"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." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Flip, Flop and Fly

A pundit recently observed that John Kerry's face looks like that of a "sad tree". Well, now it appears he's got two sad-tree faces. The following, from James Taranto's Best of the Web Today, absolutely confirms one's worst suspicions about the man:

"The New Republic's blogger Noam Scheiber credits TNR intern Josh Benson with digging up an item that appeared in the magazine's March 25, 1991, issue, quoting a pair of letters Kerry wrote to constituent Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Mass.:"

Jan. 22, 1991: "Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition . . . to the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war."

Jan. 31, 1991: "Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf."

Sunday, January 25, 2004

R.I.P.

On Friday, Bob Keeshan died. He was, of course, TV's Captain Kangaroo and (I had forgotten) Clarabell the clown on Howdy Doody (which was a little before my time). Reading his obituary, I was surprised by his age at death: 76. The Captain Kangaroo character was an elderly man, so to my mind, he would have been in his 90s by now. In reality, the ridiculous gray-haired, pageboy hairstyle was just a wig on the head of an actor who, when I was a child, was about the age that I am now (42).

I read in his obituary that he was an "advocate" for children, as was his good friend, the late Fred Rogers of Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Mr. Keeshan lectured parents with such platitudes as, "A child needs to be listened to and talked to at 3 and 4 and 5 years of age." Duh. I don't know why doing a children's show should make someone consider himself a child development expert. Especially when his show is painfully boring and anachronistic. My generation's childhood was the heyday of Fred and Bob, and I don't know anyone who speaks fondly of those shows. They were oddities, and the only times I remember tuning in were to stare in amazement at the lameness of it all.

It was Bugs Bunny & Friends for me.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

The New Wicked World

My blog has a new home here at Blogspot, having been moved from my personal web space at Verizon. I am republishing all the entries from the old site.

My reasons for blogging are threefold.

This is first and foremost a personal journal. It affords me an opportunity to write down some thoughts for the sheer pleasure of writing. Many folks become bloggers for the same reason that some audition for American Idol--they think they have something to offer the American people, and they can't get their voices heard on traditional media. I have no such delusions of grandeur.

I have given the URL to certain friends and family members. This has the beneficial effect of reducing the number of e-mails I send to them with haphazard thoughts, intriguing links, and astounding news stories. These people may check in periodically to see what's on my mind, or they may never do so and live their lives in blessed peace from my missives.

If, for some strange reason, a person who is not a friend or family member finds this site, he is welcome to look around.