Archive for October, 2008

When big brother beats on the little guy: Joe The Plumber vs. The Chosen one

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 29, October 2008 by chockblock

So why is it that Obama’s supporters are so afraid of one man?

Helen Jones-Kelly a $2300 contributor to the Barack Obama campaign, may have abused her powers as state agency director to check the state child-support computer system for Joe. A Toledo police clerk is charged with doing a similar illegal search of Joe’s records.

He is just one man. So what if people like him. They’ll vote for Obama anyway right? The blogs will go away. Forget right wing radio. The fairness doctrine will make them do away right?

Wrong. The fact that you are using the power of the state to crush one man who dared to question a presidential candidate. These people know better. They are using nukes to settle a barfight. Anything goes because they either don’t care or they know that Obama is an empty suit. This is not hope, or change. It is a police state.

I fear for the future because Obama does noting about this.

H/T: Little Green Footballs and Michelle Malkin.

Chew on this: 9 days edition

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 26, October 2008 by chockblock

it is nine days before America has to chose between McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden. Tasty Links, now get out and vote (twice if your with ACORN :):

  1. Obama support highlighted in rally in North Carolina is a phony soldier. The claims of phony vets are going up, frustrating the real vets and keeping the cops busy. H/T: This Ani’t Hell and Gateway Pundit
  2. Creation “scientists” continue to be wacky. H/T: Little Green Footballs.
  3. my mind starts to go a million miles an hour thinking about the responsibilities and safeguards we “information age” parents have to juggle. I don’t want to spy on my kids. There HAS to be trust. They are dealing with so much more data than we did at that age. I will, however, shut down anything that brings harm to my daughters…
    –Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagen source: Agent Bedhead

  4. Sarah Palin letting the RNC spend $150,000 on her wardrobe vs.
    Obama campaign spent 5.3 million dollars for a phony Greek temple in Denver’s Invesco Field. , source LGF
  5. A look at the Obama-cult. by National review Online.
  6. The Press actually does their job. WFTV Channel 9’s Barbara West grills Joe biden, asking the hard questions. Result? Future interviews canceled.
  7. and a chewy poll:

now and some liquid:

Is American Really Going to elect Obama? (Why he is unfit for office)

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , on 25, October 2008 by chockblock

Little Green Footballs links to this article by Melanie Phillips

Is America really going to do this?
Friday, 24th October 2008

The impact of the financial crisis on the American presidential election has somewhat obscured the most important reason why the prospect of an Obama presidency is giving so many people nightmares. This is the fear that, if he wins, US defences will be emasculated at a time of unprecedented international peril and the enemies of America and the free world will seize their opportunity to destroy the west.

My uncle was a Senior Chief (E-8) in the Navy during Pres. Clinton’s military draw down. Two aircraft had to be cannibalized for parts to get a third one in the air. Six month deployments became 12, then 15, then 16. The Army suffered the loss of the Armored Gun System (a light tank that was heavier than the HMMWV’s and Strykers in Iraq). Retention and recruitment hit all time lows. Clinton never was serious about Obama, he just wanted the pomp of office to push his liberal agenda.

Obama is no different. He wants to cut missile defense and the Army’s future combat systems. While each program has problems, the Army and the country needs both to meet the future threats that face the world. Russia continues to supply arms to nations that hate us. China, North Korea and Iran are guns pointed at our friends. Israel, South Korea and Taiwan need our help.

Is this what Obama wants?

From Elise Labott
CNN
– Russia’s use of strategic bombers and ballistic missiles against Georgia’s civilians outside of the South Ossetian conflict is “far disproportionate” to Georgia’s alleged attack on Russian peacekeepers, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.

Our allies are suffering due to their lack of preparedness:

Royal Navy: Sunk! (Corrected)
Friday October 24th 2008- It takes a profound institutional meltdown to make the Pentagon look like a tight-run ship in comparison. Leave it to the British Ministry of Defense to allow just such a catastrophe in the U.K.’s senior service. In the roughly 15 years since the end of the Cold War, the Royal Navy — once one of the leading navies — has lost all of its fighter jets, one of its three small carriers and half its submarines, destroyers and frigates.

