May 31, 2006 Brainwaves
On my way home from a walk last night, I spotted two bunnies coming out of someone’s front yard and proceed to bound across the street. The second one elected to stop and stare into the headlights of the oncoming Volkswagen for a few seconds before continuing across the street at the last second.
I need to have a camera with me more often.
May 31, 2006 In The News
With an overtime goal, the Buffalo Sabres tied up their Eastern Conference finals series with the Hurricanes 3-3 with a 2-1 win, forcing Game 7 this Thursday in Carolina.
Unless they were watching too, the neighbors were probably wondering what I was yelling about at around 10:15 or so.
To those not from my country, apologies for taking up your time, I’ll only be a minute.
While I’ve so far been fortunate not to lose anyone I’ve personally known to combat casualties in the War on Terror, nonetheless I take the opportunity here as Memorial Day winds down to thank the members of our armed services — the men and women who are fighting al Qaeda and other terrorist forces abroad, so that we don’t have to face them here at home — as well as pause to remember and thank those that have given their lives in our nation’s defense. Freedom is never truly free, and we are forever indebted for their sacrifice for our freedom
May 29, 2006 In The News
With three laps to go in this yesterday’s Indianapolis 500, Marco Andretti, son of Michael and grandson of Mario, took the lead and nearly won the thing. As it would turn out, he finished second, 64 thousandths of a second behind Sam Hornish, Jr. His old man, coming out of retirement for another go at the 500, finished behind him in third.
Interviewed after the race, though, Marco wasn’t satisfied with his result.
“Man, I don’t want to wait for next year… It’s a bummer. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I mean, second place is nothing.“
Certainly sounds like an Andretti to me.
In other sports news, the Buffalo Sabres went down 3-2 in their series tonight, after losing in overtime. They’re in must-win land now — they have to force a Game 7 in order to get a shot at the Stanley Cup. Next game is on Tuesday.
Over the last days, weeks, and months, I’ve been thinking about my political point of view.
I’ve never felt like I could identify with liberalism — at least, not as it is defined in the United States. Liberal views on the War On Terror, gun ownership, welfare, affirmative action and a whole bunch of other things have completely soured me on the concept of American liberalism. There’s too much in their playbook that gives me the impression of an inherent lack of common sense. On these points, I’ve seen myself coming from a much more conservative point of view.
However, more and more I’ve come to realize lately that true conservatism doesn’t, at least from my eyes, have it exactly right either. For one, to be honest, I’m not a very religious person, and a lot of conservative social stands have bases in faith — their viewpoints toward abortion and gay marriage high among them.
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The mainstream media has driven Bush’s approval rating to the ground with its repetition in delivering the same story, over and over. “It doesnâ€™t have to be true, it doesnâ€™t have to be fair, it doesnâ€™t have to be consistent in its terms. All that matters is that it is repeated with uniform constancy: drip, drip, drip. George W. Bush is no good, George W. Bush is no good, George W. Bush is no good.” Yet they continue to fail to understand why their circulation and readership numbers are declining.
Perhaps it’s because the only two stories they’re telling are 30-40 years old. They’re telling these two stories because they’re the only two things they know. And we’re not listening because we don’t want to hear about “Vietnam” and “Watergate” anymore.
(Hat tip: Pajamas Media)
George Will writes an op-ed in the Washington Post stating that seeing United 93 should be Americans’ civic duty.
I haven’t seen it, but Yvonne and I plan to see it soon. I’ll write more on it when we have. But I was interested to note the same quote that Glenn Reynolds quoted:
The hinge on which the movie turns are 13 words that a passenger speaks, without histrionics, as he and others prepare to rush the cockpit, shortly before the plane plunges into a Pennsylvania field. The words are: “No one is going to help us. We’ve got to do it ourselves.” Those words not only summarize this nation’s situation in today’s war but also express a citizen’s general responsibilities in a free society.
More on this once we’ve seen the movie.
Andy: “WHAT is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
The top speed of the species varies with their habitat. Evidently, there is a difference in airspeeds between the African and European varieties.
Kandi: “What are mechanically seperated chicken parts, and what exactly does this entail?”
I have no idea. I’ll stick to “All white-meat chicken” any day.
Tune in next time, when questions on my thoughts and opinions won’t tax me so much.
We’re gonna try it again.
Use the comment section below to ask me my opinion or thoughts on just about anything. Kinda like the interview memes that have bounced around LiveJournal and the like. I’ll post answers as the questions come in.
Lately, Digital Brainwaves has become more about my thoughts on life, politics, and the world, and less about the day-to-day (or week-to-week, or whenever-to-whenever) goings-on in my life. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, though I’m sure some of my friends are more likely to read the more day-to-day drivel than what’s been appearing here instead.
So, I’d like to start bringing some of that stuff back, but not here. I’ve got a couple places I can put it — I have another domain name, associated with my actual name, where I could post such things… I also have the ol’ LiveJournal where I was posting last summer.
Any thoughts on where to go next?? (Doesn’t mean I’ll take them into account, just want to hear them.)