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Undercover Hippie

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Torture? Abuse?

The New York Times > Washington > Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo

Terrorists who kill with impunity, cut heads off of bodies in front of cameras, declaring their intention to drink the blood of innocents are being held in a prison in Cuba. And because we won't tell them for how long the Red Cross says its TORTURE!!!!

I say thats tantamount to treason. Lock 'em up ... in Gitmo ... for ... a while.


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

An original thought!

I so rarely get them... I just had to put it out there.

I was reading an article about controversy in the Ukraine over their election results. Some guy I never heard of (with too many consonants in his name) ran against some other guy I never heard of (with too few vowels in his name) and the loser is disputing the results. Sound familiar? Its Florida-East.

I was reflecting on how we got into this mess where no matter what the outcome, nobody believes in the process anymore. Everything is suspect. Everyone is a skeptic. Any charge, no matter how outrageous is treated as possible. Things didn't used to be this way. At least not in the U.S. And Eastern Europe has made remarkable strides in Westernizing their culture (at least with respect to living under the "rule of law"). Nevertheless, I believe this is a worldwide phenomenon.

This brings me to my thought. A few years back, one of my favorite authors (and speakers), Dr. Ravi Zacharias, put out a book called "Deliver Us From Evil." (Sorry Sean Hannity, but Ravi was first.) In it, he categorized three steps our culture has gone through which has brought us to our current state: secularization, privatization, and pluralization. His theme is secularization has led to a loss of shame, pluralization has led to a loss of reason, and privatization has led to a loss of meaning.

If all big cultural ideas a secular then anything goes (MTV anyone?). If any culture is morally equivalent to any other culture, then we have no basis for any comparisons. If any claim on truth must be private, then nothing can be true.

Put all of these together and we have problems. But, I think the political divide in our country (the U.S.) and others (Spain, UK, Ukraine, etc.) can be traced back to groups seeing reality from vastly different viewpoints with no hope of bridging the gap. There's no hope of bridging this gap precisely because truth must be private, all cultures are equivalent, and all ideas must be secular.

The Spirit of the Age screams at us that Michael Moore is as right as Bill O'Reilly, and you are dismissed as a crackpot if you hold any other position. Unfortunately, this also gives easy cover to those of us who would rather not expend the mental energy to wade through the arguments and come to a conclusion. "They each have a valid point," someone will say.

Phooey! There is objective truth in the world, and it is true for everyone, all the time. There was a winner in Florida '00, Ohio '04, and Ukraine '04. Unfortunately, the popular culture breeds skepticism by forcing us to believe that truth is relative. And we're starting to believe it.

Monday, November 15, 2004

From one veteran to Michael Moore

I found out Michael Moore was soliciting emails from veterans. So I sent one...


Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 11:33:39 -0500
From: Derek Viljoen
To: soldiers@michaelmoore.com
CC: frankj@imao.us
Subject: Hi from a Veteran

Mr. Moore,
I heard you wanted to hear from Veterans. Well that's terrific, because
I'm one, and I've always thought you should hear from me.

Here's the deal. I don't understand how people on the left don't
understand why we veterans don't trust you. What is hard here?
Everytime our military takes action in some place you roll out the
banners and take to the streets saying how the US shouldn't be doing that.

Well, this time you decided that your head hurt from getting hit
everytime you opposed our troops, so you decided to put stickers all
over your Yugo's exclaiming that "I Support Our Troops." There's two
things wrong with that: 1) support the troops by supporting the mission,
and 2) since when did you consider them "Our" troops? Isn't that the
whole point of the "Not in our name" garbage?

Its like you want to be thought of as really liking the troops but
despising what they do (hey didn't Clinton say that?). The purpose of
the military (as someone far smarter than I put it) is to kill people
and break things. That's what they do. And thank God that our military
can kill people and break things far better than anyone else's. That
means we don't have to take crap from people like Bin Laden.

But, I'm really amazed that a person who is obviously bright enough to
be very successful at whatever you do could be such a conspiracy nut. I
mean really. On one hand, I'm supposed to believe that George W. Bush
is dumber than a stump, and on the other I'm supposed to believe he's
capable of all these grandiose schemes and connivings. It just doesn't
make sense.

And if we put aside that involvement of George W. Bush, and just say
he's a pawn in some larger secretive world of power brokers with hidden
agendas... Well, who's THAT smart? We can't even get a decent sugar
substititute. And we've got billions of people that would pay lots of
money for that! (Wouldn't you? ... OH DAMN! I promised myself I
wouldn't bring up your corpulence... sorry.)

If there were some conspiracy out there, and they were this smart, do
you think they'd let you run amok with your insane-sounding ramblings,
just on the off chance that some disaffected Socialist would believe it?
Turns out that you're actually better than that, and you even got some
otherwise normal people to believe it. I know better than to think YOU
actually believe it. But hey, it pays the bills pretty good, don't it?

Anyway, you wanted to hear from a Veteran, and so now you have.

Sincerely,
Derek Viljoen
SGT (E-5) Ret., US Army

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Arafat Funeral Funnies

How could a funeral be funny you ask?

AW, C'MON! Its a dead terrorist!

But, my 5 year old son and 4 year old daughter were eating their breakfast while the funeral was on TV. My daughter asks "What is that?" My son says, "Its John Kerry."

Not quite, but I appreciate the youthful attempt at logical connections.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Woo-Hoo!

Check this out!

I just love it!

Post Election Quotations

I'll be adding to these as more come in...

"I guess John Kerry went into the primary without a plan to win the election." -Ann Coulter


"Last night it was like Republican porn watching those results come in." -Glenn Beck


"BWA HA HA HA HA!" -FrankJ


"I say its time to reach across the aisle... and slap the people on the other side." -Mark Levin