Archive for November, 2008

Chew on this: Turkey Day Edition

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 23, November 2008 by chockblock

Tasty links with gravy!

  1. NBC cuts scientists from the Weather Channel, hires un-credentialed leftist to run “Green” promotion. Saving money, cutting that pesky science.
  2. Ten random politically incorrect thoughts. Get’em now before they make’em illegal
  3. Citibank runs itself into the ground, losses lots of money, gets a bail out. WTF???
  4. Turkeys do not spring fourth in the grocer’s freezer clean and tidy. Ya gotta kill’em before you grill’em! Turkey tastes good! Sara Palin approves this message
  5. Couple sues McDolands over their galactic stupidity nude cell phone pics leaked on the internet.
  6. the Associated Press cheers on the pirates killing off the coast of Somalia. Yet again they associate with such nice people.
  7. Social Conservatives and Libertians unite! for great justice…
  8. The New Deal was neither new nor a deal. Now Barack Obama wants another one. discuss.
  9. Time magazine’s Mark Halperin is SHOCKED! SHOCKED! to find media bias.
  10. Eliot Spitzer’s hooker: it’s the same as dating, except I can pay my rent Wow, just wow…(bangs head on desk)
  11. internets more trusted than traditional media! Take that MSM!
  12. NASA PR0N!!!!
  13. Obama keeps Bush-era political office. Steeping forward to 2001.
  14. Bush was not snubed by world leaders — CNN Traditional media, however, is being snubbed in favor of the internet.

This is a good reason to favor the internet:

Bailouts and Golden Parachutes.

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , on 21, November 2008 by chockblock

So the American Auto industy is lining up to the money pit, er asking congress for a bailout. The big three flew private jets to Washington DC, asking for loans from Congress.
Aside from having more hubris than Paris Hilton, they forgot one thing.

They dug their own graves.

  1. Like the 1970′s, they sold gas guzzling big hunks of steel, while the foreign car makers produced smaller, gas sipping cars
  2. They let pension and retirement choke them.
  3. Reseach, the Japanese are eating the Big Three’s sushi again! More hybrids and less private jets.
  4. The management lunatic are running the asylum. Executive perks and insane salaries must go.

Alas, the 1980′s are over. There are no white knights. While the government may bail these guys out this time, it’ll just prolong the inevitable. Bada management, forcing costs to overtake profits has hurt. The debate is not about outsourcing. I worked for a warehouse before I joined the Army. EVERY BIG AMERICAN COMPANY OUTSOURCES. Period. Those that don’t are either too small, build products that cannot be outsourced or have a non-business reason to outsource. Parts to many cars are made overseas. Ford’s have Mazda engines, others have Mexican and Canadian parts.

Meanwhile, the foreign companies that operate here give their workers good salaries and enjoy fewer problems.

Paying for failure is not spending the taxpayers money wisely. Let’em sink. Maybe the successors will know better.

ATTN Wired: Give it up already

Posted in ADA, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , on 20, November 2008 by chockblock

Missile defense works. A THAAD unit has stood up at Fort Bliss. They are ready to go. I have met soldiers from the National Missile Defense (yes they exist). We are all Air Defenders. Our systems work. We are well trained and very proficient in our tasks and drills. But that does not mean anything to Wired. We are just another pork program that they are placing in the pentagon deadpool once Obama takes office.

Wired, stick to reviewing Ipods and telling me that indie rock to listen to (not that I pay attention). Your defense “analysis” have been harping on the same i”it won’t work” mantra over and over. Iran, North Korea, China and Russia are testing, fielding and selling more and more deadly missiles. Israel, Tiawan , South Korea, Japan and even the U.S. may be targeted by ballistic missiles.

The flight tests have been solid. Many soldiers wear this badge:

Master Space and Missile Operations Badge

Space and Missile badge

That badge is not a piece of costume jewely. It means that those soldiers are trained to shoot down enemy missiles aimed at the U.S. and our allies. Patriot intercepted all missiles within it’s capability during the Iraq war. New features have been added, we train to fight.

