Tuesday, September 26, 2006

It's Tuesday night at 10:00 PM, I am at work...

...(on a break) and I am working until midnight. Then I have to be back at work tomorrow at 6:00AM. That sucks for more than the obvious reason that I will get only about 4 hours of sleep tonight before again getting up to face another day in Paradise.

The other thing that sucks is that I may very well not get any free time tomorrow to rant and rave in my blog. If you do not hear from me tomorrow, it means I likely had no time - sorry but it would be beyond my control if that is how it turns out.

If so, I'll try to give you a bit more on Friday.

Later for me.

All the best,
Glenn B

Great news from Iraq...

...but for some reason this wonderful news has been relegated to a small link on the side of the FoxNews.com home page instead of as a major headliner.

To see the whole story click on this link British Forces Kill High Profile Al Qaeda Leader in Iraq or go to http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,215620,00.html.

The gist of the story is just what the headline above proclaims. Here is a piece of it:

"BAGHDAD, Iraq — British forces said they killed a top terrorist leader Monday, identified by Iraqi officials as an Al Qaeda leader who had escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan and returned to Iraq."

It sounds like our allies did a good job of gathering intelligence about terrorists, then acted quickly and convincingly on that intel. According to the article, a spokesman for the British forces said:

"We had information that a terrorist of considerable significance was hiding in Basra, as a result of that information we conducted an operation in an attempt to arrest him,"

and:

"During the attempted arrest Omar Farouq was killed, which is regrettable because we wanted to arrest him."

Actually, I don't think it so regrettable that he was killed, but that is just my opinion. Yes it may have been better to have captured him to be able to interrogate him in hopes of getting some great info; but we had already lost him once before when he escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan. Why bother taking a chance he would escape again, and maybe kill a few of the good guys the next time around. So we did not get any more info out of him, but the Brits assured he will kill no more. That has got to be a good thing. Good riddance, and good work!

All the best,
Glenn B

Jeff Cooper - A great one has left us...

...but he has left behind works and deeds that will memorialize him for a long time to come. I am speaking of the passing of firearms master John Dean 'Jeff' Cooper. Besides being one of the most well known personalities in the world of shooting, Mr. Cooper was an NRA member and one time NRA board member, a writer for guns & Ammo Magazine, a writer of several books, an avid hunter, sports car enthusiast, a one time history teacher, a husband, a father, and a retired Marine who served in WWII and Korea.

If you want to learn a little bit more about his bio, see The Daily Courier article at:
http://prescottdailycourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=41279&TM=25504.83

He taught an awful lot of people an awful lot about firearms and how to shoot them to defend themselves. He did one heck of a good job at it too. He will be missed.

My condolences to his family and friends, and to the community of law abiding gun owners who learned from him, and who will miss him.

With sadness,
Glenn B

The Global Warming Blame game...

...continues to go on and on, with scientists blaming the claimed current global warming on mankind, on folks like you and me, who have polluted the atmosphere. In one article I read at FoxNews.com titled Scientists: Earth Warmest It's Been in 12,000 Years, they claim the earth is the warmest it has been in about 12,000 years. See the article at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,215781,00.html

In another article at CNN, the title of the article is something quite different, see Earth may be at warmest point in 1 million years at:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/09/25/warming.earth.reut/index.html

I guess it is supposed to be scary. I guess it is supposed to be scarier still that the scientists claim humans are at fault. The thing I don't get though is all this blame stuff. instead of just trying to solve the problem, they have to keep blaming this and blaming that, the this and that always being other folks. Why not just get to the problem solving stage, I mean if we are the ones who screwed it up in the first place, then ought we not be able to fix it!

Then again, it may not have been people that caused global warming, this of course given that the earth is truly warming as is claimed. Let's for the sake of this discussion, just say okay, there is global warming taking place. The earth is as hot as, or close to as hot as it has been in the last 1 million years. Now think about that for at least a few minutes, maybe even a few hours. What do you come up with? Are there any questions we, or better yet, the scientists should be asking?

I think there is something very important which they always seem to overlook. I have to wonder, if the temperatures of the earth have not been this hot in 1 million years, just what was it that caused them to be that hot back then, and what was it that caused the earth to start to cool off back then? Certainly it was not people that caused either. Going by what scientists believe, or by what the creationists and the religious believe, there were no people (Homo sapiens) back 1 million years ago to have caused either the rise or decline in the temperatures. Could this then be some sort of natural process that is not caused by people, and by greenhouse gasses that we produce? Could it be that we are just helping this process along a bit, and not actually causing it?

If the answers to my last two questions above are yes, then the scientists would have no one to blame. because they would have no other folks to blame, they would not be able to deflect the inquiries of those who wonder why the scientists, who supposedly know so much about everything, do not know the answer as to how to prevent global warming from taking place. Their not knowing so, and this being brought to light, would highlight the fact that they are indeed ignorant of a lot of what goes on in nature. It would also mean that mankind may not be as able to effect nature in the short term as they would have us believe. What I mean is that, quite possibly, they cannot effect a cure, and neither did mankind effect the start of global warming in the first place, and this would all become clear as would the fact that they are just playing the blame game to cover their own ignorance of just what is happening.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that scientists are all full of crap, nor am I saying they are wrong most of the time. I believe a lot of scientific theory and knowledge. They know a lot about what makes the world go round. Yet I do not know if global warming is a fact or not. I don't know enough about it. Maybe it is, maybe it is not. I do not know if we have to worry about it as much as the scientists say we do. Maybe I'll have beach front property if the ice caps melt, maybe my home will be washed away by ocean. I do not know, but neither do they for sure, nor with even a good amount of certainty. The thing that is important to realize at this point is neither do the scientists know any of this with a great amount of certainty.

They say the world is warming and will continue to do so over the long term. I'll give them the fact it is getting warmer. I will not allow them to call it fact that this phenomenon is long term. I will not give them the fact it has been caused over the short term by modern man within about the last century or so; they would need a lot more hard core proof to convince me of that. Nor will I believe that we can suddenly reverse it, that is until they stop playing the blame game and actually get down to good scientific FACT, not just a lot of whining theory. Instead of doing almost nothing and whining about the problem a lot, why not do something to reduce or solve the whole problem.

By the way; have you noticed that when scientist play the blame game they blame it on mankind, they blame it on industry, they blame it on too many automobiles, they blame it on air conditioners that used Freon, they blame it on an awful lot of things that they, the scientists of the world, created in the first place. Yet you sure don't hear them blaming it on scientists - do you!

All the best,
Glenn B
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