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Today's Bridge: We got eight people and went at it. My side once again had minimal power. I don't think we declared a single contract the entire day. Wait... no, Paul declared and made 3 of a minor. Whoopee.

Today's Work: Wow. It turns out that I'll have to go on a business trip next week. Ugh. It wouldn't be so bad, except that I've never even seen the specific system I'm going to support. Still, it means getting to hang out on an aircraft carrier. I guess that can't be all bad. The bad part is having to make all my travel arrangements tomorrow... when I didn't even have the details before I left today. And tomorrow will be another early day, since I'm still riding with Curt.

Today's Car: It's a leaky gas cap. Not horrible, but I don't think I should be driving it long distances, like to work or to the airport. They're getting a replacement cap sometime next week... while I'm out of town. Yay!

Today's TV: I decided to check out the reruns of the Comedy Central news shows. Stephen Colbert featured a story about a prominent journalist who said the same thing sakanagai's journal was supposedly deleted for! But LJ Abuse have said that the deletion is only an emergency measure until they can determine which journals need to be purged. We have high hopes. Well, I do.


Sep. 14th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Do you mean that Philly asshole columnist who thinks that we need another mass casualty attack to promote patriotism?

I'm honestly shocked his editor let him publish that. I'm more shocked that the FBI hasn't hauled him off to a dark room somewhere for a little bright light, cold floor, rubber hose treatment.

But I guess you can get away with incitement to violence if you're a conservative.

Not that I'm advocating torture for even hateful speech like that, mind. Though I do think if someone publicly calls for the deaths of three thousand people their lives need to be put under a serious microscope. Get every federal agency imaginable crawling up their butt with search warrants, go over their finances with a fine toothed comb, check to make sure their guns are all locked up tight, where they belong, and not, say, being used to gun down their fellow Americans, etc. Talk is one thing, but those cranks sometimes take it to the next level.
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
All I can think of is "Penn & Teller Get Killed". Penn makes the mistake of saying "I wish someone were trying to kill me" on national TV - meaning that he thinks he'd enjoy the sense of adventure and excitement of narrow escapes and so on - and things snowball from there. Some people really need to learn to separate fiction from reality.

Personally, I figure the constant threats of terrorism should be more than enough, except that people are getting tired of threats and may be getting complacent. Pretty soon, the government's going to start thinking we can have freedoms again, particularly when a new President takes office. That may be just what the terrorists are waiting for.
Sep. 14th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a fiction versus reality thing as such, more a 'if someone publicly states that they think it'd be a super idea for a lot of people to be killed, that might be a reasonable indicator that they could be, themselves, dangerous'. I mean, yeah, the vast majority of people who say such things are cranks, but why ignore the warning signs? Timothy McVeigh was, as I recall, obsessed with the Turner Diaries and other delusional right wing claptrap; the Al Queda folks never made any big secret of being insaneo. Or wanting to blow up the WTC for that matter. Sometimes people go through with this stuff.

As for terrorism itself, feh. People act like it's a new concept, but it's one of the oldest political tools. The only difference is that modern technology makes it more effective. I mean, in the bow and arrow days, it wasn't exactly practical to be a sniper. Similarly, it's a lot easier to organize a group of angry bombmakers using the interwebs and international financial networks than it was back in the days of steamships and limited bathing.

Lest we forget, our country was born out of terrorism. The Revolutionary War was largely fought with irregular forces, hiding amongst the civilian population, conducting guerilla warfare against regular soldiers, and so forth.

It worked then, it works somewhat better now. The underlying dynamics of power haven't changed an iota.
Sep. 14th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well, it's a fine line between "I think it should happen" and "if it happened, a lot of good would come out of the bad" or "we need to recapture that spirit and I can't think of a way it could happen without another attack".

The Boston Tea Party was a terrorist act. Americans just don't see it that way because it was patriots doing the terrorism. Patriots are the opposite of terrorists.
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
I find it hard to label the Boston Tea Party terrorism myself, if for no other reason than it was unlikely to promote much fear, let alone 'terror'.

I mean, come on. They smashed some crates of tea.

Some people make a category of 'economic terrorism' for that, which is their way of glamorizing when some snot-nosed tree huggers spraypaint their Hummers. *shrug*

As for the actual stuff that Bykowhatever said, I agree that he's not likely to stage another attack. For one thing, the guy's an ass. His argument's pretty damn specious though. For one thing, unity is not usually a value highly prized in a democratic society. For another, even if you did place a lot of worth on it... look where the unity from the last big attacks got us. We've blown 30,000 casualties and a trillion dollars on a patch of desert that's about as attractive as a used catbox. Maybe if we'd been less, err, unified, we wouldn't have gotten into this boneheaded mess in the first place.
Sep. 15th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
Dude, they were attacking the British. Attacking their tea supply would be like attacking our beef supply. Okay, so it was tea that had already been exported, but it was sending a message: Nobody tax us or the tea gets it.

I was never particularly unified in the first place. People blow stuff up all the time. What's the difference if it's a couple of really big buildings right here in our country? If there were buildings that big in Africa, those would be blown up too. That's why they don't make any buildings that big. Americans just need to understand that being American is not a shield against all the crap that goes on in the rest of the world. We're just good at keeping most of it local and making a big deal out of the same stories in other countries, to make people FEEL safer. There are just some stories too big to be kept quiet.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")


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