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April 30, 2004

Google Report « Blogging »

I don't know how I did it, but I managed to be #8 on a Google Search for "Ronald Reagan University". Interesting.

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Torture In Iraq « GWOT »

By now, you've already heard about the torture of Iraqis at the hands of US Soldiers in Iraq

There's some commentary at Balloon Juice (warning: graphic pictures), Hog On Ice, King of Fools, Slapnose,

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» Accidental Verbosity links with: Torture in Iraq
» blogoSFERICS links with: War Crimes by Americans
» King of Fools links with: Punishing the Bad Guys
» damnum absque injuria links with: 'Hat of the Day: Chip Frederick
» Welcome to Castle Argghhh! The Home Of One Of Jonah's Military Guys. links with: On the Mistreatment of Iraqi Prisoners
» Little Miss Attila links with: Abuse of Iraqis
Me? What Do I Think? « GWOT »

I blame Bush's tax cuts for the rich, myself.

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Posted by Nathan at 07:42 AM | Comments (0)
A Promise « Writing »

I will be a paid, professional writer. I guarantee that.
When I finish this novel, if it doesn't sell in a reasonable amount of time, I will offer it to all readers of this site for something like $2 for an electronic copy or $15 for a Printed, Signed looseleaf copy (I'm not sure at this time what price I'll put on it. Just enough that I don't lose money printing it off and sending it to you).
Fair enough? The best part of that will be that if I do eventually sell that novel (or any other) and get even semi-famous in a niche genre, YOU will have a signed draft manuscript! If you hold onto it for 50 years, it might even be worth $20!

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Novel Progress, II « Writing »

I did another 1,000 words last night, after not having written for a few days.

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April 29, 2004

Birthday/Deployment Gift « Blogging »

Yeah, both are coming up soon.

I can't be more specific about my birthday, because I like to keep my secret identity rather vague, and Clark Kent already pretty much ruined the glasses thing for the rest of us. I can't be more specific about my departure date, cuz, you know, we try to conceal those things for safety.

But I can tell you they both will occur within the next month. I'd like an extra-special gift, if you don't mind.

I'm about to hit 20,000 unique page loads in about 6 days at the present rate. Besides, while getting hits is wonderful, what I really want is people linking this site. Lots of you already link me. But if you don't, please spread the word. I want to double the number of people who link this site on a permanent basis within the next month. That would mean alot to me.

Thank you.

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Little Known Made-Up Facts, Pt 1 « Humor »

I am given to understand that batteries were invented by a woman.

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More Lucky « Cat Blogging »

He's still a young cat, and still getting used to the house.

But he's laid claim to his chair. If I'm sitting in it, he insists on sitting in my lap...even when put back on the floor repeatedly (I tested it). However, it's not just that he likes the attention, because if I get up and leave, he's more than happy to curl up and sleep there.

He can't even sleep without being cute:

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Sean Kinsell « Blogging »

You'll find him linked over at the right as "White Peril".

I linked him as soon as I saw he had a blog, because I knew from his comments at Dean's World that he is a thoughtful, intelligent, patient, reasonable individual. I expected that his blog would be equally as intelligent, thought-provoking, even-handed, and interesting.

He has fulfilled that expectation fully.

In my opinion, this post confirms that he should be widely read, and has the potential to be one of the important voices of our time, should he choose to accept that mantle. Then again, with the multitude of voices in the blogosphere, he might get lost in the cacophony and never gain notice.

I hope not. That would be a shame. You'll have to follow some links to see the origin of the piece I linked (warning: it'll lead you back here if you follow it all the way back...). If you like what you see, add him to the blogroll. He deserves it.

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Posted by Nathan at 12:08 PM | Comments (0)
Economic Realities « Politics As Usual »

States hit hardest with unemployment:
1. Massachusetts
2. Illinois
3. Ohio
4. Indiana
5. South Carolina
6. New York
7. Michegan
8. Oregon
9. Colorado
10. Kentucky

Five States Hit Hardest By Recession
1. Michegan
2. Florida
3. Hawaii
4. Illinois
5. Mississippi

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Posted by Nathan at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)
Why I Hate The Mainstream News Media « Media Distortions »

By now, you've heard how our supposedly unbiased news media has pretty much refused to do much reporting on the UNSCAM "Oil for Food" program. And how the press really hasn't done much investigation into or reporting on the chemical attack planned in Jordon with weapons that came from Syria and training that came from Iraq (if the chemical weapons didn't originate from there, as well).

If you haven't heard the blogosphere complaining about the press not doing its job on this, well, you need to get out more, I guess.

