Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Thanks to Tigerhawk

I very much want to thank Tigerhawk for guest-blogging while I took a four day break. Two of those days were unfortunately attended by a flu. But by the third day it proved possible to take the vagabond road trip I had been looking forward to, the point of which is not to know any more than 30 minutes in advance where to go next. The most practical way to do that is getting dropped off in some random place and walking towards the most interesting looking terrain, almost like Richard Hannay in the 39 Steps but without the pressure of pursuit.

Part of the fun in these cases is allowing the road plan to develop based on how far you can walk; the likelihood of finding a place to sleep; and where it might be interesting to eat. My luck varied from a greasepit in which the coin-operated Internet terminal had live roaches crawling under the glass panel which protected the monitor screen from vandals -- lending the act of reading email the atmosphere of a horror movie -- to a very decent place that served braised meat over a bed of mashed sweet potato garnished with wilted spinach leaves; leading to a momentary fear that I had entered one of those places where you leave both hungry and broke, but which proved in the end to be an excellent establishment.

But it was walking along the roads and trails that soon retaught what I had forgotten: that it takes at least half a day before you finally recover senses that have fallen into disuse in the course of daily work; before you start to hear the birds in the tree branches, feel the wind as you meet it topping a rise, and notice people going about their small chores. Towards evening it became possible to stop; not simply physically, but actually and not feel it a waste of time; to think it worthwhile to pick out a vantage and from it watch the land beneath change under the passing clouds. For a companion I had Edward Plunkett's The Charwoman's Shadow with which I was wholly unacquainted but which was a fortunate choice. The book deals with such serious matters as whether echoes ever die and the ways in which a man might follow his shadow to his first and true love in ways beautiful enough to call forth the admiration of William Butler Yeats.  But in the end, despite the book and the birds it came time not to follow my shadow but the road home. And here I am. Hope to start posting again tomorrow.



Blogger Ash said...

aye, what has the modern world come to?...4 days off 2 sick and a half day to notice the birds. That kind of adventuring should, at a minimum, span weeks if not months.

5/02/2006 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Jamie Irons said...


Yeats sang, in part:

Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing/
For every tatter in its mortal dress...


Sounds like your soul had an opportunity to sing.

Welcome back!

Jamie Irons

5/02/2006 07:10:00 AM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

Sorry your walk was abbreviated by illness. It sounds like you know how to vagabond. If it takes a day or so to accustom ones self to the sounds of life, to stop processing it as information and to hear it as the primordial heart beat of life itself, then it takes a few weeks of solitude before the forest nymphs begin to beckon you deeper into the forest and the thickening madness. You deem real conversations heard just over the dell where you can make out the mirthful voices and you long for their company because man is, after all, a social creature.

They are the daughters of the earth, born of moisture, warmth and heat,

They carry the flames of life that shoot out of the seeds.

The flowers and twigs are their bracelets ,

Their eyes are born of the petals with restless gleams,

Their breasts are flanked with slender streams,

Where flow life's eternal poetic themes.

In the winding lute-notes passing over the shining pebbles scattering silence in dreaming hearts…Nymphs in the Forest

Welcome back.

5/02/2006 07:52:00 AM  
Blogger Amadeo said...

Sorry to provide a little bit of a damper. But an outdoor trek right after a two-day session with flu?

Please take special care to prevent any relapse. I jog regularly. Still I put a buffer of a few days after flu before getting back to routine.

5/02/2006 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Welcome back, Wretchard. That dang Tigerhawk types too much!

When I went on treks like this, it would be a short hop to Manly, Bondi, Avalon, or whatever beach had waves that I could survive. After I got past all those distracting girls with no tops on the beach, and got into the water, I would be free of daily distractions.

And I'd look back at the beach, just a couple hundred or so yards away, and between me and it would be the great sucking depression of an 8 or 10 foot wave that I'd just barely been able to get behind before it broke. I'd be looking at the beach, wondering how I got through all that last hundred yards of tall whitewater, wondering what I was doing out here, wondering why they don't have lifeguards, wondering why I don't swim with a friend, wondering how I'd ever get back to the beach!

Ah yes, that would leave all my daily cares behind.

5/02/2006 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger sirius_sir said...

Welcome back, Wretchard.

You deserved a longer respite. Even so, you seem to have returned with mind and soul refreshed. Good for you.

