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Something is still hinky with my computer system.  In the not-good hinky sort of way.

Special level of hell should be set aside for virus and trojan writers.

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I was told by a friend years ago “Assholes, armpits, and opinions.  Everyone’s got ’em.  Almost universally they stink.”

Well it is true.  Here’s mine.

Australian op-eds who are so rabidly anti-US that they worship Osama bin Laden really irritate me.

It’s taken me days to figure out how to say something in response to Bob Ellis’ op-ed that involved civilized and professional speech.

How shabby the Americans are. How secretive and stupid.

How arrogant you are.  How lacking in empathy and purposely ignorant.

What klutzes they are. And how dearly we all must pay for their clumsiness, in a rejuvenated al-Qaeda and acts of terror without end, in this country too. And an atomic war, perhaps.

You are paying dearly… how?  Al-Qaeda wants(ed) terror with or without our removal of Osama.

Osama was unarmed, we now are told, but he ‘resisted’ and so was shot ‘above the left eye’ and ‘part of his brain was blown away’. This, and other details, might explain why Barack Obama spent so long rewriting his speech, his worst thus far on a great specific occasion, and why he seemed uneasy giving it. What, we may ask, is he now to say of a murder committed by uninvited American troops on foreign soil, illegally?

If he so much as twitched an anal sphincter it would be “resisting”.

As for Obama, he had many reasons to rewrite his speech(es).  Chief amongst them is the ultra-high level of incompetence.

Want to know what I think happened?

When Obama ran for president he had many rainbow and unicorn thoughts that possess many of the liberals out there.  When he actually won and discovered that by golly he couldn’t walk on water more than an inch deep, he was shocked, angry, and confused.

So, too, was Obama shocked when he discovered that “getting Osama” actually could involve a monster dressed in the flesh of a human being having his cranium vented in a really messy way.  My goodness!  That’s not a photo-op moment and it wasn’t supposed to happen this way!  Why, this isn’t at all how it is portrayed in the movies!  Oh, dear, how messy.  The military said nothing about brains and dead terrorists.  And there are realities with ordering someone killed, namely that you might not look like you walked on water, and that you might be inept – and that maybe, just maybe, the minds that ran such a successful campaign can’t actually orchestrate the appearance of leadership when real leadership is needed.

Claim Bush to have been anything you like, but he knew when 9/11 got really rolling that it would be a long, hard, and lonely road to walk.

By the way, Mr. Ellis – you are cordially invited to S.E. Michigan any time you would like to come for a visit.  I have many many friends who would like to meet you and talk about your views on the US.

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Study THIS, Pal.

What the HELL is it with Democrats?  Suddenly nothing they do can be transparent.  Biggest bunch of secretive bastards we’ve seen in years.

Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke to reporters after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting at which participants vented frustration with the Senate legislation.

Der Spiegel had the funniest thing I’ve read in… oh.. I don’t know… perhaps HOURS.

US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday. With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope.

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Now, its new occupant is a man who not only opposes the health care bill, but also favors waterboarding as a method of interrogation for terrorism suspects and rejects carbon cap-and-trade as a means of limiting carbon emissions.

YAY!

That article quotes several other newspapers, but this one gave me the most hope.

“For everyone else in the world, this means that they will have to bid farewell to a candidate for whom the hopes were so high. They will have to say goodbye to the charisma they fell in love with. Obama will be staying home after all.”

Oh boo-hoo.  The rest of the world has made it quite clear that they despise the US, seeing us as only bad/evil bullies even while holding their greedy hands out.  They can keep their love-of-Obama-charisma and stay the hell away from me.

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New study…

Americans are more than twice as likely to express prejudice against Muslims than they are against Christians, Jews or Buddhists, a new survey found.

We are a predominantly Judeo-Christian nation,  Jews are our allies, Buddhists have never committed acts of terror against us, and there’s a huge percentage of the Muslim world that wouldn’t shed a copious amount of tears if the US just disappeared.

Why does this study claim to shed new light in any way?

