Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Roe v. Wade and Medical Marijuana

It's been a while, but I'm here again...for now anyway.  I've been chewing on an idea off and on for a while now, and I have a question for those of you that wholly support Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade essentially states that one has a right of medical privacy that is so strong that the question of personhood doesn't matter because the right of medical privacy is sufficiently strong as to supersede any rights granted by the achievement of personhood.  The controlling opinion issued by the Supreme Court noted that neither medical science nor they could determine if a fetus/blastocyst/et al had achieved personhood, but that the right of medical privacy allows for an abortion whether or not an answer could be reached on that.  That means that the question of personhood is irrelevant.

Whether or not you agree with that idea, the question I pose to you now follows it quite naturally. If that is the case, then why don't you have a right to medical privacy that allows your doctor to prescribe heroin, amphetamines, quaaludes, or any other drug they and you both see fit for you to use?  Whether it is for depression, joint pain, cancer, or recreational use, the right to medical privacy should allow this to be a transaction that does not include the federal government.

Thoughts?

Monday, August 04, 2008

Children

I'm experiencing something that is quite puzzling to me. Whenever I speak to my children, it is both glorious and painful. The glory comes from being able to talk to my beautiful little girls, and the pain comes from not having seen them on that day. I feel like a bee that dips into each flowering life for just a little bit, enough to draw from it, but not to drink deeply from it. Alas, until I have a car, my ability to spend time with them is limited.

The good news is that I will have a car very soon, at which time, I'll also be visiting them as often as I possibly can. I see a lot of weekends spent camping, fishing, going to museums, and going to the zoo.

*fingers crossed*

-Bartleby

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Settled in to my new digs

So after a long and rough road traveled, I have settled in to my new digs. I'm staying with a friend in Fishers, Indiana, have gotten a new job (though it doesn't start for quite some time), and am otherwise doing quite well.

I'm done with IT and am going into insurance. I was curious about it for some time, and will now be getting my feet wet to see if I like it as much as I thought I would.

Over and out.

-Bartleby

Monday, June 30, 2008

Friends

A friend is a person who, when your world is falling down around you, is standing with you helping keep things together.

I think I just found the meaning of this by losing one.

-Bart

Monday, December 24, 2007

Erick Wujcik Stands Before the Final Curtain

Erick Wujcik - the gaming legend and all around great guy - has cancer.

Any and all who see this, please pray for him.

-Dennis

Friday, September 07, 2007

Women

I have had a significant number of intimate relationships with women over the course of my life. Over time, all of the serious ones have devolved into abusive and evil situations where I am treated very badly by the woman I am with.

I am starting to wonder if the problem is in fact me and not the women.

I have a tendency to not want to fight with the lady I am with, so rather than fight, I accept garbage from her when she's angry. Over time, this results in her thinking she can be rude, mean, or harsh to me whenever she wants and not expect any response. That causes her opinion of me to sink lower and change her view of me into something secondary and subservient.

The problem here is that I am buying into these situations and allowing it to happen. I put most of the blame for that upon myself. I have heard it said that it is better to be the person who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than to be the person that sold it - but after the second or third time that you buy the Brooklyn Bridge (but this time it came with a deed and title insurance and everything!) it becomes your fault, not theirs.

It is because of this that I find myself wondering why I continue to allow myself to become intimate with women.

Currently, I am in the middle of a relationship that is collapsing. My wife cannot or will not bring herself to see the good aspects of my personality. She only sees the things she hates about me. She is consistently rude to me and tears me down with every chance she gets. I don't fight with her about it because I don't want to tear into her in front of the kids, but I fear that they will get the idea that this is how one treats one's spouse.

I do good things in my life. I'm supportive of her mother. I like her family. I used to buy her flowers a couple of times a week and used to bring her cards about once a month. I used to send her love notes via email. I adopted her three great nieces and welcomed them into my home after I got a vasectomy because I didn't want children (I have since changed my mind - the girls are fantastic and I want about ten kids now). I earn good money. I worked two jobs for a while, running my own business (full time) and working full time in an effort to make it so she could be a stay-at-home mom.

I stopped doing many of the things above for good reasons that I will not go into, but suffice it to say they're good reasons.

I am not so much mystified about why she acts the way that she does...she's selfish and only sees her perspective on things. What surprises is me is that I never see things like this coming after it has gone too far.

What has happened to this world where human beings act like this on a regular basis?

She has her own side of the story too and she has her reasons for being angry. I don't see her reasons for behaving hatefully to me.

-Bart

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Supreme Court

I have been considering the basis of many of the decisions of the Supreme Court of late, and have realized the fundamental problem I have with most of the justices thereon.

They have seemingly reached the conclusion that The Constitution derives its power from them and from their decisions. This is, at best, erroneous and stupid, and at worst criminal. All of their power is derived from The Constitution and all of the Constitution's power is derived from the People. I think that until our government realizes this, there is going to be a significant disconnect between them and what they do and We the People, and what we appreciate.

So, to quote Clarence Thomas; "Something has gone seriously awry with this court's interpretation of the Constitution."

-Bart

Monday, July 09, 2007

I have learned many things...

I have learned many things from marriage. Some of them good, and some of them bad. This weekend, a fire was kindled in my stomach. This fire is not unlike the fire I get in my stomach when I think of Dan Quayle or Al Gore appointing Supreme Court Justices.

This fire was kindled by more harsh words from the mouth of the woman who claims to love me. I hate lying, and realized this weekend that not only does she not love me, but she hasn't for at least five years. I wonder if she ever did - I wonder if her frequent jokes of, "At least I got my house out of it!" were not jokes at all, but were statements of fact that accurately describe what her goals were when marrying me.

Compromise on anything of significance is unknown to her. With an item of significance, it is an all or nothing proposition, and if she doesn't get her way on an order of completeness that is well over 90%, then you are trampling her, domineering, uncaring, and inflexible. Contrariwise, if you ask of her what she asks of you (ask for her to sacrifice something), you're bothering her and being unreasonable because it is clearly too much for her to do.

So, my lovely wife, when you told me, "It doesn't always have to be roses" when I brought home flowers, when you told me, "Call me and let me know what they say" when I was told to go to the ER for an emergency EKG, and when you told me that I create an aura of tension in the entire house by my very presence, you made things absolutely clear.

As I am peripheral to you and a blockade to your entire life, and all I ever did for you was provide you with a house, I'd like to present you with a middle finger. I'd like to thank you for having taught me to hate.

