Monthly Archives: April 2008

Old School thinking

I sent this quote to my friend about the firebombing of Dresden:

“In the post-war period estimates of the dead ran from a low of 8,200 to a high of 300,000 and have been the subject of distortion both upwards and downwards for varied ideological and nationalistic reasons and have been and still are the subject of extreme controversy.[6][7][8]The raids continue to be included among the worst examples of civilian suffering caused by strategic bombing, and have become one of the moral causes célèbres of the Second World War.[9]”


My friend wrote back:

“As usual there are two versions.  And even the most inflated figures pale to the death and torture that was an everyday occurrence and hallmark of our enemy.  War is not a walk in the park.”

I said,

That sounds like something an Old School general might say. We’ve got to get far away from justifying death. That’s the easy way out. In this case it is 8,000 or 300,000. I submit that even just one civilian death is far too many. Using civilians to squelch an ememy is a tactic perfected in the 20th Century.

There are two versions of Iraqi deaths. 50,000 or 500,000. How many of those were terrorists? Then the rightys come back with “Well, Saddam would have killed a lot of people too.” Uh, ok. yes, he may have. but WE did this killing and rather indiscriminately too. That is modern thinking. Bah, humbug.

Yes, war is hell. But we talk more about how to survive it than how to end it. How about the US takes the lead in getting rid of nukes forever? Why don’t I hear that from anyone in the Senate, except maybe Kucinich and, of course, to all the OS people he is a fruitcake. To me the Senate is full of fruitcakes and Kucinich is the only sane person there.

There is so much that is ugly, awful about the 20th Century, not that the previous centuries were lush gardens of paradise. But the 20th Century brought horrible new weapons of mass destruction. Yes, again, the US horded the WMVs and brought chemical weapons out of the caccoon. “Let’s make a chemical that can wipe out an entire city but keep the building intact!” Human beings actually had to plan to make those bugs. Isn’t that astounding? I think modern scientists are evil. They make these horrible things and then they try to find an antidote to smallpox. Go figure.

Can you imagine? Someone had to actually think “Ah, a flamethrower. What we need is a flamethrower!” or “The world needs a bomb that can kill 100,000 civilians in a matter of minutes.” or “What we need are better gas chambers!”  Stuff like that. It’s so OS.




Michelle Obama may have “IT”

Michelle Obama

Michelle Malkin

I get scolded for not expressing my love of my country correctly. I lost my flag lapel pin Dr. Bob gave me a few years ago. I think I will get another one soon. Really. Why?

Because I do love my country. Very much. It’s just that I think the US and the rest of the world needs to correct its course. I am not afraid to say so and as loudly as possible. I want the good the US does (and there is plenty of that) to shine and not to be tarnished by the Ugly American tags. We are not perfect but we do shine enough, just enough. Like Mozart and Michaelangelo.

I saw an email today about one Michelle Malkin talking about how proud she is to be an American. I don’t know Michelle Malkin. Is she black? She says she is a woman “of color”. Filipino? It does not matter except that I learned she is a “conservative journalist.”

I’m sorry but I can’t shake the thought of a conservative woman of color from my mind. It just seems wrong.

Has Malkin ever seen American life through the eyes of a black woman? I ask that question with respect. People do not choose their ethnic background.

Malkin is more than just conservative, though. She is far right wing. There is a difference. You know that, right?

Malkin is famous for calling out ABC news for telling their reporters not to wear the American Flag pins or red, white and blue ribbons. My initial reaction is “right on, Michelle!” but on further thought it may be better for our journalists to try to see the situation without bias.

In the recent email Malkin supposedly posted an article (unverified) about how she felt proud of America. The intention of the article is to jab at Michelle Obama’s husband, of course.

In the email statement, Malkin says she’s been to more than one naturalization ceremony. Is that a job for her? How many have you been to? I’ve never seen one though I am sure they are inspirational.

I think Michele Barack would say the same about a naturalization ceremony.

What is it about this election that finds the talking heads jabbering about Barack Obama’s wife? This is reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy back in 1960. I think her presence helped push Jack into the winning column.

Like Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Barack is highly educated and intelligent (the two adjectives do not necessarily merge), confident and beautiful (again).

The right wing is blowing Michelle Barack’s comments up because their gunbelts are shy of ammunition this year.

Never mind that her statements are taken from the context of her life as a black woman in America. You don’t have to be a poor black woman to feel the pain of a two hundred years of dire hatred.

We have Condi and Malkin who provide the exceptions that prove the rule. If they represent African Americans in the US why is Obama getting 80% of the black vote? Do you think Condi would get 80% of their votes?

The right wing rants about Obama’s minister and his use of the word “bitter.” They need a new writer. The script is stale and a loser.

Let’s talk about economics and Iraq and global warming and about the type of change that really shakes the world. Stash the nonsense, politico boys and girls.

That’s the opinion of greg cryns. Worth what you paid for it.