Wired, all you have had to offer is snark. You claim that a missile test was rigged (and got called to the carpet for it). You let leftist critics hammer the good work of our men and women in uniform. Soldiers are taking over the tests now. We have no finical stake in the defense industry, other than making sure we know what we are doing.

But that does not matter. No, you sat on the sidelines during the 1990′s. Iran, North Korea and China improved their missile technology. But somehow were are powerless to stop them. Once again the party line:

But an Obama adviser painted a dramatically different picture of the exchange, reporting that “President Kaczynski raised missile defense, but President-elect Obama made no commitment on it.” The incoming president, he added, “supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”

That’s a typical trope of missile defense opponents, and it likely reveals Obama’s real views on missile defense. Opponents of missile defense use words like “workable” and “proven” to set such a high standard for missile defense that anything less than a 100-percent intercept rate means the system is “unproven” or “unworkable.”

It works. Several of my sergeants and commanders have ‘combat patches” (unit patches work on the right shoulder). They got them form shooting down scud missiles in the Iraq war and in Desert Storm. They (and I) will be ready. We stand ready to face the coming middle east missile crisis. You guys should stick to reviewing over priced gizmos and talentless emo rockers.

btw, in case you missed it:

other nations are invested in missile defense too:
Isreal Patriot Missile Launch

Dear Mr. President Elect: please save me from your followers

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 14, November 2008 by chockblock

It seems that after you won the race for the Presidency, many of your supporters did not get the memo about “unity”. Some did. They seem nice enough. But there is still a strong sense of rage:


A 14 year old girl wears a t-shirt and gets told things like:

One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed,” Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

One student suggested that she be put up on a cross for her political beliefs.

“He said, ‘You should be crucifixed.’ It was kind of funny because, I was like, don’t you mean ‘crucified?’ ” Catherine said.

Other entries in her notebook involved suggestions by classmates that she be “burned with her shirt on” for “being a filthy-rich Republican.”

Catherine Vogt, with the offending t-shirt.

Catherine Vogt, wearing a T-shit with the words

Is this what you seek? Is this a future of America? Talk radio was not kind to you. So a Buffalo NY media exec wants it silenced. Never mind the 1st Amendment.

The campaign season is over. It is time to lead. Time for policies, not protests. We get it, your followers are angry and many want revenge on the right wing. But now we need to get on with the serious business of running the country, fixing the economy and defending freedom. Your followers seem to be stuck in 2004.
Prove me wrong. Mr. President-Elect, save me from your followers. This is not the America I grew up with, not the one I want my kids to grow up in and not the country I signed up to defend. Show me that you are commited to change and hope unity and that the rule of law will not be trumped by winners hubris. A president can call for calm and unity, but that is the norm. A president-elect calling for unity and people following him, that’s one for the history books.

Sincerely

Chockblock

Chew on This: Transitions….

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , on 13, November 2008 by chockblock

Tasy links! now with rocket balls[tm]!

and now more liquid:

The first 100 days of President Obama

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , on 9, November 2008 by chockblock

The 1990′s aaahhh the internet, fat 401k’s and grunge. FOr those who worked for on inside the Department of Defense the 90′s bring back something else:

But the decade of the 90s had a dark side–and we’re not referring to Clinton’s cigar and that infamous stained dress. In an effort to keep his poll numbers high (and secure re-election), President Clinton put off a number of key decisions, setting the stage for debacles that followed.

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In terms of national security, Bill Clinton is remembered, most infamously, for ignoring the rising threat of Islamic fundamentalism. Despite a series of attacks at home and abroad, he refused to response decisively, encouraging terrorists to up the ante and execute the 9/11 attacks.

But there’s another element of the Clinton legacy (and the 1990s) that often goes ignored. We refer to the so-called “procurement holiday” that gripped the Pentagon during that decade. Critical decisions on major weapons programs were postponed or shelved, forcing the Pentagon to extend the service lives of existing systems.