Here's one man's take on the whole deal. I'm pretty much exactly in line with it.

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Iraq Poll « GWOT »

Wait a second. I thought it was a parody site. This seems all too accurate to me...

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Posted by Nathan at 09:26 AM | Comments (0)
Hmmm... « Blogging »

No one's bought me anything off of my Amazon Wish List yet.

Oh, well. Whining about should get me back to the top of Zombyboy's and Kevin McGehee's blogrolls, even if only temporarily.

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Blogging Goodness « Blogging »

In this whiny post, I let myself vent some frustration over the ground I lost when I took a 3+ month layoff.

See? You can see some of my basic underlying assumptions just by using the phrase "ground I lost".

But I think...

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April 28, 2004

Some Good Slogans « Politics As Usual »

From Bureaucrash, via Some Protest Coverage page.


» Communism is Dead, Get Over It
» If Government Is So Great, Why Isn't North Korea a Paradise?
» Real Rebels Don't Support Centralized State Authority
» If expanding government were the solution, Russia would be paradise
» Socialism: 100 million dead and counting [harker]


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Posted by Nathan at 03:30 PM | Comments (2)
Ronald Reagan University « Social Issues »

This is too cool.

Your assignment? Name the location, type, and entry requirements for other institutions of higher learning named after and established in honor of other politicians.

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» resurrectionsong links with: How Freakin' Cool is That?
Nope. « Blogging »

Don't Come Here Looking For Nude Pictures of Mary Kate and Ashley.

Suggestive photos, though, are a different story.

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Posted by Nathan at 09:40 AM | Comments (0)
Less Light Posting « Politics As Usual »

See? I warn of "light posting", which automatically means I'm going to post more than usual today.

Here's the first offering. You've heard of you can actually see some.

Via Jeff G.

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Posted by Nathan at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)
Light Posting Today, I Think « Blogging »

...because I can't think of anything I really feel like posting at the moment. That may change...we'll see.

The main purpose of this post, though, is to admit what some of you may have suspected: about half the time, I only post something so I can try to move toward the top on Zombyboy's blogroll.

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April 27, 2004

Good. « GWOT »

Self-Identified for elimination.

So. Let's revisit/revise the points.

"Mission Accomplished": the fall of Baghdad and the removal of Saddam from his position of power as head of the nation and over the people. "The end of major combat operations" was the original meaning of that banner, and it was wrong, based on how things have developed. We are in major combat operations again, and have been for the entire month.

On the other hand, nothing ever goes as planned, and we are making good progress, as the above link shows. It would be nice if President Bush could acknowledge these aspects...and he still may.

In any case, I don't see this as a question of veracity as much as insufficient ability in forecasting the future. Still, things are still going far better than any Democrat predicted, their current whining and pitched fits to the contrary.

President Bush and his administration are doing a good job, are honest and trustworthy and honorable, and still retain my full support.

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Posted by Nathan at 11:47 AM | Comments (0)
Technology is Cool « Militaria »

Liquid Armor.

Simultaneously, the US Army can't afford enough armor vests w/ trauma plates for the soldiers currently in Iraq.

Another bit o' evidence that the term "US Military" can be used to mean both "State of the Art" and "Way Behind the Power Curve", and usually simultaneously.

Via e-Claire

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Posted by Nathan at 11:26 AM | Comments (0)
Employment Statistics « Humor »

In my opinion, the unemployment rate is absolutely meaningless as long as job offers like this remain.

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April 26, 2004

Bad News « GWOT »

My gut reaction? I pretty much support the Iraqi citizens in their criticisms of the flag.

In everything except their hypersensitivity to the color of the crescent. Their other comments about color seem dead on.

New link that doesn't require subscription.

Then again, this site's take on the whole issue is worth pondering, as well.

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Posted by Nathan at 03:28 PM | Comments (5)
Great News! « Media Distortions »

People who know me fairly well have probably heard me rant against the choices of news media available to us in this country.

Despite the insistence from fairly liberal/leftish people that CNN, MSNBC, and the broadcast news channels are unbiased, I get tired of having to constantly read between the lines and discount the liberal spin of those outlets.

Sure, I feel that way because I'm conservative. So I guess I'm supposed to listen to Rush Limbaugh and watch Fox News and take my marching orders from some as-yet-unidentified marching-order-channel run by Karl Rove or something. Nope. I don't like Rush Limbaugh and don't listen to the radio in any case. I don't like Bill O'Reilly, and I don't really like the stories that Fox chooses to highlight.

So what do I do?

