UUUUUrrrgggg!

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Wow.  This episode of 24 moved really slow until the last five minutes.  I think it’s clear that Palmer is out of the picture for a while, given the previews, but what does this mean???!!!  Is he dead or isn’t he?  I think it’s about 5x more likely that Assad is dead though.  He was closest to the podium, and even sort of had time to block Palmer a little before it went off.  Somehow, I don’t think the message is getting out to the extremists.  To be expected…we can’t have peace, or the producers will be forced to pick another religion to be that of the bad guys next season.

And how about that Logan.  Seems to be repentent, if he isn’t lying.  Looks like he’s not too successful talking to the Russian diplomat given the previews, so Jack will have to do things his way.  I definitely don’t think Logan wants to be house arrested anymore, but we’ll have to wait to next week to see if he’s truely turned a new leaf.

In other television, but not 24-related news, I’ve started work on the script for the idea I mentioned a few posts ago.  I’m trying to make it half serious, and half funny.  I don’t want it to be just perceived as a rant from a guy who could be doing other stuff.  So, I’ve added in a few elements to hopeful add some humor to it.  There’s a film festival coming up in April at my school, and I’d like to submit the completed product to that.  We shall see.

In Dymersion news, I was finally able to get the blogroll skinned correctly, so I’ll be using it.  Finally, a blogroll that works with dynamic publishing.  Thank you, WordPress.  That’s it!

 

Transition Completed

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It took me into long hours of the night and day (of which I probably should have been doing more…lets say…academic things), but I’m finally on WordPress.  I think what scared me off from it before was the PHP mixed in with the HTML (Movable Type uses macros), but when I took a closer look, I found out it’s not so scary after all.  So ends a little over a year of using Movable Type, and I doubt I’ll go back.  It’s far too bulky for a Perl script, which I found out not too late.  Bulky Perl scripts always seem to be resource hogs.  Ikonboard 3.x found that out when a lot of hosts started banning it.

So, I’m fairly happy with this platform, which has both OpenID commenting, and LiveJournal crosspost.  The only thing I need to figure out at this point is how to direct people from the old article addresses to the new ones, so I’ve been asking around.  So, that said, let the new phase in Dymersion begin.

 

A Transition

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Well, after 164 blog entries (including this one), it is time for a transition. I have just found out that Movable Type is causing immense pain to the server I’m hosting it on. No, I’m not on some crappy shared hosting plan. I’m actually on a dedicated server – I’m not using the whole thing, but the fact remains that this program is using more resources than the server’s flagship site, which gets several hundred visits a day.

So, what am I going to do? Do what I’ve been thinking about for a while and switch to WordPress. I think a PHP script will benefit me in several ways. PHP is more suited for the web, Perl is not. Those who don’t know, Perl runs through a gateway called CGI, which allows it to interface with the web, since Perl was originally a server-based language. PHP does it natively. I’ve been talking about getting FastCGI on the server, but I think using a PHP program will just use less resources.

Also, spam. Ever since I started using Akismet to filter my comments (and, I thought originally, trackbacks), I’ve been getting pounded with trackback spam (trackbacks are pings from other blogs who write about or reference your article). Apparently, Akismet either does not work on trackbacks, or the plug-in for MT is broken for that. It’s worked very well for comments, however. That said, Akismet was originally written for WordPress, meaning it should work more natively with it. We shall see.

I hope to have the transition done by Saturday night, given that I don’t run into any problems with transitioning my articles. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I could have it done by tonight. I won’t bet on it, though. So, it’s onward to a new phase in Dymersion’s history. Stay tuned.

 

The New Age 10 Commandments

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I apologize in advance to anyone who might be offended at this, but I have to share. So, we’re talking about the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment in my Comm Law & Ethics class today. At the end of class, the professor gave us a copy of a New York Times article from 2005, which goes over three differently written versions of the commandments: one in the form of poetry, one that is more or less summarized (I guess for kids), and one that shows how they might be sent in today’s increasingly popular text message technology. Here they are:

