'87 Sir

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

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Debate Breakdown and Book Roundup

The debate last night was, I have to say, very illuminating. After wanting to slap Jim Lehrer for spending way, way too much time on the financial crisis, the debate was not too bad. If Jim had moved OFF the bailout deal, since I am sure we will hear about it in the next 2 debates, sooner instead of wasting 1/2 hour we might have heard more about China or the GLOBAL War on Terror.
The actual answers were illuminating. Obambi stuck to his talking points, and I don't think McCain did a good enough job pounding away the point that although Iraq and Afghanistan are important, this is a global war and the U.S. needs to be able to deal with Al Queda wherever they go. I actually agreed with Obambi about blasting Al Queda and Taliban targets within Pakistan if needed, but I doubt he actually has the stones to do it when push comes to shove.
I am also concerned about Obambi's staying power. Afghanistan will probably take another 4 years to fix, if possible and what will happen when we start seeing more casualties and spending $10B a month in Afghanistan? What will Obambi do when his supporters in MoveOn.Org and the Daily Kos kooks decide it's time to bring ALL the troops home so we can pay for socialized medicine or more fraudulent loans to people who can't pay for them? Will the Democrats be able to prosecute the war or will they fold? History does not seem to be positive for them.

But, if you want to read about Iraq, here are a couple of books I recommend:

This is a really excellent book as an overview of the entire war and how the American strategy evolved from late 2003-2007

Another excellent book about the surge and how U.S. troops are winning the war.

An outstanding account of the major battle of the war.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Why isn't Christianity Like This Today

Okay, for today's way politically incorrect post...I have been thinking about the whole issue of the war on terror and how I have read many articles and such on whether it is a religious war. Clearly to our enemies it is, no matter what our namby-pamby political leaders and far too many Christian religious leaders say. Here is what Pope Urban said in 1095 at Clermont to launch the First Crusade (yes, there's that word Crusade) and he hits it on the head.

"Although, O sons of God, you have promised more firmly than ever to keep the peace among yourselves and to preserve the rights of the church, there remains still an important work for you to do. Freshly quickened by the divine correction, you must apply the strength of your righteousness to another matter which concerns you as well as God. For your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them. For, as the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont, which is called the Arm of St. George. They have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impurity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them."

Remember, most of the early conquests by Islam were Christian lands where the Church had existed since the time of Christ. Why don't we want to stand up to the violent expansion of Islam today?

Europe is clearly on the downslide, and I really wonder if the situation is salvageable. The current Pope sure seems to be trying to give the European bishops and laity a wake up call to renew the Church, but I wonder if it isn't a little too late.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

R.I.P. Network News

In my house, today marks the official death of the legacy liberal media, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the "mainstream media". Referring to the ABCBSMSNBCCNN crowd as the "mainstream media" is similar to calling Ted Bundy "someone with social issues". The final death throes of this group of disillusioned individuals was the interview of Sarah Palin by Charles "my glasses are falling off my nose because of the condescension dripping off" Gibson. I actually forced myself to watch it just to see if he could give a decent interview.

Silly, silly me, what was I thinking? It was actually painful to watch Charlie repeatedly try to trap Sarah in a "gotcha" answer that the Obama campaign could turn into a commercial. I mean, how many times can you ask her about Israel and Iran? It was actually amusing to watch Charlie become frustrated as Sarah stuck to her answer word for word. This is, of course, what they teach us in SERE school as young aviators. In Search, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school they teach you how to handle intense questions from hostile interrogators. Stick to your answer and don't change it or the enemy interrigator will pounce and pick you apart. Obviously John McCain has imparted some of this wisdom to Sarah for dealing with the press.

Charlie repeated this tactic over and over, obviously something they teach in journalism school right after they remove the common sense and decency as part of your partial lobotomy. But Sarah field dressed him like a caribou and did it all with a smile.