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Posted by Nathan at 09:09 AM | Comments (0)
Two Pics of My Kids « Gun Issues »

Raising Kids the NRA Way:

kids w gun 1.jpg

kids w gun 2.jpg

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Lucky « Cat Blogging »

Here's my cat:


More pictures will follow over the next few days.

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» Accidental Verbosity links with: If it's Monday...

April 25, 2004

Added to the Blogroll « Social Issues »

There's an important piece of journalistic research over here.

It's a glimpse into a teen-targeted website the Social Engineers would probably prefer remained in the back room, where teens can explore it below parental radar.


Planned Parenthood does more than offer abortions. It offers sex advice for underage teenagers. Not just pregnancy advice or birth-control advice, but advice on every aspect of sex, given from a celebratory "everybody's doing it" standpoint, as may be seen in the organization's official teen Web site, Teenwire.

If you or someone you know is sending money to Planned Parenthood, that money is going to some adult sitting at a computer, who writes detailed instructions for underage teenagers on how to pick up lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender sex partners online.

This deserves an Instalanche. Based on the subject matter, it probably won't get one...

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» blogoSFERICS links with: Planned Maybe -- Parenthood, I Don't Think So
» The White Peril links with: In my book of dreams
Diet and Obesity « Social Issues »

It may just be my personal impression seeming like a societal shift, but it really seems to me as if there was a shift in eating habits in the late 70s...and that was about the time that obesity in the US really started a significant rise.

Maybe it was simply the advent of the Microwave, and with it America's attitude about food changed from "nutritious meal you make effort to prepare" to "something you eat that tastes good to feel full now". Maybe it was that more mothers were working and thus concentrating less on balanced, home-cooked meals, and turning more to take out meals and fast-food drivethru. It was definitely in the late 70s and early 80s when portioning began to significantly increase, particularly soft drink sizes.

Probably all those things.

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April 24, 2004

Rational Debate « Blogging »

Rare and precious. Try and develop it, and cherish it when you have it going well.

Read the Post. There's some excellent insight offered.

No excerpt, because I really want to tantalize you, and I don't want to let you think that by reading an excerpt, you've got the whole picture. "RTWT" gets used for everything, but in this case, I want to emphasize that you should, without letting the statement be ignored as trite politeness. Even the comments should stimulate some worthwhile self-reflection.

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Pat Tillman « GWOT »

Kevin brings up a valid point regarding Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan. While I respectfully offer a differing take on the issue in the comments, his point is well taken, and it caused me to reflect on my true feelings, as we all should.

Just now on ESPN, Chris Berman said something that I think is accurate: He said that Tillman is getting alot of attention not because his sacrifice is any greater, but because he reminds us again of the greatness of every sacrifice.
I think that's true.
When more than 700 have died in Iraq, we can forget that each one of those left a family. Just as Todd Beemer and "Let's Roll" gave us the face of 9/11, I think that Pat Tillman gives us the face of the GWOT. He becomes an Everyman, not eclipsing all others, but embodying them.

On the other hand, we should not idolize Pat Tillman too much. The grief of his family is no greater than the grief of the family of any other fallen. His sacrifice is no greater, but no less, than that of any other soldier who risked his life for the nation. Yes, I said, risked, not gave up. Because every Soldier or Marine or Airman or Sailor who steps out on the battlefield has taken the same is only circumstance or the enemy who makes the final determination who will pay for that risk. Some live, while others die. Some die that others may live. All have placed themselves in harm's way, all have placed their own bodies --their own loves, their own fears, their very existence-- in between this civilization and those who would destroy it.

Remember them in your prayers.

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April 23, 2004

Too Important, Too Apt « Social Issues »

I thought I was done posting for the day.

Nope. Not until I link this post.

Baldilocks says it well. Here's an excerpt of her saying it well:

Around the Internet, I see a recurrent theme among men in commenting on the death of Pat Tillman: “I wish I were half the man that he was.” So be half the man that he was, then; plus some, if you can. You’re still alive and have the chance to do so. I’m not necessarily saying that you should run out and join the military and volunteer for Ranger school as Mr. Tillman did. I am saying that there are many other ways to be a real man and if you want to do it, stop talking about it and get on with it. Be advised, however, that to be the type of man that he appears to have been requires faith, integrity, strength and, yes, some sacrifice. Lunch isn’t free, not unless it’s day-old and spoiled.

Oh, and I already am half the man Tillman was. I'm trying to reach 62.37684693206% at this time....

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Tired of Me? « Link O' Admiration »

Wanna shut me up? Here's your chance.

Donate now to The Spirit of America through the Liberty Alliance, and I will stop blogging for ONE FULL day for every $10 you pledge*.