3 Do not worship NE god but me
4 Do do make idols dat look like NEtin in da sky or on earth or in da ocean unda da earth
5 dun bow down & worship idols. I am da LORD ur God, & I eem & all ur luv. If u reject me, I will punish ur families 4 3 or 3 generations.
6 But if u luv me & obey my laws I will be kind 2 ur families 4 thous&s of generations.
7 Do not misuse my name. I am da LORD ur God, & I will punish ne1 who misuses my name.
8 Remember dat da Sabbath day belongs 2 me.
9 u have 6 days when u can do ur work,
10 but da 7th day of each week belongs 2 me, ur God. No 1 is 2 work on dat day-not u, ur children, ur slaves, ur animals, or da 4ingers who live in ur towns.
11 In 6 days I made da sky, da earth, da oceans, & evrything in dem, but on the 7th day I rested. Dat’s y I made da Sabbath a special day dat belongs 2 me.
12 Respect ur father & ur mother, & u will live a long time in da l7 I am givin u.
13 Do not murder.
14 Be faithful in marriage.
15 Do not steal.
16 Do not tell lies about others.
17 Do not want NEthing dat belongs 2 sum1 else. Dun want ne1’s house, wife, hus&, slaves, bullocks, donkeys, or NEtin else.

Maybe not so much laughable as passably amusing. Hey, I humor easily.

 

The Great War

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No, I’m not talking about WWI or WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq 1, Bosnia, Afghanistan, or Iraq 2. I don’t mean the Cold War, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, or the French and Indian War. I’m talking about the war between Mac and PC. Or rather, those who would fight in that war.

Mac – Hi, I’m a a Mac.
PC – And I’m a PC.
Me – And I’m starting not to care anymore.

Nothing against Apple, or the plethora of PC manufacturers. They’re not the strike troops in this war. No, it’s the users. Those who use PC and Macs, Windows and Mac OS (and occasionally popping up, Linux) are the ones who are getting to me. Now, I’m not talking about the average PC or Mac user. They, I think, are rather unaffected, and perhaps unaware of this war. No, it’s the fanboys and girls I’m talking about. See, I cannot go into a message board topic related to Mac or PC these days without seeing an argument inevitably erupt. It’s always the same, circular argument that nobody ever wins, because there can be no winner in this war. Yet, somehow, the fanpeople will argue as though they think they can win coverts. It’s starting to piss me off.

Yea, yea, I know. I can stay away from the topics. I just want to know why they start in the first place? Why must a simple question turn into a debate about which platform is better? Who cares? Just answer the question or get out. I don’t think think the original poster wants your rhetoric.

The latest argument I’m seeing involves the pricing between Mac and PC. I’ve seen it before, and I’ve actually taken some time to research. The fact is, you are paying for what you’re getting with Mac, just as you would with a PC. Mac just tends not to use some of the cheapo parts that you see in some of the lower-end PCs, so they end up being a bit more in cost. Now, I agree that Apple will never get some of the average joe web, email, and office suite users that PC gets, because those people simply just don’t need the extra power gotten out of the Mac. Yes, they are going to pay for that decision not to dish out more when the PC breaks faster. Though, from what I hear, some of the Mac components are getting worse in quality these days, so they might end of seeing breaks too.

No, I’m not a Mac-fanboy, but nor am I a PC-fanboy. I use both on a daily basis; Mac for video and audio editing, and some photo editing, and my own PC for other things. I like them both, and think that both have strengths and weaknesses. I am just starting to get sick of the arguments. Cut it out, fan-people, and grow up. There’s more to life than blindly defending your system of choice. Just accept that both pros and cons, and the world might be a little better for the wear. On the other hand, as long as the fan-person war continues, I don’t see a bright spot on the horizon.

In the process of making this post, I came up with an idea for a video. Probably already done, but I need to put my spin on it. I’ll keep you all updated.

 

Layout

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Not much to report on today, but trying to keep my goal of one a day. Been trying to look for a new layout, but nothing exciting as of yet. May just try to retool this one. We’ll see.

 

Windows Vista: Initial Reactions

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I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a few days, but…I’ve been lazy. There goes my goal from the last entry. Monday will be the official day this starts. Yes…that’ll be it. Anyway…

My dad has owned a computer repair shop for about 14 years, so he knows he has to start getting used to Windows Vista, since customers will be asking about it eventually. His old computer was running slow, anyway, so he built a new one, and put Vista on it. We’ve only got Home Premium, but we’ve still got enough power to get all the 3-D, translucent, Aero Glass eye candy. So, once he was done building it (the day I came home for the four day weekend), I tried it out.

