Archive for June, 2011

Why didn’t anyone notice this?

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 29, June 2011 by chockblock

The Cold War’s over, John. But with no clear enemy to stockpile against, the arms market’s flat. But bring down a fully loaded 727 into the middle of New York City and you’ll find a dozen tinpot dictators all over the world just clamoring to take responsibility, and begging to be smart-bombed.
– The Lone Gunman, Pilot Episode (Air Date: March 4, 2001)

Lefty fantasy of course. Chris Carter was not famous for rational thought, but man he could entertain (sorta).
Many a tin-foil hat, smelly hippie or ‘truther’ ate this slop up.

This couldn’t happen in real life now? Could it?

Between 2006 and 2009, the Joyce Foundation gave the IACP $1.2M to organize the Great Lakes Summit on Gun Violence, and to implement their conclusions, which included anti-rights goals like renewing the Clinton gun ban (reduced capacity magazines and banning many long guns) and forcing civilians to store firearms in “safe” facilities. That’s what Traver represents.

Joyce represents a dozen well-heeled directors with a direct connection to Obama, a former Joyce director.

Then there’s the rhetoric that 90% of Mexican cartel firearms came from American retailers (recently changed to 70%). Stratfor details how firearms selection was manipulated by Mexican authorities to ensure that the guns most likely of American origin were submitted for tracing.

Nor does the alleged 70% explain how the guns got to Mexico, since our government provided many to Mexican military and police, in addition to those provided by Gunwalker.

But the administration continues to promote the 90% myth, so what better way to “prove” it than by sending guns south?
“‘Gunwalker’ Scandal and the Case for Impeaching Holder” Pajamas Media

“There is no concievable law enforcement scenario where putting 2,500 guns into the hands of criminals would be justifiable. Ever. The ATF should take it’s lumps, and anyone who suggests that gun rights advocates are to be blamed here should have their head examined.”
Washington Post Blames the NRA for ATF Gun Running Scandal? , Weekly Standard (h/t: Snowflakesinhell)

Only this time it’s not on a Hollywood backlot. This is real life and sadly real people are dying.

Bill Richardson

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 25, June 2011 by chockblock

..is not going to jail:

ALBUQUERQUE – State Attorney General Gary King, in a wide-ranging, 90-minute defense of himself, said today that his detractors may be most upset because he has not tried to prosecute former governor Bill Richardson.

King said many of his critics want to know why he has not indicted Richardson, a fellow Democrat, whose eight years as governor were marked by robust times and investment scandals.

King said he bases every decision on facts that can be proven, not popularity or political connections. This holds true with a powerful man such as Richardson and everybody else, King said.

To those who continue to insist that Richardson must have done something illegal, King said: “Bring me the evidence.”

Jazz Shaw of Hotair brings up a three good points: A) Loads of charges, B) a grand jury indictment and C) how the State AG got his job.

It’s common knowledge that Democrats in NM are rotten to the core. They spent millions on a statue just off I-25, while schools were forced to cut budgets. If it wasn’t for the military (White Sands Missile Range, Kirkland AFB, Holoman AFB, Fort Bliss) there would be no economy in NM.

Oh that’s right, the Democrats hate the military. Except during election years. Bill Richardson is just another tarnished Dem. He did pull himself up by his bootstraps, but then proceeded to enrich himself on the public’s dime. Unlike previous decades, the new media caught him. Thankfully before he could make a run at the White House. He lied about his background and what he did for NM. The Republicans did much, much more. Gary Johnson helped out budget, our GOP congress critters helped bring jobs and military contracts (which create more jobs) to our state. In contrast, the Dems wanted to cut the military in the 90′s. UNM rages against Kirkland AFB and they were trying help ranchers take away land from WSMR in the 80′s.

Hopefully this will deny Richardson fame and secure his place in political obscurity. With a Governor Susana Martinez (the Tejana) working to fix the mess they made, my home state should be fine.

Meanwhile, Time goes full retard….

