If I Die Before I Wake
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The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."
Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective
"We need to do something for displaced workers until the next harvest starts," said Rob Roy, president and general counsel of the Ventura County Agricultural Association. "The concern is that unemployment benefits aren't going to help these workers."
"Workers are going to leave the area," said Jeffrey Ponting, an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance in Oxnard. "They're going to go where they can feed their families."
Most likely they'll head to Monterey, he said, and if that happens, "Ventura County's going to suffer in a big way."Tom Deardorff, president of Oxnard-based Deardorff Family Farms, cuts to the quick of the matter:
Laborers get paid per box filled, Deardorff said. The more boxes, the more money. Yes, there are berries left to pick, but to get to the healthy ones will take more time, thus fewer boxes come down the line and workers lose money.
…at a meeting Friday morning in Oxnard overflowing with growers, labor and agriculture officials, insurance professionals and others that was organized by Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara. The farm community came to tell Nava what it needs to get through the agricultural crisis brought on by the recent
unusually cold weather.
"You tell us what it is we need to do for you," said Nava,…
"Basically, our federal immigration policy so far has just completely failed to address 12 (million) to 15 million undocumented workers in the U.S.," he said. "We're not providing any benefits or protections for these people."Well, that’s not really true,
The Human Services Agency is opening eight centers around the county where people can get expedited relief (food stamps), per the governor's mandate,…And, in case you forgot the opening caveat in this blog
Disregarding all the social ills accompanying illegal aliens, …
I don't want to be too pushy, but to my mind this is what you should be weighing in on: Col. Snodgrass and the limited war doctrine. See my blog: Limited War Doctrine-What Will You Do, Democrats?Flounder replied,
…my not discussing the issue (is)…simply weariness. First …, all the political BS (war included) has me worn out trying to keep my eye on the ball. Secondly, my opinion isn't worth much, if not well thought out or informed. Otherwise, it becomes like everyone else's, sinky. …I'm tired & retired… Besides the battle for the hearts and minds of the public (American or otherwise) is something I no longer really concern myself with because  I concern myself only with those I care for and respect, and  I seldom waste my time with that which I have no influence over.
There is so much left to do in life, and so little time to do it that I don't want to waste any of it tugging on superman's cape and/or pissing into the wind.
I prefer the mouse flipping off the eagle just as the talons sink into his body. Dieing as a warrior is far preferable to dieing as a sheep. Either way you’re dead, but it's how you go out.
A person can pretty much be what he wants to be, and he can check out of the Sheepdog fraternity any time that he wishes. A U.S. Marine is quick to remind you that there are no ex-Marines, only former Marines. That’s because it’s a state of mind. I think the same applies to all Sheepdogs. Perhaps it’s a matter of motivation. Today my four year old granddaughter was in my arms in the Y swimming pool. She gives me a reason to keep fighting in any way that I can. I am quickly coming to the end of my professional gun toting days. But, as long as my mind works, I can write. I raise my middle finger to the forces that want her dead.
a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from civil disturbance; a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin's egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.
Iranian troops have shot down a U.S. pilotless spy plane recently, an Iranian lawmaker announced on Tuesday as the Islamic Republic was facing increasing military pressure from its arch rival -- the United States.
The aircraft was brought down when it was trying to cross the borders "during the last few days,"
Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.
The resolutions would represent the most significant reconsideration of Congressional support for the war since it began, and mark the first big clash between the White House and Congress since the November election, which put the Senate and House under the control of the Democrats. The decision to pursue a confrontation with the White House was a turning point for Democrats, who have struggled with how to take on Mr. Bush’s war policy without being perceived as undermining the military or risking criticism as defeatists.
Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.We must take the fight to the sources and destroy all those infected with the disease of Islamo-fascism. There is no other cure.
The strikes in Somalia are also a reminder that in the war on terror there is no "exit strategy" short of victory.
Part of the policy debate over what do to (or what should have been done) about Somalia centers on the question of the relationship between al Qaed and the Islamic Court movement.
That is the wrong question. The question that should be asked is not dependent on the presence of specific individuals who have sworn an oath to Osama bin Laden and the old organization of al Qaeda. It is whether the Courts were part of a broader Islamist movement seeking to impose sharia law and create and entirely Muslim enclave that would constitute the beginnings (or the re-beginings) of the Islamist caliphate.
The answer in this case is clearly yes. There is a law enforcement interest in knowing if Fazul et al are in Somalia. But there is ample evidence, from their own statements and actions, that the Court leadership that triumphed was a intergral link in the Islamist narrative, woven and rewoven in different conflicts around the globe.
A U.S. attack plane killed many people with barrages of gunfire in a remote Somali village occupied by Islamists thought to be hiding at least one al Qaeda suspect, a Somali government source said on Tuesday.