What I Like

  • Search: The first thing I was really impressed about was the speed of the search. In previous versions of Windows, you had to wait…and wait…and sometime wait even more before you’d get all the results. Now the results are more or less instantaneous. Given that this test is on a freshly loaded copy, I’ll have to verify this same speed later on, but it is still an impressive move forward for Windows. Oh, and I’m happy that the stupid dog is gone.
  • 3-D Flip and Others: Yes, I know it’s more eye candy than major improvement, but the 3-D Flip (Windows-Tab or the Quick Launch icon), the 2-D Flip (Alt-Tab), and the taskbar thumbnail preview features are really interesting to me. No more will people be forced to guess what an certain program might be. Yea, they should really know what the icons mean by now, but I think it’s a lot more informative to show them a thumbnail of the program in question. Microsoft has been plagued with user-friendliness issues in the past (listen up, Linux), and they need to do everything they can to get past that. I also like that the desktop is always an option in the 2-D and 3-D flips, since not everyone has the Quick Launch icons enabled.
  • Windows Update: I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with this. Not that it’s a huge change, but in a day when most update panels are embedded into the program, it seemed silly to still have to go to a website to download your updates. It also makes some sense security-wise. No doubt that the most determined of DoSers will find a way to do it, but it should deter some of the less adept trouble makers from attacking their update service when they’re not publishing an address to it.
  • Windows Calendar: Nothing huge here, either, but I’m utterly disorganized sometimes. Given I can find other services to make me more organized, but I think some people will appreciate not having to buy Outlook to get this feature.
  • General Security: I have heard a LOT of complaints about the new security measures Microsoft has taken, but I think the company is heading on the basic right track, even if it’s gone overboard just a bit. MS has taken cues from Apple and Linux and introduced a security feature in which you must verify an action which should take administrator verification to complete. Some people might find it annoying, but what else is Microsoft to do? They’ve gotten blasted for leaving the OS wide open for years, and now they get blasted for making it a little more difficult to get things done. That’s the WHOLE point. Do people like the threat of hackers and viruses taking over their system? Now, I’m not a MS fanboy by any means. The company has a lot of flaws, and I think Mac and Linux do many things a lot better, including security (though with Vista the gap has started to close). Do I think MS has gone a little overboard with the new security prompts? Yea, but I still think the feature is necessary. They will undoubtedly listen to customer suggestions and fine tune the system by the time of Service Pack 1.

What I Don’t Like

  • Wireless Networking: Keep in mind that I do like many aspects of their wireless networking section, but if I enumerated them all above, I’d be here all day. That said, I think they make it awfully confusing to keep the wireless connection saved. In past versions of Windows, this seemed to have been done by default. I can see the need to make it disposable after the first use…say in airports, or libraries, or other places with wireless hotspots. I just think it could be placed better in the dialog, since it seems to me it’s easy to miss. My dad missed it the first dozen or so times to his chagrin. Of course, he was sick at the time, so that may have been a factor.
  • No Error Messages on Shutdown Hang: The actual hang on shutdown problem wasn’t Windows’ problem. The new Linksys card my dad bought was causing the problem. Still, I think by now the geniuses over there would know to code in some kind of shutdown timer, which if it ran out on shutting down drivers, would pop up an error saying, “Hey, this driver cannot be shut down successfully. You’re screwed!” Ok, not in such harsh words, but come on. They do it easily enough for programs and processes, why not for drivers or devices that are causing it to hang? Maybe in the first SP
  • The Sidebar: It’s really kinda…useless. Yea, yea, I know I don’t have to use it, but given early previews of Vista, the sidebar seemed a lot more useful back then. Now, with the reinstatement of the taskbar in later releases, it lost a lot of its usefulness, and it not just a “widget bar,” something to put up news feeds, or picture galleries. I’m depressingly reminded of the Active Desktop of Windows 95c/98 fame, but with cooler stuff like RSS feeds. They need to do something with it to make it more than a OSX dock wannabe.
  • Shutdown: Because I can probably easily make this a 20-page essay, I’ll end with this one before I wrap up. I don’t like the new shut down function. In XP, it was relatively easy to find…You click Start, and the Turn off Computer. In Vista, it’s the Start button, then the Arrow button off to the right side of the menu, then “Shut Down.” Wha…? I think this will confuse a lot of people, given there’s another button on the Start Menu that looks like it has something to do with shutting down the computer, but instead just puts it into Standby mode. I know it’s changeable, but many average users will not. This should be fixed.

