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Gurglings of a Putrid Stream

Thoughts on books and other assorted topics.

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My name:  Brian Martin

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Green Bay Packers players "completely addicted" to  [The Settlers of Catan] board game, tight end says


Civilization without the slaughter. Nah, I want to kill people. But I understand the addiction, with video if not board games. I feel fortunate not to be a video game junkie, but I have had intermittent obsessions. Civ 5 was one, and I am anxious for the release of Civ 6. Then there was Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising. (And, yes, I absolutely fell in love with Yuriko.) Then, contrary to my wish for violence, there was The Sims 2. And since learning that Sims 4 is supposed to be more like 2 than 3 (which I didn't play long because I didn't care for it), I am now thinking about that one, too.



Country singer, veteran responds to Seth Rogan's "American Sniper" comment


Not Rogan's comment that interests me, but Craig Morgan's fabulously ignorant response, which reads in part, "I'm sick and tired of people like you running your mouth when you have no idea what it takes for this country to maintain our freedoms. If you and anyone like you don't like it, leave." I'll tell you what I'm sick and tired of, people like this who (a) see the world in black and white, (b) condemn others who don't, and (c) know so little about the country they served that they think dissent itself is grounds for emigration, rather than one of the foundations of American life -- you know, one of those freedoms this guy allegedly fought for. Grab your marbles, dude, and go home to mommy.



"Medal of Honor recipient responds to Michael Moore's "snipers were cowards" comment


I don't know where this has gone after the initial comment, but the quotation is interesting: Moore doesn't say "snipers were cowards," he says, "We were taught snipers were cowards." Potentially an enormous difference. That aside, we get another response from another veteran who doesn't know what the hell he was fighting for. Now, to be fair, if Moore really does think snipers are cowards, then he, too, is sadly simple-minded on the subject. A sniper is a military unit and no different from a pilot who drops bombs or a captain who shells an inland target.  Aren't submarines the snipers of the sea? Are their crews all cowards? This isn't Gor, where technology is limited and hand-to-hand combat is about the only choice we have. How cowardly would we be if we didn't use our brains, even in warfare?