October 12, 2009

Fan Mail: Part Two

"Does he act on his words of the campaign: aka increase Afghan presence / Iraq is a diversion from the true battlefront on the Afghan/Pakistan border. Does he act in accordance with the dovish Left and isolationist Right's wishes to come home (does their reasoning matter?) Does he find some middling waffling way that displeases everyone and drags the issue out longer to more consternation?

I'll select the last one."

Like i said earlier, we've been getting a lot of that.

Please allow me a moment to put it in other terms if i may.

YEARS of incompetance and neglect have brought Middle Earth to a sorry state. You are the newest/hottest wizard on The Council though and you are just itCHing to jump into the fray. Saruman the White (and other Establishment sorcerers) are already whispering behind your back that you aren't experienced enough to understand the issues -much less address all of them. Economic downtimes and budget cuts at the Department of the Interior have led to sightings of dire wolves in the Shire. Crime is up and goblins are scribbling graffitti on the walls of Moria with impunity. We're on the verge of ecological catastrophe because Mount Doom has become volcanically active again. Worse yet, people are pooping their pants every time someone mentions the word "Voldesauronbinladen".


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October 09, 2009

Fan Mail and International Accolades

"The deadline for Nobel prize nominations is in February. Within a month Barack Obama earned a Nobel prize? Not that I think highly of the prize mind you. With the exception of the sciences, the winners lately are generally ___clowns, tyrants, bureaucrats or disgruntled members of an official global aggrieved class. -Still, a month?"

There's a lot of that going around.

Obama didn't start his life's work on January 20th when he became president. He worked on community service and nuclear non-proliferation for YEARS before that. 2008, however, was The Year of Change (or The Year of Hope depending on how you look at it) and THAT'S what they had in mind when they considered his nomination (amongst the hundreds they'd received before the February deadline). You can be wary of foreigners and you can doubt politicians, but it would seem that your cynicism has clouded your judgment in this case. I challenge you to deny that Barack Hussein Obama has been inspirational, even beyond our own borders. Go ahead and tell America that you want their president to politely decline an international accolade because (and this based in no small part upon your expertise regarding the workings of the Norwegian Nobel Committee) he just hasn't earned it yet. Good luck with that. (Keep despair alive.)

August 01, 2009

Keeferman Once Again Shoulders the Burden of Defense Against the Dark Arts

atlas.jpg Unfortunately there are alotta people out there who've heard someone talking about something somewhere and then passed it along sometime later without giving it the cautious skepticism that "bold and fresh" statements require. There're buzzwords in that hearsay -and I daresay we've heard them all. I presume you yourself are smart enough not to believe the hype, but alotta your teabagging friends might not be. It is because of Them that I'm reminded of the following quip: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Atlas Shrugged'. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

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April 20, 2009

Worst. Tea Party. Evar.

Happy Patriot's Day.

i don't mean to brag, but I'm the great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Revolutionary War hero Daniel Shays. He was born in Massachusetts (preceding me there by over 200 years) and lived through the Boston Tea Party, the War, and the troubled times thereafter. Eventually he became known more for his Rebellion against American government than his service to it.

He stood up for the rights of the common man. He stood up for what was Right against the clumsy wrongs of a poorly conceived initial American government. His rebellion was eventually put-down, but he made his point and we are now a better nation for it. Shays' Rebellion resulted in a new Constitution and the United States of America.

It's easy, however, to misinterpret...

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