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 24, June 2011 by chockblock

Patterico shows Time Magazine going full retard:

Seriously, this piece in Time Magazine is either utter bullsh-t, or he is literally incapable of reading and understanding the words of the Constitution and other related laws. I was so stunned to read this drivel in Time Magazine that I then looked up who the hell Richard Stengel is, and apparently he is their Managing Editor! And by the time you are done reading this post you will be stunned with the cluelessness on display.

It starts off with the usual liberal claptrap that if the founders were not perfect soothsayers about the future, that this meant that we should just ignore the Constitution:

Here are a few things the framers did not know about: World War II. DNA. Sexting. Airplanes. The atom. Television. Medicare. Collateralized debt obligations. The germ theory of disease. Miniskirts. The internal combustion engine. Computers. Antibiotics. Lady Gaga.

It is a facially ridiculous argument.  Yes, for instance, the founders didn’t know specifically that Adolf Hitler would rise to become the leader of Germany and plunge the world into war (a second time, no less) and murder millions of innocents (especially Jews).  But they knew there was such a thing as war.  And I find it odd that he asserts that the founders didn’t know about the concept of collateral debt, given that Thomas Jefferson endlessly whined about his and indeed the majority of the slave-holding founders were in the same situation (but generally less whiney than Jefferson about the whole thing).  And in fact the existence of the atom has been theorized since Greek times, and verified to a significant extent by chemists in the 17th and 18th centuries.  If you are going to assert that the founders didn’t know about certain things, maybe you should check to see whether they actually knew about them.

The aggressive stupidity continues:

What would the framers say about whether the drones over Libya constitute a violation of Article I, Section 8, which gives Congress the power to declare war? Well, since George Washington didn’t even dream that man could fly, much less use a global-positioning satellite to aim a missile, it’s hard to say what he would think.

So once again he is arguing that because the means of carrying out war has changed, that somehow we can’t imagine what the founders thought.  The founders didn’t know about drones, but General Washington did know what war was and he knew that one nation’s military attacking another’s was war.  The means by which we would kill each other today is probably wholly beyond his imagination, but so what?  They didn’t limit their language to the means of waging war available at the time.

What the hell Time? Why? I used to love magazines…I..IAKGfaghfbbyol., m,j7%#mgsjfgs*dies*

Ssrly…the Left wants to get their way by hook or by crook. “The Constitution is Old” meme has been going since the 80′s. It was the 2nd Amendment first. Hell Gun Control might be a trail balloon for taking away all your rights. They want to tear down our republic, our way of life. Hence the talk of re-writing our language (i.e. “Political Correctness”) and exterminate all rational thought.

Rush Limbaugh was right, it’s political cleansing. They want to cleanse our country in their image. Guess what happens to you when they re-write the laws and the language?

The Washington Post hits bottom, digs

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 24, June 2011 by chockblock

In the 1970′s, two reports stumbled upon the biggest story of the decade (handed to them by a disgruntled FBI agent.)

In 2011, that same paper does this:

The Washington Post has printed a character assassination piece targeting Issa which PJM sources confirm had been shopped around to other news outlets and blogs by the Obama administration since the House Oversight Committee hearings last week.

The administration-authored Post story attempts to claim that Rep. Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform which issued the damning report last week about Gunwalker, had been briefed about the program a year ago and had no objections to it at that time.

The evidence for this claim? There isn’t any.

‘Gunwalker’ Goes Pravda: White House Unleashes MSM. June 23, 2011, Pajamas Media, Bob Owens

The MSM is not just in bed with the White House, it’s a full on make out session!

There is no excuse for this. Why should the MSM (and by extension the American people they claim to serve) swallow whole the Administration’s line? What did the people in charge know and when did they know it? Unlike Watergate, Gunwalker had ATF agents who did the right thing, not acting out because they were passed over.

So now the paper that brought down Nixon is helping a desperate White House. It’s poll numbers are tanking. The economy continues to “unexpectedly” decline, the public rejected them last election and our international standing is close to mud.

The Washington Post loses all credibility it had. Ever. It’s not the job for an “independent” media outlet to be an arm of this Administration. Funny, that’s why the left accuses Fox News of being for the GOP. USAToday spiked a story about Delta and Saudi Arabia. Can’t offend a major advertiser eh “McPaper”? That’s what a sell out is.