Simultaneously, those days of blogging can be bought back at a rate of $20 for each day, if anyone wants to keep reading this drivel.

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Embarassed by My Adopted State « Politics As Usual »


Go see why.

It seems like all the embarassing things originate from the Seattle area, like Patty Murray and such...

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A Poignant Juxtaposition « GWOT »

Which side are you on? Which side do you favor? Which side is getting your unwitting or tacit support...?

Of course, one way to help is to vote for the Liberty Alliance.

There are other ways to help, of course; and if it needs to be said (it shouldn't need to be, but I'll make 100% certain it is clear), not contributing doesn't mean you don't support the troops. But this is one way to make a difference.

Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding.

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Posted by Nathan at 11:36 AM | Comments (0)
Faith vs Politics « Politics As Usual »

I don't usually like to bring faith into arguments regarding politics. To me, politics is a human creation designed to deal with issues on earth when not everyone has the same belief. To put it another way, Faith deals with matters of the heart, Politics rules in the realm of the head. I let my Faith influence my Politics, in the same way my heart influences my head. I don't let either one, though, have absolute control of the other.

Still, this makes a lot of sense to me:

I do recall the Bible saying that we should help the poor and so forth. However, I don't recall Jesus stipulating that we use other people's money to do so. In fact, it would be more moral -- and a genuine act of generosity -- to use your own money and time to help the poor. Voting to use other peoples' money wouldn't qualify as an act of Christian charity, as I see it.

From Robert Prather.

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Posted by Nathan at 11:29 AM | Comments (2)
Because, You Know, Iraq Was Only About Oil « Politics As Usual »

Don't Click Here if you think President Bush lied about reasons for invading Iraq

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VDH Says It Well « GWOT »

And he says it here

I particularly like this paragraph:

But the lingering question — one that has never been answered — was always our attention and will. The administration assumed that in occasional times of the inevitable bad news, we were now more like the generation that endured the surprise of Okinawa and Pusan rather than Tet and Mogadishu. All were bloody fights; all were similarly controversial and unexpected; all were alike proof of the fighting excellence of the American soldiers — but not all were seen as such by Americans. The former were detours on the road to victory and eventual democracy; the latter led to self-recrimination, defeat, and chaos in our wake.


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April 22, 2004

Iraq Will Get Better Soon « GWOT »

Four Reasons:

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FWIW « Blogging »

I'm also down 14-15 pounds since the last week in January. A Low-Carb approach (loosely based on Atkins) has really worked for me. I'll explain why, if you really want to know. If not, I won't bore you.

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More Writing « Writing »

Oh, and I did another 667 words today. I didn't do anything yesterday, and only 130 or so the day before... :(
But the best thing about today's total is that I did it over lunch. In just 23 minutes.
I plan to do some more writing tonight. One thing that has sucked some time away is the desire to spend more time with the new cat, Lucky*, to help him settle in.

Yes, all in all, I think the novel is coming along fine. I think I'm working up to some significant progress sometime soon.

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Apologies « Blogging »

I tried to post a few things today. Didn't get done.
The first was giving an opinion that was based on some stuff I can't find in the major news, so I can't find references. It was a gutsy call, anyway, so I didn't want to write it without having all my p's and q's in order, and all my t's crossed and my i's dotted. So maybe someday. And if I tell you "I woulda told ya so" on a subject, rest assured I almost did. Heh.

The second is basically a philosophy-based argument in support of Bush's integrity. In short: half of us hate him, half of us like and respect him. It makes far more sense that those who hate him are merely being petty, partisan, and pessimistic than to insist that those of who like him are lying or stupid or gullible/fooled; therefore, the Democrat Anybody But Bush crowd need to rethink their opposition more than we need to rethink our support.

But I couldn't make it neat enough, so you are left with the above stupid paragraph.

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April 21, 2004

Let the Cat-Blogging Commence! « Cat Blogging »

So we named our cat "Lucky". It seems to fit. It wasn't until the second day we had him (today...seems too late to change the name) when we were reminded of the unfortunate fact that my 2-year-old daughter still pronounces her "L"s as "Y"s...

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The Best "About Me" Page I've Read* « Link O' Admiration »


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» Jennifer's History and Stuff links with: Finding the Funniest Things on the Web
Freak Out Fallujah!

E-Claire said it.

My entries? Glad you asked:

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» e-Claire links with: Freak-Out Fallujah!

April 20, 2004

Whole Lotta Blogging Going On « Blogging »

I remember when I started blogging...