Conclusion
I like Vista overall, but I can understand why people will be hesitant to upgrade. It doesn’t actually offer much in the way of new features that people will actually find useful. The faster search they can get from Google or from MS itself, on their website. The new thumbnail window switch, while useful, is not enough of a grabber, nor do I think is any of the other eye candy. The calendar they can find literally almost anywhere, including Mozilla and Google. As for the security updates, while people like to complain about it, I don’t think people will necessarily upgrade just for that.

So, while Vista does feature some interesting new programs and eye candy, for the most part, it is a “behind the scenes” update. It has focused mostly on organization and security. While these things are definitely good to improve, I’m not so impressed that it took them five years to do this. Nor do I think will most of the public, not enough to make them upgrade right away. Most will upgrade eventually, but only when they go to purchase their new computer. You’ll of course always have those who want the latest and greatest, or those who upgrade out of curiosity, but I don’t think Vista will appeal THAT much to the greater public. I think Microsoft needs to seriously look into a more impressive product for the next version.

 

One a Day Keeps the Guilt Away

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I’m lucky I didn’t do a New Year’s resolution to write one blog post a day, or else I’d be failing…badly.

I’ve been trying to do one a day, and it’s just been happening. A lot of it comes down to simple laziness. I don’t really want to talk about my day; I’d rather talk about some kind of topic. So, a lot of my entries turn into political rants of some sort. I’d like to diversify, however, since I know that everybody is not into politics, so I’m going to try.

On that note, I really need to get Dymersion Creative going, since I haven’t done much yet. Luckily, I may have a solution for the short term. Last semester, I did a lot of scripts for my scriptwriting class. I think if I post one of those a day, I can last a little about about two weeks, but then I’ll have to actually get writing again.

But, the other reasons are mostly academic. I do a lot with video production, so I’m always out shooting stuff, editing, or setting up for/directing a newscast. Then one Saturday a month, I help out at and directing (and now producing) a game show. Besides the club, I’m taking 17 credits, five actual classes, and then one independent study (which hasn’t even really started yet) and a practicum (see my club activities starting the second sentence). I also have to do a fair amount of homework for my classes. Then, I also help run a website, which just takes up even more of my time. Still, I tend to just surf around, rather than do anything productive. I could probably do ten entries a day, but I’ll just try to do one for now.

One main blog entry a day, and one Dymersion Creative writing a week shall be my goal. I had other ideas for this site, but I think I’ll hold off for now on those. Sorry to the few who may have been interested.

That’s it for now. Quota filled.

 

Culture Warrior Book Review

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So, as I mentioned about about a couple weeks ago, I ordered Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warrior and Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope via Amazon. I really wanted to get to O’Reilly’s book first, since I’ve been watching his show for some time, and I wanted to get the views of someone I would probably disagree with more before I got to a committed Democrat like Obama.

I’ve been of the thought for some time that O’Reilly isn’t as conservative as people make him out to be. He may be misguided in some of his views (in my opinion), but that doesn’t make him some radical conservative. He, in fact, opposes radical conservatism as much as he does radical liberalism. On the other hand, just like his show, he tends to focus on the far left more than he does the far right. He claims this is because not much is going on with the far right, but I disagree. You can’t have people like Pat Robertson out there and not say much isn’t going on with the radical conservatives. Then you have the neo-cons like our dear President and Vice President, who are bastardizing the conservative ideology. Yet O’Reilly rarely, if ever, touches on these issues. He’s focuses far more on the far left control of the media, and their attempted movement of their agenda into the hearts in minds of Americans.

The latter two are what he focuses heavily on in Culture Warrior. He takes on issues such as the so-called War on Christmas, the media, the war on terror, social programs, and others to explain how what he calls “secular-progressives” are attempting to form an America in the mold of Western Europe. Let me take a minute to explain the two groupings of people O’Reilly talks about in the book. For those of you who don’t watch his show, a “secular-progressive,” as defined by O’Reilly, is anyone who thinks that America is in a bad place (some may even think it’s evil), and would benefit from a system of government and way of thinking that is closer to Western Europe (not including the UK). Secular-progressives are pushing for social programs to the extent that all Americans are basically cared for by the government. They’d also like increased rights for children (trumping the rights of a parent), lenient sentences for criminals, and freedom of drug use, and, among other things and most importantly, a decrease in the prominence of religion in the public arena. A “traditional” is somebody who thinks America is a good place, and has done a lot of noble things for the world. They would like to see the Judeo-Christian values that America was founded on to remain in place. They support things like the “sanctity of marriage (I’ll get to this in a bit),” the war on terror, the allowing of prayer and other public displays of religion in the public arena, children’s rights not to trump parent’s rights, and other things. Basically, O’Reilly is promoting the traditionalist way of life, and explaining why he thinks the secular-progressive vision for American is the wrong way to go.

