Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The end of gun bans?

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments next year in McDonald v. Chicago.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The AK-47 has gone bankrupt.

It seems that capitalism is going to be the downfall of one of the most lasting and memorable symbols of the former Soviet Union, the AK-47.

Thoughts on government secrecy.

I was watching an episode of StarGate SG:1 that I'd never seen before, "Heros", when a character, a reporter, said the following:

"These people are risking their lives for us? I want to see what they're going through, even if they don't want us to. And I want other people to see it. What do you think they're doing out there, protecting and defending SECRECY? That's a world of Mao, and a world of Stalin, a world of secret police, secret trials, and secret death. You force the press into the cold and all you will get is lies and innuendo. And nothing, NOTHING, is worse than a press that is in service to the military and the politicians. Nothing!"

I have to agree with most of that. Soldiers aren't dying for secrecy. And their deaths, and successes, shouldn't be shrouded from the people they're supposed to be protecting and defending. Sorry, but if revealing the truth makes them uncomfortable...too bad. If it puts them in danger, well, they claim to be risking their lives for our freedom. Part of that freedom is knowing what the fuck is going on in our names.

Terrorists like to claim that US citizens are legitimate targets because this is a country with a government 'of the people.' If that is so, any wrong of our government is our fault. That means if they fuck up, it's on all of us. They're right, in principle.

I'm willing to take the risk of being blamed for my government's wrongs, BUT only if I know exactly what the hell my government is doing. Otherwise I'm just a subject, and I have no real control, and I sure as hell can't be blamed.

I want to know what's going on in every aspect of my government because if something is wrong with it I can't attempt to change it if I don't know.

The first thing that is wrong with the US government is that none of us citizens know. The first step to make this a real free country, one that is worth dying for, is to end the secrecy.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I try.

But sometimes I fail. I'm usually able to correctly use the words "weather" and "whether." Those are two I can usually manage, but obviously not yesterday. Upset stomach and grammar are obviously mutually exclusive for me, as you can see from my post yesterday.

I try.

But sometimes I fail. I'm usually able to correctly use the words "weather" and "whether." those are two I typically get right

No fun at all.

Sitting in the back of a work van with no A/C is no fun at all, especially when it's 80 outside.

No fun at all.

Sitting in the back of work van with no

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Not feeling so hot...

I feel like I ate too much, but I didn't really have a large dinner and I skipped lunch today. I wasn't really hungry, but I felt like I need to eat something. Maybe I over did it. Wouldn't be the first time.

I think I'm going to listen to some music and read. Maybe go to bed early.

Looking at the whether it appears that it's going to be a nice week. Hopefully it will be in all regards, but I don't know. I may have made a mistake unrelated to the whether.

I just don't know. I'm in a fucked mood aside from having an upset stomach.


Sometimes it amuses me the kind of risk I'm willing to take, and the kind I refuse. I'll take just about any physical risk if I'm confident I can control the situation and/or have the skills to come out of the situation alive.

When it came to emotional risk, I used to be very reserved. I wouldn't take any, ever. Well, almost never. But human nature got the better of me and I took a few. And I got burned.

But I also realized that of all the risks out there I was always able to handle those. It might take a lot of time, but I always came out my old self. Funny that.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"This could have all been yours."

Those are the most painful words I ever heard. She said them as she gestured at herself, knowing I loved her and had lost her to someone else.

After everything, I was able to get over it, as much as anyone ever can get over that first love. I was able to put all the anger and feelings of loss aside until she said that.

There was no need to be cruel for cruelty's sake, Stephanie. I knew I could have handled things better. I knew that if I had been able to be a little braver, a little more confident, then maybe things would have been different. I knew maybe...just maybe, I could have had you.

But you didn't have to say that. See, I'd learned to live with it all. Put that pain behind me. Bury it.

But you brought it all right back.

And even though those wonderful feelings I had for you will always be there, I also have to remember that you could have been kind, and that you weren't. You could have taken a little care to not remind me, at least not so roughly. But you did.

Maybe we'd have been 'okay' then. But I don't know now. I don't think I respect you enough anymore.

And of all I lost, losing my respect for you was the hardest of all.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Minstrel Boy

The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"
The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!"

Battle of the Storage Building

On a lark, I decided to check out the storage building behind my trailer to see if I could scavenge a decent end table for my living room. The result was an epic battle with one of the minions of the evil Stinging Insect Empire.

The SIE attack came out of nowhere. It was a complete surprise. Sneaky bastards, those SIE strategy master, but I prevailed even so.

As I was moving various pieces of junk around surveying the three available pieces of furniture, I heard the distinct sound of one of the SIE attack flyers headed my way.

