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The results are in…

So, there’s 20 year old that’s missing a prostrate? 😯

» Posted By Jeff On 06/April/2012 @ 12:52 am

Medical tourist

That’s one thing I argue with the wife about with the differences in medical care here in the US and Korea. She thinks the doc should just do all the tests, X-rays, MRIs what ever she wants, ‘just to check’ and have Tri and Care pay for it. “Thats the way we do it in Korea”…I try to convince myself she’s not a hypochondriac.

» Posted By Jeff On 12/March/2012 @ 10:59 am

The end of the road

Congratulations, your absence will be Korea’s and EUSA’s loss. Remember, the problem with retirement is you never get a day off. Enjoy.

» Posted By Jeff On 10/December/2010 @ 6:46 am

What a long, strange trip it’s been

You should’ve been included:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usag-yongsan/5147695378/in/set-72157625315054652/

Congratulations and remember, you never get a day off from retirement.

» Posted By Jeff On 09/November/2010 @ 6:07 am

Lazy son finally shows iniative

“Diminished responsibility?” WTF? Is that what the democraps will claim when they’ve destroyed our nation? A generation in decline.

» Posted By Jeff On 16/October/2010 @ 11:30 am

Hale Koa

I have alot of the same pictures, same places; I left Korea in 2007 and stopped in Hawaii. Man, I got the worst sunburn of my life! Just a couple hours on the beach and I was fried..bad…I’m talking sick sunburn…had a great time though, made the flight back to the US very very hard..There was no Seoul pollution filter to block the sun!

» Posted By Jeff On 27/April/2010 @ 11:14 am

Yoja of the Week

Ah, thank you for that…what will we do when you leave EUSA? Who will stay the course?

» Posted By Jeff On 13/April/2010 @ 1:09 am

First Snow…

I used to live in the Trump World tower near the Hang Gang bridge…I liked to walk the river near there…awesome..I sure miss it.

» Posted By Jeff On 01/April/2010 @ 12:22 am

A sad and historic day

Truer words have not been spoken. Well done.

» Posted By Jeff On 01/April/2010 @ 12:12 am

Stuck, poked, prodded and probed

Wow, that’s alot of intimate violation for a bowl of Jook!…

» Posted By Jeff On 17/March/2010 @ 1:15 am

Welcome to Korea

I find it hard to believe that you’d have a difficult time recruiting people to come to or stay in Korea. Being recruited from the states is a dream! It is however very difficult to get that all elusive ‘interview’ after so many ‘your resume has been referred for consideration’ notices from ANSWER. Love your blog, it’s refreshing to read thoughts of someone with a status in USFK as high as your. Very down to earth, hell, you’re just a regular guy too! 😯 Keep up the good work!

» Posted By Jeff On 17/March/2010 @ 4:13 am

Backstage with Dorothy

John,

It’s obvious you are an ordinary decent man, however, without moral constraints compelled by any god-ideal that I can detect. Maybe this explains your rude blustery cyber-demeanor. The point I am driving at: an inner morality driven by a God-ideal truly believed in — must be achieved in a society at a critical threshold — in order for a democracy to function without oppressive police measures. Muslim culture is not driven by an inner restraint — only an outer restraint of religious edicts — and thus demands autocratic and dictatorial forms of government. The Muslim inner-character, I suspect, is similar to your own psychic make-up. Take a look at what constrains you inwardly to act moral. What is it? Fear of outer consequences, and public opinion, or an inward obligation to a God-ideal?

Think about it.

The subtle undertones of effete morality is a reasonable conjecture to me from our discussions, your revealed interests, and your sparsely disclosed worldview.

If you say, however, I am way off-base — then I accept that. My opinion is not infallible. Your wife has curiously egg-ed me on in this conversation, but — if I am asked to leave… then I do so.

Enjoy Korea.