5/02/2006 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dr Jamie:
Why, beyond a certain age, does illness always occur during vacations?

5/02/2006 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Hillary: 'I Wanted Desperately To Be An Olympic Athlete'... "
"If she'd been born in East Germany, it might have been possible!"

5/02/2006 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Doug, it's simple, God hates you.

5/02/2006 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Steele Nails it:
White Guilt and the Western Past
There is something rather odd in the way America has come to fight its wars since World War II...

(Intensive Psycopharmacological Interventions for Liberals!)

5/02/2006 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Jrod said...

There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure--HW Beecher

I for one consider the BC to be a product of high civilization, so it is good to see that you've chosen to indulge in a little leisure. As for the ample part, that's subjective. Hopefully quality prevailed over quantity; sickness aside.

5/02/2006 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines." ...who else but Thoreau--

5/02/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yosemite Sam?

5/02/2006 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dr Jamie's gonna quote Abba again, I can tell.

5/02/2006 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

The best way to take a trip where you don't know where you will be 30 minutes from any one point is to attempt to drive at least 8 miles in the Los Angeles area during the 4 hour "rush hour."

However, going south on I-95 in Florida the Sunday after Thanksgiving, or north on that same road during a hurricane evacuation works pretty well, too.

5/02/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I guess some parts of Vandenburg must be kind of remote and beautiful?

5/02/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

rwe, that's like the Alzheimer's easter egg hunt--everybody just hides their own eggs--

5/02/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I forgot where the Chickencoop is.

5/02/2006 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

Doug: Yes, virtually all parts of Vandenberg AFB are rather remote from the signs of civilization and many are rather scenic as well.

Out on Point Argulleo on VAFB there is an old US Coast Guard Station, no longer manned, but with a lighthouse and a beautiful big 3 story house overlooking the ocean, equipped for extended stays, complete with walk-in freezers in the basement. Enough room for at least 3 families, and with a nice 2 story carriage house as well. And a huge fenced yard on the edge of the cliff, almost big enough for a baseball field.

And a climate where you wish you had air conditioning all of 3 days a year. Of course, you need heat at least at night all 365.

Could hardly think of a nicer place to live. If it just wasn't for all those guys running around with automatic weapons and them durn rockets flying overhead...

5/02/2006 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger DanMyers said...

Now, for some lighter side news

5/02/2006 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Touch of the Dragon
From a very interesting interview from FrontPage mag, with a Marine who won the Navy Cross in Iraq. (Tip: Power Line)

“FP: I am not sure what you are allowed to say in the context of the war itself, but in general how do you think the U.S. is doing in Iraq? What is the best way we will be able to prevail against our enemy? Will we prevail?

Montoya: I think the US is doing an outstanding job. From the administration to the ground troops they have really done what no nation could do. I mean they brought freedom to the oppressed and gave them the right to vote and dictate their own future. Nothing can replace the taste of freedom.

The country as a whole has moved forward so fast. Much faster then the US when we were fighting for independence. The best way to prevail is to not lose our nerve. I think the American people should stand behind the President and tell the other countries that do not have the nerve for this fight: take your toys and depart. For they will think themselves lesser men for it. Stay strong and focused on the mission. Do not lose sight: this is a noble and worthwhile cause. With that in mind, we will prevail.

Lastly, I think the American people who supported out troops should get a big pat on the back. I am maybe only one Marine, but I want to thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart.

I only wish my uncle who came back from Vietnam could see the great sprit of the American people.”

5/02/2006 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Tony, that's the same report I'm getting from the Austin kids back from Iraq--America should be feeling pride in her effort.

Here's another window.

5/02/2006 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...


5/02/2006 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

On the point off Avila Beach is an even more spectacular lighthouse.
I met the family that lived there and he took me out:
Nearly a four-wheel drive road-trail along the cliff (I was in a VW) to the point where the lighthouse sat back a ways from a spectacular drop down to the sea.

It had all the Coast Guard Amenities too, and a nice fenced yard.

Then there was the more spectacular cliff yet at the old Radar Station at Cambria:
You could just about see Monterey and Santa Barbara!

Lots nicer than Gardner, Kansas, where there was nothing better to do than incinerate birds w/ Radar Beams!
(and wait for the next Tornado)

5/02/2006 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Buddy, re: Zarqawi -
All this time I thought he was just self-concious about his weight problem!

