Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Seems China is learning lessons from our military actions in Iraq (x2) and Afghanistan. According to the Spooks (that's law enforcement slang for the CIA) China is on a rapid advancement avenue for its military policy, upgrading their defense systems/tools and fine tuning their tactics. Guess the days of the human wave attack are over. Is this a threat ? Don't think so. I think instead its smart policy making, moving their nation up in the overall preparedness department. With so many internal problems right now, I just don't see the Chinese as wanting to start a program of expansion just yet. And with the Olympic Games and other feel good warm fuzzy one world/one people stuff going on just a few minutes from now, I'd say that China has an opportunity to take a respected position in the center of the world stage in diplomacy much like America has done in the past but can't do anymore because our leaders have run the finances into the ground. And who knows, maybe with their no nonsense approach to things (CEO puts radiator fluid into cat food and lead into children's toys-CEO dies shortly after the mistake is discoveredhttp://noquarterusa.net/blog/2007/05/05/china-exports-poisoned-medicine-while-fda-cuts-back-labs/) they can clean up messes in ways that our system of government and weak hearted social conscience won't let us (hint- people don't die from water boarding, but then, the Chinese don't water board, they kill your family). So its with a healthy respect that I watch China as world events unfold. I won't turn my back on them either.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
We had just begun our tour the other day and I walked out of our shift meeting lost in the tasks I had ahead of me and wondering if the general public would allow me to get them done. (They never do.) Then I looked up into this. Stopped me dead in my tracks. My Corporal was talking to me about something but I had to ignore him for the moment. Whipped out my trusty Sony Cybershot so I could share this with y'all. Sometimes we forget the cliches that we need to remember. Like stop and smell the roses. While the rest of the night was anticlimactic (except for the guy who volunteered to go to jail the next morning) this was a darn good beginning.
Please, feel free to copy these to whatever place or page you wish. God, Allah, The Great Is did not give this to me. He just let me borrow it. Its yours too, and everyone else's. Remind me to tell you about my brushes with God sometime. (not enough time right now).
You can go to a movie and pay $14 to get in and $5 for a small soda and $18 for a small popcorn and you will be entertained but here is something you don't have to pay for, its given to you. Such a gift you need to stop and accept, even if you're like me and don't receive gifts very well. This one was given to me. More like the opportunity to pass it on was given to me. As sacrilegious as it may sound (though not intended), I am God's beyotch. Which has to do with the aforementioned brushes with God which I told you I don't have time right now to get into so stop asking. Get back to work.