More than twices as likely.  As much as that, huh?  How likely are we to express prejudice against Christians, Jews, or Buddhists in the first place?  Help me get my bearings here on real quantities…

So I read up a bit on the group that did the study –  the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

The Poll of the Muslim World is part of Gallup’s larger World Poll, a self-funded effort aimed at consistently measuring the well-being of 6 billion world citizens (a sample representing 95% of the Earth’s population) on a wide range of topics for the next 100 years.

Hmmm.  So who is the other unrepresented 5%?  Circus freaks?

Anyway, here’s a huge wad of BS as I see it:

A recent in-depth Gallup survey in 10 predominantly Muslim countries,
representing more than 80% of the global Muslim population, shows that when
asked what they admire most about the West, Muslims frequently mention political freedom, liberty, fair judicial systems, and freedom of speech. When asked to critique their own societies, extremism and inadequate adherence to Islamic teachings were their top grievances.
However, while Muslims say they admire freedom and an open political system, Gallup surveys suggest that they do not believe they must choose between Islam and democracy, but rather, that the two can co-exist inside one functional government.

And we’ve seen that idea work so very well so far, haven’t we?

Anyone seeing the glaring discrepancy here?  Critiques are extremism and inadequate adherence to Islamic teachings combined with the notion that Islam and Democracy (freedom) can co-exist.

It all boils down to:  We want the freedom to choose the rigid societal structure that we’ll impose on everyone else in accordance to a religion that permits cruel treatment if we so decree.

So why should Westerners have a problem with that?

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Disclaimer:  I am railing at our collective victimhood, not the very real pain-response that comes from being out of a job, losing your home, or hardships from the current recession.

Americans used to be known for toughness, stick-toit-edness, strength of character… what are we now?

I’m not saying it isn’t devastating to have lost your job – because it is.  Very much so.  You get by and eventually you will find a job.  It is understandable and quite normal to be dealt a blow by it.  I was.

What is NOT understandable is how everybody else, the media foremost, who is acting like they have lost their jobs and the country is on the skids headed for a cliff, never to return.

As Americans we have historically ridden stuff out and we’ll do so again.  We have been tough ****ers and pulled together.

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What is irritating the hell out of me is this tendency for everything in the media to be presented having gone through a gauntlet for the most depressing, demoralizing, negative bunch of bullshit ever spewed.   And for people to lap it up without a trace of discernment, without a trace of desire to verify the facts, and without a single bit of backbone that says “Panic won’t fix it, hand-wringing won’t fix it, and we just go one day at a time.  Together.”

People deserve to see how some people are rolling with the punches.  They need to see inspirational people around them.  They deserve to hear someone who has an opposing viewpoint, who just might be able to say “I think things will turn around and here’s why.”  They deserve leaders who by God, act like leaders instead of trying to scare people into accepting spending bills that no one in their right mind would countenance any other time.

The media doesn’t seem to realize or care – and no one calls them on it – that if you say something enough times… it starts to stick.  And they have been doing such a good job of crying doom that they are helping to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I’ve been thinking this for a while now and Bill O’Reilly, who I do not agree with even half the time (because he’s pushy and at times abusive to his guests), had something to say that rang loud and clear.  Note that it starts on a bad note, but then take notice of the point that he leaves on after having made it well:

And many of us are victims of the brutal recession in America. Again, we did nothing to deserve this. Most Americans are hard-working honest people who pay their mortgages and don’t steal money in rigged business deals.

But the government let us down and allowed business gangsters to run wild. And there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it.

That’s frustrating, and it makes people angry. Why should we suffer when we did nothing wrong and the government we hire by our votes to represent us was too lazy or dumb to protect us? Both parties are to blame.

But if we dwell on stuff like this, we become cynical and unhappy. So the best thing to do is to ride it out.

Thursday on “The Radio Factor,” I got a call from a young guy in Utah. He lost his job, he has three small children and no money. So what did he do? Well, he joined the National Guard. Now the government will pay for much of his college, and he’ll be able to feed his kids.

That’s an example of an American rolling with it, making the best out of a bad situation and even contributing to society after fate whacked him. That’s how we all have to think. We can turn a bad situation into something positive.

Life is tough. It isn’t fair. Bad things happen to good people. All of those cliches. But if we survive fate, it tends to make us stronger if we are smart about it.

Bill O’Reilly – http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,493765,00.html

(emphasis mine)

What happened to us?

I fear all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve. – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor

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