September 30, 2005

Lack of Posting{Again}

The past week, I’ve been staying at the Doubletree Suites Times Square in New York, where just because they say they feature high speed Internet doesn’t make it altogether so.

To be fair, they do have wired Internet, as most large hotels through an outside firm. Theirs, however, was a complete nightmare — nearly everything I tried to do encountered “Cannot find page,” or “Page unavailable,” even such mundane tasks as deleting an email, commenting at another blog, opening an email, replying to an email or accessing my gmail.

I attempted to post several times and the posts were lost as soon as I tried to publish them.

I finally reached the boiling point and got things moving here between the outside company’s tech support and the hotel’s engineering department, and it turned out that there was some intense technical problem in the hotel’s server that involved bandwidth and some other factors well above my own IT knowledge base.

They seem to have done something, what I don’t know, that makes the system here work better, though not enough so to throw a major party over, as much as I’d like to just for partying’s sake. There are still significant problems.

But then, for those of you who are planning to come to New York and are looking for a hotel, I can’t say I’d recommend Doubletree Suites. This is my second time dealing with this chain, the first being about two and a half weeks ago when I attended a conference in Orlando and upon arriving at a Doubletree there, found that they’d screwed up my reservation — this time was different. They had the accommodation I’d requested, but…

Unlike in other large hotels I’ve stayed at, these folks have too many employees who don’t speak sufficient English in positions where they should, given the fact that this is the U.S. of A., where English is coin-of-the-realm. On too many occasions, orders I put in or things I requested were interpreted quite differently than what I had asked for.

Earlier today, I received a call from the front desk telling me the debit card I’m using here had been declined and they needed a second form of payment. This was impossible, trust me, and I called my bank and was reassured that they had not declined anything. So I called the desk back and had a short conversation with them, and it turned out that they had screwed up by trying to use an approval code a second time, and that never works. The desk manager straightened that out in a hurry.

There were a few other screwups I won’t bother getting into.

One of my other gripes has been the fact that for a shameless $2.50 per cup, they serve some cheap, cardboardy canned coffee that prompted me to go out and buy a pound of Starbucks for use in the in-room coffee maker. At $379.00 a night, you’d think they could at least spring for some decent coffee, but these folks are too cheap and greedy for that. I’ve had better coffee than theirs at greasy spoons in poor, sleazy neighborhoods.

The employees in this hotel are friendly and outgoing and attempt to be as helpful as you could want, but the organization here is a complete goatfuck and they can only work with what they have.

To their credit, they did back out the charges for the lame Internet access, which comes out to $10.00 a day.

For all I know, this post may not make it to the Web. If it does, great.

In short, this is the last time I will ever stay at a Doubletree and I’ll most definitely tell friends about the mistake it would be if they did.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading up to Boston for three days, to a great hotel that promises first class Wi-Fi.

I will continue posting from there.

by @ 5:48 pm. Filed under Lame Excuses

September 24, 2005

Liberal Hypocrisy — D.C.

Cindy Sheehan arrived in Washington, D.C. the other day and set up her portable Camp Wingnut on the Mall, disgustingly close to the Washington Monument. On Friday afternoon when I went to see it and take a few pics, I was reminded of footage of the end of Woodstock, a few raggedy looking burnouts wandering aimlessly, only this one was adjoined by a field of miniature white crosses that could have been a graveyard for gerbils. Only a few were marked, probably by parents who had lost children in Iraq and were willing to demean their mortal sacrifices and their very memories by adding their names to Cindy’s grotesque little travelling sideshow. The ditch lady must have decided that she’s better off not labelling the crosses as she did in Crawford and risking having the parents of fallen warriors again show up to rip crosses bearing their own dead children’s names out of the ground, admonishing that, “You don’t speak for us, Cindy!”

