Comments inspired by a viewing of “Lone Survivor”

I just watched “Lone Survivor” this afternoon with my wife. It is a tragedy of cosmic proportions. Looking back to 1969 when I was a 1st Lieutenant of Marines, I remember the reporting in process and getting assigned to the 11th Marine Regiment (artillery) and the huge bulk of ROE (rules of engagement) papers I had to read before I reported to my unit (Battery G) in the former Republic of Viet Nam. They were mind- boggling in their size and scope. Compared to the ROEs of today, they were like a hand written note on a scrap of paper.
I have come to the conclusion that the “war planners’ are of a mind set that would have us fight like the armies of the earliest millennia of recorded history: go out in a phalanx, blow trumpets, break for lunch, back to fighting and then call it quits for the night and pick it up again in the morning. Either that or these colossally arrogant and stupid jack wagons have no clue of what real combat is like. Based on the denouement of Viet Nam and the tragic misconduct of the Iraqi and Afghani wars, oh, and the coming soon to a middle east near you – Iranian conflict, I firmly believe that more than half of the 535 lesser lights inhabiting the political swamp (DC), several former executive officeholders, and the Joint Chiefs Of Staff for the last 2 decades should all be arrested and tried for treason, misprision, malfeasance and any other crimes you can think of. Serial Murder would be a good start. All of the men and women who died as a result of these lame ass ROEs should be hung around the neck of every politician who caved to political correctness.
Everybody is familiar with the pink breast cancer awareness theme. We need a PC awareness campaign and use Cowards’ Yellow to awaken the nation to exstirpate this vile plague upon our nation. YOU FIGHT A WAR TO WIN! If you don’t have a strategy which is VICTORY, don’t go into battle! My God, all you have to do is look at history to see what we’re up against in the Islamic territories! And they have even brought into our country! Instead of rooting them out where they breed and live, we allow them into our homeland to fester and infect. Trojan Horse? They don’t need no stinkin’ Trojan Horse!Does no one recall Aesop’s fable of the hen and the serpent’s eggs? I just don’t get it. We not only turn the other cheek but we stand on our heads and offer two more cheeks to be slapped. It’s time we modified the ancient Roman slogan “Carthago delenda est!” to fanatical, radical terrorism – no matter by whom it is practiced – must be eradicated! We can’t rely on the drones (political ones especially) operated by gamers along with the oh so reassuring electronic surveillance measures of the NSA et alii to do it. We must rely on a military campaign that destroys every vestige of this plague among the civilized nations and the vile political correctness must also be eradicated!
We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Viet Nam because some avuncular news reader had more influence over the nation than did the president at the time!
Like politics, war is not bean bag. War is an affront to humanity. Unfortunately, there are times when we must go to war to protect our nation and way of life, although I’m afraid the the way of life I grew up enjoying may have gone the way of the Dodo! This womb to tomb welfare state the political geniuses are creating is going to leave this nation full of desperate people who have no food, no work, and worst of all, NO HOPE! Is that the change we were promised?
Apparently DC is the modern day equivalent of the Land of the Lotophagi – Lotus Eaters. Once an electee arrives and starts sampling the fruit of the lotus, he becomes addle-brained and falls into the customs of the totally addicted and begins to believe the garbage that spews from the fonts of current political wisdom. The other widespread affliction of the political class is rectocranial inversion which seems to be completely irreversible. The populace has a problem inasmuch as it keeps sending these less than stellar examples of humanity back to the House and Senate. We can bitch and moan as much and as long as we care to but if we don’t start vetting better candidates, we’re going to wind up with some truly amazing examples of the living brain dead.
Please let us resolve to winnow the wheat from the chaff in government and find responsible people who will not try to micromanage our lives and will rein in the bureaucracy which seems to believe that its sole purpose is to make our lives perfectly miserable by creating as many contradictory rules and regulations as possible.

Time to look backward for our Military Brass!