I was hit before I could react. The pain was incredible, and shocking, but my fighting instincts kicked in at once. Without hesitation I struck the creature and knocked it off of my under arm, just above my right elbow.

It was then that I identified my enemy. A single Wasp attacker. Wasting no time, my enemy began another attack run in my direction. I was able to bat him aside and knock him to the floor. He was back in the air before I could stop my foot down for the kill.

Again he flew directly at me. I swung again and again, and for a while it seemed his evasive maneuvers would save him from a second hit by my swatting hands defense. However, as he continued in his persistent attack I was able to again swat him to the floor.

Before he was able to get back into the air and begin the attack anew, my New Balance clad food slapped down on the brave minion of the SIE and ended the battle with a crushing coup de grace and ending his solitary offensive.

This is the second major attack I have suffered from the SIE flying units. Most of the attacks I've suffered have been my ant ground forces.

Hopefully my successful attempts at destroying all air attacks will discourage further broadening of the war. If not, I may have to go on an all out offensive using chemical weapons.

A busy day...

It's always kind of amused me how busy I tend to stay on Sunday. Is is just me, or does it just seem that way?

Sunday is my day to catch up on all my chores that get neglected during the week. I do laundry, wash dishes, clean house, and various other little household chores. It's the day I work on various 'projects' to improve my living space, like adding ventilation fans or replacing bad and damaged plugs and switches.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm baaaaack!

After almost four days with my DSL line down I'm up and running again. Apparently, my modem went bad after a little over a year's use. Thank you, Motorola.

I've been able to check my email and pay some bills via my iPhone, but if anyone thinks the iPhone is good enough to replace a computer they are sadly mistaken. Maybe one day, but today ain't it.

If you disagree I invite you to try and accomplish all of my computer task with one. You won't be able to know, at least not as efficiently.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I don't like this guy, but...

Exercising one's right to free speech should not be punished, especially when done in the political forum. A political opinion can never be allowed to be censored, no matter how repugnant it may be to some.

I want to see Joe Wilson run out of office, but not for expressing his opinion (this would be true whether I agree with him or not). I want to see him gone because he gave into to the otherside. He should NEVER have apologized, and he should be attacking viciously those who accuse him of racism for expressing an opinion about a subject that has nothing to due with race.

I find it funny how quickly politicians of all parties jump to the defense when someone calls bullshit in the one place they should be EXPECTED and REQUIRED to call bullshit.

Being polite hasn't worked in American politics since...ever. Maybe it's time we dropped it and went straight for the unvarished truth. If Wilson's statement was right, he has an obligation to support it with a reasoned arguement. And if he's wrong President Obama has the right, and duty, to show the flaws in Representative Wilson's reasoning.

What should have resulted from this was a pause in a speech and a debate on the matter right then and there between these two men. Instead the result was someone apologizing for doing his job, and then a bunch of politician's wasting all of our money to formally call Representive Wilson an ass. A handwritten note from those who felt this way, or a simple "You're an ass," to his face would have done just as well, and cost a hell of a lot less.

To all of Congress who participated in this wasteful idiocy, I say, "You're a bunch of asses."

On the personal front...

I'm still not sure about this new relationship I find myself in. The only thing I know is that I think giving it more time is the right thing to do. I want to see where this will go, where it can go. There hasn't been enough time for me to make any absolute decisions yet.

But I have to say, things have been good enough that I want to see what's next.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

I long contended that Democrate and Republican politicians are nothing more than a powerful elite seeking to maintain their power. They use two different systems, but the result has always been the same. Always will be.

I'm sorry, but I don't see the 'change' here. And I can see no more justification for President Obama to abuse his position than I did for President Bush to do so.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I've been seeing this girl...

And I like her a lot. Things have been going well. But tonight I just feel like I was...

Shot Down In Flames

Then again, maybe I'm just being an idiot. She said she hadn't been feeling well after I'd told her I hadn't been feeling great earlier today.

I don't know. The way she kisses

I'm an idiot. I think I'm just feeling annoyed over a lot of small stupid things that don't really matter.

I was just disappointed in general. The restuarant wasn't great. I found out I don't like sushi. And it's not even 10PM and I'm home. Alone.

I really like this girl though. So I guess we'll see what happens with the rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'm disgusted right now...

Congress Joe Wilson, you are coward, and I hope you are run out of office for this statement:

"This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility."

You called it like it is, and for that you were attacked. Instead of showing some real integrity you gave into politics, and playing nice with lying, thieving, evil men who would rather steal from one to give to another than tell that other to earn their own.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Robert's Picks

I am reading/have read:

Marque and Resprisal by Elizabeth Moon (very good)

Hollywood Nocturns by James Ellroy

On DVD I am watching:

The Sapranos (Season 6, Part 2) (good)

True Blood (Season 1) (good)