Saturday, November 30, 2002

Ahhhhhh, a good Fisking makes it all better. Ready for bed now.

Will be gone on vacation for a few days. I am sure my spleen will be full and ready for venting when I get back.

Friday, November 29, 2002

Joe Zarro, Brainwashed Imbecile:

The title of Joe Zero's diatribe: Join U.S. military, degrade humanity
From The Daily Aztec 11/20/02 view it at http://dailyaztec.com/Archive/Fall-2002/11-20-02/opinion/opinion01.html
Joe Zarro is an English junior and opinion editor for The Daily Aztec. (San Diego State University)

"Join the U.S. military and protect your country from itself. Go to distance lands and fight enemies engineered, funded and trained by your government. Mindlessly follow the orders to shoot slightly darker people from countries you know almost nothing about or fly really, really fast over a village and bomb women and children without slowing down."

We must kill the "slightly darker"...must bomb women and children...kill, kill, kill. I really should stop here - it's not fair to pick on the mentally challenged.

"Salute officers of the inner party who will pervert your sacrifices for profit. Answer to a bureaucracy controlled by politicians who use your life to pay back campaign favors to military insiders, who make huge sums from military spending. Risk your life so energy tycoons can have access to the second largest oil reserve in the world. And best of all, help maintain U.S. economic hegemony over the rest of the world, killing innocent people for your country's wealth."

Hegemony...great word Joe.

"People in the military are not necessarily immoral, corrupt or stupid. I personally care deeply for numerous people in the armed services. In many ways the intentions of military personnel are noble and admirable. They hear songs of pageantry and believe they are protecting the safety of U.S. citizens."

What? If they hear "songs of pageantry" and are inspired to "risk (their lives) so energy tycoons can have access to the second largest oil reserve in the world" by "shooting slightly darker people from countries (they) know almost nothing about or fly(ing) really, really fast over a village and bomb(ing) women and children without slowing down" you still don't think that they are immoral, corrupt or stupid? You can't have it both ways Joe...you can't criticize the actions of the military without criticizing the people who fire the guns and drop the bombs.

"In actuality, our military is designed for aggression. In the modern world of diplomacy and nuclear capability, our need for physical defense is extremely less than the number of troops and size of our budget. The only physical threat to Americans is covert terrorist action -- a problem solved through intelligence and foreign policy, not military might."

This guy is an ENGISH MAJOR? "In actuality" our military is designed to deter other nations from attacking us. In the "modern world of diplomacy" it is not possible to negotiate peaceful solutions between nations without the implied threat of overwhelming force. Nuclear weapons are useless in this regard, unless Joe is suggesting that we push the world to the brink of thermonuclear war every time we face a threat from a Saddam or a Kim Sung-Il. Exactly how do you solve the terrorist threat through "intellegence and foreign policy"? So, we know who and where they are and then what? We ask them to stop...pretty please with sugar on top?

"What we must realize is "national security" means economic security, and "military intervention" means securing finances, not physical well-being. Today's conflicts are about controlling the resources of a region and securing trade (Desert Storm and Kosovo are two prominent examples)."

Iraq invaded Kuwait and the United Nations voted to send forces to eject them. I suppose Joe would like a sadistic, immoral madman to control 20-30% of world oil supplies and possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Apparently, Joe doesn't think much of the lives of Jews and women in the region (nor much of the Europeans and Japanese who get the oil supplies from the gulf).

What exactly is Kosovo supposed to be an example of? Oh yes, I forgot, Kosovo...it 's a big market for the US! Halliburton and Exxon really have their eyes on Serbia.

"The bottom line is if you kill or get killed in the U.S. military, the death was for money."

You are truly a wretched individual Joe. A pox upon you (you can only pray it's not smallpox).

"The average private's level of political knowledge about the institution they support is ridiculous. They may know technical jargon about equipment and the workings of the military, but few know about the social repercussions of their job. They are trained to point and shoot, but never taught the real reasons why."

Well, they have one up on you...at least THEY know how to shoot.

"Again, I am only criticizing those in service -- not judging them as people. I understand many (far too many) are driven into service by social situations, and are there out of necessity, not ideals. Like most Americans, they are concerned about participating in society, not necessarily bettering it. The military provides economic incentives and job training in exchange for service, exploiting young people in need of a fair social structure."

