly, and there is always that one quote (that I can never verify or track down) from the German General who said (and I paraphrase) “The reason the Americans are succesful in war is because war is chaos, and the American military practices chaos on a daily basis,” but by and large the military is EXCEPTIONALLY ordered.
Prior to joining the army, this was not clear, and many times in the army, it was unclear. But when you sit back and look, the necessity of order is abundantly evident. Sure, at time, I did not know why my platoon was told to do a specific act, but I did not have the complete picture, and could not witness from my vantage point the large symphony of coordinated action. The success of the mission depended on everyone doing what they were told to do, being where they were supposed to be, adhering to a sense of ORDER.
So when you read that they are shaving the heads of muslim POW’s, do not immediately assume that it is some politically incorrect slight attempted to humiliate them. That may be a pleasant by-product of the action, but I would take them at their word. They were acting on orders, to maintain and create some order out of a chaotic situation, and to alleviate the spread of lice. Good hygiene, pride in appearance are the very basic aspects of MILITARY ORDER. That is why they send young men away for three months, shave their heads, give them all the same color uniforms, and teach them ‘close order drill’ so that they can march in unison. Order, folks, the backbone of the military, the way our guys operate and function, the reason they are able to have such huge success under horrible circumstances (like being shot at when you have been awake for 4 days and are cold and hungry and in a country whose name you can notspell) is why the Army says they shaved their heads. And I, for one, believe them.