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Invasion Is the Right Word

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

It's such a wonderful thing that sovereignty was returned to the Iraqis - and two days early at that! God, Allah & Bush are good. The now-free Iraqi people, who assuredly are singing our praises, can live a better life and soon, plainly, our brave troops will be able to start coming home. There are definitely a few loose ends to tie up, but now that we've supposedly taken our hands out of Iraq's oil lands, our boys and girls can start the long-awaited trip home. Right?

Apparently not, according to the headline this morning:
Army Recalling Thousands Who Left Service. And why is it that "5,600 former soldiers" are being readied to send over to the country-we're-purportedly-done-with? Could it be because terrorist activity has actually increased due to our invasion? This article from Time.com seems to say something along those lines:

(Emphasis mine)

...The IISS reported that al-Qaeda's recruitment and fundraising efforts had been given a major boost by the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It estimated that bin Laden's network today commands some 18,000 men, of which about 1,000 are currently inside Iraq. After almost three years of President Bush's war on terror, the IISS offered the following assessment of the movement's prospects: "Although half of al-Qaeda's 30 senior leaders and perhaps 2,000 rank-and-file members have been killed or captured, a rump leadership is still intact and more than 18,000 potential terrorists are still at large, with recruitment accelerating on account of Iraq...

...So why is al-Qaeda continuing to grow and prosper despite the loss of its Afghan sanctuaries and so many of its personnel, and the fact that it has been relentlessly hounded by security services across Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia? The consensus among security analysts is that the key to eliminating al-Qaeda as a threat is to transform the permissive political environment in which it operates in the Muslim world. Instead, the opposite has occurred — Muslim anger at the U.S. has reached an all-time high and continues to grow, driven by outrage at U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan...

I mean, I can't understand why they'd hate us so. We only went in and destroyed their lives, homes, families, etc. to give them "freedom", along with an unstable and now more dangerous place to live. Because, you know, America likes to stick their nose where it doesn't belong and fight for the underdog. Who cares that we should've been going after those that caused thousands of deaths on 9/11? Those people in Iraq needed freedom - and someone had to stop those ghostly weapons of mass destruction from being completed and used! Why, we had to do something. We could concentrate on bin Laden at another time. For now, there was oil WMD & oppressed people to worry about.

If you look at the invasion of Iraq as some benign freedom-from-tyranny ploy, then I think you're missing the big picture. Now that we're "giving" them their soveriegnty, that's what everyone seems to be thinking. Even if that were the case, I have to ask "why?" Why were we worried about the Iraqi peoples' plight when we had those responsible for 9/11 to track down? Because let's face it, we all know by now that there was (even if there is now because of the war) no Iraq/al-Qaeda connection. If America was just trying to help the oppressed peoples, then I believe it overstepped its boundaries. It's like a child in a playground defending other children from a bully. That's noble, and even commendable. But if the same child showed up at school with an AK-47 and blew the bully away, that would be a different story; that would be very bad, and very wrong.

They went over there for their own selfish reasons, and now they can't pull out. The state of things since the war has made that impossible. So we're stuck there - and stuck sending 5,000+ more of our brave men and women to possible death.

Thoughts on Fahrenheit 911

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

Not that I really care if someone disagrees with me or that what I write might offend someone - obviously I rarely worry about that - but this is a sensitive subject. That said, I'd like to point out that when we talk about what we think and how we feel we should be able to discuss those differences without getting upset that someone else might think differently. What that means is, no fighting, kids. If you want to yell at me, go right ahead - it's my blog and I'll yell right back - but no one is going to bash anyone for their opinions in the comments. Capice? So play nice.

I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 on Sunday. I believe it's something that everyone should see - whether pro-Bush or anti-Bush. It raised some interesting questions and thoughts, and did point out some fairly irrefutable facts; things that anyone could learn about it with a bit of research (i.e. the Bush & bin Laden families being so tight, the US flying the bin Ladens out of the country a few days after 9/11, etc.)

That said, some of it, also, must be taken with a grain of salt - Moore has at his disposal the power of editing and, naturally, some of it is going to be his own opinion.

My personal feelings after viewing the movie were anger, outrage, shame and fear. And I wanted to know more. I wanted to talk to those that saw the movie and are for Bush - I wanted to hear their opinions and refutes of the claims. I'd like to hear from Bush himself and his administration - what have they to say about the claims being brought? I'd like to hear the other side of the story.

I want someone, somewhere, to tell me why we invaded Iraq. I want someone to prove to me, with actual facts, that we went over there and terrorized these people for reasons other than to line the Big Money's pockets. I want someone to tell me why, in 2000, our govm't said that Saddamn Hussein was not a threat and could not ever be a threat as we were monitoring him and had ways of stopping him from getting anything that would enable him to begin building "weapons of mass destruction".

I want someone out there to tell me how they believe the passing of the Patriot Act, and going against our own Constitution, was a good thing.

