September 28th, 2006


Six months smoke-free


Thanks to the examples of the accursed thiebes and z111 -- oh, and the disgustingly inspiring entropy156! -- I had my final ceegar the morning of March 28: six months ago today. No big reason beyond silent solidarity with the Thelemic thing of not liking to be an addict. (And then there were the whiny-bitch* neighbors, making their cute little coughing noises in the hall...grrrrrrrr)

Understand, Entropy can still kick my ass**, but at least now I won't be wheezing at the time. ;)

Fortunately, 100%-tobacco cigars are apparently a lot easier to give up -- even after a massive daily habit for like eighteen years -- than cigarettes; I decided not to smoke anymore, I stopped cold turkey, that was it.

Worse yet, I've also been doing a twenty-minute run in place daily for thirteen months now. I swear, I don't know what's got into me. Thank God I'm still a sex maniac!, or I couldn't stand myself at ALL. :0

93 93/93 -- AJ

P.S. I loathe self-congratulatory nonsmokers, and have not become one. I'm not preaching, do your Will...and OTOH for heaven's sake please spare me the "So you've finally come to your senses" stuff. Pbbbbbbbbbbbttt :)

* EDIT: Gender-neutral term, btw. They whine, they bitch, they're whiny-bitch neighbors...more often than not male, as it happens. Hope my complainant feels better now, and sorry for any offense given. :/
** So can senryu, of course; even without what Worf would call her "wheapons."

Why I'm This Way, Part I


From the "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" attraction
-- Disneyland, ca. 1965:

"The world has never had a good definition of the word "liberty." The American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty. But in using the same word, we do not all mean the same thing.

"What consititutes the bulwark of our liberty and independence? It is not our frowning embattlements, our bristling sea coasts. These are not our reliance against tyranny. Our reliance is in the love of liberty, which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us in a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined could not, by force, take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected?

"I answer that if it ever reach us, it must spring from amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be the authors and finishers. As a nation of free men, we must live through all times, or die by suicide.

"Let reverence for the law be breathed by every American mother to the listing babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in the schools, in the seminaries, and in the colleges. Let it be written in primers, in spelling books and almanacs. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And in short, let it become the political religion of the nation. And let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes, and tongues, and colors, and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly at its altar.

"And let us strive to deserve, as far as mortals may, the continued care of Divine Providence, trusting that, in future national emergencies, He will not fail to provide us the instruments of safety and security.

"Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, or frightened from it by menaces of the destruction to the government, nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might. And in that faith, let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."

93 93/93 -- AJ

Why I'm This Way, Part II



President John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty."

And so to our point.

Article I, U.S. Constitution. Section 9 - Limits on Congress [...] "The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."

The U.S. Supreme Court just got through deciding that the "war on terror" is neither a rebellion, nor an invasion, nor in any way justifies suspension of habeas corpus, period. Today's action by the GOP Senate is flatly unconstitutional: it is a direct assault on the American system itself.

From Glenn Greenwald ( ):

One could cite an infinite number of sources to demonstrate what a profound betrayal [the bill passed by the GOP Senate today] is of the fundamental promises of the American system of government. As Justice Jackson wrote in his concurring opinion in Brown v. Allen, 344 U.S. 443, 533 (1953): Executive imprisonment has been considered oppressive and lawless since John, at Runnymede [1215 EV, signing of Magna Carta], pledged that no free man should be imprisoned, dispossessed, outlawed, or exiled save by the judgment of his peers or by the law of the land. The judges of England developed the writ of habeas corpus largely to preserve these immunities from executive restraint.

Thomas Jefferson, in his letter to Thomas Paine, 1789. ME 7:408, Papers 15:269, said: "I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

And Patrick Henry warned us well in advance about Government officials who would seek to claim the right to imprison people without a trial: "Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings--give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else! ...Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel."

Final thought -- this one from me:

Contrary to what you've been hearing, the primary responsibility of every U.S. officeholder is to the Constitution; each swears to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic."

You can imagine, I suppose, what I think of officeholders who choose to betray that oath.

So, anyhow, that's pretty much why I'm this way. I expect I'll be saying more later.

93 93/93 -- AJ