1. I support my activist girlfriend.
2. I oppose this war and I vote. Wait, no I don't.
3. The International Socialist Organization needs a ride home.
4. What would Guevara do?
5. Fooled by liberal media bias.
6. The people, united, will usually be defeated.
This is the article related to the popular e-mail forward with Powell's quote. I'm curious why it's just now out when he said it in January?
On Jan. 26, 2003, Powell spoke before a World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In response to questions posed by George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Powell said this:
"We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives.
"And we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own ... to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace."
"So our record of living our values and letting our values be an inspiration to others I think is clear. And I don't think I have anything to be ashamed of or apologize for with respect to what America has done for the world."
Iraqi civilians fleeing heavy fighting have stunned and delighted hungry U.S. Marines in central Iraq by giving them food as guerrilla attacks continue to disrupt coalition supply lines to the rear.
Corpsman Tony Garcia said the food donation was an act of appreciation for the American effort to topple the regime of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Khairi Ilrekibi, 35, a passenger on one of the buses, which broke down near the Marine position, said he could speak for the 20 others on board. In broken English, he told a correspondent traveling with the Marines, "We like Americans," adding that no one likes Saddam because "he was not kind."
[A marine] said he was moved by comments from local civilians. They told him: "We welcome you. What is your name? We will pray for you."
"They told me they wanted to go to America after the war. I said, 'Where?' They said, 'California.' I said, 'Why?' They said the song 'Hotel California,' and they left singing 'Hotel California.' "
"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper in the world is a white guy, the best golfer in the world is a black guy, France is accusing the US of arrogance and Germany doesn't want to go to war." - unknown
Celebrated news correpondent Peter Arnett, famed for his coverage of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf war, has been sacked by NBC after he suggested on Iraqi television that the US war plan had failed.
Although I can't find it in the news, Tim from Rock 103's morning show reports that National Geographic has also sacked Arnett.
UPDATE: Let me note here that the reason Arnett's comments are so upsetting is because his statements were made during on interview with Iraqi T.V. His comments are being publicized across Arab nations. These same ideas have been expressed over and over on American television. Arnett got in trouble for 1) accepting the interview with the country we're at war at in the first place, and 2) comforting the enemy with inane comments concerning our military efforts on Iraqi television.
Affirmative action policies taken to the Supreme Court
When she applied to attend the University of Michigan Law School, Barbara Grutter was anything but a typical applicant.
As a mother of two in her 40s running her own healthcare consulting business, she had considerably more life experience than the average 22-year-old. In addition, there was a respectable 3.8 undergraduate grade-point average and a score of 161 on the law-school aptitude test, placing her in the 86th percentile nationally.
University of Michigan maintains an affirmative-action plan that seeks to grant admission each year to a "critical mass" of qualified minority students. To reach that critical mass, the university must reject a large number of white students, like Grutter, even though they have higher grades and test scores than many of the minorities selected to attend.
Grutter is taking her case to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is also seeing a similar case involving the U of M's undergraduate admission policies.
I find it interesting that Asians are not considered minorities under the U of M's policies. They are certainly not a majority, like whites. What distinguishes them from other minorities who are considered minorities? Perhaps there are already enough of them at the University.
I do not believe in Affirmative Action. The solution is not to give away grades out of guilt for not providing a good school environment in minority neighborhoods. The solution is to 1) improve education throughout all neighborhoods, and 2) for the minorities to work hard and earn the good grades necessary, not to be degraded by having grades given to them, as if they're incapable of earning those grades.
In an effort to quit dating losers, I've come up with a list of standards. I've resolved to not date anyone that does not fulfill these. If you don't, don't even bother flirting with me. Oh, and if you love me and think of something I should add, e-mail me.
romantic (flowers, poetry, cards)
ambitious (in college with a purpose or has a good job)
clean (good hygiene, neat)
at least as good looking as I am
~ prefer bilingual (Spanish and English)
In related news, I was having a conversation about this list and dating with a guy in my Spanish class. He assessed me as conceited and shallow. I'd like to refute that. First, let's examine why he made this assessment: he considers me conceited and shallow because 1) I want to date someone with a good job/good future, and 2) I want to date someone good-looking.
In response to the first point, as my father told me, I'm going to do big things in my life and I need someone who will help get me there, not drag me down. My analogy: you want to cross the river because life on the other side is more appealing (for whatever reason - you decide) and there are lots of different companions on your side of the shoreline. You'd like to choose one to be your partner in crossing the river. Do you choose the one who can't swim, the one who doesn't care to swim and would rather ride on your back, or the one who needs help building his boat? Hmm...
To the second point, duh. You can't date someone to whom you're not attracted.
At my job we have a round paper towel dispenser. The paper towels are in a roll and unfold as you pull them. It's sort of like the Kleenex technique. Sometimes it's difficult to get a paper towel, so there is a handle that pulls the next paper towel down. Today I read the notice beside this handle: EMERGENCY FEED. This gives a sense of urgency, and I wonder if I will ever encounter a paper towel or death situation. Perhaps I will accidentally lock myself in the bathroom and have to eat the paper towels? Or cut myself and need paper towels to pressurize the wound? I never knew a paper towel could save my life. I guess I should have paid more attention when watching MacGuiver.
Many are concerned about losing privacy to the government. We're afraid of an Orwellian society filled with technologically advanced Big Brothers. Although I enjoy my privacy, as we all do, it is important to remember that though the government knows a lot about you - and may be able to learn more in the future through new legal measures - the actions taken are for national security. If you're not planning terrorist attacks or murders, the big brothers don't care what you're doing. They don't care about your personal business, they don't even care if you're cussing out Bush. They are not anything like Big Brother. Try reading 1984 again before making this inaccurate analogy.
Big Brother wakes you up in the morning to do exercises. Big Brother has a constant telescreen in your home, a two way video that you can't turn off. Big Brother won't let you buy a diary or pen. He won't let you fall in love. He makes spies of your children. Big Brother does not screen your e-mails with automated programs that seek out words that suggest terrorism, he knows when you write your e-mail and what you're thinking. If it seems to be against the powers at hand he locks you in a dark basement where he tortures you with your worst fear. You surrender. You give up. Then your memory is taken and your put back out to perpetuate Big Brother's ideals.