These were just my thoughts after viewing the movie. I watched innocent Iraqi civilians crying and screaming to god for help and mercy because we had destroyed their lives and homes and killed their families - I thought about why we were in Iraq - and I was ashamed to be an American. I saw the wounded young American soldiers and the mourning family of one who died - for what? - and I was ashamed to be an American. I can't get my mind around the fact that there was no reason for us to go over there. If there was, I can't seem to see it.

For me, I loved the movie. I respect anyone that uses their voice to speak out against what they believe to be wrong. Whether or not I did agree with Michael Moore isn't the issue - I respect him and his right to say what he wanted. Yes, I agreed with a lot of it and I thought it was brilliant. But even if I hadn't, I'd still give the man his props. Not many have the balls to get out there and say what's on their mind or to speak out when they feel injustice taking place. But for me, I was one of the ones applauding at the end.

I just wanted to share my thoughts after actually viewing it. I don't expect anyone to agree with me - these are my thoughts and mine alone and naturally they're not going to coincide with everyone else's. That said, I hope *my opinions* don't offend anyone; they shouldn't.

The Sanctity of Marriage, Eh?

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Let me go over this again, just so I can get it right, it's the gay people getting married that's going to ruin the "sanctity" of marriage. Correct?

Let me tell you one damn thing, if anything is ruining the sanctity of marriage, it's our dear, childish celebrities getting married every other year and on a whim - not two gay people who are madly in love with one another!

Britney Spears is getting married; again. Let us all not forget Britney's first "marriage" - a Vegas wedding affair that lasted all of 54 hours. Now she's getting hitched to her backup singer. Exactly how long has she been with this man? Apparently not too long considering his baby's momma is currently pregnant for him a second time! You know, because Britney so obviously understands and upholds the sanctimoniousness of marriage.

Yeah, about as much as that dumb matrimony-whore Jennifer Lopez. Or J-Lo. Or Ester. Or P. Diddy. Or whatever name she has chosen this year.

I mean here are these people getting hitched for the most assinine reasons (real love lasts longer than a few hours or a few months, people) but you have a bunch of conservative fuckwads crying that letting a homosexual couple who's been together for 20+ years is ruining the "sanctity of marriage". COME ON!

Junk Mail, Celebrity Baby Names & Therapy

Friday, June 25th, 2004

I learn so many important and enlightening things from my junk email box. I'm talking about the kind of peace of mind that can only come from knowing, for example, that I can consolidate my debt with a Christian perspective.

I was musing over the strange celebrity name-thing I wrote about last entry, and realized that if Madonna's son grew up and married David & Courtney's daughter, the headlines would read:
Rocco Ritchie marries Coco Cox-Arquette.
Perhaps I'm the only one that finds that sing-songy heading humorous.

Well, folks, I went to my very first therapy session yesterday. I liked the social worker, she was a very nice Pisces lady. Yes, I asked her what her sign was - maybe it's not important to some people but being a slightly-higher-than-novice astrologer, it's important to me. Of course, she scribbled something in her notebook as soon as I asked her that; yes, let 'em know you're a looney right from the start, that's what I say.

I know it'll take awhile to warm up to her, but I like her. I'm going again next week and she wants me to see a psychiatrist to talk about getting on some meds. Yeah, you know, the thing I said I didn't want to do. I still don't want to do it and am in quite some turmoil over it now.

I explained to her my personal reasons for not wanting to be on pills; that I felt it was a cop-out on my part, that this is who I was, as mental/emotional as I may be, and getting on pills to "be normal" (whatever that is) was skirting the issue of learning who I am and how to live with myself. That if I just let the pills "make me" some certain way, then I wasn't getting to the root of who I truly was and why I was that way. Maybe I think too much.

She said that if I was a diabetic and had to be put on insulin, I wouldn't think there was anything wrong with that. Well, no, but that's different. Isn't it? She said that my mind might be sick with "chemical imbalances" that the meds would help - that they might help me be who I might be without those "chemical imbalances".

But I'm not a person without chemical imbalances so why would I want to live like one?

I'm really confused, okay?

I've told myself that this is only temporary. Honestly, I'm usually quite capable of dealing with my roller-coaster emotions and panicky, over-wrought mind. It's just that with this struggle with my leg, I'm not as equipped to handle my mental/emotional self as I once was. So perhaps this is temporary help. I won't be on the pills forever - I don't need to be, I know I can deal with my "mental imbalances" perfectly fine when I am functioning perfectly fine again. Really. I believe in the power of the mind, and I believe in me. Right now I'm just in a rut.

So maybe I will take the pills to help me out of this rut. Once I'm a healthy, mobile person again I can get off of them and learn to deal with my mind and emotions as I should.