Earlier that day, I had been to Walter Reed, where I had been fortunate, and indeed privileged to meet a few of the young men who had been permanently disabled during combat operations in Iraq. One such soldier, who had lost both his legs, told me that he had been learning to walk with on one prosthesis and was working to master the second. He spoke as though he were describing a new stereo he was buying for his car, no bitterness at all, and said that his injuries were simply a product of war, and that war became necessary when talk was realized to be unproductive. Here was a young man, probably as many as three decades my junior, and he filled me with so much awe and so much respect for him that when I shook his hand and thanked him from the bottom of my heart for his sacrifice, I felt it was totally inadequate. I mean, how can you thank someone enough for giving so much for love of his country?

I asked him about the anti-war liberals who have been holding Friday evening “we support the troops” vigils outside the main gate of the Army hospital complex and how they were viewed by the troops within. He smiled as he told me how on one such Friday night, a motorcycle club called Rolling Thunder had roared in on their Harleys and run the liberals off, and the look of appreciation in his eyes answered my question more than adequately.

The brave heroes at Walter Reed are totally aware that the “we support the troops” vigils are pure malarkey attended by people with liberal anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-America agendas who do not speak for the troops. Even knowing that their transparency fools no one, however, these liberals will continue to play act, while bashing the war and attempting to send a message to these wounded soldiers that they sustained their injuries for naught.

That same Friday evening, the liberals manning the gate experienced a change of program: A number of conservatives had come to town to mount counter-protests against Sheehan’s and other left wing groups’ who had been massing for their own anti-war rallies. Organizations like RightMarch, FreeRepublic, ProtestWarrior,Move America Forward and others, as well as a lot of just plain pissed off conservatives like me were there for Support The Troops and Their Mission Weekend(unfortunately, other business in New York has prevented me from being able to remain all weekend), and a bunch of us turned up to face off with the vigilistas on that evening. There weren’t as many as one might have hoped, about 120 on our side and 50 or 60 on the leftards’ side.

They had prior claim to the sidewalks on both sides of the main gate of the hospital complex, we were opposite them in the same positions and signs abounded on both sides of Orange Street. There were police on hand to insure a nonviolent event.

Pictures I took will follow when I’ve learned how to get them in here, hopefully very soon. I’m still learning my way around the technology herein.

One of their signs said, “Support the troops, give them their full benefits,” whatever that meant, and had us scratching our heads, another said, “Quiet Zone, Soldiers Healing.” Behind the “quiet zone” sign, someone was playing an acoustic guitar, someone else, it seemed, a tambourine, and before long the liberals began singing. All in all, they were majorly pitiful and we were soon making amused bets as to whether or not they were going to start singing “Kumbaya.”

People driving past would swerve toward whichever side they agreed with and honk their horns, often shouting their approval and/or waving. Surprisingly enough as the District of Columbia is a liberal city, we received a lot more “honks” than they did and every single vehicle that drove out of Walter Reed honked for us, ignoring the lefties altogether, knowing them for what they were and what they represented.

When darkness descended, the liberals lit candles, and we were surer than ever that they were about to burst into “Kumbaya.”

Our side definitely had louder shouters than theirs whenever shouting was needed, and it was really a lot of fun.

Abruptly, at about 9:15, the leftards began to disperse. I learned the reason pretty quickly: On Friday nights, a restaurant in Washington called Fran O’Brien’s Stadium Steak House has groups of Walter Reed patients over for a free steak dinner. They go there by bus and return around 9:30, and for some reason the vigilistas want to be gone before the bus reappears, returning the troops to the hospital.

I’d like to think these treasonous liberals prefer to slink away in shame rather than face true patriots who have sacrificed so much for their country, but somehow I doubt it, as the left has already shown us with profound eloquence that shame is something they know nothing about.

by @ 10:24 pm. Filed under Dealing With Liberals

What Media Bias?

I refer you, readers, to a post that so succinctly describes the bias of the Mainstream Media today in its reporting on Iraq that only a complete imbecile could walk away after reading this and still believe that they are getting any kind of fair and unbiased accounts from that quarter. The post is here, at GM’s Corner.

by @ 9:37 pm. Filed under Liberal Agendas

September 22, 2005

Time To Support Our Troops

Since I’m leaving Washington, DC and heading up to New York this weekend, I headed down to the Tower Bar, here at the Wyndham, for a last tequila with a great bartender named Reggie and afterwards(about now), I’ve returned to my suite. Pictures At An Exhibition is playing on the living room radio/CD player, cool. A little bit of Mussorgsky to accompany this post, open the fridge and break out a Sam Adams to go with another tequila.
Fitting, a drink in honor of those Americans fighting for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan as tomorrow{oops, sorry, today as it’s after midnight} I’ll be headed over to attend a rally in honor of our troops who are now in harm’s way on behalf of our great nation.