» Posted By Jeff On 30/August/2006 @ 7:49 pm

Carol,

A healthy libido intensifies when it is laser- concentrated onto “one” love object. The more INTENSITY of desire from John onto “one” god-ordained love object(you) — the better. Alot of John’s libido, however, appears to have been dissipated by his lack of discriminating and unrestrained sexual imagination. Thus, explaining — the assumed — less than stellar love life between you two… including his less than stellar mind. Not age, nor boredom from over familiarity is the cause. The culprit I suspect is his diffused sexuality chasing every sexual thought that runs through his deistic Neo-Con head. The problem is — he’s a man who doesn’t submit his desires to moral restraints, nor recognize moral boundaries for these desires. He merely plays the outward rules that keep him in the good opinion of others, and doesn’t jeopardize his job status. Thus, John may not go Broke-Back on us yet, but his graspy inner-nature is identical to a homosexual on the make… even if it remains sublimated by playing darts with his platonic catamite.

If you would not change this in John, then you are colluding with his sinfulness: your condoning of John’s “gay nature” is the reason why I suspect you are the conniver in the whole family dysfunction. Why are you conniving? Why this secret understanding between you and John about his sinfulness? Are you too … enjoying a life unsubmitted to the Creator? Are you a sinister insurgent against God’s government?

Carol, something is wrong with your thinking … if John taught his kids to bluster without backing it up with any substance, and conveniently denounce any dissent to his preferred worldview as simple Islamo-fascism … and then inculcate in these young victims the notion such banality is “interesting” — then I am afraid, he has warped your children, and maybe “touched” your own take on reality. They call it brain-washing. Would it be too much to say he is the Saddam Hussein of your family?

John, appears to be a combination of Oz characters: he certainly is a cowardly lion, blustering with no substance behind his bluff. Yes, I can also agree with you — the coward behind this gruffy demeanor can also be an effeminate Dorothy. Maybe we should see him as a hybrid of Dorothy and the cowardly lion … a boorish goof just wanting to be happy, and pining over his elusive bliss — by looking somewhere over the rainbow. His romantic strivings, however, ain’t going to find it in Itaewon … that’s for sure.

If, John has truly warped your perception on life, then he is — the Wizard of Carol.

Now, Carol … I would have taken you to be a hybrid of Glenda — the “allegedly” good witch, and Dorothy. A mother/daughter self-identity… who has been victimized by other witches, and a monkey-brained husband.

Why, pray tell me … are you the cowardly lion?

» Posted By Jeff On 30/August/2006 @ 4:35 pm

Carol,

Dick-dominated. I understand the meaning, and am glad to hear you consider yourself susceptible to male domination and its influence. It’s a very healthy thing in a wife. I think you are telling me you are NOT a self-absorbed narcissistic queen controlling her irresponsible man-child. Your candor indicates this.

The concern is your union with a man whose inner self-governance is unrestrained by fear of any god-ideal. Such a man will perform a good outer show of conventional morality … in order to enjoy the good opinion of others, and maintain his job status … but deep down … he is inclined to follow his illicit pleasures. If, no-body is looking — his dark pleasures. Why not, he is fifty-one years old, it’s now or never… and God simply isn’t in the calculation to hold him back.

Among all the Wizard of Oz characters we can liken your husband to, it would be the gruffy lion. He is full of bluster with little substance: we have established this awareness through prior dialogue revealing his character structure. It’s obvious his relationship with his father was problematic. He rankles inwardly at anything that would oppress him with pesky morality — thus, he takes on a deist approach to his relationship with God… colored by a blustery Neo-Con facade. He is a conventional man, with conventional desires — unrestrained by the fear of God.

