Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Presenting Cindy Sheehan: "The Spark that Lit the Fire"

Or: "What if Cindy Sheehan had a book signing, and no one showed up?"

Excellent timing to have a movie about Johnny Cash released around the same time that Cindy Sheehan is out promoting her new book, "Not One More Mother's Child".....to coincide with the debut of my music video tribute to Cash, Casey, and Cindy.

During the summer vigil at Crawford, the Laura Ingraham Show would on occasion play "Cindy" as bumper music lead in to talk about Cindy Sheehan's latest media lovefest. So I went out and got the boxed set, Unearthed. The set also happened to have another song, called "Casey's Last Ride." Coincidence? Fate? You decide. It kind of reminds me of when John Denver had perished while flying a private plane. After that, I was in a record store browsing through some albums of his I didn't have. I took it over to the counter where you could sample the music. I handed the album I had in my hands to the worker, so he could load it into the player for me. The guy burst out laughing, because the title of the album was, "I Want to Live". Then, there's also songs like, "Leaving on a Jet Plane" that you probably don't listen to in quite the same way anymore.

Anyway, this music video I made isn't meant to be cruel. I feel for her bereavement, but am just so appalled by how she's chosen to express it; and also by her Code Pink/Michael Moorish brainwash by the Far Left liberal moonbats. They will probably not see the lighthearted humor in this video. But hey! If I can annoy a few of them to rant on my blog, then more power to me! I hope it at least entertains the other half of the country along with moderates who can still enjoy a good-natured laugh.

Plus it's Johnny Cash, for goodness sake! How can you not enjoy that?

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars for the video footage.

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Christmas stocking stuffers

Compliments of CJ.

Living in this California blue state, I still see Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers every single day. Wtf? Election 2004 was over a year ago. Frankly, if I were a Democrat, I'd be embarrassed by it, even if I still opposed President Bush. I just don't feel like Senator Kerry and John Edwards were the best candidates the Democrats could have fielded for their team. It actually brings a smile to my face, at times, when I see those campaign stickers.

The ones that make me roll my eyes, however, are those lib cars that are just plastered up and down with anti-Bush slogans and environmental scare-mongering and pacifist messages. Why so much negativity? I've never seen so many anti- messages as I have since this Administration took office. When Presidential Candidate John Forbes Kerry ran, I didn't put anti-Kerry slogans up all over my car. Before the election, I saw anti-Bush messages not only on cars, but on homes as well.

This dollar bill I found in my posession last week. Is it really that necessary to deface your U.S. currency like that? It is so juvenile.

I'm not exactly a fan of President Clinton. But I still respect the fact that he held the Office of the Presidency. I don't go around defacing property by scrawling Clinton-hate all over my corner of the country. I didn't then, and I don't now.

Ones that get under my skin, because I think they are misguided are:

"Peace is Patriotic"- (as if all of us don't want the same thing, which is peace). This slogan must be inspired by the oversensitive feeling that if they are criticized for their stance, suddenly their patriotism is under attack, even in many instances where no one said that they are being unpatriotic. It's their judgment that's often being questioned.

"War is not the Answer". I see this one everywhere. It's a pacifist slogan, pure and simple. Ignoring the fact that pacifism did not solve nazism, slavery, fascism, and communism. Sometimes in the war between good and evil, it takes the tools of evil to destroy evil. Namely, violence. And I do believe in what Dennis Prager refers to as "moral violence". Sometimes it is necessary to use violence to destroy the evil in this world. In a world filled with wolves and sheep, thank God for the sheepdog....for the "rough men" who are willing to muddy their hands and their souls to commit violence on our behalf, so as to preserve our society and spare our children the horrors that they themselves face. There is no peace without a strong military to defend and preserve it. It is so obvious to me; yet this notion of "peace through strength" seems lost and obscured from so many of my fellow citizens.

And since I've had nothing substantive to post about for the past few days, let me also direct you to my comment in CJ's other post.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Operation: Peace Cranes

I'm sure many of you out there might already be familiar with the story of Sadako and a thousand cranes. Since then, paper cranes have been used as not only a symbol of good health, but a symbol for peace.

