Wake up and smell the Jihad

Over at Fox News, Christian Whiton has some advice for the nation’s leadership: Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, it’s time to wake up and smell the global jihad

While I’m working to confirm that prior knowledge of the attacks was in hand at the Oval Orifice, this much is clear: Somebody has either left the clue bat in the closet, or we’re looking at something designed, in the short term, to win an election. Longer term, who’s to say? After decades of relative peace, and under several Presidential Administrations from both sides of the aisle, why are we now seeing such unrest in the Middle East?

When the men who killed our ambassador to Libya were in the final stages of their preparation, Hillary Clinton was in the Cook Islands, being regaled by locals in traditional dress.  Her seemingly endless world tour has prioritized symbolism and pageantry over substance.  So too has the administration of her boss, Barack Obama, and the costs are now becoming clear.

This explains why Obama’s chief diplomat said of the Libya attack: “I asked myself—how could this happen?  How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”

Madam secretary, it is time for you and your boss to wake up and smell the global jihad.

Frankly, all the hubbub in the Middle East does not surprise me. From the start we have had Presidential (sic) mewlings about tiny nations and the religion of peace, such that a number of our citizenry now seek to align themselves in a politically korrect way with pro-Moozlem beliefs. According to Mr. Whiton that’s prolly a really bad idea, and here’s why:

There are people in this world—and not a small number of them—who share the vision bin Laden had and have the will and means to act.  No amount of apologizing for America, embracing our adversaries or mistreating our allies will change that.

It is worth recalling that Cairo, the city where a mob entered the US embassy compound and burned an American flag, was the epicenter of what critics call Obama’s “apology tour.”  It was there that he apologized for critical steps American officials took in the Middle East to defend against the Soviets eight years before Obama was born.  It was there that he criticized his own nation’s response to 9/11.

That was the reason US diplomats in Cairo instinctively put out an apologetic condemnation of those who “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”  They were simply channeling the Obama view of the world.

…not a small number of them-who share the vision bin Laden had…

I’m thinking back to 9/11 here, and their celebration at the success of the World Trade Center. Exclamations of joy and all that, over the cataclysmic destruction and loss of life. Celebrations, mind you. Not just “Wow! That worked well…”, but outright celebration. Gleeful, jumping up and down, clapping of hands, celebration. High fives all around.

Imagine such celebration the day the first nuclear weapon was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan, in August of 1945. Kind of hard, isn’t it? Why? 1. Because such an event is not cause for celebration. 2. Because no one celebrated and exclaimed “Now there’s an ass whoopin’ for you!” Hiroshima and Nagasaki prevented a million lives lost in battle. No cause celebre, just a means to end an already bloody war.

Hillary also said that the attack was the result of a “small and savage group.”

Wrong again.

Viewed correctly, the attack was perpetrated by a very large group.  Terrorism as we have known it since 9/11 is but the violent vanguard of the Islamist political ideology.  This ideology unifies diverse terrorists from Jemmah Islamiyah in Indonesia to Al-Shabaab in Somalia to Boko Haram in Nigeria to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to the Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pinch commented on this the other day, alluding to the fact that the Benghazi attack was a well coordinated one. I note how today we see multiple outbreaks of violence against Embassies of several nations. What’s the message here? What are Jihadi Boy and his malicious band of players telling us?

While the groups are diverse and at times antagonistic toward each other, their hatred of America unites them, and they work toward a generally common goal.  Behind them is a large body of people who cheer on and support Islamists—a minority of Muslims, but hardly a body of people we should ignore.

I note that word ‘hatred’. Strong word, it is. One that I, for one, am not inclined to ignore. “hatred of America unites them, personifying the old adage “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. A lot like the Soviet Union being our ‘friend’ during the last days of WWII. Some friend. Nevertheless, we now have Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Taliban, and let’s not forget the Cartel clans peddling their wares and services just to the south of us. Strange bedfellows and all that.

Mr. Whiton goes on to point out Syria and their cache of chemical weapons, and the obvious lack of shift in U.S. policy toward a collapsing regime/state. He also gives some sound advice to Hillary Clinton:

Hillary ought to park the plane and understand that diplomacy—or more accurately statecraft—ought to be about recognizing and fighting these problems.  Pageantry, apologies and photo ops are obviously not getting it done.

As a fabulous place to start, I’m thinking there’s space on the ramp at Damascus airport. ICAO designator: OSDI. I’m sure any number of the crowd I know could help with the flight plan. With the Fight plan? I’ve got plenty of friends around who could help with that too, but it’s your paycheck. Time to start earning it.



Two Ships. Too Late. Once again, overtaken by events

Troubled by the events of the last several days, this was penned in response.
Now, to take care of that bit of travesty mentioned at the end.

