Saturday, June 28, 2008
One of the latest SAVE THE PLANET QUICK LIKE A BUNNY! fads is an attempt to handcuff the Navy's use of active SONAR during practice workups. Active sonar puts high energy sound into the water. The sound bounces off nearby objects, telling operators such things as range, depth, and heading of a target. This information is crucial for targeting weapons. Passive sonar--simply listening to the ambient noise of the ocean to sift out man-made sounds--does the same thing but takes much longer to provide targeting information.
If the sound pulse is strong and narrow enough it harms sea life in the direct path of the sonar pulse. That is the supposed issue. Oh deary me, the Navy is cruelly deep-frying fish. Excuse me? where did you think your McDonald's fish fillet sandwich came from? Or, assuming your a hioty-toity greener, from whence did you presume your crab cakes and lobster bisque appeared on your plate? We farm the ocean and eat seafood by the deadliest catch shipful. Crying about the relatively few fish harmed by sonar is blatant hypocrisy.
Limiting the use of active sonar is insane. Operators MUST know how to use the system and develop the information for a target solution. Otherwise we're sending our Navy out to BE the targets. Jeeze! This must be what it was like in the 1930's when our military was stripped to a hollow shell by a bunch of jerks with fingers in their ears. Submariners spent the first two years of World War II just figuring out how to use a sub in real-world combat. That was a waste of time, treasure and blood--to use the current whiny, politically correct phrase--brought to you by the same type of idiots who want to handcuff our military today.
We're at WAR you fools. Get over yourselves.
I saw a bumper sticker that proclaimed Peace Is Patriotic. Silly me. I thought loving your country was patriotic.
That's right; "House Hunters INTERNATIONAL" to celebrate America's Independence Day. Wake up and smell the irony.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
I'm agin it. But I think Christians especially are taking the wrong track. Many preachers are leading the charge to protect the State of California from Gay ""Marriage." I understand their concern about changing--eroding--social conditions but I thing they are missing the point. I am commissioned to guide and protect the Bride of Christ--the Church, not the state. They are not one in the same, though many Christians seem to miss this fine distinction.
What it is, is fear and even anger over the loss of what many see as a Christian cultural heritage. Yes, I see that too. But the fact is, America is not a theocracy. It is a secular state. The individual is eternal, The Church reigns with Christ in eternity, but the state is temporal and always decaying. We are supposed to be serving Christ as we pass through this vale of tears, not wasting our time fabricating a makeshift Heaven on earth.
So next fall, as a citizen of the State of California, I will exercise my free speech rights by voting for the protection of marriage amendment to the state constitution. But as a Christian and a pastor I will NOT demean Christ by beating up homosexuals and acting like a self-righteous Pharisee.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Did the Mt Baden Powell hike again. It is, I believe, the highest point in the Angeles Crest Forest. This time we made it to the summit. There was STILL snow covering parts of the trail above 9,000 feet. However, so many hikers had bypassed the blocked trail that it was easy to find a way up. Outstanding view. Too bad the "inversion layer" kept us from seeing SOCAL and the ocean.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Yesterday the United States Supreme Court ruled that "unlawful combatants" --i.e. captured terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay--have legal rights that NO PRISONERS OF WAR HAVE EVER BEFORE HAD. Justice Scalia wrote a dissenting view:
America is at war with radical Islamists. The enemy began by killing Americans and American allies abroad: 241 at the Marine barracks in Lebanon, 19 at the Khobar Towers in Dhahran, 224 at our embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, and 17 on the USS Cole in Yemen. See National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, The 9/11 Commission Report, pp. 60–61, 70, 190 (2004). On September 11, 2001, the enemy brought the battle to American soil, killing 2,749 at the Twin Towers in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon in Washington, D. C., and 40 in Pennsylvania. See id., at 552, n. 9. It has threatened further attacks against our homeland; one need only walk about buttressed and barricaded Washington, or board a plane anywhere in the country, to know that the threat is a serious one. Our Armed Forces are now in the field against the enemy, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Last week, 13 of our countrymen in arms were killed.
The game of bait-and-switch that today’s opinion plays upon the Nation’s Commander in Chief will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.
As I recall, we spent much of the last twenty years treating terrorism as a law enforcement problem to ZERO effect.Here we go again...
The image immediately repelled me. It smacks of magic to my oh-so-rational, evangelical Baptist mind. Then I realized, MY position sounds like mumbo-jumbo to some people.
Come to think of it, what do any of mans attempts to please God look like to God? Pretty childish I expect. It's like me as a child, standing on the diving board demanding, "Look at what I can do, Mommy!"
Yeah, childish. But Mom always looked. Maybe because she loved me.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I love watching Big Media strut and preen; they're so Emperor's New Clothes. Not only do they act like the laws of supply and demand are some vast Right Wing Fairy Tale, it's like that have no short term memory. Every day is a brand new revelation to them.
When are prices NOT going up, you knuckleheads?
THAT would be news.