Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where Our National Security Fails

In the first year of the Obama administration we have seen a shift in the way that our conflict with Islamic Extremists home and abroad has been conducted.  During the Bush years the Government viewed the endeavor are a war on terror.  Which for me is a vague term, in reality it was considered a War On Islamic Terrorists.  Now we see that the conflict has turned from a war to an exercise in law enforcement.  This change is of course confusing.  The two doctrines do indeed clash, and in effect change the means in which the conflict if fought.  

Let me first recall the Bush years, Bush viewed as was said in the report by the 9/11 Commission that these extremists have been at war with us and the west as a whole.   In this framework the Bush administration did not seek just to find Osama Bin Laden but all that share his ideology.  In reality the only reason why Bin Laden in at the top of our public enemies list is because he was behind 9/11.  But Bin Laden is simply one player in a greater community of Extremists.  You see Bush saw that Al-Queada and the Taliban operated more like fraternities, in that there were chapters, each chapter had a president, and each chapter was independent of the other.  Because of how these organizations independent nature hitting once sect would not effect the others.  In the mind of Bush this could not then be fought as a criminal enterprise because if one was taken out then we would have to wait for an attack by one of the other sects before we could go after them.  Thus the War on Terror was declared.  This means that Bush not only declared war on Osama Bin Laden began but a war on all other organizations that felt the imperial nature of the west was destroying the east.  Thus comes the War in Iraq.  The war in Iraq was declared for three reasons. They were a strong hold for the Taliban, they have a resource that we want to protect, and a Democratic Iraq is in the best interest for the U.S.  But the war in Iraq does stem from the idea that we are at war with a group of people with common interests.

Now we have had a drastic change in the approach of fighting the Extremists.  Obama views the acts of every sect are an individual act of crime.  This view point is quite simple.  Essentially Obama sees that people have broken our laws by committing murder and by our laws should be in our court system and stand trial for their crimes.  The problem with this approach is that one has to do a crime against us before we go out and get them.  The focus now has become very narrow, now we are only looking for those who have already committed crimes.  Unlike in the Bush years where we took preventative measures, whether ethical or not is irrelevant, like one does in a war.  But let us look at the events in 2009.  There have now been three incidences because we have relaxed our preventative measures.  The first was the shooting of a private in Little Rock by a radicalized individual.  The Fort Hood Shooting.  And now the attempt to blow up a jet liner.  Yes, in these cases we have treated them as criminal acts and not acts of war, in that capacity they will be taken to our courts and stand trial for their crimes.   But what we are forgetting is that in all three of these instances there was a common ideology and a common point of contact to radical group abroad.  This is wear our national security fails.

It seems that we have relaxed our preventative measures so much, because the Obama administration does not think we are at war or that someone is at war with us, that is is becoming even more clear that our national security is at risk.  Look at the breach a few week ago where TSA security protocols were released, then then this incident over the holiday happened.  When we take out the mind set that we are at war this changes how intelligence is gathered how we can gather it.  Furthermore, when we look at criminal acts as the root of the what the Extremists are doing most of the intelligence cannot be useful because of the means in which the intelligence has been acquired.  I think that Obama needs to take large preventative measures and communicate more with Leon Penetta and not Eric Holder. 

  

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The after Christmas break down

Hello all,

I hope that everyone has a stupendous holiday. I know that I did, but with some minor complications. As many of you know a few weeks ago I had injured my back by a combination of falling down some stairs and playing shping- shpong (ping pong but with a Soccer ball and the paddles are real players. This happened about 3 weeks before Christmas. I went to my Doctor got some med's, did some stretches and was feeling fine. The Christmas Eve rolled around and I need to clean my room. So I was cleaning and putting some books away my room was nearly clean (relative to my liking) and I had generated a pile of papers on the floor. I went to pick them up and wouldn't you know, a shooting pain went up my back and around my abdomen and at that point I fell. I could not stand without excruciating pain let alone walk. After about 10 minutes I told my self that 'this is going to hurt' but I needed to get my self into bed. Which as I predicted I did, using only my arms to get me up and what ever leg power I had for support. My body at this point was in one large cramp.