Okay. Hiatus is over, but this is a helluva way to get back into the game. #russianterrortactics…again

These bastards just don’t learn. Do they? Or is it because they see the impotent, give-a-shit, limp dick presiding in the White House? As I think about it, I’m moved to believe the latter. Vladimir Putin doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Barry Soetoro (He who calls himself Barack Obama, these days), and has had his Foreign Minister deliver what appears to be the bottom line to our Foreign Minister (Secretary of State) Hillary

Russia on Saturday soundly rejected U.S. calls for increased pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to relinquish power. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to prod Moscow into supporting U.N. action to end the crisis in Syria and she expressed hope that Congress would repeal Cold War-era trade restrictions on Russia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, after meeting Clinton on the sidelines of a meeting of Pacific Rim leaders, told reporters that Moscow is opposed to U.S.-backed penalties against the Assad government, in addition to new ones against Iran over its nuclear program, because they harm Russian commercial interests.

“Our American partners have a prevailing tendency to threaten and increase pressure, adopt ever more sanctions against Syria and against Iran,” Lavrov said. “Russia is fundamentally against this, since for resolving problems you have to engage the countries you are having issues with and not isolate them.”

“Unilateral U.S. sanctions against Syria and Iran increasingly take on an extraterritorial character, directly affecting the interests of Russian business, in particular banks,” he said. “We clearly stated that this was unacceptable, and they listened to us. What the result will be, I don’t know.”

Okay, first things firstest. repeal Cold War-era trade restrictions on Russia. Umm, how shall I respond to that? The Scorpion, upon asking the Eagle for a ride across the river, replied “Oh, I promise not to sting you!” We all know how that story ended…and why… To ask the scorpion not to be who it is and to not do what it does is counter-intuitive and foolish. Our guy, Ronnie, may have gotten Micha to allow for the tearing down of The Wall, but that doesn’t change the nature of the scorpion.

Moscow is opposed to U.S.-backed penalties against the Assad government, in addition to new ones against Iran over its nuclear program, because they harm Russian commercial interests.

Sorry, bucko, but in the same way Bill Gates and company don’t give a damn about Corell and Novell, we’re (that would be the USA) are not the least bit inclined to give a damn about the once powerful bunch of bastards who either committed or suborned the slaughter of tens of millions of human lives around the planet. That’s right. I said planet, not neighborhood. Yer lad Vlad has too many years under his belt as a Colonel in the once fearsome KGB, to be considered anything less than a threat to peace loving nations anywhere. In other words, dear reader, I consider Vladimir Putin to be the Scorpion King. He who is one dangerous Muther Hubbard.

Our American partners have a prevailing tendency to threaten and increase pressure, adopt ever more sanctions against Syria and against Iran,” Lavrov said. “Russia is fundamentally against this, since for resolving problems you have to engage the countries you are having issues with and not isolate them.

Yeah, well, our playground…our rules. As for engaging other nations, we’ve found that at gun point is usually best. To the contrary, the belligerent ones don’t usually take us seriously. Were it not for the Linebacker II operation in Vietnam, how many more years would we have toiled fruitlessly toward “peace with honor”? Kick someone’s ass up around their ears, and they’re generally more inclined to pay attention to what you’re saying.

There’s more, but you can read it for yourself. Palaver welcome.

On hiatus. Be back soon.

In case you’re wunnerin.

God, Guns, and Chick-Fil-A

God, Guns, and Chick-Fil-A is in the news lately

Over at DATech guy’s blog, a matter of do we trust or not? Guns and Chick-Fil-A being given much voice in the public domain of late, one has to wonder in whom we trust these days?

I have heard a lot of people on the left self righteously complain that conservatives are unwilling to agree to “common sense gun control” that we are unreasonable fanatics who would oppose restrictions on the ownership of Sherman Tanks.

Most of all; we are totally wrong to believe that the left is after our guns just because of the proposed assault weapon ban.

Why would we have such a belief, how can the folks on the right even think we on the left are after their guns, all their guns?

The answer: Chick-Fil-A

Twenty years ago there was nobody NOBODY nationally who was pushing the idea of gay marriage. If Bill Clinton had come out for Gay Marriage in 1992 he would have lost 49 states.

Then came the VT Supreme Court ruling requiring civil partnerships.

First off, “common sense gun control”?

Really, Chucky Schumer? As I recall from Grade school, the Second Amendment was about common sense and gun control being a given trait of the people, not something exercised on their behalf by a tyrannical benevolent government. You really think this an appropriate place and time to surreptitiously insert an amendment about gun control into legislation. Looking to sneak it in behind America’s back, so to speak? Sorry, bucko, but some of us did notice.

What an apropos comparison between the Left’s America’s Socialists attempts over the years to subvert American policy from DOMA to “Gay is the norm”. Someone asked me on Facebook the other day if’n I had something against Gays? Me? Nope. Got lots of Gay friends, and I support their right to live as they please. What I do not support is their right to subvert our way of life to their whims and fancies. Case in point? Try California’s two attempts to legislate into law marriage as being between a man and a woman. Overwhelmingly passed on both occasions and signed into law, the Gay crowd decided that wasn’t okay with them and enlisted a Gay Judge to overturn the law as being unconstitutional. We see it now, again rather, with Chick-Fil-A. A privately owned corporation takes a stand, somebody doesn’t like it, and now the Courts are supposed to decide whether private citizens and their corporations are free to say and do as they please? Wow…sounds more Marxist than Constitutionalist, if you ask me.

