Since Mar 20, 2000
I'm temporarily managing the Iowahawk, SoCal (Southern California), and Survivor Ping Lists. If you want to be on or off any of these lists, please FReepmail me. I also co-manage the Aviation and Aerospace Ping List with Paleo Conservative.
I'm no longer managing these ping lists:
In spite of my nickname, I'm a heterosexual male. I'm a conservative libertarian Republican. However, my libertarian part definitely does not include the isolationist, anti-war, blame America stance that many libertarians take. I think Ron Paul is a dangerous crackpot and his son Rand Paul is not far behind.
I am a Deist and a secular Zionist.
My interests include classical music, Web surfing, reading, South Park, food, mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction.
The following quote is from Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts To Explain The Entire U S Government, by P. J. O'Rourke, 1991:
I have only one firm belief about the American political system, and that is this: God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat.
God is an elderly or, at any rate, middle aged male, a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal and a great believer in rules and regulations. He holds men accountable for their actions. He has little apparent concern for the material well being of the disadvantaged. He is politically connected, socially powerful and holds the mortgage on literally everything in the world. God is difficult. God is unsentimental. It is very hard to get into God's heavenly country club.
Santa Claus is another matter. He's cute. He's nonthreatening. He's always cheerful. And he loves animals. He may know who's been naughty and who's been nice, but he never does anything about it. He gives everyone everything they want without the thought of quid pro quo. He works hard for charities, and he's famously generous to the poor. Santa Claus is preferable to God in every way but one: There is no such thing as Santa Claus.
It goes back to the days when I spent a lot of time on IRC. My handle was AgentOrange (get it? - from Orange County).Here is the prelude to that opera.
The vast majority of veterans I ran into were OK with it. But a few weren't.
Because I respect veterans, I decided to come up with a "kinder, gentler" alternative whenever that situation came up.
On my desk, I spotted an opera CD that I'd recently purchased and listened to. It was called Luceafarul (The Evening Star) and it was by the Romanian composer Nicolae Bretan.
And there you have it. :)
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