-Bartleby

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Meeeee

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Scooter Libby and his ridiculous sentence

So I'm going over the news and notice that Scooter Libby has been sentenced to thirty months.

OK - so he's busted and will have a rough time in the near future.

The problem is that part of his sentence comes from something he wasn't charged with, wasn't a fact admitted to evidence (in fact, the prosecutor specifically fought to keep it from being brought into evidence!), and wasn't established as a criminal act!

So let me see if I understand this correctly...if I get convicted of the crime of...say...stealing cars, and they decide that I've stolen more cars than I've been proven to have stolen, they can enhance my sentence? That's illegal and wrong!

Our country is slipping.

Badly.

To this slippage I say:

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty's teeth."
-George Washington

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can excercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."
-Abraham Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
-Abraham Lincoln

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
-Abraham Lincoln

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."
-Thomas Jefferson

Something needs to be done about the garbage we've been seeing of late. My suggestion is to vote out every incumbent in every office in every election until things start working the way they should...AS A WHOLE. I don't give a crap if the incumbent 'tried' to fix things...fix them or get out.

-Bart

Murder, war, and The Bible

The Bible tells us, 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'. I have been told on more than one occasion that the more direct translation is, 'Thou Shalt Not Murder', which is a significantly different word with vastly different meaning than the first. It allows for killing in self defense, in war, and other situations as well.

It is because of that difference, that I have started to think that Mafia style gang wars do not qualify as murder in a Biblical sense. When these laws were written on the stone tablets, groups as small as families and tribes and as large as nations would go to war with each other. If families back then could go to war with each other, can no families today also go to war with each other? I submit that war was accepted as being a declaration of armed hostilities between two recognizable groups, and that functions of violence between them would not amount to murderous behavior. To commute that to modern terms, the current day crime organizations account as a confederation of people that can in fact declare war against each other and also act as a small scale governing body for the members. Furthermore, they can be said to be at war with our current government, as they have differing goals and are regularly in direct conflict with one another.

So, is a gangland killing a murder? I don't think it is in a Biblical sense, though it almost certainly is in a legal sense.

-Bart

Tommy the Soldier

Clearly we've come a long way in our respect and honor of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, but we're also a bit lacking in our appreciation of them as well. Why are the salaries so pathetic that a corporal with two children qualifies for food stamps? Why are the retirement benefits being squeezed so much that it is detrimental to dedicate twenty or thirty years of your life to the service of one's country? Why are people who are disabled from combat or retired with a medical discharge being granted such pathetic monies for their sacrifice?

It is because of these questions I have that the poem that follows is in fact my favorite poem:

Tommy
By Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away"
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me!
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! They’ll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside"
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap!
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind"
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

Monday, June 04, 2007

My desktop...

I was asked what images I use on my desktop. Well, here they are:

Monitor 1:
























Monitor 2:























Yes - I own the originals for both images. :P

/Sub

Friday, June 01, 2007




My chosen character portrait.

Belkar. :)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Arguing with a friend

I have a semi-friend that speaks of his child in less than glowing terms. He hates her, he doesn't like her, he thinks she should've been adopted or aborted, and so on.

I'd heard that he said such things to her in the past, but never directly from him.

Today I heard him actually say it, though not in her presence. I said I might call CPS about it. I then got the address of the house and called to find out if he's legally abusing her.

An associate of mine (I will no longer call him friend) ran and 'told' on me, and interestingly, I'm being treated as the bad guy here.

So here's my question...if you truly believe someone is abusing a child, is it wrong to report it? Also, should I expect people close to the situation to treat me as an evil person for my reporting it? I don't think I should have such an expectation and I am shocked...SHOCKED...that I am being treated as such.

I'm not the bad guy. The person telling his child that he hates her is.

-Bart

Monday, May 21, 2007

*sigh*

Out from the depths I cry out to thee o' Lord.

My tattoos











Basic disrespect

I am losing my fucking mind.

My wife, who continually shows me disrespect in anything in which I disagree with her, is giving me more fucking shit. I have *HAD* it. I am not putting up with it ANYMORE.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

I am plenty sick and goddamned fucking well tired of her horseshit and it is going to stop NOW.

-Dennis

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Bitter Potion that is Divorce

Well, the divorce is confirmed. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, where I'm going to go, or anything...

I keep realizing stupid things that really bother me. Last night, I realized I'm going to need to buy a fridge, and for some reason, that deflated me. I took a walk late last night and sat by one of the ponds by my house for a long time. I won't be able to do that much longer.

No more taking the girls to the zoo whenever I want. No more having the girls come up and give me a hug when I get home. No more taking them fishing whenever I want.

Divorce sucks big ones.

-Bart

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Again I am saved...

The last time I was extremely depressed, I was saved by three things.

1. God
2. Friends and family
3. The Beatles

I don't know why number 3 is on the list...they're commies AND hippies...and yet their music takes me places where healing can occur.

Anyway, thanks to God, Laura, Jim, Dave, Rick, Kevin, Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison.

I owe you more than I can say.

-Bart

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I've got a surprise...



I've got a surprise for a friend of mine. He should be getting it in about a week and a half. It's a piece of art that I had commissioned for him and is displayed below...



Thoughts, ideas, or comments?




-Bart

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Divorce Weight Loss Plan

I've lost thirty or forty pounds in about a month. The divorce weight loss plan is pretty effective.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I don't believe...

I don't believe in love anymore.

I believe in convenience, ease, untruth, and abandonment.

...but love doesn't exist.

-Bart

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Life, love, and marriage

My wife and I have been on rocky ground for quite some time. More particularly, things have been pretty rough for the past four years. I've tried and I've worked at it, but I cannot seem to make her happy.

She's done a number of questionable things during this time, and I'm finally worn out. As of now, I am sleeping in a separate room and cannot stand to be near her. It hurts too much to know that the person that should love me and cherish me can't even talk to me on the phone after a couple of weeks of not seeing each other.

So - my question is this:

What in the world is the purpose of marriage?

I've found it to be lonely, demanding, hurtful, depressing, and difficult. It's reinforced everything bad I've ever thought of myself and has brought out the very worst in me.

Life sucks.

-Bart

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A (Mostly) Open Letter to Lucy Dalglish

Recently the Roanoke Times published the names and home addresses of 135,000 people who have a license to keep and bear arms. Lucy Dalglish supports their 'right' to do so on the basis that people who are granted a 'privilege' in this country by a government body.

Following her logic, I should be able to publish her name, home address, and photograph, because she has a drivers license and driving is a privilege. Keeping and bearing arms is a right...so it's only rational to assume that her privilege to drive should allow for the same thing...right?

