armed invasion, anyone?

Border Patrol chopper forced down
Rock-throwing illegal immigrants near Yuma, Arizona, forced a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter pilot to make an emergency landing this week, the customs agency said.
No one was hurt in the incident, which happened Tuesday while the pilot was helping agents on the ground apprehend 17 people attempting to illegally enter the U.S., spokesman Michael Gramley said. They were on the north side of the All-American Canal, a large irrigation canal that runs from California along the U.S.-Mexico border.
While the helicopter was hovering, a group of 10 people on the south side of the canal began throwing baseball-size rocks at it, Gramley said.
One rock hit a rotor, Gramley said. The pilot felt a bad vibration and made an emergency landing about a mile away.

But you’re right. They’re just coming here looking for work. Who are we to deny people a better chance in life? And the Zetas are just “freedom fighters”… mmmhmm.

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the real threat

While Congressman John Hostettler (R-Indiana) has said that divorce is as much a threat to marriage as gay marriage is, until there is a constitutional amendment proposed to ban divorce, I will entertain no arguments to ban gay marriage. One literally disolves marriage, the other allows more people to participate in it. So until there is a legitimate and widespread movement to ban divorce in this country, you can spare me your false concern over the “sanctity of marriage.”

fight or flight?

Quick question: Is there no way to detect where a missile attack has originated and fire back in retaliation? I’m no military expert, so I accept the possibility that such technology or intelligence capacity does not exist. But if it does, why in the name of all that is holy did the USS Kearsarge and Ashland turn tail and run when they were fired upon by rockets in Jordan?

will it be messy if I pull out too soon?

I have a scenario that I would like you to ponder.

If President Bush took the “advice” of the feverish Left and pulled our troops out of Iraq immediately, would they then applaud him for doing the right thing and finally give him some long overdue praise?
Ok, ok. You can stop laughing now. I know.
Or more realistically, would they jump right to the finger pointing, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, saying that he failed, made a mistake, surrendered, just like we did in Vietnam? In fact, if the Left is so vehement that Iraq is the new Vietnam, then why in Maynard’s name would they not want us to finish the fucking job and achieve decisive victory, as opposed to repeating the mistake of the original and not fighting to win or doing so?

You know why none of this makes any sense? Because nothing the Left has said for the last 6 years has either.

Pascal bets the farm

Just doing some random thinking, and remembered Pascal’s wager, an argument given by some in favor of believing in gawd and all that:

If gawd exists and I believe, I get eternal salvation.
If gawd exists and I do not believe, I get eternal damnation.
If gawd does not exist and I believe, I lose nothing (except maybe some earthly pleasures).
If gawd does not exist and I do not believe, I lose nothing.
Therefore it is only rational to believe in gawd out of the pure consequence of probability, since you only lose eternally if you do not believe.

Seems simple enough. But there are plenty of problems here.

1. Which gawd do I believe in? In order to maximize my probability of eternal jackpot, wouldn’t I have to believe in the gawd of Abraham, as well as in Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, Zoroaster, Odin, Maynard, and any number of earth spirits?
2. Most protestant Christian denominations do not accept simple belief as one’s ticket to Heaven. They require various forms of devotion, sacraments, works, and acceptance of Jesus’ divinity as personal savyourah (best said with a Texas accent).
3. Gambling is against the dogma of most religions. Having gambling necessary for believe in gawd would probably not be an acceptable exception.

Any others?

enemy body count?

Why is it that I cannot find a figure for total terrorist/insurgent/regime casualties in Iraq? Why is it that any search for information on any casualties in Iraq, even when specified as “enemy” or “terrorist” comes up with thousands of coalition and US body counts? Why aren’t we keeping track of how well we’re actually doing in this war? A US casualty figure tells us nothing if we don’t also have an enemy casualty figure. This is so absurd.
The closest thing to an enemy body count I can find is a summary of various casualty reports on Wikipedia. It gives estimates of anywhere from 4,895 to 124,000+. The fact that we can’t even get a number within a few standard deviations is completely ridiculous. The Defense Department has got to have numbers, and they need to release them.

another step back

Kansas moves to stem role of evolution in teaching
After months of debate over science and religion, the Kansas Board of Education has tentatively approved new state science standards that weaken the role evolution plays in teaching about the origin of life.
The 10-member board must still take a final vote, expected in either September or October, but a 6-4 vote on Tuesday that approved a draft of the standards essentially cemented a victory for conservative Christian board members who say evolution is largely unproven and can undermine religious teachings about the origins of life on earth.
“We think this is a great development … for the academic freedom of students,” said John West, senior fellow of the Discovery Institute, which supports intelligent design theory.

I am so sick and tired of these non-scientists dictating science curriculum. Evolution is a THEORY. No, it is not proven fact. No scientific theory can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tought. Should no theories be taught in science if they can’t be 100% proven? If not, we should probably start including this on textbooks too:

This textbook contains material on Gravity. Universal Gravity is a theory, not a fact, regarding the natural law of attraction. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.