Thursday, October 23, 2003


I suppose that this is one of those “half full or half empty” problems. The events of 9/11 are proof of the fact that we were long overdue for a wake-up call in the harsh world of terror politics. Of course, we had a whole list of calls prior to the events in New York. The World Trade Center itself was attempted the year before. And Al Quida had already tried to sink one our ships, and crazies have been blowing themselves up on the streets of Jerusalem long enough for it to become a commonplace. Of course, that stuff only happens in foreign places where life is cheap and we could care less. What the heck, that don’t happen here. Middle class people with full cable including HBO and IRAs don’t have to deal with terror, right? That’s strictly for the mud people, right?

I suppose that we were too sanguine at that time because we had assumed that the FBI and the CIA or SWAT or one of the other mysterious cop acronyms that we pay taxes for had a handle on things and we could continue to overlook those wacky lunatics like Osama the same way we overlook Jerry Falwell and Malcolm X. You know, maybe a little dangerous, but come on... this is America. Land of the free and home of the pocket fisherman.

Suddenly the TV screens were filled with ugly pictures of American helplessness. Hey, can this be happening? What happened to the perfect anti-terror branch of the FBI as seen on TV? How come they didn’t allow us to continue our slumbers? Heck, they had averted the last fifty dozen attempts to humble us. How dare they be anything less than perfect? One moment we were gorging ourselves at an all you can eat breakfast buffet complete with sugary crepes and the next moment we were watching weaponized airliners plunging against the sides of stock brokerages and careening into the sides of the Pentagon while sausage gravy dripped off our chins onto our dress shirts. What the hell is this?

Of course, right then we got a telling lesson in the power of government, and the pointlessness of exercising power with only hindsight as a guide. Immediately, the skys were swept clear of ALL air traffic. I mean all of it. Suddenly, the vultures were up there alone with only a few B-52s for company. Let’s get that barn door closed before something else happens! And the government, in its finite wisdom, closed the barn doors with an echoing thump. Emphatically. As if Pandora would ever come back. Sigh.

The last couple of years have seen a gigantic shift in the mission of the FBI, the local police, and security both internal and external in all of our institutions. We have accepted the necessity of having minimum wage trolls pawing through our dirty laundry and groping our daughters at airports. Gee, we must look like ragheads. The government says that they need to be able to peer into our clandestine use of library cards in order to protect us from Osama. Huh? Oh, well, you now... security. Well, OK. You want me to come where? Camp Zero? That’s right next to the Holocaust Museum, isn’t it? And while they’re at it, they need to do an end run around the Bill of Rights. Huh? They say that the “war against terror” makes it necessary for them to suspend habias corpus, or at least have that power if they decide to use it... but heck, it’s for security. Uh... Hey, if you weren’t some sort of asshat pinko raghead liberal suckwad you’d proudly give up the keys to the gates of the kingdom and help the government with these clumsy gas valves on the showers at the relocation camps! What? We’re the government.. we’re here to protect you! Yeah, after the fact. OK... you looked at my library card. Has that power caught Osama? No. Have you caught Saddam? No? But gee, you mean he wasn’t hiding in my dirty laundry out at Orlando International Airport? Go figure.

Gee, guys... I guess I got it all wrong. It’s all for my own protection, right? Security... right? As long as you have unlimited power to do what ever you want then I shouldn’t be afraid that you might abuse that power. Please.

It’s time to screw your head back on straight folks. There is no such thing as the “war on terror”. That’s just a bit of jingoism that worked nicely at feeding on our fears after these cretins made us feel stupid and vulnerable on 9/11. Wars are organized acts of aggression conducted by one government against another when reason and diplomacy have failed to serve their political needs. What happened in New York was a criminal act perpetrated by a group of thugs with a lunatic agenda that is based on a deep misunderstanding of who they are and who we are. Those boneheads thought that they could strike out against American capitalism by knocking down an office building or two. That’s the same kind of brain dead thinking that causes some criminal loonies to bomb abortion clinics thinking that if they kill a few doctors and nurses and maybe a few sad, frightened pregnant high school girls they are striking a blow for Christianity. Cordite can’t be used as incense. If you think otherwise you’re as stupid as the nuts who do this kind of low criminal deed. What? God’s work ? Sword of Allah? Give me a break! Retards.