So what you say? It’s just the Brits. They are only helping us in Afghanistan and Iraq. AS our allies start to wither, the U.S. must step up. Obama instead want to replay the Clinton’s “cruise missile” foreign policy: shoot a few missiles then leave before the New York Times runs negative press. Otherwise he wants us in Afghanistan. But Pres. Obama (shudder) will run THAT war the same way LBJ ran Vietnam.

Again Elise Labott:

McCain believes in protecting and defending America as it is. Obama tells the world he is ashamed of America and wants to change it into something else. McCain stands for American exceptionalism, the belief that American values are superior to tyrannies. Obama stands for the expiation of America’s original sin in oppressing black people, the third world and the poor.

During the Falklands conflict, Ronald Regan gave technical assistance and arms to British Forces over Argentina. He said that the U.S. supported a democracy over a dictatorship (a military junta rulled Argentina at the time). Obama loves Hamas, Iran, Venezuela and other anti-American regimes. He and his cohorts view American with contempt.

Obama thinks world conflicts are basically the west’s fault, and so it must right the injustices it has inflicted. That’s why he believes in ‘soft power’ — diplomacy, aid, rectifying ‘grievances’ (thus legitimising them, encouraging terror and promoting injustice) and resolving conflict by talking. As a result, he will take an axe to America’s defences at the very time when they need to be built up. He has said he will ‘cut investments in unproven missile defense systems’; he will ‘not weaponize space’; he will ‘slow our development of future combat systems’; and he will also ‘not develop nuclear weapons,’ pledging to seek ‘deep cuts’ in America’s arsenal, thus unilaterally disabling its nuclear deterrent as Russia and China engage in massive military buildups.

To solve world conflict, Obama places his faith in the UN club of terror and tyranny, which is currently fuelling the murderous global demonisation of Israel for having the temerity to defend itself and is even now preparing for a rerun of its own anti-Jew hate-fest of Durban 2, which preceded 9/11 by a matter of days.
….
Obama dismisses the threat from Islamism, shows zero grasp of the strategic threat to the region and the world from the encirclement of Israel by Iran, displays a similar failure to grasp the strategic importance of Iraq,
….
There are, alas, many in the west for whom all this is music to their ears. Whether through wickedness, ideology, stupidity or derangement, they firmly believe that the ultimate source of conflict in the world derives at root from America and Israel, whose societies, culture and values they want to see emasculated or destroyed altogether. They are drooling at the prospect that an Obama presidency will bring that about. The rest of us can’t sleep at night.

Change? Keep your change Obama, I want a future.

Chew on this: Get off my lawn edition!

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 25, October 2008 by chockblock

Tasty links and a warning to stay off the grumpy old senator’s lawn:

    • Over at Ace:

    • Associated Press - October 24, 2008 7:15 PM ET

      OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Recalling a run-in 25 years ago with a group accused of voter registration irregularities, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says protesters scattered when he warned them to leave his home in one minute or “I’ll kill all of you.”

    • Obama Partisans in Ohio Goverment Agencies Illegally Pawed Through Joe the Plumber’s Private Records.
    • Even Russia says our press is biased.
  1. It was 25 years ago when my 1st grade teacher told us about the attack on U.S. Marines in Beirut. Never Forget.
  2. A Chew on this frist, a lib hits one out of the park!

    H/T: Michelle Malkin
  3. McCain-Palin supporters are being attacked, vandalism you can believe in.
  4. Obama on record sharing the same valuesas an anti-American communist. Their is video of Obama attending an anti-Israel rally with a terrorist that the MSM refuses to release. H/T:Gateway Pundit
  5. Ratergate figure Mary Mapes proclaims the death of the rightwing blogosphere. We beg to differ. We’re no dead, your candidate just smells funny
  6. ABC News’ Malone: Ashamed To Be Known As a ‘Journalist’, H/T: LGF, did he not get Mary Mapes’ memo?

Replacing the M-249: Update!

Posted in army training, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , on 24, October 2008 by chockblock

I’ll get back with my own writeup on the contest to replace the M-16/M-4 and the M-249 but in the meantime enjoy the gun pr0n!

Rammstein & an automatic rifle!!

MillSpec Monkey: H&K at Show Show:

Chew On this: Dressed For Success Edition w/more flair!

