Day by Day
Friday, April 20, 2007
So pardon me if I haven't posted much. I haven't had time to sit down, much less get online. So, in the spirit of giving you all at least one thing to look at, here's my offering: Never be afraid to say what you feel.
Obviously we need to work on our behavior and international image.This piece should be called "Ode to Self-Loathing" : Editorial | Letter to South Korea | Inquirer | 04/20/2007
We are dismayed that you worry about a misdirected backlash against your citizens who have emigrated here. Most of us would like to think America is better than that. But we also recall that, after 9/11, some ignorant people attacked Sikh Americans in the preposterous belief that their turbans marked them as members of al-Qaeda."Misdirected backlash"
Remember when thousands marched in Seoul to advocate throwing the US military out of South Korea after some soldiers in an American military vehicle accidentally struck and killed some Korean schoolgirls?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
My friend Sadeq, who has worked hard for years to make his home nice for his wife and children, lost all his possessions, but fortunately not his family, when a terrorist drove an explosives-laden vehicle into the garage beneath his Baghdad apartment house and detonated it while he was at work. We took up a collection to help him, but being the ever-classy guy he is, Sadeq refused to accept the money, even when I tried stuffing it into his pocket. A year before his home was destroyed, Sadeq was wounded by a sectarian killer who brutally shot him in the back. Still, Sadeq continues working tirelessly to build a future for his family. But there likely will be no future for either him or his family if the American Left and Democratic Party succeed in affecting a premature troop withdrawal from Iraq. Because of his history of working for American companies, Sadeq will likely be hunted down and murdered by terrorists if Iraq is abandoned before law and order is established.My dearest friend, (more of a brother to me), Amin, has been very lucky. Smart, brave, loyal and cool under pressure, at the height of Iraq's violence he stared down death many times and survived. Since the Bush security plan has significantly quieted Baghdad's streets, I fear much less for his life. But if the American Left and the Democratic Party get their way and Iraq is abandoned, I am almost certain that he will be quickly hunted down and killed.
Go read the whole thing: Hypocrisy has a Human Price.
Well Tim, how does "less than 24 hours" strike you?
Oh, by the way - the shooter? Not even a US Citizen.
The police department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on Tuesday morning identified the gunman who killed at least 30 people Monday as Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old undergraduate senior majoring in English.
Cho, who is thought to have killed himself at the end of the shooting rampage in Norris Hall, was a South Korean national and resident alien from Centreville, Va., about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C. in Fairfax County and adjacent to Dulles Airport and the Manassas Civil War battlefields.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but unless you're a US citizen, it's illegal to possess a weapon in America, right? So tell me just how all the gun-control laws in this case helped prevent the tragedy? This guy wasn't supposed to have a gun in the first place, and yet still got one. Tell me how more laws would help? It looks like there are exceptions to a resident alien owning a firearm, but none of those exceptions look like they apply to Cho.
Anywho, go read the Mrs.
But sometimes it's worth it.
Some of you military types may recognize that photo. For those who aren't military, that is a funeral detail firing team at "Present Arms". In short, we're saluting with our rifles.
The funeral was for a Gulf War vet, who died rather young. He was the brother of a fellow NCO at my unit, and it was an honor to give him his final sendoff.
I've also been ass deep in other jobs as well. So if I don't post very often, forgive me.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Tuesday, January 31, 2006My God.
A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."
Last spring a Virginia Tech student was disciplined for bringing a handgun to class, despite having a concealed handgun permit. Some gun owners questioned the university's authority, while the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police came out against the presence of guns on campus.
In June, Tech's governing board approved a violence prevention policy reiterating its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting visitors from bringing them into campus facilities.
Gun bill gets shot down by panel - Roanoke.com