These thugs call themselves soldiers of Allah but they are not soldiers, they’re criminals, and should be treated as such. Soldiers are honorable men fighting for their country and their communities. We don’t need better terror-seeking laser guided arab bonkers. We need better police work. Find the assholes and put them in jail, and if they have committed capital crimes then prosecute them, and if they’re guilty as charged then strap them down in Old Sparky and flip the switch. But let’s do it after the mud people have been before a judge and jury. The last thing we need is to give a blank check to a collection of bone heads who may not be in office long enough to lighten up on their own rhetoric. This ain’t TV folks. We can’t solve every problem in a 30 minute time slot and still have time for a few tampon ads.

Why do we do all these things? Well, we have to DO SOMETHING! If we don’t look like we’re on top of things “they” might find out that we don’t have a clue. We’ve got to get tough on something, even if it’s just ourselves. We can start out being tough this way because we have that capacity. To do anything else might require some careful thought and an intelligent exercise of our very real power to bring about serious change. Do we really want this? I wonder. If we don’t then... then... then what? They might not like us? Hell, they hate us now. Is there anything we can do about it? Not in the short run. But we can use the same strategy that the early Church used with the Romans and the Barbarians. Subversion through absorption. If we can turn all the ragheads into card carrying capitalists they’re not likely to want to blow up their stock brokerages. Heck, it worked on the Russians. We wore them out with money. Fast food and retirement plans, tampons and pocket fishermen. How can they be our enemies? These days, we’re begging rides from them on their space shuttles because ours in in the shop. Why can’t that work in the land of Allah?

Listen folks, Hillary wants to run. Do you want for her to inherit this kind of leverage? That thought makes my blood run cold.


Wednesday, October 22, 2003

From Tom Leete --

Bob -

even feinstein defends the patriots act!

see the para. about the aclu...making inflamatory public claims...but unable
to produce any evidence to back them up...

how come you're not so upset about "sneak & peak" for drug dealers and
mafioso - which is already legal?

is that a moonbat in your hair?

is he coming or going?

why don't you take the train up here for a long weekend? thanksgiving?

Go to: Patriot Act Misunderstood, Senators Say
Washington Post


Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Tom -

I have discovered a poetic side to your curmudgenery... moonbat wing of the looney, liberal left? Wow!


From Tom Leete --

Bob -

when was the last time you heard about the aclu taking on the pc thought
police? except for anything to do with Christianity or Caucasians?

i am not a church goer. i am leery of Christian fundamentalist. yet, there
is no question in the current pc environment, they are being discriminated
against. i don't feel like a racist - except black miss America, black
graduations, black fraternities, etc. etc. are touted as such wonderful
examples of diversity & multiculturalism - then i must be a racist because
that's blatantly discriminatory. when do you think the aclu will go after

i believe the aclu has simply turned into the moonbat wing of the looney,
liberal left.


Monday, October 20, 2003

From Tom Leete --

Bob -

actually it is your own ACLU version of the Patriot Act...brown &
stinking....i watched Mercury (our dog) grunt real hard to come up with it.

do you read "gut rumbles"? he has some comments about starting your own blog
you might find interesting. you 'gotta post a lot. should not be a problem
for you. your bail bond/djvv experience would provide an interesting point
of view to many folks.

beautiful morning! cool - 55 degrees - and i got to drive ashley's little
bright red Z-3 in to work this am! top down, of course. brought back many
memories. damn thing is quite spritely! also very low. impossible to get out
of in a dignified manner. i look like a giraffe trying to escape a strait


Tom -

I'd like nothing better than to join in such a crusade. And I'm sure that the good offices of the ACLU would support our right to exercise our franchise in such a just cause. Or at least they should.