Well, here's a chance to learn a little more about the Wordsmith: Something else that I am into besides political opining, is origami. So what do you get when you lace politics onto paperfolding? Well, take a look at this video I made from my digital camera. It was shot from last weekend, when I was at the Japan Expo.

While you're at it, please take the time to see the kind of things I can fold; much of what looks impossible to fold from a single square sheet of paper, probably is folded from a single square.

Take this for instance:All folded from a single square by Satoshi Kamiya, who also is the designer. No scissors. No glue.

My favorite artist is Takashi Hojyo, who captures the human form with great elegance: Origami has come a long way from jumping frogs and paper cranes.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Black Friday

Semper Fi over at The Changing Face of America made a post regarding Target's explanation on why they have abandoned Christmas greetings from their lexicon to customers (not really surprising, given how Target kicked the Salvation Army to the curb last year). His subsequent post asks what other retailers have also dropped "Merry Christmas" as a standard greeting, in the name of multiculturalism, political correctness, and the desire "not to offend anyone".

You might think it's just good business practice, but I think it's just the opposite. When the majority of the populace, Christian and non, celebrate Christmas, how is that a wise business decision? What is Wal*Mart thinking?

Everyone can shop how they please, but I for one want to send a message out that this marginalization of Christmas as a religious tradition of no great significance to this country and whose deeply American heritage is to be eradicated from our culture, is not acceptable to me. It may seem like a mountain out of a molehill....but so is choosing to deliberately wipe-out "Merry Christmas" from our culture, making a mountain out of a molehill. I think most normal people, regardless of faith and non-faith, accept a Christmas greeting politely and with respect for the spirit in which the greeting is given.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sorry, blogging for me has been low-priority, as the non-cyber world has me busy. I hope everyone makes their stomach into a mass graveyard for some poor turkey tomorrow...even if that turkey is, in fact, a "tofurkey". All I can say is: It's a bad time of the year to be a turkey.

Well....I happen to like turkeys. Some of my best friends happen to be turkeys; oh...and very liberal too! (Relax! It's a joke! Now go stuff yourselves silly!).

And for my conservative friends (please take this tongue-in-cheek as well) who happen to find themselves breaking lances over politics with their liberal relatives and friends amidst feasting and football, arm yourselves by memorizing Hugh Hewitt's turkey-day-talking points and heeding Ex-Donkey's advice.

Everlasting gratitude to those brave men and women who are overseas, far from home and hearth, friends and family. You are in my thoughts every moment of the day. Thank you for making the world a better place and for representing the best our country has to offer. We are all very proud of you! Thank you for your service.

The Banquet
A Sufi Story from the Middle East

A poor man dressed in rags came to the palace to attend the banquet. Out of courtesy he was admitted but, because of his tattered clothing, he was seated at the very end of the banquet table. By the time the platters arrived at his seat, there was no food left on them.

So he left the banquet, returning several hours later dressed in robes and jewels he had borrowed from a wealthy friend. This time he was brought immediately to the head of the table and, with great ceremony, food was brought to his seat first.

"Oh, what delicious food I see being served upon my plate." He rubbed one spoonful into his clothes for every one he ate.

A nobleman beside him, grimacing at the mess, inquired, "Sir, why are you rubbing food into your fine clothes?"

"Oh," he replied with a chuckle, "Pardon me if my robes now look the worst. But it was these clothes that brought me all this food. It's only fair that they be fed first!"

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Why It's Important to Stay in Shape....

No politics....I posted this in my other blog, and thought I'd reprint it here and wish you all a happy weekend. I doubt I'll blog anything new, as it's a busy weekend for me (I'll be at Japan Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center).

Got milk?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Europe- Thy Name is Cowardice

Commentary by Mathias Döpfner

A few days ago Henryk M. Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe – your family name is appeasement." It’s a phrase you can’t get out of your head because it’s so terribly true.

Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to agreements. Appeasement stabilized communism in the Soviet Union and East Germany in that part of Europe where inhuman, suppressive governments were glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities. Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo and we Europeans debated and debated until the Americans came in and did our work for us. Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians. Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore 300,000 victims of Saddam’s torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, to issue bad grades to George Bush. A particularly grotesque form of appeasement is reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere by suggesting that we should really have a Muslim holiday in Germany.

What else has to happen before the European public and its political leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims, focused on civilians and directed against our free, open Western societies.

It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than the great military conflicts of the last century—a conflict conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by tolerance and accommodation but only spurred on by such gestures, which will be mistaken for signs of weakness.

Two recent American presidents had the courage needed for anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush. Reagan ended the Cold War and Bush, supported only by the social democrat Blair acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic fight against democracy. His place in history will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.

In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in the multicultural corner instead of defending liberal society’s values and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the true great powers, America and China. On the contrary—we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to the intolerant, as world champions in tolerance, which even (Germany's Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes. Why? Because we’re so moral? I fear it’s more because we’re so materialistic.

For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of additional national debt and a massive and persistent burden on the American economy—because everything is at stake.
While the alleged capitalistic robber barons in American know their priorities, we timidly defend our social welfare systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive. We’d rather discuss the 35-hour workweek or our dental health plan coverage. Or listen to TV pastors preach about "reaching out to murderers." These days, Europe reminds me of an elderly aunt who hides her last pieces of jewelry with shaking hands when she notices a robber has broken into a neighbor’s house. Europe, thy name is cowardice.

Hat tip: Dennis Prager Show yesterday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Al Gore for 2008!

"I don't want to diminish the threat of terrorism at all, it is extremely serious, but on a long-term global basis, global warming is the most serious problem we are facing."- Al Gore, in an interview with Australia's The Age.

Tim Daunt writes in today's LA Times, an article regarding campaign fund-raising amongst big-time politicians and Hollywood. More specificaly, amongst Democrats, who, not surprisingly, appear to donate more to Democratic political coffers. I found the following to be telling:

Midway through the festive evening, Lyn Lear and Cindy Horn, the wife of Alan Horn, president of Warner Bros. Entertainment, took the stage. They looked directly at Gore, who was sitting in the front row with his family, and urged him to consider another run for president in 2008. Next, Reiner and his teenage son, one of the young award recipients of the evening, stood before the crowd, also voicing support for the former vice president.

"They said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Gore ran again?' and the whole place went wild," said Lear, wife of entertainment giant Norman Lear.

Amid the praise, the former vice president smiled, and then he privately told some of his supporters that he wasn't interested. But will he change his mind?

"To the surprise of many, Gore has emerged as a candidate who is passionate and who is not as focus-group driven as Hillary," said political columnist Arianna Huffington. "There's a lot of talk about Gore redeeming and transforming himself." That's particularly true among hard-core liberals who may find Clinton too moderate.

Yeah...like a far-Left Democratic ticket is going to win elections.

Gore has been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles working on a documentary on global warming with "Good Will Hunting" producer Lawrence Bender, who says the former vice president seems more relaxed these days.

That's funny.....I keep seeing him blow gaskets.

"I'm hoping he runs," said Bender, who raised $600,000 for Kerry during the last campaign. "I think the only way he'll do it is if enough people tell him to do it."

Oh, do it! Do it! Please, please, pleeeeease run again?

Veterans Day Footnote

I received this in an e-mail from a friend. I received her permission to reprint it here. I thought the story was worth sharing with all:

Dear Friends and Family -

Some of you have heard my tale of a chance encounter with Congressional of Honor recipient - James A. Taylor of Trinity California. I wanted to share it again - or for the first time - in honor of Veterans Day (which I thought was celebrated today - not Friday). So here we go a couple of days late - but still important and heartfelt.

Earlier this year I was on a business trip in Tampa with my assistant Heidi. At the end of a very long day we were riding the elevator up to our hotel rooms to relax and enjoy room service. We shared the elevator with two quiet gentlemen. While riding up to different floors - I noticed that the younger of the two wore a shirt with an ornate military-style emblem. At first I just glanced and then looked away - but then I decided to 'connect' and asked him if he had served. He said yes, but with no further comment. So, I said, 'Where?" After a VERY LENGTHY list in response, I was at a loss of what to say. So, after a long pause I reached out my hand to him and said thank you.