Of course, I never, ever heard of any liberal legacy media interviewer asking the Obamaessiah about his connections to Bill Ayers, unrepentant domestic terrorist or his housing financier, Tony Rezko. The only reason the Rev. Wright connection came out is because they couldn't contain it because that guy was such a kook that even they couldn't defend him (of course having the YouTube videos meant they couldn't "edit" out the bad parts). Not to say that losers like Bill Moyers didn't try to rehabilitate the wacko Reverend with the most softball interview ever done by a fawning liberal reporter.

So, needless to say, I will continue to get my information and news from Fox News from now on. Sadly, they can't get rid of Alan Colmes or Geraldo Rivera, but even Fox News isn't perfect. In any event, the anger and bias of the press is so obvious that even disinterested Americans are starting to notice what conservatives have known, the legacy liberal media is completely in the tank for Obama and is just the P.R. wing of the Democratic Party.

This also cracks me up...the press is already setting the stage to diminish the possibility of sending Osama to hell by wrapping it up as an "October Surprise" to help McCain get elected. These people are sad, and I have little sympathy for the diminishing readership and business problems of legacy liberal newspapers.

So Rest In Peace, legacy liberal media, 2008 will go down as the year that the average American finally figures out that there is NO SUCH THING as an objective reporter anymore, at least at ABCBSMSNBCCNN or the New York Times or Washington Post, or LA times or.....(insert your local paper here).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sad, But True

Loved this soooo much...from the All American Blogger

If CNN Covered the Gettysburg Address…
By Andrew Min • Sep 10th, 2008

George Bush is often compared to Abraham Lincoln in that both fought unpopular wars, both were immensely unpopular at the time, and both were hated by the press. That made me wonder… what if CNN was around during the Gettysburg Address with its same bias?
Before the speech

Wolf Blitzer: And I’m here with longtime CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. We’re up in the booth, getting ready for Abraham Lincoln’s address here at the dedication at Gettysburg. Anderson, how are you?

Anderson Cooper: Happy to be here, as always.

Wolf: And we also have down on the field our CNN support staff, including CNN correspondent and former advisor to Democratic president James Buchanan Donna Brazile and Chicago Times editor John Doe.

(Brazile and Doe wave)

Wolf: So Anderson, am I correct in suggesting that Lincoln definitely needs to reunite a fractured Republican base?

Anderson: Definitely. Senators Benjamin Wade (R-OH) and Henry Davis (R-ME) and abolitionist Wendell Phillips have been rallying the party against “Honest” (*cough*) Abe. Governor Horatio Seymour of New York, though a Democrat, has attracted much support even in Republican states when he protested Lincoln’s draft. Even Secretary of War Edwin Stanton has been criticizing Lincoln lately. Lincoln’s support is faltering, and he knows it. Wade and Davis have even attacked the idea of him running for re-election, although Lincoln seems to intend to do so. And he’s been as stupid as a rock, defending the massive Civil War, killing American lives, and refusing to meet with Confederate president Jefferson Davis. When Davis reasonably asked to be recognized by a title, Lincoln compared him to Charles I, reminding him that Charles “lost his head”.

Wolf: I know, it’s shocking. Lincoln’s approval polls are going down the drain, the war is unpopular, and he’s even begun suspending civil liberties, including the writ of habeas corpus. Bloggers have even suggested that Lincoln never recovered from his physical trauma that he had suffered and that the man is demented.

Anderson: Certainly a possibility we must consider.

Wolf: Moving on, today the president is speaking. What do you think’s going to happen, Anderson?

Anderson: It’s obvious that Lincoln will simply use today’s speech and the hundreds dead here as a political stunt. Re-election is coming up, and Lincoln needs all the support he can get. So he’ll turn this dedication ceremony into a celebrity speech spreading fear-mongering about the war and the “evil” south.

Wolf: Definitely agree. We now go to an ad break. When we come back, Lincoln’s speech.

