How I Felt Back Then

I kept this email, and went back into the archives I have moved forward through different accounts to find it. I wrote this, as it shows, on September 27, 2001, and mailed in reply to a request to participate in a candlelight “peace rally”. If I had thought we would still be fighting in Afghanistan ten years later, I would have been a lot more furious. Here are my exact words from that long ago time:


Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 06:19:12



Subject: My current reply to most e-mail

SORRY, NOT THIS TIME! I’m not interested in mourning, grieving, or moving

on. I am not interested in colored ribbons, candle light vigils, or new

memorials where tall buildings once stood. I am ready for the United States

to lead the world in eliminating evil people and their distorted ideas. When

that job is done, then we can rebuild, and put up appropriate memorials to

all the dead.

The United Islamic Jihad made a written declaration of war on the U.S. in

1999. We ignored it, to our current chagrin. Starting with the assault on

the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1979, and the taking of the hostages (Remember

Jimmy Carter?), I have a list of events I have thought of. The bombing of

Pan Am 103, the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut (241 dead), 

the 1st bombing of the World Trade Towers, the bombing of the Kobar

apartments in Saudi Arabia, the bombing of the 2 U.S. Embassies in Africa,

and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. There may be others, these are some that

come to mind.

Ok, we are at war, with a enemy who’s stated purpose is to destroy the

United States. What happened 2 weeks ago is not a tragedy, it is an

atrocity. Another in a series of acts of aggression that have gone

unanswered and unchallenged. I think flying the flag is enough of a symbol.

If you want to take action, here are some ideas.

1. Write your Congressmen and senators. Tell them you support the

President’s military actions. Demand that we go as far as is necessary to

ensure that no one can ever attack us like this again.

2. Send a care package, snacks, homemade cookies, etc. to a serviceman or


3. Befriend the family of a serviceman or woman that has been called up to

active duty or sent overseas. They need our help and support.

4. Encourage young men and women of good character to join one of the Armed

Services. We need the best of America in this fight.

5. Keep your outrage fresh. Don’t let the media or anyone else dilute the

energy. Stay focused, and be prepared for more attacks, deaths both here at

home, and in battle overseas.

6. Actively resist and confront “politically correct” people sharing

thoughts and ideas that wander toward the old idea of peace at any price.

Peace at any price isn’t peace, it’s slavery.

Semper Fidelis,



Remembering 9/11

It has begun. The White House has issued talking points for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Ralph Nader has a 10 point press release for how he thinks we should be thinking about the date. There will be lots more people and organizations weighing in the next few days. As a faithful reader of RAoP, I would be doing you a disservice not to offer you my direction on the issue.

So here goes. Think for yourself. Don’t let anyone, not the news media, not the White House, not some blogger, tell you how to feel or think. They are going to want to manage the whole thing like a stage production. Don’t fall for it.

In a following post I’ll share what I think and feel. I’ll tell you what I was thinking then and what I’m thinking now. That’s why I have a blog.

Lost To The Ocean

I learned about the Markham-Albertson-Stinson Cottage last year when this article was published in Our State magazine. The cottage was built in 1903. It was part of a community of beach cottages then, although the others were gone along with the land they had stood on.

Hurricane Irene took the cottage. Standing out over the water, the land already washed out from underneath, it was only a matter of time. Still, it was irreplaceable. No one can just build where they want anymore and permits would never be granted to build over the water. The family that owned it knew what a treasure it was, opened it to tours, invited friends to share in the experience to staying there. It was decorated with art, beach combing finds, old furniture.

All that remain are the steps. They went down to say goodbye and someone snapped this photo.

Y’all Are Going on Youtube

Chainsaws and trees are a dangerous combination. Trees don’t always do what you expect. Chains get pinched, saws kick back. People get cut, hit with tree limbs, flung off ladders.

I was headed out to help some friends with Irene cleanup yesterday evening and she told me to be careful. My reply was that I would, and that I thought that running a chainsaw was significantly more dangerous than going to the range. When I got home, I started looking for videos and accident reports. You can find them easily enough, but you better be prepared for the accompanying photos. Let’s just say that anything that cuts through an oak log isn’t going to be slowed down by your face.

Rather than subject you to that, here, for your amusement, I offer a video where no one gets hurt, but one of the rules of chainsawing gets broken. “Be absolutely sure of where the tree is going to fall and what it is going to fall on.” You might not be able to move a house or a shed, but dropping a tree on a truck you could have parked a hundred yards away will get you immortalized on YouTube.

Infringing on Borepatch

Al Gore has jumped the shark.

One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, or so says former Vice President Al Gore.

The rest of the article is no better

The former vice president recalled how society succeeded in marginalizing racists and said climate change skeptics must be defeated in the same manner.

And just to cap it off.

“We have to win the conversation on climate,” Gore added.

When Bogusky questioned the analogy, asking if the scientific reasoning behind climate change skeptics might throw a wrench into the good and evil comparison with racism, Gore did not back down.

Fine. Hold to that. It obviously doesn’t matter what the facts are. All that matters is that you “win the conversation.” Start a smear campaign, be willing to tell any lie, do anything to marginalize the truth. I will assume that anything you say in public from here on is self serving bullshit.