Ditch Bitch Cindy Sheehan is here. You know, the traitoress who has chosen to demean the mortal sacrifice made by her son during his second enlistment, fighting for the country he believed in, the one his mother does not.

If you’re within driving distance of our nation’s capitol or it’s convenient to hop on a plane and you’re of a mind to, or you’ve got a few bucks you can donate to help, well:

ALERT: What did you do yesterday?

I wrote checks.

First, I wrote a check for $7,500.00. That covers rental, delivery, set up, load out and operation of a sound system to cover at least 20,000 people at this weekend’s “Support The Troops AND Their Mission” Rally.

Then I wrote a check for $427.08, to cover our portion of the fee for holding a press conference at the National Press Club last week, announcing our plans to hold this four-day pro-troops series of rallies and counter-protests against Cindy Sheehan,, and their far-left cohorts coming to Washington, D.C. to “protest”.

Next, I wrote a check for $5,414.93. That one was for the stage company, to erect a stage large enough to hold a band, a dozen military families, Iraq war veterans, Congressmen, UK politicians, and loudmouths like me for hours on end.

After that, I wrote a check for $1050.00, for six hours on-site coverage of an ambulance service. Yes, this is *required* by the Park Police for a rally as big as the one we’re putting on for the troops.

Finally, I finished off my day by writing a check for $2033.00… for porta-potties. I never knew it cost so much for a couple dozen “johns”, but I’m sure willing to pay someone else to pick them up after it’s all over.

That was my day. Over sixteen THOUSAND dollars paid out, all for our “Support The Troops AND Their Mission” weekend.

$16,425.01 in just ONE DAY. We’ve already paid several thousand dollars for transportation, lodging, etc. And there’s more bills on the way, totaling MANY thousands more dollars.

I think it’s worth every penny, to show the Left, the Media, and the rest of America that the “silent majority” DOES support our brave men and women in uniform. They’re willing to risk it all for us.

What are we willing to do for them?

TAKE ACTION: I’ll be honest with you — these events have drained our bank account. We don’t have a “sugar daddy” like the Left does, with billionaire socialist George Soros. We need your help NOW.

I need you to make a donation right away, to help us cover these costs. Whether it’s $10 or $10,000 — PLEASE make your best contribution by clicking here:

This is a BIG weekend coming up.

On Friday evening, we’ll be taking part in a pro-troops counter-demonstration at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where the forces of the Left will be gathering in a disgusting display of shameful rhetoric, right in the faces of our brave troops that have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. WE will be there to THANK them for their service!

On Saturday, the day that the radical left-wing groups intend to “surround the White House” to demand President Bush’s removal, our “Defend the White House” rally begins at 10:00am at the Navy Memorial; our coalition also has a permit for a large area along the parade route to counter the main “anti-war” parade as they pass by.

On Sunday, we’ve got our HUGE pro-troops rally on the Capitol Mall! This promises to be a well-attended, heavily-covered rally featuring active duty service-men and -women and their families, as well as the families of those killed in action. Speakers will include Gold Star parents, family members of service men and women, veterans, government officials from the U.S. Congress and the Coalition of the Willing, and Iraqi citizens… as well as an appearance by the staunchly patriotic musical duo The Right Brothers.

Finally, on Monday, we’ll be joining with military families to lobby congress to “stay the course” of our military missions overseas. The antiwar groups will be lobbying Congress that day — we’ll be there to counter their shrill voices.

More information on all the activities will be announced at each day’s rallies and on our website at — click through for rally details, directions, maps, lodging, transportation, and more!