I have taken pen in hand (figuratively) this time to opine and kvetch about General James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), and his part in the court martial of several Marines accused of urinating on the cadavers of several former Taliban murderers and terrorists.
Strike 1! General Amos was from the air wing: He’s all about “diversity”.
Strike 2! He demeans the office of CMC by violating basic rules of UCMJ
Strike 3! This pussified “marine” is a marine in name only and has made a mockery of the spirit of the United States Marine Corps in order to get along with the civilian leadership of the United States government.
It is time for someone with a soul and a brain to deep select a replacement – one who hasn’t made a Faustian deal and handed his testicles over for his stars.
For the love of God, why can’t anyone remember that the job of the military is to kill the enemy, destroy his capability to wage war, and to demoralize him. Please tell me who worried over “collateral damage” and civilian casualties in 1945 when Harry S. Truman, Democrat, gave the order to unleash hell on the Japanese people? Was there any similar concern when allied bombers leveled Dresden? The Untied States – I specifically used the word untied – doesn’t have the stomach for war. If we would commit to WINNING wars, they wouldn’t drag on for years at a phenomenal loss of national treasure!
I came home from Viet Nam angry and frustrated at the waste of our young men because of the dithering politicians. They are doing the same even today. We as a nation must elect politicians who will not go native when they are inside the Beltway; will swear to uphold the entire Constitution; will not seek to become a congressman or senator for life; Supreme Court Justices should not be granted lifetime appointments – 10 years is enough for any judge. And for good measure, senators need to be appointed by their state’s governor and legislature for 6 years and then GO HOME! They might be less apt to grandstand and try to become “great statesmen”. Case in point: that miserable twit Harry Reid who has done more to bring opprobrium on the senate than Joe McCarthy could ever have brought down. I am really beginning to believe that the man has gone soft in the head based on some of his meandering musings on the senate floor . . . Harry, nobody cares that you like to go shopping! It ain’t a special outing! Most of us do it on a regular basis if we want to eat. Duh! But, Harry, keep on keeping on and continue to make a mockery of yourself and the senate, the greatest deliberative body in the world (which hasn’t found enough time to cobble together a national budget in about 4 or 5 years), but yeah, hold onto that sobriquet since it fits so well. . . . As if!

POPULUS IAMDUDUM DEFUTATUS EST!

Senior field grade officers (colonels) seeking their 1st star have become ass-kissers and suck-ups of the first order. They no longer have the warrior spirit that propelled them to their elevated rank. Too many of the Flag Officer wannabes have spent the majority of their careers as REMFs which explains Dempsey, Mullen, et al. They have no feel for combat nor empathy for the combat grunt. “Stand down?” “Hold in place?” is there a difference in the result of those orders other than the wording? The result is the same! When you start parsing like that, it is time for you to put aside your uniform and never, ever claim honorable service in the US Military!

Every cabinet member and 99% of advisers and staff should be marched out of their offices and publicly humiliated and then shunned for their treasonous actions as well as inaction. Politicians should note well that if you are going to commit American lives to battle, you damn better well be prepared to support them to the finish. If you’re not in it to win it, then stay the hell out! You don’t lose limbs, suffer from PTSD or other combat related afflictions as you remain comfortable and protected in your congressional offices. It’s your guts but it’s our blood, you self-serving poseurs. Your political careers aren’t worth one drop of our blood! I don’t recall any “Hearts and Minds” outreach during WWII and look at the results: 2 of our strongest allies today are Japan and Germany! Try to remember that the military’s job is to kill people and destroy things, NOT to be an International Meals -On-Wheels!

Look what our touchy-feely approach to international affairs has brought us – we are ridiculed and ignored and tested by every tin pot tyrant across the globe! Way to go, professional politicians! We can’t thank you enough.

Let me make a suggestion to all politicians: Go read and study the United States Constitution then read the Federalist Papers and try to apply that to your job. Just because you think something is “good” doesn’t mean that it’s constitutional – eg. The Patient Affordable Care Act. Look at the early history of the United States. How many of our early elected senators and representatives wanted a life-long sinecure as a public official? None that I can think of. There was a good reason senators were appointed by state legislatures instead of direct election – just look at our congress today – QED! A further suggestion is to read all legislation before enacting it. How in the hell can you vote for something of which you are ignorant or all you know of it is what your staff and/or lobbyists have told you. Take care of your own district for a change. All your half baked theories aren’t worth a warm bucket of spit!