I believe John when he says he hasn’t “swung” to the gay lifestyle … his conventional up-bringing and fear of other’s opinion adequately contains him. What my Gay-dar has picked up, however, is an inner gayness that radiates throughout his every pore. The essence of gayness is a life philosophy: the contractual exchange of one pleasure unit, for an equal amount of pleasure: in other words, an inner avoidance of the sacrifice in a relationship. The homosexual orientation seeks pleasure in a contractual manner with others — pleasure exchanged for equal amounts of pleasure with no strings attached. Even practicing hetero-sexuals have this gay orientation; they don’t necessarily go broke-back Mountain, but seek opposite-gendered partners who will give equal measures of what they get. This, orientation, however, is NOT the sacred hetero-sexual love of your Bible. True hetero-sexuality requires sacrifice. In hetero-sexual love, a man obtains a small amount of sexual pleasure in exchange for a lifetime of sacrificial anxiety-inducing responsibility of raising kids, and loving only ONE sexual partner in life. It’s not a fair deal — it’s sacrifice. Gay love, however, eschews the sacrificial element in love.

Your husband went through the motions in his life with you raising children, but his heart did not embrace it. But, now he is free searching for and experimenting with his pleasure. You can’t stop him, nor can God… I think, John may not be able to even stop himself.

This has been the deep-down sorrow you feel in your relationship with this blustery lion … a lack of godly love from him — to you. Yes, I understand you when you say that you have no control nor influence over his life … that’s because nobody does … not even the Creator, nor the Godly love the Creator demands of John toward his wife. John, probably redefines his license to seek self-pleasure, as “American Freedom” in which our soldiers are dying for in Iraq. This is an example of how the Freedom and Democracy Cult redefines license, and calls it virtue. Very convenient for feral people like your husband.

Yes, I know …there has been an inner grief, a longing for godly love from John. Instead John only offers you “gay love” … the hedonistic affection of an ungodly man glued to you by a past history. He is like a wild dog who shows affection because someone gave him food and comfort … but, does he have inner loyalty, or God-inspired devotion to you?

NO, don’t fool yourself by John’s outward compliance to conventional morality … his inner condition is as gay as they get. Pray he doesn’t cross the line and go broke-back … or come back to you declaring he is a woman trapped in a man’s body.

John, the only way you can truly love your wife … is to make amends with God. That involves sacrifice.

» Posted By Jeff On 28/August/2006 @ 5:03 pm

Hi, Carol.

You know, I have to admit I was a bit rash. Now, looking at your site with further inspection, I am embarassed to see this blog site is family oriented, and set up for personal friends… not set up as a public forum for all contenders coming your way. I came to this site by way of GI Korea — assuming this blog was more public oriented.

Yes, I came ignorant of the total context. Yet, my radar did pick up something too delicious to resist; a subtle redefined Christianity lurking within the presuppositions of your husband’s worldview. I would assume his relationship with you, has rubbed off on him — thus, his feral worldview is somewhat constrained by your Christianity.

It is apparent now, that the spiritual force I am intuitively contending with — emanates from you. Your husband appears merely to be a spiritually kept man … under the religious auspices of his ever-seeing wife.

First, lets understand your husband: you say, he is a Neo-Conservative deist. A deist is simply a functional atheist. In otherwords, he can see the intelligence behind the creation, but ignores the creator’s claim over his life… thus, his behavior is not constrained by any consideration of a moral God. He is merely a conventional man who follows the law and the law of his wife — in order to stay out of trouble. He looks moral, but essentially is as feral as a wild dog. This means “reasonable” good times for him — darts and beer with Thirsty. He makes you think this is an acceptable life deal. But, is he really happy? That’s where the Thirsty and sexual orientation issues come in. More on that later. Yes, he does have a Neo-Con streak: I can feel his will-to-power by the way he manhandles me. This Darwinian worldview recognizes some cultures are better than others, and thus it’s incumbent that superior forces dominate the lesser… it’s the essence behind Neo-Conservativism, and the reason why he looks upon my dissenting self — as no better than those God-damn Islamo Fascists. There is an implied threat he would send out a missile-ladened drone after me — if he could. I think both you and I would agree, he is cute in his own gruffy way.