After we left the elevator and started down the hall to our rooms - the other - older gentleman followed us a few steps and called out that they would like us to come back as they had something to give me. After careful hesitation we returned - and the first gentleman reached out and placed a medal in my hand. I looked down and saw that it was his Commemorative Medal of Honor. Virtually speechless, I told him I could not take it - but he strongly insisted. He said I was the first civilian to ever thank him. He served in Vietnam - his name is James A. Taylor. Here is the link to his award bio.

I carry his medal with me every day. A reminder to always care, appreciate and say thank you to those who have done so much for us.

Love to you all,

Monday, November 14, 2005

Die-Hard Patriot

Apparently, Michael Yon will be on MSNBC's The Rita Cosby show again tonight at around 9:30 EST.

I first heard about Bruce Willis's interest in a possible film centered around the Deuce Four on The Laura Ingraham Show this morning. It'd be a nice change of diet from some of the other Hollywood films we get fed.

Good read from the Mudville Gazette.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Anti-ACLU Post + Veteran's Day Post = Joke of the Day

To kind of tie my last two posts together (veterans and the ACLU- otherwise, unrelated), I saw this at Mariestwocents a while back, and remember receiving it in an e-mail forward before as well (of course, this one's more updated).


Two things Navy SEALS are always taught:

1. Keep your priorities in order
2. Know when to act without hesitation

A college professor, an avowed atheist and active in the ACLU, was teaching his class. He shocked several of his students when he flatly stated that once and for all he was going to prove there was no God.

Addressing the ceiling he shouted: "GOD, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15minutes!!!!!

The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.

Ten minutes went by. "I'm waiting God, if you're real knock me off this platform!!!!"

Again after 4 minutes, the professor taunted God saying, "Here I am,
God!!! I'm still waiting!!!"

His count down got down to the last couple of minutes when a SEAL, Just released from the Navy after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and Newly registered in the class, walked up to the Professor.

The SEAL hit him full force in the face, and sent the Professor tumbling from his lofty platform. The Professor was out cold!! The students were stunned and shocked. They began to babble in confusion. The SEAL nonchalantly took his seat in the front row and sat silent. The class looked at him and fell silent...waiting.

Eventually, the professor came to and was noticeably shaken. He looked at the SEAL in the front row. When the professor regained his senses and could speak he asked: "What the hell is the matter with you? Why did you do that"?

"God was really busy, protecting America's soldiers, who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like a cakehole, so he sent me!!"

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Happy Veterans Day!

Many thanks to all the enlisted! Our Everlasting gratitude to all the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed, throughout our country's history. May we all live our lives well, and be worthy of those sacrifices. Thank you for defending this, the greatest nation on God's green earth (to borrow Michael Medved's expression).

4 rows back in the bleacher seats provides a history lesson
Veterans Day thanks from Skye Puppy
Veterans Day Vent from Black Five
Patriotic Mom offers thanks and stats
One Marine's View explains The Real American Hero
(Excellent Read!)
One soldier's salute to veterans past and present
Jay covers President Bush's Veterans Day Speech
Gateway Pundit also covers President Bush's speech with video links
Argghhh!!!! honors veterans
Media Lies doesn't lie
Pero asks, "What is a Vet?"


Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Eradication of American Heritage and Culture

If I had to express disappointment over any one measure that I supported that didn't pass on Tuesday, it would have to be the defeat of measure Q in Redlands. I used to live in Redlands. I began high school in Austin, Texas but finished it at Redlands High. My parents bought a house in "the City of the Churches". Dad tore down and rebuilt the kitchen and my bathroom in-between his work at Norton Air Force Base. My first high school jobs were while I was at Redlands, including teaching gymnastics at the YMCA. I definitely felt a certain sense of community in the 2 and a half years that I lived there, before going off to college and before my parents later moved to Japan. That said...

