You might have noticed when you read this blog that they are days when I’m just blogging up a storm and other days when I might not write anything.

You know some days the news is so depressing, the country seems to be going to hell, things are happening that I can’t wrap my head around.

On days like that the best thing to do is just enjoy life for the day and forget about blogging.

Today was that kind of day.

Very busy yesterday so no posting but one thought.

Just finished re-reading Six Days of War that was returned to me after a loan. (My old Amazon review from 2002 is here) At the time the thing that struck me the most was the story of the BIG LIE, namely that the US and England had actively attacked Egypt and Jordan during the 1967 war. I wrote the following at the time:

This more than anything else shows the weakness of dictatorship in general and the arab states in particular. Building a foundation on falsehood; false victories, false reports, false charges is necessary when you have to control your people in order to lead them. Problems can’t be addressed and situations can’t be advanced while this is true, likewise troops can’t be inspired when they can’t believe what their commanders say for can the people be expected to sustain a war when they don’t believe what is being said. For Arabs this cycle is still being repeated today, my favorite example being Imam Muhammad al-Gameia who a few days after attending a service in NY preaching love and unity (in English) went to Egypt and said that the Jews were behind Sept 11 and Arabs were being shot in the streets in NY. (In Arabic)

The rest of my review at the time was edited by Amazon as it was an indictment of current Arab government. Not only has that opinion been vindicated (Remember Baghdad Bob) and the “massacre of Jenin” and ofHaditha” but the tactics were frankly copied by the American left in their description of the war in Iraq and of Gitmo.

I hate to say it but It’s my opinion that there is no real chance for peace in the middle east. Arab leaders don’t dare embrace actual peace and normalcy for fear of their public and power since the Arab street hasn’t embraces reality publicly. The only way democracy is going to be the answer is after a democratic Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt demand fight and lose a war a catastrophic war against Israel.

Until the average Arab feels and acknowledges defeat peace will never happen. Limbaugh is right on this one.

You know when I woke up today I put on Morning Joe and started to catch the news concerning flyswatting, the president’s polls etc and I happened to check the menu on the set and noticed that the 1950 movie Harvey staring Jimmy Stewart was on HBO.

I thought about it for a bit and decided that it’s very important to forget the silly troubles of the world for a few hours and not live for them, so Harvey is on the TV as I type. At the moment we are at the scene in Dr. Chumley’s office where Jimmy Stewart and the good doctor are discussing Harvey:

Fly specks, fly specks! I’ve been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!

It is important not to ignore the world but just for a time, it is very important to notice the little pleasantries of the world. Not Obama this or Iraq that or Letterman this or Gitmo that.

As I’ve been watching the movie it hits me that this is the entire theme of it.

The world is what it is; but usually your life is made up of moments not in Washington, London, Tehran. It is made up of moments in your house or apartment or at the corner butcher shop or the little diner/ice cream shop there. If you spend too much time worrying about the rest of the world all your life you will forget to live it.

And even on the worst of days when everything is pressing against you, if you find a bench in the park there is the sun or the rain and the beauty of life around you, the still small voice of God reminding you that although your problems may loom large life is good and it’s a gift.

That doesn’t generate a lot of hits but when they close the coffin they won’t says about you, boy he had a lot of hits.

The Right Wing Gaming room’s author hasn’t posted (or come to game night either) in a while but today he hits it out of the park:

I had a thought the other day, “The price of peace is simple, merely the chains of slavery.”

Patrick Henry put it much more eloquently as follows:

“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Do these words stir anyone nowadays?

It doesn’t stir many because of Narcissism! When the only thing you love is yourself the idea that you risk for the sake of others or future generations is just not there.

My generation, the baby boomers are the most narcissistic that has ever lived. We are the only generation that thought they were brighter than their parents as teens and never changed that opinion.

I have a pet peeve concerning the “greatest generation” nonsense. My father’s generation wasn’t the greatest generation, they would have pointed to their parents as better men as would their parents before them. The only reason why that is claimed is because my generation is the WORST GENERATION that has ever lived in this country. We never stopped being full of ourselves and have wasted the gift that our forebears gave us.

Our children, at least the ones not over medicated and under achieving; the generation actually volunteering and fighting in Iraq is greater than ours and it isn’t close.

7:00 a.m. Photos of Miss California in a hot swimsuit, this is a scandal?

7:01 a.m. Mika doesn’t get the satan thing, isn’t she a Catholic? If she is a Catholic that shouldn’t be weird at all. Tina Brown is one thing but Mika and Mike are both supposed to be Catholic. That earns the post the “War on God” post.

7:02 a.m. I understood what Steele was saying, if they can’t then they are not even trying.

7:04 a.m. She is right about the plastic surgery and nobody is asking it. Why not?

7:05 a.m. They shake their head because Palin called Miss California to offer support and they are making fun of it. Didn’t Palin go through the same?

7:05 a.m. They mention the Pope’s visit but not the walkout. I’d say that was news.

7:08 a.m. It may seem like Christmas now for the left now but Cheney is right and reality has the habit of rising to the surface. 2010 and 2012 is going to be very interesting.

7:10 a.m. Did these guys notices that Powell voted democratic last time?

7:11 a.m. Ok if you don’t think he is doing this for love of country what IS the reason.

7:22 a.m. Mika asks a solid question and Savanah refers to the memo’s as the “so called” torture memos. My God she is a real reporter!

7:31 a.m. “Opponents of health care” that is like “opposing immigration” We oppose NATIONAL health care. We can’t let them get away with the playing with languages.

7:40 a.m. Nobody is saying that the Obama administration shouldn’t hit the former one. A big Zing from Liz Cheney.

7:41 a.m. Joe is calling in…and points out the media double standard and the selective release of intel.

8:00 a.m. Liz Cheney is staying to talk to Eugene Robinson that should be interesting.

8:04 a.m. This is one of the reasons why war sucks. , the problem is the alternative is often worse.

8:08 a.m. I see you want him to shut up because you disagree with him.

8:09 a.m. She crashed his car as a teen. I’m afraid of that one myself.

8:10 a.m. Cheney is just taking him apart.

8:13 a.m. This is a great debate but Ms. Cheney needs to let Robinson make his point.

8:14 a.m. Robinson makes a good point about the legality, Cheney makes a great point about how the legalities were established.

8:15 a.m. God she is able to defend against him AND Barnicle get this woman in the White House.

8:16 a.m. Cheney hits the point, is waterboarding torture or not. That is the actual question. Who is right depends on the answer to that question.

8:18 a.m. Barnicle makes a great point that if he is the only card we have the intelligence is in trouble. Cheney agrees.

8:20 a.m. Why aren’t people talking. Maybe because of the talk of prosecution.

8:22 a.m. PLEASE PLEASE HAVE HER ON AGAIN! I’ll even not change the channel when Andrea Mitchell comes on.

8:25 a.m. Boy I wish Liz was here for this segment.

8:27 a.m. If Cheney was there she wouldn’t let Mitchell get away with the torture line in fact even though she said afterward advanced interrogation she made finger quotes to say “yeah right”. Can you say squirm?

8:30 a.m. She claims American values trump American safety (she didn’t use the term American safety).

8:33 a.m. Carlos Watson compares Dick Cheney to Roger Clemens in terms of passionate defense, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that if she was still there.

8:34 a.m. They didn’t get to the point. Mika is correct this is not a winning issue for Democrats.