Monthly Archives: August 2007

The Draft?

I received this article in my e-mail from a friend today and I figured it would be good blogfodder…

I don’t have much of a problem with the draft, unlike some Libertarians who believe that a draft violates their rights to their own life (most libertarian arguments against the draft are valid ones, but ones that I think don’t hold up 100% of the time..)

If the United States Military needs the best and brightest to win, I am not opposed to conscription, provided that we actually find ourselves in a state of war.  All the previously referenced Libertarian arguments against a draft hold up during times that we are not really at war.

If we are at war, it is time to make a declaration of that war, and to act like we are at war.  During wartime, it is incumbent upon the citizens of the country to fight.  The truth is, the best and brightest are staying home because nobody really believes that we are at war.  Just like we did in Korea, and Viet Nam, we have thrust the good members of our armed forces into harms way to fight a war that the government of the US lacks the political will to fight and win.

We are either at war or we are not.  It’s time that the politicians of this country made up their minds which it is and act accordingly.  If the answer is yes, then we must be prepared for a war that encompasses the whole MidEast, and parts of Africa, and will likely draw Russia and China into open conflict with the US as they view US fighting in the MidEast as a threat to their power base as well as opportunities to seize more power.   The United States has far fewer friends than we would like to believe.

If the answer is no, then we need to task the US military with stabilizing the Iraqi government  and coming home as soon as that is practicable, with the full and unfettered resources of the United States of America behind them, whatever manpower or equipment is necessary will be given, as directed by generals in the field, and as soon as Iraq is stable, all US forces return home.  We will still be in Iraq for years to come, though.

One thing that really ticks me off is the mindset of opponents of the Iraq war who say that because they don’t think we should ever have gone to Iraq we should just pack up and go home.  It doesn’t work like that.  Whether the military action in Iraq was right or was a horrible mistake is irrelevant in our decision making at this point in time.  That’s for the historians to decide.  Right now, we have to live with the reality that Iraq is our responsibility because it was us who took out the Iraqi government (however bloodthirsty and horrid it may have been).  If we simply pickup and leave, there will be violence and probably genocide, which I do not believe that the American people want on their hands.

High Taxes and Bad Roads

The reason that North Carolina roads are rotting and our taxes are going through the roof is as follows:

 Some legislators, such as Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, are calling for a special General Assembly session in the fall to address many transportation funding issues. The Republicans say that includes getting Democrats to stop transferring $172 million annually from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund.

$172 Million Dollars a year.  That sounds like enough to finish I-540 in the next 2 or 3 years and have some left over…  AND put the turnpike authority out of business.

Let us just be perfectly crystal clear – if the taxpayers would tar and feather you for using their money on your pork project, then STEALING it from the Highway Trust Fund is CRIMINAL.

It’s stuff like this that makes me ashamed of my home.

I’m not a feminist…

You Are 26% Feminist

No one would consider you a feminist. You believe women should hold on to traditional gender roles.

Well, that’s not the world we’re living in anymore. Time to wake up to the 21st century!

Are You a Feminist?

You know what… feminists can do whatever they want, but I’ll die a sad lonely old man before I have any sort of romantic involvement with one.  I want a family, and their goals are directly opposed to what I want.  Simple math.

Just out of general curiosity…

Why is it that people consider telephones more secure than e-mail?

Do these people not watch the public service announcements about how many elderly people are conned over the telephone?

Bah.  It’s just a way to make me spend an hour of my life on the telephone, rather than respond to a simple request that took me all of 30 seconds to compose.