We MUST NOT let the Left’s “anti-war” weekend go unchallenged. The mainstream media would like nothing better than to give our side - the side of the majority of Americans - little or no coverage. So we MUST make sure our pro-troops rally is a HUGE event, so they CAN’T ignore us!

We need you. We need your physical presence… we need your prayers…

And if you can’t come that weekend, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! The Sunday rally — and the events around it, including counter-protests on Friday and Saturday, and Congressional lobbying on Monday — is costing us literally TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

Please make your best contribution TODAY - this pro-America rally is happening quickly and we need every person reading this to rise up on behalf of our troops. Their cause is just - and they deserve our thanks.

If you’ve already given, I’m asking you to make a sacrifice, and give again if you can.

If you haven’t given yet, THIS IS THE TIME. We need your help RIGHT NOW.

PLEASE, come to D.C. on September 25th if you can — and please, give your best donation today to make this an event that NO ONE will be able to forget.

Please click through below to make your best donation TODAY, to show these radical leftists — and the rest of America — that we’re FED UP with their hate-filled nonsense, and that the MAJORITY of this country SUPPORTS our President and our troops:

If you prefer to contribute by check, please mail to:
Dept. Code 7
PO Box 20275
Washington, DC 20041-2275

NOTE: Be sure to forward this message to EVERYONE on your e-mail list who wants to help FIGHT BACK against these radical “hate-America” groups, and show them, the media, and the rest of America that we SUPPORT the troops AND their mission. Thank you!


William Greene, President

I’ve met Bill Greene, he’s a really sincere guy and a patriotic American who bears no resemblance whatsoever to the bureaucrat the phrasing of the email copied above might suggest. He is a powerful looking{the kind you’d like to have as back-up if you were under attack}, well spoken, charactar-filled, ordinary American who loves his country and sacrifices one whole hell of a lot of his own time for the cause of RightMarch, the organization he leads, because he believes in our nation.

RightMarch is an organization dedicated to preserving the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy as the liberals in this country fight to turn us into a socialist quagmire, attempting to transform the Constitution into The Communist Manifesto with the ACLU as guideon. A commenter at Kira Zalan’s blog called Civilwarrior pointed out that

As for the vaunted, saintly, ACLU, may I remind you that it’s founder, Roger Baldwin, stated: “We are for SOCIALISM, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself… We seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the SOLE CONTROL of those who produce wealth. COMMUNISM is the goal.”

The bold type below is my own, not a part of the above quote but bold nonetheless as I stress the need for support for RightMarch.

These liberals are achieving major inroads into our society via the left-of-center Mainstream Media, and if we want to counter their assault on our American way of life, we have to let our fellow Americans know the truth: Hence, RightMarch.

Support this great organization any way you can, by showing up in our Nation’s Capitol this weekend or by donating whatever you can. Bill was totally honest in his email, any money sent will go where it’s intended to go, not to massive “administrative costs” as all of us who are involved are here “out of pocket,” period.

And our opposition will unquestionably be better financed than we are, due to the largesse of wealthy liberals like George Soros.Help us defend our troops and our country.

by @ 10:27 pm. Filed under Global War On Terror

Crow, As A Delicacy

On the 19th, I posted a forward titled Did You Know? without examining all the facts. Remember the adage that “assume makes an ass out of ume?”

I was instantly called on it by fellow blogger Pat’sRick in my comment section, and he added a couple of solid links to back him up.

In the forward I posted, the author defined many of the friezes and other symbols as connoting religious reference. In addition to Pat’sRick’s links, I did some further research and while Moses holding two tablets of stone does appear, the Ten Commandments are not engraved in the tablets.

So, I offer both my thanks to Pat’sRick and my apologies to any readers who might not have been as well informed as my fellow blogger from Alabama.

Blogger Dan Trabue, of A Payne Hollow Visit, who disagrees with me on everything no matter what but is well intentioned and well reasoned on his own side of things, commented that:

Did you know that James Madison also said:

“What has been the fruits of Christianity? …Superstition, bigotry and persecution.”

Did you know that John Adams said:

“This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it.”

