Wednesday, June 28

Existential Gore



From the Nuremberg Rally that they call the Cannes Film Festival, Ariana Huffington provides more priceless Gore trivia:
"This is my second visit to Cannes," he said. "The first was when I was fifteen years old and came here for the summer to study the existentialists -- Sartre, Camus... We were not allowed to speak anything but French!" Which may explain his pitch-perfect French accent.
This was too much for Jonah Goldberg, who kvetched:
… young Al got C's in French at his tony Washington high school, St. Alban's. That's some school if a kid who can intelligently discuss Sartre's "La Nausée" and Camus' "Betwixt and Between" in apparently pitch-perfect French still can't earn a B in French class. Mon dieu!
This, in turn, was too much for the left-head blogs to sit still for, being as they are very defensive about Mr. Gore’s alleged intellectual payload. The Anonymous Liberal shot back:
Of course, Jonah didn't bother to do any real research on this point. If he had, he'd have discovered that Debra Saunders' attack biography--The World According To Gore--corroborates Gore's claim. And if Jonah had bothered to contact Gore's spokesman for clarification, as Greg Sargent did, he'd have learned the same thing that Greg did: Al Gore worked on his family farm and studied in Cannes that particular summer.
The Anonymous Liberal went on to hedge his bets, suggesting that possibly Gore misspoke, or Huffington misheard him. (You’d think that would have been cleared up by Gore’s spokesman, if somebody had bothered to ask him.) This is standard Gore-groupie apologism: Anything Gore says is absolutely true, unless it isn’t, in which case he never really said it.

Me, I’m ready to believe it. This is too cool not to be true. Let us retrace young Gore’s steps as he embarks on his intellectual adventures among those for whom “existence precedes essence”.

First of all, we must acknowledge that going to France to study existentialism when you’re fifteen years old is a trifle on the nerdish side. I would have loved to go to France and read existentialist philosophers when I was nineteen years old. But when I was fifteen, I wouldn’t have crossed the street to look at one of those guys unless he was wearing a cheerleader uniform. There’s a huge difference between fifteen and nineteen – I mean, huge.

For mere Republican mortals like myself, that is. In fact, I spent my fifteenth summer working on a farm, without a single French intellectual in sight. I wouldn’t have known Sartre from a tree stump. I didn’t even know who Bruce Springsteen was. So I dare not compare myself to Al Gore, who is clearly my social superior.

So Gore went to Cannes and read existentialist philosophers, Sartre and Camus – but whoa up there a minute. Sartre and Camus are often mentioned in the same breath, being as they were friends and occasional antagonists, but the fact is that Camus was not an existentialist. Camus was not even a member of the existentialist extended family (which includes Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard).

If Gore went to France to study existentialism, he should have studied Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, not Sartre and Camus. “Sartre and Camus” is an entirely different story. It might seem like a trivial point, but if you’re going all the way to Frogville to study existentialists, it’s the kind of thing you ought to know.

In fact, for existentialist purists, it would be Merleau-Ponty alone, as he is the premier example of the French breed. Sartre had largely repudiated existentialism by 1962, giving it up for Marxism (his Critique of Dialectical Reason was published in 1960).

So Gore, the son of a US Senator, went to France to study a notorious Marxist. What the hell is up with that, I wonder? A notorious Marxist who, at the time, had become a major apologist for Third World terrorism, having written only the year before:
In Algeria and Angola, Europeans are massacred at sight. It is the moment of the boomerang; it is the third phase of violence; it comes back on us, it strikes us, and we do not realize any more than we did the other times that it’s we that have launched it.
That sounds familiar, but all this stuff about shooting Europeans is kind of rough stuff for a fifteen year-old kid to be reading. Are we still sure that’s what Gore was doing in Cannes?

Anyone who has studied Sartre would know these things about Sartre. Unless you’re just dropping names (“Sartre, Camus”) in which case, you’re a poser.

