- The definitive Arty Mon, 27 Feb 2006 03:49:32 +0000 en To all who shall see these presents, greeting Sat, 25 Feb 2006 23:12:53 +0000 Marcus MilBlog The last couple of days I’ve been closely watching the cutting scores for the March 1st promotions. Thursday, the unofficial scores were posted on the Manpower site, and the score was under what I currently have. It looked like I was going to be promoted! The official scores were posted to MCTFS Friday during the day and everything still looked good to go. All I had to wait on was the select grade cycle Friday night to make it official.

This afternoon, I was at work to grab my cell phone charger, and I checked my grade screen in MCTFS. What I saw is exactly what I wanted.


I am currently selected for promotion to the rank of Corporal! I will be promoted on March 1st, and hopefully Anna will be able to attend to pin the new chevrons to my collar. I’m very excited about the promotion, and hopefull that warrants are ready for the ceremony.

Super Mario Soundboard Sun, 05 Feb 2006 00:19:53 +0000 Marcus Computers Via Digg

Super Mario Brother Synth board, create your own SMB mix of songs and sounds, i just listened to the water level music for 10 minutes….:)

Possibly the greatest thing. Ever.

WaPo publishes letter from JCS Thu, 02 Feb 2006 14:48:08 +0000 Marcus Military Note: For the background story, please see WaPo Editorial Cartoon 29 January - Joint Chiefs Respond.

The Washington Post burried the letter from the Joint Chiefs on page A20, but it was published. However, I do applaud them for publishing the letter.

I highly doubt the paper, or even Toles, will respond to the letter, but I would like to see them respond.

I thought I was the only one that had picked up on this yesterday. However, Michelle Malkin got it published as I was getting things together to make my post while being pulled away from the computer by work. Too bad I can’t be a full-time professional blogger, eh?

WaPo Editorial Cartoon 29 January - Joint Chiefs Respond Wed, 01 Feb 2006 21:45:38 +0000 Marcus Military On 29 January, the Washington Post ran an editorial cartoon by Tom Toles on page B6 that shows the true extent of the liberal bias in the paper. In the cartoon, Tooles showed an Army soldier with amputated arms and legs being attended to by “Dr. Rumsfield.” The soldier’s condition? “Battle hardened.”

The cartoon is completely out of line. Never should a wounded soldier, airman, sailor, or Marine be depicted in an editorial cartoon. I’m completely in favor of free speech, but you can cross the line as this cartoon did. The WaPo should be ashamed for allowing something like that cartoon to run in the paper.

I obtained a scan of the actual letter the Joint Chiefs of Staff are going to send to WaPo from Seamus. To use one of his phrases, he is “one of the good guys.” The letter came in three bitmaps I’ve converted to jpeg format and compiled into one html document. Since I don’t have any decent graphics tools here at work, this will have to do.

I humbly request that any and all bloggers willing to spread the news of this story do so.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention this from the original email Seamus sent. A general grade officer close to the Joint Chiefs said the letter could run in Thursday’s WaPo.

With regard to the Washington Post’s response: They are processing the letter, and anticipate it will be in Thursday’s edition. That is not a guarantee, but a strong likelihood.

Good to go. I’ll be looking for it.

UPDATE 2: Oops, I had a typo in the title. Fixed.

Additional Coverage:
Uncooperative Blogger
Michelle Malkin

H.R. 4437 Sun, 29 Jan 2006 20:09:04 +0000 Marcus Illegal Immigration House Resolution 4437 passed the House on December 16, 2005 by a vote of 239-182. Titled the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, HR 4437 calls for many changes to the way the country currently handles illegal immigrants. Highlights of the bill include physical borders (i.e. fences) with increased surveillance, stiffer penalties for those re-entering after prior removal, DHS and DoD cooperation to reinforce the Border Patrol with military support, and elimination of the “catch and release” program.

Overall, this is a huge step in the right direction. I am in complete support of the fences and cooperation of DHS and DoD cooperation. I would like to see very stiff penalties for those caught smuggling aliens into the country. Something along the lines of hard prison time for Americans and immediate deportation for aliens.

