Posts Tagged ‘politics’

An Obervation that Pains Me.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Before I dive into this topic, let me put it out there that, by any definition, I am a bleeding heart liberal. That’s going to matter to this post.

I have now read several memoires by US Navy SEALs. I’ve also read several non-fiction accounts about Navy SEALs. Here’s a partial list:

Fearless, by Eric Blehm. This is an account of the life and service of SEAL team 6 member Adam Brown, who was killed in action in 2010.

No Easy Day, by Mark Owen and Keven Maurer. This is an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

American Sniper, Jim DeFelice and Chris Kyle. The service of SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. An account of the mission that resulted in Luttrell being stranded in Pashtun territory.

Warrior Elite, by Dick Couch. Follows SEAL class 228

Warrior Soul, by Chuck Pfarrer, his account of his time as a SEAL and his service in Beruit and elsewhere.

I enjoyed every single one of these books, by the way. They help inform elements of my writing. (Well, yes, all my reading does this, but hey, some books are more insight-giving than others.)

But there’s a theme that gets sounded in every single one of them and it pains me.

In each of these books there is always mention (and in the case of Luttrell’s book CONSTANT mention) of how the liberal media and liberal elite hate SEALs and actively attempt to make their jobs harder. This blog post isn’t about whether there might be some people who do feel and act that way. There surely are.

What I want to say, as a bleeding heart liberal and someone whose education probably lands me in the “elite” category, is that not only do I not resent the military, I agree that a prepared military is necessary. There is evil in this world. There are governments, movements, heads of governments and heads of movements who are engaged in moral and ethical evil. I am not sorry that Osama bin Laden is dead. I regret that we live in a world where we haven’t figured out how to exist without violence, but that does not mean I don’t understand why people are moved to revolution or why a people or government have no choice but to pick up arms. I don’t advocate doing nothing when a government or movement is engaged in genocide or when the lives of women are given up to political expediency.

I think Teddy Roosevelt was right when he said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy cost the lives of millions.

I am profoundly grateful for the sacrifices and dedication of the men and women who serve in our military. They put their lives on the line every single day.

But I’m saddened by the apparent belief, as expressed in these books, that people like me don’t appreciate what Navy SEALs do. I’m even sorrier that somehow people like me have failed to make it known that we do not feel that way.

Believe me I do appreciate it. This blog is my opportunity to express my thanks and admiration to everyone in the military. Even as I wish war was unnecessary.



Moving right along, here

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Xia’s going well enough. The last 2-3 days I’ve been doing my first Big Adjustment to the story. Things were getting pretty messy but I think I’ve got myself straightened out. Although it’s not much fun when I realize I need to re-align — because it’s a lot of work that doesn’t necessary increase the page count — It’s also important to go through it. For me anyway. Otherwise, the story continues to suck. All of which means things are on track.

In other news, if politics and privacy are not your thing don’t bother following this link regarding the events that led to this quote from Joel Johnson:

And as the reaction of the crowd to my questions showed, no one wants AT&T rifling around in their communications. The only way to stop them from doing so is to speak up whenever we have the chance

You might consider encrypting all your internet traffic pretty soon. Video and written commentary. Check out both. If AT&T does this, how soon before some writer sending her full to an agent, editor or critique partner gets caught up in this boondoggle? This is just insane. And outrageous.



Friday, December 8th, 2006

Today, I almost didn’t write. I thought of a bazillion things I need to do instead. But I was strong. And panicky. It is a sad fact that novels do not write themselves. They do not magically appear in your word processor ready to go, all but for a little polishing. Drats. You have to put the words there yourself, one-at-a-painful-time. And when they don’t seem much like the wonderful words you imagined before you sat down to write, you have to suck it up and keep writing so that, eventually, you have enough words to edit into something. I really hate this part. Passionately. I would rather clean my room than write brand spanking new novel-words. But I was strong. My room is not clean (but must be by 7:15 am Wednesday, alas).

What else can I say?

I have my local RWA chapter meeting tomorrow morning so I can’t sleep late. Plus soccer games. Plus this appointment so that Carolyn can learn about how to wear makeup for my updated author photo which I need to get, plus, the ABC/PBS documentary thing on Wednesday. So Saturday, I drive 45 miles south to Berkeley then back north for my consultation, then I drive 27 miles south to my son’s soccer games (there are 2) and back north. Ick. But I can’t change the appt for obvious reasons. I should think.

Sigh I try to keep politics out of this blog, but I suppose I can’t since it seems I’m to be on National TV in April. I am a plaintiff in theElectronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit against AT&T for allegedy turning over their customers’ internet traffic to the NSA without a warrant. More accurately, I suppose, the EFF represent me in this lawsuit. So, ABC TV will be out here interviewing the EFF and me. My son is thrilled that they want to get footage of him going off to school. No one was deterred from this notion when I mentioned that this means he cuts across the field to the neighbor’s house because he gets a ride from them. (Their son goes to the same school). Are these New Yorkers prepared for Petaluma? I think not. Should be interesting. Anybody think I can lose 20 pounds by Wednesday?

Me neither.