Archive for January, 2009

31
Jan
09

People believe what they want to

And that’s what leads me to believe that the world is chuck-full of anti-Semites. They want to believe Israel commits war crimes. They suck it up like tapioca. It used to be that non-Western countries believed everything propagandists told them. Well, now it’s the West that likes fairy tales.

Has anybody remembered that Hamas is listed by the European Union and the United States government as being a terrorist organization? Forbid to think that terrorist organizations would commit war crimes. That a terror group would repeatedly violate the Geneva Convention. Oh–but that’s ok, because it’s not us.  The Palestinians have made their choice. They chose unwisely–yet again.

It’s starting to look  more and more like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World everyday.

31
Jan
09

Krauthammer does it again

It’s still Okay to be a Muslim in America. Barack Obama just doesn’t know it.

29
Jan
09

Quote of the day

In the real world off-campus, good marksmanship trumps good will. ~Ralph Peters, Washington Post

27
Jan
09

No wonder some people think I’m nuts–the left side of my brain is too heavy

On the advice of a civilian contract worker here on base, I took a left brain/ right brain test today. She gives the test to everyone who works around her so that she can judge how these people learn and how to handle them. I didn’t take the exact test that she administers, but I took a couple of others online. Not really what I wanted to learn.  Not only am I left-brain dominant–I’m extremely left-brain dominant. The last test I took, there were 18 questions. I answered all 18 as a left-brain dominant person.

Of course people do change though their lifetime in how they use their brains. But right now, I’m an ultra-leftist! Help…

Here’s what lefties are like:

Are you very organized? Do you believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything? If so, you may be left-brain dominant.

Characteristics of Left Brain Students

  • You probably work with a To-Do list
  • You like to be the critic in class
  • You’re good at math or science
  • You are rational and logical
  • Your research is precise and well-documented
  • You set goals for yourself
  • You can interpret information well
  • Your room is orderly
  • You can answer questions spontaneously
  • You follow directions and you do read directions (unlike some people)
  • You aren’t touchy-feely
  • You can listen to a long lecture without losing patience
  • You don’t let feelings get in your way
  • You like action movies
  • You read sitting up
  • Your words are precise 

Your Classes

 

  • In history class, you are able to remember dates and processes.
  • In math class, you enjoy going through a long calculation.
  • You like the order of science.
  • In English class, you have a good understanding of grammar and sentence structure. 

Advice for Left Brain Students

 

  • Study in a quiet room
  • You can do math but get impatient trying to explain it to someone who struggles—so don’t volunteer to be a tutor unless you know you have the patience
  • You like to lead in a study group, so go ahead and volunteer
  • Join a debate team or academic competition
  • Try to excel at the science fair. You can be a winner
  • Take advantage of your skills in math and science
  • Choose non-fiction reading
  • You prefer factual questions and assignments, as opposed to open-ended questions
  • You can organize your notes well, so you should
  • Keep your room organized
  • Don’t argue with the teacher too much
  • Choose to do analytical essays
  • Work alone when you have a choice. You get frustrated with others who “clown around”
  • Avoid “free thinking” teachers if they confuse you
  • Take more risks. Don’t be afraid to be creative 

You might be a finalist on Jeopardy some day!

27
Jan
09

It could be really ugly

Gerald Warner of the UK, explains why.

26
Jan
09

The Realist’s Manifesto

It seems it is now time to tell people, in the plainest of language exactly what I think and I why I think it. It’s best to arm one’s self with aforethought when entering the culture war. So here is the Realist’s Manifesto.  Part I

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What if a symptom of regression lurked in the “good,” likewise a danger, a seduction, a poison, a narcotic, through which the present lived at the expense of the future? Perhaps more comfortably, less dangerously, but at the same time in a meaner style, more basely? — So that morality itself were to blame if the highest power and splendor possible to the type man was never in fact attained? So that morality itself was the danger of dangers?” ~Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals

The world upon which man is birthed and carries out his life as best he can is one of immense beauty and near infinite complexity. Hard and rigid beliefs constrict men and societies until they are honor-bound to obey the subliminal laws of culture. Culture is formed from a myriad of factors, not the least of which are religion, available natural resources, other nearby cultures and historic ideological figures. In a word, culture is everything, and men die because of it, for it– and without it. Men need culture and will always seek it.

The oldest cultures in history were wandering tribesmen. They formed their own micro-societies, moving about to secure food and shelter. Their leader was doubtless the man who was strongest, fastest, and most willing to shed blood. He was a man to be feared and respected, because if one would follow him, one could find what was needed to feed family and to protect life from other wandering tribes. The ancient wandering tribesman had the advantage of making his own mythology from his limited perceptions of the world around him. He was not told by the likes of today’s talking heads how the world should be observed. Though he was limited in his ability to determine causality, he never lacked the ability to see phenomena clearly, he never denied seeing what he was seeing. Indeed, his vision was much clearer than ours because he knew that the Law of the Jungle was unalterable and easily observed. The strong survive. Morality melts before the sword of the unjust. So the just must take up their own sword…

Even those that deny Kipling’s Law of the Jungle with their words, live under the power of that same law everyday. It is too easy to condemn one who uses strength and power to protect himself. It is arrogance and pernicious criticism. Few are willing to die for ideological pacifism. And one could suspect that even those who are willing, do so in penultimate stubbornness, bearing death before the humility of admitting one wants to live.

Morality only guides the just, but it cannot protect from the unjust. To the reaver, the thief, the tyrant, morality is the great enabler of his  crimes leaving gaps in the victim’s defenses.  And it can never be moral to die in a gutter to a robber, to leave behind fatherless children because of the aggressions of  a maniac, or to accept psychological destruction at the hands of a rapist. So the Realist’s morality leaves no gaps. The aggressor sets the rules of the deadly game. It is a game we are willing to at least try to win, because this life is what we desire. We do not give into death and destruction merely as a means of displaying our nobleness. Most of all though, the Realist knows that there is evil in the world. He knows what that evil looks like, and he is never afraid to point out the evil, which seeks to hide amidst subtle words and clever lies. This evil often resembles the person who blames a rape victim for her defilement on the fact that her slip was showing. Heads deserved severing when Muhammad’s image or name is defiled. This is the type of evil the Realist plainly sees and without telling himself comforting lies, aggressively attempts to destroy.

Next: Part II

26
Jan
09

al-Qaeda should have played the victim

“Inevitably Obama will make certain decisions that will be unpopular and which the propagandists will quickly castigate,” Pillar said. “I expect that the honeymoon will be just as fragile and short as with the American electorate.” ~Former CIA official

This article explores al-Qaeda’s foolishly aggressive rhetoric aimed at Obama. Al-Qaeda could have played the victim, but instead, their hatred of America is making them give up on the one escape they had: A new democrat president who can’t afford to be known as the man who lost a war. Guantonomo continues to prove a very diffult problem to solve. Europe, not surprisingly, is showing reluctance to take any of the prisoners into their continent and some people already released from Gitmo are showing up on Jihadist websites ready to fight again. Will there be outrage from the Left when some more of my brothers in uniform die  because of this? Nope. More blame on for neo-cons is all…

This could be an enormous strategic mistake on the part of al-Qaeda’s leadership. They had an escape pod, and it was a way that many people even here in America would have bit on: Our problem was with Bush, not the American people. Evidently however, we are still the Great Satan.




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