May 30, 2009

A Must Look-See!


I just found This: The Obama File

Think you know this guy?   ---->

Think again.

Thank you to commenter KathyfromKansas at Gateway Pundit for the link.

Thank you, Beckwith, operator of the site!

Prince Harry, Playboy Soldier

Prince Harry of England is visiting New York this weekend.

Ed Pilkington of the Guardian notes:
The scale of the PR challenge facing the 24-year-old prince, who has set foot in the US only once before, as a child, has been underlined by advance media coverage.

The
New York Daily News noted his "hard-partying ways", Time magazine highlighted his penchant for "long, alcohol-fueled nights" and the Associated Press reminded its subscribers of the apology he had to make for wearing a Nazi swastika at a fancy-dress party.

Mr. Pilkington neglected to mention soldier Prince Harry's combat tour in Afghanistan.

UberPig's excellent response at BlackFive:
Playboy indeed. I think by going to Afghanistan, Prince Harry showed more character than his older brother, or his father, or his sainted mother, or the vast majority of young men from his highly privileged background.

Ed Pilkington and the Guardian may think Harry has something left to prove, that Harry needs to establish his estrogen credentials, that Harry needs to start playing ball. Don't rock the boat, Harry. Don't make the rest of your class look bad. Don't make Ed Pilkington's class, which washes the balls of your privileged class, look bad. Get back to the business of being a Prince and acting like your mother and doing charity work and playing polo and driving bio-diesel fueled cars like your father because that makes the Guardian's liberal readers feel all warm inside and less guilty that they aren't making the same kinds of personal sacrifices their service members make in Afghanistan and Iraq every day.

Obama's Version of Payback


Remember this endorsement on Barack Hussein Obama's pre-election website (before it was scrubbed)?:


Remember those 3 Black Panthers intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008?


Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation.

As far as I know, this has NOT been on CBS, NBC, or ABC News:

Fox News: Charges Against New Black Panthers Dropped By ObamaJustice Dept

Washington Times: Career Lawyers Overruled on Voting Case

Atlas Shrugs: Obama Drops Charges Against Menacing Black Panthers

Gateway Pundit: Team Obama Drops Charges


I guess that being an Obama supporter supersedes being a hater of America, Jews, and non-black people. And supersedes the law.

May 29, 2009

The Obama Pledge


I apologize to the United Nations for America, and for the injustice for
which it stands: one fiefdom under Obama, unrecognizable, with authoritarianism and political subjugation for all.

The above was a comment left by David S in response to Phil Kerpen's:
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of the Obama Administration's Trial Balloon

I am afraid. Very afraid.



May 28, 2009

Star Trek: The Future Begins


SPOILER ALERT: There are a couple.


We saw the new Star Trek movie yesterday.

As a TOS Trekkie, I was 96% pleased.

I deducted 1% for the time travel thing.
I just don't like it. It confuses me.
And I especially didn't like old Spock coming face to face with young Spock.
That's not supposed to ever happen.
Sci-Fi set the parameters for time travel.
..you can never meet yourself!!
Even Harry Potter knows that!


Another 1% for so many gigantic, humungous explosions.
CGI technology makes it them easy to do, so they do them and do t
hem, bigger and louder....

And 1% for the Spock-Uhura thing.
I know the writers were showing the 'human side' of Spock, bu
t the Spock I know would never have allowed that! Never. Unless it was Pon Farr.

What I did like: ALL the rest of it.

The characters (Kirk and Spock and Uhura and Sulu and Chekov) were great.

My 2nd favorite character was Montgomery Scott, played by Simon Pegg (aka Shaun of the Dead). Excellent! He stole every scene he was in, and there weren't enough of those!

My very favorite character was Dr. McCoy. Karl Urban was absolutely believable as the young Bones; he even looked like a younger version of Deforest Kelly.


There was also dialogue that any TOS Trekkie would recognize:
"I'm a doctor, not a physicist!"
I am glad the bad guys were the Romulans and not the Klingons. The Klingons are mean but stupid while the Romulans are mean but smart. Loved their nasty-looking ship.

