Monthly Archives: April 2004

I’m back

I’m back from my trip to the beach to fix a lawnmower with water in its gas tank. Took all of 20 minutes and entailed a trip to the beach. Although I did drive my truck up so I got logged a few break in miles on the engine. Early fuel mileage indicators are showing that I’m not getting a whole lot of bang for my buck as far as gas mileage goes. Oh well, we shall see. I want the thing doing at least 15MPG city. Either that, or I want that thing to be able to outrun Earnhardt Jr.

The Draft and Libertarians

Having not left yet, I wanted to post a thought I had while I had it.

Regarding my earlier post. I have been doing some thinking and it occurs to me precisely why I am not Libertarian. My sense of duty and honor compels me to be more than looking out for number one. I see this in the arguments over a draft. A draft is slavery? The income tax is slavery, defending ones country is your duty. My honor compels me to gladly go and fight if I am needed. President Bush said that if Saddam Hussein was not evil, then evil had no meaning. Osama Bin Laden is evil. These Islamists must be stopped, no matter the cost. I don’t want to hear any blathering about root causes or they hate us because we tried to Americanize them. What part of they want to kill us is not understood? Leaving might have worked thirty years ago. But it’s too late for that now. The fight has begun. Surrender is not an option. Their stated goal is a global Islamic Empire. Imagine the world under the rule of the Taliban. They must be stopped. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and history and common sense show that it is better to strike at your enemy while he is weak than to wait and fight him on his own terms.

Is it futile? Perhaps. The Bible speaks of an invasion of Israel that looks to be all of Arab power with further allies. But does that make it right for use to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that these people do not want to kill us? There are many worse fates than death, and to lose our freedom is one of them. We have put off engaging the Islamist threat for 20 years and it has grown. They must be stopped or they will continue to grow.

You can not negotiate with people who hate you. You cannot negotiate with people who are willing to blow themselves up just to kill a few of us. We can only kill them before they kill us. Iraq is prime real estate for assaults in the War on Terror. We can strike Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia from Iraq.

It is our duty to fight. These murderous fiends kill indiscriminately. Women and Children. It offends my sense of right and wrong down to my very core. They drew blood in the United States of America. They drew blood in Spain. They draw blood in Israel every chance they get. The blood of innocents continues to pile up. And we see people protest stopping the murderers. If only we understood them. We did it to ourselves. They intentionally killed women and children in cold blood. There is only one response to such an act of atrocity.

Countries are either with us or against us. France is against us. So be it. I would rather the United States fight to defend our homes and our livelihoods and be labeled an international pariah than to be loved and adored by other nations and have to live in a state of perpetual fear.

What is more threatening to your liberties, all out war, or a persistant state of terror over the next generation?

There is no exit strategy for Iraq. We have a foothold in the middle of the terrorists home and we are not giving it up. War is hell. Live with it.

I am ready and willing to go. To be unwilling to fight this threat head on is to sacrifice all it is to be a man. It is a duty of every man to defend the defenseless, to sacrifice his own life to save the innocent and the weak. The terrorists must be stopped. No matter the cost of stopping them, the cost of not stopping them is higher. They would steal the dignity from our mothers, sisters, and daughters. They would demand we forsake our God.

We would live with peace with them if it were up to us. It is not up to us. They do not desire peace. If it is war they want, then it is war they will get. That is why George W. Bush must win reelection. John Kerry would try to raise our standing with the international community at the cost of what we have accomplished so far, and what we have yet to accomplish. Libertarians would recall our troops because they accuse Bush of a neoconservative conspiracy to build an empire. The truth is that it doesn’t matter if Bush is doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, the fact of the matter is, he is the only man running for President willing to take the fight to those whose intent is to kill us.

We can only save the republic if there is a republic left to save.

The Draft

Mrs. Du Toit talks about the draft. I think I pretty much agree with her. What about duty and honor? The Military is taking, but they’re not desperate. I am ready and willing to go.

This draft talk is nonsense, but it’s dangerous nonsense. A call for volunteers should precede a draft. But considering that the Democrats goal for a draft is to make people rise up against the President, I find it to be a dispicable act of partisanship that is not excused because they got a RINO to agree with them.

Re: Mailvox: short-term reasoning

In reply to Vox’s Challenge

At this point in time, I will vote for Bush because I do not believe I have a better option. Ensuring that somebody who has given the finger to the UN remains in office and instead voting hard core limited government for Congress seems to me the best way to go about bringing about change. It’s a two pronged attack. The Democrats would view Bush’s destruction as a major boon to their agenda, so we do not want that to happen. At the same time, if the Republicans in Congress lose, it’s not so big a deal as they have betrayed us just as much as the President has. Call it pragmatism if you want, but if you go after congress and resign yourself to Bush for the Presidency you at least won’t wind up with Democrats in charge of everything.

