Archive for February, 2009

Canadian warning about Obama

February 26, 2009

I found this in the comment section of an article


Gloria from Canada said:

Even here in Canada, although nation-wide there is health care coverage, the provinces jealously guard their rights. Individual provinces handle health care. Each province decides which treatments will be covered and which will not. The role of the federal government is simply to ensure that some basic standards are met and to distribute the money among the provinces. Similarly, the provinces carefully guard their control over education, from elementary school to university. Each province has its own standards.

Obama’s administration seeks to obtain federal control over everything, including what used to be domains covered by the individual states.


My Voluptuous Vampire

February 26, 2009

I am married to a voluptuous vampire.

She plays this vampire game on facebook.

When I ask her how she’s doing, she says, ‘my energy is down’, but she is referring to her vampire’s energy, because she is no longer able to distinguish herself from her vampire self.

I ask her where her energy goes, and she says she is kicking some ass.

I pity her victims

but more than that,

I grieve along with their spouses.

We did not marry vampires.

We were not consulted.

This was not included in  our wedding vows.

Antidote for performance and social anxiety

February 25, 2009

I heard an interview of a comedian today, Eugene Mirman, on a local radio station –  .  He is a writer for the HBO series, Flight of the Condor. He just wrote a book called The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life.

He was asked how to deal with performance/social anxiety. He brought up the old Marsha Brady technique that she used to pass her driver’s test on The Brady Bunch – imagine people in their underwear. If that doesn’t work though, he says imagine people in their underwear crying.

A Rhode Island Basketball Reunion

February 23, 2009

The following true story could probably only happen in Rhode Island.

I recently started playing in a men’s basketball league at the YMCA. I know several of the guys from the town where I live but a few I didn’t know. One guy I was sure I had seen before. His name is Tom. When I saw him, I had this negative reaction to him that I couldn’t explain. He is actually our best player. So after the game I was chatting with another one of our players , Bob. I asked where Tom was from, as I thought I recognized him. I actually thought he was from Portsmouth’s rival, Middletown. I figured that would explain why I had this adverse reaction to him. Bob said he was from Pawtucket. I asked him how old he was, and he said 42, and Bob was the same age. He then said Tom played high school ball in Narragansett. So I knew I had played against Tom in high school. He was their best player so maybe that explains my emotions upon seeing him after 25 years. I wondered out loud with Bob if Tom had any special memories of Portsmouth. (We crushed Narragansett) Glen said, ” You went to Portsmouth, wow, I went to Davies Vocational.”  Diddly readers who have known Diddly a long time would immediately know the significance of that. Davies beat us by a point in RI Class C Championship.

I didn’t know whether to hug him or smack him.

We went down memory lane, of course, and talked about Portsmouth’s impressive upset victory against Ponaganset in the semifinals, a powerhouse that year who had easily beaten Class A teams in the preseason. Glen’s team actually beat Tom’s team in the semifinals.

His most poignant memory of that championship game was throwing a very poor inbounds pass that could have lost them the game. The game was tied  or something and there was very little time.  It turns out that my friend and co-captain Dave Platt tried to steal that poorly thrown pass and fouled the receiver. He made the free throws and we lost our opportunity to get a stop on defense and  take it to overtime. If Bob had thrown a good pass Dave never would have been tempted to steal it and we might have had a different outcome.

Thanks for sucking on that play Bob, thanks a lot.

I am not bitter. Not at all.

Making use of racism and other forms of disrespect

February 23, 2009

The excerpt below is from I am posting it not only because it is an interesting and inspiring piece of US history but also perhaps instructive for Diddly readers.  If someone is keeping secrets from you, they respect you at one level. If they tell you everything, they don’t respect you at some level.   The reverse could also said to be true,  especially in partnerships such as marraige . However,  when we find ourselves in adversarial situations, we can gain an advantage by trying to be no more threatening than a piece of furniture.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — William Jackson was a slave in the home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. It turns out he was also a spy for the Union Army, providing key secrets to the North about the Confederacy.

William Jackson, a slave, listened closely to Jefferson Davis' conversations and leaked them to the North.

William Jackson, a slave, listened closely to Jefferson Davis’ conversations and leaked them to the North.

Jackson was Davis’ house servant and personal coachman. He learned high-level details about Confederate battle plans and movements because Davis saw him as a “piece of furniture” — not a human, according to Ken Dagler, author of “Black Dispatches,” which explores espionage by America’s slaves.

“Because of his role as a menial servant, he simply was ignored,” Dagler said. “So Jefferson Davis would hold conversations with military and Confederate civilian officials in his presence.”

Dagler has written extensively on the issue for the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence .

Gitmo Not Guilty

February 22, 2009

The Guantanamo Bay military prison meets the requirements of the Geneva Conventions.