5/02/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Yeah Buddy,

I'm going to wait until "United 93" comes out on DVD, so I can watch it at home, like I did with "Schindler's List." Watch it late, after everyone's gone to bed, because, you know, tough guys aren't supposed to, you know, sit there with tears of sadness and pride of humanity pouring down their faces.

I remember right after 9/11, with the early reports, I could tell that we either shot United 93 down, or those passengers fought. Within a day, I knew it - those passengers fought back.

Meanwhile, my liberal friends are increasingly showing the reticence to say ANYTHING GOOD about America, and therefore you see the attitude in the negative reviews of the movie in your link. These same people who right after 9/11 asked "What did we do to make them so mad at us?" and who lately are searching out benevolent explanations of Islamofascism, and you know, maybe Christianity is the real villian of history ... they are SO open-minded, you see. But when their old pal Tony seems more interested in being Correct rather than Politically Correct, they are gravely offended. They suggest I've been brainwashed, etc. Get that? I have been brainwashed, but the guys who chop heads and destroy the WTC are deserving of their tender understanding and open-mindedness.

Talk about willfully ignorant and self-deluded, my poor friends are going off the deep end. I believe it's because they simply can't face the fact that we are at war.

And since they can't blame the enemies who declared war on us, because they would be so small-minded, they attack their fellow Americans. Weird.

5/02/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Related … or how I learned to love RENDITION

5/02/2006 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Doug, laying around in them safe houses has sure affected ole Z-man's waistline, har har--

Tony, my evolved best answer to the "America is the problem" bit, is "So?"

(and, yo link is broke, alas)

5/02/2006 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Irons said...


You asked:

Why, beyond a certain age, does illness always occur during vacations?

A correct observation.

Sorry, I've been working, and didn't get back here till just now.

Fortunately, Buddy was here, and had the right answer:

Doug, it's simple, God hates you.

As long as we take it in the sense Buddy (I think!) intended, where the "you" is not you, Doug, but more like "one," a generalized, impersonal "you."


Jamie Irons

5/02/2006 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Yeah Jamie,

There's a whole book on this, the Book of Job.

And Buddy, the link ain't broke.

Ps. What's the little wheelchair dude next to the word verification?

5/02/2006 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

I hadn’t seen this before. “The Dukester”, aka former Congressman Cunningham, had a graduated scale of bribes requisite to garnering his attention and support of certain Defence Department contracts. At any rate, this was reported to be the case by ABC.

Because of an earlier post drawing attention to gold plated weapons procurement programs, I will be interested to see how this all pans out.

Also, within the article, reference was made to the Inspector General for the CIA: “an aggressive, independent watchdog.” The ABC report apparently predates the disclosure of Ms. McCarthy’s alleged misdeeds, while serving in that office.

Exclusive: Top CIA Official Under Investigation - http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/

5/02/2006 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Tony 2:45 PM:
You are not supposed to embarass those of us who are differently abled who USE that chair, by bringing attention upon it/us.
(Dr. Jamie just THINKS I'm one of you!)

5/02/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

In terms of understanding your liberal friends mental illness, be sure and read that Shelby Steele piece.
Then try to see if you can get ONE of them to read the whole thing.
(would be entertaining to watch a liberal's head explode!)

5/02/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

Doug: You only liked Avila because of the nude beach south of there.

Never got up to Cambria AFS, was closed by the time I got there.

Pillar Pt AFS at Half Moon Bay is very nice with that great big radar next to the bay and that liitle airfield nearby. Supposedly that was where they discovered that the YB-49 was almost invisible to radar.

I never got up to Tranquillon Peak on VAFB where we have the radars, Would have been a nice view from there. I did fly past St. Ynez Peak a few times, where we have an optical tracker. It's not far from the Reagan Ranch.

I was always interested in seeing out how they built that tunnel on northbound 101 just past Gaviota. Never could figure out what that "window" you could see was for. Too hard to get to to examine it, though.

5/02/2006 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

I know what you mean. I have not watched the documentaries about Flt 93 for the same reason. Taped them, but have yet to watch them. I wrote a short piece about Flt 93 a few days after it happened and e-mailed it out to my friends - and I still can't read it myself without getting misty eyed.

If Bin Laden knew how many Amercians look at what happened on Flt 93 and say "God! I wish I was there to help!" they would crap their pants. Constantly.