It’s not betraying your principles to not want all your hopes to ride on one event. It is rather foolish to risk it all when you don’t have to. The advocates of Limited Government are not ready to pose a significant challenge to the ruling elite.

There are divisions between Constitutionalist, Libertarian, and Conservatives not willing to jump ship. We’re dividing our influence three ways, so naturally, we rattle our sabers and make big speeches and in the end, we split our voting three ways and get nothing done.

The only way to combat the Leftists Republicans is to band together. That means that Libertarians are going to have to give a little to the more mainline Conservatives and vice versa, but it must be done, and this is what we should focus our energy on. Should we each mount our own campaign to slay Leviathan because you think drugs should be legal and I think it’s a states rights issue?

We have a common enemy and we can bicker over which philosophy is best after we win. You can talk about principles all you want, but the bottom line is that the Libertarian strategy is not going anywhere. It’s time to join together around a platform of Limited Government and agree to support whatever candidate is best regardless of political affiliation. And we need the third parties to get on board with this, because there are always people who vote by looking for party affiliation. In fact, it would be best if we agreed on one person and everybody else dropped out.

Am I the only one who thinks that we’re cutting off our nose to spite our face?

How Geek Are You?

You are 50% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You’ll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

I stole this from The Physics Geek who is, coincidentally, apparently less Geek than me :p

African Scam E-mail

I got my first African Scam e-mail today. People have been having fun getting scammed for the longest time, and yet, nobody would ever bother me. But now that I have a highly successful blog, I have gotten a scam e-mail! They must have come reading the blog and recognized my brilliance! Either that, or they came reading and thought I was so dumb I’d fall for it…

I think I prefer Norton nuking viruses on entry. It’s gotten 4 Netsky-P’s this week.

Anyway, here’s the e-mail if you all want to pretend you’re special enough to get scammed! (also, the guy sent the entire recipient list under blind carbon copy)

My dear friend,

I am Obe Makalele, Bank Manager of United Bank For Africa, capetown Branch. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 6 1998, a gold merchant/contractor with the
Randgold Exploration Company, Ms. Lori Vanwalters-Arvelo made a numbered time (Fixed) deposite for twelve calendar months, valued at US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) in my branch.
Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to her forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from her contract employers, Randgold Exploration company Ltd that Ms Lori Vanwalters-Arvelo died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that she did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace her next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Ms Lori Vanwalters-Arvelo did not declare any next of kin in all her official documents, including her Bank Deposit paperwork.
This sum of US$6,500,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it. According to the South African Law, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Ms Lori Vanwalters-Arvelo so that the fruits of this old woman’s labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favour for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
If you are interested, please reply immediately. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply via email.

Thanks and regards,

Obe.

The Truth Comes Out

Here is a question from a press conference the other day, and I think it’s about time somebody started shooting back at this type of attitude:

QUESTION: — about human rights in Iraq. There have been civilian casualties, women and children, in Fallujah. How can you promote democracy in the Middle East when you’re sending out a message that it’s okay to shoot at children and —

DEPUTY SECRETARY ARMITAGE: Oh, stop. Stop. Shame on you. I hope you were screaming about human rights during the time of Saddam Hussein. I didn’t hear many in the region.

We are the most humane military in the world. We punish our people when they exceed bounds, and we do it transparently. We regret every single civilian life which is lost, and we do our utmost, even putting our soldiers at risk, to prevent those.

It is true that there are civilian casualties and it is true that these scenes are shown over and over, particularly on our Arab friends’ television networks. Now we spend enormous amounts of time and put our soldiers and Marines at risk in order to try to prevent it.

War is dangerous and it is difficult times, but when you ask that question, I would hope that you’d reflect on your own writing over the past, say, 30 years and see what you’ve said about human rights in Iraq.

The whole press conference is here: http://telaviv.usembassy.gov/publish/press/2004/april/041701.html

I found this via the The Evangelical Outpost

On Gun Buying…

Seeing my post the other day about buying a gun, Nate has posted his advice. The general consensus is that ones first gun should be something that is extremely cheap to shoot.

The overwhelming consensus seems to be that something along the lines of a 0.22 would be ideal for learning on. Now, to figure out the best buyinÂ’ plan.