But damn it's hard to go against my own thoughts on the subject; I think I can do it without pills. No one seems to think so! They act like it's impossible, it just can't be done. But is it right to think that everyone in the world's problems can be solved with a bunch of synthetic, man-made pills? If everyone is getting on pills to deal with LIFE, then how is anyone learning to cope naturally? How can we learn about our true selves and how to deal with our selves and our nuances if we're hiding those behind all this medication?

Help me out here. Your thoughts? I'm really stuck.

Esther?

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Esther??? Of all the names in the world, Madonna wants to be called Esther. Not that I'm saying it's a bad name or anything - but from Madonna to Esther?

What is it with stars and strange names? Like Courtney Cox & David Arquette naming their new little one "Coco". Coco? Coco(a) Pepples? Coco Puffs? This kid is so going to get teased. Growing up I had a neighbor with a little black poodle named Coco. She would stand out on the porch in the evening and screech his name at the top of her lungs, "Cocoooooo" whilst simaltaneously shooting off a cap gun in the air. Quite understandably, he was quite a nervous, fidgety little dog.

I come to things late. Really. I'm an after-the-fad type of gal. I started listening to Def Leppard hardcore and wearing a denim jacket with their names air-brushed on the back in the early to mid 90's - long after Lep-love was on the "out" list. I'll get into a TV show that's been cancelled for years and is just appearing as re-runs. Like the badger thing; when I emailed the link to Rose, she was shocked. "You're just now finding that?" she asked me. Well, yeah. So even though it's likely really old news to everyone else on the 'net, I was floored to come across the not-really-Maury-Povich-blog.

I mean, OMFG - how ignorant is the vast majority of our population? This poor guy makes some short, random post on his blog about Maury Povich and includes a picture of the host doing a show. Two years later morons were STILL posting comments to this blog entry as if the author himself were Maury Povich. Even though he's finally disabled comments (some he noted had posted the same request 50 times), he says there are still idiots emailing him thinking he's Maury. I almost couldn't believe it if I didn't know how a computer can turn even passingly-intelligent humans into drooling masses of human goo. These people obviously didn't look over the site, and didn't read the post - they just saw a bunch of comments and thought, this is MAURY! If you haven't seen it already, take a moment and go read some of these comments. Some are sad, young girls asking Maury to make them pretty or young boys looking for lost fathers, troubled mothers looking for money to help a disabled child. Some are downright insane - one dumb bitch was asking Maury to just give her some money and lift her up out of her poverty-stricken trailer-park life (because her puppy deserves a backyard, damnit). I mean, come on. I mean, why do I even need to try and poke fun at the vast stupidity of my fellow man; they do a right good job of it themselves.

And I'm almost ashamed to admit that I have had way too much fun with the Shizzolater. Seriously - type in a URL and have a giggle. I about fell out of my chair when I put my Everquest blog in there and read how Cenalorn and Nysa "capped" a snow cougar n' shit.

That's enough senseless rambling for today.

Get Your Tickfaw Pussy Right Here

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

I had to share with you the latest (and greatest) new search queries:

Someone found this cozy little blog by typing in "tickfaw pussy". I don't know what a tickfaw pussy is, and I really don't want to.

And for the person that happened by looking for "dracula baby-eating bitches" - get some help. Perhaps you won't need as much help, though, as the sick fuck searching for "dog fucking children". Can someone please tell me how they end up HERE?! You see, if I ruled the world, people such as that would be shot in the stomach, dumped in a ditch and left for dead; no questions asked. Sick fucks.

As for the person who wanted to know "why cajuns cannot get along with rednecks?", I'm afraid I'm not really at liberty to say. You see, some of my family are rednecks and the other half, well, they're coonasses (that would be Cajuns for you non-Southerners) - according to my father, this makes us "redasses"; so you see, for obvious reasons, I must remain impartial.

Those of you eager to see "shanna's farmer show" are just going to have to wait a little longer. Some issues with the director...

I really still can't figure out what the person who typed "asses fuck and D.H. Lawrence" was looking for. Any ideas?

Last but not least, I still can't fathom why someone wanting pics of hot housewives is going to be looking for them in Baton Rouge. "baton rouge housewives pics" - is there some big demand for this that I don't know about?

Abso-fucking-lutely amazing.

I've said before & I'll say it again:
There are some strange people in this world; and they all have Internet access.

MILFs Love to Party

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

Did you know that women love men that take this blue pill? At least that's the scoop according to my junk email inbox. I've also learned that I will have a blast tonight; especially if I order my Viagra and Propecia here. Though I think I'm much more interested in the easy 2 minute application that will get me $500 USD by tomorrow. With all that extra money I could become the man ladies lust for, enlarge my penis to rip open my girlfriend or improve my love life. All of that sexual activity will no doubt leaving me craving some nicotine, so thank goodness that Fresh Cartons has the lowest cigarette prices on EARTH. When it's all said and done, I think I'm going to go and chill with those MILFs that love to party because, according to another email, older women know how to get it done.