I figured I would stay in bed till my spasm passed and then would go up stairs to take my med's I had gotten two weeks earlier. The problem was that the spasm had not stopped so I called my father to my room and told him to bring my med's. I took them and nothing happened the spasm continued. I was able to sleep for an hour, and when I woke up, even though I still had pain, I knew I had to go up stairs. So I gathered my strength and did so. I sat in my arm chair, my mother gave me some left over Oxycodine, which helped with the pain, but the spasm had not stopped. I did get to a point however where the pain subsided enough that I could walk around. I thought that maybe some motion would help my muscles. I was wrong. I was walking around when all of the sudden I had a horrible spasm, the pain shot down my back and around my abdomen again, I collapsed and convulsed uncontrollably. My brother was able to help me up and get me back to my arm chair. A few hours later I passed out from the pain and pure exhaustion. A few hours later I woke up, I still was having a spasm. It was Christmas morning. I got up and walked around for a while with my Mother and Father next to me. Things were going fine until about 9 AM. In the kitchen the pain came back and my legs would not work, I stood leaning against the island in my kitchen for maybe 15 minutes until I felt that I could move.

Moving from the island an armchair in the living room (a total of 15 feet) was difficult. My back was convulsing, the pain was great. And for the next 45 minutes as we were opening presents I could not move without pain. Many of my gifts my father opened for me. After we opened everything I told my mother that it is time to go to the Hospital. When we got there, which getting me in and out of the car was the hardest thing in the world, I was given a shot of muscle relaxant and a shot of an anti-inflammatory. The Practitioner told me that if what I was taking wasn't working then he would give me some very strong medication. I left able to walk thanks to the shot, still had pain though, and with three prescriptions. Motrin to help with the muscle swelling, Vicodin for the pain, and Valium to relax my muscles. AND he told me to take all three at the same time about every 8 hours for three days. I have been floating on air, haha. But seriously today which is the 27th I think, was the first day that I could really walk on my own again.

But Christmas was not all bad. I got lots of money for my semester in Germany, new luggage, and the new Star Trek movie (which is a must see for everyone). But I think the best gift that I got was a dialogue with an old friend. A friend that I have not spoken with in months. It was a good Christmas gift none-the-less, and more important to me then all the others. (And by no means is this some sort of plea to butter this person up or to send mixed messages. :-) )

Later,

John

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Bizarre Blizzard in the Fall of 2009

Yes, that is right. When the Blizzard hit Friday night and continued to drop about 2 feet of snow it was still fall. This beautiful back drop of white coated all of the land around me. It was not the typical Maryland wet snow that turns into ice, but a soft powder. Quite lovely, and just in time for Christmas. This will be the first Christmas in my life time that will have snow, and in essence be my first 'white Christmas.'

It was quite pretty and made me nostalgic. I remember the first 'big snow' I saw. It was 1996 and I was just 7 and probably a little over 3 and a half feet. That year we got about 21 inches in DC and I remember it well. I was so excited for it, little did I know that my mother and father would spend hours digging in the snow just so that my brother and I could leave the house. I had wanted to build an igloo a snow man, sled, everything. But when I had gone out there were places where the snow was up to my chest. That year the roads were horrible, and the plows usually came down our street last. I remember my father having to walk through all of it to go to Safeway which was about 5 miles away.

This year I had a similar feeling as I did when I was 7. I could not wait to go out side. Just anticipating the snow. But instead of wanting to play in it. I could not wait to use our gas powered snow plow in two feet of snow. hahahaha times have changed.

Merry Christmas everyone, and a happy New Year

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Wonderful Idea for The Holiday Season


An all-wet version of the classic

As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures . . . and dark secrets. Whlie sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? All these questions (and more, probably) will be answered in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters!

