Ronin of the Spirit

Because reality is beautiful.

Christmas Eve

In the word of John Lennon, I read the news today, oh boy. I really enjoy roasting the people in charge of the huge entities that move in our society, unions, congress, multinational corporations.
Its not that I think that those groups are evil, its that I when I look at them I do not see what others see. Today, Christmas Eve of 2006 (And I say twenty oh six, not two thousand six, cause I am edgy like that.) is sort of a banner day for news of stupidity. Christmas eve usually is actually. VIPs are at home drinking expensive liqueur and wondering why their kids flights aren’t in yet. The price and nature of the fix might be different (beer, nicotine, coffee, etc.) but thats pretty much what everyone is doing right now.
So, as I said, a banner day for stupidity. Observe the following from the thedemocrats.org (the official party site)
The Democratic Party is committed to keeping our nation safe and expanding opportunity for every American. That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes the security of our nation, strong economic growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security, honest government, and civil rights.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Doesn’t that sound like the sort of people to lead us through these early years of the 21 century? Well, see the problem is, they are all dying. The average age of a democratic congressmen this year? 67 years old. Most of the Democratic leaders in office today remember Pearl Harbor. If anyone wonders why sometimes it seems like we are doing things like we did in the 50’s even though this is a different world, its probably because the same people are still driving the bus. Thats right, the same people who are complaining that we are doing the war were same people who gave us the Vietnam war.
The biggest news for the dems today? Senator Byrd of Michigan had hip surgery. Mind you this wasn’t to replace his hip. It was to replace his replacement. They’re made with a 20 year design spec, and he turns 80 today. I can’t tell you the last time I thought to my self, “Hey you know what would make this country the best ever? We need more octogenarians in charge!”
Maybe he has a lot of experience, but I guess my fear is that someone who started on capitol hill when my grandpa was shooting squirrels in Ohio, just maybe isn’t the most with it person to steer the ship of state. He was fairly elected however, so maybe I should just be happy I am not from Michigan.
Well, what about the big Republican new? Ah yes, Virgil H. Goode Jr Republican from Virgina wants to criminalize Muslim immigration. Yeah! You know I can really see Samuel Adams and Ben Franklin enjoying a cup of pre-taxed tea and saying “Say Sam, You know I know that our forefathers came here for religious freedom and all, but I heard about this new religion, and I think we’re gonna have to can this whole “religious freedom” thing. I mean people we might disagree with at fundamental levels could get elected. Yeah, lets just forget religious freedom.”
Or not. See the Honorable Virgil Goode, is sort of missing the point. Last time I checked I live in a constitution republic. For those who snoozed through history that means our government includes elements of pure democracy (popular election at local, state, and national levels) as well as elements of a Republic (only congress may make laws, and then only after a relative consensus is reached) And we have a constitution with enumerates the basic principals.
Goode wants to enact immigration laws to prevent Muslims from getting citizenship and thus being allowed to run for office. Sadly he is missing the point of the whole system. We are supposed to have radically different view points expressed in congress. If every senator and every congress men from every local acts in his own best interest, then a law cannot be passed until it is seen as beneficial to most parties. The mutual self interest balances everything out.
Its one of the things that makes America such a great place and the main idea that we try to export when we are in another country.
If we make laws to start keeping out certain religions, where would such a thing stop? How do you police a view point? Would we keep out only conservative Muslims but let in secular Muslims? And why not Jews too? And what about Catholics, and Atheists. The man is asking for an Inquisition. Oddly enough we don’t even have to worry about it.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Maybe Representative Goode never read that.

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December 24, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Ok, I had a very long and carefully planned out rant related to this blog, but decided to post a comment that is fun instead. Yes, I spent twenty minutes writing, only to read back over it and decide that the best thing I could do with it was to hit “delete”. So, here are some real maintenance logs from an airline company showing the kind of humor that engineers have about their jobs. Also, at the time that this was posted online, this company was the only major airline not to have had an accident. I do not remember where I found these, but I was packing for my move and found them. P= problem logged by the pilots, S= solution/action taken by engineers

    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

    P: Test flight OK, except autoland very rough.
    S: Autoland not installed on this aircraft.

    P: No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
    S: No. 2 propeller seepage normal. Nos. 1, 3 and 4 propellers lack normal seepage.

    P: Something loose in cockpit.
    S: Something tightened in cockpit.

    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on backorder.

    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent.
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.

    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.

    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That’s what they’re there for!

    P: IFF inoperative.
    S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

    P: Suspected crack in windscreen.
    S: Suspect you’re right.

    P: No. 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

    P: Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with words.

    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed.

    With your interest in design and engineering, Airman OLM, I thought you would enjoy these.

    Comment by James T | December 24, 2006 | Reply

  2. WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT??!!!??!! Just because it’s in the Constitution? Please tell me you were being sarcastic.

    Comment by Becky | January 1, 2007 | Reply


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