Archive for anti-war

High on Koch…

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 7, March 2014 by chockblock

“If the goal is to “stir up the base” with a targeted message to a narrow, liberal audience in order to bring in fundraising dollars, that’s one thing. But Reid’s speech on the Senate floor suggests a broader Democratic strategy to run on a message focused on the Koch brothers, two wealthy men most whom voters have never heard of and probably could care less about.”
The Democrats’ Dumb Koch Strategy, The Daily Beast.com



“Of course it is a dumb strategy, but you underestimate how dumb the democrat constituency is. They’ll regurgitate anything the DNC puts out. Bunch of mindless drones.”
Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM, comment at HotAir.com

It’s an Alinsky rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

So the left picked two billionare brothers (creepy twins in their thinking) so that they can turn out the crazies, the stoners, the college kids, the puppet heads and the MSNBC pundits.

The Koch brothers bought the government!

They spend, spend spend!

In reality the big labor unions and silicon valley spend much, much more.

But stay classy lefites! I’m sure the unemployed and those with out health insurance will care about two brothers most haven’t heard about.

ailment

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6, March 2014 by chockblock

Ah the sound of liberal hurt feelings:

This is just the crisis to make themselves seem relevant again within the GOP—even if they’re undermining the commander in chief at a pivotal moment.
Why Neocons Love the StrongmanMichael Tomasky, The Daily Beast


It’s likely, then, that the J-20 no more represents the end of US air superiority than did Cope India or the T-50’s debut. What it does represent is the world’s second economy finally joining a club of nations long-accustomed to designing, building and operating advanced fighter aircraft.
China’s Over-Hyped Stealth Jet, David Axe, The Diplomat.


Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how much the J-20’s design changes matter and indeed how effective an aircraft it is. But it is evident that the plane’s flight testing, at least, is far more than just a publicity stunt.
Stealth Changes for China’s Stealth FighterGERRY DOYLE, NEW YORK TIMES. Gobssmacks David Axe.

It must hurt when reality overtakes liberal fantasy.

For decades the left’s orthodoxy was that the West was to make peace with Russia/The USSR, China and that “the tide of war was receding”.

Russia is INVADING the Ukraine. They used TBM’s on Georgia. China is building a modern networked force.

And yet, Michael Tomasky makes current events be all about the left and how those meanie Neo-cons runied everything.

Lest we forget, the media and the left (I repeat myself) went easy on Putin, Hugo Chavez and China. David Axe seems to think that the US military sucks and we have nothing to fear.

So when real life starts to hurt them, they either face reality (and start crying) or escape to fantasy.

President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.
– Washington Post, Editorial Board

And so it begins.

And in other news…

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2, February 2014 by chockblock

The DNC is millions in debt. Detroit is only mostly dead.

And this is the reality based community?

Played

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , on 31, January 2014 by chockblock

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont and chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pushing a broad veterans measure that would restore veterans’ pensions and expand their access to health care and educational benefits.
–”The Veterans-Benefits Bandwagon Is Getting Mighty CrowdedNational Journal

Are you imagining how that’s going to play out in November during the mid-term elections. Something like this; “the Republicans cut military pensions and Democrats restored them”. Yeah, if you believe that avowed communist, Bernie Sanders cares about the troops beyond their value as a campaign slogan, you’re kidding yourself.
Jonn Lilyea deconstructs.

Presented without comment.

Compare and contrast

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 30, January 2014 by chockblock


The war in Afghanistan continues. The war in Iraq is still fresh in the minds of the soldiers who fought it. The war on terror seems far from over. Good war movies will be made about these conflicts, but only after they’re long over.

Until then, speculative fiction allows storytellers to talk about the conflicts in a way that incompetent “realistic” crap like Lone Survivor and The Hurt Locker just can’t.
Matthew Gault in War is Boring


Consider the film Lone Survivor, which tells the true story of heroic Navy SEALs in Afghanistan. The film has been denounced by some critics; a “jingoistic, pornographic work of war propaganda,” in the words of one reviewer. Richard Corliss of Time chimed in: “That these events actually happened doesn’t necessarily make it plausible or powerful in a movie, or keep it from seeming like convenient propaganda.” Similar complaints (from non-conservatives, at least) about antiwar films made during the George W. Bush years are much harder to find.
Tinseltown’s Propaganda Problem , By Jonah Goldberg, NRO.com

Hollywood and the liberals in the MSM want blood and gore, sex and violence. As long as it makes America and her military look bad.