From Tom Leete --

Baird -

now if the aclu was willing to go after this kind of mindless censorship,
i'd be happy. in fact, that's what i remember they used to do. before they
became the action arm of the liberal left. think i'm too harsh? i cite the
the unabashedly leftist aclu judges on the 9th circuit...

Mike S. Adams The thought police


Sunday, October 19, 2003

Well, the good news is that the process of Heglian dialectics is still at work (you know.. thesis...antithesis... synthesis). The last year (or so) has been full of complaints about the lunacy of the Patriots Acts One and Two. My objections have long been that anything deliberately named like this must be some sort of nasty secret because our masters invariably think of us all as boobs. And they're almost always right.

Now comes the fresh breeze of compromise in the form of the Craig-Durbin Act which manages to save the good stuff in the original language while limiting the "unlimited" aspect of the new powers our betters gave themselves so that they could protect us from ourselves. It's not a done deal, but it is refreshing to see that there are still a few guys around in government who are not knee jerk liberals OR knee jerk nazis either. The guys at the ACLU have a fairly good blurb about the new legislation -- Safe and Free .

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Stevie --

Here's the thing I was talking about:

--- Bob Baird wrote:

> My favorite -- #24

> Things My Math Teacher Did Last Year:

> a.. 1. Forgot how to find the slope of a
> line.
> b.. 2. Tried to express the difference
> between ( 2 Sin x) and ( 5 Sin x) by yelling
> out what they would sound like if you turned
> them into sounds.
> c.. 3. Pointed the overhead projector out the
> window instead of at the screen.
> d.. 4. Taught us the difference between
> vertical and horizontal.
> e.. 5. Took a little bit too long to reduce
> 36/108 to 4/12, and just as long to reduce that
> to 1/3.
> f.. 6. Made sure that we were fully aware
> that Moses descended from the mountains with
> the Ten Commandments and not with the knowledge
> of how to determine square roots.
> g.. 7. Brought a rope to class and tried to
> hold it up to demonstrate different graphs
> rather then drawing them on the board.
> Complications arose when she realized that she
> only had two hands.
> h.. 8. When a student asked, "Can I ask you a
> question?" she cleverly replied, "You just
> did!" Needless to say, no one thought that was
> very funny.
> i.. 9. Taught us that a good way to remember
> what an exponent is is to remember that is has
> the letter "x" in it. That was the only
> explanation she gave.
> j.. 10. Told us that she offers extra credit
> points for every time you tell her about an
> "interesting" mistake you made on your
> homework. She also grants extra credit for not
> knowing how to do a problem and asking her how
> to do it. Since these assignments are not
> turned in, you are rewarded absolutely no
> points for knowing how to do all the problems
> and doing them all correctly.
> k.. 11. This extra credit is added up when,
> at the end of class, she passes around a piece
> of paper and you write down your name and how
> many extra credit points you earned that day.
> l.. 12. One assignment each week is actually
> handed in for credit. I answered three out of
> the five problems incorrect but still managed
> to receive 9.5 points out of a possible 10.
> m.. 13. She explained 1-dimensional,
> 2-dimensional, and 3-dimensional objects. She
> then portrayed what a 2 1/2-dimensional object
> was by violently wadding up a piece of paper
> into a ball and holding it out to us. She later
> realized that she needed that piece of paper to
> make copies of the homework assignment for the
> class.
> n.. 14. The only reason she was talking about
> 2 1/2-dimensional objects in the first place
> was because she thought 1 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 2 1/2.
> o.. 15. Told us that as the year went on,
> we'd be learning more things about math.
> p.. 16. After she illustrated the difference
> between f(x) = sin x and f(x) = x^2, she
> advised us to just sit back for a minute and
> take it all in. So we did.
> q.. 17. Admitted that half the math problems
> out there are just impossible.
> r.. 18. Since homework is due not at class
> time but at midnight, there is good reason to
> believe that she lives in her office.
> s.. 19. Admitted that she doesn't have enough
> brain cells to know what pi is.
> t.. 20. Used her superior math skills to