I think this one is going to have to be classified as one of those things Gore never said. Like that internet thing, this is just not panning out.

Tuesday, June 27

Israel prepares "assertive" response to Shalit kidnapping.

Debka: 'Steely lines of hundreds of tanks, thousands of armored infantry and commandos menaced the Gaza Strip as of Monday night, June 26, from three jumping-off points: the Nahal Oz base opposite Gaza City, Kissufim opposite Deir al Balah and Khan Younes in the south and Sufa opposite Rafah. Made up of the Golani and Givaty armored brigades and special operations units including the elite Sayeret Matkal, they presented a picture of armored might not seen for many years on the world’s television screens, even in US military sieges of Karbala and Falujja, in Iraq.' The article argues that Olmert must seize this opportunity to restore confidence after
years of Israeli “self-restraint” in the face of Palestinian terrorist actions and a succession of Israeli missteps:
--- The pullback from Gaza belatedly admitted as reckless by most military experts;
--- The concomitant metamorphosis of the Philadelphi border zone dividing Gaza from Egyptian Sinai from an enclave controlled by Israeli forces to the main highway for replenishing Palestinian terrorist groups with weapons and fighters;
--- The rise of Hamas as head of Palestinian government;
--- Al Qaeda’s incursion of the Gaza Strip;
--- The ill effects of Israeli dithering over measures to stamp out the Palestinian Qassam blitz on Israeli civilians living within range of Gaza launch pads;
--- The need to eclipse the impact of the successful combined Palestinian operation against the IDF’s Telem post inside Israel and their capture of an Israeli hostage;
--- The hope of scaring the Palestinian terrorists into appreciating the weight of the iron colossus about to hear down on them if they refuse to give up the Israeli corporal and instead insist on haggling.


Olmert says he means business. '"We need to all be focused on bringing home [kidnapped IDF soldier] Gilad Shalit," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset Tuesday. "We are ready for a long and assertive operation. We will fight terror and we won't negotiate with the kidnappers," the prime minister declared.'

IRIS carries the words of Binyamin Netanyahu:
The abduction of Gilad Shalit, as well as the deaths of two comrades is not an isolated incident. Rather, it is the product of a long process, during which Israel has lost its power of deterrence against the Palestinian enemy. The new government's so-called "policy of restraint" has been interpreted as weakness – and Israel cannot afford to appear weak.

Last Sunday I visited Sderot, an Israeli city well within the Green Line. In the 10 months since disengagement, Sderot and other Negev towns have suffered approximately 600 Qassam Rocket attacks. I met mothers who send their children to nursery schools and kindergartens with fear in their hearts, who harbor only one prayer for the rest of the day: "Please, let them come home safely." ...

G-d Bless our troops



I received this via email and it is too touching not to share it.

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and twotogether. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'dbeen invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if hewas heading home.

No, he responded.

Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq. I'm taking him home to his family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made The following announcement over the intercom. "Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honorof having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family.I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward Door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign." Without a sound, all went as requested.

I noticed the sergeant Saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American. So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what youdo so we can live the way we do.

Stuart Margel, Washington, D.C.

Here are two very very touching photos honored at this years International Picture of the Year.

First Place Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over hiscasket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac.

During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as sopowerful: "See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home,"he said. "They will remember being on that plane for the rest of theirlives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."

Second Place Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News

The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Catheyrefused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for thelast time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think itwould be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that'swhat he would have wanted."

"No arsenal, no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - - - Ronald Reagan

Hello to some old friends

At the LGF get together in Ohio, I ran into some oldtimers and, when I learned that some old refugees had wound up on this shore, I thought I might pop in and say hello.

The Ohio event rocked: guns, Glenfiddich and G-d were all there. Only in America and it doesn't get better than that.

What I most enjoyed was meeting and talking in person with people whose names I have been seeing for years.

As with all LGF conversations, talk turned to "what ever happened to ...." and that led me to LGC.

