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This blog is still alive!

Sorry folks, I know posting has been light- really light.  But all of my efforts in the blogosphere have been going on at blogsforfredthompson.com, the link of which is to the right on my blogroll (where else would it be?).  I am posting under FDT08, for all those interested in reading my entries (surely numbering in the millions….and the millions!)

 Visit Blogsforfredthompson today, and find a veritable library of information about Fred Thompson as he campaigns to become the Republican nominee in 2008!   

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Rush – Still The Band of the Millenium

A ways back, my favorite rock group- Rush- were named inducted into the Harvard National Lampoon as “Musicians of the Millenia”, supposedly besting their fellow competitors Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, in what must have been a very close contest that was not settled until all the hanging chads were counted.  

In spite of all the hurt feelings of fans of those classical titans, I still feel that unique title accorded Rush was well deserved after having just caught them for the 10th or so time at the Sound Advice Ampitheather in West Palm Beach on Friday Night.  These musicians par excellence never cease to amaze as they consistently perform their craft with such precision, grace, charm, and good humor.  To me,  it is still unreal that these guys continue to turn out solid studio albums and crank out tight live performances that today’s contemporary bands only wish they could emulate.   

I know when I look back I will recall this band fondly even when im probably too old to hear,  and ive been fortunate to catch these guys live on so many occassions- you have to wonder when these guys will hang up their instruments- which is why I see them whenever the opportunity presents itself.  I suppose because I appreciate this band on so many levels- lyrically, compositionally, thematically, stylistically- not to mention their individual musicianship and commitment to their instruments – that they’ve earned a special place of honor in my personal musical hall of fame.   Kudos to Dirk, Lerxst, and Pratt- modern-day minstrels extraordinaire.

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Stay classy, Mexico….Not.

Well, it looks like civility and manners have left the building at the Miss Universe Pageant, being held in Mexico City, Mexico. Or perhaps they never were in the building in the first place. Throughout the week-long festivities leading up to the Miss Universe pageant last night, Miss USA, Rachel Smith, was booed and heckled for apparently no reason other than the fact she’s American. Then, during last nite’s evening gown competition, Miss Smith slipped and fell, much to the delight of the audience.  She was again roundly booed during the Q&A portion of the competition.

To my eyes, this incident is not simply an isolated incident of classless behavior by a few malcontents,  but a clear indicator of how widespread anti-American sentiment is  held by Mexicans throughout their country.  This misguided derision and bile is directed at the same country that millions of their own countrymen use as a safety valve for their failed economy; as Mexico’s underclass continues to cross the pourous U.S. border to exploit both its economic opportunity, hospitals,  and social welfare system.  Talk about biting the hands that literally feed your unwanted masses-ungrateful Mexicans are in effect pissing on those same hands as well.  

Beauty pageants, one would think, should be events which have no political overtones whatsoever- I would wager that most people are not looking to Miss Venezuela for any kind of geopolitical expertise- and it’s extraordinarily juvenile and unbecoming for the audiences at these types of events to boo the contestants as if they were political representatives of their respective countries.  For Mexicans to direct such scorn and derision at our Ms. Smith makes about as much sense as harrassing Angelina Jolie for not doing enough about the problem of unwanted children in the third world.  

This systemic anti-Americanism serves no purpose whatsoever; and it provides cover for the Mexican government to escape meaningful criticism while giving its citizens a convenient scapegoat for their own country’s decline and widespread pessimism.  Mexicans continue to live in denial of their utterly corrupt and bankrupt economy and government- both of which are absolutely resistant to any kind of substantial reform from within which would promote job and wage growth within its own country.   Let’s not even mention how firmly Mexico enforces its own southern borders to keep illegals out of their own country (which they should), yet they bang their spoons on their highchairs when anyone in the U.S. proposes even the meekest border controls to discourage illegal immigration.

Mexico, it’s time to grow up.  We’re not the cause of your problems and malaise.  There is absolutely no reason why your country could not be economically self sufficient, given its resources and geography- it requires a clean break from your past failed policies, and sacrifice.  The time has come for some tough love- we need to send your illegals home and shut our borders- PRONTO- to make you address your country’s systemic problems.  Whether the U.S. political class is going to do anything substantive about illegal immigration is looking more and more like a dubious proposition as I write. 

Since our government is on the verge of passing a crock of an amnesty law, im gonna protest your outrageousness in my own way- i won’t be spending any of my tourist dollars or buying much of anything Mexican- oh wait- outside of Corona and Tequilla, Mexico doesn’t produce much of anything anyways.   Bottoms up.

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Jar Jar Binks, call your office….