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Viewpoint Alert! « Media Distortions »

Bush support holds despite Iraq, 9/11 hearings

Might I suggest a different title? Perhaps that should be "...because of Iraq, 9/11 hearings"

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Pay "Gap" « Media Distortions »

It's like "Whack-A-Mole" matter how many times this meme gets shot down by th cold, hard light of reason and facts, they can always find some reporter credulous and lazy enough to repeat what they're told without doing any actual investigative journalism.

Oh, here's the article.

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April 19, 2004

Sample « Writing »

Some of my readers...okay, okay, my only reader...was begging me to supply a portion of the novel to date.

Okay, here goes:

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More Progress « Writing »

Geez, it's getting so it's harder to think up a new title for my writing progress reports than it is to write!

I didn't write anything yesterday. I tried, but I guess I had some "writer's block". Actually, that's crap; I don't really believe in writer's block and here's why: Last night, I was tired and just wasn't in the mood. I knew I was having difficulty developing a transition, and didn't feel like working on it. So I thought about it for 24 hours, but didn't really come up with a better solution.

Tonight, even though I felt just as uninspired, I had more energy, so I just started writing. I was partway through the first sub-standard (and if you knew just how low my standards are, you'd be shocked with how bad it was) paragraph when I thought of a better way to handle the transition. From there, the action proceeded fairly naturally to the next step. I cranked out about 1100 words in about 35 minutes, nearly without effort. I stopped because I don't want to burn out by writing too much. We'll see tomorrow if that was a bad move or not [grin].

So the best way to get through writer's block is writing, even if it's a listing of everything within visual range of your writing location. It doesn't matter. The actual act of seeing words appear on paper will "prime the pump", so to speak, and the words will flow. least, that's how it is for me. In any case, I may throw out every single one of the words I wrote tonight. I might end up throwing out just about everything I've written to date (over 11,000 words now). But the very act of writing something is better than thinking about plot and character, because writing is acting, it's deciding, it's evaluating and discarding and trying things on for size. Sometimes you really can't tell how the furniture might look in the room until you actually try to fit it all in; writing is the same way. No matter what form the final version of the novel takes, the writing I did tonight was a vital part of the process.

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Buy a What Day? « Puns »

I'm not sure what category to file this under...

See, I took a few days off from work to relax and recover from some work-related stress. We spent some time out shopping. I remembered that April 15th was "Buy [something] Day", but I couldn't remember what it was. I remember it was a three-letter word, and lots of bloggers write/post about it... I got a cat.

It's being neutered today, we pick up tomorrow. Cat-blogging will initiate soon after, as I catalog his cute traits.

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April 17, 2004

First Deployed Blog Meet-Up « Militaria »

I'll be deployed to al-Udeid this summer. If you know anyone else who will be there this summer, have 'em contact me here so we can try to have a blog-meet-up there. I'd like to create a Blogging Moment of Historical Significance, if I can...

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Posted by Nathan at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)
Kinda Makes Sense, Don't It? « Humor »

As the political situation in the US polarizes, the common ground between groups shrinks. I cringed at many of the posts currently up at Tom's site, but this one still made me laugh.

Tom Burka is still a worthwhile read. Go check him out.

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Posted by Nathan at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)
April 15th was "Buy A Gun" Day « Gun Issues »

I fulfilled my obligation! Sort of...

I didn't complete the purchase on the was more like the 10th. I didn't take delivery on the probably won't arrive for another week or so. I buy nearly all of my guns online through Gunbroker auctions, so actually purchasing one on an exact date is problematic. But since the whole process bracketed April 15th nicely, I consider my duty discharged.

So which gun did I buy?

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Big Dreams

So if Jane at Burnt Fuse can do it, why can't I?

Click on the link to find out what I'm talking about, then read the extended entry. In that order. Please. It's vital that you follow directions exactly.

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April 16, 2004

Conservatives vs Liberals « Politics As Usual »

I probably try too hard to define the differences between us. I just know there is a very clear disconnect between what I see Democrats saying and what I feel. There must be some core values that are absolutely different.

I've seen various explanations...but people are so diverse and perverse, it's difficult to draw any straight line and divide the camps neatly.

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Novel Progress « Writing »

I wrote about 600 words tonight. Some minor points that I wasn't sure how I was going to handle solved themselves as I typed. Of course, I'll probably improve on them as I revise/polish after I complete the whole thing.

What I'm finding...

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April 15, 2004

WooHoo! « Writing »

I just knocked out another 1300 words on my novel over the last hour or so. Not great stuff, but adequate for the task, which is just finishing the dang thing!