Now, for you. Your husband feels he is in a box … wanting to go beyond darts and beer. He dearly loves his children, and you … but wants to expand. When wearing his beer goggles he can see the possibilities — other women? Thirsty? Yes, he has done you wrong in the past. But, that doesn’t really concern you, because you know what he is all about. That’s part of the pleasure — you control this man. He secretly wants to be free — he pines for the pleasures of this world before he dies … but you won’t let him. He is yours. A life long project to deny him his atheistic freedom. That’s your revenge.

Yes, indeedy … you are a Christian. A woman whose spiritual dominance over her husband keeps her in control of her needy man-child, and places her on the moral high-ground. You know your husband would disintegrate into a hollow shell of a man — without you. Yes, power corrupts.

First, lets establish something. My gaydar is NEVER wrong. Behind your husband’s discussion- stopping bluster, and empty platitudes … is an essence — quite effeminate. He also runs with younger boys … to see Dorothy.

But, these boys are devious. Have you ever thought of what things your husband and Thirsty are capable of — right under your conniving eyes? These boys are smarter than you think, and have ways to subvert your queenly authority. Pride goeth before a fall.

My question: What is your liberal Christian stance on homosexuality. Is it an abominable sin, or acceptable in the context of a loving relationship?

Let’s get down to brass tacks. Shall we?

» Posted By Jeff On 25/August/2006 @ 5:50 pm

Thirsty,

By the way, Thirsty … just what are you thirsty for? Beer? The living water Jesus promised! Fluids that slide down the throat like egg yolk? What’s with you and John. Do you also consider a nice boy like me … as no better than them Islamo-fascists deserving a cluster-bomb baptism.

It’s apparent with John’s rough exterior that he is the butch. Are you the more gentle — receptive one — in the relationship? Why so reserved, merely trying to shoo me away. Why don’t you speak out and give me your manly opinion about are topic discussions? John seems to need your help.

Are you a man, or a mouse — squeak up!

» Posted By Jeff On 24/August/2006 @ 6:46 pm

Thirsty,

Wait a minute! You silly boys are leading me on. My gay-dar is NEVER wrong. From the back-stage photo shoot pictured above, everyone has that subtle gay sparkle in their eyes — except the Korean stage-players. No, really. Take another look at those boys. There! Do you see it! Yea, that’s right. Now, you know what I am talking about.

I assumed this blog site was a pick-up front for sweet love with one’s own tender gender. There is alot of that going on in USFK.

Come on, from what I can see … you boys play more than darts together. I just assumed John’s visceral hate for extremist Christianity — and his bogus separation of Church and state canard — is a personal back-lash against fundamentalism’s hard-core stand against homosexuality.

I assume John, is what you call … a tolerant Christian filled with the creamy love of the Christian brotherhood.

John, tell us … what kind of Christian are you?
If you are not an extremist, are you a “moderate” Christian?

» Posted By Jeff On 24/August/2006 @ 6:27 pm

Carol,

Yes, I am confused. John’s blog has attracted a fan — me. I see you really like him, too. Thirsty, however, seems to want to possess John all for himself. Thirsty, please don’t see me as sexual competition … I just want to be a friend to John.

But yes, I am confused … when I try to gain insights from John — through challenging dialogue and hoped for understanding — he strangely waxes subtly abusive — for example, the above forceful platitudes and cliches thrown at me with a feeling of contempt.

For example John snarls this: “Seperation of church and state, dude. Look it up, it’s in the Constitution. People like you give Christianity a bad name. I don’t see much difference between fantatics like you and the Islamofacists who want to destroy us.

You are free to believe whatever you want. That’s the beauty of it. If I choose to not share your beliefs, that is my right as well.

Get used to it pal.”

Wow! What a tough guy! I am just curious if this rough manhandling is a manifestation of Christian tough-love or a border-line personality disorder. He seems to distance himself from “extremist Christians”, so you know — maybe he’s a “moderate” Christian who doesn’t like to be bothered by pesky questions that interfere with his socialist belief system.

