"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I would just like to point out...

... that it's been over 80 degrees every day this last week in San Diego. And it's almost Thanksgiving. Just throwing that out there.

Andrew, thank you for giving me Lux Touch; now I can finally answer the question, "Gosh, I have five spare minutes in which to do something, what should I do?"

Just finished reading Ender's Shadow, the 'parallel' novel to Ender's Game as told by Ender's top lieutenant. It's almost as good as the original, and I'm honestly looking more forward to the next three sequels than I was to those after Game. From what I've read so far, we will have less moralizing and introspection and more global conflict and political intrigue. Bring it on.

I finally caught up on the first half of season 4 of BSG. Just when it seems like humanity's hopes have been fulfilled, we got the last thirty seconds of Revelations. I won't reveal much more, but . . . I have some theories as to why the things the Galactica discovered were the way they were. Plus, we still have many unanswered questions and vendettas. I eagerly await January, as the end begins . . .

Refs in the Pats-Dolphins game just spent five minutes in a huddle discussing a penalty and then deciding no penalty occurred. Took five of you to figure that out, huh?

Last, but certainly not least, an interesting article from our local newspaper on that changes - for the better - that have taken place in Haditha over the last three years. This is a place which some of our leaders, in the past, wrote off as a 'complete failure'; now, the locals consider departing Marines "brothers". Also interesting is the local perspective on the 'massacre'; remember, the gunfight in which certain upstanding politicians declared our men had murdered civilians "in cold blood?" All but one of the Marines involved has been exonerated; and local Iraqis consider the true massacre to be an incident in which al Qaeda rounded up local policemen and officials and beheaded them in order to intimidate the rest of the city. Now, our Marines are departing with honor, leaving security and prosperity in their wake. Funny, but this 'failure' looks a lot like peace, and victory.

5 comments:

Andrew said...

The refs spent five minutes in the huddle discussing what they would do if one guy ripped off another guys helmet, and then started beating his head in, before the back judge said "no, no, no, that won't happen, lets get back to the game, I've got a hooker back at the Raddison who's charging me by the hour"... little did he know that Matt Light had a mean streak. And that that game would take nearly 3 days and 7 hours to play.
I've played Lux in some interesting places, its great on mute... watch out for Red. If you haven't figured out his strategy yet, well, just prevent him from controlling more than half of the armies on the board.

Bree said...

Andrew, even though the game was 3 days and 7 hours long, it was still shorter than last week's epic battle to the death between Philadelphia and Cincinnati, where eventually, "Fuck it, you both suck. It's a tie" became the method of determining the winner.

Meghan said...

I. Hate. Lux.

Andrew said...

Bree, at least you were aware that they could tie. How dumb is McNabb? Or as they put it on the radio today, "Donovan, the coach just benched you. Dd you know they could to THAT?"

Meghan, No. One. Cares.

Meghan said...

You've reduced me to tears on someone else's blog. I hope you are happy.