It's a stupid analogy. Don't try it. Remember, they might read your e-mails, but they don't care what you have to say so long as you're not contemplating illegal activities. Your first amendment rights are not being incringed upon.
I'm already tired of the war. I still believe in our cause, but it's the same thing all the time on the news. They continue to report that we've had setbacks. The press does not seem to understand the constant changing nature of war. In my opinion, we've have had no setbacks. War is just another part of life. You can't predict what's going to happen, but you can plan for what's possible, and that's what we're doing. The bottom line is, we're going to have casualties, we're going to be there for a while, and then we're going to win.
Because when life is depressing you should kick it in the head
Why write one congressman when you can write four? I just put the letters in the mailbox. I am asking for them to help me get a medical waiver so that I can join the Air Force. I currently have my wonderful recruiter helping me, and she has enlisted the aid of the Chief Medical Officer.
I should be doing homework, but I just heard Rush say that the adlsfkjs (can't spell it, it's Arabic) website that was posting pictures and live feeds of our POWs was taken down by hackers. Heh.
UPDATE: aldkjf is Al Jazeera. I still don't know how to spell it, but that's what it sounds like. Thanks Mike Fleming for having a disgusting Southern drawl and butchering the name sufficiently so that I could understand it (ethnocentrically anyway).
I tried to tell my professors to give me less homework, but they wouldn't listen. Rather than blogging, I'm going to be studying for two tests, reading 6 chapters, watching a play, and writing two papers. See you this summer.
I agree that, because of freedom of speech and its immeasurable value, people should be able to peacefully speak out against the war. It would be unethical to have an offical blacklist and deny work to actors and other performers who hold anti-war opinions. However, if the public "blacklists" them by not supporting them, that's sweet.
Artists United to Win Without War -- a group of more than 130 celebrities who have campaigned against war -- has produced a special peace pin for the event. Artists including Dustin Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jim Carrey, Ben Affleck, Michael Moore and Kirsten Dunst have agreed to wear it on awards night.
So let's watch the Oscars, note who wears the pin or makes remarks, and then let's boycott them. Don't watch their movies, etc. This doesn't mean you have to burn The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Spiderman. They wouldn't actually hurt them. It just means you don't go to the new movies. That will hurt them. If the damage is significant enough, they'll be taken of the market - an unofficial blacklist.
Why is this different from an official blacklist? How do I make the distinction? Why is it okay if we do, but wrong if the acting companies do it officially and without public support? Let me give another example. If Jolly Green Giant refused to buy green beans from the farmers, just because they don't like the farmers, that woudln't be cool at all. However, if Jolly Green Giant quit selling green beans because we all joined together to quit buying them and to instead consume the grocery store brand green beans, that would simply display the power of the public opinion.
A powerful excerpt from their mission statement:
"Their self-righteous messages go silent quickly when the truth of history and reality is thrown back in their face...we will never keep our supreme values of liberty and justice without the will to fight for them."
A peace protestor assaults his unwilling audience!
When the audience won't listen, grab them roughly by the arm to swing them around and continue your point about why peace is good and violence is bad. What?!? Yeah. Not joking kids.
Fortunately this guy got what he probably never expected from the chick - a broken, bloody nose.
Here's B's blog.
And it seems violence and obstruction of the peace are common practices for these red neo-hippies: "If their choice is a peace demonstration, then they should keep the peace."
Protesters stalled firefighters trying to respond to emergencies.
Protesters blocked intersections, scuffled with police, broke windows and heaved newspaper racks and debris into streets. Some hurled rocks at commuter trains, briefly halting service at a station across the Bay in Oakland.
Portland, Ore., protesters smashed three windows at a McDonald's restaurant, set a flag on fire and sprayed graffiti on a sign at a Shell gas station.
THE VERY BEST:
Protesters were planning to infiltrate the coastal property of Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara on Saturday. Officials at the base said they will "shoot to kill."
It is still unknown whether Saddam was killed or injured in the first bomb raids on Baghdad. According to Iraqi officials who claim he did survive, he is expected to make televised statements directed at President Bush. His statement translates to, "Nanny, nanny boo boo!"
The peaceniks probably won't read this anyway, but I need to rant.
Main Entry: pa·tri·ot
Pronunciation: 'pA-trE-&t, -"ät, chiefly British 'pa-trE-&t
Etymology: Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriOtEs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patEr father
: one who loves his or her country and supports its authority (Bush) and interests (removing a dangerous dictator)
Those who disagree with the war are not patriots. Although I do not believe these people are evil, they irritate me. I haven't heard a decent reason for not supporting the war. The typical profile of a peacenik is an uneducated, ignorant person who is indoctrinated with trite slogans but who has no true backing for their opinions. Many of these people are still using the oil argument - even though it's been proven wrong! (The U.S. and Britain are planning to go through the U.N. to use the oil for humanitarian efforts in Iraq such as rebuilding the country and giving them food and medicine).
Many of those I go to college with disagree with the war, yet say that they support our troops. I've heard this from many protestors actually. It's very nice to say that, and I'm glad to know that they don't wish death and failure on our troops, but you cannot truly support our troops and disagree with the war. When they return home, a supporter will hug them or shake their hand. A supporter will say, "thank you. Thank you so much for doing the right thing. Thank you for standing up for our country - for my family." All that a peace protestor who "supports our troops" can say when they return home is something like, "Hey, doesn't it suck you had to follow orders and do those horrible things? Good job not dying."
I am glad that most of the dissidents are not going to treat our military like the Vietnam protestors treated our military after that conflict. However, it is not possible to truly support our troops and disagree with the war. The troops are furthering the causes of the war. They are ensuring the ideals you despise.
