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First Impressions

Incheon International Airport has nothing to distinguish it from any other major airport I have ever been to. For the first 100 yards out of the airplane, I didn’t even see a single character of Hangul–everything, including the advertisements, was purely in English. The bus ride from the airport to the inprocessing station took us [...]

On Pirates

Let’s not even mention the modern notion of a copyright pirate for a moment. That’s a distraction, a reduction of the word. A pirate is a desperate person who attacks ships either to capture their inherent worth or to ransom them and their crews. It’s cropping up again, off Somalia. This most recent batch has [...]

NH HCR 6: Wonderful Legislation

“A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles“ Key points: whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void to take from the States [...]

victory

I kept refreshing the news sites last night, certain that there would be some irregularity in the voting process that would install McCain as president in defiance of the national will. After I finally went to sleep, I actually had a nightmare about it. So far, though, things are going pretty well. I can’t help [...]

The Death of Posse Comitatus

Definition of Posse Comitatus: The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services from exercising nominally state law enforcement police or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property. However, the Army Times reports: The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in [...]

Constitution. Amendment 1. “Congress shall make no law respecting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble”

Every once in a while I see yet another story about American authorities doing something clearly contrary to the ideals of the nation. At this point, all I can summon is a kind of tired rage that these things happen and nobody seems to care. Bush wants the US to remain on a war footing [...]

The Importance of Diversity

My little brother recently wrote about an article which argues that western culture has gone too far in accepting and promoting diversity, and the acceptance of other cultures. On the one hand, I am forced to agree with this guy on some points: not all worldviews have equal merit, and some are simply better than [...]

Some Books I’ve Read Recently

(In reverse chronological order:) Shogun, James Clavell. It’s not a bad story, really; it’s extremely detailed, and he does a good idea of giving an impression of 16th century Japan. I just couldn’t get past the fact that he absolutely butchered the Japanese language, which he scattered throughout for a well-intentioned but disastrous attempt at [...]

Happy Headlines

I can’t help but like it when the news tends to support my positions, politically and otherwise. Iraq’s politicians want a specific US withdrawal date before they’ll agree to any Status of Forces Agreement. I applaud this! We need such an agreement for the presence of US forces in Iraq to remain legal past the [...]

Site Lines

I finally got around to tinkering a little bit more with this site. Real-time translations are back for a variety of languages; right now 30% of my traffic comes from outside the US, so it seems like a good service to provide. The buttons are at the bottom left, under the tag cloud. The other [...]