Ignore the constitution at your peril. Populus iamdudum defutatus est! The people have been screwed long enough! Try to remember, dear politician, IT AIN’T ABOUT YOU! It’s about WE THE PEOPLE! If you work, and I use the term loosely, under that principle, maybe, just maybe the country will pull out of its death spiral and we can reclaim our position in the world.

Sincerely yours,
A Marine combat veteran of Viet Nam

Very strong food for thought!

     A German’s View on Islam – worth reading! This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun..
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Now Islamic prayers have been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario , and, yes, in Ottawa too while the Lord’s Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?) The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in. And we are silent…….   Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

Received from a friend: Sir Winston Churchill 1899 Unbelievable, but the speech below was written in 1899!

 (check Wikipedia – The River War) I am sending the attached short speech from Winston Churchill, delivered by him in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. It probably sets out the current views of many, but expressed in the wonderful Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language, of which he was a past master. Sir Winston Churchill was, without doubt, one of the greatest men of the late 19th and 20th centuries. He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great warleader and Prime Minister, to whom the Western world must be forever in his debt. He was a prophet in his own time. He died on 24 January 1965, at the grand old age of 90 and, after a lifetime of service to his country, and was accorded a State funeral. HERE IS THE SPEECH: “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” Sir Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 London )

In re: US response to Benghazi consulate attack

There are any number of Marines on Facebook who will tell you that we were all taught that you cannot lead from behind; you can be part of the problem or you can be part of the solution; lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way; you can make things happen or you can just watch what happens, or you can scratch your head and wonder what happened. From my reading of the aftermath, it appears this administration continues to “lead” from behind, won’t have the decency to get out of the way, continues to be a part of the problem, and scratches its collective ass and wonders what happened. The bullshit that spewed forth from Leon Panetta’s facial cavity is risible! You’re watching this event unfold in front of your eyes in real time and you have the balls to state that you didn’t have sufficient intelligence? I now understand what you meant – you, personally, didn’t have the basic human intelligence to understand what you saw. To all the others involved in this massive, lethal clusterf**k, thank your stars that this is not Japan or ancient Rome. Your suicide would be the least to be expected of you. That you miserable low lifes would place your precious political careers above the lives of those Americans who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect your sorry asses is beneath contempt! Everyone of the conspirators should be charged with misprision, malfeasance, dereliction of duty, and depraved indifference if not outright homicide. Even the Congress is playing along by not investigating and holding hearings until NOVEMBER 15th! Don’t want to upset the precious campaigns now, do we. Right now this administration and its supporters in Congress reside at an address somewhere below cetacean feces.

Alice wouldn’t recognize this Wonderland!

So Chick-fil-A’s COO is asked some questions, the answers to which I’m willing to bet a few bob are pretty much common knowledge. One of the answers has turned into a firestorm of vitriol. The Cathy family are what I would describe as “Hard shell Baptists” who adhere to the word of the Bible and, surprise, surprise, they don’t fall all over themselves to gush over gay marriage. Now every half-wit and Hollywood has-been and wanna-be has come out denouncing the Chick-fil-A corporation as “Evil Incarnate.” What Dan Cathy thinks about marriage is of no concern to me. What he puts in his sandwiches IS a concern to me. He does make one helluva spicy chicken sandwich (personal favorite).

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is proceeding to show what an ass he is by adamantly condemning Chick-fil-A. He has now joined the rank of Urban Meddler in chief, Nanny Bloomingidiotberg in attempting to dictate what may and may not be sold in “his” city. Down South, we have known for quite some time that the Cathy family members were “Bible-thumpers” from way back. They close shop on Sunday literally for Christ’s sake! Bloomingidiotberg, Minimindino! Go away! Reorganize your closets, your sock drawers, and your underwear drawers. Leave the rest of us alone. We can figure it out for ourselves

Tragically, last week a looney tune wrought death and injury on an unsuspecting public. Immediately after it was reported, the usual cast of useful and useless idiots were abroad voicing their opinions on gun control and naming all the right wingers who were directly responsible for the attack. One of the comments that piqued my interest was made by President Obama. He said that he has 2 daughters who like to go to the movies and he feared for them. I would call this factoid to the President’s attention: The girls would be accompanied by their Secret Service detail and another James Holmes would be lucky to get one shot off before he would be double tapped. End of story.

