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WARNING: THIS SITE FEATURES ORIGINAL THINKING...Jim Croce once sang Don't tug on Superman's cape..., which seems like reasonable advice should we not wish to anger the supreme powers. We do have this duality in our culture: the Superman that is the state collective, the leftist call to a politics of meaning managed by the state, the deification of "we're from the government and we'll take care of you" - versus the Superman that celebrates individual freedom, private property, freedom of conscience, free enterprise, and limited government. We humbly take on the latter's mantle and, eschewing the feeble tug, we dare to PULL, in hope of seeing freedom's rescue from the encroaching nanny state. We invite you, dear reader, to come and pull as well... Additionally, if you assume that means that we are unflinching, unquestioning GOP zombies, that would be incorrect. We reject statism in any form and call on individuals in our country to return to the original, classical liberalism of our founders. (We're also passionate about art, photography, cooking, technology, Judeo/Christian values, and satire as unique, individual pursuits of happiness to celebrate.)


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March 19, 2006
Our hero James...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, War on Terror

Got a note from James today that India Company 3/5 is back in Fallujah again.

Thank you India Company for your continued and constant service to this great country! God Bless!


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March 18, 2006
A day to remember...
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs

It was one year ago today that Terri Schindler's feeding tube was removed and the strong slowly killed the weak.

In a quite profound irony, Terri is no longer living and we have only our memories in which to hold her - but the culture of death is alive and continues to seek out the weak among us in its murderous quest.

We will never forget.


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March 10, 2006
Kawazu (Part 8) Back from Paradise
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

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It's not like I can just take a later train. If I don't catch the one at 4:13 then it's a local and five hours of stops back to Tokyo. So I must back to the station.

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Kawazu (Part 7) Hey beyond! I'll come back
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

The river through Kawazu goes up into those sharp mountains for many, many miles. There are advertisements for spas and onsens (hot springs), many with attached gardens, that look worth a visit. I can't make it up there on this visit though. Have to get back to the train soon.

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But the vista beyond does give enough promise that I say to the river, to the trees: I'll come back to this place.

...Continue reading "Kawazu (Part 7) Hey beyond! I'll come back"

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March 09, 2006
Osaka (Part 5) Risk and consequence
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

I mentioned earlier that "Osaka Style" pervades this city. The entreprenuerial air here is refreshing.

Wherever we take risks, though, there are potential consequences.

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There is an extra edge to the bustle around Osaka station. This cabby got out of his car and yelled at the trafic blocking his way to let him through.

...Continue reading "Osaka (Part 5) Risk and consequence"

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Kawazu (Interlude) Hey, hon, I've got on my smoking jacket, you've got on your best outfit - let's go fishing!
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I don't think they were just there for the photo shoot.

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But they were certainly the best dressed fishing folks on the river.

...Continue reading "Kawazu (Interlude) Hey, hon, I've got on my smoking jacket, you've got on your best outfit - let's go fishing!"

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Kawazu (Part 6) The River West
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After walking through town, I caught up with everyone as they walked along the river inland, enjoying the blossoms all along the edge.

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Osaka (Part 4) Osaka Night
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At night the Shin-Umeda Sky Building takes on a different character.

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The gardens that surround the building are well lit and beautiful.

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The restaurants below the building have a great view of the lights and reflections.

...Continue reading "Osaka (Part 4) Osaka Night"

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March 08, 2006
Osaka (Part 3) Osaka Sunset
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In a pinch we have to make do.

I had a UV/glare filter on the macro lens - it fit the long lens so I put it on for some sunset shots.

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What follow is a series of shots looking West and slightly North along the river out to the bay where the Port of Osaka is. They're all of the sunset - in various stages. I like all of them, but if you just think 'seen one, seen 'em all', it's OK, you don't need to look - this one's pretty good....

...Continue reading "Osaka (Part 3) Osaka Sunset"

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Kawazu (Part 5) Simple but fresh...
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As I made my way back to the river, I walked through the small residential section near the ocean. Most of the wares being sold in the little market stands are apparently either grown or caught right in the backyard.

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