So what I have to say to the protestors is this: Shut the *!@& up. The war has started, you've already lost. It's too late for you to win with your cause. Your protests will now do nothing. The time has come to set down the picket signs, close your trap, and pray that God be with our troops. Thank the troops when they return for doing what you would never do. Thank them for protecting your family from terrorism and for saving the families of Iraqi from a murderous dictator.
A few guys decided to infiltrate a peace protest with their own picket signs. The signs read:
"Protect Islamic property rights against Western imperialism. Say no to war."
"Communism has only killed 100 million people. Let's give it another chance."
"Except for ending slavery, fascism, Nazism and communism, war has never solved anything."
"Saddam only kills his own people. It's none of our business."
Currently, we're zooming towards Baghdad with very little resistance. Saddam seems to be out of commision. According to eyewitnesses, he was taken out of the bombed barracks (where he was believed to be) on a gurney with an oxygen mask. Leadership has fallen apart and communication is nearly null.
And in the future:
We're still winning.
The citizens are aiding the U.S. and British troops.
They surrendered some more.
A few casualties.
And, finally, we win, the Iraqi people win, Saddam loses.
Terrorism tips: How to react if you're forced into a conversation with a peacemonger
This began as an e-mail forward.
Many of us will, during this tumultous times become victims of "Peace Activists." They will try to convince us that we must refrain from retaliating against the ones who terrorized us on September 11, 2001, and from those who support terror. These activists may be alone or in a gathering. Because most of us do not know how to react to these types, I bring you the rules of etiquette:
1. Listen politely while this person explains his views. Strike up a conversation if necessary and appear very interested in the ideas expressed. He will tell you how revenge is immoral, that by attacking the terrorists we will only bring on more violence. He will probably use many arguments, ranging from political to religious to humanitarian.
2. In the middle of his remarks, without any warning, punch him in the nose.
3. When he gets up from the ground, he will be very angry and he may try to hit you, so be careful.
4. Very quickly and calmly remind him that violence only brings about more violence and remind him of his stand on this matter. Tell him that if he is really committed to a nonviolent approach to undeserved attacks, he will turn the other cheek and negotiate a solution. Tell him he must lead by example if he really believes what he is saying.
5. Hopefully, he will stop and think for a moment and then agree that you are correct.
6. As soon as he does that, hit him again. Only this time hit him harder. Square in the nose.
7. Repeat steps 2-5 until the desired results are obtained and the idiot realizes how stupid his argument is.
The moral of the story is that there is no difference in an individual attacking an unsuspecting victim or a group of terrorists attacking a nation of people. Terrorism is unacceptable and must be dealt with. Perhaps at a high cost. We owe our military a huge debt for what they are about to do for us and our children. We must support them and our leaders at times like these. We have no choice. We either strike back, VERY HARD, or we will keep getting hit in the nose.
There are several different answers to why so many are against the war. The answer depends on the particular group or protestor. A few options are:
1. They’re dirty communists.
We could use some McCarthyism today. Many of our peaceful protestors are dirty communists, supported by the World Peace Council. The WPC was founded by the Soviet Union in the 1950’s “to portray the United States as being run by a ‘war-mongering government.’”
It has moved its headquarters to Athens (sneaky, sneaky), but has kept its chair Romesh Chandra, a KGB asset. When appointed in the 1970’s, “Chandra was a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party of India, one of the foreign Communist parties most loyal to the Soviet Union at that time.”
2. They’re dirty, ignorant hippies who don’t know the facts and won’t accept the facts when they’re all laid out for them. This group’s basic ideology calls for the soldiers to stay home, planting trees in urban areas by day and hugging teddy bears by night, because they think this method would be more effective in the attainment of peace in Iraq.
3. They’re dirty liberals who hate Bush.
4. They’re just dirty, probably liberal, communists, hippies who can’t accept someone like Bush who has true values and certain ideas of what is morally right and wrong. This group’s ideology supports a relative morality that changes from person to person. They feel each person should do what they feel is right, unless that person is Bush and what is right is fighting what is definitely wrong – Saddam hording dangerous weapons and killing his own people.
Thousands of people in Europe and America have taken to the streets in protest. Many of them cannot even articulate their reasons. But this we know for certain: They are willing to risk their lives (in future strikes against America) rather than engage in the real human struggle against evil. Unfortunately, they are willing to risk their neighbors' lives, too, just to maintain their self-delusion.
It is a useless, disgusting organization that has, for years and years, disapproved of actions taken to right wrongs and take power away from murdering dictators.
Currently, the U.N. has decided to allow Libya to chair the commission on human rights, a commission the U.S. was voted out of, and it has asked Iraq to head the committee on disarmament.
That’s right folks, the U.N. has asked Iraq to head the committee on disarmament.
The so-called " international system" is often used to delay action to right a wrong or prevent a tragedy.
Such actions have not only been against the U.S. The U.N. disapproved of the following:
Tanzania [invading] Uganda, to boot out Idi Amin, and break his death machine.
The Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia to get rid of the Khmer Rouge that had already killed half of that country's population.
American action to remove tyrants from power in Grenada and Haiti, and restore democratic government.
The former U.N. secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali has had the courage to admit that it was guilty of criminal negligence when it did not act to stop the genocide in Rwanda (some two million dead) or in the former Yugoslavia (half a million dead). More recently, the U.N. has turned a blind eye to the genocidal war waged by Russia in Chechnya where a whole nation is being destroyed. Each time anyone did anything to right a wrong it was outside the U.N. remit, as was the case in Kosovo.
Turns out (surprise, surprise) Bush isn't going to Iraq for the oh-so-profitable oil supplies*. In fact, the U.S. and Britain are planning to use the profits from oil sales for humanitarian efforts in Iraq, for things such as food and medicine for the Iraqi people. They will not have access to the money, rather they plan to accomplish this through the wonderful, useful, almighty expediting power of the U.N.
The U.S. and Britain are working on a plan to use Iraqi oil proceeds from a $40 billion account to pay for humanitarian supplies during a war to disarm Saddam Hussein, the Associated Press has learned.
