'87 Sir

Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir

Monday, May 26, 2008

Blue Angels 1986 Video

Okay, a little bit of sentimentality:
I remember watching this video when I was a Midshipman and I am not ashamed to admit that it is one of the reason I chose Navy Air as my career...well that and Top Gun, of course. So here it is with music from Van Halen, or as my son calls them "Those old guys with the mullets"

Yea, Yea, Yea, this is one of the cheesiest movies of all time, but man, oh man, when you're a 1st Class Midshipman, this is what you want to do. Oh, and by the way, I did sit between the cats when we launched F-14s on the Enterprise, one of the more fun things you can do with your clothes on!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Law of Unintended Consequences

I have been reading a number of commentaries about the fruits and nuts on the California Supreme Court and their "decision" to make gay marriage legal in Culifornia (as Ahnuld says it).

However, here's an interesting thought that I haven't seen anywhere (of course I may have just missed it). Once society starts down the slippery slope of defining marriage as whatever a particular interest group with a loud-enough lawyer and PR machine says is should be instead of what natural law, common sense and the teachings of Christ and his Church, to wit:

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Part II, Section Two, Chapter 3
1660 The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf. CIC, can. 1055 # 1; cf. GS 48 # 1).

then who can say where it will end. However, I will make a bold prediction, because all actions have unintended consequences. Just as the original Lawrence vs. Texas no doubt has influenced the current thinking in the gay community on how to further the cause of "gay marriage", any ruling allowing gay marriage will open the door to anyone who wishes to define marriage to suit their purpose.

You can bet that "gay rights" organizations and their legacy media outlets will pull out all the stops to defeat the initiative to amend the California constitutions, and if they are successful, it's only a matter of time before it makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and if, God forbid, Hillary or Obama has nominated a couple of judges, it will be the law of the land, you can bet your money on it. Just as the abortion lobby did, the hard core "gay rights" activists will want to ensure that the decision on gay marriage is removed from state control and passed into federal hands.

SOOOO, I predict that within 5 years of a gay marriage decision by a liberal Supreme Court (an unpleasant but all to real possibility), we will see polygamy legalized and maybe even 'group' marriage by the end of the next decade. Call me crazy, but I can see it coming, after all, was it so far a reach from abortion to assisted suicide?

Just another sign post on the highway to hell.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Something to Think About on Memorial Day

–noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to
For service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Automatic Weapons Gunner for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 29 September 2006.As a member of a combined SEAL and Iraqi Army sniper overwatch element, tasked with providing early warning and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an insurgent-held sector of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by his exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning, insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconnoitering the area around the element's position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy's initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to assault the element, engaging them with a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took position with his machine gun between two teammates on an outcropping of the roof. While the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy activity, an insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location, which bounced off Petty Officer Monsoor's chest and landed in front of him. Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without regard for his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the explosion with his body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

–noun, plural -ties for 1.
1. a famous or well-known person.
2. fame; renown.


Think about this as we move into Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Food For Thought

This is my favorite scene in Gettysburg, one of the best Civil War movies ever made...this is the scene where the 20th Maine goes charging down Little Round Top on the 2nd day of the battle.

I wonder what Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and MoveOn.org would say about the Battle of Gettysburg if they were alive in 1863 (of course sometimes Nancy does look like she was born in 1863)

Anyway, can you see the headlines when there are 50,000 Union and Confederate casualties in three days of combat....and it doesn't end the war.?




Here again

Today marks a significant milestone in my life...my retirement as a homeschool teacher. That's right, the wife and I retired yesterday when our oldest son officially graduated from high school. Now we shall see if he is really ready for the real life outside home, because after all, he is way smarter than his parents! AHHH the joys of being 18...were we all that omniscient at that age? Anyway, he is working this summer and then off the Franciscan University of Stubenville in the fall.

Should be fun to watch.

Friday, May 2, 2008

This is why I love the Navy

Peace Through Superior Firepower

From The Military Motivator-I LOVE THIS SITE

A New Enemy

I was reading Ralph Peter's new book Wars of Blood and Faith as part of my Future Wars Class at American Military University. I am currently enrolled in the M.A. program in Military Studies and loving every minute. More on that later.
So Ralph makes the point in several essays on how the modern global media has become at best a naive "unbiased" bystander in the current war in Islamofacism and more likely an unarmed belligerent, and one not on our side. This completely tracked with the research I did during a previous class on the Fallujah campaign in 2004. In the First Battle of Fallujah, the 1st Marine Division was putting the slow squeze on the Sunni insurgents and their Al Queda allies from three corners of the city, slowly collapsing them in a pocket where they were going to meet Allah. But then the global media, led by Al Jazerra, started up the poor pitiful terrorist machine and the Marines were called off. After a long, hot summer of beheadings and IED attacks across Anbar Province, the Marines went back into the city in November 2004 in an armored juggernaut and crushed the hopped-up jihadists in about two weeks.
Ralph continues by dissecting the media's role in the 2006 First Israel-Hezbollah war and notes that the global media was practically a third party to the fighting and not on Israels side to be sure.

What does this all mean...well Ralph makes the very congent and VERY scary point that for the foreseeable future, until we can find journalists like Ernie Pyle and Bill Mauldin again, that the U.S. and Israeli militaries, and probably any military fighting poor, pitiful, head removing Islamofascists, that the media is not their friend and is likely hostile. How the military handles this fact, will sadly have a greater effect on our battlefield victories than how many bad guys we send to Allah or how many American lives we save.

Organization of Grain Producing Countries

Watching the news lately on rising gas and oil prices made me ponder-why don't the U.S., Canada, Australia, and maybe Argentina & Ukraine band together and form the Organization of Grain Producing Countries (OGPAC for short, oyy ugly acronym). I mean it may seem cynical {a label I gladly accept} for countries to band together to manipulate the price of food, but no more cynical than a bunch of dictatorships banding together to manipulate the price of oil.
I mean think about it, with the prices of grains and cereals so high, the U.S., with the most efficient and productive farmers in the world could make a serious dent in our trade deficit by keeping the price of wheat and grains high. Not the most moral thing perhaps, but just think how much more diplomatically valuable our food aid would be, huh? Maybe we could get a little respect and gratitude for being the #1 food donor in the world.
AND, even better, we could let our Arab friends know that the free ride is over-our new exchange rate is a bushel of wheat for a barrel of oil. Think how that go over with Sheik So and So. After all, they can't eat their oil now, can they?
Whether we want to realize it or not, food is going to become an increasingly scarce strategic resource in the 21st century and wouldn't it be smart to use our food surplus as a diplomatic and financial benefit to our country and farmers?

Just a thought....