Here is my letter to her regarding this issue. I have omitted her work address out of consideration for her safety.


Ms. Dalglish,

I recently saw your commentary on the publication of the names and home addresses of people who exercise their right to keep and bear arms by acquiring a license to keep and bear arms.

You said: “Who is licensed and who is given a privilege in this country by a government body is information that the public should be able to have.”

Following your logic, I should be allowed to publish your name and home address on a website. You almost certainly have a license to drive a car, and that is a privilege. We have the right to keep and bear arms just as much as we have a right to free speech and religion.

So – if I were to run a background check or title search (either are freely available on the internet) to find out your home address, would it be acceptable for me to publish it? As a media personality, I’m sure that you’ve upset some people in your time. I mean, your exercising free speech is as much of a privilege as the right to keep and bear arms…and if others can be exposed to threat for exercising their rights (what you call a privilege) then there should be a similar allowance for you as well, right?

I’d love to hear the logic behind your position. If you decide you’d like to reply, I can be reached at:



Thank you for your time,

Dennis Hughes

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Children, school, and recess

So I'm talking with my oldest daughter and she tells me about lunch at her school.

It starts at 10:40am.

She doesn't get home until 4:00pm.

Somehow this works out to be appropriate for her. Somehow she's supposed to go from 10:40am to 4:00pm without eating, and still be able to focus on her schoolwork.

Oh yeah - she has twenty minutes to eat.

Wonderful, isn't it?

My middle daughter frequently misses eating her entire lunch because she eats very slowly and 20 minutes is not enough for her to finish lunch.

It gets worse.

They get 30 minutes of recess every day.

Thirty minutes out of eight hours. That's how much they get to run, play, and get exercise until after school. Because their teachers pile homework on them to the roof, they're doing homework from the moment they get home until about 6:00pm.

*sigh*

My kids need more time to be kids, but I don't see how it can be accomplished.

-Bartleby

Monday, December 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom

Happy Birthday Mom,

Tomorrow will be your first birthday since the day you died. Two days later will be the first anniversary of your death. I still miss you terribly, and not a day goes by that I don't try to pick up the phone to give you a call and tell you something funny, ask your advice, or just see how you're doing.

I had to go to a funeral yesterday. A family friend had committed suicide. When I was listening to his family speak of him, I remembered my efforts to speak of you at your funeral. I'm sorry I didn't do very well, but I tried...and that was usually good enough for you.

I'm watching my girls grow up and watch their accomplishments with a level of awe that until recently was reserved for events such as when Moses spoke with a burning bush.

Anyway Ma, happy birthday.

I love you,

Dennis

Monday, December 11, 2006

A fine quotation

“Democrats are talking about an increase to $7.25 an hour, and they’re promising to push it through in the first 100 hours of the Democratic majority rule. Bush has said he supports an increase, but won’t haggle about the numbers in public... Bush has said that he also wants to be sure that the increase is done in ways that won’t hurt small businesses. Which is, of course, impossible. Regardless of where you stand in the intense debate over whether increases in the minimum wage reduce the number of jobs available to low wage workers, an increase in the minimum wage will hurt small businesses. Do the math: Suppose you employ ten people, full time, at minimum wage. A two dollar increase will cost you about $40,000 a year. How would we react to a tax of the same size imposed on the same scrappy entrepreneurial grocer or clothing store owner?”

~Katherine Mangu-Ward


(Source: The Patriot Post)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

North Korea plans tests of nuclear weapons in North Korea

North Korea is reportedly planning tests of nuclear weapons within North Korea. George Bush says he agrees with the idea, and has similar plans to test nuclear weapons within North Korea.

Kim Jung Il is a madman, and must be stopped.

NOW.

I suggest that we put a price on his head and on that of each of his lieutenants. A billion dollars for him and a hundred million dollars for each of his lieutenants sound like nice round numbers that should result in a number of deaths and/or arrests that will hopefully convince the people that are acting like dangerous madmen to stop it.

-Bart

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Growers are having difficulty hiring enough illegal aliens...

BOO FREAKING HOO!

Apparently growers in California are having difficulty finding enough people to pick their crops because we are finally STARTING to enforce our immigration laws. They are whining at the government to allow them to break the law because it's inconvenient for them to pay enough to hire legal workers to do the job they're offering.

Well, I'm terribly sorry, but if you don't rely upon illegal labor, you won't have this problem. If you pay a wage that is equal to the job being done, you won't have this problem. If you have a job that is equal to what you are paying, you won't have this problem. The only time you have this problem is when the job and the wages do not have a comparable market value and the wages are worth less than the effort and knowledge that you are requesting.

So either you can raise the pay or ask for less. What I am shocked by is when you cry, bitch, and moan because you cannot hire enough illegals to do your work.

One of the jackasses in that article has the audacity to say that he is willing to pay up to $150/day for the services he is requesting. To that I cry bullshit. If he's willing to pay $150/day, the schmoes that are working at McDonald's would be quitting to go pick their fruit. It's more likely that the average wage is closer to $80/day, which isn't SQUAT in that area, in addition to requiring you to do back breaking labor in the heat of the sun.

So - if you can't find workers and are losing money as a result...pay more or quit bitching. You have to adapt to changing market conditions. Until you do, you will be in trouble on a regular basis.

-Bart

Friday, September 08, 2006

But they were CERTAIN that Terry Schaivo was unaware!

It's interesting - people the world over screamed that there was no way at all that Terry Schaivo was at all aware of her surroundings. They INSISTED she should stop being fed. They pounded desks, sued, and went to court - all for the right to stop giving her food. They trumpeted that it was absolutely impossible for her to have any chance of ever hearing the voice of a loved one again, or to see the beauty of a spring rain or a winter snowfall.

Now - later - when we can't go back and fix it, there are findings that show that these folks were wrong...again.

More evidence that people in a persistent vegetative state are at least partially aware of their surroundings have come up. Despite this fact, the people who were wrong before are still sticking to their original position and are saying that the new evidence is bogus. I say that now that we have rational uncertainty, that we should NOT kill these people - with or without a living will!

We do not have enough information to know what is going on with these people, or enough to know whether or not they're having beautiful and vivid dreams of a world where such horrors as killing a disabled human being for the sake of...convenience...do not exist.

We've murdered at least one person who did not deserve it. Let's not make that same mistake again.

-Bart

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

God's views on killing

As I understand it, The Sixth Commandment condemns the act of murder but not killing in and of itself, giving exceptions for self defense, defense of another, war, et al.

