Moving Done, “Native” Americans

Finished up the moving, got everything in the new house, in boxes and stacked around everywhere. Yesterday I got the computer up and finally got the cable installed for the TV. I didn’t miss the TV, I’m not much of a TV person. TV is pretty much a vast cultural wasteland, not unlike New Jersey (joke). I pretty much use it for background noise, while I’m web surfing or such…

A mile of so east of the new house is the site of an ancient Native American village that was lived in and abandoned before any white folks stepped onto the continent. There’s a big field and huge grassy mounds, some with a ring of trees on top. They had to close off the biggest mound to tourists, there was a lot of snake and spider bites to be had up there. I guess the old chief’s spirit didn’t appreciate being walked on…

Last month they had “Native American Days” in a field adjacent to the archeological site. Got to watch Native American dance their traditional native dances to the sound of traditional Indian chants and drums being blasted through amplifiers. Also got to appreciate the traditional native costumes, some of which were festooned with neon orange ostrich feathers, CD discs, bicycle reflectors and shiny polyvinyl plastic streamers.

I really love to see the old traditional stuff. Real freaking traditional.

Moving Pains

I’m in the process of moving from my house to another apartment on the other side of town. What a pain in the ass… Getting all the little stuff from one place to another is hard enough when it’s just me and the wife. I’ll have to rent a truck and get help for the big stuff. My job gives me lots of free time during the day, but all my friends have to work. Guess it will be just me and the wife. We’ve done it before…

The Carrot and the Stick

The more I think about it, the more I believe there is something fundamentally wrong about how we are waging war on Afghanistan. Why are we bombing the hell outta them with one hand and yet we are dropping food to them with the other? What’s up with that? We did not do this in any other war we’ve been involved in. Did we drop food on Dresden and Hamburg by day and firebomb them by night? I don’t think so…

If we feed these non-combatant folks it makes them happy to just sit there and munch instead of getting off their asses and getting rid of the regime that is starving them. That will make the job of the grunts that have to go in that much harder… Just as an aside, do you really think starving folks in Afghanistan know what peanut butter even is, much less what to do with it?

Lately on the news there has been lots of talk about what kind of “nation building” we are going to do after the war. Well, guess what! The purpose of war is to kill people and break stuff! The purpose of war is to get rid of people who threaten us… Setting up a new nation is their problem.

Let the United Nations pinheads do the “nation building”… they are no freaking good at anything else…