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Nominal Me

I'm falling in love with my camera and taking photos everywhere I go. That, combined with my passions for politics, sports, religion and other things we all agree on, makes this blog persist.

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Location: Astoria, New York, United States

I'm born in Manhattan and raised in Queens.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sights of San Diego, CA

San Diego is about as close to Heaven on Earth as you can get. While many parts of the United States were facing near freezing weather, I was out in this city wearing shorts and a t-shirt. It wasn't the draining dry heat of Arizona either, it was just perfect. Weather-wise, San Diego is a special place.

San Diego also has a quality Maritime Museum, which features old boats and new. This boat, the H.M.S. Surprise, was used in the motion picture Master and Commander. The 179 foot boat is a replica of a 24 gun frigate of Great Britain's Nelson era Royal Navy.

The Star of India, the world's oldest active ship. Built in 1863, it has sailed all over the world.

Here is a B-39 Soviet Submarine, the kind of ship our glorious country designed its weapons to search for and destroy. This ship has an interesting history:

She was designed to track U.S. and NATO warships throughout the world’s oceans. B-39, assigned to the Soviet Pacific fleet, undoubtedly stalked many of the U.S. Navy’s ships home ported in San Diego. Now, less than 20 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of the Cold War, she will be berthed on San Diego Bay amidst her former adversaries.
Commie bastards. How dare they have subs in our waters!

To help protect us from the threat-of-the-past U.S.S.R. submarine is the nearby U.S.S. Midway, which served our nation for 47 years. This ship was commissioned in 1945, which meant it may have defended us against Krauts, Japs, Gooks, and other ethnic groups we didn't like at the time until serving as the flagship for our Desert Storm operations in 1991, when we first started not liking Arabs. That's quite a history.

It was stationed in Japan for 18 years, before it was replaced by a bunch of Toyotas built with cheap foreign labor.

I could be wrong though. Truth be told, I was just passing through.

San Diego has America's largest military presence, with about 95,000 troops in the area (providing they are not overseas in Iraq at the moment). Above, the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CV-76). This is clearly the greatest ship in our fleet, able to win Cold Wars without firing a shot and able to beat the U.S.S. Jimmy Carter in a landslide.

It is 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall and when out of port it costs $2.5 million per day to operate. This is OK because it is funded entirely by tax cuts.

I'd like to see that Ruskie submarine try anything while the Reagan is at port. Not a chance!

Also in port is the U.S.S. Nimitz, the namesake of the Reagan's ship class. The ship has not seen a lot of combat, with the noticeable exception of the Iraqi War, but has been a part of America's defense at various key times in our recent history.

Scattered throughout San Diego are these metal trees, an art project of the city. They give the place a nice touch.

San Diego is not all fun, games, and great weather though. Homeless people slept unmolested in this very public area, and no one seemed to give them any thought. A man passed out in front of a yacht is quite an image.

There are local groups that are trying to deal with the problem, as well as the usual government agencies.

The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan has nothing to do with it though.

America's Treasures


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your humor offensive.

The U.S.S. Midway, a ship you describe as "[defending us against] Krauts, Japs, Gooks, and other ethnic groups we didn't like at the time" was in fact the vanguard of American naval power in a worldwide struggle of good against evil.

It may well be fashionable in your circle of friends to rally against the use of force to preserve liberty, but hundreds of brave anmd honorable men paid for your freedom with their very lives on the ship you so casually ridicule.

If America was indeed wrong--as your sarcasm infers--who was right?

Was it the Third Reich, who methodically extinguished an entire race of people--over six million men, women, and children--while simuteneously brutalizing Europe?

Perhaps it was the Japanese? They who attacked the United States and left us with thousands of dead sailors whose flagship--the U.S.S. Arizona--leaks fuel even to this day.

Perhaps it was the Russians? They who murdered over 20 million of their own people? Travel through Russia as I have, meeting those people whose families were destroyed by Stalin's purges, and tell them how righteous their government was.

My grandfather died in World War II, killed by the Germans as he assisted in the liberation of France. Before he died, he sent my grandmother a touching letter, describing the joy with which he and his fellow soldiers were met by the French people. With millions of others like him, he struck a blow to liberate Europe from a murderous regime that sought the destruction of human freedom.

What would he and his colleagues have thought had they been able to read your sarcastic description of the most noble mission his generation undertook?

Perhaps you should take some time to reflect upon the values you hold dear and examine them in light of the Christian faith you are so quick to profess.

Ted Engel
Former member, FOCUS
Former deacon, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Sunday, 27 November, 2005  
Blogger Nominal Me said...

Hi Ted, I believe we've met.

I am all for the use of force to preserve liberty and our way of life, when appropriate, and my use of those terms is in no way meant to ridicule those who have served and died there.

In fact, I am all but certain that most who served on that ship used those terms quite liberally during those times of war, and their reading of this post might not be reacted to in the same way you have personally done so.

Having not knowing you that well, and not having met your family members, it's impossible for me to say.

You will not find me defending our World War II or Cold War enemies, as I have no moral relavatism issues relating to those conflicts.

If you are so inclined, please keep reading. You will find my opinions on issues are somewhat nuanced and almost always sarcastic.

In real life, I'm a sap. I shed a tear at Nixon's gravesite.


Sunday, 27 November, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ted-- here's $10. Mellow out and go buy yourself a blow job!

Monday, 28 November, 2005  
Blogger Nominal Me said...

Hey now, none of that. Ted's entitled to his opinion. Sarcasm isn't for everyone.

Monday, 28 November, 2005  

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