Course, I would have wanted a gun.

In fact, if Micheal Moore and George Cloony knew how many Americans wished they had been there to help, they would crap their pants, too.

5/02/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Those bound to "willfully ignore everything the President says."
Re Keller letter to wsj about NSA leaks:
"I don't trust anything this administration says, and NOBODY I KNOWS TRUSTS ANYTHING THEY SAY."
Great! we're back to:
How could Nixon have won?
Nobody I know voted for him.
Rosen and Chimerinsky are supposed to be intelligent folks, but I guess BDS overrides great intellect.
Irwin think the Times performed a great service with NSA leaks, so how could it be illegal?

5/02/2006 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

That's a Jay Rosen quote about trust, sorry.
"Irwin thinks"
(he's just always wrong)

5/02/2006 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist is an anchorite. Who knew? But given his statement, yesterday, it must be true.

Yesterday, Senator Frist said that he would re-introduce the infamous immigration bill within the next two weeks. Among other things, Senator Frist wants “to bring those people out of the shadows.” “Those people” are illegal aliens living in the United States.

Only an anchorite (or possibly a troglodyte for the less ascetically inclined) could have missed the highly publicized demonstrations of “those people” casting millions of shadows across the American landscape, during the last few weeks.

It can be confidently predicted that Senator Frist, hailing from the home state of Congressman David Crockett, will not use the slogan, “Remember the Alamo”, during his ’08 presidential bid.

I want to say that I don't believe for a moment that Senator Frist would pander...or not.

5/02/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The liberal Brit or Scotsman behind the film had some great insights from thinking about/working with the movie:

I can't do him justice, but he observed that those passengers were the first post-9-11 Americans in terms of being confronted with the new reality and what to do about it.
While the rest of us watched or listened in shock, they had to deal with it, and they did.
Truly a terrifying, horrorific, heroic story.

5/02/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

A pistol--one li'l ole .38--would've been SO handy.

5/02/2006 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

Tigerhawk did a nice job as your stand-in, Wretchard. Good topics!

Sorry your vacation wasn't optimal. Sort of a gloomy picture you had with your post perhaps reflecting a Lord Dunsany (Plunkett) temperment. Guy was influential on American horror novels.....and he had one WWI essay that I remember...except for it's title, unfortunately.

My last trip to Asia (Singapore) happened right when the SARs scare was on. Not only was I sick, held up at the airport with just a bad cold and aches for hours, all I had was a lousy Greg Iles book. After the customs, the Singaporeans had me call every day (two day stay) to report on my medical condition and assure them I wasn't dying...Thorough people...

No doubt you might have caught Bolivia is nationalizing it's oil and gas fields and Morales calling China "Bolivia's natural ally".

Following Chavez, resurgent Cuba, Argentina....I think we may have fixated far too much on Israel and the Gulf to the detriment of our relations and interests in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and yes, Europe, over the last 30 years.

So we may be under some time limits where we cannot afford much longer to borrow 250 billion a year to spend on "fighting evildoers", the "noble Iraqi people", or look to focus on Iran to the harm to our interests of ignoring other places where we have critical stakes..

We like purple fingers...but since we have fixated on the ME, we have lost 1/2 of the oil and gas previously allocated to American export in Latin America - which the Chinese now have dibs on if the global spot market fails and oil and gas return to just being two-party sales contracts.

5/02/2006 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"In 1860, however, the California Legislature appropriated $15,000 for the construction of the first County road, to be cut through Gaviota Pass.
Prior to this, Gaviota Pass had been used during the Gold Rush by those on horseback or on foot, but the rocky narrows near the present site of Gaviota Tunnel and numerous stream crossings made it impassable to wagons until the County road was built, which the Bixby and Flint stagecoaches quickly began to take advantage of.
My mom's family made that trek North to the San Juaquin Valley a few years before she was born.
"“I cannot describe my feelings as I stood on that ridge, that shore of an ancient ocean.
How lonely and desolate! Who shall tell how many centuries, how many decades of centuries, have elapsed since these rocks resounded to the roar of breakers, and these animals sported in their foam?
I picked up a bone, cemented in the rock with shells.
A feeling of awe came over me. Around me rose rugged mountains; no human being was within miles of me to break the silence. And then I felt overwhelmed....
William Brewer
Up and Down California

5/02/2006 04:52:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

I wake to the singing of early morning birds, in my breeze-cooled home next to a 17-hectare wetlands preserve in the suburbs of Bangkok...

