Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
A little remodeling has been in order for some time. Now that I've passed my blogiversary, at least I needed to learn enough more HTML to spruce up the place a bit. Expect a couple more minor changes shortly.
If any of the text colors really don't work on your monitor, please give me a headsup.
Also, I've gone back to using Haloscan for the comments. Seems y'all were nervous about using the Blogger litterbox...
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Sunday, June 27, 2004
Hey, I've been talking about this, but this is the first I've heard that implementation could be this close. This is a GREAT idea, far more efficient than using rockets, and probably better in many ways than an advanced "space plane" replacement for the shuttle!Comments
The concept is simple: centripetal force on a counterweight stationed just beyond the geosynchronous orbit altitude will keep the cable taut, and solar energy beamed down from a station located at the geosynchronous orbit elevation powers the car that rides the cable.
This scientist expects that the carbon nanotube ribbon he envisions would be capable of lifting a 13 ton payload into space.
Click to read more:
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Saturday, June 26, 2004
I am likely to be pointing you in the direction of the Belmont Club blog a lot. This blog is so chock full of great analysis, I figure why do I need to add more.Comments
This post compares the tactics used against the Russians in Chechnya to the tactics used against Coalition forces in Iraq. The tactics are the same, but the results have been very different. Find out why: Belmont Club--The Grand Bumblers
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
This is terrible...but funny! Mouse-roll across the cartoon...Comments
Curmudgeonly & Skeptical: ROLL
Link via SondraK
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...is a very disturbing movie.Comments
Never saw it before, saw it tonight.
I pretty much knew the plot before, but given the moral and political times we're living in, some of the more disturbing aspects are not so far-fetched. Stem-cell "harvesting", organ "harvesting" from "spare" "fetuses"...
"Soylent Green is made of PEOPLE!!!..."
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Monday, June 21, 2004
Some people get bent out of shape when, after months and months of blogging faithfully day after day, they are still no closer to surpassing the "Higher Beings" than they were when they started. "What?! Only 350 hits today? Can anyone tell me, WHAT IS THE POINT??"Comments
Well not this Cat. Nosiree! I've figured out that, for massaging the ego, blogging is about as useful as a one-armed trapeze artist with an itchy arse. First off, nobody reads what I write anyway (yes, I know you're reading this and you're SOMEBODY. No offense intended.)
Sitemeter is great for bringing a dose of reality. "Twenty hits today? Cool!" But then I see that sixteen of them were poor lost souls who wandered in by accident from a misguided Google search.
Just for example, someone wandered in here today searching for a "nose prosthesis". (Poor fellow--probably cut off his nose to spite his face. Sorry I can't help...)
Second, my recent troll-thwacking and a change to a new comment system seems to have killed the feedback. Maybe I should return to haloscan. At least with haloscan I had a few trolls to thwack, which was fun in it's own way. But it's kind of refreshing being a stinkin' li'l backwater blog. If I let go for a moment to itch my arse, not too many people even notice the thud, and even fewer are likely to comment on it.
So my effort at "Dave Barry" style humor elicited stony silence.
Hey, at least I don't have the kind of pressure Frank J. has on him...
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Sunday, June 20, 2004
Here's a tip for cleaning your workshop of all that fine dust that gets all over everything, especially after you do any sanding, cutting or other woodwork. Now this only works if you have a powerful roof fan or evaporative cooler. This technique depends upon having a strong current of air coming into the shop.Comments
You'll also need the following:
-Your NIOSH-approved respirator (the one you use for spray painting--those wimpy allergy masks are useless)
-A powerful floor fan--one of those high horsepower models--not the weak box fan designed for the parlor, and
-A long extension cord to plug in the fan.
First, turn on the roof fan and open all the doors and windows. Put your goggles and respirator on. Now turn on the floor fan and point it at all those dusty workbenches, and into all those dusty cabinets and corners and crevices. It should be obvious by now what the goggles and respirator are for. By now you will have a tremendous cloud of dust that is being forcibly ejected from your workshop by the roof fan.
You might need to make a couple passes over the workshop with the fan in order to keep the dust airborne long enough for the roof fan to do it's job. But when you're done, your shop will look like you spent hours vacuuming and fussing over every corner meticulously with the shop vac. Trust me, no one will know the difference. This is why it's best to use this technique when the wife is not home. It'll take you ten minutes and make you look like a hero.
