Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

In My Dreams

You know how you should never believe anything anybody says in a blog? I mean it's OK to dream that maybe someone is writing the truth, but for all you know it could just be a big bunch of hogwash.
Well I am dreaming that this blog might be onto something big.


One of my favorite blogs is John Avarosis's AMERICAblog. Much of it is gay rights advocacy, but quite a bit of it is good old Bush and religious right bashing. He made a post today suggesting he'd like to compile a list of all the idiotic things Bush has done in the past five years. The post is dated today at 2:22 PM and as of right now, six hours later, there are 899 comments!
Good one, John!

Note from Ken

My good friend Ken (who knows me on a first name basis) sent me an email this week. Here's what Ken had to say:
Dear William
This week, liberal Democrat Russ Feingold called on the Senate to censure the President for a program that is successfully stopping terrorists. After months of searching, Democrat leaders are finally beginning to find their agenda: take away the tools America needs to fight terror. In the last 24 hours, fringe groups like MoveOn.org and Democrat leaders from John Kerry to Harry Reid to Dick Durbin have rallied to Feingold's side, praising his grandstanding as a "catalyst" for the investigation of the President.
Weakening our national security is their agenda. Is it yours? Sign the petition to tell the Democrat leaders to stop undermining the War on Terror with cheap political stunts.
We are a nation at war. Our President has no more basic responsibility than to protect the American people and fight terrorists who want to kill us. It's one thing if a lone Senator wants our government to look the other way when an Al Qaeda terrorist contacts a sleeper cell inside the United States. It's entirely another when Democrat minority leader Harry Reid commends Feingold's censure move for "bringing [the terrorist surveillance program] to the attention of the American people."
Democrat leaders never miss an opportunity to put politics before our nation's security. And now, they would rather censure the President for doing his job than actually fight the War on Terror. It's what the MoveOn.org wing of their party wants, and now, it's their agenda - from the top of the ticket on down.
Make your voice heard. Tell Democrat leaders to stop playing politics with national security.
Sincerely,Ken Mehlman,Chairman, Republican National Committee
Thank you, Ken, for informing me.
Now if I read you right...
1. Bush needs the power to use warrantless wiretaps and any other devices he deems necessary, legal or otherwise, to secure America against the threat of terrorism. That seems to be your point and it seems to be the Republican agenda.
2. Anybody who thinks otherwise is an enemy to liberty in America.
3. After five (5) full years of the Bush presidency and four and a half years after 9/11, there are still al Qaeda sleeper cells in the United States, "when an Al Qaeda terrorist contacts a sleeper cell inside the United States."
Ken, could you repeat again who it is that is looking out for the security of our liberty because I really am confused about these points you have made.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


While Americans let the Dubai Ports scandal slip out of their memory, the deal went through anyway and there's talk that the promised selloff might just take awhile.
Meanwhile, Republicans, who benefited the most from this scandal by receiving credit for taking a stand against the Bush White House, are beginning to blame the Democrats for the discrimination and uninformed, bias-based legislation.
Pass the Heinz, willya Mabel? Port security? That's just politics.
This is business.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Worst Case

I was just listening to the news on Public Radio and a question came up about the new direction of the Iraq War that I thought was unusually naive. The question went something like this:
If the worst case does occur in Iraq, are the Iraqi forces strong enough now to handle it?
In other words, if civil war broke out in Iraq, would American troops wind up fighting it or have we trained the Iraqi police and army forces well enough for them to defeat a civil war?
Apparently, Rumsfeld feels that Iraq's security forces would handle it with a little help from their friends.
Someone correct me here if I'm wrong, but that seems to me like a really stupid question and here's why I say that. To me, the "worst case" in Iraq is when the forces we have trained join sides with sectarian forces and fight against each other, abandon whatever it is that the US is supposedly trying to accomplish and go on a rampage against each other in order to gain political strength through warfare.
Why is that not the "worst case" scenario in Iraq? Okay, yes I realize that the worst case really is if that happens and neighboring countries are drawn into the fight but that's not what we're discussing today. Today we are discussing civil war in Iraq, not an overall Middle East War. We'll save that discussion for later.
But if civil war in Iraq were to happen, how naive can a person be to imagine that the forces we have trained would ally themselves with us and not with their own people? Do we think our money is that important to these people that they would commit suicide just to defend "our" cause? How naive are we, anyway?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Perfectly Clear

Just in case you had any questions about whether you will go to Heaven or Hell after your life ends, here's your answer.
Jabotinsky Award? I've been coming across the word Jabotinsky recently. I'll have to research it.

Two Kinds of Soldier

There's this kind...
And then there's this kind.
Where do you fit in?