According to a Pentagon review ordered by President Obama. So… great. I’m proud of our military. But am I proud of our President who first promised to close the place and then got the study showing the facts relevant to the question whether it should be closed?

Let’s see if he can say now, as he has before, I screwed up.

Ann Althouse,


This is taken from TMR (see blogroll) Thanks to the Crack Emcee.

Read this if you are in a hurry

February 22, 2009

Everyone recalls the invoking of the force in George Lucas’ Star Wars films. There was you regular ordinary force, and then there was the dark side of the force. The latter involved getting caught up in one’s feelings, particularly angry ones. The former resulted from this yoda-like receptiveness to the force’s possible existence and utility even though it seemed impossible initially that such a passive invitation to something so intangible could result in achieving ones desires.

We have a force in our mind that is more commonly referred to as the will. Semmelroth writes that “your will is the center in your mind that can initiate action. See it as a gentle and patient, but also persistent and intelligent, agent for action. Whatever the problem you face, you will be better off when you use your volition to initiate problem solving behavior along with the expectation that the problem will  be solved that way, instead of pushing. “

Using our will to force things is sort of the mental equivalent of stuttering, the will is the first syllable initiating effort and if you keep harping on that first syllable, your going to lack direction and breadth of vision in you effort. When willing is made into an effort to control, it is merely an exercise in anger.  Willing something really a soft smooth activity in and of itself.  In contrast ….  will , will, will, will , will, will, will ….. and you’ll see that your activity, look and feel like hurry.

All hurry is anger.

Don’t think so? Watch people’s expressions when they are in a hurry. Or try interrupting someone in a hurry.


An excellent place to begin the task of replacing willpower with intelligent and competent will is in everyday hurrying through tasks. You begin by slowing down when you are hurrying. You may say, “But suppose I need to or want to get something done quickly.” To be quick is different  than to hurry.

>if you wish to speed up and you have a higher gear that you can comfortably shift into, do it.

>if you don’t have a higher gear, don’t hurry. Instead, look for a more efficient technique for doing the task. Then practice it.

>shoot for a pace that gives you a sense of competence.

In the effort to do something about your anger, no other thing will bring you more peace than governing your “motor” to run at a comfortable pace.

Read that last sentence very,  very slowly – take a second at least between each word.

Madagascar and the Red Sox

February 21, 2009

I was watching Madagascar 2 last night. A lemur, who is a king in Madagascar and remains a legend in his own mind despite being cast off in Africa, offers a suggestion to getting water flowing back onto the preserve. He wants to offer a sacrifice to the gods by taking a giraffe and putting it in a lava pit of a volcano. Everyone is very excited about this as finally someone is offering to do something. The animals swoop up the giraffe and excitedly start for the volcano. The lemur king says,

Let’s hurry up before we come to our senses.

In an unrelated radio interview with Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, was asked how he was able to restrain himself when dealing with the toddler-like behavior of former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez. He said he had learned earlier in his career  of a rule that had served him well  in the face of these situations,

it is often best to do nothing, and always better to say nothing.

Just some thoughts for ourselves and our political leaders.

Obama Rivals Bush at Sounding Stupid

February 20, 2009

(Associated Press article excerpts below in italics after my rant)

Obama says be wise,  or else!

Obama says don’t be political, or else!

Obama say no personal agendas, or else!

Or else WHAT Obama?

What the hell are you going to do to these prospective evildoers and how are you going to prove they are unwise, political, and personally motivated?

 Are you going to go over their actions line by line like you promised during the campaign but couldn’t possibly have done with this ginormous stimulous package?

 Do you really think you are above politics?

 Do you really think that wise action is always so obvious?

Shit. You are the one in a big fire hurry to give all this money out.

How WISE  was that?

How political was that?

 Bush couldn’t pronounce words and made up a few.

You are just dumb.


 From the Associated Press:

Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation’s mayors on Friday that he will “call them out” if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.

“If a federal agency proposes a project that will waste that money, I will not hesitate to call them out on it, and put a stop to it,” he said. “I want everyone here to be on notice that if a local government does the same, I will call them out on it, and use the full power of my office and our administration to stop it.” 

“With that comes unprecedented obligations to spend that money wisely, free from politics and free from personal agendas,” he said.

The president did not specify how, exactly, he would call out one of his own agencies or a local government about wasteful projects.

Iran: the Lethality of Silliness

February 20, 2009

When you read the list of  Islamic prophecies below it is going to sound silly. Unfortunately, this tends to lower peoples’  guard.  It is clearly the result of a cult mentality amongst the leadership in Iran. They are getting themselves comfortable with ordering a showdown with America that will result in the sure destruction of their own people.  They yearn for the age of Mohammed and the world will look more like Mohammed’s world after the destruction of  a nuclear war. They don’t aspire to the comforts of civlization and freedom, as they see Mohammed’s world as a utopia.