If your shop is in really desperate shape, you can use this same technique, substituting your leaf blower for the floor fan. The only problem is, the leaf blower is powerful enough to scramble your socket set and blow your birdhouse project into the next county. So it's best to reserve this for the truly deep cleaning needs. Plus your neighbors are likely to look askance when they see scraps of wood leftover from that Christmas 1963 paper towel-holder project flying out the garage door.
Oh and one last thing: It's always good to check which way the wind is blowing before you start.
(seriously, this is better than Dave Barry -- click THE SANDBOX to read the rest...)
(Click Here to return to Main Page)
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She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Did you know that Space Ship One burns a combination of rubber and laughing gas in its flight?
I've been using the wrong stuff all this time...
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Saturday, June 19, 2004
Grouchy Old Cripple: Big Cat For PumpmanComments
That looks to be a Maine Coon cat. My cat Maxwell (probably half Maine Coon) is nowhere near that size.
Link via Acidman
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Velociman makes the case here that Islamofascism is, in fact, probably the most pure form of Islam.Comments
Velociworld: The Fuze Burns...
Think about it.
Mr. President, quit lying to us about the nature of the enemy. Islam is not a "religion of peace". Whereas war has been waged in the name of Christianity in centuries past, the very founder of Islam was a bloody man of conquest. This has nothing to do with hatred. This has everything to do with facing the truth and being willing to accept it.
Islam means "submission".
That's you and me.
I don't think so.
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Friday, June 18, 2004
Looking in to civil defense issues, I was reminded of Elena's site, and had to pay it another visit (actually a mirror of her site). All things considered, the radiation levels around Chernobyl are not that high anymore. You still don't want to live there though...Comments
The meter measures milliroentgens/hr, so translating the decimal place, the meter is showing 763 microroentgens/hr directly in front of the power plant. That probably exceeds OSHA standards (*snicker*), but isn't likely to do a person much damage. The danger lies in stochiastic effects (i.e. long-term increased risk of cancer).
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Something warns me that it is time to start looking into getting up to speed on the emergency planning advice that the Dept. of Homeland Security has published.Comments
Ready.gov - From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The obvious first step is to assemble an emergency kit and set up a personal and family response plan.
Let's not kid ourselves. It's time to pull some heads out of some dark crevices. The "chatter" from the terrorist sources has been increasing again. We've been fortunate so far that we have not been hit at home since 9/11. There is very little to assure us that it can't happen again. Everyone needs an emergency kit and an evacuation plan.
What? Do you think someone will provide you with all you need at a moment's notice? You think it's okay that you become a burden on someone else who had more foresight than you?
Remember the parable of the ten virgins.
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Thursday, June 17, 2004
Dave Winer, a pioneer of an online journal format known as Web logs, thought he was doing people a favor by hosting 3,000 of such blogs for free.
You were "taken aback"? You don't say...
You cut off three-thousand people from their weblogs without a moment's notice--not a second's notice that they need to scramble to save their archives, to set up a new weblog at a new hosting service--and you're "taken aback" that they are outraged?
Whether "free" or not, you had a trust relationship that you cultivated with these people that you violated egregiously.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Do a search on "Felis desertus"...
Yup! That's the most wonderful thing!
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Barking Moonbat Early Warning System: The Heavenly Poker Game, Act II: "Scene - in a small corner of Heaven, reserved for Honorable Warriors Of The US Military, a smoke-filled room with a poker table in the middle and four chairs around it. To the side, standing around the Heavenly Bar stand four shadowy figures talking to each other and puffing away on large, smelly cigars. In another corner, a figure sits at a grand piano playing beautiful songs ...."Comments
This is worth a read. We've lost some good men lately. Kinda moving...
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Monday, June 14, 2004
NASA - Phoebe's Surprise
Is this not cool?
Phoebe -- a big chunk of dusty ice from the outer edges of the solar system, captured by Saturn and orbiting backwards...
Rrmmm..."Spaceman Spliff brings his craft slowly down for a closer view..."
Click image for a high resolution photo
Miniver Cheevy may have been born too late, but this Cat rather wishes he'd been born a few more decades into the future...I want to walk and work on Mars damnit! Or pilot my ship into the crevices of some bizarre ice block from the outer edges...