This was a long time coming, but with “their” people in the White House I guess that WaPo had to go full sell out.

Update: Mexican State AG murdered with gunwalker guns:

“Remind me how many people died due to Watergate?”

(h/t: Instapundit, Ace)

VietNOW

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 23, June 2011 by chockblock

My father told me once why we lost Vietnam. In a nutshell, Washington ran the war while the troops did the dying. LBJ boasted that an outhouse couldn’t be bombed without his OK. It’s true, target lists were drawn up in Washington and sent to bases in SE Asia. “Sending a message” they said. Should have used a diplomatic bag, seeing how that turned out.

Good morning Libya!

ROME (AFP) – Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power.

“We have seen the effects of the crisis and therefore also of NATO action not only in eastern and southwestern regions but also in Tripoli,” Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told a parliamentary committee meeting.

During the Clinton years, the idea was that American power would fade and a “multi-polar” world would take it’s place. The other nations would step up. Yeah right. Europe spent their money on socialist pipe dreams (and is now broke) and they need our munitions and OUR forces to smart bomb a tin-pot dictator.

Smart diplomacy.


Smart thinking, about bidness:

New emails obtained by The Daily Caller contradict claims by the Obama administration that the Treasury Department would avoid “intervening in the day-to-day management” of General Motors post-auto bailout.

These messages reveal that Treasury officials were involved in decision-making that led to more than 20,000 non-union workers losing their pensions. (General Motors not eager to be political talking point in 2012)

–By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller

So what the Boyle is telling us, our Administration is running a company from Washington. Paying off union cronies and fat cats at GM.

Hey! Hey! How Many did you lay off today?

It’s the 60′s all over man….at least the ‘wars’ are being run like it’s the 1960′s.

It’s that time of year….

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 23, June 2011 by chockblock

… to get the anti-war left in the streets. instapundit has a roundup of this Administration’s attempt to pander to the far left end the war in Afghanistan.

Of course there never was an anti-war movement right CDR Salamander?

Gunwalking

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 20, June 2011 by chockblock

So there was this plan to let guns to to Mexico. Let straw buyers make the purchases and then bust the whole ring. Right?

Actually busting criminals is hard work. Easier to make our lives harder. The results of this…plan are here, the democrats attempt to change the subject here, the effect of the guns here and more here.

The gun control crowd like to shriek and howl about guns. Seems the plan was to pump up stats in Mexico and clamor for more laws here. Desperate to change the subject even the MSM is pumping the 90% meme. It’s really 90% b.s.

Fully automatic weapons are not widespread in the US (they require a special license). Nor are grenades ($200.00 us PER grenade). No matter what the MSM says.

The Mexican Army and Federal Police are corrupt and crumbling. Police officers and soldiers desert (taking their weapons) or sell them to the cartels. The culture and government of Mexico just is not stable enough to fight the cartels.

Unable to win (and perhaps in the pocket of one of the cartels) the Mexican government goes after America. The gun control/ban lobby loves this. They couldn’t exploit the Tucson shootings and now they think they have a crisis they can use.

They are wrong.

Agents of the U.S. Government, high level administration officials knowingly let guns and other weapons move into Mexico. They’ve been used to kill U.S. law enforcement officers and many Mexican officials.

These Americans who thought this was a good idea should resign in shame, not just a few scapegoats. The Bradys, the gun banners should be ashamed of themselves.

It’ll never happen of course. The MSM will move on, they’ll carry water for the Administration and somehow blame the US (and the 2nd Amendment).

Mexico will continue to burn. The cartels are rich enough to buy guns on the world market regardless of what American gun stores sell. The Mexican government is powerless.

In an ideal world, the “Assault Weapon ban” would have been the high water mark of the ‘gun control’ movement. Let’s make this happen. Stop listing to the MSM America. Stop with the moral panics. The media that loves to glorify gun violence in every movie and TV show now tires to claim that WE are responsible for Mexico? Get real.

