The internet is the devil.

Here is what amazes me.  I started this little blog almost a year ago. It hasn’t had a new post in 11 months. And yet, with no relevant or newsworthy content in almost a year, it still gets 40-50 visits a day.  For crying out loud!!! The damn thing was only active for 3-4 months.

That ought to show you the evil in the internet.  It captures every letter and every keyword.  Years and years after something was published, some idiot with a search engine will site some internet source as the validation for his/her current belief set.  Nevermind that the original content may have never been researched and cited,  But, even if it were, it may have been refuted by intelligent argument 1000 times over.

but that won’t stop some “web-expert” from using it to build some strawman case for his/her ill informed position on this or that.

I am unsure if this makes me sad for humanity or not.

-Chin

Troops are staying….sorry Cindy.

A quick note to Cindy Sheehan, the code pinkos and others. Nancy Pelosi and her ilk sold you out for your vote in 2006.  They never intended to withdraw or ‘redeploy’ troops in Iraq.  Try to remember their dog and pony show antics  the next time you are at the polls.  And try to wrap your head around the idea that U.S. troops will not be leaving iraq for the foreseeable future.

  WASHINGTON, July 24 (Xinhua) — While Washington is mired in a political debate over the future of Iraq, the U.S. command in Iraq has prepared a detailed plan that foresees a significant U.S. role for the next two years, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

    The classified plan, which represents the coordinated strategy of the top U.S. commander and the U.S. ambassador, calls for restoring security in local areas, including Baghdad, by the summer of 2008, and “sustainable security” to be established on a nationwide basis by the summer of 2009, U.S. officials familiar with the document were quoted as saying.

    The detailed document, known as the Joint Campaign Plan, is an elaboration of the new strategy President George W. Bush signaled in January with the decision to send five additional combat brigades and other units to Iraq. That signaled a shift from the previous strategy, which emphasized transferring to Iraqis the responsibility for safeguarding their security.

    That new approach put a premium on protecting the Iraqi population in Baghdad, on the theory that improved security would provide Iraqi political leaders with the breathing space they needed to try political reconciliation.

    The latest plan, which covers a two-year period, does not explicitly address troop levels or withdrawal schedules. It anticipates a decline in American forces as the “surge” in troops runs its course later this year or in early 2008. But it nonetheless assumes continued American involvement to train soldiers, act as partners with Iraqi forces and fight terrorist groups in Iraq, American officials said.

    The plan, developed by General David Petraeus, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador, has been briefed to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral William Fallon, the head of Central Command.

    The plan envisions two phases. The “near-term” goal is to achieve “localized security” in Baghdad and other areas no later than June 2008. It envisions encouraging political accommodations at the local level, including with former insurgents, while pressing Iraq’s leaders to make headway on their program of national reconciliation.

    The “intermediate” goal is to stitch together such local arrangements to establish a broader sense of security on a nationwide basis no later than June 2009, the New York Times report said.

 

Iran-US getting all ‘chatty’.

It’s difficult not to be fascinated by these developments. Over the past several years, there have been two distinct camps.

First there are the “We must talk to our enemies” people. Then there are the “We don’t negotiate with terrorists” people.

Certainly, there are a few who have held the middle ground. But it’s a precious few.

I’d be interested to hear from representatives of the two camps, now that the actions that have been so hotly contested are coming to pass.

BAGHDAD: Iran, Iraq and the United States have agreed to set up a security subcommittee to carry forward their talks on restoring stability in Iraq, the American ambassador said Tuesday at the end of a second round of groundbreaking talks in the Iraqi capital with his Iranian counterpart.

“We discussed ways forward and one of the issues we discussed was the formation of a security subcommittee that would address at a expert or technical level some issues relating to security, be that support for violent militias, Al Qaeda or border security,” the U.S. ambassador, Ryan Crocker, said after the meeting. The Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said officials would meet as early as Wednesday to work out how the panel will operate.

“We hope that the next round of talks will be on a higher level if progress is made,” Zebari said.

But underscoring the tensions between the two foes, Crocker reiterated Washington’s accusations that Iran is fueling violence in Iraq by arming and training Shiite militias. He warned that no progress could be made until Tehran changed its ways.

“The fact is, as we made very clear in today’s talks, that over the roughly two months since our last meeting we’ve actually seen militia-related activity that could be attributed to Iranian support go up and not down,” Crocker said, citing testimony from prisoners and weapons and ammunition confiscated in Iraq as evidence.

The Iranian ambassador, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, countered that Tehran was helping Iraq deal with the security situation but that Iraqis were “victimized by terror and the presence of foreign forces” on their territory.

He said his delegation also demanded the release of five Iranians detained by U.S. forces in Iraq. The United States has said the five were linked to the Quds Force, an elite arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. It has accused the force of arming and training Iraqi militants. Iran says the five are diplomats who were legally in Iraq.

The meeting was opened by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who appealed for help to stabilize Iraq and warned that militants from Al Qaeda and other terror groups were now fleeing and finding refuge elsewhere.

An Iraqi official who was present at the meeting said Crocker and Qomi engaged in a heated exchange early in the talks. It began when Crocker confronted the Iranian with charges that Tehran was supporting Shiite militiamen who were killing U.S. troops, providing them with weapons and training. Qomi dismissed the allegations, saying the Americans had no proof, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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“Politics makes strange bedfellows”

I’d heard this line countless times over the years.  But I had never been particularly motivated to find out who said it.  Recent events (which don’t need to be de-constructed right now) gave me the motivation.