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...sitting in his nowhere land.Comments
Making all his nowhere plans
Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, please listen
You don't know what you're missing
Nowhere man, the world is at your command.
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...is that even when you try to keep a respectful distance, they can fling quills with their tails.Comments
I have no idea how to do a "trackback", and given what I've seen in the past, I'll probably be excoriated for commenting here instead of at her site. O well. Tough cookies. I don't expect it would make it past the "troll filter" anyway.
Serenity's Journal -- Take A Stand
I think the worst thing you can do to a writer is assume you know what they are talking about. To assume you understand them. To assume you know precisely where they are coming from. To assume you know them on a deeper level, prompting you to send them emails and analyzing them yet the writer never asked for a couch and psychologist and I'm pretty sure most of the readers out there are not certified in that field. To assume that what they have written is the whole story. Basically, it's thinking you know me based on words on a site as if this were all I had been thinking about and acting on for 24 hours.
So you blog about personal tragedies and other personal issues. People empathize and sympathise and reach out to you. But you've only revealed so much. Then you get frustrated that they respond without completely understanding you?
That's your responsibility as a writer.
Back in my high school debate team days, my coach taught us that the debate judge will only hear 50% of what you tell them and only understand 50% of that. I think this applies to pretty much any form of communication, including writing.
Now you could assume that in a written form, a person could re-read it and get a better understanding. But that rarely happens. So you've got to assume that people are only getting 25% or so comprehension on a first reading. That's why a good writer or speaker will use illustrations and other rhetorical devices--including repetition--to focus attention on the important points he or she is trying to make. There's no point in getting irritated with people's "lack of reading comprehension". It's to be expected.
On top of that, why get frustrated at people if you haven't told the whole story in the first place? Why not assume their response is flawed based on what they're missing and move on. I don't know what you feel you are gaining by taking this stand.
Why waste your readers time and emotions if you're going to fling their (misguided?) concern back in their faces? Why write about a topic at all if you don't want a response from your readers? A short while ago you were bemoaning the lack of feedback on your site. Now?
Rob at Gut Rumbles gets a helluva lot of unsolicited advice in response to the personal trials and tribulations he blogs about. He thwacks the trolls and ignores the rest. Free advice may be worth what you paid for it, but what is the point of being rude and insulting in response?
I'm done giving people excuses and chances. I'm done losing my patience with people because I'm just not going to let it get to that point. There will be no more frustration with them or you or anyone else because I'm not going to stick around you long enough if you cannot act like a decent human being and to me, decent human beings subscribe to: courtesy, honor, dignity, respect and support.
Now obviously I know nothing about the comments you receive that you never choose to post to your comment section. But I see some of what others have written, and I know what I have written and almost sent, choosing in the end not to send (remembering the quills...). Perhaps you have cast a wider net than you intended to, but I do indeed feel a STING. Why waste your reader's time and emotions if you're going to fling their concern back in their faces?
You express frustration that people assume they understand you, based on your writing. Yet you yourself seem to be assuming you understand a person's motivations based on a few lines of an e-mail that don't "feel right"?
There seems to be a bit of a disconnect here between what you expect and demand of other people, and what you seem to be dishing out to your readers and commenters. Courtesy, honor, dignity, respect and support are part of a two-way street.
If I'm sitting at a bountiful feast table, and I see you hungry, searching for sustenance, looking for something to strengthen your frame, it would be discourteous of me, disrespectful toward you, and unsupportive of me not to tell you that there's an invitation out with your name on it, cordially inviting you to join us at the feast. Right now you have been saying (edited out) that the feast table is imaginary, the stuff of fables and fairy-tales. I beg to differ of course, having sat at this table now some twenty years, having come to know better during that time, the one who loves me beyond anything I could hope to expect in this world.
Does the Emperor have no clothes? Am I eating thin air thinking it's food?
And anyway, isn't food merely a crutch for those who are unable to cope with starvation? Or aren't pools of cool, living water just a fairy-tale for those who cannot handle the dust they are given to drink?
Who is really insulting whom? And who, in the end, is really harmed?
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Saturday, June 12, 2004
As long as I'm bordering on the sacreligious, I found this over at Barking Moonbat, where Allan claims there is a chapter missing from Revelations:Comments
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System: The Pre-Apocalypse
The Four Horsemen Of The Pre-Apocalypse
And with that, I'll leave it to say, "click the link to read the rest"!