*I would like to, once again, call your attention to William F. Buckley's article that details why it would be inane to invade Iraq for oil. The blog I wrote on this previously is dated March 14 and titled "I'm taking this to college classes with me..." For some reason, it's not allowing me to link. Sorry kids.
Chemical and Biological Warfare at home - just use some common sense
I had long debated on whether or not to post this because of the length. However, in light of everyone's terror regarding possible attacks on our homeland, I thought it best to post it. Truly, what finalized my decision was an ad on top of this blog site advertising tips to protect yourself - at a price of 97 dollars! That is insane. So here, from a military man who has had military training against such threats, are some FREE tips.
Allow me to first note I have taken the liberty to add emphasis on tidbits I found particularly helpful, in case you don't want to read it all. Also, I have opted to not blockquote it because of the length. The rest is not my composition. The remaining sections of this blog belong to Red Thomas. I hope it's helpful to everyone.
To: All the citizens of the USA
From: SFC Red Thomas (Ret),Armor Master Gunner, Mesa, AZ
Since the media has decided to scare everyone with predictions of chemical, biological, or nuclear warfare on our turf I decided to write a paper and keep things in their proper perspective. I am a retired military weapons, munitions, and training expert. Lesson number one: In the mid 1990s there were a series of nerve gas attacks on crowded Japanese subway stations. Given perfect conditions for an attack less than 10% of the people there were injured (the injured were better in a few hours) and only one percent of the injured died. 60 Minutes once had a fellow telling us that one drop of nerve gas could kill a thousand people, well he didn't tell you the thousand dead people per drop was theoretical. Drill Sergeants exaggerate how terrible this stuff was to keep the recruits awake in class (I know this because I was a Drill Sergeant too).
Forget everything you've ever seen on TV, in the movies, or read in a novel about this stuff, it was all a lie (read this sentence again out loud!)! These weapons are about terror, if you remain calm, you will probably not die. This is far less scary than the media and their "Experts," make it sound.
Chemical weapons are categorized as Nerve, Blood, Blister, and Incapacitating agents. Contrary to the hype of reporters and politicians they are not weapons of mass destruction they are "Area denial," and terror weapons that don't destroy anything. When you leave the area you almost always leave the risk. That's the difference; you can leave the area and the risk; soldiers may have to stay put and sit through it and that's why they need all that spiffy gear. These are not gasses, they are vapors and/or air borne particles. The agent must be delivered in sufficient quantity to kill/injure, and that defines when/how it's used. Every day we have a morning and evening inversion where "stuff," suspended in the air gets pushed down. This inversion is why allergies (pollen) and air pollution are worst at these times of the day. So, a chemical attack will have its best effect an hour of or either side of sunrise/sunset. Also, being vapors and airborne particles they are heavier than air so they will seek low places like ditches, basements and underground garages.
This stuff won't work when it's freezing, it doesn't last when it's hot, and wind spreads it too thin too fast. They've got to get this stuff on you, or, get you to inhale it for it to work. They also have to get the concentration of chemicals high enough to kill or wound you. Too little and it's nothing, too much and it's wasted.
What I hope you've gathered by this point is that a chemical weapons attack that kills a lot of people is incredibly hard to do with military grade agents and equipment so you can imagine how hard it will be for terrorists. The more you know about this stuff the more you realize how hard it is to use.
We'll start by talking about nerve agents. You have these in your house, plain old bug killer (like Raid) is nerve agent. All nerve agents work the same way; they are cholinesterase inhibitors that mess up the signals your nervous system uses to make your body function. It can harm you if you get it on your skin but it works best if they can get you to inhale it. If you don't die in the first minute and you can leave the area you're probably gonna live. The military's antidote for all nerve agents is atropine and pralidoxime chloride. Neither one of these does anything to cure the nerve agent, they send your body into overdrive to keep you alive for five minutes, after that the agent is used up. Your best protection is fresh air and staying calm. Listed below are the symptoms for nerve agent poisoning: Sudden headache, Dimness of vision (someone you're looking at will have pinpointed pupils), Runny nose, Excessive saliva or drooling, Difficulty breathing, Tightness in chest, Nausea, Stomach cramps, Twitching of exposed skin where a liquid just got on you.
If you are in public and you start experiencing these [above] symptoms, first ask yourself, did anything out of the ordinary just happen, a loud pop, did someone spray something on the crowd? Are other people getting sick too? Is there an odor of new mown hay, green corn, something fruity, or camphor where it shouldn't be?
If the answer is yes, then calmly (if you panic you breathe faster and inhale more air/poison) leave the area and head up wind, or, outside. Fresh air is the best "right now antidote". If you have a blob of liquid that looks like molasses or Kayro syrup on you; blot it or scrape it off and away from yourself with anything disposable. This stuff works based on your body weight, what a crop duster uses to kill bugs won't hurt you unless you stand there and breathe it in real deep, then lick the residue off the ground for while. Remember they have to do all the work, they have to get the concentration up and keep it up for several minutes while all you have to do is quit getting it on you/quit breathing it by putting space between you and the attack.
Blood agents are cyanide or arsine which effect your blood's ability to provide oxygen to your tissue. The scenario for attack would be the same as nerve agent. Look for a pop or someone splashing/spraying something and folks around there getting woozy/falling down. The telltale smells are bitter almonds or garlic where it shouldn't be.
The symptoms are blue lips, blue under the fingernails rapid breathing. The military's antidote is amyl nitride and just like nerve agent antidote it just keeps your body working for five minutes till the toxins are used up. Fresh air is your best individual chance.
Blister agents (distilled mustard) are so nasty that nobody wants to even handle it let alone use it. It's almost impossible to handle safely and may have delayed effect of up to 12 hours. The attack scenario is also limited to the things you'd see from other chemicals. If you do get large, painful blisters for no apparent reason, don't pop them, if you must, don't let the liquid from the blister get on any other area, the stuff just keeps on spreading. It's just as likely to harm the user as the target. Soap, water, sunshine, and fresh air are this stuffs enemy.
