Tuesday, February 28, 2006

No comment

Boy, I really thought I might get a bunch of commenters coming over here from LGF. They usually are a pretty feisty bunch. Didn't happen, though. I did all my scrapping in the comments section over there. I think I did a pretty good job, actually. Prof. Posen should thank me for telling a bunch of right-wing strangers that he's not a hippie. (You're welcome, Barry.)

I guess it's just as well that they didn't. I haven't really kept this place up for the last 18 months or so. Even my little flag graphic is now a broken link. I think I'll have to host the image myself somewhere. Maybe on the Schleminkel website.

Do I need to refurbish this whole place? Or should I just pick up where I left off? I still get some traffic from random passersby. Well, who knows. Truth is, I ran out of things to say after the election. I've been thinking about creating a new blog just to talk about Mormon stuff, and closing this one down for good.

On the other hand, I am a TA for an American politics class this semester, so maybe I can use this blog as a place to brainstorm my lesson plans and whatnot.

I guess we'll see.


Monday, February 27, 2006

Little Green Footballs is wrong

I enjoy visiting LGF several times a week. I think that in general Charles does great work. Today, though, he is wrong. In a post entitled "NYT: No Big Deal if Iran Gets Nukes," he writes:

The big push from the left is starting, to thwart any action to stop Iran’s Manhattan Project. In the New York Times, MIT political science professor Barry R. Posen argues that Iran is a rational actor, on the way to his conclusion that We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran.

I am not going to comment on the substance of Prof. Posen's editorial for the moment, but let me say this: I know Barry, and he is not a leftie. He is a hard-headed Realist, a lifelong student of security and conflict. He loves tanks the way other people love cars. I often disagree with Barry, but he is an old Cold Warrior-- not a peacenik.

Barry has argued for many years that nuclear proliferation is not necessarily harmful to US security. This is not a new position, or an anti-Bush position. Barry said the same thing when Clinton was president. Many other political scientists of the Realist school believe that nuclear weapons cause stability and peace, not instability and war. Why did the Cold War never get hot? Why have India and Pakistan been getting along better lately? Lots of people think nuclear weapons are the answer.

Barry is not a dippy hippie. He just is not particularly worried about nuclear bombs, because he believes that deterrence works.

Just, you know, FYI...


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Lujan Mongelos is beautiful

I know a beautiful girl named Lujan Mongelos. She came from Paraguay to Texas in January 2006 to attend a workshop for teachers of English as a foreign language. I posted some pictures here.

--G. VAI