Thursday, June 29, 2006

As the constraints of time, sleep, computer access, etc. prevent me from doing daily posts, I tend to take a more laid-back view of events this summer.

And what strikes me as a current trend, is the unwillingness of the Republican party to really govern.

Take the New York Times scandal. Publishing covert operations to capture terrorists in wartime is a criminal act. In prior wars it would be punished with prison time.

At present, nothing is likely to be done. Because it is unpopular. Because it is difficult. It is a tough one, and the art of government to our current leadership is avoiding the tough ones.

There is plenty of skill and cunning brought to the problem of maintaining the Republican Party as the majority party; and too little time spent making it the ruling party.

At some point, our numerical superiority should be spent on drafting the laws and policies of the United States as we desire them, whether it makes everyone happy or not. This is rank heresy to the universalist crusaders, who imagine that the GOP can be sold to ever-increasing majorities so long as nobody is frozen out by actual decisions.

So far, world events have given us the slack to operate so sloppily. It's not permanent.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Blogging from the Moon

Or so it seems.

What should I call them? Chumps. Chumps are thugs with enough polish to haggle with me, but if I prove too resistant to charm or whining, they drop the "valued customer" veneer and try threats.

I bounce chumps.

I hate dealing with them though, because I get confused by such subterfuge, and I wonder if there wasn't something I did to make them erupt. Usually I decide it wasn't anything more than asking full price.

And also, there's the real self-disgust I feel for avoiding a physical confrontation with a chump. They don't actually do anything, beyond talk, and I get paid to keep it quiet around here, but I don't like it.

And so the chumps have me wondering whether I'm doing a good job, or if I'm cut out for it even if I do muddle through.

I was all set to blog about how much I don't like the Iraqi amnesty plan, or why we should have a go at downing the Taepodong missle, or California politics, when here come the chumps. We had only three very expensive rooms available for sale, but that was obviously a crafty ploy on my part. I offered to find them another hotel more in line with what they wanted, and that was downright rude of me...and...besides, they live down the street and know where to find me, anytime!

Hit the road, chump.

It's nearly two in the morning. My dad called me this afternoon to tell me that my grandmother did pass away; Asian commies are looking to throw missles over the Pacific; the freely elected democratic government in Iraq is looking to roll over for the insurgents; and I suppose I can sift through that on my free time, if I feel coherent enough. Right now, reality is about watching the driveway to make sure the chump and his two friends don't return. I am more angry about them than anything else, when I'm supposed to feel....what?

Monday, June 19, 2006

What a Maroon

From Centcom.mil:
The general said that since the strike on Zarqawi, Coalition and Iraqi security forces have conducted 452 operations at the company level and above; what he described as the normal amount of operations for a one-week period of time.

Of the 452 operations conducted, Caldwell said 255 were combined operations, utilizing both Coalition forces and Iraqi security forces; and 143 were Iraqi security forces only, operating independently.

From those operations, the general said 759 anti-Iraqi elements were detained, more than 104 anti-Iraqi elements were killed, and 28 caches were discovered.


The speed with which we've interdicted so many insurgents and suspected insurgents since looting Zarqawi's pyre, leads me to conclude that Al-Zarqawi's notebooks weren't encoded, probably not even enciphered.

For the stupidity of our foes, we thank thee, Lord.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Summer Daze II

Finished the final exam and my first paralegal course. The second starts in two weeks, and runs through early August.

Captain's Quarters has a series of very good news from Iraq. The capture of documents from Zarqawi's pyre has the enemy reeling.

I'll go stroll through the summer sunshine, and then slumber to prepare for another night in the salt mines.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Summer Daze

It's been a busy few weeks as I wrap up the first class in my paralegal course.
At the rate I'm going, it will be a full two years. Based on this first outing, it will be interesting.

With the expanded daylight, I'm finding it impossible to get more than 4 hours sleep at a stretch. The winter pattern of a 4 hour snooze, followed by an evening nap right before I head out to work, just isn't happening. Perhaps a little more exercise out of doors, such as hikes in the bald hills of Jurupa, will help a bit.