The complete details of the bill are a must read. I also recommend that you contact your Senator expressing your support of this bill.

Longest Spam Email Fri, 27 Jan 2006 15:04:54 +0000 Marcus Computers From Mr.Richard Ven Sossouk Telephone:0022506064390. Private Dear Friend, After going through your profile iit pleases me to contact [...]]]> I was completely blown away by the length of a spam email I got this morning. I found it wildly amusing and just shows the lengths some will go to in the name of spam. Read more in the fold.

>From Mr.Richard Ven Sossouk

Dear Friend,
After going through your profile iit pleases me to contact you and to inform you of my desire to go into business with you.
I am Mr Mr.Richard Ven Sossouk a managing director and head of international private banking at Loita Capital Partners International (LCPI), the private banking arm of Ecobank, Abidjan - Cote d’Ivoire. I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer, and an investment he placed under our banks management 3 years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail.
I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.
In 2003, the subject matter came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of $20.7 million American dollars, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case, I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the private banking sector, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over eight million dollars, this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments. In mid 2004, he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments. He directed that I liquidate the funds and have it
deposited with a security firm.
I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited with a security consultancy firm as he had directed. This security firm is an especially private firm that accepts deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations that handle valuable products or undertake transactions that need immediate access to cash.
This small and highly private organization is familiar especially to the highly placed and well-connected organizations. In Line with instructions, the money was deposited with them. He told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from France later that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired around 25th February 2004.
In October last year, we got a call from the security company informing us of the inactivity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position as far as I was concerned, given the fact that I managed the private banking sector I was the only one who knew about the deposit at the security company, and I could not understand why our client had not gone forward to claim his deposit. I made futile efforts to locate him.
I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department. Four days later, information started to trickle in, apparently our man was dead.
If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous.
It is this investigation that resulted in my being furnished with your details as a possible relative of the deceased because of the similarity in your last names. My official capacity dictates that I am the only party to supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the results of the investigation.

It is quite clear now that our dear fellow died with no known or identifiable family members. This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to practice, the security company will by the end of this year broadcast a request for statements of claim to Loita Capital Partners International (LCPI), failing to receive viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit to Loita Capital Partners International (LCPI). This will result in the money entering the Loita Capital Partners International (LCPI) Private Bank accounting system and the portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the private banking division. This will not happen if I have my way.
What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I want you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who sit upon certain chairs and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is $8,700,000.00 dollars deposited in a security company. I alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so.
I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as Loita Capital Partners International (LCPI) Private Bank is concerned, the transaction with the late customer concluded when I sent the funds to the security company all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The security company has no single idea of what’s the history or nature of the deposit. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that I may direct. This is the situation.
I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. You with the same very name as the original depositor would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim.The alternative would be for us to have the security company direct the funds to another bank with you as account holder. This way there will be no need for you to think of receiving the money directly from the security company as it is not a conventional financial institution; they accept deposits from only organizations thus; what you hand over to them is what you get back. They do not have the means to process the money.
I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by. For once I find myself in total control of my destiny.

I am contacting because of your social status and someone who is in God.I belief that you and I can use the money for the propogation of the gospel of God and also to help the sufferring massed both in africa and other parts of the world.

On the otherhands,If the money is left unclaimed the security company top official will automatically loot the money and share it among themselves and therefore the money will be lost to corrupt and selfish individuals who will end up using the money to oppress the poor and needy.

Think about you and I claiming the money and using it for the work of God and charitable project.That will glorify the kingdom of God and alleviate the poor.I have decided to do this because as a staff of the security company I have seen unclaimed money lost to the management and when this opportunity came knocking,I prayed over it and after due considerations, I contacted you so that you as Reverend Sister can use your position and influence the good use of the money for charity project and propogation of the work of God kingdom.