They want the fall of Saigon, US caskets. Hence the “demand” for “access” to Dover Air Force Base. With a Democrat in the White House?

Nope. And Lone Survivor is about the Navy SEALs. So was Zero Dark Thirty and Captain Phillips. And the left hates them. Oh they likes it when Bin Laden assumed room temp, we heard “Osama is dead and Detroit is Alive” over and over.

But then the economy and the ACA hit.

So the War On Terror(tm) grinds on. There will be no Deer Hunter, no psycho veterans shooting up bars or running around in fatigues and army surplus. Thanks to the internets vets are getting our voices out. There are directors who don’t want to do propaganda. We’re sick of 9/11 images and the left screaming about how “Bush/Cheney/the GOP” did [INSERT CONSPIRACY HERE].

The X-files and hippie anti-war b.s. had their day. I say let old Hollywood burn.

The ATF’s new building

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 20, January 2014 by chockblock

There is a plan to name the new ATF headquarters after Elliot Ness:

Moreover, Eig writes that Ness played around on his wife, tried to cover up an accident in which he was involved while driving drunk, he drank too much, and ended up selling frozen hamburger patties in the last years of his life because he was strapped for cash.

To summarize, Ness didn’t get his man, he had questionable morals, he probably was an alcoholic, he covered up a crime, he couldn’t manage his money, and he was prone to wild exaggeration about his accomplishments.
–”Naming ATF Headquarters After Eliot Ness Might Actually Be Appropriate ” No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money.

Given that the ATF gave guns to Mexican cartels in exchange for some info, I agree.

Boeing, Boeing

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6, January 2014 by chockblock

So this happened:

SEATTLE (KING) – Boeing machinists have voted to approve Boeing’s latest eight-year contract proposal, securing assembly of the company’s new 777X airplane in Washington state.

Thousands of union members cast their ballots – some waiting in line for hours outside of the union hall in Everett – in Friday’s crucial vote.
– “Seattle machinists approve Boeing 777X production contract“, Ksdk.com

So Kshama Sawant must be spinning, she called for Boeing workers to “Take Over” their plant if Boeing left. Yeah, talking like a Batman villain makes all kinds of sense…

Boeing’s workers have working brains. Their Union doubled down and lost. Boeing could move to those “right to work” states. The voted to keep their jobs. Hopefully they will vote new union leadership.

Military Pensions

Posted in army training, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 5, January 2014 by chockblock

“Why is military retirement hated so much? Let’s see, I sacrifice my time, my body, my family and potentially my life for 20 years for only half of my base pay. I can still go the PX and commissary and get increasingly eroding medical benefits. Then I am demonized by people like Mr. Rumbaugh for wanting to be a productive member of society by actually being gainfully employed for a second career. If people are so upset that I have earned a military retirement then they need to get off their lazy asses and sign up. They can live with the sacrifices and everlasting scars. It pisses me off to no end the idiots that have never spent a day in uniform telling us we are lesser citizens and deserve nothing for our sacrifices”
– user “FAEX” comments on Applause for screwing the troops, This Ain’t Hell.

And the lefty media answers:

“They protest too much. Way too much. The military pension system is not only extremely generous, it is also counterproductive. It drains defense money from today’s troops and weapons. And while the system encourages some people to consider the military who otherwise might not, it also encourages them to leave early, taking their first-rate training to go double-dip by moving into a civilian government job. In any case, they can collect pensions — intended as old-age protection — in the prime of their working lives.”
– USA Today’s editoral “Defend military pension cuts: Our view

“Yeah, the system is way too generous. When I retired, twenty years ago yesterday, my pension was less than $12,000/year. In those twenty years, the generous COLA increases have brought the generous pension to a little more than $18,000 last year. “
Jonn Lilyea responds

There are a lot of myths about military pay (BAH does not go up with family size, married servicemembers don’t make that much more than single ones). The veteran and active duty military communities aren’t as active politically as the defense industry or the vote-buying lefty groups, the rent seeking K-Street companies or the grievance-mongers who populate talk shows.