Oh, and the last 1% deduction?

At the end of the movie, the familiar words:
Space... the Final Frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
were not in the familiar voice of the original
Captain James T. Kirk. --->


I told you I am a TOS Trekkie!





The REAL Charlie Brown


In December 1943, on his first mission as pilot in command,
21-year-old Lt. Charlie Brown's B-17 Flying Fortress (379th Bomber Group, England) was badly damaged by German fighters and flack; he and six of his crew were wounded.

Trying to get back to their base in England, they flew right over a Luftwaffe base in Germany and were intercepted by yet another enemy fighter, a Messerschmitt 109.

The German pilot did not shoot them down but signaled Charlie to land, surrender and be taken prisoner. Lt. Brown refused two such demands.
The German pilot, recognizing the courage of his fellow airman, did not finish off the crippled bomber, but provided an escort to the coast, pointed a compass heading to England and saluted his adversary.

After the war, Charlie tried to learn the identity of the enemy pilot who had spared him and his crew. He wrote letters of inquiry with no success, until he posted a notice in a newsletter for former Luftwaffe officers.


There was a
response from Franz Stigler, a German fighter ace.

It had taken 45 years.

In the first letter Stigler wrote to Brown, he asked, "All these years, I wondered what happened to the B-17. Did she make it or not?"

Yes, she made it. Just barely.


When asked why he didn't shoot them down, Stigler said, “I didn't have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute.”


Both men died in 2008.

Franz Stigler died 22 March 2008.
Charlie Brown died 24 November 2008.

May 27, 2009

Star Wars Concert


Sometimes I just have to take a break from the insanity of:

 American politics, world news, and what passes for entertainment on television.
This always makes me smile!



Memorial Day: PC Version


In a Memorial Day phone call with my sister, she recounted part of a conversation she overheard at work.... "Memorial Day is not a real holiday"...

Is this what the younger generation is being taught in schools these days?

Today's 'social progressive agents' (formerly known as teachers) no longer educate; they indoctrinate. The military, with its core values of duty, honor and courage, has no place in their agenda except as an entity to deride and denigrate.

May 26, 2009

"Something of Historic Proportion is Happening"


By Pam Geller / Atlas Shrugs

13 November 2008

... "I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes, these exist but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about 10 - 15 years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

... We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?

We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election...

We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

... And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)

Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change ... radical change. Why?

I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now. This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.

And that is only the beginning.
...

I pray I am wrong.

But, I do not think I am."


Read the entire thing HERE


May 24, 2009

What Do Real Men Wear?

Whatever they want!

Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sleeping when the Taliban attacked his unit (Army 1st Bn 26th Infantry) at a base in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Spc. Boyd grabbed his weapon, put on his helmet and vest and took his position.

A news photographer recorded the image of Boyd in helmet, body armor, red T-shirt, pink boxers and flip-flops.

Spc Boyd was concerned about losing his job when the photo wound up on the front page of the New York Times.

"I can assure you that Specialist Boyd's job is very safe indeed," Sec Def Robert Gates said.

"Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage. I can only wonder about the (psychological) impact on the Taliban."
The soldiers alongside Boyd are Spcs. Cecil Montgomery of LA and Jordan Custer of Spokane, WA. They are both wearing pants, but Spc. Custer has no socks and is wearing silver running shoes.

photograph by David Guttenfelder

May 22, 2009

Term-inating Limits


My hubby, The Opinionated Fool, and I have just had another argument, Er, discussion, over congressional term limits.

He is dead set against them.
I am for them.

He says that every election is a term limit. If you don't want some idiot clown representing you in Congress anymore, don't re-elect them.

I say that
once one of these ego maniacal liars becomes ensconced in a cushy job with lots of bennies, not to mention the prestige and the power, it becomes very difficult to dislodge them.

Think what Congress could accomplish if the people elected to represent us actually spent their time representing us instead of plotting their (endless) re-election campaigns and trying to secure their 'legacies'.

