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“a hands off, leading from behind approach”

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, June 2014 by chockblock

The U.S. has made the case as strongly as they can to regional countries, including Kuwait. But ultimately when you take a hands off, leading from behind approach to things, people don’t take you seriously and they take matters into their own hands.
America’s Allies Are Funding ISIS, Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast.com

“The elephant in the room, unmentioned by Obama, is what happens if Iraq’s leaders — or the rebels — turn out to be uninterested in compromise. In particular, the president never said anything approaching this: “We will under no circumstances permit the terrorists to take control of Iraq.”

Barack Obama is a man who knows how to use words. It’s possible, then, that this omission was intended to prepare us for the worst.”
What Obama Didn’t Say About Iraq, Stephen L. Carter, Bloombergview.com

America didn’t lose Iraq, it was given away by a party and an Administration bound and determined to “get out of Bush’s War.” The left cares not for foreign affairs, it distracts from the domestic agenda of taxing and spending*. When they do show interest, it’s to kiss the ass of oil sucking dictators or to kow-tow to any foreign tyrant. Or simply parrot the current thinking of Europe’s intellectual class.

Iraq could have used American troops. ISIS is an Al-Qaeda spin-off. A failed Iraq spells trouble for the US. Sadly, we American’s don’t care about foreign wars, but foreign wars do care about us.

The left likes to say that they ended Vietnam and now Iraq. That somehow the Democrats brought us troops home. Lies. George Bush signed the agreement to withdraw from Iraq when their coalition government didn’t want a Status Of Forces Agreement.

But if you see Tumblr, Reddit or other hives of lefty scum and villainy, the Democrats are treated like royalty for “bringing the troops home” (not really, we’re still gonna be in Afghanistan until 2017). Don’t forget the drone strikes. Clinton has his cruise missiles, this Whitehouse has kill lists and drones. Hands off and leading from behind.

So as the media has sown, so shall the American public be forced to reap the bitter harvest.

*: I’m not kidding about that. See TheOtherMcCain for our “reality based community’s” take on Iraq:

Yes, the most urgent business facing the United States Senate is a newspaper columnist’s thoughts about sex on college campuses.
– R.S. McCain

Fiscal Cliff

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 29, November 2012 by chockblock

So zerohedge.com published this:

“We realize that this is a painful topic in a country in which the issue of welfare benefits, and cutting (or not) the spending side of the fiscal cliff, have become the two most sensitive social topics. Alas, none of that changes the matrix of incentives for most Americans who find themselves in a comparable situation: either being on the left side of minimum US wage, and relying on benefits, or move to the right side at far greater personal investment of work, and energy, and… have the same disposable income at the end of the day. “

Check out the whole article at the link.

Given that the US of A is broke, what’s going on in politics? Naked protesters want more gov’ment cheese, the Democrats want to play chess and the GOP wants to play dumb and the GOP still wants to give lots of sugar subsidies. The Democrats are not the progressive party they are the stompy hooves party.

We need a fiscal deal.

We as a country can’t afford a military presence in Europe, a tank/APC that’s 80 tons, a welfare state that pays people to sit there and buy Iphones and the farm subsides need to go.

The problem is as old as time: people want to eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner but whine when their waistline expands.

As Insty says, if something can’t go on forever, it won’t.

Either we fix the budget and drive away from the fiscal cliff, or the Democrats will have ruined the economy and the country. They will own it. Bush is not in office, the military is shrinking (so much for the “permanent war economy”). The huge recession, the jobless rate? THEIR. FAULT.

Like Europe, the Democrats promised free stuff and easy living. When it goes south, they will sling blame and attempt to “fix it” with taxes and b.s. economics. Some in the GOP will attempt to do the same. Porkbarrel politicians will still rob peter to pay paul, even in the face of doom.

If the GOP can’t stop them, we need a new GOP (or a new party entirely).

The Grasshopper and the Ant

Posted in ADA, politcs, rankers, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 1, November 2009 by chockblock

Perhaps more than any other open-source outfit, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has put serious intellectual muscle into examining the implications of waging war in an environment where potential enemies don’t just threaten to use nuclear weapons, they actually detonate a nuclear device.

While nuclear disarmament remains a noble aspiration, the world is going in the other direction, that is, more states with more nukes, says CSBA President Andrew Krepinevich in a new report, US Nuclear Forces: Meeting the Challenge of a Proliferated World. From four nuclear states in the 1960s, there are now double that number (adding China, Israel, India and Pakistan) and we may soon reach ten (North Korea and Iran). Potential enemies have learned they can’t survive a conventional war in the face of the U.S. precision strike arsenal. In their strategic calculus, the only means of deterring U.S. military action is a nuclear weapon.