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Bush is Lord
Welcome to Bush Is Lord. Our purpose is to bring you documentation to our media-supported claim that George W. Bush is indeed not only our nation's leader, but our spiritual lighthouse and embodied salvation.
I don't know whether to laugh uproariously or be offended. I'm definitely trending to the former.
Link via SondraK
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Friday, June 11, 2004
VOANews.com: "World leaders past and present are paying tribute to former President Ronald Reagan at a national funeral service in Washington's National Cathedral."Comments
During the singing of the last stanza of 'Amazing Grace', "When we've been there ten thousand years...", it came to my mind a vision of Mr. Reagan's beaming face in the midst of the Glorious Splendor, beaming as only he could with that beautiful smile of his. And a voice came, saying "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Somehow I believe that the Lord permitted him to be present in spirit at this service
How very good and appropriate this funeral service was! A perfect eulogy of this man's life.
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SondraK.com: Chirac attackComments
Another bizarre Chirac pic at the link above.
I have heard of toe-sucking perverts, but Chirac appears to be attempting to ingest the First Lady's knuckles while Bush's back is turned...
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The Conservative PaganComments
Interesting place, link via Atilla.
Also this one: SondraK
If I wasn't a Christian, I'd probably be a pagan of some flavor. Nice to know there are conservatives in their camp.
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Thursday, June 10, 2004
Reagan Remembered as Kind, Hopeful, CaringComments
June 9: A riderless horse with boots turned backwards is led forward during the start of the funeral procession for former President Ronald Reagan.
June 9: Former President Reagan's casket passes by the National Archives building in Washington during his funeral procession to the Capitol.
There is a long tradition that one does not speak ill of the dead, at least during the official mourning period following his death. The harsh critique of Reagan's life and presidency that has been pouring forth from leftist media outlets over the last few days is nothing short of totally classless.
If it is not possible to tone down the shrill rhetoric for even a week following the death of a former President of the United States, this shows nothing so much as the depth of desperation that exists on the left. They have slowly but inexorably been losing power in this country (and around the world) since 1980, and they largely blame this man for it.
They have made themselves to be despicable.
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...and incredibly enough, it, um...works.Comments
Let's Lighten The Mood
I'm still speechless...maybe moreso now than ever...
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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
The casket of former President Ronald Reagan is led by caisson on Constitution Ave. for his funeral procession to the U.S. Capitol in Washington Wednesday, June 9, 2004. The White House is seen in background. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Ok, I finally got around to trying the "title" feature on Blogger. Kinda BIG... It doesn't appear that it's formattable...Comments
I don't know when Blogger added this feature, or if it was there all along, but I have enabled a separate page for each post. This should make it easier for anyone wanting to quote me and link to me. The new "permalink" link at the bottom of each post will take you to a new page with just that post shown.
Comments will be switching to Bloggers new built-in comment system. Clicking on the comments line (The Sandbox) will bring you to the separate post page, with comments shown, and another link to a page to leave a comment.
I know, Haloscan is simplicity itself, but there's something to be said for making it easier for other bloggers to link to you, and having the comments on the same page is a big part of the "standard".
I will leave Haloscan up for the time being on posts with comments, for those of you who have posted and want to check back. It will be renamed something like "Haloscan comments" for now. Please don't post to Haloscan anymore, as I will eventually delete the links.
I've also been messing with the template, so if things look momentarily funky, please pardon the dust while I remodel.
I don't know...have we gone from "blogspot hell" to "blogspot purgatory" yet? I still have to check out their new photoblogging feature.
UPDATE: Ok, the new comment feature may have some downsides to go with the positive features. I'd like feedback from any readers willing to give it a spin.
Also, the new background? Yea? Nay? GACK!?
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Reagan's Coffin Begins Journey to Washington for State Funeral: "After Californians by the thousands had a chance to say goodbye for two days, the body of former President Ronald W. Reagan began its journey to Washington today for two more days of an elaborate and formal state funeral.
A military band played 'Amazing Grace' as Mr. Reagan's coffin, covered in an American flag, was loaded onto a presidential Boeing 747 at a naval base in Point Mugu. His widow, Nancy, stood on the windy tarmac, along with a few relatives and close friends, and watched silently as a military honor guard performed the simple rite of transporting the president's body"
"When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
There's no less days to sing His praise
Than when we first began."