I am trying my best to logically and rationally explain my positions, but John merely blusters, spits out incomprehensible platitudes, and then remains suspiciously silent after I try my best to dialogue with rationality. I thought Americans valued rational discussions on important issues. What is the purpose of this blog? Merely mental masturbation with his own thoughts?

Please, John … at least take a minimal stand for Jesus; please tell me — Are you a Christian or not? If you confess Him before men, Christ will confess you before the Father.

What say ye?

» Posted By Jeff On 24/August/2006 @ 3:39 pm

John and Thirsty,

I can see your level of comprehension regarding the American constitution is as profound as our Korean stage player’s comprehension of the essential satirical meaning of the Wizard of Oz.

Be on note: There is NO separation of church and state in the US Constitution. Where did you hear that soundbite? And furthermore, why do you so easily believe soundbites bandied about?
Such easy credulity is best left to the Korean groupthink … but really doesn’t become an old white-boy from the states.

Consider what this certain man had to say that is appropriate to our discussion on the “separation of state and religion” canard: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” –Joseph Goebbels

Then you (John) use your blog to declare: “You are free to believe whatever you want. That’s the beauty of it.” And furthermore, you and Thirsty go about trying to dismiss and shoo away my challenge to your peculiar Democratic and Freedom cult.

John, since you appear wizened with age, I would love to hear you expiate why it’s “beautiful” to believe and propagate lies and delusional opinions. Where is the beauty in this? Am I missing something? Aren’t we free in our attempts to reach the truth … or, are you simply suggesting there is beauty in believing lies.

Since you obviously have been educated in the PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF NORTH AMERICA, allow me to supplement your socialist college education. The 1st Amendment of the Constitution says ‘Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of a religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’

There is no separation, merely preservation of religion against the encroachments of state power.

The Declaration of Independence states that to secure the above stated right, governments are instituted amongst men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’

George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin warn us very clearly that the “consent of the governed” MUST be informed by religion and the virtues instilled by religion… otherwise, Democracy is a sham. Democracy will not save Muslims because this Western political system — without Christ — has no efficacy to do so. Worship of such a sham is idolatry… and especially egregious when young men are being thrown into the sacrificial fires for this demonic error.

In other words, our founding fathers strongly admonished the Church is above, not separate, from the government.

Thirsty, you are wrong … everyone DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Try telling that canard to North Koreans. And when Americans begin demonstrating this sad level of understanding you and John exhibit … Americans will soon be free only to parrot the soundbites of CNN … lest they be marginalized by the American groupthink — in the same way you marginalize my challenge to you.

John, I have a question for you: Since I am not a Christian, what kind of fanatic are you suggesting I am. I am intrigued.

Finally, John … may I ask if you are a Christian? A “moderate” Christian possibly?

» Posted By Jeff On 23/August/2006 @ 4:58 pm

Oh, by the way! The above comment was directed to John (Not Jeff).

John, we see you have reached the years of wisdom, please teach us kids about how Democracy saves without Christ.

» Posted By Jeff On 22/August/2006 @ 6:30 pm

Jeff,

The Wizard of Oz is a satirical fable illustrating how the state personified as the Wizard (“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”)insidiously appropriates from religion the existential guilt system of a society(our value system of right and wrong) — in order to exploit the people’s minds for the state’s own use, making them compliant within the mental state prison of groupthink.

Compliance to this state cult is what you are exhibiting in your unreflective worship of Democracy and Freedom …a worship willing to sacrifice young lives … throwing them into the fires… as if worshipping the demon god Molech.

Thus, because you unreflectively support Ranger Bill’s delusional state religion (Democracy brings salvation without Christ) … the Wizard has bestowed upon you the honorary title of “Patriot Boy” with a badge for your blog in written form: “Thank you for your service”.

Wow! You bust your buttons with pride (Just like the strawman, lion, and tinman honored by the Wizard): an example of how state controlled groupthink enslaves its citizens with their own pride.