I take your wondrous, soul-stirring trip almost every morning!

When you get to Bangkok, you may stay free in our spare bedroom, just gimme a call. And 'til then, eatcher hartowt, Pal!

5/02/2006 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


Your 4:49 PM

Wasn’t there a meeting last week in Cuba between comrades Castro, Chavez, and Morales? Being relative newcomers to the world of globalization, Messrs. Chavez and Morales sat in awe at the Great Man’s feet, to be sure. And wouldn’t they, given the economic miracle that is Cuba.

Per capita income (PPP) - est. 2005
___Bolivia $2,700
___Cuba 3,300
___Venezuela 6,500

While President Morales no doubt has these small problems well in hand, I note that Bolivia has no coastline or port; moreover, it has no pipeline to a port. Indeed, Bolivia relies on Brazil, in the main, to take its natural gas. It is reported that Brazil is not pleased with comrade Morales - a small matter of having billions of dollars in investment expropriated.

5/02/2006 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

Doug: At Gaviota Pass there is a monument to a great battle there that decided the fate of Central California.

During the Mexican American War (you remember that one - where we graciously let the Mexicans keep most of their country), the EL Hefe of Santa Barbara heard that a bunch of American troops were coming down to attack. So he took his troops up to Gaviota Pass and waited there, knowing it would be easy to hold them off in the narrow confines of the pass.

But an "Anglo" farmer heard about their plans, intercepted the American troops, and led them over the mountains via San Marcos Pass, enabling them to capture the undefended town of Santa Barbara. Eventually they sent someone up the El Camiano Real to Gaviota to tell the troops there that they had lost. They chose not to contest the issue.

We took the Southwest from them? No, by our standards they gave it to us.

But only in California would they put up a monument to commerate a battle that was never fought.

5/02/2006 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It was a heroic battle in their minds, though!
They way I figure it, the Mexicans stole it from the Catholics, who stole it from the Chumash.
Using Biological Warfare as well as slave labor!

5/02/2006 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Latino gangs claim their turf in Iraq...

5/02/2006 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

Sounds like a nice walk, Wretchard. Wish you could have had more time. I've been meaning to take a few days and walk a portion of the Bibbulman. I'll get it done one of these days.

5/02/2006 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

There's a video halfway down the front page of the NY Times about Iraqi Villages at Fort Irwin, complete with Iraqi-Americans that live there, Bombs engineered by Hollywood Experts, etc.
Supposedly some GI's get battle fatigue training there!

5/02/2006 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

RWE, seconded: If Bin Laden knew how many Amercians look at what happened on Flt 93 and say "God! I wish I was there to help!"

I agree with you, trooper. Just in the last week or two, I read about what is now ROUTINE on American air travel: some fool acts threatening on a plane, and the free citizens around them serve justice and order. Just like the old days, it's safe to fly again.

5/02/2006 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

Allen - The problem with the "horrors of Cuba" is that average income figures like you love to show how "awful" Cuba is -don't mean a thing when 95% of the wealth is in the hands of a small oligarchy, and 45 years of telling the masses whose lot improved (a greater percentage each year as the disaffected are allowed to cut and run) - that health care, education, low crime and enough to get by on are not worth it because they "aren't free" doesn't cut it.

The widespread failure of cront capitalism has resulted in several regime changes where the successor government is either less favorable to crony capitalism and enriching a few at the expense of the many, or downright hateful of America for foisting a return of oligarchy and "patron trickledown" on the masses.

Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Panama, Bolivia.

The Sandanistas are poised for a return. Peru may go Marxist next election. Honduras is slanting Socialist. FARC is on the move to strengthening in Columbia. Worse of all, we have Obragon in Mexico, a fanatical America-hater, now the front-runner for this summer's election. China is on the move scopping up resources that America used to manage....because the Latins see the Chinese as more trustworthy that the Corrupticrats the Americans supported.

Of course we still have Puerto Rico. It's crony capitalist model is working OK other than the gov't being bankrupt.