Look. Living a Gay lifestyle is a freedom most straight folks aren’t of a mind to abrogate, but, conversely, the same cannot be said about the Gay community. They DEMAND, they don’t ask for or vote into law as a majority, the right to get married. Hmm. Then explain for me, please, what happened to that whole plural marriage thing? Remember the Mormons? What about their rights? What about religious freedom? Ask the Mormons what they did after plural marriage was prohibited by law. Answer: they abolished the practice and excommunicated those who refused to abide by the law. They taught their members to honor and obey the law. Strange notion, innit?

When were Gays ever threatened with disenfranchisement, or did they have the United States Army sent after them? How come the Federal law prohibiting plural marriage has not been overturned? Geez, you want to be all about fairness and equality. Yes? Then go to Arizona and Utah, and engage in conversation those who have to live in hiding because of their belief in plural marriage. Ask about the Mormons who fled to Mexico because the separation of church and state was suspended just this one time. Ask them what it’s like to be denied familial benefits and recognition under the law.

Then, ask them what they think about Gay marriage. That last one might not go over well, because how they answer will probably be more of a Chick-Fil-A kind of answer.

All this, and more, in a year of Presidential election and really sucky economy…quickly becoming second fiddle to important matters like Chick-Fil-A. Or not. Go read the Guns and Chick-Fil-A post, and let it kick around your brain cells.
Update: I knew there was another company facing a similar battle, only this time it is the Federal government

I knew there was a reason I liked this guy

A one term President who should have run for a second, but thought it best to live according to his beliefs.

President Calvin Coolidge

The point President Coolidge makes about “stand for a good deal more of its application”, has to do with our insisting on government letting us live and control our own lives. Some days we talk about a new Reagan showing up, but some days I think we need a new Coolidge.


Somehow, something humor or business oriented doesn’t seem appropriate in this moment

A 24 year old walking, talking, societal dung beetle decided last night that he would make everybody’s day. I cannot even begin to imagine what drives a creature such as James Holmes to do what he did…murder 12, including small children, and leave another 59 injured.

At one blog, friend Andy posted:

I’ll let all those in the “mental health industry” try and give us reasons for this act of egregious brutality. Sometimes, crazy is just plain crazy.  Because of that crazy, lives have ended and other lives have unalterably changed forever. Other than that, I got nothing.

I got nothin’ either, but contempt and a baseball bat in the corner. I see small children every single day. Yesterday on the bus going downtown, a young mother with her small daughter and an infant. Mother and daughter having a good time together, while the infant slept. I treasure that memory.

Laura Ingraham put up a short blog post earlier, and I’d like to share it here:

If the President chooses to fly to Colorado to address the community as it process its grief, I hope he will consider making a similar plea for order and healing in his hometown of Chicago. Gang and drug-related violence have sent the city spiraling out of control this summer. So far this month, 27 were murdered in the city, with last month’s killing of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton especially heart-breaking. We have a values crisis in this country, not a “gun crisis.” A polluted popular culture where rampant promiscuity and gratuitous violence are everywhere. Families without strong male role models present. Girls who demean themselves sexually in order to be popular. Men who treat women as property to be used and discarded. Faith under attack by government institutions and politicians who prefer that Washington be our favorite place of worship. We can and must do better. The carnage in our society today extends far beyond a movie theater in Aurora.

We do indeed have a value crisis in this country, not a gun or anything else crisis. I won’t enumerate the many things that steer people away from values of common sense and decency. The nation, as a whole, screams and begs for a return to Mayberry, with guys like Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney walking the street. The nation, as a whole, needs to be reminded that WE are the ones responsible for making it happen. Parents, a polluted popular culture…

where rampant promiscuity and gratuitous violence are everywhere

is largely controllable at home. Men, how do you measure up? Are you leading your family? Are you the role model for your wife and children? Women, are you teaching your children proper principles? No, I’m not going to tell you what those principles are…or should be. You already know what they are. The real question is, what are you doing with those principles?

Government cannot give us back Mayberry. Government helped get us away from Mayberry in the first place. Religion cannot get us back to Mayberry. Religion cannot mostly because those who attend church haven’t followed the principles they were taught. Mayberry starts at home. Society starts at home. Civility starts at home. James Holmes turned into a societal dung beetle at home. He got it there, and there’ll be none of parents blaming society. He is who he is because he failed to get who he should have been at home. Period.

Colorado, the nation feels your pain. Chicago, you’re too busy hiding behind a facade, or we’d feel your pain too. America, are you hiding your pain and blaming others for it?

Getting a group of people together to create a new town called Mayberry won’t make it so. We simply need to focus on creating Mayberry right where we are. One household at a time…

Be Andy. Be Aunt Bee. Be Opie. Be Mayberry.

I’ll start with me.