George Lucas has called Spiderman 3 a “silly” movie.  Now, I havent seen the new Spiderman flick yet, but has George Lucas been watching his own flicks for the past, oh, say 10 years?  Talk about living in your own bubble….

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War with Iran and its Proxies is Inevitable

I know that the above statement will never be uttered by any elected politician, particularly those politicians running for president in 2008; and very few pundits will put the same words into print, but since I am unconstrained by such niceties and electoral considerations, I will go on the record and say it.  Unless the present mullahcracy and Ahmadinejad are usurped in an unlikely coup d’état,  The United States and Israel, along with various closeted allies, will be forced to conduct military operations to strike at Iran’s widely scattered nuclear facilities.  The culmination of this conflict, which in actuality has been ongoing for 30 years since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, is rapidly approaching; and there will be no negotiation, no diplo-speak, no compromise that heads this confrontation off.  

The truth that many people find difficult to grasp is that Iranian regime has irrevocably resolved to destroy Israel and whomever else it can destroy in the process, even if it brings about its own destruction in the process.  Sounds implausible?  If it does, then you have not understood fully the psyche of the Iranian regime, their utter hatred and contempt for Israel and the West, and their unbreakable desire to see the State of Israel to its end, even if it sets forth a much broader regional conflict that kills millions of its own civilians (and I do not use that number loosely), and ultimately its own destruction.   We are dealing with a rational, calculating, and yet simultaneously evil Iranian regime; completely disinterested in peaceful resolution, and fanatically obsessed with realizing its perverted religious and eschatological aims.

When these U.S.  military operations commence, they will be quickly followed by assymetric terrorist attacks at mostly soft U.S. targets around the world, conducted by various terrorist groups who are waiting for the green light to strike unsuspecting civilians and tourists.   We can and should expect a number of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in the wake of U.S. Military operations in Iran.  Of course, these same groups would love to strike harder and more fortified targets that could cause serious economic disruptions and cause mass casualties, but striking soft targets of opportunity  will be an attempt by these terrorists to instill a climate of panic, fear, and confusion across the populace, with the hope that the schisms within the general population will be further exacerbated.  If these operations occur during the remainder of President Bush’s tenure, rest assured there will be intensified calls for the President’s impeachment.   

We will also see many liberals and Democrats opine that these terrorist attacks on U.S. soil were reprisals for U.S. aggression, hegemony, arrogance, etc.;  however this analysis is pure folly.  We presently have numerous terrorist cells of many stripes- al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, – poised to strike within the United States.  They have already formed the murderous intent to strike U.S. targets, irregardless of what foreign policy path we pursue.  There will be much caterwauling on the left complaining that we brought these strikes upon ourselves, but unfortunately many on the political left do not fully comprehend the viciousness and evil nature of the terrorist threat,  and the only way that these terrorists can be thwarted is if they are killed or captured prior to executing their murderous aims. 

How far are we away from these military operations and subsequent terrorist attacks occurring?  I say we are much closer in time to these events coming to pass than the conventional wisdom of the punditry states.   I believe we are talking about a range of anywhere between the next several months and 5 years from now; depending upon a whole host of political circumstances and events going on behind the scenes.  It is impossible to gauge exactly much more precisely than this, given that the citizenry is not privy to much crucial information (and rightfully so), but we should also be aware that the Israelis are privately very nervous about how far along Iran’s nuclear programme has actually developed, and it is their existence which is under direct threat.  Couple that with the fact that historically,  intelligence agencies have a poor record of exactly gauging the progress of clandestine nuclear weapons programs, and we are talking about events unfolding sooner, not later.  

The bottom line is this- don’t be surprised when the U.S. Military operations commence without warning, and expect that domestic terrorist reprisals will follow.   This is a conflict that most unfortunately, needs to happen- I can only pray that its conclusion brings about the minimum number of U.S. military and civilian casualties. I also hope and pray that as many innocent Iranian civilians, many of whom are pro-U.S. and have been repressed for decades by the radical Islamists, are spared; yet at the same time I hope that the Ahmadinejad regime and its terrorist proxies are brought to their ultimate demise.  

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Sheryl Crow’s Global War on Toilet Paper

Sheryl Crow, the renown songwriter/musician, but unrenowned scientist, has hatched a brilliant idea to combat Global Warming- she advises the great unwashed to reduce our usage of Toliet Paper to one sheet per visit, or as she further explains,  “on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”.

IMHO, there are no words to accurately describe the boundless absurdity of her advice,  but I have one thing to say to the cute but stone-cold clueless Ms. Crow- You can take my T.P. from my cold, dead (but clean!) hands!

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