After we dropped nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945, Japan did not surrender to US terms right away. They balked. But that show of strength seemed to greatly impress the Russians because they declared war on Japan soon after. As soon as Russia did this, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. We need to show the Russians, who are working with the Iranians currently to develop nuclear capacities, that they have to choose between us and the Iranians. We have to show strength to Russia and show them how they can become stronger by aggressively opposing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. We need to communicate to them that if we have have a war with Iran, we will win and we will pose a greater threat to Russia. Russia will then be ‘surrounded’ with threats on almost all sides. If Russia aligns with US interests in Iran, Iran may not feel so bold.   

  If you look at the beliefs of the Nazis, they also look ridiculous. The Russians suffered greatly as a result of the the cultish Nazis. We ought to perhaps reminds the Russians of this, especially after their troubles in Chechnya with Moslem militants.  

The author has a lot of credibility, and don’t think he doesn’t put himself at great personal risk by writing this article for.

Several hadiths (statements by Prophet Mohammed and his successors/descendants) compiled by Islamic scholars form the ideology of radicals most faithful to Mahdaviat. This belief currently rules every aspect of the Iranian government, and its members believe that it is their sacred duty to prepare for the reappearance of Mahdi, the 12th Shi’ite imam. The coming of Mahdi only awaits the last sign, as all of the following events have already taken place:

A Seyyed rising to power in the land of Fars (Fars is the original homeland of the Persian people) carrying the flag of Allah: Ayatollah Khomeini, a Seyyed (descendant of Prophet Mohammed), came to power by the revolution in Iran establishing the Islamic Republic in 1979.

A major war between the Fars and Arabs in which God will deny both a victory: Time and place in this hadith refer to the Iran and Iraq war in the 1980s; neither side won.

Storming the Ka’bah and the subsequent bloodshed: In 1987, Khomeini ordered a clash during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca to bring about Mahdi’s return. I informed the CIA beforehand. This bloody incident (402 people were killed, mostly Iranian pilgrims) bore a close resemblance to the climate described in the relevant hadith.

A light in the sky striking the enemy in the name of Allah: The hadith speaks of an event in which a thunderous light from the sky strikes the enemy of Islam in praise of Allah. The mullahs believe the September 11, 2001, suicide attacks by al-Qaeda in the United States relate to this hadith.

The occupation of Afghanistan: This hadith refers to the invasion of Afghanistan, now underway, before the reappearance of Mahdi.

The sky over Iraq becoming red from the bloodshed: This hadith reveals a war in Iraq where many men, women, and children are slaughtered by the enemies of Islam. Shi’ites believe the occupation of Iraq by the United States is the subject of this hadith.

Economic meltdown: This hadith reveals that before the end of time and the coming of Mahdi, the world will experience extreme hardship; people will suffer economically and will not be able to make ends meet. Trade will come to a standstill. Strife will multiply. Both Iran and al-Qaeda take credit for the current global economic crisis. Al-Qaeda calls the 9/11 attacks the onset of this crisis and Iran takes credit for having the American forces tied up in Iraq. The mullahs in Iran had already done an evaluation of a prolonged war in Iraq and how it would hurt the U.S. financially.

A black man gaining power in the West and ruling the largest army on Earth: This hadith, relating to Imam Ali, the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law and the most revered figure in Shi’ite Islam, says: “Before the return of Mahdi, a tall black man will rule the West and the largest army on Earth. He will carry a ‘clear sign’ from my son, Hussein Ibn Ali [the third Shi’ite imam].” Shi’ites believe Barack Obama, with his middle name Hussein, is this man.

And the last sign before the coming of Mahdi:

Chaos, famine, and havoc will engulf the Earth. Major wars with dark clouds (atomic wars) will burn the Earth. One-third of the Earth’s population will be killed and the rest will suffer hunger and lawlessness: The mullahs believe it is their responsibility to bring about an atomic war, which will fulfill the last sign and facilitate the coming of Mahdi.

It is hard for the West to understand this ideology or to even consider such a ridiculous belief. However, one needs only to look back at 9/11 and think of why they did what they did. Was it just hatred for what America stands for or what the West has done to them? Or is it a belief — a self-sacrifice to bring glory to Islam?

Barack Obama and his administration must not fall prey to another Iranian tactic of mixed signals in negotiations. He must realize what every administration before his has failed to understand: the ideology of the mullahs is deeply rooted in a fanatical belief and time is running out. Radical Islamists are earnest in their dedication to their cause. I know. I spent years in the foxholes with them.

“Jihad on infidels, killing them until there are no more sinners on Earth and all are believers of Allah.” (Quran: Sura 2:192)

Can President Obama dissuade Iran from destabilizing the world and prevent it from launching Armageddon? I pray for his success.

“Reza Kahlili” is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy whose code name is “Wally.” Currently residing in the United States, he is writing a book about his experiences as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

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