And even where our our attention is focused to the detriment of everything else - the Bush Blinders on [Iran, Iraq, The Evildoers], we have Iran never so strong and prosperous as under Bush, 7 billion US taxpayer dollars somehow "lost" cannot be accounted for - but somehow in the hands of "noble purple-fingered freedom-loving Iraqi power brokers". Afghanistan - out of the Taliban's hands and safely in the "freedom-loving" hands of a small evil oligarchy that controls the Aid and Heroin dollars.

Even Frank Gaffney has said we have to tear ourselves away from the ME monomania we have and look at how bad the situation is with Latin America:

The consequence of all these elections may well be the complete undoing of Ronald Reagan's legacy of successfully countering and, with the notable exception of Castro's Cuba, defeating totalitarianism in our hemisphere. At some point in the not-too-distant future, the question will be asked, probably with political repercussions: "Who lost Latin America?"

There is still time for the Bush Administration and Congress to avoid this stigma by countering these trends and their strategic implications. But to do so, they will have to engage far more vigorously against Latin America's enemies of freedom...

Gaffney may wish to also consider how badly our standing has slipped with Europe, Russia, and China.

The only bright spots left are India and Japan. S Korea is going into Rising China's orbit, as are Thailand, Myanmar, Laos.

Even inside America, we are seeing deep problems emerge that are due to crony capitalism, the corruption of our political system by money, and the further concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. Not the least is a 45% growth in Federal Government spending and massive debt to pay for his tax cuts. What Reagan gave us, we have largely pissed away under Maximum War Leader and Fatcat Rewarder Bush II.

It will take a decade to recover America from his harmful decisions.

5/02/2006 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger DanMyers said...

Thank you C4 for that clear, rational, logical discussion.

May I suggest you write more along these lines...

5/02/2006 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

Top al-Qaida suspect "captured":

Nasar, who had a $5 million (£2.9 million) bounty on his head, was arrested and released by UK police in 1995 after attacks on the Paris Metro.

The Pakistan government says it has captured more than 750 al-Qaida suspects since the September 11th attacks.

Al-Qaida Suspect

5/02/2006 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

Hey, that flowed pretty good.

5/02/2006 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Well, so did the well.
It was a swell well,
it flowed good.

5/02/2006 09:10:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

(make that "freely")

5/02/2006 09:10:00 PM  
Blogger Starling said...

"It's impossible for capitalism to achieve our goals, nor is it possible to search for an intermediate way," Mr. Chavez said a few months ago, laying out his plans. "I invite all Venezuelans to march together on the path of socialism of the new century."

So says Hugo Chavez according to an article appearing last fall in the NY Times.

Well I can give Chavez credit for this much: at least he's out in the open about his plans for ruining the nation, for ruination. Morales' announcement yesterday that he was nationalizing the oil fields is right out of the Chavez playbook.

5/02/2006 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Chester said...

I've read that part of Delta Force training is being dropped off in North Carolina with $5 and 72 hours to get to Washington, DC, to simulate being behind enemy lines. Perhaps that would make quite a "vagabond" trip!

5/02/2006 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

I can just see it, locked up with Otis in the Mayberry hoosegow, "But Deputy Fife, I PROMISE ya I'm in the Special Forces!"

5/02/2006 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?

Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is rolling to a big win in the GOP primary. He will be an underdog in the fight for the governorship, and big labor and MSM will be with standard issue liberal Ted Strickland from tomorrow morning forward.

Ohio 2006 live blogging.
- Hewitt

5/02/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Viva la Revolucion!
Mark Levin
Perhaps an electoral revolution began Tuesday in the little town of Herndon, Virginia, where the now ex-mayor and ex-council members tried to force a (n illegal) day-labor center on an unwilling citizenry, for which they were thrown out of office. More here LINK

5/03/2006 03:40:00 AM  
Blogger diabeticfriendly said...

C4: .I think we may have fixated far too much on Israel and the Gulf to the detriment of our relations and interests in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and yes, Europe, over the last 30 years.

I guess that small thing called NATO & it's 110 BILLION a year since 1950 spent on Europe was distraction due to YOUR obsession with Israel?

I guess you dont remember our focus on ASIA since NIXON forward?

No? I guess our commitments to Korea, Japan were meaningless...

The USA is ABLE to do more than ONE thing at a time..

However, maybe if we as americans had focused on alternative energy since the ARABS and oil companies screwed us in 1973 we could tell the oil markets to go to hell....

amazing how every world problem that comes out of your mouth is either the zionists, jews or israel... what a putz.... (that's small penis for those that dont know)

5/03/2006 05:03:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...


