“Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender.

Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face — that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand — the ultimatum. And what then — when Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.

You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin — just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this — this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits — not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

We will keep in mind and remember that Barry Goldwater has faith in us. He has faith that you and I have the ability and the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.”

–Ronald Reagan


If you ride BART with any frequency, you should be signed up for BART alerts >here<. Otherwise you're missing out notifications of critical timing delays at worst, and at best, some mild entertainment.

Without further ado, this evening’s entertainment:

11:04 PM PT:
BART service has stopped between Coliseum/Oakland Airport and Bay Fair due to a structure fire near BART tracks in San Leandro.

11:16 PM PT:
BART service has been restored between Coliseum and Bayfair.

11:18 PM PT:
BART is recovering from an earlier problem. There is a 15-minute delay between Coliseum/Oakland Airport and Bay Fair due to an earlier station closure.

Let’s recap: full-on stoppage due to “fire” to a 15 min delay, all within 14 minutes.

BART. You are epic!

Music subscriptions …

The very very very first music streaming service I ever paid for was an old service called Lala.com.

It was a delight to use. It just worked. It found the music I wanted and I was streaming it constantly. It was better than Pandora, in my opinion (although I ended up with Pandora). It didn’t take long for me to find my credit card and throw down some music credits with Lala. It was magic.

But just as they got going, they were acquired and shut down. And I remember I lost all the credits I had on the system. Which wasn’t much ($20 bucks?), but still.

That wasn’t cool.  That sucked.

I vividly remember feeling deflated on all counts. I remember feeling like I was shown a bit of the future, but then told I couldn’t have it.  I remember it felt like one of those nightmares where you are drowning or driving off a cliff.  Where you snap awake in a cold sweat and lay there, psychoanalyzing what that just meant.  But then eventually drift off back to sleep.  I remember feeling like I just got punched in the gut.

I’ve never understood why certain folks are so focused on being so proprietary. And why so many folks support those folks in that effort.