This state controlled groupthink tells you:
“There is no connection between religion and Democracy” — you believe this even when the founding fathers of America completely disagree with you.

It seems you are not really an American by conviction, but a citizen of the “People’s Republic of North America”. Thus, explaining your innate antagonism to the convictions of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and dismissing them as ignorant dead guys.

For the same reason these Korean actors can’t have a clue what the Wizard of Oz is about, you also don’t have a clue. How can an Asian or totalitarian dupe, criticize the collective they culturally idealize? Can’t!

“Truth is hate, to those who hate the truth.”

» Posted By Jeff On 22/August/2006 @ 6:26 pm

Regarding comments

John, I quote you: “Well, you know Jeff the more you talk the less it calls for a response. Your words make the case for your ignorance far better than my feeble attempts might do.”

Spoken like a true lightweight frightened by the discourse, that he prepares a pre-emptive dismissal — ready as an escape hatch.

I assume I am easily dismissed in your mind because, I quote you: ” I don’t see this connection between religon and democracy.”

Well, aint that special! George Washington saw the connection, but you don’t. Now you are implying George Washington was ignorant… just like me. Now I understand why you have started your own blog.

Please, John … just hear out your founding president before you dismiss him. Give him a little respect… before you trash the dead white guy. He did, after all, start this whole democratic experiment.

“George Washington referred to the United States as “a great experiment.” And in his farewell address he said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” He further admonishes:“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks—no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without virtue in the people is a chimerical [an illusion or fabrication of the mind] idea.”

And another ignorant man said this:“Democracies have always been spectacles of turbulence and contention and as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

– James Madison

Another ignorant dude, according to you said this:“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice [greed], ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

– John Adams

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis? A conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not violated but with his wrath?”

– Thomas Jefferson

John, I would like to hear your “enlightened” argument why these above men are ignorant in comparison to insights you have gained from your college education.

Please, Yes, I know according to you the more these men are quoted, the less they “deserve a response” to their ignorance, but just humor us a bit — tell us why you “don’t see this connection between religion and democracy.”

John, we are ready and waiting to grasp your insights, for a better world. Thank you.

» Posted By Jeff On 22/August/2006 @ 4:11 pm

John,

Your actual genitals were not disparaged. Your genital’s sources of pleasure were questioned.

Do you have issues about your genitals?

I only challenged Ranger Bill’s assumptions and your implied support of these same assumptions: merely claiming Ranger Bill’s idolatrous premise of worshipping Democracy and Freedom instead of Jesus Christ,leads to a deluded bloody conclusion.

Your current lack of response to my sexy challenge … comes across as a person who only affirms what pleases himself. Essentialy, a masturbatory approach to discourse over the internet where one can only respond to self-affirming stimulation, and thus remains unresponsive to the hetero-sexuality of dissenting ideas. I hope this spiritual orientation doesn’t carry over to real world contact with the opposite sex. My comment about your genitals, therefore, still holds concerning your lack of response to whatever doesn’t “jive” (fits) the size of your — now questioned — pleasure stick (worldview).

What is your response to my honest challenge?

“Truth is hate, to those who hate the truth.”

» Posted By Jeff On 21/August/2006 @ 6:47 pm

Welcome home, Ranger Bill

John, Please don’t leave me! I ain’t no religious fanatic? I beg you, don’t reject me because you think I love Jesus too much. I don’t even go to church. I just want to be loved … is that so wrong?

Jeff, please if you are a Christian, then tell it to me straight! What must I do, to be saved?

Democracy or Jesus?

» Posted By Jeff On 24/August/2006 @ 4:14 pm

All I hear is the sound of crickets.

Sounds like John is trying to think of something to say. Can he do it?

» Posted By Jeff On 23/August/2006 @ 6:58 pm

John, I quote you from a collateral response to the above topic: “Well, you know Jeff the more you talk the less it calls for a response. Your words make the case for your ignorance far better than my feeble attempts might do.”

