Thursday, December 16, 2004

Zero Tolerance

These zero tolerance rules are absolutely ridiculous! It allows human beings to act like morons rather than the thinking individuals that they were meant to be.

Scissors found in 4th graders backpack

My goodness, when I was in elementary school, everyone understood that scissors were tools, not weapons. In fact, it wasn't unusual for little boys to have a small pocket knife (a boy scout one usually). Now this little 10 year old girl is being suspended and possibly expelled for a pair of scissors that were never even brought out of her backpack, but were found in an unrelated search! Worse was that the little girl was hauled off to jail in handcuffs! - Literally! Truthfully, where is the crime here?

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Fugate - Chapter 4

Chapter 4: The Effects of Matriarchy on Boys

In Chapter 4, Fugate expands on the effects of boys being raised by women. The crux of his thinking is that boys without strong biblical male influences tend to gravitate towards two extremes on the masculinity scale - specifically “macho” and “effeminate”.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

BBC Coverage of USMC attack on Fallujah

Here's some video that you won't find on American TV. I recommend watching this 20 minute BBC documentary of the attack on Fallujah. It was originally linked to by BlackFive.

BBC video by Paul Wood covering U.S. Marines during the attack on Fallujah

I don't know how the mainstream media(MSM) can live with themselves. They have never been interested in showing the real story.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Rifle v. Tank Maingun

This video is supposedly of an Iraqi insurgent and an unidentifed anti-tank weapon (TOW, Dragon, or LAAW). I'm guessing that its a LAAW or a Tank Maingun.

I had to snicker a little when I saw this video. Seems the guy brought a rifle to a Tank fight. (Ouch!)

Rifle v. Tank Maingun

Until Then...Tribute to Military Families

Little Green Footballs had a link to this tribute to American military families. It is a terrific link!

Until Then

Friday, December 10, 2004

Fugate - Chapter 3

Chapter 3: When Fathers Abandon Their Sons

This chapter explores the emasculation of boys and men in our society.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Fugate - Chapter 2

Chapter 2: History's Effect on the American Family

Chapter 2 is primarily a continuation of the introduction in Chapter 1. Fugate concentrates on the period after WWII until the present. He breaks the generations into 4 major groupings and then compares the generalized ideologies of each of them. Fugate has, in his own mind at least, cataloged the entire problem, and provides only the accusation and anecdotal evidence of the nosedive America has taken.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Compassion From Killers - Marine Commander Speaks Out

This is a link to an interesting letter from LtCol Smith 2/24 in Iraq. Compassion From Killers - Marine Commander Speaks Out
LtCol Smith understands his mission and its true timing.

Fugate - Chapter 1

UPDATE: What is a Man? Having finished Fugate's book, I've decided to go back and give a chapter by chapter review of his main points and my thoughts on each.

Chapter 1: How Historical Events have Affected the American Male

Fugate begins with the 105 settlers at Jamestown(1607) - all Male - and walks through to the 1820s. Men were the leaders, providers, and protectors of their families. There were relatively few changes in society during this time period. Around 1840, the industrial revolution began. The American family began to restructure itself.

"Fathers began to leave the homestead and work in cities and the men/father influence in society began to decrease. Most home functions(growing food, making clothes, building furniture, training the children) had to be abandoned. It was
during this time that women/mothers, instead of men/fathers gradually became the moral leaders of the home, family, school, Church, and social reform."

As men grappled with the industrial revolution, women began to see themselves as the moral leaders of society - as the champions of justice and crusaders for the downtrodden and disadvantaged. Men began deserting the classrooms and Sunday schools of the 1850's. By 1890, 67% of public school teaching positions were held by women and over 90% of children's Sunday school teachers were women. Throughout this period women also began to exercise their new social consciences outside the home. E.g. In 1874, The Women's Christian Temperance Union (an offshoot of the 1826 temperance movement to combat drunkenness and promote temperance). In 1849, women took over and renamed the American Anti-Slavery Society to the Women's Abolitionist Movement. The Suffrage movement began in 1849 and joined forces with the Women's Christian Temperance Union in 1890.

The culmination of these movements were the 15th Amendment (ratified 1870) giving black men the right to vote, the 18th Amendment (ratified 1920) initiating prohibition, and the 19th Amendment (ratified 1920) giving women the vote. Winning the right to vote meant that now women could legally negate men's vote on any political issue. Women's votes have been the determining factor in electing every social-issues politician since the 1920s. These social issues include protecting children(orphanages and work prohibitions); relieving poverty(food and clothing for the destitute); preventing harsh justice(prison reform and abolition of capitol punishment); providing cradle-to-grave education; preventing private gun ownership; and preventing national preparations for war. From their new position of power, women have been trying to eliminate mankind's suffering through legislation for the past eighty years.

Unfortunately, women's extraordinary efforts in the areas of health, education, and welfare have led to vast government programs that have nearly bankrupted the nation. Yet, our public education system now produces the lowest results in our nations history, our social security/retirement system is in severe trouble, and our welfare system has become a windfall for swindlers. Women's right to vote has not solved mankind's ills.

The Cat's Comments

An interesting note is that prohibition was a major contributor to the rise of organized crime. It also contributed to political and law enforcement corruption.

Although it is easy to blame women, I think we need to remember that men left their post. Men were in charge. Men were the leaders. Men abdicated their roles and responsibilities. Women just stepped up to the table. Once at the table, they decided they liked the new found power. Its obvious that the genie can't be put back in the bottle. Men are going to have to step back up to the table and re-establish their leadership. In some cases there will be loud cries of foul (and foul cries) by women. In others, there will be grateful acquiescence by women. But it is ludicrous to expect women to willingly give up the power they have without viable men to turn it back over to.

Tomorrow, I will comment on Chapter 2.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

David says the darndest things

This is a true story that happened a few years ago.

Our family was watching the Miami - St. Louis game. In order to promote a bit of good natured rivalry, our common practice is to flip for a team to root for. My wife got Miami and I got St. Louis. With my wife hooting and hollering for Miami, my five year old son was getting very excited and started hollering for Miami too. When the final gun sounded and realizing that Miami had just won, he bounded over to my wife and exclaimed, "Mommy, Mommy, R-ami won!!"

And another one.

Recently, my mother and I had a disagreement over the phone. After an hour, I decided I didn't want to continue fighting with her, so I told my son, David, that we were going over to grammy's to "unruffle some feathers". As soon as we arrived at Grammy's house, David ran up to her and breathlessly exclaimed, "Grammy, we're here to straighten out your feathers!"
I Love this kid!