I found myself deeply split by the book. so, I’ll say what I do and don’t like.

My Likes
I actually do agree with O’Reilly on several points, but disagree on others. I think the whole “you must be sensitive to other religions” things as crap. When I say “Merry Christmas,” I mean it in its most secular sense, since I don’t really submit to the whole religion thing. Christmas has become secularized enough that saying that greeting shouldn’t be met with disgust, and I don’t think it does for the majority of Americans. Places like Walmart changing their greeting seem to only happen when a minority complain. On the other hand, I think the idea of a “War on Christmas” is equally as stupid. Yea, some places and people may want to push for a more “sensitive” America, but come on. I’ve already stated that I don’t think most people honestly care. Let the ACLU or whoever else bring it on – newsflash for them: bugger off. Ok, spent more time on that, then needed. But, really, I do agree with him on many things in the book. I do support the war on terror, and think that somebody needs to do something about it, if no one else will. I even support the War in Iraq, in principle. But, even O’Reilly doesn’t like the handling of it. I also think we could have waited just a little bit longer for Hans Blix to finish his job. And finally, I definitely don’t support places like Vermont given weak sentences for crimes like rape. The punishment should fit the crime, right? I also think that America is a good place, that has done noble things. It’s also done some rather non-noble things, and has made mistakes (supporting the likes of Osama in the 1970s because we hated the USSR more comes to mind).

Well, I’ve already said that I agree on many issues O’Reilly touches on. He definitely does a good job expressing himself on some of the hot button issues in today’s America. Gay marriage, weak sentences for some crimes in some states, the parent/child relationship, and who really controls the media are some that come to mind. He makes clear his positions on these issues; to be sure, he’s not ambiguous on what he feels. I also like that he makes clear many times that not all Democrats are S-P’s, though he seems to think most Republicans are traditionalists (and he’s probably right).

My Dislikes
While he does make clear who is and who isn’t an S-P or traditionalist, he seems to use “secular-progressive” and “liberal,” rather interchangeably, though I’m guessing he means “radical liberal.” Why not just abbreviate that as he does “S-P?” I don’t know. I also think he needs to touch more on the whole “secular” thing. I personally think he means people who would rather the U.S. be without religion entirely, or at least, in public. Yet, I’m fairly certain a lot of Western Europe countries are deeply religious, if not in government, than in their own personal beliefs. I just came back from Greece, where 98% of the population is baptized “Greek Orthodox.” Now, I don’t know how many of them are actually religious, but it’s the only country in the world where I’ve seen the religious leaders walk around like it was their job. But, I’ll get into this more some other time.

Similarly, I don’t like how the word “progressive” is made dirty. Progressive ideas got us through the depression. Progressive ideas were responsible for the civil rights movement. So, not all progressive ideas are bad, yet O’Reilly doesn’t say this (other than calling MLK, Jr. a traditionalist). I personally think that health care is a right for all people, and that those who do not have the means to get it should be able to do so from the government. I also think that people who can afford would be better off with paid health care plans (though without the insane premiums some providers charge). That’s a very progressive idea, it really is. If you listen to a certain segment of people, those who can’t afford health care must have brought it on themselves. Well, they’re wrong. So, yes, I do believe in some progressive ideas. That doesn’t make me a bad person. I think health care for those who can’t afford it IS a traditionalist value.

Regarding the “culture war,” O’Reilly kind of suggests that it is like a battlefield, describing some S-P followers as “shock troops.” I do think some of the organizations mentioned may have an agenda. However, I’m still a little split on whether “secular progressivism” is a real problem. Yes, some things is today society can be stupid, whether it be the idea you can’t say “Merry Christmas” or the idea that spanking is bad. Personally, I think society has it forwards and backwards movements on many issues. O’Reilly did some job in showing the big boys like Walmart how stupid things like “Holiday Trees” were. However, I think eventually society itself would have realized this, and acted accordingly. So, I’m split. Certainly, “secular” and “progressive” are not bad things at face value. What are bad things are insane ideas. Is there an agenda to make society accept secularism and insanely progressive ideas? I don’t know, but somehow I doubt it. I point to the fact that most of our Presidents since the ’50s have been Republican. I’m just not sure it’s that bad. I’ll have to sleep on it more and get back to you all.