I’m in the 86% and yet I don’t want the Ten Commandments of my God taken in vain by a secular society. So, maybe throw me over with the 14%?

And, who knows? By the time you throw in the separation of church and state fans like Baptists, Anabaptists, some Methodists, Unitarians, and other various members of the 86%, you’ll have a much larger group who don’t want the Ten Commandments co-opted by The Empire?

And my reply was:


I believe that the Bible{both Testaments} played a very large role in shaping both the society and laws that resulted in the founding of this nation, hence a lot of references to God in our original institutions.

I won’t argue that there has not been abuse in the form of harsh excesses along the way by governments using religion to shape policy(look at the Church of England, early Catholicism, fundamentalist Islam in all its ‘peaceful’ glory), but on the whole, particularly in the west, our society has evolved in its benevolent form because of the values taught in the Bible.

I do not see Biblical references, which promote decency, by our government as the merging of church and state. While The Ten Commandments
promote God{I am the lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other gods before me, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain}, they do not tell you which religion you must specifically pursue to worship Him, and the commandments that do not make reference to God promote living as what common sense would define as leading an honest, decent life.

Prayer in public schools, at least from my experience as a young’n, never involved the advocacy of any particular religion, nor was praying even mandatory; There was simply a moment of silence in the classroom.

Today, those same atheists who ban western religion in any form from schools make Koran studies mandatory in many schools. Why is that okay?

Personally, I believe this entire issue of “seperation of church & state” has been blown up to the point of paranoid overreaction by people whose agendas go further than just that issue. The last time religion was ripped away from a society that society became communist, and the countries that followed it down that road did the same, because there is no room for God, Whose existence might share loyalty with govt, in a totalitarian regime. Communism is an extreme form of socialism, and those same people who are waging war on God, in a manner of speaking, are liberals who are fighting tooth and nail to transform the great system of govt we enjoy in America into a socialist one.

And yeah, even though the forward I posted may well turn out, according to PatsRick’s comment above, to feature several inaccuracies(which I will address in another post, and put them right where indicated), the majority of Americans believe in including references to God in our national institutions.

That does not mean the govt is being run by a church, it simply confirms that America believes in God. If a minority does not, well, in an environment of democracy, the majority rules.

FYI, I am Jewish. I don’t practice as devoutly as I might, though I try to live as I was brought up to live. My point here is that unlike other Jews who are liberals, I fully support the idea of America as a Judeo-Christian society.

Basically, the author of the forward in question was trying to make the point that I made in my reply to Dan’s comment, that America was founded on religious principles. Whom do you suppose the pilgrims were thanking on that first Thanksgiving? Hint, a three letter name, and the same entity we’ve thanked every Thanksgiving since. One of the things I thanked Him profusely for was my grandmother’s awesome chestnut stuffing. :)
I’m fanatical about looking at potential coincidences, and here’s something I’ve noticed: Ever since the atheists won their battle to take God out of our public schools, there has been serious deterioration in a vast number of children’s respect for authority figures, parents and one another as well as a massive increase in violence among young people. Are these issues related, or coincidental?

by @ 5:38 am. Filed under Lame Excuses

Some Perspectives On The Mideast & Terrorism

It would seem that President George W. Bush’s efforts to spread democracy into Islamic society as a way of curbing the recruitment of the young to the “causes” of terrorists are beginning to show results as more and more Muslim journalists and “listened-to” Arabs speak out against terrorism and the Islamic states’ positions that encourage its growth. Kira Zalan links to some excellent examples here. Go and have a good read, see you when you get back.

You have to realize that Islamofascist terrorism could not flourish as it has with so many of its practitioners remaining at large if there was a serious effort on the part of the governments of Muslim countries, their clerics and worldwide Islamic communities to do something about it, and if there were no Islamic governments, such as “our friends” the Saudis, Syria and Iran lending support to terrorist organizations.