I am highly disappointed in Redlands. Measure Q did not pass, and it's like a kick in the gut. It's the same feeling I had when I thought John Kerry might be MY President. It's a feeling of living in alienation in your very own home; a realization that your fellow citizens don't share in your core values. I guess I just thought for certain that if the people were allowed to vote on it, (rather than city supervisors cowering before an ACLU lawsuit threat and basing their decision to remove it simply on the grounds of not wanting to spend money defending it), that they would elect to have it stay put, as is.

This is from the Redlands Values Coalition (Committee Against Measure Q) website:

Redlands Votes NO on Q
by Wide Margin!

Congratulations to Redlands and the Redlands Values

We're proud and gratified that so many fellow citizens
understood the importance of the deeper messages of
religion and democracy:

Respect for each other.

Respect for the law and the Constitution.

Our personal thank you to all of the Redlands Values
Coalition who worked so hard to fulfill our mission to
inform our fellow citizens of what was at stake in this
election, and who succeeded in keeping Redlands whole.

"Respect for each other"?!? Here's what it says in the San Bernardino County Sun today:

Many of those offended by the ACLU threats formed the Save Our Seal committee, which raised $7,390 and gathered petitions to put Measure Q on the ballot.

But other religious leaders formed the Redlands Values Coalition and said having a cross would send a message that non-Christians are unwelcome in Redlands. The group raised $17,441 to fight the ballot measure.

Excuse me! That is absolute rubbish. Worse than rubbish, it is pure crap! I am not Christian. How the hell am I being made to feel unwelcomed?! I keep coming across this lame statement about "feeling unwelcomed". Before a couple of busybodies decided to contact the ACLU, did anyone non-Christian really give a hoot about the tiny cross on the City Seal? C'mon....

40 years, and no one ever had a problem with it; it's only in recent times that it would appear the ACLU and radical fundamentalist militant atheists, intolerant of religious freedom and expression, have been on a jihad against all evidence of our Judeo-Christian culture and heritage appearing in the public square.

Even if I were personally offended by the cross on the city seal, that would be my problem. Not the City's. Since when do we have a right not to be offended by ANYTHING anyway? That's part of life. Get used to it. Quit suing everyone because your feelings are hurt, or you feel left out...quit playing the victim in life!!! Sometimes life hurts. Suck it up. Get over it. Move on.

We are obsessed with this notion of equality; but not all things are equal, nor should they be. Not all cultures have contributed equally to building this nation. The United States of America is built upon a foundation of Judeo-Christian values. Not Buddhist...not Islamic traditions...

That should not be ignored. It should not be carelessly wisked aside. It is the influence of those religious values that the ACLU wants to strip away from us, that have made it possible for America to have cultivated a society as free and diverse and WELCOMING as we have. We are so welcoming and tolerant, that we don't force immigrants with a vastly different background to completely abandon their heritage and culture; instead we encourage them to enrich our own, by adding to it. You don't accomplish this by diminishing the culture already established here. We do expect immigrants who wish to become Americans to learn the language and adopt the established culture; to become Americanized. Not to segregate yourself off; or to demand that the culture of your homeland be put on an equal footing with the one(s) that have been established here in America for generations. A certain amount of accomodating is reasonable; but I don't want to see ballots in ten different languages, because we have this silly notion of "equality". That's not my idea of the "Great American Melting Pot". The kind of America the ACLU and the PC police are pushing for is a kind of "America relativism". I reject that. Absolutely reject it!

People all over the world come to America, in part, because of our religous freedom. Not because we are known to repress and supress it from public expression. But this is what the militant secularists and religiously-intolerant ACLU are doing: they are remolding America in the image they wish it to become. Not preserving the wishes of the Founding Fathers. They want an America divorced of religious expression. Impoverished by any reference to God and religion, and Christianity in particular.

These secular-hadists aren't offended by the cross because of some screwed up interpretation of the First Amendment; they're offended by the cross, period. If they really were concerned about people feeling "unwelcomed", why display and endorse anything at all? I don't like oranges on the new seal...makes me feel unwelcomed....maybe it should be changed to a blank slate, so we don't risk offending anyone.

