Sunday, March 19, 2006

Stupid is as stupid does

rarely mention a subject that is near to my heart. It's one of those things where I'm just not very interested in learning about others opinions.

"Gun Control" is a case where wishful thinking serves no purpose and the very concept is ridiculous.

Granted, if I could figure out how to make every firearm in the world disappear I'd give that some serious thought, but anything else is silly.

As far as I'm concerned anyone should be able to buy anything they can afford, and if they misuse it they should be prosecuted under the myriad of laws extant.

There simply is no other relevant standard.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Just One Question?

Who or what is America?

Asked a different way: If you call yourself an American, what does that mean?

This is such a fundamental question and yet I haven't recently asked it of myself.

Oh, there are a plethora of images I associate with the IDEA, but I don't have an answer for myself, let alone for us collectively.

Multiculturalism and globalization may have permeated things so much that NO-ONE can answer? To say nothing of a general narcissism pervading the country.

Yet the question is so profound we must start trying to answer it, or become irrelevant.

I have some ideas, but I'm more interested in hearing from others just now.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Confused, Puzzled, Befuddled, and otherwise lost....

I'm ignorant, I admit that, but I usually make up for it by being obsessively curious.

But, I am clearly out of my depth.

If it isn't clear I voted for Bush twice, if for no other reason than the alternatives were terrible.

I'm quite convinced that the battles in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are critical to the survival of the west..

Further, I'm fully convinced that our military has adapted and pursued the goals given them with an alacrity that is truly astonishing.

Add to that my full support for other actions taken at Gitmo, the NSA thing, etc.

They're clearly all part of a common thread and I'm simply not interested in discussions about any of those issues!

But my reasoning falters quickly when trying to understand what's happening with our borders and this certainly includes the recent port debacle.

Don't lay this solely at the hands of Conservatives, or Republicans, or Bush because the issue plainly predates this lot. I'm well aware that business interests are driving the issue as they have for decades. One might note who signed an Executive Order authorizing the China Ocean Shipping Company to operate The Port of Long Beach in 1998.

I'll admit that the current administration hasn't offered a realistic resolution (hence my puzzlement), so don't need to be told that.

[edit] Must add that LEGAL, controlled, immigration is a profoundly GOOD thing.

We might be able to have a discussion, and I might learn something?

Premise: Government is not being reasonable about our borders, what's to be done?

I'll open this post for comments so long as they address the premise.

My First Time

Just testing stuff and other stuff

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