Stars and Stripes blew a large hole in the pension “crisis”:

The Military Times reports that while military and civilian personnel costs have grown by 78 percent between 2001 and 2012, the overall defense budget has been growing even faster, calling into question the emphatic calls from Pentagon brass to reduce personnel-related costs.

That’s less than the increases in total military spending, which is up 85 percent since 2001,…

The left hates the military’s success and wants the money for their pipe dreams. Deficit hawks simply see dollar signs and don’t care that the military will bleed skilled personnel for years. The media is quick to report on “soldier’s using food stamps” yet defends cuts to pay, pensions and medical benefits as “necessary”.

UPDATE: XBradTC is quick to add:

But with an active force of less than 1% of the population, and retirees being a similarly small slice of the population, they don’t have the votes to influence the p0pulation like the 47% that receive some form of assistance.

Yeah, it’s so necessary to take food and rent money from the men and women defending the country AND expect them to continue to re-enlist. It’s not working that well in the real world.

A draft army wouldn’t fix this, a smaller military is a less capable military. The DoD is the one government department that actually produces results, benefits the people (research, the G.I. Bill, et al) and still has the people’s respect.

Contact your Veteran’s Service Organization and your representative. We can’t afford a repeat of the 90′s.

And now a stealth insult from BREAKING DEFENSE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 15, December 2013 by chockblock

This doesn't happen as much as  Russell Rumbaugh thinks it does

Because a soldier’s child under the knife would actually be true.


For the most adamant, personnel costs are about to eat the entire Department of Defense budget, reducing it to just a welfare agency and leaving the United States at the mercy of its enemies. Since the creation of the All-Volunteer Force, spending per servicemember has risen inexorably. The Department—as with the rest of the country—has watched its healthcare costs dramatically outpace inflation. Since the defense budget started expanding in the late 1990s, Congress has consistently heaped largesse on defense personnel. It repealed the retirement reform passed in the 1980s just before it kicked in, let former military members double dip by taking their military retirement pay while drawing a full civil service salary, allowed retirees to keep both their retirement and disabled pay, created the $10 billion-a-year TRICARE for Life Medicare supplement, and expanded eligibility for both healthcare and retirement benefits.
Budget Deal Proves That Congress CAN Take On Military Pay & Benefits Costs , Russell Rumbaugh, BreakingDefense.com

I’ve said before that personel costs are NOT eating the DoD alive.

If anything it’s a ploy to keep the big projects going. SO the recent budget deal screwed vets 62 and younger. Their COLA (cost of living adjustment) is slightly below inflation. Ouch. Pensions are fixed and for some who can’t work it’s their only income. Oh it is supposed to save $1 billion a year but future budget numbers are always 1 part projection and 2 parts fantasy.

This Rumbaugh clown thinks that pay and benefits are some luxury to be “cut”. No there is no personnel vs. readiness battle. During the 90′s the problem was cuts across the board. Now we have things like ARMY FAMILY COVENANT:

The pledge states simply: You are changing your life for the Army, so it seems that a bond should be formed that lets you know this is not a commitment taken lightly. The Army will look out for you, your soldier and your entire family. For we are all one family in the Army and should act accordingly.
– via GoArmy.com

So what does Rumbaugh use to illustrate this?

A picture of a pet in a vet clinic.

There isn’t a middle finger big enough.

You have spat upon every child, spouse and retiree who’s had to go under the knife, see a doctor, pay for food and balance a budget. Pet care is an OUT OF POCKET EXPENSE YOU DIPSTICK!!!

Ahem. Child care isn’t free either, service members pay on a scale based on rank and/or income.

Health care, pay and the tax free food and clothing sales keep service members in uniform. You should know that Rumbaugh, you were in the Army in the 90′s when people were on food stamps due to low pay. I noticed several references to the “All Volunteer Force” like it’s a bad thing. I’m starting to suspect that this is another stealth call to bring back the draft because a drugged out, unprofessional military is cheaper somehow…

According to MOAA calculations, a service member who retires as an E-7 would see an average loss of more than $3,700 a year in retired pay by the time he or she reached age 63, while an O-5 stands to lose more than $6,200 a year.

