Archive for June, 2012

Fixing our broken military

Posted in army training, guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 21, June 2012 by chockblock

Defense Blogs I follow:

I tend to nag and complain about the budget problem facing our military. However complaining doesn’t fix the problem. The worst are filling with a passionate intensity. From going over budget on weapons system to cutting needed programs, the good idea fairy has been busy. Some would say that the SMA and Chief of Staff can’t see forest (retention and the future of the army) for the trees (grooming standards, pt and other nit picks).

What’s needed is a conversation about IDEAS. Good ideas. Not “army stupid” like quibbling over tats or making a bigger tank. What should the future army look like? Grooming? PT? Do we need a new rifle/tank/radio/etc..?

What is to be done?

Let the conversation begin.

< *puts on ACH* >


Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 18, June 2012 by chockblock

“The sofa samurai and ivory-tower warriors are in full war cry over Syria. Washington should do something! It’s time to recreate the Lincoln Brigade so they can go to war without dragging America into yet another unnecessary conflict.

When then United Nations ambassador Madeleine Albright asked General Colin Powell, “What are you saving this superb military for, Colin, if we can’t use it?,” he should have offered her a top position in the about-to-be-formed Second Chance Brigade.”
A Lincoln Brigade for Syria: Doug Bandow, June 15, 2012, The National Interest. (h/t:

Bush got almost a decade of hate over Iraq and Afghanistan. Ronnie was vilified for being a cowboy. The GOP is seen as the part of war. War of course somehow benefits the Fortune 500.
The left loves to hate the military. All soldiers are psychos who are too dumb for college goes the meme.

It’s not surprising that the left wants to run to the military it says it hates to save a nation most college students can’t find on a map. The taxpayers bailed out failing green companies. The courts fix things when public opinion doesn’t go their way. The left hates America until they need help.

While I’m not in favor of a draft, it would be nice to see leftists shoulder a rifle and fight for what they believe in instead of forcing the rest of us to act our there schemes.

Old media is old

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 17, June 2012 by chockblock

Bill Mauldin tells it like it is.

“There is a lesson to be learned here. Crying Man is just the latest in a trend of rabidly delusional liberals who shed all sense of logic and reality in favor of the perception that they’re “right” … they must be right because everything in whatever media they watch or read or listen to proves that they’re right. Their faith in the infallibility of their belief system, to wit, the left side of the left-leaning media, prevents them from even conceiving that there are other perspectives or — gasp — other truths than their own.”

–“We’ve Got the Narrative, Now Don’t Get Cocky“, Posted By Dan Naden,

“Do you think American evangelicals are, in general, turning away from the political right and toward the left, as regards Israel and other issues?
The left-wing media want you to – and it appears some of the reporters and opinion-writers for the mainstream media do too. An example that seems to have crossed a new line was Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes, in which veteran reporter Bob Simon framed the plight of Arab Christians in the West Bank as a problem caused by Israel. ”
–“Themage*: 60 Minutes, Media Matters, and media narrative-building on Christians and Israel”

Establishment fall down go boom. The hippies and the left raged against the establishment and the man[tm]. Then they became the man. And it was good. With only 3 networks and PBS in their corner (funded by the taxpayers), print media on their side the national conversation was what they wanted it to be.

Suddenly internet.

We must be careful. The blogs, twitter and forums are out of anyone’s control. However they are open to nutjobs and cranks. The birthers, the 9/11 “truth” movement, racists and anti-Semites know no political loyalty they just want an audience. Thankfully this weakness cuts both ways. For every wack statement and gaffe on the right there are gaffes on the left. The left hates it when those gaffes expose their ideology for what it is. Elizabeth Warren isn’t Native American, until she has to apply for a job. For every nutjob on the right, there are violent terrorists on the left.

We mustn’t get cocky. The left is getting desperate. They are getting violent. We need to expose racism to take that away from the left. We need to ignore the Washington establishment. They care more about their retirement than helping the country. Old media will shrink but that’s okay. It’s evolution. Newspapers are losing readers, the TV news has to compete with people in their pajamas and they are losing.

Many will not like this change. My father didn’t trust the internet. He got e-mail half a year before he died. This from a man who built two TRS-80 computers from kits and helped me fix two of mine. To his generation, newspapers and TV news were part of the landscape and mail came to the mailbox. When I left for college he used e-mail because it was faster then letters and cheaper than long distance.