Bottom line on chemical weapons (it's the same if they use industrial chemical spills); they are intended to make you panic, to terrorize you, to herd you like sheep to the wolves. If there is an attack, leave the area and go upwind, or to the sides of the wind stream. They have to get the stuff to you, and on you. You're more likely to be hurt by a drunk driver on any given day than be hurt by one of these attacks. Your odds get better if you leave the area. Soap, water, time, and fresh air really deal this stuff a knock-out-punch. Don't let fear of an isolated attack rule your life. The odds are really on your side.
Nuclear bombs: These are the only weapons of mass destruction on earth. [Read further here for tips against nuclear attacks]. The effects of a nuclear bomb are heat, blast, EMP, and radiation. If you see a bright flash of light like the sun, where the sun isn't, fall to the ground! The heat will be over a second. Then there will be two blast waves, one out going, and one on it's way back. Don't stand up to see what happened after the first wave; anything that's going to happen will have happened in two full minutes. These will be low yield devices and will not level whole cities. If you live through the heat, blast, and initial burst of radiation, you'll probably live for a very, very long time.
Radiation will not create fifty foot tall women, or giant ants and grass hoppers the size of tanks. These will be at the most 1 kiloton bombs; that's the equivalent of 1,000 tons of TNT. Here's the real deal, flying debris and radiation will kill a lot of exposed (not all!) people within a half mile of the blast. Under perfect conditions this is about a half mile circle of death and destruction, but, when it's done it's done. EMP stands for Electro Magnetic Pulse and it will fry every electronic device for a good distance, it's impossible to say what and how far but probably not over a couple of miles from ground zero is a good guess. Cars, cell phones, computers, ATMs, you name it, all will be out of order.
There are several types of radiation, you need only worry about three, the others you have lived with for years. You need to worry about "Ionizing radiation," these are little sub atomic particles that go whizzing along at the speed of light. They hit individual cells in your body, kill the nucleus and keep on going. That's how you get radiation poisoning, you have so many dead cells in your body that the decaying cells poison you. It's the same as people getting radiation treatments for cancer, only a bigger area gets radiated.
The good news is you don't have to just sit there and take it, and there's lots you can do rather than panic. First; your skin will stop alpha particles, a page of a news paper or your clothing will stop beta particles, you just gotta try and avoid inhaling dust that's contaminated with atoms that are emitting these things and you'll be generally safe from them.
Gamma rays are particles that travel like rays (quantum physics makes my brain hurt) and they create the same damage as alpha and beta particles only they keep going and kill lots of cells as they go all the way through your body. It takes a lot to stop these things, lots of dense material, on the other hand it takes a lot of this to kill you. Your defense is as always to not panic. Basic hygiene and normal preparation are your friends. [Tips on eating food and drinking water safely after an attack here.] All canned or frozen food is safe to eat. The radiation poisoning will not effect plants so fruits and vegetables are OK if there's no dust on them (rinse them off if there is).
If you don't have running water and you need to collect rain water or use water from wherever, just let it sit for thirty minutes and skim off the water gently from the top. The dust with the bad stuff in it will settle and the remaining water can be used for the toilet which will still work if you have a bucket of water to pour in the tank.
Finally, there's biological warfare. There's not much to cover here. Basic personal hygiene and sanitation will take you further than a million doctors. Wash your hands often, don't share drinks, food, sloppy kisses, etc., ...with strangers. Keep your garbage can with a tight lid on it, don't have standing water (like old buckets, ditches, or kiddie pools) laying around to allow mosquitoes breeding room. This stuff is carried by vectors, that is bugs, rodents, and contaminated material. If biological warfare is as easy as the TV makes it sound, why has Saddam Hussein spent twenty years, millions, and millions of dollars trying to get it right? If you're clean of person and home you eat well and are active you're gonna live. Overall preparation for any terrorist attack is the same as you'd take for a big storm. If you want a gas mask, fine, go get one. I know this stuff and I'm not getting one and I told my Mom not to bother with one either (how's that for confidence). We have a week's worth of cash, several days worth of canned goods and plenty of soap and water. We don't leave stuff out to attract bugs or rodents so we don't have them.
These people can't conceive of a nation this big with this many resources. These weapons are made to cause panic, terror, and to demoralize. If we don't run around like sheep they won't use this stuff after they find out it's no fun. The government is going nuts over this stuff because they have to protect every inch of America. Protect yourself, and by doing that, you help the country.
Finally, there are millions of caveats to everything I wrote here and you can think up specific scenarios where my advice isn't the best. This letter is supposed to help the greatest number of people under the greatest number of situations.
If you don't like my work, don't nit pick, just sit down and explain chemical, nuclear, and biological warfare in a document around three pages long yourself. This is how we the people of the United States can rob these people of their most desired goal, your terror.
SFC Red Thomas (Ret)
Armor Master Gunner
It was incredible. You should read it if you weren't able to or didn't care enough to listen to it last night (or if you think you're Irish and you were totally smashed).
He first tells us why we're going to war. Unless you live in a cave or you're a dirty hippy, you should already know and understand our very real, very legitimate reasons which do not include oil or a desire to gain empire.
Very powerful to me were his words to the people of Iraq:
Many Iraqis can hear me tonight in a translated radio broadcast, and I have a message for them. If we must begin a military campaign, it will be directed against the lawless men who rule your country and not against you. As our coalition takes away their power, we will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free. In a free Iraq, there will be no more wars of aggression against your neighbors, no more poison factories, no more executions of dissidents, no more torture chambers and rape rooms. The tyrant will soon be gone. The day of your liberation is near.
It is too late for Saddam Hussein to remain in power. It is not too late for the Iraqi military to act with honor and protect your country by permitting the peaceful entry of coalition forces to eliminate weapons of mass destruction. Our forces will give Iraqi military units clear instructions on actions they can take to avoid being attacked and destroyed. I urge every member of the Iraqi military and intelligence services, if war comes, do not fight for a dying regime that is not worth your own life.