I've been considering this lately, because I'm not sure that it reflects that a state of war must exist between nations rather than between groups of like minded individuals. The Mafia wars within its ranks, as do tribes in primitive parts of the world, and there are civil wars and undeclared wars between nations. Also, one can have paramilitary actions against another nation, warlike behavior during a period that is otherwise peaceful, and may other things besides.

Here's the question:

Do privately declared wars - whether between families (feuds), businesses, organized crime families, tribes, or other subset that does not reflect a national organization - count as wars in the Biblical sense that the killing within the scope of said war is 'allowable'?

I mean, it's a virtual certainty in a mob war that you are killing in self defense, because sure as rain is wet, the other guy intends to kill you. Also - if you kill him before he sees you or even knows you're there, it's still defensive, because he fully intends to kill you. Furthermore - it is defensive if you kill him even before the war is declared between the families, because he'll surely be gunning for you in a few short hours/days/weeks, right?


So - is a war a war, or does it require a country and an official declaration of war?

/Bart

It's a beautiful world we live in...

It's a beautiful world we live in...

...it's not for me.

How is it that such ugliness can live in such a beautiful world?

How is it that such beauty can live in such an ugly world?

The dichotomy of evil within a shell that radiates goodness and morality has me stumped right now. How can evil have a beautiful side? It's insidious, and it draws you in, while you believe that you are with someone good and right.

Then you see the corruption. The under-side. The filth.

We all have our quirks, peccadillos, and demons that haunt us through our day to day lives. It is acting upon them that makes the difference between being good and being evil. How is it that an otherwise nice person can do such horrible things - to children, the elderly, the helpless, or to those who are not smart enough to be able to protect themselves against the predators in the world?

Also - why is it that otherwise ordinary human beings wish harm and death upon those who have done evil? Is there no room for hope that this person may repent what they have done? Is there no forgiveness for those who are genuinely sorrowful for what they have done? I hear people that call themselves Christian calling out for the deaths of others for the crimes they have committed, and all too often, I do not hear the voice calling out to help them when their punishment is complete.

I have to battle and struggle to forgive my niece and nephew every day. I know that I can forgive them someday if I try hard enough; I have a hard time though - these beautiful children deserved better than what they got. Heck, they deserve better than me.

With that said; I hope I can forgive my niece and nephew someday. I hope I can forgive Steve Decker for his predations. I hope I can someday forgive those who have wronged me, much in the same way God has forgiven me.

It became clear to me how far from righteousness that I was when my brother told me in no uncertain terms that God was sick of me. I've been trying of late - mostly working on forgiveness and giving to others. I think I've gotten better, and though I know I'll never be good enough for Him, His forgiveness can help me.

Sorry for the stream of consciousness posting, but I've got a lot on my mind.

/Bart

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Wonderful...

This is absolutely horrible - I used to work with this guy and griped and told my stories of the horrible time I was having because of my kids, and now I find this:

http://www.kokomotribune.com/local/local_story_230141916.html

Man sentenced for child porn
By MIKE FLETCHER
Tribune staff writer

A Kokomo man was sentenced in federal court Friday to more than 10 years for distributing child pornography over the Internet.On March 13, 2005, Steven M. Decker, 31, became a target of a federal probe after he distributed computer images of child pornography to undercover agents through an Internet file server he configured and operated, said Susan W. Brooks, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

In May of last year, federal officials with assistance from Kokomo police seized computer equipment from First National Bank & Trust building in downtown Kokomo, where Decker had worked, and from his Kokomo residence, Lt. Donald Whitehead of the Kokomo Police Department said.

The probe was headed by agents of Immigration Customs Enforcement, which is under the direction of Homeland Security.

U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney sentenced Decker to 151 months imprisonment after Decker pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography.

This case resulted from an investigation by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Indiana State Police, the Kokomo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, following a lead from the German National Police (BKA).

According to Brooks, Decker distributed the images in an Internet Relay Chat channel used by offenders to distribute images showing the sexual abuse of very young children as well as older children.

Forensic examination of his computer showed that 754 persons visited Decker’s file server and could access his large collection of child pornography. During a search of his Kokomo residence, law enforcement officers recovered 341 image files identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as showing actual known victims of sexual exploitation.

Steven D. DeBrota, an assistant U.S. attorney, and Jill Trumbull-Harris, a Trial Attorney with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, prosecuted the case for the government. Judge McKinney also imposed a life term of supervised release following Decker’s imprisonment.

Decker also must register as a sex offender, must seek treatment in a sex offender program, and must not have unsupervised contact with minors. His use of any computer will also be subject to monitoring while he is on supervised release, Brooks added.

I worked with this jerk...I thought he was a great guy...I talked to him, liked him, and thought he was about the safest person in our entire department next to our managers, and now I find this! It's great that he was caught and stopped - but terrible that it ever happened in the first place!

What is the world coming to?

*sigh*

/Bart

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Still more evidence of the MSM bias

It is almost hilarious when one looks at the lengths that the MSM is willing to reach to make Israel look bad. Luckily, they were caught again. I admit though, that it could be just a complete bungle combined with an absolute liar/camera whore.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3288406,00.html#n

The woman below has been used in two different stories with photos taken two weeks apart at different locations for the same "tragedy" - namely, her house was destroyed.

Here's the first photo:



...and here's the second one...


Doesn't she look just a bit familiar? See the scar on her cheek? Well, it's on the same photo above as well. She could be a camera whore, but I think that she is really a person trying to make Israel look bad. Apparently there are many instances of this - here's the truth about the 'bombed ambulance' - apparently it's horseshit too...

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2006/08/more_propaganda.html

There are other gaffes as well...more lies...



The above photo was reported to show an airplane shooting missiles. In reality it's dropping chaff and flares to EVADE a missile (presumably fired by Hezbollah). Not only that, but the top piece of chaff is identical to the bottom piece. Isn't that interesting? Yep - the same guy as before - Adnan Hajj got caught again.

So - these news companies are not only putting forth unbalanced 'news' - showing tons of pictures of Lebanese suffering while not even talking about the fact that Hezbollah started this fight, and showing darned few images of Israeli suffering - as if Hezbollah is not STILL firing rockets at Israeli civilians.

Scumbags.

/Bart

Monday, August 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Dad...

Happy Birthday Dad.

It's been 22 years now. Maybe you'll want to talk to me soon.

Bart

Sunday, August 06, 2006

No bias in the MSM?

Umm...there's no bias in the MSM? Yeah - right. I'm a bit late in the game on this one, but this is deliberate alteration of 'news' to further an agendum. Here's a before and after pic of a Reuter's photo:


This photo is before...