In the first known direct U.S. military intervention in Somalia since a failed peacekeeping mission that ended in 1994, an AC-130 plane rained gunfire on the desolate southern village of Hayo near the Kenyan border late on Monday.
In spite of the Limited War doctrine’s success in preventing conflict between the U.S. and Soviet Union, in 1961 President Kennedy and his civilian social-science theorists rewrote the rules of war, conceiving and implementing a replacement doctrine they dubbed “Flexible Response” to counter client proxy warfare. It was at this point that we completely departed from the strategic thinking that had won World War II. The change in mindset was profound. The fundamental change in the U.S. approach to warfare now had at its essence the new approach that America would answer communist aggression against its interests with only a limited force that was “proportional” to the threat, thus inculcating the institutional idea in the U.S. national security infrastructure that American military responses should only be gradually escalated according to the perceived seriousness of the crisis.
The Flexible Response doctrine did not contemplate that the North Vietnamese would “bear any burden, pay any price” to plant Vietnamese nationalist communism in the south of the former French colony. The obvious queries -- why Kennedy’s brain-trust thought that only the U.S. was capable of complete dedication to a political concept or military strategy and how this group of men failed to address how an armed test of wills between two completely committed opponents would finally be resolved -- both call into question the Kennedy crowd’s basic rationality and the quality and integrity of their thought.
Indeed, what it really suggests is a mind-set that believed that the whole of mankind operated under the same set of values they had. In other words, there is nothing really worth fighting for until the end. Total dedication to national existence and national goals are subject to compromise. If that was the view of the American leadership, they concluded, it must be the view of our enemies.
…the North Vietnamese would “bear any burden, pay any price” to plant Vietnamese nationalist communism in the south of the former French colony.
… that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.So here we are in 2007, well entrenched in a struggle to the death with Islamo-fascism, which has different values than us. And, we are still operating with a Limited War doctrine. Nice try Republicans, but you failed. Iraq is proof-positive that it did not work.
Given the long and sustained trend in this country to move away from a constitutional republic as designed by the founders with a safe distance between the national leaders and their constituents and toward an open society democracy where the “public voice” is heard daily in polling data and elections and statutory and constitutional referendums meant to directly affect day to day governance, it might be arguable that no sustained or prolonged war effort is today possible. But most assuredly, in such system, the “public” will never support a decision predicated upon a purposefully limited and drawn out war strategy. This was the absurdity of the Kennedy Administration’s limited war doctrine and it is the absurdity of the current administration’s limited-war-while-we-build-a-functional-civil-democratic-government-in-the-war-zone. What makes this latter doctrine even more irrational is that we accept the presence of our enemies in the government, such as al-Sadr.
YMCA stands for Young Men's Christian Association, but don't misinterpret this to mean that YMCAs are only for "young, Christian men." From its start more than 150 years ago, when George Williams founded the YMCA as a substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets, the YMCA was unusual because it crossed the rigid lines that separated all the different churches and social classes in England in those days. This openness was a trait that would lead YMCAs to recognize their strength is in the people they bring together – Ys are for all people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. YMCAs' financial assistance policies ensure that no one is turned away for reasons of inability to pay.
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world.
Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States.
When I was a kid, and as you might guess from its very name, the YMCA was an organization for males only. How quaint and sexist, don’t you think? Gee, what an opportunity it was for we males to do male things and bond in male ways. We even did such things as swim in the nude. Can you imagine such a thing today? As I recall, there was no shyness among us males. You got undressed in the locker room, went to the pool and showered in a communal shower area, which was nothing more than the wall facing the pool, and then you swam naked as a jaybird. Well, at today’s YMCA you can’t do that because there are more female members present than males. What the heck is that all about?
More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.
Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They come for job training and career counseling. They come for childcare. They come for health and fitness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.
We have actually completed our last patrol in this place. It's just a little melancholy. Ok, not so much. Of course, our last ten days happened to be the most interesting, with Saddam's execution and the new year's jihad proclaimed against all of us infidels.Jay didn’t have his blood spilled on the ground to pay our installments on freedom, but he did sweat and freeze and bust his hump in the dust of Iraq. And, he did have colleagues who paid with injury and death.
John Conyers (D-Mich.) “accepted responsibility” for breaking House Ethics rules (and possibly some laws) for requiring “his official staffers to work on campaigns, babysit his children, and run personal errands.”What’s more it is no problem with Nancy Pelosi:
A spokesman for Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Conyers will remain chairman of the Judiciary Committee.Reap what you sow American electorate. You dislike Pres. George W. Bush and the GOP so much that you jumped from the frying pan right into the fire. As the saying goes, there is none so blind as those who will not see.
Where is it? Where is the thump-thump?That line is still cracking me up.