I very definitely take umbrage with the American left’s position that those who indulge in hate speech here in the west are entitled to do so under the umbrella of “freedom of speech,” as Kira’s first commenter implied, “chastised” thereupon by a number of right-thinking commenters. In order to live in a free society, one must understand that every freedom comes with unspoken responsibilities that are there to prevent abuse that can endanger or otherwise infringe upon the rights and freedoms of others. In the case of Muslim clergy and others who speak to incite fellow Islamics to commit violence upon the rest of us, they are abusing the right to freedom of speech and for the safety of everyone else, despite the portside diatribes to the contrary, need to be removed from our community. There is little to choose between them and those who actually commit acts of terrorism. This ACLU/liberal view that we have to wait until a bunch of innocent citizens are blown up or otherwise butchered before any action is taken is obscene as it demonstrates a total lack of respect for human life.

The Academy For The Constitutionally Challenged weighs in on the reality of the situation here.

Before we continue, you need to understand something, if you haven’t figured it out already. These people hate you. They don’t want to understand you, and they don’t want to be your friend. They don’t simply hate your government; they don’t merely hate your religion. They hate you and me and our families and our friends. And they won’t ask you if it’s okay to kill you. They won’t file suit in court to find out if it’s constitutional. They won’t take a vote. They’ll just kill you, and I hope to prove that to you.

The reality of the situation is that someone has declared war on us (even if they say we were the first to declare, the following holds true), and we are now faced with three choices. Either we ignore the declaration, surrender to the enemy’s terms, or choose to fight back. In an ordinary world, ignoring the threat is tantamount to surrendering, since the enemy will eventually smother us if we do nothing. Again I hear the cries “we did this to ourselves!” And again, I don’t care, and it doesn’t matter. If you really believe that your freedom did this to you, I can’t help you. I would, however, urge you to move, as there are plenty of countries other than ours on the half-free to despotic scale that would love to have you, and it would solve your problem without creating one for me. On the other hand, if you are in the foreign pilicy camp, I might be able to explain why it matters not what you think.

Read the rest, it pretty much encapsulates the entire issue and is extremely well put.

In the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, Gary C. Gambill puts out an interesting analysis on Democratization, The Peace Process, and Islamic Extremism. It’s definitely worth reading.

Terrorism is an issue that has been politicized by the left, who seem to believe that trying to get their candidates elected by slandering and obstructing our president and his administration at every turn is more important than the lives of potentially thousands of their fellow Americans. Shame on them, they ought to find another country to live in instead of sabotaging this one.

Apparently in their case, the lesson of 9/11 means nothing.

by @ 3:57 am. Filed under Global War On Terror

September 19, 2005

Did You Know…?

This is the content of a forward sent me today by a friend and I thought I’d pass it on as it is so relevant in view of the attacks on America’s relationship with God by our country’s atheists(liberals, the ACLU and other assorted treasonous flotsam). The composition is attributed to Andy Rooney:

DID YOU KNOW? As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view … it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!


As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.


As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall,
right above where the Supreme Court judges sit,
a display of the Ten Commandments!


There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.


James Madison, the fourth president, known as “The Father of Our Constitution” made the following statement:

“We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”


Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ”.


Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.


Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.


Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy,the rule of few over many.


The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said:

“Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”

How, then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, it is very hard to understand why there is such a mess about having the Ten Commandments on display or “In God We Trust” on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don’t we just tell the other 14% to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!?

Hat tip, Jodee.

by @ 6:01 pm. Filed under America Believes In God

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by @ 6:22 am. Filed under Uncategorized

September 18, 2005

Ground Zero

This morning I got in a cab and told the driver to take me to Ground Zero. The trip from midtown to downtown took perhaps twenty minutes, and then we were on a familiar street, yet unfamiliar at the same time because there was nothing in front of us but sky and a metal fence where there should have been–
The driver, an Arab, said nothing as he pulled up to the curb before the fence. The fare was ten something, I was so mesmerized by what I saw — or more accurately what I didn’t see, the entire area looked suddenly alien to me and I actually felt momentary fear for some reason I can’t fathom, I handed the cabbie a twenty, got out of the taxi and walked slowly to the fence, to that great cavity beyond that simply didn’t belong anyplace in my memories, didn’t belong in New York and I gazed out upon it, my emotions a mess so that I actually wanted to cry — but didn’t, I just looked and looked, and walked, and looked, and felt… I don’t know, tragic. It was so difficult to picture the two awesome towers that had stood there when I had last been here in New York.
There was a sense of loss within me that was as profound as those when I lost my grandparents and my mother, an uncle and numerous friends in years gone by, some of whom had died in my presence. But there was something different here, something really terrible and unearthly, like I was coming home to a mountain that had become a valley in my absence, all its residents gone, dead.