This photo is after...



...after they got caught that is.

Do you see a difference? In the first one, more buildings are burning, there's more smoke, and the area appears to have suffered more devastation than in the second. They deliberately sensationalize the damage to Lebanon, while ignoring the damage to Israel, despite the fact that Israel didn't start this fight!

A second point to make: how many images of Israeli buildings are ever shown? How many images of the deaths caused by Hezbollah? How often is it reported that Hezbollah has been shooting rockets into Israel before Israel fights back?

How horrified does the MSM sound when they talk about Israeli deaths? How often do they speak of the terror of rocket bombardment by those scumbag terrorists? How often do they speak of the Israeli children dying?

Honestly - those Hezbollah scumbags are lucky I am not the prime minister of Israel. I'd have bombed them into the freaking stone age years ago!

-Bart

Friday, August 04, 2006

Innocent deaths in Lebanon

All over the media these days, you will see photographs of dead civilians that have been killed by Israeli attacks against Lebanon. In many cases, the pictures will include captions that implicitly or explicitly blame Israel for these deaths.

I am dumbfounded by this position. It is Hezbollah that is actively selecting civilian targets. It is Hezbollah that is using 'Operation: Human Shield' as their prime method of fighting. It is Hezbollah that picked this fight. It is Hezbollah that chooses to hide in civilian buildings.

Also - many (if not all) of these 'civilian' buildings are owned, controlled, funded, or storage facilities of Hezbollah. Sorry Charlie, but if you decide to store weapons in a hospital, don't be surprised when said hostpital becomes a target!

I for one am sick and tired of the media's slant showing Israel as being evil. They write stories and print pictures talking about how horrible Israel is, and then they become very neutral or slanted toward praise when describing terrorist organizations. They go from being terrorists to 'government supporting militants' or 'resistance fighters'. HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS - STOP ACTING AS IF THEY ARE NOT!

Also - it is sickening how so many terrorist apologists say that Hezbollah is not *entirely* terrorist...that it has political and charitable arms. What in the world can they POSSIBLY be thinking? If you link yourself to a terrorist group, YOU ARE A TERRORIST! Consider - if you're an accountant for the Mafia, does that mean that you're not guilty of the crimes you've supported?

I can see it now: "Well, I'm a member of Islamic Jihad, but I'm a nice member! I don't blow anyone up! I just handle the books! The other guys in my building are the guys who blow up buses and schools!"

Sorry - it doesn't fly - if you ally yourself with terrorists, you're a terrorist.

Worse - if you ally yourself with france - they rub off on you too.

-Bartleby

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Some of my art...




I made a couple of purchases recently that I've had framed, and I thought I'd share them with everyone!

...here they are!


They're all originals (well, technically, two of them are original concept art)...one is Spider Man, as captured by the genius known as Scott Johnson. The other is the concept art behind the Rifts: Ultimate Edition cover...also by Scott Johnson. The one with the red border is an original by Keith Parkinson - it was a color sketch done for the cover of Haunted Mesa (a Louis L'Amour book). The one with the Monkey Boy (technically a chimp) is obvious and is from the Ramon Perez Rifter cartoon series (and yes, he changed the lettering for the strip, but this is the original).

They're all absolutely beautiful and I thought I'd share 'em with you!

Bart

Monday, June 19, 2006

Another Father's Day gone...

Another Father's Day is gone.

Thankfully, this time it wasn't so bad. I am the dad of three beautiful girls on top of the kid who was abandoned 22 years ago, so I get to be the dad to these kids that I've missed out on for so long.

It was still hard.

Happy Father's Day...Don? Maybe someday you'll want to talk to me.

/Bart

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Expulsion for a blog?

The Plainfield High School in Joliet Illinois is apparently run by people who do not understand the basis of the Constitution or its guarantees of freedom. The behavior being displayed by them is cretinous at the least, criminal at the worst, and absolutely morally bankrupt. A student created a weblog that was sharply critical of the school and its disciplinary policy. Nobody was threatened, nobody was mentioned by name, and all updates were performed from his home.

Let's consider this - a student was critical of his school administrators on his own time, in his own house, using his own resources, without committing libel or slander, and without threatening anyone and their response is to threaten expulsion and suspend him?

I'd be shocked if this happened in some third world dictatorship. I'd be floored if this happened in some socialist Eurocracy. In fact, the only place this would not shock me is communist China.

So - we've confirmed that the enemies of freedom are active and present in Plainfield High School. Are these the same geniuses that demand higher wages every year and threaten to go on strike for 'the sake of the children'?

What has to be done to get this intellectual weaklings fired? To whom does one write a letter to have these worthless hacks rendered unemployable due to their reckless and ridiculous abuse of power?

I've read a few stories about people like this. They wanted to regulate every aspect of people's lives, restrict what they could say and do, prevent them from speaking out against abuses of power, ignored the rule of law, and otherwise pushed their rule upon others. They even sang songs that divided people into the privileged and the unwanted folks. One of the songs started like this...

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,

The people that followed this beastly ideology behaved much in the same way as this scholastic organization.


A message to the school administrators:

What do you plan to do to me? Suspend me? Expel me? I'm not a student at your school. I don't even live in your state. That said; my personal belief is that you are pathetic and small minded people who desperately need to establish your personal importance by expanding the tiny amount of power that you have managed to accumulate in the failures you call lives. I do not state this as fact, but as my personal opinion. It is further my personal opinion that people like you should find yourselves a nice dictatorship in which you can legally participate, since your attempts to establish one here will surely fail.

What do I hope for you? I honestly hope that you see the error of your ways, laugh hysterically at how phenominally stupid your previous decisions were, apologize, and move forth with your lives. Barring that, I hope that you are terminated from your jobs with prejudice, and are found to be unemployable outside of the quick service comestibles industry (and only part time in those cases). Further, I sincerely hope that the kids whose rights you have abused sue you for every penny you are worth and that the amounts recovered from you are so high that you cannot ever recover from the impact thereof.

Bartleby

P.S. I bet it bugs you to no end that I can say this and there isn't a thing you can do to me. Isn't it sad to be a petty dictator?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I miss...

For some reason, I sorely miss my mother today. I keep remembering things...but mostly, I just remember calling her every day as I drove home.

I'm still here Ma, and I still work hard to honor you in my life. Enjoy your time with Jesus. I will be sure to join you in fifty or sixty years. I'm sure I'll have some stories for you, and we'll laugh and have a good time like before.

