Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Go Away . . . Just Get Gone, One Way or Another


If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!
. . . Samuel Adams
Speech to the State House
Philadelphia
1776

Monday, October 14, 2013

From Inside the Beltway Barricades


I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years.  During that 
time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts, 
etc.  It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked
 bureaucrats every step of the way.  The simplest request takes months -- not 
days or hours.


In less than eight hours of the shutdown, professionally
 printed 3 X 4 foot signs miraculously appeared all over the country in the tens of
thousands saying "This [park, facility, etc., with custom logos] closed due
 to government shutdown.  There has not been a government shutdown in 17
years. 
These signs were designed, specifications were determined. Then the signs
 were requisitioned. Bids were posted and vetted,  and, finally, government contracts
 were awarded.  Thereafter materials were ordered, the signs were manufactured, and 
then distributed by U.S. mail or freight companies.


This shutdown was orchestrated and planned, and preparations for it were made well in advance -- at least 
6 to 8 month ahead of time.  Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in the
process.  There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White
House.


People do not realize just what we are dealing with. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Toting for Civilization


Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.  If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion.  Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations.  These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job.  That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat -- it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury.  This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter.  It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it were not both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone.  The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
  
. . . Maj. L. Caudill, USMC (Ret.)

Snippet of Truth


Friday, October 11, 2013

Suspicion Confirmed

A new study found that dogs can actually feel genuine love for their owners. While cats just keep a journal of all the things they hate about you.
. . . From Jimmy Fallon

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mission Accomplished: Relishing a Job Well Done



Just for Fun


A Must Read About Hillary Clinton

A previously little noted precedent for Mrs. Clinton's dishonest Benghazi histrionics has resurfaced because of that recent shameful performance.

It seems that the former first lady, former senator, and former secretary of state rose to those positions and now is likely to be the Demorats' candidate for the presidency in 2016 despite having been fired for lying and engaging in unethical behavior as a young congressional committee lawyer. 

A comprehensive report on her unscrupulous conduct at the outset of her governmental career can be accessed by clicking here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

How We Can Fix Congress

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1.  No Tenure / No Pensions.

A member of Congress collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when out of office.

2.  Members of Congress 
(past, present, and future)
participate in Social Security.

All  congressional retirement fund are transferred to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system with members of Congress participating in the system in the same way as do all other American people.  

3.  Members of Congress can purchase
supplementary retirement plans out of their own earnings just as all other Americans can.

4.  Congress can no longer vote pay raises for its members.  Congressional pay will rise (or fall) by the lower of the consumer price index or 
three percent (3%).

5.  Congress loses its current health care system. Its members participate in the same health care plans as are available to, and on the same basis as other Americans, and pay to do so out of their own earnings.

6.  Members of Congress immediately required 
to  abide by all of the laws that they have imposed on the American people generally.  No more special exemptions or deals.

7.  All contracts with past and present members  of Congress become void effective December 31, 2013.  Such contracts were not made by or with the consent of the American people.

Members of Congress made all such contracts for themselves -- self dealing.
Serving in Congress is an honor -- not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators.  Ours should serve their term(s) and then return home and go back to work.

If every person who reads this contacts at least 20 other people, it will take three days for most U.S. citizens to receive this message.

Don't you think it's time?


Where Have All the Pilots Gone?


We used to go to  the Officers Club or NCO Club Stag Bar on Friday afternoons to drink, smoke  and swap lies with our comrades. Think about this when you read the rest of the letter below. 

What happened to our Air Force/Marines/ Army/Navy/CG . . . (or  Military)? 

Drinking then became frowned on. Smoking caused cancer and could "harm you." 

Stag bars became seen as 'sexist'. Gradually, our men quit patronizing their clubs because what happened in the club became fodder for a  performance report. 

It was the same thing at the Airman's Club and the NCO  and/or Top 3 clubs. Now we don't have separate clubs for the ranks. 

Instead we have something called All Ranks Clubs or community clubs. They're open to men and women of all ranks . . . from airman basic to  general officer. 

Still, no one is there. Gee, I wonder why. 

The latest  brilliant thought out of Washington is that the operators (“pilots?”) flying remote aircraft in combat areas from their plush desk at duty stations in Nevada or Arizona should draw the same combat pay as those real world pilots actually on board a plane in a hostile environment. More politically correct logic?  They say that remote vehicle operators are subject to the same stress levels as the combat pilot actually flying in combat.  REALLY . . . you're bull-shitting me, right ! ! ! ? ? ? 

Now that I've primed you a little, read on. 

There are many who will agree with these sentiments, but they apply to more than just fighter pilots. Unfortunately, the ones with the guts to speak up or push for what they believe in are beaten down by the "system." 

"Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in the following text -- supposedly, Secretary Gates had a force beating the  bushes to learn who wrote this. 

Where have all the fighter pilots gone? 

Good Question. 

Here is a rant from a retired fighter pilot that is worth reading: 

It is rumored that our current Secretary of Defense recently asked the question, "Where are all the dynamic leaders of the past?" I can only assume, if that is true, that he was referring to Robin Olds, Jimmy Doolittle, Patton, Ike, Boyington, Nimitz, etc.? 

Well, I've got the answer: 

They were fired before they made Major!

Our nation doesn't want those kinds of leaders anymore. Squadron commanders don't run squadrons and wing commanders don't run wings. They are managed by higher ranking dildos with other esoteric goals in mind. 

Can  you imagine someone today looking for a LEADER to execute that Doolittle Raid  and suggesting that it be given to a dare-devil boozer - his only attributes:  he had the respect of his men, an awesome ability to fly, and  the organizational skills to put it all together? If someone told me there was a chance in hell of selecting that man today, I would tell them they were  either a liar or dumber than shit. 

I find it ironic that the Air Force put Brigadier General Robin Olds on the cover of the company rag last month. 

While it made me extremely proud to see his face, he wouldn't  make it across any base in America (or overseas) without ten enlisted folks  telling him to zip up his flight suit, get rid of the cigarette, and shave  his mustache off. 

I have a feeling that his response would be  predictable and for that crime he would probably get a trip home and an  Article 15. We have lost the war on rugged individualism and that, unfortunately, is what fighter pilots want to follow; not because they have to but because they respect leaders of that ilk. 

We've all run across that leader that made us proud to follow him because you wanted to be like him and make a difference. The individual who you would drag your testicles through glass for rather than disappoint him. 

We better wake the hell up! We're asking our young men and women to go to really shitty places; some with unbearable climates, never have a drink, have little or no contact with the opposite sex, not look at magazines of a suggestive nature of any type, and  adhere to ridiculous regs that require you to tuck your shirt into your PT  uniform on the way to the porta-shitter at night, in a blinding dust storm,  because it's a uniform. 

These people we're sending to combat are some of  the brightest I've met but they are looking for a little sanity, which they will only find on the outside if we don't get a friggin' clue. You can't continue asking people to live for months or years at a time acting like nuns and priests.  Hell, even they get to have a beer. 

Who are we afraid of offending? The guys that already hate us enough to strap C-4 to their own bodies and walk into a crowd of us? Think about it. 

I'm extremely proud of our young men and women who continue to serve. I'm also very in tune with what they are considering for the future and I've got news for whoever sits in the White House, Congress, and our so-called military leaders. 

Much talent has and will continue to hemorrhage from our services, because wanna-be warriors are tired of fighting on two fronts - - one with our  enemies, another against our lack of common sense. 

Take it or leave it....that's just the way it is, no ifs, ands, or  but's . . . .