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen (the celebrated co-author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) novel with all-new scenes of sea monstery delight. You'll thrill as you witness giant lobsters, rampaging octopi (or octopuses - both are correct pluralizations), two-headed sea serpents, and perhaps the most hideous of sea monsters ever created: true love. Awww. Remember, if you buy and read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, well, then, um, you'll be a better read person. And maybe Jane Austen won't roll over in her grave quite so much.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving was a very good one for me. This year, for the first time in many I have had it with my mother, father, brother and sister. For the past 4 years this has no been the case. You see as a kid we always went to my fathers parent's house in North Carolina. However, and I got older and my work loads at school got more intense I was never able to go. I have always had some sort of test or some sort of presentation to give the day before Thanksgiving.

But, this year we all came to my Mother's Parent's house for thanks giving, down in Silver Spring, where I have done Thanksgiving for the past 4 years. However, it was because on Monday my sister had surgery. This past Monday my 14 year old sister had he Gaul Bladder taken out. For some reason it just stopped working and was causing her great pain. On Monday I get a call at about 2 in the afternoon telling me that she had an allergic reaction to the anesthetic broke out in hives and stopped breathing. Luckily they got her working again.

It was cool however all she has is four pin holes. 2 for the cameras, 1 for the laser, and one to take the Gaul Bladder out. Medical Science is so cool.

John

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Fun Filled Legislative Weekend

Hello all,

As you know this weekend I was down the St. Mary's county Maryland, yea fun, doing some legislating. It was pretty fun. On Friday it took me about 3 hours 10 minutes to get down because of the rain. And once I got there my delegation and I started to do our Caucusing and Committee hearings. I don't remember many of the bills. But you know it is fake real life legislating, so I try to be like a real congressman.

More fun then the legislating was the social time at the hotel. To those of you that know me well I brought "koolaid" with me. So you know what happened. BUT, on Saturday night, I was hanging out over at the Notre Dame Delegation's room. Chilling with some other Tories and the mock Governor and Lt. Governor. Ok fine, it is about 3 am and I say night everyone. And people are telling me yea right you will be back. So I go back to my room only to find my roommates running out and the bathroom door right open. The told me to get my stuff we are moving. So, the Days Inn we were at pretty much sucked and the pluming was horrid. Not only did our toilette fuck up by blowing up but so did our neighbors. Basically I said fuck this and end up back at the Notre Dame delegation. Schmoose a little more then I stumble back to my room. Apparently, on the way back, I stop by more people in my delegation and do some cuddling. Yea I am a creeper.

Oh well,

John

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This weekend

I am going to St. Mary's for a fun weekend of legislating, caucusing, and maybe drinking, hahaha.

Be back Sunday.

John

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Election 2009: The Empire Strikes Back

About a year ago in a State not all that far away...

The rebel alliance had taken one of our strong holds. This travesty weakening the Empire centered its forces around a single man. After a year long incursion of the rebels in the strong hold The Empire was able to take back the stronghold that was in their hands from some 60 years. But as the rebels saw that they could no longer hold their base they ran.

However they ran home, and did not see the Empire's take over of one of the Rebel's strongest bases. The battle has begun...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

HMMMMMM...

I do not trust the President...or his math.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Step up out of the ashes...see the light, and feel my wrath.

You see the world through your cynical eyes
You're a troubled young man I can tell
You've got it all in the palm of your hand
But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest

And you're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Why must you be such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright to me
How can there be such a sinister plan
That could hide such a lamb, such a caring young man

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're killing yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it

Aqualung

Sitting on a park bench
eyeing little girls with bad intent.
Snot running down his nose
greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes.
Drying in the cold sun
Watching as the frilly panties run.
Feeling like a dead duck
spitting out pieces of his broken luck.