Unlike Saddam Hussein, we believe the Iraqi people are deserving and capable of human liberty. And when the dictator has departed, they can set an example to all the Middle East of a vital and peaceful and self-governing nation.
A truly wonderful quote:
"The greatest power of freedom is to overcome hatred and violence, and turn the creative gifts of men and women to the pursuits of peace."
(My emphasis). See? the "warmonger number one" is about peace. The pro-war citizens of America and other nations are seeking peace. I find it truly disgusting that while the peacemongers believe they are working in the interest of the Iraqi people, those Iraqi people are pleeing for war, they are begging for a change of regime, and the peacemongers are ignoring them. The peacemongers are ignoring the voices of those they pretense to protect from the "evil" United States, from the "cowboy" George Bush.
"We have a real desire to rid our region and the whole world of weapons of mass destruction," Saddam said.
Aww. What a little peacemonger.
Saddam is now playing it up to the peace protestors who he believes may aid him diplomatically by forcing the U.S. to quit attempts to invade Iraq and sieze Baghdad. We now know he'll have no such luck.
I do think it's funny that many peace protestors argue that there's no evidence that he now has or has ever had weapons, especially since he admitted to having them. What's even funnier, is this:
[Saddam] called on the United States to set an example by destroying its own weapons of mass destruction first.
Right. We'll destroy ours and then you guys can destroy yours on our soil. That'll happen.
Saddam's security forces arrested a civil servant in the al-Hurriyya suburb of Baghdad on suspicion of preparing to leave the country. The official was tied to a pole in the street and passers-by were ordered to watch as his tongue was cut out and he was left to bleed to death.
And anti-war activists claim Bush is the threat, the enemy. It's infuriating how ignorant and illogical people can be.
If some lady can blame McDonald’s for hot coffee burning her, some human shield can blame her killer
It was a moment of reality for those who would face it, but none of them would. Rachel Corrie, acted as a human shield to protect an empty home in Gaza was run over by the bulldozer. Although I do not mean to make her death seem funny or anything but sad, this is the reality of being a human shield, or any type of shield. To make yourself a human shield is to put yourself in the position to be killed. According to e-mail correspondence with her family, Corrie was aware of this.
On March 3, Corrie wrote that her work had become increasingly dangerous. She said she was learning to take into account "the question of whether the driver of a particular tank cares about injuring internationals." She recounted a Feb. 14 confrontation in which a group of activists, including herself, were "physically pushed with the (bulldozer) shovel backwards, taking shelter in a house." The bulldozer driver then dropped a grenade outside the house and continued to demolish it, "at which point the activists were able to escape amid gunfire from the tank."
With that type of warning, it seems she cared enough about the movement to die for it.
Friends were understandably upset by her death, yet they remained disillusioned about their cause.
"Rachel shouldered the responsibility that her government would not bear," said Krissy Johnson, 24, a friend of Corrie's. "She was killed by a bulldozer paid for by U.S. tax dollars. In her name, we say: Stop the killing."
Well Krissy, the U.S. didn’t kill her, it was an Israeli driving the bulldozer. More importantly, the Israeli military did not got to her house and kill her. He did not even drive off his path to kill her. He was doing his job, she was in his way, and she mistakenly believed that he would care.
Fellow members of the International Solidarity Movement who joined Corrie in acting as "human shields" in Rafah said the soldier driving the bulldozer had intended to run her over.
So what if he did? She had intended to stand in his path. Human shields are worthless because the human body makes a very poor blockade against instruments of war, or bulldozers.
It may not have been on purpose, however.
The Israeli military called her death "a very regrettable accident."
Again, I don’t want to lessen the incident’s tragedy by acting as though losing one’s home is nothing. That sucks. However, the Israeli military was leveling homes as part of their military strategy, and the families were not in the homes.
The military has flattened dozens of homes there because, officials say, they are close to army positions and are used for cover by militants. They have also flattened homes in an effort to seal smuggling tunnels from Egypt and to carve out a buffer zone along the border.
So, while it is sad that she died, we need to realize she did not die because of the U.S. or the Israelis but because she put her life on the line when she decided to stand in the path of a bulldozer.
Radio stations countrywide are boycotting the Dixie Chicks, even though Maines publicly apologized for telling a London audience last Monday: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
This is my personal favorite example of the boycott:
In Kansas City, Missouri, WDAF-AM set trash cans outside its offices for listeners to toss their Dixie Chicks CDs. Its Web site displayed more than 800 listener e-mails, most of them in support of the station's boycott. The girls should just give up on this:
The group is scheduled to kick off the U.S. leg of its Top of the World Tour on May 1 in Greenville, S.C.
UNITED NATIONS (March 17) - The United States has advised the United Nations to pull its weapons inspectors out of Iraq, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday in the clearest signal to date that war is imminent.
You know what that means. Be looking for the official statement of action from President Bush soon.
'When the enemy opens the war on a large scale it should realize that the battle between us will be waged wherever there is sky, earth and water anywhere in the world,'' Saddam told officers at a meeting reported by the state Iraqi News Agency.
If that's not a tyrannical threat of terrorism then there is no such thing.
If there is no vote on the new resolution, the United States, Britain and their supporters are likely to argue that an invasion is justified by Resolution 1441, adopted on November 8, which threatened ''serious consequences'' if Iraq did not disarm.
And they would be justified. Do you really believe inspections in which weapons are not found and inspectors are killed are "serious consequences"?
From "War Looms Amid Last Try at Diplomacy" by Evelyn Reynolds of Reuters
- I found this on AOL and don't know how to link it as there was no address in the window. Sorry guys.
I was at the Muvico theatre downtown in Peabody mall yesterday. As always, I made my routine pre-movie bathroom stop. Now, at Muvico they have the automatic flush toilets that somehow know when they should flush - motion sensor or something. I checked the first stall and it had not flushed. Really gross scene folks. The next stall was fine, but before I could stand up, it flushed. It flushed again as I was leaving. Sometimes (yesterday) I wonder how long the scientists and geniuses work before these new innovations are brought to market.
