My blog contains a large number of posts. A few are included in various other publications, or as attached stories and chronicles in my emails; many more are found on loose leaves, while some are written carelessly in margins and blank spaces of my notebooks. Of the last sort most are nonsense, now often unintelligible even when legible, or half-remembered fragments. Enjoy responsibly.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Please tell me where I am wrong with this seemingly inescapable logic on the Iraq situation?

1. If there was no WMDs then there was no immediate threat to the US
2. If there was no immediate threat to the US, then there was no justification under both international law and our own president’s statements *
3. If there was no justification under both international law and our president’s own statements, then it was illegal
4. If it was illegal then it was a war crime **
5. If it was a war crime, then those who ordered it are war criminals

* "They have WMD. If they didn’t we wouldn’t have any right to invade" March 2002 So even under our presidents own admission, this war was done illegally
** war crime n. means an act or omission that is committed during an international armed conflict, whether or not it constitutes a contravention of the law in force at the time and in the place of its commission, and that, at that time and in that place, constitutes a contravention of the customary international law or conventional international law applicable in international armed conflict.


I am not for bringing the president up on war crimes, but the evidence is seems to be fairly clear that the simple progression of inescapable logic listed above is accurate.

Please also don’t get into whether or not invading Iraq was a good thing. We’ve obviously lost that war as we are about to pull out as they are falling into a what will be a long, nasty civil war that will end (as their history shows, time and time again) with yet another leader like Saddam finally winning over one side or the other. All of that is pretty cut and dry at this point. It’s the buildup and justification to classification of war criminals that I hope for someone to shed light on.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Where in the world is Brian & Kela

A couple of you have asked where the hell we actually are right now. So here is the basic schedule:

  • Kela is in Champaign, Il through March 4 learning how to better doctor people
  • Brian is in Atlanta interviewing for waaay to many jobs during the week of Feb 13-20 – then back to Anderson, SC for a week of consulting work and back to Atlanta once more
  • Kela should begin her rotation in Atlanta sometime in April (hopefully)
  • Brian is already teaching online and hopes to have another position by the time Kela returns (hopefully)
  • Lucy (our worthless mongrel of a dog) will be staying with Brian until he has found a permanent home in or around Atlanta

How long will we be in Atlanta?

At least 2 years for Kela to finish her basic rotations

Where are we moving after that?

Who knows – we’re still trying to figure that out

Haven’t you people moved enough over the last couple of years?

Yes, we don’t even bother unpacking everything anymore

Are you going to have kids?

We don’t even have time to take care of the dog. She’s learned to cook herself dinner and uses the toilet.



Friday, February 03, 2006

Entry for February 03, 2006

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another Day, Another Wal-Mart Lawsuit

So today I was reading the news and one of the leading headlines reads, “Women Sue Wal-Mart Over Contraception”. The article goes on to explain how these women are “accusing the retail giant of violating a state regulation by failing to stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies”. Which got me to thinking: at some point you would think that all of news programs showing the slave labor in China, the massive lawsuits and eventual legal victories, the destroyed small communities and serious damage to the American economy should hurt this company. It's hard to believe that they aren't even attempting to be more proactive about NOT appearing so damn evil. It’s like they want to collapse from their own weight and disconnect from their core customer.