Sun streaking cold
an old man wandering lonely.
Taking time
the only way he knows.
Leg hurting bad,
as he bends to pick a dog-end
he goes down to the bog
and warms his feet.

Feeling alone
the army's up the rode
salvation à la mode and
a cup of tea.
Aqualung my friend
don't start away uneasy
you poor old sod, you see, it's only me.
Do you still remember
December's foggy freeze
when the ice that
clings on to your beard is
screaming agony.
And you snatch your rattling last breaths
with deep-sea-diver sounds,
and the flowers bloom like
madness in the spring.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Great Joke.

So near Fredericksburg TX there is a small German speaking farming community.

A farmer is walking down the road and sees a man with his hand in a pond.

The farmer said: "'Trinken Sie die Wasser night! Die Kuhen hat da in gescheissen."
(Do not drink the water. The cows had shit in there.)
The man looks up and said, "I do not speak German and I am dieing of thirst."

The farmer asked the man why he was here and where he was from.

The man said "I am from New York and I am here to campaign for Obamacare..what did you say to me a moment ago?"

The farmer replied: " Drink with both hands."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

GREAT NEWS

I HAVE JUST NOW FOUND OUT THAT I WILL BE GOING TO GERMANY FOR A SEMESTER...


video

Monday, October 19, 2009

Story of the Past 10 days

Hello all,

Sorry I have not had the time to write in my blog. But I have been battling midterms, which I did well on, I think, and having had a 4 day break at school.

Last week was my midterms, and I suppose that is when the crazy feelings poped-up. Essentially I felt like I was walking around in a stale haze of sorts. I could not put my finger on it. I felt as thought I was getting sick. Numbers and symbols were poping in and out of my head, when it hit me. I had not slept for about 43 hours and I may have gone a little insane. Really, I was doing a calculus problem and I think I was talking to me. But any who. That was that and the I had fall break. WHICH WAS A GOD SEND.

Four days of fun and relaxation. The Friday that ushered in the eve of the break was fantastic. I went on my first grad-school interview at UMBC. Had a great time. The professors were amazing the students even better. The problem is I am not that into applied Mathematics. I like the theoretical, the stuff my grandfather calls useless. BUT, they had an impeccable program, anyone wanting to go into science or applied math should check out this program.

That was Friday. Saturday was the Interim Assembly for Maryland Student Legislature. And organization that I joined this year to get out of the math department from time to time. Basically it is pretend government. And I dig that. We debated, had fun, made some friends, and some enemies, at the end of the day I was voted in as the Chair of the Tory (Conservative) Caucus.

Other than that life has gone on as normal. Working hard. Having fun, and seeing friends that I have not really seen for months. But with all of this I still have a weird feeling, a feeling that I do not belong. Perhaps I have just gotten bored. Perhaps I really want to go to grad-school or Germany. Further probing of my mind is required.

Untill next time,

John

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A happening of sorts

Hello all,

Currently I am in a weight training class to fulfill a gen ed requirement. And today I hit a state of being, one in which I have never experienced. Now, I am not one to slack off in the gym. It is a class and I intend to push my self. Also, I want to tone down. But, that is neither here nor there.

I started my work out at about 8 AM with a 5 minute cardio run. Full on sprint. The I worked my abs, back, triceps, shoulders and biceps. After finishing my set of biceps it happened. I became very light headed. As if I were intoxicated. I felt a shortness of breath and a slight sickness. I excused my self from to gym to go toward the bathroom where I splashed some water on my face to help cool me down. When I realized that my heart was beating at an unnatural rate. Very very fast, for me. I left the bathroom to sit on a chair in the lobby of the gym. As I emerged from the bathroom I felt a tinge in my ear and then heard a loud ring, then nothing at all. I look up and the light from out side blinds me with white light. Everything is a blur, I could only tell differences between colors. It was hard for me to move, I had become so disoriented.