(roll ads)
The speech

Four score and seven years ago

Wolf: Oh, so nothing about the Constitution? Just talking about the Declaration, eh?

our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation,

Anderson: Nothing about the natives, or the African-Americans, just plain old white folks!

conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Wolf: Here we go again, another stump speech about the injustices of slavery. More pandering to the Christian Right.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.

Anderson: We can’t! Pull out!

We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

Wolf: So that I can get re-elected.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate - we cannot hallow - this ground.

Anderson: Then why are you here?

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.

Wolf: Then stop speaking.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,

Anderson: Got that right, pal.

but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Wolf and Anderson: Told you so!

(rousing applause)

Wolf: And as you can see, only a few people even paying attention to Lincoln’s speech, as most came to hear Edward Everett Hale. We break for an ad. Don’t go away. When we come back: CNN takes apart analyzes the speech.

(roll ads)
After the speech: Donna Brazile

Wolf: And now, we go to our CNN analyst and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.

Donna: Well Wolf, as you can see, Lincoln shows again his integrity by using a dedication ceremony for a political means. He obviously didn’t believe a word he said.

Wolf: What was your overall impression of the speech?

Donna: Well, it was nice and all, but he didn’t speak at all about the economy or indeed any of the issues. He didn’t talk about the Homestead Act, enlargening the railroad, or anything else. He’s offering the same old same old, pandering to the rich who aren’t fighting this war. George McClellan is offering change from the same old same old. George McClellan is for the middle class. And George McClellan will end this illegal war and bring our troops home!

Wolf: And now the story is that Lincoln is trying to gain Democratic votes by making a stir that Andrew Johnson, governor of Tennessee, could be the VP pick over incumbent Hannibal Hamlin. Donna, what do you think?

Donna: No question about it: Lincoln is catering to the South. He’s a white boy running as a white boy in a white party. They talk about anarchy and despotism, but give no answer except to keep fighting this bloody war. He hates everyone, even the media. You know the Republicans just called us the (Mc)Clellan News Network?

Wolf: why ever would they think that?
After the speech: Chicago Times

Wolf: And now, we go to Chicago Times editor John Doe. John, good to have you.

John: Good to be here.

Wolf: Now that you’ve heard the speech, what will your paper say?

John: Here’s an excerpt from the article I’m writing tomorrow: “I think that the cheeks of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances.”

Wolf: Strong words.

John: For a strong occasion.

Wolf: Can’t argue there.
After the speech: Retired general

Wolf: We now bring in retired general Ambrose Burnside. General, what do you think of the war?

Ambrose: It’s an utter mistake. Utter, utter, utter mistake. I supported it initially, but it was an utter mistake.

Wolf: And you have experience in this war, right?

Ambrose: Definitely. I was at Antietam, Bull Run, Fredricksburg, and more. I’m an unbiased soldier, just wanting what’s best for the country. And Lincoln is a disaster.

Wolf: What do you have to say to those biased rightwingers who suggest that you and your fellow generals are responsible for the war?

Ambrose: *bleep* them.
After the speech: Republican response

Anderson: Because we are such an unbiased non-partisan news reporting station, we’re interviewing Republican vice-president Hannibal Hamlin.

Hannibal: Hi.

Anderson: Thank you very much for your comments. We’ll pause here for an ad break.

(roll ads)
After the speech: CNN Correspondent Gloria Borger and Republican Secretary of State William Seward

Wolf: We now break to CNN Correspondent Gloria Borger, who has cornered Secretary of State William Seward. Gloria, over to you.

Gloria: Thanks, Wolf. Pleasure to be here. I just have one question for Mr. Seward, as we already covered what the Republicans thought with Vice President Hamlin.

William: You did?

Gloria: I am asking the questions, Mr. Seward. My question is, has the big tent of the Republican Party, which you always talk about — has that gotten a little narrower?

William: I think it got a lot bigger when Andrew Johnson stood up for Abraham Lincoln and stayed loyal to the union. I didn’t see a prominent Republican support the movement to secede.