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 23, October 2008 by chockblock

Tasty Linx and a HUGE wardrobe bill:

  1. Enough already! I get it! the Left’s “Republican are rich a–holes who spend to much money on stuff” meme is not a dead horse, but a greasy spot where a horse carcass used to be. Pulease! RNC you do not have pour gasoline on that campfire. Just fund the campaign and get McCain and Palin into the Whitehouse…
  2. police around the country are preparing for the worst if Obama loses this election. Confederate Yankee suspects that the media’s outright campaigning for Obama will cause his people to go nuts and burn down the country they hoped to change.
  3. Russia will sell surface to air missiles to Syria despite international objections. The U.S. may sell the Global Hawk to South Korea and India is moving it’s best jet fighters closer to China and Pakistan, as those two countries beef up their armed forces.
    Iran may ATTACK Israel this year. Here comes Obama’s pop quiz (for us in uniform it’s more of a final exam)
  4. A dead goldfish gets to vote in Illinois! ACORN’s own legal counsel finds illegalities and Pennsylvania may not want hope and change after all.
  5. According to Ace: Even Obama’s website makes fraudulent donations easy
    UPDATE:

    Draw up the impeachment papers. If Obama wins, we should be ready.

    This is the deliberate evasion of campaign finance rules. It’s shocking the media never checked before — and apparently isn’t even checking now.

    Note: This is quite deliberate. The Address Verification System has to be specifically disabled to allow this fraud:

    more at Ace O’Spades

  6. A lest of the technological greatest his and missesof the war on terror.
  7. Obama’s friends, the people who’s kids when to his kids schools planned to
    kill 25 million Americans who would not join the revolution back in the 1960’s. Hope, change, and concentrations camps.
  8. New York times stocks get downgraded, but at least the paper itself is good for lining birdcages

and now some Johnny Cash: “Hurt”

Powell, Obama and the next four years (oy vey!)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 22, October 2008 by chockblock

Yes, I heard, Colin Powell has endorsed the chosen one. Yea, whoop de do. The pundits are already calling Nov. 4th for Obama.
They are not even trying to be objective.

remember reading All the President’s Men and thinking: That’s journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.

This housing crisis didn’t come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.

It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.
…..
You’re just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it’s time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a news paper in our city.

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?
By Orson Scott Card

When a science fiction author is calling you to the carpet, you should be fired! MSM, you ignore the terrorists that have been Obama’s friends for years. You try and say that terrorism is all made up and no threat to the U.S.

The truth? You want the truth as to why I am behind McCain-Palin?

Here is is from your Man Joe BHiden of Obama-Biden 2008:

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”
……
“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

Even his VP-candidate know that Obama is a fake. We need leaders. Powell never recovered from the 2003 Iraq invasion and he never stood his ground since. He, like generals, Wesly Clarke and Merril McPeak are ex-military.

We want leaders who will take care of us. Not call us murderers and never lift a finger to help us. We want a president who will fight when he needs to, not a gun shy citizen of the world. Oh, btw those eruopean citizens of the world?

They came, they saw, then left the Afghan war without a single mission
Published Date: 09 October 2008
By Jerome Starkey
in Kabul
GERMANY has admitted its Special Forces have spent three years in Afghanistan without doing a single mission, and are now going to be withdrawn.
….

Senior military officials last night blasted the KSK commanders for keeping the troops in camp. One western military official accused Germany of “sitting on the sidelines while the rest of the world fights”.

He said: “It’s just unbelievable to think there have been 100 highly-trained troops sitting doing nothing for three years, while everyone else has worked their socks off. It’s no good sending troops if they don’t do anything. They might as well have stayed at home.”

Obama’s army, ladies and gentlemen.

Meanwhile his followers continue to pillage and rob, err spread the word about hope and change:

  • Frank Armstrong was preparing to go for a jog this morning when he noticed his Lexus – adorned with a McCain-Palin sticker – had been vandalized with obscenities and a burned American flag.

    Gatewaypundit

  • “socialist” is a code word for “black?”, whoa…., via LFG
  • Look at this…err..“artwork” against Sarah Palin. LFG
  • Daily Kos vs. the Mormons. (I’m rooting for the tabernacle choir to hold Kos down and hurt him).
    Confederate Yankee

BTW: via In From the Cold :

On the heels of Joe Biden’s prediction that Barack Obama would be tested early in his presidency, The New York Times offers a list of three potential challengers. Venezuela, Russia and Iran, awash in petrodollars just a few months ago, are now facing a severe budget squeeze, thanks to the recent, dramatic drop in oil prices.