I find a chair to sit in when I notice that I do not feel my self. You know that feeling that you know you are there you have the feeling of being. That had left me. I felt as though I were floating. An almost euphoric feeling came across me, the sensation lasted for about 5 minutes after I had sat down. In all I think the episode lasted 10. Very bizarre. I think what happened is that my body released an incredible amount of endorphins into my system, and released them at a rate in which my senses could not handle. Essentially, I think i got high off of my self.

You thoughts?

John

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It has been a while...and what a while it has been

Hello all,

Or some, or none, I do not really know how many of you read my blog. But any, the past few days that i have not been blogging have been fun filled. As some of you know yesterday was my birthday and from the weekend to yesterday I had give to receive friends to talk to, and I gave my self plenty of alone time.

BUT, I suppose I can now be called the peace keeper. Or at least the most nosy person around. So last Thursday I was talking to my friend Justin and he got into an altercation with a girl, another friend of mine. So he asks me talk to her and I did. Other than that I am not going to go into what was said or anything. But yesterday I saw them talking to each other. I guess something good happened.

After that ordeal I had to follow another one of my friends around. It was her birthday last Thursday and she was plastered, so I took the drinks that she should not be drinking so that she would not become anymore of a shit show then she already was. Problem is, I then get drunk. Wow, great but not too bad, I just went to bed.

Other than that I had a peaceful weekend. I did not watch the news, which was liberating. I got lots of clothes, money, and motorcycle lessons. AWESOME.

Yea, that is about it.

John

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stardate September 23

Hello,

Allegedly the rapture was to happen today...it didn't but I will say that I cannot watch the news anymore. Every time I turn it on I get depressed. I feel like no one, (of any Party), in D.C. know what to do. There are a handful of politicians that can stay and continue the good fight. But for the overall majority in D.C. we can set them out back the capital shoot them and have brand new elections.

THEY HAVE GONE NUTS......

and I think i am too.

John

Monday, September 21, 2009

A new endeavor

Hello all,

So today I started my free 30 day trial of Carbonite online backup. I will post from time to time to see how I like it. I don't know if I will considering that I have an external hard drive but what ever.

Today was boring, nothing new.

John

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A WONDERFUL PICTURE


I FULLY APPROVE...Considering that I just watched Return of the Jedi with some friends like 3 hours ago.

I really love Star Wars. When I was in 10th grade my Chemistry teacher was a raging liberal and made the contention that Bush was evil and that Cheney was Darth Vader and Rove was Emperor Palpatine. But you know the liberals don't know anything. All they know is that conservatism is wrong and that republican are all a bunch of stupid cowboys that are too unaware of all the events around them. However the Liberals fail to see that the government under Obama (Yes I said Obama, hello NSA, fyi I study math I may work for you one day) is growing and before we know it he will build a Death Star that targets all of the carbon emitting entities, including republicans because we talk to much and ruin Health Care Reform. Democrats are safe because their shit don't stink and therefore do not emit carbon.

John

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Weekend So Far

Hello all,

Sorry I did not post yesterday. But for the past two days I have been running sound equipment all over my campus. I and the audio engineer for my college radio station. And now I am exhausted.

Bye
John

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A fun filled Thursday...maybe

Hello all,

So my day started with me waking up at 2:30 in the afternoon. For some clarity this is normal for me to do on Tuesdays and Thursdays, considering that I operate on the 36 hour day. I don't know why but I have done so since I was a little boy. But that is not important.

I started off my day by talking to my ex-girlfriend on Skype, she is now in London. For some reason I was not very 'warm' to her. I wanted to be but for some reason I could not. I think it has to do, in some weird way, with me missing her. This was on my mind most of the afternoon. Knowing me like I do I have concluded that I miss me too much and that has caused some bizarre emotional burnout on my part. I say that because deep down I love her, I mean we would be together had it not been for her schooling in Britain this year. Now if only I could tell her that I think she would understand but I CANNOT...and that annoys me.