I have also resolved to use some part of my share for personal investment and I know that at the end of the day,God will surely reward me becuase I did not allow the money to be embellzzed by the corrupt officials of the security company.Please think about what the money will do for the poor masses outside there and also the victims of natural disaster.Iam looking forward to your positive response and please kindly send to me your telephone number so that we can talk more on this project.I have also attached my telephone number and hope you will not hestitate to contact me.
I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank.
I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Lets share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this email. If you give me positive signals, I will give you the relevant details and initiate this process towards a conclusion.
I do not want any direct link between you and I. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our total Quality Management Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously.Do not betray my confidence.
I await your response.

Mr.Richard Ven Sossouk.

Mexico and Illegal Immigration Fri, 27 Jan 2006 03:12:25 +0000 Marcus Illegal Immigration Brian of The Uncooperative Bloggger reported back on the 15th of January about the Mexican military crossing into United States territory. He had no problem stating exactly what he thought of the situation, and what the United States needs to do.

I am sorry folks but this is unacceptable. We cannot allow the Mexican Army to cross our borders and fire on our Border Agents, or civilians. This scenario just gets worse and worse. We have got to secure our borders, and if we are fighting with the Mexican Army, with or without the Governments permission or knowledge, we have got to treat it like a military problem. We are going to have to deploy troops on the border, and that is all there is to it as far as I am concerned.

No need to apologize, Brian. You are not alone in these feelings at all. I am in complete agreement with you. The United States must take a stand against illegal immigration.

If you are interested in what else Brian has said about this topic, you should check out some other posts on his blog.
Score One for The Minutemen
Mexican Army Crossing the Border while Drug Cartels make Elaborate Tunnels
Mexico Supports Illegal Immigration Again

These are only what he has on his front page. You should check out the rest of his Illegal Immigration category.

Laugh of the Day: Snort Edition Wed, 18 Jan 2006 19:28:32 +0000 Marcus Politics I was reading The Dilbert Blog this afternoon and I ended up laughing so hard I snorted.

I’ve also been called out on the fact that I have not mocked liberals with the same frequency as I have mocked people who happen to be conservative. This is largely because the base requirement for being mocked for your actions is that you must have some actions. Quick, name three things that liberals have done lately!

Regardless of Scott Adams’ politcal beliefs, thats funny.

24 Season 5 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 00:57:40 +0000 Marcus Television I saw the first two episodes of the new season a little late, but I saw them in time for tonight! The show starts in five minutes here on the east coast, so I will talk all about it then.

I just noticed I don’t have a television category. That will be fixed tonight, as well.

UPDATE: Category fixed!

I’m addicted to this show again. I loved the first four seasons, but this one is topping them all. My only complaint is that I am able to guess the threats without much trouble. I wish Fox would make it a little harder to guess. Enough nuclear/biological/chemical threats!

Warning, spoiler about the first four hours below the fold.

They killed Palmer! Not cool! Tony and Michelle were attacked resulting in Michelle dying and Tony in very rough shape. Way to kill off three of my favorite characters. In fitting fashion, Jack is the key suspect. We all know he didn’t do it, because that just isn’t in Jack’s style. Well, and the fact he wasn’t even in LA when it all happened.

I don’t like President Logan at all. He is way too high strung, and he is an idiot. When the hostage situation pops up at an airport, he freaks out. That isn’t very presidential in my opinion. He also has a traitor working for him, which just adds to my dislike. Granted, he doesn’t know.

The hostage situation gets resolved, but there was a sleeper terrorist among them. We then see the big threat for this season. They don’t come out and say what it is in the episode, but the teaser clips reveal it is nerve gas. Nasty stuff.

I can’t wait until next week!

I give up, y’all win (hotlinking update) Sun, 15 Jan 2006 16:06:42 +0000 Marcus Computers Well, it happened again. I was only two weeks into the month and I was already over my bandwidth. Hattip to Dad for pointing it out to me. Jon pulled a string or two and got service back to the domain. Thanks, Jon.

This is my official statement of defeat. The Myspace users, the MSN Spaces users, the users of some game in german that I can’t read win. You hotlinked and pirated me into defeat.

