Thursday, November 1, 2007

Paul Tibbets, American Hero

Paul Tibbets, commander of the B-29 which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima died.

Serving in Europe and the Pacific he proved to be a most outstanding pilot, serving his country and our cause well.

I will never forgive those who tried to slander his good name and bravery.

Pilot of Plane That Dropped A-Bomb Dies

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Thursday. He was 92 and insisted for six decades after the war that he had no regrets about the mission and slept just fine at night.

"I knew when I got the assignment it was going to be an emotional thing," Tibbets told The Columbus Dispatch for a story published on the 60th anniversary of the bombing.

"We had feelings, but we had to put them in the background. We knew it was going to kill people right and left. But my one driving interest was to do the best job I could so that we could end the killing as quickly as possible."

"I sleep clearly every night."

Funeral Protest Suit, Pastor Doesn't Get It

To ordinary people the logic of people like Pastor Fred Phelps is truly a mystery.

OK fine, he preaches against homosexuality, that is his right. So what happened? Did he come to the stark realization that all the preaching in the world can't change the fact that for whatever reason there are always going to be homosexuals?

Is it out of shear frustration he can't change reality that he strikes out in a most bizarre way?

$11M Verdict in Funeral Protesters Case

BALTIMORE -- Members of a fundamentalist Kansas church ordered to pay nearly $11 million in damages to a grieving father smiled as they walked out of the courtroom, vowing that the verdict would not deter them from protesting at military funerals.
Members promised to picket future funerals with placards bearing such slogans as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."

"Absolutely, don't you understand this was an act in futility?" said Shirley Phelps-Roper, whose father founded the Westboro Baptist Church.

The group believes that U.S. deaths in the Iraq war are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. They say they are entitled to protest at funerals under the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.

It is a wonder that somebody hasn't beat some sense into these fools but that shouldn't be a surprise, somebody has to act like a grown up.

My prediction is that eventually restraining orders will be filed against this group. Feeling just and righteous they will violate the orders and do God's work, sitting in jail.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Kill the Bloggers!

It used to be kill the lawyers, but now governments are taking real notice of the blogosphere.
I can only suppose that lawyers are now in the pockets of the government, or as more my experience government is now the provience of lawyers.

It is with great note that we should pay attention to this article from the British National Party about the efforts in Italy to stifle free speech.

Blogs may not have yet toppled dictatorial regimes or solved the world’s environmental problems but they have a devastating effect on governments which try and stifle democracy as the recent events in Burma have shown.

As quickly as the Burmese authorities were closing down websites of dissidents, new ones were launched by freedom loving supporters in neighbouring countries and beyond.The same attempts to stifle freedom of speech carried out by the military junta in Burma appear to be replicated 5000 miles closer to home in the form of a new law proposed by Ricardo Franco Levi, undersecretary to the President of the Council in Italy, and approved by the Council of Ministers on 12 October.

And what does this law say?
I'll clue you in.

The proposed law states that anyone with a blog or a website has to register it with the ROC (Registro degli Operatori della Comunicazione), part of the Communications Authority, produce certificates, and pay a tax, even if they provide information online without any intention to make money.

Well, I do not live in Italy, but how long will it take to become law in for the European Union?