GO NAVY BEAT ARMY

GO NAVY BEAT ARMY

'87 Sir

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

Friday, June 26, 2009

News?

Seriously, is the death of Michael Jackson, really that important, tragic as it may be? I mean, the guy was not only pretty whacked mentally, but he was just a singer for goodness' sake, it's not like he cured cancer or anything.

But it does serve Obamabi's purchase by allowing his media buddies to bury a more important story..

US will not use force to inspect NKorean ship

In addition to showing Obambi's complete disinterest in foreign policy, since he hasn't figured out a way to tax the North Koreans or Iranians (or sign them up to help ACORN with the 2010 census), it appears he would just rather ignore them and hope it all goes away.

However, buried deep in the story is the real news:
  • South Korea, meanwhile, plans to use high-tech surveillance and weapons systems to counter North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee said in a Friday briefing.
  • South Korea plans to employ unmanned reconnaissance planes and add "bunker-buster" bombs to its arsenal in case of signs that the North planned to launch an attack toward the South, Lee said.
So, how long will the South Koreans (and Japanese) put up with this crap before they either:
  1. Shoot down a North Korean missile or
  2. Use a Predator to take it out on the launch pad
By his blunders, Obamabi makes the world less safe by coddling dictators and making our allies nervous he will throw them under the bus, just like anyone else that is of no further use to him.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Age and experience before youth and enthusiasm

Stole this from Neptunus Lex. Pretty darn funny and true too....

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists. You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the
whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys.. You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit
until you’re at least 35.

For starters:
Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. ‘My back hurts! I can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry’ We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn’t even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, ‘I’m tired
and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical s-of-a-b….

If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food. We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I’ve been in combat and didn’t see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I’ve never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him.. He’s still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head..

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists.. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old
farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

***How about recruiting Women over 50 …with PMS !!!
You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!

If nothing else, put us on border patrol….we will have it secured the first night!

Share this with your senior friends. It’s purposely in big type so they can read it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Little Tidbit of Happiness from the NY Times

Okay, normally this would make me really cranky.

Great Caesar’s Ghost! Are Traditional History Courses Vanishing?

Of course they are idiots!! That's why people are so stupid they consider John Stewart to be a newsman and Barack Obambi to be a wise statesman...oyyy

Seriously though, why is it so important to understand the contributions of one-legged lesbian African-American women to the making of American Cold War Strategy?

Answer: IT'S NOT, because they didn't.

This is clearly a difficult issue for people to expect. NO matter how much they hate the facts, revisionist historians (and you know how I feel about revisionist historians) can't escape the cold hard truth that America was founded by white males that owned slaves. These same white males decided most of the great events of American history, including our Civil War, the invention of the light bulb, steel, railroads, cars and computers, and of course two World Wars. Now, this is not to diminish the contributions of women, African-Americans, the disabled, etc., but clearly the whole social studies, ethnic history slant has gotten way out of control.
BUT




hidden in this article is a little interesting tidbit.
Military History seems to be on a bit of an upswing. Now this does fill my little heart with gladness, because not only is military history near and dear to my heart, but clearly there is a growing renaissance that understanding why and how wars are fought; their effects on society and even how they are portrayed in the media and through history is important. And of course, they are popular on college campuses, and after all, isn't that what college is all about, learning about topics you probably were never exposed to in high school...sigh, which is very sad. I can easily see they day when Barack Obambi gets 2 full pages in a high school history book, while Ronald Reagan is consigned to a paragraph as that crazy Hollywood actor who was President when Mikhail Gorbachev ended the Cold War.
So I am now reengaged in my quest to become the closet conservative-inflicted upon some unsuspecting institute of learning- stealthfully seeding young minds with stories of Audie Murphy, Stonewall Jackson, Hal Moore and Michael Mansoor. And of course, fighting revisionist history one poorly written textbook at a time.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

When did this happen?

When did I become the grouchy old curmudgeon? This weekend we had 30 family (and straphangers) in my little Cape Cod-16 adults and 14 kids. Thank goodness for decent weather and a new deck or it woulda been ugly. But seriously, when did parents stop disciplining their kids or at least dealing with them. If I heard one more parent sitting on their a** on the back deck say, "Is anyone watching the kids in the front yard", I was going to bitchslap them (yes I said that). I mean seriously, just because you're at my house does not mean I will watch your kids while you sit on your butt and talk.

And seriously, I was gonna go ballistic if anymore little knuckleheads stood in the doorway trying to air condition Northern Virgina. It was a very eye-opening experience to say the least. I mean, these were the same people that watched the wife and I deal with our son when they were all single, in college, and SOOO much wiser than us and say "Well, my kids will never act like that" to which I now say, "Yea, they're worse". This is definitely one of those times I'm glad we had kids early, so I can now stand back and chuckle as my son gets ready for his sophomore year at college.

Yupp...they say you become more like your father everyday, and it is so true...I could hear my Dad saying, "Close the damn door, you trying to cool the great outdoors" every time I tried to politely, at least for a little while, tell all my little nieces and nephews to quit playing with the patio door.

