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The Unattended Fire - Afghanistan


The Iraq war is in the forefront of this presidential election, but a situation has gotten tense lately in the often forgotten U.S. military involvement: the war in Afghanistan. This was a smoldering flame that’s been ignored for a while, giving the Tabliban forces time to restore strength to their campaign. On Friday, coalition-led forces launched an air strike on Azizabad area of Shindand district in the Herat Province in retaliation for the Taliban ambush and suicide bombings on coalition and Afghan forces on Monday. The Afghan Interior Ministry has stated that the subsequent coalition-led bombardment has killed 76 civilians, although other Afghan officials have given smaller numbers, and the coalition claims that no civilians were killed. Despite the fact that we have shaky information about what exactly happened in Afghanistan this week, the events will hopefully bring the war in Afghanistan to a more prominent role in the U.S. political dialogue. The bloodshed this week has marked the most deadly action in Afghanistan in three years, and more forces will have to be deployed to Afghanistan to stand up to the growing strength of insurgents and Taliban fighters.

Since the “fall” of the Taliban, the United States has considered the occupation in Afghanistan a victory, and eased focus strongly onto the Iraq front, where things aren’t always going so smoothly. There were some skeptics who raised the fact that the Taliban was merely sleeping, not dead, and should not be ignored, but U.S. officials paid little attention to such warnings, being comfortable with the idea of Taliban defeat. With still no exit strategy for Iraq, and with relations with Russia and becoming increasingly strained, this rising demand for U.S. military power in Afghanistan will further tax the resources of the U.S. military.

With these still unresolved military issues and the sludgy economic situation at hand, the elected presidential candidate this fall is walking straight into a mire. Let’s hope he has his pants rolled up, and ready to deal with all the fires the Bush Administration has left still burning, even the unattended, forgotten smoldering ashes that still have may erupt into a blaze.

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Beck Review

I finally wrote a review of Modern Guilt.

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Obligatory Late Night Work Break Quiz

Your result for The Mythological Goddess Test...


Indeed, you are 92% erudite, 75% sensual, 63% martial, and 46% saturnine.

This Egyptian supreme Goddess is certainly the most influential deity on subsequent cultures. She was the ideal figure of womanhood, usually compared with the Greek Goddess Demeter or her Roman version, Ceres.

Isis was one element of a Holy Trinity, the remaining two figures being her brother and husband Osiris and their heroic son Horus. She was the Goddess of Magic for her brilliance, as well as the Goddess of Love because of her tenacious devotion.

She is often shown with wings, curving to caress coffins and sarcophagi of many a king. In certain papyri she is shown with her falcon wing headdress, covering her ears. One of her sacred symbols is the sistrum, a musical instrument that was believed to ward off evil spirits. Isis' sistrum was carved bearing the image of a cat and was representative of the Moon.

Isis was the High Priestess and an omnipotent magician as well as the only being ever to discover the secret name of Ra. She invariably carries the ankh, the symbol for eternal life. Her name is, by the rules of numerology, adding up to the number “2” and she just so happens to be depicted on the tarot card “Key 2 – The High Priestess”.

The Fifteen Goddesses

These are the 15 categories of this test. If you score above average in …

…all or none of the four variables: Neit. …
Erudite: Minerva. …
Sensual: Aphrodite. …
Martial: Artemis. …
Saturnine: Persephone. …

Erudite & Sensual: Isis. …
Erudite & Martial: Sekhmet. …
Erudite & Saturnine: Nemesis. …
Sensual & Martial: Hera. …
Sensual & Saturnine: Bast. …
Martial & Saturnine: Ilamatecuhtli. …

Erudite, Sensual & Martial: Maeve. …
Erudite, Sensual & Saturnine: Freya. …
Erudite, Martial & Saturnine: Sedna. …
Sensual, Martial & Saturnine: Macha.

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Phelps magic!

I am awed at how much swimmer's ass Michael Phelps just kicked!


Batman and Robin

Tonight I actually sat and "mostly" watched Batman and Robin. I think I might have brushed by it some time in the past, but I doubt I cast a second glance at it, because I barely remember any of this mayhem.

I've recently been catching up with the Batman movies (the WB franchise starting with Tim Burton), because I saw the Dark Knight. I was significantly underwhelmed by Batman in Dark Knight, and really the whole rest of the movie, EXCEPT the Joker. I really can't type enough how wonderful that character was. After watching these old Batman movies I'm remembered how 1-dimensional the Batman villains were: even Jack Nicholson's Joker doesn't hold much weight against Heath Ledger's. And to anyone who hasn't seen it: it's NOT because he's dead now that makes it great.

But, Oh Buddy, this Batman and Robin thing is something else! My rating for this movie would be in the negatives, but I enjoyed every minute of it because I expected it to be terrible, and it exceeded my expectations! It was even more cringe-worthy, stiff, and ridiculous than I imagined it could be. I didn't really like Batman Forever because it was so "meh", but Batman and Robin was so exponentially worse that it was a good time! I didn't want to turn away because I might miss some more stiff acting or another pun about ice or plants.

My Red Hat - An Interweb Experiment

This journal is part of yet another digital journey into the etherial bowels of the internet. In the past I've abandoned my digital potential for other pursuits such as retail management and reading all the New Yorkers ever printed, and come back to find that my real life friends have abandoned livejournal, or maybe gotten new journals they didn't tell me about. Either way, I'm back to burrow my personal thoughts, expressions, and other creations into my respective corner of the interweb.

And this time I'm not gonna sit idly back with sporadic cryptic postings, or emo indulgences. It seems that while I've been away everyone in the world has learned web design and created about a million blogs with pictures of their babies or homeless people. Everyone is setting up adverblogs full of senseless half-assed posts in an attend to generate clicks and revenue. Why didn't Warhol warn us that in the future everyone was going to have their own personal webfomercial! Everyone's also got sparkly butterfly things and swirly Photoshopped backgrounds. Oh, and then there's Flash! Oh my. I don't even know all the things I cannot do that 13-year-olds and stay-at-home dads everywhere are kicking my ass with.

But now's the time to take it on, it's time for me to join the game and see how I stack up, and I've started an experiment - theredfedora.com. If you visit this site, you'll find a noirish look tripped out with Betty Noir font even! You'll also find that the picture moves when you adjust the size of your browsers and for some reason the whole thing left justifies is most browsers. None of this was intentional, because I am such a noob. But things will get better, and for the two of you who might stumble upon my humble live journal thing, you are invited to watch the evolution of my web design skills, and also, the main function of my Red Fedora Site, my blogosphere.

I've got a list of blogs that I'm starting about things I like: music, film, books, food, news and current events, graphic novels, etc. I plan to add more if I can ever keep up with the ones I have, like children. But I might have one two many glasses of wine one night, and another blog might be created. These things happen. My goal is to create a passel of immaculately designed blogs with substance that contribute positively to the global online conversation and exchange of ideas. Let's cut through the crap and get to the meat of things!

So, if you want to check out how my experiment's doing: http://www.theredfedora.com

Click around the blogs, see what's up.

And, of course, I can't do this all alone. Eventually I'm gonna need some really engaging, writers that are cool like the backside of a pillow to help me out.