If you personally are made to feel unwelcomed because of a tiny seal on a city cross, you need therapy. Or just move away; and I hope the door does hit you on the way out.

What's next? Changing the names of our cities? "Los Angeles"...."Sacramento"....? As Dennis Prager pointed out today, if he was passing through a city founded by Muslims, he'd expect it to have an Arabic name with a Crecent on its City Seal. I wouldn't have a problem with that.

Hey! If not based on religious grounds, why shouldn't I express a feeling of "unwelcome" because those city names are in Spanish? I don't speak Spanish. As an English-speaking American, I'm offended and feel unwelcomed in my own city of Los Angeles. This ain't Mexico! If the U.S. Constitution did have an establishment language clause, wouldn't it be just as ridiculous for us to change city names to English ones, as it is to make a mountain over a molehill regarding tiny crosses on City and County Seals?

Here is a plea from the daughter of the Redlands City Seal logo designer:

My father, then Redlands Police Officer George W. Collins, designed the Redlands city seal in 1963. It was unanimously approved by the Redlands City Council.

The original seal remained until 2004 when the City Council voted to change the seal without voter approval.

The symbols on the seal were meant to represent the city of Redlands and they were not meant to endorse anything. Redlands has long been known as the "city of churches" and that is why the cross was placed on the seal. Some of the previous writers who wrote in claimed to be tolerant of other religions, but the fact that they wrote in to complain about the cross on the seal showed them to be intolerant.

That's exactly right. What happened to beauty in diversity? We have Chinatown, Little Tokyo, mosques, temples, etc, etc. Separation of Church and State is about the government not endorsing one particular church; but it doesn't mean government has to be free from religious expression. In court, we swear by the Bible to tell the truth and nothing but. My being nonreligious, I could care less if it were the Torah, the King James, or the Koran. I can show deference and respect to all three, as a law-abiding American citizen. America-critics like to point out what a racist society we are. But nowhere else on the face of the globe can you find a country with as much diversity and acceptance as we have. Where Christians, Jews, and Muslims...Hindus, Buddhists and atheists, are able to co-exist.

"What the framers of the Constitution meant when they wrote the First Amendment was only that the federal government- and only the federal government's Congress- was to be prohibited from establishing a national church, like the Church of England, or requiring that the sectarian policy be forced on an individual state or on the federal government. It did not mean that the government could censor public religious expression, deny churches and religious organizations equal access to public facilities, or the church and government could not work together."

- taken from The ACLU VS. America, by Alan Sears and Craig Osten.

Read more opinions from Redlands Residents in the Redlands Daily Facts.

Of related interest: Walmart Facing Boycott over Christmas ban at Stop The ACLU.

Freedom of Religion Watch over at B'osun's Locker

Previous posts:

In Whom Do We Trust?

Radical Atheistic Fundamentalist Extremism Vs. America

Monday, November 07, 2005

Guess what day November 8th is?

We all know what day it is Tuesday, right? Especially here in California? Yup, HEAR THIS CFB: Space: Above and Beyond dvds officially released-Day! Whoo-rah!

I first caught wind of this, only last month, thanks to Michael Whitt (I'd link to his blog entry, but he's discarded blogging for the time being).

Apparently, BestBuy had an exclusive deal, selling it as early as September 4th! I can't tell you how hard I was petitioning for a DVD/video release of this series, as a diehard SAaber. I really got into it, perhaps a month or so right before FOX began messing with its scheduled timeslot, and giving it the ax. This was around the time The Angriest Angel first aired, I think.

Its short life was undeserved. Damn FOX for ruining yet another potential series. X-Files, I seem to remember, took a couple of years to really take off. SAaB had great potential, and only got better as the season wore on, and it was finding its niche. I could definitely see James Morrison becoming a huge star, thanks to his character, Col. TC McQueen.