Murdered in the name of God. Someone else’s god, a god of destruction and murder, not the God I believe in. Not my God, not the God I worship as a Jew, not the God worshipped by Christians. I knew some people who worked there, friends who on the 11th of September, 2001, ceased to exist. In the name of Allah, the Muslim god, the god presiding over the so-called Religion of Peace.

Sure, I had been through the same uncomprehending to shocked to sad to angry succession most Americans had undergone on that morning in September, 2001, but it had been an emotional reaction from 3,000 miles away, the outrage viewed on television.

Here I was, standing on very familiar ground that had been the site of commodity exchanges I had been to often in the course of a former line of work, the offices occupied by friends and acquaintances, now gazing at an alien landscape that was in reality a kind of graveyard peopled by both innocent human beings and heroes who had attempted to save them and died en masse in the process.

I felt numb when I finally walked away, then, walking aimlessly along Trinity Place, I felt a rage building up inside me and I murmured thanks to President George W. Bush for being the American leader he is and mobilizing the wrathful might of our military in a war on the terrorist scum who had done this to us, overthrowing two dictatorships that had owned some of the responsibility for the mass murder in New York and elsewhere, either by harboring, helping finance, providing training facilities for or by sponsorship of other preparations for what those bastards did to us.

Payback for the grief those godless sons of bitches caused thousands of American families but at least equally as important, the self defense of America in an all-out war declared upon us and all western nations by a satanic enemy purporting to represent all of Islam.

Our President initiated a global war on terror and was followed into the breach by numerous other leaders who realized that we are, indeed, at war, not by our choice but by the declaration of war by the worst enemy we have faced in the entire histories of the United States and the western world.

He was opposed by nations whose reticence was dictated by profit concerns as they violated UN sanctions they themselves had signed off on, by the UN itself as the organization’s very leadership was making money off corrupt transactions with Saddam Hussein. He was opposed by American traitors whose opposition stemmed from pure internal partisan politics or from political leanings that by their ultimate nature are against the principals that have made America the world leader we are.

To this day he is villified by those same treasonous entities, but George Bush is willing to weather the abuse in order to carry on a mission whose success will guarantee the perpetuity of those same dissenters’ right to criticize their own government, those assholes like Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, San Francisco and Berkeley socialists and others who would see the United States of America destroyed if they had their way. As far as I’m concerned, those anti-American, pro-Islamofascist, liberal traitors can leave this great country and move to France, Canada or some other country that embraces their socialist needs.

For me, Ground Zero represents every reason why we need to decimate every last vestige of fundamentalist Islam on earth, by any means necessary, and those who endeavor to obstruct our doing so can go to fucking hell.

by @ 9:52 pm. Filed under Global War On Terror

September 17, 2005

New York

Today was kind of a longish day for me, I’ve been awakening early for some unearthly reason, and getting my day started with the usual long dose of news website and blog reading, answering emails that came in at hours when even I’m asleep and those that arrived early.

I called the concierge in my DC hotel and asked her to get me shuttle flight reservations to New York and hotel reservations as well — hotels offer all sorts of useful services and when you’re travelling a lot, using them makes life much easier. She talked me into taking the Amtrack Acela(a high speed train shuttle), pointing out that it would mean not having to show up an hour early at the airport and do the security routine, giving me more personal time to have a few brews with some friends before grabbing a cab for the short ride to Union Station.

Skipping the airport security routine was a winning idea: I’m not what you’d call a neat, orderly packer and when my checked luggage goes through the X-ray machine, the quagmire within nearly always attracts the beady eyes of the idiotic, boneheaded, otherwise unemployable buffoons who seemingly rejoice in making sure they wrinkle up every damn pressed or neatly folded article of clothing in your suitcase that the TSA hires to open your bags and search them when they observe said quagmires.