Spoken like a true lightweight frightened by the discourse, that he prepares a pre-emptive dismissal — ready as an escape hatch.

I assume I am easily dismissed in your mind because, I quote you again: ” I don’t see this connection between religon and democracy.”

Well, aint that special! George Washington saw the connection, but you don’t. Now you are implying George Washington was ignorant… just like me. Now I understand why you have started your own blog.

Please, John … just hear out your founding president before you dismiss him. Give him a little respect… before you trash the dead white guy. He did, after all, start this whole democratic experiment.

“George Washington referred to the United States as “a great experiment.” And in his farewell address he said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” He further admonishes:“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks—no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without virtue in the people is a chimerical [an illusion or fabrication of the mind] idea.”

And another ignorant man said this:“Democracies have always been spectacles of turbulence and contention and as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

– James Madison

Another ignorant dude, according to you said this:“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice [greed], ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

– John Adams

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis? A conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not violated but with his wrath?”

– Thomas Jefferson

John, I would like to hear your “enlightened” argument why these above men are ignorant in comparison to insights you have gained from your college education.

Please, Yes, I know according to you the more these men are quoted, the less they “deserve a response” to their ignorance, but just humor us a bit — tell us why you “don’t see this connection between religion and democracy.”

John, we are ready and waiting to grasp your insights, for a better world. Thank you.

» Posted By Jeff On 22/August/2006 @ 4:21 pm

John,

Yes, it did appear like censorship.

Ranger Bill’s idolatrous worship of Democracy and Freedom … usually requires censorship in order to maintain its legitimacy among its cult members. Thus, my confronting your propagating the US Defense Department’s deceptively attractive canard about Turkey’s shining example of Muslim Democracy — was assumed by me to have been censored.

Now,Ranger Bill comes across to me as a Christo-pagan worshipping and willing to sacrifice American lives for a quasi-religios cult called Democracy and Freedom: a strain of a Patriotic Christian heresy that drips in needless blood.

I hate to break it to Ranger Bill, but Democracy is not the Gospel, and lacks any salvific power apart from Democracy’s necessary ingredient — faith in a moral God that demands internalized self-governance within the INDIVIDUAL.

Listen up, Ranger Bill and all such clones.

Democracy is a Western political system — not Jesus Christ. A freedom-loving Democracy requires the capacity of a significant number of individuals within its society to freely respond to an absolute deity with a personal sense of obligation — that willingly obeys His moral rules.

In order for Democracy and Freedom to function, the prospective society requires an organic growth from a Christian foundation(the very source of Democracy)… a foundation that informs the individual of his obligation to a moral God. (If, you challenge this, I will quote you George Washington, saying this very thing.)

Like I have said, Japan and Korea are pseudo-Democracies: they are bee-hive societies functioning under the power of Asian groupthink, and lacks the individualism required for a functional Democracy.

The same is true for our Muslim friends: they lack the quality of spiritual infrastructure that enables them to function in a Democracy.
Islam is just another Asian totalitarianism lacking the vital sense of individual responsibility that Christianity once fostered in the West. Muslims blow themselves up for a religious ideology, not a personal relationship with a deity. That goes also for our “moderate Muslims”.

Thus, you can lead a Muslim to Democracy, but you can’t make him drink it … especially when the transplanted political system is innately rejected by his spiritual immune system.

What Ranger Bill is so ignobly risking his life for, and willing to wear a prosthetic leg — is a future construction of a free “democratic” Muslim police state — that will surely enjoy free porn on the internet, but will eventually be overun by Muslim fundamentalism… and remain dangerous to Israel and the West.

To see Ranger Bill fighting for a false god … just makes him look — sad, and a bit obtuse.

John, in all respect … you seem a bit muddled, too.

What say, ye?

