Eponymous Spells it Out

By quoting William Lind:

In 1989, I began the debate over Fourth Generation warfare — war waged by non-state entities — which is what paid us a visit on September 11, 2001. The article I co-authored then for the Marine Corps Gazette was formally cited last year by al Quaeda, who said, “This is our doctrine.” My Maneuver Warfare Handbook, published in 1985, is now used by military academies all over the world, and I lecture internationally on military strategy, doctrine and tactics.

But how does the coming war with Iraq look at the moral level? Here, the U.S. seems to be leading with its chin. Why? Because the Administration in Washington has yet to come up with a convincing rationale for why the United States should attack Iraq.

there’s a ton more. You need to definitely go read it.

Bag News says it best…

380 tons of high explosives? What, me worry?

I mean, the Administration’s defenders can’t be this obtuse. 380 tons. TONS. TOOOOOOOONS. of HIGH EXPLOSIVES. OK? How many improvised explosive devices does that make? Does anyone know if the carbomb that blew up UN Headquarters used explosives from Al Qaqaa?

Some jackass like Sean Hannity (or someone on their talking points blast fax list) was saying that the “UN wasn’t doing its job, since Hussein had these weapons in the first place.” Fucking DUH- the UN found the explosives, tagged them, sealed them, then left them where the US could take control of them when we invaded. This is like when you ask your roommate to feed to dog while you’re out of town. You buy the food, put the bowls down, leave explicit instructions, and your roommate blames you when the dog starves.

Vote early, vote often…

Since this isn’t Florida, it’s not the concern it could be, but you can check to make sure that you are registered to vote in Georgia by going to this web address and entering a few bits of basic information and not only will it confirm that you are registered, you can also get a map to your polling place.

Nice, huh?

Roots Day

It’s Roots Day here at Yelladog. First the article below about my home town, and then I ran home for lunch and listened to this show on To The Best of Our Knowledge. Today’s show is about hillbillies, country music, Johnny Cash and clawhammer banjo playing.

I realize I was asking a lot to have you read the whole article I stuck in here, but it’s not going to keep me from suggesting that you go listen to the whole show.

It’s an uphill slog, being Appalachian, no matter how you look at it. My mama couldn’t get away from there fast enough. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to get back there. It sure beats being from Cobb County, I think.

Why I am who I am…

You have to have a Stacks account to read this in its archive, but I have the full text of the article so I am going to post it here. This was originally on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 17th.

Want to know what makes someone a redneck lefty trade protectionist? Everything you need to know is in the following article. I was born in this town. My grandmother worked in one of these mills for 30 years.

Read the whole thing.

Rivals unite against China’s textile juggernaut
Dan Chapman – Staff
Sunday, October 17, 2004

Eden, N.C. — One by one, the mills closed and the people moved to Greensboro or Charlotte or stayed put, scrounged for work and quit believing in better days.

Mothers requested food instead of toys for their kids at Christmas. Old men gathered beer cans left behind at fishing holes along the Dan and Smith rivers. Husbands hit wives with hammers.

After a decade of numbing job losses, Eden, a town of 16,000 tucked below the Virginia line, looks used. Windows remain broken or covered with plywood at the Central Hotel. “Autumn bows,” colored ribbons sold by the florist for $5, offer a bright interlude in an otherwise dreary downtown.

Eden is no paradise now. And the worst may yet come.

After Jan. 1, when federal limits on textile and apparel imports are scheduled to expire, China is poised to flood the U.S. market with cheap bluejeans, T-shirts and underwear.

More than 600,000 more jobs might disappear, too, textile industry executives warn. North Carolina, which lost 25 mills and 14,000 jobs last year, could suffer more than any other state. Three thousand of the textile jobs that could be lost are in the Eden area.

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Where were we?

Did I miss anything?

Let me just tell you that there are several things that you should know about my experience last weekend:
1. Not all of Indiana is flat. There are some beautiful mountains in Brown County. And fall is the best time to be there. The leaves are incredible.
2. The regional cuisine in southern Indiana is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans boiled until they are soft enough to eat without chewing. Pack hot sauce when you go. They aren’t big on spice up thataways.
3. There are a lot of Turkish people in Bloomington, Indiana, and they make wonderful tea. Really wonderful.
4. The BoSox lead two games to nill. We like that.

There are a thousand more things I could tell you, but I just got back to work. More later.

BTW- I hate a faux redneck

Y’know, the only thing worse than a mixed drink redneck is a mixed drink faux redneck. So, Kerry went goose hunting this week and “Oh, it’s pandering,” and oh, how phony.


Let’s talk about grandma Rove’s boy going dove hunting because Ann Richards was a dove hunter, and she was clearly showing more real Texas grit than the our Yalie hero.

Bush shot a killdeer, an endangered songbird. Please.

Someone needs to put this election out of its misery. It’s gotten too stupid to live.

Big day today

So, eponymous Dave and I are hanging here in Ankara… ok, it’s a turkish cafe with open wireless here in Bloomington… listening to pop music from Istanbul and sipping mud coffee is tiny cups.

In about three hours, I will walk to the altar and get hitched up to LTGF. We have a bluegrass band providing music for the ceremony, and my family has come from far and wide. I am pretty pleased.

Wish you could be here.