I have taken all my art off the domain. I cannot let ignorant people take advantage of me any longer. I may put all my art back up in the future. It will be in very small thumbnail form, but it may be back up.

Macworld 2006 Keynote Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:43:08 +0000 Marcus Computers It is about 28 minutes until Steve Jobs is scheduled to begin his keynote for this year’s Macworld. A few of the rumors flying about are a new Intel based notebook, FM transmitter in iPods, iLife/Work 06, and others. I don’t own a Mac currently, but I would love to have one. I’m really excited about what Steve could announce today. My main hope is the Intel machines will be low cost. Low cost means I could possibly get one. We shall see.

Meanwhile, the Apple store is offline. No doubt they are getting everything ready for the big announcements.

I’ll be posting portions of the keynote that I see via MacDailyNews. You can see all of MacDailyNews’ coverage at their homepage.

Things are starting to happen. is updating a lot better than MacDailyNews so I will try to bring updates from both below the fold.

Also note that I’m making changes to how I have this post displayed on the fly as I think of something I like better.

UPDATE 12:42: The keynote is over. Overall, I’m very impressed! It doesn’t look like the cheap laptop I was hoping for came into being, but I may still have to look into getting a Mac. Great job, Steve and Apple.

Any comment with (ed) after the time is something written by me. Some of the software updates aren’t exactly interesting to me so I’m just summarizing what is said in the feed. All times are for the West Coast.

10:42 am That’s it. We’ll be posting new stories shortly. Thanks to all who helped make this webcast possible.
10:41 am Shows pic of Jobs and Woz. will be 30 years in 4-1-2006.
10:40 am Thanks intel.
10:40 am Thanking people who walk out on stage. Lots of applause.
10:38 am Showing in the Intel ad one more time.
10:38 am Taking orders today.
10:37 am Shipping in February.
10:37 am 5.6lbs. iSight, Front Row; $1999 1.67 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600; $2499 1.83GHz.
10:35 am New feature: New Power Adapter is magnetically held in. If yanked, comes right out.
10:35 am IR sensor. Apple Remote.
10:33 am Demoing the new MacBook Pro.
10:33 am iSight Camera.
10:32 am 15.4inch LCD. bright as cinemas.
10:32 am Hair thinner than the 17″.
10:32 am Fastest notebook ever.
10:31 am 4-5x faster.
10:31 am 2 processors in every Macbook pro.
10:31 am No more Powerbook. Intel duo Core.
10:30 am New laptop computer.
10:30 am Today - MacBook Pro
10:30 am But power consuption. Now discussing Peformance per Watt.
10:29 am Showing a Powerbook G4. Trying to shoehorn a G5 into the Powerbook. We’ve done everyhing possible…
10:29 am “One More Thing…”
10:28 am “For years intel chips have been bored in a PC”
10:28 am “Intel Chip will be Set Free” (Mac Ad)
10:16 am - 10:28 am (ed) More tech info. Real interesting.
10:16 am showing benchmarks. overall 2-3x faster.
10:15 am Two cores. each one faster than the G5.
10:14 am Intel Core Duo. an amazing chip.
10:14 am Intel Processor. 2-3x faster than the iMac G5.
10:14 am Same sizes. 17″, 20″. Same design. Same features (isight, front row, apple remote), Same price. What’s different.
10:13 am No other desktop PC can match it.
10:12 am The iMac - built in isight camera. front row. incredible reception.
10:12 am The iMac - built in isight camera. front row. incredible reception.
10:12 am First Mac with Intel processor today.
10:12 am Thrilled with new technology from Intel. Paul Otellini leaves.
10:10 am Hard work, nights and weekends working… thanks Intel.
10:10 am Paul Otellini appears. Intel is ready. Apple is ready too.
10:09 am Intel Bunny suit guy walks out…
10:09 am Really good year for the Mac. Had previously announced that by June of this year they would be shipping Macs with Intel. How are we doing?
10:08 am Now… lets’ talk about systems… (ed ‘Bout time!)
10:08 am Some of the features in iWork ‘06. 3d charts, advanced image editing, image reflections, free form and masking, tables with calculations, new themes and templates. no demo, go check it out on the website. $79, also available today.
10:07 am iLife and .Mac. One more product… iWork ‘06.
10:06 am .Mac update. Now over 1 million subscribers.
10:06 am iLife ‘06 will be bundleded free on new Macs. (ed Awesome!)
10:06 am Available today.
10:05 am 6 iLife apps now. Same price $79.
10:04 am iWeb demo over.
9:57 am iWeb demo now.
9:56 am (ed) Work is picking back up so I’ll update this as I can.
9:55 am Easy and beautiful. Apple templates. iLife media browser with access to your content. online photo albums. one click publishing to .Mac.
9:54 am New App to share photos, movies, music, blogs, content… iWeb
9:53 am Great 5 apps in iLife… but something new…
9:49 am he’s got “Pretty good sources in Apple”
9:49 am Recording - “Hi, I’m Steve, welcome to my podcast of Super Secret Apple Rumors”
9:48 am Steve demoing Garageband with Podcast studio now.
9:47 am Garageband. New podcast studio. Podcast artwork track. over 200 free jingles and effects. speech enhanccer. use iChat for remote interviews.
9:46 am Magic iDVD, new
9:45 am Next Up… iDVD. Widescreen menus.
9:44 am Overall looks much improved. now demoing College Road trip video.
9:40 am Now onto iMovie… HD last year.
9:38 am (ed) Talking about the rest of Photocasting.
9:38 am Demoing Photocasting. picking pictures, click on Publish to upload to .Mac. Choose to Announce, and brings up mail to email to people.
9:37 am Now on to Photocasting…
9:26 am - 9:37 am (ed) Talking about iLife, iPhoto, and what you can do with them.
9:26 am Now talking about iLife. Picture of box with roll of film on it.
9:25 am New widgets today. Mac OS X 10.4.4 today. google widget, new address book, espn ,calendar.
9:17 am Works with current models. New radio screen on the iPod to tune radio through the iPod screen. $49
9:16 am Announcing a new accessory for the iPod. a remote control with FM Tuner.
9:15 am New Saturday Night Live content going up today.
9:08 am Retail Update.
9:07 am Steve Jobs on stage now