Happy Father's Day, Dad, your work is now complete.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The End of Western Civilization?

This is pretty tragic if you think about it.

German Army too Fat and Lazy to Fight

When you consider that once the German Army was the vaunted instrument of Frederick the Great, Helmut von Moltke
and Erwin Rommel, and defined military excellence. German landsers, panzer grenadiers, Fallschirmjäger were the scourge of Europe, conquering France too many times to count and nearly conquering the Soviet Union in World War II. Even after World War II, the Bundeswehr was the backbone of NATO for almost 40 years. Now...It is pretty sad to see what was once the most feared army in Europe come to this.

Of course, if you were cynical, like me, you might say it is indicative of Western Civilization and our general malaise. Moral equivalency, a lack of reverence for the foundations of our civilization and an overall lack of appreciation for our history and what our ancestors did for us have made most of us soft and lazy.

Now, I know, I know, I'm not a neo-Nazi or anything like that, but isn't it sad that most of the countries of Europe seem lethargic and unconcerned as they are taken over by Islam?

Here's an outstanding book that tells the whole tale of how the Germans built the most potent operational army in the world, if not the best strategic warfighting capability.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy

That's right, as long as the dollar doesn't implode, or the mortgage market goes belly up next year (saw that scary graph on Glenn Beck tonight) or gas prices go up...everything will be fine, says the Obamasseiah.

Obama Says ‘Robust’ Growth Will Prevent Tax Increases

And of course, if he says it, then it must be true...after all, ABCNBCCBS luv Obama.

But it will still suck for most of you peasants for at least another year...hear those Democrats starting to sweat the 2010 elections...they should...it could be more than the perfect storm that swept them into power in 2006. Iraq will be a distant memory, but stagflation and the new improved misery index won't

Obama Says U.S. Jobless Rate to Reach 10% This Year

But hey, they all know what they're doing....
Dems seek to trim health bill as estimates soar

You know it's really scary, but we are now in a race to see if liberal progressivism, or liberal fascism can be discredited faster than our country becomes a Third World basket case like Zimbabwe. When a final, actual, unbiased accounting of the Obama Administration occurs, it will be the worst case of big city machine politics ever to ruin a country.....Nixon, Carter, Tammany Hall, even the worst situation of the Daley dynasty in Chicago will pale in comparison for corruption and incompetence.

My parents actually told me they were concerned that we would not become financially better off as a generation...and you know what, I told them they might be right.

Of course, maybe my grandkids will have sorted this all out...as they deal with $10 Trillion Dollars in debt. Of course, I will be dead by then, since it will be too expensive and "not financially viable" to pay for my medical needs under Obamacare

So the question becomes, will the most Narcissistic generation (Baby Boomers) go quietly into that good night to keep health care costs down...what an interesting conundrum...after all, didn't the anointed one promise candy canes and unicorns for everyone?

Awesome Foreign Policy

How, it's a good thing that Obambi is on the case to fix our foreign policy after 8 years of Bush debacles.
After all, we wouldn't want to lose any allies.

Small Pacific Nation Wary of Continued Relationship with U.S.

Or send inept politicians out to give aid and comfort to our enemies

Carter visit seeks to coax Hamas toward West

Or have another rogue regime in the Middle East acquire nuclear weapons

Syria plays down uranium find by UN nuclear agency

Nope, the Hope and Change world tour continues...
After all, if only everyone loved Obambi as much as our media does:

ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE

I find this incredibly disturbing on so many levels, yet completely unsurprising. I hope the RNC has the balls to sue those S.O.B.s for illegal campaign contributions...of course Obambi would probably just use some stimulus money "for the common good" of getting his message of "hope and change" out to all us ignorant peasants about his wonderful healthcare plan.

The arrogance of these people is absolutley amazing...and you know what, they will get away with nearly anything...until 2010. Maybe we'd better start paying attention to how the Iranians are acting...afte all what's the difference between a Black Panther thug at a Philly polling place and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard thug?

I think I would look good in green......

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Blues

Well, here is the Monday roundup from my not very enthusiastic self.

Iran: I would like to be very, very excited about the developments. After all, although it would pain me that somehow the Cult Media of Obambi would give him credit due to his incredible lightness of being, a Green Revolution to overthrow the mullahs would make me happy. However, I don't think the Supreme Ayatollah and his pals will go gently into that good night. However, anything that makes Mahmoud Imanutjob uncomfortable does make me smile.

Obamacare: As someone with first-hand knowledge of socialized medicine (ala Military Healthcare), I can definitely say it is great unless you are chronically ill or sick. Yes, if you have broken bones or a runny nose, it is great, but if you have cancer or something serious, fugidabouddit. You will get what they prescribe or pay for it out of pocket. I find it fascinating that the left thinks single-payer will give everyone in Harlem a Manhattan quality of health care, when in reality it will be the reverse. What is most amazing about this entire debate is there are REAL ACTUAL CURRENT examples of socialized medicine in Britain and Canada, and yet somehow, as usual, our liberals think they can do it better then their liberals. Hopefully, there will be enough pressure on Senators and Congresscritters that have to get reelected in 2010 without the Obambis help to put the breaks on this nonsense.