They're tears of joy, and in a certain sense, tears of envy. No, I'm not in any hurry. But he has passed through that portal on the far side of the valley, and made his way to that shining city on a hill.
I'll see you when I get there, sir.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
World Leaders Meet For An...er, Summit.Comments
Schroeder gets up close and personal with Chirac...
Gruss Gott im Himmel!! Du schtinkt!
Chirac notes the color of his nose...
You see the umber tones of my proboscis? I KNOW how to use my member..."
Chirac tries a move on Bush...
"Ah! Ah! Ah! Frenchy! Watch your hands!
Links via Allah
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Cursing the Darkness or Lighting a Candle?Comments
"JT", commenter at Jihadwatch wrote a great piece that I quote here (edited for grammar):
Jihad Watch: President Reagan: "I remember back in the 80's I was working two jobs paying for college. I hated those people in big houses. I blamed them for me having to pay for college--my sister go a free ride under Carter. Now she sits at home and 'can't work' because of stress, and has to watch every dollar. I am looking at buying a 400K home. To top that, I pay her for my son's afterschool to help her out.
Liberalism is all about blaming others for self-inflicted problems. Conservatism is realizing you decide where you shit and where you eat. To those who continue to hate Reagan: he didn't screw you, you screwed yourselves. Until you realize it, you will continue to do so, and the 'evil rich' will continue to support your sorry asses.
Suck it up and get a damn job, I flipped burgers, I loaded boxes at UPS. I decicided to take jobs that paid more and succeeded. Anyone that fails: it's not the evil rich, it is your own shortsightedness.
I came from a tobacco farm to well-to-do. Before you curse me, perhaps you would do well to ask me how I moved up...but if you curse me, be damn well prepared to explain your own self-inflicted failures. Unless you take a failure as a lesson to improve, you set your own future. My future is good. If yours is not, then ask yourself where did you screw up? It ain't the fault of some evil rich guy. It is your own fault. Until you eat that, well then, I hope you enjoy your doublewide and above ground pool.
And when you ride by my house, before you proclaim an expletive, perhaps you should learn the lessons I did."
Well said. This is a great example of the effect that Ronald Reagan had on this country. A bitter liberal was confronted with the fact that the world was not about to be handed to him on a silver platter. By hard work and perseverence, he obtained that which the government could never have given him. He changed his outlook, and became a productive and successful member of society in the process. And the many millions of people like him are largely responsible for the wave of prosperity that this country has enjoyed over the past twenty years.
Learn it well, young grasshopper.
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Allah Is In A PiqueComments
Allah Is In The House: "Allah should also say that the blogosphere is never, ever more grating than when it's in obit mode. And it's only going to get worse as the week wears on. Purple prose is one thing but c'mon, people: Do you really need to be the twelfth guy on your block to post the 'tear down this wall' quote?"
Ok Mr. Allah, your comments seem to be malfunctioning this morning or I'd have said this on your site:
It's not as if I refer to the rest of the blogosphere before I decide what to post. That quote, in a single line, sums up the essence of his presidency.
In other words, Bite Me, O creator of worlds...
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Monday, June 07, 2004
Note to self: I need to start a new section in the sidebar--call it Voxbloggers?--for the regulars at Vox and Nate's sites that have their own weblogs. Bane is one I just happened to check out for the first time this evening.
Right now, Sarah and Ian's sites are languishing down in "Also Visited Places", and there have to be at least a dozen more.
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Sunday, June 06, 2004
A Small Victory - Celebrating ReaganComments
Michele has a eulogy here that is better than anything I could write. I, too grew up under the threat of The Bomb, and the dark shadow of imminent world destruction. I, too came of age during Reagan's presidency, and I, too was deeply influenced by him in the formulation of my political views. When the wall came down in 1989, it was an utter joyous surprise and welcome upset to my view of the world and of the future.
When he was elected, I called myself a "moderate". I learned in the years to come that a "moderate" is really someone who doesn't know what they believe, who has no real coherent ideology, and who therefore feels free to "pick and choose" his policies on a whim--often whatever is popular in his/her circle of friends.
I learned what is the heart and soul of conservatism from watching and listening to Ronald Reagan. He became for me and many of my generation the gold standard, to which all other aspirants to the title of 'Conservative President' will long be held.