This site is refusing to load now. They must be swamped. I’m going to discontinue updates from them.
Apple Retail Stores pass $1 bln in quarter for first time.
One more rumor, from AppleInsider: “Intel iMac (17- and 20- inch) and the first 15-inch PowerBook renamed “Mac Book Pro” to ship next month.

Hotlinking Tue, 03 Jan 2006 08:58:31 +0000 Marcus Computers I’m having a serious problem as of late. It seems a good deal of MySpace users have found my artwork from each other or search engines and are hotlinking the living crap out of it. This is beyond bad. Some of you may have noticed that I ran over my bandwidth limit for December and the entire site was offline for about five or six days. Granted, my reader count is low at this point, but I do give some of my space and bandwidth to a good friend so that affected her, too. Leanna, I’m so sorry about that.

I thought my hotlinking protection was good to go, but apparently not. Jon (my server space provider) and I looked at the problem and attempted a fix, but it did not work. I did a bit of research through Google and found that by editing my .htaccess I can prevent the problem. I followed the instructions, but it didn’t quite work out. Once I tired to the view the site, I got the beautiful 500 server error. I removed the hotlinking protection lines out of .htaccess, but that still leaves me open to hotlinking.

How can I stop these Internet morons from running my bandwidth dry? I refuse to take my art down because of the stupidity of others. Also, could I sue MySpace and the users for copyright infringement?


January 3 @ 0836: Jon emailed me saying the host has got it locked down for me. I emailed him back asking what they did. I’ll update again when I get word back.