US Must Plan for Nuke Wars
By Greg Grant Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 , DODBUZZ.coom

See, I thought that by electing the left’s chosen canidate, we would get a world with out nukes. Ya know, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and the hippies singing songs about peace…

Instead we have Iran rushing to complete a nuclear weapons as fast as they can. American “think tanks” don’t want our allies to protect themselves.

Missile defense accoring to the left, doesn’t work. Diplomacy? Work every time.

Except when Iran, North Korea et al. make fools out of our diplomats.

In the multi-national talks, talk being the key word, Iran and North Korea have show their willingness to duck, dodge and screw with the UN, the IAEA and US presidents. Sadly this is lost on the left. They want us to surrender. They fear war so much they get all Nevile Chamberlain when ever a missile is fired. Some pundits even suggest that the old “Cold War” paradigm of containment should apply to a nuclear Iran or North Korea.

BS! Nuclear rogue state will use them. They don’t care. Iran’s leaders have a apocalyptic death cult culture who’s roots are barely concealed by militant Shiite Islam. In order for them to stay in power and justify their permanent war economy, they need the US and nuclear weapons. Nuclear war just fulfills their promise of holy war. North Korea is a cult of personality run by one man, he dies the military junta that takes his place may have no choice but to strike.

We need to be prepared to fight. Cuts, and “give peace a chance” will result in a nuclear explosion.

Krepinevich describes a proliferated Middle East as a place of extreme instability as competing intelligence agencies constantly scour neighbor’s territory for weapons; since nuclear arsenals would be very small, the discovery of such weapons would likely invite a prompt attack to instantly shift in the strategic balance.

The report is intended to “raise awareness” of the need to reexamine many of the underlying assumptions of strategic logic regarding nuclear weapons that have not moved much beyond Cold War era thinking, Krepinevich says.

Let’s hope the people in charge read it.

Chew on this: It’s a (Tea) Party!

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, September 2009 by chockblock

Tea Party!

Tasty Links and power to the people:

In honor of the Main Stream Media and the Leftist Blogs:

Economic/Healthcare FAIL

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 9, July 2009 by chockblock

For some reason, single payer, universal health care socialized medicine seems to be en vogue with our new administration and our state run independent media. But if the government takes over health care what does that mean? Surely the government will be able to do better right?

Finally, critics say that because of its breadth and national reach, the public plan will be able to collect and analyze patient information on a large scale to discover the best ways to improve care. The public plan might even allow clinicians who form accountable-care organizations to keep a portion of the savings they generate.
–Robert Riech Why the Critics of a Public Option for Health Care Are Wrong

Not so fast. Most Medicaid and Medicare already collect stats on their use. In New Mexico, the mental health system (Medicaid Salude) took over when private insurance companies bowed out. They left due to rising costs. New Mexico Medicaid found that “universal mental health care” was so expensive that they turned over day to day operations back over to private HMO’s (shocka!) to keep costs down.

Reich again:

Critics say the public option is really a Trojan horse for a government takeover of all of health insurance. But nothing could be further from the truth. It’s an option. No one has to choose it. Individuals and families will merely be invited to compare costs and outcomes. Presumably they will choose the public plan only if it offers them and their families the best deal — more and better health care for less.

Well, in my experience, whether it private health insurance or public, the accountants rule. Doctors, nurses and drug companies don’t make most of the decisions to deny care. Sure their are a few scrooges with medical degrees out there, but 90% of the time they want to treat you or give you the drugs you need. Big pharma needs you to buy it’s drugs to support their reseach efforts. Docs and nurses want to treat you.

No the biggest boogy man is the MBA or administrator who decides that you’re too expensive.
The answer is always no. It’s easier to deny care than to supply it at any cost.

Hospice is one option, but we do need take account of the cost — you know, I hate to say it, the cost-benefit of some of the things we do. And either we can do it directly, or we can do it by bundling the payments and let the delivery system deal with it. So it’s a combination of the delivery system dealing with it, or, and/or providing more information for people to make the right decisions, both for themselves and for the care.–Professor Stuart Altman of Brandeis University Via HotAir.com

Gee, does that remind you of anything?