“A 20 percent reduction in retired pay and survivor benefit values is a very substantial cut in military career benefits, and does not represent good faith to our men and women in uniform,” MOAA president and retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said.

William Thien, the Veterans of Foreign Wars national commander, said the provision puts the all-volunteer military in jeopardy.
Levin: Proposed COLA reduction to get second look

Good for the veteran advocates and military associations, we need to push back before the idiots and arm chair generals ruin the military.

tl;dr – join MOAA or AUSA to keep the benefits and pay you’ve worked for.

And yet again the media doesn’t get “military”…

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 10, December 2013 by chockblock

And now how!

Here we see a call for peace in Asia:


The clock starts ticking for the next crisis. With China’s announcement of the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea and the strong response from Japan, the United States and several other countries, tensions in East Asia are mounting. Since the crisis over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in September 2012, both China and Japan have begun to conduct frequent air and marine patrols in the Diaoyu/Senkakus area. With the flyby of the American B-52s, the area around these tiny islands has become a zone of tension with high probability of an accident and subsequent conflict.

To overcome this, Chinese and Japanese leaders first need to demonstrate their vision, courage, and determination to make peace. The establishment of the zone of peace is a crisis prevention tactic. It will not change any legal claims or the status of the territorial claims. If they want to avoid conflict, especially one arising from a small incident, they should take measures to decrease the likelihood of such accidents through using tools such as the zone of peace.

–”How to Prevent Accidental Conflict in the East China Sea:China and Japan could avoid conflict in the East China Sea by setting up a “peace zone.”,By Zheng Wang,thediplomat.com

Alright, this would be a good idea, trouble is the hate China and Japan have for each other. The “zone” and “islands” in question are worthless (except for undersea deposits of oil, minerals and fishing rights). Yet they might start shooting over it.

Japan did horrible, horrible things to China in World War II. The Chinese Community Party needs a win to cement the idea it’s a superpower. Japan just wants it’s territory respected (and yes some of their right wing isn’t too keep on China). Peace? Hardly. If the U.S. intervenes we’ll be seen as on Japan’s side. Or worse the diplomats of our current party will be so wishy-washy that any deal will be crap.

So smart diplomacy isn’t their thing.

Neither is defense:

“Want a better U.S. military? Make it smaller. The bigger the military, the more time it must spend taking care of itself and maintaining its structure as it is, instead of changing with the times. And changing is what the U.S. military must begin to do as it recovers from the past decade’s two wars.”

Want a better U.S. military? Make it smaller

Tom, you’re an idiot. The Louisiana Maneuvers exposed an Army ill-equipped for war. Jeeps with wooden signs that said “tank”, wooden guns, four “bombs” dropped from air planes. The cycle repeated just before Vietnam. The USAF sold off thousands of iron bombs as scrap to prep for the nuclear mission. Cue 1965 and TAC was in country, a flight of 4 jets would have 1 bomb each. The old bombs? Sold to West Germany for pennies on the dollar and bought back in haste for much more.

Tom Ricks wants to repeat that. A downsized military loses thousands of junior enlisted, NCO’s and officers with experience. No we can’t draft it, recruit it or get it from the moon. Aircraft, tanks, ships and wheeled vehicles put in “storage” rot unless kept up, something a “smaller” military won’t be able to do. All lefites hate carriers and now China’s new anti-ship ballistic missile is there new excuse to get rid of them.

Yeah, take away the carriers, downsize the air fleet and shrink the ground troops and we have no leverage to force China or any one to the negotiation table. A frigate navy is what Tom Clancy predicted if we lost our carriers, something his latter pie in the sky novels got right.

While the fall of Communism and the post-Cold War era wasn’t kind to Clancy, Tom Ricks and Zheng Wang seem to think it’s 1939. They want Peace In Our Time.

Given how well that went back in ’39, I saw we ignore them and their MSM ilk.

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