|More West Wing
Thursday, November 8, 2001 10:29 AM
The West Wing has done it again! Am I referring to its Emmy wins?
No, I'm talking about its one-sided portrayal of political issues. In a
tactic going back to Galileo, the writers of The West Wing present only
the barest, poorest arguments to their ideological beliefs in an attempt
to convince watchers that their point of view is the only one that makes
In the latest episode, the writers concoct an imaginary situation in
which a legally concealed weapon used to stop a mass shooting at a church
in Texas is instead directly responsible for the wounding (and later
death) of a 9 year-old girl. Which follows, not surprisingly, are the
typical left-wing arguments against concealed carry. Though the Vice
President claims to support gun rights (being a Texan himself), not a
single argument is presented in the show to back up his "belief". "Why do
they have to be concealed?" the President asks. "I don't know," the Vice
Prez answers. Maybe so that not only will weapon snatches be avoided, but
also so that everyone can benefit, since criminals know that some
people are armed, they just can't be sure who. Why "shall-issue"
instead of "may-issue"? Maybe because giving that kind of arbitrary power
in the hands of some anti-gun law enforcement officials ends up meaning
that no one, no matter how deserving or needful, will get one.
But I wouldn't expect reasoned and intelligent opposition to leftist
opinions on this show about a Democratic administration penned by
left-wing writers and producers.
|Who to blame
Thursday, October 25, 2001 11:24 AM
I wrote a very long, very detailed editorial on people who blame
America itself for the September 11 attacks, but because the terminal
program PuTTY is such a piece of shit, I lost it. I'm not about to
rewrite the whole damn thing, so here are the highlights:
Arab hatred for America is claimed to be based on aspects of our
foreign policy, but it's all a smokescreen. The real reason is we are a
scapegoat for the inability of the Arab world to rule itself as a whole
(nevermind the rest of us) in peace. Rather than blame themselves, they'd
rather blame us.
The American left who blames foreign policy for the attack is
juvenilely simplistic and blind to reality. They also shouldn't be
surprised when their ridiculous and despicable speech is met with outrage,
hostility, and threats of violence, considering how patently offensive
some people find it. The left has always been a champion of stifling the
spread of ideas that people might find offensive. Guess the shoe's on the
other foot now, fuckwads. The only people to blame for 3,000 civilian
deaths are the people who committed the act, those who planned it, and
those who supported it.
|FilePlanet sucks, you dig?
Sunday, September 30, 2001 3:40 PM
Okay, let's face it. FilePlanet
sucks. It's slow,
bloated, and unreliable. The day after they announce improvements, I go
to download a file and find even fewer mirrors than yesterday. And yet
everyone seems to rely on them to serve out files. I don't just mean mod
authors, map makers, and the like. I'm talking about actual commercial
developers. It's gotten ridiculous. FilePlanet cannot be relied on to
provide every single file in existence. They can't do it, and it's about
everyone realizes this.
|Soon, America may be at war
Thursday, September 20, 2001 9:16 AM
Soon, America may be at war
It's really a frightening concept if you really sit down and consider
it. I think it's apparent from my web pages that I am not against the use
of deadly force when necessary, but I am apprehensive about possible
action against Afghanistan by our military forces. Not about the conflict
itself. It's the perceptions of our current "allies" and the very basis
of American freedom. What concerns me is whether we have proof of the
source of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Without clear evidence, we risk not only alienating our allied countries,
but also drawing in more terrorist attacks by those who might see our
actions as no better than those of our attackers. That may be the case
anyway, even with proof. However, our response will have been a proper
and necessary action, no matter what the consequences are. It will follow
the fundamental American philosophy that someone is innocent until
proven guilty. Make no mistake, I feel that a response is
necessary; we just need to make sure we get the right people,
lest we drive away those sympathetic to our cause, invite more avoidable
violence, and compromise our own core beliefs.
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