However I vote Republican and therefore am not suppose to have feelings...so don't tell anyone how I feel.

On a completely unrelated note I AM NOT A RACIST. Though many are painting me as such. Even many of my liberal friends claim that the only reason I disagree with Obama is because he is black. Now after thinking about a witty come back I have found a few contradictions that can be used to shove down the liberals throats to get them to shut up.

1) Clearance Thomas is black, therefore is you don't like him you are a racist.
2) Martin Luther King was a Republican and therefore a racist.
3) Alberto Gonzales, disliked and worked for Bush, RACIST

The list goes on and I am sure more and more people can think of obvious contradictions. It annoys me that many are sinking so low. This tells me that there is a clear like of intellectual fortitude among many politicians and reporters.

I am not even sure why RACE becomes an issue. Considering that we do not have a well defined notion of what RACE actually is. Consider this, say that I come from Argentina. And say that I have blond hair and blue eyes. Which many Argentinians have. Now what am I White or Hispanic? It is ambiguous. I contend that race should never be brought up. It appears that race is a notion of ones self. I could claim to be black or white or asian all I want. But supposedly I will be judged, no matter what I call myself. Is it true that race is purely based on skin color? If so then are Jews not a race, like many claim. What about Iranians , many of whom say that they are WHITE, but they have brown skin. When ever someone claims that you are a racist ask them to define race. Then debate them on the ambiguity of their definition. Then make the case that if there is no firm definition for race then there is no way one can be called a racist. Granted there are people that do not like people because of their skin color or because of their heritage. But what ticks me off time and time again is that when I disagree with this president I am a racist. Many people use the term racist to imply that one does not like a person because of their skin. Ok fine, if that is how you want to define it. But in my case, I do not care about skin color. So if I am not in favor of the presidents policies, and am called a racist, but the color of his skin does not matter to me then what? With race is there also an implied political ideology, revert back to Clearance Thomas. Is it not the case then that a only a conservative white man and be 'racist' to a liberal black man. I mean a liberal white man is not racist if he disagrees with a conservative black man. I don't know but it is just a thought...

Till tomorrow

John

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

An uneventful day.

Hello all,

Well last night I did not sleep again. I am starting to get worried about it, though the reality is that I just need to turn off my lights and go to sleep at around 11 at night. But for some reason I choose not to. And therefore I should not really complain about it, yea? Any who, today was uneventful.

It is cloudy here in Northern Maryland today. Which is natural for this time of year. I did have one issue today. I did not go to Logic. As a result of my not sleeping last night I decided to sleep through Logic in the Mathematics work room. I did not miss much, in fact I missed nothing at all. This was a review day for a test on Friday. Which brought me up to think about the usefulness of a Review Day. Is it necessary? Would a student to the same (on a test), worse or better as the result of a Review Day. I feel that as long as one keeps up with home work and the readings in a course then one only needs to skim notes before the test, after all Tests should test mastery, not how much one can cram into their heads.

The Review Day is a little interesting. What if we did not have it? The first case is that we end a topic say on a Monday and then on Wednesday we are tested. With this case I think I would contend that this is not reasonable and will not give students an adequate amount of time to study. But I would most likely be contradicting myself because of the what I view tests to be. The second case is that we start new material. This I would again content that it may blur what we are being tested on. Plus we will have to study before we can begin to master a new topic. However again I feel like I would ultimately contradict my self in that if one has mastered a subject then we would not 'un-master' it by learning new material. So perhaps in the future I will just not go (or sleep through again) to a Review Day. Then it eliminates the ambiguity I suppose.

In the mean time here is something random to think about....John


First Entry....EVER

Hello,

My name is John Maddrey. I am a conservative college student and thought I would take a crack at blogging. I am a Mathematics major with minors in German and Philosophy.

The goal of this blog is not to ram conservatism down peoples throats, but to divulge the way that I see the world through my own biases. In the future I hope you all enjoy my entries but for now you will have to wait.

John