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Southern California on some roads less traveled

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I have probably mentioned this before, but my idea of a perfect trip is to start the journey with no idea how it will end. Whether I have a seemingly unlimited amount of time, or just 4 days, as I did last week. Some of the most memorable trips I have had are the most unexpected.

Like having my tour group leave Nairobi for Cairo, and 4 of us were bumped for the overbooked flight. I spent a day or 2 just wandering around Nairobi – with no itinerary.

When I did get to Cairo the next day or 2, I took a taxi to our group’s base – the Radisson Hotel in Giza, and the memories of Cairo, and rounding a corner of the wide boulevard – and seeing suddenly the great pyramid at Giza loom into view – was a lifetime memory. That is a memory I would not have had if I had been with the group on a tour bus from the airport.

So I not only welcome the unexpected, I work to get it.

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A father’s lament

Posted by lex, on January 30, 2008


In the WSJ today, Danny Pearl’s father notes with pride and sadness the sixth anniversary of  his son’s brutal murder:

The shocking element in Danny’s murder was that he was killed, not for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented — America, modernity, openness, pluralism, curiosity, dialogue, fairness, objectivity, freedom of inquiry, truth and respect for all people. In short, each and every one of us was targeted in Karachi in January of 2002…

It was through Danny’s face that people came to grasp the depth of cruelty and inhumanity into which this planet of ours has been allowed to sink in the past two decades. His murder proved that 9/11 was not an isolated event, and helped resurrect the age-old ideas of right and wrong, good and evil. Moral relativism died with Daniel Pearl in January 2002.

Ah, if only that last part was true…

Update: Title changed to more closely reflect reality.  The persons responsible for improperly titling this post have been sacked.

Update 2: For no particular reason, this reminds me of a transcendental conversation –

Moral Relativist: There are no such things as absolutes!

Transcendentalist: Are you absolutely sure?

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By Lex, On February 12, 2007


`When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’`The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master – – that’s all.’

On the issue of gay marriage, I must admit to a certain degree of ambivalence. I don’t believe that anyone decides for themselves what they find beautiful in another person – they find beauty where they can, they find it where they must. They are, in other words, as their God has made them. Far be it from me to question God.

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With respect, I remain doubtful

Posted by lex, on February 7, 2009

It appears perhaps that the IAF are not quite the hard men that many of us took them for:

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Life’s all about the details

I’ve had a few things to post peculating in my head, but OTOH we are at 86% of our allotted space for this particular plan, and Hizzoner gets priority. I’m combing through the Wayback Machine seeing posts we missed from our official archives and I have to say, he left us an embarrassment of riches. He had both a keen sense of humor, and a keen sense for geopolitics.

I have been posting (now, and scheduling) what was at the time current events –   and whether history will prove him  right or wrong his process of getting to where he arrived is worth noting –

Anyway –

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Smoking gun

By Lex, Posted on February 13, 2007


CAPT Ed reports via the UK Daily Telegraph that the Iranian National Police have lost over a hundred high-end, Austrian-built sniper rifles. They’ve just, you know: Gone missing. People lose things.

There’s good news and bad news for all of those concerned about what mischief may arise when a sniper rifle goes missing: The good news is that Coalition troops have found the rifles. The bad news is that they found the rifles in Iraq. In the hands of Shia extremists who have been using them to kill American soldiers. So maybe Iran ought not hold their breath until we give them back:

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Hand me another lance, Sancho

Posted by lex, on January 8, 2008


There are windmills to tilt against.

Writing in comments to an earlier post, Our Paul presents the numbers as he sees them and links to this post decrying the Obamanon’s message of hopeful reconciliation. No, what is apparently needed is yet more scorched earth political warfare leading to the complete destruction of The Other. In order to get cracking on some of that good old fashioned “eat the rich” class warfare. People have been more successful than others, comrades – it’s time for some smart kid-driven leveling.

Our Paul has been much too generous and kind in his presence here to attribute to him the attitudes of the Corrente poster, who quite lives up to his blog’s moniker of “boldly shrill.” So I won’t, and will instead focus on the link he provided.

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