UPDATE: the media carries water for the “felony stupid” ATF and DOJ. The interim director of the ATF goes under the bus (or was shoved)>. That’s okay, the next director will be even more of a fascist dolt.

Sadly, those in power and those who want to strip our rights away will never get it.

Books

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , on 20, June 2011 by chockblock

I hate Luddites. Every time tech marches on, we have screaming Luddites who pine for the days of yore:

Books as I grew up with them — books with jackets and covers and paper and spines — have stories that reach beyond what’s written inside, and those stories are mine. There’s the paperback copy of “Fahrenheit 451,” signed by Ray Bradbury when he came to my hometown bookstore (and which I consequently never returned to the library). There’s the green advance galley of “The United States of Arugula,” given to me in the first week of a magazine internship by a friendly boss and read entirely on the subway so fellow riders could observe my insider status (never mind that it had been in stores for five years). Then there’s the bright blue, barely opened guide to Edinburgh, a gift from my father that sits on my shelf and stabs me with guilt for my last-minute decision not to study abroad.

And in that same article:

I know the Kindle will eventually carry the day — an electronic reader means no more embarrassing coffee stains, no more library holds and renewals, no more frantic flipping through pages for a lost quote or going to three bookstores in one afternoon to track down an evasive title.

Hate to tell you this, Sara Barbour, but books are about information. I need what’s in the book. When my father passed away, I had to haul 500 pounds of books to the second hand store. Nice, but back breaking. I carried a 40 lb bookbag in highschool, that became 75 pounds in college. To think I grouse about a 35 pound ruck!

Paper is nice, but better tech is nicer. All the books I want in the palm of my hand.
College textbooks cost upwards of $50.00 US, and this clown expects me to pay that due to some emotional attachment to a dead tree?

Nope. Downloads are the way to go. I’ve ridden in a B-17. Wonderful aircraft. I recommend you do the same Ms. Barbour. But jets replaced props for a reason. The car replaced the horse etc.

There will be a nice market for books. Some books just won’t look right on the Kindle and yes sometimes I want to hold a book in my hand. But for 90% of books I want it NOW. I can fit an entire library in my ruck, next to my shaving kit and my socks. Can you?

(h/t: Instapundit)

New and old media fail

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 15, June 2011 by chockblock

So it’s come to light after Weinergate that Sarah Palin’s e-mails as governor have been released after lefty rag Mother Jones did a FOIA request.

The result?

So what did she [Rachel Maddow] do Friday night in the segment about the Palin e-mails? She highlighted an e-mail sent to Palin by someone else to which Palin did not respond, using the phrase “bring beef, tequila and condoms,”

I pity David Corn of Mother Jones, who wanted to ride the Palin e-mails to stardom, but who has been reduced to appearing on Maddow with the phrase “bring beef, tequila and condoms” plastered under his image:
“Rachel Maddow Brings “Beef, Tequila and Condoms” Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

They even hired–er, asked their readers (as did the Washington Post and the New York Times) so comb through the e-mails for free. Aside from a letter about Trig Palin, nothing was found. Nothing at all. Ann ALthouse points out that Weinergate made the dems and the left look silly,so they tried to get Palin as revenge. They got gurgle, small government and family values instead.

Meanwhile, no one in the media ever did this to our leadership. Not a single figure in the Whitehouse or this administration was subject to this kind of rectal exam. We’re involved in four wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen). And the public doesn’t like it.

The left’s “netroots” are no better, ThinkProgress is just making shit up now. As did the rest of the netroots with a hoax involving (you guessed it) Palin.

With the economy tanking, Dems looking foolish and the wars expanding, this is the best our “media” can do? Attack someone not running for any office? She’s a failure, she lost. Right?

They told me if i voted Republican, the corporate media would try to distract the nation away from unpopular wars. And they were right!

(H/T: instapundit Legal Insurrection)

W00T W00T!

Posted in army training, guns, HOOAH!, War On Terror with tags , , , on 14, June 2011 by chockblock

U.S. Army to abandon beret as everyday wear (hotair)

The rank and file is pleased.

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