Of course, the Times doesn’t actually predict a confrontation with these countries. Taking a more diplomatic approach, reporters Simon Romero, Michael Slackman and Clifford Levy wonder if “the countries can sustain their spending–and their bids to challenge U.S. hegemony.

But it doesn’t take a foreign policy expert to understand the flip side of that argument. Facing an American president with little experience in international affairs, one (or more) of the rogue states might provoke a regional crisis, believing that an Obama Administration would respond less forcefully.

M-4, M-16 and other rifles Part II.

Posted in army training, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , on 21, October 2008 by chockblock

The Army tired to replace the M-4/M-16 with the XM-8, the result was less than expected:

The XM8 was poised to become the Army’s next rifle family. Viewed as the successor to the M16 line of weapons, the XM8 was close to being officially adopted in 2005. Gunmaker Heckler & Koch stood to earn hundreds of millions of dollars on a weapon that would be the premier rifle for all American soldiers for a generation or more.

But the XM8 ignited conflict within the Army weapons community — a rift that acquisition experts say ultimately cost the service millions of dollars, with nothing to show for it.

Acquisition heads at the Army and Defense Department levels also clashed over the XM8, which became the focus of an October 2005 DoD Inspector General audit.

When the smoke cleared, the XM8 was dead, the general in charge of the program would retire and soldiers would continue to have to rely on the same weapons to fight a shooting war with no end in sight.

This story happened before with the
Advanced Combat Rifle
. Only the technology failed. The failed because it was too advanced. The technology was not there. Fueled by a requirement to best the M-16 by 50%, the gun makers tried. Epic fail.

So why all the fuss over the M-16 and M-4?

After WW II, the U.S. Army began research into body armor and better rifles. Ever since guns were invented, armies stood still to fire. However WW II was the first war where soldiers could fire on the move. New automatic weapons were being developed to bridge the gap between heavy air and water cooled machine guns and the rifle. Before the war machine guns required a crew, rifle were bolt action or “clip fed” shooting only a few times a minute. During the war the assault rifle was developed (in Nazi Germany and the USSR). The U.S. Armie’s brain trust took a look around the post-war world and found:

that most combat takes place at short range. In a highly mobile war, combat teams ran into each other largely by surprise; and the team with the higher firepower tended to win. They also found that the chance of being hit in combat was essentially random — that is, accurate “aiming” made little difference because the targets no longer sat still. The number one predictor of casualties was the total number of bullets fired.[6] Other studies of behavior in battle revealed that many U.S. infantrymen (as many as 2/3) never actually fired their rifles in combat. By contrast, soldiers armed with rapid fire weapons (such as submachine guns) were much more likely to have fired their weapons in battle.[7] These conclusions suggested that infantry should be equipped with a fully-automatic rifle of some sort in order to increase the actual firepower of regular soldiers. It was also clear, however, that such weapons dramatically increased ammunition use and in order for a rifleman to be able to carry enough ammunition for a firefight they would have to carry something much lighter.–Project SALVO, wikipedia

The U.S. tried the M-14, basicaly an M-1 Garand modified for full-auto fire. The 7.62 round had the power, but the load was to heavy to carry enough rounds (see above) and the recoil hurt. Enter Eugene Stoner. While the army resisted other rifles, settling on the M-14, Stoner designed a new rifle. His design used aluminum and fiberglass in addition to steel. But no wood. The AR-10 had another difference,The design,

Meanwhile the layout of the weapon itself was also somewhat different. Previous designs generally placed the sights directly on the barrel, using a bend in the stock to align the sights at eye level while transferring the recoil down to the shoulder. This meant that the weapon tended to rise when fired making it very difficult to control during fully-automatic fire. The ArmaLite team used a solution previously used on weapons such as the German FG42 and Johnson light machine gun; they located the barrel in line with the stock, well below eye level, and raised the sights to eye level. The rear sight was built into a carrying handle over the receiver.