As Clinton fiddled while the sub prime loans and Islamic militancy burned, the U.S. military started to age. Not with grace, but with rust and fatigue. It was not uncommon for two aircraft to be canalized to get a third in the air. THAAD, F-35, F-22, FCS and other programs came under Clinton’s watch but he slowed their development. Sound Familiar?

Prices went up, fewer systems were bought. F-22′s for instance, went from 750 to 183. F-15′s have started to break up in flight due to the stress on the metal. A-10′s just had a wing inspection on the fleet.

Don’t blame just the Pentagon. Old systems are kept under the illusion that they “save” money. A popular brain bug that infests the left. As systems age they become more expensive. They lose capabilities. They require parts whose stocks dwindle.
He promised to expand ground forces, but that costs money.

Pulling troops out of Iraq to quick is suicide (even the pro-Obama media had to admit that one). Cuts in weapons systems are like a payday loan. Money now, misery later.

What I fear is that Obama may turn into Clinton re-dux:

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

Clinton was so focused on undoing George H.W. Bush’s administration that he missed the WTC bombing of 1993 and the disaster of Balckhawk down.

Another “procurement” holiday may be the wet dream of the left, but it’s disaster for the rest of us.

So how will Pres. Obama do in the first 100 days?

How we blew it…

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , on 9, November 2008 by chockblock

Let us bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. Our 28-year conservative opportunity to fix the moral and practical boundaries of government is gone–gone with the bear market and the Bear Stearns and the bear that’s headed off to do you-know-what in the woods on our philosophy.
– P.J. O’Rourke THE WEEKLY STANDARD

and so it came to pass that in the year 2008 AD, the Republican party would have it’s ass handed to it on a plate. The politics of big government, rich are evil, and the meme of republicans can’t manage the economy are running amok.

Instead of focusing on small government, we conservatives started chasing the moral issues of the day. Like a dog chasing cars, we did not know what to do if we caught one, but by god we would let those sinners know what hit them!

While we fought against stem cell research, abortion, porn, evolution and other “evil”, Obama and the left sold the country a bill of good. Those people what to interfere in your life, we’ll pay off your mortgage and lower your taxes. You’ll get a boatload of social services and the rich will pay for it. While they build a border fence we’ll me kind and gentle to those illegal immigrants. Don’t worry about the bill and ignore our attempts to hide our violent past.

Instead of sex and violence (admit it that was our big bugaboo) we should have focused on the left’s attempt to camouflage their violence and lust for power. The left does not care one wit about the poor unless they are in the voting booth. They cannot pay for all of their laundry list of goodies. If they can’t make a utopia, they’ll empty the treasury until they can.

We should have fought this. Point out the cost of the left’s social FAIL. Show that we have had leftist ideas sience LBJ’s “great society”. His war on poverty (fought with the same effectiveness as that other war he gave us). Instead we we got the keys to the cashbox back in 1994, we went crazy:

Where was the meum and the tuum in our shakedown of Washington lobbyists? It took a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives 40 years–from 1954 to 1994–to get that corrupt and arrogant. And we managed it in just 12. (Who says Republicans don’t have much on the ball?)

We need to get back to the economy and back to government as police and regulation, not as the nanny state. Governments can spend money, enforce the law but that do not create jobs. Rich people with businesses do that. Investors do that. The average Joe and Joe Ann do that when they buy things. Taking moer of their money just pours that money down the drain.

If the citizenry insists that abortion remain legal–and, in a passive and conflicted way, the citizenry seems to be doing so–then give the issue a rest. Meanwhile we can, with the public’s blessing, refuse to spend taxpayers’ money on killing, circumscribe the timing and method of taking a human life, make sure parental consent is obtained when underage girls are involved, and tar and feather teenage boys and run them out of town on a rail. The law cannot be made identical with morality. Scan the list of the Ten Commandments and see how many could be enforced even by Rudy Giuliani.

What has the moral outrage gotten us? You rail and Grand Tehft Auto, Eminem, Marlyn Manson and internet porn, because it’s an easy target to get. A paper tiger who won’t shoot back. If they win in the courts (as most of these “artists” do) that just proves you are right.