Yeah, you are too good to judge people. Well, that is a cop out. If I see someone (or a group) mindlessly following orders to bomb innnocent men, women and children (for oiiiiiiilllll no less) I'll call it what it is ...murder....and I condemn murder and murderers. That IS NOT what the people in our armed forces are doing...and I bet a lot more of them get into the service for "ideals" than you think.

"You shouldn't have to join the military and kill Muslims for a leg up in society."

You don't lowlife! We live in a free country with a great economy. People flood across our borders to take jobs other Americans won't touch. Only a spoiled, flatulent asswipe like you thinks that people are downtrodden because they're not rich.

"I don't know everything now -- just enough to realize that most military recruits are being duped, and you're what the average person believes is the function of the military is bullsh**."

You don't know anything period. Thank God there are enough people in this country with a CLUE to protect you from the idiotic policies that you and your socialist buddies espouse. At least you'll be protected long enough to GROW UP...frankly, you don't deserve it.

"Yet when you join the military, you give years of your life to corruption and death. Today's soldiers are not heroes deserving of unconditional respect -- they are enforcers of economic domination with blood on their hands.

And how much of the cost of your education are you paying for? If you think this way then you do understand that your education is being subsidized by EMPIRE AMERICA. And the blood is on your hands because you accept the tainted money. Again, you can't have it both ways, simpleton. If you believe what you say, then you should be out protesting, laying yourself out in front of a tank (we can only hope), refusing to participate in the economic life of the country, not paying taxes, ending up a political prisoner. But no, you probably just go to Starbucks and drink grande lattes and smoke clove cigarettes with your snot-nosed, marxist buddies and whine about the political oppression and Ashcroft and stolen elections. You make me sick to my stomach.

You can e-mail Joe to tell him what you think at: opinioneditor@thedailyaztec.com

Life is good. Texas beat texas a&m 50-20 this afternoon.

I saw a on CNN yesterday someone named Jack Burkman (a lawyer) commenting that his "sources" are saying that the Bush Adminstration has worked out a deal with Russia to allow Saddam Hussein to go into exile there. According to Burkman, a new "strongman" would be put into place thus averting a US invasion. This will be done, he says, because Bush understands that he has extracted all of the political gains out of the Iraq situation, having triumphed in the mid-term elections, and therefore doesn't need to go to war.

This seems completely out of character for Bush. Not only that, but it would be a disastrous policy decision. Putting a new "strongman" into place would not solve the problem. The next government of Iraq must not only be friendly towards the US, but it must also be a democracy with a strong constitution. It would help things if the US Army were occupying the country for awhile to guarantee a peaceful transition to democracy (15 - 20 years would be a good guess). Exile for Saddam would be less expensive, but it would once again leave the job unfinished - I don't think the younger Bush will fall for this trap.

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving.

At least you should be thankful that you're not an Israeli living in Kenya or a Christian in Nigeria. Looks like the Friends of OBL have been busy little beavers this morning. Naughty boys trying to shoot down that airplane!

I heard some sense coming out of the Senate yesterday. One Republican (I can't remember who now) told the press that further attacks in the US are almost inevitable. No use kidding ourselves here...there is no way we can defend against everything. Sooner or later they'll shoot down an aircraft (or two or three) here. Or there will be a big homicide attack at a public gathering (Thanksgiving Day parade?) or something worse like a small nuke exploded in a major port. The question is are we, as a people, going to have what it takes to defeat this enemy or are we going to crumble into a pile of fear and self-blame?

No one wants to say it but The Religion of Peace (Islam) has been fused with an Arab nationalist ideology and it IS the enemy. Not every Muslim in every country, but it is very widespread and we won't difuse the situation by sending them foreign aid packages. They want us converted or dead ....and they don't have any problem saying so. Our enemy views Jews (and other infidels) as sub-human. This allows them to fire missles at passenger planes with no remorse...to walk into retail malls and detonate explosives laced with poison soaked nails slaughtering little children and still believe they'll see 72 virgins in heaven. We can't negotiate with these monsters...they don't respond to love...they embody evil. What else would you call a society that orders the slaughter of innocents because of their religion and the gang rape of women for speaking to a man of a different caste?

