Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Paging Major Kong...

Is it just me, or has everyone in American leadership "done lost their minds" as my grandmother used to say?
The Cerberus guarded the entrance to the Underworld

In the rush to "do something" over the ISIS/ISIL extremist acronyms running amok in the Middle East, we have apparently decided (by "we" I mean the nutters in D.C. of both parties) have followed
the President's lead and unleashed the three-headed Cerberus of classic American foreign policy: they may be SOBs but they're our SOBs, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and dropping bombs solves everything.

I have tried to remain open to the logic of this military action, but it escapes me. Arming rebels in Syria, many of whom are as crazy as ISIS (remember the rebel leader who ate the heart out of one of Assad's soldiers in front of his soldiers?), is just folly. When ISIS is bombed back into the stone age, whom do you think they are going to turn these weapons on? There are three logical answers: Assad, escalating a war that is already a humanitarian disaster, themselves (chop off the snakes head and the body will die), or, yes, the hand that feeds (that would be us.) They may be Sons of ^%$#@es, but they're our Sons of ^%$#@es because the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Iran Contras? Never heard of them. 

School of the Americas? Never heard of it. 

Kissinger and the Argentinian Dirty War? Hear no evil, see no evil. 

In case that fails, we'll just bomb the buggers. But, hey, no boots on the ground because...we learned something from Iraq, though what exactly is anyone's guess because... dropping bombs with no long term plan is always effective.

Major Kong, please call your office.

The Dark Side of Gay "Marriage"

I know people whose real marriage has disintegrated just like this, and because this issue has become the political cause célèbre, it is pretty much tough cookies to anyone harmed by a former spouse 'coming out.'

Of course, we can't even discuss such things because no one can be bothered to actually look at the social fabric that is completely unraveling in this country.

Well, God is still the judge, folks. No matter how much 21st century Christianity wants to turn Him into a fluff ball Santa. Don't forget that closing scene in the Shawshank Redemption...His judgment cometh, and that right soon...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Gun Fights in the Streets

I signed up for a short mini-course at the local community college on Chinese Calligraphy. I do a bit of regular calligraphy on the side, so it interested me. The class is taught by a guy who is actually from China.

He was telling us about his first semester at the University of Nebraska-Kearney (population: 31000) when the only thing he knew about America was what he had seen in movies. He was saying for like the whole first semester that he did not dare to walk off campus. Apparently some friends invited him to go off campus for a hamburger, to which he apparently said, "I better not. I don't have a gun to take."

This comment completely mystified his Americans friends and they asked him why on earth he needed a gun to get a hamburger. To which he responded, "In case we get into a gun fight on the streets. Isn't that what Americans do all the time?"

Ah, the things you learn from movies.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Prayers for Scotland

Tomorrow (Thursday), our brothers and sisters in Scotland are literally voting on their future: whether or not to secede from the United Kingdom and become a completely independent and sovereign nation again.

While I have many personal opinions on the issue, I am not a Scottish citizen, so any words of mine would be largely pointless (nor is it really any of my business) other than to say, "Pray for Scotland."