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The best description of Lex that I’ve heard is “Imagine Hemingway flew fighters…and liked people.”
Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.
Posted by lex on October 6, 2007
It’s getting hard to root for our heroes any more. At least for the sporting type. Barry Bonds breaks a treasured record in baseball and, seeing his freakishly overstuffed muscles, scarcely anyone seems to care. Every time the Tour de France comes up the unspoken question of “who’s doping?” remains on everyone’s lips until the first contestant dons the Yellow Jersey – then we say, “Oh. He is.” Ben Johnson’s had to give his Gold Medal back and now Marion Jones tearfully stands admitted of cheating. You could almost feel sorry for her, she’s ruined her life. The fastest woman in the world is now just another footnote.
Everyone is doing it the cynics say. It’s a victimless crime. Why should any of us care?Continue reading
Posted by Lex, on October 5, 2007
He gets the best letters:
The great, truly patriotic reformers of American history have the country for what it is despite its flaws, which they dedicated themselves to amending. It’s only of late, under the influence of Marxism and the tumult of the ’60s (perhaps the Kennedy assassination, if you believe that guy’s new book) in which you see large numbers of people expressing the loopy theoretical proposition that you can despise your country out of love for it, which seems to be the bottom line for a lot of petty university-educated intellectuals these days.
Well, yeah, he gets hate mail too. But such is the price of greatness.
But his correspondent is correct: There is something of the abusive authoritarian in that strain of thinking which says, “I will only love you if…”
Posted by lex, on Dec 3, 2006
Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter vetoed plans to commission the Makin Island, the Navy’s newest and most powerful warship, in San Francisco in 2008 because of a perception that the city is anti-military.
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. J. Michael Myatt, chairman of a high-powered committee that was to support a commissioning ceremony for the Makin Island, said he has been informed that the ship would not be commissioned in San Francisco, as scheduled, but in San Diego.
Myatt said he had been told that the Navy was concerned about San Francisco’s refusal to provide a homeport for the retired battleship Iowa, which would be turned into a museum, and for the city school board’s decision to abolish junior ROTC training in San Francisco high schools.Continue reading
Posted by lex, on October 4m 2007
No reasonable person can defend government sponsored torture, but neither is any reasonable person apparently permitted to define what torture actually is – a conundrum that falls rather hard upon those in the field caught up in the fight with people who send car bombs into crowds of school children.Continue reading