Gloria: But what about with those differences on the cultural, social issues?

William: I…

Anderson: Oh dear, it appears it’s time for another ad break.

(roll ads)
After the speech: Jack Cafferty

Wolf: Now, over to CNN contributor Jack Cafferty. Jack, I want to ask you what you think of Lincoln’s cabinet.

Jack: I think that Stanton is an obnoxious jerk and war criminal. He should be tried before a civilian court and then be sentenced.

Wolf: Thank you Jack. What do you think about the Lincoln administration and the war?

Jack: The Lincoln administration used slavery as an excuse to start the war. People make a lot of money during wartime and a lot of that money has gone to friends of the administration, and of course there is all that arms production.

Wolf: Thanks again, Jack. I guess that just about wraps up CNN’s coverage of the so-called Gettysburg Address. We thank you for watching. Tune in later tonight to watch Larry King and the Democrats’ response to Lincoln’s speech. For the Corrupt Cable News Network, I’m Wolf Blitzer. You’re watching CNN.

Newsflash: CNN just discovered that Ambrose Burnside is working actively on the McClellan campaign and is a close friend of McClellan. CNN should have identified Burnside as such.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Are Tanks Obsolete?

Another update at this link.

Updated article at this link 

Any interesting commentary today on the continuing usefulness of tanks and heavy armor in modern combat. I agree that the U.S. has become a little too enamored with snake eaters and smart bombs. Now I certainly believe that SEALs, Delta Force and other quiet problem eliminators have their place in hunting down Abdullah the terrorist and his friends, but there is something joyful about a 120mm calling card in Fallujah, Ramadi or if needed, Tehran.

Contrary to a lot of military analysts, American forces have been very successful in operating armor on the streets of Iraq and there is no sign that the usefulness of tanks is at an end.

Hopefully this lesson will not be lost on American generals as they begin to rebuild our military for operations in Iraq. The Russians certainly still believe in the tactical employment of tanks.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Personal Note

Lost in all the hubbub about how mean and nasty ol' Sarah was to the Obamasiah and Joey Biden {Wow, it must be tough to get picked on by a girl huh?..Just think how nice Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be...anyway I digress.} What most impressed my about Sarah was her connection to parents of children with special needs. Often lost in the sturm and drang about health care is what a tremendous sacrifice many parents make to raise these children, and, more importantly, how these parents show other people the dignity and purpose their children have in the world. I would think the soft, fluffy PROGRESSIVE liberals would understand that someone who has to go above and beyond to care for a child like Trig would know all about the importance of health care, families, what it takes to be a working Mom...but no, they just want to portray her as a lightweight airhead who didn't go to Harvard, Yale or Wellesley. That will, of course, be their mistake.

Reminds me of General McClellan before the Battle of Antietam "If I can not whip Bobby Lee, than I shall go home" I figure Joe Biden will say the same before the Vice-Presidential debates...after all he's soooo much smarter and more experienced than that hockey mom.

She would have my vote for her role as a special needs parent alone, but, of course there are so many more....something about a blond with an automatic rifle.

Border! We don't need no stinkin' border!

It's good to see the U.S. military finally taking some decisive action in northern Pakistan, or as it should be called, south Talibanistan. The last couple of days have seen military actions taking place to go after the Taliban and their supporters. Much, much more of this needs to occur unless Pakistan controls its borders and suppresses this activity, which clearly pushes the bounds of "neutrality in war." If Pakistan is going to pretend that large parts of its population, military and intelligence services are not supporting or sympathizing with the Taliban, at least pretend with a little effort. Otherwise, under the traditional laws of war, the missiles should continue to fly.