Following the story of the 58th, a squadron of Marine aviators, the potential for SAaB to have had several spin-off series had my head spinning. I dreamt of a story maybe focusing on a battalion of Gurkhas...still armed with their traditional kukris....anything that delved into military history and traditions. I felt the series, which were wartime dramas that happened to be set in the future, were well-done, in the vein of Red Badge of Courage; but also in the best spirit of honoring military service and sacrifice. If it didn't follow to the letter, military protocol and operational procedures, by taking liberties on account of dramatic effect, or excusable due to its being set 68 years into the future, it certainly had the spirit and feel of a show that appreciated military tradition and history. And given the current political climate, and the lack of pro-military, patriotic movies from Hollywood, I think this series could definitely have kept an audience...I think there is a market out there for a more conservative voice. And what better than to have a series that chooses to honor our fighting men and women, rather than treat them as psychotic killers, damaged goods, and victims?

The Hammerheads were gorgeous!

By today's standards, parts may seem a bit cheesy; but back then, I thought it had some grit and substance. Certainly not all eps were winners, but I thought it was getting better and better. Sugar Dirt is another favorite. I do have several.

Some complain about the over-bombastic music, but I loved it! Shirley Walker's best work, in my biased opinion. And the use of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Beethoven's Eroica in individual episodes were well-chosen.

Check out, The Definitive McQueen. It is awesome, and I'm glad it is still up. Good episode guides, with a focus on my fave character. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Hoo-yeah!

Oh...can anyone tell me the significance of the time stamp on this posting?

And something else to look forward to, right around the corner.

And I bet you folks thought from the subject heading, I was going to talk about this.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Saturday Morning Cartoon, Hamas-Style

This is unbelievable:

Iranian Children's animation promoting homicide bombing.

I tried watching it with an open-mind and with understanding from their perspective. But this is just sick, plain and simple.

Hat tip: American Thinker.

Also, in light of the rioting happening in France for the 9th night in a row, American Thinker points out to how political correctness is still alive and well.

Also of worthy study:

Hugh Hewitt weighs in on the relationship between the Paris riots of 1968 and the ones happening today.

The Bos'un Locker: Islamization of France

Update 11/07/05- More from Jihad Watch.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The World Can't Wait to Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of President Bush's 2nd Term!

While on my drive to work this afternoon, listening to my favorite radio station (KRLA 870), I heard Wilshire was closed down by the Federal Building in Westwood, due to The World Can't Wait national anti-war protest rally, on this, the one year anniversary of President Bush's re-election. I remember protests before the war in Iraq, and being on Santa Monica Blvd, near Sepulveda, and how fed up I was being stuck in no-motion traffic because of anti-war protestors. I felt like I was basically being held hostage by disturbers of the peace, pushing their political expression onto me. Part of me tried to be understanding....that these protestors feel strongly passionate enough to "inconvenience" their fellow citizens, because "desperate times call for desperate measures"; if I felt like the stakes were big enough, like the world was going to end, wouldn't I do everything I could to disrupt it from happening?

But the problem is, I don't feel like the world is ending. And hundreds or even thousands out in the streets protesting is not going to sway my opinion. Of what right do they have to make people late to their appointments/dates/schedules/jobs/?

Apparently a lot of streets in the Westwood area was closed off. While driving back home tonight on the 405 South, I noted the Wilshire exit shut down.

I used to live in that neighborhood. And if I was prevented from getting home in a timely fashion from a hard day at work because of misguided moonbats playing dead in the middle of the road- or whatever it is that they are doing to tie up traffic and drain police resources, I'd be pissed. Royally pissed if it happened to cause me to miss a brand new episode of Lost (naw...I actually don't follow it that closely, and only began tuning in this season because Ex-Donkey posted a picture of a hot actress from the show).

At least the demonstration was "peaceful". I've heard of estimates from 500 to 700 in the Westwood area. I've never been comfortable around huge crowds of people, fearing "mob mentality". That's just me.

I flipped the station over to Fox 11 News, and their coverage of the protests in LA also made mention of some Vietnamese demostrators who were pro-Bush. They understand what a true fascist and brutal regime really is about.