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April 14, 2004

On Homosexuality and Other Things « Social Issues »

Lest anyone think my earlier post about correlations of unfortunate consequences is some sort of homophobic witch hunt, let me assure you that my main purpose in life (and this blog) is to try to help bring about the maturation of our society.

I think it is always best to aim for the long-term good. If you only care about what you want or what you think is good for you now, then you often encounter disaster. It's like trying to drive by not looking more than 10 feet beyond the grill of your car.

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Posted by Nathan at 09:58 PM | Comments (2)
Iraq: Two Different Wars « GWOT »

It's been a year since we invaded. Recently, I've begun to think I have a different view of Iraq than most people. At least, I haven't seen anyone express some of my basic assumptions about our presence there. I'm going to run this up the flagpole and see who salutes, m'kay?

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Read and Heed « Social Issues »

This post highlights the fact that some people like to risk other people's lives in playing their political games.

Please understand this: homosexual behavior is risky and costly, both to the individual engaging in it and the society that condones it.

If you get past PC group-think and accept that uncomfortable fact, you can actually get to the next question: Is it worth the risk and cost to condone homosexual behavior? The answer to that question is not as automatic as Andrew Sullivan or Jerry Falwell might think. That is where you get into the realm of personal choice with risk, and society taking steps to encourage/discourage or even circumscribe certain behaviors. It is a discussion in the realm of facts and statistics rather than distortions and feelings and "should be"s. It's too bad the debate is absolutely controlled by people who ignore inconvenient facts like the ones Susanna discusses in her article.

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April 13, 2004

What's Wrong in Iraq « Militaria »

I can describe it one paragraph:

In Afghanistan, at this same point after the initial US forces put their boots on the ground, the Afghani military had already begun taking over much of the combat/engagement responsibility. After we had been there one year, the casualty report consisted mainly of Afganis. Sure, they had a decade of experience fighting the Soviets, but so did the Taliban we were fighting there. But in Iraq, at the first sign of trouble, the military deserts en masse and the police go home, if they don't actually join the fighting on the side of the insurgents.

Until we solve that problem, it doesn't really matter what we do.

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My Answer to Andy « Militaria »

The questions:

1. Do you think your country did the right thing sending you into Iraq?

2. Are you doing what America set out to do to make Iraq a democracy, or have we failed so badly that we should pack up and get out before more of you are killed?

3. Do the orders you get handed down from one headquarters to another, all far removed from the fighting, seem sensible, or do you think our highest command is out of touch with the reality of your situation?

4. If you could have a medal or a trip home, which would you take?

5. Are you encouraged by all the talk back home about how brave you are and how everyone supports you?

I'm in the USAF rather than the Army, and my post is in Qatar rather than Iraq, but I'll take a swing, too.

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Brilliant Nathan « Link O' Admiration »

No, not me, although, [ahem], I certainly wouldn't object to the characterization...

Nah, Nathan Barton has a few words to say about Tribal Wisdom vs Government Practice

I'm not going to include an excerpt. I'll just say that if you don't read it, you are only hurting yourself.

Link via Dodd's Ipse Dixit.

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Posted by Nathan at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)
Violent Peaceniks? « Politics As Usual »

Check out this (link via Drudge):


Campaign 2004 turns extreme in Florida with the placement of a newspaper ad calling for physical retribution against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld!

"We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say 'This is one of our bad days,' and pull the trigger," the ad reads.

Then there's the flap over Kos' derisive comments about the contractors killed in Iraq.

And let's not forget the verbally violent troll Annika encountered in her comments here. Excerpt:

You know, I used to think that all Americans were arrogant, narcissistic pricks. Then a couple of years ago I got on the internet newsgroups and discovered that it was the Reich Whingers who were the arrogant, narcissistic pricks. After a year of arguing with these rubes over the Iraq war and subsequent occupation, I really began to despise you. Now, after spending the past half year roaming through the right whinge blahgosphere, I just wish you Reich Whingers could be exterminated like vermin. Fortunately, the valiant Iraqi insurgents will do just that.

Her reaction has already been linked, but I'll link it again, because the question she raises is quite valid:

So when an idiot like this morning's troll says that he thinks conservatives should be "exterminated like vermin" and "need to be snuffed out of existence," how am i supposed to take that? Is it rhetorical hyperbole, or is the guy a real nutjob who needs to be monitored closely?

My point is this: in the cultural war that's been going on in this country for the last forty years, one side always seems to be more violent than the other, if not in deed then in rhetoric. i'm sure there's some psychological or sociological reason for that phenomenon, but i have no clue what it might be, nor at this point do i give a shit. i just think it's worth noting.

And then the left deliberately organized an attempt to intimidate Karl Rove, who isn't even elected.