So the elderly cost to much. No new drugs cause the ones we have are “cheaper”. I remember
the Medicaid forms had a 2″ x 2″ square where client’s goals (the treatment plan) and problems (things that would mess up that plan) were supposed to be written down. Mind you, these would take up to 4-5 pages in the doctor’s notes, but the HMO wanted us to jot it down in a square about the size of a single sheet of toilet paper.

As to the idea that government has more resources for research, yes but (and this is a big but) the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are not slacking off either. When I used to work in mental health, the drug companies and hospitals collected reams of data from my bosses. Hospitals that are run for profit want to maximise profit and drive down costs. Those that cut corners risk being sued into the ground. Lawyers love repoing doc’s BWM’s.

Costly mistakes and duplication do not magically disappear when government enters the arena. Remember what I said about New Mexico and Medicaid? Amtrack is a classic example of the government subsidizing a dinosaur. Instead of rail traffic improving, the government alternative is dying (we all pay for amtrack even if we don’t ride it).

A big chuck of the costs are in the administration of the health care system.

Supporters of the for-profit, free market health care system contend that the high level of administrative costs cited by advocates of publicly funded care arise out of the substantial level of government regulation that exists in the United States health care sector.[79] According to a study by the Cato Institute this regulation provides benefits in the amount of $170 billion but costs the public up to $340 billion.[79]– Wikipedia

Even private insurance gets stuck:

But private insurers, who strongly oppose public options, say the concept of a “level playing field” is a myth.

“Government today underpays for Medicare and Medicaid services. The only way hospitals can stay in business is to charge private insurers 130 percent of costs to offset the underpayments for government programs,” says Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the insurance industry’s lobby.
A hot button in healthcare reform: US role as insurance provider CSmonitor.com

Medicare vs. Private Insurance (via HotAir.com)

[O]n a per-person basis Medicare’s administrative costs are actually higher than those of private insurance–this despite the fact that private insurance companies do incur several categories of costs that do not apply to Medicare.

Pointing this out is sufficiently dangerous to the Left that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman attacked Book’s study — or, more accurately, attacked the Heritage Foundation, as ad hominem is twice as good coming from someone who used to advise Enron. Unfortunately for Krugman, the NYT allows comments, thus allowing Book to embarrass Krugman on his own site.

Admin costs will only skyrocket as the government moves in. The democrats see that they are losing this one like they lost HillaryCare. They tried to sell us on how “unhappy” the American public is with our health care system. Wikipedia again:

According to a Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health in 2003, 86.9% of Americans reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their health care services, compared to 83.2% of Canadians.[80] In the same study, 93.6% of Americans reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their physician services, compared to 91.5% of Canadians (according to the study authors, that difference was not statistically significant).

Yet the left wants taxes, red tape and rationing. They even want to tax health bennies (someting Pres. Obama drummed Sen. McCain on back in 2008). Option? Riech gets it wrong, many on the left want you to sign up for gov’ment health care or be penalized if you do not. (H/T ace)

There could be a tax penalty for those with adequate financial resources who don’t elect to get insurance, according to the outline…

Worse still, even if you opt in, the government will make it impossible to opt out. Why? Money. To keep the system solvent, you can’t have the unwashed masses paying out of their own pocket. In the name of efficiency, the government will bully any hospital or private insurance (assuming any are left) to weighs the costs of treatment against the relative value of the person getting treated. The downside is that the terminallyill and elderly get the shaft.

…Basically, the government will tell some people that they’re just not worth the effort to treat, and will send them to hospice to die instead. And thanks to what will eventually be a nationalization of the health-care industry, just as in Canada and “England”, there won’t be any private options left, either
Hotair.com

Which goes back to the youtube video of the “expert” professor above.

Why all the fuss? The common argument is the “better” health care avaible in Canada. Far from being a guide, Canada is not a model:

Ho believes, however, that there are also inefficiencies in the Canadian system. In her own work on hip fracture, she found that Canadian hospitals held patients for longer periods because there was no incentive to discharge them. “These patients are easier to take care of,” she explains, “and that helps [hospital administrators] justify their budget…. I think there is room for economic incentives [in the Canadian system].”

“Personally,” Ho adds, “my view is that the Canadian system is good for Canada and the American system is good for America. Neither side should switch, because the systems are a function of the population—the Canadian population believes much more in maintaining social safety nets.
We’re Number Two: Canada Has as Good or Better Health Care than the U.S.SciAm.com

So all aboard the failroad. We get taxes, more red tape and health care administrators with all the empathy of the Nazi’s T-4 program. Change we don’t need.

failroad

CHANGE -or else!