As an experiment, a friend of mine recently put these people to a test at one airport. Cigarette lighters, for some inexplicable reason or other, are now forbidden aboard commercial airplanes. I suppose they’re afraid Mohammed and Ibrahim are going to leap up from their seats midflight yelling, “Nobody move! We hev Zeepo! Alahu Akbar!”

Anyway, my friend stashed four cheap disposable lighters in his carry-on bag, and after a lengthy search{each time a lighter was found, they searched harder} they managed to find three of them, then they let him go through.

The only difference between the pre and post 9/11 passenger screening agents is that the post ones have “guard card” type training, the kind of thing that can be referred to as an upgrade on paper for liability purposes, more official looking uniforms, federal employee status and a slightly higher pay check. Granted, the upgraded procedures make it more difficult for a terrorist to smuggle the tools of his trade aboard a plane, but it also brings more business to hotel valets when a hapless passenger needs to have his clothes pressed thanks to those heavy handed….

Anyway, this post isn’t supposed to be about those inept excuses for security personnel, it’s supposed to be about my coming to New York. Though I will say one thing, and that is that there seem to be an awful lot of young Islamic males handling security at our airports, and you fellas and fella-ettes at the ACLU take that any way you want, there’s no political correctness at this blog.

So I got to New York at 7:00 P.M., checked into my hotel an hour later(Saturday evening traffic here is like Saturday evening traffic noplace else, it’s like one solid vehicle with a lot of moving parts that don’t seem to move all that much) and went out to explore. I grew up here and have dwelt here for much of my adult life, but I haven’t lived here for over 6 years and a lot has changed. My hotel’s in midtown Manhattan on the east side, a nice area, but I headed downtown to Washington Square in the West Village and then wandered over to Bleeker Street in search of a bar where I might relax and enjoy a couple of drinks.

Fuggedadboudit, every watering hole for blocks was packed to the point of people spilling out the doors, and the sidewalks were as crowded as Times Square on New Years Eve. Like I said, it had been a long day and it was more than a little muggy, so I wasn’t really into the human density thing, so I decided to return to my hotel.

Tomorrow I plan to go to Ground Zero for the first time, last time I was there we still had those two magnificent towers there and I was taking the E Train out of the subway station underneath. Then there are friends I want to contact whom I haven’t seen for several years.

But don’t for a minute take the impression that I am in any way feeling even the most remote disparagement where New York is concerned, I was just kinda worn out from the day’s travel, the humidity and so forth and was in a listless mood.

New York is the greatest city on earth. There is an invisible yet somehow tangible energy about this town that never stops, no matter what the hour or the day, an electricity in the air, something… In every direction you look there is something to see, monotony remains forever outside the city limits. The people you meet are filled with charactar and possessing of a lively sense of humor, quick on the uptake, constantly busy at something or nothing, but busy just the same, yet appreciative of all that transpires around them and forever ready to give their honest opinions at the drop of a hat. Even immigrants from slow, laid back, “manana, manana” type countries are infected with the pulse of New York, their own personalities adjusted by the powerful ambience of the city to match those of the natives so that ethnic differences are much less apparent here than in other cities, despite the multiculturalism forced upon New York by its liberal majority.

Of course, being a New Yorker who has been living in San Francisco, I have to say that there is a large difference between New York liberals and California liberals. The former base their thinking in reality and as such can give you a more reasoned argument to back up their political beliefs, wrong or otherwise — they have the intellectual ability to put together facts and come up with arguments based on those facts rather than on slogans and bumper sticker fodder, and when it comes to taking action in time of need, they usually do the right thing. The latter are wingnuts, pure and simple, who will follow a baseless line of reasoning right into the jaws of hell before they’ll consider the stupidity of their position.

So my first evening in New York has ended with a room service smoked salmon omelet, a pot of coffee and some brandy, and tomorrow will be an active day for me, reintroducing myself to my exciting, beloved home town.

by @ 10:30 pm. Filed under Travelling