Meanwhile Pres. Clinton ignored Bosnia and Rwanda until it was too late (even then it diddled Monica while discussing U.S. troop movements). He let Bin laden escape and let North Kora and Iran go down the nuclear path. Iran and Russia will test this president. If he fails he takes the country with him.

The deadbeats on Main St. and Wall St. will get their bailout. Taxes will continue to sap the economy. Despite what Obama’s fanboys will say the worst phrase in Amercain english will still be:“I’m from the federal government, and I’m here to help.”

We need a loyal opposition to the Obama presidency. He is our elected president. We MUST NEVER sink into the depths of derangement that the left sunk for eight years. No talk of assignations, no street protests, no vulgar humor or foul “art” will undo Nov. 4th. Leave the unhinged theatrics to Code Pink and the daily Kos. Be persistent, be optimistic, never give up and never lose hope.

But most importantly, we must put forth the BIG difference between the right and the left:

What will destroy our country and us is not the financial crisis but the fact that liberals think the free market is some kind of sect or cult, which conservatives have asked Americans to take on faith. That’s not what the free market is. The free market is just a measurement, a device to tell us what people are willing to pay for any given thing at any given moment. The free market is a bathroom scale. You may hate what you see when you step on the scale. “Jeeze, 230 pounds!” But you can’t pass a law making yourself weigh 185. Liberals think you can. And voters–all the voters, right up to the tippy-top corner office of Goldman Sachs–think so too.

Amen.
h/t:Littlegreen Footballs. and
Powerline

Chew on this: Slouching toward Bethlehem

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , on 8, November 2008 by chockblock

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

William Butler Yeats

and now some banjo and brain surgery:

America at the crossroads….a challange to all you on the left

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 7, November 2008 by chockblock

Well, I saw the returns at out local coffee shop, Barrack Husein Obama is our next president. I did not vote for Ceorge W. Bush in the 2000 primaries. i voted for him in the 2000 election, in Florida no less. I think…

I voted for him again in 2004. Both Democratic opponents were wishy-washy citizens of the world. The were more concerned about liberal talking points (gun control, disarmament, environmental wackiness, wealth “redistribution”) than helping a schlub like me.

America has a right to be mad about the finicial meltdown. Our government failed us. The regulators and congress were in bed with the crazy finicial cowboys who caused this mess. I did not like Clinton, we was too weak. It was his legislation that opened the door for this mess after all. He was so focused on riding good economic times that he let muslim fanatics and rogue nations slip through his fingers.

Well played guys. You one the marbles. But please try and control your supporters, the press is staring to notice them. Try and govern from the center. Your drooling fanboys can’t help you create workable policy. Try and go easy on the stock market, even though they are justifiably scared of your economic policies. You took so much money from big business, your populist claims ring hollow. Furthormore, just because your socialist pal won the White House, it does not make your sudden patriotism cool. Just phony. Are you going to send more Washington insiders to the White House?

It’s a very dangerous world out there. The bad guys are making nice while they buy new weapons, dangerous weapons. How will our forces cope with the future? How will you fix the economy? What about defense spending? Health Care? How will it all play out? What is the Plan? Tell me please. As a active duty service member your policies affect me everyday.

Don’t just slam my comment section with hate and vitriol about how BushMchaliburtonHitler waterboared and bombed the world. tell me, show me how you will deal with Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Columbia, Russia. OMG what will you do if Iran develops nuclear weapons? What about North Korea. Mr. President elect, Kos, MSNBC, pundits and bloggers. You had eight years to tell me what was wrong. Now show me how you are going to fix this mess, give specifics, and add up the costs. Post in the comments and I’ll link to your blog in a follow up article.

p.s. “Cutting defense spending” is a lie. Your congressmen and women will never kill projects in their home states and they actually read the threat briefings. We need a military, you have the keys.

2012 a look back on Pres. Obama….

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , on 2, November 2008 by chockblock

Get a look back on the Obama presidency, four years latter. Jonah Goldberg, Nicole Gelinas and Ralph Peters reporting.

h/t/ Power Line

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