The moral equivalence crowd would argue that we are no better citing examples like the dragging death of James Byrd, the Unabomber, McVeigh. The difference is that we didn't sanction any of those actions, we PUNISHED THEM. We don't reward the families of psycopaths with a cash bonus when they kill...we put them to death.

My Thanksgiving wish is that the people that were shooting up Israel and firing missles at that plane in Kenya this morning get to find out real soon that God doesn't smile on murder.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Wow..that feels better. A list of others as incredibly clueless as Woody Harrelson: Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Cynthia McKinney, Ed Asner, Barbra Streisand (ugh), Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin(ughhhhhhhhh)...wow, a Marxist linguist, a Marxist fat-ass, a Marxist, and a buch of "actors""...big suprise.

Now I can sleep in peace. Nothing like a good rant to prepare you for bed.

On Woody Harrelson : White, ex-Cheers moron bartenders can't think
Via The Guardian Thursday October 17, 2002

"The man who drives me to and from work is named Woody too. A relief to me, as it minimises the chance of my forgetting his name. I call him Woodman and he calls me Wood. He has become my best friend here, even though he's upset that I have quit drinking beer. He's smart, funny, and there's nothing he hasn't seen in 33 years behind the wheel of his black cab. He drove me for a while before I felt confident he liked me; he doesn't like people easily, especially if they have a rap for busting up black cabs. "

Wow! You two are so cool - Woody and Woodman. A GREAT tidbit!

"Woodman and I agree about a lot of things, but one thing we can never agree about is Iraq. He thinks the only language Saddam understands is brute force. I don't believe we should be bombing cities in our quest for one man."

The taxi driver is smarter than you Woody....what a suprise.

"We've killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war - mostly by blocking humanitarian aid. Let's stop now. Thankfully, most of the Brits I talk to about the war are closer to me than to Woodman. Only your prime minister doesn't seem to have noticed. "

No "we" haven't killed a million Iraqis. Any deaths caused by the lack of food and medical supplies have been the direct result of Saddam's refusal to accept humanitarian aid (oil for food) at first and then his diverting of finances to his political allies and pet projects later. Exactly how is this the fault of the USA?

"I remember playing basketball with an Iraqi in the late 80s while Iran and Iraq were at war. I didn't know at the time that the US and Britain were supplying weapons to both sides. I asked why they were always at war with each other and he said something that stayed with me: "If it were up to the people, there would be peace. It's the governments that create war."

So we shouldn't go to war to remove a dictator who has been at a near constant state of war with his neighbors and against his own people since he rose to power (by brutal purges) because if we left it to the people there would be no war? Brilliant, except the people in Iraq didn't have that choice then and they don't have it now - that is why Saddam must be removed, so they CAN have a choice.

"And now my government is creating its second war in less than a year. No; war requires two combatants, so I should say "its second bombing campaign".

Uh....wait a minute Wood...man...didn't somebody based in Afghanistan fly planes into the WTC and Pentagon and tried to fly one into the capitol? So, you don't think that THEY STARTED IT?

"I went to the White House when Harvey Weinstein was showing Clinton the movie Welcome to Sarejevo, which I was in. I got a few moments alone with Clinton. Saddam throwing out the weapons inspectors was all over the news and I asked what he was going to do. His answer was very revealing. He said: "Everybody is telling me to bomb him. All the military are saying, 'You gotta bomb him.' But if even one innocent person died, I couldn't bear it." And I looked in his eyes and I believed him. Little did I know he was blocking humanitarian aid at the time, allowing the deaths of thousands of innocent people."

Well, Clinton is a liar but ... he was only "allowing" the deaths of innocents if you assume that "allowing" Saddam to sell oil for humanitarian supplies and then divert the funds (or supplies) to Saddam's allies instead of the people was the fault of the US (oh...that's right...we control everything so it must be our fault).

Let's see, you don't want us to embargo Iraq because Saddam punishes his people by denying them the humanitarian supplies that we allow in the country and you don't want us to remove him by force because someone might get killed. So why don't we just stand aside and let him murder more Kurds and Kuwaitis? I've got a better idea! Let's just GIVE him nuclear, chemical and biological weapons or better yet lets just nuke Israel for him! After all, they are just JEWS (and Kurds and Kuwaitis). Maybe then he'll play nice? What do you think, Brainiac?