Finals are this Wednesday. I'll blog as time, and sleep, permits.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Zarqawi Slain?

This would certainly be excellent news.

A lot of people complain that whenever we shoot a terrorist we breed new ones. They miss the concept of cadres. For example, you yourself reading this could go out and become a ninja. All it takes is a self-declaration that you are, from now on, a ninja. You might even find a way to meet with other like-minded ninjas and strut your ninja skills together.

You wouldn't be very good though, unless you found a real ninja who could teach you.

It's the loss that element of experience that is the deepest blow to our enemy in our war of attrition against terrorists.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lance Armstrong Vindicated

The World Today - Thursday, 1 June , 2006 12:41:00
Reporter: Simon Lauder
ELEANOR HALL: Seven times Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, has accused French authorities of conducting a "witch-hunt" against him, after an independent investigation cleared him of doping.

Dutch investigators have also accused anti-doping authorities of misconduct in dealing with the American cyclist.

And now Armstrong wants action, saying the issue threatens the credibility of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

This report from Simon Lauder.

SPORTS COMMENTATOR: One of the great sporting comebacks of the century - a miraculous performance by Armstrong…

SIMON LAUDER: Three years after being diagnosed with testicular cancer that later spread to his abdomen and his brain, Lance Armstrong was aware his first Tour de France win was hard to believe.

LANCE ARMSTRONG: But this isn't Hollywood and it's not Disney, it's a true story.

SIMON LAUDER: That was 1999 when the endurance-boosting hormone EPO was undetectable.

But the French anti-doping laboratory kept Armstrong's urine samples on ice for several years and last year a French sports newspaper announced the samples had tested positive to doping.

The allegations were strenuously denied.

LANCE ARMSTRONG: I have never doped.

SIMON LAUDER: Now an independent team of Dutch investigators has finished a 132-page report, clearing Armstrong of doping.

It recommends a tribunal be convened to discuss possible legal and ethical violations by the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA.

The editor of popular cycling website, cyclingnews.com, Gerard Knapp, has been watching the case closely.

He believes it's a case of WADA and the International Cycling Union, or UCI, treating the case differently, because of Armstrong's high profile.

GERARD KNAPP: The general tone of the comments coming from WADA was an assumption that he was guilty, even though there was no proof. If you go back to the original reports published by L'Equipe Armstrong's samples were not the only ones that returned a positive result supposedly for EPO. There were four other riders, none of whom were named.

SIMON LAUDER: The report also refers to the need for appropriate sanctions to remedy the violations. What would they be calling for from WADA?

GERARD KNAPP: It was basically the privacy issue here, in that a newspaper journalist was able to obtain what should be considered confidential information, and they would be looking at the way the French lab handled these samples and then in turn UCI providing the doping control forms which allowed the journalist to then identify the rider.

SIMON LAUDER: Do you agree with Lance Armstrong that this issue could destroy or at least damage the credibility of WADA?

GERARD KNAPP: Not necessarily, no. I think that legally that could be a different matter altogether.

SIMON LAUDER: In your view, what should be done now by the relevant agencies?

GERARD KNAPP: Clearly there's a case here that they need to really tighten up their procedures, because what can happen with, if you like, a botched case like this, is that it can weaken the whole process and it will make the pursuit of other dope cheats even harder.

SIMON LAUDER: In a written statement, Lance Armstrong calls the allegations a "witch-hunt" and says the time has come to take action against such attacks.

For its part WADA says the Dutch investigation didn't focus on whether Armstrong's urine samples actually tested positive or not.

EPO also occurs naturally in some athletes and testing is still not definitive, so Lance Armstrong may end up having the last word on the matter, as he indicated when he won the Tour de France for the seventh time last year.

LANCE ARMSTRONG: I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles, but this is one hell of a race. This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe.

ELEANOR HALL: Lance Armstrong ending that report from Simon Lauder.