The left will try to exploit those resistant to change. They’ll use FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) to cower them. When that doesn’t work they have violence. They have been trying to get us to shut up for decades. Humor and ridicule was one face of the monster that is the left, violence is just the other side of the coin.

While this may work for people who don’t know how to use a computer or the blue-haired AARP set, most of America isn’t buying it. The economy is sour, there’s still war in the Middle East and the US is still hated by the “Third World”. The Occupy Movement failed because they had to allies. Without control of the message, they couldn’t cover up the rapes and other crimes they committed. With blogs and Fox news reporting the truth, America shrugged and Occupy joined the Weathermen in the ash heap of history. They may try to smear and lie but truth wins out every time.

Maybe if the media talked with us instead of to us, maybe if they let us be a part of the conversation instead of complaining that blogs have no standards of ethics, they wouldn’t be losing their influence in the national discourse. Blogs do have standards, you know. If I make a mistake, you people have no problem telling me about it, and I correct it. If the Washington Post makes a mistake, there’s virtually no way to tell them about it, and, if by some miracle, we get through, they sniff and haw about how we must mistaken.
Sally Quinn; irrelevant and tearful, This Aint Hell.

We fail the country if we adopt the lie. If we let nutjobs or the violent hijack our movement. If we let nutjobs or lazy politicans cloak themselves in our movement. It we cry and scream if an election doesn’t go our way. Our candidates are winning, but if they lose they lose. There’s always next election.

The truth hurts in the way that eating right and exercising hurts. Lies are like junk food, they taste good now but they hurt later. We need to stick to the truth.

It’s never a good time to spike the football or coast on past achievements. War, economic crisis, never ends. We need to have our heads on swivels. There is always some lefty with the easy answer. Some new ‘ism’ or some Marxist bullshit that tempts the young or the chattering classes. Or some nutjob who thinks that “tea party”, “conservative”, or “Patriot” can be put on like the surplus uniform he’s trying to wear.

The left’s choking on their junk food. We need to keep eating right.

More of that Smart Diplomacy we were promised[tm]

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13, June 2012 by chockblock

“We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria,” Mrs. Clinton said at an appearance with President Shimon Peres of Israel. “They have, from time to time, said that we shouldn’t worry; everything they’re shipping is unrelated to their actions internally. That’s patently untrue.”…

The fierce government assaults from the air are partly a response to improved tactics and weaponry among the opposition forces, which have recently received more powerful antitank missiles from Turkey, with the financial support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to members of the Syrian National Council, the main opposition group in exile, and other activists.

The United States, these activists said, was consulted about these weapons transfers. Officials in Washington said the United States did not take part in arms shipments to the rebels, though they recognized that Syria’s neighbors would do so, and that it was important to ensure that weapons did not end up in the hands of Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups…
–“Heavier Weapons Push Syrian Crisis Toward Civil War“: New York Times, By MARK LANDLER and NEIL MacFARQUHAR:June 12, 2012


Dafuq did i just read? Isn’t Russia on our side? Oh wait…we’ve seen this before:

According to the Moscow Centre for Strategy and Technology Analysis, the Iskander-M system was combat-tested in the 2008 South Ossetia war with Georgia and it proved highly effective in destroying military targets and infrastructure.[10] Quoting unconfirmed reports,[who?] Moscow Defense Brief says that it was an Iskander missile that inflicted a high precision strike on the Georgian Separate Tank Battalion base in Gori, destroying 28 tanks. Russian officials have admitted to using the Iskander missile against Georgia and official reports[who?] testify to the high effectiveness of the Iskander missiles, as one of the most devastating and accurate weapons in the Russian arsenal.[11] Georgian authorities later claimed that none of the targeted areas had any military installations or troops formations at the time of attacks; and the Iskander missiles were fired at civilian areas, including Baku-Supsa Oil Pipeline.[12]

Treaties are ink on a page. Russia will just do what it wants, as will China. They don’t care. North Korea is propped up by China because it ties up US forces in Asia. Russia wants to see the US hurt. Our allies bleeding and US forces humiliated. Korea, Vietnam, Israel, South America, Africa. Rifles, machine guns, tanks, ships, Migs and lots of Ak-47’s. There is a reason Hollywood loves to put them in the hands of their characters.

The left keeps talking about the UN and diplomacy. How conflict resolution and blah blah blah….

When it comes down to it, bad men will do bad things. The left that hates the military, can’t stand George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq will scream for troops on the ground. The UN? Useless.

The world is a dangerous place. We need real leadership in the State Department. Not liberals thinking that good intentions and “reset buttons” are the answers to everything.