Finally, has anyone noticed the complete and totally collapse of the entire lamestream, obamabi-fellating, fawning, a**-kissing media? I mean seriously, the NYT and WAPO would be printing extra additions to cover all the scandals of this were the McCain administration:
* The entire stimulus giveaway to Obamabi's political supporters and cronies: ACORN, SEIU...
* The firing of the Americorps IG- The NYT went nuts of Bush's legal firing of US Attorneys..WTF?
* The shennanigans of the Federal Reserve being completely politicized and buying up Treasury Bonds to cover Obambis deficits
* Obambis profligate use of taxpayer dollars to enjoy the perks of his own private plane.
* The connections between the closed car dealerships and whether they were hits on Republicans
* The legality of both of the corporate thug buyouts of GM and Chrysler.
Well, the list goes on...I guess when the entire Democratic Party gets ridden out of town on an Amtrak rail in 2010, we can get some real Truth Commissions on the blatant unconstitutional power grab of this Administration...FDR would be smiling...


Finally, this is awesome...there is no underestimating the power of bacon. The wife posted this on her website, and it is too funny...I do love bacon...hmmmm

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wonderful Day

I spent yesterday at the Washington Willard Hotel at a seminar by the Center for a New American Security. It was really outstanding, and the highlight was a briefing by General David Petraeus on the current situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I could only get a couple of poor pictures with my iPhone Camera.

The need to smartly contrast the fight in Iraq with the upcoming effort in Afghanistan was a primary topic of his speech and it is clear why he may be our best battlefield and strategic commander since World War II. The questions were also most excellent. A guy from Fox News asked about Mirandizing terrorists and I have to say his answer seemed a little strained to me, like he was echoing the Administration's talking points. But, hey he's only a soldier, I'm sure the political hacks in the Justice Department are MUCH smarter about terrorists than a man who has been killing them for the last 6 years. I certainly feel safer knowing Sheriff Obama and Deputy Sheriff Holder are on the job, don't you?

The panel discussions presented some new studies done by CNAS, and Blackfive actually has a pretty decent critique of their paper on the next 12 months in Afghanistan.

Overall, it was a very well done conference, except for the incredibly uncomfortable chairs. I don't quite think the CNAS is in the tank for Obama like Blackfive seems to, I consider them pretty fair and balanced. However, it was very apparent from the questions and comments from members or former members of the State Department that apparently there were two periods in American Foreign Policy (BO and AO). Before Obambi was clearly the Dark Ages of that cowboy Bush running around being rude to everyone and {gasp} making the French, UN, and North Koreans mad at us. Now in the new enlightened era After Obambi, the Cairo speech has clearly made everyone in the Middle East LUV us again and all will be well after those pesky Israelis just fall off into the Med so the poor oppressed (corrupt, thug, brutal dictatorship, can't keep the lights and water on} Palestinians can have their homeland. Oy

However, I think their North Korea analysis was pretty good, even if somewhat pessimistic. It was interesting to hear, and I have read this from a number of sources, that in fact all of the sturm and drang likely has more to do with North Korean internal politics and Kim Jong0-il's son taking the dynastic throne than trying to get negotiations started again. Look for his chosen son to negotiate the release of the two hostages, oops, I mean journalists in the coming weeks.

All in all, a very educational day, with lots more to think about as I read their reports and analysis.

Friday, June 5, 2009

This week

This week marks two major milestones in American military history, the battles of Midway and D-Day. There have been many fine websites on these events.

Here's Blackfive's extensive roundup of D-Day

And here's the Other McCain's roundup of Midway links and coverage

I thought I would, of course, add some books to the mix.


Gordon Prange wrote one of the definitive accounts of the battle, showing just how thin the American margin of victory was and the extensive bravery by the American carrier aviators to win the battle.









I will be honest and say I have not read this book, but it has received outstanding reviews and is considered the best account of the battle from the Japanese point of view, incorporating a lot of new source material to examine why the Japanese lost a battle that should have been an overwhelming victory.







This remains one of the best recent books on D-Day. Ambrose used extensive oral histories to tell the battle from the grunt's point of view. His coverage of Omaha Beach is really excellent. A little light on the British and Canadian landings, but otherwise a very fine book.







THE classic account of the battle, this is one of the first books I ever read, and of course I loved watching the movie. Ryan's classic work pioneered oral history and using the soldier's stories to narrate the battle. All of Ryan's books are highly recommended.








Balkoski has written books on each of the American landings. His book on Utah Beach is particularly good as it incorporates not only the landings, but the Allied airborne landings behind Utah and narrates how the landing forces and paratroopers worked together to ensure a successful landing. Balkoski makes a pretty good case that if you consider the sea and airborne landings, there were in fact nearly as many casualties at Utah as there were at "Bloody Omaha"





And of course, what post would be complete without the obligatory reminder to never forget what these men did. I can only hope that we are not surrendering the freedoms they gave so much for in the name of free health care (an oxymoron) and union takeovers of American car companies.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekly Humor

Found this on http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/

What guy wouldn't want one of these for Father's Day?