Saturday, October 08, 2005
Feeling Unhappily Hawkish
I don’t want to see an open conflict with Iran. I don’t want to see another hot front open up in our continuing war to change the political face of the Middle East in our efforts against militant Islamic terrorists.
International tensions are best dealt with through peaceful diplomacy--except, of course, when they can’t be. Unfortunately, there are still some factions in the Middle East who believe that the West is not serious about the need for our relationship to be fundamentally altered; the dynamic that held through the 80’s and 90’s is no longer acceptable.
The West--at least, the Anglosphere--is serious about asserting our need for security and for the prosecution of the Global War on Terror (an ungainly title, but at least reasonably accurate) throughout the Middle East. In recent decades, until those post-Reagan years, our struggle against communism was deemed to be the most important foreign policy goal, but between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the aggressive agenda of Islamic terrorists, our priorities have changed.
The leadership of Iran doesn’t seem to have read that memo, though.
There is no doubt that America and the UK don’t want a showdown with Iran right now and there is no doubt that everyone would prefer that normal diplomatic channels would suffice to handle the tensions. But, as my grandpa used to say, wishing doesn’t make so.
The challenge to our leadership isn’t to be arrogant or mindlessly aggressive; the challenge to our leaders is to recognize necessity and act accordingly. Iran is waging war against the Coalition and against Iraqi sovereignty, and our necessity is defined from that bedrock fact.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Speaking of Cool (Because We Were, You Know)
This is a very cool blog site design (and a blogger after my own heart who has good taste in bad movies).
Seriously, a nice, well-conceived design with great little details that make the thing work beautifully. I love it.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Working on New T-Shirts
It’s about time to think about re-designing the site graphics and with that comes new t-shirts. I thought I’d share some of the concepts with you while I was working through them.
Here’s the first one, the second will probably be coming early next week.
Anyone who wants to belong to a very select group of people (which is to say, not too many people have bought any of these things) can still order the old ResurrectionSong t-shirts.
So, About Your Opinion…
I’m writing something over the weekend and want a little hand from the crew. Here’s the question:
When you think of the Bush (II) presidency to this point, what are biggest policies, ideas, mistakes, and successes that come to mind?
Answers shouldn’t just be a mindless litany of praise or harsh criticism, but an honest look at the President’s administration to this point. I have my own thoughts, but I want yours, too.
Real Snippets of Conversations
"When I was a kid, my mother always told me that wearing heals makes your butt stick out. So, whenever I wear heals now, I worry about my butt.”
“What you’re saying is: do these heals make my butt look big?”
- Much giggling. -
Update: Andy wants to be heeled.
Well, We Do Throw a Good Party
I have to admit: kind words about the US from foreign press come along so irregularly that I really soak them in when I manage to find them. Hence my pleasure at this little piece in the Guardian about how British party politics could use an injection of American-style enthusiasm.
Actually, this bit is most worth reading because it grants that outsiders view of part of our political process (a part that I’ve mocked, myself).
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Clash of the Titans: Yeah, That’s Good Stuff
You could make the case that it was well past its prime even when it was released; movie effects had passed by Harryhausen’s jerky models by the time Titans came to the theaters. You could say that his earlier movies, Jason and the Argonauts and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, were better examples of the craft. You could even say that it bastardizes Greek mythology to the point where it has no resemblance to the real thing.
You might even be right, but I say that it’s a person who can’t remember their childish (in a good way) love of the fantastic--their utter willingness to surrender themselves to the fiction--who can’t find themselves enjoying this little slice of movie magic.
I couldn’t tell you whether there is anything truly good about Clash of the Titans, but Netflix delivered it to me today and the smile on my face is about as genuine as you could imagine.
Ah, pure happiness.
That Just Wouldn’t Be Right
Out of either wishful thinking or righteous anger, someone came to this part of the archives after searching for “Ashton Kutcher Master Chief.” That would be an abomination and probably a sign that Satan is working hard to bring about the apocalypse.
I Wonder if They Meant That in the Nicest Possible Way?
Sorry to expend so much energy on Harriet Miers, but I’ll be honest with y’all: it came as a jolt to the system that President Bush made this nomination. Along with that jolk has come a lot of interesting writing and conjecture, and I can’t help but be pulled along with the crowd.
So, before I decamp and move on to other subjects, here’s a little snippet from The New Republic:
Again I say, “Ouch.”
The whole piece contains a few honest compliments and a few brutal digs at our President and his advisors. I had wholly expected Bush’s second Supreme Court nomination to cause a stir, but I honestly didn’t see this coming.
Well, it’s certainly giving us something to write about. And let’s keep the obvious in mind: the choices the Supreme Court justices make affect changes throughout the nation. It’s worth fighting to have the right people in place.