> estimate that the answer to one problem was
> somewhere in between 100 and 1,000.
> u.. 21. Advised us to never ever graph (-3)^x
> because the result would be way too weird for
> us to handle.
> v.. 22. Had the ingenious idea to combine
> math and gym class, which she demonstrated by
> moving her arms around frantically so that they
> looked like certain graphs. No one else did it.
> w.. 23. The number 3 reminds her of an
> accordion.
> x.. 24. Said that math is an escape from the
> real world and those who do math cannot deal
> with reality.
> y.. 25. One of the problems on a past
> assignment asked us to write an equation that
> when graphed, would show the emotional ups and
> downs of a friend.
> z.. 26. Said that she might have invented the
> distributive property, but she wasn't really
> sure.
> aa.. 27. Some students lost points on their
> homework assignment for using logarithms to
> solve certain problems because she had not
> taught us that method yet. Other methods, such
> as guessing, were accepted.
> ab.. 28. Taught us various ways to use our
> calculators to cheat on the test.
> ac.. 29. Determined that 2000/400 was
> "probably" 5.
> ad.. 30. A student raised their hand in class
> and the teacher called on her by saying, "I
> have no idea why, but I am so determined to
> call you Sarah right now." The student
> responded by saying, "Probably because that's
> my name."
> ae.. 31. Admitted that she spent a lot of her
> childhood hanging on to an electric fence for
> as long as she could.
> af.. 32. When the word asymptote comes up,
> she is the one who is quick to point out that
> it starts with "ass".
> ag.. 33. Asked us, "What's the graph look
> like for this equation?" When no one said
> anything, she just started dancing around for
> some reason.
> ah.. 34. She showed up for class one day and
> the lights were off. She said, "No wonder you
> guys are always in the dark." I knew it was
> going to be a bad day.
> ai.. 35. Said that if we didn't like the
> grade we got on the test, we could just make
> our own test and do that one instead.
> aj.. 36. Informed us that while driving, we'd
> still have to depress the accelerator if we
> wanted to keep moving at a uniform speed.
> Apparently it isn't just for accelerating.
> ak.. 37. Has the amazing ability to somehow
> associate any math problem with the time she
> went to Australia.
> al.. 38. Direct Quote: "The facts of life is
> this is a parabola." I have no idea what she
> could have possibly meant by that.
> am.. 39. Showed her mastery of the English
> language by successfully using the word
> "maximumly" in a sentence.
> an.. 40. Told us that it's possible for a
> math problem to be its own grandma.
> ao.. 41. Asked us if we were surprised when
> 1/2 X 40 ended up being 20.
> ap.. 42. A student messed up on a problem and
> told the teacher what she had done. The teacher
> got all excited and said, "Oh, I like that!"
> aq.. 43. Said that Tuesday seemed like a
> "bizillion" years ago.
> ar.. 44. Told us that although we understood
> the problem, we'd probably get all confused
> again once we were further away from her aura.
> as.. 45. Said that doing integrals is like
> driving with a clutch; in that you don't know
> how it works but you do it anyways.
> at.. 46. She's a retired high school math
> teacher.
> au.. 47. When one student raised both their
> arms above their head to stretch, she asked the
> student if he had two questions.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Tom --

Yes. Good stuff. Of course, it's a trifle ingenuous to "discover" that power corrupts. Seems that I've heard that somewhere before...

As you know, I've always been an Adlerian in my psychological world view. I really do believe that the important consideration is invariably the elaboration of mutual complexity defined by the "locus of control". Ah, Adler! The eternal question: Can there ever be a reincarnation of the traditional Logos (a modern day edict of Milan?) so long as people continue to need to natter over the distinctions between homoousiae.

The other thing is that I find myself agreeing with pleasure is the notion that you don't really have to be liked. I suppose it's because I rarely have been. But those few who do are invariably thoughtful like minded misanthropes who all seem to own library cards.

Some even play a fairly mean piano rag (the defining 12 bars?).


I just got the links with the website to work. There's hope yet! Now I have a place to put things and hopefuly get some feedback from hard deads like Tommy.