...to show those dirty lovers of "peace" how wrong they are about the oil theory
Dwell on something so inconceivable as to occur only to French fantasists: The United States a) confiscates Iraq's oil reserves, b) proceeds instantaneously to increase production to the maximum, c) actually pocketing a net of $30 per barrel — we'd be talking about $40 billion per year. The estimated cost of the U.S. military offensive is $100 billion. So that even assuming such oil confiscation/production/sale were effected, it would still require more than two years merely to reimburse the cost of the military action. We today purchase about a half-million barrels of oil per day from Iraq, $15 million. To invest $100 billion to protect a $15 million daily investment would require a zaniness difficult to ascribe to such as Messrs. Bush and Rumsfeld, who have been men of affairs.
Ok let’s just say for a moment you bunch of pampered, overpaid, unrealistic children had your way and the U.S.A. didn’t go into Iraq.
I suppose that in your fantasy world this would create a utopian world where everybody would live in peace. After all, the great monster, the United States of America, the cause of all the world’s trouble would have disbanded it’s horrible military and certainly all the other countries of the world would follow suit.
You people need to get out of Hollywood once in a while and get out into the real world. You’d be surprised at the hostility you would find out here. Stop in at a truck stop and tell an overworked, long distance truck driver that you don’t think Saddam Hussein is doing anything wrong.
If I see any of your names on a marquee, I’m going to boycott the movie. I will completely stop going to movies if I have to.
America is in imminent danger. You’re either for her or against her. There is no middle ground.
"Pampered, overpaid, unrealistic children" is a nice touch. I'd address this to all of the anti-war movement, not just Hollywood. I think Charlie would agree that's not a stretch.
Cute, stupid, redneck blond girls turn into patchouli-smelling, squirrel-licking hippies
At the Dixie Chicks concernt in London England, one of the three, Natalie Maines told the crowd, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."
When asked about her comment, her explanation was, "While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."
In case she hadn't made herself sound ignorant enough, she added, "I feel the President is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view."
The moral of the story is that we should hurt the Dixie Chicks as we hurt France, in their (faux) furry pink wallets.
Let me clarify: By "people," I don't mean the individual. By "people," I mean this jumbled mass of DNA that makes up what they like to call "society." ~ Thank you Sylvia
According to the Onion, this object of my hatred will only continue to decline:
VOLUME 31 ISSUE 18 — 13 MAY 1997
Study: Uneducated Outbreeding Intelligentsia 2-To-1
CHICAGO—In a report with dire implications for the intellectual future of America, a University of Chicago study revealed Monday that the nation's uneducated are breeding twice as soon and twice as often as those with university diplomas. "The average member of the American underclass spawns at age 15, compared to age 30 for the average college-educated professional," study leader Kenneth Stalls said. "America's intellectual elite, as a result, is badly losing the genetic marathon, with two generations of dullards born for every one generation of cultured literates." Added Stalls: "At this rate, by the year 2100 there will be five smart people on Earth, swallowed whole by more than 12 billion mouth-breathers incapable of understanding the binary exponentiation that swamped the Earth with their like." High-school dropout Mandi Drucker, 16, said of the findings, "All I know is, we're in love."
...but they're a bunch of nasty, lying Frenchmen.* They're aiding Iraq by providing them with key materials necessary for the production of "long-range surface-to-surface missiles." A few key notes from William Safire's article printed today in the New York Times:
France, China and Syria all have a common reason for keeping American and British troops out of Iraq: the three nations may not want the world to discover that their nationals have been illicitly supplying Saddam Hussein with materials used in building long-range surface-to-surface missiles.
The French connection — brokering the deal among the Chinese producer, the Syrian land transporter and the Iraqi buyer — is no great secret to the world's arms merchants. French intelligence has long been aware of it. The requirement for a French export license as well as U.N. sanctions approval may have been averted by disguising it as a direct offshore sale from China to Syria.
I'm also told that a contract was signed last April in Paris for five tons of 99 percent unsymmetric dimethylhydrazine, another advanced missile fuel, which is produced by France's Société Nationale des Poudre et Explosifs. In addition, Iraqi attempts to buy an oxidizer for solid propellant missiles, ammonium perchlorate, were successful, at least on paper. Both chemicals, like HTPB, require explicit approval by the U.N. Sanctions Committee before they can be sold to Iraq.
NewsMax has a lovely Boycott Cowardly France campaign. This page is a detailed, convincing summary of not only how horrible France is today, but how awful they've been throughout history.
One nice comment:
So fanatical is French President Jacques Chirac's jealousy and hatred of America that even his fellow Europeans are now expressing outrage at his implication that France would block now independent former Soviet satellites from joining the European Union because they are too "pro-American."
"They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet," Chirac huffed, and went on to claim that those who support America were "childish and irresponsible."
What should we do about the stinkin' French? NewsMax suggests we hit them in the wallet:
Boycott all things French: their gooey cheeses, their overpriced wines, their rip-off Perrier and Evian water, their crummy automobiles...
And most of all we will be boycotting their white flags. As President Bush said, we shall not surrender to evil and terrorists.
Keep America safe: Fight terrorism in your neighborhood
I received this as an e-mail forward:
As we all know, the Taliban considers it a sin for a man to see a naked woman who is not his wife. So, every Saturday at 2:00 PM (MT) all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists. Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this antiterrorist effort.
All men are to position themselves in yard chairs in front of their houses to prove they are not Taliban by demonstrating that they think it's okay to see nude women other than their wife, and also to show support for all American women.
Since the Taliban also does not approve of alcohol, a cold six-pack at your side is recommended as further proof of your anti-Taliban sentiment.
The American Government appreciates your efforts to root out terrorists and applauds your participation in this antiterrorist activity.
"If you haven't heard by now, PETA has started yet another offensive ad campaign. This one really reaches bottom—they are using Holocaust terminology, quotes, and pictures to liken the "slaughter" of animals to the slaughter of the Jews by the Nazis.