And here's a scary thought: one day someone might wonder why we have presidential term limits if we don't have congressional term limits?

The Most Ethical Congress Ever


Or NOT.

20 May 2009 // Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a comprehensive list of members of Congress under investigation.

Currently, there are 16 members -- 12 House members and four Senators. The list includes which government entity is investigating the members, what the members are under investigation for, and the status of the investigation.

A few familiar names on the list:

John Murtha (D/PA)

Charles Rangel (D/NY)

Roland Burris (D/IL)

Chris Dodd (D/CT)

Jesse Jackson Jr (D/IL)

H/T: The Jawa Report


May 16, 2009

Jokes You'll Never Hear ...


about Barack Hussein Obama:

My personal favorites:

"And I don't know about you, but I sleep better at night knowing that a White House aide can scramble F-16s without anybody else knowing about it. This way, if a war breaks out while Obama's teleprompter is unplugged, somebody can still order planes to bomb New York to appease an enemy like at the end of Fail-Safe."

"If you're wondering why the president is in a good mood, it's because he's glad to be finished with his annual physical. During his colonoscopy doctors removed two benign polyps and the White House Press Corps."

"Last evening I took a walk through the cemetery – or as ACORN calls it, a 'recruiting trip.'"

"In closing, I'd like to say thank you to the man who is responsible for all this. I'd like to, but George Soros isn't here tonight. They don't let George and Barack in the same room anymore because the last time they did, Joe Biden got tangled up in the puppet strings."

Thank you, Doug Powers!

Fallen Hero: Major Steven Hutchison


Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Ariz., served in Vietnam (he enlisted at age 19) and wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, but his wife was against it, his brother said.

Richard Hutchison told The AP on Thursday that when she died (in 2006), "a part of him died" so he signed up in July 2007 at age 59.

"He was very devoted to the service and to his country," Richard Hutchison said.

Requiescat In Pace, Major.


Armed Forces Day

16 May 09

"A veteran is someone who, at one point in one's life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America', for an amount of "up to and including my life."

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it."
--Author unknown.


"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.

Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed."
--John F. Kennedy


"Because as I look around at the state of this nation and see all of the weak little pampered candy-asses that are whining about this or protesting that, I’d be afraid to leave the fate of this nation entirely up to them."
-- A US soldier in Iraq stating why he re-enlisted.


"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."
-- Unknown


It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer who gives us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and who's coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brien


May 14, 2009

A**hole of the Year


So very many candidates from which to choose ...

from the Political Arena: Harry Reid, John Murtha, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi;

from the World of so-called Entertainment: Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Rosie O'Donnell, Janeane Garofalo;

from down the street: the damn idiot tourist who cut us off not once but twice, coming within inches of scrunching us and had the audacity to wave one-fingeredly. Back atcha, Bastard. And to your laughing Bitch, too.


After considerable thought, the award goes to an asshole in the Theater of Journalism: William Arkin



Mr. Arkin is a regular military affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a commentator for MSNBC; a former Greenpeacenik, and a veteran of four years in the Army (1974 to 1978); many of his bylines from the past two decades described him as a "military intelligence analyst" during his service.

What makes Mr Arkin worthy of the title?

He is the author of such incredible crap as:

"The Troops Also Need to Support the American People"

Highlights:

"I’m all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn’t for them to disapprove of the American people…

These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President’s (Bush) handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

We support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?…

But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work."
A Comment from DonL:
"just returned from my mercenary service in Iraq and I'm trying to adjust to life without obscene amounts of amenities. Thank you Mr. Arkin for helping me put this chapter of my life in perspective.

For those who haven't been, as near as I can tell, the amenities consisted of a 10 X 10 room in a trailer under the flight path of F-16s, a one block walk to the shower and bathroom, a painfully slow internet connection, and a BX that stocked clothing in XXS and XL Short.

Oh...there was the opportunity to work with the most dedicated and honorable people I've ever met."

AND: The Angry and the Intolerant Speak Out


Uncle Jimbo over at BlackFive writes it like I feel it:

May 11, 2009

Scare Force One




The Outrage is Here!