The thing I didn’t like the most was his comparison of Western European socialism to the authoritarian Communist regimes like Castro’s Cuba. Come on. They’re not like that. Socialism does not necessarily equate to the Marxist-Leninist model, or even just Marxist. I may be wrong, but I’m rather sure that there is private ownership in France, or the Netherlands, that there’s capitalism going strong in these countries. Yes, there may be some public ownership of industries, but so is there such is this one. Western European socialism means more about providing services for the people. Yes, there is more tax, but there’s also more services. It’s not about the government owning everything, or spying on everyone. Socialism 101, people.

Conclusion
It was an intriguing book, I will say that. O’Reilly has some good idea, and some bad. Like I said, I need to think more on the whole “culture war” idea. I do believe there is one between the West and the East, so it may be the same in America. If it is, it’s largely one sided, which O’Reilly states. I also don’t know where I’d place myself if I come to believe in the culture war. I believe in some traditionalist ideas, and some so-called “secular-progressive” idea. So, maybe I assign myself no label, and look for the balance things, as I do everywhere else in my life. While this is practically the bible for traditionalist thinking, I also think everyone should read it, even if you think O’Reilly couldn’t be more wrong in his thinking. This book is a definite must read for those considering themselves independents in the political sphere.

Next Up…
Next up is Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. The book seems to cover the same topic, where Obama discusses recapturing the American dream. I’ll have to see how much of his views differ from O’Reilly. I may be surprised, or I may not. After I’m done reading it, I will, like with this book, write a review entry. Then I’ll follow it up with a comparative entry, seeing where both books agree, and where they disagree, and good stuff like that.

Ok, time for bed.

 

William Arkin Demeans Troops

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William Arkin is not on the top of my like list right now. A week ago on his blog, he called the troops mercenaries. Check it out:

But it is the United States, and the recent NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary – oops sorry, volunteer – force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.

The notion of dirty work is that, like laundry, it is something that has to be done but no one else wants to do it. But Iraq is not dirty work: it is not some necessary endeavor; the people just don’t believe that anymore.

The hell? That is just disgraceful. Now, I’m for free speech. You’ve may have read my entry defending people’s right to free speech to bash our dear President, even calling for his impeachment, during war time. Bash the President, Congress, administration, Rummy, DoD, the military as an institution, and even the (convicted) bad apples in our armed forces, but to group all our men and women serving overseas and label them as people who kill for money, I think is just wrong.

Yes, Arkin has his right to say this, but I just think the characterization is wrong, plain wrong, and disgraceful, and will only hurt him. So, his calls them mercenaries. Gets a lot of flack for it? What does he do then? Claims it was to promote debate.

I intentionally chose to criticize the military and used the word to incite and call into question their presumption that the public had a duty to support them. The public has duties, but not to the American military.

Mmm, I’m not sure about that. What the American public doesn’t have a duty to support is any member of the military that would bring disgrace to this country, as some have, and they have been rightly punished for doing so. However, the vast majority are good people, over there risking their lives, and whether or not this war is right or wrong is irrelevant to that fact. They choose to enlist, yes, but not where they go. Unless they’re doing something wrong, they deserve our support.

It was seem that most of his original article was about some troops who are angry that people who may support the troops don’t necessarily support the war. That I have a problem with, and I recently wrote about it. On the other hand, Arkin could have written his article without that inflammatory language, and still have gotten his point across. To end, and get my own point across, I’ll share one comment I particularly likeed on his latest entry:

Mr Arkin – My gripe with you is the same one that I have with most self-centered individuals…it’s not what you did; it’s how you did it. You could have written the same article and made the same points without insulting the American troops or our intelligence. But then you probably wouldn’t have seen your name all over the TV screen, would you? And in your mind, even bad press is good press; isn’t it? Well, congrats on that one. I’m sure your Mom must be proud.

Jose Garza, commenter, Demonization and Responsibility

 

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