Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Is anyone really surprised by this?

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to
push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the
legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread
outrage.

Ahmadinejad talks around the bush with Spiegel

The link to the interview I caught courtesy of Drudge.

I must admit, Ahmadinejad is likely a student of the West and PR. He spent the entire interview accentuating an argument with false choices. By doing so, if someone does not reject his argument on it's face, that person is left convinced that Israel has no right to exist.

Which of Ahmadinejad's statements lead me to that conclusion?


SPIEGEL: Well, we are conducting this historical debate with you for a very timely purpose. Are you questioning Israel's right to exist?

Ahmadinejad: Look here, my views are quite clear. We are saying that if the Holocaust occurred, then Europe must draw the consequences and that it is not Palestine that should pay the price for it. If it did not occur, then the Jews have to go back to where they came from. I believe that the German people today are also prisoners of the Holocaust. Sixty million people died in the Second World War. World War II was a gigantic crime. We condemn it all. We are against bloodshed, regardless of whether a crime was committed against a Muslim or against a Christian or a Jew. But the question is: Why among these 60 million victims are only the Jews the center of attention? [emphasis mine]



Are you questioning Israel's right to exist? No, what I'm saying is if the Holocaust happened Israel should be in Europe, 'cause they did it. If it didn't happen, then this is all a Zionist plot and they should go back where they came from.

Whatever his conclusion sounds like, it comes down to answering the question affirmatively; Israel, according to Ahmadinejad, has no right to exist.

Iran sponsors terrorists. Iran seeks Nukes. Even if Iran doesn't seek Nukes, the fact that Iran will not respect borders hammered out in previous conflict lessens the amount of trust Iran is due.

I found the interview enlightening, you should read the whole thing. (especially the part where he finds all deaths from WWII to be equal)

I do think, though, that he (they) are trying to get our dander up about these statements so that we can force ourselves to accept his greater argument. To my American ears, it sounds like he is spoiling for a fight.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Someone I noticed. Its Memorial Day

How many of you have googled your name?
Maybe less than I might think.
If your name is John Smith, why bother?

With a name like Wade Lindberg, I figure that there aren't many of us. Google used to have gobs of skydiving references to me. But there was something else.

A Sergeant First Class named Lindberg Wade was killed in Viet Nam by a grenade attack. When I first noticed this years ago, it gave me pause. Though I did not know him, I thank him for his service and sacrifice to this country.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Ethan update

CT scan results for the little guy's brain are back:

NORMAL.

Who says he didn't get any hereditary inheritance from his Mom?!?

Pulling back my defensive humor layer, though, WHEW.

More later.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

And for those of you wondering about Ethan

We have a neurosurgery appointment at 10 am in the morning (Monday 22 May 2006).

Ethan has a condition called Tethered Spinal Cord. The outward sign of this is visible on his back at his sacrum. The little fleshy lump is called a Lipomyelomeningocele. Yeah, whatever, just fix it.

It sounds like we can have this stuff taken care of fairly easily, but I've stopped relying on the expertise of general physicians. Their lack of knowledge in this area leaves them presenting hypothesis that wind up being contradicted. This is usually just after we begin to let the info settle in.

For tonight, all I can do is pray. Your help would be appreciated.

As someone who enjoys firing a nice assault weapon from time to time...

I am somewhat flummoxed by the dwindling availability (at gun shows and elsewhere) of reload, surplus and factory new .223 ammunition (for you mil folks, that is 5.56).

A friend of a friend (who owns a gun shop) noted that the price of brass has gone up 40% recently.

Hmmm... The US military uses that caliber in large quantities and doesn't police up their brass when in theater. Apparently, the Israelly ammo isn't being used anymore. Also, who knows if we are replenishing our stocks.

I'm down to under 2000 rounds, and this is starting to concern me. At least I've got a few other weapons to switch to if need be (for plinking, mind you).

The Springfield M1A is my new favorite. That thing doesn't move much, and the round flies straight quite a ways. It feels really solid.

Anyone out there have an idea why the supply has dropped off?

Sukhoi's to Venezuela?

Check this out.

Chavez wants to buy Russian fighter planes because the US government won't sell him upgrades for the avionics and weapons systems that he seeks for his 20ish f16s.

I'm just an aviation nut, but it seems to me that buying Russian equipment won't improve the avionics. They are quite something at airshows, though. Here is a link to a video file of one in action. It is a 40 gig file but the download is free.

There is a chill wind blowing in New Orleans...

as a result of evaporative cooling?
Or is it from Democratic strategies that don't quite work?

John Kerry to buy Waffle House?

Nope. Just more of the same rhetoric.

Kerry's position today:

He supports building the border fence, but it should be temporary and then we should take it down.

Yeah.

Please remember that I actually made almost $100 by selling these bumperstickers on CafePress.com in the last election cycle.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Uh huh. So you don't accidentally shake hands? Right...

So Iran is going to enforce dress codes that mandate infidels be instantly identifiable? Hmm... I wonder how long until they start with the tatoos. Maybe it is 1936 or 1937 all over again. Let's learn from history.

Hey, I backtracked to this post by FroggyRuminations at BLACKFIVE: It's Beginning to Look alot Like Kristallnacht.

I found it through Hugh Hewitt. The update there caught my eye with the best comment I could even think of.

Here is the quote:


Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter responded to the new law Friday night, saying, "Whoever makes Jews anywhere wear the yellow star again, will find themselves in a coffin draped in black."