Saturday, February 19, 2005

Adam is dead

God bless and keep you.

Presented without comment

It doesn't need any.

Why do I get the distinct feeling I'm going to be updating the blogroll soon?

Take the poll

(via Southern Knight)

First take the poll.

I scored "87% (Dixie). Did you have any Confederate ancestors?" Well, yes, I do--several. But I'm a little disappointed I didn't make an "A" (and an old-fashioned 93-100 "A" at that). I guess it's those West Virginia hillbilly parents of mine. :-)

If you found it here first, consider posting your score as a comment. Let's see whose is bigger, so to speak.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Well, that wasn't ecologically correct...

(Via Usenet)

Kyoto protest beaten back by inflamed petrol traders

Some old school Brits apparently take offence when their livelihoods are threatened:

WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail.

What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement. “

We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,” one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. “I’ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.”

Another said: “I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.” Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: “Sod off, Swampy.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of eco-idiots.

Now I have to get this smile off my face--the spouse will think I've been surfing porn...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Welcome to another unusual visitor

I was perusing the Site Meter stats, and see I've had a visitor from the house.gov domain. Whoever you are, a big howdy to ya.

Big brass 'uns

(Via WorldNet Daily)

So we have a New York jewelry store owner, gun to his head, and he pulls his gun, fires, wounds one Bad Guy and runs the other off to be arrested later.

Man, that takes some major league, heavy metal brass balls. And our intrepid jewelry dealer isn't hurt while defending himself, which makes this just that much better..

Mister, you ever get to NC, let me know. We're going to the range, on me, for practice. For me. I want you to teach me how to have that kind of presence of mind.

Wow.

Further on Lt. Pantano

(Pointer courtesy of GaijinBiker)

WorldNet Daily is reporting that another witness (Navy-type person) has partially corroborated Lt. Pantano's version of the April 15, 2003 incident in which he killed two Iraqis who failed to heed orders to stop. Partially, because the witness believes the men were running away from, rather than toward, Lt. Pantano.

One can wonder at the discrepancy, but if I remember my old psych courses, eyewitness testimony is notoriously "iffy". I would suspect the Navy witness is telling what he saw from his perspective. As anyone who has watched NFL football knows, things can look very different depending on the angle at which one views them.

GaijinBiker also notes a Washington Post report that there is some question about whether or not Lt. Pantano has even been charged. (Personally, I think it's bad that there;s any question he could be charged. Second-guessing the troops in the field, unless there is overwhelming evidence, is a Bad Idea.) If the report is true, perhaps he will remain uncharged and this silliness can be made to "go away".

You can read GaijinBiker's thoughts on the subject here.

Visitor 2000

Another one of those "meaningless milestones" has occurred--the blog has had it's 2000th visitor. I note this mostly because the visitor was from the .jp domain--Japan!? You've got to be kidding me--I now have global reach!

Can World Domination be much further?

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

More on the case of Lt. Pantano

WorldNet Daily is reporting "Marines urge patience in accused-officer case".

Americans outraged at the murder charges against a Marine who claims he killed two insurgent terrorists in Iraq in self-defense should have confidence in the military justice system, insists a Marine Corps spokesman.

Maj. Matt Morgan of Camp Lejeune, N.C., told WorldNetDaily he understands why the public is rallying behind 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano after news of his case broke Friday.

Americans have seen what is in the press, and they have a tendency to support the Marines," he said. "On the other side of that, completely unconnected, there is something called the law of war, and it is possible for a Marine to violate that. To say you can't second-guess a Marine – well, every Marine who deploys has the experience that anything they do can be second-guessed."

Well, yeah, Major, we tend to get a little upset when we see an innocent man getting railroaded. According to Lt. Pantano's attorney, Charles Gittins, Pantono's accuser is a bit suspect:

He described the accuser as a "disgruntled" sergeant who holds the position of radio man, a non-leadership position that indicates he's been put in a place where he can do the least harm.

Bear in mind that Mr. Gittins is a Marine Reservist. So he's speaking from a position of inside knowledge. (Although I wouldn't want my commo guy to be a disgruntled non-com.)

Major Morgan is correct when he notes "should have confidence in the military justice system", since right now all we can really do is blog/speak out/raise merry hell and donate to the defense.

But if you really support our military men and women in the field, I feel you need to keep up with this story. It's important. If the warriors in battle start to fear "Monday Morning Quarterback Syndrome", then we're going to start getting a lot of dead warriors. They'll be afraid to pull the trigger when they should. And that will be the start of making all the sacrifice so far for naught.