Hague V, 1907

With a view to laying down more clearly the rights and duties of neutral Powers in case of war on land and regulating the position of the belligerents who have taken refuge in neutral territory;

Being likewise desirous of defining the meaning of the term "neutral," pending the possibility of settling, in its entirety, the position of neutral individuals in their relations with the belligerents;

Have ... agreed upon the following provisions:


The Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers
Article 1. The territory of neutral Powers is inviolable.
Art. 2. Belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power.
Art. 3. Belligerents are likewise forbidden to:
(a) Erect on the territory of a neutral Power a wireless telegraphy station or other apparatus for the purpose of communicating with belligerent forces on land or sea;
(b) Use any installation of this kind established by them before the war on the territory of a neutral Power for purely military purposes, and which has not been opened for the service of public messages.
Art. 4. Corps of combatants cannot be formed nor recruiting agencies opened on the territory of a neutral Power to assist the belligerents.
Art. 5. A neutral Power must not allow any of the acts referred to in Articles 2 to 4 to occur on its territory.

Of course, let's not forget that Pakistan has nuclear weapons and the Taliban just tried to assassinate their PM...does anyone wonder what will happen if these thugs take power in a coup?

The Hits Just Keep Rolling Along

The hits just keep rolling along...from Ace of Spades website

Sarah Palin: Die Hard
Barack Obama: The Crying Game

Obama = Moose
Sarah Palin = Sarah Palin

Palin = George S. Patton
Obama = Weeping candy-ass

Obama = Turks at Battle of Lepanto
Palin = Christians at Battle of Lepanto
Republican Convention = Battle of Lepanto

Sarah Palin: The Death Star
Barack Obama: Alderaan.

Obama: The most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Palin: The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Palin: Dirty Harry
Obama: Punk

Obama Xerxes: "Lay down your weapons and you will live."
Leonides Palin : "Come and get them."

Obama = Toyota Prius
Palin = H2 Hummer

Obama: Tokyo
Palin: Godzilla

Palin: Chuck Norris roundhouse kick
Obama: whatever gets in Chuck Norris's way

Palin: Capt. Kirk
Obama: A Red Shirt

Obama = Bambi
Palin = Godzilla

Obambi - John Bobbit
Palin - Lorena Bobbit

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I love this website

These are awesome
From http://www.palinfacts.com/

• Sarah Palin was kicked off Survivor for killing a man and eating his entrails.
• Sarah Palin isn't allowed to wield the gavel at the convention because they're afraid she'll use it to kill liberals.
• Sarah Palin's finishing move in the VP debate will be pulling Biden's still beating heart from his chest & taking a bite.
• Sarah Palin uses French Canadians as bait to catch giant king salmon.
• When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.
• Sarah Palin begins every day with a moment of silence for the political enemies buried in her yard.
• Sarah Palin's enemies are automatically added to the Endangered Species List
• Sarah Palin as VP increases Depends sales among scatalogically frightened Democrats
• Fox is starting a new reality show… when Sarah Palin Attacks
• Sarah Palin is the reason compasses point North.
• Sarah Palin's son is going to Iraq after the Surge, because a Palin during the Surge would have been unfair.
• Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.
• Sarah Palin will send Biden a pre-debate cheat sheet. The sheet will have tips on defending against Kung Fu Death Grip.
• Sarah Palin knows the location of DB Cooper's body because she threw him from the plane.

This is a real woman

Monday, September 1, 2008

Anbar Province

Lost in the hysteria over Hurricane Gustav...look at the difference having five, yes five Republican Governors in charge compared to the incompetence of the previous Louisiana Democrat and the absolutely venomous, scum sucking, bottom dwelling left wing blogger assault on Sarah Palin's family (real manly having a bunch of anonymous bloggers picking on a mother, daughter and grandchild) is the real no-kidding military victory in Anbar Province in Iraq.

Once considered a lost cause and the center of Al Queda activity in Iraq, and the scene of the largest battle of Iraq, Fallujah in November 2004, the province has been turned over to the Iraqis to assume security responsibility.
There's a big difference between withdrawing our troops and bringing our troops home victorious. Clearly that difference is lost on the modern Democratic party...can you imagine FDR calling for withdrawing the troops from Europe before Hitler was defeated?

Anbar Province is in yellow