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The Melian Dialogues

“The purpose of war is peace.” – St. Augustine

In 1964, President Johnson told us that although we “sought no wider war,” aggression had to be met with aggression. We ended up fighting the entire Vietnam conflict with no clear idea of what “peace” would be.

In 2003 we invaded Iraq to eliminate WMD’s and get Sadaam Hussein. But what was the plan for what would be “peace?”

Today, and pretty much for the last five years, every time there is a report of the use of a chemical weapon, we posture and preen, and then shoot off some cruise missiles. Many of our Leaders have explained to us that this is not “war” in their definition, so we don’t even need to bother thinking about what the “peace” would be?

In the most recent use of chemical weapons, the echoes of the Melian Dialogues resound through history. “The strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must.”

Is a mother who fed who child a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the worst mother on the face of the planet? And will it even matter if the world ends in ten days?


Kim Davis Was Not In Jail for Her Faith

Kim Davis was not jailed for her faith. She was in jail for being in contempt of court. And because she is trying to the one thing that Americans hate more than anything else.

Since it appears that over the long holiday weekend, what is left of the Conservative movement has lost its collective mind, Dave figures that he might as well go full on AHTist and be crazy too. Not really, but it sure seems like what used to be rational, intelligent people have lost their marbles. Of Course, it may be because the world is going to end on September 23rd.

Bowe Berghdahl is facing enhanced charges from the US Army of “Misbehavior Before the Enemy.” This is a rare charge, but in some ways easier to prove than pure desertion and way easier to prove than treason. Moreover it carries a life sentence. Oh, and by the way, if you don’t make the trade, you don’t get to enhance his charges…

ChiCom Warships, or at least Naval vessels, have been spotted in the Bearing Sea, while Russian BEAR-D’s fly down the Pacific Coastline and at least one Russian AGI was seen off of Kings Bay, GA. What does it all mean? Is it a threat? Or is it a slap in the face of American prestige? Is it Obama’s fault?

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Simple Questions

I asked a simple question yesterday, how does a sitting City Council Member contact a sitting member of the Salida MAC and tell them that a “big surprise” – in the context of the annexation of Salida – is coming, without violating the Brown Act? When was the meeting at which this “big surprise” was decided upon? When was the public vote? Who went to the meeting? Who was invited to the meeting? Where are the minutes of that meeting? What is the subject matter of the “Closed” meeting that is apparently planned for Tuesday next? If those questions can be answered in a context which doesn’t violate the law, I’d love to hear it.

The other possibility – and one has to allow for this –  is that the City Councilman in question, is simply full of himself and wanted to sound more impressive than he really is.

Either way, is this what Modesto needs to represent the City? Read the rest of this entry

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