The AR-10 was a very advanced design for its time. Despite being over 2 lb (0.9 kg) lighter than the competition, it offered significantly greater accuracy and recoil control.

General Willard G. Wyman, commander of the U.S. Continental Army Command (CONARC) received a report about the new 5.56mm round. CONARC had the AR-10 re-designed to the 5.56 (or .233) AR-15. When Kennedy was elected to the Oval office, Robert McNamara (former Ford Motor Company exec) became secretary of defense. During a series of tests with some rifles (altered over Stoners objections), the M-16 had some catastrophic failures. After some engineering tests, the Army pressed for a larger round.
However, mock combat exercises convinced some that the rifle had merit.
Again from Wikipedia:

Not all the reports were negative. In a series of mock-combat situations testing the AR-15, M14 and AK-47, the Army found that the AR-15’s small size and light weight allowed it to be brought to bear much more quickly, just as CONARC had suggested. Their final conclusion was that an 8-man team equipped with the AR-15 would have the same firepower as a current 11-man team armed with the M14. They also found that the AR-15, as tested, was more reliable than the M14, suffering fewer stoppages and jams in tests where thousands of rounds were fired.

So McNamara had two conflicting reports, one where the Army wanted more M-14’s and another where it wanted the 5.56 AR-15. In truth, most in the pentagon wanted more M-14’s, even when the AR-15 passed, army officials rejected it in favor of the M-14.

Yet Stoner persisted. His first boss Fairchild Aircraft sold their Armalite division to Colt. Colt and Gen. Curtis LeMay closed a deal for M-16s to the air force. Their security forces would use the rifle. Colt inked a deal with the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), who bought 1,000 rifles for South Vietnamese forces.

Utilmately, McNamara would ram the M-16 down the Army’s throat. However Colt introduced a number of cost cutting measures. The bore and chamber were not chrome lined (causing corrosion). A forward assisted was not added (despite reports that the weapon had trouble operating when dirty) and the power was changed. See, Colt somehow convinced the Army that the rifle was “self cleaning”. This would be a bone of contention and the source of many urban legends about the M-16.

To make this short, the rifle has redesigned. Newer models had chromed bores and chambers. A forward assist was added. Numerous other improvements were made. In many Vietnam war movies, the rifles have this distinctive burrrp. Newer models redesigned the end of the barrel (the flash suppressor) from the 3-prong to the bird cage. Most modern M-16s sound just like any other rifle. The full auto mode was discontinued. Soldiers just waste ammo. instead the rifles have a three round bust (in addition to fire and safe). Thus the M-16 became the M-16A1, then M-16A2. The full auto variant is the M-16A3. The M-16A4 has rails and is modular taking many aftermarket scopes and accessories.

The rifle has seen countless versions. Many of our allies use it. However like the M-14, the M-16 was too long for special forces and urban ops. Colt responded with a shorter rifle, the Colt CAR-15. The buttstock collapsed, the barrel was shorter and then came the rails. Like the M-16, it latter had upgrades, becoming the M-4. Here we see just a sample of what a soldier can add to his or her M-4:

M-4 with M-203 grenade launcher and other stuff

M-4 with M-203 grenade launcher and other stuff

So once again why all the fuss?

As my mother would say mira:

  • 34% of soldiers reported that their M4’s handguards rattle and become excessively hot when firing.
  • 15% reported that they had trouble zeroing the M68 reflex sight.
  • 35% added barber brushes and 24% added dental picks to their cleaning kits.

Soldiers reported the following malfunctions:

  • 20% reported double-feeding.
  • 15% reported feeding jams.
  • 13% reported that feeding problems were due to magazines.
  • 89% of soldiers reported confidence in the weapon.
  • 20% were dissatisfied with its ease of maintenance.

