Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Random Tidbits

New Readers:
I've been getting a lot of new visitors over the last few days. If this is your first time here at Acute Politics, I'd like to encourage you to browse through the archives. You can find some favorites of mine, and of my regular readers here, here, here, here, and here. Enjoy!

Good Humor:
I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to give thirty bored soldiers super-strength mouse catching glue (the humorous translation from Arabic on the tube is "Magic Power Adhesive") and a box of mousetraps, but it happened. NEWS FLASH: FUNNY, BUT BAD IDEA!

Dumbass of the Week:
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) calls for stricter gun control laws to "prevent further violence", such as the mass murder/suicide this last week in Philadelphia. She manages to believe that the gunman carried a "legally purchased AK-47", rather than two handguns, as the police said. Strike one. She says "The deaths in Philadelphia could have been prevented if Congress had done its job of protecting the homeland and renewed the assault weapons ban", apparently failing to realize that said ban failed to ban either handguns or AK-47s. Strike two. Since strikes one and two weren't enough for one day, she continues by saying "I remain committed to passing common sense legislation to prevent further acts of gun violence", referring (among other laws) to the AWB. Right. Common sense to airheads and fan clubs for symbolic yet useless legislation. Unless any of you have heard of recent drive-by bayoneting cases, or shootings in which the gunman used more than ten rounds AND didn't have time to change a mag, I will maintain that the restrictions of the AWB on weapon functionality amount to functionally worthless legislation.

Sorry, Ms. McCarthy. That's three strikes. Hopefully New York has the sense to put you out.

Pending Move:
Blogger continues to frustrate me with authentication problems and lack of features such as integrated traffic statistics. I'm in the process of migrating this blog over to a Wordpress account. I'll be keeping Acute Politics mainly short stories and some prose, but I'll also be posting more poetry on a separate account I am in the process of setting up. Hopefully, that will cater to both the readers who want to read poetry, and those who could just as easily live without. I'll also probably post more poems than I otherwise would.


  1. Anonymous18/2/07 17:02

    Well, I see you've lived to fight another day. I kind of wish you wouldn't separate your poetry from your other posts. I especially admired the poem in Amazing Grace. A person can only flip around to so many blogsites. just my 2 cents.
    Otherwise, as my boss often says to me, Keep on doing what you're doing. ;)

  2. I like to come hear and hear from the heart and sole of the American Soldier, to me son, that is what you are.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. Thank you for protecting us here in the United States. I am enjoying your blog. Yes, please keep us updated on your move. I'll be following you. Stay safe and strong. was sent here by Sarge Charlie.

  4. Anonymous18/2/07 23:07

    Everyone can do with a little more poetry in their lives.

  5. Anonymous19/2/07 01:43

    Hey there, found your blog through Andi's World - really enjoying it! I've added you to my links :o)

    It's ridiculous that people actually believe that the assault weapons ban did a single damn thing.

    Keep up the work and stay safe!

  6. yes another ridiculous day in the world of politics.... be safe over there, we are behind you!

    smiles, bee

  7. Good Monday morning Teflon Don,
    How are you doing ?

    Too bad the NY Times couldn't print your piece as a letter to the editor about Ms. McCarthy

    Hope your migration over to wordpress goes smoothly. Whatever you do, I'll go to and read.

    As Ms. Bee so perfectly said : Be safe over there. We are behind you all the way !

    Smiles/cyber hugs,

  8. Anonymous19/2/07 18:44

    It seems we have lots of useless legislation coming out of DC.
    The AWB was laughable. Punish the offenders and leave the law abiding gun owners alone!
    Flash suppressors and hi-cap mags and folding stocks, oh my!

  9. Anonymous23/2/07 16:06

    On McCarthy's Gun Ban mentality: Our police agencies are, by design, "re-active", and are legally prevented from being "pro-active". There is a large element of the common punk thug group who are afraid of armed homeowners, and avoid them like the plague. Take that away, and it is Mad Max time.
    Yer a good writer, guy. Thank you for your service, and especially for the enlightenment.
    nuf sed

  10. I lke the Brit version.

    Tit bits.

    Get some.