Earlier this afternoon, during the Michael Medved Show, he had on some young woman named Jessica Johnston, I believe, from The World Can't Wait. Then she left, and she replaced herself with 2 high schoolers who were skipping skool....'cause it's kool to bash Bush and feel like you're doing the world a service. Medved was pretty gentle with them, allowing their ignorance to misguided notions speak for themselves.

I checked the Daily Bruin (me being a former Bruin), but other than anti-Bush sentiments in the Viewpoint section (Ben Shapiro must have graduated by now), no articles on today's protest rally. I'll be curious to see what they have to write about in Thursday's edition.

Michelle Malkin promises photos of the NY rally.

Listening to some of the protestors interviewed on local news stations, I just can't get it out of my head, that if I were an al Qaeda operative or sympathizer, seeing the numbers and the vigor of the protestors, and the media attention, as well as reading over and over and over again about President Bush's poll numbers week after week after week, that just might make me forget how militarily I've lost every combat engagement with U.S. forces.

Al Qaeda members and the insurgents in Iraq must be thrilled. But, don't dare suggest that these anti-war protestors don't support the troops. Of course they support the troops! Right.....

UPDATE: 11/03/05- Here it is:

The LA Times.

Among those at the rally were Simon Levy and Riley Steiner, the director and assistant director of the anti-Iraq war play called "What I Heard About Iraq."

"It really is so much like the marches of the '60s in the Bay Area," Levy said. For her part, Steiner said it was "exciting to be a part of the voice" against the war in Iraq.

You mean the one that left a couple million lives slaughtered, put in concentration camps, drowned in refugee boats, etc. due to our withdrawal from Vietnam? Yeah, that sure improved the lives of the Vietnamese and Cambodians, over there.

Gustavo Ramirez of Pomona wore a T-shirt that said, "Our war budget leaves every child behind."

"More than $300 billion has been spent on this war, and that has taken money away from education," Ramirez said.

Why is it that whenever there is a policy liberals disagree with, it's taking money away from some cause they do approve of? What makes them assume that's what the money would be used for? Education spending is way up under President Bush...much more spent than under former President Clinton; and the amount we allot to defense is a small percentage of what we spend overall. Of course, then there's this way of looking at things. Personally, I like investing in whatever amount will keep this country safe. Without defense, you can kiss everything else goodbye.

Read the Daily Bruin.

"The protestors' ultimate goal was to remove President Bush from office."

Cutting class, shouting at drivers, and waving picket signs sure will accomplish that goal, I'm sure.

Ok....maybe there are a few moonbats in the Vietnamese community as well.

It's a great country we live in that people are allowed to protest and I'm allowed to point and laugh at them on a blog.

2nd UPDATE: Media Mouse (not right-wing) points out how The World Can't Wait is a front group for the Revolutionary Communist Party. Good observation here (anti-war activists please take note):

While World Can't Wait successfully mobilized a few thousand people against the war yesterday, there is reason to believe that once ultra-sectarian "left" groups, many of whom, like the RCP have no popular base, start to dominate the antiwar movement, they run the risk of alienating both the "mainstream" and "radical" elements of the antiwar movement who will be turned off by the duplicitous and manipulative ways in which these groups will attempt to use antiwar activity for their own ends. International A.N.S.W.E.R., a front for the sectarian Workers World Party (WWP), has drawn similar criticism in the antiwar movement over the past three years. It should also be noted that Sectarian fighting significantly decreased participation in the antiwar movement against Vietnam from the late 1960s to the war's end and diminished the movement's effectiveness, thus prolonging the war.

3rd update (11/16/05): Get a load of this amateur video. Unbelievable.....

On Plamegate: the Exposure of Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson has been making his rounds, giving interviews on numerous shows of late; he couldn't possibly be any more exposed than if he had appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

Watch the 60 Minutes piece from last Sunday. Or read the transcript.

Then read
this by Max Boot in the LA Times, today. And this by Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard.

Also commenting on the 60 Minutes report, as well as a Campbell Brown interview, Freedom Eden.

Additionally, of note (might link more later...gotta go to work!):

Gateway Pundit looks at what CNN won't tell you.

A couple of doses from Daily Kos.

Hat tip: Crooks and Liars for the video.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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