The more radical left (which includes the Dem Underground and LOTS of lefty blogs) is increasingly advocating violence toward people with whom they disagree. Should this be taken as overblown rhetoric by people who don't really understand the literal meaning of the words they use? Or should Democrat violence on Republicans now be considered a Hate Crime?

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I Defer the Question « Media Distortions »

Over here, Zombyboy asks a question. Well, he implies it with this:

If I feel that way, I wonder how every soldier who wakes up in service this morning feels.

I recognize that the inclusion of "I wonder" renders the statement largely rhetorical...but as a servicemember myself who is extremely tired of the left failing to castigate their own for idiotic statements as much as the right castigated Trent Lott for his idiotic statement, I thought I'd respond.

Except that it was a non-servicemember who put it best, I think.

Go read Steve's take on the whole article.

Here's the obligatory excerpt:

Rooney implies that if you asked a whole bunch of US soldiers how they feel about Iraq, they'd tear off their fatigues, exposing T-shirts, and loudly proclaim "Bush equals Hitler." He wants us to think they're over there cursing Bush day and night and writing love letters to Patty Murray.

Not true, of course. Polls suggest morale may need some punching up, but that's about it. Name a conflict in which no soldiers grumbled. Hell, Rooney himself grumbled about working in the oppressive Rather regime at CBS, but he kept plugging along until they put his things in a box outside his office door.

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April 12, 2004

Annika Strikes Again « Politics As Usual »

How can you not see the wisdom in this?

Those are the ones you have to watch out for. Yah, maybe just as much as the far right wackos. They're both liable to blow something up, but only the left wing crazies will have the ACLU and the newspaper op-ed pages on their side after they get caught.

She makes a strong case for her point of view. I find it all the more interesting because it is something I've experienced without particularly noting it. Not only are the ACLU and Newspaper Op-Ed pages on their side, but the overwhelmingly prevalent voice in our society refuses to condemn them. That's why Trent Lott is criticized by his own party for being a dumb-ass until he must lose some power, but very, very, very few on the left will bother to even acknowledge that venomous nonsense/hate-spouters like Al Franken, Michael Moore, and Gary Trudeau actually influence people with their one-sided distortions, much less denounce them or distance themselves from them.

Let's get it on record, again: I specifcally went out and bought several guns and am in the process of getting acquainted with them because I dislike and detest the views and intent of the wacko fringe on the right. I will shoot and kill anyone who tries to lynch a minority or establish a white supremacist nation. But liberals still defend the Rosenburgs and Communism and haven't given up defending Socialism. It's like they don't mind the Democrat Underground, they just want them to conceal it better.


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Seems About Right to Me « Social Issues »

But you'll have to read the whole thing to know what I'm talking about.

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On Writing « Writing »

Yeah, the last entry was my little joke.


The First Novel is going fairly well. I'm up over 8000 words now. Never mind that I should have been at this point around day 7 of November of last year...

The important thing is that I am energized, excited, and I now know everything that will be written in the novel, as well as how plots and sub-plots and characters will be developed.

The biggest problem right now is that every time I write something, I feel like I've accomplished something and so I let other priorities overtake writing. I gotta stop that.

But this novel will be finished by Independence Day. Not polished, mind you, but finished.

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They Were Let Off Lightly? « Media Distortions »

This article makes me quite angry.

U.S. soldiers accused of rape and other sex crimes while serving in Iraq routinely dodged prosecution during the past year with the help of commanders who gave them light punishments such as reprimands and pay cuts, according to military records released to the Denver Post.

Troops facing sex offenses were given job-related punishments -- which offer no prospect of prison time -- nearly five times as often as those charged with other crimes.

Such leniency also was granted to soldiers accused of serial crimes. Though investigators compiled evidence to prosecute a sergeant for sexually assaulting three subordinate battalion members, he was only given a reprimand, records show.

And though evidence was gathered to prosecute a military police officer for one of two rape allegations, reports show his commanders merely dropped him in rank and discharged him at his request.

I'm angry because the writer of the article does not understand military culture enough to understand that an Article 15 can actually be a very serious punishment. I'm angry because "accusation" is used as if it is a synonym for "conviction". I'm angry because "gathered evidence to prosecute" does not mean there was enough evidence to prosecute. I'm angry because it is after-the-fact hindsight second-guessing that implies the the person charged was absolutely and provably guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and the commanders deliberately lessened the punishment to perpetuate some Good 'Ol Boy attitude that sexual assault is unimportant.

Horse Puckey.

