Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

Date: May 25, 2006

You can protest…

But you don’t have to be rude about it.

Douglas J. Feith has taken a “teaching position at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown”. Mr. Feith is a former Pentagon official who has been accused of promoting the war in Iraq using faulty evidence.

I’m not going to make a judgement on Mr. Feith’s past or whether or not he should be a teacher. It isn’t for me to say, I’m not on the faculty at Georgetown, nor am I a student. (Apparently, Mr. Feith “was hired without a faculty vote.” The NY times article mentions that when Madeleine Albright, Anthony Lake and George Tenet joined the faculty, no one protested. But, the article did not say whether or not they were hired without a faculty vote.)

Anyway, my point is this statement:

“I’m not going to shake hands with the guy if he’s introduced to me,” said Mark N. Lance, a philosophy professor who teaches nonviolence in the program on Justice and Peace and who organized the protest. “And if he asks why, I’ll say because in my view you’re a war criminal and you have no place on this campus.”

Now, that’s just rude. You’ve made your point by protesting his appointment to the faculty and that’s enough. Since when did we decide that it is okay to be rude to someone in this country. It happens on the right side of the fence and the left side of the fence with an astounding frequency. There is no reason to be rude to someone because you disagree with their politics.

Case in point, I disagree with President Bush on a lot of matters — ooh, big surprise there! Anyway, if I was offered an opportunity to go to the White House and have dinner with him — I WOULD NOT TURN IT DOWN. (So, if you’re reading this, Mr. President, I’m free next Friday night.) It would be the polite thing to do.

I knew a guy who’s friend was in the military. When Clinton visited the military base on which his friend was stationed, his friend flipped Clinton the bird and received punishment for it. The guy I knew said how unfair that was.

I don’t think so.

I would think any serviceperson who flipped Bush the bird would receive the same punishment. It shouldn’t be done. If you don’t like the President, hold a protest banner, but at least be polite.

So, Mr. Lance, please shake hands and then sit down and rationally, politely discuss the reasons why you don’t want Mr. Feith to be on the faculty. Then, try to find some common ground.

And, don’t forget to say please and thank you.

God Bless

The End is near…

And it is being led by Verizon, Bell South, AT&T and Time Warner…

First, I barely have the extra money I spend each year to keep my two paid for websites — topofmyhead.info and eskielover.com — up and running. I don’t make a lot of money from my CafePress site, nor from the few Amazon and Google Ads I have up and running. So, if Congress doesn’t choose to protect the little guy — mainly, me — I will be dropping off the web and I’m not alone. Many of the blogs that we all like to read are not in a position to stay off if they have to pay an extra fee. Include in that the webcomics and personal webpages and a lot of real Americans will be disenfranchised by the Internet.

Second, I take Online Classes — will my college be able to pay the extra fees to the carriers so I can bring up a webpage? And, if they don’t pay and the page loads slow anyway, why should I bother paying the high fee I pay for Cable Internet Access? If it’s going to run slow, then I’ll just drop back down to a local dial up service. Won’t make any difference to me. I’m sure that a lot of people will continue to pay the high rates, but I wish they wouldn’t.

Third, why should I — who pay for my RoadRunner access and the hosting fee for my websites be expected to have to pay more so my free site can be viewed? Just how many people do these companies think will actually pay for this kind of service?

Here’s my suggestion, write a letter to your Internet provider and one of the other ones. Let them know that this is a dumb idea. Trust me, AT&T, Verizon, etc. are all ready making plenty of money off of all of us. If they push for this, I can guarantee you that I will never use any of their products again. Don’t really care if I drop Cable TV — it’ll leave a lot more money each month to buy books and rent movies.

God Bless

Hello, Ireland!

So, I was checking out the stats for my page. I like to see just from where my ten readers come. And I noticed that one reader — who has returned once — came from County Cork, Ireland. Now, this is a HUGE interest to me, because my great-grandfather, Percy (Patrick) Madigan came from County Cork, Ireland. (Which, if you’re interested, makes me a fourth generation Irish American.)

Anyway, I thought just in case my Irish reader wanders back to my blog, I’d say HI!

And, since I was looking, I thought I’d say hi to a few other places, so a big “HI!” to…

Milton, FL
Carlinville, IL — but I’m sure I’m related to you and say hi all the time.
Beirut, Lebanon
Rogers, AR
Ogden, UT
Madison, WI
Marble Falls, TX
Yukon Territory, Whitehorse, Canada — you should know, I love to visit Canada!
Whitesburg, KY
Reston, VA
Memphis, TN
Plano, TX

There were more places, but these were the ones with repeat visitors!

Have a great day!

God Bless

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