Gestank of the Strange and Acknowledging Activity…
Why amn’t I very contently ge$$$WESEN with the denomination of Bush_s? Calm counting pulse the methods to me.
Yeah, it doesn’t “over frequently come.”
With thanks to Warren Bell over in the Corner.
Harriet Miers: Upon Reflection
Why am I unhappy with Bush’s nomination? Let me count the ways.
Monday, October 03, 2005
NFL: Green Bay at Carolina
For purely sentimental reasons, I was hoping to see Brett Favre lead the Packers to a victory tonight. That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen; this Green Bay team is just plain bad.
While the team’s deficiencies aren’t all Favre’s fault (in fact, he isn’t getting any help from his recievers or his offensive line), it does feel like the end of an era. I hate to see how bad this team will be without Favre, though.
Vile, Race-Baiting Song from HurricaneSong.com
This is a slap in the face to every American--regardless of skin color or political preference--who has given their money and their time to hurricane relief efforts. The lie--that white America won’t extend a hand to help black Americans in time of need--is proven a lie by the hundreds of millions privately pledged in aid by individuals and corporations (the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund alone has already raised more than $100 million in pledges), by aid workers who are still working to clean up the mess left behind, and by our government’s own promise to spend further billions (62 billion has already been approved) to help rebuild the region.
Race was not and is not a factor in deciding who was helped, and the suggestion that it was is an obviously divisive and dishonest attack. Disgusting.
That’s Gonna Leave a Mark (Updated)
I don’t claim to have any knowledge of Harriet Miers, Bush’s choice to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy, so I don’t have any particular feeling about how should would fill the role. David Frum has some harsh words on the subject, though, and that makes me a little uneasy.
My biggest issue before reading the Frum post was that the nomination felt too chummy--that Bush was extending the nomination to a pal because he felt friendly rather than to a qualified nominee because he trusted their credentials. I realize that comes across as overly simplistic--he wouldn’t nominate a fool or an incompetent. Rather, it doesn’t feel like the best nomination at a time when Republicans have a solid opportunity to change the face of the Supreme Court.
As I said, I’m feeling uneasy.
Update: This could be ugly for Bush. The left will hate her because she isn’t one of them (although I have a hard time imagining that they will turn to the filibuster on this nomination) and the right and the moderates are coming after her because she doesn’t seem to be the right (as in: correct) choice.
From Booker Rising:
There’s a different view at Overtaken by Events.
Michelle Malkin seems to have a good selection of thoughts on the subject.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Non-Football Thoughts of the Day
NFL: Broncos at Jacksonville, II
The final analysis of this Broncos team this week will be praise of the defense and happiness that the offense continues to play without significant mistakes.
Broncos had not turnovers while the Jags had four.
The Broncos pressured Leftwich all day, while Jacksonville were only getting to Plummer sporadically.
Our defense held the Jags to just 12 yards rushing on the day and the Broncos managed 188 yards on the ground.
Like the Kansas game, the Broncos took advantage of opportunities that the defense made for them and, even after missing those two early field goals, left the opposing team struggling to play catch-up throughout the game. Plummer and the Broncos generally play well with a lead; it’s when they find themselves falling behind that bad things start happening.
Maybe not the most exciting game to watch, but good for Broncos fans who find their team a surprising 3-1 after a dismal start in Miami. The defense is building impressively (with a couple rookies really stepping up in the secondary to make big plays) and the offense seems to be hitting stride. What should scare other teams is that there is still that sense that this team has room for growth. You don’t have the sense that they are playing above their abilities, you have the sense that they are still finding their way.
The momentum builds and the bandwagon is starting to fill up. I still have my doubts about this team, although if my cynicism continues to be rewarded with Broncos’ wins, I’ll be a happy fan.
NFL: Broncos at Jacksonville
It’s halftime, and the Broncos are leading the Jags 14-0 (and managed to miss a few field goals on the way). Even without Champ Bailey, who was injured in the Chiefs game, the defense has been dominating--brutally stifling the Jags offense through the first part of this game.
In fact, I’m starting to feel sorry for Byron Leftwich, who has taken a touch of abuse in the early going.
Luckily, the offense has been carrying their weight, too. They’ve moved the ball well, scored a few points, and given the defense the breather that they need in the muggy Florida heat. Anderson has carried the ball well and caught the ball well, Plummer has avoided turnovers and mistakes, and the passing game has been solid. In fact, to this point, the only bad part of the game for Broncos fans has been the kicking game, and the announcers have excused that as being a result of gusting, swirling winds in the stadium.
The Broncos, after losing to the Dolphins and trying to lose to the Chargers, continue to look like one of the better teams in the league.
Update: Of course, the second half has been a much different story. Not a good one for the Broncos fans…
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