Surgery

My apologies to the many fans waiting breathlessly for my next post! I am scheduled for rotator cuff repair tomorrow morning. I’m told that, depending on what the surgeon finds he has to do, I will be in a sling for a week — or six weeks. This is likely to affect my ability to type for awhile. You will all just have to grin and bear it!

–Ken

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War

What is going on here? We’re at war, right? Well, we are and we aren’t. We have a Presidential declaration of a “War on Terrorism,” but no Congressional declaration of war on any nation.

Today is Armed Forces Day, perhaps an appropriate time to look at what our armed forces are doing. Our armed forces continue to have skirmishes with terrorists in Iraq. These result in the deaths of many terrorists (underplayed by the media) and the deaths and injuries of fewer but significant numbers of our own people (carefully tabulated by the press). (Those who decry the loss of life among our troops — well over 2000 by now — and yearn for an end to the “war” appear to have no idea what war is really like. In our real wars, the death tolls ran to the tens of thousands. For perspective: I read the other day that we lost 12,000 men in the Okinawa campaign alone, in WWII. Iwo Jima was comparable, and there were many others.)

In WWII the idea was to defeat the Japanese enemy who had attacked us, as quickly as possible and whatever it took. What is the idea of this “war” on terrorism? According to our civilian leaders, it is to bring about “regime change” in Middle Eastern countries and to establish democracy therein. According to individual troops in occasional TV interviews, the idea is to make life better for the Iraqis or Afghanistanis. These soldiers appear to have been imbued with the altruistic principles that are potentially the death of this country. Perhaps Armed Forces Day should be renamed International Social Services Day.

The promise our President made after the attack of 9/11, when he vowed to go after countries that harbored or supported terrorists, is a far cry from what is actually occurring. The United States has known for decades that Iran is the main national source of terrorism. I have no clear idea why it was not the target of choice after the Taliban. I see no reason for refraining from destroying that dictatorship; it could be done without the cost in American lives that is currently going on in our “war” in Iraq. If our President told the military to take out Iran and let them do it, it could be accomplished in short order.

My Armed Forces Day wish: show the footage of the destruction of Manhattan’s Twin Towers and their thousands of lives over and over. Keep a visual image of that horrendous cataclysm before the American eye until it becomes very real that we are not in this for any reason except the annihilation of the dictatorships that brought it about.

–Ken

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Hard to Imagine

You gotta feel sorry for ‘ol Bill Gates. He has been the richest man in the world since 1998. He’s worth $50 billion now, down from $90 billion in 1999. About being the richest he says, “I wish I wasn’t. There is nothing good that comes out of that.” His reason? “You get more visibility as a result of it.”

Hard as it is to imagine being the world’s richest man, even after dropping $40 billion, it’s even harder to conceive being so put off by the inevitable public awe.

Poor baby….

— Ken

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Laugh Or Get Mad?

I’ve been trying to imagine going to Mexico and demanding citizenship by carrying a sign saying something like “Gringo Power” and maybe waving a flag of the United States. Do you suppose I would be welcomed? More likely, I would be either laughed at or, if there weren’t many of me, beaten.

It’s hard not to either laugh at or be angry with those would-be immigrants from Mexico who are demonstrating in the United States today by stopping work. I want to laugh, because the method they have chosen for gaining acceptance is to harm the very economy that gave them the jobs they so desperately wanted in the first place. I get angry at the demands for unconditional citizenship.

My hope for America is that it move further into capitalism. I don’t see how today’s displays can help that happen.

–Ken

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