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Endorsed

Posted by lex, on January 13, 2006

 

Via John at the Castle, and I’m entirely on board:

We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.

We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.

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So you say you want to be a SEAL?

Posted by lex, on May 15, 2006

 

Qualifications

General: A U.S. Navy SEAL candidate must:

– Be male.

– Be age 28 or younger (servicemen can be 30).

– Have good or correctable eyesight.

– Score well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests.

Physical: A screening test requires that candidates:

– Swim 500 yards using breast or sidestroke (or military underwater recovery stroke) in 12.5 minutes or less, then rest 10 minutes.

– Perform at least 42 push-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least 50 sit-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least six pull-ups (hands face forward), rest 10 minutes.

– Run 1.5 miles in boots and BDU trousers in less than 11.5 minutes.

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Been reserving judgment

Posted by lex, on January 15, 2006

 

Been trying to stay optimistic about Iran, and its nuclear program and it’s Holocaust-denying president. I mean, maybe the EU will finally have the stones to stand up to what is, after all, a renunciation of their nuanced application of “soft power.”

And even if Iran, a long-running sponsor of international terrorist organizations joined Pakistan and India as the latest member of the nuclear weapon power club, there’s no guarantee that they’d start flinging ballistic missiles, all regardless. It’d be pretty much the textbook definition of a state acting against self-interest, what with the Israelis no doubt prepared to go down grappling. And maybe a suitcase nuke would take time to develop and work its way into the hands of Hezzbollah and from there to… where? We could have maybe five years, right?

Right?

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Brief conversation with myself when I was magically transported back to 1983

Posted by lex, on December 21, 2005

 

2005: Microsoft. Put every dollar you have into Microsoft. Borrow money to own this stock. Trust me.

1983:

2005: Sell everything you own and short the market in September 1987. And for God’s sake, get off the margin!

1983:

2005: Jump back in with both feet in November of that same year, after the crash. Microsoft again until the mid-90’s, then sell down to 10%. Buy Cisco, buy Qualcomm.

1983:

2005: Dump everything no later than January 2001. Trust me on this – people are going to say “it’s different this time.” It’s not. In 2002, ease back into cyclicals on the Dow, and avoid tech. Any questions?

1983: Dude – what happened to you?

2005: (Looks down) Oh, yeah. About that – how about laying off the desserts and second helpings?

1983:

2005: You greedy BASTARD!

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Dude, that’s whacked

Posted by lex, on December 2, 2005

 

It ain’t all beer and skittles, running a blog. Sometimes you get notes like these (tied to my Crispian’s day post. Which, after you’ve read the appended, you’ll have to agree is so apropos):

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Really Bad Weekend

November 21, 2005

Don’t want to go into any details, suffice it to say that a thing which had been sufficiently worrying took a dramatic turn for the worse this weekend. I’ve been stretched a little too thin for quite some time now, and it’s time for me to shed some workload and re-prioritize my efforts. This has been fun, but faced with what I’m up against it’s far too time-consuming and a far too guilty pleasure.

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History

Posted by lex, on November 9, 2005

 

The dry recitation of facts: Names, places, actions. The way things were, rather than the way some folks might like them to have been. The things that people said, rather than what they might later wish to have said.

You either like it or you hate it.

Some folks are really going to hate this: Writing in the on-line magazine Commentary, Norman Podhoretz has assembled a history of the facts leading up to OIF: Who knew what, or thought they did, when: About WMD, an al Qaeda-Iraq terror axis, “imminent” threats, Colin Powell’s speech to the UN, the “sixteen words” spoken by the President to Congress. Who it was that insisted that action was necessary, and then publicly recoiled when action was taken.

Who told the truth and who lied.

Who is lying still.

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Passionate beliefs

Posted by lex, on February 3, 2006

 

Apropos of recent discussions here and elsewhere on passionate beliefs, we have the continuing uproar between those who get excited about caricatures of religious figures, and those who get excited about the freedom of conscience. This is such an interesting discussion precisely because it goes to the very heart of the West’s struggle with Islamic extremism: It really is a war between Freedom and Submission (which is, after all, what “islam” means – submission to the will of God:

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Remembering the Cole

Remembering the Cole

Posted by lex, on October 12, 2005

 

Five years ago today al Qaeda-linked terrorists brought a small boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Cole, and blew a hole in her side. Seventeen Sailors died, and the rest struggled like heroes in horrible conditions to keep her afloat.

They succeeded.

The dedication of her crew, as well as the US Navy’s hard-won experience in ship construction and damage control, ensured that the ship would survive this test, and return to the fight.

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Thought for the day:

Posted by lex, on December 20, 2005

 

If you can maintain your sense of humor while the world is going to hell in a hand-basket all around you, then you’re probably a gibbering idiot.

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