Monday, January 24, 2005
OK ... now I'm back ...
- I've been fighting a "wonderful" little respratory bug for the last two weeks ... a fight made much harder around the second or third day, when a combination of coughing intensity and body position resulted in intense pain whenever I coughed. I thought I had simply strained a stomach muscle, until I went to the doctor about a week later -- he informed me that I had probably torn some cartilage in my rib cage, and the only thing he could do for me was prescribe some pain meds (that also acted as a cough suppressant). I'm better now (and off the pain meds), but it still hurts somewhat to cough.
- While I was at my parents' over New Years', my wife (who stayed at home, worn out from our trips to St. Louis and L.A. over Christmas) went out and added to our family. The addition: an approximately six-year-old Pomerianian, who was rescued by the authorities and SPCA from a breeder who was keeping the dogs in decrepit conditions. This dog had apparently only seen the inside of a kennel its entire life -- housebreaking is still not complete yet, even after three weeks, and she consistently runs in clockwise circles. I wanted to name her Dizzy, but cooler heads prevailed ... she is now known as Susie.
- Work has been dizzy, as well ... lots of action with reviewing customer designs for any "gotchas" (which can be a very tedious process at times.), capped off with a "parting of the ways" between the corporation and our group's VP (who was part of our startup, and is one of the best managers I've ever worked for). While I do not think that my employment is threatened at this time, there is change in the wind, and I'm going to have to "roll with the changes" a la R.E.O. Speedwagon.
Now, as Paul Harvey would say, "stand by for news ..."
- First, I note with a touch of sadness the passing of another cultural icon who spanned both my parents' and my own generation. Johnny Carson could be considered "comedy's venture capitalist", based upon how many of stars -- both yesterday's and today's -- got their start on his shows. He himself may be gone ... but the effect he had on our popular culture is still rippling across the pond of humanity, even in the late-night real estate he once dominated (now shared by two of his professional progeny -- Dave Letterman and Jay Leno).
- Of course, I enjoyed the inaugration of President Bush -- and while I may be biased, here's my take on his speech: Freedom is a necessary prerequisite for lasting peace ... so instead of repeating the past, by acting with the timidity and indecision produced by moral equivalence, it is time to act with resolve -- to both foster the good of others, and either turn or destroy those who would perpetrate the basic evil of denying others their inalienable, God-given rights. It was a ringing endorsement of the neoconservative viewpoint, that is already serving to tick off his political adversaries, to the point of exposing their eagerness to perpetuate the foolishness of the "Sept. 10" worldview that did NOTHING to remove the Saddams and Osamas, but let them grow instead.
- Speaking of foolishness -- those who are presently takinig the point for the Democrats ... Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd, Nancy Pelosi, Cynthia McKinney, Howard Dean ... are giving me hope. Their actions (without any help from me or others) are furthering my hope for the establishment of a one-party GOP government in the near future. This, in my view, would lead to the destruction of BOTH major parties, and open the doors for substantial changes in the way our federal government "does the people's business" by eliminating the two largest special-interest institutions out there -- and allowing us to elect people who would put the good of the nation before the perpetuation of their party.
Oh, and Ms. Pelosi ... let me 'splain you how the President thought there were WMD, when it appears there was none "in Iraq":
- Saddam, even while stating publically that he had no WMD, also intentionally misled HIS OWN PEOPLE, telling them they still existed, according to the Duelfer Report. He worked to keep that situation ambiguous, as he saw the perception by others of possible Iraqi posession of WMD as a significant deterrent against an attack by his neighbors, and/or diplomatic leverage for himself.
- As a result, intelligence organizations around the world, including our own, had GOOD reason to think Saddam was hiding WMD. The President acted on the best intelligence he had ... and he would have had to wait months (if not years) for the development of anything better.
- If we had been right, and Saddam had those stockpiles, was waiting those months or years a prudent thing to do ... especially in the light of thousands of lives being lost within Iraq at the hand of this regime, and in the light of what we now KNOW were Saddam's intentions to reconstitute his WMD capabilities, once the UN gave him a clean bill of health and told us to butt out?
Our own failure to sort out the truth, Ms. Pelosi ... both the truth of "no stockpiles", and the truth of Saddam's future lethal intentions ... is a direct result of the emasculation of our intelligence capabilities over the last three decades.
Riddle me this ... what political party, over those three decades, gave us the strongest advocates for those actions ... and were also the biggest opponents to the decisive actions that would have nipped problems like Saddam and Al Quada in the bud?
I seem to recall the Dems & Libs' screeching that we shouldn't go any closer to Bagdhad; the endless reports on the efficacy and availability of US masks and suits, which chemicals or bio products Saddam was likely to unleash...