Friday, June 14, 2013

Quick Hits: Volume LXX

- Given the developments in Syria, the U.S. is supposedly going to intervene on behalf of the rebels looking to overthrow the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad. Mark Steyn, in his regular Thursday appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show, vehemently opposes any U.S. intervention in that mess. As such, Steyn feels we should employ Henry Kissinger-type cynicism in the motif of the Iran-Iraq war in that it's a shame they both can't lose.

Anyhow, the rationale behind supplying the rebels with ammo is due to the fact al-Assad used chemical weapons against said rebels.

Whoa, chemical weapons?!?! As in weapons of mass destruction?!?! Wherever would Syria obtain such an arsenal?

- In the midst of revelations last week that the NSA was collecting massive amounts of Americans' personal data via multiple online venues, reactions have included outrage, resignation and, believe it or not, apathy

Yes, apparently the mindset of some in the citizenry was to acquiesce to the NSA's operation with the mindset of "I have nothing to hide."

Let that sink in for a minute.

If our civil liberties are indeed under attack when people actually put up a fight to maintain them, how the heck does one expect to ever get them back if one allows them to be taken without so much as a whimper?

Oh, and one more thing. Just because you believe that your personal information shows nothing incriminating does not necessarily mean that "Big Brother" is of the same opinion.

- I will be taking a rare and well deserved break from my radio program this Sunday, but am leaving it in very capable hands. The delightful EJ Haust will be hosting The Closer in its regular 1:00-3:00 PM Central time slot.

You'll definitely want to check out the program if you're able, as EJ has already given me the inside scoop as to some of the things she has planned.

That's all I'll say for now.


1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

One note on Iraqi chemical weapons is that the sources I've seen indicate that the stable shelf life of Sarin, Anthrax, et al is really only a few years. So if Syria got its chemical weapons from Iraq, the opponents of Hafez Assad can be grateful that he wasn't using the good stuff, to put it mildly.

I had the same suspicion, looked up the data, and apart from some amazing way of preserving the toxins, they tend to degrade--toxins are generally inherently reactive and unstable. (that's why they're toxic, really)