Hot Crew! : Gemma Arterton

Posted in HOOAH!, rankers, tech pron with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11, June 2012 by chockblock

Gemma Christina Arterton (born 12 January 1986)[1] is an English actress. She played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and starred in the feature films St Trinian’s, the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Tamara Drewe. She was nominated for a BAFTA, in the Rising Star category.[2]


She’s the best British export since the Merlin engine and the Beatles. She’s hot, cute and is starring in some cool films.

Boobs on parade

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 10, June 2012 by chockblock

Please engage brain before speaking or writing:

Two Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., airmen who donned their uniforms for a photo session in support of Breastfeeding Awareness Month violated a policy that forbids military members from using the uniform to further a cause, promote a product or imply an endorsement, said Capt. Keith Kosik, spokesman for the Washington National Guard.
–“Guard official: Breastfeeding airmen violated policy on uniforms“: AirforceTimes
(Via:In From The Cold)

“Don’t look for Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley on the two-star list anytime soon.

General Tolley, the former commander of U.S. Special Forces in South Korea, has been replaced in that post, just weeks after he publicly stated that American and ROK SOF forces have periodically entered North Korea on spy missions. “
–“Loose Lips Sink (Some) Ships “, In From The Cold.

It’s sad that the left went into a tizzy over both stories. There will always be idiots in uniform. Some people think that they’re civilians in uniform or that having rank gives them the right to be an ass.

The problem is that many (yes even those in uniform) don’t know about the military and the media doesn’t bother to find out. Pesky facts get in the way of a good narrative after all. I mean, National Guard members have plenty of time to do things like their jobs or parenting. And American’s and ROK soldiers dropping in on North Korea would hand the Norks a propaganda coup.

In the past these stories would have had legs. With milblogs and the internet? They’re DOA.

T-4 is here

Posted in politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 10, June 2012 by chockblock

It’s here:

Earlier in the discussion, advertising executive Donny Deutsch raised the possibility of parents using the genetic information to abort children based on superficial preferences: “Look, I’m a pro-choice guy, but at the end of the day what’s stopping people, “Oh, my son is going to be blonde, I want…”

Snyderman largely dismissed such concerns: “I get the genetic engineering issue. But the reality is we’ve already jumped out of that with amniocentesis. So, the science is there. The problem is that science goes faster than we have these societal questions. And that’s exactly why we should have these societal questions now.”

While Snyderman sounded briefly open-minded on the issue, she soon made her “pro-science” declaration and later completely rejected any legal argument against selective abortions.

NBC’s Nancy Snyderman: It’s ‘Pro-Science’ to Abort Children With Genetic Defects


“I have a child who has a genetic “fault” – as these scientists would classify it, and he is the light of my life. Gunner is a happy and rambunctious three-year-old with cystic fibrosis. Through all of his doctor appointments and tests, he is patient and kind and loving and is an incredible example to myself and anyone who gets to know him.”
My son is not a genetic ‘fault’ — the downside of prenatal genetic testing:

By Kristan Hawkins,

“Being born with extra fingers – a condition known as polydactyly – affects one child in a thousand.

Miss Arterton had the most common form, where a small, soft digit, which does not contain a bone, can be see next to the little finger.

Earlier this year, she revealed she was also born with a crumpled ear, which was corrected through surgery.

(C) Rex Features

She’s genetically unacceptable to Nancy Snyderman!

She said: ‘I was born with lots of deformities.’

The actress showed off her curvaceous figure in a stunning gold dress.”

‘I was born with six fingers on each hand’ reveals Bond Girl Gemma Arterton in startling interview

By Chris Johnson, Daily Mail (UK)


Always with the killing. From the Whitehouse’s Science Czar & the racist founder of Planned Parenthood to a pair of British fascists doctors:

“Two medical ethicists connected to Oxford University are arguing in Oxford’s Journal of Medical Ethics that babies have no moral status, and can be killed because they are only “potential persons” rather than “actual persons.” They also argue that if a newborn is disabled, it can be killed.”

British ‘Ethicists’: Babies Can Be Killed :

I worked with the mentally ill and was the reader for college student who was blind and one with dyslexia. Many soldiers have children with disabilities. All would be aborted or sent elsewhere by the left.

Make no mistake, the left has taken the bigot, the racist and eugenics and put a lick of paint on it. They still the hate people they claim to love.

And they’d rob us of Gemma Arterton, those bastards!