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Tuesday, October 16, 2001
I see that more people are visting this here 'blog. I thank you for taking the time to do so. Some of you are older than me, some are younger. Some are male, some are female. Some are ministers, some are teachers, some are students, some are parents, some are just working stiffs. If you're here, odds are it's because I told you about this site. If that isn't the case, please, stick around. Peruse the archives. Bookmark me. Or, get fed up with the whining and leave. Regardless, you're all welcome here, and I hope that I don't prove to be boring. If you do visit here, however, please let me know. That's why I have the ICQ Chat Panel and my email address posted here --I'm not an attention whore, I'd just like to know what people think about my thoughts. I'd like to know if I have made you think, or made you laugh, or made you mad, or made you bored. I just wanna know that I'm not whistling in the dark.

Now, some of you may have gone through the archives and thought, "Man, this guy is just one big downer." That's valid. But, please understand that this is mostly just me venting; just me shouting in the wilderness. Online scream therapy. I may have some insights into things, but, odds are they're all thoughts that have occured to all of us at one point or another. Or not.

"You should see what I don't write." -- George Bernard Shaw

If you know me in real life, please -- don't worry about the content of my posts. Whenever I get really down, I just listen to "Low Self Opinion" by Rollins Band. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Henry Rollins and his band, well, just do a search on the web. Fantastic man, fantastic band.

Reading the newspaper today, I ran across an article about the sales of 'bin Laden' merchandise. Part of me envies the guy who was making the 'Ayatollah Assaholla' t-shirts. All he needs to do is make the beards on the pictures dark, and he's back in bidness. Part of me hates those damn t-shirts. And the targets. And hats. And toilet paper.

I'm not some sort of bleeding heart who blames America and its foreign policies for the attacks, but the people making these products are just opportunistic. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a fair-weather patriot. Loving your country isn't about flying flags or wearing redwhiteandblue or buying Lee Greenwood CDs -- it's about actually participating in our republic. Vote. Write your representatives and senators. Support our Bill of Rights. You have freedom of speech -- use it.

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I don't approve of 'dehumanizing' our enemies. While dehumanization is necessary in times of war (you can't actually think that you are killing people), I don't support redneck propoganda. But, don't underestimate my capacity for hatred. Remember -- while I do not support the death penalty under any circumstances, I fully support the use of torture. I prefer psychological torture to physical torture, but, hey, if gouging someone's eyeballs out and then pissing in their ocular cavities works, go for it. There are worse punishments than death -- you just gotta have the guts to find them. But, these damn t-shirts...damn.

I grew up post-everything. I didn't understand the Cold War, I don't understand Vietnam, I am convinced that everyone involved in the Nixon administration is/was evil and should be put on trial for crimes against humanity, I think Truman fucked up big time, and I don't trust the government. Do I support our current military actions? Absolutely. But, Paul Harvey said something the other day that made me think. "There are no civilians in a war." I kind of like that. No civilians -- just 'collateral damage'. Know who else used that term? Timothy McVeigh. Know where he learned it? The United States Army. If you're going to have a war, kill every fucking thing there.

Of course, that's irrational. I've never bought into the whole 'kill 'em all, let god sort 'em out' attitude. Even though I don't believe that human rights exist. No rights are guaranteed to you just because you were born.

I'm just rambling now, so I'll quit. :)

Have a nice day!

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