Stupid People


So I ended up eating chicken noodle soup, sucking down TheraFlu, and beating X-Men Legends on my new (to me) GameCube. I have only two games; this one, and Super Smash Bros Melee. The single-player value of the latter is somewhat limited, alas, especially if you suck at it (which I do). It's quite humbling to get your ass kicked by Jigglypuff.

Incomprehensibly stupid moments in automotive maintenance

In which Sig sets his car on fire.

Caring is nice. Doing is better.

In the context of the recent whining by a few misguided State Department pansies ("We won't go to Iraq, we won't we won't we won't!"), Matt Sanchez says some smart things.

Free Tibet, Save Darfur, Feed the World – these slogans betray the fickle attitude behind the motivation for actually doing something. Too many "activists" think "caring" is enough, but despite television spots, celebrity endorsements and plenty of pity, Tibet is not free, the world is not fed, and Darfur is far from saved.

The worse violators of this "I care therefore I am" scam are those who have no faith. Think of the missionaries daring deep jungles at a time when disease presented an even greater threat than hostile action. Think of those you know who are willing to make great sacrifice and risk, because their belief is deeper than a narcissistic bumper sticker or more enduring than a televised concert.

This attitude has always annoyed me, whether it's people not willing to pay the price (in money or in blood) to bail out a war-torn country or people at church who can't commit to anything beyond "keeping x in their prayers."


Not dead, just... detached.

I'll probably have more to write about it, but I don't know when just yet. Opportunities should be a little more frequent, however, since the great generosity of several friends has allowed me to build a computer only 3 or 4 years behind the state of the art--good enough, as they say, for government work. Also, if I can ever get my disks and my manuals in the same physical locality, I might even be able to play some of my old games.

Beating a dead horse

There are lots and lots of people writing about Scott Thomas Beauchamp and The New Republic, and I had not intended to throw my hat into the ring--but hey, nobody's making you read this stuff. My thoughts, largely in response to comments from Tim's earlier post, are over at Vox Veterana.

For what it's worth, there is such a person as PV2 Scott Thomas Beauchamp stationed in Germany, at least according to Army Knowledge Online. The temptation to e-mail him was powerful, but I'm sure that a) his inbox is probably approaching critical mass by now and b) his own sergeants will take care of him.

I will reiterate: the fact that we wear identical uniforms is deeply offensive to me.


Of battle buddies and blue falcons

I spent a lot of time thinking, though, and I resolved never to be that guy--the leech, the guy who not only can't do everything, but who can't do anything. I don't understand the kind of mind that can slack off in a situation where everyone is hurting, that can do no more than the minimum necessary to get by because it knows that other people will take the slack. I don't really get how people can live with themselves that way.

Our very own Minipax

This is the best April Fool's joke legislation I have ever seen...[quote]SEC. 101. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE.

(a) Establishment- There is hereby established a Department of Peace and Nonviolence (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the `Department'), which shall--
(1) be a cabinet-level department in the executive branch of the Federal Government; and
(2) be dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace.
(b) Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence- There shall be at the head of the Department a Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the `Secretary'), who shall be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(c) Mission- The Department shall--
(1) hold peace as an organizing principle, coordinating service to every level of American society;
(2) endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights;
(3) strengthen nonmilitary means of peacemaking;
(4) promote the development of human potential;
(5) work to create peace, prevent violence, divert from armed conflict, use field-tested programs, and develop new structures in nonviolent dispute resolution;
(6) take a proactive, strategic approach in the development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict;
(7) address matters both domestic and international in scope; and
(8) encourage the development of initiatives from local communities, religious groups, and nongovernmental organizations.[/quote]
Isn't that awesome? It's like straight 1984-speak. Clever, clever joke.

Oh wait. It's real.

Too much rage for words

Seriously. Have we lost it this badly as a society, that this man is an object of pity?

"Please, pay Your attention!"

Umm. Yeah. I'll get right on that. I've only got until the seventeenst, after all.

Watching C-SPAN

I should know better than to watch C-SPAN. It's one thing to know that the duly elected leaders of my nation are scumsucking pus weasels--it's another to watch them demonstrate it on national television.

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