Alisa Wilson's response to the July 31, 2008, Wall Street Journal article titled Where's the Outrage?


Really. I can tell you where the outrage is. The outrage is here, in this middle-aged, well-educated, upper-middle class woman. The outrage is here, but I have no representation, no voice. The outrage is here, but no one is listening for who am I?

I am not a billionaire like George Soros that can fund an entire political movement.

I am not a celebrity like Barbra Streisand that can garner the attention of the press to promote political candidates.

I am not a film maker like Michael Moore or Al Gore that can deliver misleading movies to the public.

The outrage is here, but unlike those with money or power, I don't know how to reach those who feel similarly in order to effect change.

Why am I outraged? I am outraged that my country, the United States of America
, is in a state of moral and ethical decline.

There is no right or wrong anymore, just what's fair.

Is it fair that millions of Americans who overreached and borrowed more than they could afford are now being bailed out by the government and lending institutions to stave off foreclosure? Why shouldn't these people be made to pay the consequences for their poor judgment?

When my husband and I purchased our home, we were careful to purchase only what we could afford. Believe me, there are much larger, much nicer homes that I would have loved to have purchased. But, taking responsibility for my behavior and my life, I went with the house that we could afford, not the house that we could not afford. The notion of personal responsibility has all but died in our country.

I am outraged that the country that welcomed my mother as an immigrant from Hitler's Nazi Germany and required that she and her family learn English now allows itself to be overrun with illegal immigrants and worse, caters to those illegal immigrants.

I am outraged that my hard-earned taxes help support those here illegally. That the Los Angeles Public School District is in such disarray that I felt it incumbent to send my child to private school, that every time I go to the ATM, I see "do you want to continue in English or Spanish?", that every time I call the bank, the phone company , or similar business, I hear "press 1 for English or press 2 for Spanish". WHY? This is America
, our common language is English and attempts to promote a bi- or multi-lingual society are sure to fail and to marginalize those who cannot communicate in English.

I am outraged at our country's weakness in the face of new threats on American traditions from Muslims. Just this week, Tyson's Food negotiated with its union to permit Muslims to have Eid-al-Fitr as a holiday instead of Labor Day. What am I missing? Yes, there is a large Somali Muslim population working at the Tyson's plant in Tennessee
. Tennessee, last I checked, is still part of the United States. If Muslims want to live and work here they should be required to live and work by our American Laws and not impose their will on our long history.

In the same week, Random House announced that they had indefinitely delayed the publication of The Jewel of Medina, by Sherry Jones, a book about the life of Mohammed's wife, Aisha due to fear of retribution and violence by Muslims. When did we become a nation ruled by fear of what other immigrant groups want? It makes me so sad to see large corporations cave rather than stand proudly on the principles that built this country.

I am outraged because appeasement has never worked as a political policy, yet appeasing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is exactly what we are trying to do. An excellent article, also published recently in the Wall Street Journal, went through over 20 years of history and why talking with Iran has been and will continue to be ineffective. Yet talk, with a madman no less, we continue to do. Have we so lost our moral compass and its ability to detect evil that we will not go in and destroy Iran's nuclear program?
Would we rather wait for another Holocaust for the Jews - one which they would be unlikely to survive? When does it end?

As if the battle for good and evil isn't enough, now come the Environmentalists who are so afraid of global warming that they want to put a Bag tax on grocery bags in California; to eliminate Mylar balloons; to establish something as insidious as the recycle police in San Francisco. I do my share for the environment: I recycle, I use water wisely, I installed an energy efficient air conditioning unit. But when and where does the lunacy stop?

Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map, the California economy is being overrun by illegal immigrants, and the United States of America no longer knows right from wrong, good from evil. So what does California
do? Tax grocery bags.

So, America
, although I can tell you where the outrage is, this one middle-aged, well-educated, upper middle class woman is powerless to do anything about it. I don't even feel like my vote counts because I am so outnumbered by those who disagree with me.

Alisa Wilson, PhD, Beverly Hills, CA