Your 7:27 PM

Some weeks ago, in response to one of your lengthy manifestos, I asked if you could answer a number of questions. One of those questions addressed the change in the cost of a ton of steel during the 19th C. Either you did not bother to check, preferring emotion to enumeration, or you did not respond because the facts were incongruous with your “crony capitalist” leitmotif.

In 1810, the cost of production of a ton (2,000 pounds) of steel was $200.00. By 1900, the Robber Baron, Andrew Carnegie had reduced that to $20.00. As evidenced by history, Mr. Carnegie and his fellow plunderers reduced the United States to penury. While under benign socialism the rest of the world came to enjoy the benefits of skyscrapers, railroads, highways, mass media communications, internal combustion, etc, most Americans remained mired in rural subsistence agriculture. To this very day, the average American longs to make the arduous journey into that bastion of crony capitalism, Mexico.

Yes, C4, I do foist upon you examples, following the lead of a great American: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” - John Adams. Your utopia may prove itself yet to be the best of all possible worlds; however, at this writing, empiricism does not bear that out. Sorry.

Should the policy of the United States be more robust in the southern Americas, indeed, it should? The United States ought to maintain preferential relationships with Latin governments which enshrine private property rights and the rule of law to protect those rights. What might happen in Bolivia, let us say, if the typical Bolivian could actually own more than the clothes on his back? Why, in short order, if history is instructive, he would become a hateful capitalist.

5/03/2006 06:18:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Eli Whitney was a Joo?

5/03/2006 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

GWB should DO something about that Carnegie feller. Just proves me n' C4's point--everything--EVERYTHING--just totally suuuuuucks....

5/03/2006 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

what's that little wheelchair for?

5/03/2006 07:02:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...


6:49 AM

No, but Karl Marx was, and that’s not duck soup.

5/03/2006 07:10:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

yep--and you guys are sorta stuck with Sigmund Freud, too. But we Prods have Kierkegaard, who said "the supreme paradox of thought is that it must attempt to think that which cannot be thought"...I don't think Freud or Marx either topped THAT.

5/03/2006 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Not that such rarified piffle is in the slightest way useful toward getting the parsnips buttered.

5/03/2006 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger bobalharb said...

"The supreme paradox of thought is that it must attempt that which cannot be thought." That's called a 'leap of thought.'

5/03/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger bobalharb said...

The wheelchair is what you're in after a 'leap of thought.'

5/03/2006 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

I think you right--

5/03/2006 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

buddy larsen,


It is reported that Freud did have the good sense to create a fall-back position: "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

Oh, I seem to recall that the whole Electra thing was problematic for the good doctors. How did that ever turn out? Life is full of flaws, and only Linda Ronstadt knows cause.

5/03/2006 09:22:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Electra turned out fine, that Turtle Wax is some good sheet, mon!

5/03/2006 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Don't miss this instapundit on Max Boot on the "Dictator's Dividend" --it is a must read--

5/03/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

allen, 9:22 AM:
According to Ms Halfbright, sometimes an offer is not an offer, regardless of what the offeree said, and what he was doing with cigars at the time:
She now claims (on Hannity) that Sudan DID NOT offer Mr Laden to Bubba, and Bubba merely "Misspoke."
I always thought the Cigar was involved with Ms poke.

5/03/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...


Ms. Halfbright,

Ms. Troubadour knew nothing of Ms. Humidor that Thermador. I heard her she swore, “That's for sure.”

Sudan? You mean Sue Dan? Been laid in where?

Clintonese is fun.

5/03/2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

pork rinds for allah,

Your 5:03 AM - "what a putz.... (that's small penis for those that dont know)"

What's the pasta named for putz? Teeny Penne?

Rocky! Bullwinkle!

5/03/2006 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

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5/03/2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Doug n' Allen, the pun form they mastered

(on this thread that they're leaving plastered),

with jokes about Clinton,
a fella (they're hintin')

whose morals are totally disastered.

5/03/2006 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

That is a vacation, some time to do nothing. I haven't had one like that for sometime. Our trip to Manila/Cebu last Jan was more work than work.

A couple of summers ago we went to Toronto to visit my wife's sister and the sister's family. The most stress I had was babysitting the nieces and deciding which book to take after next.

5/03/2006 08:11:00 PM  

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