Thursday, April 25, 2013

Apparently Thursday Was Too Much To Expect

I was productive Monday....Tuesday......and Wednesday.

Thursday was a bridge too far.

I am still in my PJs.

But there will be a post on the USS Constitution event I attended last night.

Monday, April 22, 2013

I Believe In America

Angelia reminds us of Thomas Paine's opinion on the subject.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine

Ok, someone just thought "Hey, that's what Bonasera says in the opening of "The Godfather"!"  Yeah, stick with me here, it's not trivia night at your local pub.

America is not a religion or an ethnicity.  America is an ideal.  And I believe in that ideal.  An ideal is not something mankind is capable of achieving, but only working every day toward it.  The guiding principles of America are laid out in the Constitution.  Following that guidance is a constant balancing act for individuals and for America as a whole.

We talk about the common good.  And sometimes it seems that the common good would be best served with a wink and a nod at this document that was signed more than 225 years ago.  Especially when emotions are running high.

We are only humans and weak at that.  But there are three hundred million of us, give or take.  So when emotions run high and some people are weak, there are always going to be some of us to stay calm enough to hold to our ideal.

Now, if this were just me, just Maggie, sitting in a room with the Tsarnaev brothers, I'd be beating one nearly to death and kicking the corpse of the other while I waited for the first to recover so I could beat him again.

But it's not, is it?  It's me, an American citizen, upholding a principle.  Believing in America more than indulging my desire for vengeance.

And it's not easy until you remember this - if you let go of the Constitution for that moment of vengeance....what did you avenge?

So when people say "No Miranda rights for a terrorist!"  I say "Due process for American citizens." (and I get a little snippy and think it's a Miranda *warning*, not a Miranda *right*, but whateva).

And when people point out that Tsarnaev was born somewhere else; hasn't lived here that long; hasn't been a citizen that long.  I say "And your point is?????"

And when someone says the word Gitmo in this conversation, I think "Boy!  You need to sit down and think hard.  Quietly, in a corner, before you speak again.  Because clearly you are overwrought."
There's a reason she's blindfolded.  It doesn't always work.  But you never give up trying.

And on a separate note - to those who say that law enforcement overreacted in shutting down Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, the T, etc. - faaack you!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lindsey Graham Should Get A Fucking Grip

GOP SENATOR: Boston Suspect Should Be Held As 'Enemy Combatant' And Should Not Have Miranda Rights Read

This disregard for the US Constitution is far more frightening than anything a terrorist could do.

ANYONE who suggests that suspected terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be read his rights as enumerated under the Miranda Warning is an idiot.

Do I hope this guy doesn't "make it"?  Of course I do.  Do I hate him for what he has done?  Of course.

But like it or not, Tsarnaev is an American citizen.  He gets due process.  That's it.

If we abridge the Constitutional rights of this piece of shit, we will be doing more harm than he or his brother could have hoped for.

Everyone is talking about "Boston Strong".  If we sell the Constitution down the river out of petty vengence, what is there to be strong for?

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Farewell, Matthew Colin "Big" Darne

Matt Darne, "BigDarne" or just "Darne" to some of his friends was a presence in the lives of many people.  Not the least of which were his fellow correctional officers at Augusta Correctional Facility in Virginia.  I know this because my son Tom is a fellow officer and among those mourning Matt.
Matt Darne graduated from McLean High School, and enlisted in the US Marine Corps.  He served a tour in Iraq and saw action in The Battle of Fallujah.  Matt was also at one point stationed in Korea.  My Tom recalls Matt's humor fondly; citing some of Matt's "When I was in Korea...." quips.

When you read Matt's obit and "guest book" entries, you see that many are recalling that very sense of humor that they all feel the loss of.  But it's not lost, as long as you remember it.

You will think of Matt and when you do, smile and be grateful that he was in your life for a time.  Because Matt was grateful for you as well.  I found an online profile that read;

"Hi my name is Matt. But to the people who know me I am Darne. I am a 24 year old former Marine. I am a combat vet. I saw action in the Battle for Falluja. I was an 0341/0331. That means I was a Grunt / Ass Kicker / Ground Pounder. To some I maybe crazy and to others I maybe the coolest guy in the world, but what matters to me is what I think of myself and thats it. I like to work out alot and I do various forms of martial arts but my real love is for the outdoors... Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Hiking... theres no greater thrill in the world. For me, family and friends are the most important thing to me... I would do anything for them, ANYTHING..."

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Sometimes I Get A Headache

I got an email containing the Sparrow Project's latest press release.  I read it and thought, "Good Heaven's, I'm so glad these people let me know the nonsense the will happen later this week in NYC".

It seems that -


Yeah, this nitwit Birgitta Jonsdottier us going to visit NYC and on Friday the 5th she's going to

" host an evening of art and dialogue in support of jailed Iraq war whistleblower, Pfc. Bradley Manning, at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Sq. South, NYC [map]).  A 6pm benefit informal art auction & film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, beginning promptly at 8pm. The panel discussion will feature Jonsdottir in conversation with Alexa O'Brien and Kevin Gosztola, journalists who each have providedextensive coverage of the Manning pretrial proceedings at Ft. Meade, MD, along with Peter Hart, a critic with the media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.  The panel will be moderated by Sam Seder, host of the political talk show, The Majority Report."

So I get right on Twitter and send some anti-Manning tweets while surfing for info on this chick and her supporters.........

Haha! Sparrow Project isn't warning me about this event - they are celebrating it!

What?  Why would anyone who reads my blog or my FaceBook or my Twitter or any comments I've ever made think I would want to do anything but spit on Manning for endangering US Troops???

First it was a Twitter follow from the IAVA (Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America).  Now this.  What could these groups possibly be seeing to think I would agree with them or work with them?

So I emailed the Sparrow Project guy -

Hey Pal,

I don't know what I could have sent out into the social media universe that would have sent you a green light to contact me.  But mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.  Bradley Manning is a treasonous enemy of the United States.  And not even an earnest principled one.  Just a loser.

I'll unsubscribe myself, but maybe you want to check your filters or something.

Many people I love stand or have stood between your freedoms and America's enemies.  I feel sorry for you that the best you can do with those freedoms is spout this nonsense.  But it is your right.  Don't worry, I cherish and appreciate it enough for both of us.

Diane Miller

Good God!