And those soldiers wanted the following :

  1. 55% requested the firearm be made lighter
  2. 20% requested a larger magazine

Then the dust test came: (source wikipedia):

In the fall of 2007, the Army tested the M4 against three other carbines in “sandstorm conditions” at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland: the Heckler & Koch XM8 rifle, FNH USA’s SOF Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) and the Heckler & Koch HK416. Ten of each type of rifle were used to fire 6,000 rounds each, for a total of 60,000 rounds per rifle type.[7] The M4 suffered far more stoppages than its competitors: 882 stoppages, 19 requiring an armorer to fix. The XM8 had the fewest stoppages, 116 minor stoppages and 11 major ones, followed by the FN SCAR with 226 stoppages and the HK416 with 233.[8][9] The Army now has plans to improve the M4 with a new cold-hammer-forged barrel to give longer life and more reliable magazines to reduce the stoppages. Magazine failures caused 239 of the M4’s 882 failures. Army officials said the new magazines could be combat-ready by spring if testing goes well.[10]

So the Army is at a quandary… replace the black rifle with another one, possibly re-training the entire army, use a modified M-16/M-4 type rifle and stick it to Colt or keep on keeping on.

What do you think?

Chew on this: Do you realize?

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 18, October 2008 by chockblock
  1. Someone has O.J.’s NFL ring, quick check your junk drawer.
  2. A nonresident Obama campaign worker, temporarily in Ohio illegally signs up to vote and then does so. yet it’s not important to make the news? h/t: Ace
  3. A reporter for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor , lies and manipulates a 16 year old girl to get the dirt on John McCain’s youngest daughter, Bridgette. What, was that Lori Drew woman unavailable?
  4. Bastards: Obama Cultist Takes Sign from McCain/Palin Supporter And Bashes Her In the Face With It; Media Not Interested, Too Busy Conjuring “Kill Him!” Shouts out of Thin Air
    Ace

  5. So let me get this straight….Obama has a tax plan where:

    currently families get a $1,000 per child tax credit. Now, the CBO baseline assumes that credit drops to $500 per child in 2011. So if the Obama Administration keeps the credit at $1,000 – which means the family pays the same as they always have – it counts as a “tax cut.” I know you understand all this, but it drives me batty how intellectually dishonest the mainstream media has been in covering the tax issue in this election.

    H/T: Confederate Yankee

  6. A 12 year old Sara Palin fan is racist because she wore apro-Sarah Palin t-shirt.
    WE MUST EXPOSE THIS THOUGHT CRIMINAL AND SAVE BIG BROTHER,,errr Barack Obama… h/t:Confederate Yankee
  7. The leftist vultures and sharks circle around Joe the Plumber. Wow, this many must be very powerful if all those people hate him, he must be running for office or something right?
  8. Joe Biden says that we are “one country”, tell that to these people.
  9. Enjoy these toon’s by Michael Ramirez

and now some Flaming Lips:

The difference between Red and Blue:

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 18, October 2008 by chockblock

ever since 2004, we have been hearing about “red vs. blue” (leave Halo out of this!). Some try to cast it in fight between uneducated country bumpkins, bitterly clinging to “guns and religion” vs. the urban city dwellers who are more “educated”, more liberal etc.

The reality is that in the “flyover country”, those small towns, people are very conservative.

A township that digs its own wells and plows its own roads is less susceptible to the beguiling notion that everything necessary in life is a mysterious “government service” to be provided by faceless bureaucrats far away.
Cocoon: The Return Mark Steyn

When I lived in New Mexico, I saw many examples of government waste. Schools would want for basic repairs by some sate legislator would push through “pork barrel” projects to benefit the businesses that paid for his election. And yet in 1994 Gary Johnson was elected as governor. Democrats and many liberals thought that he was a fat cat trying to enrich his company Big J. Others feared that he would slash education.

In fact the state lottery blossomed during his terms, sending hundreds of students to sate colleges and universities. As the child of county and government employees, I was waiting for the ax to fall, it never did. Instead Santa Fe focused on the business of running the state.

The exception however was counties, school districts and cities run by democrats. Huge cuts in education, city services and slashed budgets occurred when they tried to practice liberail policies just like their East or Left, er West coast counterparts. Even funnier, several
counties, school districts and cities get steady paycheck from the Department of Defense. White Sands leases land just north of the missile range, enabling ranchers and the local school to get by financially each year. DOD, Dept. of energy, Sandia, Los Alamos each lease or rent land and services all over New Mexico. The thanks they get? Environmentalist wackos and anti-war nuts protesting at their gates. Politicians taking about cutting the defense budget or closing nuke plants. But with out that money, their towns would be bankrupt. They aren’t elite, their idiots.

Cocooned indeed.

H/T: Ace o’ Spades

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