Wednesday, November 13, 2002

End of Transmission

When I first discovered blogging a few weeks ago, I had no idea of the vastness of the blogosphere and how many bloggers were already doing what I wanted to do - which was to try to be a voice of commonsense and to comment and rant about things of interest to me. After reading through so many fine blogs (see *Furballs* on right), as well many not so fine ones (*Litterbox*), I've decided I don't like this "iamcatman" theme I was trying to develop (it's kinda gay - not that I don't like cats, I have two wonderful furballs of my own). Therefore, I am abandoning this blog. I realize that all my visitors (1 or 2 a week?) will be very disappointed, but do not despair! I will soon be reincarnated! I've learned some great lessons from some great blogs, and I am working on creating a much better blog (I hope). That is all. Thank you and have a nice day.

Monday, November 11, 2002

Please Stand By

Making changes to web page, testing out different templates and stuff. Regularly scheduled programming will resume eventually.
Veterans Day

As Americans, we enjoy many rights and freedoms that so many people around the world can only dream of. We don't live in fear of being dragged away in the middle of the night for expressing our thoughts and ideas. We can move about freely, and choose to live where and how we wish. Because our Congress is not allowed to legislate laws establishing or prohibiting any religion, we are free to choose how we worship God, or we can choose not to worship at all. We have the right to protest and to demonstrate against our government. And, as was proven so vividly in the recent elections, we can make changes to our government through the power of our votes.

These rights and freedoms, and the many others we enjoy, are guaranteed to us through our Constitution. The Constitution is guaranteed by the men and women who serve, and have served, in our Armed Forces. Their oath is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Both in war and in peacetime, many have sacrificed much to guarantee us our rights and freedoms. So on this Veterans Day, when our men and women in uniform are once again being called upon to safeguard our liberties, take a few moments to reflect upon the sacrifices that have been made, and the sacrifices that will be made, in the names of Freedom and Liberty.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

(Flanders, in the north of France, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the World War I. One of the few things said to have survived the bloodshed was the poppy. John McCrea, a Canadian doctor serving on the battlefield, wrote this poem after treating the battle wounded and burying the dead.)

Saturday, November 09, 2002

Happy Birthday Leathernecks!

Sunday, November 10, 2002, is the 227th anniversary of our beloved Corps. So be sure to wish a "Happy Birthday" to all the jarheads in your life. Here's the Commandant's 2002 Birthday Message, and General Lejeune's Original Birthday Message. Semper Fi!

In honor of this great day (and since the blog craze of late seems to "favorite things lists"), here's a few of iamcatman's favorite Marine Corps quotes...HOORAH!

They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or "we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow," which means "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake."
Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991

We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the assault on Grenada, 1983

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America

Don't you forget that you're Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!
Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952

The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps.
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?
GySgt. Daniel J. "Dan" Daly, USMC, near Lucy-`le-Bocage as he led the 5th Marines' attack into Belleau Wood, 6 June 1918

The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!
General Pershing, US Army

Retreat Hell! We just got here!
Attributed to several World War I Marine Corps officers, Battle of Belleau Wood, France June 1918

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women...
Conan the Barbarian

Payback's a bitch

Masked men in military fatigues blew up the family home of one of 50 Chechen rebels killed after they seized a Moscow theatre and held hundreds of people hostage last month

Note to self: Don't piss off the Russians.

Friday, November 08, 2002

Please take a moment to say Thank You!

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"To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."
--George Washington, First Annual Address, January 8, 1790
Mass. Hysteria

In a couple of post-election editorials in the Boston Globe, columnist Joan Vennochi is throwing hissy fits over the outcome of the election. The first column, is titled Voters simply didn't like O'Brien. First off, let me say, Duh! Being likable helps in getting elected, while supporting abortions for 16 year olds without parental consent, and whining over nonexistent sexist remarks, does not. In the article she says:

Romney's victory was propelled by the standard GOP promise to reject all tax increases. He characterized O'Brien, Finneran, and Travaglini as the ''Gang of Three'' who would increase taxes as their first order of business. The voters' desire for some balance in a state controlled by Democrats provided an intellectual framework to vote Republican.

iamcatman, and apparently the majority of Massachusetts voters, think that we're already being taxed enough...not to mention the huge support for the no income tax initiative. And while Joan seems to like the idea of having the state government completely in the hands of the Democrats, most of us want that Republican counterweight in the Corner Office to offset the overwhelming Democratic legislator.

O'Brien also tried to run a reprise of the 1994 campaign argument that Romney is a calculating businessman who routinely put profits before people. He is.

True, Romney cut jobs and profited from selling some companies, but a businessperson is in business to make money, and if a business isn't making money then you make changes or sell it. Sorry Joan, that's how the business world works, and that's how the business world stays healthy. You also failed to mention the many successful companies that Romney has invested in, and the many jobs created from those investments.

In the end, voters simply didn't like O'Brien. And when voters don't like you, they don't vote for you, no matter how close you stand to a Kennedy.

Guess what? Not everyone here worships the Kennedy's. As for this cool cat, the closer you stand to a Kennedy, the further iamcatman stands from you.

In the next column, Joan actually makes some good points as to what's wrong with Democrats in Massachusetts (iamcatman is fair and gives credit where due).