Think back to the Internet Cafe in Florida that was assaulted and trashed by a couple of would be thugs. Seems that a 70+ year old patron didn’t take to kindly to his computer time being disrupted so he pulled out his pistol and popped off a few shots – one shot striking one of the thugs in a very fleshy region. Please make note: The police are reactive and not proactive. Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but they usually arrive after the fact to clean up the mess. Not everybody who owns a firearm is a homicidal maniac just waiting for the next opportunity to shoot up a movie theater full of fun loving patrons out for the fun of being part of the opening night of a new release.

Now let me go back to worrying about how Mitt Romney spends his money. I don’t need to worry about how the government is spending my money – I’m terrified about that!

Back from the Brain Dead

It has been a long, long time since I last entered a post on the blog. There are so many topics on which to blog that my head has begun to spin. I spend so much time agonizing over a choice topic that by the time I have made up my mind, the topic is passe!

I am still smoking over the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare. Explain why a 5-4 decision to overturn is conservatives politicizing a decision but a 5-4 decision to uphold is brilliant, enlightened, yadayadayada. Why is Harry Reid not greeting at the local funeral parlor? Why is Nancy Pelosi not working with a like group of people wearing floppy shoes and water flowers and piling out of a miniature car? Why do I see an oil slick after any one of several democrat operatives appear? Why do I want to puncture my eardrums and gouge out my eyes whenever Debbie Wasserman-Schulz appears on TV to offer up her pre-programmed list of DNC talking points? Why am I more afraid of the US DOJ under Eric Holder’s eagle-eyed supervision than I am of organized crime? (I think the dons and capos have more honor and integrity.)

I am so afraid that if his Obamajesty is re-elected, the United States will become a fading memory. His administration is the epitome of the rule of unintended consequences! Can someone explain how a man can swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States on one hand and on the other, do everything in his power to destroy it? He rolled into office on the promise of Hope and Change – to fundamentally change the United States. I guess destruction is a fundamental change. . . .

There comes a time in the course of human events that a situation becomes so intolerable that good and decent men must make up their minds to take action to remedy the situation. First and foremost, Obama cannot be re-elected. Then a concerted effort must be made to rein in a run amok bureaucracy and bring it to heel. Next, benefits of federal regulations need to be evaluated vis-a-vis the unintended consequences of said regulations and the useless ones must be culled.  and finally, the concept of political office as a lifetime job must be eradicated! There was a reason the framers set up terms of office for representatives and senators: 2 years for reps so the folks back home would have input and 6 years for senators to provide some seniority and stability. Those terms, if the public would co-operate, would eliminate the imperial airs adopted by our longer serving pols. (Self-serving) Personally, I would ban graduates of any Ivy League school from ever holding any office of any kind – a hundred year ban on Ivy Leaguers from governmental service. Based on the damage they’ve done to the US, it ought to be a millennium ban!

The history of the US should be taught in-depth Elhi. The constitution should be thoroughly explored as it is written without noting the shadows, suggestions, penumbras, et al which have been miraculously found by our more progressive jurists. Elections matter and stupid people vote as well as venal people. A vote for a third-party, write-in candidate or no vote will be a vote for the current president! Please bear that fact in mind before you cast your vote.