» Posted By Jeff On 18/August/2006 @ 6:03 pm

Actually John, your perspective is the fascinating one. Are you a psy-op disinformation specialist, or just ignorant?(said in all respect)

Turkey is still a military-dominated government, in which the military controls foreign affairs and national security policy and has harmful influence over domestic affairs. There is an absence in Turkey of minority rights, human rights, press freedom, speech freedom and religious freedom. Falsehoods and myths regarding Turkey’s democracy have been propagated for years by Defense and State Department officials. Freedom House in its 2003 annual report calls Turkey only part-free.

The Turks have had a long time to “pull-off” Democracy … the Muslim soul just can’t seem to do it. Why should we expect a radically polarized Iraq to do better than Turkey?

John, your optimism is the more fascinating perspective. Any comments?

» Posted By Jeff On 10/August/2006 @ 4:07 pm

Dear John,

Ranger Bill says we are whipping Al Qaida — but meaningful success will be determined by the Iraqi government stepping up to the plate, weeding its corruption, and decisive actions.

Of course we are — we are militarily degrading Al Quada because the US military is truly an organization of bad-ass professionals … they are a force to reckon with. The problem is Ranger Bill loses his dignity when he uncritically embraces a hidden assumption everyone is afraid to question: The ability of Muslims to function as a democracy?

You might say “Of, course it’s possible” for Muslims to be Western — Japanese do it.

One must, however, consider the underlying psychological mechanics of moral restraint required in the populace (a necessary ingredient) … in order for a democracy to function.

Democracy organically grew from a Judeo-Christian civilization: the Western polity was generally constrained by the concept of sin, guilt, and God’s judgement and motivated by faith. This led to a significant number of individuals effectively co-operating without oppressive external policing… giving rise to an effective rule by Democracy.

Behind Japanese society, however, is a comprehensive totalitarianism controlling its people behind its democratic machinary. Thus, Japanese society effectively runs like a democratic bee-hive society. It took an atomic bomb to convince them to play-act Democracy. South Korea is simply a more chaotic and hill-billy version of this underlying control by groupthink hiding behind a democratic facade.

Unfortunately, Muslim culture is less effective and even more chaotic than South Koreans: it’s a society that seeks the survival and gratification of the ingroup above all other principles. Sharia is merely a set of guidelines externally obeyed, and its spirit of “peace” endemically ignored. The belief in Allah does not run deeper than blood ties.

An Iraqi government will someday look like the Korean National Assembly at the Roh impeachment vote: a World Wrestling Championship free-for-all of whirling dervishes. A recipe for civil war.

The capacity for self-governance doesn’t merely come from a ballet box. Democracy requires self-rule based on true convictions within each individual … if not, then Ranger Bill is simply risking his life to set up a democratic police-state where Iraqi freedom merely means free porn on the internet.

This Ranger Bill seems like a true professional, but he really must dig deeper into why he fights?

Shouldn’t he just clearly state Western Civilization will enjoy an immense advantage obtaining operational outposts in the Middle East?

Why all the democracy mythology… as a justification for wearing a prosthetic leg for Iraqis? Especially, when Iraqis will simply elect a candidate that best represents their collective will: an Iraqi president who promises the destruction of Israel.

Ranger Bill harbors an unspoken religion that that doesn’t hold up to reality. Instead of telling us he is fighting for Freedom, why not speak straight forward and convince us of the strategic advantage Iraq gives us.

He can then truly gain our respect for his heroic sacrifice. Just speak the truth.

» Posted By Jeff On 09/August/2006 @ 7:26 pm

Greetings Earthlings!

Great pictures! I know just about every place, with excepiton of the beach. I left Korea in 2007, (retired Army) I sure miss it. I’ve been to Dolce Vita with a friend Terrence N in 2005, he played darts with a league there too. Not sure what happened to him. He was good peeps. Looks like I have another blog to follow now! One day I’ll get back to Korea and work for the Army again. Thanks for blog. Seoul rocks.

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