Saturday, March 18, 2006

Goddamn Heroes

From the Hutchinson News:

After almost 34 years, Tom Angell still chokes on his words recalling the moment he returned to the U.S. after fighting in Vietnam.

"They threw eggs at us," Angell said of the anti-war protesters who met his return flight after serving as a combat military policeman.

Since January, Angell has been part of the Patriot Guard Riders, who were first organized in August 2005....

According to Terry "Darkhorse" Houck, the Patriot Guard Riders formed in Kansas when a few friends in Mulvane heard members of Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, were planning to protest the funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. Church members oppose an army that represents a country that accepts homosexuality.

"That had to have been the most fantastic thing I had seen in a long time," said Linda Klaus, the mother of Sgt. Jessie Davila, speaking of the Patriot Guard's presence at her son's Dodge City funeral March 4.

For Angell, this is the first bit of unity the 55-year-old has felt since he returned from Vietnam in July 1972.

"I realized I can do something to make the families feel better at the worst time of their life," he said softly.

Mmmm....Vendetta

Those of you seeking subtlety, look elsewhere.

Those of you looking to experience a refreshingly direct, idea-rich blockbuster from the boys behind the Matrix, V For Vendetta is Easter candy come early.

Is it a great movie? I dunno. Is it a damn good movie? Absolutely.

If Winston Smith had been a hideously deformed super hero, the film version of 1984 might have looked something like V For Vendetta. It's genuinely thought-provoking, and it's also rather entertaining.

At the end, I'd argue that V's "message" isn't that Liberals are good, and conservatives are bad. It isn't that America is monstrous. It's that the people are responsible for their governments. We reap what we sow. That's a message worth remembering.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Wowsers

Over in Oregon, "conservative" columnist Adele Ferguson recently opined - via op/ed column - that black people should be grateful for slavery, because it brought them to the Land Of Opportunity.

Ms. Ferguson's article is head-spinningly ill-concieved. Here are a few of the choicest cuts:

One of these days before I die, I hope to see a shift in the attitudes of so many of my black brothers and sisters in this great country we share...


Judging by her picture, I assume Ms. Ferguson uses "brothers and sisters" in the non-literal sense.

The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.

Just....Wow. Take a moment to read that again.

Wow.

And as if that weren't enough, Ms. Ferguson takes the foot she's so expertly wedged in her mouth and deepthroats it:

Blacks have no Cesar Chavez.

I suppose, if you don't count Frederick Douglass, WEB Dubois, Nat Turner, Martin Luthor King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, or countless other human instruments of social and political change, then Ms. Ferguson is right.

The ultimate irony in Ms. Ferguson's use of Chavez's name is that Cesar organized the United Farm Workers, a Union of noted strength. That she deploys him in an article condemning the Teachers Union just further underlines that she has absolutely no idea what she's talking about.

While I fully support the right of free speech, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal appears not to share that opinion. They've yanked her piece from their website, though it's handily available HERE in pdf format for those of you running low on crazy-fuel.

(heads-up courtesy of oliverwillis)

Tom Delay Is Bigger Than Jesus

From Newsweek:

"Right now, I wouldn't vote Democratic if Jesus Christ was running." Judy Deats, a Texas Republican, who is standing by Rep. Tom DeLay in his re-election bid despite the fact that his association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff has made him vulnerable to political opposition for the first time in more than 20 years

Yessir, conservative moral values run deep in those Texas Republicans. If, by "deep," you mean "shallow." And if, by "moral," you mean "the exact opposite of moral."

I wonder how Ms. Deats' constituents feel about her willingness to oppose the Son of God in future elections?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

X-tatic

Hot damn if this thing doesn't give me the warm n' tinglies.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My Maui Memories


My Dad, chillin' on a hillside outside of Kapalua, sporting what appears to be a pompadour.

The view from said-hillside. I wish this gave an indication of just how BLUE the water was.


This is the Church at Kahakuloa village. The village itself is nestled in a horseshoe shaped valley, wrapped by a one-lane winding road. It's like a place out of time, and getting to see and experience places like this, alongside the more typical resort culture and tourist stuff, was the highlight of my trip.

My Father and I make the trip past Kahakuloa whenever we're on Maui, and it's what I most look forward to whenever we travel there. I'm very blessed to be close with my family, and these trips make me realize just how lucky I am for that.

Homeward, HO!


Codemorse (left) and his brother (right) indulge in some genuine Hawaiian food

Well, obviously I had no idea that getting onto my computer to update would be so damn difficult, what with the beautiful Maui weather, the volcano-riding, the water-sliding, and the general fan-fucking-tasticness of it all.

In short, I'm back. I miss Maui already, and my girlfriend and I are already talking seriously about moving there on a permanent-type basis. Talk about a life-style I could sink into.

I'd say it's good to be back, but frankly, I'd rather be there still. What IS good is having easy access to this magic box again. I'll be posting pictures from the trip later today and throughout the rest of this week.

If you're still checking in, thanks. Codemorse hath returned.