So nopw that I know where you guys have been hiding, I will be popping in every now and then to say hello.

Wednesday, June 21

This, my friends...

...is job security! :)

When I was in high school Elk Grove was just a little cowtown that consisted of a main drag and a bunch of farms and ranches. No longer. Our district has opened 3 new high schools in the last 5 years, with attendant elementary and middle schools. At least 3 more high schools are on the books. There are some 60k students enrolled in Elk Grove schools, which also includes the southernmost part of the City of Sacramento and the a large parcel of unincorporated southern Sacramento County. We get about 200 new students a month enroll, or thereabouts.

Plus...I teach science.

Nope, don't have to worry about my job for a long time to come.

Monday, June 19

Imam Calls For Blair's head

Empowered. The Muslims in England are feeling empowered. Every hint of weakness is another notch on their belt, another bullet in their arsenal. Now they are calling for Blair's head.

Imam backs terror attack against Blair

A RADICAL Muslim who ousted a leading moderate cleric from his mosque on the south coast with a campaign of violence has said he believes Tony Blair is a “legitimate target” for terrorists.

Abubaker Deghayes, who now runs the mosque in Brighton and whose brother Omar is a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, told an undercover reporter that he endorsed the views of George Galloway, the Respect MP, who said an attack on the prime minister by a suicide bomber could be morally justified. Deghayes said he prayed for Allah to support anyone who attacked Blair.



Court documents show Deghayes took over the mosque using violence, intimidation and threats. Dr Abduljalil Sajid, a leading imam and a government adviser on Islam, was forced out as head of the mosque by Deghayes and his supporters.
The Charity Commission, which has jurisdiction over the mosque because it is run as a charity, said it did not know how the mosque was receiving and spending money and added that it was operating “in breach of legal requirements”.

Sunday, June 18

Happy Father's Day!!!

Happy Father's Day to all of you out there today. Daddy's are vital to bringing up healthy, happy and well-adjusted loving kids.

I want to wish a special Happy Father's Day to my dad, Jack. He raised seven kids, has been married to his beautiful bride for over 50 years, and has been my rock for a long time - especially the past year and a half. Jack's happy, prosperous life is a direct result of the man serving as "best man" at my parent's wedding, his oldest brother Ray. My dad is one of "Ray's Kids." Dad's mom passed away when he was only 12. Ray was 27 and became legal guardian of his 6 youngest siblings, including my Dad. Ray gave them the love, discipline, encouragement and support they needed to grow up to be wonderful men and women.

Ray passed away two weeks ago today. The funeral paid tribute to his life. My Dad gave the eulogy that touched on so many of the memories he and the others had of Ray growing up. He took care of them throughout his life - and they took care of him as he aged.

Ray is with God now. And the legacy of Ray's Kids continues as they and their children give back to the world what Ray gave to them - Love, Life, Happiness, Caring, Giving and so much more.

Idaho girl becomes superhero for a day.

Thank You Aubrey Matthews, Although you probably don’t know it you are a SuperHero already

Saturday, June 17

One Hundred Million Dollars and rising

Because the Federal Government refuses to enforce the law

Tuesday, June 13

There is never a good time to lose a hero but there is a way to honor him if you do

June 12, 2006, 11:31PM
FALLEN SOLDIER
Town honors 'American hero
'Brett Tribble's parents presented with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart

By RICHARD STEWARTCopyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

DANBURY - With its streets lined with 5,000 American flags, Danbury said farewell Monday to a 20-year-old soldier proclaimed to be "our true American hero" by a sign above the two main thoroughfares.

Army Pfc. Brett Tribble died June 3 from injuries he sustained the day before when a homemade bomb struck the Humvee he was riding in near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He had been in Iraq for less than a week.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist.

It seemed as if half of the Brazoria County town of 1,611 crowded into the Community Baptist Church for the funeral while the other half lined the mile-long route from the church to the town's cemetery. Many stood at attention or held their hands over their hearts as the long procession, led by a hearse and 160 motorcycle riders, passed by.