I wish my girls had gotten to know you better.

Love,

Dennis

Friday, April 21, 2006

Adoption

It looks like we might be adopting another child. This would be my three (adoptive) daughters' brother...my great nephew. His name is Johnathan Wolf Ruse, and if we adopt him, he'll become Johnathan Wolf Hughes.

I think my sister-in-law is going to adopt him, but I'm not sure she can fully keep up with him. If not, we'll take him and make him ours. He's a cute little tyke (just three weeks old now), and I'm sure he'll eventually light up my days the way my three little geniuses do already.

Sometimes, when God hands you something that seems tough, it ends up being something that is in fact a reward and not a trial.

My girls are just like that.

Bart

Palladium Books

I am in absolute shock.

My favorite gaming company, Palladium Books, is in dire financial straits due to the actions of a criminal and is in danger of dissolution. This company has been many things to me over the years, and now they need help. I've given what I can, and will give more in the days to come. It looks like everything will work out if everyone pulls together.

If you know of and like Palladium Books, please consider dropping by their website and buying something or just donating a few bucks.

Thank you,

Bart

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Massachusetts

Massachusetts just passed a law requiring all people in the state to get health insurance.

This is a political blogger's dream. I mean, how many angles are there on this travesty of justice? I figure it ranges from, 'Let them eat cake!' to 'Spending your child's future, one day at a time.'

What are these idiots thinking? What's going to happen when our government goes bankrupt? When are we going to realize that entitlements cost money? When are we going to realize that introducing government into an industry has never lowered prices? When are we going to realize that increased regulation equates to increased cost?

This is pure and unadulterated idiocy. This completely justifies my pledge to never vote Republican again.

-Bart

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Islamic Imperialism

A common complaint I hear from the Middle-Eastern Muslims that are interviewed on television is that America is an imperialist country. I find this to be both idiotic and ironic.

First of all, the very religion of Islam is imperialistic in nature, requiring the conquering of all 'infidels', with conversion or dhimmitude the sole outlet for any 'infidels' who want to live. Both require the voluntary surrender on the part of the person in the custody of the Muslims in question.

Somehow, with all this, they feel the need to tell us that the USA is the imperialist devil.

I've got some news for the Islamic world; not only is Islam imperialist in nature and to its core, Mohammed was an apparent pedophile. The Qu'ran promises active pedophilia for those who make it to paradise (doe eyed boys wait for those who make it to paradise). The religion that I've heard many Muslims refer to is violent, full of hate, lacking in forgiveness, and otherwise vile and disgusting. In college, I knew many Muslims that were and presumably are fine people to this day, but the religion they follow is poisonous and imperialistic.


The apparent ambition of Islam is to force others into thinking and acting as they do. They seek to convert others by the sword. They subjugate their women. They outwardly eschew many worldly comforts, but behind closed doors they enjoy the full fruits of the world...if they're rich anyway.

Anyway, this is rather rambling, but Islam is a religion riddled with problems. These problems mean that Islam is incompatible with democracy, and as such, it will ultimately fail.

-Bart

Friday, January 13, 2006

Offensive Political Bias - Amazon.com


I was searching for a book on Amazon.com today, and was able to quickly find it...and Amazon's obvious dislike for conservative thought (and as far as I'm concerned, conservative customers).

As you can see, Amazon equates conservative thought with disinformation. Other books listed as related searches include books that are critical of liberal thought and behavior, so it would seem that Amazon believes that conservative thought is disinformation.

Very interesting.

Seeing as they consider me to be a person who spreads disinformation (as I try and spread conservative thought as much as I can), I do not believe I will spend my money with this company ever again. Especially since they work so hard to keep people from getting their customer service telephone number (see: http://clicheideas.com/amazon.htm for more information on this).

I was annoyed by this enough to go and check out the definition of disinformation on Dictionary.com. What I found was as follows:

disinformation
n : misinformation that is deliberately disseminated in order to influence or confuse rivals (foreign enemies or business competitors etc.)


Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

Please spread the word on this. So...I say let's NOT spend our money at Amazon.com! There are plenty of other booksellers out there that do NOT dislike us or use derogatory terms to refer to our the authors that agree with us! I wonder if they list the word 'kook' for books on flying saucer abductees!

-Bart

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

For those who offered their prayers, I thank you.

Jesus decided He wanted my mother with Him now. He ended her suffering and took her into His arms today. She just didn't have enough left in her to fight anymore.

I will miss her wry humor, her sage advice, and her strong opinions.

God help me.

Please.

-Bart

Prayers Welcome

I've not posted for a while. Sorry for that...things have been a bit rough for me lately, and I've not been able to give this blog the attention it so richly deserves. Also, I've tried to keep the posts in this blog political in nature...I'm going to break that rule now...I am not sorry for that.

Yesterday night when I was talking to my brother, he told me that if I want to see my mother again, I'd better get out to California to see her pretty soon. She has terminal bone and liver cancer, but what I think is going to kill her is her case of the flu she's fighting right now. Her chemo messes up her immune system and is hurting her ability to fight this illness.


Anyway, prayers are welcome and asked for.

God...I thought I was used to the idea...I mean, it's been over three years that we've known about this...but my Mom is dying. I can hear her dying when I call her. She's wasting away and there's nothing I can do, and even if I make it out there this week, I know I probably won't be there for her when she dies.

I haven't been a very good son to her. I've been a big disappointment to her in more ways than I can count. I guess this is just another way I'll be a disappointment...I won't be there for her in her hour of greatest need.

Sorry for the gloom. For some reason, I'm just not feeling so hot today.

-Bart

Friday, November 11, 2005

Dear Soldiers - Thank you.

Thank you to all the veterans out there who sacrificed time with their families, higher paying jobs than what the military paid, blood, sweat, tears, restful nights, peaceful dreams, comfort, an easy lifestyle, and too many other things to count...for the job of protecting us...of protecting everyone. You stood and stand for all that is good and right in this country, doing your duty without complaint.

You have done a good job, and you do us proud by standing for us.

We have not...and cannot...earn the gifts you've given us or the sacrifices you've made for us and so many others. They are beyond price and their value is without description. It's not just freedom that you've given us, but the things that naturally come with it. Family barbecues, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, the national parks, and millions of other tiny things that aren't specifically thought of every day, but enjoyed by all of us nonetheless.

Without you, billions of people would be under the thumb of dictators. Because of you, billions of people know hope and joy every day.

It is today that I say thank you for that. I know it's not enough, but nothing ever would be.

