Friday, December 10, 2004

Bloggers Need Armor Too.

The Tact of Rummy
Donald Rumsfeld was apparently surprised when soldiers asked him some tough questions on his recent little visit to Iraq. Asked why there wasn’t more armor for the vehicles they were driving, Rumsfeld responded, "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

This doesn’t strike me as the sort of thing you want to say with the army standing right in front of you. Besides, given the way this war originated, and given the fact that he was in charge of it, couldn’t he have waited until he DID have the army he wished to have?

He continued, "If you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up." Well, jeeze, why even have tanks at all then? Why not send the soldiers out naked?

Apparently, the soldier who asked the question had been coached, or something, by a reporter embedded with his outfit. Some conservatives are upset about this, and are accusing the media of manipulating the military to sandbag Rummy. That’s a question, certainly, but not as big a question as, “Where’s the damn armor?” Maybe the media have it. My money’s on Rummy though. He seems awfully thick-skinned to me, kind of like a rhinoceros with no exit strategy.

Kind of like sleepwalking only….
I read yesterday in Reuters that a Norwegian man accused of raping a woman while she slept was acquitted on the grounds that he was also asleep at the time. He was awakened, he claimed, by her screams for help.

His lawyer “…declined to speculate about how the man, who had been drinking, could have had sex in his sleep, apparently after undressing the woman. But he said an ex-partner of the man had testified by telephone that similar things had happened to her.”

This latest "biopic" is not getting the props that RAY and BEYOND THE SEA are getting (well, RAY anyway).
Various conservative groups are way upset that this movie has even been made, perhaps because they would prefer a world in which Alfred Kinsey had never existed.

''For those who think of people of faith as poor, uneducated and easy to command, I'm sure it would be amusing to see people praying outside of theaters,'' Focus on the Family spokeswoman Kristi Hamrick told the Miami Herald. “But we want to have a serious intellectual conversation about who Kinsey was and what he did.'' With whom? Beats me.

Robert Knight, director of the conservative Culture and Family Institute in Washington, said, ''Just as Reagan was not content to contain communism but announced a rollback, pro-family organizations are not content to protest the latest outrage anymore, but will seek legislation and will punish sponsors of lewd entertainment.''

Outrage? Lewd entertainment? KINSEY isn’t porn, is it? It’s a movie about a guy who made a study of people’s sexuality. That's not quite the same thing.

Oh, the movie was made by Fox. Mr. Knight said, ''Fox has a schizophrenic personality. Conservatives appreciate Fox news channel for bringing balance, but the Fox entertainment network, on the other hand, has clearly been the leader in driving TV into the sewer with its nonstop sexual emphasis.”

So are they going to boycott Fox movies and SOME of its television? What’s a moralistic evangelical ethical relativist to do?

Can't you folks just quietly hate a movie like everybody else?

Bill drove up late this morning with fifteen boxes of DVDs, which we unloaded, and then proceeded to send to those who paid good money for them (and a few to relatives as well). Names on the mailing labels included ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, people with whom we worked in the past, old fans, show biz contacts, and people who we don't even know!

Surprisingly efficient, we wrapped up the packaging end by mid-afternoon. The last I saw of Bill he was backing his car out of the driveway, a car bulging with boxes and packages. He was off to the postoffice and UPS. By by Bill! See you soon!

My house is the official mailing station for the Duck’s Breath DVD. We are calling it the Ducks Fulfillment Center. Look for it on a return address label near you!


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