Daily Archives: Thursday, 06-Dec-2001

Well, the battle of the dumbasses continues. It has elevated to threats of slander charges. There is an old axiom that goes something like “don’t get into a battle of words with someone who buys ink by the gallons.” I would think the county commissioners would understand that this can be stretched to include people who are paid to stand in front of a microphone.

Just going from memory, we have lost six soldiers in our fighting with the Taliban and al-Qaeda over the 9-11 incident. Two soldiers died in an accidental helicopter crash, one CIA operative was killed by revolting Taliban prisoners and, yesterday, three were killed by an errent bomb dropped by one of our B-52s. While the total number of casualties suffered by US is suprisingly low, it really bothers me that half is attributable to friendly fire.

“Any friendly fire incident is unacceptable, it’ll be looked into and it’s not something that’s taken lightly and it’s not something that we accept as part of combat,” Lowell said. “It does take place. We do everything possible to avoid that taking place.”

I guess what bothers me so much about this is that this occurred by us dropping a bomb from a B-52 flying at, at least, 20,000′. I know we have smart bombs that can accurately hit targets from that high but you are really running a huge risk dropping these things on targets that close to our own people. If friendly fire incidents are truely unacceptable then we shouldn’t do what we did here.

Okay, I wasn’t real crazy about the fact that George W. Bush became the president but, as I noted earlier I have accepted that he is the president. I guess now, Tom will have to change his tune also. From the New York Times Online (registration required) Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote. I don’t like the fact that the SC stepped in on this, but I have to accept what they did because I can’t do a thing about it. Aside from that, though, the evidence has mounted to show that the duly elected candidate is now the Commander in Chief but no rabid Democrat will accept any of this evidence. Perhaps now they will:

Contrary to what many partisans of former Vice President Al Gore have charged, the United States Supreme Court did not award an election to Mr. Bush that otherwise would have been won by Mr. Gore. A close examination of the ballots found that Mr. Bush would have retained a slender margin over Mr. Gore if the Florida court’s order to recount more than 43,000 ballots had not been reversed by the United States Supreme Court.

Now can’t we please let this thing pass?