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Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall!Comments
Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president, dies at 93
Eastern Europe grateful for Reagan's work
In 1983, Reagan stunned the world by denouncing the Kremlin as an "evil empire" whose nuclear arsenal threatened the globe.
In 1987, in a speech at the Berlin Wall, he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: "If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization ... tear down this wall."
Throughout, the Reagan administration devoted manpower and cash to quietly expanding its contacts in East bloc countries such as Poland and Czechoslovakia.
"He is the one who allowed the breakup of the Soviet Union. May God rest his soul," said Bogdan Chireac, a foreign affairs analyst for the Romanian newspaper Adevarul.
In 1984, while testing a microphone, Reagan cracked a joke that didn't set well with the Soviets at the height of the nuclear arms race. "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes," Reagan quipped.
But his speeches, which so often sought to encourage the oppressed while taking aim at their oppressors, stirred a generation.
"For us, Reagan was important because we knew he was really anti-communist, emotionally anti-communist," said Zdenek Kosina, 65, a Czech computer specialist.
"For us, he was a symbol of the United States' genuine determination to bring communism to an end."
Laurentiu Ivan, 35, a customs officer in the Romanian capital, struggled to describe Reagan's legacy and then said: "It is due to him that we are free."
The West will not contain communism; it will transcend communism. We will not bother to denounce it; we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.
-- Notre Dame University, May 17,1981
The march of freedom and democracy will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history, as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.
-- Speech to Britain's Parliament, 1982
In an ironic sense, Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing today a great revolutionary crisis -- a crisis where the demands of the economic order are colliding directly with those of the political order. But the crisis is happening not in the free, non-Marxist West, but in the home of Marxism-Leninism, the Soviet Union.
-- June 1982
While (Soviet rulers) preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man and predict its eventual domination over all the peoples of the Earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world. I urge you to beware the temptation to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of any evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.
-- Speech to National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983
May we never forget you. May we never forget your struggle to free those oppressed under the tyrrany of communism.
God rest your soul, Mr. President.
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Thursday, June 03, 2004
A Woman's Guide on How to Pee StandingComments
I'm just speechless...incredulous...
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Primordal Inorganic Hydrocarbon Crude Oil Source?Comments
Wired 8.07: Fuel's Paradise
This is another article about the theory that crude oil does not have biological origins. This is pretty interesting stuff. Here is a paper by the interviewee in the article linked above.
Considering that so many of the outer planets and moons in this solar system are composed largely of methane and other hydrocarbons, is it so far-fetched to theorize that the mantle of this planet is still composed of significant masses of hydrocarbons, slowly seeping to the surface?
If true, we won't be running out of oil any time soon. In fact, we ought to be able to find crude oil at much greater depths than previously presumed, over a much larger area of this planet's surface.
Link via Vox Day comments, thanks to Athor Pel
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Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Kaua'i On My MindComments
I got it bad this afternoon. I'm listening to some Bill Campbell slack key guitar while working on my project. Gentle strains of melody raise wistful memories of that soft Hawaiian breeze, of warm sun and ocean, of waterfalls and forests...of that laid back atmosphere, and of wanting to be back there again.
In my mind I see the cane fields and deep blue ocean of Po'ipu, and westward along Polihale to where the long strand ends. My eyes wander over to glimpse again the crescent of sand around the blue-green lagoon that is Hanalei Bay, then course gently across the deeply folded, lush green terrain of the Na Pali coast...
Yes, she calls gently to me, the spirit of that place--"Aloha, farewell to thee...I sing to you across the sea...return again someday to me..."
It enters my mind from time to time to want to spend serious blocks of time there after my retirement. If I can get this writing off the ground by then, there's no reason I couldn't do it from most anywhere in the world. The obstacle I keep seeing is my cats. Hawaii requires a minimum of 30 days quarantine. That's crazy! That would be so damaging to them psychologically to be locked up for so long. And for what? For me to return with them to the mainland in a few months?
But for today, for this afternoon, I am back there, if only in my mind.
UPDATE: I've changed the rest into links.
Na Pali Coast
posted by Desert Cat @ 5:23 PM | permalink
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
This is the Cat's rant space,
You're welcome to disagree.
But if you're a troll,
You're a mousie to me.
posted by Desert Cat @ 7:43 AM | permalink
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