Buzz words/phrases/crap Mon, 19 Dec 2005 21:02:24 +0000 Marcus Computers I’ve never been a big fan of buzz. My disgust of buzz words and phrases grew out everything getting some sort of word or phrase to describe it. Hearing someone call the internet an “information superhighway” makes my skin crawl. I want to do evil things involving honey and ants to those that mention the “dot-com bubble bust.” The newest that grates on my nerves is Web 2.0.

I’ve been ignorant on the true meaning of Web 2.0 for months, and it was a blissful ignorant. I saw Web 2.0 as another buzz phrase brought into common use as a way to describe something that doesn’t exist, and therefor, not needed. The phrases finally bugged me enough that I Googled a bit and then visited Wikipedia to get a general consensus on the meaning.

Wikipedia - Many recently developed concepts and technologies are seen as contributing to Web 2.0, including weblogs, linklogs, podcasts, RSS feeds and other forms of many to many publishing; social software, web APIs, web standards, online web services, Ajax, and others.

Perhaps my initial hatred for the phrase came from my lack of understanding. I didn’t understand it at first because some of the biggest “Web 2.0 features” are blogging, podcasts, and RSS. I started blogging just after it became wildly popular on the web, but before the MSM grabbed it by the throat and made it a four letter word among many internet users. These things have been part of my browsing style for a good amount of time, and now seeing a phrase applied to it makes it feel plain dirty.

Applying a version number to something like the internet is just plain foolish. Do we have Telephone 2.0? How about TV 7.4 beta? No, we don’t. Over the years the changes made to the telephone and television have been just like the ones being made to the internet now. Technology has gone from operator connected calls and black and white TV to phone numbers and digital cable/satellites, yet we have just plain telephone and TV. Now internet technology is advancing just like the telephone and television before it. Leave the version number off.

The internet is changing, and the change is so far good. Once people realize that calling it Web 2.0 is retarded, we’ll be better off. However, the internet is in serious trouble by those that provide your access. More on that at a later date.

What If? Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:55:21 +0000 Marcus Politics I sat at my desk today during lunch and as usual, I was browsing the web. Only today was slightly different from normal.

I feel the urge to sometimes check on what those on the left are saying. Today’s urge was inspired by the story of President Bush giving the go ahead on the use of torture. I haven’t even read the stories because, quite frankly, I don’t believe it matters. We are at war, and anything goes when it comes to the enemy that doesn’t wear a uniform or carry a flag. I digress.

Seeing all the demands of “impeach him now!” and “we have to win in 08!” got me thinking. What happens if a Democrat wins in 2008? Will it be one that has screamed for us to back out of Iraq? Will it be one that states we never should have gone in? Will it be one that is screaming and never wanted us in? What if?

I then remembered the site of people attempting to apologize to the world because America elected George W. Bush to a second term. I think the particular site is pure and utter crap so I’m not going to link them. You really should take a second to thank God if you don’t already know the site. What if the next president follows suit with those jokers and issues an apology to the world for the War on Terror that we’ve been involved in since 2001?

Not only will America’s reputation of the defenders of freedom be forever ruined, we will look like fools. One of the biggest keys to America’s superpower status is our ability to conduct smooth transitions with change only on a lesser scale. I can’t think of one time in our history that a newly elected president has come in and changed the biggest policy a past administration used for almost two terms. In doing this, the next administration would doom America.

What if a Republican wins in 2008? Will the War on Terror continue on the same course? I honestly don’t see us finishing the job in the next two years, although we will be much closer. Will the Republican stick it out until the Iraqis have a strong enough government and military to take care of themselves? If he is smart and wants another term he will.

The next two years is going to be the real key to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and that in turn will be the key to the following four years.

I’m back. . .again Mon, 12 Sep 2005 16:53:29 +0000 Marcus For those of you who still check the blog or still have me in your RSS feeds, I would like to say thanks for sticking with me over the last seven months. I’ve come off ASP Guard and I’m working in my old office. This means I have normal working hours and can keep better track of what is going on the world.

I’m not sure if I’ll be the blogger I once was. For a time, that was pretty much all I did. Work is much busier than before and I spend a lot of time with Anna after work. We’ll give blogging a shot and see how it goes.