"I am a father..."

I pity that poor child.

", and no amount of propaganda can convince me that half a million dead children is acceptable "collateral damage". The fact is that Saddam Hussein was our boy. The CIA helped him to power, as they did the Shah of Iran and Noriega and Marcos and the Taliban and countless other brutal tyrants. The fact is that George Bush Sr continued to supply nerve gas and technology to Saddam even after he used it on Iran and then the Kurds in Iraq. While the Amnesty International report listing countless Saddam atrocities, including gassing and torturing Kurds, was sitting on his desk, Bush Sr pushed through a $2bn "agricultural" loan and Thatcher gave hundreds of millions in export credit to Saddam. The elder Bush then had the audacity to quote the Amnesty reports to garner support for his oil war."

Where to start? One, Saddam chose to let his people suffer instead of passing through the aid that was intended by, yes OUR EVIL GOVERNMENT, to help them. Two, the CIA did NOT help Hussein to power....do some research before making an ASS out of yourself in the international press. Hussein came to power by brutal thuggery and massive purges long before the US gave him any aid in his war with Iran (how do you chose between THOSE two countries). Three, nice try blaming the Taliban on us. Yes, we did help the Afghan people repel a Soviet invasion...we DID NOT support the Taliban, we didn't EVEN recognize them as the government of Afghanistan.

"A decade later, Shrub follows the same line: "We have no quarrel with the Iraqi people." I'm sure half a million Iraqi parents are scratching their heads over that. I'm an American tired of lies. And with our government, it's mostly lies. "

Look, if you believe the propaganda of a murderous dictator, then I'm sure you must think that the US is lying. Consider the source.

"The history taught in our schools is scandalous. We grew up believing that Columbus actually discovered America. We still celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus was after one thing only - gold. As the natives were showering him with gifts and kindness, he wrote in his diary, "They do not bear arms ... They have no iron ... With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want." Columbus is the perfect symbol of US foreign policy to this day. "

Woodrow, I hope your agents don't allow you to play with sharp objects. Your ignorance is breathtaking.

"This is a racist and imperialist war. The warmongers who stole the White House (you call them "hawks", but I would never disparage such a fine bird) have hijacked a nation's grief and turned it into a perpetual war on any non-white country they choose to describe as terrorist. "

So, it doesn't matter that Saddam uses nerve gas against his own people, that he routinely tortures and executes anyone who exhibits even mild disagreement, that he starves his own people to fund weapons programs that he agreed to destroy as a condition of cease-fire in the Gulf War (a war started when he invaded Kuwait and sacked the country while ordering the murder and rape of prisoners). No, our grievance against Saddam is motivated by RACISM....OH YES...YOU FINALLY FIGURED IT ALL OUT EINSTEIN.

"To the men in Washington, the world is just a giant Monopoly board. Oddly enough, Americans generally know how the government works. The politicians do everything they can for the people - the people who put them in power. The giant industries that are polluting our planet as well as violating human rights worldwide are the ones nearest and dearest to the hearts of American politicians. "

"But in wartime people lose their senses. There are flags and yellow ribbons and posters and every media outlet is beating the war drum and even sensible people can hear nothing else. In the US, God forbid you should suggest the war is unjust or that dropping cluster bombs from 30,000ft on a city is a cowardly act. When TV satirist Bill Maher made some dissenting remarks about the bombing of Afghanistan, Disney pulled the plug on him. In a country that lauds its freedom of speech, a word of dissent can cost you your job. "

Yes, we are all so motivated by fear that we can't even raise up our hands in protest against the MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS that pollute the earth and steal old ladies' pension checks in OUR NAME. Bill Maher is an entertainer....and if people find him offensive instead of entertaining then he gets the thumb. The last time I checked he is still a free man and able to say whatever he damn well pleases (he just doesn't have a television show to say it on anymore). That's the way life is WOODY...hopefully you'll find that out when sensible people boycott your next "project".