The route was lined with U.S. flags of various sizes donated, collected and put up by an impromptu group since news of Tribble's death was released last week.

Please read the entire story.

Monday, June 12

He's Got My Vote

With no strong candidates emerging for the 2008 Presidential run, Newt Gingrich says he'll toss his hat into the ring if there is still a vacuum.

"We have a choice between those who are failing to deliver and those who are unthinkable," he said, adding that he would put "even money" on the Democrats taking back the House this fall. "Neither party currently is where the country is."


As ususal, he's hit the nail right on the head.

I've always liked Newt. He's a powerful speaker, with great ideas. He's a smart and well schooled man who understands the lessons of history. I think he'd be an excellent choice.

Saturday, June 10

WMD Memo Provides Further Proof

But will the left and MSM continue to ignore it?

Free Republic has the translated memo here.

I wonder how many more documents are still untranslated, and more importantly, how many were destroyed in the "looting" after the fall of Baghdad.

I suspect the looney left will still choose to ignore this and any other memo. And if the buried vaults are unearthed and the chemical or biological agents are retrieved, they will probably claim they were no threat. After all, look how much trouble we had to go to just to get to it.

The left will never learn, and if they ever get real power, they'll sell out or hand this country over to our enemies before we can say traitors.

School's Out For Summer!

Ahhhhh...ten weeks off. Well, except for summer school, and writing some new standards-based curriculum, and organizing lecture notes, and working with my student teacher so he's ready to go in August, writing some new exams, and putting my things away so the custodians don't lose them...

Just another summer off for the teacher!

Thursday, June 8

Buhbye

I'm glad the first 500 pounder worked because I'm pretty sure the second was a dud. I believce this video is a little longer than the one making the rounds. Good work US Mil. We all knew you had it in ya ...

Saturday, June 3

The Solution to Illegals

This was too good to pass up. From Freerepublic

Solution to Illegals Washington Times 3 June 2006 Rudyard



Get ready....................this is good.

We have a friend who is president of his homeowner's association in Washington. They are having a terrible problem with trash on the side of the road that is around his association's homes.The reason according to Wallace (my friend) is, there is being built just next to them, six new homes.....big ones! Wallace said the trash is coming from the Mexican work crews working at the construction sites. (McDonald Bags, Burger King trash, etc). He has pleaded with the site supervisors and the general contractor to no avail, called the City,County, the Police and got no help.

So..................guess what some people in his community did? They organized about twenty folks, named themselves The "Inner Neighborhood Services" to go out at lunch time and "police" the trash themselves. It is what they did while picking up the trash that is HILARIOUS ! They got some navy blue baseball caps and had the initials "INS" in bright yellow put on the caps. It doesn't take a rocket scientist, however, to understand what they hoped people would think it means.

Well the day after their first pick up detail, with them wearing their caps and some carrying cameras; 46 out of 68, of the construction workers did not show up for work the next morning.............and haven't come back yet, and it's been ten days.

Now the General Contractor, we understand is madder than hell, but can't say anything publicly, because he could be busted for hiring "illegal aliens". Wallace and his bunch can't be accused of impersonating INS folks, because they have it on their home owner assoc iation records the vote to form the new committee within their association, plus they informed the INS about what they were doing in advance, and the INS said basically according to Wallace.............."have at it"!

SO FOLKS, I THINK YOU COULD SAY THAT YANKEE INGENUITY is alive and well.

Thursday, June 1

My Father's Father



It has been a slow posting week at lgc, so I thought I would share a cool pick of my grandfather. In the picture he's holding the gun with his right hand, not just because he was right handed, but because he didnt have a left hand, or arm. He lost his left arm in the coal mines when he was 14 years old. My other grandfather, who also worked the coal mines in the same hills, said everyone recognized my one armed grandfather as simply the meanest man that ever walked the hills of Perry County Ky.

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