-Bartleby

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Thus Spake Cedarford

Says Cedarford in a comment on Vox Day's blog:

Feminists love the castration fantasy. An acquaintance was dating one at the time when Fox was the Laci Peterson Channel, and she was raging about castrating OJ, Scott Peterson and how she would love to do it personally.

I tried out an alternate fantasy. "Sounds OK, but for fairness do you have any objections to me taking a knife to kid-killers Susan Smith or Andrea Yates?"

She shut up and looked at me surprised.

"You, know, multilate them. Just their faces - 10, 20 strokes with a razor blade cutting them down to the bone - so they can't eat, or smile ever again - or evershow their faces...?"

The feminist got white-faced."That is the sickest, evilest thing I ever heard. You disgust me. And you are one stupid asshole if you think Andrea Yates was a murderer. She had post-partum depression and if Susan Smith was the one that drowned her kids in a pond she had real issues - like being abused as a child."

I nodded.

"You might be right about Andrea Yates. How about if we just cut her tits off as punishment?"When a feminist loses it, they toss drinks at you in lieu of having a castrating knife handy. Fortunately, it was white wine and didn't stain. My acquaintance was sensible enough to refrain from laughing and commiserated with her as she stormed out saying I was indeed a monstrous asshole....but only to get the pussy. He broke up with her a month later and said she was still bullshit on me equating castration punishment with face mutilation...the breakup was simply because she was stupid and boring....


Somehow, this woman thinks that it's OK for women to castrate men, throw drinks on them, or otherwise do violence to them when they're upset with them. Somehow, this same woman thinks that it's NOT all right for men to do the same thing to women.

This is the core of what is commonly known as feminism. Women want the right to hit, belittle, mentally abuse, and otherwise do violence to men, while not being subjected to the same indignities. Somehow this is viewed as fairness. They don't even subscribe to the fiction of equality of outcome. They want to be better than men in every way. It is because of that, that these ridiculous chauvinistic cretins will never have any credibility with anyone with a shred of sense.

Bartleby

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Quote of the Day - On Raising Children

Quote of the day:

Men have always shared in the responsibilities of raising
children, unless one redefines the activity as excluding the provision of food,
shelter and protection.


-Vox Day



Now, this doesn't mean all men, but it means men in general, and it's absolutely correct. The marginalization of fatherhood and its role as the provider and protector is idiotic and counter productive to keeping men around as fathers.

*sigh*

Bartleby

Friday, October 07, 2005

Liberals And Their Eat The Rich Mindset

I started thinking about liberals and their 'eat the rich' mindset today and decided to do some checking on one or two of them. several houses in a different area, and let others live there rent free. I mean, charity is the way of the day, right?

I find this to be a common theme among celebrities where they will complain about wealthy people not doing enough...until it comes to their OWN personal sacrifice. Suddenly when personal sacrifice becomes the word of the day, mum's the word. How is it that I have this gut feeling that every single celebrity that talks about people paying their fair share still itemizes their deductions on their taxes? How is it that I know that every one of them squeezes that lemon until they get every legal deduction they (or their tax advisors) can find?


Jello Biafra lives in a house worth 1.8 MILLION dollars (approximate - based on comparable sales). OK - no matter how you slice it, he's in a nice neighborhood and has a lot of money. This same man complains about the rich people trying to screw the poor people. He complains about financial abuses of corporations. Interestingly, his own company, Alternative Tentacles, recently lost a lawsuit over allegations of unfair dealings and doing what I consider to be...ta-daaaaa...screwing the poor people.

So - do the wealthy owe the poor anything? Are the wealthy evil? Do they prey on the needy? Do they cheat people left and right.

I guess if you look in the backyard of liberalism, yes...that is precisely what the wealthy do.

Liberals need to get a clue. I don't owe strangers anything. A fair share doesn't increase in size when you make more money. Taxes do NOT need to be increased. Spending needs to be cut. I will give to the needy when I choose.

Bartleby

Monday, October 03, 2005

Feminism

I had a discussion with a friend this weekend about feminism and have reached a conclusion that startled me. Feminism is strangling marriage and America. Prior to the advent of feminism, many things were wrong and hurtful to women. Those things needed to be corrected. The problem is that the feminist movement is what became the dominant force in addressing those wrongs. The feminist movement doesn't understand that equality doesn't have to reflect sameness...that two things can be different, but of the same value and desireability. In the past, women did not often work outside of the home. Unfortunately, a part of the reason for this was sexism, and that same sexism prevented women from getting jobs for which they were well qualified.

With all that aside, women gave up considerable authority and power by embracing what is called feminism. In the past, women held a position of great influence in the family - when the man came home from a hard day's work, who was first there to talk to him? Who was the greatest influence on making sure he could get up the next day and continue? Who molded the minds of young America? Who made sure that kids got what they needed on a day by day basis? Who made sure homework was done, and done properly? Who made sure that meals were nourishing? Who made sure that the children's entire day wasn't spent in front of the television? Who made sure kids had manners? Who made sure their kids learned things?

Women.

What have they exchanged all of that for?

Money.

One can argue whether or not the money was worth it (I do not think it's anywhere NEAR worth it). That said; I'd like to submit that the amount of money gained is neglibile if at all present. Earning power remained stagnant or dropped over the period after women entered the workforce, housing prices increased dramatically, and the costs involved in having both parents work (daycare, etc) are enormous. I cannot help but find the minor financial benefit of having both parents work to be nigh on worthless compared to the value of having someone stay home with the kids.

The sexual revolution gave women the ability to be...unwed mothers. The 'Murphy Brown' syndrome where men are called virtually useless and unnecessary in the rearing of a child is foolishness, but that foolishness is believed by many people. As a result, many women are left in the lurch by irresponsible and otherwise terrible men who do not want to take the time and energy to properly take care of their children.

So...women sacrificed a job of honor and worthiness for...money. While I agree that they have the right to work as they see fit, having the right to do something and it being right to do something are sometimes entirely different.

This is one of those cases.


Bartleby

*Note that I do not think that only women should stay home (though I think women are generally better suited by temperment for the rearing of children)...I say whomever makes less money should quit their job when children come along.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Jimmy Carter

Until very recently, I was a big fan of Jimmy Carter. I thought he was a bit of a misguided fool, but that he had a good heart and did the right thing when he could.

Then I found out about the fact that he espoused segregationist views, courted segregationist groups, and avoided courting the black vote to appeal to the racist vote.