The quote is attributed to Charles Dudley Warner, an American essayist and editor.

“Politics makes strange bedfellows”

It bears repeating.  Because I had to let it sit and trickle into my mind for a few minutes.  On it’s face, it’s quite simple.  In politics, people would ally themselves with folks they otherwise wouldn’t for the sake of what all involved perceive as the common goal.  And these people may not always be politicians.

But Warner didn’t say “Politics makes FOR strange bedfellows”, a common misqoute.

He said “Politics MAKES strange bedfellows.”

Now that reads a little different.  I interpret that as “One’s bedfellows’ are made strange by politics”.

Therefore, relationships with one ‘s bedfellows’ which would normally be in concert and harmony, are made strange (ie- awkward, peculiar, foreign) by things political.

I’m sure there is a highly educated elitist who could help me break this down.  But for now, I’m sticking with my interpretation.  It seems to ring more true.

A few more Warner quotes worth sitting with for a moment…

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”

“People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.”

And I found this little gem to be relevant to our time…

“There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help”

A path less travelled…at least by me.

Blogging is a strange and curious thing to call a hobby, or even a pastime. I began this little wood carving in March of this year. For the most part, it has been somewhat like a video game. What can I write or post that others will want to read? How many pages views can I get? Is 1300 a very few or a very little?

But, as with most games, there is a pattern. And once you have determined that pattern, the allure of the game fades quickly. It becomes a rote repetition of the steps your experience has taught you will yield a previous outcome that you consider to be satisfactory for your effort.

However, at least to me, the measure is too simple. So, we will now try a new path. The one less traveled. I’d tell you that I know where it leads. But I have no clue, which is the beauty of it.

So, al a Monty Python….

“And now, for something completely different” <at least for HouseofChin>

A funny commentary on Rosie

This, from one of my compatriates at The Conservative Voice.  Good Stuff.  I’d post the photo, but Rosie took it down after the outrage started pouring in. 

I swore I’d never write about Rosie again, but I feel prompted to.

Rosie O’Donnell is a terrible mother. It’s one thing if she wants to be an anti-war wacko. It’s quite another if she wants to exploit her children.

On June 26th Rosie put up a picture of her daughter Vivi (age 5) wearing a bandoleer of bullets around her chest. The kid seems to be decked out with a head wrap and what appears to be a robe. She looks like a little terrorist in training.

It’s asinine on so many levels. First of all, Rosie’s a big anti gun nut – where on earth did she find a bandoleer of bullets (even if they’re fake)? The bullets in question are gigantic. It is definitely the accessory of a large, automatic assault rifle. I haven’t seen a children’s toy like that and even if there was, would Rosie actually buy it for her kids? I thought she was a big liberal peacenik.

Secondly little Vivi looks like a terrorist. I guess the lesson is “Violence is okay if you’re killing Jews and Americans.” I can’t even begin to imagine the psychological damage to her daughter. How long did they let this little kid run around like this snapping pictures of her the whole time? What did they tell little Vivi as they were doing it? “Well mommy needs to prostitute you for left wing causes.”?

Thirdly aren’t you endangering your child? Rosie has a following of wackos and now every single one of them knows what her kid looks like. Have you read what some of your nutzoid followers are writing? It should bother you. Have you no concern for the well being of your child?

What the hell is your stupid message anyway? “The world is a violent place it’s somehow all the Conservatives fault.”? What an idiot. If you want to talk about the goodness and virtues of terrorism that’s fine, but bringing your kid in to it?

For the libs out there: Stop focusing on the politics and consider the psychology of the kid involved please. But of course, “the people” are always just a tool for you. “The Children” are just a means to an end of putting yourselves in charge.

I can’t even begin to imagine how screwed up this kid is. Child Protective Services should be called in…of course, Rosie is a rich white woman with tons of high priced lawyers at her beck and call and friends in high places. So nothing will be done. If this was some kid from the hood or a kid of poor Muslim immigrants CPS would be right there. Yay! The system continues to fail with people like Rosie decrying the “unfairness” even as they reap the benefits themselves. Ironic that people like Rosie are their own biggest criminals.

Rosie and her ilk need serious help. It’s okay though, Rosie will ride the wave of controversy to another million dollar contract – and they’ll call it “justice”….

Eurabia begins to show it’s true colors.

The UK’s national terrorism threat has been raised to its highest level after an attack on Glasgow Airport was linked to two car bombs found in London. Two men were arrested after ramming a burning car into the airport’s main terminal, a day after police thwarted two attempted bombings in the capital.

Police said one of the men wore a “suspect device” and the incident was being treated as terror related.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged the public to remain vigilant.

“I know the British people will stand together, united and resolute,” he added.

‘Clear similarities’

Strathclyde Police told a news conference the attack on Glasgow Airport was now being linked to the car-bomb plot in London – foiled by police on Friday.

Chief Constable Willie Rae said: “There are clearly similarities, and we can confirm that this is being treated as a terrorist incident.”

Two men were arrested at the scene at 1515 BST after the blazing car was driven into the airport’s main terminal.

Glasgow airport

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident at Glasgow Airport

Airport attack was terrorism

Car bomb leads

One of the suspects taken to the city’s Royal Alexandra Hospital to be treated for severe burns was in possession of “a suspect device” which had been found on his person, Chief Constable Rae said.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said the suspect device was thought to be a “suicide belt”.