I've already received a letter from a child of Holocaust survivors who is, of course, extraordinarily offended. But here's the thing: PETA is known for this kind of outrageous publicity stunt—and that's what it is, an outrageous publicity stunt—and while I am also offended and outraged, there is absolutely nothing we can do that will make PETA change their ad campaign. I'm sure they knew exactly what they were doing, have a plan in mind, and, if they withdraw the campaign, will do it according to their deadlines and their decisions.
So let's make up our own outrageous publicity stunt. Let's designate Saturday, March 15th, as International Eat an Animal for PETA Day. Everybody set the date on your calendar, and either go out and enjoy a great steak, or cook one at home. Or cook up some chicken or fish or anything else that PETA wouldn't want you to eat. And let's let PETA know how their ad campaign has affected us."
Meryl has included a letter addressed to PETA to let them know you will be participating in the new holiday. She welcomes us all to copy and paste, or write one of our own. For your convenience, here is PETA's contact information.
I think we should all participate in this ingenious idea. You were going to eat meat anyway. Now you can make it mean something.
Thanks to, once again, my brother for posting the original post.
In the first Gulf War, Iraqi troops put up their hands, dropped weapons, and even took off their clothes, screaming “I love America”.
But we may not be able to expect such an easy surrender this time because we're going into Baghdad. Peter Singer, formerly of the Pentagon says, "Once we are in Iraq, we will find the chemical and biological weapons sites anyway - so he has nothing else to lose at that point."
Furthermore, a defector from Saddam's Republican Guard said yesterday that elite units have been vaccinated and provided with gas masks and other equipment because it is "100 percent guaranteed" that Saddam will turn his chemical arsenal on American invaders. The defector also said the Republican Guard will fight to the death in Baghdad because "If we don't fight hard, they will execute us."
This information comes from an article published today in the New York Post
Guess what? Iraqis hate Saddam: Get Saddam out of power and do it now.
Saddam has to go by any means necessary.
Why? Because he's a big jerk: All four of the men, in their 40s and 50s, have made the United States home, raising families, paying mortgages and hoping for the end of the Saddam era so relatives in Iraq can be free to visit and vice versa.
He sits in a suburban Ann Arbor kitchen with several other Iraqi Muslims, gulping coffee and talking about siblings, parents and children who were taken in Saddam-ordered campaigns of ethnic cleansing and brutal suppression of uprisings.
Until now, anti-Saddam statements from Iraqis in the U.S. were rare, they all conceded; Saddam has spies among them in Detroit's Middle Eastern community.
"People are now encouraged by this administration, and we are tired of not being able to tell the truth," Dr. Jafar said, risking retribution against family members in Iraq.
"And we got tired of all those stories from Iraq, where the people tell the news people that they don't want war," he added. "Of course they say that. There are [government police] right there next to them. To tell the truth could mean death."
Oh yeah, they hate neohippies, too: "I want peace in Iraq. So if you are for peace, you cannot be for Saddam. It is all about changing the regime," said Ala Faik
"These people, these so-called peace people who support human rights, have never been there for the people of Iraq," said Salam Jafar, a 52-year-old physician, who left Iraq in 1980.
"a coalition of mostly Detroit area Iraqis, Muslim and Christian, sent a letter to Miss Rice, thanking her for inviting them to the White House and stressing that "those who are marching for 'peace and justice' in the name of the Iraqi people are unwittingly supporting a totalitarian dictator who promotes terrorism."
This link is on top of my website, or it is as I write this blog. I enjoy my site, but every time I notice the links blogger uses, it's something stupid about peace and neo-hippies. It's making me want to pay for a site so I won't have ads. I just want the world to know, if I weren't so broke, the links wouldn't be there. I'd use human shields for the purpose they've put themselves there for, but I would never support them. Let's support our troops and the British troops who are protecting us, not the human shields who are protecting Sadam.
"Sans toi, les émotions d'aujourd'hui ne seraient que la peau morte des émotions d'autrefois."
"Sin tú, las emociones de hoy serían solamente la piel muerta de las emociones de antes."
“Without you, the emotions of today would only be the skeleton of yesterday’s emotions.”
1. Taste of metal
2. Picking off nail polish
3. Scent of gasoline when it spills out of the pump and down the car.
4. Pictures of an isolated part of the body. Ex. a close-up of feet, lips or an ear.
5. Facial expressions
6. People wearing glasses
7. Popping zits
8. No makeup
9. Hot hot chocolate
1. Stupid people
2. Drippy faucets (and other redundant noises)
3. People who breathe with their mouths partially open.
4. Blond hair
5. Nose hair peaking out of a nose
6. Excess makeup
7. Lukewarm hot chocolate
My dad had yet another birthday, so I spent my Sunday morning baking the ritual chocolate cake my mother got out of baking when she taught me to make it. You should never let someone teach you how to do something you don't want to be coerced into doing. It will become your job. I learned this from my mother. She doesn't know how to mow the lawn or turn off a toilet. She wouldn't let my dad teach her. Back to the story, I enjoyed my little familial duty. Favors are painless to very enjoyable when they involve chocolate. Happy Birthday.
Iraqi troops somehow found their way through barricades blocking the Kuwait border to cross over and try to surrender to British troops. The British paratroopers explained that they were doing a routine exercise in which they tested their weapons and had not been firing at the Iraqi troops. Furthermore, they couldn't accept a surrender as the war hadn't started. The paras had to send the Iraqi troops home. A British Army source in Kuwait said of the event, "No one has ever known a group of so-called soldiers surrender before a shot has been fired in anger."
So prostitution is immoral by most people's standards, but this is just wrong. It's not like these men and women are endangering anyone but themselves. Now if they made a show publicizing rapists, murderers, or other criminals who are endangering my life that would be cool. But not this. Come on guys.
Normally our complaints, or at least my complaints, are directed at the policemen... but not this time. Why is it that so many people, when they see blue lights in their rearview will pull over in the right hand lane, even if they're on a very busy main street? Why? You won't get in trouble for pulling onto a side street and GETTING OUT OF MY WAY. So do it. Thanks.