I tend not to care as much as most if a person is a racist. I view it as a stupidity very similar to being a Democrat or Socialist. None of those views are very smart, they all can hurt people, and any critical analysis of the belief systems in question results in a complete refutation of any possible (hypothetical) value they may have. What this means is that I may know people that hold these beliefs, and as long as they keep these beliefs to themselves (or be ready for a protracted argument where I will mercilessly pick apart their arguments every time they're mentioned), I can talk to them (partly in the hope that I can change their minds). In Jimmy Carter's case, I could not be his friend, because his support of racism was done for opportunistic reasons and not out of genuine belief. He was willing to dance with the devil to further his political ends. So he wasn't being stupid - he was lying his butt off (regardless of his 'pride' that he never lied to the American people).

Jimmy Carter courted segregationist groups when running as a candidate for governor of Georgia in 1966:

http://www.americanpresident.org/history/jimmycarter/

"He attributed this loss to a lack of support from segregationist whites, who had turned out in large numbers to vote for his opponent, a nationally known segregationist named Lester Maddox. In a bid to win their vote in the 1970 governor’s race, Carter minimized appearances before African American groups, and even sought the endorsements of avowed segregationists..."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/carter/peopleevents/p_jcarter.html

"He wanted to appeal to the large middle class, blue collar type, predominantly white, and most of these people are going to be segregationists," says historian E. Stanly Godbold. "Carter himself was not a segregationist in 1970. But he did say things that the segregationists wanted to hear."

After winning the election, he declared the era of segregation over. So what? Sorry Charlie, but that's wrong no matter what you wish to accomplish.

Sheesh! ...and the Democrats call Republicans racist. Try again. They're willing to say, do, or hurt anything to win the fight. They care about power, not what's right.

Bartleby

Monday, September 19, 2005

True Colors

America has many friends. Throughout the world, we've had people step up to the plate to help out in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Two countries very specifically stand out to me on this subject:

Kuwait and Qatar.

Kuwait gave $500,000,000 to help the victims of this disaster. What that says to me is that they are a true friend. Five hundred million dollars is no mere token of appreciation. That is a lot of money no matter who you are and how much you have.

Qatar gave $100,000,000. Again, this is not chump change. This is not some mere trifiling amount. This too is a lot of money, no matter who you are and how much you have.

I don't know if this money was requested by our government or not. I don't care if this money was requested by our government or not. What I see is a genuine outreach from two of our true allies.

To the people of Kuwait and Qatar, we of America thank you for your generous gifts and appreciate the spirit of brotherhood and genuine goodwill in which they were presented. As much as you remember your allies, we remember ours.

As my Muslim friends in college taught me to say...

Salam Alaikum,

Bartleby

Friday, September 16, 2005

I wonder why Israel demanded a buffer zone...

My brother sent me this link: http://famulus.msnbc.com/famulusintl/ap09-16-024206.asp?reg=mideast&vts=91620051118

It describes the kind and generous Palestinian people that were given at least some of what they've been demanding for a long time. Their response is to:

  • Smuggle arms
  • Smuggle guns
  • Deface the flag of Israel - while this should not be illegal it is rude.
  • Hold rallies to plan the destruction of Israel
  • Threaten the Palestinian Authority with violence if the try and disarm the militants

They also have people driving around in their cities with rocket and grenade launchers mounted on their vehicles, people firing guns into the air randomly, and other people deciding that the wait at a border checkpoint is too long and are simply pushing their way through.

The response of the Palestinian Authority is that Israel never informed them that they were pulling out. ...and? Don't ask for something and then gripe when you get it, Charlie. I think their point is being proven again and again by the behaviors of your glorious citizens.

Bartleby

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Who really represents the common man?

I have been watching Democrats bitch and moan about the red states and the rednecks therein ever since the first election. They call the people in the red states stupid rednecks. They say the people in the red states don't know what they're doing. They say a lot of things...

What they fail to realize is that the people in the red states and red districts...they're the regular joes. The only places that you see any blue voting...it's in big cities...where the elite live.

Yet somehow, the Democrats can call the regular joes who voted Republican stupid jerks, and then say they represent the regular joes. Let's be clear here - the Democrats are high dollar, rich person, party of the elites. I'm sick of them trying to say otherwise.

What I'd really like to know though...why hasn't anyone else pointed this out?

Bartleby

Give me $20,000!

I have found a fine example of the welfare state and the sense of entitlement it has created. A man being interviewed in New Orleans described the buses as 'slave ships' and complained that he was only given $700 instead of the $2,000 he was expecting (from FEMA). His demand for what he thinks is fair?

$20,000 per person effected by the hurricane.

His reasoning?


"I would like for them to give us at least $20,000 apiece, so we can, you know, get our life together, you know. We didn’t ask to come on that that that bus slave…it’s like a slave ship, it’s like, you know, back in history, you know, they put us on a slave ship, they separated us from our family, they did it — You know, this is just modern day slavery, you know? Just give us what the fuck we deserve…"

Umm...let me see...hmm...how about...NO?!

This...this in particular illustrates what people think and why the welfare state is terrible. This man honestly believes that he deserves $20,000 without effort, without personal responsibility, and without anything other than he was effected by a disaster. Guess what Charlie...it doesn't work that way! If you want $20,000, I hope you have insurance...because if you don't, you're going to be really PO'd about what you're not going to get.

If this man was transported by bus, chances are fairly good that he didn't have a car. I imagine he'd say he couldn't afford one. Funny, but he was able to afford sunglasses that cost several hundred dollars. Also, since FEMA has been there, he has spent seven hundred dollars. Now, if my necessities were paid for, I'm having difficulty imagining how I'd spend seven hundred dollars in a few day's time when all I needed would be clothes and such. Could it be this person has a serious lack of impulse control? Could it be a lack of planning on his part that has him in a bad situation?

This goes full circle back to my original point. The only people I have sympathy for are the kids and the disabled who could not leave.

Hat tip: http://thepoliticalteen.net

Bartleby

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

How much do people read these days?

I recently got a challenge from my daughter's school. The challenge was to read three thousand pages worth of books during this school year. This shocked me, because I average about 200 pages per day (estimated...I read most of a book a day, give or take...until last night I thought it was 300/day, but I gave it more thought and it isn't). That means that every...say...fifteen days, I read what they consider to be a valuable amount for a school year's worth of reading for an adult.

Am I reading obsessively, or do others not read enough? I couldn't imagine reading less.

As a side note, the 200 pages per day is only fiction. It doesn't count blogs, news, essays, or opinion pieces I read during the day in short breaks from work. If that is added in, it's another 150/day or so.

So - how much does the average Joe read per year? Is it really so little?

Bartleby