Wednesday, December 07, 2005


It's raining on the frozen ground - now we can ice skate on our road

What an interesting day for the demos! Maybe, just maybe, the inane utterings this week from Dean, Murtha, Kerry, and Pelos! will cause the fickle middle-roaders (non-voting) to wake up and see what their real game plan is. They are willing to sacrifice Iraq and the war with terrorism for their own political gain.

Look at Kerry rehashing his VietNam war testimony (his one moment of glory) and blaming the military for heavy-handed tactics in Iraq! The thing is, he doesn't offer any alternative approach to rooting out the terrorists who hide behind the burkas of their wives and mothers.

To their credit, Hillarious and Lieberman have generally limited their comments to critiques of the administration's mistakes (certainly the Bush administration has made its share of major blunders in Iraq). They wisely recognize the vital importance of following through with our commitments to the Iraqi people, to our soldiers and their families, and to all peoples currently suffering under Saddamn-like terrorist regimes around the world. All of our alliances are also watching very carefully to see whether or not we will stay the course in spite of the current frequency and severity of terrorist attacks, which are intended more for maximum media exposure on Al-ABC, Al-NPR, and Al-CNN, rather than for any real strategic gain on the ground.

Murtha says that the minute we pull out (tomorrow, if he had his way) the population will immediately turn all the terrorists over to the authorities. Apparently he thinks they aren't doing so now, because of the presence of US troops? This, in a population that spent several decades under a brutal totalitarian regime where survival depended on keeping your mouth shut, and maintaining the lowest possible profile. Turning someone acting suspciously over to the authorities just ain't in their culture. Maybe one day it will be.

Without someone capable and willing to take on the terrorists directly (us, for now), Iraq will quickly fall apart and splinter into vassal states of Iran and Syria.

So, according to the ACLU, the NY Times, and of course the Europeans, we're the bad guys for taking terrorists to other countries so we can extract information from them away from the bizarre rulings that come out from the likes of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeasement. It's really funny when they argue that we must not stoop to their (the terrorists') level. What a joke! Tell that to the soldiers under fire from a house in Ramadi or Fallujah, who are told they can't shoot back because there might be civilians present. Tell that to the soldiers posted at a checkpoint as a speeding car full of people approaches, ignoring all orders to stop. Exactly where is the line below which we're not allowed to stoop? For that matter, isn't it regrettable that we even have to "stoop" to shooting bullets at the bad guys in the first place? That really isn't part of our vision of ourselves, either.

If we're not careful, we're going to let the ACLU and NY Times PC this war to the point that we truly will be in another Viet Nam, a war we fought with no apparent intention of winning. That will guarantee that we will lose.

Maybe we ought to "rendition" some of these self-appointed PC police, and see if we can't deprogram them. At least we could muzzle them for a while. I get tired of having to listen to their tripe day after day.

Cello stuff
My cello stand arrived today. It's nice being able to see it standing there. It makes me want to keep playing. Y pointed out that I've already spent more on cello supplies than the original rental, and does this mean I'm planning to keep it (or buy a new one after the six month rental period ends)?

I practiced today without the rubber finger cot on my left forefinger. It didn't hurt that much, and it was a lot easier to find the right notes. I'm still not happy with tone of the A string, but I figure it's probably innate to this particular unit (it's laminated).

I'm focusing on hitting the proper notes and using the proper bowing position. Also maintaining the timing as I change notes. The hardest part is changing strings in the middle of a run. Yesterday I started working on slurring. Tomorrow I'll start working on the G-string.

I do feel my playing has improved considerably in just 8 days. I'm sure hoping I can keep it up - an hour and half a day. I'm not sure I'll ever get good enough to play with anyone else.

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