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THe title of the post was in quotation marks for a reason. It was from a line in the song Edmund Fitzgerald.

I am not asking the question. It was a question being asked by Gordon Lightfoot and was rhetorical in nature.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.08.2005 @ 11:49



I'm also puzzled.

I read this morning that many of them may be terrified of Zarqawi who has threatened to assassinate anyone who supports it.

That would get my attention, I think.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.08.2005 @ 13:37


Straight Man:

Your comment has been deleted for being obscene...and incoherent.

Incoherence I expect from a moonbat. Obscenity, however, is not tolerated.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.08.2005 @ 19:11



I agree 100%. And what;s interesting is that with all the talk of civil war, no one is talking much about the rivalry between Sadr and Sistani as actually acting as a break on such an eventuality.

Sadr can't afford a war with Sistan's more numerous and more powerful Badr Brigades. Sistani can't afford to lose a player who commands the support that Sadr does (nor does Sistani want to drive the US away as any Shia government is going to need our continued assistance both military and economic).

As much as they loathe each other, they need each other. The same might be said of the Sunnis.

On such a basis, nations are built.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 27.08.2005 @ 16:05

Actually, I agree with most of what you say although the choices made by the military about Sadr seemed to have been rational at the time.

There really was little choice. In Najaf, we had his forces surrounded. As you may recall, he was holed up in one of the holiest shrines in Shia Islam when Sistani brokered the deal that let him off the hook. In order to kill him then, we would have had to take out the Shrine - and incur the wrath of 100 million Shias.

In Sadr city, if we had wanted to destroy his militia, we would have had to take a bunch of civilians with him. Again, domestic political concerns (like those that prevented an earlier Fallujah campaign) came into play.

I'm not sure how smart he is. He's not widely traveled nor is he a respected cleric (as I mention in the article). I think you may be ascribing too much in the way of brains to this guy.

I think...

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 27.08.2005 @ 09:44



Can't tell if you're being serious or not.

If you are, I'm not going to spend time knocking down the strawmen you set up. There are so many it would take half the night.

I will say that the "military industrial complex" that you speak of is a helluva lot more complictated than just some nitwit conspiracy.

The people who protect this country - who have proteected it for 50+ years - both Dems and Reps who staff the permananent and temporary committees, councils, commissions, ad hoc study groups and the like in the defense establishment, are generally speaking less interested in running the country than they are in serving it.

If you knew anything about it at all, you'd thank them.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.08.2005 @ 18:52


I could care what you think. You're a loon. And the guy with the Chavez rot was trying to make the thug into some kind of Latin American saint while insulting me at the same time. I warned him that if he continued to insult me I'd delete him. Well guess what, he be gone.

As for me, tough to be lonely when you've got 9 brothers and sisters, 3 cats, and a beautiful woman who I shamelessly allow to look after me.

Who's the lonely one?

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.08.2005 @ 13:49

Yup. Another great song from the 70's:

Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth pullin' logs
Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin' hogs
We is headin' for bear on I-one-oh
'Bout a mile outta Shaky Town
I says, "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck.
"And I'm about to put the hammer down."

'Cause we got a little convoy
Rockin' through the night.
Yeah, we got a little convoy,
Ain't she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U-S-A.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.08.2005 @ 09:43



Try dictating into a tape player what you want to say and type it up.

All I pretty much do is put down what I think in my head.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.08.2005 @ 07:19


Thanks for your comments...and your contributions to the dialogue on this site.

I'm not so much worried about the personal as I am of the technical. I don't think this post came out the way I wanted to in that I needed to write about my anxiety as it relates to my total lack of understanding of even some of the less technical aspects of this new medium.

I'm a computer illiterate. I know how to write stuff and how to publish it but there's so much more I want to do that I have no idea where to start. I'm sitting in front of $3000 of technological marvel here and am using 1/100th of its potential. I'd love to know how to do things with other media but find I just don't have to time to sit down and go through the technical stuff that I have no idea about anyway. Hence, I'm stuck.

I've been thinking seriously of cutting back on posting to once a day for a while and try to get a handle on this technology. Otherwise, when the next generation comes along, I'll be even more lost.

Thanks again for your comments.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.08.2005 @ 12:55

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