“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Some Notes for Today

I could possibly put together a piece to detail the PR war that is being lost by our military, and the administration. But, why bother since ’El Capitan’ did it first? He has the links to show we are winning in Iraq—even if we don’t get around to telling everyone.
(…hhhmmm…I seem to recall somewhere else this problem cropped up…someplace…I think it started with a “V”?…)

(…by the way…the Valour-IT thing has helped me find a whole lot of folks I might not have found any other way…there’s a list of the Blogs for Team Air Force over at Fix4RSO…oh, yeah...if you're intersted in who is on all the team, the lists can be found here...)

I woke up this morning thinking about Michael yon and the stolen photo situation. Well, now I know why. Op-For has the links to a Democratic mailer in Washington that stole the picture again.
(…can someone on the Democratic side give me a reason why use of stolen property is OK?...since you are trying to be elected to UPHOLD the law…uuummm…anyone think I should hold my breath?...)

In the continuing saga of the John Kerry kerfluffle, the Daily Kos had this way off base “rebuttal”. First of all, I fail to see what service or non-service has to do with recognizing when someone says something stupid—and goes on to attack the offended party, rather than apologize. John Kerry’s record speaks for itself—badly, I would add. I’ll list some of the soldiers/former soldiers who are very vocally objecting to his remarks, you can go read them for yourself:

Beast Media (disabled vet)
Mudville Gazette
Argghhh!!! (disabled vet)
Dude, Where’s The Beach?
Conservative? Sure. But, so what? Does that invalidate their anger over Kerry’s insensitive remarks? Not hardly.
(...what about John McCain...and...yeah…you can even add little ole me to that list, too…)

UPDATE: For a truly priceless look at this, check out Thoughts from the Heart of Dixie

Still over at Kos, there was this saddening piece by a former Republican/conservative. There is as good bit of truth about the Republican party. The one bright spot in the post was this:
I could be flip and say, "come on in, the water's fine on our side!" But first of all, it's not like our party doesn't have its own problems. And more importantly, partisan fealty (especially for us political junkies), like religion, goes much deeper than the intellect. It cuts to the very core of who we are, of how we define ourselves. That's why for many of the disillusioned, it's simply easier to tune out or become "independent" than it is to jump in bed with the other party.
I suspect that when we all reach the point this writer did, the political process will begin to clean itself up—on both sides.