Women do make unfounded accusations of rape and sexual assault. Sexual assault and rape are often difficult to prove if they aren't witnessed or if the woman doesn't get a medical exam in a timely manner. What do you do if it comes down to a case of "He Said/She Said"? In the civilian world, absolutely nothing. In the military world, the male soldier will get, at the very least, a thoroughly masterful dressing down for even allowing himself to be in a situation that looked bad. He'll get screamed at by at least three levels of the chain of command. The accusation will remain in his record, and even a dismissed allegation can prevent him from getting promoted. If the commander has some idea that the accusation is correct, but cannot prove it, he is still within his rights to take money and time from a soldier just because he wants to; the control enjoyed by a commander is total. And believe me, you spend enough of your time away from home trying to earn too little money to live on that losing half your pay for even one month is a serious blow, as is having to do extra duty for 4 hours a night for a month. They make darn certain that the extra duty is not enjoyable.

This whole article is a study of half-truths and lies. The military takes rape and sexual assault far more seriously and prosecutes it far more vigorously than any corporation I know. I had been on station less than a month when a 1st Lt was kicked out of the service with a Dishonorable Discharge for doing nothing more than having consensual sex with an adult enlisted member not in his chain of command. Name one other corporation or institution worldwide that would go to that length to protect its employees.

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Just Askin', Ya Know?

Does anyone want to receive notifications of new posts? Email me your email address, and I'll see that it happens.

I think.

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So You Want to Buy a Gun? « Gun Issues »

(If you don't, you should)

The question is which gun?

So probably the best place to start is by asking yourself what you want a gun for. For what you want a gun. You know what I mean.

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April 11, 2004

The 5.56mm Debate Continues « Gun Issues »

I've said before that I agree with many of the criticisms of the 5.56mm round for a battle rifle, but that in the final analysis, I think the US military has a specific aim in mind that the 5.56mm fits perfectly:

1) a concept of enemy suppression by rapid fire, allowing maneuver tactics that allow you to get in close enough to kill with other weapons, and

2) a wounded enemy is better than a dead enemy, because it takes more enemies out of the fight to take care of 1 wounded soldier than to bury a dead one.

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April 10, 2004

Freedom « Politics As Usual »

So it seems to me...

That there are people who want to make sure that no one ever starves, that no one ever dies for lack of money for medicine, that the gap between the successful and the not-so-successful should be minimized. After all, they say, if a CEO works 40 hours and a janitor works 40 hours, why should the CEO make 3000 times as much? After all, they say, there are people who could spend their whole lives working as hard as they can and never be able to earn enough to buy a house, or to retire, or to stop living hand-to-mouth.

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April 09, 2004

Question O' the Day

So the Question of the Day on MSNBC right now is:

"Should President Clinton have been made to testify in public under oath?"*

I say, why bother? He's already demonstrated that "under oath" means absolutely nothing to him.

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I gotta say, it's good to be blogging again.

And I give hearty and heart-felt appreciation to Rae, without whom this would not have been possible.

Thank you.

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Very Important « Media Distortions »

Go check this out. CNN shows they ain't exactly reporting and letting us decide.

Via Protein Wisdom

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Posted by Nathan at 06:59 PM | Comments (0)
Prayers for a Friend

I love Kelley's chosen response to newly identified circumstances.

This is, to me, true heroism. Kelley, you are a beacon to those around you. May God bless you.

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Posted by Nathan at 06:43 PM | Comments (1)
Oh, Shit

...but in a good way:

I haven't even got things up and running (no sitemeter, no links) and I've already got three female groupies leaving me comments.

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Posted by Nathan at 06:13 PM | Comments (1)

I'm back.

I couldn't decide what I wanted my first post to be. Something important, something insightful. Something that would rock the foundation of the blogosphere, make your coffee taste better, and cause your children to become geniuses.

Instead, you got this post.

Ah, well, as Scarlett said, "Tomorrow's another day!"

No, wait, she's the one who said, "Rosebud," right? Whatever.

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Posted by Nathan at 02:00 PM | Comments (4)
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A Story

Li-Young Lee

Sad is the man who is asked for a story
and can't come up with one.

His five-year-old son waits in his lap.
Not the same story, Baba. A new one.
The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.

In a room full of books in a world
of stories, he can recall
not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy
will give up on his father.

Already the man lives far ahead, he sees
the day this boy will go. Don't go!
Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!
You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.
Let me tell it!

But the boy is packing his shirts,
he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,
the man screams, that I sit mute before you?
Am I a god that I should never disappoint?

But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?
It is an emotional rather than logical equation,
an earthly rather than heavenly one,
which posits that a boy's supplications
and a father's love add up to silence.

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