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11, April 2009 by chockblock

It seems that the current administration still thinks that it’s October 2008. They seem stuck on campaign mode. Worse, they seem to be taking whole pages from Orwell’s 1984:

Time.com: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009
How Obama Is Using the Science of Change
By Michael Grunwald

Two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama’s campaign was mobilizing millions of supporters; it was a bit late to start rewriting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) scripts. “BUT, BUT, BUT,” deputy field director Mike Moffo wrote to Obama’s GOTV operatives nationwide, “What if I told you a world-famous team of genius scientists, psychologists and economists wrote down the best techniques for GOTV scripting?!?! Would you be interested in at least taking a look? Of course you would!!”
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War and Pieces: why I can’t stand the left.

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 23, January 2009 by chockblock

You, yes you, behind the “Stop the War!” banner, stand still laddie! With your signs, your chants, your commie buddies on the street or in the classroom. You rail against America, against Israel. You accuse Israel of war crimes. Even as a cease fire dawns. Even as Israel makes the tough choices and fights a war with it hands tied (an investigates the ‘war crimes’ you accuse them of). You clamor that “Bush’s war” is over, and you rejoice now that his plans are being undone.

I have the following to say to you:

  1. You suck.
  2. Your are all dumb, ignorant morons.
  3. You do not know what you are talking about.
  4. You really, really suck.

About Israel, Gaza and the middle east, their has been a war. Rounds were fired by the IDF into Gaza because rockets were fired into Israeli homes and schools. Not for empire, not for the rich. The people of Israel want peace, Hamas and other Jew-hating maggots want genocide. Not hope, not change nor the international struggle against capitalism. No, they want to kill every Jew in Israel.

Yet you on the left want us to sympathize with the Hamas and the Palestinians:

Israel guarantees civil liberties to all its citizens, Jew or Arab alike, but it is dubbed “an apartheid state”; Hamas, ever the bully, kills its opponents and denies the rest the most basic rights, but we march on behalf of Hamas. The Left prefers the bully because the bully represents a finger in the face of the establishment? Almost no one on the Left has any understanding of militant Islam. Their politics is a politics of gesture, where wearing a keffiyeh is cool but understanding its symbolism is too much effort even for intellectuals.

Alan M. Dershowitz makes a similar point:

…consider the recent wars waged by Russia against Chechnya. In these wars Russian troops have killed tens of thousands of Chechnyan civilians, some of them willfully, at close range and in cold blood. Yet those radical academics who scream bloody murder against Israel (particularly in England) have never called for war crime tribunals to be convened against Russia. Nor have they called for war crime charges to be filed against any other of the many countries that routinely kill civilians, not in an effort to stop enemy terrorists, but just because it is part of their policy.

Nor did we see the Nuremburg-type rallies that were directed against Israel when hundreds of thousands of civilians were being murdered in Rwanda, in Darfur and in other parts of the world. These bigoted hate-fests are reserved for Israel.

Terrorism? Gitmo? Torture? You don’t know what the F*!K you are talking about. Those animals in Guantanamo Bay practise more extreme forms of torture than your silly waterboarding street theater. Yet you want Gimo closed, you dance in the streets wearing ornage and wear orange ribbons. You are stupid!

from Newsbusters:

The MSNBC host continued, “What you are doing and, Mika, what you are doing and the rabid left, not you all, but the rabid left has done for the past seven years, is just say, ‘We are going to apply new standards to the Geneva Convention.’” An undeterred Capehart retorted, “How about following the Geneva Convention?” This prompted Scarborough to lecture, “Oh, guess what, Jonathan? We are! Al Qaeda terrorists that don’t wear uniforms. How about reading the Geneva Convention! Because, terrorists that try and blow up civilians are not protected under the Geneva Convention.”

In order to be protected by the Geneva Conventions, a fighter must:

  • Wear national insignia or some other declaration of nationality
  • Wear a uniform

NATO Soldiers carry ID cards as part of our Geneva Convention obligation to identify ourselves as soldiers. Terrorists dress to blend in with the civilian population. that way when civilians are killed by mistake, or dead terrorists are paraded for news cameras, they can claim that the U.S. is eeevil and kills civilians.

Spies, and special forces are not protected by the conventions because they do not wear uniforms. Terrorists do not deserve protection because the are cowards who hide behind women and children to kill.