Response to the Palinophobes

I am amazed at the plethora of self-declared serious, deep thinkers in politics and in the medium media. These self-important, smug, braying burros pine away for some everyman to come forward and lead the country out of the wilderness. Inevitably, some naif comes forward to be a good citizen and put him/herself up for election because it is the right thing for committed citizens to do. The citizen-savior is hailed like Christ on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and then . . . here come the pharisees and other sophists giving a full body scan that makes the TSA look like amateurs. They do their utmost to destroy the poor overmatched citizen and when the destruction is complete, they retreat to their precincts and lament that there are no good candidates. I am of the firm belief that the journalists’ family tree is all trunk and no branches and they give new meaning to offspring of incestuous relationships. these tunnel visioned visionaries should be ignored and shunned and a pox on their houses. If I have to see, hear, or read anymore of this liberal equine + bovine feces, I’ll give you some serious HATE SPEECH! The mass- media just needs to go on a permanent vacation.

Government Help: The quintessential Oxymoron!

ACT I
After much evasion and avoidance, I have returned to my computer. There are so many topics available upon which to blog. The one that is foremost in the collective consciousness is the struggle for Obamacare. I am suffering from advanced stage OCDR -ObamaCareDerangementSyndrome! If any sentient human being reads and listens to the massive amounts of verbiage emanating from the leaders of the ObamaCare struggle, TweedleDumb and TweedleDumber -aka Bela Pelosi and Harry Reid – one is forced to aaccept the reality that the backers of ObamaCare have sold their souls for glorious cause. They are actually saying that We, The People, are too ignorant to know what’s best for us and our families, Teh sad fact is that there are those who actually buy into this theory. They seem to have forgotten that Representatives are elected to represent our wishes in Congress NOT TO TELL us what is GOOD for us.
ACT II
The Obama (Holder) Justice Department appears to be run by a claque of lawyers who seem to believe that by making nice with Islamo-fascisti that all will be right with the world. They apparently believe that closing Camp Delta at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and by providing Miranda Rights and lawyers will somehow make things right. They actually believe that “Gitmo” is a recruiting tool. These morons are the recruiting tools! They are proving to the masses brainwashed by the madrassas that we are weak! Gitmo is not THE recruiting tool, NEWSFLASH!!!! OUR ENTIRE WAY OF LIFE IS ABHORRENT TO THEM! For all the vaunted cultural sensitivities of the “Boomer generation”, they just don’t get it. If we don’t get some political warriors and military warriors who are more concerned with defending the country than they are political correctness, we are doomed. We will go out with a whimper and a whine not a bang! (Apologies to T.S.Eliot)
ACT III
The conventional wisdom amongst the political class appears to be that wars must be waged according to Marquis of Queensbury rules. Pssst! Here’s a tip: War is Hell! It is a nasty business and not for the faint of heart. I personally believe that if one of our men completes a mission by capturing a high value enemy and the enemy is somewhat roughed up in the process, then that is the fortune of war. I absolutely abhor the decision to court martial and incarcerate that person on the claim of the prisoner. All you have done is feed the image of the weak, effeminate military that plays right into the Islamo-fascisti recruitment program. Somewhere, somehow the good citizens of these United States must stand up and be counted. The good folk of New Hampshire had it right – “Live free, or die!” We have lost our will and I’m afraid we have also lost our way. We are anesthetized to the rigors of life by our diversions. We no longer are a self-reliant people. We used to give to and support our charities. Now, we have delegated our charity to the government which is uniquely unqualified to do most any task it undertakes. Think of the US Postal Service, or how about the Census Bureau? It sends out gazillions of letters informing us that the Census Bureau Questionnaire will arrive in one week. How much did that colossal jewel of stupidity cost? I pray that someday we as a nation will awaken from our torpor and demand our government back and throw out the permanent elected class and replace it with citizens who will sacrifice their careers for a brief stint in the House of Representatives or in the Senate. Let’s get some people who don’t believe that a huge federal government and its accompanying bloated bureaucracy can accomplish anything other than eating away at our substance. Let the government stop feeding those destructive behaviors supported by well-meaning programs. Let’s unfetter the spirit that made this country the greatest nation on this planet. Let’s stop elevating nonsense as esoteric knowledge. Get the government off our backs and out of our wallets! And last, let”s not elect lawyers to political office. We need to have a congress that more reflects the make-up of our society, people who earn by making a living by their output, not by what others put out. Our way of life is much too precious to give up without a struggle. Let’s not go gently into that morass that the Progressives have in store for us!!!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.