...the voters don't like the arrogance, the immaturity, or the pettiness of the Massachusetts Democratic Party as it exists today. The nonsense in the state Legislature is a turnoff no matter what your political philosophy. There is no statesmanship, only gamesmanship. People are so busy avenging past slights they are incapable of working together to achieve common goals.

Right on, Joan! But then, in her own bout of pettiness, she can't seem to help herself and just has to make some very nasty remarks about the voters of our great Commonwealth.

Massachusetts voters don't like immigrants either; 68 percent voted to replace bilingual education with English immersion.

Massachusetts voters don't like immigrants? Damn, that's a very low swipe and a really shitty thing to say. Joan, Massachusetts voters actually like immigrants very much. We voted to get rid of that bilingual education nonsense so that people who come to this country can actually learn English and become good, productive American citizens. It just so happens that iamcatman has some friends who are naturalized Americans. Guess what...they voted to banish bilingual education too (they also tended to vote for Romney, btw)! I'd imagine that you'd argue that our naturalized American citizens are somehow biased against newer arrivals. Of course, my tiny sampling of immigrant friends is by no means a scientific poll, but it would be interesting to see how our immigrant friends across the state voted on this.

O'Brien was left with no base of support. Traditional, liberal Democrats were disgusted by her apparent lack of conviction. The new independents were disgusted by her apparent alignment with the clowns of the mostly Democratic Legislature and assorted party hangers-on. It left everyone free to vote his or her own selfish interests.

Well Joan, we're certainly not going to vote for your selfish interests!

Thursday, November 07, 2002


Armed and Dangerous brings us the Anti-Idiotarian-Manfesto - an outstanding document, and an excellent retort to those NION commie pinko piss-for-brains facist-lovin' fucknozzles (Thanks for helping to expand my vocabualry, Michele).
Professor of Hysteria

InstaPundit has a post about an email exchange between a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet and some nutty professor. Apparently, the cadet had simply requested some information. This was the professor's response:

From: Peter Kirstein
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 1:46 PM
To: Kurpiel Robert C4C CS26

Subject: Re: Academy Assembly

You are a disgrace to this country and I am furious you would even think I would support you and your aggressive baby killing tactics of collateral damage. Help you recruit. Who, top guns to reign death and destruction upon nonwhite peoples throughout the world? Are you serious sir? Resign your commission and serve your country with honour.

No war, no air force cowards who bomb countries with AAA, without possibility of retaliation. You are worse than the snipers. You are imperialists who are turning the whole damn world against us. September 11 can be blamed in part for what you and your cohorts have done to Palestinians, the VC, the Serbs, a retreating army at Basra.

You are unworthy of my support.

Peter N. Kirstein
Professor of History
Saint Xavier University.

iamcatman forwarded this piece o'crap to his buddy, Perkusista - someone who, in his younger days, was almost led down the dark path of liberalism by the left wing pied piper. He had this thoughtful reflection:

Another example of an idiot anti American professor.
I've been trying to think pleasant thoughts in order to refrain from anger and rage. Waterfalls, rabbits, beautiful women .......... didn't work, so here we go:

This is why academia in this country is disgusting. This is why in my last semester at UMASS I resorted to carrying around the Contract with America by Newt Gingrich, just for the shock value. They're all anti-American nuts, and would not hesitate to sell this country out to any despot that claims their ideals on the surface. These are the people that are most fervently for gun control, knowing full well that Stalin thought it was a good idea as well. These are the people that engage in censorship and ad hominem attacks unhesitatingly. These are the people that claim we deserved September 11, and that we have no right to pursue those responsible. These are the people that bathe daily in the murky waters of hypocrisy. These are the people that burn our flag, poison the minds of our children, attack our beliefs, rant about the denial of their freedoms, as they would deny ours. If it was not for the military and those who laid down their lives in defense of liberty around the globe in the name of the flag of the United States of America, clowns like this would be in chains in a dungeon somewhere, being eaten by rodents, at the amusement of those that they so righteously defend.

Perkusista, it turns me on when you talk like that ;)

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Purringly beautiful headlines to wake up to!

Republicans take charge
GOP regains control of Senate, expands party majority in House

Romney grabs the gold!
It's Mitt: Romney tops O'Brien for Corner Office

O'Brien had little chance from the beginning. Rather than focusing on the issues that matter to the people, she searched for ways to attack Romney, looking for that slamdunk that would put her over the top. Instead, she tripped over her own feet, while Romney easily scored point after point and sailed into victory. a sign of her desperation in the final days of the race, O'Brien tried pathetically to make an issue of Romney's allegedly sexist complaint that her attacks on him were "unbecoming." Meanwhile, Romney skillfully cast her as a cog in the state Democratic machine. Given the inclination of Massachusetts voters to put a Republican check on that machine, O'Brien needed to prove him wrong. But she couldn't do it--because he was right.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Unopposed Sen. John Kerry projected to win

CNN also is projecting Democratic wins for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who ran unopposed for a fourth term

Unopposed? Then who was that Libertarian dude I voted for? Last I checked he got 19% of the vote. Not a bad showing if you ask me. They could have at least given the guy a little bit of credit for trying.