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Date: 31 July, 2006

random stuff for monday

Yeah, I’ve gone off on the political rant tangent again – remember it’s randomduck you’re dealing with!

But in some good news: the LeMond is back in one piece – hooray! One local shop had a spare SRAM PowerLink for me to use, which solved the pesky chain issue. And during lunch today, another local shop trued my rear wheel, which is now spinning so nicely: smooth, wobble free, and responsive. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s “Downtown Breakaway” ride.

Of course, the heat index is predicted to be in the range of 100 to 110 degrees during ride time, so I need to remind myself to hydrate tomorrow. “Hydration is good, Rudi – hydration is good.”

And the days off the bike have allowed me to get back some of the hunger for the ride – not a bad thing, especially during the dog days of summer.

If you want to see some things I’ve captured in pictures, check out my Flickr page.

If you want to see what’s been playing on my computer’s music system, check out my Last.fm page.

And if you want to check out a playlist or two, check out Selective Service.

just to clarify

I don’t condone what Hizbullah has done throughout this mess, either. I’ve never respected their tactics or their insistence on pedantic arguments to claim legitimacy.

Nor do I believe that the Lebanese government’s “stop-or-I’ll-say-stop-again” inaction toward Hizbullah is helping matters. In a coalition government, it’s always possible to utilize the power of other coalition members to keep the fringe in check.

But Israel is still taking things far to severely. There is no way to claim that a nation is peaceful while it inflicts such lopsided casualty numbers against an enemy that is incapable of overthrowing its government. What both sides are doing does nothing toward developing peace and understanding in the region. It’s insanity: it’s the same thing that’s happened again and again, and to what end? More conlfict, same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

And in response to this comment: who’s to say who the original instigator of the conflict is? It could be argued that many, many players lay the seed for the current tinder box that is the Middle East. Even in this conflict, Hizbullah is hardly the sole instigator – it cuts both ways.

So to clarify: I don’t respect either party in the conflict. As tom Friedman said on Meet The Press this past Sunday: something new has to be tried, and listening is the best way to start.

when words don’t mean anything

Israel has reneged on its 48-hour cease-fire.

I guess that words don’t mean anything to Olmert and his gang of misguided hooligans.

Did I mention that I have no respect for them?

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