Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


Went and seen them last night at DTE. The weather was awesome for it, moon out and everything (an outdoor concert during previous weeks heat wave would have been not nearly as fun). Tom Petty sounded amazing; suprise guest Stevie Nicks too boot.

We were smart enough to listen to the encore while leaving, though; DTE is an awesome venue but for parking it kinda blows. This time, since we left 10 mins early, we got out in minutes. Had we waited until the end of the encore, it would have taken us hours to get out; such was the case a few years ago when we saw Evanescence.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Another reason why I shouldn't any news

Reading comments discussing the recent Chinese govnernment slaughter of 50,000 household dog pets beause 3 people died of rabies:

"Next thing you know, they're gonna kill all the hookers to stop the spreading of aids. But then again its no different than killing Iraqis and Afganis to stop the spreading of Islam. "

Now, I've talked to quite a few Chinese people, and their philosophy regarding life is much different then the average westernern (perhaps because our majority religion is Christianity while theirs is Buddhism, but I'm sure that's only one of the reasons), but this strikes me as an incident not indicative of the people's intent but of a malicious government's intent.

Anyways, the above statement is one the most pessimistic thing I've read in a while -- however, it has some semblance of truth. Although I'm not sure if retaliating against majority Islam nations is a way to stop Islamic extremist terrorist organizations from not becoming pissed off ;)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Israel and Hezbollah

I normally obstain from political perspectives, but the reaction to this recent conflict confuses me.

I've only been following the story mildly, but something I think most people are missing the point in the "wider" perspective (I understand civilians are dying.) In a conflict, you have to continue until your goal is met, else the conflict was a waste. Israel is pushing to destroy/disarm the Hezbollah; you can't exactly eliminate a terrorist organization without consistent military action.

It's also funny how Israel is getting international flack-- one reason is because they are using their own armies. Yet Lebanon harbors known terrorists which attacked Israel, yet not as big of deal was made of that.

Of course, everyting is relative; who is the bad guy all depends on what side you are on. ;)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Why We Fight

I watched an interesting documentary called "Why We Fight".

It's eerie how the exact situation in the world today was predicted decades ago by President Eisenhower in his farewell speech to the nation.

Here's a guy who was a war general veteran; he knew the implications of war. Current leaders today hardly do.