"I give in to Woodman, and we stop for a few beers. He asks me what I'd do in Bush's shoes. Easy: I'd honour Kyoto. Join the world court. I'd stop subsidising earth rapers like Monsanto, Dupont and Exxon. I'd shut down the nuclear power plants. So I already have $200bn saved from corporate welfare. I'd save another $100bn by stopping the war on non-corporate drugs. And I'd cut the defence budget in half so they'd have to get by on a measly $200bn a year. I've already saved half a trillion bucks by saying no to polluters and warmongers. "

"Then I'd give $300bn back to the taxpayers. I'd take the rest and pay the people teaching our children what they deserve. I'd put $100bn into alternative fuels and renewable energy. I'd revive the Chemurgy movement, which made the farmer the root of the economy, and make paper and fuel from wheat straw, rice straw and hemp. Not only would I attend, I'd sponsor the next Earth Summit. And, of course, I'd give myself a fat raise."

Yes, fuel from WHEAT STRAW, RICE STRAW AND HEMP is envioronmentally friendly. Yesssssss, biomass is our savior.

Hope you enjoy that BIG FAT RAISE shithead. Because in your "purrrrrfect" world, the economy wouldn't even have time to crash due to your disasterous energy policy before the radical islamists would be imposing sharia law over the country. I think they start with executing big Hollywood assholes like you. Allah doesn't like "Larry Flynt"!

Mavericks win by 20 (were up by as much as 31) over the Pistons. We are now set to go for the record...a 15-0 start!

My favorite drink: scotch on the rocks.

Listening: Luna, Wilco, Son Volt, The Loud Family/Game Theory, Neil Young, Guided by Voices, Peter Case, Lucinda Williams, Seam, The Pixies, The Feelies/Wake Ooloo, Television/Tom Verlaine, Brian Eno, Liz Phair, Jack Logan......

Reading: Richard Ford, Donald Barthelme, Charles Bukowski, Cecil Adams, F. A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, John Stuart Mill

Our Enemy Says:

Special Dispatch Series - No. 208
April 20, 2001 No.208
'Thanks to Hitler'

"In his short daily column in the Egyptian government sponsored newspaper Al-Akhbar, entitled "Half a Word," columnist Ahmad Ragab discusses the Holocaust. He writes:

"Thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance, against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Although we do have a complaint against him for his revenge on them was not enough."

How can you argue that the Egyptian and Saudi governments are friendly to us when their offical media put out racist crap like this? The argument is that the govt. has to pacify the radical elements that are trying to destablize it. But if those groups have enough public support to threaten the govt. then I think we have to question whether we can count on Egyptian and Saudi support come crunch time.

I understand the that we can't take on every state sympathetic to al Qaeda right now...but we'll eventually have to weed out all of the miscreants that think like Ahmad (a whole lotta weeds there).

Back to the Mavs ....they lead by 17 in the third!

This is the first post of my blogging life (as if someone is going to give a shit).

I am politically conservative. That means I believe, generally, that the greatest threat to personal liberty is government - not big business. One should always assume that any power given to government will eventually be abused. The genius of the US constitution is that it places a number of barriers to the growth of government power. Some might say barriers to needed changes, but that's the great thing about it....we can change it if enough of us agree about the change...but it protects us against the whims of small majorities.

Back to Big Business. The reason I fear government more than any business is that IBM can't help itself to my paycheck through taxation, Microsoft can't put me in jail if I do (or say) something Bill Gates doesn't like and Exxon can't draft me into military service. I am continually amazed that the people wailing about the John Ashcroft Brigades are the same types that wholeheartedly support the suppression of free speach on college campuses and "hate speach" rules as enacted in Europe. They don't see the danger in restricting the ability of a conservative to voice his views because, after all, we are a bunch of close-minded, stingy, bigoted, angry white male oppressors. Now, I think Liberals (anti-capitalists) are misguided, but I don't advocate silencing them (no matter how big a headache I get from their shrill Marxist rhetoric).

The war on terrorism. We must win it. There can be no rest until we defeat our enemy - radical, nationalist, Islamism - even if it means we are in a continual state of war for the next decade or longer. All you have to do is read what they say. I just ask all of the appeasement types to read what bin Laden says and take it at face value. Go to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) an read what the imams are preaching in the mosques throughout the middle east. The only way to be at peace with these people is to convert to islam (be slaves). No thank you.

Have to go watch the Mavericks play Detroit now (going for 14-0).

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