Have the security measures snagged one single innocent American by mistake? Has a single Amercian citizen been whisked abroad to be “tortured”? NO. NOT A ONE. That does not stop the stupid moves, tv shows, protests and the lies from the media. Via Patterico.com comes an LA Times story with the headline: “In-Flight Confrontations Can Lead To Charges Defined As Terrorism”. Yet they get every single fact wrong. An example:

  • The Times:”Tamera Jo Freeman was on a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver in 2007 when her two children began to quarrel over the window shade and then spilled a Bloody Mary into her lap.”
  • reality (via Popehat):”Tamera Freeman appeared intoxicated and violent towards her children before she boarded the flight in San Francisco;
    . . . .When denied further alcohol, Freeman threw a drink on the ground at FA Fleming. At one point, Freeman followed FA (flight attendant) Fleming into a common area and began yelling and pointing her finger at FA Fleming.”
  • The Times: Carl Persing and Dawn Sewell are arrested for making out on a 2006 Southwest flight to Raleigh, N.C.
  • reality: Pershing was found guilty by a jury of threatening a flight attendant, his girl friend said that if the police were waiting on the ground that he “would not go quietly.”

This was available on publicly searchable data bases. The LA times could have had a brain dead chimp look this up. Yet anti-American, leftist propaganda wins out. You people suck.

Thanks to your alliance with the rabid anti-semitic elements, the left is now a laughing stock. You welcome jew-haters from around the country to your protests. You villify Israel and it’s people.

… This is the same anti-Semitism that has haunted our civilization for two thousand years. And, sadly, in some cases it is the same wishful thinking by Jews who have assimilated and believe they are among civilized people, among friends. I often wondered how German Jews could not have seen the writing on the wall, not have fled Nazi Germany when they had the chance. Well heads up. Once again, we have Nazis marching in the streets of Toronto, uttering death threats against Jewish children in full view of the police and hundreds of thousands of smug young progressives who will smile as they send another generation of Jews to the fire, serene and confident of their virtue.

Ghost of a Flea responds to you.

I hope you grow up and realise that Isreal is a thriving democracy. While our president moves to close Gimo, even he has to come to grips with the terrorists threat. Israel is not the enemy. Terrorists, genocidal jew-haters are. Terrorista, punks and other wastes of vita air do not deserve our sympathy. They do not need to be forgiven. They are not heroes. Pop culture lied to you. As the killers are freed from Guantánamo Bay, they kill again. And Again. Some even become leaders. The Main Stream Media, long in favor os closing Gitmo, is trying to do an about face. Where do the terrorists go? Not in my back yard.

The world is a tough place. It’s complex. But men and women who kill, maim and torture are easy. They are not your friends. they are not misunderstood. they are EVIL. They want to KILL YOU. Bush kept them at bay. Your ignorance and mushy thinking will not change that fact. While the west agonizes over violence, the terrorists and despotic regimes bathe in blood. We weep for the dead and they keep on killing. you and coutless millions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the West owe your freedom and security to President George W. Bush and all of us in uniform. Not your “dissent”, “speaking truth to power” or “hope and change”.

But hey, that harsh reality clashes with all those hateful posters and slogans don’t it.

btw: threats against the Jewish community will get you a visit by the police, you can’t hide behind the 1st Amendment.

The Revenge of 3 to Chew On…the Chew Strikes Back! (updated with 3 moar!!!!!)

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers with tags , , , , on 9, August 2008 by chockblock
  1. Edwards admits to extramarital affair I guess the Silk Pony needs to be gelded. (Source: CNN.com
  2. Fighting with Russia spreads to cities across Georgia also fro CNN.com. Can’t they just get along?
  3. Via Michelle Malkin
    new Chinese Olympic Mascot

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Brits say the dardest things:

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 27, July 2008 by chockblock

From across the pond, Julie Burchill has quite a few things to say about modern life: (source ThisisLondon.co.uk

On Actors:

When Oscar Wilde said that being natural is surely the biggest pose of all, he must have foreseen the current crop of big-screen luvvies, those po-faced, ‘fiercely private’ paparazzi-haters who have chosen to expose themselves on screens the size of churches – often naked – in return for vast amounts of money from paying strangers.
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Iraq the world and everything Part DEUX

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

In a previous Post I talked about how the media tired to re-invent the past four years.

Well now, Little Green Footballs, sends word that a movie might be made about “RatherGate.” As the story about supposed documents developed, CBS news stank into the sewer. Instead of skewering George Bush over Vietnam, Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes came out as fools. They wanted to believe. Phony documents did not stand in the way of a good story. The left wants to believe their narrative so badly they keep trying to re-tell the past. Mary Mapes wants her movie to re-cast her as the hero, taken down by corporate CBS and Bush.

This is not new.
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